rose valley’s beloved hedgerow theatre company is turning 95 march 23!

Not about Chester County, but a neighbor.  The arts are such an important thing in our lives, and The Hedgerow Theatre Company in Rose Valley (adjacent to Media) is America’s longest serving professional resident theater founded in 1923 by Jasper Deeter as a haven for cutting edge artists of the early 20th century. And Hedgerow is turning 95!!! Join them for their Belle of the Ball benefit on March 23rd!

Hedgerow quickly gained a national and international reputation as a proving ground for era defining artists such as Susan Glaspell, Eugene O’Neill, Countee Cullen, Henrik Ibsen, George Bernard Shaw, Theodore Dreiser and Wharton Esherick.  Today, the company consists of seven resident actors and an extended company of 10. Hedgerow Theatre seeks to connect and enrich the lives of company, patrons, and community in the shared experience of ensemble theatre, through performance and theatre education of the highest quality.

Hedgerow is inextricably entwined with the legacy of the Rose Valley Arts and Craft Movement. A movement that defines itself by independent thinkers resisting the wave of industrialization rushing over society. Founding Artistic Director, Jasper Deeter, recognized in this movement a kindred spirit after visiting his sister and watching her perform at what was Guild Hall. He saw here was the place to create an independent theater and transformed Guild Hall into Hedgerow Theatre.

Beginning in 1923, Hedgerow launched the first resident repertory theatre that, over its 94 years, has become a magnet for many national theatre personalities, from Richard Basehart to Edward Albee; from Ann Harding to Susan Glaspell; to—more recently—Keanu Reeves and Austin Pendleton.

Hedgerow Theatre Company, America’s oldest professional resident theater company is celebrating its 95th Anniversary with a benefit honoring Penelope Reed for her lifetime of work.  Reed is not only the 2017 Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, but she is also the heart and soul of Hedgerow and its Director Emeritus.

Hedgerow Theatre Company’s Belle of the Ball Benefit will be co-chaired by Board Members Jane McNeil, Hedegrow and Richard Taxin and will be held Friday March 23rd from 6:30-10:00 pm at the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane, Rose Valley, PA 19063.  Tickets start at $95 per person and include an open bar and buffet dinner.  The Benefit will start with a cocktail hour from 6:30-7:30.  At 7:30 pm, students from the Hedgerow Theater School will invite guests into dinner and the presentation through song.  All monies raised at the event will be dedicated to The Penelope Reed Education Fund to preserve the theatre’s educational programming for underserved youth and The Jewel Box Theatre Campaign dedicated to the refurbishing and preservation of Hegerow’s theatre dating from 1840.

The evening’s honoree, Penelope Reed, is known throughout the theater community as a visionary leader.  Her work has been a vital part of not only the Philadelphia theatre community but nationally.  Her work and dedication to the world of repertoire theater has made the community richer and she has, through her performances and her leadership, influenced generations of artists, audiences and companies.

Please consider this wonderful event.  You can purchase tickets by following this hyperlink to Hedgerow’s website

Again, Hedgerow is located outside Philadelphia at 64 Rose Valley Road in Rose Valley, PA (near Media). For more information on Hedgerow Theatre and its current company and productions visit    For more information on The Belle of The Ball contact Patrick Derrickson, Director of Development at


save the date for a delightful day in kennett square

On a snowy afternoon this is an awesome thing to receive in the mail! Save the date for the 2018 Bayard Taylor Home and Garden Tour!

Saturday, June 2, 2018 won’t come soon enough!

This is probably the best home and garden tour I’ve ever taken. Different kinds of homes and gardens, all interesting. If you’re looking for inspiration in your own home garden this is the perfect opportunity to find inspiration. And I will note that a lot of these gardeners tend to their gardens themselves.

In the fall I love Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s Historic House Tour, and Chester County Hospital’s Chester County Day, but once spring is here? This is one of the things I can’t wait for!

This event raises money to fund the children’s programs and adult literacy programs as well.

Planning for this event starts in early fall when the committee selects a variety of homes and gardens in a particular area of southern Chester County.

The self- guided tour showcases unique homes representing a mix of styles from historic homes and estates to charming cottages to sleek modern residences. Gardens range from large, lush professionally maintained to pocket sized patches of brilliant flowers some with sculptural accents, from the simple, but endearing, to the elaborate and extravagant.

Every detail is attended to, leading to a beautiful, carefree day of explorations into homes and neighborhoods seldom seen by the public. Thanks to the generosity of homeowners, local merchants and artists and especially the visitors, over $600,000 has been raised since the tour’s inception. These funds have greatly enhanced and enriched the experiences and lives of Kennett Square area children.

If you have never made time for this tour, make 2018 your year to attend this event!

I will note for the record I purchase tickets for this event like any other attendee. I am not compensated in any way, shape, or form by the home and garden tour committee for suggesting this event to the general public. I suggest this event because it’s marvelous.

The photos I have posted are mine from one of their garden tours, and I asked permission before taking photos outside only.

