Calendar of Events
● By J. Chambless
Kennett Flash schedule
The Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square) hosts regional and national artists. Tickets are available in advance at www.kennettflash.org, or at the door. Snacks and beverages are sold, or guests can BYOB. The schedule includes: Gillian Grassie with Ross Bellenoit (Nov. 26, $16); comedians Joe Bublewicz and Chris Coccia (Nov. 28, 8 p.m., $25); Jeffrey Gaines with Chris Ferron (Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $20); "Viennese Classical Roots" with the Serafin String Quartet (Dec.3, 7:30 p.m., $15); singer-songwriter Sara Spicer (Dec. 5, 8 p.m., $16); Hometown Christmas Show with Lori Citro, Rob Dickenson, Todd Chappelle and Jessica Graae, along with Santa Claus (Dec. 6, 8 p.m., $20); Open Mic hosted by Sam Kwietniak (Dec. 7, 7 p.m., $4); Elvis Tribute Show with Bob Lougheed and the Memphis Mafia Band (Dec. 12, 8 p.m., $25).
Through Jan. 4
'Yuletide at Winterthur'
Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Route 52, north of Greenville, Del., presents "Yuletide at Winterthur" through Jan. 4. The tours spotlight what the holidays were like for the du Pont family when they lived at Winterthur. Visitors will see the Court, where the du Ponts viewed first-run films during the holiday season, and where movie clips will be shown. The holiday tree celebrates the museum's exhibition of "Costumes of Downton Abbey," and a new display recalls the Staff Sitting Room, where the people who worked behind the scenes were able to relax and entertain their own guests. The grounds will be decorated throughout. Timed tickets are required. Visit www.winterthur.org, or call 800-448-3883.
Nov. 27 to Jan. 11
'A Longwood Christmas'
Longwood Gardens (Route 1, Kennett Square), hosts the annual "A Longwood Christmas" celebration from Nov. 27 through Jan. 11. The theme this season is birds, so trees will be decorated with nests and birds, there will be bird decorations in the treehouses, a peacock masquerade ball in the Music Room, illuminated fountain displays and half a million lights throughout the gardens. There will be daily concerts and special events. Timed tickets are required. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org.
Through Jan. 6
'Holidays at Hagley'
Hagley Museum and Library’s Christmas exhibition, "Holidays at Hagley," will be on display through Jan. 6. Eleutherian Mills, the first du Pont family built in America, is decorated with dried flowers, greenery, fruit, and other natural materials. The museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the first bus leaving for the exhibit at 10 a.m. and the last bus at 3:30 p.m. The Belin House Organic Café will be open, and the Hagley Store will be offering holiday items and handmade crafts. The museum is on Route 141 in Wilmington, Del. (The GPS address is 201 Hagley Creek Rd., Wilmington, DE 19807). For more information, call 302-658-2400 or visit www.hagley.org.
Downtown Kennett Square will be the site of the Holiday Light Parade on Nov. 28 starting at 6:15 p.m. Lighted vehicles will parade through town, along with dance groups and other performers. Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet visitors at the conclusion of the parade. Downtown merchants will offer basket raffles, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Kennett Food Cupboard. All shops and restaurants will be open after the parade. For more information, visit www.historickennettsquare.com.
Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd., Avondale) is the site of an outdoor adventure hike on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be crafts workshops, using natural items found on the hike, to make holiday decorations. Refreshments are provided. The fee is $10 for non-members ($5 for The Land Conservancy members). To register, visit www.tlcforscc.org, or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104.
Nov. 28 to Jan. 4
'A Brandywine Christmas'
Paintings and drawings that illustrate the stories of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table, and other tales of quests and chivalry will be on view during "A Brandywine Christmas" at the Brandywine River Museum of Art (Route1, Chadds Ford) from Nov. 28 through Jan. 4. There will be 35 works by Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and others. The display will include Andrew Wyeth's model medieval castle, made for him in 1927 by his brother, Nathaniel, and painted by their father, N.C. Wyeth. There will also be thousands of handmade "critter" ornaments on evergreens throughout the museum; a landscaped O-gauge model train layout; and holiday shops in the museum courtyard on weekends from Nov. 29 to Dec. 21. Artisans and other vendors will be selling foods and crafts. Visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.
Christmas craft show
The Union Fire Company and Auxiliary (315 Market St., Oxford) will hold a Christmas craft show on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be door prizes, a bake table, holiday crafts and decorations. Sandwiches and chicken corn soup will be sold (bring your own container for soup). For a vendor table, call Betty at 610-932-8796.
Christmas craft show
Oxford fire Company (315 Market St., Oxford) will hold a Christmas craft show on Nov. 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be door prizes awarded all day, a bake table, homemade decorations and crafts, and Santa will greet children from 9 a.m. to noon. For a table, or to get more information, call 610-932-8796.
Pictures with Santa
Russellville Grange will offer pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus on Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. Families may take pictures with their own cameras or get a picture printed on site for a set donation. Milk and cookies will be served. The Grange is located on Route 896, one block north of the intersection of routes 10 and 896, at 245 Old Limestone Road, Oxford.
