Around Town Jan. 19

Care for some floral cupcakes? How about making them? Join floral designer Chad Wlazelek at Longwood Gardens for a fun spin on the cupcake as he demonstrates how to create a floral design inspired by this beloved sweet treat and create your own to take home and proudly display. He will also share a cupcake recipe for you to try at home. The in-person class is Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. The cost is $109. Register here.

Brandywine Battlefield Park is bringing back its Summer History Camp this year. The park is planning to update the camping program and is conducting a survey to learn the opinions of parents of elementary and middle school students. The survey can be found here.

Learn about the U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War at the Chester County History Center.

U.S. Colored Troops, formed in 1863, played an important role in the Union Army during the Civil War. A new exhibit opening Feb. 10 at the Chester County History Center features the stories and images of a few from the Mid-Atlantic region. A photo album owned by Capt. William A. Prickitt contained 2-inch photographic images of 17 men of the 25th USCT, all of whom trained near Philadelphia. Shayne Davidson, a professional illustrator, created enlarged color versions of these black-and-white photos and compiled bibliographic information. The exhibit will be on view through July 1.

The critically acclaimed Opera Philadelphia Chorus and Orchestra take center stage at the Academy of Music on Feb. 3 and 5 for a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Margaret Bonds’ Credo, pairing one of classical music’s most recognizable choral works with a rarely performed masterpiece. The concert marks both the Philadelphia premiere of Credo and the company debut of a rising star, conductor Lina González-Granados. Go here for ticket information.

United Way of Chester County will have a special fundraising concert featuring national recording artist Alexandra Kay, taking place on Saturday, March 25 at 8:30 p.m. at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center in West Chester. This event, presented by PECO and Brandywine Valley Heating & Air Conditioning, will bring together music fans and supporters of the United Way for an unforgettable evening of entertainment, all while raising funds for the organization's Community Impact and Innovation Fund. General admission reserved seats will be $50 and limited VIP tickets will be available for $100. VIP tickets include premium seating as well as a special pre-concert reception with an artist appearance, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and a cash bar. Tickets will go on sale Friday, Jan. 20, and can be purchased here.

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