August TOP TEN

As the Major League Soccer season hits the home stretch, the Philadelphia Union sit atop the Eastern Conference, where the view includes a solid lead over all competitors

For their fans the view is also rosy, since the Union haven’t been a serious Championship contender for several years.   That means the remaining games are huge – and the team needs your passion and support in the stands to make this a victory march! The team’s continued success is already bringing out the ‘beast’ in their opponents, each setting their sights on bringing the Union down before they clinch the divisional top spot going into the playoffs.

So whether you’re a die-hard Sons of Ben fan or just a lover of the game – Talen Energy Stadium is beautiful, and the Delaware River view is one the best in professional soccer. Bring the family and share another Philadelphia team’s championship run! Home game tickets are still available on these dates:

  • Aug 11th 6pm vs. Houston Dynamo
  • Aug 24th 7:30 PM vs. D.C. United
  • Aug 31st 7:30 pm vs. Atlanta United

Nobody steals baby’s peach!  So come get your own starting August 3rd at Linvilla’s Annual Peach Festival! 

When only the juiciest, yummiest, peaches will do…you’ll find them ripening now at Linvilla Orchards, a hugely popular destination farm in the heart of Delaware County.  From Spring through Summer, different fruits and vegetables rotate into their seasons, and if you love peaches – August is their time to shine! 

Hundreds come from all over the tri-state area to pick their own luscious fruits and vegetables (or buy them already picked!).  Plus it’s a great family-fun place for hayrides, games, meeting costumed characters, visiting with farm animals, and exploring the Farmer’s Market and Garden Center.  The Peach Festival will also feature face painting, train rides, fishing, music, games and so much more!

This summer has been bloody hot!  But that’s just the beginning…

Starting August 14th, Hedgerow Theatre invites you to come inside, out of the sun…where Professor Abraham Van Helsing, MD, D.Ph., etc., of Amsterdam wants to warn you about the dangers of vampires and how to deal with one if the situation arises.

Hedgerow Theatre’s production of Le Navet Bete’s (literal translation “The Stupid Turnip”), Dracula, The Bloody Truth is a new sizzling comedy that will take you on a journey across Europe from the dark and sinister Transylvanian mountains to the awkwardly charming seaside town of Whitby whilst the frantic Van Helsing and his three amateur actors try to stage a life-changing, factual theatrical production of the events of Dracula.

So, if you like the humor of Monty Python – and who doesn’t? – book your tickets now – because Dracula: The Bloody Truth promises to have the vampires back in the ground and leave audiences flying high. Show ends Sept. 15th

Although not as popular a pairing as Soup & Sandwiches or Bacon & Eggs (yet!), Beer & an Arboretum…go together better than you might imagine!

Tyler Arboretum is one of the oldest in the northeastern United States, encompassing 650 acres of renowned plant collections, heritage and champion trees, historic buildings and 17 miles of hiking trails.  Beer has been around even longer, first produced at least 7,000 years ago!  In fact, it is one of the oldest and most widely consumed alcoholic drinks in the world, and the third most popular drink overall after water and tea.

Bring the family to Tyler Arboretum Friday nights: August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd – where plenty of outstanding brews from Aston’s 2SP Brewing Company will be on Tap from 5:30 to 9pm. There will also be several food trucks and lots of science-related tables for kids and adults alike. Each week the ‘beerboretum’ will pop up in a different location within Tyler, so make this your family’s August Weekend Kick-Off Party! Donations gratefully accepted for admission.

Don’t miss the finals weeks of Delaware County’s Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park!  Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and get ready for a few more hot summer nights of great music, dancing and more…

All performances start at 7:30pm

  • Aug 1st – Yellow Brick Road – Tribute to Elton John
  • Aug 2nd – Triple Rail Turn – Modern country rock 
  • Aug 3rd – Penn Chinese Dance Club – Beautiful costumed dances
  • Aug 4th – The Plants – Catchy, creative music for the young and young at heart
  • Aug 7th – De Tierra Caliente – Great Latin Party Band music fills the air
  • Aug 8th – The Jazz Ambassadors – US Army’s official touring Big Band plays swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, pop, patriotic, more!
  • Aug 9th – Matt Santry Band – Crowd faves plus hits from his new record!
  • Aug 10th – Philadelphia Funk Authority – A rich mix of funk, soul, R&B, and ultimate party music.
  • Aug 11th – The Big House Band – Sinatra to Motown to today’s radio hits, with a vocal lineup featuring Jimi Milligan from “The Voice” and more!

That’s right!  The Media Theatre is bringing to life (literally) this deliciously goofy reincarnation story that will have you laughing out loud and humming along!

Opening August 8th, get your tickets now to see how four male singers, killed in a car crash on their way to their first concert, literally make the biggest ‘comeback’ in musical history! Campy and fun, “the boys are back in town” with right-on patter that will crack you up between performances of well-loved pop songs of the 50s, performed with those signature harmonies.  Expect to hear Love is a Many Splendored Thing, Three Coins in the Fountain, Heart and Soul, Sixteen Tons and countless other show-stopping favorites.

