Dena H. Marchiony, Ardmore
Executive Director, Philadelphia Songwriters Project
Two songs totaling 8½ minutes—that’s how long 14 finalists will have to impress audience members and celebrity judges when they take the stage at Underground Arts in Philadelphia. Finalists are announced April 11; the showcase is May 18. The winner gets a summer tour with performances at seven music festivals, a three-song demo, a music video, and other prizes that could help launch someone’s career. It’s all part of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project, created in 2003 by Ardmore’s Dena Marchiony.
Favorite local songwriters: Vulcans , Ryan Tennis, Ginger Coyle, Kwesi K.
Favorite local spots to see live music: Melodies in Ardmore for local artists, Ardmore Music Hall for national acts, Burlap and Bean in Newtown Square for local and regional acts.
Favorite town on the Main Line: I’m a hometown girl … Go, Ardmore! I also love Narberth.
Best-kept secret: Kalyana Centre, which used to be in Ardmore and is now in Penn Valley. Yoga, meditation, massage—it’s a haven in a crazy world. Must-do outdoor activity: Walks on our beautiful college campuses, like Haverford, Bryn Mawr and Rosemont. Coolest local event: I’m a big fan of Clover Market …But it should have music.
The last thing she ate that she loved: The grilled vegetable sandwich at McCloskey’s Tavern .
Favorite place to shop for clothes: Lord & Taylor in Bala Cynwyd.
Favorite places to shop for food: Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.
Favorite place to shop for interesting gifts: Past*Present*Future in Ardmore.
If she had 30 minutes to herself, she would: Read.
Worst traffic headache on the Main Line: Suburban Square.
If she didn’t live here, she’d live in: Marin County, Calif.
Favorite place for coffee: Saxbys  in Haverford.
Greatest haircut: Salon 31 in Ardmore. Owner Stephanie Iannotti is superb!
Guilty pleasure: West Chester’s Brûlée Bakery . The gluten-free stuff is off the chain.