Saturday, April 26, 2008

Open House at Eldreth Pottery

Eldreth Pottery Spring Open House

Saturday, May 3, 9:00 - 5:00
Sunday, May 4, 12:00 - 5:00

Take a factory tour and see how their pottery is made!

Open House Location:
902 Hart Road
Oxford PA 19363

For more information:
Eldreth Pottery

902 Hart Road
Oxford PA 19363

246 N. Decatur Street
Strasburg, PA 17579


Saturday, April 19, 2008

Go Green Day at Blue Ball Barn

Sunday, April 27th
12 – 3 pm

Alapocas Run State Park will be hosting its first “Go Green Day” at the Blue Ball Barn!

Visitors to the park will learn about “Green,” or environmentally friendly, principles. The Blue Ball Barn itself was reconstructed utilizing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building components. This event can be enjoyed by all age groups. Games, crafts, displays, hikes and informative talks will be offered. You can also learn about Delaware’s natural environment and the wide range of outdoor recreational activities the area has to offer.

“Go Green Day” participants include Wilmington Trails Club, Delaware Solid Waste Authority, AmeriCorps, Delaware Greenways, The Delaware Invasive Species Council, Delaware Ride Share, Brandywine Zoo’s Traveling Zoo, Friends of Wilmington Parks, Delaware Bicycle Council, Master Gardeners, Archeological Society of Delaware, and local folk artists.

For more information:
Blue Ball Barn

Delaware State Parks
The Blue Ball Barn is located on West Park Drive in north Wilmington, just off route 202 near the intersection of route 141 and Foulk Road.

Delaware State Parks entrance fees:
parking fees are in effect March 1 – Nov 30th.
$3.00 for in-state vehicles
$6.00 for out-of-state vehicles.
Vehicles displaying a current Delaware State Parks annual permit are exempt from daily parking fees.

More about Alapocas Run State Park:
The Blue Ball Barn is the center piece of Alapocas Run State Park. This historic dairy barn, reconstructed and adapted for modern day use, is now a conference center with galleries. It is home to the Delaware Folk Art Collection and historical exhibits. The Northern Delaware Greenway Trail runs through the park and features wonderful views of the Alapocas Woods Natural Area, natural rock walls of Delaware blue rock, the Brandywine River and the historic Bancroft Mills. Other Park features include the Can Do Playground and ruins of the Weldin Plantation. Multi-use athletic fields and picnic areas are also planned. Alapocas Run State Park hours are 8am - sunset, year round. The Blue Ball Barn is open to the public 9am - 4pm, 7-days a week.


Theater and Ceramics for Homeschoolers at the Wayne Art Center!

Spring Classes for Homeschool Students!

413 Maplewood Avenue, Wayne PA

Theatre Arts: Let’s Put on a Play
With Pat Jordan
Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:30 pm April 29 – May 27 (5 weeks) $75
Put on a play from start to finish! Learn improvisation, mime, voice control, projection and character roles while learning how to stage a play. Everyone will take part in scenery design, costumes and performing. The play will be held the last session of class. Ages 7 and up.

Ceramics: 4 Methods, 4 Projects
With Kate Hochner
Thursday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm May 1 – 29 (5 weeks) $75
Build four different ceramic pieces using: coils, slabs, mosaics, wheel! Students will be introduced to different ways of producing objects in clay as well as different methods of surface decoration. Fee includes all materials and firing fees. Ages 7 and up.

For registration information, please call 610-688-3553.

The Wayne Art Center is conveniently located just 5 minutes off Route 476 at the St. Davids/Villanova exit.



The house where N.C. Wyeth raised his extraordinarily creative children and the studio in which he painted many of his memorable works of art has been restored. Educational tours departing from the museum are offered at timed intervals, Tuesday through Sunday.

$5 per person in addition to museum admission.

April 1st through November 16, 2008.

