Out & About Magazine -- Jan 2013

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We heard it from a bird that you should check out the stuff inside. Enjoy our annual Worth Trying Issue.

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Freshening Your Workout

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

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Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Eric Aber, Krista Connor, Christine Facciolo, Mark Fields, Pam George, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, John Murray Larry Nagengast, Scott Pruden Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Les Kipp, Tony Kukulich, David Norbut, Matt Urban

January 2013 | Vol. 25, No. 11 | outandaboutnow.com

FEATURES 13 VACATION HORROR STORY CONTEST WINNER Zipping Through the Mountains. By Fay Jacobs

18-20 WORTH TRYING 2013

It’s a New Year, and we’ve got a new list of shops, restaurants, food, drinks, books, gadgets and fun activities for you to try, courtesy of our staff and contributors. Better get started: you’ve only got 12 months to try ‘em all!


Satisfying the increasingly sophisticated tastes of coffee drinkers. By Matt Amis Meet Sean Hixon: Roaster extraordinaire. By Matt Amis It takes a perky bean. By Sean Hixon Java by the numbers.

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Filmmaker’s viewpoint weakens impact of Promised Land. By Mark Fields Shakespeare movie series comes to Delaware Art Museum. Homegrown feature film to debut in Rehoboth. By Mark Fields


Off the Treadmill. Freshening up your workout routine. By Scott Pruden


Delaware icon Ed Shockley has spent 40 years creating music. By Krista Connor 2nd Annual Wilmo Rock Circus proved quite a show. By Krista Connor


Cruising down Delaware’s Route 9. By Krista Connor


Spirited images from the Santa Crawl. By Tony Kukulich The Nomad is determined to maintain its underground feel. By Krista Connor Let the bar games begin. By Matt Amis

Contributing Designer Tyler Mitchell Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb Interns Mitchell Hall

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The War on Words


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leitmotif Wherein we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage By Bob Yearick

Literally of the Month

From a story in the Dec. 3 New Yorker titled, appropriately, “Literally,” by Antonya Nelson. The author uses it ironically in this passage: “Also,” Danny said, “she exaggerates. Constantly.” “Literally,” his father said. Richard liked to make his son smile by using his favorite word incorrectly.

Media Watch

• Sal Paolantonio, NFL reporter for ESPN: “They have a tough road to hoe.” Sal repeats this almost every week, thus joining the hordes of unwashed who think you can hoe a road. You hoe a row, as in a garden of vegetables. Sal’s not a farm boy, I guess. • USA Today reported that French actor Gerard Depardieu “fell off of his motorcycle.” The “off of ” construction is not strictly wrong, just indicative of an amateur. Rarely is “of ” needed. • The weekly entertainment magazine Spark continues its use of “couple” as an adjective, as in this caption: “Couple people who attended the concert.” The correct term: a couple of. Couple is almost always a noun, folks; never an adjective.

Native Americana

An acquaintance mentioned a turning point in his life, calling it a “seminole” moment. Pretty sure he meant “seminal.” I almost asked if he had been accepted into an Indian tribe from Florida.

Gaffes Galore, Part Deux

Continuing our list of grammatical irritants, which we started last month. Again, these are in no particular order, but they are all common,

Pronounced lahyt-moh-teef, it’s a noun usually meaning a dominant or recurring theme, as in a novel. Also, a melodic passage or phrase, especially in Wagnerian opera, associated with a specific character, situation, or element.

and all irritating! Of course we’ve covered them in this column, more than once, but we continue to encounter at least one every day.

• Quotes inside periods and commas. This is the second most frequent mistake we see in written communications—mostly emails. (The first, as noted last month, is the use of single quotes – while double quotes are totally ignored.) We know that it seems counter-intuitive to place quotes outside commas and periods, but that’s the rule. Except in the United Kingdom and most of Europe, of course. • Fewer/less: As we’ve said over and over, if plurals or quantities are involved, use fewer; if singular and amounts, use less. Problem is, most people never use fewer. • Lay/lie. You lie down, but you lay a card on the table. Lay requires an object. Again, most people never use lie when they talk about going to bed. • That (or which) and who (Spark, please note): “Jim is the guy that sold me the car.” No, he’s the guy who sold you the car. If a human is involved, use who. It’s pretty simple. • Dangling modifiers, as in this from Rhea Hughes, of WIP sports talk infamy: “Despite suffering a significant concussion, Andy Reid has not ruled out Michael Vick for Sunday’s game.” That concussion would explain some of Andy’s game-day decisions. Reader Note: A reader maintains that a sentence from last month’s column, “There is absolutely no scientific data involved here . . .” should be “There are absolutely no scientific data. . .” He points out that data is plural. While he’s technically correct, we think the word has become accepted as singular, and we can’t remember the last time we saw the singular “datum.” What think you, dear reader?



Pronounced DESi-mayt, it’s a verb meaning to destroy a large part of something. Strict linguists bemoan the loss of its original meaning: killing every 10th person, which derived from the Roman army’s habit of punishing a mutinous group of soldiers by killing every 10th man.

Seen a good (bad) one lately? Send your candidates to ryearick@ comcast.net

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2. Dan Conaty (left) and Stephen Sweeny of Wilmington enjoy a beer before the Delaware Day toast. Photo by Tim Hawk 3. Chef Paul Egnor of Pizza by Elizabeths welcomes the turnout for Cheers to the Holidays. Photo by Lorraine Boyce 4. The Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade saw plenty of fanfare and local celebrities, including Delaware native and filmmaker Luke Matheny, who brought along his Academy Award (Best Live Action Short 2011). Photo by Donnell Hill 5. Sam Hobbs, owner of Twin Lakes Brewery, leads a toast at the Delaware Historical Society. To his left is David Emerson portraying John Dickinson. Photo by Tim Hawk www.OutAndAboutNow.com

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HORRORS! Our contest proves vacations can be disastrously funny

Fay Jacobs rides the zipline in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Our Vacation Horror Story contest elicited several examples of the travails of travel, most of them humorous, a few downright funny. The winner, as determined by judges from the Delaware Literary Connection, was Fay Jacobs, of Rehoboth Beach, who receives $100 in cash and dinner for two at one of Out & About’s favorite area restaurants. Second place went to Jim Hawkins, of Smyrna, while Natalie Kaplan, of Wilmington, took third place. Our thanks to all those who entered. Below is the winning entry. Second place will be published next month and the third-place winner will appear in March.

Zipping through the Mountains By Fay Jacobs

(This story was previously published in Delaware Beach Life)


hen my mate suggested we do a zip line through the gym and I’m supposed to squat on a rock? I felt like a Sumo trees in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, I wrestler trying for the lotus position. knew it was way outside my comfort zone, but I was “And if you feel yourself spinning right or left, simply turn into soothed by the brochure. “Family fun.” “Ages 9 the spin, like a car turning into a skid in the snow.” Crap. I never understood that concept. and up.” “A stunning view over the tree canopy.” I could feel the muscular guide’s open hand on my How bad could it be? I don’t know what I pictured. Maybe a starter zip, a zipline light, a back, gently suggesting it was time for me to slide mini-zip. I felt sure we’d be on the bunny slope my scrunched-up torso off the boulder and down of zip lines. over the trees. Zippitty do-daaauuugggghhhhh!! I was buttressed into my gear, complete I hit the air, the harness locked to the cable with helmet and body harness, then lectured and I was off, semi-squatting, screaming, arms on safety by a Paul Bunyan-like 20-year old. Vacation Horror Nervous and weighed down by gear, I toddled overhead, hanging by my thighs and crotch. What off to the zip site. Then the guide said, “For the part of the word zip didn’t you understand, you Story Contest moron? God, don’t let me pee! first zip we will launch from the ground.” FIRST?? I saw the enormity of my blunder. I started to spin, helpless to right myself, zipping backwards toward the tree platform. “Incoming! The guides attached me and my industrial strength Incoming!” I howled, sure I’d wipe out the unfortunate mountain canvas harness to a block-and-tackle pulley system, on a cable between the ground and a teeny platform on a tree a mile down the man poised to snag me. mountainside. I was about to zip into the next zip code. Apparently there was a wood block rigged to stop my forward “Stand on this boulder, crouch to a sitting position and gently motion, which, when I hit it, sounded like a gunshot. But no such push off,” said Big Foot the guide. Great, I can’t do squats at the luck. Unshot, marginally alive, I was passed, like a sack of Idaho ►



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potatoes, from one athlete to another to get rigged for a second zip. When my spouse landed on the platform behind me, I spat “I’m going to kill you!” just as the guide instructed me to jump off. I gaped at the tree tops below. I was supposed to leap into midair, trusting the skinny cable to keep me from free fall? I’d rather die than bungee jump. I can’t even jump into a swimming pool, for pity’s sake, much less sky dive! What am I doing here? “I can’t do this,” I muttered. “You have to,” said Sasquatch. There’s no other way down.” By this time, zippers were piling up behind me as I stared, paralyzed, into the void. “But I can’t…. Auuuggghhhhh!!!!!” Jumped or pushed? We’ll never know. Tree canopy? My eyes were shut; I could have been zipping over the county dump. And it’s funny about gravity. The featherweight nine-year-olds had time to look around, but this big broad came zipping down the line like a freakin’ space shuttle. Zooming into the next outpost, hands in a death grip at the harness holds, praying I wouldn’t kill anybody, I wound up suspended in midair, swinging like a fresh side of beef. I mouthed, “I’m going to kill you” to my mate, who appeared, dangling behind me, refusing to make eye contact. Mentally, I filed for divorce as I was once again shuttled between the same gaggle of outdoorsmen who had been with us all along the stops. They unclipped my cables, re-clipped me to other cables and hinged me to the zip line. Had anyone ever become unhinged? Physically, I mean. I was already mentally there. “Get ready for zip three!” yelled the bulky teenage guide, who grabbed me and tightened my harness so thoroughly I wanted to ask if he’d at least buy me dinner first. “Off you go!” he hollered, sending me down the mountain at lightning speed. This time I faced forward, and, picking up speed, screamed, “cowabunga!” hoping not to have a coronary. I opened one eye to see trees flying by and a look of terror on the face of the poor schnook waiting to break my fall. Thud! I practically flattened him, but he kept us both upright and rigged me for zip four. He hurried, spying my mate coming in behind me. At our previous perch he’d heard me threaten her life, and I think he wanted me gone to prevent a dust-up. As I clenched my eyes and prepared for takeoff, I heard him say to the person I was formerly married to, “Things are getting better. This time she didn’t say she was going to kill you.” Okay, so I came shrieking in for yet another crash landing, then had myself shackled and lashed to the line for the final zip. I zipped down, then, by gravity, zipped up because the line stretched back up to a high tree. From there, gravity sent me down again, like a skateboarder on a half-pipe, not that I’d know from experience. I zipped back up and down two more times like Cirque du Solei before settling in the middle of the cable, hanging like a pair of underpants on a clothes line. That’s so they could yell “Smile!” and take a picture. When they got a ladder to offload me, my legs were rubber, my arms felt like lead, and even my hair was clenched. But I was happy to be on the ground, not in it. “Well, what did you think?” ventured my spouse. “Are you proud you did it?” Truth is, yes, I was proud. Quite pleased with myself, actually. And at least New Hampshire's motto, Live Free Or Die, was not put to the test. .OAAN.

