Event Whets Appetite For Junior League Cookbook

Posted: October 18, 1990

The table was set with scotched ham and biscuits, spicy chicken peanut skewers, gift-wrapped Brie with homemade rhubarb chutney and pate du campagne at the Junior League of Philadelphia cookbook party Oct. 9 at the Devon home of Helenanne Lasher.

The preview event was held to finish plans for "Holiday Settings," a party set for Nov. 9 at Strawbridge & Clothier to introduce the league's new cookbook, Settings: From Our Past to Your Presentation.

On the cookbook party committee were Susan Colehower, Barbara Gasper, Lisa Lenker, Pamela Murray and Karen Wymard, Wayne; Cyndy Williams, St. Davids; Gian Foley, Meg Hawley and Julie Schmidt, Devon; Diana Castillo, Exton; Kris Paulat, Bala Cynwyd; Barbara Carnecchia, Villanova, and Kevin Csink, Radnor.

The cookbook will cost $24.95 and offer nearly 300 triple-tested recipes ranging from easy to elegant. It also will include 37 color photographs of Philadelphia landmarks and points of interest.

Copies will be available at book stores, and proceeds will support the community projects of the Junior League of Philadelphia Inc.

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What originated as an informal kitchen tour sponsored by the Devon Country Fair committee 20 years ago has evolved into an event called the Fall Festival of Homes.

The tour of distinctive Main Line homes last Thursday included seven in Radnor, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont and Haverford. Among those opening their homes were Ginni Warner, Radnor; Kathryn and Aram Kailian, Bryn Mawr; Regina and Joe Schneider, Haverford, and Nancy and Rich Gambescia, Rosemont.

In each home, caterers offered desserts and hors d'oeuvres. Donating their specialties were Company's Coming, St. Davids; DeClerque Catering, Bryn Mawr; Devine Temptations, Wayne; Feastivities Inc., Berwyn; Gourmet Express, Strafford; Queen of Hearts, Paoli, and The Working Gourmet, Philadelphia.

Committee members were Chariwoman Joanne Conrad, Haverford; Cindy Burrows, Gayle Collins, Kim Hughes, Jill Snyder and Mary Vastine, Wayne; Karel Hayes and Jane McCombs, St. Davids; Pooh Gephart and Mary Vaira, Newtown Square; Anne Lucas and Helen Paranzino, Haverford; Kim Walker, Villanova, and Debbie Brown, Berwyn.

The money raised will benefit Bryn Mawr Hospital and is one of numerous events held throughout the year. Last year, the Devon Country Fair events raised $320,000 for the hospital.

The first Phoenix Fest was held last weekend to promote community spirit and show off Phoenixville to those outside the community.

The event was held in various locations and included music, ethnic food, antique cars, crafts, games, an auction, a flea market and entertainment.

"Considering the weather, it was a super event," said Ed "Wings" Wisneski, vice president of the Phoenixville Area Business Association.

A softball game had been planned between the Phoenixville Borough Council and the Evening Phoenix, but rain postponed until Saturday at the Phoenixville YMCA. Proceeds from the game will go to refurbish the Vietnam Memorial in Reeves Park. Sandy Zoldi won the drawing for a trip to Williamsburg and Busch Gardens in Virginia and Travis Holler won a 400-pound pumpkin.

Bill Rambo chaired the event, with Mike DiGiacomo, Marcia Getty, Trish Himes, Jennifer Phillips, Mary Seacrist and Sue Snyder on the committee.

On Oct. 6, the weekend before the Phoenix Fest, the Phoenixville Rotary Club held its 40th annual charity ball at the historic Columbia Station facility.

More than 190 people attended the event, chaired by Vince Ciacci. Ciacci, who attended with his wife, Betty, was honored at the black-tie dance for his 36 years on the event committee.

Proceeds will go to the YMCA building fund and to buy an incubator for a hospital in Brazil.

A preview showing and concert of the recently discovered manuscript of Mozart's Fantasia in C Minor and Sonata in C Minor were offered Sunday afternoon at Eastern College's McInnis Hall Lobby and Auditorium in St. Davids.

College president Roberta Hestenes was host, and Marc-Andre Hamelin performed the piece for the more than 600 people who attended.

The work was discovered July 31 at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, sister school to Eastern College.

LOOKING AHEAD

An Art and Antiques Showcase and Sale with more than 50 exhibitors will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Center for Arts and Technology, Pickering Campus, Charlestown Road, Phoenixville.

The weekend also will include an antique quilt exhibit, music and demonstrations. Lunch will be provided by the historic Yellow Springs Inn.

Admission is $4. Children younger than 12 will be admitted free.

Neighbors welcomes news of your social events. Send information and a name and phone number for verification to the Inquirer, Neighbors, 724 W. Lancaster Ave., Suite 106, Wayne, Pa. 19087.

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