Around Town Aug. 17

• The Kennett Symphony of Chester County presents Symphony Under The Stars – Love is in the Air, at Longwood Garden's Open Air Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside at Unionville High School Auditorium. Single ticket prices are $40 in advance, $45 on the day of the concert. Students are $10. Ticket price includes the concert, access to visiting Longwood Gardens during the day on the day of the concert, the post-concert illuminated fountain performance in the new Main Fountain Garden, and free parking. For complete information visit or call 610 444 6363.

• Join Blanch & Shock at the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Millstone Cafe for a private viewing of the current exhibition, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, and Gin Dinner featuring Revivalist Gin produced by Brandywine Branch Distillers of Elverson. The event is Aug. 24 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 for members, $85 for nonmembers. A five-course small plate menu will be prepared by Blanch & Shock with each menu offering paired with a Revivalist Gin varietal. Tickets include a private viewing of the Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. followed by the five-course tasting menu and gin pairing from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Darlington Arts Center is offering discounts for classes with registrations by Aug. 18.

• Fall classes and workshops are open at Darlington Arts Center in Concord Township and the center is offering a discount for those who register by Aug. 18. Fall classes begin Saturday, Sept. 9. The fall catalog can be found here.

• It’s music without walls. Natural Lands wants to help us all hold on to summer just a little bit longer and are hosting a pair of outdoor music events at two of their Chester County nature preserves this September. Beats and Brews will be held Saturday, Sept. 9, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the 112-acre Binky Lee Preserve in Chester Springs. MiZ & Friends, featuring Mike Mizwinski, will jam through the evening in celebration of 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Just one week later on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m., Roots and Bluestems will rock the rolling hills of Stroud Preserve. Fresh from the Philly band scene, Man About a Horse and Sparkle Pony bring high energy, toe-tapping, bluegrass Americana. Go to or for ticket information.

• Birmingham Township will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine at Sandy Hollow, the actual location for the heaviest fighting of the Sept. 11, 1777 battle, the largest land battle of the War of Independence. The two-day event is Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16 and 17. Admission is free. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. There will be battle re-enactments, lectures, fife and drum music and lots of food. For more information, go to

• The Neumann University Center for Leadership is providing free programs for open registration. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about real-world practical solutions to help make their companies, families, schools, health care facilities and organizations well informed and equipped with up to date resources. On Sept. 20, the program is Communications Primer: Meet the News Directors and Learn How To Tell Your Story. The speaker will be Eugene Sonn, the audio news director for WHYY. The program runs from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To register, go here.

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