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38 In The City 40 On The Riverfront
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FEATURES 17 Warrior: Kevin Reilly Cancer surgery took 20 percent of Kevin Reilly’s body, but it couldn’t take the former Eagle’s zest for life. In a new book, he looks back on his battle to survive—and thrive. By Bob Yearick
20 Worth Trying Welcome to our eighth annual Worth Trying Issue. Suggestions by staff and contributors on where and what to eat, drink, see and do are scattered throughout these pages.
25 Ready, Set, Sweat The New Year offers some trendy options to spice up your health and wellness regimen, but you still have to put in the work. By Leeann Wallett
31 Five Food Trends For 2018 Once again, our expert on all things gastronomic presumes to predict the future. Based on his report card for last year, we should all take notice. By Matt Sullivan
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GETTING SIDETRACKED T
his was not the column I was going to write. Traditionally, I would use this space to introduce our annual Worth Trying Issue, then go on to make a few hopeful suggestions for the new year. But a funny thing happened on my way to the next paragraph… While I was composing, a good friend emailed me a link to a story in The News Journal concerning an outbreak of violence at a youth football tournament in Middletown in early December. The behavior resulted in one event (Big East All-American Bowl) being terminated mid-tournament and a second event, scheduled for the following weekend (National Youth Football Championships), being cancelled. The events, wonderful opportunities for young athletes to showcase their skills—not to mention a significant boost to the local economy because many of the 40 teams expected were from out of state—got called off because of horrendous parent behavior (fights among parents, the assault of an official, and other threats and confrontations). One incident occurred during play in the age 7-and-under division, as an irate parent challenged an official to meet him in the parking lot after the game. Yes, the 7-and-under division. As my friend and I exchanged impassioned give-and-take regarding the pros and cons of cancelling the tournament, the comments of a parent quoted in the story grabbed my attention: There should have been more state police at the games because these teams come from all walks of life and you never know what you are going to see. Now, I’m sure equating certain “walks of life” with bad behavior was not the parent’s intention; however, that is unequivocally how I interpreted it. I doubt I am alone. It’s the classic other-side-of-the-tracks stereotype, a reference that strikes a nerve with me. For years, a guy I grew up with used to kid me about “doing all right for myself considering I came from the other side of the tracks.” No insult intended—in his mind it was a compliment —but his fundamental assumption was something I couldn’t reconcile. Implied in his statement was that people on his side of the tracks were superior. Implied in his statement was that
those on the other side were not, because of where we lived. Now, it’s easy to dismiss my reaction as being overly sensitive. Compared to the bias minorities face, it certainly is. But consider: 30 years later I’m still bothered by a little joke suggesting people from my side of the tracks are inferior. Imagine daily doses of it. This is the slippery slope we traverse when we make hasty generalizations. Often, we don’t realize we’ve gone too far until we’ve gone too far. Then it’s too late. Isn’t it ironic that we demand to be viewed as unique, yet are so quick to pigeonhole others? We assign behavior characteristics based merely on geography, income, religion, political affiliation, race. It manifests itself everywhere, from our political debate to the policing of our streets. So, the real tragedy in Middletown isn’t simply that a football tournament got cancelled. It’s that good kids from the wrong side of the tracks got lumped in with bad ones and opportunities vanished—opportunities that don’t happen in daily doses. We’re attracting the wrong crowd. These events draw a bad demographic. Let’s just pull the plug! No! Evaluate the situation with the proper perspective: You were the unfortunate victims of bad behavior, despite commendable intentions. Bad behavior occurs in all walks of life. So, you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. You institute a code of conduct, require a refundable deposit based on sportsmanship, beef up security. Or, put another way, you throw out the bad apples. Please don’t cut down the tree.
30 years later I’m still bothered by a little joke suggesting people from my side of the tracks are inferior. Imagine daily doses of it.
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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications
Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine
THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
Media Watch • Both Sen. Al Franken and the president seem to have tactile problems. Various media quoted Democrat Franken thusly: “I feel badly” about grabbing a woman’s butt at the Minnesota State Fair a few years ago. Likewise, the (nominal) Republican in the White House says he “feels badly” for his buddy, Gen. Mike Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. Attention, politicians and everyone else: when feelings/emotions are involved, you feel bad . . . or good. To feel badly is to have problems with your sense of touch. • From an email by the president of the National Federation of Press Women: “There's only 41 days until we will celebrate the New Year.” Such a mistake—using there’s, the contraction for there is, where there are is required because of the plural noun —is rampant, but particularly egregious when committed by the leader of a national organization of communicators. • Lindsay Schnell, in USA TODAY: “If you don’t think East Coast bias is real, come take up residence on the West Coast for awhile.” Should be a while, a noun phrase that means “a period of time.” Awhile has a similar meaning, but it’s an adverb and is used in such sentences as “she rested awhile.” This can be confusing, but in most cases a while will be your best choice, and always when preceded by “for.” • Josephine Peterson, in the Wilmington News Journal: “But the same tenants of the constitution . . .” Tenants are occupants of houses or apartments. The word needed here is tenets, meaning principles or beliefs. And Constitution should be capitalized, since the reference was to the U.S. Constitution. • Derrick Gunn, Comcast sports guy, called the Eagles-Cowboys game “a backyard brawl.” No, it’s not. Backyard denotes proximity, so a Pittsburgh Steelers-Cleveland Browns game qualifies, or University of Pittsburgh vs. West Virginia. But Philly and Dallas? A little too far apart. • A radio report on the shortage of Christmas trees included this from a tree farmer: “There was a glutton of them a few years ago.” He meant glut. Glutton, of course, describes someone who overindulges in food. • Finally, courtesy of a reader, another from a NJ story about a fire in Richardson Park: “Her, along with other neighbors, ran out to help.” Her ran out? Really? That should be she, of course.
Word of the Month
bafflegab Pronounced BA-fuhl-gab, it’s a noun meaning obscure, pompous, or incomprehensible language, such as bureaucratic jargon.
By Bob Yearick
From the Hard to Believe, Harry Dept. Reader Walt DelGiorno reports that on a trip to Oregon he and his wife stopped at a restaurant with this sign on the door: “We know longer serve breakfast.” And the menu offered a “Ceaser” salad. Likenesses
For the How Long, Oh Lord, How Long Department: This collector's item, with the errant apostrophe, was being sold at Magic Car Wash on Naamans Road.
I recently came across two instances in which “dear” (a term of affection) was used where “deer” (the animal) was correct. One was on Facebook (not surprising at all), and one in USA TODAY (semi-surprising). That got me thinking about words that sound alike, differ slightly in spelling, and have entirely different meanings. Here are a few:
alter: to change, amend. altar: the structure in churches where offerings are made. hanger: a device used to hang clothes. hangar: where planes are kept. stationary: unmoving. stationery: paper products. ladder: a structure used for climbing. latter: situated or occurring nearer to the end of something than to the beginning. complimentary: denoting a compliment, praise. complementary: completing something else or improving it. exercise: physical activity, or, as a verb, to use or apply. exorcise: to drive out or attempt to drive out, especially an evil spirit. baloney: nonsense. bologna: a large sausage; or, capped, a city in northern Italy.
Department of Redundancies Dept. • Reader Janet Strober calls out this sentence in Foreign Body, by Robin Cook: “Neil got his key card, left his room, and descended down to the lobby level.” • And two utterances I head on local radio: “adult woman,” and “15-year-old teenager.”
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ne of 12 brothers and sisters, a mother of six children, and a “mom” to many, many more, Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris believes her purpose is to support her community and its youth. Her years as a preschool teacher and her current position as program manager at First State Community Action (FSCA) earned her the nickname “community mom,” largely because many of her mentees have stayed with her at her home in times of need. Dr. Hagans-Morris works with at-risk students ages 5 to 18, providing them with after-school programs, employment opportunities, education enrichment and civic leadership. Since joining FSCA in 2003, she has secured more than $900,000 in grants that benefit “her kids.”
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Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris works with youth at First State Community Action in Kent County.
“I create safe spaces for kids in my community, and I work with their parents to make sure their needs are met across all fronts,” says Dr. Hagans-Morris. She attributes her compassionate nature to her upbringing. Raised in Sussex County, Del., by a single mother, Dr. HagansMorris and her siblings were taught to take care of each other. She faced hardships, dropped out of high school three times, and lived on government assistance. At age 36, she earned an associate degree from Delaware Technical Community College, and graduated cum laude. “This was the first time I felt like college was for me,” she states. “So many people counted me out, that I started to believe them.” At her commencement, she promised her mother, Anita Briddell, that she would earn “one of those little hats,” referring to the doctoral tam. She didn’t know then what earning a professional degree meant, but she wanted to aim high and be a role model for her children. She went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wilmington University’s College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, maintaining a spot on the Dean’s list and receiving the Compassionate Colleague Award in 2010. On January 29, 2017, she fulfilled her dream of earning an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from WilmU, and she carried a photo of her mother during the commencement ceremony. Ms. Briddell had passed away just 20 days prior. Dr. Hagans-Morris believes her challenges help her connect to others. “I don’t have to tell every child my story,” she says, “but I think they see it.” She plans to write a memoir, as well as build a teen center for young girls. In the meantime, she is enjoying newlywed life with her husband, Christian Morris. Her 27-year-old daughter, Ketanya Moore, is a wife, mother of three, and a Wilmington University student. She credits her mother for instilling in her and others the importance of education. “She pushes everyone to be their very best,” says Moore. “Whether it’s her children, grandchildren or kids at church, she encourages us to never give up. I love her for that.” Busy parents like Dr. Sandi Hagans-Morris and Ketanya Moore choose Wilmington University to make their higher education dreams a reality, because WilmU offers the respected academics, scheduling flexibility, and affordable tuition that working adults need to get ahead. Learn more about WilmU’s 150+ degree and certificate programs at wilmu.edu.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing WINTER HAPPENINGS AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
eat the winter doldrums and head out to any of the Delaware Art Museum’s exhibits ending this month. Catch “Tableau: The Art of Richard Cleaver” before it wraps up on Sunday, Jan. 7. Cleaver creates elaborate figurative sculptures full of hidden compartments to capture the lives and secrets of historic figures and personal acquaintances. One example is the museum’s iconic sculpture, “Queen's Closet.” Additionally, exhibits “The Fabric of Life: Works in Fiber” by the Harmony Weavers Guild and “the seeing glass” run through Jan. 14. Founded in 1971, the Harmony Weavers Guild is dedicated to cloth-making with both traditional and modern techniques. Discover fabrics designed for public spaces, wearable art, and the home. Meanwhile, inspired by the Delaware Art Museum's Samuel and Mary R. Bancroft Collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette have developed a pop-up virtual reality experience for the Pre-Raphaelite galleries. Titled “the seeing glass,” the work imagines the world inside the circular mirror hanging in the background of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's “La Bella Mano” (1875). Then there’s “An American Journey: The Art of John Sloan,” through Jan. 28. This is the first major retrospective exhibition of Sloan's work since 1988. “An American Journey” explores all facets of the artist's long career: his work as an illustrator in Philadelphia, his famous depictions of New York City, his lively views of Gloucester, Mass., and his fascinating studies of Santa Fe, N.M. For more, visit delart.org.
THE PLACE FOR YOUR PET
ocally owned and operated, Wilmington’s new retail store Riverfront Pets, at 311 Justison St., provides natural pet foods along with toys and other supplies and services like grooming, training, walking and pet-sitting. Riverfront Pets is a partner of Wilmington’s own nonprofit no-kill animal care and adoption center, Delaware Humane Association. Riverfront Pets opened early last month with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that featured Mayor Michael S. Purzycki, City Council President Hanifa Shabazz, Delaware’s Deputy District Director of the U.S. Small Business Administration John Banks and more. For more information, visit riverfrontpets.com.
