Around Town Jan. 30

• As part of the Brandywine River Museum’s new exhibit on calendars, visitors to the museum will be able to make their own calendars on Sunday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities are free with museum admission (free Sunday mornings until noon).

• Jerry Blavat, the “Geater with the Heater” is coming to Penn Oaks. The Glen Mills-Thornbury Rotary Club is hosting an oldies night featuring Blavat on Saturday, Feb. 8 beginning at 7 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. while the dancing does until midnight. The dress is business casual and the cost is $60. For tickets, visit or call Rose DiLeva at 610-656-2544.

• Saturday, Feb. 8 is the annual Plein Air paint out for the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Artists fro around the Mid Atlantic region will be outside painting the landscapes around the Brandywine Valley. Paintings will be sold Saturday night at the Barn Visitors’ Center as a fund-raiser for the society.

Campers enjoying a day at the West Chester Area YMCA summer camp. Camps of all kinds are available for preschoolers to teens.

Campers enjoying a day at the West Chester Area YMCA summer camp. Camps of all kinds are available for preschoolers to teens.

• It’s time to think about summer camp and the YMCA of the Brandywine Valley’s Camp Open Houses might help people choose what’s best. Upcoming dates include Feb. 9 at the Jennersville YMCA, West Grove; Kennett Area YMCA, Kennett Square; West Chester Area YMCA, West Chester. Camp counselors will be on hand to explain the camps and answer any questions. For more information or to download a camp guide, visit or contact your local branch.

• Abraham Lincoln's contemporaries knew little about this relatively inexperienced candidate when he ran for president, but he became one of America's best known and most honored leaders. The Brandywine River Museum presents Abraham Lincoln: A Study in the Paradox of Greatness” by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m. The event is free for members and included in museum admission.

• Romantic jazz group The Duo performs a mix of sultry and lighthearted tunes at Darlington Arts Center for a Valentine’s Day Coffee House Concert on Friday, Feb. 14. The concert is BYOB, and guests are invited to bring a picnic along with their beverage of choice to enjoy by candlelight (wine glasses and corkscrew are provided).

• Experience a week of love-inspired programming from Saturday, Feb. 8, to Friday, Feb. 14, at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. The celebration begins when the museum hosts a family-friendly Movie Night at the Museum featuring the 2011 Touchstone Pictures film "Gnomeo & Juliet" and continues on Sunday, Feb. 9, with Museum Lovers from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Designed especially for lovers of all-things museum, guests will experience the latest special exhibit, Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure. On Feb. 13, there’s “Science After Dark: Evolution of Love” the 21-and-over set from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 14, from 5-9 p.m., mom and dad can enjoy a Valentine's Day evening out while the kids enjoy a night at the Museum for Valentine's Day Dinner Date Camp. This event is $15 per child for members; $20 per child for non-members.  Guests may register at For more information, visit or call 302-658-9111.

• Penn State Extension Chester County Master Gardeners will be offering a workshop titled ‘Your Bountiful Vegetable Garden’ on Saturday, March 1, from 1- 3:30 p.m. at the East Bradford Township Building located at 666 Copeland School Road in West Chester. Attendees will learn about the requirements for a successful vegetable plot, soil preparation, garden layout, raised bed techniques, thwarting pests, starting from seed, transplanting and growing vegetables to obtain an abundant harvest.  The cost is $10. Space is limited so pre-registration is encouraged. For more information send an email to with the subject line ‘Bountiful Vegetable Garden’ or call the Extension office at 610-696-3500.


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