Monday, May 19, 2008

Summer Stock Theater Program!

The deadline to register children for the Brandywine School District's new Summer Stock Theatre Program has been extended to May 30!

The program will be held June 23 through July 25, from 1:30 to 5:00 pm at Mount Pleasant High School, and is open to all children entering the fourth grade through the age of 18, inside AND outside the district. Homeschoolers included!

Tuition is only $150 for the entire five-week session!

The program will be run by local theater professionals who have extensive experience directing and choreographing productions at schools, community theatres, and professional theaters.

Auditions will be held May 31, June 2, and June 3 so the directors can meet the registering children in advance.
All who audition will be accepted!

Participating students will learn acting, singing, dancing, stagecraft, set design, make-up, and costumes, and at the end of the five weeks, will put on four public performances of:
"Bye Bye Birdie"

Audition details, registration forms, and more information can be found at the Brandywine School District website, click on the link for Summer Camps Registration, then click on Summer Stock flyer and registration form.

If you have additional questions, please contact the district office:
Tom Alderson

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Summer Camps at Brandywine Creek State Park!

Registration for these fun, outdoor-focused camps is filling quickly!

A few openings still remain in the following camps:

Water Adventure – Ages 8-10 years
Enjoy a fun-filled week in the water! From canoeing to tubing to stream study, campers will have a blast in the water!
Session I – July 28 – Aug 1
Session II – Aug 4 - 8
Session III – Aug 11 – 15

Nature Explorers – Ages 5-7 years
Spend summer days in the creek, hiking through the woods and catching insects in the field!
Session I – June 16 – 20
Session II – July 7 - 11

Mini-Adventure Camp – Ages 11-14 years
Exciting outdoor sports such as hiking, kayaking, swimming and disc golf are just a few of the activities offered in the action-packed camp.
June 30 – July 3 (4 day week)

New for 2008!! Counselor-In-Training Camp
This program offers the skills necessary to be a successful camp counselor. CIT’s will learn to canoe, lead hikes and activities, how to survive in the wilderness and become certified in CPR/First Aid.
June 11-13

If you would like more information on any of these camps, please contact us. Thank you for supporting Delaware State Parks!

Tess Belcher Brandywine Creek & Flint Woods Naturalist
PO Box 3782, 41 Adams Dam Rd
Greenville DE 19807
(302) 655-5740

Soar into spring at Brandywine Creek State Park!!
Brandywine Creek State Park is open 8 a.m. to sunset, year round.
Park entrance fees are charged daily from March through November.
To learn more about programming at Brandywine Creek State Park:

To register for a program:
please contact the Nature Center
(302) 655-5740

Want to learn more about other Delaware State Parks?
Visit our website


Friday, May 2, 2008

Oak Meadow Spring Curriculm Sale!

April 1st - June 30th, 2008
Oak Meadow's Annual Spring Sale has begun!
Take advantage of the discounts starting now!

20% off
All K-8 curriculum and teacher manuals
printed and online.

10% off
All enrollments, craft kits,
high school curriculum.

Visit their Website or contact their office for more details
to request a printed catalog!

Oak Meadow School
Independent Learning Since 1975

p.o. box 1346
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05301



Summer Art Camp with Renowned Children's Illustrator!

Gail Piazza is offering an intensive art camp for kids in Elton Maryland.
Have a fun packed week full of exploration and investigation, immersed in a world of art!

Kids will develop their skills painting, drawing and creative writing during this week long camp designed to entertain, teach and inspire.

Choose any one week session below:
June 23-27
July 7-11
July 21-25
8:30am - 4:30pm

For more information contact:

The Gail Piazza Gallery and Studio
130 E. Main St. Elkton, MD 21921
(410) 398-2171


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Creativity and Communications Workshop at Open Connections

The Open Connections Process for Creativity and Communications Workshop
June 16 through 19
9:15am – 2:15pm each day

For four days in June, adults interested in learning more about the OC approach to education have a chance to develop their Process Consciousness and practice the skills that improve communication and creativity.

