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Mushroom Festival schedule of events |Sep 3, 2014

Friday, Sept. 5 Parade starts at 6 p.m. on State Street at Willow and marches to Center Street. Gov. Tom Corbett will be the guest host.

2104 Mushroom Festival features music, eating contest, parade, Midway and plenty of fun |Aug 21, 2014

Kennett Square >> Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock to Kennett Square Sept. 6 and 7 for the 29th annual Mushroom Festival. And this year, there’s more to see than ever before.

Stunning performances makes ‘Grease’ a huge success |Mar 13, 2014

Dust off the leather jackets and bring out the poodle skirts because “Grease” revived the 1950s at Unionville High School from March 6 through 8.

Kennett Symphony will hold instrumental competition |Jan 16, 2014

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will hold its junior instrumental competition on Saturday, Feb. 15, in the auditorium at Kendal at Longwood for students in grades four through eight who live in the Chester, Delaware and New Castle County areas.

Grandparents enhance the excitement on Christmas Day |Jan 4, 2014

When I was a teenager, I spent Christmas with my grandparents in Massachusetts, as my parents lived in Argentina and it was a little far to go for Christmas. My grandparents included anyone who had a touch of family blood, or if not that, had no place to go for Christmas which made for fascinating gatherings.

High school student hopes to turn hobby into career |Dec 27, 2013

It all started innocent enough for a young Sean Cooper when he watched Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

Marco Panuccio brings holiday opera to UHS |Dec 12, 2013

The winter holidays are a time for giving and playing the appropriate music all the time. Unionville High School got into the spirit with a concert from opera singer Marco Panuccio which was also a fundraiser Dec.

Country singer films music video in Kennett |Nov 14, 2013

The tradition anymore seems to be once Halloween ends, all the Christmas music begins.

Winterthur lights up for Yuletide celebrations |Nov 14, 2013

Winterthur will explore Christmas traditions and celebrations this year from the 1700s to today with emphasis on a variety of lighting traditions early Americans brought with them. Pre---electricity lighting traditions include festive color and bubble lights of the mid-20th century.

Brandywine River Museum debuts children’s art exhibit |Nov 13, 2013

CHADDS FORD -- Young artists from the Avon Grove Charter School have joined the ranks of the Wyeths and Howard Pyle with art on the walls of the Brandywine River Museum.

Winterthur prepares for its annual antiques show with speakers |Nov 7, 2013

Fifty years ago Winterthur began holding its famous Delaware Antiques Show, considered among the top five antique shows in the US. This year’s show, celebrating the 50th anniversary, will be held Nov. 8 through 10 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington.

Chadds Ford Tavern to re-open in November |Oct 24, 2013

Local residents have been delighted to learn that the Chadds Ford Tavern, closed for several years, will re-open in early November. People have noticed all the activity at the tavern, the repainting, the cleaning and even the new sign -- that is a replica of the original one.

OperaDelaware produces an elixir of joyous magic |Oct 17, 2013

Info change There has been a change in the information about West Chester University’s “Big Read” that I mentioned last week.

The Classics at Brantwyn was a glorious show |Oct 10, 2013

The Classics -- meaning all those gorgeous Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Porches -- gathered once again last weekend at beautiful Brantwyn in Wilmington.

The classics are arriving at Brantwyn |Oct 4, 2013

The Classics, meaning those gorgeous Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Porches, will be gathering once again at beautiful Brandtwyn in Wilmington this Sunday, Oct. 6.

Kennett Symphony gives electrifying performance to packed house |Sep 26, 2013

As the Kennett Symphony of Chester County enters its conductor search series, it began with an opening concert that had the audience giving standing ovations and cries of “Bravo!”

Kennett Symphony gives electrifying performance to packed house |Sep 26, 2013

As the Kennett Symphony of Chester County enters its conductor search series, it began with an opening concert that had the audience giving standing ovations and cries of “Bravo!”

