Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra presents winter concert in Upper Darby

UPPER DARBY – The Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra will perform a holiday concert Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill.

The orchestra will continue its Dvorak symphonic journey and features a Christmas-themed work by Allen Molineux, a UDHS graduate who has gone on to be a prolific and celebrated composer.

The concert will include Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes, in William Grant Still’s colorful arrangement of his friend’s three piano pieces.

Ending on a festive theme, their final piece will be Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, conducted by LSO Music Director Reuben Blundell.

Tickets cost $5-$20. To purchase, visit

Sports Legends Museum holds holiday book signing extravaganza

It’s that time of year again, when the Delaware County Museum of Sports Legends offers an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts to delight any local sports enthusiast at its annual Holiday Book Signing Extravaganza, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, December 10.

The museum is located inside the Radnor Township Municipal Building, 301 Iven Ave., Wayne. Five well-known Delaware County authors will have copies of their books available for purchase and signing.

“The Secret Apartment,” written by Tom Garvey, an Air Ranger and special forces officer who served as an A-Team leader in Vietnam, tells of his experiences when he returned home from Vietnam and began working as a parking lot supervisor. in Veterans. The stadium. It was then that he began spending nights in an empty stadium concession stand, which eventually turned into a furnished apartment, where he lived from 1979 to 1981.

Garvey describes his quirky living room as his off-the-wall South Philly version of Phantom of the Opera. His unique and interesting story proves the age-old fact that in some real-life experiences, truth really is stranger than fiction.

“Finished Business,” written by Ray Didinger, retired sportscaster, radio personality, sports commentator, author, screenwriter and Pro Football Hall of Famer, as part of the Writer’s Honor Book, is a memoir told in his familiar style. which captures his enthusiasm for the sport and his love for the fans who still mourn the pennant that saved the Phillies in 1964. Didinger has become synonymous with Philadelphia sports, and his memories are as passionate as a fall Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

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In Amazing Phillies Feats, written by Rich Westcott, the former sportswriter who has now authored 27 books, he selects 33 of the most exciting, memorable and amazing feats in Phillies history. When it comes to Philadelphia Phillies history, Westcott has an encyclopedic knowledge that is beyond compare.

The Philadelphia Boxing History Book, written by Chuck Hasson, is a special book. The author’s knowledge of boxing history is second to none. Hasson, who is a voting member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame in 2013, has written a 270-page book with over 750 images covering Philadelphia’s professional and amateur boxers from 1843 to 2020.

Hasson is widely regarded as the ultimate expert on Philadelphia boxing history, and this book is a culmination of his decades of work on the subject. It is a must for all boxing fans.

Rich Pagano, who has written a sports history column for local Delaware County newspapers for more than 30 years, has written “Baron of Leiperville: The Life and Times of James F. Dougherty.” Dougherty, also known as the “Baron of Leiperville,” was a larger-than-life sportsman whose hotel, bar and arena in Leiperville, Pa., was a boxing mecca from 1916 to 1947. During that At the time, he was the owner of one of the busiest fight camps in the country.

Pagano brings the era back in this thoroughly researched account of those exciting times.

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The first 50 people to the book event will receive a recently published commemorative book of Bill “White Shoes” Johnson, with text by Rich Pagano.

For more information on the event or the museum, contact JIm Vankoski at 610-909-4919.

Knights of Columbus hosts pancake breakfast

Knights of Columbus Council 3876 will sponsor a pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 11 at Our Lady of Charity on Upland Road in Brookhaven. Breakfast will be served from 8 am to noon. A visit from Santa will highlight the event.

Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 12 and under. Everyone is welcome.

Wallingford Presbyterian presents concert to benefit Philabundance

Flutist Elisa Muzzillo will present an afternoon of music on Sunday, December 11 at 3pm as part of Wallingford Presbyterian Church’s Concerts for a Cause. The series celebrates great music and making a difference in the community.

An active and versatile flutist in and around Philadelphia, Muzzillo has performed with such ensembles as Symphony in C, Wayne Oratorio Society, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Servant Stage Theater Company, and the ENAensemble musical collective. An equally passionate recitalist, she co-founded the flute and voice duo Primari Qolors with mezzo-soprano Tessa Romano, performing at Spectrum NYC, Princeton University, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

The concert will have a classical, contemporary and Christmas repertoire. Muzzillo will be accompanied by pianist and church music director Lee Hagon-Kerr.

The suggested donation is $15 and each concert benefits a different local cause. Proceeds will go to Philabundance, a non-profit organization working to alleviate hunger from local communities.

Wallingford Presbyterian Church is located at 110 E. Brookhaven Road, Wallingford. For more information, visit or the church’s Facebook page.

Flutist Elisa Muzzillo will perform Dec. 11 as part of Wallingford Presbyterian Church's Concerts for a Cause.
Flutist Elisa Muzzillo will perform Dec. 11 as part of Wallingford Presbyterian Church’s Concerts for a Cause.

New art exhibit opens this week at Swarthmore Borough Hall

Swarthmore Friends of the Arts will present the December mixed media art exhibit “When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Appears,” featuring the artwork of local artists Michele Southworth and Nancy Barch, Thursday, December 1 through Sunday, 1 January at Swarthmore Borough Hall, 121 Park Ave.

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The public is invited to the artist’s opening reception on Saturday, December 3, from 2 to 4 p.m. Both the exhibition and the reception are free. Light refreshments will be served.

In 2011, Southworth was a potter who had come to a turning point and needed to work in a new medium to refocus and refresh her creative eye.

Barch was a mixed media painter, much admired for her striking and innovative abstract work, who offered classes and workshops in the Delaware Valley area. Since their first meeting in a 12-week mixed media painting class at the Wallingford Community Arts Center, their artistic relationship and friendship has developed and grown.

Barch, whose art studio is located in Clifton Heights, began her career as a freelance illustrator in Philadelphia.

She left the field of commercial art to enter the arena of fine art, initially focusing on watercolors and then transitioning to mixed media to create her paintings. She has won numerous awards for her work and maintains an active teaching schedule, which allows her to share her knowledge and passion for art with others.

Southworth’s day job is as a family therapist and training/educational therapist at the Relationship Council in Philadelphia, where she derives great satisfaction and fulfillment from work that deeply engages the verbal and cerebral side of herself.

For more information on the artists, visit or

The free exhibit is sponsored by Swarthmore Friends of the Arts. For information or to submit a request for an upcoming show, visit or contact Martha Perkins at [email protected]/.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.


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