National Puppy Day celebrates the sheer joy and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives -- so don't PAWS, head for Delco's SPCA and make a new friend!

Delaware County's SPCA Docs, staff and pets (some pictured above) make this an amazing, pro-active place to find love. 
  • They always step in when animals are in danger.
  • And they save lives (both canine and human) through education and outreach programs like New Leash on Life USA.

New Leash on Life is an innovative dog training program that helps save the lives of animals and at the same time improves the lives of the incarcerated -- dogs and inmates rescuing each other through training, seminars and skill building.

Pictured left to right: Delco SPCA Customer Care Associates
Corrine Donnelly, Colleen Rogers and Emily Craft.

Already have a pet buddy?  
Here are 10 ways to show your "Puppy Love" this month...

1. Assist an ill or elderly neighbor by walking their puppy.

2. Host a puppy party and invite friends and their pups. Just cover your sofa and hide the cat's food.
And the cat!

3. Volunteer at a shelter - walk or play with a puppy, or clean their cages.  All while smiling...
"That's it...sign your name right there
and I'm yours!"

4. Take your dog to Yappy Hour on MARCH 20th at GiggyBites in Chadds Ford.  It's a St.Pawtrick's Day bash from 1 to 4pm with dog and people beer pkus snacks for all!

5. Take your puppy for a walk someplace the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Essington - Rose Tree Park in Media -- or the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation near Newtown Square.

6. Revamp your pup's toy bin with new, clean toys - lose the old, bacteria infested ones!

7. Install a car safety harness to keep your puppy safe on car trips.

8. Buy a canine first aid kit and put it in your car -- it's there for any injury that happens at home AND when you're traveling.

"Hey, Spike - how long do you think we'll have to hang
around here waiting to be adopted?"
"I don't know, Max.  But  it better be quick. I just found out
 what a wedgie is..."

9. Microchip & I.D. Tag your puppy so shelters can locate you if he gets lost.

10. DIY-ers could find or buy and old crate, then decorate it for your puppy, to match your interior décor style. Think  HGTV! 

Click Here for more Delco SPCA Information

Most days, there are 150 healthy, friendly pets available at the Adoption Center -- just waiting for a wonderful new home.
The Center is open daily, except holidays
555 Sandy Bank Road • Media, PA 19063

Step Afrika! was founded in 1994 as the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. It now ranks as one of the top ten African American dance companies in the United States - and is Washington DC's largest African American arts organization!

Friday, March 4th they'll be steppin' out at the Radnor Middle School Auditorium at 7pm.

Heart-pounding entertainment at its best!
This award-winning dance company will present an interactive 50-minute percussive performance for Radnor students that highlights the rhythm, physicality and history of stepping, culminating in a high energy group activity to get students on their feet.

The show also highlights a variety of global traditions with songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
For Advance Tickets
To inquire about reduced rates and reserved seating available to groups of 10 or more, e-mail
The show is presented by DELTA - Districts Educating and Learning Through the Arts.

Tucked away between Philly skyscrapers, sweeping super highways and the country's 18th busiest airport is a place where nature has thrown out a welcome mat...

The Heinz Nat'l Wildlife Refuge offers an open invitation to come and explore the largest remaining freshwater tidal wetland in Pennsylvania. Admission is free and it is open daily, sunrise to sunset.

Hike, canoe, take photos, plant your feet in the 
dirt, spy on the deer, check out the birds and get re-energized!
Bring friends or make new ones on one of these fun tours:

PLANT WALK - What Are Those Brown Plants?
Sat, March 12th - 9am

PHOTO WALK - Early Spring Wildlife
Sat, March 19, 9am – noon
Sun, March 20, 9am - noon
Take a walk with one of their volunteer photographers - learn how to get great photos.
Bring your own binoculars or borrow theirs. Everyone meets in the Visitor Center.
Weather permitting.

BIRD WALK - Still Chilly Birds
Sat, March 26 -- 9:00am

Sat, March 26 -- 10:00am

BIRD WALK - Easter Morning Avian Activity
Sun, March 27, 9am – 12pm
This early morning walk features a volunteer walk leader sharing great local info on migrating birds, identifying new species and more. Walkers meet in the Visitor Center where binoculars are available to borrow - just ask at the front desk. Walk is weather dependent.

Plan an Indiana Jones Day with your family!

Dress the kids in whatever adventure gear you have around the house...

