Around Town Feb. 27

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• It appears the opening of The Meat House is just about to happen. The interior is being prepped and proprietor Scott Gagnon anticipates the butcher/grocer store will open by March 1. The store is in the same area as the Walgreens at Route 202 and Beaver Valley Road, diagonally across from the Wawa.

• History comes alive through the special exhibition, N.C. Wyeth's America in the Making. Visitors of all ages are invited to meet Benjamin Franklin impersonator Ralph Archbold, the official Franklin for the City of Philadelphia, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, March 2. Archbold was designated the official "Ben Franklin" for America's Constitutional Bicentennial and has appeared on the History Channel, in TIME magazine, USA Today, the New Yorker and the New York Times. In the spirit of Franklin, everyone is invited to make a kite. Free admission until noon.

• The Brandywine Battlefield Park celebrates Charter Day on Sunday, March 9 from noon to 4 p.m. Programs include a lecture by Gerald Kaufman, author of “British Invasion of Delaware” as well as re-enactors, a blacksmith, gunsmith and discussions on militia recruitment.

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County, under the direction of guest conductor, Dr. Robert Spence, will present American Patchwork at its annual Children’s Concerts on Sunday, March 2, 2 p.m., at the International Cultural Center on the campus of Lincoln University and again on Sunday, March 9, 2 p.m., at Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, Phillips Memorial Building, on the campus of West Chester University. All tickets are $5 per person and seating is reserved. For complete information visit or call the Kennett Symphony at 610-444-6363.

• The Delaware Center Horticulture says now is the time to start thinking about the garden and is offering a free workshop to inspire and educate gardeners to take their green space to the next level. The workshop is 6-8 p.m., March 4 and starts with a 30-minute staff-led workshop on getting your green space ready for the Wilmington City Gardens Contest on June 21. The second half of the evening features a free lecture and Q&A with plant expert Peggy Anne Montgomery of American Beauties. She'll discuss plants that attract butterflies, great blooms, best fall color, and how to layout your green space for best visual effect.

• The Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show welcomes special guest Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew and Betsy Wyeth, to the 65th annual show on March 21-22. Wyeth will lead a presentation that will provide insight into her family's art and private collection on Saturday, March 22 at 11 a.m. The show’s Featured Artist is the nationally known American Realist painter, J. Wayne Bystrom. The Donating Artist is Shawn Faust, an award winning Brandywine Valley artist who creates magnificent oil paintings of horses, landscapes, and people. The event opens Friday, March 21 at 7 p.m. at Chadds Ford Elementary School.

Delaware's only professional school of art and design and the state's only museum of natural history will team up this March for Nature's Bounty: Nature-Inspired Art, a unique, curated exhibition showcasing work inspired by the natural world. The Delaware College of Art and Design will display work by students in a variety of media beginning Friday, March 7 and running through April 19 at the Delaware Museum of Natural History. The opening reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 7 and will be part of the City of Wilmington's Art Loop.  The reception is free and open to the public. The work will be for sale to the general public.

• English culinary historian Marc Meltonville discusses the Chocolate Kitchen Restoration project, 6:30 p.m. on March 13 at Rachel Kohl Library on Smithbridge Road in Concord Township. It’s the story of Thomas Tosier, the chocolate-maker to Kings George I and III. Preregistration is required. Phone 610-459-2359.

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