How often do you get to see a 2-Century Old Historical Figure and a teen Secret Agent dance together in Upper Darby? Not as often as you might think ;)

But for the first time ever, two celebrity finalists have joined a Dancing with the Stars Winter Tour -- and they'll be dazzling us with their fancy footwork.

Mirrorball Champ, actor Jordan Fisher starred in the Broadway Show Hamilton, while finalist Frankie Muniz portrayed TV's Malcom in the Middle and starred as a teen CIA agent in the film Agent Cody Banks.
Both will be reprising their incredible season 25 performances 
alongside their pro partners Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson.

This all-new production showcases every style of dance seen on ABC's hit show, produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, from sizzling salsas to elegant waltzes and high-energy group numbers, plus original pieces choreographed by Emmy®-winning choreographer Mandy Moore.

Showtime: 8pm

Click here for ticket information

69th And Ludlow Streets
Upper Darby, PA 19082
Phone: (610) 352-2887
Tower Theater Website

This Winter arrived with several early blankets of snow and more are sure to come. But while our gardens and forests slumber, Scott Arboretum invites you to 'tour' ancient horticultural sites in the Appalachian mountains (where Last of the Mohicans & The Hunger Games were filmed) -- and the gorgeous Persian Gardens in Iran.

JANUARY 14th: 
Mountain of the Heart: Revisiting the Ancient Appalachians

Scott Arboretum decked out in winter-white.
The Arboretum, which is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world invites lovers of horticulture and history to a thought-provoking evening with Scott Weidensaul who will discuss his newly revised and expanded 20th anniversary edition of his award-winning book, Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians. So come in from the cold and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends.

This entertaining and visually stimulating presentation examines the conservation challenges and successes that recent decades have brought to these seemingly timeless hills, and what the future may hold for them.
Date & Time:                   Sunday, January 14, 4 to 7 pm
Cost:                                 $25.00 (includes lecture and hors d'ouevres)
Location:                          Chang Hou Hall
Advance Registration is required.
Contact 610-328-8025 or visit Scott Arboretum Website

Wanderings at One - The Persian Garden: UNESCO World Heritage Site
One of the  Persian Gardens at a World Heritage Site in Iran.

This lecture explores five of the nine gardens from the different epochs and climates that make up the Persian Garden World Heritage Site (one of the 21 World Heritage Sites in Iran). 
Michael Brown will generalize about the features of Persian gardens, and discuss the influence of this style in Iranian and world gardening. Architecture and culture will be mentioned when they are important to viewing the gardens in context.
  • This is a FREE event - 1 to 2 pm
  • In the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema
The Wanderings at One series is an informal way to share what has been seen and discovered in various gardens and natural spaces throughout the world. For questions about weather cancellations, parking info and more:  Scott Arboretum Website

Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, 19081 PA

In January Hollywood has its Golden Globes but Longwood has its Annual Orchid Extravaganza!  Don't miss the sights and scents of 4,500+ orchids lavishly featured throughout their warm Conservatory, Peirce-du Pont House, and Welcome Center.

Prepare to be wowed by:
  • A towering 12-foot-tall archway of pink Phalaenopsis orchids 
  • Giant orbs of orchids suspended from the ceiling
  • A spectacular curtain of purple and white orchids
  • And - new this year - orchid wrapped columns in the Exhibition Hall

The Orchid is more than just a pretty face – it's almost human!

It has quite a family tree...
There are 25,000+ species of orchid and scientists are finding more every day.  Plus horticulturalists are breeding orchids with other plants to create more offspring that are as unique and beautiful as the original.

"Here's Lookin' at you, kid!"
According to an article on, an orchid has bilateral symmetry — like a human face — so if a line is drawn vertically down the middle of the flower, the two halves are mirror images of each other.  Now I'm a little nervous - I think my office orchid is watching me...!?!

Orchids are shameless ;)
Orchids deceive insects into pollinating them with reproductive parts that are shaped and colored to look like the kind of insect they hope to attract. Once the insect is interested, the orchid's pollen sticks to the bug until it flies off to find another orchid that it mistakes for a mate. 

As humans, we grow them, we wear them ... and yes, if you ate cake and cookies over Christmas, you ate them!
That's because Vanilla, a species of orchid, is one of the most popular ingredients in the world of perfumery -  and the "flat leafed" vanilla plant is used in everything from ice cream to the far-too-many yummy Christmas goodies I ate last month!

Exhibit runs January 20th to March 25th.

Click here for more information on the Orchid Extravaganza

On January 15th Bring the family to OrKID Day!
Young and old alike will love touring and exploring the discovery stations, interactive story readings, and a family seek-and-find in their Orchid-filled Conservatory. Hours: 11am to 2pm

1001 Longwood Road (US Rt. 1)
Kennett Square,  PA 19348
Light up the night at Grace Winery in Chadds Ford

Whether you just got engaged over Christmas...or you're ready to pick the perfect wedding venue – start by visiting our Destination Delco Wedding Guide to more than 20 Classic, Romantic, Legendary, Dreamy and Bewitching locations across Delaware County!

