February Top Ten

Chinese Parade

The Media Business Authority and Margaret Kuo’s Restaurant present the 18th Annual Chinese New Year Celebration Saturday, February 2nd, noon to 1pm.

Experience the excitement, energy and culture of a Chinese New Year Parade! 

Philadelphia’s premiere “Lion Dancers” from Hung Gar Kung Fu Academy will perform the traditional Lion Dance, complete with elaborate costumes, drums, cymbals, and dancing. The parade begins in front of Margaret Kuo’s Chinese/Japanese Restaurant and will continue along State Street. Afterwards, warm up at one of almost 2 dozen cafés and restaurants, and search for treasures in downtown Media’s unique shops and boutiques.
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Wintry Walks

Residents and visitors to Delaware County, whether experienced hikers, lovers of nature or casual walkers, will find many unique and exciting places to explore, walk, bike, hike and canoe. Here are 3 interesting places to walk in the heart of winter.

With 1000 acres of land, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is nestled amid a spider’s web of major super-highways, the Philadelphia International Airport and the Delaware River.  

John Heinz

American’s first Urban Wildlife Refuge offers 10 miles of Trails to explore encompassing forests, wetlands, observation decks built over the water and more. Kiosks and signs provide interpretive materials for trail users. Trails are open year round from sunrise to sunset and leashed dogs are welcome. You’ll find both paved and gravel surfaces, for walking, jogging or cycling.
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Ridley Creek State Park

Ridley Creek State Park is a 2,600+ acre park about 5 miles north of the county seat town of Media. It features many recreational activities such as hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking – as well as 13 miles of trails that pass through a variety of habitats.

Five miles of the trail is available for jogging, biking and walking. There is a wheelchair accessible fishing platform on a multi-use trail.  There is also a formal garden designed by the Olmsted Brothers, and The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation recreates daily life on a pre-Revolutionary farm. The Park is pet-friendly and open 7am to 7pm daily.
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Newlin Grist Mill Pond

The Historic Newlin Grist Mill offers 8.5 miles of trails that blend natural beauty, environmental diversity, and cultural history.

The trails pass through an array of diverse habitats from upland grasslands to river bottom wetlands, each offering its own varieties of plants and animals. There are 7 trails, each offering different views and experiences. Open seven days a week and the grounds are free and open to the public from 9am to dusk.
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Many of us already know that love is a gamble. Some love stories are forever, and others are quickly jettisoned like rocket boosters on a space shuttle.   

But Jimmy Carter once said, “Go out on a limb.  That’s where the fruit is.”  So, taking his advice, here are 3 uniquely playful, historic and tasty date ideas for those willing to climb out on a limb for love…

Get ‘playful’ this year at Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Race Track, where you’ll find outstanding food and lots of games that could win you more than just love!

Harrah’s beautiful COVE STEAKHOUSE & RAW BAR is ranked among the Top 10 Best Steakhouses in Philadelphia by OpenTable.  Serving dinner three nights a week (including February 14th-17th), the chef and his all-star team have created top notch dinner, wine and dessert menus with sumptuous offerings that embrace the best of Philly.
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Make dating history February 15th when the Chadds Ford Historical Society presents a ‘hands on’ adults-only evening of food, spirits, guest speakers, tasty demonstrations and interactive games.

This month’s Colonial Courtship & Victorian Valentines Event will help you up your dating game by learning the arts of historic courtship, superstitions, and traditions. Guests will watch chocolate-making demonstrations, participate in a English country dance, delight in historical chocolate pairings, and create their own Victorian Valentines. Admission is $20 and guests must be 21 years or older. Hours are 7 to 9pm.
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Penns Woods wines are featured in restaurants throughout Philadelphia and its suburbs, and their tasting room in Chadds Ford provides an all-around vineyard experience, hosting live music, food and wine pairings, and other exciting events each weekend.

February 14th experience a Penns Woods Date Night!  It is $75 per couple and includes:

  • 1 Bottle of Penns Woods red, white, or rosé
  • Cheese fondue with in-season complements for dipping
  • A chocolate treat for dessert

Tasting Room will be open from noon to 9pm, with the last seating being at 8:00. Call now for reservations: (610) 459-0808.
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Photo courtesy of Delaware County Symphony

Surging rhythms – thunderous timpani – haunting woodwinds…for many of us the universal language of love is found on sheets of classical music.  If you are one of these people, you have a big choice to make on February 10th: Two amazing concerts on the same day!

The Delaware County Symphony’s first Chamber Concert of the season is Sunday the 10th at 3pm and at the Meagher Theater at Neumann University.

In a performance that is cheekily titled “No Strings Attached” the concert features their Percussion and Brass ensembles, as well as their Woodwinds section.  The piece is Concertante for Two Clarinets by Franz Tausch. Tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.
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The Lansdowne Symphony also performs on the 10th at 3pm at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. Their program features:

  • Smyth: Overture to The Wrecked
  • Walton: Viola concerto, with Roberto Diaz
  • Brahms: Symphony no. 4 in E Minor

All seats are general admission, with adult tickets $20, senior tickets $17, and students (7-17) $5
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When it’s cold outside, treat the family to a warm and wonderful Sunday afternoon inside the Media Theatre where THE SNOW QUEEN wields her wicked spell every Sunday at Noon.

