September 23rd the Nation's Army Cadets and Navy Midshipmen will go head-to-head for the ARMY NAVY CUP at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester. 

Their football rivalry is legendary -- and now Army/Navy's spirited inter-service battle for bragging rights has spread to the Soccer Field, where the Army Navy Cup has become one of the highest attended soccer matches in the nation! 

20,000 fans will rock the stadium as these teams leave it all on the field, dueling for ownership of the 5th Annual Army-Navy Soccer Cup.  
Following a tie and two heart-wrenching overtime losses
to Navy in the previous three matches, Head Coach Russell Payne’s
Army West Point Cadets broke through with a 2-1 victory last November

Led by Head Coach Dave Brandt, the Midshipmen of Navy come into this year’s match holding a 2-1-1 lead in this event, which is also a regular season Patriot League match-up. In head-to-head competition, Navy holds a 40-28-1 advantage in their series with Army West Point.

Navy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk explains, “Talen Energy Stadium is a magnificent venue and brings the ‘whole package’ for this great event. The players, coaches and fans have thoroughly enjoyed the fantastic environment and every game has been a fight right to the finish.”

Army West Point Athletic Director Boo Corrigan noted, “I would like to thank Philadelphia Union, DiscoverPHL, Destination Delco, Spectra and members of the Army-Navy Cup Steering Committee for their commitment to the Cadets and Midshipmen, for establishing this marquee event, now an ever- growing part of the Army-Navy rivalry.”

And...Talen Energy Stadium is also hosting the 2016 Heavy Metal "Rock Allegiance Concert" on September 17th & 18th.
Both Single day and 2-day tickets are going fast, so get yours today.

Click here for both Single Day and 2-Day Tickets to the Rock Allegiance Concert at Talen Energy Stadium

Scheduled to perform: 

Avenged  -- Sevenfold -- Alice In Chains -- Slayer -- The Offspring -- Breaking Benjamin -- Volbeat -- Chevelle --  The Cult -- The Pretty Reckless -- Pierce The Veil -- Of Mice & Men -- Ghost --  Anthrax --  Killswitch Engage -- Chevy Metal -- Baroness --  Hellyeah --  Sevendust --  Motionless In White --  Buckcherry --  Trivium --  Avatar --  Max & Iggor Cavalera Return To Roots --  Jim Breuer and the Loud & Rowdy --  Sick Puppies --  The Amity Affliction --  letlive --  Neck Deep --  Skindred --  Kyng --  Young Guns --  Crobot --  Devour The Day --  Twelve Foot Ninja --  Dinosaur Pile Up --  Death Angel --  Hundredth 

Nearby hotels and inns:
Best Western Chester, Widener University –
La Quinta Inn & Suites PHL –
Econo Lodge at PHL –
Extended Stay America, Tinicum –
Holiday Inn Express at PHL –
Quality Inn Hotel in Essington –
Microtel Inn & Suites at PHL –
Red Roof Inn in Essington –
Renaissance Hotel at PHL –
Springhill Suites, Ridley Park at PHL –
Waterfront Inn in Essington –
Wyndham Garden Hotel at PHL –

Talen Energy Stadium
One Stadium Drive, Chester, PA 19013
(610) 859-3100
Tickets are available online at - over the phone via ComcastTix at 1-800-298-4200 and at the Talen Energy Stadium Box Office (Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm).Parking is FREE in Talen Energy Stadium approved lots.

Topping September's Concert Calendar at Upper Darby's Tower Theater are 3 acts that span more than 70 years of chart-topping music.

Beach Boys Co-founder, Brian Wilson --   Aerosmith lead singer and rock icon, Steven Tyler --  and Sir Thomas Jones Woodward (the gravelly, sexy-toned Grammy winning pop singer, Tom Jones!)