Stay safe in the winter weather this evening and dream of spring! 😊

preservation party with a purpose

When you go to a party at Duportail it’s alway fabulous. But it’s especially fun when it is a Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust event.

This evening was the preview party for the TPT Historic House Tour which is Saturday, September 23. (You can still buy tickets and it’s so awesome a day!)

This event is courtesy of my dear friend Pattye Benson who is President of the Trust and Innkeeper at The Great Valley House of Valley Forge.

The preview party was terrific and as always wonderful food and gracious company.

And the music. The music was fabulous! We had the pleasure of listening to the CPFA Jazz Mavericks from the Center for Performing and Fine Arts in West Chester. These young musicians were incredible!

A wonderful evening and all about historic preservation. All proceeds benefit the Living History Center at Duportail.

Remember you can still sign up for the house tour! It’s going to be amazing and there will be a stop at another favorite place – Life’s Patina at Williwbrook Farm! (It’s their fall sale weekend)

announcing the 13th annual tredyffrin historic house tour on september 23rd!

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Travel back in time … If you love history and architecture, you will not want to miss the much-anticipated 13th Annual Historic House Tour. The beautiful homes and gardens of seven historic homes featured on the 2017 Historic House Tour will be open from 12 Noon – 5 PM on Saturday, September 23 rain or shine.

Truthfully, I make absolutely NO secret of my delight and love of this September event put on by my dear friend Pattye Benson and the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust 

With regard to this tour, and I am a Patron Sponsor. I also photographed the houses on the tour for Pattye for a few years. This tour is quite exclusive, and it is a manageable number of houses and historic structures, so you can indeed see everything!

 Party for Preservation’ Preview Party ~ Sunday, September 17, 2017  6 – 9 PM

13th Annual Historic House Tour ~ Saturday, September 23,  2017 – Noon – 5 PM



The 2017 house tour features historic homes and gardens in Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships. As an added bonus, the Main Line Antiques Showis generously providing two tickets ($30 value) for its show on October 7 and 8, with each historic house tour ticket purchased. The only antiques show on Philadelphia’s Main Line, all proceeds benefit Surrey Services, which helps older adults to live with independence and dignity and to continue as active members of the community.

To celebrate historic preservation, the public is invited to attend Party for Preservation, the 13th Annual Historic House Tour Preview Party on Sunday, September 17, 6 PM – 9 PM  at the historic Duportail House in Chesterbrook.  An evening of fun with live music, food and drinks, join us to celebrate the homeowners and the homes featured on the tour and allow us to thank the generous individual and corporate sponsors who make the annual tour possible. Attendees will get a sneak preview of the beautiful homes featured on the 13th Annual Historic House Tour!

The annual historic house tour would not be possible without the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors.  Click 2017 House Tour Sponsor Packet for information about how you can be a sponsor and receive complimentary tickets to the house tour and the preview party.

This is a magical day always in Chester County and the preview party is a lot of fun!  I hope you join us!

77th annual chester county day takes place saturday, october 7, 2017

It will be  a big year for Chester County Day, the longest running house tour in the United States, now in its 77th year. This year, the tour will honor the 125th anniversary of Chester County Hospital, which was founded in 1892. In recognition of the anniversary, the tour on October 7, 2017  at 10 am-5 pm will feature 12 homes around Marshall Square Park (where Chester County Hospital first stood at the north side of East Marshall Street) and 13 homes in the northwest quadrant of Chester County.

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This year, attendees will be able to tour a total of  25 homes and 4 public structures or sites in West Chester Borough and East Brandywine, Honey Brook, Wallace, East Nantmeal, West Nantmeal, and Warwick townships. House styles from the 18th to the 21st centuries will give tour goers an appreciation of architecture through the centuries. I will admit this is an ambitious house tour every year, so what I do is pick a reasonable amount of homes I wish to visit. It is a fabulous day, but it is a long day, so bring extra water and wear comfortable shoes or even sneakers!

The Day will begin with the pageantry and excitement of a long-standing Chester County Day tradition – a fox hunt. Dr. Addis’ Warwick Village Hounds and the Gable/Swisher Hounds will set off promptly at 9 am from Warwick County Park, 191 County Park Road, Pottstown.

Guests can begin this year’s house tour at 10 am at the location of their choice. A walking tour of the 12 homes around Marshall Square Park will include a VIP house, of which all three floors will be open to VIP ticket holders only. VIP pass holders will be provided a gourmet box lunch by Montesano Bros. Italian Market & Catering and a private tour of this home. (See VIP ticket info below for details.)

You can also start your tour outside the Borough, then Olde Bulltown Village, off Rt. 345 in the northwest quadrant, is a good place to see a brand new home that looks like it has been there for centuries.

Or, you can tour three homes on Warwick Furnace Road, featuring a house that dates back to the 18th century with a 20th century addition that is hard to distinguish from the original structure. Next door is a beautifully renovated, quaint stone cottage. Just down the street is a 1978 home that was lovingly built in traditional colonial style with authentic hardware and design.

