On May 7th our Destination Delco CVB is throwing a 3-hour SPRING SPORTS FESTIVAL for the Official Radnor Grand Opening of the Delaware County Sports Legends Museum!

Newly retired, 37-year NBA referee Joe Crawford (pictured above) is one of more than a dozen special guests expected to attend -- and if Joe was wearing his whistle right now, he might have to call a Double Dribble - a fun sports festival followed by a festive celebration of the Museum's new home in the Radnor Township Municipal Building!

But Joe can't call Charging ...because the event is free! :)  So grab your buddies, your kids, a sports loving parent and join the fun Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 2pm.


See interactive exhibits, artifacts, collectibles, films, videos, and posters - 
plus enjoy a Mummers String Band, food and special guests:

  • Al Atkinson, Villanova University, NFL Football player
  • Jane Barkman,  Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer 
  • Dan Connor, Penn State, NFL Football player
  • Dr.  Eddie Coyle, Olympic Gold Medal Winner  Weight Lifter 
  • Joe Crawford, National Basketball Association Referee  (pictured in the top photo!)
  • Don DiJulia, Saint Joseph University Director of Athletics
  • Nick Ducomb, President Delco Baseball League
  • Brent Hagwood, Pro Basketball player , Europe and South America 
  • Chris Makos, Professional Volleyball Player
  • Charlene Morett, Olympic Medal winner and Penn State Field Hockey Coach 
  • Mike Picciotti, Professional Boxer 
  • Bob Rigby, Professional Soccer player
  • Mares Stellfox, Professional Race Car Driver 
  • George Sydnor, Two-Time World Record Holder in the 60-Yard Dash Villanova University

  • Meet Race Car Driver Mares Stellfox, famously known as the Lady Outlaw
  • Rich Westcott, Author and Sports Columnist

The transformation of the Radnor government building into a sanctuary honoring the blood, sweat and glory of hundreds of famous Delco atheletes is a home run!

What used to be ordinary office space has muscled-up into a sleek, powerful canvas that takes you on a journey through 100+ years of Delco sports history from high school juggernaut teams, to Olympians - world champions - ground breakers - and national heroes like our 2016  #1 Villanova Wildcats!

Hear the crack of the bat as you explore the tribute to Mickey Vernon, born in Marcus Hook, and who hit .300 or better 7 times!

Feel the swoosh and glide of 2-time Olympic Bronze Medal winning diver, Radnor High's own Mary Ellen Clark ...

Imagine the determination and love of baseball exemplified by Ed Bolden, born in Concordville in 1881, who founded the Negro Baseball League World Champion Darby Hilldales that became one of the "powerhouse teams" of the Negro leagues.



Two-time Bronze Medalist, Mary Ellen Clark

Click above to view the history of the Sports Legends of Delaware County and the athletes who made an impact on Delco and the world.


For more info, contact Jim at 610-909-4919 or visit  Sports Legends of Delaware County

Plan a Sports Weekend Getaway:
If you're an out-of-towner visiting the museum, why not stay the night and include a little live harness racing at Harrah's Casino and Race Track?  There's great antiquing, plus wining, dining, gaming, and shopping while you're here.
For a list of monthly events, driving tours and great hotels and inns,visit:
Sites, Festivals and Events at Destination Delco


To check out dozens of great hotels, click on the Where to Stay icon at the top of the newsletter, on the right side.










Don't Miss the Show -- there are 240,000 Tulips Waiting to Take Your Breath Away...
Plus a few dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, and foamflowers will be on hand to herald spring’s arrival with all the subtlety of a fragrant sledge hammer!

Longwood Celebrates National Public Gardens Day --  Friday, May 6th, 11am to 3pm

Public gardens draw more than 70 million people annually...

But I bet you didn't know that America's Garden Capital -- Philadelphia and the burbs -- boasts 30 gardens within a 30-mile radius—the largest concentration of gardens in the U.S. 

So, in a round about way, National Public Gardens Day is OUR DAY...bring the kids and every garden lover you know -- because Longwood is planting a celebration!  (No, the 't' isn't a typo :)

One of the production greenhouses at Longwood
Come discover how their expert horticulture staff design and grow all the displays—you’ll even go behind-the-scenes to their Production Greenhouses where ordinary plants are made extraordinary.

