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Longwood Garden members return to their beloved gardens

In another step toward a new normal, Longwood Gardens re-opened to members on Friday, June 26. In deference to health guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made to keep both guests and staff safe. The crowd size was kept to 35 percent of capacity to allow the staff to get used to new procedures, like contactless entry and ordering in the beer ...

 
 

KACS now accepting food donations

"We are accepting donations at the Kennett Area YMCA," said Leah Reynolds, Executive Director of Kennett Area Community Services. The Kennett Y, which has been closed down as a non-essential business, is open to allow KACS employees to accept and sanitize food donations in their gym. "We meet our donors at their cars so we can maintain social distancing guidelines." ...

 

World-class art toured at home

As people band together to reduce the spread of this virus, many of us are spending a lot more time at home. But staying home can be an opportunity for a different way to explore the world. With the internet at our fingertips, a treasure-trove is waiting. Delaware Art Museum's online collection includes their extensive pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood collection, American ...

 

Museum illustrates suffragists’ strides

Dr. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich told visitors to the Brandywine River Museum of Art that "Well behaved women seldom make history," as she explained the significance of the illustrations of Liberty used to promote the women's suffrage movement. She made the comment in conjunction with the "Votes for Women" exhibition. "What most people don't realize is that by 1915, the ...

 

Drama and music celebrate women at BRM

The Brandywine River Museum of Art celebrated International Women’s Day Sunday with song, drama, interactive art and two galleries devoted to the historical struggle to vote. “People have been surprised by this exhibition,” said Amanda Burdan, curator of Votes for Women: A Visual History. “But it fits perfectly with Brandywine Museum’s strong background in ...

 

A new kind of graduate

Graduates of the 16-week Getting Ahead program, taught by Kennett Area Community Services, celebrated their achievement on Feb. 20 at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville. “One of our graduates is a father of Kennett High School students and is getting ready to buy his first house,” said Leah Reynolds, executive director of KACS. Getting Ahead is a part of a ...

 

New owners for Dilworthtown Inn

After almost a year, the Dilworthtown Inn has new owners. Frank Rupp, a member of the board of Chadds Ford Business Association, and his wife Susan made settlement earlier this month for the inn and sister properties, the Blue Pear Bistro and the Innkeeper’s Kitchen. The restaurants have been closed since the death of Jim Barnes in April of 2019. Who will eventually ...

 

Chocolate Festival raises $30K

It was a feast for chocolate lovers and a benefit for the United Way of Southern Chester County. More than 1,000 people packed into Unionville High School Sunday for the eighth annual Chocolate Lovers Festival. "It takes a big village," said Carrie Freeman, the chief executive officer of the United Way of Southern Chester County. This year's event brought together 33 ...

 

Family Promise launches new programs

Expanding its efforts to assist families experiencing homelessness and support their growth into financially stable community members, Family Promise is launching seven new programs in 2020 for their participants and graduates. "Homelessness in southern Chester County is far more pervasive than most people think, affecting single men and women, as well as families. ...

 

Tick Tock builds for the future

A successful capital campaign has allowed Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Avondale to expand and upgrade the 100-year-old building to meet today’s educational needs. “This building was built as bar and grill,” said executive director Karen Ammon. “Our past focus had been on building maintenance, and this project is making permanent improvements.” Additional ...

 

Flavors of the holiday at CFHS

Candlelight 2019 Christmas Spirits drew a large crowd who feasted on tidbits of local history while sampling 18th-century treats. The Dec. 7 event included tours of the three Chadds Ford Historical Society properties: the Barnes-Brinton House, John Chads House and Springhouse. “Our main focus is food and beverage,” said Jason Greenplate, executive director. “In the ...