WPVI-TV Meteorologist Cecily Tynan led the Delaware County Symphony Orchestra at this year’s opening night of Rose Tree Park’s Summer Festival, where both the concerts and parking are FREE.   Bring a blanket or lawn chair, friends and family.  All evening shows start at 7:30pm and here’s the lineup for July’s many nights of vintage Sum-Sum-Summertime entertainment.

  • July 3 – 28th Infantry Division Band presents an Evening at the Movies! Enjoy songs from your favorite movies plus patriotic tunes.
  • July 5 – John Hoey Orchestra performs everything from Swing to Bop in an evening of Big Band Jazz featuring the music of Miller, Herman, Goodman, Ferguson, Dorsey, Basie, Ellington, and more.
  • July 6 – Robert Eric Band is a Tribute to Billy Joel.  Known as “Philly’s Piano Man,” Robert Eric looks, sounds, acts, talks, and plays just like him!
  • July 7 – Reggae Thunder presents Classic Stones & Bob Dylan in Reggae!
  • July 10 – The Rockdale Boys present Bluegrass Traditional bluegrass songs, with sharp vocal harmonies, and new this summer – dueling fiddles!
  • July 11 – Philly Gumbo performs a great dance-inducing mix of Blues, Soul, Mardi Gras Anthems, New Orleans R&B, and Reggae!
  • July 12 – The Eric Mintel Quartet has performed from the White House to the Kennedy Center!  Enjoy the music of Dave Brubeck, great American Jazz Standards, and Classic TV theme songs.
  • July 13 – The Core is a hugely popular Eric Clapton Tribute Band performing Clapton’s greatest hits spanning his 45-year career.
  • July 14 – Charlie Gracie, Philly’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll star, still wows audiences at home and abroad with chart toppers like “Butterfly,” “Fabulous,” “Ninety-Nine Ways,” and  “Cool Baby.”
  • July 17 – Sensational Soul Cruisers perform the very best of the‘60s, ‘70s & ‘80s Classic Soul, R&B, Motown & Disco.
  • July 18 – Makin’ Music & The Moonlight Forest Friends is an 8-piece band playing an infectious mix of folk/pop family music & vintage rock ‘n roll dance songs that parents will enjoy as much as the kids.
  • July 19 – Lonnie Shields Band features guitarist Jesse Loewy, who performs originals, Blues, Soul and R&B.
  • July 20 – The Upper Darby Summer Stage “Shooting Stars” will sing and dance their way into your hearts with music from Broadway, Disney and pop music, plus previews from stage shows, including Frozen, Jr.
  • July 21 – Lights Out is a Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons featuring four dynamite vocalists, with period choreography and a live band performing all of their greatest hits!
  • July 24 – Cool Confusion is throwing a homegrown Delco party, with the band playing essential Rock ‘n’ Roll.
  • July 25 – West Chester Band is a 60-member concert band that will play music from hit films like Mary Poppins, The Incredibles & Bohemian Rhapsody, plus Beatles songs & Sousa marches.
  • July 26 – Four Lean Hounds performs acoustic Grateful Dead Favorites!  This Philly-based, 8-piece tribute band features 2 guitars, mandolin, keys, bass, 2 drummers, percussion, and six singers!
  • July 27 – Van Halen Nation will transport the entire audience back to the 80’s when Van Halen ruled MTV! This is an action-packed show featuring impeccable harmonies and the “Diamond Dave” era of the band.
  • July 28 – 22 Park Avenue performs Swing That Never Dies! This 18-member Big Band gives a high-energy performance of the best swing and jazz music from the 1930s through the 1990s.
  • July 31 – Bryn Mawr Mainliners are always a hit! This award-winning Barbershop Chorus is led by Director Rick Serpico.

On July 13th Linvilla Orchards will host its Annual Blueberry Festival, celebrating the arrival of blueberry season!

