January 21st we celebrate Martin Luther King Day.  It is a beacon day, whose light slices through all the jibber-jabber of our times and illuminates the fact that King, a Baptist minister and a civil rights activist, elevated and forever changed life in America. What's more, he continues to change lives.

Hundreds of thousands of people freely turn a vacation day, into a service day — volunteering their time, dollars and hearts to help others.  We encourage you to do the same by choosing to volunteer at a local non-profit organization, or by participating in one of these celebratory local events:

MEDIA FELLOWSHIP HOUSE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Sunday, January 20th:  Media Fellowship House will hold its 30th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration on Sunday, January 20, 2019. In addition to the traditional music and a keynote address by distinguished guest Anita Friday on Suspicion…Why and What Cost?, two additions will be made to last year's honor role of 12 Spirit Award Winners. Nominations are listed online whom which will be selected 2 honorees. Voting will end on January 9th, 2019. bios of nominees and to vote, visit /www.mediafellowshiphouse.org.

HOOPS FROM THE HEART
Monday, January 21st:  Since 2002 Haverford College Coach, Bobbi Morgan has spearheaded a  basketball clinic for kids in first through eighth grades. Proceeds benefit families in need of shelter, services, and day care facilities.  All donations, including non-perishable foods, support the Community Action Agency of Delaware County's Life Center. To register call 610-446-9397 or email bmorgan@haverford.edu.  The clinics are 9:30am to noon.  Registration is $30 per child (and $20 for each sibling after that).

ANNUAL UNITY BREAKFAST
Monday, January 21st: 8 to 9:30am at the Drexelbrook Catering & Special Event Center
This breakfast honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with mingling, great food and the awarding of student essays. Delaware County Community College President, Dr. L. Joy Gates Black will be the keynote speaker and music will be provided by the Bible Union Fellowship Choir. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or toiletries to donate to the County's  shelter and food bank. It is hosted by the Community YMCA of Eastern Delaware County, the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation, as well as local churches and area schools.

It’s widely known that one of  King's biggest inspirations in his belief in non-violent activism was Mahatma Gandhi.
But who inspires you?

Here are 3 Delaware County residents who have achieved great things. 

Tina Fey, portrait by local artist George Rothacker
You are never too young or too old to explore your inner performer.  Tina Fey began her career as a young child performing at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center...and at 48 years old, she’s just hitting her stride!

Tina Fey is a hugely successful writer, actress & producer who 
was born and raised in Upper Darby.  She attended Cardinton Stonehurst Elementary School, Beverly Hills Middle School, and graduated from Upper Darby High School. 

With more than a dozen Emmy nominations, Tina has already won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing and Acting, and performed on what has been called 'one of the greatest TV series of all time,' 30 Rock. Her charity work is also inspiring, supporting the Alliance for Children's Rights, the Alzheimer's Association, Autism Speaks and the Children's Health Fund.

Impact the lives of people in our own community, like Thomas Garrett did in the 18th Century...his bravery helped change history.

Thomas Garrett, portrait by local artist George Rothacker
Thomas Garrett, born in 1789, was an American abolitionist and leader in the Underground Railroad movement before the American Civil War. The family home, Thornfield, where he lived until 1822, still stands in Drexel Hill and is recorded on the national Register of Historic Places.

In a Quaker family already inclined towards abolitionism, Thomas became especially dedicated after a family servant was kidnapped by a man who planned to sell the woman as a slave in the South. While building a prosperous iron and hardware business, he also served as stationmaster on the last stop of the Underground Railroad, the pathway to the North for blacks seeking freedom from slavery. Facing heavy fines for his activities, Garrett continued his mission until the Civil War ended. He is known for having assisted 2500 slaves to freedom.

If you love gardens, and the arts...you've been touched by the life of  Philanthropist, Dorrance (DoDo) Hill Hamilton.   

Wayne's Dorrance Hill Hamilton,
portrait by local artist George Rothacker
Here's an example of how  volunteers, land and garden organizations, and residents helped save our newest garden in Wayne:

After an unprecedented six-month-long battle, Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden is no longer at risk of being developed. Last year this stunning 42-acre public garden in Villanova was rescued by the Natural Lands Organization, our massive garden community of volunteers and staff, plus local residents who fought off an attempt to seize the Garden via eminent domain, and develop it for other purposes.

If this inspires you to support environmental projects, then Dorrance would be very pleased. She, like Stoneleigh Gardens, resided in Wayne. A huge supporter of local gardens and horticulture, she was an annual participant in the Philadelphia Flower Show, and fostered the horticulture program at Williamson College of the Trades, in Media.

Read more about these and 50 other inspiring local residents on our website: Celebrated People of Delaware County


Hedgerow Theatre is proud to present three weekends that celebrate famous women.

JANUARY 5th & 6th Jennifer Summerfield and Jessica DalCanton portray...MARY SHELLEY and VIRGINIA WOOLF!

Act 1 – Mary Shelley: On the final day of Mary Shelley’s life, she solicits her daughter in law’s help to preserve her memory and legacy… and discovers that there may be more than one way to tell the truth.

