Out & About Magazine February 2014

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Also In This Issue Six Romantic Hot Spots The Oddity: One Strange Bar Why is Italian Food So Popular? OFFICIAL PROGRAM INSIDE (Pages 40-50)

Modern Love Technology and shifting realities have changed the landscape

FEBRUARY 2014 CO M P L I M E N TA R Y VOL. 26 | NO. 9


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Out & About Magazine Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

our staff


Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net


Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Director of Sales Marie Graham Poot • mgraham@tsnpub.com Creative Direction & Production Management Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. matt@catvis.biz Graphic Designer Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. tyler@catvis.biz Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Krista Connor, Mark Fields, Pam George, Rob Kalesse, John Leyh, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Ciro Poppiti, Scott Pruden Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Les Kipp, Lori M. Nichols, Danielle Quigley, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb Intern Kim Narunsky

what’s inside




7 War On Words

57 After-Dinner Drinks


59 Spirited

11 By the Numbers

60 Sparkle of Champagne

13 Worth Trying 14 The Best Ambassadors

68 Tuned In

20 That Special Someone

69 Shine A Light III

20 That Special Someone Technology, shifting realties have changed the landscape of romance. By Scott Pruden

26 First-Date Disasters


27 Turning Up the Heat

72 Winners That Won’t Win


73 Love Is Strange

47 Dessert Secrets


50 Buon Appetito! 55 MidAtlantic Wine + Food


Working for minimal wages, AmeriCorps volunteers are an invaluable community asset. By Krista Connor

LISTEN 65 The Oddity Bar


14 The Best Ambassadors

50 Buon Appetito! The Small Wonder simply can’t get its fill of Italian food. By Pam George

77 Dead Presidents 81 The Blue Parrot


(Pages 31-46)

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69 Ready To Shine Popular benefit concert provides major boost to Light Up The Queen’s musical outreach programs. By Matt Amis


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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

Literally of the Month A reader quotes Samantha Brown, speaking about France on the Travel Channel: “While in Paris you can dine in restaurants that literally wrote the book for the rest of the world.” Restaurants that write? Only in Paris, apparently. That’s All, Folks Using word search, careful writers scour their manuscripts for the word “that” and delete all they deem unnecessary. Generally, this is a good idea. But sometimes a missing “that” can be more annoying than one that’s simply superfluous. Take, for example, this excerpt from a News Journal editorial: “. . . we have to accept [that] the next couple of months will be troubling.” Soon Will Suffice Sooner rather than later is a cumbersome, redundant phrase that has become unaccountably popular. Not only that, it’s illogical because the comparison is never completed. Sooner rather than later than what? What’s wrong with a simple “soon”? If that doesn’t satisfy, how about before long, shortly, sooner than expected, in the near future, very soon, as soon as possible, and now? Department of Redundancies Dept. • Have you noticed the new go-to phrase of football officials: “The play is under further review”? Meaning it’s been reviewed previously? I think not. • From a story in USA Today on Alabama quarterback A. J. McCarron: “He has grown in size and mental acumen.” (Acumen: the ability to think clearly and make good decisions.) Nomenclature It always surprises me when professionals misuse the basic vocabulary of their professions. For instance: • Chefs who spell “palate” pallet or palette. • Restaurateurs who don’t know the difference between “complimentary” (free) and “complementary” (used to describe items—a dish and a wine, for instance—that go well together). • Winemakers who say, “It’s meant to be drank slightly chilled.” The verb is “drunk.” • Sportscasters who say, “He should have ran.” The verb is “run.”

By Bob Yearick

I before E, Except . . . Remember that old saw? Reader Nancy Wingate says she gave her daughter a t-shirt for Christmas that read, “I before E except when eight feisty neighbors seize a surfeit of weighty heifers.” How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long (In which we record the mistaken use of the apostrophe to create plurals) OK, show of hands: How many of you got Christmas cards that were signed by, for example, “The Smith’s,” “The Miller’s,” or “The Turner’s”? Lots of you? Thought so. Peeves • Rob Beatson, Brandywine Hundred, laments the use of “flush things out” when what is meant is “flesh things out.” Rob says the former is spoken frequently in the workplace by otherwise intelligent people, as in “Let’s flush out some ideas …” • So much for Rob’s peeve. Here’s my current one: “I’m bored of this book.” This is common, especially among the unlettered. But it is incorrect. You can be bored with or by, but you can’t be bored of. Media Watch All News Journal: • “The officer tried to diffuse the fight. . .” Diffuse means to spread or cause to spread over a wide area, which is pretty much the opposite of what was intended here. The word the writer was groping for: defuse. •In letters to the editor, a former teacher wrote: “That was a hardship to we, seniors, on fixed incomes . . .” Apparently she wasn’t an English teacher, or she would’ve known that the preposition to requires the objective pronoun us. She also would’ve dropped those commas. • An article about a bus accident included a comment regarding the restaurant where passengers planned to gather. One person is quoted thus: “A lot of these students buss as staff here.” Maybe students do kiss there, but we’re thinking the person was referring to busing tables.

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Quotation of the Month adjective


“The fact that an illiterate mistake may become the correct form . . . is no reason for not combating it in its beginnings.” —Jacques Barzun, French-born American historian.

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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing

Compiled by Kim Narunsky

CALLING ALL POETS Jackson Inn hosts Second Saturday Poets event


he Delaware Literary Connection hosts Second Saturday Poets every month at the Jackson Inn on the outskirts of Wilmington. A featured reader is scheduled each month, but the mic is open for all those who want to read their poetry. On Saturday, Feb. 8, Charlie Bondhus will be featured. His second poetry book, All the Heat We Could Carry, won Main Street Rag’s Annual Poetry Book Award for 2013. His poetry appears or is set to appear in numerous periodicals. Bondhus holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He teaches at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey. On March 8, the DLC will hold its second annual Haiku Night. Each poet can read up to 10 of his or her haiku. Bring only haiku, no tankas or other longer poems based on traditional Japanese forms. Lisamarie McGrath, professor of flute at Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and winner of the National Flute Association’s Orchestral Competition, will improvise musical interludes with her classical silver flute and Native American flute. Questions? Contact Bob Davis at rhambling@verizon.net. After the haiku readings, there will be an open mic for short poems and prose of any format.


ead down to the beach on Wednesday, Feb. 12, as Dogfish Head Brewpub, on Rehoboth Avenue at Rehoboth Beach, hosts an evening featuring Brewpub exclusive beer, a specialty cocktail, live music and guest bartenders. From 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy complimentary specialty menu items that will be offered in the Dogfish Head Hospitality tent at Point-to-Point in May. Guests may also purchase $5 raffle tickets throughout the evening for a chance to win two pairs of tickets to the hospitality tent, a Dogfish Head music basket, or a Nage gift card. Tickets to the Hospitality Tent at Point-to-Point can be purchased on Friday, Feb. 14 through Dogfish Head’s Facebook page and website. For more information, visit dogfish.com.

APPETIZING MONTH AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM Art Is Tasty kicks off a busy February


he Delaware Art Museum will host three events this month. “Art Is Tasty,” on Friday, Feb. 7, from noon to 1 p.m., will include lunch in the Thronson Café and a discussion of a work of art. The fee is $12 for members, $14 for non-members. On Friday, Feb. 14, “Art is After Dark” will include live music, special performances, various studio activities, films, gallery games, tours and much more. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m., is free for members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for non-members. During the evening, snacks can be purchased at the Thronson Café. On the same day, from 7 to 9 p.m., “Clay Date” will give attendees a chance to get acquainted with the museum’s ceramic studio. Led by the museum’s studio instructor, guests can create a piece of ceramic art in a relaxed environment. Supplies, beer, wine and light snacks will be provided. Must be 21 and over to participate ($30 for members, $35 for non-members per person/session). For more information, visit delart.org.


CITY THEATRE COMPANY BEST OF: 2.0 CTC offers rapid-fire laughs with tribute shows


elaware’s City Theatre Company will present Best Of: 2.0, a collection of 10-minute comedies that have been previously performed by the company. Actors, playwrights and directors from the past 20 years will help fill OperaDelaware's studios with laughter. Join them at 8 p.m. on Jan. 31, Saturday, Feb. 1, Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8. For more information, visit city-theater.org.

WOO YOUR SWEETIE WITH SHAKESPEARE Philly theater company to produce Feb. 12 show


n Wednesday, Feb. 12, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival will present Love’s Labour’s Won: An Evening of Scenes and Sonnets for Valentine’s Day. The evening of poetry, romance, spite, jealousy and love conquering all will take place on stage inside OperaDelaware’s studios. The show is produced by one of Philadelphia’s most dynamic new theater companies, Revolution Shakespeare, and directed by Associate Artistic Director Jared Michel Delaney. The cast includes DSF veterans Sean Bradley (A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Winter's Tale), Clare O’Malley (Shakespeare/Poe) and audience favorite Griffin Stanton-Ameisen. Tickets to Love’s Labour’s Won are $18.50. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 inside the renovated Rehearsal Hall at OperaDelaware, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington. Parking is ample and always free. Wine and light refreshments will be available for purchase. You can reserve a front-row table for two in the very limited VIP section, and receive a bottle of wine, a red rose on the table and a sweet surprise, along with 5-10 minutes of personal, professional coaching on a romantic Shakespearean text of your choosing. VIP tickets are available in pairs, for $42 per person. FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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by the numbers A few Valentine's Day facts worth noting

13.19 The number, in billions of dollars, that consumers spend on Valentine’s Day.


The percentage of pet owners who give a gift to their pet on Valentine’s Day.



The percentage of American men who buy flowers on Valentine’s Day.

1,000 The average number of letters sent on Valentine’s Day to Juliet in Verona, Italy—the city in which Romeo and Juliet lived in Shakespeare’s story.


The number, in millions, of heart-shaped boxes of chocolate sold for Valentine’s Day each year.

The percentage of people who celebrate Valentine’s Day in the United States.


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Thursday, March 13 6 PM –9 PM

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brandywinezoo.org • 302 . 571 . 7747 The Brandywine Zoo is managed as part of Wilmington State Parks by the Division of Parks and Recreation, with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society.


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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and contributors

Asian House A bit off the beaten path, Asian House is located in Beaver Brook Plaza, on Route 13 south of the 13-40 split. This is one of the best restaurants in Delaware, period. The Chinese fare is fresh and not soaked in oil. The sushi is spot on. The best deal is the "buffet.” It is not a traditional, get-up-and-load-your-plate buffet. Rather, you order any and everything from the menu, receiving generous sampler plates. Consequently, your dinner is not lying bare under heat lamps for hours. They’re family friendly and sensitive to food allergies.

— Ciro Poppiti, O&A Contributing Writer

Pesto Gouda Cheese at Trader Joe’s A friend recently brought a hunk of Trader Joe’s pesto Gouda cheese to one of our gatherings, and this fromage quickly became the star of the soiree. It’s a pleasant, mild cheese spiked with the fresh hint of basil pesto. And it adds a nice pop of springy green color to a normally bland cheese tray. Sometimes it’s hard to find — grab it when you can.

— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, O&A Contributing Writer & Arts Maven

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Brunch at Corner Bistro

The newest establishment to grace 500 Greenhill Ave., Oddity Bar has already become a beacon for people looking for an eclectic variety of craft beer and something, well, a little odd. The friendly bartenders serve up selections from a beer list that will contend with any other craft list in the city amid weird décor. On most nights there is a good chance you will be able to catch original live music ranging from local punk and rockabilly acts to an old school funk DJ. If there is no band, you’ll be entertained by several televisions screening movies similar to those in the “Troma” archives rather than the ubiquitous sports event. These are reasons enough to make this my new favorite bar in town, but they really melted my heart by making every Monday night “Industry Night” with discounts for people working in the hospitality industry. (For more on the Oddity, see pg. 65.)

I had brunch at Corner Bistro last Sunday with my family and I can’t believe that was my first time. I had the breakfast tart: ham, lightly fried egg, fontina, and arugula with hollandaise. My husband had the biscuits and gravy (Careful—they’ve got quite a kick), and my son had the yogurt with strawberries and granola. The food was delicious, our server was friendly and attentive, and the prices were very reasonable. Great coffee and Bloody Marys too.

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— Paul Egnor, Executive Chef at Pizza By Elizabeths Note: In our January issue, a Worth Trying item indicated that Brandywine Conservancy owns Stroud Preserve. This is incorrect. Natural Lands Trust is the owner.

Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Jim with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ► (jmiller@tsnpub.com)

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L to R : AmeriCorps members Anthony Gibbs, Matt Gabel, Kyle Richardson, Beth Miller, Jacquie Sanders, Kerry Davies Dunning (Habitat for Humanity staff member), Vania Lopez (homeowner), AJ Brighton, James Mohr, Melissa Korik, and Emily Beck at a newly-built Seaford home last October.

The Best Ambassadors Working for minimal wages, AmeriCorps members are an invaluable asset to scores of the state’s nonprofits, schools and public agencies By Krista Connor photos provided by Habitat for Humanity


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hree years ago, Christina Saadeh stared at her computer screen and scrolled through pages of job listings. A recent graduate of the University of Delaware, Saadeh had decided she didn’t want to pursue a career in her major, athletic training. Instead, she says, she was looking for a job “with purpose.” Then, on Idealist.org, she started to run into AmeriCorps programs seeking members. She applied to one and was brought on board at Connecting Generations, a Wilmington-based youth mentoring program established in 1990. Through AmeriCorps, she became a CG mentor coordinator at Richardson Park Elementary School for one year. A federal agency, AmeriCorps annually connects more than 80,000 Americans with year-long service opportunities at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faithbased groups across the country. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 AmeriCorps members, from ages 17 and up, have contributed more than 1 billion hours of service. Many of Saadeh’s days started at 7 a.m., when she prepared for 80 high school students, split into three groups that arrived at three times during the day. She’d oversee the sessions and interactions between mentors and students, making sure the experience ran smoothly for both. During her year she worked more than 40 hours each week while earning a living allowance that was less than minimum wage. But the financial shortfall, however burdensome, wasn’t what stuck with her. “You’re not putting anything into savings,” says Saadeh. “But it ultimately didn’t feel like too much of a sacrifice, seeing the difference it was making in the climate of the school. You realize that this is the one life that you have and you can do anything in it, and I wanted to make a difference.” Influencing People’s Lives AmeriCorps was a good starting point to launch her into other areas, Saadeh says. After her term ended in 2012, she headed to Kenya for a year as an English and math volunteer teacher. She sees herself continuing in the humanitarian or non-profit sector, which is a 180-degree turn from the health and medical field in which she started out. “I knew throughout the course of that year and when it was done that I could never just have a position that didn’t directly influence the lives of people for the better—specifically kids,” Saadeh says. Saadeh’s story is just one of countless inspiring AmeriCorps experiences from around the state and the country. The rewards are not without great personal sacrifice and challenges to most members, but their unrelenting passion and diligence have helped dozens of successful nonprofits to thrive and survive. “The idealism and commitment to serving the community that our members bring to Delaware helps Delaware get things done that may not happen otherwise,” says Gene Danneman, AmeriCorps program officer at the State Office of Volunteerism. “They do it with enthusiasm, hard work, sacrifice, and bring us their energy, talents, ideas, and organizational skills.” AmeriCorps members are required to serve 1,700 hours per year, which equals a fulltime job, although most willingly volunteer far more time. They catch what Nancy Greene, programs manager at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, calls “Habititus”—seeing a need and filling it, regardless of the fact that they’ve put in more than the required hours.

AJ Brighton, a 2013-2014 AmeriCorps member, measures plywood onsite at Georgetown Point in Georgetown. Of the 36 homes in the community, 22 will be Habitat homes.

