I hope Pope Francis likes Cheesesteaks!##@!

...because he’s coming to town on the 27th and 28th, and all of Philly and the ‘burbs are throwing down the welcome mat for the Pontiff and 2 million of his ardent followers – about 8,000 of whom will be staying at our house. (Or rather, at our hotels!)

Philly and the surrounding areas are going to be a madhouse from September 22nd's kick off of the World Meeting of Families, through the Pope's visit.  But lucky for us, this is the 4th largest Media Market in the country and our TV stations will be reporting on every aspect of the event from traffic jams to schedule changes. Download one of the following free apps for up-to-the-minute coverage that will have you navigating the happy mayhem with all the skill and savvy of a local:

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FOX 29 Mobile App
CBS 3 Mobile App

Not venturing into the city? 
You can still rub shoulders with Pope Francis at our Visitors Bureau in Media.

Take a selfie or give us your cell phone (like Marty did!)and we’ll take a picture of you with our somewhat ‘board’ likeness of the Pontiff.  While you’re here, browse through hundreds of brochures and flyers on fun things to see and do all over Delaware County.

Local residents, Papal Pilgrims and regular vacationers are all urged to check the two web sites below on a regular basis, for any public transportation updates or late-breaking Papal visit news that could impact your travel in and around the area.   NOTE: Those looking for the official PAPAL VISIT HANDBOOK will find a link to it on the World Meeting of Families site.

SEPTA Transportation Updates
World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit Details

Just follow the crowd to the intersection of Eagle and Darby Roads in Havertown where the 5th Annual Haverford Music Festival will be jamming all day with 4 international head-liners and 30 of the best local and regional performers in the country.  Enjoy a little Delco-style surround sound (live music on four stages!) and browse streets lined with shop vendors showcasing gorgeous stuff at great prices. Sample a brew at the beer garden, play games with the kids, pull up a spot on the grass or pop inside for a coffeehouse atmosphere at THE ROCK.  Inside or out, you’ll hear it all from Classic Rock, to Pop, Urban Folk, Celtic, Country, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Soul, Rap, Rockabilly and more.  Noon to 9:30pm – Admission is free.   


Groban’s biggest hits include You Raise Me Up, Believe (from the film ‘The Polar Express’), You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up), I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Ave Maria, The Prayer, and I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever).

TOWER ROCK LORE:  Bruce introduced the world to his new E Street Band on this hallowed stage in September of 1974.  It’s said that he earned  $5,000 for the appearance

Do you remember? 
Groban's career really took off after an appearance on the popular Ally McBeal Television Show...Check it out below.

Many young men from both Chester and Delaware Counties were called to fight in the war’s numerous battles, like Herbert Guest (pictured to right), a friend of Chris Sanderson’s from Chadds Ford, who corresponded with him often about his life changing experiences.

In addition to the WWI Exhibit...
Explore Chris Sanderson’s country home-turned-museum filled with over 200 years of American history through artifacts and memorabilia collected and preserved by this Brandywine native.  Chris was also friends N.C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth, Peter Hurd and other Wyeth family members.  Many of their original sketches and paintings are on display.

LOCATION: 1755 Creek Road, Chadds Ford, Pa.
OPEN: March – November, Thursday through Sunday
HOURS: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - and by appointment.  610-388-6545
ADMISSION: Adults $5;  Free for children under 12 accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, Sept 19th

7 AM to 3 PM
This event is strictly for the birds! (Yep, I said it) And whether you've got kids in tow or are on your own, this is a day to celebrate all things fowl, feathered & FREE! Including a free lunch provided by The Friends of the Heinz Refuge.

 More than 300+ species of birds use the refuge as a migratory stopover on their way north and south. Plus more than 80 species nest here- including a pair of eagles. You'll get tons of photo ops and plenty to tweet about:)

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - America's First Urban Refuge
Don't come late because hundreds of people flock to this event:
  • Interactive Exhibits, Guided Walks, Kids Activities
  • Raptor Show with Hawks, Owls & Eagles
  • Live Music & Live Animal Demonstrations
  • A Trackless Trolley Tour of the Refuge
  • Even try your hand at Archery  ...unless you forgot your glasses at home!   

