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Dream StreetS Art in Wilmington 1970–1990 through September 27 Discover the artistic community that flourished in Wilmington during the 1970s and ‘80s! This landmark exhibition features craft, design, painting, performance art, photography, and more.
Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990 is made possible by DuPont and the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Image: Sleaze Digest No. 1 (detail), 1976. Tom Watkins (born 1951). Color photocopy, 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Lent by Jerry Grant. © Tom Watkins.
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7 The War on Words 8 By the Numbers 9 F.Y.I. 11 O&A Fitness Challenge 13 Atypical Society 15 GreenRoutes
63 Flexing Their Mussels 67 Food Notes
18 Market Street Renaissance
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77 Reviews 79 Red, White & View
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Craft Action Bell’s Brewery Crafty Hoppenings Newark Food & Brew Sips Suds Worth Sipping
WILMINGTON 49 Art on the Town 54 Theatre N 55 City News 58 On the Riverfront
LISTEN 68 Live Aid 74 Tuned In
PLAY 81 Snap Shots
Restaurants, shops, and yes, actual residents, are joining long-time cultural assets like The Grand to begin making Wilmington’s main street vital once again. By Larry Nagengast
25 Craft Action As the popularity of craft beer grows nationwide and around the world, area breweries and brewpubs do their best to keep pace. Here’s a look at six craft- beer brewers and purveyors from the area, and a taste of what’s on tap at each. By Rob Kalesse
On the cover: Dan Sanchez of Dorks and Forks; Brianna Hansen of Möbius New Media; Kelsi Paden of The Grand; and Karl Malgiero of WDDE 91.1 FM at happy hour on the patio of Ernest & Scott Taproom. Photo by Joe del Tufo
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68 Looking Back On Live Aid Thirty years ago, Delawareans were among the 100,000 who filled Philly’s JFK Stadium for a concert unlike any the world had ever seen—or is likely to see again. By Eric Ruth; Photos by Fred Comegys
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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
Niceties • A News Journal columnist, describing a letter from his Uncle Tony: “[It was] written . . . on thick, unlined stationary.” It was stationery that Uncle Tony wrote on, although he was probably stationary at the time. • Similarly, many people don’t know that a hangar is where planes are kept, while hangers are used to store clothes in your closet. • A WDEL announcer called an earthquake “a trembler.” An understandable mistake, since the word is temblor. Grammar-Challenged Slogans In the spirit of the old-time ad that claimed Miller Lite contained “a third less calories,” we note a trend among advertisers to sacrifice good grammar in the name of supposedly clever slogans. Some that we’ve noticed (all of which seem to be in the form of commands): • “Achieve Greater”—Goldey Beacom College. • “Go Further”—Ford (Farther, referring to distance, would be more accurate for a car, although they could be speaking metaphorically). • “Live Fearless”—Independence Blue Cross. We’re sure there are more. Send in your examples. Media Watch • Call this the buried subject. A caption in the News Journal read: “A list of target infrastructures were released by DelDOT . . .” The subject of the sentence is not infrastructures but list, so it should be “was released.” • Again, from TNJ: “‘It’s important to always air on the side of caution,’ says Kevin Charles.” The word the reporter was groping for, of course, was err. • Sports radio host Dan Patrick, speaking of a guest’s songwriting efforts: “He hasn’t quite flushed that out yet.” Like many people, Dan confuses “flushed out” with the proper “fleshed out.” • Later in the week, again speaking about music, Patrick was heard to say: “Bo Ryan would’ve sang along with it.” That’s sung, Dano.
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Word of the Month
futilitarian Pronounced fyoo-til-i-TAR-ee-uhn, it can be an adjective or a noun meaning 1) devoted to futile pursuits or 2) holding the belief that human striving is useless. (A writer of a grammar column fits the first definition.)
By Bob Yearick
Kudos Despite an unending deluge of bad grammar, punctuation, syntax and pronunciation in the media and elsewhere, we find the occasional bright spot. This month, we present three of those shining lights. First, in what would normally fall under “Literally of the Month,” we call attention to one of our own writers—the estimable Larry Nagengast. In his story on the Riverfront in the June issue, Larry mentioned Legends Stadium (later renamed Frawley Stadium), and wrote this: “At the time , the stadium was, literally and figuratively, pretty much the only diamond on the banks of the Christina.” That, my friends, is the way to use “literally.” And under a new category, Word Warrior, we congratulate reader Walt DelGiorno. A retired teacher and tireless grammarian, Walt watches (and plays) a lot of golf, and finds most golf announcers and shows woefully lacking in language skills. He noticed that CBS broadcasts inserted incorrect apostrophes in references to pars—e.g., “par 3’s, par 4’s, and par 5’s.” He emailed the network about the error and received no answer. But a short while later, he noticed that CBS had removed the offending apostrophes. We have used several of Walt’s items in the past, and he always refuses credit, but in this case we talked him into allowing us to publish his name. Congratulations, Walt DelGiorno, our very first Word Warrior. Do you have an achievement in the War on Words that would qualify you as our second Word Warrior? Send it in. And finally: I’m a big fan of Game of Thrones, and Stannis Baratheon recently became my favorite character on the show. In an early episode this season, someone said, “That will mean less enemies for all of us.” “Fewer,” the stellar Stannis corrected. To which we add, bravo!
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Quotation of the Month “Readiness to use clichés is generally a result of indifference to the finer shades in the use of language.” —G.L. Brook, Words in Everyday Life 17 (1981).
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing By Matt Moore
TAKE ON SUMMER YMCA program offers free teen memberships
his summer, the YMCA of Delaware is offering free memberships for underserved teens of Wilmington, ages 13-18. The Take On Summer program will be available at the Central and Walnut Street YMCAs through Aug. 31. A schedule of activities and special events will include access to workout facilities, basketball, art, a free lunchtime meal, swim lessons and more.
DELAWARE STUDENT TAKES HIS SHOW ON THE ROAD 17-year-old Sam Wernerd to tour with the 2015 School of Rock AllStars
ast month, Sam Wernerd, a 17-yearold keyboard player and student at the Wilmington School of Rock, was selected to be a member of the 2015 School of Rock AllStars. Wernerd will tour with the group this summer, performing at major festivals such as Lollapalooza in Chicago, and Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Conn. Since joining the School of Rock at age 10, Wernerd stood out among his classmates. He was chosen from thousands of students from more than 150 School of Rock locations worldwide to represent the top 1 percent in the music education program.
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ast month, Mayor Dennis Williams joined members of the City Council and the local business community to cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of Zipcar in Wilmington. With more than 900,000 members and offering nearly 10,000 vehicles throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and many other locations, Zipcar is the world’s most prominent car sharing service. For Wilmington, residents will be able to reserve cars with Zipcar’s mobile app, online or by phone at any time, immediately or up to a year in advance.
he monthly Second Saturday Poets get-together will take place on July 11 at the Jackson Inn on Lancaster Pike, Wilmington. Featured readers will be Greg Wright and Richard Peabody. Wright, who bases much of his work on Rudyard Kipling’s form and style, is retired, and reads at open mic and other poetry venues in Delaware, the Florida Keys, Hawaii and “ports unknown.” Peabody is the founder and co-editor of Gargoyle Magazine and editor or co-editor of 23 anthologies. A native of Washington, D.C., he taught fiction writing at Johns Hopkins University for 15 years. All poets and writers are invited to participate in the open mic portion of the evening. The program begins at 5 p.m. and ends at about 7.
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THE HEEL HAS NOT HEALED O&A Fitness frustration continues A quick clarification of the headline: We are speaking of a body part here, not a person—i.e., a heel, as in “a bad person, a no-account.” By no means are we implying that Eric Duckworth, the Ultimate Frisbee player who is participating in the 2015 O&A Fitness Challenge, is a person of inferior morals. It’s just that he has a heel injury, which has not healed. Thus, the headline. (“Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now” also occurred to us, but we quickly rejected that.) Think of Eric as our very own Joel Embiid (See ProBasketballTalk, “Sixer May Once Again Miss Entire Season”). Like the 76ers, we had the utmost confidence in our guy before his injury, and we continue to hold out hope that he will compete later this year. Pre-injury, Duckworth managed to play just one game during the spring season of the Men’s Ultimate Frisbee League. Last month at press time, he was hoping to participate in the summer league with his team, the intriguinglynamed You Don’t Win Friends with Salad. Alas, the injury failed to heal, and now the 41-year-old father of two says he is shooting for the fall season. “This has been very frustrating,” says Duckworth, who was hoping to lose a few pounds and further develop his Ultimate Frisbee skills this year. Stay tuned. In the meantime, if you would like to participate in the O&A Fitness Challenge, simply email our publisher, Jerry duPhily, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Explain what activity you plan to engage in and what you plan to accomplish. Here’s hoping it’s not something that’s hard on the feet.
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ARE YOU ECCENTRIC, AUTHENTIC, ‘WEIRD’? Then Atypical Society, a consultant and management team, may want you By Krista Connor
Jasmine Hamlin and Akin Bethea aren't looking for "typical" clients.
wo characteristics are required in order to be a client of Wilmington’s up-and-coming Atypical Society Management Firm: you must be eccentric and authentic. Delaware natives Jasmine Hamlin and Akin Bethea started the talent management and creative consultant organization last year in Wilmington. And as the name suggests, the duo aren’t looking for anyone who is “typical.” “We want to bring in the people who are looked at and deemed ‘weird,’” says Bethea. “With positive energy, passion and talent.” They aim to manage artists of all genres—poets, musicians, vocalists, visual artists, and more. A current client is Justin Sebastian Graves, a young area musician “with a unique aura,” according to Bethea. Atypical will first define his image, then focus on understanding his audience, coaching him, and finally, booking performances. “We want to get exposure for talent that otherwise most likely won’t get exposure,” says Hamlin. Assisting businesses with creative ideas, particularly those on 9th Street, is also part of the company’s vision. “We really want to help businesses here. Businesses start that don’t last because they lack creativity. That’s where we want to come in,” says Hamlin. A current client is Tynisha Lomax at Levitea tea bar on 9th Street. In the spring she explained to Hamlin and Bethea that she wanted the arts and social interaction to be a key aspect of the tea shop. Soon after the discussion, two new events, Atypical Paint Night and Levitea Lounge, were implemented thanks to the team, and attracted diverse crowds to the shop. Paint Nights are now every Friday. They feature a paint instructor, materials and wine for participants. The Levitea Lounge is an improv open mic night every other Thursday from 8-11 p.m.
Both Hamlin and Bethea have dabbled in the arts—painting for Hamlin, cartoons and sculpting for Bethea. On the business end, though, both are breaking new ground. While Hamlin studied fashion marketing at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, neither partner has studied business. But that hasn’t affected their confidence. “We just know we naturally have it,” Hamlin claims. “We’re teaching ourselves and guiding ourselves. We recognize opportunities and know what to do with them when they arise.” The two friends began working together in 2012, after Hamlin had returned from living in Atlanta and Miami for a few years, where she wrote for Juicy, the first celebrity and lifestyle magazine for black women. She interviewed celebrities and networked at top red carpet and social events. She says that by living in the cities and interacting with go-getters like herself, she began to see herself as a creative entrepreneur and she observed and learned all she could. “Coming home, I didn’t want to stop,” Hamlin says. They are working out of Levitea for now until they can find an office that will double as a venue for arts. In addition to Levitea and Graves, the duo has collaborated with city organizations like the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, Flyogi, the Chris White Gallery, Creative Vision Factory, and more, helping to develop creative concepts. Ultimately, Bethea and Hamlin want to help bring the area’s art community together through collaboration and creativity, with a strong focus on working alongside Wilmington’s Creative District. “The change [for the city] is definitely coming,” says Hamlin. “You can see it, feel it; the time is now. Everyone is realizing that the more people work together, the better it’ll be.” Atypical Society is looking for venue space and to hire event assistants ages 18 and older. For more information on this or for client inquiries, email email@example.com. JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Members of the GreenRoutes crew working on Pine Street in Wilmington. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Center for Horticulture
A Deep-Rooted Commitment TheDCH helps the unemployed and underserved find jobs through GreenRoutes, a horticulture work-readiness program By Krista Connor
wenty-four-year-old Chie Smyre has always been fascinated by the process of growing organic foods and cooking. As a teenager, she could envision a future for herself in these areas. But when she was 19, that dream got waylaid. Smyre was arrested for selling drugs and faced five years of incarceration at the Hazel D. Plant Women’s Treatment Facility in New Castle. When she was released from prison last winter, the Wilmington native needed employment opportunities. With help from a job counselor, she discovered and enrolled in GreenRoutes, a program
sponsored by the Delaware Center for Horticulture, a nonprofit horticulture resource organization. GreenRoutes provides free training and an internship in the horticulture field, with the goal of finding enrollees entry-level “green” jobs. After the 10-week program and an internship at Highland Orchards on Foulk Road in north Wilmington, Smyre got a job at Highland as farm assistant. She now plants and harvests crops and works at the farm stands, and she’s hoping to meld her love for organic food with her passion for cooking. ► JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“I didn’t know where I was going, or what I was doing [before],” says Smyre. “But I’m positive now. I’m no longer living a negative life. I can wake up and come home at night knowing that I’m making my money legally.” Helping change lives like Smyre’s is the specified goal of the GreenRoutes program, which connects TheDCH’s multiple missions: greening, education, environmental care and social justice. GreenRoutes’ predecessor was the Return to Work Green Jobs program. Founded in 2008, it drew national attention when it was featured on NPR radio’s You Bet Your Garden. It gave ex-felons opportunities to improve their own lives by helping communities through green work. GreenRoutes, which was piloted at the beginning of the year as an expansion of Return to Work, is open to anyone, with a focus on recruiting unemployed or underserved people, including those exiting the penal system. TheDCH’s adult education manager, Bonnie Swan, and case manager, Jeff Long, helped facilitate the program. They work alongside GreenRoutes participants, even after they graduate. “People who come to this program are changing direction in their lives and taking on a new type of job, with a new and more productive life,” says Swan. The program, funded by state grants, is conducted from January to March, providing 350 hours of horticulture training and work in public landscapes and urban agriculture. It also covers first aid, safety, financial literacy and computer skills. During their 10 weeks of wintertime training, students don’t simply sit indoors listening to lectures. They apply what they learn with help from guest speakers, DCH horticulture experts and field trips. It’s when they’re doing reports, taking a plant apart, or examining something under a hand lens that students’ classroom knowledge comes alive, says Swan. “One of the best things is watching the lightbulbs come on, when you know you’ve really triggered somebody’s imagination. We make it as applied and experiential as we can.” Following the program and an internship, graduates are ready for a job in the horticulture industry, including tree or lawn care services, landscaping, working as a florist, and more. “By the time they’re ready to work, the season has heated up and people are looking for employees,” says Swan.