STEVEN TYLER: Wednesday, September 7th - 8pm

Touted as one of Rolling Stones' Top 100 Greatest Singers, this high energy, 'Demon of Screamin" is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith which rose to prominence in the 1970s with hard rock albums like Toys in the Attic and Rocks with hit singles like "Dream On," Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way."

  • Then there were multi-platinum albums Permanent Vacation, Pump, Get a Grip and Nine Lives, which produced a combined thirteen Top 40 singles 
  • In 2015 he released the country single "Love Is Your Name", followed by the second single "Red, White & You"; his debut solo album, We're All Somebody from Somewhere, was released in 2016.

TOM JONES: Tuesday, September 20th - 8pm
Tom Jones is a Welsh singer and one of the most popular vocalists to emerge from the mid-1960s, selling more than 100 million records.

Jones had thirty-six Top 40 hits including "It's Not Unusual", "What's New Pussycat", "Delilah", "Green, Green Grass of Home", "She's a Lady", "Kiss", and "Sex Bomb".

In 1966 he won a Grammy for Best New Artist, followed by an MTV award in 1989, two Brit Awards and a Best British Male Singer in 2000. He recently coached new talent on the BBC TV show THE VOICE UK and was Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to music in 2006.

BRIAN WILSON: Friday, September 23rd - 8pm

Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer Brian Wilson is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer best known for being the multi-tasking leader and co-founder of the Beach Boys. After signing with Capitol Records in 1962, Wilson wrote or co-wrote more than two dozen Top 40 hits for the group.

In the mid-1960s, Wilson composed, arranged and produced Pet Sounds (1966), considered one of the greatest albums ever made. 

John Cusack portrayed Wilson in the movie "Love & Mercy"
Like Tyler, Brian is in Rolling Stones' 100 Greatest Singers of All Time -- as well as their Top 100 Producers and their Top 100 Greatest Songwriters!

He won Grammy Awards for Brian Wilson Presents Smile (2004) and The Smile Sessions (2011) and his life was portrayed in the biopic Love & Mercy, released in 2015.

Address: 19 S 69th St, Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: (610) 352-2887
Click Here for Tickets to These and Other Concerts at the Tower

Nightscape is ba-a-a-a-a-ck! Starting now and running through October 29th, this rare, not-to-be-missed nighttime adventure is once again turning Longwood Gardens into a magical, other-worldly landscape.  
  • When was the last time you went somewhere that was truly unforgettable? 
  • How about the last time your kid's mouths hung open in silent awe? 
Created by Klip Collective, the Nightscape exhibit is open Wednesday through Saturday evenings. In September, the best time to enjoy the show is between 8 and 11pm.

Acre after acre, indoors and out, this breathtaking light and sound show makes you feel like you're on the set of a Spielberg movie.

Lights dance like fairies among trees...and you'll walk through alien-like flower gardens.   

Don't believe me? Check out this cool video and you'll be buying tickets before it's finished :)

Imagine Alice's Wonderland Without Falling into the Rabbit Hole...

For those who were here last year, your faves are back, along with gorgeous new the music is even more sweeping and majestic than before!

Working with a team of composers and Philly musicians, Klip Collective created a fresh new score for this year.

Click Here for Tickets

Longwood Gardens consists of 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows in the Brandywine Valley. It's one of the premier gardens in the U.S. and is open to visitors year-round. 

Address: 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: (610) 388-1000
Gardens Hours -- Now–October 29, 2016 -- 9:00 am–6:00 pm
Optimal Viewing Time for Nightscape in Sept: 8 to 11pm

Nobody's ever too old or too sophisticated for a Pirate Festival... especially when its got Mermaids, Cannon-fire, Chatty Parrots and Singing Pirates. (There's 4 things I never thought I'd say in the same sentence!)  

So bring the family to Marcus Hook's 8th Annual Pirate Festival, Saturday the 17th at Market Square Memorial Park. There's no admission fee and the parking is free.

