Morrisville resident pens book on legendary Trenton music club

by Mimi Rowland

Do you remember City Gardens, the alternative music club in Trenton? Amy Yates Wuelfing does, and she has written a book about its long and storied history.

Amy, a lifelong resident of Morrisville, frequented City Gardens while it existed from 1980 to 1994. She and co-author Steven Lodovico spent more than a decade researching the club, the bands that played there, its patrons, and those who made it all work. They conducted over 100 interviews to create this book, entitled “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens.” They spoke with people such as Jon Stewart of The Daily Show who once bartended at the club, “Gentleman” (and comedian) Jim Norton who worked there as a bouncer, Black Flag frontman and onetime Trenton resident Henry Rollins, and many others who came together to create a haven for underground music and the outsiders and misfits who loved it.

Back in the days before the Internet, fans found new music by listening to college radio stations and searching through record stores like Third Street Jazz where Amy once worked. Clubs like City Gardens gave new bands a place to play and audiences a way to see them. There was also a weekly dance night where, for only 90 cents, kids could dance the night away to new wave music. Those who felt that they were different from everyone else found others like themselves and were accepted for who they were. After the club closed, people were so sentimental about it that there were even reunions held from time to time.

While researching for the book, the new owners of the building let Amy go in to look around. She was surprised by what bad shape it was in. “Chunks of the roof are missing and you can see daylight and rain coming in.”

City Gardens was an anomaly. Not in New York, not in Philadelphia, it popped up in a blighted urban area and promoter Randy Now managed to book some rather well-known acts such as Iggy Pop and Ween. Amy notes that The Ramones used to play there on a very regular basis, to the point where audiences took them for granted and expected that they would always be there. Now they are an iconic band of their time period. Randy’s promoting skills earned City Gardens a permanent place in the history of underground music.

Amy is now working on a book about record stores across the country. She wants to document a time period before people could download music at home, when there was more personal interaction around music. She has remained friends with City Gardens promoter Randy Now, who owns The Man Cave in Bordentown, NJ where people can still buy albums, CDs, and even videotapes. She has also traveled to Cleveland to interview one of the founders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, who also happened to be one of the creators of the Philadelphia Record Exchange. She is interested in documenting Americana and things that are “unique to our culture.”

Just across the bridge from Morrisville at 1701 Calhoun Street, City Gardens was a musical Mecca in an unlikely place. Amy says her book is the story of a time and a place that will never come again and it just needed to be captured.

Amy will be signing her new book, “No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of the Legendary City Gardens” at Randy Now’s Man Cave in Bordentown, NJ on Saturday and Sunday, March 8th and 9th, and at Siren Records in Doylestown on Friday, March 14th. You can also find her at the Trenton Punk Rock Flea Market on Sunday, March 30th, and in Philadelphia at Serrano/Tin Angel on Thursday, April 3rd. Just remember, there is no slam dancing at these signing events!

PHOTO CAP: Amy Wuelfing


Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day set for April 26th

Yardley Borough’s Annual Recycling Day, scheduled for Saturday, April 26th, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, provides local residents and businesses with the opportunity to do some early spring cleaning while protecting the environment.

This “rain or shine” event, co-sponsored by the Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) and the Yardley Business Association (YBA), takes place in Buttonwood Park, adjacent to the Yardley Town Center in the borough.

Entry to the event will be off of Main Street, between Firehouse Cycles and The Face and Body Spa. Volunteers will direct anyone with donations to drop off locations within Buttonwood Park.

E-Waste will be collecting electronics equipment. Recycling Day also offers the convenience of on-site shredding of paper, documents and CDs. Any “sensitive” documents will be shredded directly in front of the person and disposed of properly.

On the same day and in conjunction with the event, the Yardley Borough Police Department sponsors a prescription drug collection. All unused medications, current or expired, will be accepted at the Yardley Borough Police Station.

No sharps of any kind will be accepted.

