Upper Darby's Second Annual International Festival will literally 'stop traffic' on Saturday, September 22nd with an exciting lineup of cultural, music and dance performances, plus global cuisine with retail and craft vendors celebrating the townships's diversity!

“We are thrilled to bring the Upper Darby International Festival back to the 69th Street Business District for the second year in a row,” said Mayor Tom Micozzie. “ (last year's) inaugural festival was a bigger success than we could’ve hoped for with more than 4,500 local residents coming to sample different ethnic foods and learn about the cultural diversity that makes our township so special. We hope to build on that success with an even bigger celebration this year.”

On the day of the festival, 69th Street between Market Street and Chestnut Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. to allow vendors to set up and to accommodate pedestrian traffic. 

More than a dozen local restaurants and food vendors will participate, featuring dishes from Liberia, Pakistan, Peru, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Greece, Jamaica, Italy, England, and America.

There will be more live performances than last year with two separate stages set up to showcase performers throughout the day - a community stage, located near Studio Movie Grill, and the main stage, located outside the historic Tower Theater.

Non-stop entertainment includes a traditional Chinese Lion Dance, Greek dancing, Italian music, a Sikh martial arts demonstration, African song and dance, Bengali music, South American music, Puerto Rican salsa music, Irish music and a Haitian guitar performance.

As part of the celebration the Welcome Sign will be written in dozens of native languages representing township residents -- and the Parade of Nations, scheduled for 6pm, will feature flags from their native countries! 

  • Visit Upper Darby's Multicultural Commission Booth
  • Try on garb from countries such as Liberia and Nigeria, and learn how to wrap a turban from the Sikh community
  • Families will love the Kids Zone's inflatable obstacle course, been bag toss, hoops, and other carnival games
  • Plus lots of International Art & Crafts will be on display
  • The event is co-hosted by Upper Darby Township and the Upper Darby Multicultural Commission

For an official program of events and a list of food vendors, watch for frequent updates at the Upper Darby International Festival Facebook Page

Welcome to History Month in Delaware County!  With more than 80 historic sites on the National Historic Registry, it's no wonder that events like those below bring so many people to Delaware County. This year the focus is on William Penn, our Delaware River Pirate Heritage,
and Re-enactments of Civil War Battles & Camp Life.

William Penn: Legacy of Tolerance, Sept. 27th through 30th 
Commemorating the 300th Anniversary of William Penn’s death, every site on the tour has a special connection to this English Quaker leader, an advocate of religious freedom and well known for his excellent relations and successful treaties with the Lenape Native Americans.

Attend any or all of the events below:

7pm Lecture on America’s First Bill of Rights: Penn’s Charter of Priviledges
Presented by Law Professor and Historian William J. McDevitt...at Lima Estates, 411 N Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063

An Evening with William Penn at the historic Newlin Grist Mill, 6 to7:30pm 

  • This is planned to be an outdoor event, weather permitting, so bring blankets or folding chairs. You can even pack your own picnic! 
  • Throughout the night, enjoy live Colonial Era Music by the Colonial Revelers
  • There will be Guest Speakers
  • Address: Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342

This is a 4 1/2 hour tour of 9 Historic Sites with very interesting “Penn” Connections.  
An historian will provide insights and stories at each location.
  • RIDE THE BUS: Seats are $10 for Adults - $5 for children and teens, 5-18 years of age
  • TOUR TIP: Feel free to pack a lunch or bring snacks!  
Whether you'll be on the bus or following it, the tour meets at 9:30 am at the Concord Township Municipal Building - and will visit these locations:

Pictured above in authentic Colonial attire is Robert Bardsley
1) Old St. Thomas Roman Catholic Church:
430 Valleybrook Rd, Glen Mills, Pa 19342
This church began as a Roman Catholic mission chapel in 1730 & is Pa’s oldest parish.

2) Ivy Mills & Wilcox Mansion: Ivy Mills & Polecat Rds.
Drive By tour of the home
built by Thomas Willcox in 1744 & Ivy Mills Paper Mill, 2nd oldest in the United States.

