Hi!  Welcome to our Press Room. This is dedicated to press releases on upcoming events and other news submitted by our sports teams, gardens, museums, concert halls, hotels, theaters, and historic sites. 

They are shown in the order they were received, (last is first) so every story is fresh and current.  

Contact info appears at the end of each release, but you can also contact me, Barbara Lehman, at 610-565-3679 x106.

Here are a few Delco highlights to keep in mind as you explore all the historic, fun and exciting events coming soon:

  • Our Aronimink Golf Club is hosting Golf's 2018 BMW Championship in September.
  • We are are part of what many call The Garden Capitol of the Nation: 30 Gardens within 30 Miles.
  • We are ferociously proud of our #1 in the Nation Villanova Wildcats Men's Basketball Team.
  • And we are home to the headquarters of America's new favorite Sandwich Shop: Wawa! 
  • Foodies will love our New York style Restaurant Row, historic taverns, and our diverse global cuisine scene.
  • A Major League Soccer Team is docked on our Delaware River waterfront, which is also home to Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Race Track and the nation's first Urban Wildlife Refuge.
  • Along with beautiful upscale hotels and B&Bs you'll find all the iconic streamlined brands you know and love.
  • And since we literally rub shoulders with Philly from the Airport, to our Main Line, you can overnight in Delco and save up $100 a day on taxes, hotel costs, restaurants and FREE parking.
All of which makes Delco Philly’s most fun & affordable suburb!

Largest Fountain Preservation Project of its Kind in the United States Receives 2018 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award

The architectural design team behind the revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood Gardens was the recipient of a 2018 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award. 
Beyer Blinder Belle, a premier architectural firm specializing in historic preservation, joined Longwood to receive the honor from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Alliance recognizes historic building projects that have been restored or renovated in an exemplary way. The five-year, $90 million restoration was the largest fountain preservation project of its kind in the United States.

The 80-year-old Main Fountain Garden is a hallmark of the Longwood experience visited by more than 1.5 million people each year. In 1931, Longwood’s founder Pierre S. du Pont debuted the Main Fountain Garden, which was inspired by 20th century technology from the world's fairs and the beauty of renowned European gardens. As Longwood embarked on preserving the Garden, the team looked to the future to honor his vision and ensure the continued enjoyment of the fountains with an original concept of “adaptive restoration” guiding thousands of design, restoration, and technology application decisions. 

The scope of Beyer Blinder Belle, whose portfolio includes Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, and the New York Botanical Garden, focused on the restoration of the original design; repair and improvements to mechanical and electrical systems; introduction of a series of new architectural elements such as the Grotto, Grand Stairs, and a series of subterranean service structures; and enhancements to the plantings, fountains, and visitor amenities.

Additional project highlights included a complete restoration of 4,000 pieces of limestone; improved guest access with enhanced pathways; an elaborate boxwood hedge and inviting alleés; and cutting-edge fountain technology, all making the revitalized Main Fountain Garden a truly unmatched visitor experience.

In addition to Beyer Blinder Belle, Longwood collaborated with more than 80 design teams and firms across the globe including West 8, a world-renowned landscape architecture firm; Fluidity Design Consultants, a water feature design and engineering firm; and L’Observatoire International, a lighting design firm.

Following the May 2017 return of the Main Fountain Garden, the project and its design teams have been the recipient of more than a dozen awards including a 2017 Best of Design Award from Architect’s Newspaper and 2018 Palladio Award from Traditional Building Magazine.  
Miriam Kelly, Senior Associate for Beyer Blinder Belle and Penny Person, Director of Construction Management at Longwood, accepted the 2018 Grand Jury Award during the Preservation Achievement Awards Ceremony held on June 6 in Philadelphia. The event was hosted by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, who actively promotes the appreciation, protection, and revitalization of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities and landscapes.
For information about the Main Fountain Garden at Longwood visit longwoodgardens.org.

For more information contact Patricia Evans at 610-388-5442 or via email,
pevans@longwoodgardens.org

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Applications Now Open for Longwood Gardens 2019 International Organ Competition

The Longwood Organ is among the world’s largest concert organs, with 146 ranks and 10,010 pipes. After a seven-year restoration completed in 2011, the organ is restored to its original 1930 condition as well as incorporating innovative technology.   
Organists Compete for a $40,000 First Place Prize June 18-22, 2019
Longwood Gardens has announced that applications are now being accepted for its 2019 International Organ Competition, where-up-and-coming organists will compete on The Longwood Organ (pictured above) for a $40,000 first place prize, the largest cash prize of any organ competition in the world. 

