July Staff Picks

WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival hosted at the Camden Waterfront is one of the best events happening this summer.

Now housed in its new, permanent multistory location in the Radnor Township Municipal Building, the museum features locally rooted winners of 18 Olympic medals, an Indy 500, a Heisman Trophy and a Triple Crown. It also celebrates Hall of Famers like Lewis “Hack” Wilson, who still holds the major-league record for single-season RBIs, driving in 191 runs in 1930. Trophies, portraits, memorabilia and exhibits tell many a story, including those of 25 prominent women in sports.

Call (610) 909-4919 or visit www.mickeyvernonsportsmuseum.com.

—J.F. Pirro

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By Sheilah Vance (The Elevator Group, 476 pages)

This exacting work of historical fiction from Paoli’s Sheilah Vance explores the lives of ordinary men and women—a former slave, a farmer, Army volunteers—as revolution engulfs the region. The perfect beach read for a patriotic month.

—Lisa Dukart


July 22-24 on the Camden Waterfront

Last year’s event was a scorcher—musically and weather wise—with memorable performances from Courtney Barnett, Israel Nash and many other acts that form the basis for XPN’s championing of new music, primarily in the folk, Americana and indie-rock formats. This year’s lineup follows suit, with headliners that include Gary Clark Jr. (pictured), Brandi Carlile, Father John Misty, Delco’s own Kurt Vile, and many more. Drink plenty of water. Visit xpnfest.org.

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—Hobart Rowland 

Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!