March Top Ten

Photo by Lisa Roper

Called one of North America’s most Beautiful Secret Gardens, Chanticleer Opens March 27th.

The Main Line is famous around the world, and has been since the early 1900’s when it first became the summer playground of Philadelphia’s richest families.   They built lavish estates that offered them a beautiful country setting, as well as easy access to the city.  Chanticleer is the last remaining Main Line Estate that is still open to the public.  It was the home of Christine and Adolph Rosengarten, Sr. who headed Rosengarten and Sons Pharmaceutical Company which would eventually become part of Merck & Company in the 1920s. 

Chanticleer is a 35-acre natural garden filled with gorgeous trees, plants and flowers.  It has been called “the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America” — and National Geographic’s Traveler Magazine named it “One of North American’s most beautiful Secret Gardens.”

Pictured at the top of the story is the Ruin Garden, but you’ll also want to explore the Asian Woods, Pond Garden, Tennis Court Garden, Bell’s Run Creek, the Cut Flower Garden, Teacup Garden, and the Orchard.  Chanticleer Gardens Website

  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm
  • Adults (13 years and over) – $10.00
  • Children 12 years and under – Free

786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087

The beautiful photo above is called ‘Pink Peony’ and was taken by Lisa Roper on May 9th, 2017 at 6:15pm. Roper noted, “For this portrait of a tree peony I focused on the stamens covered in pollen using a very shallow depth of field. The soft, bright but overcast light makes for perfect conditions to describe all the details of the petals.”

Gorgeous Photos ‘Bloom’ at the CAC

The Community Arts Center of Wallingford is excited to announce their new Alluring Light Exhibit of Chanticleer Garden Photos by Lisa Roper that opens March 16th in their Duke Gallery.

The Duke Gallery at the Community Arts Center
414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford, PA 19086

The Alluring Light Exhibit will be on display through April 12th, but don’t miss the opening “Meet & Greet” Reception on Sunday, March 17th from 2-4 pm, where you will have an opportunity to ask questions and share your thoughts with Lisa.

Lisa is both a skilled gardener and designated photographer with Chanticleer Gardens, located on the Main Line in Radnor Township.  Exhibit photos cannot be used here, but Lisa chose three other pictures for this story, and graciously wrote a few notes and descriptions to accompany them:

Orchard chairs May 5, 2013, 5:20 pm.
I used the red maple leaves like a scrim to frame the chairs, blooming crab apples and drifts of narcissus in the Orchard.

Elevated Walkway May 16, 2017, 7:20 am. 
Allium hollandaicum ‘Purple Sensation’ was in peak bloom and I wanted to capture the way the flow of allium echoed the sinuous lines of the Elevated Walkway.

Say “I Do” to attending the Main Line Bridal Event!

We’re not psychic, but if there’s a wedding in your future, we predict you’ll find lots to love about the 27th Annual Main Line Bridal Event being held Sat., March 9th from noon to 3pm at The Radnor Hotel.

From the dress, to the flowers, to the cake you have envisioned for years… the countdown to the best weddings in the region begins right here!  Couples, moms and bridesmaids can ask experts all kinds of questions, plus see a fashion show by Liberty & Lace Bridal, Nordstrom Wedding Suite and The Wedding Shoppe, and Sagets Formal Wear.  There will be music by Schaffer Sound D.J. and a beautiful flower Arch will be on display by Aygul Events.  Models will be carrying exquisite fresh bridal bouquets provided by Hoffmann Design Group, Kati Mac Floral Design and Matlack Florist. 

There’s a vendor’s raffle for all kinds of door prizes and ONE LUCKY WINNER WINS A ROMANTIC 3-NIGHT GETAWAY to the all-inclusive Royal Hideaway Playacar in Playa del Carmen, Mexico courtesy of Bridget Ward Travel and Barcelo Hotel Group.  Read about all the vendors, contests, prizes more! 

Photo courtesy of the Radnor Hotel

Admission is $10 per person, but brides and grooms are admitted free by registering through The Radnor Hotel’s website or calling 610-341-3500

The Radnor has been named “Best of Weddings” 2019 by The Knot, as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests — and has also received the 2019 Couples Choice Award from WeddingWire. 

The Radnor Hotel
591 E. Lancaster Ave, St. Davids, PA
For more info, call 610-341-3500 or email:

Get Your Irish On!

Irish or not, we all wear green, celebrate the plucky leprechaun, drink green ale and tell tall tales.  We’re willing to kiss a stone…sing an olde Irish song (after many mugs of the green ale) and in general, have a heck of a time.

