Bring friends or make some while enjoying 36 nights of outstanding free music! From the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra to The Fabulous Greaseband, there's something for everyone all summer long...

One of the state’s most beautiful amphitheaters is located in Delaware County’s Rose Tree Park. And every year since 1975, the County has sponsored this hugely popular Free Summer Concert Series.

Don't miss opening night, June 14th when the Delaware County
Symphony Orchestra kicks off the season with unforgettable music!
Concerts run from mid-June to mid-August with Classical, Cajun, Motown, Broadway, Doo Wop, Rock, Pop, and everything in between. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Sunday evening.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and while you can bring your own tasty treats, concessions are sold at all concerts. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited throughout the park, and for everyone's safety and comfort, pets and smoking must remain outside the amphitheater.

June Schedule:
June 14 Delaware County Symphony
June 15 The Fabulous Greaseband (pictured below)

June 16 Hot Club of Philadelphia
June 17 Rose Tree Pops
June 18 Chico’s Vibe
June 21 Peter Moses at 10:00 AM
June 22 Philadelphia Songwriters Project
June 23 Barefoot Bobby & The Breakers
June 24 Separate Ways: The Band
June 25 Lights Out! A Tribute to Frankie Valli
June 28 Chester County Band
June 29 Audra McLaughlin
June 30 Lonnie Shields Band and Jesse Loewy at 7:30PM

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly..."
But unlike the spider's invitation in Mary Howett's famous 1829 poem, Tyler invites you to their family-friendly Arboretum where giant bugs will be visiting from June 3rd through August 29th.

The bugs won't be alive (thank goodness) because some measure as big as SUV's and one is longer than 3 sleeping Shaquille O'Neals... if you placed the famous basketball player, head to toe 3 times!

These stunning insects are the work of Long Island sculptor and artist David Rogers’ whose Big Bugs Exhibit includes ten, larger-than-life insect sculptures.

His cool critters include a 17-ft. long dragonfly, a 4-ft. wide spider in a 15-ft. web, and an ant that measures 25-ft long! Plus there's a Daddy long legs, Praying mantis, Assassin bug, Damsel fly and an 11-ft Grasshopper! And all ten insects are accompanied by Education Stations designed to teach and inspire.

Fantastic Facts About Bugs:
Ants are Tasty!
The pupae of some species of ants are the basis for the Mexican dish called 'escamoles'. In India, ant caviar sells for as much as $40/lb!

Dragonflies are from the time of the Dinosaurs
They were among the very first winged insects to evolve over 300 million years ago!

Spider Silk could stop an airplane in flight!
The silk in a spider’s web is five times stronger than a strand of steel the same thickness.  A web made of strands of spider silk as thick as a pencil could stop a Boeing 747 jumbo jet in flight.

Here's the entire Mary Howitt Poem for those wracking their brains trying to remember their pre-school days... ;)

“Will you walk into my parlour?” said the Spider to the Fly,
  'Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
   The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
    And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.”

 “Oh no, no,” said the little Fly, “to ask me is in vain,
  For who goes up your winding stair
      -can ne'er come down again.

For more exhibit details click here:  Tyler's Big Bug Exhibit

515 Painter Road
Media, PA 19063
(610) 566-9134
Tyler Arboretum Website

June 3rd marks the biggest, baddest strawberry festival in the region! And it's right here in Delaware County...from the biggest Strawberry Shortcake you've ever seen, to acres of strawberries crying out for people to pick them -- this is a MUST DO!

Plump on the vine - and warm from the sun! Berry picking begins at 8am
Support local agriculture and make lifelong memories picking your own fruit during Linvilla Orchards' annual Strawberry Festival.  Their famous Farmer's Market is loaded with fresh berries or hitch a ride to berry fields and pick your own.