Forever Plaid is the funniest concert you’ll see this summer and everybody will be talking about this August-only stage experience! Get Tickets Here.

Did you know that butterflies have three pairs of legs, giving each one a total of six legs?   Classified as an insect, a butterfly has a triple segmented body, jointed legs in pairs of three, antennae and wings. But for about 8 weeks every summer, The Butterfly House at Tyler Arboretum opens its doors to two-legged creatures of all ages, to learn about, photograph, and get a close-up look at local butterflies in all stages of development.

The exhibit features a 1,400-square-foot Butterfly House filled with natives including monarchs, sulphurs, hairstreaks, red-spotted purples, great spangled fritillaries, painted ladies and swallowtails. The exhibit includes extensive plantings that feed both butterflies and caterpillars.  The Butterfly House exhibit is free with the price of a regular admission to the Arboretum and open seasonally through August. 

HOT TIP: While your gang is at Tyler, make like the Tarzan family and take them climbing through a variety of life-sized Tree Houses like the Storybook House, Fort Tyler, and of course, the Cape May life-sized Birdhouse is perfect for staging family selfies everyone will be chirping about for years to come.

Every member of your family will also enjoy Tim Burton’s high-flying new show at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center where Edward Bloom’s world of giants, witches, and other larger-than-life characters come to life, touching the hearts of the young and old alike. 

This exciting summer theatrical shines on the Mainstage with 5 shows from August 2nd through the 10th.

Edward Bloom is a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest. Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales.  This is an extraordinary new musical that reminds us why we love going to the theater: to hear great stories and share life’s experiences together!

Don’t miss this exciting concert which brings to life original student compositions inspired by specific masterpieces on display at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Guided by noted pianist, Jennifer Nicole Campbell, four student composers spent the summer working to fuse together their once-abstract ideas into the reality of a new piece of music. Their works will be performed by Jennifer on the beautiful Steinway at The Brandywine River Museum of Art, on August 21st.

Award-winning pianist and composer Campbell has been described as a “sensitive colorist and intelligent musician” (New York Concert Review). She has performed at Lincoln Center, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, the Grand Opera House in Delaware, and the Musikhauset Aarhus in Denmark among others.  The concert is free with museum admission.

If the dog days of summer give you paws… 😉 cool off at Penns Woods Winery where weekend afternoons are spent enjoying great wine, music, a little yoga and whole lot of relaxation!

From award winning wines, to yoga classes, to music by top local performers, Wineries are wonderful places for summer fun.  Here are a few events to help you plan your own ‘vintage’ August! Pull up a chair, or bring a blanket and lounge on the grass. 

  • Aug 2nd – Music by Jeff Greco
  • Aug 3rd – Music by acoustic soloist, Greg Jones
  • Aug 4th – 10am – Yoga in the Vineyard  (All yoga sessions this month require 1 day advanced booking for a 60 minute gentle yoga class with MERRYoga  followed by a wine tasting and local lite bites farmer’s plate.) 
  • Aug 4th – Music by Jerry Lee Watkins
  • Aug 10th – 2pm – Music by Brad Rau
  • Aug 11th – 1pm – Music by Kyle Campbelll
  • Aug 16th – 6:30pm – Sunset Yoga in the Vineyard
  • Aug 17th – 2pm – Music by Pete Marziano
  • Aug 18th – 10am – Yoga in the Vineyard
  • Aug 18th – 1pm – Music by Bill Hake
  • Aug 24th – 2pm – Music by acoustic soloist, Greg Jones 
  • Aug 25th – 1pm – Music by Paul Wilkinson
  • Aug 31st – 2pm – Nicole Zell

In the 17th & 18th Centuries our young nation’s pioneer spirit took the country down two paths – one led people West, and one path sparked America’s Industrial Revolution!  Our state and county, which would both play a pivotal role in our nation’s first Revolution – were also at the heart of its second: the development and use of power-driven machinery to produce food products, textiles and ammunition. Delco was home to thriving mills in each of those industries and more!

  • At Newlin Grist MillA Lecture: Down Under the Old Mill Stream – August 10th, 4 pm: Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist Susan Langley will give a talk on mills from a maritime archaeology perspective, including boat mills, the earliest known tide mill, and fulling mills that predate the Industrial Revolution. $10, members $6.   Newlin is also featuring a major “Mills of Delaware County” Exhibit that is available to view now through the end of the year.
  • Mills of Newtown Township – An Exhibit: Paper Mill House – Saturdays in August, 1-4pm: The area around the Paper Mill House was the 19th Century version of an industrial park, featuring wood, flour, textile, and paper mills. See recreated rooms from millworkers’ homes and explore mill ruins.
  • Mills of Haverford TownshipAn Exhibit: Nitre Hall Open House – August 25th & Sept. 29th 10am-1pm – all Tuesdays 10am-2pm: Powder Mill Valley was a center of manufacturing. Early grist and saw mills were followed by powder and textile mills. Exhibit includes a model of the Mill Valley and artifacts.

A brochure featuring all of Delaware County, Pennsylvania’s mill history, events lectures, and exhibits is available now at the Visit Delco, PA Welcome Center in Rose Tree Park.