Around Town Sept. 29

• Chester County Day, the country’s longest running house tour scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1, will feature preview parties on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Longwood Gardens Visitor’s Center auditorium at 5, 6, and 7 p.m.; and in Courtroom One of the historic courthouse at High and Market streets in West Chester at 6 and 7:30 p.m. This year’s tour focuses on the southwest quadrant of the county, with a concentration of homes in the Unionville and Marshallton areas. Tickets are $40 apiece, and proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Chester County hospital. For more information, visit

• The Sanderson Museum and Tbornbury Farm held a special event Saturday, a square dance. Randell Spackman, who owns the family farm, said it was a way to bring square dancing back to the farm. Chris Sanderson played dances there in the 1940s and ‘50s. Krista Bolmer, marketing director for the museum, said the event brought back one of Sanderson’s passions and hopes it would bring back the tradition of square dancing. For some smooth moves, go here.

Monique Hedwall and Kelly Keating, both from West Chester, enjoy some food and wine at the Chaddsford Winery.

Monique Hedwall and Kelly Keating, both from West Chester, enjoy some food and wine at the Chaddsford Winery.

• Bacon lovers got to treat their taste buds and whet their whistles at Baconfest, held last Saturday at the Chaddsford Winery. Winery manager Greg Kuhn said the event was held just to promote the winery and to let people enjoy some wine and bacon. (Cap: Monique Hedwall and Kelly Keating, both from West Chester, enjoy some food and wine at the Chaddsford Winery.)

• The Pocopson Township Historic Committee is hosting an Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Applebee’s on Route 1 in East Marlborough Township. The all-you-can-eat event, which will benefit the restoration of the Locust Grove Schoolhouse, will feature pancakes, sausage and beverages from 8 to 10 a.m. at the restaurant at 815 Baltimore Pike in Kennett Square. The cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at the township building or at the door.

• Darlington Arts Center in Concord Township invites the community to its third annual Back to School Arts Party on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The party celebrates music, art, dance, and drama and will include exciting performances and exhibits from Darlington’s professional teaching artists, plus a collaborative community art project. There is a $20 recommended family donation. In between the performances, families can browse the Teaching Artist Gallery featuring selections from Darlington’s visual art teaching artists and Darlington members. For more information, visit or call 610-358-3632.

• Rev up some family fun at Winterthur's fifth annual Truck and Tractor Day, Saturday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids of all ages can hop on a fire truck, try out a tractor, strap on a safety harness and climb a tree like a real arborist, watch a backhoe and crane make big moves, put out a (fake) fire with the Winterthur Fire Company, hitch a hayride, and more. In case of inclement weather, a cancellation notification will be posted on the Winterthur website — — and the make-up date will be Sunday, Oct 2. This year, Winterthur is introducing a new Friday night "Winterthur After Hours" program with a preview of Truck and Tractor Day for adults and children, Friday, September 30, 5:30 to 9 p.m. For information, visit Proceeds of Truck and Tractor Day support the Winterthur Fire Department.

• The Brandywine River Museum of Art will hold more Kuerner Farm Plein Air days in October. The first one is this Sunday, Oct. 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All-day access is $20, $15 for members. Artists working in all media are invited to explore the property where they can sketch, paint or photograph. 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; register online or by calling 610-388-8326. Event will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Laura Westmoreland at 610-388-8120 or

• Chester County 2020 is hosting A Citizen Planners' Breakfast entitled "How Entrepreneurs Kickstart Town Renewal," on Monday, Oct. 3, from 7:15 to 8:45 a.m. at the Brandywine Center, 744 East Lincoln Highway in Coatesville. The featured speakers will be Bill Covalseski, co-founder of Victory Brewing Company, and Barry Cassidy, a Keystone Laureate revitalization expert. Attendance is limited to 50. Registration is $25. Register online via or send a check to: CC2020 P.O. Box 321 Lyndell, Pa., PA 19354. Email or call 484-680-5570 for additional information. The Citizen Planners' Breakfasts highlight issues affecting land use around Chester County.

• The Chadds Ford Republican Party will hold its annual luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 8, at 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Catering. Guests include state Sen. Tom Killion, state Rep. Stephen Barrar and township Supervisors Frank Murphy, Samantha Reiner and Noelle Barbone. Contributions are $50; the second ticket is $35. A table can be reserved for $300.

• The Brinton 1704 House in Chadds Ford is holding its Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. The Brinton family will be celebrating Pennsylvania Archaeology Month by demonstrating a small dig on the Brinton House property. Anyone can participate. While learning what an archaeologist does, visitors may join in our other fun activities: pumpkin painting, bobbing for apples, leaf rubbings, and corn hole toss. General admission: $8 per person; children under 12 are admitted free.

Gene Pisasale as Alexander Hamiton.

Gene Pisasale as Alexander Hamiton.

• Didn’t get a ticket to see “Hamilton” on Broadway? Always wanted to have a cup of coffee with a founding father? Meet Alexander Hamilton at the Kennett Square Library at 216 East State Street in Kennett Square on Saturday Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. when local author/historian Gene Pisasale — dressed in full Continental Army officer’s uniform — makes Hamilton “come alive” by talking about his life and times. This event is free and open to the public.

• The 25th annual Wine Festival at the Dilworthtown Inn on Sunday, Oct. 9 will offer attendees an opportunity to sample approximately 100 wines and craft beers, patronize a silent auction, shop in the Gallery of Artisan Vendors, enjoy live music, a performance car show, and more. Proceeds benefit patients of the Cancer Program of Chester County Hospital and Neighborhood Health. The festival will run rain or shine from noon to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Dilworthtown Inn, 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, in Birmingham Township. General-admission tickets are $40 per person in advance or $45 at the door. Food will be available for purchase. To attend, volunteer, sponsor, or donate, visit or call 610-431-5328.

 Yoga Rocks the Armory! at 226 N High St. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

Yoga Rocks the Armory! at 226 N High St. on Sunday, Oct. 9.

• Uptown! Entertainment Alliance and Local Yoga Cafe present Yoga Rocks the Armory! at 226 N High St. on Sunday, Oct. 9, with music from Brandon Mesen, featuring Mike Rogers.Yoga Rocks the Armory will be a 60-minute, family-friendly yoga class to live music. Registration opens at 9 a.m.; class begins at 9:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 per person. All proceeds go to Uptown! Entertainment Alliance. Tickets can be purchased through Uptown! Entertainment Alliance’s website,, or at the event. For additional information, please contact Kaitlin Kovell at 484-356-3728.

• Concord Township is holding a Senior Expo Thursday, Oct. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon at the BYC Gymnasium, 41 S. Thornton Road. Exhibitors from state agencies, local organizations, businesses and clubs will be on hand to share their expertise and information on important services and issues. Admission and parking are free. There will also be refreshments and health .screenings. Interested in being an Expo vendor? Contact Mary Lou Worland at 610-459-8911 x100 or go to

• Westtown Township’ Revolutionary War militia gravestones project is scheduled for at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, on Tower Course Drive  (gps address: 226 Baywood Road). Five granite gravestones will be installed during the ceremony, which will include a short "march in" by the Philadelphia Colonial Fife and Drum Band, re-enactors, a color guard, and others.

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