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Burgers Worth Trying

Serving Up Sustainability

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The Baseball Life of Jack Crimian

How to Stay Fueled

G R E AT E R W I L M I N G T O N

HIGH HOPES

Can new leadership help UD football return to glory?

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Same People, Same Food...Different Name The Esposito family has proudly served our customers for the past 15 years as “Ciao Pizza,” at the corner of Delaware Ave.v and Clayton St. Due to trademark reasons, on August 15th, we are changing our business name from Ciao Pizza to Gianni’s Pizza. Over the years, we have changed our business with new features and services to benefit our customers such as delivery service, improvements to our outdoor patio, and changing menu items including the addition of beer. As always, we will continue to serve you with the same devotion and quality which you have come to expect from us. It will be a pleasure to do business with you in the future under our new name. Sincerely,

The Esposito Family

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Out & About Magazine Vol. 30 | No. 6

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7 From the Publisher 9 The War on Words 11 F.Y.I. 12 By the Numbers 13 What Readers Are Saying 15 Worth Recognizing 17 A Baseball Life

45 Art on the Town 49 On the Riverfront

DRINK 53 Summer Cocktails 54 Sips

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Contributing Designer Ryan Alexander, Catalyst Visuals, LLC

LEARN 10 Positive Impacts

57 Honoring Legends 60 Tuned In

Contributing Writers Mark Fields, Paul Ford Jr., Pam George, Rob Kalesse, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Leeann Wallett, Mike Little, Matt Moore, Larry Nagengast, Kevin Noonan, Scott Pruden, Matt Sullivan

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22 The New Faces of Blue Hen Football

63 Reviews 65 Six-pack Cinema

Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Tim Hawk, Anthony Santoro, Matt Urban Special Projects Sarah Green, David Hallberg, John Holton Intern Olivia Ingman

27 Fueling the Engine

EAT 35 A Mouthwatering Mecca 39 Delaware Burger Battle 40 Burgers Worth Trying 43 Bites

PLAY 67 Where to Watch the Game

On the cover: Blue Hen linebacker Troy Reeder at Delaware Stadium. Photo by Moonloop Photography

FEATURES 17 A Baseball Life At 90, Jack Crimian can look back on a pitching career and a uniquely American odyssey that touched many of the sport’s immortals. By Bob Yearick

22 The New Faces of Blue Hen Football In their first season, UD’s head coach and AD have the players believing. The fans may be a harder sell. By Paul Ford Jr.

27 Fueling the Engine Here’s a guide to off-the-shelf and at-home energy food and drinks. By Leeann Wallett

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he League of American Bicyclists proclaims Delaware the third “most bike-friendly state in the country.” If that’s the case, may I never be on my bike in any of the states ranked below the Top 20. To say Delaware is bike friendly is like saying because you throw your plastic bottles in a recycle bin you're an environmentalist. Sure, we’ve built hundreds of miles of bike paths over the past decade, and more are in the planning stage. We also have some wonderful group rides that welcome riders from near and far—Bike to the Bay, Amish Bike Tour, Delaware Gran Fondo. We passed the three-foot passing law way back in 2011, which basically tells motorists who approach a cyclist traveling in the same direction: “Proceed with caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle to a safe speed and leave a reasonable and prudent distance by providing a minimum of three feet of clearance while passing such bicyclist, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.” And just recently, the Bicycle Friendly Delaware Act was passed by the General Assembly and sent to Gov. John Carney for action. The act is an enhancement of the 2011 law and includes five major points, including making it illegal to unnecessarily honk your horn at a cyclist. But as a driver, did you even know about this legislation? Have you ever seen a road sign reinforcing it, much less know someone who received a ticket for violating a bike-safety statute? Sure, we’ve made strides toward being bike tolerant. But bike friendly? Hardly. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Montreal. My son will be attending college at McGill University this fall and I can’t wait —to visit him and take a bike ride in this wonderful city, that is. Now, Montreal is a place that can boast of being bike friendly and it doesn’t come off like Donald Trump proclaiming to be a “great negotiator.” Bike share racks are

everywhere, many streets have dedicated lanes for cyclists (protected by Jersey barriers and providing dedicated lanes in both directions), and a cyclist’s right to be on the road is respected throughout the city—bike lane or not. In fact, considering traffic and the omnipresent road construction, a bicycle is often the most efficient means of getting around in Montreal. So, people on bikes are everywhere. However, being bike friendly is about more than laws and infrastructure. It’s a recognition that bikes belong, a viewpoint sorely lacking in Delaware and every state ranked behind us. To many motorists, people on bikes are an inconvenience. How dare we think we should share the road with cars and trucks. Studies say there is safety in numbers. The more people we have riding bikes the more we’ll raise awareness, and reinforce our right to share the roads. OK, but we need more than that. We need an aggressive and uncompromising PR/ lobbying campaign. We need a movement like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Legislation outlawing driving under the influence existed long before MADD, but until the Texas-based non-profit began creating powerful commercials and PR campaigns, before they started a relentless attack on legislators, drunk driving laws were not aggressively enforced. Today, MADD is credited with reducing deaths by drunk driving by half in the U.S., and the organization is responsible for having mandatory all-offender alcohol interlock (car breathalyzers) laws passed in 25 states. Cycling needs to take a page out of the MADD playbook. Hell, let’s take the whole playbook. How about Riders Against Getting Eliminated (RAGE)? Time to put the pedal to the metal, so to speak. — Jerry duPhily

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JUNE 24 – SEPT. 17, 2017 The Original Mad Man: Illustrations by Mac Conner was developed by the Museum of the City of New York and co-sponsored by the Modern Graphic History Library, Washington University in St. Louis, the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. This exhibition is made possible by the Edgar A. Thronson Foundation Illustration Exhibition Fund. Additional support was 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: Illustration for “How Do You Love Me”, in Woman’s Home Companion, August 1950. Mac Conner (born 1913). Gouache on illustration board, 25 x 25 inches. © Mac Conner. Courtesy of the artist.

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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

Media Watch In the course of one hour on a recent Sunday morning, I encountered these gaffes: • Tracy Smith, on CBS Sunday Morning, reporting on author Herman Wouk: “After graduating Columbia University, he found work writing for comedian Fred Allen's radio show.” Never mind the wordy “found work writing for,” the real culprit here is the missing from after “graduating.” When did this start, this trend of people graduating schools instead of schools graduating people? • Same show, from Correspondent Lee Cowan: “The goats scale up a tree.” Scale: to climb up a surface (Department of Redundancies Dept.). • Danny Pommells, on Comcast SportsNet: “The play of he and Reddick . . .” A typical sportscaster, eschewing the objective pronoun him, required by the preposition of, because he sounds more sophisticated. • “I can tell you that Italy and China had twice as many voting representatives than the Philadelphia market” — Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer. Surprising, since Ford usually writes pristine prose, but the comparative here calls for “as the Philadelphia market.” Some additional media miscues: • Reader Larry Kerchner spotted an online medical service article that reported “a debilitating condition, untreated Tinnitus wrecks havoc.” The term is wreaks havoc. Says Larry: “Hey, I never liked havoc anyway.” • In Delaware Business Times, a Sam Waltz sentence lost its way: “Clearly, exercising your First Amendment rights to commercial free speech now have been impeded and impaired by Dover Lawmakers.” Exercising, not rights, is the subject, so the verb is singular: has been. • In a Wilmington News Journal story by Scott Goss, spotted by reader Jane Buck: “Aslam and Kim also withheld details about . . . a business partnership, cash payments and a gifted BMW sedan, according to the indictment.” Jane wonders if the BMW could dance, and I wonder why writers employ such strained, bastardized words. Wouldn’t “a free BMW sedan” work?

Word of the Month

chagrin Pronounced shuh-GRIN, it’s a noun meaning distress caused by disappointment or humiliation. Note: It does not mean embarrassment.

By Bob Yearick

• Bob Cooney in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “Jackson’s shooting form may be something the Sixers would see as needing a major overhaul as it has myriad of mechanical problems.” Either insert a in front of myriad or make it “myriad mechanical problems.” Either way is fine, since myriad is considered both a noun and an adjective, but I prefer the shorter “myriad problems.” • ESPN football commentator Tedy Bruschi: “It was much more easier for me.” The deadly double comparative. Perhaps Tedy had too many brewskis before the broadcast. • During a Phillies TV broadcast, Tom McCarthy said the runner needed to be “weary and leery of the catcher.” That’s wary, Tom. And aren’t wary and leery virtually the same thing? • Let’s end with this, from TNJ, via a reader: “When plump, chicken catchers, like those employed by Unicon, round up the birds....” Ah, those chicken catchers: plump but nimble. Department of Redundancies Dept. • From the Newark Post: “Nelson said the victim, a 22-year-old man, had engaged in a mutual fight with Evans.” • Martin Frank, in TNJ: “In addition, Wentz’s new receivers, Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith, as well as running back LeGarrette Blount, will also get their fair share of attention . . .” Missed Opportunity Reader Susan Kaye writes: “Your comment on the News Journal sports page and ‘There ARE a litany of teams’ does not address the fact that litany is a singular noun. Although I agree that ‘litany’ doesn't really fit in the context, if the sportswriter does choose to use it, it really should be ‘there IS a litany of teams.’” Couldn’t Resist I came across this somewhere on the Internet: What do you say when comforting a grammar Nazi? Their, there, they're.

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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY’S POSITIVE IMPACT ON DELAWARE

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his summer, Wilmington University had a change in leadership that saw the rise of Delaware’s first female African-American university president. Next year, WilmU will celebrate its 50th anniversary, and soon the University will open a new North Wilmington location, its seventh site in the state of Delaware.

Delaware companies. Interestingly, 79% of Wilmington University students transfer credit from other institutions. In other words, they start their education path elsewhere and then make the choice to continue their journeys at WilmU. This keeps motivated students in the First State, and that infusion of talent is beneficial for all Delawareans.

WilmU is enjoying widespread success, and a hard look at the numbers—from enrollment to alumni employment rates—reveals that WilmU’s success has a positive and far-reaching impact on Delaware and its residents.

While the University’s leadership is gratified by the positive impact WilmU and its graduates have on our state, they know that broad-level success hinges upon their focused commitment to the singular success of each student.

The WilmU mission revolves around making higher education accessible and affordable to all who seek it. Each year, Wilmington University educates more Delaware residents than the other four-year, higher education institutions in the state combined. And more than 27,500 Delawareans hold WilmU degrees.

As new University President Dr. LaVerne Harmon states, “Every student matters. We take each of their journeys to heart. Affordable, quality education should be available to all who seek it, and we take that core value very seriously.”

WilmU grads permeate the fields of education and health care in the First State. In fact, 91% of Delaware’s K-12 school leaders have attended the University, and more than 2,400 Delaware registered nurses hold a BSN, MSN, or DNP degree from WilmU. In addition to offering acclaimed education programs in business and technology, the University has a special dedication to degree programs related to careers in public service. Chances are you live or work beside a WilmU graduate. Chances are the teacher educating your child or the nurse caring for your loved one is a WilmU grad. While national student loan debt figures are at an all-time high, WilmU proves that a private university education does not have to carry a burdensome price tag. In fact, when compared to 24 regional four-year, private, nonprofit universities, WilmU is the most affordable at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its student body, the majority of whom are working adults, is drawn to the University’s flexible schedule options, skillscentered approach and practitioner faculty, as well as the opportunity for internships and other work-integrated learning opportunities at

You, too, can experience the WilmU difference. Get started at wilmu.edu/StartNow. Classes start August 28!

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NEW NOVEL: HOW TO DISAPPEAR

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ow to Disappear by Sharon Huss Roat, a Delawarean, will be published by HarperTeen on Tuesday, Aug. 15. The novel portrays 16-year-old Vicky Decker, who becomes very anxious when her best friend moves. Vicky soon begins to photoshop herself into others’ pictures and posts them on Instagram under the name Vicurious. As her followers grow, she realizes that many people feel alone as well and she must drop her act in order to help them. The Hockessin Book Shelf is hosting a launch party at Woodside Farm Creamery from 6-8 p.m. on Aug. 15.

HISTORIC ESCAPE ROOM

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very Saturday through Labor Day at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., and 4 p.m., the Chadds Ford Historical Society will sponsor an escape room entitled Escape Brandywine. The room is inside the John Chads House, built in 1725, which is next to the Battle of Brandywine grounds. Unlike other escape rooms, Escape Brandywine places those participating as spies on the night prior to the Battle of Brandywine. The participants must find General Howe’s battle plans within the Chads House while using genuine Revolutionary War spy techniques, codes and cyphers. Players have only 60 minutes to find the plans and deliver them to George Washington. For more information, go to chaddsfordhistory.org.

n Sunday, Aug. 27, the Heroes End of Watch Benefit will be held to honor all Delaware fire, EMS, law enforcement and military members who sacrificed their lives in protecting ours this past year. All proceeds go to the six families of those lost heroes. The main event is at Delaware Park and Casino picnic grove, with every fire company and police agency in Delaware displaying a piece of equipment. Members of the military will also participate. The picnic grove will include tables, tents, food truck vendors and specialty drinks. Volunteers are needed to assist with tables, raffles and parking. Questions? Email heroesmemorialrun@gmail.com or go to Facebook @HeroesEndofWatchRun.

