Calendar

Apr
20
Fri
Plant This – Not That @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 20 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Many non-native plants once considered tame garden dwellers have escaped cultivation and become invasive. These plants often out-compete native species for necessary resources and do not provide a diverse ecosystem for insects, birds, and microorganisms. Learn trees, shrubs, perennials, and groundcovers that can substitute for invasive plants, meet your landscaping needs, and put your garden to work for wildlife.

“Art of the Forge” exhibit opens
Apr 20 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

"Art of the Forge" show opens this Friday at the Oxford Arts Alliance located at 38 S. Third Street Oxford, PA 19363. Reception opening is from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 20th. The show runs through May 26th, with the artist talk and demonstration April 28th. The exhibit features some of the area's finest artist-blacksmiths and metal,artists. This is a unique showing of forged metal art featuring the work of Curtis Bohn, John Damiani, Luke DiBerardinis, Ellen Durkin, Lele Galer, Bruce Jerrall, Kerry Rhodes, Rob Sigafoos, and Michael Walker

Winterthur After Hours @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 20 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Mix, Relax, Explore: Live Music and Winterthur Beer Garden

Winterthur After Hours on select Friday evenings presents families and adults with an evening opportunity to explore the Galleries and grounds. Enjoy a variety of offerings that enhance our local treasure.

Music by Hot Bijouxx

$10 per Member. $15 per nonmember. $5 students. 13 and under are free. This After Hours program entry a $10 nonmember upgrade with the purchase of an earlier, same-day General Admission ticket.

Apr
21
Sat
Fitness Festival
Apr 21 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Recycle Day & Roadside Clean Up
Apr 21 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

8:00 a.m. Roadside Cleanup

9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Township Building

Donate food to feed the hungry

Recycle electronics. Some fees apply

Document shredding service

No Appliances or lawn equipment

 

“Escape Brandywine” Historic Escape Room Experience @ Chadds Ford Historical Society
Apr 21 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Escape Brandywine

Escape Brandywine is a new, historically immersive escape room experience available every Saturday this spring and summer! 

PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets are $28 per person 
Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited.

Escape Brandywine is an escape room experience, set inside the historic Chads House, c.1725,  located along site of the Battle of Brandywine. This escape room program is unlike any other, since it places you directly inside an authentic historical space with a Revolutionary War mission!

Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and charges them with finding General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping. Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington!

To purchase your tickets, click here.  Private escape room experiences are available for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events!   Please email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.

For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society, please visit our website at http://www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

 

Gardening with Woodland Wildflowers @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 21 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Much of the earliest color in our native woodlands is provided by wildflowers that bloom before the trees above them leaf out. Miles Arnott, Executive Director of the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, discusses the unique life cycles of these early spring beauties and the ecological services they provide. A short garden walk highlights some of Mt. Cuba Center’s key woodland wildflowers. Leave with 5 native perennials and tips on how to successfully grow them in your garden. Class size is limited.

Rain date for this class is Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition
Apr 21 @ 1:00 PM

Kennett Symphony Instrumental Competition

The 2018 Instrumental Competition for Young Artists will be held on April 21, 2018

The Kennett Symphony will sponsor its annual Instrumental Competition for Young Artists on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 1:00 pm at the Kendal at Longwood Auditorium, Kennett Square, PA.

The competition is limited to sixteen gifted young musicians in grades 9 to 12, each of whom will perform a classical composition or movement of a larger work for solo instrument and orchestra. The Young Artist Competitions provide an invaluable performance experience for these aspiring student musicians who have achieved a high level of proficiency.

The competition is open to the public and free of charge. Each of the young musicians will be judged by a panel of professional musicians.

Three prizes will be awarded:
First prize: $750 cash award and the opportunity for a solo performance with the Kennett Symphony
Second prize: $300
Third prize: $100.

Funding for the competition is provided in part through the generosity of the Mushroom Festival, Inc. and the Kennett Run Charities.

The competition is chaired by Paul and Irena Merluzzi. For more information, contact the Kennett Symphony office at 610-444-6363.

Follies Lecture @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 21 @ 2:00 PM

Join us for a lecture by John Dixon Hunt, emeritus professor of The History and Theory of Landscape at the University of Pennsylvania, then enjoy a walk or tram ride through the Winterthur Garden and experience Winterthur’s first landscape exhibition, Follies: Architectural Whimsy in the Garden. Purchase tickets online or call 800.448.3883. $10 per Member. $20 per nonmember. Free for Winterthur Garden and Landscape Society and Garden Associate Members.

