Everyone who attended the Classics at Brantwyn last year has been looking forward to this year's show of those beautiful classic cars. This year the show will be on Sunday, Oct. 4 with a champagne brunch and a parade of gorgeous vintage cars at 11:30 am. The multi award winning blues man Mark "Muddy harp" Hodgson will again delight the guests with his rich authentic blues numbers.
Just so everyone will make the connection between the elegance of Brantwyn and the Kennett Symphony for whom this benefit is being held, guests may wander among the parked cars and dream beside the vintage auto of their dreams. Guests will also vote for the "People's Choice" award for "Best of Show".
A 50/50 raffle will be held with the 600 tickets to be sold costing $50. Some lucky person will win $15,000. Tickets for the champagne brunch are only $80. For tickets to the brunch or the raffle or both, call 610-444-6363 or go to the website for the Symphony at http://kennettsymphony.org/Classics/details.html This is such a fun event!
Two Big Shows at Brandywine River
Last Friday in spite of the rain quite a crowd came to the double opening of both the Rockwell Kent Show and the new works by Jamie Wyeth. The two shows are quite a contrast to one another. Rockwell Kent was an artist, an adventurer and an author and in this show more than 80 drawings, engravings, lithographs and paintings from his travels and illustrations for books and magazines are on display.
Kent traveled to remote places when it was not easy, and was somewhat dangerous. These included living with his young son in a cabin in Alaska, journeying to Tierra del Fuego and being shipwrecked in Greenland. Kent was very outspoken about his socialist views and his self appointed trip to Russia as a peace emissary. These resulted in his being subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Affairs and the revoking of his passport and his reputation damaged.
The show, which will run through November 19, has samples of the many different styles of art he used, including his illustrations for "Moby Dick", which is considered his masterpiece. Virginia O'Hara, Curator of Collections, will discuss Rockwell Kent on Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. The program is free with regular admission, but please register at 610-388-2700.
The other big impact show is "Seven Deadly Sins" exhibition by Jamie Wyeth. Unlike other depiction of the seven deadly sins made famous by Dante in The Devine Comedy and Chaucer in"The Canterbury Tales and Christopher Marlowe in The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Visitors who are familiar with the work of 15th century artist Hieronymous Bosch will see similarities between his work and the large painting Inferno, Monhegan, where a young man shovels garbage into a huge movable tank. Jamie's interpretation of the seven sins - Sloth, Pride, Lust, Gluttony, Anger, Greed and Pride - are depicted with nasty seagulls, who are so boisterous and evil one can almost hear their rapacious, cacophonous cries. They are not pleasant.
A short film showing Jamie painting is fascinating, as he wipes paint on his nose, licks his fingers, applies blobs of paint with a Q-tip, all while totally immersed in his work. In his use of white paint in the gull paintings there is a luminescence, almost a sparkle, that I unusual. Jamie has already shown his ability in catching the personality of black bull, a large pig, many dogs, and his years of watching sea birds have obviously made him the quintessence expert on the personalities of sea gulls. The show runs through Nov. 22.
Brandywine Battlefield Ceremony
In spite of the rotten weather several hundred people came to the Remembrance Ceremony at the Brandywine Battlefield Friday night. With the Bell of Remembrance supplying the solemn tones and the Brandywine Baptist Church Choir the national anthem music, it was a well thought out ceremony. The Hon. Chris Ross spoke at the ceremony, as did General Washington (Carl Closs). Later at the reception Linda Kaat, President of the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, explained that their membership has gone from 100 to 200 members since the State has stopped funding the Battlefield Park. The volunteer Associates are trying to raise $200,000 so they can continue their education outreach. Anyone wishing to join the Associates or send contributions can do so at Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, P.O. Box 202, Chadds Ford, PA. 19317. Individual memberships are $39\0, a Family $40.
Historic Kennett Square Dinner
An Enchanted Evening is the name for the fund raiser for Historic Kennett Square to be held October 9 at the Genesis Health Center at 101 East State Street. A surf and turf buffet will be provided by Tallula's Table with entertainment by the Sin City Band. There will also be a discussion of beer and wine with local brew masters and wine makers.
Tickets are $150 each from www.historickennettsquare.com or by calling 610-444-8188.
Luck of the Draw Art Raffle
The Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn is holding a unique evening on October 3 to benefit the Children's Scholarship program, where guests will have tickets drawn to choose a piece of art on that is on display. Victoria Wyeth will emcee by drawing the numbers throughout the evening while guests enjoy hors d'oeuvres and dessert. This evening, called Luck of the Draw, is from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at 410 Upper Snuff Mill Rd in Yorklyn. Tickets are $75 each plus for $10 more they can bring a non-participating guest. Call 302-239-2434 for more information.
