The Arden Concert Gild is hosting the Arden Fair a week from Saturday on Aug. 30, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a real country fair with several different sections. There will be more than 120 vendors of hand-made arts, crafts and jewelry as well as food vendors, a book fair, plant sale, children’s rides and games and folk dancing. The always anticipated antiques market will have more than 50 vendors (there is a small admission fee to this section of the fair). The Peddlers, Potions and Practitioners Holistic Expo will be at the Buzz Ware Village Center with their practitioners, intuitive counselors and earth conscious businesses. Admission $1.
As always, they will have some popular musical groups to enliven the scene. Appearing on the Shady Grove Stage you may hear Diamond State Concert Band at 10 a.m., Arden Kind at 11:15 a.m., WOX at noon, Egalitarian & Dinkendo Family Band at 1 p.m., Fontaine Cooley at 2 p.m., The Splashing Pearls at 3 p.m., Llama Dalis at 4 p.m., and Xtra Alltra at 5 p.m.
The rain date is Sunday, Aug. 31. To help alleviate parking woes there is a free shuttle bus every few minutes on Chestnut Road between Marsh and Darley Roads just north of Arden, with auto parking at the YMCA Hanby Outdoor Center. Only seeing eye dogs are allowed on the shuttles.
The opening of the exhibit of the works of artist Charles Burchfield at the Brandywine River Museum of Art this Friday, Aug. 22, will have more than 50 works borrowed from museums and private collections.
The second exhibit opening is the work of Matthew Jensen, a Brooklyn based artist who was commissioned to do a site specific installation that has been installed on the third floor corridor. This work is the culmination of a series of walks around the area this summer where he collected interesting objects and photographed arresting scenes.
Winterthur has reached into its vast collection of fabrics and needlework to open the exhibition “The Diligent Needle: Instrument of Profit, Pleasure and Ornament,” Aug. 23. Both plain sewing and elaborate embroidery will be on display, as the sewing girls learned in school were practiced by women all their lives to embellish their lives and homes, and sometimes to generate income for the family. The exhibit will remain through July 5, 2015. A related needlework conference will be held at the museum Oct. 24 and 25.
The timing of the exhibit and conference dovetails perfectly with the comprehensive update of the 1970s classic, “Textiles in America, 1650-1870,” by Florence Montgomery. The new updated book, “Printed Textiles: British and American Cottons and Linens, 1700-1850,” has 600 color photographs by Winterthur’s Linda Eaton. Eaton is the director of collections and senior curator of textiles. After graduate work at the Textile Conservation Center and the Courtauld Institute of Art, she worked as a textile conservator in Scotland before coming to Winterthur. Eaton has been curator of six large textile exhibits at the museum. This is her second book on textiles filled with information for historians and collectors of textiles.
Award winning international acclaimed American artist Mel Chin opens the 2014-15 season with his show, “Disparate Acts,” at Rowan University Art Gallery. The exhibit runs Sept. 2 to Nov. 1. The artist will lecture on Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., in Westby Hall Room 111, followed by a reception in the gallery until 7:30 p.m. Chin’s work focuses on works that question the objectivity, reliability and integrity of information, facts and events when compromised by a political or social agenda. He has received numerous awards and grants and is a pioneer in the field of “green remediation” — the use of plants to remove toxic, heavy metals from the soil. He has appeared on television and has created a video game based on rug patterns of nomadic people facing cultural disappearance. His film” 9-11/9-11” won for Best Animation from Chile’s National Council for the Arts and Cultures in 2007.
The Chadds Ford Historical Society shows up in many unexpected places, spreading the word about the history of our world. Four members in full Colonial costumes were at the 34th annual Veterans Wheelchair Games on Sunday, Aug. 17, at Independence Mall. This event is the largest of its kind in the world, with more than 500 athletes every year. How terrific to hear about the historical society getting in public view like this!
The show “Varekai,” by Cirque du Soleil, will be at the Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad St., Sept. 10 through 14, for seven performances. The word “Varekai” means wherever in the Romney language of the Gypsies. This supposedly is the imagined tale of a solitary young man who parachutes into the shadows of a magical forest on the edge of a volcano. Here he meets all sort of magical creatures. Shows are at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 13; 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13; and at 1:30 and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Tickets are $45 to $100 for adults, $36 to $81 for children under 12 and $40.50 to $85.50 for military, seniors and students. Call1-800-298-4200 for tickets.