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Bonnie Swan helped pilot TheDCH's GreenRoutes program.
She and Long have gotten to know students over the months, and have come to appreciate their commitment to learning and growing, despite past misfortunes or conflicts they may have faced. Most students need help reestablishing their lives and understanding how to navigate the world, Swan says. “These are people who have struggled with the system.” Some, like Smyre, have served time, others had disadvantaged backgrounds, or have simply been at the wrong place at the wrong time. Several never finished high school. “So it’s great to see the real person inside, not the stereotype,” says Swan. “And to know they have the potential to become gainfully employed and live a productive life.” Smyre has nothing but praise for people at TheDCH. She says the organization’s commitment to students has been just as great as students’ commitment to GreenRoutes. “They took time to get to know each one of us,” Smyre says. “They’re amazing, and they don’t judge.” It was Long who drove around with Smyre to various farms, seeking an internship for her. Even after completing the program, Smyre says she can still call TheDCH if she needs help with things like bus transportation and housing. For her, the opportunities provided by GreenRoutes are only the start to fulfilling her aspirations. Smiling, she says, “Maybe I’ll have my own farmers’ market one day, produce all the things myself and sell them myself.”
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Market Street R Restaurants, shops, and yes, actual residents, are joining long-time cultural assets like The Grand to begin making Wilmington’s main street vital once again By Larry Nagengast
arket Street has seen its share of hard times. The backbone of Wilmington’s commercial and retail life for more than two centuries, the street fell into decline in the late 1960s, ravaged by rioting and a National Guard occupation in the wake of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968. The continued growth of suburban shopping malls eviscerated its retail core. Market Street’s transformation into a pedestrian mall in the mid-1970s brought a glimmer of hope, but it was short-lived.
Why would a big-name national retailer want to invest millions downtown when the local merchants, who presumably knew better, had decided to close up shop at 5 p.m.—when DuPont employees went home—shuttering their storefronts with forbidding iron gates? While the passage of the landmark Financial Center Development Act in 1981 would engulf Delaware’s shores with a tidal wave of credit card banks, it meant little to Market Street. The bankers, like almost everyone else in the ‘80s, preferred the suburbs. ►
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In the 1990s, a Market Street turnaround would begin, slowly and quietly, dwarfed by the mega-projects underway MARKET STREET less than a mile to the south on the Riverfront—a baseball RENAISSANCE stadium, outlet shops, restaurants and a meeting center, continued from previous page followed later by office buildings, a movie theater, a children’s museum, townhouses and condos. With relatively little fanfare, the funky LOMA district between Second and Fourth took shape, with shops and restaurants downstairs, digital marketing and consulting businesses like the Archer Group and Trellist around the corner, and millennials hungry for life in an up-and-coming neighborhood taking over the rehabbed apartments upstairs. The Delaware College of Art and Design, opened in 1997, would grow steadily to an enrollment of 400-plus students, with many living along Market Street, either in secondor third-floor walkups or in a former hotel recently converted into a residence hall. In 2011, the venerable Queen Theater would discover a second life (a third, if you count its 19th-century origins as a hotel) in the next two years, joining the Grand Opera House as a destination for city residents and suburbanites in search of top-quality live entertainment. For much of the past decade, two developers—Preservation Initiatives in the 300 block and the Buccini/Pollin Group from Fourth to Rodney Square—have been rehabbing upstairs residential units and new residents have been eager to move in. At the same time, Downtown Visions, Wilmington’s affiliate in the national Main Street economic development program, has been supporting local businesses through training programs, marketing, event sponsorship and, most significantly, a façade improvement program financed through loans and grants that has resulted in the removal of most of the storefront security gates. “We’ve done 49 façade projects and 26 of them have included [interior or exterior] building renovations,” says Will Minster, Downtown Visions’ director of business development. “Market Street’s cultural assets have always been there,” says Mark Fields, The Grand’s executive director, citing his venue, the Christina Cultural Arts Center, the Queen and the just-renamed Playhouse on Rodney Square. “What we’ve been waiting and hoping for is the rest of what you need for a vital downtown to catch up with us—people living downtown, as much as anything,” he says.
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“What we’re excited about,” Fields continues, his voice cracking with enthusiasm, “is we see it coming now.” And there’s plenty coming … soon. Figuratively, and in some respects literally, a new Market Street is just around the corner. In early July, if not sooner, restaurateur Bryan Sikora, owner of the popular La Fia Bakery Market and Bistro at 421 N. Market, will have opened two new ventures—Cocina Lolo, a whimsical Latin-Mexican restaurant, on the ground floor of the Renaissance Building, 405 N. King St., and Market Street Bread and Bagel, a breakfast-lunch, bakery and sandwich shop with counter and takeout service, at 823 N. Market.
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In July and August, Buccini/Pollin will be renting marketrate apartments at 608 N. Market, just up from DCAD, and across the street at 629 N. Market, once the Kennard’s department store and more recently a Delaware State University satellite operation. By the end of August, BPG will be renting apartments in the three buildings of its Market Street Village: 838 N. Market, the former WSFS Bank headquarters; 839 N. Market, over the Walgreen’s store; and 6 E. Third St. Many of the new residents are expected to be teachers and staff members at three charter schools opening this fall: Delaware Met at 920 French St.; Great Oaks in the Community Education Building, 1200 French St., and Freire, in the former Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Delaware headquarters on West 14th Street. Depending on income levels, residents of Market Street Village may be able to rent a onebedroom unit for about $800 a month. The 150 units in these projects should add about 200 residents to Market Street. Once these renovations are complete, BPG will ramp up work on the ground floor and lower level of the old WSFS building, transforming the former bank hall (once home to N.C. Wyeth’s famous 1932 mural Apotheosis of the Family) into a recreation hall that will be called Ninth Street Social, according to Sarah Lamb, BPG’s director of design and marketing. Expected to open in the first half of 2016, the center will feature pool and ping pong tables, skeeball games, a lounge area, a coffee/juice bar and enough interior flexibility to host art bazaars, craft shows and social events. Also in early 2016, Canon Hospitality Management expects to complete the transformation of the seven-story former Beneficial Bank headquarters into a Renaissance Inn at 1300 N. Market. It will be a 96-suite hotel for extended-stay travelers. The building has sat vacant for a decade. Canon Patel, a managing member of Canon Hospitality Management, the developer of the hotel project, told the News Journal that while this is his company’s first time adapting an existing building, they chose the property because of its location across from the Hercules office building on the northern edge of downtown. Patel said the location helps with their target audience— business travelers who are staying for more than a night or two. ►
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By next spring, Scott Morrison and Joe Van Horn, partners in the Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom, expect to open their third restaurant on Market, which helps explain why the brew pub/barbecue spot at 827 N. Market will be named 3 Doors. The other reason: itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also three doors up from Chelsea. Chelsea itself will be getting a new look as Buccini/Pollin tears down 817 N. Market, effectively doubling the width of the pedestrian pathway between Market and Shipley streets, creating an area that will be known as Chelsea Plaza. The remodeled Chelsea will have windows and an entrance opening onto the plaza, where it will have an outdoor seating area. Across the way, 815 N. Market will be repurposed as home to several mini-shops that will also open onto the plaza.
The plaza, Lamb says, will be roomy enough to accommodate small events, things like jazz fairs, craft shows and perhaps a popup beer garden. The greater significance of Chelsea Plaza, Lamb says, is what it will lead into. Flip the calendar to mid-2017, when BPG expects to open the Residences at Midtown Park, a 200-unit luxury apartment complex on the site of the former Midtown Parking Garage. Its two buildings, with a 513-space parking garage underneath, will take up most of the northern portion of the block bordered by Shipley, Eighth, Orange and Ninth streets. Ground floor retail fronting on Ninth Street will serve both residents and downtown workers. The 300 or so residents at Midtown Park will be able to look through Chelsea Plaza for a dramatic view of The Grand, easily the most iconic of Market Streetâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic structures.
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A broad alleyway between the two buildings serves a dual purpose: providing access to the parking garage on one side and forming a shop-lined walkway on the other. This area will be known as Burton Place, honoring the late William H. Burton, an African American former Wilmington city councilman, whose name is attached to a landmark 1961 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that started when he was refused service in the Eagle Coffee Shoppe, which was part of the old parking garage complex, in 1958 because of his race. Chelsea Plaza and Burton Place would extend, in zigzag fashion, a series of walkways through the middle of downtown’s 800 blocks, from Peter Spencer Plaza on King Street all the way west to Orange Street. Taken together, the multiple projects and the people moving into the new and renovated apartments could give a nearlyfinished look to a revitalization that has been two decades in the making. “When all these things come together in the next 24 months,” Fields says, “it’s going to completely change the dynamics of downtown in a positive way.” With hundreds of new residents, “Market Street will become more attractive to businesses,” says Patrick Ryan, who moved downtown last year as part of the launch team for the new Great Oaks Charter School. “I expect to see some stores open on Sunday, some to stay open later. I see a place where people will want to hang out and socialize, rather than just going to the Riverfront.” Projects like Ninth Street Social, in the old WSFS building, are being developed with the critical mass of the millennial generation in mind, Lamb says. “We have plenty of destination entertainment, like The Grand, The Queen and the restaurants,” she says, “but what we’ve been missing up to now has been the local hangouts.”
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Mona Parikh, one of the organizers of Start It Up Delaware, says she has found that the digital and tech entrepreneurs who frequent the coworking space on Market Street are often interested in more than finding collaborators and mentors for their projects. “They’re taking a vested interest in forming a community,” she says. Like Parikh, Ryan sees millennials on Market as having the potential to become a driving force within a community whose evolution is taking it away from larger businesses and into smaller, more artistic, cultural and tech-driven operations. “Wilmington has a knack for attracting people who are socially conscious, who are interested in giving back to the community —young people who are not scared of the problems, but who are going to embrace the challenges,” he says. “Ten years ago, nobody lived on Market Street. There are 500 to 600 residents now,” says Mike Hare, BPG’s executive vice president. “No one would have believed that 10 years ago.” He expects Market Street’s steady progress to continue. “The city has good bones. We’re fortunate we have good employers and we have a pretty healthy skyline,” he says. He’s eager to see what happens when the current round of projects is complete. “Every two years there seems to be a new tipping point,” he says. “I don’t think we’ve seen the last one yet.”
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SOME CAUTIONARY NOTES While the wave of new projects nearing completion and the anticipated arrival of 500 or so new residents has many believing Market Street is reaching the tipping point in a successful revitalization, some with first-hand knowledge of what’s going on are waving a few caution flags. First, Chemours. After more than a century in downtown Wilmington, the DuPont Co. has moved its headquarters to the suburbs, leaving Chemours, its performance materials spinoff, in what is still known as the DuPont Building. It remains unclear whether Chemours will match DuPont in terms of downtown personnel and payroll (the latter a key issue for a city government that counts on wage tax revenue from well-paid executives). And it’s equally unclear whether Chemours will remain for the long haul or become the target of another corporate takeover. “It would be a shame to lose a company of that size, but there is definitely a shift happening,” says Sarah Lamb, director of design and marketing for the Buccini/Pollin Group. Noting the growth of tech-based small businesses and entrepreneurial communities like Start It Up Delaware and 1313 Innovation (in the Hercules Building), as well as plans for an arts-tech oriented Creative District west of Market, Lamb says, “All this grassroots stuff kind of offsets changes in the corporate climate.” Next, crime. Wilmington still has to shake the “Murdertown, U.S.A.” label given it in a December article in Newsweek magazine. Although the incidence of crime in the Market Street corridor is significantly lower than in most other areas of the city, there remains a perception among suburbanites that the entire city is unsafe. Making streets safe is not only a police duty, it’s a shared responsibility, says Carrie W. Gray, managing director of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. “It’s about everybody being part of the solution.” Joe Van Horn, managing partner at the Chelsea Tavern, is a Hockessin resident but he grew up outside Philadelphia and went to high school in Chester, Pa. “The fear issue is zero to me,” he says. “I think this is the safest I’ve ever been in my life.” He points to the irony of how little mention there is of crime when popular entertainers fill the Grand, the Playhouse or the Queen to capacity. “It’s never unsafe on show nights. It’s never a safety issue when there’s someone they want to see,” he says. Finally, for all the new housing in the pipeline, Will Minster, director of business development for Downtown Visions, questions whether it is enough, and whether it’s directed at all income groups. “We need a balance between affordable, millennials and luxury,” he says. Buccini/Pollin can’t afford to buy up all the remaining potential residential sites on Market, and merchants who own their buildings, especially in the 700 block, need help through something like the façade improvement program to convert their upstairs space into affordable rental units, Minster says. Minster believes an overlooked target market is made up of the relatively low-paid night-shift workers at downtown restaurants and entertainment venues. Public transportation isn’t a viable option for someone who works until midnight, and parking options are limited for those who must arrive at work before or during the evening rush hour, he adds. “If you’re getting off at 11:30 at night, it would be nice to live down the street,” Minster says. “And it’s their community. They would be more protective of it.”