Parents and other educators will learn to identify ways of thinking and speaking that dramatically increase the probability of success in any interpersonal exchange. They'll hear how to turn conflicts into creative problem-solving sessions, even between four year olds; how to end whining; how to reverse the stressful effects of competition and replace them with the joys of collaboration; how to avoid the game of Rescue and replace it with a positive form of helping; how to set boundaries that will be honored; and how to nurture self-motivation and stop feeding complacency and unproductive dependence.

Tuition for the workshop is $250.

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073
phone: (610) 459-3366

For more information visit their website.


Summerstock Theater Program through the Brandywine School District

Homeschoolers Welcome!

For more information email:

* The information is not yet up on the website.
I have copied the registration form below:

Student Information
Student Name: ______________________________________
Birth Date__/__/___
Home Address_______________________________________
City__________________State ________Zip___________ Phone___________________
School and Grade attended during the 07-08 School Year _________________________________________________
School that you will be attending in fall 2008_________________
E-mail Address: ____________________________
Please list the Visual and/or performing arts courses/lessons that you have taken in the last two years
Instrumental Music applicants, please list primary instrument___________________________________ Yrs. Played_________
Parent Information
Mother/Guardians Name_________________________Phone_____________
Father/Guardians Name_________________________ Phone_____________
Parent/Guardian’s Mobile Phone_____________________________________
If parent(s) cannot be reached, notify the following:
1. Name________________________________ Phone__________________
2. Name________________________________ Phone__________________
Medical Information Physician________________________________Phone___________________
Please Indicate any Serious Medical_____________________________________
Student allergic to: ____ Penicillin ______ Aspirin______ Other_____________________________

Area of Interest (check all that apply)
Cast: _____Lead _____ Chorus _____ Bit Part
Crew: ______Lighting ______ Sound ______Back Stage
Support: ______Tickets ________Advertising ______ Costume ______

Please mail this form along with a check for $150 made out to:
"State Treasurer”
Summer Stock Musical Theatre
Brandywine School District
1000 Pennsylvania Ave., Claymont, DE, 19703-1237.
Applications are due on or before May 20, 2008.
Those postmarked after this date will be put on a waiting list.

Summer Programs at the Brandywine River Museum!

Family Programs
A variety of programs for families are offered throughout the year. Events include the Free Sunday Mornings in March, June and September, and weekend and summer workshops.

Brandywine River Museum Summer Programs 2008
Reservations are required and space is limited. Workshops are free with museum admission of $8 per adult; $5 children six and over and seniors; children under six and museum members are free.
To register, contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or When leaving a message, include program date(s) and session(s); your name, phone number, and the number of children and adults attending.

Museum Explorer Mornings
This program is for children ages 3 to 10 accompanied by an adult. It includes a gallery tour and art project.
Note new starting times: Session A: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Session B: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 10 Cool Colors
Explore what colors are hot and what colors are not! On a gallery tour, learn how artists use colors to create paintings. Next, design a colorful composition using Cray-pas oil pastels.

Thursday, July 17 Treasure Tales
Discover Treasure Island and other stories through illustrations from the museum's collection. Then, decorate a box to hold small treasures with assorted gems, shells and other materials.

Thursday, July 24 Animated Animals
Search the museum for animals of every shape and size in paintings and sculpture, then create your own three-dimensional animal from pipe cleaners, pompoms and more!

Thursday, July 31 Seasonal Scenes
Journey through four seasons in scenes of lazy summer days, fall colors, winter wonderlands and spring blossoms. Afterwards, make a tissue paper landscape of your favorite time of year.

Advanced Explorer Workshops
This in-depth program is for children ages 10 to 14. It includes a gallery tour and art project. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8 Shadows and Shapes
Learn artists' techniques for making painted and drawn objects look real, including their use of scale, shading, shapes and color. Next, create still life compositions with oil pastels.

Tuesday, July 15 Putting It into Perspective
Analyze artists' depictions of interior and exterior spaces, including their use of line, perspective and scale. After, capture the museum building from different angles in pencil and watercolor.

Tuesday, July 22 Portrait Study
Investigate how artists create likeness whether portraying famous persons or close friends. Then, experiment with pose and setting while drawing a self-portrait.

Reservations are required and space is limited. Workshops are free with museum admission of $8 per adult; $5 children six and over and seniors; children under six and museum members are free.
To register, contact the education office at 610-388-8382 or When leaving a message, include program date(s) and session(s); your name, phone number, and the number of children and adults attending.

