Ridley’s newest restaurant is an old friend... with its iconic Southern home-style food, warm smiling service, and an air of nostalgia that grips you like a friend's handshake.

CLICK HERE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF DESTINATION DELCO’S “DINNER-FOR TWO” GIFT CARDS!

At 6am on November 13th the doors will swing open at Ridley's new Cracker Barrel Old Country Store - just in time for breakfast! But you'll get more than just the best pancakes and bacon this side of the Mississippi...


Here are just a few of the almost 200 employees who are busy preparing for the Grand Opening!
The backbone of the management team, General Manager Greg Tucker is in the
back row with the holiday-red tie and Retail Manager Shannon Brooks is next to him
and the beautiful Christmas Tree.  
Having been to dozens of Cracker Barrels in my life, (and having eaten my way through too many Wild Maine Blueberry pancakes!) I can say that this restaurant is like a 10,000 square foot living scrapbook, recreating times when families gathered around the table, laughing and telling stories over a luscious meatloaf dinner with piping hot biscuits and fluffy mashed potatoes - topped off with a baked apple dumpling or a frozen mug sundae...

Ridley is their 647th location, and just as its predecessors have won the hearts of millions of people, it will serve up the kind of dining experience that feels like a hug, and tastes like home-cooked heaven.

The menu includes Chicken n' Dumplins, Grilled Chicken Salad, and U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish. Or try their famous Apple Cider BBQ Chicken Breast, Lemon Pepper Grilled Rainbow Trout, or Hickory Smoked Country Ham... 

Unlike other restaurants, Cracker Barrel also offers a unique shopping experience. The General Store is bursting at the seams with old-fashioned treats like Red Fish, Sky Bars (a milk-chocolate bar with 4 sections filled with caramel, vanilla, peanut and fudge cream), Nonpareils, Peanut Chews, and OMG fudge like my dad used to make. (I'm making myself hungry just writing about this!)

Everyone lingers in the General Store, browsing gorgeous quilts, rugs, old-fashioned games, vintage toys and more. 
With Christmas coming, be sure to check out their holiday decorations, Yankee Candles, water globes, and ornaments!

You'll also find some of the best cast iron skillets on the planet, along with fun aprons, apparel, cook books and more.

The antiques on the wall are real and pay tribute to local and state history, like the Flyers' hockey display, a guide to Pennsylvania game birds, and memorabilia from former PA companies like Bethlehem Steel, Pennzoil, and the Philadelphia-based Giuseppe Garibaldi Macaroni Company. 


LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE
125 Stewart Avenue, Ridley Township
PHONE: 610-521-1567
OPEN:   364 Days a year (Closed only on Christmas Day)
HOURS: 6 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday and from 6 am to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
MENUS: Breakfast is served all day and lunch and dinner options begin at 11 am.
CATERING:  Call and ask about their exciting catering menus - home cookin' is good anytime, anywhere!
SERVE A SOUTHERN THANKSGIVING:  Let Cracker Barrel do the cooking this year! Serve  home-style Southern fare that you can order in advance, and take home to heat up for your Thanksgiving dinner!

CLICK HERE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A “DINNER-FOR-TWO” GIFT CARD TO CRACKER BARREL!

The 2018 BMW Championship is coming to Delco's own Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square...so don't let another day go by without getting your tickets to watch the 70 best players in the world fight for the last 30 spots in the PGA TOUR'S FedExCup Playoffs!


Jordan Spieth, 2017 BMW Championship Courtesy of the PGA
This penultimate event is a literal 'turf war' where every player in the field is fighting for a chance to play in the FedExCup Playoffs the following week.

And the BMW Championship's battle within-the-battle, will be among the top ten players - all looking for a top 5 finish because if one of them wins the next and final match --  THEY WIN THE CHAMPIONSHIP AND ONE OF THE BIGGEST PAYCHECKS IN GOLF - $11,000,000+ in purse and prize money!
Rickie Fowler & Jason Day, 2017 BMW Championship Courtesy of the PGA

This is high stakes golf in our own backyard.  Don't miss a minute of the action! 


