Home and Garden Tour has almost perfect day

The Bayard Taylor Memorial Library Home & Garden Tour was beautifully organized, but as so often occurs, the unexpected happens, in spite of careful plans. In this case it was a shuttle bus getting a wheel stuck in a flower garden. It didn’t cause much damage – 25 marigold plants crushed, but it made a mess of the carefully organized bus schedule. What a shame when everything else went so smoothly. Luckily the incident was early in the day so there was time to correct the problem.

Visitors were enthusiastic about the homes open to them while touring in perfect weather. In addition, the tastings by local restaurants were very special and the artists had perfect light for painting so people were having a very good time.


As a nice addition to their current exhibit “Uncorked! Wine, Objects & Tradition,”Winterthur is holding a series of wine pairings one Friday a month, June through November, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Various wineries will showcase a selection of wines and the food with which they would pair. The first pairing will be June 8 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with the speaker Gerret Copeland of Bouchaine Vineyards. The food tastings range from Flank Steak mini Tacos with Chimichurri Sauce to Peach Cobbler with Mascarpone Whipped Cream & Toasted Sugar Almonds. Tours of the exhibit will also be given. Yum.

Reservations are required. Tickets are $50 each with a 10 percent discount for members and their guests. Call 302-888-4826



Liz Marden has a bakery, which is enough to keep one busy. For the Home & Garden Tour she provided key lime pie, chocolate and red velvet tarts for all the visitors and she also made the cake for the Biden wedding that same weekend. That’s impressive! She also holds elegant teas on certain Sundays, the next one being June 10, but more about that another day. For reservation to one of her teas call 610-444-5757.

Blue Star

Blue Star Museums are those that have joined with the National Endowment For the Arts to make admission free for active members of the armed services and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. That’s as it should be. There are probably other local museums that are participating, but three local ones I know of for sure are Brandywine River Museum, Winterthur, Delaware Art Museum, and Delaware Museum of Natural History. All you need is identification. There are 1,500 museums nationwide participating


There will be a really big art show at One Greenville Crossing on June 8, to 5 p.m. June 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and June 10 from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. This show with paintings by 30 local professional artists is presented by the Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts to benefit their scholarship program. I don’t know exactly which shopping area in Greenville this is, or even if it is being held in a building or outdoors, but this is a stellar list of artists participating.


Celebrity Kitchens has something delicious cooking almost every night, but they have some special events for the month of June. On Wednesday, June 13, Chef Joe Poon will demonstrate his “summer menu” 10-course dinner that is sure to delight. ($70) Then for Father’s Day he has a double whammy. On Friday, June 15 is “A Father’s Day Feast Fit for a King,” ($65) with creole shrimp pie salad of artichoke hearts and hearts of palm, filet mignon with lobster mashed potatoes and chocolate bread pudding. Then on Saturday, June 16, the dinner ($65) is lobster, pasta, steak and chocolate with lobster cocktail, pasta with pancetta, filet mignon pizziola and tiramisu,


The Jenkins Arboretum is hosting an iris show by the Delaware Valley Iris Society on Saturday, June 16, from 1 to 4 p.m. The Arboretum is at 631 Berwyn-Baptist Road in Devon. If you need directions go to www.JenkinsArboretum.org. All types of iris will be exhibited.


The New Candlelight Theatre (Arden¸ Del.) has come up with some light fare for the hot summer months. On June 10 at 3 p.m. and June 11 at 3 p.m. the hilarious comedy for mothers, daughters and grandmothers of all ages, Moms Let Loose,” will be in full cry. Tickets are $45 for the full buffet and show.

Other upcoming shows will be “Deadly Beloved,” a murder mystery where you are the detective in an evening of dinner, dessert and death – who could ask for anything more? This given on June 15.Another exciting show will be “Shake, Rattle and Roll” by a band with one of the original Comets from Bill Haley and the Comets. For tickets to any of their shows call 302-475-2313.