Preliminary and final rounds will take place June 18-22, 2019 in their magnificent Ballroom.

Applications are available at Longwood Organ Competition Rules & Information and the competion is open to ages 18-30 years old. Only the first 60 applicants will be accepted. The application deadline is November 5, 2018.

A distinguished panel of experts will judge the competition including Peter Richard Conte, Grand Court Organist of the renowned Wanamaker Organ and Principal Organist at Longwood Gardens; Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht, Professor Emerita and University Organist at the University of Alberta and Adjunct Professor of Music at The King’s University, Edmonton as well as a an organ soloist and performer with Joachim Segger as Duo Majoya; Maggie Hamilton, Editor of Choir & Organ magazine and organist, choir director, and founder-director of Counterpoint, a world music partner project of Christian Aid; Thomas Heywood, the only professional concert organist in Australian history, and one of the world’s finest concert organists; Rossen Milanov, Music Director of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias in Spain; Alan Morrison, Head of the Organ Department at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music; and Todd Wilson, Head of the Organ Department at The Cleveland Institute of Music and Curator of the E.M. Skinner pipe organ at Severance Hall in Cleveland, OH. The Master of Ceremonies will be Haig Mardirosian, Dean Emeritus of the College of Arts and Letters, and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Tampa.
 
The Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition winner receives the $40,000 Pierre S. du Pont First Prize, a contract with Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, and a 2019-20 performance at Longwood. Second place receives the Firmin Swinnen $15,000 prize and third place receives the Clarence Snyder $5,000 prize. In addition, the competition offers the Audience Choice Prize of $1,000 and new this year is The AGO Philadelphia Chapter Prize of $1,000 recognizing outstanding performance of the judges’ choice piece. All travel and accommodations for competitors is provided by Longwood Gardens. Longwood Gardens is a member of the World Federation of Music Competitions.

Past competition winners include Benjamin Sheen, a UK native and Juilliard graduate who in addition to performing around the world, is currently Associate Organist at Saint Thomas Church in New York City. The 2016 winner, Joshua Stafford, is a Curtis Institute of Music and Yale School of Music alumnus and in addition to his active concert career, is Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Morristown, New Jersey.

Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,083 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by founder Pierre S. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts.
Longwood Gardens Website

Contact: Patricia Evans
610-388-5442
pevans@longwoodgardens.org
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Take a Free Guided "Evening Highlight: Tour at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

June 13th Explore the Scott Arboretum's Plant Collections with Arboretum Staff
This tour is designed for gardeners from beginners to experts. The tour will begin at 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, please call the Scott Arboretum offices at 610-328-8025.

The Scott Arboretum is a unique garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging horticulture in its broadest sense through displays on the 350-plus acre campus of Swarthmore College. We offer some of the region’s most intimate, authentic, and accessible horticultural experiences. The Arboretum is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 or visit Scott Arboretum Evening Tour Web Page

Date & Time:                   Wednesday, June 13, 6 to 7:30 pm
Cost:                                 Free & open to the public
Location:                          Departs from the Scott Arboretum Offices
Special Notes:                  Tour is canceled in inclement weather

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The Chadds Ford Historical Society Invites You to Become 'Enlightened" at June's Tavern Talk.

Take Part in an 18th Century Coffeehouse Experience!
On Thursday, June 21st from 7-9 p.m., enter the “Age of Reason” with our latest Tavern Talks theme of the enlightenment! To be sure you are well-informed, our notable guests for the evening include inventor Mr. Joseph Priestley (portrayed by Dean Howarth of Living Histories of Science), astronomer Caroline Herschel (portrayed by K. Lynn King), and a horticulturist (portrayed by Chuck Feld). We will also be putting the light in enlightenment with an interactive historical lighting display by demonstrator William Russell. Finally, guests will be immersed into a coffeehouse setting where news of the day would have been discussed in the 18th century.

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $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. All attendees must be 21 and older.

Be sure to mark your calendars for other Tavern Talks we will be doing throughout the year, including:
  • September 13 – Liberty or Death
  • October 11 – Fermented & Tormented
  • November 8 – Sugar & Spice 

For more info on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call (610) 388-7376, email us at info@chaddsfordhistory.org or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Tickets can be purchased directly at https://bit.ly/2GDRsgr
                  
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USA Today Cites Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College as One of the Top 10 Gardens To See

May 2018 -  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:

“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."

