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Sunday Fun Days
June 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until October 31, 2021
SUNDAY FUN DAYS
at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum, 6336 Ardleigh Street
June 6th – October 31st 2021, every Sunday from 1:00-4:00 PM
Every Sunday is a Fun Day at The Farm at Awbury Arboretum! Free family-friendly activities every weekend: See the goats and chickens, take wellness classes, go on farm tours, and get your hands dirty in gardening workshops.
The Farm is always free and open to walk and explore (click here to learn more about hours & admission), but on Sunday afternoons we host special activities and Awbury staff and partner organizations at The Farm to welcome you.
Cost: All evets are FREE, no registration required
Questions? Please contact Grace Wicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 24th
Explore techniques to promote HEALTH & WELLNESS!
Free exercise classes, nutrition presentations, healing arts demonstrations, live music, food, art, play and more!
This Sunday’s special events:
• 1:00 PM – Chair Yoga with Megan Do Nascimento
Join our beloved Awbury Arboretum Wellness Coordinator for this great introduction to yoga, good for all ability levels.
• 2:00 PM – Zumba with Maria Rowe
• 3:00 PM – Adult Yoga with Shenise Henderson
Review the benefits of movement and breath during times of anxiety and the management of trauma, grief, and loss . Short breath and movement practice to follow.
• 3:00 PM – Kids Karate with Action Karate
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Hula Hooping with Cosmic Flow Hoop & Skate
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Wellness Walks with Megan
• 1:00 – Nutrition Workshop with Martina Plag
Join us for a delicious and nutritious exploration and interactive workshop. We’ll begin with a tour of Awbury farm’s incredible edible garden to inspire garden to table food ideas. This season is rich in harvest vegetables and our group will discuss and share how to easily transform what a garden yields into main meals and side dishes. Learn preparation methods that are tasty, satisfying and nutritious. Discover which seasonal fall snacks and treats to have at the ready to gain the edge to crowd out less nutritious choices by being full with delicious health stuff – and how the healthy stuff, plus sleep and movement leads to fewer food cravings and better energy and vitality overall.
• 2:30 PM – Plant-based Nutrition Demonstration with Flat Belly Veg
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Colonial Herbs of Philadelphia with Hideko Secrest
Come explore plant use in the 18th century with an emphasis on plants grown or harvested for medicinal purposes in Colonial kitchen gardens and foraged by Native Americans. Plants have always played a necessary role in our lives and during Colonial Times, native plants and herbs were the most common treatment for everything from a sore throat to a stomachache to poison ivy. We will also have information on the state of medicine around the time of the Revolutionary War (for instance, they didn’t know about germs, but they had just discovered that blood circulates in the body). Also, a fun workshop for children to make dye from pokeberries (used by both Native Americans as clothing dye and by the Colonists as ink). Collect the pokeberries, make the ink, and sign your name with a turkey quill!
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Dana Fiero music
FOOD FOR PURCHASE
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – One Human Family Food Truck
presents Mu Love’s menu of Cauliflower mac and cheese, curried butternut squash soup, hot apple cider, pumpkin cake and more!
ARTS & SCIENCE
• 2:00 PM – Exploring Poetry: Exploring Self with Jenny Bulkholder
In this 60-minute exploration of poetry, we’ll read poems aloud, listen to the poems’ sound within our bodies, and write poems of our own. All materials and poems supplied. Bring your curiosity and fabulous self!
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Coloring Mandala for kids – with Mary Rendolds
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Sir Michael’s Science
demonstrations including giant bubbles!
BODY WORK DEMONSTRATIONS
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Sound healing, Reki, and Chair massage demonstrations with Ariel Monroe
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Acupuncture and Cupping with Terry Connell
• 1:00 – 1:30 PM – Visit with the Goats
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Breast Cancer Awareness Table
• 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Awbury Merch For Sale!
Megan Do Nascimento is a breast cancer survivor and yoga instructor known for her outgoing personality and inclusive teaching style. She has taught in the Philadelphia prisons, the school district, Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and various fitness centers in th area. She routinely donates her time and skills to those without easy access to yoga, most recently traveling to Matamoros, Mexico, to teach classes to refugees seeking asylum in the United States. She is also the wellness coordinator at Awbury Arboretum.
Shenise Henderson, MBA, MSS, LCSW, RYT has served in the field of social work for over 17 years. She has dedicated her work to trauma informed care and practice with children, adults, families and communities through her psychotherapy practice, Lifeline Trauma and Wellness Services LLC, consultation, advocacy, and training. Shenise works very closely with the foster care system and Infant Childhood Mental Health helping to implement trauma informed practice within organizations. Ms. Henderson also teaches social work practice at the Graduate School of Social Work at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Henderson also directly supports children and families on the road to Permanency working to reduce the impact of intergenerational trauma and secondary traumatic stress on caregivers. Along with her clinical and therapeutic work, Shenise developed a love for yoga and holds a certification in trauma sensitive yoga and is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher currently working on an additional 300-hour certification. She teaches in a professional studio and has taught in various schools/recreational centers within the School District of Philadelphia. Currently she utilizes a workplace wellness model where she provides yoga and therapy to child welfare staff. Over the period of 5 years Shenise served as a running coordinator of an active running group for minority women in the City of Philadelphia and currently is an active member on the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention’s Community Advisory Board for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Maria Rowe is a licensed Zumba Instructor and has been teaching Zumba for more than 9 years. Her classes are full of energy and fun like a party! She enjoys putting smiles on people’s faces through Zumba.
