Preparations under way for antiques show

Caryl Huffaker

The always eagerly awaited Brandywine River Museum’s Antique Show will be held on Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, with a show of more than 31 top antique dealers showcasing a variety of American and English furniture. But it isn’t just furniture. There will be glass, ceramics. Folk art, quilts rugs etc

The preview reception on Friday, May 24, from 6 to 9 p.m. is one of the outstanding parties of the year. You get a first glimpse of the antiques and enjoy passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and seafood and sushi bars while listening to jazz by “First Choice.” Tickets are $125 per person or $100 for “Young Collectors” (ages35 and under).

The special exhibition this year is “Which Way the Wind Blows: Antique American Weathervanes.” This exhibition curated by Assistant Curator Amanda C. Burden has a variety of weathervane forms that were popular in this country as well differences of finishes, manufacture and authenticity.

On Saturday, May 25, the continental breakfast and curator’s lecture will be at 9 a.m. for breakfast, and at 9:30 a.m. Jennifer Mass will tell all about the weathervanes on display. Mass is the senior scientist and director of Winterthur’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory. She has analyzed a include admission to the Antiques Show. For reservations to the Friday preview party or the breakfast lecture call 610-388-8318. Admission to the Antiques Show is $15.


We all know the gripping drama of Shakespeare’s play, “Macbeth.” For a really dramatic presentation you should see and hear “Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi” as it will be performed by OperaDelaware at the Grand Opera House on May 5, 10 and 11. There is glorious music, and you already know the story of the Scottish nobleman caught in a web of supernatural power and murder. Besides, if you get confused, there are the supertitle screens to help you stay abreast of the drama. For tickets, call 1-800- 37- GRAND or visit

Paint out

The Chadds Ford Historical Society will hold a plein air paint out on Saturday, April 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. pm on the grounds of Stone Bridge and Denton Hollow. This impressive home will have hosts Marilyn and James Serum as you watch award winning plein air artists paint landscapes from start to finish in just two hours. Then from 3:30 to 4 p.m., there will be a question and answer period and group critique. Admission is $25 for CFHS members and $30 for non-members. Registration is limited to the first20 people – call 619-388-7376. The paintings will be on sale on April 29, the next day, at the CFHS Barn Center.


The vocal quartet, The Laughing Bird, is a musical foursome dedicated to high-quality performances of 16th and 17th century music. They will be serving up Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music at a “salon” style concert at St. Clements in Center City on Saturday, April 20, along with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are only $25 by calling 215-235-8469.


Children are invited to come to the Delaware Museum of Natural History to hear “Saturday Stories” read by Ursuline Academy students, parents and faculty on Saturdays in the Nature Nook at 11 a.m. In addition, selected themes will be explored with hands-on activities, crafts and instructions. Story time is free for members and anyone age 2 or younger. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 for children (ages 3-17). It looks to me that if you are planning to go several times it would be a good idea to join the museum.

Sky tour

Unless we are visited with a rain storm Saturday, April 20, will be a grand night for the Sky Tour in Nixon Park. (Go to the second entrance to the Tino Leto Athletic Fields on North Walnut Street. Members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will use their telescopes and a green laser light to guide visitors through the night sky beginning at 8 p.m. It is free and open to anyone, any age. Please bring a small flash light, sweater or jacket, paper and pen and your kids.


It’s cleanup time led by the Young Friends of the Brandywine Conservancy on this Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they host their 20th Annual Cleanup of the Brandywine River. Over the past 19 cleanups they have collected more than 28 tons of trash and hope to collect two tons this Saturday to make it over 30 tons.

You find all sorts of things in the river, from automobile tires and picnic tables to an enormous stuffed purple gorilla. To help with the cleanup please contact Kathy Smith at or call 610-388-8315. Volunteers are asked to come to the Environmental Management Center at the Brandywine River Museum at 9 a.m. to register.

Fire police

Lincoln Bramwell, historian for the U.S. Forest Service, will speak on 50 years of Fire Police by the U.S. Forest Service on Monday, April 22, at 8 p.m. at Kennett High School for the Hadley Memorial Fund. Bramwell began working with the Forest Service as a seasonal employee while he went to school. His love for history and nature has now been utilized as he works to make the history of the service more accessible to the public. The lecture is free and open to the public.