NEW APARTMENTS: 618 MKT
18 MKT, a new 15-unit apartment building at 2 E. Seventh St., is now accepting applicants. The open concept studio and one-bedroom apartments boast modern finishes and features, and residents will never go hungry, with Italian restaurant Arde Osteria on the first floor of the building. A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 5 highlighted the resurrection of the original Queen Anne-style building façade dating back to 1895. To apply for an apartment or for more information, visit residemkt.com/618mkt-property.
FUN AT THE BRANDYWINE ZOO
anuary brings educational, entertaining activities to the Brandywine Zoo. The schedule includes “Career & Animal Science Workshop: Animal Training” on Saturday, Jan. 20, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., for ages 12 and up. This workshop will include a training demonstration with one of the zoo animals and its trainer. Fee: $10 for non-members, $8 for members. On Sunday, Jan. 28, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., kids ages 7 and older can enjoy the “Animal Enrichment Workshop.” Learn about the kinds of enrichment the zoo uses to engage animals’ minds. Fees: $12 for non-members, $10 for members. For more: brandywinezoo.org or call 571-7747.
THE ART OF CONVERSATION
new speaker series held in the theater at Cab Calloway School of the Arts, “The Art of Conversation,” invites the public to listen to three distinguished professionals with ties to the Wilmington area. The series is a collaboration between Delaware Theatre Company and the Cab Calloway School Fund. The talks kick off with Maurice Hines on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. in the Cab Calloway Theatre. Hines’ Broadway credits are numerous; he’s a revered actor, dancer, director and choreographer. He was a Tony Nominee for Best Actor in 1986. Next, Susan Stroman, who began studying dance at the age of five at the Academy of the Dance in Wilmington and who majored in theater at the University of Delaware, is a Broadway director who has won five Tony Awards and two Laurence Olivier Awards, among others. She will speak on Wednesday, Feb. 28. Lastly, National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign Sarah McBride will talk on Wednesday, April 25. In 2012, McBride made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. A Wilmington native, McBride spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The series is sold as one package for $75. Tickets are available online at cabcalloway. ticketleap.com. For more information on the speakers, visit artofconversations.org.
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ew in town? Don’t be a stranger. The Newcomers Welcome Club of Northern Delaware is here for you. It’s a social organization for women who are new to the area, have experienced a lifestyle change or are simply looking to meet others with similar interests. The club serves all of northern Delaware, including Wilmington, Newark, Pike Creek and Hockessin. It’s a non-profit committed to making adjustments easy and fun, offering monthly meetings and social events. The club meets on the second Thursday of the month, September through May, and includes women of all ages. For more, email email@example.com. JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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STARTING IN MARCH
WORTH RECOGNIZING Community Members Who Go Above & Beyond
ISABEL HENDRIXSON: A Caring Presence in the Final Moments
FOR THIRTY YEARS!
even years ago, Isabel Hendrixson was asked to volunteer for a job she thought she couldn’t possibly do. For almost two decades, the 74-year-old has volunteered at local hospitals, greeting and directing patients, families, and visitors at the information desk, working at the gift shop, and helping coordinate hospital events. Yet when she was recruited for the No One Dies Alone program, the Wilmington resident felt unqualified. An international program initiated by a nurse in Eugene, Ore., in 2001, and introduced at Christiana Care in 2010, NODA ensures that dying patients without loved ones close by do not die alone. These are patients who have out-lived loved ones or whose families and friends are geographically or emotionally distant and are unable or unwilling to be present. Most have 24-48 hours to live. Hendrixson says that, at first, she wondered if her words and her touch would truly bring peace to the person. But time and again, when she entered the hospital room, something in her lit up and the doubts vanished. “When you walk into that room, you’re a different person,” she says. “It’s no longer about you, but about the patient. You become very strong and you devote yourself to helping that person move on and be at peace.” Although the patients are sedated, she learned during her three hours of training that hearing and touch are the last senses to go. From a bag provided by the hospital, she pulls out soothing CDs, and poetry and spiritual books to read, and she holds the patient’s hand. In a journal that is available to family and friends, Hendrixson makes a record of her two-hour vigil, including any details about how the patient died, if that should happen during her shift. Since joining the program, she has assisted more than 15 NODA patients. The youngest was in her teens, the oldest in his 90s. Between one and three NODA patients die per month at Christiana Care, where there are 15 vigil volunteers, according to Margarita Rodriguez-Duffy, director of Visitor and Volunteer Services. “These extraordinary volunteers consider it a privilege to provide death with dignity to our patients,” says Rodriguez-Duffy. Last October, Hendrixson, who retired from DuPont in 2002, received the Wilmington Award for her volunteer services at the former Riverside Hospital on Lea Boulevard, Wilmington Hospital and Christiana Care. She says that although being part of NODA can be heart-wrenching, it’s also soulfilling. Every time you do something you think you can’t do, it builds your courage and confidence, making it easier to face life’s challenges, she says. What’s more, she has learned through the program not to be afraid of death. “Death is part of life,” she says. “I’m glad I can help in some way.” — Adriana Camacho-Church
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by the numbers A few facts about health and wellness
10,000 Take this number of steps daily and you’re considered “active.” Alternatively, a sedentary person may average only 1,000 to 3,000 steps a day. Uh, oh! We’re grabbing our hiking boots now.
The number of minutes of exercise adults should get each day (and kids should get double that number). Yes, everyone knows this. But how many of us are doing it? See below.
The percentage of New Year resolutions that fail by the second week of February, according to U.S. News & World Report. Don’t let the stats get you down—be one of the 20 percenters.
8 The approximate number of 8-oz. cups of water we should drink per day. However, this can vary up to 13 cups depending on factors such as gender and weight.
The percentage of American adults who participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 14 JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Ring INN the New Year! WHAT READERS ARE SAYING
About For The Record With Kurt Houff Montana Wildaxe member talks influential music (By Jim Miller, December) I have the pleasure and privilege of both working and playing with Kurt. Kurt is a rare musician, one of the most inventive that I know. He not only never plays a song the same way twice, a lot of times he'll approach the song from a totally different angle. He'll tell you something like, it's because I have no memory, but we know better. I make guitar pickups, and in the course of doing that I get to see a lot of world class players. Kurt can hang with any of them. — Scott Lawing Kurt is one of my musical heroes and I am lucky enough to call him a friend. He is a virtuoso and his art brings me unlimited joy. — Dan Kegelman Kurt is not only an outstanding musician—he's one hell of a nice guy! —Donald Roberts About Worth Recognizing: Gertrude and Tommy Abel For them, every Christmas is a shopping spree—for others (By Adriana Camacho-Church, December) So good of you both to be so caring for people in such desperate need...it really must fill your heart. — Isabella Lane
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Cancer surgery took 20 percent of Kevin Reilly’s body, but it couldn’t take the former Eagle’s zest for life. In a new book, he looks back on his battle to survive—and thrive.
A popular and inspiring speaker, Reilly often demonstrates his ability to tie a tie one-handed. Photo Anthony Santoro
By Bob Yearick
evin Reilly arrived for our interview at Hollywood Grill around 7:30, straight from attending morning mass with his 91-year-old father at nearby St. Mary Magdalen Church. It’s a ritual the father and son follow a couple of times a week. Indeed, faith is one of the bedrock principles of the Reilly family and one that has helped steer the Salesianum alumnus and former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker through the fires of hell. Nearly 39 years ago, in New York City’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, a surgeon removed Reilly’s left shoulder, left arm and four ribs. Earlier surgery had cost him his shoulder blade and collarbone—all in an effort to eradicate the cancerous desmoid tumor that had caused him excruciating pain and threatened his life. All told, when he was wheeled from the operating room on that chilly October day in 1979, he had lost 20 percent of his body. His road to recovery was marked by more pain, depression and, ultimately, victory, thanks to his tight-knit family, friends, his aforementioned faith, and the fortitude of a gritty athlete. One of his first obstacles was created by the alleged “pep talk” he received a few days after the operation from a World War II veteran who also had lost his left arm. Explaining that he was there to offer support, the vet proceeded to list all the things the new
amputee would be unable to do, including tie a tie or his shoelaces. He added that running—a regular part of Reilly’s workouts— without pain would be almost impossible because his body would be out of balance. Today, the 66-year-old Reilly, a much sought-after public speaker, often ends his talks by demonstrating how he ties a tie. Since the operation, he has run the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon, and he currently logs about 8 or 9 miles a week, in addition to lifting weights. And he can drive a nail. Reilly details his recovery and much more in a candid, 205page autobiography, Tackling Life. Published last month, the book discusses his career at Sallies, Villanova and the NFL, where he played for the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins in addition to the Eagles. He also touches on his divorce and his decision several years ago to give up alcohol. Now happily remarried, he dotes on his 10 grandchildren, babysitting at every opportunity, while pursuing a speaking and broadcasting schedule that takes him throughout the country. He discussed the book and his remarkable life in an hourand-a-half interview at the Concord Pike diner. Following are some highlights. ► JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The genesis for the book: “It had been in the back of my mind for a while,” Reilly says. “After almost every speech, there would be a line of 20 or so people who wanted to talk, and they would ask if I had a CD or a book.” He finally decided to start the project in March of 2016, after he made the kickoff speech to an audience of 1,800 at the Catholic Men’s Conference in Philadelphia. He got a rousing reception, and another speaker told him: “You could’ve sold 500 books today.” Reilly’s friend of 40 years, John Riley, agreed to help, and they soon set up a routine: Reilly would write 15 pages or so in longhand (“I have good handwriting,” says the Sallies grad), then give them to Riley, who would massage the words. Reilly’s daughter-in-law, Erica, served as editor and advisor and helped to type the manuscript. The result is a good read whose early chapters contrast the traumatic operation and his recovery with his athletic career. Overcoming his limitations: In the book, Reilly credits Rocky Bleier, a mainstay of the legendary Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl teams, with helping him get past the deflating lecture from the WWII vet. At the hospital, Bleier, who was wounded in Vietnam and told by doctors he would never play football again, urged Reilly not to let other people set limitations on him. “Promise me you won’t quit on anything until you try it three times,” Bleier said.
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Ever the over-achiever, Reilly tried some things many more times than three. He revealed that it took him about 20 tries to learn how to knot a tie one-handed. The secret, he says, “was when I finally learned to use my mouth. Then it was just a matter of figuring it out.” Reilly’s father built the family’s home in Blue Rock Manor and Reilly himself worked one summer for a Wilmington contractor, so he knows his way around tools. Driving a nail was a challenge until he learned to start it by holding it between two fingers, placing the flat side of the hammer against the head, and pounding it into the work surface. Linebacker humor, and some vintage Biden: Football players aren’t noted for their sensitivity, and an incident not in the book illustrates how a couple of former Eagle teammates—also linebackers—helped Reilly maintain a sense of humor about his handicap. When he and Bill Bergey were doing a WDEL broadcast at Stanley’s Tavern in North Wilmington, they were joined one night by Frank LeMaster, who played for the Birds from 1974-82. It was Christmas time, and Bergey and LeMaster surprised Reilly with a gift: The Clapper—the device that turns lights on and off and is activated by hands clapping. “How the hell am I supposed to use this?” Reilly laughed, whereupon Bergey grabbed Reilly’s hand and slapped him on the cheek with it. Another helpful and equally less-than-gentle encounter occurred not long after he lost his arm to surgery. An old friend, then Sen. Joe Biden, came up to Reilly following a speech and imparted a Joebeing-Joe admonishment: “You’re fat. Get back to the gym!”—advice the workout addict promptly followed, with his usual fervor. How he got his nickname: In the book, Reilly mentions his nickname, “Tick,” but doesn’t explain how he got it. It seems he has former Philadelphia quarterback Roman Gabriel to thank. By the end of the 1973 season, Reilly had played a total of 21 games (seven exhibitions with the Dolphins and Eagles and 14 regular season contests), and the wear-and-tear dropped his weight from 225 to 209. So in the offseason he embarked on a rigorous exercise and diet regimen to pack on the pounds, and he reported to training camp in ’74 at 228. “But it was all in my chest and shoulders,” says the 6-2 Reilly, which left his legs looking out of proportion. When he stepped on the scales, Gabriel was standing nearby. “Reilly,” he yelled, “what the hell happened to you? You look like a bloated tick.” The name has stuck with his ex-Eagles teammates. How sales are going: “The book is exploding,” says the newly-minted author. “I just hired part-time help.” It’s available on Amazon ($20 paperback, $9 Kindle) or on the website: TacklingLifeBook.com.
