Around Town Aug. 31

• The Cunius School of Martial Art is collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Rags to Riches Animal Rescue is collecting and delivering supplies to Texas. Donations needed are as follows: non-perishable human food (cans with easy to open tops), dog/cat dry food, bottled water, blankets/towels, basic first aid supplies (bandages, Tylenol, gauze, peroxide, etc.), travel sized toiletries, diapers, cleaning supplies, gift cards. All donations can be made now thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Sept. 2. Drop off can be made to us at 100 Ridge Road, Suite #39, Chadds Ford, PA 19317.

• This year’s Chadds Ford Days is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9 and 10 at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The annual colonial fair is one of the society’s major fundraisers. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older and free for children 17 and under. CFHS members are free with membership card. Visit www.chaddsforddays.com for additional information.

• The Brandywine Battlefield Park is the site for a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony from 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 11. Included in the ceremony are Gen. George Washington's comments to the Continental Congress, reflections of a state of Pennsylvania representative, a musket salute, and bagpipe music. There will also be the ringing of the Remembrance Bell which has been used at many other remembrance events as well as at our event each year. Following this ceremony, there will be a presentation and dedication of the park’s new cannon and carriage. Light refreshments will be provided. The event will occur in good or bad weather.

• On Tues., Sept 12, join Kathleen Foster, The Robert L. McNeil Jr., Senior Curator of American Art, at the Brandywine River Museum of Art for a presentation on Andrew Wyeth’s use of watercolor, including his freely painted early work and the influence of Winslow Homer. The museum will open at 5:30 p.m. with the lecture at 6 p.m. and a reception to follow. Admission is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

• The Garnett Valley Gherkins Pickleball Club will hold an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 12 at the O’Donoghue Fieldhouse, 42 South Thornton Road,  in Concord Township from 9 a.m. until noon. Admission is free and many door prizes will be awarded including a new pickleball paddle. There will also be free pickleball instruction for beginners and newbies who are wearing athletic foot wear. Balls and paddles twill be provided. For more information about the Gherkins and pickleball, go to www.gherkins.org

• 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 https://www.brandywine2017.org

• The Penn State Chester County Master Gardeners will be holding their annual fall workshop on Sunday, Sept. 24. The first in a series, this workshop will focus on successfully designing an easy to maintain landscape worthy of a botanical garden award. There will also be a plant sale featuring a limited number of hardy perennials, tubers and native plants. All proceeds of the sale support the work of the Master Gardener program in the community. The event will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the East Bradford Township Building located at 666 Copeland School Road, West Chester, PA 19380. Cost for the workshop is $10. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. To register, please send an email with your name to exa108@psu.edu with the subject line ‘Landscape Paradise 1 Workshop.’

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