Adults and kids alike helped this film franchise gross
more than $3.73 billion dollars - making it the 11th
highest-grossing film series of all-time.
Johnny Depp made a lot of money from people like us who poured into theaters to see Pirates of the Caribbean.  Not once, not twice...but four times! (FYI - Number five is due out in May of 2017)

So grab your little swabbies and spend the day looking for the Black Pearl on the Banks of the Delaware River in Marcus Hook!  

Apparenently your're never too young
to drive a ship. Especially on land!

This full pirate encampment includes historian guided tours of Marcus Hook's legendary Plank House - a suspected Pirate hideout during the daring seafaring days of 18th century

> Plus see cool 18th century life-style demonstrations

Browse tents bursting with period wares, firearms, cannons and beer making

> There will be games, food, face painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, and artisan crafters

> Plus live pirate music and their infamous beer garden

Minnow, the Mermaid will also be there, along with Catey Hill from WJBR 99.5, who will host the event from 12 to 4pm.

 All funds raised during this event go towards the ongoing restoration project of the historic Plank House, aka Blackbeard's Mistress's House.

Plus Bring the Family to Friday Night's Pirate Pig Roast on the 16th.
Arrrgh! There's nothing like a Pig Roast to get you in mood for a festival... and if you've never been to one, it's a blast for everybody but the pig :)  It's also an important fundraiser for the Preservation Society, so do something fun and different on a Friday night...all for a great cause!
Me-thinks the Parrot will be more chatty than the Pirates 
when they sail into Market Square Memorial Park on the 17th!

For tickets and details visit the Marcus Hook Preservation Society Website

Market Square Memorial Park
Address: Market St, Marcus Hook, PA 19061
Phone: (610) 485-1341
Sept 16th - Pig Roast
Sept 17th - Pirate Festival, 11am to 6pm.

Pictured left to right:  Ginny Hughes, past vice president, Annamaria Glisson, Sec/Treas, 
Catey Hill from WJBR and Michael Manerchia, president of the Marcus Hook Preservation Society.
Pirate Festival Photos by George Widger.

On  Friday, Sept 9th the 31st Annual Celebration of the Mighty Mushroom will kick off the weekend with dancing in the streets of Kennett Square...Mushroom Capital of the World!

Over 3 days more than 100,000 people will come to one of the wackiest food festivals in the country...and one of the tastiest! 

But don't just take our word for it:
  • Named One Of America's Best Food Festivals by Gourmet LIVE!
  • USA Today Travel named the Mushroom Festival one of the Strangest Food Festivals in America.
  • It received 2nd place in the USA Today/Readers Choice poll for Best Specialty Food Festival - 2014

So pack the family into the car and set your GPS for F.U.N.
The Festival goes into high gear on Saturday and Sunday, the 10th and 11th. (This is a rain or shine event, so keep an umbrella in the car.)

Admission is $3 per person (ages 12 and up) -- and all proceeds from admission goes toward the Mushroom Festival’s grant program, which in 2016 donated $85,000 to 47 non-profit organizations.

On Saturday there will be a Street Fair, Grower's Exhibit, a Painted Mushroom Silent Auction, a Cute-as-a-button Baby Photo Contest, Mushroom cook-offs plus:
  • An Antique and Classic Car Show
  • Dan & Galla Musical Show for Children
  • Culinary Demonstrations 
  • Fried Mushroom Eating Contest
  • Cristine Havrilla and Mason Porter Concert
Sunday opens with the Mushroom Run/Walk, a Street Fair, more Culinary Demos, and:

  • Mushroom Growers' Contests
  • An Old Fashioned Carnival, 
  • World Class Jugglers 
  • A Soup & Wine Fest
  • Children's Musical Shows
  • Magicians and more!

Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-925-3373
Toll Free: 888-440-9920
Friday, September 9: Community Parade with Dining and Dancing in the Streets
Saturday, September 10: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, September 11: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What's Better Than Permission to Eat as Much Pie as You Can?  Nothing!
...which is why Linvilla's Apple Festival is such a huge hit every year.  That, and the fact that their apples, apple pies, apple jellies and everything else they sell is crazy good.  Just ask any Delconian.  
If it's September, it's time for the autumn-heralding apple harvest to take center stage.  It's so big in fact, that this legendary fruit-fest needs two full days of action-packed apple-lovin' fun and games. From live music to contests, hayrides and more -- this is a great way to kick fall into high gear.

Who wants a candy apple?  Everybody!  Especially a home-grown Linvilla apple on a stick....
Day One: Saturday, September 24th 
Come pick your own sun-ripened apples from the orchard.  It's the height of their season and there are many varieties to choose from.  These are great for snacks - for school lunch boxes - and for turning into yummy candied apple desserts!

Click here for details about Picking-Your-Own fruit and vegetables

Make your own quick & easy red candy apples
1 c. sugar
1/4 c. corn syrup
1/2 c. water
1/3 c. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. red coloring
6 apples
6 sticks
Wash and dry apples. Cook 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup corn syrup, and 1/2 cup water to 300 degrees or hard crack stage. Remove from burner and add 1/2 teaspoon red coloring and 1/3 teaspoon cinnamon. Cool slightly. Place apples on sticks and dip one at a time into syrup, twirling to remove excess syrup. Place on waxed paper.

Are you a tart?  Or a sweet?
Find out at Linvilla's ALL DAY apple tastings... discover which apple is perfect for you and your family!

DAY TWO:  Sunday, September 25th
Pick your own apples and Apple Pie Eating Contest!
Sign up now to participate in Linvilla's famous Bushels of Fun Apple Pie Eating Contest!  There are age brackets for everyone....  Apple Festival and Pie Eating Contest Details

3 Ways to Make Hay This Month:

DAYTIME: Harvest Hayrides -- Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 5pm -- $6 per person

EVENINGS: Autumn Moon Hayrides -- September 23rd thru 25th, September 30th, 6pm to 8pm -- $7.50 per person

BeWITCHings:  Hayrides To The Witches House -- where an actual witch tells stories, jokes and gives out lots of treats, followed by a bonfire with marshmallows to roast and apple cider. - September 23rd thru 25th, September 30th -- 5:30pm to 8:30pm -- $9 per person

Don't forget...their regionally famous Pumpkinland Harvest Festival will also be in full swing, so bring the whole family for a fun-filled day!

Eleven historic Delco sites are yours to explore on this everyday life History Tour of Western Delaware County. There will be guides at each site, and several locations will offer treats or history-based activities.

Ten sites can be toured on Saturday, September 23rd -- and the Brandywine Battlefield will do a special presentation on Sunday, the 24th.   

The Chichester Friends Meetinghouse is a historic Quaker meetinghouse.
The original congregation was comprised of the Quaker settlers of Aston,
Bethel, Birmingham, Chichester, Concord, Thornbury and Westtown. 

Whether you come for one day or two...this exciting history weekend explores the lives of real people who lived through dangerous, yet pivotal times in our nation’s history. 

See how they grew up and where they attended school, worked, fought, raised families and were buried.
This tour was developed by 5 Western Delco Historical Societies and made possible by Iron Workers Bank of Aston.

Saturday at a glance: 
A FREE historian-guided tour of 10 historic places where ordinary people lived, learned, played, prayed and were laid to rest.

Join the car caravan going to each site.  Why use maps when you can follow us! Drive to the Granite Run Mall where we will meet at 9:30am.  We will leave the parking lot at 9:45am sharp.