Get Your Tickets Here



And while you're waiting for the big event ...let next year's BMW Championship  inspire you to get out and play NOW while there's a nip in the air, gold in the trees and greens stretching for miles across the county.

If you belong to a club, get out and play!  And if you don't belong to a particular club, here are a few public courses to consider:

The Golf Course at Glen Mills is #1 in the Philly Golf Guide's TOP 20 COURSE RANKINGS 
This course is located in historic Thornbury Township and is the only golf course in the Philadelphia area featuring 12-minute starting times. It is a full service, 18 Hole golf course including multiple manicured practice areas.
221 Glen Mills Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342, (610) 558-2142

The Springfield Country Club is a sprawling course with beautiful banquet facilities, Tavola Restaurant, and a Spa.
Rates average about $18 to 40 to walk or ride. Their friendly staff will help you book tee-times, and to fit in a little practice, check out their chipping and a putting area. 
400 W Sproul Rd, Springfield, PA 19064, (610) 690-7600
Springfield Country Club Website

Paxon Hollow Golf Club is one of the most popular public golf courses in the Philadelphia region and features Anthony's Restaurant  
Before becoming a public course, it was a private country club built over 80 years ago. Much of its architecture includes design elements found at some of their exclusive private club neighbors. Today  people come from every corner of the region to play.  Daily rates range from about $31 (at twilight) to $62 (Carts included).
850 Paxon Hollow Rd, Media, PA 19063, (610) 353-0220
Paxon Hollow Golf Club

Out-of-town golf lovers planning to visit Delaware County, should check out our Gardens & Greens Driving Tour.  Click on the link below and tee off on a 3Day/2Night Golf & Gardens Getaway: Driving Tours of Delaware County



There are never enough opportunities to see true American Legends perform in person. 
So don't miss a chance to see Bob Dylan play the Tower Theater in Upper Darby on Saturday and Sunday, November 11th &12th.  

Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has eleven Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award. He's in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame.  And in 2016 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Mavis Staples performs with Bob Dylan at the Tower.
Photo courtesy of alldylan.com
See him perform in an intimate setting where the ghosts of so many other legendary singers may still roam the Tower halls...and where the acoustics are legendary, in their own right.

Dylan's 2-night appearance at the Tower includes great music by Mavis Staples. Showtime is 7:30pm each night. 
Click here for Tickets

Plus see these exciting acts!



Evanescence takes the stage on November 2nd
Led by Amy Lee’s operatic and passionate vocals, Evanescence has sold nearly 25 million albums since the band’s 2003 debut, Fallen. The album’s premiere single, “Bring Me To Life” won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance. Other massive hits followed including “My Immortal,” “Going Under,” and “Call Me When You’re Sober,” establishing Evanescence as worldwide tour headliners.




See Aaron Lewis and Blackberry Smoke on Thursday November 16th at 8pm.
Aaron Lewis is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and founding member of the rock band Staind, with whom he has released seven studio albums. He has since ventured into country music with a first full-length solo release, The Road.  This Grammy nominated and multi-platinum artist is set to release his sophomore solo album later this year,

Blackberry Smoke is an American Southern rock/country rock band from Atlanta, Georgia.  Proclaimed as “a band that can reclaim Southern Rock for the South,” by the Washington Post, Blackberry Smoke's steady evolution from rough-edged club act to arena-ready rock 'n' roll juggernaut has garnered fans such as Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Grace Potter and the Zac Brown Band.

LOCATION: AT THE CROSSROADS
19 South 69th Street
Upper Darby, PA 19082
PH: (610) 352-2887
Tower Theater Website

"Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die" – these were the words of an English writer, G.K. Chesterton.

But they are personified by every American Veteran who has stepped forward to protect and serve our nation. These heroes made a commitment to defend their country, their families and every fellow citizen with their lives, if necessary. 
Parade-goers from last year wave and cheer! 
Photo by Peg Degrassa,
courtesy of the Delco News Network.

Media's 58th Annual Veterans  Parade is Friday, Nov. 10th at 11am.  It is an opportunity for us to step forward and show our appreciation for every soldier that has served this country. 

Saying thank you is good.  
Showing up to say it, is everything. 


