Rydal Park Clubs, Classes, Cuisine and Cultural Events – Winter 2014

November 30, 2014

Events. Excursions. Our Winter Calendar bustles with activities, and no two are alike.


The Rydal Park Trip Planners organize and take journeys all over the tri-state area. They may go locally to the Abington Art Center or Meadowbrook Farm, a bit further out to Woodmere Art Museum, or further yet to Chester County’s Brandywine River Museum and Winterthur. There are trips to the shore for theater and lunch excursions, and into Philadelphia to the Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, or trolley tours of the Mural Arts Program. The ideas keep flowing and the group has greater successes each season.


In addition to the wide variety of museums throughout Philadelphia and beyond – including the Mercer and Michener museums in Doylestown – Rydal Park residents regularly travel to a variety of cultural destinations. Every season, they attend performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Ballet. They enjoy opera simulcasts from the Met at the Regal Warrington and holiday concerts in Abington, Chestnut Hill, and Philadelphia. 2015 will see a great trip schedule to Ambler’s Act 2 Playhouse, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Walnut Street Theater and others, for matinees and evening performances, as well as to smaller theaters such as productions at Penn State Abington College, Arcadia University, Jenkintown Music Theater, and Abington Friends School.


In a new collaboration between Penn State Abington college and Rydal Park, faculty members are making a series of monthly presentations to residents on a variety of engaging and enlightening topics. Recent talks have included Home- Grown Modernists: Authors Linked to Southeastern Pennsylvania and a detailed history of the Ogontz section of Rydal where the school now stands. 2015 will bring discussions on The Lost Generation on the French Riviera; Political Activism, African American Women and Religion; NASA Voyages through the Solar System; and A Historical Perspective on European Unification. Rydal Park has also hosted University of Pennsylvania professors and has an ongoing monthly World War II-era Holocaust and Beyond film series presented by the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic – who just so happens to be a Rydal Park resident.

Multi-week, college-level courses return to Rydal Park in 2015, including those taught by Manor College and an ongoing, wildly popular Friday Comparative Religions series. In addition, Rydal Park hosts a variety of local authors who provide behind-the-scenes stories such as former Congressman Joe Hoeffel and syndicated cartoonist Terry LaBan, and each October hosts virtually everyone running for local office in a Candidate Meet and Greet.

Upcoming programs will also focus on Black History Month and Women’s History Month, Chinese New Year, National Heart Month in February and National Brain Awareness Week in March. Ongoing, Rydal Park has a weekly, resident-led Cultural Events Group and Art Class (taught by a Masters-level professional artist), frequent computer classes, and monthly groups on finance, photography, the environment, and the English language.


Every holiday comes alive at Rydal Park, from New Year’s, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day to Easter and Passover, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. Whether it’s music for Mardis Gras, solemn reflection for Veterans Day and Memorial Day, building a sukkah for Sukkot, taking part in the World Day of Prayer, or even celebrating Cinco de Mayo, we learn about each other and embrace various customs. We even have line dancing, a choir, Sunday jazz brunches, gourmet dinners, wine tastings, and socials with live music!


Rydal Park is a community of individuals who embrace the greater community by taking part in programs that seek to improve it. There are green initiatives that help reduce our carbon footprint, clothing drives orchestrated through numerous organizations, and multiple barrels of new presents donated to needy children through Toys for Tots. Other programs provide a natural forum for interaction between generations, such as Story Reading at area elementary schools, and interviews by high school students, enabling residents to share their amazing life experiences.


At Rydal Park, we understand that one key to maintaining the mind, body and spirit is to engage in exercise on a regular basis. That’s why we provide an assortment of tools designed support our residents’ fitness initiatives. From exercising their bodies in our fitness center to challenging their mind through educational courses to flexing their spirits through engaging programs and classes, Rydal Park residents will discover that we offer the best health and wellness resources to keep them in tip-top shape.


  • Tai Chi – the spiritual art of movement increases your stability and calm body awareness.
  • Balance Class – improves balance on many levels, with multiple focal points on the body.
  • Walking Group – brings fresh air, consistent movement and social interaction both indoors and out, all year round.
  • Weekly Ping-Pong Game – keep fit with a friendly competition against seasoned opponents.
  • Wii Games – bowling is the main sport played during this friendly though challenging computer-based game, good for people of all activity levels.
  • Circuit Class – working on a variety of machines in our Fitness Center in a program specifically designed for each individual resident.
  • H20 Interval – a full-body workout in the indoor pool with slow-moving resistance and walking.
  • Tummies & Thighes – a pool-based group, focusing on waist-down abdominal and leg exercises.
  • Stretch & Tone – focuses on flexibility and movement, strengthening muscles and stability.
  • Abington YMCA Yoga – emphasizes a peaceful connection with the body through calm, slow movements and deep breathing.
  • Aqua Sculpt – an exercise program in the pool, allowing muscle resistance and strengthening.