Around Town Sept. 28

• The Kennett Symphony is moving. Its office, that is. The symphony will hold an open house 6-9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6 at the new digs, 206 E. State Street in Kennett Square. Visitors will have a chance to meet Musical Director Michael Hall, hear music from violinist Ann Fontanella and win complimentary symphony tickets. An arrow sculpture, by local artist Lele Galer, points to the new space.

• The annual gala for Reins of Life — Boots & Bow Ties — is Saturday, Oct. 7, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Vicmead Hunt Club, 903 Owls Nest Road in Greenville, Del. The cost is $75 per person/pre-registered, $80 at the door or $140 per couple/pre-registered, $150 at the door. Contact Judy Hendrickson at Reins of Life 610-274-3300 or It's an evening of fun and food. Complimentary wine beer and soft drinks, gourmet hors-d'oeuvres and delectable desserts; Live and Silent Auctions with Auctioneer WDEL's Rick Jensen; Music by The Sin City Band

• The family-friendly Fall Harvest Festival at Newlin Grist Mill is Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the mill. This year's festival will feature over two dozen different demonstrations of historic skills and trades, including blacksmithing, open-hearth cooking, Native American skills, and much more. Listen to music by the Colonial Revelers, learn colonial dancing, and enjoy performances by Tuckers' Tales Puppet Theatre! Many favorite activities from years past will be returning, including pumpkin painting and hayrides. Admission is free for all ages. Parking is $5 per car. Additional costs apply for hayrides and pumpkin painting. Visitors must be 21 years old or older to drink in the tavern. For more information, visit or call the site at 610-459-2359.

• On Oct. 7, Philadelphia Contemporary will present Ana Vizcarra Rankin: time/scale, at the Brandywine River Museum of Art's gallery in Chadds Ford, the first solo museum exhibition of this Uruguayan-American artist. Curated by Tina Plokarz and Kerry Bickford, the exhibition displays Vizcarra Rankin's large-scale paintings and hand-crafted collages of astronomical constellations and world maps, reflecting on space, time, and correlation and creating dialog on humanity, globalization, migration, and scientific exploration.

• The Pink Hobby Horse Prance is coming to Oxford Feed and Lumber on Saturday, Oct. 7. It's a new twist for their annual fundraiser benefitting local breast cancer coalitions. From 9 to 11 a.m. participants register, then assemble and customize stick ponies at the store. They are also welcome to bring a "pony" from home. At 11:00 am, the "pony show" will begin with divisions by ages each offering under saddle (walk, trot, canter), over fences, and trail classes. Participants should wear athletic attire and sneakers or running shoes. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure that participants will receive a tee shirt in their size. The $10 fee includes T-shirt, components to assemble one stick pony, and entries for one division. Call 610-932-8521 or stop by the store to register and help us continue our support of local breast cancer coalitions.

• The Friends Folk Club is very pleased to announce a rare area appearance by Tex-Mex musician Tish Hinojosa on Friday, Oct. 13. Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. Children 12 and under are free. Refreshments are available at a reasonable price. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and concert will start at 7:30. The Oxford Meetinghouse is located at 260 S. 3rd St, Oxford, PA. For more information call: 610-869-8076. Email: or The Oxford Friends Meeting is a century old Quaker Meetinghouse with great acoustics, no bad seats, and that" spiritual vibe" only a historic space provides.

• The Chester County Fund for Women and Girls, a philanthropic and educational nonprofit in Chester County, will be hosting Community Fest 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 in Kerr Park, Downingtown. The festival will be held in conjunction with Downingtown Mayor Josh Maxwell's 5K to End Gender-Based Violence. The event will feature food trucks, live music, kids' activities, arts and crafts vendors, and local non-profits eager to share information about how residents can get involved in the local community.

• The Carve is back. The Great Pumpkin Carve at the Chadds Ford Historical Society is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 19-21. Admission is $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for children 7 to 17, and free for children 6 and under and CFHS members. This open-air festival features 70 local amateur and professional artists who carve huge pumpkins. These talented carvers sculpt pumpkins that sometimes weigh up to 400 pounds! Pumpkins will be lit and displayed at the end of the carving on Thursday, Oct. 19 and then again on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21. See for more details.

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