Act 2 – Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf was a woman ahead of her time,  a feminist and radical artist who managed to capture the muses’ butterflies and preserve them between the pages of her books. This 30 minute solo performance by Jessica DalCanton crackles with warmth and contemporary insight on Virginia Woolf’s life through the lens of “A Room of One’s Own.”
Left to right: Jennifere Summerfield as Mary Shelley, Jessica DalCanton as Virginia Woolf,
Susan Wefel as Shirley Valentine, Meredith Beck as Mary Martin and Sarah Gafgen as Ethel Merman.

JANUARY 11th, 12th and 13th Susan Wefel presents SHIRLEY VALENTINE!
Shirley Valentine is the fictional main character in the award-winning 1989 British romantic comedy-drama film bearing her name. Hedgerow’s own Susan Wefel portrays this ordinary middle class English housewife, who, as she prepares chips and egg for dinner, ruminates on her life, her husband, her children, her past, and an invitation from a girlfriend to join her on holiday in Greece to seek romance and adventure. Does she go?  Find out for yourself.


JANUARY 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Meredith Beck and Sarah Gafgen recreate MARY MARTIN and ETHEL MERMAN in Together Off-Broadway!
Together Off-Broadway pays homage to Broadway’s iconic Leading Ladies -- Mary Martin & Ethel Merman portrayed by Philadelphia Artists, Meredith Beck & Sarah Gafgen who explore their  legendary careers through song, while sharing stories about their lives & devoted friendship.

Enjoy show stoppers such as: I Got Rhythm, Neverland, Sun in the Morning, Cockeyed Optimist, There’s No Business Like Show Business, Hello Dolly, The Sound of Music… & their medley of old American standards performed on the Fords Fiftieth Anniversary Television Special  back in 1953!
Together Off-Broadway was conceived and compiled by Beck & Gafgen thanks to the generosity of the Philadelphia Womens’ Theatre Festival.

Get Tickets Here:
Listen to Video from the original sound trace from Ford's 50th Anniversary Special

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
64 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063
(610) 565-4211

January is all about Orchids at Longwood Gardens!  But how much do you really know about this little beauties? Here's a short true/false quiz to test your knowledge:
  • There are  over 25,000 documented orchid species in the world.
  • Orchids grow on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Orchids have the tiniest seeds in the world...up to 3 million in a seedpod!
  • Orchid plants can live to be 100 year old.
If you answered 'true' to all of the above, then you truly are an Orchid "cognoscente!"
(a Latin term for an expert!)

Longwood's Annual Orchid Festival kicks off on January 19th and no one should miss one of the most beautiful and fragrant events of the year.

Experience an indoor winter wonderland filled with vibrant, artfully designed  arrangements. Lavish Cymbidium orchids dramatically spill from basins, grand Phalaenopsis orchids float overhead, and tiny orchid species make a big impact, among other show-stopping displays.

Then take a quiet stroll through the outdoor gardens and enjoy the true beauty of winter.
LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
1001 Longwood Road,
Kennett Square, PA 19348

“Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant never taste of death but once.”  
Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene II.

Julius Caesar is one of the most famous plays by William Shakespeare and it contains some of his most quoted lines.  Caesar's words above have played a larger role in my own life, than I'd like.  They remind us to be brave in the face of fear...a lesson I learned on a cold winter's night when I was 7 years old:

I sneaked our German Shepherd, Fritz, into dad's art studio to stay warm. In the morning he was covered in more colors than a rainbow, and so was dad's studio. I'm not even going to mention the extra little gifts he left behind!  The consequences suffered by my 7-year-old self were almost as historic as those in this play :(

Actions have consequences.
Julius Caesar has returned to Rome, triumphant from the war against Pompey. The Republic is prepared to give him additional honors, causing concern among some Senators unwilling to cede so much power to one man.  Cassius plots his conspiracy to murder Caesar and asks for the support of the highly respected Brutus.  Brutus is conflicted but is finally persuaded to do what is best for the Republic.  These decision have repercussions, and if you don't know the story, we won't spoil it for you.  But this show is an epic tale of both courage and fear, respect and revenge.  Don't miss this amazing production!

Get tickets here

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
104 E State St, Media, PA 19063
(610) 891-0100
Media Theatre Website

You will not see an actual person, place, or thing in the painting above...but each of you viewing it at the Community Art Center in Wallingford will see something different.

It is a stunning abstract piece by Debs Bleicher where the color, shapes, brushstrokes, size and even the artist's process itself, are both the focus and the subject of the artwork.

On January 13th from 2 to 4pm, meet 4 talented artists displaying a variety of art styles at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. This beautiful building will feature exhibits of Abstract, Ceramic, Watercolor and 2D/3D art works.
  • In the Duke Gallery —Abstraction, the Art of Community Arts Center’s Abstract Studio Artists
  • In the BeaDazzle Gallery —Explore the Ceramic works of Maggi DeBaecke
  • In the Lounge Gallery —3D Work of instructor Effie Brenner and 2D watercolor instructor Alice Meyer-Walker
  • In the Stairwell Gallery — See the 3D and 2D student work of instructors Effie Brenner and Alice Meyer-Wallace
Sign up for Winter Adult and Children's classes!
There are adult classes in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, and photography - plus children can register for the Art Start Pre-School, Lucky Charms afternoon arts enrichment, After-School and Weekend ART Adventures, and Teen Workshops. 
For more information and registration, call the office at 610-566-1713. 

