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Out & About Magazine Vol. 35 | No. 4

START 9 War on Words


11 FYI 13 Play The Numbers 15 Worth Recognizing 17 Learn 19 Art Loop Wilmington 20 A Grand Return

FOCUS 22 What’s Next for the Riverfront? 26 Riverfront Activities Summer 2022

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EAT 32 Cold Comfort 39 Still Cooking at Kozy Korner

LISTEN 43 Jazzing Up the Square 45 Showtime for The Nomad 48 Ladybug Lights Up Market Street


Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net Creative Director & Production Manager Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Digital Services Director Michael O’Brian

PLAY 51 Fill in the Blanks

WILMINGTON 50 In the City

Contributing Writers Jill Althouse-Wood, Danielle Bouchat-Friedman, Adriana Camacho-Church, JulieAnne Cross, David Ferguson, Mark Fields, Pam George, Lauren Golt, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Ken Mammarella, Matt Morrissette, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Kevin Noonan, Scott Pruden, Leeann Wallett Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse, Justin Heyes and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Butch Comegys, Lindsay duPhily, Matthew Loeb, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Cullen Robinson, Bev Zimmermann

52 On the Riverfront On the cover: A look at what could be coming to the east side of Wilmington’s Christina River.


Renderings courtesy Riverfront Development Corp.


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

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

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

MEDIA WATCH The sports department at The Philadelphia Inquirer, like many departments in newspapers across the country, has undergone extensive changes due to buy-outs and early retirements over the last few years. As a result, the paper lost some gifted writers and gained a few who exhibit sloppy writing habits. •Inky newbie Josh Tolentino leads off with two excerpts from one story: •"Despite the disparity in size between the three players, not once does (Kenneth) Gainwell drop the weight.” When three or more people or things are involved, the correct preposition is among. •“In his mind, the weight Gainwell slugs behind him is slight compared to everything he has endured to this point.” We suspect Tolentino meant lugs (to carry or drag). Slugs means to strike someone or something, or to drink something in a large quantity. •Another relative newcomer, Alex Coffey, writing about flamboyant infielder Johan Camargo: “He’ll have his front toes down, and his heels up, as his legs rock back and forth, back and forth.” As opposed to his back toes? •Even Inky veteran Jeff McLane ran afoul of the language recently with this: “The Georgia linebacker arrived at the red carpet donned in a blush suit . . .” Don presents a problem for some writers. It means to put on. After you put on (don) a piece of clothing, you wear it, so wearing would have been a better choice here. •Another Inquirer vet, Joe Juliano, gave us this: “His retirement, announced Wednesday night, couldn’t stop he and his wife, Patty, from ensuring there would be a smooth transition . . .” Joe should’ve chosen the pronoun him (object of the verb stop), but instead he went with phony sophistication — he. •Bob Nightengale, of USA TODAY, makes one of his frequent appearances with this: “They met secretly, . . . in a deserted, deprecated joint in Oakland.” To deprecate is to express disapproval of. We suspect Bob meant dilapidated (run-down). •And we submit that Olivia Wilde’s new film, Don’t Worry Darling, needs a comma after “Worry.”

Word of the Month

Epistemology Pronounced i-pis-tuh-MOL-uh-jee, it’s a noun meaning the study of knowledge, especially its nature, origin, limits, validity, etc.

By Bob Yearick

DEPARTMENT OF REDUNDANCIES DEPT. •Owner of a Jersey shore eatery, interviewed on Philadelphia’s WCAU Channel 10: “We’ve never had this many job openings ever in history.” So, you mean never ever? •Ed Marinaro, during a long, rambling speech at the NFL draft, called himself “a former ex-Viking.” •Jori Epstein, writing in USA TODAY: “It was a major epiphany.” •Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of NBC’s Today show, referred to “the busy rush hour. •Jeff McLane in the Inky: “His season ended when he suffered a torn right ACL injury in the Rose Bowl. •Also, we hear frequent referencce to "a new record" as gas prices climb. IRONIC EMAILS We always enjoy hearing from readers, even when they write to correct our grammar. We received two such notes regarding the May issue. As sometimes happens in these cases, both emails contained errors. The first referred to a subject-verb disagreement on the cover, and it started this way: “I didn’t get passed the front cover of the May 2022 edition of Out & About before I encountered the following statement . . .” The italicized word should be past. The second referred to the May “War on Words,” in which I discussed instances of writers using squash where quash should have been the choice. The reader wrote: “I think you need to count the ‘squashing/quashing’ battle as lost. ‘Crush/ ing’ works in both of the incidents that you sited.” Actually I cited — “mentioned or made reference to” — instances (not incidents). Sited, in the rare occasions when it is used as a verb, means to situate, or place a building. I should add that both writers were gracious when I pointed out their mistakes. And in regard to squash/quash, Garner’s Modern American Usage (3rd ed.) says “squash” means just one thing: to flatten something by crushing or squeezing.

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START Things worth knowing

A Revolutionary War reenactor returns to camp after participating in the Separation Day parade. Photo by Butch Comegys



ate last month, Riverfront Ministries, in partnership with Wilmington Alliance and Grace Church, celebrated the grand opening of its commercial kitchen facilities at Grace Church (900 Washington St., Wilm.). Wilmington Kitchen Collective is a community-based project that offers an affordable, high-quality commercial kitchen to food industry entrepreneurs from underserved local communities. The program not only provides access to a fully-equipped kitchen, it assists with training, business development and access to capital. Visit WilmingtonKitchenCollective.com.



ne of the state’s longest-running traditions returns June 10-11 with the Separation Day celebration in Historic New Castle. The event recognizes Delaware’s “separation” or declaration of independence from Pennsylvania and the British crown — an event that took place 246 years ago. Separation Day festivities begin on Friday evening with an outdoor block party at The Wharf, featuring live music by What The Funk, food trucks and a beer/wine garden. Saturday commences with a Colonial-inspired parade at noon followed by an afternoon of activities in Battery Park featuring a vintage market, games and rides for kids, food/drink and live music from 1-9:30pm. Bands performing include Blues Reincarnation Project, Blue Cat Blues, Jimmy Pritchard Band and Big Package. The celebration culminates with fireworks over the Delaware River at 9:30pm. Admission on Friday and Saturday is free, with ride tickets available for purchase on Saturday. Visit SeparationDayDe.com.