Or sign up ASAP to be on the Tour Bus leading the car caravan. The bus will have a popular on-board historian, Nancy Webster to make the journey fun and interesting! Seats are just $15. Checks should be made payable to the Chichester Historical Society and mailed to 2552 Central Avenue, Boothwyn, PA 19061.  Contact: Cyndi Charney, 267-242-0232

Or visit the sites on your own. All sites are open from 10am to 3pm. Click on the following link for detailed map and directions so you can customize your own personal tour:

Western Delco History Tour Information Guide, Photos & Map

Sunday at a glance: 
This is a tour-on-your own day devoted to The Brandywine Battlefield - 46 acres of fertile PA farm land that witnessed the largest land battle of the American Revolution. (The Park is open noon to 4pm)

In addition to normal tours and museum exhibits, there will be a rare ENCAMPMENT EXPERIENCE, including:

>  Musket demonstrations by soldier re-enactors
>  A blacksmith hard at work in the Blacksmith Shop
>  Demonstrations of many aspects of 18th Century Life

There will be house tours including Washington’s Headquarters - and the museum has amazing artifacts and documents on display.
The park has a standard daily admission fee of $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children.


Plus there are two more important historic events this month:

REMEMBRANCE DAY at the Brandywine Battlefield...

Don't miss this moving tribute to what was the largest land battle of the Revolutionary War, covering more than ten square miles, or 35,000 acres. 

It takes place on a date with haunting significance to those of us living today. Some may be surprised to know that The Battle of the Brandywine took place on September 11, 1777 - 239 years before the terror attack on our country in 2001.  

Almost a thousand lives were lost in 1777.  Remembrance Day ceremonies will take place from 6 to 7pm on Sunday the 11th.


The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation will be hosting a Federal and Confederate battle and camp on Saturday, September 17th and Sunday, September 18th.

Witness firearm demonstrations, drills, camp life and artillery demonstrations by both the North and South. Battles will take place on Saturday at 12 and 4. Sunday’s battle will be at 2.

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Hours: 11 to 5 on Saturday; 11 to 3:00 on Sunday.
Admission: $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under age 4 are free.
Lunch and souvenirs may also be purchased.
Address: 350 Gradyville Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: (610) 566-1725
The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is an independent non-profit 18th century living history farm museum located within Ridley Creek State Park. It is most easily reached via the park’s Route 3 entrance just west of Newtown Square.  Colonial Plantation Website

Media is famous for its Global Restaurant Row, Cool Shops, and one of the State's few remaining Trolley Cars, that whisks visitors up and down State Street.

Media was voted one of the best places to raise a family, and residents proudly call it "Everybody's Hometown."

But on September 17th & 18th, they'll be calling it home of the GREAT MEDIA BOROUGH GARAGE SALE!
Now celebrating its 30th year, even the most savvy garage sale shopper will need extra bags to carry all of the amazing treasures they'll find along the sidewalks  and streets of this bustling county seat town.

From 9am to 4pm each day, Media may have more wares outside the stores, than inside!

I could be exaggerating...;)  but if you're an intrepid shopper who basks in the glory of great deals and steals...we'll see you (here) in September!


Find out more about Media's stores, boutiques, restaurants and sites: Visit Media, PA

The game is afoot at Hedgerow Theater this month...

When is a stage show more than a stage show? 
When it combines the vocal drama and power of an early BBC radio show with the legend of a sinister supernatural hound stalking the fog-shrouded moors with murderous intent...set against an ever-changing background of original art...

Step back in time to the day when radio shows could send shivers down even the strongest spine!
Dr. James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes to investigate the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville who died at his Devonshire estate, Baskerville Hall.

The death was attributed to a heart attack, but Sir Charles died with an expression of horror on his face, and Mortimer noticed "the footprints of a gigantic hound" nearby.  Fearing for Sir Charles's nephew and sole heir, the investigation begins...

Adapted by Brock D. Vickers from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, directed by Jared Reed.
Click for Tickets to Hound of the Baskervilles

Hedgerow Theatre
Address: 64 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-4211
Adapted by Brock D. Vickers from the novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, directed by Jared Reed
September 9 to September 18
All tickets $20


As part of their BROADWAY SERIES, Media Theatre brings to life a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross... 

Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for BEST SCORE & ORCHESTRATIONS, this musical, like the film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep, is based on the 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller  - The Bridges of Madison County - which tells the story of Francesca, a married but lonely Italian woman living in 1960s Madison County, Iowa.

