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ALSO INSIDE: Things Worth Doing 10 Ideas to Try in the Kitchen Musicians & 'Crowd Funding' Top Albums & Artists to Watch

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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

Publisher Gerald duPhily

Contributing Editor Bob Yearick

January 2012 | Vol. 24, No. 11|


From goodies to gadgets, O&A’s one-of-a-kind list of things worth the e˜ ort. Worth Doing: ° e power of one. By Jerry duPhily Get involved. It’s worth it. By Larry Nagengast

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Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller

Director of Sales Marie Graham Poot

Creative/Production Manager Matthew Loeb

Art Director Shawna Sneath

Taste: 10 things worth trying in the kitchen. By Robert Lhulier Setting the Bar. Two Stones Pub puts Brookside on craft beer map. Novel Approach. Scott Morrison channels literary giants in 2nd Wilm. eatery. Ten and Counting. Cantwell’s Tavern is Bob Ashby’s latest restaurant venture.

42-49 MUSIC

Bridging the Gap. Area musicians turn to ‘crowd-funding.’ By Matt Amis 2011 Top Albums. 2012 Artists to Watch. By Mike Nigro

51-53 MOVIES

Recent releases reveal Steven Spielberg’s strengths & weaknesses. By Mark Fields Films from 2011 that are worth trying. By Mark Fields

DEPARTMENTS Contributing Writers Geno Bisconte, Mark Fields, Richard L. Gaw, Pam George, Lauren Golt, Robert Lhulier, J. Burke Morrison, Larry Nagengast, Mike Nigro, Scott Pruden, Ben Young Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Dennis Dischler Tim Hawk, Les Kipp Tony Kukulich, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb


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All of Bob Yearick’s War on Words columns since the 2007 debut of this wildly popular feature — A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

collected in one paperback book! Every page contains a lesson, whether it’s grammar, spelling, pronunciation, or definitions of frequently misused terms, like “begs the question” — all presented with humor and occasional snarkiness.

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The War



By Bob Yearick

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage

Literally of the Month

Mika Brezinski, she of MSNBC “Morning Joe” fame, was literal-ing all over a recent broadcast. Example: “Newt Gingrich is literally on his high horse.” Reminder to Mika: Literally means “actually, really.” Given his considerable girth, I would hope that Newt does not ride horses, high or otherwise.

Penn State Fallout

One upside (?) of the Sandusky scandal at my alma mater is that it has produced some fodder for “War.” To wit: ˜ e usually impeccable Time magazine joined countless callers to sports talk shows in misusing “alumni.” In an article skewering Penn State, Time reported: “Matt Paknis, like Paterno an alumni of Brown University …” It’s alumnus for male graduates, as we have pointed out several times. A woman would be an alumna. All women graduates are alumnae, the combined body of graduates are alumni, as are male graduates as a group. Bottom line: an individual is never an alumni. A friend overheard a student refer to the “alleged allegations” against Sandusky. Talk about redundant redundancies. And finally, another usually pristinely-edited publication, ˜ e New York Times, referred to Penn State as “Penn” twice – once in the headline and once in the body of Maureen Dowd’s column. Needless to say, Penn grads were quick to point out the di˛ erence.

Media Watch

˜ e apostrophe fairy was loose again at Spark, leaving one random dropping at the end of noggin, as in “Keep your noggin’ warm . . .” thus incorrectly implying that the actual word – a synonym for head -- is “nogging.” Also, in a movie review, the weekly that covers the local young adult entertainment scene reported that “Maria Anna Mozart was apparently


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equable Pronounced EK-wuh-buhl, it’s an adjective meaning not easily upset, tranquil.

quite the musician until her little brother showed up on the scene and regulated her to become background music.” ˜ e word the reviewer should have used is relegated, and this unwieldy phrase should have read “relegated her to background music.”

Department of Redundancies Dept.

Todd Blackledge, college football analyst, recently noted that one team was trying to force the opposing quarterback into making “an errant mistake.” Ah, those network sports analysts. Remember baseball’s Tim McCarver saying that the Phillies had come o˛ “a respite of rest”?


We heard someone refer to a rumor that had been “squashed.” You quash rumors, hopes, aspirations. You squash insects.


WORD OF THE MONTH verisimilitude Pronounced ver-uh-siMIL-i-tood, it’s a noun meaning the quality of appearing true or real, or something that has that appearance.

Most Misused Punctuation Mark?

“War” has always claimed that the apostrophe is the most misused punctuation mark, and we still hold to that principal, mainly because people insist on using it to form plurals. But we think a close second would be inserting the period and comma outside quotation marks. It seems to be universal, especially in emails and texts. We will grant that it may seem counterintuitive to write “He went to the store.” In England, in fact, that would be correct. But we’re in the good ‘ol USA, so make sure to put periods and commas inside the quotes!

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nce a fringe movement, supporting the Buy Local campaign has become trendy. That’s perfectly understandable: It’s hard to argue with the idea of supporting your neighborhood business. A study in Portland, Maine—released last month—found that every $100 spent at locally owned businesses contributes an additional $58 to the local economy compared to $33 when the same amount is spent at national chains. That’s not really news for us here at Out & About. We were advocates of buying local long before it became a bumper-sticker campaign. Since 1988, O&A has been a champion of homegrown talent. We write about local personalities, local music, local art, local cuisine…and we do it all with local writers. Which leads me to this month’s issue, our annual Worth Trying edition. In keeping with our pattern of highlighting the local option, O&A’s staff and contributors have made suggestions on things we feel are worthy of your time and effort. Each of these recommendations can be found right here in

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Greater Wilmington. No Baltimore restaurant or NYC nightspot in the bunch. This year, however, we’ve expanded the theme and added a Worth Doing component. Consider it our twist on a New Year’s resolution. While resolutions tend to be solitary endeavors, we’re suggesting you consider a commitment that not only benefits you, but benefits others. Take joining a museum, for example. You get the benefits of membership; the museum gets the benefit of your support. Get a few friends to do the same and you create a measurable positive impact on that institution. On page 16, O&A contributor Larry Nagengast suggests some personal actions that can produce a domino effect of good. A single new membership at the Delaware Art Museum can translate into a guided tour for 10 students. A commitment to volunteer for a day is like writing that organization a $150 check. There may be strength in numbers, but it all starts with the action of one. — Jerry duPhily

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Zoo is one of the best places to bring your child in Wilmington. It’s $5 for adults and FREE for children. It is small but that does not stop them from having their very own tiger! They have a bird show that my son loved; it featured parrots and owls flying right by you, as well as a petting zoo. — Kelly Loeb, distribution

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state’s tourism office recently unveiled the Delaware History Trail, a collection of sites in all three counties that reveal Delaware’s diverse heritage. Those who complete the “passport” qualify to win a limited edition book, Landmarks & Legacies, written by yours truly, which profiles the stories behind 50 landmarks. To download the passport, visit — Pam George, contributing writer


TURN ON NPR I love my $10 radio. Aside from the news and listening to the Iggs, the world of radio waves offers lots of wonderful programs that are definitely worth tuning into. Here are a few favorites from NPR: “A Prairie Home Companion” (5-7pm), is a great live radio variety show, and "WireTap" (Saturdays 3:30pm, Thursdays 11:30pm), which takes a look into the twisted imagination of Jonathan Goldstein through stories that are told as if over the phone with him. It makes me laugh out loud. If you’re of this decade, you can always check out the podcast, too. I’m working on it..

I used to go to the library all the time when I was a child, but just recently got a library card as an adult. I forgot what I was missing. How can you beat free access to books? The library provides hours of free entertainment for all ages. Another suggestion: start a book club. This doesn’t need to be super-structured. Pick a book, a date, and a house to meet at. Discussing a great book is really fun. Be sure to bring wine. — Marie Graham, sales associate

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Finally, my car actually looks clean when I leave an automatic car wash. Greenhill Car Wash is environmentally friendly to boot! It operates on solar power without any harmful chemicals, and uses recycled, clean water. There is no one to tip, so I don’t have to skip my trip when I realize I don’t have any cash. — Marie Graham


approaches massage in a unique way. Patrons buy memberships (payable monthly) that entitle them to one massage a month plus additional sessions at reduced rates. Located at the Market Square Shopping Center, Massage Envy has more than a dozen therapists, specializing in different approaches from relaxing to rigorous. It’s a treat I give myself every month. (


This portrait of the Pittsburgh Steelers just before they hit their Super Bowl stride is insightful, humorous, sometimes downright hilarious. Author of 22 books, Blount is a panelist on NPR’s “Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me.” — Bob Yearick, contributing writer and editor

— Mark Fields, contributing writer


There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to be outside and shoot stuff. Now I know guns aren’t for everyone and you certainly need to take into account that safety always comes first, but the 5 Stand at Ommelanden Range (New Castle) is the perfect way to fill a brisk Sunday morning. It consists of five stations and numerous strategically placed clay target throwers. Safely load the shotgun and the thrower announces which two stations the clay will be coming from. Yell “pull” and take aim. My favorites are the “rabbits” that roll across the ground. It really is a blast.

