Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2012: Sports, Media, Culture & Entertainment
Main Line Today’s readers and critics pick their favorites.
PLUS: Sport Media Guru Michael Bradley's Picks
High School Athlete ➙ Archbishop John Carroll High School Volleyball Player Megan Quigley
High School Coach ➙ Radnor High School Girls’ Crew Coach Ryan Laudermilch
High School Sports Team ➙ Conestoga High School Boys’ Football
Party Band ➙ Jellyroll
Party DJ ➙ Marc Fisher Entertainment
Pro Sports Celebrity ➙ Philadelphia Phillies’ Chase Utley
Pro Sports Coach ➙ Philadelphia Phillies’ Charlie Manuel
Pro Sports Team ➙ Philadelphia Phillies
Radio Morning Show ➙WMMR’s Preston and Steve Show
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Radio Music DJ ➙ WMMR’s Pierre Robert
Radio Station for Music ➙ Radio 104.5
Radio Station for News ➙ KYW Newsradio 1060
Radio Talk Show Hosts ➙ WMMR’s Preston and Steve
Sports Radio Personality ➙ 97.5 The Fanatic’s Mike Missanelli
TV News Anchor ➙ 6abc’s Jim Gardner
TV Sportscaster ➙NBC 10’s Vai Sikahema
TV Weatherperson ➙ 6abc’s Cecily Tynan
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Community-minded Radio Station ➙ WMGK 102.9 FM
When longtime Philly radio man John DeBella landed at the classic-rock station he now calls home, he brought his sense of community with him in the form of his annual Turkey Drop, the largest one-day food-gathering event in Philadelphia (and an inside-radio shout-out to a legendary episode of WKRP in Cincinnati). Midday personality Debbi Calton adds to the good the station does with her own work on behalf of charities like Dress for Success, which provides business clothes for women in need. Through MGK Cares, the station itself maintains an ongoing list of charity events on its website.
Entertaining Night Out ➙ West Chester Story Slam at Victory Brewing Company
Couple great food and drink with even better storytelling, and you’ve got yourself a one-of-a-kind night out. Held the second Tuesday of every month, West Chester Story Slam provides a venue for sharing your own story or simply kicking back and enjoying a night full of yarns. Each month has a new theme, and winners get to face off at a best-of grand slam in November.
420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown; (610) 873-0881, wcstoryslam.com.
Event on Wheels ➙ Brandywine Roller Girls
Brass Knuckle Betties. Fallen Debutantes. Spell Razors. No, these aren’t punk-rock girl bands. Rather, they’re something even cooler: teams from the Brandywine Roller Girls. Founded in 2010, this all-women’s, flat-track roller derby league showcases hard-hitting action, funky outfits, and skaters with names like McVillian, Peace & Shove, and E.R. Express. Forget NASCAR or the Tour de France—the real wheel action is at the BRG’s next roller bout.
Caln Skating Center, 4533 W. Lincoln Highway, Downingtown; (610) 269-0619, brandywinerollergirls.com.
Family Event ➙ Devon Horse Show
So much a part of the Main Line fabric that it’s still worth championing 116 years later, this nationally regarded hunter-jumper competition celebrates our storied equine legacy through more than a week of riding events. And its Country Fair features food and craft vendors, artists, clothing, jewelry, toys, boots, tack and leather goods, and horse-related souvenirs, plus a full-size midway with games and rides for all ages.
23 Dorset Road, Devon, devonhorseshow.net.
Family-friendly Sports Team ➙ Philadelphia Union
Legion are the young local sports fans who learned their first bits of colorful language from attending Flyers, Sixers, Eagles and Phillies games. But the Union—perhaps understanding that many U.S. soccer fans still fall below legal driving age—strives to keep things cleaner than your average pro sports attraction. Its code of conduct obliges fans to be on their best behavior, or face ejection, arrest or (yikes!) even banishment.
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Family Movie Theater ➙ Clearview Anthony Wayne
This 84-year-old movie house features five screens and modern amenities like auditorium seating. But it maintains the nostalgia of theaters past with its plaster ornamentation, which adorns the entry and lobby walls. And, yes, the Anthony Wayne still favors kid-friendly flicks (but it does show some movies for grown-ups).