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
414 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086
610-566-1713

The Wayne Art Center encourages you to learn about a very old and important creative process called "CAST" ...this is where materials (art and objects) are formed using a mold.



Through January 26th The Wayne Art Center invites you to an exhibit by more than 70 artists that reminds us of the significance of the art form. This curated invitational exhibition displays a selection of cast art and objects continuing and building on the theme of the award-winning book, CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, by Jen Townsend and RenĂ©e Zettle-Sterling (Schiffer Publishing, 2017.)

In addition to works by contemporary artists and craftspeople, the exhibition includes both historical and everyday objects. 

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA 19087
610-688-3553
HOURS: M-F 9am to 5pm
Sat 9am to 4pm
Closed Sundays
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Stephen Hawking never made it into space.  He is pictured above in a NASA Zero Gravity Chamber.  He died in March, but left behind a legacy of courage, knowledge and the ability to communicate without being able to speak.

He looked outward into the universe and wrote papers on Particle Creation by Black Holes, The Large Scale Structure of Space, Wave Function of the Universe, and many more that were born of gazing upwards.

On Monday, January 28th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm you can go stargazing at Widener University's Observatory.  Look through their 16 inch Meade Cassegrain reflecting telescope and reflect on some of Hawking's brilliant thoughts...
  • “It surprises me how disinterested we are today about things like physics, space, the universe and philosophy of our existence, our purpose, our final destination. It’s a crazy world out there. Be curious.”
  • “My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all.” 
  • “One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose, and life is empty without it. Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
  • “One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect. Perfection simply doesn’t exist.... Without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist.” 
Read more quotes and a full story at this Newsweek Web Page

Considered by many to be a once in a generation genius, Hawking never won a Nobel Prize.

LOCATION:  ON THE RIVERFRONT
Widener University, Main Campus
One University Place
Chester PA 19013
1-888-Widener
Carry your family fun into the New Year with a Wintery Night Hike and a Family CAMP IN!

Bundle up for a Wintery Night Hike on January 19th, 6:30 to 8pm that includes a campfire and treats.
How is nature different after dark? Do humans have the ability to adapt without light?
Explore your senses and the Arboretum by the light of the moon during this nighttime sensory hike. End the night warming up around a campfire with a delicious treat!
Bring a flashlight and dress warmly. Suitable for teens and adults.  FREE for members, $15 non-members.
Read more about the Wintery Walk

Check out this inside photo of the newly renovated Barn
at Tyler Arboretum! Photo by Tom Crane.
Pitch your tent in Tyler's beautiful redesigned Barn Loft from January 26th at 4pm to the 27th at 10am! Join Tyler for their Family Camp In weekend adventure.

Stay overnight at the Arboretum! Set up your tent in the renovated Barn loft and dinner, s’mores, and breakfast will be cooked over a campfire. Bring your own camping gear. Plus  Explore Tyler at night with an evening hike.
Suitable for ages 5 and up.

Members: $30 per child, $40 per adult; Non-members: $40 per child, $50 per adult.
Read more about the Family Camp-In


LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media, PA 19063
610-566-9134
Tyler Arboretum Website



The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center has been host to one of the finest youth music and theatre programs in the state. 

For 43 years, it has hosted a summer theatre program for young community members.  Summer Stage alumni include artists such as Tina Fey, Josh Young, and Marcus Stevens, plus countless others who continue to embody the motto of Filling the World With Love.


On Saturday, January 19th at 3pm the Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation holds its annual Fundraising Gala...and this year's event is titled "The Greatest Show" and is under the direction of Barbara Benglian, UDHS Choral Director and recipient of the prestigious PA Teach of the Year. Please purchase tickets for your family and friends to attend this outstanding event that benefits local youth throughout the county!

The event has helped fund the awarding of over $2,000,000.00 in grants to benefit innovative classroom and district projects, music, the arts, robotics, after-prom, academic scholarships, Upper Darby Summer Stage and the K-2 Literacy Initiative.

Tickets are  $15 to $60 depending on your seating choice.
Choose your seating and get tickets here

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
610) 622-1189
Scott Arboretum offers exciting tours, educational workshops, and seminars throughout the year, and 2019 kicks off with 3 unique and interesting events:

Take a free Guided Winter Highlights Tour on January 17th or 29th from noon to 1pm. 
If you ate too many cookies over the holidays, a brisk lunchtime walk through the Winter Garden is a great way to kick off your 'get ready for bathing suits' regimen!

Beginners and experts alike will enjoy this winter tour led by Arboretum staff. It begins in the Scott Arboretum offices and is free and open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the tour will be canceled. For more information, call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

On January 31st, from 1 to 2pm, let the Arboretum whisk you off to 3 Sunny Southern California Public Gardens.

