If you're old enough to recognize the song lyric for "Let's Fall In Love" then you might want to click on the following link and listen to Ella Fitzgerald's sultry version: Listen to Ella



Swing, sway and swoon to some of the best music ever sung on Saturday, February 11th at Harrah's Philadelphia on the Delaware River.

Harrah's is whisking you back to the 1960s...to one of the iconic showrooms in Las Vegas... and Frank, Dean and other great crooners are about to hit the stage at 8pm.

Don't miss a minute of the magic as Pete Cannella and the Choper Jazz Band salute the most famous singers of the 20th Century.

And if your memory of those days needs a nudge, click below and let Frank himself, perform his memorable hit 'Funny Valentine...'

Click to Listen to Frank Sinatra sing My Funny Valentine

In fact, why not sing along?  I did!
(Though my co-workers weren't terribly enthusiastic about it.)

Lyrics:
My funny valentine
Sweet comic valentine
You make me smile with my heart
Your looks are laughable
Unphotographable
Yet you're my favorite work of art
Is your figure less than Greek?
Is your mouth a little weak?
When you open it to speak
Are you smart?
But don't change your hair for me
Not if you care for me
Stay little valentine stay
Each day is Valentines day

Songwriters: LORENZ HART, RICHARD RODGERS


SHOW DETAILS:

  • $15 General Admission
  • Special VIP Valentines Special - Table for 4, up front with a bottle of Champagne included for $150
  • Doors open at 8PM and don't forget, parking is FREE!


LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE
Harrah's Philadelphia Events Page
Harrah's Philadelphia
777 Harrah's Blvd, Chester, PA 19013
484-490-1800



Let's face it, every family has problems.  And frankly, an evening spent watching some other family deal with life's problems can provide a perverse pleasure and even a little insight into our own relationships. 
Family relationships and dinner don't always go together,
In this flick the turkey isn't the only thing opening up a little too much :)
Scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.  Photo credit: Warner Bros.
Click here to see Salon's 12 best dinner table scenes on film
  • After all, many of us are familiar with the conversational minefields of Holiday Dinners...(like the Griswolds, pictured right)
  • ...or endured the endless sniping of sibling rivalries.
  • Or maybe you know of someone who has secretly crushed on a family member's significant other...which leads us to Uncle Vanya's story line:


This famous Chekhov play is set in 1897. 
Family troubles erupt in Professor Serebryakov's family when he and his new (and second) wife, Yelena visit the family's rural estate. Being a great beauty, she turns heads wherever she goes...including her husband's brother in law, Vanya and Astrov, the local doctor. 

But Sonya, the Professor's daughter by his first wife, is not so enamored.  She works with Vanya to keep the estate going, and suffers from unrequited feelings for Dr. Astrov, made worse by the Doctor's crush on Yelena. This is a powerful story about family relationships and the acting is outstanding.  (It will also leave you feeling much better about your own family issues!)

LOCATION:  ON THE MAIN STREETS
64 Rose Valley Rd, Rose Valley, PA 19063
(610) 565-4211
Click here for Hedgerow Theatre Website


The Brandywine River Museum of Art's newest exhibit From Homer to Hopper: Experiment and Ingenuity in American Art reflects the rich diversity of style and expression in American art created between 1870 and 1950.
Opens February 25th and runs through mid-May

The exhibition, assembled by the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., features 54 superb paintings by Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Thomas Eakins, Marsden Hartley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Horace Pippin, Maurice Prendergast, John Sloan, and many others who revolutionized picture-making in the United States. 

Painting by Winslow Homer
The exhibition traces the course of modern art in the works of these artists—from the bold, investigative realism of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins at the end of the nineteenth century, to the reductive views and psychological insights of Edward Hopper and Morris Graves at mid-twentieth century.
Museum's Exhibit Information Page

Painting by Winslow Homer
Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects. 

Considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art he was largely self-taught, beginning his career as a commercial illustrator.

He subsequently took up oil painting and produced major studio works characterized by the weight and density he exploited from the medium. He also worked extensively in watercolor, creating a fluid and prolific oeuvre, primarily chronicling his working vacations.
Painting by Edward Hopper

Also featured is Edward Hopper, who was a prominent American realist painter and printmaker. While he was most popularly known for his oil paintings,
he was equally proficient as a watercolorist and printmaker in etching. Both in his urban and rural scenes, his spare and finely calculated renderings reflected his personal vision of modern American life.

The paintings featured in this article, by both Homer and Hopper, can be found in various museums and collections throughout the world.


LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Hoffman Mill Rd, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Brandywine River Museum of Art Website


Comedian Rosanne Barr once said that "Women are cursed, and men are the proof."  But curse or no curse, it can't hurt to celebrate Valentines month at a Wine & Chocolate Pairing Weekend at Penns Woods Winery in the Brandywine.

This annual event takes place every weekend this month - but make reservations right away if you're planning to go on February 14th. 

  • Enjoy delicious chocolate creations from Tradestone Confections and Taste Artisanal Market.
  • They will be paired with five carefully chosen Penns Woods wines 
  • And they also offer a completely nut free pairing upon request.
  • There is LIVE MUSIC on patio each Saturday from 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • ​And the cost is $25.00 per person in advance 
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 
  • For more information and to make reservations please call 610-459-0808 

EVENT DETAILS:
February 4th - 5th : Wine & Chocolate Pairings - 2/4 Live Music 2pm-5pm ​

February 11th - 12th : Wine & Chocolate Pairings - 2/11 Live Music 2pm-5pm

February 14th: Wine & Chocolate Pairings 1:00pm - 7:00pm

February 18th - 19th : Wine & Chocolate Pairings - 2/18 Live Music 2pm-5pm

February 25th - 26th : Wine & Chocolate Pairings - 2/25 Live Music 2pm-5pm



LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Penns Woods Tasting Room
Closed Mondays in February
124 Beaver Valley Road. Chadds Ford, Pa 19317
610.459.0808
Click for Penns Woods Winery Events Page






What began as a hobby for Maurice and Virginia Bevan in the mid-1950's has grown into a famous sweet treat powerhouse, and a true Delco Classic.  

Bevan's Own Make Candy is a third generation owned and operated candy store, with Randy Bevan (pictured above), grandson of the original founders at the helm. 

From it's earliest days Bevan's grew through word of mouth referrals. And today people still come from all over the region for boxes of their one-of-a-kind hand-made chocolates, seasonal treats and holiday specialties. So follow the crowd of gourmet candy lovers to Media, But be sure to bring cash, because they don't accept credit cards!

Specialties include butter creams, assorted chocolates, nut clusters and more.

Almost as famous as Media's Trolley, (pictured in chocolate in the top photo) is the easily recognizable Bevan's box - so if you or someone you love is crazy for candy, fill up one of those boxes with bites of pure heaven. 

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN STREETS
143 E Baltimore Ave, Media, PA 19063
Open 10am to 5pm
Cash only - no credit cards
Bevans Own Make Candy Website
(610) 566-0581
And remember...Easter is just around the corner!


Nothing says 'I love you' like a knocked-down, dragged-out, side-splitting Battle of the Sexes...so grab your Valentine (and boxing gloves) and head to the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center February 10th for a one night only Ivy League of Comedy Show.

This is a clean, clever night of comedy by 4 of the country's brightest young comic stars - two male comics, two female comics, one each married and single, talking about relationships and other wonders. 

They'll regale you with tales of love and not-love, bad dinners and good dates, broken cars and unbroken dreams and all the typical relationship pitfalls, potholes and potlucks. The show is 90 minutes with one intermission and is recommended for ages 16 and up.


Meet the Stars:
Karen Bergreen (Seen on Comedy Central, Nick Mom, The View)
Karen has appeared on Comedy Central, The Oxygen Network, Nick Mom, The View and The Joy Behar Show. Her 2010 comic novel Following Polly earned praise from The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and her mother-in-law.

Liz Miele (Seen on Comedy Central and ASX TV.)
Liz Miele has been featured in The New Yorker, NY Times, Runner’s World and The Guardian. She regularly tours with Armed Forces Entertainment and is currently touring with Chris McDougal (author of “Born to Run”) on his book tour this year.

Wali Collins (Letterman, CBS, HBO, The View, Comedy Central)
Wali moved to New York City to work on a show for Comedy Central called “Stand-up Stand-up" and has hosted the largest, funniest, most varied collection of stand-up comedians in the world.

Mike Recine (Conan)
Mike Recine has performed stand-up on Conan, written for the MTV Video Music Awards, performed as a New Face in the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and been nominated for Time Out New York’s Joke of the Year.

LOCATION: AT DELCO'S CROSSROADS
Upper Darby Performing Art Centr
601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Click for Upper Darby Performing Art Center Website
(610) 622-1189



This being our Valentine edition, you might ask, "what does love have to do with professional wrestling?" 

