Auburn Heights Invitational Features Classic Cars and Fine Food

PLUS: Music on the Brandywine at the Brandywine River Museum, Brew at the Brandywine Zoo and Avenue Q


The Heights of Automotive Design

The Auburn Heights Invitational on Sept. 28 offers a chance for today’s generations to step back in time, exploring what life was like during the first half of the 20th century. Whether you contemplate what it would be like to don a linen duster and goggles as you take a ride in a 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet or take the wheel of a 1907 American Underslung Roadster, or simply enjoy fine food and wine in the shadow of the 1897 mansion’s two towers, there is something for everyone. The Auburn Heights Invitational Historic Auto Display debuted last year with an exceptional gathering of historic vehicles. This year’s display represents an era reminiscent of “The Great Gatsby,” with a spotlight on the Packard Motor Car Company. See a 1910 Model 30 Close-Coupled Tourer and 1930 Model 740 Custom Roadster, along with a 1907 Mercedes Landaulet and a 1927 Pierce-Arrow Model 80. We tend to forget the enormous impact early autos had on Americans’ daily lives, including the clothing we wear and the advertisements around us. Dr. Blaire Gagnon of the University of Rhode Island will share research by her graduate students, inspired by the Marshall Steam Museum, in “Fashion, Cars, and Advertisements.” Visitors will also enjoy a sneak peak at rare items from Hagley Museum and Library’s Z. Taylor Vinson Transportation Collection, which are not yet available to the public. “This event is so much more than a car show,” says museum director Susan Randolph. “It offers people a chance to disconnect from their busy lifestyles and immerse themselves in a bygone era. We get to be Daisy Buchanan or Jay Gatsby for the day and enjoy a beautiful afternoon at a magnificent country estate.” The event includes tours of the Auburn Heights Mansion and rides on the Auburn Valley Railroad, as well as great food from Country Butcher Fine Foods Market of Kennett Square, ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery, and wine and beer tastings. A silent auction and raffle will benefit the Joseph Boxler Education Fund, established in 2007 to honor the memory of youth volunteer Joseph Boxler and his love for Auburn Heights. The fund supports children’s programming at Auburn Heights and remains dedicated to inspiring creativity and ingenuity among new generations.
Unrelated, “Classic Romance”, under the baton of music director David Amado, opens the Delaware Symphony Orchestra’s 2013-14 season at The Grand Opera House on Sept. 27. The program will include Festive Ode by American composer Robert Ward, who died in 2013 after a long and distinguished career as composer of works such as The Crucible, which won the 1962 Pulitzer Prize for Music. The DSO has a special connection with Ward—assistant principal cellist and long-time DSO member Mark Ward is his son. Misha Dichter is featured soloist for the evening’s virtuoso turn at the piano in Rachmaninoff’s ravishing Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Dichter was propelled into the international spotlight when he won the Silver Medal at the 1966 Tchaikovsky competition. His career was threatened by the diagnosis of Dupuytren’s Contracture, which curled the little finger of his right hand inward. After a successful surgery in 2007 and an enormous amount of work and dedication, his playing and career are once again on top of the world. In addition, last year he published “A Pianist’s World in Drawings,” a book of cartoons that present a humorous look at the classical music business. 656-7442, 

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Sept. 26
Event 1

Music on the Brandywine at the Brandywine River Museum features internationally acclaimed recording artist and saxophonist Jonathan Wintringham and pianist and composer Michael Djupstrom. Could you listen in any place more beautiful?… More
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Event 2

Tennessee Williams’ “Night of the Iguana” remains one of the most haunting, deeply moving plays by an American playwright. Its two-week run at the University of Delaware begins tonight… More

Sept. 27
Event 3

Join the Delaware Zoological Society, which supports the Brandywine Zoo, in its annual fundraiser, Brew at the Brandywine Zoo, and Wine Too. Need we say more? More

Event 4

Tony winner of the for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q mixes sophisticated puppetry, singularly un-PC songs and edgy, laugh out loud humor. It begins at Wilmington Drama League tonight… More

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Event 5

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Sept. 28
Event 6

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Event 7

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Sept. 28-29
Event 8

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Event 9

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Event 10

Head over to the studio at Delaware Art Museum for Art is After Dark. This time, paint whimsical designs on wine glasses to give your drink a personalized and stylish look. Cheers More

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