This Wanderings at One event is free and open to the public.  Attendees will tour 3 gardens through staff experiences, photos, food, architecture and customs.  This is a fun event where questions are encouraged!  It is held in the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema at Swarthmore College. 

GARDENS FEATURED WILL BE: South Coast Botanical Garden, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, and The Huntington with Mary Tipping, Plant Recorder and Curator of the Scott Arboretum.

Take part in the Arboretum's Tu b’Shevat Celebration and Reception January 24th from 4:30 to 6pm
Learn how the Jewish faith celebrates the importance of trees in Tu b'Shevat, a celebration of the Jewish New Year of the Trees, in anticipation of spring.  There will be holiday activities including a nature walk, Seder (a participatory Jewish ritual appreciating plants and exploring their spiritual teachings), planting of herbs and dates, and a reception.  It is free and open to the public. This program is co-sponsored by Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, Swarthmore College Interfaith Center, and the Kehilah Board. Register by calling 610-328-8025.

Read more at the Scott Arboretum Website

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
500 College Ave.
Swarthmore, 19081 PA
610-328-8023

January 8th is Elvis Presley's birthday. Still referred to as "The King of Rock and Roll," his Graceland home is one of the nation's most popular 'home' attractions, drawing more than 700,000 visitors a year.  In fact, only the White House welcomes more!

So it seemed only fitting that we honor him this month by using his songs to encourage you to go dining, touring and exploring in Delco this month...

LONG TALL SALLY  
With so much turkey and ham over the holidays, you may be 'longing' for something Italian...like long luscious strands of spaghetti?  Here's an excuse to take the family out for dinner! January 4th is National Spaghetti Day!  Here are just a few Italian restaurants with a 4 STAR or better rating on Yelp: Fellini Cafe and Spasso Italian Grill in Media, Johnny Paisano's in Springfield, Il Granaio in Glen Mills, Trieste Italian Restaurant in Prospect Park, Pica's Restaurant in Upper Darby, Teca in Newtown Square, Taste Budz Cafe in Aston, Talluto's Authentic Italian in Ridley Park and Anthony's at Paxon Hollow Country Club in Broomall...

I HEAR A SWEET VOICE CALLING  
The sweetest 'tweets' can be heard at the John Heinz National Wildlife RefugeJanuary 5th is National Bird Day so why not take a fun 'bird' tour this month or just grab your binoculars and head out on your own.  There's no admission fee and the Refuge is open sunrise to sunset.  Read more: John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Website

LET ME BE YOUR TEDDY BEAR  
One of the lines in this song goes, "Let me be around you every night, run your fingers through my hair and cuddle me real tight..."  Well guess what? January 14th is National Dress up Your Pet Day - so get the family together and dress up your pet in something stylish and Facebook worthy?  Have a blast bringing out your pet's inner fashionista. THEN REWARD THEM WITH COOL TREATS AND WINTER WEAR from pet stores like these:

  • Giggy Bites in Chadds Ford offers hand crafted & fresh baked dog treats! Voted Best Pet Bakery in Philly, they feature over 15 varieties of baked treats, fresh foods, holiday meals, birthday cakes, a dozen store-made jerky products, and more. Read more about Giggybites
  • And like people, cats and dogs do mind the cold weather! Braxton's Animal Works as been serving the county for more than 75 years, offering pet winter wear, dog licensing, traditional and organic foods and more.  Read more about Braxton's

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL!  
January 29th is National Popcorn Day so get "all shook up" and head for one of Delco's many movie theaters. From the AMC's in Springfield and Media, to the Regal Cinema in Edgemont or the very cool vintage Anthony Wayne Theater in Wayne, the best (and possibly worst-for-us) popcorn is still found at the movies!  And if you like your popcorn homemade, shake up a few bags and do an Elvis Movie Marathon Night!

TUTTI FRUTTI
January 23rd is National Pie Day:  Minellas' Diner in Wayne makes a mean Blueberry pie.  You can check out their full menu at  Minella's Diner Website.  And if you've never had the Strawberry Pie at Hank's Place in Chadds Ford, you better hurry.  This huge favorite is going fast!  If you miss it, they also offer tasty Cherry and Apple Pies. Click here for more:  Hank's Place Restaurant

CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE...
January is National Skating Month...so head for IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston where 'falling' is not only permissible, but probable!  Public Skating hours are offered almost daily. Read more at: IceWorks website
December 7th through the 23rd, take your family on a Holiday Hayride unlike any you've ever taken! Arasapha Farm's Bates Motel and Haunted Hayrides are one of the most famous Halloween attractions in Pennsylvania.  But in December Santa casts a Christmas spell and turns this beautiful Brandywine Farm into a dazzling wonderland of stunning lights, special effects, bonfires and pure holiday magic...

Your family will love this warm and cozy Holiday Hayride through the rolling hills of Arasapha Farm, which is now bursting with huge light displays, as well as decorated trees and buildings. 


Winding through the property your 20 minute hayride will cross bridges and brooks, earning plenty of ohhhhs & ahhhs...
plus there's a stunning LIVE NATIVITY SCENE, Santa's Workshop, and more!



