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Lele Galer: A multi-talented force of nature

Lele Galer outside her studio

In the 1996 science fiction comedy Multiplicity, Michael Keaton plays a man stressed out with the demands of work and family. He works as a scientist who invented a machine that can manage all the demands on his crazy schedule. In a willing suspension of disbelief, moviegoers watch as the scientist clones Keaton and then chuckle at the disastrous and comical results. ...

 
 

Can you keep a secret?

Robert C Jackson

Bob Jackson is probably working in his 204 State Street studio even though the lights are out and it looks like no one is in there. Jackson chose this prime location, not to draw passersby inside but because of the room’s high ceilings and natural northern light—manna to painters who work on large canvases. The studio is neat and tidy with his signature soda crates ...

 

Kennett Symphony’s new digs and Pop Up Art

The Kennett Symphony chose a great night, the November 2nd First Friday Art Stroll, to celebrate its one-year anniversary at its 206 East State Street headquarters. The weather was mild, with a change in temperature in the air, which complemented the excitement at Symphony headquarters. Standing near the entrance, violinist Dana Allaband entertained as guests ...

 

Casino Night in memory of Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly

Mark Kelly grew up in the Glen Mills area. Handsome and outgoing, he graduated from Salesianum and then St. Joseph’s University. He met Nina Napoli of Concordville while they were working at Pace One restaurant in Thornton. Nina liked Mark right away. “He was funny and sweet,” she remembers. They began dating three months after they met and married three years later, ...

 

The tradition that always offers surprises

A fireplace in front of a window, a freshly painted outhouse with a wreath of autumn leaves on the door, a pet door shaped like a cat, fish swimming in a fresh, spring-fed pond in the wine room, and a glass elevator are a few of the unique touches ticket-holders saw during the 2018 Chester County Day House Tour on Saturday, October 6. The oldest house tour in the ...

 

Historic map details Battle of Brandywine campaign

How lucky we are to live in an area steeped in history, particularly the bloody Battle of Brandywine, the longest single-day battle of the war, with continuous fighting for 11 hours. We drive on the same roads where British and American troops marched. We walk on the Sandy Hollow trail where for fifty-one minutes British and American troops pushed each other back and ...

 

‘The life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes’

PBS documentary WYETH: the life of Andrew Wyeth in bold strokes airs Friday, September 7, at 10 p.m. The film opens with a close up of Andrew Wyeth’s craggy, weather worn face. As the narrator begins to speak, the camera slowly moves in until we are looking at just Andy’s eyes—crystal blue and piercing—eyes that seem to look into the world, seeing what others do not. ...

 

A taste of things to come

It’s C-O-M-I-N-G. One of Chester County’s favorite neighborhood parties, Twisted Vintner®, returns bigger and better for the eighth year this Thursday, June 14, starting at 6 p.m. at the Concordville Towne Center. To kick off this year’s event, the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary Club sponsors held a members’ homemade wine tasting at Pescatore’s Italian Restaurant ...

 

Hidden gems revealed on Kennett Tour

The tour required a lot of walking, but taking in breath-taking views and visiting gorgeous houses is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. When you attend the annual Bayard Taylor Home & Garden Tour, you are also giving financial support to Kennett Library’s many programs This year’s Library tour on June 1, appropriately titled “Hidden Gems,” offered glimpses of ...

 

Weather doesn’t dampen Willowdale spirit

I have lived in Birmingham Township for twenty-three years, but until this past Sunday, I had never attended our neighborhood’s Willowdale Steeplechase. A large reason for this is that Willowdale is a “Mother’s Day Tradition,” which means it always occurs on Mother’s Day. Until their deaths, I traveled with my family to spend the day with my mother and mother-in-law ...

 

Go teams for Autism Awareness

April is Autism Awareness Month and Monday, April 2 is Autism Awareness Day. On Autism Awareness Day, people are encouraged wear bright blue to show support for those on the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a bio-neurological disability that affects the normal development of the brain. Typically, individuals with autism often experience verbal and ...