For more information:

Brandywine River Museum

Telephone: (610) 388-2700

Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(Extended hours until 6:00 p.m., Dec. 26-30)
Closed Christmas Day

Adults, $8.00; seniors (65+),
Students with ID and children ages 6-12, $5.00.
Free for children under 6 and Brandywine Conservancy members.
AudioTours, $3.00


Student Music Workshop at the Delaware Art Museum!

Students will enjoy this interactive learning experience of Latin American sounds and rhythms! In this workshop, SIORA, a contemporary world jazz ensemble that plays music from around the world, will teach two distinct rhythms from "south of the border": Afro-Cuban 6-8 rhythm and Brazilian samba. The workshop involves a multi-layered audience performance, including vocals and hands-on experiences with various instruments, ending with a carnival dance lesson from Brazil!

Following the workshop, take your students through the galleries and view the Museum's permanent collection and special exhibition, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero. Space is limited. Please register by Friday, May 2, 2008.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Workshop times:
10:30-11:15 a.m.
12:30-1:15 p.m.

$5 fee
(includes workshop, performance, museum admission, and one free family admission pass)

Program is suggested for grades k-6

For more information:
Courtney Waring
Director of Education
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE 19806


Friday, April 18, 2008

Scholastic Warehouse Sale!


Delaware State Fair, Inc.,
in partnership with
Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children,
is seeking nominations for its All-Star Youth program. The program was originally developed in 2001 to recognize adolescents for their outstanding societal contributions, personal successes, or heroic endeavors despite life’s adversities. New this year the Delaware State Fair, Inc. in conjunction with Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital will also include in the criteria for the “All-Star Youth” living a healthy lifestyle as defined by the Nemours’ 5-2-1 Almost None initiative.

From the nominations, ten “All-Star Youth” are selected—one boy or girl to represent each day of the Fair. The winners are recognized at the Fair’s annual stockholder’s dinner, in the Fair’s nightly parade, and on the Fair’s website. Each All-Star Youth receives, on his/her day of recognition, a cash prize, a plaque recognizing his/her achievement, free gate admission to the Fair, carnival ride tickets, and a Delaware State Fair tee shirt.

To nominate a child who has displayed outstanding courage, commitment and/or achievement, please submit a letter of recommendation, along with supporting materials,
Delaware State Fair
P.O. Box 28
Harrington, DE 19952

Nominees must be 20 years of age or younger as of July 1, 2008. Nominations will not be accepted after May 19, 2008. Any questions regarding this program please call (302) 398-3269.

Mission Statement: The All-Star Youth of-the-Day program was established by the Delaware State Fair to honor ten young people for their remarkable accomplishments in one of the following areas: volunteer service to the community; heroic deeds; exceptional scholastic achievement; outstanding athletic accomplishment; or exhibiting a healthy lifestyle identified by the Nemours’ 5-2-1 Almost None initiative.


Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Diary of Anna Frank at Wilmington Drama League!

There is still time to see this!

The Chrysalis Players
of the Wilmington Drama League
Proudly Presents
Written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Directed by Marge Ventura

The true story of Anne Frank, the young Jewish girl who hid with her family and four others to avoid detection by the Nazis during World War II. Based on the words of Anne Frank's diary, the play is a moving, dramatic, and often very funny story of family, courage, and hope.

8:00 pm ~ Friday, April 18
2:00 pm ~ Saturday, April 19; Sunday, April 20

$12 adults / $10 seniors and students / $8
Tickets are general admission and will be available at the door.

For more information:
(302) 764-1172

The Diary of Anne Frank stars Gina Santore, Peter Matthews, Doreen Weiss, Madison Matthews, Jordan Weagraff, Gary Brenner, Susan Austin, Beth Henderson, Craig Stump, and Eric Merlino.


Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cultural Connections: Homeschool Tour Program at the Delware Art Museum!

Delaware Art Museum’s
Homeschool Tour Program

Especially designed for homeschool students ages 10 and up!
A wonderful art education experience!

