Residents and Tourists alike will have a ringside view to Media’s 1st Annual Hometown Cycling Classic - an exciting, high energy, family-friendly event with top pro and amateur cyclists competing for a $6,500 total purse! 

If you and your family love bikes, racing, and fresh air, bring a blanket or lawn chairs and spend a couple of hours watching top cyclists take on a 0.8 mile looping race course through our tree-lined streets...

Called a Criterium event (or crit), it is a road race over a short circuit, that often takes place in vibrant towns like Media.  It is an awesome spectator experience because instead of being a long distance course, where you only get to see the riders go by once or twice -- it is a looping course where you'll see them whizzing by every few minutes.   

Our Media Hometown Classic features 9 races that will run consecutively from 8:30am until 5:15pm - with USA Cycling licensed pro and amateur cyclists going full throttle from start to finish, attacking, counter-attacking and showcasing amazing bike-handling skills as they take on tight, 90 degree corners at 30+ mph with other cyclists just inches away! Each race starts at 3rd and Jackson, turns left on Front, then left on Monroe, then left at 6th, then left at Jackson — and continues for between 20 and 40 laps.

Cyclists in the nine pro-am races are competing for cash prizes - with payouts going to the top finishers, not just the first finisher. 

Plus Kids Will Compete in 2 Klassic Sprints for Medals!
Starting at 2:30pm kids ages 5-6 and 7-8 will have their own sprint races during the Media Hometown Cycling Classic.  Each participant receives a medal and bragging rights that they raced on the same course as the pros in this inaugural event.

The 5-6 age group will stage at the lot behind the Media Fire House, and the race will be approximately two blocks long. The 7-8 age group stages at Front and Monroe Streets and will race approximately three blocks to the finish line.

For more information:  Click here for the Hometown Classic Website

RACE ORDER:
Women 4/5*  –  8:30AM –  30 min
Men 4/5* – 9:10AM – 40 min
Men’s Masters 55+, 65+ – 10:00AM – 40 min
Women 3/4*  – 10:50AM – 40 min
The Cycle Sport Men’s 3/4* – 11:40AM – 50 min
The United Savings Bank Masters 45+  – 12:40PM – 50 min
Men’s Masters 35+ –  1:40PM – 50 min
The Nemours du Pont Pediatrics Kids Klassic (5-6, 7-8) – 2:30PM – Sprint
The Fiore Design Women’s Pro/1/2/3 – 3:00PM – 50 min
The Pando Mortgage Men’s Pro/1/2/3 – 4:00PM – 75 min

*These numbers represent the “category” of racers, with 5 designating those who are relatively new to racing and each of the smaller numbers designating progression in both experience and performance.

LOCATION:  ON OUR MAIN STREETS
Media, PA 19063
Click to Register for the Media Hometown Classic



The Newlin Grist Mill features 160 acres of historic woodlands, meadows and streams. There are shaded picnic areas by the pond (pictured above), and 7 unique trails totaling 8.5 miles of natural lands for exploring. Read about all of them below, but first - consider spending 2 hours helping preserve these trails!

June 2nd is National Trails Day - and from 10am to noon, the Mill is offering a rare opportunity to help build, repair and beautify their trails:

If you're a walker or a hiker, then you already know how important it is to have safe, natural places to explore.  This is a wonderful chance to help preserve and maintain one of Delco's most beautiful and historic sites.
There will be a variety of activities designed to keep their trails in top working order! Volunteers will assist with a variety of trail maintenance projects, including trail building, repair, and beautification. This is a great morning of service for families, scout troops, community groups, or individuals looking to spend a morning in the great outdoors.

Pre-registration is required, to make sure there is enough equipment for everyone. CALL 610.459.2359.

Industrial Trail – 1.6 miles, easy  Offers a walk through NGN’s forgotten industrial past.  Following the Octorara Railroad, it passes the Markham Station (Visitor Center), railroad bridges, site of a cannery and creamery.  Today it is home to a variety of plants and birds.

The Osage Trail – 0.8 miles, moderate  Named for the distinctive 100-year-old trees along its edges, it is a living connection with prehistoric megafauna like mastodons and giant sloths which  used them as a food source.  These trees form a natural tunnel along the trail.

