2016 DVTA Annual Meeting and Summer BBQ

Tuesday, August 9, 2016  –  5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
A free event for DVTA members*

Come celebrate the summer with friends on the beautiful grounds of the Appleford Estate and catch up on a full report on DVTA activities for the year with a glimpse of what’s coming. We have been very fortunate to be able to repeatedly obtain this unique venue, set amidst 24 picturesque acres, with a 300-year-old Pennsylvania fieldstone farmhouse in the heart of a carefully maintained arboretum, surrounded by blossoming trees and boxwood gardens. It’s easy to see why this yearly tradition has become one of the DVTA’s most anticipated and well-attended receptions.

Back by popular demand, we will once again host an “All American Barbecue” featuring the following menu:

Iced Tea, Lemonade and Spring Water
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Garden Burgers
Sliced Tomato, Pickles & Onions, Condiments, Rolls and Sliced American Cheese
Potato Chips, Garden Salad, Vinaigrette, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots and Green Peppers

Assorted Brownies, Home-baked Cookies and Watermelon Wedges 

 *Because of the large turnout last summer, this year there will be a small charge for non-members and for children under 12,  which will allow us to be more inclusive and open up the event without incurring a deficit on our operating budget. Corporate members will also be requested to limit their attendance to 2 company representatives.

Current, paid DVTA Members:                 Free
Nonmember Guests, Age 13 and Older:  $15
Nonmember Guests, Age 12 and Under: $10

Members and non-members must pre-register via Eventbrite BY AUGUST 3 on the link below:

No on-site registration accepted.


2015 DVTA Summer Picnic and Networking Event – August 27 from 5:30 to 7:30

Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

CoAppleford_Fountainme celebrate summer on the beautiful grounds of Appleford Estate. Surrounded by 24 picturesque acres, the sprawling fieldstone structure is a handsome example of early Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture dating back more than 300 years. The property, originally part of a land grant from William Penn, is carefully maintained as an arboretum and bird sanctuary. With its blossoming trees and boxwood gardens, stone walls and clear streams, Appleford provides a serene sense of beauty in every season.

Ample parking is available at the end of the long tree-lined drive, a few hundred yards from the house and gardens. Join us on the terrace to enjoy the charm and warmth of this historic Villanova estate and meet old friends and new members in a spectacular setting.

Our theme this year is an “All-American Barbecue” with the following menu:

Iced Tea, Lemonade and Spring Water
Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Garden Burgers
Sliced Tomato, Pickles & Onions, Condiments, Rolls and Sliced American Cheese
Potato Chips, Garden Salad, Vinaigrette, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Carrots and Green Peppers

Assorted Brownies, Homebaked Cookies and Watermelon Wedges 

Don’t miss this opportunity to come and network with other DVTA members! Check your email inbox for the Eventbrite invitation to this free event.
Space is limited; so, RSVP today!

Location: Appleford Estate
770 Mt. Moro Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Date:        Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time:        5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The DVTA would like to thank the following Corporate Members for helping to make this event possible:

                      GOLD SPONSOR

 SILVER SPONSORLogo Finalwww.magnals.com

             BRONZE SPONSOR
Philadelphia Language Services, LLC

QUESTIONS?? Email Maria at maria@mariaweir.com or call her at 610-745-4919.

PLEASE NOTE: Since our space and budget force us to limit attendees to a maximum of 120, it would be unfair to exclude other DVTA members who might want to register to attend if we quickly reach our maximum quota within the first weeks by allowing children and spouses. It should be noted that this is primarily a professional networking event for the benefit of DVTA members,  and would not be set up to offer much in the way of interest or entertainment for children.


Annual DVTA Picnic Event by Carlota Dalziel


Once again, Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA welcomed DVTA members and their friends to our annual Summer event, held this year on August 14. The event is hosted by the Delaware Valley Translators and Interpreters Association to celebrate the season with good food, music and opportunities for networking. It effectively did all three!

Appleford is an idyllic place, with clear streams, stone walls, boxwood gardens and a wealth of blossoming trees and flower beds scattered over its 24 acres. The property is carefully maintained as an arboretum and a bird sanctuary. Parking was conveniently available on the grounds of the estate. Attendees were able to tour the mansion and admire the antique furniture collection and beautiful rooms, one of which had an imposing grand piano. The mansion is an example of early Pennsylvania farmhouse architecture that goes back more than 300 years. This outstanding backdrop never fails to captivate our guests.  

