Grab a blanket and take a tour of the cosmos with local astronomers. As part of the Philadelphia Science Festival (www.philasciencefestival.org), over 20 venues in and around the city will play host to astronomy night star parties with amateur astronomers coming out en mass with their telescopes to show locals the wonders of the night sky.If you have your own telescope or binoculars, bring them along! Don't forget to bring your own blankets, beach chairs, beverages and/or snacks! Relaxing and stargazing from Philly's most ethereal site = a perfect way to end the week. Astronomy Night at Laurel Hill Cemetery will take place on Friday, April 28 at 7:30pm. 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 www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Laurel Hill is America's first National Historic Landmark Cemetery, boasting art, architecture, nature and stunning river views. This final resting place of numerous historic notables is open daily with free admission for self-guided tours or recreation. Joggers, dog walkers, bicyclists and photographers are welcome. Unique public tours and events are offered throughout the year, with all proceeds benefitting the preservation and educational mission of Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Is there anything on the other side? What becomes of our life energy after we die? Professional ghost hunters, Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators, have conducted numerous investigations of historic Laurel Hill Cemetery in search of answers to these questions. Join FSPI for this unique event, as they cover some of the basics in the field of ghost hunting. Participants will then have the opportunity to experiment firsthand with ghost hunting equipment, while joining FSPI team leaders on group investigations of some of the cemetery's most reportedly active sections. After the hunt, refuel with complimentary snacks and refreshments. The program will take place on Friday, May 5 at 7:00pm, 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 $40/person general admission. Advance reservations are requested, as space is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Visit Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators online at http://www.freespiritpi.com.
Edgar Allan Poe spent his most productive years in Philadelphia, and many have speculated that his tales may have been inspired amidst the graves and gardens of Laurel Hill Cemetery. Newly opened when Poe took up residence in the city, the growing necropolis could draw more than 150,000 visitors in one season alone... Surely, Poe could well have been among those curious souls. As the sun sets over the cemetery's historic tombs, The Mechanical Theater will bring Poe's most haunting tales to life in this original production, written and directed by Loretta Vasile. Two young men hide out in the shadows of Laurel Hill Cemetery while hosting a secret on-line auction. The clock is ticking as they try to sell a priceless, stolen object known only as The Anathema. When the antique expert finally arrives to verify the object's authenticity, he shares with them some of The Anathema's dark history as well as rumors of its power. But as the night goes on, one of the thieves starts to suspect these stories are far more than legend. This anthology piece will include Edgar Allan Poe's "Hop-frog," "The Masque of the Red Death," and "The Pit and The Pendulum." Performances will take place on Thursday, May 18; Friday, May 19; and Saturday May 20 at 7pm (with a pre-scheduled rain date of Sunday, May 21 at 7pm). Gates open at 6pm. Ticketholders 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. Bring your own blankets or beach chairs, picnics, and/or beverages. The cost is $20/person general admission. Advance registration is requested. Tickets can be purchased online at www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org.