There will be big doings this weekend when the streets of downtown Kennett Square will be filled with artists and their works, vendors with their goodies and the 47th annual Kennett Beautification Plant Sale on Saturday, April 2, with April 28 as the rain date.
The plants will be on the Genesis Walkway with annuals, perennials, herbs, native plants, bedding plants, vegetables, grasses, dahlias and the popular plants grown and dug by garden club members and members of the community. There will also be hanging baskets and a raffle for a container of herbs.
All proceeds from the plant sale go to the purchase of flowers and curbside containers you seen town and annuals for the Genesis Walkway, the Kennett Square Police Station and neighborhood street tree plantings.
Art on the Square returnswith ajuried outdoor art festival mixed in with vintage pieces and fine crafts in pop-up tents and tables along the street. In addition an exhibit of student artwork from the Kennett schools will be in the new Market at Liberty Place, 148 W. State St. This exhibit will continue through May 5.
There will be so much out there; it would be a shame to stay at home.
'South Pacific' The Delaware Theatre Co. has seen their audiences dwindling in the past years, but it looks as though their new choices of plays have helped them turn the corner. At the performance of 'South Pacific' I attended it was sold out to an enthusiastic audience, even though this is a musical over 60 years old and geared for a war that few people remember.
Admittedly, there are few musicals as popular as 'South Pacific' by Rogers &Hammerstein, but it is a small stage forsuch a big production, and they have never done a big production before, but it was seamless.
Everything worked, and the mix of regional actors held their own beside some Broadway actors. With thewell-designed set by Dirk Durosette, the stage was able to hold the hidden 14-piece orchestra, have room to drive a jeep across the stage and have a World War II plane tucked in the corner.
I did wonder the reason that one side of the plane's wing had the American insignia and the other the British insignia but that is just a minor quirk. The Delaware Theatre Co. has proven, much to our delight, that they can handle a big Broadway show with style and ease.
The orchestra was perfect, not too loud for the singers, and the singers were really good. Naturally, Broadway veteran Amy Jo Phillips stole the show as Bloody Mary with a lightning fast high voltage performancethat endeared her to the audience.
Michael Sharon, with credits including opera, had a marvelous strong voice that was perfect as the in love French planter Emile de Becque.
Sarah Litzsinger as nurse Nellie Forbush was riveting, performing with a sense of joy that was palpable.
John Plumpis was a vibrant comedic Luther Billis while Christopher Deprophetiswas very romantic as the doomed Lt. Cable in love with a Polynesian girl.
This beautifully recreated show will run through May 5. Call 302-94-1100 to see if you can get a ticket.
'God' One of the undiscovered gems of the regional theatre world is The Barley Sheaf Players, 810 N. Whitford Road inLionville. I admit it is hard to find, situated in an old church on a street surrounded by modern box stores and restaurants, but it is worth the search. They choose interesting plays to perform that they performwith professional skill.
They are giving 'The God Committee' through May 4. This is the story of the committee that plays God as they decide which of the waiting patients in the hospital will get the heart transplant, and they only have minutes to decide.
The committee iscomposed of a mixed bag of professionals, each with baggage of his own. The kind hearted Dr. Jack Klee (Hal Holzer) is suffering from a serious illness.The chief surgeon who will operate, Dr. Alex Gorman, (Jerome Neville) has an overactive ego typical of many doctors. The young Dr. Keira Banks(Elizabeth Hennessey) cannot deal with the emotional stress of deciding which patient will have a chance to live.
Some really funny comments from wheelchair bound social worker Dominick Piero (Glen Eric Reed) and warm, caring nurse Nelia Larkin (Sherry Snyder) who are loaded with wittyzingers, which lighten the atmosphere.
Psychiatrist Dr. Ann Ross (Laurie Burke), still suffering from the suicide of her daughter cannot cope, and the jovial Father Dunbar (Vincent Reale), also a lawyer, delivers some tough facts.
This is an intellectual play, as it explores the conflicts in the Heart Transplant Selection Committee when medicine, money and morality clash.
For tickets call610-363-7075. Primitive Hall
Nationally known artist Adrian Martinez will speak at Primitive Hall on Wednesday, May 1, with a reception at 6 p.m. and the lecture at 7 p.m. Martinez was commissioned to paint a major three panel mural in 2003, after being chosen to design the 2001 Presidential Christmas Card. He has studied the two desperate side-by-side cultures in Chester County – the Quakers and the Native Americans. His talk is entitled 'When Two Worlds Meet,' and will be illustrated with images of the artist's works.
Tickets are $35 per person from Primitive Hall, P.O. Box 489, Unionville, PA. 19375.
Mary Dugan Local people have been saddened by the passing of Mary Larkin Dugan, who has left quite a legacy. After years as a teacher at Unionville School, Mary retired and through her energy, enthusiasm and inspiration continued her interest in local history, writing pamphlets on different areas like East Linden Street, running programs for the Southeastern Chester County Historical Society and founding the Underground Railroad Museum and organization that will soon move into a new location.
