You don't have to actually wear flowers, to enjoy them. And there is no more perfect time to stroll a garden, than during late summer... 
Sultry days and nights intensify the sweet floral and woodland scents, creating a rare perfume that can't be bottled. Stems and vines lift their leaves and petals towards the sun, while providing homes for birds and caterpillars that morph into butterflies. Delaware County is part of a 30 mile swath called The Nation's Garden Capital. There are currently 36 Gardens within that 30 mile radius that includes our Brandywine region and Philadelphia.

One of our most beautiful and unique gardens is Chanticleer in Radnor Township.
Once the  Rosengarten estate, today's Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting.
London's Financial Times called it "planted to perfection" and Garden Design magazine says it is "America's most inspiring garden." 

Bell's Run, photo by Lisa Roper
But perhaps National Geographic Traveler Magazine said it best, calling it one of the most Beautiful Secret Gardens in North America. 

Pictured right is Bell's Run, a quiet respite from the jazziness of the garden. Weedy trees were removed to give a clear view, and the undulating lawn is planted with hundreds of blue-flowered quamash (Camassia) that bloom in the spring.

Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm
Friday Evenings, open until 8pm.
For GPS use, please use this address: 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087-4713
Chanticleer Website

The newest Garden to open in the County, is Stoneleigh Gardens in Villanova
Stoneleigh has undergone a stunning transition from a beloved family home to a public garden, rich with native plants meant to inspire visitors to think in new ways about their own properties. 
The original home and grounds of Haas Family...
It is a place with deep roots: towering trees, lauded landscape architecture, and community connections.

For nearly 80 years, Stoneleigh was
the home of the Haas family, who donated the property to Natural Lands in 2016 so that it would remain preserved forever. After much preparation, planning, and planting, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden opened to the public in May of this year.

The Tudor Revival mansion at Stoneleigh was the Haas family home for generations. Today, it serves both as home to the Organ Historical Society that celebrates, preserves, and studies the pipe organ in America, including one  installed in the house – and a space for a wide variety of programs in the future.

 Beautiful nooks & crannies abound at Stoneleigh
Take the Big Tree Tour on Saturday, August 4th - 10am to noon.
From murmuring hemlocks to a weeping katsura, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden boasts a trove of treasured trees. In fact, it is home to 10 trees that are among the 10 largest of their respective species in the state, including one state champion. don't miss a chance to join the Natural Lands staff on a walking tour to learn about the history and horticulture of the garden’s big trees
FREE Admission.
Registration required. Submit it online or call 610-353-5587 ext. 221.

Memberships start at just $50.

1829 East County Line Road
 Villanova , PA 19085

Tyler Arboretum is one of the most child-friendly places in the region.  It is filled with secret places, tree houses, giant sculptures and meadows where you'd swear the fairies live...

Even a team of lovable  goat 'gardeners' help to control pesky weeds at 
this beautiful and historic site. Tyler is
one of the oldest arboreta in the northeastern United States, encompassing 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails through woodlands, wetlands and meadows. The Arboretum is open to the public 362 days a year.

Explore Tyler's Butterfly House
Back by popular demand, Tyler’s Butterfly House opened a few weeks ago, with a range of butterflies and caterpillars, all carefully explained and interpreted by skilled and attentive docents.

It offers visitors a unique opportunity to learn about, photograph, and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development. The exhibit features a 1,400-square-foot Butterfly House filled with natives including monarchs, sulphurs, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails. The exhibit includes extensive plantings that feed both butterflies and caterpillars.

The Butterfly House remains open daily until Labor Day weekend. Please note that sporadic closures may occur due to construction access for Tyler's Edible Garden Project.

USA Today recently listed Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as one of the Top Ten Destination Gardens in the Country. Here's what they had to say:

Swarthmore College, home of Scott Arboretum

“There are nearly 600 public and botanical gardens nationwide, according to the American Public Gardens Association, and many are big, well-known attractions. However, others – like these 10 gardens – are smaller and lesser-known, yet equally travel-worthy.  Free to the public, the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College focuses on the horticultural diversity of the Delaware Valley. Collections of cherry, crabapple, holly, hydrangea, magnolia and peony create a colorful show throughout the year. There are more than 4,000 varieties of flora on display, most labeled with their scientific and common names."

Scott Arboretum encompasses 425 acres that make up the Swarthmore College campus -- which is a major reason why it is is often named one of the most beautiful in the country. Located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, the rolling hills, flowering trees, and hiking trails offer a nature escape on the edge of a busy metropolis.