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There is a barn converted to a contemporary home, complete with original wooden beams and rafters in East Nantmeal. While in the township, stop by an 18th century farmhouse built in two stages 40 years apart. Then tour a gorgeous estate on Rt. 401 that contains portions of periglacial marshlands supporting flora not typically seen in this area. A West Nantmeal home was expanded while retaining its three-story core, complete with wooden beams and original floors. While there, stop at St. Mark’s Church to view its beautiful stained glass windows and purchase a beverage or a few sweets. In nearby Honey Brook, see a charming home with a log-cabin core featuring a well in the kitchen floor, protected by a Plexiglas cover.

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Your tour still has more to offer if you proceed to Wallace and view a restored farmstead home, complete with pond and ducks. Down the road in East Brandywine, you’ll find several homes, including a solar design Shingle-style cottage that began life as a poorly designed contemporary. In the same township, you’ll tour a magnificent glass, stone, wood and steel house, which is a departure from traditional Chester County architecture. And finally, Upper Uwchlan offers a restored stone and stucco farmhouse that is worth visiting … perhaps this is where you will start your house tour journey

Refreshment stops, where pre-ordered gourmet boxed lunches by Arianna’s Gourmet Café will be available and found at Warwick County Park and Marshall Square Park in West Chester. Wyebrook Farms is offering a pre-ordered, pre-paid $20 per person buffet. If you do not pre-order, make sure you pack a picnic lunch.  You will have to ask the ladies and gents that put this fabulous day together where exactly you may eat your picnic lunches – if they have two parks included in the day, I imagine that is where, but do not know for sure.

With GPS coordinates and a Chester County Day map that you will receive when you purchase your ticket, the beautiful architecture and bucolic roads of Chester County are at your feet.


When: Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 am-5 pm Buy tickets off their Eventbrite page!

Where: Northwest Quadrant of Chester County & West Chester Borough

Tickets: On sale from August 15 online; September 5 by mail or at the satellite locations listed on our website.

  • $50 purchased via web, phone or in person
  • $100 VIP Tickets are available at all satellite locations, as well as via web and phone. VIP package includes a VIP Reception and Preview Cocktail party at French Creek Country Club on Sunday, September 24 and a private tour of a special VIP house with a gourmet boxed lunch served by Montesano Bros. Italian Market & Catering, (See for details.)

Contact: 610-431-5328

This is an event I believe in supporting.  I am not given free tickets or special compensation for blogging about this event.  I write about it because it’s an absolutely glorious day of touring and I have been attending these tours since I was a child with my parents.


dilworthtown wine festival to crush cancer set for sunday october 15th, 2017

Fall events are popping up all over and the Dilworthtown Wine Festival is one of my absolute fall favorites! This is an event I attend, and I purchase tickets – I am not being compensated in any way for my opinion – I love this event! I would not miss it! I go to support the hospital, and because I am a cancer survivor too!

26th Annual Wine Festival at Dilworthtown Inn Sunday, October 15, 2017

On Sunday, October 15, more than 1,500 oenophiles will help The Brandywine and Greystone branches of The Women’s Auxiliary to Chester County Hospital uncork the cure to cancer as they celebrate the 26th Annual Wine Festival at Dilworthtown Inn.

As the county’s premier wine event, the festival features more than 100 wines, craft beers, sumptuous fare prepared by Dilworthtown Inn chefs and local food trucks, a silent auction, shopping opportunities in the Gallery of Artisan Vendors, live music, a Performance Car Show, and much more.

Proceeds from the wine festival benefit patients of The Abramson Cancer Center at Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Health.

For friends and family members battling cancer, the cancer specialties at Chester County Hospital brings world class care of the Abramson Cancer Center close to home. As part of Penn Medicine, they offer the latest treatment protocols and cutting-edge technology. Their outstanding medical staff, clinical team, nurse navigators and hospital volunteers are known for providing the highest level of care and attention to the needs of their patients. And, they strive to give every patient every edge in their battle with cancer, including assistance for patients who are uninsured and underinsured. Outside of the hospital, patients continue to have access to the highest level of care through the services of Neighborhood Health (home health, hospice, private duty, and Senior HealthLink services).

The Wine Festival is organized by the Brandywine and Greystone Women’s Auxiliaries to the hospital. To attend, volunteer, sponsor or donate, visit     or call 610.431.5054.

Please go to their Eventbrite listing to purchase tickets.  I recommend the VIP admission and the thoughtful Designated Driver package.

This event is SO much fun! Casual great company, wine tasting, terrific food, great vendors and probably the best silent auction around!

Throughout 2017, Chester County Hospital is celebrating 125 years of dedication to the health and well-being of the people in Chester County and surrounding areas. Founded in 1892 as the county’s first hospital, the non-profit has grown into a 248-bed acute-care inpatient facility in West Chester. It also has outpatient services in Exton, West Goshen, New Garden, West Grove, Jennersville, and Kennett Square.

In 2013, Chester County Hospital became part of Penn Medicine, which is one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to medical education, biomedical research, and excellent patient care. Learn more at