Around Town Aug 15

Luminary Nights at Longwood this Thursday through Saturday.

It’s Longwood Gardens’ pop-up Luminary Nights this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening. Thousands of luminaries adorn the Cow Lot and along the Large Lake, creating a series of concentric arcs that transition from subtle gold to luminous white. Stroll the Gardens, enjoy live music and alfresco dining in the Beer Garden, and experience an Illuminated Fountain Performance at 9:15 pm each evening. Thirsting for more? Friday’s Luminary Night is perfectly complemented by our Festive Friday: Brews & Bands event, a refreshing night of themed concessions, fountain performances, and entertainment, kicked off with a special presentation by the experts from Victory Brewing Company.

This Saturday, Aug. 17,at 10 a.m. Victoria Wyeth will be the special guest storyteller for “Ahoy, Me Hearties! A Pirate Storytime” at the Kennett Library where she will be reading an excerpt from ”Treasure Island” to young buccaneers and “booklubbers” from Kennett Square and the surrounding area. Wyeth is a champion for children’s literacy and education and is lending her voice (literally and figuratively) to help spread the joy of reading in our community.

It’s another Paint the Folly event in Chadds Ford next Thursday, Aug. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Painters Folly on Route 1 next to the Brandywine Battlefield Park. The pleinair event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and if 12 artists register, Helen Sipala will re-tell and share stories about her relationship with Andrew Wyeth that have never been heard before. The registration fee is $25 and may be paid in advance or the day of the event. To register, contact township administrator Matt DiFilippo at 610-388-8800, ext. 106 or email him at

The fourth annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prix is Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Start your engines! Registration is now open for drivers and owners of vintage race cars and motorcycles who would like to compete in the fourth annual Coatesville Invitational Vintage Grand Prixon Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration deadline is Aug. 31, 2019. Drivers and owners of vintage race cars dating from 1900 to 1970, and motorcycles from 1940 to 1970, will compete individually over a challenging 2.2-mile road course on the oldest highway in America, complete with old-style hay bales. Trophies will be awarded for best overall performance and for each of five driving groups. For driver registration, contact Denis Branca by Aug. 31 at 484-288-8514 or

PAWS for People will have training for potential pet therapy teams in September. Two sessions are held and both — orientations and training — are required. Orientation is Saturday, Sept. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Cokesbury Village in Hockessin. The training session is Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m. to noon, at Cadia Rehab Center, 3322 Silverside Road in Wilmington. Anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering time to work with children and adults with varying needs should attend. To register, go to or phone 302-351-5622 for more information.



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