Around Town Nov. 21

PennDOT has advised Chadds Ford Township that site work will begin the first part of December on the Pettinaro Project at Ridge Road and Route 202. There will be minimal traffic control necessary, as the work will be on site, according to an email from the township. Any detour of Ridge Road will not be necessary until Spring of 2019.

A Brandywine Christmas gets underway this Friday, Nov. 23, at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. The O-gauge model trains will be on display as will the Critter decorations made from native plant material. The Brandywine Railroad features trains running on 2,000 feet of track and includes more than 1,000 pieces, including locomotives, passenger and freight trains, and trolleys that pass through a small town, a farm, factories and even a carnival. The Critter sale begins the following Thursday, Nov. 29.

Patriots’ Day at the Brandywine Battlefield Park is this Saturday, Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 seniors and $8 for children 6-12. The event includes lectures and demonstrations on the colonial period and the War for Independence.

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County hosts its annual vocal competition that allows young artists to compete for an opportunity to perform with the Kennett. The 2018 Voice Competition will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, beginning at noon in the auditorium of Kendal at Longwood, Kennett Square. The competition is limited to 20 singers, age 18-26 as of January 1, 2018. Competitors must perform three operatic, oratorio, or concert arias from the 18th to the 21st centuries, with at least one in English. Judges will award prizes to first, second, and third place winners ranging from one hundred to one thousand dollars, and the first-place winner will be invited to perform at a Kennett Symphony concert. Applications are available on the Kennett Symphony website  The competition is open to the public, free of charge, and offers an opportunity to hear the stars of tomorrow perform.

Stoneleigh is saved. After a six-month-long battle, 42-acre public garden is safe from development. Thanks to a staggering groundswell of support Stoneleigh: A Natural Garden is no longer at risk of being seized by eminent domain by the Lower Merion School District. Community Celebration will be held December 2. The event is free but registration is required.

Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County board members present check to Rev. Phoebe Kitson-Davis Directory of the Chester County Food Bank. From Left to Right Dr. Anne Eunson, Tom Bird, Deborah Love, and Rev. Kitson-Davis.

Rev. Phoebe Kitson-Davis told a meeting of business leaders about the “fresh approach” that the Chester County Food Bank uses serving the needy of the county. They use all fresh food and teach their clients to eat healthy foods. They even had to turn down a donation of donuts. The Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County meets on the third Wednesday of every month.

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