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