3) Longview Mansion: Corner of Aston Mills and Convent Roads, Aston, PA 19014 - This stately Victorian sits where it is believed to have once  been a market square.

4) Mount Hope Methodist Church:
4020 Concord and Tryens Road, Aston, PA 19014 - The original church was built in 1807 on land donated by Aaron Mattson.  BOXED LUNCHES FOR SALE

5) The Carte-Weir House:  34 Williams Drive, Aston, PA 19014
This historically preserved Penn's Land Grant is the original Weir Farmhouse built in 1709.

6) Old St. Martin’s Church
Located 500 ft. from the Delaware River, it is one of the earliest and last riverfront churches in PA. It has been a local historic landmark since 1979. Address: 22 Church Street, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

(7-9) Drive-By Sites:  (7) Penn Market Square in Marcus Hook, (8) Site of the former Bezer Plantation, (9) the Gibbons House (1047 Bethel Rd, Bethel Township, PA) We are not able to get out and visit these sites, but the legacies of these places live on.
Left: School children exploring the Delaware County Historical Society
Museum and Library. Right: Within walking distance of Museum is the
beautiful 1724 Court House.

Go Touring & Exploring on your own...
Note the times each site will be open

  • Chichester Meeting:  611 Meetinghouse Rd, Boothwyn, PA 19061 DON’T MISS THIS! They will be recreating a 19th Century Quaker Wedding, 11am -12 pm
  • Caleb Pusey Plantation:  15 Race St., Upland, PA 19015  Built in 1683 by Caleb Pusey, who came here from England on the same ship with William Penn. 12-2pm 
  • Chester Meeting House:  520 E. 24th St., Chester, PA 19013 Quaker meeting, built in 1698.  12-2pm
  • Delaware County Historical Society:  408 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  See their vast library, archives and offices. 2-4pm
  • 1724 Court House:  412 Avenue of the States, Chester, PA 19013  The oldest court house in America still used as a court house. 2-4pm.   
For Bus Tickets or Questions e-mail kmicka4re@verizon.net 

Friday and Saturday, September 14th & 15th set sail for Marcus Hook on the Banks of the Delaware River, for their 10th Annual Pirate Festival featuring battle re-enactments, 18th Century arts and demonstrations, and tours of the Historic Plank House, reputed to be the home of one of Blackbeard's Mistresses!

FRIDAY, 5-10pm
There's both an Adults-only Sea-faring Celebration and Park access for the opening of the  Pirate Festival!                                            
Adults should join the over-21 crew for a salute to “A Pirates Life” – this food & drink event is hosted on the grounds of the Community Center, and features a wine, beer and rum tasting. The Pirate Festival in the Park will also be underway with family-friendly live music, food, crafters, games, moon bounces, face painting and mini train rides. (see their website below for ticket details)

SATURDAY, 11am to 6pm
The Festival kicks off in earnest as the Pirates arrive with historic games, demonstrations, wares and live Pirate Music!

The Pirates set up camp with period tents, demonstrations showcasing firearms, live cannon fire, beer making and colonial wares. Enjoy lots of festival food, pirate music, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, crafters, beer garden, train rides, carnival games and moon bounces.

Presented by the Marcus Hook Preservation Society, all funds raised benefit the ongoing restoration efforts of the Historic Plank House, now on the National Register of Historic Places! Their mission is to restore this one-of-a kind hand-sawn plank house to museum quality. So bring family and friends, and join them on the River in Marcus Hook----ARRRRGGGGG!!

Click to read more about the Plank House

FESTIVAL PARK:  221 Market St., Marcus Hook
P.O. Box 703, Marcus Hook, PA 19061

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29th & 30th
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation hosts a Union and Confederate Civil War Battle and Camp Weekend
Experience a Civil War Battle Re-enactment...as well as camp life demonstrations at the
 Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park.

