The Kennett Symphony of Chester County will present a summer concert “Under the Stars” on Saturday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. (Rain date, Saturday, Aug. 10). The concert will have guest conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. The new conductor, Michael Hall, for the Kennett Symphony will begin his duties this fall.
Guest soloist for the concert will be the vocal competition winner soprano Stephanie Scogna. The program will have favorite works by Rossini, Holst, Mozart, Puccini, Herbert and Beethoven. Tickets, which give you all day access to Longwood Gardens, are $35 and $40, with students just $5. For tickets call 610-444-6363.
The Brandywiners, that seven-decade-old group of professional and amateur actors and singers will present “Annie” at Longwood Gardens July 24, 25, 26, 31, Aug. 1, 2. The cast includes an ensemble of 20 kids ages 6 to 14, including four children from the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. Perhaps of most interest will be Annie’s dog, Sandy, who is a rescue dog looking for a forever home. This well trained pet is available for adoption, and we hope he finds a home.
Tickets for children fewer than 12 are only ($15) Tickets are valid all day at the garden. They can be purchased 800-338-6965 or on line at “annie” Tickets Online.
The New Candlelight heater in Arden, Delaware, has a marvelous touchstone to one’s past with “Always, Patsy Cline.” For those who do not remember who she was, she was the country music legend who was the first female singer elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame. She was an established musician with great influence on the genre even though she died in a plane crash when she was only 30 years old. The theater has found a brilliant interpreter of Cline’s singing style in Erica Scanlan Harr who has adapted a normal singing tone to include the frog in the throat yodels found in country music,. She is superb and has even copied the stiff armed gestures of Cline. When she sings “Walking After Midnight” or “Crazy,” she has the audience in the palm of her hand.
The music is strung together with the true story of a fan who became her friend and tells the story of their friendship. The part of the helpful friend, Louise, is played to perfection by Sue Hornung. The feisty Hornung has a gift for comedy and a touch of zaniness that is appeling.
The show is double cast with DeeDee Mann taking the role of Cline and Amy Walton that of Louise for the later run of the show. The band, the Bodacious Bobcats, is perfection playing with just the right volume without being intrusive. With a cadre of excellent experienced musicians, in old country tradition they were introduced as Joe Bob, Jim Bob, Billy Bob, Jay Bob, Ray Bob and Bob Bob. The show runs through Aug. 24.
The Penn Museum, 3260 South St. in Philadelphia has changed admission to only $10 all during July and August. This would be a good time to take the children to see all those exhibits in archeology and anthropology. They have special programs for children on Wednesdays from 11:a.m. to noon.
Speaking of museums, the Barnes Foundation, Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, is presenting “The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne” through September, that is all about 21 of his still lifes, focusing on apples. It is fitting that the exhibit of Cezanne be at the Barnes, as the old Barnes Museum is famous for its large collection of works by Cezanne. However, the original collection of 69 Cezannes owned by the old Barnes Museum is not at the new Barnes but still reside at the old Barnes Museum. There is some legality that none of the 16 still life paintings at the original museum can be taken out of the wall arrangements that were in place in 1951 at the time of Dr. Barnes’ death. It makes one wonder about this. As the lawyers broke the Barnes’ will to take the other paintings for the new museum, one wonders the reason they missed these. The new Barnes Foundation is closed on Tuesdays. For hours call 215-278-7200.
This Wednesday, July 23 the Brandywine River Museum of Art had a lecture and book signing on the work of Andrew Wyeth by Nancy K. Anderson and Charles Brock, presenting an entirely new approach to Wyeth’s work from their investigation of his fascination with windows. They are the curators and author of the catalogue for the exhibit “Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In” at the National Gallery of Art.
Winterthur has a wonderful tram tour around the beautiful estate that specializes in pointing out the champion and unique collection of large trees for which they are famous, along with a collection of furniture. These guided tours run only until September, so if you have the time make a reservation. Call302-888-4600.
The free concerts at the Myrick Conservation Center begin at 7:39 p.m. Bring your own chair and picnic.
July 24 – Mark Unruh (Bluegrass, Blues & Swing. For some great string playing, this is the man.
July 31 –Rob Dickenson Band (Folk Rock & Poetry) –This local minstrel and his band has a program of original songs and musings.
Chester County 4-H Week is Aug. 4 to 8, a time when the 4-H young people show the accomplishments they have worked on all year. Held at the 4-H Buildings, 1841 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honeybrook, the show features livestock shows held for dairy cows, breeding sheep, market lambs, swine, poultry and horses. The livestock sale of beef, sheep and swine will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 6 starting at 5 p.m. The fair wraps up with the 4-H Horse Show on Saturday, Aug. 9. For information call 610-696-3500.
Youth ages 8 to 18 are invited to join Chester County 4-H on a Pony Partner adventure held July 28 through 31 at the Romano 4-H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honeybrook. The program that is an introduction to equine science will teach about horses and their care, with opportunities for hands-on grooming and leading with miniature horses and ponies. The cost is $75. To register call 610-696-350.
Winterthur has a farm stand that has opened on Thursdays from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will be outside the Winterthur Museum Store at the Clenny Run Location. Parking is available behind the cottage adjacent to the Post Office.
Longwood Gardens will host demonstrations and workshop by Ron Mulray Oct. 6 to 8.The demonstration in the ballroom will have him turn traditional flowers, ordinary objects and household items into extraordinary works of art on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. Preferred seat in is $65, Open seating is $45, with members open seating $39.
There will also be hands-on workshops: “Uncontained, “Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. to noon; “Wired Up” on Oct. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.; and “My Hands are Tied” on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The reason to mention this so early is that so many of the lectures at Longwood are already sold out by the time they are listed in the activities books sent to members. Call 610-388-1000.
Almost everyone has heard of the comedy “The Book of Mormon’s” hat won six top awards and has been called “The Best Musical of the Century.” Indeed it is one hysterical piece of work, but I am not certain I would call it the best of the century. However I guarantee you will laugh. The touring cast of this Broadway sensation will be at the Forrest Theatre, (, 1114 Walnut St., Philadelphia beginning July 29. They did not announce a closing date.
The musical is written by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time winners of the landmark animated series, “South Park,” and Tony Award winner Lopez is the co-creator of the long running hit, “Avenel Q.”
“The Book of Mormon” tells of two Mormon missionaries who are sent to the jungle to proselytize the natives. Naturally, mayhem ensues, and a very funny musical it is. For tickets call 800-447-7400.
The Calamari Sisters, otherwise known as Jay Falzone and Stephen Smith, star as Delphine and Carmela Calamari at the Bristol Riverside Theatre, 120 Radcliffe Street, Bristol in “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters.” This zany comedy-cum-cooking class has it all, food fights, failed dishes with the cooking show shoot. The “sisters” sing and dance to Italian favorites “Volare,” “Botcha Me,” “Que Sera Sera” and “That’s Amore.” The show runs July 31 through Aug. 3. Call the box office at 215-785-0100. Tickets are $30 up ($15 for students)
Here are the upcoming concerts in Anson B. Nixon Park:
Wednesday, July 23 – The Sin City Band will appear celebrating their 40th anniversary as purveyors of timeless, well loved music. Supper will be available from the Country Butcher.
Wednesday, July 30 – Rolling Thunder Blues Revue – This has members of the soulful organ Trio “The Sermon” and “Mason Porter” plus other veteran players of music from metal to medieval. Supper is available from Nourish Juice Car and Café.
Concerts are at 7:00 p.m, rain or shine. Bring your own chair and food, or buy it there.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.