After all, as a Tourism Bureau it’s sort of our job to know all the best party places.  For purely professional reasons, of course... ;)

Our Wedding Guide is broken out into 5 major categories, as shown below.  Each category has at least 5 amazing venues including Brandywine Vineyards - a Riverfront Yacht Club - Country Barns - Gardens - Rustic Cabins - Mansions -  a famous Rock and Roll Concert Hall - and even a Helicopter Museum where you can literally fly in to your wedding party!

The Classics picture features Dexelbrook, the Romantics photo is of Grace Winery, the Legends photo is the Tower Theater,the Bewitching photo is of Hamanassett B&B, and the Dreamscapes picture represents our beautiful Country Club and Brandywine settings.

You'll explore some of the most romantic, elegant and over the top wedding party places imaginable, – from Philly's famous Main Line, to the lush Brandywine countryside, the gorgeous Delaware Riverside and everything in between.

So, grab a coffee or a glass of wine - open your most romantic playlist - click on the link below, and let's get your party started! 
Delco Wedding Guide
Good Golly Miss Molly!  Hedgerow Theatre's stage will be sizzling with Boogie Woogie music starting January 11th with the opening of THE BOOGIE WOOGIE RADIO HOUR Show.

From Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, to Tommy Dorsey, the Andrew Sisters and Pinetop Smith -- Boogie Woogie had Americans leaping, spinning and twirling on dance floors across the country in the 40’s and 50’s.

Starting January 11th, rediscover the music that drove the club and dance scene crazy in Hedgerow Theatre’s new Main Stage Production: The Boogie Woogie Radio Hour

This show features lots of laughs and plenty of your favorite classic tunes...
It’s 1948 and Radio WBGW is the biggest little radio station in the biggest small town in Texas. The 10th Anniversary LIVE Radio Production is the hottest ticket in town, the high school gym is bound to be full to the brim and everyone in town is buzzing with excitement! There’s even a big name Star scheduled to perform! But what happens when that big name gets re-routed at the last minute? Will the anniversary celebration come to a screeching halt, disappointing everyone? Who could possibly save the day?  This show features lots of laughs and plenty of your favorite classic tunes!
Starting  top left to right...Fats Domino, Little Richard, Andrew Sisters
and Jerry Lee Lewis...

Want to get in the mood now?  Click below for a sample of the fun that awaits in this YouTube Video that has more than 8 MILLION VIEWS!

Dancin' the Boogie by Silvan Zingg and the Will & Meva Dancers

Boogie-woogie became popular during the late 1920s, but developed in African American communities in the 1870s. It was eventually extended from piano, to piano duo and trio, guitar, big band, country and western music, and gospel. While the blues traditionally expresses a variety of emotions, boogie-woogie is mainly associated with dancing.

Click here for show dates, times and tickets

64 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA, 19063

If you've ever gone hiking in the woods with your dad, it's something you remember all your life. So register now for Tyler Arboretum's DADS & DAUGHTERS Hike and Hot Chocolate Morning on Saturday, January 13th.

The picture above could have been me and my fall and winter we'd bundle up like Goodyear blimps, don the goulashes and set outside for a great adventure.

Boy - I came out hunting for a few nuts
and I think I just found some.... ;)
We'd hunt for cool rocks...stomp around in little creeks...and scan the damp ground and muddy places for animal tracks.  But the memory I love most is laying down on a cold grassy spot, shoulder to shoulder, watching squirrels play overhead in the leafless canopy of branches.

Make great memories as you both investigate the different way animals survive the winter - and learn clues that tell us which animals are still around and what they're doing. 

Afterwards, warm up with hot chocolate and a special treat. 

Suitable for ages 5 and up. $10 members, $15 non-members. To register:  Click here to register for Dads & Daughters Hike

515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-566-9134    Fax: 610-891-1490
Tyler Website
This is Philly’s coldest month of the button up and head for a place where the people are fun, the vibe is artsy, the sights are amazing and the heat is always turned up!

In CAC’s Duke Gallery
Now through the 27th, see an Abstraction Exhibition - and attend a special reception January 14, 2 – 4 p.m.

