A lot of local residents see a lot better because of the care Dr. Barry Kanofsky has taken in his optometry practice for the last forty years. Even better, when he first opened his office in 1972, he joined his father, Dr. Leonard Kanofsky, who had his optometric office above his father’s hardware store at 127 E. State St. The two doctors worked together at 217-219 E. State Street for 19 years.
Barry is well known in the community as past president of the SCCCC, the Kennett Rotary Club, and the board of the Kennett Senior Center as well as the Historic Kennett Square. He has also donated his services to children through the Kennett Lions eyeglass program, the Communidad Hispana program and the Communidad Hispana diabetes program.
Known for his high quality optometric services from general refractions, designer eyewear, contact lenses and treatment of eye diseases, he has a new diagnostic machine. His office is one of the few offices in the area to have an Ocular Coherance Tomographer, which makes early diagnosis of glaucoma and macular degeneration possible.
Dr. Barry has been in practice at his present location for 40 years, been married to his wife Shelley for 43 years and has no plans to retire any time soon. As a great promoter of the joy of living in the Kennett area, he does have one regret. As proud as he is of his daughters, he is sorry his younger daughter became an urologist in N.Y.C. and will not be following in his footsteps as an optometrist in Kennett. She is busy with 1 year old twins. His other daughter lives in Chicago with her husband and two daughters. But they did have the advantage of growing up here. Congratulations to Barry for a life well lived, but as he said, he has no plans to retire in the near future.
The almost-weekly Thursday tour of a nearby village will highlight The Continental Powder Mill on French Creek on August 9, sponsored by the Pike land Historical Society. In 1776 The Pennsylvania Committee of Safety realized that they needed to find a regular source of gun powder for the Continental Army. They opened the Powder Mill on French Creek that produced 3,000 pounds of gun powder per week. Other buildings were built in the area. Now you may walk the grounds of the mill, enjoy seeing the Rapps Dam covered bridge, mill and dam sites. For more information and reservations call 1-877-442-2476
Assistant Curator Dr. Amanda Burden will lead a tour of the exhibit “Summer Sojourns: Art on Holiday along with a talk “Around the World in 80 Frames” on August 16 at 2 p.m. This exhibit will be on display through September 3. These works made during the travels of the artists are done by Howard Pyle, Childe Hassam, F.O.C. Darley, Thornton Oakley, Ernest Peixotto, Frederick Blum, Joseph Pennell, Winslow Homer, Elizabeth Shippen Green, Jessie Willcox Smith and N.C. Wyeth and others.
The lecture is free with museum admission with no reservations required.
You have already missed one Tuesday, but Tuesdays for the rest of August admission at the Delaware Museum of Natural History is only $1, thanks to Artisans’ Bank. Admission includes entry to the special exhibit, “Earth from Space,” that has the Delaware state moon rock, two space suits and info on what it takes to put a man into space. Also at the museum are dinosaurs, a life-sized model of a giant squid, a coral reef walkover, an African watering hole, a nature trail and Butterfly Garden and a space film. On Aug. 14, Johnnie’s Hot Dogs will be available. On Aug. 21 and 28 fresh fruit and produce will be available from the Point Lookout Farm Produce Stand.
The Delaware Museum of Natural History will hold a three evening Family Film Festival during the evenings of August 17-19 from 6:30 – 10:30 pm. (rain dates August 18-20) on the grounds behind the museum. Each evening the doors will open at 6:30 pm. Short films will begin at 7:30 p.m. Feature films will begin at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Families are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks.
It’s been a lovely summer of music and song at the Brandywine Valley Association with performers every week at the Myrick Conservation Center. The last concert will be given this Thursday on August 9 at 7:30 p.m. when Cripple Creek, the talented group of high school musicians perform Celtic classics. Do bring a lawn chair or blanket.
The Chester County 4-H Fair will be held Sat. August 11-Sat. August 18 at the 4-H Romano Center in Honeybrook. Numerous animal shows will be given, along with tours free to the public on Aug. 14 & 15 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Projects on display will include aert & crafts,service projects, plant science, pet care, sewing, leadership, foods and nutrition. Wildlife, plants and many other exhibits The 4-H Romano Cener is at 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honetbrook.
I was recently at the Glimmerglas Opera in Cooperstown, N.Y. As we do each year we have lunch buffet on the wide veranda of the grand Hotel overlooking beautiful Lake Otsego with the sailing boats going by before going to the opera. Luckily we called for reservations, and discovered there was no room for us for lunch as the hotel had been taken over for the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Where to go!
Luckily we remembered another much less formal restaurant on the edge of the lake called the Blue Mingo, with wonderful food but which was somewhat difficult to find. Blue Mingo was the name of a terribly mean tribe of Indians who was mentioned in writings of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Fennimore Cooper in “The Leather stocking Tales”.
To get to the restaurant we had to drive down a very steep ramp, go through an active boatyard, park at a gift and clothing store, go through the store and there we were at the restaurant with its own close view of the lake with small boats and ducks all along the shore. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the aromas from the kitchen made us very hungry. We began eating the crackers on the table in a small basket, but soon discovered they were stale and broken, which made us wonder the reason a restaurant with such a good reputation would have them on the tables. Then we looked around at the other diners and from the behavior we saw we decided the crackers were not for us. They were for the ducks who were hovering nearby. I guess we need instruction in how to behave when eating out in a good restaurant.
This evening of classic Broadway hits, with a special tribute to Jerry Herman and Stephen Sondheim will be at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol,Aug. 16 through 26. Herman is best known for shows like “Hello, Dolly!” “Mame” and “La Cage Aux Follies,” while Sondheim, winner of more Tony Awards than any other musicals, composed “A Little Night Music” and “Sweeney Todd.” For tickets call 215-785-0100
American Babies –This Philadelphia grown group combines the urbane mindset wit country music for an exciting sound that has landed them showcases like on Festivals and supporting slots with Sheryl Crow, The National and others. August 10
John Flynn with Sarah Flynn – Sarah Flynn opens for John who is famous for his poetic words telling the truth with an unblinking eye. His songs tell of the times in which we live with irony, humor and compassion, Aug. 11.
Open Mic Night, - Aug. 14 For information call 484-732-8295.
Theatre N at Nemours
“Your Sister’s Sister” - Disarming film about complications when unexpected company appears at a distant cabin where a man has gone to try to recover from the death of his brother. Aug. 10 at2 p.m.; Aug. 11 at 5 p.m.; Aug. 12 at 4:15 p.m. and Aug.13 at7 p.m.
“A Bug’s Life” –This computer animated film by Disney’s Pixar tells the story of The Grasshopper and the Ant. Aug. 11at11 a.m.
“The Queen of Versailles” – This is a laugh out loud documentary prize winning film about a family so rich they are the 1 percent of the 1 percent of the population. But then their financial bubble bursts and major changes in lifestyle and character ensue. Aug. 10 at 8 p.m., Aug. 11 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Aug. 12 at 12:15 p.m.
Opera “Norma” –This magnum opus by Vincenzo Bellini in the bel canto style has the incredibly difficult aria “Casta Diva.” The opera is performed in the stunning outdoor arena stage at the Teatro Antico Taormina in Italy, Aug. 12 at 2:30 p.m.
“The Adventures of Tintin” –This story of boy detective Tintin and his faithful dog try to find a lost ship belonging to a friend. The characters were first printed as a comic strip. Aug. 14 at 8:45 p.m.
“Poltergeist” –This first film in a trilogy was led by a child Heather O’Rourke whose death has created mystery around the series. Aug. 15 at 8 p.m.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.