Pack a picnic basket, a flashlight, and a jar for collecting leaves and bugs and other natural treasures you discover... Listen to the a flock of geese splash-land on the water...laugh a lot - get a little muddy - make amazing memories.  

All courtesy of Mother Nature our National Park Service!
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Web Site

Do Some Decorating - for Educating!
March 11th & 12th at the 67th Annual Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show that raises funds for Chadds Ford Elementary School 

A new piece of art can transform the entire look and feel of a room.  So which room in your home is crying out for something creative and inspiring?  Come to the art show and sale - and support what Betsy Wyeth started in 1949...

Betsy Wyeth, wife of the late Andrew Wyeth, founded the Chadds Ford Annual Art Sale & Show in 1949 and continued her involvement in the show while her son Jamie Wyeth was a student at Chadds Ford Elementary.

Friday, March 11th, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. – Preview, Complimentary Reception & Sale (Adults only)
Saturday, March 12th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Exhibit & Art Sale

On Saturday at 11 a.m. 
Take a “Guided Tour of the Show” led by local artist Lele Galer and Stella Stojanovic Scott from Mala Galleria, who will introduce you to the artists, noting their varying styles and mediums.  Talk to the them about their inspirations, techniques and artwork.

Featured Artist (Helena van Emmerik-Finn) holding
Barnyard Feast and Donating Artist (Mary Styer Holton) holding Rosa.
Chadds Ford Elementary School, 3 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(Located on Route 1 across from the Brandywine River Museum)

Admission is free.
Raffles include: “Helga in the Orchard” by Andrew Wyeth. This 19”x16” framed print is signed by Andrew Wyeth.
“Gulls Haggling,” a signed limited edition print by Jamie Wyeth and much more.

30% of art purchases are tax deductible.  All proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary School.

In the top photo: 
Kara Hyman (co-chair), Shawn Dutkiewicz (Principal CFE), Maggie Niemkiewicz (co-chair), Lisa Albany (co-chair), Featured Artist Helena van Emmerik-Finn and Donating Artist Mary Styer Holton
Irish or not, we all wear green, celebrate the plucky Leprechaun, drink green ale and tell tall tale tales.  We're willing to kiss a stone...sing an olde Irish song (after many mugs of the green ale) and in general, have a heck of a time.  

But before we get to Maggie O'Neill's and Tip O'Leary's adult events -- don't miss the Parade!

String Bands,  Military Groups, Scouts, Choirs and more at this year's Springfield Township Irish Parade 
Saturday, March 12th - Starting at Noon (Rain or Shine)
The parade starts at West Springfield and Britton Roads and ends at the reviewing stand at the Old Central School on Saxer Avenue and Powell Road.

The Grand Marshall is Dr. William McCusker, former President of Cardinal O'Hara High
School -- and there will be marching bands, string bands, several pipe bands, a brass band from Reading, PA and a high school band from Donegal, Ireland!
Plus Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, military groups, choirs and more.

March 5th  Pre-Parade Fundraiser
Members of the Watson Highlanders Bagpipers
Help raise parade funds at a Social Afternoon at Maggie O'Neill's on Saturday March 5th.  Meet the Grand Marshall and enjoy live Irish music by local performers and the Watson Highlanders Bagpipers. 

Admission is free -- BUT TELL YOUR SERVER YOU'RE SUPPORTING THE PARADE...and a portion of your bar, restaurant or take out check will be donated to the Parade Committee!

Irish Fun at Maggie O'Neill's Irish Pub & Restaurant in Drexel Hill

When celebrating St. Patrick's Day with friends, always start with a toast like " May you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead!"  

But here's my favorite:

The Round Tower Irish Band
"May your troubles be as few and as far apart as my Grandmother's teeth!"

(As you might have guessed, I picked this toast up at a pub last St. Pat's Day - granny wasn't amused...)

March 14th  2:00pm - 5:00pm    Come party with Round Tower. Rain or Shine!

March 15th  Irish Breakfast is Served!    10:30am - 3:00pm
A celebration with Irish Music, Food and Dancers

March 17th  St. Patricks Day
Door Open at 9:30am….Music Begins at 11:30am with Sullivan’s Brigade….Round Tower 12 noon until close….Irish Dancers, Bagpipes and St. Pat himself all day long,

Music by Irish Mist

3 Ways to Get Green 
at Tip O'Leary's Saloon 
in Havertown
Saturday, March 12th
1pm -- Farrell and Flatly

Sunday, March 13th
3pm -- Irish Mist

Thursday, March 17th
Noon to 5pm -- Farrell and Flatly
5 to 9pm -- Oliver

Chanticleer has packed away it's Winter Overcoat and on March 30th, invites everyone to Opening Day and a new Season of Spring Fever
Tucked away in Philadelphia’s stylish suburban Main Line neighborhood of Wayne, Chanticleer is the 100-year-old former estate of the Rosengarten family. This 35-acre Pleasure Garden is divided into distinct areas such as The Gravel Garden, The Ruin, and Asian Woods, each offering a different experience to visitors.

