November 4th, 2011 at 9:00 am
This is the second part of a series on unique venues in the Brandywine Valley. Read our first chapter here on the here Battleship New Jersey.
If your reunion group is bringing together those who took to the skies instead of the seas, head out to West Chester and The American Helicopter Museum and Education Center – the nation’s premier aviation museum devoted exclusively to rotary wing aircraft. Where else can you have an event where your guests can actually enjoy real helicopter rides? Now that’s what we call taking your event to new heights.
One of the best parts about scheduling a gathering in Philadelphia and The Countryside is being able to choose a location that lends its star-power as a world-class attraction to the personality of your event. For example, the Brandywine River Museum, home to three generations of art by the Wyeth family, lends a distinctive country elegance to any occasion. Housed in a 19th century gristmill, the museum’s entire western wall is made of glass, giving guests an intimate view of the Brandywine River – the same picturesque scenery that inspired so many art pieces on the gallery walls. With exposed, original wooden beams and worn, wide-board floors, it’s a naturally formal setting with a beauty born from simplicity – lending itself as the perfect atmosphere for informal cocktail gatherings or sophisticated seated dinners. Whether your guests are prospective clients, dedicated employees or loved ones from all different walks of life, everyone will be thrilled by the opportunity to explore the open museum galleries during your special occasion.
The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.
Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.