F.Y.I. – Aug 2015

Things worth knowing

Get Festive!
Artists, crafters will take part in Brandywine Arts Fest

More than 200 artists will exhibit their work through a variety of mediums at the Brandywine Arts Festival on Sept. 12. Held in Josephine Gardens in Brandywine Park, the annual two-day event features live music, numerous activities for children and local food vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 13. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are admitted free.

A Roaring Good Time
Fun with animals, crafts & more at Brandywine Zoo

This month, the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington offers you the chance to get up close and personal with some slithery snakes, lizards and maybe a turtle or two. This unusual meet and greet is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 2-3 p.m. On Thursdays, starting at 10:30 a.m., families can enjoy a day of story-telling, crafts and live animal presentation. The event takes place in the Otter Circle. For youths, ages 3-17, and seniors, ages 62 and older, tickets are $5. Adults, ages 18-61, pay $7. Members and children under 3 enter for free.

Music for a Cause
Sept. 18 fundraiser features Elaine Kwon

On Friday, Sept. 18, a fundraising event featuring award-winning concert pianist Elaine Kwon will be held at Arsht Hall in Wilmington. Short music selections will be paired with wine tastings based on the moods, origins and other aspects of each piece. All proceeds will benefit A Better Chance for Our Children, a foster care and adoptions organization.

A Reason to Dance
6th annual fundraiser benefits LiveStrong

When CORE Fitness owner Arianne Missimer’s brother passed away from cancer at the age of 29, she devoted herself to one mission: to share the joy of dancing with others while helping to find a cure for cancer. This year, the fight became even more personal when she was diagnosed with stage three sarcoma. Determined to keep up the fight, she will hold this year’s DanceStrong on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the BlueBallroom Dance Studio in Wilmington.

Starting at 6 p.m., attendees can enjoy appetizers, raffles and a cash bar. The main entertainment begins at 7 p.m., with a showcase of dance performances by several professionals and amateurs. Throughout the evening, cancer patients and survivors will share their story, maintaining the focus of the night. Finally, at 8 p.m., there will be a general dance lesson for interested members of the audience. Tickets are $25 with all proceeds benefiting the LiveStrong Foundation.

Chris Cotter Premieres Film
Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus shows are Aug. 8 & 9

Sykes Theatre in West Chester, Pa., will premier TribeSound Productions and Tailor Made Media’s Refugee: The Eritrean Exodus, a documentary centering on American traveler Chris Cotter, as he explores the plight of Eritrean refugees migrating through Ethiopia to safe havens. The film features gripping stories of oppression and survival from the refugees. Showings are 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9.

Summer Jams
Jonathan Whitney continues Summer Concert Series

On Sunday, Aug. 2, from 4-5:30 p.m., renowned percussionist Jonathan Whitney will return with his band, performing at the rear plaza of the Hercules Building in Wilmington as part of Old Brandywine Village’s Summer Concert Series. Expect an exciting repertoire, including jazz originals and arrangements of standards from artists like The Beatles, Cole Porter and Stevie Wonder.