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56 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, June 13 - June 19, 2003 Delmarva Days Chautauqua offers entertainment, educ00Lticm By Gina Kaye The Delmarva Days Chau- tauqua under the big tent attracted both young and old to the Virden Center, UD College of Marine Studies campus June 8-11. People from ages 5 to 95 were educated and entertained as they met the spirits of many important Captain John Virden, a riverboat pilot at the end of the 19th centu- ry, for three consecutive nights at the Chautauqua. During his first performance on Monday night Buckaloo wel- comed more than 200 people to the Virden Center, a campus named after the character he per- historical characters and learned trayed. about times past. ., Attl,9ugh Buckaloo could relate The event originated frGm the -to V'tt because of his piloting first Chautauqua held in t 874 on Lake Chautauqua in New'*York. This year's prOgram was'thsixth annual Chautauqua held in Sussex County where scholars disguise themselves as characters of histor- ical flures. ., The evening commenced with tradionally inspired music. Christy Tailor. a promoter of Delaware life arts since 1983, and Elaine Foster encouraged |isteners to sing along to lyri'cs of Jacob's.. Ladder and Wade in Shakespeare. Her portrayal of Harriet Tubman was shockingly authentic and moved audience members through a range of emo- tions as she brought them to tears and offered them laughter. Simpson has played Tubman all over the country in school pro- grams, in PBS productions and at the White Home. Simpson is an  expert on-Tilbman's life and went = beyond th  script of her mono- experience, he,aid he did notgeel logue tolltulver , question from the role was second nature te: the audience :after her perform- cause he astlling V'trden'slife ance. She responded to each history and not his own.  " question about'rubman's life as if "I researched [Virden's] ilfed "' she were tmlyalking in Harriet visited his ho whiis a-,trod Ttm.. and breakfast m Lewes,. Buck- n research0d [Tubiman's] life aloo said. "  through  American Historical During his performance, Buck- Association.," Simpsria said. "But aloo read from a genuine scrap- I learn the most from the audience book that contained artifacts from and grOW wil each experience." Virden's lifei" After he was Fro- As sogn m Simpson took the ished his welcoming staiermm.ts,. uckaloo a Shown above singing Amazing Grace are Elaine Foster, left, and Christy Tai- lor. Shown at right with an ancient scrapbook tucked under his arm is Dick Buck- aloo who portrayed Captain . uader file tent at the Virden John Virden at the Delmarva , Days mutqmlua at the " lcal river boat One such performer was Dick Buckaioo who has lived in Lewes since the day he was born 58 years ago. He is a first generation river pilot and although he has had no acting experience, he portrayed  The on Monday night was no stranger to morphing into other characters. Cathy Simpson graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa., and acts in plays ranging from musical comedy to " j r,mging song." She explained the importance of slaves' songs. "Slaves' singing was our way of talking in code to each other," Tubman informed an attentive audience. When spectators began singing, led rao than 300 slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Simpson's inspirational por- trayal of Tubman motivated many audience members to thank Simp- son for her honesty and sincerity. Glna Kaye photos Pillo , . Pillo , . Pillo Theraputic Pillows Snore No More Pillows 100% Cotton Pillows ,,Beauty Pillow with Sat .Structure Pillows and more... Slates Wallhangings Towels Sheets Nautical Lamps Your Complete Home Store at the Shore for... Bedding Bath Kitchen etc. !