August 29th take the Evening Highlights Tour - 6- 7:30 pm
This is a rare opportunity to explore the Arboretum's plant collections with staff. This tour is geared for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin at the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public.

Scott Arboretum Offices, 500 College Avenue in Swarthmore

After American Idol’s monumental return to TV in 2018, its 40+ City Summer Tour arrives at the Tower Theater on August 14th for one show only, at 7pm.

Winner Maddie Poppe will be joined by the top 6 finalists Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, and Michael J. Woodard. Season 8 winner, Kris Allen - who nudged out Adam Lanbert for this win - is also appearing.
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Already picked up for another season, the show returned this year with more energy and arguably better talent.  From throw-back rocker Cade to the baby-faced Country singer Caleb Lee, whose smooth-as-whiskey voice put him in a final two showdown with Maddie - many genres of music were ably represented.

Maddie Poppe's background is eerily similar to that of two of the show's biggest superstars, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson. All were raised in the rural midwest, and Poppe's hometown of Clarksville, Iowa has a population of about 1,500 people - far fewer than the live audience of over 2,220 on the night she won!

Click Here for Tickets and Seating Chart
Showtime: 7pm
69th & Ludlow
Upper Darby, PA 19082
It never occurred to me there'd be an opportunity to quote the rapper, Snoop Dog, in a TOP TEN Story.  But this month the temptation (like ice cream) was irresistible:

“When I'm no longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.”

Imagine some of the flavors he could create just from his song titles! THE CALIFORNIA ROLL... DOGGYTAILS... LIFE OF DA PARTY... and of course, THE BOOM!

But as exciting as those flavors might turn out, nothing Snoop could Scoop beats the fabulous frozen treats already offered right here in Delco!  

We found these great shots of 4+ STAR-RATED icy treat shops at Yelp's
Top Spots for Ice Cream in Delaware County
Top left:  Photo by Julie K. of the Cookies n' Cream and Pumpkin desserts
at Richman’s Ice Cream & Burger Company in Prospect Park
Top right: Photo by Tisa H. of the Cinnamon Bun flavored
ice cream in a waffle cone at Chillings and Chocolate in Upper Darby
Bottom left:  Kimmy S. photo of the  Chocolate Hazelnut
 Gelato Sundae with crushed cherries at Cocco's Gelateria in Aldan 
Bottom right: LS. photo of Matcha and Pomegranate Blueberry ice cream
and Mango Apricot Sorbet at Sugaree Ice Cream and Candy 
in Newtown Square.

From the globally inspired Thai Roll Ice Cream and Sweet Jasmine Shaved Ices at Boba Tiki on Jackson Street in Media, to the Peach Cobbler and Blackberry Buckle at Just Homemade Ice Cream on Pennell Road in Aston - there's something for everyone!

Here are a few more Delco faves for ice cream and other shivery treats!

The Icery   Desserts, Gelato, Shaved Ice  --  23 N Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne

Scooped Ice Cream & Gelato  Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Gelato -- 25 W State St, Media

Judy’s Homemade Ice Cream  Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Custom Cakes, Desserts -- 19 E Hinckley Ave, Ridley Park

Chillings and Chocolate  Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt & Chocolatiers  -- 8903 W Chester Pike, Upper Darby

Bruster’s Ice Cream  Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt  -- 803 Concord Rd, Aston

It’s National Peach Month - and throughout the region all roads lead to Linvilla Orchards! The undeniable highlight of the month is Saturday August 4th - when Linvilla rolls out their Annual Peach Festival.

As you can see, our canine tour guide is feeling a strong sense of peach ownership...
and so will you, as Linvilla's peach harvest delivers the sweetest peaches in the region.  Festival Day will be jam-packed with activities for everyone! Visitors can pick their own Peaches (and other fresh fruits & veggies) in the orchard...or pick them off the shelves in Linvilla's Farm Market! 

Youngsters will dash off for the Hayrides, Pony Rides, Train Rides, Fishing, Face Painting, Music, Games and more...while mom and dad can get great cooking and grilling tips from Chef Judy.