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altimore-based artist Richard Cleaver creates clay sculptures with various hidden compartments to explore the lives and secrets of both historical figures and personal acquaintances. Cleaver has a passion for studying monarchies, mythology, and religion, which is why the artist includes these aspects in his sculptures. Along with his clay creations, Cleaver also paints detailed patterns and places precious and semiprecious stones on his sculptures. The artist began combining painting with ceramics while studying at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver will be at the Delaware Art Museum from Saturday, Sept. 16, through Sunday, Jan. 7.

COMEDIAN TODD BARRY AT THE GRAND

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n Saturday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m., Todd Barry will perform his classic standup comedy at The Grand. Barry has worked with famous names such as Louis CK, Sarah Silverman and Dave Chappelle. Don’t miss this sharp, witty comedian’s performance for only $24. To order tickets, go to tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.

WATER CIRCUS

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rom Thursday, Aug. 3, to Sunday, Aug. 6, Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, is coming to Christiana Mall, near Nordstrom. The circus is introducing the Gold Unit: a luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are combined to create a one-of-a-kind show. The performance will feature an ultra-modern water curtain as well as a new stage synchronized with the “most creative display of superhuman talent.” Tickets range from $10-$50 depending on availability, and one free child admission will be offered with every full-priced adult ticket in levels two or three of the stadium. For more information visit cirqueitalia.com.

ANNUAL BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

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n Saturday, Aug. 19, the owner of eponymous fashion boutique Cherné Altovise will host her fourth annual Backpack Giveaway, providing book bags and school supplies for children in need from grades K-12. Last year, the store donated to more than 130 children at the former location in Wilmington (Altovise has relocated to Christiana Mall). This year supplies will be given away at Stratosphere Trampoline Park at the Riverfront. Altovise has teamed with Ralph Alleyne, owner of Bobbi Rhian's Executive Lounge, who had been doing Backpack Giveaways for six years. Children also will receive a free trampoline park jump certificate. “Each child will be able to enjoy food, face painting, water ice from Rita’s Water Ice—one of our sponsors—music and more,” says Altovise. To donate or to become a sponsor, visit chernealtovise.com.

DELAWARE FUN-A-DAY

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oin in on the sixth annual communitycentric art project Delaware Fun-ADay by simply picking a creative, available theme and registering it at DelawareFunADay.com by Wednesday, Aug. 30. Then, each day in September, create a 6”x6” or 5”x7” piece of art based on your theme. Lastly, show your creation at the Delaware Contemporary from Friday, Oct. 6, to Sunday, Oct. 8. This event is free to participate and free to attend. The Delaware Contemporary is at 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington. Hours are 5-9 p.m. on Oct. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 7, and 12-5 p.m. on Oct. 8. AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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25,000 Rehoboth Beach's seasonal population expands to approximately this number of tourists each summer (for perspective, the town is home to 1,500 year-round residents).

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WORTH RECOGNIZING Community Members Who Go Above & Beyond

DEB BUENAGA: Helping children with special needs through Preston’s March for Energy

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n August 2011 Deb Buenaga’s son, Preston, who suffers from Mitochondrial Disease, received a specially-adaptive bike from a family friend’s fundraiser. The bicycle cost a hefty $2,200. “When Preston rode his bike for the first time, for an hour and a half, his dad Steve and I knew that other children deserved the same opportunity,” says Buenaga. “We knew that we needed to ‘pay it forward.’” This motivated her to launch Preston’s March for Energy just two months later, while still juggling fulltime caretaking responsibilities for Preston. She quit her job as a preschool teacher and now dedicates upwards of 50 hours a week to the cause, and while she qualified for a Longwood Foundation grant for an administrative assistant, Buenaga herself makes approximately $5 an hour. She is backed up by 30-35 active volunteers. The nonprofit provides adaptive bikes to children and young adults ages 6 to 21 with special needs who can’t ride a typical bike. Each adaptive bicycle is built and customized for the individual who will ride it. Preston’s March works with various bike vendors, raising money for families through events like Corks and Cookies, a yearly 5K, and corporate and individual sponsors, since insurance does not cover the cost of an adaptive bike. A family will apply through the website—prestonsmarch.org—and Preston’s March will collaborate with that child’s medical team to create the perfect bike, down to painting the bicycle the child’s favorite color. “Today I was incredibly blessed to be able to make a child smile who has thyroid and lung cancer,” says Buenaga. “But he also has a dream to ride a bike like his brother and sister and friends. He cannot ride a typical bike because sitting up and balancing makes him tired and with a tracheotomy he has troubles breathing. I presented him with a bike that he can lie down with and pedal with his feet. He told his mom to Velcro him in his bike so nobody can take him off it.” Buenaga and her family spend their weekends or vacation time presenting bikes all over the country. Last month she and Preston roadtripped to Green Bay, Wis., to surprise a family with two bicycles. She and Preston have put 28,000 miles on a donated van in less than a year. “We all open our eyes in the morning the same way—some of us not as easy as others,” she says. “Some may be suffering with a disease, some may be a caregiver and first thing they do is care for a loved one who needs them. But the one thing we have in common is to make it to the end of the day the best that we can. My choice is to go to bed every night and know I made someone smile.” — O&A

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A Baseball Life Crimian dons the cap of the team he started with, the Wilmington Blue Rocks. Photo Jim Coarse

At 90, Jack Crimian can look back on a pitching career and a uniquely American odyssey that touched many of the sport’s immortals By Bob Yearick

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t’s doubtful that any ex-ballplayer enjoyed his career as much, or remembers it as well, as 90-year-old Jack Crimian. The long-time Delawarean spent parts of four years in the Majors and 11 in the minors as a right-handed pitcher, pursuing a quintessentially American odyssey that intersected with some of the immortals of the sport’s golden age—as well as Bing Crosby’s future wife. The list of his encounters with future greats began at Olney High School, in Philadelphia, where Crimian, class of 1944, played baseball and football with Del Ennis, a star on the Philadelphia Phillies “Whiz Kids” team that won the National League Championship in 1950. Four years later, as a minor leaguer in spring training in St. Petersburg, Fla., he shook hands with Babe Ruth. “Everything stopped when Ruth showed up,” remembers Crimian, “and we all went over to him. He could hardly talk.” A few months later, the Bambino would die of throat cancer.

In 1957, he served up Roger Maris’ first Major League home run—a grand slam. “It was a 3-2 count and I pitched him up and away. The ball went up and away, and it still hasn’t come down.” Adds the still competitive Crimian: “But it was Jim Bunning’s fault. He struck out Maris earlier in the game, so he told me how to pitch to him.” Crimian fanned Maris’ future teammate, Mickey Mantle, five of the 11 times he faced the switch-hitting Yankee slugger. “One of his hits was a bunt down the third base line because we (the Kansas City Athletics) were the first to put a shift on against him, and there was nobody on the third-base side,” says Crimian. He almost struck out Ted Williams, after a semi-epic battle of wits and skill (more later). He was a teammate of Stan Musial (“one of the nicest men I’ve ever met”). He played in Havana in dugouts guarded by Cuban soldiers carrying automatic rifles. ► AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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And he managed to connect peripherally with entertainment royalty. At a minor league game in Texas, players were recruited to escort contestants to home plate for a pregame beauty contest, and Crimian was paired with Kathryn Grandstaff, runner-up in the 1952 Miss Texas competition. Years later, as Kathy Crosby, she would become the second wife of famed crooner Bing. And in a final blaze of glory, he came out of retirement to go undefeated with the legendary Brooks Armored Car team in the Delaware Semi-Pro League from 1963-65. But most important, throughout his career, Jack Crimian was a devoted husband to his late wife, Mary (“Mom” to him), and a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. And, in an age when players had to hold off-season jobs to make ends meet, he became a first-class auto Kathryn Grandstaff, future wife of singer Bing Crosby, body repairman in a Wilmington shop. Crimian turned professional in his senior grins at the slightly flustered Crimian as he prepares to escort her to a home-plate beauty contest prior to a year in high school, when Phillies Scout minor league game in '52. Jocko Collins signed the 17-year-old son of a Philadelphia fireman to a $100-a-month contract with the Wilmington Blue Rocks. “Got a check for $42.40 every two weeks,” says Crimian. “Lived at the YMCA.” His budding career was interrupted a year later, near the end of World War II, when he was drafted into the Army. After basic training in Alabama, he volunteered for the 82nd Airborne Division and went to jump school at Fort Benning, Ga. “First time I was ever in a plane I got kicked out of it,” Crimian laughs. Back from the service in ’46, he rejoined the Class B Blue Rocks. Working in the hot dog stand at the stadium, at 30th and Governor Printz Boulevard, was a pretty Wilmington girl, Mary Theresa Kelley. Crimian bought plenty of hot dogs, they began dating, and married two years later, honeymooning in—where else? —Niagara Falls. A 5-10, 180-pounder with a three-quarter delivery, Crimian posted a 13-4 record with the Blue Rocks, and that winter was drafted out of the Phillies’ organization by the St. Louis Cardinals. Sent to Omaha, Neb., and now making the princely salary of $350 a month, he continued to stay at the Y during the season. In the offseason, the Crimians lived in the Olney section of Philadelphia and Jack went to work in the body shop at Roth Buick in Northeast Philly.

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He spent the next four-and-a-half seasons in the minors, mostly as a reliever. “One year,” says, “I pitched 19 days in a row, sometimes three innings at a time. There was no such thing as a one-inning pitcher back then.” He developed a slider, which became, he says, “my pitch. If you were gonna hit me, you were gonna hit my slider.” In July 1951, the Cardinals called him up to “the show.” But the National League, stacked with sluggers like Willie Mays, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges and Ralph Kiner, gave him a rude welcome. He pitched in 17 innings over seven games in July, all in relief, allowing 24 hits and eight walks. He did manage his first win, against his original team, the Phillies, in Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, and struck out his high school teammate Ennis. He had another brief stint with the Cards in June of 1952, but was roughed up again and returned to the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings for the reminder of the season. Crimian loved his time with his Cardinal teammates, in particular Musial and second baseman Red Schoendienst. “They were like one big family,” he says. “They were the only club where if you went there as a rookie, they weren’t trying to cut your throat because you were trying to take their job.” When he was sent back to the minors, Crimian says, “I called [Cards Manager Eddie] Stanky everything in the book.” In 1955, he became a starting pitcher for the Toronto Maple Leafs, posting a 19–6 record and 2.10 earned run average, with 16 complete games. The performance earned him Most Valuable Player of the Year in the International League, and in October he was acquired by the new American League franchise, the Kansas City Athletics. That fall, Jack, Mary, six-year-old Ann Marie and two-year-old Mary Ann moved to Green Street in Claymont.

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The A’s called him up for the ‘56 season. Working in 54 games —seven as a starter—and 129 innings, he won four of 12 decisions and recorded three saves for the last-place team. The most vivid memory from that season: his first time in Yankee Stadium. “I looked around and said, you son of a gun, you made it now.” He also discovered a difference in the balls: “National League balls had stitches that were high, and American League stiches were flat.” Crimian preferred the high stitches for the better grip they gave him, and he hated new balls. “Too slippery,” he says. His battle with Williams occurred in the’57 season in Boston’s Fenway Park. A’s Manager Lou Boudreau brought Crimian in at the top of an inning, with Williams set to lead off. “Boudreau told me, ‘just throw one [type of] pitch warming up, and don’t throw it after that, because he will have it timed.’”