The South is invading Pennsylvania again! Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, a burial squad, and all aspects of camp life.
  • Watch cannon firing by both the North and South
  • Learn about the use of herbs in the 1860's
  • There will be period fashions and displays of civilian life. 
BATTLE TIMES:   Two on Saturday:  NOON and 4pm  ---  One on Sunday: 2pm
Watch the North try to defend the farm against the invading forces from old Dixie.
No visitors may enter the Plantation after the battles begin, so arrive early.

EVENT HOURS: Sat, 11am to 4pm and Sunday, 11am to 3pm (last admittance is 2pm)
ADMISSION: Adults $12 - Children 4 to 12, $8 -  Children under 4 are free

GPS address: 3900 North Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Plantation Events Page on their Website
Colonial Plantation Website Home Page

Visit historic Newlin Grist Mill on Saturday, September 8th for their Annual Archaeology Festival, held in partnership with the Delaware County Planning Department. 

Excavations are conducted under the leadership of professional archaeologist Keith Doms.
Discover the rich heritage that lies beneath our feet by assisting professional archaeologists with excavation and cleaning the artifacts. The festival will also feature displays of local archaeology projects and Native American cooking by the Time Chef, Henry Ward. Younger visitors will especially enjoy our “Kids Dig” and pottery assembly activities. A food vendor will be onsite during the day, as well.

FREE admission and parking
For more information, visit The Newlin Grist Mill Website or call the site at 610-459-2359

Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342, USA

Attend special 9/11 Ceremonies at the Brandywine Battlefield.
The Battlefield has been hosting a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony each year.  It is free to the public, and takes place from 6 to 7pm. The event features re-enactors for a musket salute, George Washington is portrayed by living biographer, Carl Closs and there is a moving ringing of the 9/11 bells.  This is a rare opportunity to remember those who died on the anniversary of their death with friends and neighbors.

1491 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(610) 459-3342

Chadds Ford Historical Society's Tavern Talks are always fun, interesting and thought provoking, taking us back in time through food, demonstrations and experiences. This month's topic asks: Liberty or Death?  

Will you join the Cause or support the Crown? Come and explore the American Revolution from a variety of perspectives. Converse with a camp follower (portrayed by Deborah Peterson) and learn about women’s roles with the army.

Sing along to sea shanties and learn some sailor phrases to make life on the sea more bearable. Brandywine Battlefield Park will test your skill with soldier drills to determine if you would have been recruited. If you are not convinced to join the American Cause, it has been rumored that a British soldier may be trying to recruit potential soldiers for the Crown.

Finally, explore Revolutionary War-era symbols and signs from Philip Marc Sons of Liberty.

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more.

At the Barns-Brinton House, 630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Admission is $20 for non-members, $15 for members.
Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online, as space is limited.

Middletown Colonial Day shows us that everything old can become new again!

Experience Colonial Era re-enactors, Music, Dance, Games, Toys and Crafts.

And if you've never enjoyed an 18th Century meal,you're in for a treat at noon-time!

Held at the Middletown Presbyterian Church, the day begins with a Colonial Day worship service at 10:30AM, patterned after the style of the 18th Century complete with a“tithingman” armed with his feather and knob to discourage rowdiness and napping. Following the service a meal of typical 18th century fare will be served.

Activities for both children and adults take place from Noon to 3pm. A  sheep will be sheared by hand along with demonstrations of spinning, cooking, wool preparation, sewing, weaving, blacksmithing, and Colonial music and dancing.

Re-enactors and participants include 1st Continental Regiment of Foot, Thomas Minshall House, Caleb Pusey House, Marple Newtown Community Band and The Lazaretto.

Tours of the historic cemetery will feature graves of Revolutionary War soldiers, the probable site of the original church building and several first person narrators will portray early prominent community members.

Colonial Day Information

273 S. Old Middletown Rd.
Media, PA  19063
Mushroom cultivation in the United States first began in Kennett Square (of course!) in 1896 when two local florists wanted to make more efficient use of their greenhouses by utilizing the area underneath the shelves used to grow ornamental plants. 
Now in its 32nd year, Kennett Square's Annual Mushroom Festival draws more than 100,000 visitors from all over the country, many staying a local B&Bs, Hotels and Inns while enjoying one of the most interesting and unique late summer festivals on the East Coast!

