5 Fun Things to Do Near Jenkintown

After a busy day here at Manor College with classes, assignments, exams and more, students may need some time to unwind and have some fun. I compiled a list of five places you could attend close to campus in the Jenkintown area. After reading this, let me know if you have any further suggestion of what you consider to be a fun activity.

Alverthorpe Park

Not that far from the campus is a beautiful park called Alverthorpe, located on Jenkintown Rd and Forrest Avenue. This park gives free membership for students, teachers, and faculty at Manor College with the ID badge. Right now it is open from 8am to 5pm, but starting March 4th it will be open until 8pm. There are many different activities you can do here. One thing you can do: play basketball at the basketball court. This is good for those on the basketball team who want to practice in an outdoor environment. It is open all year round. This is a gorgeous place to take a run or walk with the beautiful trees, and animals that run around. Also, for a $15 fee you could have a relaxing night and go camping. When I have gone on a run in the past I saw several deer. Additional activities that come at a price are: tennis courts with a 1.5 hour limit, fishing, and Par-3 Golf. You can also reserve picnic tables for $5.00. For more information, visit the Alverthorpe website.

source: TTF Watershed

Abington Art Center

For those who have an appreciation for art and want to find something free to do, the “Abington Art Center” in Jenkintown is for you. You can find this on a 27 acre campus that is located 10 miles away from Center City. This is located on 515 Meetinghouse Rd. The Winter Gallery is open until March 23rd Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am to 8pm and Saturdays from 10am to 1pm.  It is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and Fridays. The sculpture park which looks like is getting work on right now is open each day from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit their site.

The Austrian Village

If you want to go some place for lunch or dinner with food from another country, I would suggest the Austrian Village on 321 Huntingdon Pike. This is open from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 10pm. An example of something Austrian you can have here is a schnitzel, which is a type of breaded pork cutlet. You can also get a variety of salads, burgers, and sandwiches. For more information, visit their website.

Joseph’s Pizza

For those who enjoy pizza I would recommend “Joseph’s Pizza” which is not that far off from the Austrian Village, located on 7947 Oxford Avenue. They have a unique pizza made from “signature fresh dough” with their special sauce with mozzarella cheese on the top of it.  For those who want something besides pizza there is also pasta, salads, wings, and sandwiches. For students or those on campus who want to bring something on campus to share or eat alone, they have a take out option. For more information on the foods they have, or the history of the restaurant, visit their website here.

source: Wikipedia

Hiway Theater

Wouldn’t it be relaxing to go to see a movie after a long day of work and classes? Try the the Hiway Theater on 212 York Road. This week, there are two movies showing. One of them is “The Upside” starring Philly-born Kevin Hart (let me know how it is if you go and see it). The other one is called “The Favorite” starring Olivia Coleman. Find the most current schedule on their website.

Source: Hiway Theater

I hope you take some time to look at these Jenkintown gems!

By marketing intern Will Rodebaugh III

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What’s Varenyky? Learning to Cook the Ukrainian Pierogi

Last week at Manor College, we celebrated our fifteenth annual “Founders’ Day,” a series of week-long events that students, professors, faculty and alumni participate in. This was the first year where Founders’ Day was celebrated over the course of one week. The week consisted of community service, food creation, social media events, awards, and celebration. One particular event was a food making event where we created “Ukrainian Varenyky.” This is like a pierogi.

I was very happy to participate in making a handful of these delicious pierogi. Making it was not as difficult as I thought it would be. In creating this dish, very few ingredients were needed to make the shell. Only flour, salt, oil, and water were required. I started by combining flour and salt and putting it into a bowl. I added oil and water and stirred it to mix it up. Then I did the part I thought was the most fun. I put the dough on a mat for five minutes and rolled the dough with my bare hands until it got smooth and soft. I enjoyed this because it allowed me to get all my strength in the dough and improve my coordination skills. I always enjoy opportunities for doing that.

After that, I took a brief ten minute break in order to let the dough rest on the mat. Then I rolled out half of the dough with a roller until it was ⅛ inches thick. After rolling, I used a tool to make small circles out of the dough. I was able to make nine small circles out of it. Then it was time to fill up the circles with the fillings. I had a couple of different options to fill them with. The ingredients were mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, and sauerkraut. You could also put sour cream and fried onions on top of them.

Personally, I thought filling and rolling the varenyky was the most difficult part for me. I needed to put a spoonful of filling into the circle. It turned out on a majority of them I ended up putting too much mashed potatoes and cheese in them. Pretty much if anything stuck out while it was baking it would pop open. This was soon corrected with help. I needed to fold the circle in half and keep giving them small pinches. I wrapped the process up by taking my nine pirogies to the kitchen and boiled them for five minutes. In the end, they looked a bit soggy, but I still think I did a good job. I realize that if I keep making these I can do a whole lot better.

It turned out that there were trays and trays full of Ukrainian varenyky. I thought they tasted really good. It was an awesome idea to learn how to create this food. Something cool about the varenyky is that you can put any food you want inside. It can be beef, chicken, or even a something dessert-like, such as fruit.  I really enjoy learning how to cook things even though I have not done it so much. I hope it is something that I will keep on improving as time goes on.

Will Rodebaugh is an intern in the Manor College marketing department.