Home for the Holidays
A very Media holiday
WHY IS MEDIA THE BEST AT THE HOLIDAY SEASON?
“One of my favorite holiday traditions is Media’s New Year’s Eve celebration. It’s not only a town-wide dance party with lively, funky music; we also get to experience the thrill of the ball drop right here in town.”
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andrea quarracino, Media Music Notes
WHERE DO YOU BUY YOUR ORNAMENTS?
“My favorite place to buy ornaments is Quincy’s; I also love to browse their amazing selection of hand-crafted advent calendars.” jennifer camp, Fig Fresh
“As the f irst Fair Trade Town in the country, we have many stores downtown that offer hand-crafted, ethically and fairly traded gifts. When you buy one of these gifts, you are not only giving to the person who receives it; you are supporting an entire community. You are truly living the holiday spirit.” mariana lamaison sears, America’s First Fair Trade Town
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE SPOT TO GET WARM IN MEDIA WITH A NICE HOT BEVERAGE?
“I have to confess that I usually prefer a nice cold beverage, regardless of the weather, like a growler to go from Pinocchio's Beer Garden or Iron Hill Brewery!”
“An absolute staple during the holidays is a visit to Linvilla Orchards to cut your own Christmas tree. The fresh, crisp smell of cutting into a f ir; the work; and the sweat really start the season off for me.”
brooke penders, Media Beer Ladies
zach hammaker, The Dirt
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MEDIA HOLIDAY MEMORY?
“My mom would always buy Bevan’s party mints for Christmas. I remember falling in love with them not only because they were so delicious but also because they were so beautifully decorated.” allison messick, The Sweet Life
“Nothing sets the mood for the holiday like bundling up and walking through Rose Tree Park to take in the light display.” monica schramm, Style Trends
Thank you to Kathy LoRusso, President of the Media Historical Society, for locating and allowing us to use historical images of Media in this issue.
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we love local.
And during the holiday season, local gets even better. Hot brews, warm scarves, State Street shopping strolls. That feeling of home that comes from a very special mix of authentic people, places, and history. Sprinkled throughout the pages of this issue you'll find photos and memories of Media from years past, starting with the Christmas tree on the cover, circa 1950s. Media also offers the comfort of knowing that when you—and your pocketbook—stay home this holiday you support not only your local shopowners, you touch the world. We've discovered that what makes Media so good year-round makes it an even greater place to be for the holidays. As America's First Fair Trade Town, there's no better place to shop locally and think globally. To make a difference at home while making a difference in the lives of those abroad. To reaffirm who we are and what we believe in. Put your mittens & gloves together—let's applaud another year of buying, sustaining, and loving local. The Fig® Team
JEREMY HESS Jeremy captures the light of life in Media. Find Jeremy’s images in the pages of Fig®. jeremyhessphotographers.com
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Rebecca Michelle Lee
Rebecca Michelle Lee has studied art in Italy and has degrees in art and business. As an independent artist, Rebecca presents workshops as well as creating fine art. She is currently the resident artist of Blueberry Bog vintage & handmade. 610.565.1619 | rebeccamichellelee.com
Amelia Furman works in multiple layers that speak to the various ideas, responses, and subconscious reactions that a place, person, or object can activate within a person. Amelia’s collages highlight the beauty in the ordinary that often goes unnoticed. 484.494.3075 | ameliafurman.com
the gift of local ART
MEDIA ARTS COUNCIL— INSPIRING AND CULTIVATING THE ARTS IN OUR COMMUNITY. r
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Have you and your family been enjoying the Media Arts Council’s diverse arts events and classes? We need your help to continue to bring free and family-friendly events to town. Become a Patron of the Arts in Media. Your financial support allows our volunteers to put on some pretty amazing events and provide more opportunities to local artists, all while improving the culture and vitality of our town. Donate what you can today: mediaartscouncil.org/patron
301 north jackson street mediaartscouncil.org
“I've rescued thousands of great wool sweaters and turned them into upcycled hats, scarves, and mittens. I play with shape, texture, and color to create one-of-a-kind wearable art. I hope my work makes you chuckle—I know it will keep you warm.” 484.574.6018 | reclaimed-creations.com | heidihammel.etsy.com “To me, emotions are what make us human ... and facial expressions are the voice of those emotions. I am using clay to express my observations on the basic humanism that surrounds me … surrounds us all.” 202.413.1225 | zhannamartin.com
Drew is co-owner of Earth & State, located in the heart of Media. His current work includes prints, magnets, tiles, and sculpture celebrating the joy of live music. He is also the co-founder and past-president of Media Arts Council. 610.566.9270 | earthandstate.com
DECEMBER 8 Support your local artists and businesses this holiday season. Late night shopping, exquisite dining, street life, music, and more...