From Friday, September 7th through Sunday, the 9th - there are Parades, Contests, Dancing, Farm Tours, Shopping, and lots of EATING! 

  • Friday, September 7, 2018: Community Parade with  Dining and Dancing in the Streets. Parade kicks-off from State and Willow at 6 pm.
  • Saturday, September 8, 2018: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 9, 2018: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The streets of Kennett Square will be lined with nearly 250 vendors for the Festival.

Take home some of the freshest mushrooms you’ll ever taste. Mushroom Sales Booths are located near the Willow Street entrance and in front of the Growers’ Exhibit. The Mushroom Sales Booths are marked on the Festival Map.

Admission:  $3 per person (ages 12 and up). Proceeds benefit the Mushroom Festival’s grant program. In 2018,  the Mushroom Festival gave $114,000 to 52 non-profit organizations (click here to learn more).
Community Parade
Check out the creativity of local artists who have painted 3-foot,
108 lb. concrete mushrooms. They will be on display during the
Festival at the Painted Mushroom Booth  (corner of Broad and State Streets).
 You’ll be able to take home one of these unique creations
if yours is the winning bid in the silent auction!

Check out these pages on their website: 
  • Dine & Dance in the Streets
  • Old Fashioned Carnival
  • Competitions
  • Shows & Exhibits
  • Kiddie Street Rides
  • Schedule of Events:
    • The National Fried Mushroom Eating Contest
    • Mushroom Amateur cook-off
    • Cute-as-a-Button Baby Photo Contest
    • Culinary Tent Welcomes Famous Foodies like Food Network’s Melissa D’Arabian plus Jennifer Dashevich, Barry Crumlich, and Eric Theiss.  Plus there are a couple of more still to be announced. 
For GPS directions use 101 South Union Street, Kennett Square PA 19348.
The Mushroom Festival Website
Mushroom Festival Office: 610-925-3373.

Dressage at Devon, September 25th to 30th, has been a premier North American equestrian event since 1975, combining world class dressage competition and the world's largest open breed show with an International Fall Festival of shopping, games, food, beverages and special activities for the entire family!

Dressage has been called poetry in motion and ballet on horseback.

It is an ancient equestrian discipline, and the fastest growing equestrian sport in the USA today.  This event brings top competitors, horses, trainers and judges from across the continent and around the globe together for one of the highest-rated international dressage competitions and the most complete breed show outside of Europe. 

The historic Devon Horse Show Grounds,  featuring covered grandstand seating at the main Dixon Oval, a second performance arena, warm-up areas, extensive stabling and the tree-shaded lanes of the Festival area.
Something new!
With pony fever sweeping the nation, Dressage at Devon has added an all-new sport horse breeding division devoted to showcasing the talents of ponies.

Shop for a host of products for horse, rider and spectators. There's everything from wearing apparel and tack to fine art, jewelry, antiques, pottery and souvenirs.

You'll also enjoy some of the best food on the Show Circuit.
The festival area is famous for its culinary offerings and was voted "best food on the show circuit" by competitors. Enjoy a full meal or a light snack. Relax in The Pub with its closed circuit coverage of the competition, or take your refreshments to one of the outdoor seating areas.

Devon Horse Show Grounds
US Route 30 just west of I-476 in Devon, PA
GPS Address - 23 Dorset Road, Devon, PA  19333
Dressage At Devon Website

On September 27th Award Winning singer/songwriter and 2017's International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, Christie Lenee will wow the crowd at the Lansdowne Folk Club Concert, at Lansdowne's Twentieth Century Club

Christie Lenée is a captivating performer with a devoted following among instrumental, folk-pop and rock band audiences. Combining guitar mastery and a passion for storytelling, she thrives on bringing people together through the language of music.