The hayride is choreographed with all your favorite songs of the season. The wagons feature bench seating for added comfort and at the end, everyone relaxes by the bonfires or warms up with a cup of their great cocoa.

CLICK HERE for their Christmas Tree & Hayride Video

  • Have your picture taken with Santa!
  • Check out the famous live animal nativity scene
  • Get your Christmas Tree! Choose from hundreds of beautiful, fresh cut Christmas Trees that include Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, and the ever favorite Fraser Fir. Deliveries and set up available.

The Concession Stand features hot dogs, chicken fingers, fries, nachos, popcorn, and more. New for this year are bags of piping hot donuts or waffle stix!

Your children can also take a ride on the Arasapha Express; a kiddie train ride through light displays and tunnels. 
Read more and get tickets NOW!
Adults $15 - Seniors $12 - Children 2-8 $10 - Train rides: $5

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Arasapha Farm
1835 Middletown RD,  Glen Mills, PA 19342
(610) 459-0647

Children feel about Santa, the way I feel about French Toast.  LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT!  So bring all your little ones to brunch at the Broad Table Tavern at the Inn at Swarthmore on December 16th where they can get some quality time with Santa while you enjoy outstanding food like French toast, carved meats, fresh made desserts and more.
The Inn at Swarthmore is located on the scenic Swarthmore College Campus. The luscious French Toast above,
is just one dish you'll enjoy at their Holiday Sunday Brunch on December 16th.
The Holiday Brunch is from 11am to 1pm in the Inn's Broad Table Tavern.  As you can see above, the restaurant has a rustic charm and country atmosphere, perfect for its Swarthmore College Campus location (also home of the famous Scott Arboretum!).


And as good as the brunch is, my favorite part of the day is the Santa photos of your children with the big guy himself ;) 

These little gems, like the one pictured left,
are a ritual for many families and make perfect holiday day cards for next year!
So when your little one whispers his or her holiday wishes to Santa, take home a photo for the memories...

Make reservations now to enjoy Chef Drinkwine's seasonally-based brunch menu which, like all of their menus, features locally-sourced ingredients and regional artisan products.  

And if you don't want to cook on Christmas, the Broad Table Tavern is the perfect place to go!
- 7:00 AM - 11:00 AM: They will serve a traditional breakfast menu
- 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM: They will be offering a limited menu with Holiday Specials!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
10 S Chester Rd, Swarthmore, PA 19081
(610) 543-7500
The Inn at Swarthmore Website
This beautiful Christmas photo of the Glen Mills Station and the others below were taken by Steve Rogers.
Every Saturday and Sunday through December 23rd, bring the family and join Santa for a 90-minute journey on The Santa Express, a heated decorated train that runs through the Chester Creek Valley. 

Santa greets everyone at the Market Street Station in West Chester before they begin their Christmas Journey that ends in the quaint town of Glen Mills, where passengers can disembark and explore the historic station. There are plenty of photo ops on Santa’s lap inside the station! 


Entertainer Greg Wright and friends will be singing all of your favorite Christmas songs during the trip. They take requests so don't be shy! 
MARKET STREET STATION  DEPARTURE TIMES ARE: 11AM, 1PM, 3PM and 5PM
Click here for Google Map showing the Market St. Station


Adults - $25
Children (2-12) - $18
Toddlers (9mo-23mo) - $8

A little bit of history before you ride the rails...

The West Chester Railroad runs 90 minute round trips between Market Street in West Chester, and the village of Glen Mills.  Pennsylvania. The route follows the beautiful Chester Creek...a setting so stunning you'll forget that you are only 30 minutes from center city Philadelphia!





This route is part of the old Pennsylvania Railroad central division on the West Chester and Phoenixville branch. Historic stations along the way are the Westtown station, now an art gallery located next to the new Westtown Township Park; the 19th century village and station at Cheyney, also home to one of the nation's oldest African American universities; Locksley Station, which is near one of the oldest iron slitting mill sites in the country and the Frazier Farmstead of Revolutionary War fame; and finally the picturesque village of Glen Mills with its restored Victorian station. thought to be  designed by the noted Philadelphia architect, Frank Furness.

STARTING LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Market Street Station, 230 E Market St, West Chester, PA 19382

Nothing transforms our homes at Christmas time like a tree.  A Douglas Fir...a Pine, Spruce, Cypress or Cedar...all have become the magnet for families to gather around when celebrating this sacred holiday.  The act of coming together, and looking up is perhaps the essence of this season.

Your family's search for the perfect Christmas tree begins now!
With 40,000 trees on their farm, Linvilla Orchards is one of the most popular 'CUT YOUR OWN' or BUY FRESH locations in the Tri-State area.

Now through December 23rd, thousands will make the pilgrimage to Linvilla for their tree.
The adventure starts when your whole family takes a hayride to the Christmas tree fields to select your favorite.  The majority are 6' to 10' Douglas Fir but there are also some Canaan Fir trees.  Linvilla supplies the saw, they help haul your tree back, shake the loose needles, wrap it up and event tie to your car!