Tuesdays, April 29—June 3, 2008
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (6 weeks)
Age groups: 10–13 years & 14–18 years

Students will explore various artists and art movements and develop an understanding of the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. Select tour dates will include 30-minute art projects in the Museum’s Bank of America Studio Wing.

Inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Cultural Connections will take students on a journey around the world to discover how different civilizations and customs influence art.

April 29*
African Influences

May 6
Columbian & Latin American Society

May 13*
England & the Victorian Age

May 20
Classical Mythology

May 27
Historical America

June 3*
European Influences: Spain & France

*Dates include art project.

Program limited to 25 students.

Registration is first-come, first-served. Participants must register and pre-pay by mail. No refunds. Parents are required to stay on the Museum’s property for the entire program.

Non-Members: $24 per child
Members: $20 per child

A 20% discount on the total cost will be given to families with 3 or more children and can be combined with the Glory of Stories for Homeschoolers Program.

For more information, contact:

Saralyn Rosenfield

Family Programs Manager



Glory of Stories for Homeschoolers!

Inspired by Art!

The Delaware Art Museum’s

Glory of Stories



Tuesdays, April 29—June 3, 2008
10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m (6 weeks)
Age groups:
4-6 years & 7-9 years
Homeschool families enjoy a wonderful art education experience!
Every Tuesday for 6 weeks, Museum Staff and Docents will present story readings related to the Museum’s collection and special exhibitions. A discussion of related works of art and a hands-on art project will follow the reading. Kids will build a foundation for visual arts, as well as hone their observation skills through storytelling and art.

Inspired by the Museum’s special exhibition, The Baroque World of Fernando Botero, Inspired by Art! will focus on the history of art and how it has influenced artists in the Museum’s permanent collection and the Botero exhibition.


April 29
Fernando Botero & Spanish Masters

May 6
Violet Oakley & Stained Glass

May 13
Fernando Botero & French Masters

May 20
Robert Indiana & Pop Art

May 27
Fernando Botero & Dutch Masters

June 3
Pre-Raphaelites & Medieval Art

Space is limited.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis.
Participants must register and prepay by mail.
No refunds.
Parents are required to stay on the Museum’s property for the entire program.

Non-Members: $24 per child
Members: $20 per child
A 20% discount on the total cost will be given to families with 3 or more children and can be combined with the Homeschool Tour Program.

For more information, contact:
Saralyn Rosenfield
Family Programs Manager

Homeschool Programs Website

Artist Studio for Homeschoolers (New!) at the Delaware Art Museum

Artist Studio Class!
Learn The Fundamentals!
Wednesdays April 16 - June 4
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
(Ages 10 - 14)
Students will learn the fundamentals of art in the Museum's Studio. Basic drawing, painting, and sculpting will be explored, focusing on processes and techniques. Art history will be discussed, including visits to the Museum galleries, focusing on artists in the collection. Students will learn creative techniques and develop an appreciation for art.

Member Price $125.00
Non-Member Price $145.00

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer grants for Youth and Teen classes and camps through the Read Apple Fund for Student Enrichment. Click here for more information on the Red Apple Fund.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Art Classes for Teens at the Delaware Art Museum!

Saturday Teen Focus

Art Class
Delaware Art Museum

(Summer Session)

Saturday Teen Focus (Summer Session)
Saturdays, June 28 - August 16
(no class July 5) 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Age 13 and up)

The Saturday Teen Focus class combines Sculpture and 3D Design with Drawing and 2D Design.

This program is designed for high school students with a passion for art, an interest in creating a portfolio, and a goal of continuing to study art after high school.

Lunch may be purchased from the delART Café or brought from home.

Sculpture and 3D Design
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Age 13 and up)
This is an introductory course on the basic principles of three-dimensional art.
Students will create small-scale sculptural projects.
Class will also consist of short lectures and walks through the Museum.

