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.
May 10, 2001 |
When the school board here announced in a local newsletter last month that it would have to enact an earned-income tax and nearly double property taxes next year, even some board members were baffled. The district does not operate any public schools and does not fund public kindergarten. The eight students attending public school do so in neighboring Lower Moreland. That is where the problem came about. According to the announcement, Lower Moreland was "threatening legal action" against Bryn Athyn as a result of $55,000 in back payments owed the district.
March 7, 2001 |
Elizabeth Grubb did not realize that failing to pay a tax worth about the price of a movie ticket would result in her being treated as an outlaw. In a town this small, however, where the weekly newsletter addresses people by their first names, telling the neighbors, it seems, is a good way to get everybody to pay their fair share. In bold, black letters on the door of borough hall are listed the names of last year's 90 tax delinquents. "I'm catching up with it," Grubb said, adding that she was more concerned about mailing her electric bill on time - and having heat - than she was about public humiliation.
February 5, 2001 |
Tracy Cass barely knew David Powell. But she knew the half-bushels of peaches and apples stacked next to his old red barn on Tomlinson Road. As a child, Cass recalled, she visited Powell's orchard with her family, and the fruit tasted natural and special. After Powell died in September 1999 at age 92, his stucco-covered stone farmhouse - which local restoration buffs date to the pre-Revolutionary War era - was destined for mothballs. The white paint was peeling, the pine floors were rotting, and the basement resembled a scene from a horror flick, Cass, now 40, recalled.
October 16, 2000 |
When Academy of the New Church College changed its name in 1997 to Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, some members of this small community worried about the implications of moving the institution's religious affiliation to the end of the line. Many students welcomed the decision, said Charles Lindsay, the college dean, because it relieved them of the requisite dissertation on the Swedenborgian faith every time an out-of-towner asked, "Where do you go to school?" The place quickly was nicknamed Bryn Athyn College, which was more sweatshirt-friendly anyway, he said.