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August 11, 2000 | By Miriam Seidel, FOR THE INQUIRER
It was an inspired match: Leah Stein, Philadelphia's premier maker of outdoor dance, and Longwood Gardens, one of the world's outstanding public gardens. With Longwood's exquisitely tuned spaces, it is as if Stein had been handed a Strad to play on. Sunday afternoon, Stein orchestrated a performance studded with the kind of enchanting, surreal moments she produces so abundantly in her outdoor work. Her 13 dancers (she and her dance company, plus local children - almost all from farmworker families - and adults)
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October 22, 1999 | By Michael Klein, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Longwood Gardens will combine centuries-old Japanese arts with good ol' Longwood creativity and 20,000 mums. It's Longwood Gardens' annual Chrysanthemum Festival. This year's theme is "Celebrating Japan. " Two visiting artists and three craftsmen from Hirakata Park, in Osaka, will demonstrate the art of making life-size dolls out of living mums. Sounds painful, but it's quite beautiful. Before they left Japan, the artists made body frames of bamboo and straw matting and faces of a hand-painted composite.
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October 18, 1991 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
The month will also be filled with special programs, including a display of books by Lewis Carroll, author of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, plus theater presentations, children's craft workshops, lectures, demonstrations and live music. The festival will run through Dec. 1. All events are included in the gardens' regular admission fee. A program brochure is available by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Chrysanthemum Festival, Longwood Gardens, P.O. Box 501, Kennett Square 19348-0501.
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October 31, 1986 | By Joe Logan, Inquirer Staff Writer
The word at Longwood Gardens is mum - chrysanthemum. Tomorrow through Nov. 23, no less than 15,000 chrysanthemums will go on display at Longwood's sixth annual Chrysanthemum Festival, one of the major flower shows of the year as well as a sensory treat for fans of the showy fall flower. "It is," says Colvin Randall, Longwood's publicity director, "our most spectacular event of the year. " Imagine strolling through the gardens, beholding four acres of 40 varieties of yellow, pink, white and bronze mums, all grown and fashioned in mounds, globes, columns and cascades.
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October 25, 1987 | By Ellen Dean Wilson, Special to The Inquirer
Longwood Gardens is fertilizing more than its soil these days; it's helping bring the area a large increase in tourism. By March, renovations on the Longwood Meeting House, owned by the Gardens, will have changed the historic Quaker site into a tourist center, which will be leased to the Chester County Tourist Bureau. Nearby, East Marlborough officials are talking to a hotel owner who wants to expand and to a New Jersey developer who wants to build a hotel. The Chester County Tourist Bureau talks to 2,500 to 3,000 people a year at an information desk it operates in the lobby of the Gardens site, according to Bea Harrison, director of group services and marketing at the bureau.
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October 29, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LONGWOOD Gardens has long been known for its pristine topiaries, gorgeous greenhouses, incredible lawns and generally flawless flora. But for several weeks, Pierre S. du Pont's vast and elegant onetime country estate has gleaned international attention for its lush, planted . . . potties. The 1,077-acre site's 4-year-old facilities are among 10 nationwide finalists in an online contest to be crowned (throned?) "America's Best Restroom. " It's no wonder Longwood's loveliest loos caught the eyes of competition organizer Cintas, a Cincinnati-based uniform, restroom and restaurant mega-supplier/cleaner.
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May 21, 1999 | by Scott Robinson, For the Daily News
FESTIVAL OF FOUNTAINS. May 29-Sept. 4, Longwood Gardens, Route 1, 3 miles northeast of Kennett Square. Most performances free with Garden admission. Info: 610-388-1000. In an age when different musical styles are unyieldingly pigeonholed by marketers, merchants and yes, the press, one area presenter brings all sorts of music to an eager and oft-returning public. And despite the best efforts of broadcasters and the music industry to consign all music either to rigidly defined markets or to oblivion, one regional venue regularly introduces people to stuff they have never heard before.
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February 7, 2002 | By Cynthia J. McGroarty INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Longwood Gardens has some winter programs planned for the coming weeks, beginning with a cooking demonstration for a Valentine's dinner for two. Longwood's chefs will share cooking tips for a romantic meal and give tastings at 1:30 p.m. today in the restaurant. More demonstrations will be held next Thursday, Feb. 21 and 28, and March 7 and 14. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the David Leonhardt Jazz Group and the Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers will perform jazz standards and Leonhardt's original songs in the Rose Pavilion.
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November 6, 1994 | By Pauline Pinard Bogaert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Django, the red-jacketed capuchin monkey, pranced across Jerry Brown's plaid-clad shoulders. The sweet-faced monkey went down Brown's arm as though descending a tree and extended a hand to beg a grape from Gail Ginther of Lakewood, Colo. "Give her a kiss," Brown said, sweet-talking to the monkey after it ate the grape. Tiny arms outstretched, Django grazed a kiss across Ginther's cheek. Ginther, who was visiting her sister, Lin Vandenberg, and Vandenberg's husband, Wagih Makky, of Wilmington, was a guest at the 1994 Chrysanthemum Festival that opened Oct. 28 at Longwood Gardens, where Vandenberg is a volunteer.
