Home and Garden Day library benefit ready

Caryl Huffaker

It may seem early to start planning what you will do on June 1, but that’s the day for the always-exciting Home and Garden Day to benefit the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library, when eight homes, including two businesses will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

I always love this tour, as it is small enough for visitors to visit everything on the tour. The extras include vendors providing tastes, beverages and displaying flower arrangements in the homes, while artists will be painting in the gardens. It’s a lovely event.

Lunch will be available at the Foxfire restaurant at the Stone Barn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch tickets must be purchased in advance for $20. That may seem high, but then, maybe you have never tasted the food at Foxfire. It is definitely value received.

Tickets for the tour are $35 and must be purchased in advance, as none will be sold on the day of the tour. They are available at the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library or by mail at 216 E. State St., Kennett Square, PA 19348, by telephone at 610-444-2702 or on line at www.bayardtaylor.org. All proceeds are used for the benefit of the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library children’s programs, and besides, it’s a lot of fun.

Black Dress

Don’t forget – this Saturday, April 13, is the fun benefit for Tick Tock Early Learning Center. The idea is to find the right accessories to use with your “Little Black Dress.” Go to the Atrium in the Genesis building from 4 to 7 p.m. and see what a New York buyer has brought for ladies of all ages and sizes. It’s $25 a person, $30 at the door, with age 18 and under only $10.


If you are planning to attend Point-to-Point at Winterthur on May 5 and you don’t have your special hat, you can shop at Houpette in Greenville at Powder Mill Square on Thursday, April 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. They will hold the Helen Kaminski Anniversary Hat Trunk Show featuring the official hat for the races – the Vilamoura design. It’s a bit pricey, but it is a knockout.

General admission tickets are $30 if purchased by April 26, $15 for ages 12 to 20. Children under 12 are free but each child must have a wrist band. If tickets are purchased April 27 to May 4, they cost $50. No tickets will be sold on May 5. If you have a general admission ticket and no tailgate parking slot, you may not go to the tailgating section. For tickets call 800-448-3883.


Saturday, April 20, is the designated Shop Around Town Saturday for people planning to attend the Willowdale Steeplechase on Mother’s Day, May 12. Those of you who have attended the Willowdale Steeplechase know that there is a fascinating mix of attire, so go where your pleasure is. It can be summer sun dresses,a costume to match your tailgate theme, or sporty horse attire worn with whatever suits your mood -- sandals, wedges or riding boots. Some of the participating stores are J. McLaughlin in Greenville, That’s Hats in Chadds Ford, Terrain in Glen Mills, Outback Trading in Oxford, and Ashley Austin Boutique in Kennett Square. If you spend $100 at a store, they will give you a ticket to the races.

General admission tickets are $25, but $30 on Race Day. For tickets call 610-444-1582


I was surprised when the bank that handles my credit card sent me an e-mail saying they had flagged my credit Card. Later they called to ask if I had purchased $8,000 worth of clothes that day. The answer was “No.” I had two charges, one to a local drug store and one to a food store in Wilmington. Apparently someone took my card number off my charge and tried to buy $8,000 worth of clothes by e-mail. As they didn’t know the three digit number on the back of the card, the store refused the card and called the bank. It was very reassuring to know that out there somewhere people are watching what is happening and trying to stop fraud. Within two days my new card arrived in the mail.


The Chadds Ford Historical Society is offering an unusual summer camp for lads and lassies. The kids will not just hear and read about the bad old days, they will dress in Colonial clothes, cook over open fires, bake bread, use traditional wood working tools, process linen from flax plus other fun activities. The camp is for ages 11 to 18 years old with an adult to child ratio of 1:12 or lower. The sessions run from June 1 to Aug. 24 on Saturday afternoons. For 25 hours of activities the cost is $165 for members and $185 for non-members. The first 24 to apply will be accepted. For information call Linda Gillow at 610-388-7376.


Brandywine River Museum is offering Explorer Mornings for ages 3 to 9, accompanied by an adult on Thursday mornings, July 11 through Aug. 1. Session A will meet 10 to 11:30 a.m., and Session B from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free with admission ticket .

