Arden Parties

Find out why Arden is the place to be this month. Plus, UD’s Resident Ensemble Players take on a transvestite, the Brandywine Arts Festival moves up the road, a one-stop exhibit hits the Biggs, and more.

Cynthia Dewick brightens the Arden Fair. Photograph by Joe del TufoArden Parties

Head to the Ardens for two great events this month: the Arden Fair on September 5 and “Thoroughly Modern Millie” at the New Candlelight Theatre through October 10. In the 1920s-era musical, an ingénue enters the workplace and falls in love at a time when ingénues in love rarely entered the workplace. The Arden Fair, which will feature local sculptor and painter David Burslem, isn’t so thoroughly modern, either. It’s free, for one thing, and the eclectic event is as famous for handmade crafts and used books as it is for offering glimpses of otherwise private Arden dwellings. “New and different isn’t necessarily the case with the Arden Fair,” says spokesperson Susan Oates. “For more than a century, it’s never gone out of style, and neither have Shakespearean plays from which Arden gets its name.” For more, visit, or call 475-3126. For the Candlelight, call 475-2313, or visit     —Maria Hess

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Michael Gotch in “I Am My Own Wife.” Photograph by Jay Westhauser/University of DelawareHe Said, She Said

On the surface UD’s Resident Ensemble Players’ pick for a season opener seems peculiar. “I Am My Own Wife” is a one-man drama about an East German transvestite. But Doug Wright’s play, which The New York Times called “moving and intellectually absorbing,” was an enormous success at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, says Resident Ensemble Players artistic director Sandy Robbins, “and I want to have our audience see it.” Actor Michael Gotch portrays the real-life Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, who grew up during Hitler’s rise to power and survived Nazi Germany. But did these events really happen? We’ll never tell. The play runs September 18 through October 4. For more, call 831-2204, or visit

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 Page 3: No Coins in the Fountain


No Coins in the Fountain

There’s one event that won’t be happening at The Josephine Fountain in Brandywine Park on September 12-13: the Brandywine Arts Festival. After 48 years at the fountain, the popular event is moving to Saint Anthony in the Hills, just over the line on Route 7 in Avondale, Pennsylvania. You can still expect to visit about 230 fine artists and crafters. You’ll still hear live music. And there will still be plenty of food and children’s entertainment. But the park became too expensive for organizers. “Plus,” says spokesperson Janie Blanch, “our beautiful new venue sits on 122 acres.” For more, visit, or call 475-6350.

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“Attempting to Build our Future,” by Ronald Longsdorf, polystyrene foam.Biggs Doings

We’ve heard of one-stop shopping. But a one-stop exhibit? That’s how you’d describe the amalgamation of art on display in a multi-media exhibit at Dover’s Biggs Museum of American Art through October 25. Exhibiting painters, photographers, writers, musicians, crafters and artisans are this year’s Individual Artist Fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts. “In recent years, nearly 100 artists have applied for fellowships annually,” says DDOA director Paul Weagraff. Only 15 got them. “The fellowship award is a great honor to the artists and serves as an important milestone in their careers.” For more, call 674-2111, or visit

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