The Scott Arboretum is a unique garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging horticulture in its broadest sense through displays on the 350-plus acre campus of Swarthmore College. We offer some of the region’s most intimate, authentic, and accessible horticultural experiences. The Arboretum is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 or visit Scott Arboretum Website
 BE A HERO TO A HERO! Register now for the 11th Annual Walk for the Wounded and Warriors 5K Run on May 19th 
Saturday, May 19th Pennsylvania’s 11th Annual  WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN will take place at Rose Tree Park in Media, PA from 9am to 3pm. 
This annual Family Fun Day has grown bigger every year and benefits Operation First Response (OFR) which has given financial assistance to more than 18,000 wounded veterans in need of aid to support their medical, transportation and general living expenses while dealing with life altering injuries while in service to their country.

Last year marked a decade of Delco hosting WALK FOR THE WOUNDED & WARRIORS 5K RUN, and when the final tally was taken, the event had raised more than 2.5 million dollars in just 10 years.  This year, one of the recipients of those dollars, Chief Warrant Officer Trevor Jenni (retired) will give the keynote speech.  

Jenni will talk about his military service in Afghanistan during Operation Freedom, his time at Oyster Creek Power as a terrorism squad leader, and his final years as a Blackhawk Pilot flying 350 hours in Iraq.  Due to multiple injuries he was medically retired from the Army in 2015.

MC for the event is Nicole Brewer from CBS 3 TV who will be joined by hundreds of military veterans and everybody’s favorite mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, who hasn’t missed a single WALK since the first in 2007!

As in previous years, the day will boast a festival-like atmosphere, with live music by OFFLINE, and more tunes by DJ Partytime. There will be Rock Climbing, Zip-Lining and Free Falling. Plus there will be a Tribute to a local fallen hero, Army Sgt. Allen J. Dunckley and a military vehicle display that may include a Chinnok Ch47 Helicopter! Nifty Fifties is back again, selling tasty food items at family-friendly prices.

Register for the WARRIORS 5K (a professionally timed event) by visiting www.RunSignUp.com.  Search 'Warriors 5K' and then click ‘Sign Up.'  For questions call 215-237-8101. Registration fee includes an event T-shirt. OFR encourages those participating in the WALK and RUN to sign up as many family members, friends and co-workers as possible, to make a financial pledge. Read more at Operation First Response

Created in partnership with the Destination Delco Tourism Bureau, WALK FOR THE WOUNDED and the WARRIORS 5K Run has become one of the county’s biggest events of the year, bringing thousands of walkers, runners, families and veterans to Delaware County from all over the Mid-Atlantic. 

“This event is a major fundraiser for OFR,” acknowledges Nick Constantino, a senior representative with the organization. “But you forget that pretty quickly because everyone who has ever attended the event, and everyone who has come to walk, run or just come to shake hands with all the veterans who are here – knows  it’s all about heart!” 

QUICK FACTS:
WARRIOR’S 5K RUN REGISTRATION Check In: 9 AM at the park – Run starts at 10 AM. Nominal fee to participate.
WALK REGISTRATION: 10 AM at the park – FREE -- Walk follows ceremonies (est. 11 AM).
Donation/Pledge forms are online at Operation First Response
•Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 97 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
•OFR is staffed by mostly volunteers; with the exception of three full-time employees.
•Walkers register here and are asked to help get donation sponsors for themselves, if possible.
•Companies are also invited to become Walk or Corporate Sponsors, or to advertise in the WALK PROGRAM being distributed at the event.
•People are invited to simply make a donation.

Contact:  Barbara Lehman, Director of Communications, Destination Delco Tourism Bureau
PH 610-565-36579 -- CELL 215-872-1308
blehman@DestinationDelco.com
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Chadds Ford Historical Society Takes You Shopping at a Colonial Marketplace May 17th

                                                     Tavern Talks: To Market, To Market
“To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.” At this month’s Tavern Talks on Thursday May 17th from 7-9 pm, we will have plenty of artisans you would have found if you visited any marketplace or town in the 18th century. The marketplace was essential to Colonists stocking up on goods or foods they were not able to make themselves.

For this month, the tavern will be filled with area artisans who still make 18th century inspired crafts, including: Chadds Ford Canvas (floor cloths), Brandywine Bowls, Historic Delights Jewelry, Olde Liberty Goods, Scarlett Forge Blacksmithing, Colonial peddler demonstrations, paper cutting, weaving and more!

Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $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. All attendees must be 21 and older.

Be sure to mark your calendars for other Tavern Talks we will be doing throughout the year, including:

June 21 – Enlightened!
September 13 – Liberty or Death
October 11 – Fermented & Tormented
November 8 – Sugar & Spice

For more info on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call (610) 388-7376, email us at info@chaddsfordhistory.org or visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Tickets can be purchased directly at http://bit.ly/2lNB2pk

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Kelly Music For Life Presents the 5th Annual Haverford Spring Fest Sponsored by ACME Markets on Sunday, May 6th




The 5th Annual Haverford Spring Fest Music & Arts Festival hits all the right notes May 6th from noon to 7pm.  It will be streamed live around the world on iRadioPhilly - but you can experience it live and in person on Brookline Blvd at Darby Road in Havertown.

MORE DETAILS:
Produced by Kelly Music For Life, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to improving lives and communities through music.
Sponsored by ACME Markets.
Benefits the future KELLY CENTER FOR MUSIC, ARTS, AND COMMUNITY opening in Havertown in 2018 as well as music education and community initiatives in the Haverford Township Area.
Performers: (subject to change.)
o Live At The Fillmore – The World’s Greatest Tribute To The Allman Brothers Band
o Elton Rohn -- The premiere Elton John tribute band in North America 
o Earth Wonder Fire -- Stevie Wonder / Earth Wind And Fire tribute 
o The Haverford High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Michael Fein (swinging with a set of Big Band classics)

A $3.00 donation will be requested at the entrances on Darby Road and at the back of the Festival Grounds near Brookline Blvd and Beverly Road. The donation includes a full day of music and re-entry privileges. The Haverford Spring Fest is funded 100% by donations, not taxes.
There will be plenty for the entire family to do including the Kids Super Fun Zone, a one price all you can play area of activities for your children. In addition, area businesses will showcase their goods and services in fun and informative presentations. 
Live music, food and drink from the area’s best restaurants and bars.
The entire festival area is a Beer and Wine Garden (beer and wine priced per drink. You must be 21 or older to purchase and consume beer and wine).
The Haverford Spring Fest is produced by Kelly Music for Life, a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to improving lives and communities through music. The Haverford Spring Fest will benefit local music programs, the Kelly Center and other community initiatives.
There are limited Sponsor, Vendor and Artisan opportunities. Detailed information about the fest as well as directions and other information is available at Haverford Spring Fest Website

Follow the Fest at Kelly Music For Life on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @KMFLEvents, hashtag #HSF2018. To RSVP for credentials, arrange one on one interviews, or for more information:  Adrian Hickman (Press Relations / Social Media) -- adimike55@verizon.net -- or call
215- 868-5737

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Plan Ahead for This Year's FatherFest at the American Helicopter Museum
West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) has an exciting day planned for Father’s Day, Sunday, June 17. The museum’s legendary FatherFest features antique cars and motorcycles, food trucks, a beer garden, sports-oriented inflatable games, helicopter rides (additional cost) and more from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Wonder of Flight,” and AHMEC’s aircraft lineup doesn’t disappoint
The current schedule consists of Dr. Stanley Blazejewski’s Magni M-16 Gyrocopter, and awaiting confirmation is Atlantic City Coast Guard Flotilla, MetroAviation, JeffSTAT, PennSTAR and the Pennsylvania State Police. Adding to the “Flight” theme are birds of prey demonstrations and exhibitions from Mike Dupuy Falconry and The Falconry Girl, Sean Young.

Food trucks like Zac's Burger, Dos Gringos Mexican Kitchen, Haute Wheels and The Tot Cart offer numerous culinary delights. Malvern’s Locust Lane Brewery’s Beer Garden refreshes with awesome brews. And Kona Ice’s cold, sweet treats always satisfy on a hot day.

Additional entertainment includes DJ music by Full Moon Entertainment, Larry Smythe’s M.A.S.H. military collection and dogs from Paws for People™ Pet-Assisted Visitation Volunteer Services. Vendors such as Lily Leong Chocolates and Crossan Concessions sell wonderful goods for all ages.

Admission is $10.00 per person. Helicopter rides cost $60.00 per person on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at www.americanhelicopter.museum for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, 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.

