UNDER A CRESCENT MOON: SUMMER OPEN HOUSE and VETERANS' NIGHT OF ILLUMINATION

Laurel Hill Cemetery takes on another aura as the sun sets and nighttime envelopes the grounds. Though the Cemetery is often open for evening tours and special events, the opportunity for a general visit and exploration is rare. Join us for our first Summer Open House where we will open the gates after-hours and invite you to simply enjoy the North Section of the Cemetery grounds. Have a BYOB picnic, peruse our gift shop, take-in some night photography or simply walk around. Visitors can also view our special illumination display for veterans buried at Laurel Hill.

 

About the Illumination: Laurel Hill Cemetery contains over 1,400 known men and women who gave service to our nation, ranging from the Revolutionary War to Desert Storm. During our Summer Open House, we will honor those veterans with a candle lit at their gravesides. For many this will be the first time they are honored since the day they were buried. Visitors will have an opportunity to stroll through the grounds as the sun wanes in the sky, and give tribute and thanks to each of those who took up arms to defend the United States. A general tour detailing some of those veterans will be offered.

 

The Open House and Illumination will take place on Saturday, August 1 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm, with check-in at 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. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 

Guide: Russ Dodge

 

 

 

7TH ANNUAL HEARSE and PROFESSIONAL VEHICLE SHOW PRESENTED by the MOHNTON PROFESSIONAL CAR CLUB

Mohnton Professional Car Club (MPCC) welcomes owners of any and all hearses, ambulances, flower cars, limousines and other service vehicles to participate in its 7th Annual Service Car and Hearse Show to appropriately take place on the grounds of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join an eclectic collection of rare cars that include FYNLRYD, a 1947 modified Pontiac Superior, which is believed to be one of just two known street rod hearses on the East Coast! Country music band, Somebody's Circus (https://www.facebook.com/SomebodysCircus), and 80's style hardcore punk band, Video Massacre (https://www.facebook.com/videomassacre72). Bring your cameras, as this will be a Car Show unlike any other!

 

MPCC’s 7th Annual Hearse and Professional Vehicle Show will take place on Saturday, August 8 at 10:00am, rain or shine. Vehicles will be on display until 4:00pm. Refreshments will be available. Visitors can enter through Laurel Hill’s Gatehouse at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse.

 

Admission to the event is FREE and open to the public. For additional information, phone (215) 228-8200 or visit the MPCC Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/mohntonprocars

 

If you are the owner of a professional car, contact Shawn Koenig, MPCC President at MPCC08@live.com, or Russ Slegel at FYNLRYD@who2c.com to register your vehicle(s).

 

 

 

Yoga in the Cemetery

Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session in the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Schuylkill River. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Golomb. Emily teaches an all-levels Hatha class that enhances alignment, strength and balance. Students are encouraged to form a deeper connection with their minds and bodies throughout the meditative practice. Emily has been practicing yoga for over ten years, is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour RYT , and currently teaches at Studio 1831 in Fairmount. 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 twice a month, May through September. 

 

The event will take place on Saturday, August 8 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 $20/person. Purchasing advance tickets is suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, by phone (215) 228-8200, or online.

 
Instructor: Emily Golomb
 
 
 
Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? 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. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented on fourth Fridays, January through November; and second Saturdays, May through October.

 

The walking tour will take place on Saturday, August 8 at 11:00am, 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.

 
Guide: Nancy Wright
 
 
 

THE STREETS of PHILADELPHIA: PHILLY STREETS FOLLOWED BY PHILLY TREATS 

Philadelphia’s streets are as varied as her residents. Whether big and busy boulevards, quiet tree-lined lanes, or gray back alleys with asphalt as weathered as the old brick row homes that line them, each of our city’s streets bears a story all its own. Many of those stories end at the same figurative stop sign, however. From Shippen Lane to Gratz Street, Rittenhouse Square to Wayne Avenue, their namesake and extended family origins now rest at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Join us on this twilight trip through Laurel Hill – Philadelphia’s ultimate dead end – to learn more about how the roads upon which we live and travel earned their place on the map.

 

The tour will take place on Thursday, August 13 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; or $18/students and seniors. Reservations are suggested. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online
 
Guide: Pete Hoskins
 
 
 

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 gain 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.

 

August’s Lunar Stroll will take place on Friday, August 21 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. Advance reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online

 
Guide: Emma Stern
 
 
 

Cinema in the Cemetery 

 

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. In the 1946 feature film, Dressed to Kill (aka Prelude to Murder), Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must track down a set of music boxes in order to stop a group of murderous thieves. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages.

 

The screening will take place on Saturday, August 22 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. 
 
 
 

Yoga in the Cemetery

Find inner tranquility and balance during a one-hour yoga session in the peaceful backdrop of Laurel Hill Cemetery, overlooking the Schuylkill River. Sessions will be led by experienced yoga instructor, Emily Golomb. Emily teaches an all-levels Hatha class that enhances alignment, strength and balance. Students are encouraged to form a deeper connection with their minds and bodies throughout the meditative practice. Emily has been practicing yoga for over ten years, is a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour RYT , and currently teaches at Studio 1831 in Fairmount. 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 twice a month, May through September. 

 

The event will take place on Wednesday, August 26 at 6:30pm, 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.

 
Instructor: Emily Golomb
 
 
 
Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots and Storied Plots

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? 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. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented on fourth Fridays, January through November; and second Saturdays, May through October.

 

The walking tour will take place on Friday, August 28 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.

 
Guide:  Tom Stringer
 
 
 

SOUTH OF THE BRIDGE: EXPLORATIONS of the CEMETERY’S SOUTHERNMOST SOD

The South is known for its legacies and legends and the southernmost section of Laurel Hill Cemetery is no exception. The man who exhibited his monument while he was still living and had it reviewed by the venerable New York Times; the highest ranking Civil War officer and his tales of battle; a passenger on the ill-fated Titanic; and the soldier who was with Custer at his last stand. These are just a few of the tales we will cover on this fascinating exploration of South Laurel Hill. Bring your cameras as this excursion will provide an opportunity to see a section of Laurel Hill rarely included on regular walking tours. 

 

This walking tour will take place on Sunday, August 30 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, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online.
 
Guide:  Jerry McCormick