The infamous Blueberry Pie Eating Contest is the highlight of the day! Sign up for this berry exciting event from noon to 1pm, and get ready to berry your face in fabulous pies at 2pm sharp.  Whether you’re a participant or spectator, the event is a hoot!   Click here for more info and to Register for the Pie Eating Contest   

The festival also features Silly Joe and Parlour Noir, an eccentric six-piece ensemble, plus there will be several life-sized costumed characters, face painting, and the Roasty Toasty Food Truck will be there from 11am to 4pm.  If you crave more food truck eats and treats, come back July 20th for Linvilla’s Food Truck Frenzy!  There will be live music, hayrides, face painting, and pick-your-own fruits and vegetables. Enjoy brews by Ship Bottom Brewery and wine by a local vineyard.  Hours are 11am to 5pm and the rain date is July 21st

They’re divorced.  They’re honeymooning with new spouses.  And they’re staying in adjacent rooms at the same hotel. What could possibly go wrong?

Noel Coward was in the middle of an Asian tour when he contracted influenza and spent the better part of his two-week convalescence writing the play. He sent Gertrude Lawrence the script and in return, received no fewer than 30 telegrams from Lawrence who commented that there was “nothing wrong with it that can’t be fixed.”  Coward wired back curtly that “the only thing that was going to be fixed was her performance.”

Over the years, the play has been performed by the likes of Lawrence Olivier, Richard Burton, Alan Rickman, Tallulah Bankhead and Elizabeth Taylor. Don’t miss this high camp romantic comedy, performed impeccably by JESSICA DALCANTON as SIBYL CHASE – JARED REED as ELYOT CHASE –ADAM ALTMAN as VICTOR PRYNNE –JENNIFER SUMMERFILED as AMANDA PRYNNE.

Street photo by Michael Cheung Photography

Motor over to Delco’s County-seat on July 14th from 11 am to 4pm, and browse more than 250 classic and antique cars. See famous cars like cabriolets, cruisers, convertibles, coups, woodies and possibly a dragster!  Now in its 12th year, this “Cadillac” of car shows is sponsored by the Media Business Authority and Delco Cruisers, and always draws several thousand auto-enthusiasts.  So bring your friends, talk car stories with the owners, visit the shops and grab lunch or dinner at one of more than two dozen nearby restaurants. Rain date is July 21st.

Did you know that PA ranks 7th in the nation for number of wineries?  We have more than 200 wineries that produce nearly two million gallons of wine per year.  The Philadelphia region is especially ideal for producing wine because of our temperate climate, gently rolling hills and large bodies of water which create warmer soil that nurtures a long growing season. Our soil is also flecked with limestone and gravel, which enhances the fertility of many types of grapes. In Delaware County we have two beautiful wineries and both are unique in history and design:

Penns Woods Winery is family-run, with over 40 years of experience in the business. Winemaker Gino Razzi, and his daughter Carley Mack produce award winning wines from PA-grown grapes and their wines can be found in restaurants throughout Philly and its suburbs. The tasting room in Chadds Ford provides an all-around vineyard experience, hosting live music, food & wine pairings, and other exciting events each weekend.  Summer fun also includes Yoga Classes, an Auto Show, and more.

Grace Winery and the Inn at Grace Winery sit on 50 acres in Glen Mills, in the heart of our Brandywine Valley.  It is a vineyard, winery, and inn that hosts overnight guests in its Manor House and cottages and welcomes visitors into a renovated 1750 bank barn  turned into a winery, tasting room and event space.  The original Quaker farmhouse dates to 1734, and the Inn’s history includes housing the British after the Battle of the Brandywine, being a stop on the Underground Railroad, and serving as a Civil War infirmary.

Treat your children to beautifully staged musicals featuring 3 beloved shows by Disney & Dr. Seuss at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center. 

Disney’s High School Musical, Jr (July 10-12) is part of the Summer Stage program and delivers an exciting dance-filled musical! They will pop, and lock, and jam, and break in this exciting show based on Disney’s smash hit movie musical (soon to be a series!) Troy, Gabriella, and the students of East High are All in This Together – and you can join them with tickets starting at just $9 to $12.

Seussical, Jr is a special treat! (July 12-19)  Oh, the thinks you can think when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved characters – Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie, and all of the Whos of Whoville – collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!Tickets are $9 – $13.

Disney’s Frozen, Jr (July 24-28) invites you to build a snowman!Don’t miss the premiere of a new musical based on Disney’s blockbuster movie and Broadway show! Elsa, Anna and Olaf join in a chilling adventure with all your favorite songs.Tickets are $9 to $13. 