Christie’s unique guitar work and profound instrumental compositions have been described as ‘Michael Hedges meets Joni Mitchell and
Dave Matthews.’ Among the vast community of fingerstyle and tapping guitarists, her niche is the integration of melodic pop lyricism with catchy hooks that excite both modern commercial listeners and classic purists.
  • Doors open 7:00 PM, Show time 7:30 PM 
  • Tickets prices are $17 when purchased in advance $20 without an advance reservation.  
Twentieth Century Club
84 S. Lansdowne Ave., Lansdowne, PA
Lansdowne Folk Club Website

Media Theatre's Annual Fundraising Variety Show Rockets onto the Stage September 15th starring the heart and soul of the Theatre, Roger Ricker, along with special guests in a gala performance of classic hits of the 70's. 

Titled ROCKET MAN, “The theme of this year's show is moving forward like a rocket,” Ricker explains. “Working together, we are able to have a bright future.”

The unique and exciting Ricker performance is like a highlight reel. Showcasing his voice, charisma and humor, he's been turning the Theatre into a giant party for the past dozen years.  The atmosphere is casual, fun, and full of spontaneity, featuring his rare ‘off-the-cuff’ improvisational style. And he's not kidding when he says "You never know what can happen!”

Last year’s Roger Ricker & Friends concert “The Together Show” was the recipient of the Broadway World Award for Best Special Event in the Philadelphia region - so get your tickets now!

104 E. State Street, Media, PA
Media Theatre Website

Until someone discovers the fountain of youth, human beings will age.  At first, its not so bad.  But eventually time taps us on the shoulder and arthritis tugs at our knees.  
Let Hedgerow Theatre tug on your heartstrings instead! 
Ida Dishman is 75 years young.  She's funny, feisty and intent on showing her son what matters most in life. A great family comedy!

SYNOPSIS: Ida Dishman discovers her maternal instincts are alive and kickin’ when her only son, Gordman, makes a sudden announcement on her 75th birthday. With a little help from her quirky upstairs neighbor and oldest friend, Mary Adams, and her overly sheltered grandson, she intends on puttin’ all her worries to rest by showin’ her boy what matters most in life. Only what Ida doesn’t realize is what’s waiting for her beyond her screen door. To find out how these two feisty southern ladies fare, come experience Dishman Springs, where according to legend, it “cures all that ails you.”

Don't miss the WORLD PREMIERE of an Explosive New Heartfelt comedy by Jane A. McNeil!

Jane may have used her own disregard for the boundaries of age, because at the tender age of 40, she pursued her post collegiate career at Rosemont College where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and developed her dramatic writing style. When not busy working in her Springhouse Studio, Jane serves as Playwright-in-Residence of Hedgerow Theatre
Click here for Show Dates and Tickets

64 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 565-4211
Hedgerow Theatre Website

As summer winds down, let Dvorak's Serenades whisk you into the vibrancy of fall with colorful Czeck folk music!

The Delaware County Symphony (DCS) present its first chamber concert of the 2018-2019 season on Sunday, September 23rd, featuring two elegant works by Czech composer Antonin Dvořák.

The concert begins with Serenade for Winds... 
Composed in 1878 the work shares the creative genius of Dvořák who in this piece elegantly captures the fusion of classical restraint and the high energy and passion of Czech folk music.

...and concludes with Serenade for Strings 
This composition offers insight into the soul of Czech music with flowing melodies, tender phrases and emotional optimism. Thought to have been composed in just two weeks in May of 1875, it remains one of the composer's most popular orchestral works to this day.

Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors/students. Children under 12 (one child per paying adult) are admitted free. Upon presentation of the Delaware County or Montgomery County Library card two tickets may be purchased for the price of one regular admission ticket the day of the concert. There is ample free parking adjacent to the theater and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. For information call 610-879-7059 or visit the website below.

The Meagher Theatre of the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center, Neumann University
1 Neumann Drive, Bruder Life Center
Meagher Theatre, Aston, PA 19014
Delaware County Symphony Website

If the kids are heading back to school, then PumpkinLand is about to squash summer for good!  And frankly, after the summer we've had this year, orange you glad? ;)

An annual trip to Pumpkinland has been a family tradition for generations of Delaware Valley residents - so if you've never been, pile your little ones in the car and watch their faces light up as they race from one activity to the next!

See larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrating the legends and lore of
the harvest season, featuring local history and stories of pumpkins and apples!
Open from mid-September through early November PumpkinLand takes center stage at Linvilla Orchards.

Larger than life figures and scarecrows illustrate the legends and lore of the harvest season, featuring local history and many stories of pumpkins and apples.

Navigate around piles of pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes — over 100 tons on display!  Plus there's a huge selection of straw bales, corn shocks, toys and fall decorations of all kinds.

Enjoy live music and entertainment, hayrides, train rides, pony rides, and face painting. Test your navigation skills in their straw bale and cornfield mazes. Pick Your Own fall apples. Grab some candy and caramel apples. 

September's Harvest Hayrides run from 10am to 5pm weekends only.

Visit the friendly Witches House in the Woods starting September 21st 
She tells stories, jokes and all the kids get a Halloween treat. The hayride ends at a campfire with a sample of Apple Cider and marshmallows for roasting.
Days: Sep 21-23, Sep 28-30
Hours: Sun to Thur, 5:30 to 8pm; Fri and Sat, 5:30 to 8:30pm.
Tickets are $9 per person.

Stop by their Farm Market before you leave for homemade candy apples, caramel apples, fudge, and their legendary Apple Cider Doughnuts. Linvilla's pies are famous - and their store carries everything from local honey to homemade jams, and produce.
Click for more info and picture for PumpkinLand

137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116

Portrait by George A. Weymouth (1936-2016), Egg tempera on panel

Don't miss this very cool (and sometimes deliciously snarky) exhibit on display at The Brandywine River Museum of Art through October 28th. 

Titled "The Serious and the Smirk: Portraits from the Collection" the pieces explore the social function of portraits in American history - and all were selected from the vast collection of the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Al Hirschfeld (1903-2003, Bob Hope, 1940s,
Ink on paper, Museum purchase, 2010
From traditional portraits of Eighteenth-Century patriots and families, to studied self-portraits and quick sketches, to witty caricatures, each work addresses the presentation of a person’s identity—sometimes real and sometimes imagined. Viewed together, the works offer insight on who is and is not seen in American society.

Works by such diverse artists as Bo Bartlett, Mary Cassatt, Al Hirschfeld, Violet Oakley, Maxfield Parrish, Norman Rockwell, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Sully, Andy Warhol, Benjamin West, and George A. Weymouth are included.

The Brandywine River Museum is a museum of regional and American art showcasing the art of Andrew Wyeth, a major American realist painter, and his family: his father N.C. Wyeth, illustrator of many children’s classics, and his son Jamie Wyeth, a contemporary American realist painter.

Hoffman Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Click for Current Exhibits at the Musuem

Scott Arboretum is not only BEE-coming more famous, (USA Today recently called it one of the top ten Destination Gardens in the country) ...it consistently brings us fun and interesting lectures and demonstrations of things we can do to make our own gardens un-BEE-lievable!

Wednesday, September 12th - 7pm to 8:45 join them for an 
exciting new lecture:
From Flower to Bee to Honey: Beekeeping and Beyond

Dan Boylan tending to his bees...
Local beekeeper Dan Boylan and avid gardener and teacher Rebecca Boylan will show you how honey is made, and how important bees are in your garden!
  • Learn how widely honey is used in products we consume
  • Find out how honey can help us medicinally.
  • And if you've ever wondered why the flavor of honey seems to vary so much, you'll find out!
Dan will cover the basics of beekeeping in this class, but it is
 meant for anyone interested in bees, how beekeepers manage them, and how essential bees are to a healthy ecosystem. You may not choose to have hives on your property, but you can choose plants that give honey bees what they need.
  • You'll get to taste honey as well as experience how it makes other foods and drinks (like cake and mead) taste delicious! 
  • The Boylans will also bring their creams and lotions for you to try.
  • Class is limited to 30 people.  
  • Registration is $25 for non-members and $15 for members. Call 610-328-8025 to register. 
The Scott Arboretum is a unique garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging horticulture in its broadest sense through displays on the 350-plus acre campus of Swarthmore College.