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As Boudreau predicted, Williams watched intently as Crimian threw nothing but fastballs during his warmup. Williams stepped into the box and pitcher and hitter battled to a 3-2 count. That’s when Crimian decided he had shown the Splendid Splinter too many sliders, so he went to a changeup curveball for the full-count pitch. At first, it looked as if the off-speed delivery had worked. “I had him halfway out to the mound,” says Crimian, meaning Williams was off-stride, his front leg extended, as the ball came toward the plate. “But those hands were still back, and—pow!—he flicked his bat and hit one off the Green Monster (Fenway’s famed left field wall, the opposite field for the left-handed Williams) for a double.” In the off-season, the Athletics included Crimian in an eight-player trade to the Detroit Tigers, who used him in just four games in April—one of which was the Maris grand slam game—before sending him down to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The ’57 season would be his last in the Major Leagues. He made $9,000. In ’58 he won 15 of 23 decisions for the Leafs, then, his arm hurting, he retired. In his MLB career, Crimian pitched 160 innings, allowing 177 hits and 65 walks while recording 69 strikeouts. His minor league record was151-91. The Crimian family, which now numbered six with the addition of Michael in ‘56 and Kathleen two years later, had followed their paterfamilias around the country throughout his career. Now they all settled into their Claymont home, and the ex-hurler didn’t watch a game or throw a ball for more than two years. He kept busy with the family and became a specialist on large wrecks at John’s Body Shop, a fixture on Wilmington’s West Third Street. Then, in 1961, friends persuaded him to join the softball team at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, his home parish. “I played a little third base and found out I could still throw, and it was softball, so I had some power [at bat],” Crimian says. Then came his last hurrah, what he calls his most enjoyable time in baseball: three years with the Brooks Armored Car juggernaut. Brooks Manager and third baseman Lou Romanoli went to John’s shop and persuaded Crimian to join two other former Major Leaguers, Ray Narleski and Bob Davis, on the 1963 Brooks pitching staff.

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Reflections on ‘ The Show’ John Melvin Crimian knows how to tell a story and deliver a punch line. Here are his takes on some of the Major Leaguers he played against and with, along with comments on the game in general:

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• Harry “The Hat” Walker, an outfielder for the Cards, Phils, Cubs and Reds and National League batting champ in 1947: “He must’ve touched his hat a hundred times during an at-bat.”

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By then, his fastball, which he estimates was in the mid-90s in his prime, had deserted him, so he morphed into the wiley veteran. He particularly loved playing in Canby Park. “It had a good mound, and my pitch came right out of that white house across the street.” Relying on a slow curveball, he says, “I found out how to pitch with Brooks.” He used the talented defense behind him, throwing strikes and allowing opponents to ground out or fly out. Romanoli says Crimian used to chide Narleski, a strikeout pitcher, “Ray, it takes you at least three pitches to get somebody out. I like to get ‘em out on one.” That approach proved effective. From 1963-65, he went 24-0 for Brooks, whose 1963 playoff games with John Hickman’s Parkway team were the stuff of legend, drawing more fans than Phillies games. Crimian retired for good after the ’65 season. He was 38 and a mainstay at John’s, where he built the unique car with two front ends, welded back to back, that came to symbolize the shop around town. The tight-knit Crimian family was devastated in 2010 when Mary passed away. She was buried in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Middletown, and until recently, when he could no longer drive, Crimian went to see “Mom” every day. Setting up a folding chair by the graveside, he says, “I would just sit and talk to her for a while.” Today, he has seven grandchildren and seven greatgrandchildren (with another due this month) and lives with Kathleen in Boothwyn. Looking back, he says, “I wouldn’t trade the life I’ve had for anything.” He and his extended family are regulars every Tuesday for halfprice burgers at Kid Shelleen’s in Wilmington. “Sometimes there are eight or nine of them,” says Drew Davis, the restaurant manager. A memorabilia collector and student of baseball history, Davis didn’t realize who Crimian was when he began coming to the restaurant several years ago. Then he spotted Crimian in a photo of the Brooks 50th reunion dinner. Now he views the nonagenarian as a living national archive of baseball lore. “I shake his hand every time I see him,” says Davis. “I love pointing him out to people and introducing him. He has a new story for me almost every week, and they all check out.” Crimian uses a walker now, and he has taken a couple of falls, breaking some ribs, but the competitive fire hasn’t gone out. One of Davis’ favorite stories involves the time Crimian, who compiled a respectable .231 average in only 26 at-bats in the Majors, was poised to put down a sacrifice bunt against Hall of Famer Bob Feller. Crimian didn’t know that Feller, a noted fireballer, had a curveball in his repertoire, so he was startled, he said, when “Feller threw a ball that started at my head and fell in for a strike.” “So did you bail out?” asked Davis. “Hell, no,” Crimian bristled. “I got the bunt down.”

• Jackie Robinson, who was on first base when Crimian came into a game against the Brooklyn Dodgers: “I threw over to first 10 times straight. I had him twice, but they wouldn’t call him out.” • Yogi Berra, the great Yankee catcher who was a notorious bad-ball hitter: “You couldn’t get a ball by him, unless it was right down the middle. Anything anywhere else, he’d get a bat on it.” • Joe DiMaggio, “The Yankee Clipper”: “In Spring Training, I threw him a fastball inside and he ripped it down the line and tore the glove off my third baseman. He [the third baseman] was so mad because I threw inside to DiMaggio that he wouldn’t talk to me afterward.” • Bobby Shantz, diminutive pitcher for several teams, including the Philadelphia Athletics, with whom he won the American League MVP in 1952: Shantz, 91 and still making personal appearances, is bald and has always worn a toupee —but not on the field. Says Crimian, who played with Shantz in Kansas City: “When he was pitching, he wouldn’t come out of the dugout while they played the National Anthem because he would have to take off his cap. On the road, his suitcase was clothes on one side and hair products and toupees on the other.” • Joe Garagiola, a below average Major League catcher who gained fame as a broadcaster: “They sent him down to the minors because he could not throw the ball back to the pitcher. Believe it.” • On the movie 42, about Robinson, which Crimian saw with his grandson: “Everything in it is true.” • On today’s baseball players. “Nobody can bunt anymore. And the way they keep adjusting their gear and moving in and out of the box? In my day, they would’ve been on their butt all the time. And pitchers should not throw in the off-season. Your arm needs time to recuperate. That’s what winter’s for. From the last pitch of the season to opening day, I never picked up a ball. The only thing I did was go to Spring Training early and run on the beach. We did a lot of running.” • On coming close to hitting a home run: “We were in Toledo, and I hit one off the top of the fence, and man, I thought it was a homer and I’m Cadillacin’ around the bases, only I missed first base. They called for the ball and threw it to first and I was out. Didn’t even get a hit out of it.” AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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When Keeler took over in 2002—only the fourth head man in After six years at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., then five 62 years—he brought with him a new offensive philosophy and seasons with Richmond, Rocco, 57, was hired by first-year Athletic installed a no-huddle, spread offense in place of the Wing-T. Director Chrissi Rawak as UD’s new head coach in December. He took Delaware to its last national championship – its first As a head coach, Rocco has never had a losing season, and he ever in Division I-AA—in 2003, but his teams lacked consistency doesn’t plan on seeing that streak broken now as he leads the Hens over an 11-year tenure. Despite being given a 10-year contract into the 2017 campaign. extension in 2008, Keeler and UD parted ways after the 2012 “Success starts with high expectations, and Delaware expects season, when the Hens finished 5-6. to have a very competitive football team that’s smart, fast, and Rocco has made some changes of his own, the most significant physical,” he says. “Our focus is on finishing better,” he adds, being the installation of a 3-4 defense. This alignment dates to referring both to individual games and the season overall. “If we his stint as linebacker and special teams coach with the New can finish better, we’ll be competitive.” York Jets in 2000. A competitive team is something die-hard fans like husband and He has stuck with the 3-4 because, he says, the extra linebackers wife Brian and Sarah Raughley have been waiting years to see again. add versatility and more depth on special teams. Also, he says, “it’s Brian, owner of Dead Presidents in Wilmington, and Sarah are very hard to recruit defensive linemen at the CAA level.” long-time season ticket-holders and have spent many fall Saturday Former Concord High standout Grant Roberts, a senior afternoons cheering on their alma mater at Delaware Stadium. defensive lineman with extensive game experience for the In fact, their midfield box has been in Sarah Raughley’s family Hens, figures prominently in the new defense. Despite having for more than 50 years, and three generations of relatives from all to adjust to the new coaching staff and a new defense, the over the state regularly gather in Newark for home games. Wilmington native expects a big debut for the ‘17 Hens. “We In recent years, however, expect to win. We all expect to both the on-field product be successful,” he says. and the highly unpopular Roberts, who has 48 tackles University of Delaware Athletic (27 solo) to his credit entering his Fund season-ticket tariff have final season, would love to end his dampened their enthusiasm. college career as a champion, but “There’s a group of eight of he isn’t getting ahead of himself. us,” says Brian Raughley, “and “Our focus is first getting back — Grant Roberts, defensive lineman to a winning season,” he says. one guy was ready to give up his ticket last year.” When Dave Brock became That’s partly because Delaware is coming off two dreadful head coach in 2013, Roberts says, “Everyone was excited and 4-7 years—the first back-to-back losing seasons since 1939—and there was a strong vibe going into the future.” But Brock a six-year postseason drought. One has to go back to 2010, when managed just one winning season, and was fired midway K.C. Keeler led the Hens to the FCS Championship Game, to relive through his fourth year. The Hens were 2-4 at the time, en route some of that former Blue-and-Gold glory. to another 4-7 finish. Asked about the slump, Rocco says, “As a coach, I’m always Delaware’s football family is a tight-knit one, and people are trying to identify problems without attaching blame. A number of loath to criticize Brock for the team’s downturn. things needed attention, including player development.” “Coach Brock was great,” Roberts insists. Improving this area has been an early focus of his tenure, and But things clearly weren’t working and a change of direction seven months in, Rocco sounds upbeat. was needed, so Brock’s firing wasn’t a surprise. “Things are going well. We’re off to a good start,” he says. Roberts is focused on moving forward. “There were definitely His boss agrees. some tough games—some of which we should’ve won – but … we “He’s done all of the right things so far,” says Rawak. “Rocco’s had a talented roster even though things didn’t work out.” done a tremendous job and I’m excited about the future.” Rocco admits the challenge of rebuilding Delaware’s program As for Brian and Sarah Raughley’s pessimistic box-seat was one thing that drew him here. companion? “The biggest challenge was changing the culture and the “He decided to stick it out one more year after Coach Rocco expectations of the program,” he says. “Delaware lacked a unifying, was hired,” says Brian Raughley. confident culture among its student-athletes. They didn’t believe they could win.” FOUR COACHES IN 62 YEARS Rawak and Rocco are out to change that, and both understand Delaware football has a storied history that includes national they are “in this thing together.” championships, Hall of Fame coaches, NFL standouts and an “Rebuilding this program,” says Rocco, “is truly a team effort. enthusiastic fan base. No one coach can change a culture alone.” ►

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The Hens lost just three starters to graduation, so he sees a solid foundation on which to build. “We have the right people at the right time,” he says. “I have confidence we can win.” Rocco enjoyed immediate success at both Liberty University and at Richmond, where he turned a 3-8 team into one with an 8-3 record and a share of the CAA title in a single season. That turnaround is partly why expectations are high that UD will return to its winning ways this season. It’s also a major reason why Chrissi Rawak hired Rocco.

IMMEDIATE IMPACT

Rawak was executive senior associate athletic director for the University of Michigan when she was hired as the new AD by first-year Delaware President Denis Assanis last May. She wasted no time in making her presence felt. A month after firing Brock, Rawak announced that, starting this year, the university would reverse the unpopular policy of requiring a donation to the UD Athletic Fund with most season ticket purchases. The policy, begun in 2011, helped boost UDAF coffers but alienated fans and contributed to a drastic reduction in both season ticket sales and attendance. Then, in December, Rawak made what may be her most important move as AD to date: hiring Huntingdon, Pa., native Rocco as the new head coach. Rocco was identified as a candidate early on and has an impressive résumé: in compiling a 90-42 record that includes six conference titles, he garnered four conference Coach of the Year honors and was a national FCS Coach of the Year finalist five times. Rocco understands and appreciates Delaware football’s tradition, and he hopes to return the program to national prominence. He has his eyes set first on a conference championship. “If you’re competing for a conference championship at the CAA level, then you are nationally relevant,” he says. Eight wins would likely get the Hens into the postseason. The new season begins in Newark on Aug. 31, against Delaware State. While recognizing there are several storylines that will have people talking in the fall—playing defending national FCS champs James Madison (Sept. 30) and Richmond (Oct. 21), both at home—the most important game for Rocco is DSU, “because it’s the next one up on the schedule.”

FIRST RECRUITING CLASS

“Success,” says Rocco, “also comes from identifying, recruiting and developing talent.” He has accomplished that at his other posts, and as a result his teams have won consistently. At UD, after getting his staff in place, he focused on his first recruitment class, ensuring that the right student-athletes were being brought into the program. His approach is, first, “to recruit character.” He and his staff look for young people with ambition, who want to succeed both as student-athletes and at life. “We care about our studentathletes as people—about their success on and off the field,” the head coach says. “They need to be goal-oriented and highly-motivated,” he adds. He is excited about his inaugural class, announced in late January. 24 AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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At Liberty and Richmond, Rocco, 57, never had a losing season.