In the Stairwell Gallery
Discover cool 2D Student work of instructor, Matiko Mamaladze and 3D Student work of instructor, Bridget Hughes - now through January 28th

Meet them at an Artists Reception: January 14, 2pm to 4pm
Exhibiting Artists: Students of Bridget Hughes – Caryn Johnson, Mike Meckfessel, Amy Garfinkel, Mary Beth Lauer, Kara Kyle, Dotty DelSordo, Don Garfinkel  Students of Makito Mamaladze – Patrick Kelleher, Vicki Nees, Judy Young, Catherine Brower, Mary Kristal, Mary Reindorp, Brit Ray, Laura Gibson, Jim Clyma, Lenore Giorgianni, Donna Billingsly, Donna DiTomasso

More Special Events
The Tri-State Jazz Society presents Dave Posmontier’s Dixie Kings
New Orleans Mardi Gras meets Winter in Delco at CAC on January 7th, 2 – 4 pm
Dave Posmontier, pictured in the top photo, is a renowned keyboard artist who has performed and recorded with many jazz artists – including Christian McBride, James Moody, Chris Potter, Grover Washington Jr., David "Fathead" Newman, and Johnny Hartman. Becoming interested in traditional jazz in the 1990’s, he formed the Dixie Kings with trumpeter Stan Slotter.

Mad Poets Society Reading
January 3rd, starting at 7pm
The Mad Poets Society has been an integral part of the Philadelphia writing community for many years. With more than 100 members in six states they are an active organization of poets and writers who have joined together for camaraderie and critique with heart, to celebrate the creative soul and to promote the literary arts.   Mad Poets Society Website

414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086
Click here for more CAC event information

In 96 years, the ghosts of Villanova Teams past have left a major mark on NCAA Men's Basketball: two #1 Championships - and 5 appearances in the Final Four.  

This month the 'Cats march into the madness for the 97th time... hungry for another chance to bring home the trophy. 

01/06/18 vs.Marquette
01/10/18 vs.Xavier
01/13/18 at St. John's
01/17/18 at Georgetown
01/20/18 at UConn
01/28/18 at Marquette
Dec 22nd Villanova Wildcats forward Eric Paschall (4) defends the shot of Hofstra Pride guard
Kenny Wormley (2) during the first half of the game between the Hofstra Pride and the
Villanova Wildcats at Nassau Coliseum. Photo Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
Here are just a few of the honors and milestones achieved by Villanova's Wildcats:

  • They were national champions in 1985 and 2016. 
  • Their 1985 NCAA Championship as an 8 seed still stands as the lowest seed ever to win the title. 
  • That game is referred to as "The Perfect Game" as they shot a record 78.6% as a team for the game. 
  • Their 2016 NCAA Championship, is referred to as "The Perfect Ending" and is the only NCAA Men's Championship game to be won on a buzzer beating 3 pointer by Kris Jenkins
  • They have won the Big East regular season championship 8 times, most recently winning 4 straight from 2014–2017. 
  • Villanova entered the 2016–2017 season with an all-time winning percentage of (.648), placing the Wildcats tied for 13th among all NCAA Division I basketball programs. 
  • Villanova has won the Philadelphia Big Five 25 times which is the second most of any team, including 4 straight from 2014–2017. 
Villanova University Website - Men's Basketball
800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4500
There’s nothing like honey, wine and great music to turn cold January days into warm, wonderful afternoons!

On January 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th, and 28th you'll be more than willing to fight off Pooh and his gang for some of the amaaaaaazing Honey and Cheese Pairings served up at Penns Woods Winery.

Gino Razzi with daughter, Carley
These award-winning vintners are teaming up with top local cheese and honey artisans to bring you creative, one-of-a-kind Wine, Cheese, and Honey Pairings.  The experience features a tasty sit-down pairing of 5 premium Penns Woods wines with unique and luscious cheeses and honey from local farms.  The cost $28.00 per person and reservations are required.

On Saturday's they also pair great wine with FREE LIVE MUSIC: 

Saturday, Jan 6th -- Music by Elyse Kistler 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, Jan 13th -- Music by Anil Veeraraj 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, Jan 20th -- Music by Elyse Kistler 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, Jan 27th -- Music by Mark Teague 2:00pm - 5:00pm

124 Beaver Valley Road Chadds Ford, PA 19317
On Rt. 202 just 1/2 mile from the DE/ PA State Line
Click here for the Penns Woods Winery Website

As January ushers in another year, it is the perfect time for both looking back - and looking forward. 

On the 15th we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- America's holiday honoring one of our most influential and iconic leaders of the civil rights movement. This holiday was proposed 4 days after his death in 1968...and was passed by Congress in 1983, reminding us that great achievements take time, determination and refusal to give up. 

Martin Luther King never gave up - and for his lifetime of service and dedication to the American Civil Rights Movement he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Though assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis Tennessee on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel - his legacy lives on.  The site is now home to the National Civil Right Museum.