Michael Stephens from Philly Bloco, performs in the Entertainment Garden at 1pm. This amazing percussionist performs and then turns it over to the crowd!  All ages can participate and discover their inner percussionist.
  • Officer Offbeat will be juggling fire, walking a tightrope and more! 
  • Sustainable Ritchie, from Bear Creek Orchards demonstrates the importance of protecting our environment and what we can do to make it better! 
  • Roasty Toasty will be roasting Linvilla's own Corn from 11am to 4pm.
  • Enjoy tasty Summertime Samplings with Judi: 11am - pm Linvilla’s own cook extraordinaire will be set up in front of the Farm Market, demonstrating and sharing her favorite family recipes!
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116
Linvilla Orchards Website
Most everybody's got people:  they could be family (mine numbers more than 55 if you count just brothers & sisters, nieces & nephews and cousins!) or they could be a group of friends like your old college crowd - your high school BFF's - the gang at work - 
or the neighbors on your block. But whoever YOUR people are, summer is for face-timing them the old fashioned person!  

But the question is always: "Where are we going to meet?" 
Here are a few ideas.  Some are free, some are not - but all are outdoors, or have a deck or patio option...

STINGERS RESTAURANT, ON THE DELAWARE RIVER  - “It’s Always a Great Time on the Water!”
A few weeks ago Edith, a Bureau co-worker, attended a family party for 30 people on the outdoor deck of Stingers.  She gave a big thumbs up to the event, the service, great river views and patio breezes at Kevin Farrell's and Chef/Owner Joseph Mele's newest venture at the Ridley Marina.

Stinger's Restaurant on the Delaware River
Bring friends for lunch, dinner, or just enjoy some cocktails, as you watch the boats and local wildlife from the nearby John Heinz Refuge at this beautiful waterfront establishment. 

Weekly specials: 
  • MON-THURS:  Happy Hour 4pm-6pm - Kitchen 11am-10pm (Late night menu available 9pm-10pm) - Also live Acoustic Music on Thurs
  • FRIDAY:  Happy Hour 4pm-6pm - Kitchen 11am-11pm Live Acoustic Music - 4pm-7pm - DJ Eddie Stank - 8pm til Midnight
  • SAT:  Kitchen 11am-11pm Live Acoustic Music - 2pm-5pm - DJ Robbie Hines - 8pm til Midnight
  • SUN:  Kitchen 11am-10pm Live Acoustic Music - 2pm-5pm 
  • Check out their Menu Here
401 South Swarthmore Avenue, Ridley Park, PA 19078

AUTOGRAPH BRASSERIE IS HOME TO GREAT FOOD... and exudes a sublime legacy of celebrity!
Marilyn, another team member here at the Bureau, joined a group of old friends last month at Autograph Brasserie, on the Main Line in Wayne.  She gave it rave reviews for atmosphere, food and decor!  Autograph Brasserie, part of Marty Grims' Fearless Restaurants, opened in 2016 in the former location of Peppercorn and George's. The building's rich history and French influence framed the inspiration of a concept Grims has had for over 20 years.

Featured throughout the restaurant are over 1000 celebrity autographs, music albums, and authentic photographs celebrating those individuals that have impacted popular American culture. 

Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch and private parties
  • THE PATIO:  Enjoy outdoor dining on their hidden patio featuring a bubbling fountain and lush florals.
  • HAPPY HOUR:  Monday – Friday, 4 to 7 PM with $5 specially priced cocktails, wine & beer and Happy Hour menu featuring $5 snacks, $7 small plates and $10 medium plates.  
  • GIRLS NIGHT OUT:  Every Wed. in the Lounge, extended Happy Hour pricing til 9:30pm
  • WINE NOT SUNDAYS:  Half priced bottles every Sunday for Brunch and Dinner.
Check out Autograph's Menu Here

 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087, (610) 964-2588
Autograph Brasserie Website

PLAN A GORGEOUS NIGHT OVERLOOKING THE DELAWARE RIVER...Take in a Philadelphia Union Soccer Game at Talen Energy Stadium

There are some great games coming up, so why not buy a block of tickets and watch the ships glide up and down the river under the Commodore Barry Bridge?  Here are the Union's home games this month:
  • August 8th  vs. Chicago Fire
  • August 18th vs. New York City FC
  • August 25th vs. New England Revolution
Click Here for Pricing and Tickets

Or perhaps your group would like the view from an Individual Suite?
Philadelphia Union Individual Suites provide the benefits and comforts of a Full-Season Suite experience on an individual game basis. Individual Suites are the ideal venue to host your next corporate or social group outing, ranging in size from 14 to 28 guests.  For an additional cost, suites can feature food and beverage items with multiple menu options and a personal wait staff.