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he shootings in Newtown left me, like many of you, I’m sure, numb with disbelieving grief. How doubly awful that they occurred as Christmas was about to arrive, compounding the tragedy for all those parents, friends and relatives. I cannot imagine anything more horrible, more soul-destroying. There may be one positive result: As we went to press with our January issue, there were rumblings of a true, bipartisan movement to curb the spread of firearms, especially assault rifles. Please, someone, tell me why anyone needs an assault rifle. To defend your home against a tyrannical government? Disregarding the tea-partycraziness of that thought, there is this: Any government worth its salt will take you out with a missile launched from miles away. Your puny Bushmaster AR-15 will be molten metal and plastic in seconds, and you will not have fired a shot from it. I grant you, banning assault rifles cannot absolutely prevent such incidents as the Newtown shootings. But it’s a start. And that’s more than we have accomplished to this point. Our politicians need to stand up to the National Rifle Association and its wacko fringe. They can take courage from evidence that the NRA is no longer the political force it once was—more of its candidates lost in the last election than won. Now is the time. Let us hope that our leaders have the backbone to not allow this moment—this opportunity—slip from their grasp. Let this be the legacy of the 20 children and six adults who died at Sandy Hook Elementary. Let them not have died in vain. — Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor


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You may not find the Blarney Stone here but a visit to this Forty Acres shop is the closest you can get to a total Irish experience without leaving Wilmington. These Celtic items, clothing and jewelry are sure to make eyes smile—even if they aren’t Irish.

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It’s a New Year, and we’ve got a new list of shops, restaurants, food, drinks, books, gadgets and fun activities for you to tr y, courtesy of our staff and contributors. Better get started: you’ve only got 12 months to tr y ‘em all!

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lesser-known natural area is nestled just to the east of the more familiar White Clay Creek State Park near Newark. Some of the trails are not well marked but Middle Run has an appealing mix of terrain and natural features that will stimulate the senses even on a winter hike. Many trails connect into White Clay Creek to extend one’s outdoor adventure. Trailhead parking is on Possum Hollow Road. —Mark Fields, contributing writer


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Finding a good thrift store is like stepping into a magical world full of discovery—or at least, great deals and uncommon finds. Perhaps you’ve yet to experience the wonder of such places—like any of Delaware’s Goodwill locations or the Family Thrift Store Center in Stanton. If that’s the case, I recommend you give thrifting a try. —Krista Connor, contributing writer


P. Haley examines the American version of Downton Abbey, but with food. Recipient of a James Beard Award 2012, it is a fascinating and informative look at food before TV dinners, the microwave and McDonald's.

MID-ATLANTIC GRAND PRIX Do some indoor go-kart racing at Mid-Atlantic Grand Prix. Available for birthday parties and other outings. Individuals can race for eight minutes— about six miles—for $20. — Bob Yearick, editor

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rides and then there is the WGP Gran Fondo. Quite simply, this is the most scenic ride in Delaware. The metric-century course (62 miles) gives riders rare access to world-class attractions such as Hagley Museum, Winterthur and Mount Cuba Center. In total, the ride, which begins and ends at the Delaware Art Museum, takes cyclists past more than a dozen Brandywine Valley cultural attractions. As one rider commented: “I thought I was riding in France.” A word of caution: Train. The Fondo’s climbs are challenging. Bragging rights, a jersey and a post-ride party in the museum’s sculpture garden are the rewards for finishers. This year’s ride is set for Sunday, May 19.

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No Ordinary Joe Quality beans, attention to roasting and brewing techniques satisfy the increasingly sophisticated tastes of coffee drinkers By Matt Amis


ach morning, Brew HaHa! president Alisa Morkides consumes 12 ounces of espresso and chases it a few hours later with a quadruple macchiato—four ounces of straight espresso tempered with a few ounces of milk. “I love coffee,” she says, stating the obvious. She’s not alone. Delaware loves its coffee. And in the 19 years


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of Brew HaHa’s lifespan, the local coffee culture has shifted. We’ve become more discerning and sophisticated coffee drinkers, thanks largely to greater availability of quality beans, and more stringent attention to roasting and brewing techniques. According to a small business market research report, 37 percent of all coffee consumed in 2012 was classified as “gourmet.”


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“People are beginning to look at coffee the same way they look at wine,” Morkides says. “It’s not just your old cup of joe anymore. People are beginning to discover different flavors and tastes they like, and they can tell the difference between a light-bodied Costa Rican coffee and a fuller-bodied Sumatran coffee.” The emergence of specialty coffee drinks and espresso came about in the ‘80s, during the rapid rise and expansion of Starbuck’s, whose oeuvre included espresso-laced lattes, cappuccinos, macchiato, mochas, and more. The trend made its way east, and locally our zeal for artisan coffee grew, paving the way for a new wave of progressive coffee drinkers. In 2006, coffee fanatic Carol Stiles began roasting beans in the backyard of her Pike Creek home in order to achieve optimum coffee freshness. Six years later, her Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie caters to the growing hordes who share her love of uber-fresh, flavorful and, increasingly, organic beans. “That’s what sets us apart,” Stiles says. “Loyal patrons, regulars, they’re here every single day because they know it’s fresh. I have people contact us and say they want whatever we roasted today. The foodie craze has just grown, and we see more of it in coffee now.” From inside Zingo’s Supermarket in Newark, Pike Creek Coffee Shop pours exclusive blends like the Morning Foglifter, a complex, dark-roasted blend of South American beans designed to provide the drinker a robust wakeup call, and the medium-roasted Blue Hen blend, made from South American Arabica beans. Pike Creek even began supplementing its coffee sales with another foodie craze: Parisian macaroons, shipped in from the Macaron Café in New York City. “They’re a huge seller,” Stiles says. “People have really embraced them.” For the black belt-level coffee buffs, there are more options to consider. Single-origin coffees, culled from beans grown within a single geographical origin, be it a specific farm, region or country, are essentially the microbrews of the coffee set. Fans of a particular origin can become quite devoted. “Blends are almost more for the masses,” Stiles says. “Occasionally people will fall in love with a particular origin coffee—like Ethiopian or Guatemala Antigua, which have such a distinct flavor. And they become even more discriminating coffee drinkers.” Sippers and sellers with a social or environmental conscience might lean toward fair trade or organic varietals. Fair trade exports like coffee (as well as crafts, cotton, sugar, bananas, and more) are the result of a worldwide social movement that aims for higher standards for trading and sustainability within developing countries. To qualify as fair-trade, products must reach the qualifications of a certifying body, like Fairtrade International, IMO, or Eco-Social. At Hockessin’s Harvest Market Natural Foods, fair trade and organic coffee beans are a big part of the program. The store sources bulk beans from Equal Exchange, a Massachusetts roasterie and co-op that works strictly with small-scale coffee farmers; Burlap and Bean, which is based in Newtown Square, Pa., as well as bagged coffees from Pike Creek Coffee Roasterie. “The true localists are looking for things grown within 100 miles, and certainly nobody’s going to be growing coffee beans around here,” says Harvest Market’s Karen Neeley. “But they are

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roasting here, which is pretty awesome. Since our purveyors are nearby, it creates such a fresh roast.” “Coffee is a staple for a lot of people, so picking something that’s organic and fair trade is very important to us.” For eco-minded caffeinating pleasure, Neeley recommends Ethiopian Harrar beans, the Organic Mind, Body & Soul Blend from Equal Exchange, and organic cinnamon coffee from Pike Creek Coffee. Even before she got into the coffee biz, Karla Fleshman was a fair trade proponent in her hometown of Media, Pa., which became the country’s first fair trade town in 2006. Six years later, when Fleshman and business partner Mary Tipping created Delaware’s first mobile coffee truck—Java Puppy—they did it with fair trade values in mind. “It’s part of infusing good value with good coffee,” Fleshman says. “You can learn how to make a good cup of coffee, but if you think about the guy who planted it and the guy who picked it, you take on a global perspective, and we wanted to infuse those principles into our business.” Thanks to Java Puppy, those principles—along with some great coffee—come to you. The eight-month-old business is Delaware’s first mobile espresso truck, which the owners roll into festivals and community gatherings such as the Brandywine Arts Festival and the Rodney Square Farmer’s Market, among many others. The duo are hoping to bring some artistry and romance back into espresso-making with their old-school Astoria pull-lever machine, which produces a sweeter shot, and a fuller crema. And though they are admitted coffee snobs (“I will endure a caffeine headache to drive past bad coffee to get to good coffee,” Fleshman says), the Java Puppy truck is supremely approachable. So named because their caffeinated customers sometimes resemble ampedup puppy dogs, Java Puppy sells lots of its cold-brewed iced coffee, as well as organic chai tea in addition to its drip coffee and espresso drinks. Stop by the truck this winter for a salted caramel “salty dog” latte, or the peppermint- and chocolate-infused husky. Flavored coffees—most are done with syrups, though occasionally the beans themselves are infused—tend to be the drink of choice with younger customers, says Kate Chiquoine, who manages Saxby’s Coffee near the University of Delaware campus in Newark. Caramel macchiatos, mocha and vanilla lattes—often festooned with whipped cream and drizzled with syrups—are popular choices among the college crowd, who don’t seem to mind the extra calories, Chiquoine says. Others drinks that conjure flavors of caramel, cinnamon and even German chocolate cake are brisk sellers. One signature is the British Islander, a latte flavored with macadamia nut, white chocolate, English toffee and butterscotch. “It tastes like a candy bar, and it’s amazing,” Chiquoine says. “But I can only have one once in a while.” Whether you take yours black, or with whipped cream and Oreo crumbles, the state’s best can brew it. And if you don’t know a cappuccino from a capuchin, fear not. “People drink coffee for different reasons, and we’re trying to inform and educate, and not look down our noses at people,” Morkides says. “We’re selling coffee and we’re selling an experience, and we don’t want to exclude. So people can sit down and relax in a warm, eclectic atmosphere, their home away from home. The coffee just holds it all together.”