I say, "what's not to love about a wild and crazy night of grappling, feuds, take downs, role-play, joint locks and pins?"  It sounds a little like marriage to me ;)

So on February 9th get up close and personal with some of your favorite WWE heroes, villains and superstars as they storm the iconic Tower Theater in Upper Darby.


Whether wrestling is a lifelong passion or a secret guilty pleasure, this is your chance to watch some of the most popular divas and devils of wrestling.

EVENT DETAILS:
WWE Presents NXT LIVE #NXTPHILLY
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Tickets for sale online prior to two hours before door time.
After that tickets available at box office window.
Click Here for Tickets
To order by phone: 844-211-5472

LOCATION: AT DELCO'S CROSSROADS
Click Here for Tower Theater Website
69th Street and Ludlow Street
Upper Darby, PA 19082
610-352-2887





February 22nd is National Margarita Day - So crush the winter blues by getting all beachy, warm and tropical at 3 Delco hotspots...

Explore Diego's Lunch and Dinner Menus by clicking on
the link in their listing below.

While virtually all of Delco's taverns, bars and restaurants can make you one of these take-me-to-paradise cocktails, there are 3 places with unique combinations of music, food and atmosphere that promise a truly 'South of the Border' experience.

Diego's Cantina & Tequila Bar 
LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
214 West State Street, Media, PA 19063
Mexican Cuisine

Nestled on Delco's own International Restaurant Row, otherwise known as State Street, this Mexican eatery is only a few years old and flourishes with a traditional yet fresh motif, food and spirits. The menu boasts Aperativos (appetizers) like Deigo's signature Nachos, killer Chicken Wings and a melty, cheesy, Poblano-peppery Queso Fundido...Yum!

There are also lots of salads, wood-grilled entrees, traditional dishes, and for fun? Order from the Taqueria section featuring personalized Tortillas and Burritos where you pick your own filling, tortilla and topping.

Click here for Diego's Lunch and Dinner Menu
Hours: 11:30 AM to 12 Midnight (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Sun)...
Click here for Diego's Complete Bar & Margarita Menu
Enjoy exciting cocktails, wines and specialties plus Frozen Margaritas, Margarita Fresca, and a luscious Blackberry Basil Margarita

Diego's Cantina & Tequila Bar brings Mexico to Media - 7 days a week!




















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Matador is a cozy Spanish/Mexican restaurant in the heart of the Main Line, with a rich atmosphere and delicious Tapas and specialty dishes. 





Matador 
LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
110 N Wayne Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Cuisine: Spanish, Mexican, Tapas
Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM (Mon-Thu),11 AM to 12 Midnight.
Click here for Lunch, Brunch and Dinner Menus
Click here for Diego's complete Drink Menu

Dinner boasts Entrada (main courses) like organic chicken fajitas, Hill Farms skirt steak, Valley Brooke farm trout, braised organic chicken breast, and jumbo lump crab cakes with roasted corn and portabello salsa, saffron picada sauce.

Especialidades include a classic seafood or vegetarian paella...and the first weekend of every month is never a Boar...it's a roast suckling pig adventure!
 Do something special and make reservations for the first Friday or Saturday of the month when you can order your own roast suckling pig. You may also pre-order the pig for times other than the first weekend with 4 days notice.

Every 2nd Saturday enjoy Flamenco del Encuentro, a highly-expressive, Spanish dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate body movements.
Just as the chef is passionate about the food, their Flamenco dance company performs flawlessly, with three 20-30 minute shows throughout the night.


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Sabor Latino Restaurant & Nightclub 
LOCATION: AT DELCO'S CROSSROADS
33 Garrett Rd, Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 352-8414
Cuisine: Latin American · Caribbean
The Dinner menu includes:
Polo Chicken, Carnes Meats, Cerdo Pork, Mar Seafood, Quesadillas, Sandwichs and much more.

This urban oasis in Upper Darby invites you to drive your taste-buds south of the border - then 
salsa, cha-cha-cha, and rumba the night away on their dance floor!

Here are a few samples from their Margarita Menu:
Blue Margarita -- Tequila Cuervo, Blue curacao, rose's lime juice, sweet and sour
1800 Margarita -- 1800, Cointreau, rose's lime juice, sweet & sour
Patron Margarita -- Patron, Cointreau, rose's lime juice, sweet & sour
Margarita Regular -- Tequila tortilla, triple sec, roses lime juice,  sweet & Sour
Mango Margarita -- 4onz de 1800 tequila y 2onz de Cointreau, Jugo de MANGO
Many of the above can be ordered by the pitcher!

And if going out isn't an option, invite a few friends over and make a pitcher of these luscious Corona-ritas!


I strongly recommend using the "Pitcher" recipe below.

But if you're feeling adventurous (and have a towel handy!) try doing it like the pros...(pictured left)

Forty Ounces of Mexican Bliss:
1 12 oz can of frozen limeade
1 12 oz bottle of chilled Sprite
1 20 oz of Corona Beer
4 oz of Tequila
Mix all of the above and pour over ice.





The Delaware County Symphony's third Chamber Concert of the season will be February 12th at 3 P.M. in Neumann University's Meagher Theatre. 

The Academy of International Ballet is featured in this concert, along with Dasha Bukhartseva and Jennifer Nicole Campbell playing piano four hands. 

Featured Clarinetist Vince Iannone 
The program opens with Franz Schubert’s Fantasy in F Minor followed by an original work of Ms. Campbell entitled Butterfly Whispers. Maurice Ravel's Three Poems of Mallarme features mezzo-soprano Katherine Skovira.

The program concludes with two favorites from the classical repertoire - Vltava (“Die Moldau”) from Ma vlast by Bedrich Smetana, and Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.

Dancers from the Academy of International Ballet will be perform original choreography to the works by Ms. Campbell, Smetana, and Liszt.   Choreography by Denis Gronostayskiy and Anastasia Babayeva.


Pictured left to right: Associate Conductor of the Delaware County Symphony
Orchestra and its Chamber Music Series, Dr. Robert Whalen, Concertmaster
 Nina Vieru and Mezzo-soprano Katherine Skovira

Featured performers include:
  • Concertmaster Nina Vieru
  • Principal Clarinetist Vince Iannone 
  • Associate Conductor and Director of their ChamberMusic Series, Dr. Robert Whalen 
  • Katherine Skovira – mezzo-soprano

For more information email the Symphony staff at delcosymph@gmail.com
or call (610) 879-7059

Delaware County Symphony
Joseph Caminiti, Music Director
The Delaware County Symphony is a community orchestra established in 1971 that is dedicated to providing outstanding musical experiences for residents of the Delaware County area. Concerts are given at Neumann University's Meagher Theatre in the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center located in Aston, Pennsylvania.
Click here for the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra Website

On Thursday, February 16th the Chadds Ford Historical Society invites you to experience what falling in love was like in 1716...
  • When lovers wrote actual letters (on paper) 
  • Chocolate was lovingly made from scratch
  • And courtship had nothing to do with unpaid parking tickets ;)

This night of old fashioned romance is from 7 to 9pm and features:
  • Chocolate-making demonstrations by Mars’ American Heritage Chocolate
  • Composing a love letter with help from a local calligrapher
  • A special wine tasting by Chaddsford Winery
  • And a sampling of a variety of edible “aphrodisiacs”                                                                          These are foods, drinks, or potions thought to stimulate romantic feelings -- and after searching through an amazingly vast number of websites on the subject and below are a few items to consider when planning your own personal romantic dinner: 
Many articles agree that the items pictured above (figs,bananas, pomegranate, honey, shrimp and garlic) all have amorous reputations, and while most are based in mythology, nutritionists 
actually support many of their claims.
POMEGRANATE -- Some say the forbidden fruit of the Bible was not an apple, but a pomegranate fruit. The word aphrodisiac derives from the Greek goddess of love, Aphrodite. 

HONEY -- The actual word “honeymoon” stems from the hope for a sweet marriage. Some say honey’s romantic reputation came from an ancient custom when newly married couples drank mead, a fermented beverage made from honey.

FIGS -- Figs, whose leaves became clothing in the biblical story of Adam and Eve, are filled with antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber and potassium and they are rumored to have been Cleopatra’s favorite fruit.  Drizzle a little honey over your figs and this is a double-down winner!

Other foods of love for a romance-infused dinner include: asparagus, almonds, avocado, beets, garlic, bananas, basil, chocolate (of course!), shrimp, cinnamon, red wine and oysters.


The Historical Society's evening of "Chocolate and Courtship" kicks off their 2017 season of Tavern Talks, a monthly experience (not a lecture!) for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture.

FUTURE TAVERN TALK EVENTS:
March 23: Colonial “Cocktails”
April 20: Tavern Night
May 18: Spy Games

EVENT DETAILS:
Tickets are $20 for non-members and $15 for members and must be purchased in advance.
For more info on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call (610) 388-7376 or email them at info@chaddsfordhistory.org 

LOCATION:  IN THE BRANDYWINE
The "Chocolate and Courtship" event takes place at the Barns Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike, Chaddsford, PA

Click here for the Chadds Ford Historical Society Website