Villanova Travel Guide

  • A Post-Concert Mixer in Detroit
    A Post-Concert Mixer in Detroit
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  • All we are saying is give peace a chance.
    All we are saying is give peace a...
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  • Smiling Singers
    Smiling Singers
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Villanova Things to Do

  • Find a Mentor

    Herbert Fiss was the director of the Villanova Singers during my time at Villanova. He remains to this day one of the most significant influences on my life. His passion for music allowed him to take 80 unruly young men and shape them into a remarkably talented choir. He exposed us to music from many lands, in many languages. He demanded...

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  • Hang Out in the Dorm

    Dorm Life: Two people live in a space about the size of a walk-in closet. I was fortunate to have a roommate who was much more than tolerable.Here, a bunch of my friends and I hang out in my dorm room, in what was then called "The New Dorm." It eventially was baptized "Stanford Hall."

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  • Learn the Alma Mater

    By Al Dubin and Joseph BurkeThe two men responsible for Villanova's Alma Mater have a pretty impressive songbook, including works such as I Only Have Eyes for You, We're in the Money, Forty-Second Street, Shuffle Off to Buffalo, the Academy Award winning Lullaby of Broadway, and the infamous Tip Toe Through the Tulips With Me.The Villanova Alma...

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  • OK, Now What?

    Lets see... I have a degree in English and Education...Maybe I should teach English.Me. Bad glasses. Beautiful friend.If you've met her, you'll never forget herAnd nobody knows like me.

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  • Sin

    Seated, left to right; Patti, Mary.Two things are very wrong in this picture.1. There is a female in our dorm room. This was a huge "thou shalt not" when I was at Villanova. Females were NEVER allowed in a guy's room, and vice versa. We obviously thought that was a very stupid rule.2. The second very bad thing... two rocking chairs we "borrowed"...

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  • Listen to Great Music

    Probably anyone of any age feels the same way, but I think there was a lot of outstanding music during my senior year. A few stand-outs:Angie Bad Bad Leroy BrownBoogie Woogie Bugle BoyBreak Up to Make UpCarry OnDanielDrift Away Walk on the Wild Side Touch Me In the MorningSmoke on the Water We're an American Band Midnight train to Georgia Ramblin’...

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  • Mix

    The Villanova Singers often paired with a girls' choir at a Catholic girls' college. Each choir would perform separately, and then they would pair for a few major numbers. Singing was always fun, and so were the social events after the concerts. Here, a scene from a "mixer" after a concert in Detroit.

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  • Have a Picnic

    Why are so many of my finest memories associated with an event at which a keg was present? The Villanova Singers offered many such events.Here, brothers Stan & Dave, plus Ted, along with Ted's wonderful Bryn Mawr girl friend-- all very cool people.Amazingly, I've just reconnected with Stan and Dave, after a lapse of 32 years; the wonders of the...

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  • Road Trip Again!

    So if a boring weekend is on the horizon, make a decision to do something radical... pile a bunch of friends into a bunch of cars, nab some tents, and drive to Niagara Falls.One of my life's most amazing experiences happened on this camping trip. When I walked out of my tent at dawn the first morning, there were thousands of worms suspended above...

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  • Road Trip !

    The summer of Junior year, I flew to Seattle with two friends, and then we drove across the country back to Villanova (in a VW bug!), What a great experience! It was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean, Mount Rainier, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon... and days of corn (it seemed) in Kansas.Whoa... was I ever really that thin?

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  • Go On Tour

    Periodically, the Villanova Singers would pile onto busses and hit the road. We typically sang at Catholic Girls' Colleges, in Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburg, NYC, Boston... I have many fond memories of the concerts and the social aspects involved. A number of my singer friends are still married to those sweet women they met on the road!One of my...

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  • Give me a head with hair

    Long beautiful hair.Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen.Give me it down to there, shoulder length or longerHere baby, there, momma, everywhere, daddy, daddyHair...

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  • Discover Talent

    There is a train station on the Villanova campus. In about 30 minutes, you can be in Philadelphia and enjoy all the cultural events the city offers. This is a program from a recital at the Academy of Music. A young tenor, Luciano Pavarotti, was rather impressive!The Academy of music began its life as an opera house, then served as home to the...

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  • Party Like A Fool

    July 2, 1972-- the morning after the first annual July Fools' Party. My great friend Ippi had this party at his parents' home in West Orange, NJ. This shot is from the backyard of this house (even though it looks like we are in some wonderful wilderness!).This tradition has continued for decades, with just a few interruptions (The 29th July Fools'...

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  • Find a Friend

    After the content of every college course is forgotten, what stands out are the personal connections with great friends and faculty.This is another shot from our cross-country road trip.

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  • Become an Oenophile

    When the Villanova Singers went on tour, the Singers had the chance to appreciate the finer things in life. Here, Sgrig hosts a wine tasting event in the hotel after a concert.

