Dancing with the Stars takes center stage at the Tower on January 12th featuring Season 23 Winner Laurie Hernandez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

On November 22nd Gold medal gymnast, Laurie Hernandez and pro partner 
Val, celebrated their victory in a storm of confetti and cheers from the crowd!
There is one show only, at 8pm - and it will also feature popular pros Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Jenna Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Alan Bersten, and Hayley Erbert.

This all-new production showcases every type of ballroom and modern dance seen on ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars, including sizzling group performances, romantic duets, contemporary numbers and original pieces created specifically for the nationwide tour.
Click Here for Tickets

The Tower Theater held its first concert in 1972 and after the show, a reviewer from the Philadelphia Daily News wrote, "Philly Finally has its Fillmore," referring to the famous Fillmore East in New York.

The Tower quickly grew a reputation as having its finger on the "pulse" of what was happening in music.

David Bowie and The Spiders from Mars and Peter Gabriel with Genesis stood on the Tower's stage during its fledgling years and Bruce Springsteen introduced the E Street Band there in 1974.

Since then, the likes of Paul Simon, Neil Young and David Bowie have recorded live shows in this historic building and the list of talent that has come through is truly amazing. U2, Grateful Dead, Radiohead, Bob Marley, Tori Amos, Eddie Murphy, Mary J. Blige, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, John Legend, The Decemberists, Robert Plantand thousands more.

Address: 19 S 69th St, Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: (610) 352-2887
Nothing beats the Winter Blues Like the Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens!

Starting January 21st be wowed by a show-stopping display of orchids in their warm 4-acre Conservatory.

As one of the first plant collections at Longwood, orchids have held a place of distinction since 1922.
Their talented horticulturists celebrate the beauty and variety of orchids with an artful display that includes a towering 12-foot-tall archway made up of pink Phalaenopsis orchids, giant orbs of orchids hanging over the fern floor, a spectacular purple and white orchid curtain, and more than 200 Vanda hanging from the ceiling in their Silver Garden.

Click Here to Purchase General Gardens Admission Tickets

The Orchid Extravaganza will also feature many surprises and living works of art!

Address: 1001 Longwood Road,  Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610.388.1000
Click Here for the Longwood Gardens Events Page

“Thus with a kiss, I die...” 
Romeo's final words in Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers masterpiece will unfold in a passionate production by The Media Theatre from January 25th through February 19th.

As part of the Theatre's Broadway Series, this is their first Shakespeare classic and will be directed by Bill Van Horn, who last year directed the popular “Peter and the Starcatcher” at the Walnut Street Theatre.

Peter Pan in the Walnut’s “Starcatcher” production – and Jersey Shore native -- Brandon O’ Rourke, will work with Van Horn again as he takes the lead role of Shakespeare’s teenager in love in “Romeo and Juliet.” 
Under the  iconic Media Theatre sign is a photo of the balcony
in Verona, Italy where Juliet supposedly was wooed by Romeo.

Lexi Gwynn, who played lead roles for Jesse Cline in “The Miracle Worker” and “To Kill A Mockingbird,” returns to appear opposite O’ Rourke as Juliet. 

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

It was among Shakespeare's most popular plays during his lifetime. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers -- and were the inspiration for West Side Story.

For tickets and information, call 610-891-0100 or visit The Media Theatre Website

Looking for a little help in the love department?
Join the thousands of people who flock to the Verona site each year, where many believe that the Bard's fictional heroine fell in love with RomeoThey leave notes, requests and letters behind, in the hopes that this romantic site can cast a lucky spell on their own love lives.

Tourists gather around Juliet's statue, one of the most popular and
symbolic tourist attractions in Verona.
But I suggest that you save yourself a fortune, and bring your special someone to see this amazing production...it's good enough to ignite a spark in most any relationship;)

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

As Albert Einstein said, "Logic will take you from A to B.  Imagination will take you everywhere else."

Starting January 8th, the Community Arts Center in Wallingford invites you to let your imagination run wild at their ABSTRACT STUDIO ARTISTS SHOW in the Duke Gallery.

