Around Town Sept 21

• State Rep. Steve Barrar, R-160, Chester/Delaware, is hosting a free paper shredding and drug take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at his district office, 1 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford. The office is located at the intersection of Route 202 and Naamans Creek Road. Residents of the 160th District will be able to shred up to three packing boxes of materials using the onsite industrial paper shredder. The boxes will be returned to residents. Only paper, not cardboard, will be accepted. Staples and paper clips need not be removed. Also, prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and medicines can be dropped off for safe disposal. By law, needles and epipens will not be accepted. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and will be held rain or shine. For more information, please call Barrar’s district office at 610-358-5925.

• Bike the Brandywine is Saturday, Sept. 30. Bike the Brandywine offers three loops that take in the beautiful Brandywine Creek Greenway and surrounding countryside. New for this year, three routes with distances of 25, 50, and 100 miles will be offered, each with a unique and thrilling experience for both the recreational and more avid seasoned cyclist. Connect your wheels with water on the scenic and well-supported ride. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Brandywine Conservancy’s clean water programs. The cost is $65 per rider, registration will be $75 on the day of the event. Go here to preregister.

Sunset hayrides come to Mt. Cuba Oct. 7 and 14.

• On Oct. 7 and 14, Mt. Cuba Center will offer sunset hayrides through the natural lands, ending at a bonfire with stunning vistas, local beer, and a s’mores bar. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Go to for more information and to register.

• Characterized as “The Woman of the Hour” by The New York Times, broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff will deliver a presentation on major national stories at West Chester University’s Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. Woodruff is the current anchor and managing editor for PBS NewsHour. In her presentation “Inside Politics,” she will share insights on the current politics in play as well as provide her take on reporting on and interacting with the Washington political scene. Orchestra tickets for each event are $27 and balcony tickets are $22. Click here to reserve your ticket or call 610-436-2266.

• A new immersive video exhibition will merge art and images of nature together at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, opening on Oct. 7 and running through Jan. 7. Entitled Dylan Gauthier: highwatermarks, the exhibition will transform the museum’s third floor gallery with a sixty-foot long floor-to-ceiling multi-channel video projection that narrates the path of the Brandywine River and documents the local communities through which it flows. An accompanying sound composition blends readings of local legend and history, environmental texts, and reflections on the region by Brandywine Conservancy staff. The exhibition is the culminating project from the Museum’s first artist-in-residence, Dylan Gauthier, and is the first time the Brandywine River Museum of Art has presented a video installation.

• During this month’s Tavern Talks at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns-Brinton House tavern, spirits of both the supernatural and the fermented kinds will flow freely. On Thursday, Oct. 12 from 7-9 p.m., guests will learn about the ways in which colonists tried to ward off evil spirits, listen to some local ghostly tales and taste some treats that are to die for. Guest participants include Liquid Alchemy Beverages, Chaddsford Winery, Talks by Tammy, who will reveal the meanings behind 18th century tombstones and their symbols, and Delmarva Historic Haunts, a local paranormal investigation team who will answer your spookiest questions. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns- Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person at the society’s Barn Visitors’ Center or online here. Space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

• It’s Truck and Tractor Day at Winterthur, from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7. The day features 30 tractors and other pieces of estate equipment sure to delight wheel-oriented kids and adults. Explore tractors, modern farm vehicles like a backhoe and crane, and Winterthur fire trucks. Enjoy a hayride, climb a tree, and get creative with farm- and tractor-related arts and crafts. Look for helmets, badges, and coloring book giveaways. The rain or shine event is free for Members and included with general admission, and proceeds support the Winterthur Fire Department. Find out more. There will be a preview of the day 5:30–8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in the Greenhouse Area. This Winterthur After Hours event also includes music by the Joe Hillman Band, a beer garden, and insider details about Winterthur’s historic greenhouses and its agricultural history. Admission is Pay What You Wish, and proceeds help fund museum, garden, and library operations. Find out more.



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