The guest artists in the Anson B. Nixon Park on Wednesday, July 9, will be the energetic Hoots and Hellmouth, who were such a hit last year. The free concert begins at 7 p.m. with food available by Blue Crab Grill and La Michoacana ice cream. Bring your own chair or blanket.The Hadley Memorial Fund will present the Cajun music of Alligator Zydeco with the infectious beat called Zydeco. With some Cajun/Creole-French vocals, dance music and Louisiana Blues it should be a memorable evening. The free concert is from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Anson B. Nixon Park. Rain date July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Art stroll

The First Friday Art Stroll in Kennett Square will be held on the second Friday, July 11, because of the Fourth of July holiday. The show "Matters of the Heart," the paintings of Kathleen Kreuzberger, will be featured at the Brush & Palette with the reception from 6 to 9 p.m. She has lived abroad and is a member of The Studio Group. Her show will run through July 30.

Gallery

During the First Friday Art Stroll on July 11 a one-man show by international artist Thamir Dawood will be at Longwood Art Gallery with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Dawood's work had been shown throughout the Middle East including Jordan and Iraq. The show will run through July 26.

BVA

The Brandywine Valley Association at the Myrick Conservation Center is hosting a series of free concerts again this summer. The performances will be on Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m., and guests are urged to bring a chair or blanket.

The first concert will be by the Cameltones, fronted by board member Rob Grant on July 3. They will play classic rock, familiar covers and some original music.

On July 10 the Give and Take Jugglers will take center stage, which should be a delight for children and adults. I hear rumors that they might even juggle a chair saw.

Children

The free movie "Invisible Children" about the child soldiers of Uganda, who are both the weapons and the victims, will be shown at Lower Brandywine Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 8, at 7:30 p.m. The youth at Lower Brandywine have adopted this cause as a mission project, and hope those who see the film might want to help.

Hedgerow

Each summer the Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley stages a farce by Ray Cooney. This year's farce, "There Goes the Bride," from July 10 through Aug. 31 will star Zoran Kovcic and Susan Wefel. The story concerns a harassed advertising executive who hits his head on the morning of his daughter's society wedding and imagines himself in love with a 1920s flapper girl only he can see.

Theatre N

Over the Fourth of July weekend Theatre N will be showing "Surfwise," a highly rated film about a family that surfs together stays together. Dr. Dorian Paskowitz became unhappy with his work in medicine. He quit, and took off in a 24-foot trailer with his wife and nine children. There are numerous fights between the children but a lot of excellent surfing and philosophizing. The show will be shown July 4 through 6, but Theatre N didn't have its act together to have the times, so call 302-576-2109 to get the time schedule.

On Thursday, July 10, they are showing a filmed concert at 7:30 p.m. However, they still haven't decided which film it will be. Call them.

PlayPenn

PlayPenn, Philadelphia's professional new play development organization, will hold its fourth annual New Play Development Conference, and the public is invited to see the free staged readings of the new plays. On Friday, July 18, at 8 p.m. the play is "Any Given Monday" by Bruce Graham. On Monday, July 21, there will be "Dear Brutus" by Jeffrey Hatcher.

On Sunday, July 27, at 5 p.m. the play "Wildflower" by Lila Rose Kaplan about an odd fivesome in Colorado will be given. For information call 215-242-2843.

Photographic

Each year the Kennett Paper and the Red Clay Valley Association partner for a photo contest of scenes associated with the Red Clay Creek, It can be having fun, scenes along the creek or wildlife at or near the creek. This year the winner was Margot T. Chalfont of Kennett Square for her photo taken at Mt. Cuba Center.

The contest will be held again this year with the submission deadline December 15. All photos must have been taken in the Red Clay Watershed and be 5 by 7 inches or larger format. So when you are wandering taking photos, keep the competition in mind.

Art lessons

Drawing and water color lessons for ages 12 through adult will be given at the Myrick Conservation Center on Thursdays, July 31, Aug. 7 and 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. Taught by John Everhart who teaches in the Gifted and Talented Program of the West Chester Schools, the class is for beginners and experienced artists. Basic materials will be provided.

Cost is $40 for members, $55 for non-members. Registrations are due by July 18. Make out checks to Brandywine Valley Association and mail to 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester, PA 19382.

Kalmar Nyckel

Each summer the recreated ship the Kalmar Nyckel, built like the first ship that brought Swedish immigrants to Wilmington in the 1600s, usually spends the summer at Lewes, Del., giving rides. Luckily this year they will be giving some sailings in Delaware at Dravo Plaza. If you have ever wanted to sail on this grand ship, call 302-429-7447 to get the schedule.

Rockets

If you have a child who is interested in rocket building, the Romano Chester County 4-H Center, Route 322, between Honey Brook and Guthriesville is holding classes in rocketry for children ages 8 to 18. The classes will be from Monday, July 7 through Thursday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to noon. Each member will construct and launch a model rocket and a soda bottle rocket. Participants are asked to bring an empty two-liter soda bottle to the first class. All other supplies will be provided

Cost for the class is $25 payable to Chester County Extension. To register call 610-696-3500.

'Macbeth'

The Arden Shakespeare Gild is over 100 years old. The 100-year tradition of Shakespeare in Arden, Del., an enclave of artists and musicians, presented their annual Shakespeare play, "Macbeth," the last two weekends. Presented in the idyllic open air theater next to the Green, the players strolled across the Green just before presenting the play. An outdoor production has many things with which to contend, like dogs barking, 14 large planes flying over from the Philadelphia Airport and mosquitoes, in spite of lots of spraying. However, the charm of the productions overcomes all these things, as we see theater in Shakespeare's time as it was performed in many locales.

Until fairly recently only residents of Arden could be in the plays. As this was charged some years ago Bob Forney of Unionville was tapped to play the rather elegant Duncan, King of Scotland, who unfortunately is killed off fairly early in the play. Until that happened Forney did well, performing as a very dignified and forceful monarch.

Having seen many of the Shakespeare Gild's production, I have one criticism to make of this one. All the men who could grew beards and rubbed dirt on their faces. Most of them were dressed in very similar clothing, so that with beards and dirt added, it was very difficult to keep the identities clear. The play is over for this year. But for a low-key fun evening, this is a fun outing, and tickets are only $10.

o Caryl E. Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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