Around Town Jan. 31

• The Chadds Ford Historical Society will hold its fifth annual Winter Plein Air event on Saturday, Feb. 2. After a day of painting in Chadds Ford, PA and the Brandywine Valley, 30 award winning artists from the Mid-Atlantic region return to the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitor Center to frame and hang their paintings for a special exhibit and art sale. There will be a “first look” sale and preview party from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $50. $25 can be applied to the purchase of a painting. That will be followed by a wine and cheese gathering with an admission price of $10.

• Social networking will be the topic at the next Chadds Ford Business Association luncheon. Rosemary Kingery will present different forms of social media to promote your business. This presentation will explain the growing importance of a social media presence for all businesses and organizations.  It will also describe how to take advantage of the Internet's free advertising opportunities and provide tips on how to effectively reach and communicate with your target audience. The luncheon is noon, Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The cost is $20. RSVP to

• Tyler Arboretum will be holding its annual Pancake Breakfast & Maple Sugaring Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a snow date of March 2. No pre-registration required. Admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children 3-12. Kids younger than 3 get in free, a press release said. There will be tours to discover how sap is turned into syrup and an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast. For more information, go to or phone 610-566-9134.

• The annual UHS used book sale collection is underway. Book donations are now being accepted at all district schools through Feb. 20. We gladly accept books in good condition, clean, dry, mold-free, books with covers, audio books, music, movies, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes with original packaging. We DO accept
gaming software like X-Box, Nintendo, Game Cube, Trade size paperbacks,
paperbacks, hardbacks. Books should be placed in collection boxes in the lobby of all elementary schools and the middle school.  The high school drop-off will be near the cafeteria/gym entrance between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays.

• The Chester County Historical Society is hosting History on Tap - Music Edition at the Social Lounge, 29 East Gay Street, West Chester, on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 p.m. The evening includes the Dill Pickle Old Time Orchestra. Travel back in time as the Pickle string band plays some good old-time American fiddle tunes, gospel, tin pan alley, and mountain songs from eras gone by, with some local history lessons mixed in from mandolin player and West Chester University history professor Dr. Charles Hardy. The program is free, a press release said.

• The Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery will be hosting a Sip ‘N’ Shop network and marketing event on Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 6- 8 p.m. The winery is at 700 Folly Hill Road in Kennett Square. Participating vendors include International Award Winning Galer Wine, Sweet Salvation Chocolates, 3 Sisters Soaps and Scents, Vintage Faerie Jewelry and Gear from Brandywine Yoga. Cheese and Sweets Courtesy of Brandywine Prime.


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