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Craft Action: from delco to the beach As the popularity of craft beer grows nationwide and around the world, area breweries and brewpubs do their best to keep pace. Here’s a look at six craft-beer brewers and purveyors from around the area, and a taste of what’s on tap at each. By Rob Kalesse
pizza & beer: a most perfect union Somewhat surprisingly, the very posh and elegant Pizza by Elizabeths has been brewing beer at its Greenville location for more than a year now. But it all started in the kitchen, when Executive Chef Paul Egnor, a home brewer for years, got the thumbs up from owner Betsy LeRoy to brew an arsenal of ales at the restaurant. “I would bring whatever I brewed at home into the restaurant and share it with Betsy and the staff,” Egnor says. “As much as I like to brew my own beer, it’s impossible to drink it all. Brewing is definitely a shared experience, and that’s what led us to becoming Frozen Toes Brewing at Pizza by Elizabeths.” After acquiring licensing to brew on the premises, Egnor and then-Sous Chef Rob Traynor made their first batch of craft beer for the restaurant in January of 2014. The name Frozen Toes is a shot at Traynor, who, according to Egnor, wasn’t prepared for the experience of brewing outdoors in the winter. ►
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“It was so cold out when we brewed our first batch, and he [Traynor] kept complaining about how his feet were so cold,” Egnor says. “It became a running joke and eventually the namesake for the brewery.” Traynor has since left the company, so Egnor now brews two to three times a week with Steve Lewis, another backof-the-house staff member with home brewing experience. Frozen Toes doesn’t brew on a large scale; Egnor says they brew 13 gallons at a time, and usually perform two brews per session. “We only brew ales, because we don’t have the equipment to do lagers, but we’ve been able to pump out 30 different types since we started,” Egnor says. “We can usually get about two half-kegs and a sixtel per beer.” That equals roughly 165 pints of beer, which have included an India Red Ale, a Saison, and the soon-to-be-released Pizza Party, an ale brewed with tomatoes and fresh basil and oregano, all grown on-site.
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Since the first “Temple of Beer in Delaware” opened in Newark in 2011, Two Stones Pub has continued to expand its brand, with new locations in North Wilmington and Kennett Square, Pa. That expansion continues this summer in the form of a brewery in Aston, Pa., as Two Stones pursues the sacred art of brewing. Known as 2SP Brewing Company, the brewery will have craft ales and lagers for consumption by mid-July, according to coowner Mike Stiglitz. Joining “Stigz” and his craft brew crew are newly acquired Brewer Bob Barrar, a Great American Beer Festival medal winner (19 times over) with Iron Hill, and Cellarman Andrew Rubenstein, who will focus most of his attention on barrel aging the myriad Belgian sour beers 2SP will brew.
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“We’re getting Barolo casks and other red wine barrels from Italy, bourbon barrels from distilleries like Elijah Craig and Knob Creek, as well as rum barrels,” Stiglitz said. “We plan on making a lot of creative stuff to go along with the food at all our restaurants.” Fans of Two Stones can sign up for the 2SP barrel program, which will allow them to reserve a bottle of barrel-aged beer when bottling takes place in October and November. 2SP plans to age some pretty heavy hitters, including a Russian Stout brewed with coffee beans from ReAnimator Coffee Roaster in Philadelphia. The timeline for 2SP’s core beers to reach the taps at Two Stones Pub locations is late July, and Stigz plans to feature a minimum of four of the six house beers on draft. Those six include two IPAs, an American stout, a Belgian saison, a “Weiss Witt,” or Belgian white ale with a slightly sour taste, and Barrar’s signature recipe, the DELCO Lager. “We want 2SP to have a presence at all the pubs, but we certainly don’t want to cannibalize our beer list in the process,” Stiglitz said. “So you’ll see a number of our flagship beers, in addition to some of the seasonals we’ll be making, followed by a selection of some of the best craft beer from around the country and around the world.” While plans for more expansion into Hockessin have stalled, a site has been established in Jennersville, Pa., for a fourth Two Stones Pub location. Stiglitz said that canned and bottled versions of 2SP beers will also hit the market at some point, likely in early 2016.
stewart's celebrates its 20th July is going to be a very busy month for Al Stewart and his crew at Stewart’s Brewing Company in Bear. Not only are they finishing year-long renovations that include new booths, new table tops, new flatscreen TVs and other aesthetic modifications, they’re also rolling out a new menu and a 20th Anniversary Ale in anticipation of their Outdoor Beer Fest on Saturday, July 25. “By the time July hits, you won’t even recognize the place,” Stewart said. “Since we’re really looking forward to unveiling a lot of the changes, we have events planned for pretty much every day and night during the entire month, culminating with our festival on the 25th.” Some of those events include “Night Brewing” on Tuesdays, wherein the brewery staff will make beer during the evening and offer tours of the brewery as well, and “Original Menu” features on Fridays, with special items from their opening menus at 1995 prices. ►
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“We’re also doing prix-fixe beer dinners all month long on CRAFT ACTION: FROM DELCO Thursday nights, and a Lottery TO THE BEACH Discount special on Sunday, the continued from previous page 26th,” Stewart said. “If you come in that day, you have the chance of drawing anywhere between 5 and 20 percent off your check.” Head Brewer Ric Hoffman recently began bottling the 20th Anniversary Ale, which will be available for sale and on tap this month. He said the big Belgian ale will weigh in at 10.5 percent, will be “orangey” in color, and will feature some locally sourced ingredients. “I’ve never been a huge fan of botanicals, but I wanted to strive for nuanced flavors that you really need to search for when you drink it,” Hoffman said. “We used local honey from West Grove, chamomile, rose hips and elderberries. The result will have a perceived floral sweetness, with a dry finish. I think it’s going to be a great—although big—summer beer.” Tickets for Stewart’s Outdoor Beer Festival on July 25 are $35. The event, which takes place from 4-8 p.m. in Stewart’s Governor’s Square parking lot, will feature foods cooked on the house smoker, Pete Casey & 7 Rings playing Irish music, and beers from other local breweries, like 16 Mile, Dogfish Head, Iron Hill and Mispillion River.
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Major renovations are currently taking place at 270 E. Main St. in Newark, home to the East End Café for nearly 25 years, and most recently, Mojo Main. Called Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, the gastropub restaurant is scheduled to open in time for Newark’s Food & Brew Fest on the weekend of July 25. Owners Jim O’Donoghue and Lee Mikels, both of whom spent time at the East End during their college days at UD, had been looking for a viable spot to make their dream come true for nearly six years. When Mojo Main went under in the spring of 2014, the business partners made their move. “The timing of this place coming back on the market really worked out for us, because we had been aggressively looking to rent a place that was family owned,” Mikels said. “The Laletas
family has been great to work with, though we didn’t realize how much work we’d be putting in to getting this old building up to speed.” Mikels said they’ve been working tirelessly on the building, originally erected in 1972, ripping out old wiring, paneling on the walls, and even thick carpeting the former owners placed in the ceilings to keep the noise down. “It was a bit of a mess, but I think the former owners did everything they could to satisfy the noise ordinances in Newark,” O’Donoghue said. “When we open, however, that won’t be a problem. We’ll only be featuring acoustic acts in our back room, and we have even modified the stage to accommodate smaller acts.” The back bar will feature 24 taps, focusing primarily on local and regional craft beer, and the menu will focus on modern American cuisine, again with local fruits and vegetables, as well as meats from neighbors like Herman’s Meats on Cleveland Avenue. The middle bar, which for years featured an eyesore in the form of a massive cooler, has been refurbished, and the cooler removed. This area, O’Donoghue said, will serve as a bar hangout, along with tables for casual dining. The front patio will remain the crown jewel. “You really can’t find a patio with this much space up and down Main Street, so we really want to capitalize on that,” Mikels said. “It’s the first thing you see when you come driving down the street, so we want to be a welcoming sign to the town of Newark.”
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For years at every Iron Hill location, standards like the Ironbound Ale, an American Pale Ale, and the Raspberry Wheat, a popular, filtered wheat beer with raspberry concentrate, held their own on the house beer list. But this spring both were replaced by more popular styles. Enter the Ore House IPA, an India Pale Ale that references one of Iron Hill’s original house beers, the Ore House Amber, and the Witberry, a classic, unfiltered Belgian wheat beer with a touch of raspberry. According to Senior Head Brewer Brian Finn, the IPA has out-sold the rest of the house beer list, while the Witberry is holding its own. “With the IPA, it became really popular almost overnight, and is now our No. 1 selling house beer,” Finn said. “For us, it was a no-brainer to add an IPA to our house list, because it’s one of the most popular beers in America right now.” The Ore House IPA features a deep golden color, with notes of citrus and pine, while the Witberry is actually an off-shoot of another new house beer, the White Iron Wit. Both are unfiltered wheat beers (much like an Allagash White or Hoegaarden), but the Witberry features the addition of raspberry. Both will be on tap, along with a slew of other “lawnmower beers,” as Finn calls them, at Iron Hill Wilmington’s annual bocce tournament on Saturday, Aug. 15. Three bocce courts will be set up all weekend, with tournaments taking place between local bar and restaurant employees, as well as Iron Hill employees and loyal customers, between noon and 5 p.m. Light summer beers and fruity ales and lagers will be on tap from neighboring O’Donoghue, Mikels and their team hope to have Grain open in time for the Newark Food & Brew Fest on July 25. breweries, in Delaware and beyond. ►
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new brews at the beach A new microbrewery is planned to open between Lewes and Rehoboth come late August, and by all accounts, it sounds like one of the biggest dining destinations at the beach: 6,500 square feet, 80 seats in the dining room and on the back deck, 60 seats at the bar, 40 on the front porch, and a back yard with horse shoe pits, lawn chairs and a playground. Owner/operating Partner Rich Garrahan came up with the name Crooked Hammock while lying in his own backyard hammock after work each night. Since moving to Rehoboth Beach from New Jersey, he has spent time working with the ownership group behind local favorites Nage Restaurant and Big Chill Surf Cantina. “I left a job at Merrill Lynch after college, and figured I’d move to the beach and be on the sand just about every day, living the easy life,” Garrahan said. “But then I started working and started a family, and the idea I had of ‘beach life’ changed dramatically. The ‘Crooked Hammock’ is basically my nightly escape, and we’re hoping this place can be a personal escape for our guests.” The escape will feature community picnic style tables outside, along with a stage to host local musicians. Three garage doors that will open from the dining room, allowing customers to look out onto the deck. But the beer will likely be the main attraction. “Our brewer, Chris Wright, has worked at Terrapin Brewery in Georgia and Heavy Seas in Baltimore, so he is bringing a lot of great experience with him,” Garrahan said. “The food will definitely go along with microbrew beers—both our own and others from local breweries—and will include hot dogs, burgers, fresh seafood, boardwalk fries, and even meat on sticks.” While construction at the Kings Highway location is still underway, Garrahan, along with partners Josh Grapski and Mitch Rosenfeled, are confident their doors will be open by Labor Day weekend, if not late August. For more info and updates on their status, like them on Facebook or go to www.crookedhammock.com.
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THE RING OF BELL’S IN DELAWARE The Michigan institution, now the No. 8 craft brewer in the country, introduces six of its brews in the First State By Rob Kalesse
hen one of the popular Midwestern or West Coast craft brews—be it Lagunitas, New Belgium, or Oskar Blues —makes its way to Delaware, the craft beer community gets a little hop happy in anticipation. And so it is with Bell’s Brewery, a craft beer institution and pioneer based in Kalamazoo, Mich., whose brews date back to the early 1980s, when then-brewery supply store owner Larry Bell started making his own beer. Three decades later, six of Bell's beers are now available in Delaware, and the restaurants, bars and liquor stores fortunate enough to stock this vaunted line of suds are ready to show them off. Laura Bell, daughter of the company’s founder, shares their excitement. “We’ve always been thoughtful about our growth and footprint, but the time is perfect for expanding to Delaware,” she says. “It
really helps that Delaware is a craft beer drinking state. The residents there have embraced craft for a long time, so it’s really a positive setting for us to enter.” The Bell’s line of products now available in Delaware include two of their most popular beers, the Two Hearted Ale, a 7 percent IPA made with Centennial hops, and the Oberon Ale, an American style wheat beer. Both are available on draught, in bottles and by the 16-oz. can. Others include the flagship Amber Ale; the Bell’s Porter; the Kalamazoo Stout, made with licorice; and the Oarsman Ale, a tart, wheat ale. All will be available on draught and by the 12-oz. bottle. Some of the locations featuring Bell’s on their menus include Stone Balloon Ale House, Trolley Taphouse, Tyler Fitzgerald’s and Kelly’s Logan House, as well as Peco’s Liquors and Kreston’s Wine & Spirits. JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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John Russell, general manager of Tyler Fitzgerald’s and Scratch Magoo’s, is particularly pumped for the long-awaited arrival of Bell’s products in Delaware. “Bell’s is the best craft beer in the country, in my opinion, that had yet to arrive in Delaware,” Russell says. “The Two Hearted is such a consistently great pale ale, and the name alone resonates through the craft beer market as one of the best.” Russell says Tyler’s featured the Debs’ Red and Double Cream Stout for a special beer dinner in late June, and will keep them on tap until they run out. He says he plans to continuously run the Amber and Two Hearted, adding that he thinks the latter can rival the Lagunitas IPA. “A lot of craft breweries have come east since the days of Sierra Nevada and, later on, Stone,” Russell says. “I think these beers are here to stay. We put the Lagunitas IPA on in November of 2013 and it’s been on tap ever since. I see Two Hearted establishing a similar presence.” Tim Crowley, general manager of Kelly’s Logan House, a Trolley Square destination with more than 100 rotating craft beers on draft, by the bottle, and in cans, has watched the eastward migration with a close eye. “We’re somewhat limited to what’s available to us, so when a new line arrives, we all tend to get really excited,” Crowley says. “The nice thing about the recent bigger breweries arriving is they have the ability to support the market and have enough beer so that we can keep them on tap consistently. “But Bell’s is on a different level, simply due to the fact that they’re part of craft beer history, and that a majority of their beers are unfiltered. That allows for more flavor, which I think is a big draw for their beers.” On the liquor store side of things, Ed Mulvihill, director of sales and marketing for Peco’s Liquors, says that one of Bell’s most attractive qualities is the consistency of its product. “The quality really is amazing with Bell’s, and it’s evident in drinking their ales that they’ve done this for a long time and have perfected their craft,” Mulvihill says. “They also still maintain that small craft brewery feel. They posted to Facebook when their trucks were being loaded with shipments to Delaware. I think that’s a really neat thing and shows that, even though it’s part of the marketing plan, they haven’t lost touch with their fans.” But if Bell’s has been brewing such quality beers for 30 years, and so many Delaware craft beer fans love the product so much, the question must be asked; Why did it take so long to get here? “Logistically speaking, Delaware is a small market, so I think it speaks loudly about the success of craft in this state that we’re getting it,” Mulvihill says. “Otherwise, I’m guessing the delay had only to do with market supply and demand.” Bell, who is co-owner and vice president, puts it bluntly: “Honestly, we couldn’t make enough beer. We’ve always wanted to grow at a reasonable rate and continue to offer quality beer for fair prices. The last thing we’d want to do is enter a new territory, realize we couldn’t keep up with demand, and then have to pull out.” Now that Bell’s is ranked No. 8 in the country in terms of craft production, and No. 15 overall in terms of overall beer production, Bell is confident the time is right to market her family’s beers in Delaware. From the sound of things, Delaware craft drinkers are just as confident.
