Wyck Under Stars

Citywide Star Party 2019

April 26, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Wyck, Historic House, Garden and Farm
6026 Germantown Avenue
PA 19144
Tess Frydman, Director of Interpretation and Public Outreach

This event has been cancelled due to severe weather forecast.  We hope to see to back at Wyck very soon!


Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as area astronomers provide tours of the night sky that will unlock the wonders of the universe! Come stargaze in Wyck’s historic rose garden or take a nighttime tour of the house.  A special kid’s activity will be offered in the rose garden and an introduction to 3D printing will be featured in the Ed Shed (see below for more information).

An astronomer and a telescope will be provided by the Philadelphia Science Festival, but you are welcome to bring your own telescope if you have one. You are also welcome to bring your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, but please take out anything you bring in.

Carillon Welcome!

The 50 bell carillon of the First United Methodist Church of Germantown will sound out to welcome visitors to Wyck for the Star Party.  From 7:30-8:00pm visitors  will be treated to “When You Wish Upon a Star”, “Moonlight Sonata”, “A Whole New World”, “Moonlight Serenade” and “What a Wonderful World” (among other selections).

This is a rain or shine location – in the event of rain or clouds, activities will be moved into the Education Building; tours will remain as scheduled.



 An opportunity to learn about 3D printing!

3D printer at work
3D printer at work!

3D printing is a fascinating technology that combines interests in artistic design, 3D modeling, engineering, mechanics, and computing, and is becoming more accessible every year.  Ben Carlson will have his 3D printer on hand at Wyck to show off the process of additive manufacturing in person.  Drop in and out to:

  • watch an astronomy-inspired 3D print occur over the course of a couple of hours.
  • learn about the software available to create and slice 3D models to be printed.
  • ask questions about the process.
Ben Carlson photo
Ben Carlson

Ben Carlson is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he teaches legal research and manages digital content for the law school.  In addition to 3D printing, his interests include: photography, video production, computer programming, and general gadgetry.





Science Festival Logo

Pictures from the 2017 Star Party: