Delco is Painting the County “Red” with Poppies -- and we want you to join us! 
Every resident, business, garden and park in Delaware County is invited to join local historians, veterans, the Tourism Bureau and Delaware County Council in this special Poppy Planting to commemorate the Centennial of World War I.

BUT FIRST: There are 4 WW1 Anniversary Events this month:

JOIN US APRIL 8th - 9AM - in Court Room 1 of the Media Courthouse for Official Ceremonies Launching Delco's 2017 WW1 Remembrance Program

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during WW1 by
Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it after presiding
over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier, Alexis Helmer. Its references to the red poppies
that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in it becoming one of the world's most
recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.
A member of Delaware County Council will read a Proclamation of Remembrance honoring the local men and women who served and sacrificed during WW1. In addition to moving ceremonies, the event will recognize the outstanding efforts of the World War One Delco Centennial Committee, led by Barbara and Anthony Selletti.
  
All Attendees will get free Poppy Seed Packets for planting commemorative gardens of their own - plus a sign for showcasing the seed packet in your garden!


APRIL 8TH PROGRAM:

  •  Post Colors - Vietnam Veterans Chapter 67
  •  “The National Anthem” by vocalist Kelly Briggs
  • Invocation by Pastor Ben Granier of the Full Gospel Assembly of Brookhaven
  • Retire Colors -  Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tore Fiore - Executive Director of the  Destination Delco Tourism Bureau
  • Barbara & Anthony Selletti - speak about the mission, the events planned, and the war efforts of Delco WW1 patriots.
  • County Council - Opening remarks and reading and presentation of the Resolution  
  • George Rothacker - speaks about the Poppy Program and events surrounding the program
  • Colonel Michael Rounds of Williamson College of the Trades reads the famous poem “Flanders Field”
  • “God Bless America” performed by vocalist provided by the Media Theatre
  • Benediction by Pastor Ben Granier 
  • Destination Delco is not only giving away
    free seed packs, but also a free Garden Stake
    and Sign to put next to your Poppy Garden...
  • Folding of 20' x 30' American flag outside the Courthouse following the Ceremony

More April Events: 
  • April 8th is a FREE premier of the documentary “Memories of the Great War” produced by Barbara and Anthony Selletti at the Vinyl Revival Screening Room of the historic Lansdowne Theater.  There are two public showings at 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Also on April 8th is a ceremony at the Chester Rural Cemetery honoring those who died in the Eddystone Munitions disaster of 1917. In this cemetery you will also find the grave stone of Charles Blithe (pictured below), killed while serving in France during World War I. 

  • APRIL 20th through MAY 25th:  This is the ideal time to plant your Red Poppy Gardens! Get your free seeds at the Tourism Bureau office in Rose Tree Park or at dozens of other locations listed on the website. You can also get a FREE SEED PACKET SIGN POST to put up next to your garden. Call 610-565-3679.
  • April 30th, at 2:00 p.m. --  the new Rose Valley Museum at the Thunderbird Lodge will be hosting a lecture on World War One in the Golden Age of Illustration.
Read about Delco's participation in WW1 plus upcoming historic site tours, driving tours, film screenings, lectures,  and poppy plantings, at the website below:

  
WEBSITE ARTICLES INCLUDE:

 Shakespeare (above) is 16 months old and still growing.  He is a member of 
Delco resident, Judy Reese's family and is pictured with a cart, reminiscent of how
his ancestors pulled medical and supply carts to soldiers on the battlefield in WW1.
  • Poppy Plantings all over Delco
  • Planting Instructions
  • Feature Stories on Delco's local connections and impact on WW1
  • Plus don't miss the story on the role of Military Dogs in WW1 - including a profile on Sgt. Stubby...an American dog who became the most decorated canine soldier in the war!
  • And learn more about Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County...their support, expertise and enthusiasm has been invaluable in developing our County-wide Poppy Planting program. 




If it's April, then it's time for two huge food-lovers events -- Restaurant Week in Media and International Restaurant Days throughout our Crossroads. (Drexel Hill, Upper Darby, Darby, Lansdowne, East Lansdowne and Yeadon.)

What's not to love about great food at special 'try me' prices? The best part is you can roll from one Restaurant Week into the other!

MEDIA'S RESTAURANT WEEK COMES FIRST - APRIL 2nd-7th
From April 2nd through the 7th, sixteen Media restaurants will offer dinner specials for $25, $35 or $45 dollars.  Other discounts are available, just check with your restaurant of choice. 


No matter what food you're hungry for, you'll find it here...from Asian to Chinese, American, French, Italian, Mexican, Indian and more:

Fellini Cafe 
320 Market Café - 211 W. State St.
Ariano - 114 S Olive St.
Azie Restaurant - 217 West State St
Dos Gringos - 113 S Olive St
Fellini Café - 106 West State St.
HOUSE restaurant - 110-114 South Jackson St.
La Belle Epoque - 38 West State St
Lotus Farm to Table - 112 W. State Street
Margaret Kuo’s Media - 4-6 W. State St.
Quotations - 37 E State St
Shere-E-Punjab - 208 W. State St.
Spasso Italian Grill - 1 W. State St.
Stephen’s On State - 105 W State St #107
Sterling Pig - 609 W State St
Tagine - 111 W State St.
Tom’s Dim Sum - 13 E State St.
Click Here for the Media Restaurant Week Web Page

CROSSROADS INTERNATIONAL RESTAURANT DAYS ARE APRIL 10th-21st
Several towns spanning Delco's Crossroads participate every April in International Restaurant Days, a celebration of diversity through food. If you haven't stepped outside your regular haunts lately, consider one of these globally tasty places.
One of the luscious appetizers at Shere-E-Punjab 

RESTAURANTS OFFERING 10% DISCOUNT
2312 Garrett – Drexel Hill              
Avianna – Lansdowne
Africans & Jamaicans Kitchen - Yeadon
Asian Family – Upper Darby
Bad Habit Caribbean - Upper Darby
Brothers Pizza & Restaurant - Drexel Hill
Cajun Fried Chicken & More - Yeadon
Carib Grill – Upper Darby
Carlette’s Hideaway – Yeadon
Casey's – Drexel Hill
Coconut Breeze – Yeadon
Drexel Hill Pizza & Grill - Drexel Hill
Empire Diner – Lansdowne
Fanta International African Restaurant - Upper Darby
Five Points Coffee (Café) - Upper Darby
Halal Kabab & Curry - Upper Darby
The Icery – Lansdowne
Maggie O’Neill’s –  Drexel Hill
Patrone Italian Bistro – Lansdowne          
Pig Daddy's BBQ – Drexel Hill
Sabor Latino – Upper Darby
Shere E Punjab – Drexel Hill
The Avenue Delicatessen - Lansdowne
Thai Aroy Dee - Drexel Hill

RESTAURANTS OFFERING A MULTI-COURSE PRICE FIXED MENU
El Cuscatleco – Upper Darby
El Pueblito – Upper Darby
El Sazon De Dona Eva - Upper Darby
Kings & Queens African Cuisine - Upper Darby
Inka Wall – Upper Darby
Mary's Diner – Upper Darby
La Guera Mexican Grill  –  Upper Darby
The Painted Tea Cup - Upper Darby – Not Valid Sat.

For a brochure listing all International Restaurant Day locations and addresses call 610-259-7016.

Harrah’s Philadelphia Racetrack is among the very best places for harness racing during the year, boasting one of the fastest 5/8 mile horse racing surfaces anywhere with its first-of-its-kind in North America miracle turn that actually extends over the Delaware River with a specially constructed bridge.

Don't miss any of the action!  Post Time is 12:40 so bring family and friends to see some of the best pacers and trotters in North America compete for the first time this year! 

Harrah’s also offers full-card Philadelphia simulcasting of both thoroughbred and standard bred signals, seven days a week and provides a state-of-the-art indoor wagering area with plenty of seating and simulcast video options.

Wagering on live horse races is available on-track from April to December on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The racing broadcast is also available for wagering via simulcast from other racetracks throughout the United States and Canada.

LOCATION: ON THE RIVERSIDE
Click Here for Harrah's Race Page
777 Harrah's Blvd
Chester, PA 19013
(800) 480-8020




Your woolly welcome will be a warm one as the Plantation sheds its winter coat (check out their Sheep Shearing weekend below!) and replaces it with green grass, planted fields and all types of farm animal fun.

This historic gem is a living history salute to the early American farmer families who brought the land to life while epic political challenges swirled around them. The food grown at these early plantations fed the birthing of a new nation...and seeing how they lived will make the 1760-90 period come alive for you and your family!

APRIL EVENTS:
April 8th - Murder Mystery (Mansion Ballroom) 
My dad loved history...in books,on film, and was a heck of a storyteller himself ;)  And he would have loved joining Ben Franklin, Molly Pitcher, Sam Adams and others to find a Revolutionary spy before something dastardly happens!  Starts at 7:30. Tickets $35.
Click here to purchase ticket for the Murder Mystery Night
For more details, check out the event flyer below:

Saturday and Sunday, April 8th and 9th - Historic Timeline (Farm Site) 
You won't need a time machine to travel through 300 years of American History.  come and interact with some 17th Century settlers, then experience the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War 1 and World War II, with Professional reenactors recreating these memorable times.
DETAILS: 
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Admission is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages 4 to 12.
Children under age 4 are free.

April 15th- Easter Egg Hunt (11:00 am)
The name says it all.
Children and Adults, $8
Children under 4 are free.

April 22nd - All Things Sheep
Cut, cuddly...and a crucial part of life on the Plantation.  Learn all types of interesting things about them at this day devoted to Ewes (mommy sheep), lambs (baby sheep) and rams (big-daddy sheep).

April 29th - Sheep Shearing.
Mmmmmm.  This may not sound like the sheep's favorite day, but I've been reassured that the hand shearing process is similar to a soothing massage.  And when those heavy winter coats come off, they feel pretty great.  If you've never witnessed sheep shearing, you'll be amazed -- and the only device your children will be looking at is the one in the farmer's hands :)
HINT: Be sure not to miss watching the flock's reaction to its newly sheared members...

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
Hunting Hill Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park
351 Gradyville Rd., Newtown Square.
610-566-1725
Click here for the Colonial Plantation Website






On April 8th Charlie will be one of 23 acts performing in restaurants all over Media. There will be more foot-stompin' fun on State Street than in any California Vineyard grape barrel! The sidewalks will be thrumming to American Roots Music from early Rock & Roll to Rockabilly, Classic Rhythm & Blues, Bluegrass, Folk and Zydeco. 

Charlie was a frequent guest on Dick Clark's American Bandstand,
and The Ed Sullivan Show. He was the first solo American
artist to bring rock & roll to the English concert stage, preceded only
by Bill Haley and the Comets. Charlie was voted into Great Britain's
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.
 Photo credit: Bear Family Records
EVENT DETAILS:

  • Downtown Media, PA
  • 6:00 PM to 1:00 AM
  • RAIN OR SHINE
  • FREE PARKING!

This year's restaurant lineup:
Charlie Gracie @ Azie (10:00)
Leroy Hawkes & the Hipnotics @ Shere-E-Punjab (9:30)
Dukes of Destiny @ Stephen’s on State (9:00)
Reggae Thunder @ Sligo (9:30)
Mason Porter @ Ariano (10:00)
Katie Barbato @ Margaret Kuo’s (8:30)
The Twangabillies @ FMFCU Coffee Beanery (7:30) * All-Ages
Learn more about this crazy good Rockabilly group at
YouTube Video on April Mae and the June Bugs
April Mae & The June Bugs @ Joclyn’s (9:15) PICTURED BELOW
Found Wandering @ Media Arts Center & Gallery (8:00) * All-Ages
Manatawny Creek Ramblers @ Sterling Pig (10:00)
David Falcone @ 7 Stones Café (7:30) * All-Ages
Betty & the Bullet @ Pairings (8:00)
Will Paynter & Jay Popky (of Sonoma Sound) @ Diego's (9:15)
The Ultimates @ John’s Grille (8:00)
Bethlehem & Sad Patrick @ La Belle Epoque (10:00)
Andrea Carlson & The Love Police featuring Larry McKenna & Kevin MacConnell @ Spasso Italian Grille (10:00)
Art Miron & Millard Brown @ Desert Rose (6:15) Dinner Seats Only-BYOB
Christine Kinslow & Steven Lord @ Temaki Sushi Bar (7:00) ** Dinner seating only-BYOB
Andrea Carlson @ Lotus (6:00) ** Dinner seating only-BYOB
Wheelhouse @ House (6:00) ** Dinner seating only-BYOB
Dimitri Papadopoulos/Ben Tinsley @ Double Decker Pizza (5:30 & 9:00)
Jerry Hionis w/ Lost Northern Tribe @ Baker Street Tatoo (6:00) * All-Ages

Line-up Subject to Change
* All-Ages Stages
** Dinner Seating Only, All-Ages
Americana Roots Ramble on VisitMedia Website
Top photo credit: shakerattleandrollweekender.co.uk

Steve Winwood burst into prominence in 1963 with the Spencer Davis Group, then co-founded the British band Traffic, and then partnered with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in forming the group Blind Faith which recorded the hit song "Can't Find My Way Home." He produced his first solo album in 1977 and has won numerous Grammy's and other awards during his career. Photos: stevewinwood.com and the Tower Theatre


On Saturday, April 22nd Steve Winwood with Special Guest, daughter Lilly Winwood will rock the Tower with a one night only performance.  Winwood's solo hits include “Back In The High Life,” “When You See A Chance,” “Valerie,” and “Higher Love”.  His most recent solo album, About Time, earned Winwood one of his highest Billboard chart entries. 
  • Winwood is in high demand for special collaborations with other artists.   His distinctive Hammond organ has graced such classic fare as Jimi’s Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile” as well as Miranda Lambert’s recent chart hit “Baggage Claim”.
  • He is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Outstanding Song Collection and the Musicians Union Classic Rock Award—honors both voted for by his peers.  
  • He has also received an honorary Doctorate Degree in Music from Berkeley College Of Music 
  • And on June 5th, he will be inducted into the Walk Of Fame in Nashville, TN.

One of Winwood's many hits include "Higher Love" - it was written by Winwood and Will Jennings 
Listen to HIGHER LOVE by Winwood on YouTube

He remains one of the most important and influential artists in all of popular music.
Click here for the Tower website and tickets

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Funny Man Trevor Noah plays the Tower on April 7th.  He is a South African comedian, writer, producer, actor, media critic, and television host, including host of  The Daily Show, a late-night talk show on Comedy Central, since September 28, 2015.


Selling out the original 8pm show, the Tower added a second show at 10:30pm
Trevor has hosted numerous television shows in his native country, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, the South African Comedy Festival and two seasons of his own late night talk show. He had his U.S. television debut on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has also appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” becoming the first South African stand-up comedian to appear on either late night show.


Showtimes are 8 (already sold out) and 10:30 pm

LOCATION: AT THE CROSSROADS
69th And Ludlow Streets, Upper Darby, PA 19082
(610) 352-2887










There's something about having to 'hunt' for candy that makes it taste just a little bit sweeter...so leave the phones and ipads at home and take your children on an Easter Egg Hunt adventure!

Lots of climbing and searching going on at the West Laurel Cemetery...
15th Annual West Laurel Cemetery Easter Egg Hunt is April 8th
Registration and pre-hunt activities begin at 10am. The egg hunt and raffles begin at 11am. Please bring your own basket!
· Egg hunt featuring chocolate eggs sponsored by Zitners Fine Confections
· Photos with Mr. & Mrs. Bunny!
· Crafting station led by the Wayne Art Center
· Entertainment including balloon twisters, caricatures, and face painting!
· Live music by More FM
· Raffles and more!
The cost will be $10 per family (For children 10 and under). All proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Located at 225 Belmont Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, PA
Click here to purchase tickets
*Raindate will be April 15. This event will take place at the Conservatory.

Thornbury  Township Egg Hunt & Decorating Contest is Saturday, April 8th at 11am
Bring your 'little bunnies' to Thornbury Park for their annual egg hunt -- and BE SURE TO BRING A HOME MADE DECORATED EGG for a chance to the win 'Best Decorated' contest! Light refreshments will be served.
Follow the crowd at the Thornbury Township Easter Egg Hunt!

Radnor Township's Annual Spring EGGstravaganza is April 2nd
There will be egg hunts for children and adults, live entertainment, crafts, food, prizes, the Easter Bunny and more. Villanova University Stadium,
800 E. Lancaster Ave.,
2 to 5 pm. Free. 610-688-5600; Rain Date April 23rd

Great Media Easter Egg Hunt @ Glen Providence Park 
Great Media Easter Egg Hunt Sat., April 8th
Glen Providence Park, 423 W State St, Media, PA 19063
11am sharp! [rain date: Sun., April 9 @ 1pm]  Sponsors: Media Lions & McCarrin Chiropractic

One of the historic out-buildings at the Colonial PA Plantation
The Colonial PA Plantation Easter Egg Hunt is April 15th (11:00 am)
This historic site is a very cool place for an Easter Egg Hunt.  There are lots of hidey-holes, corners and nooks for hiding eggs, so bring the little ones and watch them scour the farm for Easter Treats.
Adults $10  -- Children $6, and children under 4 are free.
3900 N Sandy Flash Dr, Newtown Square, PA 19073

Easter Weekend At Longwood Gardens
On April 15th and 16th Longwood Gardens presents an amazing weekend of gorgeous blooms, outstanding food, live music and more! Their Easter Brunch will sell out quickly, so make reservation ASAP.

The Longwood Gardens Easter Brunch is a feast for all your senses...

  • Café will be available from 10:00 am–5:00 pm and features a special menu of lamb, salmon, pasta, soups, and salads. 
  • There will be live music from noon to 3pm, both days
  • Easter reservations are available for a fine dining experience at 1906 from 10:00 am–4:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday with a menu featuring lamb ragout and smoked duck quiche. Additionally a wine and champagne bar will be available at the Terrace Restaurant.
LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Located just off Rt. 1,
at 1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square,  PA 19348
Buy early. Tickets limited. Sellout likely.
Click here for event information and tickets








You know it's spring when the lights flip on at Talen Energy Stadium and our Philadelphia Union Soccer Team takes the field! There's a buzz (and lots of Doop!) in the air...not to mention an awesome view of the Delaware River. 

