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East meets west at Longwood Gardens

Guests snapped pictures on their cellphones, servers carrying trays with exotic hors d’oevres slipped through groups of excitedly chatting people, refreshment bars were at every turn, gourmet chefs at buffet stations served a variety of unique dishes, and heads swiveled in all directions looking at breathtaking floral displays. The event was the cocktail reception of ...

 
 

Fun and fund raising for Crebilly Farm preservation

Brandywine in White always seems to be sprinkled with fairy dust, even when the weather is muggy or rainy. The annual timing of the event—August--takes place when we are all trying to catch fireflies as well as the final days of summer. This year, guests enjoyed a beautiful, cool, evening with a slight breeze. Brandywine in White was held in a field on Harry G. ...

 

Sail the Antiques Treasure Trail

Ahoy! Gather your crew and set sail early next Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 for Chadds Ford’s first Antiques Treasure Trail. Follow your own treasure map to find breath-taking antiques just waiting for you at more than 200 dealers! Perhaps you are looking for something specific or maybe you are looking for a unique surprise. Either way, you are sure to find ...

 

Fans muddied but unbowed

Winterthur’s 41st Point-to-Point was more like “Puddle-to-Puddle.” A steady downpour, combined with winds that buffeted umbrellas and blew off hats, greeted fans when the gates opened at 11:30 a.m. “The wind’s a good sign,” said Communications Manager Mark Nardone, “it’s blowing the rain away.” Alas, that prediction did not come to pass. However, the rain was no ...

 

Lele Galer: A multi-talented force of nature

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. ...