109 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne; (610) 225-7247, clearviewcinemas.com.
Female News Anchor ➙ NBC 10’s Lori Wilson
Wilson sort of snuck up on us, subtly charming her way into our hearts with that wide smile, easygoing, Emmy-nominated on-camera style and a warm, approachable public persona hinting at her Indiana roots. Now, it seems, we can’t get enough of her in the mornings. Could evenings be far behind?
High School Athlete ➙ Haverford High School Swimmer Shane Ryan
Local Charity to Sing Along to ➙ In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia
Local TV Show ➙ NBC 10’s Foodies
Sometimes a written review doesn’t quite cut it. You want to see the food up-close and personal, get the skinny on the style of service, soak up the ambiance and have a peek in the kitchen to see what the chef does best. Foodies offers these can’t-miss snippets, taking you through the back door of your favorite restaurants. Dinner in HD? We’ll take it.
Music Program for Kids ➙ Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms
Chances are, if you have young kids, they’ve somehow benefitted from Makin’ Music—whether at preschool, camp, weekly classes, or through one of the company’s professionally produced CDs. Upbeat, funny originals and rockin’ revisions of old standards, the songs aren’t dumbed-down. Live performances are high-energy, interactive (with bags of instruments at each show and class) and appealing to kids and grown-ups alike.
The Barn at Hillwood Farm, 5561 Pennell Road, Media; (610) 361-0730, makinmusic.com.
New Way to Travel ➙ Advanced Aviation
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News for Andrew Wyeth Fans ➙ Andrew Wyeth Studio Tours
Upon Andrew Wyeth’s death in 2008, his wife, Betsy James, handed over her husband’s studio/retreat to the Brandywine River Museum, which has meticulously restored its appearance, working with a team of architects trained in historic preservation. A rare glimpse into the private life of an American master, it features Wyeth’s library, photos, film collection, fencing gear, military miniatures collection, costumes, props and more. Tours begin July 3.
Brandywine River Museum, Route 1, Chadds Ford; (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org.
Place for Musical Bonding ➙ Main Line School Night’s Bluegrass Jam Class
Find out what graduates of Main Line School Night’s Bluegrass Jam class already know—that playing music is just about the most fun you can have standing up (or sitting down, for that matter). The class brings musicians of all levels together to master a set of simple, fun tunes, and gain confidence performing with others.
260 Gulph Creek Road, Radnor; (610) 687-0460, mainlineschoolnight.org.
Place to Relax ➙ Sit a Spell Exhibit at Tyler Arboretum
Tyler Arboretum’s 650 acres and 20 miles of hiking trails are home to champion trees, woodlands, wetlands and meadows. With so much natural beauty to take in, Tyler’s new Sit a Spell exhibit is a fun way to stop and, well, smell the rhododendrons. It features unique seats, benches and other creative structures to rest your rump—all created by local artisans and craftspeople.
515 Painter Road, Media; (610) 566-9134, tylerarboretum.org.
Summer Weekend Starter ➙ Friday Night Live at the Community Arts Center
Bringing together an eclectic mix of music and art, this event promises an interesting and enlightening launch to your days off. Starting in September and held the last Friday of each month, FNL pairs musicians from around the area—and around the world—with local artists exhibiting and discussion their works. It’s BYO, and for $10, you get light refreshments and a refreshing perspective on the intersection of the arts.
414 Plush Mill Road, Wallingford; (610) 566-1713, communityartscenter.org.
TV Talk Show Host ➙ NBC 10’s Bill Henley
Genial and fun, Henley has a winking grasp of the absurd that always seems to surface at just the right time. The 10! Show host is also a trusted meteorologist. Nice guys finish last, eh?
Unique Live Entertainment ➙ Flamenco Tablao at Matador
This ongoing flamenco series gives a whole new meaning to the term “dinner theater.” World-renowned dancers take to Matador’s dining room and bar area, performing for patrons as they enjoy small plates and sangria. Great fun.
110 N. Wayne Ave, Wayne; (610) 688-6282, matadorrestaurante.com.