Click Here to Purchase Longwood Gardens Tickets

GARDEN HOURS:
Now—June 5
9:00 am—6:00 pm

1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348





“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” 
― Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Burnett's book, The Secret Garden was published in 1911
And today, the global community is breathing new life and new meaning into her words through unprecedented commitment to appreciating, supporting and preserving our world and all the plants, animals and resources on it.

Just 20 years ago, who would have guessed:
  • ...that recycling would become as routine as brushing our teeth
  • ...that the environment would be debated daily on the news, in classrooms and around the kitchen table
  • ...that things like Vertical Farming and Geo-engineering (the development of radical large scale ideas to help reverse the effects of global warming) would ever be more than science fiction? 
Get "twisted" this month!  This  tree stump is just one of 
many weird & wonderful characters you'll meet at Tyler.

May is the perfect time to celebrate your family's participation in the global nurture nature movement by visiting an amazing garden in your own backyard...

Tyler Arboretum, just outside of Media, dates back to the time of William Penn - and serves the Greater Philadelphia region through horticulture, education and the preservation of natural lands.


There are 650 acres of all things green... and 17 miles of hiking trails where kids' imaginations can literally run wild...
...in fields of flowers...at ponds bursting with lily pads...and in shady forests, serenaded by the birds.

TIP: Bring a jar... 'cause bug hunting just comes naturally to kids!  


Lilac Sunday, May 1st, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Tyler’s Lilac Collection is in  full bloom with stunning colors and memorable scents that are too good to be missed. Stroll the collection and enjoy the heady fragrance. No pre-registration required; FREE with admission.


Tyler's Annual "Take Home" Plant Sale, Saturday, May 7th - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Grow a little 'Tyler' at home by shopping their primo selection of plants collected from their own meadows and trails, including lilacs!

Plan a Free Garden Consultation with Award Winning Designers! Spaces are limited so claim your spot by emailing Julia at jlo@tylerarboretum.org or calling 610-566-9134, ext. 205.


Click Here for Tyler's Special Event Page

















The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center presents The Magic Toy Shop, in a fun fusion of classical ballet and circus arts like you've never seen!

In a unique and creative collaboration between Narberth’s Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet Society and the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, the student performers have worked together to present a charming family-friendly (ages 4 and older) performance that combines the disciplined art form and beauty of ballet, with the thrill and excitement of aerial and juggling acts.

Like Pixar’s Toy Story, The Magic Toy Shop (La Boutique Fantasque) is a story about toys that come to life when no one is looking and the magical adventures that ensue – when people can’t be found – and the fantasy begins!

It's based on the music of Rossini and includes can-can, daring acrobatics and circus acts!

Show runs 1 hour.
Performances & Tickets
· Fri May 6, 2016 7:30 pm
· Sat May 7, 2016 2:00 pm
· Sat May 7, 2016 7:00 pm

Tickets $12- $15
Members save $1 on all tickets
Buy Tickets Now!










Vines, Wines & Very Good Times!
The Inn at Grace Winery not only produces amazing vintages...in Spring and Summer it also serves lunch and dinner in the Vineyard, surrounded by sun-ripening grapes...horses lazily roaming a nearby field...with food prepared using locally grown ingredients.

The Inn's Executive Chef Scott Megill cooks with a focus on local, seasonal, and farm to table ideals. 

His passion for flavor and respect for the land is evident in every dish, reflecting his “nose to tail,” as well as “seed to sprout" philosophy.

Mother's Day Brunch in the
Vineyard
Sunday, May 8th
11am, rain or shine
$70 per person

The Brunch Menu
Baked mulesli and warm spiced milk and strawberry rhubarb compote
Butcher's block
Baker's basket
Fresh fruit collection
Goat cheese omelet with wild spring vegetables
Grilled spring lamb with asparagus, Rosemary potatoes, hollandaise
Housemade cinnamon buns

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 610-459-4711


Saturday & Sunday Lunch
Starting this month, lunch is served every weekend from noon to 2pm.
On Sundays, enjoy a little melodic dessert with great live music on Sundays from 2 to 4pm.

