Out & About Magazine -April 2018

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City Restaurant Week April 16-21

Catch the Latest Seafood Trends

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Celebrating Cuisine Top area chefs team with Heart of the Home to showcase designer kitchens


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23 Out & About Magazine Vol. 31 | No. 2

Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com


Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net Senior Editor & Media Manager Krista Connor • kconnor@tsnpub.com Creative Director & Production Manager Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. matt@catvis.biz Graphic Designer Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. tyler@catvis.biz Contributing Designer Ryan Alexander, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Contributing Writers Adriana Camacho-Church, Mark Fields, Pam George, Rob Kalesse, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Dan Linehan, Mike Little, Dillon McLaughlin, John Murray, Kevin Francis, Larry Nagengast, Kevin Noonan, Scott Pruden, Leeann Wallett

Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Tim Hawk, Anthony Santoro, Matt Urban Distribution Logistics David Hallberg Special Projects Sarah Green, John Holton Interns Mathew Brown-Watson

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9 The War on Words 11 F.Y.I. 12 Worth Recognizing 15 What Readers Are Saying 16 A First for Delaware 17 Worth Trying 19 Never too Early to Volunteer 23 Pinball Is Back!

48 In the City 50 On the Riverfront


WATCH 55 Arts Scene Blossoms 59 Worth the Gamble 63 Reviews


10 For Goat-ness Sake

67 Spirited 69 Sips



28 30 Events for 30 Years 31 Local Seafood Trends 35 City Restaurant Week

70 Shine a Light 72 Tuned In


PLAY 75 Snapshots

39 Solo In the Spotlight 45 Heart of the Home 47 Bites

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FEATURES 19 Never too Early to Volunteer High schoolers find time to help others, and reap the rewards. By Larry Nagengast

23 Pinball Is Back! Wilmington is a hotbed for the nostalgic pastime, thanks to local wizards. By Dan Linehan

31 One Fish, Two Fish, Raw Fish, Bluefish Seafood trends for 2018. By Leeann Wallett

35 City Restaurant Week Wilmington’s culinary rite of spring returns for its 14th year April 16-21.

39 Solo In the Spotlight David Leo Banks takes control of a Riverfront dining destination. By Pam George



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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Kudos The Continental, a dive bar in New York City’s East Village, has banned the word literally, which, as readers of this column know, is the most misused word in the English language. Anyone uttering the offending word is given five minutes to finish his or her drink before being shown the door. Media Watch • “Philadelphia, established in 1682, is a city scattered with hundreds of historical markers”—Samantha Melamed, Philadelphia Inquirer. Scattered means “to occur or be found at intervals,” so it doesn’t work here. The markers are scattered, not the city. • “Mitchell sunk into trouble on June 17, 1972” —Ray Locker, in a book review in USA Today. We don’t care that MerriamWebster changed the rule (See February War on Words), the past tense of sink is sank. Sunk may be acceptable in conversation, but a literate writer such as Locker should never give in to this hinge-heeled revisionism. • Four readers, led by Luann Haney, whose subject line was “Send the NJ to the rear of the class,” emailed me about this one from the Wilmington News Journal: “Delaware's top five toll violators currently owe nearly $407,000 in unpaid tolls and fines, with the top violator in the rears for $174,384.25.” The term, of course, is “in arrears.” Also, the term is not really appropriate in this context, since it refers to those already making payments on a debt. Sounds like these people haven’t made any payments. • Reader Bruce Hudson spied this in Maureen Dowd’s column in The New York Times: "We don’t want a president who believes that vile behavior is justified by a Vesuvial stock market." Says Bruce: “I think the correct adjective is Vesuvian, which means ‘marked by sudden or violent outbursts.’” • From Reader’s Digest, courtesy of Judy Tribbey, a reader in Morton Grove, Ill.: “A kid with autism named Sam is a barista at Starbucks.” Says Judy: “I guess the autism’s name is Sam.” Department of Redundancies Dept. • Jeff Neiburg, in the News Journal: “McKee and his two twin sons . . .” • After the Eagles’ victory in the Super Bowl, we heard innumerable Philadelphia fans say they had waited for it their “whole entire life.” One of our least favorite phrases.

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Word of the Month

usurious Pronounced yoo-ZHOOR-ee-uhs, it’s an adjective meaning charging excessive rates, especially for lending money. Usury is the noun.

By Bob Yearick

Mix-ups A few words that are different in meaning but similar in spelling, and are therefore sometimes confused: • Pour means to flow continuously. Pore as noun is a tiny hole in a surface. As a verb, it means to be absorbed in something, or reading something intently, and must be followed by over or through. • Load means a quantity that can be carried at one time or, by extension, a burden. Lode means a deposit of ore, as well as the figurative sense of a rich source or supply. • Gamut refers to the entire range or scope of something. Gambit is a risky opening action or comment designed to put the originator at an advantage. Here and There • The Winter Olympics reminded us that an axel (a jump during which a skater does two-and-a-half turns) is far different from the axle on a car. • Rand Paul, Republican Senator from Kentucky, recently tweeted this: “The National Science Foundation helped fund a study to figure out whether Neil Armstrong used the preposition ‘a’ on the moon.” Uh, Senator, a is an article. And this guy graduated from medical school. • Why do some people say “all of the sudden” instead of the standard “all of a sudden”? Just askin’. Close, but no cigar • A reader sends this online post: “You are asking me a question so far outside of my wheelhouse, that I must demure.” The intended word is demur, meaning to show reluctance. Demure, applied to women only, means reserved, modest or shy. And there’s no need for a comma. • Remember: the t in often is silent. • And then there’s “wherefore,” as in “wherefore art thou Romeo?” The common misconception is that wherefore means where, when it actually means why. So that famous line from Romeo and Juliet means “why are you Romeo”—i.e., why did you have to be a Montague? It was asked by Juliet, who was a Capulet. Her family was feuding with his.

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LEARN WilmU student Kalyn Butt and partner Kevin Connor manage goats for their award-winning business,

FOR GOAT-NESS SAKE! Local Start-Up Wins With Their Goat-Powered Business Idea


alyn Butt and Kevin Connor are the co-owners of the awardwinning Green Grazer Goats, a Lincoln University, Pa.based business that uses the power of goats to provide an eco-friendly option for weed and brush removal. Last fall, the two entered the Emerging Enterprise Center’s “Swim with the Sharks” video pitch competition—and won $22,000 in cash and prizes. The growing business first started with Butt’s first goat, Petey, a present from her parents for her 17th birthday. Butt then came up with the idea to grow her flock and create a successful, environmentally sound business. Thankfully, her parents went along with what she terms, “a teenager’s hare-brained plan.” She researched “how businesses in California and other western states used goats to clear brush from wildfires,” says Butt, who was, at the time, a student at Wilmington University studying Behavioral Science. “That led me to think about how we could use goats to do similar work near my family’s farm.” For the next couple of years, she played around with the idea until Connor, her boyfriend, invested in the business. For Christmas 2016, he gave Butt two more goats, Pumpkin and Petunia, and by May 2017, the business was up and running. Now, Petey, Pumpkin and Petunia are part of a herd that numbers more than 40 goats and includes “co-workers” named Pluto, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Arctic and Rush, to name a few. How does it work? After the area to-be-cleared has been evaluated and an estimate has been provided, Butt and her team set

up solar-powered fences to contain the herd. Then, the goats are simply allowed to graze on the overgrown brush. Their droppings enrich the soil. Water and shelter are provided for the goats, and Butt checks on them daily. Beyond just sounding like fun, Green Grazing Goats offers many benefits. “Goat brush removal is the best bet for the environment since they create a very small carbon footprint, don’t require toxic chemicals, and stabilize the soil,” notes Butt. It’s no wonder that this simple, sustainable idea was a prizewinner. “The judging was based on multiple criteria, including clarity of message and vision, value proposition and feasibility of the business concept,” says Dora Cheatham, program manager for the Wilmington, Del.-based Emerging Enterprise Center, which helps start-up owners grow their businesses and develop longterm, sustainable business models. Butt learned about the Shark Tank-style competition by attending a Young Professional Networking group hosted by the New Castle Chamber of Commerce in WilmU’s Pratt Student Center. She hired a fellow WilmU student, Taylor Moore, to produce their video. Butt continues to think big when it comes to the future. She and Connor have recently added dairy goats to the herd. Eventually, she would like to put her new degree to work by hosting a therapeutic program camp to serve people with emotional disorders, as goats have been to known to aid in such therapies. For now, though, she’s just happy chasing her “kids” around.

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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing

Compiled by Mathew Brown-Watson

APRIL FOOLS! Dear readers: Be prepared to be pranked. This month we’re bringing back the April Fools Fake Ad contest. Somewhere in these pages is a not-quite-right advertisement. If you find it, email the ad name and page number to contact@tsnpub.com to be in the running for restaurant gift cards. Good luck!



he 88th Radnor Hunt Races, set for Saturday, May 19, in Malvern, Pa., will feature the steeplechases, tailgating and tent parties the event has become known for over the years. Proceeds from the races will benefit the open space and clean water initiatives of the Brandywine Conservancy, which has protected more than 63,000 acres of land. Radnor Hunt Races hosts one of the nation’s top three steeplechases in the spring and thus draws some of the best thoroughbred horses, riders and trainers from across the country. It showcases six thrilling jump races with $190,000 in prize money up for grabs. Other events include an antique carriage parade, the muchloved parade of foxhounds, tailgating competitions and hat contests. There are three pre-race events: Cocktails and Chapeau on Wednesday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m., for $25; Radnor Races Shopping Boutique, Thursday, May 10, 2 to 9 p.m., for $10, and the Wildflower Bash on Friday, May 18, cocktails at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30. For more information and to purchase tickets for these pre-race events, visit radnorhuntraces.org. Admission to the main event will be $100 a car (which includes everyone in the vehicle). For details, visit radnorhuntraces. org or call (610) 388-8383.



he heat is on this spring as Great Dames will feature six women “firestarters” who are known for challenging the status quo, shaking things up, and mobilizing others into action. The firestarters lineup begins on Monday, April 9, with Ashley Blazer Biden, daughter of the former vice-president and founder of Livelihood, a social venture that designs hoodies to fund grassroots initiatives for social and economic justice. The other five will be featured on Monday, May 7. They are: Miracle Olatunji, teen social entrepreneur; Tizzy Lockman, community mobilizer and senatorial candidate; Melissa Govette, women's advocate at M&T Bank; Kathy Palokoff, author of the newly released book, Firestarters: Ignite Your Own Life, and Karin Copeland, creator of thriving arts and business communities. Both events will be held at Harry’s Savoy Grill in North Wilmington from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 for one or $89 for both. Great Dames is an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls by activating their strengths through a pragmatic approach that incorporates personal leadership, branding, co-mentoring and public service. For more information, visit great-dames.com.



n Thursday, April 5, Phyllis Recca, the author of Chadds Ford, Then & Now, will give the second part of her lecture on the history of Chadds Ford at the Chadds Ford Historic Society Barn Visitors Center. Recca will discuss how the area has changed over the years. Private collections of rare and historic photographs of Christy’s Restaurant and Reyburn’s Tavern will be on display. Attendees can also learn about the confusion regarding the Chadds Ford Barbershop sign created by N.C. Wyeth, and what happened to Quimby’s Gas Station. Admission to the lectures is free for all CFHS members and $5 for non-members. All tickets are at the door; no advance ticketing is available. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the barn, 1736 Creek Rd. (Rt. 100), Chadds Ford, Pa. For more information, visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org.



ore than 400 teens and 40 adult leaders will embark July 1 on a mission to repair the homes of those most in need in New Castle County. The project, Brandywine Valley Workcamp, is sponsored by the philanthropy Group Mission Trips, which aims to bring meaningful service to communities in need around the world. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church and Limestone Presbyterian Church are working with Group Mission Trips to identify 65 homes of elderly, disabled, or disadvantaged owners. The effort is designed to allow residents the ability to remain in homes they might otherwise lose, at no cost to them. For more information on how to volunteer, contact Diane Freed, Limestone Presbyterian elder and Outreach Team leader, at 521-1435 or dianefreed@comcast.net.



