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Soledad Mansion open for Chester County Days

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 ...

 

Shall we dance?

Students dance and sing at the  presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” Thursday, March 13 through Saturday, March 15 at Unionville High School. The musical returns to the Unionville stage this week for the first time since 2001. The Broadway classic is filled with gorgeous and exotic costumes and amazing scenery underpinned by a nimble musical ...

 

Weymouth: Master of many mediums

Riding the crest of last summer’s visitor tsunami that was Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect, perennial favorite A Brandywine Christmas, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is poised for the next wave of visitors with The Way Back: The Paintings of George A. Weymouth, which opens on January 27. Sixty-five works in the exhibition demonstrate the breadth of the artist’s ...

 

Wine, dine and dance to preserve Crebilly

More than 300 enthusiastic party goers, decked out in their best white duds, descended on Hickory Farm in Chadds Ford Saturday, August 26 for the fifth annual “Brandywine in White.” The farm’s preserved open space underscored the fundraising mission of the event—to save Crebilly Farm, on Rt. 202 and Rt. 926, from development. The BIW location, kept secret until ...

 

Jamie Wyeth shares father’s wit and wisdom

Artist Jamie Wyeth, with his handsome looks and charm, has always left the ladies swooning. Since the death of his famous father, Andrew Wyeth, in 2009, however, Jamie has taken on an almost avuncular persona when talking about his father’s art and growing up Wyeth. For local residents, his stories are not new, but they are so funny, no one minds hearing them again. ...