n international cast of ensemble players will travel to Delaware to take part in Serafin Summer Music, a worldclass chamber music festival presented by The Music School of Delaware June 10-26. The ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Mozart, Debussy, Ravel, Florence Price, Willian Grant Still, Dvorak, Jennifer Higdon, and more. The three-week festival will feature six concerts in Wilmington (June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26) and three in Lewes (June 11, 18, 25). The Wilmington concerts will be held on Fridays and Sundays at The Music School of Delaware’s Wilmington Concert Hall (4101 Washington St., Wilm.). The downstate performances will take place on three Saturdays at Bethel United Methodist Church (129 West Fourth St. Lewes). Single tickets are $25 and include both live and livestream performances. Visit MusicSchoolofDelaware.org.

Members of Serafin Ensemble (l-r): Hal Grossman, Kate Ransom, Charae Kruger, Luke Fleming perform at last year's Serafin Summer Music Festival. Photo by Andre Lamar.


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he Delaware Tourism Office has relaunched the Delaware History Trail and is offering prizes to those who upload their photos of 10 of trail’s 29 locations. Qualified participants will receive a limited-edition, 100-piece Delaware historythemed puzzle to commemorate their time in the state. Several new locations have been added to the trail, including the Delaware Agricultural Museum, the tall ship Kalmar Nyckel, Hagley Museum & Library, Milton Historical Society, Nanticoke Indian Museum, Nemours Estate, a n d Tu b m a n - G a r re t t Riverfront Park. The trail’s experiences emphasize Delaware’s crucial role in the nation’s history, and its rich cultural diversity. The Nanticoke Indian Museum is one of the "For more than a new additions to the Delaware History Trail. decade now, the Delaware History Trail has provided an exciting way for people from inside and outside the state to get an inspiring look at Delaware’s long, rich story,” said self-professed history buff Governor John Carney. “This is a way to not only hear about the past, but to experience the places where history happened.” “These sites were specifically chosen to give travelers an experience they’ll remember,” said Delaware Tourism Director Liz Keller. To get started on the trail, go to VisitDelaware.com/history.

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NOVEL APPROACH Rebecca Roosma creates art that celebrates and memoralizes childbirth By Adriana Camacho-Church


our days after Rebecca Roosma gave birth in 2020, she took her placenta out of the fridge. It was in a large Ziploc bag. Donning an apron, goggles, mask and gloves, she was ready to make art out of an organ that is usually discarded. She carefully spreads out the placenta and the umbilical cord on a waterproof absorbent pad that sits on her sterilized kitchen counter. The placenta takes the shape of what looks like a tree with a full head of leaves and a trunk. “I could see the little home he was living in,” Roosma says. To create a color print of the placenta, she takes a Q-Tip dipped in aqua green food coloring to trace the placenta’s vein structure. To trace the veins in the umbilical cord, she uses a forest green color. She then places thick watercolor paper on the surface of the placenta rubbing it gently with her hand. Next, she carefully lifts the paper off — creating a print. When dry, she frames the print and sets it on floating shelves above the rocking chair in her son’s nursery. Giving birth impacts the body, mind, and spirit, and Roosma honors the experience of giving life and the organ that makes that possible by using the placenta to create art and postpartum remedies to promote physical and mental health. “To throw it away is like you’re missing part of the birthing process,” she says. “Its healing benefits have been valued by ancient cultures all over the world.” Roosma teaches visual arts at Odyssey Charter School in Wilmington and is one of two placenta artists in Delaware. For the past eight years, the Wilmington resident has created numerous placentae prints and umbilical core keepsakes, such as dream catchers, for clients. She also uses the dehydrated placenta to make supplements, smoothies, including chocolate truffles. Roosma learned her craft while training to become a certified doula at the International Placenta and Postpartum Association in Philadelphia. “I am passionate about making a birthing person's labor, delivery, and postpartum experience the best it can be, and that led me to placenta remedies training,” she says. The training also included some artistic methods to pay tribute to this life-giving organ, including prints and umbilical cord keepsakes. As an art teacher, these really captured my imagination.” Placentophagy (the practice of consuming one’s own placenta) is debatable. The internet is full of anecdotal placenta-eating stories, both positive and negative.

Roosma says her art is a visual reminder of how amazing the birthing process is.

A 2013 study published in the British Journal of Midwifery states that although there are several credible theories — and mothers’ and midwives’ experiences support the practice — evidence is limited, dated, and inconclusive regarding the benefits of consuming placenta. Meredith Boye says Roosma’s placenta supplements and other remedies have helped her with a quick and strong recovery. The chocolate truffles are one of Boye’s postpartum favorites. Meredith and Eric Boye also opted for heart shape umbilical cords to commemorate the birth of each of their four children. Their eldest, who is eight-years-old, says he knows what the cord is used for. “The umbilical cord feeds the baby when the baby is inside of mommy’s tummy.” Meredith says it’s pretty cool to have a visual reminder of how amazing the birthing process is. Other parents like to choose a color scheme that matches their nursery decor, and many like to include the baby's birth stats and a favorite quote in calligraphy. “I've even made prints in a Finding Nemo theme (placenta made to look like a jellyfish) and Up theme (placenta made to look like a balloon) with quotes from the movies,” says Roosma. So, how do birthing facilities release a placenta for transport? Roosma takes the placenta home in an ice cooler if she is the parent’s doula. If she is not, she picks up the placenta from the hospital, birth center, or at the home. “The hospitals usually have a waiver for the clients to sign, and they place the placenta in a lidded bucket with the client’s barcode on it,” says Roosman. “The birth centers secure them in biohazard bags for me. If you are having a home birth, [two] gallon Ziploc bags will work.” — For more information about Rebecca’s placenta services visit: hatchlingsdoulaandplacenta.com JUNE 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 15


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“The rarer action is in virtue than in vengeance.” The Del Shakes Summer Festival is back! Join us for Shakespeare’s mystical tale of forgiveness and family.