Benefitting Four Nonprofits There are currently about 100 Delaware Corps members in state-supported AmeriCorps programs at four nonprofits: Connecting Generations, Habitat for Humanity, Ministry of Caring and Teach for America. Benefits to AmeriCorps members include student loan forbearance, and those who complete their year of service receive an education award scholarship, which this year is $5,550*. Nationally, depending on the program, members typically earn a living allowance of around $12,100 for the year—less than minimum wage. (Each nonprofit is expected to match AmeriCorps funds— which come through grants from the federal Corporations for National Community service—by at least 26 percent, and Connecting Generations and Habitat are both at a match of more than 40 percent). This leaves Corps members eligible for social services and state benefits, like food stamps and healthcare assistance. “We definitely lived more simply,” says Saadeh, who roomed with UD students in Newark during her term. Other members live in shared housing, or at home, while some try to make it on their living allowance. “It’s just not enough money to survive on,” says Tara Wiggins, Connecting Generations’ AmeriCorps Youth Ambassadors program director. “It’s a difficult adjustment from typically being a college student, and now having to figure out how to provide food, shelter and transportation and all that on this modest living allowance.” Organizations utilize AmeriCorps members, Wiggins says, because they offer an opportunity to provide additional support services to the community, without having to sap their resources. Schools are not likely to have a fulltime person dedicated to being a mentor coordinator, which means the only way that most participating schools are able to have somebody come in and provide mentoring to their students is to have an AmeriCorps member on staff. In turn, schools are asked to give a $10,000 matching cost to support members. ►


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Asked if it’s fair for a government institution to offer so little to people who selflessly give themselves to idealistic causes, Danneman says, “We all make choices in life and prioritize different things. For one year or more some people choose to live very frugally to serve their community and receive their education award.” Greene says people at Habitat call this “living in poverty as those they serve.” While acknowledging that it’s a huge sacrifice to serve for a year, Greene says it’s not really service if you’re not giving up something in order to serve. “I had heard that before: ‘Why don’t you pay them more, they’re that valuable.’ Yes, they are valuable,” Greene says. “But it’s the same thing as volunteering, basically—a living allowance that can facilitate that volunteerism. But I don’t think a whole lot of people volunteer for the money.” Green is delighted to point out that Sussex Habitat has been able to bring onto staff 25 percent of AmeriCorps members who have served in her program, and 36 percent were able to find jobs in other nonprofit areas. Greene notes that AmeriCorps members are asked to perform at a professional capacity almost instantly, since many nonprofits are run by fewer than a dozen fulltime staff members. “We need them to step up and to provide us with a professional level of service,” says Greene, who says Habitat has 21 members state-wide. Connecting Generations, for example, currently has 13 AmeriCorps members—called Youth Ambassadors— who run 18 sites throughout the state. The nonprofit can afford only six fulltime staff members, so it’s clear just how necessary Corps members are. Youth Ambassadors like Saadeh manage volunteer mentors by recruiting them, interviewing and matching mentors and mentees, scheduling, and supporting mentors through their yearlong journeys. Youth Ambassadors also host service projects in schools, support volunteerism within the community, and attend monthly meetings and training with other members, and help to spread the word about AmeriCorps and the Youth Ambassador program.


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Wiggins, who started out as an AmeriCorps member, is personally familiar with the drive that pushes these relentless, seemingly inexhaustible people. “It’s this amazing thing that you can see in a person,” Wiggins says. “This passion for service and this passion for youth development. There’s no way that you could do this position and not have this passion.” She says having direct contact with the children every day also helps to keep members motivated; they see the grades change, the personality and behavior change, the attendance improve. “The look in those children’s eyes, saying, ‘This is someone coming to spend time with me, this is my special time to have attention and to feel loved’—those moments can never be taken away,” says Saadeh. At Teach For America, AmeriCorps’ largest program nationally, Corps members are the sole people onsite teaching in an area’s highest-need schools. Currently, nearly 60 AmeriCorps teachers and 13 alumni serve more than 7,000 students in 23 district and charter schools across six districts in Delaware.

I know that the young men and women I work with every single day prove that there are altruistic people out there who want to better their community, and they're working hard to do it. — Nancy Greene, Programs Manager at Sussex County Habitat for Humanity “Every time I see stories about this ‘entitled generation,’ I wish they had worked with my AmeriCorps team for just one day,” says Greene. “I know that the young men and women I work with every single day prove that there are altruistic people out there who want to better their community, and they’re working hard to do it.” Greene says that when members move on after their term, they have experience well beyond their counterparts in a first-year job situation. Running family services, working at build sites, or as volunteer coordinators, AmeriCorps members are on the front lines of making Habitat’s mission a reality: creating a world where everyone has a decent place to live. “It’s amazing and very heartwarming to me,” says Greene. “That’s what has kept me in this role for five years. I would rather make less money serving here alongside the AmeriCorps members because they’re what gets me up in the morning—their enthusiasm and sacrifices. We want them, when they leave, to be professionals and to carry the message. They are our best ambassadors.” At 53, Jacquie Sanders thinks it’s the right time for her to be giving back to society by serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Sussex Habitat. She began as a volunteer more than two years ago and came on as a Corps member last summer, currently serving as the Theme Build Coordinator. The Theme Build program was created last year by 2013 AmeriCorps member Lyndsay Humphries, who is now on staff as Volunteer Coordinator. (Members frequently build programs, Greene proudly notes.) Sanders oversees themed projects like Veterans Build, Women Build, Home Builders Blitz, Walt Jones Memorial Golf Project, and Dogfish Head Day of Benevolence, to name a few. ►


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It’s a “pay it forward” philosophy, the way Sanders explains it: “You see what you’ve been able to do with your life and you know that if you can give other people the same opportunities, then perhaps they’re going to be the next person to do something amazing with their life.” One misconception members have, she says, is that people often don’t realize they don’t get paid, that it’s just a living wage. Work schedules are never normal, events are at all hours, and members do everything at poverty level. “AmeriCorps members do it with an open heart,” Sanders says. “You give a lot of time, because you believe it’s the right mission.” Sanders, who previously worked as a director of operations for a retail company, is inspired by stories of families she works with, like those whose children are beating the odds and starting college. “That isn’t what you get in the profit world,” Sanders says. “You don’t see the smile on the faces of the kids picking out their bedroom colors before they’re even in their house.” Steffi Holmes, a Corps member who served with Connecting Generations from 2012-2013, says that although she still intends to pursue her initial career in singing and teaching music, she also plans to work with youth and in volunteerism and community involvement. “AmeriCorps gave me a perspective that I cannot ignore. I believe in service and helping our fellow man,” says Holmes. “We are all neighbors, whether or not we know each other, and I know that kindness can change a person's life.” For those interested in serving locally or nationally through AmeriCorps, go to www. nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps for more information. For volunteer information or to learn more about Connecting Generations, Habitat for Humanity, Teach For America, and Ministry of Caring, visit their websites at www. connecting-generations.org, www.habitat. org, www.teachforamerica.org, and www. ministryofcaring.org. Connecting Generations is always searching for volunteer mentors. *For those who serve in AmeriCorps and are over 55 years old, the education award, if not used by the individual, can be used by a child, grandchild or foster child.


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am a 45-year-old father of two who’s coming up on 13 years of happy marriage. My most recent dating experience was circa 1998—very much prior to the age of selfies, Facetime, mobile phone sexting and non-stop documentation of just about everything. Thus it would seem that I would be among the least qualified to go in search of the state of romance as we approach Valentine’s Day 2014. But since getting married in 2001, I’ve continued to follow with interest not just the challenges and travails of singles—whether unmarried, divorced or widowed—in my own age group, but also of, well . . . everyone. I’ve discovered that there’s a lot of information out there about how people are pairing up and plenty about how they should pair up (not all of it reliable). What’s more, I feel that my marital status gives me a certain objectivity compared to those who are actively engaged in finding a partner. So with that disclaimer, let me forge onward.

Lots of Options

Today, there seem to be as many ways to pair up as there are items on a Chinese restaurant menu. You have the old standbys like the random (or not-so-random) bar encounter; coming together through shared interests; and, my personal favorite (because it worked out well for me), the introduction through friends or relatives. But more and more in today’s romantic landscape, those seeking the affections of another are going online. The digital dating explosion strives to fill nearly every niche of our companionship needs. There are dozens of ways, from Zoosk to eHarmony to Match to Plenty of Fish, to meet the prospective Mr. or Mrs. Right. Got a specific religion, ethnicity or region in mind? The dot-coms JDate, ChristianMingle and SingleMuslim promise to find you the appropriately faith-observant life partner. Adultery facilitator AshleyMadison.com even promises to hook you up despite the fact that you’re already married. For some, though, the prospect of online dating is overwhelming. Dating sites—free or paid— want lots of information, with seemingly endless online forms to fill out before they can assess your wants, desires and preferences with a magical mathematical algorithm. Just listen to Karen*, a 40-something Delaware native who returned to the area from northern California in 2012. “I went through lots of dating startups when I was in California because they were all based in Silicon Valley and it was the thing to do. But before long I realized it was like a job interview every day,” she says of filling out online dating profiles. “[ Job search site] Monster.com and Match.com are almost the same—you fill out a profile and people look at it.” Once that profile is complete, there’s the management of your profile and those who visit it. For Karen, it can be a frustrating case of bait and switch, or in her case, wink then ignore. On Match.com, someone who finds you appealing is invited to “wink” at you, an electronic way of letting you know they’ve checked out your profile and liked what they saw. But not every wink leads to a date. “I’ve been on Match.com since I moved back to Delaware, and people wink and like your picture then don’t ever send you a message, and then I get bored with it,” she says. “Or I’ll read other people’s stuff and say, no, too many selfies, too many pictures of yourself in the car, too many pictures of your dog. The whole process is weird.” ►


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And once you find someone and make a date, there are no guarantees that there will be sparks. Warren*, a 40-something New Castle native whose work has taken him up and down the East Coast, has ended up in New York City, where he’s essentially given up on online dating for lack of satisfactory results. “I just really didn’t have a great experience with it, even with eHarmony, which is supposed to have this in-depth connection,” he says. In the course of his six-month run with eHarmony, he agreed to go out on three dates and never got past the second one. “There just wasn’t an attraction,” he says. That doesn’t mean, however, that dating services don’t work. Rich*, who lives in New Castle, had perhaps the best possible experience one can have with an online dating service. He married one of his online matches in January of last year. Rich was 40 years old and had been divorced for a few years before he took to Match.com at the suggestion of some male friends. He wanted to expand his dating pool, which had been limited to women he knew long before his first marriage. “I’m not a going-out guy, I’m not a bar guy, and that’s not how I like to meet people, so I said why not?” he says. “I’m certainly not going to meet anyone sitting around my apartment.” After signing up for the Match.com free trial and being as brutally honest as possible in filling out his personal profile, he selected three possible matches out of the many invitations to connect (both real and spam) he received. That initial honesty was important, he says, especially considering all the people who misrepresent themselves in the online dating world. “I was 40-some pounds heavier at the time, but I didn’t want to show up for a date with someone and have them say that my profile picture wasn’t the real me,” he says. “I was honest. I didn’t like it, but I was honest.” Among the three women he chose to contact himself was the one he ended up marrying. He and his future bride communicated by phone, email and text for weeks before they agreed to a casual meeting at a bar. Rich waxes romantic about the occasion: “I ended up down the bar from her and she was wearing a red dress. What lights were on in the bar looked like they were aimed directly at her.”

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You may feel like rocking it old school, in which you and another human meet—in person—find one another attractive and decide to move on from there. If so, your options are almost as broad as those in the digital world. MeetUp.com features a huge variety of groups based around shared interests, social activities, athletics and the arts, with many geared toward singles in particular. In addition, bars and restaurants around Delaware regularly host singles events and “speed dating.” Participants sign up, meet at a designated spot, and the organizers arrange for each person to spend a specific (and usually short—as in minutes) period of time chatting up another participant, then move on to the next. The concept is to cut through the small talk and get right to what attracts people to each other.


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Churches, always looking for new and younger members, have created singles ministries that aim to give the faithful a place to convene with God and possibly meet a future mate. But in almost every case, standard practice would suggest you arrange to meet again later, with more dates to follow if you and another person happen to hit it off. More dates and a blossoming relationship might result in in a long-term monogamous relationship or traditional marriage. This does still happen, but it’s not unusual for relationships among younger adults to begin with—rather than progress to—sex, says Delaware sex therapist Dr. Debra Laino. While she doesn’t see many young patients as part of her clinical practice, Laino does teach undergraduate courses in psychology at Philadelphia University, which puts her neck-deep in the steamy cauldron of young adult romance and sexuality. And what she sees there reflects some of what shrill news stories fret about when describing what has become known as “hook-up culture.” The term is somewhat ambiguous and is used a bit indiscriminately (particularly by daytime talk shows and local news broadcasts), but the explanation is simple. Hooking up typically applies to engaging in romantic or sexual behavior with someone with whom you don’t necessarily intend to have a committed relationship. And according to at least one recent study from the University of Portland, it’s not even more sex. The study polled a sample of 1,800 students from across the U.S. who attended at least one year of college between 2002 and 2010, and compared the results to a sample from students who attended college between 1988 and 1996. The amount of sex was relatively the same, as was the number of sex partners since turning 18. What changed ever so slightly was the number of regular partners modern respondents reported having in the past year, and who those partners were. According to the study, slightly more students reported having had sex with a friend, casual date or other non-regular partner in the past year. So even though it’s not the “death of romance,” as some would have us believe, what emerges is a tendency in adults toward what Laino calls “stayover relationships.” “That’s when someone says, ‘We have sex on the weekends, but I want my independence during the week, and I’ll fit my sex life in with no commitment,’” she says. ►



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The Changing Role of Women

And because women are frequently the sexual gatekeepers in a heterosexual relationship, this changing perspective has much to do with a new female take on romance—one that hews much closer to what we have traditionally expected from men. That’s in large part because the economic necessity of coupling has diminished for women. While past generations of women were raised to seek men who could support them and any children that resulted from a union, these days it’s much easier for a single woman to get a well-paying job and finance her own life. This change gives women much more freedom to wade into waters more traditionally occupied by men – in the boardroom, on the dating scene and in the bedroom —Laino says. “There’s no doubt that women are taking more masculine roles in a career sense, and that’s causing some level of confusion as to what the man or woman is going to do [in the relationship],” she says. “Women are really taking the lead in regard to what they want, and I think men really are confused and are going to get more confused as to how this levels out.” This seismic shift in what were considered traditional gender roles has sent ripples through all areas of romance, Laino says, and it’s something that now has to be addressed from the earliest stages of a love affair all the way through an established, long-term relationship.

Navigating the New Landscape

When it comes to standard dating, it’s sometimes a toss-up as to what rules still apply. For instance, is a man still obligated to pay for a date, even if the woman he’s asking out earns significantly more than he does? And how does that fit with a woman’s desire to maintain some vestige of oldschool dating and marriage?


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“Society and culture are sending messages, but others come from past generations,” says Laino. “You take a woman and the values that have been put in her head by her mother and her grandmother and then the values put in her by this modern world, and there are all these competing messages. I think a lot of women are confused by the way they’re supposed to behave.” Karen, our frustrated Match.com user, agrees, noting that in spite of her successful career, the fact that she makes her own money and doesn’t have to depend on her date to pay for dinner, those old gender roles still emerge in her mind. “It just confuses how things should work,” she says. “I don’t know that there are norms anymore. I don’t want them to pay every time, but I also don’t want to insult them.” On the guy’s side, different expectations can cause tension. “I’m in a very odd spot where I’m a very intellectual, artistic person who makes no money,” says Warren. “And even women in my profession don’t want to date me. They want to date up. They want to date rich.” Such bumps in the romantic road are indicative of the changes couples will have to adapt to in this modern age, says therapist Laino. “Those couples that aren’t successful, it’s almost like they’ve been existing together and then problems arise and it comes down to, ‘Oh, my God. We really don’t know each other,’” Laino says. “Growth and transformation in relationships are important. The healthiest relationships are those that explore.” *Names of some sources have been changed to protect their privacy.

DON’T GET HOOKED BY CATFISHING Any Internet-savvy person knows that the online world is rife with fraud and deception. Somehow, though, many online daters give those they encounter a pass on nefarious intent. But there are plenty of criminals and imposters posting on dating sites who might seem at first to be Prince or Princess Charmings. Online dating fraud is known as “catfishing,” a name derived from the 2010 movie Catfish in which a young man develops an online relationship with a woman who is a complete fabrication. The practice was made even more infamous by the case of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, whose “girlfriend” proved to be an online hoax perpetrated by a friend. Since it’s impossible to know who’s really on the other end of that dating profile, use some discretion when revealing personal information before arranging an in-person meeting. Also, of course, sharing racy or explicit photos with someone you don’t know is not advisable. If you’re getting serious about someone you’ve met online, it never hurts to take advantage of the many available background check services to make sure the person is legit. For instance, if you believe he or she is using a fake photo in a dating profile, programs like TinEye can track the origin point of a photo.