Contact: Jan Feighner, PR Coordinator
610-436-9600, x 204
jfeighner@americanhelicopter.museum
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Amphibian and Reptile Spring Awakenings Highlighted in Brandywine Conservancy Lecture


Chadds Ford, PA, March 27, 2018—The sounds of amphibians and reptiles awakening from their winter hibernation marks the arrival of spring in the Brandywine Valley and surrounding area. This season is an ideal time to look and listen for frogs, toads and salamanders moving to their breeding pools to call and find mates, in addition to turtles and snakes emerging from hibernation to bask in the sun. Learn all about these spring Herpetofauna or “herps”—the collective term for both reptiles and amphibians—during the next lecture in the Brandywine Conservancy’s Stewardship Series on Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Entitled “Amphibians and Reptiles Awaken,” this how-to lecture will help you identify these creatures by sight and sound, protect and enhance their habitat, and submit observations as a citizen scientist. Led by Mike McGraw, MES, QAWB (Senior Wildlife Biologist/Ecologist and PA Branch Manager at Applied Ecological Services), the lecture will be followed by an optional field walk along the Brandywine Conservancy marshlands to listen for the sounds of the earliest calling frogs.

“Amphibians and Reptiles Awaken” will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s lecture room at 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Admission is $5 for non-members and free for Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art members and Conservancy easement landowners; light refreshments will be provided. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.brandywine.org/conservancy/events. Those joining the optional field walk are encouraged to bring a flashlight and wear waterproof hiking shoes.

About the Brandywine Conservancy:
The Brandywine Conservancy protects water, conserves land, and engages communities. The Conservancy uses a multi-faceted approach to conservation. Staff work with private landowners who wish to see their lands protected forever, and provide innovative community planning services to municipalities and other governmental agencies. The Conservancy currently holds 483 conservation and agricultural easements and has facilitated the permanent preservation of more than 64,500 acres of land. The Conservancy is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.

About the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art:
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art preserves and promotes the natural and cultural connections between the area’s beautiful landscape, historic sites, and important artists. The Conservancy protects the lands throughout the Brandywine Valley, developing new conservation approaches and assuring access to majestic open spaces and dependable water supplies for generations to come. The Museum of Art presents and collects historic and contemporary works of American art, engaging and exciting visitors of all ages through an array of exhibitions and programs. The Brandywine unites the inspiring experiences of art and nature, enhancing the quality of life in its community and among its diverse audiences.

Click here to visit our Press Room for high-resolution images. (password: brandywine)

Media Contacts: Andrew Stewart, astewart@brandywine.org, 610.388.8331 amd Nicole Kindbeiter, nkindbeiter@brandywine.org, 610.388.8336

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art | U.S. Route 1, P.O. Box 141, Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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 Grab the family and head for our famous Tower Theater (where a new up and comer singer, Bruce Springsteen, once performed for $5,000). 
Share the history of this iconic concert hall with your children who will love the chance to see all their favorite Disney characters.
Click here for the Tower's Spring Calendar and Tix

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The Community Arts Center (CAC) of Wallingford Presents an April "Mash-Up" of Music, Art and Poetry

Community Arts Center of Wallingford's Spring Fundraiser "Boots & Bandanas" stars the Twangabillies (picture right).  And a painting of a Johnny Cash by David McShane (pictured left) will be one of the auction items the night of the fundraiser!  Photos provided by CAC. 

Discover Mad Poets, Johnny Cash, Motown and More at CAC.

Mad Poets Society Reading
April 5th, 7:00 p.m.

Boots and Bandanas Bash
April 21, 7 - 11:00 p.m.
Mosey on down to the Arts Center in your Western-style best or just your favorite jeans, grab some delicious down-home grub, a few good beers or a bourbon and branch water, and two-step the night away with friendly folks having a darn good time -- all to raise much needed funds that support everything from on-site classes and exhibitions to off-site programming designed to increase access to the arts throughout Delaware County.
Enjoy live music by The Twangabillies (roots rock n' roll and vintage country), plus food, open bar and more.  ADMISSION: $75

Friday Night Live Concert
April 27th, 7 – 10 p.m.
Features Lisa Chavous – R & B from Motown to Philly & Beyond
Friday Night Live is a CAC monthly event that brings together live music and live art. Each event features a live music performance from a local artist. During the performance, featured artists create visual art inspired by and responding to the music. The work is auctioned off by a silent auction taking place throughout the evening. The event is set up in cafe-style in the beautiful Duke Gallery. These events are BYOB and BAYF (bring all your friends).  Water and light refreshments will be available but you are encouraged to bring your own tasty morsels to enjoy during the concert.  ADMISSION: $10 members, $15 non-members

  • Register now for adult classes classes and workshops in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, mixed media, printmaking, photography, music, and yoga. 
  • Children can register for Summer Spree camp, Art Start Pre-School, Lucky Charms afternoon arts enrichment program and After-School and Weekend ART Adventures, Teen Workshops - Register at the website below or call the office at 610-566-1713 for more information.

