Around Town Oct 26

Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, announcing the winner of the Oxford Art Alliance juried exhibit in front of winning oil on canvas “Quadrant Panes” by Kristen Peyton.

Thomas Padon, director of the Brandywine River Museum of Art, announced the winners of the Oxford Art Alliance juried exhibit Sunday, Oct. 22. Padon reviewed 333 submitted images eight times before deciding the winners. First place was won by Kristen Payton. Padon explained Payton knew “how much to describe and how much not to describe” in her painting. (See photo above.)

• “Tales From Poe,” adapted by Margie Royal from five Edgar Allan Poe stories, will be presented at Spotlight Theatre, on Oct. 27 and 28 and Nov. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m., directed by Timothy Oskin. “Tales From Poe” tells the story of Dr. Morane, who, after he witnesses the death of Edgar Allan Poe, is haunted by Poe's ghost. Morane experiences the worlds of Poe's chilling tales “The Cask of Amontillado”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “Ligeia”, “William Wilson” and “The Masque of the Red” as he wrestles with a moral dilemma of his own. Performances will be at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave., Swarthmore, PA. Evening tickets are $15 and the matinee is $12. Reserve tickets at http://spotlighttheatrepa.org

The Concord Township Harvest Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Park and Recreation facility, 40 Bethel Road. The day begins with a baked goods contest drop-off between 9 and 11 a.m. The Dog Costume Contest is at noon. The entire festival runs from 1-4 p.m. with a Children's Costume Parade at 1:30.

On Halloween Night, Tuesday, October 31, 8 p.m., rock out with Galactic Empire; A Star Wars Cosplay [costume play] Band, and wear your favorite Star Wars costume if you wish. Advance tickets are $25 per adult, a $17 per student with ID. VIP tickets, $40, include front row seats, a photo op meet and greet and one free drink at the Uptown! Bar. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is located at 226 North High Street, West Chester, convenient to parking and restaurants. Tickets are available at uptownwestchester.org, at the box office or by calling 610.356.ARTS (2787).

Catch the buzz about native bees and how to protect their habitats during an informative lecture in the Brandywine Conservancy’s Stewardship Series on Thursday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Entitled “Native Bees: Beautiful, Essential Pollinators,” the lecture will be led by a local native bee advocate, veterinarian Don Coats, who will discuss the importance of native bees in our region, the different species of native bees, and how to help protect them by growing native plant gardens and meadows. The lecture will be held at the Brandywine River Museum of Art lecture room (Riverside entrance) at 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA 19317. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 for members; $7 for non-members; and free for Conservancy easement landowners. Register online at brandywine.org/conservancy/events.

Celebrate inspiration and elegance at Winterthur’s 54th annual Delaware Antiques Show, featuring 60 exceptional dealers, Nov. 10 – 12, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The show will feature architect Gil Schafer III, one of the world’s experts on contemporary classical architecture, as Honorary Chair and Keynote Lecturer. There will be exclusive early shopping at the opening night party, Thursday, Nov. 9, from 5 – 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale now and are valid for all three days. General Admission tickets include all special lectures Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Tickets to the opening night party are sold separately and are not included in general admission. For more information or to purchase tickets online, please email das@winterthur.org, visit winterthur.org/das, or call 800-448-3883.

• Sierra Club of Chester County will hold its “Paint Chester County Art Show” on Saturday, Nov. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Galer Winery, 700 Folly Hill Road, in Kennett Square to raise funds to protect Chester County’s environment and landscapes. The works of 30 artists and photographers will be on display and for sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to support Sierra Club’s environmental advocacy work. The winery will also be donating a portion of all wine sales to CC Sierra Club.

Pocopson resident Harry Roosevelt (right) chats with former Delaware Gov. Mike Castle prior to receiving recognition for 34 years of service on the board of The Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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