Get to the Point
Horses running a steeplechase are like humans navigating a recession. They jump fences and avoid ditches. We can learn more than ever from them on May 3 at Point-to-Point—that typically glorious Sunday when horses and riders race over the rolling meadows of Winterthur Museum & Country Estate. Women wear fancy hats. Tailgaters roll out gourmet spreads. Celebs such as Martha Stewart appear unexpectedly. Special this year: Regional artists have created rocking horses that will be available during a silent auction and at the eBay auction site. The real horses will run five National Steeplechase Association-sanctioned races. And tailgaters will have more room to party. “We are opening new spaces alongside the Country Club loop section (larger spaces for larger vehicles), and we’re making tents available for private or corporate groups interested in a position alongside the track rail,” says communications manager Vicki Saltzman. About 15,000 people are expected to attend. “We are seeing third generations of Point-to-Point families enjoying the event,” says Winterthur director David Roselle. “It’s a great day for making memories.” For more, visit winterthur.org or call 888-4600.
Page 2: Shady Shakespeare
Did Shakespeare really write all that stuff? Playwright Amy Freed explores the age-old question in “The Beard of Avon,” presented by City Theater Company May 1-16. The troupe aptly describes its characters: a hot-tempered “Titian-haired queen, a closeted gay nobleman-turned-playwright, and a guy’s guy called Will.” What attracted producing artistic director Michael Gray to the play was its silliness. “It’s a low, bawdy comedy filled with exaggerated codpieces, groan-eliciting word play and tarts—not the fruit kind, either,” he says. “How can you go wrong with that?” For more, visit city-theater.org.
Page 3: Four and a New Score
Four and a New Score
Sergio Assad, one of the finest guitarists in the world, recently wrote the concerto “Interchange for Guitar Quartet and Orchestra” specifically for the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Accompanied by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, the quartet will play one of the work’s first public performances at The Grand May 15-16. In program notes written by Mark Mobley, DSO’s director of community engagement, Assad details his admiration for the musicians. The piece “grew out of my view of the quartet’s great ability to blend different music styles into a unique and novel interpretation.” Call this a major get. “Whenever we play with high-profile artists like this, it shows audiences that they don’t have to go to any other city to hear first-class musicians,” says Mobley. “And it’s always exciting to hear new music.” For more, call 652-5577, or visit desymphony.org.
Page 4: Old-Fashioned Fun
They call it Old Dover Days, but there’s always something new about the capital city’s celebrated event on The Green and Legislative Mall May 1-3. About 15,000 folks will enjoy maypole dancing, a food court, reenactors and walking tours. Friday starts with the art loop and a concert by the Funsters. Saturday includes a library book sale, craft demonstrations, a pet parade and a new play by the Children’s Theatre of Dover. The Dover Symphony’s pops concert will end the fest. Contact the city at 734-4888, or visitdover.com.