Copters of the Caribbean
Apr 21 @ 5:00 PM

Imagine bypassing commuter traffic daily with the ease of a bird in flight, or “as the crow flies.” Think of time saved and no aggravation while en route to work or anywhere, even great distances.

All of this seems futuristic, but, West Chester’s American Helicopter Museum and Education Center (AHMEC) knows that the future is now as its Board of Directors bestows its ninth annual Achievement Award on Germany’s Lilium GmbH. The coveted trophy recognizes the Lilium Jet and its successful maiden flight in April 2017, and will be awarded at AHMEC’s Gala fundraiser on Saturday, April 21.

Lilium Jet Rooftop Landing

"We are pleased to present the 2018 AHMEC Achievement Award to Lilium for its successful flight testing of an all-electric jet capable of vertical take-off and landing and cruise speeds up to 300 km/hr,” said Marc Sheffler, AHMEC’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Thirty-six electric jet engines mounted to its wings via 12 moveable flaps power the lightweight, two-seater Lilium Jet, which requires only a small open space or landing pad atop a building to take off and land.

“The innovative design already demonstrated transition from hover to forward flight, as well as complex maneuvers,” continued Sheffler. “The technologies that this prototype aircraft is maturing have the potential to result in an aircraft that can fly from London to Paris in under an hour with low noise and zero emissions."

This year’s Gala’s theme is “Copters in the Caribbean” featuring entertainment from Captain Jack Sparrow ("Pirates of the Caribbean") impersonator, Steven Dapcevich. It begins at 5 p.m. with cocktails, followed by dinner from the Desmond Hotel, dancing, music and a raffle with items like restaurant gift certificates and a basket of various wines.

Contact AHMEC at 610-436-9600 or see the website at www.americanhelicopter.museum for more information.

The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center, located at 1220 American Boulevard in the land of industry innovators in the Philadelphia region, is the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to helicopters. Established in 1996, the nonprofit organization collects, restores and displays rotary-wing aircraft, including over 35 civilian and military helicopters, autogiros and convertiplanes.

 

Evening of Promise To Benefit Families Experiencing Homelessness
Apr 21 @ 7:00 PM

Family Promise of Southern Chester County (FPSCC), a volunteer nonprofit that helps families experiencing homelessness, will host its first fundraiser, An Evening of Promise, Saturday, April 21, 2018, 7 p.m., at the Kennett Country Club.  Proceeds will help temporarily house and feed families with children in Avon Grove, Kennett Square, Oxford and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts who are facing homelessness.

Southern Chester County is one of 200 Family Promise programs nationwide.  At the event Family Promise founder and president emeritus, Karen Olson, will share how a chance encounter with a homeless woman moved her to start the first nonprofit to address the growing nationwide crisis of family homelessness.

An Evening of Promise will feature wine tasting and hors d’oeuvre pairings, silent auction items for all ages, including:  a day of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay, spa and restaurant packages, sporting event tickets, summer camp experiences, one-of-a-kind treasures by local artists and much, much more.  Chatham Financial, GWR Medical, Inc., SchagrinGAS, WoundMatrix, Inc., and numerous other community partners are generously sponsoring the event.  Tickets are $65 per person or two for $125, and sponsorship packages are still available.

“Family Promise is funded primarily by donations from local individuals, businesses and foundations,” said Family Promise executive director Susan Minarchi.  “This is our main fundraiser of the year and we hope to raise $30,000 to help us provide families with crucial basic necessities for a fresh start.”  “Many families arrive with nothing and need necessities from toothbrushes to towels, coats, and clothing for school, work and interviews,” she added.

To purchase tickets to An Evening of Promise, for a complete list of sponsors, or for more information about Family Promise of Southern Chester County, please visit www.familypromisescc.org.

About Family Promise of Southern Chester County:  FPSCC is committed to helping children and their families experiencing homelessness in the Avondale, Kennett Consolidated, Oxford, and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts.  Its goal is to help families achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability by providing comprehensive case management services, as well as shelter and meals through a network of congregations and volunteers until they find sustainable housing.  Family Promise of Southern Chester County is part of a national, nonprofit initiative founded in 1988 with over 200 affiliates across the US changing the lives of families.  To volunteer, make a donation, or provide services, please contact Family Promise of Southern Chester County at www.familypromisescc.org or sminarchi@familypromisescc.org.

 

Apr
22
Sun
Free Concert – Chesco Pops
Apr 22 @ 3:00 PM

Come enjoy the FREE CONCERT sponsored by the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation on Sunday, April 22nd 2018.

