Winterthur features an artist's vision

Caryl Huffaker

The title is misleading, but the exhibit at Winterthur called Painted Rooms: An Artists’ Vision of Winterthur is a display of 20 paintings (out of 121) of rooms at Winterthur, by Winterthur Licensee Michael John Hunt. When Hunt first visited Winterthur in 1996, he was so inspired he vowed to paint every room, all 175 of them. So far he has painted pictures of 121 of them plus some spaces not seen by the public. Inspired by the Dutch Masters such as Vermeer, Hunt uses light very dramatically with it coming from a crack in the door or a nearby window.

Prints of some of his works are available, but none of the originals are for sale as he wishes to keep the collection intact. Hunt’s work is on permanent display at The Hunt Gallery in Kent, England and the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in York. The exhibit will run through Jan. 6.


While we are all busy with Thanksgiving, it is time for a reminder that the Christmas concert by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County will follow almost immediately on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m. at Kennett High School. The special guest soloist will be Kimberly Christie, the Kennett Symphony Vocal Competition Winner. Also on the program will be the ever expanding Kennett Symphony Children’s Choir. For tickets call 610-444-6363,


This year’s Yuletide at Winterthur has some of the prettiest decorated trees ever. They will have their traditional dried flower tree that always astounds. They also have some of the fussiest but gorgeous trees around. Along with a display of how the du Pont family celebrated Christmas, they have the decorated 19th century courtyard as well as different decoration through the years in rooms on three floors.

Some additional workshops they are holding are one on Greens From Your Garden on Dec. 7, making a Holiday Arrangement on Dec. 12, ($70)and a teachers workshop on holiday food for active teachers on Dec.1. Register at 800-448-3883 or for reservations for any of the events.

One special event coming up on Dec. 13 will be a one man live performance of “A Christmas Carol” by Gerald Charles Dickens, great-great grandson of Charles Dickens, who will depict 26 characters in the classic tale. There will be performances at 1 and 6 p.m. A book and gift signing will follow. For tickets call 302-888-4600, ext. 7029.

Tree Lighting

This year the holiday season begins in Kennett with the annual parade and tree lighting, Nov. 23 beginning at 6:30 p.m. There will be floats, clowns, Kennett High School Marching Band, carolers and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Children can meet with the Clauses at the Kennett Flash. Saturday, Nov. 24 is Small Business Saturday, and we are encouraged to shop locally. Sunday, Nov. 25, the stores will be open for your shopping pleasure.


The Chadds Ford Historical Society has done it again, with a slew of outstanding properties -- 20 to be exact -- with nine of them houses, to be open for the annual Candlelight Tour on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 6 p.m. This year they have concentrated on the historic properties in Marshallton Village and the owners have responded enthusiastically. When one looks at the map for the Walking Tour, 11 of them are very close together. What a treat this will be!

Advance tickets are $20, $25 the day of the Tour. Tickets available from the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Call 610-388-7376.


The original and the31st Christmas in Miniature Exhibit at the Chadds Ford Gallery will have its opening reception on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will continue through Dec. 31. The walls will be filled with original framed art created in miniature, meaning small paintings not tiny ones. There is a tremendous range of styles and subjects as they have works by 83 established and Award winning artists.

The Gallery will also have book signings, but on different dates. Karl Kurner has written and illustrated two books, “Ike at Night” and Ike Takes Flight.” He will be at the Gallery on Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. On Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, Robert Dionne will be at the Gallery to sign his book “Teasel & Twigs: ‘Tis a Critter Christmas Tale,” a book about the Brandywine River Museum’s “critters.”


The Delaware Art Museum has a new exhibit of 50 still-life paintings done in the individual styles of each artist. These are local artists as the museum is continuing its terrific program with a series of shows featuring regional painters. The show will run through Jan. 6.


That wonderful one-eighth regular sized train at Auburn Heights in Yorklyn, Del. will be open on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 24, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. This is such fun to ride, and then see all the antique cars in the museum, if you have never been, you will love it. For information call 302-239-2385.

Patriot’s Day

The Saturday, Nov. 24, will be Patriot’s Day at the Brandywine Battlefield. Along with information about muskets and Revolutionary soldiers you will learn how difficult daily living was in the 18th century. There is also great shopping in the museum shop. It will be open 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adult admission $8, children (5-14) $5.


The Kennett Amateur Theatre Society KATS will be the guests of the Kennett Square Historical Commission at the Kennett Friend’s Home on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 7 p.m. They will be acting out the armchair version of the “Scandals, Scoundrels and Spirits.” This is based on historical facts and gossip about old time Kennett residents. Visitors are welcome.

‘Christmas Carol’

The Delaware Theatre Co. (200 Water Street) will bring that wonderful classic, “A Christmas Carol” to life December 5 – 30. This premičre of a new version using five actors for 20 parts has been created by the creators of the two times winning Tony Award hit the “39 Steps.” Santa will be at the theatre on Dec. 9 from 12 to 2 pm before the 2 pm matinee. All your favorite characters will be there so call 302-594-1100 for tickets. You are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for their Toy Drive.

Walnut Street

Audiences can return to 1840 when bitter, Greedy Ebenezer Scrooge bah-humbugs his way through the Christmas season. With authentic music and a snow fall, Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, will celebrate the Dickens’ story Dec. 1 through 22. For tickets call 215-574-3550.


That lovable green man, Shrek, will be at the DuPont Theatre Dec. 4 through 9. Called “the funniest new musical on Broadway, it has romance, a lot of fairy tale misfits and irreverent fun for everyone. For a limited time if you call and use the code word “GOGREEN” when ordering online or on the phone for an evening performance, you will get $10 off each ticket (up to 4) in the $55 -$70 price range. For tickets call 302-656-4402

Films at Theatre N

“Wuthering Heights” -- This is a modern adaptation of a classic story. In this film Heathcliff is black, not just dark skinned, and was adopted by the farmer. Received good reviews, Nov. 23 at 2 p.m, Nov. 24 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

“Step Up To The Plate –This beautiful film shows a rare glimpse into the French world of a top restaurant being turned over to the next generation. Filmed in the gorgeous Aubrac region. Feb. 23 at 8 p.m., Nov. 24 at 5 p.m. and Nov. 25 at noon.

OPERA: Le Nozze Di Figaro –This extraordinary cast of stars at the Royal Opera House brings magic to Mozart’s opera. Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Kennett Flash

Sixpence None the Richer –Known for their hit single “Kiss me” and their cover of the La’s classic “There She Goes,” the band has a dedicated fan base that has sustained their dominance in music for almost two decades. Their new album “Lost in Transition” has received rave reviews. Jan. 30. Advance tickets $20, day of $23.

Lloyd Cole – This English singer and songwriter is known for his role as the lead singer of Lloyd Cole and the Commotions, and for his critically acclaimed solo work. Feb. 2. Advance tickets $20, day of $23.

This announcement so far in advance of their appearances is done as they are so well known it is believed their gigs will be sell outs. For tickets call

Open Mic –Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 pm. Two beverage cover charge.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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