The Beech Trail – 0.8 miles, moderate  This passes through the oldest forest on the property. This native hardwood forest is populated with Beech, Oak, Hickory, Maple and Poplar.  Forest-loving species like nuthatches, woodpeckers and titmice are found here and the hillside is a good place to see native wildflowers in the spring.

The Sequoia Trail – 1.4 miles, easy  This trail offers paths through the Metasequoia grove, a tree only known through fossils until 1949.  Explore the former Christmas Tree Farm that is now a mature conifer forest.

Forest Trail – 1.2 miles, moderate  This winds through a series of forests and grasslands.  The forested areas were farmland in the early 20th century and since have been reclaimed by nature.  White-tailed deer, red fox and bluebirds are seen in this area.

Mill Race Trail – 0.9 miles, easy  The trail gets its name from the races (canals) that carry water to the Grist Mill.  Explore the dams, gates, and races that regulate and deliver water to the water wheel.  Along the trail are the Beech Forest and Frog Pond.  Woodpeckers, chickadees, wrens, and warblers are seen on this trail.

Creek Trail – 1.1 miles, easy with stepping stones  Hike along the waters of the Chester Creek and Concord Creek using three stepping stone crossings. Walk through a streamside forest dominated by Sycamore trees, and visit NGM’s reforestation areas.  Kingfishers and herons can be seen fishing in the stream.

LOCATION: ON THE BRANDYWINE
Newlin Grist Mill
219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Newlin Grist Mill Website

You may have noticed the symbols in the top photo...the hiker, the fish, the picnic table and the dog friendly symbol.  These are notations found only in the Bureau's new Hiking & Biking Trails Guide.  From our Riverside to the Main Line and the Brandywine, read about all of Delco's unique and historic trails, with easy-to-see activity symbols plus maps, historic notes and more! Delco's Hiking & Biking Trail Guide
CLICK HERE to see film video from 1956's CAROUSEL...performing June Is Busting Out All Over
After snow in April and the cool rains of May,  Delaware County's bustin’ out in June with an Irish Festival, Strawberries by the Acre, a Farmers Market with Artisan Treasures, and a ‘Carousel’ of Delco's most beautiful and unique Wedding Venues!

On June 23rd get a wee bit Irish at the 2nd Annual Havertown Irish Festival
Kelly Music for Life is once again celebrating all things Irish by bringing great Irish music, food, and traditions to the “33rd County of Ireland,” (Havertown!) with the 2nd Annual Havertown Irish Festival.
>>    $3 Donation at the Gate
>>    Noon until 9 PM, with great food from area restaurants and bars
>>    Irish brew and laughter at the return of Kelly's Pub
>>    Plus Irish associations, guilds & clubs celebrate Irish culture, legend and traditions
>>    Local artisans & crafts people will offer Irish themed items for sale and more
>>    In the rear parking lot of the Manoa Shopping Center
>>    Join thousands for the 'wearing the green' and music by these outstanding performers:



Barleyjuice
The John Byrne Band
Maura McKinney Mastro
Dylan McGuire Band
Brittany Killion Carter (2013 Philadelphia Rose of Tralee)
Philadelphia Emerald Society Pipe Band             
And more performers to be announced.
         
LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
Manoa Shopping Center
1305 W Chester Pike, Havertown, PA 19083
Event benefits local peformance arts center, music education and programs

Produced by Kelly Music for Life, Inc. 501c3 non-profit
Havertown Irish Festival Website

June 3rd is Linvilla's Annual Strawberry Festival - a berry good time will be had by all ;)


One of our biggest and berry best annual June events is Linvilla Orchard's Strawberry Festival, where hundreds of berry lovers come to pick their own sun-ripened beauties or purchase them at the Farmers Market. 

Plump and sweet, throughout the county they will be popped into mouths, topped with whipped cream or baked into pies that will grace picnic tables far and wide.
Pick-Your-Own Strawberries begins at 8:00 am.  With acres of strawberries ripening under the sun, hop a Linvilla hay wagon and head for the fields to pick your own delicious, fresh strawberries.  (Or get them by the box in their market store.)