A Monster-mash of yummy deliciousness at 11am
Don't miss Linvilla’s Bakery presentation of Delaware County’s largest Strawberry Shortcake! Elbow you're way through the crowd for $3 slices of this mammoth mouthwatering treat.  (Say that 3 times fast :)

Make a few berry good friends...
11:30 am - Strawberry Dog -- 1pm - Little Yellow One-Eyed Dude -- 2pm - Mr. Mouse

Berry Picking Hours are 8am - 7pm, daily; last wagon to begin picking departs at 6pm (weather permitting)

Plus Musical Performances, Princes and Princesses!
Popular music group Makin’ Music will guide you through the day's theme- Princes & Princesses with fresh, original music loved by parents and children alike. And the featured book of the day is "Not all Princesses Dress in Pink," -- with a special appearance from Princess Belle at 12:30pm

Do a little Strawberry Jammin’ with Judi: 11am to 2pm
Chat with Judi as she hangs out at the front of the Farm Market preparing homemade Strawberry Jam and giving  pointers about how to preserve that freshly picked fruit! She’ll have yummy samples available and answers to all of your questions.

  • Linvilla Orchards requires a pre-paid $5 minimum charge per person for picking your own fruit. Purchase your tokens and boxes upon check in at our Pick Your Own stand on Linvilla Rd.  That $5 token can then be used towards the purchase of the produce that you picked.
  • Strawberry Prices start at $3.99 per pound for up to 13 pounds.
  • General Hours: Open Daily 8am - 7pm; last wagon to begin picking departs at 6pm (weather permitting)

137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
(Just off Rt. 352)
About 30 minutes south of Philadelphia.
Parking and admission to the grounds are free.
Linvilla Orchards Website

On June 24th, the 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth's birth, The Brandywine Museum of Art will open a stunning exhibition featuring over 100 of his finest paintings as well as work selected from major museums and private collections.

This project was a collaboration between the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum, co-curated by Audrey Lewis (Curator, Brandywine River Museum of Art) and Patricia Junker (the Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum),

Andrew Wyeth, (1917-2009), tempera
North Carolina Museum of Art
The exhibit will be the first in-depth chronological examination of Wyeth’s career since 1973 and will explore how the artist’s work evolved over the decades, and will connect him more fully to traditions in American and European art. 

His career arc will also be explored, noting the critical responses to his work, as well as his immense public success. New interpretations will be offered on the significance of outside influences on his work, such as film and war, and on the subjects and themes that occupied him throughout his career.

Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect will bring together both well-known and rarely seen works created between the mid-1930s and Wyeth’s death in 2009 that reveal the subjects that continually inspired Wyeth and the evolution of his imagery.

Andrew Wyeth, (1917-2009),  tempera on panel

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue, which will be published by Yale University Press. It will offer significant firsts in Wyeth studies:

  • Laying out the first detailed timeline of Wyeth’s full career
  • Presenting the first contextual examination of the career decade by decade
  • And it will offer new, in-depth analysis of key aspects of his work by both young and established Wyeth scholars from the U.S. and Japan. 

1 Hoffman's Mill Road
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
(Just off Rt.1)
Brandywine Museum of Art Website

What would you do if you became sick during the 18th century? Find out Thursday, June 15th at The Chadds Ford Historical Society's Tavern Talk on the good, the bad and the quackery of 18th Century Medicine.

A lancet is poised to let the blood of a patient
The Society's monthly Tavern Talk Series, for adults only, is not to be missed! 

The history of medicine comes alive (unlike some of the patients treated in the 1700's ;) as the themes, hands-on activities, historian demonstrations, period food and spirits tasting, all ignite lively conversation and ensure that the evening passes far too quickly.

June's medical-themed experience (not a lecture!) delves into colonial health and hygiene.  Special guest Clarissa Dillon will portray an 18th century physician, while noted historian Nancy Webster describes the vital role a typical would play in caring for the sick.

While Colonial America did have skilled physicians and midwifes who would have prescribed remedies useful for today --  fake or quack doctors also were prominent. A quack doctor may be lurking around during the event, so be careful of the bizarre and strange remedies he may prescribe for what ails you!   

Did you know... In 1760, John Baker, the earliest medically-trained dentist to practice in America, emigrated from England and set up practice. In the same decade, Paul Revere placed advertisements in a Boston newspaper offering his services as a dentist. Contrary to popular myth, however, he did not create George Washington's dentures!
Am I the only one thinking that being a silversmth-industrialist might not be the best training for a dentist?

Colonial Williamsburg is a 301-acre living
history museum and private foundation.
Click to visit: Colonial Williamsburg 
The Colonial era apothecary jar pictured left, is from
an Apothecary store at Colonial Williamsburg.
These shops provided a variety of  'remedies' on which
modern treatments are now based, like chalk for heartburn, calamine 
for skin irritations, and cinchona bark for fevers. 