Advanced Explorers, ages 9 and older will have a four-day session June 24 to 27 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This gives the opportunity to experiment with sketching, painting, sculpting and print making. Cost is $50 a child. For reservations for either age group call 610-388-8382 or go to education@brandywine.org.


The Serafin String Quartet will close the 2012-2013 season of the “Arts at Trinity.” The free concert at Trinity Episcopal Church, Wilmington, will be on Saturday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. This group always presents unusual music. In this concert they will present variations from “Song of Palestine” by Medieval Palestine composer Walter von der Vogelweide that requires Pythagorean intonation, and “Estampe” by Lou Harrison. Bet you haven’t heard that in a while! Another highlight will be Mozart’s “G-minor Piano Quartet” with well known pianist Julie Nishimura of the University of Delaware. She has performed more than 380 collaborative recitals and five opera performances as well as numerous performances with top musicians. This should be a very special concert.


Winterthur will Open “Common Destinations: Maps: in the American Experience.” This new exhibit opens April 20 and shows how maps shaped the identity of an emerging country. With more than 100 rare objects on display, the exhibit shows how America’s identity was linked with maps, whether on paper or on cards or needlework. The exhibit will run through January 5.


A really good looking set of paintings on the invitation to the reception for “Rendezvous” at the Chadds Ford Gallery on Friday, April 19 from 5 to 8 pm made me want to attend. The paintings are by four artists – Jacalyn Beam, Shawn Faust, Robert Dionne and Timothy Wadsworth, who have some really striking nature scenes. The show will run through May 5.


People’s Light and Theatre will present “Stargirl” by Y. York, based on the novel by prolific writer of youth novels, Jerry Spinelli. When eccentric home-schooled 11th grader Leo Borlock arrives at high school, whispers fill the air. With her colorful costumes, ukulele, pet rat and unique view of the world, Stargirl lives life to the fullest and challenges others to do the same. This beloved story celebrates first love, non-conformity and the similarities that connect us all. The show will run from April 20 to May 12. For tickets call 610-644-3500.


The world premiere of “Fever,” a play written by playwright Theresa Rebeck, will run April 18 through May 4 at the Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Road. Newark. It was written for the Ensemble Players at the University. The play begins with Arthur and Mollie having a drink at a bar, when Arthur insists on telling a lurid story from his past. Sick of listening to him, Mollie leaves and the bar becomes the center of a war between the men and women as each interprets the meaning of the story. For tickets all 302-475-2313.

On-Going Events

Sviraj Slavic Music Band – hosted by the Hadley Memorial Fund at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Unionville High School. These descendants from Croatian and Slavic immigrants will whirl you away with the playing of the tamburitzas. Everyone welcome at this free concert.

“Legally Blonde” – This fun filled musical based on the movie of the same name will stay at the New Candlelight Theatre in Arden, Del., through May 19. The story has blonde Elle, considered a dumb blonde, going to Harvard and succeeding magnificantly. For tickets call 302-475-2313.

“Souh Pacific” at Delaware Theatre Co. -- The two riveting love stories in Rogers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” will be on stage at the Delaware Theatre Co., 200 Water St., Wilmington April 10 to May 5. With this first big musical staged by Delaware Theatre it would be a good time to relive the joy this bewitching musical evokes with so many lovely songs. For tickets call 302-594-1100.

Spring Yard Sale at Chadds Ford Historical Society will be Saturday, April 20, from 8 p.m. to noon. (Rain date April 27.


The New Candlelight Theatre in Arden has begun a once a month Comedy Club. The dates are April 18, May 16, June 29, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7:30 p.m. The price is a real bargain at $25, as it includes a light fare buffet that will usually include wings, pizza, onion rings, fries, pasta dish and a small salad. For tickets call 302-475-2313.

Annoying thought

Finishing off the box of Raisin Bran can be very annoying. All the raisins have fallen to the bottom of the box and you have to chew and chew and chew.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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