1 Stadium Dr, Chester, PA 19013, (610) 859-3100

FREE FUN FOR GROUPS LARGE & SMALL: Rose Tree Park's Summer Festival is the biggest free party in the County, and it comes with stars overhead and great entertainment on the stage.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: the US Army Field Band & Soldiers
Chorus (above left) and the Blackbird Society Orchestra (on the right)

Just two weeks left to enjoy the best entertainment deal in town!  Come early and toss a ball around, or just share blankets and catch up with everybody as the band sets up to play.

Rose Tree Park August Line up

Aug 1 Bryn Mawr Mainliners
Aug 2 Yellow Brick Road, Tribute to Elton John
Aug 3 Reggae Thunder, Stones & Dylan in Reggae
Aug 4 The Ebony's, The Forever Relevant tour
Aug 5 The Big House Band
Aug 8 22 Park Avenue, Swinging Through Hollywood
Aug 9 The U.S. Army Field Band & Soldiers Chorus
Aug 10 Barefoot Bobby & the Breakers
Aug 11 Blackbird Society Orchestra, the roaring 20's  Roar Again!
Aug 12 The Core, Tribute to Eric Clapton

All Performances begin at 7:30pm -- And please bring blankets and chairs for seating. Show will be cancelled in the event of rain.

Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Prividence Rd, Media, PA 19063

HOW ABOUT A DAY AT THE RACES?  Meet at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Race Track!

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

The Racetrack is one of the state's most exciting places to go for harness racing, 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.

777 Harrah's Blvd, Chester, PA 19013
(800) 480-8020
Click Here to Find Out More
Last month our SUPER BOWL CHAMPION EAGLES started Training Camp, with hopes high for a 2nd Championship campaign.  So this seems the perfect time to look back at an Eagle who, long before there was a Super Bowl, helped lead our Birds to victory in the 1960 NFL Championship Game played at Franklin Field.  

Drafted by the Eagles in 1957, Tommy played a major role in that game, contributing to the take down of Vince Lombardi's seemingly invince-ible Packers. He is now enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame  -- and for only a few weeks The Media Theatre will give you a rare and personal look at the pivotal role sports journalist, Ray Didinger played in his career.

It is clear that award-winning writer, Ray Didinger has written yet another great sports story - and it comes to life at the Media Theatre every Wednesday and Sunday from August 8th through August 26th.

It is an autobiographic that recounts a seminal time in Ray Didinger’s life as he helps his life-long hero, Tommy McDonald reach his goal of getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Plus an all-star lineup of special guests will host Talk-Back-Sessions with the Audience at each performance:
  • Aug. 8 — Dick Vermeil, former Eagles head coach, also head coach of Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams.
  • Friday, Aug. 10 — Chris Stigall, WPHT talk show host.
  • Aug. 11 (2 pm) — Gene Collier, author and playwright of The Chief, the play about Steelers owner Art Rooney.
  • Aug. 11 (7:30) — Vai Sikahema, Channel 10 news anchor and former Eagle.
  • Aug. 12 (1 pm) — Bill Bergey, former Eagles linebacker.
  • Sunday, Aug. 12 (5 pm) — Dave Spadaro, Eagles Insider.
  • Aug. 15 — Phil Martelli, St. Joseph’s University basketball coach.
  • Aug. 17 — Glen Macnow, 94 WIP Sports Radio Host
  • Aug. 18 (2 pm)  — Bill Marimow, editor, Philadelphia Inquirer.
  • Aug. 18 (7:30)  — Phil Heron, editor, Delaware County Daily Times.
  • Aug. 19 (1 pm and 5 pm)  Chris McDonald, Tommy McDonald’s son.
  • Aug. 22 — Mike Mayock, NFL Network analyst.
  • Aug. 24 — Ron Jaworski, former Eagles quarterback and TV Analyst
  • Aug. 25 (2 pm) Terry Taylor, former Associated Press sports editor.
  • Saturday, Aug. 25 (7:30) — Paul Domowitch, columnist and Pro Football Hall of Fame voter.
  • Sunday, Aug. 26 (1pm) — David Boardman, dean, Klein School of Communications, Temple University.
  • Sunday, Aug. 26 (5 pm) — Joe DeCamera and Jon Ritchie, WIP sports radio midday hosts.
104 E State St, Media, PA 19063
(610) 891-0100
Media Theatre Website
If you're a Frank Sinatra lover, Click Here to Listen to Sinatra sing "Come Fly With Me"
Don a pair of cool shades and get a true bird's eye view of the Brandywine Valley at this year's World Helicopter Day (WHD) which lands Sunday, August 19th at the American Helicopter Museum.
Kelly McB. sent The Museum this cute photo of her with
 daughter Riley (back) and son Greyson, 
adjacent to the pilot.

