Anna Brelsford McCoy may have left Chadds Ford for Maine, but she obviously has been busy painting. Her one-woman show will open at Breck's Mill in the Somerville Manning Gallery on Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The show will run through Nov. 14.
Bill Ewing Portrait of Ken Webb Presented
The annual reunion dinner of the Kennett High School Class of '64 received an unusual surprise. Classmate and noted artist Bill Ewing presented the class with a beautiful portrait of Ken Webb, the much beloved Kennett High School teacher, coach and assistant principal from the 1940s to the 1980s. The portrait has been well received by both the class and the Kennett High School Board, who will hang it in the halls of the High School. The portrait was presented Monday night to the board at the Board Meeting by Ewing, David Meadows, Bob George and Linda Irwin, all members of the class of '64.
This is a wonderful gift, but only echoes a life well lived that has had long-term reverberations.
Art opening at Chadds Ford Gallery
There is not just an art opening Oct. 16 at the Chadds Ford Gallery with artists Robert Stack and Timothy Wadsworth. These very popular local artists will give demonstrations and sign prints on Saturday, Oct. 17, and Sunday Oct. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. Here's an opportunity to watch an artist at work without being afraid you are annoying him.
These painting demonstrations will be held every Sunday beginning Oct. 25, beginning with Paul Scarborough. Artists include Carolyn Anderson, Marilyn Shafer Bush, Barbara Tlush, Dan O'Reilly, Jeanne Safar, Annette Alessi and more.
Cokie Roberts at Winterthur
As part of their ongoing portraiture show, "Faces of a New Nation," Winterthur will host a lunchtime lecture series including speaker Cokie Roberts ( Oct. 22) who will have a book signing for her book "Founding Mothers: The Influential Women of our Early Days." A variety of noted paintings experts from local museums will speak on early American portraiture on Oct. 15, 22 and Nov. 19, Dec. 17 from 12:15 to 1 p.m.
Kennett Symphony luncheon, fashion show
The Kennett Symphony League will hold its annual luncheon and fashion show on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Mendenhall Inn Grand Ballroom. If you didn't receive an invitation, call 610-444-6363 to see if you can snag an invitation. If you did receive one, you better respond now, as this is always a sellout. Fashions this year are by Joya Boutiques of West Chester with silent auction shopping beginning at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at noon and the show at 1 p.m. This is an event, a happening, a block party...call it what you will, it is the annual meet-and-greet gathering for the ladies of the area. Money raised will fund the educational outreach of the Kennett Symphony, including the free children's concerts.
Tickets are $38, and you will be seated at a table for 10. Mail check to Kennett Symphony League, P.O. Box 72, Kennett Square, PA. 19348.
'Barber of Seville' at Grand Opera House
OperaDelaware will present that madcap Rossini opera "The Barber of Seville" at the Grand Opera House Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. and Nov. 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. This sparkling beloved comedy will star two singers from the New York City opera. The young maiden Rosina will be sung by Misoon Ghim, who was such a smash in Opera Delaware's production of "Madamma Butterfly" in 2007. The role of Count Almaviva will be played by John Zuckerman, who recently sang that role with the Virginia Opera. Zuckerman will be the first tenor to perform this difficult role at OperaDelaware while accompanying himself on the classical guitar.
OperaDelaware will host dinners prior to each performance at the Hotel DuPont. Friday and Saturday dinners are $48.80, and Sunday brunch is $29.30; both prices including tip. One hour before each performance there is a free lecture by Dr. Brian Stone at the Grand Opera House. For opera tickets ($25-68) call 1-800-37-GRAND or buy online at TicketsAtTheGrand.org
Hadley Fund Presents Quartet
The Hadley Fund will present the acclaimed Scott Davidson Quartet in a free concert on Oct. 29 at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church at 8 p.m. The program will have music from all different venues and countries.
The Great Pumpkin Carve
The 24th annual Great Pumpkin Carve sponsored by the Chadds Ford Historical Society will be held Oct. 22, 23 and 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. So save the date!
Harvest Fest and Hayride at Nixon Park
Autumn-related activities like hay rides, marshmallow roasting, games, crafts and storytelling will all be at the Anson B. Nixon Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4 p.m. All the activities geared for children ages 6-12 are free.
Winterthur will hold a free conservation clinic on Oct. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Experts will discuss the condition and care of the antiques you bring, but will not give appraisals. By appointment only, call 302-888-4786.
