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54 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 17 - January 23, 1997 Player piano restorer to address Lewes Hist mcal So(:iel00yJan. 17 The first program of the new year for the Lewes Historical So- ciety will take place on Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. in the social hall of the Lewes Presbyterian Church. The program is the fourth in a se- ries entitled, "The Music Goes Round and Round." It will feature Nick Yengle, a player-piano restoration expert, who will dis- cuss the beginnings of the player piano and show a brief video of his avocation. Those who would like to know the date and worth of their pianos are invited to bring along the manufacturer's name and the serial number of their pi- anos. Light refreshments will fol- low the meeting. The program is free and open to the public and guests are always welcome. The Society's Christmas Tour, despite damp weather, was a great success. Jean McLernon, Cur- nelia Hurdle and Carol Orr send thanks to all who had a hand in this one-day major event. They re- ported that the Rabbit's Ferry Bazaar and Bake Sale enjoyed a profitable day. The three gifts raffled offduring the Tour were won by the follow- ing people: Virginia Schitzler won a watercolor by Joan Thompson; Kathy Lindemer won a wooden hutch, and Carol Katz won the 19th century landscape painting lecture topic in Dover The Hudson River school of artists, the first major group of American landscape painters, is the subject of an illustrated lecture to be given by Donald Parks at the Sewell C. Biggs Museum at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. Some of the group, such as Thomas Cole and Albert Bier- stadt, are represented in the muse- um's collection, and following the talk, participants will be able to vew the original pictures in the galleries. Inspired by the scenery of the Hudson River Valley of New York and by Romantic ideas about unspoiled wilderness, the artists created sublime views of America from approximately 1825 to 1875. Using realistic de- tails but occasionally adding a lit- erary subject, these painters pro- duced the image of the United States before the effects of the In- dustrial Revolution. Support from collectors, writers and publishers enabled the artists to study and to travel both in America and in Eu- rope. Parks is himself an artist and a native of the New York area that captured the imagination of the 19th century painters. He is a full professor at Delaware State Uni- versity and director of its Art Cen- ter and Gallery. He received his doctorate from Syracuse Universi- ty. Parks served in the Air Force and is the current chair of the Dover Arts Council. Admission to the lecture is $5 for members and $6 for non-mem- bers. The museum is located at 406 Federal Street in Dover, with free parking nearby. For more in- formation, call the Biggs Museum at (302) 674-2111. Delaware silversmiths lecture set Jan. 30 in Dover "Now we look at a pile of sil- ver," is how Ken Brown begins his January 30 talk on Delaware's silversmiths at the Sewell C. Big- gs Museum of American Art. Over 30 of these artisans worked in the state in the days before large companies began to manufacture silver flat and hollow ware for the mass market. Sought after by collectors, works by Delawareans can be tricky to identify. Brown will of- The Drifters, Coasters spotlight at Dover Downs Two singing groups from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Coasters and the Drifters, will per- form Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17-18 at Dover Downs Slots. Shows being at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. each night in the enclosed grandstand on the third floor above the slots area. Tickets are $12.50. Blue Diamond Club members may redeem points for a ticket. For tickets or information, call (302)-674-4600, ext. 746. Possums Continued from page 53 ing. But Gall and I have done this before, we work very well togeth- er especially with our division of duties and we have some out- standing people handling the ma- jor areas of responsibility. This makes the job of producing a lot easier," Hartzell said. "Cactus Flower," a light-heart- ed comedy, will be presented at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center Jan. _30 through Feb. 2. Tickets are $23, and will feature a dinner prepared by the Southern Grill. Tickets may be reserved by calling the Possum Point Players ticket office at 856-4650. fer advice on how to distinguish the touch marks of our state's workers from those with the same initials from other areas. Bancroft Woodcock of Wilm- ington used "BW" to mark some of his work, but other smiths used the same letters on their pieces. How to identify Woodcock's "sig- nature" is only one of the hints Brown will offer to his audience. A collector for over 40 years, Brown has retired from tlhe duPont Company. One of his goals is to acquire at least o:ne piece by every Delaware silver- smith. The Biggs Museum owns ex- amples of 19 makers from the First State. A number of pieces by Woodcock, including a newly ac- quired coffeepot, a tea and coffee service by Gen. James Wolf and an academic medal by Joseph Warner are among the objects on exhibition. Following the lecture, participants will be able to view these in the galleries. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 30; the doors open at 7:15. Admission to the lecture is $5 for members and $6 for non-members. The museum is located at 406 Federal Street in Dover. For more information, call the museum at (302) 674-2111. 115 handmade wreath. The $25 gift certificate donated by Irish Eyes was won by Brenda Jones. The upcoming February meet- ing will feature "Operations at the Otis Smith Fish Processing Plant." Former employee Tom McClain will speak. 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