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FIRST DATE DISASTERS Three initial romantic encounters that were embarrassing, but not catastrophic STOPPED IN HIS TRACKS Shortly after I graduated from high school, I went on a date with a young lady on whom I’d had a crush for a long time. She graduated a year ahead of me, and was home from college for the summer. This girl always had seemed out of reach for me, yet here she was in the passenger seat of my car. I couldn’t believe it was actually happening. I can remember my hands beginning to sweat on the steering wheel as we headed into town for dinner at a popular Italian restaurant. Just seeing her again seemed to heighten the level of everything going on in my teenage system. Yet despite the overload, I managed to navigate through dinner relatively smoothly (for a recent high school grad, that is). In fact, it felt as if everything was moving along just right. Then, as we left the restaurant and began walking back to the car, she told a story while I did my best to listen and keep eye contact with her. Eye-contact – I had been told this is very important. Suddenly, I was stopped in my tracks. Painfully so . . . I had just walked into a parking sign. We both laughed about it, of course. But in retrospect, I don’t think the impression I made with her that evening was nearly as significant as the one that parking sign left on my forehead. Ah, the scars of young love. —Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications

AMBULANCE ROMANCE In the mid-1990s, I met a woman at a murder mystery-themed fundraiser for a local theater group in which I was a member of the cast. When we finally arranged to go out on an official first date, it was to see a movie at a theater about 30 minutes away. All was going great until the ride home. It was late at night and had been lightly raining, and as I approached an intersection with a green light, I saw a taxi coming along the cross street with what looked like no intention of slowing down. I hit the brakes hard, but because of the wet street the car slid into the intersection just in time for the cab to crash into us, totaling the car and sending both of us to the emergency room for the remainder of the evening. We were just banged around, but the medics strapped us to backboards and took us away in an ambulance. Whee! So romantic! Still, I suppose I made a satisfactory impression, because we continued dating for about four months thereafter. —Scott Pruden, Contributing Writer

PLEDGES STOLE MY DATE While a freshman at Penn State, I went on a date with a nice fraternity guy (who shall remain nameless), who took me ice skating at the Penn State Pavilion. We were having a totally chill time for about 30 minutes when we were overtaken on the ice by a roaring, obnoxious gang of his fraternity’s freshman pledge class. This ridiculous mob grabbed him—still in full ice skates —tied him up with bungee cords and dragged him off the rink, effectively kidnapping him for their annual pledge retreat. I was left on the ice solo—no goodbye, no date, no ride home! I had to call his buddies at the fraternity and describe the whole deal. Luckily, one of them was nice enough to drive me back to the dorm. There was no second date, but I did marry his fraternity brother. —Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer & Arts Maven 26 FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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T URNING UP THE HEAT Here are six area spots where you can kindle or re-kindle romance this month By Pam George


icture a romantic restaurant and you’ll likely imagine white linen tablecloths, flowers, candlelight and soft music. There might be a fireplace and distinctive décor—perhaps Victorian or Colonial. At one time, couples looking for such a spot had several from which to choose. Things, however, have changed. In response to a more casual society, many restaurants have whisked away the trappings and turned up the volume. Open kitchens are bustling and dining rooms are buzzing. But happily, there are still places where a romantic meal is on the menu. Here are some favorites.

The Green Room Hotel du Pont Wilmington www.dupont.com/hotel.dining.htm 800-338-3404 or 594-3154 When Darren and Karen Wright decided to get married seven years ago, they toured restaurants that could handle up to 50 people. As a shot in the dark, they called the Hotel du Pont to check on prices for a small banquet room. Turns out, the staff at that hotel had decided to test The Green Room as an option. The Wrights served as happy guinea pigs. “It was just beautiful,” says Darren Wright. “We had a singer and pianist in the balcony and amazing food.” The couple celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary in the restaurant.

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While you may no longer be able to marry in the opulent space, you can still savor fine cuisine in one of the region’s most distinctive restaurants. The jewel in the 100-year-old hotel’s crown, The Green Room could set the scene for a Downton Abbey episode. Crystal and gold chandeliers—weighing 2,500 pounds each —hang from the two-and-a-half-story coffered ceiling. Arched windows sweep upward on fumed oak-paneled walls. Tables beside the windows are in high demand. Tables are well spaced, so you won’t feel as though a party of five is intruding on your quiet conversation, no matter where you sit. Servers have delivered desserts with “Will You Marry Me?” written in chocolate. Or they’ll whip off a domed lid to reveal a ring. According to lore, one man stood on the minstrel’s balcony, commanding the room’s attention while he addressed his date. (The hotel is discreet, so always check with management before trying such a performance.) ► FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Sit back in the comfortable wingback chairs, which take some muscle to roll over the plush carpet, and tuck into Hudson Valley foie gras, Verlasso salmon, or a surf-and-turf of filet and lobster. Always order dessert. In The Green Room, resistance is futile. The Fountain Restaurant The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia 215-963-1500 www.fourseasons.com One of the country’s only Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond awards recipients, the Fountain Restaurant consistently racks up accolades. And according to fan JB Braun, it’s well deserved. He surprised his wife by stopping here for brunch after they spent an anniversary weekend at a New Hope, Pa., B&B. “We arrived at 10 a.m., left at 2 p.m., and treated ourselves to gastronomical delights at a brunch that has never been equaled,” he says. “It’s romantic because nobody pampers or caters to your every whim like the Four Seasons. The ‘bride’ said, ‘This is what it’s like to be waited on!’” The most desirable tables are beside the windows overlooking Swann Memorial Fountain, a colossal sculpture of three verdigris gods, each of which represents a river. The Delaware River is a robust male, attended by leaping fish. The Schuylkill is a woman with a mature form. The Wissahickon is a sinuous female reclining against a swan. The fountain punctuates Logan Square—which is actually a circle. While the Fountain Restaurant, which opened in 1983, is less opulent than older special occasion restaurants, it is still refined. There’s a sommelier, for instance. But don’t worry: the restaurant is far from stuffy. Relax and enjoy this room with a view. Dilworthtown Inn Dilworthtown, Pa. 610-399-1390 www.dilworthtown.com When Stephanie and Vinny Baffone want a special night out, they travel from their Pike Creek home to Dilworthtown, located just off Route 202 across the state line. With its roots dating back to 1780, when the house that James Dilworth built became a tavern, the restaurant exudes a Chester County ambiance. There are three floors and 15 rooms, all with Colonial appeal—walk-in fireplaces, wide windowsills, plaster walls. “Our home is a reproduction farmhouse and we’re drawn to the historical setting,” says Stephanie Baffone. But she didn’t feel warm and fuzzy on their 15th anniversary. It was a rainy August day, and Baffone didn’t intend to go to the hairdresser let alone out to dinner. Her husband, however, insisted on both. Off they went. “I was cranky the whole way,” she recalls. “I didn’t have an ounce of makeup on.” Once at the restaurant, the couple headed to a room downstairs, where about 50 people waited to surprise her with an anniversary party. “It was just so sweet. I was shocked,” she says.


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Dilworthtown Inn over the years has seen more than its share of such celebrations, and it’s frequently the site of proposals – up to 10 on Valentine’s Day alone. But things didn’t go quite as planned on one occasion, according to co-owner Jim Barnes. He presented the ring box on a white pillow under a domed lid, and the exuberant woman cradled the box in her palms. Then she lifted the lid on an empty box. To add insult to injury, the box was equipped with an automatic pin light that showcased absolutely nothing. She burst into tears and the man grew apoplectic. Turns out the jewelry store salesman neglected to put the ring in the box before wrapping it. Now Barnes opens each box and photographs the ring before keeping it in the safe, where it awaits the mealtime presentation. When the Baffones dine at the inn, they frequently splurge on steak and a Caesar salad, prepared tableside. Other couples opt for the Chateaubriand for two, a menu staple for decades. The Baffones visited Dilworthtown last Valentine’s Day. “It’s a really special place,” Baffone says. And because she remembers the wonderful night of her 15th anniversary each time, the restaurant has become all that more special. Moro Trolley Square 777-1800 www.mororestaurant.net There are few restaurants that can be chic, sophisticated, and yet undeniably romantic at the same time. Moro is one of them. Maybe it’s the circular booths that curve throughout the two floors. Or perhaps it’s the warm yet stimulating colors: burnt orange, gold and a flash of crimson.

Table 13 downstairs apparently bucks the unlucky number stereotype. “It’s very romantic,” says Edwardo Requena, general manager. He also recommends table 52 upstairs. Couples come here to celebrate, canoodle and reconnect. One man hired a violinist to serenade his date. After a while, Requena put the kibosh on the musical interlude. “The violinist wasn’t very good,” he explains. “The other guests were getting irritated.” For the proposal, most men go the traditional route and get down on one knee, he says. Or they ask servers to put the ring in a champagne glass. While the menu changes, there are always decadent selections for couples, who tend to indulge on a romantic date. Foie gras and oysters rule. And for dessert? “Usually something chocolate,” Requena says. If the lady says “Yes,” the restaurant presents a complimentary glass of bubbly. “And if they say ‘No,’ I give the guy a shot,” Requena jokes. Krazy Kats Montchanin 888-4200 krazykatsrestaurant.com Part of The Inn at Montchanin Village, this restaurant has had couples purring for years. The feline-patterned upholstery brings out diners’ wild side, even in such a refined environment. Alessandra Nicole and boyfriend Dennis Degnan visited the restaurant on their shared birthday, which was also the anniversary of their first date. They’d had a tiff earlier, but it wasn’t long before the dining room worked its magic. “I warmed up to the guy again by the time our first course arrived,” she recalls. It helped that he wore a jacket just for her. (Jackets, by the way, are not required.) ►




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Harry’s Savoy Grill North Wilmington 475-3000 www.harryshospitalitygroup.com Despite a recent cosmetic redo, a hip menu in the grill, which sports a communal table, and a new, more low-key ambiance, Harry’s Savoy for many folks remains a go-to spot for romantic dinners a deux. A table by the fireplace in the grill is a popular place for doe-eyed couples. “There’s just something about fireplaces,” says owner Xavier Teixido. “You feel like you’re by yourselves.” Couples also ask for booths in the Bacchus Room, a separate section in the back of the restaurant. “You can be really focused on each other,” Teixido says. “You won’t be distracted.” For proposals, the restaurants has done everything from sending flowers to the table to serving the ring with a course. The proposal also has been delivered on the menu. In one instance, a horse and carriage pulled up outside the restaurant portico to take the couple on a spin around the parking lot. And when it’s time to get married? Harry’s Savoy Ballroom is right around back. From proposal to wedding to anniversary celebrations, Harry’s Savoy is a one-stop shop.


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Wilmington’s art Loop February 2o14

On the Town

ALSO IN THIS SECTION: This Month at Theatre N Letter from the Mayor Small Business Success Series


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On the Town

Friday, February 7, 2014 5:30 - 9 p.m.

(Individual show times vary by venue, please see venue listing for details.)

Step-by-Step Guide to the 1 2

Review the shows listed in this issue of Art on the Town magazine and choose the opening receptions you want to attend. Map-out choices for the Art on the Town by using the bus schedule and venue. Choose your method of transportation:


Choice A: The Art on the Town shuttle is a free service that offers riders the convenience of a continuous downtown bus that connects the Riverfront, 2nd & Market and 9th & Market areas of the Art Loop. Choice B: Self-guided tours are a go-at-your-own pace option and offer more freedom to visit openings in multiple areas of the Art Loop such as downtown, Trolley Square and off-the-loop locations.


Finish off the evening by enjoying one of Wilmington’s many excellent restaurants. For suggestions please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com


Repeat the first Friday of every month!

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All buses will pick up from the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

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Dusty James, 2013

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302-656-6466 thedcca.org

Little White Cubes, Little Berlin: Philadelphia artist collective thru Feb 23; Sublime Creatures, Hunter Clarke thru Mar 9; New Work, Kay Healy thru Mar 16; Legal Tender, Emily Erb thru Feb 16; MFA Biennial thru Mar 9; Exodus: Canaries Fleeing the Coal Mine, Erica Loustau thru June 2014. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed & Sun 12 – 5

Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE zaikka.com

Photographer and visual artist Eric W. Zippe is displaying various works from over 20 years photographing and his very popular images transferred on to wood. Come enjoy live music and fresh healthy Indian food at Zaikka. Art Loop reception 4 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Feb 28.

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

Pianoman by Verna Hart

Film Brothers Movie Co-op 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE filmbrothers.com

Delaware: Photographic reflections of the first state by a native son. Chuck Toppin’s debut offers a diverse view of his home state. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Feb 28.

Verna Hart – 30 Years in the Making. Hart is a expressionist painter who describes “jazz” as the medium of her work. This exhibit is a visual celebration of life, love and the pursuit of creativity. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 28.


Delaware College of Art and Design 600 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE dcad.edu

Enjoy the best work by students in the Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program at DCAD. All six majors and a variety of media and assignments will be featured from the past year. Art Loop reception in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery 5 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 9 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. through Feb 28.

Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Ccacde.org

Jane Johnson

Rob Solomon

The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE grandopera.org

The Grand Galleries is proud to welcome artist Jane Johnson in The Mainstage Gallery and Rob Solomon in the baby grand Gallery. Visit our artist’s work throughout the months of February and March. For more information about the artists please visit: thegrandwilmington. org/Galleries. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat & Sun for special events.

Life…People…Stories, Yaprak Soysal. Photography that documents life on the streets, captures the essence of the moment in daily life and the expressions of people around us. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Feb 28.

Wilmington Police Dept. 824 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE

The Wilmington Police Department partnered with Bancroft Elementary School, Stubbs Elementary School and Kuumba Academy to create and install 3 large murals in a vacant storefront on Market Street. View from Market Street.



Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE carspeckenscott.com

New Work, Graham Dougherty. An exhibition of new paintings by a local painter. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.

Untitled by Knicoma Fredrick

Ready to Arrange by Lucy Moise

Exhalation of Larks by Lynda Schmid

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

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

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE bluestreakgallery6@gmail.com

Knicoma Frederick’s WPIZ. Knicoma Frederick is the recipient of an Individual Artist Fellowship in Folk Art through the Delaware Division of the Arts. Frederick is a prolific creator of imagery. The February exhibition will feature works from his Road of Righteousness series. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Feb 28.

Lucy Moise is exhibiting watercolors and pastels with a floral and or landscape subject matter. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 28.

Always Undone; Valentines Never Sent, Lynda Schmid. Richly textured and obsessively detailed, this series chronicles valentines that were started but not completed over a ten year period. The materials of handmade paper, gouache, ink, copper, thread, colored pencil and string are combined to evoke both a sense of loss and longing. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 4.

Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilmingtonde.com

Words of Love, Jen Mrozek. Women in black, white and red wearing the infamous letter A. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.

The Cries by Nicole Royer

North Wilmington Library 3400 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE wilmlib.org

Brothers in Art; Olufemi Johnson Ogundipe, Olu Festus. The artwork in this exhibit consist of “oil on canvas’ and “batik on rice paper” from the two artists from Nigeria. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Wed 11:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thu 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri – Sun 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.


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Westminster Presbyterian Church 1502 W. 13th Street Wilmington, DE wpc.org

Using acrylic paint, abstract action painter Nicole Royer brushes and scatters her broad range of emotions onto canvases. Maternity Series depicts the interactions with her first child over the last year, a sweet little baby boy. Art Loop reception 6:30 – 8 p.m. followed by a free concert, Winter Musical Gala, featuring Westminster Church soloists and choir in music from church, opera, and musical theatre. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.

Carspecken Scott Gallery 1707 N. Lincoln Street Wilmington, DE carspeckenscott.com

Baltimore Array; Peter Ferguson, Ariel J Klein, Xavier McNellage, Andy Vible. Four Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) graduates present their new work at Carspecken Scott gallery. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 28.


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Boulder Beach by Stephen Springer Davis

Scarf Woven by Sandy Buckworth

Museum Gallery Cab Calloway School 100 N. DuPont Road Wilmington, DE harmonyweaversguild.org

Fiber Arts, The Possibilities. The exhibit highlights the variety of textiles created by members of the Harmony Weavers Guild. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Mar 13.

Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE stationgallery.net

This show is an eclectic mix of art, including still lifes, landscapes, cows and more. Artists include Rosemary Castiglioni, Rosemary Connelly, Stephen Springer Davis, Janis Fitch & Kate Mundie. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m through Mar 1.

Atlantean Dream Jewelry

Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE bellefontevintage.com

Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE bellefontearts.com

Linda Solomon’s art captures the uniqueness of nature she sees through the lens of her camera and transforms these images into something distinctly her own. Mary Mosaic takes her experience with color and patterns from her extensive creations of tile mosaics into a new realm; Fashion Art. She combines intriguing colors and shapes from fabrics onto “upcycled” clothing. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.

Atlantean Dream Jewelry, Joseph Centron. Inspired by ancient Old World design, local artist Joseph Centron creates one-of-a-kind jewelry using recycled and new materials for a unique and modern look. The pieces incorporate traditional materials such as glass beads, copper and brass with recycled computer components. Art Loop reception 5 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thu 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Feb 28.


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Flamencos Flair by Christine Eckery Waterboarding by J. Patrick Donohue

Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE ardenbuzz.com

Lastago Art

Delaware Center for Conscious Living 1813 Marsh Road, Second Floor Atrium Wilmington, DE Deconsciousliving.com

Life or Death from Breast Cancer? Christine chose life & created the Floral Contemplations collection reflecting the emotion, color, and passion of living. Meg Betts Mauer repurposes precious elements of our earth into timeless wearable art titled Lastago.

DCCL will be offering demonstrations, mini services, group readings, door prizes and refreshments. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 28.

L&L Studio Photography/ Rodney Pratt Framing 204A Delaware Street New Castle, DE Rodneyprattframing.com

Why, Leo A. Melick. A photography exploration of the many questions Melick receives about his art. Celebrate the one year anniversary of this New Castle gallery. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6:45 – 9:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Feb 28.