  • The Price is $69.99 plus tax.
  • The lasts hayride starts at 4pm each day.
  • Offered Monday through Friday 10am to 5pm
  • Weekends: 9am to 5pm
And if you don't want to cut your own tree, the garden center has been transformed into a Winter Wonderland, featuring trees of all types and sizes, plus Santa and his Elves, handmade wreaths, greens and holly and a sea of Poinsettias!


Then make sure you stroll through the market, and explore the mouthwatering fresh baked holiday pies, cookies, cakes, jams, breads and other iconic holiday treats. Call 610-876-7116 to order your holiday pies and cakes in advance!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
137 W Knowlton Rd, Media, PA 19063
Expore Linvilla's 'Home on the Farm Christmas' Activities
Poet Maya Angelou once said “You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

I confess, I'm nobody's role model when it comes to sorting out the Christmas lights.  I need a strong beverage and a Hallmark Christmas movie playing in the background to keep from spiraling into a very dark place ;)

But the talented team at Delco's Department of Parks and Recreation has no trouble stringing more than 100,000 lights each Christmas, giving residents and winter visitors a beautiful postcard setting every December!  Set on 120 acres of rolling meadows, woodlands, and majestic trees, Rose Tree's holiday decorations also include many beloved characters from Santa Claus to  Charlie Brown and Frosty the Snowman. In the Courtyard there are also Victorian Carolers, part of a large mural on wood created by students at Media's Williamson Trade School.  

We all look forward to December, when this 4-decade long tradition arrives:  Our Festival of Lights!
There are picnic tables, a courtyard and park benches to sit on and take in the beauty of the lights which are turned on from 5:30 to 9:30pm every night through January 1st.

The Festival of Lights began in 1976 as part of festivities planned to celebrate the nation’s Bicentennial. The festival has since grown from 50 lighted trees (one for each municipality and one large one to represent the county) to 75 decorated trees strung with 100,000 holiday lights, and dozens of hand-painted wooden figures, including toy soldiers, a snowman family and a replica of the Delaware County Courthouse.

There is no admission fee, and the parking is free and plentiful. For more information call 610-891-4455 or visit Delaware County Parks and Recreation

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
1501 N. Providence Road, Media, PA
This is the season when millions of people around the globe celebrate an historic event that changed the world and lit a beacon of hope for people of every generation that followed...

America’s past is not nearly so old.  But those who honor and recreate our nation's earliest holiday traditions invite us to remember that we are part of a legacy of celebrations. So bring the family to see how Christmas was decorated and celebrated right here in Delco, in the 18th century...

The Chadds Ford Historical Society is hosting a traditional Candlelight Christmas Tour on December 1st from 1pm to 6pm, highlighting our historic houses decorated with symbols of the season.

Join the Heritage Dancers as they make merry at the Barn Visitors Center. Partake of some desserts before heading next door to the Springhouse, once a school in the 1800s, where you'll see Christmas books from past and present. 
Join the celebration at the John Chads House (c. 1725) with rooms of live greens and symbols of the season including arks, creche sets and toys. Enjoy Portugal cakes, Stollen and spiced tea cooked on the open hearth.

A short drive away, our Barns-Brinton House allows visitors to grab a glass of wine and toast to the season in this tavern dating back to 1714. 

As a fiddler entertains colonial revelers, warm yourself by the hearth and sample homemade soup, bread and Spritz cookies. Tour the historic rooms decorated with Santas, gingerbread, wreaths and handmade ornaments. You are sure to leave having experienced the warmth and spirit of the season.

TICKETS: $15 per person/$10 CFHS members
Click here for Tickets, Map and more info

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Chadds Ford Historical Society
1736 Creek Rd, P.O. Box 27
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
610-388-7376

And don't miss the opportunity to step back in time with Grange Estate Mansion Tours and Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad every Saturday and Sunday from 1pm to 4pm (through January 5th and 6th!)

Read about the history of this magnificent mansion here: History of the Grange Estate
There is a different rhythm at the Historic Grange Estate during the holiday season. When you come to the Grange, you’ll leave the modern pace behind and experience memories of Christmas with a pronounced Victorian sensibility.

The Grange Mansion is decorated throughout with a themed tree in every room, dressed with nostalgic ornaments, copious greenery and a nod to the mid-century. In all, there will be 13 decorated trees!

  • Explore the extensive Santa Claus Collection of Chad and Francine Brooks.
  • Check out beautiful one-of-a-kind Santas, some of which are animated! 
  • There is also a tree decorated with heritage ornaments created at the Grange over several decades.
Plus the Cobbs Creek Holiday Train Exhibit is a wonder all its own...with multiple tracks on several levels, plus vintage decorations, and a host of festive holiday stops! 

Check out cool videos of the train here: The Trains at the Grange
At Christmas time the Carriage House of the Grange Estate is transformed into the Cobbs Creek Lines Holiday Railroad, a magical land of Lionel and O Gauge trains.
Viewers of all ages delight in the immersive, fun-filled and fantastic display of trains. Each year a dedicated group of volunteers assembles to enhance the train display, and each year’s visit brings something new to enjoy!

Tours of the Mansion are 1-4 pm and admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 through 12.  The Gift Shoppe features unique hand-crafted items including distinctive home decor, wearables, and some clever old-fashioned solutions to modern needs.

