Around Town Oct 22

The holiday season is starting early at the Brandywine River Museum of Art this year. Beginning on Oct. 31, visitors can enjoy “Holiday Magic at Brandywine” with the opening of the Brandywine Railroad — a holiday favorite since 1972. On view through Jan. 10, this year’s seasonal offerings will also include the return of artist and composer Ann Wyeth McCoy’s dollhouse, which features six rooms filled with three-dozen dolls and hundreds of miniature objects that will delight visitors of all ages. On Nov. 27, the Brandywine’s whimsical Critter ornaments — handcrafted by volunteers at home this year — will also be back to decorate the towering trees in the Museum’s three-story atrium. Thousands of these unique treasures will be available for purchase during the Holiday Critter sale from Dec. 2-6.

This Saturday, Oct. 24, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Chester County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Services is providing temporary local sites for safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while educating the public about the potential for misuse of medications. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., temporary and permanent prescription drug disposal sites will be available throughout the county. To find a DEA hosted temporary site, please click here. To find a Chester County permanent sites, please click here. Residents are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing at all locations. Due to to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are limited temporary site locations. However, Chester County has more than 25 permanent disposal locations available for disposal every day. The Pennsylvania State Police Media barracks will also take part in the takeback day in Delaware County.

A new exhibit — Becoming Chester County opens at CCHC next Thursday, Oct. 29. It covers a range of themes from the effect of the Battle of Brandywine to the Underground Railroad to agriculture and industry in the county. The center is open with revised hours and COVID guidelines. The center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Time frames are limited to groups of four. Those wanting to bring a larger group or are concerned about being around other guests, please email the center at for booking. Face coverings and no-touch temperature checks required for everyone ages 3 and up. There are enhanced daily cleaning protocols, lots of hand sanitization stations, reduced capacity, and streamlined spaces for ease of movement.

Learn how to attract butterflies with Mt. Cuba.

Mt. Cuba Center is now offering on-demand learning. Open to anyone interested in learning about butterfly gardening, soil, and native plants (just to name a few), these classes last approximately 90 minutes and are just $15 each. Learn how to improve your soil, attract butterflies, and more. Go here for more information.

The Brandywine Conservancy is having a Zoom webinar on October 28, 2020, starting at 7 p.m., concerning the Master Plan Update for the Birmingham Hill Preserve in Birmingham Township. This 113-acre parcel of land was recently purchased by the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. This preserve is where some of the fiercest fighting occurred during the Battle of Brandywine. This webinar will be in a town-hall format, where the community can give feedback. Register online to get the Zoom meeting link at

Apprise, a division of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, will be hosting virtual Medicare programs via Zoom on Oct. 29 and Nov. 19. Attendees can learn what’s new for 2021 during the October session and to compare plans during the November meeting. The sessions are free. To register, email with your first and last name and the Medicare presentations you'd like to attend. You will receive an email confirmation for each program for which you’re registered.

The Residence at Chadds Ford is holding a Drive-By Pie Giveaway on Thursday, Nov. 12. There will be two drive-by sessions, one from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and another from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. It's the Residence's way of thanking the community for all its support in welcoming the memory care facility to Chadds Ford. There will be pumpkin custard, Dutch apple crumb, and Southern pecan. RSVP by Nov. 2 by contacting Derrick Manley, the sales and marketing director,, or by phoning 610-251-3837. The Residence at Chadds Ford is located at 1778 Wilmington Pike.

The Bethesda Project is offering an evening with Victoria Wyeth on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. The granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth will discuss the life and work of her famous artist grandfather. The event, held as a part of Bethesda Project's programs for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, will be held virtually and cost $100 per device. People can buy tickets for the event at The Bethesda Project is a local nonprofit that provides emergency shelter, permanent housing, and case management for more than 1,400 individuals experiencing homelessness each year.

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