Martina Plag is a certified exercise nutrition coach who is focused on helping people optimize their health, sense of well-being, and vitality. She specializes in plant based and gluten free nutrition for those seeking extra guidance in that arena. Both an architect and precision nutrition coach by training, Martina always is interested in how built environments – real or virtual, particularly at the social and neighborhood levels, affect population health and wellness. Martina received her master’s degree in Health Care Innovation from the University of Pennslyvania where she developed her interest in addressing food insecurities and social determinants of health. When not cooking, eating, training for an endurance event or practicing karate, Martina is a Standardized Patient Educator at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serve as chair of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion – Social Justice Committee of the Association of Standardized Patient Educators and find herself at the intersection of patient advocacy, health equity and leadership.
Flat Belly Veg started in the community with our Eat and Educate program, demonstrating, and explaining the benefits of a whole plant food approach to eating. We continue to this day teaching while feeding from our locations as well as traveling to inner city communities sharing the good news that food heals. We continue to dispel the myth that eating healthy is out of reach for some communities.
Ariel Monroe LMT, RMT is a holistic wellness provider based just outside of Philadelphia, PA. Ariel started Delta E.M. Wellness that offers a variety of healing modalities and coaching services virtually and in-person. She enjoys introducing people to the Law of Attraction, the power of positivity, and promotes active self-love participation. Sound Healing is a technique that utilizes instruments that harmonize and balance the bodies energies. It works by giving a massage at the cellular level. Reki – Reiki is an ancient practice that is gentle and non-invasive. It is an energetic approach that balances the chakra and meridians in the body, promotes deep relaxation, and can lead to transformation. Chair Massage is a great way to get introduced to massage. It’s effective at reducing tension and stress in a short time, targeting common pained points.
Terry Connell is a licensed acupuncturist with over twenty years experience. His office is located in the center of Chestnut Hill. Terry will provide demonstrations on acupuncture and cupping and is available to discuss how this ancient traditional medicine from China can help with a variety of health issues including: menopause, digestive problems, sleep issues, muscle strain, stress reduction.
Sunday, October 31st
Halloween & Fun Day Grand Finale 2021
“This is it folks: the last Fun Day of 2021. Thank you all for an awesomely fun season. What a blast! Let’s go out in style with great costumes, games, prizes, music and magic. WOOHOO!!!” – Grace Wicks, Director of Community Engagement at The Farm at Awbury
• Pop-up Dance Classes
“Thriller” and “Monster Mash” with Yasmin Goodman
• 1:30 PM – Flying Lessons (Family Yoga with Sarah)
Learn some foundational moves, and take flight from there. Wheeee!
• 2:30 PM – Costume Parade
Strut your stuff around the hay wagon and win prizes
• Sir Michael’s Science
Make some slime! With Sir Michael Barney
• Magical Seeds with Chef Gail
Learn about the power of seeds
• Food for Sale
Back by popular demand: Jambalaya! As well as cornbread and spooky beverages
• Pin the Bowtie on the Skeleton
Help him dress for the occasion!
• Mask Making
Did someone forget to dress up on Halloween? Have no fear, we’ll have a mask making activity here.
• Witches Booth
Eyeballs, potions, and fortunes told and sold
DJ’ed playlist of Halloween Music
Past Sunday Fun Days have included…
Philly Goat Project meet and greets, and performance of “Billy Goats Gruff”
Kids’ Martial Arts with Action Karate
The Free Library of Philadelphia Summer Reading Kick-Off and book giveaway
The Free Library of Philadelphia Summer Reading Finale
Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers demonstrations and workshops
Performances by drummer, poet, and Germantown resident Karen Smith
Family Yoga with Sarah Charlesworth Attie
Awbury Community Garden Tour with Leo Cooper
Afrovibes Wellness Class with Rasaq
Enviroscape 3D water ecology demonstrations with Let’s Go Outdoors
Activities with Black Girls with Green Thumbs
Soil Demonstration with Jasmine Thompson of Philly Forests
Nature scavenger hunts
Educational Games for Kids with the TTF Watershed Partnership’s Creekmobile
Waterway Stewardship lessons with the Penn State Extension Master Watershed Stewardship Program
Brunch at the Farm with Chef Gail and Julian
A Quiet Day on the Farm, with mindfulness, nature observation, and wellness
Produce Sale & Farm Tours with Jasmine Thompson of Philly Forests
Herbal Tea Tasting & Conversation with Darius Lantz from Coffee After Dark
Make-and-Take Activities with Chef Gail
Monarch Butterfly Release with Julie Kring
“How to Draw a Goat” with Barbara Katus
Flatbelly Veg Food Truck
Cyanotype Photograms with Kirstin Brug, part of the 20/20 Photo Fest
Leaf Print Workshop with S(tree)twork and the Futurefarmers
Weaving with Nature with Julie Kring
African Dance Class with Peaches
Blues Music Workshop and Jam Session with the Philly Blues Society
Stormwater Demonstrations and Freshwater Mussel Exhibit, part of the Delaware River Festival
Live Music curated by Andre and Will, featuring Verbosity, Andre Saunders, Richie Duran, Koser, & Seraiah Nicole
Art vendors and local makers selling paintings, jewelry, clothes, and more
Leaf and Seed-inspired Art Projects
Sir Michael’s Science
- Mint and Giumi berries