Around Town March 3

• On Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. David Ward, a master of selecting, lighting, photographing, and printing botanical subjects will present on “The Aesthetics of Botanical Photography” at the Chadds Ford Historical Society for their Spring Lecture Series. Ward, a teacher of botanical photography at Longwood Gardens, will share some of the secrets of how he has captured flowers and other botanical subjects. His lecture will deal with fundamental issues of aesthetics, such as the nature of beauty, the relationship between form and content, problems of evaluation of art, and issues of abstraction in art. Whether you are an amateur or professional photographer or simply enjoy nature, you will not want to miss this! The lecture costs $10 for non-members and free for Chadds Ford Historical Society members.

• Also at the Chadds Ford Historical Society, a new monthly series called Tavern Talks gets underway beginning March 10 from 7-9 p.m. The first talk is called “Bugging Out! Bugs that Bugged the Colonists.” Guests will have the opportunity to learn about how colonists used bugs by tasting different types of local honey from Swarmbustin' Honey, watch demonstrations on using cochineal (a bug used to dye clothing), talk with an 18th century beekeeper and sample different honey-based beverages that colonists drank. This series is aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older. Admission is $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited.

Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), Mort de Noureev, 2001. Mixed media. Purchase made possible by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; the Roemer Foundation; the Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation of PA, I, Inc.; and an anonymous donor.

Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946), Mort de Noureev, 2001. Mixed media. Purchase made possible by the Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation; the Roemer Foundation; the Margaret Dorrance Strawbridge Foundation of PA, I, Inc.; and an anonymous donor.

• The Brandywine River Museum of Art is offering Gallery Talk: Wyeth & Nureyev, a Grande Reverence on Wednesday, March 9, 2 p.m. The event is free with museum admission.  Jamie Wyeth’s portraits of Rudolf Nureyev express the painter’s longstanding admiration and appreciation for the dancer and his work. In the portraits, Wyeth created an homage to Nureyev, a painted version of a ballet révérence, the sequence of steps performed at the end of every ballet class to demonstrate the students’ esteem for the instructor. This gallery talk by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator, will examine Wyeth’s selection of Nureyev as the subject of extended study, the method by which he worked, and the interpretive choices he made in his attempt to capture the essence of the dancer even after Nureyev’s death.

Belfast Connection

• Irish folk trio Belfast Connection returns Saturday, March 12 to the 2015-2016 Coffee House Concert Series at Darlington Arts Center. Performing a selection of crowd-favorite Irish pub songs and heartfelt ballads, Belfast Connection tells the story of Ireland and her people while inviting audiences to sing along. The trio returns to Darlington to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day for the fifth straight year, following four years of sold-out shows at the center. The evening begins with a performance by Diane Kadyk on the Celtic harp at 7:30 pm followed by Belfast Connection at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 ($10 for members) and include free coffee, tea, and desserts. BYOB – corkscrew and glasses are provided. Due to last year’s sold out performance, advance purchase is strongly recommended. Tickets can be purchasing by calling 610-358-3632 or visiting

FamilyConcert• The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will present “Music Can Change the World” at its annual Family Concert on Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m., at Emilie K. Asplundh Hall, Phillips Memorial Building, on the campus of West Chester University. This educational, and engaging concert examines the power of music to affect us all. Following the performance, the symphony will offer special activities and its popular Instrument Zoo, during which children can meet and greet the musicians of the Kennett Symphony and try out the instruments of the orchestra. This year’s program includes “Olympic Fanfare” by Williams, “Adagio for Strings” by Barber, “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” by Liszt, “Siegfried Idyll” by Wagner, “Anvil Chorus” by Verdi, “Finlandia” by Sibelius, and “Ode to Joy” by Beethoven. All tickets are $5 per person and seating is reserved.  For complete information visit or call the Kennett Symphony at 610 444 6363.

• While the rate of chronic disease continues to climb, there remain a few powerful tools to decrease your risk of disease onset – one is healthy eating. The YMCA of Greater Brandywine continues to strive to support healthy living for all community members and is proud to partner with Nourish Mobile Market to make fresh, healthy foods more accessible to everyone – and a healthy, balanced life closer to reality. Nourish’s food trailers will visit six of the Y’s branches on an every other week schedule – Brandywine, Jennersville, Kennett Area, Lionville Community, Upper Main Line and West Chester Area. For details visit

• A check for $120,367 and a truckload of nearly 18,000 pounds of non-perishable food arrived at the Chester County Food Bank last week, courtesy of Wegmans. The funds came from the supermarket’s Check Out Hunger campaign, which ran from late October through late December at the Downingtown and Malvern stores; both customers and employees contributed between $1 and $5 or more at the checkout.

• Christiana Care Health System has received a gift of $100,000 from the Delaware Ovarian Cancer Foundation to support ovarian cancer tissue research. The gift will enable the health system’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute to advance its translational research program in ovarian cancer, the first such program in the state.

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