Attendees were welcomed upon arrival by members Chris Verduin and Carlota Dalziel. After taking their name tags, networking got under way. Los Taquitos de Puebla provided the luscious meal, which included chicken, mushrooms, potato and squash flower “quesadillas”, as well as deliciously fresh and tasty “tacos al pastor” made on site. Waiting in line for our turn to be served only increased the pleasure of anticipation, while offering further opportunity for networking! The magnificent performance of the renowned Trio Crisol must be underlined. Back by popular demand, the group delighted all with their rendition of Latin-American music delivered with energy and brio. 

DVTA President Tony Guerra gave a short welcome speech and outlined the upcoming events, two of which are to be a three-day seminar on conference interpreting in September by Alfonso Villaseñor (http://blog.dvta.org/event/conference-interpretation-workshop/) and the ATA Annual Conference in November (http://atanet.org/conf/2014/).  DVTA is the local ATA chapter. Tony also announced the upcoming DVTA elections and informed guests on the board positions to be filled. Interested parties were invited to consider running for the vacant posts. 

DVTA did an excellent job at planning this successful event, which grows in guest numbers every year. The organizing committee was efficiently headed by Maria Weir, DVTA Events Chair, assisted by Carlota Dalziel. Secretary Anne Connor was in charge of registrations and of keeping the waiting list (guest numbers were capped at 100), while member Dorothy Evans was in charge of publicity. The event wound up around 8 pm. The next one should be every bit as good!

Serious and Silly poses from our DVTA colleagues

Serious and Silly poses from our DVTA colleagues


Setup for Los Taquitos de Puebla

Setup for Los Taquitos de Puebla

Violinist from El Trio Crisol

Violinist from El Trio Crisol

Percussionist from El Trio Crisol

Percussionist from El Trio Crisol

Guitarist and lead singer of El Trio Crisol

Guitarist and lead singer of El Trio Crisol

Colleagues enjoying the picnic

Colleagues enjoying the picnic

Picnickers enjoying the good weather while it lasted!

Picnickers enjoying the good weather while it lasted!

DVTA Summer Picnic and Networking Event – September 12, 2013 – Appleford Estate

By: Carlota Dalziel

It began with misgivings on the weather but a wave of our magic wand soon took care of that, and the rain held off until most of our guests had arrived. The downpour then came with a vengeance! For all of us out on the covered patio it was a thrilling setting; with the rain as a backdrop thundering down on the lush gardens of Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA, the venue for our Annual Picnic and Networking event. It was great to see so many well known faces and a pleasure to welcome new members!

Appleford Estate was a magnificent choice for our guests, who were charmed as they walked around the well appointed mansion, with its elegantly paneled reception rooms and exquisite décor that dates back more than 300 years.  The evening was in part sponsored by one of DVTA’s corporate members, Heron Language Services. They generously served special Greek fare: gyros, salad and baklava. DVTA provided wine and soft drinks to pair with the delicious repast.

It was a lively event, by any measure. The more than 85 attendees were welcomed by DVTA President Tony Guerra, who thanked the board for supporting the event, masterfully organized by DVTA’s programming committee under the leadership of Maria Weir. In his address, Tony, Director of Interpretation Services at CETRA Language Solutions, made special mention of the next DVTA event to be held on October 12. DVTA’s corporate member, La Salle University, will be co-sponsor and provide the venue.   A Witness to History will feature WWII veteran Dr. George Sakheim, who will tell us about his experience as an interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials. Registration for this free event is still open. Tony also encouraged attendees to register for ATA’s 54th Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, November 6-9.  DVTA is a chapter of ATA.

Special mention should be made of Angelique Demetris, our vital liaison to Heron, the generous provider of the feast and entertainment. Angelique also met up with Maria at Appleford during the early planning stage of the event and helped to get things moving smoothly.

Twenty languages were represented at Appleford:  Arabic, Bengali, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Shona, Spanish, Ukrainian and Welsh.

Throughout the evening the guests enjoyed stirring live Greek instrumental music performed by a violin, keyboard and bouzouki trio. The musicians were George Christoforidis, President and CEO of Heron Languages, and his children. The Olympians, a dancing ensemble from St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church, put on a show of Greek dances and even invited some of the guests to take a few steps. Anne Connor, DVTA secretary and past President, showed us she has what it takes to master the skill!

By the end of the evening the rain had mercifully stopped and the merry attendees drove back home under dark but dry skies. Each guest came away with a bag of “worry beads” as a memento of the occasion, courtesy of our Greek friends, although it must be said that, given the general mood, “worrying” was the last thing on everyone’s mind!