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Sean Hixon with a fresh batch of beans at The Point Coffee house in Rehoboth. Photo by Mark Kempf/Kempf Photography

Much like baking, coffee roasting requires technical precision, with some chemistry and thermodynamics thrown in. “It is quite difficult,” Hixon says. “Seconds count. One degree counts. The hardest part is being consistent, and dealing with variables. There’s always a lot of science and math going on in my head.” Inside a Probat-brand machine, Hixon roasts 26-pound batches with temperatures of up to 440 degrees F. Constant vigilance is required to ensure the spinning drum and its contents are behaving properly. Beans may flare up too quickly on a hot, dry day, or not quickly enough on a humid one. Beans left in an air-conditioned room might take longer to fully heat up. And each variety of bean roasts at a different rate. “I love the science of it,” Hixon says. “It’s fascinating. When I have a bean with a lot of moisture and its steam is rolling out of the top of the roaster, that’s exciting to me.” The roasting process is what gives coffee its color, smell, density and, most important, its complex flavor. The method of roasting depends on the bean itself, and the desired finished product. A bean from Peru, defined by its gentle floral tones and citrus and honey characteristics, should be roasted lightly, Hixon says, to preserve its delicate flavors. Hixon carries 38 bean varieties at The Point—including Jamaican Blue Mountain, Papua New Guinea and single-estate beans direct from Guatemala. And the former chef, whose previous stops include the Cherry Tree Hospitality Group’s Presto! Coffee Bar, Washington Street Ale House, and Stingray Restaurant, loves to experiment with coffee blends. “Blending beans after they’re roasted is similar to winemaking,” he says. “I look at different beans and think: Okay, the Kenyan will supply body, chocolate tones, and good bottom flavors. Then I’ll add the floral Peruvian for balance.” Bags of Hixon’s blends, to which he affixes his own custom labels, are sold at The Point. Beach area chef-restaurateur Jay Caputo commissioned Hixon to develop a blend of Mexican coffee to use in his Cabo Restaurant and Tequila Bar. After a few samplesipping trials, Cabo now carries a Hixon-curated organic Mexican altura blend as its house coffee. The bar even infuses it with Milagro Silver tequila to create coffee-flavored cocktails. Caputo was impressed with the flavor of Hixon’s coffee, as well as his passion for the trade. “You want somebody who’s going to respect their product as much as we do,” he says. “We feel better about working with someone who’s as passionate as we are.” Hixon, a member of the Roasters Guild of America, says he hopes to expand his blends further into the retail world, and to begin making appearances at community events and fundraisers. “Making a custom blend, putting a custom label on it, handing it to the costumer and hearing how cool they think that is: I find that very rewarding,” Hixon says. “Just don’t you dare add CoffeeMate to it.”

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ean Hixon hears it a lot. “Man, you smell like coffee.” His clothes, his hands, his fingernails, and occasionally his home often bear the unmistakable aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. That’s because Hixon roasts around 300 pounds of the stuff every week, transforming the raw green beans, from all corners of the earth, into toasty, robust perfection. For the past three years, the pastry-chef-turned-roaster has plied his trade at The Point Coffee House in Rehoboth Beach.


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It Takes A Perky Bean... To complete the perilous journey from plant to your coffee cup By Sean Hixon, roaster/barista at The Point Coffee House in Rehoboth Beach


on’t talk to me, I haven’t had my coffee yet.” I love to hear that. Why? Because that silence allows us the opportunity to consider the intercontinental obstacle course that brought the coffee bean here. That tortuous journey presented every nasty element Mother Nature and humanity can offer: monsoons, volcanoes, earthquakes, cannibalistic tribes, disease, smugglers, mad scientists, and finally, a snarky hipster in a scarf and skinny jeans. These are just a few of the likely struggles that our favorite brown grounds will encounter. Let’s follow the beans from plant to cup. First, we need a home for our hero. It must be an area near the equator, preferably with healthy volcanic soil—sunny, yet shaded by rainforest flora, at an altitude where its growth is slowed, to develop character. It would prefer to stay out of the tough neighborhoods where the farming of cocoa leaves has robbed the soil of tasty minerals and nutrients. Poisonous snakes, loud monkeys and a variety of freaky insects are often its neighbors. Steep cliff sides are great; they ensure that it will be picked by hand with no heavy machinery traffic. Throw in a demand for a drought-proof water supply, and a coffee’s real estate agent will have a heart attack. When all these factors are achieved, and the fruit has ripened, the bean is ready for its toughest obstacle—mankind. We humans aren’t so bad, are we? We are improving our standing with the plant all the time. Agencies like the Coffee Quality Institute and the Coffee Corps have helped to develop


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stations, form marketing cooperatives, and advise on everything from quality evaluation to exporting. We’ve begun to certify organic and rainforest-friendly techniques, and even improved a chemical-free method of decaffeination. Fair trade and direct trade work great in some regions, while upsetting the balance of power in others. Every growing season we learn more about ecological and social issues in various regions. So let’s hope our bean doesn’t get discouraged as it’s washed, sorted, dried, bagged, warehoused, purchased, and finally, shipped to the U.S. of A. Our beans have arrived, and immediately come to a halt. They could be met by a cold and dark New York, where Superstorm Sandy has knocked out power. (Really! I placed an order in early November with an importer who walked to work and began with paper, pencil and flashlight to get his cargo through a bottlenecked arena of trucks, containers and floodwaters.) Or perhaps it encounters a picket line of demanding port workers. Commodities brokers, unions—ugh. That’s enough politics. Let’s go straight to the league of mad scientists. At the top of this pyramid of power are people called Q tasters. Our poor little bean might break into tears as these labcoat-wearing sippers scrutinize, judge, dissect and rate coffee like a panel of playground bullies. Quality tasters are quite rare due to the rigorous qualifications, but their underlings are many. Like knuckledragging Igors, coffee roasters take the data from the Q collective and apply heat with machinery that is relatively steam-punk. They employ a crazy mathematical equation with a thermodynamic curve chart, flames, steam, smoke and a stopwatch. Thousands of chemical reactions happen inside each bean as it first pops like popcorn, then snaps like Rice Crispies in milk. Let’s hope Igor knows how to treat each bean individually, and that his senses tell him when the bean is finished. If the roasting goes unchecked, our beans could ignite in the roaster and all is lost. What a horrible death, to be tumbled and burned at the same time! As the bean enters the home stretch to your cup, the variety of obstacles increases. Will our coffee be ground just before brewing? Is the water too soft or too hot? (Boiling water can burn coffee, so let it calm down for a second.) Is the brewing equipment free of oily, rancid residue? Will it be dripped into a glass pot that continues to simmer our joe into a thick, black tar? Oh, please let this journey end at a French Press or Pour-Over method. Let our beans never encounter that consumer who adds fake-hazelnut-flavored-fakedairy product to a perfectly good quaff—much like pouring KoolAid into a fine wine to make it taste “fruity.” This bean just survived an intercontinental obstacle course of abuse. Let’s not talk until we’ve had some silent time to smell, sip and savor. 27

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1204 Washington St., Wilmington 7-PRESTO; prestogourmet.com “Our most popular latte is called the Remedy. It’s a latte that has mocha and caramel in it and it’s topped with whipped cream. It’s sweet. That’s one of our most popular ones, just because it is sweet. That comes in small, medium, and large—$3, $3.50, and $4. It can be served as a hot latte or as an iced latte.” — Kate Bryant, manager

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“We do two house brews a day that work successfully for us. We use an organic Guatemalan medium roast, and we also use a Peruvian French roast. Everything we have comes in two sizes—12-ounce for $1.50 and 20-ounce for $2.50. We stuck with these two because they’re very popular. We don’t use pre-flavored beans; we use regular straight drip coffee.” —Joe Marshall, owner

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(various locations); brewhaha.com “The house blend is always the best. It’s a dark roasted bean—I think it’s got the best taste out of all the coffees we have. But now that it’s in season, Frosty’s Favorite is popular. It’s cinnamon and graham crackery. From $1.75 to $2.25 for small to large. We also have it iced every once in a while.” — Spencer Williamson, shift leader

“The signature coffee at The Perfect Cup Café is Snickerdoodle, and we always make sure we have some brewed. The coffee is reminiscent of a special batch of old-time cookies with tempting, warm, cinnamon notes, essence of roasted hazelnuts and a drizzle of dark chocolate. Our flavored coffees are always unsweetened so they can be customized with your choice of sugar and milk or cream.”

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“While there are a lot of great winter beers, the one that stands out the most to me this season is Shiner Holiday Cheer. It’s a traditional Old World Dunkelweizen brewed with Texas peaches and roasted pecans. It has a medium body with chestnut brown color. For a winter beer, it is surprisingly light and refreshing, different than most holiday beers that are big and heavy and sometimes laden with too many spices.” — Rory Conway, BBC Tavern & Grill

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“Hog Island is actually an oyster company in the San Fransisco Bay Area, which is also home to 21st Amendment Brewery. This style of beer was invented in 1929 in New Zealand and then spread worldwide. Modern day oyster stouts are made with a handful of oysters in the barrel. This creates a unique tasting beer that combines the characteristics of stout with hints of oysters. Hog Island is a perfect example and is a must try beer!” — Chip Owens, Hockessin Liquors

Southern Tier Imperial Choklat Stout

“Two of my favorite things—chocolate and beer: What could be better? This big and robust stout weighs in at a hefty 10% abv and has beautiful malt and mocha notes upfront and sweet chocolate on the finish. Very well balanced. The perfect brew for the holidays.” — Ed Mulvihill, Peco’s Liquors

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“I’m loving Evolution Menagerie 8. It’s full or tart fruit and oak with some subtle chocolate flavors and a dry, tannic finish. Definitely grab a few bottles if you see it. It’s also a great beer to convert the wine-drinkers. More proof that Evolution is awesome.”

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“Drinking Bengali Tiger is like skiing down the world’s tallest mountain naked, then immediately jumping into an outdoor hot tub, joining none other than George Costanza, ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Bob Marley… It’s a roller coaster of emotions (and tastes). Pours almost orange, with a nice white head; grapefruit, pine, and lemon notes; and bready malt. One of the most refreshing beers on the market.” — Ryan Kennedy, Premier Wine & Spirits

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RATZENBERGER SEKT Cava is sparkling wine from Spain, spumante, Italy, and of course, Champagne from France. But Germany? Sekt is the word. Like the others, its grape varietal can vary, but the one I adore is made from Riesling. In particular, from Ratzenberger (available at Moore Bros. Delaware). It has pronounced, racy acidity and tart pear flavors with honeysuckle aroma. It is, hands-down, the perfect sushi wine.

