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Best of the Main Line & Western Suburbs 2020 Critics’ Choice: Arts, Recreation & Entertainment

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Devon Horse Show. // Photo Courtesy of The Book LLC.

Critics share their picks for the best events, venues and more. Click here to read the Arts, Recreation and Entertainment readers’ picks. 

Annual Family Event

Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Where else can you experience world-class eventing, excellent chapeaux, carnival rides and lemon sticks? The oldest and largest outdoor multi-breed show in the country is a can’t-miss institution for families.

23 Dorset Road, Devon, (610) 688-2554.


Ballet Company

Brandywine Ballet
Celebrating 40 years, the Brandywine Ballet has long been a cultural hub for the community. This past season included The Nutcracker alongside more innovative shows like Carmina Burana. Performances at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall allow young and old to appreciate the artistry on stage.

(610) 692-6402.


Breakout Act

Louis Knight

Read about the American Idol finalist here.


College Mascot

Villanova Wildcat
You’d be hard-pressed not to find this tried-and-true mascot on the sidelines of every Villanova University basketball and football game, rallying the crowd and posing for photos with the Nova Nation.

Will D Cat. // Photo Courtesy of Villanova Athletics via Sideline Photos.


Jazz Crooner

Jared Feinman
Read about Jared Feinman here.


Local Instagram Showcase

Chester County Visitors Bureau
One of the prettiest social feeds in the region, Chester County Visitors Bureau’s Instagram account, @brandywinevalley, is a treasure trove of information and visuals for visitors and locals alike. Featuring an array of hidden gems, events and area favorites, this one warrants a follow.


Meteorologist

Bill Henley
Looking for no-fuss weather reports and outlooks? NBC10’s Bill Henley has long been a reliable go-to. From his morning broadcast to his daylong updates via Twitter, viewers always know when to pack the umbrella—or sunscreen.


New Museum and Nature Center

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Debuting last summer, this Audubon facility pays homage to the great ornithologist for whom it’s named. Featuring an 18,000-square-foot visitors’ center with exhibits, the $13 million project celebrates the common bond of nature and history in our region.

1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, (610) 666-5593.


Sporting Event for Families

Radnor Hunt Races
Adults and kids are equally enthralled by the high-speed action and breathtaking leaps that define this premier steeplechase event. Close-up looks along the rails are readily available on the Radnor grounds, as are opportunities to meet the horses.

826 Providence Road, Malvern, (610) 644-4439.


Swimming Sensation

Brendan Burns
Read about Brendan Burns here.


Unexpected Exhibition Space

Black Moth Tattoo and Gallery
When you think of a tattoo parlor, artwork likely comes to mind—though probably not the kind you hang on a wall. At this Ardmore studio, owner and artist Steve Martin curates a rotating selection of fine art in a variety of mediums, much of it for sale.

18 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 642-1500.


Unique Live Music Venue

The Living Room at 35 East
It’s a tight squeeze at this BYOB listening room—and that’s really the point. The brainchild of singer/songwriter Laura Mann, this cozy venue offers the closest approximation to a house concert you’re likely to get, well, outside the house. Shows focus on regional talent—including bigger names like Jeffrey Gaines and Jim Boggia—along with the occasional touring act.

35 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore, (610) 896-3645.


Voice of Empowerment

Tracy Davidson
A beacon of positivity, NBC10 anchor Tracy Davidson has made a lasting mark in the region through her active presence at so many area events. If the cause is a good one, no engagement is out of the question. Davidson’s “Lifting Your Voice” series launched last year. It’s aimed at helping women rediscover their passions and quieting the inner critic.

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