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Eyewitness to the Settlement of the West
Bruce Mowday (Squire Cheyney Books, 184 pages)
One of America’s first families, the Harlan clan has deep roots in the Brandywine Valley. And while Indiana-born Jacob Wright Harlan never set foot in our region, it’s likely his Quaker ancestors from Pennsylvania would’ve been proud of the 19th-century trailblazer’s accomplishments. From his history-making migration west to his gold rush adventures, Harlan’s exploits are documented in rich first-person detail in this new book by local author Bruce Mowday.

 

 


 

 


Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir
It’s Not Over (Emtro Gospel)
Despite the untimely deaths of two inspirational leaders, the Wilmington-Chester Mass Choir just keeps plugging away and scoring hits. “It’s Not Over (God Is in Control),” the title track from the group’s third album, was in the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot Gospel chart at press time—one of a handful of commercial successes for the choir over the last 30 years. Made up of singers from Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey, the ensemble’s soothing, soaring vocals continue to impress. Church should always be this fun.

 

 


 

Sunset Sippin’ at Scott Arboretum
Birthday parties for 140-year-olds don’t happen every day, so set aside the early evening hours of Sept. 20 for a spirited celebration in honor of Scott Arboretum’s copperleaf beech tree. Welcome the autumn landscape with a sip (or two) of another of Mother Nature’s wonders, Bluecoat gin, made from organic botanicals. 6-8 p.m. $15/members, $30/nonmembers. Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. (610) 328- 8025; scottarboretum.org.