Photo by Peg Degrassa, courtesy of  the Delco News Network
DETAILS: 
Masters of Ceremony: Mayor Bob McMahon and Mr. Robert Dimond
Grand Marshals: Capt. Maureen Robinson (Army Nurse Corps, retired) and son, Mark Robinson
In case of rain: Ceremonies will be moved to the Media Theatre.

THE FIRST VETERANS DAY PARADE WAS IN 1947
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, set aside to honor veterans of World War I.

But after World War II a World War II veteran from Birmingham named Raymond Weeks had an idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans.  In 1947 he led a delegation to Washington, D.C. to urge then-Army Chief of Staff General Dwight Eisenhower to create a national holiday that honored all veterans. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation establishing November 11th as Veterans Day. President Reagan honored Weeks as the driving force for the national holiday with the Presidential Citizenship Medal in 1982 at the White House.

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
State Street in Media
Veterans Parade Website

The Holiday Season officially starts when Santa comes to town... and according to his flight plan, St. Nick's sleigh touches down in Media on Sunday, November 26th!

We will have barely digested our Thanksgiving dinner, when what to our wondering eyes should appear?  But Santa, his sleigh and some glittering reindeer! 

So after a fun Thanksgiving dinner, add an extra gift to your Black Friday Shopping list...  Purchase a toy (or canned food items) for a needy family, because that's the only price of admission for Sunday's huge Holiday Block Party & Parade!

Drop off the toys and canned goods at Veteran's Square. The toys are for the Toys For Tots drive - and the canned goods will go to the local Food Bank. 

Three years ago Kenny's Flowers in Media,  created what has become a giant, town-sized FREE Welcome Santa Party...
   
It kicks off with a huge Parade & Fun Run/Walk that draws thousands each year.  Shops and stores open up extra hours, restaurants offer food specials all day, and local businesses sponsor activities and funds for building floats, and a dedicated committee of volunteers do the decorating, registration, and marketing.

The parade features dozens of musical and dance acts,plus magical floats (decorated by Kenny's Flowers and volunteers). Everyone is welcome to walk in the parade...


Dress up in your favorite holiday gear - as Santa, an elf, the Grinch, a reindeer or you can even light yourself up as a Christmas Tree! 

The Block Party is 2:30-5pm on State Street at Veteran's Square. There will be treats, giveaways, and live music by Jimmy Shoe & the Shine.

The Fun Run & Walk kicks off at 4:30pm 
No fee - just bring a toy or nonperishable food item.
To register go to: Bryn Mawr Running Co. Website 

The Santa Parade starts at 5pm sharp!
To be a sponsor, a volunteer or to find out more about the event, call (610) 566-6162.

Website for Media’s 4th Annual Santa Parade

Parade Photos courtesy of : MichaelCheungPhotography.com



This is one of those fundraisers where the food literally makes your taste-buds stand up and sing like a soprano at the Met! Now in its 8th year, this Main Line Notable Kitchen Tour & Chef Showcase is a gourmet delight that supports The Philadelphia Orchestra (which often accompanies great sopranos ;)

Clear your calendar on Thursday, November 2nd and join the Main Line Committee for the Orchestra for a self-guided tour of 6 outstanding Main Line 'home kitchens' from Haverford to Wayne. 

Between the hours of 10am to 3pm you'll explore 6 very different innovative and beautiful home kitchens, showcasing the visions of some of the area's finest architects, kitchen designers and builders.

Each home also features a "notable" local chef or caterer from one of these outstanding restaurants:
Restaurant Cerise (received Best Chef on the Main Line Award again this year), Sola (BYOB), The
Ultimate Bake Shoppe of Wayne, The Union League Guard House, The Goat's Beard and Terrain.

They will prepare some of their favorite culinary treats for you to sample.  Stunning table designs and floral displays, created by local businesses will adorn each kitchen and complement the homeowner's decor.

