Delaware County, home of Villanova University, Proudly Salutes the Wildcats --- 2016's NCAA Men's Basketball Champions!

Villanova went Supernova in Houston on April 4th, continuing to 'light up' the score board as they had throughout the tournament - while playing gritty, no-quit defense in a game that exploded in a one-two gut punch of 3 point shots in the final seconds!

Tar Heel Marcus Paige sucked the air out of the NRG Center with an 'on no he didn't'  three-pointer to tie the game up at 74.

And before the air could rush back in, Nova's Kris Jenkins turned a perfect Ryan Arcidiacono pass into a buzzer-beating game winning shot from beyond the arc that left  his hands with just .8 of a second left on the clock.

A Titanic Explosion!
A supernova is an astronomical event that occurs during the last stellar evolutionary stages of a massive star's life, whose dramatic destruction is marked by one final titanic explosion...and that's what took place when star guard Ryan Arcidiacono, in his last game in Nova blue - orchestrated what may be the tournament's most dramatic ending ever...with a perfect pass to Kris Jenkins, who hit the 3-point shot heard 'round the world!

Click here for more stories, photos, Nova fan gear and more 

What a season.  What a team!
Congratulations to every player - every coach:
Henry Lowe, Jalen Brunson, Kris Jenkins, Josh Hart, Eric Paschall,PhilBooth, Donte DiVincenzo, Ryan Arcidiacono, Patrick Farrell, Daniel Ochefu, Mikal Bridges,Tim Delaney, Darryl Reynolds, Kevin Rafferty and coaches Jay Wright, Baker Dunleavy, Ashley Howard,Kyle Neptune, with the support team of George Halcovage, Arleshia Davidson, Mike  Nardi, Jeff Pierce and John Shackleton.

A Double Take-Down!  The team-mate 'take-down' of Kris Jenkins (he's the one at the bottom of the pile!)
happened after he drained a last second 3-point shot to take down the surging North Carolina Tar Heels.

You know it's Spring when:
...April showers bring out the flowers!
...and golfers load their clubs in their cars and race to the golf course!

So let's get garden & golf crazy!  

Check out 2 brand new Driving Tours just for lovers of gardens and golf:

  • From Philly to the Main Line check out 2 great golf courses and 5 famous botanical gardens.
  • From the Main Line to the Brandywine, take a tour of 4 amazing golf courses and 4 nationally renowned gardens.
And if you're from out of town, there's a list of nearby hotels at the end of each tour.  

This Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Performs April 1st at the Tower
Rock and blues singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman has done it all...and brings it all to the Tower Stage for one show only!

His distinctive voice placed him in 70th place on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time." Joining him will be guitarist Scott Sharrard, keyboardist Peter Levin, drummer Steve Potts, percussionist Marc Quinones, bassist Ron Johnson and a horn section played by Jay Collins, Art Edmaiston and Marc Franklin.

Gregg Allman at the Tower

April 8th --
With more than 20 Million Records Sold, Smashing Pumpkins will play cuts from the catalog in a stripped down acoustic style, infused with some light electronics. 

A Double Header of Alt-Rock goodness!
Pumpkins Billy Corgan, Jeff Schroeder and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin will be joined by Liz Phair, known for her thunderbolt of a debut record, Exile in Guyville.

The Smashing Pumpkins were one of the 90s' most influential acts, riding the wave of grunge alongside Nirvana and Hole in the early part of the decade, before delving into darker electronic territories with the albums Adore and Machina.

With Corgan still as prodigious as ever, they'll be heading into the studio after the tour.
Smashing Pumpkins at the Tower

LOCATION:  19 S 16th St, Upper Darby, PA 19082 

In April Agatha Christie’s first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, takes the stage at Hedgerow Theatre.

...An argument is overheard. 
...A wealthy woman is found dead at Styles Court, her estate outside London–and her will is missing. 
...All signs point to strychnine poisoning, but is it that simple? 

