Chadds Ford Days opens with Revolutionary War re-enactors

Courtesy photo The Cameltones perform at last year's Jam on the Brandywine.

That lovely gathering of quality crafters and Colonial demonstrations will highlight Chadds Ford Days this weekend, Sept. 7 and 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chadds Ford Historical Society on Route 100. As always there will be wonderful shopping, live music, gorgeous antique cars, a lot of musket firing, celebrating with wine and beer in the William Barns Tavern, lots of good food and kid’s games and activities. There is a $5 admission for non-members of the Chadds Ford Historical Society. It’s not only a fun day; it helps keep the historic buildings in good repair.

Flash

The popular Kennett Flash will reopen for the season this Friday, Sept. 6, with the Melton Brothers plus John Lilley and Bob Beach. I just received the press release from them advertising their schedule, but in talking with a member of their organization at last weekend’s festival in the Anson B. Nixon Park, I was told that the opening concert was sold out. I don’t know where the truth lies, but suggest that you call 484-732-8295 to see if there is still any room.

From what I have been told, if you want to attend one of the popular concerts you are wise to call ahead for reservations at www.kennettflash.org. Upcoming concerts are Chris Bruni and Geri Smith on Sept. 7.

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On Sept. 13 Beaucoup Blue/Deb Callahan are on the co-bill and the Dukes of Destiny Dance Party will be Sept. 14. The Kennett Flash has a café that offers sandwiches, salads and assorted beverages. The Café is BYOB and has a $4 corking fee. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the concerts at 8 p.m.

Arts

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts in Josephine Gardens in Wilmington (next to the zoo) has been held for decades, as it has always been a great place to get original paintings. Years ago, many years ago, you could buy paintings by Andrew Wyeth hanging on the clothesline. There will be works by over 250 artists. There will also be vendors, food and activities for children. The Festival is open Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. The zoo is free.

Music

The Brandywine River Museum is jumping with music this fall with a series of concerts, all held in the glass enclosed lobby where the acoustics are superb. The view is not bad either. The first concert will be on Friday, Sept. 13, with some swinging be-bop by Andy Kahn‘s All-Star Jazz Trio. In this salute to the Great American Songbook of singers and composers pianist Andy Kahn, bassist Bruce Kaminsky and drummer Bruce Klauber will have the joint jumping. Admission is $25, $20 for members, with tickets available on line at brandywinemuseum.org or by calling 610-388-8326. The galleries will be open from 6-9 pm with concert at 7:30 pm. Full bar and small plate offerings will be available for purchase.

Brewery

It’s an art show! It’s a beer fest! It’s a happening – Sept. 14 and 15 is when the Art Show and sale is held at the Twin Lakes Brewery in Greenville, Del. When driving from Kennett on Route 52, it is the first driveway on the right after crossing Route 52 and Kirk Road intersection. This is a group effort where 100 artists have donated paintings to help preserve the Howard Pyle Studio. The over 100-year-old studio in Wilmington that belonged to Howard Pyle needs some major repairs. It is in use by a band of 36 artists called The Studio Group. Admission is $10. The show is open noon to 5 p.m. on the 14th and noon to 4 p.m. on the 15th. Definitely Save the date!

Winterthur

Winterthur is offering hour talks and tours on gardening topics on some Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. in the Brown Horticultural Learning Center. On Sept. 11 is Exploration of Sycamore Hill, Sept. 18 is Small Trees and Large Shrubs, and Sept. 25 is the “Lost” Gardens at Winterthur. They are offering tram tours on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. through September.

Hagley

If you have ever wondered exactly how the fashion industry selects next season’s colors or the reason General Motors introduced blue sedan to compete with Henry Ford’s black Model T, you will be interested in a lecture at Hagley Museum on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.The lecture will explore the evolution of color from 1850 to 1970. Author Dr. Regina Lee Blaszczyk will speak about the relationship between color and commerce in America history. Admission is free but reservations are requested; call 302-658-2400. The lecture will be held in the Soda House auditorium Use Hagley’s Buck Road East entrance off Route 100.

