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Another Contest! It’s contest time once again, dear readers. Your challenge: pick out the errors in the boldfaced, somewhat nonsensical and imaginary piece of fiction (fictional fiction, if you will) below, and correct each one. Note: there are no punctuation errors (not even apostrophes!), so concentrate on finding incorrect words, word structure and redundancies. And don’t edit for clarity. Just find the errors. You may want to re-type the passage or copy it from our website—outandaboutnow.com—then insert the corrections within the paragraph and submit that. Or, you may decide to list the mistakes and corresponding corrections. Just make sure your entry is clear and understandable. The first correct—or most correct—entrant will win a $50 gift certificate to a local restaurant. And, of course, the ultimate prize: your name in The War on Words. Send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is July 31, 2018. The winner will be announced in the September issue. It was 12 noon when we started out and 12 midnight when we hold up in the green, verdant woods behind the staple. We himmed and hawed about what to do next and had some ice tea while considering our quandry. Sam, who had a hair lip and was a cardshark, and Bill, who had never graduated high school, walked in my tent and then hoovered over me, siting the many incidences where I had lead us astray. I told them there point was mute. We needed to hone in on a plan. I finally reverted back to another time when we had a tough road to hoe between the three of us. I explained the whole entire situation to them, but they seemed disinterested, so I shoed them away and mentally concentrated on thinking about our future to come. I already had a pit in my stomach because we had come within a hare’s breath of getting caught. We had already killed the golden goose, and the calvary was coming after us, but that was a whole nother subject. Finally, I went outside to bring my plan to them.
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ROLLIN’ ON THE RIVER Yvette Buckner-Rouse helped launch a new business just minutes after graduating
ay 21, 2017 was a doubly exciting day for Yvette BucknerRouse, the promotion and events manager for Riverfront Development Corporation (RDC). In the months leading up to that day, she had been charged with running RDC’s newly acquired Riverboat Queen, an 86-ton vessel that would host hundreds of events a year as it sailed from the Christina and Brandywine Rivers to the tip of the Delaware. But, the Queen’s opening day was also her graduation day from Wilmington University. Two big events, minutes apart. No problem! Clad in her green cap and gown, Buckner-Rouse sprinted from commencement to the boat. (Thankfully, both events were at the Riverfront.) “I literally put my degree to work within five minutes,” she says, adding that she kept the cap on throughout the day. “I opened a brand new business, welcomed new staff, and celebrated my new degree. It was a first for everything—so exciting and rewarding.” Buckner-Rouse oversees all of RDC’s outdoor events on land— including events at Dravo Plaza, Frawley Stadium, Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park and Justison Landing Park—and on water, aboard the Riverboat Queen and the River Taxi, which hosts corporate and social gatherings. For all intents and purposes, though, the Queen is Buckner-Rouse’s baby. Former RDC Executive Director Mike Purzycki, now the Mayor of Wilmington, had asked her to conceive a vision for the boat and run with it. Upon purchase, extensive upgrades were needed for the 1989 skipper liner to reside on the Christina, but Buckner-Rouse foresaw an upscale dining venue with spectacular views. “Today, she is a beautiful lady on the water and a force to be reckoned with,” says Buckner-Rouse. Sounds a lot like Buckner-Rouse herself. “She’s an achiever and gets every job done to perfection. At the same time, she’s one of the most pleasant individuals I know. She was one of my stars at RDC,” notes Mayor Purzycki.
Starting at RDC as a receptionist, Buckner-Rouse knew she wanted more, and jumped at the opportunity to find a larger role for herself. “I asked what I could do to contribute to the organization,” she says. “What role could I play?” At the time, she was attending classes at Delaware Technical Community College and knew that she wanted to continue on to complete her bachelor’s degree. The promotion and events position at RDC was just opening up, and Buckner-Rouse felt determined. When told by RDC’s Executive Director that they needed help with marketing, Buckner-Rouse jumped right in. “I said, ‘OK, marketing it is,̕ and I went to WilmU for marketing.” WilmU, she says, left her open-minded and confident in terms of business practices. “Everything I learned was useful at my job. Can I take on more? I believe I can, because I have the education and the skills. (WilmU) instructors are excellent, but also you have networking opportunities with classmates in all fields. WilmU helped me to engage and maintain great working relationships.” Pointing out a slip of paper on her desk with the words, You deserve better, Buckner-Rouse explains her pride at graduating at age 47 with her marketing degree. “Starting at such a late age (she started at DelTech at 37), I convinced myself that I did deserve better. And from that point forward I set myself out to do better every day.” She has a lot of motivation to succeed. “I have a young lady who’s following me,” says Buckner-Rouse of her daughter Amber Rouse, who is studying marketing at DelTech and, like her mom, plans to finish her bachelor’s degree at WilmU. Amber watched her mother sprint from the stage to the boat that day last year, ready to start a new chapter. “She told me how proud of me she was,” notes BucknerRouse. “Also, that she’s going to be just as successful as I am. So watch out!” To explore the River Queen, visit wilmwaterattractions.com. To learn how you can experience the WilmU difference, visit wilmu.edu.
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PADDLEFEST RETURNS AT SEASHORE STATE PARK
ast year was a big one for the Delaware Seashore State Park, which celebrated 50 years of operation with a kayaking-themed event called Paddlefest. The successful event is returning Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 39415 Inlet Rd., Rehoboth Beach. Many visitors come to the beaches of southern Delaware for vacation, but few are provided with an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the expansive salt marsh habitat on the bayside of Seashore State Park. The Paddlefest event provides this opportunity as participants kayak through the park and take in the beauty around them. Participants will also learn from park naturalists about marsh ecology and local maritime history. Kayak rentals are available and transportation back to the starting point of the event will also be provided.
BRANDYWINE VILLAGE RENEWAL
he Brandywine Village in downtown Wilmington is being renewed this summer under the guidance of Old Brandywine Village, Inc. and its partners. This initiative will bring together local musical and artistic talent with fresh produce, while highlighting diversity. It began June 6 and will continue until Aug. 29, every Wednesday from 4–7 p.m. Market-goers will be treated to an assortment of fresh produce, arts and crafts, live music, food trucks and a beer garden featuring craft beer from Wilmington Brew Works. Special guest appearances will include Noelle on Thursday, July 19, BVSPCA Adopt-a-Pet on July 20, and the Wilmington Traveling Zoo on Wednesday, Aug. 8. The Brandywine Village is located at Brandywine Mills Plaza, 1800 N. Market St. For more information, visit oldbrandywinevillage.org.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM FEATURES MAYAN MEDALLION
he Delaware Museum of Natural History is featuring an immersive and interactive exhibit, “The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” until Sept. 3. Visitors will learn the secrets of the ancient Mayan world of Mesoamerica (an area that extends from Central Mexico through Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Northern Costa Rica), where the Mayan people prospered for thousands of years. Visitors will learn about the sophisticated society of the Mayans by exploring the archaeology, biology, and astromathematics field stations, which represent the understanding the Mayans had of the scientific reality of the world and how that understanding was communicated through their robust and complex writing and number systems. There is also a mystery for the visitors to solve based on finding a priceless jade medallion buried somewhere in the Mayan ruins. Visitors must follow clues to locate the medallion while heeding the warning signs left by archaeologists. The Delaware Museum of Natural History is at 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington. For more information on the various admission prices for this exhibit, visit delmnh.org.
BELLEVUE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
ree concerts will be held every Sunday and Thursday until Aug. 26 at Bellevue Sate Park, 800 Carr Rd. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The ongoing event is sponsored mainly by Drive Sober, Arrive Alive DE! with help from Dogfish Head, Friends of Bellevue, Friends of Holts Landing, Friends of Killens Pond, Trap Pond Partners, Friends of White Clay Creek and Friends of Wilmington State Parks. Attendees are urged to bring a picnic blanket or a few chairs and enjoy the great live music, which will cover a spectrum of genres, including big band, classic rock, country, indie and more. For more information on the Bellevue Summer Concert Series and to find out the many acts that are upcoming, visit destateparks.com.
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DAM SPOTLIGHTS CIVIL RIGHTS PHOTOJOURNALIST
rom June 30 until Sept. 9, recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the Delaware Art Museum will pay tribute to Danny Lyon, a definitive photojournalist whose work captured the struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. Lyon is a self-taught photographer and University of Chicago graduate who traveled through the South and MidAtlantic documenting the Civil Rights Movement as it unfolded in the early 1960s. Lyon’s work was published in The Movement, a documentary book about the Southern Civil Rights Movement, and later in his own memoir, Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit will include 57 Lyon photos organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. For more information on the Delaware Art Museum admission options, visit delart.org. JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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VALENTINA MAZA: The native of Venezuela has quickly become a teen leader
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earing a cap and gown, Valentina Maza, 17, greeted her mother on FaceTime. Her mother took one look and began crying. “She cries a lot,” says the William Penn High School student, who will graduate next June. “I don’t cry in front of her. I have to be really strong and not cry.” Maza hasn’t seen her mother in person since last November, when she managed to visit the United States for two weeks. And she most likely won’t see her on graduation day, either. “Because of the current situation in Venezuela we don’t really know what to expect,” says Maza. “There’s no future in Venezuela, no food, no medicine, and people get killed for thinking differently. It’s been very difficult to be separated from my parents and friends, [but] Venezuela is not a safe place. It hurts to so much to say that, but it’s a reality.” Maza came to Delaware two years ago to live with an uncle and his family in New Castle. Since then, she has become a student advocate, speaking at educational forums, organizing a Spanish Club, and creating services at William Penn to help immigrant and new students to feel welcomed and accepted. She says she knows how it feels to be a non-English speaker at a school with more than 2,000 students who is not familiar with a new culture and doesn’t know anyone. “Adapting myself to that new environment [was very difficult],” she says. “The only word to describe those first days of school [is] lost.” Maza hopes to one day return to Venezuela to help her parents and its citizens, and to give back to a community that has offered her many opportunities. In April, she received a Hispanic Recognition Award from the Latin American Community Center for her community service. That same month she spoke at the Education Equity Conference in Newark, attended by John King, former U.S. Secretary of Education. Maza talked about her experience as an English language learner. She hopes her speech will help attract the financial support needed to improve English as a Second Language (ESL) resources at William Penn. In the fall of 2017 Maza became the only student member of the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee. She advises members to visit schools and speak with and listen to students to find out what barriers they face. “Decisions about how to run schools can’t be made based solely on committee members’ personal perspectives, but should be based on the experiences of students,” she says. “Her passion is what all the kids love, and teachers too,” says Andrew Capone, William Penn counselor and ASPIRA Club advisor. “At William Penn, 22.9 percent of the students are Hispanics, while 7 percent are English learners,” including students from Haiti, Poland and the Ukraine. As president of ASPIRA, a youth leadership development program, Maza has helped create an “orientation buddy system” to help new students adapt to the school, and inform them about clubs, activities and services, such as homework help. Last winter, Maza organized a Spanish Club at TeenSHARP (short for Successful, HighAchieving and Reaching Potential), a college prep and leadership non-profit in Wilmington that is designed to promote low-income and minority students’ access to top colleges. The Spanish Club helps expose members to cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. She plans to major in political science and law or psychology and education, and she hopes to attend Stanford, Swarthmore or Princeton.
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WILMINGTON 1968 EXHIBITIONS JUNE 30 – SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 This summer, the Museum reflects on the 50 years since the National Guard occupation of Wilmington with a trio of civil rights-themed exhibitions: photographs by Danny Lyon, drawings by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman, and a commissioned work by renowned artist Hank Willis Thomas. Visit delart.org for exhibition info or Wilmington1968.org for a list of city-wide programs. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy Wilmington, DE 19806 302.571.9590 delart.org
Danny Lyon: Memories of the Southern Civil Rights Movement includes 57 photographs and is organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions. Sponsored by DuPont, Bank of America, and WSFS Bank. Left: March on Washington, August 28, 1963. Danny Lyon (born 1942). Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches. © Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING About Firefly Through the Camera’s Eye Reflections on the annual happening in Dover by someone who has been there for almost all of them By Joe Del Tufo, June 2018 Such happy memories!
