Town Hall in Winter

The CHCA encourages a sense of community and works to improve the quality of life in Chestnut Hill.

Visit us at Town Hall
8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-8810

From the Executive Director

Dear Neighbors and Friends of Chestnut Hill,

Summer is here with a vengence! I hope everyone is staying cool. Pastorius Park Concerts continue throughout July. Congratulations to the Concerts Committee on doing such a fantastic job with the performer selection, every one has been great! Movies Under the Stars starts in August at the Water Tower park (read more below) – we hope to see you there!



Anne McNiff

Anne McNiff

Executive Director

Thank you to our E-News Digital Sponsors

Chestnut Hill Hospital

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy


Chestnut Hill Community Association Wants Your Input

Focus Groups are being held in July, please join us!

The CHCA is looking to expand its membership benefits and we need your input! We are conducting independent focus groups on July 16th and 18th at 7:00 pm to discuss current membership value and potential additional perks for our members. We are looking to find additional things that you, as a member, would value as well as benefits that you feel would help attract new members. The information we gather will be part of a strategic plan to increase CHCA membership as well as a retention plan for current members.

To participate in the focus group please contact Cindy Benzing at or 215-248-8800 by Friday, July 12th.

Available spots will be filled on a first-come basis.


Chestnut Hill Community Association’s
Annual Meeting and Community Supper

Thank you to everyone who joined us! It was a lovely evening. Dr. William R. Valerio spoke about the transformation in recent years at Woodmere Art Museum, and plan to work with Andropogon Associates, a Landscape Architecture and Ecological Design firm, to create an outdoor sculpture garden.

The evening included Annual Summary Reports on the CHCA, Chestnut Hill Local and the Chestnut Hill Community Fund.

We also honored winners of our Chestnut Hill Award, Meritorius Service Award and Benefactor’s Award.

The Chestnut Hill Award, for the preservation of Erdenheim Farm to the Widener and Dixon Families, Natural Lands, The Whitemarsh Foundation, and the McCausland Family.

The Meritorious Service Award, for her work as the chairperson of the Pastorius Park  Concert Series, Julie Byrne.

The Benefactor’s Award, for the donation to CHCA’s tree-planting and green space initiative,the Estate of James A. Black, Jr.

Read the article in the Chestnut Hill Local, CHCA marks 71 years with potluck supper, award presentations and lecture by Brandan Sample

View photos from the evening


71th Annual Pastorius Park Concerts, Wednesdays, 7:30 pm, FREE

Pastorius Park Concerts Continue into July!

Police and Firefighters honored on July 10

It’s been a fabulous series so far and we have three more concerts to enjoy in July. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music. The free concerts are supported by both the Chestnut Hill Community Association and Main Sponsor, Chestnut Hill Hospital.

The donations collected at our July 10 concert, featuring Beppe Gambetta, will go to the Police District #14 Advisory Fund and the Firefighters Widow Fund. Please join the CHCA and make a donation! If you cannot attend the concert you can deliver your donation to CHCA, 8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, or make an online donation on our website by 7/11/19.

Pastorius Park Concerts is the longest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia! Concerts take place against the backdrop of one of Chestnut Hill’s most majestic areas. Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy the music!.

Pastorius Park is located two blocks west of Germantown Avenue, on Millman Street. Rain location- If a show is rained out, it will take place at our new rain venue, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Chapel @ the Inn, 500 West Willow Grove Avenue


Thank you to our Concession Sponsor for the season

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

All donations collected at our July 10th concert will go to the Police #14 Advisory Fund and the Firefighters Widow Fund.

XPN Welcomes

July 10

Beppe Gambetta

A master innovator of the acoustic guitar:


July 17

Christine Havrilla & Gypsy FuzzNeofunkadelicfolkpoptwangrock:


July 24

The Gothard Sisters

Contemporary Celtic Group

Concert Sponsored by

Merrill Lynch-Nottingham, Walsh, Goodman and Associates

Merrill Lynch

Big News!! Films Announced for Chestnut Hill’s
Friday Night Movies Under the Stars

August 2, 9, 16, 23; Free

Food Trucks arrive at 7:00 pm, Movie begins at 8:00 pm

Water Tower Recreation Center

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics to the lawn at the Water Tower Recreation Center and enjoy an evening of Movies Under the Stars! Each week we will also have delicious treats to enjoy at the food trucks, which arrive at 7:00 pm. The film begins as sunset, around 8:00 pm. Interested in becoming a Movie Night Sponsor? Contact Anne McNiff at

August 2 – Wonder Woman (2017), PG-13

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.
Pitruco Pizza is a brick oven pizza place specializing in 12” Neopolitan style personal-sized pizzas made from scratch to order. Delicious options include margherita, soppressata, radicchio annd eggplant.  They also offer San Pellegrino and soda.

August 9 – Wonder Park (2019), PG

Wonder Park tells the story of an amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl named June comes alive.

Grilly Cheese– is a food truck that serves the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the world! We’ve tried them! Every sandwich includes a side of hand-cut fries or side salad. So many options, check out their menu.