In 1861 all Americans drew a line in the sand between who they were - and who they wanted to be in the future:         
  • Would our confederation of states dissolve or would we remain a sovereign nation? 
  • As a nation founded on the belief in liberty for all, would we continue to be the largest slaveholding country in the world or would slavery be abolished?
Four years and 600,000+ deaths later, these questions were answered – and the promise and power of our Declaration of Independence was fulfilled.

The Colonial Plantation’s annual re-enactment of this tumultuous time creates both a visual and visceral experience, not soon forgotten. Books can be dry and colorless, but a battlefield is the ultimate in up-close and personal.  It’s a gut check for everyone on the sidelines looking on as brothers, fathers, and husbands wield knives and swords in hand-to-hand combat. You'll hear the pop! pop! pop! of rifled-musket rounds, and the boom of artillery fire.  The Civil War also saw the first widespread use of new 19th century weapons like grenades and the machine guns. 
But this Plantation event also showcases a day in the life of 18th century farm families.  This is a living history event with authentic displays of the day's fashions, field work, live animal care, plus cooking, candle making, & weaving demonstrations.

Sunday, Sept 20 – Noon to 3 pm

Dust off your musket, grab a sheep and head for Middletown Presbyterian Church in Media. (Just kidding!) If you don't have a musket or a sheep, just bring family and friends to the church grounds for an historic day of fun.

Authentic 18th Century re-enactors will ‘spin’ more than tales as they recreate a Colonial Era Village throughout the grounds of the Church and Elementary School.  

Typical everyday skills in the 1800’s will seem like magic as costumed pied-pipers from historic sites all over the county re-enact militia drills, sheep shearing, spinning (on a wheel – not a bike!), blacksmithing, cooking, plus the Tapestry Dancers and music by the Marple Newtown Community Band.                                                                                        

Eating is also a big deal, from tasty Colonial-inspired food to popular treats of today. An 18th-century style worship service starts at 10:30am - and then it’s off to races with games and crafts for both children and adults, alike! Be sure to take a cemetery tour where you’ll find graves of Revolutionary War Soldiers among the tombstones. Middletown Days

Pick your favorite sun-ripened treasures right out of the field, or buy them freshly packaged or magically turned into delish jams, cakes and pies.  But don't be surprised if you catch an accidental elbow from fellow fruit lovers from as far away as NY, Jersey, and Delaware. And the crowds are even bigger for Linvilla's special events and festivals like Pumpkinland, Bunnyland, weekend-long Classic Car Shows and more. Linvilla Orchards in Media

But there's nothing like APPLE FEST! 

  • Music & crafts by Makin Music
  • Apple tastings all day so you can find your perfect apple! 
  • Starting at 8am you can go into the farm and pick your own apples, fresh fruits & vegetables
  • PLUS their famous Pumpkinland Harvest Festival will be in full swing with costumed characters, games, hayrides, contests and live music 

However the hootin’ and hollerin’ really starts at their famous Apple Pie Eating Contest - a rare and wonderful opportunity to plunge your face into a luscious, home baked apple-pie.

Mmmm. A little sweet..a little tart...buttery flakiness on top.....cinnaminny gooeyness inside...just thinking about it makes me want to rip open mom’s recipe box!

  • Register for the contest at the farm on the day of the event, any time after noon. But so many people sign up that final entrants are picked out of a hat just before the event.
  • There are 5 age brackets from ages 8&9 to 18 and over.
  • The competitions are 1 minute long in the youth categories, 2 minutes for adults.
  • When time is up, each plate is weighed and whoever ate the most pie in each bracket wins the Championship Title and a $25 Gift Certificate.
(I confess, I’d probably use it to buy another pie at their bakery...)

A brand new Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham just opened its doors in Ridley Park last month. It’s prime airport accessibility, great service, and reasonable rates will make it an ideal choice for both business and recreational travelers. Turns out, it’s also perfect for ‘mans best friend.’ 