HAND CRAFTED BEERS FRESH ENTRﾃ右S BOTTLE RESERVES FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING
brewing the season
Bottle reserves from Iron Hill make a thoughtful and delicious gift for your loved ones this holiday season. Pair it with a gift card for the ultimate treat.
30 east state street 610.627.9000 ironhillbrewery.com
AFTER CELEBRATING THEIR GRAND OPENING AT 23 SOUTH JACKSON STREET IN LATE OCTOBER, VISO’S AUTHENTIC ITALIAN DESSERTS IS SETTLING INTO ITS SCRUMPTIOUS NEW LOCATION.
“I’ve always wanted to have a business in Media. I told myself I’d have a store here someday. I love the community, the businesses, and the hometown feel,” says co-owner Donna Viso. “We want our business to complement the ones around it.”
For the lucky residents of Media, this new dessert shop tucked among bustling boutiques means easy access to made-from-scratch cannoli and cookies (not to mention assorted pastries and specialty cakes) whenever the mood strikes. And, given Viso’s irresistible and tempting menu, that mood is likely to strike again—and again—and again.
Donna and her co-owner brother, Rob, are fourth-generation members of a long baking legacy: “Our great-grandfather came from Enna, Sicily, in the early 1920s and opened up a shop in South Philly. In 1974, our father began his career using a lot of the same recipes!” Viso’s honors its nearly 100-year-old legacy through a commitment to making everything from scratch, using only the finest ingredients. For the owners of this family-run business, keeping their greatgrandfather’s and father’s dreams alive in this modern, upbeat location is a thrilling opportunity. r
ABOVE LEFT: A photo of the original store Donna's great-grandfather opened on 8th Street in Philadelphia. He is photographed with his brother, daughter, and some of their employees. Photo circa 1940s. RIGHT: Anthony Viso, Donna's father, on the left at his store located at 16th & Ritner. Photo circa late 1970s.
23 south jackson street 610.312.4970 visosdesserts.com
good holiday finds HOME DECOR & FRAGRANCE UNIQUE JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES GIFTS FOR BABY BATH + BODY
29 west state street 610.566.566i localhomeandgifts.com
TAKE CARE OF ALL YOUR HOLIDAY CATERING AND TAKEOUT NEEDS AT 320 MARKET CAFÉ. Scrumptious sweets & tasty treats. European meats and cheeses. Great side dishes and memorable entrées. All prepared using the freshest and highest quality ingredients possible. r
21 west state street 610.565.8320 the320marketcafe.com
ART & SALVAGE
RECYCLED & UPCYCLED GOODS
HOUSEWARES & GIFTS
vintage and handmade 18 south orange street 610.565.1619 blueberrybogshop.com
a new holiday tradition
CHOOSE MARGARET KUO'S FOR YOUR HOLIDAY BUSINESS AND FAMILY GATHERINGS. EXPERIENCE OUR CULTURE WITH YOUR TASTE. AWARD-WINNING WINE LIST SUSHI & SASHIMI TEMPURA
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CRAIG LABAN'S 3 BELL RESTAURANT
4-6 west state street 610.892.0115 granite run mall 610.566.4110 margaretkuos.com
THE SCHOOL IN ROSE VALLEY'S preschool, kindergarten, and elementary programs balance academic instruction, indoor and outdoor play, and the arts.
OPEN HOUSES Wednesday, November 14 9 AM – 11 AM Saturday, November 17 1 PM – 3 PM Sunday, December 2 10 AM – 12 NOON Wednesday, January 9 9 AM – 11 AM ADMISSIONS VISITING DAY Saturday, January 12 10 AM – 11:30 AM (applicants only, please)
learning together since 1929
TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
The School in Rose Valley, 1936
20 school lane, rose valley 610.566.1088 theschoolinrosevalley.org
This holiday season, consider a gift to the Media-Upper Providence Free Library
in memory of... in honor of... in support of...