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Worth Welcome to our eighth annual Worth Trying Issue. Though we feature Worth Trying suggestions monthly, each January we devote much of the magazine to personal recommendations from staff, contributors and friends of Out & About. These suggestions on where and what to eat, drink, see and do are scattered throughout these pages, interspersed with our usual assortment of feature stories, news items and other fun stuff. Enjoy, and have a very happy New Year!
AS THE CROW FLIES & CO If the title isn’t cool enough, this home business, run by Mike and Wilder Scott-Straight, finds use for those discarded or tucked away bits of the past—specifically, vintage china. They fashion necklaces and earrings by taking bits of the china and soldering them with metal around the edges to provide a finished look. They also design vintage clothes for children and adults. The business is based out of West Philadelphia, but I discovered it closer to home at the Kennett Holiday Village Market at The Creamery in Kennett Square, where they were set up as a vendor. By the way: During the summer and fall when The Creamery is regularly open, the popup beer garden is also a definite must. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager
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NOT YOUR MOTHER’S THRIFT SHOP Clothes Mentor, on Rt. 202 in West Chester, buys and sells highquality, gently used name-brand and designer women’s clothing, shoes and accessories that are like new—for less. The national franchise is where savvy women shoppers go to get their name brand on and sell some of their old but still fashionable clothing. Unlike consignment, you get paid on the spot for items accepted. Sizes 0-26 and maternity are welcome, and if you need assistance in finding the right styles for you, a free personal shopper program can help with that. For details, go to clothesmentor.com/store-locator. — Adriana Camacho-Church, Contributing Writer
Kory Stamper is my kind of woman. On the first day on the job, when she realized the extremely high level of word nerdiness that would be required of her as a lexicographer at MerriamWebster, her joyous reaction was, “This is the shit!” In Word By Word, The Secret Life of Dictionaries, Stamper indulges her notso-inner geek, delving into the meaning and origin of all sorts of words and phrases. She reveals, for instance, that the first use of “OMG” was by Winston Churchill in 1917. She also sadly confesses that M-W now accepts “irregardless” as legitimate (along with a depressingly large number of other abominations). For the most part, the book makes the process of publishing a dictionary intriguing and fascinating, but, be warned: You will need a fair amount of nerdiness yourself to plow through all 321 pages. — Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
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EASTERN NECK WILDLIFE REFUGE, ROCK HALL, MD. This refuge is home to more than 250 species of birds, from migrating to wintering waterfowl. Many trails are available on 2,285 acres that offer unique and picturesque views of the Chesapeake Bay and Chester River. The hourand-a-half ride from Wilmington is well worth it. And take your bike. — John Murray, Contributing Writer
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NEXTFAB After establishing two successful locations in Philly, NextFab came to Wilmington last year amid rave reviews. Think of it as a gym membership for your intellect and imagination. Whether you want to handcraft a coffee table, build your own guitar, or learn how to assemble a small robot, NextFab is the place for your next project. They are currently offering tools, software and/or classes in the following subjects: 2-D printing and photography; 3-D printing and scanning; design software; electronics; jewelry; laser cutting and engraving; metalworking; textiles, and woodworking. nextfab.com. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications
Check out the delightful blend of whimsy and sophistication in the alphabetical and animalinspired works of Bellefonte artist Nicole Kristiana Logan. Her paintings and prints are playful enough for kids to enjoy and possess intricate detail that adults can appreciate. Her exhibit at the Main Stage Gallery of The Grand continues into January. Or go online to nicolekristianastudio.com or visit the shops at the Delaware Contemporary and the Delaware Art Museum. — Larry Nagengast, Contributing Writer
DELAWARE 87ERS WORK THE NIGHTSHIFT No, I don’t mean burn the midnight oil at the local factory. I mean change your display settings on your iPhone. Once you schedule this to activate during certain times of day, you’ll immediately notice the warmer tones and less stimulating colors. I set mine from 7 p.m. through 7 a.m. It helps me keep the constant connection to a minimum. — Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC
Next fall, Wilmington will be the new home to this Philadelphia 76ers G League franchise and the team will be playing in a new, $26 million facility – the 76ers Fieldhouse. That’s a big deal. If you haven’t taken the time to check out the 87ers because you assume it’s a league for has-beens and never-will-bes, think again. I attended a recent game at the Bob Carpenter Center between the 87ers and Northern Arizona Suns and was blown away by the level of play. Both rosters were filled with recent All-Americans and players with some NBA experience. It’s quality basketball for as little as $10 a ticket. That won’t even get you parking at the Wells Fargo Center. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
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ROOT: A CULTIVATED COLLECTION When it comes to plants, succulents are the trendy item. They don't need much care (unlike me) but they offer a lot (also unlike me). If you're looking for a local source of succulent arrangements to brighten your living space, look no further than Root. They're the very picture of whimsy! Rootcultivated.com. @root_collection.
There are plenty of books, to be sure, but you won't find them arrayed in row upon row of traditional shelving. Besides the study rooms and computer access that are staples at all New Castle County libraries, this facility features a maker lab, a STEM room, a sensory room, a bookatarium and a scriptorium. If you don't know what they are ... well, just visit and see for yourself. — Larry Nagengast, Contributing Writer
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THE STORM BEFORE THE STORM: THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE ROMAN REPUBLIC The Romans did not give up their Republic in a day. In this New York Times best-seller, acclaimed history podcaster Mike Duncan describes how demagogues weakened the Roman Republic in the decades before Julius Caesar dealt it a deathblow. Duncan relates this under-told story in his characteristically engaging and thoughtful manner, and his readers need not look far to find parallels in modern day America.
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WOLFENSTEIN: THE NEW COLOSSUS Most people remember Wolfenstein as an early success story for 3D gaming. That and mecha-Hitler. But in the time since, especially with the most recent game, the franchise has evolved into a heartfelt and emotional one, with strong, intelligent characters and an affecting story about a small group's attempt to reclaim the soul of America. It's still extremely violent, so that hasn't changed, but I play video games for the stories, and The New Colossus tells the best I've ever played. It's available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. — Dillon McLaughlin, Contributing Writer 22 JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The country’s northernmost bald cypress swamp is just a 90-minute drive from New Castle County. Be sure to reserve your campsite fast, because the best spots (especially the tent-only walk-in sites) go fast. If cabins or RV spots are more your speed, you’ve still got options at Trap Pond, which also has plenty of hiking, canoeing and bicycling options.
The Delaware History Museum on Market Street, run by the Delaware Historical Society, underwent a lengthy renovation from 2014 to late 2016, but it's open again and has plenty to offer families, couples, and inquisitive solo travelers. There are self-guided tours, professional programs, themed events, and community outreach, along with the best collection of Delaware themed gifts you're likely to find. For more specific historical events, there's a rotating exhibition on the second floor, currently devoted to the contributions of Delawareans to the War to End All Wars—WWI. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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READY, SET, SWEAT The New Year offers some trendy options to spice up your health and wellness regimen, but you still have to put in the work
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he New Yorker recently published an article about a pill that seemingly eliminates the need for a workout: Just swallow it and get the same results as if you had exercised. One problem: At the end of the article, it’s revealed that none of the inventors had tried the pill—an ominous commentary on a supposedly miracle drug. So, as we enter 2018, it seems there still is nothing that will take the place of sweat equity. But the good news is there are plenty of new and trendy health and wellness offerings to take your mind off the monotony of the typical gym—or home—workout. There are online challenges, innovative classes, “social” sports, fitness apps and clean eating.
TAKE THE PLANK/SQUAT CHALLENGE
Planks and squats are two simple, basic exercises that have become the focus of online “challenges.” The plank is a push-up like exercise with the body’s weight borne on forearms, elbows and toes. Its popularity has increased over the last decade or so, perhaps because it’s a total body workout, perfect for a toned core, requiring no equipment and only enough floor space to accommodate your body. The squat has been around forever and is considered the king of lower-body exercises. The standard squat is done with a barbell resting on the person’s shoulders, but it can be done without weights.
Plank and squat challenges usually last 30 days, with participants tasked with gradually increasing the time in the pose every day or two. A plank challenge might start with holding the pose for 30 seconds and end a month later at three minutes. Like the plank, the squat challenge uses no weights, instead focusing its poses on the glutes, thighs and core. One online 30-day challenge starts at 50 squats and ends with 250. Research suggests it takes an average of two months to make something a habit, so start now and you’ll be doing this on a regular basis by March.
VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is one of the hottest exercises on the health and fitness scene—for good reason. Classes, typically 30 minutes or less, toggle between high and low intensity for increased fat burning. Instead of relying on steady-state cardio exercises (where your heart rate stays at a certain threshold), HIIT’s on-again, off-again intensity can lead to rapid results. Scott McCarthy, owner and personal trainer at Balance Strength & Fitness Center near Fourth Street and Greenhill Avenue, added HIIT classes a year-and-a-half ago. “It’s become one of the fastest growing parts of our business,” he says. “It makes up 15 percent of our membership base.” ► JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Scott McCarthy, owner and personal trainer at Balance Strength & Fitness Center, recommends HIIT.
In addition to HIIT, small group training has become increasingly popular. The reason? “Clients want to show up, work out (efficiently) in a social setting, and get good results,” says McCarthy. Trainers cap sessions at 10 participants, so they can actively monitor everyone’s technique.
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Another trend is “functional fitness”—classes dedicated to making everyday movements easier. Think walking up and down stairs, playing football with the kids, and picking up bags of groceries. Says McCarthy: “It’s the antithesis of the CrossFit image, which sometimes teaches improper technique and could lead to injuries. Clients are now hyperfocused on (proper) movement, which can improve balance, strength, flexibility and coordination.” Located off Kentmere Parkway and Rockford Road, FIT Delaware provides a full range of fitness opportunities, including personal and group training. Trainer Todd Brown says he has noticed a big shift in the industry from last year’s focus on “traditional exercises by body part” to functional training. Brown likes to change the angles of exercise every couple of days. By altering the angles, his clients work a different portion of the same muscle. He sees the most success by working different muscle groups multiple times a week. “This summer,” Brown says, “I worked with a couple of college athletes to get them in shape for the fall season using this methodology. At the end of our time together, they all thought they were much stronger at the beginning of the season than in years past.”
Body-weight training or working without weights has become another in-demand alternative to using cumbersome, sweat-stained exercise equipment. Body-weight training allows you to work out at home, in the park or even at the gym without any equipment. Getting started is easy and can consist of a couple of different exercises like push-ups, planks, burpees, jump squats, lunges, box jumps and more.
As we age, being and staying active becomes an important aspect of our lives. We often build our activities around our most important relationships—family and friends. And that’s how social sports started. Locally, the movement led to the creation of two organizations geared to adults of all ages: Delaware Sports League and Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA)—Delaware satellite league. “People are starting to discover that health and wellness are vitally important within our daily lives,” says Bob Downing, co-founder and owner of Delaware Sports League, headquartered in Wilmington. “There has been a renaissance of thinking, specifically with young professionals, who realize that how we spend our time with ourselves and others is extremely important to our well-being.” The league creates a less intensive exercise environment for people that’s accessible to every person, not just athletes. Says Downing: “We’ve evolved quite a bit over the years. In 2018, we are refocusing our mission on pairing physical and mental wellness together.” ►
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For those looking for a new challenge (or sport), there’s also READY, SET, SWEAT PADA. Founded in 1985, PADA continued from page 26 provides “opportunities to learn, teach and play Ultimate (frisbee) while fostering community, character and competition within the greater Philadelphia region.” In Delaware, PADA provides opportunities for nearly 300 players per year and—since a key feature is its inclusiveness—it always welcomes new players. The league attempts to ensure that teams are “fair and balanced to create a fun and competitive environment,” says Andrew Wisor, PADA Delaware council member of the Philadelphia-based association. If you’re interested in joining, Wisor suggests the spring league. “It tends to be the most beginner-friendly league because it’s when we get the most new players joining. There’s always a lot of teaching going on, both on and off the fields, from captains and players alike.”
FITNESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Too busy for the gym? Maybe fitness apps are for you. They allow you to view videos anywhere—phone, smart TV or computer—making working out easy, fast and convenient for those always on the go. Fitness Blender, for instance, provides “workout videos for every fitness level—absolutely free.” It’s an ideal solution for the workout beginner or those who may be intimidated by the meatheads at their local gym. There’s also Daily Burn, a free, 30-day trial app that reverts to an affordable monthly paid plan for those eager for a more tailored plan led by professional trainers.
In addition to exercise, clean eating is essential to a healthy lifestyle. Clean eating follows a simple list of tenets: eat less refined foods (no donuts and bagels!), eat more whole foods (produce, grains, etc.), eat less meat and limit sugar and salt intake. BBC’s Good Food predicts that this year veganism and plant-based proteins will be the trendy options at your local restaurant or grocer. Karen Igou, owner and operator of Delaware Local Food Exchange, has been a leader in the clean eating movement from her store in Trolley Square. “People know the basics to clean eating,” she says. “It follows what our mothers and grandmothers taught us. However, [clean eating] is not easy. Most of the focus is on healthcare (the results) and less on eating quality food [to begin with],” says Igou. Delaware Local Food Exchange provides a bountiful selection of local produce, snacks, sundries and meat. Igou sources the highest quality meat and vegetable-based proteins for her customers and in-house prepared foods. Most popular is the grass-fed chicken salad, which can sell out within hours after it goes on sale. Says Igou, “I’ve noticed a lot of customers going vegan for both the environmental and the health benefits. To meet demand, we stock fun vegan choices like enchilada pie, tempeh chicken salad and lentil loaf.” In addition to clean eating, Igou says that her “typical fitness routine—yoga, meditation, core strengthening exercises, and a gratitude journal”—keeps her healthy. While you might opt to skip the gratitude journal, you have plenty of options to choose from as you plan your 2018 fitness regimen. Join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or take a brisk walk. Just remember to eat well and move around a lot. JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Five Food Trends for 2018 Once again, our expert on all things gastronomic presumes to predict the future. Based on his report card for last year, we should all take notice. By Matt Sullivan
ost humans who have ever walked this earth could predict next year’s food trends by looking inside the local grain silo and deciding whether the harvest was trending toward a) eating over the winter or b) not eating over the winter. But after millennia of relative scarcity, in which mankind lived from growing season to growing season, the global food chain has given us perpetual abundance in the First World, both in calories and in the many, many ways we can devise to consume those calories. As a result, we are subject to forecasts of our dietary future like this actual Wholes Foods prediction for 2018: “Smoothie fans are raising a glass to powders like spirulina, kale, herbs and roots for an oh-so-green vibrancy that needs no Instagram filter.” (I swear,
I am this close to publishing an annual Hater’s Guide to the Whole Foods Market Top Trends Press Release.) I can assure you that my predictions below are 100 percent spirulina-powder-free and hopefully more relevant to your day-today eating. That’s due in part to the fact that, in compiling this year’s list of Top Five Delaware Food Predictions, I checked in with some smart foodies from around the state, including Karen Stauffer at the Delaware Restaurant Association, Dan Sheridan from the sure-tobe-a-hot-trend-in-2018 Stitch House Brewery on Market Street, and others who will remain nameless because, OK, they’re all bartenders. Also, see below for the report card on last year’s predictions. Spoiler alert: If I were still in fourth grade, my report card would earn me $5 from my grandpa. ► JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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TREND: VEGGIES ON MAIN
Vegetables. They’re what’s for dinner. That’s the word I’ve heard from friends who have food jobs that require them to travel the country looking at emerging food trends. (And yes, I too am annoyed that this job exists.) While beef certainly isn’t going away, a number of high-profile restaurants opening in New York and Chicago are leading with the greens … and oranges, yellows and purples from the garden. Think “veg-forward,” not vegetarian. Restaurants like Philly’s Vedge may have elevated vegetarian cuisine, and new spots like Bad Hunter in Chicago’s meatpacking district (great name, great location for that name) are praised for menus that dive heavy into veg without abandoning meat. That’s in line with a trend predicted by both nutritionists and futurists, where dinner plates still have a protein and starch and a veg, but lead with the latter. But are we really ready for the future? The Impossible Burger, with a patty that cooks, smells and tastes like a burger but is made entirely of plant, is inching closer and closer to Delaware. You can order one today at the Broad Street Tavern in Swarthmore, Pa., just a few miles across the border. Expect it to cross over soon. Prediction #1: You’ll be eating your vegetables, even when they don’t look like your vegetables, as the Impossible Burger comes to Delaware. FIVE FOOD TRENDS FOR 2018 continued from previous page
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If there’s one thing that Sheridan and Stouffer both agreed on, it was that the hottest new eating spots in Delaware in 2018 probably will have fewer choices on the menu than ever before. “The days of the eight-page menu, with 30 app options and 20 burgers, is fading away,” Sheridan says. “I love a menu that’s just two-sided.” And while short menus have long been the norm at fine-dining locations like Domaine Hudson and The House of William & Merry, they’re becoming more common in the fastcasual space. “The whole food hall thing, where there are a number of stands or stalls that all focus on just one thing, I think that’s going to be huge,” Stouffer says. “And Wilmington is going to get one with that food hall they’re opening on the first floor of the Hotel Du Pont.” What’s happening at the hotel might be the future of eating, though I’m not privy enough to the plans to know if that’s coming in 2018 or beyond. Still, look for fewer choices everywhere you eat, and all for the better. Prediction #2: The most exciting restaurant opening of the year will be in the fast-casual space, with a menu that features one item done very well (with maybe some room for customization).
TREND: THE EVOLUTION OF GROCERY SHOPPING
Headlines from 2017: “Amazon Buys Whole Foods”; “Lidl Opens in Middletown”; “Janssen’s Becomes First Delaware Supermarket to Get a Liquor License.” What’s going on here? The way we shop for food is evolving rapidly, and the idea of what it means to be a supermarket seems to be up for grabs. Local markets will look to improve the personal shopping experience wherever possible, especially at service counters, from the butcher to the cheese shop, thus taking a cue from high-end places that focus on that attention to detail. But what’s up with Amazon? They bought Whole Foods and then promptly announced that AmazonFresh would no longer be delivering in Delaware, nor a host of other East Coast states. That doesn’t make sense … unless they have something up their sleeve for 2018. Prediction #3: Amazon rolls up its sleeves and reveals the cards it is hiding up in there. Whole Foods Prime pick-up kiosks, maybe?
TREND: MARKET STREET AS DINING DESTINATION, PART DEUX
Two years ago, I predicted a Market Street boom … and there was a mini-boom for a while there. Most of the new-restaurant action shifted to Main Street in Newark in 2017, but it feels like we’re on the verge of another Wilmo surge as restaurateurs prepare to welcome all the new residents living in the soon-to-be-completed Buccini/Pollin Group apartments at Ninth and Orange. Dan Sheridan’s Stitch House Brewery should lead the way in 2018, and while I try to avoid specific predictions on restaurant opening dates, rumors of dim sum and crepes and even a cidery on or near Market have made it a street to watch. Prediction #4: Same as 2016, restaurants may come and go, but I see a net positive five new restaurants/eateries on Market in 2018. And keep an eye on Shipley as an emerging entry point to the new Market scene.
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The best cold brew I tasted all year was a brown sugar vanilla latte on nitro from Cascade Beverage Company in Virginia. No, this is not yet available in Delaware, but the silky smooth taste of nitro cold brew is here, with open taps at the new Starbucks in the Christiana Fashion Center and the Brew HaHa In Trolley Square, but I see the trend only expanding as we move into summer 2018. Prediction #5: Cold brew on tap. It’s what’s for breakfast.
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Here’s how last year’s predictions stacked up: 1. More Eating Out of Bowls: Pokes pop up on appetizer lists around the state and don’t stop there. Watch for authentic Asian flavors in a bowl near you. The poke craze heated up (as much as raw fish can) as the year went on, moving from appetizer menus to casual lunch spots, including two Poke Bros. restaurants on Kirkwood Highway and in Newark and the singular PoBu (a portmanteau of poke and burritos?) on Main Street in Newark. And I just attended a holiday party where our graciously gourmet host put out tuna, salmon, edamame, tobiko, cucumber and more, with rice and sauces, to create a DIY poke bar. Pokeboom! 2. Third-Wave Coffee: More quality coffee shops, increasingly local coffee production (perhaps another roastery in town?), and potential invasion by Stumptown Coffee. No Stumptown in sight, but coffee lovers have something even better in homegrown craft coffee shops like Little Goat Coffee Roasting in Newark. (Coffee snobs, don’t sleep on the lattes. Owner Olivia Brinton, formerly a master mixologist at William & Merry, is concocting her own syrups.) 3. Breakfast for All Meals: Diners make a comeback. A new one will open, with a commitment to local, freshly sourced ingredients and breakfast all day. We did get a new mid-county contender in The Metro Diner near Christiana Hospital, and they do brisk business. But the strongest showing for breakfast nooks comes from the south, where Egg in Rehoboth Beach was one of the hottest new restaurants of 2017. 4. Fast-Casual Takeover. Definitely on Market Street. Not so definitely on Market Street. Still, fast-casual remains a fast-growing segment overall. See the poke craze, above. 5. Wild Boar Gets Tamed: It won’t be hard to find wild boar, ostrich and venison on menus in 2017. A bit hard to quantify, but maybe I spoke too soon. Still, Ted’s Montana Grill has kept busy slinging bison at the Christiana Fashion Center. And Arby’s had venison sandwiches for one day in October, so … there’s your deer burger.
