The first Beat Beethoven Run to benefit the Kennett Symphony is this Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m. at Radley Run Country Club. As all sorts of people who have never done a run/walk before have signed up the committee is delighted with the interest from families and non-athletes, although there are many serious runners who are participating.
The big surprise has been how many of the people signing up have never heard of the Kennett Symphony, which makes those who have been involved through its 72-year history wondering where they have been, and what the symphony has done wrong that they never noticed.It has been playing in Kennett Square for so many decades. At least they finally noticed it.
It is not too late to be in the Beethoven Run. The idea is to finish the run before Beethoven's Fifth Symphony that will be playing, finishes. Call the Symphony at 610-444-6363 to sign up.
Cooperstown Want to go somewhere cooler? The Chester County Historical Society is sponsoring an overnight bus trip to Cooperstown, N.Y., on Sept. 16 and 17. The trip will include admission to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Fennimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum. The cost is $200pp for double occupancy and $250 for single occupancy. CCHS members will receive a 10 percent discount on the cost. The price includes transportation, driver's tip, lodging (breakfast included) and all taxes. Contact Tom McIntyre at 610-692-4800, ext. 232.
Music Winterthur is hosting music Along the Bank on Friday, July 19 from 5:30 to 8 pm. The music will be created by The Unruhlies -- don't you love the name? -- featuring multi-instrumentalist Mark Unruh, Bobby Bloomingdale from The Bullets and Chip Porter from Montana Wildaxe.
You may bring a picnic or get light fare from the Cottage cafe. Do bring a chair or blanket. Reservations are suggested from 302-888-4600. Members are free, general Admission day pass remains active through the evening, non-members are $10, and children under 13 are free.
Wooden Bowls With all the trees that have been knocked down in the last few weeks by our strange weather, Winterthur, that has also suffered some losses, has found a great use for the wood. They now have some one of a kind handmade turned wooden bowls in the gift shop made from fallen Winterthur trees. They have a large selection in the Museum Store ranging from $50 to $425.
Sale This Saturday, July 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the sidewalks will have lots of specially priced items for sale. The Kennett Square merchants are returning to the old traditional Sidewalk Sale, as has been done for years in the past. They are promising bargains galore both vintage and new. Parking is free at the municipal garage, so just follow the balloons to find the treasures on our streets of gold.
Fireworks This Saturday, July 20 at 9:15 p.m. will be the big time fireworks that Longwood Gardens shows. The fireworks will dance in time to works by Dimitri Shostakovich including the well-known Festival Overture and Jazz Suite No. 2. Tickets include all day admission to the gardens. Guests may bring their own chairs and reserve a space for viewing after 3 p.m. Blankets are not permitted. Chairs may be rented on-site or on-line for $5.
'Verona' The Wilmington Shakespeare Festival at Rockwood Park in Wilmington has begun and will run through July 28. This romantic tale of young people in love will be given outdoors at the museum grounds unless they are bedeviled with evening showers. Performances are scheduled Wednesdays through Sundays with performances at 7:30 p.m. except for 6 p.m. performances on Sundays. For tickets go on line at Tix.com. It is recommended to bring a chair or a blanket and a picnic.
'Annie' The ripsnorting musical Annie Get Your Gun written by Irving Berlin and performed by The Brandywiner's and their troupe of professional musicians will begin at Longwood Gardens next week.
This is one of the two arts organizations that was grandfathered in at Longwood as they were performing at Longwood when Pierre du Pont was still entertaining there. They give their profits to other arts organizations,which wouldn't survive otherwise. If you don't have your tickets ($30) yet call 302-478-3355.The show will be performed July 25. 26, 27, August 1, 2 and 3.
Opera While we are speaking about opera, OperaDelaware has just announced their upcoming schedule with subscription tickets going on sale July 16. On the main stage at the Grand Opera House they will perform the effervescent music of L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) by Donizetti. This is the story of a magic love potion and a triangle of a country bumpkin, a dashing sergeant and the bewitching town flirt. The show will be given Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. They will also present Verdi's 'Il Trovatore' (The Troubadour). This story of death, revenge and regret may not have a happy ending – after all, it is an opera, but it has that glorious anvil chorus!
They will also have those popular studio concerts that always sell out. These will be 'The Life and Music of Maria Callas' on Sept. 6 and 8, 'Opera Undressed' – greatest hits from operas on Nov. 8 and 10 and 'Les Pecheurs de Perles' (The Pearl Fishers) by Bizet on March 7 and 9. These three will be performed at the Opera Studio on the Christina waterfront. Tickets for the studio performances are from 302-442-7807.The Grand is at 302-658-7897.
Mutt While staying in the town of Lenox, Massachusetts, last week the house dog was an eleven year old overweight terrier mutt who is very territorial. She goes into full cry if anyone she doesn't know approaches the house. A painter was on a ladder working on the house next door when Millie noticed a full sized black bear crossing the street and approaching the painter, who was absorbed in his work. Millie did not know the painter but she leapt from the porch and 50 pounds of furry fury accosted the bear, stopping him in his tracks and driving him back across the road. Only then did the painter notice the bear.
Last time Millie saw a bear, she cowered behind the porch railing. But when someone was in harm's way she showed her true colors. She is still a mighty small dog to be in a contest with a bear. The house is in the middle of the town of Lenox, and this is our third encounter with a black bear. It seems there is an elderly lady down the street who puts donuts on her windowsill for the bears and cannot be persuaded that it is a bad idea.
Re-enactors The British Are Coming! The British Are Coming to Primitive Hall on July 27 and 28. Re-enactors will hold a Revolutionary encampment at Primitive Hall in Unionville, which should make them feel at home. The hall will be open for visitors during the two days. As Primitive Hall was built in 1738, the ancestors of the troops would certainly be surprise to see the changes in the house.
Myrick It will be easy listening this Thursday, July 18, when Billy Penn Burger brings his mixed music of folk, pop, and soft rock to the Myrick Conservation Center at 7:30 p.m. Along with some of his original songs, he is bringing a small band for the evening. The doors open at 6 p.m., and you are urged to bring a folding chair or a blanket and a picnic. The concert is free, although donations are accepted. Myrick is on Route 842(Unionville-Wawaset) Road six miles west of West Chester and three miles east of Unionville.
If you cannot make it to the concert this week, next Thursday the will be hosting the Swing Kings, the full sized dance band with tunes from the 30s, 40s and 50s.
Sewing The Chester County 4-H and Penn State Extension is offering an introduction to sewing camp July 23 through 25 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Chester County Extension Office, 601 Westtown Road, Suite 370, West Chester. The cost of the camp is $30 with all supplies provided. Please register at 610-696-3500.
Pops We were just in Lenox, Massachusetts where both the Boston Symphony and the Boston Pops come in the summer and attended the opening concert with 29,000 of our closest friends. At the opening concert with guest conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, the somewhat elderly conductor sat upon a sturdy wooden bench conducting the very difficult 'Violin Concerto in D' by Tchaikovsky sitting for a good part of the time. Guest violinist Joshua Bell, who is considerably younger, remained standing for the entire long difficult piece. Two days later the Boston Pops played country music with guest artist Grammy winner Vince Gill, and 9,000 people attended. Those New Englanders really like all kinds of music.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.