This visitors bureau has been teasing followers for the last year or so with a blog and various ads using the name "Destination Delco."

Now, on October 6th, it becomes official.

For more than eleven years, Delaware County, PA has been known as Brandywine Country.  But now is the time for a change. A change, we believe, for the better.

 Why limit ourselves, when Delaware County encompasses 5 distinct and exciting places stretching from Philly to the Brandywine:



  • Brandywine 
  • Crossroads
  • Main Line
  • Main Streets
  • Riverside
But that's not all!
  • Sign up to receive our hot-off-the-press 2015-16 Fall/Winter Visitors Guide, totally redesigned and chock full of amazing places to see and things to do
  • Tour our striking new Web Site featuring:
    • Our latest & greatest Driving Tours -- including a sample video tour: Two for the Road
    • A Seasonal Calendar of 100+ Events, Festivals & Exhibits
    • New Delco Portraits Blog profiling all the famous people who've lived here
    • New History Blog focusing on dozens of amazing places, all featured on the National Register of Historic Places
  • And if you follow us on Social Media, we're going to be spinning off in a whole new only in Delco direction 

Plus each month this eNewsletter will give you a spirited look at the coolest events and happenings from one end of Delco to the other -- from Battle re-enactments and Festivals --  to Yoga Classes in a Vineyard and Rock Concerts on the Waterfront!

The main theme running through everything you'll see and read about Delco, is the pride we have not only in our attractions (which draw more than 15 million visitors each year!) --  but in our people, and our communities. 

We're characters here.  Fun loving, quirky and one of a kind.  My team and I welcome you to a new Delaware County... Welcome to Destination Delco!
To paraphrase Will Rogers; “There are no strangers in Delaware County, just friends you haven't met yet!"

-- Tore Fiore, Executive Director


The term en plein air is a French expression meaning "in the open air," and it describes the act of painting outdoors. 

On October 2nd and 4th artists in all media are invited to come sketch, paint or photograph at Kuerner Farm, an historic Chadds Ford homestead where Andrew Wyeth created about one-third of his work -- over 1,000 paintings and drawings.  Among them were the secreted "Helga" art pieces.

DID YOU KNOW:  Andrew first met Helga Testorf in 1971 while she was nursing Karl Kuerner at the farm. A German immigrant, Helga lived across Ring Road from the farm with her husband. She secretly modeled for Wyeth in a famous series of paintings and drawings. The first nude painting in the series was painted in the sewing room in the farm house. The works, numbering more than 240, remained secret until 1987, when they were exhibited at the National Gallery of Art.  Left: The discovery was also the cover story for Time Magazine!

The farm is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2011.  FYI: While you're in the area, stop in at the Brandywine Battlefield, another Historic Landmark less than half a mile from the Museum.

FUN FACTS:  The popularity of Plein Air Painting gave rise to the creation of tube paints (more portable than traditional custom paint mixing), as well as the invention of the "Box Easel," a portable easel with telescopic legs and built-in paint box and palette was invented.  This made lugging art supplies through the forests, up hills and over rocky terrain much easier!

Famous practitioners included: Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir and American Impressionists Guy Rose, Robert William Wood, Mary DeNeale Morgan, John Gamble, and Arthur Hill Gilbert.



Event participants meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art...

Artists will meet in the parking lot at 9:15 a.m. before driving to Kuerner Farm.  REMINDER:  BYO art materials!
The cost per day is $20 for non-members --  $15 for members.

Spaces are limited so register online or by calling 610-388-8326.

Brandywine River Museum of Art


Local.  Farm-Fresh.  Homemade.
It doesn’t get better than that! 

Locals call our County-Seat-Town of Media "America's Hometown."  During the week it's bustling with shoppers and legal eagles doing business at the courthouse.  But at night and on weekends, families, couples and fun loving singles converge downtown for great shopping, dining, mingling and music. 

And every Thursday through November, it’s a first come/first served mecca for all types of fresh, locally produced foods from meats and cheeses to baked goods and gorgeous produce brought in by dozens of area farmers. From 3 to 7pm, hundreds of people browse this open air market, some leaving with an apple already half eaten...while others leave weighted down with bulging bags of treats to take home.

Vendors include: Anita’s Guacamole - Big Sky Bread – Blue Band Coffee – Borderland Vineyard – Bow Wow Treats (for canine family members!) – Lancaster Hummus -- Rafiki African Food Shoppe – Sweet Salvation Truffles plus dozens of local farms, and unique vendors like J&J Kettle Korn.

