Thursday, July 19, 2012

Summer: Performance Adventure in Andorra Woods this Sunday at 10:15 AM!

The conclusion of the one-year cycle of seasonal performances in Wissahickon Park, Wissahickon Reunion, takes place this Sunday, July 22 from 10:15 to 11:15 AM.   Find us along the Central Loop of the Andorra Natural Area.   Joining me will be Marion Ramirez, Jumatatu Poe, Olive Prince, Beau Hancock, Noemí Segarra, Jung Woong Kim and musicians  Harold Smith and Randy Sutin.

The beautiful AndorraNatural Area, one of “the last wild places of Fairmount Park”,  is situated in the northernmost part of the park along Northwestern Ave.    This  lightly trafficked area with concentric paths is a sanctuary for birds and other wildlife including white tail deer and red fox.  

Audiences should  follow directions  below and come prepared for a performance adventure  that includes a semi-vigorous 12 to 20 minute uphill hike  on foot  to the performance site.  Give yourself plenty of time to meander along the lovely paths as you find the performers along the Central Loop.  The paths will be marked with white flour to assist audiences in finding the performers.  Plan to stay a while and explore the area. 

Wear comfortable walking shoes, a hat, and sunglasses.  Use sunscreen  and insect repellent.   Bring water.  Check the weather forecast before you venture out and dress appropriately.   

It looks as if we will have lovely weather with a high of 83!  The performance will  take place rain or shine.Cancellations only in extreme weather. Check back here for last minute updates  and suggestions.

Suggested Routes to Performance Site
Easiest:  From Ridge Ave, enter on Northwestern Ave (at the corner of the Friendly’s, north of the Andorra Shopping Center and just north of Bells Mill Road.  Drive. Drive  to the end of the road.  There will be a parking space to the right.   Enter the park at the far end of the parking lot.    Walk straight uphill along the path.  (this is a gentle slope).  You will pass the Giant Beech on your left.    Keep walking along the path past the small bamboo on the right until you arrive at Cucumber Meadow.

More Challenging:   Enter by way of the Wissahickon EnvironmentalCenter, 300 W. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118.  

Park on Northwestern Ave  and walk to The Environmental Center/Tree House  by crossing  Forbidden Drive and heading up into the park on the gravel road (Old Northwestern Ave). OR, you can drive across Forbidden Drive and up the gravel road to the small Environmental Center parking lot.

Enter the trails  from  the path in front of the Tree House.   There will be volunteers to assist you at the crossroad. 

Moderate - As you enter the trails in front of the Tree House take the trail to the right.  Follow it as far as you can and turn left.  Continue on that path until  past the Giant Beech (on your left) and the short bamboo (on your right) until you reach Cucumber Meadow. 

Vigorous- As you enter the trails in front of the Tree House take the trail to the left.  Continue to go uphill, always bearing right.  As you near the top there will be one crossing where in order to continue uphill you will have to bear left.   Bear left and continue to Cucumber Meadow.

Please note: Bikes are not allowed on the Andorra trails, (except on the driveway to the Tree House and on the bypass, which connects upper Northwestern Ave. with Forbidden Drive. Bikers are welcome to leave their bikes at Tree House while on the trails.)

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