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The exquisite garden at Stoneleigh mansion in Villanova (above) serves as a natural bucolic setting for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's final summer outdoor program with Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in all its musical grandeur, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. 

Outdoor activities fill the larger portion of our calendar in the days ahead. most of them free and all of them of great appeal.  Here's a sampling: Spruce St. Harbor Park grows bigger and better with each passing summer and by now has reached a niche as a top attraction at 301 S. Columbus Blvd. where the amenities fit the pocketbooks and wish lists of all the family with foods and beverages, comfy and colorful swaying hammocks, a floating barge bar, acres of green lawns, arcade games, river views and breezes, and more. Easily reached via SEPTA bus #12.  •


Yoga outdoors is a refreshing treat. Each Wednesday through July 28, Violet  Vine leads in-person masked groups in her own yoga formulas from 7 to 8 p.m. in Bridesburg at 4601 Richmond St. Pre-registration is required at  Race St. Pier is also a magnet for yoga enthusiasts where free yoga classes take place on most Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays, conducted by Three Queens Yoga Studio. through Sept. 26. Breezes are guaranteed at Race St. and N. Columbus Blvd.  •

Phillypumptrack is a novelty for bike riders and suitable for family outings with helmets and bikes available for borrowing.Closed-toe shoes are required and for riders under 18 signed waivers are mandatory. Special days for tots under 5 are in the planning stages. Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 30.  •

If you missed the many free fireworks displays of the past July 4 weekend, fear not.   A drive to Wildwood, NJ on Fridays through Sept. 3 will give you ample memories of this glorious  nighttime aerial tradition available up and down the Wildwood Boardwalk.  •

The Philadelphia Orchestra is on their ticketed Digital Stage on July 8 at 8 p.m. with Yannick Nezet-Seguin conducting his forces in a refreshing program of French music:  Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and his "Mother Goose Suite", plus Bizet's Symphony No. 1.  Available on demand through 11 p.m. on July 15. 

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There's no cooler place than Bartram's Garden so their weekly special events are of keen interest during these outdoor days.  On July 9, they offer a Nightime Pollinating Observation event, followed on July 10 with a guided tour of the Bartram Meadow. 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Timings and other information at 215-729-5281 or www. Nice to know that you can get there via car, SEPTA and boat!  •

The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia's sweet summer series of Orchestra in the Garden comes to an end on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. under the baton of Maestro Dirk Brosse in Mozart's Symphony No. 29 in a stunning outdoor setting in the natural garden  at Stoneleigh mansion in Villanova, PA.  Fresh air in a bucolic vista surrounded by great music. Details at 215-545-5451 and Rain date is July 18.  •

A short ride to Wilmington on July 15 will get you to another of Opera Delaware's outdoor Pop-Up Operas. This 7 p.m. free community performance opens with Sinatra-style crooner Sean Reilly followed after intermission by operatic selections from the company's corps of youthful voices. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. Details at 302-442-7807  •

The remarkable Amici Opera Co. has loaded its July presentations to seven performances of four operas, two of them  infrequently performed powerhouses, and two total rarities, the latter two figuring in our current cultural calendar. Gomes's "Maria Tudor" is set for July 10 at 4 p.m., followed by Ponchielli's "I Lituani" on July 11 at 3 p.m., July 17 at 4 p.m. sung by young operatic hopefuls with piano accompaniment. Information and tickets at 215-224-0257.  •

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