Ardentown resident J. Patrick Donohue has been experimenting with abstract art for ten years. Utilizing oils, acrylic and watercolors, the artist’s abstract works range from the whimsical to fearful. Inspired by both music and present day events, Donohue’s selected work seeks to evoke movement and feeling through both symbolism and color. Special guests, the WOZ Band, will play gypsy jazz to compliment the artwork. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 16.

Blue Heron Gallery 204B Delaware Street New Castle, DE Blueherongalleryde.com

Delaware Landmarks; Larry Anderson, Jan Williams, James McGlynn, Jana Skolnicki, Amparo Rivera. Many landmarks in Delaware and surrounding areas are not particularly significant in a historical sense. But some are well known just for their popularity as local color. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Mar 28.



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THIS MONTH AT PRICES: $8/adults $6/Senior/Students www.TheatreN.org 302.576.2565 for more info. 302.571.4075Theatre N projection booth Theatre N is located at 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801 THE WAIT Rating: R Showdates: February 28-March 2 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 96 Who determines what is real? An enigmatic phone call from a psychic catapults a family into a state of suspended belief while waiting for their recently deceased mother to be resurrected. One sister believes the claim, and the other staunchly opposes it until she encounters a chance at love, giving her hope that anything, even resurrection, is possible. A struggle between sisters plays out in a world where the virtual and real often converge. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Rating: Not Rated Showdates: February 28-March 2 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 120 Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. SUMMER IN FEBRUARY Rating: Not Rated Showdates: February 21 -23 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 101 A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, Summer in February is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper, Mamma Mia!) and his blueblood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens). Born into a workingclass family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.

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GIRL ON A BICYCLE Rating: R Showdates: February 14-16 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 5pm Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 101 Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess Greta (Nora Tschirner), when a young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot), pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle—and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife,” two Australian children who call him “Papa,” and his life upside-down. 2014 OSCAR NOMINATED SHORTS - DOCUMENTARY Rating: Not Rated Showdates: February 7-9 Showtimes: Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 1pm & 8pm Length (in minutes): 184 Check the Theatre N website for the list of Nomiated Films IN NO GREAT HURRY: 13 LESSONS IN LIFE WITH SAUL LEITER Rating: Not Rated Showdates: February 14-16 Showtimes: Fri. 2pm & 8pm | Sat. 11am & 5pm | Sun. 2pm Length (in minutes): 75 “I believe there is such a thing as a search for beauty.” Saul Leiter could have been lauded as the great pioneer of color photography, but was never driven by the lure of success. Instead he preferred to drink coffee and photograph in his own way, amassing an archive of beautiful work that is now piled high in his New York apartment. In a funny, intimate and moving film, In No Great Hurry follows Saul as he deals with the triple burden of cleaning an apartment full of memories, becoming world famous in his 80’s and fending off a pesky film maker. ADULT WORLD Rating: Not Rated Showdates: February 21-23 Showtimes: Fri. 5pm | Sat. 2pm & 8pm | Sun. 11am & 5pm Length (in minutes): 93 Adult World is a satirical comedy about an eccentric young woman, Amy Anderson, (Emma Roberts) who has just come out of university, convinced she’s going to be a famous poet. Saddled with debt and unemployed she moves back in with her parents who force her to get a job. Desperate and armed with a poetry degree and not much else she takes the only job she can find, working in an adult book store called Adult World. Meanwhile, desperate to get her poems published, Amy stalks an aging punk poet figure named Rat Billings (John Cusack), “one of the greatest poets of the early 90s.” Rat reluctantly agrees to mentor her. As Amy makes new friends, including a drag queen named Rubia, the elderly couple who own Adult World, and Alex, the charming and quirky young manager, she learns that she might not be the voice of her generation after all. DELAWARE PREMIER OF DOWN AND DANGEROUS Rating: NR Showdates: February 15th Showtimes: 8pm Length (in minutes): 120 Always one step ahead of the feds, Paul Boxer is the most inventive and principled smuggler in the trade, and has never needed to carry a gun. When violent mid-level traffickers force him into designing a foolproof scheme to bring several kilos of cocaine across the Mexican border, he plans to rid himself of their hold over him once and for all. But when a beautiful woman from his past enlists his help to escape this life, Paul must confront the man that is hunting him down, and choose between his livelihood and his integrity. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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ur country was founded under the guiding principle that no matter who you are, where you come from, what you look like, or your economic status, if you work hard enough you can be free and successful. It is what is called the American Dream, it is a belief that all men are created equal and have the opportunity to achieve through a measure of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. Still, for some, this dream of freedom, equality and fairness, has been deferred and at times even denied. African Americans could not share in our nation’s value of freedom until 150 years ago when President Lincoln fought to abolish slavery. It was a little more than 50 years ago that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. marched on Washington and delivered a message, longing for a day of justice, equality and brotherhood for all. While freedom and equality have not always been easily attained, America continues to move forward, break down barriers to progress and bridge the gaps to ensure we all can enjoy the rights our forefathers fought for. February is Black History Month—or National African American History Month. This annual recognition is a celebration and recognition of the achievements by African Americans and their significant role in American history. Black History Month is a time to reflect not on the travesties of the struggle, but achievements of our efforts. This month should also remind everyone of the importance of human rights for all people. The City of Wilmington and the State of Delaware embraced the Civil Rights movement. We can be proud to be home of many Civil Rights giants such as Louis L. Redding, the first AfricanAmerican to pass the Delaware bar; Peter Spencer, founder of the first independent black Christian Church in the United States; Honorable Collin Seitz, ordered the end to public-school segregation in Delaware; Reverend Maurice Moyer, who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was assigned to start Delaware’s first black Presbyterian church; and Mayor James Sills, the first African American Mayor for the City of Wilmington. Because these pioneers shared common values, such as honor, courage, dignity, a sense of duty, a sense of sacrifice for their fellows, no matter who they were, they were able to open doors for every American. Their work in our community acts to inspire us all to do what we can, whenever rights are being violated or there is an opportunity to stand up for American ideals. Advances created not in spite of race, but accomplished by people able to look beyond it. It should be a depiction of progress made, together. This is a collective legacy I envision continuing as we work together for the sake of Wilmington, the State of Delaware and the United States of America.


SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS SERIES 12-Week Business Planning & Management Training Program The Small Business Success Series is a rigorous 12-week business planning course which gives entrepreneurs a solid business development foundation. THE PROGRAM AIMS TO: • Enhance entrepreneurial and business management skills via business planning education • Assist small businesses in composing comprehensive business plans • Improve small business access to opportunities and/or capital • Establish self-employment as a viable economic development strategy • Expand the local business base, thereby augmenting local employment opportunities TOPICS INCLUDED: • Vision, mission, and goal planning • Legal structures and business taxes • Market trends and the 4 Ps of marketing (product, price, place, promotion) • Competitive and industry analysis • Financial projections and business finance • Includes one-on-one business plan development counseling, support, and assistance

CLASSES HELD EVERY TUESDAY (MARCH 4TH- MAY 20TH) ***Applications due by Monday, February 10th***

Sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development Small & Minority Business Enterprise Office FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION AND APPLICATIONS: Call: 302-576-2121 Email: smbeo@wilmingtonde.gov

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Members of the Summer Youth Program are offered pre-employment professional training each year.



he Summer Youth Program is administered through the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation, under the direction of Director, Claude McCrae and is funded by the State of Delaware Department of Labor. The Summer Youth Program focuses on orienting and training disadvantaged youth between the ages of 14 and 20, such that they can successfully complete a summer of employment in the community. “We really focus on making the pre-employment training meaningful and to provide a positive and supportive work environment for the students,” says Director McCrae. “Promoting responsibility, team work and solid work ethics goes hand-in-hand with resume writing workshops and trainings on interviewing and professionalism. We want them to start on the right track and be set up for success and continued selfsufficiency later in life.” 38 FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Any young person interested in the Summer Youth program, who is a City resident and falls within the age guideline should contact the Department of Parks & Recreation to learn other eligibility details and to find out when training begins. After earning the Training Certificate, this year, the Department will conduct a lottery system to determine which qualifying students will earn placements for the limited number of placements. “Resources are limited and the number of placements is determined by the amount of funding we get. Last year over 800 youth applied for only 289 openings,” explained Youth & Family Manager, Nicole Adams. Employment opportunities are offered through community businesses and government agencies that range from small businesses, to large employers such as DART. Adams goes on to explain that “partners such as Rock Manor Golf Course are wonderful because they ► A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Celebrating programs that provide job training and employment support services in our City. WEST END NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE completely underwrite all costs of Summer Youth employees, which frees more funding for smaller businesses to benefit from the program. We are planning to restructure to frame the program as a one-time experience to give as many youth as possible the opportunity to get this foundational work experience and training.” Dasia Bruce is an 18 year-old senior at Howard High School of Technology. Born and raised in the City’s 4th District, near Bancroft Elementary, Dasia is an example of the willingness to learn and absorb all that the Summer Youth Program has to offer. “I was working as a parking lot attendant at Frawley Stadium at the Riverfront, when my parents encouraged me to apply for the Summer Youth program at the Woodlawn Library,” explains Dasia. “I was there for a little while before becoming a Summer Youth Locker Attendant at Fletcher Brown Pool. One day I went to the Parks & Recreation Office to pick up my paycheck. By coincidence, I ran into Mr. Shawn Baker, who is the Recreation Program Coordinator and who is also one of my contacts at the Program. He asked if I’d be interested in moving from the Pool, to become his Administrative Assistant. I started soon after and I love it. I’ve taken up cosmetology at school, but I hope to stay with the City after graduation and hope to pursue a career in youth development and recreation.” Dasia’s experience is exactly what the Summer Youth Program is striving toward: young people having the opportunity to learn what’s expected at the workplace and then take their ‘toolkit’ out into areas they are interested in as future careers. This fall, the Department of Parks & Recreation will pilot a school-year adaptation of the Summer Youth Program, wherein training will be provided and part-time employment opportunities will be offered competitively. This means that students will interview for positions and employers will be able to choose who they would like to take on as employees, rather than being chosen by lottery. Like the traditional Summer Model, those who do not find placements will have earned the pre-employment training certificate to add to their resume and will be eligible for future rounds of the program. As explained by McCrae, “Our department wants to be responsive to the problem of limited access to opportunities for the City’s youth. We expect that the year-round program will increase opportunities for new partners to be involved, and will absolutely increase the number of youth we can impact through our programming and support.” City residents, between the ages of 14 and 20, who are interested in the Summer Youth Program should contact the Department of Parks and Recreation at the City: 302-576-3810. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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West End Neighborhood House offers FREE employment opportunities for youth and adults 16 years of age and older. Services are designed to help individuals build the critical thinking skills necessary to enhance employability and gain and retain employment. • GED Preparation Classes & Tutorial Services • GED Testing & Fee Assistance Job Preparedness Workshops • Customer Service Certification Training • Job Placement Assistance & Training • Transition Assistance to College & Advanced Training To learn more, call Director of Children, Youth & Adult Programming at: 302-658-4171. Or check out their website at: www.westendnh.org.

GOODWILL INDUSTRIES Goodwill Industries and the Wal-Mart Foundation collaborated to create the Beyond Jobs Program. Beyond Jobs is a program that provides assistance and tools to program participants, such that they can make the best possible decisions for themselves and their families. The Beyond Jobs Program is about employment, but also other aspects of healthy living and self-sufficiency. • Complete career assessments with individualized career planning • Jobs skills training • Job placement and retention services • Post-placement supports through counseling, training and family supports • Financial education • Family strengthening services • Assistance with early education and childcare • Connections to healthy food and nutrition initiatives To learn more about Beyond Jobs at Goodwill Industries, call Coordinator and Public Ally, Stephanie Dawkins at: 302504-3543 or visit the Goodwill Industries website at: www. goodwillde.org.



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Friday, January 31 & Saturday, February 1 Friday, February 7 & Saturday, February 8 All Shows 8pm CTC amps up the 20th Anniversary Season by kicking it root-down with Best Of: 2.0, a comic showcase of favorite 10-Minute Plays the troupe has performed throughout their illustrious history. CTC fan favorites from the past 20 years—George Tietze, Dylan Geringer, Todd Holtsberry, Mary Catherine Kelley, James Kassees, Kerry Kristine McElrone, Jim Burns, Adam Wahlberg, and Melissa Bernard—promise to make you laugh, make you ponder, and make you possibly throw up in your mouth a little. In a good way.

Join CTC for this historically hilarious event! The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios • 4 S. Poplar Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

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THE ARTS There’s Something for Everyone to Love This Month By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald In the month of Cupid and romance, here’s something everyone can love: the Arts in Wilmington! LOVE ROMANCE? What’s more romantic than the pottery-wheel scene in Ghost? Re-create your own (PG) version with Clay Date at the Delaware Art Museum on Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p. m. Start with a glass of wine, experiment with clay and come away with your own Swayze-Moore-inspired creation. Admission is $30 for museum members and $35 for non-members; space is limited, so plan ahead. Purchase tickets at the museum’s website: delart.org. Go old-school date night with Monday Night Movies at Penn Cinema Riverfront. Weekly Monday features include ‘80s faves Sixteen Candles and Top Gun, and classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Gone with the Wind. Treat your date to throwback flicks in modern IMAX. LOVE TO LAUGH? This month, Wilmington’s the place to get your giggle on. City Theater Company’s BEST OF 2.0 (which opened Jan. 31) takes you on a wild comic tour of CTC’s illustrious 20-year history. The 8 p.m. shows (Friday, Feb. 1 & 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8) at the Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios feature a collection of their best and funniest 10-minute plays, starring fan favorite actors. Tickets are $20 general, $30 VIP and are available at city-theater.org. Just up the road at the Grand is Jen Childs’ Why I’m Scared of Dance—a one-on-one lesson on why working at the barre is not quite as much fun as working at the bar. It’s a moving, self-effacing comedy about turning the choreography life gives you into the dance that only you were meant to do. The one-night-only show is Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 p. m. Tickets are available at ticketsatthegrand.org. WHOM DO YOU LOVE—MUSIC OR DANCE? Christina Cultural Arts Center is expert at bringing cross-cultural experiences to the community. Now, they bring a rare, intimate performance on Friday, Feb. 7, from Grammy-nominated crossover artists Snarky Puppy. This group’s unique sound melds jazz and rock with gospel and R&B in a mix of raw funk and soulful simplicity. Tickets are $20 and are available at ccacde.org. Don’t know ballet? Time to get acquainted and up close! On Friday, Feb. 7, get cozy with an intimate introduction to classical and contemporary ballet in Up Front with FSBT in the Baby Grand’s Studio 1, followed by a reception with FSBT’s dancers and staff. You’ll never get closer to the action, and you may discover a whole new love. Tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students (18 and younger) and are available at ticketsatthegrand.org. LOVE FAMILY TIME? February isn’t just chocolate and roses…you can also shower your loved ones with quality time and fun. Together, celebrate your love of animals large and small with Cupid’s Creatures at Brandywine Zoo. Create wild valentines, tour the zoo and decorate it with your creations. This family holiday workshop on Saturday, Feb. 8, is good for ages 6 and up. Admission is $12 per person or $10 a person for Delaware Zoological Society Members. For details, visit brandywinezoo.org. Victorine’s Valentine’s Day at Hagley Museum and Library is a sweet family event with something for everyone on Saturday, Feb. 8. Named in honor of Victorine du Pont Bauduy, this event invites guests to decorate candy wrappers, customize hot chocolate with different toppings and discover the Victorian roots of Valentine’s Day through Hagley’s collections. For more details, visit their website: hagley.org. Here’s wishing you a love—and art-filled month! Want more ArtStuff? Follow me and Dewey the Art Dog @ArtsinMedia!