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teve Butler (Matt Damon) is an earnest, well-meaning Cowboy) and the Columbine shootings (Elephant). So it’s not corporate salesman charged with acquiring leases from surprising that they should reflect their personal sensibilities in rural landowners to allow his energy industry employer this project—sensibilities that I happen to mostly share. to extract the abundant natural gas under their What does surprise, however, are the narrative shortcuts properties. He possesses a natural ability to establish a and oversimplifications that Damon and company use to make rapport with these small-town folk, which he uses either to a) help their point. Disappointingly, Promised Land ends up just as them out of their desperate economic straits or b) bilk them out manipulative as the corporate villains it sets out to excoriate. of the higher fees they deserve while also poisoning their That’s a real shame, because the power of the land—depending, of course, on your perspective. And story, the beleaguered dignity of its characters, and perspective, or the lack of it, is the issue at hand in the austere beauty of the rural setting all work is e d L a the timely new film Promised Land. perfectly well without the ham-handed gimmicks om The driving force in the movie is the process of the storytelling. called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. It has Damon leads an appealing and well-cast created much controversy, especially in nearby ensemble that includes Frances McDormand Pennsylvania and Ohio, because of the possibility as his lease-selling partner, John Krasinski as that the extraction technology contaminates an environmentalist rival, Rosemarie DeWitt water supplies and endangers peoples’ health. as a local schoolteacher/love interest, and Hal Nevertheless, the jobs and money generated by Holbrook as a local anti-fracking activist. All of these fracking have been an irresistible siren call for strapped performances are subtly compelling and resonant. local governments and unemployed citizens. The resulting Director van Sant and cinematographer Linus tension between safety and solvency has torn apart many rural Sandgren capture the visual poetry of rural America with communities, pitting neighbor against neighbor. The subject scenes set against familiar rural backdrops such as school would seem oh-so-tempting for left-leaning Hollywood. gyms, diners, and farm porches. They intercut those scenes The formidable creative talents behind Promised Land with beautiful overhead shots of farm landscapes that are are all well known for their liberal activism. Star and co-writer unexpectedly powerful images. Even the usually over-amped Damon has long been an advocate for clean water around the composer Danny Elfman (The Simpsons, Edward Scissorhands) world. Storywriter Dave Eggers has won as many awards for his has provided a sincere and quietly moving score. innovative education projects as for his acclaimed Gen X fiction. All of this talent and the resonance of the subject matter make And director Gus van Sant has used his well-made films to explore the pat resolution of the story all the more dismaying. It’s hard to such topics as gay rights (Milk), the drug culture (Drugstore celebrate a victory when the process is rigged. ►



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ew films have been more anticipated this season than the first installment of director Peter Jackson’s cinematic interpretation of The Hobbit. After all, Jackson thrilled Tolkien lovers and fantasy movie fanboys alike with his exceptional (and award-winning) trilogy, The Lord of the Rings. An oftinterrupted development period – complete with director changes, rights battles, and last-minute labor strikes —only heightened the anticipation. Cine-geeks were not only looking forward to the director’s take on the story that introduced the world to Middle Earth, they were also eager to see the effects (quite literally) of Jackson’s decision to digitally film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey at 48 frames per second—twice the standard of traditional film. As a devoted fan of the original books and the deservedlypraised trilogy, I wish I could report that the anticipation has finally paid off. Sadly, it does not. Despite solid portrayals by a large and talented cast and the technical virtuosity of some sequences, overall, The Hobbit is slackly paced, bloated with extraneous details, unnecessarily (and inappropriately) dark, and at times almost boring. The higher frame rate produces a video-like image that, though greatly detailed, is also harshly cold and sharp, lacking the warmth and richness of film stock. J  | O&A

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STARS Further, in trying to satisfy the expectations of an audience who know the story only through the prior films, Jackson has made narrative decisions that undermine the intentions of the author. The Hobbit was written by Tolkien as a light-hearted adventure tale that deftly planted the seeds for the darker saga to come. Jackson and co-writers Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens and Guillermina del Toro have instead made The Hobbit into the first chapter of the drama of the one ring, full of grave pondering I see a worrisome parallel between the lead-off in this “prequel” trilogy and that of George Lucas’ Star Wars. Those films also suffered from a director overly enamored with the world he had created and the amazing technology at his disposal. But, as Lucas also discovered, sometimes when you reach too far for the (brass) ring, you end up falling off the carousel horse.

es, Your Tide is Cold and Dark, Sir, the latest feature-length independent film by Delaware director Christopher Malinowski, will have its premiere public screenings in January at Movies at Midway on the Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Screenings are set for 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, and 1 and 3 p.m. on Jan. 20. Malinowski will participate in question-and-answer sessions after the first showing on Saturday and after both showings on Sunday. Admission is $10, and tickets will be available at movietickets.com a few weeks prior to the screenings. Yes, Your Tide… is the second non-student film directed by Malinowski, who also directed Alms You Say. Malinowski, who also is guitarist and frontman for The Collingwood, not only directed the film but also wrote the score and appears in a lead role. The film is a mystery about a charismatic teacher who disappears from a Delaware shore town with several of his teenage students. His son comes to town months later to find the missing people but also come to terms with his own past. Malinowski also plans to screen Yes, Your Tide… at the Delaware Art Museum on Saturday and Sunday, March 9 and 10, with details pending. After the Delaware screenings, Malinowski plans to submit the film for the national festival circuit. For more information, go to myatinfilmworks.com. —Mark Fields

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he Delaware Art Museum joins in the year-long Wilmington celebration of Shakespeare, Year of the Bard, with its Silver Screen Sunday program starting Sunday, Jan. 6. The six films in the Battle of the Bards series will feature two cinematic interpretations of three classic Shakespeare plays, all introduced by regional film and literature scholars. Out & About movie critic Mark Fields, an adjunct film professor at Rowan University, will kick off and close the series. Fields co-curated the series with Courtney Waring, Art Museum director of education. The films, sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum, start at 1 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium and will be followed by an open discussion. They are free to the public. Jan. 6: Hamlet (1946), directed by and starring Laurence Olivier. Introduced by Mark Fields. Jan. 27: Hamlet (1996), directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh. Introduced by Allison Good, Delaware Shakespeare Festival. Feb. 10: Romeo and Juliet (1968), directed by Franco Zefferelli. Introduced by David Stradley, Delaware Shakespeare Festival. Feb. 24: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), directed by Baz Luhrmann. Introduced by Dr. Julian Yates, University of Delaware. March 10: Prospero’s Books (1991), directed by Peter Greenaway. Introduced by David Stradley, Delaware Shakespeare Festival. March 24: The Tempest (2010), directed by Julie Taymor. Introduced by Mark Fields. — Out & About

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long with the annual renewal Pure Yoga Pilates Studio (14 A Trolley Square, Wilmington, 225of the resolution to finally YOGA, pureyogapilatesstudio.com). get in shape often comes the The class starts off with traditional, non-heated vinyasa yoga lingering notion that your old poses, then moves to the floor with a series of Pilates positions. workout—if there ever was “It’s intense,” says Meredith McFadden of Pure, who notes that one—has become boring. it’s recommended for those who already have some experience with But what do you do when yoga. “You’re getting the effects of both. You’re going to sweat and the treadmill-to-stairclimber- then you’re going to get on the floor and do a whole series of abs until to-weight machine grind your abs are screaming.” finally makes you consider The class is offered only at 6 p.m. on Fridays, and it’s popular with throwing in the towel and those looking to get in a great workout before the weekend begins, nose dive into a bag of McFadden says. “People like to do it before they go out to dinner or the bar. I Cheetos? Switch things up, of call it the Happy Hour class,” she says. “You go there before you do anything else and start your weekend off in a good way.” course. But how? Skinny Barre, offered at Fit (62 Rockford Rd., Wilmington, Fret not, fitness warrior, for we have done the hard work for you, plumbing the waters of the Wilmington-area fitness scene (with a 777-4FIT, fitdelaware.com), also boasts the potential for long, lean brief detour to Dover) to find the newest, most intense options to muscle, but gets there in a slightly different way. While no dance experience is necessary, the class incorporates upbeat music, amp up your workout and get you out of your rut. the ballet barre and lightweight ball to lift and tone If you’re a downtown banker or medical type trying to fit thighs, arms, abs and butt. in exercise between negotiating the world of revolving “The ball is used for two things—support and credit or healing the sick, consider the 20/20 resistance to build strength,” says instructor Workout at Crossfit Riverfront (402 Justison St., Fret not, fitness Danielle Waugh. “It’s either supporting Wilmington, 462-5176, cfriverfront.com). warrior, for we have you or making your life hell. It’s a lot of “If you have an hour away from work, you isometric movements where you just do get in and do 40 minutes of workout, and done the hard work two or three things. It’s less ballet and then depending on how long it takes you to for you, plumbing more of a boot camp.” shower, you’re right back to work,” says owner the waters of the There’s also no jumping, so it’s a perfect Meredith Simmons. class for all ages. And variety in the workout This business person’s special combines 20 Wilmington-area helps keep things interesting. minutes of warm-up with 20 minutes of Crossfit’s fitness scene . . . “I never have the same workout,” she says. workout of the day. “It’s always the same muscle groups, but I switch “Our warm-up is usually pretty intense,” says the workout so much that we kind of avoid the Simmons. “It gets your heart rate up and warms up the muscle plateau.” muscles we’ll be using for the workout. We go through a If you prefer your workout with the lowest possible specific number of rounds to open up, stretch and warm up those impact—and with a refreshing splash—consider Aqua Blast Aerobics muscles. It’s not a slow thing; it’s more of a mini-workout.” As for the “real” workout portion, “You’re going to push your at the Central YMCA (501 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 254-9622, limits as high as you can,” Simmons says, noting that all the exercises ymcade.org/branches/central). Anne Kendall, a 22-year veteran instructor at the Central Y, are scalable for a client’s fitness level and ability. The workouts of the day are set each week by the head trainer takes students through this all-ages, high-intensity, aquatic workout and involve a variety of exercises—one day might include two- designed to provide maximum benefits with minimal impact on joints.

Treadmill minute segments of a shuffle run, kettlebell swing, jumping rope and handstand pushups. Other days are team workouts. A move to an adjacent location with 12,000 square feet of space, set to be completed this month, will help the gym add new “toys,” such as sleds, tires and strongman equipment to make the workout portion even more interesting. And the new space will feature four showers in each locker room so you can return to work squeaky clean. If you’re looking for that long, lean muscle that’s so fashionable these days, the options are myriad. For a unique combination workout that incorporates two of the more popular techniques for achieving that look, try Yoga Pilates Fusion—a melding of yoga and Pilates—at www.OutAndAboutNow.com

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The class begins with stretching, then jogging “knee-ups.” Balance and agility through a variety of aquatic exercises are also targeted. “This class is great for all levels,” says Kendall. “Those with knee replacement and shoulder injuries find it’s very accommodating because it is low-impact.” At Core Fitness Studio (4001 Miller Rd., Wilmington, 7629170, corefitnessstudio.com), the Kinesis program incorporates an elaborate system of cables coming from multiple angles that provides 360 degrees of motion, allowing simulation of any movement pattern, says owner Arianne Missimer. ►

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The philosophy behind Kinesis is to focus on working full movement patterns rather than on using separate machines to isolate specific muscles or joints. “It helps with overall balance, coordination and flexibility because you’re working on functional movement and you’re always using the core properly,” says Missimer. “It’s great for any kind of population, whether it’s athletes looking to reach the next level or elderly people, because it’s easier on the joints for those folks.” Originally developed in Europe, Kinesis can be as intense as needed, depending on the type of movement. Part of the routine includes an initial screening for form and ability and ongoing observations to make sure the moves are performed correctly Kinesis is incorporated into individual personal training and provided as a separate class, Missimer says. “In a group setting, we pick generally safe exercises that can be individualized,” she says. “But our biggest focus is to try and make sure we’re using it for the right reasons. It’s not about the tool, it’s why you’re using it.” Another style that involves somewhat unorthodox equipment to maximize the workout is TRX Suspension at Hockessin Athletic Club (100 Fitness Way, Hockessin, 888-642-9112, hachealthclub.com). The program, originally designed by the Navy SEALs, uses heavyduty nylon webbing that partially suspends users. For example, there might be times when one’s feet are suspended with arms on the mat, or vice versa. “You’re basically using your own body weight to create resistance and build muscle,” says Lisa Maguire, marketing director at HAC.