This winter the staff worked hard snow-blowing the paths, shoveling snow that has slipped off the greenhouses (photo below) and developing new plantings.

In a few weeks Spring will explode in an abundance of tulips, rhododendrons and magnolias, and until then...

Staff gardeners are busy planting, pruning, building, nurturing and expanding their amazing garden...touted by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of North America's Most Beautiful Secret Gardens!

What else have the staff gardeners been up to? They've written a book offering secrets and tips that novice gardeners can use in their own gardens!

The Art of Gardening
Whether you’re already under Chanticleer’s spell or have yet to visit, The Art of Gardening will enable you to bring the special magic that pervades this artful garden into your own home landscape.

Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. In this book their gardeners share techniques specific to different conditions and plant palettes; how to use hardscape materials in a fresh way; and how to achieve the perfect union between plant and site.

Rob Cardillo’s exquisite photographs will stimulate your creativity and whether you’re already under Chanticleer’s spell or have yet to visit!

Editorial Reviews
“In this delightful book, the staff gardeners are full of advice – on using small evergreens for screens, deploying bursts of color, choosing plants for dry shade – that that will be useful in any size garden, even one where you’re the only gardener on staff.”
The New York Times

“A great behind-the-scenes look into this one-of-a-kind spot.”
Daily AD (Architectural Digest)

Chanticleer is located on the Main Line
786 Church Road, Wayne
(610) 687-4163
More About Chanticleer

They're baa-aack!  
The Philly Union are tuned up and ready to play in their newly named Talen Energy Stadium - but first they'll be kicking off the 2016 season with two away games.

We're all chomping at the bit, hoping our Jim Curtin-led team can start the season with big wins over Dallas and Columbus this month.  But die-hard soccer fans are going to arrive ready to rumble at our first home game on March 20th against the New England Revolution.

Last year's big signing of Tranquillo Barnetta could prove huge this year.
Now entering his first full season with the Union, #10 seems poised to blow-up the offense in the midfield - but his first, and perhaps most memorable soccer goal happened as a teenager:

As a kid he used to walk 30 minutes from home to watch FC St. Gallen play as often he could. Imagine how he felt when at 17,  he signed his first pro contract to play for them!
“It was amazing,” Barnetta said. “One year before, I was a supporter behind the goal. Then you are on the pitch and you’re playing. And you know all your friends are there, watching you play.”

March Games:
AWAY: 3/6/2016 @ FC Dallas MLS  3:00 PM

AWAY: 3/12/2016 @ Columbus Crew SC MLS  7:30 PM

HOME: 3/20/2016 vs New England Revolution MLS  2:00 PM

2016 Season Schedule


This month the Brandywine River Museum of Art has something for everyone, from children's storytelling and museum fun, to a stunning Nature art Exhibit by Hudson Valley School artists -- to the film screening of a 67 year old woman credited with saving the Appalachian Trail.

Perfect for kids and their tag along grown ups:
Listen to a great book & make your own masterpiece:
  • Storytelling sessions include hearing amazing stories by popular authors
  • Interacting with art in the museum
  • Making your own creative works. 
Registration is requested:   Educational Programs
$5 per child, one adult admitted free for each child.
All sessions start at 10:30 am.

March 3: On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
Caroline lives on Meadowview Street. But where's the meadow? Where's the view? There's nothing growing in her front yard except grass. Then she spots a flower and a butterfly and a bird and Caroline realizes that with her help, maybe Meadowview Street can have a meadow after all.

March 10: Olivia by Ian Falconer

Olivia would be Eloise, if Eloise were a pig. She is good at singing 40 very loud songs and is very good at wearing people out. And scaring the living daylights out of her little brother, Ian, particularly when he copies her every move.
Perfect for ages 4 to 8.   PLUS the museum welcomes back Jamie Wyeth's Portrait of a Pig for this fun "pig tale" event!