ONE NIGHT ONLY First State Ballet Theatre presents the edgy creation of Wilmington-based composer Shaun Dougherty The one night only performance of Irene, a First State Ballet Theatre piece melding classical and contemporary music, is set for Wilmington’s Grand Opera House on Friday, Feb. 21. Irene is the urban, sophisticated brainchild of Wilmington-based guitarist, teacher and composer Shaun Dougherty, who composed the music and libretto for the full-length work. FSBT dancer and choreographer Alex Buckner joins him and the FSBT’s 22-person professional company. “I believe with this ballet being a mixture of classical and contemporary music, it will bring in a new audience,” Dougherty says. “People from age 10 to 110 will enjoy this ballet. It’s for everyone.” The ballet is about a young, talented dancer named Irene who leaves her small hometown to join the most prestigious ballet company in the world. Once she arrives, things are not what they seem—her fellow dancers and teachers are, in fact, vampires. Irene’s overprotective boyfriend Ethan tries to keep her from her bloodthirsty acquaintances, who offer her friendship, while she must figure out if this new lifestyle is something she can live with. The ending is a surprise, possibly even to Dougherty and Buckner. “We are the only people that know the real ending at this moment,” says Dougherty as of press time. “We’re playing with the idea of having two different endings and deciding at the last minute. We will see!” An all-Delaware production, Irene will feature a live pit band, including a 12-person string section drawn largely from members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, a percussion section, pianist, Dougherty on guitar, and a conductor. The music is vibrant and rock-inspired, the staging will be dark and mysterious and choreography will feature Buckner’s blend of classical and contemporary technique infused with humor and pathos. The Irene team encourages attendees to bring their Valentine to the Grand for this evening of drama, suspense and passion. “When was the last time you got really dressed up and went to a show? Maybe once in the last six months?” asks Dougherty. “When was the last time you saw a professionally-performed classical and contemporary ballet with live musicians about vampires? Never. This is the first ever.” “I jumped at the chance to pursue this collaboration because its vampire theme give us the perfect entree to an under-represented audience segment— teens to 30-somethings,” says Executive Director Robert Grenfell, who has been involved with FSBT since its inception in 1999. The company has been headquartered at the Grand since 2003, and performances are held throughout the state from Arden to Selbyville. Grenfell and Pasha and Kristina Kambalov, FSBT artistic director and FSBT school director, named the company First State Ballet Theatre to send a clear signal that FSBT is “Delaware’s ballet company,” says Grenfell. “We immediately began producing some of the most exciting ballet performances Delaware citizens had ever seen,” says Grenfell. “First State Ballet Theatre is Delaware’s only professional ballet company and is the finest ballet company in Delaware history.” For the past three seasons, FSBT has been the busiest and most ubiquitous major performing arts company in the state and the only major performing arts company to present a statewide season, averaging more than 24 performances of 11 or 12 programs in 10 to 13 venues in all three counties, says Grenfell. Irene begins at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $28. They are available at the Grand box office, www.ticketsatthegrand.org, and www.shaundougherty.com. —Krista Connor FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Delaware Historical Society’s Sesquicentennial Soiree

Marco Benevento

13, the Musical

Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway • 302.475.3126 bit.ly/1aBTRgb

Wilmington Drama League 10 W. Lea Blvd. • 302.764.1172 bit.ly/1hrpocA





Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose (Yoga & Beer Tasting)

Family Workshop: Cupid’s Creatures

The Life and Legacy of Vincent van Gogh

Alton Brown Live! The Inevitable Edible Tour


Aladdin, the Musical Delaware Children’s Theatre 1014 Delaware Avenue • 302.655.1014 bit.ly/JZq5em

Historic Courthouse on Rodney Square 1000 N. King St. • 302.295.2392 bit.ly/1gcgDiU

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/1f9jxIH

Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747 bit.ly/1ibmXbD

Hockessin Library 1023 Valley Rd. • 302.239.5160 bit.ly/1cIYSUb


TUESDAYS, FEB 18 & 25, 5:30PM


Science After Dark: Evolution of Love (21+)

Eco Fusion: 3-D Forms with Repurposed Materials

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111 bit.ly/1aBUKW3

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262 bit.ly/1iLfkeW

SATS, FEB 22 - MAR 15, 10:30AM

Going Postal

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.764.6338 bit.ly/198OUjM

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The Exonerated

The Grand 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND bit.ly/1aaUyRj


Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100 bit.ly/1egruGP

DuPont Theatre 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401 bit.ly/1iLfKBL




The Reminders with Johnny Neal

Concerts on Kentmere with Pyxis Piano Quartet

live @ the baby grand 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND bit.ly/1lyb0PK

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590 bit.ly/1cU9CmQ

Mike Doughty’s, AwardWinning Question Jar Show World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/19NHFOZ

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• “Blessed are the Peacemakers”: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory (1941) Feb 8 - May 25 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

• Emily Erb’s Legal Tender thru Feb 16 • Erica Loustau’s Exodus: Canaries Fleeing

the Coal Mine thru Feb 17 • Little Berlin’s Little White Cubes: Part II thru Feb 23 • Rumi Sumaq’s Coco Paniora Salinas Feb 7 - Mar 28 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

Delaware College of Art & Design

• Annual Student Exhibition Feb 7 - Feb 28 302.622.8000 • 600 N. Market Street

Mezzanine Gallery

• Knicoma Frederick's WPIZ Feb 7 - Feb 28 302577.8278 • 820 N. French Street

The Station Gallery

• Winter Group Show Feb 7 - Mar 1 302.654.8638 • 3922 Kennett Pike

Art is After Dark: Valentine’s Day

TheDCH’s Copeland Lecture: Martha’s Vineyard Wildtype & the Pollinator Crisis • Mt. Cuba Center

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590

3120 Barley Mill Road • 302.239.4244

Clay Date • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7TH Art is Tasty • Delaware Art Museum

Peekaboo Revue: Valentine’s Show

Art on the Town • Various Locations Buses leave 5:45pm from DCCA, last return approx. 8:30pm • 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

Vance Gilbert • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590


Up Front with FSBT & Feb 8 baby grand’s Studio 1 818 N. Market Street • 302.658.7897

Peanut Butter & Jams: Dan Zanes World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Tatnall School Coffee House World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Grilled Cheese & Craft Beer Tasting World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Snarky Puppy

Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market St. • 302.652.0101

DCM Play Date

The Nighthawks

Dayseam, The Hyde, The Burgeoning & The Silent Signals • World Cafe Live at

550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400



Brandywine Zoo Camp Open House Peanut Butter & Jams: Elska

Etch A Sketch® People, Presidents, & Places thru Mar 2 • Delaware Children’s

Try Science: Be a Space Scientist

Museum • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

What You Didn’t Know About DCM 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Hadrosaurus foulkii thru Feb 23 Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111 Charlie & Kiwi's Evolutionary Adventure thru May 26 • Delaware Museum of Natural History • 4840 Kennett Pk. • 302.658.9111

DCCA University Saturdays 10am-2pm

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 South Madison Street • 302.656.6466

PB & Jams: The Zinghoppers • WCL at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

CTC’s Best of 2.0 thru Feb 8

Opera Studios • 4 S. Poplar St. • 302.220.8285

Gable Music’s Singer Songwriter Showcase • World Cafe Live at The

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Family Sunday at the DCCA

1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Brian Huntley Lecture: "Kirstenbosch, The Most Beautiful Garden in Africa" Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pk. • 800.448.3883

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466


World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Presidents Day Camp

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

& Feb 9 • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Top Gun • Penn Cinema Riverfront & IMAX 401 S. Madison St. • 302.656.4314

Victorine’s Valentine’s Day

Bad Rabbits • World Cafe Live at The

Hagley Museum and Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400

Queen • 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400


Movie Night: Gnomeo & Juliet

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

$2 Night at DCM

550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Spokey Speaky’s Bob Marley Bday Celebration • World Cafe Live at The

The Sermon! • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Minas presents a Tribute to Sergio Mendes • World Cafe Live at The Queen

The Lost Art of Seed Saving

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262


Hold-Up & Kind of Creatures • WCL at

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Zoo Tales e/o Sunday 10am thru Apr 27


Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Irene w/ FSBT • The Grand


818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

Don Mclean • The Grand

Sixteen Candles • Penn Cinema Riverfront

& IMAX • 401 S. Madison St. • 302.656.4314

Grand Baile Latin Dance Night • The

Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds

Ted Daeschler Lecture: Great Steps in the History of Life...

Runnin’ Late • World Cafe Live at The

818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND



Sampler Sundays every Sun thru Mar 30 Hagley Museum and Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400



Raging Roller Coasters thru Feb 9 Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Baby & Me Tuesdays 9:30am thru Mar 25 Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Dr. • 302.571.7747

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street

Guitar Passions w/ Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH moe. • The Grand 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND The Old Ceremony • World Cafe Live at

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH Brandywine Zoo Kids every Thurs 9:30am 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Art Salad: Lunchtime Talks Thurs 12pm DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Why I’m Scared of Dance thru Feb 8 Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111



3rd Annual Shine a Light on the Queen - Rolling Stones Tribute

Workshop for Artists

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 South Madison Street • 302.656.6466

Lance Lopez w/ Mikey Junior Band

Gild Hall • 2621 The Highway • 302.475.3126

Arlo Guthrie: Here Come the Kids


The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Sunday Studio Series • Delaware Art


Museum • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Classical Revolution Delaware

Lost Galleons: Discovering the Secret’s of Florida’s Shipwrecks

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Chase Center of the Riverfront 815 Justison St. • 302.429.7447

Floral Arranging: Winter Palette: Make & Take Workshop • TheDCH


1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262

Pitch Perfect • Penn Cinema Riverfront & IMAX • 401 S. Madison St. • 302.656.4314

Lettuce • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400



Michael Bolton • The Grand

Live, Thrive & Survive: Urban Environments for Healthy Plants

818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND


TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262

The Security Project • WCL at The

Sea Wolf • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Meadowscaping in Urban Landscapes TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262

Winter Day Camp • Brandywine Zoo 1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH The Porch Chops • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Valentine’s Dinner Date Camp

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios/City Theater Co. 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assn., WYRA.ORG 4. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 5. Residences at Christina Landing 6. Harry’s Seafood Grill / Riverfront Market, HARRYS-SAVOY.COM 7. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 8. FireStone Roasting House, FIRESTONERIVERFRONT.COM 9. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM 10. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk

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11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG 13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM

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DCM PLAY DATE February 15, 5pm Delaware Children’s Museum

DEEC FAMILY EGG DROP CHALLENGE* FEBRUARY 23, 1-3PM DuPont Environmental Education Center

18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame 21. Chase Center on the Riverfront, CENTERONTHERIVERFRONT.COM 22. Dravo Plaza & Dock 23. Shipyard Center Planet Fitness, PLANETFITNESS.COM 24. Timothy’s Restaurant, TIMOTHYSONTHERIVERFRONT.COM

7TH ANNUAL ARTS & BUSINESS PARTNERS RECEPTION* February 18, 5:30-7:30pm Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG 27 DART Park-n-Ride Lot 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM Photo by Dick Dubroff of Final Focus Photography

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RIVERFRONT EVENTS ART SALAD WINTER/SPRING 2014 Starting February 6th Thursdays, Noon-1pm Round table discussions. Casual atmosphere. Join us and be a part of the discussion. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

WHY I’M SCARED OF DANCE* February 6- February 8, show times vary. A moving and self-effacing comedy, WHY I’M SCARED OF DANCE by Jen Childs is about turning the choreography life gives you into the dance that only you were meant to do. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org

ART ON THE TOWN February 7, 5-9pm Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

DCM PLAY DATE!* February 15, 5pm Who said that kids couldn’t have fun on date nights, too? Ditch the babysitter and sign them up for a DCM Play Date — a night that both kids and parents will LOVE. Parents will love four hours to themselves to have a special Valentine’s date night out on the town. And the kids will love having four hours of the Museum to themselves with plenty of fun, hands-on games and activities, dinner and an ice cream sundae bar dessert, playtime in our interactive exhibits, a kid-sized dance party, and more. Date nights will never be the same again. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org

A BIRD IN THE HAND February 16, 12pm Explore the many uses of paper, from origami to sculpture, as you create fantastical creatures inspired by Erica Loustau’s exhibition Exodus: Canaries Fleeing the Coal Mine. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org

THE EXONERATED* February 19-March 9, show times vary. Hear the shocking stories of six innocent death row inmates who were released from prison after their convictions were overturned. Your worst nightmare becomes a reality when the justice system fails, thrusting innocent people into the volatile depths of the prison system. Taken from actual interviews and infused with hope, join these six as they reveal the true side of the story that was traipsed through the Courtroom. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org

DEEC FAMILY EGG DROP CHALLENGE* February 23, 1-3pm Compete in the second annual DEEC Family Egg Drop Challenge. Winter is the perfect time to get creative and team up with family members to win a prize. Competition format: family members complete a scavenger hunt and earn points for their team, points are used to ‘purchase’ materials to create a structure that protects the team egg, then the egg is dropped off the balcony. Whose egg will make it in one piece? The winning family gets an egg-travagant prize! DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

Dinner & a

movie for

Valentine’s Day?


7TH ANNUAL ARTS & BUSINESS PARTNERS RECEPTION* February 18, 5:30-7:30pm Art in the Age of Consumerism Network with area business leaders and hear remarks from Missy Peltz, Executive Director, Anthropologies and colleague Carolyn Keer, Creative Director of Print, Anthropologie. Enjoy wonderful, creative hors d’oeuvres from our exclusive caterer, Jimmy Duffy’s, and a cash bar. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org




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Secrets of a Decadent Dessert Temperature, timing, and a few key ingredients make for the perfect ending to a meal


By Robert Lhulier

hat moment of the evening has arrived. You’ve been thinking about it all throughout dinner. You feel butterflies in your belly, and your palms are beginning to get all sweaty. You may have even fantasized about what decadence lies ahead. And then the server asks the question: “Can I interest you in some dessert this evening?” That Grinch smile does the triple curl on your cheeks as you clench your hands in greedy anticipation. There’s at least one dish on your mind, and you begin convincing the others which dessert they should order so you can steal a forkful. The plate arrives with a tiny bit of fanfare as you whiff the combination of caramelized sugar, sweet spices and perhaps a dash of Dutch cocoa. With a Christmas-morning-like anticipation, you dive in. Your reaction is immediate: cheeks draw in, salivation begins and eyes roll back. “How slowly can I eat this?” is what you think next, and suddenly the conversation is a muffled “blah, blah, blah.” You’re in sugar heaven and don’t want to come back. A dessert high can best be understood in technical terms as the body processing sugar, which gives it immediate energy to burn, followed by the inevitable crash. Sometimes it may include caffeine, in the case of coffee-themed sweets, or theobromine, a stimulant in chocolate. But that seems to ignore the obvious: it tastes so good! You needn’t analyze why, for example, cinnamon and sugar are such a seductive coupling. The combination of sweet and exotic is pleasing to smell as well as eat (It also happens to be the backbone of many ethnic cuisines, such as Indian, Mexican, Middle-Eastern and Chinese). The Culinary Institute of America teaches that a successful dessert menu must build around the five Cs: chocolate, citrus, coffee, cheese and caramel. But to delve deeper, those five Cs build on a more basic level of ingredients in the Sweet Pantry: fat, sugar, eggs, starch and salt. ► FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Lobster Bisque • Two large Boursin & Crab Stuffed Mushroom Caps • Steamed Asparagus Limone Cheesy Au Gratin Potatoes • Chocolate Decadence topped with raspberry sauce

For the main course, choose from these two entrees: Petite Filet Mignon (5oz) stuffed with our famous crab imperial and served with Hollandaise sauce.

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SECRETS OF A DECADENT DESSERT continued from previous page

Fat, such as butter or cream, provides depth of flavor. Sugar and eggs are emulsifiers; they aid in stabilizing water and fat. Think of them as the “glue.” Starch provides additional stability and volume, followed by salt, whose main function is to bring out the flavor of the final product. The chocolate, citrus, coffee, cheese and caramel are more like co-stars in the show. Yet the bulk of all pastries, pies, cakes, ice cream, doughnuts, gateaux and tarts contain a combination of these basics. To this, I would add some other Cs that are texture-related: crunchy, creamy and custardy. They provide balance and counterpoint, and infinite depth when pitted against one another. These characteristics take what could otherwise be very similar variations on a theme, and turn out seemingly endless iterations. Another factor that controls the final product is the temperature of ingredients. Heavy cream, for example, doesn’t whip nearly as well (or quickly) warm as it does cold. Butter can be both a liquid and a solid; which form you choose significantly affects your baked item. Cookie dough or a pie crust that’s been chilled before going into the oven can mean the difference between a flaky, crumbly crust and one big, flat, texturechallenged disc. And lastly, eggs used at room temperature beat up fuller and tend to make baked goods rise better. One recipe that utilizes all these concepts and ingredients is for the French staple, brioche. Vary these rules and instead of the classic buttery, light and fluffy bread, you can wind up with a dense mass resembling a potato roll. When there are so few ingredients in baking, playing by the rules is crucial. The next element in baking that is critical is timing: when you add ingredients to a recipe is just as important as temperature. With items as delicate as egg yolks, whipped egg whites and cream, and softened butter, you must respect their properties. It’s the main reason why baking is more an exact science than cooking: you can’t throw everything together and walk away. A disciplined, methodical touch is the hallmark of a professional, serious baker. Robert Lhulier is executive chef at the University & Whist Club of Wilmington.


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Valentine’s Day Wine & Chocolate Pairing Friday, February 14 • 2-5pm Taste three local wines from Paradocx Vineyards with a variety of artisanal and organic chocolates from Taza.

A free event at your community natural grocer featuring live acoustic music.


Wines available to purchase in Landenberg or Kennett Square, PA


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Italian cuisine is soaring in popularity. Above, sun-dried tomato oil for bread-dipping is a staple at Taverna in Newark.