“We recruited extraordinarily well despite a late start and new staff,” he says, noting the process was facilitated by the fact that the coaches themselves were willing to take a big risk on the program. “The families appreciated that,” says Rocco. Delaware offered scholarships to 15 players; 14 accepted, marking Rocco’s highest success rate to date. Two players who had previously committed to Richmond changed their minds when Rocco left, and followed him to UD. Rocco’s first group of incoming freshmen includes four wide receivers, a running back, a tight end, a defensive end, a defensive lineman, a defensive back, a linebacker, three offensive linemen and a quarterback. That group includes offensive lineman Mickey Henry, a Wilmington native out of St. Elizabeth’s, and standout quarterback Nolan Henderson, of two-time Division I state champion Smyrna. The MVP of the annual Blue-Gold Game in June, Henderson holds many state records, including touchdown passes in a career—105. He adds additional depth at quarterback, following the offseason transfer of J.P. Caruso from Appalachian State. Caruso was expected to compete for the top job with Joe Walker, Delaware’s starting quarterback the past two seasons. Rocco hadn’t decided going into camp in July who his starter would be. “It’s all about who gives us the best chance to win,” Rocco told The Wilmington News Journal.

BROTHERS IN ARMS

Another position where the Hens enjoy some depth is linebacker, thanks in part to brothers Troy and Colby Reeder, former standouts at Salesianum School. Both are former Delaware Defensive Players of the Year—Troy in 2013, Colby in 2015—and were heavily recruited. Troy Reeder, 22, went to Penn State, where he started at linebacker as a red-shirt freshman, racking up 67 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup. Colby, 20, followed in the footsteps of their father, former Wing-T fullback Dan Reeder, and enrolled at Delaware. (Dan Reeder is 12th on UD’s career rushing list, with 2,067 yards gained between 1982 and 1984; he later played for the Pittsburgh Steelers.) The Reeder brothers were reunited last year when Troy transferred to UD to be with his younger brother. Troy doesn’t regret the decision. He says he and Colby have always been very close and bring out the best in each other. Playing college ball together was something the pair had dreamed of from the time they were little. ► AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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ooking to boost your energy throughout the day? Whether you’re trying to overcome the 3 p.m. slump or to increase your athletic performance, it’s important to select the appropriate foods to sustain your energy. For guidance on the best off-the-shelf and at-home energy foods, I interviewed these six local health experts—nutritionists, trainers and athletes: • Matt DiStefano, marketing manager at CoreTen Fitness, Wilmington • Janet Glennon, owner of Toned by Janet, Wilmington • Kate Mackie, RN, ACSM & ACE-certified trainer at Fusion Fitness Center, Newark • Scott McCarthy, owner and personal trainer at Balance Strength & Fitness Center, Wilmington • Nikki Mowbray, membership director and certified health coach at the Central Branch YMCA, Wilmington • Laura Van Gilder, professional cyclist for Mellow Mushroom Racing Team What I learned is that, one, I need to eat healthier, and two, all advice should be weighed against your specific nutritional needs, which depend on several factors: age, activity level, body type and hormones.

Also, when it comes to energy food, it’s important to consider your overall health and fitness goals—whether you’re looking to lose, maintain or gain weight and/or muscle. For this article, we'll focus on macronutrients—carbohydrates, protein and fat—the basic components of any diet and the source of most of our energy. According to Mowbray, healthy adults who want to maintain weight generally need a macronutrient ratio of “50 percent carbohydrates, 25 percent protein and 25 percent fat.” For athletes and weightlifters, who generally want to gain muscle, McCarthy recommends a combination of 40 percent carbohydrates, 35 percent protein, 25 percent fat. And for those hoping to lose weight, the macronutrient distribution shifts to 45 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 25 percent fat, says Mowbray. Note: these ranges are estimates and should be based on your body type and nutritional needs. So, how do these percentages factor into energy food and exercise? As shown in the chart below, our health experts recommend the following macronutrient breakdown to fuel your pre- , during, and post-workout. Keep these in mind when selecting off-the-shelf and at-home energy foods. ►

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Heavy carbs and some protein 90 minutes to two hours before working out.

“During high intensity Around a 2:1 workouts (it’s best to) ratio of protein to sip an electrolyte-rich carbohydrates. drink with sugar,” says McCarthy.

Off-the-Shelf Bars

Energy bars are convenient and tasty, but with scores of options, how do you choose? “When looking for an energy bar, be a customer of the (nutritional) labels,” says Glennon. She recommends looking for energy bars that are low in sugar, made with whole ingredients, namely whole nuts, berries and grains, and if needed, high in protein. Go one step further, recommends Mowbray, and “look for bars that are low in trans fats and no added sugars.” Some bars are marketed as protein or energy bars, but they may contain upwards of 20 grams of sugar, making them no more than “a glorified candy bar,” Mowbray says. Finally, choose a bar based on when you’ll need fuel. Energy bars are excellent for pre-workout snacks, especially when combined with a balanced diet. They also are a great supplement both during and after endurance-based activities lasting more than a couple of hours. “I always have a bar or two in my gym bag or in the car to bridge the gap between meals,” says DiStefano.

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Need an alternative to Gatorade? Professional cyclist Van Gilder recommends hydration tablets—Nuun and Skratch Lab. Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan of Nuun; they’re just like Alka-Seltzer—dissolvable effervescent tablets. Pop them into the specified amount of water and enjoy fun flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Tri-Berry. Adds Van Gilder: “(Nuun’s) tropical flavors encourage me to drink when I otherwise wouldn’t.” Nuun tablets are packed with electrolytes and are low in calories and sugar. Skratch Lab’s Hydration Mix is similar, but available only in powder form. With flavors like Matcha + Lemons with caffeine and Raspberry, both Skratch and Nuun offer a cheaper alternative to the well-known hydration brands. For those who need sustained energy during intense workouts or competition lasting more than two hours, Van Gilder also recommends Gu Energy gels, which are easily digestible and a perfect way to get carbohydrates during strenuous exercise without causing gastrointestinal issues that accompany eating solid foods. For post-workout recovery, many of the health experts recommended protein shakes. “Just keep in mind,” says Mackie, “that protein powders are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration,” so stick to reliable brands like Optimum Nutrition and PlantFusion. Both brands ranked high with the experts due to their high-quality protein and flavor varieties. ►

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Recommended by a majority of the panel, Kind Bars are lightly drizzled with chocolate and are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

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High protein (20-21 grams per serving); no added sugar, soy or gluten.

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No added sugar; no artificial colors or flavors; no preservatives or fillers, and no dairy, soy, gluten or B.S. (yes, they claim that).

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All bars have “multi-source plant protein,” are non-GMO and have no gluten. Some bars are vegan.

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The only “paleo-friendly” energy bar on the list that is meat-based. Epic bars are perfect for those who want little to no sugar.

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Nuun Hydration Tablets

Low in calories and sugar; packed with electrolytes.

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Portable and easy-to-use. Multiple product lines: Active, Energy, Vitamins and Performance.

Skratch Labs Non-GMO; no dairy or gluten; and Athletes Hydration Mix vegan and kosher.

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At-Home Energy Foods

All-day energy doesn’t come in a one-size-fits-all solution or “miracle” food. Our health experts stress the importance of continually fueling the body throughout the day and not getting to the point of being “hangry” (hungry + angry). Mowbray’s solution to fuel the 3 p.m. slump is to eat a “mini meal,” or 150-250-calorie snack that balances the right number of macronutrients—mostly carbohydrates and protein, with minimal fat. Says Glennon: “Stay away from refined foods, which are low in fiber and can cause a glycemic spike, in addition to fatty and fried foods, which require a lot of digestion.” Adds DiStefano: “What it boils down to is the preparation time. You’re bound to make less healthy choices when you have no options.” He recommends having a jar of peanut butter readily available for when the “hangry” monster appears. His go-to snack is a PB&J smoothie with almond milk, strawberry purée, banana, peanut butter, spinach, flax seeds and protein powder (optional). Or, if you’re in downtown Wilmington, head to CoreTen Fitness’ Smoothie Bar, which is open to the public. Stay energized throughout the day by filling up on these athome energy-packed foods: AT-HOME ENERGY FOODS

EXPERTS’ TAKE

Dried berries & nuts “Trader Joe’s has a massive selection of dried fruits and nuts, so you can mix and match,” says Mowbray.

Fruit/vegetable with protein

Carrots or peppers and hummus; apple or banana and nut butter.

Eggs

One of the most inexpensive, protein-dense foods available.

Smoothies

Pre-measure frozen fruits into plastic bags for when the craving strikes.

Greek Yogurt

“Try Chobani 100 or Dannon Oikos Triple Zero Greek yogurt. Both varieties are low in sugar,” says Mackie. “Mix with berries and nuts for a lowcalorie yogurt parfait.”

Nut Butters

A resounding favorite among all interviewed. “Stick with nut butters that have little to no added sugar,” says Mackie.

Water

Stay hydrated with this free (sort of), zero-calorie drink.

Chocolate Milk

A good, inexpensive, high-endurance, postworkout recovery drink.

Whole grains

Combine whole grains with protein to “hold you over” between meals. “Quinoa is high in protein, fiber and healthy fats,” says Glennon.

Beans and lentils

“Beans and lentils are low in fat and high in many micronutrients and fiber,” says Glennon.

Oatmeal with fruit

“Choose non-instant oatmeal topped with fruit,” says McCarthy.

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A Mouthwatering Mecca Having rounded the 50 mark last year, Claymont Steak continues to hold its own against Philly’s biggest steak-holders By Pam George Photos by Anthony Santoro

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hey are from Sussex County, Philly, and New Castle. They are plumbers, bankers, politicians, even tourists. No matter where they’re from or what they do, most people come to Claymont Steak Shop for one thing: a sturdy-but-giving roll overflowing with tendrils of meat and melted cheese. Since 1966, when Claymont Steak Shop first opened, the restaurant has developed a cult-like following. “Claymont has better cheesesteaks than anywhere in Philly,” maintains Kathleen Case, formerly of Wilmington. “We miss them now that we're in Texas; you can't get anything like it here.”

Bonne Burslem agrees. She grew up in the Wilmington area and now lives in Lewes. “I love and miss their Italian subs and cheesesteaks,” she says. Like Winterthur Museum and Longwood Gardens, Claymont Steak is a go-to spot for those with houseguests. “I take all of my out-of-town guests there for a ‘Philly’ cheesesteak,” says Jay Sterin, who lives in Garnet Valley, Pa. “I love seeing the mound of meat ready to be grilled.” What’s the secret to Claymont Steak Shop’s success? Some credit the aforementioned meat. Others say it’s the roll. But the real secret behind the shop’s recent growth and continually fresh branding is owner Demi Babanika Kollias. ► AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Claymont Steak Shop wasn’t the first to put steak on a roll. That honor reportedly goes to Pat Olivieri, a Philadelphia hot dog vendor who in 1930 slapped a rib-eye on the grill for an employee. It looked so appealing that a customer asked for a steak on a roll instead of a hot dog, and voila!, Pat’s King of Steaks was born. In 1966, Joe Vento opened Geno’s across from Pat’s. Geno’s claim to fame is the addition of cheese. Both stands now duke it out for bragging rights. Meanwhile, down the road, cousins Bob Hionis and Sam Demetratos opened Claymont Steak Shop on Philadelphia Pike in 1966. The Greek immigrants vividly remember the hunger that was widespread in Greece after World War II. Their determination to feed people well is one reason why Claymont Steak’s sandwiches are packed full of meat. (Indeed, it’s a challenge to keep it from tumbling from the roll. Some say you could make two sandwiches with the filling.) The shop originally had a counter and a few stools. It was a neighborhood hangout, where customers gossiped over their sandwiches. When the adjacent drugstore and cleaners closed, Claymont Steak expanded. So did the shop's reputation. It began winning magazine and newspaper readers’ choice awards, beating out restaurants with multiple locations. Carolyn Wyman, who wrote The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book, pronounced it her personal favorite. After more than three decades, the partners contemplated retirement. Enter Demi Kollias.

A Modern Mindset

Like the original owners, Kollias grew up in Greece. She came to the United States at age 18 to go to college. At first, she lived with her aunt in Minnesota. That did not last long. “It was extremely cold," she remembers. One of her friends was attending Widener University’s law school. When Kollias visited her, she liked what she saw and applied. After earning an undergraduate degree at Widener, she went to Drexel University for a master’s in business administration. After graduation, Kollias hit the ground running with three 7-Eleven franchises in Pennsylvania. For more than 10 years, she traveled to locations that were 24-7 operations. It was grueling. When she learned that Claymont Steak Shop was available, she seized the opportunity. Bob Hionis, however, was skeptical. He let her manage the store as a trial run for six months, fully anticipating that she’d give up. He underestimated her. In 2005, Kollias and her husband, Basil, purchased the restaurant. (She runs the business.)