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Yo Yo Joe's is a small local toy store on Concord Pike. The staff is very accommodating and friendly and they have great quality toys! If you are like me and get overwhelmed by even the thought of Toys R Us, then this is your toy store! ( — Kelly Loeb


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Why Volunteer?


e could write hundreds of words on that subject, but let’s keep it simple: it’s good for the community, and it’s good for you. First of all, volunteering has a tremendous value in terms of dollars and cents. According to the Corporation for National and Community Service, about 63.4 million Americans, or 26.8 percent of the adult population, gave 8.1 billion hours of volunteer service worth $169 billion in 2009. Independent Sector, a national nonprofi t clearinghouse, estimates that an hour of volunteer time in Delaware was worth $21.88 in 2009, so a day of volunteering is worth $150 or so to the group you’re helping. Who benefi ts? Not just the needy, but you and everyone around you. When you clean up a park, help at an after-school program, raise money for a scholarship fund or your library, show an unemployed adult how to fi nd jobs on a computer, or even

join a museum, you’re helping to improve the quality of life for you and the rest of the community. And if you’re unemployed or underemployed — and that applies to about nine percent of Delaware’s population — it’s a good way to make contacts, show off your skills and learn new ones. And, fi nally, volunteering is good for you because you simply feel better by doing it. In addition to volunteering, there’s another way you can help build your community: spend a greater portion of your money at locally-owned businesses. In Wilmington alone, there are about 355 street-level businesses, with about 2,500 employees, says Will Minster, director of business development for Downtown Visions. According to the 350 Project, 68 cents of every dollar spent at locally owned businesses is returned to the community through taxes, payroll and related spending. If everyone working in Wilmington spent $50 a month

Sell Books, Support a Scholar The Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women will sell about 50,000 used books, DVDs, CDs and VHS tapes at its annual sale March 1-4 at Concord Mall. Proceeds help the group award 20 or so college scholarships, worth $55,000 to $60,000, to area women in fi nancial need. With tables stretching the length of the mall, there are plenty of three-hour shifts to fi ll. “You get to look at books, you’re in the mall, it’s a lot of fun,” says AAUW offi ce manager Kathy MacDonough. Volunteers also work Tuesday and Thursday mornings collecting and sorting books. Information and contact:,, 428-0939.

at downtown businesses, that would generate $6 million in retail revenue monthly, Minster says. Information and contact: Who needs help? Let’ start with the homeless. Th ey number more than 1,400 in Delaware, including upwards of 1,000 in New Castle County. Some 3,500 Wilmington residents are looking for a job. Th e Food Bank of Delaware serves 17,500 people a week, 241,000 a year — more than one-quarter of the state’s population. Girls Inc. of Delaware provides after-school and weekend programs for 1,500 to 1,600 girls in Wilmington and Claymont. Th e Delaware Humane Association houses 30 to 40 dogs and 100 or more cats while they’re waiting for new homes. And the list goes on. In a down economy — like the one we’re enduring now — nonprofi ts need volunteers more than ever, to make up for declining revenues. Here are some places where you can help:

Feed the Hungry Covering the equivalent of 37 fulltime jobs, volunteers keep on stepping up to the plate at the Food Bank of Delaware, which assists more than 17,500 people a week. Volunteers pack emergency food boxes, sort groceries and prepare hot meals for kids. Cupboards tend to get bare in winter, so organizing a food drive at work or in your neighborhood is another great way to help. Food Bank staff will tell you how to get started and they’ll pick up donations of 20 boxes or more. A 30-pound meal box will feed a family of four for several days. Information and contact:, 292-1305.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs With nearly 20,000 New Castle County residents (3,551 of them in Wilmington) unemployed in October, many of our neighbors could use a helping hand. The new Job Centers@ Delaware Libraries program at the Wilmington Library needs volunteers to help patrons use computers to create resumes, search for jobs online and prepare for interviews. Experience in human resources work and writing resumes is helpful but not necessary. The center is looking for volunteers to give at least an hour a week, on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information and contact: lib.,, 222-8507



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Chef Owned by the Husband and Wife Team Merry Catanuto and William Hoffman The House of William and Merry serves lunch and dinner prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients procured from local farms, providing fine dining at a reasonable price Tuesday-Saturday 11-11, Sunday Brunch 10-3 Sunday prix fixe Supper 5-9, Closed Mondays

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Keep It Green Get out, stay fit and keep our environment looking good by becoming a trail steward, part of a joint program of Delaware Greenways and the state park system. Trail stewards are “the eyes and ears for the trail,” says Greenways’ Andrea Trabelsi. They walk a designated trail, looking for downed trees, hazards, vandalism and graffiti and report it to the state parks office. When crews are needed for a cleanup, Greenways organizes the volunteers for a three- or four-hour work party. Information and contact:, or Take a Bite Out of Crime Want to help make your community a little safer? Get a few neighbors together and talk to New Castle County Police about setting up a Block Watch or Community Watch program. Find out what to look for, how to report suspicious activity, and help police learn the unique characteristics of your neighborhood. “Everybody can be a looker, and with training you can be more confident,” says Sgt. Claudine Malone. By looking out getting for each other, you make your neighborhood a better place to involved live. Information and contact:, Community Services Unit, 395-8050 Cash Counts Too Some of us might not have time to volunteer regularly, but joining a museum or other nonprofit has a payoff too. At the Delaware Art Museum, a $50 individual membership or $70 family membership gets you free museum admission, invitations to exhibit previews, and discounts on classes and museum store purchases. That membership payment does a lot of good too. $50 covers a guided tour of the museum for 10 students or a book for the Museum’s collection; $100 pays for 40 paintbrushes for the children’s’ studio or 240 pairs of archival white cotton gloves for handling and examination of works of art. And if you’d like to volunteer, you can help at children’s programs or serve as a docent. Information and contact:, 571-9590.

Give a Girl a Chance At locations in Wilmington and Claymont, Girls Inc. of Delaware offers girls ages 6-18 homework help, social programs, mentoring and instruction in a variety of practical life skills. Whether it’s helping with homework or speaking at a career night, “Volunteers show girls that they have choices, that they can reach for the stars,” says Girls Inc. executive director Brenda Algar. “Share what you know,” she says. The greatest need for volunteers is from 3-6 p.m. in Claymont and from 3-8 p.m. at the Dennison Center in Browntown. Help is also needed in the office, in fundraising and at special events. Information and contact: girlsincde. org, Joanna Pennell 575-1041, ext. 13

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Have an Artistic Streak? At the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, “you never know what you’re going to see or do,” spokeswoman Sara Teixido says, and that’s why it’s a fun place to volunteer. That’s especially true when kids are around, and the DCCA could use some help supervising youngsters and their parents working on art projects during free family programs from noon to 3 p.m. on four upcoming Sundays -- Feb. 19, March 18, April 22 and May 20. “You’re learning about art too,” Teixido says. Information and contact:, Jane Chesson, jchesson@thedcca. org, 656-6466, ext. 7101.

Gimme Shelter Emmaus House in Newark provides emergency shelter for adults and their families, helping them as they seek permanent housing and as adults look for employment. House supervisor Tom Kreps often needs help in the kitchen from 5-7 p.m. daily and with childcare from 7-9 p.m. weekdays. University of Delaware students volunteer regularly, but staffing gets difficult when school is out—in January and during the summer. Information and contact: services, 737-2411. Help Young Mothers When homeless pregnant teenagers need shelter and support, Bayard House is there. The center, operated by Catholic Charities, houses up to 14 people (including infants) and offers educational and employment assistance, access to health care, birthing and parenting classes and training in independent living and home management skills. For the long term, the teens need mentors; short term, individuals and groups can cook and serve dinners, organize diaper and baby food drives, or even throw a baby shower. Information and contact: bayard,, Paula Savini, 6569624 Soothe the Seriously Ill Compassionate Care Hospice at St. Francis Hospice has 14 beds where patients with severe pain issues are treated until their pain subsides and they can return home. The hospice needs volunteers to provide companionship to patients and support the professionals on staff. There’s a 16-hour training program to get started, and volunteers are asked to make a commitment of two hours a week. Information and contact: compassionatecarehospicede@, Anne Cecil-Kempski, 421-4690

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Be Humane If you like cleaning cages and their occupants as well, the Delaware Humane Association is the place to be. With 100 or so cats and 30 or more dogs waiting for new homes, there are plenty of pets that need attention. New litters of kittens often need at-home foster care. Opportunities abound elsewhere in the organization — answering phones, preparing mailings, doing the laundry, raising funds, staffing special events and helping at the monthly adoption events at the Brandywine Town Center PetSmart and other locations. Volunteers are asked to commit to a minimum of eight hours a month for six months. Information and contact:, rbennett@, 571-0111 ext. 319. Love Books? Become a Friend After raising $66,000 to help pay for a new building, the New Castle Library Friends are now focusing on community programs and raising funds to build the library’s collections. Volunteers help with book sales, fundraising, membership, publicity and special events. These activities also increase the visibility of the library in the community and expand its donor base. Whether it’s a couple hours working on a special event or serving as a board member, working with a Friends group ultimately results in a better library—giving you and your neighbors access to more and better books, CDs, DVDs and special programs. Information and contact: or check the library nearest your home.