NO TICKETS NEEDED. Bring the whole family!

Concert program includes:

American Salute
Morton Gould
Suite from “Far and Away”
John Williams
Valdres March
Johannes Hanssen
Star Wars Epic Suite
John Williams
Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong
arr. Ted Ricketts

Rumour Has It/Someone Like You Mash-Up
arr. Adam Anders and Peer Astrom

PAHS Women's Choir

Here, There, and Everywhere
Lennon & McCartney/arr. Strommen

PAHS Vocal Ensemble

The Sound of Silence
Paul Simon/arr. Hayes

PAHS Concert Choir and Chesco Pops
When You Believe from “The Prince of Egypt”
Stephen Schwartz/arr. Snyder/Moss

PAHS Concert Choir and Chesco Pops

Apr
23
Mon
Toastmasters – Kennett
Apr 23 2018 @ 5:45 PM – Apr 23 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Toastmasters a fun and encouraging group with one common goal: To help each other improve our speaking and leadership skills. Introverts and extroverts welcome! Step out of your comfort zone, and give it a try! We meet from 5:45 pm to 7 pm typically on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of every month at the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District Administrative Offices.

(Check website to confirm dates: http://www.kennettsquare.toastmastersclubs.org).

Come check us out - and bring a friend along with you!

April 9, 2018

April 23, 2018

May 7, 2018

May 21, 2018

June 4, 2018

June 18, 2018 (Location to be confirmed)

 

Apr
24
Tue
WOW! Wee Ones at Winterthur @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 24 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Wee Ones is now offered every week! This early childhood series intended for children ages 3-5 incorporates active learning through music, movement, and the exploration of objects in a warm and welcoming setting. Themes relate to the museum and garden. Members and children under 2 free; nonmembers: $5 per child and $5 per adult with paying child; additional adults $15.

Brandywine Business Network
Apr 24 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Welcome to the home of Brandywine Business Network (BBN), a business networking group located in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

BBN members are local business owners, and employees, that meet weekly to showcase their business offerings and to network with other like-minded individuals.

Bertucci's Restaurant
(Banquet Room)
501 Byers Dr
Glen Mills, PA 19342

Contact us

The Newlin Series: “Natural Bitters, Apertifs, & Cordials” @ Newlin Grist Mill
Apr 24 @ 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Join us for our annual series in which we explore different aspects of Newlin Grist Mill's unique historical and environmental resources. Get an in-depth look at the site with programs that range from presentations by guest speakers to hands-on workshops.

Lytton John Musselman, the Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University, will discuss the use of native plants for the production of bitters, aperitifs, and cordials. A tasting of cordials will follow the talk.

Advance registration is requested for all programs in The Newlin Series.

Apr
25
Wed
2018 Garden Insider: A Series of Garden Walks, Talks, and Demonstrations @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 25 @ 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Wednesdays, April–October
11:00 am, Brown Horticulture Learning Center

Go behind-the-scenes with the experts! Each week Winterthur introduces you to a specialist who will share with you his/her insights and expertise about the Winterthur Garden and estate, its history, horticulture, or the environment. Presentations may be in the form of a walk, talk, or demonstration (or a combination). About 1 hour. Members free. Included with admission.

April 4 The Inspiration Behind Winterthur’s New Garden Follies (talk)

Interested in learning more about the inspiration behind the new Folliesexhibition? Join Carol Long, curator of the garden, as she explains the details that went into creating Winterthur’s first outdoor exhibition.
April 11
Spring Ephemerals of Azalea Woods (walk)

Enjoy an early spring day in Azalea Woods. Susan Sibley, garden horticulturist, will be your guide as you witness the garden come to life with bluebells, trillium, and windflowers.
April 18

Getting to Know the Sundial Garden (walk)

Originally called the April Garden, the formally designed Sundial Garden provides the framework for a carefully planned succession of blooms through the month of April. Take a walk with Garden Horticulturist Joe Lazorchak to experience and get to know the history behind this spring-blooming garden created by H. F. du Pont and Marian Cruger Coffin.