The Arden Shakespeare Gild is continuing a 100 year tradition of community Shakespeare in the historic village of Arden, Del. Performances are outdoors in the Frank Stephens memorial Theatre, the rustic amphitheater that Arden’s founders built even before they built their homes. This is performed informally, with the cast walking as a group across the Green to the outdoor theatre at curtain time.

This year’s production will be “Henry IV, Part 1” that tells of the rise of the English royal House of Lancaster, with Falstaff, Prince Hal and Hotspur. Performances are June 22, 23, and 27-30 at 7:30 p.m. and June 24 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12-and-under. Bargain performances $5, are Sunday the 24 and Wednesday the 27 with no reservations needed. Reservations for the other performances from 302-475-3126.

Music Fest

While we are speaking about the arts at Arden, Saturday, June 9, is the annual Shady Grove Music Fest beginning at noon and going until 9 p.m. Rain or shine, the music will continue with eight bands performing through the day. Tickets are $20 at the gate. Bring a chair or blanket but not any food. (Not allowed)

Nixon Park

Don’t forget the free concert in Nixon Park at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13. Bring a chair or a blanket so you will be comfortable when the Chesapeake Brass Band performs

Big Daddy

The show “Big Daddy Graham, Last Call, Remembering My Dad,” last given to rave reviews five years ago, will be presented at the Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media on June 15-16. This thought provoking and funny show would be a good event for your father to hear. For tickets call 610-891-0100. Tickets are $25.


The Plays & Players, 1714 Delancy Place, Philadelphia, will present Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award winning comedic masterpiece “Travesties” on June 8 through 23. Performances are Wednesdays through Sundays. On June 8 there will be a pre-show happy hour at their Quig’s Pub (in the theatre building) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. with an informal conversation about the work of Stoppard and James Joyce with Professor Janine Utell of Widener University. The play is an imagined meeting between James Joyce, Vladimir Lenin and Tristan Tzara who all lived in Zurich during World War I.

On June 10 there will be a Talkback after the performance with Professor Joseph J. Feeney of Saint Joseph’s University. On June 15 Professor Jean-Michel Rabate of the University of Pennsylvania will speak at 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Quig’s Pub. The final talkback will be with Professor Elizabeth Mannion of Temple University and the cast following the show.For tickets call 1-800-595-4849.


The DuPont Theater has a delightful series of children’s plays for the upcoming fall and winter, but the tickets are on sale now. As they often sell out, many schools buy them during the summer. They will be presented at the DuPont Theatre and at Central Middle school in Dover. The line-up is ‘Sheila the Great,””Skippyjon Jones,” Junie & Jones,” “A Brown Bear, A Moon and a Caterpillar,” “Freedom Train,” “The Rainbow Fish,” “The Civil War,” “Mysteries of Ancient Egypt,” “Charlotte’s Web,” “Pinkalicious” and “Clack, Clack. Moo.” These are some real winners – for tickets call 302-656-4401.


Red Molly, the trio that has been taking the music industry by storm will give two performances on Friday, June 15. The shows will be at 7 and 9:30 p.m. with the doors opening at 6 and 9 p.m. They were the No. 1 top artists on the charts with songs in the top 20 on Folk DJ. Their song “Lights in the Sky” was No. 1 on the charts for several weeks. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door, but this will probably be a sell out. For tickets on line www.kennettflash.org


After some good reviews and several friends raving about the film he best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” we went It is difficult to make a really bad movie with a cast that has Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, whom I first saw on the London stage more decades ago than I like to remember, Tom Wilkinson and Bill Nighyn but they have wasted an awful lot of talent. This is the typical old folk’s cheap retirement hotel in a foreign land with all the usual missing doors, phones and amenities. We have the usual suspects as players. What has been added to this mix is brilliantly colored unfocused scenes with the sound track so loud it is an assault on ones ear drums. I would say it is worth going to see if it’s a hot night and your air conditioning is broken.

Caryl Huffaker lives in East Marlborough Township.