Fun Things to Do in Wayne

If you are a bored college student looking for some fun activities to do on the weekends or in your free time, this article is for you. Keep reading to discover fun local activities for both free and great low prices. 

Are you looking for a quiet, lowkey place with countless options for aesthetically pleasing photos? Wayne is the home of Chanticleer,  a beautiful romantic garden with stunning roses and a variety of other plant life. It’s an amazing modern display of various colors. Take advantage of the amazing fall weather and enjoy a picnic in the gardens of Chanticleer. Enjoy the historical aspect Chanticleer offers with some featured architecture dating back to 1912, the year they opened. The address is 786 Church Road, about a 10-minute drive from campus. Come visit Chanticleer before they close for the season on Oct. 31. For more information visit https://www.chanticleergarden.org/. 

Are you interested in exploring new art, taking classes, or connecting with a community program? Wayne Art Center is the place for you. It offers amazing opportunities to gain knowledge about art, take art classes, view art exhibits and connect with a community outreach program. The Wayne Art Center offers seven scenic gardens, five striking gallery exhibits, and four studios for different mediums. Registration is still available for art classes, with choices for all levels of experience.  A few class options are Figure Drawing, Still-Life Painting,  Exploring Mixed Media, and many others. They also offer a music education program featuring private lessons for piano, violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, flute, oboe, and voice.  The address is  413 Maplewood Ave, a nine-minute drive from campus. To find out more information about class offerings or events visit wayneart.org. 

Do you want to design your own art with various choices of colors? Check out Color Me Mine, a creative studio where you can paint your own ceramics or attend a fun workshop. Color Me Mine offers opportunities to create festive holiday keepsakes, vintage looks with antique paint techniques, and even paint trees. The address is 109 W Lancaster Ave, a six-minute drive from campus. Visit  https://wayne.colormemine.com/  for more information. 

Are you looking for fun local live music events? 118 North may be the answer for you. They offer live music featuring their Tailgate Under the Tent series on Fridays and Saturdays and various affordable food options available for purchase. The Tailgate Under the Tent is free live pop-up concerts from under the Wayne Picnic Grove. The address is  118 N Wayne Ave, a six-minute drive from campus, or about a twenty-minute walk. Check out their website 118northwayne.com for more information on artists performing and the food menu. 

Do you enjoy the experience of shopping at strip malls?  Check out Eagle Village Shops, an outdoor shopping experience with fashion, jewelry, home decor shops, specialty shops, and fine dining options available. The address is 503 Lancaster Ave, a seven-minute drive from campus. Visit their website https://www.eaglevillageshops.com/ for more information about shops and restaurant options. 

Are you interested in rock climbing? Well, The Gravity Fault is the perfect place for you. They are an indoor rock gym with options for first-time climbers, experienced and groups. With over 16,000 square feet of climbing space, more than 100  rope stations, a moon board, rappel tower, and chimney there are plenty of opportunities for fun and adventure. Weekly specials are also offered with buy one get one free adult day passes on Mondays, $12 day passes on Wednesdays, and half off adult day passes on Fridays after 5 p.m. The address is 175 King of Prussia Road, a four-minute drive from campus. Check out their website gravityvault.com for more information. No matter what you’re interested in, there are fun things to do just around the corner!

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Concert Spotlight: Phoebe Bridgers on her “Reunion Tour.”

Phoebe Bridgers’ “Reunion Tour” came to the Skyline Stage at the Mann in Philadelphia on September 22. The “Reunion Tour” is a support tour for Bridgers’ newest album, “Punisher,” which was released during last year while touring was not possible. It marked her second studio album, and was nominated for four Grammys in 2020 (Best New Artist, Best Rock Performance (“Kyoto”), Best Rock Song (“Kyoto”), Best Alternative Music Album (“Punisher”). 

After two opening acts including duo Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill and MUNA, Bridgers finally made her way to the stage, opening with “Motion Sickness,” a song off of her first album “Stranger in the Alps.” Despite being a relatively slow song, the audience went crazy for it and were dancing along. After the instrumental “DVD Menu,” Bridgers segued right into “Garden Song” as heard on the “Punisher” album. Then came “Kyoto,” perhaps the most up-beat song about having an identity crisis. Audience members were having a blast bopping along to a song that talks about payphones in Japan.

The momentum of the concert takes a slow turn after “Kyoto,” as the titular track off of “Punisher” was played, followed by “Halloween,” and “Smoke Signals.” The middle of the section of the set is far more ambient, thus the crowd was standing still but was very much into her music. It’s important to note that Bridgers’ music is not for everyone; the ambient and occasionally depressing tracks don’t make for a party-like atmosphere in a live setting, but her voice and backing band make up for the lack of excitement in her set. Most of the audience seemed content, filled with skeleton outfits like the ones being worn on stage by Bridgers and her band. 