Looking forward - Plan to attend the 29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration at the First Methodist 
Church of Media, at State and Lemon Streets on January 14th.
First Methodist Church of Media, PA

  • It starts at 3:45pm and honors the life and work of Dr. King
  • Keynote Speaker is Laurie L. Levenson, Esq., Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at Loyaloa Law School of Loyola Marymount University. The Professor lectures throughout the country and has been legal commentator for CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and NPR.
  • The event introduces THE SPIRIT HALL OF FAME: honoring Americans who have lived within the past 100 years, and have walked in the steps Dr. King, emulating his qualities of loyalty, leadership, integrity, honesty, and courage. The first 10 inductees will be announced, accompanied by posters, illustrated and designed by artist George Rothacker, along with bios of each of those selected. A reception will be hosted in Fellowship Hall by the Media Area Unit NAACP following the celebration.

Early coca cola logo and bottle.

Looking back...we use the date of his holiday, January 15th -- to highlight other events that also helped shape, grow or challenge our nation:

•1815: Four British ships capture the USS President – an American frigate that was commanded by Commodore Stephen Decatur during the War of 1812.
•1844: Indiana gives the University of Notre Dame its charter on this day.
•1870: For the first time, a political cartoon shows a donkey as a symbol of the Democratic Party in Harper’s Weekly.
•1889: The Pemberton Medicine Company is incorporated in the city of Atlanta in Georgia on this day. This company would later become the Coca-Cola Company.
•1892: The rules to the game of basketball are published by James Naismith on this day.
•1910: Construction on the highest dam in the world – at least at the time – finishes when the Buffalo Bill Dam located in Wyoming is finished. It was named after the famous Wild West Figure Wm. "Buffalo Bill" Cody who owned much of the land now covered by the reservoir. 

Buffalo Bill Dam in Wyoming
•1919: Twenty-one people are killed and another one hundred and fifty are wounded when a wave of molasses suddenly escapes from an exploding storage tank and floods down through the streets of Boston in Massachusetts.
•1936: The first all-glass building – constructed for the Owens-Illinois Glass Company – is finished on this day in Toledo, Ohio.
•1943: Dedication ceremonies for the Pentagon are held in Arlington, Virginia.
•1947: The dismembered corpse of Elizabeth Short is discovered in Los Angeles. The murder would be known as the Black Dahlia Murder Case.
Soyuz 5 Astronaut Patch
•1967: Super Bowl 1 is played in L.A. In this first super bowl game, the Kansas City Chiefs are defeated by the Green Bay Packers. The final score is 35-10.
•1969: The Soyuz 5 is launched by the Soviet Union, which docked with Soyuz 4 in orbit. It was the first-ever docking of two manned spacecraft of any nation, and the first-ever transfer of crew from one space vehicle to another of any nation – two months before the US Apollo 9 mission performed the first ever internal crew transfer.
•1976: The 45-year old woman who attempted to assassinate U.S President Gerald Ford is given a life sentence. In 2007, she was paroled from prison after serving 32-years.

Pictured is one of the Museum's vintage tree ornaments, all of which are hand-made by dozens of volunteers.
Everyone has heard of the 3 Ghosts of Christmas... and when you arrive at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, it is easy to imagine the Ghost of Christmas Past haunting its halls...browsing three generations of Wyeth masterpieces and special galleries adorned with the works of other American masters.  

Gorgeous Christmas Trees are everywhere, decorated with vintage-style handcrafted ornaments made by dozens of museum volunteers.

In addition to permanent art collections, there is an exhibit by Dylan Gautier and several recently acquired pieces that include N. C. Wyeth’s masterful tempera painting Island Funeral (1939). 

Plus three watercolors by Andrew Wyeth —Master of the Hounds (1949) depicting local horseman Gilbert Mather, The Pirates (1939), and Murlanda (1996), a portrait of the Wyeths’ long-time friend and collection manager Mary Landa.  Newly acquired work by Jamie Wyeth includes a portrait of Deo du Pont Weymouth done in 1964 and the recently completed portraits of Andy Warhol (First in the Screen Door Sequence, 2015).

The remarkable Brandywine Railroad O-gauge model train display features trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track and includes more than 1,000 pieces, from locomotives, passenger and freight trains, to clockwork sets and trolleys that pass through a small town, a farm, factories and even a carnival.

The antique Victorian Dollhouse (circa 1900) is a wonder of workmanship. The eleven-room house is true to Victorian decor-cluttered rooms filled with overstuffed furniture, wax flowers, gilt mirrors, fringed cushions, and knickknacks--all made to scale.

Check their December Calendar for fun and playful events including:

Sundays, Dec 3, 10, 17, 31 --1 to 3 p.m.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY Wednesday, Dec 6 -- 6–8 p.m.

Saturdays, Dec 16 -- 8:30–10 a.m.

Brandywine River Museum of Art Website

1 Hoffman's Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Phone: (610) 388-2700
People journey here from all over the world, lured by half a million lights...stunning Christmas Trees...and breathtaking plants and flowers. The night air is filled with music, caroling, and dancing fountains. The halls are decked in spectacular style and a sense of wonder fills every heart. 

