The Classics, meaning those gorgeous Bentleys, Rolls Royces and Porches, will be gathering once again at beautiful Brandtwyn in Wilmington this Sunday, Oct. 6.
Automobiles, like people, have their individual stories. There is a1949 HRG Aero racecar that the owner first saw as a boy in1950 when it raced at Watkins Glen, only to find the same car in disrepair in a farmer’s field years later. Then there’s the 1928 Pierce Arrow once owned by Paramount Studios used to carry Marlene Dietrich to and from her home in the Hollywood Hills. There is a 1936 Hotchkiss 486 Cabourg Berline, a French car that was hidden in France during World War II by his first owner to prevent its being requisitioned by the Wehmacht. There is also a 1956 Porsche Spyder 550 similar to the one in which actor James Dean was killed.
This benefit for the Kennett Symphony of Chester County begins with a parade of these lovelies at 11 a.m., while the spectators sip a special libation. Then it is inside for a gorgeous brunch. After brunch one can get up close and personal with these beautiful cars, have your photo taken with your favorite (for your Christmas card?) and then vote for your favorite auto. It is always such a beautiful event. Tickets are $95. Call 610-444-6363 for reservations. You won’t regret it.
Historic Kennett Square will present a two-day event “Meet the Makers” on Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5, where people can sample craft beer, wine and cheeses in the brick alleyway alongside La Verona Restaurant, 116 E. State St.. On Friday, Oct. 4, the tasting event runs from 5 to 8 p.m. with tickets $10. The regular Brewfest tickets on Saturday, Oct. 5, are $45 for the event from 2 to 6 p.m. while designated driver tickets are $15. There will be great live music by the fun Sin City Band and cheese education by “The Cheese Nerd” Seth Kalkstein. Vendors include Amazing Acres Goat Dairy, Birchrun Hills Creamery, Cranberry Creek Goat Cheese, Doe Run Creamery, Evil Genius Wine Cellars, Gales Estates Winery, Kennett Brewing Company, Paradocx Vineyard, Frecon Farms Quaker City Mercantile and Victory Brewing Co.
OperaDelaware will be performing the light hearted “L’elisie d’amore,” the Elixir of Love, that was the signature role for Luciano Pavarotti, and have they got a tenor for you to hear! William Davenport has constantly been compared to the late, great Pavarotti, so it should be a stellar performance. The opera concerns a magic love potion that affects a lovable bumpkin, a dashing sergeant and the bewitching town flirt. This effervescent music features Italian melodies, many laughs and lots of charm. Performances are Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m., And Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. For tickets to this delightful confection call 1-800-37- GRAND.
The Great Pumpkin Carve in Chadds Ford, rain or shine, will be held at the Chadds Ford Historical Society on Thursday, Oct. 24. As always, this delightful tradition cannot occur without carvers and sponsors. If you are intending to carve, please call the Chadds Ford Historical Society for a registration form. If you have never carved but would like to, call 610-388-7376 for applications and register to be put on the list. Applications must be in by Friday, Oct. 11 with payment of $25 per pumpkin.
Carvers are needed but so are sponsors. If you or your companies sponsor a pumpkin, many perks go with it, depending on which level one sponsors. The levels are Platinum Jack –O-Lantern, ($3,000) with many perks including four pumpkin sponsorships. Count Dracula, ($1,000), Banshee - $500. Headless Horseman - $259, BroomHilda - $150, and Pumpkin Sponsor - $50. For more detail s call 610-388-7370 and get a registration form.
Once again the Chadds Ford Gallery is proud to hold “Scarborough Fair,” the recent works of renowned artist Paul Scarborough on Friday, Oct. 11, with a reception from 5 to 8:30 p.m. With the wide range of subjects and landscapes he has painted, from Chester County barns to Rehoboth vistas, he has been called “a poet on canvas” as he paints the essence of a fishing hole or a sunset. The show will run through Sunday, Oct. 27.
Today Rockwell Kent is known for his extraordinary paintings. Had we lived in his times we would also have been aware that he was a very adventurous traveler, roaming from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. An acclaimed documentary has been made about Kent’s adventurous journeys interspersed with his works of art created over seven decades. This film will be shown at the Brandywine River Museum on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. The film will be introduced by director Frederick Lewis who worked on this documentary for ten years, retracing the peripatetic adventurer’s travels, shooting footage in Greenland, Newfoundland, Alaska, Ireland and Russia. He also hired a 56-foot boat with crew and recreated Kent’s complex attempt to sail to Cape Horn. Prior to the screening of this visually rich portrait of a remarkable man, at noon associate curator Amanda Burden will lead a tour of the current exhibition, Rockwell Kent. Jamie Wyeth and Monhegan. Cost is $15. Call 610-388-8326 for tickets.
