Around Town Aug. 24

• The Brandywine Valley SPCA is holding a free microchipping clinic for the public on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 9 to 11 a.m., as part of our work to bring lost pets back to their families. Locations are West Chester Campus: 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, New Castle Campus: 600 South Street, New Castle, Del. and the Georgetown Campus: 22918 Dupont Boulevard.

• Chester County will participate in International Overdose Awareness Day on Thursday, Aug. 31. The County will be joining communities around the world in encouraging residents, businesses and organizations to raise awareness of overdose, reduce the stigma surrounding overdose, remember the lives lost to overdose and acknowledge the grief felt by families and friends who have lost a loved one. Events include an Awareness Day vigil in New Garden Township, a candlelight vigil hosted by Kacie’s Cause, at First Baptist Church, 415 W. State Street, Kennett Square from 7-8:30 p.m., and Building Community, Sharing Hope hosted by Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together, at Charles A. Melton Center, 501 E. Miner Street, West Chester from 5:30-8 p.m.

• Two new businesses are about to open at the Barn Shops in the village of Chadds Ford. Barbara Moore, the former director of the Chadds Ford Gallery is opening her own shop, Barbara Moore Fine Art, and Bri Brandt is opening Arden and James selling handcrafted bags. The two businesses will occupy the front of the main building of the Barn Shops where the gallery had been located. They’re scheduled to open Sept. 1.

Concordia Choral Arts' mixed choir, Concordia Voices, is holding auditions for its fall season. Auditions are being held now through Sept. 3, and are by appointment only. Email to sign up for a time slot. Rehearsals are on Sunday afternoons in Paoli, Pa from 3-5 p.m., beginning Sept. 10. The concert is on Sunday, January 28th.

Dolce Suono Trio plays the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sept. 9

• It’s Music on the Brandywine with the Dolce Suono Trio at the Brandywine River Museum of Art on Sept. 9 from 6-9 p.m. Admission is $40 for members, $50 non-members. There will be a rare performance of "American Canvas for Flute, Cello, and Piano" by Jennifer Higdon, Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, commissioned by Dolce Suono Ensemble. The piece features three movements inspired by great American painters: Andrew Wyeth, Georgia O'Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. Admission includes a complimentary glass of wine or sparkling water and light fare. Cash bar available. Museum galleries will be open before the performance for guests to view Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect.

• How colonists prepared for the hard, winter months will be the subject of the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s September Tavern Talks scheduled for 7-9 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the society’s Barns-Brinton House on Route 1 in Pennsbury Township. Guest demonstrators for the evening include herb drying and preservation with Terra Luna Herbals, preparing cheese with Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, spinning wool with Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm, beekeeping with Brandywine Bee Company, and learning about the power of vinegar with Keepwell Vinegar. Tavern Talks is a monthly experience exclusively, for adults 21 and older, that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. For more info on the CFHS or to purchase tickets, call 610-388-7376 or email or visit


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