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Friday, June 3 5pm Start RIVERFRONT The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison Street 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: Opening reception on Friday, June 10th from 5-9pm The Delaware Contemporary will be closed on Friday, June 3 for exhibition change-over Bridge Art Gallery @ New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Office 920 Justison Street 347-249-2184 • bridgeartgallery.net Artists: Bridge Art Gallery presents BryteLighters

DOWNTOWN Chris White Gallery 701 N. Shipley Street 475-0998 • chriswhitegallery.com Artist: Let Me Tell You: Works by Women Artists, Taking Up Space Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street 652-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: “Man Cave” Men’s group exhibition showcasing visual art pieces created by men City of Wilmington’s Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street 576-2100 • cityfestwilm. com/redding-gallery Artist: Donna Usher Delaware College of Art & Design 600 N. Market Street 622-8000 • dcad.edu Artist: Timothy Duffield Retrospective: Sculpture, Drawings, Prints, and Commissions The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street 658-7897 thegrandwilmington.org Grand Gallery: Yakime Akelá

Friday, July 1, 2022 Complimentary Shuttle A program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Brown “Le Piment de la Vie” baby grand Gallery: Sarah Baptist “Wilmington: An Artist’s View” Extended Through June 27! Show hours from 5-7pm MKT Gallery 200 W. 9th Street 289-6772 Artist: Thee Poppin Show by The Pop Factor Mezzanine Gallery at the Carvel State Building 820 N. French Street 577-8278 arts.delaware.gov Artist: Explorations Through Materiality, Samara Weaver The Mill Space 1007 N. Orange Street, 4th floor 751-6455 • themillspace.com Artists: FOCUS: A Group Photography Exhibition

WEST SIDE Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street 656-7304 • howardpylestudio.org Artist: Art Show and sale by members of the Studio Group, Inc. The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. Dupont Street 658-6262 • thedch.org Artists: Susan Conner, Healing Walks and Sogetsu Brandywine Study Group Ikebana Exhibit

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Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue 429-0506 Artist: “Nature Forms,” Susan Benarcik

BEYOND THE CITY Arden Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway, Arden 981-4811 • ardenbuzz.com Artists: ”Art of Arden” Janet Williams’ en plein air paintings Bellefonte Arts 803-C Brandywine Blvd 547-2573 • bellefontearts.com Artist: Group Exhibit: Stephanie’s Upcycles, Marsha Neal Studio & Kara Hinson Fine Art Bellefonte Vintage 803-C Brandywine Blvd 547-2573 • bellefontearts.com Artist: New Works by Robert Porter COCA Pop-Up Gallery 3829 Kennett Pike, Greenville 218-4411 Artists: Group Show of Local Artists Greenbank Mills 500 Greenbank Road 999-9001 • greenbankmill.com Artists: Delaware Valley Art League exhibit The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike 654-8638 • stationgallery.net Artist: Spring Group Show Talleyville Frame Shoppe 3625 Silverside Road 478-1163 Artist: No Bad Ideas; The Art and Illustration of Ed Abbott



A GRAND RETURN Bikes rule the streets as Wilmington Grand Prix comes racing back

Turns out, absence does make the heart grow fonder. After a two-year haitus due to COVID-19, the Wilmington Grand Prix returned for its 14th edition last month. And what a return it was. Nearly 1,000 riders and racers energized the area over the threeday affair. The event also introduced two new components that will likely become mainstays: The Commuter Challenge, a creative, colorful and crowd-pleasing fundraiser that generated $6,680 for Urban Bike Project; The Major Taylor Community Ride, which drew Black cycling clubs from throughout the region to ride the Grand Prix course with area cyclists and Wilmington residents. Ride on! Top row l-r: Pete Borromeo and fellow spectators cheer racers up Monkey Hill; the Women's Pro peleton thunders down the homestretch. Second row l-r: Major Taylor Cycling Clubs kick off the inaugural Major Taylor Community Ride; pro racer William Hacker (N.Y.) was one of many riders to take a spill on the Grand Prix's rainsoaked course; the pro peleton makes the tricky 7th turn off King St. near The Queen. Bottom row l-r: Samuel Seo hauls a collection of young redbud trees up the cobblestones during The Commuter Challenge; cyclist Bijou Vaultz (N.J). chronicles her achievement after completing the famed Monkey Hill Time Trial; a course marshal directs a group of Gran Fondo riders led by the CS Velo pro cycling team; pro cyclist Scott McGill (Md.) had reason to feel affectionate as he won the Time Trial on Friday and the Men's Pro criterium race on Saturday.

— Photos by Butch Comegys



A futuristic view of South Market Street looking back toward the city and the existing River Tower at Christina Landing. Renderings -courtesy Riverfront Development Corp.

What’s Next

for The Riverfront? Grand experiment continues to build on its success 52 MAY 22 JUNE2022 2022 | | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

By Ken Mammarella


ith roughly 90% of the original Wilmington Riverfront project already spoken for, the Riverfront Development Corp. is making a dramatic expansion onto 86 acres on the east bank of the Christina. A master plan for Riverfront East calls for 4.7 million square feet of residential space in 4,291 units, 1.9 million square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail, 8,900 parking spaces in garages, 650 street parking spaces and 13 acres as open space. “A big wow,” said Tony Mottola, the RDC’s new director of projects. “Pretty spectacular.” Yup — if it all happens. Consider these comparisons: For most of the last two decades, building permits were issued for less than 1,000 apartments each year in New Castle, Cecil and Salem counties. The DuPont Building is 950,000 square feet, and Fairfax Shopping Center is 134,000. Christiana Mall has 6,500 parking spaces. Rodney Square is 1.5 acres. One project that has just broken ground looks to be a stunner. The Luxor is a 193-unit complex, announced as a “highly amenitized, socially integrated, technologically advanced apartment community located close to transportation, entertainment, recreation and employment venues.” The Luxor is one confirmed outcome of $100 million budgeted for Riverfront East remediation, infrastructure and other improvements by the RDC. “We’re building infrastructure to welcome development,” Mottola said. “Very few places have that much land ready to go, and nobody in the private sector could do what we’re doing to set the stage for development.” Public investment on the Riverfront has so far hit $504 million, according to RDC marketing manager Joe Valenti. That’s $460 million from the state, $27 million from Wilmington and $17 million from other sources.