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The Small Wonder can’t get its fill of Italian food By Pam George Photos by Danielle Quigley

rive south on Route 202 and you might notice a flurry of activity near the Charcoal Pit, where construction has started on an Italian restaurant. Now drive north, and just across the Pennsylvania line, look for Arugula Ristorante Italiano, which opened in late November in a strip center space that once housed Sweet Basil, then Sweet Mango, two Asian restaurants. Next, turn left onto Route 1 and head south. Antica Italian Restaurant & BYOB in Chadds Ford has taken up residence in Bistro on the Brandywine’s old location. Across the street, Fellini Café opened in January. Judging by the number of new Italian restaurants in the area, interest in Italian cuisine is rampant. Taverna on Main Street in Newark opened in November 2012, and there are rumors of an Italian restaurant opening in the brick shops that hug Marsh Road across from the Graylyn Shopping Center. So what’s the appeal? For some, it’s the flavors. For others, it’s the price point, and for many it’s the variety. No longer does Italian mean just spaghetti and meatballs or eggplant parmesan. It means fresh, whole fish filleted at the table, expensive cuts of veal or beef, and pasta made on site with unusual ingredients. ►


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Italian cuisine, now among the world’s finest, was originally considered “peasant food” according to author John Mariani.

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Italian restaurants weren’t always so plentiful. The cuisine in the mid-20th century was primarily limited to Italian immigrants’ kitchens. Back then, Italians made do with what they could find in America. Extra virgin olive oil, porcini mushrooms, balsamic vinaigrette, high-end tomato products, fresh pasta, semolina bread, fine Italian meats and cheeses, and gelatos were unheard of in this country. (For many, a Kraft green cardboard container was the only source of parmesan cheese.) Heavy cream sauces, cheese-filled pasta and thick sauces with lessexpensive cuts of meat ruled the early Italian restaurant menus, says John Mariani, author of How Italian Food Conquered the World. Italian food was considered inexpensive “peasant food,” he says. In 1940, Tresilla Robino opened Mrs. Robino’s Italian Restaurant in Little Italy after seeing the demand for her homecooked meals among Italian immigrants. (Hungry customers lined up outside her door and she initially served them in groups.) Mrs. Robino’s was followed by Madeline’s Italian Restaurant, also in Little Italy. The Del Rose opened in 1962 in Trolley Square. Roma Italian Ristorante in Dover started as a pizza place in 1973, and five years later La Casa Pasta opened in Newark. Gallucio’s on Lovering Avenue was in the same family for 43 years before being purchased in 2013 by Sergio Pellegrino, who also owns Café Mezzanotte in downtown Wilmington. Luigi Vitrone, who started Pastabilities in 1988, isn’t surprised that the concept was embraced in this area. “We have a large Italian-American population,” he says. He includes the Greater Philadelphia region in that assessment. Those who didn’t live in a city with a substantial Italian community were often introduced to Italian food via Chef Boyardee’s canned products. (The company was founded in Cleveland in 1928 by Italian immigrant Ettore “Hector” Boiardi.) In the 1990s, Americans became aware of the Mediterranean diet. Grains, beans, olive oils, pastas and grilled foods inched into home kitchens and onto restaurant menus. Better quality


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No matter the price, Italian food in America has become synonymous with “comfort food,” says Candace Roseo, owner of Bella Vista Trattoria, which has a location in Pike Creek and another on the Wilmington Riverfront. Gretchen Kennedy of Wilmington would agree. “Italian food is about passion, love, tradition, and fresh ingredients: garlic, salt, tomatoes, basil, cream,” she says. Now children cut their teeth on it. “Kids who won’t eat a lot of foods will usually eat pasta,” Butler notes. Nostalgia in part is why red-gravy houses are still flourishing. The menu at the new Arugula Ristorante Italiano in Glen Mills, Pa., includes chicken parmesan, rigatoni with meatballs, veal chops and meatballs. Fellini Café highlights veal and eggplant parmesan paninis, pizzas, and entrees, including shrimp scampi, veal dishes, ravioli in a tomato-cream sauce, and chicken topped with eggplant and provolone in a tomato sauce. Antica in Chadds Ford is following in the footsteps of its sister, the wildly popular Il Granaio near Concordville, Pa. Both mix standards (chicken parmesan and fried calamari) with fresh takes, such as braised short rib over crispy polenta and seafood agnolotti in a truffle-brandy cream. Fish is filleted tableside. Increasingly you’ll hear the word “rustic” attached to an Italian concept. It typically refers to menus full of seasonal ingredients, grilled and roasted foods, and herbs, citrus, and olive oil. As Roseo puts it, “Rustic is made with what you have in the garden or that you buy from the guy with the vegetable cart.” (Only with a lot more expertise than many of us have.) Café Mezzanotte bills its cuisine as “pan-Mediterranean.” Menu selections might include pork chop Masala – instead of the usual chicken or veal versions – baked flounder stuffed with crab imperial and splashed with lobster cream sauce, or filet mignon with roasted garlic and wild mushroom demi-glace. ►

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Full of flavor and versatility

Today’s wide range of Italian dishes appeals to consumers, and it’s also a boon for restaurateurs. “You don’t need to leave anything off the menu,” says Eric Sugrue, managing partner of the Big Fish Restaurant Group, whose Route 202 restaurant near the Charcoal Pit is tentatively titled Bella Coast and is set to open this summer. “You can offer fish, beef, veal—everything. It’s so universal.” Indeed. Consider: whole grilled branzino at Soffrito Italian Grill in Newark; gnocchi with goat cheese cream, Brussels sprouts and pumpkin seed breadcrumbs at Piccolina Toscana; herb-crusted ahi tuna with spinach, shiitake mushrooms, white beans, and kalamata olives at Taverna in Newark; and a 16-ounce veal chop with roasted garlic, rosemary and olive oil at Ristorante Marco in Bear. Featuring such a diversity of dishes benefits the bottom line. At his Big Fish Grill restaurants, Sugrue grapples with the ever-rising cost of seafood, which is—not surprisingly—the main attraction at the three Big Fish locations. There’s only so much people will pay, and Big Fish is dedicated to being familyfriendly, which means keeping prices in check. Promoting non-seafood dishes doesn’t work. “If I put a pork loin dish on the specials menu—no matter how good it is—I won’t be able to sell it,” Sugrue says. “But at an Italian restaurant, I could sell out.” Some maintain that restaurants embrace Italian food because it offers a higher profit margin. “If all I sold was pasta and red sauce [without a protein] then maybe,” Butler says. “But people want dishes with ingredients like poached halibut.”

At lower price points, meanwhile, people expect a big bang for their buck, much as they would at Mexican and Chinese restaurants, Roseo says. Bigger portions and lower prices don’t necessarily translate to hefty profits. Any restaurant, no matter its pricing, still has overhead, including labor, tableware and kitchen equipment. “When the equipment breaks down, that’s $120 for a service call, even if they can’t repair it,” Vitrone says. The cost of goods has also gone up. When Vitrone started his business in 1988, olive oil was around $10 a gallon. Now it’s three times as expensive. Menu prices can’t climb at the same rate just because an ingredient becomes scarce or more expensive.

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Despite the challenges in the industry as a whole, the restaurants and shops specializing in Italian food keep coming. “There’s so much to try and choose from, and they’re all local places based in Delaware,” says fan Pat Ochonicki, owner of Biscotti e Dolci, a cookies and sweets bakery in Newark. She mentions Frank & Louie’s Italian Specialties and Touch Of Italy locations at the beach, and Fierro Cheese, Papa’s Italian Market and DiFonzo’s Bakery in Wilmington. Butler doesn’t feel the market is saturated. “Mrs. Robino’s and Toscana, for instance, are not alike,” he says. “We have a different style and it’s a different night out for the customers.” Even his busy restaurant group might have room for one more. “I’d open another Italian restaurant,” he says. “Just send me the check!”

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ALWAYS ROOM FOR A NIGHTCAP It can be the perfect ending to the perfect meal

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ust as children look forward to dessert at the end of a meal, so too do many adults crave an after-dinner drink to cap off their evening, as well as to help digestion just a bit. A wide array of digestifs, liqueurs and bitters, along with dessert wines and ports, offer diners a way to enjoy each other’s company while complementing their meal—and they’re available at your local liquor stores. We visited some of those stores to gather a quick guide to post-dinner drinks. Happy imbibing!

Frank Pagliaro, of Frank’s Union Wine Mart in Wilmington, recommended a few liqueurs to get us going. Bitters – Many think of bitters as simply an additive for a classic Manhattan, but this botanical solution originally served more of a medicinal purpose, aiding in digestion as far back as ancient Egypt. “Bitters have been making quite the comeback, and I’m not just talking about the classic Angostura brand,” Pagliaro says. “Bittermens, now made out of New Orleans, is a very popular line of bitters that we sold a lot of in December. Their flavors range from orange to habañero to cranberry.”

Fernet-Branca – An extremely bitter Italian liqueur, FernetBranca is more for the seasoned bitters drinker, and can certainly stand on its own, either neat or on the rocks. However, to cut the robust flavors, Pagliaro suggests adding some ginger ale: the bubbles will help with digestion. Campari – While typically considered an aperitif, Campari can also work as a digestif, due to its herbal nature, Frank says. “If you mix an ounce or two of this orange-flavored liqueur with club soda and a dash of bitters, it makes for a nice, refreshing, after-dinner drink that will help digestion.” Bénédictine – A blended liqueur that includes 27 plants, herbs and spices in the recipe, Bénédictine possesses a sweet flavor that works as a substitute for dessert, and, again, helps aid digestion. The classic cocktail is to mix Bénédictine with brandy, also known as a B&B. However, mixing it with warm milk can make for a sleepinducing cocktail right before bed. DESSERT IN A WINE GLASS Here’s good news for those who refuse to sit through any dinner without a glass of red or white in their hands: You can continue the celebration of grapes after the main course has been cleared with a glass or bottle of dessert wine. Eric Tuverson, of Moore Brothers Wine Company in Trolley Square, suggests four varietals for wine lovers who have yet to discover the world of sweeter after-dinner wines.


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Moscato d’Asti – A slightly sweet and effervescent white wine ALWAYS ROOM FOR that’s low in alcohol (and not nearly A NIGHTCAP as sweet, bubbly or high in alcohol continued from previous page as its commercial counterpart, Asti Spumante), Moscato d’Asti is one of the more versatile dessert wines on the market. “It’s sweet but not sickeningly sweet,” Tuverson says, “and it goes as well with dark chocolate as it does with raspberry mousse cake or cookies and ice cream.” Brachetto – Like the Moscato d’Asti, Brachetto is handmade, typically from the Piedmont region of Italy, and is slightly effervescent. The biggest difference, however, is that the Brachetto is a “black” grape, and thus produces a red dessert wine. Essence of fresh raspberries and strong floral notes make this wine perfect for a pairing with berries or chocolate, according to Tuverson. Sauternes – Sweeter than the first two wines mentioned, Sauternes is a white dessert wine, wherein the grapes used in the winemaking process have been infected with botrytis, or “noble rot.” When a crop of the grapes is left hanging on the vines, this gray fungus begins to take over, and eventually produces a very sweet and concentrated juice that, after being picked, can be turned into what is often called a late harvest wine. “Sauternes is produced in southwest France, where there is more moisture in the air, and it can basically stand on its own as a dessert course,” Tuverson says. Ice wine – The grapes in ice wine—another late harvest wine— also get affected by botrytis, which results in intense sweetness, high acidity and balanced flavor. “These grapes typically hang on the vines into December, so the term ‘ice wine’ is almost a literal denotation, in that ice crystals can sometimes form on the grapes themselves,” Tuverson says. Another versatile after-dinner drink, ice wine pairs well with many flavors, including apple, honeydew, peach and apricot, and can accompany a sweet soufflé, crème brûlée or even dark chocolate.

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YOUR NEXT PORT OF CALL Red wine drinkers who have yet to venture into the world of port are really missing out on a delectable way to cap off a meal, whether you’re pairing the fortified wine with dessert or sipping it by itself. John Murray, of State Line Liquors in Elkton, Md., says that although there are about five or six varietals when it comes to port, the best place to start is with a tawny or ruby port from a recognizable port “house.” “Dow’s, Graham’s, Warre’s, Taylor Fladgate and Fonseca: those are some of the names—or houses that make port—that non-port drinkers might even be familiar with, and those are usually the good places to start your port tasting,” Murray says. He recommends a tawny port, which is typically aged in oak barrels and will have a sort of brown-reddish, or tawny, coloration, as a basic blend that goes well with dark chocolate or even an afterdinner cheese plate. “A nice 10- or 20-year-old tawny port is good for beginners,” Murray says. “It’s approachable and versatile, and makes a great dessert wine. In fact, my preference with a tawny is a nice, robust cigar, with a small plate of blue cheese and walnuts. That way you get smoky, salty and sweet flavors all combined into one experience.” As for the ruby ports, Murray says they’re typically a bit sweeter and lighter, in terms of mouth feel, and are a good next step after trying the tawny. Whether you go with port, bitters, a liqueur or dessert wine really depends on your palate and your preference. But the next time you’ve dined out on a good meal, pick the after-dinner drink that’s best for you and enter the wonderful world of the nightcap.


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ith Valentine’s Day approaching, my thoughts turn to surprising that special someone with something red, sweet and fragrant. Naturally, I am talking about a Cosmopolitan. (Roses? Candy? I’m a bartender!) The origins of the Cosmo are disputed, but it is believed to have been invented independently by several different bartenders in the 1980s. However, it wasn’t until the TV show, Sex and the City, in the late ‘90s, that the drink came into its own. The fact that it is still enjoying popularity, long after Carrie Bradshaw and her friends have reached middle age, demonstrates that it is no longer a fad—it’s a classic. The original Cosmo recipe is a beautifully pink drink: Muddle three slices of lime in a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Add 2 1/2 to 3 ounces vodka, 1 ounce either triple sec or Cointreau, and just a splash of cranberry juice cocktail. Shake vigorously, strain it into a martini glass, and garnish with a slice of lime. Chill the glass ahead of time with ice, if it occurs to you. It’s a very easy drink to make at home to impress that special woman in your life. But if you really want to knock her socks off, you can get a little creative with the basic recipe while still keeping it pink. Simply add four or five raspberries in with the lime before muddling it, then proceed with the basic recipe, except instead of the lime for a garnish, float three raspberries on top. (Why three? Because odd numbers of things seem more natural and aesthetically pleasing due to their lack of symmetry. This being said, one berry would be skimpy; five would be overkill.) As with every drink, the basic recipe can be tinkered with endlessly, especially now that there are a staggering number of flavored vodkas to experiment with, as well as many varieties of berries in the produce section of the supermarket. FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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UNDERSTANDING CHAMPAGNE Dom Perignon’s discovery adds life to any occasion


he word “champagne” is synonymous with happiness, festivity and celebratory moments. It’s also a prime grape-growing area in France that is known for its bubbles. Located northeast of Paris, the Champagne region produces sparkling wine from several grape varietals. The three most popular grapes used are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier varietals. The basic types of wine are Blanc de Blanc, 100 percent Chardonnay, Blanc de Noir (which is Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier), Rose, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and Prestige Cuvee. The Prestige Cuvee is the champagne house’s top of line or Tete de Cuvee. Popular examples are Roederer Cristal and Dom Perignon. Legend has it that Dom Perignon, a Benedictine Monk, accidentally discovered the secondary fermentation known for giving still wine its bubbles. Dom Perignon also brought about reforms to planting vineyards and limiting production, thus achieving a higher quality of fruit in all French wines, including champagne. Italy calls it Prosecco and Spain cava. The United States can label and call it both champagne and/ or sparkling wine, method traditional. Champagne is fermented in stainless steel tanks. It’s a blend of 30-plus lots of wine from several vintages. The wine maker assembles a blend of these wines to craft his final cuvee. HERE ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED IN MAKING CHAMPAGNE: 1. Harvesting the grapes. 2. Primary fermentation—The original converting of the grapes to wine. 3. Second fermentation—Induction of yeast and sugar, a process that takes 15 months and creates the bubbles. 4. Riddling (remuage)—Done mechanically or by hand, this is the process of shaking and turning each of the fermented bottles to force all sediments toward the neck of the bottle. 5. Disgorgement—A process where the neck of the bottle is dipped in a brine solution, freezing the trapped sediment in the neck of the bottle. The bottle is opened, forcing the sediment out. 6. Dosage—The addition of sugar syrup to the bottle before corking. This will signify the style of champagne. Driest to sweetest, they are: Brut, Extra Dry, Sec, Demi Sec and Doux. The wines, now corked and capped, are rested for eight months or more. There are some very good champagne houses available to everyone. Popular brands are Veuve Cliquot and G.H. Mumms from Reims, Moet and Chandon from Epernay, Delamotte and Salon from Le Mensil Sur Oger. American champagne houses, some of which are actually owned by French organizations, include Domaine Chandon, owned by Moet, and Mumm Napa, owned by G.H Mumm. Gloria Ferrer is owned by Friexnet, a Spanish label. Iron Horse is a winery located in the Green Valley appellation of Sonoma County, California. The sparkling wines from this producer are among the best in the United States. Argyle and Soter, from Oregon, and Gruet from New Mexico are worth seeking out and trying. There is nothing more exquisite than the delicate flavors of champagne. Whether a festive occasion or a drink to complement food, the bubbly has a place on all tables. —John Murray, State Line Liquors