Unacceptable Items Include:

  • Alkaline batteries
  • Antifreeze or used motor oil
  • Car batteries
  • Cardboard
  • Clothing
  • Hazardous waste or materials
  • Lead paint
  • Regular paint

For more information, call Marybeth at 267-597-9977. On Facebook, visit “Yardley Borough EAC” or e-mail


Celebrate Spring and Earth Day at Five Mile Woods

Celebrate Spring and Earth Day with a visit to Five Mile Woods on Sunday, April 27 from 12 noon to 3 p.m.  Located in Lower Makefield Township at 1305 Big Oak Road, the preserve is a 300-acre wooded natural area filled with diverse plant and animal life. Knowledgeable guides will offer tours of the Woods featuring the signs of spring from blooming wildflowers to calling wood frogs.  Naturalist John Heilferty will be on hand to show visitors frogs, salamanders and turtles that live in tanks in Woods Headquarters as well as other biofacts that have been found in the Woods.

Refreshments will be provided following tours. Tours are free, open to the public and appropriate for both adults and children. No reservations are necessary. Since some of the trails may be wet please wear appropriate shoes.

Five Mile Woods is located near the intersection of Big Oak and Oxford Valley Roads near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. The preserve is open every day from dawn until dusk. For more information, call 215-493-6652.


Yardley-Makefield Library Friends hold Annual Bargain Book Sale

The Friends of the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library will hold its annual spring Bargain Book Sale at the library, 1080 Edgewood Road in Yardley, on the following dates and times: Friday, April 25th from 10:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday, April 26th from 9:00am to 4:00pm; and Monday, April 28th from 10:00am to 8:00pm. All items will be $.50 or $1; adult books, children’s hardcover books, music CD’s, DVD’s, books on tape, and puzzles and games will be $1. Children’s paperback books will be $.50; there will be some specially priced items as well.   Monday is Half Price Day.

The Friends are currently accepting donations for their book sales; there will also be an August Book Sale as well as a December Holiday Book Sale this year. Call the library if you are donating more than two boxes of books.  Moldy, water-damaged, or missing pages, as well as encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, or textbooks older than 2-3 years, are not accepted for the book sales. All monies raised go to the Friends to support the Yardley-Makefield Branch Library.


Combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals

submitted by McCaffrey’s Supermarkets

There is so much variety and creativity when it comes to food and meal planning, it is truly a misconception that eating healthy is restrictive, boring and tasteless. “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month, which is celebrated in March each year.  This also is the topic of the next nutrition program at McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley scheduled for Thursday, April 24th at 10:00am.

Consumer research indicates that taste tops nutrition as to why one food is purchased over another. With that said, we need to work on combining taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that meet the US dietary guidelines.  To help us achieve our goal, McCaffrey’s Executive Chef Eric Blackshire will be on hand to prepare a palate- pleasing dish that will contain fresh, whole ingredients. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy Chef Eric’s creation and ask questions regarding recipes and cooking techniques. Registered Dietitian Jill Kwasny will provide the latest information as to how to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” With a few tweaks here and there, it is encouraging how some simple dietary changes can improve overall health and well-being.

McCaffrey’s Supermarket in Yardley is located in the Edgewood Village Shopping Center, 635 Heacock Road. The class meets in the upstairs bistro area.  Please RSVP to Jill Kwasny at or leave a message at  215-750-7713.


Chick Pea Salad with Tomatoes

Enjoy this fresh and tasty recipe adapted from the American Heart Association all year long. For more  healthful recipes, visit 


1 (15.5-ounce) can chickpeas (no added salt), drained and rinsed
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1 cucumber, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 bell pepper, seeds removed and chopped
¼ small red or yellow onion, sliced
½ cup chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
½ tablespoon balsamic vinegar or lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon sweet paprika


  1. Add all the ingredients into a large bowl. 
  2. Stir to combine and serve.

Nutrition Information

168 calories, 4.5 g fat, .5 g saturated fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 48 mg sodium, 6 g fiber, 25 g carbohydrate, 7 g protein


Bids now being accepted for Veterans Square Monument!