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I have to admit it freaks me out a bit that a huge awesome music festival happens less than two miles from my mom's place. It's so hard for me to envision rocking out and seeing my favorite bands in Dover. It's a total worlds colliding thing! — Liz Riley Tollefson
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About Around Talula’s Table, Kennett Square Flourishes It’s the cornerstone of the borough’s restaurant scene By Scott Pruden, June 2018 More than a culinary delight- it is community, smiles, and connecting with both friends and strangers. It’s refreshing and welcoming. — Jeanne Hutton About Brewing Up Business In Wilmington The city’s first brewery since 1954 opens in a neglected part of town By Kevin Noonan, June 2018 One of the hardest working, friendliest & knowledgeable people in the brewing business I am lucky to call friend. This man will bend over backward for you. No doubt he has assembled a team of people with the same attributes and they will thrive. I can't wait to see and drink the finished product. — Bob Dreibelbis Craig is one of the most creative artists you will ever meet. I was one of the lucky people to play with him in bands back in his OSU days during college. I know he’s going to be a creative contributor to the community and the industry. Wilmington is lucky is have him. — Jason Collington About A Refuge For All The DuPont Environmental Education Center provides respite for bald eagles, turtles, frogs—and humans By Krista Connor, June 2018 We have bald eagles??
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To t�� Ma���t We Go The Sunday market outside Newark Natural Foods is the place to go for produce or a casual stroll. Photo provided by Newark Natural Foods
Your guide to the best local summer and fall staples
here’s something lighthearted, communal and downright frolicsome about shopping at local outdoor markets. It just feels right. And on a more practical level, the economic support the markets provide is essential to the livelihoods of participating vendors and farmers. Below is a sampling of some of the options available from Kennett Square to northern Delaware and into Sussex County. So get yourself that quintessential woven handbasket—OK, or a reusable bag—and start exploring the wealth of local ﬂavor. Note: While most of these markets feature farm-fresh produce and meat, we’ve added additional reasons to visit. For more information on the ﬁrst ﬁve markets—all of them run by New Castle County—go to nccde.org.
ROUTE 9 FARMERS’ MARKET Wednesdays through October 3-7 p.m. 3022 New Castle Ave., New Castle Why you should go: This market is great for artisanal goods, like jewelry from Made to Meander LLC. ROCKWOOD PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays through October 3-7 p.m. 4651 Washington St. Extension, North Wilmington Why you should go: Your dog can enjoy a snack from Waggies by Maggie and Friends, a nonproﬁt dog treat company.
WESTSIDE FARMERS’ MARKET AT COOL SPRING PARK Thursdays through October 4-7 p.m. 10th & Van Buren Sts., Wilmington Why you should go: Melody’s Delicious Carrot Cakes. CAROUSEL PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays through October 2-6 p.m. 3700 Limestone Rd., Pike Creek Why you should go: For the on-the-spot tastes—brews from Little Goat Coﬀee Roasting Company, Israel’s Chicken BBQ, Smoothie Shack and more. ► AUGUST JULY 2018 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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GLASGOW PARK FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays through October 3-7 p.m. DE 896 & US 40, Bear Why you should go: Health-conscious skincare purveyor Rocker Soaps has garnered a cult following; Firehouse Donuts are self-declared as “more than just another pastry,” and we’re willing to believe it. Bonus: A ﬂea market, held the ﬁrst Saturday of the month, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. DELAWARE AVENUE FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesdays through September 4-7:30 p.m. 1727 Delaware Ave., Wilmington delawareave.wordpress.com Why you should go: Artisanal jam and pickles from Jack’s Jams.
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BRANDYWINE VILLAGE MARKET Wednesdays through Aug. 29 4-7 p.m. Brandywine Mills Plaza 1800 N. Market St., Wilmington Visit Old Brandywine Village’s Facebook page Why you should go: We hear there’s beer.
WEDNESDAY MARKET AT CROOKED HAMMOCK BREWERY Through Aug. 29 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Crooked Hammock Way and Kings Highway, Lewes FALL MARKET Saturdays, Oct. 6-Nov. 17 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Shields Elementary School Parking Lot, Savannah Rd. & Sussex Dr., Lewes Why you should go these three: In addition to fresh produce, eggs, fruits, breads, baked goods, meats, ﬁsh, cut-ﬂowers and herbs, the HLFM features master gardeners, sustainable agriculture experts, and workshops by local chefs using food from the market. REHOBOTH BEACH FARMERS’ MARKET Tuesdays through October See website for times Columbia Ave. & Grove St., Rehoboth rbfarmersmarket.com Why you should go: Anita’s Guacamole, made fresh on-site. KENNETT SQUARE FARMERS’ MARKET Fridays through November 3-7 p.m. 113 E. State St., Kennett Square, Pa. historickennettsquare.com Why you should go: Brandywine Bee Company, with local raw honey and other products like hand salves and candles. It’s at the market the ﬁrst, third and ﬁfth Fridays. Bonus: First Friday Flea Market in conjunction with the farmers’ market.
CO-OP FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays through November 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 230 E. Main St., Newark newarknaturalfoods.com/farmers-market Why you should go: To experience Newark’s community-driven, smalltown feel. The following three markets are run by nonproﬁt The Historic Lewes Farmers Market (HLFM). For more, go to historiclewesfarmersmarket.org.
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DOWNTOWN FARMERS’ MARKET Wednesdays through October 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Rodney Square, between 10th & 11th Streets and Market & King Streets, Wilmington downtownwilmingtonde.com Why you should go: In addition to fresh local produce, herbs and ﬂowers, the market features handmade items, including arts and crafts, jewelry and home-baked goods. Visit Jerry’s Artarama’s stand to tune in to your creative side.
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START Throughout this year, Out & About is profiling local volunteers and the programs in which they serve. The series is being developed in cooperation with the State Office of Volunteerism, and we hope it will show readers how they can improve their communities by volunteering their time and talents. For information about volunteering opportunities through the state, visit VolunteerDelaware.org.
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HAMMER TIME! Habitat for Humanity volunteers build 30-40 homes per year in Delaware for those in need By Larry Nagengast
ozens of Habitat for Humanity volunteers gathered on Legislative Mall in Dover last month to start building a house. And then they took it down. The annual event—dubbed “Framing Frenzy”—was all for show, but its purpose was hardly theatrical. Framing Frenzy serves a dual purpose, says Joceyln Tice, interim development director and grant administrator at Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, one of three Habitat units in the state. It not only raises awareness of the need for affordable housing throughout the state, but it also highlights the contributions volunteers make to providing that housing. “It’s an awesome organization,” says volunteer Bill Taylor, 64, a retired senior superintendent for a commercial construction business in Maryland before moving to Ocean View about two years ago to be closer to his daughter and grandchildren. “There’s nothing like the feeling you get from giving back to the community and helping people in need.”
Most weeks, Taylor spends Wednesday and Saturday working on Habitat projects for the Sussex County chapter. Sometimes he’s just cutting boards and hammering nails but he’s now putting his supervisory experience to good use as “house leader” for a home now under construction in West Rehoboth. In this role, he has to make sure all the other volunteers have something to do, and that they know how to do it. Statewide, Habitat builds about 30 to 40 new homes a year, 12 to 15 in both New Castle and Sussex and the rest in Kent County. In addition, Habitat volunteers and staff help needy homeowners with renovation projects. This includes building ramps to provide accessibility for handicapped residents. Volunteers also participate in community cleanups and operate ReStore shops, which sell building supplies and gently used appliances, furniture and housewares, in Prices Corner, Middletown, Dover and Lewes. ►
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JIMMY CARTER’S IMPACT Founded in 1976, Habitat now works in nearly 1,400 communities nationwide and in about 70 countries. In the 1980s, support from former President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn, who participated in numerous construction projects, helped build the organization’s reputation. Overall, Habitat has helped more than 13 million people achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter. One of the next individuals to move into a Habitat-built home will be Juliette Main, a 34-year-old accounting specialist at the Delaware Technical Community College’s Terry Campus in Dover. The framing put up for show on Legislative Mall is now in Frederica, where Main’s new home is being built. Living in a cramped apartment with four children, ages 3 to 7, the single mother found out about Habitat while attending a Downtown Dover event just before Halloween. She picked up some candy for her kids at the Habitat table, then decided to fill out an application form. “I went through hardships I had no control over,” she says, explaining struggles that began when she was out of work after her twin sons, now 5 ½, were born three months prematurely. Two years later, her daughter was born. Then she was divorced and filed for bankruptcy. “I was turned down by other organizations [when looking for housing]. Habitat was my last chance,” she says. Once her application was approved in the spring, Main embraced her Habitat commitment. She’s taking the required classes on home ownership, budgeting, financial planning and related topics, and she’s building up the “sweat equity” hours required of Habitat beneficiaries by handing out information about Habitat at community events like the one where she learned about the program. And she’s also picking up a hammer on weekends too, helping with construction of new homes for others, just like they will be helping with construction of her own home. Overall, Main says she will have to put in 250 sweat equity hours. (Sweat equity requirements are set by the boards of directors of local Habitat units and can vary by location and the complexity of the project, says Nancy Greene, Habitat programs manager in Sussex County.) A HOME IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS If all goes according to schedule, Main and her children will be in her new home by the end of the year. “I’m looking forward to the security, having a house right down the street from where my children will be going to school, giving them a better future,” she says. “It will be a nice Christmas.” In all three counties, Habitat units have a core group of volunteers who regularly turn out for construction work and community cleanups. “We have about 35 regulars, but they don’t turn out on the same day. Most times, we get 15 or 20,” says Mark LaFlamme, neighborhood revitalization coordinator in Sussex County. Supplementing those groups are participants in the AmeriCorps program, a national community service initiative whose members commit to a year of volunteer work. For the Framing Frenzy, groups affiliated with AmeriCorps, including the Reading Assist Institute, the Ministry of Caring and the Delaware State Parks Veterans Corps, sent their volunteers to help with the build, Greene said. While AmeriCorps volunteers tend to be younger—recent college graduates or students taking a “gap year” off from their studies—their age span can be wide and their experiences diverse.
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“The oldest AmeriCorps member I’ve had is 77. I’ve had retired lawyers. One was a retired high school teacher who wasn’t ready to sit at home,” Greene says. “And we’ve had some who are in midlife transitions, who have just left the military, or displaced homemakers, volunteering for us so they could gain work credentials.” In addition, Tice says, many businesses see spending a day working on a Habitat project as an ideal opportunity to combine team-building with community service. “We get airmen from Dover Air Force Base, businesses, groups from 18 churches in Kent County, and some college sororities and fraternities,” she says. Some volunteers will travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to work on Habitat homes. In March, a dozen students from the University of California at San Marcos passed up the chance to soak up some sun on spring break and traveled to Wilmington, where they spent time insulating a rowhouse on North Jefferson Street and helping on other projects in Wilmington and Middletown. “For me, it’s a perfect mix between being a tourist and helping out the community,” said Jocelyn Molano, a senior who helped organize the trip. Habitat’s New Castle County unit usually hosts eight to 10 groups of out-of-town volunteers a year, and the student group traveled the greatest distance by far, according to Kevin Smith, Habitat executive director for New Castle County. Habitat, Smith says, relies heavily on volunteers, both local and from out of town. It especially encourages participation by the young —both high school and college students—because, Smith says, “it’s very important for us as a feeder pattern. We go from youth, to college age, to young adult and up the ranks. We’ve even got volunteers in their 80s. It’s important for us to keep renewing the generations.” Judy Gilmore of Dover didn’t start volunteering for Habitat until after she turned 65, but she knew a bit about construction from having worked for years in new home sales for a real estate developer. “I had done pretty much all I could do around my own house, and I thought it was time for me to build for someone else,” she says. She volunteers two days a week for the Central Delaware unit, spending Wednesdays on construction projects and Thursdays helping staff the ReStore in Dover. “I was laying sod this morning,” she said after completing a recent shift. “It doesn’t take a lot of brains to do a lot of this work.” But every step in construction is important, she says. “We lay floor joists and subfloors, brace the walls on the first floor, then lay the joists and subfloor for the second floor, then the walls, then we put the roof on,” she says. After electricians and plumbers do their work, the volunteers come back and install the flooring, kitchen cabinets and doors. “It’s kind of nice. We always get to meet the family that’s going to live in the house,” Gilmore says. “It’s nice to know you can help somebody get into a home of their own, and show them how to take care of it.” TO VOLUNTEER FOR HABITAT FOR HUMANITY Individuals and groups are welcome. Training is provided, but volunteers must be at least 17 years old to work on construction sites. For Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity, contact Tim Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 226-2366 x 112. For Habitat for Humanity New Castle County, contact Maritza Martinez at email@example.com or 652-0365. For Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, contact Courtney Tull at volunteer@ sussexcountyhabitat.org or 855-1153 x 216.