March 17: The Tallest Leprechaun by Emily Grace Koenig

An artistic celebration of St. Patrick’s Day for young children with this unique tale about bullying....
The story starts when all of the other leprechauns, especially Owen, make fun of Milo's tallness, until one day Milo's height gets Owen out of a jam...:)

Enjoy the outdoors - 'indoors' at the Brandywine River Museum's new exhibit:
The Poetry of Nature: A Golden Age of American Landscape Painting
March 19th to June 12th

Masterworks by Thomas Cole, Asher Durand, John F. Kensett, William T. Richards, William L. Sonntag, and other giants of the Hudson River School will be on view featuring over 40 paintings created between 1818 and 1886.

The Hudson River School is considered the first art movement in the United States and one that developed a distinctly American vision of the landscape showcasing their powerful interpretations of American scenery —along the Hudson River, through the Catskill Mountains and other regions of New York, and beyond to New England and the mid-Atlantic states.

Film Screening of TRAIL MAGIC Honors Emma Gatewood...credited with saving the Appalacian Trail
Thursday, March 24, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Emma is being honored at gardens and workshops all over the region in the coming weeks.  She proved that age is only a number - and that one senior citizen can impact history.

She survived a rattlesnake strike, two hurricanes, and a run-in with gangsters from Harlem, before finally standing atop Maine’s Mount Katahdin where she sang the first verse of “America, the Beautiful” and proclaimed, “I said I’ll do it, and I’ve done it.”

She became a hiking celebrity and appeared on TV and in the pages of Sports Illustrated. The public attention she brought to the little-known footpath was unprecedented. Her vocal criticism of the difficult and treacherous stretches led to bolstered maintenance, and very likely saved the trail from extinction.
Film Director Peter Huston will be on hand to give comments. $5 per person

Don't miss all the action at Longwood this month.
Orchids galore! 
Latin Grammy Music!
Rare Blue Poppies! 
And the biggest Easter Buffet you can imagine!

Once you walk in the door, just follow your nose as the as scent of orchids conjures thoughts of exotic places and a kaleidoscope of colors. Longwood has pulled out all the stops, presenting their largest, most diverse display of orchids … ever!

As one of the first plant collections at Longwood, the orchids have held a place of distinction since 1922. 

Talented horticulturists have created a towering 12-foot-tall archway, a spectacular orchid curtain, and hundreds of vibrant Vanda orchids adorn the Silver Gardens.

More About Orchids at Longwood

But that's not all!
March is a good way! Rare sky-blue poppies are blooming madly in the Conservatory.

Once considered a myth, blue-poppies,which are native to the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains—reside and thrive in the Conservatory where temperatures are kept cool to make the plants comfortable during their flowering season. It's hard to resist the lure of these mesmerizing beauties - so grab a friend and head for Longwood this month!

March 24th is Latin Grammy night - 8pm in the ballroom.

Latin Grammy winners, the Pablo Ziegler Quartet helped define the modern tango - listen
to their unique sound in a chamber music setting. Tickets are $38 and will sell out quickly.

Not even the Philly Wing-Bowl Champion could down every item on this Garden-rich Gran-daddy of all Easter Buffets! 

From French Toast to slow roasted Leg of Lamb -- there are literally more than a hundred items on the menu. 
Dress is casual, but registration is required.  There are only so many seats & seatings - so if you love flowers and food as much as I do, RESERVE NOW! Tickets are already limited and a sell-out is likely.


March 26, Seatings every half hour 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
March 27, Seatings every half hour 10:00 am–5:00 pm

A Sampling from the Main Buffet Menu
Signature Mushroom Soup, Spinach Salad
Artichoke Risotto Cakes with Black Olive Tapenade
Roasted Baby Vegetables, Herb Roasted New Potatoes
Roasted Salmon, Snow Pea Salad, Lemon Vinaigrette
Honey Dijon Glazed Ham, Slow Roasted Leg of Lamb
Rosemary Demi-Glace, Mint Jelly

Brunch Selection
French Toast Bread Pudding, Blueberry Compote, Maple Syrup
Asparagus, Smoked Ham & Gruyere Cheese Frittata
Bacon, Sausage Patties, Home Fries and Tropical Fruit Salad
Omelets Made to Order with Various Toppings
Southern Grit Station
Kool Kids Station:  With Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese, Broccoli & Carrot Gratin
Dessert Station: Carrot Cupcakes, Vanilla Bean Cupcakes, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Lemon Meringue Tarts with Lemon Curd, White Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Cakes
Chocolate Glazed Profiteroles, Chocolate Pots de Crème
Candy Station offering a myriad of candies to bag up and take home.

