Main Line Cheerleader: MusicWorks' Executive Director Lori O'Leary

A lover of local restaurants and the Main Line’s music festivals, O’Leary shares her favorite things about living on the Main Line.

Lori O’Leary, Havertown 

Executive Director, MusicWorks

What’s so great about the Main Line: It has delectable restaurants, terrific schools, colleges and universities, and the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

Why Main Liners make the best neighbors: They show their support through civic, social, charitable and educational events.

Her favorite town: Wayne. It’s much more suburban than where I grew up in New York. It’s small and quaint, with lots of little shops. I love that there are a few big stores like the Gap, but there are also tremendous boutiques. I grew up visiting family here, so Wayne holds some of my best childhood memories.

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Coolest local events: My favorites are the Haverford Music Festival and the Wayne Jazz & Food Festival.

Must-do outdoor activity: There are so many—ballooning, the Devon Horse Show, the Radnor Trail, the Narberth fireworks on the Fourth of July, Ardmore’s First Friday.

The last thing she bought: School uniforms for Rosemont School of the Holy Child for my two children. Patrick is 16, and Mariel is 8.

The last thing she ate that she loved: The Hazelnut Diamond from Aux Petits Delices in Wayne. Patrick Gauthron has brought the finest French chocolates to the Main Line.

Drive or the R5? I drive locally, but I’m a train rider at heart. I won’t drive into Philly.

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Secret spot: I love Chanticleer because it’s quiet; everything about it is serene. I also frequent the Edgewood Cafe in Havertown. It’s a small BYOB, and it’s just phenomenal; they have fantastic music.

Most exciting local rumors from the past year: The opening of the Ardmore Music Hall and the reopening of Georges’ as Peppercorn.

If I didn’t live here, I’d live in: Manhattan. I’d have to go back to my New York City roots.

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