This event is a tasty way to support the Philadelphia Orchestra!
Tickets may be purchased at  The Little House Shop in Wayne, Kitchen Kapers in Ardmore and Paoli, Via Bellissima in Brywn Mawr or online at the Notable Kitchens Ticket Website

 If you need help completing your purchase, call Jean at (610) 639-2926


Villanova's Special Olympics Fall Festival is the largest annual student run Special Olympic event in the world. And this is your invitation to show your support by cheering on the athletes at competition venues on or near the campus.

November 10th through the 12th, Villanova will hold its 29th Annual Fall Festival -- welcoming over 1,000 athletes, 400 coaches, and 2,000 volunteers from the student body, the surrounding community, and local corporations.

The athletes who participate in the Fall Festival compete in a total of six Olympic-type sports including bocce, long distance running, power-lifting, roller skating, soccer and volleyball. 
Spectators are encouraged to visit any of the competition venues on or near campus and cheer on athletes at Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s second largest event of the year.

Come to the Pavilion Friday evening for the inspiring Opening Ceremonies, and be sure to visit the Quad on Saturday and Sunday, as it is transformed into Olympic Town - a street festival of entertainment for the athletes and families.

Please consider making a donation...   
The weekend costs several hundreds of thousands of dollars to produce. There is no charge to participate and all housing and meals for the weekend are provided by the University and Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Your donation to Strides helps them to continue offering all competition and other opportunities free of charge to the athletes and their families. Click to Make a Donation

Click for more Information & Venues

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Photos courtesy of Villanova





It's Christmas Eve...a night for magic. Anything could happen...

As the curtain opens on the Nutcracker Ballet, music and merriment fill the house as the Stahlbaum family welcomes guests to their annual Christmas party.



Marie and her brother Fritz dance and play together as many of their friends and family arrive. Suddenly, Marie’s mysterious uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, appears with gifts. To everyone’s amazement, he introduces two life-size mechanical dolls that he has made that can actually dance.
Marie becomes upset when it appears he has no present for her...

Like magic, he presents a toy Nutcracker and Marie is overjoyed. Her brother Fritz, however, becomes jealous and breaks the Nutcracker. But Marie's uncle magically repairs the doll and she carefully places it underneath the Christmas tree. After the party, Marie can't sleep. She sneaks into the living room and falls asleep with the Nutcracker in her arms....and the adventure begins!

Get tickets now to see the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet bring a holiday classic to life at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Escape the world for 90 minutes...as you take a journey with them into the Land of the Sweets!

Audience members can have pictures taken with the cast after the Saturday Performances. The shows are appropriate for children four years old and up - and before and after the show the lobby is a winter wonderland filled with nutcracker gifts ideal for holiday shopping.

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Website

Dates:
•Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:00 pm
•Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:00 am
•Sat Nov 18, 2017 3:00 pm
•Sun Nov 19, 2017 1:30 pm
•Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:30 pm

LOCATION: AT THE CROSSROADS
601 N Lansdowne Ave
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
In these tumultuous times, it’s easy to feel like patriotism, itself, is taking heavy fire. Each American experiences the feeling of patriotism in different ways. Like many people, it moves me when I hear about selfless acts of courage...or when I pass a soldier in uniform on the street.  But nothing brings out the goosebumps like getting swept up in the great music that love of country has spawned throughout the past 200+ years...

On Sunday, November 5th...
If you could use a pint of renewed patriotism, let the Lansdowne Symphony's opening rendition of the Star Spangled Banner reignite the fire and remind us that we are all one, all equal, and all in.

CONCERT STARTS AT 3PM:
• Star Spangled Banner
• David Stanley Smith: Prince Hal, An Overture
• Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major with David Kim
• Serge Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Founded in 1946 at the First Presbyterian Church in Lansdowne, the Lansdowne Symphony is one of the oldest community orchestras in the Greater Philadelphia area.
Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Website

AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 


Sunday, December 3rd, at 3pm, UDPAC presents the Upper Darby High School Concert Choir performing:
Otto Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Selections
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride with 2016 Auction Winner Scott Walden
Gustav Mahler: Blumine (Flowers) and more... 

UDPAC Website - November Calendar

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC)
Upper Darby High School
601 North Lansdowne Avenue
Drexel Hill, PA 19026

For the 15th year in a row, Delaware County's love of Jazz will heat up the streets of Media where the sound of music literally pours out of 2 dozen or so restaurants and sets fire to the sidewalks where passersby catch bits & pieces of extraordinary music. 