Drawing and 2D Design
1:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(Age 13 and up)
The aim of this course is to introduce a variety of drawing techniques, vocabulary, and media. Classes will consist of drawing exercises as well as participating in demonstrations and critiques.

Member Price $265
Non-Member Price $320

Click here to register.

The Delaware Art Museum is pleased to offer grants for Youth and Teen classes and camps through the Read Apple Fund for Student Enrichment.
Click here for more information on the Red Apple Fund.

• 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, Delaware 19806 •



“Lights, Camera, Action!”
Saturday April 12th
1pm and 6pm
Sunday April 13th

Take a stroll along memory lane!
“Lights, Camera, Action!”
represents different eras of movies from past to present.
Directed by the Centre Ice Rinks’ skating director Jerry Santoferrara and his talented staff. “The show will feature over thirty skaters from the Centre Ice Rinks’ skating programs as well as nationally ranked guest skaters!"

Advanced tickets are $8
$10 at door day of the performance.

Reserve your seat today by calling:
Tina Macomber

For more information on The Centre Ice Rinks’ programs or any upcoming events:
(302) 398-5900

The Centre Ice Rink is located on the Delaware State Fairgrounds,
U.S. Route 13 South, Harrington.

The Centre is owned and operated by the Delaware State Fair.
The Delaware State Fair is a not-for-profit corporation.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Go green for Earth Day at the Delaware Museum of Natural History

Saturday, April 19, in celebration of Earth Day!
9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fun, eco-minded activities at the museum include a craft, computer recycling, energy conservation ideas, and more!

Tri-State Waste Solutions will provide recycling tips to prevent reusable materials from taking up space in landfills.

Children can create an imaginative turtle craft with reused egg cartons, and budding environmentalists can unearth composting tips for healthy home gardens.

Greenspire Associates will recycle old computers and printers for a small suggested donation.

Delaware Greenways will provide information about hiking and biking trails around the state, and the Delaware Energy Office will offer tips on energy conservation.

For more information:

Free for museum members.
$6 for adults
$5 for children (3-17)
$4 for seniors
free for children 2 and younger.

Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike


Saturday, April 5, 2008

Healthy Kids Day at the Brandywine YMCA!

Saturday April 12th
Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Healthy Kids Day® provides kids and families with information on how to be healthier in all aspects of their lives. For the YMCA, good health involves the spirit, mind and body. A “healthy kid” not only eats right, exercises and avoids unhealthy substances like tobacco and alcohol but also demonstrates values such as caring for others and taking responsibility for improving the environment.

Join the Brandywine YMCA and YMCA’s across the country as we celebrate Healthy Kids Day® with our community. The festive celebration will feature exhibits, games, activities and special visitors to emphasize the importance of being a healthy kid.

Contact the Y for more information!

3 Mt Lebanon Road
Wilmington, De 19803


Thursday, April 3, 2008

National Poetry Month!

Why not kick off National Poetry Month with a submission to Wit Wonder and Whimsy!, the online journal of the arts from homeschoolers, their families, and friends?


Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Open Connections

A resource center with programs for 4-18 year olds.
Support for homeschooling parents.
Recently relocated to a glorious 28-acre former farm/estate in Delaware County, just west of Newtown Square.
Emphasizes self-directedness,
experiential learning, creative ("flexible") thinking and collaboration.

Peter Bergson
610-459-3366 or


Poetry Slam and No Cook Cooking Class for Homeschoolers at the Lansdowne Library!

Friday, April 11th
12-2:30 PM
Another Social Event for Homeschooling Families!
Please join other homeschooling families at this dual event:
Poetry Slam
No Cook Cooking
a class led by Faith Beckford from Love Your Fruits and Vegetables™ - or LyFVe™ (pronounced life) a premier GREEN caterer for kids.

The Poetry Slam is an event in which everyone may attend.

The cooking classes require registration and will be limited.
There will be two groups for the classes.
Ages 3-5 from 12:30 to 1:30 and ages 6 and up from 1:30 to 2:30.
The class size is limited to 12 people each

Please bring your lunch, drinks and snacks provided.