Wilmington began on the Christina River in 1638 when Swedes landed at The Rocks (a park marks roughly the area) and established the first permanent European settlement in Delaware. The Rocks is sorta part of the Riverfront (more on that later). Fast-forward several centuries, and the riverfront was famous for building ships and railcars and other manufacturing. The Dravo Corp. was Delaware’s largest employer in World War II. Advance several decades, and the companies — and jobs — were gone, and it was a heavily polluted and mostly vacant industrial zone. “Typical brownfield, with chemical spills, cesspools, junkyards and crumbling abandoned buildings,” a 2018 University of Delaware report on the RDC website concluded. In 1995, a gubernatorial task force created the RDC and charged it with “creating economic vitality along the Brandywine and Christina rivers, while enhancing the environment, encouraging historic preservation and promoting public access.” ► JUNE MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A rendering of the future look at a bend of the Christina River directly across from Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and currently occupied by the Salvation Army.

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The most prominent new buildings so far probably have been Frawley Stadium, home to the Wilmington Blue Rocks, and the Chase Center on the Riverfront, at first a destination for traveling exhibitions and now known for meetings, commencements and other events. Valenti said 90% of Riverfront West is “spoken for,” but that doesn’t mean it’s complete. Multiple lots are vacant, with empty buildings, pieces of construction equipment and patchy gravel driveways. No signs on the chain-link fences reveal what’s planned. That UD report estimated 6,000 jobs on the Riverfront, half new to the state. These jobs aren’t about making things, like the old days, but are well-paid knowledge work, providing services. The largest Riverfront employers today are Barclays Bank and AAA, Valenti said. Riverfront West already channels the buzzwords of being a place to “live, work and play,” and the RDC is doubling down on the concept for Riverfront East by, for example, splitting the planned 350,000 square feet of retail space into two categories: destination (such as restaurants that draw people from a distance) and convenience (supporting the daily needs of residents and visitors). One factor in the high hopes for growth of the Riverfront is its quick access to other areas for jobs and amenities: a short walk to the Wilmington train station, a longer walk to downtown Wilmington, a short drive to Wilmington’s suburbs and a longer drive to the Philadelphia and New Castle airports. That access encourages 15% of residents to use apartments in 101 Avenue of the Arts as a second home for work, said Christie Haupt, director of residential for Capano Management. That access also draws in Pennsylvanians looking for a lower cost of living, cutting-edge dining and clean streets, a massive, 5,500word article in the May issue of Philadelphia magazine concludes. David Banks, who owns Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and has run a Riverfront restaurant since 2003, said it’s a lucrative destination. “Week after week they say they saw us on TV,” he said of patrons from Pennsylvania and South Jersey who cite his commercials and appearances on WCAU/10. Plus, “the Riverwalk and the river itself are attractive.” Another draw: a desire to be part of the action. “Nothing draws a crowd like a crowd,” Mottola said. Consider the Chase Fieldhouse and the Chase Turf Fields Complex. They’re technically not part of the RDC’s Riverfront, but these adjacent redevelopment projects have the potential to bring in thousands for games and other social events. The complex calls itself “a community epicenter.” RDC maps also don’t include River House, 300 planned apartments on A Street with predictable luxury amenities, plus a saltwater swimming pool, pet-washing station, kayak storage and boat launch. And they don’t highlight the South Wilmington Wetlands Park, an important infrastructure project created to reduce flooding

in the Southbridge neighborhood, which itself is the target of Wilmington’s South Walnut Street Urban Renewal Plan. There’s also talk of an aquatics center and indoor track nearby on the eastern bank, Mottola said.


The Riverfront (anticipate Riverfront West and East branding) is mapped in different ways. A security district, for instance, is bounded by wetlands on the south (the 288-acre Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge). The boundary heads north up along Interstate 95, zigzags in the northwest until it reaches Martin Luther King Boulevard. It then follows the railroad tracks, Church Street and the Christina – plus jumping over the river to grab Riverfront East housing in Christina Landing. The marketing map on riverfrontwilm.com, on the other hand, includes more blocks in the northwest corner and also points to the Seventh Street Peninsula, home to The Rocks, the Kalmar Nyckel tall ship replica and the Copeland Maritime Center. Although close, the peninsula and the Riverfront have significantly different vibes. Riverfront East is split administratively into three areas: the first two are bound by the river, S. Market Street and New Sweden Street, all land owned by the RDC or being bought by it, Mottola said. A third section covers land between S. Market, S. Walnut and A streets. Various maps show how the past is memorialized in names, including Dravo Plaza, Harlan Boulevard and Hollingsworth Street, named after shipbuilders; Tubman-Garrett Park, named after abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett; and New Sweden Street, for the Swedes who started it all on The Rocks. Later notables on the maps include Judy Johnson Drive for the ballplayer, Frawley Stadium for Wilmington Mayor Daniel S. Frawley, the Peterson Wildlife Refuge and the Jack Markell Trail for the governors, the DuPont Environmental Center for the company, Hare Pavilion for developer Michael Hare and the Sen. Margaret Rose Henry Bridge. The $82 million bridge project opened in 2020, providing an easy connection between the west and east banks. RDC officials are planning for a second, pedestrian bridge to encourage more synergy between the western and eastern sectors. Its eastern end would be near a planned outdoor amphitheater. They are also studying continuing the 1.3-mile Riverwalk onto the historic Seventh Street Peninsula, using a combination of easements, purchases and trades for the land. And they are looking at a Wilmington Loop that would connect the Markell Trail to the Northern Delaware Greenway, yielding an improved bicycle ride or jog from Brandywine Hundred through the Riverfront to Old New Castle. Riverfront East’s first prominent construction is a $20 million Salvation Army complex, expected to be dedicated this fall. It includes an 40,000-square-foot adult rehabilitation center, with dormitory space for 86; a 31,000-square-foot building for donations and offices; and a 17,000-square-foot store. Valenti is looking forward this year to a full season of public cruises and party boats on the river, Thursday evening concerts at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park and monthly lunchtime concerts at Hare Pavilion. Riverfront restaurants, bars and entertainment venues should also draw more visitors, he said following two years of pandemic slowdowns. JUNE MAY 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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In 1995, the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware was created to oversee the growth and restoration of the public and private land surrounding the Christina River. Formally home to shipbuilding and industrial centers, the land had become deserted and largely unusable. Thus, RDC began the process of rehabbing the landscape and working with local and regional developers to revitalize the area. Riverfront Wilmington has become one of the area’s most vibrant and exciting destinations to live, play, and work. Once a largely abandoned shipyard, the riverfront is now teeming with residences, hotels, restaurants and indoor and outdoor attractions. As we enter our 27th year — and look beyond — the Riverfront Development Corporation is thrilled to continue the expansion of the Riverfront area as we move to the east side of the river. We can’t wait to celebrate everything Riverfront Wilmington has to offer with you all year long!


SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Our popular Summer Concert Series will once again return to Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park each Thursday evening from 7-8:30pm from July 8 through August 25.

These concerts are free of charge and feature a variety of popular local-and-regional acts celebrating various genres:

July 7 - Arnold Hurtt & The Funky Factory Band| (R&B, Pop, Soul, Gospel, Funk and Jazz) July 14 - Swing That Cat (Swing, Cabaret Jazz and Splash of Bourbon Street) July 21- Blues Reincarnation Project (Blues & Rock) July 28 - Sean Reilly (Vocalist in the Sinatra Style) August 4 - Gerry Timlin (Family Night with Irish Folk Music) August 11 - Stacey LaChole & the BlacSoul Band (R&B, Pop, Soul, Gospel, Funk and Jazz) August 18 - Voodoo DeVille (Blues, Boogie & Swing) August 25 - Best Kept Soul (R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Funk, Hip Hop and Rock) Additionally, we are thrilled to bring back our Lunchtime Summer Concerts to Hare Pavilion on the Riverwalk, featuring a monthly performance from June-August, 12:15-1:15 p.m. along the Riverwalk.




Delaware Children’s Museum Although reopen since June of 2021, the DCM is finally beginning to fully resemble the experience from before the pandemic. In addition to their weekly rotating STEM and art programming — as well as fun exhibits — the museum is bringing back their monthly indoor and outdoor special events for the summer months. The Summer Kick-Off will take place on Friday, June 17th, with indoor and outdoor activities, live music and more. On Friday, July 15th guests are invited to check out dogs and other service animals at the Dog Days of Summer Event. They will wrap up Summer with their End of Summer Bash on Friday, August 12th.

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Riverwalk Mini Golf One of the most popular summer attractions on the Riverfront is back in 2022! Open Wednesday-Sunday from 3-9pm, Riverwalk Mini Golf offers 18 holes of golf action on our newly renovated course, as well as bike and surrey rentals to tour the Riverwalk and soft serve ice cream.






Water Attractions Our friends at Coastal Boat Tours are back again for their first full season on the Christina. They have two ships, The Brandywine Tour Boat and Pau Hanna Tiki Boat. They offer tours of the river, cruising past the city and port and out to the Delaware River, as well as happy hour cruises, private charters and more.

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DuPont Environmental Education Center The DuPont Environmental Education Center provides a 13,000 square foot facility along the 212-acre Peterson Wildlife Refuge, where guests can explore the marshes and look for various species of amphibians, birds and fish. They offer guided tours, weekly drop-in classes, and have easy access to the Jack A. Markell Bike Trail. Delawarenaturesociety.org/centers/dupont-environmental-education-center

Wilmington Blue Rocks The Blue Rocks are celebrating their 30th season on the Riverfront this summer, with great baseball, family-friendly attractions, giveaways, fireworks, and more.




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Cold Comfo Frozen confections take the heat off — and melt stress


n 2012, Angie O'Brien was tasked with bringing a dessert to her gourmet dinner club. The choice was up to the host, who sent O'Brien a recipe for blueberry-lemon ice cream layered between blondie cookies. "When I went home, I thought, 'Oh, man, I could make these in lots of fun flavors,'" she says. So, she did just that — for friends, family and other events. "I kept accumulating flavors and experimenting — and people kept encouraging me ..." she recalls. In 2014, the former software developer launched ISwich, a frozen dessert and ice cream company incorporated in Delaware. Made in her West Chester commissary, the gourmet ice cream sandwiches are available in Whole Foods Markets and at Longwood Gardens. "We just entered New York City," she says proudly.




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O'Brien is on the forefront. Fortune Business Insights estimates that the global ice cream market will soar from $70.9 billion in 2019 to $91.9 billion in 2027 — a 30% jump in less than a decade. The frozen novelties category — including pops and ice cream sandwiches — is particularly strong. Dollar sales jumped 8.4% to $6,871.3 million in 2021. Stress has helped fuel the trend. Snacking is one way to cope with anxiety, and no good rom-com is complete without a heartbroken character dipping into a quart of ice cream. At this time of year, however, a frozen sweet is also a time-honored way to beat the heat, and on June 25, the OldFashioned Ice Cream Festival will return to the Rockwood Park & Museum.