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DE LA COEUR CAFÉ ET BOULANGERIE: BUTTER, SUGAR, FLOUR Wilmington has a new reason to celebrate. Popular Trolley Square French eatery De La Coeur Café et Pâtisserie has opened a second larger and more robust location in Talleyville Shopping Center on Route 202 and Silverside Road. Occupying the former Bon Appétit space, De la Coeur Café et Boulangerie offers a wide assortment of house-made goods, including French baguettes, croissants and other pastries, in addition to sandwiches, coffee and espresso drinks. I'm a sucker for their massive vanilla scones, buttery almond croissants or special hand pies (last time it was a blueberry and almond paste). You know where to find me on Saturday morning. — Leeann Wallett, Contributing Writer
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KINDRED CHEESE Based in Wisconsin, the Meister family has been making cheese for more than a century. In the ‘90s, siblings Vicky and Scott Meister decided to branch out into the gourmet cheese market, hence the birth of the Kindred brand. They offer cheddar, Gouda and Jack varietals but it’s the Ghost Pepper, Spicy Sriracha and Sweet Fire Mango titles that stick out. Bonus points to Kindred for paying premium rates to dairy farmers who follow the company’s sustainable and ethically-minded “Cows First” protocols. kindredcreamery.com. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications
Though I’ve been ardently anti-mushroom all my life, at the ripe age of 27 I find that they have finally become palatable, a borderline menu staple even. Mushrooms as a garnish, mushrooms on the side, mushrooms with breakfast, lunch or dinner—sure. So, I recently gave Iron Hill’s Kennett Square Mushroom Soup a try, and it’s a kaleidoscope of taste you can’t go wrong with. Made of oven-dried shiitake and flavored with herbed truffle oil, this soup makes for a great winter appetizer. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager
GEORGE’S RESTAURANT, 703 PHILADELPHIA PIKE It doesn’t look like much from the outside—it’s located on a strip mall on Philadelphia Pike near Bellevue—but inside it serves made-from-scratch comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. George’s—formerly Jimmy’s Restaurant —has a friendly, veteran staff and loyal customers. The food they serve—with emphasis on Greek cuisine—isn’t fancy, but it’s good and reasonably priced and comes in generous portions. The daily dinner specials, at $11.95, are always good and include chicken and dumplings (Monday) and stuffed pork chops (Thursday). Plus, George’s has an open seating area and isn’t as crowded or noisy as some other restaurant-diners in the area. — Kevin Noonan, Contributing Writer
LOTUS BISCOFF COOKIE BUTTER Like Frank’s RedHot sauce, I spread this sh*t on everything. In fact, Lotus Biscoff cookie butter may even replace your jar of Nutella (gasp!). First came the cookies, then the butter. Started in Belgium, Lotus Biscoff cookies made their way to the United States in the 1980s via in-flight snacks. These lightly sweet, crunchy cookie-biscuits are a delight, best served with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa. Recently, they became a spreadable treat, a special alternative to nut butters and chocolate spreads. The cookie butter is available in original or honey locally at Giant Food, ShopRite, Target and Walmart. Try it—you won’t be disappointed. — Leeann Wallett, Contributing Writer 34 JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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CAJUN KATE’S ON PHILLY PIKE I wrote about Cajun Kate’s a few years ago when it was holed away like some delicious speakeasy in the Booths Corner Farmers Market. Last year it opened its first full restaurant on Philadelphia Pike and now it’s a weekly visit for me. Chefs Don and Kate Applebaum have all their standards (the jambalaya, gumbo, and muffulettas are unmatched in Delaware or Philly), but don’t miss out on the specials: the frog legs and pork gumbo with collard greens are culinary perfection. Yes, there are tables now, but time is better spent at the bar, where the conversation is as interesting as the food is sublime. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
BIG SKY BREAD BAKERY AND CAFÉ On those winter days when I’m not in a mood to cook, but I’m craving a warm, hearty bowl of soup and freshbaked, crusty bread to dip into it, I head to this Brandywine Hundred standout. The smell of wholesome baked breads and healthy, homemade soups invites me in. I usually get lentil soup, or the vegetarian chili with beans, which are my favorites from the wide selection. The homemade chips are always tempting, and the tasty sandwiches, made with your choice of bread, are equally irresistible.
Who doesn’t love crabmeat and who doesn’t jones for a great guacamole? But imagine putting those two taste sensations together. Cocina Lolo, Bryan Sikora’s Mexicali restaurant on King Street, does exactly that with its creamy but still chunky avocado appetizer generously augmented with sizable bits of succulent jumbo crab. But wait, that’s not it. Sikora tops the guac with queso fresco and mango, then serves the dish with hearty homemade tortilla chips. A masterful offering on a menu full of them at one of downtown’s dining gems. Cocina Lolo, 405 N. King St. — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer
TASTE ARTISANAL MARKET HONEY Ever since writing November’s “Foods that Fight Colds” article, I’ve been on a turmeric kick. Due to its supposed anti-inflammatory properties, this spicy rhizome is in everything I eat nowadays, including my new favorite spread, ginger turmeric honey from Taste Artisanal Market. This sweet and spicy concoction is made by local food purveyors Lisa Ferraro Klinge and her husband, Steve Klinge. Other products include additional flavored honeys like cinnamon and lemon walnut, and spreads like blue cheese walnut and marinated Asiago trio. Find a full list of the products here: tasteartisanalmarket.com/stockists.
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BREAD & BUTTERCREAM, 170B MARSH ROAD This bakery-eatery is the latest addition to what has become an impressive array of restaurants in the Graylyn Crest Shopping Center area. Bread & Buttercream is a typical bakery in that its main offerings are bread and cakes, but they take it up a notch with a home-made touch and enticing flavors. Bread items include cranberry-walnut-flax seed rolls ($1 each) and a diverse assortment of muffins, croissants and Danishes. Small cakes are $4.99 and include Caramel Mousse, Moroccan Lemon, Raspberry Crème and Kiwi Heaven. And this place isn’t just for breakfast or dessert—they plan to add a sandwich menu soon.
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EL DIABLO BURRITOS I wrote about El Diablo shortly after it opened seven years ago, but as long as it continues to serve yummy burritos— and actually finds ways to improve doing so—continual recommendations are well deserved. In addition to opening new stores in Newark and Pike Creek over the past three years, El Diablo has introduced more delicious sauces and healthier options like mahi-mahi, whole-wheat tortillas and brown rice. Similarly, as the menu states, the steak, short rib, braised pork and chicken come from animals that are 100 percent antibiotic-free as well as “respectfully raised and responsibly farmed.” eldiabloburritos.com. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications
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eat the winter doldrums by joining the Food Bank of Delaware for its first-ever indoor cornhole tournament, Throwing for Hunger Winter Classic. The throwdown is Saturday, Jan. 20, at the Food Bank’s future home (222 Lake Dr., Newark). Bags will begin flying at 11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring partners for either a recreational or competitive tournament. The cost is $50 per team, which includes four drink tickets. The competitive tournament will be limited to the first 64 teams, while the recreational tournament will be limited to first 20. This is a double elimination format. Food and beverages will be available for purchase—and there will be prizes, ranging from trophies to $500 for the competitive tournament, and $25-$100 for the recreational tournament. To register, visit fbd.org/cornhole.
here’s a new Italian restaurant in town—Café Pomodoro Cucina Italiana, at 5337 Limestone Rd. in the Shops at Limestone Hills. The eatery is run by Chef Salvatore Causi, who is originally from Palermo, Sicily. He also currently runs Café SíTALY at 1710 Naamans Rd. Causi has enjoyed a 30-year culinary career, including Marina’s Ristorante in Wilmington, which he launched in the ‘80s. Later, he added Café Verdi, Tony’s Café, and Middletown’s Caruso’s and La Piazza Italian Restaurant & Grill. Featuring lunch, dinner, takeout and catering menus, Café Pomodoro Cucina Italiana blends flavors of northern Italy and southern Sicily. Signature dishes include arugula and prosciutto parm pizza, classic pizza napoletana, chicken saltimbocca alla romana and more. For further information, visit cafepomodoro.com.
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n 2014, Bella Coast Italian Kitchen & Market at 2530 Concord Pike was opened by Big Fish Restaurant Group, offering simple, rustic Italian dishes for lunch and dinner. Recently, Big Fish Restaurant Group—owner of the Big Fish restaurants in Wilmington, Rehoboth, Glen Mills, and Ocean View, along with a handful of other seafood restaurants—sold its interest in the restaurant to Bob Ciprietti, the owner of several Touch of Italy locations. Big Fish Restaurant Group will continue to manage Bella Coast, and as of now there is no name change in the works. Ciprietti has been involved with restaurant, catering and deli chain Taste of Italy, which was founded in 1992, for years. Two locations are in Lewes, including a bakery, with one location in Rehoboth and one in Ocean City, Md. For updates on Bella Coast’s transition, visit bellacoast.com.
NEW YEAR, NEW CULINARY CLASSES
he calendar has turned a fresh page, and if “cooking more” or “trying new things” is on your New Year Resolutions list, why not try a cooking class? Chefs’ Haven, a gourmet store and learning center for novice and experienced chefs in Hockessin, offers a series of classes this month and beyond. Chefs’ Haven is owned by Mark Eastman, who has 25 years of experience in the food industry, and his resume includes food styling for Emeril Lagasse. The Essential Series kicks off on Tuesdays in January, with Essentials I (Jan. 9), II (Jan. 16) and III (Jan. 23). Essentials I covers knife skills and includes making garden vegetable minestrone soup and an Asian salsa. It also includes pantry maintenance and tools needed for chefs to maintain an organized home kitchen. In the second installment of the Essentials Series, learn the science behind making sauces, stocks and soups. The third Essential class will cover all the cooking methods from braising, sautéing, blanching, poaching, pan roasting, baking and much more. In this class, budding chefs will prepare braised pork with cabbage, poached salmon, pan roasted chicken, roasted potatoes, sautéed vegetables and sauces for each protein. Classes are $70 per person or $185 for all three. A $25 deposit is required when registering and the remainder is due the day of the class. Recipes are included. Check for other classes covering Italian cuisine, quick and healthy meals, French country meals and sushi making, among others, at chefshavende.com. JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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THE CITY 76ERS FIELDHOUSE PLANNED FOR SOUTH WILMINGTON Professional basketball is coming to Wilmington next fall as Mayor Mike Purzycki joined the Philadelphia 76ers and the Buccini/ Pollin Group (BPG) to announce construction of a 140,000-squarefoot, multi-purpose sports complex and youth training center in South Wilmington. The new facility will be built on an 8.9-acre parcel of land off U.S. Route 13 and Garasches Lane. The sports complex is designed to be the premier center for youth sports in Delaware while providing thousands of underserved youth with new sports programming and opportunities. The facility will be named “76ers Fieldhouse” and will be the new home for the 76ers NBA G League affiliate team, the Delaware 87ers. The team will play its home games at 76ers Fieldhouse, configured to host approximately 2,500 fans per game. Additionally, the 76ers will leverage its sales and sponsorship expertise to secure unique partnerships for 76ers Fieldhouse, including naming rights partners. “The Philadelphia 76ers are truly the Delaware Valley’s team, and we’re fortunate to have an incredible fanbase across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. We are thrilled to partner with BPG on 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware to serve as home to both our NBA G League team and hundreds of youth teams and athletes each year,” 76ers President Chris Heck said. “We’ve set out to create a facility in a city on the rise like Wilmington for our NBA G League team that furthers the 76ers’ commitment to being leaders in sports performance and athlete care.”
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“The new sports facility will be among the finest in the country for a city our size,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This fieldhouse, larger than the Chase Center, will be an outstanding venue for the Delaware sports hungry public. This also answers our residents call for healthy options for our kids. Wilmington’s children will be primary beneficiaries of the many levels of programming provided by this magnificent facility. Our gratitude to Buccini/Pollin and the 76ers organization for placing their faith in our great city.” The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) will manage the development and construction of the facility on the site, which is currently owned by the Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC), and sits at the foot of the new Christina River Bridge that will ultimately connect both banks of the Christina Riverfront. In addition to the exciting arrival of the 76ers Fieldhouse, the complex will support youth athletic training sessions as well as youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, football and other sport competitions through its dynamic mixed-use program including three full-sized, professional basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a world-class sports performance and athletic training area, as well as retail and office space. Tenants who are planning to offer services at the 76ers Fieldhouse include TITUS, which will bring its performance training center to the complex and Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children part of the Nemours Children’s Health System, which will bring its advanced Sports Medicine capabilities, including pediatric orthopedics and sports physical therapy, to the facility.
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BIKES FOR CITY YOUTH CH2M HILL continued its longstanding holiday tradition of distributing new bikes to disadvantaged children in Wilmington just in time for Christmas. The company, which provides engineering design, construction, and operations consulting services to Wilmington and other governments around the world, provided 20 new bikes last month. CH2M Hill has now helped provide 450 bikes to local youth over the past 12 years. CH2M HILL staff members organize and participate in Bikes for Kids fundraising events throughout the year as well as help assemble the bikes prior to distribution. The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services works with numerous community and neighborhood centers to identify families that would benefit most from the holiday bicycle giveaway. “CH2M HILL has a long history of giving back to the community, which is particularly important during the holidays, when many families struggle with limited resources,” said Wilmington Mayor Purzycki. “The company has shown that it truly cares about the city and the people of Wilmington, and is an excellent example of the many good corporate citizens that call our city home.”