SPECIAL SATURDAY EXPERIENCES:
  • Saturday, December 8 – Take photos with the trains. 10:00 AM – Noon – Free. Donations accepted. 
  • Saturday December 15 – A Flute Choir performs. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Concert included in mansion tour admission fee. 
LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
143 Myrtle Avenue
Havertown, PA 19083
The Grange Estate Website

God Jul och Gott Nytt Ar!
This great annual event brings history and Christmas together in a way that both kids and adults will love it...

Celebrate the holidays Swedish Style at the Annual Trim-A-Tree Christmas Party at the Swedish Cabin on Sunday, December 2nd from 2 to 4pm.  

There will be food, marshmallow roasting for kids and lots of games.  There will also be Swedish related items for sale.
Experience a true 17th Century Christmas, as the cabin will be decorated to the period, and the two fireplaces will be lit.  There will also be a supervised fire pit outside for roasting marshmallows.  Admission is free!

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
9 Creek Road
Drexel Hill, PA 19026
For more information call 484-540-5070

Delco is famous for its outstanding theater scene featuring award-winning productions, Grammy winning music directors and Broadway actors who appear in several shows each year...

But we start our holiday stage story with the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center (UDPAC) where the season's brightest “Shooting Stars” come out and shine!

On Friday and Saturday, Dec 7th & 8th the Upper Darby Summer Stage Shooting Stars will perform a Holiday Spectacular...
There are only 2 chances to ‘get a closer’ look' at these
talented performers: Dec 7th & 8th!  

Be sure to purchase your tickets now, because a sellout is likely!
People come from all over the region to watch their favorite holiday numbers performed by extremely talented young people  in sparkling costumes, with festive music, on a creative set (Christmas trees, lots of gift-wrapped packages and…snow!).

The group performs Broadway-style production numbers and shares heartfelt holiday memories throughout the 80 minute production.

SHOWTIMES & TICKETS:
Fri Dec 7, 7:30 pm
Sat Dec 8, 2:00 pm
Tickets $10 – $14  Members: $2 Off, $1 discount for 12 & under.

LOCATION: AT OUR CROSSROADS
601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
(610) 622-1189
UDPAC Website

'Tis the season for magic, family, and fun as the beauty and pure joy of the Nutcracker Ballet comes alive once again at the beautiful 300-seat Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University as  International Ballet Classique presents two full length performances on Dec 9th & 10th, at 2pm. 

Get swept away into the magic of the holiday season with everyone's favorite ballet, The Nutcracker! Adventure awaits Clara and her Nutcracker Prince, as they battle the Rat King and embark on a journey into a magical winter wonderland of dancing Snowflakes. Arrive in the Kingdom of the Sweets and become entranced by the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier, as Clara's dolls have come alive to dance for her. This joyous classic will leave you with cherished memories for years to come. A special treat for all ages!


Tickets are reserved seating and are available at the International Ballet Classique Website.
Regular priced tickets are $28.00. Seniors, students, and children are discounted at $18. For more information about the performance, visit the website above or call (610) 986-2474

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
Neumann University, The Fred P. Meagher Theatre
1 Neumann Drive, Aston, PA

JACK FROST SAVES CHRISTMAS at the Media Theatre!
This is a children's holiday favorite which runs through December 30th with shows every Sunday at Noon.

Join Jack and the animals as he goes from the North Pole to a small village to ensure that the holiday will happen. But everything he touches turns to ice, so how can he be friends with anyone in town?  This is a hilarious one hour adventure for children ages 4 and up.

Another Media Theatre family favorite that's also garnering standing ovations is The Wizard of Oz which runs through mid-January 
The two-act Broadway musical includes these iconic songs “Over The Rainbow,” “Munchkinland (Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead),” “If I Only Had A Brain/A Heart/The Nerve,” “We’re Off To See The Wizard (Follow The Yellow Brick Road),” “The Jitterbug,” “The Merry Old Land of Oz” and “If I Were King Of The Forest.” Featuring professional performers and a live orchestra!

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
104 E. State Street, Media, PA
Media Theatre Website


Hedgerow Theatre’s beautiful rustic atmosphere is the perfect backdrop for everyone's favorite holiday show: A Christmas Carol!

Now in its 26th year, this is a holiday heart-stealer for families coming from miles away each year, to make this beloved production part of their holiday ritual.

Read more and purchase tickets now at:  Hedgerow Theatre's A CHRISTMAS CAROL Tix & more info

LOCATION: ON OUR MAIN STREETS
64 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA, 19063


So gather your family and friends and come share the magic of the Christmas Tree at Longwood Gardens, now through January 6th.

This year A  Longwood  Christmas  pays  homage  to  the  Christmas  tree  with  an  imaginative  display  featuring  traditional  favorites  and  inspiring  new  twists  to  the  iconic  holiday  symbol.  Explore 4 acres of dazzling trees and decorations inside...then check out a hundred outdoor trees bejeweled with a half-million lights! It is one of the most spectacular Christmas wonderlands in the country...