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Here, for your summer and fall planning guide, are some of the best craft beer events in the area. They include flight clubs, community events, charity functions, beer dinners, beer festivals, and more. Most, as noted, are open to all ages. For others, you must be 21 or older. Enjoy! BEER DINNERS Monthly at 6:30pm. See website for dates. Two Stones Pub, Newark, Wilmington & Kennett Square, Pa. twostonespub.com Pairing award-winning beer with phenomenal food, Two Stones provides dinners in an intimate, relaxed atmosphere, seating no more than 30. Each dinner meets monthly at the Newark, Wilmington and Kennett Square locations and features carefully chosen food and craft beer selections. Tickets are $72 and include a six-course meal and six beers.
CHELSEA TAVERN FLIGHT CLUB Every Tuesday, 5:30pm Chelsea Tavern, Wilmington chelseatavern.com The first rule of Flight Club is that you do not have to be a member. But a membership does entitle you to specials such as a Flight Club mug, as well as 20 percent off monthly beer dinners and beer with mugs. This month members will also enjoy several perks like a dinner with Ian Wallace of Yards Brewing Company, free raffles/giveaways and a night of flights on the patio of the Ernest & Scott Taproom. Each beer and food pairing is meticulously chosen, based on seasonality, geographic location, style and many other factors. Meeting weekly in the historic Chelsea Tavern, Flight Club is a friendly and thriving community of food and craft beer lovers. Your first flight is only $10.
GRILLED CHEESE & CRAFT BEER Monthly, resuming in September World Cafe Live at The Queen, Wilmington queen.worldcafelive.com For years The Queen has taken the two best things on earthâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;grilled cheese and craft beerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and paired them in unexpected and delicious ways. Yet there is no American cheese and Wonder Bread in sight. Instead, they use high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, in addition to rare imports from around the world. Although they are taking a break for the summer, dinners will resume in September and continue monthly on a day to be determined, which will be announced on the website. For each meal, a different brewery will be featured, with a representative on hand to speak and offer giveaways. In September, Yards Brewing Company will be on hand with its Pynk brew, raising awareness for breast cancer. October will feature Stone Brewing Company, and Mispillion will appear in November. Tickets are $40.
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WINTERTHUR BEER GARDEN Fridays, July 17 & 24, Aug. 14 & 21. 4-9pm Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library winterthur.org Enjoy local craft beers, Pennsylvania/Germaninspired food and live music in a calming, picturesque atmosphere. This year’s event includes selections from Delaware’s own 16 Mile, Fordham & Dominion, Twin Lakes, Dogfish Head and 3rd Wave. Tickets or reservations are not needed and it’s $6 for any 12-oz. beer served in mugs. This event is open to all ages.
BIRDIES & BREWS Thursday, July 23. 5-7pm Deerfield Tennis and Golf Club, Newark dmvc.org/bb Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America Del-Mar-Va Council, The Birdies & Brews fest combines two great things: golf and craft beer. Enjoy craft brews, sodas, spirits, as well as street food fare, live entertainment and an auction. Tickets are $50 and include a commemorative tasting glass that you can use for unlimited tastings. Featured breweries include regional favorites such as Dogfish Head, Twin Lakes, Iron Hill and many others. All proceeds benefit your local BSA troop. This event is open to all ages.
NEWARK FOOD & BREW FESTIVAL Saturday, July 25. 2-9pm Downtown Newark newarkfoodandbrewfest.com The 12th annual Newark Food & Brew Festival features craft and imported beers, creative cuisine, live music and sidewalk performers. This event showcases more than 40 craft and imported beers paired with food from 17 of downtown Newark’s finest restaurants. Walk from restaurant to restaurant as musicians and balloon decorations line the street, making this one of Delaware’s most beloved summer traditions. Out & About Magazine will be there, hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. There is no admission fee and a complimentary shuttle service will be provided. The first 2,500 to attend will receive a free sampling mug. This event is open to all ages.
STEWART'S BREWING CO. 20TH ANNIVERSARY OUTDOOR BEER FEST Saturday, July 25. 4-8pm Stewart’s Brewing Company, Bear stewartsbrewingcompany.com Enjoy a full day of great food and craft beer from some of the region’s best breweries, including Iron Hill, Dogfish Head, Fordham & Dominion, Flying Fish, 3rd Wave, 16 Mile, Mispillion, Agrilla, Twin Lakes, Sly Fox, Yards and Stewart’s. Held at New Castle County’s first brewpub, this event is open to all ages. ►
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AMERICA ON TAP 7TH ANNUAL BREWBQ Saturday, Aug. 1. 12-4pm Plantation Field, Unionville, Pa. victorybeer.com/brewbq This year, Victory Brewing Company will host its 7th annual BrewBQ competition. The competition will feature a two-category BBQ cook-off. Each team will compete to see who can make the best chicken and ribs, as decided by the judges. Enjoy a variety of restaurants and vendors, live music, the Victory Beer Garden, tournament style games and a play area designated for kids. Attendees also will be able to taste and vote on the People’s Pork award for the restaurants’ best vendors. This event is free and open to all ages.
Saturday, Aug. 15. 2:30-6pm Tubman-Garrett Park, Wilmington americaontap.com/delaware-on-tap America on Tap is the first nationally integrated entertainment series focused specifically on craft breweries from around the world. This year’s festival is on the Riverfront, offering more than 100 releases from some of America’s best craft breweries. Complete with live music, great vendors, and delicious, local food, America on Tap is a unique experience designed to bind communities together with their love of beer. Tickets are $35 online, $45 after July 15 and $55 at the door.
DELAWARE STATE FAIR’S CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, Aug. 1. 6-9pm M&T Bank Grand Stand, Delaware State Fair, Harrington delawarestatefair.com Closing out the fair this year will be a three-hour concert and craft beer event featuring Grand Funk Railroad and more than 50 craft and domestic releases from breweries from across the country. Attendees can sample beers and order from several food trucks on the track of the M&T Bank Grandstand while enjoying music from Grand Funk and Delaware’s own lower case blues. Tickets for the concert plus a craft beer tasting package are $35. This event is open to all ages.
BATTLE OF THE BREWS HOME BREW CONTEST JUDGING Saturday, Aug. 1. 9am-12pm Entertainment Tent, Delaware State Fair, Harrington delawarestatefair.com The Delaware Department of Agriculture is presenting the fourth annual Battle of the Brews Home Brew Contest, in which competitors showcase their best brews in hopes of becoming the Delaware Homebrew Champion. Local breweries will be there with beer samples for fairgoers. This event is open to all ages.
WILMINGTON BURGER BATTLE Saturday, Aug. 29. 12-3:30pm Cauffiel House, Bellevue State Park, Wilmington deburgerbattle.com The fourth annual Delaware Burger Battle brings together the best chefs of Delaware to challenge each other for burger supremacy—all to raise money to fight hunger. Each restaurant will put its best burger forward for your judgment in the People’s Choice Winner, while a panel of experts will select the Critic’s Choice Winner. All Burger Battle attendees enjoy all-you-can-eat burger samples; beer and wine are included in the ticket price for adults, while soft drinks are available for children and designated drivers. Early bird tickets are available online, and are, $44 through July 29, and $49 through Aug. 28. Tickets will be $60 at the door. For designated drivers and teens (ages 11-20), tickets are $17, and tickets for children 10 and under are $7. This event is open to all ages. ►
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Saturday, Sept. 12. 12-6pm Cantwell’s Tavern, Odessa odessabrewfest.com. At last year’s inaugural brewfest, up to 47 craft breweries and more than 1,400 beer lovers came to Odessa. This year, the Historic Odessa Foundation and Cantwell’s Tavern have once again joined to bring the second installation, featuring even more beer, food, music, and fun. General admission is $50, while VIP admission is $70 and includes an early tasting at noon, a food voucher and access to limited-quantity beers. All proceeds go to the Historic Odessa Foundation—a non-profit organization focused on preserving the history of the town for future generations.
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DELAWARE SAENGERBUND OKTOBERFEST Friday-Sunday, Sept. 18-21 Delaware Saengerbund and Library, Newark delawaresaengerbund.org This annual tradition opens on Friday with a parade and an ode to the city of Munich as the Delaware Saengerbund’s Bavarian dance group Enzian Volkstanzgruppe entertains at intervals throughout the festival. This year, a wide range of beer and German cuisine will be offered, including grilled bratwurst (pork sausage), weisswuurst (veal sausage), frankfurters, BBQ chicken, pretzels and rollmops, a marinated herring served with rye bread. Potato salad and sauerkraut are made in the Delaware Saengerbund kitchen by the Ladies Organization. A variety of torten and traditional plum cake also will be offered. Tickets are $8 and include unlimited amusement rides and the event is open to all ages.
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Party animals unite when local breweries and craft-beer-and-wine distributors pair up with area restaurants at arguably one of the wildest outdoor locations around. Event is rain or shine. Tickets are $45 per person in advance; $35 per zoo member; $50 at the door; and $30 for designated drivers. Must be 21 or older to attend. Event benefits the Brandywine Zoo.
In its 5th Annual year, guests are invited to sample from a collection of unique pumpkin beers while also enjoying other autumn pleasures such as hayrides, smoked BBQ, seasonal games and a bonfire. Vote for your and help chose the winner of the 2015 Great Pumpkin Debate. Must be 21 or older to attend.
TASTE OF TROLLEY SQUARE Saturday, Sept. 26. 1-7pm Trolley Square, Wilmington tasteoftrolley.com Sample craft beer, wine and cuisine at more than 15 Trolley Square eateries. Live music, street entertainers, sidewalk sales and more will be featured. This event is open to all ages.
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CHEESETOBERFEST: PROS VS. JOES Saturday, Oct. 10. 12:30-5pm Fordham & Dominion Brewery, Dover cheesetoberfest.com Cheesetoberfest is an all-out, no-holds-barred, grilled cheese competition that puts professionals from area restaurants against local amateur chefs. Held at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company, the event features 20 Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania restaurants and 20 average joes creating various grilled cheese and mac n’ cheese dishes. In keeping with the cheesiness of the event, an oompah band will provide live music while brewery staff and volunteers pour award-winning Octoberfest brew, Spiced Harvest Ale, Oak Barrel Stout, Rams Head IPA, Copperhead Ale, and Helles Lager. Tickets are $30 and include two beers, food samples and a commemorative stein. This event is open to all ages.
KENNETT BREWFEST Saturday, Oct. 10. 12-6pm Downtown Kennett Square, Pa. kennettbrewfest.com The Kennett Brewfest is a fundraising event to benefit Historic Kennett Square—a non-profit organization that works to keep Kennett Square a regional economic and cultural center. The event features sample beers from more than 90 local, regional and craft breweries, accompanied by great food and music. All attendees have access to food and merchandise vendors, live bands, sponsor tables and more.
Whether your perfect tailgate is high-end picnicking at the Derby or grilling in the parking lot at the big game, this event is for you. The Ultimate Tailgate features area restaurants serving unique interpretations of tailgate food, wine, spirits, and a thriving beer garden, curated by Two Stone Pub. Tickets are $55.
WILMINGTON BEER WEEK Nov. 7-14 Greater Wilmington Area wilmingtonbeerweek.com Celebrating its fifth year this fall, Wilmington Beer Week features the premier craft beer venues of New Castle County. In addition to focusing on Delaware’s respected homegrown breweries— Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Twin Lakes and Fordham & Dominion—Wilmington Beer Week also highlights some of the most prominent craft breweries in the region, including Yards, Victory, Tröegs, Brooklyn and Heavy Seas. This event is open to all ages.
DELAWARE WINE AND BEER FESTIVAL Saturday, Oct. 17. 12-5pm Delaware Agriculture Museum & Village, Dover delawarewineandbeerfestival.com
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Held in the scenic 19th century Loockerman Village, the sixth annual Delaware Wine and Beer Festival offers a unique array of offerings from some of the state’s best restaurants, wineries, and breweries. Delaware delicacies such as seafood, barbecue, and gourmet sandwiches will be provided. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and stake out a spot to enjoy a delicious meal, delectable libations, and great live music. Advanced admission is $35; tickets at the gate are $40. This event is open to all ages.
Held at 2SP Brewing Company in Aston, Pa., the event is a night of great food and beer from a regional favorite, and one of the latest additions to the craft beer community. All proceeds go to Meals on Wheels of Delaware.
