Around Town Dec. 31

• All townships in Pennsylvania will be holding their state-required reorganization meetings on Monday, Jan. 4. Check with your own township for specific start time.

• Bert Lams, who was part of a sold-out show with the California Guitar Trio in November, will return to The Kennett Flash on Tuesday, Jan. 5, with Italian guitarist Fabio Mittino.  Doors will open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show of guitar craft and the music of George Gurdjieff and Thomas De Hartmann. Advance tickets are $20, $23 the day of the show. Dinner service is available by La Verona.  Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.kennettflash.org/event/951703, or to avoid service fees, contact the Flash at 484-732-8295.

• Chadds Ford Hypnosis is offering a stop smoking weekend program beginning Friday, Jan. 8. Anyone interested in the “Beat the Butts” program should phone 610-361-4446.

• The Delaware County Composting Farm will be accepting Christmas trees for composting that are free of lights, tinsel and decorations. The farm will be open for residents to drop off trees on: Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. The farm will continue to accept yard waste from residents on the third Wednesday of each month through September from 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. Delaware County’s Composting Farm is located at 2300 Concord Road and Incinerator Road in Chester. Residents must sign in and proof of residency is required.

• Kennett Township residents are also being encouraged to recycle their live Christmas trees. Trees can be dropped off at the township maintenance building at 557 Bayard Road in the yard waste area on Monday through Saturday from dawn to dusk and Sunday from 10 a.m. to dusk.  Make sure trees are free of decorations and old tree stands are removed. For more information or questions, call the township office at 610-388-1300.

• The Brandywine Artisan Wine Trail’s celebration of writing will include two “Wine and Words” events with local authors’ talking with customers and signing copies of their books. The first event will take place on Sunday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ten Gallon Hat Winery, 455 Old Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, with authors Elizabeth Bodien, Matty Dalrymple, Merry Jones, Jon McGoran and Bruce Mowday. The second event will take place on Sunday, April 24, from 3 to 5 p.m. at Galer Estate Winery, 700 Folly Hill Road, Kennett Square; the participating authors will be Virginia Beards, Matty Dalrymple, John Dixon, Sherry Knowlton, Bruce Mowday and Scott Pruden. For more information, visit www.tengallonhatwinery.com, www.galerestate.com or www.brandywineartisanwinetrail.com.

• Visitors to the Brandywine River Museum of Art will soon experience its renowned collection of American art and special exhibitions in a whole new light starting in 2016, thanks to a $1 million grant from the Crystal Trust. A new tracked lighting system with energy-efficient LED fixtures will be installed in all of the museum’s six galleries. The grant will also fund related projects intended to improve the visitor experience. The new LED lighting has a significantly whiter cast of light. Project work will take place from Jan. 4 through mid-March. The museum will be open during this time period. While the project will require occasional gallery closures, the Brandywine’s best-known paintings by N.C. Wyeth, including his illustration for Treasure Island, as well as iconic works by Andrew Wyeth and Jamie Wyeth, will be on continuous view.

 

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