This year the Sweet Charity Benefit of the Chester County Community Foundation was held at Bunch’s Auction House in Chadds Ford. This delightful annual party begins with either dinner or heavy passed hors d’oeuvres this year. Then there is an array of desserts from local top restaurants and bakeries and guests taste each one and vote by putting a wooden nickel in the box of one’s favorite. It’s a tough job but somebody has to do it.
First place winner according to the professional judges was Carlino’s lemon-blueberry-coconut tiny pie. The professional judges gave Most Creative to General Warren Inne’s deconstructed carrot cake. By popular vote the winner was New Street Catering’s brownie-cookie dough mocha cheesecake bar.
Other interesting desserts were maple-bacon bread pudding by Cakes and Candies by Maryellen, Very Berry Trifle on Sweet Corn Bread by Mile High Restaurant, the light as air mini cupcakes by Cupcakes Gourmet in Lemon, Lavender and Chloe. Other unique desserts were the Girl Scout Cookie pies by the Desmond Hotel, the peanut butter creations by Delightful Desserts and Culinary Creations and black garlic “Tootsie Rolls “with dried apricots by Brandywine Prime.
The professional judges for the event were Mary Bigham of the towndish.com, Albert Lauber, Swiss Chocolatier of Neuchatel Chocolates and Cindy Cipriano McClure, CC. of Tutto Sorrist Catering.
It was a total delight to move from one dessert to another tasting the creations. Now you know the reason it’s my favorite party of the year.
Quite a few local people were at the party, where the auction house had tables with fresh flowers and candles surrounded by some lovely antiques. Almost the entire Rotteveel family from the Chadds Ford Greenhouses were there, as were Adrienne and Bill Gallagher. Quite a few people from Kennett Square were there, including Dan and Amanda Gannon of Union Street Financial, Bonnie Korengel, CPA with daughters Annalie Korengel Lorgus and Corey Scheibe, Foundation Board Chairman L. Peter Temple Esq. of Larmore, Scarlett.
Other guests from Kennett included Browyn Martin; Pam Leland; Don Lynn and his wife, Amy; and the Tucker family, who brought a crew from Pegasus Technologies in Kennett. Mandy Cabot and Peter Kjellerup of Dansko clogs were there, as were Anne and Steve Hutton of Star Rises. People came from all directions as Tom and Eva Foster of Westtown, who found friends in the crown while Barbara Sunday of Jenner’s Pond attended her first Sweet Charity with June and Roger Carson of West Grove; Dr. James Orsini and his wife, Tony, came from New Bolton. As there were over 375 guests at the gathering, I didn’t get a chance to speak to very many and eat all those desserts. Not only that each guest received a goodie bag with chocolates, small flashlights etc.
I have always loved lavender/orchid colored azaleas. When I was a child in Richmond, my father and I choose the color we wanted and planted lavender/orchid colored azaleas in a lovely color I have never seen since. We lived there 10 years before we were transferred out of the country, but remained good friends with our next door neighbor, who kept me apprised of how well our azaleas were flourishing. She called the other day to tell me she now had new neighbors, who apparently are barbarians. They cut down the azaleas and dug the roots. I loved those azaleas and would have driven to Virginia to dig them up. It hurts my soul, as I do not know where to buy lavender azaleas. I guess now I understand how many people must have felt when Eisenhower turned the “Rose Garden” into a putting green many years ago.
The Longwood Art Gallery will host a photography show during the month of April, featuring photographers Gene Coggins, Bill Edwards and Judy Montague. A wine and cheese reception with live music by the Ladeens will be on April 4th from 6 to 9 p.m. during the First Friday Art Stroll. The show will run through April 27.
The planning committee for the 300th Anniversary of the Barns Brinton House will meet on April 5 at 10 a.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society to discuss plans for the 300th Anniversary of the Barns Brinton House in June 21. The public is welcome and invited to attend and help plan the celebration. You are asked to RSVP to 610-3883-7376 so they can get the correct doughnut count.
Kennett High School is presenting that cute musical “Bye, Bye Birdie” this weekend on Thursday, April 3; Friday, April 4; and Saturday, April 5; all at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a matinee at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Longwood Gardens is participating in the Community Read of Aldo Leopold’s “Sand County Almanac” with a discussion panel on conservation on Saturday, April 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. The meeting in the Ballroom is free with garden admission. Complimentary desserts. Please call 610-388-5454.