The bowling-centered entertainment chain Main Event Entertainment opened its doors last month in the Christiana Fashion Center, at 2900 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark. This isn’t your typical bowling venue, but rather a complete party center hosting a variety of activities, including laser tag, arcade games, a gravity ropes course, billiards, shuffleboard, and 22 state-of-theart bowling lanes. The 51,000-square-foot entertainment center also has a bar and restaurant serving a variety of dishes for the whole family, along with signature cocktails. Main Events also features conference rooms and private meeting spaces equipped with the latest audio-visual technology, internet connectivity, as well as full catering services. For more information on Main Events menu, booking options and a list of activities, visit mainevent.com. APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Community Members Who Go Above & Beyond

ANA YEVONISHON: A fashion show benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters and empowers teen models





ne of Ana Yevonishon’s goals is to give kids more confidence. To help with that, the Hockessin resident organized a second annual fashion show this year for girls ages 9-18 as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. “I think it’s very important for girls to feel confident because when you feel confident there is not much that can stand in the way of whatever it is you want to do,” says Yevonishon, the owner of and photographer at Expressions Photography in Hockessin. The show, scheduled for Saturday, April 14, at First Alliance Church in Hockessin, is an opportunity for the 40-year-old to give girls who don’t always feel noticed or popular the chance to shine. Girls of all heights, shapes, sizes, and ethnicities are encouraged to participate. “When I was young, I was the shy girl,” says Yevonishon. “The one who was friends with the popular girls, but was not really one of them. I would have loved the opportunity to shine in this way.” Since BBBS’ inception in 1964, Yevonishon is the first business owner to hold fashion shows to aid the non-profit, according to Stephanie Johnnie, director of development and communication at BBBS. Last year the event raised $800. This year Yevonishon, hopes to raise $1,000. Johnnie says proceeds from the fashion shows are used to recruit and to supplement mentor expenses. Currently 170 kids are on a waiting list for mentors. The BBBS matches kids facing adversity between the ages of 6 to 18 with mentors for the purpose of developing positive relationships and role models. Yevonishon, who donates to and helps raise funds for various children’s charities and schools, chose BBBS because she believes in the organization’s concept that spending oneon-one time with children helps build self-esteem and confidence. “I have three kids and I know firsthand how it can help,” she says. “When kids need that but can’t always get it for whatever reason, this organization can help.” When Kathryn Hall heard Yevonishon had organized another fashion show, the 17-yearold did not hesitate to volunteer as a model. The Newark resident is familiar with BBBS because for nine years her parents mentored two brothers who became like family. And although the Newark Charter student doesn’t consider herself a girly girl, and is not into fashion, and doesn’t care to go shopping, her experience last year in the show convinced her she had made the right decision when her friend recruited her. “In the fashion industry you’re expected to be tall, skinny, like a Victoria’s Secret model,” says Hall, who is 5’ 3” and has hearing implants. “But in this fashion show, you can be yourself. You don’t need to be six feet tall, size zero, and look like a Barbie Doll.” Hall, who had not modeled before, also learned that having the courage to experience new things helps you learn about yourself. “I know it’s okay to just let go and be yourself and accept who you are and not be too concerned with what others want and expect from you.” Eighty people attended the event last year; 17 teen models volunteered, and 11 area clothes vendors participated. Girls from the Ms. Delaware USA Ambassador Pageant also showed up to give the volunteers tips on how to “strut their stuff.” Tickets are $10 each. Children 2 and under are free. Tickets are sold at the door at First Alliance Church in Hockessin. For more information, email Ana Yevonishon at ana@photosbyexpressions.com.

Photo courtesy of Ana Yevonishon



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EYE ON NATURE ANDREW WYETH AND JOHN RUSKIN MARCH 10 – MAY 27, 2018 This exhibition was organized by the Delaware Art Museum with assistance from the Ruskin Foundation (Ruskin Library, Lancaster University, UK) and The Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection (Chadds Ford, PA and Rockland, ME). Support was provided by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund, M&T Bank, Wilmington Trust, and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund. Additional support provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. Image: Sycamore Tree, Study for Pennsylvania Landscape, 1941. Andrew Wyeth (1917–2009). Ink and watercolor, 29 3/4 x 39 3/8 inches.Delaware Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Phelps, 1964. © 2018 Andrew Wyeth/ArtistsRights Society (ARS), NEW YORK.

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Many local farm to table affiliations, none more important than partnering and supporting the University of Delaware and its student farming division. DSA Delaware, Buddywalk supporter. Food Bank of DE: continuing to support the goal of "no one goes hungry". Milton DE Little League: When a team goes to the Little League World Series tournament, you send pallets of Gatorade and water! Go DE! Beer Pong for a Cause (formerly Beer Pong for Boobies), Komen for the Cure, Tyanna Foundation. You have supported all three ways of Saving the Ta-Tas. And we are looking for more ways. Continually.


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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING About Nicaragua’s Good Neighbors Wilmington’s Chuck Selvaggio launched a nonprofit in Nicaragua By Mathew Brown-Watson, March 2018 You rock, Chuck!! Miss you .... think of you often and fondly!!! — Laura Coumatos Carpenter Best of the Best.

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About Market Street Joins The Craft Brew Revolution Stitch House combines microbrewery and pub By Rob Kalesse, March 2018 This is amazing! Thank you to everyone involved to make this happen. Now Wilmington & surrounding areas, let’s show up!! — Jess Ruggieri I'm loving all the new developments happening! I've been meaning to move down town for years. I think the timing is finally right for me. Congratulations! — Alicia Sheerin So how many micro-breweries out there now, seems I hear of a new one twice a week. Yearn to sample them all at some point. — Rob Roth Went there on Sunday and it is a really nice place! Can’t wait to go back! — Debby Sanderson About From the Publisher: Thirty’s Something Celebrating our 30th anniversary issue By Jerry duPhily, March 2018 Thank you Jerry duPhily for the opportunity you gave me in 1993, to create a cover design for Out & About Magazine. That was the catalyst behind LaFate Gallery. — Eunice LaFate

April 19 to May 6 Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware presents:


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Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon was inaugurated as president of Wilmington University on March 8—International Women’s Day—thus becoming the first African-American female to be named president of a Delaware college or university. The ceremony took place at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. A 29-year employee of the University, Harmon was unanimously approved by the Board of Trustees in July of 2017. She becomes the fourth president of the school, succeeding Dr. Jack Varsalona, who retired last year after serving as president since 2005. Harmon holds a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She held numerous positions while earning undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wilmington University, then maintained her full-time position while earning her doctorate. She held key roles in the University’s internal operations, planning and strategic growth. She served as assistant to the president, director of Human Resources, director of Student Affairs and Alumni Relations, and vice president of Student Affairs. Wilmington is among the fastestgrowing universities in the country. From fiscal year 2007-2008 to fiscal year 2016-2017, the school’s unduplicated headcount grew from 12,071 to 20,480, an increase of 70 percent. — O&A


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Worth Trying Suggestions from our staff, contributors and readers

Opa! Opa! Merges with Dino’s Steak

JR’s Trading Post

The Opa! Opa! Greek restaurant in Trolley Square has merged with Dino’s Steak next door, courtesy of a renovation that brings together the cool Adriatic flare of Opa! Opa! with the Philly sports team vibe which Dino’s displays with the many Flyers, Phillies and Super Bowl Champion Eagles photos. The menus of both places remain mostly the same and that’s good news if you’re a fan of superb Greek take-out or a lover of (in my opinion) one of the best Philly cheesesteak sandwiches in the city. For something distinctly Greek, try the baklava dessert. For more information, visit opa-opagyros.com or dinos-steaks.com.

On Concord Pike in the former location of Concord Pet, this establishment offers “a random collection of everything,” including tools, chinaware, paintings, games, books, jewelry, glassware, toys, memorabilia and more, almost all of it used, and priced more or less accordingly. Sample item: a sledge hammer for $10. A quick internet check shows a similar hammer, new, for $30. JR’s buys, sells, trades or accepts items on consignment. 3703 Concord Pike, 477-0200. — Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor

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Elizabeth Habash holds the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Award she received in 2016. Rita Landgraf, then secretary of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, is at left and at right is Cynthia Manlove, deputy director at the Division of State Service Centers.

NEVER TOO EARLY TO VOLUNTEER High schoolers find time to help others, and reap the rewards By Larry Nagengast


olunteers aren’t looking for recognition when they immerse themselves in their not-for-pay passions, but an occasional pat on the back can make the effort feel much more rewarding. That’s one of the reasons Delaware offers a Volunteer Service Credit, which counts toward meeting requirements for high school graduation, and why the governor each year sponsors the Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards for outstanding demonstrations of community service. Elizabeth Habash, now a freshman biology major at the University of Delaware, received one of those awards two years ago, when she was a junior at the Charter School of Wilmington. She was part of a local Odyssey of the Mind team, participating in the international program that focuses on creative problem solving. Her team was sponsored by Barrel of Makers, the Wilmington-based collaborative that blends technology and the arts as its members work on both individual and community-service projects.

When it comes to charitable contributions, many people find that a gift of time is more meaningful and can have a greater impact than a cash contribution. In the coming months, Out & About will continue to profile some of these volunteers, along with the programs in which they serve. The series is being developed in cooperation with the state Office of Volunteerism, which is part of the Division of State Service Centers under the Department of Health and Social Services. We hope it will show readers how they can improve their communities by volunteering their time and talents. For information about volunteering opportunities throughout the state, visit VolunteerDelaware.org.

That connection helped foster a powerful synergy. Habash and her team wanted to find a way to incorporate young people with disabilities into their efforts, and Barrel of Makers members were working with devices they called “drawbots,” an instrument controlled by a joystick that enables those who can’t hold a pen or a brush to draw or paint. Barrel of Makers had tested the devices, and received favorable feedback, at maker fairs and at programs that serve kids with disabilities, says Jessi Taylor, the group’s president. But the initiative took off when Habash and her Odyssey of the Mind team got involved. “They raised the money to build eight of them, then they built the drawbots, and they also learned how to fix them on the fly, because they take a lot of abuse when they’re being used,” Taylor says. “She really helped our program have a bigger impact.” The impact was significant enough that the project received a first-place award from Odyssey Angels, an Odyssey of the Mind offshoot that recognizes innovative community service programs. ► APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The drawbot, an instrument controlled by a joystick that enables those who can’t hold a pen or a brush to draw or paint.


Volunteering, Habash says, can be difficult for teens to fit into their schedules, especially when they’re applying for and preparing to enter college. “Too often, we say, why volunteer when I can have a job and make money, or play a sport,” she says. “But when you get involved and realize that you like volunteering, you’ll do much more than is required.” Habash had a similar experience while volunteering at the Compassionate Care hospice program at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, where she would bake and serve treats to terminally ill residents. One of the patients, a man named Paul, made a strong impression on her. As a form of therapy, he drew many pictures, and loved to show them off. Working with other volunteers, Habash says, “we scanned images of all his work, and created two albums—one for his family and the other to keep at the hospice.” That combination of service projects was what former Gov. Jack Markell cited when Habash received the 2016 Governor’s Youth Volunteer Service Award in the human needs category. (Nominations for the 2018 awards are being accepted through April 13. Winners will be honored at a ceremony on May 24. The nomination form and other details are available at volunteerdelaware.org.) While Habash’s story may be exceptional, there are plenty of opportunities available for youthful volunteers throughout Delaware. Taylor herself started volunteering in high school, helping kids with arts and crafts projects at the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn and preschoolers at New Castle County’s Safety Town summer program. She says she enjoyed it so much that she wrote an essay on the value of volunteering during her senior year of high school—and won a small college scholarship for her effort. Now Taylor is working at the county’s Route 9 Innovation Center, and she says the county is looking for youth volunteers. Teens with good computer and communications skills can be helpful showing adults how to use the libraries’ computers and their software programs. The county, in conjunction with the Office of Volunteerism, will be holding a Teen Volunteer Fair on Monday, April 16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Appoquinimink Library in Middletown. Kevin Smith, executive director for Habitat for Humanity in New Castle County, can testify to the value of youth volunteers in his organization.


“It’s very important for us as a feeder pattern,” he says. “We go from youth, to college age, to young adult and up the ranks. We’ve even got volunteers in their 80s. It’s important for us to keep renewing the generations.” The Habitat organizations in Kent and Sussex counties also welcome youth volunteers, he says. Young Habitat volunteers find the work rewarding because they can see the fruits of their labors, Smith says. Volunteers age 16 and up can work on Habitat’s construction projects, doing framing, installing insulation, painting and finish work, landscaping and sometimes even demolition.