CREATING THE NEXT CHAPTER...TOGETHER! We have great plans for your local library! Consider making a donation or pledge toward our capital campaign. Find more information on our website at mediauplibrary.org, or join the conversation at facebook.com/MediaUPLibrary. r
the library is now accepting board of trustee applications
1 east front street 610.566.1918 mediauplibrary.org find us on facebook
AIM AT YOUR SUBJECT, HOLD STEADY,
fully plunge your finger down, and — *CLICK* — a picture is captured. A moment in time forever frozen as a digital memory. Be it from the impressive 8 megapixel sensor in an iPhone 5 or that rickety point-and-shoot camera you’ve always had hanging around, the ability to document the everyday is becoming easier as technology forges forward. But what about capturing the timeless? An image carefully composed with the subtle dynamics brought out by various light sources. A relaxing environment staged to draw out the best in you. Meagan Ebersole of ME Photo & Design is one individual who has turned a passion for design and an eye for composition into an investment of equipment, space, and heart. Meagan has transformed a quaint space on South Orange Street into the perfect place for her to capture art through her lens, and you’re the subject. As a self-taught photographer, Meagan had to push herself extra hard to carve her name into the industry. Leaving a corporate job a few years ago, she applied her digital media arts degree from Moore College of Art & Design and began sharpening her teeth in the photography world as a second shooter for weddings. With an eye for aesthetics and a driving work ethic, it wasn’t long before she owned and operated her own wedding photography business. Hustling extra hours and working for sometimes nothing just to gain experience paid off as people started to take notice of the impressive pictures she constantly churns out. Now owning her own portrait studio in Media, Meagan continues to flourish with her classic lifestyle portraits of families, children, and pets. But with growth comes a need for help, and luckily Meagan has Bryn, her Studio Manager and Associate Photographer. “There is just so much value with Bryn,” she boasts. “She is the reason everything is able to run as well as it does.” With a talent for capturing images that are timeless, Meagan is developing memories that beg to be framed and displayed forever.
& MUCH MORE
MEAGAN EBERSOLE Owner of ME Photo & Design
reflecting life and love 16 south orange street 484.442.8744 mephotodesign.com
M ed i a P res b y t eri a n C h u rc h The members of Media Presbyterian Church are deeply involved in the larger community. Working on home repairs for those who “need something to start going right in their life,” cooking meals for the hungry, sewing clothes for children, and even helping build a pediatric hospital in Ghana, Africa—these acts of service are all a part of how this church lives out its mission:
REV. WILLIAM L. BORROR Senior Pastor REV. NIKKI PERRINE PASSANTE Associate Pastor
“Committed to serving the Lord, to loving our neighbors.” As Senior Pastor Bill Borror explains, the heart of the gospel is outward focused, and community service is a way that God works through his people. “It is Christ taking our meager, often flawed, attempts to follow him and transforming them into his powerful ‘yes’ to the human race.” Inside the church walls, this congregation serves its members as well, providing adult education classes, young adult ministry, youth groups, and children’s programs. Something is happening almost every night of the week, and there are opportunities for everyone to get involved, at all stages of life. This vibrant and loving church, which held its very first service in 1850 on the second floor over John C. Beatty's Dry Goods and Grocery Store, moved to its current location at 30 East Baltimore Avenue in 1855. With its mission of service and long history in the heart of Media, this is a church that knows and loves its community and is ready and willing to invest in its people. Media Presbyterian Church meets every Sunday morning, with worship times at 8:15, 9:30, and 11:00. The nursery is available for infants and toddlers on Sunday mornings during the 9:30 and 11:00 services.
children's service 5 PM family candlelight service 7:30 PM communion service 11 PM christmas day
Youth Group Program
30 east baltimore avenue 610.566.3944 mediapresbyterian.org
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EXPERIENCES IN THE FORMATIVE YEARS
shape the people children will become SCHOOL IS WHERE CHILDREN LIVE FOR MOST OF THE DAY, for most of the week, for most of the year. Every day at MPFS, experts in early childhood, elementary, and adolescent education craft meaningful learning experiences that engage students through inquiry, creativity, collaboration, and reflection and shape the habits of mind, character, and conscience that will serve them throughout life. Come see for yourself—join us at an upcoming Open House or call to schedule a personal tour.
