Around Town Aug. 18

• RTC, the Resident Theater Co., is performing the musical “The Last Five Years” this weekend, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 19 and 20, at the Chester County Historical Society, 225 North High Street in West Chester. Tickets are $22 and $32. Go to http://www.rtcwc.org/the-last-five-years.html for tickets.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s has its Crafts in the Courtyard this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s has its Crafts in the Courtyard this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Unique wares made by regional artisans will be available at the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Crafts in the Courtyard event on Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event showcases exceptional works from juried members of the Chester County Craft Guild, a chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. Crafters will include Mary Adams (design your own bags), Bob Antonishak (nantucket baskets, wood turning), Jim Bewley (wood turning), Dave Brethauer (woodworking), Patricia Halsey (jewelry), Pam Horseman (fiber arts), Cindy Losco (jewelry), Lynn McKay (weaving), Sam Moyer (brooms), Bill Morrison (glass), and Gene Shaw (ceramics).

• A benefit for The Kennett Flash is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 19, at the Flash. It will include a beer-tasting and food-pairing, as well as live music from Philadelphia ‘60s garage rock act The GTVs. In addition, deejay Shadylady will be on hand spinning her vast collection of Motown, soul, rhythm and blues, and ‘60s rock to get everyone up and dancing. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show begins at 8. The cost is $50. For tickets, go to www.kennettflash.org or www.ticketfly.com.

• Concordia Choral Arts’ 2015-2016 performance year concludes with its summer concert series “All Will Shine” this Saturday, Aug. 20, and Sunday, Aug. 21. Celebrating 10 years of Ariana Women’s Choir and Orpheus Men’s Choir, this program will feature a collection of the top pieces from the past decade of performances, including classic choral anthems, modern masterpieces, and popular favorites. Saturday’s performance will be 7:30 p.m. at Christ Community Church, 1190 Phoenixville Pike in West Chester. Sunday’s performance will be 3 p.m. at Church of the Good Samaritan, 212 West Lancaster Avenue in Paoli. For tickets, go to https://concordiachoralarts.ticketleap.com

• The Kennett Area Senior Center has invited Bayada Home Health Care to do its presentation on “Staying Safe During the Dog Days of Summer,” on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Learn safety tips to keep you healthy, hydrated and out of the hospital during the hot summer months. Learn the warning signs of heat-related illnesses and what to do to stay safe and well. Come be a part of this educational presentation.

• On Friday, Aug. 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., artists can get all-day access to Kuerner Farm, a National Historic Landmark, where Andrew Wyeth found intriguing subjects for hundreds of tempera paintings, watercolors and drawings for more than 70 years. Participants will meet at the Brandywine River Museum of Art parking lot at 9:15 a.m. before driving to the farm. Water and bathrooms are available at the site. Participants are responsible for providing all art materials. Spaces are limited for this rain or shine event; register at www.brandywine.org/museum/events. For more information, contact Laura Westmoreland at 610-388-8120 or lwestmoreland@brandywine.org. The cost is $20 for non-members, $15 for members.

• The Fourth Annual Save The Valley Music Fest will take place on Sept. 9 at World Cafe Live at the Queen, in Wilmington. Save the Valley is partnering up with Gable Music Ventures after a successful event in 2015. This year the event will showcase six bands – three of which are local high school bands that fought for their place on the stage at a sold-out event in April. In addition, Maryland-based blues singer and saxophonist Vanessa Collier is bringing her full band back to perform, and Wilmington’s own island/folk/blues hybrid trio The Splashing Pearls will do a rare performance as the local headliner. The event headliner is Bronze Radio Return, an American indie-roots rock sextet from Hartford, Conn. Tickets can be obtained at http://queentickets.worldcafelive.com/event/1281043.

• The Chester Water Authority has launched an online payment option for its customers. In addition to traditional mail and phone billing systems, residents can now log on to www.ChesterWater.com and make payments using credit cards, debit cards, and e-checks. The new payment option comes with step-by-step instructions to ensure ease of use for customers. Customers are able to use Visa and MasterCard to make payments as well as debit cards with the MasterCard or Visa logo and electronic checks. Individual payments are limited to $500 and a $2.75 convenience fee is charged per transaction. To learn more about Chester Water Authority and the new online payment system, visit www.chesterwater.com.

Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin is offering a wide array of classes designed to appeal to gardeners, naturalists, artists and outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

Mt. Cuba Center is offering a wide array of classes designed to appeal to gardeners, naturalists, artists and outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

• The Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin is offering a wide array of classes and events for fall and winter, designed to appeal to gardeners, naturalists, artists and outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. Attend “Fall Gardening Saturday” to help you plan a stunning fall garden, explore the gardens after dark with the “Full Moon Walk: Nature at Night,” or reinvigorate yourself in the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center's gardens with weekly yoga practice or fitness walks. New this season is “Tasting on the Terrace,” a primer on preparing unique and delicious spirits from native plants using only one or two ingredients and no specialized equipment. To download the program guide, click here.

• The Victory Brewing Company is inviting the public to join the festivities on Oct. 8 at Oktoberfest, a four-hour, family-friendly event at its Parkesburg location that is Victory’s spin on the traditional German festival. The Brewpub On Wheels will be serving traditional Oktoberfest nibbles like currywurst and döner kebabs, along with crowd-pleasers such as mac and cheese, street tacos and soft pretzels. Live music from local bands, outdoor lawn games, and children’s activities, ranging from face-painting to balloon animals, will keep the celebration going. The fest, which will run from noon to 4 p.m., will be held at the Parkesburg brewery at 3127 Lower Valley Road.

• The West Chester Area Council of Governments will hold another year of Neighborhood University, starting in September. This free program offers the opportunity to learn about local government, tour public facilities, and better understand available municipal services and resources. Neighborhood University of Greater West Chester is open to any resident or business owner, age 16 or older, from West Chester Borough or East Bradford, East Goshen, Thornbury (Chester County), West Goshen, West Whiteland, and Westtown townships. Enrollment began Aug. 1, and class size is limited. Sessions will be held on Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at various area locations. More information can be found at www.nugwc.org.

 

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