The Diane Drulis Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping dancers on their toes by providing them with scholarships that allow them to keep dancing. In its first three years of existence, DDF has provided almost $10,000 to dedicated dancers who are passionate about honing their talent and craft.
This year, they are hoping to continue the tradition of giving by hosting "A Night on Broadway," which will feature performances by several scholarship recipients, a silent auction, catering by Big Fish Grill and the musical stylings of deejay Mike Warren. Guests will be treated to a night that feels like it's right on the Great White Way and people are encouraged to dress for the occasion.
This year, the foundation will also donate 5 percent of all ticket sales to St. Jude's Research Hospital as well. Advance tickets can be purchased at www.dianedrulisfoundation.org or by calling (302) 703-2906. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Given the cool temperatures and strong winds this week, many people might not have noticed that spring is officially here. And, before you know it, gardens will be chock full of the season's freshest greens and most luscious fruits.
But, what do you do with them? Well, Abbott's Grill Chef Paul Gallo has a few ideas and he's anxious to share them with anybody who's got a couple of hours to spare Saturday morning for his latest cooking class, "Spring Harvest."
Gallo said that asparagus and blueberries are in season right now and he's got a few recipes that will have you rethinking Sunday brunch menus.
"I'm going to demonstrate how to make asparagus guacamole, a blueberry chicken salad and beet gnocchi," said Gallo. "And, none of these are hard to make, either. I keep it within the skill level of the average cook."
He also takes care to make sure the recipes aren't too time-consuming, either.
"Nobody has time for a complicated four-hour recipe," said Gallo. "So, I try to keep the whole demonstration within about an hour. That way, people can recreate what they've learned for parties or meals during the week."
Marketing coordinator Karen Stauffer said that people should come prepared with any and all questions.
"At our last cooking class, the participants were there for over an hour after the class ended, firing off questions about everything from ingredients to cooking utensils," said Stauffer. "Paul loves it, though. He can tell you what to do with certain foods to make them better, where to find ingredients, how to cook stuff. You learn a lot."
Stauffer added that each participant will get a packet with all the recipes demonstrated by Gallo so they can make notes about questions or variations.
Lunch is included and will follow the demonstration. For more information or to register, call (302) 491-6736.
MAN'S BEST FRIEND MULTIPLIED BY 101
WHAT "101 Dalmatians" the musical
WHEN 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Premier Centre for the Arts, Anderson St., Middletown
INFO pcade.com or (302) 378-1384
Adult actors are told to never share the stage with children or animals. They upstage with a healthy dose of cuteness every time. But, Middletown's Premier Centre for the Arts' production of "101 Dalmatians" has both. Sort of.
The classic tale features more than 30 kids and follows the evil Cruella De Vil, who has a fondness for fashion. Her evil obsession? A Dalmatian fur coat.
Like the movie, the story is a cacophony of chaos, featuring dog-napping and lots of barking. But, even though you'll swear the whimpering is coming from live animals, it is actually the well-trained voices of 28 children, outfitted in spotted costumes.
Leigh Willis, who shoulders the burden of Cruella, is still getting used to leading a life of crime with her role in the play.