This Saturday, April 20, is the first “Shop Around Town Saturday” when Willowdale Steeplechase hosts the event. If you spend $100 at the shops you will get a ticket to the races. For more information on participating retailers go to


I stumbled onto the Best Kept Secrets Tour at Willowdale Shopping Mall. This is a shopping, food and fun adventure featuring 37 local and off-the-beaten-path businesses. You buy a ticket for $7, and this entitles you to discounts at each business, refreshments and other enticements. You can do this between May 3 and 18 mostly on Monday through Saturday. You can shop beginning May 8, and the first 1,000 people receive a shopping bag filled with goodies. A $1 from each ticket is given to Surry Services for Seniors. For more information call 484-551-5180 or order tickets online at


This awards winning Broadway musical, “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” opens at the Player’s Club of Swarthmore on April 19. This well established theatre group, now in its 102nd season, is very professional with a good location with excellent parking and a comfortable 300 seat theatre. The theatre is located at 614 Fairview Road, just off Route 320. For tickets go to


People’s Light &Theatre will present the world premiere of “Stargirl” by Y York, based on the novel of Newberry Award winning author Jerry Spinelli. Running April 20 through May 12, it tells the story of eccentric homeschooler Leo Borlock, who shocks the high school with her colorful costumes, ukele playing, pet rat and unique view of the world. As Stargirl challenges everyone to live their lives to the fullest, this beloved story should delight audiences. Eighteen-year-old SaigeHassler, who plays Stargirl, has been performing at People’s Light since she was 6 years old. For tickets call 610-644-3500.


That excellent amateur group, The Barley Sheaf Players, 810 Whitford Road, Lionville, will present “The God Committee” April 19 through May 4, on Fridays and Saturdays. This dramatic play delves into the moral, emotion, and ethical debates that that take place when medical and social personnel have to decide how organ donation is decided and exactly who decides it when a heart becomes available and there are three possible recipients. The theatre will be running a raffle during performances to raise funds for the Gift of Life Family House. This is not suitable for younger patrons. For tickets call 610-363-7075.


“The Vocalist,” formerly Delco Idol, will hold auditions at the Media Theatre 104 E. State St., for two age groups. Auditions for both The Vocalist ages 14-24 and Vocalist Jr., ages 7-13 will be held on May 20 and 21 at 6 p.m. You may register at the door or online at The audition fee is $25. You may sing a song of your choice from any genre but please bring the sheet music for the accompanist.


Catherine’s Restaurant in Unionville has an interesting attraction – they are holding a dinner on Tuesday, April 30, where they will be featuring medium Nellie Walter. Tickets that include dinner are $40. Patrons are asked not to wear scents of any kind of perfume or lotions. It seems that Nellie is highly allergic. For tickets call 610-347-2227.


Lovers of the whimsical opera “The Magic Flute,” Mozart’s masterpiece of good versus evil and the search for true love, can hear a knock out version by Opera Philadelphia which will give five performances at the Academy of Music, April 19 through 28. This opera filled with Masonic rituals and religious allegory was an immediate hit when it debuted in 1791. Tickets from $10 up are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1018.

Kennett Flash

“The Impossible” FILM – This is an account of a family caught, with tens of thousands of strangers, in the confusion of an enormous natural catastrophe. This focuses not on the large scale destruction but on the effects on the fragile, traumatized people. Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m.

Writers in the Round – This group of Andrew Gray, Mike Cummings and Tim Celfo will rock the house on Friday, April 19.

Johnny Kay and the NEW JK Rockets –Saturday, April 20

Jenny and Tyler. Sunday, April 21


“Good People” – WalnutStreet Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia will run through April 28. Margie from South Boston has just let go from yet another job. She has a fling with an old flame who escaped his childhood neighborhood. This is the Philadelphia premiere of the hit Broadway play. For tickets call215-574=3550.

Ralphie May - Stand-up Comedian Ralphie May will bring his “Too Big To Ignore” Tour to the DuPont Theatre on Friday, April 19, at 8 pm. For tickets call 302-656-4401.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.