World Helicopter Day aims to raise awareness of the contributions that helicopters make to our society and celebrate the diverse range of people that design, fly and support them. The day is held on the 3rd Sunday of August each year and 2018 is the 4th year for the event

This AHMEC event offers everyone a chance to fly in a helicopter -- and to be part of something celebrated around the world!

Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person and each rider must sit in his/her own seat with a seat-belt fastened. 
No riders are permitted to sit on another's lap. There is no minimum or maximum age requirement for riders; however, if a rider is under 12-years-old, he/she must be accompanied on the ride by a parent or guardian. Rides last 5 minutes, or approximately 7 minutes with loading/unloading.

Scott S. sent the Museum this adorable pic of him with his daughter, Silvia, aboard the helicopter. 
It's also a great chance to explore the museum!  Check out interactive exhibits and more than 35 cool vintage helicopters and unique vehicles including...
  • A MASH Helo from the Korean War
  • An Aeroverlo Atlas
  • Air command Commander Sport
  • A Bell 204/TH-IL Huey
  • A Bell 206A Jet Ranger
  • A Bell Boeing V-22 Tilt Rotor Osprey
  • A Bensen B-7W Hydro-Gyroglider
  • Boeing Model 360 
  • An Enstrom F28A and more!
Museum Hours:  Sunday, August 19th --  Noon to 5 pm (Last admission sold at 4 pm.)
For tickets and more details, visit The American Helicopter Museum and World Helicopter Day

1220 American Boulevard, West Chester, PA 19380
Translation:  Life is Beautiful at Penns Woods.

Penns Woods Winery is located in the heart of our Brandywine Valley, and offers the perfect summer blend of great wines, live music, and fun events like the launch of their FIRST Pinot Noir!

Penns Woods Winery is a family-run Pennsylvania Winery. With over
40 years of experience in the wine business, winemaker Gino Razzi,
(pictured above)and his daughter Carley Mack,
produce award winning wines from Pennsylvania-grown grapes.
August is alive...with the sound of music every Saturday and Sunday afternoon - plus all month they are celebrating SUMMER SANGRIA DAYS, offering the tasty beverage by the glass, all day, everyday!

Red Sangria Weekend is August 10th-12th.
Red sangria and live music will be available all weekend in addition to their regular white sangria! Made fresh and available by the glass for $7.50.

On Sundays August 12th & 16th: Recharge with a morning Yoga Class in the Vineyard (10am) - and Friday, August 17th (6:30pm) enjoy a soothing Sunset Yoga Class!
The aging of wine is a noble process that can serve as a metaphor for healthy aging of a human being. Join them among the vines for a 60 minute gentle yoga class with MERRYoga followed by a wine tasting and local lite bites farmers plate. The experience will emphasize youth, not as skin and muscle tone, but the vibrancy of spirit when balance is practiced. Each class is $35.00 and includes:•60 minute yoga class.
Yoga, wine and artisan snacks...summer is good at Penns Woods!
  • Wine Tasting of 5 wines with farmer plate including a selection of fresh and local veggies, cheeses, and crackers and a Penns Woods Winery souvenir wine glass. 
  • 10% off all wine purchases after your class. 
  • Wear comfortable clothing,  and bring your yoga mat.
  • Visit the website for registration and more info. 
Saturday, August 18th is a historic day for Penns Woods they debut their first PINOT NOIR!
And it must be fate - because this happy celebration lands on INTERNATIONAL PINOT NOIR DAY! So expect the unexpected and join the fun, noon to 7pm.

124 Beaver Valley Rd, Chadds Ford
Penns Woods Winery Website
610) 459-0808

The Arctic wolf  (Canis lupus arctos), also known as white wolf or polar wolf, is a subspecies of the gray wolf that belongs to the family of Canidae. Arctic wolves inhabit Alaska, northern areas of Greenland, and the Canadian Arctic.
Newlin Grist Mill's "Where the Wild Things Are" Camp explores the animals and plants of the world,
from the frozen tundra to tropical rainforests.

Send your kids on a Newlin Grist Mill Adventure to "Where the Wild Things Are" - and register NOW before the event is filled to capacity!

When you send your children to Summer Discovery Camp at Newlin, they will be immersed in a unique community that encourages them to follow their passions and discover the world around them. They might get dirty while learning new skills, trying new things, and expanding their abilities...which is just the kind of thing kids love!