age 3 to grade 8 125 west third street 610.565.1960 mpfs.org
mediaâ€™s trusted real estate company 65 years investing in the Media community and its people . . . and counting! The Media community has grown dramatically over the past six decades, and so has Media Real Estate Company. Despite changes in technology, the speed of business, and the pace of life, one thing has remained constant â€”the company's commitment to both the Media community and its valued team members. The people pictured on these pages live here and work here. They are what makes Media Real Estate Company tick. From management to operations, from sales to leasing, from design to construction, from finance to administration, each and every one of them bring value to Media Real Estate Company. It is through this team's commitment that the company is able to continue to invest in, add value to, and serve the Media community. For Media Real Estate Company, the answer must always be yes to one threshold question in any decision that they make. Will it make Media a better place to live and work? Find Media Real Estate Company properties online at mediarealestate.com or visit us at facebook.com/MediaRealEstate.
Madison Suites in Media
300 West State Street
203 east baltimore avenue 610.565.9000 mediarealestate.com
The Media Real Estate team in front of their Baltimore Avenue office
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GIVE LOCAL, AWARD-WINNING WINES THIS HOLIDAY The Penns Woods Winery tasting room in Chadds Ford provides an all-around vineyard experience. Taste, enjoy, and cellar Penns Woods wines. Be a part of supporting local wine in Pennsylvania. r
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telling the story that never gets old
THANKSGIVING EVE 7:30 PM CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES 5:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 10:00 PM CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 10:00 AM
Interim Pastor Jim Wolford shares the Christmas Story with the congregation's younger generation.
8:30 AM Traditional Worship 9:45 AM Sunday School for all ages 11:00 AM A blend of Traditional and Contemporary Worship Professionally staffed nursery at all Sunday services. Mon-Fri Nursery School and Before & After School care available.
102 west rose tree road 610.891.0600 relcmedia.org
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Reiki REIKI CLINICS & SHARES Reiki Healing with Myra Reichel Shinpiden, Karuna速, Usui Reiki Master Teacher
Reiki Healing Center was founded in 2006 by Myra Reichel to serve as a place for adults and children to learn about the power of Reiki for healing and relaxation of the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Reiki is especially helpful for people dealing with chronic illness, pain, stress, and various autoimmune diseases. r
6 west front street 610.348.5698 reikihealingcenter.org
PRIVATE & GROUP REIKI CLASSES REIKI SESSIONS BY APPOINTMENT CHAKRA BALANCING FREE INTRO TO REIKI EVERY 2ND SATURDAY ETHICS CLASSES
A TOUCH OF SASS
Bold, bright, and eclectic—from the decor down to the dresses, Sassy Girl consignment shop is a beautiful representation of its owner’s personality. Coming to life only two months ago, Sassy Girl and owner Kimberly Shields are satisfying women’s cravings for unique and trendy fashion. The boutique delivers everything at a price that gives even the most budget-conscious woman no excuse for not being on top of every style for the season. The flexibility of both fashion and cost comes from the beauty of operating a consignment shop that has a penchant for the best. Choosing high-fashion brands like Betsey Johnson, BCBG, and Coach as well as the casual professional chic looks of Ann Taylor and White House Black Market, Kimberly finds the best of what people bring in and fills her racks with beautiful garments for all occasions.
Situated in a quaint space on the west end of State Street, the doors of Sassy Girl open up into a world of its own. Bright pink and green walls are accented by glossy white nooks sprinkled by the revolving light of a disco ball mounted overhead. Racks of cocktail dresses and denim are highlighted by tables packed with unique handmade offerings from local artists and designers, a beautiful juxtaposition of both proven and emerging styles. But Kimberly’s passions don’t end at injecting a little style into your wardrobe; she’s currently working to develop the Sassy Girl Foundation. At its core the foundation is an ambitious attempt to provide local young girls facing adversity with funds to pursue higher education. Kimberly has a love for the town of Media, a knack for style, and a drive to help others. This consignment shop, aptly named to reflect its owner’s personality, is quickly adding to the unique landscape of Downtown Media.
300 west state street 484.442.8322 facebook.com/sassygirlresaleboutique
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WEDNESDAY OPEN HOUSES FROM 9:30-11AM INDIVIDUAL VISITS BY APPOINTMENT AT INFO@THEWALDENSCHOOL .ORG
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Walden nurtures the whole child, ignites intellectual curiosity, and fosters independence in a culture of deep and abiding respect.
MARY LEFEVER, Waldenâ€™s founder, on the first day of school at its opening in 1967.
