What Do To: Tiffany featured at Winterthur

Also: Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show and last gasps of summer

By Denny Dyroff, Staff Writer, The Times


Winterthur Museum in Delaware presents “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light” opening this weekend.

Three things usually come to mind when people hear the name “Tiffany” — Tiffany lamps, fine jewelry by Tiffany and the movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

All three will be included when Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library (5105 Kennett Pike/Route 52, Wilmington, Delaware, 800-448-3883, www.winterthur.org) presents its new exhibit “Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light.”

The special exhibit will open on September 5 and run through January 3, 2016. The colorful presentation will feature some of the most iconic and acclaimed works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The display, which was organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York, will include lamps, windows and numerous flat glass pieces.

There will be 100 objects in the exhibit including five large windows, 20 lamps (in various shapes and sizes) and more than 70 pieces of opalescent flat glass from the Tiffany Studios workshop.

As a painter, Tiffany found fascination in the interplay of light and color and this played a major role in his glass “paintings.” Through the medium of opalescent glass, Tiffany could actually capture light in color and manipulate it to achieve impressionistic effects.

The objects on display are some of the most celebrated of Tiffany’s works. Chosen for their masterful rendering of nature in flowers or landscape scenes and for the subtle use of light and shading in decorative geometric patterns, they exemplify the rich and varied glass palette, sensitive color selection, and intricacy of design that was characteristic of Tiffany’s leaded-glass objects.

This exhibition also highlights some of the key figures at the Tiffany Studios who made essential contributions to the artistry of the windows and lamps — chemist Arthur J. Nash and leading designers Agnes Northrop and Clara Driscoll.

Using new and innovative techniques and materials, Tiffany Studios created leaded-glass windows and lampshades in vibrant colors and richly varied patterns, textures, and opacities.

The exhibition will be accompanied by educational models illustrating how leaded-glass shades are fabricated along with three examples of Tiffany lamp forgeries to explore issues of authenticity and connoisseurship.

A second exhibit will be “Tiffany: The Color of Luxury,” which explores the Tiffany name in American culture and the relationship between retailer Tiffany & Co. and the artisanal Tiffany Studios. It will showcase approximately 100 items, including pieces belonging to Henry Francis du Pont, who owned Winterthur.

An added attraction will be an exhibit that looks back at “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” the classic film from 1961 that starred Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard and also featured and featuring Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen, Martin Balsam, and Mickey Rooney.

There will also be a series of lectures including “Louis Comfort Tiffany at Tiffany & Co.” by John Loring (September 8), “Bookfest at Tiffany’s” by Margaret Stetz (October 6),

“Today’s Tiffany Market: Understanding Current Trends, Values, and Authenticity” by Benjamin Macklowe (October 20) and “Unimaginable Splendors: The Art of Louis C. Tiffany” by Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen (November 3).

All of the Tiffany-related exhibits are included in admission to Winterthur. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students and $5 for children (ages 2-11).

This weekend, summer unofficially comes to an end because that’s what traditionally happens on Labor Day Weekend. Summer officially closes later in the month but for some, summer is already over because the new school year started a few days ago.

One thing that will never change about the Labor Day Weekend is the longevity of the annual events staged on the last holiday weekend of the summer. Many of the area’s annual Labor Day Weekend events have been held continuously for 40 years or longer.

Labor Day at Ludwig's Corner Horse Show

The 72nd annual Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show kicks off this weekend, renewing a Chester County equine institution.

The Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show (Routes 100 and 401, Bucktown, 610-458-3344, www.ludwigshorseshow.org) probably tops the list of the Chester County’s longest-running annual Labor Day Weekend events.

The show, which is held at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds, is closing in on its diamond anniversary. The 2015 edition of the show, which is the 72nd annual staging of the event, will be held September 5-7 at its traditional location in the northern part of Chester County.

The three-day event will feature a variety of fun activities. Families can enjoy rides, vendors, face-painting, hayrides, live music, games, food concessions and children’s games. There will also be a number of booths with representatives of groups that are involved in the preservation of open space.

The very first Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show was staged in 1943 as a small show to raise money for local scout troops. It featured just 88 horses. Now, it is a very large show with over 400 horses competing for three days in both hunter and jumper classes.

The featured equestrian event is the Lexus Jumper Mini-Prix competition. Other competitions will feature dressage, cones and cross country — and over $3,000 in prize money.

The horse show features a number of special events including a country fair, a carriage parade, pie-eating contests, a costumed pet parade, Creepy Crawlers Big & Small, a “Mounted Parade of Hounds,” the Thorncroft Mainstreamers, hay rides, an antique tractor show, “Pioneer Games,” the Kyle & Kelly Magic Show and amusement rides.

The show will run from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. each day. Saturday is Family Fun Day and features $10 per carload admission. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children (12 and under) on Sunday and Monday.