“Where the Wild Things Are” Camp Session is Aug. 6th-10th, 9:30am to 12:30pm

Perfect for ages 4 through 12, this is a Safari of Summer with an Exploration-based Camp experience!  Your child will journey to tropical rainforests, swim deep under the sea, and venture into the frozen tundra where they'll discover the amazing animals and plants that live there!   Campers will learn about the varied ecosystems of the world while searching for creatures, hiking trails, and mapping their adventures! 

Plus all Summer Camp Families are invited to the “End of Summer Campfire” Aug. 16th, 5-8pm
Join the camp staff for an evening of s’mores, firelight, and fun! They will celebrate the entire summer camp season with a campfire and games in the Dawn Redwood grove. 
Price: $20 per family

219 South Cheyney Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342
When the thermometer rises outside, it's time to head inside at IceWorks – one of the finest skating complexes in the East! It hosts more than 4 million skaters and fans a year for dozens of  hockey tournaments, figure skating events, Championship Curling competitions, and ice shows.

But you don't have to do a Double Axel or Crash the Boards to play on the ice this summer! There are public skating times almost everyday...

Whether you come alone, or with friends, family or a group...Summer's much cooler when you're on ice!  
It's a perfect choice for all ages and experience levels. (They even have Walker rentals)
Just check their calendar for public skate days and times using the web-link below.
  • Adults & Children over 4: $10
  • Children 4 & under: FREE
  • Skate Rentals: $2 **
  • ** Wednesday FREE Skate Rentals
  • Walker Rentals: $4
  • Or purchase a package of passes: 12 passes - $108, 20 passes - $160
Try an Annual Membership Package for Unlimited Public Skating!
  • Individual Package - $380
  • Family of Four - $725

IceWorks is a state of the art four surface facility and includes a restaurant, Pub and Grill, pro shop, arcade, embroidery and apparel, hockey and figure skating training rooms, birthday party rooms and banquet rooms and more.

3100 W. Dutton Mills Rd. Aston, PA 19014 

National Blueberry Month is just another excuse to go berry crazy all over Delco! Linvilla's famous “Blues” festival kicks off on July 7th with their renowned Blueberry Pie Eating Contest and gorgeous fields of  berries just waiting to be picked!

July 7th from 8am to 7pm, people from all over the Delaware Valley and beyond will be heading to Linvilla Orchards to pick-their-own-boxes of plump, sun-ripened  berries - or to browse Linvilla's Market for both fresh picked berries, as well as all things made with or slathered in blueberry deliciousness. From fresh-baked blueberry pies to jams & jellies - make your way to Delco’s House of “Blues!”

And do not miss the annual  Blueberry Pie Eating Contest!  

What could be better than scarfing down as much of their outrageously good blueberry pie as you can in front of an appreciative audience!?  Except, maybe winning a cash prize? It's blueberry heaven either way!

The contest kicks off at 2pm with several categories for all ages.  The winners in each group get a prize so be sure to fill out a short entry form in person that day starting at noon.

Pie Eating Contest Age Brackets
8 – 9: 10 participants, 1/4 pie, 1 minute
10 – 11: 10 participants, 1/4 pie, 1 minute
12 – 14: 10 participants, 1/4 pie, 1 minute
15 - 17: 9 participants, 1/2 pie, 1.5 minutes
18 & up: 8 participants, whole pie, 2.5 minutes
And the prize is a $25 gift certificate for each winner!

  • Blueberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, manganese, potassium, and iron.
  • They are an amazingly rich source of antioxidants. 
  • And the calories in blueberries amount to about 80 per cup. 
  • For centuries blueberries have had an impact upon American culture, cuisine, and even human survival. From the time of the earliest Native Americans to present day, blueberries have been a valued food staple.