August 16 – Fantastic Beasts – The Crimes of Grindelwald (2018), PG-13

The second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” series featuring the adventures of Magizoologist Newt Scamander.

Flying Deutchman –We are so delighted that Stirling is returning with his excellent mobile German restaurant! Enjoy dishes including jaeger schnitzel, wiener schnitzel, bockwurst, bratkartoffeln (German style home fries), and kartoffel salad, (house made potato salad). View his menu.

August 23 – Avengers: End Game (2019), PG-13

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.


PhylloDelphia– Enjoy the rich flavors of Greek and Mediterranean food that is traditional and made from family recipes and always from scratch! Phyllo Filled Triangles Spanakopita (Spinach and Feta Cheese), Sausage and Cheese, Buffalo Chicken

Water Tower Recreation Center is located at 209 East Hartwell Lane, Phila., Pa.

 Thank you to our Movie Sponsors!


Strengthen Your Social Connections in 2019

Was one of your resolutions for 2019 to get more involved and build your network of friends and colleagues? At the Chestnut Hill Community Association our volunteers collaborate throughout the year to bring our neighborhood vital, engaging and fun community events. Our summer events include weekly Wednesday evening Pastorius Park Concerts and starting in August our Friday Night Movies Under the Stars. Come out and help set up for the event around 6:30 pm, or stay a bit later and help us pack up.

We also have committees that help to promote membership in the CHCA, plant trees in our community, and plan summer programming.

If you’re interested in meeting your neighbors and being a part of the fun in Chestnut Hill, give us a call at 215-248-8810 or email our office at


Become a Chestnut Hill Community Association Member! Growing A Stronger Community Together

Membership Includes:

  • 10% off at participating restaurants and businesses throughout Chestnut Hill and area. View the list!
  • Discounts to CHCA events like our Christmas Holiday House Tour, Black & White Gala, and Great Houses Tour
  • The opportunity to support community programming.

The cost of membership is only $50!

Membership helps support our free community events like Pastorious Park Concerts, Movies Under the Stars, the Community Holiday Parade and our advocacy work representing Chestnut Hill to the City.


Regularly Scheduled CHCA Meeting Dates

The CHCA exists thanks to the commitment of many, many volunteers, of every talent, expertise, and interest. They serve on every committee and make possible every initiative. Thank you to each and every one!

(meetings dates and times may change, please confirm by calling 215-248-8811)

Land Use Planning Zoning (LUPZ) 
Tuesday, July 11

1st Thursday of each month, 8:00 p.m.
Chestnut Hill Hospital
8835 Germantown Avenue, Main Level Conference Room

Meeting Schedule

Residential Parking Committee Meeting

Thursday, July 15 (this is a July only date)

2nd Thursday of each month, 8:30 a.m.
40 West Evergreen Avenue

Membership Committee
Monday, July 8

2nd Monday of each month, 7:00 p.m.

Town Hall, 2nd Floor
8434 Germantown Avenue

Streetscape Committee
Wednesday, August 7
1st Wednesday of each month, 8:30 a.m.

Town Hall, 2nd Floor
8434 Germantown Avenue

Development Review Committee (DRC)
Tuesday, July 16
3rd Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m. (NOTE NEW TIME)
Chestnut Hill Hospital, 8835 Germantown Avenue, Main Level Conference Room

Executive Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 11
2nd Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m.
Woodward Center
8419 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Board of Directors
Thursday, July 25
Board meetings are usually 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00 p.m.

On the Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Campus – Haber Room, Wissahickon Inn (SCHA), 468 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia

For additional information
See our weekly listing in the Chestnut Hill Local.
Call the CHCA office at 215-248-8810 to learn more about becoming a volunteer.

From the Philadelphia Police Department
Community Meetings with 14th District Police Officers 

Do you have questions or concerns about crime in our community? Attend the monthly meetings of Police Sector Area (PSA) 4, which covers Chestnut Hill and parts of Mt. Airy, or PSA 3, which covers Mt. Airy.

PSA 3 Meeting 
Lt. Benita Johnson

Thursday, July 18, 7:00 p.m.

6950 Germantown Avenue

PSA 4 Meeting

Lt. Demetrios Pittaoulis

Monday, July 22, 7:00 PM
8500 Pickering Street

Additional meetings held at 14th District Headquarters
43 West Haines Street

Captain’s Townhall Meeting 
with Captain Nicholas Smith
Tuesday, July 16,  6:00 p.m.
43 West Haines Street

Town Watch Meeting
Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
43 West Haines Street

14th District Community Meeting

Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
43 West Haines Street

For more information call 215-686-3140 or visit the 14th District’s website.

Email the 14th District

CH Community Events & Activities

 A listing of just a few of the great things happening throughout Chestnut Hill brought to you by the Friends and Partners of the CHCA

Stagecrafters Theater

Now Playing

Reader’s Theater is back with a new play, Strokes.

Written and directed by Linda Palmarozza and Sandy Hankin.

July 12, 13 at 8:00 pm, and July 14 at 2:00 pm

For more information: STAGECRAFTERS

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8434 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118