Attend the Artists Reception on January 8th, 2 to 4pm and meet the artists whose work is bold, insightful and definitely a welcome break from the somewhat mind-numbing explosion of reality TV, email emogies and Candy Crush obsessions.

Why not take an art class this year? Surprise yourself!
  • In the Stairwell Gallery check out the 2D student work of instructor Deena Ball and 3D student work of instructor Bob Deane
  • At the BeaDazzle Wall -- Explore the art of Lora Lavin
  • Browse the Teacher’s Lounge Gallery and see the watercolors of Deena Ball and the ceramic work of Lucy Edwards

The Abstract Exhibit runs through January 27th -- but there are many other ways to set your artistic nature free at CAC:

Art Classes for Adults 
Register for classes and workshops in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, photography, music, and yoga.
Art for Children
Art Start Pre-School, Lucky Charms afternoon arts enrichment program and After-School and Weekend ART Adventures, Teen Workshops -
Register for classes at the CAC Website or call the office at 610-566-1713 for more information.

And...don't miss the Tri-State Jazz Society Concert January 15th, from 2 – 4 pm.
Swing, sway and tap your toes as Clarinetist Steve Barbone leads one of the area’s best and most experienced Dixieland bands in the Delaware Valley.

Tri-State Jazz Society presents performances by artists who specialize in the very earliest styles of jazz music, often referred to as “traditional” jazz.

For more about the Tri-State Jazz Society visit Tri-State Jazz Society Website  for information, videos, concert schedules and more.

Address:  414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
Phone: 610-566-1713

Great men and women throughout history are remembered because they transformed the way human beings think, act or react. 
The best way to honor them is to also think and act...in a way that creates a positive reaction today.

Martin Luther King, Jr. attended Crozer Theological Seminary in 1951.
January 16th we celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, who was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. 

King's history has roots in Delaware County

King lived three years in the Chester/Upland Community and ministered under the mentorship of J. Pius Barbour.  Read more about King's life and connections in Delaware County at Martin Luther King, Jr's life in Delaware County

We honor his memory with a National Day of Service. 

The National Constitution Center is joining with Global Citizen's Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service for a daylong commemoration on Monday, January 16th.
Global Citizen Day of Service Website

  • Admission in $5 and includes access to the museum and all activities connected with this important civic holiday, including:
  • 11am-1pm -- drop off books and school supplies for Philadelphia students and other facilities
  • 11am and 1pm -- Two performances by an award-winning husband and wife duo who lead an interactive musical program of singing, sign language, movement and stories!
  • Noon and 2pm --Local actors will join students from local colleges to perform a passionate reading of the "I Have a Dream" speech.
  • And everyone can create their own "I Have a Dream" mobiles expressing their dreams for their communities, the country and the world.
LOCATION:  Center City Philly
Independence Mall
525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Hours: Monday: 9:45am to 5pm

Local Activities

Delaware County's Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Unity Day Celebration at Drexelbrook on Monday, January 16th:

The First United Methodist Church of Media is holding their 28th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration January 15th
Media Fellowship House, the Media Area Unit NAACP and the Media Area Houses of Worship invite you to join them for an annual community celebration honoring Dr. King and the men and women who struggled right along with him.
The celebration includes:
Beth Israel Music Appreciation Society
Penncrest High School Chamber Ensemble
The Voices from First Baptist Church of Morton
and much more...
A special reception following the celebration is sponsored by the Media Area Unit NAACP and Media Fellowship House.

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Starts at 2:45 PM
First United Methodist Church of Media
State and Lemon Streets, Media, PA 19063

At the time of this writing, no other local activities had been announced yet.  But many events should hit the local papers once the new year arrives. Below are a couple of websites to check:
Delco News Network of Local Papers Website (Press Papers, Town Talk, News of Delaware County)

You can also:
  • Plan an event in your own neighborhood...collecting food, clothes or other items for a veteran's or other charity.
  • Check the websites of local colleges like Neumann and Villanova Universities which most years invite volunteers to campus events.
  • Call your local township or government offices 
  • Check out more regional events listed at Martin Luther King Jr. Activities at VisitPhilly.com
When the bills for Christmas start arriving faster than speeding bullets, and 7-year-olds snicker as they speed past you on the ski slopes -- I suggest an afternoon of great wine, artisan cheeses, honey and live music at Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford.

