Around Town Jan. 27

It might be cold, but Longwood Gardens is offering a warm look at winter. Experience a warm, colorful oasis in Longwood’s grand Conservatory. Vibrant Streptocarpus ‘Concord Blue’ baskets float above, Saintpaulia (African-violets) delight, and tal Clerodendrum schmidtii (chains-of-glory) stun. From Cymbidium to highlights from our vast collection, find hundreds of orchids in beautiful bloom. If braving the outside temperatures, stroll through 400 acres and explore the beauty of Mother Nature in winter, with bursts of bright yellow and orange witch-hazel nestled among textural winter grasses. Timed tickets are available here.

The Delaware County Symphony presents "Classical American," on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m.

The Delaware County Symphony presents "Classical American," a chamber concert on Sunday, Feb. 6, at 3 p.m. The performance will be at the Meagher Theater, Neumann University, in Aston. Featuring a string quartet and a saxophone quartet, this chamber concert will include pieces by American composers as well as music inspired by the country. Some of the music being performed include Antonín Dvořák’s American Quartet, George Gershwin’s An American in Paris, and various works by Scott Joplin. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $15 for adults with one child younger than 12. Buy tickets online or at the box office.

The Delaware County Office of Services for the Aging is looking for volunteer leaders for the Steps to Healthy Living: Chronic Disease Self-Management Program- a program that has enhanced the lives of people around the world. Receive training virtually on Zoom to lead this small group evidence-based workshop to reach adults aged 60 and over in Delaware County. Leader training will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. virtually on ZOOM on Feb. 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, and March 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, and 17. Contact COSA’s Health and Wellness Program Manager Ellen Williams at or 610-499-1937 for registration and more information.

With talk about Jennersville and Brandywine Hospitals closing, the focus is now on Chester County Hospital. And the Chester County History Center is doing just that with a discussion on the history of CCH on Feb. 8. Chester County Hospital first opened its doors in 1892 as a small 10-bed dispensary located just a few hundred yards from its current location on Marshall Street in West Chester. Before its opening, people living in Chester County with life-threatening injuries and illnesses had to travel to Philadelphia for treatment. With the community’s support, the new Chester County Hospital grew in both size and impact, until one huge monetary gift in 1918 changed the hospital’s legacy forever. Andy Gordon, the hospital’s director of business development, will explore the story of how a small (but growing) town came together to “care for her own” in the midst of wars, famines, strife, and prosperity. This is a pay-as-you-wish online event, scheduled for 7-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Register here to take part.


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