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Getting ready for the annual P.E.O. Garage Sale are co-chairs Jean Stock, left, and Reine Patterson. The sale will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. Photo by Kay Rinko

Getting ready for the annual P.E.O. Garage Sale are co-chairs Jean Stock, left, and Reine Patterson. The sale will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church. Photo by Kay Rinko

P.E.O. Sale this Saturday at W’ford Presbyterian

P.E.O Chapter AI will hold its annual philanthropic “Garage Sale” this Saturday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to noon at Wallingford Presbyterian Church at 110 E. Brookhaven Road in Wallingford. Included in this much-anticipated sale are furniture, jewelry, decorative pieces, household items, home-baked treats, and much more.

The sale raises funds to promote educational opportunities for women, through Cottey College, an independent liberal arts and sciences college for women, and five other philanthropies which fund grants, scholarships, and loans for women’s higher education. For more information on P.E.O. and its work, visit peointernational.org.

Spotlight Theatre becomes the Kit Kat Klub for the run of Cabaret, opening tonight, June 9.

Spotlight Theatre becomes the Kit Kat Klub for the run of Cabaret, opening tonight, June 9.

Cabaret Comes to Spotlight

Cabaret, the uber-modern musical by Kander and Ebb, resonates today as it did in its original Broadway production 50 years ago, and as it might have in the Berlin of the 1930s where it is set.

A talented local cast is directed by Emily Fishman in Spotlight Theatre’s full-blooded version of Cabaret, which opens tonight (Friday, June 9) on Spotlight’s stage at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Avenue.

Based upon Christopher Isherwood’s chronicles of the strange, decadent, and vital demimonde of postwar Berlin, Cabaret follows American émigré Cliff Bradshaw into the Kit Kat Club, presided over by the bizarre Master of Ceremonies, and animated by the talented but lost Sally Bowles. Cliff and Sally soon swoon into each other’s arms, and the romance advances through an increasingly turbulent context analogous to the turbulent German culture during the rise of Nazism. The action is wrapped in a score which has yielded some of the most loved songs of the American musical theater.

Cabaret will be performed seven times at Spotlight, with shows at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights through June 24, and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. on June 18. Tickets ($15-$20) and more information are at spotlighttheatre.org and/or (610) 328-1079.

Rose Tree Park Announces
Summer Concert Schedule

The beat goes on in Rose Tree Park with the 43rd annual Delaware County Summer Festival, with an eclectic mixture of music scheduled for 45 performance dates across two months, beginning Wednesday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m.

The free series brings top local, regional and national performers to the band shell in Rose Tree Park on Route 252, just north of Rose Tree Road in Media.

The first concert will feature the Delaware County Symphony performing Rhapsody & Rapture, a combination of Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony” and Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Later shows will feature rock, R&B, light classical, show tunes, and other good time music. Two children’s shows are scheduled for 10 a.m on June 21 and June 30.

Delaware County residents and guests are invited to come to any and all shows, bearing blankets, lawn chairs and picnics (but no alcohol.) The full event schedule is online at co.delaware.pa.us. For more information, call (610) 891-4455.

Better Policy Through Science

Syon Bhanot

Syon Bhanot

How can behavioral sciences help political and policy leaders make better policy? On Thursday, June 15, Syon Bhanot, assistant professor of economics at Swarthmore College, will speak at Swarthmore Rotary Club on the progress being made under the Philadelphia Behavioral Sciences Initiative, which he cofounded with other academics and the Mayor’s office.

Bhanot’s work in this area focuses on developing pro-social behavior, personal finance decisions, and enlightened policies toward development and poverty. Visitors are welcome to his talk, and the Rotary luncheon which precedes it at noon in the Inn at Swarthmore.

Give & Take Jugglers perform Wednesday evening at the Furness Library.

Give & Take Jugglers perform Wednesday evening, June 14, at the Furness Library.

More Summer Programs at Furness

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library kicks off its summer programs with a performance at 7 p.m. this Wednesday, June 14, by Give & Take Jugglers. Parents and children of all ages are encouraged to experience Give & Take’s delightful show of skills and audience participation, sign up for Summer Reading Club, and learn about the fun to be had this summer at the library in a half-dozen programs and activities. Here are two:

The summer program theme “Building a Better World” will be carried into youth programs including Build It. This hands-on weekly session is for 1st through 5th graders, who learn as they use recycled materials to build structures each Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. The first session, on June 20, is titled “Bridge Across.” The popular Toddler Tales will resume this summer on Mondays at 10:15 a.m., from June 19 through July 17 with reading and play on a different theme each week.

For information and to register your child for the summer programs, visit the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford, or call (610) 566-9331.

Scott Arboretum Offers Two Tours Next Week

Join Scott Arboretum Curator and Plant Recorder Mary Tipping next Tuesday, June 13, at noon for an hour-long tour of the new plantings and gardens on the south campus of Swarthmore College, including the areas around the Inn at Swarthmore and the Matchbox fitness building. She will talk about the new, and the old: specific plants were removed from these areas, and perhaps should be deaccessioned from your garden, too.

On Thursday, June 15, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Scott staff will lead a tour of the arboretum’s three green roofs. There is a physical aspect to the walk and climb, so those who take the tour must be 12 or older, and should wear sturdy shoes.

Both tours start at the Scott Arboretum offices and are free of charge to members and nonmembers alike. Information is at scottarboretum.org.

The porch of the colonial Leiper House overlooks Crum Creek along Avondale Road in Wallingford.

The porch of the colonial Leiper House overlooks Crum Creek along Avondale Road in Wallingford.

Party on the Porch at the Leiper House

By Angela Hewett

The 1785 Thomas Leiper House will hold its annual summer open house on Friday, June 23 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Visitors can wander through the house, reading all the historic documents that are on display, including Thomas’ love letter to Elizabeth written in August, 1777, one month before the Battle of the Brandywine in which Thomas participated.

The outbuildings will be open and refreshments will be served on the side porch overlooking Crum Creek. Families are welcomed. There is no admission fee, although donations for house maintenance are always appreciated.

The Leiper House is located at 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford.

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