Music coming to Brandywine River Museum

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Champion Steer buyers, Dennis and Dottie Byrne of Nottingham with showman Brody Fitzgerald of West Grove
Courtesy photo Champion Steer buyers, Dennis and Dottie Byrne of Nottingham with showman Brody Fitzgerald of West Grove

There is some wonderful music at the Brandywine River Museum this Friday, Sept. 13, played in the gorgeous glass lobby with the incredible acoustics. Pianist Andy Kahn’s All Star Jazz Trio will take you down the trails of be-bob to jazz. Admission is $25 from or 610-388-8326. The galleries will be open from 6-9 pm with concert at 7:30 p.m.


The Brandywine Valley Association does a lot of programs to improve and protect the water in the Brandywine Valley. This Saturday, Sept. 14, is the annual Jam on the Brandywine when some of the best local bands play from noon until 9 p.m. It is definitely BYOB and you might want to bring a chair and some food also, although there will be some really tasty food available from Hickory House Catering. Advance tickets are $10, $20 at the gate. Students with ID are $10 with children under 12 free. You will get to hear The Cameltones, Mallory Square and others.


Saturday, Sept. 21, the Civil War Symposium at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester goes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Slavery and freedom are central themes of the Civil War, issues still resonating today. Award winning historian Stephanie McCurrywill discuss her latest book, “Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South.” She will be joined by professors Ford Risley, James Trotmanand Tonya Thames Taylor, as well as Philadelphia Inquirer politics editor Daniel R. Biddle. They will discuss objectivity in the press during the Civil War and today and other topics. In the afternoon attendees may take a Civil War walking tour of West Chester with Professor Jim Jones PhD or take a guided tour of the museum exhibit “On the Edge of Battle: Chester County and the Civil War.” To register call 610-692-4800. Registration is $10 for CCHS members, $20 for non-members, students free with ID.


The Chester Country Historical Association Young Friends Association is sponsoring a history lesson on the General Warren Inne, 9 Old Lancaster Road, Malvern, on Monday, September 23 at 6:30 pm. Historian/Author Tom McGuire will tell the history of the General Warren Inne including a vivid description of the Nine’s role in the Battle of Paoli and the American events in the area. The Inne will have a Lite Fare menu and special libations beginning at 5:00 pm.



Five Garden Clubs of District 1 of National Garden Clubs, Inc. will hold “Beyond the Garden Gate,” a Standard Flower Show at Longwood Gardens on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The five Garden Clubs are Four Seasons Garden Club of Kennett Square, Garden Club of Springfield, Garden Class of the Woman’s Community Club of Uwchlan, the Country Gardeners of Media and Spade and Trowel of Kennett Square.

The first Standard Flower Show at Longwood Gardens was held in 1989 by Four Seasons Garden Club of Kennett Square, which has held 11 shows, one every two years. The public is invited to contact Kay Leto co-chair at 610-444-2776 for details of the competition if they wish to enter. Three divisions will be available to entrants. They are Horticulture, that includes specimens, annuals, bulbs or tubers, perennials, biannual or potted plants; Design that gives the designer complete freedom of choice with plant materials and other components; and Special Exhibits for artistic crafts materials. There are also competitions for all juniors, ages 6 -12 and for ages 13 -17. So call Kay Leto to get the specifics and get your entries ready.


As she has done now for the fourth year, Victoria Wyeth will emcee the annual benefit of the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn on Sept. 28. On the night of the event, guests arrive to find delicious food, wine, live music and mingling. As guests enter they will draw a playing card for the chance to take home one work of art (donated by the artist) from nearly 100 on display

Victoria will randomly draw a playing card from a deck. The person holding the matching card has one minute to choose which work of art desired. As the chairman said, “Even those whose card is drawn near the end go home happy as many of the works are worth well more than the ticket price of $85. Each ticket holder may also bring a non-participating guest for $15. Money raised is used for art scholarships for children. To purchase a ticket call Carla Pastore at 302-239-2434.


