Around Town Nov. 19

• The holiday season is upon us. Volunteers at the Brandywine River Museum of Art assemble the annual wreath that will adorn the outer wall of the museum. More than 60 volunteers took part. The wreath is 18 feet in diameter and is made of blue spruce. (See top photo.) Brandywine Christmas, featuring O-gauge trains and the Ann Wyeth McCoy doll collection, at the BRM runs from Nov. 27 through Jan. 3.

• Although tickets for a preview reception – and a chance to chat with Victoria Browning Wyeth – at the Westtown School on Saturday, Nov. 21, have sold out, area residents can still purchase seats for the lecture at 7:30 p.m. The fundraiser for the Chadds Ford Historical Society will feature a presentation by the granddaughter of painter Andrew Wyeth entitled “I Paint My Life,” an evening that will spotlight four never publicly viewed studies that center on one of the historical society’s buildings and another uncirculated watercolor of Helga Testorf, one of her grandfather’s most famous models. It will also include Andrew Wyeth's last in-person interview. Lecture tickets are $30 and are available here.

• The Unionville High School Art Gala is this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 20 and 21, at the school. This annual event showcases local celebrated working artists, UHS alumni, and current UHS students along with live music and great food. This year’s featured artist is Margaret Matuszewski. And the gala also features two senior student artists. Admission is free and 30 percent of all purchases are tax deductible.  All proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Unionville High School. Doors open 6 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday. The exhibit ends at 4 p.m. Saturday.

• The Brandywine Battlefield Park will hold its Patriots' Day on Saturday, Nov. 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is an opportunity for you and your kids to engage history in an exciting and interactive way. Gen. George Washington will stop by along with Benjamin Franklin and some of his inventions. Soldiers from the 1st Delaware and 9th Pennsylvania Light Infantry Divisions will appear in uniform as well as Sutler's 18th century interpreters and other historical demonstrations.

"The Nutcracker" opens Dec. 11

Brandywine Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" beginning Dec. 11.

• Brandywine Ballet will have performances of “The Nutcracker” Dec. 11-20, as well as The Nutcracker Tea on Dec. 12 & 19 at 2:30 pm and Dec. 20 at 12:30 p.m. Brandywine Ballet continues its residency this season at Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, 700 S. High Street in West Chester. Individual tickets range from $25-$42. Tickets and a complete schedule are available by telephone at 610-696-2711 and online at

• Kennett Township, which currently has more than 70 residents – up from 60 two years ago – on numerous committees ranging from its Environmental Advisory Council to its Deer Management Committee, is seeking more volunteers. The township is undergoing its yearly process of making committee appointments for January. An application form and brief description of each committee can be found here.

• Time is running out to catch the Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens, the largest display of exhibition mums in the country. The show of more than 16,000 mums includes a 1,000-bloom mum, which was painstakingly cultivated to produce that many blooms on a single plant, all perfectly spaced. It runs through Sunday, Nov. 22, and is included in gardens admission. For more information, go here.

• On Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., the Chester County Department of Emergency Services will hold the Fall 2015 Firefighter I Graduation and Certification Recognition Ceremony at the Wagontown Fire Company on West Kings Highway in Wagontown. The ceremony will recognize the hard work of the 26 Firefighter I Cadets, who have completed the requirements of the course and can now serve as volunteer firefighters at their local fire companies. The guest speaker will be Chaplain Jerry Schwartz, a retired captain with the Baltimore City Fire Department who serves as chaplain and safety officer for the West Chester Fire Department.

Boy Scout Pack 31, of Chaads Ford, will hold a Court of Honor for three Eagle Scouts 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at Hillendale Elementary School. Scouts being honored are, from left, Dylan Smallacombe, Ian Mears and Benjamin Schenk.

Boy Scout Pack 31, of Chaads Ford, will hold a Court of Honor for three Eagle Scouts 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, at Hillendale Elementary School. Scouts being honored are, from left, Dylan Smallacombe, Ian Mears and Benjamin Schenk.

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