Community Arts Center Website
Contact: Andrea DiFabio ▪ (610) 566 -1713 ex. 15
adifabio@communityartscenter.org
For information visit www.communityartscenter.org or call 610-566-1713
Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086
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St. Patrick's Day Extravaganza Features The Celtic Tenors & the National Dance Company of Ireland


Upper Darby Performing Arts Center welcomes the National Dance Company of Ireland to perform a dance and music extravaganza “Rhythm of the Dance” on March 16th

DREXEL HILL, PA: March 1, 2018 – The public is invited to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day weekend on March 16 at 7:30 pm at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center with the dance and music extravaganza “Rhythm of the Dance” performed by The National Dance Company of Ireland. The epic touring show includes a cast of twenty-two step dancers, live musicians, and the popular singing group The Celtic Tenors. The 2018 tour features new choreography, costumes, music, and fresh multi-media.

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is located at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill. Tickets are $35-$45 and UDPAC members save $2 off each ticket. To purchase tickets and for more information, audience members may visit www.udpac.org or call the box office at 610.622.1189. The performance is ideal for ages 12 and up. Parking is free.

Internationally rated as one of the three most popular and successful Irish dance shows on tour (with Riverdance and Lord of the Dance) “Rhythm of the Dance” provides an experience that celebrates the proud and glorious Irish heritage and culture.

The epic performance “Rhythm of the Dance” heralds in a new era in Irish entertainment that celebrates both the rich history of Ireland as well as the art of Irish dance, from the disciplined tradition of the Celtic Step, to the sensual ancient dance style. Using modern art forms of dance and music, this richly costumed show marries the contemporary and the ancient. Combining traditional dance and music with the most up to date stage technology, the show is a thousand year old story executed with all the advantages of the modern day stage show.
The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and Upper Darby Summer Stage are jointly sponsored by the Upper Darby School District Board of School Directors and Upper Darby Township Mayor and Council through the Department of Recreation and Leisure Services.

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Paul W. Meyer, the 2018 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, will speak about his passion for horticulture and commitment to sustainability


Sunday, March 18th Scott Arboretum's Spring Celebration Honors Morris Arboretum Executive Director, Paul Meyer
On Sunday, March 18 at 4 pm at the Lang Performing Arts Center the public is invited to hear Paul W. Meyer,the 2018 recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, speak about his passion for horticulture, commitment to sustainability, and exploration of the world in search of good garden plants.

In the words of the 2017 Scott Medal Recipient, R. William Thomas, “Throughout his 40-year career, Paul has made outstanding regional, national, and global contributions to the science and art of gardening. Paul has led the renaissance of the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, making it an internationally significant institution known for its collections, aesthetics, education, and research. He has promoted collaboration and cooperation among international as well as local organizations, is a world leader in plant exploration, and has been instrumental in preserving open space.”

Meyer is honored to receive this prestigious award, and pointed to others who share the credit.  “This recognition would not be possible without the hard work of the Arboretum’s staff, board and volunteers whose invaluable contributions enable Morris Arboretum to fulfill its role as a premier public garden.”

A champagne toast and hors d’oeuvres will follow Paul W. Meyer’s presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Please register at 610-328-8025 or online at www.scottarboretum.org.

The Scott Medal and Award was established in 1929 to recognize individuals who, in the opinion of the selection committee, have made outstanding national contributions to the science and art of gardening. The 2017 award of the medal together with $14,000 is given as an acknowledgement of “...achievement of great merit, recognition of work in creating and developing a wider interest in gardening.”

The Scott Arboretum is a unique garden of ideas and suggestions encouraging horticulture in its broadest sense through displays on the 350-plus acre campus of Swarthmore College. We offer some of the region’s most intimate, authentic, and accessible horticultural experiences. The Arboretum is frequently ranked among the most beautiful campuses in the world. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Arboretum Offices at 610-328-8025 or visit www.scottarboretum.org.