901 north providence road 610.892.8000 thewaldenschool.org
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CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN MEDIA!
A FRENCH BISTRO & WINE BAR
Excite the Senses An authentic French restaurant serving lunch, dinner, & weekend brunch. 38 West State Street. Labellebistro.com
NEW TO PICASSOâ€”GROWLERS Pick from the 13 drafts on tap. Fillings range from $9-$17.
SPANISH-ITALIAN FUSION CUISINE
Contemporary European Taste Spanish-Italian bistro menu & weekly live entertainment. 13 beers on draft, over 40 bottle beers, & full bar. Great for private parties. 36 West State Street. Picasso-bar.com
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212 west state street 610.627.1177 sevenstonesgallery.com
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212 west state street 610.627.1177 sevenstonesgallery.com
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JOIN US FOR SUNDAY BRUNCH 10 AM – 3 PM LUNCH AND DINNER LOUNGE AND BANQUET ROOM FOR EVENTS
1 west state street 610.565.7803 spassoitaliangrill.com
FOR YOUR HOME FOR YOUR TABLE FOR THE BRIDE
home for the holidays 7 east state street 610.565.4007 simplyeleganthome.com
“We made a living, but more than that, we made friends.” — Bill Gross
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BILL & LORRAINE GROSS BILL GROSS Original owner of B. Gross Fine Menswear, with his wife Lorraine.
BILL GROSS WAS PRACTICALLY “BORN MEDIA.” Coming to this town when he was just 10 months old, Bill grew up learning the family trade at his father’s tailor and dry cleaning business. After serving his country and sacrificing a leg as a young man in World War II, Bill returned home and got right back to work. With a passion for excellence, he opened B. Gross Menswear in 1947, making it one of the longest-standing retail establishments in town. While men’s fashion has changed over time, one thing that has never changed at B. Gross Menswear is a commitment to quality. Throughout the years, customers not only recognized and appreciated the store’s level of service and attention to detail but also formed genuine friendships with owners Bill and his wife Lorraine. In addition to their work of running the family business—with Bill at the helm of the menswear store and Lorraine managing the tailor and dry cleaners around the corner—this loving couple raised three children together, all of whom live locally. r
After a lifetime of serving Media as a highly involved citizen, Bill was honored with Media’s first Community Service Award in 2011. A natural choice for this award, Bill was a member of the Rose Tree Media School Board for 17 years; he also served in the Rotary Club, helped establish Media’s first newspaper, and raised money for countless charities in the community. And though the business was passed in 2003 to former employee and friend Bruce Middleman, the legacy of Bill Gross continues to this day. Quality remains a top priority at B. Gross Menswear, even as the store evolves to meet today’s trends. Best known for its wide selection of menswear, ranging from business casual to formal wear, the store has recently expanded to include Per Lei, an upscale women’s apparel boutique. The Grosses recently celebrated 65 years of marriage. Here’s to Bill and Lorraine for setting a great example, in so many ways. When you see them out on a Friday night, be sure to stop them and thank them for their investment in our community.
2 east state street 610.566.7990 bgrossmenswear.com
D'Ignazio's Towne House has been serving Media good food and fine spirits since 1951. Pictured: General Manager John Carnie with founder Babe Dâ€™ignazio.
JOIN US AT THE TOWNE HOUSE FOR MEMORABLE HOLIDAY GATHERINGS.
117 veterans square 610.566.6141 townehouse.com
november THROUGH NOVEMBER 25 HEDGEROW THEATRE "Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood" hedgerowtheatre.org
NOVEMBER 23 SANTA'S ARRIVAL AND FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Downtown Media 5pm visitmediapa.com
2ND SATURDAY ARTS STROLL Media Arts Council Family-friendly, free arts event 6-9pm mediaartscouncil.org
NOVEMBER 8 & 15 MEDIA FARMERS MARKET Corner of State and Gayley Streets 3-7pm mediafarmersmarket.com NOVEMBER 10 2ND SATURDAY ARTS STROLL Media Arts Council Family-friendly, free arts event 6-9pm mediaartscouncil.org NOVEMBER 12 53RD ANNUAL VETERANS DAY PARADE Downtown Media 11:30am visitmediapa.com NOVEMBER 16 COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER Friday Night Live Concert 7-10pm communityartscenter.org NOVEMBER 17 MEDIA BOROUGH ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL Energy Efficiency Workshop Media Community Center Learn how to ready your home for winter, improve energy efficiency, and save on utility bills! 1-3pm RSVP by 11/10; brendan@ timebankmedia.org 10TH ANNUAL JAZZ BY NIGHT CELEBRATION Downtown Media 8pm-1:30am statestreetblues.com NOVEMBER 20 - JANUARY 27 THE MEDIA THEATRE "Dr. Doolittle" mediatheatre.org
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DECEMBER 8 VISIT SANTA IN HIS VILLAGE Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union 6-9pm visitmediapa.com
DECEMBER 14 - 16 INTERNATIONAL BALLET CLASSIQUE "The Nutcracker" Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University, Aston academyballetru.com Corner of State and OIive Streets. Media Drug Store. Circa 1938.