“It caters to a variety of different fitness and ability levels all in the same workout, so it’s very versatile. It’s geared to beginners all the way through body builders.” The premise behind TRX Suspension is to build core strength while working multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Its versatility and appeal to multiple age groups and skill levels comes from the fact that it is based on timed exercises rather than number of repetitions. “It’s a fabulous workout,” Maguire says. “Some of the most fit people I know will take a TRX class and be sore for days.” The equipment, installed in 2007, can at first be a little intimidating, she says. “I think it freaked people out quite a bit when we first installed everything, but you’re never fully in the air, so when you see a class going on it’s always less intimidating.” Instructors also help ease trepidation by inviting prospective participants to join a class for a trial run if space is available at the last minute. The HAC also offers teen TRX classes, as well as an outdoor version between Memorial Day until mid-October. If you feel like stepping away from specialized equipment, the I Love Kickboxing classes offered through Korean Martial Arts Institute (Stanton, Newark, Hockessin and Kennett Square, Pa., 992-7999, ilovekickboxing.com/delaware_kickboxing/) will put you through a total body workout that KMAI’s John Godwin, Sr. says will outdo any standard gym routine. While not a true martial arts class (and not convertible to martial arts forms), sessions include punching and kicking moves in intervals, frequently using heavy bags and incorporating partnering skills. “It’s that resistance part of it that makes it really intense,” Godwin says. “After I did it the first time, the next day I worked a part of my

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The Beat Goes On A Delaware musical icon, versatile Ed Shockley has spent 40 years creating a variety of music. And he’s still learning.


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sk Ed Shockley how long he’s been playing music, and the 61-year-old Delaware icon lets out a long, good-natured laugh. “My whole life,” he says. That’s not much of an exaggeration. Growing up in a musical household in Lewes, Shockley began playing on the piano as a toddler, sang in church at age 5, performed with the conga drum for his kindergarten graduation, and was playing drums and singing in his first band by seventh grade. Throughout his childhood and into college, Shockley says he never dreamed that he could make a career out of music. But as he matured and gained confidence, he became successful as a professional musician. He landed record deals and performed with multiple bands, such as Jack of Diamonds, one of Delaware’s most popular bands in the ‘70s and ‘80s. He even ventured out of Delaware to live in New York City for 20 years with his wife, Jill, and son, Buck. There, he performed and recorded with multiple bands. In 1999, the family moved back to Lewes. By then, Shockley was a full-time musician. He’s currently involved in five music groups, including Lewes-based vinyl shockley, which this month is releasing its fourth CD—Vinyl Covers. His other groups are The Reminders, The Funsters, Big Hat No Cattle and The Fabulous Shockley Brothers. “Eddie is truly a Delaware treasure,” says Jim Baeurle, longtime friend and owner of The Stone Balloon Winehouse, in Newark. “He is the closest thing we have to Levon Helm [of The Band]. His versatility in unmatched.” Shockley plays drums and is the lead singer of vinyl shockley, a nine-member band that was formed soon after he returned from New York City to his Sussex

County roots. The band includes guitarist Kevin Walsh, bassist Ian Walsh, electric keyboardist, background vocalist, and organist Johnny Neel, keyboardist and background vocalist Ritchie Rubini, trumpet player and background vocalist Jon Fletcher, saxophonist and background vocalist Ken Tonge, and vocalists Linda Mitcell and Erin Geyelin. Shockley says he has always been enamored with the musical crossroads of R&B, country and Cajun music— genre combinations that make up vinyl shockley. “I had been writing a bunch of songs in that vein. They just never fit the ‘70s, didn’t fit in the ‘80s,” he says. “It’s been a labor of love and doing something that’s not really trendy; I’m not really trying to fit anywhere, just doing what I want to do.” Rubini, a friend for 25 years, produced Vinyl Covers. He describes Shockley’s “old school soul and R&B meets rootsy Americana” style as genuine. “Ed’s writing and lyrics are from the heart—and honest,” Rubini says. “He walks it like he talks it.” The band performs at Delaware beach venues such as Irish Eyes, Bethany Blues, The Rusty Rudder, Dogfish Head, the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand and more.

Although he plays piano and some guitar, Shockley has always primarily played drums while singing lead vocal. The role was foisted on him with his first band, when he discovered he was the only member who could sing. “It’s kind of unique, but it just worked out that way,” he says. People often tell him that playing drums and singing lead is not only unusual, but would appear to be difficult, Photo by Ron MacArthur/Gape Gazette

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but he says he doesn’t even think about it. And he adds that those who have known him longest think he’s most relaxed and natural when singing and playing drums. Shockley does admit there is a downside to being a singing drummer: It’s not the best position from which to sell a song. “You’re not as accessible to the audience. You’re not as vulnerable, so that’s a barrier.” From a singer’s perspective, stand-up singing is the traditional way to communicate with people in “subtle, unspoken ways.” “But at the same time, drummers really control the dynamics of the band and the subtlety of the orchestration of the arrangements,” says Shockley. “So to be able to do that and be the singer is really fun, ‘cause you can set the song up exactly the way you’re feeling it.” After decades of leading successful bands, Shockley might be expected to act like a rock star. But those who have known him the longest, like Baeurle, say otherwise. “The only thing greater than his music is his kindness—Eddie is really one of the nicest people I know,” he says. Baeurle, who previously owned The Stone Balloon and Dewey Beach’s Bottle and Cork, began as a janitor at Bottle and Cork. He met Shockley at age 17, when Jack of Diamonds would play for a week at a time at Bottle and Cork. Part of his janitorial duties included cleaning the apartments reserved for bands playing that week. “I was struck then by how down to earth this guy was,” Baeurle remembers. “I was a kid and he didn’t have to give me the time of day.” Kevin Walsh met Shockley at a show in high school almost 40 years ago, and has written dozens of songs with him over the years. He describes Shockley as “thoughtful and spiritual.” “Whether he’s playing or writing rock ‘n roll, funk, soul, country or gospel, I always hear these elements in his music.” With a lifetime of gigs, record deals, and lasting relationships, Shockley continues to immerse himself in music, just as he did when he was a child banging away on the drums or piano. “I feel like I really can continue to grow as a musician, and it’s exciting—I’m better as a musician than I ever was,” he says. “In my mind I understand it more. It’s kind of a never-ending puzzle that keeps changing. As long as I can keep doing it, I will. I can’t see an end to it.” vinyl shockley will play a CD release show at Upstairs Live at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10. Visit queentickets.worldcafelive.com for tickets and vinylshockley.com for band info and updates.

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he Wilmo Rock Circus on Nov. 24 was a success, with The Queen packed from the balcony to downstairs with 700 people. They danced and sang along to 20 of the area’s favorite bands, including Bullbuckers, New Sweden, A New Dakota and Travel Songs. “Every band was completely charged up and the energy was absolutely contagious,” says Gayle Dillman, one of the event’s hosts and co-founder of local music showcase organization Gable Music Ventures. Dillman says the crowd was enthusiastic about the three stage locations—Downstairs Live, Upstairs Live, and the Sideshow Stage on the balcony—which enabled the audience to explore The Queen and keep the event moving and lively. She says many bands commented that the circus was—ironically—the most organized event they’ve ever participated in. Dillman says this will be an annual event, so go ahead and mark your calendars for the Saturday after Thanksgiving, same location. She guarantees fresh bands and a fresh format, although the festival will continue to be a showcase for local, original musicians.


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DAY Trippin’ This narrow little state and the surrounding areas conceal many fun, quirky and fascinating destinations. Sometimes we just have to veer off the highways to find them. That’s what Day Trippin’ is all about. Have ideas? Send them to Krista at kconnor@tsnpub.com.

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elaware’s 52-mile Route 9 Coastal Heritage Byway, a scenic, two-lane road that winds along the Delaware River and Bay Estuary, epitomizes the cliché “off the beaten path.” It’s also one of my favorite places to explore. For years I’ve been drawn by its mysterious lure, while driving with friends or family through hushed marshlands—the East Coast’s largest preserved marshes. If I’m really feeling adventurous, I get lost on the roads that branch off 9. Many lead to photogenic scenery and abandoned houses. At any turn, I’ll feel like I’m about to discover a crumbling mansion or a forgotten town. My most recent trip was on a drizzly Sunday afternoon with Leilah, my older sister and exploring partner. Route 9 stretches from just outside Old New Castle to Dover, ending near the 18th century John Dickinson

plantation. Leilah and I picked up 9 in Delaware City, and headed south from there, over the Reedy Point Bridge. Old New Castle, along with Delaware City and its adjacent Fort DuPont, are definitely worth visiting. The two towns are filled with history, such as Old New Castle’s George Read House or any of Delaware City’s 200 historic buildings. Wait for nicer weather and have a picnic along the Delaware River at Fort DuPont, or take a walk through the nearby woods filled with wildlife and vine-choked World War II structures. For wildlife enthusiasts, Route 9 is part of the Atlantic Flyway. This means each spring thousands of migrating shorebirds can be seen as they continue their journey to northern breeding grounds. In the fall, the area is full of waterfowl migrating south. Along the road are multiple ►


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wildlife areas, such as Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Delaware Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Center and more. On our trip we ventured through the quiet old towns of Port Penn, Leipsic and Little Creek. While I love its name, Port Penn’s Augustine Beach—a boat-launching area and fishing hot spot—offers a lessthan picturesque view of New Jersey’s Salem Nuclear Power Plant across the Delaware River. The nearby 1790s-inn-turned-biker joint, Augustine Inn, provides a glimpse of the area’s past. I’m not exactly the motorcycle sort, but my dad took me for a Route 9 ride on his bike at sunset this past fall. I discovered then that it’s the best possible form of travel down this road, at least for me. The inn, which is being remodeled, is rumored to be haunted. It’s not difficult to picture waiflike creatures staring out upstairs windows, scanning the waters for their fishermen fathers and brothers. Continuing on, Leilah and I crossed the Leipsic River into the town of the same name, which was established around 1720 and is popular for its seasonal seafood joint, Sambo’s Tavern.