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STOPPING THE SPACE INVADERS The new Delaware Native Species Commission is targeting invasive plants in order to reverse the state’s dangerously high native plant decline, a threat that starts in our own backyards
By Krista Connor
good portion of the greenery Delawareans might admire along the highway or bring home and plant in neat rows outside the front window doesn’t, well, actually belong here. And it’s causing major problems by pushing local plant species to extinction, which has a series of consequences—including the disappearance of local wildlife. But, according to environmental expert and State Sen. Stephanie Hansen, the threat posed by invasive species can be reversed and biodiversity restored. Last year, Hansen, who assumed office in February 2017, piloted The Ecological Extinction Task Force, made up of a statewide team of researchers and advocates from various backgrounds, including government, educational and environmental organizations, DNREC, the University of Delaware and the Delaware Nature Society, among others. During the winter, the task force released a report warning that the proliferation of invasive plant species paired with a rapid decline of wildlands are causing severe damage to Delaware’s ecosystem. One study shows that 79 percent of plants in Delaware’s suburbs are non-native species. Another reveals that three in every four plants that nurseries introduce to the area are non-native or invasive.
With Delaware being home to more than 800 species of wildlife and 100 habitats, its natural diversity is of obvious importance, according to the Wildlife Species Conservation & Research Program. So, the task force presented more than 80 recommendations to reverse the problem in a statewide call to action to government officials, businesses and the public. The aim is to improve land management practices, safeguard local ecosystems, and reverse the trajectory that has brought local species near or past the point of extinction. “You can reverse the trend,” says Hansen, of Middletown. “In some cases, it’s not so hard to do. It’s about bringing it to people’s attention.” Maintaining momentum was a major concern, so one task force recommendation was for the state to pass new legislation putting into place a commission, Delaware Native Species Commission (DNSC), to implement the 80-plus recommendations. The bill establishing the commission was signed into law by Gov. John Carney on June 7. The commission will run for at least 10 years, and can be extended further if the General Assembly finds it necessary. Each year the commission must report back with its progress. ►
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Hansen, who has a professional background in geology, earth science and environmental law, was inspired to launch the task force after hearing a lecture by Dr. Douglas Tallamy, a UD professor and leading scholar on local extinction. Tallamy’s research shows that 90 percent of herbivorous insects eat specific vegetation from their native habitat. The loss of their food supply has resulted in food shortages for larger species, including birds, reptiles and fish. Coupled with the loss of woodlands and animal habitats around the state, this has caused rapid decline or disappearance of the following: 20 percent of local fish species, 31 percent of local reptile and amphibian species, 40 percent of local plant species and 41 percent of local bird species that rely on forest cover. Those numbers staggered Hansen and spurred her to action. It doesn’t help that among Delaware’s more than 1,500 species of native plants, 25 percent are rare. How many will disappear if Hansen and the DNSC don’t continue their work? “They’re all on a slow death march,” says Hansen. “The idea behind this is to turn the ship around.” The report’s recommendations include calls for a number of corrective steps, including a phased-in ban on the sale of invasive species. Positive change is afoot, starting with New Castle County parks. In May, task force member Tracy Surles, who also serves as Special Services general manager for New Castle County, convinced County Executive Matt Meyer to put in place an executive order in which only native plant species will be planted in New Castle County’s parks—a big step, since there are 247 of them. More good news comes from the Village of Fox Meadow, an active adult community in Newark. Task force members, with the help of grants, have helped residents turn their open space into a native plant area and meadow. As far as Hansen knows, this is the first example of a community coalition, and she hopes more will follow. Up next, Hansen will meet with DelDOT, which is one of the largest landowners in the state. She hopes to influence changes regarding native species, especially along transportation corridors. And local company Borsello Landscaping is in the lead among lawn care competitors by offering native plant expertise. Owner Mike Borsello says the company has been working with native plants for more than 20 years. He says that native plants are typically more deer resistant and require less care than non-native. “When a client hears [that], and that they are better for the environment, it’s just an easy conversation.” On a national level, one-third of all wildlife species are at risk of extinction, according to the National Wildlife Association. The NWA reports that more than 150 species in the U.S. have gone extinct. It comes as no surprise that there’s a direct link between that and invasive plant species. “They remove a food source from the bottom half of our food chain, and displace our native plants, which are the food source for that bottom half,” says Hansen.
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There are dozens of regional councils and task forces, but as of now no national coalition. Hansen says that would be extremely effective. But instead of looking to the government for the solution, Hansen urges individuals to take action: “People need to own this on a personal level.” She suggests that when planting, avoid common invasive species like burning bush, English ivy, Asian varieties of honeysuckle and stiltgrass, Norway maples, and rapidly spreading weeds. The weeds drive out native plants and dominate surroundings. None of these species contribute to the local food supply and are killing off plants that do, says Hansen. The Trojan horse of invasive species is the Bradford pear tree. Introduced in the U.S. by the Department of Agriculture in the 1950s because they were “pretty when they bloomed,” says Hansen, they’ve spread like an epidemic from housing developments and shopping centers where they were planted, and have now displaced many of the state’s native oaks, pines, maples and elms along transportation corridors and elsewhere. The Bradford pear doesn’t support Delaware’s native insect population, which then affects birds and amphibians. Tallamy’s research shows that native oaks support more than 400 insect species, while only four types of insects are found on the Bradford pear. The mission now is to educate Delawareans—especially private landowners—about the problem and create incentives for them to be part of the solution by buying and planting native species. “You have to do it in a way that brings people along by education—it’s difficult to do this with a hammer,” says Hansen. “This isn’t something we were turning around saying, ‘Call your state representatives and senators.’ This is about what are you planting in your front yard?” She urges residents to research native plants and educate themselves through resources like Delaware Livable Lawns (delawarelivablelawns.org). According to reports from DNREC, University of Delaware and Mt. Cuba Center, native plants include: flowering dogwood, blackeyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, orange coneflower, mountain laurel, oakleaf hydrangea, silverbell, golden Alexander, arrowwood and varieties of ferns and trillium. Extensive lists and resources are available online, and native plants can be found through Delaware Native Plant Society (delawarenativeplants.org) and at nurseries through Delaware Nursery & Landscape Association at dnlaonline. org. Borsello recommends Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin. “How are you supporting our ecosystem?” says Hansen. “Because we can bring this back, but it’s going to be brought back on an individual, person-by-person, property-by-property basis.” Go to mtcubacenter.org, delawarenaturesociety.org, ceoe.udel.edu and dnrec.delaware.gov to learn more about native plants and where to find them. Teddy and the Continentals, a doo-wop group from the early 1960s, headed by Teddy Henry and backed up by
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Delaware’s breweries each stand out in a crowd, and all contribute to the state’s bottom line By Pam George
athy and Jim Berg of Bear believe in being prepared. The two beer fanatics always keep a growler in the car in the event they need a refill at a brewery or brewpub. “Jim and I have been to every brewery and brewpub in Delaware,” Kathy Berg proudly says. “It's not unusual for us to take a Saturday afternoon road trip to visit a couple of them.” They are frequent visitors to many local breweries. With others, it’s a one-and-done visit. “They all offer beer, but each has its own personality,” she explains. The Bergs aren’t the only ones who are keeping the state’s breweries in business. Since 2010, when the state tourism office debuted its self-guided Delaware Beer, Wine & Spirits Trail, the website has received nearly 10,000 applications for passports. (Users who log codes from 10 or more locations on the passport receive a prize.) The passport smartphone app, released in October 2017, has been downloaded at four times the rate of the paper version. All that beer consumption is good for the local economy.
According to the Brewers Association, the craft-brewing industry has a $318 million annual impact on Delaware. There are 2.9 Delaware breweries per capita (100,000 adults age 21-plus), and state breweries produce 292.741 barrels per year, which places Delaware 21st in overall state rankings. Pennsylvania is first with 3.724 million barrels. However, Delaware beats Pennsylvania in the number of gallons consumed per year: 12.6 compared to Pennsylvania’s 12. Like the Bergs, many people like to check out the brewing scene. The Brewers Association reports that in 2017, the average craft beer drinker visited 3.5 breweries near his or her home and 2.5 breweries within a two-hour drive. And for those who insist that Delaware has too many breweries, aficionados maintain that there aren’t enough. As Berg puts it: “Bring on the breweries!” In Delaware, most breweries go beyond merely serving the suds. In alphabetical order, here are some examples of how the Small Wonder’s breweries stand apart. ►
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Argilla Brewing Co. at Pietro’s Pizza
A nano-brewery with a 1.5-barrel system, Argilla has up to eight of its beers on tap, as well as guest beers. Distinctive difference: The pizza, of course. The restaurant also hosts the Sin City Band every Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. 2667 Kirkwood Hwy., Newark • 731-8200 argillabrewing.com
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This nano-brewery has 16 beers in regular production. Visit the website to see what’s on tap. Distinctive difference: Barstools are arranged around barrel tables in the lightfilled slender taproom, which you can book for special events. 3605 Old Capitol Trail, Unit C8, Wilmington • 407-6765 bellefontebrewingco.com
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Big Oyster Brewery
The beach brewery—which brews East Coast and West Coast IPAs; Bavarian and Belgian wheat beers; and German and American lagers—last year got a restaurant of its own in a new building. The brews, however, have been around long enough to gain a reputation; you can find them in restaurants throughout the state. Distinctive difference: The brewery is part of Fins Hospitality Group, which also owns Fins Ale House & Raw Bar and Claws Seafood House, and the seafood dishes are stellar. However, don’t miss the tomato-basil soup with mini grilled cheese. The tented backyard has ping pong and corn hole games. 1007 Kings Hwy., Lewes • 644-2621 Bigoysterbrewery.com
Blue Earl Brewing
Ronnie “Blue” Earl Price’s personality is all over this brewery, which has a laid-back vibe and soulful setting. The taproom is known as “the Juke.” Distinctive difference: The live entertainment underscores the blues theme. There are food trucks on weekends. Tours, limited to 12 people, include a souvenir glass. 210 Artisan Dr., Smyrna • 653.2337 blueearlbrewing.com
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Georgetown reportedly became Sussex County’s capital because it was “16 miles from anywhere” in the county. Since 16 Mile opened its doors in 2009, the beer has traveled a lot farther and into all three counties. Distinctive difference: The six flagship beers have a local slant. Blues’ Golden Ale, for instance, is named for the Delaware Blues, who fought in the Revolutionary War. Food trucks park outside the tavern, and there are regular special events, including a Wednesday farmers market, happy hours and live music. 413 South Bedford St., Georgetown • 253-8816 16milebrewery.com
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Smyrna’s much-needed brewpub is also a family-friendly restaurant. The beers have such whimsical names as Romeo Must Rye, a dry IPA. Distinctive Difference: Brick Works is a joint effort between Eric Williams of Mispillion River Brewing and serial restaurateur Kevin Reading, the talent behind Espuma, Nage and Abbott’s Grill. They teamed up with Ryan Maloney to open the brewpub in 2016. A second location will open in Long Neck. 230 S. Dupont Blvd., Smyrna • 508-2523 brickworksde.com
Part of La Vida Hospitality Group, which also owns Big Chill Beach Club and Fork + Flask at Nage, this brewery is hopping from afternoon into evening. Distinctive difference: The backyard beach picnic theme includes a beer garden, games and a play set for kids. There is a fence, so you can let them play while you partake. There is a farmers’ market on the property on Wednesday mornings in summer. Moreover, there’s plenty of parking. 36707 Crooked Hammock Way, Lewes • 644-7837 Crookedhammockbrewery.com
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Crooked Hammock Brewery
The family-run business benefits from the talents of brewer Cody Hoffman, who’s worked at Triumph Brewing in New Hope, Pa., and Twin Lakes Brewing Co. He also studied brewing in England. Distinctive difference: The brewery, which specializes in Belgian-style beers, is located on the old Garrett Snuff Mill site in Yorklyn, which was built in 1901. Climb the stairs to the tasting room. You can also take your beer to the green space outside. There’s no food, but you can bring your own. Check the calendar for music and food truck visits. 2878 Creek Rd., Yorklyn • 235-8429 dewpointbrewing.com
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Dewey Beer Co.
Don’t come for the shots and orange crushes. This Dewey Beach establishment has some of the best beer at the beach. The on-site seven-barrel brewing system is visible from the taproom-like bar area. The dining room is on the other side Distinctive difference: In summer, the garage-door-like windows roll up. The action on Coastal Highway becomes the entertainment. The menu changes regularly, and breakfast runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday. 2100 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach • 227-1182 Deweybeerco.com ►
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The heart of Delaware’s largest brewery is in Milton, where there is a bevy of new tours, including a close-up view of the distillery. Distinctive difference: Other than its Dogfish Head beer? The complex has a large tasting room, and there’s a restaurant under construction. Bocce courts encourage visitors to linger. The steampunk treehouse, which was built for Burning Man, is part of one of the brewery tours. Book online. 6 Cannery Village Center, Milton • 684-1000 dogfish.com
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The sleek new building with its fishbowl-like windows is hard to miss. A courtyard replaces the original structure and links the restaurant to its sister, Chesapeake & Maine. Distinctive difference: There is now an expanded brewing operation on site for the experimental beers served in the brewpub. If they receive positive feedback from guests, they could enter a wider distribution. There’s also a distillery on site and a gift shop with beer and spirits. 320 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 226-2739
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co.