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10 Bake Without Using an Electric Mixer. Only through non-gadgety, non-electrical devices can you appreciate the labor of love that is baking. Get a nice, sturdy, wooden spoon, roll up your sleeves and get to work. You will have a whole diff erent perspective on, not to mention a renewed respect for, your mom and grandmother. 9 Make A Salad Dressing From Scratch. A basic vinaigrette contains but two ingredients. You need only a bowl and a whisk, or even a fork, to make one. Pick one you like from the store and try to make it at home. Oil, vinegar, a little citrus, a bit of herbs, a little Dijon — c’mon, you’re up to the task. 8 Make a Recipe from a Cookbook, not the Internet. Some of you may know that when you Google a recipe, the one with the most hits comes up fi rst. Th at doesn’t make it the best recipe or even a decent one. I’m not saying there aren’t good ones out there, but you’ve got to have a favorite cookbook lying around. Pick it up and fi nd a dish you can make. Prop it open, get the ingredients, open some wine, turn on some music, and make it. Now, wouldn’t it be nice to share it with friends? It’s called a dinner party. 7 Use an Old Appliance. Do you have an old gift, like a waffl e iron, hiding on the shelves of your basement? A crepe pan or pizzelle maker? How about a fondue pot or deep fryer? Clearly, you have kept these because you have hope of using them again one day. Well, now is the time. Along the same lines, I have four margarita glasses shaped like cacti. Which brings me to my next one . . .

By Robert Lhulier


’m often asked if I cook for myself or for family when not at work. The answer is a resounding “yes,” but I can see why some people would scratch their heads. Society has taken the art of

preparing and eating a meal so fast forward, no wonder it gives people indigestion. Here, then, in descending order, are my 10 suggestions worth trying if you want to enjoy the true pleasures of the kitchen.

6 Have Cocktails Before Dinner. Whether you’re out or at home, make a plan to mix up a couple martinis, gin and tonics or negronis before embarking on your meal. It’s a more civilized way of catching up with your spouse or partner before sitting down to the table. Nosh on some nuts and olives, and make plans. Talk about vacation, even though it’s January. Reminisce about the last year. Stop and smell the roses. 5 Don’t Answer the Phone During Your Meal. With every year you were born past 1980, you stand less of a chance of being able to do this. If it’s a cell, turn the phone OFF — not down, not vibrate: OFF. If it’s a land line, let voice mail get it. And if you’re out to eat, leave it in the car. Th e point is, meals and company are the important stuff . Th e rest you’ll catch up on when you’re done eating. continued on next page


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Dress for Dinner. The people who know what I’m talking about needn’t pay attention. You already do. The rest of you, put on something to wear when you sit down for dinner that makes you feel like it’s more than just a meal. Just 10 years ago there were restaurants (and a good many of them) that had dress codes. We’ve dumbed it down to “as long as you’re dressed, it’s fine.” Have a little pride and put on a tie, fellas; or, ladies, as my restaurant friend used to tell his new hostesses, “Dress like a hooker going to church.”

3 Drink a Really Good Wine. So you’ve learned about the different grapes. You may even know the styles of different regions. You know what you like and you can find just about any red, white or bubbly you like for $10 a bottle. Now go out and double what you would spend on a single bottle of wine. And share it. If you always drink what you’ve always drunk, you’ll always taste what you’ve always bought. 2 Pick Up a Check. Someone has invited you to lunch or dinner. They always grab the check when it’s time to pay. They invited you as their guest and expect to pay. Now, pick up the check and tell them, “You’re always so generous. Let me get this one.” It’s harder to argue with kindness than duplicity.

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1 Hand-Write Someone a Letter or Thank You Note. No abbreviations, and no “text-speak.” Use proper grammar and punctuation. Get a quality piece of stationery, and write nice things to someone. Maybe tell them how good their cookies were, or how you enjoyed having cocktails and dinner, or the unique gift of home-made cannoli. Sometimes, it’s just nice (if extraordinarily rare) to hear from someone you haven’t seen in a while. It’s so much better than, “Killing time here on FB, b/c the DB pizza guy hasn’t shown up yet. Whatchoo doin’?” Posted from a mobile device, no less. Robert Lhulier is the executive chef at the University & Whist Club and author of the food blog

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HOUSE OF WILLIAM & MARY With his pantries full of outré, Iron-Chefian ingredients, chef Bill Hoffman is making Hockessin’s House of William & Merry one of the most interesting culinary tickets in town. Duck mousse and house-infused oils sound exotic, but it’s Hoffman’s knack for creating great flavor combinations that make his ingredients truly shine. Wife Merry Catanuto works the front of the renovated country farmhouse. (

EAT VEGETARIAN ONCE A WEEK Seeing as pizza is now considered a vegetable, I feel I should elaborate. I’m not suggesting you have spaghetti, or macaroni and cheese, or (although DiMeo’s is tempting) pizza once a week; but rather that you try making something new. Cook with tofu, seitan, or prepare an exotic meat-free dish. If you’re looking for something quick and easy, there are plenty of options in the freezer section of your grocery store (Quorn chicken patties are a favorite), or try a restaurant with veggie-friendly options such as Zaikka Indian Grill or Ubon Thai Cuisine. — Shawna Sneath

— Matt Amis, contributing writer

YARDS ALES OF THE REVOLUTION Many of the Founding Fathers enjoyed beer. For a few, this pursuit of happiness extended beyond the Philadelphia taverns where they drafted the foundations of the U.S.A. These men were also proud home-brewers. Recently, Yards Brewery has carefully reconstructed a few national treasures utilizing found beer recipes from the likes of Ben, George, and Thomas. History in the drinking. ( — Jim Miller

TWO STONES PUB Don’t judge a pub by its location. Two Stones isn’t located in the center of Newark or Wilmington, and they like it that way. They’re in the spot where Piece of Ireland once lived, and the beer selection and food is worth going out of your way for. On my last visit (yes, there have been many) I enjoyed a Stone Ruination with the crispy fish tacos. For dessert, I had a Yard’s Bourbon General Washington Tavern Porter. All worth trying. ( — Marie Graham

THE GABLES is a BYOB restaurant in Chadds Ford that has an upscale rustic atmosphere with a delicious menu. While it is a BYOB it still has a full bar to choose from. The cheese plate my husband and I got was excellent with the bottle of Malbec we brought and the pumpkin cheesecake with gingerbread crust was to die for! ((

STONE RUINATION IPA I’m generally a very loyal beer drinker. What you’ll often see in my hand (or fridge) is Dog Fish Head’s Sixty-Minute IPA. That doesn’t mean I won’t try new things, but I still haven’t found anything that pleases my taste buds like a sixty. Bam! Enter Stone’s Ruination India Pale Ale. If you like a hoppy explosion in your mouth, get over to Dead Presidents or Two Stones Pub to grab one on draft. Careful…they’re pretty strong. — Matt Loeb

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Hearty, healthy, and with a little heat, the curried tilapia at Pizza By Elizabeths is an unexpected treat. When chef Paul Egnor joined the PBE team this year, they continued to think outside the pizza box, adding more menu choices like this one. Want a winter lunch that is filling yet won’t make you tired come 3pm? It’s here. ( – Jim Miller

PERFECT CUP – PUMPKIN LATTE When you need a little pick-me-up, try a pumpkin latte with two shots of espresso from the The Perfect Cup in Hockessin. It always helps me! ( — Kelly Loeb

CSA (LANCASTER FARM FRESH) The more I learn about conventional food production, the more control I want over the food I put in my body—for nutritional, environmental, economic, and overall ethical reasons. Community Supported Agriculture connects people with small, local, organic farmers. I get extremely fresh, excellent quality produce weekly, and the satisfaction of knowing that my money is directly supporting local, responsible farmers. I recommend Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative. ( — Marie Graham

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HEATH BAR COOKIES AT PRESTO! Downtown Wilmington’s Presto! has plenty to crow about, from the comfy seats that give it a loungy feel, to its full bar options throughout the day (and it’s open for dinner and late-night snacks). But my fave part of the gourmet offerings? The Heath Bar Cookie. It’s a huge round of chewy, gooey goodness. I make sure it is on the menu of every client event I hold there, and after I suggest it, everyone agrees it is FANTASTIC! (


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PIZZA ON MARKET STREET When Chelsea Tavern fired up its wood-burning oven in 2010, who knew the deliciousness that was in store for Downtown Wilmington? Later that year, Extreme Pizza brought fresh, California gourmet to town. Then World Cafe Live arrived with it’s Cajun Grilled Chicken pizza. Now, with DiMeo’s authentic Italian masterpieces added to the mix, Market Street offers Delaware’s best selection of pizza within a seven-block stroll. — Jim Miller

