There were good crowds in downtown Kennett Square for the Second Art On the Square. There was also beautiful weather and some really beautiful art.
In talking to Anna Bellinger of West Chester, she was quite happy, as her work was selling. She even had her newest watercolor that had just won at the American Watercolor Show on display. However, she was highly amused as people had also been trying to buy her belt and the scarf she was wearing. I was late in getting to the plant sale so couldn’t get any herbs.
The ladies of the Kennett Beautification Committee looked content as their tables looked almost sold out. The proceeds provide the money for those exquisite, colorful sidewalk planters and hanging plants we have in downtown Kennett Square. While walking the street I was able to get a close look at the containers, and they are gorgeous. Thank you ladies, they are a treasure.
By the way, if you wonder the reason the lovely plants on the island in front of the Country Butcher were cut back, they had flourished so well, they had overgrown the monument to the Revolutionary War that was placed there. Apparently it does not commemorate any battle, just the soldiers who trained nearby.
The extensive exhibit of student artwork from the Kennett Consolidated Schools will be on display through May 5 at the new Market at Liberty Place, 248 W. State St. It was definitely a day of Art.
I had a nice chat with the vibrant Karen D’Allard, who runs the Willowdale Art Academy at Wilowdale, naturally, in the barn above Landhope Farms. She has classes in drawing and painting for students second graders to eighth graders during the school year. Go online at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Willowdale Steeplechase on Mother’s Day, May 12, usually has the ladies wearing some lovely hats, and you could even wear them the week before to Winterthur’s Point-to-Point on May 5.
If you don’t have yours yet, stop by the shop Vignette, where the former Brush & Palette was. Although this shop is mainly furniture and lovely accents for one’s home, all arranged beautifully, owner Linda Walker has some knock-out hats that would cause a sensation at the races in England. Yes, they are expensive, but wait until you see these creations by Patricia Underwood and some by Carol Bader. Walker will be a vendor at the Steeplechase so you can check out her hats there.
The singing of the National Anthem to open the Willowdale Steeplechase will be quite a treat. It will be sing by the actresses who are appearing as the nurses in “South Pacific” at the Delaware Theatre Co. through May 5. How great that they will return to sing at the races.
OperaDelaware will give the seldom produced opera “Macbeth” by Giuseppe Verdi this Sunday, May 5, 10 and 11 at the Grand Opera House. This glorious opera, given during this celebration of the Bard Year, as it requires several extraordinary voices, and OperaDelaware has them. This full-fledged production has a knock-out set and 42 boxes of elaborate costumes that should be a glorious show.
To make it easier for opera goers, there is a free bus that runs from Route 52 and DuPont Street (lots of free parking)at 12:45 and 1:15 for a 2 p.m. performance on May 5; and 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. performance on May 10 and 11. To reserve a seat on the bus call Carin Brastow at 302-658-8063 ext. 3260. For tickets to the opera call 1-800-37 GRAND.
When an influential member of the community dies, we tend to reiterate all the good they brought to the area. With the passing of Mary Dugan, in spite of all that she accomplished, there is still one piece of unfinished business, The Fussell House (“The Pines”) that was once a very active station in the Underground Railroad. It was purchased in 2006 with the belief that it would not be torn down. So far it has just been sitting there with nothing being done to restore it. Fixing it up would be a wonderful tribute in memory of Mary. It would be a shame to lose this historic house that was such an important part of the history of Kennett Square.
Concord Presbyterian Church will perform one of its outstanding concerts on Sunday, May 5, at the Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd., Wilmington, at 7 p.m. Named “Bind Us Together: A Concert for Unity” the concert will feature the Concord Concert Choir, professional soloists and orchestra
If you haven’t gotten your tickets to Winterthur’s Point-to-Point, that will be held this coming weekend on May 6, you missed the bargain price. The tickets are $50 each now and can be purchased by calling 302-888-4994. This is one of the biggest picnics of the year, and with horses too! One of the highlights of Point-to-Point is the parade of antique carriages, and they are really antiques from the 1700s and 1800s, not reproductions. As Frolic Weymouth is in charge of them, there is no doubt in my mind that they are all authentic. The showpiece this year is a Wells Fargo Wagon and I am dying to get a close look at it. Surely there will be at least one bullet hole or a dent from an arrow. Stay tuned.
The Brandywine River Museum will host a musical evening on Thursday, May 9, when violinist Avane Kozasa and Michael Djupstrom will present a program of works by Enescu Porter, Shubert and Djupstom’s original composition, “Walimai.” The galleries open at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Full bar and small plate offerings will be available for purchase. Call 610-388-8326 for tickets.
Don’t be left out of the Big Fish Out. This Saturday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Anson B. Nixon Park will be filled with happy fishermen during the Trout Rodeo. The ponds are stocked with trout. All you need is one rod, a current Pennsylvania fishing license if you are age 16 or older and an event ticket. Tickets may be purchased at Buck’s Hunting, 809 Gap-Newport Pike, Avondale. For more information call 610-444-0792. The White Clay Fly Fishers will be demonstrating tying demonstrations so it sounds like a great outing.
“Lend Me a Tenor” is one of the funniest comedies around, and it will be coming to the Act II Playhouse, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler Act II Playhouse says it is a non-profit organization founded in 1887. It has a reputation for high artistic standards and has received 32 Barrymore nominations and won six Barrymore Awards.
“Lend Me a Tenor” is a screwball comedy that happens when a world famous Italian singer vanishes just before a performance and another singer is pressed into replacing him. However when the original tenor also shows up, there is chaos. It is really a great musical full of many of the best tenor arias ever written. It will be performed May 7 – June 2. For tickets call 215- 654-0200. I hope to be there.
Everyone knows the humorous play, “Mame” about a person who could be everyone’s favorite aunt, only she is the aunt of young Patrick, who then gets a marvelously exotic upbringing. The show has received rave reviews. Broadway’s Andrea McCardle stars in this comedy. For tickets call 610-891-0100
While I was rejoicing that my daughter and son-in-law had decided not to do the Boston Marathon this year, I heard from my cousin who lives in Shirley. Mass., 10 miles from Boston. He had been operated on for a terrible knee injury three month earlier that had become infected and he was unable to stand or walk. Luckily for him he had to go back into the hospital on the day before all of Boston was told to remain indoors. After two operations in five days the hospital called his wife to tell her to come get him as they needed the bed because of all the injured people from the explosions at the Boston Marathon. She said she was in bed with the flu and couldn’t come, but if they could keep him another day, a friend could pick him up the following day.
The hospital couldn’t wait that long to get the bed and said they would send him home in an ambulance, paid for by them. Having a good idea of what an ambulance ride costs, I was impressed by how badly they needed that bed. Then I learned they delivered him to his townhouse and left him outdoors on the front stoop, not mobile enough to get him inside. It takes a tough man to be sick nowadays
“South Pacific” – Hit musical gets great treatment by Delaware Theatre Co. through May 5. Call 302-594-1100 for tickets.
“Legally Blonde” – Pretty blonde shows macho men that she is the one who belongs at Harvard. At New Candlelight Theatre through May 19. Call 302-475-2313 for tickets
Dan Navarro is a vocalist, guitarist and voice actor best known as half of duo Lowen & Navarro. May 3.
The Pretty Ditties and Beggars Cup –This is a fascinating mixture of rewritten songs by master writers and songs rewritten to the dark side. May 4.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.