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Cheers to balloon animals at the Creamery

Left to right Suzanne Schurr of Kennett Square and Mary Hutchins, executive director, Historic Kennett Square chat with the artist while he works.

Are those balloon animals in that wall or have I had one too many beers? Owners of the Creamery in Kennett Square, Dot and Mike Bontrager, are true visionaries who always wanted to include work by local artists in their pop-up beer garden and community gathering space. Every Thursday evening in June, from 5 to 7 p.m., trompe l’oeil (“fool the eye”) artist Robert ...

 
 

Antiques Show bursts into bloom

Like a precious spring bud, the Brandywine River Museum of Art’s annual Antiques Show develops from the parent organism, in this case, the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. During the months of the preceding year, layer upon layer of detailed planning forms an organism that duplicates its parent. On Friday morning of Memorial Day Weekend, the antiques show ...

 

Gala caps 50th anniversary celebration weekend

The more than 600 guests who came to the Brandywine Conservancy & River Museum’s “Frolic in the Garden” Gala Saturday evening might have thought they had somehow stepped into another dimension and arrived at the Philadelphia Flower Show. Stoney Bank Nurseries transformed the Museum courtyard into a floral delight with displays throughout. A billboard-sized image ...

 

Guest bartenders serve Andy’s Potion

It was not Mike Connolly’s first time behind the Brandywine Brewing Company bar for a Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Guest Bartender Night, but it was his first time as the Society’s executive director. Connolly, along with popular celebrity bartender Victoria Wyeth and others, took orders from the crowd to support the Society. 100% of their tips were donated to ...

 

Brandywine In Black has partygoers in the pink

Brandywine in Black was “wildly” successful—With a Pop of Pink—as elegantly dressed partygoers dined and danced among the dinosaurs, bears and leopards on display at the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Greenville, Delaware, Saturday, March 25. Co-organizer Elizabeth Roche explained that she and event founder Vince Moro decided on pink as the accent color at the ...

 

Uptown! Performing Arts Center opening soon

The scent of wet paint and the racket of drills, hammers and saws will soon be replaced with the smell of greasepaint and the roar of the crowd at the old armory on 226 N. High Street in West Chester. The three-story building was a beehive of activity on a recent snowy day as electricians, carpenters, painters and plasterers worked feverishly to prepare the ...

 

Conservancy helping the monarch butterfly

The monarch butterfly may soon be on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Endangered Species List. Since the 1990s, the number of monarchs across North America has declined by more than 80 percent, from almost one billion to about 56.5 million today. Over-logging in Mexico — where the butterflies live in winter — is wiping out the monarch’s southern forest habitat and, in ...

 

Kennett’s National Night Out wins kudos

Anyone waking from a nap in the 200 or 300 block of East Linden Street on the evening of Tuesday, Aug. 2, might have rubbed their eyes in wonder at the crowded scene on the streets. Police officers from Kennett Township, the borough, and Pennsylvania State Police appeared everywhere, joking with smiling children while parents kicked back and chatted amiably with ...

 

For ‘Shrek’ at Longwood, beauty in eye of ogre

By day, he works as the senior director of partnerships with Nemours/KidsHealth; at night, Jeffrey Santoro morphs monstrously into everybody’s favorite green ogre – at least for the next two weeks. Santoro has the title role in “Shrek, the Musical.” Directed by Shauna Goodman, “Shrek” is the latest in an 85-year string of summer musical treats presented by The ...

 

Crowds turn out to savor Twisted Vintner

The main objective of the Concordville-Chadds Ford Rotary is performing community service, but that doesn’t preclude it from having fun at the same time. Such double duty occurred on Thursday, June 9. In a mega-tent erected in the parking lot of the Concordville Towne Center, the Sixth Annual Twisted Vintner® did not disappoint. Rotary Club President Dominic ...

 

Race for open spaces finishes strong

The steeplechase action begins at the 86th Radnor Hunt Races, a fundraiser for the Brandywine Conservancy.

The 86th Radnor Hunt Races, on Saturday, May 21, was a day full of tailgating fun and breathtaking steeplechase horse racing. The event is among the top five meets in horse racing’s spring schedule. Since 1980, the proceeds of the races have benefited the Brandywine Conservancy’s efforts to preserve and protect the region’s land and water resources. Since its ...