Delaware-based ISwich is at the forefront of the growth in the frozen novelties category. Photo courtesy Angie O'Brien

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Ice cream and frozen desserts might be popular, but today's customers won't waste calories on just any confection. If they're going to indulge, they want a premium product, O'Brien maintains. What takes ice cream to the next level? Start with the source. For instance, Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin raises Jersey cows, a British breed that produces milk with more solids and higher butterfat content than many breeds. The creamery's uber-rich ice cream has made the farm a destination for families and retailers; Chip Hearn

buys custom-made Woodside products for his exotic concoctions at The Ice Cream Store on Rehoboth Avenue. Good ice cream must be worth the weight — in more ways than one. "Most people don't know this, but air is an actual ice cream ingredient," O'Brien explains. After the ice cream is spun and frozen, air is inserted to soften the mass, which otherwise would remain a hard frozen block. Inexpensive ice cream typically has more air — known as overrun — than premium versions. ►



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is a thoroughly combined sugar, water, and fruit mix. Cajun ice, meanwhile, is fine and fluffy. When Hopkins Farm There's also a market for sorbet, fruit and sugar churned Creamery outside Lewes first in an ice cream machine. started making ice cream, the There's no dairy, which makes late Burli Hopkins tossed away it suitable for those who are the machine's instructions. lactose-intolerant. Then there is Instead of operating the device frozen custard, the darling of the at the suggested 220 revolutions festival circuit. While ice cream per minute, he ran it at 175 to is made with milk, cream and 180. Consequently, the amount of air made the ice cream Megan McBride and A.J. Smith work their magic inside the ice cream lab at sweetener, frozen custard also contains egg yolks. Credit the rich and creamy. By the time Woodside Creamery. O&A file photo/Joe delTufo invention to brothers Archie, he realized the mistake, his Clair, and Elton Kohr (as in the customers were hooked. Kohr Bros. Frozen Custard), who debuted the dessert in 1919 on Coney Island. More Than Ice Cream Gelato might mean "ice cream" in Italian, but it is In Delaware, not all top-shelf frozen delights are traditional ice cream. Water ice is a Philly-area and northern only about 25 percent air and made with less milk fat. Consequently, it's denser, and there's less butterfat to coat Delaware favorite. "That's what we're famous for," declares Dino Thompson, the tongue. The flavor, therefore, is more intense. Perhaps the best-known gelato purveyor in the state owner of Dino's Ice Cream & Water Ice in Wilmington's Little is Caffé Gelato, founded by Ryan German in April 2000, a Italy section. Derived from granita, an Italian treat, water ice was month before he graduated from the University of Delaware. introduced by Italian immigrants, which is why it's a frequent German got the idea for the Newark restaurant while sight in Little Italy. Banish the thought of a snow cone. Those sampling Italian-style gelato in Spain. The restaurant has icy treats are coarse ice topped with syrup. Authentic water ice since evolved into a full-service dining destination. ►



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Despite the café's longevity, many people still don't understand the difference between ice cream and gelato, says Petra Heiss, owner of Gotta Lotta Gelata on Philadelphia Pike in North Wilmington. Education is part of her job. Gelato and sorbet recipes are the foundation for Janine Crawford's Pop In Artisan Pops in Middletown. "I've always had a sweet tooth, and it just evolved over time to include frozen desserts," says Crawford, who attended a special school to learn the art of gelatoand sorbet-making. Made in small batches, the flavors might include pink lemonade, strawberry cream, cookies and cream, and banana-hazelnut fudge with a chocolate hazelnut drizzle and Heath bar crumble. Have to Have a Gimmick Creativity counts, and flavors are one way to demonstrate innovation. For instance, at Le Cavalier at the Hotel du Pont, Chef Tyler Akins has whipped up a mascarpone ice cream sundae with housemade strawberry-rhubarb preserves, chocolate whipped cream and candied pistachios. Speaking of cheese, Gotta Lotta Gelata has offered Blue Goat — goat cheese gelato with a blueberry swirl — and Heiss is currently working on an Earl Grey tea flavor. However, her most popular is Oreo. O'Brien now offers six iSwich flavors and seasonal selections, such as pumpkin crunch and apple sorbet in fall and peppermint bark for the holidays. The ice cream is sandwiched between brownies, blondies or graham cracker cookies.

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In Kennett Square, La Michoacána is known for its corn ice cream, but you may also find rice pudding, banana tequila, queso fresco and guava cheese. Not to be outdone, Thompson of Dino's Ice Cream & Water Ice is up to 20 assorted flavors of water ice, although only six to eight are available at a time. "We do an incredible pina colada that's fantastic," says Thompson, who created "Purple Rain" for an idol, Prince. There are other tasty ways to stand out. For example, La Chispa Creamery in West Grove, Pa., piles it on high. Garnishes might include a kebob of toasted marshmallows, whole cookies and edible trim around glass rims. The shop's menu showcases a funnel cake sundae, churro split and waffle cone "taco" sundae. If you want your ice cream and your cake, head to Sweet Lucy's Ice Cream & Treats in Brandywine Hundred, whose ice cream cupcakes are a hit at weddings. This summer, the shop offers ice cream cakes shaped like watermelon and beach balls. For another festive dessert that combines two favorites, there's V&M's Boozy menu for customers 21 and up. Spoon up a shot of whiskey chocolate hazelnut, rum pina colada and vodka mint chocolate chip. No espresso martini is needed. Coming to a Community Near You The delivery is also a differentiator, as attendees at the OldFashioned Ice Cream Festival will see. Good Humor isn't the only brand that hits the road in style. Dino's Ice Cream and Water Ice started as a food truck before opening a brick-and-mortar location. Meg Hurst, who owns Sweet Lucy's, started with Cajun-Sno, a truck selling Louisianastyle water ice. Similarly, Gotta Lotta Gelata operated as a food truck for three years before opening a store on Philadelphia Pike. The process works both ways. Along with a wholesale operation, O'Brien now has vans to transport premade ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cups to events. Crawford has a vintagelooking tricycle with a farmhouse chick storage box that she takes to showers and other events. But, in the end, all the bells and whistles won't work if the product doesn't appeal to customers' taste buds. Succeeding in the industry takes talent. "Frozen dessert is a competitive market," Crawford acknowledges. "We bring a unique perspective and a highquality handcrafted product made on-site daily using allnatural ingredients. Our customers appreciate the quality and craftsmanship we provide."