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Kollias put her education and experience to good use at Claymont Steak, where she modernized the systems and kept an eye out for opportunities. The Newark location opened in 2010, and the Concord Pike site followed in 2015. The 3,800-square-foot Newark restaurant, the largest of the three, serves wine and beer, which Kollias thought would be a good fit for the college town. “It did work,” she says. Because Concord Pike is the smallest and has a more quick-casual focus, she opted not to offer alcohol there. The north Wilmington shops aren’t far from each other, but she isn’t worried about the Brandywine Hundred shop cannibalizing the Claymont restaurant’s business. Because it is the original site, Claymont still draws people from across the region. Sterin, for instance, calls himself “Old School” and only goes to the original.

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No matter the location, the ingredients and the preparation are the same. Claymont Steak has a wholesale division to buy the meat, and everything is sliced on the premises, including deli meats. Ribeye steaks are sliced so thin that they naturally break up on the grill; the meat is never chopped in advance. Chicken cheesesteaks are made with white meat. Nothing is marinated, Kollias says. She wants the natural flavor and the quality to shine. The rolls, made by Serpe & Sons Bakery in Elsmere, are split on the top rather than on the sides to better support the mounds of meat. From there, the perfect cheesesteak is a matter of preference, starting with the choice of cheese. American cheese is the most popular, followed by provolone, Kollias says. Customers can also have Swiss or pepper Jack. In Philly, those in the know order “Whiz wit,” which is slang for a steak sandwich with Cheez Whiz. (Order Swiss or provolone, and you might be laughed right out of the City of Brotherly Love.) Occasionally, someone will “ruin a cheesesteak” by asking for the processed cheese sauce at Claymont Steak, says Kollias, who tells them so to their face. After getting that off her chest, she makes it the way they want it. The shop, however, only uses a product from New York rather than the Kraft brand. Claymont Steak has myriad toppings. Former Vice President Joe Biden, for instance, ordered a cheese steak with provolone, fried onions, and sweet peppers.

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Despite the name, Claymont Steak isn’t limited to the main attraction. Pizza has become very popular. “On a busy day, we sell 150 pizzas, which is a significant number even for a pizza place,” says Kollias. The kitchen makes the dough every day.

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It’s a challenge running one store, let alone three, Kollias acknowledges. She credits her employees, many of whom have been working for the company since before she purchased it, for the smooth operation. Good workers, she says, help to maintain quality and consistency. “I consider them my family,” she says. “We’re very close. They can call me anytime they want to, and I will be there for them.” Her employees are a family in more ways than one. Her two daughters were 13 when they started working the counter. On a recent rainy day, Claymont Steak was short on delivery drivers. So one of her daughters, who was home from college, got behind the wheel. “They're not afraid to work—are you kidding me? I’m their mother," she says. Photographs of the staff are prominently displayed on the revamped website, which allows customers to order online. They can also view the menu, which includes glutenfree options and vegetarian dishes, as well as wraps and quesadillas. The site also describes the company’s catering services, which includes breakfast dishes, cheese steak and deli trays, and lunch boxes. Kollias isn’t ruling out further expansion, which could come in the form of a food truck. She’s consistently on the lookout for new customers. At the same time, she’s determined to build on the legacy. She often greets customers who’ve been coming since 1966. “We appreciate all our customers’ loyalty over the last 50 years,” she says.

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repare your taste buds for the annual Delaware Burger Battle, the state’s three-fold celebration of area chefs, parks and—of course—burgers. The sixth annual Burger Battle will be held on the grounds of Wilmington’s Cauffiel House in Bellevue State Park, on Saturday, Aug. 26. Some of the state’s most competitive chefs will put their best burgers forward, offering guests unlimited samples as they vie for fame and glory in three categories: Critic’s Choice, Alternative Burger and People’s Choice. This year’s competitors include Ernest & Scott Taproom, the Brunch Box, Ulysses American Gastropub, Tonic Bar & Grille and more. In its first five years, the Battle served more than 16,000 burgers to 3,000 people, generating more than $37,000 for Delaware nonprofits. Proceeds from this all-volunteer-run event will benefit two Delaware nonprofits: Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room, which meets the immediate needs of Wilmington’s hungry, and the ProStart Program of the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, an industry-driven curriculum that provides real-life experience opportunities and builds practical skills for high school students studying culinary and restaurant management. The event begins at noon, with trophies awarded at 2:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $50 or $60 at the door, and include all-youcan-eat burger samples. Beer and wine are included in the ticket price for adults, while soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers. Tickets for teens ages 13-20 are $30, and children ages 5-12 are $10. Children under 5 are free. For more information, visit deburgerbattle.com. —O&A

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We think you'll like these local creations CHELSEA CHEESEBURGER – CHELSEA TAVERN Arguably the best burger you can get in downtown Wilmington, the secret here is quality ingredients. Premium beef patty, beer-braised onions, aged white cheddar cheese and on a fresh brioche bun, with of course the bacon add-on. Pair it with handcut trio fries and a few of the quality craft beer selections. Makes for the perfect burger experience. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer

THE DIRTY BURGER – HOME GROWN CAFÉ This burger is piled with brisket and short rib, cheddar Jack cheese, bacon, tomato, caramelized onions, a secret sauce, and topped with a sunny-side-up egg. Somehow this is also available in vegetarian form, although I haven’t tried that option yet. Arguably a little pricey at $16.50, but remember, this is Home Grown (Main Street, Newark), which means ingredients always made from scratch, with a local, health-conscious focus. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager

THE TAVERN SPECIAL – UDAIRY CREAMERY MARKET The Tavern Special is my favorite burger at the UDairy Creamery on Market Street. It's a simple, straight-forward burger, just Monterrey Jack cheese, mushrooms and caramelized onions. But three things make it a standout: wonderfully fresh beef, coming directly from the farms of UD's Ag Department; a choice of regular, ranch, or Old Bay-flavored handmade potato chips, and the option to easily (perhaps too easily) add an ice cream chaser at the same counter. — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer

KID’S FAMOUS CHARCOAL GRILLED BURGER – KID SHELLEEN'S CHARCOAL HOUSE & SALOON What sets it apart? Is it the simplicity of quality, fresh ground chuck? Is it the famous char-grilled flavor? The powerful Wisconsin cheddar? Is it the vine-ripe tomato and crisp iceberg lettuce? Yes, it’s all of these. Simply delicious. — Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager

TURKEY BURGER – BUCKLEY’S TAVERN I know, I know, this historic Centreville tavern has long been known for its Buckley’s Burger. However, I’m a bit of a turkey burger fan and this is a go-to sandwich for me. The key to Buckley’s turkey burger is the lemon herb vinaigrette coupled with arugula. They add guacamole and top with Monterey Jack to provide a healthy yet satisfying alternative to their house favorite. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher

HEREFORD BEEF BURGER – GOAT KITCHEN AND BAR There aren’t a lot of special components to this delicious burger, but the meat is fresh and tender and cooked to juicy perfection. The Hereford Beef Burger ($13.50) does come with one magic ingredient—pimento cheese, which gives an added flair to what would have been a great burger regardless. It also comes with bacon, lettuce and tomato and, for an extra 50 cents, you can add a fried egg to the combination. And the house-made pickles are worth the price of admission to the North Wilmington eatery all by themselves. — Kevin Noonan, Contributing Writer

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AGED CHEDDAR BURGER – 8TH & UNION KITCHEN Inventiveness is the name of the game at 8th & Union when it comes to burgers, and several could likely make this list. The Smokey marries Gouda and a BBQ dripping aioli for delicious results. With bacon, egg, Swiss and mushrooms, the Kennett is basically two daily meals on one plate. But the Aged Cheddar Burger edges out the others with a sweet, earthy combination of caramelized onions, crispy shallots and sharp cheddar. Its flavor and texture make it a burger that will bring you back again and again. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications

BIG BOLD BLUE BURGER – IRON HILL BREWERY Iron Hill Brewery on the Wilmington Riverfront is well-known for both beer and tasty burgers. One of the many burger choices is the Big Bold Blue Burger, which is quite a mouthful. For $15, you will have various flavors exploding in your mouth, thanks to the Danish blue cheese, the Applewood smoked bacon, fried onion rings and a soft brioche bun. — Olivia Ingman, Intern

BEST OF PHILLY BURGER – BRANDYWINE PRIME Brandywine Prime’s reputation as a top steakhouse in the area is well established, but on Friday nights it’s the burgers that bring them in. That’s Prime’s Half-Price Burger Night, a promotion that started eight years ago and is still going strong. The beef is top quality, so you can’t go wrong with any of the selections. I recommend the Best of Philly, a burger topped with caramelized onions, local mushrooms and Monterey Jack cheese served with house-cut fries on a Le Bus-baked brioche roll. You can get burgers any night at Brandywine Prime, but other than Friday they’re available only in the bar. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher

PEPPERCORN BLUE BURGER – TONIC BAR & GRILLE For those of you who tend to order the wedge salad at restaurants where it’s offered, this is a burger for you. Gorgonzola melted on a blackpepper crusted beef patty, dressed with roasted red peppers. Tonic has earned a reputation in downtown Wilmington for its steaks, but their burgers should not be overlooked— particularly this one. It’s a burger with bite. For more, see tonicbargrille.com. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications

THE SCORPION – GRUB BURGER BAR For me, spice is the spice of life. That's why I love the culinary adventure North Wilmington's Grub Burger Bar serves up in the form of the “Scorpion,” a superjuicy burger topped with pepper Jack cheese, grilled jalapeños, and Grub's own Trinidad moruga scorpion sauce. Not for the faint-hearted, but spice lovers, rejoice. P.S. Looking for something less adventurous but equally tasty? Grub's Jive Turkey (ground turkey seasoned with pesto and topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, sprouts and avocado) or Guacapotle (cheddar cheese, chipotle aioli and house-made guacamole) burgers could be right up your alley. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

HANGOVER HELPER BURGER – GRAIN CRAFT BAR + KITCHEN My burger-and-fried-egg obsession continues with this tasty item from another Main Street eatery. It’s beefy goodness enhanced with tater tots, bacon, cheese and barbecue sauce. What more is there to say? — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager

REDFIRE BURGER – REDFIRE GRILL & STEAKHOUSE My first introduction to a REDfire burger was several years ago at Burger Battle, back in the days when the event was held on the grounds of Twin Lakes Brewery. It was the best burger I tasted that day and many others agreed, as it was named a People’s Choice winner that year. The REDfire features aged cheddar and maple pepper bacon, but it’s the addition of REDfire’s own Thousand Island dressing that sets this burger apart. — Sophie duPhily

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he Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille opened its sixth Delaware location in Middletown on July 10. The new space is 7,240 square feet and seats approximately 240 guests, along with a patio that accommodates 82 people. The restaurant will provide more than 175 jobs in the local community. Features include Maryland crab cakes and crab dip, more than a dozen burger combinations, 10 varieties of wings, and more than 30 local and national beers, both draft and bottle. The grille offers a great atmosphere to watch any game, with televisions nearly anywhere you look. There is a 15 percent discount on all food for both active and retired military personnel. Check out thegreeneturtle.com Middletown for more details.

he Historic Penn Farm 2 Table event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5. Food will be provided by Talula’s Table, a local fresh food service company from Kennett Square, Pa. The Historic Penn Farm was originally included in the William Penn Land Grant of 1704. It was one of 11 farms that were part of 1,000 acres held “in common” with New Castle citizens for logging and for grazing animals. Penn Farm is now under the care of the Trustees of the New Castle Common, a governing body that has managed mutual land of New Castle since 1764. The first tenant of the farm, John Crow, served from 1799 to 1826 and added apple and peach orchards, hedges, two corn cribs, a stable, a twostory frame house, and a small kitchen to the property. In 2011, the trustees agreed with the Delaware Greenways to serve as a tenant of Penn Farm. Their main goal is to repurpose the property to assist the community. For more information, go to delawaregreenways.org.

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n Sunday, Sept. 24, from 12-3 p.m., nearly 50 Newark restaurants along with the finest area wine distributors will take part in a Taste of Newark on the Old College Lawn at the University of Delaware. There will be live music, along with food from various cultures around the world. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Parks and Recreations Department at 366-7000 or check the city website: newarkde.gov.

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n Tuesday, Aug. 15, the Esposito family will change the name of their pizza restaurant from Ciao Pizza to Gianni’s Pizza for trademark reasons. After 15 years under the previous name, the restaurant will continue to be located at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Clayton Street in Wilmington, and will offer the same menu. For a look at the menu, go to ciaopizzatrolleysquare.com.

