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Holiday Spirit Comes Alive at Brandywine River Museum


The Brandywine River Museum has long been a destination for visitors to the Chadds Ford area, and Christmas time is no exception.

The Museum ?comes alive? with their event A Brandywine Christmas showcasing their extensive O-gauge model railroad display along with the exhibit Pop-UP! Illustration in 3-D. The museum will be accentuated with seasonal decorations, notably their distinctive ?critters?– all natural tree ornaments and table-top decorations made entirely by hand from organic materials. These displays — crafted from a wide variety of items including dried flowers, pine cones, seeds, pods and berries — have been a hit over the years and are part of their annual ?Critter Sale? which benefits the Museum Volunteers? Art Purchase Fund. The handmade ornaments were even used to decorate the White House Christmas Tree in 1984. The Critter Sale occurs for two days: Saturday, December 1 and Sunday, December 2, 2012 from 9:30am to 4:30pm.

This year there will be a special addition to the displays with the release of the book titled ?Teasel & Twigs, ‘Tis A Christmas Tale? by first time author Paige Singer and illustrator Robert Dionne on Saturday December 1. The book tells the story of the Brandywine River Museum critters on an adventure throughout the museum the night before a big Christmas party. In the story, the critters travel through the hallways in their search for adventure, past many iconic images by Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. The book is dedicated to the author’s grandmother, the late Elizabeth ?Libby? Dean who along with Anne Scarlett created the first critters in the early 1970s. Paige Singer and Robert Dionne will be at the museum for a book signing on Saturday, December 1 from 10am to noon. The public is invited. For more information on the Brandywine River Museum visit their website at www.brandywinemuseum.org or call them at 610.388.2700.

Gene Pisasale is an author based in Kennett Square, Pa. Gene’s two historical novels ?Lafayette’s Gold — The Lost Brandywine Treasure? and ?Abandoned Address — The Secret of Frick’s Lock? take place in and around Chester County. His new book, ?The Forgotten Star? due out in mid-December 2012, is a historical novel of the War of 1812 and real-life mysteries surrounding the Star-Spangled Banner.