Later it was also discovered that cinchona bark contains quinine for malaria and quinidine for cardiac conditions. 

Colonial apothecaries also sold spices, candles, salad oil, anchovies, toothbrushes,and tobacco, making them true precursors of today's drugstores.

NOTE:  The top 3-physician photo is on a blog by Laura Purcell, a historical fiction writer and 18th Century lifestyle aficionado. Historical Fiction Writer Laura Purcell

Barns Brinton House
630 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, PA
Admission: $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. 
Chadds Ford Historical Society Website

Nobody's gonna be blue at June 10th's State Street Blues Stroll in Media...
Show up and get your crazy, town-wide hug of serious Blues music by top regional and local performers!  WXPN and the Media Business Authority have announced that Ruthie Foster (above) will headline the event at the Media Theatre.

From 6pm to 1am, State Street restaurants will whip up sizzling creations while performers dazzle music fans with powerful 4/4 rhythms, flatted thirds & sevenths, and bluesy, yearning lyrics. parking at all meters!

So come and experience a full round of Blues as performed by talented artists at 23 indoor venues and two outdoor stages.

Headliner Ruthie Foster is a Texas singer/songwriter who mixes a wide palette of American Song forms.
Nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Blues Album three times in a row, she's won seven Blues Music Awards, three Austin Music Awards, and Living Blues Critic’s Award for Best Female Artist. Described by Rolling Stone as “Pure magic to watch and hear;” her new CD Joy Comes Back was just released in March: “Some Blues, some Folk, some Soul, some Rock, and some Gospel.”

See Ruthie @ Media Theatre Main Stage (8:15-10)

See Philly Gumbo at the Shere-E-Punjab Restaurant

More Blues Stroll All-Stars:
• Lonnie Shields Band @ Azie (10-1)
• Steve Guyger & The Excellos @ Ariano (10-1:15)
• Philly Gumbo @ Shere-E-Punjab (9:30-1:15)
• Papa Sez (formerly The All Stars) @ Sligo (9:30-1:15)
• Deb Callahan Band @ FMFCU/Coffee Beanery*(7:30-8:30) (9:30-10:30) All-Ages Show
• Blues Brothers & A Sister @ John’s Grille (8-12:15)
• Don Evans Band @ Joclyn’s (9:30-1:15)
• Judy Sings the Blues @ Stephen’s on State (9-1)
• Andrea Carlson w/L. McKenna & K. MacConnell @ Margaret Kuo’s (8:30-11:30)
• Sister Blue Band @ Quotations (9:30-1:15)
 Lisa Chavous will perform at the Sterling Pig Brewery
• Lisa Chavous Duo @ Sterling Pig Brewery (10-12)
• Stevie & The Bluescasters @ Spasso (10-12)
•Norman Taylor @ Diego’s (9:30-1:15)/@ Desert Rose* (6:15-9) Dinner Seating Only
• Matt’s Blues @ LaBelle Epoque (10-12)
• Frank Velardo @ Table 11* (7:30-10:15)
• TBA @ Pairings (8-11:40) [smoking venue]
• Johnny Never @ Lotus* (6-9) Dinner Seating Only
• Ben Tinsley & Dimitri Papadopoulos @ Double Decker Pizza* (5:30-7)(9-10:30)
• Randy Barnett @ Temaki* (7-10) Dinner Seating Only
• Mississippi Ted Jordan @ House* (6-9) Dinner Seating Only
• Rodney Bradley & Friends Choir @ Veterans’ Square Stage* (7-11)
• Sister Blue Duo @ Rafferty Subaru/Veteran's Square Stage  (7:15 to 8)
• Fred Miller Band, Blues Pharaohs, Mack & Hooligans and more… @ 7 Stones CafĂ© Plum St. Mall Stage* (6-11)

 * All-Ages Stages
 ** Dinner Seating Only, All-Ages
Click here to purchase tickets

State Street, Media, PA
This is a Rain or Shine Event
With FREE PARKING at all meters!
Call 610-566-5039 or 610-633-3806 for more information
Click to view Event Poster
...because there's just 11 days left to catch this still relevant tale (its Broadway debut was in 1957) about a turf war between rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks, and it's impact on Maria and Tony, two lovers who dare to cross battle lines for a chance at happiness.

Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, and boasting the music of the incomparable Leonard Bernstein, West Side Story has been regarded as one of the ten best and most popular musical plays of all time.  And the Media Theatre's version is top notch in every way.

This story about rival gangs in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen
has captivated audiences for 7 decades.
The Bureau's executive director, Tore Fiore caught this show last month and adds his own rave reviews to those of the local papers...
"It exceeded every expectation I had coming in, from the performances to the set, the production and the music.  I've recommended it to friends and urge anyone who hasn't seen it to get tickets before it's gone!"

Iconic songs include Maria, America, Somewhere, Tonight, and I Feel Pretty.

...and Premiering June 15th, is 'Always, Patsy Cline' starring Broadway's Jenny Lee Stern

Get tickets now for a moving, memorable evening of Patsy’s greatest hits performed by Broadway’s Jenny Lee Stern, who appeared in “Rocky: The Musical” and “A Christmas Story”.

Songs include Crazy, I Fall To Pieces, Sweet Dreams and Walking After Midnight…27 songs in all.

This American country music singer crossed over
to the pop charts with the song 'Sweet Dreams'...
her most well known song along with "I Fall to Pieces".
She died at 31 in a plane crash.

The show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961, and continued a correspondence with Cline until her death in 1963. The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were consistently signed “Love Always… Patsy Cline.”  Performances are Thursday nights at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm, and Sundays at 3pm.

104 East State Street, Media Pa. 19063
Box Office Hours:
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm (unless there's a show on)
Sat: 10am – 5pm (same as above)
Sun: 11am – 5pm (same as above)
On Saturday, June 24th head for the Historic Newlin Grist Mill where there are 4 cool events plus blooming gardens, fishing, hiking and more!

Newlin Grist Mill's garden project began in 2013 as a way to create additional habitat for often-overlooked wildlife and native pollinators like butterflies, moths, hummingbirds, bees, flies, beetles, and skippers.

Newlin is a certified Monarch Waystation and participates
 in Monarch Watch’s tagging program for the study  of

population migration.
Each garden is full of plants native to southeastern Pennsylvania, and all provide important food and shelter for native pollinators.

In addition, Newlin Grist Mill uses the gardens to promote native pollinator conservation and education.

They've also partnered with Yards Brewing Company to provide nectar plants for honeybees, as they face declines brought on by heavy pesticide use and reduced wildflower diversity.

Make a Day of it on June 24th!  
There's a Bird Walk - Woodturning Demo - Pond Life Activity and a Global Dinner Fundraiser to renovate their Water Wheel.

Ruffle a Few Feathers at the Bird Walk - 8-10am -- FREE -- meet at the Visitors Center 
Newlin has teamed up with Wild Birds Unlimited of Concordville to help you explore the wonderful world of bird life. A naturalist will lead you through the 160-acre park, introducing you to both year-round residents and migratory birds.

Learn about Woodturning! 10am-3pm -- FREE
Explore historic skills and trades at the "History at Work" woodturning demonstration by Rick Shuman.  This is the craft of using the wood lathe with hand-held tools to cut a shape that is symmetrical around the axis of rotation. Like the potter's wheel, the wood lathe is a simple mechanism which can generate a variety of forms including tool handles, lamps, Christmas ornaments, chessmen, baseball bats and hollow forms such as urns or sculptures. Great for all ages.

This Month's Pop-Up Naturalist event is "Pond Life"  1-5pm -- FREE
Newlin's staff naturalist is setting up a 'Pop-Up Naturalist tent at one of Newlin's Ponds where you'll learn all about the flora and fauna through fun activities, demonstrations, games and crafts.

Don't Miss Newlin's 'Grains of the World Dinner.' 
6pm-8pm -- $45pp, must be 21 or older and advance registration is required.
This is a tasty chance to help Newlin raise funds to rebuild their waterwheel, which powers this working 1704 Grist Mill. Celebrate two thousand years of global cuisine with a multi-course meal, to include:

  • 3-Grain Salad, Spanish-style Tapas
  • Barley & Vegetable Soup, Corn Cakes
  • Chicken & Pasta, Risotto
  • Selections of Breads and a Dessert Sampler
  • Each course is accompanied by specially-selected beverages. 