This is the story that introduced the world to the ace crimesolver Hercule Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War. He’s invited to the scene by his friend Captain Arthur Hastings, and they set off on a clue-finding mission that turns up murder, sex and ambition.

Can you solve the case before the world’s greatest detective can?

Portrayed by actor Zoran Kovcic, Hercule Poirot is Christie's most famous and long-lived character, appearing in 33 novels, one play (Black Coffee), and more than 50 short stories published between 1920 and 1975.

What Great Literary Detectives Spawned New Ones?
A major influence on the early Poirot stories is that of Arthur Conan Doyle. In an Autobiography, Christie admits, “I was still writing in the Sherlock Holmes tradition – eccentric detective, stooge assistant, with a Lestrade-type Scotland Yard detective, Inspector Japp.”

For his part, Conan Doyle acknowledged basing his detective stories on the model of Edgar Allan Poe‘s C. Auguste Dupin and his anonymous narrator, and basing his character Sherlock Holmes on Joseph Bell, (a noted surgeon in real life!) who in his use of “ratiocination” prefigured Poirot’s reliance on his “little grey cells.”

For Tickets to the Show

Celebrate Hedgerow's 93rd Birthday with an evening of murder, mayhem and music - April 21st, 6 to 9pm

Don't be surprised if the hair on your arms stand ups at this murder mystery fundraiser!  There will be outdoor entertainment in the gardens...commemorative booklets, cool collectibles for auction and throughout the night look closely for clues to help solve a major mystery by night's end!

See moving tributes to original Company Member Ann Harding, (who went on to a long career onstage and in film) as well as Janet Kelsey, a leader at Hedgerow for 50 years.

Members of the Theatre Company will be dressed as famous mystery characters, and attendees may do the same, or stick with business attire.  Enjoy a bar, hors d' oeuvres and a trio of musicians from the Delaware County Symphony.  For more details visit their web site.
Mystery Fundraiser Night Information

LOCATION: 64 Rose Valley Rd,  Rose Valley, PA, 19063

Live racing on one of the fastest 5/8 mile tracks in North America!
Jockeys sit deep in their seats, legs braced, shoulders hunched, laser focused on driving about 1000 pounds of muscled horse into racing's famous 'Miracle Turn' that extends out and over the Delaware River.

Come along for the ride on April 1st, (no foolin'!) as Harrah's Casino and Race Track on the Delaware County's Riverside kicks off its 2016 season.  APRIL RACE DATES: Sundays: April 3, 10,17, 24 and every following Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  Post-time is 12:40pm.

Harrah’s offers full-card Philadelphia simulcasting of both thoroughbred and standardbred signals, seven days a week and also provides a state-of-the-art indoor wagering area with plenty of seating and simulcast video options.

Harrah's Philadelphia Web Site

Eaglemania Performs April 8th at Harrah's Block Center
Then Catch Eaglemania at Harrah's Block Center!

Friday, April 8th - 7pm
Eaglemania performs the ultimate Eagles musical cocktail of heartfelt ballads, rock anthems laden with guitar harmonies, and the unmistakable sound of vocal harmonies as only the Eagles can do.

For tickets and show details email or call 484-490-1747.

Dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, foamflowers, and more than 240,000 tulips herald spring’s arrival at Longwood Gardens.

Spring arrived with a dusting of snow this year...but in just the past few days, magnolia trees have burst into plump pink buds that boast "Spring is here!"  But if you're craving more, (and who isn't!) head for Longwood Gardens, where you'll feel mother nature exploding all around you!

Lilacs in the Square Garden
In spring The Meadow Garden is alive with flowering trees and a robust layer of herbaceous plants. Tulips wind around most pathways...White Wisteria drapes like nature's gossamer curtains from the trees...and lilacs stand guard at the Square Garden.

Plan your visit early - and purchase 'timed' admission tickets because admission is limited each day.