Explore for yourself, the magic of Christmas at Longwood.
Now through January 7th, bring friends and family to Longwood's holiday extravaganza. And because pictures are worth a thousand words, all the photos in this story were taken by Valerie Hoffman, a local photographer with an eye for the spectacular.

From mile-after-mile of dazzling outdoor lights to cozy fire pits warming hands and hearts under a blanket of stars -- there are few places more beautiful than Longwood Gardens.

C'est Magnifique!
This year more people than ever are expected to come for Longwood's French-inspired holiday display where the Conservatory echoes the splendor of France’s Versailles with fanciful topiaries, imaginative wreaths, ornate mirrors, and more than 50 trees trimmed in classic holiday hues and sparkling crystal ornaments.

Thousands of floating cranberries, apples, and gilded walnuts create an intricate mosaic in the grand tradition of a French parterre garden. Outside, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, talented skaters glide across the ice and good will permeates the air.

Longwood Gardens Calendar of Events

1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000
Check the website above for daily tours, concerts, and special programs.
Timed Admission Tickets Required
Click here for tickets!

Valerie Hoffman (pictured right) is an excellent local photographer.  One of her favorite places is Longwood Gardens, and we thank her for allowing us to share these stunning portraits of a Brandywine Country Christmas at Longwood. See more of her amazing photos at Valerie Hoffman Facebook
Delco's Tower Theater presents the very funny, very edgy George Lopez on Saturday, December 2nd, 8pm 
Producer and star of his long-running TV sitcom, George Lopez demonstrates his versatility in his newest Stand-Up act.  His irreverent yet wildly funny performance calls upon his wit and personal perspective to examine race and ethnic relations.  Mexican-American culture is targeted, but you can be sure that the current political scene, as well as everyday life, will also provide plenty of material for his act. See for yourself why Lopez was named one of Time Magazine's Top 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America and earned a spot on the coveted Harris Poll list of the Top Ten Favorite TV Personalities in 2006.

Then Pentatonix brings their Christmas Tour to the Tower on Thursday, December 7th, 7pm
Winners of NBC’s show "The Sing-Off" this incredibly talented American a cappella group from Arlington, Texas, has become one of most popular musical groups in the world. Vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee perform music with pop-style arrangements using vocal harmonies, basslines, riffing, percussion and beatboxing.

And finally, on  December 16th, experience the K-Love Christmas Tour starting at 7pm. 
The biggest name in contemporary Christian Music has gathered three great artists for a presentation  of carols, classic Holiday pop tunes and songs for worship.  Award-winning singer-songwriter Stephen Curtis Chapman is joined by Lady Antebellum front-woman Hilary Scott and Irish worship band We are Messengers for an evening of holiday family entertainment!

69th And Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 352-2887
Tower Theater Website

The Delaware County Symphony presents their second full symphonic concert of the 2017-2018 season at 3pm on Sunday, December 3rd at Neumann University's Meagher Theater.

Titled "World of Flavors" the theme is Excursions into contrasting worlds of sounds. Featured is the beloved Piano Concerto No. 4 performed by Ching-Yun Hu. This internationally recognized pianist shares both her skill and passion for music with every listener from the front row to the last. 

The Program:
La Péri Fanfare for Brass by Paul Dukas
Masques et bergamasques Suite by Gabriel Fauré
Brigg Fair by Frederick Delius.
Enjoy a free pre-concert lecture by Dr. C. Michael Kelly from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.

Admission: Concert tickets are $20 or $17 for seniors & students. Children under 12 (one child per paying adult) are admitted free.Upon presentation of the Delaware County or Montgomery County Library card two tickets may be purchased for the price of one regular admission ticket the day of the concert. There is ample free parking adjacent to the theater and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. For tickets/information, please call 610-879-7059.

Two more holiday events at the Meagher Theater:
Kate & Randy Do the Holidays 
Kate Casano and Randy Shupp, 
Gaslight Productions 
Thursday, December 7 • 1:30 p.m.
Kate and Randy present all your favorite Christmas selections and have you singing along in your seats.
Admission: General $10; FREE for Neumann students, staff and Cultural Arts Forum members.

International Ballet Classique Presents the Nutcracker Ballet
Saturday, December 9 • 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10 • 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday magic that delights audiences of all ages!  Journey into the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of the Sweets with dramatic dancing and pageantry!
Admission: Adults $28; Students, children, and seniors $18. For tickets call 610-986-2474 or visit International Ballet Classique Website

Neumann University's Meagher Theater
In the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center
One Neumann Drive
Aston, PA 19014-1298
Delaware County families have begun their December pilgrimage to Rose Tree Park for the Annual Festival of Lights...a twinkling holiday home for beloved children's characters, Santa, and even a few Victorian carolers.

