Around Town Jan. 4

A crowd braves the cold Sunday night to welcome in 2018 by watching the Kennett Square Mushroom Drop. Kennett began the tradition Dec. 31, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Kris Smith)

Saturday, Jan. 6 is the last day for the Brandywine Christmas train exhibit until next Christmas season.

• Saturday, Jan. 6 is a big day for train fans. The Brandywine River Museum of Art welcomes visitors who are on the autism spectrum or have a sensory processing disorder and their families by offering accessible programs on certain days as well as providing packs that contain materials to assist in a visit on any day. Enjoy early access to the museum's Brandywine Railroad, a holiday favorite featuring O-gauge model trains running on nearly 2,000 feet of track during this accessible program. This inclusive program strives to provide a welcoming experience by providing pre-visit materials, reduced noise and crowding, and a sensory break area. For more information or to register, contact Laura Westmoreland at or 610-388-8120. Also, from 10 a.m. to noon, all visitors to the museum can see the trains for one last time before they get packed away until next Christmas season.

• The Chadds Ford Historical Society's Volunteer Fair is Saturday, Jan. 13 from 9-1 a.m. Learn about volunteer opportunities and meet with other Chadds Ford Historical Society volunteers and staff members to explore upcoming projects and areas of greatest need. There will also be two short presentations on how you can get involved with the CFHS: one at 9:15 and another at 10:15 a.m.  Light refreshments will be served. The event will be at the society's Barn Visitor Center at 1736 Creek Road in Chadds Ford.

Kat Lemon performs at the Darlington Arts Center Saturday, Jan. 13

• Kat Lemon, who enjoys singing many genres of music including musical theater, jazz, pop, folk, alternative rock, R&B, will be performing at the Darlington Arts Center on Saturday, Jan. 13. Her work is described as an infusion of tunes that waft through her, elegantly touching and transforming her voice and musical vision. For tickets, click here.

• Spring might be three months away, but the Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival is sooner than that. This year's festival is Sunday, Feb. 11 at Kennett High School. Entry for general admission is 1 p.m., those with connoisseur tickets can get in at noon. General admission tickets are $10 per person and include six tastings (online special – $30 for a family four-pack).  Connoisseur tickets are $25 (or $45 for two people – online only) and include parking, tasting tickets and free beverages. Advance tickets and info:

Pennsbury Township Supervisor Wendell Fenton takes the oath of office for his third term as supervisor.  Administering the oath is Township manager Kathy Howley.

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