But in Delaware County it all starts with music, community, and great food!  String Bands, Military Groups, Scouts, Choirs and more have all marched in Springfield Township’s Irish Parade – and this year’s looks bigger and better than ever!

The March 16th parade starts at noon at West Springfield and Britton Roads, and ends at the reviewing stand at the Old Central School on Saxer Avenue and Powell Road. Springfield’s favorite musician, Tom Curtis, will be honored as Grand Marshall, and as part of the tradition, revelers can convene after the parade to celebrate all things Irish at Hanrahan’s Pub in Drexel Hill.  Springfield Township St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook Page

LOCATION: Springfield Township, PA                                                                                                                                                      

AND…On March 16th at 7:30pm, Sony Music recording artists and Celtic Thunder lead singer, Emmet Cahill is considered to be Ireland’s most exciting young tenor .  He will perform one show only at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center!

Member of Celtic Thunder, Emmet Cahill is performing at the UDPAC on his 2019 Solo Tour. See this photo and more at Emmet Cahill Facebook Page

Cahill is an award-winning classically trained Irish tenor whose solo tour features songs from his debut album, “Emmet Cahill’s Ireland.” The album reached #1 on the Amazon, iTunes and “Billboard” World Music charts and offers the very best of traditional Irish music plus film and Broadway hits including “This is the Moment,” “Music of the Night,” and “Bring Him Home.” Upper Darby Performing Arts Website

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026

AND FOR MORE IRISH MUSIC… Every Monday night Sligo’s Irish Pub features authentic Irish music from 7 to 9pm — and on Friday, March 29th they’ll be serving up plenty of laughter with this show:“Slainte:  A Stand Up Comedy Show” featuring Delco’s own Peggy O’Leary (Discovery Channel).Tickets are $10 — $15.  Sligo Irish Pub Website

Sligo Irish Pub 
113 West State Street, Media, PA 19063

Talen stadium

Rolling on the River!

Philadelphia Union fans will be lining up along the Delaware River long before the 1pm start time of the team’s first game of the 2019 season, March 2nd against Toronto FC. Get tickets now for both the opening game, as well as their next home game on Saturday, March 23rd, at 7:30pm when they take on Columbus Crew SC!

All eyes will be on newly acquired Soccer Star, Marco Fabian!
The Mexican midfielder is already making his presence known, scoring his first goal in a pre-season game against DC on February 20th.

  • Full Season Tickets, Partial Plans and Group Tickets are now available.
  • Partial Plans include 5 or 9 games and feature a discount of up to 20% off the price of single game tickets. Groups of 10 or more receive a savings of up to 20% off regular single game tickets Philadelphia Union Website with Full Season Schedule of Games

Talen Energy Stadium
2501 Seaport Drive, Suite 500, Chester, PA 19013


On March 29th Live Harness Racing literally ‘swings’ back into action at Harrah’s Philadelphia, with live racing on a first-of-its-kind track that swings out over the Delaware River.  The views are stunning and the action thrills! You’ll want to be front and center as the 2019 season kicks off on one of the fastest 5/8 mile tracks in North America.

Harrah’s Philadelphia boasts one of the fastest racing surfaces anywhere with its first-of-its-kind in North America miracle turn that actually extends over the Delaware River, over a specially constructed bridge.  Harrah’s also offers full-card Philadelphia simulcasting of both thoroughbred and standard-bred signals, seven days a week. And you’ll also find a state-of-the-art indoor wagering area with plenty of seating and simulcast video options.  Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Race Track

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Race Track
777 Harrah’s Blvd, Chester, PA 19013


The 1960’s are back and better than ever as “Hairspray” opens March 1st at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center – and “Beehive” will create quite a Buzz when the curtain goes up at the Media Theatre!

Having a bad hair day?  NO WAY!  That’s the message when the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center raises the curtains on one of the most popular musicals of our time: Hairspray.

Just picture it! It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire – to dance on the popular “Corny Collins Show.” (Think B-List “Bandstand”) When her dreams come true in this classic musical, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, and the rest is history.  Get your tickets now for one of these exciting performances: March 1, 2, 8, 9 at 7:30 or March 10 at 1:30 pm.  

Upper Darby Performing Arts Center
601 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Drexel Hill, PA 19026
Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Website for Tickets and more


San Francisco is home to this captivating mural of Janis Joplin, an American rock, soul, and blues singer/songwriter, and one of the most successful female rock stars of her era.

Opening March 13th, it’s all about the ‘Bees’ at the Media Theatre!