Something new I learned about Route 9: Don’t disregard “Water on Road” signs. I now understand they really mean “Exorbitant Flooding.” We had crossed a little bridge, only to find the other side level with the cat-tailed marsh overflowing directly into our path. A truck crossed through the water ahead of us with no problem, but we didn’t know what to do—turn back or risk it? As it turns out, my little Cavalier has more gumption than I expected. I may or may not have squealed with suspense as we plunged into the few feet of water, but we made it through without getting stranded. Halfway into the drive, Leilah pointed out the window to some trees and a field, and recounted a particularly bizarre Route 9 experience. A few years ago, she and a friend stumbled upon the Delaware


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version of Nevada’s Burning Man Festival. It involved a lot of nudity, raucous behavior and a massive man-shaped statue lit on fire. We didn’t have the pleasure of befriending naked hippies, but we did come in contact with one person on the drive. We had stopped to take pictures at Bombay Hook when a shadowy figure moved toward us through the fog from a nearby house. Being the level-headed person I am, I eeked, “Person!”, jumped into my car, and we sped off. In the process, I sat on and broke my sunglasses. After our “escape” from someone most likely taking an evening stroll, we turned off 9 onto my favorite kind of roads—the ones without yellow lines, the less traveled roads. “No lines means we’re really getting somewhere,” I said as we bumped along beside farmland. “Somewhere closer to nowhere,” Leilah retorted. The road led to a closed gate with a sign that read “No Trespassing.” As the fog and nighttime grew, our last stop was just outside the 19th century town of Little Creek. We peered through the fog at a sign pointing left toward “Pickering Beach.” A few miles down a desolate road we arrived at the beach, which was blocked by a collection of stilted beach houses, mostly abandoned for winter. A sign indicated there was no beach access, but we could clearly see the dunes. I considered the pros and cons of jumping out into the dark on this spooky road, which seemed to teeter on the threshold of civilization. Seconds later, I stopped the car, found some courage, and ran to the beach. I stared at the quietly lapping water, the rows of silent homes and the ominous fog until I couldn’t tell water from sky. Shivering, I hurried back to the car. Weather-worn bait & tackle shops and post offices, fishing boats docked along rivers, and homes with long histories that stare us down until the road leads us away: Route 9 is like driving through a beautiful land far removed from the buzz and bustle that lies just 10 miles west, on Routes 13 and 1. I can never shake the vibe that comes with visiting these tight-knit towns and roads dotting the marshes. It’s something old, exclusive, secretive—a stoic determination to remain untouched by the rest of the world.

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Slow and Easy This Wilmington bar is determined to maintain its anonymous, underground feel while gaining popularity By Krista Connor photos by Mitchell Hall


alking briskly through the cold on Wilmington’s North Orange Street, pedestrians are likely to miss The Nomad Bar, even if they’re searching for it. Unlike the other attentiongrabbing storefronts and windows, the Nomad is in an unremarkable gray building, and it’s unmarked, except for the small, flashing “Open” sign in the bare window. Patrons who enter through the heavy wooden door can be forgiven if they cast a cautious glance left or right, as if they’re stepping back into a time of classy underground bars and speakeasies. On this Thursday evening, a few customers sit quietly at the oak bar until the bartender, Liz, strikes up a conversation with them. Although there aren’t many patrons this early in the evening, The Nomad can hold more than 80 people, and it’s packed on most weekends. The narrow, dimly-lit room is minimalistic. Its brick walls lack advertisements, pictures and posters. Soft jazz plays over the speakers. “If you really look around here, it’s just natural brick and wood,” says owner David Vandever. “So whoever comes in here, it really becomes a personal thing—what The Nomad is for them.” Vandever, his wife Linda and friend Harry Spencer opened the bar on Jan. 24, 2010. The building itself has been around since 1915. To Vandever and Spencer, The Nomad isn’t just a bar. With its emphasis on music and free-spiritedness, it’s the closest you’ll get to Greenwich Village without actually being there, Spencer says. The aura of mystery and anonymity surrounding The Nomad developed unintentionally, according to the owners. Vandever simply hadn’t installed a sign by the time the bar opened. He fully intended to put one .--.

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up, then learned that customers didn’t necessarily want the place to be identified. “The people that come here—they don’t want no sign outside,” Spencer says. Lack of any identification maintains the bar’s underground feel, he says. Asked how he got his first customers if nobody knew the place existed, Vandever pauses for a moment. “You know,” he says, “it’s really interesting; people just were here. We told people, and we continue to see new faces all the time, so it’s an ever-widening circle.” He attributes the bar’s growth to word-of-mouth and the Facebook page, which has almost 800 fans. As for the sign, Vandever says they’ll get one “one of these days,” after people get over how cool it is not having one. He also notes that he doesn’t want to force a concept on people, so the three owners will give careful thought to the type of sign and the logo. The absence of decorations is on purpose. Vandever says such things only create an expectation of how you’re supposed to feel. He and Spencer wanted to go for a laid-back, nonintrusive vibe. “You really feel relaxed when you come here,” says Spencer. “Just let your hair down. There’s no pressure on how you gotta look and all that.” Spencer, whose primary focus is booking bands, nods toward the empty space by the front window, which is reserved for musicians to play—every Thursday, from 9 p.m. to midnight, and Friday and Saturday nights from 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. There’s some talk of future Wednesday night jam sessions. Quality music is a priority for Spencer. It ranges from blues to reggae, bluegrass, acoustic, and, of course, Spencer’s and Dave Vandever’s favorite—jazz. Spencer started by booking local musicians such as The Joe Trainor Trio, Leslie Cary and Joe Allegro. He has expanded the bookings to popular musicians ► XX

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from Philly, including saxophonist Larry McKenna, as well as performers from Atlantic City and New York. Despite the increase of well-known musicians playing at the bar, cover charges are, and will remain, a definite “no,” according to Spencer and Vandever Vandever points out the bar itself, which is heavily stocked with beer and liquor. He calls the liquor selection “the city’s finest.” “We’re a destination place,” he says. “One of the appeals of this bar is that we offer very unique quality things to different people.” Some customers follow the music, he says, while others are fans of the 12-tap craft beer bar that is constantly changing. Happy hour, from 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, is another attraction. “We go from lawyers at happy hour to nighttime crazies, but everyone really merges in here—young and old—and get along,” Vandever says. Note to the hungry: The Nomad does not serve food. But guests are welcome to bring their own food, order takeout from menus provided by the bar—or munch on some Goldfish and cheese balls. Why those particular snacks? “Easy,” says Linda Vandever. “Dave likes Goldfish and I like cheese balls.

Vandever, a Wilmington native, bought the building – at 905 N. Orange St.—in 1976. He later rented it out and moved to California, where he worked in the film business as a production manager. For the next 30 years he traveled in and out of the country for his job. When he returned about seven years ago, he met and married Linda. In his absence, the building had been a Subway, a Pirate BBQ and Deerhead Hot Dog. But when he returned, it was vacant. Vandever and Spencer met when Spencer began giving Vandever saxophone lessons at the Grand Opera House. Spencer, who grew up in Harlem, has performed with the Sun


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Ra Arkestra and other noted groups. He moved to Delaware more than 20 years ago and has worked as a sideman, a band leader and eventually a sax teacher at The Grand. “We became friends, then we’d go fishing together, then we came up with this crazy idea,” says Vandever. They gutted the decades’ worth of restaurant “junk” down to the bare walls and ceiling, and—voila—The Nomad was born. Neither of the Vandevers nor Spencer ever expected to own a bar. But the synergy of Vandever’s business and bartending background, Linda’s friendliness and communication skills, and Spencer’s musical talent and connections brought them to where they are today. Although The Nomad’s name isn’t based on Vandever’s wandering lifestyle, he says it is indicative of the bar—“free and spirited.” While Spencer likens it to a Greenwich Village bar, Vandever calls The Nomad a mom and pop operation. Along with the three owners, there is a small and tight-knit group of bartenders— Liz, B.J, Lou, Paul and head bartender William Cerasari, who Vandever says is a Wilmington bartending icon. “It has an intimacy, and when people come in here, we know who you are, we know your name,” he says. Vandever wants to keep it that way. He could knock down the wall to utilize the space next door, like some have suggested, but, he says, “I don’t want to be bigger, don’t want more. It’s kind of like something that really has disappeared from the landscape. Everything is franchised, and large—a chain. I think things will maybe start coming back to smaller boutiques, personal service, neighborhood bars, that type of thing.” Its patrons appreciate The Nomad’s lack of “hyper marketing.” It’s growing organically—“on feelings rather than hype,” is how Vandever describes it. It fits in to the saying of the owners and regulars: “Slow and easy.” “I think what we kind of inadvertently did was create a place that we would want to go to,” he says. “It’s true,” adds Spencer. “There’s no other place like this around here.” The Nomad is open Monday to Saturday, 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. For show and event updates, see the Facebook page or website: thenomadbar.com.


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to combine a bar and an arcade. “There’s certainly an explosion of them happening all over the country,” says Matt Morrissette, founder of 1984. The bar celebrates everything ‘80s—it hosts vinyl record swaps and screenings of ‘80s movies like Poltergeist and Blade Runner—and counts among its 30 standup arcade games classics like Frogger, Centipede, Pacman and Donkey Kong. Children of the ‘90s can also partake of games like Area 51, the Simpsons and Street Fighter 2—while quaffing a pint of microbrew, of course. Bob Downing, president and co-founder of the Delaware Sports League, is no stranger to the marriage of drinking and gaming, although his games mostly take place outdoors. The Delaware Sports League, since 2007, has hosted adult, co-ed sports leagues in kickball, dodgeball, volleyball, and more. But Downing has a geekier side—one that he hopes to unveil and amplify sometime next month. The DSL is in negotiations with World Café Live at the Queen to host a yet-unnamed bargame Olympics of sorts, one that would combine foosball, ping pong, skeeball, pinball, puck bowling, and an all-out arena featuring old-school arcade games. “People have always come to me and asked when we’re going to try a ping pong tournament,” says Dowling, who got the idea when his Delaware Sports League was stationed next door to the tented arcade during the Firefly Music Festival in Dover this summer. “There really isn’t anything like that around here where people can play a video game or play pingpong in a bar setting. We thought, how great would it be to take a concept like Dave & Buster’s and insert it in Wilmington for a day? Just a night where people can geek out for a while.” Until the geek-fest becomes official, there are other options for trigger-happy bar hoppers. Plenty of local bars feature the touch-screen gaming platform known as Megatouch (or a facsimile), which contains a variety of games to lure impulsive barflies. Find them e t at Stanley’s Tavern or Catherine Rooney’s a c re in Wilmington, and Argilla Brewing Co. at o t nd e Pietro’s Pizza near Newark. s i r t m g tt A n a i CR Hooligan’s likes to keep a M By row g standup arcade game on the premises e s ke r n th i and will occasionally switch it out for a new n i o r j s one. Awaiting your quarters now: Target Toss, a virtual for d vern s a k t r bean-bag throwing game. Across the street at Kelly’s Logan a n p gto nt n e House, as well as inside the Deer Park Tavern in Newark, you can i m m e Wil find the popular shooting game Big Buck Hunter. mus a r Stewart’s Brewing Company in Bear features Buzz Time Trivia, o indo screen games, darts, and shuffleboard. Papa Ray’s Sports BarB-Que in Newark has nine dartboards and a dart league. Dead bar games craze seems to be sweeping Presidents in Wilmington has a wall full of board games, while the nation, drawing patrons into pubs for Grotto Pizza has an entire game room. Bank Shots, of course, more than just a cold glass of suds. Old has beaucoup pool tables. favorites like darts, shuffleboard, pinball Paul Ogden’s fleet of “Famous” Taverns—Famous Joe’s, and pool have been joined by turtle racing Jim’s and Jack’s--all feature Pop-A-Shot basketball and Golden and rock-paper-scissors tournaments, Tee golf. Famous Joe’s and Famous Tim’s have shuffleboard. along with mechanical bull riding, X-box, Find Golden Tee at Scrimmages Restaurant and Sports Bar in foosball, cornhole, even bocce ball. Wilmington, too. Delaware’s first “Barcade,” the ‘80s-themed 1984, opened While traditional bar games continue to amuse some last December on Fourth Street in downtown Wilmington. The patrons, tavern owners are adapting to the demands of a new Barcade concept originated in 1999 in Portland, Ore., when two generation. If that means turning their establishments into record store employees’ love for classic video games led them indoor amusement parks for adults, they’re more than ready.