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Mike Stiglitz (L) pours a beer behind the bar at Two Stones Pub with Ben Muse. Photo by Tim Hawk


n a little less than a year, Two Stones Pub in the Brookside neighborhood of Newark has become a popular gathering place for true beer lovers. Owned by Michael “Stigz” Stiglitz, Two Stones — or 2SP — is dedicated to showcasing craft brew beer. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a chef by trade, Stiglitz brings more than 15 years of restaurant experience to Two Stones. He helped his family operate two Rehoboth Beach establishments: The Pig and Fish Restaurant Company downtown and The Pickled Pig Pub on Route One. He struck out on his own last April to open Two Stones – formerly A Piece of Ireland — in Chesmar Plaza at the corner of Chestnut Hill and Marrows Roads. Stiglitz and Ben “Gumbo” Muse, his “beer guy/general manager/operating partner,” opened The Pickled Pub — “Delaware’s first craft brew beer bar” — in 2009. “We’ve been dedicated since then to bringing the best beer

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bars, non-brewery tied, to Delaware,” Stiglitz says. “Our goal is simply to work as hard as possible to bring the best and most soughtafter beers available to our guests. We have the best staff and greatest guests ever. Since day one, it’s been a perfect marriage: Beer meets beer lovers.” Two Stones’ also offers an extensive menu that goes beyond standard pub fare. Under the direction of chef Donovan Brown, formerly of Iron Hill Brewery, selections include blackened chicken and smoked bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, Andouille sausage Creole meatloaf, and Tabasco smoked pork tenderloin with sage honey gastrique. Each month, the pub features a different craft beer brew. On Wednesday, Jan. 4, Evolution Craft Brewing Co. of Delmar will be pouring its products. A monthly beer dinner and Sunday brunch also are part of the schedule. Stiglitz says the pub’s double-entendre name has become something of a running joke, but there’s no mistaking its serious pursuit of the beer purist. — Bob Yearick

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APPROACH Chelsea Tavern owner Scott Morrison channels Hemingway, Fitzgerald in second Market Street restaurant Photo by Joe del Tufo

cott Morrison is doubling down on his investment in Wilmington with the December debut of the Ernest & Scott Taproom at 902 N. Market St., the site recently vacated by Public House. Morrison also owns Chelsea Tavern, located just a block south on Market Street. The new venture, which opened last month, will adopt The Brewers Association’s definition of a craft brewery to determine which beers make it onto its beer list; that includes Delaware and national brews as well as cask-conditioned beers. Morrison has brought in Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head as an advisor on craft beer brewing, aging, serving, and food pairing. The name Ernest & Scott was inspired by the relationship between writers and bon vivants Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, and their daughter actually lived in a mansion (since razed) just north of Wilmington for a short period in the late 1920s. Hemingway visited them here at least once. Morrison says the menu will reflect the differing personalities of the hardy Hemingway and the more refined Fitzgerald. “We’ll have some simple food as well as more formal dishes,” he says, citing $4 roast beef beer sandwiches and warm hummus with organic butter and house flatbread among the “simple” dishes and “pristine seafood and perfectly marbled steaks and chops” among the formal. Ernest & Scott’s beer section will include cask-conditioned and bottle-conditioned beer. Morrison explains that caskand bottle-conditioned beers have yeast added directly to the cask or bottle and thus continue to mature and ferment, resulting in a literally live beer, one that continues to change as it ferments and ages. He says the beer menu will have craft mainstays like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Samuel Adams Lager as well as more exotic brews like Dogfish Head’s cask-conditioned 75-minute IPA and Yards Tavern Spruce Ale. Morrison and Chelsea Tavern have collaborated with The Grand many times, and Grand executive director Stephen Bailey is enthusiastic about Morrison’s latest endeavor. “The opening of Ernest & Scott Taproom is a testament to the kind of energy and innovation on Market Street nowadays,” Bailey says. “An eatery based around a quality craft beer selection is something you won’t see — or taste — anywhere else. It’s just further confirmation that Wilmington has become a premier destination for arts, entertainment, and fine dining.” — Bob Yearick


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Evolution Brewery is getting recognized for its ability to knock out some amazing beers on a regular basis, and put out some specialty beers that never disappoint. To be more specific, the Evolution Lot #3 IPA is really opening people’s eyes. It’s a delicious IPA that has amazing hop profi le and ranks right up there with the best of the best. — Jeremy Hughes, Director of Operations Deer Park Tavern, McGlynns Pub & Restaurants, Cantwell’s Taverns

FIRESIDE CHAT - 7.9% abv (21st Amendment) This is a great beer to enjoy during the winter months. A rich, dark and strong English-style ale backed up with a subtle blend of spices. Perfect for sipping on next to the fire during the cold months of winter. Our friends at 21st Amendment say it best: “It’s like a kick in the butt and a hug at the same time!” — Ryan Kennedy, Premier Wine & Spirits

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Owner Bob Ashby, and wife, Sandy at soft opening of Cantwell’s in Odessa. photo by Shawna Sneath



AND COUNTING Bob Ashby opens Cantwell’s Tavern in historic Odessa

pening a restaurant is nothing new to Bob Ashby. The veteran Delaware restaurateur and former president of the Delaware Restaurant Association has opened 10 of them. But opening Cantwell’s Tavern in a 188-year-old national historic landmark in the center of Odessa and factoring in a creative partnership with the Historic Odessa Foundation was far different than, say, opening one of his signature McGlynn’s Pub locations; or even the venerable Deer Park Tavern, for that matter. “This is a historic building that was never a restaurant,” says Ashby, who opened his first McGlynn’s Pub back in 1983 and in 1989 was named DRA’s Restaurateur of the Year. “The conversion to a restaurant has a lot more challenges than, say, taking over the Deer Park and renovating it.” You can judge the fruits of Ashby’s labor for yourself. The farm-to-table gastropub opened in the historic Brick Hotel last month. The 140-seat restaurant currently offers 12 craft beers on tap and 50 varieties in bottle. Ashby describes the menu as “upscale casual,” offering flatbreads, brick-oven pizzas and comfort-food dinner entrees such as country fried steak, turkey pot pie and braised pork shank. The kitchen will be in the hands of University of Delaware graduate Dan Sheridan, who studied in Australia at Le Cordon Bleu and has previous stints at Bistro on the Brandywine and the Hotel DuPont. Ashby says what intrigued him most about this project was the opportunity to immerse himself in the history and town of Odessa. “It’s really a small village feel in the middle of the new suburbia of MOT (Middletown Odessa Townsend),” he says. — Cantwell’s Tavern is located at 109 Main St., Odessa. It is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. For more, visit -— Out & About

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amberti’s Grill & Bar has been a North Wilmington institution since it first opened as Pasta Blitz back in 1994. So a bit of panic may have set in for regulars when the name disappeared recently and was replaced by Tutto Fresco (“totally fresh” in Italian). Don’t fret, says owner Vince Scotto, who opened the restaurant 17 years ago with his wife, Barbara. “It’s the same family, the same food, we just freshened things up,” he says. No longer affiliated with the Lamberti restaurant family, Tutto Fresco has also expanded, adding a multifunction room at the front of the restaurant that can accommodate 50 people. The expansion also gives the restaurant the ability to offer al fresco dining during the warmer months. “We have a lot of regulars,” says Scotto, who still drives to Philadelphia each week to handpick his produce. “We have our seasonal menus, but have to keep all of our traditional dishes (pasta Bolognese, chicken parmigiana, veal Marsala) because they are still very popular. “Quality is what makes the difference. It may be a simple dish, but the ingredients you buy are very important. We take that very seriously.” -— Tutto Fresco is located at 514 Philadelphia Pike and offers lunch, dinner, take out, banquet facilities and catering. For more, visit — Out & About 35

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EMBRACE ANIMAL PRINTS — Considered the “new neutral,” animal prints are acceptable in almost every room of the house. Find a way to incorporate a cheetah or leopard print into your space. Reupholster an old chair or ottoman for a fun and elegant new look.

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Area musicians turn to “crowd-funding” to support their craft By Matt Amis photo by Marcia Yapp

