Around Town Sept. 20

• Critically acclaimed and Grammy award-winning guitarist, David Cullen performs in concert on West Chester University’s campus on Monday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ware Family Recital Hall, Swope Music Building and Performing Arts Center, 817 S. High Street, West Chester. The event is free. Cullen, a 25-year, tenured professor of both jazz and classical guitar at the University, will be performing Bach Lute Suites No. 1, 3 and 4 on the classical guitar.

• Winterthur’s seventh annual Truck and Tractor Day is Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kids of all ages can hop on onto one of the original Winterthur farm trucks and see how a modern backhoe and crane work. Try out a tractor, strap on a safety harness and climb a tree, just like a real arborist, meet our firefighters and put out a “fire” with our pumper truck, take a hayride through the estate, and more. By popular demand, Winterthur’s mechanical cow will be back for kids to milk. Truck and Tractor Day is included with general admission: $20 for adults; $18 seniors and students, $6 children ages 2–11 and free for members. Proceeds support the Winterthur Fire Department. Visit winterthur.org/truck-tractor-day.

• Darlington Arts Center kicks off its new Coffee House Concert series on Saturday, Oct. 6. An open mic session starts at 7:30 p.m. and the main event follows at 8 with a performance by The Homegrown String Band Trio. This trio performs authentic bluegrass/folk string band music brought up to speed for a unique repertoire drawn from classic rural Americana. Comprised of husband and wife plus daughter, this group utilizes an eclectic palette of instruments to stamp their own musical DNA on a broad music genre. Tickets prices are $10 for members, $15 at the gate (please call for member discount). For tickets, contact Program Manager Michael Hahn at programs@darlingtonarts.org.

• Delaware County Community College will host America in Crisis Symposium: Handling Election Angst on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 1:45 to 3:15 p.m. in the large auditorium of the Academic Building on the Marple Campus. Moderating the session will be SiriusXM radio host, Joe Madison, of The Joe Madison Show. The event is to discuss the key issues of November’s midterm elections, such as criminal justice reform, gun control, healthcare, immigration and reproductive rights. Joining Madison will be a panel that includes national and local experts on the issues, including Laura Coates, Bryan Monroe, Tarik Kahn and Jean Strout.

• The Uptown! Speakers Series includes an Oct. 16 presentation from Lisa Hamp: Virginia Tech: A Survivor's Perspective on Trauma and Recovery. Lisa was a junior at Virginia Tech, and was present during the 2007 shooting. She shares her first-hand testimony of that tragic day, her recovery journey afterward and discusses the impacts of trauma, the aftermath of mass violence, and how we can better prepare for future threats. The event will be at the Knauer Performing Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Purchase tickets at UptownWestChester.org, at the box office or call 610.356.ARTS(2787). Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is conveniently located at 226 North High Street in West Chester.

BPA President Deborah Love presents a "thank you" to Trish and Peter Pagano Jr for hosting last month's meeting at their home. The Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County is a business networking group that meets the third Wednesday of every month. Photo Credit: Sofia Clinger

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