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PERFORMANCE SERIES AT DAM EXPLORES CULTURE AND DIVERSITY ‘Thoughtful introspection’ is one of the goals By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
hroughout its 100-plus-year history, the Delaware Art Museum has presented a myriad of dance, music and theater experiences, expanding upon its own programs and showcasing the broad artistic range in Greater Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley. Now, the museum's new (yet-to-be-named at press time) performance series will double down on that commitment, while attracting artists and performances that are relevant to the diverse population in the area. The entire series will aim to address critical issues affecting our surrounding communities while pushing the boundaries of experimentation in performance arts. "This series allows us to create connections and conversations among people who may not otherwise come into contact with one another," says Jonathan Whitney, the museum's manager of Performance Programs and Community Engagement. "We're responding in real time to what's happening in our city, our region and our nation through opportunities for thoughtful introspection." The menu of interdisciplinary programs ranges from the popular chamber music of Concerts on Kentmere to the fusion of modern dance, music, multimedia and sculpture works. Some of the series events feature outside-the-box performances by the
likes of trumpet virtuoso Nicholas Payton (Feb. 8) and large-scale collaborations like the contemporary dance project Step Afrika! The Step Afrika performance, called The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence, will be co-presented with The Grand Opera House and Delaware State University (April 13). The Step Afrika! project is inspired by Lawrence's iconic paintings and combines body percussion and dance in a moving depiction of the migration north of African-Americans in the early 1900s. For this piece, the museum is also partnering with the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DIAE) to bring threeday workshops to local elementary and middle schools. "We encourage students to have a more in-depth art experience," says Ashley SK Davis, DIAE artistic director and executive and artistic director for Pieces of a Dream, Inc. "Instead of students simply seeing a performance, we send our teaching artists to partner with schoolteachers. We work with the students to participate in art making, and through that experience help them develop a deeper understanding of the work they'll experience." Following the teaching artists, a performance artist will meet with the students and teach them to create a step dance similar to what they'll see in the Step Afrika! performance. ► JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Hear these dynamic speakers discuss their passion for their careers: Maurice Hines will do a few dance moves; Susan Stroman will discuss her Broadway successes and bring video reels of her work; Sarah McBride will discuss her fight for LBGTQ civil rights and the motivation for her new book. A portion of the evening will allow for a few minutes of audience Q&A.
Maurice Hines January 23
Susan Stroman February 28
Sarah McBride April 25
For more information on the speakers, visit artofconversations.org. The series is a collaboration of the Delaware Theatre Company and the Cab Calloway School Fund.
Tickets Available at cabcalloway.ticketleap.com
According to museum staff, this first year of programming will see many presenters pushing the boundaries of their respective disciplines. In March, the museum presents Hand Eye, a performance from the multiGrammy-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird (flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello) at The Queen in Wilmington. The site-based dance performance, REPLICA, by choreographer and media artist Jonah Bokaer will be presented in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. In the summer, spokenword and contemporary movement artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph will present / peh-LO-tah/, a groundbreaking hip-hop performance inspired by his memories of playing soccer as a child and his travels to World Cups in South Africa and Brazil. And in November, Bessie Award-winner Okwui Okpokwasili's Poor People's TV Room will consider the Nigerian histories of the Women's War of 1929 and the 2014 kidnapping of nearly 300 girls by Boko Haram. Okpokwasili's performance will be accompanied by outreach at the Cab Calloway School of the Arts. "The museum is becoming more civically engaged," says Sam Sweet, DAM’s executive director and CEO. But why bring in artists to present somewhere else? How does that come back to the museum? Sweet says he likes the idea of these partnerships and taking artists into neighborhoods where there is opportunity to create new audiences. “It will be up to us to get audiences to see these artists in venues where they live, but also to create incentives for them to come to the museum and discover what's happening here,” he says. To formally introduce the series, an exclusive preview party is planned for Thursday, Jan. 25, at 5 p.m. at the museum. The event will feature a sampling of the multidisciplinary works to be presented in the series.
CULTURAL CROSSROADS HONORS 50 YEARS OF DR. KING LEGACY
The Music School of Delaware honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his death as part of its Cultural Crossroads series. On Friday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m., the school's Wilmington Branch hosts its Martin Luther King Jr. & Black History Tribute—a celebration fusing music, art and spoken-word performances.
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Delaware’s professional acting company performing at the University of Delaware presents:
DIAL “M” FOR MURDER BY F R E D E R I C K K N O T T Christina Cultural Arts Center's student dance ensemble performs during a past Music School MLK & Black History Tribute program.
The basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic thriller, this stylish “holiday for whodunit fans” will have you on the edge of your seat until the curtain falls.
Cultural Crossroads Series Coordinator Chris Braddock calls this program one of his favorite Music School projects. “Needless to say, it’s an exciting one to present—drawn from an endless reservoir of inspiring music and words," he says. This year's event focuses on the social upheaval of the late 1960s brought to life through the stirring words of award-winning Delaware storyteller TAHIRA and the soulful music of local R&B artists Fuzion Sol. Audiences will also hear live readings from King's illustrious "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech, given the day before his 1968 assassination. Performances from the DuPont Diversity Choir, pianists Clarence and Jacqueline Beach Faulcon, and the Music School's student rock ensemble (in a tribute to bluesman Robert Johnson) round out the event. Works from noted regional visual artist Dane Tilghman will be displayed on site as well. All tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at musicschoolofdelaware.org.
JAN. 18 - FEB. 4
GAMERS' & MUSICIANS' WORLDS COLLIDE
On Saturday, Jan. 13, at 8 p.m., The Grand Opera House taps into your arcade memories of yesteryear with the one-night-only event Video Games Live. It's an immersive concert reviving music from some of the most popular video games in our collective memory. The performance features several members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra playing along with exclusive video footage, synchronized lighting, live action and interactive segments to create an explosive event worthy of any Missile Command battle. Music includes themes from then to now and from such iconic games as “Donkey Kong,” “Space Invaders,” “Frogger,” “Mario,” “Zelda,” “Tomb Raider,” “Assassins' Creed” and more. The concept was created and produced by gaming industry veteran and video game composer Tommy Tallarico to support the culture and art that video games embody in the zeitgeist of the 1980s to now. The performance also bridges a generational gap in entertainment by exposing new audiences to the symphony orchestra experience while offering a unique musical event for families and non-gamers alike to enjoy. Tickets range from $54-$62, with an additional "Ultimate Gamer VIP Experience" available that includes a pre-production tour, meet & greet with Tallarico and more. All are available now at thegrandwilmington.org.
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SEVEN FOR ‘17 Best movies, and a couple of additional year-end lists By Mark Fields
pologies to David Letterman, but I’ve always thought 10 was an arbitrary number for compiling “best” lists. So, here are my seven favorites from 2017, not ranked but in alphabetical order. Why seven? Frankly, my dear, for the alliteration of seven and 17. But, of course, you know that there are always a few more worthy films that fall just shy of the cut-off. Hence, I've included some honorable mentions. A final caveat: as a part-time film critic in a smaller market, I haven’t managed to see every buzzy movie of the last year, so I’ve also provided a list of those for which I still have high hopes.
The Big Sick
This indie comedy stars stand-up comic and actor Kumail Nanjiani, and it’s even co-written by him and his wife, Emily V. Gordon, based on their own cross-cultural love story. Nanjiani plays a Pakistani stand-up comic named Kumail who falls in love with a white grad student, Emily. When Emily becomes seriously ill, he must come to terms with her prickly parents, his traditional family’s expectations, and his own conflicted feelings. Offhandedly funny, modernly relevant, touching, and oh, so meta!
Pixar’s latest animated film featured an entirely Latino voice cast in a fast-moving but thoughtful story about family and destiny. Miquel, born into a family of shoemakers, aspires to be a musician, and must travel to the land of the dead and his ancestors to find his way home physically and emotionally. Not only does Coco celebrate a rich Mexican cultural tradition, it’s also an arrestingly beautiful and detailed film. This is not your abuela’s movie cartoon.
The Florida Project
Writer-director Sean Baker’s newest project has amped up the production values from his 2015 Tangerine, but still hews to his affection for the downtrodden and marginalized. Set at and around a ramshackle residential motel in the shadow of Disney World, The Florida Project uses non-professional actors to show the boot-strapped lives of its struggling residents mainly through the eyes of the motel’s latch-key children. The film is painful to watch at times, but always deeply poignant. Willem Dafoe shines as the motel manager and den mother to a wayward pack of kids.
Comic actor Jordan Peele (half of the Comedy Central team of Key and Peele) astonished everyone last summer with this satirical horror film, which was also his directorial debut. Get Out slyly punctures some white liberal dogma while delivering terrific comic licks mixed with the frisson of fairly earned thrills. The solid cast includes newcomer Daniel Kaluuya, along with Catherine Keener, Bradley Whitford and Allison Williams. The result is a winning trifecta: genuinely scary, hilarious and woke. ► JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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This bittersweet coming-of-age tale about a teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) and her loving but unforgiving mother (Laurie Metcalf) is another directorial debut, this one by actress Greta Gerwig. Lady Bird manages to walk a fine line between unsparingly honest and profoundly affecting. Born Christine but renaming herself Lady Bird, the teen trudges through her senior year in high school seeking a way out of her confining home town and the road to excitement, adventure, and ultimately, a comfortable selfidentity. This is a familiar cinematic journey, but Gerwig’s assured direction and Ronan’s and Metcalf’s unvarnished performances make it feel brand new.
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Todd Haynes’ mysterious fantasy sets two lost (and deaf) children on adventures in the wilds of New York City, but the twist is they are happening 50 years apart. Haynes cuts back and forth between the stories, with the 1920s version shot in luminous black-and-white and the ‘70s sequences in raucous color. Julianne Moore, a frequent Haynes collaborator, plays multiple roles, but the true stars are the two adolescents at the movie’s center: Millicent Simmonds as Rose and Oakes Fegley as Ben. Both are captivating.
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At last, a female superhero worthy of a film franchise! And, girl, is she ever! Wonder Woman got a lot of attention during and even prior to its release for its groundbreaking qualities: not only a woman hero but a woman director in the Marvel universe. But the movie itself more than delivers on its promise by showcasing a central character whose greatest strengths are arguably her feminine qualities: curiosity, a thirst for justice, and abiding compassion. Israeli actress Gal Gadot embodies the Amazon princess with serene ease in front of the camera. The viewer cares about Wonder Woman, and therefore, her quest. The period setting and World War I revisionism are additional clever touches.
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Baby Driver, Blade Runner 2049, Detroit, Lady Macbeth, Lost in Paris, Mudbound, Okja, Personal Shopper, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and War for the Planet of the Apes. (Interesting side note: Mudbound and Okja were both made for Netflix and reached most of their audiences on that streaming site, not in theatrical release.)
(Movies I’ve not yet been able to see but which I look forward to) Call Me by Your Name, Darkest Hour, Downsizing, I Tonya, Molly’s Game, Phantom Thread, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Post and The Shape of Water.
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INDIE FILMS WORTH TRYING Theatre N specializes in “Worth Trying” films each week with the latest in first-run independent films. Executive Director Beverly Zimmermann gives us a heads-up on upcoming features for January and February: The Disaster Artist, the film based on Tommy Wiseau (James Franco), the man behind The Room, considered the “Citizen Kane of bad movies.” I did try to watch The Room in 2012, and couldn’t finish it because it was so bad. The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, is a drama/fantasy/ love story between a mute woman and an amphibian. Sure, we see this plot all the time, but go see this one. I, Tonya, with the gorgeous Margot Robbie transformed into Tonya Harding (itself worth the price of admission). If you weren’t around for the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan skating rivalry, this is a must-see. And even if you remember these two contrasting personalities, go see the film for Allison Janney’s performance as Tonya’s mother. The Breadwinner, an animated film from the creators of The Secret of Kells, takes place in 2001 Afghanistan under Taliban rule, and tells the story of an 11-year-old girl who cuts off her hair and dresses as a boy to reunite her family. Girl power! Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story, reveals that the world's most beautiful woman was also the secret inventor of secure Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS communications, but her arresting looks stood in the way of her being given the credit she deserved--until now, in this documentary.