The Dinner Series features 6 sinfully delicious suppers served under twinkle lights and starry skies.



The Dinner Series takes place one night each month from June through October.  
Being a huge wine and food fan, I strongly encourage you to make reservations now, because these dates are sure to sell out:  June 11 -- July 23 -- August 13 -- September 9 -- October 21                                                                        
Finally...Does Your Dog Wine? ;)

Discerning dogs come to the winery for green grass, handy tree trunks
and all the cool stuff there is to sniff.
Discerning dog walkers come for the wine and baguettes.
 Oh, yea...



If so, wine not take him for a walk at the Inn's Dog & Wine Park between noon and 5pm every Sunday?!


For more about Grace Winery, visit them at: Grace Winery
50 Sweetwater Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-4711






One of the most popular art events of the year is the Wayne Art Center's Annual Plein Air Festival which runs from May 14th through June 25th.  
Forgoing the comforts of an indoor studio, Plein Air artists do their creating outdoors, capturing the spirit and essence of a landscape or other subject by recreating natural light, color and movement into the pieces. 

(This type of art also runs a higher risk of ruin, should it rain, or should birds in the sky leave unexpected gifts behind :)


Painting by T. Allen Lawson
This year, thirty of today's foremost plein air artists from all over the country will be wielding paintbrushes in our meadows, on our town streets and at local historic and garden attractions within a 20 mile radius of the Wayne Art Center.


The artist's work will be on display and available for sale in the Wayne Art Center from May 14 through June 25.

May 15, 2016 · 1:00 pm 
Plein Air Juror's Lecture by T. Allen Lawson

Lawson will jury the artists and awards for the Center's 10th plein air anniversary. He was born and raised in Sheridan, Wyoming and studied drawing and portraiture at the American Academy of Art in Chicago.

His many awards include the John F. & Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship Grant, Red Smith Memorial Award from the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and the William E. Weiss Purchase Award from the Buffalo Bill Historic Center.

Participating artists include: D. Eleinne Basa (NJ), Mark Boedges (VT), Valerie Craig (PA), David Lussier (CT), and Stewart White (MD).

For tickets and other information: Call the Wayne Art Center at 610-688-3553

Don't miss the Center's IN BLOOM 
exhibit - now through May 20th
Come check out the Center's dazzling spectacle of mixed media now on display in the Ceramics Gallery.

Support The Wayne Art Center while enjoying the 5th Annual Derby Day at Paramour in the Wayne Hotel - 4 to 6:30pm


Celebrate Paramour's 5th Annual Kentucky Derby Party and kick off the spring and summer al fresco dining season on the Veranda! Sample an array of savory Southern inspired hors d’oeuvres and tempting sweet treats along with refreshing mint juleps and specially reserved wine selections while you watch the race events live in the Lobby Lounge and out on the Veranda.


Tickets are $50 - Register by clicking on the link below:
Click here to register for the DARBY DAY PARTY

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave.,
Wayne, PA 19087

Make a Difference! 
Support our Wounded Soldiers on Saturday, May 14th at Rose Tree Park in Media.


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!  

Whether you come to walk, run or be a cheerleader -- your presence will help us raise awareness of the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who need help.  We are proud to work with Operation First Response, which, unlike many other organizations, delivers more than 97% of all funds raised directly to medical, emotional and financial support services for wounded veterans.


Lace up those sneakers for the Warrior's 5K Run -- 
and for the first time ever, see BLUE SKIES,
an all veterans group, parachute into the Park!
The Phillie Phanatic is a big Phan of our Soldiers!

This annual event has raised over $1.2 million -- and with your generosity, we can increase this total again!


FUN ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

Two Mile Walk - register now!
5K Warriors Run - register now!
New:  An all Veteran's Group Parachute Jump into the Park!
WITH MC: CBS TV3 Anchor, Ukee Washington
plus...
Meet one of Philly's favorite TV anchors, 
Ukee Washington
  • Soldiers from all over the East Coast
  • Join us in honoring hero officer,
    Jesse Hartnett
    Military Vehicle Show
  • The Phillie Phanatic
  • Fun Activities like a Climbing Wall
  • Zip-lining
  • NEW:  Bungee-Jumping
  • Music by DJ Partytime
  • Fabulous Food by Mission BBQ
PLUS:

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.