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Chris White Gallery 701 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, DE chriswhitegallery.com

Spiral, Recoil, curated by Kayleigh BryantGreenwell, engages with a legacy of Black art spanning over fifty years through ten exciting contemporary visionaries. Includes opening receptions for studio artists Lynda Johnson and Verna Hart. Panel discussion, readings, and a fiber art activity. Art loop reception 5 – 9 PM. On view Sun, Tue 12 – 5 PM; Wed 12 -7 PM; Thu, Fri, Sat 10 Am – 5 PM through August.

BODY, Bryan DeProspero. Landscape paintings made inside are a hermit’s idea of the outdoors. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8:00 PM. On view through August 28th.

ArtzScape 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.artzscape.com

Artist Ave Station 800 N. Tatnall Street Wilmington, DE www.artistavestation.com

Too Far From the Tree, Shannon Arianna Shannon retracts difficult hurdles, making each painting represent a significant standpoint in her life. Art loop reception 5 – 9 PM. On view Sun, Tue 12 – 5 PM; Wed 12 -7 PM; Thu, Fri, Sat 10 Am – 5 PM through August 31st.

Life. Photographs on display from Scranton based photographer, Matt Montella and Wilmington based photographer, Ariel Ramirez. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 PM. On view through April 28th.

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Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE www.artsdel.org

I Have Arrived At This Moment (Warm Winter, Bitter Spring, Terron Mitchell. Terron Mitchell displays work of victory flag placed in the ground at the peak of Mt. Fine Arts. The body of work represents all the artist has learned and experienced in his 15+ years of wood crafting. Art loop reception 5 – 8 PM. Tuesday – Saturday 11 AM - 4 PM through March 31st.

Recent Landscapes, Meinrad Leckie, The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of new oil landscapes by Meinrad Leckie. Art loop reception 5 – 7 PM. On view 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM through August 25th.

2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 2ndandloma.com

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 1301 N. Broom Street Wilmington, DE www.ststeph.org Bonita Frawley, a Wilmington, DE artist, paints in oils on canvas and gesso board. She uses 10 colors in a search for light, reflection and color. A Moment in Time by Linda Gunderson. Each painting is an expression of a moment experience. Paintings include images from Italy, the Midwest, Arizona and Maryland/ Delaware. Art Loop reception 5:30-7:30 pm. On view 8:30 – 12:30 PM through August 31st.

The evocative acrylic painting of Autumn Wilson immediately start up a rush of nostalgia. Her subject matter influenced from an era she often fantasizes being a part of and the music that it great. Music and painting are her addictions, for they often go hand-in-hand. Art Loop reception 5:00 - 8:00 PM. On view Mon - Fri through August 24th.

LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.lomacoffee.com

Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE www.howardpylestudio.org

Expressions, Elena Olshin. Inspired by life and film, this mixed media collection features portraits, landscapes, still life, and dancers. Art loop reception 5:30 – 9 PM. On view 6 AM – 5 PM. (Mon – Fri) 7 AM – 2 PM (Sat) through August 31st.

Paintings done by Studio member, Anna Bellenger. All the paintings are of GAMES, most on sidewalks (some lawn and sand). It’s mostly a party! Reception 5:00 – 8:00 PM. On view by appointment after Augst 18th. To schedule a private tour of the Studios, where Howard Pyle painted, wrote, and taught from 18831911, call 302.656.7304.

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The City of Wilmington and Cityfest, Inc. invite youth to audition for The Singing Ambassadors of Wilmington. The Wilmington Children’s Chorus is known for excellence in vocal and musicianship training and involves over 150 diverse youth ages 8-18 in five different ensembles from beginning to advanced. WCC collaborates with the area’s top arts organizations, performs throughout the region, and engages in international exchanges with young musicians from Wilmington’s Sister Cities.

Auditions – September 9 & 11 Tuition-free to all members TO SCHEDULE AN AUDITION: Please call (302) 762-3637 or email WilmingtonChildrensChorus@gmail.com

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Summer Cocktails Worth Trying A few drinks we think you may enjoy

T.S.O.H. MULE – TROLLEY SQUARE OYSTER HOUSE Like a drink that’s spicy yet refreshing? Yes, I realize that doesn’t make sense, but don’t knock it until you try it. With the T.S.O.H. Mule at Trolley Oyster House, you can build your own mule. My favorite is the Jalapeño Tequila with ginger beer and fresh lime. — Matthew Loeb, Creative Director/ Production Manager

DAVIE JONES' LOCKER – COPPERHEAD SALOON Maybe it was the seafaring—or rather, sea-sinking—title that originally drew me to this house specialty cocktail at Copperhead Saloon, a refreshingly charming bar half-hidden away off Kennett Pike in Greenville. It's the kind of place where Robert Louis Stevenson, Zelda Fitzgerald, Jesse James and Jane Austen could all sit down together and enjoy stimulating conversation, I'd like to believe. This particular cocktail is a rum-lemony blend, but there are others to choose from, too, featuring equally period-specific language like A Maiden's Blush and Gallows Humor. The bar also includes classic cocktails categorized by pre-Prohibition, Prohibition and post-Prohibition styles. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager

LAVENDER DROP TOP – HOUSE OF WILLIAM AND MERRY Made with Grey Goose, Chambord, lavender honey, fresh lemon juice and lavender sugar rim, this is a refreshing, unique cocktail that is not too sweet or overpowering but has an unusual summer twist. With the appealing scent of lavender—often used to help bring on sleep—this beverage has a calming effect at the end of a long day. — Julie Wenger, Out & About Contributor

FROZÉ (FROZEN ROSÉ WINE) – CONSTITUTION YARDS As a vino enthusiast, it's sometimes challenging to find other offerings to gratify my grape-loving palate. In the heat of the summer, I usually enjoy a chilled dry rosé. Now, I've found my wine in the ultimate summertime form—as a frozen drink. This recent national trend has hit Wilmington's Constitution Yards, where the bartenders make the concoction themselves and assured me "it's really made with a rosé, not white zinfandel." (White zinfandel is often a cloyingly sweet wine; rosés can be either sweet or dry.) The slushy, just-a-hint-of-sweet Frozé is perfect for hot nights along the river. But I warn you, it goes down easily. Cheers! — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

THE CLASSIC MARGARITA – COCINA LOLO I make this recommendation with cautious optimism. Right now Cocina LoLo is “closed for the summer but will reopen in September.” I hope that’s true, because their Classic Margarita is exactly what a margarita should be: Blue Agave Tequila (Gold tequila? Who wants that?), Cointreau and fresh-squeezed lime. No neon yellow or green nasty sour mix. Perfection. If you like tequila and a little kick, I also recommend the Hey Mamacita, served at LoLo’s sister restaurant, Merchant Bar (currently open). Jalapeño-infused tequila, Mezcal, lemon, fresh pineapple juice and vanilla. It’s the perfect balance of not-too-spicy or sweet. — Marie Graham Poot, Out & About Contributor

BASIL SMASH – UBON THAI CUISINE A local veteran in the restaurant industry recently shared with me a disturbing lament: the fear that bartending was in danger of becoming a lost art, and that newbies were relying too much on premade mixes for their drinks. That vet would be proud to meet Ty Naughton, Ubon’s young mixologist, who makes most of his drinks on the spot with fresh ingredients whenever possible. Other than the ingredients simple syrup and basil, Naughton’s recipe for the Basil Smash is a radical departure from the “traditional” version: replacing gin and lemon slices with Knob Creek Rye and lime—as well as adding bitters and a touch of St. Germaine. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications

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he Wilmington Downtown Brew Fest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 12-7:30 p.m. at the Chelsea Tavern. There will be more than 100 brews representing more than 40 local breweries, three live acts, two DJs, 11 restaurants and two food trucks. A designated VIP area will include “special” brews and tasty finger foods, and free Lyft incentives will be provided along with Market Street’s First Home Brew Competition. Contact Dan Beemler at Chelsea Tavern for more details: 482-3333.

SUMMER FRESH!

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n the mood for a delicious smoothie on a hot August day? Visit Jamba Juice at 5613 Concord Pike, Wilmington. Open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Jamba Juice offers squeezedto-order fresh juices, made with only whole fruits and 100 percent real ingredients, which means no artificial flavors, preservatives, or high fructose corn syrup. The juice bar also offers açaí and pitaya energy bowls made with fresh fruits.

DOGFISH HEAD GOES TROPICAL

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n July 7, in Milton, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery released its newest off-centered ale, the Lupu-Luau IPA, which is a coconut-centric India Pale Ale brewed with a tropical blend of toasted coconut, experimental hops, and dehydrated coconut water. With 7.3 percent ABV and 45 IBUs, this IPA gets its name from Lupulin, the hop flower gland containing essential oils, and luau, to represent a tropical party. Says Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, “We use dehydrated coconut water that contains delicious natural sugars and flaked toasted coconut as centerpieces of the beer—ingredients that pay homage to Coco Loco, a coconut blonde brewpub exclusive we brewed back in 2011 and an early example of tropical fruit IPA innovation from Dogfish.” To find and enjoy Lupu-Luau IPA and other off-centered Dogfish Head brews in your area, visit dogfish.com.

BREWFEST IN HISTORIC ODESSA

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he fourth annual Historic Odessa Brewfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 12-6 p.m. at the Historic Houses of Odessa. With more than 50 local, regional and national craft breweries participating, live, all-day music on two stages, local gourmet food, colonial reenactors, master beer brewers, and artisan vendors, this festival is guaranteed to be exciting. The annual fundraising event supports the preservation, education and conservation efforts of the Historic Odessa Foundation and its historic museum properties. General admission is $50, VIP is $70, and designated driver price is $15. Advance tickets can be found at odessabrewfest.com or call 378-4119.

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THIS AUGUST, 12 of the Area’s Best Original Bands Will Battle for a Spot at the Musikarmageddon Finals! MUSIKARMAGGEDON

11 “This One Goes To Eleven!”

Vote for the Best Band at Each Preliminary Event This Month!

www.MUSIKARMAGEDDON.band Friday, August 4th @ 1984

9pm: Cologne – 10pm: TBA – 11pm: The Jolly What! Friday, August 11th @ Kelly’s Logan House

9pm: TreeWalker – 10pm: Ross Hawkins – 11pm: Sporadic Static Friday, August 18th @ Halligan Bar

9pm: The Get Around – 10pm: The Füzzy Snakefoot – 11pm: Carrier Friday, August 25th @ Ernest & Scott Taproom

9pm: Rusty Blue – 10pm: Fall in August – 11pm: Kevin McCove Band

Winning Bands Will Advance to the Finals, Saturday, Oct 14th live @ the baby grand Additional Partnerships with:

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Matt Urban (on drums) and Joe Trainor (white shirt), who worked together with In the Light, formed The Rock Orchestra.

The Rock Orchestra, Wilmington’s newest tribute group, will start with The Beatles Sept. 16. Tributes to Springsteen and Peter Gabriel’s solo work will follow. By Matt Moore ormed by leading local musicians Joe Trainor and Matt Urban, a new tribute group known as The Rock Orchestra will take the stage this fall, flanked by a full horn section and string quartet. Housed at The Queen on Market Street, the group will kick off their inaugural season on Saturday, Sept. 16, with a retrospective of The Beatles’ greatest hits. The performance will feature more than 14 artists on stage, covering the Fab Four’s unmatched discography from “Love Me Do” to “Let it Be.” “It is essentially a tribute group like no other,” says cofounder Trainor. For the last five years, Trainor and bandmate Matt Urban have made a name for themselves in the tribute world, performing in the group In The Light, which became known throughout the greater Wilmington area for its large-scale, high-energy performances of classic rock albums. “It’s not gimmicky; they don’t wear over-the-top costumes or makeup like a lot of other tribute groups do. Instead, they focus on being true to the music,” says Christianna LaBuz, former talent buyer for World Cafe Live, now talent buyer for Live Nation and The Queen.