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Seeing a classic movie that you haven’t seen on the big screen before is a whole new experience, especially with a beer in your hand. I had the pleasure of attending the December Movies On Tap, featuring Dogfish Head, showing the classic film National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront. In partnership with Premier Wine & Spirits, Penn Cinema, and Out & About Magazine, this one-ofa-kind event was great. For $20, you get beer samples from the featured brewery, free popcorn, and admission to the theater. All proceeds go to a local charity of the brewery’s choice, which this time was the Urban Bike Project. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
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MINDHUNTER ON NETFLIX Netflix continues its impressive run of excellent programming with the crime drama Mindhunter (based on the novel of the same name). Set in 1977, this David Fincher-directed series traces the origins of the FBI’s behavioral science department and the federal agents who coined the term “serial killer.” The show’s subject matter—including intense interviews with some of the 20th century’s most notorious murderers— is somewhat unsettling, and Fincher’s cold and clinical style enhances that atmosphere. Mindhunter isn’t just bingeworthy, it’s darned near binge-obligatory. — Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel on Amazon Prime is my new favorite series. Maybe that’s because it was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino of The Gilmore Girls fame. The story, which takes place in the late 1950s, is about Miriam “Midge” Maisel, who seemingly has the perfect Upper West Side life until her husband leaves her for his secretary. With her world shattered, the picture-perfect Jewish housewife suddenly starts a career in standup comedy. It’s witty, quick and beautifully shot—and the period clothes are amazing. — Pam George, Contributing Writer
THE NEWSPAPERMAN This HBO documentary about the fascinating and apparently irresistible Ben Bradlee, editor of The Washington Post during the Watergate era, is a must for every journalist or, indeed, anyone remotely interested in American history. Bradlee, who died in 2014 at the age of 93, narrates most of the doc, which traces his Bostonian beginnings to his Harvard years, his Navy service in World War II, his close (and inappropriate for a journalist) friendship with John F. Kennedy, his three marriages, and, of course, his ramrodding of the Post’s historic and heroic uncovering of the sordid details surrounding the Watergate Hotel breakin. A Renaissance man who could swear like a sailor (which he had been) while choosing the right fork, Bradlee was loved by women, idolized by men, and respected by all except Richard Nixon and his White House henchmen. — Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
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KEVIN (PROBABLY) SAVES THE WORLD The latest show to put an everyman twist on divine intervention, Kevin follows Kevin Finn (Jason Ritter), a former Wall Street hot shot who's returned to his Texas hometown after a suicide attempt. While there, an angel enlists him for a mission to find the next generation of righteous souls on earth by doing good deeds, each of which gets him closer to his final goal, while navigating the realities of his return to small-town life. Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.
This HBO series, created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, takes you on a gritty streetlevel tour of Manhattan in the early- to mid-‘70s, when prostitution, pimps and peep shows were staples on "the Deuce" (42nd between 7th and 8th Avenues). But this series isn't just a sex romp with loads of gratuitous nudity—it details not only the ravages of the sex trade but also the rise of the porn industry as public morals, laws and technology begin to change. It's an eye-opening, often rough trip through an equally rough era for the Big Apple, but you do get to see James Franco play opposite himself as his twin brother. Available On Demand. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
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THREE LESSER-KNOWN TV TREATS I may be the movie critic for Out & About, but this cinephile appreciates an inventive, wellstructured narrative no matter what the medium, and truth be told, some of the best storytelling these days is happening on TV and not at the local multiplex so much. Game of Thrones, Mr. Robot and now Stranger Things have gotten much of the public’s attention, but there are lesser-known gems worth exploring. Catastrophe (Amazon) is a bawdy, candid sex comedy starring Sharon Horgan (who also created the series) and Rob Delaney. Their torrid fling turns into an ongoing relationship when she gets pregnant. Humans (AMC) plumbs a borderline between human and android similar to the glitzier Westworld; but being a British import, it is a more thoughtful contemplation of the meaning of humanness and the perils of cyber-technology. Casual (Hulu) is a modern character comedy about two stunted adults, brother and sister, and their extended dysfunctional family and friends…not much plot but fascinatingly flawed characters. — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer
MARVEL'S RUNAWAYS What do you get when you combine the teen-tastic melodrama of Riverdale with the superhero-powered antics of Agents of Shield? Answer: Hulu's original series Runaways, based on the comic of the same name. The show follows a group of Los Angeles friends who have fallen out with each other over the death of a peer and discover their parents' annual "charity" event is actually a meeting of a secret sect called "The Pride." Trying to foil the adults' schemes, they discover previously unknown powers of their own. New episodes stream Tuesdays on Hulu. — Scott Pruden, Contributing Writer
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JUPITER RECORDS, 2200 MARSH ROAD This is a browser’s paradise—rooms and rows and rows of records, including CDs and vinyl, of every music genre you’ve ever heard of and even a few you haven’t. Jupiter Records has filled a void in North Wilmington that was left when Jeremiah’s Record Exchange on Philadelphia Pike closed many years ago. Now there’s another place where you can just poke along and explore and get your hands on real vinyl. It’s also located in an old, historic building at the corner of Marsh and Grubb roads that gives the place an added ambiance. Just make sure you give yourself enough time, because this is not a place you want to rush through. — Kevin Noonan, Contributing Writer
VITA AND THE WOOLF TUNNELS The debut full-length Tunnels from Philly’s Vita and the Woolf has largely flown under the radar this year, but it is not to be missed. Vocalist Jen Pague is a force of nature, and the music comes off something like Phantogram with Florence and the Machine on vocals. Brett, Sundrop, Qiet and the choir-enhanced re-envisioning of their earlier hit, “Mary,” are standouts. Catch them live before they are too big to see. Dates available at vitaandthewoolf.com. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
GRACE VONDERKUHN This leading area musician and her band will bring the glories of gritty garage rock to your ears. Catch them between Mid-Atlantic tours at Wilmington venues like 1984. Their new single, “Worry,” is a prelude to a fulllength album slated for a Feb. 23 release through EggHunt Records. Have a listen at gracevonderkuhn.bandcamp.com. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Media Manager
WMPH RADIO – 91.7 FM This student-driven radio station was started in 1969 by students at Mount Pleasant High School and was overhauled in 2011 with better equipment and a stronger commitment to serving the students of the Brandywine School District. And even though its 100-watt signal is hard to pick up outside the immediate area, it’s worth your time to find it. The station airs district sports events—with students doing the play-by-play and color commentary—and is also affiliated with Delaware Public Media, which gives it access to National Public Radio. But what makes WMPH special for listeners is its diverse play list. Naturally, it appeals to its student audience with newer music, but it also plays older stuff and doesn’t just regurgitate the played-to-death hits that you hear on most classic rock stations. I’ve heard it play Muddy Waters, the Grateful Dead, Glenn Miller, the Allman Brothers, Miles Davis and even Fairport Convention. Tune in and try it. — Kevin Noonan, Contributing Writer
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1/05 – An evening of musical comedy featuring: Todd Chappelle, Mean Wendy Band, and Hot Breakfast, emceed by Melissa Bernard 1/12 – Blues and BBQ featuring: Blues Reincarnation Project, James Dean Band, and a Blues Jam to close out the night 1/19 – Noelle Picara trio opening for Sirsy
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1/26 – Sisterbugs featuring: Nalani & Sarina, Joy & Peace Ike, Cecilia Grace, and LULLANAS
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TAKING DELAWARE BY STORM
Wilmington songwriter and vocalist Terretta Howard—aka Terretta Storm—recently released a new single, “What Are We Doing?,” It’s followed up with this month’s songs, “Heart of Gold” and “Go to Hell.” Howard entered the area music scene in 2016 with her album Terretta Storm. Then last summer she performed at some of the area’s most popular festivals, including Ladybug Music Festival and Dewey Beach Music Conference. Plus, two of her songs (“Storm is Coming” and “Game Face”) were nominated for Song of The Year at 93.7 WSTW’s Homey Awards. Howard takes an active, emotion-driven approach to her songwriting and sound, especially with the recent single. “What Are We Doing?” gleans inspiration from current events around the world—and the local community, Howard says. “At the time of writing the song there just seemed to be so much negativity going on with politics, crime and lack of opportunities,” she says. “Wilmington has even had its share of senseless violence this past year. So I guess I just found a place to express all of those emotions that I had been feeling from seeing these things.” Lyrically, “What Are We Doing?” was so important to Howard that she decided to re-record the song, which originally featured drums and guitar, for an alternative version. The second version resulted in a slow ballad with just piano backing up Howard’s vocals (artist Samuel Archer lent a hand in playing keys). She’s planning to put out an EP this June. “I’m all about feeling and creating an emotion,” says Howard. “No matter where a person is from, no matter what race or financial status they are in, we as humans all feel similar emotions. With each song I hope to touch at least one.” Head to Howard’s YouTube channel (Terretta Storm) to view both music video versions of “What Are We Doing?” and listen for free on ReverbNation at reverbnation.com/terrettasstorm. For show updates, go to facebook.com/TerrettasStorm.
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WHAT’S SPINNING AT SQUEEZEBOX RECORDS
Wilmington’s newest record shop, SqueezeBox Records, at 1901 W. 11th St., has it all— punk rock, gospel, country, rock and roll, soul, jazz, blues and sub genres. At the helm are vinyl aficionados and husband-and-wife team Rich Fisher and Kim Gold. The shop opened this past October, and already a new component is in the works: a stage for live music. Fisher and Gold expect to launch this later this month or in early February. Once complete, SqueezeBox will house album release parties, live shows, and more throughout the year. Meanwhile, SqueezeBox, home to Fisher’s collection of approximately 20,000 records, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-3 p.m. SqueezeBox currently also sources some vinyl from Third Man Records out of Detroit and Nashville. For Fisher, collecting started at age 13. The first albums he ever got his hands on were Aerosmith’s Get Your Wings and Thin Lizzy’s Jailbreak. “I was born and raised in the Detroit area and music was our lives,” says Fisher. “The feel of growing up in Detroit is different than anywhere else I’ve seen or been—times were tough, and music was our escape.” His brother Larry was the lead singer in the band Sick and Tired, which had a solid fan base. Fisher has fond memories of weeknights sitting in on band practice at his family’s house and live music on the weekends. Since then, his passion has been vinyl, he says, and “buying every vinyl album, 45, or electronic that I could afford.” Fisher always knew he wanted to open a record shop but was waiting for the right timing, he says. In the interim he worked music-related jobs, including local radio stations WDEL and WSTW, producing the Rick Jensen Show. Eventually, he took his cue from the resurgence of public interest in vinyl occurring over the past few years and opened a shop. And naturally, his love for records overflows. “Vinyl is a complete and full experience as opposed to pressing a button, putting in a CD and hitting play,” says Fisher. “The special thing about vinyl is that you have to interact with it and when you do, there is a feeling that comes through those speakers, the sound, the nuances of the music, the artwork on the jacket, the liner notes on the inner sleeve—it all culminates in an interacting event and experience like no other medium.”
BARRELHOUSE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Delaware blues band Barrelhouse was formed in November of 2007 for the purpose of helping to raise money for a Middletown High School marching band trip. More than 10 years later, with a few personnel changes over the years, the band is still playing locations throughout the Delmarva region, with one notable national performance coming up. They’re taking part in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tenn., Jan. 16-20. Held each January, the Challenge is a worldwide search for blues bands ready to make the jump to the international stage. The event is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience listening to, producing, and creating blues music, while the Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the week. Says vocalist and harmonica player Charlie Rickner: “We all agree that taking the stage on Beale Street, with the venue packed to standing room only, will be like an e-ticket ride at Disney World. To walk out on stage to a crowd that wants everything you can give them is a rush for any musician.” Rickner says he and the band—Tom Nowland (guitar/vocals), Chris Miller (bass/ vocals), John Whitely III (drums/vocals)—will take original material to Memphis, and hope to record it early this year. “People have been asking us for a while about having a CD out,” says Rickner. “We think it’s time.” For more, go to barrelhouse.rocks.