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onate a dollar to the members of the Landenberg Project, and the band will send you a digital download of their new tune, “Arguing Semantics.” Pledge $100, and they will serve humbly as your personal chauffeurs for an evening of your choice. And for a mere $600, the sixpiece band of scruffy 20-somethings will come to your house and cook breakfast. Welcome to the world of crowd-funding: a web-based concept for fundraising that represents a growing trend among starving artists, musicians and entrepreneurs. Sites like Kickstarter, Rocket Hub and Feed the Muse are the front-runners on the trend, which combines aspects of social media and incentive-based pledge drives (minus the tote bags) to fuel creative projects, be they music recordings, art installments or theatrical productions. Each site is unique, but the basic structure is the same: bands or artists create a page, customize it with photos, videos, songs and blogs, set a financial goal and target date, then circulate the link among their networks. Backers who find their way to the site can donate whatever monetary amount they wish. Bands, in return, can offer creative incentives, and the website collects a small commission for facilitating the process. The Landenberg Project hopes to raise $5,000 to cover the cost of recording their debut LP, tentatively titled “The Science of Sleep.” And they’re happy to provide small but personal incentives to anyone who contributes to the cause. A $50 donation might earn you a 5 a.m. wakeup call, complete with the weather forecast and celebrity birthdays. “One of the key things is we want all of our fans’ input,” says Bob Warner. “If they come up with a clever idea, we’ll try it out.” They’re not alone. Crowd-funding sites are fast becoming an accessible and engaging way for musicians to earn seed money and to forge deeper, more personal connections with their patrons. Kickstarter, which launched in April, 2009, has facilitated more than $75 million dollars for 10,000-plus projects. RocketHub has between 300-500 projects running at any time, and Feed the Muse boasts more than 3,000 users. Sites like Pledgemusic and IndieGoGo support similar models. Brian Meece, himself a former struggling musician and filmmaker, co-founded RocketHub in February, 2010. Inspired by director Darren Aronofsky, who funded his breakout movie Pi with small donations from family members and friends, Meece saw crowd-funding as the next step in a tumultuous industry. “The mechanism holds up so well for musicians because even though people aren’t buying CDs anymore, recording costs and videos still cost money,” he says. “Several thousand bucks, in fact.” The average donation on RocketHub is about $70, Meece says, so if an artist can solicit a few dozen people, “that’s enough to make a record for a lot of musicians, or record a video or get a tour together.” Chris Brunni, a solo artist based in Chadds Ford, Pa., ran a four-week campaign on Feed the Muse, and collected $1,200 to help with the duplication and promotion of his album, “I’ve Been Here.” Prior to signing up on Feed the Muse, Brunni hosted a traditional benefit concert at nearby Gables Restaurant and Bar. To his surprise, the web-based platform outperformed his proper, brickand-mortar fundraiser.

“I found that asking for small sums from people on the web to be more successful,” he says. “It got more people involved, which gives you a boost in confidence to know there are people who want you to succeed, who support what you do.” Rallying the fan base is another happy byproduct of crowdfunding. When Jaime Lokoff, a Philly resident, launched Feed the Muse in 2009, he knew all too well the financial hardships that can hamper unsigned musicians. But he noticed that when fans have a cause to rally around, they’re more willing to chip in. “That’s what these sites are all about,” he says. “Engaging the artist and fans. Somebody who sees and recognizes good art and wants to support it can do so with the click of a button.” Aaron Nathans, a Wilmington singer-songwriter, wasn’t too keen on asking his fans for handouts (“It felt like begging,” he says), but he ultimately signed up with Feed the Muse in order to fund the creation of his album, “Alchemy of Memory.” He set a modest goal of $1,200, but midway through the campaign he hit a snag—he was accepted into the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Festival, and suddenly he needed an extra $400 for a trip to Texas. That, along with a few technical difficulties (Nathans says the site, at one point, had trouble accepting credit card purchases), stalled his campaign’s momentum, and he raised just $869. “I lost out on some donations,” he says, adding that he wouldn’t use Feed the Muse again, citing both the technical glitches and Feed the Muse’s 10-percent commission policy. Most crowd-funding sites collect a portion of the funds: RocketHub charges a four

“Somebody who sees and recognizes good art and wants to support it can do so with the click of a button.”

opposite page: Wilmington singer/songwriter Aaron Nathans.

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percent fee on money raised (which jumps to eight percent if you don’t reach your goal) and Kickstarter takes a five percent cut. Nathans may not have hit his financial goal, but the experience helped summon his inner-marketing guru. “It forced me to put out email after email, post after post. It just raised my brand and forced me to put myself out there,” he says. “There are so many people out there making music and it’s hard to be heard above the crowd. When you’re raising money, this is your moment to stand out; to put aside any shyness and modesty. Friends I haven’t talked to in years got back in touch during my campaign. They bought the record and really loved it. The best thing about it was that it got people really invested in my music.” For the artists, those investments--monetary or otherwise--are tough to come by during an economic slump. “It’s the most frustrating part of the industry--a blind jump and hoping for a return,” Brunni says. But given the meteoric rise and success of crowdfunding, a new model for arts funding could be at its tipping point. “We’re in the infancy of this space, but it will become the norm,” Meece says. “It’s going to get bigger and bigger--artists are launching more major projects every day. “The arts world is hurting. Traditional funding is harder to get. What we have here is becoming the standard very quickly.”


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THE LAST DINOSAUR If you’re into catchy, upbeat music with an edge, a local band worth trying out is The Last Dinosaur. The band takes pop elements from Bloc Party and a punk style from Thrice to create an energetic, dance-rock fusion. The band is now working on a full-length album set to be released in the coming months. Check out songs such as “The New Massachusetts” and “Fractions” at — Ben Young

iTUNES MATCH OK, I was already pretty excited about the new icloud feature that Apple released, but this is something that I’ve been anticipating for a very long time. It’s called “iTunes Match.” It allows you to have access to all of your music (imported CDs too), books and apps on all of your devices. It basically matches everything up. Home computer, laptop, iphone, ipad, etc. If you import or download music on one device, it automatically appears on everything else. At first, I was worried about taking up valuable storage with all this music. Turns out it’s all stored in this magical cloud (and it’s only $25 for the year). Thanks again, Mr. Jobs (R.I.P.). You’ve made me a happy geek since 1999. — Matt Loeb


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ngel Band is on a roll. Last year, to much critical acclaim, they released Shoot the Moon, an album that deftly showcases the group’s powerful vocals before a wide landscape of bluesy Americana and new folk. Likewise their live performances have earned much praise: A play at Bonnaroo saw them voted as one of the Top 10 Favorite Bands, by the festival’s end. Band leader and lyricist Nancy Josephson and fellow angels Kathleen Weber and Aly Paige simply put it all our there, with their voices and their hearts. Their talent and exuberance, matched by a top-notch backing band, continue to earn the act much attention and many more fans with each season. Says the band on their website, “Making music is making magic: transformative, soul satisfying, earth shaking. We are lucky cowgirls and boys indeed.”

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Angelee (acoustic rock) January 12: BBC January 14: Rocco’s Italian Sports Bar January 20: Flickerwood Tasting Room Battleshy Youths (folk/rock) January 21: Mojo Main Joe Trainor Trio January 5: The Grape Room The Keefs January 20: JB McGinnes Revolution, I Love You January 28: Arden Club Inc Rubber Skunk w/ Universal Funk Order and guest DJ Dr. Hfuhruhurr January 14: Arden Buzzware Village Center Home Grown Café January 4: Bruce Anthony January 6: Vinegar Creek Constituency January 7: Chaz Depaolo January 11: Rockabilly Wednesday w/ Hot Toddy and the Wilmington Wastoids January 13: Still Moon Servants January 14: Cascades of the New Sun Ra January 18: Bruce Anthony January 20: Dirk Quinn Band

January 21: Nat Osborn January 25: Rockabilly Wednesday w/ Hot Toddy and the Wilmington Wastoids January 27: 61 North January 28: Modern Exile Mad Sweet Pangs December 16: Arden Gild Hall December 31: Home Grown Café World Café Live at the Queen January 5: George Cole Quintet January 7: Born Sisters January 8: Edwin McCain January 11: Richard Marx January 12: Eilen Jewell January 12: Brothers Past January 13: Breakwater January 13: Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret January 14: Chris Smither and Ellis Paul January 14: Splintered Sunlight January 19: Badfish – A Tribute To Sublime January 19: The Floorwalkers January 21: Lili Anel and E.B. Hawkins and Jordyn Gatti January 26: Langhorne Slim January 27: Zack duPont and Birdie Bush January 28: The Angel Band – CD Release Show Villains Like You (blues/rock) January 28: Arden Gild Hall

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1 1 ALBUMS By Mike Nigro

The program coordinator and on-air host of Graffiti Radio (93.7 HD-2 and lists his favorites of the year

The War on Drugs Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

A 21st century update on the kings of the 20th: Springsteen, Petty and Dylan. A must-listen for any country boy trying to make it in the city (or vice versa).

Pure X Pleasure (Acephale)

Lots of albums are about relationships falling apart. This one sounds like it, with some of the best songs of the year enhanced by the blown-out production.

Cut Copy Zonoscope (Modular)

Full of bells and whistles (literally), but it’s also some of the best dance-rock in recent memory. I haven’t met a critic or a dance floor that can deny it.


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Artists to Watch

Lana Del Rey

She’s got everything it takes to make it these days: good looks, controversy, and blog attention. Oh, and people seem to like her songs, too.

Odd Future

In 2011 this shock-rap crew palled around with Kanye and Jay-Z, started their own label and won a VMA. Don’t expect them to stop there.

Azealia Banks

Banks easily shifts gears between club bangers, rap throwdowns and soulful R&B. This triple threat will turn a lot of heads when her album drops.

Cloud Nothings

These punks shed the “pop-” prefix and are taking a more aggressive direction. Hiring Nirvana producer Steve Albini will do that to you.

Adam Arcuragi

Future Islands On the Water (Thrill Jockey)

Like Bowie before them, Future Islands are at their most affecting when they crank up the melodrama and turn songs about longing and loss into anthems.


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Arcuragi’s Like a Fire That Consumes All Before It comes out Jan. 31. Expect a noticeable increase in the number of group-hug sing-alongs across the world.