Thursdays, 3 PM to 7 PM -- Media Theater Parking Lot -- State and Gayley Streets

On October 4th Media hosts its 35th Annual Food and Craft Festival


From 9am to 5pm State Street and adjacent avenues swell with crowds browsing, shopping and tasting their way through 40 restaurant booths and 75+ craft vendors. Plus Media merchants open as well.

Laughter and live music echo up and down each street, and kids drag their parents to Veterans Square with its giant slide and incredible bounce games.

Sponsored by the Media Business Authority -- Rain date is October 11th.

Media Events, History & Theater

No matter how you like your Metal, PPL Park on the Delaware River will be Rockin' the House with all your Favorite Bands

It's gonna be wild, crazy and over the top - just the way we like it.  So if you feel the earth move under your feet on October 10th, relax.  It's just the music, baby!

PPL Park is a state-of-the-art 18,500 seat stadium, and home of the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team.  This may be the Park's first major concert event, but it won't be the last.  In fact, people on ships passing by under the Commodore Barry Bridge will likely hear the roar of the crowd and sizzling guitar riffs as they head inland towards Philly. 

Tickets are sold out - but visit Destination Delco on Facebook for a chance to score a couple of Suite-Seats!

A Few Band Notes...

More of the Bands who'll be ripping it up at PPL Park.
  • Godsmack is an American alternative metal band with a half dozen studio albums.
  • Rob Zombie is a musician, film director, screenwriter and producer who also founded White Zombie in the mid-1980s.  
  • Korn is a hot metal band with multiple Grammy Awards and an MTV Video Nomination.  Lead singer Ivan Moody took home an Independent Music Award for Best Song in 2013.
  • Five Finger Death Punch is an American heavy metal band from Las Vegas whose name is derived from classic martial arts cinema.

The Nuts & Bolts of PPL Park

There's only one Philly pro team with seats that come with a gorgeous waterfront view -- that's the Philadelphia Union Soccer Team which plays at PPL Park.  Almost 60% of all spectators can see the Commodore Barry Bridge and the Delaware River from their seats.   Inside, there are 30 luxury suites, a restaurant and club, and a built-in concert stage. 


October 9th -- 4:30 & 8pm
Alvin, Simon and Theodore hit the Tower stage in a show that features chart-buster hits by One Direction and Maroon 5, plus classic numbers from Elvis.

ABC News photo
Follow the Chipmunks as they embark on a road trip to Woodstock to play a benefit concert. But their arch nemesis Ian Hawke has other plans for them! The cartoon trio first appeared in the 1950s, when The Chipmunks released a novelty record titled "The Chipmunk Song" (Christmas Don't Be Late).  In the song Alvin mentions wanting a hula hoop -- a new toy that soon began selling like crazy.  The song did the same, selling 4 million copies in 7 weeks and launching a Chipmunk phenomenon that continues to win new fans each year.

 

October 17th -- 3 & 8 pm
Criss Angel presents the Supernaturalists!
One of America's most famous magicians has assembled a cast of nine other skilled and talented masters of magic from across the globe, for a spectacular show unlike anything you've seen before.

Among those appearing will be escape artist Spencer Horsman, 'The Dog Whisperer of Magic' Johnny Dominquez and South African mentalist Banachek.  Angel will join them via video feed from Las Vegas, but he's also promised to make a few surprise live appearances as well...


October 30th, 8pm

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Ringo Celebrates his 2015 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a tour that brings him to Delco's famous Rock and Roll Concert Hall

This is a chance to see a rock legend up close and personal as only the Tower can do it!  Located in Upper Darby, the Tower is intimate and famous for it's acoustics and eye-popping light shows.  Ringo's All Starr Band features longtime friends and band-mates since 2012: Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham.



 

Up your Halloween Game this year, with a Mystical, Nighttime Garden Adventure 


Most gardens, including the ones we have at home, aren't very interesting at night unless you install a special lighting system (and are independently wealthy enough to cover the electricity costs).

But Longwood has literally gone to the dark side...with an indoor/outdoor light and sound show that turns Longwood-at-night into something cool, haunting, gorgeous, baffling and extraordinary -- sort of like Alice in Wonderland Meets Close Encounters!

Nightscape is a Light and Sound Experience by
Klip Collective
From the tallest trees to sprawling meadows, and flowering indoor gardens, everywhere you look is bathed in swirling colored lights.  They dance, merge then suddenly burst into mind-blowing shapes and images, all set to a movie-quality soundtrack.