Homecoming Parade set for Friday |Sep 19, 2013

Oxford Area High School will hold its annual Homecoming Parade on Friday, September 20, beginning in Downtown Oxford at 5:30 p.m. and ending at the OAHS football stadium for the Homecoming Game vs. Kennett.

Record attendance for annual Mushroom Festival |Sep 12, 2013

KENNETT SQUARE — Fueled by perfect weather, the 28th annual Mushroom Festival set a record for attendance as tens of thousands of people visited the borough to enjoy live music, see mushroom exhibitions and visit the more than 230 vendors.

Music coming to Brandywine River Museum |Sep 12, 2013

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.

Chadds Ford Days opens with Revolutionary War re-enactors |Sep 5, 2013

That lovely gathering of quality crafters and Colonial demonstrations will highlight Chadds Ford Days this weekend, Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society on Route 100.

Arden Fair coming on Saturday |Aug 29, 2013

The 106th Arden Fair will be held this Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Arden, Del. The fair began as a farewell to summer when the population went down as the “summer folk” went home. Today the Fair is a fund-raiser for the Gild Hall and its activities.

Arden Fair coming on Saturday |Aug 29, 2013

The 106th Arden Fair will be held this Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Arden, Del. The fair began as a farewell to summer when the population went down as the “summer folk” went home. Today the Fair is a fund-raiser for the Gild Hall and its activities.

Green directs magnificent symphony performance |Aug 12, 2013

The farewell performance of Maestra Mary Woodmansee Green with the Kennett Symphony of Chester County was truly magnificent. It didn’t hurt to be playing almost all Gershwin music and it was a little emotional as Mary has led the orchestra for 25 years, as it built from a partly volunteer/partly professional group of musicians to a full professional orchestra.

The Brandywiners’ ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ is a light hearted, spirited lark |Aug 1, 2013

It was great fun to see The Brandywiners’ production of “Annie Get Your Gun” by Irving Berlin at Longwood Gardens last weekend. The original show opened in 1966, almost half a century ago, which may be the reason there were many gray heads in the audience, and the reason there were not too many young people in the audience.

‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ pleasantly engages its audience |Jul 25, 2013

LOWER OXFORD -- If the truth be told, the musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone” is not a blockbuster like “Phantom of the Opera,” “Oklahoma” or “Les Miserables.” The Broadway production did however win Tony Awards in 2006 for the Best Score and the Best Book, and the plot is quite engaging.

Beat Beethoven 5K Run a smashing success |Jul 25, 2013

The members of the committee that planned and ran the Beat Beethoven 5K Run and Walk at the Radley Run Country Club last week in the hottest day in 25 years were ecstatic. There were 236 runners and walkers who showed up in the dreadful heat, which is an extraordinary success for a first time event.

Beat Beethoven Run This Thursday |Jul 19, 2013

The first Beat Beethoven Run to benefit the Kennett Symphony is this Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Radley Run Country Club. As all sorts of people who have never done a run/walk before have signed up the committee is delighted with the interest from families and non-athletes, although there are many serious runners who are participating.

ACT presents ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ |Jul 9, 2013

LOWER OXFORD -- Avon Grove Community Theater -- ACT for short -- is bringing southern Chester County another dose of musical entertainment soon.

Hometown parade enchants its audience |Jul 8, 2013

I love small town parades. Kennett Square is a relatively small town and it puts on grand parades.

InBrief |Jul 4, 2013

Fireworks For a super night of fireworks, music, food and special events, visit the Chester County Freedom Fest at Nottingham Park on Saturday, July 6, from 5 to 11 p.m.

Delaware Art Museum opens show of 100 French prints |Jul 4, 2013

Thanks to the interest in collecting by Michael Mattis, a former Los Alamos lab physicist, and his wife Judith Hochberg, their extensive collection is now valued at over $5 million for this collection they began when they were both graduate students at Stanford.

Calendar |Jul 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 10 Nixon Park Summer Concert: July 10 7-9 p.m., Anson B. Nixon Park - 100 Waterworks Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348, MASON PORTER. Bluegrass/Folk. Supper available from La Verona Restaurant.