The brewery was initially two separate operations. Fordham began in 1995 as part of Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis. It moved to Dover in 2003 for better access to distribution as well as larger digs. Old Dominion was born in Ashburn, Va., in 1989. They merged in 2007. Distinctive difference: Brewery tours are $5. It’s close to Blue Early Brewery and Painted Stave Distilling for a trip to all three. The brewery holds the annual R2Hop2 Beer and Music Festival in April. 1284 McD Dr., Dover • 678-4810 fordhamanddominion.com
This nano-brewery is located within Pizza by Elizabeths. The beers, produced in 13-gallon batches, are only sold in the restaurant. Distinctive difference: You can enjoy PBE’s cuisine. If your friends want a cocktail, wine or another type of beer, they can have it. 3801 Kennett Pike, Wilmington • 654-4478 pizzabyelizabeths.com
Founded in Newark in 1996, Iron Hill has expanded to include 16 locations, including the recently opened site in Rehoboth Beach. Distinctive difference: There are frequent beer dinners, and the Newark site has held yoga classes. The restaurant has an extensive menu for family dining. The Riverfront site boasts water views. 620 Justison St., Wilmington Riverfront • 472-2739 147 E. Main St., Newark • 266-9000 19815 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 260-8000 Ironhillbrewery.com
Midnight Oil Brewing Co.
The benefit of hard work—to the point of "burning the midnight oil"—is the reoccurring theme behind this business. A tasty brew is a reward for a job well done. Distinctive difference: The hours, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., are more expansive than those in many small breweries. The brewery is active. A Low Country boil is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4. There are six mainstay beers, and most brews stick to the theme. Consider Luna, a chocolate stout brewed with strawberries, or Sweet Dreams Doppelbock. 674 Pencader Dr., Newark • 286-7641 midnightoilbrewing.com
Mispillion River Brewing
Born out of co-founder Eric Williams’ mid-life crisis, Mispillion opened in 2013, and its products—packaged in colorful cans— are now found throughout the state. Distinctive difference: The beers have eye-catching artwork and names, such as Not Today Satan, an IPA, Reach Around IPA, and Space Otter, a pale ale. There’s live music at the brewery on weekends and $5 flights on Thursdays. A brewpub is in the works. 255 Mullett Run St., Milford • 491-6623 mispillionriverbrewing.com
Revelation Craft Brewing Co.
This intimate brewery is in a small industrial area just off Route 1 and the Junction and Breakwater Trail, which runs from Lewes to Rehoboth. Drive or bike here. Distinctive difference: The blends of ingredients can include a lot of fruits and spices. Tangerine Cream Dream, a sour ale, has tangerines, soursop fruit, and vanilla beans. The brewery is unafraid to tackle a variety of malts and hops. Mother-in-Law, an American IPA, is made with hops grown by the brewer’s—you guess it—mother-in-law. 19841 Central St., Rehoboth Beach • 212-5674 revbeer.com
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New Castle County’s first brewpub, founded in 1995, has survived the ebb and flow of the craft beer movement. In addition to its full-time house brews, Stewart’s produces 40 seasonal offerings, including Orange Crushable IPA. Distinctive difference: Given the brewpub’s age, it’s doing something right. “We’ve kind of reinvented ourselves,” says owner Al Stewart, noting the pub’s family-friendly resign three years ago. “And we’re having a ton of fun with the food and our beer.” The 150-seat restaurant boasts a 30-seat bar. Brunch is on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 219 Governor’s Place, Bear • 836-2739 stewartsbrewingcompany.com
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The eagerly awaited addition to Market Street is happily both a hipster hangout and a place where older generations can meet and greet over tasty beers and warm pretzels. The atmosphere is industrial chic with brick walls, white tile and exposed ductwork. Distinctive difference: Hearty sandwiches—fried bologna, anyone?—can hold their own against the approachable beers. The kitchen uses individual portion skillets for nosh-able dishes. Try the meatballs with mozzarella and parmesan. 829 N. Market St., Wilmington • 250-4280 Stitchhousebrewery.com
Twin Lakes Brewery Co.
Twin Lakes is no longer on the Greenville property that had two lakes, but the Greenville Pale Ale remains a staple on the shelves of Delaware liquor stores. Other year-round beers include Blue Water Pilsner and Caesar Rodney Golden Ale. Distinctive difference: Seasonal selections include such creative beers as French Toast Winter Warmer and Kettle Soured Imperial Stout, which weighs in at 10.5 percent ABV. Flat-screen TVs and a PA system make the tasting room a unique location for meetings. 405 East Marsh Ln., Suite 7, Newport • 995-2337 twinlakesbrewery.com
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The tiny brewery is tucked behind the Middletown Volunteer Fire Company and keeps select hours. Check the Facebook page. Distinctive difference: Small batch beers like Dead Poets IPA and 301 IPA firmly root the brewery in Middletown, and the brewery is active in local events. 120 W. Main St., Middletown • 464-0822 volunteerbrewing.com
Wilmington Brew Works
Craig Wensell, formerly of Bellefonte Brewing Co., is one of the brains behind the city’s first production brewery since 1954. Owners hoped for a June opening. Distinctive difference: The business occupies the former site of the Harper-Thiel Electroplating Co. Although a restored brownfield, the Spanish architecture—complete with a terracotta roof—is attractive and unusual for the area. There’s an outdoor area, and food is part of the plan in the future. 3129 Miller Rd., Wilmington • 757-4971 wilmingtonbrewworks.com
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A CRAFTY CONCEPT Newark Food & Brew Festival celebrates 15 years
vents should be measured in dog years. Such is the challenge of keeping them relevant. But one tradition that continues to resonate is the Newark Food & Brew Festival, a concept developed in 2003 by Out & About Magazine and former Newark Mayor Vance Funk. The goal was to use the nascent craft beer movement to spotlight Newark’s burgeoning dining scene and provide the restaurants a mid-summer boost at a time when most University of Delaware students were gone. “Newark Food & Brew allows people to get a taste of the many establishments Main Street has to offer in one night,” says Megan McGuriman, Community Affairs officer for the City of Newark. The 15th incarnation will take place on Saturday, July 21 (noon7 p.m.) and will feature 17 venues and more than 40 craft breweries. Each venue is paired with one or two breweries and will create a tapas-style menu to complement the beer selection. Samples as well as full pours can be purchased. The first 3,000 attendees will receive a commemorative five-ounce tasting mug.
The format is pay-as-you go, so there is no admission fee. There is also no designated starting point, so you can visit the restaurants in the order you prefer. “So much of our business comes from not only the college students, but the support staff for the university—professors, staff, and their families,” says Sasha Aber, owner of Home Grown Café and a participant in every Newark Food & Brew. “During the summer, those patrons go their own way, and the locals begin to emerge in droves. It’s great to see people running into old friends and making new acquaintances in the heart of our town.” “This year we’re celebrating our 30th year of the magazine and Food & Brew has been around for half of those years,” says Out & About Publisher Jerry duPhily. “It remains one of the favorite events we do.” For more information and the full list of participating restaurants and featured breweries, visit newarkfoodandbrewfest.com. — Out & About
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WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE "The Ale House" had been off my radar in terms of finding beers I want to try, but since the somewhat recent ownership change, it’s been catching my attention. There are more local options as well as a few notables from a little farther away. While I was there, I enjoyed a Burley Oak IPA and Dewey Beer Co.'s Secret Machine fruited sour, exceptional beers that are hard to find in our part of the woods. If you're a beer nerd like me, and haven't been there in a while, I recommend stopping by for a least a pint or two soon.
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STONE BALLOON ALE HOUSE If you’re in search of a bar that features local breweries, look no more. Here, the tap rotates often but local always takes precedence. They’ve got options from all over Delaware, branching out to Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown and Philadelphia’s Evil Genius. Delaware staples include Big Oyster Brewery, Mispillion River Brewing Co., 16 Mile Brewing Co., Revelation Craft Brewing Co., Dewey Beer Co. You get it—pretty much all the companies. As far as ambiance, the vintage lightbulbs and leatherback bar stools are an aesthetic touch. — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Digital Media Manager
CONSTITUTION YARDS Open for their third summer season, Constitution Yards is a seasonal outdoor beer garden filled with activities and fun! With games for children and adults alike, the views of the Wilmington Riverfront set the mood, while the everchanging rotation of craft beers combat the summer heat. The upscale BBQ fare completes the experience and there's plenty of room to lounge and relax with friends and family. — Matthew Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager
TWO STONES PUB As unlikely as it may have seemed at the time, when the owners of Two Stones Pub opened their first location in a somewhat quirky spot in Newark’s Chesmar Plaza, they were exactly at the right place—perhaps more so in their state of mind. By focusing on a wide selection of beers from around the country and tavern food that is both delicious and distinctive, Two Stones quickly built a reputation for being a fun and novel place. That success fueled their expansion to five locations (with a sixth Middletown pub on the way). But it’s not fair to say that Two Stones Pub simply rode the recent craft-beer wave at the right moment. It’s more the case that they helped lead the way for craft-beer awareness in New Castle County. If there is a chain of bars in the state serving more craft beers from all over—along with tasty nibbles—I’d like to know who and where they are. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications
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TROLLEY SQUARE OYSTER HOUSE Over the course of the three years I was fortunate enough to live in Wilmington, my local watering hole of choice was always Trolley Square Oyster House. It’s exactly the kind of place to be during happy hour, especially in the summer months, when the patio is in full swing. With 11 beers on tap and a laundry list of canned or bottled options available, Oyster House has a robust selection of fine pints both local and imported. The food is also exemplary as well as the service. — Mathew Brown-Watson, Intern
BUCKLEY’S TAVERN OK, so this popular Centreville watering hole is on my way home, but convenience does not guarantee variety. Buckley’s offers an impressive draft menu with 24 taps that it rotates regularly. The tavern’s large u-shaped bar is home to an eclectic mix of patrons, from locals to business travelers to tourists visiting the nearby cultural attractions. And when good weather hits, a bar stool is easier to come by as many head upstairs for Buckley’s unique rooftop bar and grill. — Jerry DuPhily, Publisher
ULYSSES GASTROPUB One thing Ulysses Gastropub has done right since it opened in 2012 is to keep its craft beer-lovin’ customers informed on what the pub has on tap, and what’s next. The list of 25 drafts and the next 25 that are planned always keeps me coming back. And with a rotating bottle list of about 90 beers from all over, this Branmar Plaza bar and restaurant is a destination worth the drive. — Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer
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CHELSEA TAVERN When Chelsea opened in 2010, it was an instant game changer for beer nerds in Wilmington. With 20-plus taps, rare and sought-after beers (Dogfish 120!) and fun tap takeovers, there was nothing else like it. Chelsea continues to hold its own in the craft beer explosion that is still growing in 2018, and regardless of your palate you are likely to find something delicious there, along with solid food offerings to pair with it. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer
Once, I was coerced by my coworkers to visit what the locally prevalent bipeds call a "bar." Apparently what people pay money to do at these establishments is consume ethanol that has been produced by letting the seeds of various grasses ferment. Imagine my surprise when I found out that the solvent consumed was typically only around six percent pure! I was pleasantly disoriented after drinking several fluid ounces of many different varieties of this diluted alcohol, and made a note to return to what I later learned was named "Trolley Tap House." — David Hallberg, Distribution
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WHY BOOZE ISN'T DELIVERED TO DELAWARE DOORSTEPS It’s the law, thanks in part to something called the three-tier system. Here is a look at how it works... By Rob Kalesse
mazon delivers any gadget or gift a consumer could imagine. Hello Fresh sends its customers pre-packaged meals complete with ingredients and simple directions. And the United States Postal Service, UPS and FedEx have been shipping packages and parcels to private citizens for decades. But when it comes to alcoholic beverages, forget about it, at least in Delaware. Whether First Staters are visiting a bourbon distillery outside Louisville or a winery in Napa, it’s illegal for them to purchase the booze on site and have it sitting on their doorsteps when they arrive back home. So what gives? Well, it’s complicated, but there is a system in place that prevents this, while allowing consumers variety in their choice of alcoholic beverages and protecting them from imbibing products of lower quality. And despite several attempts at passing legislation allowing home delivery of wine in Delaware, the 80-year-old system has survived since the early days of post-Prohibition America. When the 18th Amendment was mercifully repealed and the 21st Amendment triumphantly ratified in 1933, America’s 13-year dry nightmare was over. Prohibition had gone the way of the dodo, and bottles of booze were popped by celebrating drinkers from coast to coast. Ever since, Delaware’s liquor laws, while confusing, have protected the consumer in every phase of alcohol manufacturing, distribution and sales.