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Still Cooking Kozy Korner celebrates a century of feeding Wilmington By Matt Morrissette


n the grueling and fickle restaurant industry, a 10-year run is a significant achievement by any measure. But for the Wilmington diner Kozy Korner, what’s another decade in the fabled, 100-year history of the family-run business? Opened in 1922 by John Vouras at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Washington Street, the original location of the diner was a downtown Wilmington favorite during a simpler era for the city. In 1964, the diner passed to John’s son, Nicholas. The location continued to thrive for another 20 years until the building was demolished to make way for a high-rise hotel. ► JUNE 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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STILL COOKING After an eight-year absence, continued from previous page Nicholas resurrected the family business at its current location at 906 North Union Street in Wilmington’s Little Italy neighborhood. In 2002, the diner was passed to Nicholas’ son, John, the current owner and the third generation of the Vouras family to run the eatery. Over the past two decades, the diner has faced the obvious challenges of a changing cityscape, shifting trends in eating habits, and the unique struggles of being a family business. “Working with family has a lot of up- and downsides, that’s for sure,” says John Vouras II. “Being third generation, I’ve tried to focus on keeping the reputation of quality food and good service. The trick is to change with the times, but not to change so much that our regulars are upset. It can be hard to find the balance.” Krissy Murphy, a server at the current location since 1994, has worked at the restaurant through the tenures of both Nicholas and his son, John. Being on the frontline of the business for so long has given her a unique perspective on Kozy Korner. “Nothing much has changed,” she says. “Every server that works here has been doing so for at least 10 years and many of us for 20 or more. As regulars from when I first started move away or pass, a new crop of faces replaces them, and it’s often their friends or relatives. No matter what happens or how much things seem to change, we still have a line out of the door on Sundays after church.” With nearly a century of longevity, Kozy Korner is in the rare position of having customers who came with their parents to the old location and today bring their own kids to the Little Italy spot. One such regular is John Williams, a well-known personal attorney and lifelong Wilmington resident. “I have fond memories of the downtown location and I still have lunch at Kozy Korner once or twice a week. The people who work there are like family and the food gives me a lot of comfort. “I have so much history with the Vouras family. Nicholas helped me get the loan for the first house I ever purchased, and his grandson, Nick, has guest-lectured at a hospitality course that I’m involved in at the University of Delaware.”


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Photos of the original Kozy Korner, which was located in downtown Wilmington, are scattered throughout the current Union Street location. Photo by Jim Coarse

wwz Over the past couple of years, Kozy Korner has faced the additional harsh reality of being a small, independent business during Covid. “Surviving Covid was a serious challenge,” says Vouras. “I had to lay off the entire staff, and once restrictions were lifted, I brought them back slowly. Thankfully, my two sons, Nick and Alex, helped me a great deal through the pandemic. “They were there when needed, refusing to be paid. Also, I had to cut back the hours of operation due to the staff shortage, and I simplified the menu for lunch which was almost non-existent.” With business returning to somewhat normal as Covid seemingly winds down, the diner has experienced surprising success with the recent introduction of Detroit-style pizza (a thick, square-cut variation on Sicilian pizza) to the food repertoire. The brainchild of John’s son, Nick, the ever-expanding pizza menu has earned rave reviews and caused quite a local stir as word spread through Nick’s use of drool-inducing pictures on the restaurant’s increasingly active social media presence. Additionally, Kozy Korner hosts periodic pop-up nights where Nick teams with other local chefs and friends to offer an evening of interesting options on top of Nick’s pizza varieties. Though Wilmington is chock full of choices when it comes to pizza, Detroitstyle is a tougher find and has allowed Nick to find a niche quickly. “It’s cool to provide something unique,” Nick says. “Not a lot of people are familiar with the Detroit style and if places around here even offer it, it’s not on the menu or it’s maybe on the last page in the fine print. It’s exciting to put it front and center and see people’s reactions to trying something they turn out to love for the first time.” After a century of providing comfort and community to the city of Wilmington, the future of Kozy Korner is both bright and unclear. Alex and Nick (who’s currently looking for his own brick and mortar site to take his pizza to the next level) have their own goals and interests outside of the family business. But if the third generation turns out to be the last for the Vouras family at Kozy Korner, it’s been quite a run. And they’re not going anywhere any time soon.

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Jazzing Up The City Clifford Brown Jazz Festival expands to week-long programming. Outdoor concerts on Rodney Square set for June 15-18.


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he Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, the largest free, outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast, celebrates its 35th year when it sounds off in Rodney Square June 15. It honors Brown, a 25-year-old Wilmington trumpeter who died in 1956, just as his career was ascending. Planner Tina Betz makes room for musicians of all kinds at the longstanding fête. As director of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and president of Cityfest, which runs the festival, Betz says she tries to “show as many of the different threads in the fabric that’s called ‘jazz’ as I can in the short amount of time we have.” This year’s performers range from headliners such as Stanley Clarke (Wednesday) and Rebirth Brass Band (Saturday), to celebrated regional

artists such as Baltimore’s Maysa (Friday) and Wilmington’s Tony “Big Cat” Smith (Saturday). New in 2022 are free indoor events starting on Sun., June 12, stretching festival programming to a week. The traditional Wednesday through Saturday (June 15-18) dates will deliver the classic big-stage concert experience, rain or shine. Festival week warms up with the Best of Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew on Sunday at 4 p.m., with a post-concert reception at the Wilmington Library. Brownie Speaks: A Video Documentary — The Life, Music, and Legacy of Clifford Brown, plays at Theatre N on Monday at 6 p.m. followed by a panel discussion. ►