I've done the whole wash, pat dry and place on trays in the freezer routine.  And too many times I've also had to scoop up berries that fell off in the freezer or on the floor!  So here's a great tip I found at Backyard Gardening Fun: Don’t wash the berries before you freeze them. They won’t stick together in the freezer bags. They’ll keep better that way, too, because you’re not washing away any of their waxy protective bloom. When you’re ready to use the frozen berries, just pour the desired amount into a colander and rinse them with water. They’ll thaw quickly and be ready for your oatmeal or your recipe almost instantly.  (FYI: I haven't tried this yet...;)

Linvilla Website
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 876-7116
The hugely popular Upper Darby  Summer Stage Shooting Stars perform at Rose Tree Park Saturday, July 14th. 
Every summer Media's Restaurant Row hosts the biggest Wednesday night twilight dinner party in all of Pennsylvania! The town halts all traffic on State Street – and opens for dinner, prepared by top chefs from about 2 dozen restaurants! Then it’s off to nearby Rose Tree Park for fabulous entertainment under the stars...
The County-seat town of Media is like the menu at a great restaurant...spicy, on-trend, full-bodied and loaded with personality.  
Every Wednesday  through mid-September, 5 to 11pm, the chefs are Takin’ it to the Streets showcasing fabulous dishes as twilight falls and street lights shimmer.

Fondly known as "Everybody's Hometown," it's perfect for street browsing and shopping.  You'll find dozens of independent shops and boutiques, florists, gift shops, cool coffee shops, juice bars plus globally inspired restaurants ranging from Thai, to Irish, Italian, French, Mexican and that's just for starters!  Click here for the VisitMediaPA website

And just a few miles away, at Media's Rose Tree Park...hundreds of people arrive at 7:30pm, carrying blankets and lawn chairs and babies and baskets of treats.  Through mid-August, there are FREE CONCERTS every week! 

Jimmie & The Parrots
As you pick your spot on the hillside above a state-of-the-art Amphitheater, the sound of musicians tuning up blends with kid's laughter --  and like magic, the stress of the day disappears.

There's a steady hum as frisbees are tossed, and groups of friends gather on blankets and lawn chairs, all gabbing like they haven't seen each other in weeks. Neighbors stop by to say hello on their way to the food stand...and everybody gets to enjoy a giant slice of small town Americana in one of Philly's most bustling suburbs.

July’s Performance Schedule:
Wednesday night acts are highlighted in red in case you want to enjoy both Dinner under the Stars & a free concert afterwards!

7/1    The Rockdale Boys
7/5    John Hoey Orchestra
7/6    The Cat's Pajamas
Van Halen Nation performs July 7th, The Sensational Soul Cruisers on the 11th ,
and the Cat's Pajamas (bottom picture) on the 6th.
7/7    Van Halen Nation
7/8    Boathouse Row
7/11  Sensational Soul Cruisers
7/12  Beatles in Bossa Nova
7/13  Dirk Quinn Band
7/14  Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars
7/15  Charlie Gracie
7/18  Makin' Music
7/19  Zydeco-A-Go-Go
7/20  Papa Sez
7/21  Class of '84
7/22  Lights Out Frankie Valli Tribute
7/25  Jimmie & the Parrots
7/26  Musician Impossible
7/27  West Chester Swing Kings
7/28  Us & Floyd
7/29  The Plants

“It's lovely to live on a raft. We had the sky up there, all speckled with stars, and we used to lay on our backs and look up at them, and discuss about whether they was made or only just happened.”  - The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain

To be surrounded by nature...moving on it...and through it, is like no other feeling in the world.  Mark Twain captured its essence in a novel, and summertime invites us to experience it in person.

So here are a few ways to spend a great day on our Delaware County Rivers – starting with The Brandywine River Museum of Art's July 14th invitation to paddle down the Brandywine River like Huck Finn and Jim...

Share a river experience with friends and family at the Brandywine River Museum of Art's Annual Day on the River.
On Saturday, July 14th The Museum invites you to Tip-a-Canoe and Barbecue, Too!

This 10-hour day includes an exciting canoe trip along the Brandywine where you can savor the breathtaking views, the smells and sounds that have inspired so many local artists to capture it on canvas.  This annual event also includes a delicious barbecue by Fat Rick's, ice cream from Woodside Farms Creamery and an old fashioned barn dance with music by the band "Crazy."
  • Hours are noon to 10pm and tickets are required.  Click for More Info and to Purchase Tickets  
  • All attendees must be registered and will receive a wristband
  • You may want to bring a lawn chair or blanket
  • No pets are permitted, service animals specifically trained to aid a guest with a disability are welcome. 
  • This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.
Three more ways to ride a river: 
For 40 years the family-run Northbrook Canoe Company has been steering memorable trips down the scenic Brandywine Creek. Paddling is part of all modes of transportation, from canoes and kayaks to bright orange tubes for a lazier glide... 

Let the Northbrook Canoe Company plan an adventure
for you and your family - or groups of friends!
Chlorine saturated pools are everywhere, but there's nothing like the ride you take with Mother Nature all around you!

