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What I See: Sculptures by J. Clayton Bright Galleries

A solo exhibition of J. Clayton Bright’s sculpture will be on display at the Somerville Manning Gallery from October 21 – November 12, 2022.

J. Clayton Bright has been a working sculptor for more than 30 years. He combines his keen power of observation with his highly skilled craftsmanship to create bronzes which radiate with life. Each of his sculptures truly reflects his model’s individual nature and personality. His understanding of the subject’s physical and spiritual attributes allows Bright to achieve realistic sculpture with a sophisticated emotional clarity. The subject matter of his sculptures ranges from people to a wide variety of animals, both wild and domesticated.

Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia: “Changing the Face of the City – The Architectural History of the African Methodist Episcopal Church”

Join us for Documenting the Architectural History of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: A Case Study, a virtual lecture with Charlette Caldwell of Columbia University. An architectural history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church illustrates Philadelphia and its environs as a crucible for Black self-reliance through property. Many AME church leaders supported property ownership as an avenue for respectability, appealing to those with economic and political influence despite historical limitations placed on Black Americans. The idea of Black respectability coupled with land ownership is significant in the property acquisition and eventual founding of the Bethel AME Church of Germantown and its connection with the Montier Family. The Montier Family was a Black family whose ancestral ties to the first mayor of Philadelphia led to economic stability not afforded to most Black Americans.

The event is part of the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia’s “Changing the Face of the City,” a series of programs and events that explore the intersection of historic preservation and urban planning/renewal through the lens of equity and social justice. Renowned urban planner Edmund Bacon used the phrase “Changing the Face of the City” to describe Philadelphia’s renaissance in his classic 1967 book “Design of Cities,” unintentionally alluding to the literal consequences of many preservations, planning, and renewal efforts. The Presenting Sponsor of “Changing the Face of the City” is Premier Building Restoration.

Friends Fall Festival Events, For the Family, Music, Shopping

Downingtown Friends Meeting will host their annual Friends Fall Festival on Saturday, October 8, from 9am to 4pm at their address of 800 E. Lancaster Ave., on their historical property and Quaker Meetinghouse in Downingtown. This event features quality shopping, family fun, homemade food, kids’ activities and live entertainment.

Shopping – quality thrifting at great discounts will be available, as will goods sold by craft artisans, and a silent auction featuring local services provided by the community.

Food – think homemade goodies, including vegan chili, soul-warming beef soup, gourmet mac-and-cheese, hot apple cider, and baked goods galore with cakes, cookies, breads and pies (with plenty of gluten-free options), ready to take home and share!

Fun – in addition to live music featuring local bands and Jeff “Elvis” Krick’s Elvis tribute concert, visitors can enjoy tours of the Hershey Trees throughout the day, kids’ activities, and hayrides! Local nonprofit Petals Please will present a flower arranging workshop at noon.

Education – learn about Quakers and their history in this area!

This event is free admission with free parking, and kids’ activities are PWYW (Pay What You Want). It will be rain or shine. For more information, visit
www.Facebook.com/downingtownfriendsmeeting or
www.downingtownfriendsmeeting.org.

Ardmore Business Association Ardbark with Pierre Robert of WMMR! Animals, Events

Join the Ardmore Business Association for our Annual ARDBARK – Dog Costume Contest & Parade and Open House on Saturday, October 15th 11 AM – 4 PM. The day begins with our Dog Costume Contest & Parade with special guest judge Pierre Robert from WMMR 93.3.

Prizes will be awarded for:
Best Homemade Costume
Best Duo – Human/Dog or Dog/Dog
Crowd Favorite
Best Trick
Best Psychedelic (hippie) Costume
Best Movie Costume
Best TV Show Costume
Largest Dog
Smallest Dog
And of course Looks Like Pierre Robert

Registration begins at 10:00 AM in Schauffele Plaza. All dogs must be registered and waiver signed to compete. At the end of the contest the streets of downtown Ardmore and Suburban Square will come alive with sidewalk sales, restaurant specials, pop-ups, balloon artists, face painting, crafts, stilt walker, music and more!
Let us know you’re coming by registering today!

