Host Merchant Services and Brandywine Festival of the Arts

September 7, 2013

Host Merchant Services is proud to provide credit card processing for the Brandywine Festival of the Arts this weekend through our relationship with Barry’s Events.

The festival was originally called the Brandywine Arts Festival when it was started in 1961. “Big” George Sargisson was the founder of the event that now brings over 20,000 visitors to Brandywine Park’s Josephine Gardens.

The festival was a popular Delaware tradition for 48 years but was unfortunately cancelled in 2009 and then returned in 2010 under the new name Brandywine Festival of the Arts. Barry Schlecker has been in charge of running the festival since 2010. Barry is well known for running local events like the Newark film festival through his organization Barry’s Events. Host Merchant Services is the preferred credit card processor for Barry’s Events and so HMS has powered the credit card processing at the Brandywine Festival of the Arts since 2012.

2013 marks the 53rd annual Arts Festival. There will be over 250 artists exhibiting at the festival along with live music and plenty of good food!

For more information you can view the festival FAQ page here:

The festival takes place this weekend at 1001 N. Park Drive, Wilmington DE 19802. The Festival is open from 10am to 6:30pm on Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sunday. Admission is $5 and includes admission to the Brandywine Zoo! Children under the age of 12 are free! You can find out more information at or call 302-690-5555.

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