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    by grandmaR Updated Jun 11, 2005

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    In 1969, when we were living in Folcroft, I took landscape painting lessons. Two of the pictures I did during this time frame were done at Tyler Arboretum. One was a ramshackle old house that was falling down. The second one was of this little stone house using a pallette knife technique and I have never finished it. This house is on the Tyler Arboretum website, but is not identified. Probably the other old house has fallen down now.

    The original owner of the property, Thomas Minshall signed a "lease and release" agreement with William Penn in 1681. That family (Tyler/Painter/Minshall) owned the property from then until 1944 which the last member of the family, Laura Tyler, gave the property to the state.

    In the early days, two brothers, Jacob and Minshall Painter were fascinated by natural history, and in 1825 they started the systematic planting of more than 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs. More than 20 of the original Painter Trees still survive, including the Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) which is on the Arboretum logo. Planted in 1856, an unknown Christmas-tree thief cut off its top in 1895. So it now has an unusual double trunk.

    In addition to the trees, there are many other flower and plant collections, and 20 miles of trails on 650 acres.

    The Arboretum is open year round, except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

    Non-member adults (16 years and older), $5. Non-member youth (3-15 years), $3.
    Children under three admitted free.

    Dogs are not permitted at Tyler Arboretum.

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  • good food, convenient location

    Start off with the Classic Sampler of cheeses, chicken and fries. They go well with any of the light beers. Then for the main course choose the Garden Bar and Chili; all you can eat from the salad bar and a piping hot bowl of white-bean chili. For dessert, a macadamia cookie with a scoop of ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce and a hot cup of...

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  • Huge selection of beer!

    This place has a fun atmosphere. There are quotations from famous people written on the walls, on the tables, and even on the beer glasses! There's a bar as well as table seating, and the beer selection is HUGE!! They also have live music occasionally.We arrived late on a weekday, after 8 PM, and the standard menu was not available. Our party of 7...

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  • Fish and Chips!

    Irish restaurant, friendly, but a little more sedate than the typical "Irish pub" here in America. The restaurant has a nice ambiance: dark wood paneling, and a friendly feel. There is a bar and booths in the front, with table seating in the back. I have only have the fish -n- chips, but I've had them 3 different times! :) I love the flakiness of...

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    by davecallahan Written Nov 27, 2007

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    SEPTA (SouthEastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) has a great website that explains the subway/trolley lines in the Media area. Under the FARES option you can see all the different ways they give for paying for your public ride to Media: anything from $2 cash per ride down to about $1.25 per ride with the convenience pass. The cost depends on how often you intend to ride the SEPTA system and how long you will be in the area.

    Near each of the major subway stops, there usually is a free-parking spot or a large mall where you can park then ride.

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    by davecallahan Updated Nov 27, 2007

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    This mall is the type my wife likes because it has a wide variety of shops, all easily accessible in a small area and they run daily sales flyers in the local papers.

    from the ads:
    "Granite Run Mall features Sears, Boscov's, JCPenney, and Kohl's, an AMC Theatre and Acme Superstore, brand-name retailers like Victoria's Secret, Border's Express and New York & Company. Payless Shoe Source, Subway, Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union, Darby Leather, Rita's Water Ice, Cingular, Verizon Wireless, and T-Mobile make it an enjoyable day with lots of variety at your fingertips! Granite Run Mall offers ample parking and eateries, so come and enjoy a day of fabulous shopping and eating at the mall."

    During our stay in Media (3 days), we must have spent at least 10 hours in this mall; my wife was shopping while I lounged around the promenandes (remember, vacation is for relaxing).
    They have a very nice restaurant called Ruby Tuesday which is not formal but has a large enough menu to satisfy most appetites. There also is a Bavarian Pretzel shop down one of the halls where you can get some great salty, mustardy, huge pretzels.
    Often they have special events like blood drives, and midget racers and singing groups as well as the holiday favorites for Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

    mall overview mall map these were a great snack some band playing in the mall for free
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    by davecallahan Updated Nov 27, 2007

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    The central part of Media is fairly small ( less than 2 square miles) but the government influence and economic impact of the central core radiate to associated communities up to 10 miles away.

    The present communities that are generally considered as part of the Media area are:
    Black Horse.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d09d1/
    Bortondale.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d0a4a/
    Bowling Green.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d0a61/
    Elwyn.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d1156/
    Glen Riddle.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d1430/
    Lenni.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d1a5f/
    Lima.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d1a91/
    Pine Ridge.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d2230/
    Riddlewood.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d241d/
    South Media.... http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d6398/d277e/

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    by davecallahan Written Nov 27, 2007

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    Media has had only one murder or rape every three or four years. The most prevalent crimes have been burglaries and thefts and most of those have been against commercial enterprises.
    My wife's cousin has lived in the area for over 20 years and the family thinks they have a slice of heaven.

    We have visited there often and have been out and about at all hours of the night and day and have never had any problems (other than the traffic jams on US1).
    The crime stats rate this area as "very low risk" for crime.

    Feel safe when you visit Media.

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    by davecallahan Updated Nov 27, 2007

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    This course is not meant for the golfer who takes his golf too seriously. It is just perfect for duffers like me who enjoy a nice day out in the sunshine and fresh air and don't mind a mild bit of exercise too.

    The course is very short (5000 for the short tees, 5800 for the long tees) but I still recommend getting a cart unless you are in great shape (and under 50 years of age).
    The course is pretty old (built in the 1920s) and has been well used over the years. It is fairly maintained but it is a municipal course owned by the government and you know how that goes.
    Even though the course is short, it still is a challenge for those players (like me) who have ball control problems. The fairways are pretty wide but the mature tree growth often hugs the edges of the fairway. Bunkers and sandtraps have been strategically placed to lure your ball into a couple extra strokes. The rough is deep and scruffy and you would do well to stay clear of the deep stuff.

    18holes plus cart in the middle of the week is $42. $6 for a bucket of balls at the driving range to warm up is a fair price.

    The ProShop has just about anything you might need in the way of equipment and you can even wrangle some advise out of the staff about how to best play some of the tougher holes.
    Of course, if you need lessons then they will be more than willing to give those too at cost.
    We were hot and sweaty after a round so did not go into the fancy Paxon Hollow Club House for anything to eat but rather went back to route US1 for some.

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    by davecallahan Written Nov 27, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Below is a website that gives access to a live camera feed where you can get an idea of what the weather is like in the Media area.

    http://weatherbug.excite.com/LiveCameras/Excite/LiveCameras.aspx?zcode=z4639&lid=CTHDR

    the camera is located at the Linvilla Orchards which is about 3 miles southwest of downtown Media on Knowltown Road.

    fall day in Media camera location at Linvilla Orchards
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