The Arboretum is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world.

Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025
500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, PA 19081
Scott Arboretum Website

Delco Community Festivals are big juicy celebrations of everything that makes life worth living...family, great music, cool food, beer gardens, and of course fabulous artisans creating one-of-a-kind wares (I buy one for me, one for a Christmas Gift...one for me...one more for me... ;)

First on the Calendar is the Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue Festival, September 9th from Noon to 6pm
Each year this event grows and expands, celebrating arts and music in Lansdowne since 2003.

It is an outdoor, rain or shine event, that features live music, artists, performances, demonstrations, activities for the kids, food trucks and a beer garden.  

There are many vendors showcasing everything from jewelry to fashion, fine art to crafty scrapbook and note card beauties!  Pictured below is the work of just 4 of the artists you'll meet this year.  Check the entire list at the website below.

See the Philly Blues Kings, Noon to 2pm
Judy Sings the Blues, 2 to 4pm
The Blue Plate Specials, 4 to 6pm

Pen and ink paintings by Laura & James Kranefeld
Doll creations by Karen Heenan
Parking in Lansdowne is free on Sundays. Look for any parking meter on any of the side streets. Or park for free at the municipal lot on N. Highland Avenue near Baltimore Ave. (behind the Dunkin’ Donuts) or in the two SEPTA train station lots only one block from the Festival.

Public Transit -- Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue festival is very close to SEPTA bus stops for buses 109, 113 and 115. It's also just one block away from the SEPTA Lansdowne train station (Media/Elwyn line).

Lansdowne Arts on the Avenue is a project of Lansdowne Economic Development Corporation
32 E Baltimore Avenue
Lansdowne, PA 19050
Lansdowne Arts of the Avenue Website

Community Arts Center 8th Annual "Taste of" Event, Thursday, Sept 10th, 6:30 to 9:30pm
Held in the beautiful Duke Gallery at Community Arts Center in Wallingford, you'll need tickets to attend this gala Culinary Arts Fest that benefits the 16th Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Festival (described in the next story) and non-profit CAC.  Guests will enjoy an open bar, live New Orleans style jazz by Jonathan Dichter and Friends, plus  delicious food samples from all the best restaurants.

At the end of the night, guests can vote on their favorite foods and help one lucky winner take home the title of Best of the Fest!
Tickets ($75.00 each).

And Proceeds Benefit...
The 16th annual CAC Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, Sept 22nd

The beautiful college town of Swarthmore throws down the red carpet for arts and crafts lovers starting at 10 am and going until 5 pm. 

Now in its 16th year, the event's reputation is stellar due to a rigorous jury process.

It’s a great day of FREE family fun with live musical entertainment, fine food, and children’s activities.

Located on Park Avenue, festival-goers will delight in the open, friendly atmosphere, and the opportunity to meet and speak with artists.

It's also a good chance to visit Swarthmore’s restaurants and shops.

Proceeds support all the programs at the Community Arts Center including free exhibitions, concerts, and its extensive community outreach program ART TO GO which provides extraordinary arts experiences throughout the Delaware Valley. This is a rain or shine event.

Fine Arts and Crafts Festival Website

And finally, on September 16th, head to the Main Line for one of the Wayne Business Association's biggest events:

This popular day is a fun mash-up of family activities, street performances, dancers, face painting, and carnival rides! There will be moon bounces, rockwalls, great festival food, live music,  and a 
Top Dog Contest with Branxton's Animal Works.

Always on the third Sunday of September, the Radnor Fall Festival it encompasses the streets of North Wayne Avenue and West Avenue. Between Lancaster Avenue and the Wayne train station local merchants, service providers and restaurants are all on hand to share with the community.

N. Wayne Ave & West Ave between Lancaster Ave and the Wayne Train Station. \
Click here for map and directions
Free Admission
Radnor Fall Festival Website