On Saturday, November 18th top regional performers become Pied Pipers, luring hundreds of people to restaurants and bars all over Media...creating 6-8 blocks of everything tasty, hip and energizing. With FREE METER PARKING, how can you resist?!

Sponsored by Media Business Authority, this annual Jazz By Night Celebration runs from 6pm to 1am with dozens of the best restaurants in town jazzing up their menus with every jazz style in the book including Classic, Traditional, BeBop, Hard Swing, Avant-Garde, NuJazz, Hard Bop, Gypsy Jazz, and Jamaican Jazz
The Sermon, known for their old-school soul, funk and jazz, will perform at
TAP 24, a new gastropub located at 36 W. State St. (formerly Picasso). 
As the name suggests, it features 24 rotating craft beers, creative cocktails & pub fare.



Every restaurant hosts a different act - and while some acts are served up during the traditional dinner hour, others are spotlighted for a late dinner and after dining enjoyment. (Times & locations listed at the end.)

WRTI 90.1 FM, Philly’s premier Jazz radio station, is a co-sponsor. 

HOT TIP: Purchase Tickets and make Reservations NOW at your favorite Media restaurant for dinner before the show!

Click to Purchase Tickets!

Spotlight Act: The Midnighters (pictured below)
This outstanding jazz duo have become familiar faces at popular venues like the Grace Winery, Terrain at Styer's, the Merion Cricket Club, Brandywine River Museum and more. 

Jake L'Armand (violin) is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and is a respected session musician and music teacher. Brian Kors (vocals & guitar) has been playing music in the northeast for over a decade, and lives in Media, where he is closely involved with the local arts and music scene. They'll be appearing at the 320 Market Cafe.



Artists, Restaurants & Times:
• Bootsie Barnes B-3 Organ Quartet w/John  @ Azie (10-12:30)
• Pasquale Grasso Quartet  @ Ariano (10-1)
• Johnny DeFrancesco  @ Shere-E-Punjab (9:30)
• Papa Sez (formerly The All Stars) @ Sligo (9:30)
• Deb Callahan Band @ FMFCU Coffee Beanery (7:30)*
• RK$TDY @ John’s Bar & Grille (8-12:15)
• Joe Kenney Band  @ Joclyn’s (9:15 – 1:15)
• Zazous @ Stephen’s on State (10-12)
• V.Shayne Frederick  @ Margaret Kuo’s (7:30-8:30/9-10)
• Sister Blue Band @ Quotation’s (9:30)
• TBA @ Sterling Pig (10:00)
• Larry McKenna Trio feat.Tony Miceli & Kevin MacConnell @ Spasso Italian Grille (10-12)
• The Sermon @ Tap 24 (9:30-1)
• Hailey Brinnel Quartet @ Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union (7:30-10)*
• Ken Ulansey & Phyllis Chapell  @ Desert Rose (6:15) Dinner Seats Only-BYOB (6-9)*
• Dallas Vietty Duo @ Diego’s (9:45-1)
• Rhenda Fearrington w/Jason Klinke  @ La Belle Epoque (10-12)
• Dave Sanders  @ Table 11 (7:30-10:30)
• TBA @ Pairing’s Cigar Bar
• Andrea Carlson w/Mac Given @ Lotus (6-9) Dinner seating only-BYOB
• Ben Tinsley/Dimitri Papadopoulos @ Double Decker Pizza (5:30-7/9-10:30) * All-Ages
• TBA @ Temaki Sushi Bar* (7-10) Dinner seating only-BYOB
• Mitchell Cheng  @ House (6-9) ** Dinner seating only-BYOB
• Rodney Bradley & Friends Choir @ Rafferty Subaru / Veterans’ Square Stage* (7:00)
• Elliott Levin Duo  @ 7 Stones Cafe* (8-10:45)
• The Midnighters @ 320 Market CafĂ© (8-11)*

Line-up Subject to Change
 * All-Ages Stages
 ** Dinner Seating Only, All-Ages