Brandywine River Museum prepares for its antiques show

The Rudibaugh house, recently lavishly remodled, will be a feature of the home and garden tour.
Photo by Caryl Huffaker
The Rudibaugh house, recently lavishly remodled, will be a feature of the home and garden tour. Photo by Caryl Huffaker

The 41st annual Antiques Show at the Brandywine River Museum will be May 26 through 28. This outstanding show will have 31 outstanding dealers showcasing English and American antiques with everything from furniture and quilts to fine china, art and metal ware. The special exhibit “Pierced, Punched, Painted Decorated Tinwear” from Winterthur will be on display from May 26 through July 15. Admission to the Antiques Show Saturday and Sunday is $15.


The Kennett Township Historical Commission presented two awards last week at the well attended event. A bouquet of flowers and an award for service was given to Mary Clark Keyser VMD for her many years of work on the Historic Commission. The 2012 Historic Preservation Award went to the Morse Family for their care of the Wiley-Cloud Plank House. An interesting look at history was given with two speakers. Historian Carl Closs, known locally as George Washington, gave an informative talk explaining that Washington as commander in chief of the Continental Army would never shake hands as it would signify approval of a person and his reputation. Washington had no desire to run for president, even refusing pay while general of the Army. He and his soldiers felt strongly that they were not rebels but patriots, according to the rules in the Magna Carta

Sean Moir then presented The Brandywine Battlefield Animated Map showing where all the different soldiers traveled in our immediate area.You could follow by color which were the Hessians, which the British and which the Patriots. The evening was an interesting history lesson that would have been fascinating for children to hear.One little known fact was that British General Ferguson saw a large rider on an excellent horse believed to be a Patriot. He did not let his troops shoot him because he had already passed by and he would not shoot a man in the back. It is believed that this large rider was George Washington. The only thing missing from this program was a visit by a British soldier. Unfortunately his uniform had been stolen. A diorama by Marion Guthrie of the Brandywine Battlefield will remain for several weeks in the showcase at the Township Building.


The annual Home & Garden Day Tour to benefit the Literacy programs at the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library will be Saturday, June 2, from 10 am to 4 p.m. They have found some marvelous houses and garden that we will be privileged to see. As usual there will be artists painting in the gardens with most places serving food and drink samples. Lunch may be reserved at the Birmingham Friends Meeting for $15. Lunch tickets ($15) may be ordered along with a Tour ticket for $35 from Bayard Taylor memorial Library, Attn. Milly Caez, P.O. Box 730, Kennett Square, PA, 19348 or by calling 610-444-2702



People from the past will be speaking on the corners of uptown Kennett Square on Friday, June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. thanks to the Kennett Underground Railroad Center. Names from the past – the Coxes, Barnards, Carters, Pennocks, Mendenhalls, along with Thomas Garrett will be quietly discussing fugitives, their neighbor’s activities, abolitionism etc on South Broad Street and you can listen in. Frederick Douglas will be speaking from a soapbox on State and South Broad while the Camptown Shakers will entertain with Civil War era music. This free event was a roaring success at the last First Friday Underground Railroad Stroll.


Be sure to plan on attending the Memorial Day Parade in Kennett on Monday, May 28. It will be the largest one yet with more than 1,000 marchers. There will be a helicopter, 100 military veterans, costumed characters, horses, bagpipers, cannons, tanks, antique tractors, several Uncle Sims on stilts, Kennett High School Alumni Band, Little Leaguers, the Joseph A. Ferko Mummers String Band and much more.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at the Kennett High School, travel the balloon and flag decorated streets and end at the Union Hill Cemetery where they will hold a commemorative ceremony with a 21-gun salute.


The Giving For Good Gala to benefit the Chester County Community Foundation will be held June 9 at the home of Cecilia and Chris Ross. With dinner by Jimmy Duffy and Sons and Sugartown Smoked Specialties, music by Jon Lewis Orchestra and Imprints Wine Tasting, guests should have a fun evening. Outgoing Board members will be honored, as well as incoming members including William J. Gallagher Esq. and James Orsini, DVM., incoming Board Chair L. Peter Temple Esq. and outgoing Board Chair Michael B. Karwic, CFP.

