Around Town Jan. 21

Helen and the late George Sipala were good friends with Andrew Wyeth, who spent many hours at the Sipala home, Painter's Folly. The Chadds Ford Historical Center has a podcast, "Memories of Andrew Wyeth with Helen and George Sipala." The podcast is available here.

The History Matters Speaker Series at the Chester County History Center continues Wednesday, Jan. 27, with Chilling Reality - Chester County's Arctic Explorers. From frostbite to polar bears, curator Ellen Endslow explores the achievements of four Chester Countians in their quest for northern adventure over an 80-year time span. You may discover, hidden within their stories of endurance and bravado, many lessons we can learn about our own 21st-century views of the Arctic. The session runs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. This is a "pay as you wish" event. Click here to reserve a spot.

In celebration of Lunar New Year, The Philadelphia Orchestra will present a special concert on the Digital Stage at, available for streaming Thursday, Feb. 4, at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Feb. 14, at 11 p.m. The program, hosted by composer and conductor Tan Dun, will feature Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin in a never-before-seen recording of Tan Dun's Nu Shu: The Secret Songs of Women, Symphony for Microfilms, Harp, and Orchestra with Principal Harp Elizabeth Hainen as soloist. Conductor David Robertson will also lead a performance of Chen Gang's and He Zhanhao's Butterfly Lovers, a concerto for violin and orchestra with soloist Gil Shaham. Tickets to the Lunar New Year Celebration Concert are $15 and are available at

To learn if you're eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during Phase 1A, and to find a provider, go to the Pennsylvania website at The state is now including anyone 65 years old or older, and those 16-64 with medical conditions that would be made worse if COVID is contracted.

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