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The 2016 Governor's Youth Volunteer Service Awards.

Volunteers who are 14 or 15 years old can help at Habitat’s ReStore sites, shops that sell gently used furniture, appliances and building materials, Smith says. Lilly Appiah, an 18-year-old Middletown High School senior, volunteered for Habitat from September through January, first at a construction site and then at the ReStore in Middletown. Earlier work building sidewalks with a local youth group gave her an interest in construction and her work at the ReStore helped her develop communications and customer service skills that will come in handy if she follows through with her plan to become a pharmacist. At the ReStore, she says, she greeted customers, helped them find the furniture they needed and carried items to their cars. “I like to see people smile when you help them out,” she says. “It feels good to help people in need.” Another popular destination for high school and college volunteers is Special Olympics Delaware. Volunteers can work directly with athletes who have special needs, either as coaches or as partners on “unified teams,” whose members have some players with special needs and some without, says Jon Buzby, the organization’s director of media relations. “They practice together, compete together, and become friends together,” he says. “We hope the friendship extends beyond the initial experience,” Buzby says, so that volunteer partners will continue to support people with special needs as they continue their lives and advance their careers. About 200 teenagers are now volunteering with Special Olympics Delaware, Buzby says, and that does not include participants in school-based programs that conduct fundraising and provide support for various Special Olympics activities. At both Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics, youth volunteers don’t need any special experience before getting started. Call the agency or visit its website to sign up. Training —whether it’s how to swing a hammer or how to teach a kid to swing a baseball bat—will be provided, Smith and Buzby say. Young volunteers should check the website volunteerdelaware. org this month for special opportunities associated with Global Youth Service Weekend, which this year is April 20-22. The weekend encourages youth ages 5-25 to develop 21st-century skills by helping to solve real community problems. The website also includes information on the Governor’s Youth Service Awards and the Volunteer Service Credit.

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PINBALL IS BACK! And Wilmington is a hotbed for the nostalgic pastime, thanks to some local wizards

By Dan Linehan

The showroom at Wilmington Home Amusements. Photo Jim Coarse


hen the Oakland Raiders visited Philadelphia for their Christmas Day game last year, management and coaches wanted to find a way to keep players and their families entertained at their hotel, safely away from unruly Eagles fans. What better way to entertain young men than with arcade games? And since taking the team to an arcade was out of the question, management decided to bring the arcade to the team. Through an internet search, the Raiders found Wilmington Home Amusements, on Germay Drive. Owner Scott Carey and his two-man crew promptly responded, and when the Raiders arrived at their hotel, the fourth-floor hallways and meeting rooms were filled with dozens of ping pong tables, indoor basketball games and pinball machines. The Raider job is just one indication that pinball’s nationwide comeback has reached Delaware. The following month, Carey’s business hosted Delaware’s first official state tournament sanctioned by the International Flipper Pinball Association. The resurgence has been fueled in part by nostalgia, although many of the buyers claim their children wanted the games. “The parents like to blame the kids for buying the pinball machine, but at the end of the day they usually admit that it’s really for them,” Carey says.

High-profile pinball fans have added to the game’s visibility. In addition to the Raiders, Carey’s clients have included Jon Bon Jovi, for whom he restored a 1954 Seeburg Jukebox. Carey also shipped Skee-Ball and pinball machines to retired NFL quarterback and University of Delaware alumnus Rich Gannon. And retired PGA golfer and Chester native Ed Dougherty has about 90 pinball machines set up at any one time, Carey says. Pinball culture, which once thrived in pizza parlors and arcades, has moved to collectors’ basements and halls like Carey’s that can host competitions. “The collectors’ market has exploded, and with that we’re finding that league and tournament play has exploded, as well,” Carey says. Delaware also has an unofficial but committed pinball ambassador in Chad Hastings, who has organized several tournaments, including the state competition. “The people are hungry for it,” Hastings says. Hastings is trying to get children interested in pinball — he held a kids’ tournament near the end of March — but most of the game’s comeback is spurred by Generation Xers looking to recapture a feeling from their youth. ► APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The 51-year-old Carey is fairly typical. As a child, he was drawn to pinball for its sense of physicality. Instead of playing a video game with a controller and watching a screen, he was interacting with a real, dynamic machine. To him, the most important element of a pinball machine isn’t the flippers, bumpers or even the way it plays. It’s the sound. Music is the beating heart of a pinball machine. Turn off the sound and each machine is similar to the next, he says. “As you advance further into a game, the sound and tempo increase to a point where it would reach almost like an explosion and then reset back,” Carey says. But maybe his affinity for the sound of pinball is as much about the game itself as music’s unparalleled ability to evoke memories. “As soon as I hear that machine, it takes me back to that time in life,” he says—back to playing Silverball Mania in a Rehoboth Beach arcade with his late father, Ray. “I would go to Rehoboth Beach and I would play a machine and he’d play next to me,” he says. Carey’s family spent summers at the beach, and he eventually got a job at the arcade. It’s not hard to guess what his favorite part of that job was. “After we closed up, we would go back to the arcade, open up the games and play free,” Carey says. “The employees brought their friends and we would play for hours.” He began working at Wilmington Home Amusements in 1990, and a few years later bought the business. He focused on retail sales in November and December—holiday sales months—and the rest of the year he concentrated on expanding the business. Years later, he would return to the Rehoboth arcade and buy the Silverball Mania that was so integral to his childhood. “I still have that machine today, in working order,” Carey says. And he’s tried to recreate the after-work free-play sessions of his youth by hosting kids’ parties with a single price and unlimited play. It’s a selling point for parent and kid alike. “How many parents enjoy going to kids’ parties?” he asks. “But they do here, they love it.” Meanwhile, he grew his business into a year-round enterprise that rents machines and sells them. Wilmington Amusement’s biggest repeat customer remains Firefly Music Festival, which now rents about 150 free-play arcade games every year. The company also recently rented machines to a tattoo festival and a beer and wine festival.



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Wilmington Home Amusements offers an assortment of pinball machines and other games.


Nostalgia is big business in pinball, especially among those who have found success in the intervening years. “You’ve got all these people who have come to a point in their life where they have a little money and [as a result] prices went crazy,” Carey says. Though pinball machines are still being manufactured, most of the demand is for units built decades ago. Each machine was a one-time build of typically a few thousand units. This limited supply had predictable market effects once demand started surging. Take Medieval Madness, which sold for about $4,500 (adjusted for inflation) when about 4,000 units were built in 1997. Now, an original in good condition can bring in as much as $20,000, Carey says. The burgeoning competitive scene is now boosting sales and the game’s future. And in Delaware, that’s where Hastings has found his niche.


Like Carey, Hastings developed a love for pinball early in life. Born in 1974, he spent much of the ‘80s and ‘90s in southern Delaware arcades managed by his mother. Then he watched with dismay as pinball machines slowly disappeared. In November 2015, a long-dormant urge to buy a pinball machine blossomed, and by the time the month was out, he was on the road to North Carolina to pick up a used machine. “Next thing you know, two months later I find another pinball machine,” he says. Within six months, he had four. Today, he has 11. But beating your own high score is only fun for so long. So Hastings eventually posted on the popular pinball forum pinside.com to find other Delawareans to play with.

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After an informal get-together at his home, Hastings got a taste last year of major competition by entering a tournament in Philadelphia, where he finished 12th out of his 150-person division. “Now, I’m really intrigued and I’m like, how can we make this happen in Delaware,” he says. So decided to hold a tournament last September at his home outside Magnolia, about seven miles south of Dover. Forty people showed up, from as far away as New York City, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Searching for local players and venues, he downloaded the phone app Pinball Map, a repository of information about where to find machines. According to the app, Delaware was a pinball desert, so Hastings asked for and received permission to update Pinball Map. He then drove around the state to log the machines’ type and locations. He found 19 locations in Delaware with a total of 51 pinball machines. The map is available at pinballmap.com/Delaware. The dearth of good places to hold a tournament has made Hastings’ home, marked as “Chad's Pinball Lair” on the Pinball Map, the state’s go-to competitive venue.


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After his September tournament, he held another in December to qualify Delaware for the January state tournament. “The only public place that could handle it was Wilmington Amusements,” Hastings says. Carey’s business was ideal because, he says, players prefer to play on neutral ground to sidestep any home-field advantage. “If you’re playing in my house and they’re all my machines, I know every idiosyncrasy that’s there,” he says. “From the way the shots feel to the way they come off the flippers to the power of the flippers, each machine will have slight differences that can change the result of the game.” As the tournament date approached, Carey didn’t know what to expect. He did know that competitive players have a reputation for being very particular about their machines, so he spent the previous week servicing the 20-something machines in the showroom. The tournament attracted 16 competitors, about 50 spectators, and some area media. The players were all men, mostly in their 30s and 40s. The tournament winner was a New Jersey man named Robert DeStasio, who took home $93 and the right to play at the national tournament in Las Vegas on March 1 (he failed to place). Hastings, who took fifth place, is so committed to spreading the joy of pinball that he allows strangers to come to his home and play on his machines. “If I’m home, come on over,” he says. Yes, it helps that his girlfriend is a fan of pinball and his sons enjoy it, though his 14-year-old daughter isn’t sold. Those interested in playing can learn more at his Facebook page, 1st State Flippers. Carey, too, is planning to host tournaments and will post information at the Facebook page for Wilmington Home Amusements. Hastings also would like to work with local bar and restaurant owners to “get some games out there in the wild.” “Whatever I can do as an ambassador to get pinball on the map, that’s what it’s all about,” he says.

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While the game has, as Carey describes it, “mass appeal,” its future depends on maintaining old machines, and that’s where he and his crew at Wilmington Home Amusements comes in. But as in other fields, servicing pinball machines increasingly resembles computer repair, and there are no formal training programs. “It’s a rare skill and a very important skill,” Carey says. “I’m training my staff to take over for at least the next generation and passing on the knowledge I’ve learned over the past 35 years.” APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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elaware is uniquely situated on the Delmarva Peninsula, bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and the Delaware Bay and River. As such, fishing, crabbing and clamming are a way of life, giving seafood a special place in Delawareans’ hearts and appetites. To find out what’s trending on seafood menus, we contacted several area restaurants. Here’s what we found:

Poke Bowl: Gotta Eat ‘Em All

Delaware has caught onto the poke (poh-kay) wave. This “deconstructed sushi-in-a-bowl” was a lesser known dish, possibly first available at Brian Ashby’s Wilmington restaurant, 8th & Union Kitchen. That’s not the case now, as these Hawaiian-inspired bowls are now available at not one, but two Poke Bros. locations in Delaware: in the Mill Creek Shopping Center, Wilmington, and on Main Street, Newark. Says Paul Naidas, an employee at the Newark location, “When Saladworks on Main Street closed, people (especially students) were hungry for a fresh and healthy take on lunch. We fill that

special niche, since we have plenty of options for seafood fanatics and vegetarians.” Started in 2015, Poke Bros. began as a fast-casual concept in Columbus, Ohio, whose business model was to cater and be part of the Ohio State University campus and community. The franchise eventually opened locations near the University of South Carolina and then the University of Delaware late last year. Poke Bros. is a welcoming place for a quick, healthy bite to eat. When you arrive, employees greet you with a warm “hello.” Next stop is the impressive service counter, with its array of colors and textures from the various toppings and seafood options. ► APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Poke (poh-kay) has been called “deconstructed sushi-in-a-bowl.”

You can get your sea legs by choosing one of a half-dozen signature poke bowls that are pre-priced and pre-selected. During my first visit back earlier this year, I opted for the Johnny Utah, a classic poke bowl with salmon, avocado, edamame, cucumber and masago (the orange fish roe that often accompanies sushi), topped with Sriracha aioli. Boy, was I in heaven! Once you’re hooked, don’t forget to grab a Poke Pro punch card and get every 10th bowl free. Says Naidas, “There has been at least one redemption per shift since our first month in business.”