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Tickets Now on Sale to the Public for the 88th Radnor Hunt Races on Saturday, May 19th


The Springtime Tradition of Steeplechases, Tailgating and Tent Parties Returns with the 88th Radnor Hunt Races on Saturday, May 19, in Malvern, PA.
As one of the nation’s top three steeplechases in the spring, the Radnor Hunt Races draw the best thoroughbred horses, riders and trainers across the country, along with nearly 25,000 spectators enjoying a day in the countryside. Tickets are now on sale to the public, with the proceeds benefiting the open space and clean water programs of the Brandywine Conservancy. BNY Mellon Wealth Management—which has been the lead sponsor for over 30 years—returns as the presenting sponsor of the races.

The Radnor Hunt Races is a celebrated Main Line tradition dating back to the 1930s. In addition to six thrilling jump races and the prestige of $190,000 in purse money, the day’s events include a spectacular antique carriage parade, the much-loved parade of foxhounds, plus tailgating competitions and hat contests. This year, spectators can purchase tickets to the new Fox’s Den, located trackside at the finish line.

“The Fox’s Den is the place to be this year,” said Kathy Freney Smith, Radnor Hunt Races coordinator. “Besides being the best seat in the house for viewing the races, guests can mingle with the owners, trainers and riders throughout the day.” Tickets to the Fox’s Den include gourmet catering, full beverage service, Finish Line view and access to the post-Race Preakness party.

Leading up to Race Day, four fun pre-race events are scheduled to help kick-off the festivities:

Grooming Your Tailgate — March 22, 6 to 8 p.m. Join tailgate experts, a chef and a mixologist for an entertaining ‘how-to’ of tailgating at the Radnor Hunt Races. 13th Street Cocktail Catering and Tito’s will be on hand to create a signature cocktail for Race Day. $20 per person, includes light hors d'oeuvres & cash bar.
Cocktails and Chapeaux — April 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Spend a few hours with friends and fellow race-goers creating a one-of-a-kind hat for Race day. Well-known area milliners will be there to help guests create the perfect chapeau sure to take the top prize. Hat not included—please bring a hat to embellish or adorn. Embellishments are included in the price. $25 per person, includes hat embellishments, light hors d’oeuvres & cash bar.
Radnor Races Shopping Boutique — May 10, 2 to 9 p.m. Shop for all you’ll need to be "Race Day ready" with boutique shopping. $10 per person, includes light hors d’oeuvres & cash bar.
Wildflower Bash — May 18; cocktails 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m. Kick-off the races the night before with a festive dinner dance at Radnor Hunt.

More information about each event and tickets are available at www.radnorhuntraces.org.

The races take place rain or shine on Saturday, May 19; gates open at 10 a.m. There are six jump races throughout the day—starting at 1:30 p.m.—with about a half an hour between each race. The W. Burling Cocks Racecourse at Radnor Hunt is about a mile around, and the horses run clock-wise around the circuit for two or three laps, depending on the race. Admission is sold in advance only, through May 11. Admission starts at $100 per car (includes entry for all people in the vehicle). In addition to the tents, a wide variety of reserved parking spots and box seats are available. For details, visit www.radnorhuntraces.org or call 610.388.8383.

In addition to presenting sponsor BNY Mellon Wealth Management, other returning sponsors include The Bellevue—with over two decades of continued support—Alfa Romeo, Keystone Property and Skyway International. For information about sponsorship, please contact Kathy Freney Smith at 610.388.8315.

For 39 years, the Radnor Hunt Races has solely benefited the Brandywine Conservancy, whose work over the past 50 years has focused on protecting water and preserving the breathtaking landscapes, rich history and active farmland surrounding the Brandywine Creek. With the help of the races and many likeminded partners, the Conservancy has protected over 64,500 acres of open space— including the Radnor Hunt racecourse itself and surrounding lands—and continues to improve and safeguard water quality along the Brandywine in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware.

About the Brandywine Conservancy:
The Brandywine Conservancy protects water, conserves land, and engages communities. The Conservancy uses a multi-faceted approach to conservation. Staff work with private landowners who wish to see their lands protected forever, and provide innovative community planning services to municipalities and other governmental agencies. The Conservancy currently holds 483 conservation and agricultural easements and has facilitated the permanent preservation of more than 64,500 acres of land. The Conservancy is a program of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art.

