The week of Feb. 25 to March 2 will see a little of everything: antiques at the Modern Maturity Center, the shenanigans of Mario Rocco and Tom Pizzi at the Smyrna Opera House and "Charlotte's Web" at the Schwartz Center.


Get heirlooms, mystery items appraised at antique fair
    Lots of people have wondered about the monetary worth of heirlooms handed down generation after generation. For instance, how much would a collector pay for that first edition of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”? Or those tarnished but elegant candlesticks passed down from your great aunt?

    People with quandaries such as these can get them answered, hopefully, at the Modern Maturity Center’s antique fair Saturday, Feb. 28.

    Professional appraiser Eric Wilke of the Blue Hen Auction Co. will be on hand beginning at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 28, for the appraisal fair. Wilke has more than 30 years of experience and demonstrates appraisal expertise on a broad spectrum. He will examine items to determine their approximate worth, age and function.

    Tickets are $10 for verbal appraisals of up to three items. Tickets are timed; however, based on pre-sales, there may be a limited number of tickets available at the door for $15 each. General admission for those not bringing items for appraisal is $5 per person.

    Door prizes will be awarded throughout the day and refreshments are available for purchase.

    Appraisers from Blue Hen Auction Co. are donating their time, and all funds will go directly to supporting programs, such as Meals on Wheels, for older adults in Kent County.

    For more information, call Lori Bailey at the Modern Maturity Center at 734-1200, ext. 141. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door or in advance at the Modern Maturity Center any Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ spins a tale at the Schwartz Center
    The Children’s Theatre of Dover and Kent County is staging the children’s classic “Charlotte’s Web” at the Schwartz Center for the Arts this weekend. The show will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

    The play is a close adaptation of the book by E.B. White. It follows runt pig Wilbur and his friendship with Fern Arable, a young farmer, his barnyard mates and a spider named Charlotte.

    “Charlotte’s Web” stars a young cast and Children’s Theatre veterans alike.

    Tickets are $6.

    For more information, call 670-1966.

Mario Rocco, Tom Pizzi mix it up at the Smyrna Opera House
    The Smyrna Opera House welcomes the public to join in the revelry when Mario Rocco takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28.

    This time, Rocco will join forces with Tom Pizzi for “The Whacked Pack,” a show with old segments audiences will be familiar with, plus Rocco’s versatile repertoire of hits and shtick.

    Rocco is based in Wilmington but is more than familiar to local audiences. He has performed at Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia for the Phillies, and has opened for The Coasters, Billy Dean, Steve Wariner, Tammy Wynette, Eddie Rabbit and the Marshall Tucker Band.

    The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and doors open at 7.

    All seats are general admission and are $18. Discounts are available for children 12 and younger and students with ID.

    Tickets can be purchased by calling 653-4236, or by sending an email to soh.secretary@verizon.net. They also can be purchased in person at the Smyrna Opera House, Corner of South and Main streets, Smyrna. Box office hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.