Winterthur will hold a design conference, “Smoke and Mirrors,” Sept. 21 and 22.

They will focus on 20th century interiors and their use of shadow, reflection and mystery for inspiration. The morning will be filled with some dynamic lectures and workshops at Winterthur. This will be followed by an optional day of house tours, several in Westover Hills. The tour will include two 1930s houses designed by the legendary and mysterious Jim Thomson, the “King of Thai Silk” who disappeared mysteriously in Thailand. The cost is $200 for members, $250 for non-members, and $100 for students. The tour of houses and cocktail party is $150. For reservations to this super weekend call 800-448-3883.


The Land Conservancy of Southern Chester County has what sounds like great fun on September 28 when they hold the Hootenanny Hoedown at Plantation Field north of Unionville on Route 82. The day begins with a 5K trail run on a moderately hilly course suitable for beginners to seasoned athletes. Optional Obstacles are three-day event course fences typically only cleared by horses. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with a 9 a.m. start. During the race there is also a supervised Kid’s Activity Corner. After the race there is a one-mile children’s run open to children age 10 and younger.

Festivities continue in the evening when the Wild West Saloon opens at 6 p.m. with table games, barbecue style food, 50/50 chicken bingo, a silent auction and music by The Coyotes. Tickets are $75, which includes the buffet and 25 gaming chips. More chips are available. For tickets call 610-347-9347, ext. 103 or visit


The economy may be terrible, but some members of the younger generation proved their ability at the Chester County Livestock Show and Sale. The sale surpassed last year’s sale by a good margin as they sold nine steers, 65 hogs and 24 lambs. The Fitzgerald Brothers, Brody and Bryce of West Grove, sons of Tim and Andrea Fitzgerald, won Champion Steer (Brody) and Reserve Champion Steer (Bryce). The brothers competed head-to-head in the Showmanship race with Bryce getting Grand Championship Steer Showmanship and Brody landing Reserve Grand Champion Award. The Champion brought $2.39 a pound and was purchased by Dottie and Dennis Byrne of Nottingham. The Reserve was purchased by Herr Angus Farm at Nottingham for $1.80 a pound. The Champion Market Hog shown by Bryce Fitzgerald was purchased by Deanajak Farm of Wagontown for $12 a pound who then donated it to the Chester County Food Bank. The Reserve shown by Lucas Watson of Exton was purchased by Cherry Knoll Farms of West Grove for $3.50 a pound. The Champion Lamb was shown by first year member Dylan McAllister of Coatesville and was purchased by John Rock Inc. of Sadsbury for $6 a pound. The Reserve Champion shown by David Bell of Nottingham was purchased by Oxford Feed and Lumber of Oxford and Dennis and Dottie Byrne for $5.50 a pound. The steer sale averaged $1.93 a pound, the hogs $3.44 a pound and the lambs $5.52 a pound. What an impressive group of accomplished kids!


Associate Curator Amanda Burden will speak on Wednesday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Brandywine River Museum. She will give an in-depth tour of the Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan exhibit. She will explain how the exhibition done with the Farnsworth Museum came about and the impact Monhegan had on each artist


Hagley Museum will have antique cars just everywhere on Sunday, Sept. 15, when they have more than 500 antique cars that date from the early 1900s-1980s on display. They will have vehicle parades, motoring music, videos and go-kart racing as well as a festival food court. Go to /hagley-car-show-2013.


For those who enjoy walking, Hagley is a beautiful place. On Saturday, Sept 21, a Hagley guide will lead a walking of the Rocks and Roll Mills at Hagley Museum. He will explain how the geology impacted the milling industry.


The New Candlelight Theatre in Arden, Del.,will have its monthly Comedy Club on Thursday, Sept. 18, with some stand-out stand-up comics. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are only $25 and include light fare such as wings, pizza, onion rings pasta and salad. For reservations call 302-475-2313.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.