Tulips on the Walkway
Garden Hours
Now–June 5, 2016
Gardens ...9:00 am–6:00 pm

Terrace CafĂ©...10:00 am–5:00 pm

Mother's Day Weekend, May 7 & 8...10:00 am–7:00 pm

1906 Fine Dining Room
Open Daily...11:30 am–3:30 pm

Parking is free.

On April 8th Longwood Welcomes The Venice Baroque Orchestra
Recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performances, their Longwood program, entitled Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti con molti strumenti, will feature several concertos written for the court orchestra of Dresden.

This is where Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) says: 
"I'm gonna make him a hoagie he can't refuse."  

Making as many as 1,000 hoagies a week, it's obvious that Delco residents love the Ro-Lynn Delicatessen in Brookhaven, as much as they love "...the cannolis!"

Walking in the door is like walking into the heart of South'll find some of the best Italian food in five states.  There are specialty meats and dozens of cheeses hanging above the counter, creating a scent-sational aroma...

Shelves are lined with boundless varieties of olive oil, Italian sauces, olives, hot sauces, rare spices and pasta. Refrigerator cases overflow with luscious take home goodies like imported meats and cheeses.  

And if you really want to impress a guest? ...the deli's freezers are fully stocked with homemade soups and dishes that taste like your Italian grandmother made them!
   ...Just hours ago
     ...With family recipes passed down through generations...
        ...Lovingly spiced...well, you get my drift ;)

FYI:  Many an Italian grandmother has been seen leaving here with big bags...

  • Everything is fresh including meats and cheeses sliced with each order.
  • All the sauces and more than 16 soups are homemade with secret recipes worthy of a Godfather's protection.
  • There's a different chicken cutlet for every chicken lover... 
  • And their famous hot roast pork, roast beef, meatballs and sausage dishes are also homemade and delizioso!

But the biggest, baddest sandwich in the place is The Godfather
...two pounds of pure deliciousness featuring a heaping portion of Parma Prosciutto, Soppressata, Dry Capicola, Pepper Ham and Sharp Provolone with lettuce, tomato, onion, salt, pepper and oregano -- on a soft, welcoming Liscio's Roll -- freely topped with your choice of hot & sweet peppers, pickles, oil and mayo.
The regular is $9.99 -- and the virtual 2-pound Corleone version is just $12.99.  

As you can see from the photo, left...our Delco tourism team can't resist it! 

We sent Marilyn, our Membership Director, out for lunch today --and guess what she brought back to the office???!!!

A True Delco Classic - 51 years and counting!
The Carmolingo family opened the deli in 1965 featuring a variety of Italian specialties and homemade foods.  Current co-owners Steve Yancy and Dave Avicolli, worked for the Carmolingo's for a decade before taking over ownership of the deli in 1998.  

Today, with the help of a dedicated staff, Steve and Dave continue the tradition of offering the finest, homemade Italian specialties -- and have even added a thriving catering business to the mix!

LOCATION: 3407 Edgmont Avenue Brookhaven, PA 19015     
PHONE: 610-872-9575

We've all heard of crazy three-somes... but this is the only place on earth where you can find Ben Franklin, Sleeping Beauty and 3-time Tony Winner, Jason Robert Brown.

Along with 3 (count them, 3!) Tony Awards as a composer...Jason Robert Brown, the 'entertainer' will perform a special cabaret style concert at the Theatre on April 29th.
Brown already has a coveted spot on the wall of  Sardi's Restaurant in NYC.

This intensely personal show includes Brown, chatting up the audience throughout the night, sharing thoughts and stories from his hugely successful musical career.

But this one night only show is just the beginning of a long and 'stage-struck' relationship with the Media Theatre:

This fall, the Media Theatre is producing the Delaware Valleys first regional theatre production of his Tony winning musical “The Bridges of Madison County.” And in July they will produce his hugely popular teen show, "13."

Wanna join the Mom or Dad of-the-Month club?
Take the kids to see Sleeping Beauty.

