Around Town May 5

• The Brandywine Battlefield Park will be closed until sometime in June at the earliest. The park is undergoing a renovation project that includes upgrading the Visitors’ Center. The work was made available by a grant obtained by former state Sen. Dominic Pileggi a number of years ago. After several years, the state finalized how the renovation funds would be utilized. A March re-opening was postponed after an inspection revealed some structural defects in the roof trusses. Several events have already been postponed.

• Celebrate America’s public garden heritage with a complimentary visit to Mt. Cuba Center on Friday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Relax in Mt. Cuba’s gardens, eat a picnic lunch, or take a leisurely stroll, observing nature. Participate in family programs or guided walks and take home a free native plant. Food will be available for purchase onsite from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• Find out what's happening in the Kennett area, share upcoming events, become acquainted with available resources, discover the community's needs and volunteer to make the region a better place to live on Wednesday, May 11. That’s the next meeting of Bridging the Community, a convivial forum for exchanging ideas. The group will meet from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 415 W. State St., Kennett Square. No membership is needed; just show up. For more information, email

Casey Erin Clark will be singing Broadway classic at The Gables on June 3.

Casey Erin Clark will be singing Broadway classic at The Gables on June 3.

• Broadway is coming to The Gables on June 3. The Resident Theatre Company (RTC) brings Casey Erin Clark from New York to perform selections from “Les Miserables” and other Broadway hits during an evening of Classic Broadway at The Gables at Chadds Ford. Clark played Fantine on the national tour of “Les Miserables.” A full cast of professional singers from New York City will be joining her on stage. RTC will produce full seasons of musicals and plays at The Armory on High Street in West Chester once the renovation is complete in early 2017. The Resident Theatre Company has already produced over a dozen cabarets featuring professional performers from New York and Philly.

• The Chadds Ford Historical Society will be talking trash next week. What would you learn about people if you dug through their trash? On May 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., during this month’s Tavern Talk at CFHS, you can explore the concept of what can be learned about how someone lived, ate and worked simply by digging through their garbage. The society has unearthed many interesting artifacts in its historic buildings’ trash pits that have helped us learn more about the people that lived here. Guests will be able to view select artifacts from the both the Historical Society and Newlin Grist Mill’s archaeology collection. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s historic Barns Brinton House, an 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $15 for non-members and $10 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person, or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

• The State of Women in Chester County will be a morning devoted to exploring women’s issues in our region. This free, public event will take place on Thursday, May 12, at Penn State - Great Valley from 8 to 11:30 a.m. The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls will launch its 2016 Blueprint Report, an in-depth community needs assessment that looks at life in Chester County through a gender lens. A panel will discuss women’s roles in commerce, culture and community in our area, and networking opportunities will abound. Seating will be limited; to reserve a spot go here.

• The first annual Kennett Rotary PetFest will take place on Saturday May 21, from noon to 4 p.m. at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square. There is free admission and the event is rain or shine. Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome along with cats in appropriate carriers. There will be live music provided by “OL422,” a barbecue, a moon bounce and more. Featured activities will include "Lefty’s Fuzzy Butts 1-K Walk", a fun event for dogs and their owners with prizes for all entrants.  Lefty’s Walk is sponsored by Terry Lynn’s Critters, a local doggie daycare, and will start at 2 p.m. Lefty’s Walk, which requires a $5 entry fee, will feature t-shirts , medals and swag bags full of doggie treats. To register or for more information, go here, or contact event co-chairs Gary Pawliczek  at 610-563-5853 or or Faye Meyers at

• Newlin Grist Mill will hold its second program in its 2016 Talks at the Mill Speaker Series – the Grains of the World dinner on Saturday, May 21. Mill Director Tony Shahan will host a special dining event featuring grains from across the globe. Some grains will be familiar, but many, like amaranth, einkhorn and millet, may be new to most people. Attendees will enjoy the creative use of grains in soups, salads, main dishes, sides, desserts and beverages. The dinner is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the log cabin at Newlin Grist Mill. The price is $45 per person, and advance registration is required since space is limited. To register, call 610-459-2359 or email For more information, visit

• West Chester is inviting the public to enjoy the view “Up on the Roof,” a fundraising event that will be held Friday, June 4, from 7 to 11 p.m. Take in the beautiful sunset and an evening under the stars from the open air rooftop of the Chestnut Street parking garage in downtown West Chester. Enjoy appetizers by John Serock Catering, dinner by Limoncello Ristorante & Caterers, and desserts from downtown sweet shops including D'Ascenzo's Gelato and cakes & Candlesby Maryellen. A complimentary bar will feature beer from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, wine, and the always-popular Rooftop Martini. Live entertainment will be provided by The Manny Trio. Proceeds benefit downtown beautification and marketing. Tickets for the event, expected to sell out, are available here.

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