Part mystery, part romance, the novel explores a 4-day love affair she has with National Geographic photographer, Robert, a photographer who comes to the area to take pictures of covered bridges for a photo essay. With her family out of town, you'll watch as they fall in love and are forced to make decisions that would not only change their lives, but the lives of Francesca's children who only discover their mother's affair through old letters and diaries left behind, upon her death.  

The show runs from September 14th to October 23rd.
Click here for Tickets to Bridges of Madison County

Address: 104 E State St, Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 891-0100

Delco Sports Fans Get a little Crazy in September.
Most People Smell Autumn in the Air...

But Delco Football fans smell pigskin, mud and hot dogs!  And many of them will be chowing down on those dogs when Villanova kicks off their season with home games on Sept. 10th (6pm) vs. Towson, and the 17th (3:30pm) vs. Lehigh

Click here for Villanova's Complete Football Schedule

Villanova Univerity Stadium
Address: E Lancaster Ave, Radnor Twp, PA 19010

Tim Murtaugh, grandson of Danny Murtaugh, is presenting
Jim Vankoski, curator of the SPorts Legends of Delaware
County (SDLC) museum, the jersey his grandfather wore
when the Pirates (then managed by Danny) defeated the NY
Yankees in a game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic
seventh-game walk-off home run.
Delco Phillies fans can't catch a whiff of the playoffs :(  But their love of the game might draw them to the Delco Sports Legends Museum in Radnor on September 3rd, for the opening of an exciting new Danny Murtaugh Exhibit.

Tim Murtaugh has donated his grandfather's jersey from a legendary game in which Bill Mazeroski hit his historic seventh-game walk-off home run. His grand-dad, Danny, was the Pirate's team manager at the time!

Check out the jersey on Saturday, September 3rd, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Mickey Vernon Gallery on the first floor of the SLDC museum. And be sure to get your tickets now for October 8th's Danny Murtaugh Making History Gala.  For ticket info, contact Jim Vankoski 610-909-4919 or go to Sports Legends Museum of Delaware County.

But our Delco-based Aston Rebels Hockey Team hope to get a sniff at the playoffs this year! 

The Rebels' first home game is Friday, September 30th against the Northeast Generals. You're going to love this gritty, hard-playing roster of 16 to 20 year-olds who fly up and down the ice, honing their skills enough to catch the eye of a top college program and maybe even a pro team.

Single tickets are just $7 per game,
Children 3 years old an under FREE!
Their home ice is right here in Aston, at the famous IceWorks Skating Complex.

Give them a chance, and these young guns just might charge, check, and crash their way into your heart.  
Tickets are just $7 per person - and kids under 3 are free. The team also has a great FAN ZONE on their web site where you can get know all the players.

From the first faceoff to the last frenzied dash down the could be watching future college and NHL stars in the making.

The Rebels are part of the 24-teams in the NAHL - the only USA Hockey sanctioned Tier II Junior League on the continent.  There are teams in 14 states and Delco fans are hoping to ride the Rebels' team into the playoffs this year!

Click Here for the Rebel's Full Season Schedule
Click Here for Special Promotions - like $1 Hot Dog Nights and Charity Events

Become an Aston Rebels Billet Family!

The Aston Rebels are seeking host families for players in the upcoming 2016-17 season. 

Part of their commitment to the team's players and their parents, is to help provide them with a good home. Players range in age from 16 – 20 and will be training daily on and off the ice as they pursue their goal of playing collegiate hockey. While the family will receive some financial compensation, the ultimate reward is developing relationships that often carry on for many years well after the player has left the team.
Billet Family Information and Application

IceWorks Skating Complex
3100 Dutton Mill Road, Aston PA 19014
All  seating is general admission
Single Game Tickets are $7
Children 3 and under are FREE
Check out cool Rebel Videos in the Fan Zone