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A TASTY TRADITION 12th annual Newark Food & Brew Fest set for July 25 By Matt Moore
or more than a decade, the Downtown Newark Partnership and Out & About Magazine have worked together to make the Newark Food & Brew Festival one of the area’s top summer traditions. Featuring 16 restaurants, more than 40 craft and imported beers, live music and outdoor activities, the festival binds together the Newark community and lifts up local businesses. “There’s an attraction to a genuine downtown that’s organically grown over the years,” says Ricky Nietubicz, an administrator of the Downtown Newark Partnership. “You can build 100,000 square feet and fill it with restaurants, but it doesn’t have the same feel and the same look as our restaurant community.” The festivities will be held on Saturday, July 25, from 2-9 p.m. and will showcase prominent area brewing companies such as Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Tröegs, Heavy Seas and Victory. A unique aspect of this festival is that it takes place at the restaurants and allows guests to travel from each location sampling beers, tasting dishes and enjoying the atmosphere. Guests can partake in a variety of food pairings from restaurants that include Ali Baba, Caffé Gelato, Deer Park Tavern and The Greene Turtle. “When going to dinner in Downtown Newark, often the biggest problem is figuring out which of the numerous very good restaurants to choose from,” says Nietubicz. “The nice thing about Food & Brew Fest is you don’t have to choose—you can graze from one end of Main Street to the other.”
Founded in 2003, the festival was the first Newark event to embrace craft beer as a central element. It also helped foster a spirit of cooperation among local businesses as well as provide a boost to business during the slower summer months. “We definitely sell more beer on Food & Brew day than other days of the year,” says Ryan German, owner and operator of Caffé Gelato. The first 2,500 guests will receive a commemorative five-ounce tasting mug. Tickets are not required; just pay as you go and bring your ID for beer tastings. Guests can sample one of the restaurant’s featured brews for $1. A day-of-event program will be available at restaurants and information booths will be located on the Academy Lawn and at The Greene Turtle on South Main Street. Strolling musicians and balloon decorations will line the street. O&A Magazine will be there, hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 6 p.m. or until supplies run out. “Newark is a dining destination,” says German, “Having so many restaurants together in a walkable distance, with so many good beers, is what I like about the festival.” The menu and details are posted on newarkfoodandbrewfest.com. Municipal parking lots are conveniently located throughout downtown, and the University of Delaware’s parking garage will make spaces available. A complimentary air-conditioned shuttle will run from 4-8:30 p.m. to take guests to spots near the participating restaurants. JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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NEW KID ON THE BREW Fordham and Dominion adds another brewer
andal Denver is the newest brewer at Dover’s Fordham and Dominion. Denver has been working for regional wineries and breweries for the past five years, refining his skills and knowledge of the industry. He has been a wine maker as well as the assistant vineyard manager for Terrapin Station Winery in Elkton, Md. Prior to that, he worked with Philadelphia’s Yards Brewing Company, starting in the packaging department and eventually becoming a shift brewer. “We are very fortunate to have Randal join our talented brewing team,” says Jim Lutz, CEO and “head forklift driver” at Fordham and Dominion.
HEAVY SEAS ADDS A TWIST New seasonal has characteristics of wine
he “Uncharted Waters” Series by Baltimore’s Heavy Seas Brewing Company has added a third new beer of 2015—Red Sky at Morning. This is a unique version of a previous seasonal, Red Sky at Night. Starting this month, the new addition will be available for a limited time in all 18 states where Heavy Seas is distributed. Brewed with authentic Belgian candi sugar and finished in chardonnay barrels, Red Sky at Morning has a complex dry finish, working as a balance between the common characteristics of wine and beer. “We wanted to explore,” says Brewmaster Christopher Leonard. “We have never done a white wine barrel-aged beer before.”
BLUE ROCKS REDEFINE THURSDAY HAPPY HOURS With the help of Dogfish Head
his summer, Dogfish Head and the Wilmington Blue Rocks are working together to create a new kind of happy hour experience. At each Thursday home game, from 5:30-7 p.m., fans can enjoy craft beers on the Dogfish OffCentered Fan Deck, located in the first-base picnic area. Selections include 60 Minute IPA drafts for $3, 90 Minute IPA bottles for $3, and domestics and wines for $2 each. There will also be a different Dogfish Head seasonal or specialty ale featured on specific Thursdays.
MISPILLION HEADING TO MARYLAND Milford brewer signs with three distributors
ince the Milford-based brewing company first opened in 2013, craft beer lovers could only enjoy the unique taste of Mispillion River’s brews in the state of Delaware. Now, thanks to an agreement recently signed with Sentman Distributing, Kelly Distributing and Eastern Shore Distributing, that has changed. These three family-run distributorships have worked for years to expand the availability of prominent regional craft brands such as Victory, Tröegs and Devil’s Backbone. “We have been looking to bring our beers to our fans in Maryland for some time,” says Eric Williams, Mispillion president and co-founder. “And Sentman, Kelly, and Eastern Shore set themselves apart with their passion for selling local beers.”
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SUDS WORTH SIPPING A few brews we think you may enjoy OTTER CREEK CITRA MANTRA I’ve never been too fond of the term “session beers.” It smacks of formality. Congress legislates in session. Courts deliberate in session. Psychiatrists determinate in session. And in no way are any of these things fun. So why get so serious about beer? Drinking beer should be enjoyable. In the summertime, even more so. Citra Mantra is a fun, summer lager because it’s relatively light in body but still delivers zesty citrus flavors with a hoppy bite and crisp finish. Yes, some may say it’s sessionable. I say it pairs well with co-ed volleyball and outdoor BBQs. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications
21ST AMENDMENT DOWN TO EARTH There is no one happier than I am with the arrival of the session IPA trend. After all, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold pale ale—or two—after a few hours of yard work or a challenging bike ride. However, with the alcohol content of a traditional pale ale, I’m ready for a nap minutes later. 21st Amendment’s Down to Earth checks in at a manageable 4.4 percent ABV with a nice balance of fruit and bitterness. It also comes in a can, which is my container of choice in the summer. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
OSKAR BLUES PINNER An American-style session IPA, this beer pays homage to the fragrance of cannabis and its close cousin, hops. The word “pinner” is a slang term for a tiny, thin joint that is low in marijuana content. Most session beers are low in alcohol content, hence the name for this session that’s—you guessed it— low in alcohol. Through dry-hopping a variety of hops, Oskar Blues has managed to almost replicate the aroma of cannabis, making a delicious yet very drinkable beer. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
DOGFISH HEAD FESTINA PÉCHE This neo-Berliner Weisse is an unusual and refreshing summertime quencher. I typically go for darker brews, so I’m pleasantly surprised by this light-bodied, tart session beer. Brewed with peaches, its natural sugars are absorbed by the yeast, giving the seasonal brew a sharp, sour taste juxtaposed by a fruity aroma. — Krista Connor, Associate Editor
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MISPILLION RIVER REACH AROUND IPA Canned beers are just better for summer. Easy to grab and easy to carry around while completing chores in and out of the house. Oh, and they won’t shatter if the kids knock them over. One of my favorites at the moment is Reach Around IPA, from Delaware’s own Mispillion River Brewing. It’s an American IPA with the perfect balance of hops, citrus, malt and pine. At 6 percent ABV, it's not over the top. Give it a try the next time you’re grabbing a sixpack. You can’t miss it; the can has a cool, colorful sloth illustration. — Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager
VICTORY SOUR MONKEY I’m a sour fan, but not really a Golden Monkey fan. I had the Sour Monkey (a Brettfermented version of the Victory classic) on tap at the new Kennett location and was pleasantly surprised. It was super-sour, citrusy and refreshing— much more sour than Monkey. But be careful: weighing in at 9.5 percent ABV, this beer is much stronger than it tastes. So treat yo’self, and then move on to the Summer Love. — Marie Graham Poot, Director of Digital Media & Distribution
SHINER RUBY REDBIRD Usually, the only fruit-infused suds we enjoy are the pumpkin invasions of early fall, but we’ve found a great summer choice in Shiner Ruby Redbird. This lager delivers a light, fruity tartness of ruby red grapefruit and a touch of ginger. It's surprisingly refreshing and will be perfect for chilling out in the lazy, hazy Delaware summer. — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
NEW BELGIUM SKINNY DIP I recently tried this beer on a quick stop before heading out on a kayaking trip. I wanted something that was heavy enough to quench my thirst while taking a break from paddling, but light enough that I could enjoy it in the sun and keep going. This beer has easily become my favorite—pouring smooth with a bright ivory head, and balancing this really distinct blend of sweet and tart tastes. It’s light, it’s delicious and it’s the perfect beer to sip in the summer. — Matthew Moore, Intern
TIRED HANDS I’m a hophead and IBUs (International Bitterness Units) do not usually pair well with a hot summer day. So I’m going off the chart here and heading north to Tired Hands (two locations in Ardmore, Pa.). They seem to have found a way to balance refreshing and hoppy in a way that only the famed Heady Topper can match. I love their Pineal IPA, a 6 percent blend of Mosaic, Simcoe and Amarillo hops brewed with oats. It’s delicious, incredibly fresh and perfect for 85 degrees on the deck. They’ve just started distributing all over Philly, and they are always willing to fill a growler. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
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On the Town
American Pride! Show at Jerry’s Artarama.
THE WILMINGTON ART LOOP
SECOND FRIDAY, JULY 10 5 - 9 p.m. artloopwilm.org
WEST END LOOP
NORTH WILMINGTON LOOP
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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org
On the Town STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov.
STEP 3: Meet local and regional artists while enjoying the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.
STEP 4: Enjoy one of Wilmington’s excellent restaraunt or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.
STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month!
FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS WHERE DOES THE ART LOOP START? The Art Loop is a self-guided, go-at-your-own pace tour that can start at any of the locations listed in this guide. There is no designated route for the Art Loop.
HOW DO I APPLY TO EXHIBIT ON THE ART LOOP? Participating galleries book and curate the exhi-
bitions and should be contacted directly at the contact information provided in this guide.
HOW DO I TAKE THE ART LOOP SHUTTLE? Reserve one of the limited number of seats by calling 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
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Opening receptions for Neysa Grassi’s Foreign Language, DCCA Studio Artist Seonglan Kim Boyce’s Recent Paintings, and New Wilmington Art Association (NWAA) exhibition; henna artist Jennifer Montgomery; KOI on the go, Kapow, Mojo Loco, and The Brunch Box food trucks; cash bar; and live music! Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view Tues, Thurs - Sat 10 am - 5 pm; Wed, Sun 12 - 5 pm through July 30.
2nd and LOMA Leasing Office 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.655.0124 2ndandloma.com Acrylic, Oil and Wood Burning, Michael Silva’s work is inspired by all forms of beauty, the beauty in nature, the beauty in people, plants, music and different species. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Mon - Fri 9 am - 5 pm through July 24.
Studio on Market 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE (302)-229-7108 studioonmarket.com
Linda Solomon-Fine Art Photography. Linda’s art captures the uniqueness of nature as seen through her camera lens. She then transforms these images into something distinctly her own - colorful, bold, curvy, whimsical. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 pm. On view by appointment through July 31.
LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.893.2000 lomacoffee.com Tour parts of North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and South America through the eyes of Laura, a teacher who embraces opportunities to explore the world and experience the adventures that come her way. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8:30 pm. On view Mon - Fri 6 am - 5 pm; Sat 7 am - 2 pm through July 31.
Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com American Pride!. Local eighteen year old artist, Sydney Jones uses his love of vibrant oil paintings to show subjects & symbols of American history. The show conveniently takes place during the week of July 4th. Art Loop reception 5-30 - 8 pm. On view Mon - Sat 9 am - 6 pm; Sun 11 am - 5 pm through July 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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artloopwilm.org The Grand Opera House the baby grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/galleries This exhibition by Yvette Siegel explores the idea that recollections slowly build in truth as we age, but the full story is never achieved. A memory can never be completely whole as it once was. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 pm. On view Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm through August 6.
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Boxes, Joseph Natale. Everyone has different hobbies and passions. Some are solitary, some are shared, and some are secret. We place them in separate boxes in our minds, make neat distinctions. This series connects the things that move me. May it inspire you to do the same. Art Loop reception 5:30–8 pm. On view Mon - Fri 10 am - 5 pm through August 6.
Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org Midway. Robert Kelly. The Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery is pleased to present Midway, an exhibition of paperbased and pop-up sculpture by Robert Kelly of Wilmington. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm through July 31.
FIT 62 Rockford Road Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 Moments In Time, Carson Zullinger. Presented by Blue Streak Gallery. There are moments that are between dreams and reality. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view Mon - Fri 6 am - 9pm; Sat 7:30 am - 5 pm; Sun 9:30 am - 5 pm through August 30.
Rodney Pratt Framing and Gallery 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.0222 rodneyprattframing.com Hear, There & Everywhere. Elizabeth Breakell. The stories in Betsy’s work capture the essence of color, light, shadow & atmosphere using oils or pastels. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 pm. On view Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 12 - 8 pm; Sat 11 am - 7 pm; Sun 11 am - 6 pm through July 31.
Blue Heron Gallery 208B Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.276.0845 blueherongalleryde.com For the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, Robert L. Hunt’s Defending the Train combines his talent for depicting American History as well as railroads across the country. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Wed - Sun 12 - 4 pm through July 31.
Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilm.org Jazz Imprints VII, Jazz Imprints will be on exhibit at the Louis Redding Gallery inside the City County Building throughout the month of June. This project has been an ongoing exhibit, spearheaded by local photographer, Hope Rose. Join us for our opening reception and meet the Photographers. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 pm On view Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm through July 31.
Connections West Street Gallery 801 West Street Wilmington, DE 302.528.0157 connectionscp.org The Creative Vision Factory. Art Loop reception 6 - 9 pm. On view 6 - 9 pm through December 31.
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Multiple Venues on M arket Street • Music • Dance • Thea ter • Street Performers Gourmet Food & Beve rage Stations Jazz Piano Performance :30 PM
Jazz Pianist Aaron Diehl, Music Director for the Jazz at Lincoln Center New Orleans Songbook concerts
Art, Food & Drink
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KIDZ BOP Make Some Noise Sunday, July 12
Ladybug Music Festival Thursday, July 16
Shady Grove Music Fest Saturday, July 18
Joe Robinson Thursday, July 23
Damon Bryson of The Roots and The Tonight Show, accompanied by his six-piece band.