You can't go wrong with this bevy of wacky characters, including Chester the Jester -- Typsy the Gypsy, and a Royal Magician so inept he transforms himself into a frog. 
(I know people who do that everyday ;)

Media's musical version of this classic tale brings plenty of comedy to the story that also features an evil "Thornberry" who puts the curse on Princess Elaine. A brave Prince Dauntless is undaunted as he battles the fire-breathing dragon to break the curse and save the Princess.

And starting April 13th, John Adams,Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin are trying to fire up the second Continental Congress to vote for and sign the Declaration of Independence.  

Just like the 2016 Democratic Convention, it all takes place in Philadelphia!

1776, with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards,
invites us to witness the birth of our nation in an insightful, compelling and very humorous way:

It's the summer of 1776 and we're on the brink of declaring independence...John, Ben, Thomas and Richard Henry Lee sharpen their persuasive skills for the biggest battle of their lives, in a way that puts a human perspective on the men behind the iconic images we know and love.

Flawed in ways we understand all too well today, they overcame pride, fear, irritability, and discover a rare bond of respect that enabled them to create this seminal event in our nation's history.

Click here for more information and tickets

Saturday, April 23rd...Bring the family to the Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park and see three rare breed sheep lose their fleece! 

Margaret Quinn, a master shearer, will explain how the shearing is done and will then demonstrate by using hand clippers.  You'll learn how to care for sheep, their diet, and the advantages of various breeds.

Visitors will be able to card wool. Just guessing you've never done that before! 
There will be house tours plus demonstrations of hearth cooking, gardening, and farm life.
  • Shearing Demonstrations at 12:30 PM & 2:30 PM
  • 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
  • Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 4 to 12.
  • Children under age 4 are free.

OR -- if shearing sheep is a little wild and woolly for your taste...

Come to a Dung Frolic
with a Cow Pie Bingo 

April 16th, 11am - 4pm

This 'fertilizer' fundraiser benefits Shriners Hospital for Children, The Colonial Plantation and Prospect Lodge # 578.

Faced with a winter's worth of good fertilizer from their animals, The Plantation has plenty to go around -- so come Frolic and play Bingo for 3 great causes!

11:15am -- We'll be moving manure with our working steers. Yikes!
12:15pm -- Take part in a Cow Pie Toss
1:00pm -- Then Play Cow Pie Bingo starring Delilah.
Plus take a house tour, farm tour and check out a cool Militia Muster

Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 4 to 12.
Admission includes one square in the cow pie bingo.
Children under age 4 are free.

On April 30th come and experience the ghosts of Grist-mills past...  as Newlin unveils a stunning exhibit & tour experience that gives visitors a rare peek into the daily operation of a Colonial Era Mill and the actual life of a Miller.

This is a cool new way to jump into the past and really feel what life was like for those who turned raw grains into flour, keeping Americans' bellies full during this explosive period in American history. See the actual processes - tools - and skills needed to feed a nation.

Trout season opens Sat., April 2nd.
Dig out the boots, waders, poles, flies and bobbers...Trout anglers from all over the region will come rejoicing to Newlin's Chester Creek!

E. Mortimer Newlin, founder of the Nicholas Newlin Foundation, was an enthusiastic fly fisherman who recognized the value of the trout stream that runs through the property.

Don't miss the Annual Children's Trout Rodeo, April 9th.
For some reason, this brings to mind the concept of herding cats...but I digress ;)
The ponds at Newlin Grist Mill will be closed to general public fishing on this date, because the Delaware County Field & Stream Assn's Trout Rodeo is a young fisherman's event. Find out how your child can participate by clicking on this link:  More Trout Rodeo Information

I've loved digging in dirt since my sandbox don't be surprised to see me on April 16th -- Newlin's Public Archaeology Day
A Free event -- 10am to 3pm -- for all ages

Come learn about and assist professional archaeologists with site excavations and artifact screening.  This dig centers on the Miller’s House which dates to 1739 - and the Archive, formerly a mid-18th century general store.

Newlin Grist Mill Web Site

LOCATION: 219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
The Inn at Swarthmore is opening the last week in late April or early May on the campus of Swarthmore College - one of the finest Liberal Arts colleges in the country.

