Art meets nature at the Brandywine

A whimsical outdoor sculpture has sprung up on the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art's campus grounds for the summer. Now on view through Nov. 7, the Queen Anne's Lace Pod is a temporary, site-specific installation by Virginia-based artist Ian Stabler. Made entirely of natural materials gathered and found onsite, the towering sculptural pod is located in Potts Meadow along the Brandywine's Harvey Run Trail…

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Road Report July 31 to Aug. 6

PennDOT has announced the following road projects, which are weather-dependent and could affect drivers in the greater Chadds Ford area during the week of July 31 to Aug. 6. Motorists are urged to allow extra time if they are traveling through one of the construction zones. Work schedules are subject to change. • Water main work will cause lane closures and flagging in Birmingham Township…

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Longwood Gardens closed

SEE TWO UPDATES BELOW Longwood Gardens announced a closure of its facility Thursday, July 30 because of an on-site vehicle crash. Details of the accident were not released except that no guests were injured. Three people were evaluated by the Longwood Fire Company, with two treated on the scene and one transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. The Gardens will remain closed until…

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Around Town July 29

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Anna Elizabeth Kiefer talks about 18th century washing at Newlin Grist Mill on Aug.8. (Photo credit: Buddy Secor for the American Battlefield Trust.)

• For most of human history, clothes were washed by hand. The Newlin Grist Mill will open its 2021 Newlin Series on Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. with The Power of the Sun: Washing in the 18th Century,” Teacher and historian Anna Elizabeth Kiefer will discuss the public history myths about laundry and personal cleanliness in Britain and in Colonial America. Then she will take…

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Deciding on Painters’ Folly

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Chadds Ford Township residents listen to Carol Quigley, standing at left, discuss a project designed to preserve Painter’s Folly for possible adaptive reuse.

When Chadds Ford Township supervisors announced in December of 2017 that they intended to buy Painter's Folly, they had no firm idea of what they wanted to do with the old house on Route 1. Supervisors’ Chairman Frank Murphy said at the time that they wanted to keep it out of the hands of a developer and save it as open space. The house is…

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Musings: Eminent ugliness

There are many ugly things that governments do. Slavery, war, genocide, and subjugation, to name a few. But, of course, they do those things because those who want to rule over others say it's for your good, or maybe it's for the greater good. What's the greater good? It's whatever rulers choose that to mean. Sometimes those in government will smile to your face, tell…

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Police Log July 28: Car theft, drug bust, deception

Pennsylvania State Police Media Barracks • State police are investigating a report of a vehicle stolen in Chadds Ford on July 18. Police said an unknown suspect, described only as a white male wearing dark clothing, went into the David Dodge dealership and stole a gray 2021 Jeep Gladiator. • Police said they arrested José Gonzalez, 40, of Philadelphia, for giving false identification to police…

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Marlene A. Reinhart, formerly of West Grove

Mrs. Marlene A. Reinhart, 71, longtime resident of West Grove, currently of Coatesville, died Sunday, July 25, at Wilmington Hospital. She was the wife of the late Richard A. Reinhart who died in 2006. Born on Jan. 3, 1950, she was the daughter of the late Anthony O. and Ida (Dazio) DiNorscia. Marlene was a graduate of Kennett High School in the class of 1967.…

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Chadds Ford in brief

The Chadds Ford Board of Supervisors’ work session was short and to the point. • Supervisors authorized the township manager to advertise a hearing for the marijuana dispensary ordinance. A hearing is scheduled for the board’s Sept. 1 meeting. • The board voted to extend the outdoor dining provision through Dec. 31 of this year. • Supervisors also gave a thumbs up for Calvary Chapel…

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Form with fire and brush

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Delaney in her welding studio.

“I am a sculptor, and I paint,” said Karen Delaney as she settled into a chair in her welding studio/garage. She uses the more time-consuming oxy-acetylene welding process on thin sheet metal to create her sculptures' unique look. She flipped through a sketchbook as she described her process, “I sketch to get the proportions right Her love of welding dates to a summer camp she…

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