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Please pass the clams and oysters. The raw bar and all its fixings are hot right now. One place that does it right is George & Sons Seafood Market in Hockessin. Shuckers, as they’re lovingly known, are happy to give you the whole story behind the life of the humble bivalve. Restaurant Manager and oyster buyer George L. Esterling IV is one of those happy shuckers who will share his wealth of knowledge about all the seafood he can get his hands on. George & Sons’ raw bar serves clams, cocktail lobster tail and more than a half-dozen oyster varieties, including Irish Points from the world-renowned waters off Prince Edward Island in Canada and local East Points from the Delaware Bay in New Jersey. “Oysters have grown in popularity across the United States and that has inspired us to improve our dining experience,” says Esterling. The restaurant recently completed a renovation of the kitchen, and to capitalize on that, Esterling says, “The dining area will have a new layout and look, so that there will be synergy between the raw bar, seafood counter and the kitchen.” Similar to wine sommeliers’ recommendations, oysters have a ranking system that helps consumers understand what they’re getting by looking at an oyster's size, salinity and minerality (the distinct taste left by a quality oyster). A good shucker is able to both educate the guest and recommend the perfect oyster based on these factors. And if oysters and raw bars aren’t your cup of tea, there’s always a full dinner menu with surf & turf, a lobster roll and Chesapeake crab dip. APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Raw preparations influenced by Japanese and South American cultures have gained momentum in Delaware as a fresh take on traditional seafood appetizers. Whether it’s a ceviche, crudo or tartare, “Chefs are breaking away from the old-fashioned interpretations like crab imperials and instead are focusing on highlighting seafood in creative, more exciting ways,” says Esterling. George & Sons serves two dishes that fit that bill, including a Day Boat Scallop crudo (“raw” in Italian) and yellowfin tuna tartare. Another one of these interpretations is ceviche, a dish made with fresh fish that is popular in Latin America and the Caribbean. To make ceviche, raw fish is mixed with citrus juice, onion, chili peppers and other seasonings and left to marinate until cured. At 8th and Union Kitchen, Ashby marinates the shrimp for his tacos in “leche de tigre,” or tiger’s milk, a Peruvian marinade made from the leftover, addictively flavored, ceviche juice that is normally discarded after making the dish. The shrimp are then deep fried in rice flour, wrapped in a tortilla and topped with corn, avocado, cilantro and bean sprouts. Other restaurants, like the new Évero Spezia in Newark, serve a delicate, Asian-inspired scallop crudo with yuzu and lemongrass or a tuna tartare with capers, shallots and cornichons.


Sustainable seafood—seafood that is caught or farmed responsibility—is a long-term trend based on our environmental responsibility to preserve and protect fish and shellfish populations so they will survive for future generations. Over the past few years, Esterling says, “There’s been a shift, or more like a correction, in the seafood industry with regard to sustainable seafood practices. Our loyal customers don’t ask anymore if our seafood is sustainable. In fact, the only time I hear the word ‘sustainable’ is when we have someone new to George & Sons. The returners have come to expect sustainable seafood from us.” One example is the rise of “trash fish,” or fish caught in the bycatch that are often killed from the line or trawl when not thrown back immediately into the sea. Don’t let the name fool you; trash fish are fully edible, but since they’re lesser known, they’re not as commercially viable. Fishermen and chefs are exploring new ways to use these fish, a sustainable alternative to allow other endangered fish a chance to re-populate. Just a couple of steps down the road from George & Sons is the House of William & Merry, where owner and Chef William Hoffman believes in “educating the consumer” about why he uses one type of fish over another. His passion for sustainability grew out of “a huge respect for the ocean. As a child and now surfer, I grew up in the ocean.” Most important, he looks to different species of fish other than the traditional “chef” offerings like sea bass, grouper and red snapper when devising his menus. For example, he switched to Icelandic black cod because, though it was “prolific back in cooking school, it has neared the brink of extinction due to its rise in popularity with chefs,” he says. Like George & Sons, Hoffman looks to support and utilize “trash fish” in his cooking. “In Europe and other major cities,” he says, “I’ve seen a lot of chefs seek out hyper-local seafood rather than importing fish from across the world. Since it’s abundant locally, it not only supports the local industry, but it can also cut down on the impact on other ecosystems.” Locally caught blue catfish is a perfect example of a trash fish, Hoffman says. “It’s delicious pan-roasted or fried and we can help support our local waterways by removing this invasive species, whose diet consists of one of Delawareans’ favorite meals, blue crabs.”


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ilmington’s culinary rite of spring, City Restaurant Week, returns for its 14th year this month. This annual promotion provides great incentive to visit one of Wilmington’s destination restaurants. The 2018 lineup features 17 of Wilmington’s finest, each owner-operated. That’s one of the beauties of the city’s fine dining scene. Chain restaurants are not an option. “City Restaurant Week enables us to create fresh menus for the spring, plus it puts emphasis on trying new things and new restaurants within our community,” says Dan Butler, owner, of Piccolina Toscana. “It’s a reminder that this city has remarkable dining options in close proximity to one another.” Once again, diners will be treated to an array of menus, offering everything from Asian to French to Latin to Italian. Prix-fixe, two-course lunches are $15. Three-course dinners are $35. “City Restaurant Week is a culinary invitation to the people of our community to experience the special and talented offerings of this city’s great restaurants and chefs. It helps build community while showcasing the culinary talents and unique dining experiences in our town,” says Beth Ross, co-owner of Domaine Hudson. For an overview of this year’s participating restaurants, read on. ►


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8TH & UNION KITCHEN 801 North Union St. 654-9780

8th & Union Kitchen is an American Gastropub, focusing on fresh ingredients, creative menu items, craft beer & craft cocktails. 8th & Union prides itself on a Chef run kitchen, in which Chef Tara Kenyon helps prepare a menu that offers an array of seafood, steaks, burgers, shared plates, vegetarian and gluten free options! Opening April of 2015, 8UK has been serving its famous brunch every Sunday, which was named “Top 50 Brunch Spots in America” by the Food Network. Tara also creates the dessert menu, which is 100% scratch made and features many if not all, gluten free options.

CAFÉ MEZZANOTTE 1001 North Orange St. 658-7050

Since our opening in June of 2003, Café Mezzanotte has built a reputation as Delaware’s premier spot to enjoy classic Pan-Mediterranean cuisine. We offer an intimate atmosphere with servers who attend to each diner with exceptional care. Whether you are looking for a romantic evening for two, or hosting a large corporate gathering, Café Mezzanotte will cater to your needs!

COLUMBUS INN 2216 Pennsylvania Ave. 571-1492

Columbus Inn, a Wilmington tradition since 1849, is a premier American tavern and restaurant that seamlessly combines the best of “old and new,” serving seasonally inspired, market fresh, progressive yet playful modern cuisine paired with an amazing selection of old and new world wines, micro and macro brews, as well as traditional and new style spirits. The creative menus for dinner, brunches and private events feature new and classic dishes with an approachable, new age twist at an affordable value. From happy hour to special events, there is always a good reason to come “inn.”

ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM 902 North Market St. 384-8113 Whether you seek a local watering hole to saddle up to the bar for a hearty sandwich and a beer, or an elegant location for a magnificent dining event, guests at Ernest & Scott will find a warm, friendly environment where all are welcome.

THE GREEN ROOM 100 West 11th St. 594-3154

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BANK’S SEAFOOD KITCHEN & RAW BAR 101 South Market St. 777-1500 A name recognized for its tradition of fresh ingredients, innovative cuisine and unsurpassed service. That tradition can be found on Wilmington’s Riverfront at Bank’s Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar, formerly Harry’s Seafood Grill. Adjacent to the Riverwalk, Bank’s is the place for lunch, dinner, cocktails and a late night in Wilmington. A chic atmosphere, fresh raw bar, award-winning crab cakes, outstanding lobsters, imaginatively prepared seafood, great martinis and 50 wines by the glass are some of the keys to an exciting experience. Bank’s is a coveted spot for patio dining or cocktails on the waterfront.

CHELSEA TAVERN 821 North Market St. 482-3333

Chelsea Tavern is a place for a simple appetizer and a beer, a place to graze and share small plates or a setting to experience a more traditional lunch or dinner. Beverage highlights include great cocktails, amazing 31 tapped handcrafted beers, superb wines by the glass… all may be enjoyed alone or as a complement to our handcrafted original menus featuring the best in gastro-comfort cuisine with a twist.

DOMAINE HUDSON 1314 North Washington St. 655-9463

Named a “must-visit restaurant serving some of the best food in Wilmington, if not the entire state” by The News Journal and awarded “best restaurant in Wilmington” by TripAdvisor, Domaine Hudson is known for premium food, superb wine pairings and inventive cocktails. Zagat rates the food as “perfection” and service as “excellent.” A well-known wine tasting destination, Domaine Hudson offers more than 450 premium wines and 40 wines by the glass. A closed-door dining room is the perfect setting for your private party or business meeting.

GALLUCIO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 1709 Lovering Ave. 655-3689 Wilmington’s Favorite Italian Restaurant and Irish Pub We are housed in an original brownstone built in 1865 and has been a restaurant since it opened in the 1970’s, serving the freshest casual Italian fare at a reasonable price. Generations of families, groups of friends and sports teams have celebrated many milestones over the years and Gallucio’s recent acquisition has allowed this neighborhood favorite to endure.

Enjoy French cuisine in the 100-year-old Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, an unforgettable setting of oak paneling, coffered oak beamed ceilings, gold chandeliers, and original oil paintings. The world-class Green Room is a winner of the Four-Diamond AAA Award for 30 consecutive years. Featuring a colorful combination of shimmering draperies, wingback chairs, and Versace patterned china, the historic elegance of the Green Room is complemented by a fresh, seasonally-inspired menu under the direction of Executive Chef Keith Miller and Sous Chef Bill Wilczynski. An awardwinning wine collection and impeccable service will further enhance your fine dining experience.

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LA FIA BAKERY + MARKET + BISTRO 421 North Market St. 543-5574 The menu at La Fia has something for everyone. From handmade pasta, gnocchi and ravioli to the eclectic menu of small plates, each dish is carefully crafted by Chef Bryan Sikora. Chef Sikora finds inspiration in all types of European cuisine. The kitchen at La Fia prides itself in making everything in house from the freshly baked bread to the desserts, La Fia is true artisan cooking. In 2014 Chef Sikora was nominated for Best Chef of the Mid-Atlantic and he continues to deliver his outstanding food to Wilmington.

MIKIMOTOS 1212 North Washington St. 656-8638

Recently acquired by the Big Fish Restaurant Group, our team at Mikimotos provides a memorable dining experience! Enjoy our award winning hand rolled sushi, Mongolian BBQ Lamb Chops, Dim Sum varieties, hand crafted Rice + Noodles, and many more Asian inspired dishes. Our unique dining experience is enhanced by dim lighting, modern décor and our energetic team, welcoming all to dine at our table. Let our team provide you with only the freshest, daily cut sashimi, beautifully hand rolled sushi to order and elaborate hot dishes.

TONIC BAR & GRILLE 111 West 11th St. 777-2040

Featuring innovative preparations of fresh fish, a selection of oysters from around the world, and a newly added steakhouse menu, Chef Dan Butler’s Tonic Bar and Grille is one of Wilmington’s most creative restaurants. Its location in the heart of the city makes it a convenient choice for patrons of The Playhouse and the Grand Opera House. Business entertaining and special events, sophisticated happy hours and special weekend dining are a natural fit in this upscale locale.

WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE 1206 North Washington St. 658-2537 One of the newest members of the Big Fish Restaurant Group, the WSHA offers a unique blend of original, homemade recipes, must have favorites and affordable prices have resulted in a dedicated following at all of our locations. Enough so to earn numerous Best of Delaware awards over the years. The secret ingredient to our success is our commitment to providing fresh, great tasting dishes, unsurpassed hospitality and impeccable customer service in a casual and fun atmosphere.

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MERCHANT BAR 426 North Market St. (302) 543-5574

Merchant Bar is an elevated gastrobar that infuses a chef-driven menu with an original hand-crafted cocktail menu focused on high-quality ingredients, aiming to bring you a unique bar and dining experience. Both for intimate dining or for a large group, Merchant Bar’s dynamic space is perfect for any occasion.