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Wilmington’s Oddity Bar is a weird place. And people love it. By Krista Connor


ndrea McCauley and Pat McCutcheon, owners of the Oddity Bar, are a lot like the black-and red-checkered tiles lining the floor of the Wilmington bar and music venue. McCauley is polite, sweet and a bit mysterious, while McCutcheon has a big personality and is given to somewhat exaggerated statements. His 7/8-inch ear gauges and swarms of tattoos that reach up to his lips from his neck and arms contrast with his partner’s pale skin, and relatively modest amount of ink. Yet despite these obvious differences, they work together as effectively as those tiles, and they reflect the eclectic atmosphere in the faintly-lit establishment. The appropriately-named Oddity Bar and venue presents the customer with a rather strange mix of taxidermy, Ouija boards, palmistry, astrology, UFO charts, televised cult classics, and an image of the Virgin Mary on a candle propped up at the bar in the vicinity of an absinthe fountain. Somehow, the result is inviting, warm, and, of course, edgy. ►


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“It’s different but not off-putting,” says McCauley. “Cozy, comfortable. Customers say it’s a nice atmosphere.” The couple bought the Greenhill Avenue establishment, part of a small strip mall, last spring, after owners of the spot, then called Corky’s (previously Barcode, previously Annie’s Kitchen), told them it was for sale. Both originally from Delaware, McCauley and McCutcheon moved around the country but always have “ended up back here for some weird reason,” says McCutcheon. They met four years ago at Wilmington’s Blue Parrot Bar & Grille. First impressions? “Oh, I thought she was hot,” McCutcheon teases. “It was a sort of all of a sudden,” says McCauley, looking at McCutcheon. “I don’t know if I believe in soul mates, but you know. I was attracted to your sort of larger than life personality. You’re very fun and outgoing, a real people person.” To that he can only respond, “Aw.” When McCauley’s position at a public charity ended in March, she says it seemed like a good time for the two to start something new together. “So we went for it,” she says. “We sort of took a plunge.” The new owners were faced with pool tables, carpeting, and Budweiser and Clydesdale paraphernalia, all of which marked the previous location as a traditional bar. With zero restaurant or bar experience, the couple dove into the enterprise at full speed, working 14-hour days sometimes six days a week—even now. They gutted the place themselves, remodeled and added a kitchen, and brought on head bartender Liz Anne Lawless and bartender-server Ryan Bartolo. Fortunately, McCutcheon previously had owned a handful of businesses, including his most recent, Poppycock Tattoo on 8th Street, so he had some handle on the business side of things. McCauley has been into the area music scene since her teens, so she went to work contacting bands and setting Oddity up as a respected music venue right from the start. But both partners were in the dark as far as branding, pricing and aesthetics. So they reached out to successful area bar gurus like Dave and Linda Vandever of Wilmington’s Nomad for advice. That discussion inspired the new owners to go for a themed bar. “If you’re going to buy a bar, then make it your own—a destination place that’s all you,” Dave Vandever told them. For McCauley and McCutcheon, “all you” includes infatuation with Bigfoot and other unexplained phenomena that has led to a lifetime of collecting odd objects and artwork. They share a mutual addiction to television shows like Ancient Aliens and In Search Of… Delving into the spiritual and alien unknown is strictly a hobby, McCauley and McCutcheon both say. Despite their obsession with the occult and extraterrestrials, they don’t consider themselves “believers.” “I’m intrigued by the possibility of ‘other,’” McCauley says with a semi-embarrassed laugh. “But I’m a skeptic.” “I like the romantic thoughts that there’s other kinds of interesting stuff out there, but I really don’t believe in it myself,” says McCutcheon.

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McCutcheon says they’re thinking about adding a tarot card or palm reader at some point each week. Their lifestyle and interests are literally a part of the Oddity (They’re going to add tarot cards to the bar top), and McCauley has brought in some taxidermy as a final odd-ball touch: a stuffed jackalope named Terri and raccoon Kevin (both purchased from Etsy), and a deer head, Wallace, which was donated from Space Boy Clothing. While Kevin and Terri sternly oversee the bar (A regular frequently shouts: “Kevin, don’t judge me!”), Wallace, who has become the bar’s mascot, hangs out in the other room on the stage wall, keeping bands company when they play. At Oddity, live music is in the cards. Since the beginning, the owners established the bar as a place that draws great sound, due primarily to McCauley’s longtime involvement in the Delaware music scene. And they plan on amping things up. “Since we’re not downtown, it’s about getting people to know we’re here,” says McCutcheon, who says opening a new establishment in the future may be an option, but for now they’re focusing on this location and working on adding a front patio. Oddity is packed on weekend nights during shows, drawing the young, hip crowd, the owners say. But the customer demographic doesn’t stop there; it goes all the way to 70-year-olds. “I’ve seen someone in here with an oxygen tank,” says McCutcheon. “They don’t even drink, but want to see the rockabilly band that’s playing. It’s a big mix of everybody.” A large refrigerated case behind the bar holds between 100 and 120 beers, not including what’s on tap. Among the labels are Dogfish Head, Sixpoint, 21st Amendment and Old Dominion. But they admit Pabst Blue Ribbon is the biggest seller. “We have a special,” McCutcheon explains. “A big can of PBR and a shot for five bucks.” Oddity also offers pub grub (including vegan options), infused liquors and specialty cocktails. McCauley and Lawless created Oddity’s specialty drinks, like the Re-Animator, a green absinthe named after an ’80s cult horror movie. The Love Potion, a favorite, is pomegranate-infused vodka. The Bloody Hot Maria uses jalapeño-infused tequila with a bit of Guinness on top. “With the name Oddity, we could add anything in here,” says McCutcheon. “We can make any weird concoction of food or drink and get away with it.” Fair warning: if you’re looking for a place to watch the game, and haven’t guessed by now, Oddity is not that bar. McCutcheon emphasizes that televised sports never appear on their screens. “It’s a place where people actually talk to each other,” McCauley jokes. “I don’t want to alienate anyone else, but it’s also nice to have an alternative, which I guess is our whole theme and feeling at the bar: Escape from reality.” Come out to the Oddity for Tuesday night open mics, free Oddball Bingo on Wednesday nights to win weird prizes, DJs on Thursdays, and shows on Fridays and Saturdays. This month, check out Bourbon and Steel on Friday, Feb. 14, and Self Checkout, Sheep and the Shears, & Welter on Friday, Feb. 21. Doors open at 9 p.m. with a $5 cover at both shows. Happy Hour is Monday to Friday, 5 – 7 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday, 3 – 7 p.m. Hours are 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Monday to Friday and 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free off-street parking is available. For more info, visit www.odditybar.com.

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TUNED IN What’s happening in the local music scene?

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Soul, funk and spoken word— Wilmington wordsmith and hip hop artist Richard Raw meshes all three elements. Raw (a stage name that’s an acronym for his full name, Richard Allan Watson) is also a songwriter, composer and Richard Raw will hit performing artist. He says his sound The Queen on Feb. 21. was cultivated and inspired by the transformation of soul and funk music to urban hip hop and spoken word. His influences are artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Last Poets. Following his 2011 album The Renaissance, Raw released an ode-to-soul, Soul Sessions, in November. “I’m versatile,” Raw says. “No one is the same every day, and I am lucky enough to be able to express those differences through my music.” Catch Raw on Friday, Feb. 21, at The Queen as he makes a guest appearance at Superfreak! A Tribute to Rick James show at 8 p.m. For more, check out www.richardraw.com.

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FROM THE SOUL Genre-melding Delaware performer celebrates his new album

RUNNIN’ LATE SLATES RELEASE PARTY And it’ll be on time Don’t let the name fool you: Over the last few years, Runnin’ Late has earned the reputation in the area as a reliable, hardworking cover band. And yes, one that is especially prompt. Now they plan to unveil their first album of original material at a CD Release Party on Friday, Feb. 21, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. The self-titled work also will be available online via the band’s website, www.runninglate.com. In addition to the new originals, fans will be treated to familiar numbers from favorites such as Dave Matthews, Steely Dan, Supertramp and Bruce Springsteen. — Krista Connor


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UPSTAIRS IN FEBRUARY Every Second Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage

Sat 1 – Gable Music Presents The February Singer Songwriter Showcase Wed 5 – Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose, Yoga & Craft Beer Series (7pm) & The Old Ceremony (8pm)

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Fri 7 – The Nighthawks w/Steve Cal Sat 8 – Minas Presents A Tribute to Sergio Mendes Chris Julian of Villians Like You shreds some guitar during last year’s Shine A Light.

READY TO SHINE Popular benefit concert provides major boost to Light Up The Queen’s outreach programs. This year’s Stones tribute is set for Feb. 22.

Tues 11 – Marc Scibilia Wed 12 – Classical Revolution (5pm) & Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose, Yoga & Craft Beer Series (7pm) Thurs 13 – Sea Wolf (solo) Fri 14 – Vance Gilbert Sat 15 – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (3pm) & Waveradio and Stereobox, w/Glim Dropper and The Late Saints (8pm) Mon 17 – Bad Rabbits Wed 19 – Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose, Yoga & Craft Beer Series (7pm) Thurs 20 – The Hold-Up, Blind Man Leading, Kind of Creatures

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y the time Nancy Micciulla and Joe Trainor had belted out the final few notes of “Gimme Shelter,” Rob Grant knew he had witnessed something special. “That was unbelievable,” Grant says. “I’ve seen the Rolling Stones some 30 times, and that cover was one of the most compelling moments I’ve ever seen.” The two revered local musicians, backed by at least a dozen other players and vocalists, electrified the first-ever “Shine a Light on The Queen” Rolling Stones Tribute Concert in 2012 with a scintillating cover of the Stones’ 1969 classic. The Copeland Theater stage lights went dim, and the crowd packed into World Cafe Live at The Queen erupted. Grant, along with the rest of the concert’s organizers, have ridden that momentum into this month, when they and the nonprofit Light Up The Queen Foundation kick off the third Shine a Light concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, beginning at 7 p.m. ►

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The Light Up The Queen Foundation’s Bridge Sessions pair professional musicians with elementary and middle school students.

The concert will feature about 50 of the region’s best musicians, who rotate on and off the Queen stage during a 30-song, all-Rolling Stones set list. It takes countless hours of rehearsal and coordination, and the choreography of a Broadway production to pull it off—not to mention the cooperation of unpaid volunteers and musicians, who range wildly in terms of age, experience and genre.

The show—which teams youthful rockers like Dan White with seasoned pros like Michael “Kid” Davis, of The Bullets, and longtime favorites like the Sin City Band—has become a hit, and a unifying force for the local music community. “It brought a lot of people together from a lot of different genres and age groups,” Grant says.


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LISTEN It’s also become one of the hottest music tickets in town, earning sellouts in its first two years. That’s good news for the fledgling Light Up The Queen Foundation, the nonprofit entity responsible for the ongoing restoration of The Queen Theater, and for engaging the community with music-related programming and education for youth. The Shine a Light show is the foundation’s only fundraising event, and the money it produces supports the foundation’s outreach programs, says musician Ben LeRoy, a founding member of the Light Up The Queen board of directors. “It’s really important to know that the efforts of the musicians go toward operations, to outreach programs,” he says. “Toward what we have and what we’re developing. None of the money raised from this show goes to some capital campaign.” LeRoy, a solo artist who occasionally reunites with his band The Snap, believes in the mission. “There’s so much that music does when you bring it into a child’s life to help them develop,” he says. “It can become a lifelong skill. Just the appreciation of music is something they can take with them their entire lives.” The foundation’s hands-on programming includes its popular Bridge Sessions—interactive performances that pair professional musicians with local elementary and middle school students for “an exploration of music and culture.” A collaborative effort with the likeminded Philly nonprofit Live Connections, Bridge Sessions include themes like World of Percussion, Pulse and The Pitch, Dancing Vibrations, and Language of Rhythm. To Tina Betz, the foundation’s executive director, the inspirational and transformative power of live music takes on an almost magical quality when it’s passed along to kids.


“You walk into a Bridge Session, and it starts—the sounds, the sights. And there’s this wide-eyed sense of anticipation that can only happen when magic is happening,” she says. “There’s a flow between the audience and the teaching artist, a back-and-forth inspirational experience. You can’t quantify it. But when you’re there, and you see the looks on the faces of the kids and their body language, and that same look and body language is on the artist— it’s an incredibly wonderful experience.” Studies show that music can have a profound impact on a child’s mental development, Betz says, and that opening young minds to the arts can influence their lives in many ways. “Reaching our young people at a point where we can have the most impact on their lives is the core of the mission,” she says. “It’s not just about entertaining kids—although we do have fun—but you also should walk away being a different person.” Between 2011 and 2012, the Light Up The Queen Foundation served 3,000 local students with programs like the Bridge Sessions, and children’s concert series like Peanut Butter and Jams, which targets kids between 4 and 6 years old. Ticket sales and corporate sponsorships collected from Shine a Light (Betz notes a fundraising goal of between $90,000-$100,000) keep the programming rolling. Next on the foundation’s horizon is the On Screen/In Person film series, a partnership with Baltimore’s Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation that presents the work of indie filmmakers and emerging artists. “While youth will always be the core,” Betz says, “we want to expand our audience to other members of the community.” For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit www. lightupthequeen.org.

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AWARD-WINNING WORK THAT WON’T WIN Our critics look at overlooked efforts from a great movie year By Paula Goulden and Mark Fields


n the annals of Hollywood, 2013 may go down as one of those banner years when the Fates conspired to bring an exceptional slate of movies to local cineplexes. So many terrific films—both American and international—have come out in the last year that no award organization or show could possibly hope to recognize the breadth of achievement. This is even more true in a politicized film industry that now regularly features elaborate campaigns by studios and stars to procure nominations for the major awards. Award season—and yes, there is a season, which culminates March 2 with the Oscars— is underway, and favorites have emerged. Those movies will get ample public attention and media coverage in the coming months. We want, instead, to highlight some films and actors who will not be represented on the podium or even in the audience next month, but are still worthy of accolades. In another, less competitive year, they might be favorites, but in 2013, they weren’t even nominated for Academy Awards.

Best Picture — Inside Llewyn Davis The latest picture from Joel and Ethan Coen follows the handto-mouth career of an unsuccessful—and somewhat unlikable— folk singer in 1961 Greenwich Village on the eve of the emergence of game-changer Bob Dylan. Strong performances by Oscar Isaac (in the title role), Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake, with sharp cameos from John Goodman and F. Murray Abraham, give poignancy to the story, undergirded by another stirring soundtrack assembled by T Bone Burnett. Best Actor — Idris Elba Best Supporting Actress — Naomie Harris Elba, a British actor best known to Americans for his TV work as Stringer Bell in The Wire, plays the title character in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom, a moving if slightly ponderous biopic about the late South African political prisoner/statesman. Although the physical resemblance to Nelson Mandela is a stretch, Elba captures in body and voice the dignity, authority, and below-the-surface righteous anger that fueled Mandela’s journey from anti-apartheid activist to the presidency of South Africa. Naomie Harris as his second wife, Winnie, is equally compelling. ►

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Her, currently in theaters, is an acclaimed Spike Jonze film about a romance between a lonely guy and his Siri-like computer operating system. Such offbeat romantic fare has been a staple of Hollywood for many years. Don’t believe us? Check out these other unconventional movie love themes: LOVE BETWEEN TWO GEEKY TEENAGERS Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Sam and Suzy (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward) are two especially misfit barely-teens who awkwardly fall in love in a New England island community in the 1960s. When they decide to run away (on an island!), the other eccentric citizens set out to find them. Wes Anderson’s latest film exploration of oddball characters connects more than usual, in part because of the focus on the idealistic, if impractical, adolescents. LOVE BETWEEN A BOY AND A BLOWUP DOLL Lars and the Real Girl (2007) Lars (Ryan Gosling) buys a sex doll on the Internet, but not for the assumed purpose. Shy and somewhat delusional, Lars hopes to create a real relationship with his silicone sweetheart. His behavior scandalizes his brother and concerns his compassionate sister-in-law. What easily could have been a crude sex farce is instead a touching and compassionate examination of love and loneliness. LOVE BETWEEN A BOY AND A GIRL WHO WANT TO FORGET Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004) After their relationship falls apart, Joel (Jim Carrey) is heartbroken to learn that Clementine (Kate Winslet) has undergone a scientific procedure to purge all reminders of him from her memory. He decides to do the same, but as she fades, he realizes what he is losing. Both Carrey and Winslet are appealing and credible in this strange but touching tale from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich). LOVE BY ARRANGEMENT Monsoon Wedding (2001) This absorbing drama, directed by Mira Nair, shows romance and regrets in contemporary India, as extended families gather to celebrate the arranged marriage of a modern couple matched by their traditional families. As the bride and groom meet for the first time just days before their wedding, secrets are revealed amid the swirl of ritual, music and color that is the hallmark of Indian nuptials. LOVE BETWEEN A GIRL AND A GHOST Ghost (1990) A truly sweet and resonant film romance between sculptor Molly (Demi Moore) and Sam (Patrick Swayze), who, after being killed in a mugging, lingers in her life as a protective ghost. Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her supporting role as a questionable medium who helps the couple bridge the gap between worlds. Who knew that wet clay and the Righteous Brothers could be so good together? LOVE BETWEEN A BOY AND A MUCH OLDER WOMAN Harold and Maude (1990) Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon star in Hal Ashby’s comedy about an unlikely kinship between young, spoiled, death-obsessed Harold and sprightly iconoclast Maude. Directionless Harold spends his time attending funerals (at one of which he meets Maude), visiting building demolitions, and attempting suicide to get his aloof mother’s attention. Maude, who has dark secrets of her own, opens Harold’s eyes to other perspectives. A cult classic from the 1970s set to a Cat Stevens soundtrack.