LaBuz says she booked the group frequently throughout their five-year stint because they almost always sold out shows. “If you closed your eyes at the show, you’d think it was the real deal on stage,” she says. In addition to a successful run with In The Light, Trainor and Urban had a spinoff known as “Keep it Dark,” for which they focused on the back catalog of Genesis. “We’re kind of geared toward recreating these recorded works live on stage—it’s something we get a kick out of and that we’ve built an audience for,” Trainor says. After tackling albums from rock greats like The Who, Led Zeppelin and Queen, Trainor and Urban felt they were ready for more. “At the end of the last show, Matt and I decided that we wanted to up our game a little bit and do something a little bigger,” Trainor explains. “Do more than one show a year and then open up to be able to play with other people as well.” Putting In The Light on an indefinite hiatus after its final show in January, Trainor and Urban founded The Rock Orchestra and began piloting their new approach. ► AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“We’ve set our focus more like the Delaware Symphony or a theater company where we pick a season’s worth of shows, cast them, book them, rehearse them, perform them,” Trainor says. The Rock Orchestra will follow their Beatles retrospective in September by taking on Bruce Springsteen’s first three studio albums in a Saturday, Jan. 20, performance. The season will conclude on May 12 next year with a run-through of Peter Gabriel’s solo work. Trainor and Urban say this new approach creates some exciting challenges and allows them an opportunity to concentrate on their craft while working with a number of skilled musicians. “In The Light was a fixed group of musicians. We had six core members in that band for all those primary shows,” Urban says. “What this new entity lets us do is open up the flexibility so that we can get more faithful to the material that we’re trying to reproduce onstage, rather than having a core group of musicians really having to stretch themselves every time.” In addition to Trainor and Urban, The Rock Orchestra will feature a number of musicians they have played with throughout their careers. Trainor, a full-time musician who has music-directed for City Theater Co. for the last five years, and Urban, the CEO of Wilmington advertising firm Mobius New Media, met in 2007. Urban says he was looking to assemble a group of musicians for periodic jam sessions when someone suggested he reach out to Joe Trainor. Trainor, a local music scene mainstay, had begun garnering attention for his original work with The Joe Trainor Trio. The two connected, solidified a lineup and went on to cover Led Zeppelin’s legendary album Physical Graffiti in 2011. Ten years later, Trainor and Urban continue to collaborate and push themselves for audiences faithful to the music The Rock Orchestra has set their sights on. “That’s really the point,” Trainor says, “To enjoy playing music and to make connections with people through music.”

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AUGUST MUSIC at Kelly’s Logan House

Look for these great bands upstairs!

FRIDAY, 8/04

Nick Moccia - 6 p.m. (Tiki Bar) Radio Halo - 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, 8/05 DJ - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 8/11 Hall & Spadola - 6 p.m. (Tiki Bar) Musikarmageddon - 9 p.m.

SATURDAY, 8/12 DJ - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 8/18

Sidepiece - 6 p.m. (Tiki Bar) The Collingwood - 10 p.m.

SATURDAY, 8/19 DJ - 10 p.m.

FRIDAY, 8/25

Morgan & James - 6 p.m. (Tiki Bar) Element K - 10:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, 8/26 DJ - 10 p.m.

1701 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 652-9493

LOGANHOUSE.COM Bands and times subject to change.

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TUNED IN Not-to-be-missed music news MUSIKARMAGEDDON XI

It’s time for the area’s best original bands to gather and compete in Musikarmageddon XI, the region’s premier battle of the bands. Twelve local groups will fight to the last note in summer preliminaries at some of the area’s leading live music venues. They’ll play their best original music, judges will score, and fans will vote to see which four bands will move on to the autumn finale on Saturday, Oct. 14, live at the baby grand, to become the new Musikarmageddon champion. The schedule of Friday competitions: 1984 on Aug. 4, with bands Cologne, The Jolly What and a TBA act; Logan House Aug. 11, featuring TreeWalker, Ross Hawkins and Sporadic Static; Halligan Bar on Aug. 18 with The Get Around, The Fuzzy Snakefoot and Carrier, and Ernest & Scott on Aug. 25 with Rusty Blue, Fall in August and Kevin McCove band. For updates, visit thegrandwilmington.org/musikarmageddon.

10,000 MANIACS IN KENNETT

One of the most critically-acclaimed bands of the past threeand-a-half decades, 10,000 Maniacs, will play the 2017 Mushroom Festival in Kennett Square, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Special Events Tent. The concert will be presented by The Kennett Flash venue and will benefit the Non-Profit Performing Arts Center and Music Venue also located in Kennett Square. The history of 10,000 Maniacs, founded by Robert Buck, Dennis Drew, Steven Gustafson, John Lombardo and Natalie Merchant in the fall of 1981, is a storied one. Together with artists like R.E.M., they defined college rock and formed the first wave of alternative rock bands and what became known as the alternative rock format on FM radio. Because of the band’s danceable, socially-aware material, which was marketed and produced independently, they were considered one of the original indie bands before signing with Elektra Records and making their major label debut with The Wishing Chair in 1985 with producer Joe Boyd. The group went on to release more material in the following decades, selling millions of albums and churning out hit singles like “Don’t Talk,” “Trouble Me,” “Candy Everybody Wants” and more. In December of 2000, founding member Robert Buck died at the age of 42. The group took a three-year hiatus before returning with long-time friend and former guitar tech Jeff Erickson on lead guitar. Most recently, the band released it ninth studio album, Twice Told Tales, in 2015. The album is a collection of traditional folk songs from the British Isles compiled and arranged by founding member John Lombardo. General admission tickets are $45, and a limited number of VIP seating tickets are available for $65. Seating for the concert begins at 7 p.m. and the performance will start at 8 p.m.

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SUMMER SERIES AT UD

This summer, University of Delaware Department of Music is in cool pursuit of its musical mission. University of Delaware Master Players Concert Series presents the Master Players Festival at UD’s Roselle Center for Performing Arts from July 25-Aug. 6. The festival brings together world-class and aspiring musicians, attracting culture vultures to UD and Newark with competitions and concerts. Master Players Festival is an intensive international gathering offering world-class concerts, exhibitions, and exceptional interdisciplinary training for instrumental musicians and visual artists ages 14 and up. Students younger than 14 participate through the Little Masters Camp. Participants learn from world-renowned faculty through lessons, master classes, theory and composition workshops, chamber music coaching, orchestral studies, solo and chamber music competitions, and jazz workshops. Headlining the MPF faculty this year are Jonathan Carney, celebrated concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; UD Trustees Distinguished Professor of Music and Master Players Director Xiang Gao; Colin Carr, renowned cellist and faculty of Stony Brook University; Haixin Wu, associate concertmaster of the Detroit Symphony; Charles Abramovic, concert pianist and Temple University music faculty, and many principal woodwind players from the Baltimore and National Symphonies. Participants will hear leading musicians in concerts, share the stage with them in performances, and network with the musicians and leading professors from major music institutions. Students may also opt to participate in MPF’s “American Musical Journey,” guided excursions to historical and cultural landmarks in New York, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. “This is the festival that puts UD on the map and raises the profile of our University,” says Gao. “The three main goals of this festival include making the University of Delaware and the City of Newark a cultural destination in the summer months, introducing our beautiful University to quality future Blue Hens from around the world, and increasing the visibility of the concert series while we’re expanding to attract more audience members and supporters of this flagship presenter of the region.” For dates, lineups, ticket info and more, visit music.udel.edu.

HAPPENINGS AT THE QUEEN

The Queen recently added national touring acts Regina Spektor, Kevin Smith and Parachute to its debut lineup with Live Nation. For Spektor and Smith, this marks their first-ever appearances in Wilmington. Spektor will perform a special solo show on Friday, Nov. 10, while filmmaker, actor and comedian Smith will perform on Thursday, Nov. 2. Parachute makes their first return to downtown Wilmington since November 2013 when they played a co-headlining show with Plain White T’s. Upcoming performances include: Gene Ween Does Billy Joel with Paul Green Rock Academy on Wednesday, Aug. 9; Matthew Sweet with Tommy Keene on Thursday, Sept. 21; Blind Pilot on Thursday, Oct. 19; Howard Jones Band on Wednesday, Oct. 25, and Jim Breuer on Friday, Oct. 27. Tickets for all new shows are on sale now at TheQueenWilmington.com.

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AUGUST 11

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August 4 - August 7

The Lost City of Z

Lost In Paris

Fri 2 & 8:30 Sat 4 | Sun 12, 6

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Sat 11 pm

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"The 12th Street Riot" in Michigan's largest city lasted several days. Photo courtesy of Annapurna Pictures

FINDING THE HUMAN DRAMA WITHIN THE HISTORY Detroit dramatizes 1960s riots, while Dunkirk fails to connect By Mark Fields

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irector Kathryn Bigelow’s most recent films, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, were both set during recent American-led military incursions (Afghanistan and Iraq). Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal effectively dramatized those conflicts by putting human faces and stories behind the familiar details from daily news reports. She has done the same again with her newest film, Detroit, but the historical events that inspire this story can be found much closer to home: the racial conflicts that erupted into violence in many American cities in the late 1960s. Again, Bigelow masterfully humanizes a sad chapter in American history by giving us fleshand-blood characters with whom to empathize. Almost exactly 50 years ago, in July 1967, as tensions over racial injustice reached a boiling point in Michigan’s largest and largely racially-segregated city, a police raid on an illegal after-hours club resulted in several days of unrest known as The 12th Street Riot. Part of that riot was a controversial encounter between a group of mostly African-American young people and a rogue and demonstrably racist detail of city police and National Guardsmen at the Algiers Motel. When it was over, three black men were dead

and the policemen involved were charged with murder, assault, and conspiracy. All those charged were eventually acquitted. Bigelow brings that awful night to life in her gritty, powerful film. Like her earlier films, she captures the chaos of the rioting neighborhood. Cinematographer Barry Ackroyd and editor John Goldenberg heighten the agitation with jiggly hand-held camera work tightly focused on the terrified youth and their interaction with the on-edge police involved. The fear, and the stakes, are palpable. The last act of Detroit, in which the incident is taken through a stultifying investigatory and legal process, feels flaccid and unfocused after the unrelenting tension of the film’s beginning. The appealing cast is largely unknown but includes John Boyega (Star Wars The Force Awakens), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Samira Wiley (Orange Is the New Black), and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner). On reflection, I’m not sure the film would be as emotionally effective in a second viewing. Much of its power derives from the immediacy and unfortunate familiarity of the story. Nevertheless, Bigelow has again demonstrated an uncanny gift for breathing life into a little-known American tragedy. ► AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Photo Melinda Sue Gordon, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

The film depicts the evacuation of thousands of English and Allied forces in 1940.

Writer-director Christopher Nolan has made some of the most inventive and engaging films of the last dozen years, including the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar, and a personal favorite, a wicked period piece called The Prestige. So it’s understandable that a critic’s curiosity would be piqued when Nolan decides his next feature would be a war picture that depicts the 1940 Dunkirk evacuation during World War II. Sadly, Nolan’s formidable gifts as a cinematic storyteller seem ill-suited to this particular subject. Dunkirk is a crushing disappointment of a film that completely fails to find the human drama in history that Bigelow did in Detroit. The plight of the characters, an indistinguishable group of young British and French soldiers, is sympathetic to the audience but they serve merely as human props in a movie more fixated on bombs exploding and ships sinking. Dunkirk is further marred by dialogue that is fuzzed out to the point of being unintelligible and a Hans Zimmer musical score that is tense mostly because it is so interminably grating. The only narrative innovation is in Nolan’s decision to tell the story in three different time sequences: one on land taking a week, the second a day at sea, and the last an hour in the air. This quirky concept works better than it sounds, and the disparate times do eventually converge at the climax of the film. But I would have been more impressed if I had been more engaged in the story throughout.

Fionn Whitehead in Dunkirk.

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CINEMA SIX-PACK... CITY THEMES

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Six movies with urban settings—from east to west By Mark Fields

Gangs of New York

(2002)

Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis and Cameron Diaz lead a stellar cast in this gritty, vividly violent story of old New York. Set in the 1860s Five Points district of lower Manhattan—an area ruled by various clans and gangs—this Martin Scorsese film is still strikingly relevant today. Bill the Butcher (Day-Lewis) leads a gang whose malevolent intent is to prevent the entry of immigrants, preferably by force. Intensely directed and solidly acted.

Miami Blues (1990)

Long before Alec Baldwin impersonated the President and hosted salacious game shows, he was often cast as a pretty yet rugged leading man. Miami Blues is definitely not one of those movies. In this dark comedy with criminal overtones, Baldwin plays an unrepentant con-man and thief devoid of any moral compass. When he overpowers the cop (Fred Ward) pursuing him—taking his gun, badge and false teeth—he sets off on a one-man crime spree. Baldwin is strangely charismatic in this rather ugly role.

Chicago

(2002)

A controversial Oscar winner (too lightweight, said the critics), this musical movie based on the Kander and Ebb Broadway hit re-creates the feverish, tawdry intensity of Jazz Age Chicago. Focused on two women (Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones) accused of murder and their publicity-hound attorney (Richard Gere), the film is an indictment of our obsession with celebrity, but it’s also a rollicking, tune-filled good time. In smaller yet crucial roles, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, and Christine Baranski are all as good as the movie’s stars.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

A more conventional, literally old-fashioned MGM movie musical, Meet Me in St. Louis is unabashedly sentimental and innocent. Following the lives of the Smith family in the days leading up to the 1904 World’s Fair, Vincent Minnelli’s wellcrafted movie hits all the notes you want and expect from a vintage musical: romantic, sweet, wistful, melodramatic. The score, mostly by Ralph Blane and Hugh Martin, includes the classic holiday song “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by a dew-eyed Judy Garland.