Those of us who work at Destination Delco are very lucky. Our Tourism offices are located in one of three historic buildings on the grounds of Rose Tree Park.  And while it is beautiful year round, Christmas is when this County park really tugs at your heart.  

More than 100,000 lights twinkle on at 5:30pm each day, and twinkle off at 9:30.

The Park's central square, where a huge American Flag floats overhead and a new Vintage Clock Tower was recently installed - anchors the Festival. While holiday faves like Charlie Brown, Lucy, and Frosty pose nearby...

Christmas lights are also strung around the Park's Gazebo and Santa  and his reindeer ride the crest of a nearby hill.

Bringing thoughts of Charles Dickens to mind, are the wood crafted Victorian carolers, created many years ago by Williamson Trade School students.

Opening Ceremonies are Friday, December 1st at 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy a welcome from County Council, the music of the Springton Lake Middle School Select Choir, plus complimentary cocoa from Acme & the arrival of Santa!

Presented by Delaware County Parks & Recreation
Delaware County Parks & Recreation Website
Animals, like kids, come in all shapes and sizes. Big - small - lanky - long haired - scruffy -  scrappy - and some are very well dressed (like the big guy above!)...but they all look cute as buttons in Santa photos!

So if you've got a canine, cat or even a fish-kid at home, head for Braxton's Animal Works in Wayne, for PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA on December 3rd, 9th and 10th.

Human kids are welcome too!
No appointment necessary but Santa will be there from 11am to 3pm. Photos will be delivered via

Reindeer pups and Braxton's Santa... Photo by Braxton's
There“s a $10 Sitting Fee.

Opened more than 75 years ago, Braxton’s is a third generation pet supply store featuring healthy food brands, interesting pet toys, and most importantly the staff can help you right on the spot with any questions about Spot!  

Braxton's Website

Braxton's Animal Works
620 West Lancaster Avenue
Wayne, PA 19087
Mon - Fri: 9am - 8pm
Sat & Sun: 9am - 6pm
Photo by Andria Kaskey.
O Come All Ye Faithful...a treasured carol - and a call to action if you’re pine-ing for the perfect family Christmas tree!

Now through December 23rd, families from all over the Delaware Valley and beyond will head to Linvilla where over 40,000 Christmas trees are planted in rich Delco farmland, standing ready to fill your home with warmth, love and memories. 

Big game hunters will load the family into a hay-wagon for a trip to the Christmas tree fields.
Scour-away to your heart's content! The majority of trees are 6' to 10' Douglas Fir - but you'll also find some Canaan Fir. Linvilla provides a saw for you to cut your tree. Then they'll even haul it back for you, shaking off the loose needles, wrapping it up and even tying it to your car. They can also drill a hole in your tree for "Stand Straight" Christmas Tree Stands.
  • Mon to Fri: 10am - 5pm
  • Weekends: 9am - 5pm
  • NOTE: (last wagon departs at 4pm)
  • Price: Select any cut-your-own tree for just $69.99 plus tax. Services described above are all included.
"Fir" those who prefer indoor tree hunting, Linvilla's Garden Center is transformed into a magical wonderland, brimming with cut trees, garlands and wreaths.  Meet Santa and his elves, and browse a remarkable selection of toys and collectibles.  And don't "fir-get" to stock up on home-made seasonal baked goods from their ever popular market. 

Linvilla Orchards Website
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063

Get your tickets now for two of the region's best Holiday Shows!
Join Belle at the Media Theatre, where she’s been taken prisoner by a beast in a dark and shadowy DISNEY’S ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!  The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy-tale.

The stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Click here for tickets to Beauty and the Beast

And for a fun afternoon with your children...Take them to see Media Theatre’s JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS!
The rollicking, merry, and heartfelt musical is all about Jack Frost, a boy who is unique because everything he touches turns to ice. He appears out of a snow bank and meets four humorous animals: a rabbit, a polar bear, a penguin, and a raccoon. Features Austy Hicks as Jack Frost and Roger Ricker as Mr. Holly. Saturdays at 11am & Sundays at Noon Nov. 26 through Dec. 31!
Click for more info and Tickets to Jack Frost Saves Christmas

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

Hedgerow Theatre invites you to relive the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge, laugh with all the Cratchits, and journey through space and time with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come as merriment and mirth fill your heart with joy.

For 25 years Hedgerow has been presenting Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol in their 1840's Grist Mill...and it is the perfect setting for Dickens' version of Victorian London.

“A Christmas Carol is a timeless story of the redemption of a man to his better self – we choose to shut ourselves off from our humanity, and we can choose to embrace it,” says adaptor and director Jared Reed. 

Professional Actors are joined by over 60 members of the community to make Hedgerow Theatre’s Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol a part of the Holidays you cannot miss. 

Adult ticket prices are $35, with a $3 discount for seniors. Tickets for those ages 30 and under, as well as for students, are $20. For groups of 10 or more, tickets are $18. For reservations or more info, call 610-565-4211 or visit The Hedgerow Box Office.