Kennett Symphony gives well polished brass concert |Jun 28, 2013

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County presented an unusual concert, “Sound the Brass!” at Longwood Gardens last Saturday. With four trumpets, four trombones, four French horns, one tuba and a truckload of equipment for the timpani and percussion, it was a perfect group for swing music.

|Jun 28, 2013

Join the fun at Anson B. Nixon park in Kennett Squarend prepare to dance on through Aug. 23, 24 and 25 at the second annual Brandywine Folk Festival. Presented by a group of Chester County locals, the Brandywine Folk Collective (BFC) seeks to provide comers with a three-day musical experience unlike any other.

Four fireworks displays offered for a week of Independence Day fun |Jun 28, 2013

The ambitious fireworks enthusiast will have plenty to celebrate this Fourth of July.

Kennett Symphony gives well polished brass concert |Jun 27, 2013

The Kennett Symphony of Chester County presented an unusual concert, “Sound the Brass!” at Longwood Gardens last Saturday. With four trumpets, four trombones, four French horns, one tuba and a truckload of equipment for the timpani and percussion, it was a perfect group for swing music.

Four fireworks displays offered for a week of Independence Day fun |Jun 27, 2013

The ambitious fireworks enthusiast will have plenty to celebrate this Fourth of July.

Home again, home again, jiggedy jog |Jun 20, 2013

As I write this I am flying home from England on British Airways at 34,999 feet in the air with an outside temperature of 56 degrees below zero. We are coming home physically exhausted but quite mentally refreshed.

Garden Party brings out guests’ creativity |Jun 20, 2013

OXFORD -- The Oxford Arts Alliance picked a perfect evening for its fifth annual Garden Party at Ware Presbyterian Village on Saturday evening. The storms were over and the temperature was in the 70s.

Columnist takes a trip down Memory Lane |Jun 11, 2013

My father was born in England, so I have a lot of relatives over there. When I graduated from college, my present was a trip to England, but I was to be accompanied by my grandmother.

‘Cirque Du Soleil Totem’ showcases a new Camden |Jun 2, 2013

We went to the opening of the Totem show by Cirque Du Soleil that is in Camden on the waterfront through June 30. The blue and yellow tents are up and there is lots of parking space normally used for the Camden baseball team and the aquarium.

Brandywine’s antiques show features weathervanes |May 30, 2013

Each year the Brandywine River Museum Antiques Show is aneagerly anticipated event as it is a marvelous party in the Courtyard.

Antiques show coming to Brandywine River Museum |May 23, 2013

The always knock-out, gorgeous Brandywine Antiques Show will be held May 25 through 27, when treasures of the past will be on display from 32 of the finest antique dealers stocks. There is everything from furniture and fold art to illuminate manuscripts and clock cases.

Parkesburg honors fallen soldiers at community ceremony |May 23, 2013

By Chris Barber cbarber@21st-centurymedia.com

Garden Party will have international theme |May 16, 2013

Oxford Arts Alliance invites you to support local arts and culture during the fifth annual Garden Party on June 15 at Ware Presbyterian Village. Celebrate the beginning of summer with a buffet dinner, silent auction, live music and the ever-popular table decorating contest.

Aural Art at Kuerner Farm Philly-based artist creates a soundscape experience for visitors to the farm that gave Andrew Wyeth seven decades of inspiration |May 11, 2013

When it came time to put together the music for his latest project, Philadelphia artist and composer Michael Kiley let the land and the setting call the tune.

‘Macbeth’ opera is a rare treat |May 9, 2013

OperaDelaware’s “Macbeth” a rare treat with witches galore.

Ruffini prepares for Avon Grove Memorial Day Parade |May 9, 2013

WEST GROVE -- John Ruffini is rolling out another Avon Grove Memorial Day Parade.

Hundreds turn up for free comic giveaway |May 7, 2013

They came with their sonic screwdrivers and their Elder Wands. They came with signs proclaiming their allegiance to any number of societies and organizations, both noble and vile. They came with dyed hair, tight fitting costumes and tee-shirts that proudly declared their geekdom for all to see.