Around Town Dec. 6

The student-led University Theatre group at West Chester University presents the 19th annual benefit in support of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, a New York-based non-profit that provides services to those living with AIDS and HIV. Performances are staged in the Mainstage Theatre at the E.O. Bull Center for the Arts, 2 E. Rosedale Ave., West Chester. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children at Performances are Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 8, and Sunday 9, at 2 p.m. Last year’s benefit raised $14,000, the highest amount raised in the event’s history. The group hopes to exceed that this year. For more information on the event visit For information on Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids visit

Brandywine Ballet presents its annual holiday production of The NutcrackerDec. 7-16 at the Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall on the campus of West Chester University in West Chester. The ballet features the timeless score of Pyotr Tchaikovsky.  Returning to Chester County each year for more than 35 years, The Nutcracker with Brandywine Ballet offers regional residents and visitors an opportunity to attend a professional ballet production in a local setting. The 2018 performance series showcases new costumes, sets, choreography, dancers, and other elements. Tickets are available starting at $18 with discounts for groups and seniors. For performance times and tickets, go here.

The holiday season takes center stage at Darlington Arts Center, in Garnet Valley, this Saturday, Dec. 8. The event-filled afternoon begins with an art gallery opening followed by student recitals, a festive community holiday jam, and concludes with a superb evening Coffee House concert featuring top talent Liz Filios with Heath Allen. The gallery opening is for artist T.J. Walsh, who is a psychotherapist as well as a painter. There will also be a student music recital at 3 p.m. The Coffee House concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Chipotle Mexican Grill at Brandywine Mills — the Wegmans development on Route 202 — is taking part in a fundraiser for Chadds Ford ElementarySchool PTO on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Patrons who go to Chipotle between 5 and 9 p.m. may have 33 percent of their bill go to the PTO.

Mike McGann, the founder of Chester County Times, is getting out of the news business. In an email to Chadds Ford Live, McGann said he’s returning to politics and is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for Chester County Register of Wills/Clerk of the Orphans Court in 2019. As for the Times, “The Times will finish its evolution into a digital shopper by years’ end — no more paid content or politics, crime, local government news or such, just releases and community stuff,” McGann said.

Former Chadds Ford Township Supervisor George Thorpe accepts a check for $10,000 form current Supervisors Noelle Barbone, left, and Samantha Reiner. Thorpe accepted the check on behalf of the Brandywine Battlefield Park.


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