This month the Media Theatre features “Beehive: The ‘60’s Musical,” a heartfelt tribute to the ladies who left their indelible mark on the music of the times.  From Janis Joplin to the Shirelles, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and every woman in between,  the show takes you on a journey through songs that documented the dramatic changes that America underwent during the ‘60s.  The show runs through March 29th and features timeless classics like “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Proud Mary,” “To Sir With Love,” “Me and Bobby McGee” and many more!

The Media Theatre
104 East State Street, Media, PA  19063
Media Theatre Website for Info, Tickets and more

Dive into a Whale of a Drama!

Two inches of American oak are all that lie between you and the bottom of the sea. Just five inches of sharpened iron protect you from the crush of a behemoth’s tail. What — or who — could make you turn away from easy profit and follow the pull to greatness…while staring into the jaws of death?

One of the most dramatic, intense and powerful stories of all time, Melville’s MOBY DICK will keep you on the edge of your seat at Hedgerow Theatre starting March 20th.  Adapted by Hedgerow and directed by Kittson O’Neill, this moving production roars onto the stage with eight actors who, with only a few objects, will create Melville’s world of ships and taverns and storms and coffins.

Don’t miss this fresh and inventive production of a literary classic!  Decide for yourself if Ahab has crossed the line into madness in his pursuit of the white whale, Moby Dick.  Preview tickets are $20, and regular ticket prices are $20 to $37 dollars.  For more information visit: Hedgerow Theatre’s Website: Moby Dick page

Hedgerow Theatre
64 Rose Valley Rd, Media, PA 19063

Photos courtesy of the Delaware County Symphony (DCS)

Get Swept Up in the Music!

They say “March Comes in Like a Lion…and Leaves Like Lamb.”

The same could be said for great classical music, which can blow in like a storm – rip out your heart – and then do it again, by wooing the ear with consummate tenderness…

Concert features Guest Soloist, Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra. Photo courtesy of the DCS.

That makes March the perfect time to get swept away by the rare music and talent of our Delaware County Symphony Orchestra. The musicians are story-tellers who lift us out of our everyday lives and carry us on a musical carpet ride of emotions.  Mark your calendar now for Sunday, March 3rd, at 3pm at the Meagher Theater of the Thomas A. Bruder Center at Neumann University.  The acoustics are superior and the program is outstanding:

The Program: 

  • Symphony No. 2, “Antar” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov 
  • Horn Concerto by Reinhold Gliere, featuring Jennifer Montone         
  • Suite from Lieutenant Kije by Sergei Prokofiev 
  • Suite from Masquerade by Aram Khachaturian

Tickets are $20 or $17 — Free parking is adjacent to the theater — and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. For details call 610-879-7059 or visit Delaware County Symphony Website

Neumann University
Thomas A. Bruder Center at Neumann University
One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014

This photo of Harmonious Wail and more can be found on their website: Harmonious Wail

Don’t Miss Harmonious Wail!

The Lansdowne Folk Club has been presenting live music for twenty years.  It has become one of the premier tour sites for folk artists and traditional American music performers.

Thursday, March 28th they are bringing Americana flavored Gypsy Jazz to Delaware County!  The three-person group, Harmonious Wail, combines the searing wit, humor and mandolin virtuosity of vintage Jethro Burns performances, the Continental panache of Django and charm of Edith Piath inspired vocals to create a unique musical journey.  Show time is 7:30 to 10 pm, and tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door (cash only).  Lansdowne Folk Club Website

“In the gypsy jazz field, no one does it any better than the Madison, Wisconsin-based group, Harmonious Wail.”  —- The Jazz Review

”Intense playing & sense of purpose that never wavers… a mind altering experience.”—– The Washington Examiner

The Twentieth Century Club
84 S Lansdowne Ave, Lansdowne, PA 19050

Experience an 18th Century Plantation

Aren’t you tired of being cooped up in the house all these months?  Grab the kids, don your winter coats (like the sheep above), and spend a brisk March day at the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation!  Closed for the winter, it officially opens Saturday, March 30th from 11 am to 3 pm.

The fact is, spring arrived this month, whether it feels like or not!  And the Colonial Plantation is already springing to life with new growth, hoeing, raking and tilling of the fields, not to mention the arrival of some new farm animal babies!  So spend a few hours with their costumed Colonial interpreters — visit with your favorite animals – tour the historic buildings and learn amazing Colonial crafts and skills!  Experience life as it was in the 18th century, before electricity, plumbing, and texting.  

After all that, it seems wrong somehow to end this story by sending you to their website for more information…but that’s the 21st Century for you! 🙂  Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Website

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Ridley Creek State Park
3900 North Sandy Flash Drive
Newtown Square, PA 19073