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TONY WILLIAMS JAZZ BAND SATURDAY 7/18 @6:30pm THE G2 BAND
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children
*Theatre N reserves the right to change the film schedule at any time. Please visit our website at www.theatren.org for the most up to date information for all film and events at Theatre N.
302.576.2565 Monday - Friday
1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801
302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org
R | 1 hr 39 mins | July 17-19 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm
French and English, with English subtitles
NR | 1 hr 55 mins | July 3-5 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws. In Israel, there is neither civil marriage nor civil divorce; only Orthodox rabbis can legalize a union or its dissolution, which is only possible with the husband’s full consent.
I AM BIG BIRD
NR | 1 hr 30 mins | July 3-5 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch and at 80 years old he has no intention of stopping.
CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA
R | 2 hr 3 mins | July 10-12 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 2pm | Sun 1pm Maria Enders (Binoche) is a renowned actress at the peak of her career. But when she’s cast opposite a young Hollywood starlet with a penchant for scandal (Moretz) in a new production of the play that first made her famous, Maria must come to terms with what it means to be a middle-aged actress in a youth-obsessed industry.
NR | 100 mins | July 10-12 Fri 10pm | Sat 8pm | Sun 7pm Best of PAAFF’14 at Theatre N Audience Choice Narrative Feature When Elementary School administrator Jumpei Taneda finds out he is sterile, he is thrust into an existential crisis that turns his life upside down. He begins having clairvoyant flashes that mysteriously lead him to cicada shells. Meanwhile he becomes a fatherfigure to his sister Nanaka’s young son Ryota, who is being bullied in school.
100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED R | 1 hr 54 mins | July 10-12 Fri 4pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 4pm
After a long and colorful life working in munitions and getting entangled in the Spanish Civil War, the Manhattan Project, and other definitive events of the 20th century, Allan Karlsson finds himself stuck in a nursing home. Determined to escape on his 100th birthday, he leaps out of a window and onto the nearest bus, kicking off an unexpected journey.
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British beauty Gemma Bovery (Gemma Arterton) and her furniture restorer husband Charles (Jason Flemyng) move to a charming ramshackle old farmhouse. Their welcoming neighbor, local baker and Flaubert expert Martin Joubert (Fabrice Luchini) becomes entranced with Gemma and sets out to be her guide and mentor to her new surroundings.
WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE
PG | 1 hr 43 mins | July 17-19 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm When shy, artistic Anna moves to the seaside to live with her aunt and uncle, she stumbles upon an old mansion surrounded by marshes, and the mysterious young girl, Marnie, who lives there. The two girls instantly form a unique connection and friendship that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality.
WELCOME TO ME
R | 1 hr 27 mins | July 24-26 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm A woman with borderline personality disorder (Kristen Wiig) wins the MegaMillions and–much to the dismay of her parents, therapist, gay ex-husband and local TV station–uses the winnings to fund her lifelong dream of becoming the next Oprah.
PG-13 | 1 hr 23 mins | July 24-26 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm IRIS pairs legendary 87-year-old documentarian Albert Maysles with Iris Apfel, the quick-witted, flamboyantly dressed 93-year-old style maven who has had an outsized presence on the New York fashion scene for decades.
NR | 1 hr 33 mins | July 31 – Aug 2 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm French with English subtitles Michel is a born womanizer and professional hustler with a penchant for wooing lonely, vulnerable widows and divorcees. When he meets introverted single mom Gloria online and treats her to an electrifying first date, she’s left completely smitten. Michel tries to swindle what he can out of the one-night stand, but his latest victim has other plans.
NR | 1 hr 48 mins | July 31 – Aug 2 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm English, Aboriginal with English subtitles Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stranglehold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
Women’s Business Center at First State Community Loan Fund GIVING WOMEN WHAT THEY NEED TO SUCCEED The Greater Wilmington community is replete with resource organizations that work diligently to support the growth and development of local businesses. New to Delaware’s family of resource partners is the Women’s Business Center (WBC) at the First State Community Loan Fund (CLF). Located in downtown Wilmington in the Community Services Building, the WBC hit the ground running in January 2015. Under the leadership of Program Director, Jessica Carmona Gibson, the organization has captivated entrepreneurial women throughout the State of Delaware and has demonstrated a remarkable service record. In the first quarter alone, the WBC met with 30 individuals and provided 95 hours of training and one-on-one counseling. As of May, the WBC had trained 175 women and 54 men in such areas as business plan development, social media, starting a business, contracting with the government, and operating legally in business. The services provided by the WBC are offered statewide and include mentoring and networking opportunities, as well as professional speakers series which focus on emerging industries that have the ability to empower the lives of women. The Women’s Business Center is an SBA resource partner and one of a national network of nearly 100 educational centers throughout the United States and its territories. The funding for the WBC comes directly from the SBA and its host organization, First State CLF. In
2014, First State CLF responded to a request-for-funding from the SBA to host the Delaware Women’s Business Center. This unique marriage between First State CLF and the WBC made perfect sense, considering First State CLF’s track record in working with womenowned businesses. Since 1992, 55% of all loans made by First State CLF have gone to women-owned businesses. The Women’s Business Center at First State CLF is committed to giving women and communities the tools to succeed. According to Ms. Gibson, “Women have unique needs. Taking the pulse of the community is part of the checks-and-balances we have put in place to ensure we identify and provide resources women can use to address the many facets of their businesses and their personal lives.” The InnovateHER Challenge: DELAWARE WBC BUSINESS TAKES FIRST PLACE In recognition of Women’s History Month, the Delaware WBC participated in a national competition sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The InnovateHER Challenge provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs to showcase products or services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families (30%), have the potential for commercialization (40%), and fill a need in the marketplace (30%). The WBC selected as its local winner, Lia Diagnostics, creators of an innovative biodegradable and flushable pregnancy test. On May 8, 2015, Lia Diagnostics went on to pitch their product before a panel of judges in Washington DC, beating out 15 other semifinalists to win 1st Place. Lia Diagnostics received from the Delaware WBC a cash prize of $500 (sponsored by M&T Bank) and 4 hours of training support through the Retail Assistance Program, along with a $15,000 national award from the U.S. SBA (sponsored by Microsoft).
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BREAKS NEW GROUND: Building Solid Construction Companies PRIME CONNEXTIONS is the City of Wilmington’s groundbreaking advanced construction management training and capacity-building program. This nine-month program launched in October 2014 with the aim of helping small construction firms enhance their industry knowledge, optimize their operations, and grow their businesses. After a rigorous vetting process, 11 businesses (consisting of 13 business owners) were selected to participate in the pilot. A host of industry experts and professional instructors delivered comprehensive classroom instruction in the following areas: • Personal Finances • Legal & Taxes • Construction Accounting • Contracts & Bids • Building Basics & Blueprint Reading • Project Planning & Management • Safety & Risk Management • Human Resources • Bonding & Certifications • Marketing & Sales Academic and industry lessons were balanced with an intensive one-on-one technical assistance component. After a series of personal, business, and financial assessments, each participant devised a strategic action plan tailored specifically for their business. PRIME CONNEXTIONS leveraged several strategic partnerships to ensure the program’s success. Specifically, with the support of Jean Toman, Director of Public Relations & Programs, Associated
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Builders and Contractors of Delaware (ABC) hosted many of the training sessions and offered networking and relationship building opportunities to program participants. Sherry Nacci, Diversity Manager at Skanska, a global construction firm, provided financial support and several construction industry professionals to serve as expert instructors. Larry DiSabatino, President and CEO of DiSabatino Construction Company served as a judge on the Mock Bid Presentation Panel, offering sage advice to the participants. He also provided qualified trainers to deliver several of the course subjects, as well as tour of an active construction site. Other supporters include: the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) and the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Small Business Administration (Delaware District Office), Delaware Technical Community College, Wilmington Housing Authority, the Wilmington Housing Partnership, and a host of other government and resource partners. One of the program’s chief aims was to develop solid businesses equipped with the tools essential for sustainable growth. According to Akilah Ali, the program’s coordinator, “All of the 13 business owners have shown remarkable tenacity and diligence in achieving their professional goals. Several of the firms have begun hiring and training local residents for long term employment. These businesses are making a difference in the lives of residents and in the City of Wilmington.” PRIME CONNEXTIONS proved to be an invaluable resource to the participating contractors. Each is coming away from the program with a blueprint for improving their financial health, instituting best practices, building capacity, employing local residents, and increasing their access to prime opportunities.
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SMALL BUSINESS SUCCESS SERIES 2015 Graduating Class Honored The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Small and Minority Business Enterprise Office recently honored the 2015 Graduating Class of the Small Business Success Series. The Series, held in both the fall and spring, gives entrepreneurs a solid business development foundation through 10 weeks of rigorous instruction and one-on-one technical assistance. This year’s graduating class consisted of 22 emerging business owners specializing in such areas as catering, event planning, marketing, photography/video production, yoga/fitness, staffing, and virtual administrative services. The class met weekly at the Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA) headquarters. WHA Executive Director, Fred Purnell, noted, “We were glad to lend our conference and computer facilities to this effort and work collaboratively to support small businesses.” Participant, Albert Naylor of A R Removal Ltd., a local site work contractor, stated, “The class is such a blessing because the instructor, Ms. Audrey [Scott-Hynson of A. Scott Enterprises], is knowledgeable about all sorts of industries. The bar the program set for us was very
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high. It was challenging, yet still engaging and fun. Now I feel confident that wherever I venture out, I’ll have nothing but success.” The City of Wilmington recently welcomed as a program partner, the Women’s Business Center (WBC) of First State Community Loan Fund. The WBC will work with the Mayor’s Office to track the progress of the businesses and provide ongoing support.
SERIES Learn how to develop & write your business plan • Program includes one-on-one business plan counseling • $75 per person for City of Wilmington residents & businesses (All others: $100) • Space is limited; All applicants subject to interview & selection process
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RIVERFRONT EVENTS AFTER WORK BEGINNING BIRDING SERIES* July 1- 5:30pm Look for nesting birds, including Indigo Bunting, Yellow Warblers, Marsh Wrens and multiple flycatchers. Binoculars available. 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION ON THE RIVERFRONT July 4, 2pm Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park Wilmingtonde.gov WILMINGTON FAMILY FUN FESTIVAL July 10-July 11, 10am-6pm Food, shopping, story-telling, and more! Justison Landing Park WilmingtonFamilyFunFestival.com ART ON THE TOWN July 10, 5-9pm Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT- FISH FINDER* July 10, 6:30pm How many fish can you find in our pond? DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org IT’S FUN TO BE A SCIENTIST July 11, 8am Assist the experts, explore, and discover all the amazing life found in the Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge with a Bioblitz. Help ID birds, flowers, butterflies and more. We will also have children’s activities including crafts and dip netting in the water for critters. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org $2 NIGHT AT DCM* July 15, 5-7pm Visit the Museum in the evening hours for just $2 per person! Spend extra time playing in the exhibits, make a recycled creature in the studio, and race your friends in the DCM! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org
CANOEING THE RIVERFRONT* July 18, 2pm Learn how to canoe or improve your paddling skills while taking in the beautiful Riverfront view. Become an expert on how to prepare for a paddle, travel down the river, and basic paddling techniques as you canoe on the Christina River. Watch for herons, beavers, bald eagles, and more. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org SPLISH-SPLASH WATER BASH* July 22, 10am Wondering about water? Dip your toe in the DEEC pond and use nets to see what animals live in the river. Play splashy games and cycle through a water craft. Enjoy a refreshing snack before you sail home. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org YOUR ARTISTIC NATURE SUMMER ART SERIES* July 23, 9am Wild about art? So are we! Take your skills to the next level this summer and let the marsh be your muse. Learn techniques of print making such as collagraph sun photography and more. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org PENNSYLVANIA GUILD OF FINE CRAFTSMEN SHOW* July 25-July 26 The largest premier fine craft fair in the Brandywine Valley returns for its 9th year. This indoor shopping experience boasts a unique array of beautiful items that are all handmade in America, ranging from one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry, ceramics, glass, sculpture, artisan furniture, and more. Chase Center on the Riverfront CenterOnTheRiverfront.com 21ST ANNUAL PEOPLES FESTIVAL* July 25, 12pm The Annual Peoples Festival 4Peace & Tribute to Bob Marley, is a family-friendly place where people of all economic, cultural, religious, educational and social backgrounds can gather to celebrate Bob’s legacy of peace, unity and one love. A collaboration of artists, agencies, private and corporate businesses along with city and state support, allows us to continue to bring this tribute to Wilmington each year! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park OneLuvParty.com RIVERFRONT BLUES FEST* July 31-August 2 12pm The Riverfront Blues Festival is a three-day, outdoor music festival held on the Wilmington riverfront. The longstanding blues festival has featured memorable performances from notable blues artists like Koko Taylor, Pinetop Perkins and Elvin Bishop. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park RiverfrontBluesFestDE.com
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Craft beer and mussels are a perfect warm-weather treat.
Flexing Their Mussels Area bars and restaurants are combining this mollusk with craft beer for the perfect summer combo By Andréa Miller
ack in the day, mussels were a poor man’s food, abundant and reasonably priced. They have remained so, even as their bivalve mollusk cousin, the oyster, has climbed to $4 apiece, says Stone Balloon Ale House General Manager Philip DiFebo. Farming on both North American coasts has kept the price down, the quality up (bays where they are cultivated are the most pristine around), curbed over-fishing, and improved the ecosystem—because they clean the water like trees clean the air.
