Arden Fair coming on Saturday

Photo by Caryl Huffaker The audience at the folk festival in Anson B. Nixon Park lounges on the ground enjoying music and the great weekend weather.

The 106th Arden Fair will be held this Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Arden, Del. The fair began as a farewell to summer when the population went down as the “summer folk” went home. Today the Fair is a fund-raiser for the Gild Hall and its activities.

The Fair will have 120 vendors of handmade items, over 50 vendors in the antiques market, free live music all day long, beer garden, a food court and activities for the children. Parking is at the YMCA Hanby Outdoor Center on Chestnut Road between Marsh and Darley roads, just north of Arden for shuttle buses.

NOTE: While dogs on leashes are welcome at the fair (You clean up after your dog) only service dogs are allowed on the shuttle buses. The buses and fair are free, but there is a small admission fee to the antiques market. Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 1.

Folk

Blessed with perfect weather on two of the three days, the Brandywine Folk Festival was in full swing on Saturday at the Anson B. Nixon Park. It was a particularly attractive setting with the vendors clustered along the pond as the entertainers took turns on stage.

An enthusiastic crowd -- although a young one -- were one or two generations below me in age, but they were friendly and helpful. There were quite a few gorgeous, well behaved dogs at the festival. I fell in love with two Huskies. The vendors were offering a lot of clothes and food. I sampled some great old fashioned apple butter and some chocolate almond confections. It was a beautiful setting with a well organized event to help publicize and benefit SPARC, Southeastern Pennsylvania Autism Resource Center.

Taiwan

No, you don’t have to go to Taiwan to see Chinese films, just the Delaware Art Museum. The museum and the Hanlin Chinese Culture Association have joined to present some of the outstanding Chinese films, all of which come with English subtitles. They will be shown at the Delaware Art Museum on Sept. 8, 15 and 22. On Sept. 8 at 1 p.m., there will be opening remarks by Taini Hsu, executive director of Hanlin Chinese Culture Association. At 1:15 p.m. the film Warriors of the Rainbow (150 Minutes) tells the true story of rebellion by Chinese immigrants in Taiwan in 1945 against their Japanese colonial masters.

On Sept. 15 they will show “Money and Honey” (96 minutes), tales told by Filipino migrant workers in a senior retirement home in Taipei. This will be followed by a documentary (45 minutes) about the famous award winning actress Liao, who won the National Cultural Award. On Sept. 22 the film is “A Year in the Clouds,” (90 minutes) about the remote village of Sagnus whose inhabitants practice common ownership of land and property. It shows the dignity and attitude toward life displayed by these traditionalists when they encounter modern civilization.

The movie “Ebb and Flow” (60 minutes) studies the expansive tidal flats connecting the Dadu and Zhuoshui River estuaries in Taiwan once considered one of Asia’s most significant wetland areas and bird habitats. Time has increased distance of local fishing villages from the sea and its sustenance. The films are free with admission.

Steam

It’s time to ride the little engine that could at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights in Yorklyn, Delaware, on Sunday, Sept. 1 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The train one-eighth full size is great fun and delights both adults and children. Then you can see all the old antique cars in the museum and take a ride on a Stanley Steamer or another antique auto.

4-H award

The winner of the 2013 Spirit of 4-H Award is Madeline Martin of West Grove, who has been an active member of 4-H for eleven years. During that time she distinguished herself as a teen as she participated in county, state and national leadership activities. She was a camp counselor for the 4-H residential summer camp, as well as science and enrichment camps this summer.

She represented Chester County this past spring at the national 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C. Recently she earned eligibility at Penn State’s 4-H Achievement Days to compete at the national level with her Turkey Barbecue/Avian Bowl Project. All 4-H members in the county are eligible for this award. Congratulations to Madeline on this marvelous recognition.

Historical

Summit is almost over and if you missed the two exhibits at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester, they are quite wonderful, and they won’t be around much longer. “The Faces of Chester County” is a fascinating group of portraits from the museum collection of men, women and children over two centuries who lived here. These well done depictions will be shown only through November. Another exhibit is “On The Edge of Battle: Chester County” and the Civil War exhibition with paintings of the soldiers. One of the more interesting is of Richard Adams, one of the African Americans in the Union Army. This exhibit closes Sept. 28.

Chefs

Celebrity Kitchens in Wilmington has a lineup of chefs cooking their favorite foods. Beginning on Sept. 10 with Chef Joseph Poon of Philadelphia, the lineup of outstanding chefs ends with the go to Chef Dan Rosen of Blue Monkey Catering on September 30. To make reservations call 302-427-26654.

Break

I have mentioned my athletic son-in-law Doug Clark before. Two weeks ago he came in third in the Iron Man Competition for the U.S. title. He was feeling so good about all his training paying off that he entered a small competition in New Hampshire. He won, but he also broke a bone in his foot. As the World’s Iron Man Competition will be in London in four weeks, he will not be able to compete as he may not put any weight on his foot for two weeks.

It is very disappointing not to be able to go after all this training. As he loves good chocolate he had told his wife, Hillary, to hide some excellent chocolate that he had while he was in training and not to give it to him. After the accident he said he would like to have it as he wasn’t training now. Hillary couldn’t remember where she hid it and no search brought it to light. We did our best to help. Husband Bill rushed some of the exquisite spirit lifting chocolates from the legendary Swiss chocolate confectionaire Neuchatel Chocolates in Oxford to the rescue.

Callas

OperaDelaware is presenting a one-of-a-kind program when they explore the life of Maria Callas, the most well known opera icon of our time. With Diva Francesca Mondanaro and director and personal friend of Callas Fabrizio Melano this is a rare opportunity. Performances at OperaDelaware Studio are Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 8 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 302-658-8063.

Talk

Author/performer Tony Braithwaite has written another funny one man show. The new one is called “Didn’t Your Father Have This Talk With You?” and will be performed at Act Two Playhouse at 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. This sounds like a winner. For tickets call 215-654-0200.

‘Spamalot’

The Tony Award for Best Musical went to “Spamalot” when it hit Broadway, and it still has that Monty Python and the Holy Grail type magic. It tells the story of the legendary King Arthur. The show runs from Sept. 25 to Nov. 3 at The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media. Call 610-891-0100 for tickets/

Theatre N

The following movies are on tap for Theatre N at Nemours:

“Prince Avalanche”- This is an off-beat comedy about two men painting traffic lines on a desolate country highway that’s been ravaged by wildfire backed with a great score. Aug. 30 at 2 p.m., Aug. 31 at 2 and 8 p.m.and Sept. 1 at 2 p.m.

“Hanna Arendt” –This is a brilliant new biopic of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist who introduced the concept of the “Banality of Evil” and reported in The New Yorker on the 1961 trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann; Aug.30 at 8 p.m., Aug. 31 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 1 at 5 p.m.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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