— Mike Nigro


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ast year was especially prolifi c for one of Hollywood’s most productive fi lmmakers. He has been executive producer or producer for four movie projects and two TV series, and ended 2011 with two fi lms he directed:˜ e Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. Although they are as narratively and stylistically disparate as one can imagine, taken together they represent both Spielberg’s gifts and weaknesses as a director. On the one hand, both movies remind us again of his unparalleled fi lmmaking prowess, but War Horse in particular reveals his all-toowilling tendency to settle for mawkish sentimentality when true profundity was within his grasp. ˜ e Adventures of Tintin,a motioncapture animated adaptation of the beloved comic book stories by Belgian author Hergé, comes from the more familiar stream of Spielberg family-oriented epics. Briskly photographed, with beautiful and exotic vistas and tightly-choreographed action scenes, Tintin is aimed squarely at the 14 year-old boy in all of us who thrills to careening motorbikes, rickety tramp steamers, nefarious rogues, and hidden treasure. ° e fi lm embodies the Hergé source material in all its breathless wonder. Tintin also features fi rst-rate voice talent by Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. And what would a Spielberg adventure be without a comically rousing score by John Williams?

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As he did with Raiders of the Lost Ark and Jurassic Park, Spielberg knows at the gut level how to make a few hours in the cinema thrilling, surprising and delightful, without aspiring to much more. Tintin is no more memorable than the box of matinee popcorn I ate while watching it, but just like that popcorn, it was really tasty at the time. In trying to convey the horrors of trench warfare through the eyes of its earnest teenage hero, however, War Horse does aspire to more than a cinematic thrill ride. But unfortunately, it falls short. With Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan, Spielberg has certainly demonstrated that he is capable of transcending sentimentality to capture deeper meaning in stories set in wartime. But in War Horse, despite some truly gripping tableaux of battlefi eld devastation, the director focuses so closely on the story of Devon farm boy Albert and his noble horse Joey that the larger horrors of war don’t carry the emotional weight they deserve. ° e cinematography is beautiful, the performances convincing (though most are fl eeting), the score rousing, and the ravaged countryside settings stirring, but ultimately War Horse disappoints because it doesn’t deliver on its promise.

This Month at Theatre N Sleeping Beauty, an Australian independent film written and directed by Julia Leigh, is a disquieting exploration of one young coed’s dabbling in a perverse sexual underworld. Emily Browning plays Lucy, a waifish college student who stumbles into a job (not exactly as a prostitute) satisfying the deviant appetites of elderly men. But it’s unclear to the viewer whether this is supposed to be worrisome or liberating. Writer/director Leigh makes a clear aesthetic choice to not offer much explanation for affectless Lucy’s life and her decisions, but that approach makes it diffi cult to fully empathize with her predicament. Truly a disturbing and perplexing story.

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By Mark Fields FIVE OBVIOUS CHOICES ˜ e ArtistBeautiful and sublime black-andwhite, nearly silent fi lm about the end of silent fi lm era. ˜ e Descendants George Clooney’s nuanced performance enriches this Alexander Payne character study. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 Satisfying farewell to the boy wizard saga with dazzling eff ects and thoughtful acting from the three leading young actors. Midnight in Paris A droll return to form for director Woody Allen has Owen Wilson cavorting in 1920s Paris with literary legends.

Sholem Aleichem: Laughing in the Darkness Literate documentary about the acclaimed Russian Jewish author whose success on the page contrasted with his complicated personal life. Win Win Paul Giamatti stars as a nebbish small-town lawyer and high school coach who discovers a young wrestling prodigy. FIVE I HAVEN’T SEEN…BUT WILL A Dangerous Method Freud, Jung, and David Cronenberg…how can you miss that?! Martha Marcy May Marlene A young girl rescued from a cult has trouble with the real world.

Super 8 Sci-fi gets mashed up with family Moneyball Brad Pitt in the story of drama in J.J. Abrams’ deft homage to the unconventional baseball general manager style and themes of Steven Spielberg. Billy Beane. FIVE YOU PROBABLY MISSED… BUT SHOULD SEE 50/50 Joseph Gordon-Hewitt and Seth Rogen mix humor with pathos in this touching story of a young man’s struggle with cancer. La doppia ora (˜ e Double Hour)Intricate psychological thriller with some unexpected twists and turns accomplished without the showy excesses of Hollywood. Incendies Canada’s nominee for Best Foreign Language Feature, a dense and tense drama about two adult children’s discovery of their mother’s troubled, valiant past.

Take Shelter Michael Shannon in a fi lm about a man losing touch with reality, and he knows it. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Gary Oldman reboots the le Carre tale of an unassuming British spymaster. FOUR WORTH AVOIDING — YUCK! Cowboys and Aliens ˜ e G reen Hornet Green Lantern ˜ e Hangover II


THEATRE N When’s the last time you went to a movie and everyone clapped at the end? Well, it happens at Theatre N. Why? I don’t know. But if you are a fan of classic cinema, foreign fi lms, and or indie gems, Theatre N has movie magic in store for you. ( — Jim Miller ˜˜˜.

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NERD WORD A gaggle of geektastic shows hit the Grand stage


ere’s to the under-appreciated nerd, who historically has had to find his or her entertainment in such places as darkened movie theaters, watching Star Trek reruns, or among the racks of musty comic book stores. But this year The Grand is offering up a veritable buffet of nerdy delights live, in person and on stage. First among them are the folks who brought us the snarky film commentary of Mystery Science Theater 3000, who will present Cinematic Titanic on Saturday, Jan. 21. Reuniting much of MST3000s original cast (sans the robot puppets), Cinematic again pairs delightfully awful film with scathing running criticism, ad libs and comedy riffs that are sure to satisfy the jones of MSTies (as the original show’s fans are called). On Friday, Jan. 27, Intergalactic Nemesis descends from the stars to mash-up graphic novels, old-time radio and pulpera science fiction live on stage. Three actors, a keyboard accompanist and a Foley sound effects artist make up the cast, while the story is supplemented by 1,500 handdrawn comic book illustrations projected behind the performers. .OAAN.

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The story is that of a global race by a prize-winning reporter, her intrepid assistant and a mysterious librarian from Arizona to stop the invasion of Earth by sludge monsters from the planet Zygon. Prefer your comedy a bit more down to earth? Parochial school survivors and those who have just heard the stories will get a crash course in comedic Catholicism with Late Nite Catechism.

This audience participation show has been a hit around the world and brings its unique take on Catholic education to the Grand on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Those audience members who find themselves on the business end of the Sister’s ruler might get rewarded with their own glow-in-the-dark rosaries or be publicly punished on stage. While the good ol’ Muppets once again made it to the big screen in 2011 (delighting closet Beaker and Dr. Bunsen Honey-

dew fans no end), their less refined cousins from the twisted minds of the puppeteers at the Jim Henson Company will invade The Grand on Thursday, April 12, for Stuffed and Unstrung, Henson’s adults-only improv show that allows the bawdy puppeteers to unleash their senses of humor in a way you’ve never seen before. Stuffed has already toured nationwide, with a critically acclaimed stint off-Broadway, and this performance will allow Delawareans to get their fill of puppet anarchy right here at home. And in perhaps the ultimate marriage of old-school geekdom (Shakespeare) with the 21st century kind (The Simpsons), the acclaimed one-man show MacHomer, in which one actor takes on the bard’s most infamous play while performing all the parts in the voices of characters from The Simpsons, hits The Grand stage on Sunday, May 20. Unique staging and a multi-media format take the old tale of Scottish subterfuge, family intrigue, murder, lust and other fun stuff and holds it all remarkably intact, with the bonus of some especially Simpsonesque fun. For information on any of the shows or to purchase tickets, visit or order by phone at 652-5577. 55

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t’s back to the future at 2511 W. 4th Street in Wilmington as 1984, Delaware’s first barcade, debuted last month at the former site of Club 317. A barcade, quite simply, is an arcade that serves beer. 1984 is the first such venture in Delaware. The term has actually been trademarked by four partners who created a nightspot in Brooklyn, N.Y., that combined craft beers with vintage video games. The group now has Barcades in Jersey City, N.J., and Philadelphia. “Outside of the uppercase Barcades, there probably isn’t another one within a couple hundred miles,” says owner Matt Morrisette, a Richmond, Va., native who found his way to Wilmington when his wife took a job here recently after graduating from Columbia University. 1984 features a variety of video games, including Ms. Pac-Man, Centipede, Joust, Missile Command, Tron, Asteroids and Donkey Kong. The venue also boasts four vintage pinball machines, something that even Barcade in Philadelphia doesn’t have. “Pinball machines are really, really tough to find,” says Morrisette, who landed his machines through a friend from Virginia who is also a lifelong arcade enthusiast. “And they’ve been the biggest surprise. I knew the video games would be popular, but the pinball, wow, I’m very surprised by how many people are coming in just to play them.” — 1984 is open six days a week (closed on Mondays). It does not serve food but does have three TVs for those interested in following the game while playing Tron. For more, visit

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he Christmas spirit hit Wilmington a couple weeks early as the fifth annual Santa Crawl swept through town Saturday, Dec. 10. Santa hats were the accouterment of choice and for good reason; those wearing one received free admission to any of the 22 participating nightspots. Providing added energy to the evening were teams from the Delaware Sports League and Go Dewey social clubs, who filled their own buses and made the rounds. “We had a blast, as usual,” said Go Dewey’s Ray Russell. “Gallucio’s is always our favorite stop because of the karaoke they have going on.” The City Loop Series will take a break in January and February, then return with a bang with the annual Shamrock Shuttle St. Patrick’s Loop set for Saturday, March 10. The Loop Series concludes with The Bunny Hop, a fundraiser for area animal shelters, on Saturday, Apr. 7.

