December 26, 2009 |
For more than 120 years, Bryn Athyn College was content in its role as one of the smallest schools in the nation. Enrollment was typically between 120 and 160. Students lived a college life surrounded by other members of a religion based on the writings of a Christian mystic. But trustees have made a move that confirms a new era in the Montgomery County college's 132-year history. They have hired its first president to lead it beyond the boundaries of religion. "It's just basically too expensive to provide all the services a college needs for a handful of students," said Christopher Clark, who took over as president in the fall.
April 27, 2008 |
It was an unusual recipe: Take one antique Victorian purse and add one American Indian amulet. But it was just the convergence of inspirations that Arlene Wartenberg needed to transform herself into a working artist. A retired college professor, mother of three, and lifelong knitter, Wartenberg, now 73, never imagined she would get serious about crafts. She was already well into an active retirement when she saw a vintage beaded purse in an antiques store and thought she would try to make one, a miniature, and transform it into a necklace like those worn by American Indians.
August 29, 2006 |
The same commitment that drove Tristan Smith to become a Bryn Athyn volunteer firefighter at the age of 16 led him to join the Army at the age of 21. He was killed in Iraq on Sunday doing what he believed in, his family and friends said yesterday. Smith, 23, a weapons specialist with the Army's Fourth Infantry Division stationed northwest of Baghdad, was on patrol when an improvised explosive device detonated, said his father, Grant Smith. They last saw him in April, when he returned to Bryn Athyn on leave after five months in Iraq.
July 23, 2006 |
What it is: Cairnwood is the restored Beaux Arts-style mansion built by industrialist John Pitcairn in 1895. What we like: Cairnwood offers a glimpse into the lives of Gilded Age tycoons and their families. Guided tours and special events throughout the year provide visitors with the history of the Pitcairns and their family estate. Visitors can tour the mansion and carriage house, the John and Gertrude Pitcairn Archives, and the adjacent Glencairn Museum, a restored estate home that houses a collection of family art collected by Raymond Pitcairn.
November 28, 2004 |
It had been some time since I enjoyed a good meal while a nearby phone rang off the hook. The last time was in high school, when dinner theaters were in vogue, and the phone in question was a stage prop. This time, the phone was real (though it had a theatrical r-r-ring) and merely part of the bustling take-out scene. At Ricardo's Restaurant, a cheery 65-seat eatery in one of Bryn Athyn's oldest buildings, you can get take-out as well as unhurried, sit-down meals with excellent service.
September 22, 2001 |
A Bryn Athyn art gallery this week abruptly removed six works by a Huntingdon Valley photographer that the gallery director described as "politically inflammatory. " "We did not open this gallery to change the world," said Tracy Cass, director of the Orchard Artworks, explaining why she removed the works by Linda Griffith from an exhibit that opened yesterday. "This was supposed to be about the environment and the abuse of the environment. It wasn't supposed to be pointing fingers, pointing fingers at Bryn Athyn, at Lower Moreland, at Republicans.
September 2, 2001 |
The history of the Borough of Bryn Athyn is the story of the creation of a unique community of Christian believers. For almost 100 years, the followers of the Swedenborgian Church of the New Jerusalem (the New Church for short) have been living, learning, and worshiping together within a two-square-mile area in eastern Montgomery County. The foundations of the New Church are built upon the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg (1688-1772), a Swedish scientist, mystic and religious teacher.
June 17, 2001 |
The classic Speedo bikini briefs were likely not designed for pasty men who like to prance about the beach with their beer guts oozing out. Come to think of it, the only guys these Ziploc briefs look good on are swimmers. So, why then, are some of the boys on the Bryn Athyn swim team demanding a more modest uniform, even it means more drag in the pool? "Speedos really feel like underwear," team member Chase Elder, 11, said. That, as it turns out, is a common sentiment in the region.
June 14, 2001 |
A group of artists from Montgomery, Bucks and Philadelphia Counties has opened Orchard Artworks at the historic Powell House in Bryn Athyn. More than 35 painters, woodworkers, sculptors, jewelry makers, photographers, fiber artists and glass artisans show and sell their work at the new gallery, organizers said. The 200-year-old Powell House, at 520 Tomlinson Rd., was once the hub of a 68-acre farm and orchard. It is owned by the Bryn Athyn Church. Tracy Cass, gallery founder and director, said the gallery was opened to give the group of mostly local artists and artisans a place to display their creations.
June 10, 2001 |
Whatever happened to this town's political conscience? That is what Emmy Lou Echols wanted to know in last month's community newsletter. "Did you realize that Tuesday, May 15, was Election Day?" Echols wrote, trying to pile guilt on the borough's 741 registered voters who apparently had other plans. Voter turnout in Bryn Athyn was a disappointing 17 percent in the not-so-compelling primary for the local offices of mayor, tax collector and auditor; for three open seats on Borough Council and four on the school board; and several countywide and statewide judicial primaries.