ugliness getting built at ludwig’s corner

 Some locals in West Vincent refer to it as “Quinntown” I understand? It’s seriously ugly. Another reason why Chester County needs to wake up fast. 

And FYI that guy heading up the Chester County Planning Commission now as the Executive Director? He’s out of Lower Merion Township. Don’t be impressed, they are so incredibly pro-development that Chester County better pay attention. And be very, very afraid.

Please look at these photos. This is happening all over Chester County. In 10 years at this pace, how much MORE open space and how many more historic structures where applicable will have been lost?

Please get involved with your communities and contact your state legislators. Chester County is unique and beautiful and steeped in rich history. And more and more parts are getting lost to wanton development which seems unchecked. We have to change the course before it is too late.  

brandywine in black is april 2nd!


Time to get out those picnic baskets and find the perfect black black tie outfit! It is time for Brandywine in Black!!!

Fabulous and fun doesn’t even begin to describe it!


Ok so the details: guests wear black and pack picnic baskets and coolers with their favorite foods and drinks, along with table settings  (don’t forget the candles and flowers!) and go to a fabulous Brandywine Valley location, which is kept secret until the day before the event.  There is dinner, dancing, and prizes for best tables. 10897956_1534592770140358_3460803892338082119_n

It’s an indoor pop up event…In black….in black tie and this year the accent color is yellow, but be careful lest you end up a bumble bee!

There are so many black tie events that are ho hum. This is not one of them. This is a wonderful group of people who are as nice as they are elegantly dressed.

So this year’s event:

Brandywine In Black 2016
Welcome to the Third Annual Brandywine In Black – the Brandywine Valley’s most sought after Pop-Up BYO dinner every year as Spring commences.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 6pm and ending promptly at 11pm. In keeping things ‘secret’ we’ll announce the location of the event on the morning of Friday, April 1. The event will be indoors.

We’re very excited about this year’s event and spectacular venue but most important our beneficiary organization.

10985616_1534593863473582_3655846880359217771_nThis year’s beneficiary is The Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art. We’re happy to support this local group promoting our open spaces, conservation and an appreciation for the local arts. The group holds several functions each year reaching out into the community to raise funds for various operating programs. You can learn more at

Also this year, we’ve expanded our ticket capacity. 10985616_1534591926807109_8366187536680059867_nAnd, although the dominant color is Black, this year we’ve added the accent color “Yellow” commensurate with Spring. Last, additions to the Silent Auction will bring some exciting new items for individuals and families.

Stay tuned to our Facebook Page for more information and future announcements!


Tickets can be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets. Put together a table or join the community table! I suggest if you put together your own table add the extra service table. And it’s not paper plates and plastic glasses, either. Much like Brandywine in White and Diner en Blanc, it’s fine table linens and real dishes, glasses, and decor. The top secret location will be revealed to event subscribers April 1st!


This is one event you will love.  The photos seen in this post have been graciously provided by the fine folks at Brandywine in Black/Brandywine in White.


a single strand in bryn mawr for a special one day boutique show


11082619_884929028234759_6880064534510816101_nI do not usually post fashion and jewelry, but this traveling boutique is well worth checking out.  This is not some direct marketing business, this is a traveling trunk show of unique and timeless and beautiful things.  The owner is a dear friend and I am also a customer.

12801156_1054187474642246_2949617876504609089_nWithout further ado, Bryn Mawr Hospital is once again featuring Alice Woods, owner of  A Single Strand from Connecticut, on the Main Line for a very special one day spring boutique in their hospital lobby.12806048_1054174144643579_8015195804327953644_n
The show is this Thursday March 17th, 2016  and is in the front lobby of the Bryn Mawr Hospital from 9 am to 4 pm and it will feature sterling silver jewelry, 18 karat gold plated jewelry, costume jewelry hair accessories, scarves, wraps, ponchos, and gift items.

12189879_995564463837881_483641419018958848_nInspired by her mother’s classic style, as a young girl, Alice, the owner of A Single Strand, spent hours making dresses for her dolls. Her grandmother’s trunks were full of her elegant clothes from the 1920s and 1930s and they enthralled her.

The concept of fashion as a reflection of society stayed with her.

Among the things featured this Thursday are:

A Single Strand, costume jewelry, scarves and hair accessories12799080_1054187504642243_4199635897438716851_n
ABW Designs – 18 G gold plated jewelry and sterling jewelry
Toucan Hats – toucan
Grace Chuang reversible jackets
Location : Bryn Mawr Hospital 130 South Bryn Mawr Avenue , Bryn Mawr, PA 19010 
Main Lobby