Symphony en plein air

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Kennett Symphony Orchestra at Longwood Gardens

What should be done with a sound too big for a concert hall? The elegant answer is to perform at Open Air Theatre at Longwood Gardens. The Kennett Symphony will take the explosive keyboard of Thomas Nickell out of doors as part of the "Symphony Under the Stars" scheduled for August 17. Kennett Symphony Music Director Michael Hall decided on an American music theme. He…

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St. Cornelius student selected to go to D.C.

Mairead Raley, 9, of Kennett Square has been selected by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to join a delegation of youth advocates in Washington, D.C. The JDRF 2019 Children’s Congress will be held from July 8-10. The delegates will be lobbying their Members of Congress to remind them of the vital need to continue supporting Type 1 Diabetes research that could reduce the burden of…

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Review: ‘From Prodigy to Professional’

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David Kim and his violin (Photo Courtesy of David Kim)

From playing hooky from practice at music camp to playing a $1 million-violin, David Kim told his story. In utero, his mother had decided that he would be a boy and would be a world-class violinist. Her determination and his journey to becoming the concertmaster at the Philadelphia Orchestra intrigued participants at a recent fundraiser for Kennett Symphony. His violin career began at the age…

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‘Not enough to buy a house’

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Martha Steward and Kevin Sharkey.

Martha Stewart told a sold-out audience in Longwood Gardens amphitheater that the Brandywine Valley is one of the most beautiful places in the country. She started coming to the area so she could drive carriages with Frolic Weymouth. Rumors spread at the time Stewart was buying a house in Chadds Ford. Although she still comes here for work at QVC, her love of the area…

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Never squeeze a tangerine

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Poet Tangerine Bell holds the book she published at 94 years old.

“Tangerines are meant to be sectioned and savored,” according to Tangerine Bell, a 94-year-old resident at The Friends Home in Kennett Square. More than nine decades of a wide scope of experiences and opinions are shared in Bell’s book “Tangerine Poems at 94.”  Although her first poem was written at the age of four years, her first book was only just published in 2017. Her…

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The art of community

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Featured student artists Helen Nichols and Margaret Clisham

The Unionville Art Gala opening was “large and lively” according to co-chair Luci McClure, and “the football team won the game.” The 42nd annual Art Gala opened Friday night and continued through Saturday. The event connects young and old as well as student and professional artists. One thing that makes the Unionville Art Gala stand out is the student art. Although the student art is…

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Truckloads of food sheriff to sheriff

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Fire Police Captain Ron Giacinto holding bag with cash contributions poses with Sheriff Carolyn Welsh

The first truckload of food is on its way to San Patricio County Texas.  The second truck is now being loaded in front of the Giant food store in Dilworthtown located located at 1393 Dilworthtown Road in West Chester. Chester County Sheriff Carolyn Welsh wanted to make sure the food that was collected went to those in need. She directly contacted Sheriff Leroy Moody of…

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Barrar: ‘Vote me out if I say free’

Not surprisingly, when lawmakers addressed the Business and Professional Association of Western Delaware County, the topic of money featured prominently in the discussion. The BPA invited state Rep. Steven Barrar, R-160, and state Rep. Chris Quinn, R-168, to speak at their monthly meeting at Brandywine Prime on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Barrar started the conversation by noting that everything costs money. “Free” means someone else pays,…

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Crebilly Farm dominates Westtown meeting

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Mindy Worth Rhodes rides along the perimeter of Crebilly Farm in Westtown Township. Her horseback crusade to preserve the property drew people to the Westtown supervisors' meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.

A heartfelt letter about the joys of childhood horseback riding on Crebilly Farm generated applause in Westtown Township. Although 330-acre property did not appear on the agenda for the supervisors’ meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, the prospect of a Toll Brothers subdivision dominated the meeting, which was attended by more than 30 people. As announced in late June, Toll Brothers has an agreement of sale…

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Forged pleasure in the vineyard

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Lele Galer on Left stands next to artist Ellen Durkan and her models. On the far right is the Executive Director of the Oxford Alliance Chris Grove

Guests at the Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery Friday night were treated to steel forged into myriad shapes – and even costumes. "Steeling the Show" was a garden party to benefit the Oxford Art Alliance (OxAA), a nonprofit community organization for advocacy of the arts and culture. Sixteen artists exhibited their sculptures, and the featured artist Ellen Durkan wore her steel. Durkan’s work “combines the…

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Small town orchestra produces big sound

Kennett Square is the smallest town in the U.S. that supports a professional symphony orchestra, according to Kennett Symphony Board President Paul Merluzzi. He told a sold-out crowd at Longwood Gardens of the organization’s debt to supporters to keep the orchestra going and growing. The occasion was the spring concert Sunday, April 3, which included a salute to a longtime supporter, the late F.M. Mooberry.…

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