The Media Music Theatre has announced their 2014-15 Series of Musicals that offer a nice balance of choices. They will open with “The Addams Family,” about the family that adores the macabre on Sept. 24 through Nov. 2, and is followed by the block buster “Les Miserable” Nov. 19 through Jan. 16, and “The Miracle Worker” based on the story of Helen Keller and her governess Jan. 28 through Feb. 15. The series will finish with “Ghost, the Musical” March 4 through 29, based on the popular film, and the seven-Tony Award winning “Hello, Dolly” April 15 through May 17. For information or tickets call 610-891-0100 or going to www.mediatheatre.org.
That funny movie written about working girls in an office getting revenge on their boss will be at the Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Sept. 2 through Oct. 19. With music written by Dolly Parton, the show received four Tony Award nominations, a Grammy nomination and a record-breaking 15 Drama Desk Award nominations. Parton, who has sold 100 million albums, is currently on tour for her 42nd album, “Bluesmoke – The Best Of.” For tickets call 215-574-3550.
The headliners for the Candlelight Comedy Club in Arden will be those two favorites Geno Bisconte and Julia Scotti. The show hosted by Rob Epple will be on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m., with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. for a light buffet. Tickets are $27. Call 302-475-2313 for reservations.
Friday, Aug. 17 — John Eddie: This folk/rock singer from the 1970s performed with Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seeger and the Kinks. His songs have been covered by Kid Rock including Rock’s version of his version of “Happy New Year with Cindy Crawford.” Shows are at 7 and 10 p.m., with doors opening half an hour earlier. Advance tickets are $20 and $24 the day of.
Saturday, Aug. 23 — Sin City Band: Apparently the musicians and audience had so much fun at their concert last week, they are returning again, still celebrating their 40th anniversary. Advance tickets are $16 and $20 the day of. Show at 8 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
Vacation at Kennett Flash, Aug. 25 to Sept. 2
Lights Out — Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Saturday, Sept. 6. There is a special meet and greet 6:30 to 7 p.m. ($45), which includes finger foods, refreshments and VIP seating. Doors open at 7 p.m., with show at 7:30 p.m. for general admission.
“Sister Act” — This ridiculously funny story of a state witness to a murder being hidden by the police in a convent features the original music from the film. Oct. 14 through 19.
”Cirque Dreams Holidaze” — This seasonal show of gravity defying acts has 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries. Dec. 9 through 14.
“Peter and the Starcatcher” — This five-Tony Award winning madcap fun takes the audience on the prequel to Peter Pan, explaining how he became “The Boy Who Newer Grew Up.” Feb. 17 through 22.
“Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” is back, and with expanded to include classic Beatle songs “I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” March 6 through 8.
“Camelot!” — This four time Tony Award winner of the time honored legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable returns with all the songs from the celebrated score. April 14 through 19.
”Guys and Dolls” — This humorous look at the underbelly of New York City with Nathan Detroit and his floating crap game, the slick, high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson and the uptight “mission doll” Sarah Brown are all back with their blockbuster songs. May 12 through 17.
For tickets call 302-656-4401. Both series tickets and single tickets are for sale.
That Lovely play “Love Letters” of the lifelong almost love affair between two childhood friends will be at Delaware Theatre Company, 200 Water St., Wilmington, Sept. 17 through Oct. 5. The two stars are Michael Learned, probably best known for her role as the mother in the TV series “The Waltons,” and Daniel Davis, who provided so many of the laughs in the TV series “The Nanny.” If you purchase tickets before Aug. 29, you will be entered in entered for a chance to win a private backstage meet and greet with the two stars. For tickets call 302-504-3451.
The “communicating” door between two adjoining hotel rooms is not just a door, but an entry to time travel where one can change events of the past. A professional dominatrix is called to the suite only to learn she is wanted as a witness to two planned murders. She flees through the door and the past changes. This play by Alan Ayckborn shows one of the great comic playwrights at the top of his game. Performances at Hedgerow Theatre, will be Sept. 4 to Oct. 5.
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requires that every retail food service operation must have one employee that holds a food service certification that must be maintained every five years. Penn State Extension will be conducting a ServeSafe course in the fall for individuals preparing for the exam. Registration fees for certification are $175 and $135 for Recertification All classes will be held at 601 Westtown Road, West Chester. Contact Susan McCray at 717-921-8803 ex. 110 for information. To register, phone 1-877-489-1938.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.