If you've ever done IMAX, this is nature's version of turning something you know into something totally unexpected, unimaginable and 3 dimensional - at least to the mind's eye ;)

Let Longwood take you down the rabbit hole, teasing your senses and stretching your imagination.  And it's certainly an unforgettable way to take your Halloween month celebration to a whole new level. (Get a sneak peek at the tour by clicking on the Video link following the ticket info.)

DATES, TIMES & TICKET INFO

Wednesdays through Saturdays
Through October 31st, starting at 7:30 pm (The show is about 90 minutes)

A Nightscape ticket includes full Gardens Admission on the same day. (Gardens open at 9 am) However, optimal viewing begins at 7:30 pm. Please note that video projections are used in this exhibit. Some people may experience mild sensitivities to projected light. FOR TICKETS

Adults (19+) - $27
Young people (5-18) - $17
4 and younger, free.


Nightscape Video

IMPORTANT TIPS:
  • Purchase your special NIGHTSCAPE tickets before you arrive. 
  • To avoid lines, print your barcoded tickets at home. Or, go paperless and open your tickets on your smartphone prior to entering the Visitor Center for scanning.
  • Come early! Arrive by 6:00 pm and be sure to enjoy the gardens at dusk and select Nightscape programs including: Family Nights, Artist & Friends, Live Music in the Beer Garden, and Gardens on Tap.
  • Nightscape is a rain or shine, indoor and outdoor experience. Please dress accordingly and wear comfortable shoes.
  • Allow 90 minutes or more to view all of Nightscape. Shuttle service is not provided. Scooters, wheelchairs, and strollers are available on a first-come, first- served basis in the Visitor Center.





From now through November 1st you can deal with any 'momma issues' you might have by letting the Media Theatre's cast and crew be your therapist in a riveting production of Gypsy. 


The story centers on an overbearing stage mother who takes her young daughters' sister act on a trip across the US during the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born.  Loosely based on the 1957 memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, the famous striptease artist, songs include Let Me Entertain You, Some People, You'll Never Get Away from Me, and Everything's Coming Up Roses.  This musical comedy makes for compelling live theater in a beautiful vintage setting that's breathtaking in its own right.


In fact:  The Media Theatre was originally built in 1927 as a vaudeville house that also featured "talkies"...so is it really a stretch to think that the vaudevillian characters from this show would feel especially comfortable here?

Perhaps we should call Ghost Hunters to see if, late at night...when the stage is dark, their spirits rehearse to ghostly audiences who actually attended shows during the theater's earliest years... ;)

The Media Theatre



 



Like Dorothy chanting 'There's no place like home,' people come from far and near because they know there's no place like Linvilla Orchards in the Fall...

So grab the family and follow the crowds to PUMPKINLAND!
(Not to be confused with Munchkinland ;)

  • There's a jaw-dropping 100 Tons of pumpkins
  • Giant storybook characters
  • Wickedly real scarecrows presiding over the cornfields
  • Live music and entertainment
  • Hayrides - Train rides - Pony rides
  • A cool & creepy Jack-o-lantern exhibit
  • Witches Hayrides for the little ones
  • A Costume Parade & Dance Party
...and just how good are you at life-size puzzles?

Take a walk on the wild side! Step into one of Linvilla's infamous mazes: 

The Straw Bale Maze (takes 20 to 60 minutes to navigate)

And the 3-acre Cornfield Maze (takes 30 minutes to an hour or more)

Not that adventurous? Join your kids on a Hayride to the Witches House...


Take a non-haunted hayride with your kids (up to ages 10 or 11) as friendly witches tell stories, jokes and pass out treats. The hayride ends with a campfire, apple cider samples and marshmallow roasting.

Don't Miss the Annual Costume Parade, Sunday, October 26th

  • Every child gets a treat and prizes are awarded to winners in each age group
  • The Grand Prize winner gets a $100 gift certificate to Linvilla's fabulous market and bakery
  • Ghost and ghouls, princesses and Ninja Turtles can work out their Halloween crazies in one massive dance party in the entertainment area.
Linvilla's Pumpkinland Event Schedule

On the Riverside

The Philadelphia Union play their last game of the season October 25th vs. Orlando City Soccer Club on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM at PPL Park in Chester.  This is a fun way to usher out the summer season with a final night under the stars overlooking the Delaware River.


