The Brandywine Harvest Market will run from September 20th through November 9th, most weekends. Come out to enjoy things from honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the Brandywine River Museum’s courtyard. Handwoven rugs, dried flowers and wreaths, pottery, quilted items and handcrafted dolls are featured on a rotating basis. Contact the Brandywine River Museum to find out which crafts are available each week, Brandywinemuseum.org.
Now on exhibit at the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, N.C. Wyeth’s America in the Making features 12 dramatic paintings, created by the artist in the late 1930s for a popular advertising calendar, and shows Wyeth’s renowned mastery of stirring action and uthentic detail. Props from the artist’s Chadds Ford studio, such as a life mask of Abraham Lincoln, a coonskin cap and a Kentucky rifle, will provide fascinating insight into how Wyeth created these paintings. For more information visit www.brandywinemuseum.org or click here.
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More than 400,000 people in the region still are without power, and many will remain without power through the weekend. As of 1:00PM Thursday, about 410,000 customers were without power, PECO said, down from a high of more than 623,000 Wednesday evening.
In a notice to customers on its website, PECO wrote that it hoped to restore power to a majority of its customers by Friday night, but warned that many will be without power through Sunday. PECO has brought in outside contractors, it said, and more than 3,500 people are working to restore service. You can report an outage to PECO by calling 1-800-841-4141.
If you are still without power there are a number of shelters across the Chester County area. Also, the Brandywine River Museum is offering free admission for the entire day stating, “Heat is on and the art is inspiring!”
Photo | Matthew Steindl
This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the Brandywine River Museum. After conducting a bit of research online, before visiting the museum, I was excited to learn that they provide free admission on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to12:00 p.m. If you have never been I would suggest taking a trip. The quaint little art museum is located along the Brandywine River in the heart of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
Even before visiting the museum I heard a lot about the many works of art it has on display by the Wyeth family. They are a famed family of local artists living in Chadds Ford, who have been producing great works of art for generations. The Wyeth family works of art are very interesting to me because they capture and depict many scenes I see every day, such as landscapes around Chester County.
Upon arriving at the museum, I was instantly struck by the simplistic old-fashioned building. It was evident that the building had been around for quite some time. The outside consisted of a courtyard that was surrounded by walls comprised of stone. As I entered the museum I was quickly greeted by a nice woman at the front desk. She informed me that my visit would be free due to the special Sunday morning hours. After explaining of my first time visit, she handed me a map and informed me of the various locations within the museum. Overall, the staff was very kind and informative throughout my visit.
Photo | Matthew Steindl
After departing the front desk, I was overwhelmed by the enormous glass windows that overlooked the Brandywine River. Each floor of the museum had these windows and it was one of my favorite aspects of the museum. It was almost as if you were in an observatory tower that overlooked the beautiful Brandywine River. In my eyes the beautiful scenery, visible through the windows, was a display of artwork in itself.
The museum consisted of three floors, but overall my favorite exhibit was located on the third floor of the museum. It was titled “Mohegan” because all of the works involved were portrayals of the island Mohegan, which was located off the coast of Massachusetts. Both Jamie Wyeth and Rockwell Kent had paintings featured in the exhibit. However, I enjoyed Jamie Wyeth’s paintings more because they consisted of much more color and detail. Also, I enjoyed the landscapes of the island Jamie chose to portray in his paintings a significant amount more than Kent’s.
In the end, my visit to the Brandywine River Museum was magnificent and breathtaking; from the scenic overlook of the Brandywine River to the many great works of art throughout the museum. I could not have asked for a better museum visit. I would recommend all to visit the Brandywine River Museum at least once in your lifetime. Make sure to take advantage of the free Sunday morning special now through November 24, 2013. For more information visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
The Brandywine River Museum is hosting two awesome events coming up this month. For more information see the event information below!
- The Sermon! Jazz Concert | Friday, October 11, 2013: Enjoy an evening of classic soul, funk, and jazz in this concert presented by World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Sermon! takes its name from the classic Jimmy Smith record and is primarily an instrumental, Hammond B-3 organ-driven group. Admission is $25 for adults, $20 for members and students. Full bar and small plate offerings will be available for purchase. Click here to purchase tickets.
- All Hallows’ Eve Costume Ball | Saturday, October 26: Step right up for the greatest party on the Brandywine! Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy under the big top at the “fairgrounds.” Your ticket includes games, cocktails, concession food, music, and costume contest. This year’s event sponsors include Wilmington Trust, Kalmar Investments and Otto’s Mini. Tickets available here.
With the end of Summer quickly approaching I wanted to remind everyone of the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport! For just $35 per adult or $75 for a family of two adults and up to 3 children, the Brandywine Treasure Trail Passport is good for one time admission at each of the 11 top Brandywine Valley Museums and Gardens, including the Brandywine River Museum, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Historical Society, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion and Gardens, Rockwood, and Winterthur. Purchase your passport online by clicking here or at any of the participating attractions. Hurry this special will be ending on September 2, 2013.
The 2013 Brandywine Folk Festival will be taking place this weekend at Anson B. Nixon Park in Kennett Square. The event will Feature over 30 national and international acts, dozens of vendors, beer-gardens, and games/activities for kids. The Brandywine Folk Festival aims to unite the unique stylings of many different musicians while creating a family friendly atmosphere, while giving back to the community, and providing aid for charity (SPARC Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center). You can buy tickets online by clicking here or by visiting www.brandywinefolkfestival.com.
Now through November 24, 2013 The Brandywine River Museum located in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania is offering admission for free on Sunday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Enjoy breakfast with a view from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The restaurant offers “Breakfast on the Brandywine” with a menu that changes weekly and costs $7. A children’s meal is also available for $3.50. For more information and a list of upcoming events visit The Brandywine River Museum’s official website at http://www.brandywinemuseum.org or simply click here.
Incase you’re skipping out on the beach this weekend here are a few events to check out over the weekend. On Saturday, July 20th, The Brandywine River Museum is hosting Tip-A-Canoe and Barbecue, too! Join the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy for a relaxing canoe ride down the Brandywine River followed by an outdoor party with live music! Take in the natural surroundings of the Brandywine that the Conservancy has worked so hard to protect while enjoying a summer afternoon with family and friends. Tickets are still available for the evening barbecue. Call 610-388-8315 to make your reservations.
Also, this Sunday, July 21st, is the annual Turks Head Music Festival at Everhart Park in West Chester! The 31st annual Turk’s Head Music Festival will host a dozen bands from around the area. The bands will share two stages at this day-long celebration of regional music held at Everhart Park beginning at noon. Up to 90 artists will set up booths throughout the park to sell their high-quality arts and crafts. Local food vendors will keep everyone well-fed. Click here to see a full schedule of events. Stay cool and have a great weekend!
Are you seeking a creative outlet on weekday evenings? Tomorrow from 7-9pm visit the Brandywine River Museum for a creative escape! Designed for adults who want to awaken their inner artists, the program will feature a different theme each week. Cost per program is $20 ($16 for members) and includes art materials. Register for this program online or by phone at 610-388-8326.
This weeks theme is “Landscape Inspiration.” Journey through the exhibition, Jamie Wyeth, Rockwell Kent and Monhegan and see how artists have found inspiration in specific locales. Then, express yourself by capturing the Brandywine landscape in watercolor. For further information visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.