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Best Actor — Joaquin Phoenix Best Actress — Scarlett Johansson Phoenix, who was nominated last year for a less impressive performance in The Master, pulls off a remarkable feat, making an introverted, sad sack character thoroughly mesmerizing in Her, a movie in which he interacts primarily with a disembodied voice. Phoenix is affecting as Theodore, a depressive writer who falls in love with his computer’s Siri-like operating system. Although a voice-only character was probably too unconventional for the Academy to recognize, Scarlett Johansson nevertheless gives a fullbodied (ahem) performance as Samantha, the OS girl of Theodore’s dreams. Best Actor — Robert Redford Robert Redford is not only the lead actor in All Is Lost, he’s the only actor in this drama about a solo weekend sailor whose boat is destroyed by storms in the Indian Ocean. What’s more, Redford’s character barely utters a word as he battles the sea and the elements for his life. Yet his portrayal makes us care deeply about whether he survives. Best Actor — Forest Whitaker Best Supporting Actress — Oprah Winfrey In Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, who served as a White House butler from the Eisenhower administration into the Reagan years, from age 20 into his 80s. The quality of Whitaker’s acting and the subtlety of his performance ring true at each stage of Gaines’ life. In the final scene, for example, we see that Whitaker has transformed his gait and the way he moves into those of an old man. Oprah Winfrey, Whitaker’s co-star, hasn’t spent much time on the big screen in recent years, but her performance as Gaines’ wife, Gloria, shows she hasn’t lost the touch that won her an Oscar nomination for The Color Purple in 1986. Winfrey’s performance makes us feel the frustration of an intelligent African American woman in pre-civil rights America, as well as her uncertainty as her world begins to change. Best Actress — Emma Thompson Emma Thompson’s touching performance as P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks deserved an Oscar nomination for showing us the vulnerable side that the prickly Travers most likely didn’t realize she had. Although it was no surprise that the movie itself wasn’t nominated, Thompson’s acting transcended the film to such an extent that her omission was disappointing. Best Supporting Actor — James Gandolfini Best Film — Enough Said The actor known to most as TV’s fierce, mercurial Tony Soprano, James Gandolfini surprises as a touching teddy bear in this unusual middle-aged romantic comedy. Forging a terrific chemistry with his co-star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Gandolfini is charming, wry, and vulnerable in what will be, sadly, his last leading performance. The film, likely judged too insubstantial by Academy voters, is similarly a delightful surprise: a realistic portrayal of two damaged people looking for love later in life, a subject rarely covered in mainstream movies.


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Movie Trivia Challenge


n the heels of Wes Anderson’s 2012 tale of adolescent escape, Moonrise Kingdom—one of his most successful films to date—The Grand Budapest Hotel arrives in theaters nationwide on March 7 amid great expectations. Local fans of Anderson’s trademark style and disciplined presentations will be happy to hear we have already secured reservations for The Grand Budapest Hotel’s opening weekend. From the group of Out & About readers who correctly answer all of our trivia questions below, we will randomly pick seven winners, each of whom will score a pair of tickets for the first showings. Will you be among our guests?

1) Which one of the following actors has appeared in every Wes Anderson film since 1998’s Rushmore? a) Owen Wilson b) Jason Schwartzman c) Bill Murray d) James Caan 2) Which of Anderson’s frequent collaborators has co-written the most films with him to date? a) Owen Wilson b) Jason Schwartzman c) Roman Coppola d) James Caan 3) In the 2001 hit The Royal Tenenbaums, which of the following actions is not carried out by ousted patriarch Royal, played by Gene Hackman? a) Shooting his son Chas with a BB gun b) Betting with grandkids on taxicab numbers c) Passing off Tic Tacs as stomach cancer medication d) Hitching rides on sanitation trucks 4) Which Academy Award-winning actress followed up her role in The Royal Tenenbaums with appearances in two other Anderson films? a) Gwyneth Paltrow b) Tilda Swinton c) Anjelica Huston d) Cate Blanchett 5) Which of the following characters does Anderson play in his own film? a) Coach Barnes in Rushmore b) Admiral Byrd in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou c) Conductor #3 in The Darjeeling Limited d) The Weasel in The Fantastic Mr. Fox Submit your answers online at OutAndAboutNow.com. All entries must be received by noon Friday, Feb. 28. Winners will be drawn at random from the pool of participants who get the most answers correct. Good luck! FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Owner Brian Raughley says buying the Union Street tavern was a major gamble, but today he feels its future is bright.

ALIVE AND WELL AT DEAD PRESIDENTS In less than five years, Brian and Sarah Raughley have turned around the once-failing Wilmington pub By Rob Kalesse


lthough many locals and regulars consider the Union Street tavern their own personal Cheers, there was a time not long ago when the beloved bar known as Dead Presidents was on life support. It was Black Friday of 2009 when bartender Brian Raughley, about to hop on Route 13 and head back upstate from a Thanksgiving visit with family in Bridgeville, received a phone call saying he probably wouldn’t need to work his shift that evening. Owner Quentis Rogers, who just nine months prior had purchased the pub from longtime owners Michael and Stephen Lucey, was

unhappy with the downturn in business while at the helm. That, combined with some serious flooding in the building’s basement, made him ready to close up shop. At the time, Raughley was splitting time behind the bar at Dead Presidents and Catherine Rooney’s in Trolley Square. But he’d always dreamed of someday owning his own bar and restaurant, and he saw Dead Presidents as the ideal place. So when the opportunity came along, he jumped on it, ready to embark on a new career overseeing all aspects of a bar and restaurant, instead of just serving food and drinks. But it wasn’t as simple as just signing on the dotted line. ► FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A NEW COMMANDER IN CHIEF In the fall of 2009, Raughley and wife, Sarah, were busy juggling two kids—one a newborn who had arrived in late August—so the idea of buying a struggling business didn’t come at the most ideal time. But the couple was able to get funding assistance from family and friends, and dove into the bar business head-first. “I was definitely a bit nervous when we considered buying the place,” Raughley says. “If you remember, in 2009 money was tight everywhere. The economy was in poor shape, so getting a loan was going to be almost impossible. But we had a lot of good people willing to loan us a good chunk of the money to buy the bar.” Rogers, who had purchased Dead Presidents early in 2009 for about $320,000, according to Raughley, was willing to wash his hands of the business for half the cost of what he paid. After weeks of negotiating, Raughley was able to come up with the roughly $160,000. He intends to have all his loans paid off later this year. “So far, so good, I guess,” Raughley says of his investment. “People say if you can make it five years as a restaurant, you’re in good shape. We’re almost there, and it’s been the local support that has really helped turn this place around.”

Regulars like John DiEleuterio, a Union Park Gardens resident who started a Facebook campaign titled “Save Dead Presidents Pub & Restaurant,” certainly helped. When Raughley was ready to reopen on Dec. 18 of ’09, the grassroots movement helped provide the support that would make the business profitable once again. Four years later, Raughley and his staff still thank their loyal patrons just before Christmas, when they hand out invitations to a complimentary buffet and discounted drink party on a Tuesday before the holiday. “It always really stuck with me that first year how people came out to support us, in the dead of winter and even on 80-degree days when maybe Dead Presidents wasn’t the first spot to eat that came into mind,” Raughley says. “So I’m going to keep thanking those people every year, because I don’t want them to forget how much we appreciated it.”

CHANGES MADE, CHANGES TO COME It took a while for the Raughleys to settle in at Dead Presidents, and from the jump, Brian wasn’t looking to reinvent the wheel. “We really kept it short and sweet at first,” he says, “but in the past few years we’ve expanded the menu past bar appetizers and sandwiches.”


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One aspect of the expanded menu is a wide selection of burgers, including a Sussex County Lamb Burger, covered in caramelized onions and Harissa (a spicy Tunisian chili sauce), the Backyard BBQ Burger, topped with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, sautéed onions and bacon, and the Jerk Infused Pork Burger, featuring a Delaware-raised pork patty infused with Jamaican Jerk seasoning. Otherwise, the bar has remained mostly intact, still featuring the paintings of presidents on the walls, and artifacts like old stamps featuring the likeness of John F. Kennedy above a booth in the center of the dining room, along with old ceramic plates behind the bar that feature several presidents. “I always thought the place sold itself, so I didn’t go into it thinking I’d have to reinvent it,” Raughley says. “However, in the coming year, we plan on spiffing things up a bit, with new carpeting, upholstery on the seat cushions, and a completely refurbished downstairs men’s room.” ►

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Every year, on the day before Presidents’ Day, there’s Dead Presidents’ Day, held at Dead Presidents. Confused? Don’t be. It’s a simple celebration that coincides with the federal holiday and the day the Raughleys officially settled as the pub’s new owners in 2010. “It’s something that we started doing here to celebrate a new beginning for the bar,” Raughley says, “and it’s become quite the party, with people dressing up in presidential costumes and hanging out for presidential Quizzo.” The first party even featured an appearance by the four over-sized, Styrofoamheaded U. S. presidents (Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt) who regularly perform the Presidents Race during the 7th inning stretch of Washington Nationals baseball games. Since then, random regulars and local actors have dressed in presidential garb and carried on throughout the bar while patrons throw back discounted beers and snack on half-price appetizers. This year, on Feb. 16, the party will feature more of the same, including discounted beers on draft and food specials that are presidentially themed. Dan Healy, a popular local Quizzo host, will run four rounds of the trivia game, featuring questions about the 44 U. S. heads of state. First place wins a Dead Presidents happy hour for 20 people, while second place receives a $100 gift certificate to the bar. There will also be a costume contest, with prizes including $100 in cash, a 40-inch flat screen TV, a $25 gift card and other restaurant swag. It’s a fitting and timely celebration for a bar that’s revered and frequented by a lot of the same people who helped save it some four years ago. For more info on Dead Presidents’ Day and the menu at the pub, check out www.deadpresidentspub.com.

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Blue Parrot owner Mark Diamond plans to move to Mexico.

A $100 million housing project paints an intriguing picture for The Blue Parrot, says retiring owner Mark Diamond By Jim Miller


t’s no big secret: Mark Diamond loves Mardi Gras. As the owner of The Blue Parrot Bar & Grille—the closest thing in Delaware to New Orleans—Diamond celebrates the carnival every year. But this year, for the first time in decades, Diamond would probably rather celebrate Cinco De Mayo than Fat Tuesday. After 30 years in the restaurant business, he’s looking to sell, retire, and follow another life-long dream. “It’s time for me,” Diamond says. “It’s time for me to move to Mexico and enjoy the last third of my life with my wife.” So he has done something that no one else has ever done. He bought a full-page ad in our magazine advertising the sale of The Blue Parrot. The move intrigued us. So we decided to sit down with him at his restaurant to get the scoop: What exactly comes with the sale of The Blue Parrot? Here’s what he had to say: ► FEBRUARY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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O&A: What is it about the Blue Parrot that makes it special to you and others? Diamond: I’m a music fan and New Orleans is my favorite city in the world. To be able to feature live music and sell New Orleansstyle cuisine has been my dream. And frankly, the food here is as authentic as you are going to get outside of New Orleans. O&A: And of course Mardi Gras is always big here . . . Diamond: Fat Tuesday is huge for us. We do more in that one day than we do in two or three weeks’ worth of business. Doors open at 10 a.m. and people don’t leave until 2 a.m. It’s a big day, it’s a fun day, and nobody else is really doing what we do. That’s our day to really shine.

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O&A: What can you say about the music here? Diamond: We do blues, but we also have rockabilly and rock music and jazz. And we have our open mic. We try to switch it up, just like you get in New Orleans. You don’t go down there just to listen to zydeco. You listen to blues, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz. You listen to everything.


O&A: You mentioned rockabilly: Is it fair to say The Bullets have pretty much owned Thursday nights around town for the past several years? Diamond: The Bullets have been here almost as long as I have. They’ve been here every Thursday night for nine-plus years and, yes, they still draw. They still bring ‘em in. Because they are a great, good-time band. O&A: They have a loyal fan base. Diamond: They have a loyal fan base and, of course, they play rockabilly, which you don’t see a lot of other bands do around here. So they are unique for this area. But they also worked with me through the lean times. They sacrificed as much as I did. And for that, I respect them more than any band that’s ever played here. The fact that they just love to play music. They weren’t in it just for the money. They were willing to stick it out and make it work and make it successful. O&A: So anyone who buys this business would get that, too? Diamond: Anyone who buys this business gets everything. They get my band list, they get my employees, they get the decorations, they get my recipes. I give them the key, and they have everything I have. ►


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O&A: Let’s talk about your recipes. Where did you get those? Diamond: I used to go to New Orleans every year. And besides visiting the best restaurants, I would always go to old bookstores and buy cookbooks that were out of print or difficult to find. Over the years, I’ve collected thousands of recipes because cooking is a passion of mine. I’ve got a library on New Orleans-style cooking now that’s bigger than Barnes & Noble. And the recipes I use are the best of the best. So whoever buys the business, they get it all. O&A: Generally speaking, how do the customers rate the food? Diamond: We get a really good response. We have people who definitely come in here just for the food. Occasionally we get some people who come in here who aren’t sure what to expect. They may think it’s going to be super spicy and hot, but that’s not what New Orleans food is about. It’s about flavor. And it can be a huge mix of flavors. The best review I can get is from people from Louisiana who come here and say they feel like they’re home. For me, it just doesn’t get any better than that. O&A: What can you tell us about the proposed project across the street? Diamond: Woodlawn Trustees is developing a $100 million project across the street. They are leveling three blocks and putting in new multi-level housing—more than 400 new units. They also will be adding 450 parking spaces. It’s a major project for this area. It’s huge.

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O&A: So do you feel that if someone with some experience and energy bought this place, they could be making a smart investment? Diamond: If they have the passion—and that’s really key in this business—and they’re enthusiastic and have energy, there’s no reason why this restaurant won’t work. And with the project across the street, I think there is a great opportunity here.

The Blue Parrot is a hot spot for New Orleans-style cuisine, drawing customers from around the state and beyond, like (left to right) Jeff Birzes (Wilmington), Todd Morgan (Annapolis), Shawn Dutton (Newark) and Kelly Sheehan (Wilmington).


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Ten Newark restaurants celebrate New Orleans culture and cuisine March 1 The middle of March may belong to the Irish, but Newark is opening the month with a tribute to Cajuns. Out & About Magazine’s inaugural Cajun Crawl, presented by Abita Beer, will take place on Saturday, March 1 (6 p.m. start) and serve as a pre-Mardi Gras (March 4 this year) celebration of New Orleans culture and cuisine. Ten Newark restaurants are participating, including 16 Mile Taphouse, Blue Crab Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Deer Park Tavern, Klondike Kate’s, Catherine Rooney’s, The Green Turtle, Home Grown Café, Mojo on Main and Timothy’s of Newark. “I think this is a great idea for Newark,” said Joe McCoy III, general manager of Catherine Rooney’s.

Chefs are being challenged to compete for the Cajun Crown, awarded to the chef who prepares the tastiest appetizer while using Abita beer or root beer as an ingredient. Abita Brewing Company, a craft brewery located in Abita Springs (30 miles northeast of New Orleans), will be offering more than a half-dozen beer styles, including Mardi Gras Bock and the popular Purple Haze. Abita was formed in 1986 by Jim Patton and Rush Cumming, two home brewers who decided to turn their hobby into a career. On the cuisine side, many of the restaurants will be featuring Cajun specialties such as jambalaya, gumbo, creole and etouffee. In addition, participating chefs are being challenged to compete for the Cajun Crown, awarded to the chef who prepares the tastiest appetizer while using Abita beer or root beer as an ingredient. A panel of celebrity judges will decide the winner. For more, visit outandaboutnow.com or contact the restaurant directly regarding its Cajun Crawl menu. —O&A

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