Penns Woods is a family-run winery located in the heart of the Brandywine. Their award winning wines are truly amazing, and every Saturday afternoon there is live music on the porch.

Throughout January they serve a tasty Mulled Wine, and offer 4 weekends of Wine, Cheese and Honey Pairings.
$28 in advance, reservations required.
  • January 7th (with live music 2-5pm) & 8th
  • January 14th (with live music 2-5pm) & 15th
  • January 21st (with live music 2-5pm)& 22nd
  • January 28th (with live music 2-5pm) & 29th

Pictured on the right are winemaker Gino Razzi,
and his daughter Carley Mack

With over 40 years of experience in the business, winemaker Gino Razzi, and his daughter Carley Mack, produce award winning wines from Pennsylvania-grown grapes. Penns Woods wines can be found in restaurants throughout Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs. Local state stores offer a limited selection of their wines or visit the Penns Woods tasting room for a full selection as well as an all-around vineyard experience, with exciting events each weekend.

Penns Woods Tasting Room is open daily for walk-in tastings. Groups 6+ please call ahead.
Address: 124 Beaver Valley Road,
Chadds Ford, PA 19317

Phone: 610.459.0808
Regular Hours:
Monday: 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM
Thursday: 12:00 PM- 5:30 PM
Friday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Grace Winery
Our Destination Delco Visitors Bureau has created an exciting Bridal Guide that takes you from Philly to the Vineyards of the Brandywine. 

Explore a Riverfront Yacht Club - Country Barns - lush Gardens - a rustic Cabin - elegant Mansions - a famous Rock & Roll Concert Hall - and even a Helicopter Museum where you can literally fly in to your wedding party!

Tyler Arboretum
Explore 22 of the most romantic, elegant and over the top wedding party places imaginable!  It is featured on our website, but here is a direct link to the first page of guide:        
Click Here for the Bridal Guide 

There are 5 categories of wedding venues: 
The Classics -- The Romantics -- The Bewitching -- The Legends -- and The Dreamscapes

Hedgerow Theatre
Simply click on the CAPTION below each category photo to explore the venues featured in that category.

So, grab a coffee or a glass of wine - open your most romantic playlist - and together we'll explore some amazing places to hold a wedding!

Hitch a ride to Hedgerow Theatre for more exciting adventures in outer space.

Starting January 13th, Hedgerow Theatre raises the curtain on its second installation of Douglas Adams' original radio play, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Part 2.

Showcasing original artwork by Phoebe Titus, the theatre company lends it’s voices to Arthur Dent, Zaphod Beeblebrox, Marvin the Paranoid Android, and others in their continued adventures through space. 

This production is directed by Jared Reed, the fifth generation of a professional acting family.

A Juilliard School graduate, Reed has appeared nationally at Princeton's McCarter Theatre, San Diego's Old Globe, Cincinati's Playhouse in the Park, the Cleveland Playhouse and the off-Broadway Minetta Lane Theatre, among others. He eventually moved to the Philadelphia area, co-founding the Curio Theatre Company.  He has been associated with Hedgerow since 1990.

Tickets are $20.  Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Show dates: January 13 to January 29
Address: 64 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 565-4211
Snow days are perfect for making new friends, whether sledding in Radnor or hiking in the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on the Riverside. (However, some of those friends will likely be furry & feathered:)

It's January. Snow is going to fall, and when it does...exchange the PJs and couch for a coat and scarf and have some fun!

Grab a sled and head for Willows Park in Radnor...hike the trails at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on the Riverside...or explore many more winter adventures in our new WINTER WANDERINGS FUN GUIDE of 'cool' outdoor (and indoor) things to do in Delco.  The guide is on our website but you can also Click here for the Winter Wanderings Fun Guide  

Listings include sledding at Willows Park in Radnor (pictured in the top photo.)
This 47.5-acre estate sits at the end of a long, winding driveway. The restored 3-story mansion contains many of the original architectural features that add to the historical charm of the property. The grounds are open all year and the hill rising to the street from the lake is a playground for sledding during the winter months.

