Everything happens at once, but just a reminder of all the choices you have out there for this upcoming weekend.The 23rd annual Mushroom Festival kicks off on Saturday with parade at 10 a.m., street festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and dance party 8 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, Street Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Fair at the Ford in Chadds Ford is a two-day outdoor fair with vendors showing hand-crafted items and runs Saturday, and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p..m both days. This traditional fair that dates back to the 1950s has music, food, art, demonstrations, kids activities, tours and antique cars. No admission fee.
Revolutionary Times at Battlefield is the annual re-enactment of the Battle of the Brandywine. It will be held at the Brandywine Battlefield Park on Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be the battle, of course, lectures, demonstrations camp tours and children's activities. Admission will be charged.
The exhibition "Double Lives: American Painters as Illustrators" opens Sept. 6 and runs through Nov. 23. The show explores the uneasy relationship between what is art and what is an illustration.
It may seem unusual for an organization renowned for its plants, but beginning Sept. 2 Longwood Gardens is highlighting a display of hand-blown glass pumpkins and gourds in all shapes and colors that will be in the Music Room through Nov. 23. This fall fantasy in glass was created by Cohn-Stone Studios of Richmond, Calif., and some of the pumpkins will be for sale in the Garden Shop.
The final fireworks display at Longwood Gardens will be this Saturday, Sept. 6 at 8:45 pm, preceded by a family barbecue served from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. The display will be timed to the music of Rachmaninoff: Power and Passion.
And while you are there, be sure to visit the three tree houses that will remain until Nov. 23.
During the First Friday Art Stroll from 6 to 9 p.m. in Kennett Square on September 5, David Miller will be the featured artist at the Brush & Palette. His show, "Eye on the Natural World, will run through Sept. 22.
The annual commemoration to remember the shared dates of Sept. 11, 1777 and 2001 will be held at Washington's Headquarters at the Brandywine Battlefield on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. The half hour ceremony will have General George Washington present to read his inspirational letter written after the Battle of the Brandywine. There is no admission charge.
The Chester County Community Foundation is holding a benefit golf outing on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Hartefeld National Golf Club, and all you golfers are welcome. There are wonderful prizes and auction items, and registration by Sept. 15 would be appreciated. Foursome golfers are $1,500, with individual golfers $400 each. Dinner only is $100. Contact the Community Foundation at 610-696-8211. All proceeds benefit the Community Foundation.
The Friday night concerts from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Winery will end on Sept. 5 with "Latin Jazz Night with Synthesis." This fun and danceable music should sizzle. Admission $20.
Historic Kennett Square is hosting its first fund-raising dinner on Friday, Oct. 3 in the ballroom at Longwood Gardens. Along with a four-course dinner, guests will have a tasting contest between craft beer and wine presented by Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Philadelphia sommelier Marnie Old. The dinner is based on a book the duo wrote together and will be available for purchase. A silent auction will run throughout the night.
Dinner will be followed by dancing to music by the Sin City Band. Only 230 tickets will be sold, at $150 apiece. For reservations call Mary Hutchins at 610-444-8188.
S.A.V.E. (Safety, Agriculture, Villages & Environment) will hold its sixth annual Shindig@Springdell on Saturday, Oct. 18. The shindig is full of good food and music plus auction items, to raise money to continue their work in controlling traffic. In 2007 S.A.V.E. has funded 112 hours of police patrol time on Route 41 that has been named as one of the "Top Five" most unsafe high truck volume corridors in the commonwealth. They would not only like you to attend the function in October, but right now they could use donations of unique and wondrous auction items. They can be reached at 610-925-0041, or go online at www.save41.org for more information.
Chester County Day
The 68th Chester County Day house tour to benefit the Chester County Hospital in West Chester will be held in our Southwest Quadrant of Chester County on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As most people know, this is a tour that sells out, so it might be wise to get your tickets now. Tickets are $35 each and may be ordered by mail from Tickets Chester County Day, P.O. Box 1, West Chester, PA 19381. Tickets will not be replaced if lost. They can also be purchased at Chester County Hospital, the Encore resale shop in Mendenhall and The Carriage House on Route 82 at Willowdale Crossings in Kennett Square.
If you wish to leave the driving to the bus company, bus tickets at $20 each may be ordered from the mailing address above, and lunch by Carlinos of West Chester will be available at the Unionville High School. If you have any questions.
Lisa Minardi, Assistant Curator of Furniture at Winterthur, will speak on Pennsylvania German Arts and Architecture at Primitive Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 17, with cocktails at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. Minardi will speak on the research involved and an inside look of the upcoming 2011 major exhibition on the furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania. The lecture is $35. Contact Primitive Hall Foundation, P.O. Box 489, Unionville, PA
The Sept. 10 Walk at Winterthur will center on the great trees at Winterthur, including some champion trees. Meet at the Greenhouse at 11:30 a.m. dressed for walking. Included with admission.
The Senior Expo with nearly 60 exhibitors will be held Friday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Sen. Dominic Pileggi, the Expo will be held at the Red Clay Room at the Kennett Fire Co.
o Caryl E. Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.