Bits & Pieces for Nov. 18

• Last week’s editorial in, “The Flat
Earth of American Politics,” went national. It was picked up by the Future of
Freedom Foundation and the link to the editorial was included in the foundation’s
daily update to its 6,500 subscribers. The foundation also includes links for
articles, editorials, op-ed pieces and essays from The New York Times,
Washington Times, Washington Post, Cato Institute, Reason Magazine and other
national publications and think tanks.

• The Board of Directors of Friends of the Brandywine
Battlefield has elected officers for 2011. The president is Richard Bowers; the
vice president is John Michoychok; the second vice president is Bryan Thorpe;
and the secretary is Judy Thorpe. Bowers is also the interim treasurer.

• Holiday critters are returning to the Brandywine River
Museum. The handmade ornaments and decorations—environmentally friendly and
artistic— go on sale Dec. 4 and 5, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the museum.
Critters are made with plant materials found in nature in the likenesses
of animals, ballerinas, Santas, angels, snowmen and athletes engaged in a
multitude of sports. To honor the 80th Radnor Hunt Races held earlier this
year, jumping and prancing horses, jockeys, foxes, hounds, carriages, ladies
with flowered hats and men with top hats will be available for purchase. Prices
range from $5 to $45. Specialty items start at $50.

• The annual Christmas in Miniature Show at the Chadds Ford Gallery begins Wednesday, Dec. 1.

• A Christmas fantasy awaits guests to Longwood Gardens near
Kennett Square, Nov.25, through Jan. 9. Dazzling floral displays, stunning
trees, holiday music, 500,000 outdoor lights, and dancing fountains under the
stars are just a few of the highlights of the popular display A Longwood
Gardens Christmas. Timed Tickets are advised, with tickets issued for
specific dates and times. Timed tickets are available now and can be purchased
online at,
or in person at Longwood.

• The Friends of the Rachel Kohl Library are sponsoring a
holiday greens sale Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The greens will be
sold in the library’s foyer.
A variety of freshly cut locally grown greens including holly, magnolia and
various evergreens will be available. Patrons can purchase bouquets that
include a pre-mixed variety or can mix and match to suit their own needs.
There will also be a traditional tree lighting ceremony and library open house
Sunday, Dec 5, from 5:30-7 p.m. As part of our tree lighting we want to collect
biodegradable ornaments to display on the tree.
The Rachel Kohl Community Library is located at 687 Smithbridge Road in Glen
Mills, PA and serves the communities of Bethel, Chadds Ford, Chester Heights,
Concord, and Thornbury.

• Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Candlelight Christmas is
Saturday, Dec 4, from 1 to 6 p.m. This is the 25th year for the event. Several
private homes from the Chadds Ford area will be on display along with the
Barns-Brinton House. Advance tickets for the tour are $16, tickets are $20 the
day of the event. For more information on all our events, call 610-388-7376 or
visit our website

• The curators of the Brandywine River Museum have changed
the works displayed in the Andrew Wyeth Gallery. There are now 38 works on
view. Among the works on display are Big Room and Demolished June, 1995, which
are rarely on view to the public. Blizzard Study (1966) and
several studies for the tempera painting 747 have only been exhibited
in Japan. Also on view are "old friends" such as Snow Hill and Spring
Most of the works in the gallery are from the collection of Andrew and Betsy
Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for senior citizens, students and children
6-12; free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members.
For more information call 610-388-2700 or visit

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