PICCOLINA TOSCANA 1412 N. DuPont St. 654-8001

Dan Butler opened Toscana upon returning home to Wilmington in 1990. His vision was a contemporary Italian restaurant with the big city feel of the places that he had seen in his travels and work experience in Europe, Washington, D.C and Florida. His education and the kitchens he has worked in since taught him to cook everything from scratch, using the best, freshest ingredients in a simple way that lets the natural goodness shine. Toscana has been renovated and updated several times over the years, including a to-go and catering shop adjacent to the restaurant, but the core concept of nice people serving “really good food” has never changed.

UBON THAI CUISINE 936 Justison St. 656-1706

Jeenwong Thai Cuisine has been in Wilmington for about 13 years now, and is proud to have chosen to stay here and present Ubon Thai Cuisine. The culinary team consists of Executive Chef Norrawit J. Milburn and Sous Chef Marco Escofie’. Their goal is to bring exotic flavors to Wilmington, such as “Thai Guy’s Wings” and “Yai’s Rolls,” with service that makes customers feel like they’re with family. They take all the fresh ingredients that you would see in Thailand, along with local produce, to create family Thai dishes, including“Yai’s Rolls” and the “Momochas” —from scratch.

WALTER’S STEAKHOUSE 802 North Union St. 658-2537

Walter’s Steakhouse is synonymous with great beef in Wilmington & throughout the world. Serving the finest meat available guarantees the two things you want most in beef: flavor and tenderness. Walter’s, “the oldest steakhouse in Wilmington,” has been host to connoisseurs of excellent steaks, seafood, and spirits. Our Dinner Menu offers a wide array of selections, including prime rib and steaks, a classic chop house collection, seafood and poultry, and exquisite desserts.

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David Leo Banks has been a fixture on the local dining scene for three decades.

Solo in the Spotlight

David Leo Banks takes control of a Riverfront dining destination By Pam George Photos by Joe del Tufo


f you haven’t been to the Wilmington Riverfront in some time, you might be in for a surprise. The sign for Harry’s Seafood Grill, one of the first businesses to take a chance on the area’s redevelopment, is missing. Gone are the block letters and the rectangle bisected by a surf-like curve. In its place is a swooping font that reads “Banks.” Underneath, in a straightforward type, are the words “Seafood Kitchen.” New restaurant? Yes, and no. The red brick location is the same. The concept is the same, and even the executive chef is the same. But now the said chef, David Leo Banks, is the sole owner, and as with the new logo, he’s showcasing an inventive streak grounded in classic traditions. Banks, a frequent guest on Comcast’s The Chef's Kitchen, is no stranger to the hospitality business in Delaware. He helped open Harry’s Savoy Grill in North Wilmington in 1988, and he

partnered with Xavier Teixido, the owner of Harry’s Savoy Grill, to open Harry’s Seafood Grill in 2003. He’s represented Harry’s Hospitality Group at hundreds of food-related events. But now Banks has a chance to shine in the limelight of his own making. The name of the restaurant is a start. Banks, however, is simply leveraging his brand equity. “I’ve been doing this for a while, and I’ve gotten good press,” he says. “It’s not as much about ego as it is common sense.” Friend and colleague Ed Hennessy might agree. “Dave is first a ‘chef’ among all his titles, which include businessman and culinary community fundraiser,” says Hennessy, instructional director of the culinary program at Delaware Technical Community College. “He has earned the professional credentials and the business success.” ►


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A Firm Foundation

The youngest of five children, Banks grew up in the Newark area. At age 12, he started making omelets using a specialty pan that folded to create the perfect half-moon. At 16, he became a dishwasher at Schaefer’s Canal House. From there, he moved to the Hotel du Pont, where he worked in the kitchen beside Dan Butler and Tom Hannum, who also became well-known area chefs and restaurateurs. In the 1970s, fine dining was dominated by classically trained European chefs with intimidating demeanors and an intolerance for errors. At the hotel, Executive Chef Hubert Winkler, who had worked in Austria and Switzerland, was no different. He was matched by Maria Russak, the breakfast cook in the Green Room. “It was a good foundation—the way it should be,” says Hannum, who is now executive chef and an owner of Buckley’s Tavern. “We learned to do things the proper way.” Banks, who was a wild child at Newark High School, said the chefs’ stern stance was “good for me.” Evidently, it also inspired him. In 1979, he headed to the Culinary Institute of America, where Butler was already a student. SOLO IN THE SPOTLIGHT continued from previous page

Building a Career

After graduation, he returned to Delaware, where he worked at Ristorante Carruci, Bellevue in the Park and the Kitty Knight House—all legendary restaurants in the 1980s. In 1988, he got a job with 1492 Hospitality Group, which owned the Columbus Inn and opened Harry’s Savoy Grill. When Teixido left the company in 1993, he kept Harry’s Savoy, and Banks stayed with Teixido. The men shared a strong work ethic, a respect for classic techniques, and a dare-to-be-different attitude. It didn’t matter that Harry’s Savoy was known for prime rib, steaks, martinis, and, at the time, cigars. They wanted to serve rare tuna only seared on the edges and wild salmon flown in from the Northwest—long before such items peppered area menus. In 2010, Teixido, Banks, and Kelly O’Hanlon partnered to purchase Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon, which Teixido had helped open when he was with 1492. Banks served as the executive chef for all the restaurants, as well as the banquet facility that adjoins Harry’s Savoy Grill. To say the least, he was busy. Restaurants have long and erratic hours. But Banks, who has three children, says the hospitality industry was not the reason for the demise of his first marriage. “Many people in many industries get divorced,” he notes. “I’d never blame it on the industry. Nor would I blame an addiction on the industry. You have to take personal accountability for everything.” In some ways, Banks has made a fresh start. He married Jessica Donnelly in 2016. Last year, it was time to take his career in a new direction. After nearly 30 years together, Banks and Teixido decided to break up the partnership. Banks left both Harry’s Savoy Grill and Kid Shelleen’s and became the sole owner of the Harry’s Seafood Grill property.

Banks Seafood Kitchen is Born

Some might wonder why Banks did not make the leap earlier. He says he believed in the Harry’s brand and liked the people with whom he worked. In the fall of 2017, the timing was right, and the financing was available. He appreciated the seafood concept and the riverfront location. He also liked the décor and the menu. With the help of his wife, a designer, he’s made small changes, such as the addition of photographs of shells by Jim Graham. From a distance, they look like glossy oil paintings.


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Banks prepares a scallop dish.

Except for the sign and new appointments, regulars might not realize that anything has changed. Much of the staff has stayed on, and many favorite dishes remain. Banks is proud that under his tenure, Harry’s Seafood Grill was among the first restaurants in the area to offer soft-shell crabs as soon as they’re available. They were on his menu as early as mid-March. He has, however, enhanced the menu. “I’m a creative guy,” he says. He’s devoted particular attention to the “ceviche and specialties” section, which has been a big seller since Harry’s Seafood Grill opened. “It was a way to get creative raw seafood dishes into the dynamic,” Banks says. He did not want to do sushi rolls because in 2003, there was a sushi spot in the Riverfront Market. Plus, “if I can’t make good sushi rolls then I’m foolish to try. They can be the best thing you ever had or the most god-awful thing you ever ate,” he says. But he did know more than a thing or two about raw or marinated fish, including ceviche—popular in Peru and other Latin American countries—sashimi, and, more recently, poke, a Hawaiian dish of cubed fish dressed with a soy-laced sauce. On a recent visit, there were 10 items under the ceviche category. “Ceviche is the perfect vehicle for fresh, exciting flavors,” he says. Since tuna is now so popular, he’s bumped up the type and the variety of preparations. He’s also introduced a Hawaiian fish, kajiki. The new logo includes a notary-like circular stamp with the words “Raw Bar” in the center, and there are between 9 and 12 different oysters on any given day. (The half-priced oyster special is still available at the bar on Tuesdays and Thursdays.) Since Banks took over the restaurant, sales of the raw bar items are up 15 percent, he says. He has also beefed up a non-seafood sandwich selection that includes brisket on a smoked rosemary bun with slaw and fresh jalapenos and a bahn mi Kobe beef hot dog with pickled vegetables, cilantro, and sriracha aioli. ►

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Ahi tuna timbale is a Banks' specialty.

“I love a good bar sandwich that you hold in your hands, and when you take a bite, juices run down onto the plate— give me a napkin and it will keep me going,” he says. In addition to the Harry’s Seafood Grill site, the deal included Harry’s Fish Market + Grill in the adjoining Riverfront Market, which Banks has transformed into Banks Seafood Kitchen, Burgers and BBQ.

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Banks estimates that about 20 percent of the people who have walked in the door since he took over believe they’re in a totally new restaurant. Banks says that’s because more than a few have never been to the location before. “They want to check us out, and that’s great.” Happy hours continue to attract many of the workers and residents around the area. Seeking to boost traffic after the traditional dinner hour, which is earlier than when Banks first started in the industry, he’s offering a selection of seafood snacks and half-priced drafts from 8:30 p.m. until closing. Located near the train station, the restaurant is also a hot spot for businesspeople and travelers. Storing luggage for customers while they dine is a common practice. Banks hopes the construction of residences nearby will bring more retailers to the area. He’s encouraged by the increase in activity and construction since Harry’s Seafood Grill first opened but would still like to see more foot traffic. He’s willing to give it time. As Banks’ career proves, good things come to those who wait.


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Where the Heart Is The Junior League of Wilmington hosts its 12th Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour fundraiser One of the kitchens that will be part of the Junior League of Wilmington's Heart of the Home Kitchen tour. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Umbles Interior Design

The Junior League of Wilmington, a female-run educational and charitable organization, will host the 12th installment of Brandywine Valley’s Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour on Saturday, April 14. This signature bi-annual fundraiser showcases recently renovated kitchens throughout Wilmington, Greenville, Hockessin, Newark, Southern Chester County and surrounding areas, and features a sampling of the region’s most exquisite cuisine in each home. The event, rain or shine, runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The self-guided tour includes approximately 15 kitchens that have unique features, designs, and quality craftsmanship. A list of this year’s kitchen selections, along with a tour map, will be released on April 13 at heartofthehometour.com, and tickets will be available for purchase at all homes day-of for $35. Payment will be accepted in cash or by check made payable to the Junior League of Wilmington. Look for red balloons and arrows marking the main traffic paths to each house on the tour. Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour proceeds directly support community projects and volunteer training programs. Since

its inception in 2004, Heart of the Home has raised more than $600,000, allowing the organization to continue its legacy of positively impacting the Greater Wilmington community. Initiatives include promoting children’s health and well-being, with emphasis on empowering young women in the region to reach their potential. The program also works on developing and implementing life skills, wellness workshops, and other programming for youth served by Bayard House, the Delaware Adolescent Program, Inc., the Wilmington Senior Center and other partners. The organization also aims to keep Delaware's children safe by continuing preventive work against sexual abuse. Having spearheaded passage of Erin's Law—which requires preventionoriented sexual abuse education in publicly-funded schools— in Delaware in 2016, the Junior League will continue to seek opportunities to advocate for victims, provide education on abuse, and promote implementation of the law. — Out & About APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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BITES Tasty things worth knowing Compiled by Mathew Brown-Watson



he longtime Riverfront Market eatery Harry’s Seafood Grill has been rebranded as Banks Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar, signifying a transition to the current restaurant’s chef/ owner David Leo Banks. Changes have been ongoing for a few months at the restaurant, including new chandeliers, artwork, and photographs of seashells by Jim Graham. Theatrical lighting is also in the works to further distinguish the restaurant from its former self. For more information, visit banksseafoodkitchen.com. See story on David Banks on pg. 39.


n February, Perdue Farms donated 28,000 pounds of “no-antibiotics-ever” chicken to the Food Bank of Delaware. This generous gift was particularly beneficial because, as the Food Bank reports, 71 percent of its clients must decide between spending money on food or heating during cold winter months. Perdue has partnered with the Food Bank of Delaware in the fight against hunger for nearly three decades. The partnership has provided more than 13.6 million meals to seniors, families and children struggling with hunger. To find out more about the Food Bank, visit fbd.org.


ourbon-barbecue is on its way this month or early May to Pike Creek’s Limestone Shopping Center, courtesy of High 5 Hospitality. This new project is the product of the partners who own Delaware Buffalo Wild Wings franchises and will take over one of the chain’s locations in the shopping center at 2602 Limestone Rd. The new restaurant, which has yet to be named, will feature a Texas-barbecue market-style service where the patron orders at the counter, choosing from a variety of dishes, including beef brisket, ribs and pulled pork, as well as hot and cold sides. The focus of the beverage menu will be bourbon and bourbon-based cocktails, along with many wines, spirits and beers.