If the snow finally melts and it stops raining, there is what sounds like a fun party. On this Saturday, April 5, the Chester County Community Foundation is holding a party at the Natural Lands Trust ChestLen Preserve located at 1199 Cannery Road in Coatesville, just outside Unionville. This beautiful land is one of the largest private nature preserves in Southeastern Chester County. All community members who want to become more involved in local giving will be welcomed with food, wine, beer and music. That will come from Kate Schutt, Sovana Bistro, Nourish Juice Bar & Café, Sugartown Smoked Specialties, Galer Estate Winery and Twin Lakes Brewery, all of whom are donating their talents and treats. Tickets are $55, with proceeds going to The Melton Center in West Chester, After The Bell in Kennett and the Coatesville Youth Initiative. For tickets or to RSVP, as well as to find out the hours of the event, call Lisa Slawinski at 610-696-8211.
This Saturday, April 5, the merchants are holding a sidewalk sale with lots of bargains –- I am told. It just might be a perfect day to come to town to shop.
The Hadley Memorial Fund will host baritone Jason Buckwalter in a concert at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church on Saturday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. With rave reviews that call him “The Sybaritic Singer” and “theatrical fire” it sounds like an electrifying concert. Admission is free. The public is invited.
Teddy Thompson will be at the Arden Concert Gild Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. in a solo acoustic evening. Katie Frank of the Philly Americana outfit and the Phernoomes will be opening in a duo set. Thompson, who emigrated from England over a decade ago, is the son of singer/songwriters Richard and Linda Thompson. One of his first appearances was in Delaware 6 years ago and was sold out quickly with little publicity. For tickets go to http://ardenconcerts.com.
A special benefit concert for the Candlelight Theatre will be held at the New Candlelight Theatre, Arden, Del. on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. The Splashing Pears with their original music by Peter Scobell. They have just released their fourth album in 4 years. Tickets are $25 and include a light buffet at 6:30 pm that is open before the performance. For reservations call 302-475-2313.
With their blockbuster Downton Abbey exhibit Winterthur is offering several fascinating lectures.
On April 6 at 2:30 p.m., Chris Strand, director of garden and estate, will speak on “Winterthur: The Last Wild Garden.”
On April 11 at 6 p.m. you can see the breathtaking landscape and residence of castle Howard, made famous in the 1981 miniseries “Brideshead Revisited” with the Hon. Simon Howard.
Members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will share their knowledge with anyone interested in the heavens, whatever their age, gender or political party on Saturday, April 5, starting at 8 p.m. With green lasers your guides will point out the Milky Way, the planet Jupiter and the red planet Mars. Dress warmly, a small flashlight and the kids. Meet at the Tino Leto Athletic Fields, North Walnut Street, one quarter mile north of the main entrance to the Anson B. Nixon Park entrance.
The next-to-last speaker in the “Smart Talk” series at the DuPont Theatre will be Melissa Stockwell on Tuesday, April 8. Stockwell was a commissioned Army officer. She was the first US female officer to lose a limb. For tickets call 302-656—4401.
“Ain’t Misbehaven,” the 1978 Tony Award Winner for Best Musical, will be at Delaware Theatre Co. on April 2 through 27. This tribute to Thomas “Fats” Waller and the music of the Harlem Renaissance will soar with the talent of five outstanding musicians. For tickets call 302-594-1100.
“Sunset Boulevard,” the musical that won seven Tony Awards including Best Musical and Original Score will be produced by the Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media. This story of a once great star that time has passed by with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber will run April 16 through May 18, with Tony nominated actress Ann Crumb. For tickets call 610-891-0100.
A one man show, J “Just Jim Dale,” will be at the Delaware Theatre Co. for just one performance on Tuesday, April 8. Dale, the former British Music Hall and Broadway star, was the voice of in the Harry Potter audio book. Dale will do a tell-all show of irresistible showbiz tales on his way to New York, where he will open his one-man show. He will tell of his Broadway triumphs in “Scarpino”,”Barnham” and “Me and My Girl” to his uproarious experiences narrating all seven For tickets call 302- 594-1100.
If you haven’t been to New York lately to see a show, you can just go to Philadelphia for the upcoming season. The Shubert Organization is bringing some of the hottest shows top hilly. The lineup is “Kinky Boots” – Best Musical; “Newsiest;” Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella;” and “Motown the Musical;” “The Illusionists;”“Dirty Dancing” and the return of “Annie.” For tickets to these go to www.kimmelcenter.org/press.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.