490 Darby Paoli Rd, Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 964-9288

Drive your senses crazy at Longwood's Annual Orchid Festival!
Photo by Christian Hunold
For hot-house flowers the Winter Guide includes indoor activities that only require you to run from house to car ;)

Let the show-stopping display of orchids in the 4-acre Conservatory at Longwood Gardens whisk your senses away to a tropical island... 

Click Here for Longwood Gardens Orchid Web page
1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348

Play a round of golf with your kids at the Mini Golf Course at Linvilla Orchards...

Linvilla Orchard’s Fore! The Planet indoor mini-golf course is a highly interactive and entertaining museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia. 
There are 18 educational holes that explore butterfly metamorphosis, a tropical rainforest, evolution, dinosaur extinction, food chains, and more. Perfect for kids of all ages.
$6.95  (ages 11 & over) -- $5.95 (ages 10 & under)

Click Here for the Linvilla Orchards Website
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063 · ~3.9 mi
(610) 876-7116
Open until 6 PM
Volunteers at the Brandywine River Museum of Art
If your New Year's resolutions included finding time to volunteer for a worthy cause, here are 4 ways to help your community while supporting tourism or special events that bring thousands of people to Delaware County each year.  

Love Art? Children? Crafts? Conducting Tours?
The Brandywine River Museum of Art has a myriad of opportunities to support art and culture in Delaware County...
Volunteer for the Museum 

Volunteers are an integral part of the Brandywine River Museum of Art and have been since the Museum opened its doors in 1971. Join this dedicated group of 400 volunteers by becoming involved in a variety of exciting year-round opportunities.

Be a Museum Guide
The Museum offers guided tours of its collection and special exhibitions to adult and student groups on a year-round basis, seven days a week. An extensive guide training program is conducted by the education and curatorial staff one morning a week for 10 consecutive weeks.

Imagination and use of a glue-gun is are musts for the Critter Makers...

Critter volunteers are a creative, inspiring and productive group responsible for crafting over 10,000 ornaments each year from natural materials for the museum's holiday display and for the annual critter sale. In addition to making ornaments volunteers conduct workshops, and grow, collect, clean, and dry materials for critter production. (March through January)

Help with Special Events & Story Telling

Throughout the year, the Museum hosts numerous special events, which require the assistance of volunteers during the week, on weekends and evenings. These events include Children's Storytelling,
the Children’s Christmas Party, Fairy House workshop, music events, lectures, family programs, craft activities and the Radnor Hunt in May.

For additional information, or to become a volunteer, please send an e-mail to volunteer@brandywine.org or call 610.388.8318.

For those who love gardens, plants and flowers...volunteer in Delaware County's Master Gardener Program.

Did you know that Delaware County is part of an area recognized as the Garden Capital of the United States? Philadelphia and its surrounding Counties feature 30+ Gardens within 30 Miles. Millions of people tour these gardens every year -- including our own Chanticleer Gardens on the Main Line, Tyler Arboretum in Media, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and The Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford. We are home to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Ridley Creek State Park and Longwood Gardens is just minutes across our border in Chester County.

Become a Penn State Extension Master Gardener.
Are you passionate about sharing the joy of gardening with others? Do you have?
· A love of learning more about horticultural best practices based on scientific research and  willingness to share your knowledge
· A desire to promote environmental stewardship
Demonstrate your commitment and serve your community by becoming a Penn State Extension Master Gardener.  Participate in a wide variety of volunteer opportunities.  A few examples include:
· Planning and implementing an annual Home Gardener School
· Staffing a Hort Line service for the community to answer questions about plant & insect problems
· Providing gardening workshops at the annual Fall Fest
· Designing and maintaining Smedley Park Teaching Gardens
· Restoring and maintaining gardens at the Massey House, Nitre Hall, Ridley Creek Park Mansion, Rose Tree Tavern, and other historic community locations
· Working with youth at the Boys and Girls Club of Chester (pictured below) teaching about conservation techniques, where food comes from, how to plant and grow food, and how to store and prepare food for healthy eating
· Helping with healing gardens/horticultural therapy (e.g., working with the Center for the Blind and Visually-Impaired, senior centers)
· Providing outreach by speaking at libraries, garden clubs, schools, and civic clubs.