And while a strawberry may be small - Linvilla turns it into a HUGE favorite every year, baking it into something, big - really big!
Linvilla's Tyrannosaurus Rex of Strawberry Shortcakes (last year's pictured right) is homemade and will be presented at precisely 11am. Bring the whole family for a fun day of games, cooking demos, and for just $3 everybody gets a slice of strawberry heaven!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
Read more about Linvilla's Strawberry Festival

Click Here for The Bureau's Guide to Delco Produce Markets, Farm to Table Vendors & Restaurants


Also on June 3rd, the Swarthmore Farmers Market will feature an Open Air Art Show.

Every Saturday from May through September, the Swarthmore Farmers Market showcases food and wares from some of the most amazing local farms and artisan food vendors in the region.

But on June 3rd there will also be a curated selection of artisan and vintage vendors offering homeware, gifts, art, jewelry, apparel, children's goods and more!  
New this year are several plant and floral design vendors.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
In the parking lot of the Swarthmore Borough Bldg.
121 Park Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Swarthmore Farmers Market Website

http://destinationdelco.com/delcoweddings.php
And finally, if you've seen "Carousel" you know the story is about Carousel Barker Billy Bigelow and his turbulent romance with millworker Julie Jordan. Through trials, tears and tragedy, the power of love (spiritually) prevails.

Since June is Wedding Month we urge couples in love who are planning to marry in the next year or two, to check out our online guide to Delaware County's amazing Wedding Venues, from elegant, to vintage, country to crazy, indoors and out, all are unique and represent every price range.

Dinosaurs are gone. (Thankfully.)  But so are Hot Wheels, Planter's Cheez Balls, Tan M&Ms, PAC-MAN, rotary phones, the rolodex, and fold-able road maps.  In many Pennsylvania Communities, the number of County-sponsored summer-long FREE CONCERT PROGRAMS has dwindled, and may soon follow those tasty little Cheez Balls...

But not in Delaware County! This is the home of one of the largest and last remaining FREE Bring a Blanket & the Family Concert Series in the state.
Delaware County Council continues to provide one of the largest, most family-friendly free entertainment events in Pennsylvania and surrounding states.

FIVE DAYS A WEEK, now through August 12th, there's a different concert every night. And each week thousands come for the music, atmosphere and shared sense of community.

Rose Tree Park's scenic outdoor amphitheater first began in 1975 as part of a two-year Bicentennial Celebration, and four decades later, The Summer Festival concert series remains a hugely popular local tradition. The series provides residents many opportunities to take in top-notch entertainment of all kinds, from Classical to Cajun, Motown to Broadway, Doo Wop to Rock and Pop, and everything in between.

Showtime is 7:30 pm Wednesday through Sunday evenings, plus two morning children's shows at 10:00 a.m.
Click here for the entire Summer Schedule
or have one sent to your home by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

Parks & Recreation
 Attn.: Summer Festival Programs
 201 W. Front St.
 Government Center Bldg.
 Media, PA, 19063

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
1671 N Providence Rd, Media, PA 19063
The 20th Annual Yachtstock Riverjam will be rockin’ the Delaware Riverside on Saturday, June 30th on three outdoor stages at the West End Boat Club and neighboring Corinthian Yacht Club in Essington. 

The parking is FREE, the river views are fabulous and the entertainment is top notch, with lnternational recording artist Ryan Follese headlining a day of non-stop music, great food, family-friendly actvities, rides, and a Delco Cruisers Car Show.

Follese, former lead singer of HOT CHELLE RAE (“Tonight, Tonight”) will be joined by special guests Sara Spicer and Lee Gantt plus more than 20 local and regional bands playing rock, country, blues, alternative, jazz, Latin and more!

And the only thing that gets the crowd more 'fired-up' than the amazing Tinicum County fireworks show - is the amount of money the event raises for local families and Shriners Hospitals for Children - Philadelphia.