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A jazz art exhibit and live music reception at the Wilmington Library on Tuesday at 6 p.m. is the final build-up to the next night’s outdoor kick-off, and late-night jams take place at Nomad, Le Cavalier and the library on various concert nights. Festival nights can often be identified by common themes. This year, Thursday’s lineup offers a full menu of Latin jazz flavor, and Friday leans into an R&B-jazz fusion vibe. The full main stage roster includes Joe Chambers, Rayford Griffin (Brown’s nephew), along with Clarke on Wednesday, Cintron, David Sánchez, and Chucho Valdés alongside Paquito D’Rivera (on a reunion tour) on Thursday, Ernest Stuart with THR3ZUS, and Stokley (former front-man of Mint Condition) on Friday, and Regina Carter, Spartan Alumni Band, Lynn Riley and The World-Mix, Immanuel Wilkins, along with Smith on Saturday. Griffin is one of several Brown family members tapped for either the stage or the Monday film screening panel. Clifford Brown, Jr., will join Betz on stage as co-host. The 40-year radio broadcasting ace says he is, “very excited to be coming back home to Wilmington. I’m thrilled that both my father’s legacy and music continue to be honored.” Wednesday through Friday, the music kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up around 10 p.m. Saturday’s 10-hour schedule begins at noon. While the orientation of the stage will be new to those who skipped 2021 (the stage backs up to King Street), food trucks and adult beverages remain on the Market Street side. Betz, whose team just wrapped up the first full year of the Clifford Brown Year-Round monthly series that debuted in 2020, says, “These artists bring a lot of versatility. Expect to maybe walk away knowing more about a particular artist than you knew when you came and wanting to know more about other artists.” Visit CliffordBrownJazzFest.org.

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Showtime After a lengthy pandemic break, The Nomad is back and ready for the Jazz Festival spotlight By JulieAnne Cross


he Nomad Bar, a downtown staple occupying the 900 block of Orange Street since 2011, recently reopened. It had been 24 months since they were first shuttered, along with all non-essential businesses, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. Dave Vandever, who owns the bar with his wife, Linda, says social distancing restrictions meant it was impossible for a venue the size of The Nomad Bar to reopen much sooner. “When people started to feel safe again, we opened,” he says. They’ve never had a website or a sign. And it hasn’t hurt business. “Basically, we have the iconic neon ‘open’ sign and that’s what everyone responds to,” says Vandever. “We don’t over-advertise.”

Since March 11, the bar has been open for music and drinks on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. “The response to our reopening has been wonderful,” he says. “Old customers. Old friends and musicians. New customers. They all really responded to us reopening. It’s very gratifying.” The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival has tapped the bar as an afterparty venue, with late-night jams taking place Thursday through Saturday, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. (It could even be a pre-concert stop: the bar opens at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 6 p.m. Saturday.) Tony “Big Cat” Smith, a renowned Wilmington trumpeter who is gracing the main stage of the festival on Saturday, will be handling the musical programming for the bar during the festival. ► JUNE 2022 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM 45

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“Lots of jazz musicians in Wilmington come out for jam sessions and some of the festival performers have even come out,” Vandever notes. The Nomad Bar never charges a cover any other day of the year except festival week. The entire $3 cover is donated to Christina Cultural Arts Center’s music program. Spontaneous types can roll the dice on programming that ranges from jazz to bluegrass and beyond on any given night (Friday always being jazz-specific). Those who crave advance knowledge of what bands (such as the Blackbird Society Orchestra and The Pat Kane Band) or genres (which can include blues, country, and even the occasional DJ) are booked should follow The Nomad Bar on Facebook, where the schedule is posted weekly. While The Nomad features an extensive bar selection, and allows patrons to bring in outside food, it’s likely the music and atmosphere that are the biggest draw. “People come into The Nomad and they know we have music,” Vandever says. “They’re not sure who’s playing, but they always know it something good.”

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Ladybug Takes Flight Again The lovely spring night of May 20 saw the return of The Ladybug Music Festival to Wilmington’s LOMA district. As the country’s largest celebration of women in music since its start in 2012, the festival once again showcased some of the best up-and-coming female artists and female-led bands in the area… and beyond. Some, like the headlining Sweet Lizzy Project, traveled from as far away as Cuba. 1: Ladybug Headliner Sweet Lizzy Project 2: Crowd dancing during Sweet Lizzy Project's Performance 3: Surprise performance by Aziza Nalai and Company 4: You Do You perform at Humble Park 5: (L-R) Carol Arnott-Robbins, Ivan Thomas, Mayor Mike Purzycki and Will Minster 6: Opening artist Sug Daniels kicking off Ladybug Festival

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ayor Purzycki joined the dedication ceremony honoring former Mayor James H. Sills Jr., the first African American elected Mayor of Wilmington who served from 1993 until 2001. Former Mayor Sills was joined by friends, family members, elected official, and other well-wishers in Brandywine Park on Saturday, April 30, where a new statue of his likeness was unveiled at the foot of the bridge that also bears his name.



Mayor Purzycki helps celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Delaware’s tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel in April. “It was magical,” said the Mayor, recalling watching the ship launch in 1997 as head of the Riverfront Development Corp. The Mayor also proclaimed April 22 as Kalmar Nyckel Tall Ship of Delaware Day in Wilmington. Photos: Jan Ross/Kalmar Nyckel Foundation


n 1637, an expedition of the New Sweden Co. led by Peter Minuit and consisting of two ships, including the Kalmar Nyckel, left Gothenburg, Sweden, to establish a colony in the Delaware River Valley. It anchored in March 1638 off “The Rocks” on the Christina River, and, when spring arrived, the colonists built Fort Christina — the first settlement of New Sweden. Three hundred and eighty-five years later the replica Kalmar Nyckel, first launched in Wilmington on September 28, 1997, is the official Tall Ship of Delaware and an ambassador for the City of Wilmington while serving as a floating classroom and inspirational platform offering educational programs that reach more than 30,000 people each year.




ayor Purzycki addresses the crowd gathered in Freedom Plaza to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day on April 28.


Public Works Education Day at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building.

Commissioner Kelly Williams with members of the City’s Public Works team kick off the Public Works Week 2022 at the Louis L. Redding City/County Building in Downtown Wilmington.




ayard Elementary student Cordai Turner was Mayor for a day as part of Youth in City Government Day, May 5, 2022. Some 200 people participated this year, including students from six City schools. The annual program, which introduces young people to how City government works, is sponsored by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation.







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