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September 11, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Taj Mahal/Bettye LaVette. The 74-year-old bluesman born Henry Fredericks, who came to prominence way back in the counterculture 1960s, teamed with the great 70-year-old R&B song interpreter, who has earned her just acclaim only in the last decade. Sunday at Longwood Gardens. Cheetah Chrome. The Dead Boys and Rocket From the Tombs guitarist, playing on a packed bill with Crank County Daredevils, Jukebox Zeroes, and Seeing Snakes. Monday at Kung Fu Necktie. Julien Baker. The Memphis singer-songwriter with an uncanny ability to hush audiences into rapt, worshipful silence with her spare, emotionally raw, and spirit-filled original songs on her 2015 debut, Sprained Ankle . Call out for a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Badlands" or Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry. " Tuesday at Underground Arts.
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August 21, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Los Lobos. The great Chicano rock-and-roll band from East L.A. will close out the 55th Philadelphia Folk Festival in style on a final-day bill that will also include Marty Stuart & the Fabulous Superlatives and C.J. Chenier & the Buckwheat Zydeco Band. Sunday at the Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville. Ween. The return of Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, New Hope's own Chocolate & Cheese duo of inveterate jokesters and exacting musicians - otherwise known as Gene and Dean Ween - who split in 2012 after nearly three decades, and who are now back together where they belong.
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July 30, 2016 | By Aleandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
In Akira Kurosawa's Dreams , a young boy hides in the forest, spying on foxes during their wedding procession in the sunlit rain. He was not invited to the ceremony, and his unwelcome attendance may have lethal implications. But in the moment, he enters into this unknown, mystical scenario as a voyeur in awe of nature. Such was the feeling that Klip Collective's Ricardo Rivera tried to emulate when "Nightscape" opened last July at Longwood Gardens. Now, the exhibit returns for a second act Wednesday to Oct. 29. "I wanted to immerse people in a world and for them to get lost in it," Rivera said.
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July 16, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, Staff Writer
The Philadelphia area abounds with lush gardens and arboreta to explore. If you're looking for something a little more hands-on, many of these verdant arenas also offer classes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to next Friday. 18-22. Grounds for Sculpture , 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, N.J. $495 members, $595 nonmembers. 609-586-0616. Chase Rosade, who started studying the art of bonsai in Japan in 1963, will lead this weeklong class. Mornings will consist of lectures and instruction, and in the afternoon, everyone will get hands-on experience.
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July 12, 2016
ISSUE | BARRIERS Good gardens make good neighbors Seeking surcease from the relentless jabberwocky of politicians, I ventured 30 miles west of Philadelphia the other day to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. With its marvelous four-acre conservatory and brilliant outdoor gardens spanning 1,077 acres, Longwood is recognized as one of the greatest gardens in the world. During my visit, tulips, daffodils, and wisteria were in full bloom. The masses of flowers took my breath away.
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July 6, 2016 | By John Timpane, STAFF WRITER
Chick Corea, Christian McBride, and Brian Blade - what a trio! - were working through Duke Ellington's "Sophisticated Lady" at Longwood Gardens Sunday night - when something happened that suited the evening. On a night that belonged to Philly-born double bassist McBride at least as much as it did to Corea or Blade, McBride decided to take up the bow. As he began delectable explorations, urging out sinewy, singing, athletic lines, the birds struck up in the trees surrounding the Open Air Theatre.
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June 30, 2016
PHILADELPHIA Building & Theater Tour Focusing on the Kimmel Center's history & architectural highlights. Organ demos on 1st Sats. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. Free. Wawa Welcome America! Festival Philadelphia's Fourth of July celebration w/free concerts, children's activities, fireworks & more. Wawa Welcome America! Festival, Locations throughout the city. Free. 6/29. BUCKS COUNTY New Hope: Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story Musical based on the short but phenomenal career & life of the rock legend.
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June 13, 2016
Time was, summer in Philadelphia meant a vacation for, and from, the arts. Classical groups in particular tended to throw up their hands and wait for audiences to return from Long Beach Island, Eagles Mere, or Maine. As last season suggested, the city has become a summer playground in its own right, and classical groups are catching on. Yes, the sylvan settings of Marlboro Music Festival and Tanglewood beckon, and there is still room for some really smart group to set down anchor in the city with an ambitious summer arts festival.
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June 12, 2016
The media circus comes to town for July's Democratic National Convention, which also brings the six-day PoliticalFest - a wonk-friendly series of open-to-the-public history exhibits and special events. Pre- and post-DNC, epic street festivals, Penn's Landing ethnic fests, a first-ever BBQ fest, the return of Longwood Gardens' trippy Nightscape, and other festive goings-on give Philadelphians plenty to do with their long, sweet days of summer. Pride Day Parade and Festival (June 12, Gayborhood and Penn's Landing)
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May 19, 2016
By Rebecca Johnson This week, starting Wednesday, the American Institute of Architects is hosting its annual convention in Philadelphia. This year's gathering will be its highest-attendance convention in the past decade for many reasons, not least of which is the quantity and quality of the architecture here in Philadelphia. The AIA Philadelphia chapter has organized more than 120 tours of buildings and places here in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties - and they are almost all sold out. There are highlights of our local "starchitect" heroes: Louis I. Kahn, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Frank Furness, and many more.
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