Two dogs up to 40 pounds also have a place to lay their heads in Delco. And you’re going to wish that your room rate was as reasonable – $25!  But whether you’re a dog-parent or not, there’s lots to love about this new 79-room Microtel:
  • It’s 100% smoke-free
  • Free airport shuttle service
  • Plenty of ADA-friendly rooms
  • A Fitness Center and Guest Laundry
  • On-site Business Center
  • Meeting space for 30 people
  • Hi-speed WiFi & Flat Screen HDTV
  • Plus a coffee maker, microwave and refrigerator (perfect for cold drinks and doggy treats)
  • And there's a Wendy’s Restaurant next door

Jazz and Art at the Crossroads

ENJOY JAZZ ON THE VERANDA at the Grange Estate                              Sunday, Sept 20th – 2 to 3:30pm – TO RSVP: 610-446-4958

Don’t let Summer slip away without spending a lazy afternoon on the Veranda of the historic Grange Estate in Havertown.  Earlier guests from the 1780’s included a host of influential military men as Lafayette, Knox, Mifflin and Washington. But on this date, you’ll be treated to music by Tom Glenn and Stu Goodis.  Adm. is $10 for adults, children under 12 are free (accompanied by an adult). Historic Grange Estate

CELEBRATE THE ARTS at the Lansdowne Arts Festival                                 Saturday & Sunday, Sept 12th-13th – At the historic Twentieth Century Club

This weekend-long event showcases the talents of dozens of local artists in the creative and performing arts. Browse gorgeous  painting, crafts, sculpture, and jewelry – plus enjoy live music, art demonstrations, and children’s events. Musical acts perform under a huge tent while art exhibits and other performing artists are inside the Twentieth Century Club. On Saturday be sure to stop in at the Lansdowne Farmers Market, another rain or shine event just up the street from the festival. Lansdowne Arts Festival


Roars on the Riverside!                                                    

The Philadelphia Union Play 3 Games at Home:

Sept 12th: Columbus Crew SC

Sept 20th: Houston Dynamo

Sept 30: US Open Cup Final vs Kansas City

Grab a couple of tickets and good friends, and head for PPL Park where you and about 18,500 other fans will be cheering, chanting, moaning, and jumping to your feet as the Philly Union wind down the season with 3 exciting matches - all with scheduled start times of 7pm. As if the games weren't electric enough, the food, the sunset, and the stunning views overlooking the Delaware River and the Commodore Barry Bridge (named after the American Revolutionary War hero and Philly resident, John Barry) make this a perfect end-of-summer experience.
PPL Park is just five miles south of PHL with easy access via I-95, I-476, US-322 and PA-291.  Check the web site below to confirm times, ticket availability and other details. Philadelphia Union at PPL Park

Explore the ‘Greens’ on Main Street in Swarthmore

Check out the 2015 Scott Arboretum Garden Plant Sale
Sept 11th-13th – At The Scott Arboretum, on the Swarthmore College Campus

Scott Arboretum is one of the most beautiful places in the County.  And whether you’ve got an experienced green thumb or are a novice gardener looking for ideas, everyone’s welcome to come get ‘inspired’ by the plants and greenery at this amazing plant sale.  Come learn, browse, and buy to your heart’s content.  Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College


Calm the Mind in a Brandywine Valley Vineyard

Take a Yoga Class at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford
Sept 6th (11am), 18th(5pm) and 20th (11am)

Come alone or bring a friend, slip into comfy clothes, and bring your yoga mat to this beautiful winery nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. Each 60 minute class is followed by a wine tasting (5 wines) and sampling of fresh local fruits, veggies, cheeses and crackers.  Admission is $35 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Register on their web site or call (610) 459-0808.  Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford


An Amazing Market on the Main Line

Visit the Lancaster Farmer’s Market on Lancaster Ave (Rt. 30) in Wayne  

Hours: Year Round – Wednesday & Friday, 8am - 6pm;  Saturday, 8am - 4pm            

This is where everybody goes for outrageously good comfort food, locally grown fruit and vegetables, and amazing meats and cheeses.  Temptation is literally everywhere.  I know people who stop in every week or two to stock their fridge and freezer with treats they can’t find anywhere else! Plus there are jewelry booths, fancy French linens and many more retail store displays.  Lancaster County Farmers Market in Wayne