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Newark Restaurant Week

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Find Your Fitness Fit

Contributing Editor Bob Yearick

Art Director Shawna Sneath

Production Manager Matt Loeb

Advertising Sales Jim Hunter Miller Marie Graham

Wilmington is full of no-excuse options to fulfill that resolution to get in shape. By Scott Pruden

9 In This Together Public Allies to the Rescue Young adults see personal growth in their work with nonprofit organizations. By Christine Serio

13 On The Riverfront 2012 Photo Contest

Project Manager Christine Serio

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FIND YOUR FITNESS FIT Wilmington is full of no-excuse options for fulfilling that resolution to get in shape By Scott Pruden



Ah, the New Year — a time for resolutions, many of them

aimed at achieving a healthier lifestyle, which in turn means getting more exercise. Fortunately, Wilmington is a city rich with choices in clubs, gyms and studios that can satisfy every

fitness resolution. What’s more, they’re conveniently located and open at almost any hour of the day, so there’ll be no excuses. Look over the list below and choose the one that meets your fitness requirements.

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FIT: A PERSONAL TRAINING STUDIO Owner and personal trainer Charlotte Maher says the staff is the special part of her full-service fitness center. “They’re professional and very service oriented,” she says. “They’re creative in their teaching, they’re not intimidating and I think they embrace their work and take it very seriously. They are very committed, and that goes from the top all the way down.” That staff helps clients with a broad range of fitness services, including weight management, yoga, physical and massage therapy, Pilates, strength training and holistic health counseling. Membership options are flexible, ranging from month-to-month to annual structures. Much of Fit’s service revolves around personal training, with programs that can be designed for teens through seniors in their 90s, Maher says. “Our trainers really want to help people reach their goals. There’s no ego. It’s all about ‘how can we make you better, what can we do to get you there and let’s get to it.’” 62 Rockford Road, Wilmington, 19806; 777-4FIT. Hours: Mon-Fri. 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;


Located in the center of town in the Nemours building, Plexus Fitness provides personal training to every member. Maintaining a relatively small membership — fewer than 200 — makes that much easier, says wellness director Beth Dugan. “The smaller membership helps us take better care of people and provide a more upscale environment for them to reach their goals in,” she says. Hours and classes — Plexus recently doubled its size with the

addition of group training space – are tailored to the business client, with classes before and after traditional work hours and during lunchtime. “There are a ton of folks here who have a commute of an hour or an hourand-a-half, so they need to maximize their workout time,” Dugan says. “You will not be waiting in line for your cardio machine or the most popular leg machine. It just doesn’t happen here.” Personal trainers also focus on the whole individual, with complete fitness assessments, weight training sessions and nutritional counseling combined into a quick, efficient workout. 1007 Orange St., Wilmington, 19801; 777-PLEX. Hours: Mon.Thurs.: 6 a.m.- 9 p.m., Fri. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun. 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

PURE YOGA PILATES STUDIO The benefits of yoga as both a physical and spiritual practice have been known for thousands of years, and Pure Yoga Pilates Studio sets out to bring all those benefits to clients. Unlike many yoga studios, Pure keeps the temperature during classes below 80 degrees (as opposed to “hot” yoga studios that can be downright steamy), making most classes suitable for any age, says owner and lead instructor Meredith McFadden. “We’re the only non-heated studio in Wilmington, and because of that we’re appropriate for people in their mid-60s, pregnant women or people who have health issues that might prevent them from doing heated classes,” she says. All classes focus on mindfulness and overall body conditioning. “The benefits of yoga go on and on. There’s really no end to the list,” she says. 14A Trolley Square, Wilmington, 19806; 225-YOGA. Hours vary based on class schedule.


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There are the casual fitness buffs, who hope to get in a few cardio or weight sessions each week to keep the flab from forming, and then there are those who are hard core. Crossfit is for those who fall into the latter category, with a philosophy based on group and personal training by certified fitness coaches, says owner and certified trainer Meredith Simmons. Average workout times are 20 minutes, and can incorporate weightlifting, gymnastics and cardio. “It’s a much different atmosphere from a lot of gyms. Where they don’t like you to drop the weights, take your shirt off or yell. We allow all that,” Simmons says. Crossfit keeps the focus on personal service, and has a current membership of about 140. Once that number reaches 200, additional applicants will be put on a waiting list, she says. Hours are designed with working folks in mind, grouping classes in the early morning, lunch hour and late afternoon. 402 Justison St., Wilmington, 19801; 463-5167. Hours vary based on class schedule. PLANET FITNESS RIVERFRONT

Not hip to the shirtless, yelling, weightdropping scene? Then Planet Fitness – which bills itself as a “judgment-free zone” – might be for you. Planet Fitness aims more at firsttime gym members, and will help new members design their own workouts to achieve their goals, says director of operations Brian Cassagio. “We try to make things very convenient and comfortable for you to use,” he says. That includes providing a 30-minute express workout center,

tanning beds, showers and massage chairs. The center is also open 24 hours with a desk attendant always on duty. “We know that the morning crowd and, this time of year the after-work crowd, they want to take a shower and get on with their day,” he says. Many of the regular customers come from neighborhood offices like State Farm, AAA and Chase. 900 S. Justison St., Wilmington, 19801; 691-7844. Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


The two Wilmington locations of the venerable organization have lists of amenities far too long for us to mention here. But if you’re looking for familyfocused fitness that includes a wide variety of classes, activities and venues (including group fitness, aquatics and traditional weight training and cardio), the Central and Walnut Street branches have you covered. Financial assistance is available, and the Central Y offers Kid Zone babysitting. Central Branch, 501 W. 11th St., Wilmington, 19801; 254-9622. Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 5 a.m. – 10:15 p.m., Fri. 5 a.m.-8:15 p.m., Sat., 8 a.m.-6:45 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.-6:45 p.m. www.ymcade. org/branches/central/ Walnut St. Branch, 1000 N. Walnut St., Wilmington, 19801; 472.9622. Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Sun. closed. www.ymcade. org/branches/walnut_street/

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Public Allies Mark Powell (L) and Urszula Stankiewicz (R) assist a young member of the Edgemoore community.


Young adults see personal growth in their work with nonprofits By Christine E. Serio


he City of Wilmington and surrounding areas have a few more allies on their side from now through June. Public Allies Delaware, an AmeriCorps program of the University of Delaware Center for Community Research and Service, places young adults with non-profit organizations during the school year. During those months, the Allies work on various projects with their nonprofit placement Monday through Thursday and then participate in professional and personal development training on Fridays. The 2011 program has 30 Allies, and 17 of them are placed with Wilmington-based organizations. In addition to adding value to their nonprofits and helping them accomplish their missions, Allies also team up with each other and community members to do a Training Service Project (TSP) during their 10 months. Says Roger Hesketh, Public Allies community engagement manager, “There are projects taking place in Edgemoor, Claymont, Simonds Gardens and the Little Italy/Hilltop

neighborhood area. In the past, we have issued RFPs [requests for proposals] to local grassroots organizations and neighborhood associations to see if they have projects they would like the allies to work on with them. But this year, we partnered with Blueprint Communities.” Blueprint Communities helps community leaders plan for and carry out effective and comprehensive community revitalization efforts. “Through the TSPs we teach the allies to use the community-based project model, which means they don’t just go into a community and create something, but they work with the community to be able to run the project on their own once the allies are no longer in the picture,” says Hesketh. “It ensures that the program is sustainable within the community. Blueprint Communities use a similar approach to community development, so it was a good fit to work with them.” Alexandria Nedd, a Public Ally placed in downtown Wilmington with the American Civil Liberties Union of Delaware, is working on the TSP based in the Little Italy/Hilltop

Neighborhoods. The boundaries of the area are Lancaster Avenue to 4th Street and Broom to Union Streets. Nedd and seven other Allies will be working with the existing association, the West Side Community Action Coalition, to strengthen the association, create neighborhood programs and help them become “a unified voice to share their concerns and affect change in their community.” “We will be doing some surveying, but so far we have heard that the community would like things happening in the Judy Johnson Park for families to enjoy and they want to rebuild the association to ensure that programs within the community will be sustainable,” Nedd says. “By the end of the next 10 months, we want to see that the association has grown and is alive and thriving with more membership. We would like to see that it has taken on a project or projects such as community clean-ups, kids’ activities in the park and other things that are based on what the neighborhood wants to see happen. We want to see positive projects come out of this.” continued on page 13


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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios/City Theater Co. 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assoc., 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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Photo by Dick Dubroff of Final Focus Photography

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he Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware (RDC) invites you to submit your images to the 2012 Riverfront Wilmington Photo Contest. A panel of judges will select four top finalists and

a public voting process will determine a grand prize winner. The RDC is looking for both scenic photos and photos that include people enjoying activities and places along the Christina Riverfront in Wilmington, Delaware. Entries may be submitted from January 9, 2012 through April 16, 2012. The four finalists will have their photos printed in the June issue of Out & About Magazine. The grand prize winner will be announced during the last week of June 2012 and will have his/her photo, along with a brief article, printed in the July 2012 issue of Out & About Magazine. For Rules or Terms and Conditions visit:

Delaware State Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner January 9 5pm Chase Center

23rd road to the superbowl 5k 10am registration, 11am start Benefits the Beth Tomanelli Scholarship for Girls on the Run Joe’s Crab Shack

Kalmar Nyckel Lecture Series January 22 Reception: 4-5pm (cash bar) Lecture: 5-6:30pm “‘The Things They Carried’ Aboard Kalmar Nyckel, in 1637-38”, by Samuel W. Heed, Senior Historian and Director of Education. Honoring the 375th of the first voyage with a special performance by Fred Litcofsky and his Chantey Band. Also featuring the photographic artistry of Andrew Hanna including never-before-seen outtakes of the Nyckel from Deep Sea Productions’ NATGEO TV Special.

