Around Town Nov. 27

• Chadds Ford holiday traditions return with the annual Brandywine Christmas at the Brandywine River Museum of Art beginning this Friday, Nov. 28 and running through Jan. 4. Rediscover the renowned O-gauge model train display of more than 1,000 pieces, with trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track, and thousands of whimsical Critters displayed on towering trees soaring up through the Museum's three-story rotunda. The Critter sale is Dec. 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Another tradition, the annual Christmas in Miniature art sale at the Chadds Ford Gallery begins Wednesday, Dec. 3 and goes through the end of the year.

• Over 40 feet long and native to Delaware, a "new species" of snake made entirely of yarn will soon hang from the ceiling of the Delaware Museum of Natural History. Part of a collaborative fiber arts project spearheaded by local volunteers, the display will be on view from Dec. 3 through Jan. 26, and will give visitors an opportunity to discover what's possible with a little time, patience, and creativity. Local crocheter Sharon Silverman is leading the all-volunteer effort to create the centerpiece of the installation, a 40-foot crocheted snake nicknamed the Delaware Yarn Boa (Yarnboa delawarensis), that will hang from the ceiling near the Museum's front entrance. At the close of the exhibit, segments will be reconfigured into blankets and donated to Friends Association for Care and Protection of Children in West Chester. Silverman will be at the Museum on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1-3 p.m. to answer questions and teach visitors how to "finger crochet."

The Bizzgirls and Willowdale Chapel are teaming up for a Dec. 6 event called “Holiday Helping Hands.” The event is scheduled for Willowdale Chapel from 10 a.m. to noon. Bizzgirls hopes to generate wish list donation for 35 local children, a press release said. Bring your donated item(s) and enjoy a casual morning of Children’s Pajama Yoga with Tonia Kulp of Brandywine Yoga There will also be a mix of kid-friendly music from Music by Bill from We Kids Rock, a make and take holiday themed craft and a boutique of locally sourced makers selling first pick Holiday Goodstuffs. To view the current wish list, go here To RSVP, go here

• Uptown! Entertainment Alliance is once again sponsoring a competition to recognize the area’s most promising singer-songwriters.  The event is open to all songwriters who are residents of Chester County and/or have performed four verifiable shows in the Chester County area within the past two years.  Five finalists will be selected to perform their original songs live at a spotlight performance on Jan. 15, at Teca Restaurant &Wine Bar in West Chester when the grand prize winner will be named. Event participation fee is $25.  Entries will be accepted until Dec. 12. For complete Rules and Regulations, more information, and to register as a contestant online, see the UEA website at

• Crozer Keystone Health System has added a new healthcare provider to its Brinton Lake facility. Ayuvia is a holistic provider that provides treatment for pain and illness. Ayuvia focuses on stress and pain management, women’s health and changing lifestyles, a press release said.

• Blood Bank of Delmarva will open its fifth, permanent donation center, the Concord Center, on Monday, Dec. 1. The center is located at the Christiana Care Concord Health Center at 161 Wilmington-West Chester Pike (Route 202) in Concord Township. The 3,000-square-foot Concord Center has 10 donor beds and is on the second floor of the health center in Suite 2300. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. BBD is now scheduling appointments for the new center. To schedule an appointment, or for more information, visit or call 1 888 8-BLOOD-8.


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