This is a new musical based on Hans Christian Anderson’s story about two friends who become separated by angry fairies and an evil Queen who has her sights set on breaking up the friendship for good!
Storyline: Arthur and Angela are village children who adore their Rose Garden, but what happens when the angry Sprites release a broken mirror into the land? The mirror causes all good things to look mean and ugly, while nasty things take on an interesting appearance.  The Snow Queen arrives and steals Arthur away…
Life lessons abound in this musical for children ages 4 and up. Tickets are $15 for Adults, $12 for children.
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PLUS 2 MORE WAYS TO HAVE FUN INDOORS:

‘Fore’ an amazing time, head for Linvilla Orchards!  When it’s too cold for fruit festivals and outdoor games, head inside where you find an awesome (and educational) Indoor Mini Golf course that features 18 holes designed as an interactive and playful museum exhibit by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.

This is also a great birthday party place! Open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm.  The cost is $6.95 for adults, $5.95 for children 10 and under.
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“Get Iced” at one of the top Ice Skating Centers in the Nation!

Boasting 4 rinks, IceWorks in Aston has hosted top events like the USA Curling Nationals, US Speed Skating Nationals, USA Collegiate Roller Hockey Nationals, US Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Championships, and more. But did you know there are PUBLIC SKATING HOURS almost every day?! Grab a group of friends, family or come skate on your own!
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Photo courtesy of Wayne Art Center

“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” Let these words by Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881 – 1973) inspire you to let your inner artist come out to play this month at the Wayne Art Center.  

Everyone has thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, questions and opinions.  Some of us never share them.  Some jot them down in a journal.  Others expose them in photographs. But if you’ve ever felt the urge to paint, design, or sculpt…share your insights on paper, canvas or in clay.  Take one of 3 exciting Art Workshops – or sign up for the VERY VALENTINE’S WORTHY Family Art Night – being offered this month at the Wayne Art Center.

FIRST:

4 Fridays Workshop: Focus on Facial Features, February 1, 8, 15, 22 — 1pm to 4pm. Members $165, Non-members $175

Are you drawn to portrait art, but find there is never enough workshop time to go in-depth with the facial features? This workshop is specifically designed for the closer study of the features-eyes, nose, mouth and ears. Discover what makes a “likeness” and how to build the form of the facial features as defined by color shifts, planes of light and shadow and detail. Students will paint from a live model. Drawing experience and us of oils is recommended, though other mediums are welcome. Workshop includes demos, handouts, discussions and a lot of one-on-one feedback at your easel!

SECOND:

4 Fri Workshop: Painting Architecture in Landscape, February 8, 15, 22, 3/11 – from 10am – 3pm. $300 members, $325 non-members

Learn how to approach architecture in simple terms without the use of difficult perspective techniques. Learn how to paint edges-sharp or soft-to accurately capture the appearance of buildings. Work from your own photographs or instructor’s photographs.

THIRD:

Family Painting Night – Valentine Dreams, February 8th from 6 to 7pm, this is the perfect family night for ages 8 to 16. Cost: $25

Get creative together by painting together! Learn how to use colors and brushes to create a fun, whimsical, heart-themed painting.  All supplies are provided. And a good time will be had by all!

FOURTH:

A Three Fridays Workshop: Clay Textures, February 22 – March 1 – March 8th, from 10am to 4pm
$275 Members, $295 Non Members

Texture can create a mood, feeling or tell a story about your ceramic work. This 3-day workshop explores a multitude of textural techniques, including the process of using found objects and unique “clay in clay” surface treatment.  Tuition includes clay and firing fees.

Read more about these and other Wayne Art Center events here 


The beautiful and exciting art above was created by Cheryl Schlenker, affiliated with the Community Arts Center of Wallingford.

Soup & Sandwiches…Bacon & Eggs…Ben & Jerry…all are unique pairings that, when combined, create some rare (and yummy!) results.

When Art & Music are served up together, it can create an amazing one-two-punch for the senses.  

So we encourage you to visit a renowned Art Museum and beloved local Art Center that will be rocking & rolling this month, hosting music (and all that jazz!) amid rare and beautiful works of art.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art Presents Art & Music on the Brandywine

Photo courtesy of the Brandywine River Museum of Art

On Thursday, February 7th enjoy a delightful night of music with the Vera String Quartet which has established itself as one of the most exciting ensembles of its generation. A winner of Astral’s 2018 National Auditions, the Quartet also won Second Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Chamber Arts Competition as well as the St. Lawrence Award at the 2018 Wigmore Hall String Quartet Competition. Members hail from Spain, Cuba and the U.S. Museum opens at 6pm – music from 7 to 9pm. Prices are $15 members, $18 non-members.
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Photo courtesy of the Community Arts Center

The Community Arts Center of Wallingford presents two concerts this month:

On February 10th enjoy the Tri-State Jazz Society Concert featuring the Barbone Street Jazz Band from 2 – 4:30 pm.  Tickets: $10 general admission

On Friday, February 22nd listen to music by Acoustic Dead – an unplugged evening of Grateful Dead tunes! Performed by local musicians from multiple bands with art provided by Drew Arata and Emily MacDonald.  The evening is 7 – 10pm, and tickets are adults $15, $10 for CAC members and $5 for children under 12.