ullivan’s Steakhouse, 5525 Concord Pike, is kicking off the spring season with a new Bar Bites menu featuring renditions of classic dishes like Filet Wellington Bites, Tuna Poke Shooters and Truffle Steak Tartare. Patrons can enjoy these distinct “bites” and one of Sullivan’s numerous cocktails while enjoying great live music. Check out the Bar Bites options at sullivanssteakhouse.com.



his year marks the 20th anniversary of Woodside Dairy’s ice cream shop, which offers 28 distinct flavors, ranging from bacon to the more traditional chocolate chip peanut butter swirl. Woodside Farm, in Hockessin, was established in 1796 and is one of the few remaining centennial farms in Delaware. Since 1998, the farm’s creamery has been celebrated as one of the best places to get your ice cream fix. For more information on the history of the farm and the wide range of ice cream flavors and other items on the menu, visit woodsidefarmcreamery.com or visit the ice cream shop at 1310 Little Baltimore Rd., Hockessin. APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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eople are drawn to a city for many different reasons. Some prefer to visit a particular urban area for its historical legacy, its architectural uniqueness, its displays of artistic expression, its gastronomic traditions, or maybe the nightlife. One attribute that almost always leaves a lasting impression on visitors and residents alike is the overall cleanliness of well-traveled, public spaces. Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki first launched his Beautiful City Initiative (BCI) last year as a joint effort between City government and the city’s neighborhoods to clean up the city and help instill a sense of community pride within all of the City’s neighborhoods. This endeavor requires the participation of residents, community groups, businesses, churches, schools, and various departments within City government to ensure its overall success. As the Beautiful City Initiative continues into 2018, one key component to the beautification and maintenance of individual neighborhoods is the city’s popular Community Cleanup Day. The 8th Annual Community Cleanup Day, coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services, is scheduled for Saturday, April 21st, the day before Earth Day. Each year registered organizations take part in this event by cleaning a park, a vacant lot, frequently traveled streets, or a community block. Groups can also plan a landscaping project, plant a tree, or even conduct door-to-door educational outreach. Each participating group is further encouraged to sign up for the City’s Adopt-A-Block program, through which participants commit to cleaning their adopted areas at least monthly. This program fosters a sense of community spirit and pride – teamwork, as they say, makes


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the dream work—and is consistent with Mayor Purzycki’s desire to see that keeping our neighborhoods clean be the normal practice, and not limited to just one day a year. “Once we get into the groove of…working together to keep Wilmington clean,” said the Mayor when launching the Beautiful City Initiative in October, “I know this effort will become part of the norm as opposed to being something special. We all need to take pride in our homes, our blocks and our neighborhoods.” The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services coordinates most of the community-based efforts aimed at keeping areas in pristine condition. As part of the BCI, Constituent Services responds to complaints of properties blighted with graffiti and works directly with a contractor to remedy such acts of vandalism. The office also coordinates with other departments to ensure proper pick up of trash after community cleanup endeavors. The office is staffed with knowledgeable professionals skilled at answering questions, resolving problems, and addressing complaints. To reach the Office of Constituent Services, please call 302-576-CITY (2489) or e-mail: CityHelp@Wilmingtonde.gov. Please consider joining us during the Annual Community Cleanup Day. For more information and to register a project, please visit the following link: www.wilmingtonde.gov/residents/ community-cleanup-day. It takes all of us working together to effectively revitalize OUR city, making it a MORE beautiful place to visit, work and live. As a valued stakeholder in the City of Wilmington, we solicit your commitment to this beneficial cause. Happy CLEANING! A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Wilmington’s Beautiful City Campaign is continuing with the resumption of the Department of Public Works’ Street Cleaning Program on Monday, April 2. This year’s street cleaning program will continue through Thursday, November 1. The street cleaning service utilizes specialized vehicles that wash and sweep City streets on scheduled days and times each week. Specially designated signage is placed on blocks where residents have chosen to participate in the program so they know when to move their vehicles to accommodate the street sweeping machines. Public Works Commissioner Kelly Williams urges residents to pay careful attention to the days and times of the week that street cleaning is scheduled to occur on their block, and to remind visitors to also adhere to the restrictions. Williams said the City wants to work with residents to keep streets cleaned but to also help citizens avoid receiving a citation because they failed to move their vehicle. Williams said residents should adhere to the exact hours of the posted street cleaning schedule because sometimes crews will begin to clean, leave the area for short period to retrieve additional supplies and then return to a street to complete the cleaning. For more information about the Wilmington’s Street Cleaning Program, please contact the Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki presented a balanced FY 2019 budget to City Council on March 15, and declared that the state of the City is good. Though he acknowledged there are challenges ahead, the Mayor said we have much to be optimistic about in Wilmington. Mayor Purzycki said the new budget was constructed to support his Administration’s key goals, which include: improving public safety, furthering neighborhood stabilization, supporting new employment opportunities, strengthening economic development and creating a cleaner, more attractive City. The Mayor said he will remain focused on making Wilmington a more livable and appealing center of commerce, arts, culture, finance and technology.


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Improving Public Safety Mayor Purzycki noted that Wilmington is seeing a small but important trend toward lower violent and overall crime statistics for the first few months of 2018, a trend he said comes from the hard work of Chief Robert Tracy and the men and women of the Wilmington Department of Police in conjunction with the community. Although the early 2018 results are promising, Mayor Purzycki and Chief Tracy emphasized this is only the beginning, and they will not relent on public safety until every person in this city experiences the same sense of safety. Multiple Efforts to Reduce Neighborhood Crime and Blight The Mayor said there are too many people living in dreadful conditions in some of our poorest neighborhoods. “This cannot continue,” said the Mayor. He asked Council to continue to work with him to resolve issues that have stalled his anti-blight legislation, saying it represents our best chance to control neighborhood crime and blight, which discourages good citizens who are fighting to preserve their own properties. The Mayor’s budget includes additional money for L & I to resume pre-rental inspections as well as increase enforcement for chronic, long-term vacant and absentee rental property owners. In addition, Wilmington will increase its efforts to identify landlords who are not licensed to conduct business in the City. To further eliminate blight, Mayor Purzycki proposes funds be added to L&I’s budget for property demolition and maintenance, and that money go to the Real Estate and Housing budget so the City can acquire problem properties when needed, and also fund architectural and engineering services to stabilize the properties once acquired. Money will also be made available to assist homeowners with improvements or repairs to their properties. Wilmington City Council will hold public hearings on the Mayor’s budget proposal during the month of April, and Council is expected to vote on a new budget for Fiscal Year 2019 at its May 17th meeting. For more highlights of the Mayor’s budget proposal, including an update on the West Center City Neighborhood Stabilization Program, visit: wilmingtonde.gov.



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Johnny and Baby will be on stage at The Playhouse.

The Arts Scene Blossoms in April Music, poetry and Dirty Dancing await you By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald


inter 2018 hung around way too long, making the onset of spring all the more enticing. But we can all take comfort in a thriving local arts scene that delivers an April lineup sure to get you out of those cold-weather doldrums. Check out these events.

Relive ±The Time of Your Life² through Dirty Dancing

Full disclosure: The movie is one of my all-time faves. I was a teenager when it was first released, and the trifecta of soundtrack, choreography and bad-boy-meets-girl-sappy-love story resonated heavily. My friends and I were admonished more than once for “dirty dancing” at school functions and weddings for at least a year thereafter. So do I want to go back and relive “the time of my life,” courtesy of The Playhouse on Rodney Square? Absolutely! Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage makes its Delaware debut April 3-8, delivering all the hotly anticipated nostalgic goods in a live-on-stage experience: heart-pounding music, passionate romance and, of course, sensational dancing. It also features the classic and now iconic songs from the movie, including “Hungry

Eyes,” “Hey Baby, Do You Love Me?” and the coupe de grace, “(I've Had) The Time of My Life.” If you’ve been under a rock for the past 30 years and don’t know the story: Flash way back to Summer 1963, where 17-year-old Frances “Baby” Houseman is on vacation in the Catskills with her family. She’s mesmerized by the racy dancing and pounding rhythms she discovers in the staff quarters, and can’t wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle, the resort’s sexy wrong-sideof-the-tracks dance instructor. Baby’s life changes forever when she ends up as Johnny’s leading lady, both onstage and off. Aaron Patrick Craven stars as Johnny and Kaleigh Courts as Baby. An eight-piece band performs the timeless music on stage. The production’s book is written by Eleanor Bergstein (author of the original film script) and the North American tour is directed by Sarna Lapine. Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story on Stage was first performed at the Theatre Royal in Sydney, Australia, in 2004 and the first North American tour began in Chicago in 2008. Tickets at $40 are available at ThePlayhouseDE.org or by calling The Playhouse box office at 888-0200. ► APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Saturday, April 7 • 7PM live @ the baby grand tickets $5 at the door

818 N. Market St, Wilmington DE 19801

Local Singer/Songwriters will compete in a head-to-head contest to determine the area’s best talent For a list of competing artists visit


Prizes include Recording Session at Studio 825, an Out & About Article, and an Appearance on WSTW’s Hometown Heroes!

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The Renaissance-and-modern music trio Ayreheart.

Ayreheart Makes the Lute ±Cool ² Again

Market Street Music keeps its vibrant roster going into spring with the return of Renaissance-and-modern music trio Ayreheart. The ensemble—Ronn McFarlane on lute; Willard Morris on fretless bass, violin and colascione (a kind of bass lute), and Mattias Rucht on percussion—brings the lute and related period instruments into the 21st century with all the energy of a traditional rock band. The Friday, April 20, 7:30 p.m. concert at 1101 N. Market St. is the second appearance for the group in Market Street’s lineup. “Ayreheart returns to Market Street Music because they are simply remarkable!” says Market Street Music Director David Schelat. “These musicians, who all have backgrounds in rock and jazz, create a level of energy that jumps off the stage and into the audience. It really is a bit like a rock concert, except the music is from the 14th to 17th centuries.” So, let’s back up. What’s a lute, exactly? It’s a stringed instrument (looks similar to a guitar, although it is plucked rather than strummed) with a long neck of frets, a round body and flat front. Descended from the Arabic oud, the lute was the most popular instrument in the Western world during the Renaissance. The ensemble was founded in 2010 by the Grammy-nominated lutenist McFarlane, who had long been writing and performing music for solo lute and found many of his ideas were more expansive than for just a solo instrument. “It was a natural evolution to expand into an ensemble that could play all the parts,” says McFarlane. “There’s also an exchange of ideas and energy with an ensemble that becomes more that the sum of its parts.” In addition to original music, Ayreheart performs Renaissance music, “…from the time when the lute was considered the ‘Prince of Instruments,’” as McFarlane notes. “There’s a tremendous amount of music that exists from that period…that appeals to us very much.” The last time Ayreheart played at Market Street Music, they presented an allRenaissance music show. This time around, McFarlane says they’ll offer up a generous helping of Celtic music as well as his original music in the mix. “I want audiences to come away happy and uplifted by our music, but also to hear the lute as an expressive instrument for modern as well as Renaissance music,” says McFarlane. “It’s exciting to break new musical ground for the lute, combining Renaissance and modern instruments, and creating a new body of music that blends elements of folk, Celtic, bluegrass and classical,” he says. Tickets are $20 ($10 students) online at marketstreetmusicde.org and $25 at the door the evening of the show.

Creating Provocative Pairings with a Pair of Poets

Musical quintet Mélomanie prides itself on creating what they coin “provocative pairings” in their music and partnerships. This month is no different (yet very different), as they celebrate a first-time collaboration with phenomenal spoken-word duo Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills, known as the Twin Poets and Delaware’s current Poets Laureate.