The Veterans Square Foundation is in the process of accepting bids for Veterans Square Monument which will be constructed – and hopefully completed – this summer, if we have enough funding!  This is our last call to be a part of a community monument.  You can purchase a Freedom Paver as part of our Stepping Stone Campaign to have your family, a veteran, your business or organization recognized in Veterans Square Monument.  The pavers start at $125 for a 4 by 8″ brick.  Please see the attached brochure for details or other options.   
If you know a veteran who lived in Lower Makefield or Yardley at any time in his/her life, we will engrave his/her name on our Wall of Honor at no charge.   Details are also on the attached brochure.  
Deadline for both is April 17th, 2014!
If you know a mason or contractor who might like to work with a veterans cause and build our monument, it’s not too late.  Have them view our website for the bid documents  Bids are due May 1st.
Thank you for helping us honor those who make freedom possible for all!


PHS Presents “Around The World in Seven Plays”

Pennsbury High School is proud to present its Spring drama, “Around the World in Seven Plays,” at Pennsbury High School West, 608 S. Olds Blvd. in Fairless Hills, on Thursday, April 10th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, April 12th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm.
The ensemble production will feature 28 student actors, two student directors, and a technical crew of 52 students. The play will be directed by retired Pennsbury teacher, Mary Kay Everett.  “I chose these short plays to allow for a greater number of kids to experience what it’s like to have a featured role in a production while learning how to be an ensemble player at the same time,” said Ms. Everett. “The multiple scene and costume changes will require a lot of technical know-how, as well.”
The audience is invited to travel around the world to explore forgotten myths and legends in seven fast-paced and humorous plays-within-the play. The tales span the continents, featuring such countries as Russia, Czechoslovakia, India, Japan, South Africa, Brazil, and the Americas.
Tickets are $7 and are available at the door.


Landmark Towns of Bucks County & Morrisville-Yardley Area Rotary Club present River Towns Road Ralley

Rev those engines, open the convertible and take a drive through the Landmark Towns of Bucks County on Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1-4 p.m. River Towns Road Rally participants will decipher a set of eight clues to secret destinations in the four towns of New Hope, Yardley, Morrisville and Bristol, drive to the locales for confirmation and conclude in Morrisville at historic Summerseat for a wine and cheese reception. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Please join us!  Registration is limited to 30 vehicles. Fees are $45 per vehicle; $60 after April 11, 2014. Meet at the Morrisville Presbyterian Church parking lot, 771 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Morrisville, PA 19067 between 1-2 p.m. for staggered starts.

Two secret destinations in each of the four Landmark Towns will be decipherable by clues given to each driver at the start of the Rally. Participants must drive to each destination, receive confirmation from a Road Rally volunteer at the site, and return to Morrisville when done to check in. Cash prizes will be awarded for First and Second Prizes, and Most Outstanding Vehicle. Winning cars will be those with the lowest combination of miles covered and minutes on the road. The Road Rally will be held rain or shine.

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Volunteers needed for Five Mile Woods

Learn about nature and enjoy the out-of-doors while helping to maintain a 300-acre nature preserve located in Lower Makefield Township. Five Mile Woods is looking for volunteers to help keep the Woods looking good. Join the Friends of Five Mile Woods on the second Saturday of each month to do a variety of jobs including pruning, litter pick-up, and trail lining and building projects.

Upcoming workdays are on the following Saturdays: April 12th, May 10th and June 14th. Workdays start at 9:00am and last until noon. Wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.

Five Mile Woods is located at 1305 Big Oak Road near the Kohl’s Shopping Center. Meet at the Woods Headquarters Building. 


’29 Days to Vitality’ at Khalsa Healing Arts Center

The Khalsa Healing Arts Center is happy to present “29 Days to Vitality” at 1 S. Main Street, Yardley, from April 12 to May 10th.

The program uses a combination of herbal formulas and dietary recommendations to stabilize blood sugar, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, increase energy, as well as weight loss. There are numerous benefits including better digestion and elimination, deeper sleep, decreased inflammation, decreased muscle tension, improved vision, decreased allergies, lowering of triglycerides, decreased back pain, rejuvenation of skin, decreased asthma, decreased ADHD, elimination of acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome and much more.

The 29 days includes group meetings, lectures, unlimited Kundalini yoga and meditation classes. Throughout the program you’ll be able to contact Dr. Khalsa with personal questions, and will receive a menu and recipe ideas, smoothie demonstrations and will have group support.

The cost of the full program is $390. Bring a friend and save $50 each. Call 215-321-0305 with any questions and for more info.