64 Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, PA 19063 (minutes from Media)
(610) 565-4211
There is a magic place not too far away, where Christmas has lived for almost 20 years. The National Christmas Center & Museum is  20,000 square feet of memories kept alive and polished by the thousands of people who visit every year.  Like a giant magic mirror it reflects the Christmas experience of our parents, their parents and even our great grandparents. 

Visit Toyland Train Mountain where electric trains 
traverse a mountain 30 feet in diameter and three tiers high.
But this could be the last Christmas for anyone to step through that looking glass.  

On the home page of the Christmas Museum Website, there is a letter that goes like this:

"It is with great sadness that we make this post today. After many tough conversations and some difficult seasons over the past few years, National Christmas Center has had to make the very difficult decision to close it’s doors permanently following our 2017 season...our passion for this most wonderful holiday is stronger than ever and we are deeply saddened that we will not be able to share it with the world going forward."

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa - and if you'd like to see his Workshop, Reindeer Barn and other exciting exhibits, make sure mom and dad bring you this month!

The TRAVEL CHANNEL has called this one of the “Most Christmasy Places in America”... and here's a sampling of what you'll find:
  • 1950's Woolworth's 5 & 10 -  showcasing vintage Christmas toys and merchandise displayed in a realistic store setting. 
  • An Antiques Emporium showing how hand-blown glass ornaments are made, countless Christmas antiques and unusual items such as old Santa masks used in church and school pageants.  
  • A Pennsylvania Christmas with life-sized scenes, including a simple Amish celebration. 
  • Storefronts decorated for the holidays line this street straight out of the 1950’s. 
  • See hundreds of Nativities from around the globe. 
  • And over 500 2-D and 3-D images portraying the evolution of how Santa has been depicted through the years, from the legends of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, Turkey in 300 AD, to the jolly man in red we know and love today
National Christmas Center & Museum Hours and Admission Info

3427 Lincoln Hwy E.
Paradise, PA 17562
’Tis the season for holiday gifting and retail cha-ching!  
So here are a few of the weird and wonderful “Delco Proud” Stocking Stuffers that are sure to put a smile on someone's face (like the product above!).  All are home grown, locally produced or owned right here in Delaware County. Web links are provided for easy info gathering.

Who’s your daddy? 
He's always smiling...he cleans better than I do...he never lets me down...and sometimes he gets all soft and squishy inside. So what's not to love about this Folcroft based SHARK TANK WINNER and QVC powerhouse, SCRUB DADDY?!

I love these little guys.  In fact several of my friends and family are getting holiday gift-packaged Scrub Daddys and Mommys in their stockings this year. (I hope they're not reading this ;)  Not only are they inexpensive - they out-perform their advertising!

This is the Scrub Daddy on QVC with Shark Tank's Lori Greiner and
founder Aaron Krause.
The cost is about $5 per Scrub Daddy at local grocery stores, and I purchased 3 holiday-packaged sets of  4 Scrub Mommys (12 sponges) for $30 on QVC.

The sponge has a revolutionary design, changing texture based on the water temperature. It gets firm in cold water for tough scrubbing, and soft in warm water for light cleaning. And it cleans well with water alone!

It's scratch free on over a dozen surfaces from non-stick to stainless steel and even car exterior paint!

Scrub Mommy (my favorite!) combines smiley face ergonomics and dual sided design - to allow you to scrub with one side - then flip - and swipe up with the soft side.
Scrub Daddy Website

Satisfy the Family Sweet Tooth with Tasty Stocking Stuffers from Bevan’s Candy
Randy Bevan carries on the family tradition...
Order unforgettable sweet treats from a candy maker that is 58 years young & flourishing in Media.

What began as a hobby for Maurice and Virginia Bevan  grew into a regional favorite for gourmet candy and confections of all sorts. Browse everything from  non-pareils and butter creams, to specially made chocolate Santas ... you'll feel like a kid in a candy store.
Place Christmas orders up to December 8th... or head for their store on Baltimore Avenue to see all the glorious goodies on display! REMINDER:  THEY ONLY TAKE CASH, no credit cards.
Click for Bevan’s Website
143 E. Baltimore Pike, Media, 19063

There’s no time like the present (pun intended;) to treat somebody to dinner with a Gift Card to one of our many outstanding independent restaurants

Pictured: One of Fellinni’s talented opera singing servers and a tasty
entree from their menu!
Fellini’s Cafe in Media (pictured right) not only serves great Italian cuisine...the atmosphere is wonderful with original hand-painted art murals and rich granite tables in private alcoves. And on Monday nights listen to the soaring vocals of Opera Night.

