Around Town Feb. 28

• Admission to the Delaware Museum of Natural History will be waived from 9:30 a.m. - noon on Sunday, March 3, courtesy of PNC Bank. This PNC Free Sunday Morning is part of a grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principle funding from The PNC Financial Services Group.  The PNC Free Sunday Morning on March 3 is the second of three at the Delaware Museum of Natural History for the 2012-13 school year. The next PNC Free Sunday Morning is scheduled for Sunday, June 23, 2013.

• The Brandywine River Museum is hosting a panel discussion on the works of F.O.C. Darley, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 5. A popular illustrator, Darley was a self-taught artist who received international renown for his illustrations, immortalizing the fictional characters created by the most famous authors of his day, including Charles Dickens, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and James Fenimore Cooper. The panel will feature Georgia Barnhill and Gail Stanislow, Brandywine River Museum librarian. Admission is $20 for adults and $16 for members. Tickets available at the door (no advanced sales). A reception follows with cash bar.

• Grammy-nominated pianist Andrius Zlabys will perform works by Grieg, Franck and Brahms at the Brandywine River Museum on March 7. Galleries open at 6 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members and students. There will be a full bar and light refreshments available for purchase. Tickets are available online or by calling 610-388-8326.

• Darlington Arts Center welcomes Irish folk trio Belfast Connection to the Coffee House Concert Series on Friday, March 8. Performing a selection of crowd-favorite Irish pub songs and heartfelt ballads, Belfast Connection tells the story of Ireland and her people while inviting audiences to sing along. The trio returns to Darlington to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for a second year, having performed to a sold-out crowd in 2012. The evening begins with performances by Darlington students at 7:30pm followed by Belfast Connection at 8pm. Tickets are $15 and include free coffee, tea, and desserts (BYOB—corkscrew provided). Due to last year’s sold out performance, advance purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchasing by calling 610-358-3632 or visiting www.darlingtonarts.org.

Charlie Zahm and Celtic fiddler Tad Marks will perform at St. Michael Lutheran Church on Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m. Zahm and Marks will perform songs

Charlie Zahm

from Scotland, Ireland and the sea. Zahm is one of the most successful performers of Celtic music. Tad Marks is a fine Celtic and bluegrass fiddler and is Charlie’s genial sidekick. There will be a reception with light refreshments (and green punch) following the program. Suggested donation is $5 per adult and $2 per child under age 12. St. Michael Lutheran Church is on East Doe Run Road, just east of the traffic circle on Route 82.

• The Chadds Ford Historical Society will host the “Reflections” exhibit opening and meet the artist wine and cheese reception on Saturday evening, March 9, to celebrate Michael P. Rocco’s extraordinary career of more than 70 years devotion to the arts. The exhibit opening and meet the artist reception is from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Society’s Barn Visitors Center. $10 admission includes the exhibit opening and reception. Free for CFHS members. The exhibit will continue through March 29.For more information, visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376.

• Unionville High School is hosting a percussion competition — the Norristown Regional WGI "Sport of the Arts" — on Saturday, March 16. There will be 32 percussion ensembles from six states performing. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., with the preliminary round starting at 9 a.m. Doors will reopen at 6 p.m. for finals at 6:30 p.m. Ticket prices are $10 for prelims, $15 for finals, $20 for a combination ticket. Food — including tacos, meatball sandwiches, chicken sandwiches, pizza, salad, and baked goods — will be available all day. For more information, visit wgi.org or contact Unionville High School Band Director G. Scott Litzenberg, slitzenberg@ucfsd.net.

Youngsters visiting the Brandywine River Museum on Feb. 24 get a chance to draw during a Horace Pippin Family Workshop. Pippin, a self-taught artist was wounded in WWI and used painting as rehab. He had to use his left hand to stabilize his right in order to paint.

 

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