The finale of the main set came with “I Know The End,” a track that features Bridgers belting out a blood-curdling scream at the peak of the crescendo. A fitting end to the main set, and the crashing crescendo had fans screaming in unison like it was a heavy metal concert. After a few moments, Bridgers and her band came out to play “Georgia,” a song from “A Stranger in the Alps,” and then ended the show with two covers, one was Bo Burnham’s “That Funny Feeling,” from his Emmy-winning pandemic comedy special “Inside.” The second cover was “Here Comes a Regular” by The Replacements. A set consisting of the “Punisher” album in full, five songs from her debut solo album, and two covers is a great start to a blossoming touring career. 

Bridgers’ current “Reunion Tour” is set to make stops all throughout the country before commencing in Atlanta on October 24. This is far from the end for Bridgers; in fact, this is only the beginning for the young star. It was a reported sold-out crowd by the Mann Center’s official Twitter, so let’s hope that Bridgers makes another stop in Philadelphia the next time she is making her rounds on tour. 

(Emmys.com, Grammy.com, The Mann Center)

A Night of Music: Coffeehouse: A student and fellow performer details Eastern University’s first Coffeehouse event of the year.

The Fall Coffeehouse was abuzz with chatter at the beginning. Performers and audience alike milled about with an excitable energy. But as the day turned into night, the frantic mic checks and lively conversation dimmed into the chill vibes that would characterize the rest of the evening. This event took place on the 24th of September at Walton Patio, closing the school week out with a vibrant and diverse beacon of Eastern pride. 

Two poets and nine musicians graced the stage for one evening. Even though most of the acts were music, the musicians themselves still made up a variety of genres and tones. Three performers sang cover songs of popular hits, but most of the acts were original content. I was surprised at how cleanly the acts transitioned into each other. Poetry, pop, funky guitar, emotional ballads, high-energy rap, and even actual worship music all melded together into a delightfully diverse lineup that was hard to look away from. 

I spoke with performer Caitlin Casey about the event after it happened. Caitlin performed a song of her own called “Lights” that held some delightfully similar elements to the Taylor Swift song it preceded, while still maintaining a unique flair. “I suppose I felt a little nervous, since I haven’t played in a while, but since I’ve done coffeehouses with SAB before I knew what to expect. I feel like it went well, and people enjoyed it, which is ultimately the important bit,” said Caitlin. 

Caitlin also commented on the struggle performers can face with audience feedback. “It’s hard when I don’t get quite the reaction I hope from the audience, but also it’s nice to be able to do what I love and have people enjoy it.”

This statement was something I resonated with. As one of the two poets to perform that night, I was also nervous about how original content would be received. This is what made the originality of the acts even more surprising; despite the possibility of rejection, these performers put out creative energy that showcased the unique talent at Eastern. 

It wasn’t just performers who had something to say about the event. Megan Schoenleb, an attendee of the event had this to say: “This was not my first coffee house, but it’s the one I’ve stayed the longest at,” said Megan. “Lance’s song about Eastern University stuck out; I thought it was fun and it was nice to see some campus pride.” 

Lance Lozada’s ballad about Eastern University featured many aspects of campus that were immediately relatable, such as the creative licenses the Dining Commons takes when calling their meals food, or the ever present fear of geese that plagues the campus. Even with these light jabs at the campus, it still felt like a song about the Eastern experience, with all its ups and downs. 

While Megan had comments on the event’s performers, Simon Kwilinski brought more insight to the experience as a whole. “I was pleased to see Zime was open, as a small hot chocolate was the perfect relief from the cold weather,” said Simon. I have to agree–Zime opened shortly before the performances began, and to the pleasant surprise and raucous cheers of the audience, the offer only to accept Flex Dollars was rescinded in exchange for a plan that allowed patrons to use meal swipes. 

Simon also noted the energy of the crowd during certain acts. “It was fun watching Simeon perform because of how excited the crowd got,” said Simon. Indeed, there seemed to be fan favorites. Though I can’t confirm these artists have performed at previous coffeehouse events, their loud and vocal fanbases made this evident. Since the coffeehouse, I’ve noticed posters with QR codes in Sparrowk hall that link to the Spotify and Instagram of two of these fan-favorites: Unc0mm0n1 (Simeon Walther) and Saladhead (Jacob Craig). Though small artists, (>1000 streams for either artist), they have clearly established a following of some kind. The Coffeehouse is a staple of Eastern University, and I wonder if in the future it will be a launching point for artists to make it big. But for now, it’s a delightful evening full of music, energy, and meal-swipe-bought hot chocolate.