To celebrate Andrew Wyeth’s birthday on Tuesday, July 12, the Brandywine River Museum will have free admission at the museum on that day. The exhibit “A Painter’s View: The Andrew Wyeth Studio” on view in the Andrew Wyeth Gallery will have approximately 20 paintings done between 1943 and 2005 on display, half of which have never been seen by the public before. Tours of the actual Andrew Wyeth Studio will be given all day but there is extremely limited capacity. Tour tickets will be given on a first come basis.
The embroidered, souped up traditional uniform Wyeth wore for induction into the Academie des Beaux Arts de L’Institut de France will be on display, as well as the many medals he received during his lifetime. The restaurant will be serving Jimmy John’s hot dogs, a favorite of Wyeths, while a complimentary birthday cake will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this special day Explorer Mornings at 10 and 11 a.m. for children age 3 to 10 will continue at no cost. For reservations call 610-388-8382.
For years the 32-foot model of a giant squid has hovered overhead at the Delaware Museum of natural History. In spite of its size, many people walk under it, never looking up, and miss seeing it altogether.
The museum now has a new permanent exhibit that should give the visitor pause. A new hands on display includes a basketball to represent the approximate size of a giant squid’s eye. Giant squids are the largest invertebrates alive on Earth today and can reach a length of 59 feet. A photograph of one is on display. They had never been photographed alive – who would want to get near one! – until a Japanese scientist Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera did in 2006. With this new kiosk, no one is going to miss the giant squid overhead.
While you are there don’t miss the new “Earth from Space” exhibit with views of satellite images of the planet. The exhibit will be there through Sept. 3.
The Brandywine Conservancy is now in its third year of getting children involved in raising and releasing shad. The young shad are known as fry which seems a rather insensitive term as we are going to eat them. The shad eggs are harvested from shad living in the Potomac River and delivered to the schools that are equipped with special hatcheries. The students watch over the roe, checking water temperature, chlorine, nitrates, ammonia and pH to ensure health. When the roe become “two eyes and a wiggle”, they are released into local streams where they will grow several inches before swimming downstream.
The schools that participated in this marvelous conservation exercise were Hillendale Elementary, Pocopson Elementary, Wilmington Friends, St. Ann’s, Tower Hill, Holy Angels, R. Elizabeth Maclary Elementary School and Upland County Day.
The children learn both ecology and history, as shad once were an important food source for the Native Americans and early settlers. However, beginning in the 18th century numerous dams were constructed to power mills, blocking the passage of shad and other fish. The dams’ influence is also being studied.
If you see a lot of racers on bikes on July 6 in Kennett Square, this is just one of the many bike races happening in our area. The evening races, three in each locale, will be in Oxford on June 28, Malvern on June 29, Parkesburg on July 5 and Kennett on July 6. For information about the races and to enter go to https:://www.bikereg.com/Net/1657. The Chesco Tour on Sunday, July 8, is not a race but a chance for families and recreational riders to choose a route on country roads in Chester County. The start and finish location will be in historic Marshallton.
The Chadds Ford Winery has chosen tropical sangria as the drink for the month of July. They will be celebrating this drink at the winery each weekend, serving wine by the glass, spritzers, and slushes every Saturday and Sunday in July and August.
Sundays are considered Sangria Sundays with live music from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. $10 tasting fee. Saturday, July 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. will be wine and ice cream social with four ice creams paired with four sweet wines There is no fee.
Liz Marden and Mrs. Robinson will be offering an English cottage style tea with English style goodies on Sundays July 15, and Oct. 14. They are taking the tea time scheduled for August off the schedule. Even tea makers need to have a vacation. Tea is $29.95 plus tax per person at Liz Marden Bakery and Café. For reservations call 610-444-5757.
We all know about the great Kennett Farm Market held every Friday in the summer. If you should miss going Winterthur has a farm stand on Saturdays just off Route 52 just south of the main entrance. The vendors include H. G. Haskell’s S/W Vegetables, jams and sauces, the Mushroom Café with soup, scones, cookies, The Fudge Drum with fudge and birdhouses and the Happy Cat Farm, (at Winterthur) with more than 200 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and pesticide free veggies. They are open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On Thursday, July 12, Kennett Square will be the designated town on the series of town walks. Sponsored by the Kennett Square Borough Historical Commission and called “Scandals, Scoundrels & Spirits,” the tour will feature costumed characters who will give first hand accounts of the events. For information and reservations call 877-442-2476 x6104. Tours usually begin at 5:30 with the last one at 7:30 p.m.