She was recently inducted into the Unionville High School Hall of Fame. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27, at 1 p.m. at London Grove Friends Meeting.
Winterthur Winterthur has just opened its new exhibit,'Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience.' The exhibition features more than 100 items from the 1750s to the 1870s from Winterthur's collections that are rarely seen. These include traditional maps on paper as well as images of maps on objects including ceramics, playing cards, globes, puzzles, powder horns, fans, handkerchiefs etc. This is a mega exhibition that will be on view for an extended period.
Auditions The Kennett Symphony Children's Chorus that performs so beautifully will hold auditions for the 2013-2014 Season on May 21 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.and 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.; and on May 28 from 6 to 7 p.m.The chorus is for children in grades K through 12.
They do not need to bring a prepared piece. They will be assessed on their ability to match pitch, blend voices with other singers, maintain singing posture, follow directions, focus energy appropriately and remain attentive for the duration of the group audition/rehearsal. For more information or to schedule an audition please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Arts The Darlington Arts Center is hosting an evening of music, fun, food and entertainment on Sunday, April 28. There will be a cocktail reception from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Penn Oaks Golf Club, 450 Penn Oaks Drive, West Chester honoring Lorraine Anderson for her dedication at the Chester County Family Academy.
Tickets are available from Darlington Arts Center, 977 Shavertown Road, Garnet Valley, PA. 19060. Sponsor tickets are $100 with General Tickets $40 or $75 for a pair.
'Tenor' The marvelous musicalcomedy 'Lend Me a Tenor' will be presented by Act II at the Ambler Theatre, 56 East Butler Ave., Ambler, May 7 through June 2. There's a lot of music in this unusual musical and it's the best, as it has most of the outstanding tenor arias from opera. In the play the opera is about to go on when the tenor is missing. A substitute is pressed into service and the plot thickens as the original tenor keeps reappearing. For tickets call 215-654-0200. Performances are Wednesday through Sunday.
Money My eldest granddaughter will go to the University of Minnesota next year, which is a surprise as she hates cold weather. In looking into some interesting facts about the University, I learned that while the governor of the state gets a salary of $120,000, the president of the university gets $610,000. (I guess the governor didn't go there.) The chief justice of the Supreme Court earns $223,500, but apparently the lead attorney for the school gets $295,000. When you consider how high the tuition is, it does make one wonder exactly what the tuition money is being used for.
Theatre N Films 'Where The Trail Ends' -- This is a record of some of the most ambitious mountain bike riding ever attempted.The world's top free ride mountain bikers search for un-ridden terrain around the globe.April 26 at 2 p.m., April 27 at 5:30 p.m. and April 28 at 5 p.m.
'Beyond the Hills' –This harrowing tale is ofpious nuns in training, under the watchful eye of an austere priest known as Papa, when anold friend from orphanage days shows up.Inspired by an alleged case of demonic possession in Romania, this is a believable expo of dogma at odds with personal liberty in a society just emerging from Communism. April 26 at8 p.m, April 27 at 2and 8 p.m.
'Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty'
This signature work by the Royal Ballet with Tchaikovsky's music has top dancers. April 28 at 1 p.m.
Kennett Flash – Friday, April 26 – Marshall Crenshaw- This noted guitarist, singer/songwriter was first noticed when he played the part of John Lennon in the off-Broadway show 'Beatlemania.' He has often been compared to Buddy Holly, whom he portrayed in the movie 'La Bamba.' His best known song is 'Someday, Someway.'
Saturday, April27 – AngeleeGerovasiliou has spent a decade building his reputation as a superb guitarist and harmonica player. His lyrics and performance style resonate with his audiences.
Wednesday, May 1 –Sherry Wilson Butler –has a diverse repertoire ofupbeat contemporary jazz, R&B, pop, ggospel, and hip hop selections.Considered a Diva due to her expressive performance style and deep caressing contralto voice, she shows influence frompulsating rhythmic chants, sweet jazz ballads and Sarah Vaughn. Show at 7:30 pm.
Better Than Bacon – Todd Chappelle will head the ImprovTroupe Show at 8p.m.
Two Generations Bill and I were at a mall in Exton in our 10-year-old Grand Marquis that we love for its knee room, 26 miles per gallon driving and weight in case someone crashes into me again. We were trying to reach Lionville that turned out to be three minutes away. We asked a man in the parking area if he knew where Lionville was. He lived in the area, but he didn't know. So he punched a few words into a small machine – a phone, an I-Pod, a Blackberry – who knows. Then he reached into his car and handed us an 8x12 sheet of paper with driving instructions to Lionville. As we thanked him he said, 'My parents have a car like yours.' It did make us feel as though we were in some sort of time warp.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.