It’s the top echelon of farm seafood, and a great success story in aquaculture, DiFebo says. And even though the harsh winter has hampered this summer’s supply, driving wholesale prices up, mussels remain a staple of many area bars and restaurants, especially where craft brews are front and center. Craft beer and mussels have always been comfortable bar food companions, DiFebo says. That’s because whenever you drink a beer with food, its flavor responds and opens up. It’s especially true with tender, flavorful mussels. ► JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Mussels are versatile. They can be smoked, steamed, sautéed, marinated, infused with any manner of herbs, or prepared “drunken” with wine or beer. This often leads to a variety of savory preparations and playful chef experimentation. If you’re a mussel lover looking for something new, try the Blue Bay Mussels (1/2 lb. for $11) at the Stone Balloon Ale House in Newark. Sautéed with bacon in a mustard ale broth, the punchy dish is served with hearty grilled pretzel bread. For a summertime brew pairing, Old Dominion Brewing Company’s citrusy-malty Double D IPA is the way to go, DiFebo says, because it’s already in the sauce. Come autumn, watch for the recipe to switch to Holy Crap, by Mispillion River Brewing Co., a malty-lemony amber-red beer rated an “Outstanding” 90 by Beeradvocate.com. Two Stones Pub in North Wilmington offers two unique preparations for its P.E.I. Mussels (appetizer, $11.95): a Thai red curry in a lemongrass, coconut milk, basil, lime, scallion and cilantro sauce with potatoes, and a Belgian Witbier sauce featuring lemon, onion, garlic, blue cheese, bacon, herbs and butter. Witbier is the obvious pairing choice for the latter, says Chef Chris Meyer. For the former, he recommends Brooklyn Brewery’s Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, or any IPA on tap, to balance the full-bodied spice of the dish. Harry’s Seafood on Wilmington’s Riverfront has a long tradition of exceptional dishes, and the mix and match mussels and clam appetizer (a dozen for $13.25) is no exception. Each of four preparations start with Mediterranean style mussels grown in British Columbia, chosen for their flavor and exceptional meat-to-shell ratio, says Chef Kate Applebaum. The Spicy Ginger Drunken preparation features garlic, ginger, shallots, white onions, cracked black pepper and red chili flakes with an Asian flair of clam paste and Worcestershire sauce, served over a mix of greens. The Portuguese features white wine and chicken stock with a more generous portion of sautéed tomato and chorizo. Bartender Pat Taski recommends pairing any of the appetizers with an IPA, especially the Dogfish 60 Minute or the Sixpoint Brewery Bengali. The menu also includes the classic garlic and white wine preparation, and a Grand Seafood Plateau (Entrée | $25.50) with oysters, mussels, clams, shrimp and crab. Take a culinary tour of the Old Country without leaving Delaware at Bistro Jacques, on North Lincoln Street in Wilmington. Featuring four preparations in two generous sizes (1/2 kilo, $12; kilo, $19), the dish comes with bread and frites or mixed salad. The Provençale is prepared with tomatoes, garlic, basil and white wine sauce. The España features chorizo, roasted red pepper, olives, garlic and red wine, while the Bruxelloise is made with Stella Artois Beer, celery, leeks and cream. Finally, the Diable is immersed in tomato sauce, spicy red pepper flakes, garlic, oregano and parsley. MUSSELS & CRAFT BEER: THE PERFECT SUMMER COMBO continued from previous page
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For a more traditional preparation, try the Belgian Mussels (1 lb., $15.50) at Chelsea Tavern on North Market Street in Wilmington. Prepared with wheat beer, lemon, herbs, shallots and garlic, the dish is served – true to Chelsea’s “gastro-comfort cuisine with a twist” philosophy – with chili horseradish aioli and trio fries. This summer, try it with a light, bright, citrusy wheat beer, or any of the restaurant’s 31 tapped handcrafted beers. Chelsea Bar Manager Tim Lyons says craft beer and mussels are a great first date plate because they’re communal, interactive, and just messy enough to be fun. If you’d rather minimize the finger-licking ritual, he recommends taking all the mussels out of the shells at once, so you don’t have to clean your hands after each bite. Note: Lyons says it’s perfectly kosher to drink the broth using empty shells as a spoon.
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Piccolina Toscana, an Italian tapas restaurant in Wilmington’s Trolley Square, serves steamed White Water Maine mussels (12-14 pieces, $12) in a white wine, shallot, and chive cream sauce, with crostini. Catering and Events Manager Kevin Molholm recommends pairing it with Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White beer. Rated a perfect 100 by “the Bros” at Beeradvocate.com, this Belgian-style ale has just enough spice to cut through the cream but not overpower it, he says.
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With locations on Main Street in Newark and Wilmington’s Riverfront, Iron Hill Brewery offers the classic P.E.I mussels preparation in two sizes (½ lb., $10.95; 1 lb.; $18.95). Prince Edward Island mussels have a rich, sweet flavor that some describe as quite bold for a mussel, says Assistant Culinary Director Dan Bethard. He recommends trying the dish with the craft brewery’s own White Iron Wit, a pale, unfiltered Belgian-style wheat beer, lightbodied and very refreshing, with complex orange and spice flavors. “The beer is light, and the spice and citrus notes really complement the mussels and sauce,” says Bethard.
Looking for a generous portion of P.E.I steamed mussels at an attractive price? Bella Coast Casual Italian Kitchen & Market in North Wilmington and Feby’s Fishery on Lancaster Pike in Wilmington are the places to go. Bella Coast has P.E.I steamed mussels (1 lb., $9) in a classic white wine and garlic sauce with fennel and leek, served with focaccia bread. General Manager Janine L’Italien recommends pairing the dish with a crisp, light draft beer from the Philadelphia-based Yards Brewing Co., or any of the white house wines ($6 - $8 by the glass) from the Sterling Vintner's Collection. An aromatic white, its crisp finish nicely complements the sauce. Bella Coast also offers a seafood lover’s pasta dish: fruiti di Mare (entrée, $18), featuring mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari over spaghetti with a sauce of fresh, crushed stewed tomatoes, house seasoning and homemade seafood broth. The brew L’Italien recommends is Peroni by Birra Peroni Industriale. Or, try a Bogle Vineyards chardonnay, an oakaged wine that pairs well with mussels.
Feby’s Fishery Maine mussels (50 count, $17; Happy Hour Dozen, $5) are served with a sautéed garlic red pepper and olive oil. Bartender Julie Belford recommends pairing it with any of the bar’s six Delaware brews on tap. For wine drinkers, she recommends Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc by the glass, or by the bottle try Francis Ford Coppola Winery Director’s Cut chardonnay, or Bollini’s pinot grigio. The menu also includes seafood and spaghetti, with clams, mussels, shrimp and crab meat, in a red sauce (Entree, $24).
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If you’ve never eaten shellfish, a beer-mussel pairing is a great place to start, says DiFebo, who was raised around seafood in the family business, Feby’s. First of all, the texture is tender, soft and more familiar than clams (which are chewier) and oysters (which are more slippery). And you’re going to get a bunch for a good price. Another reason beginners may feel comfortable trying mussels: unlike the clam and oyster, which can be consumed raw, mussels are always cooked. Wherever you go for mussels or food this summer, please take Molholm’s advice: “I always see people get the same thing over and over, and with shellfish, there isn’t a lot of gray area: people either eat them or they don’t. But if something about it on the menu grabs you, even if you’ve never tried it, don’t over-intellectualize, go with your gut and try it.”
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ilmington's Trolley Square is now home to Opa! Opa! The Small Big Greek Place. The dinein or take-out establishment, opened last month and offers casual, tasty options like gyros, bifteki platters, chicken souvlaki, Greek salads and Greek baklava. Affordable catering also is available. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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IW Vegetables farm stand, which is open daily at 4317 S. Creek Rd. in Chadds Ford, Pa., has two new locations. Now open through October: a stand at the Coffee Run Shopping Center in Hockessin. And Thursday, July 9, through September, SIW Vegetables will have an additional daily spot at Winterthur next to the museum store. Hours are 1-5 p.m. The stands will carry jars of HG's Tomato Sauce, Heirloom Tomato Sauce, homemade ketchup, pumpkin and raspberry butter and more. More than 30 varieties of SIW fruit and vegetables are grown at Hill Gint Farm, the 60 acres owned by H. G. Haskell III. For more information, visit siwvegetables.blogspot.com.
he fourth annual Delaware Burger Battle is set for Saturday, Aug. 29, at a new location: the historic Cauffiel House in Bellevue State Park. The competition will benefit the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. From noon to 3:30 p.m., chefs from area restaurants will offer unlimited samples of their establishment’s best burgers. A panel of expert judges will select the Critic’s Choice Winner, and guests will vote on the People’s Choice Winner. Last year, the Delaware Burger Battle raised $10,000 for Emmanuel Dining Room. A total of $21,000 has been raised for the Ministry of Caring since the event’s founding three years ago. The ticket price for all Burger Battle attendees includes beer, wine and all-youcan-eat burger samples. Soft drinks will be available for children and designated drivers. Tickets are $44 through July 29, $49 through Aug. 28, and $60 at the door. Tickets for designated drivers and teens (ages 11-20) are $17, and tickets for children 10 and under are $7. Participating restaurants will be announced soon. For more information, visit deburgerbattle.com.
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While more than 100,000 music fans attended Live Aid at Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s now-extinct JFK Stadium, another 72,000 concert-goers attended the British portion of the show at Wembley Stadium in London. Meanwhile, another 1.9 billion people worldwide tuned in to watch the broadcast.
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Thirty years ago, Delawareans were among the 100,000 who filled Philly’s JFK Stadium for a concert unlike any the world had ever seen—or is likely to see again By Eric Ruth
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t was miserably hot on that July day in Philadelphia, so sweltering that the crowd happily sought to be doused with fire hoses. The music was memorable, but also so awful in spots that some bands still forbid their performances to be played commercially. Looking back through the haze of 30 years, the globally broadcast, socially-conscious trans-oceanic concert called Live Aid was a typical music mega-festival in many ways, with predictable flaws and flubs. But in many other ways that still resonate, that Saturday in Philadelphia (and at London’s Wembley Stadium) was like nothing the world had ever seen, or is likely to see again. And for thousands of fans from Delaware who made their way to the cavernous and now-extinct JFK Stadium on July 13, 1985, or who watched the 16-hour concert from start to finish
with friends at impromptu house parties, it also was a festival that came with a rush of pride—it happened here, near our homes, just up the street in a city that has always been part of the zeitgeist of Northern Delaware. The world’s spotlight cast a flattering beam for a time on a town so often dismissively branded as “Filthadelphia,” and in many memorable ways, Delaware basked in the edges of that spotlight. Thirty years later, in an artistic sense, the music that was played for a global television audience of nearly 2 billion people hardly matters. Some of the lesser stars that performed that day are in many cases now revered more for nostalgic value than enduring artistic essence. But the reason they came to play that music—and the reason Americans came to hear it—still shapes our society in ways that transcend the mere entertainment value of music. ►
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core—using music and the love of music to achieve a positive impact in the world—was something they could (and did) embrace. “I have to believe it changed people’s mindset,” says Harry Sachs, a Mount Pleasant High grad who attended the concert and now runs Crest View Animal Clinic in nearby Lincoln University, Pa. “Before things like Live Aid and [organizer Bob Geldof’s charity single] ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas,’ the collective good was Jerry Lewis and the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. That was how people contributed to help others. This showed that not only could people help others, they could have a good time doing it too.”
NERVOUS ARTISTS Synth-pop artist Howard Jones—who will be at The Queen in August—performed the Jim Kerr and his band Simple Minds were the first act to be contacted to play the Philadelphia portion of Live Aid. song “Hide and Seek” solo on a grand piano at Wembley Stadium during the concert. MICK AND TINA’S WARDROBE MALFUNCTION “I think every artist, including myself, was a bit nervous about Today, memories of the event among those who were there that event as it was the biggest audience that anyone was ever going live on. Brian DiSabatino was a concert-crazy college kid when to play to, really, when you consider all the people that watched he joined his friends—and about 100,000 other sweaty fans—as from around the world,” says Jones. 95-degree Philadelphia became the improbable Co-Center of “I started the first verse a little bit fast—my heart rate was very the World for a day. There was the moment when Mick Jagger, high—[but] when I got to the chorus the whole audience joined performing “It’s Only Rock and Roll” with Tina Turner, ripped part in with me. From that moment on, I kind of relaxed and tried to of her skirt off to reveal a leotard, perhaps presaging “wardrobe enjoy this amazing experience. It was a great day. I do remember it malfunctions” to come. There was the long-anticipated—if very clearly even now. I think when the [energy] is running so high ultimately uninspired—“reunions” of Led Zeppelin and Black it embeds itself in your memories. It was really an amazing day.” Sabbath, and the joyous return to the stage of Teddy Pendergrass For Rob Hyman, co-founder of Philly favorite The Hooters, the after a near-fatal car crash. band’s career-juicing opening set at Live Aid was also remarkable Crosby Stills & Nash performed three songs, then later for its seeming improbability. Just a few years previously, the band reunited with Neil Young for “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” was a favorite on the bar scene in and around Delaware, playing and “Daylight Again/Find The Cost of Freedom.” Graham Nash, for far smaller crowds at locally legendary venues. “It was part who is coming to the Grand Aug. 9, recalls some of the highlights of what I call the ‘Boot Camp Days,’” Hyman says. “We did a long of the day: “I remember playing with Neil Young again—always a stint at clubs like the Stone Balloon; we played at the University of thrill. Seeing Bob Dylan—always a thrill. Seeing Jack Nicholson— Delaware, and a little bit in Rehoboth, Dewey Beach. always a thrill. A lot of good times and a lot of good music.” Indeed, it seemed to be everyone who mattered, in one place, at the same time. And “we” were there. “When the show opened, Joan Baez came out and she said something to the effect of, ‘Good morning, Philadelphia— this is your Woodstock!’ And the place just went berserk. First thing at sun-up, she put the whole thing in context,” says DiSabatino, now president/CEO of Wilmington’s EDiS construction management company. That special context embraced a loftier purpose than even Woodstock could claim— raising money for victims of a three-year Ethiopian famine that would ultimately kill 400,000 people. As a social cause, it perhaps wasn’t something everyone really knew about at first, or even much cared about before the concert. But, as Live Aid’s Along wiith Valerie Ashford of Ashford & Simpson, Teddy Pendergrass contributed an emotional performance of “Reach momentum and spirit took hold, younger Out and Touch (Somebody’s Hand)” with Ashford & Simpson. It would be his first public appearance after surviving a Americans discovered that the notion at its 1982 car accident, which paralyzed him from the chest down. 70 JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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In her three-song set, Madonna performed “Get Into The Groove,” a song which would be be released worldwide as a single less than two weeks later.