April 25
Attracting Hummingbirds with Gardens, Flowers, and Feeders (talk)

Want to attract more of those brilliant-colored, ever-nimble hummingbirds to your garden? Come learn all about hummingbird gardening with Ron Simpson, Winterthur garden guide and New Castle County master gardener.
May 2
Winterthur’s Flowering Trees (walk)

This walk, led by Director of Garden & Estate Chris Strand, will feature our beautiful and familiar dogwoods and redbuds but also highlight exceptional specimen trees at Winterthur, such as magnolias, dove trees, crabapples, and cherries. H. F. du Pont designed his spring garden as a celebration of color, and these flowering trees play a pivotal role in his composition.
May 9 Amazing Azaleas (walk)

Acres of colorful azaleas and rhododendrons brighten the early May garden. Join Linda Eirhart, director of horticulture and senior curator of plants, for a stroll through Azalea Woods to learn why Mr. du Pont “was fired with a desire to plant azaleas in all directions.”
May 16
A Passion for Peonies (walk)

Take a walk through the Peony Garden with Garden Horticulturist Michelle Stapleford. The large collection of A. P. Saunders hybrids flaunts colors as diverse as yellow, red, white, lavender, and fabulous pink. Take in the spectacle and learn all about the care and maintenance of herbaceous and tree peonies.
May 23 How to Make a Pollinator House (demo)

Encourage beneficial insects in your garden by creating a pollinator house! Join Suzanne French, garden horticulturist, for a demonstration on how to make one of these structures using Winterthur’s own pollinator house as inspiration.
May 30 The Joy of Sketching Outdoors (demo/walk)

Discover your inner artist while taking in the beauty of the Winterthur Garden and estate. With the firm belief that anyone can draw, Erica Anderson, assistant curator of education/garden programs, will show you how easy it is to make a nature sketchbook for capturing your special moments in the great outdoors. Basic drawing supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring along your own.

Child Abuse Prevention Workshop
Apr 25 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Please consider becoming part of this critical “tipping point.” We are offering free workshops to any adult in the county, on April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in West Goshen, May 3, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pottstown, and June 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Coatesville. The sessions designed for parents, mandated reporters, youth-serving organizations and any individual concerned about the safety of children. We have trained law enforcement, probation officers, therapists, social workers, and parents, but our work has just begun. Help us reach our goal.

Contact Deborah Ryan, Esq. at debr@cvcofcc.org or 610-692-1926 x220 to learn more or to schedule a workshop. Visit www.cvcofcc.org for more details.  CVC is a nonprofit agency providing free, immediate, and confidential crisis response and compassionate support to children and adults impacted by crime and violence. We provide assistance through counseling, advocacy, resources, and education. CVC fosters community awareness and understanding through its comprehensive outreach and prevention programs.

Concert for Billy – Celebrating the Life and Music of Billy Penn Burger
Apr 25 @ 8:00 PM

Featuring performances by Bob Beach, Rick Bell, Scott Birney, Nick Bucci, Leslie Carey, D Corridori, Rob Dickenson, Tommy Geddes, Richard Grossman, EB Hawkins, Lizanne Knott, John Lilley, John McGovern, Dale Melton, Dennis Melton, Donna Melton, Michael Melton, Steve Prentice, Chris Sherlock, Geri Smith, John Whitely and Chuck Whiteman.

Ticket price includes Complimentary Dinner Buffet and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. Standard BYOB Policy is still in place. All musicians are donating their performances, and The Flash is donating use of their space as well as staffing costs. 100% of event proceeds will be donated to the Burger Family.

Venue Information:
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Kennett Flash
102 Sycamore Alley
Kennett Square, PA, 19348
http://www.kennettflash.org
Apr
26
Thu
All About Orchids @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 26 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Discover which orchids grow in your area and learn how Mt. Cuba Center is working to preserve them and their fragile habitats. Adrienne Bozic, Orchid Research Fellow, describes the citizen science project designed to identify and locate native orchids throughout the state and presents the current status of their diversity and distribution based on her findings. Learn how you can help save Delaware’s vanishing orchids and take home a ladies’ tresses orchid for your garden.

SCCCC Network at Noon
Apr 26 @ 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Network at Lunch at the Kennett Country Club

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Evening Photography Stroll @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 26 @ 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Capture the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center’s gardens during the “golden hours”, that period of time just before sunset when the quality of light is soft, warm, and even. Receive professional guidance on the technical and aesthetic elements of evening photography from Chris Starr, an extraordinary photographer and Mt. Cuba Center employee. Capture those epic sunset moments and leave with a new appreciation of nature at nightfall. All levels of experience welcome. Bring your camera, lenses, tripod, and camera manual.

Rain date for this event is Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Apr
27
Fri
Spring Flowering Trees and Shrubs @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 27 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Some of the most beautiful native trees and shrubs in our region are in full flower in late spring. From pink-blooming azaleas to the bright whites of serviceberries, there is something for everyone. Learn 10 species that are suitable for sun or shade, provide structure to the garden, and support native wildlife.
This is a great class for the beginner gardener.