TICKETS:
Adults —  $20 now, $30 event day
Children 6-11 —  7.99 now, $12 event day
Childrens 5 and Under —  are FREE
Purchase Tickets Here

  • There will be FREE PARKING ADJACENT TO THE EVENT
  • People are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. (No coolers or food permitted)
  • Reasonably priced food and refreshment for kids and adults will be sold on-site.
  • Wrist bands will be provided and will allow for re-entry to the event if needed.
  • Alcoholic beverages will be on sale for adults 21+ 

LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE
West End Boat Club —  500 W 2nd St, Essington, PA 19029
Corinthian Yacht Club —  300 W 2nd St, Essington, PA 19029
2 minutes from I-95 Exit 9.

Delaware County's historic town of Lansdowne celebrates the 125th Anniversary of its founding with a rare and moving exhibit at the Lansdowne Arts Board’s 20*20 House, every weekend from June 2nd through July 9th. Admission is free, and the hours are noon to 4pm each Saturday and Sunday.

Titled “Within a Square Mile: Lansdowne at 125” the opening reception is June 2nd from 4 to 6pm.  Curated by local resident Matt Schultz, the exhibit draws on his personal collection of historic photographs, trophies, uniforms and other Lansdowne-related materials collected over 40 years. 

Schultz is the author of “Views of Lansdowne,” co-author of “Lansdowne Remembers the World Wars,” and Executive Producer of the historic documentary, “There is a town…Lansdowne.” He said, “The exhibit touches on several topics covered in my previous efforts, however, there will be little overlap in images and objects that have been shown in those earlier efforts.”

The vintage photo at the top of this story and the 'Dewey for President' picture above, were taken by Robert Hovell.  

At the core of the exhibit is a series of photographs recorded by the late Robert Hovell who lived in Lansdowne from 1939 to 1982. 
Mr. Hovell was very active in the Boy Scout Troop at St. Philomena’s Church and an avid talented amateur photographer. Schultz credited Hovell’s niece Jeanne Connell with stepping forward with this treasure trove of local history. Scanning the negatives Schultz, who knew Mr. Hovell, said, “Bob’s photographs provide a unique glimpse what it must have been like to grow up in Lansdowne during World War II. He captured parades and public events during the 1940s with a sharp eye on composition.”

Class of 1962 Yearbook
The exhibit will also examine the history of Lansdowne High School and Lansdowne-Aldan High School, community traditions, and other local lore.

The 20*20 House is located at 20 Lansdowne Court, in Lansdowne, PA. Easily accessible by public transportation, the 20*20 House is one block from the Lansdowne stop on the Media / Elywn SEPTA train line.

The Lansdowne Arts Board is dedicated to bringing artists of all career stages into the community to help develop Lansdowne as a leading center for artistic living. The 20*20 House is the new venue to launch this mission, featuring two beautiful floors of gallery with natural light and historic architecture. 

Click here for more information

The heartbeat of every community is found in its passion for the arts...its preservation of nature...and its appreciation of history.

We hope everyone reading this will put the 'fun' in fundraising this month by supporting three events that will keep our community and tourism industry thriving for years to come!

SUPPORT YOUR PASSION FOR THE ARTS, with an Annual Plant & Yard Sale to benefit the Delaware County Symphony (DCS) on Saturday, June 2nd from 9am to 3pm.

It is their largest and most important fundraiser of the year and offers you the chance to purchase beautiful hybrid day lilies and other stunning plants grown by local horticulturists.  You'll find popular and unusual perennial plants such as Lenten rose, dahlias, Soloman's seal, iris, woodland poppies, bleeding heart plants (like the one pictured at the top of this story), bright blue lungworts, hostas, and many other varieties - as well  as find recycled treasures donated by members and friends of the orchestra.  The sale will be held at the home of Barbara and Arnold Ostroff, 401 Conard Drive in Springfield, PA, 19064, just one-half mile from the Blue Route (I-476),

SUSTAIN LOCAL HISTORY by attending the Newlin Grist Mill's Annual "Grains of the World Dinner," Saturday, June 23rd from 6 to 8pm.
Taste two thousand years of global cuisine with a multi-course meal, including a selection of breads, dessert sampler, and specially-selected beverages.  This tasty fundraising event supports the rebuilding of the Mill's waterwheel, which powers the working 1704 Newlin Grist Mill.  Founded by the Newlin Family who settled here in 1683, the Mill's 160-acre park is committed to historical and environmental preservation and education.  It features 8 hiking trails, fishing, photography, special educational series, a Blacksmith shop and the Dabbs Woodfin Research Archives.  PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRE. Cost: $50 per person.  Must be 21 or older to attend.