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  • Use Your Talent

    The joy of making music is hard to put into words. The sensation of singing with very talented singers and musicians is a peak experience. It is that concept of "flow." I had the privilege of singing with Bill Grabowski as a Singer and Spire. He would go on to write music (ranging from masses to songs with Bon Jovi) and produce a variety of musical...

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  • Commune

    Villanova offers a variety of contrary options. Philadelphia is a short trip. Valley Forge Park is nearby. Adjacent towns such as Wayne offer a variety of restaurants, coffee houses, and movie theaters.Here, we commune with nature and each other. Communing sometimes works: the Immaculata girl and her Villanova guy have been married now for years.

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  • Be A Clown

    One of the Villanova Singers... I can't remember, but I imagine this was taken around the end of October.Now if there's a smile on my faceit's only there tryin' to fool the publicbut when it comes down to foolin' you;Now honey, that's quite a different subjectBut don't let my glad expressiongive you the wrong impressionReally I'm sadI'm sadder than...

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  • Sing

    One of my passions while at Villanova was singing. I was a member of the Villanova Singers, a men's chorus that in those days had over 80 members, and The Spires, a smaller group that features guitars and bass. The Spires performed at all the Villanova Singers concerts, plus sang at a number of other events. One of my most memorable: singing for...

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  • Play

    The Villanova Singers on tour... long bus trips. To avoid boredom, we would sing (typically, songs that were not fit for the general public). At a rest stop, this batch of singers bought wind-up mice, pushed some tables together, and had mouse races.

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  • Fall In Love

    I was always fascinated by this carved stone at the corner of Lancaster Pike and Route 320, just off the Villanova campus. And I've alway loved this photo I took of my friend Dave and his girlfriend. The stone is from a long-lost Villanova mansion.I've Photo Shopped out the gas station and realtor signs, just to up the romance factor a bit. The...

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  • Protest The War

    In this case, it was 1972, the Viet Nam War. I remember candlelight vigils, and marches down Lancaster Pike.

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  • Pray

    Saint Thomas of Villanova Chapel. The chapel was built in 1883 in the Victorian Gothic style. A major restoration was completed in 1993, to my dismay. The modernization killed a bit of the Victorian Gothic spirit, I think.I have fond memories from this chapel and the "guitar mass" days-- fine friends, great musicians, awesome voices..."Love is but...

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Villanova Restaurants

  • It Used To Be A Howard Johnson's!

    Where have all the Howard Johnson's gone?Long time passingWhere have all the Howard Johnson's gone?Long time agoWhere have all the Howard Johnson's gone?This particular onebecame The Villanova Diner,and now, alas, has been torn down so they could build something new.

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  • Still There After All These Years!

    It's strange that I have such fond memories of a restaurant everyone called "The Crotch."Pizza,Steaks,Hoagies,Take Out,Delivery Cheese Steaks & Hoagies delivered in the dorm.

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  • Everything Must Change

    05.10.05Legendary Bryn Mawr bar Kelly's finally opened in March after what seemed like an eternity of construction and confusion. Kelly's Pub served as one of the top watering holes for Villanova students since 1940, but was closed for renovations in 2002 and has sat dormant ever since. Turns out a group of former 'Nova students purchased the bar...

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Villanova Nightlife

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    Nice & Easy, Nice & Rough

    by ExGuyParis Updated Jan 19, 2006

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    Villanova has a fine reputation for its high-quality theater program. When I was a student, David Rabe was a faculty member. There were a variety of concerts each year as well.

    Here, an Ikette, Tina, and Ike, performing during my junior year in the Field House.

    Dress Code: Ya know, every now and then
    I think you might like to hear something from us
    Nice and easy
    But there?s just one thing
    You see we never ever do nothing
    Nice and easy
    We always do it nice and rough
    So we're gonna take the beginning of this song
    And do it easy
    Then we?re gonna do the finish rough
    This is the way we do proud mary

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Villanova Off The Beaten Path

  • Main Line Mansion

    One of the great old Main Line mansions. This old glory is now owned by Villanova University and is part of the expanded West Campus, off County Line Road.For more photos and a history of the house, see the web site.

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  • A Divine Mansion

    This remarkable French Gothic manor, now a National Historic Landmark, was built in 1892 by a steel baron. It later became the headquarters of Father Divine's International Peace Mission Movement. Originally named Woodmont, it was later called " The Mount of the House of the Lord" by Father Divine.The mansion is in Gladwyne, just a few miles from...

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  • Another Villanova Mansion

    Montrose Mansion, built in 1914, is also now owned by Villanova University and is part of the Villanova Executive Conference Center. It is a great place for a business meeting. The mansion and gardens are superb.Recently the mansion began serving afternoon tea to the public. Definitely worth a visit, but call to make sure this service is still...

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Villanova Sports & Outdoors

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    Villanova Basketball

    by ExGuyParis Written May 27, 2005

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    Villanova Basketball-- never boring, often surprising. There were some magic moments during my Villanova days (and quite a few since then!).

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