L.A. Confidential (1987)

Based on a James Ellroy novel, this taut 1950s crime thriller helped launch the careers of its stars, Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe. The pair play very different kinds of cops (one earnest, one brutish) who eventually unite to face down the labyrinthine political corruption rampant in the City of Angels. The rat-a-tat screenplay by director Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland won an Oscar, as did the performance of Kim Basinger as a prostitute look-alike of Veronica Lake.

Photo Melinda Sue Gordon, courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

After the untimely death of his beloved wife, architect Sam (Tom Hanks) and his precocious 8-year-old son Jonah (Ross Malinger) head to Seattle to start over. But Sam is still sadly stuck in the past. Jonah calls a radio advice show, which starts a fateful process to bring Sam together with unfulfilled reporter Annie (Meg Ryan). Briskly directed by Norah Ephron (who also co-wrote the screenplay), this charming and funny film succeeds on the appeal of its two stars, who are only brought together at the very end. The movie also features a delightful score with vintage songs performed by a disparate group: Harry Connick, Dr. John, Jimmy Durante, Gene Autry and Carly Simon. And a shot…

Their Finest (2016)

Screening Aug. 11 - 13 at Theatre N.

Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, and Bill Nighy are three unlikely compatriots brought together during the London Blitz to make inspiring propaganda films to boost the spirits of the British public. Directed by Lone Scherfig, the film beautifully depicts the tense juxtaposition of daily life in the midst of imminent danger and loss. Both the war backdrop and the stiffupper-lip British resolve are familiar cinematic tropes, but the story and character still resonate. For a full schedule and more information, go to theatren.com.

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Presented by

Historic Odessa Brewfest All Proceeds Benefit Historic Odessa

Saturday, September 9, 2017 202 Main Street I Odessa, DE On the grounds surrounding the Historic Houses of Odessa across the street from Cantwell’s Tavern

Beer from over 40 Breweries • Live music by Spokey Speaky, Bruce Anthony, Tony Mowen and more! Locally Sourced Food • Selections and Themed Stations • Boutique Wines • Cigar Rollers • And more...!

Tickets available online: www.odessabrewfest.com VIP Tickets: $70 l General Admission: $50 l Designated Driver Tickets Available at Gate: $15

Participating Breweries* 3rd Wave

Cisco

Flying Dog

Long Trail

Rogue

Sly Fox

Troegs

16 Mile

Dogfish Head

Flying Fish

Mispillion River New Belgium

Starr Hill

Twin Lakes

21st Amendment

Fordham & Dominion Heavy Seas

Sea Dog

DuClaw Elysian

Shiner

Stewarts

Uinta

Shipyard

Stone

Victory

Oskar Blues

Sierra Nevada

Stoudts

Weyerbacher

Otter Creek

Sixpoint

Tall Tales

Yards

Allagash

Eurobrew Imports

Belukus Imports

Evil Genius

Brooklyn

Evolution

Lagunitas Lancaster Brewing

No Li NorthCoast

*Subject to change

For more information: 302-378-4119 www.odessabrewfest.com www.historicodessa.org

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WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME August brings college football and intriguing preseason NFL action back to a bar near you. Because of the multitude of options—number of TVs, choice of beers on tap, best food—we’ve come up with this directory to guide you through the selection process. Compiled by Olivia Ingman

8TH & UNION KITCHEN 801 N. Union St., Wilmington; 654-9780 8thandunion.com Number of TVs: 5 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 38 Crowd Favorites: half-price burgers, tacos, appetizers, and $1.25 oysters.

CHELSEA TAVERN 821 N. Market St., Wilmington; 482-3333 chelseatavern.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 31, Bottled Beers: 214 Crowd Favorites: Wood burning oven pizza, Chelsea cheeseburger, and BBQ pork nachos.

COLUMBUS INN 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; 571-1492 www.columbusinn.net Number of TVs: 5 (and a projector screen) Beers on Tap: 8, Bottled Beers: 28 Crowd Favorites: Lobster fried rice, filet sandwich, and CI signature crab cakes.

DEER PARK TAVERN 108 W. Main St., Newark; 369-9414 deerparktavern.com Number of TVs: 21 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 31 Crowd Favorites: Wings, mix combo, and nachos.

BBC TAVERN & GRILL 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 655-3785 bbctavernandgrill.com Number of TVs: 7 Beers on Tap: 15, Bottled Beers: 60-75 Crowd Favorites: Nachos, caprese salad, house-made meatloaf, and BBC Burger.

BIG FISH GRILL 720 Justison St., Wilmington; 652-3474 bbctavernandgrill.com Number of TVs: 9 Beers on Tap: 7, Bottled Beers: 26 Crowd Favorites: Fresh, chef-inspired seafood dishes, large outdoor patio and lounge on the Riverfront.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS Multiple locations: Bear, Dover, Limestone Rd., Middletown, Newark, Rehoboth buffalowildwings.com Number of TVs: 42 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 18 (Features sports lottery at Bear, Dover, Limestone Road and Middletown locations) Crowd Favorites: Boneless or traditional wings in any of 16 signature seasonings or sauces.

DELAWARE PARK 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington; 994-6700 delawarepark.com Number of TVs: at least 37 at each location, including many 100-inch screens and one 150-incher Beers on Tap: 5-6, Bottled Beers: 15 Three bars – Club 3, The Cove, and the Sports Bar – all featuring plenty of pro football action plus the sports lottery Crowd Favorites: Flame-broiled cheeseburgers, dollar hot dogs, cheese pizzas from Picciottis, wing zings, jalapeno crab fritters, crab fries, crab cakes, and lobster.

ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM 902 N. Market St., Wilmington; 384-8113 earnestandscott.com Number of TVs: 11 Beers on Tap: 29, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Blackened mahi tacos, loaded fries, and burgers.

FIRESTONE ROASTING HOUSE 110 W. St., Wilmington; 658-6626 firestoneriverfront.com Number of TVs: 24 Beers on Tap: 8+, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Firestone original pizza, spinach tomato ricotta pizza, and Firestone burger. AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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AUGUST

Entertainment Schedule EVERY MONDAY: Showtime Trivia EVERY TUESDAY: DJ Willoughby EVERY THURSDAY: Karaoke w/ The Vigilantes

FRIDAYS:

Join Us!

SATURDAYS:

8/4 Click

8/5 Radio Halo

8/11 Kickback

8/12 Cherry Crush

8/18 Black Mambas

8/19 Jimmies 80’s Tribute

8/25 Party Fowl

8/26 A Different Breed

SUNDAY NIGHT: Chorduroy

Brunch Every Saturday and Sunday! $4 Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar!

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TUESDAYS ½ Price Burgers ALL DAY! $4 Double LIT’s

WEDNESDAYS - MEXICAN NIGHT! ½ Price Nachos & Quesadillas ALL DAY! $3 Coronas & Margaritas • $2 Tacos $15.99 9oz NY Strip Steak All Day

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at the Mexican Post!

THURSDAYS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Wings (5pm-Close) ½ Price Burgers (11:30am-3pm) • $3 Rail Drinks Be our friend on Facebook!

Taco Fest!

Saturday, August 26th 1-7pm • Frawley Stadium

Visit Our Booth!

Frozen Margaritas 14 Flavors! Pitchers Available!

1/2-Price Pitchers — All Draft Beer

Saturdays: 9pm-Midnight At Bar Only! Lunch Special: $9.95 Mon-Fri (noon-3pm)

At Bar Only!

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GALLUCIO’S 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington; 655-3689 gallucios-de.com Number of TVs: 8 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 15 Crowd Favorites: Pomodoro pizza, California turkey Ruben, sautéed seafood medley, stromboli, and homemade lasagna.

GRAIN CRAFT BAR + KITCHEN Newark and Kennett Square, Pa. meetatgrain.com Number of TVs: 12 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 60 Crowd Favorites: Fried pickles, street tacos, and Cubano.

THE GREENE TURTLE 250 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Newark; 454-1592, thegreeneturtle.com

GAMEDAY funday Watch Every Game In Our Spacious Bar And Lounge!

NFL "Sunday Ticket" Award Winning Bar Food

Number of TVs: 48 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 30+ Crowd Favorites: Crab dip, Chesapeake burger, and hog hammers.

Fantastic Drink Specials

GROTTO PIZZA

14 4K HDTVs

16 locations in Delaware grottopizza.com

16 Craft Draughts

Number of TVs: 15-25 Beers on Tap: 6-14, Bottled Beers: 16-22 Crowd Favorites: Boneless wings, appetizer combo, and broccoli bites.

IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT WILMINGTON AND NEWARK ironhillbrewery.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 12-20, Bottled Beers: 7-9 Crowd Favorites: Cheesesteak eggrolls, voodoo chicken pizza, crab cake sandwich, petite filet mignon, scallops, and house nachos.

KELLY’S LOGAN HOUSE 1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 652-9493 loganhouse.com Number of TVs: 18 TVs including a big screen Beers on Tap: 22, Bottled Beers: 18 Crowd Favorites: Buffalo wings, chili nachos, and dirty bird grilled cheese.

voteTONIC!

At the Burger Battle! Our Chef has a secret BURGER recipe ready Delaware to be unveiled during BURGER BATTLE the big BATTLE! Saturday, August 26 Visit our battle booth, enjoy then vote for Tonic Bar And Grille! 302.777.2040 | TonicBarGrille.com AUGUST 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 111 WesT 11Th sTreeT | DoWnToWn WilminGTon

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KID SHELLEEN’S 14th & Scott, Wilmington; 658-4600 kidshelleens.com Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 13, Bottled Beers: 55-60 Crowd Favorites: Shelleen’s nachos, buffalo wings, and chicken quesadilla.

MCGLYNN’S PUB Three locations: Polly Drummond, People’s Plaza, Dover mcglynnspub.com

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Number of TVs: 22 with NFL Package, all games all week Beers on Tap: 32, Bottled Beers: 40+ Crowd Favorites: Wings, nachos, burgers, and prime rib.

Late Night Bar Menu

MEXICAN POST 3100 Naaman’s Rd., Wilmington; 478-3939 mexicanpost.com Number of TVs: 5 Beers on Tap: 5, Bottled Beers: 24 Crowd Favorites: Fajitas, chimichangas, and nachos.

9 PM–Close | Bar Only

Jr. Pizzas

plain or pepperoni

Plus: Beach Fries, Bruschetta,

Boneless Wings & more!

PIKE CREEK PUB 4809 Limestone Rd., Wilmington; 235-8368 facebook.com/PikeCreekPub Number of TVs: 12 Beers on Tap: 8, Bottled Beers: 18 Crowd Favorites: All draft beers $3, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coronas are $3.

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ROUTE 2 TAVERN 4305 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington; 256-0803, facebook.com/route2tavern Number of TVs: 15 Beers on Tap: 12, Bottled Beers: 15 Crowd Favorites: All draft beers are $3, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coronas are $3.

22 oz. Drafts All Day, Every Day

Dine-in Deals Mon – Thurs | 5 – Close

Military Monday Wed

Two Topping Tuesday

1/2 Price Pasta

Thurs

1/2 Price Bolis

Valid for dine-in at participating locations only.

STANLEY’S TAVERN

Certain restrictions may apply. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. Participating locations only.

2038 Foulk Rd., Wilmington; 475-1887 stanleys-tavern.com Number of TVs: 40 Beers on Tap: 25, Bottled Beers: 66 Crowd Favorites: Award-winning baby back ribs, wings, and tavern nachos.(Also features sports lottery)

Online Ordering Now Available!

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PLAY STONE BALLOON ALE HOUSE 115 E. Main St., Newark; 266-8111 stoneballoon.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 50 Crowd Favorites: Beef & bacon lollipops, keg fries, and short rib pot roast.

TONIC BAR & GRILLE 111 W. 11th Street, Wilmington; 777-2040, tonicbargrille.com Number of TVs: 15 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 24 Crowd Favorites: Crab cakes, fried calamari, and lobster tail.

TROLLEY SQUARE OYSTER HOUSE 1707 Delaware Ave, Wilmington; 384-7310, trolleysquareoysterhouse.com Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Live music, open until 1am daily, Best of Delaware winner for lobster roll, and large raw bar.

TWO STONES PUB Three locations: Newark (294-1890), Wilmington; (439-3231) & Kennett Square (610-444-3940), twostonespub.com Number of TVs: 6-10 Beers on Tap: 20-25, Bottled Beers: 40-90 at each location Crowd Favorites: Fry piles, hog wings, and chicken wings.

WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE 1206 Washington St., Wilmington; 658-2537, www.wsalehouse.com Number of TVs: 9 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 20 Crowd Favorites: Draft beer selection and Sunday brunch with a build-yourown bloody mary bar.

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Stocking over 3000 different beers • Singles, packs & cases Special Events and Tastings Gourmet Food & Cheeses

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