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In a program entitled United Sounds of America, two performances— Saturday, April 7, at 4 p.m. and Sunday, April 8, at 2—will be presented at The Delaware Contemporary. Completing this mash-up of artistic genres, guest artist Jonathan Whitney will join them on percussion. The Twin Poets are thrilled at the prospect of this new artistic endeavor. “We’re honored to share the stage with Mélomanie,” Chukwuocha and Mills say. “Through music and spoken-word, we’ll depict the challenges, hopes and aspirations of our great nation. Throughout America’s proud history, the most significant moments have always been when we stood united, demonstrating our true strength. In response to the chaotic divisiveness spreading throughout our country and world, this performance will ‘build a wall’ of love and empowerment, highlighting the transformative power of the arts.” “I deeply admire the work of the Twin Poets,” says Mélomanie Artistic Director Tracy Richardson. “Their words and performances articulate the human situations of our time and the human condition of any time, contemporary or ancient.” Mélomanie asked the Twin Poets for the opportunity to combine their respective art forms and offer a new experience to audiences. “We’re continuing in the earliest traditions of the union of poetry and music,” says Richardson. Richardson says audiences can expect new poetry and favorite past works from the Twin Poets as well as new and favorite music from Mélomanie. For the performance, the Twin Poets have created a poem reflective of the event title, United Sounds of America. The ensemble and duo will perform together and separately during the program, with composer Mark Hagerty creating and arranging music to accompany the Twin Poets. Mélomanie will perform contemporary regional composer Robert Maggio’s Aegean Airs and German Baroque master Georg Philipp Telemanns’ Chaconne.

Tickets are $25, $15 for Delaware Contemporary members and students 16 and older. Those up to age 15 are admitted free. Advance purchase is recommended at melomanie.org.

A Three-Woman Art Show, Playwrights & Spoken Word

ArtzScape in LoMa continues its local buzz with a bevy of arts programming throughout the month, starting with a three-woman art show. Unison, which opens Friday, April 6, features Dr. Eboni Bell, Yvette Renee Johnson and Tish Williams in a collective exhibition that celebrates each individual artist’s style and a variety of media. Bell’s collection of works is entitled Wear Your Crown. It was created to inspire and empower women to know their value and their worth, and she notes that each painting is named after one of the "crowns" that God has given women. In Johnson’s exhibit, From Broken to Beautiful, she has combined her love of everything natural within mixed media to highlight how things working together can create beauty and goodness. Finally, Williams’ exhibit focuses on three-dimensional pieces that transform space and challenge form. Recurring themes in her work are sometimes untraditional processes asking questions such as, “Who are we through our form and process?” and “Who are we in each environment we place ourselves?” On Saturday, April 7, ArtzScape welcomes renowned playwright Connie Drummond, who leads a daylong playwright workshop called “Write Your Story for Stage.” Sunday, April 15, brings the return of ArtzSpace’s monthly Music.Poetry.Art, an all-genre open mic night hosted by David Harris. The event is held monthly on the third Sunday and features artists from Delaware and the tri-state region. For complete event information on ArtzScape, visit artzscape.com.


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STEP AFRIKA! A high energy step, tap and modern dance experience APRIL 13 8 PM

NORMAN DAVID AND THE ELEVENTET An exhilarating jazz big band MAY 17 8 PM


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Jesse Ray Sheps and Michael Kelly in All Square.

Worth The Gamble

Betting on Little League games years ago spawns a film at the 2018 SXSW for a Newark native


By Rob Kalesse

f writers write what they know, then Newark native Timothy Brady’s days gambling on the Little League World Series came in handy when he wrote the screenplay for the film All Square. The University of Delaware grad recently had the honor of attending the premier of the flick—along with director and friend John Hyams—at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference & Festivals (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The drama/black comedy, which Brady insists is not autobiographical, tells the story of a down-and-out bookie who decides to take bets on an ex-girlfriend’s son and his Little League squad. During college and for a time after, Brady took and placed bets to help make ends meet. “At one point, my bookie took bets on the Little League World Series, and I found myself watching the games and screaming at the TV when one of the kids made an error,” says Brady. “When I realized I was yelling at a 12-year-old, I was like, whoa. That was a bit of a wake-up call.” Brady was a marketing major at UD, but he moved to New York City to try his hand at writing pilots for sitcoms and plays and to try to sell his work. It was his gig bartending, however, that wound up paying some of the best dividends when he got invited to a weekly poker game.

“A guy I worked with [at Off the Wagon] in Greenwich Village invited me to play in a Wednesday night game with some actors and other industry types,” says Brady, in a phone interview from Los Angeles, where he now lives. “That’s where I met [actors] Josh Lucas and Michael Kelly, and they both wound up in the film.” Brady befriended Lucas (Poseidon) and Kelly (House of Cards), and the group often mused about making a film together if the stars aligned. After getting his work into some Fringe Festivals, Brady wrote the screenplay for All Square, and he and Hyams were able to nail down the two actors as well as other notables: Isaiah Whitlock, Jr. and Neal Huff (The Wire); Pamela Adlon (Better Things); Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do!), and Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons). Filming began in Dundalk, Md., in May of 2017, and the film was in the can and on its way to festivals last summer. “A lot of what happens in a poker game depends on luck, and we needed some luck for this to all come together with everyone’s schedule,” says Brady. “But the timing just worked out, and it was such a great crew and cast. We got some more good luck when we got accepted at ‘South-By,’—just getting in is awesome.” ►


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From left to right: Director John Hyams, Screenwriter and Delaware native Tim Brady, and actors Neal Huff and Michael Kelly, on the set of All Square in Dundalk, Md.

Brady says All Square was screened three times at SXSW, including one for an audience of primarily friends and family, and two with a variety of guests, including members of the media and film industry, as well as general ticket holders. “Having everybody there for support was pretty cool, and kept me grounded as I rushed around from photo shoot to interview with different entertainment publications,” says Brady. “But screening it in front of a random, live audience really gives you the most honest feedback. People were laughing at the right times and nobody was checking their phone or getting up to use the bathroom.” Turns out the feedback was better than expected. Although no official distribution offers have been made to date, All Square was named an Audience Award Winner in the Narrative Spotlight category. Brady says that, although his film wasn’t in the “featured” or “competition” category, viewers were invited to fill out a ballot on their way out of the theater and vote for their favorites in the “narrative” category. “For us, this is a fun award to win, since we just wanted a movie that all people can enjoy,” says Brady. “It feels like a big win for our group.” Brady says reviews of the film will soon be published in Variety and other industry outlets, and then it’s a waiting game. For now, he’s back in L.A. with a lifetime of memories from SXSW, and will begin working on future projects, including a feature film screenplay and a sitcom, with high hopes.


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STARS µµµµµ Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Photo Ilzek Kitshoff / Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc

VIKANDER THEY MAKE MOVIES LIKE THEY USED TO? Lara Croft returns. But did we really miss her? By Mark Fields


wedish actress Alicia Vikander has burst into the American moviegoer’s consciousness in a very short time with impressive performances in Testament of Youth, The Danish Girl (for which she won a Supporting Actress Oscar), The Light Between Oceans, and perhaps most notably, as Ava, the hypnotic android in Ex Machina. Even in her moments of cinematic slumming (The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Jason Bourne), Vikander, who blends both exotic beauty and fierce intelligence, managed to bring some gravitas to nothing-burger supporting roles. So, you can excuse this film fanboy for hoping that her casting as Lara Croft in a remake of Tomb Raider offered the faint hope of breathing some class and substance into an adventure thriller based on the bestselling video game series. After all, Angelina Jolie had already demonstrated her inability to give genuine dimension to a shallow character more noteworthy for her tight shirts and

short shorts than for her abilities with weaponry and puzzlesolving. Alas, in a sadly missed opportunity, Vikander too has been overpowered by her nemesis: the sloppy storytelling and vacuous characters in this creaky mess of a movie. Although some view the video game series as some sort of breakthrough with its female adventure protagonist, Tomb Raider has also been met with deserved scorn for its focus on the character’s physical attributes at the expense of her intelligence and resourcefulness. The new remake, based largely on the plot from the 2013 reboot of the game, focuses on Lara Croft’s attempt to find her missing father, who disappeared years ago on a mysterious quest and is presumed dead. Lara discovers her father’s secret study and learns of his search for an island housing the tomb of a Japanese sorceress. She follows his footprints and attempts to complete his mission. ► APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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In this cinematic version, the action sequences are tautly staged VIKANDER THEY MAKE by director Roar Uthang, and the MOVIES LIKE THEY USED TO? core mystery in the story is mildly continued from previous page engaging. But this critic couldn’t shake the feeling that I had seen virtually every set piece done before (and in fact, much better the first time). One moment feels stolen from Raiders of the Lost Ark; another could have come from any of the recent Bond films. It all just feels so derivative. Moreover, the screenplay makes no effort to explain how the Lara Croft character came to have the amazing skill set necessary to implement her plan; she simply can do all these things because the script requires her to do so. Sloppy and unsatisfying. Vikander is a beautiful and talented actress who holds the screen, even with such piffling material. But she can’t overcome the huge implausibilities of the plot or the tired nature of the action scenes. Dominic West (TV’s The Wire) fails to breathe any life into the paint-by-the-number roles of her father, Richard Croft. Walton Goggins is appropriately menacing as the main villain Vogel, but his lack of backstory makes his malice hollow and unconvincing. In the end, Tomb Raider the film fails to transcend the twodimensional roots of its story and character. Lara Croft can be great fun when all that is required is to win a video game. When needed to sustain a feature film, Lara runs out of extra lives.

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Agnes Varda, right, with "J.R." in Faces/Places.

AT THEATRE N FACES/PLACES, APRIL 6-8 If you are looking for a genuine international adventure with a true female star at its center, look no further than the Oscarnominated documentary Faces/Places. Focusing on the unlikely camaraderie between octogenarian film director Agnès Varda and a 30-something photographer named J.R., this charming Gallic road trip real-life dramedy follows the offbeat pair as they tour around France taking photos, discovering distinctive personal stories, and swapping life experiences. Varda, one of the legendary directors from the French New Wave, remains a vital and insightful life force, and her interchanges with the younger artist delve into fascinating questions of humanity, history and art. Also in April: The Insult, Lebanese courtroom and media drama, April 13-15; Furlough, a road-trip comedy starring Tessa Thompson and Melissa Leo, April 20-22; and a countdown of AFI’s Top 100 films of all time, every Saturday at 10 a.m., starting April 7 with No. 100, Ben Hur. The other films this month are Yankee Doodle Dandy, April 14; Blade Runner (1982 version), April 21, and Do The Right Thing, April 28. Theatren.com.


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Spirited Our recommendation from an area pro

From Joe Renaud, Beverage Director, Home Grown Café

FIRE-ROASTED, BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS I believe in taking classic cocktails and putting my own personality to them. When I was growing up in Florida, there was never a shortage of citrus. I felt a deep love for citrus and what it can do to any cocktail, given the right creative direction. At Home Grown, I use this passion to offer our guests creative options on a weekly basis. This margarita is a fun twist on a very popular cocktail. By fireroasting the blood orange you get an almost rustic depth, as well as nice caramel notes that are accented with the vanilla and subtle oak notes of the tequila. I love this drink for early spring and late winter. It brings out the feel of the summer deck experience and warm weather feelings, but with a touch of winter flavor. It will warm you up even on the coldest of afternoon happy hours.