All participants should bring a lunch.
Lunch/sign in from 12-12:30
The Poetry Slam is ongoing from 12:30 to 2:30.
The Cooking classes are in two sessions:
12:30 to 1:30 for ages 3-5
1:30 to 2:30 for ages 6 and up
The Poetry Slam will be for all ages and anyone can perform.

Anyone attending and performing a piece during the Poetry Slam should be prepared to read a favorite rhyme and or verse.
Cooking Class participants just need to bring a healthy appetite. Faith will provide everything else that is needed.

Please contact Rachée Fagg
Youth Services Coordinator
Lansdowne Public Library
610-623-0239 ext. 5

55 S. Lansdowne Ave,
Lansdowne, PA 19050


Hannah's Ball - A Zome Model of the Month!

According to Kevin Merges, a mathematics teacher at Rutgers Preparatory School, "this is something that my eight year old daughter made. She was just playing with the big spiked ball that kids get when they fill all the holes in one white connector and she realized that the ends could be connected."

For complete instructions on how to build this and other Zome models as well as oodles of great ideas for using Zome in your math and science curriculum, visit their website!

Be sure to check out "Naked Zome"! It's the same Zome kits without the storage containers and packaging. Save up to 40% off regular Zome pricing, and help to eliminate waste and save fossil fuels at the same time. Naked Zome comes in a clear, convenient poly zip bag, and includes everything that is included in their clothed counterparts.


City Gates Academy, in North Wilmington, is now accepting enrollments for the 2008-09 school year.

Citi Gates
Classes have been consolidated to accommodate a one day format.
CPlease see our website for class choices:

Students may take as few as one, or as many as needed.
Visitors are welcomed at any time to sit in on classes.
Please call 302-229-9626 to visit.

City Gates Academy is a Christian cooperative school. The City Gates curriculum is designed for families who desire cooperative involvement in their child(ren)’s education. Weekly classroom instruction provides the framework for parent-assisted education at home. Parents are responsible for tailoring their child(ren)’s curriculum to meet the requirements of their state for graduation and/or college admissions.


Open House and Now Enrolling: Echo Christian Based Co-op

Open House!
April 29
Now taking enrollments for the 2008-2009 school year.
Open to home school and cyber school families, Echo is a grades K - 12 Christian based co-op, meeting one day a week on Tuesdays at Camp of the Old Mill near Downingtown (off route 322/route 82). Echo's focus is to provide a place for the whole family to fellowship and learn.

Upper grades (7th - 12th)
A college prep oriented co-op offering the core subjects of History, English, Science & Math in both the Jr high and Sr high programs. Echo tracks to the PHAA diploma program though families may choose which diploma program (if any) they would like to use. Specific courses offered will depend upon interest and demand. Electives have not yet been determined. Preference is given to students enrolling full-time in the core subjects of English, math, history and science and then we will take students that wish to enroll for one or more courses. We welcome and accept drop-off students. Classes are limited to 15 students.

Elementary (K - 6th)
In the elementary program Echo offers academically enriching classes including History, Science, critical thinking/math skills, and writing/literature. In addition to these core subjects, other classes will be added if there is interest, eg. music, art, drama, etc. There is a pre-k time and baby toddler group for moms with children in the core k - 5/6 grade program but have young children as well. Moms stay for the day and help out.

Open houses are April 1, and April 29
Come and see what Echo is about, tour the facilities and receive an information & application packet. To receive more information and/or to sign up for an open house, please visit their website.


CHRISTIAN TEACHERS NEEDED for 2008 - 2009 school year!
Echo is looking for passionate and experienced teachers for the following subjects: middle and high school English and Science. The Elementary program will also be looking to fill various positions in different grades. Work with a great bunch of kids and still get paid for it! Enjoy seeing the fruits of your labor and only have to work once a week! Go to website for contact information.