10525804_10152566440365614_438897556735559572_nDuryea Day, which is one of Boyertown’s signature annual events, is celebrating its golden anniversary. This year, Duryea Day (Boyertown Community Park, Second and Madison streets, Boyertown, 610-367-2090, www.boyertownmuseum.org) is celebrating its 50th year with another top-flight Antique and Classic Car Show.

The one-day event, which is hosted by the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, serves as a showcase for antique and classic cars and trucks of all types. This year, it will be held on September 5 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in the scenic park in downtown Boyertown.

Duryea Day was created as a tribute to local automobile pioneer Charles Duryea, who started building automobiles in Reading more than a century ago. Duryea was making automobiles long before most people in the area had even seen a car.

A Labor Day Weekend tradition, the Antique and Classic Car Show draws exhibitors from all over the Mid-Atlantic region with an amazing array of collector cars, antique trucks, hot rods, vintage motorcycles, custom cars and special interest vehicles.

Visitors have the opportunity to get up-close looks at a number of automobiles they probably have never seen before — cars made by long-defunct companies such as Franklin, Winton and Peerless. There will also be displays of timeless classics like the Ford “Model T.”

The auto show will feature awards in the following categories — Pre-War Antique Car, Post-War Antique Car, Antique Truck, Antique Modified, Antique Motorcycle and Antique Sports Car.

In addition to the car show, Duryea Day also features live entertainment, food and beverage vendors, a 50/50 drawing, a “car corral” and an auto flea market. There will also be a variety of entertainment and special activities for children.

Admission to Boyertown Park for Duryea Day is $5 for adults and $2 for children (ages 6-12). Visitors to Duryea Day can take advantage of complimentary admission to the   Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles. A special trolley will make continuous loops between the park and the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles until 4 p.m.

Two arts and crafts festivals in the Lancaster area this weekend have to be counted as two of the top events in the longevity category.

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The Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival in Lancaster celebrates its 37th year, starting this weekend.

The Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival (Harrisburg Pike and the Route 30 Bypass, Lancaster, 717-735-8883, www.longspark.org) and the Heart of Lancaster County Arts and Crafts Show (Root’s Country Market-Auction, 705 Graystone Road, Manheim, 717-898-6297, www.heartoflancasterartsandcraftshow.com) have both been around for decades.

The 37th Annual Long’s Park Art & Craft Festival runs from September 4-6 at Long’s Park in downtown Lancaster. The 28th Annual Heart of Lancaster County Arts and Crafts Show is scheduled to take place on September 5 and 6 at Root’s Country Market-Auction.

More than 200 fine artists and artisans representing 30 states were selected through a juried process for inclusion in this year’s show at scenic Long’s Park, an 80-acre park in the center of Lancaster. All proceeds benefit the free Long’s Park summer entertainment series.

A large contingent of artisans will be selling their wares and demonstrating their crafts each day at Long’s Park. The show will feature an array of categories, including drawing, glass, paper, musical instruments, ceramics, leather, printmaking, wearable fiber, mixed media, precious jewelry, painting, metal, decorative fiber, photography, sculpture, toys and wood.

The “Susquehanna Style Bistro” at Long’s Park will offer guests a tasty selection of food from some of the region’s finest restaurants and caterers. The selection of salads, pastas, sandwiches, seafood and desserts will be complemented by a selection of fine wines, craft beers and special mimosas.

The festival will also present live entertainment all three days starting with the David Newman Quartet with Tim Price and Cruise Control Music on September 4. The Amy Banks Quartet and Rue de la Pompe will perform on September 5 and New World Parade and Dave Wilson Quartet are scheduled to play on September 6.

Festival hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for students.

The Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year — and its fifth anniversary as a two-day event. This year’s show will feature a roster of more than 200 artists and fine craftsmen from all around the East.

This juried event features a wide variety of traditional, primitive, and contemporary art and crafts. Importantly, all the items on display at this show are hand-crafted by the artists. The event also offers an array of crafts demonstrations.

There will be vendors with a wide variety of food and beverage items. Additionally, live entertainment will be provided by the Susquehanna Pipes and Drums and the jazz group Over Easy.

One of the nicest attractions offered by the Heart of Lancaster Arts and Craft Show is free admission for all. Show hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. each day.

Another venerable festival in northern Delaware is celebrating its 108th anniversary this year. It’s the Arden Town Fair (The Village of Arden, 2126 The Highway, Arden, Delaware, 302-475-3126, www.ardenclub.com) which will be held September 5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The eagerly-anticipated holiday event has many popular features such as delicious homemade baked goods, the Library Gild’s used book sale, more than 120 vendors of handmade crafts and jewelry, children’s games and rides and the antiques and collectibles market with more than 50 dealers.

Other drawing cards for the fair are the food court, pony rides, the dunk booth, booths selling plants from the Gardeners Gild, dance demonstrations, the popular Beer Garden with continuous live entertainment and the Holistic Expo at the Buzz Ware Village Center.

