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"Dedicated to promoting the historic preservation and economic development of the Brandywine Village" Fifteenth Edition

Around the Village...

pictured l to r: Herb Inden, Director of City planning; Kevin Smith, Habitat for Humanity Executive Director; Michael Purzycki, Mayor City of Wilmington; Peg Tigue, Chair, Brandywine Village Main Street Commercial District Affiliate.

Representatives of Old Brandywine Village met with Mayor Purzycki on October 26 to discuss plans for the revitalization of the Village. Also attending the meeting from the City were Herb Inden, Director of Planning and Development and Jeff Flynn, Director of Economic Development. Representatives from Brandywine Village included Kevin Smith, Peg Tigue, Jim Shanahan, Jeanie Hayes, Mike Looney, Bobbi Britton and Fred Sears.

Jim Shanahan led a presentation that identified several initiatives that focused on improving the safety, appearance and economy of the Market Street corridor. Mayor Purzycki expressed his support and pledged to work with the new Brandywine Village Main Street Committee in the upcoming year.

Plein Air Brandywine Valley is a painting and photography competition, show and sale featuring the beauty of the Brandywine Valley interpreted by the finest artists of our nation and beyond.

On October 31, they were painting in Brandywine Mills Park after painting in some of the most scenic properties of the Brandywine Valley including private estates, land preserves, and renowned duPont properties. Carol Douglas, a painter from Maine said, “I think this is the most beautiful spot we have been in all week”.

All works entered into the competition will be judged and then displayed for viewing and purchase at an opening reception scheduled for Friday, November 2nd, from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Visitor Center of Winterthur Museum and Garden. The works will remain on display for purchase and viewing Saturday and Sunday, November 3rd-4th from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Jim & Tami Shanahan / Peg Tigue & Tony Porreca

A fun time was had by all as friends and neighbors descended upon Wilmington Brew Works on October 25th for the gathering of Old Brandywine Village Market Friends!

The City of Wilmington in observance of breast cancer awareness month

Upcoming Events

Light Up the Village! December 5th at 6 pm

Santa and the elves are back in the plaza under our new lights to bring Christmas cheer to our neighborhood. You won't want to miss Santa & friends or the Choir School of Delaware's performances. Full details to come in our December newsletter.

MEETINGS

Brandywine Village Civic Association (BVCA) General Meeting 7 pm - The 2nd Monday of each month. Meetings are held at Hanover Presbyterian Church, 18th and Baynard. Enter from the rear red door, if it is locked, please ring the bell. Community meetings are not held in the months of February and August.

Coffee & Conversation 10 am - 11:30 am - Ongoing (3rd Saturday of the month) Join 2nd District Planning Council for coffee and conversation every 3rd Saturday of the month. Get to know your neighbors, troubleshoot concerns, and share your ideas to make this a better community. This is a free of charge event. Meet at 394 Concord Avenue.

3rd District NPC Meeting 6 pm - Ongoing (3rd Tuesday of the month) - Meetings have resumed.

Commercial District Designation Update

Old Brandywine Village has been approved a Commercial District Affiliate for the Delaware Main Street program. The purpose of the Main Street program is to promote economic development and revitalize the Market Street corridor. The next Commercial District Affiliate Meeting is November 30th.

Nov 30. If you are interested in participating and/or volunteering, please send email to jim1960superfine@gmail.com

Website

For anyone wishing to contact Old Brandywine Village, Inc please visit: www.oldbrandywinevillage.org

Mission Statement

Dedicated to promoting the historic preservation and economic development of the Brandywine Village and adjacent neighborhoods.

Vision Statement

A dynamic community that capitalizes upon its premier location as a nexus of heritage assets, natural resources, cultural diversity and proximity to downtown Wilmington.

Welcome New OBV, Inc Board Members!

Eric Russel: Eric Russell is a native Wilmingtonian and has family that goes back three generations here. He graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a concentration in photography. During his time at the University his work in the darkroom became a passion. Out of school he worked as a printer in several jobs before finding his place at Colourworks on Superfine Lane in 1992. It was here he met his now long time friend and business partner Gerard Piotrowski. In 1996 Gerry and Eric purchased and became co-owners of Colourworks Photographic Services Inc. In 2005 this venture led to the purchase of the property at 1900 Superfine Lane. Eric also has a great pride for the City of Wilmington and an interest in the rich local history of The Old Brandywine Village as well as the rest of the City. He currently resides in North Wilmington with his wife of 27 years.

Jeanie Hayes: In conjunction with decades of working for DuPont and Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, Jeanie has a vibrant past and present of volunteerism. Aside form being a sustaining member of the Junior League of Wilmington, Jeanie represents the Wilmington Senior Center Vice President of the board, as well as being a member of the Brandywine Partners and a Board Member of OBV.

Board of Directors:

Hunter Lott - President; Michael Looney -Treasurer; Frances Buttenheim - Secretary; Bobbi Britton; Kay McGahen; Kevin L Smith; Peg Tigue; Al Graham; Jim Shanahan; Jeanie Hayes; Eric Russell

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