Calendar of Events
● By Richard Gaw
The Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) hosts regional and national artists. Tickets are available in advance at www.kennettflash.org, or at the door. Snacks and beverages are sold, or guests can BYOB. The schedule includes: Comedian Joe Conklin with Skip Dennenberg (Jan. 22, sold out); Edna's Tribe with Jason Ager (Jan. 23, 8 p.m., $16); Dukes of Destiny dance party and concert (Jan. 24, 8 p.m., $16); Francis Dunnery (Jan. 30, 8 p.m., $25); James Maddock (Jan. 31, 8 p.m., $25); Open Mic Night hosted by Sam Kwietniak (Feb. 1, 7 p.m., $4); The Amish Comic (Feb. 6, 8 p.m., $16); singer-songwriter Dan May with Rob Robinson (Feb. 7, 8 p.m., $16); Better Than Bacon improv comedy troupe (Feb. 12, 8 p.m., $10); The E.B. Hawkins Band with Billy Freeze (Feb. 13, 8 p.m., $16); Scott Birney with Stevie Hipson, Sharon & Shawn, Todd Chappelle & Carla Ulbrick, and Mary Kate & Colin (Feb. 14, 8 p.m., $20); Open Mic Night hosted by Sam Kwietniak (Feb. 15, 7 p.m., $4).
West Fallowfield Christian School (795 Fallowfield Rd., Atglen) hosts a family concert by children's singer/songwriter Bruce Fite on Jan. 23 from 7 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and light refreshments will be available. Fite's songs have appeared on a 2006 CD, "Don't Put Your Cat in the Washing Machine," and his musical genres span country, pop, rock and folk. Visit www.wfcs.org for more information.
Jan. 23 to 25
'Comedy of Errors and Pirates'
Kennett High School (100 E. South St., Kennett Square) hosts performances of "Comedy of Errors and Pirates," an old-fashioned panto-style comedy by the Kennett Area Theatrical Society, on Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 24 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($5 for ages 12 and younger). Visit www.callkats.org/tickets.
The West Chester Area Community Chorus will hold their annual Winter Concert on Jan. 24 at 3 p.m. in the West Chester East High School auditorium (450 Ellis Ln., West Chester). The 125-member choral group will perform selections from the musical "Newsies" and "Frozen," patriotic music, inspirational and pop selections. Tickets are $5. For more information, visit www.westchesterchorus.org.
New Year's dinner
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors an afternoon "Sunday Dinner with Friends" on Jan. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. The theme is "Our Happy New Year’s Dinner." Dinner will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with music and dancing from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age. Call 610-444-4819 a week in advance for reservations.
Wildlife in winter
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd., Avondale) will be the site of a "Wildlife in Winter" series beginning on Jan. 25 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Families can tour the preserve and learn about the ways animals survive the winter months. Part one will focus on hibernation. The fee is $10 ($5 for members). Visit www.tlcforscc.org, or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104, to register.
Home healthcare workshop
The Oxford Area Senior Center will host "Empowering Caregivers," a free home healthcare workshop, on Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. The program focuses on how to find an appropriate provider for your loved ones. It is presented by Live at Home Seniors. Call 610-932-5244 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
'Cinderella' at Grange meeting
Russellville Grange 91 (Route 896, one block north of Route 10) will host a free public program with the Oxford High School Music Department performing scenes from their spring musical, "Cinderella," on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The full show will be staged Feb. 20 to 22 at the school. Call 610-255-5418 for more information.
Mardi Gras party
The Oxford Arts Alliance (38 S. Third St., Oxford) hosts its annual Mardi Gras party on Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., with live music by the Bayou Brothers, a homebrew contest, Cajun foods, wine and beer. Tickets (for those 21 and older only) are $25. Visit www.oxfordart.org for homebrew competition registration information.
Ches-Co Gymnastics is organizing a bingo fundraiser for Unite for Her on Feb. 7 at the Redman's Hall (114 Brick Rd., Oxford). Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and bingo will start at 6 p.m. Unite for Her works with women and girls by supporting and providing breast cancer and wellness programs. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The special last game of the night will be $5 for a bingo card. Contact Annamarie Bunel at email@example.com for information or tickets.
Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival
The Kennett Chocolate Lovers Festival will be held Feb. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Kennett High School (100 E. South St., Kennett Square), with hundreds of chocolate treats to be sampled. Proceeds benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County. Contestants vie for ribbons and prizes as professionals, amateurs and students (ages 12 older). General admission at 2 p.m. is $10 per person ($25 for a family of four). Parking is $5. Connoisseur tickets for admission at 1 p.m. are $25 per person ($45 for two), including beverages and parking. Enter your chocolate creation for a chance to win. Entry deadline is Jan. 30. Advance tickets are available at www.kennettchocolate.org.
SPCA meet and greet
Brandywine ACE, Pet and Farm (1150 Pocopson Rd., West Chester) hosts a meet and greet with the Chester County SPCA on Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families can see dogs that are ready for adoption and apply to adopt.
Empty Bowls benefit
Empty Bowls, a fundraiser for Neighborhood Services and the Oxford Arts Alliance, will be held on Feb. 21. A lunch will be served at the Union Fire Company Memorial Hall (315 Market St., Oxford) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event begins on Jan. 30 and 31, when plain bisqueware soup bowls can be painted by donors at the Arts Alliance. After the painting is done, a lunch will be served. Tickets are $20. Register in advance for sessions on Jan. 30 from 4 to 8 p.m., or on Jan. 31 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. All ages are welcome to participate. On Feb. 21, patrons can fill their bowls with soup, or just come to the luncheon for a donation of $20. During the meal, there will be live music performed by students and instructors from the Arts Alliance. For more information, visit www.oxfordart.org.
The Kennett Winterfest will be held Feb. 28 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in tents on South Broad Street between State and Cypress streets in Kennett Square. There will be unlimited tastings of regional beers, foods from the Country Butcher, and live music by the Shady Groove Trio. Tickets are $65 and available only online at www.kennettwinterfest.com. Tickets for an exclusive tasting event from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. are $85, and include oysters and shrimp, sushi, cheese and charcuterie, and entrance into the regular festival. Designated driver tickets (no alcohol) are $20.
Inaugural Inside Line Bike Expo
An indoor bike expo celebrating bike culture in the Mid-Atlantic region will take place on Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include the latest road, mountain, CX, and commuting bikes, as well as components, gear, apparel and accessories from leading brands. There will be regional and national vendors, including manufacturers, distributors, frame builders, shops, non-profits and more. There will be special deals on last year’s bikes and gear. The event is open to the public and admission is $5. Students with identification and children under the age of 12 are admitted for free. The expo takes place at the Delaware Sportsplex, 326 Ruthar Drive in Newark.