A quiet nook at Chanticleer Garden on the Main Line. Photo credit: Lisa Roper

Located in the heart of America’s Garden Capital (36 Gardens within 30 miles), we invite you to take a seat in one of our gardens! Let Mother Nature paint you a picture with rich earthy colors, scents and sounds.   She literally throws down a carpet of green, and then conducts a symphony of plants, trees, shrubs, grubs, flowers, bees and all things beautiful  from mature forests and plantings to new ones bursting up or out for the first time!

Come discover your favorite garden!  Here are a few places to consider:

  • Chanticleer offers an escape from the rush of everyday life and a place where one can still feel like a personal guest of the family.  Once known chiefly for its majestic trees and verdant lawns, today has an Alice-in-Wonderland appeal that blends whimsical plant combinations with petite specialty gardens.  There’s a Tea Cup Garden, Ruin Garden, and an elevated walkway overlooking many other gardens. 
  • Tyler Arboretum is a place of natural beauty and history dating back to the time of William Penn. One of the oldest arboreta in the country, Tyler encompasses 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails. Children’s activities include themed hikes, crafts, and life-sized tree houses to explore.  Don’t miss the newest exhibit, Gateways to Nature, where local artists ‘frame’ Tyler’s landscapes with original works.
  • The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College is considered one of the most beautiful College Campuses in America! Located just 11 miles from Philadelphia, Scott is an idyllic 425-acre arboretum featuring rolling hills, flowering trees, and hiking trails.  There are fun sculptures, oversized chairs and a stunning forest amphitheater where you may find students studying or visitors just soaking up the stillness. Take a guided or self-guided tour of its extensive plant collections that numbers more than 4,000 plant varieties! 
  • Stoneleigh is a place with deep roots… from its towering trees and lauded landscape architecture, to its heritage and community connections. It is currently a garden in transition from a beloved family home to a new public garden.  Willed to Natural Lands to protect and manage the property, it was soon challenged by a school district looking to claim the land under Eminent Domain…but led by Natural Lands, and fiercely supported by environmentalists, thousands of volunteers, petition-signers and supporters, the challenge was beaten down just last year! With renewed vigor this indomitable garden has become a true beauty and a ‘must see’ visit.

Artwork by local artist, George Rothacker

Delco has a long tradition of raising, training, and nurturing some of the country’s top athletes in almost every sport, at every level!  From amateurs and professionals  to ground-breakers and barrier-busters, The Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum in Radnor is a cool summer place for fans of all sports to browse art and artifacts, films, books, memorabilia and archives honoring Olympians, champions, athletes who beat the odds, and those who  set records that still stand today!

This jersey, on loan from Brad Nau shown here with museum curator Jim Vankoski, was worn by Mickey Vernon while he was the batting coach of the 1975 Dodgers.  The Museum is open Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 1:30 pm. 

For a relaxing and artful summer day, head for the Community Arts Center’s annual Tie Dye Music Festival on July 13th.

Bring the family as well as lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy an afternoon of cool music in a sun-drenched garden bouquet of colorful Tie Dye! 

This event takes place on the side lawn where a life-sized castle tower anchors one corner, and live music will anchor another.  Headline bands include Darlingtyn – Out of Order – Brian Kors Sweet 66 – and the Obsoleets.  Shirts and other Tie-Dye-able items will be available to purchase – bring your own and pay just $5 to design 2 items!  This rain or shine event will also have food, drinks and water ice available to purchase.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art   invites you to participate in a series of exciting family programs centered on the art of Storytelling! 

Enjoy 3 fun, creative and thoughtful Museum Explorers Family Workshops featuring appearances by award-winning children’s book illustrators with interactive gallery and art activities.  They are designed for children ages 2 to 8, accompanied by their grownups. The dates are Thursdays, July 11th, 18th, and 25th, from 10 to 11am.  Each date is free for members; non-members are $5 per child, with one adult admitted free per child.

  • Nifty Nature with Jennifer Hansen Rolli –  Rolli is an author and illustrator who also painted the illustrations for her books.
  • Creative Characters with Gene Barretta – From pirates to pigs, seek out traditional and unusual portrait subjects and assemble an original 3-D character worthy of a storybook. Barretta’s books for young readers include biographies of Muhammed Ali, Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
  • Fantastic Journeys with David Wiesner – Take an adventure trek through the Museum seeking inspiration for a fantastical craft. Wiesner is a three-time winner of the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children. His titles include Tuesday, The Three Pigs, Flotsam and Mr. Wuffles!