From  festive  firs  suspended  from  above  to  towering tannenbaums adorned  in  unique  ways, uncover  the  magic  of  the  Christmas  tree  re-imagined     
  • Inside  Longwood’s  warm  4-acre  Conservatory,  a  forest  of  floating  trees  embellished  with  dazzling  crystals,  glass  ornaments,  and  glittering  baby’s  breath  hangs  from  above.  
  • The  Music  Room  is  transformed  into  a  book  lover’s  holiday  haven,  featuring  a  rotating  18-foot  Frasier  fir  draped  in  a  garland  of  books... 
  • A  24-foot  tall  concolor  fir  garnished  with  red  ornament  stands  amid  a  woodland  of  white  frosted  trees  and  winterberry  holly.  
  • An  ethereal  glass  “tree”  made  of  600  slivers  of  hand-cut  green  glass  in  various  shades is suspended  over  a  meadow  of  red  and  white  amaryllis,  hellebores,  and  kalanchoe.  
  • New  displays  include  the  Main  Fountain  Garden  as  shimmering  lit  conical  trees  decorate  the  garden.  
  • Their  popular  Wildlife  Tree  is  reinvented  as  a  15-foot  conical  tree  covered  in  200  handmade  birdhouses  and  decorated  with  edible  ornaments  for  our  furry  and  feathered  friends.   
Experience the Joys of the Season
Stroll underneath floating orbs of light, watch as tree roots and branches take new illuminated life, and see the Main Fountain Garden as you’ve never seen it before.

Warm up by their  welcoming fire pits, listen to carolers, and relish in the wonder of 
A Longwood Christmas.

Timed Admission Tickets Required - and can be purchased now: Purchase tickets here
A SELLOUT IS LIKELY so don't delay!

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
PO  Box  501
Kennett  Square,  PA  19348-0501

While Rudolf and his fellow reindeer remain at the North Pole doing their final push ups and tread mill exercises in preparation for the big Christmas Eve world tour, Santa has booked a seat in a Helicopter for Saturday, December 8th, when kids from all over the region are invited to give him their wish lists at The American Helicopter Museum’s Annual SantaFest!

This hugely popular event begins at 10am, and everyone will be able to watch Santa arrive at 11am. He’ll be joining Mrs. Claus in greeting all the good girls and boys, hearing wish lists and distributing goodie bags. He’ll visit with each child in his colorful Museum workshop.
  • There will be lots of  special songs by Makin’ Music 
  • Author Linda Kerschner, will read her book, Cheerful Chopper to the Rescue
  • Wonderful volunteers will be there with their dogs from PAWS for People pet therapy services
  • There will be ornament decorating and face painting
  • Plus snacks for everyone!
Admission is $10.00 per person and includes a photo opportunity with Santa, so bring a camera! Helicopter rides cost $60.00 extra per person on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 11:15 am.  The Museum is open until 5pm.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at SantaFest Information to purchase tickets or for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

LOCATION: IN THE BRANDYWINE
1220 American Blvd, West Chester , PA


Pinkies out!  This is your invitation to the merriest Children's Christmas Tea Party on the Main Line... by the place whose Tea Parties were named “Best Kids Menu in America” by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine. 

The Radnor Hotel transports little ones to the land of the Nutcracker for tea, cookies, crafts and holiday magic!
If you have little ones ages 3 to 8, treat them to a tea-riffic holiday event on December 15th and 22nd at the Radnor Hotel. Larger-than-life costumed Toy Soldiers and dazzling Holiday Fairies welcome youngsters and parents to an old-fashioned Children's Holiday Tea filled with tea and treats, arts, crafts, magic, story-telling and card making!

Choose a Saturday, and from 1 to 3pm your child will experience an exciting holiday party with lots of other children for both friend-making and memory making!


  • Get creative at the arts & crafts table with your child and fashion something festive.
  • Interactive storytelling captures children's attentions while their imagination runs wild!
  • A Piano Sing-Along gets the sillies out with children’s songs played on the baby grand piano.
  • Each child will take home a special storybook that fits the theme of the tea party.

After the last spot of tea is finished, it’s time for interactive storytelling, followed by festive caroling while the Toy Soldier marches around the room to bring the magical essence of the Holiday season to life....

Ring in the Season with the Radnor Hotel's sparkling Holiday Champagne Brunch, voted the Main Line's Best!

If you've enjoyed this brunch in past year, you've probably already made your reservations!

If not, start a tasty new Christmas tradition with a repast that would make Julia Child smile :)

The menu is bursting with holiday fare -- along with sparkling Champagne or Mimosas -- and luscious breakfast treats as well as carded-to-order roast beef, turkey, and ham.  Enjoy grilled chicken, baked fresh fish, smoked seafood, poached salmon Chaud-Froid, peel 'n eat shrimp, and a cascading chocolate fountain. Click here to read more about the Brunch!

$29.95 per person -- $13.95 per child ages 5-11 -- Children under 5 are free. Tax and gratuity are additional.  For Reservations call 610-341-3188, and for parties over 11 call 610-341-3145.

LOCATION: ON THE MAIN LINE
591 East Lancaster Avenue, St. Davids, PA 19087
610-688-5800