A special showing of 36 important paintings by the late Andrew Wyeth will be at the Brandywine River Museum through Oct. 26. Many of these have not been on public view for decades.

The Maine paintings shown include the 1960s and 1970s series of paintings of Siri Erickson, a 1967 portrait of Anna Christina Olson, the seldom seen painting "East Waldoboro," (1945), last seen by the public in 1981. The Chadds Ford pictures include the well known "Roasted Chestnuts," (1956), paintings of Karl Kuerner, Willard Snow, James Loper, as well as more personal paintings.

Guided tours of the The Chadds Ford pictures include "Roasted Chestnuts, (1956), paintings of Karl Kuerner, Willard Snow, James Loper, as well as more personal paintings.

Guided tours of the Kuerner Farm that appears in so many paintings are offered on Thursdays through Sundays at times intervals. Except for Christmas Day, the museum is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


We all know that money is tight for families, as well as for museums, which are also hurting in this economy. The local museums are offering a single rate admission ticket that is good through Aug. 31 and gives admittance to nine museums -- Brandywine River Museum, Delaware Museum of Art, Delaware Center of Contemporary Art, Delaware Museum of Natural History, Delaware History Society and Read House, Hagley Museum and Library, Longwood Gardens, Rockwood Museum and Winterthur Museum and Country Estate.

The passport has a flat rate of $335 for individuals or $75 for a family with three children. This is a saving of $48 for an individual or $197 for a family of five. The passport includes a treasure map for children and prize incentives for those who visit all nine sites. The passports are available at all the museums, tourist and convention centers, The Hotel Du Pont and the Christiana Hilton.


Once upon a time there were even more cows in Chadds Ford than there are now, and to celebrate the local dairy industry then and now, the Chadds Ford Historical Society has a fun exhibit, "From Moo to You: Dairying in the Chadds Ford Area." With items from local dairy farmers and collectors, the free exhibit at the visitor's center illustrates the still active dairy industry from early times to today. The center is open week days from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on weekends. The historic John Chad's House and The Barns-Brinton House and Tavern are open weekends for demonstrations from 1 to 5 p.m.


The 8 p.m. evening Wednesday Garden Walk at Winterthur on July 11 will concentrate on chimney swifts and wine berries, along with some unusual little-known features of the garden. Bring a flashlight. Included with admission ticket.

-Art show

For the First Friday Stroll, which this month is July 10, the Longwood Art Gallery is featuring three local women artists, Judy Antonelli, Joan Joos and Anna Kuczynski. The artist's reception for these talented artists will be on Friday, July 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will run through July 31.

-Folk art

The Delaware Art Museum has just the treat for lovers of folk art with their current exhibit "Out of the Commonplace: The Folk Art of Delaware," that will run through Aug. 16. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Delaware Folk Art Collection, and includes utilitarian pieces as well as item to celebrate history, life's passages and spiritual beliefs.


For the eighth yea,r the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley is presenting a comedy by acclaimed playwright Ray Cooney as their summer piece de resistance on July 10 through Aug. 30. This year's treat will be "One For the Pot," one of Cooney's first plays, that ran for over 1,200 performances in London. The story concerns an inheritance for Billy Hickory Wood, but too many Hickory Woods appear. Performances 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, with 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays, plus 1 p.m. performances on Wednesdays July 22 and Aug. 28. For tickets call 610-565-4211 or visit hedgerowtheatre.org.


The acclaimed production of the classic family-friendly musical "Oklahoma!" at the New Candlelight heater in Arden, Del., will end its run July 28, but there is still time to hear those great songs.

However if you cannot make it, their new show "Thoroughly Modern Millie" opens July 31 and runs through Oct. 10. This lighthearted 1920s musical about a young woman by Frances Ya-Chu Cowhigsearching for a new life in New York City shows the changing world when woman were entering the work force.

For tickets or information call 302-475-2313. Don't forget this is a dinner theatre -- one of those rare anomalies that have both an excellent buffet and excellent theatre.


The sophisticated comedy of Chicago's Second City Comedy Theatre is collaborating with Philadelphia Theatre Co. in a world premiere revue running July 8 through Aug. 2. The satirical wit and irreverent spoofs for which they are famous launched the careers of comedy superstars Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Bill Murray and Mike Myers.

Performances are Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. with opening night Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39 each. Call the box office at 215-985-0420 or visit PhiladelphiaTheatreCompany.org.


Six playwrights from a field of over 350 playwright applicants will be spotlighted at PlayPenn at both the Adrienne Theatre and the Playground (2030 Sansom St. in Philadelphia) with readings July 23, 24, 25 and 26. PlayPenn, Philadelphia's professional new play development organization, will have worked with the winning six playwrights for two weeks. For further information call 215-242-2813.


Chester County 4-H has some fun classes for kids.

Kids in the Kitchen - A Cooking Class for children ages 8 through 19 from July 21-23 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with everything except aprons provided. Cost is $25, at 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.

Intro to Sewing - Sewing class for children ages 8 to 19 on July 27 through 30 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn hand sewing stitches and straight stitching on a sewing machine, with all supplies provided. The class at 601 Westtown Road, West Chester is $25.

Woodworking I - Introductory Woodworking for children ages 8 through 18 on July 27 through 30 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Chester County Romano 4-H Center in Honey Brook. Cost of class is $25.

Candy Making - A candy making class for children ages 8 to 18 will be July 24 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the West Grove Friends Meeting. Participants should bring a bag lunch and an apron, and tell if child has any allergies prior to the class. Cost of class is $25.

Facts of Credit -.A class for anyone age 15 or older who is considering getting a credit card, explaining the traps in using them. The free class will be on July 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at 601 Westtown Road in West Chester.

Pre-registration is required for each class at 610-696-3500.

Mark the date Nov. 6 through 8 for the 46th Delaware Antiques Show, to be held at the Chase Center on the Riverfront with 60 of the country's most distinguished dealers. Keynote speakers will be antiques experts Leigh and Leslie Keno, and Carrie Rebora Barratt, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


When you read this I will either be home again or at least on my way. It has been a long six-week haul for me and for the people who have had to look after me -- a test for all of us. My 10 broken ribs are healing nicely, but when you see me, please don't hug me. I am walking, or rather stumping along, as my right ankle is still swollen, although it is not as swollen as my left ankle, whose leg has almost a pound of titanium in it. My left hand still has a cast, which makes for very interesting typing on the computer.

I have much to say about my two weeks in Christiana Hospital, two weeks in Wilmington Hospital and two weeks at Kendal at Longwood Health Center, but we will save that for another time. Thank you to everyone who called, sent cards, visited, brought flowers, banana bread, candy, etc. You are the reason my spirits are high and I bounced back in what is considered an amazing time, but let's not do it again.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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