The Friends of Ridley Creek State will be holding their annual photo contest on Friday, June 24th at 6pm on the grounds of the Mansion at Ridley Creek State Park.
Now in its 12 year, the annual photo contest was started as a fundraiser for projects at the park and to bring awareness to the “Friends,” the non-profit organization that serves to preserve, protect and enhance Ridley Creek State Park.
This year the photo contest will take a new twist and be held outside, weather permitting. As in past years, this event is free and open to the public. Come enjoy refreshments, photo submissions and experience the park through the eyes of the contestants, including children.
Delaware and Chester counties are rich in history and steeped in character; the perfect backdrop to get you in the mood for the holidays. In particular, the towns of Media and West Chester ooze with storybook charm, adding to the magic of the season. If you want to get to know West Chester or Media better, winter is a great time to do it!
These walkable towns offer unique shopping, great restaurants and beautiful streets filled with historic homes for you to enjoy. There’s also a better chance you can meet the locals during this time of year and get a feel for the neighborhood vibe. If you prefer to enjoy your time away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, discover the natural beauty of Westtown, Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, whose rolling hillsides and farmland have inspired artists for centuries. If you are new to the area or just want to do something different, here are some of my favorites to get you started:
Santa’s Express on the West Chester Railroad Take leisurely train ride on a vintage train car along Chester Creek. Starts in West Chester and stops in Glen Mills–approximately 90 minutes round trip. A new store, The Sporting Gentleman, just opened up across from the Glen Mills Train station. Hop in for a quick cup of hot chocolate before your return trip.
I’ve always loved strolling the streets in West Chester, admiring the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays, then grabbing a cup of tea with friends at The Lincoln on Market Street. The university provides some interesting entertainment off the beaten path as well. Here is a link to more activities.
Maybe you would just like to enjoy fellowship with your neighbors in Media? That’s what Transition Town Media’sWinter Solstice Celebration on December 19th is all about!
Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion, The Westtown Township Parks & Recreation Commission is hosting its annual Winter Festival at Oakbourne Mansion on Sunday, December 6, from noon to 3:00 p.m. with craft vendors, craft making for children, music and refreshments. Free admission and plenty of parking.
Christmas at Bethlehem-Free Christmas Festival and Live Nativity in Thornbury-December 11, 12 & 13 from 7pm-9pm. Enjoy a bonfire, s’mores and refreshments and bring a non-perishable food item for City Team Ministries!
Thornton Farmer’s Market and Grace Winery are hosting their first Holiday Market on December 4 from 4 to 9 pm. Join in the tasting room to purchase your holiday gifts including original paintings, holiday decorations and hand crafted goods while sampling some of Grace Winery’s finest wine and food offerings. Located on Sweetwater Road in Glen Mills.
Yuletide at Winterthur ~ enjoy visions of holidays past, crafting workshops, A Christmas Carol performance and Yuletide Jazz and Wine through January 3rd.
Holiday weekends at the Grange Estate in Havertown, Pa. Visit the Model Train Display in the Carriage House, tour the beautifully decorated mansion and visit the delightful Gift Shoppe stocked with unique seasonal gifts.
If you love holiday baking , check out Booth’s Corner Farmer’s Market for a wide selection of produce and ingredients. Just a few weeks ago I purchased the best colored marshmallows for festive hot chocolate! Here’s a list of farmer’s market’s in the area.
Longwood Gardens is the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in the Brandywine Valley with family and out-of-town guests. This amazing display of floral and light displays and famous fountains never gets old.
Delaware and Chester counties are both rich in history and character; the perfect backdrop to get you in the mood for the holidays. The towns of Media and West Chester ooze with storybook charm, lending themselves well to the romance of the holidays. There you will find great places to shop for unique gifts, enjoy great restaurants and stroll through quaint streets and maybe even bump in to a neighbor or two!
If you prefer to enjoy your time away from the hustle-bustle of downtown, discover the natural beauty of Westtown, Glen Mills or Chadds Ford, whose rolling hillsides and farmland have been inspiring artists for centuries. So, if you are new to the area or just want to do something different than the same-old, same-old, here are some of my favorites to get you started:
I lived in West Chester for over 20 years and always loved strolling the streets admiring the Victorian homes decorated for the holidays, then grabbing a cup of coffee with friends at The Lincoln on Market Street. The university provides some interesting entertainment off the beaten path as well. Here is a link to more activities.
I don’t want to play favorites, but I love going through Deals, one of the last remaining “five and dimes” in the world to my knowledge. Media is a Fair Trade Town and has a wide variety of shops from new age to high fashion and art you should get to know!
Fun things to do in Glen Mills/Edgmont/Chadds Ford and beyond!
So, I am a country girl at heart and I love this area for the very fact that so much of it has been preserved and I am grateful that I get to see it on a daily basis. Drive out for a day and enjoy some hot chocolate and some old fashioned fun.
It almost goes without saying that a trip to Longwood Gardens is the quintessential way to celebrate the holidays in the Brandywine Valley. Since I moved to West Chester over twenty years ago I never tire of bringing people to see this amazing display of floral and light displays and the famous fountains. This is absolutely the best time of year to visit Longwood Gardens!
If you’d are interested buying or selling a home in any of these areas, please contact me. Or, just enjoy my photo gallery for a nice overview of the area. To view a list of current inventory, click here.