THE THREE-TIER SYSTEM Soon after the new law passed, the three-tier system was developed and adopted by Delaware (and many other states), creating a legal separation among manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. It presented a structured way to track and tax alcohol from production to consumer and, surprisingly, stemmed from a 1933 report, “Toward Liquor Control,” commissioned by John D. Rockefeller, a staunch teetotaler. Bob Wiest, deputy commissioner of the Delaware Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, says that during Prohibition, the temperance movement did its best to encourage American citizens to reduce their alcohol intake. Once Prohibition was repealed, the temperance movement weakened as mass production began in earnest, and the “tied house” law threatened the American way of capitalism in a free market. “The tied house principal basically tied retail to the manufacturers, so all the large producers of beer at the time basically could tell the bottle shops and liquor stores what they could sell,” says Wiest. “Naturally, they told the stores to sell their products, in many cases exclusively, so the three-tier system was set in place to remove the notion of a tied house, and to allow the states themselves to regulate alcohol sales and distribution.” ►
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Wiest says the three-tier system is purposely inefficient, slowing the process of getting alcoholic beverages from manufacturer to consumer and preventing an inundation of cheap booze. It was meant to help prevent the social ills that alcohol presented in the days before Prohibition, when there was one saloon for every 100 Americans, and beer and whiskey were cheap and plentiful. For Delawareans, however, the system presents a bit of a double-edged sword. While it reduces their tax burden (distributors cover the excise taxes) and promotes a selection of ever-changing products for consumption, the fact remains that Delawareans still can’t get booze delivered to their front door. Industry folks who work under the system, however, say it protects consumers more than they might realize. VOTE SET FOR JUNE 30 The issue of home delivery was again brought up last month at the 149th General Assembly of the House of Representatives in Dover. Submitted as House Amendment 1 to House Bill 165, the proposed legislation would essentially allow wine to be shipped directly from producer to consumer, thus eliminating two tiers in the current system. Although it was an amended version of the original legislation proposed in May of 2017, House Bill 165 is just one in a long line of proposals allowing home delivery. (The bill is currently listed as “out of committee” and was scheduled for a vote on June 30.) “We’ve seen this come up before, and it’s continually gotten shot down, because the three-tier system works and is a big part of the state’s economy,” says Wiest. “It creates an orderly marketplace where the manufacturers are monitored for quality control, the distributors pay the excise taxes, and the retailers are free to sell what they want. All sides benefit, in particular the consumer.” Ed Mulvihill, managing partner of Peco’s Liquors in North Wilmington, sees “immense benefits” in the system, especially at his level. As a retailer who must stand behind his products, Mulvihill finds that the system helps ensure that he’s selling a quality product that’s been tracked by those in the wholesale tier. “It’s trendy to say the system is old and needs to be changed, but we’re old, too—we’ve been doing this since 1936, so sometimes being ‘old’ can be a good thing,” he says. “Our system is the best in the world, because if you look at other countries where things aren’t monitored, you never know what you’ll get out of a bottle.” He cites several stories in the news over the past few years, including one about a factory in China that was caught canning fake Budweiser, reports of counterfeit Russian vodka throughout Europe and even phony Jameson Irish whiskey bottles bought and sold in Mexico.
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“You see stories all the time in the news from all over the world, where people are buying what they think is a quality product, but getting swill instead, and in a lot of cases ending up sick,” says Mulvihill. “They don’t have a three-tier system in Europe or South America, so it’s hard to be sure you’re getting what you think you’re purchasing.” When issues arise in the United States, the system is in place to take care of them. A few years ago, for instance, shards of glass were found in a shipment of Sam Adams Boston Lager. John Leyh, craft and specialty brand manager for NKS Distributors, in New Castle, says that because each shipment had a lot number that could be tracked, he and his team were able to do an instant recall. FACILITATING A RECALL “Because of the sophisticated reporting system,” says Leyh, “every bottle with the laser code N-35 on it had to be recalled. We were able to narrow it down to the warehouse and market and get [the product] off the shelves at Delaware stores. In total, about a thousand cases were destroyed. Without the three-tier system in place, that doesn’t happen, and who knows what the outcome could have been.” From the manufacturer’s perspective, distributors like NKS (and other local distributors, including Standard, Breakthrough and Southern Wine & Spirits) act as the “boots on the ground” for breweries, wineries and distilleries both within and across state lines. Frank Rio, who serves as wholesale manager for Yards Brewery in Philadelphia, has only one rep employed by Yards in the state of Delaware. But NKS has about 40 reps who also sell Yards in the First State, on behalf of Yards. “We’re only in four states, but for us to cover all three counties in Delaware, along with the areas we serve in all of Pennsylvania
and parts of Maryland and New Jersey, is impossible,” says Rio. “The distributors act as our eyes and ears in the marketplace, helping us get into stores and on shelves.” Rio understands that consumers are increasingly frustrated about home delivery. They see services like Amazon, Hello Fresh and GoPuff, which delivers snacks and beverages, and they want the same kind of service for their adult beverages. But he also points out that, with more and more craft breweries, wineries and distilleries popping up, there’s plenty to choose from locally. “We’re canning our Signature IPA, Philly Pale ale and Brawler now, and people have been lining up for it,” says Rio. “And with so many other craft spots and taprooms opening regularly, you’re gonna see more and more of that. There is just so much to choose from right in our own backyard, that not being able get a specific beer from, say, California, delivered right to your door, won’t be that big a deal.” Aside from consumer choice, the three-tier system helps contribute to the local economy as well. According to a 2017 study by the Center for Applied Business & Economic Research at the Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics at the University of Delaware, the six largest distributors in Delaware employ 414 people, handle a payroll of more than $40 million, pay nearly $37.7 million in federal, state and local taxes, and are responsible for $208.7 million in total economic impact. If House Bill 165 were to pass this summer, the act will only permit wine producers holding a valid license to ship wine directly to Delaware consumers so long as it is done through a common carrier with a carrier permit. Whether or not beer or spirits could be next is up for debate, but in the interim, the three-tier system will continue protecting consumers as it has done for the past 85 years.
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A HOPPY COUPLE Mark and Jossy Osborne of Kennett Brewing Co. bring a family philosophy to their brewpub By Scott Pruden Photos by Lindsay duPhily
The Osbornes have made Kennett Brewing a committed social partner in the community.
t’s 2 p.m. on a gorgeous spring afternoon, and the residents of Kennett Square are celebrating the season as vendors set up for the borough’s First Friday Flea Market. But a block way and few steps below street level from Holly Peters’ Oriental Rugs & Home, the proprietors of Kennett Brewing Co. (109 S. Broad St.) are having a small celebration of their own. From the kitchen emerges one of the brewpub’s crew, proudly bearing a piping hot basket of fried calamari. What might be par for the course at any other brewpub is a milestone here—the newly approved and installed deep fryer is being put to the test by Chef Jesus Rodriguez, and the results look and smell delicious. It’s a milestone because, really, who doesn’t want a sandwich with a side of fries now and then? And for Mark and Jossy Osborne, who have literally built Kennett Brewing Co. with their own hands, it serves as one more step toward satisfying their growing and loyal clientele in Kennett Square and beyond, as well as bolstering the borough’s growing reputation as an oasis for beer lovers and foodies alike.
But the story behind Kennett Brewing isn’t just one of another successful beer purveyor in the neighborhood; it’s about the couple parlaying a love of home brewing, a hands-on ethos, a reputation for hospitality and the successes of more than three decades of marriage into a thriving gathering spot and committed social partner. CHEAPER TO BREW YOUR OWN Mark Osborne marks the beginning of his homebrewing journey with his first taste of Fegley’s ESB in 2005, while he was visiting one of his daughters when she attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. “And it was a revelation. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, I never really cared that much for beer, but this is what beer should taste like,” he says. “And being cheap, I said, ‘I’m not going to pay $40 for a case of beer, so I’d better learn how to make this.’” He began with a cross-section of beers that he enjoyed, striving to master each with the patience of someone old enough to know that the best results aren’t always immediate. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“A lot of young brewers, they swing for the fences. They want to hit it out of the park,” Mark says. “But of course, anybody knows that the thing to do is to master one style, whether it’s a German pilsner or an English bitter, and then see if you can repeat it. Once you can repeat it, you’ve learned something. Once you have some experience, then you can experiment with blending some different styles.” His results garnered complimentary reviews, some suggesting he put his skills to work by opening a brewpub near their home in Little Britain in Lancaster County, Pa. But Osborne never felt the demographics were right. “I always said that if I started something like this it would be no further west than Kennett Square.” A HISTORY OF HOSPITALITY But what led the Osbornes to make the jump from home brewing to trying to find a home for their brewing? Mark, having spent most of his life either in farming or construction, was looking for a lower impact line of work to carry him toward retirement age. Together with Jossy, who’d focused on raising their family as a stay-at-home mom, they’d fostered a reputation for hospitality, a home where all the friends of their four children wanted to hang out. They’d also developed sophisticated palates as home cooks. When they started looking for a place to set up shop, they had only two criteria. “We drove around with a real estate agent looking basically for gas meters on the side of the building and decent parking nearby,” Mark says. And though the spot Kennett Brewing Co. now occupies is technically the ground floor of its building, the entry a few steps below street level, guarded by the brewpub’s signature hop skull logo, gives the spot a decidedly speakeasy-like vibe. Inside, anywhere you look is probably something Mark built with his own hands, including the reclaimed pine tables and the bar itself. “We’re lucky because this is such a perfect building and our landlord was so gracious in letting us put not just a brewpub, but a restaurant, in her building,” Jossy says. “It’s a perfect spot— in town but not right there in that main spot, so we have a big parking lot behind us and it really has worked well.”
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Celebrate outside on TONIC'S PATIO, with happy hour drink & food specials, plus these special drinks: FIRE CRACKER SHOTS CHERRY BOMBS BLUEBERRY BOMBS We can cater corporate or family 4th parties. Kennett residents (L-R) Steve Flickinger, Jenna Saunders, Claire Rising & Jeff Wise enjoy some adult beverages at Kennett Brewing.
RELATIONSHIPS MATTER What has also worked out is the relationship between the borough and the brewpub, thanks primarily to a commitment to community outreach that Jossy spearheads. In late May, the Osbornes sponsored a 50-mile, five-bar bike rally with proceeds from the $50 entry fee for 70 riders, plus the food donations that were an additional requirement to participate, going to the Kennett Food Cupboard. “Kennett is an amazing town, and they do a lot of good work, so just to be able to be a little part of it is rewarding,” Jossy says. “Since I was a stay-at-home mom, I did do a lot of volunteering, so I just use that here.” Other events include the monthly “Shakesbeer” gathering of fans of the Bard, live poetry and literature readings, open mic nights and a regularly rotating roster of live music. “The key to the whole success has mainly been her outreach to the community,” Mark says of his wife. She adds that nothing prepares a person to manage others like coordinating the life of a large family while also making their friends feel welcome. It’s a philosophy that carries over into their work life, Jossy says, noting that with both of them having exhausted their need for the types of recreation many folks pursue as they approach retirement age, they’re free to focus on the pleasures of working in a place that allows them to share what they’ve created with customers that represent a wide range of ages. And having a great marriage hasn’t hurt, either. “The best thing is that you are like my rock and calm me down if I’m emotional,” Jossy says to Mark. “We’ve been married 33 years, so we kind of know each other.” “And I defer to her on all the things I’m reluctant to deal with, which is a lot of things,” Mark says, laughing. Sums up Jossy: “And that works well.”
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Bartender Candace Ryan, daughter of co-owner Fred Comegys, chats with patrons at Comegys Pub, where everyone is family. Photo Fred Comegys
Comegys Looks Back at 30 A block party will celebrate the bar’s anniversary on July 29 By Jim Miller
or 30 years the distinctive sign for Comegys Pub has hung above the door to the family-owned bar on the 200 block of N. Union Street. You may have never stopped in, but most likely you’ve seen the sign. The three cartoon blind mice on the sign represent the three brothers who founded the pub. As you might have guessed, it’s also symbolic of the owners’ self-effacing sense of humor. “Despite ourselves, we’ve succeeded in this industry,” says Randy Comegys, sitting next to the bar that he and his brothers, Fred and Mark, bought and refurbished three decades ago. The previous establishment required a lot of love and hard work in order to reopen under its current name. They put their homes up for collateral to make the dream happen. Each took night shifts after their day jobs to keep it running. Somehow, over the years, the three blind mice managed to build a little train-that-could, and it’s still running today as well as it ever has.