Tickets are $250 and up each. For tickets call 610-696-8211


It’s not quite summer according to the calendar but the Kennett Farmer’s Market is now on the summer schedule, which means it is open every Friday, rain or shine from 2 to 6 p.m. You will find beets, strawberries, greens and all sorts of prepared foods from sausages to pies.


The Delaware Art Museum in partnership with the Wilmington Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will hold a “Spring Into Summer Soiree: A Night at the Museum” on Friday, May 25, from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. This lively social event that features hors d’oeuvres, live music, DJs, and a cash bar will benefit Kappa Alpha Psi outreach programs and the Delaware Art Museum Diversity Committee. Tickets are $25 each.


Longwood Gardens has a new light show that will open June 7 with its first audience being those with neighborhood passes. As there are 40,000 of us I am told, I presume this might reach a few of them. The invitation to the pass holders has a way to respond by internet to get tickets. I couldn’t make the contact given for the computer work and neither could several of my friends. May I suggest you use that old fashioned piece of equipment called a telephone and call the Central Ticketing office at 610-388-5200. That method works.


Once again the Brandywine Museum and Garden Alliance is offering passports to 11 of the local showplaces. Passports are available for $35 for one adult and $75 for two adults and three children for one visit to each of the listed museums. These are Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Delaware History Museum & Read House, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Hagley Museum & Library, Longwood Gardens, Mt. Cuba Center, Nemours Mansion & Gardens, Rockwood Museum, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate.

This is a real bargain. Order passports online at They are valid May 26 through Sept. 3.


The Wilma Theatre, Broad & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, will show the two Toni Award winner and Pulitzer Prize winner, “Angels in America,” through July 1. This story of several people with AIDS melds love, hate, religion and politics into a highly praised American epic. For tickets call 215-546-7824.


This smash hit musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film is a musical spectacle. The music includes the popular song “Be Our Guest” and the title song. The show will be at the Academy of Music June 5 through 10. For tickets call 215-893-1955.


When Shakespeare died, he left a will that now forms the core of a play at the People’s light and Theatre (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern). Using several actresses, Anne Hathaway, Shakespeare’s wife, reads the will of the famous poet on the day of his funeral. It covers the problems for women trying to keep a sense of self when married to a demanding famous husband. For tickets call 610-64-3500.


This witty romantic drama, “Reasons To Be Pretty,” by the Philadelphia Theatre Co. will run at Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, from May 25 through June 24. This final play in a trilogy about America’s obsession with physical appearance shows the disruption caused by a cruel off-hand remark in the lives of two couples. For tickets call 215-985-0420.


Want to hear some music from the 80s? The Reflex, the ultimate 80s Tribute Band, will be performing at the New Candlelight Theatre on June 2. Tickets are just $35 with dinner and $25 if you just want to see the show. There is a cash bar and free parking. For tickets call 302-475-2313

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“We Have a Pope” – One of the cardinals is unexpectedly elected Pope to his utter consternation. They call in a psychiatrist to try to steady him. Friday, May 25 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 26 at 2 & 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at Theatre N in Wilmington.

“Keyhole” – This is an odyssey through the home of a gangster, one room at time. Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m. Saturay, May26 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 27 at 5 p.m. at Theatre N in Wilmington.

“Deconstructing Sgt Pepper” – As The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is considered one of the most influential albums of our time, this musical lecture looks at Sgt Pepper from multiple angles, walking the audience through the construction of one of the songs, This is a must for lovers of the Beatles’ music. Wednesday, May 30 at 7 p.m., at Theatre N in Wilmington.


Caveman band, (five members so why isn’t it Cavemen?) will be at the Arden Gild, Arden, Del., on Friday, June 1, with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8:30 p.m. They are known for their four part harmony, spaced-out guitars and much drumming, Tickets from or call 302-475-3126.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.