YOGA IN THE CEMETERY

Find inner tranquility and balance during this one-hour yoga session amongst the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery at dusk. The session will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Golomb. Emily draws from Lyengar and Ashtanga styles and has created her own unique program that enhances alignment, strength and balance. Students are encouraged to form a deeper connection with their minds and bodies, whether they are new to yoga or have been practicing for years. Emily has been practicing yoga for nine years and currently teaches at Studio 1831 and Philly Dance Fitness. Sunset Yoga in the Cemetery will conclude with light refreshments. Please bring your own mat. All levels of experience are welcome. Yoga in the Cemetery sessions will occur once a month, June through September.

 

The event will take place on Friday, June 6 at 6:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200, or online

 

Guide(s): Emily Golomb

 

 



THE BAILEY HOUNDS:

GOTHIC AMERICANA CONCERT

 

ONLINE TICKET SALES FOR THIS SHOW ARE CLOSED. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR: CASH, CHECK, OR ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

Philadelphia-based band, The Bailey Hounds, released their first full-length album, Along the Gallows, in 2011 to much critical acclaim. Since then, their unique sound – mixing acoustic and electric, folk and rock – have earned them a loyal and deserved following. They gained significant international attention after their live acoustic cover of Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill” was shared by Pantera on Facebook. XPN’s The Key describes their latest album, All the Blood in the World, as “steeped in the rumbling amps and pensive pace of Crazy Horse.” The music of The Bailey Hounds has been described as Gothic Americana, influenced by folk and blues, but inspired by the macabre and melancholy, rendering a cemetery the most fitting of venues. Join us for this summer concert under the stars at Laurel Hill. Beverages provided by Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.

 

The concert will take place on Saturday, June 7 at 8:00pm, (with a prescheduled rain date of Saturday, June 14 at 8:00pm.) Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $10/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200, or online

 



 

THE GREAT CENTRAL FAIR OF 1864

Imagine pulling up to Logan Square and stepping into a Gothic building encompassing some 200,000 square feet. Wonders surround you; 1,000 different works of art, a parlor displaying items from famous Pennsylvanians like William Penn and George Fox. The Horticulture Department displays a giant palmetto tree, the likes of which you have never seen, outfitted with hidden tubes shooting jets of water into its base. In the Department of Arms and Trophies, you see the Scottish Claymore of Allan MacGaskill who was rumored to be 7 feet 6 inches tall and 290 pounds. You and 29,000 others wander the halls for hours, stopping to snack on noodle soup and flannel cakes at various vendors throughout the building. This is not the Philadelphia Home Show. Welcome to the 1864 Great Central Fair.

 

In the fourth year of the Civil War, leading local citizens loyal to the Union organized the Great Central Fair to raise funds in support of the United States Sanitary Commission, the private agency that promoted better hygiene in Union camps and improved care for the sick and wounded throughout the Civil War. Many of the committees provided a place for women of the era to find their voices and make an impact on the war effort. These women, along with a number of other fair organizers were eventually laid to rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

 

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Philadelphia sanitary fair, living historians Kerry Bryan and Michael Wunsch, presenting as Mrs. Elizabeth E. Hutter and Mr. John Welsh respectively, will offer an introductory PowerPoint presentation followed by a tour to visit the graves and tell the stories of some of these notable citizens. Attendees will be invited to a reception offering light refreshments after the tour.

 

This program and walking tour will take place on Sunday, June 8 at 1:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $12/person; or $10/students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200, or online.

 

Guide(s): Kerry Bryan and Michael Wunsch

 

 



 

CINEMA IN THE CEMETERY

POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN

RAIN DATE: FRIDAY JUNE 27 AT 9PM

Sit back and relax with a drink, some popcorn and some friends on this summer movie night under the stars. After the sun sets, the grainy joys of the film experience will be brought to audiences amid the historic tombs of Laurel Hill Cemetery. This year’s feature film is Carnival of Souls (1962). A fitting pick for Friday the 13th, Carnival of Souls is a cult-classic that follows a young woman as she is drawn by a ghoulish phantom-figure to a creepy abandoned carnival. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.

 

Don't forget your wallets! Spot Burger food truck will be on-site with juicy burgers, tasty fries and all of your concession needs.

 

The screening will take place on Friday, June 13 at 9:00pm, (with a prescheduled rain date of Friday, June 27 at 9:00pm). Gates open at 8pm. Ticket holders can check in at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance, 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot directly across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $10/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200, or online

 

 

 

 

LUNAR STROLL:

PHOTOGRAPHING LAUREL HILL AFTER HOURS

Photo enthusiasts: grab your cameras, tripods and flashlights, and capture the ethereal wonders of Laurel Hill Cemetery after the sun goes down. During this guided stroll through the site’s picturesque landscape, participants will visit some of its most photogenic spots and evocative statuary, while learning to paint with light using only a flashlight and ambient iridescence. You will be over the moon with excitement once you see your unique images! You will also have experiences to share from this rare and intimate exploration of the cemetery long after its gates close for the night. Photography experience is recommended. Lunar Strolls will occur on the third Friday of every month from May through August.

 

June’s lunar stroll will take place on Friday, June 20 at 8:00pm, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

The cost is $20/person general admission. Purchasing advance tickets is required. Tickets can be purchased by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.

 

Guide(s): Emma Stern 

 

 

 

 

THE SOULSTICE

 

 YOUNG FRIENDS FUNDRAISING EVENT 

June 21st officially marks the first day of summer and Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Young Friends group, The Antemortem Society, is putting the soul in solstice with a midsummer night’s celebration and fundraiser. To mark the 150th birthday of the Cemetery’s main bridge, The Antemortem Society is hosting a unique preservation party that will raise funds to restore the historic site.

 

The Soulstice will take place on June 21st at 6:00pm in the southernmost section of Laurel Hill Cemetery at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Cascades of fun activities await attendees as they enjoy the other-worldly aura of the Cemetery after dark. The night includes an exclusive preview performance by REV Theatre Company, stargazing, tarot card readings with Cynthia Wilson, a silent auction, and great music for dancing the night away.

 

All funds raised from the event support the preservation of Laurel Hill Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. Since its founding in 1836, Laurel Hill Cemetery has been a place for the living as well as for the dead. Its 78 acres provide green space for the East Falls community and a place of respite and recreation for the citizens of Philadelphia.

 

Tickets for the event are $50 general admission/$35 for members and include wine, beer and cocktails at our open bar; fare from Chewy's Gourmet Food Truck; a “Make Your Own S’mores” dessert station; and photos at our Mausoleum Photo Booth. 

Purchasing tickets in advance is required. Tickets can be purchased by phone (215) 228-8200 or online. 

 

 

 

MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES:

HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell. Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which take place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00am.

 

 

June’s walking tour will take place on Friday, June 27 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

 

The cost is $8/person general admission. Tickets can be purchased at the door, in advance by phone (215) 228-8200, or online