The Kennett Area Theatrical Society has been at it again and is ready to present this year's pantomime in the English style on Jan. 10 and 11, with a matinee and evening performances on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Kennett High School. This year's show is based - loosely - on "Puss In Boots" and involves Queen Kampanula, King Kanute, the Kingdom of Kennett and a lot of other nonsense.The shows are on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Evening tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for 12 years and younger with the matinee $6 for adults and $3 12 years and younger. Tickets may be ordered at 610-444-3815.

Jamie

Artist Jamie Wyeth will sign the exhibition catalog "Dog Days of Summer: Works by Jamie Wyeth" at the Brandywine River Museum on Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. He will sign a limit of three items per person. The catalogue is available at the bookstore for $24.95 ´Rose´

Most people are familiar with the wit and brilliance of the late Dorothy Parker. Now those clever people at the Hedgerow Theatre, Penelope Reed and David O'Connor, have gathered her funny lines into a play, "Dorothy Parker and Friends - One Perfect Rose," that will have its world premiere Jan. 8 through 27. Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays plus a Wednesday matinee on Jan. 23.

The Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley near Media, the oldest resident repertory theatre in the United States, is celebrating their 85th year by presenting this play set in the 1920s. For tickets call 610-565-4211.

´Tenor´

The New Candlelight Theatre in Arden will present the incredibly funny farce, "Lend Me a Tenor" Jan. 11 through March 1. This backstage farce tells how an opera company has imported a world famous tenor to sing in Verdi's "Othello" for its big benefit event, only to find him passed out cold in his hotel room from too much wine and tranquilizers. The manager has to scramble to find a substitute, while wondering whether or not the audience will notice the substitution. This is a hilariously funny play.

Tickets are on sale at 302-475-2313. The doors open for the buffet 2 hours before performance time.

´Movin´

The DuPont Theatre will showcase the show "Movin'Out" with music by five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel and choreography by the legendary Twyla Tharp Jan. 8 through 13. Performances Tuesday through Thursday are at 7:30 p.m., on weekends at 2 and 8 p.m. and on Wednesday matinee at 2 p.m. For tickets call 302-656-4401.

´Rain´

The award winning Beatles concert "Rain - The Beatles Experience" will be at the Academy of Music Jan. 15 through 20. The repertoire of Beatles favorites includes "Yesterday," "Hey Jude" and "Come Together," and all in surround sound.

For tickets call 215-731-3333.

´Misanthrope´

The Mauckingbird Theatre that specializes in producing professional gaythemed theatre of classic literature and musical genres at affordable prices will present Moliere's "The Misanthrope" on Jan. 10 through Feb. 2. As director Peter Reynolds explains, "Our aim is to illuminate Moliere's text in a new way by transporting the artifice inherent in the French court to an equally pretentious world where gay men call all the shots."

The play has been translated into English verse, and was staged by Sir Peter Hall and at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C, The production with an all male cast will be given at the Adrienne Theatre's Second Stage at 2030 Sansom Street in Philadelphia. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students at 215-563-4330.

Dinners

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 3 W. Gay St., West Chester, will introduce "Chef's Table with Executive Chef Dan Bethard" Every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. Chef Bethard will present a four course prix fixe menu that includes wine or beer pairings for $40, not including gratuity. The meal will be different each week and should be fun as it will be served at a communal table for 20. This requires a reservation, so call 610-738-9600.

Kalmar Nyckel

Ever wanted to sail a tall ship? The re-created 1638 tall ship Kalmar Nyckel will begin a new training class for people ages 18 to 80 and older on January 12, no sailing experience required. The 11-week class teaches how to tie knots, safely handle lines and set square-rigged sails the way it was done 368 years ago. Trained volunteers crew the Kalmar Nyckel on day trips, weeks-long trips up and down the East Coast. The classes are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays through April 5, with a $20 materials fee. When the class is successfully completed, 40 hours of volunteer work (from ship maintenance to envelope stuffing) and a drug test are required prior to sailing. Ages 14 through 17 can participate with a parent or guardian. You can pre-register on-line at www.kalmarnyckel.org or at bosun@kalmarnyckel.org or call 302-429-7447. You can also just show up at 1124 East 7th Street in Wilmington on the first day of class with a photo ID and warm clothes.

Birds

We residents love the beauty of Chester County and do our best to resist the uglification of it with over building and over merchandising areas. In spite of many battles lost to developers and despoilers, with a lot of thanks to the Brandywine Conservancy, 42,000 acres in Chester County have been designated an "Important Bird Area" by the state office of the National Audubon Society. Between Coatesville, Unionville and Marshallton the area contains the largest contiguous tract of permanently preserved land in the Philadelphia region and hosts several species of grasslandnesting birds whose populations are decreasing. According to the National Audubon' Society's list, the Eastern Meadowlark and Grasshopper Sparrow populations have dropped 72 percent and 65 percent respectively since 1966.

Within the designated area officially called "The Laurels, King Ranch and Stroud Important Bird Area" are ample meadows, hayfields and pastures to support the species mentioned. Meadows are not mowed until mid-July or early August to offer sufficient time for birds to raise their young. In the same general area, forests, wetlands and serpentines barrens provide necessary habitat for species such as Wood Thrush, Willow Flycatcher and Blue-winged Warbler.

The IBA Program was begun in Europe in the 1980s, and now has over 8,000 IBAs in 178 countries. Currently there are over 2,100 IBAs in the United States with The Laurels, King Ranch and Stroud IBA the 85th site in Pennsylvania.

We are so lucky to have the Brandywine Conservancy, the Natural Lands Trust and the National Audubon Society between us and the developers.

? Caryl E. Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.

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