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


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.

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.

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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