Around Town Oct. 8

• Olde Ridge Village will be holding its Fall Festival on Sunday, October 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is open to all members of the community, their families and children, including their dogs. Activities will include a moon bounce and face-painting for kids, specials at participating shops, and a huge basket with gifts from the Ridge Village Shops. Everyone attending will receive a ticket to win the basket.

• Unionville High School is looking for varsity girls softball coach. The successful candidate for the position must be able to obtain the necessary clearances required by the school district. Anyone interested should send a cover letter and resume to Unionville High School 750 Unionville Rd. Kennett Square, PA. 19348, in care of the Athletic Director ASAP. Applications may also be emailed to Please call 610-347-1600, extension 3082, if there are any questions. Applications must be received by October 23.

Music on the Brandywine

Music on the Brandywine

• It’s Music on the Brandywine with Danbi Um and Sejoon Park. Um will perform on violin with Park on piano. Um was admitted to the Curtis Institute of Music at age 10, where she graduated with a bachelor’s in music. She plays a 1683 Amati, the “Ex-Petschek,” on loan from Seth Novatt.  Park was born in Seoul, Korea and holds degrees from the Peabody Institute of The John Hopkins University and the Julliard School. Both musicians have performed internationally and won numerous awards. Advance sales end Oct. 12. Click here to buy tickets for performance at Brandywine River Museum of Art.

• On Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Chester County NOPE (Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education) will present a parent and community program from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the UHS auditorium. This program comes through the efforts and support of the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation and our FOCUS (Family Outreach Committee of Unionville Schools Organization). Through UCFSD's ongoing efforts to educate our young people about the consequences of drug/alcohol abuse, the NOPE Task Force will be presenting to our 7th and 8th grade students on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and to all UHS students on October 14.

• Longwood Fire Company’s annual open house on Sunday, Oct. 18 will include food, fun activities for the whole family and life-saving demonstrations. Longwood Fire Company is located at 1001 East Baltimore Pike. The free open house will take place from noon until 3:00 p.m. Refreshments provided by Herr’s Food and Wawa will be served. Penn Medicine’s Chester County Hospital will be providing Hands Only CPR and AED demonstrations.  There will be a vehicle rescue demonstration with the tentative time set for 1:30 p.m. Also, a LifeNet Air Medical Chopper is planning to be at the open house from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. Members of the Kennett Township Police Department are also expected to participate.

• Violinist Xiang Gao and fellow “6ixwire” virtuoso Cathy Yang will perform at Winterthur on Sunday, Oct. 25, from 2 to 3:30 pm. Heralded as one of the world’s greatest performing artists of his generation from the People’s Republic of China, Gao was a member of the renowned “China Magpie” ensemble established by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project, combining diverse styles of music from Chinese folk to western classical and rock music. Inspired by Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project, Gao formed 6ixwire with Yang, an internationally acclaimed erhu virtuoso, a guzheng (Chinese zither) soloist, and a former professor of music at the China Contemporary Cultural Academy. The crossover duo will perform flashy showpieces from many parts of the world. For more information on 6sixwire's concert at Winterthur, please visit or call 800-448-3883.

• This year, for the first time, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is offering fall/Halloween “critters” – crafted of natural materials by museum volunteers – from Oct. 15 through Nov. 15 in the museum shop (open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).  Critters include ghosts, goblins, witches, spiders, vampires, bats, turkeys, squirrels and owls ranging in price from $10 to $30, all benefiting the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund, art education and programming.

• It’s not too early to start shining up those dancing shoes. West Chester’s Uptown! Entertainment Alliance announces its fourth annual fundraiser, a dinner and dance event to be held at the West Chester University Alumni & Foundation Building on Oct. 17. Titled “Footlights & Fun Raising,” the evening will feature live music, food, a silent auction and a red, white, and blue theme. The Sofa Kings, a high-energy 10-piece band from southeastern Pennsylvania, will keep the music up-tempo all night. The event runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $85 for single or $80 for two or more and are available now, either online at or in person at Fulton Bank, 116 W. Market St., West Chester, 19382.

• The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will celebrate its 75th anniversary season with an opening night concert on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Unionville High School auditorium. A historical exhibit will be on display, and Music Director Michael Hall will usher in the evening at 7 p.m. with reflections on the symphony’s history. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a post-concert Q&A with Hall. The program will include Puccini’s melancholy elegy for strings and builds to a boisterous finale with Respighi's epic tone poem, “The Pines of Rome.”  Single ticket prices are $25 to $48 in advance, $30 to $53 on the day of the concert; students 18 and under are $10. For more information visit or call the Kennett Symphony at 610 444 6363.

• In conjunction with Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library’s exhibition, “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light,” Benjamin Macklowe will explore the market for Louis C. Tiffany’s extraordinary creations during an Oct. 20 lecture. Macklowe is president of Macklowe Gallery in Manhattan, the world’s most respected dealer of the Tiffany oeuvre and French art nouveau decorative arts. “Today’s Tiffany Market: Understanding Current Trends, Values, and Authenticity” will begin at 6 p.m. in Copeland Lecture Hall. Admission is $5 for members, $15 for nonmembers, with students free with valid ID. Register at or by calling 800-448-3883.

• The Chester County Planning Commission has scheduled a public meeting to introduce the Chester Valley Trail Extension study (CVTE) on Thursday, Oct. 8, at the West Whiteland Township Building, 101 Commerce Drive, Exton.  An open house begins at 6:30 p.m. with a formal presentation at 7:30 p.m., followed by an interactive session for sharing ideas and questions. The CVTE study will investigate alternatives and determine a recommended alignment for extension of the Chester Valley Trail (CVT) from its current terminus in Exton into the Borough of Downingtown, potentially connecting to the existing Struble and East Branch Brandywine trails in the Downingtown area.

• The Music at St. Michael Concert series is pleased to announce a special performance by QuintEssentially Brass at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18. Please join us for a delightful afternoon of musical selections from baroque to jazz and sacred to secular music. Light refreshments will be served after the performance. Suggested donation is $10 per adult, free per child under 18.

• Darlington Arts Center in Concord Township will present a public exhibition of Chinese brush painting artwork by local artists from Josephine’s Dancing Brush Studio. The exhibit opens with a reception on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. The free event will include complimentary wine, cheese, and light refreshments. The exhibit, which will run through Oct. 27, 2015.  features works from local artists Susan Bevilacqua, Cynthia A. Candelaria, Lii Ying Chen, Jane Eppehimer, Marion Lai, Patricia Rahi, Florence Stiefeld, Josephine C. Tsai, and Winnie Zhang. Each piece explores traditional Chinese brush painting, a medium that requires special paints, handmade paper from natural materials and brushes made from animal hair. For more information, call 610-358-3632 or visit


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