The Fair’s lineup of live music this year includes Diamond State Concert Band, Tugboat Kingdom, Whirled Peas, Vanessa Collier, Buffalo Chip and the Heard, Luna Fugate with Kevin McCabe, John Lee Band and closing act Badmobile.

The annual fair features free admission. Rain date for the festival is September 6 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival is back for a 44th year, this weekend.

Like many of the area’s annual holiday events on Labor Day Weekend, the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival (Salem County Fair Grounds, Route 40, Woodstown, New Jersey, 302-321-6466, www.delawarevalleybluegrass.org) has been kicking around for a long, long time.

This weekend, the well-attended annual music event, which runs from September 4-6, will celebrate its 44th anniversary. The festival will feature three days of old-time music — music that takes you back to a bygone era — music that makes you feel good.

The event was first held on Labor Day Weekend in 1972 in Glasgow, Delaware and was known as the Delaware Bluegrass Festival. It remained in Delaware through 1989 and moved to its current location in 1990.

Live music at this year’s festival will start on September 4 at 1 p.m. with a set by Red Wine. Friday’s lineup also includes Red Wine, Rebecca Frazier and Hit and Run, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, The Gibson Brothers, and Hot Rize with Red Knuckles and the Trailbazers.

Saturday’s headliners will be Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives and Blue Highway. Other performers scheduled for September 5 are Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, David Holt and Josh Goforth and Sierra Hull.

The lineup for September 6 includes Cab Grass, Tater Patch, Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass, The Railsplitters, Jim Hurst, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Sister Sadie.

The Children’s Stage will feature Chris Capehart, Todd Crowley, The Zoo Keeper and Michael Rosman.

Single day tickets are $50 (September 4 and 5); $40 (September 6); weekend tickets, $95; senior citizens (62 and over), $5 per day off daily tickets or $10 off weekend ticket price. Student tickets are $30 for Friday or Saturday, $20 for Sunday and $50 for the weekend.


deadmau5 performs Sept. 5 at the Allentown Fair.

The Allentown Fair (17th and Chew Street, Allentown, 610-433-7541, www.allentownfairpa.org) is unchallenged when it comes to longevity.

The 2015 edition of “The Great Allentown Fair”, which is running through September 7, marks the fair’s 163rd anniversary.

The Allentown Fair is a fun-filled event that spans generations and appeals to people of all ages. The multi-day event at the Allentown Fairgrounds features thousands of farm, garden and home exhibits and competitions along with thrill rides, amusement games, variety acts, international foods and some of the top entertainers currently on tour.

The Grandstand Stage has four ticketed shows left on its 2014 schedule — Eric Church (September 4), deadmau5 (September 5), Jim Gaffigan (September 6) and the J & J Demolition Derby on September 7.

All Grandstand shows are ticketed events but the fair also offers a wide array of free concerts at the Music & Variety Show Tent, the MainGate Nightclub and Bier Garten and the RCN Farmerama Theater.

The fair’s list of daily entertainment attractions also includes “Robinson’s Pig Paddling Porkers,” “Lil’ Farm Hands,” “Matt’s Family Jam,” “Elephant Encounter,” “Fired Up High Dive Show,” “Melody Farm Follies” and the “4-H Petting Zoo.”

As always, amusement games and rides are one of the fair’s main attractions. This year, the Great Allentown Fair will again feature thrilling rides and games of skill and chance presented by Powers Great American Midways.

There will also be a wide array of agricultural competitions and exhibits each day at the fair. Tickets are $8 for adults with children under 12 admitted free.

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You can make a little Whoopie — Whoopie Pie that is — at the annual Whoopie Pie Festival in Strasburg this weekend.

If you’re looking for an out-of-the-ordinary way to celebrate the holiday weekend, check out the annual Whoopie Pie Festival at Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn (240 Hartman Bridge Road, Route 896, Strasburg, 717-687-8635, http://whoopiepiefestival.com).

Billed as “The Most Delicious Day in Lancaster County,” the Whoopie Pie Festival features more than 100 different Whoopie Pie flavors. It will be held this year on September 5 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

According to food historians, Amish women would bake these tasty desserts and put them in farmers’ lunch pails. When farmers would find the treats in their lunch, they would shout “Whoopie!” It is likely that the original Whoopie Pies were made from cake batter leftovers.

Scheduled events at the 2015 festival are Whoopie Pie Treasure Hunt, Whoopie Pie Race, Whoopie Pie Long Launch, Whoopie Pie Checkers, Whoopie Yell Off, and Amateur Whoopie Pie Eating Contest.

Visitors will also be able to watch when the festival’s Whoopie Pie makers attempt to produce the “Largest Whoopie Pie Ever Made.” Other events throughout the day include

Whoopie Pie making for kids, face painting and bounce house fun.

Rain date is September 6.

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