“The bankers and other bar owners said we wouldn’t last a year,” says Fred, whose reputation in Wilmington as an awardwinning News Journal photographer preceded his modest fame as a bar owner. He says that from the start, critics pointed at the address as a potential problem because many thought a bar couldn’t survive on Union Street south of 4th Street. Then there was the fact that none of the three brothers had any experience in the bar business. “Oddly enough, we still don’t know anything about the bar business,” Fred says. One thing he does know is that the pub reached this milestone thanks largely to help from the family. “The women really run the bar now; if it hadn’t been for them, we wouldn’t still be here,” Fred says, pointing to his daughter, Candace Ryan—who has bartended at the pub since she was 21—and referencing his wife, Terry, and Randy’s wife, Patty, who also put in plenty of hours. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FIFTH ANNUAL HISTORIC ODESSA BREWFEST
he Fifth Annual Historic Odessa Brewfest will be held Saturday, Sept. 8, from noon to 6 p.m. on the sprawling grounds of the 248-year-old Wilson-Warner House, 201 Main St., Odessa. More than 2,000 craft beer fans are expected to take part in an event to benefit the Historic Odessa Foundation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure the legacy and preservation of the Historic Houses of Odessa for future generations. The event will include two stages of live music, including reggae evangelists Spokey Speaky, acoustic jazz and blues artist Bruce Anthony, versatile solo performer Tony Mowen, and new this year, modern country band A Different Breed. This year’s festival brings in more than 50 local, regional and national craft breweries. Locally sourced gourmet food as well as artisan vendors will also be part of the festival. For more information on the Odessa Brewfest, visit odessabrewfest.com.
KIM BOEREMA NAMED NEW IRON HILL CEO
ast month Iron Hill Brewery announced the appointment of Kim Boerema as its new CEO. Boerema comes to Iron Hill with 32 years of leadership experience in the culinary industry, having served in such high-level positions as vice president of Texas Roadhouse, regional vice president of Brinker International and more recently as COO of The California Pizza Kitchen. Over the course of his career, Boerema has been instrumental in opening more than 200 restaurants across the country, experience valuable for Iron Hill as the popular chain plans to continue opening locations in the region.
DOGFISH HEAD CELEBRATES UPGRADES
or the past three years, Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, has overseen a rebirth of Dogfish Head’s services in downtown Rehoboth. The opening of the beautifully landscaped courtyard, new Off-Centered Emporium store, and new brew house and distillery operations brought together the existing brewpub and restaurant, Brewings & Eats and Chesapeake & Maine, creating a central location for all things Dogfish Head in the downtown area of Rehoboth. The undertaking was a complete overhaul of the Rehoboth Dogfish Head Craft Brewery experience, making downtown Rehoboth one of the top craft beer destinations in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information on Dogfish Head Craft Brewing, visit dogfish.com.
DEWEY BEACH WELCOMES 1ST ‘COUNTRY CLUB’
emorial Day weekend marked the opening of Dewey Beach Country Club, a bar/restaurant in the small beach town that still doesn’t have a golf course, despite the name of the new business. It’s a bit of a joke from owner Greg Plummer, and his establishment even features a Caddyshack poster signed by Chevy Chase, tables that have golf bags for stands and a framed golf flag from The Masters signed by famed golfer (and drinker) John Daly—all of which provide a country club atmosphere for the ardent golf fan. Plummer has installed a top-notch kitchen and an experienced staff aimed at providing great food and service for its patrons. For more information on the Dewey Beach Country Club’s menu, visit its Facebook page.
BROOKLYN’S BRAVEN BREWING COMES TO DELAWARE
ewly arrived on the shelves of Delaware’s liquor stores is the craft beer of Brooklyn, Braven Brewing Co. This spring Braven Brewing signed an agreement with DOPS, Inc. to distribute its beers throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware. The agreement marks the first time craft beer fans will have the opportunity to purchase Braven’s wares outside the state of New York. Plans are in the works for several “kickoff” events to help promote the brand. For more information on what’s upcoming at Braven Brewing Co. and for an overview of the product selection, visit bravenbrewing.com. JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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THE CITY IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
MAYOR PURZYCKI EXPANDS BEAUTIFUL CITY INITIATIVE WITH DAILY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM
n June Mayor Mike Purzycki expanded his Beautiful City Initiative, a sustained drive by City government and the community to clean the City and keep it clean, by creating a day employment program to hire local residents to clean streets and neighborhoods. Mayor Purzycki said the new program gives individuals an opportunity to earn money throughout the summer while providing a benefit for the entire city. “Wilmington citizens have shown they care about our City’s image as a clean and welcoming place to live, work and visit,” said the Mayor. “Some of our citizens are in need of additional money to sustain themselves and their families. So, we are trying to solve two problems at once through a partnership with five community organizations that also care about creating employment and keeping Wilmington clean.” Wilmington is partnering with the Redding Foundation in eastside Wilmington, the Achievement Center in the northeast portion of the City, Temple United Church in West Center City, and Our Youth, Inc., which will be cleaning other western portions of the City. The Mayor thanked the Home Depot store on Miller Road and store manager Phil Pisani for providing cleaning equipment and other materials being used by the workers. Each agency is receiving $30,000 from the City’s Real Estate and Housing Department to hire up to 25 people who are working at least four hours a day and several days a week on the street and neighborhood cleaning program. The day workers are managed by the non-profit agencies and their work is being monitored by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services. If successful, the Mayor plans to look for additional funds to keep the program going through the fall.
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FORMER HOUSING SITE BECOMES WHA SOUTHBRIDGE SOLAR PARK
he Wilmington Housing Authority (WHA), Mayor Mike Purzycki, Governor John Carney and other local and state officials dedicated a new Southbridge Solar Park on S. Claymont Street in June. The 1.15 megawatt installation will save WHA money and provide clean, renewable solar-generated electricity to the housing authority’s residents. The solar array – developed, financed and constructed by New York-based Ecogy Energy is currently the largest, privately-financed, public housing solar project in the United States. The solar farm is estimated to produce 40M kWh of electricity over the lifetime of the project. The clean energy produced by this project is equal to the polluting CO2 emissions from more than 69,000 barrels of oil or nearly 33,000,000 pounds of coal burned. In addition to managing the construction of the solar park, Ecogy Energy will monitor and maintain the facility. “I applaud WHA and Ecogy for their commitment to this innovative project,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This project has leveraged private capital to create local jobs, contribute to state and local sustainability efforts, and assist the largest direct provider of affordable housing in Delaware in saving money on energy costs.” The Southbridge Solar Park project is a contender for the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Prize as part of the Solar in Your Community Challenge, a $5M contest that supports innovative and replicable community-based solar business models and programs that will bring solar to underserved communities. The final prize announcement will be made in January 2019.
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DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM AT 4TH OF JULY FESTIVITIES ON THE RIVERFRONT Mayor Mike Purzycki and Acting Cultural Affairs Director Tina Betz are pleased to announce the return of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) to Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park this Fourth of July. The DSO, under the direction of David Amado, will cap off the City of Wilmington’s Independence Day festivities with a celebratory concert of American music, followed by the traditional fireworks display over the Christina River. “We are very pleased that the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will again be part of our annual Fourth of July commemoration in beautiful Tubman-Garrett Park,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Families and friends from across the City and around the region are in for a special musical treat as we come together as Americans on this important day. So bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a wonderful, fun-filled evening along the river. ” The Delaware Symphony Orchestra is one of the premier regional orchestras in the United States and the only fully professional orchestra in the state. Full information on this program and the DSO season is available at delawaresymphony.org.
75 ACTS TO APPEAR DOWNTOWN AT LADYBUG MUSIC FESTIVAL Mayor Mike Purzycki encourages music lovers to celebrate women in music at the 7th annual Ladybug Music Festival in Downtown Wilmington. The FREE two-day block party style festival, presented by Chase with support from the City of Wilmington and a host of other sponsors, will take place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 and will feature over 75 female acts. “We’re proud to have an event like this in Wilmington each summer,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and I’ve enjoyed watching how much it has grown over the years. This is a perfect way to showcase our City and support local businesses, while presenting a first-rate musical experience that celebrates female artists which is unrivaled anywhere in the country.” The Ladybug Festival, the country’s largest female-fronted music festival, was co-created by Gayle Dillman and Jeremy Hebbel of Gable Music Ventures as a response to the lack of representation of female artists on festival stages in the region and across the country. You can view the complete lineup of performers by accessing www.theladybugfestival.com.
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NEWS YOU CAN USE! SPECIAL EVENTS PERMIT Having a block party or other special event this summer? You can apply for permits online here: http://bit.ly/ WilmDEEventsPermit PAY YOUR BILLS ONLINE The City of Wilmington Department of Finance reminds citizens that they can use the online Customer Service Portal with improved bill payment and bill presentment options powered by PAYMENTUS®. For more info., visit: https:// www.wilmingtonde.gov/pay CONNECTING CITIZENS Have a question, complaint, or request related to City government? The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services will act as your advocate as part of its mission to increase and/ or improve traditional City Services. Contact them Mon.-Fri. between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at (302) 576-2489, or visit cityhelp@WilmingtonDE.gov.
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BEING SMART WITH SALADS Build ‘em with care—and maybe make your own dressing By Leeann Wallett
Home Grown Café’s Cobb Salad made with avocado, pico de gallo, black beans, tortilla croutons, queso fresco, mixed greens and chipotle ranch dressing. Photo Jim Coarse
e all hope that our daily meal choices will guide us to healthy eating. Salads would seem to be a safe option, but it's hard not to fall prey to the allure of those cafeteriastyle setups. Even after all the healthy ingredients like lettuce, tomato and carrots are added, who doesn't want to top them with bacon bits, croutons and full-fat ranch dressing to reward ourselves for being health-conscious? While they have long been relegated to the appetizer section of the menu, salads can be the main course, if you choose the ideal mix of vegetables, protein and fats. And hold the fat-laden dressing.
Salads are made up of four basic components: base, protein, toppings and dressing. What makes a salad unique is the ability to mix-and-match combinations. Liz Freeman Abel, a licensed dietitian/nutritionist and owner of free + abel, a “food + lifestyle” company based in Yorklyn, says that salads are the perfect meal for trying something new and expanding your food choices.
“I’m all for variety,” says Abel. “Salads combine new and unique ingredients in one bowl, and with it a wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including vitamins A, C, E and zinc, among others—which protect cells from oxidation or damage.”
When selecting your base, start with a fresh bed of greens, says Dan O’Brien, head farmer for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Coverdale Farm Preserve. The CSA program provides weekly produce shares from June to October to its members and as O’Brien points out, always includes a head of lettuce because, he says, “most people know what to do with it.” To keep salads exciting, he recommends mixing and matching different greens. “I like pairing delicate lettuces with hardier greens like kale or collard greens,” O’Brien says. “The contrast between soft and crunchy is delicious and adds another dimension to the salad base.” Other base options to consider are spinach, mixed greens, mesclun, arugula and romaine lettuce. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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For the protein component, there are so many options to choose from. Here’s a handy guide, based on a quick scan through Bon Appétit magazine:
Chicken, beef, lamb, hard-boiled egg, pork, prosciutto, bacon
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One way to save on cost is to use leftover proteins, like ground beef from taco night to make tomorrow’s taco salad, or shredded rotisserie chicken to make a quick chicken salad on top of a bed of greens. This not only saves time, but also makes it easier to plan lunches for the week ahead.
When selecting toppings, keep in mind Abel’s maxim: “We should eat a variety of colorful foods on a regular basis.” With summer upon us, fresh and local produce is available at various farmers markets across New Castle County. And though we all tend to gravitate to the standard salad fixings like tomato, carrot and cucumber, July to September is high season for other colorful vegetables, so keep an eye out for purple eggplants, sweet and hot peppers, summer squashes and other nutrient-dense vegetables. And don’t hesitate to speak with your local farmer. “They want to talk to you, so don’t be afraid to ask, ‘How do you cook or use this?’” says Abel.