Rain date for this class is Friday, May 4, 2018.

Apr
28
Sat
Open Hive Days 2018 @ New Leaf Eco Center
Apr 28 @ 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Join TLC apiarist, Mike Langer, for an inside look at the busy, buzzy world of honeybees. Get a close-up look at a hive during routine inspection while gaining practical beekeeping knowledge. Don't miss this great opportunity for non-beekeepers, prospective beekeepers and new beekeepers interested in seeing another apiary. Protective veils will be available. If you have your own gear, please bring it along!

Spring Photography Stroll @ Mt. Cuba Center
Apr 28 @ 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Enjoy this early morning opportunity to photograph the gardens of Mt. Cuba Center during the “magic hours” when light quality is less intense, shadows are soft, and colors appear richer. Photographers of all experience levels receive professional guidance on the technical and aesthetic elements of photography from Chris Starr, a Mt. Cuba Center employee and highly accomplished photographer. Be creative, find inspiration, and leave with a better appreciation of the natural world. Bring your camera, lenses, tripod, and camera manual.

Rain date for this event is Saturday, May 5, 2018.

Bird Walk @ Newlin Grist Mill
Apr 28 @ 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Newlin Grist Mill and Wild Birds Unlimited-Concordville are teaming up to explore the wonderful world of bird life. Join us for monthly naturalist-led walks through the 160-acre park at Newlin Grist Mill. We will meet year-round residents, visit exciting migrants, and learn the basics of bird identification and biology. Families and beginners are welcome!

When: Last Saturday of each month from 8-10am (May-October) or 9-11am (November-April)

Where: Meet at the NGM Visitor Center

The Zen of Flowers @ Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Apr 28 @ 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Girl Scout Junior

Not just a pretty face! With the Winterthur Garden as a laboratory, earn the Flowers badge while discovering how flowers function and recording your experience in a garden journal. Make a dried flower sachet and learn how to create a flower arrangement. $12 per girl.

History at Work @ Newlin Grist Mill
Apr 28 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Get a closer look at trades of the eighteenth century in Newlin’s “History at Work” series. Members of Newlin Grist Mill’s staff, volunteers, and outside artisans will demonstrate their crafts and talk with visitors about how different trades and skills were integral to life in colonial Pennsylvania and to the operation of Newlin Grist Mill. These demonstrations take place on the last Saturday of the month between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
April 28th: Beer Brewing
May 26: Cooperage
June 30: Spinning & Weaving
July 28: Tinsmithing
August 25: Paper Marbling & Bookbinding
September 29: Joinery
October 27: Food Preservation

“History at Work” is free and open to the public of all ages.

“Escape Brandywine” Historic Escape Room Experience @ Chadds Ford Historical Society
Apr 28 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Escape Brandywine

Escape Brandywine is a new, historically immersive escape room experience available every Saturday this spring and summer! 

PURCHASE TICKETS
Tickets are $28 per person 
Tickets must be purchased in advance online, as space is limited.

Escape Brandywine is an escape room experience, set inside the historic Chads House, c.1725,  located along site of the Battle of Brandywine. This escape room program is unlike any other, since it places you directly inside an authentic historical space with a Revolutionary War mission!

Escape Brandywine places participants into roles of spies on the eve of the Battle of Brandywine, and charges them with finding General Howe's battle plans that have been hidden inside the Chads House for safe keeping. Using real Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers, players will have 60 minutes to solve puzzles that will allow them to locate the plans and escape the house to deliver the plans to George Washington!

To purchase your tickets, click here.  Private escape room experiences are available for corporate outings, team building, private parties and special events!   Please email info@chaddsfordhistory.org or call 610-388-7376 to check availability.

For more information about Chadds Ford Historical Society, please visit our website at http://www.chaddsfordhistory.org.

 

Pop-Up Naturalist @ Newlin Grist Mill
Apr 28 @ 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Join Newlin's staff naturalist for an afternoon of exciting environmental activities. Look for the pop-up naturalist tent in different parts of the park and discover the plants and animals that call Newlin home. While specific activities will vary by theme, you can expect to find interactive demonstrations, live specimens, games and crafts, and fun for the whole family!

In 2018, our naturalist will pop-up from 1pm to 5pm on the following Saturdays:

April 28:  Animal Homes

May 26:  Wonderful Wildflowers

June 30:  Frogs & Toads

July 28:  Plant Superheroes

August 25:  Stream Life

September 29:  Persistent Pollinators

October 27:  Mighty Oaks

The Pop-Up Naturalist Program is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.