Sesame Street Planetarium Show
"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure," an introduction to astronomy for children ages 4 to 6, will be presented at the Delaware Museum of Natural History Oct. 20 through 24. This will be an imaginary trip to the moon. The mobile planetarium is included with museum admission, but donations are requested to help cover the costs. Reservations are requested at 302-658-9111, ext. 305. Each child will receive an activity poster in English, Spanish and Mandarin. How about that!
Take 10 Museum Discounts
All during October the nine museums and gardens in the Brandywine Valley alliance are offering 10 percent savings or 10 percent off store purchases. To take advantage of this visit www.brandywinetreasures.org and download "Take 10" voucher for presentation at the time of purchase. It is also good at the Hotel DuPont and Hilton Wilmington/Christiana.
Pianist Gilbert Kalish at UD
With over 100 recordings and three Grammy nominations pianist Gilbert Kalish will perform at Puglisi Orchestra Hall at the University of Delaware with the University orchestra. It's on Oct.15 at 8 p.m. For tickets call 302-831-2204.
Radiation Lecture at Hagley Museum
Radiation expert Norman Henry, retired senior research chemist from DuPont will speak on "Radiation Awareness" at Hagley Museum Library at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21. The lecture discussing how it can be used in the future is free and open to the public.
Wizard of Oz at DuPont Theatre
A musical celebration of 1939 MGM film, "The Wizard of Oz," will dance its way into the DuPont Theatre Oct. 20 through 25. In this production, the Munchkins will be played by a group of local young dancers from Wilmington. For tickets call 302-656-4401.
Death of a Salesman
That classic prize winning drama, "Death of a Salesman," about Willie Loman, the salesman who travels with a smile and a shoe shine, will be at the Wilmington Drama League (West Lea Boulevard, Wilmington) Oct. 23 through Nov. 7. For tickets call 302- 764-1172.
Halloween Theme Musical at Hedgerow
The Hedgerow Theatre will present a workshop of a new Halloween-themed musical, "Autumn's End," by Andrew Kozak on Sundays, Oct. 18 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. The show has been in the works for 12 years, and will be presented script in hand on the set of the stage "Dial M For Murder." Tickets are $10. For reservations call 610-565-4211.
'Tales From Poe'
In honor of Edgar Allen Poe's 200th birthday anniversary, the Hedgerow Theatre will perform "Tales From Poe" adapted by Margie Royal. Geared for middle school students, performances are Wednesdays and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. from Oct. 21 through Nov.15. For reservations call 610-565-4211.
The Tempesta di Mare Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra will perform the six Brandenburg Concertos by Bach throughout their season. The first concert on Oct. 23 and 24 will be Bach's "Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 Concerto En Suite." The Oct. 23 concert will be held at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave., the Oct. 24 concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 8000 St. Martin Lane, Chestnut Hill. A season pass is $145, single ticket $20 to $35. For tickets call 215-755-8776.
Piffaro Renaissance Band
The Piffaro Renaissance band is opening its season with an all-Spanish all-year concerts of Iberian music. October performances are Oct. 16 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1625 Locust St., Philadelphia at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Ave. and Sunday, Oct. 18, Sts. Andrew and Matthew Church, 8th and Shipley streets, Wilmington. For tickets call 215-235-8469.
The Classics at Brandtwyn
Congratulations to the committee who planned the wonderful party with all the beautiful classic cars at Brandtwyn. This sold-out benefit for the Kennett Symphony apparently was picture perfect. A comment from a seasoned, savvy show car owner to Sandy Thompson was, "This is a world class event and we were delighted to be here today."
If you are very lucky, perhaps you can get a ticket to next year's event.
This comedic tale with Colin Firth, Bette Midler, Helen Hunt and Matthew Broderick may be about a school teacher, but it is rated "R." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 with admission $5.
Films at Theatre N
Leonard Cohen Live Concert -This concert from the Isle of Wight (1970) will be the first showing of the film on a movie screen before the DVD release on Oct. 20. Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 pm.
"Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg" - This well-rated film about the astute business woman Gertrude Berg, who wrote, acted in and became famous as Mollie Goldberg in both the radio and TV versions. As the lovable Jewish Mollie, full of wisdom and pithy sayings, Berg opened the door for Lucille Ball to begin the one-woman empire she created. Friday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
"It Might get Loud" - A documentary about three great guitarists who meet and exchange secrets of how they do their riffs and hooks. Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Dave Evans, the Edge, of U2 and Jack White of White Stripes. Friday, Oct. 6, at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Die Walkure - Wagner's opera performed at the Palace de les Arts "Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain is conducted by Zubin Mehta with Director Carlos Padrissa. Sunday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m.