TIME STANDS STILL January 18 – February 5 By Donald Margulies Directed by Bud Martin Co-production with Act II Playhouse Time Stands Still follows Sarah and James, a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life… and everything changes—in a flash. Delaware Theatre Company

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WAlkshed Through February 16 By Amanda Burnham Burnham creates installations based on American urban landscapes. Starting with observational sketches made on site, she compiles, manipulates, and then pieces together fragments to arrive at a more subjective representation of place. In Walkshed, impressions of quotidian details from routine daily encounters trace the terrain of community and home. DCCA

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Public Allies

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Allies have a history of working with communities in Wilmington and creating sustainable projects that have made positive changes. “In the past, we had allies that worked with Shipley Lofts resident association,” Hesketh says. “They created a system for the residents to run their own gallery space and it has been successful. They have control over their own gallery and not only have resident artists exhibit in the space, but outside artists and exhibits as well. They also participate in the Art Loop each month.” Caitlin Dalik, a 2010 Public Ally, also worked on a TSP that is still making a difference in a community. “Last year,” says Dalik, “we worked on West Side Grows with the Little Italy neighborhood and organizations like West End Neighborhood House, Cornerstone West, the City of Wilmington, the Department of Agriculture and Delaware Center for Horticulture. They wanted to build a community garden in the neighborhood and we thought it would be a great project because it was so hands-on and we could really see a result at the end of it. People in the neighborhood grow crops and flowers in their own backyards, but many of the yards were way too small and they wished they had more space.”

Ultimately, the Public Allies, community members and other partner organizations were able to secure space for the urban garden on the Rodney Street Reservoir at 9th and Rodney Streets. Dalik and the Allies distributed information about participating in the project, attended meetings and eventually built enough support to make the project successful and sustainable. “At first, some people thought it was another project that people were promising but would never happen,” says Dalik. “That happens sometimes in communities. But then we had some people who started showing up and saying, I’m a gardener, or I’ve always wanted to garden, or try something like this. The day we were building the garden, we sent out an email to everyone letting them know and about 60 people showed up in the early morning and everyone helped carry about six or seven truckloads of dirt up that huge hill. Now, all 20 plots are full and we had so much interest, some people had to share plots. “I was really impressed by how receptive the community was in everything we brought to them and the great neighborhood associations they have. The small community really came together for a big project.” The communities and nonprofits aren’t the only ones who benefit from the Public

Allies program. The Allies themselves see changes in their lives, and professional and personal growth. Dalik was new to the City of Wilmington and the state in general when she started the program and was placed with the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) in downtown Wilmington. Her placement and TSP project quickly introduced her to Wilmington, helped her meet new people and be immersed in the community. She is now employed with the DBCC. “I was one of those college students who didn’t know what I wanted to do with their lives,” she says. “Through Public Allies, not only was I able to use the skills I already had, but I was really able to get the nonprofit leadership training I needed. I would definitely recommend the program to anyone with an interest in nonprofits, community organization and volunteering. In the program, they say ‘challenge by choice.’ It really pushes people to go outside their comfort zones, and as much as you put into it is what you will get out of it.” For more information about Public Allies Delaware, visit delaware.

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CITY NOTES Spaceboy Clothing Open on Market Street

Downtown Wilmington has a new option for clothes with a unique flair. Spaceboy Clothing opened last month at 617 N. Market St. with custom, graphic t-shirts, a throwback to the ‘50s era. It also offers unique gifts. The shop can design, print and sell a mix of graphic tees and other locally made products. Equipped with an on-site print shop, Spaceboy produces its own line of clothing and accessories while also displaying retro antiques, vintage clothing, artwork and other items designed by local artists, including CDs by local musicians. Spaceboy also offers a wide range of design services, including custom screen printing, embroidery, graphic design, photography and more. The store is owned and operated by local artists and childhood friends David Sanchez, 33, of Wilmington, and Noah Merenda, 32, of Bear. Sanchez spent 10 years honing his graphic design skills in the print and design industry before launching Spaceboy with Merenda, who is a photographer with a background in interior design and antiques. The Market Street store is the second location for the business, which started as a website in 2008 before opening its first location in Elsmere at 2306 Kirkwood Highway in 2009. “We are very excited to open our second shop on Market Street,” said Sanchez. “We are ready to do our part to build an even larger and stronger local arts community.” Spaceboy Clothing is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. For more information, visit or call 302-225-9781.

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Wilmington Renaissance Corporation The Green Room

Green Room Becomes DiRoNA Restaurant

The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont has once again received a top honor. Recently, the restaurant was inspected by the Distinguished Restaurants of North America, and, as a result, was invited to join that prestigious organization. Fewer than 800 restaurants have earned the right to call themselves a DiRoNA restaurant and display the Achievement of Distinction in Dining. To qualify, a restaurant must meet DiRoNA’s exceptional standards, including passing a rigorous and anonymous third-party inspection that evaluates ambience, cuisine, service, and check accuracy, among other criteria. Other notable restaurants in this category include The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Va., The Circular Room at the Hotel Hershey, Nobu in Chicago, Antrim1844 in Taneytown, Md., Aureole in New York City, and The French Laundry in Yountville, Calif. For more information, visit

Matilda’s Off Market Opens

The 2nd& LOMA area has another new tenant with the opening of Matilda’s Off Market last month at 230 N. Shipley St. Owner John Samluk has been in the hair salon business for 32 years and has returned to Wilmington with a salon serving both men and women. In addition to many services for hair, the Paul Mitchell Focus salon also offers waxing. The shop is open Tuesday through Saturday. Appointments can be made by calling 302-543-6004. For more information, visit

WRC News


t’s a new year -- out with the old and in with the new! Speaking of now, instead of going with typical New Year’s resolutions like losing weight and working out more—why not go a different direction this year? Why not make your resolution to try something new in Downtown Wilmington? Below are some suggestions. If you want to take an art class or learn how to play an instrument, check out workshops at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) or classes at Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) and The Grand’s School of Music. If you want to try out a new style, the downtown has many clothing retailers that can help you with that. Check out Collars N Cuffs or Wright & Simon for a new suit or more spiffy attire. For everyday wear, try Designs by Keiko, Nzinga’s Cultural Connection, NOSO Boutique, Dimensions & Co., Spaceboy Clothing, and more. For a sporty look, check out SneakerVilla or Al’s Sporting Goods. For those who are looking for a new haircut or want to spice things up with a new color, you need look no further than downtown. Second & LOMA (200 block of Market St.) alone has three salons—HOMMES for gentlemen, Babes Styling Studio, and the newest addition, Matilda’s Off Market. In 2012, you may be thinking you want to add a little more arts and culture to your life. Check out shows at World Cafe Live at The Queen, The Grand, DuPont Theatre, CCAC, Delaware Theatre Company or City Theater Company. You’ll be pleased with the quality of talent and the unique venues. Also, check out exhibits at CCAC, Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, or some of the many smaller galleries throughout the city. There is so much happening in the arts and culture scene that your best bet for staying on top of it all is to keep as a favorite site. Downtown Wilmington and the rest of the city is full of amazing restaurants with cuisine of just about any country and region. A stroll down Market Street alone will take you through not only America, but Ireland, Italy, India and more. This year, resolve to explore your own city and see all it has to offer!

Every month we feature a few of the staff’s favorite things that are happening in the city. Our favorites for January include: • Matilda’s Off Market at 230 Shipley St. is a salon for men and women. • Owners of Chelsea Tavern opened Ernest & Scott Taproom at 902 N. Market St. • Spaceboy Clothing chose 617 N. Market St. for the home of its second store. • New Year’s resolutions help us all be more adventurous and explore more possibilities in the downtown.

Matilda’s Off Market

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Out & About Magazine - "Worth Trying" issue - January 2012  

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