Star Trek Concert

Space...The Final Frontier

As Captain Kirk said in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country...on February 12th set your GPS for the "Second star to the right...and straight on 'til morning."

But if that doesn't work, just head for Upper Darby's TOWER THEATER to journey deep into the music of the cosmos in this totally immersive concert experience that explores half a century of Star Trek missions, lore and legend.

A Cultural Icon Celebrates 50 Years
After 700 TV episodes, 12 movies and 6 Captains...the classic science-fiction franchise kicks off its 50th anniversary with a glorious, bigger-than-life musical salute worthy of the title:  THE ULTIMATE VOYAGE.

Take a musical journey aboard the mother-ship of all 
our greatest space-themed entertainment franchises.

Buckle up for a musical thrill ride!
This 100-city North American Tour launched just a few weeks ago - its mission is to use every musical tool in its symphonic arsenal to take you on a journey where no man has gone before...

A dashing live orchestra, with symbols clashing and violin riffs racing, heads for open space where the series' best movie and TV adventures explode across a huge film screen.

William Shatner told USA TODAY that music is "essential" to the franchise's success.  “Music is as much a part of Star Trek as the dialogue and the actors,” said the actor, who appeared as Captain Kirk in the original series, which premiered in 1966, and in several Trek films.

Did you know that there is an asteroid named after Nimoy?
Check out this web site: Images of the Leonard Nimoy Asteroid
Buy Tickets Here

Leonard Nimoy died one year ago this month.

The Vulcan rock star made his first karmic connection to his alter ego in December, 1964, when he appeared in the rejected Star Trek pilot "The Cage."

But Spock survived and thrived, earning Nimoy 3 Emmy Award nominations - and a TV GUIDE nod as being one of the 50 greatest TV characters of all time.

It seems only fitting to follow our story about the Tower Theater's upcoming Star Trek Concert with a Delco Tribute to the singer who created the most famous musical space traveler of all time... MAJOR TOM

CHECK OUT THIS Astronaut Space Tribute to Bowie

Major Tom was a fictional astronaut referenced in several of David Bowie's songs:  
Space Oddity
Ashes to Ashes
Hallo Spaceboy 
and Blackstar

But Bowie also had strong ties to Delaware County and the Tower Theater, where he not only performed, but also recorded his DAVID  LIVE album which included the iconic song "Changes"...which was also the very last song Bowie performed on stage before his retirement from live appearances at the end of 2006.

DID YOU KNOW:  The live version of "Changes" recorded at the Tower Theater is notable for Bowie singing the words "children that you s**t on" as opposed to "spit on."

Bowie and Jagger Duet At Live Aid

Listen to Bowie perform "Heroes" at Live Aid

Billed as the "global jukebox," Live Aid was held simultaneously at Wembley Stadium in London (attended by 72,000 people) and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, PA (attended by about 100,000 people). It was held July 13, 1985 and was organized by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for relief of the ongoing Ethiopian famine.

It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time, with an estimated global audience of 1.9 billion, across 150 nations, watching the live broadcast.

Bowie performed brilliantly, but one of the most memorable moments was his intercontinental duet of “Dancing in the Street” with Mick Jagger. Since the tech wasn't available to let them sing together live, they filmed a video version that was broadcast simultaneously on the big screens at both Wembley Stadium and JFK,  as well as on TV for those at home.

Bowie and Jagger Duet Video at Live Aid Concert

Personal insights on Live Aid from our Executive Director Tore Fiore, Unit Production Manager at JFK...

"It was 100 degrees in the shade at JFK Stadium in South Philly: and still the greatest line by Jack Nicholson…….”We’re gonna hose ya down now”.

I was 33 years old and had spent 10 years in the broadcast industry before returning to college as a non-traditional student.  I get a call from a buddy of mine in New York telling me World Wide Sports and Entertainment is looking for a Unit Production Manager for Live Aid. And, was I interested?

I put a call into the west coast, discussed compensation for 2 months' work and told them to send me $10,000 in a cashier’s check for pre-production costs to get the ball rolling.  Responsibilities included logistics, payroll, per diem costs, set-up of support facilities and strike at end of show.

By the time the show was over, $100,000 had run through that account for out of pocket expenses.

Second best line: during cleanup, Jim, my Production Assistant, comes into my trailer and says;
'Tore, there’s 10 Grand still sitting in the safe.'

What did I do……took the money to the bank, made a deposit and wrote a check back to the company. I know what you were thinking!

Too many great memories and not enough space."