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n Jan. 8—his 60th birthday—Dennis P. Williams will be sworn in as mayor of Wilmington. A graduate of P.S. du Pont High School, a retired Wilmington police detective and a state representative for 17 years, Williams is taking on a challenging task. Violent crime has been on the increase for the past 16 years, businesses are reluctant to locate in the city and government finances are stretched thin. Just before he embarked on his four-year term, Williams sat down with Wilmington Magazine to discuss his life and his hopes for the city.

Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like? I started out in the 1400 block of French Street. My parents moved to Riverside. I lived at 2906 N. Claymont St. I went to Northeast Elementary School (now East Side Charter School). I remember the first day school opened. It was a rainy day, but we were so proud…. It was a wonderful time. That community was phenomenal. Working class people, people who were trying to get ahead. People had flowers in the yard, the grass was green. There was no violence. You could leave your doors and windows open. People took care of one another. My grandfather and four uncles worked at the DuPont pigment plant (in Edgemoor). My great grandparents, my grandparents, my parents always shared. We always had more than enough. My father was the man I looked up to. He worked in the post office, as manager of the registry department. He spoke French and Spanish fluently. He felt if people came into the building, someone should be able to understand them, and that compelled him to learn the languages. We used to call my grandmother “The General.” She was only about five feet tall, but when Charlotte said “jump,” everybody would jump…. Everybody had a right to an opinion, but when my grandmother drew the line, that was it.


Why did you decide to become a police officer? My brother and I were coming from a movie at the Grand Theater [now the Grand Opera House]. I couldn’t have been more than 7 or 8, and I saw two police officers push a gentleman down the steps. I said, “I’m going to be a policeman someday and I’m going to make it right.” My brother thought I was nuts. He still can’t believe I would have said that when I was only 8 years old. That was what I wanted to do. Well, I really wanted to be a professional baseball player, but I didn’t have the arm.

You ran for the General Assembly in 1995, for Lonnie George’s old seat. How did that happen? When the [city] Democratic Committee found out I had left the police department, they approached me, and Lonnie said, “You have good record, I’m going to be retiring [to become president of Delaware Technical Community College], so why don’t you run?” I had a long talk with Leo Marshall, former city chairman, a brief conversation with Lonnie, and with Gary Hindes, who was state chairman at the time…. I gave it my all, and here I am. I had worked on campaigns before. I worked on the [John F.] Kennedy campaign [in 1960]. My brothers and I, we were little. I had a Flexible Flyer wagon; I dropped more literature than they did.



the U.S. Department of Justice and the National

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going to just respond to calls; we’re going to be out

What have you learned from your 17 years in Dover that will help you as mayor?

It taught me consensus building, how to work with people. I led the charge to solve the $800 million state deficit, and preserve the AAA bond rating, with my other colleagues on the Joint Finance Committee. We had to make some serious cuts. An election year was coming up. I had to explain to my colleagues that we either do it now or the state’s going to go belly up. If that happens, nobody’s going to be here anyway. You have to make decisions out of pain. That’s one thing Dover taught me, which I think I’m walking into now. There’s always a tomorrow. As long as I’ve got good people around me, and my faith, I think I will be fine.

there looking for crime.”

Who were some of your role models and mentors? Well, there was Ernest Webster, we called him Mr. Kingswood. He retired from the Air Force, he devoted his life to helping kids in the city. My English teacher at P.S., Karen Denton [Johnson]. And Mr. [Guy] Molock, my third-grade teacher at Northeast. He ran the FAME program [Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering]. And to this day I still call him Mister.

There’s a difference between making the laws and making sure the laws are followed. How would you describe your management style? Well, I read “The One-Minute Manager” and I read “The 12-Minute CEO” and they didn’t help me at all. But the former speaker of the house, Robert Gilligan, sat me down, and told me ► 5

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when I left Dover, “Dennis, you’re going to win. When you’re in office, don’t micromanage your departments. Put good people around you and you’ll be fine.” So I’m bringing in the pros to handle departments that I know nothing about. I can’t say I’m a pro on public works. I can’t say I’m the pro on licensing and inspections. But I can give some expertise to the police department, and some to finance. Being chair of the Joint Finance Committee, being on money committees for 14 years in Dover, is really going to help me in dealing with finances.

On the crime front, you promised to be more proactive. How will the police department operate? We’re working with the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Police Institute to help us reconfigure the police department. We’re not going to just respond to calls; we’re going to be out there looking for crime. You don’t become a detective by riding around in a car with the windows up. You’ve got to look for things. We’re also going to reward officers for good work — have a reception and give commendations for stopping a robbery in progress, things like that.

What are your plans for working with businesses in the city? When we did surveys, 98 percent of the businesses said their main concern was public safety. Some businesses haven’t located here because of the crime problem. We will plow the snow off the streets so people can get to work, we will make sure there are no panhandlers bothering folks when they get off of work, we’ll make sure cars don’t get broken into. This is what they want to hear. We’re not going to be hiding behind bushes giving people $40 [parking] tickets. We’re going to look at L&I (Licenses and Inspection) and try to make it a one-stop shop, where [businesses] can get a permit for everything they do. We know they’re our lifeblood. If we lose that, we’re finished. That’s why we have to jump for businesses. If I have a CEO who calls and says, “My side street is iced in,” we’ll take care of it. I’m not going to say, “Sorry, wait until the sun comes out.” I want to keep their 500, 600 people in the city.

What is the outlook for city spending? Sometimes you may have to do more with less. Some positions may be open right now, and they will have to stay [vacant]. We will look at outside vendors, look at bringing things back in that are now under contract, and we’re going to look at items in contracts that were signed at the last minute. I have several areas to target [for spending cuts]. I don’t want to say what they are right now but three that I am targeting would save $1.4 million. We’re also going to look at duplication of services, possibly consolidating some departments, not filling some positions after people retire. There may be some things we’re just not going to be able to do anymore.

What’s your approach with the neighborhoods, making residents feel that City Hall cares about them? We’re going to hire a new planning director [Sophia Hanson]. We’re going to strengthen the eight planning districts…. Once we get a strong planning council together, with the community picking their own people to represent them, we will help with their agendas. All agendas are not the same. We will not dictate to communities what we think they need. When people tell us what they need, we will take it from there. Also, we’re going to have dedicated [police] officers and they’re not going to be rotated out. They’re going to be real community police officers, there for 13, 14, 15 months, not for six weeks or two months anymore.

During the campaign, you allied yourself with Tom Gordon and Chris Bullock, who won their races for New Castle County executive and County Council president. How do you see that alliance evolving? I believe my relationship with Tom Gordon and Chris Bullock will help the city and the county. When you have a large contingent of police officers getting trained, the price goes down. We can share these expenses. We are looking at a 911 center where calls would go strictly to police. That would save the city hundreds of thousands of dollars. I want to make Wilmington the best, Delaware the best, New Castle County the best. The only way we can do that is to work with one another, and to trust one another.

Are there any services that might be consolidated or merged? Parks and Recreation is the only department where I can see us consolidating or working together, but I would want to retain the bulk of (city parks) employees. We’re looking at saving money, not wasting money.

What do you want people to say about Dennis Williams four years from now? I want people to say he kept his word, that he did what he said he would do during the campaign, and he worked as hard as he could to bring about some changes. And I want them to say he had a great team around him, a team of dedicated, hardworking people. And maybe they’ll give us a second term.

Is there something that people still don’t know about Dennis Williams? I play Play Station. And I’m just as good as the young kids are. When my wife bought it for me, I was in the family room Christmas morning. I started at 9 in the morning and didn’t stop until 9 at night. I love it.



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he New Year is the perfect time to start fresh, aim high, set goals and yes, try something new. Nothing dangerous, mind you. I’ll start you off with a quick Worth Trying tour of early 2013 “ArtStuff” to broaden your horizons, impress your pals and give you even more reasons to love this town.

Art From Philly, via Artpratique Start off the New Year’s first Friday by welcoming an arts newcomer to town. Artists Jennifer Park and Roldan West relocated their gallery from Philly’s South Street to Wilmo’s 9th Street. Artpratique (302 W. 9th) features Roldan’s modern artwork and Jen’s stone and metalwork jewelry. The gallery celebrates its Grand Opening on Friday, Jan. 4, and I have to say I’m thrilled to have another lively gallery inhabiting the 9th Street corridor. Music From Rio, via Mélomanie Mélomanie is an ensemble known for brilliantly melding early and modern musical repertoire in an informal and intimate way. They’ll deliver that and more at their Saturday, Jan. 19 performance at Grace Church in Wilmington. Composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira—a Rio de Janeiro native and frequent Mélomanie collaborator (yes…an international composer is writing regularly for a Delaware ensemble)—will unveil his World Premiere, Dreams, for flute and cello. The piece musically depicts the mind’s “travel” during the night. His style of writing, like many Brazilian composers, combines popular and classical music. Mélomanie Artistic Director Tracy Richardson describes Sergio’s compositions as “… rhythmically dynamic, dreamy and full of poetry.” The performance also will feature guest artist and Philadelphia flutist Eve Friedman as well as Philadelphia composer Roberto Pace and another original work, his Fantasie: Mélomanie, also written specifically for the ensemble. Get tickets at melomanie.org, and our readers can get a special discount. Use code “INWILM” when purchasing online. Radio From NYC, via City Theater Company CTC’s next wacky staging is another World Premiere for us, written by local rock musician Joe Trainor (Joe Trainor Trio) and writer/director Kevin Regan (the genius behind CTC’s October hit event Murder at the Mansion). The premise: When a radio show based out of the Big Apple is slated to leap into the television age of Hollywood, comic hijinks and killer songs ensue. Hilarity, outrageous CTC “stage favorites” and great music? Don’t miss this production, running Feb. 22 through March 2 at The Black Box at OperaDelaware. Get tickets at citytheater.org. If you buy now through Jan. 15, you can get an “IN” discount here too, using the code “INWILM” when purchasing online. That’s not all CTC’s up to, either. Need something still hilarious, but with a bit less structure, more unpredictability and audience participation? Welcome to CTC’s Fearless Improv, which regularly takes over the space of the Chris White Gallery at Shipley Artists Lofts. For $5 admission, you get interactive games, songs, skits, dirty words, compromising positions…and you may even get pulled into the action. Go Fearless on Friday, Feb. 15, at 6:30 p. m. A Musical “Loan” from the Art Museum, via Market Street Music Compelling, engaging, and informative, Pyxis Piano Quartet’s performances have become some of the most sought-after concerts in the Delaware arts scene (the ensemble is in residence at the Delaware Art Museum, and those tickets are harder to score than a $500 million lottery ticket). Members Meredith Amado (violin), Amy Leonard (viola), Jie Jin (cello) and Hiroko Yamazaki (piano) have wowed audiences all along the East Coast. Now Market Street Music has “borrowed” them for a stellar Festival Concert at First & Central Church on Saturday, March 2. Pyxis’ music includes works from the sonata, duo, and trio repertoire as well as traditional and contemporary pieces. Tickets are $15 online; $20 at the door. Visit marketstreetmusicde.org to purchase. Want more info on ArtStuff? Follow me @ArtsinMedia!

— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

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CITY NOTES Shops Are Popping Up All Over


ledgling businesspeople, take heart. A new trend is sweeping the globe: the pop-up shop. Temporary projects that provide capital and training, pop-up shops are generating opportunities and investment for entrepreneurs. They’re happening in England, Malaysia and South Africa—and now right here in Wilmington. While programs vary from city to city, the pop-up model usually draws from a pool of aspiring entrepreneurs, enabling them to start businesses in vacant storefronts. Each is granted three-to-12 months of rent and related capital, plus skill training, and paired with a mentor to get the business off the ground. The initiative helps draw people to the new shops and stores and also generates customers for surrounding businesses. It enables people who may be strong on ideas but short on capital to try their hand in the retail scene. In mid-October—just in time for the 2012 holiday season—Wilmington’s Project Pop-Up began opening up commercial space for entrepreneurs, providing three months of free rent in hopes of securing commitment to a long-term lease at the project’s completion. The city’s initiative is part of the Downtown Delaware program run by the Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO). The program also is running in Dover, Middletown and Milford. According to DEDO, “Entrepreneurial activity and financial business prosperity are key drivers of economic growth in Delaware. That is why today entrepreneurs and business owners are more vital than ever to Delaware’s economic future.” Wilmington’s first pop-up shop--YoYo Joe’s Toys & Fun-- opened on Nov. 13 on Market Street. On Nov. 10, a different kind of pop-up garnered a lot of attention citywide. A oneday sneaker expo, Kicks and Sole, popped up in the LOMA district, at 312 N. Market St. Kicks and Sole was the first sneaker event in the state of Delaware that allowed connoisseurs to buy, sell, and trade some of the hottest footwear and clothing on the market. For $10, sneaker freaks gained admission to this exclusive marketplace, allowing them to participate in an art show and even visit a “sneaker museum.” Not only did the expo generate revenue for vendors and the venue, it also showcased the property and LOMA to hundreds of people. Whether they last seven hours or three months, pop-ups provide great opportunities for local entrepreneurs and allow the city to reap benefits. If the national trend is any indicator, Project Pop-Up could be a driving force in Downtown Wilmington’s entrepreneurial growth. — Alexandra Davis

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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. Asnan Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine, ASNANRESTAURANTS.COM 7. Harry’s Seafood Grill / Riverfront Market, HARRYS-SAVOY.COM 8. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 9. FireStone Roasting House, FIRESTONERIVERFRONT.COM 10. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM

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11. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk 12. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 13. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG 14. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM 15. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 16. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG

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Delaware State Chamber of Commerce-176th Annual Dinner

January 14 Chase Center on the Riverfront

DBS 30th Anniversary Hospitality Technology Expo

January 23-February 10 Delaware Theatre Company

January 22 Chase Center on the Riverfront

17. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 18. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 19. Public Docks 20. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM 21. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame 22. Chase Center on the Riverfront, CENTERONTHERIVERFRONT.COM 23. Dravo Plaza & Dock 24. Shipyard Center Planet Fitness, PLANETFITNESS.COM

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25. Timothy’s Restaurant, TIMOTHYSONTHERIVERFRONT.COM Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 26. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 27. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG 28. DART Park-n-Ride Lot

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Delaware’s First and Only IMAX Theater • All digital sound and projection High-back, leather stadium seating • Full list of alternative content

JANUARY RIVERFRONT EVENTS WHERE DID THEY GO? January 10, 10-11:30am Under the mud, into a burrow, or out of town…where do your favorite marsh animals spend the winter? DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPonteec.org DELAWARE STATE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE-176TH ANNUAL DINNER January 14, 4:45pm Join the Chamber, elected officials and hundreds of business leaders from Delaware for the largest networking event of the year! You won’t want to miss the 176th Annual Dinner and presentation of the prestigious Josiah Marvel Cup Award. The keynote speaker will be William Winkenwerder, JR., MD, MBA President and CEO of Highmark Inc. Chase Center on the Riverfront Dscc.com


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DBS 30TH ANNIVERSARY HOSPITALITY TECHNOLOGY EXPO January 22, 10-4pm Come celebrate DBS’s 30th Anniversary and our 5th Hospitality Technology Expo! We will be featuring more partners than ever this year! Some old, some new. All of them geared to get the most out of your Point of Sale system. Chase Center on the Riverfront DBS4POS.com BOEING BOEING January 23-February 10, Show times vary By Marc Camoletti translated from the French by Beverley Cross & Francis Evans Fasten your seat belts for high-flying hijinks when Boeing Boeing comes in for a landing on DTC’s stage! In this first-class 1960s French farce, Parisian playboy Bernard juggles the arrivals and departures of his three flight attendant fiancées, each unaware of the other… until an old friend’s surprise visit causes turbulence. Laughter takes off in the 2008 Tony Award® winner The New York Times calls “pure pleasure.” Delaware Theatre Company Delawaretheatre.org

DEEC COFFEE HOUSE LECTURE: BUILDING INNOVATIONS FOR ZERO LANDFILL January 23, 6-8pm Enjoy an evening of fantastic views, and coffee and refreshment while learning how industries and corporations can and are moving to a zero landfill policy with Dave Walter, leader of DuPont Building Innovations that went from 81 million pounds of landfill in 2008 to zero landfill by the end of 2011. DuPont Environmental Education Center Duponteec.org TIDES AND TRAILS January 26, 10-12pm Take a hike and explore the furthest reaches of the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge. Pass the osprey nest and get a closer look. Hike through the area restored by DNREC and search for an active beaver lodge and signs of wildlife. Use binoculars, a spotting scope and field guides to catalog our finds! DuPont Environmental Education Center Duponteec.org


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WRC News DowntownWilmington.com


appy New Year! 2013 marks Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s 20th anniversary as a privately funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. Its mission is to develop and implement strategies that increase the economic vitality of Downtown Wilmington, strengthen its role as a center of educational, cultural and social activity, and enhance its reputation as an exciting place to live and visit by marketing the city’s history and character. We value the many partners who help accomplish these goals and are privileged to work with amazing people and organizations on the many projects, events and programs that continue to make Wilmington a strong and vibrant city. Some of WRC’s accomplishments over the past 20 years include: • Creating Downtown Visions and the Downtown Wilmington Business Improvement District • Creating the Delaware College of Art & Design • Encouraging growth of the downtown workforce by 8,000 employees • Initiating redevelopment of the LOMA District. • Creating a four-year-long temporary public art program • Partnering to establish the city’s branding campaign— “Wilmington: In the Middle of it All” • Establishing a crosswalk improvement program in partnership with the city and DelDOT • Creating the Wilmington Grand Prix, Delaware’s premier three-day cycling event • Conceiving and advocating for creation of an artist live/work homeownership program. We’re partners, advocates and facilitators—opening doors and loosening logjams, pulling strings and cutting red tape. We direct our energies toward stimulating the city’s economy, attracting new residents and holding events that enrich our culture. We enthusiastically support the city’s diverse attractions and history, as well as its entertainment, lifestyle and development offerings. We see ourselves as true transformers, working with investors, local citizens and government to accomplish big ideas. We’re a sounding board and a test kitchen. We put the “life” in city life. We’re in tune, in touch—and always in town. There is much planned for 2013 and we want and need your participation, so please stay tuned for our great new programs and projects. For more information, call us at 425-5500 or visit downtownwilmington.com.

Staff Picks

Every month we highlight a few happenings in the city. Our favorites for January:

Art is Social at the Delaware Art Museum, Friday, Jan. 11 Come in out of the cold and celebrate the final days of the exciting Centennial Juried Exhibition while listening to the sounds of JD3, a Wilmington-based keyboard trio with deep roots in Philadelphia jazz. For more information: delart.org/prog_events/adult_prog/ artissocial.html.

Cultural Crossroads: Martin Luther King, Jr. & Black History Tribute at the Music School of Delaware, Friday, Jan. 18 Celebrate the musical diversity of our world and our community through concerts and workshops that integrate a variety of art forms. The audience will participate in a ring shout—an African-American religious tradition that can be traced to West Africa. The concert also will feature a 40th anniversary celebration of Herbie Hancock’s landmark jazz-funk album, Headhunters, and excerpts from The Meeting, Jeff Stetson’s play about a fictional meeting between Dr. King and Malcolm X. For more information: musicschoolofdelaware.org/ourevents.html.

Electric Ladyland at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Friday, Jan. 18 The Ladybug Festival and Gable Music Ventures presents four talented female-fronted bands—Noelle Picara, Sylvan Wolfe, Sweet Leda and Lovebettie—for a night of original music. For more information: gablemusicventures.com/allshows.

Boeing Boeing by Marc Camoletti (translated from the French by Beverley Cross and Francis Evans) at the Delaware Theatre Company, Jan. 23–Feb. 10 In this first-class 1960s French farce, Parisian playboy Bernard juggles the arrivals and departures of his three flight attendant fiancées, each unaware of the other…until an old friend’s surprise visit causes turbulence. Laughter takes off in the 2008 Tony Award winner The New York Times calls “pure pleasure.” For more information: delawaretheatre. org/node/13.

Delaware Symphony Orchestra at the Grand Opera House, Friday, Jan. 25, and Sunday, Jan. 27 Program: Humperdinck: Prelude to Hänsel und Gretel, Rachmaninoff: Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, op. 1, and Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, op. 95, E-minor “From the New World.” For more information: delawaresymphony.org/classic_newworld.html.

James Galea at the Grand Opera House, Saturday, Jan. 26 Australia’s number one magician and global YouTube sensation, James Galea, injects new life into the art of magic with his unique style fused with a wicked sense of humor. For more information: thegrandwilmington.org/Productions/12-13-Season/James-Galea. — Barb Bullock


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