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The Friends of Valley Forge

Our mission is to advocate for Valley Forge National Historical Park, to enhance the visitor experience and to promote public appreciation of the Park’s historic, environmental and recreational resources.

Friends Speaker Series

Tuesday, October 6 7 pm Washington Memorial Chapel
The Pennsylvania Flute Choir: The Fords of the Brandywine and Music of a Proud Heritage
Written & narrated by Dr. Debra Torok

The Pennsylvania Flute Choir’s program features music representing our Pennsylvania heritage and around the nation with commentary by Dr. Debra Torok. The highlight of tonight’s program is the premiere of a work commissioned by the Pennsylvania Flute Choir, The Fords of the Brandywine, September 11, 1777. The Brandywine area is the home base for the ensemble, and the group&rsqho;s intention was to perform a piece of program music that would reflect the surrounding settings and incorporate the history of the area. This new work came to fruition after months of research on historic, and often conflicting, facts about the famous Battle of the Brandywine. Dr. Torok utilized the notebook of Revolutionary War Captain George Bush, a fiddler and collector of Revolutionary War and period songs, for the composition. Highlighting the important fords of the Brandywine River, she also employed Loyalist tunes, original melodies, and local legends into this seven-movement composition which depicts the battle from the first shots to the aftermath.

About the Musicians

Performing at Calvary Lutheran Church in West Chester, PA

The Pennsylvania Flute Choir is an auditioned, community group formed in 2002 by flutist Georgia Dimaano and directed by Dr. Debra Torok. The choir has grown from a one-time recital group to an active professional ensemble. The twenty plus members hail from southeastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The choir performs throughout the tri-state region for concert series, special events, the flute fair and flute society events and conventions. The Pennsylvania Flute Choir is dedicated to the promotion of the flute, flute choir repertoire, and enriching and educating the cultural community through its performance and outreach. Incorporating the full family of flute instruments from the high piccolo to the lowest contra bass flute, the ensemble provides a unique orchestral sound with varied programs and original music.

The choir has been under the musical direction of Debra Torok since 2011. She is a recording artist, pianist, conductor, and composer. Her recordings are heard internationally and are available on iTunes. Dr. Torok has made appearances on PBS and one of her musicals was featured at the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She participated in the creation of the PBS documentary Make a Joyful Noise narrated by Charles Osgood and served as musical consultant for this production. Dr. Torok taught at New York University and Lehigh University, and is currently on the faculty of Moravian College where she managed and conducted the orchestra from 2000-2003. She has been featured on National Public Radio and is a charter member of Artists for Amnesty International.

Music sample: Dizzy Fingers

Hut Brigade • Volunteers Needed!

Saturdays: October 10 & 17* 9 am – 1 pm Comfortable clothing & sturdy footwear recommended
* subject to rescheduling based on weather

Thanks to the great work of NOVA (Network Of Volunteer Associates), sponsored by Lockheed Martin, the Hut Brigade has been busy assisting NPS staff with daubing and doing whatever necessary to bring the new huts to completion so that visitors can enjoy. Join the fun and make a great contribution to this important work. No prior construction or building experience is necessary however you must be at least 16 years old to participate. For more information, email

hut brigade in action

Bird Walks in Valley Forge

Tuesday, October 13 8 am 1.5 mile walk, 2 hrs (approx.)
Bird Walks in VF

Join Mary Ellen and Tom Heisey, avid local birders and members of the Friends for a fascinating and fun bird walk on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month. Walk is intended for birders of all levels, so feel free to attend, even if you have never been on a bird walk. No worries if you do not have binoculars. Walk, enjoy the outdoors and learn to identify birds by ear.

During this 2 hour walk, you will hear or see about 30 species in 3 habitats of meadow, edge and woods. In July, all of the Neotropical migrants are here for the summer. Some of the most popular sightings include the Baltimore Oriole, Orchard Oriole, Eastern Kingbird, Indigo Bunting and Scarlet Tanager to mention a few.

Walk: Mostly paved trail but includes sections of short gravel and mowed grass. Good walking shoes recommended.

What to Bring: Binoculars and a hat. Bug spray and sun protection optional.

Where to Meet: Artillery Park Parking lot on East Inner Line Drive at 8 am. Near-by restrooms and water fountain available (May through September).

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