Art Exhibition on the Main Line


Georganna Lenssen, Dakota. Oil.
The Wayne Art Center's Fall Members' 2014 Juried Exhibition will be featured from October 25th through November 21st in the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery.

There will be paintings, drawings, sculpture, stained glass, ceramics, jewelry and works on paper by members of the art center.

The Exhibition Opens Sunday, October 25th, 3:00-5:00PM -- and this year's show will be juried by Neil Di Sabato, adjunct faculty at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. 

Wayne Arts Center



Fun on Our Main Streets

 

IN NEWTOWN SQUARE:


Take the "Homebound Train" (like Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora) to Drexel Lodge Park on October 3rd for a fall family fun day!


Hear that whistle blowin’ as young and old are invited to climb aboard the trains at the Newtown Square Railroad Museum in Drexel Lodge Park on West Chester Pike. This is a cool community day with plenty of good music, food, fun, vendors of all types and more!  Tour an 1895 PRR Freight Station, a 1907 Wooden Passenger car and a 1950 Caboose! Admission is free.

IN SWARTHMORE:



Check out the Swarthmore Makers Market Craft Fair featuring vendors showcasing handmade goods, curated vintage wares, and original art and photography. There will also be music and food trucks.  A fun community event with amazing items for sale at great prices.

 IN MEDIA:

The Media Theatre is featuring another great children's musical -- the romantic tale of Beauty and the Beast is on stage now and runs through November 1st. 

Songs include "Make A Wish" and "Could You Be My Friend?" For ages 4 and up. Dates: Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at Noon Sept. 26 through Nov. 1 Friday shows: October 2 and October 23 at 9:45am Pricing: Adults $15, Children $12.


Wine Your Way Through the Brandywine

IN CHADDS FORD

Run, Stomp, Sip & Paint at Penns Woods Winery...



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  • OCT 4th -- Looking for a little outdoor exercise in a cool setting? Register now for the winery's annual Run the Vineyards: An Autumn Trail 8K run.
  • OCT 4th-5th -- Bring a blanket and join the Harvest Celebration with a free lawn concert!
  • OCT 10th -- Grape Stomp for Living Beyond Breast Cancer  (if you want to actually stomp, call and register for one their teams!)
  • OCT 11th -- Take a Yoga Class in the Vineyard!
  • OCT 24th -- Painting in Pumpkin Land with live music by Sean Smith, 1-4pm -- and food by Love Hot Dog Co. from 11am to 5pm.
  • OCT 25th -- Painting in Pumpkin Land plus music by Aaron Hindorff, 1 to 4pm.
  • OCT 31st -- Painting in Pumpkin Land & Halloween Celebration with live music by Pete Marziano, 1-4 and much more!

Here's the scoop on Pumpkin Land:

Choose your pumpkin from the Penns Woods Pumpkin Patch and decorate it - paint it -- sticker it, glitter it or pretty much do whatever you want to it...for just $15 -18/per pumpkin (depending on size). 

Price includes pumpkin and all decorating materials.

TWEET THIS! Have a great family photo taken in their pumpkin patch with our historic barn in the background.  That ought to scare a few people#!#$!%!

www.pennswoodsevents.com

 

IN WEST CHESTER


Get Airborne at the American Helicopter Museum and Education Center!


Come give it a 'whirl' on October 18th by taking to the sky with a Helicopter ride. There's nothing like seeing our gorgeous fall foliage from the air! Rides are $50.00 for adults and $40.00 for children 12-years-old and under.
American Helicopter Museum and Education Center


At the Crossroads
Located about 9 miles west of center city Philly, the Historic Grange Estate is a 17th century settlement of buildings, gardens, and grounds with a mansion style porch and piazza for special events.  Their first big bash of the fall is their October 11th, FALL OPEN HOUSE with a Pumpkin Painting & Scarecrow Making Workshop from 1 to 4pm.


If the Eagles are causing your blood pressure to spike, this could be the perfect Sunday alternative!  Bring the family and all the creativity you can muster because with Halloween looming, your home could probably use a colorful pumpkin by the door...or a scarecrow for your yard. Just remember to bring your own old clothing for stuffing!

Consider taking a full tour of the Mansion while you're there.  They're offered every Saturday and Sunday through October 25th — 1:00 - 4:00 pm (Adults $5 — Students $1)
NOTE: The last tour begins at 3:30 pm.
The Historic Grange Estate