december DECEMBER 1 - 22 THE MEDIA THEATRE "A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas" mediatheatre.org
DECEMBER 2 DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY "Russian Fairy Tale" Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University, Aston dcsmusic.org DECEMBER 5, 12, & 19 MEDIA CARRIAGE RIDES Downtown Media 6-9pm visitmediapa.com DECEMBER 7 - 24 HEDGEROW THEATRE "A Christmas Carol" hedgerowtheatre.org DECEMBER 8 HOLIDAY CANDLELIGHT HOUSE TOUR Tour 15 venues decked out for the holidays! 2-7pm mediahistoricalsociety.com
DECEMBER 17 - 21 VISIT SANTA IN HIS VILLAGE Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union 3-7pm visitmediapa.com DECEMBER 22 & 23 VISIT SANTA IN HIS VILLAGE Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union 12-4pm visitmediapa.com
february FEBRUARY 2 - 22 THE MEDIA THEATRE "Pinocchio" mediatheatre.org
FEBRUARY 9 2ND SATURDAY ARTS STROLL Media Arts Council Family-friendly, free arts event 6-9pm mediaartscouncil.org CHINESE NEW YEAR'S PARADE Downtown Media visitmediapa.com FEBRUARY 10 DELAWARE COUNTY SYMPHONY "New Works" Fred P. Meagher Theatre at Neumann University, Aston dcsmusic.org FEBRUARY 23 - 25 MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL Media Community Center mediaartscouncil.org
DECEMBER 27 - JANUARY 27 HEDGEROW THEATRE "Meshuggah-Nuns!" hedgerowtheatre.org DECEMBER 31 NEW YEAR'S EVE COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND BALL DROP Downtown Media. Ring in the new year at this free outdoor eventâ€” snow or shine! visitmediapa.com
JANUARY 12 2ND SATURDAY ARTS STROLL Media Arts Council Family-friendly, free arts event 6-9pm mediaartscouncil.org
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ORNAMENTAL CONTAINERS GENERAL LANDSCAPING WATER FEATURES STONEWORK SEASONAL GARDENING GARDEN MAINTENANCE VEGETABLE GARDENS
designed FOR 20 YEARS
7 south chester road, swarthmore to learn more call 610.338.0630 or visit finegardencreations.com
BIG ENOUGH TO COUNT ON. SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE. Make your new home at Plush Mills Senior Living in Wallingford, where we help you design your lifestyle, connecting you with just the level of services and care you need. We are uniquely able to meet your needs and preferencesâ€”from fully independent living to customized personal care, your lifestyle should be as individual as you are. With 124 Independent Living Apartments and 34 Personalized Care Suites, Plush Mills is big enough to count on and small enough to care. And, with no big entrance fees and no long-term commitments, you maintain control of your assets. It's a great place to live the good life.
SCHEDULE A TOUR OF PLUSH MILLS Arrange a complimentary tour any day. To schedule your visit, call Joan Sobel at 610.690.1630
501 plush mill road, wallingford 610.690.1630 plushmills.com
Join the SWARTHMORE CO-OP in celebrating 75 years of fresh, local goodness!
celebrating COMMUNITY SUPPORTER
341 dartmouth avenue, swarthmore 610.543.9805 swarthmore.coop
LIFE AT GARDEN SPOT VILLAGE IS RICH WITH VITALITY.
Live concerts, engaging classes, personal trainers, country walks, or quiet solitude. The carefully designed plans and award-winning programs of our community mean that you live your life the way you choose. Every day.