“We spent many a night at the Stone Balloon, none of which anyone can remember,” he adds with a laugh. By opening the show, the band felt like unofficial local ambassadors for the world, he says. But by the day’s end, and in the coming months, their stint as “just a local band” would end. “It was a huge break for us. It got our name to a worldwide audience,” he says. “But it wasn’t an overnight break. We kept working at it.” The day would lead to sustained popularity for The Hooters in Europe. Even today, the band is prepping for another continent-wide tour. THE POWER OF POP “In the heat of the moment, you feel the power of pop music. All of that started to come together in that period,” Hyman says. “I think people opened up their pockets and people continued to contribute. It did give rise to a whole slew of shows, and again, I’d like to be idealistic and optimistic about that. I think it did change the world.” And it still resonates with Nash. “As a matter of fact I just came across—I think it’s about two-and-a-half-feet by two-feet—a handwritten sign for all the dressing room allocations at JFK. And it was getting thrown away. I’m an archivist, so I picked it out of the trash. Right now, it’s heading to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, where they’re doing an exhibit on my life this November.” Other assessments of the impact are more jaundiced, especially when seen through a 21st century mindset soured by 30 years of routine scandal and institutionalized capitalistic corruption. “I don’t know how many benefits these concerts really have,” muses Ron Ozer, an Arden resident who marked one of his life’s seminal moments while viewing Live Aid. “The problems are really political. It seems like we’ve worked to destabilize so many governments in Africa. A lot of the economics have come to favor taking wealth out of those countries.” Ozer remembers watching U2’s gripping performance of their classic “Bad”—a song appropriately inspired by the seemingly willful disregard by the rich to living conditions that breed drug addiction and despair. At the time, Ozer’s wife-to-be, Dorinda Dove, had decided to join the Peace Corps and leave for Malawi—ironically to help the African poor herself—and their relationship was at a crossroads. “She was packing to leave, and I was watching Live Aid on television,” he recalls. “The performance of U2 was very powerful and I remember being moved by it, but also feeling very sad because I felt it was going to be impossible to make it through this twoyear Peace Corps gig.” Ron and Dorinda would make it. Thirty years on, most of us did—still willing to embrace hopeful aspirations, but wiser, perhaps a bit more cynical, maybe not any more convinced that there are answers to the problems taken up by people like Bob Geldof, or to the kind of endlessly recurring world tragedies that inspired Live Aid. But maybe that’s Live Aid’s final lesson, after all: When people need help, and when the suffering need solace, it never hurts to try—or to have fun while you’re trying. JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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LEGENDARY PHOTOG: No time for idolatry at Live Aid
Legendary Delaware photojournalist Fred Comegys, who spent 52 years with The Wilmington News Journal shooting politicians, criminals, sports and entertainment figures, as well as everyday people, is typically blasé about his moment at the feet (sometimes literally) of rock’s superstars at Live Aid. The memories that linger are of the heat and the sense of urgency—his time at the stage was limited, and his shots had to be ready for the presses long before Live Aid’s day was done. “I was always too worried about getting the pictures I needed to idolize anybody,” he says, recalling the tight turn-around time photographers operated under in the film camera days. “It was like Christmas, opening presents: ‘What am I going to get?’” He would end up “getting” Madonna, George Thorogood with Bo Diddley, Ozzy Osbourne, Simple Minds, and a chaotic, crazy crowd. “I just remember it being hot and quick,” says Comegys, now 73 and as full of fire as ever. “Christ, it took forever to print that [stuff]. Not like today, when you see it automatically. You didn’t know what you had until you saw it. Back then that was what separated the men from the boys.”
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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news XPONENTIAL MUSIC FEST RETURNS TO CAMDEN WATERFRONT My Morning Jacket, Dawes, St. Vincent headline the WXPN event WXPN 88.5’s XPoNential Music Festival returns for its 11th year July 24-26 at Wiggins Park and for a third year at the Susquehanna Bank Center, both on the Camden, N. J., waterfront. The festival headlines My Morning Jacket is one of the headliners My Morning Jacket and St. for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Vincent on Saturday, July 25, and George Ezra, Grace Potter and The Wailers on Sunday, July 26, at the Susquehanna Bank Center. For the rest of the three-day fest, more than 20 other top artists, including Indigo Girls, Dawes, Delta Rae, First Aid Kit and JD McPherson, will also appear on three stages at Wiggins Park. Food and craft vendors as well as kids’ activities in the Camden Children’s Garden (open 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 25 and 26) will be available. Attendees who purchase the three-day Go Everywhere Pass also will receive two lawn tickets to the Susquehanna Bank Center performances. For more information, visit xpnfest.org. A THEME FOR THE PHANATIC’S FRIENDS Wilmington duo pens song for four new mascots This year the Phillie Phanatic has been joined by some “best friends.” Known as the Galapagos Gang, the four new mascots are named Bessie, Sid, Calvin and Iggy. Their high energy theme song was written by Wilmington’s self-deprecating romantic pop-rock duo RKVC (Rod Kim and Vince Cirino), in collaboration with Christopher Bruce of Bruce Productions, which is also based in Wilmington. “Bringing RKVC in to assist in making the Galapagos Gang Theme Song a reality was a natural selection,” says Bruce. “They are a talented duo and had all the tools and skills to help make it happen.” Now touring the U.S., RKVC have won WSTW’s Homey Award for Best Pop Song three years in a row. They recently released their fourth album, Version of Us, which is available on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Google Play and more. For more information about RKVC, visit rkvc.net.
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2 COOL SPRING SOUNDS Weekly market hosts live music Local acts return this month to the Cool Spring Farmers’ Market in Cool Spring, Wilmington, every Thursday at 10th and North Van Buren streets. Here’s the schedule for free live music from 6-8 p.m. in July: The First State Symphonic Band, July 2; Betty and the Bullet, July 9; The Band Sheep, July 16; Jason Ager and the COPO, July 23, and kids’ day with Nature Jams, July 30. The community-based market, from 4-8 p.m. this month, promotes access to the best local produce, grass-fed meats, bakery goods, and more. The market and music continue through the fall. SUMMER CONCERT SERIES CONTINUES Enjoy live music at Hercules Plaza on first Sundays
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Old Brandywine Village, Inc. continues its Third Annual Sunday Summer Concert Series in the plaza behind the Hercules Building at 1313 N. Market St. on the first Sunday of each month. The series began in May and continues for three more rounds of outdoor fun: July 5 is Bruce Anthony with Gerald Chavis and Harry Spencer, and Aug. 2 is Jonathan Whitney performing on steel drums. The Sept. 6 artist is TBA. Concerts are from 4-5:30 p.m. Parking is free around the Hercules Building and across King Street behind St. Patrick’s Church. Bring a chair, blanket, food, drinks, pets, and enjoy! For more information, visit oldbrandywinevillage.org. GRAHAM NASH COMING TO THE GRAND Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer will play Aug. 9 Renowned singer-songwriter Graham Nash, a Grammy winner and two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer with legendary groups Crosby Stills and Nash and the Hollies, will play at the Grand in Wilmington on Sunday, Aug. 9. Nash’s strong support of peace and social and environmental justice got him appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. While continually building his musical legacy, Nash is also an internationally renowned photographer and visual artist. The show starts at 7 p.m. For more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmington.org.
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Katie Jacoby, originally from Hockessin, has been a New York City-based electric and acoustic violinist for the past seven years. She has performed in a variety of settings, including the White House, alongside bands ranging from Trans-Siberian Orchestra to Exodus. Most recently, she recorded with American Idol winner Phillip Phillips on his record “Behind the Light.” Jacoby will perform with jazz group Ed Palermo Big Band on Thursday, July 16, at The Queen. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show starts at 8, and tickets are $15.
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STARS µµµµµ Voice talent was provided by Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness). Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios
THE INSIDE SCOOP Pixar’s latest, while thoughtful, falls a bit short By Mark Fields
nside Out, the latest computer animated feature from the master storytellers at Pixar, contains all the ingredients we expect from that justly-celebrated studio. There’s a clever premise: all the principal characters are the conflicting emotions inside an adolescent girl’s highly active mind. The animation delights with its inventive richness and detail. The voice talent—including Amy Poehler ( Joy), Lewis Black (Anger), Bill Hader (Fear), Mindy Kaling (Disgust) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness)—excels in bringing these abstract conceptual characters to life. And the brisk direction of Pete Docter (who previously helmed Up and Monsters Inc.) keeps the story moving and the energy focused.
So why did I leave the theater underwhelmed and slightly let down? Have we all come to expect so much from a Pixar movie— not just craft and entertainment and innovation but also emotional substance—that the bar the studio has set for itself is just impossible to leap over? Perhaps, but I suspect the problem is simpler than that. The very top tier Pixar movies (which, for me, would be The Incredibles, WALL-E and Toy Story 3) all have solid stories replete with imagination and high energy, but they also create a powerful emotional connection between the main characters and the viewer. That resonance is difficult, maybe even impossible to achieve in Inside Out when those characters are not well-rounded, nuanced personalities but rather manifestations of single emotions. Joy can only be joyful; Anger can only be angry. ► JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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It is funny in the moment to see Anger literally blow his top, especially when accompanied by the THE INSIDE SCOOP continued from page 77 familiarly aggravated voice of Lewis Black. However, that joke gradually loses its punch with every reprise. Furthermore, it’s difficult to connect with any single emotion. The overarching (if glib) point of Inside Out is that we humans need all of our emotions, but that truism defies easy depiction on screen. All this is not to say that Inside Out doesn’t have ample virtues and wonderful moments. The visual depiction of the inner workings of the mind is thrillingly layered and effective, with just the right measure of eye candy. The script, written by Docter and his co-director, Ronaldo del Carmen, slips wittily back and forth between the exterior life of Riley, the girl who is the keeper of these feelings, and the frenetic interplay of her emotional avatars. I especially enjoyed the voice casting of the film, not only with the principals, but also Richard Kind as Bing Bong, a forgotten imaginary friend from childhood; Paula Poundstone and Bobby Moynihan as no-nonsense workers in the long-term memory stacks; and of course, the required inclusion of John Ratzenberger, who has voiced a character in every Pixar release. The splashy primary colors, the quick pace, and the simple humor will all register with the real target market of the movie, kids. Most viewers, young and old, will go home satisfied with another 90 minutes of Pixar magic—as well they should. The fault here is in this critic, who expects (or at least fervently wishes for) one of those transcendent experiences that Pixar is uniquely capable of producing. An unrealistic expectation, perhaps, but I guess Sadness can overcome Joy for me as well as the girl at the center of Inside Out.
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STARS µµµµµ Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling as Alex and Emily in The Overnight.
THE OVERNIGHT In this new indie movie, writer-director Patrick Brice imagines the wildest of introductions to life in La-La Land for a young couple transplanted from Seattle. Alex and Emily (Adam Scott and Taylor Schilling) meet Kurt and Charlotte ( Jason Schwartzman and Judith Godrèche) through their children’s playground encounter. A casual family pizza night turns into an increasingly bizarre series of personal revelations and discoveries between the two couples. Not funny enough to be unequivocally a comedy, and too shallow to be truly insightful, The Overnight instead languishes in this limbo state of quizzical discomfort for the characters and viewers alike. The film shares inspirational DNA with the work of Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass and Portlandia’s Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, but sometimes profound awkwardness is not really funny, it’s just…awkward. 78 JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Six patriotic movies for Independence Day By Mark Fields
A Fourth of July observance usually features cookouts and fireworks, but for a change of pace this year why not pay tribute to the nation’s birthday with these cinematic celebrations of patriotism, from our early days as a nation through modern times:
1776 (1972) William Daniels, Howard da Silva and Ken Howard star as founding fathers John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, respectively, in this rousing if quaint musical evocation of the birth of American ideals. Members of the Continental Congress bicker and bloviate in colonial Philadelphia as Jefferson struggles to craft the bold language of the Declaration of Independence. The film deftly makes these historical figures into real human beings with all their virtues and faults. Glory (1989) The gripping story of America’s first all-black volunteer company features strong performances from Oscar winner Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Broderick as their commander. The story focuses too much on the tribulations of the white leader rather than the greater challenge of being an African-American soldier in a deeply divided country, but director Edward Zwick effectively dramatizes the brutality of that war for all involved. Lincoln (2012) Steven Spielberg’s powerful biography of Abraham Lincoln is brought to life through the immersive performance of Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th president of the United States. The film focuses on just a few months at the end of the Civil War as Lincoln maneuvered to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. Amid the hurly burly of Washington politics, it captures both Lincoln’s political prowess and his humanity. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
James Stewart, at his earnest best in this folksy political drama, plays Jefferson Smith, a naïve idealist who gets appointed to an open Senate seat and foolishly believes he’s been sent to Washington D. C. to do some good. He soon faces a morass of apathy, corruption, and duplicity, even from leaders he once admired. The renowned filibuster scene caps director Frank Capra’s unabashedly sentimental and yet still inspirational masterpiece. The Best Years of Our Lives
Long before we had the term post-traumatic stress disorder, we called soldiers’ difficult struggles to reengage with civilian life by another term: shell shock. William Wyler’s powerful account of World War II veterans returning home to very different lives reflected a painful reality across the country in 1946. The film’s resonance produced seven Oscars, including Best Picture and a Best Supporting Actor for Harold Russell, a real-life Army vet who had lost both hands in a training accident. Born on the Fourth of July (1989) Oliver Stone found a perfect vehicle for his anti-establishment viewpoint in this biographical movie inspired by the life of Ronald Kovic. Paralyzed during his service in Vietnam, Kovic alchemizes his unquestioning patriotism into ardent anti-war and human rights activism once he returns to the U.S. Convincingly played by Tom Cruise, Kovic is a complex and intriguing character, both right and selfrighteous. Stone won an Academy Award for direction. JULY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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