Around Town Nov. 30

• This year’s QVC West Chester Christmas Parade begins 7:15 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 1. The parade steps off along Gay and Market Streets between New and Matlack. There will also be the annual Jingle Elf Run & Walk at 6:30 pm. Master of Ceremonies is 6abc's Adam Joseph along with QVC hosts Carolyn Gracie and Dan Hughes. 2018 Miss America, Cara Mund, will be a special guest in the parade this year. It’s recommended that attendees arrive early for good parking.

• Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is the recipient of the 2017 Public Impact Award from Preservation Pennsylvania. This award is given to individuals or organizations for significant contributions in the field of historic preservation. In May of last year, Uptown! began renovating the old armory and turned it into a performance center. State Rep. Carolyn Comitta stopped by Uptown!s November Board of Directors meeting to present a citation for receiving the award. The citation recognizes West Chester’s new theater for an “innovative and progressive attitude, along with a conviction to operate with integrity and vision” and for establishing a “reputation of excellent quality and service since its inception.”

• The Delaware Center for Horticulture is having the final sessions of its annual Holiday Greens Workshops today and tomorrow. People can create a beautiful wreath or table arrangement from an unusual collection of fresh greens, dried flowers, seed pods, holiday accessories, and ribbon! We source our greens from local gardens, making your creation a unique expression of our city. Experts will be on hand to provide guidance and encouragement. Bring hand pruners and gloves to work with prickly materials. Refreshments served at both workshops. The sessions are Thursday, Nov. 30 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Friday, from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $45 for DCH members, $55 for nonmembers. Space is limited—register here to reserve your place.

• Santa Claus will join Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Department of Parks and Recreation and residents to celebrate the opening of the 2017 Festival of Lights display, a 41-year tradition in the county, with a ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Rose Tree Park in Upper Providence Township. The opening ceremony features holiday music by Springton Lake Middle School, an official tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus. The Festival of Lights runs nightly, 5:30-9 p.m. Dec. 1 to Jan. 1. Admission is free.

• The Delaware Museum of Natural History is offering a lecture Why Dinosaurs Matter from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9. Paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara is the speaker. “Why Dinosaurs Matte” is a reminder that our place on this planet is both precarious and potentially fleeting. Lacovara portrays dinosaurs as vigorous, competent creatures, the adaptable champions of an age. Cost for the event is $14.99 for DMNH members, $16.99 for non-members and includes a copy of the book, a meet and greet with the author, book signing, complimentary beer, wine, and cheese, and priority seating for the lecture. Tickets available at

• Brandywine Baptist Church, on Route 1 in Chadds Ford Township, celebrates Christmas with a sing-along of favorite carols on Sunday, Dec. 10 from 4-5 p.m. Come, rejoice and enjoy reflections, singing and refreshments. The church is located at 1463 Baltimore Pike.

• Singer/songwriter Melissa Farina will be appearing at the Kennett Flash New Year’s Eve. Show time is 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40-$45.


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