Kennett Symphony opens 2012-13 season

Caryl Huffaker

The opening concert by the Kennett Symphony of Chester County will be an avalanche of notes by the piano on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the acoustically superb Madeline Wing Adler Theatre in West Chester.

Special guests will be pianist Igor Resnianski, who was such a hit at the opening concert last season, and Narrator Leon Spencer, whom we all know and love.

Pianist Svetlana Smolina who was scheduled to perform was in an automobile accident. While a full recovery is expected, she felt that she would not be able to have enough hours of practice to live up to her standards, and Igor was available to help out. Leon Spencer will narrate during the 'Creations' by Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Corigliano. For tickets call 610-444-6363.

East Linden The Historic East Linden Project has achieved so much in a short time they would like to show it off. This Saturday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m., they will have a tour and presentations followed by dinner and a raffle. Meet at the bethel AME Church, 301 E. Linden Street in Kennett Square. Dinner and festivities cost $45. Call 302-293-1854 or e-mail This is being given in partnership with the Kennett Underground Railroad Center and the Chester County Department of Community Development.

Historic The Southeaster Chester County Historic Society will have a speaker on Chester County Day which will be Oct. 6.

The event will concentrate on houses in our quadrant this year with emphasis on Unionville, Doe Run, Strasburg Road and Fairville. For the Historical Society meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 26, a Chester County Day representative will narrate a PowerPoint presentation preview of the houses that will be open. The public is invited to the meeting at the Kennett Friends Home, NOT the Friends Meeting at 7 p.m.

Hoedown For a good old fashioned hootenanny and wild west saloon, do join the crowd to benefit the Land Conservancy For Southern Chester County on Sept. 29 at Plantation Field, 387 Green Valley Road, Coatesville. The daytime events include a 5K Trail Run, with or without obstacles, at 9 a.m., a Human Tractor Pull, bring your team of six people, at 11 a.m. Mutton Busting for children at least 3 years old and under 60 pounds (riding a sheep)at 1 p.m.

The Wild West festivities begin at 6 p.m. Dress as your favorite outlaw, just boots, bandannas and denim. Tickets are $75 for Straight Up (includes 50 chips) or Royal Flush Benefactor (100 chips) Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County, PO Box 734, Unionville, PA 19375 or go to or call 610347-0347.

Liberia Here's a great chance to hear some of the up and coming young opera singers in concert and help raise some funds for these young singers who are just becoming known. They will be performing on Sept. 10 at the Concordville Inn, Concordville, from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy the concert, hors d'oeuvre, dinner and dessert. All this for $75, with a cash bar. For more information or reservations go to or call Mary Ann at 610-431-2222.

'Hairspray' When the Media Theatre, 104 E. State St., Media, presents that paean to inclusion and acceptance, 'Hairspray,' they are sponsoring a contest for beauticians and Hair Hoppers,' whatever they are. Competitors should create a bouffant hairstyle with their favorite salon, style it and take a photo and send it to The Media Theatre. They will post it on their website so the public can vote for their favorite to be chosen on Oct. 1. The winner's salon will party at the show on Oct. 30 at the 7:30 p.m. show. The winning salon will win 20 tickets to the show.

If you wish to compete contact Roger Ricker at or call 484-571-4939.

Flash I missed the first movie shown at the Kennett Flash, 'Salmon Fishing in Yemen,' but plans for the next ones also sound interesting. The next film to be shown is that cracked comedy 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' with stars Judy Dench and Maggie Smith as English retirees in a run down Mexican hotel. On Thursday, Sept. 27. The doors open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission is only $5, which is quite a bargain.

When the first movie was shown, they had to add quite a few chairs as it was sold out. For more information call 510-444-8188 or visit

Brewfest There is always so much interest in beer drinking, it almost seems redundant to mention that the 15th annual Kennett Brewfest to be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. is almost upon us. Tickets are $45 for participants and $10 for designated drivers, Supposedly there will be over 60 different beers available. Remember, you must buy your tickers in advance as no tickets will bee sold on the day of the event. The Sin City Band will be here again.

Fermentation Between the Mushroom Festival, The Brewfest and the Fermentation Festival, I get the feeling we should all be breaking out in spores. However, the fourth annual Fermentation Festival will be held Sept. 28 from 2-6 p.m. in the alleyway adjacent to Genesis Healthcare. The festivities include children's activities, sampling of fermented food and beverages, demonstrations, craft vendors and music.

Across the street in the alleyway next to La Verona you may meet the makers, at an outdoor happy hour from 4:30 to 8 p.m. For a fee of $10 you may sample fermented food and drink while speaking with the makers.

Hadley The Hadley Memorial Fund is hosting a different event in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. On Saturday, Sept. 29, they are giving a Sixties Party and Dance: A Celebration at the Kennett Area Senior Center. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. a light supper will be available for purchase. From 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. there is a dance. Where is my poodle skirt when I need it?

Volunteers The Wilmington & Western Railroad located at Greenbank Station on Route 41N (just one quarter mile off the Kirkwood Hwy in Wilmington) needs some more volunteers as they enter their busy fall season. This full sized antique train has regular runs through the countryside and the whole she-bang is kept running by volunteers. They have about 60 volunteers but need more as the train runs every weekend. Volunteers are needed in the track department, customer service and on the train and engine. Once you sign up and begin you can work your way up to becoming an engineer. You must be at least 16 years of age.

To find out more about it there will be a 'new volunteer open house' from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27. Pre-registration is encouraged. Call Carole Wells at 302-998-1930 or e-mail her at

Singers Kim Richey –The beautiful Kim Ritchie will be back with her story telling songs that tug at your heart strings at the Kennett Flash. Friday, Sept. 28, opens at 7 p.m. with show at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, day of $23.

Brian Vander Ark -- This veteran performer and song writer began his career as the lead singer and songwriter of the Verve Pipe who sold over three-million records world wide. He had a number one hit, 'The Freshmen,' and wrote the score for the movie 'Rockstar.' The doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. His opening act will be The Jen Chapin Trio. Saturday, Sept. 9

Serafin String Quartet -- Will bring their expertise in a wide range of music from works by Joseph Haydn in the 1700s to Philadelphia's 2010 Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winning composer Jennifer Higdon. The doors open at 7 p.m. with the concert at 8 p.m. Beverages and light menu is available prior to and during the concert. Tickets are $15 in advance from, $18 at the door. Saturday, Sept 22

Theatre N at Nemours '17 Girls' –Based on a true event that happened in Massachusetts, this is a reflection on adolescence, body image, friendship and the realities of growing up. In the New England town a group of girls made a pact. When one accidentally became pregnant, pretty soon 17 girls became pregnant and the town is thrown into chaos.Sept. 21 at 2 p.m., Sept. 22 at2 and 8 p.m.

'Last Call at the Oasis' –This documentary by the same group that made 'An Inconvenient Truth,' 'Waiting For Superman' and 'Food, Inc.,' this documentary pursues the global water crisis that will be the central issue facing the world this century.Sept.21 at 8 p.m., Sept. 22 at 5 p.m.and Sept. 23 at 6 p.m.

'Ballet: Move To Move' –This extravagantly acclaimed film by the Nederlands Dans Theatre has rave reviews saying if you see only one dance film, see this on – with four contemporary dance masterpieces. Sept.23 at noon.

Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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