219 Cheyney Rd
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Summer arrives this month so get off the couch and head for one of the finest vineyards in the region - Penns Woods Winery!
As if award-winning wines and live music weekends aren't enough, this month Penns Woods tempts you with Summer Sangria Days, Inner Peace, and an evening under the stars with Audrey Hepburn. 

All Month: Summer Sangria Days - Sangria by the glass all day, every day!
Weekends: Live Music outside every Saturday and Sunday afternoon
June 4th and 25th: Yoga in the Vineyard - 10:30am  
Each 60 minute MERRYyoga class is $35.00 and includes:
  • Penns Woods souvenir wine glass
  • Wine Tasting of 5 wines
  • Selection of fresh local veggies, cheese and crackers
  • 10% off wine purchases  
  • Beginners encouraged 
  • For more info visit website below or call (610) 459-0808

June 18th: Father's Day at the Vineyard: A Walk Through the Vines Tasting & FREE Lawn Concert 
Enjoy FREE Lawn Concert Music by Dan Frantz, 2:00-5:00pm. Plus take a self-guided tasting/tour with four wine tasting stations set up throughout the vineyard and live music to enjoy after your tour. Just $18 per person including wines, souvenir wine glass, live music and a meet & greet with winemakers. Feel free to pack a picnic!

June 19th: Part 2 of Father's Day weekend: Wine and Jerky Pairings & a FREE Lawn Concert

June 24th, Movie in the Vineyard:
This Adults Only 'Ladies Night' features the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany's 

Whenever this 5-time Oscar nominated flick is on TV, I turn off my phone, make a bowl of popcorn, pour a glass of wine and watch Holly Golightly go on a journey of self discovery that enables her to wear stunning clothes and land sexy co-star, George Peppard.

So treat yourself to a night at the movies where there are no walls...just stars above, stars on the screen... and a green carpet under your feet.  

Interesting 'Breakfast' tidbits...
  • The film cemented Hepburn's reputation as an all-time fashion icon
  • Peppard, an up-and-coming matinee idol-type was not a unanimous choice as co-star (Steve McQueen was unavailable)
  • Alan Reed played gangster Sally Tomato - and was also the voice of Fred Flintstone!
  • Buddy Ebsen had retired from acting before being persuaded to play Doc Golightly, Holly's estranged husband from the south.  His performance extended his career by decades, by landing him the role of Jed Clampett on 'The Beverly Hillbillies.'  (Now that's what we call striking oil!)
DETAILS:Movie begins at dusk  (apprx. 9 pm) and tickets are $16.50, including free popcorn.

MUST BE 18+ - wine list will be available to purchase wines by the glass and bottle.

Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. No outside beverages are permitted (alcoholic or not).

124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317
Penns Woods Events Webpage
This event brings history to life and makes it fun!  
Drexel Lodge Park, home of the Newtown Square Railroad Museum, is the lynch-pin location for a day of touring and exploring Newtown Square's most historic sites:
Kids love to celebrate history BEE-cause it's so much fun!
  • 1828 Paper Mill House Museum
  • 1711 Friends Meeting House
  • 1840 Octagonal School House
  • 1860 Bartram's Covered Bridge
  • 1895 PA Railroad Museum
  • All locations will be open with on-site guides and activities.
  • Plus there will be special programs at the Veteran's Memorial including an Antique and Classic Car Show!
  • Hours:10am to 4pm
Many of these sites are not open on a regular basis - so this is a chance to tour several of them in one day! Plus Drexel Lodge Park will offer lots of family-friendly activities all day plus live music, games, crafts and more, including:
  • Art Show plus a 5th Grade Poster Art Exhibition and Judging.
  • 1st Continental Regiment of Foot encampment
  • Lenni Lenape Native Americans
  • Sheep Shearing
  • Blacksmith Demonstration
  • A variety of vendors
  • Live Animals and more!

History is best grab a friend get crafty
while learning how our ancestors got hammered. :)
This event is organized by the Newtown Square Historical Society.  Check out their website for more information:  
Or call 610-459-4183

4740 West Chester Pike 
Newtown Square, PA 19073  
(610) 356-0200