Finally, be mindful of the dressing, which can override the healthy benefits of a salad. “I’m a big believer that consumers should understand what is in their commercial salad dressing. Most salad dressings are made with oil, sugar or artificial sweeteners,” says Abel. In addition, O’Brien says it’s important to alter the dressing based on the texture of the lettuce. For lighter, delicate lettuces, pair with a vinaigrette. For hearty greens like romaine or kale, which can hold more weight, a richer, creamier dressing pairs well. Save 20 minutes by not having to stand in front of the hundreds of salad dressing options at the grocery store. Instead, make your own salad dressing using fresh herbs and yogurt or olive oil. Now that it’s summer, herbs are available at grocery stores or, if you have a green thumb, they’re easy to grow at home. Abel recommends a flavorful, refreshing dressing using a combination of herbs like parsley, basil and mint. Here’s an example: CREAMY HERB DRESSING • ½ cup yogurt, plain or Greek • ¼ cup olive oil • ¼ cup chopped fresh herbs such as basil, rosemary, thyme, parsley or a combination • ½ lemon, juiced • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar • 1 garlic clove, minced • Salt and ground black pepper to taste Add all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
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Looking for healthy salad places? Look no further than Main Street in Newark and the variety of salads offered by Home Grown Café and Roots Natural Kitchen. Sasha Aber, owner of Home Grown Café, believes in “eating less processed foods in order to reap the full nutritional benefits, whether it’s vitamins, minerals or other important micronutrients.” Aber’s menu at Home Grown reflects this philosophy. Currently the restaurant serves six salads that often change based on diners’ tastes and produce availability.
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For example, Home Grown used to have a Thai salad on the menu when Thai food was especially popular a couple of years ago. As multicultural food trends have shifted and changed, so has the menu, which now includes “a Korean salad topped with house-made kale and radish kimchi, crispy rice strings and ginger cilantro vinaigrette.” And, as it gets closer to the height of the growing season, Aber will be able to get more fresh produce locally, including tomatoes (late summer) and hardy vegetables and greens (spring through fall, sometimes even as late as winter). In addition to fresh produce, all dressings at Home Grown are house-made. There’s even a vegan ranch dressing made with vegan mayonnaise using silken tofu, apple cider vinegar and a variety of spices. All salads are priced based on the final protein, which includes chicken, sirloin steak, tuna, salmon, shrimp, tofu, portobello, falafel, seitan, and veggie burger. In a rush? Salads can be wrapped in a white or whole wheat wrap. Right across the street lies Roots Natural Kitchen, a fastcasual concept started in 2015 that serves a variety of salad and grain bowls. Roots’ motto is simple: “Eat delicious food often. Eat mostly stuff that grows.” Co-founder Albert Namnum says Roots’ main goal is “for customers to feel good after eating our food,” which is why all food and dressings are prepared in-house and priced to be affordable—each bowl is $7 to $9, a bit more if you create your own. The restaurant had humble beginnings near the campus of University of Virginia in Charlottesville. A year later, Namnum decided Newark would make a great location after visiting his best friend at the University of Delaware. “Like UVA, Newark’s Main Street is perfectly situated between housing and campus, so everyone has to walk on it to get from point A to point B,” says Namnum. “Our Main Street location was a natural fit for the brand; it is always busy, and the vibe was similar to UVA.” ►
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And though local competitor Honeygrow opened its doors on Main Street first—by a matter of months— Namnum insists that it’s not a big deal that so many salad-based concepts are nearby. “We don’t need to be that different than our competitors,” he says. “Plant-based diets and eating are becoming the norm, so if we all do well, everyone benefits.” Roots’ menu consists of signature bowls and create-your-own bowls. Two of its most popular bowls are the Mayweather and the El Jefe, which are preselected using an almost mathematical formula—base(s) plus five ingredients, a dressing and finally, a grill item. The concept is reminiscent of Chipotle, where everything is customizable and pricing is determined by the grill item (and additional ingredients). In addition to Home Grown Café and Roots Natural Kitchen, there are a handful of other salad locations throughout the region: • Saladworks, one of the largest saladbased chains in the U.S., filed for bankruptcy in 2015, but with some right-sizing is now actively expanding in markets like Dallas and Atlanta. Saladworks serves a variety of salads, sandwiches and soups, which can be made into a combo. Delaware locations include Christiana Mall, Harmony Plaza (Newark), Kirkwood Highway, Middletown and Dover. • Honeygrow, founded in Philadelphia in 2012, is known for its stir fry, salads, coldpressed juices and signature honeybar (fruit, crunchy toppings and either yogurt or house-made whipped cream). Delaware locations include Newark, Wilmington and soon-to-open Christiana. • Sweetgreen began as a single shop in Georgetown, one of DC’s hippest neighborhoods. Founded in 2007, Sweetgreen led the way in the salad startup space and is known for high-end salads, “warm” bowls and house-made drinks. No Delaware locations yet. There are multiple locations in downtown Philadelphia and the Main Line, including Ardmore and King of Prussia Mall.
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SOYBEAN ASIAN GRILLE Let's be completely honest, salads aren't cool. They lack the sort of appeal that an eight-ounce steak oozes. Even so, we all know we need to eat healthier and salads are the best way to incorporate variety and important nutrients and vitamins into our diet. Since I loathe eating the same thing twice in one week, Thai papaya salad has become my go-to when I want a break from my basic mixed green salad with carrots, cucumbers and tomatoes. Soybean Asian Grille on Limestone Road makes a mean shrimp papaya salad, or som tam. It's fresh, crunchy, sweet, sour and spicy, if desired. It's a refreshing and light salad —perfect for a picnic at the park or beach. — Leeann Wallett, Contributing Writer
BELLEFONTE CAFÉ I’ve been trying to eat healthier nowadays, and, as most of us know, that often can be as much fun as walking around in the rain. But then I stumbled upon this dish at the Bellefonte Café, and it was like sunshine on a plate. First, if you like goat cheese, this salad delivers the goods. We’re not talking about meager crumbles of goat cheese. It’s more the case that if the arugula, chopped onion, and fennel are the mattress, then the goat cheese and curried beets are the blanket. This salad is covered nice and cozy. Along with the slices of oranges, it all adds up to a scrumptious and hearty dish full of proteins and greens.
I’d recommend something from Greenville Brew HaHa! or Iron Hill, but we already know they’re great. I’ll be honest, when I eat out, I rarely glance at the green portion of the menu. Partly because I feel like it’s inexplicably hard for most restaurants to get a salad right, and, more to the point, I want all the carbs. So, I feel like I’ve stumbled onto a secret with Greene Turtle’s Ty Cobb salad, because not only is it really good, but also unexpected since it originated from a franchise—and a sports bar, at that. I don’t even go to sports bars. The salad is unpretentious, with mixed greens topped with diced avocado, chicken, bacon, tomato and cucumber with crumbled bleu cheese and your choice of dressing (I always pick Cajun ranch). — Krista Connor, Senior Editor & Digital Media Manager
FOUR DOGS TAVERN The patio at this popular Marshallton, Pa., restaurant is one of my favorite destinations, and as much as I applaud variety, I wind up ordering their Grande Salad virtually every visit. All the Four Dogs’ salads are delectable, primarily because they use only local growers and the ingredients are garden fresh. The Grande features feta, tomato, red onion and avocado and is complemented with a light yet vibrant dressing. And a word about the tomatoes: Regardless of the time of year, they’re always plump, juicy and delicious. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
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Baking Up A Business After two decades at the Hotel du Pont, pastry chef Michele Mitchell is on her own—and doing just fine, thank you By Pam George Michele Mitchell is now offering private instruction and group classes. Photo Lindsay duPhily
f the cake at a local wedding is as captivating as the happy couple, chances are it was made by Michele Mitchell, a pastry princess with an impressive pedigree. For nearly 20 years, Mitchell reigned over the bake shop at the Hotel du Pont, which in its heyday had a staff of 24. Her departure in February signaled the end of an era for the hotel, which Buccini/ Pollin Group purchased from the DuPont Co. last year. The hotel’s loss is the public’s gain. Shortly after leaving, Mitchell began offering private instruction and afternoon group classes at Tonic Bar and Grille in Wilmington. Topics have included cake decorating and petite fours. She’s also starting Michele Mitchell Pastry Designs, which means more people will have access to her sweet creations—if, that is, they schedule ahead. Her work is in high demand, and Karen Miller knows why. “Chef Michele created an absolutely perfect interpretation of a French pastry shop for my wedding, as well as a traditional French wedding cake, a croquembouche [a tower of cream-filled, puff-pastry balls],” says Miller, who lives in the Trolley Square neighborhood. “She gave us a memorable sweet fest that I will forever cherish in my wedding memories.”
Mitchell’s expertise makes an impression on even the most meticulous chefs. “Simply put, there are very few individuals like Michele who execute with precision whatever they put their hands on,” says Chef Robert Lhulier, who has cooked at the James Beard House in New York. “Her creativity is surpassed only by her commitment to technique, and if it's not perfection, it's not good enough for Chef.” Mitchell’s path to success wasn’t all sugar and spice. She worked grueling hours in the male-dominated casino kitchens and hotel banquet facilities. But she built a reputation for excellence that extends far beyond Delaware’s borders.
From Clarinet to Cakes
To know Mitchell is to understand that she’s an unabashed Anglophile. She was recently seen wearing ballet flats with the British flag on them. She comes by this devotion naturally. Her mother was born in Scarborough, England. Her father, from Absecon, N.J., held jobs in technology and electronics during the fast-paced 1960s and 1970s. That kept the family on the move, from the East Coast to the West Coast and back again. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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When Mitchell’s father worked for NASA, the family lived for a year in Bermuda. BAKING UP A BUSINESS continued from previoius page Eventually, her parents joined a startup making high-end British wool sweaters on Prince Edward Island in Canada, where Mitchell went to high school. Mitchell and her three sisters gravitated toward the sciences. She excelled at math, and she also wanted to take art and French, but the classes conflicted with band practice. In fact, in high school, she had the clarinet, not cooking, on her mind. She was accepted into a prestigious music college in Halifax, but her gut instinct got in the way. “I couldn’t put my finger on why, but I didn’t want to do it,” she says. After graduation, she got a job in an eyeglasses factory, but when her parents sold their business and moved to New Jersey to care for her grandmother, Mitchell went with them. She worked at a bank, where the cakes she made for coworker birthdays were so popular that they crowned her the company cake-maker. Mitchell’s aptitude prompted a family friend to recommend the pastry program at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. During a visit, she liked what she saw, and at 22, she enrolled. There, she found that culinary students’ view of their pastry colleagues was less than sweet. When famous chefs visited the school, pastry students were relegated to the back rows.
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Fresh out of school in 1990 with a degree in baking and pastry arts, she began working at Trump Castle in Atlantic City, which was renamed Trump Marina in 1997. “Atlantic City was booming then,” she recalls. The bake shop was a 24-7 operation with three shifts of up to seven people. There were seven restaurants, including a steakhouse and Italian eatery, and a cafeteria. “My first job was making 40 10-inch-round cheesecakes,” she says. “It was so daunting. In school, you’re taught how to make one.” She quickly graduated to making such intricate items as a carousel centerpiece—complete with hand-blown sugar horses— and white chocolate castles. On any given shift, she made up to eight different cakes. She was promoted to assistant pastry chef. Seeking an executive pastry chef role, Mitchell moved to Washington, D.C., to work at the Sheraton, which had a banquet and exhibit venue. Her team made and plated desserts for 4,000 people during President Clinton’s inauguration weekend. “It took a lot of purchasing, planning and organization,” she says of successfully pulling off the events. Between her casino and banquet experience, Mitchell was more than ready for the Hotel du Pont in 1998. She interviewed with Tom Hannum, the executive chef. “We were certainly impressed with her work in Washington and Atlantic City,” says Hannum, now the executive chef at Buckley’s Tavern. “We’d gone through a couple of candidates and had not found the right fit.”
Mitchell felt the weight of the public’s expectations. “The hotel was known for pastries before it was known for its food,” she says. “I was walking into a long tradition of people coming there for desserts.” The Brandywine Room was open five days a week. The Green Room was open two nights a week and every day for brunch and lunch. On weekends, there might be weddings in multiple rooms, including the casual Grill.
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Some Mitchell-created wedding cakes.
She ably kept guests happy with artful confections, both to eat and to see. In 1998, she spent four days creating replicas of House of Faberge eggs using white chocolate and marzipan. The sculpture, which earned national press, was for “Nicholas and Alexandra: The Last Imperial Family of Tsarist Russia” exhibit in Wilmington. A photo of the sculpture is in the book Cuisine and Culture. In 2000, Mitchell appeared on a segment of the Food Network’s show The Best of... The next year, when the James Beard House asked the Hotel du Pont to participate in a dinner featuring multiple chefs, Hannum recommended Mitchell and served as her assistant. “What other executive chef known to man would step aside when the James Beard House came calling?” says Mitchell, who made a chocolate-hazelnut Napoleon. A producer for the “Chef on a Shoestring” segment of CBS’ The Saturday Early Show happened to be at the dinner. Captivated by the friendly banter between Mitchell and Hannum, she booked them for an appearance on the show. Like Hannum, Mitchell became the face of fine dining at the Hotel du Pont.