Longwood Gardens provides us with many beautiful sights, one recent one being the acres and acres of sunflowers on Route 1 where they just demolished the charming stone houses. Cars have been parking on the road and people wandering through the remarkable acres of yellow flowers. We stopped with our grandchildren to wander and take photos. A security guard came running up to tell us we were welcome to stay among the flowers but we were not to pick them. Then I was told by another visitor that she had seen people coming out with armloads of flowers
Frankly this blew my mind that anyone would be so dumb or so crooked that they would do this. Beautiful as they are, they are a crop. Stealing the flowers is like going into a farmer’s field and stealing his corn. I can just imagine the type of creep who would do this. Unfortunately they tend to multiply.
Star watchers listen up. The members of the Chester County Astronomical Society will share their telescopes, binoculars and knowledge of the stars with anyone interested on Saturday, Oct. 12, starting at 7 p.m. This is “Fall Astronomy Day” with star gazing taking place across the nation. You will be able to see the line between light and darkness on the moon (called the terminator) where you can see shadows of craters, valleys and mountains. You also should see the moon occult (cover) a star –- a rare event up in the presence of billions of stars. Dress warmly and bring a small flashlight. All ages welcome. Meet at the “Tino” Leto Athletic Fields, North Walnut Street, one-quarter mile north of the main park entrance.
On Saturdays in October, Hagley Museum is offering families hayrides along the Brandywine to see the beautiful fall foliage in the powder yard. You will see the mill rolling in action and a gun powder explosion. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Saturday, Oct. 5 will be Truck and Tractor day at Winterthur. From 10 a.m to 4 p.m. families can inspect the 30 vehicles that keep Winterthur humming, climb in the Fire Department vehicles, dress like a fireman take a hay ride, milk the mechanical cow and take photos for the tractor photo contest. Children ages 4 through 12 may climb trees under the supervision of Jim Savage, arborculture Instructor at Penn State. Sounds like fun to me.
The current musical puppet show called “Avenue Q” at the Wilmington Drama League is billed as “Dr. Seuss for adults.” In other words, it is imaginative, done with puppets and definitely covers subjects not for little ears. It is raucous, vulgar, politically incorrect and hysterically funny. Two of my favorite songs in the show are “I Wish I Could Go Back to College” (performed by Regina Dzielak, Anthony Vitalo and Tokarski) and “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?”(sung by Jason Tokarski). Incidentally in the show the characters are sung by unemployed, college graduates. The young audience actually cheered at these ditties that struck home. This funny, funny show that ran in New York for years has an unbelievably talented cast members including some who have degrees in music (Suzanne J. Stein) , opera(Shelli Ezold as Lucy the Slut) etc.. They not only can sing, they carry and manipulate large puppets that appear to do most of the speaking. This refreshingly off-base show carries messages such as “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist” and “”Everything in life is only for now.”The show runs through Oct. 6, so hurry. Call 302-764-1172 for tickets.
This son of the acclaimed performer Ali Farka Toure’ is continuing his father’s tradition with his three albums that have all been highly praised. This Malian singer/guitarist will perform on Sat. Oct. 12 at 8 p.m. at Arden Gild Hall. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 on the day of the concert.
Cirque Eloize Cirkopolis, an unusual combination of circus, dance and theatre brings the story of twelve individuals who rebel against monotony and reinvent themselves and challenge the limits of the factory-city, Cirkopolis. The show runs this week only from Oct. 1 through 6 at the DuPont Theater. For tickets call302-656-4401.
“Annie,” that delightful musical about the red-headed orphan who finds a family who also welcome her dog, Dandy, will be the fund-raiser for the Delaware Children’s Theatre Oct. 5 through Nov.3. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors, and children under 18. Call 302-655-1014. All performances are at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, with seats first come, first served.
The Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media, is presenting “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” through Nov. 3.The winner of the Tony Award for the Best Musical, this story tells the legendary story of King Arthur, only told with a twist For tickets call 610-891-0100.
Last week I drove to the charming town of Ephrata with the idea of clothes shopping at the famous Doneger’s store. I hadn’t been there in quite a few years but I had such marvelous memories of it, I was really excited about going. Doneger’s carried those special clothes you don’t find in a department store. They really were designer clothes, but the less expensive designer clothes. What made Doneger’s so special was the service. It was housed in an old building that had so many additions that you not only could get lost, you couldn’t find anything. As a result when you arrived you were given a personal shopper who you told what you were hoping to find. Then she went all over the store bringing back the items she thought would fit the description. Once you told your shopper what you wanted she would ask if she could make a lunch reservation for you. If you didn’t make it early in the day you wouldn’t get in, and Donneger’s restaurant served food so heavenly, my memories of their cuisine ranks it right up with some of the best I have eaten around the world.
Like so many well laid plans, these didn’t pan out. The building was still there with the sign Donneger’s, but it was closed, and looked as though it had been for quite a while. The restaurant now housed an office business. Too bad, how sad an ending to a good memory.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.