This campus complex is also home to The Scott Arboretum (pictured above).  Established in 1929, Scott is open to the public daily, without charge -- and is a perfect place for early morning or afternoon walks.  There are beautiful places for reading, a tree-shaded amphitheater and thousands of flowers and trees to enjoy.

The Inn features 40 guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant, private dining and flexible meeting space to accommodate groups and social events.   Meeting space will be able to host 150 participants.

An Artful Campus Connection...
The public spaces will be accented by art produced by College alumni, and each guestroom will feature a piece of student work that speaks to Swarthmore’s unique sense of place.

Inquiries for Overnight Accommodations are being accepted now, for arrival dates after May 15th. 
Fill out a reservation inquiry form or meeting/event request form by clicking on the link below.

Click Here for The Inn at Swarthmore Web Site
ADDRESS:  10 South Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081

May Events to Mark on Your Calendar:

Sunday, May 1st
"Feed body and soul with music" at the 3rd Annual Haverford Spring Fest - a Music & Arts Festival presented by ACME Markets. 

The Haverford Spring Fest Music and Arts Festival is a daylong celebration of the area’s best live music, food, and craftwork. Over 10,000 are expected to fill Brookline Boulevard to enjoy a beautiful spring day with neighbors and friends.
  • Six live bands!
  • A Kids Fun Zone with inflatable rides and activities!
  • Outstanding art and crafts!
  • Multi-cultural food from Havertown restaurants!
  • A Beer Garden with choice of brews poured fresh from the taps!
  • Livestreamed all over the world on!
  • Produced by Kelly Music for Life, which produces music events to benefit the community 
For maps, public transportation and other event information:  Haverford Spring Fest Web Site

LOCATION:  Brookline Boulevard at Darby Road, in Havertown
ADMISSION: A $3 per person donation is requested at entry to help fund the event as well as local music programs and other community initiatives.

Saturday, May 7th
Don't miss the Grand Opening of the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum in the Radnor Township Building!

Saturday, May 14th
Sign Up Now to Walk or Run in the May 14th, WALK FOR WOUNDED and WARRIORS 5K RUN!

We at Destination Delco are proud of everyone who has stepped up over the past 8 years, to show our soldiers that we have their backs - but the fight is far from over!

Join us Saturday, May 14th at Rose Tree Park in Media, to raise awareness of the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who need our help, and to raise funds for Operation First Response so that they can provide critically needed medical, emotional and financial recovery for these heroes.

It's Spring! Lace up those sneakers for the Warrior's 5K Run -- and for the time ever, see BLUE SKIES,
an all veterans group, Parachute into the Park.
This annual event has raised over $1.2 million -- and with your generosity, we can increase this total again!
The Phillie Phanatic is a big Phan of our soldiers!

Shake Hands
...with active service men and women from all over the East Coast who protect us, and meet many soldiers who have sacrificed so much in doing so.

Be here to honor hero officer, Jesse Hartnett!
Help Delco Honor Officer Jesse Hartnett

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan will present Officer Jesse Hartnett an award recognizing his bravery on behalf of Delaware County Council.

Hartnett is a Philly police officer, and Delaware County native who was ambushed by a silent gunman who later said he acted in the name of Isis.

Make it a great family-fun day! 
  • 2 Mile Family Fun Walk (Register now at the link below)
  • 5K Warriors Run (Register now at the link below)
  • NEW:  See an All Veteran's Group Parachute Jump into Rose Tree Park!
  • Meet Military Hero Recipients
  • See a Military Vehicle Show
  • CBS3 Anchor, Ukee Washington will MC the event
  • The Phillie Phanatic will be here
  • Go Zip-lining through the Park
  • NEW: Bungee-Jumping
  • A Climbing Wall
  • Music by DJ PartyTime
  • Great Food by Mission BBQ

If you 'dig' gardens, but could use a little green thumb enlightenment...Delco's Master Gardeners will share their secrets at the 20th Annual Home Gardeners’ School being held April 16th on the Penn State Brandywine Campus

