Around Town May 14

• Become a time traveler in an exciting walk to explore signs of the Newlin Grist Mill nature park's past on Saturday, May 23, at 1:30 p.m. Newlin’s park naturalist will introduce participants to living fossils, help walkers discover the descendants of dinosaurs, and facilitate a visit with trees old enough to have witnessed the lives of wooly mammoths. "Prehistoric Newlin” is part of Newlin Grist Mill’s Faces of Newlin - Talks at the Mill series. For more information, email or call 610-459-2359.

• The Brandywine River Museum of Art Antiques Show opens Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. Visitors will enjoy a feast of decorative and visual art along with unparalleled examples of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century antiques and can purchase fine antiques, from furniture and rugs to porcelain, needlework and more from 30 distinguished dealers, and see outstanding Wyeth and American art on view in the galleries, including the special exhibition, Horace Pippin: The Way I See It.

• The Resident Theatre Company, a new professional theatre company in West Chester, will produce its first event, featuring five New York singers performing excerpts and songs from the hottest shows in Broadway history. RTC Artistic Director Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell directs, bringing her Broadway and regional theatre experience to The Ballroom at the Westside, West Chester’s newest event space. The show is May 29. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8. An After-Party starts at 9 at the Ballroom at Westside, 430 Hannum Ave., in West Chester. All proceeds will help RTC bring professional theatre to West Chester.

• The Music at St. Michael Concert Series presents “Summer in the City” with the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus on Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. It’s an afternoon of fun-filled summertime favorites that will transport you from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July, a baseball game, and all the way to Cape May. Enjoy favorites like "Under the Boardwalk," "Surfin' USA," "Summer Nights," and more, along with selections from Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom." The suggested donation is $10 per adult, $5 per child under 12. St. Michael Lutheran Church is at 109 E. Doe Run Road in East Marlborough Township.

• The Concordville Chadds Ford Rotary Club will hold the fifth annual Twisted Vintner homemade wine contest at 6 p.m., June 4, at the Concordville Towne Center, starting at 6 p.m. Come sample the wines made by local vintners, enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres from seven of the area’s best restaurants and seasonal parings from five area wineries. The tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Rachael Kohl Library, Camp Bournalyf and the Brandywine Youth Club, as well as other Rotary Club programs. For more information, to purchase tickets or to feature your homemade wine, donate an auction item, or be a sponsor, please visit

Uptown! Entertainment Alliance has raised $2.1 million toward its goal of bringing a theatre to downtown West Chester. Uptown is in the midst of a $3.75 million capital campaign to purchase, preserve and repurpose the former National Guard Armory at 224 North High Street as a full-on Cultural Arts Center that will present professional plays, musicals, concerts, ballet, original shows and lectures along with independent and classic films. Once the renovation is complete, the (still un-named) Armory Theatre will serve as a permanent presence for the community to enjoy the performing arts for generations to come. For additional information on Uptown! Entertainment Alliance, visit

• The West Chester Food Cupboard is asking residents to share their homegrown produce with the less fortunate. West Chester is one of the wealthiest areas in Pennsylvania, yet 24.5 percent of residents live below the poverty level. The Cupboard, located at 545 E. Gay Street, serves an average of 600 households per month, representing 1,800 to 2,000 hungry people. “Being able to offer fresh-picked vegetables is one of the highlights of the summer,” said board member Fiona Allison. For more information, visit or call 610-344-3175.

La Comunidad Hispaña’s Board of Directors has appointed Alisa M. Jones as president and chief executive officer of the organization. Jones had been serving as LCH’s interim president and CEO since January. She had served as the organization’s chief operating officer since 2013. LCH’s mission is to help low-income residents of southern Chester County stay healthy, build strong families, and lead productive lives by providing high-quality, culturally welcoming health care and social services.

• The Kennett Public Library Board of Trustees, which has come under fire recently for changing the name of the library from Bayard Taylor Memorial and for its plans to move the facility from the borough to Kennett Township, has confirmed that Henry “Jerry” Brown has not resigned from the board. A notice on the library’s website said Brown's name was added to a resignation letter without his permission by two board members who did resign. "We welcome Henry back,” the message said. "He is a great supporter of the library and we are delighted he is still on the team."

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