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YOUâ€™RE INVITED TO VISIT! Meet some of your potential new neighbors, tour the community, and share the enthusiasm. Join resident tour guides for lunch, and learn firsthand about the welcoming way of life at Garden Spot Village. gsvlookandlearn.org r
433 south kinzer avenue, new holland 717.355.6000 gardenspotvillage.org
FAMILY PRACTICE GASTROENTEROLOGY GERIATRICS INTERNAL MEDICINE LABORATORY SERVICES MEDICAL IMAGING ORTHOPAEDICS OB/GYN
get to know us MONICA PATEL ZEITZ, M.D. GASTROENTEROLOGIST
Meet Monica Patel Zeitz, M.D. Board-certified and fellowship-trained, Dr. Zeitz is part of the Crozer Gastroenterology Associates practice —one of the newest additions to 200 E. State Street. Crozer Gastroenterology Associates is one of the most advanced gastroenterology practices in the Delaware Valley. The experienced physicians are all board-certified and widely experienced in caring for a range of conditions affecting the gastrointestinal and digestive systems. The physicians perform procedures at four CrozerKeystone hospitals as well as the health system’s Crozer Endoscopy Center at Brinton Lake in Glen Mills. The practice offers direct-access colonoscopy for eligible patients. Call 610.619.7475 for more information and to schedule an appointment. OTHER GI PHYSICIANS AT 200 EAST STATE STREET
BRIAN COPELAND, D.O. Gastroenterologist
NEIL TARKIN, M.D. Gastroenterologist
200 east state street, media medical plaza 610.480.5800 mediamedical.crozerkeystone.org
WILLOW VALLEY RESIDENT Don Williams bears a striking resemblance to a jolly old fellow we all know. Don enjoys volunteering in the community, so Lancaster children have come to know him as “Santa." Don’s other passion is trains. He spent 42 years at the Reading Railroad, eventually becoming Chief Train Dispatcher. Even in retirement, Don pursues his love of the railroad as a member of Willow Valley’s Model Train Club.
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LIFE AND FESTIVITY AT WILLOW VALLEY With over 100 different clubs, Willow Valley Retirement Communities offers something for everyone and a chance for Residents to engage mind, body, and spirit. Explore our 80,000 sq. ft. Cultural Center, which includes an extensive Model Train Room along with a Day Spa, Fitness & Aquatic Center, and the Vitality Café. At Willow Valley, enjoy world-class amenities, awardwinning dining, and spacious residences, all at an exceptional value, including the freedom of Lifecare—unconditional long-term care if needed, at no additional cost.
Located 5 miles South of Lancaster City. Visit the Willow Valley Welcome Center. Open Weekdays 9-5, Saturdays 10-4. Vitality Cafe
450 willow valley lakes drive, lancaster • 717.464.6800 • willowvalleyretirement.com restartretirement.com
MEDIA’S OFFICIALLY LICENSED LOCAL MINI DEALERSHIP Since 1968, Otto’s has been dedicated to outperforming customer expectations. We’re thrilled to open our beautiful new showroom in Exton, Pennsylvania, just minutes from Media. Stop in for our famed customer service—leave in style. COMMUNITY SUPPORTER
305 west lincoln highway, exton 877.688.5787 ottosmini.com
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FAVORITE PLACE TO BUY ORNAMENTS?
“Ten Thousand Villages always has an amazing array of ornaments hand-crafted by artisans from around the world. It’s comforting to know that purchasing these ornaments helps craftspeople support their families.” brendan o’riordan, EnviroMedia
COZIEST SPOT TO GET WARM IN MEDIA WITH A NICE HOT BEVERAGE?
“The coziest spot in town is nestled around the corner at Seven Stones Cafe. Great coffee, pastries, unique sandwiches, something for everybody served with a smile. Every town needs a Seven Stones.”
BEST LIGHTS DISPLAY IN THE AREA?
“The best lights displays are on State Street. I am so delighted when they line the buildings with the holiday lights—it’s such a simple and classic look.” nina j. davidson, Eat Drink Be Merry!
chris dietrich, Media Eats
FAVORITE PLACE TO HEAR HOLIDAY CONCERTS? WHERE’S THE BEST SPOT FOR SLEDDING IN MEDIA?
“Every year when I go to sled at Glen Providence Park at dusk it is all parents and no kids!” kate bundrick, Art Talk
“The Walden School Holiday Singalong at The Media Theater is my favorite way to get in the spirit! Nothing beats the sound of hearing children sing!” Carly Tolson, The Learning Curve
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