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TWO ROADS ESPRESSWAY Love a cup of coffee as much as a pint of beer? Why not have both in the same mug? Two Roads Espressway combines a delicious blend of Ethiopian and Sumatran coffee beans with the brand’s rich oatmeal stout, producing a silky, malty brew without any bitter aftertaste. How do they accomplish this? By using a German-built device called a “Brewnik,” which basically pressurizes the coffee and stout, steeping the two until cold-brewed coffee stout is ready for consumption. The Espressway is a new year-round addition to the Two Roads rotation, but the chilly weather makes for the perfect time to load up. — Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
19 CRIMES WINE The “19 Crimes” wine is becoming popular, not only because of the quality of the wine, but also the experience. The brand has a historical aspect: The name refers to the British list of crimes that were punishable by transport to Australia. The labels on the wine bottles have the face of a real convict who was sentenced to Australia. Use the accompanying app, and it will animate the image to tell you the convict’s story. As a bonus, it’s also a very tasty wine. So stop in at your local liquor store and indulge in an evening of delicious wine and a historical tale. — Zuny Jamatte, Catalyst Visuals Intern
BELLEFONTE BREWING COMPANY A brewery you may not have heard much about yet is the Bellefonte Brewing Company. A nano brewery that focuses on making excellent beers with seasonal rotations, its calendar is densely packed with community events and educational offerings. If you consider yourself a beer sommelier, want to learn more about brewing your own stuff, or just want to get to know your neighbors better, a visit to the Bellefonte Brewing Company is well worth your time. The tap room is open Wednesdays through Sundays, though the hours fluctuate based on the day, so check times at bellefontebrewingco.com. — Dillon McLaughlin, Contributing Writer
DIY KOMBUCHA My wife and I both realized we love drinking kombucha. It supports healthy gut bacteria and digestion and provides quick and easy energy, without the jitters that coffee can produce. Oh, and it tastes awesome. Most folks who like it find that it can be quite expensive (usually $4-$7 for a single serving). Au contraire, mon frère! I purchased a scoby (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast) for only $9 at the local organic market and I’ve already filled a few dozen bottles of my own. It’s fairly simple and takes just about a week to produce a gallon that’s ready to enjoy. Go with your gut... give it a try. — Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC
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lready 12 locations strong in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is heading south to Rehoboth and even into the Old South—Greenville, S.C. The Greenville Iron Hill is slated to open this spring, followed by the Rehoboth destination in the summer, to be located at 19791 Coastal Highway. Plus, the long-awaited Center City Philadelphia location is set for a spring opening.
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ilmington's 8th & Union Kitchen (801 N. Union St.) is hosting a guest bartending night for Wilmington Jaycees on Thursday, Jan. 11, from 6-9 p.m. Guest bartenders include Karen Poore, Paul Calistro, Dave Feasel, Lisa Gansz, Steve Gansz, Jen Lee and Darren Wright. Wilmington Jaycees helps foster leadership skills in young people through community service and personal development. For more, go to delawarejaycees.org.
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elaware’s up-and-coming Brimming Horn Meadery introduced two limited-release meads late last month. Brimming Horn is a Scandinavianstyle mead hall that features a tasting area where meads and ciders are on tap, and served in bottles, growlers and glasses. First, the Milton meadery (28615 Lewes-Georgetown Highway) is churning out Wolf Peach—a honeyed beverage made with locally grown tomatoes and lemons, with a citrusy result, coming in at 11-14 percent ABV. Why green tomatoes? Founder Jon Talkington says that tomato is an oldcountry wine maker’s favorite ingredient. “So I thought, ‘Why not make it a mead?’” With 25 years of mead-making experience, Talkington and business partner Robert Walker, Jr., took the plunge. The mead’s name derives from Germanic folklore. According to Talkington, the common German word for “tomato” translates to “wolf peach.” Folk tales indicate that witches used the wolf peach to produce and summon werewolves. Second up is Blackberry Chai, made with local Georgetown blackberries and spicy chai tea. Sweet, fruity and spicy notes make up the mead, which also ranges from 11-14 percent ABV. Both meads are available at the Milton tasting room (Fridays and Saturdays 12-7 p.m., Sundays 12-4 p.m.) as well as the online store brimminghornmeadery.com. The meads are limited to 12 cases each, and are on a limited tasting basis at the meadery for $3 per one-ounce pour. In addition to the hall-style tasting area, other Scandinavian influences permeate the business, including the name— Brimming Horn. A horn, overflowing with mead, traditionally would be passed among friends and kin to toast and bring people together, and Talkington and Walker aim to recreate that for their guests.
DOGFISH HEAD & THE FLAMING LIPS
icking off the year with a musical bang, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is working on a collaboration with iconic American indie rock band The Flaming Lips. Releasing in the spring, Dragons & YumYums brew will be a tart pale ale checking in at 6.5 percent ABV. This tropical yet subtly bitter ale is brewed with a combination of dragon fruit, yumberry, passionfruit, pear juice and black carrot juice. “The Flaming Lips are one of the most innovative and collaborative bands of all time and Dogfish shares a similarly playful and adventurous point of view,” says Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. “Their art is a full-on otherworldly sensory experience and we strive to create that same intense, sensational experience for craft beer drinkers in the development of our liquid art.” Calagione says good tunes and great beer are at the heart of Dogfish. After all, the brewery did compose a music-inspired series of brews with artists like Miles Davis, Deltron 3030, The Grateful Dead, Pearl Jam and Guided by Voices. Meanwhile, in other Dogfish news, 2018 also brings the release of two favorite beers now available year round in cans: Lupu Luau IPA and Namaste White. Lupu Luau is a coconut India Pale Ale brewed with toasted coconut, coconut water and an experimental hop that contributes coconut aromas, while Namaste White is a Belgianstyle white ale brewed with dried orange flesh and peel, fresh-cut lemongrass, a bit of coriander, and peppercorns. Also in Dogfish world: Session-sourbrewed with lime juice, lime peel, black limes and sea salt, SeaQuench Ale is the 2017 winner of the craft beer media company Brewbound’s “Beer Product of the Year” award. Only one American beer receives this honor annually. JANUARY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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But does responsible drinking take a back seat? By Rob Kalesse
he digital age of rapidly advancing technology is ubiquitous. Each day, new apps offer us ways to connect and make life easier, whether it’s sharing videos and photos, managing our bank accounts, or checking in and meeting up with friends. The Uber and Lyft apps have revolutionized the ride-hailing landscape, which once consisted of either scheduling a car service well in advance or calling and waiting on a cab for who knows how long. While they both can be used to hop a ride anywhere, the prevailing destinations are bars and restaurants. Naturally, the hospitality industry welcomes any assistance when it comes to getting patrons to belly up at their establishments. But sometimes those same apps can encourage folks to stay out past the point of intoxication, knowing they have no responsibility to drive. We asked some local bartenders about the positives and negatives of the digital designated driver. John Kelly, a Wilmington resident who works at Tonic Bar & Grille on 11th Street, has seen his share of guests who range from the mildly buzzed to the utterly sauced. He believes Uber and Lyft have had a positive effect on business, especially in crowded areas where parking can be an issue. “For the bars and restaurants, ride-hailing is great. It encourages people to stay out a little longer, and sometimes even gets people out in the first place, if they’re going where parking is an issue,” says Kelly. “We have a garage right around the corner, but the
convenience factor is big for Uber users, because they can come and go as they please, sometimes for as much as it costs to park.” Greg Safian, a bar manager at Trolley Tap House, says ridehailing services keep the crowds out later, especially in his neighborhood, where parking can be almost non-existent on weekend nights. On average, Safian says, about 25 percent of his patrons use Uber on busier nights. “The taxi thing is pretty much dead, especially in Wilmington, and I don’t know if you’ll find a bartender who doesn’t appreciate how Uber has had an effect on things,” says Safian. “I can recall, in the past, you might see crowds die down a bit after midnight. Not now. Having the option of what is basically a designated driver— to order—keeps people out, which is a good thing.” Kelly says nearly 50 percent of his patrons use Uber, either to get to Tonic, get home, or both. And even on the occasion where someone has more than their fair share to drink, Uber makes it easy on the bartender to get the inebriated folks home safely. “Before ride-hailing became popular, calling a cab for someone could take hours, and even trying to get the address out of a drunk person was a challenge,” says Kelly. “Now you can just ask to use their phone to call them an Uber, hit the ‘HOME’ button, and the car arrives within minutes. It’s not like taking someone’s keys anymore. Most people are happy to get home safely for just a few bucks.” ►
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While ride-hailing apps keep the inebriated and intoxicated off the roads, the notion of responsible drinking can sometimes take a back seat. After all, when a designated driver can be arranged at the tap of a button, what’s to stop bar hoppers from binge drinking? Jen Stike, a former bartender at the Greene Turtle in Rehoboth Beach, is all too familiar with the issue. She’s seen hordes of already drunk bar-goers take advantage of ride-hailing at the beach, even though she knows part of the responsibility is still hers. “I’m sure you’ve seen groups of people come into a bar at the beach in the middle of summer, out of control, yelling, ‘We’re not driving!’ or ‘We took an Uber!’ without realizing I still have a responsibility,” says Stike. “I still go by the old dram laws and consider it my job not to over-serve.” According to the current State of Delaware Trained Alcoholic Beverage Server Program, Delaware no longer observes Dram Shop laws, which hold a business selling alcoholic drinks liable in the event that someone becomes intoxicated at the establishment and injures themselves or others. However, it is stated that overserving may result in fines and a civil penalty. Either way, Stike isn’t taking chances. “I think that because people take Uber they think I won’t try and manage their drinking, or serve them responsibly, or cut them off if the situation warrants,” she says. “So, it’s added a little bit of a challenge. Trying to explain to somebody Ubering home that you can’t serve them anymore can be as tough as taking their keys away and calling a cab. I feel like sometimes Uber is used as an excuse, or a crutch.” Kelly says he’s seen multiple guests do just that—including one regular on multiple occasions—to the point where he must either cut off the person or ask for his or her phone to call Uber to pick them up. It’s an awkward situation, and one he tries to avoid, although sometimes he can’t. “Bartenders are responsible for not over-serving, let’s make that clear right away,” says Kelly. “But if someone comes in off the street and has already been drinking, it can be hard to tell how far along they are. Sure, [ride-hailing] probably encourages more drinking, but the fact it offers a safe way home is key. It makes our jobs easier, that’s for sure.”
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Regardless of where you fall on the ride-hailing argument, Uber officials stand by their commitment to provide a safe means of getting home, whether you’ve had one beer or 10. According to Craig Ewer, a Mid-Atlantic spokesperson for Uber, the company even set up a breathalyzer kiosk in Rehoboth last summer. “Uber is changing the way people think about drinking and driving in Delaware,” says Ewer “By providing a reliable ride at the push of a button—no matter the time or place—we’re empowering people to make better, safer choices.” Such is Uber’s commitment that, in 2014, it partnered with Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) to further fight drunk driving and the accidents and fatalities it causes. Malcolm Friend, Pennsylvania state program manager with MADD, calls the partnership “a match made in heaven.” He adds, however, that his organization has no position on any individual’s alcohol consumption. “If alcohol is sold legally to patrons over 21, and not those who are already drunk, then it is the business of the individual after that point,” says Friend. “Our goal is to see that people get home safely, and in that regard, Uber has been a wonderful partner. We’ve seen some numbers to specifically support that.” According to a study furnished by MADD―though conducted by the Benenson Strategy Group, an independent, New-York based strategic research consultancy—the number of arrests for driving under the influence fell 10 percent between 2013 and 2014 in Seattle. Similar results were found in Chicago, Austin, Texas and Pittsburgh. The numbers are encouraging, though no such studies have been conducted in Delaware. On a national level, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the number deaths of resulting from alcohol-impaired-driving crashes—not arrests—actually increased slightly between 2015 and 2016, from a total of 10,265 to 10,497. Safian believes that, in the long run, ride-hailing services are a positive. “My question is, would you rather pay the $5 or $10 for an Uber and worry about getting your car the next day, or pay a ton in fines if you get a DUI, or worse? To me, the answer is pretty clear.” Uber and Lyft are both available to riders in all three counties in Delaware, including the towns and cities of Wilmington, Newark, Dover, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach. The mobile app is available for free download on iPhone and Android OS, as well as Samsung Bada and Windows Mobile.
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