Corpse

When you go to the Hedgerow Theatre you soon discover they seem to have the monopoly on humor. Their current play, Corpse, has a sparkling cast and a play so full of twists and turns it is a happy delightful evening. In the play It is 1936 and Edward VII is about to abdicate the throne so everyone is concentrating on his speech. An out-of-work actor begins a plot to have his rich identical twin brother killed so he can assume his identity and inherit his money. He hires a reluctant down-on-his-luck retired Army major to do the murder and the plot begins to unravel. The incredibly talented Carl Smith plays both twins, the discontented Evelyn and the wealthy supercilious Rupert, both of whom he portrays brilliantly. He is given a worthy foil in Shaun Yates as the reluctant murderer. This is a wonderful English comedy with a superb cast. The show runs on Thursday, Fridays at 7:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. through October 6, so hurry. There are also two Wednesday matinees at 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 and Oct. 2. Call 619-565-4211

REP

The REP (Resident Ensemble Players) at the University of Delaware has chosen a full range of plays for the coming season. They begin with “Night of the Iguana,” the story of lost souls in a tropical jungle from Sept. 26 through Oct. 13. This will be followed by “The Servant With Two Masters,” a zany comedic farce, from Nov. 14 to Dec. 8. The other plays will be Agatha Christie’s thriller “The Mousetrap,” Jan. 23 to Feb. 9; that deal with the devil, “Faust,” March 6 through 23; ending with “Wit,” April 24 through May 10, winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize. This all professional troupe give wonderful shows at very reasonable prices. For tickets call 302-831-2204.

‘Chorus Line’

A Chorus Line, winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway will be at the New Candlelight Theatre in Arden Sept. 13 through November. This moving story of the struggle working actors have pounding the pavement to get hired for a part in a show, not even the starring role, shows the hard work but has a lot of glitter and glitz. The popular song from the show is “What I Did For Love.” An excellent dinner comes with the show. Call 302-475-2313 for the best value in town.

‘Rainmaker’

People’s Light & Theatre (39 Conestoga Road, Malvern) opens its 2013-2014 season with the romantic classic “The Rainmaker,” set in the drought-plagued Iowa in 1936. In this desperate time the eccentric Bill Starbuck arrives claiming he can make it rain. Love starved Lizzie Curry falls for this character who brings hope, and maybe love. The show runs Sept. 18 through Oct. 13. Its program “Scoop on Sundays: History, Context and Gossip,” is held at 5:30 p.m. in the Farmhouse Bistro before the 7 p.m. performance. Cost of $15 includes light fare. For tickets call 610-647-1900.

Boeing, Boeing at Barley Sheaf Players

The Barley Sheaf Players will open their season with “Boing, Boing” on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on Sept. 6, 7, 14, 15, 20 and 21. This amusing comedy has a man in Paris with three girl friends, one American, one German and one Italian, each of who is a stewardess, or whatever they call them nowadays. He has a complicated system that keeps track of their schedules so that there is always one in the air, one on the ground and one pending. Then a friend arrives to visit, and all systems break down. The theatre is in an old church at 810 N. Whitford Road, Lionville, 19353. For reservations call 610 - 363-7075. Auditions for their next show “A Seussical Christmas Carol” will be held Sept. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. All ages and genders are wanted, including families, with people who can sing a little.

Jam

The Annual Jam on the Brandywine to benefit the Brandywine Valley Association will be held on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the property on Route 842 in West Chester. The continuous music by local popular bands will entertain from noon to 8 p.m. This BYOB event will have food and beverages provided by Hickory House Catering. Just a few of the bands performing will be The Pretty Dittys, Oregami For Addicts and Spokey Speaky.Advance tickets are $10, $20 at the gate. Call610-793-1090 for reservations.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.