April kicks off with an away-game as the Union travel to take on D.C. United, Saturday, April 1st at 7pm.

Then there are 3 big home games in a row:
  • Saturday, April 8 vs. the Portland Timbers (also the Union's first Youth Soccer Night!)
  • Friday, April 14 vs. New York City FC
  • Saturday, April 22 vs. Montreal Impact

Buy everything from Single Tickets to Partial Plans, Season Tickets or "Doop" Your Group Tickets!

And for the first time, the Union will also be offering a Fully Flex 9 Game Plan where fans can select their games along with a Tiered Flex 5 Game plan. Fans can purchase or find out more info at Click for Union Tickets or by calling 1-877-21-UNION.


The Union will host their first Youth Soccer Night on April 8th when Philadelphia faces off against the Portland Timbers. There will be family friendly activities before, during, and after the game. 

  • Before the game, fans compete in games out on Toyota Plaza. 
  • A juggling contest, where one boy and girl aged 14 and under will win a post-game autograph session with the Union. 
  • Soccer pong & mini games on the ACME field
  • Youth chances for seat upgrades or autographed merchandise
  • A youth anthem singer
  • Select youth teams will play mini soccer games during halftime. 
  • The first 500 kids who bring their youth soccer patch will also be able to exchange it for a Union patch
LOCATION:
Talen Energy Stadium
One Stadium Drive,
 Chester, Pa. 19013
610-859-3100 
For Union matches: Call 877-21-UNION (877-218-6466) with ticketing questions.
For all other events at Talen Energy Stadium: Call Comcast Tix (800-298-4200) with ticketing questions.




There’s no place quite like Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards. From cute baby animals to hayrides, train rides and homemade Easter treats -- there's something for every family member to love. So hop on over to Bunnyland and let your inner kid go Easter crazy.

The Hayride to Bunnyland carries you through the woods to visit the Easter Bunny’s house where you'll meet Linvilla's resident Bunny! Be sure to bring your camera since the Easter "B" likes to take pictures and give special treats to every visitor.

HAYRIDE SCHEDULE
· Sat & Sun, April 1st & 2nd
· April 8th - 15th
· 11am -4pm
· $9.00 per person

ALL-ABOARD!
The Linvilla Orchards Playland Express chugs around a 1-acre track near the Playland Playground. Choo-choose your seat and get ready to ride!

HOMEMADE TREATS
The Farm Market has all homemade Caramel and Candy Apples, traditional chocolates, old-fashioned candy and delectable truffles- you will most certainly be able to find something that satisfies your sweet tooth!
BABY ANIMALS!
Each Spring they bring an incubator inside the Farm Market so everyone has the opportunity to see new lives being hatched! Baby Chicks and Ducklings hatch and take their first steps right before your
eyes.  There will also be 2 new calves.


LOCATION: ON THE MAIN STREETS
Click here for the Linvilla Website
610-876-7116
137 West Knowlton Road
Media, PA 19063



Winter turned into spring a few weeks ago...and the Community Arts Center in Wallingford invites you to celebrate with an Island Party and Fundraiser on Saturday, April 22nd from 7 to 10pm in the Duke Gallery.

Jimmy Shoe and the Shine will perform Ska music, a genre that
originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and was the precursor to
 rocksteady and reggae. Ska combines elements of Caribbean
 mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues.

Dress in your most creative and colorful Island best for a tropical evening that helps fund the arts in Delaware County!

The Island Party includes:

  • Live Reggae + Ska Music by Jimmy Shoe and the Shine
  • Steel drum performances by Trinidad North 
  • Caribbean Cuisine | Open Bar | Silent Auction & More

Tickets: $55 Available online, in person or by phone. They encourage ticket purchases at least 2 weeks in advance.
Click Here to Purchase Tickets

Keep the CAC party going on Friday Nights with Live Concerts
April 28, Musical Artists: John Vanore & Abstract Truth, contemporary large ensemble jazz band.
John Vanore

The Friday Night Live concerts are BYOB and BAYF (bring all your friends). Light refreshments will be offered, but you are welcome to supply your own snacks as well. Performances are 7pm to 10pm, and tickets can be purchased at the door.
Admission: $15 (CAC Members, $10)

LOCATION:  On Our Main Streets
Community Arts Center Duke Gallery
414 Plush Mill Road
Wallingford, PA 19086