About the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art:
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art preserves and promotes the natural and cultural connections between the area’s beautiful landscape, historic sites, and important artists. The Conservancy protects the lands throughout the Brandywine Valley, developing new conservation approaches and assuring access to majestic open spaces and dependable water supplies for generations to come. The Museum of Art presents and collects historic and contemporary works of American art, engaging and exciting visitors of all ages through an array of exhibitions and programs. The Brandywine unites the inspiring experiences of art and nature, enhancing the quality of life in its community and among its diverse audiences.

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2018 Spring Lecture Series at Chadds Ford Historical Society


The Chadds Ford Historical Society’s 2018 Spring Lecture Series called “Picturing The Past” uses historic images to discuss a wide variety of historical topics. The series includes four lectures during consecutive weeks:

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 p.m.
Eyewitness Images form the American Revolution, Arthur Lefkowitz
This slide presentation is based on Lefkowitz’s new book titled Eyewitness Images from the American Revolution. Despite the absence of photography and combat illustrators, the American Revolution was accurately recorded by a number of artists.  As a historian Lefkowitz, also authored 6 award winning books about the American Revolution. He will present a color slide presentation of 18th Century artistry in the form of studio executed history paintings, portraits, illustrations, maps and rapidly executed drawings done in the field. The pictures in the presentation have been gathered from   museums in the United States, Canada, Ireland, England and France.

Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 p.m.

Pets In America: The Story of Our Lives with Animals at Home; Dr. Katherine Grier
Kasey Grier is a history professor and Director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Delaware. Dr. Grier is a specialist in material culture studies whose research interests lie in the history of everyday life in America. Her presentation reflects a travelling exhibition that has been touring the United States since 2006. Her most recent book, Pets in America: A History grew out of a developing interest in the history of animal-human interaction.

Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m.

Charles Philips: Draftsman, Bicyclist & Photographer, Pamela C. Powell
Pamela Powell, Photo Archivist with the Chester County Historical Society, will introduce you to the photography of Charles Philips, an ambitious young draftsman with the Pusey and Jones Company in Wilmington, who photographed working mills, covered bridges, railroads, churches and Friends meetinghouses in southern Chester County and northern Delaware. He photographed the landscape on his bicycling adventures riding north out of Wilmington between 1895 and 1912.
Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April  5th, 7:00 p.m.
Chadds Ford Then and Now II, Phyllis Recca
This presentation is a continuation of Phyllis’s first lecture for CFHS and covers eight new sites in the Chadds Ford area. Learn about Christy’s Restaurant and Reyburn’s Tavern, viewing rare historic photos from private collections. Find out what happened to Quimby’s Gas Station and why there was confusion regarding the Chadds Ford Barbershop sign created by N.C. Wyeth. This fascinating lecture helps us to discover more about our local heritage and how places have changed over time.

Admission to the lectures is free for all CFHS members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. The 2018 Spring Lectures Series is held in the CFHS Barn Visitors Center at 1736 Creek Road (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. For more information please visit our website www.chaddsfordhistory.org. 

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Learn About Philadelphia’s Civil War Generals

The Newtown Square Historical Society invites you to our monthly program on Wednesday, March 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Dunwoody Village auditorium to hear Arch Hunter speak on Philadelphia’s Civil War Generals.










During the Civil War, Philadelphia raised over 50 infantry and cavalry regiments, and its manufacturers made uniforms, weapons and warships for the war effort. The city also hosted the two largest military hospitals in the country to care for the sick and wounded. 

Philadelphia sent at least twelve generals off to fight for the Union (and one who chose to fight for the Confederacy!) The most famous of these generals, George Gordon Meade, was given command of the Army of the Potomac on Sunday, June 28, 1863, and three days later led his army to victory in the largest, and most decisive, battle of the war – Gettysburg. Fellow Pennsylvanian generals Winfield Scott Hancock and John Gibbon turned back Pickett’s Charge during that battle. The other Philadelphia generals served with varying degrees of success.

Arch Hunter will look at a few who stood out, and will discuss their leadership and
contributions during the war. Arch Hunter is a long time history teacher at Marple Newtown High School, and the descendant of settlers in Newtown reaching back to the time of William Penn. Make sure you do your homework! He welcomes questions and audience participation.

All programs are held at the Dunwoody Village auditorium, 3500 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free. Refreshments are served. Come out and meet your history minded neighbors and learn and be entertained!
Photo at searching4meade.com


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