LOCATION:  IN THE BRANDYWINE
219  Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342.

PRESERVE ONE OF OUR MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES by attending the annual "Tyler at Twilight" Summer Gala on Thursday, June 14th, from 6 to 10pm.
Tyler is an extraordinary arboretum with a history stretching back to 1681.  To understand its impact you need to experience it first-hand. One of their visitors posted on TripAdvisor, that Tyler is " An extraordinary...arboretum where human hands have created a magnificent garden with a very light touch...with undulating landscape, whimsy, sweeps of trees and plants and enigmatic nooks and crannies everywhere.  Perfect for children, parents, fuddy-duddies, artists, wanderers, seekers of beauty and solitude."

Contribute to the future of Tyler with friends, fine food, wonderful wine, and exciting auction items.  Individual tickets are $100 each. A table of ten is $1,400. Proceeds benefit their education programs and stewardship of Tyler's 650 acres and 17 miles of trails.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
515 Painter Rd, Media, PA 19063
Tyler Arboretum Website

My Dad liked to win.  Even the backyard baseball games with my 7, 9 and 13-year-old team-mates!  If that sounds like your dad, here are 3 winning ways to help him celebrate...

Hide his tropical shirt, his rake and the remote.  Give him a few dollars and send him to Harrah's Philadelphia on the riverside where he'll find one of the largest collections of table games in the region including blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat and more.

  • If he's a tactician he may prefer the strategy of blackjack.  If he's a man of action, craps may be his forte!  Either way, he’ll find all the thrills he could ask for at their gaming tables.   Table Games at Harrah's Philadelphia
  • If you give him a little extra cash for dinner, he can choose great steaks at The Cove or a famous Fieri Burger at Guy's popular restaurant.
  • If dad is more of an outdoors-man, he can also head outside for live harness racing every Wed-Sun.  Harrah’s Racetrack boasts one of the fastest 5/8 mile horse racing surfaces anywhere and a first-of-its-kind miracle turn that extends over the Delaware River (pictured above) with a specially constructed bridge.  Click here for days and post times
LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE  
777 Harrahs Blvd, Chester, PA 19013
(484) 490-1800 


Get tickets to a Philadelphia Union Soccer Game! 
Spend some quality time together cheering on our Philadelphia Union.  There are two home games this month and the view overlooking the Delaware River is breathtaking!  

  • FRIDAY, JUNE 8th -- 8pm -- Union vs Toronto FC -- at Talen Energy Stadium
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 23rd -- 5pm -- Union vs Vancouver Whitecaps FC  -- at Talen Energy Stadium
LOCATION:  ON THE RIVERSIDE
Philadelphia Union Website - Tickets page
2501 Seaport Drive, Suite 500, Chester, Pa. 19013
610-497-1657


The American Helicopter Museum celebrates Dad with their annual FatherFest on Sunday, June 17th

This event is the perfect family affair with lots to see and do, including a beer garden, car show and kid's games, so tag along and make some high-flying memories together.

Consider starting with an actual helicopter ride (for an additional cost), offered 10am-3pm.  Then tour the museum where more than 30 vintage helos are on display.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Wonder of Flight,” and their aircraft lineup doesn’t disappoint. See Dr. Stanley Blazejewski’s Magni M-16 Gyrocopter, and awaiting confirmation are Atlantic City Coast Guard Flotilla, MetroAviation, JeffSTAT, PennSTAR and the Pennsylvania State Police.