This is a perfect summer escape for families, and groups, large and small. Choose a short relaxing trip or a full day adventure on the historic Brandywine River.  For pricing, tips and registration visit the website below.

Northbrook Canoe Company
1810 Beagle Road
West Chester, PA  19382
Northbrook Canoe Company

Wilderness Canoe Trips sampling of kayaks and canoes....
Wilderness Canoe Trips, Inc. is a complete canoe and kayak outfitter, offering canoes, solo or tandem kayaks and tube trips on the Brandywine River, plus paddles, life jackets, and transportation to and from the river, safety equipment and lots of sage advice!

The experience is excellent for first-timers or group trips because of the river's meandering and gentle flow. It can also be one of the most relaxing, healthy, and enjoyable ways to spend a few hours or a full day on the water surrounded by its beautiful flora and fauna. All you need to do is pick a date, time and distance.

Wilderness Canoe Trips
2111 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
(302) 654-2227
Wilderness Canoe Trips Website

Have a Canoe or Kayak of your own? Bring it to the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge - America's first Urban Refuge.

The Refuge is not only a great place to place for a river ride, it offers 10 miles of hiking trails and boundless
opportunities for taking fabulous photos...
The 4.5 mile segment of Darby Creek that flows through the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is unique and scenic.

It winds through the largest freshwater marsh in Pennsylvania, which allows canoeists to see a variety of plants and animals. The refuge waters are tidal and navigable only within 2 hours before and after high tide. So before you come, call the Visitor Contact Station at 215-365-3118 for tidal info.

So much to see...
As you enter the creek at the canoe launch, you may see Canada geese feeding in the fields or a northern harrier (marsh hawk) soaring over the marsh. In the creek, you may see the eastern painted turtle or the state-endangered red-bellied turtle sunning on a log or rock. Hooded mergansers, pintails, shovelers and mallards are a few of the ducks that you may pass. Least bitterns, great egrets, black-crowned night herons and yellow warblers are among the species which nest on or near the refuge.
Click to read more

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153
215-365-3118 office

Night photography of a purple wall with a blue wooden door and a tree with thin branches, lit by a lantern..
In recent years, technology has both enabled and encouraged us to take photos of virtually everything we (and our friends!) see, do, and shouldn't do ;)  The result is that many of us have become pretty great photographers.  But if you're looking to take your skills up a notch consider taking Night Photography Classes at the Wayne Art Center, offered every Wednesday evening between  July 11th and August 1st, from  6 - 9pm.

Abstract urban background of night city blurred by motion.
Night photography is unique in that the photos look nothing like what we actually see with our eyes.  What looks like or gets overlooked in daylight, takes on a magical new life after dark. Night photographers take ordinary elements like the door and tree pictured above, and tell a different story about them. Like painters, most photographers start with a blank canvas.  But for those who stalk the perfect shots after dark, their canvas is not blank - it's black.

Long exposure night photography of a church and moving cars.
Night photography refers to photographs taken outdoors between dusk and dawn. Night photographers generally have a choice between using artificial light and using a long exposure, exposing the scene for seconds, minutes, and even hours in order to give the film or digital sensor enough time to capture a usable image. With the progress of high-speed films, higher-sensitivity digital image sensors, wide-aperture lenses, and the ever-greater power of urban lights, night photography is increasingly possible using available light.

The Wayne Art Center is offering 4 Wednesday night classes in Evening & Night Photography for $135.
You'll learn night photography guidelines, techniques, and tricks for making exciting night-time photographs.

Twilight and evening photographs: The city of Philadelphia, the Chadds Ford Historic Society's Famous Pumpkin Carve,
the US Army Band performing at Rose Tree Park, a couple of canine pals taking in a Jersey Shore sunset... :)
and finally, a picture taken in a forest that is dancing with hundreds of fireflies.

Learn about composition and camera techniques through in-class technical demonstrations and photography experiences in the beautiful gardens at Wayne Art Center and at various nearby locations. Please note: The first class will meet at Wayne Art Center.

The recommended gear is a single lens reflex (SLR) camera. If you do not have one, a camera with an attached lens can be an acceptable tool if the shutter can stay open at least 30 seconds (but it will not be able do all that an SLR can do.) Phone cameras do not have the functionality for this class.

This class meets Wednesdays: 7/11, 7/18, 7/25 & 8/1 Register Here

Monday 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am  - 5:00 pm

413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
610-688-3553 · 610-995-0478 fax