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Native Plant Sale,Radnor Hunt Races, Antiques Show, Music on the Brandywine and more in May

Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, April 11, 2014 -- During the month of May, the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art has a full calendar of activities--indoors and out--including the 84thRadnor Hunt Races, a Native Plant Sale, the 43rd Annual Antiques Show Memorial Day weekend, a concert by the Jasper String Quartet, and a tree planting.


84th Radnor Hunt Races
Saturday, May 18
A Main Line spring tradition, this race meet attracts the best runners in steeple chasing. Six steeplechase races are held at the Radnor Hunt in Malvern, PA. "Racing for Open Space" benefits the Brandywine Conservancy's environmental programs.

Tickets may be purchased or by calling 610-388-8383.Admission is by advance sale only.

43rd Annual Antiques Show
May 24 -26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Outstanding antiques from across the nation are featured at this annual event. Hosted by the Museum Volunteers, the show features a variety of American and English furniture, glass, metals, ceramics, folk art, quilts, porcelain, rugs and other fine collectibles. $15 fee includes museum admission. Proceeds support the Museum Volunteer's Art Purchase Fund. For more information, please click here.

Volunteers' Antiques Show Preview Party
Wednesday, May 23, 6 - 9 p.m.
This Antiques Show program benefits the Museum Volunteers' Art Purchase Fund.
Cost is $125. Tickets are availableonlineor by calling 610.388.8326.

Antiques Show Breakfast and Tour
Saturday, May 24, 9 -10:30 a.m.
Associate Curator Amanda C. Burdan will present an overview of Wilhelm Schimmel's life and conduct a tour of Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work. Her talk will begin at 9:30 a.m., following the continental breakfast in the museum restaurant at 9 a.m.
The price of the breakfast and presentation, which includes admission to the Antiques Show, is $25 per person.

Wilhelm Schimmel: A Bold Piece of Work
May 23 - June 22
Known for his hand-carved wooden sculptures of animlas, Wilhelm Schimmel (1817-1890) was a Greman immigrant who lived and worked in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania in the years following the Civil War. A drifter, he often traded his colorful carvings for room and board or a drink in a tavern as he wandered the countryside. His larger carvings of eagles--made with only a simple pocket knife--were particularly successful in striking a patriotic chord with Pennsylvanians. This exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2014 Antiques Show and features work from local public and private collections. Selected by Amanda C. Burdan, associate curator at the museum, the exhibition showcases the whimsical nature of Schimmel's art, which became highly collectible as an authentic expression of vernacular art and remain so more than a century after his death.
Included with museum admission and free for members.

Thursdays, May 8 to June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Immerse yourself in Kuerner Farm with an art class led by Karl J. Kuerner. As the grandson of two of Andrew Wyeth's best-known subjects and a student of Carolyn Wyeth, Karl's personal experiences with the farm provide special insight into the property and its rich history. Participants will provide art materials of their own choosing, and should dress appropriately for working outdoors. The first class will begin at the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Cost is $250 or $200 with member discount. Class size is limited to allow for individual instruction; registeronlineor by calling 610.388.8326.

Cost is $250 or $200 for members.
Included with museum admission and free for members.

Music on the Brandywine
The Jasper String Quartet
May 15, 7:30 p.m.
Galleries open at 6 p.m.

The Jasper String Quartet will perform a program of Beethoven and Benjamin Britten. Based in Philadelphia, the quartet is the Ensemble-in-Residence at Class Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida and they have recently released two highly acclaimed albums featuring the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Aaron Jay Kernis. Photo by Mozingo Photography.

Through May 12, admission costs $15, non-members; $12, members, and $6, students. After May 12, admission costs $25, non-members, $20, members, and $10, students. Full bar and small plate offerings available for purchase.$25 or $20 for members and students. Tickets are available online or by calling 610.388.8326.

Tree Planting at Pennsbury Mill
Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.
Join the Conservancy as we plant 650 native saplings at Pennsbury Township historic mill site (part of the Pennsbury Land Trust). Funding is provided bythe Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's TreeVitalize program, administered by Stroud Water Research Center.
For information or to volunteer, please call Wes Horner at 610.388.8124.

Wildflower, Native Plant & Seed Sale
Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Gardeners can choose from a superb selection of low-maintenance, beautiful plants. This annual event offers a wide variety of regional plants and seeds that are suitable for full sun to deep shade and all types of landscapes. Many are not available in retail garden centers. Native plants are adapted to local growing conditions and require less water and maintenance. Many varieties will attract songbirds, hummingbirds and butterflies and help strengthen the local ecosystem.
Included with museum admission and free for members.

Annual Bonsai Show
Saturday, May 31 & Sunday, June 1, during museum hours
An outstanding selection of bonsai (ornamental trees and shrubs whose growth is trained using an ancient Japanese craft) will be on display in the courtyard. Members of the Brandywine Bonsai Society will demonstrate handling techniques and answer questions regarding special care of the trees.
Free with museum admission on May 31. Free admission until noon on June 1. Free for members.

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MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Holland 610.388.8336 or
Lora Englehart 610-388-8337

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