Antiques show coming to Brandywine River Museum

Caryl Huffaker
Caryl Huffaker

The always knock-out, gorgeous Brandywine Antiques Show will be held May 25 through 27, when treasures of the past will be on display from 32 of the finest antique dealers stocks. There is everything from furniture and fold art to illuminate manuscripts and clock cases.

One reason the show continues to attract both vendors and shoppers is that it is so well planned. At the Brandywine River Museum the planning and execution is done by around 125 volunteers with this year’s chairmen Donna Heck and Jane Johnson.

So far the proceeds from the shows have enabled the Museum Volunteers’ Art Purchase Fund to purchase more than 200 paintings, drawings and prints since 1975.

Admission is $15 per person to the show on May 25 through 27.


The preview reception that gives you a first look at the antiques for sale has a selection of passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations and seafood and sushi bars while listening to and music. Tickets to the preview reception on May 24 at 6 to 9 p.m. are $125, $100 for Young Collectors (ages 35 and under) can be reserved at 610-388-8318.


As part of the Antiques Show at the Brandywine River Antiques Show, they have an exhibit of Antique American Weathervanes. Although they were really working tools to determine wind direction in farms and maritime villages, today they are considered folk art and early sculpture. The first known weathervane was at the Tower of the Winds in ancient Athens, where the figure of Triton was designed to always face the direction of the wind. Copying Old St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome medieval builders topped church steeples with weathercocks.

In America Colonial craftsmen created unique weathervanes by hand, the most legendary the grasshopper atop Faneuil Hall in Boston. By the 19th century almost any design could be mass produced. This exhibition includes 28 weathervanes of the forms most popular in this country. One spectacular weathervane on loan from the Chester County Historical Society was an integral part of the architecture as it stood atop the cupola of the Chester County Prison.

The display will stay from May 25 to July 28.


A continental breakfast and tour of the weathervane exhibit will be on Saturday, May 25, with breakfast at 9 and 9:30 a.m. Conservator Jennifer Mass, senior scientist and director of Winterthur’s Scientific Research and Analysis Laboratory, will lead the tour. Cost is $25 with reservations requested. Call -610-388-2700.


Tea will be served at the Winterthur Visitor Center on May 25 and 26 at 3 p.m. Imagine sitting there with the beautiful view of the grounds! Tea is $30, half price for children 12 and under. For reservations call 302-888-4826.


When Kennett Township supervisors built the township building, they did not plan for parking for large crowds. Last Thursday when Architectural Historian Seth Hinshaw spoke on the Barns of Kennett Township for the Kennett Township Historical Commission, about 120 people showed up and the cars were all over the roadside.

Sara Meadows honored Jay Roland Minshall for his service to the commission with his amazing memory and tall tales. He answered,”All you have to do is live long enough so you can tell stories about things before the listeners were born. Hinshaw acknowledged that some of his facts were iffy and was corrected by the audience, one saying “That barn was built by my great-grandfather” and later someone disputed the date of 1937 for the invention of machines to make square bales of hay.

Hinshaw showed the changes architecturally from 1798 up to the present. The use for the barns changed as they reduced the number of livestock, introduced Percheron horses for plowing, got rid of the oxen, and stopped raising sheep, concentrated on raising large grain crops due to the introduction of fertilizer. They learned to rotate crops and equipment improved, such as the grain drill invented by the Pennock Brothers of Kennett Square. As more people moved here they began a much larger production of dairy products for the city folk.

A highlight of the evening was the display of sketches of barns by artist Marion Guthrie, who has been sketching them for over 50 years. She had also filled the display case with a diorama of two barns and a large poster full of fascinating facts about area. The diorama and the poster are well worth a visit to the meeting room where they will remain for weeks to come.


The annual Bonsai Show at the Brandywine River Museum Courtyard members of the Brandywine Bonsai Society will be present to demonstrate training techniques and to answer questions about these extraordinary trees will be the weekend on June 1 and 2 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be free admission on Sunday, June 2, until noon.


Grammy winners Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey will be at Longwood Gardens on Friday, June 7, at 7:30 p.m, but without their beloved Mary, the missing third of their trio. The men will perform as a duo with some of the songs that made the trio famous, including “If I Had a Hammer,” “Blowin’ In the Wind” and “Puff, the Magic Dragon.” Tickets are $22 to $57 from 215-893-1999.


The Savoy Co. will present the Gilbert & Sullivan satirical musical comedy, “The Gondoliers,” at Longwood Gardens on Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $27 with reserved seating. For tickets go to or call 215-735-7161.


Longwood is calling it “Blooms & Booms.” But it is their first fireworks display of the summer on this Saturday, May 25. It is not only terrific fireworks exploded to the music of Sir Elton John, but the flowers have discovered it is spring and are in full bloom.Fireworks tickets let you visit all day. For tickets call 601-388-1000.


The Home andGarden Day Tour to benefit the Bayard Taylor Library is like a moving block party. You see lots of people you know and exchange notes on what you have seen and liked. In addition to the lovely homes and gardens on display in Unionville, the committee has some of our top local artists painting in the gardens, and they are kind enough not to get upset when you go look over their shoulder to see what they are doing. The artists who will be in the gardens will be E. Jean Lanyard at Upland House, Paul Scarborough at Brooklawn, Sunny McGeorge at Primitive Hall,Cathy Deaville at the Roosevelt home, William Ressler at the Kirwin home, Roe Murray at the R.I.G. Jones home and Wanda Kevis at Kinloch Woodworking.

