Around Town Feb. 23

• The Chester County Historical Society, in partnership with Longwood Gardens, presents “A Legacy of Plant Exploration,” on Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a wine and cheese reception at Chester County Historical Society, tour the exhibit and learn from three notable speakers: artist Adrian Martinez, Longwood Gardens instructor David Culp, and Longwood Gardens Curator Peter Zale. The cost is $39 per person.

• The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts its ninth annual plein air art event called “Paint Out Chadds Ford” on Saturday, March 4. The society will host a special art exhibition at the CFHS Barn Visitors Center that evening. From 5 to 6 p.m., there will be an exclusive preview party where guests can view and purchase artwork made that morning. Tickets are $35 per person ($30 for Chadds Ford Historical Society members) and $15 of the ticket cost can be applied towards an art purchase. The general public is invited to the artists’ reception beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person ($10 for Chadds Ford Historical Society members). For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our website www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Tickets are also available at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barn Visitors Center.

Ann Boohar

Ann Boohar, of Chadds Ford, will be performing with the Delaware County Symphony when it welcomes guest soloist and cellist Udi Bar-David from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Bar-David will be performing the beloved “Dvorak Cello Concerto” with the symphony. The concert will also include Franz Schubert’s “Symphony No. 8 in B Minor Unfinished”, and Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5.” The performance begins at 3 pm in the Meagher Theatre of the Thomas A. Bruder, Jr. Life Center at Neumann University. Tckets are $18 or $15 for seniors/students. There is ample free parking adjacent to the theatre and the Life Center is handicapped accessible. For information call 610-879-7059 or visit www.dcsmusic.org.

• Unionville High School is proud to present, “Mary Poppins,” with performances on March 16, 17 and 18 at 7:30 p.m. The Broadway musical version of this beloved Disney classic will be brought to life for the community with an enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and astonishing stagecraft. Share in the magic as Mary flies and Bert climbs the walls. Online ticket sales begin March 6 at www.showtix4u.com for $12. Tickets at the door are $14 adults/$12 students and senior citizens.

• The annual Chadds Ford Art Sale & Show is set to open Friday, March 24. The opening reception runs from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy live music and complimentary hors d’oeuvers from prominent local restaurants and food service businesses. Meet and talk with the artists, many of whom will be available to sign or personalize their work. The exhibit continues Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday features live music and a raffle drawing at 3 p.m. All proceeds support educational enrichment programs at Chadds Ford Elementary School. For additional information visit http://cfes.ucfsd.org/artshow/


Belfast Connection members are, from left, Damian Larkin, Charles Kadyk, Frank Reed

• Irish folk trio Belfast Connection returns to the Darlington Arts Center’s Coffee House Concert Series on Saturday, March 4.  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 evening begins with an open mic performance at 7:30 p.m. followed by Belfast Connection at 8 p.m.  Tickets are $15 per person or $40 for a 4-pack of tickets. Free coffee, tea, and desserts are included with tickets. This event is 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 www.darlingtonarts.org.

(Darlington cap: Belfast Connection members (left-right) Damian Larkin, Charles Kadyk, Frank Reed)

• The Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Children’s Read-Aloud Tours family program runs on Thursdays, March 2 through April 6. Tours start at 10:30 a.m. and cost $5 per child, with one adult admitted free per child. Young children and their grown-ups hear a story, interact with art in the museum and make their own creative works in this popular program. Designed for children ages three to six accompanied by an adult, the program features a new theme each week, so children can participate in one or all six. Registration is requested by contacting the education office at 610-388-8382 or education@brandywine.org.

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