Seven Upcoming Free Events at Rydal Park in August

July 28, 2015

JENKINTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA (JULY 28, 2015):  The public is invited to attend seven upcoming free events at Rydal Park, the non-profit, continuing care retirement community located in Abington Township, Montgomery County. Rydal Park presents stimulating programming year-round, featuring a broad range of events, guests and topics. Events at Rydal Park feature noted authors, politicians, and experts in diverse subject areas.

All that is required to attend one of these Rydal Park events is an RSVP made via email to noting the date and event requested, along with contact information, or by calling 215-376-6292. All events take place at Rydal Park, 1515 The Fairway, Jenkintown PA 19046 (next to Whole Foods).

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The talented, seven-string virtuoso guitarist, Pete Smyser, accompanied by piano, bass, and drums, will present the music of Jerome Kern, “A Fine Romance,” first performed by this group at Moravian College. Jazz critics have compared Pete Smyser to some of the legendary American guitarists, such as Wes Montgomery and Jim Hall. Pete, who also teaches and composes in Harleysville, participated in the Artists’ Roster of Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour for a number of years.


The 2014 Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Kristina Moriconi will speak about the program, her writings, and the universality of poetry.


Specticast will present “Carmen,” the most popular opera in the world, to Rydal Park.  Although the passionate tale takes place in Spain, Georges Bizat, a French composer, wrote it. The story is about Don Jose, a naïve soldier, who is seduced by the gypsy, Carmen. Don abandons his childhood sweetheart and leaves the military, only to discover that Carmen has left him for the glamorous toreador, Escamillo. Out of jealousy, Jose proceeds to kill Carmen. The aria “Torreador,” familiar to those who are not opera enthusiasts, comes from this work.


Donald Applestein hosts “Patriots in Petticoats.” The discussion will challenge your views on the early history of our country. Guests will learn the role and status of women in the Revolutionary Era, followed by a review of several women who distinguished themselves during this period. Political, social and economic aspects of revolutionary America will be examined throughout the presentation as well.


Award winning diver, naturalist and underwater cinematographer, Feodor Pitcairn, has devoted decades of his life exploring the mysteries of the world’s oceans. In 1987, he began his journey underwater, photographing and filming marine animals. After having spent nearly 3,000 hours undersea, Feodor now devotes his time and attention to the creation of television productions. Rydal Park presents Splendors of Nature, a program of stunning images from the world of nature, in addition to a wonderful informational program.


Neill Hartley, noted movie and TV actor, director, and educator, will present a dramatic, one-man show about Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 flight across the Atlantic Ocean.  The exciting performance will capture “Lucky Lindy” planning his trip, navigating in the cockpit, and ultimately arriving in Paris. Experience the incredible journey that captivated the world’s attention and transformed aviation.


The Walnut Street Theatre comes to Rydal Park! Having celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2009, The Walnut is the oldest theatre in America and considered a National Historic Landmark. The theatre opened its doors in 1809 as an equestrian circus and was later converted into a legitimate theatre in 1812. In attendance at the first theatrical production were President Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. More recently, in 1982, The Walnut became a self-producing, non-profit regional theatre. Experience a fun, entertaining group of actors bring some of the world’s favorite pieces to life. Surprises abound!

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(Note: Larger photos, in addition to interviews, are available by contacting Jennifer Wolk at, phone 215-825-9658)

About Rydal Park

Opened in 1974 and located on a scenic 20-acre campus in Abington Township, Montgomery County, Rydal Park is a full continuing care retirement community that offers independent living across four contiguous apartment home buildings, as well as personal care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Known for its exceptional location and amenities, Rydal Park has become synonymous with healthy, elegant and quality retirement living. In total, Rydal Park offers 509 accommodations.

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