Remember:  

  • More than 97% of every dollar raised goes directly to services for the wounded
  • Contributions to this event have helped Operation First Response assist 7000 military personnel
  • And the event is made possible through the generosity of major companies, local businesses and thousands of donations of individual citizens who come to walk, run and donate to the cause.

Mission BBQ has a unique and important story that began 10 years after 9/11.  Check it out at Mission BBQ












On May 15th, noon to 2pm...take a chance...take a ride...give it a whirl!
If you've never ridden in a helicopter, you don't know what you're missing.  I have an old boyfriend to thank for my first helo ride...he thought it would be fun...I thought he was crazy.  

But believe it or not, it was a blast! 
Unlike regular planes, there's no rolling down the runway to a gentle lift-off...in a helicopter the planet literally falls out from under you... (In a good way!)


As I discovered, a helo ride makes a great date --  but it can also be one of those rare remember-forever moments to share with a child!

•Rides cost $60.00, which includes museum admission if purchased in advance.
•Up to 4 passengers allowed.
•Riders must be 12 or older if unaccompanied.
•Riders under 12 must have a parent or guardian with them for the ride.
•Rides last approximately 5 minutes.
•NO reservations required.

2016 Ride Dates:
May 15:  Noon – 2 pm
And mark your calendar for DAD'S DAY! June 19 (FatherFest):
11 am – 3 pm

American Helicopter Museum - Helicopter Rides Page


The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. 

Right now you can see 35 civilian and military helicopter, autogiros and convertaplanes. The exhibits span the history of rotary wing aircraft from the earliest helicopters to the latest addition to our nation’s defense, the V-22 Osprey pictured at the top of this story.

HOURS: Wed thru Sat, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. (Last admission at 4:00 pm.)
Sun, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. (Last admission at 4:00 pm.) Closed Mon & Tues.
Adults – $10.00
Seniors, Students with ID and Children under 12 – $8.00
Children under 2 – Free

American Helicopter Museum
1220 American Boulevard
West Chester, PA 19380







At some point, we all wonder if one life can really make a difference in the world.
Not a big famous life like George Washington or Jonas Salk.
But an ordinary life.  
Like the ones most of us lead.

The Sanderson Museum, tucked away in the rolling hills of the Brandywine, is housed in the original home of Christian C. Sanderson.  By all accounts, an ordinary man.  Except he wasn't.

Christian had a passion for history - and for collecting items that time would prove were iconic to their day.

  • There's a  piece of Caesar's Bathtub
  • A Bootjack
  • A propeller from a WWI fighter plane
  • A Lincoln Law book
  • Vintage Toys
  • Covered Wagon-wheel Grease Pot
  • Jennie Wade's Purse (she was the only civilian killed during the Battle of Gettysburg)
  • Melted ice from the South Pole
  • A Dwight Eisenhower Toby Mug...and that's just the tip of the iceberg!



Chris lived in the same neighborhood as a famous American Artist, Andrew Wyeth -  and it's said they often spoke and probably shared many a meal and drink at the local tavern.  In fact there's a painting of Chris in the museum...done by (you guessed it!) Andrew Wyeth. And that's  just the beginning of the awesome treasures you'll find there.

This month the museum officially opened for the year...so come and explore eight rooms filled to overflowing with more than 200 cool artifacts, including:


· Items from the American Revolution, American Civil War, and both World Wars.
· Letters from Civil War Soldiers to Chris.
· Cannonballs found right in the backyard.
· Inauguration materials from Teddy Roosevelt through LBJ.
· Autographs from several presidents and historical figures.
· Explore a Family Name Index for stories to augment your genealogy research.
· Get a glimpse of the Wyeth family through their friendship with Chris:


Sanderson Museum Web Site

The Sanderson Museum
1755 Creek Road Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-6545