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


Lums Pond State Park

Lily Pad Club
Saturdays April 19th-May 24th
Ages 3-5 yrs
Cost $3
Must be accompanied by Parent
Pre-registration required call 836-1742
* Come meet new friends & learn about the animals at Lums Pond State Park.
Join a Naturalist for story time & a craft or activity.


Lums Pond State Park
1068 Howell School Road
Bear, DE 19701

Whale Wallow Nature Center

Be sure to check out their summer camp as well!


The Frog Prince ~ A Free Pillow Plays Production!

Last Chance!
The Woodlawn Library
Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.Pillow Plays Presents:
Written by Kristyn Leigh Robinson
Directed by Shannon Reverdito

The Drama League
Saturday, May 3, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The Newark Free Library
Sunday, May 4, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

The Woodlawn Library
Saturday, May 10, 2 p.m.

All performances FREE!!

The Pillow Players are back, and they're bringing a brand-new play with them - a twisted and hilarious take on The Frog Prince! Don't miss the very funny adventures of a vain prince who becomes a frog and the not-quite-all-there princess who can save him!

Pillow Plays are short plays geared toward children 10 and under.
Produced in the lobby of the Wilmington Drama League and at the Newark Free Library and Woodlawn Library.

Admission is always free - but donations accepted!


First State Children's Theater: Radio Days Summer Camp!

Radio Days is a weekly summer theater experience committed to young people expressing themselves more fully by challenging them to bring to life classic stories with their own voices.

Each week campers create, rehearse and record a different 45 minute radio drama, playing all the characters and creating all the sound effects. Their pre-recorded radio play is then aired Sunday mornings on WVUD 91.3fm.

Radio Days Summer Theater Camp enrollment is limited to 11 (eleven) young people per week. This allows each young actor to receive individual attention and coaching, while being part of an exciting, dynamic ensemble. The small group size also allows many campers to possibly portray two, three, four, and sometimes, five or more different characters.

Offering 12 different week long sessions this summer from June 9-August 29, 2008, children will
spend one week rehearsing and recording a radio play adapted from a book of classic literature. This year's titles include: "The Prince and the Pauper," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Anne of Avonlea."

Entering 3rd through 10th grades.
Campers divided by age groupings.

Monday - Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm.
Rain or shine.

Perkins Student Center
University of Delaware campus
325 Academy Street
Newark, DE 19716

Individual sessions: $235 per session
Each additional session and/or sibling: $225 per session.

For more information visit their website.
or call (302) 545-1114

Click here to register

About First State Children's Theater

First State Children’s Theater Company (FSCTC) is Delaware’s statewide, professional theater for young audiences and families, presenting productions of classic plays and adaptations of classic literature for all generations. The FSCTC is committed that great stories appeal to all age groups.

Each year the FSCTC presents a fall main stage production that opens in Wilmington at the Delaware Theatre Company then moves to the Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover and finally tours to locations in Sussex county. The FSCTC also presents an annual live radio broadcast of A Christmas Carol. Throughout the school year the FSCTC offers as extensive theatre education program

First State Children's Theater also offers residencies for schools and homeschools using the Radio Days model. Artist-in-residency programs can be developed for students perform a radio play based on a classic book.

For more information:
visit their website
or call (302) 545-1114


Botero Family Day at the Delaware Art Museum

Botero Family Day
Sunday, May 4
noon – 3:30 p.m.

Families are invited to enjoy tours, art activities, and performances by Toxique Trottoir, featuring four dancers dressed in gargantuan costumes inspired by the world of Fernando Botero.

Teen Initiative Exhibit
While you are there be sure to check out the exhibit of works by the "Teen Initiative." This exhibit is located in the lobby of the education wing and includes works created by local youths ages 13 -17 and inspired by various works in the museums collections. Included is a work by
homeschooler, Teddy, re-imaging the museum's popular painting "The Flying Dutchman" in the style of Botero!

Film Screening
Fernando Botero: The Rebel
Sundays in the DuPont Auditorium
May 4, June 1, June 8
2:00 p.m.

For more information:

Delaware Art Museum
Kentmere Parkway,
Wilmington, Delaware 19806