Brick Fest Live For the Family

LEGO® lovers, rejoice! The largest fan-created LEGO® event in North America is returning to Philadelphia, PA!

Brick Fest Live runs for two days only on Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Ave, Oaks, PA 19456.

This Super Show Event will showcase more than ONE MILLION LEGO® bricks in over 70,000 square feet of space. For the best family engagement designed to unlock kids’ imaginations, dive in for hands-on attractions and start creating! Enjoy interactive building activities, race a car in The Derby, and discover a brand-new, glow-in-the-dark world created with thousands of LEGO bricks!

You can even surround yourself with life-sized LEGO® creations in the immersive Bricks Around the World feature.

Tickets to Brick Fest Live start at $19.99, with staggered entry. Children ages two and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to BrickFestLive.com.

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Wine and Dine Event featuring Paul Grieco Dining

On Saturday, Nov. 12, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, one of the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit providers of behavioral healthcare, will host its Wine and Dine event at the historic Normandy Farm in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. The event will raise critical funds for the children, adolescents and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences Devereux serves in southeastern Pennsylvania.

During this event, New York City restauranteur and sommelier Paul Grieco will guide guests through a wine tasting experience. Grieco, a James Beard Award recipient who led the beverage program at the famed Gramercy Tavern, and later opened his own renowned restaurants, Hearth and Terroir, will captivate attendees with his effervescent charm, storytelling experience and astounding knowledge of various wines. In addition, the event will feature sumptuous cuisine prepared by Normandy Farm, as well as live music, set against the charming and elegant backdrop of the landmark venue. The event is expected to draw more than 300 guests.

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents Yesterday Tomorrow by Annie Dorsen Theater

Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will present the first career retrospective of theater artist Annie Dorsen titled Algorithmic Theater. The retrospective, supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, is part of a residency advancing Dorsen’s work and examining the consequences of digital communications through theater. In Yesterday Tomorrow, three singers receive computer-generated music and lyrics both aurally and visually. The algorithmically-produced score begins with the Beatles’ hit song “Yesterday” and slowly transforms into “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie. Inspired by an artificial intelligence known as evolutionary computation, Yesterday Tomorrow gives a unique experience of the complexity and unpredictability of the present tense contrasted with the known past and the imagined future. Each night, the spatial and musical path from the past to the future is different; neither the singers, creative team, nor the audience knows the route the performance will take them.

Art, Craft, & Music Festival Events, For the Family, Music

Linvilla Orchards is proud to host its annual Arts & Music Festival on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2022; just in time to kick off Fall Harvest Season! During this special two-day event, experience unique local artists and craftspeople as they exhibit their work. Throughout each day, there will be live music to accompany guests as they browse a diverse selection of jewelry, woodwork, paintings, and more! Join us and bring the whole family as we celebrate this fun-filled event that everyone will enjoy! Don’t forget to visit Pumpkinland, featuring pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! For more information, visit www.linvilla.com.

Apple Festival Events, For the Family

Visit Linvilla Orchards on Saturday, September 24, 2022 to be a part of our annual Apple Festival and Pie Eating Contest! Linvilla has a variety of delicious apples that are sure to satisfy every taste bud whether you prefer sweet or tart. Our apple selection includes: Red Delicious, Granny Smith, and Honeycrisp! Bring friends and family for an extraordinary day as you experience our costumed characters, hayrides, the donut eating game, and other fun activities. There is so much to do at the Linvilla Orchards Apple Festival! There will also be a pie-eating contest for each age bracket, where contestants have the opportunity to receive the Champion Title and a prize! Don’t miss out on a visit to Pumpkinland, featuring larger-than-life figures, scarecrows, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes! For more information, please visit www.linvilla.com.

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