  • Do you have a shady spot in your garden but no idea what to plant there? 
  • Is there a flowering tree in your yard that is besieged with blossom-killing pests?
  • Wondering how to prune without committing murder? ;)

Attend this event for answers to these and other garden questions, plus get lots of new planting ideas and information.  The event runs from 8am to 3pm, and features lectures by experts, a silent auction and the Master Gardener Marketplace, where you can buy a variety of annual and perennial plants, pre-planted containers, nature-inspired jewelry, bird houses, garden tools and hand-sewn items.

Treat yourself to lots of great plants and garden tools at the MarketPlace
which supports Master Gardener Programs in Delaware County.
Keynote topics include

> 3-D Azaleas: Deciduous, Delightful and Daring 

>Moss Gardening and “How Green is your Garden,” which will showcase a variety of ideas that enhance local ecosystems starting right at the garden gate.

> And at 2:00pm, Mark Shaw, a certified master arborist for Bartlett Tree Experts, will discuss common tree problems and possible solutions.

To register by phone, all 610-690-2655. Online registration is available at:
Penn State Extension - Master Gardeners Programs
The program costs $65.

If you don't have time for Gardener's School...Pick a date to “Ask a Master Gardener” at Wolff’s Apple House Garden Center

Home gardeners will find everything they need in Wolff's Garden Center!
Since 1910 Wolff's Apple House has been a favorite landmark and home to some of the best local produce in the region.
Their garden center has plants and flowers and shrubs for every possible corner of your garden -- and starting April 2nd, a Master Gardener will be on hand every Saturday and Sunday between 10am and 4pm to answer questions and provide valuable garden tips.
Wolff's is a true Delco Classic:
That's a place that does what they do, really well.
But with a little sass and spunk thrown in.

Did I forget to mention a great sense of humor?!?!?!

LOCATION:  Wolff’s Apple House Garden Center -- 81 South Pennell Road, Media, PA  19063

Master Gardener Program of Penn State

Master Gardeners are volunteers trained by the Penn State Cooperative Extension. 
Currently, there more than 3000 volunteers within 63 of Pennsylvania’s counties.

We love our Wildcats! 
Big East Regular Season Champs for the 3rd Year in a Row -- 1st Seed in the Conference Tournament!
Win or lose, every Villanova men's basketball team since their inaugural 1920-21 season has brought grit, talent and heart to every game. 

This year is no different!  
In clinching the conference title, the team also notched its 39th consecutive victory at the Pavilion, powered by junior Kris Jenkins who scored a career high 31 points against the Blue Demons of DePaul.
The Wildcats head into their final regular season game against Georgetown with a dominating 47-6 record within the conference over the past 3 years. 

This team could well be on the road to making history -- and the rest of the country is coming along for the buckle up!

As of March 2nd our Wildcats have 26 wins and 550,000 March-Mad Delco Fans!

The upcoming schedule is outlined below, but as my fingers fly through this basketball 'brag', the Wildcats have racked up some impressive numbers along the way...including 1672 Division Wins since 1920...

  • This year, for the first time ever -- the Wildcats were ranked #1 in the AP Poll
  • Then they were named #1 in both the AP and Coaches Poll
  • They've appeared in the NCAA Tournament 32 times, the 8th highest total in NCAA history. 
  • They made the Final Four in 1939, 1971, 1985 and 2009
  • Were National Champions in 1985
  • Appeared in the NIT 17 times, winning in 1994
  • Won the Big East Tournament in 1995, and then won the new Big East Tournament in 2015
  • The 'Cats entered the 2015-2016 season with an all-time winning percentage of .644, placing them 17th among all NCAA Division I basketball programs.

Villanova vs Georgetown 
March 5th at Noon
At the Wells Fargo Center
Click here for March 5th Tickets vs. Georgetown

March 10th, at noon
No. 1 Seed Villanova vs. Winner of the 8/9 Game