For more restaurants go to our  Destination Delco Restaurant Guide  where each listing includes photo, description, website and phone numbers. PLUS:  When you get to the guide, click on the BEST OF THE BURBS logo on the right to read Craig LaBan's Top Delco Restaurant List for 2017!
106 W State St, Media, PA 19063

For Buzz-worthy, Hip & High-end Fashion, Gifts, and Accessories - Get Bedazzled!
Famous for their stunning designer and prom gowns, a few years ago
they hosted Alicia Vitarelli (in the red dress above) from 6 ABC,
who was doing an OSCAR clothing segment for FYI. 

Bedazzled Boutique in Newtown Square has some of the coolest, most unique clothes, jewelry, sportswear and truly dazzling 
special occasion 
gowns in the County.

Owned by local residents, Victor and Ruth Krass, Bedazzled Boutique has been open for 12 years. It is a high energy atmosphere, where both mothers and daughters can shop for beautiful fashions.  It is managed with the help of their children, Sabrina and Elliot, along with a professional and enthusiastic staff.  Bedazzled Boutique Website
218 S Newtown Street Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Gifting wine and beer is always a good choice.  Especially when created with our famous Delco ‘wudder’...

FYI:  Wudder: the clear liquid that has no color, taste, or smell, that falls from clouds (over Delaware County) as rain and magically results in the unique formula known as Delco Wudder

Here are a few places to pick up award-winning local wine & suds.  Gifting Tip: In Delco we just pop a bow on em' and stick them under the tree :)

Penns Woods Winery is a family-vineyard in Chadds Ford.
Winemaker Gino Razzi, and his daughter Carley Mack (pictured on the right in the photo), produce many award winners that can be found in restaurants throughout Philadelphia and the burbs. But visit their tasting room for the full vineyard experience with live music events, Yoga and Painting sessions in the vineyard, food and wine pairings, and other exciting events each weekend.  Penns Woods Winery Events and more

Another fine local vineyard is Grace Winery in Glen Mills.
The inn at Grace Winery boasts an original Quaker farmhouse dating to 1734.  The Inn housed the British after the battle of the Brandywine in 1777, was a safe house for the Underground Railroad and the farmhouse's 3rd floor once served as a Civil War infirmary.  The vineyard is just off the Manor House and produces some of the finest wine in the region.  Click for Grace Winery events, promotions and more

2SP BREWING COMPANY in Aston has a cool slogan: Pretentious? Never. Passionate? Always. 
TOP: SP2's  brewmaster team of Andrew, Michael and Bob
BOTTOM: Brewer's Outlet where you can buy regional and
national beer by the six pack and case.

2SP Brewing Company’s mission is to bring world-class beers from world-class brewers to this region.   So put a pack of Delco Lager under the's an American Amber Lager - a classic every day beer updated for today with premium ingredients and pure Delaware County wudder.  Goes best with everything from sandwiches to steak to stadium food!

Or for something a little more intense, how about a pack of Bellcracker Double IPA - with punishing hops and therapeutic malts that goes perfectly with daring, flavorful food! Read about them and all of their recent awards at  2SP Brewing Company of Aston Website

Pinocchio's Award Winning Beer Garden in Media  Pinocchio’s Beer Garden
Brewer's Outlet in Chadds Ford sells both national and regional beer (like SP2, Victory, Twin Lakes and Yard's).  Many in both six packs and cases.  Brewer's Outlet Beer Descriptions

Give the gift of "Making Memories"
Stuff a stocking with tickets to ABC's hugely popular “Dancing with the Stars” LIVE show at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby on January 4th...
Get tickets now before they sell out!

...or give some 'golf love' with tickets to the 2018 BMW Championship at Aronimink in September...
Exclusive holiday ticket packages are now available for the 2018 BMW Championship, to be held September 4-9 at Aronimink Golf Club. Now through Jan. 5, 2018, patrons who purchase a Trophy Club ticket online will receive a complimentary BMW Championship folding chair, a $25 value. Attendees will be issued a special voucher to receive their chair upon arrival at the BMW Championship in September.
Get tickets online

Finally, there is one fail-safe gift that everyone in Delco either has or wants: a WaWa Gift Card! 
...and why not tuck the card in a copy of the book "The Five People You Meet in WaWa" by Nick Kupsey, a Delco resident and comic...

I can personally vouch for WaWa’s sensational coffee which comes in every size and taste imaginable!
But others are woo’d in the door by a never ending supply of fresh-made breakfast sandwiches, subs, soups, fresh cut fruit, and munchie-killing snack foods as far as the eye can see.

The book, called a “Divine Comedy” is about our favorite morning-noon-and night place...and the unique characters who frequent it.  (Are you in it?) The Kindle price is under $5 and the paper back is around $11.

Click for your own “laugh a minute” copy at Amazon: Five-People-You-Meet-Wawa-ebook

Click here for info on the WaWa in Glen Mills (where the writer of the book gets his java fix!)