Around Town Feb. 6

It’s about food and brew at Newlin Grist Mill. On Thursday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m., food historian Marc Meltonville will give a talk titled, “Hearth to Home: A History of the English Kitchen,” in which he will discuss how the kitchen as we know it developed and evolved over time. Pre-registration is suggested for the lecture, which is $6 per person for Newlin Grist Mill members and $10 per person for non-members. Call the site at 610-459-2359 or email to reserve a spot. Then, on Saturday, February 15th from 10 a.m. to 3 pm.., the public is invited to stop into the Trimble House kitchen on the grounds of Newlin Grist Mill for “Brewing Up History.” Using reproduction 18th-century-style equipment, Newlin Grist Mill staff and Mr. Meltonville will demonstrate traditional beer brewing techniques and produce an authentic English ale. The demonstration will be ongoing throughout the day and is free to the public.

Unionville High School will host an indoor percussion competition on Saturday, March 7. More than 20 ensembles from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware perform vastly different shows. Each group delivers a brief theatrical experience with inventive staging, amazing costumes, and remarkable choreography while toting heavy instruments, and lots and lots of drums. It starts at 4 p.m. This is a family-friendly event and a major fundraiser to support the marching program at Unionville High School. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students/seniors, and food will be available for sale.

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It’s a musical retelling of Cinderella at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center. Opera tutti, or “Opera for all,” presents “The True Story of Cinderella” as a comic, fractured mini-opera at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9. Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center is located at 226 North High Street, West Chester. Purchase tickets at, at the box office or call 610-356-ARTS (2787).

The Chester County Art Association, 100 N. Bradford Avenue in West Chester, will introduce people to silk screening and relief printing on Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Learn techniques used for both fine art and fine craft. This class is suitable for beginners, intermediate students, or the rusty professional looking to get back into printing. Instructor Chris McKinney will teach you about these fun, hands-on mediums. The cost is $225, but $205 for members. Click here to register.

Hadley, a fund of The Chester County Community Foundation, presents a talk with Elliot Engel about “The Imitable Winston Churchill.” Dr. Elliot Engel has dug into many biographies to uncover unknown stories about Winston Churchill. Using anecdotes, analysis, and humor, Engel vividly brings to life this 20-century giant. The event is scheduled for Sunday, March 22, at 3 p.m. at the Kennett Friends Meeting at 125 West Sickle Street, Kennett Square. It is free to attend but seating is limited. To RSVP call 610-696-0501 or go to

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