Longwood Art Gallery will hold a super reception for solo artist MaryAnn Weselek on Friday, July 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. with music by Ladeens. Weselek is known for her works in an expressionist style using saturated unusual color combinations and fun patterns. She is included in the art book “100 artists of the Brandywine Valley”
The legendary doo-wop singing group the Duprees will bring their 50th anniversary tour to the Landis Theatre (830 East Landis Ave, Vineland, N.J.) on Saturday, July 21. This would be the perfect interlude for those of you going to the shore. Tickets are 25 up from 856-691-1121
High quality named iris rhizomes will be for sale at the John J. Willaman Educational Center, Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn-Baptist Road, Devon, Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by the Delaware Valley Iris Society, the sale will feature bearded iris varieties in all varieties. They will have experts on hand to answer iris questions. Visit www.dvis-ais.org to download a coupon for a free iris. For information about the iris sale call 610-544-3984.
The new Candlelight Theater will open that amusing story about Rock Stars and the girls who adore them, “Bye Bye Birdie,” on July 13. The show will run through Aug. 25. This light weight musical is perfect for teenagers and the food is always good. For tickets call 302-475-2313
The Candlelight Comedy Club will have you laughing uproariously on Thursday, July 19, when they feature comedians The Legendary Wid and John Kensil. Tickets are only $25 and that includes the buffet. Call the New Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown at 302-475-2313
The Hedgerow Theatre in Media does a Ray Cooney farce each summer. This summer, they will be producing their 11th Cooney farce, “Not Now, Darling,” July 5 through Aug. 12, written in 1967, which premiered in London 1968 and was a huge hit, running for three years, In 1970 it played on Broadway and was made into a movie in 1973. The cast includes Zoran Kovcic and Susan Wefel who have appeared in all of the previous Cooney farces. For an evening of ridiculous fun call 610-565-4211 for tickets. ($20 to $32)
Mic Night – July 10: Performers, singers, songwriters, poets, comedians welcome
“Snow White and the Little People” – Thursday, July 12: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Hosted by the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library at 102 Sycamore Alley and performed by Hedgerow Theatre of Media
Maria Muldaur – Friday, July 13.:This artist has toured world wide, recorded 39 solo albums, been nominated for six Grammys and for the Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year. She can handle Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band, giving each her own special touch.
Chad Michael Jervis – Saturday, July 14: Chad is a singer-songwriter from Wilmington where he attends the Cab Callaway School of the Arts. He has performed at the Queen World café Live and the Grand Opera House. He was voted the best Emerging Artist in 2010 at the Unicity Festival in Maryland and his song “Distance” was featured on WSTW.
For advance tickets to Kennett Flash events go to www.kennettflash.org or call 484-732-8295.
Theatre N at Nemours
“Quill” – This heart warming documentary about a guide dog and his bad tempered owner has won great acclaim. July 6 at 2 p.m., July 7 at 2 and 8 p.m. and July 8 at 6:30 p.m.
“First Position” – This acclaimed documentary shows the extremes to which six ballerinas go in trying to win a place in the competitive world of ballet. July 6 at 8 p.m., July 7 at 5 p.m. and July 8 at 12:30 p.m.
Ballet: “Raymondo” –This dramatic Russian ballet by the Bolshoi Ballet has vibrant color, grand d effects and even a rousing duel. July 8 at 2:30 p.m.
“Elena” – This winner of the Cannes Special Jury Prize is a dark thriller about a wealthy businessman who takes a second wife, a nurse who married up. Each has a grown child, and they begin to meddle in the parent’s lives. July 13 at 2 p.m., July 14 at 4:30 p.m. and July 15 at 2 p.m.
“The Samaritan” – In this thriller Foley is released from prison after 25 years with hopes of a changed life. His past catches up with him when the son of his former partner appears with a scheme in which Foley is to be a major part. July 13 at 8 p.m., July 14 at 2 p.m. and July 15 at 5 p.m.
“Children in Paradise” (1945) - This digital restoration is considered the greatest French film of all time. The story concerns one woman who is loved by four men. July 14, at 7 p.m.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.