View these art exhibits during the concerts as well as during Art Center hours each day:

  • In the Duke Gallery is a juried exhibition in Celebration of the Human Form
  • The Stairwell Gallery features Student work of ceramic instructor Karen Sacks, opens February 2nd
  • The BeaDazzle Gallery features the work of Pete Prown

Read more about adult and children’s classes as well as future events here


Zach Condon (above) named the title track of Beirut’s new album, “Gallopoli” after the Italian town where he wrote it.  In fact, Beirut’s world music sound was likely developed during Zach’s travels through Europe when he was just 17. Photos from Wikipedia

Are you ready to see one of the most unique modern/folk/indie bands in the world? Catch Beirut, now on tour with a brand-new album “Gallipoli.”  

See Beirut Friday, February 15th for a night of incredible live music! Named after Lebanon’s capital with its reputation as a place where cultures mingle, Beirut’s eclectic sound is perfectly summed up by their name.

The new album is inspired by a very particular experience by the band, described by Zach Condon as having occurred during a visit to Italy:” We were seeing signs for a city called Gallipoli. We get out of the car and we just decided to go for a walk and in that moment we happened to hit a procession… We just got lost with it for an entire night. The next day, I wrote the song I ended up calling ‘Gallipoli,’ entirely in one sitting, pausing only to eat.”
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Photo from jonathanvanness.com

On February 28th the hottest new show on tour takes the stage! Jonathan Van Ness is the latest buzzword hero, and with a cool TV persona he now boasts a live tour show that everyone is talking about! 

Jonathan Van Ness induces good vibes and great times, so make an appointment now with the hottest hair stylist, satirist, and podcaster in the country! Jonathan Van Ness is the star of the Emmy ® nominated, “Gay of Thrones” web series and a celebrity hairstylist known for his unstoppable energy and witty commentary on everything from pop culture to real-time current events. 

  • He currently stars in the Netflix reboot of “Queer Eye,” where he joined the “Fab Five” as the groomer, hairstylist, and all-around self-care advocate.  
  • In 2016, “Gay of Thrones” (Funny or Die), Jonathan’s Game of Thrones recap show, received an Emmy nomination for ‘Outstanding Short Form Variety Series. 
  • Since 2015, he has hosted the “Getting Curious” podcast

Read more about Jonathan Van Ness here


This exceptional show opens February 6th and runs through March 3rd. Here are some thoughts on Chekhov from show’s Director, Harriet Power…

“Not only was Chekhov the first playwright to make the tiny, seemingly casual nuances of human interaction his focus – he remains the playwright who does it with the drollest humor, and the deadliest yet most loving accuracy…A keen observer of human nature, Chekhov did not judge us. He felt every bit as awkward, ardent, hungry, blind, goofy, and hopeful as we are.”

Power also points out: In Three Sisters, Masha, the unhappily married middle sister, falls in love with the handsome head of the army (also unhappily married), and the sheer force and vibration of their passion is as terrifying – and timeless – as it is seductive. Chekhov challenges us with his portrayal of this passion: do we have it in our own lives? Would we want it? Could we sustain it in a marriage rather than an illicit affair? Scary, seductive stuff!  The show runs February 6th through March 3rd –  Preview Tickets $20  —  Regular Tickets $37 —  Senior Discount $34, Age 30 and Under $20.
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The Lansdowne Folk Club presents singer-songwriters Michael Braunfeld and Kirsten Maxwell on Thursday, February 28th. 

Michael Braunfeld, photo courtesy of The Lansdowne Folk Club

Michael Braunfeld is, first and foremost, a storyteller. His songs capture the everyday triumphs and struggles of ordinary people. His characters – though trapped in the particular circumstances of their own lives – appeal to a universal audience. He was welcomed into the Writers’ Night Family at The Bluebird Cafe in 2014 and was a finalist in the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition in both 2016 and 2018.  

Read more about Michael and listen to his music at: Michael Braunfeld Website

Singer/songwriter Kirsten Maxwell, photo courtesy of the Lansdowne Folk Club

Kirsten Maxwell is a New York raised singer/songwriter, now based out of Nashville. She has toured extensively over the past 4 years, and shared stages with such musical greats as Melissa Etheridge, Ferron, and Karla Bonoff. Most recently, Maxwell performed a solo show at The Cutting Room in NYC, accompanied by Paul Shaffer.

The concerts are held at the Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne. The doors open at 7:00 PM and the show begins at 7:30 PM.  Tickets are $17 in advance online or via phone reservation; $20 (cash only) at the door. There is free on-street parking and for reservations or advance ticket sales call (484) 466-6213.
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