Tickets are $35 each available from the Bayard Taylor Library at 610-444-2702. It is better to pick up your tickets at the library as the postage for the tour kit costs $2.


You might think opera is old fashioned, but Opera Philadelphia Aurora Series for Chamber Opera is bringing it into this century with a new opera by Thomas Ade called “Powder Her Face.”

This real-life sex scandal that rocked the British aristocracy in the 1960s is about Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll. The duke divorced her, producing in court a list of her 88 alleged “conquests” that included three members of the royal family, Bob Hope, Maurice Chevalier, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and David Niven. The duchess’s beauty was so well known she was mentioned in Cole Porter’s song “You’re the Top”.

The opera will be performed June 7, 9-matinee, 12, 14 and matinee-16 at the Perelman Theatre, 260 S. Broad St., Philadelphia in the Kimmel Center. Tickets from $20 up are available from Ticket Philadelphia at 215-893-1018.


Tickets are now on sale at for “Broadway On the Brandywine” at Unionville High School on June 1 at 7 p.m. Put on by the Unionville-Chadds Ford Education Foundation, this is a salute to Broadway and its music by students from all their schools, alumni and faculty. Food will be available. Money raised will be used for teaching tools and scholarships for graduating seniors. For more information go to


For 100 years, the village of Arden in Delaware has been presenting a play by Shakespeare every summer in the outdoor theatre under the trees. It used to be acted by just the inhabitants of Arden, but this year the play will be given with the stars of City Theatre and the residents of Arden on June 7 and 8, 13 to 15 and 21 to 22 at 7:30 p.m. Seats are $10 for adults and $5 for children 8-and-under. All seats for the matinee on June 9 at 4 p.m. For tickets you may call 302-475-3126, go to or to This fun event will let you experience how plays were attended many years ago.


A senior expo, bringing together exhibitors from state, county and local agencies with information for seniors will be at the Red Clay Room at the Kennett Firehouse on Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Admission is free. There will be refreshments, free screenings and door prizes.


Nancy Breslin, who was the artist in residence at Winterthur Museum, will discuss her photographs of Winterthur’s Gardens on Friday, May 31 at 7 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. at the Newark Arts Alliance in Market East Plaza at 276 E. Main St., Newark, Del. (Suite 102). While at Winterthur, Breslin explored Winterthur’s collections and has used them for new work using cellphone and pinhole photography. She will also showcase photographs of gardens from her travels in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland and Portugal. The public is invited to the free lecture.


People’s Light & Theatre, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, will present a world premiere of “Barcelona” by Bess Wohl from May 29 to June 23 on Wednesdays through Sundays. This is the story of a late night in Barcelona when an American woman leaves a party to go with a tall, dark stranger, an older Spanish man. This is a “funny and seductive look at the politics of who we pretend to be versus who we really are.”

The play has been optioned for a commercial production in London. There will be a discussion every Sunday before the 7 p.m. performance. For tickets call 610-655-3500.


The New Candlelight Theatre in Arden, Del., 2208 Miller’s Road, Ardentown, has been famous for its musicals for decades. In between the large productions the theatre offers quite a few different entertaining events. “Broad’s Way” – Top singers present Broadway’s most show stopping numbers on May 31. They offer an evening with only dessert and not a full dinner.

Johnny K and the JK Rockets – Come hear lead guitarist for Bill Haley & the Comets rock some classics while sharing some incredible stories about the early days of the Roots of Rock. They will feature songs by Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonny Cash and Bill Haley on June 1st only. Tickets include dinner and the show.

Murder Mystery – June 7

“Driving Miss Daisy” June 8 – June 23 This Pulitzer Prize winner shows a deep friendship between two unlikely people. Tickets $25 are available for dessert only. .

Just Drag! –June 14

For tickets to any of the shows call 302 -475-2313.

Kennett Flash

“Gimme The Loot” – This tale of Sofia and Malcolm, two graffiti writers in New York. When a rival group gets their latest masterpiece, they hatch an elaborate plan to retaliate and get revenge, but it will cost $500. They try to get the money all summer as they encounter black market spray cans, illicit bodegas and stolen sneakers, and then encounter beautiful a stoned girl wearing a beautiful necklace. Problem solved. May 24 at 2 p.m., May 25 at 5 p.m. and May 26 at 5 p.m.

“To The Wonder” – This romantic film has American Ben Aflack in love with a Ukrainian divorcee with a 10-year-old daughter. After a romantic interlude at the island abbey of Mont. St. Michael, he takes her home to Oklahoma, where their passion cools. May 24 at8 p.m., on May 25 at 2 and 8 p.m. and May 26 2 p.m.

“Side Effects” – This psychological mystery with a very convoluted plot has a woman put on a new drug after she attempts suicide. The side effects, both real and staged, make it a very involved thriller. Show on Thursday, May 30. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film starting at 7:30 p.m.

Performances – Jeffrey Gaines – May 24 –This singer/songwriter from Harrisburg made the top 40 list playing an acoustic version of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” and was one of the artists on “We are Family” to benefit the families of 9-11. He has had numerous appearances on TV programs.

Alexander Claffy – May 31 -Well known for his bass playing with the top performers, he was raised in a musical family with both his parents well known musicians.

Dan Orlando – June 1. – As he returns from super performances in Texas, he will be in party mood as he releases his new recording in Kennett Square on June 1.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.