Applications for becoming a Master Gardener will be accepted through the Spring, 2017.  
Interviews will be held in June, and the Master Gardener Basic Training in Delaware County will be held from mid-August through mid-December, 2017. For more information, the Master Gardener application, and the Basic Training updated schedule of classes, contact Linda Barry, Master Gardener Coordinator at lrb16@psu.edu or 610-690-2655.

For those who love history, join the Volunteer Team at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation in Ridley Creek State Park outside of Media.

Moooo-ove off the couch and back in time at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation...volunteers range from tour guides
to assistant farmers.  Hoe! Hoe! Hoe!

Do you like history, meeting new people, learning new skills and feeling that you are really helping out? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then becoming a volunteer at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation may be right for you.

The Colonial Plantation is a nationally recognized living history museum right here in Delaware County.
On weekends from April to November, volunteer interpreters greet visitors and share what they have learned about colonial life with them.

Some costumed interpreters participate in special weekend events, demonstrate colonial skills and act as tour guides. Others teach classes, conduct workshops or simply are on hand to answer questions.  Other volunteers are needed to work behind the scenes maintaining the property, working in the kitchen garden or caring for the animals. What do they all have in common? Aside from the reward they get from doing something they truly enjoy, there is also the satisfaction that they are needed and appreciated.

If you ask their volunteers what they like best about the Plantation, many love the opportunity to talk with visitors from around the world. Some simply enjoy turning back the calendar to a time quite different from our own. Others say that they come to the farm for its tranquility and to enjoy the animals.

Whether your interest is hearth cooking, farm animals, historic clothing and textile production, blacksmithing, gardening, regional colonial history or just helping out – they have a place where you will not only make a difference - you'll love doing it. 

No history background required -- just a willingness to learn.
To volunteer email the office at info@colonialplantation.org or call (610) 566-1725.


Each year the WALK not only raises funds -- it brings between 6,000 and 8,000 people to Delaware County, many of them retired veterans or
current soldiers and their families.  Many stay throughout the weekend, visiting our many historic sites, dining at our restaurants
and exploring our gardens, museums and more.  
In nine years, this event has raised almost $2,000,000 for wounded soldiers and their families.  But 2017 is the 10th Anniversary of the event - and the goal this year is $250,000.

Working with Operation First Response (OFR), virtually all of Delaware County comes together to make this event successful.

A full 97% of every dollar raised goes directly to critically wounded soldiers whose lives are changed forever by severe wounds, life changing amputations, and painful surgeries – often followed by mounting bills at home, necessary job retraining, home renovations and more.

You can help right now! As a volunteer you can help OFR and Delaware County reach its highest annual goal ever -- a quarter of a million dollars...

•Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 97 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
•OFR is staffed largely by volunteers; only one full-time and one part-time employee are salaried.
•The 3 mile walk & 5k run takes place in Media's beautiful Rose Tree Park. (Well behaved, leashed dogs are invited, too)
•The event is free to spectators and all money is raised through individual and corporate sponsorship, advertising in the Walk program book, and donations.

Marple Township native and senior advisor for Operation First Response, Nick Constantino, invites people to contact him directly regarding many diverse volunteer opportunities: Click to Email Nick

To learn more about Operation First Response and the 2017 WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and WARRIORS 5K RUN go to Operation First Response and the 2017 WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN

Companies and organizations interested in partnering with OFR and Delaware County’s Tourism Bureau to reach 2017’s goal of $250,000 --  should contact Marty Milligan at mmilligan@destinationdelco.com or 610-565-3679, ext.105.