Around Town Sept. 26

It’s that time of year again when all Chadds Ford and beyond gears up for the annual Great Pumpkin Carve at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. The annual gourd dismemberment takes place Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 17, 18 and 19. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 children (7-17). Children under 7 and CFHS members are free. All ticketing is at the gate. Gates open at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

In October, PAWS for People will hold training sessions for potential pet therapy teams in the Hockessin/Wilmington area. Orientation is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road in Hockessin. Training is scheduled for Oct. 26, also 8:30 to noon, but at  Cadia Rehab Silverside, 3322 Silverside Road in Wilmington. Both session are required. Anyone with a gentle, people-friendly pet who is interested in volunteering time to work with children and adults with varying needs should attend. Pre-registration is required. To register, go to or call 302-351-5622 for more information.

The Mt. Cuba Center Tree Festival is his Saturday, Sept. 28.

Mt. Cuba Center will hold its annual Tree Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Family-friendly activities, hands-on demonstrations, and journeys through the gardens round out the fall fun, along with local food and beverages. Native plants will be available for purchase, while supplies last. All activities are included with general admission. For a full schedule and to buy tickets, go here.

It's the annual Fall Harvest festival at Newlin Grist Mill on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s festival will feature more than two dozen different demonstrations of historic skills and trades. Old favorites will be returning, joined this year by Newlin’s millwrights, a ropemaker, a brewer, a potter, and more. Listen to music by the Colonial Revelers, learn colonial dancing, and enjoy performances by Tuckers’ Tales Puppet Theatre. Many favorite activities from years past will be returning, including pumpkin painting and hayrides. Admission to the Fall Harvest Festival is free for all ages. Parking is $5 per car. Shuttle buses between the parking area and the festival site will run every 15 minutes throughout the event. For more information, visit or call the site at 610-459-2359.

“American Idol” winner Taylor Hicks will perform at The Kennett Flash’s 10th anniversary concert at Anson B. Nixon Park on Saturday, Oct. 12. Concert proceeds will benefit The Kennett Flash, a 501c3 non-profit. There will be food trucks at the park, as well as beer and wine for sale. Bring your chairs and blankets, leave your dogs and coolers at home! Tickets are available now at General admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show. VIP seating, available for $40, will be table and chair seating in front of the stage.

The Brandywine River Museum of Art will open a new exhibit on Oct. 5. Cinderella & Co.—Three Fairy Tales Reimagined will explore the enduring stories of Cinderella, The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears, presenting a wide array of illustrations created through time and across cultures.

The Kennett Library’s annual fundraiser is set for Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Stone Barn. The theme is “Treasure Island” and the guest speaker will be Victoria Wyeth. Tickets for the benefit: The Glory of the Sea presented by Glenmede are on sale now at:

During this Saturday’s — Sept.28 — Bike the Brandywine, the Brandywine Conservancy will be accepting gently used bicycles for the Unionville Community Bike Drive. Bikes can be dropped off at The Chadds Ford Historical Society from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Unionville Community Bike Drive volunteers collect and refurbish both children’s and adult bicycles through a program sponsored by Charles F. Patton Middle School. The bicycles are then given to families in need from the community during the holiday season through a Kennett Area Community Service's event. In addition to bicycles, small riding toys (like cozy coupes, etc.) are welcome, as are new helmets, new/used scooters and bike accessories.


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