Contemporary Fiber Art in Historic Houses

In conjunction with LOVE Your Park Week, join us for Spring Forward: Contemporary Fiber Art in Historic Houses - Opening May 18, 2013

Lemon Hill - featuring Artist Rachel Blythe Udell
Exhibit May 18 - June 9
Opening Reception on May 18, 2 - 5 pm

Mount Pleasant - Featuring Artist Melissa Maddoni Haims
Exhibit May 18 - June 30
Opening Reception on May 18, 1 - 4 pm

Rachel Blythe Udell uses soft textured materials to create works that feel to her Iike sentient extensions of herself.  Udell's installation includes: 'My social network,' an environment of crocheted netting and other pieces that literally weave and nest themselves into the features of the house.The brilliant colors and plant like qualities In Rachel's work lend themselves to our celebration of the spring  -when  life begins to emerge again in our parks!  For more about Rachel Blythe Udell visit:

Melissa Maddonni Haims explores mostly recycled,reclaimed and reused fabrics and yarn. She creates large-scale crocheted and knitted works mixed with found objects. Known as one of "the Philadelphia yarn bombers," she is engaged in a recent global phenomenon known as 'yarn bombing' that involves wrapping inanimate objects with a colorful mix of yarns. Ms. Haims has installed this type of knit graffiti around the globe since early 2010; at a recent stop in Miami, her work was featured in Art Basel,the country's largest contemporary art fair.  Melissa's next stop is Mount Pleasant,where her soft sculpture installation Hell (inspired by Dante's lnferno) will be warming up the empty fire places of the house, while her yarn-bombed balustrades will brlng bold color and lively rhythms to the Colonial house.  For more about Melissa Maddonni Haims visit:

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Summer Concerts by Candlelight

Concerts By Candlelight At Laurel Hill Mansion

A Project of Women for Greater Philadelphia

The Women for Greater Philadelphia, on five Sunday evenings in 2013 will again present it well established summer chamber music  concerts.  Performances are on Sunday evenings at 7:00PM with a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet and greet the artists following each concert. 

June 16 – Fairmount Chamber Ensemble

July 21 – La Fiocco

July 28 – The Copeland Quartet

August 4 – The Wister Quartet

August 25 – Allen Krantz- guitar; Shannon Lee- vioin

Tickets are $20.  For more information and reservations contact:Barbara Frankl 215-643-7923

Holiday House Tours

Each year, the Charms of Fairmount Park dress up in holiday finery for two festive weeks of joyful celebration. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs, the Charms will delight visitors with festive adornments and stunning interiors.

Greeters at each house warmly welcome guests to see the thematic holiday décor.  This is a perfect way to share the season with friends and family.  There are plenty of ways to visit these beautiful homes this holiday season.  Visit the houses at your own pace during open house hours, take a guided trolley tour on select dates, or reserve a group tour through the Philadelphia Museum of Art. 

Each of the Charms has free parking on site and is decorated with a featured theme.

Click here for all the details!

Gingerbread Houses on Display

On display November 12- December 9

Get ready for the holidays and visit the gingerbread house display on view at The Shops at Liberty Place on 16th & Chestnut Streets.  Local chefs have handcrafted deliciously decadent gingerbread models of Fairmount Park properties.  Afterwards purchase tickets to visit the inspiration for the gingerbread houses during the 2012 holiday season.  The entire family will enjoy these deliciously magnificent Gingerbread Houses featuring local chefs and Fairmount Park properties.


Woodford in gingerbread

Boxers' Trail: Fun Fair

Our inaugural year of the Boxers' Trail 5K Run/Walk and East Fairmount Park Fun Fair is just around the corner. 

Join us on Saturday October 20 from 10am - Noon at Laurel Hill Mansion for the Fun Fair of colonial games, crafts, stories, games, activities, and much more.  Designed for families and the community, this is a great way to celebrate the season, learn about the houses, be active with friends, and check out the newly restored Boxers' Trail.

Runners interested in participating in the 5K Run can register in advance at or arrive that day at 8:00 am.  The run begins at 9:00.

Boxers' Trail Event - Save the Date for Oct 20

Members of the Charms Houses have been busy planning for a new fall community event which will feature the houses, connect with the local neighborhood and offer the experience of the Boxer's Trail in Fairmount Park.  Look for more details and plan to join us the morning of October 20 for a day to move, make, find and do!

Children playing on Fairmount Park Trail

Children playing on Fairmount Park Trail