INGREDIENTS (for two beverages): • 4 ounces of Reposado Tequila • 1 whole lime • 1 whole blood orange, plus an extra • 1/4 blood orange for garnish • 2 ounces agave syrup, plus a little more for blood orange prep Prep: • Cut one blood orange in half. Dip halves into agave syrup and put them on a grill over medium heat for 30 seconds, cut side down. Flip them over and let the outside roast for about a minute. (This may also be done with a brûlée torch, cast iron on the stove, or over a flame on a gas oven.) • Remove halves from the grill and place them in bowl. Seal it with plastic wrap. Allow it to sit for five minutes. This will open the oils in the skin and slightly caramelize the sugars in the orange. Building the cocktail Combine in a large shaker: • 4 ounces of Reposado Tequila (recommended: Suerte Reposado) • Juice and husk the fire-roasted blood orange (the two grilled halves) with a hand-held orange press • Juice and husk of one lime (Use the orange press) • 2 ounces agave syrup • Ice • Seal and shake vigorously 20 times. Strain and pour your margarita over fresh ice into two glasses. Garnish (optional) • Take a blood orange wedge and put a bamboo pick through it • Take a torch and scorch one half of the wedge to open the oils and give the drinking experience more depth. Enjoy! APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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ron Hill Brewery founders Kevin Finn, Mark Edelson and Kevin Davies have announced the opening of a 10th location in Pennsylvania, at the newly constructed Hershey Towne Square. Located less than one mile from Hersheypark, this new location should enhance the already well-established Iron Hill brand within the region as one of the most appealing brewery-style restaurants. The new location, to be completed between late 2018 and early 2019, will be 9,000 square feet, making it the largest space in Hersey Towne Square. The signature on-site brewing facility that is the hallmark of Iron Hill also will be featured, with seating for 290. For more information on Iron Hill Breweries, visit ironhillbrewery.com



nce again Dogfish Head breaks all the rules of conventionality with the release of Dragons & YumYums, featuring collaboration with rock icons The Flaming Lips. Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne are well known for their imaginative and creative approach to their respective trades, and that comes to fruition here. Not only will there be a cool, off-centered beer hitting the shelves from March 23 through August of 2018, but also, in honor of Record Store Day on Saturday, April 21, The Flaming Lips will release a limited 100 copies of a new 7-inch translucent vinyl filled with the Dragons & YumYums beer. The aptly titled songs “The Story of Yum and Dragon” and “Pouring Beer in Your Ear” fill the 7-inch with not just the beer but how the beer came into being in a musical way —a way that one can only associate with Dogfish Head and The Flaming Lips. For more information on Dogfish Head, visit dogfish.com.



rip Café has had a successful run since opening five years ago at 140 Lantana Dr. in Hockessin's Lantana Square Shopping Center. Now owner Greg Vogeley is expanding the scope of service. Vogeley has acquired a liquor license for the café and also will offer a dinner service in the near future. He also is looking to open a second location in Newark between East Cleveland Avenue and West Main Street sometime this summer. For more information on Drip Café, visit dripcafede.com.

fter four years of success in Maryland and Washington, D.C., Lyon Distilling Co. of St. Michaels, Md., will begin distributing its wares in Delaware. Founded in 2012 by Ben Lyon and Jaime Windon, Lyon Distilling is a micro-distillery located just steps from the Chesapeake Bay. It specializes in a signature line of rums that pay tribute to the rich, spirited traditions of the Eastern Shore. The brand also produces a distinct line of ultra-small-batch whiskeys. Expanding distribution to Delaware was a logical next step for Lyon, since the First State market for artisan spirits is strong and growing. Lyon Distilling rums are now available in Delaware through Craft Wine & Spirits. For more information, visit lyondistilling.com.



hile the Philadelphia Eagles made history on Feb. 4 by winning the Super Bowl, Midnight Oil Brewing was making some history of its own by opening the first brewery in the Glasgow area. The new brewery, at 674 Pencader Dr., had its inception a few years ago with founder Mike Dunlap’s late-night brewing sessions, which would eventually be the inspiration for the name Midnight Oil. The beer Dunlap produced was well received by close friends, which made him decide to partner with fellow craft beer lover and long-time friend T.J. McGrath to open their own craft brewery. Joined by Joe Stickel, they spent five years planning and trying to find the perfect location before deciding on Glasgow. The trio are excited at the prospect of welcoming weekday patrons, who can grab on-the-go food truck offerings paired with a cold beer. Participating food trucks include Wandering Chef Catering Cart, Downtime Refreshment, Natalie’s Fine Food, Uncle John’s BBQ Stand, The Hungry Spork and WiLDWiCH. For more information, visit midnightoilbrewing.com. APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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SHINE A LIGHT ON ‘68 Photos by Joe del Tufo

The 7th Annual Shine A Light concert on March 3 celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the music of 1968 with another sell-out audience rocking along to the hits. In addition to the fun and nostalgia, the show raised a record amount of $100,000 for the Light Up The Queen Foundation—funds that will go to community-building efforts focused on arts, music, education, workforce development and mentoring. 1. Phil Young kicks off the night with an energetic version of “Helter Skelter” by the Beatles.

2. Nancy Micciulla added country music to the mix with Tammy Wynette’s “Stand By Your Man.”

3. Want a jolt of electricity with that solo? Alan Yandziak is your man. 4. Ras Mustafa helps rally the crowd with “Everyday People” by Sly & The Family Stone. 5. A smiling Laura Moss resurrects Dusty Springfield’s classic “Son of a Preacher Man.” 6. Michael Davis relays a heartfelt rendition of “Witchita Lineman” by Glenn Campbell. 7. Randy Waters brings the big bouncy bass-tones to the psychedelic rock.


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8. Darnell Miller belts out Marvin Gaye’s #1 hit single “Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

12. Ellen Salcedo sings and plays acoustic guitar during Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me.”

9. Bassist Jon Monck blasts “White Light/White Heat” by the Velvet Underground.

13. Guitarist Pat Kane rips a mean solo during Cream’s classic version of “Crossroads.”

10. Lew Indellini delivers a fiery “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat & Tears.

14. The SAL musicians gather on stage for the Beatles’ “Hey Jude.”

11. Kat Pigliacampi channels Janis Joplin during a wild rendition of “Piece of My Heart.”

15. Nihkee Bleu seduces the audience with “Love Child” by Diana Ross.


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at Kelly’s Logan House Now featuring early shows from 7-10 p.m. every Friday night with original local music. #livemusicforearlybirds 4/06 – Johnny P. and Eastern Elk 4/13 – Blues and BBQ with the Blues Reincarnation Project 4/20 – Jam Band Night with Tyler Greene Music and Xtra Alltra 4/27 – Too Tall Slim & the Guilty Pleasures with the Steve Oakley Band

Look for these great bands upstairs!

FRIDAY, 4/06

Cadillac Riot - 10:30 p.m. Photo Elias Muhammad


Radio Halo - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/13

Big Rumble Twist - 10:30 p.m.


Party Foul - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/20

Pet Cheetah - 10:30 p.m.


Prince Tribute Show - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 4/27

Chorduroy - 10:30 p.m.


The Jump Off - 10 p.m. 1701 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 652-9493

LOGANHOUSE.COM Bands and times subject to change.


TUNED IN Not-to-be-missed music news NEW CONCERT SERIES

Delaware State Fair management has announced the first performance of the new Quillen Arena Concert Series, which is a seasonal extension of the annual Delaware State Fair in Harrington. Kane Brown with special guest Josh Phillips will help kick off the series on Saturday, June 2, at 7 p.m. inside the Quillen Arena, which is on the fairgrounds. Management has been working on developing concerts outside of the regular 10-day fair for some time. Says Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager of the fair: “Our Fair Family, as we like to call the fairgoers, have always suggested that the fair needed to do more shows throughout the year. So after the 2017 fair we decided to try a show in the spring and one in the fall inside the Quillen Arena, or ‘The Q.’ We have received a lot of requests on our social media channels for Kane Brown, so we thought, let’s see if we could get him to kick off this brand new concert series.” The covered arena, at 18500 S. DuPont Highway, will take on a festival vibe with food trucks, beer gardens and festival-style seating. Brown is an American country music singer-songwriter who first came to public attention through social media. He released his first EP, Closer, in June 2015. A new single, “Used to Love You Sober,” was released that fall, and soon his songs were hitting the charts. Tickets for the Brown concert can be purchased online now at delawarestatefair.com, or by calling eTix at 1-800-514-3849. Tickets start at $35.


Singer, songwriter, actor, Broadway and off-Broadway performer, social activist and, according to her loyal fan base, a “hilarious genius,” Nellie McKay is coming to Arden Gild Hall on Friday, April 20. McKay’s newest album, Sister Orchid, marks her seventh label release following the pop hits Get Away From My Head, Pretty Little Villagers, Obligatory Pie and more. “Sister Orchid was conceived in solitude, executed in darkness,” says McKay. “It comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall. An oasis of hungry eyes and easy promises, warm as a biscuit, the kind of place your mother warned you against.” On Broadway she won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, while her big-screen work includes roles in P.S. I Love You and Downtown Express. She also has contributed to the soundtracks of Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law and Gasland, among others. In the world of television, her music has been heard on Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire, Weeds, Grey’s Anatomy and more. Her varied influence doesn’t stop with entertainment. McKay is a recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award and The Humane Society’s Doris Day Music Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights. For tickets, go to ardenconcerts.com. The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $25.


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Photo David McClister


The genre-defying Mavericks—with neo-traditional country music, Latin and rockabilly influences—will stop in Wilmington at The Grand’s Copeland Hall for “An Evening with the Mavericks” on Friday, April 6, at 8 p.m. The band will perform songs from Brand New Day, the first studio album released on Mono Mundo Recordings, the label they founded in 2016. Brand New Day is the follow-up to widely praised albums Mono (2015) and In Time (2013). Flashing the same exhilarating, beyond-category style that has defined the Mavericks, the new album introduces taut, energetic, economical songs sure to be embraced by both original fans of their top-10 albums and hit singles of the ‘90s — and a new generation of listeners. For tickets, which start at $46, go to tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.


Actress, singer and songwriter Hayley Orrantia will perform in Wilmington at The Queen on Thursday, April 26. In the pursuit of her country music career, Orrantia has had the opportunity to work with some of Nashville’s top producers and songwriters, such as Corey Crowder (Chris Young), Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flats), and Liz Rose (Taylor Swift). Her latest single, “Give Me Photo Diana Ragland Back Sunday,” premiered on Radio Disney and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, and all other download/streaming services. Orrantia began singing at the age of nine and began professionally training at 12. By 14, she recorded her first EP of cover songs. That same year, she began writing with songwriter Jamie Houston, who at the time was best known for writing hits for three of the Disney High School Musical movies. The 24-year-old Orrantia also stars as Erika on ABC’s comedy The Goldbergs, currently in its fifth season. This tour marks her first-ever headlining tour and will feature new music along with some fan favorites. Brennley Brown (Season 12 of The Voice) will be her opening act. For tickets, visit thequeenwilmington.com. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $20.


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ST. PADDY’S LOOP Photos by Anthony Santoro 1. Chris Strootman, Nick Ash, Nick Smith, Andrew Miller and Brian Paraskiewicz in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit at Trolley Oyster House during the March 10 celebration.

2. Stephanie O’Hagan and Mary Fisher at Kelly’s Logan House. 3. At Trolley Tap House, Stan Sykora, Gina Sykora, Ron Coppola and Mindy Coppola (and a classic photo bomber).

4. Sláinte! Tessa Brower-Walsh and Justin White at Catherine Rooney’s. 5. Dan Deely, Madison Albanese, Nicole Kelly, Avery Earley, Braay Mairs, JeJo Baker and Alek Nitch at Trolley Tap House. 6. Luis Torres, Deonna Martin and Matthew Radke at the Oyster House.


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1. Artist Eunice LaFate—who operates the LaFate Gallery year-round at LaFate Gallery in Wilmington (227 N. Market Street)—at the Art Loop on March 2.

4. Artist Rettie Windireld-Pelzer during the Art Loop. Photo Anthony Santoro

Photo Anthony Santoro

5. Using our hashtag #IamOandA, Instagram user @take_a_sentimental_journey_wme shared this photo of Carousel Park during the March 21 snowstorm.

2. During the Art Loop, local mainstay Terrance Vann launched his newest exhibit, Edge of Destiny.

6. Singer-songwriter Trey Anastasio at The Grand Opera House on Feb. 13.

Photo Anthony Santoro

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3. Patrick Warner, who has designed five Out & About covers, during the Art Loop. Photo Anthony Santoro APRIL 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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40TH ANNIVERSARY Sunday, May 6


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njoy a glorious day of steeplechase racing at this year’s 40th Annual Winterthur Point-to-Point. Pack a festive tailgate spread and get ready to enjoy one of the Brandywine Valley’s most stylish sporting events!

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For more information on all Point-to-Point activities and to purchase admission, call 800.448.3883 or visit winterthur.org/ptp.

Advance sales only. Rain-or-shine event. No refunds. All wristbands must be purchased by May 5. Adult general admission $40 through April 27; $60, April 28–May 5. No wristbands will be mailed after April 27. Children under 12 free with wristbands. Discount for Winterthur Members.

Winterthur is nestled in Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley on Route 52, between I-95 and Route 1. 800.448.3883 • 302.888.4600 • winterthur.org

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2ND AnnuAl Broomstick Horse DerBy run Saturday May 5th, 2018 | The Starboard in Dewey Beach Riders to race around The Starboard on Broomstick Horses Pre-party starts at 4pm featuring Maker’s Mark Followed by: 144rd Running of the Kentucky Derby at 6:15pm After Party at 9pm featuring:

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