Around Town Nov 21

Join the crowd at the Barn Shops in Chadds Ford Saturday for the third annual Potts Meadow tree lighting. The fun starts at 5 p.m. and the tree gets lit at 6.

The third annual Potts Meadow Holiday Tree Lighting is this Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Barn Shops across Route 1 from the meadow. Festivities, which begin at 5 p.m., include holiday music, hot chocolate and food for purchase from Chadds Café and a special visit from Santa Claus. The actual tree lighting is at 6 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring a lawn chair to relax around the bonfires. Parking will be available exclusively at the Brandywine River Museum of Art, with free shuttle service to the Chadds Ford Barn Shops. No parking will be available at the shops.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and one of Santa’s reindeer will be at Olde Ridge Village Saturday, Nov. 30 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

An Olde Ridge Village tradition continues on Saturday, Nov. 30, when Santa and one of his reindeer will be making their annual trek to Olde Ridge Village. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be inside Salon Sestra from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The reindeer will be outside.

Opera tutti!, in cooperation with West Chester University’s Opera Department presents “Amahl and The Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti at Uptown! Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. The story’s themes of love, forgiveness and the possibility of miracles are suitable for all ages. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is located at 226 North High Street in West Chester. Purchase tickets at, at the box office or call 610.356.ARTS(2787).

Kids from Chester County Family Academy will get a chance to shop with Chester County Sheriff Bunny Welsh and her deputies at Walmart in East Marlborough Township on Saturday, Dec. 7. This is Welsh’s sixth Shop with the Sheriff event.

Chester County Sheriff Bunny Welsh will hold her sixth annual Shop with the Sheriff on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Walmart in East Marlborough Township. Shop with the Sheriff provides about 80 children from the Chester County Family Academy with a shopping spree that includes a trip to the store with a police escort complete with sirens and flashing lights. The kids get a $100 budget to shop for family members and if any money is left over, they get to spend it for something they want for themselves.

The Chadds Ford Historical Society continues a tradition with Candlelight Christmas from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. Visit historic houses decorated for the season as CFHS celebrates the Christmas spirit. Experience the culinary history of colonial America. Sample beverages along with sweet and savory foods from original 18th-century recipes. Tours include the John Chads House, the Springhouse and, the Barns-Brinton House. Cost is $15 per person through Dec. 1, $20 at the door. Purchase tickets online or at the visitor's center

The next training sessions for Paws for People is scheduled for Dec. 7 and 21. The orientation is 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cokesbury Village, 726 Loveville Road in Hockessin, while the training session will be 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Cadia Rehab Silverside, 3322 Silverside Road in Wilmington. Both sessions are required. To register, go to or call 302-351-5622 for more information.

It’s a Celtic Christmas in Oxford with Charlie Zahm, presented by the Friends Folk Club along with St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Celtic balladeer Charlie Zahm will perform on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church is located at 116 Lancaster Pike in Oxford. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this concert will benefit St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be given to the local area food cupboards. Tickets are $15. Children 12 and under free. For more information and reservations, call 610-869-8076.

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