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Chocolate lovers should have a field day on Feb. 2 when the first Kennett Chocolate Lover’s Festival will beheld at the Red Clay Room in the Kennett Firehouse from 1 to 4 p.m. For only $5 each visitor can try six tastings, with each additional tasting 50 cents a bite.
This is all to benefit the United Way of Southern Chester County and all bakers are urged to enter the competition for prizes and bragging rights. Contestants can enter in the categories as professional, amateur and student entries and can be cakes, cup cakes, candy, cookies or whatever, just so it contains chocolate and does not require refrigeration, and you must supply the recipe. To get more information or entry forms call 610-444-4357. Creations should be brought to the firehouse between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, judging will be between11 and 12:30 p.m.
That marvelous bit of good hearted nonsense, a pantomime, will be presented this weekend by KATS (Kennett Amateur Theatrical Society) at the Kennett High School at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday,Jan. 19. Tickets are available at the door. Loosely based on the book “Pride and Prejudice,” there are the five unmarried Bennett daughters – what a problem! – and a hoard of evil kittens who aid the wicked Lady Catherine de Bourgh. I didn’t say it was supposed to make sense, but it will be a lot of fun!
Strictly by accident, I tuned in to the Pennsylvania Farm Show last weekend, and other than Downton Abbey, I haven’t enjoyed television so much in years. I watched one judge with 13 sets of five jars of almost perfect jellies being judged. She took it very seriously and had to make her selection strictly by appearance. Believe it or not, it was fascinating. I watched the Large Hog Judging while the porkers were encouraged to walk around the judge kept up a non-stop description of how they walked, their backsides and how they held their heads. It was better than the Miss America Pageant.
What really got my interest was the Tractor Square Dancing. There were eight people, some in their eighties, doing square dancing with a caller while driving sizable tractors. There is something quite fascinating watching eight tractors going Aleman left missing one another by inches, all having a good time. To be honest, the best was the Horse Pulls with teams of gorgeous Percheron horses dragging heavy sleds around the arena. It was tremendous fun watching people having so much fun with aspects of how they make their living.
The museum of Natural History on Route 52 will hold its first Movie Night at the Movies this Saturday, Jan. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. You must reregister to come by Friday, Jan. 18 at http://anightatthemuseum.splashthat.com or call 302-658-9111as no tickets will be sold at the door. The movie will be “Mia and the Migoo” that won the Best Animated Feature at the 2011 European Film Awards. There will also be a scavenger hunt and live animals from the museum’s education division.
Tickets are $5 for adults and children. It is suggested that visitors bring blankets or sleeping bags to lie on the floor.
The Peace & Social Justice Film Series at London Grove Friends Meeting will show the movie “The Last Mountain” on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 7to 9:30 p.m. followed by a discussion. This movie is based on the play of the same name by Katori Hall. This tribute to Martin Luther King tells of the playwright’s mother who was not allowed to go hear King because of the rumor about a bomb.
The play “The Mountaintop” will be performed at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad & Lombard Streets, and Philadelphia, Jan. 18 to Fe. 17. This prize winning play about Martin Luther King has tickets ($46 and up) from 215-985-0420.
“Passing Strange” is a new musical that takes a young African-American man on his bohemian journey through sex, drugs and rock and roll to find his own identity through art. Hurry to see it as it will play only Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 20 at 3 p.m.; and Monday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at Off-Broad Street Theatre, 1636 Sansom St., Philadelphia. General admission $25.
“The Untouchables” – film
This feel good French buddy film has become one of the most successful French films of all times. Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 pm.
The Chuck Anderson Trio was formed after Anderson had spent years as staff guitarist at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, where he performed with Bobby Darin, Billy Eckstein and Peggy Lee. In 1973 he returned to his jazz routes and formed the Chuck Anderson Trio. He recorded “Angel Blue – A Tour of Jazz” and also “Free Fal.l” He is a regular contributor to several jazz magazines and currently records for Dreambox Media label. Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
The Dukes of Destiny have been wowing audiences and critics for 23 years as probably the most popular band in the Philadelphia area with their outstanding musicians and soloists. With their unique arrangements of blues and soul and their exciting stage show they have performed at almost every festival and musical gathering in the area. Performance Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m.
“Sleepwalk With Me” –This endearing, autobiographical comedy was written by and acted by stand-up comic Mike Birbaglia who tells of the slacker type with commitment problems. Friday, Jan. 25, with the show at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m.
The Candlelight Comedy Club will feature nationally known comedians on Thursday, Jan. 31. The headliner will be Carmen Lynch, who has appeared on David Letterman, with the delightful Johnny Watson. For tickets call 302-475-2313.
‘The Three Penny Opera’
The Ensemble at the University of Delaware will present Bertolt Brecht with music by Kurt Weill Jan. 17 to Feb. 2. Mack the Knife is back in town, with bawdy ballads as he fans the uprising of the underclass. This story of corporate greed, corruption, love and a hanging has thrilled audiences for decades. For tickets call 302-831-2294. The language is a little spicy so this is for mature audiences only.
The well-received musical “Ragtime” the Musical” will be presented by the Wilmington Drama League, 10 West Lea Blvd., Wilmington, Feb. 1 through 10. This is the story about life in America at the beginning of the 20th century with the problems of immigration, racism and politics that caused tremendous social upheaval. The show focuses on three very different families whose lives intersect during these enormous changes. For tickets call 302-764-1172.
“How to Survive a Plague – This has won all sorts of awards as the Best Documentary in decades. This shows how people successfully reversed the tide of an epidemic, and stopped the diagnosis of AIDS, from becoming a death sentence. This group of improbable activists with no scientific training infiltrated the government offices and pharmaceutical companies, identified the promising medications and helped get them through trials and into the drug stores in record time. At the same time they saved their own lives and emptied the AIDS wards. Jan. 18 at2 p.m.; Jan. 19 at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Jan. 20 at 5 p.m.
“Struck By Lightning” – This comic drama about fitting in while in high school has a witty scripts for the star (Chris Colfer, who is both the script writer and the star) and his associates. A small town young man, who is obviously destined for greater things, is struck by lightening in the parking lot and killed. He then has several discussions with the audience that discloses some of the nefarious plots he had planed. Jan. 18 at 8 p.m,; Jan 19 at 5 p.m.; and Jan. 10 at 2 p.m.
The powerful play “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead” will be presented by the Barley Sheaf Players (810 N. Whitford Road, Lionville) as the benefit show to support the Crime Victim’s Center of Chester County. This play written in 1999 to raise awareness of school violence and its causes, the play’s purpose is to help people identify tragedy before it happens.
In this drama a high school student is in jail after having killed five fellow students. In his imagination the five return to question him demanding answers. The show runs Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and on Jan. 18 and 19, and 25 and 26. Seating is general admission with payment by donation payable at the door by check, cash or credit card. Seats will be available on a walk-in basis or reservations can be made by calling 610-363-7075.
Caryl Huffaker lives in Kennett Township.