During Small Business Saturday in Oxford, children can stop by the Oxford Library to make and take a gift item for the upcoming holidays. Bring a canned good or non-perishable item in exchange for the craft. These items will be donated to Neighborhood Services. No registration is necessary. The hours are 9 a.m. to noon. Visit www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org or call 610-932-9625 for more information.
English tea party
The Oberod Estate (400 Burnt Mill Rd., Centreville, Del.) will be the site of an Edwardian tea in the style of "Downton Abbey" on Dec. 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 2 to 3:30 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Spade and Trowel Club to support area community organizations. There will be tea and treats served in English style. Tickets are $30. Call Denise Klein at 610-368-9350 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School (290 State Rd., West Grove) welcomes St. Nicholas on Dec. 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. Children ages 6 and younger can visit with St. Nick, share their wish lists, listen to Christmas stories and get a special treat. The event is free, but registration is requested. To register, e-mail Kristen Sullivan at email@example.com or call 610-869-9576.
Unionville author Jodi Byrne will sign copies of her new book, "Hollow Land," at Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery (700 Folly Hill Rd., Kennett Square) on Dec. 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. The book is a sequel to Byrne's young-adult science fiction adventure, "Dead Land." Visit www.galerestate.com.
Dec. 5 to 7
'Beauty and the Beast, Jr.'
Jennersville YMCA’s Youth Theatre invites the community to their performance of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Jr." from Dec. 5 to 7 at Penn’s Grove Middle School in Oxford. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for children 12 and younger. The show opens on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. There are two shows on Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m., and a closing performance at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7. A special tea party will be held on Dec. 6 at 12:30 p.m., with light refreshments and a meet-and-greet with characters from the show. Tickets for the tea are $5, or a combination tea party and show ticket may be purchased in advance for $10 each. Tickets are available at the Jennersville YMCA in West Grove. For more information, visit www.ymcabwv.org.
The Stroud Water Research Center (970 Spencer Rd., Avondale) will hold a "Moonlit Streamside Stomp" on Dec. 6, with departures at 5 and 7 p.m. Participants are asked to not bring flashlights so they can experience walking only by moonlight. There will be a campfire, s'mores and hot chocolate. The walk is for children only. Adults can wait at the campfire where the walk will end. Tickets are $5 for ages 9 to 15. Registration is required by Dec. 3. For more information, call Tara Muenz at 610-268-2153, ext. 301, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evergreen nature program
The Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd., Avondale) will be the site of a walk to identify evergreens and learn about their characteristics on Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. The guide will be tree expert Mark Tabibian. The fee is $15 for non-members ($10 for members of The Land Conservancy). To register, visit www.tlcforscc.org, or call 610-347-0347, ext. 104.
World War II concert
The New London United Methodist Church (1010 State Rd., New London) will be the site of a musical tribute to the military by the New London Community Choir on Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. The choir will present "A 1940s Christmas Homecoming," the story of a soldier going home for the holidays, presented in the style of a USO show. There will be military memorabilia on display, and members of all military branches are invited to wear their uniforms. Admission is free. For more information, call 610-869-8129 or e-mail email@example.com.
Senior Center tea
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors a tea party on Dec. 9 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. In addition to a variety of fine teas, delicacies are served. The theme is "Berry Christmas." The cost is $10 for members and $12 for non-members. Call 610-444-4819 for reservations.
Qigong for stress relief
Dragon's Way certified instructor Paula Graham will teach movements for relaxation and stress release in a free introductory class held at the Oxford Library on Dec. 11. Space is limited. Register in advance at www.oxfordpubliclibrary.org or by calling 610-932-9625.
Celtic holiday program
The Friends Folk Club, along with the Oxford Friends Meeting, will host Celtic balladeer Charlie Zahm on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by fiddler Tad Marks. The program will include traditional holiday songs and Celtic favorites. Tickets are $12 for adults, and free for children 12 and younger. Refreshments will be sold. The Oxford Friends Meeting is a century-old Quaker meetinghouse at 260 S. 3rd St. in Oxford. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from this concert will benefit the George Fox School. For more information, call 610-593-7122 or visit www.charliezahm.com.
KATS Holiday Gala
The Mendenhall Inn (323 Kennett Pike, Chadds Ford) hosts the KATS Holiday Gala on Dec. 12 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be food and beverages, a silent auction, and a preview of songs from the upcoming holiday performance of "A Comedy of Errors and Pirates." Tickets are $45 ($20 for children under 12). Advance sale only. Visit www.callkats.org.
Dec. 13 to 20
Free photo with Santa
Millburn Orchards (1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md.) offers a free photo with Santa Claus on Dec. 13, 14, 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Families are also welcome to bring their own cameras. Call 410-398-1349 or visit www.millburnorchards.com.
Senior Christmas dinner
The Kennett Area Senior Center (427 S. Walnut St., Kennett Square) sponsors an afternoon "Sunday Dinner with Friends" on Dec. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m. The theme is "Our Christmas Dinner." Dinner will be from 1 to 2 p.m., with music and dancing with the Dixie Demons from 2 to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Everyone is welcome, regardless of age. Call 610-444-4819 a week in advance for reservations.
To submit items to the Calendar of Events, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge. Not every submission can be included. Items should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.