Fall Into the Arts Show
Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley will hold their benefit Fall Into Arts Show on October 3 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Food will be by several local food emporiums with wine and a live and silent auction with art works, vacation rentals and hand crafted jewelry. A special exhibition of paintings by Anne Hanna, Karl J. Kuerner, Charles P. Logan, Nicholas Santoleri, Paul Scarborough and Matthew R. Smith, plus live jazz by the Terry Klinefelter Duo. Tickets are $35 each, two for $60. from Darlington Arts Center, 977 Shavertown Road, Garnet Valley, Pa. 19060 or call 610-358-3632.
Dahlia Society Show at Longwood
This is a great weekend for lovers of dahlias as the Greater Philadelphia Dahlia Society brings its competitive dahlia show to Longwood on Sept. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
SECC Historical Society
The Southeastern Chester County Historical Society extends an open invitation to the public to hear Dan Citron, Auburn Heights Historic Site Manager speak about the history of Auburn heights and the steam cars there. The program is on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m at Kennett Friends Home.
New Consignment Boutique
Chadds Ford will soon have a new consignment boutique with name brand and designer clothing no more than 2 years old, jewelry and high end bags and shoes. All clothing must have original size tags and labels, be seasonable, clean and be on hangers. The shop will open in mid October, so call Judy Sapol (610-909-1133) or Elaine Pitkin (610-558-6245) for an appointment to bring in your clothing for consignment. The shop is located next to the Chadds Ford Post Office.
Lecture on Lincoln
The noted Lincoln scholar /author William Lee Miller will deliver the second annual Atkinson Lecture on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Penns Grove School auditorium, Fifth & Filmore Streets, Oxford. Miller will reprise the speech he gave at the Library of Congress earlier this year during the National celebration of Abraham Lincoln's 200th celebration. Miller, a scholar of ethics at the University of Virginia, is the author of two critically acclaimed books on the Civil War president.
Lecture by David Pensak
David Pensak, thirty years with Du Pont, founded Raptor Systems (internet firewall) and Authentica (digital rights management) and is now on the faculty of George Washington School of Law and the University of Delaware. He will speak and answer questions at Hagley Library on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. and sign his new book. The public is invitede.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, J.J. Cassey will lead an off the beaten Path Hike at Winterthur at 11:30 a.m. from the Greenhouse. You can hike. You will cross Clenny Run on stepping stones. Free with admission.
Sky Tour at Leto Athletic Fields
All you amateur astronomers take notice! On Saturday, Sept. 19 starting at 7:45 there will be sky watching led by the Chester County Astronomical Society. Celestial wonders will be pointed out through several telescopes. Bring a flash light and dress for the weather. The Leto Athletic Fields on North Walnut Street are _ mile north of the main Nixon Park entrance.
Lecture At Primitive Hall
Joel Fry, historic garden authority and Curator of Bart ram's Garden, will speak at Primitive Hall on Wednesday, Sept. 23 with a reception at 6 p.m. a followed by the lecture at 7 p.m. Tickets forms for the lecture can be found at www.primitivehall.org or email@example.com.
"Lace in Translation" Exhibit
You might think lace is too old fashioned to interest modern designers, but The Design Center at Philadelphia University, 4200 Henry Ave. Philadelphia, has given it a new twist. Three designers have created new uses for old lace patterns borrowed from Quaker lace in an exhibit that opens Sept. 25 with a free reception at 6 pm and talks at 7 p.m. by Cal Lane and Tord Boontje. The new lace inspired exhibits include laser cut fabrics, a large lace curtain of hand woven raffia, a chain-link fence that looks like lace and wheel barrows, dumpsters and shovels with doily patterns cut into them with a welding torch.
The free museum is open Monday-Friday 10 am to 4 p.m and Saturdays 11 a.m to 4 p.m.
Classes at Longwood
A whole list of classes at Longwood to be given in October is on their newest list. These range from flower arrangement and plant illustration to weaving seed collection. Go to www.longwoodlearning.org for more information.
"Bella" at Back Alley Theatre
"Bella", the multi award winning film about that was the top rated movie in 2007, tells of an international soccer star who is about to sign a multi-million dollar contract when fate interferes. This compelling story is supposed to tug your heart strings. Show times are Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 26 at 2 pm. Admission is $5.
Films at Theatre N
A Woman In Berlin -Autobiographical story of a woman who was repeatedly raped by the Soviet troops. She finally offered herself to a Soviet officer so he would protect her from being raped by others. Sept. 18 at 8:00 pm, Sept. 19 at 5:00 pm and Sept. 20 at 5:00 pm/
Soul Power- out takes of the R & B bands that were a part of the Festival surrounding the Muhammad Ali - George Foreman fight,Sept. 18 at 8 p.m., Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. and Sept. 20 at 5 pm.