Adding to the “Flight” theme are birds of prey demonstrations and exhibitions from Mike Dupuy Falconry and The Falconry Girl, Sean Young.
  • Food Trucks:  Zac's Burger, Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen, Haute Wheels and The Tot Cart  
  • Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery’s Beer Garden  
  • Kona Ice’s cold, sweet treats 
  • DJ music by Full Moon 
  • See Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection 
  • Check out the Dogs from Paws for People™ Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services 
Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Read more and Purchase tickets in advance: Fatherfest Information & Ticket Purchasing

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380
610-436-9600
Every Summer on Wednesday nights, residents and tourists alike, get MOONSTRUCK while Dining Under the Stars on State Street in Media. Merriam-Webster defines the condition 'as being lost in fantasy or reverie...'  
On State Street we simply call it being spellbound by the night, the wine and the fabulous food!

Those who recall the OSCAR WINNING movie, know first hand :) what bakery dough and Italian dinners can do to our lives... So come let the flavors and fragrances of global cuisines whisk you away from your dining room table and place you in a twilight setting where most any food you desire is being served.

Stroll the sidewalks, shop for treasures, and dine to your heart's content.

Every Wednesday, weather permitting, State Street closes from Jackson Street to Orange.

Participating restaurants include:
 Ariano - Azie - Lotus - Desert Rose Mediterranean - Diego’s Mexican
 Dos Gringos Mexican - Sligo - Fellini Café - Lariele Pizza - 320 Market Café
 La Belle Epoque - La Na Thai - Yia Greek - Iron Hill Brewery - Quotations
 Scooped Ice Cream - Sheee-E-Punjab Indian - Hidalgo’s Mexican - Spasso Italian Grill
 Stephen’s On State - Sun Set Slush Water Ice - Temaki Sushi Bar - Tom’s Dim Sum
 Margaret Kuo’s Media - Yogurtissimo Frozen Yogurt - Little Anthony’s Pizza

 Reserve your table today!

If you're wondering why we chose to reference the movie Moonstruck, it's because many of the scenes in this 1987 three-Oscar winning flick take place either in a kitchen, a bakery or at the dinner table.  Several dinner tables, in fact! 
Moonstruck is about the lives of an Italian-American widow, Loretta (Cher), her mother, father and her boyfriend Johnny Cammareri (Danny Aiello) who proposes to Loretta IN HER FAMILY'S KITCHEN Johnny goes to Sicily to be with his dying mother, and asks her to invite his estranged younger brother Ronny (Nicholas Cage).  When she visits Ronny's BAKERY he reveals he has a wooden prosthetic hand and blames his brother for his accident. Loretta tries to change his mind, so they go to his apartment (over his bakery) to discuss it while she cooks for him IN HIS KITCHEN. Their talk heats up, and dinner is replaced with a more passionate dish. A wildly funny romantic romp ensues, that includes a delicious scene where Loretta is both literally and emotionally 'Moonstruck'. A menu of popcorn and Moonstruck will make any day a winner!  

LOCATION:  ON OUR MAIN STREETS
State Street, Media,PA 19063
VisitMediaPA Website and Dining Under the Stars info
A Star Reporter – A Still-enamored Ex Husband – A Convicted Murderer – and a Crooked Sheriff Steal the Show at the Hedgerow Theatre!
Opening June 28th, you can join all of them in a heady romantic romp that will worm its way into your heart with a story about love lost, murder, kidnapping and little blackmail...

When newspaper editor Walter Burns learns that his ex-wife and top reporter Hildy Johnson is quitting to marry another man, he pulls out all of the stops to get her to stay. The newspaper has been championing the cause of a man on death row, Earl Williams, who was convicted of killing a policeman. Walter convinces her to write a story on his case. A crooked Sheriff and Mayor have a different agenda...

And while Hildy pursues the story, Burns pursues her - or tries to!
Hildy finally gets the scoop of the year, when Williams escapes from prison on the eve of his planned execution! She hides him in the police station and (of course!) mayhem ensues...

Click here for Tickets! 

Adapted by Charles Lederer, Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur from the play The Front Page by Hecht and MacArthur
Runs June 29th through July 29th.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
Hedgerow Theatre Website
64 Rose Valley Rd, Rose Valley, PA, 19063
610.565.4211