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When Mitchell started at the hotel, the DuPont Co. had already been through layoffs, and more were on the way. What’s more, MBNA’s shiny new headquarters attracted the hotel’s kitchen workers, and their jobs often were not filled. By the time she left, the pastry department had gone from 24 employees to eight. Still, Mitchell made an impression on many of them, including Rebecca Stachecki, now the pastry chef at The Station on Kings in Lewes. “Michele was the very first chef I worked for out of school,” Stachecki recalls. “She was so eager to teach me and show me things that she has perfected over the years. She helped me refine my plated desserts, taught me a lot about chocolates and pastries. Michele was always ready to answer any questions or help troubleshoot. I can still text or call her today and she’s there, willing to help.” Mitchell also made an impression on Chuck Lewis, who handled procurement for the DuPont Country Club’s kitchen. He met her when he picked up baked goods from the hotel. A week later, a mutual coworker told Mitchell that Lewis had told his colleagues about the beautiful new pastry chef. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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When he asked her to dinner, he selected the funky Queen Bean, a tiny coffee shop/diner BAKING UP A BUSINESS continued from previoius page in Claymont that was filled with antiques and flea market finds. He was somewhat nervous, and hoped the atmosphere would inspire conversation. Halfway through dinner, she looked at him and said: “What are we doing here?” The nonplussed Lewis answered: “Having dinner?” It was “classic Michele,” he says now. “She’s always been a straight-to-the-point person.” Lewis needn’t have worried about conversation. The couple, who wed in Bermuda in 2005, have both had long careers in the industry. Lewis, a New Castle native, is a graduate of the Baltimore International Culinary College. Both understand the demands and unconventional hours of the profession they have chosen. By the time they married, he was also working at the Hotel du Pont. The couple also share a talent for numbers—Lewis became the property’s comptroller. And, of course, they were DuPont employees, which added a strong corporate element to their jobs. Safety comes first. Even today, Mitchell will fetch a step stool instead of clambering onto the kitchen counter to reach a top shelf. As DuPont employees, they witnessed the changes as the company downsized and grew lean for what became the merger with Dow Chemical. Lewis left to become the general manager of Buckley’s Tavern. For Mitchell the number of jobs that would suit her skill and experience are limited. “When Michele started and what she developed in the early 2000s was doing almost everything from scratch,” Lewis says. “There aren’t many places that still do that stuff. They’ll buy something three-quarters done, doctor it up and finish it. It’s cheaper, and it’s tough finding skilled labor.” Mitchell can go it alone for another reason: Those-in-the-know want her services. “Michele made a wonderful cake for my husband’s birthday in February in the shape of a bottle of Oban scotch,” says Jane Goldberg of Wilmington. “The cake was 2 feet tall, a perfect copy, completely edible and delicious.” Goldberg shares a sentiment common among Mitchell’s clients. “She is,” Goldberg concludes, “an artist.”
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uietly opening in April, HoustonWhite Co. is a new upscale, classically designed Steakhouse with wooden floors and leather boothstyle seating. The new dinner-only restaurant brings a fresh flare to the Rehoboth Beach area. Owner Megan Kee thoroughly renovated what was once the South Pacific Florist Shop into an upscale Steakhouse distinct from the community of restaurants of Rehoboth. The HoustonWhite Co. name originates from the historic Millsboro lumber-milling business operated by Kee’s family (the Whites). The menu is continually expanding as the summer season progresses. Current à la carte steak options include the 8-ounce, USDA Prime barrel-cut ribeye for $35, the 14-ounce New York strip for $45, or the 48-ounce, USDA Prime porterhouse for $95. Not a big fan of beef? Consider the 10-ounce cold water lobster tail for $37, or the grilled skinned salmon for $28. There is also the cast-iron fried chicken with sweet and spicy baked beans and corn bread for $27. Houston-White Co. is located at 315 Rehoboth Ave. It seats about 55 people with eight more seats at the bar. For more information on menu options and pricing, visit houstonwhite.com.
he Hollywood Diner of Dover reopened its doors last month after being purchased by Ronald White, who also owns The Southern Grille of Ellendale. While the decor remains largely the same, the name was changed to The Southern Grille Hollywood Diner of Dover and the menu was overhauled to better reflect the cuisine at White’s other location, which he describes as “southern country comfort food.” An eclectic array of homemade country-style cooking includes flounder, cream of crab soup and candied yams. White plans to eventually provide patrons with muskrat, a classic Delawarean dish that is now rarely served in the state. The new diner, at 123 N. Dupont Hwy., Dover, seats some 100 guests and is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
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n May, the Delaware non-profit Healthy Food for Healthy Kids (HFHK) announced the completion of a grant match challenge of $65,000 from Longwood Foundation. It took only nine months for HFHK to meet the $65,000 target. The funds will go toward a new, full-time fundraising consultant and the overall sustainability of the organization. HFHK’s board and staff are thankful for all the generous donations from supporters. HFHK brings education programs on healthy eating to more than 12,000 students in 33 schools throughout Delaware. The organization’s vision is to enlighten youth to the value of developing lifelong, wholesome eating habits and experiencing the joy of growing, cooking and eating garden-fresh produce.
PEOPLE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES JOHNNIES DOG HOUSE
he May 28 issue of People magazine recognized Johnnies Dog House & Chicken Shack’s “The Delaware Destroyer” as the First State’s finest hot dog offering in its article, "Best Hot Dogs in Every State.” Mark Raphaelson opened Johnnies Dog House in July of 2008 and by 2010 Raphaelson, with the help of his patrons, had developed a Delaware-themed dog. The result of the collaboration yielded a monster hot dog made with macaroni and cheese and chili piled on a hoagie roll with two franks, grilled onions and hot sauce. The name of the dog also pays tribute to Delaware rocker George Thorogood’s former band, The Delaware Destroyers. If you’re in the mood to try “The Delaware Destroyer” or anything else at Johnnies Dog House & Chicken Shack, visit them at 3401 Concord Pike, Wilmington.
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hopRite’s Cassandra Umile was named Retail Dietitian of the Year by the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance (RDBA) at April’s RD Retail Exchange in Chicago. The award recognizes the retail dietitian who best demonstrates leadership, business skills and robust knowledge of the industry. Umile did just that, standing out among the hundreds of other retail dietitians servicing the Northeast. Umile has implemented specialized programs, including The Healthy Food Marketing Strategies initiative and the Produce for Better Health Foundation’s Store Tour Grant, which was done in conjunction with the University of Delaware. She has worked tirelessly over the course of her career with ShopRite in promoting healthy choices for the betterment of the communities she serves. JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FIFTH DINO DRAMA FOLLOWS FAMILIAR FOOTPRINTS Plenty of CGI. Plot? Not so much. By Mark Fields
still remember—and probably always will—the first time I saw the original Jurassic Park, as directed by Steven Spielberg in 1993. Few other experiences have matched the visceral thrill of first seeing a realistic-looking dinosaur (a brachiosaurus, incidentally) on the big screen. Better yet, cinematic showman Spielberg tantalized the viewer by withholding that first view until nearly 15 minutes into the movie. Of course, that was 25 years ago, and clever filmmakers have used always-improving CGI technology to create all manner of fantastic beasts and unearthly vistas in our films. To keep the crowds coming, they continue to up the ante: bigger dinos, more dinos, more fearsome hybrid dinos. Sad to say that the storytelling in this Jurassic Park franchise has not kept pace with the computerized effects. In fact, it has been left in the dino dust. Although Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the fifth entry in the saurian saga, is admittedly visually extraordinary, its paint-by-thenumbers plot painfully disappoints.
Three years after Jurassic World, with its theme park now shuttered, a newly active volcano threatens to wipe out the dinosaurs still living on Isla Nublar, the isolated island off the Costa Rican coast. Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), once the nonchalant park administrator, has become an activist in an attempt to rescue the creatures from a second extinction. When her political efforts fail, she turns to a mysterious philanthropist ( James Cromwell) and her old pal Owen (Chris Pratt), the raptor whisperer. They sneak onto the island…and adventures ensue. Anyone who has seen any of the previous films can list the elements that we will now see: winsome child prone to screaming, check; an inconvenient deluge of rain, check; greedy, unthinking villains, check; unlikely escapes from certain death, check; an even bigger, fiercer species of dinosaur (which eventually gives out an ear-shattering bellow of world domination), check. It’s just so unrelentingly formulaic. ► JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The CGI work is indeed exceptionally realistic; we actually FIFTH DINO DRAMA FOLLOWS forget that dinosaurs no longer FAMILIAR FOOTPRINTS walk the earth. But there are continued from previous page so many of them—in all shapes and sizes—crowded onto the screen that they actually lose their impact. More is not always, maybe even ever, better. By contrast, in the original Jurassic Park, dinosaurs only appear on screen for 14 of the movie’s 127 minutes. There’s no point in talking about the performances. The humans, predictably attractive and appealing, are little more than breathing props. Director J.A. Bayona, who demonstrated his skill with cinematic storytelling in The Impossible and A Monster Calls, keeps the pace breathless and relentless. On the other hand, Michael Giacchino’s score is ridiculously bombastic, another unnecessary effort on the part of the filmmakers to amp up the adrenaline. Don’t get me wrong. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom delivers the thrills, and will likely meet the expectations of the throngs that will see it this summer. It’s just sad to me that the talented people behind this feature seemingly settled on repeating their past successes, very nearly step by step. They couldn’t manage to use their formidable skills to make something with the same level of wonder and delight as the original Jurassic Park. Perhaps that’s an impossible expectation to load onto a movie, but it doesn’t feel to me like they even tried. Coming to multiplexes in July: Ant-Man and The Wasp, the third Marvel superhero movie in 2018, July 6; stand-up comic Bo Burnham’s directorial debut, Eighth Grade, July 13; Blindspotting, a timely and pointed dramedy about gentrification, July 20; and Tom Cruise is back as the unstoppable Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout, July 27.
July 20 - 23
The Seagull Fri 5:30 | Sat 2:30, 8 Sun 12, 6 | Mon 7
Backstabbing For Beginners
AFI Top 100 Films
Fri 8:30 | Sat 5 Sun 3
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Tues July 17 • At Dusk Outside
Sat July 7 & 21 • 11pm
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AT THEATRE N: HEARTS BEAT LOUD, JUNE 13-16 Nick Offerman (Parks and Rec) and Kiersey Clemons star as a father and daughter who start an unlikely songwriting duo and band as she prepares to leave for college. A celebration of artistic joy, this modest comedy is warm, affectionate, and thoroughly likable. Written and directed by Brett Haley (who created the lead role with Offerman in mind) and featuring a stellar supporting cast: Toni Collette, Ted Danson and Blythe Danner. Also at Theatre N in July: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word, July 6-8; The Guardians, a French Drama set during World War II, July 13-15; American Animals, unlikely heist drama, July 20-22; and the ongoing countdown of AFI’s Top 100 films of all time every Saturday. theatren.com.
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OUTDOOR S UM M E R M OVI E S In Nemours Plaza between the Brandywine & Nemours Buildings.
Films Start at Dusk! Tuesday, July 17
Jaws Tuesday, August 21
Raiders of the Lost Ark Tuesday, September 18
Top Gun For more information and tickets, visit
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JULY MUSIC TUNED IN LISTEN
at Kelly’s Logan House
Now featuring early shows from 7-10 p.m. every Friday night with original local music. #livemusicforearlybirds
7/06 – Lori Citro band with Noelle Picara 7/13 – Sarah Koon with Earth Radio 7/27 – Slackerbot with Green Cathedral
Look for these great bands upstairs!
Cherry Crush - 10:30 p.m.
Photo Elias Muhammad
Skinner & Spadola - 10 p.m.
Radio Halo - 10:30 p.m.
Christian and Shaun - 10 p.m.
Red Hotts Trio - 10 p.m.
Sidepiece - 10 p.m.
The Way Outs - 10:30 p.m.
Party Fowl - 10 p.m. 1701 Delaware Ave. Wilmington, DE 19806 (302) 652-9493
LOGANHOUSE.COM Bands and times subject to change.
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GET YOUR TIX FOR DELAWARE ROCK & ROLL HOF
Remember the lyrics “Rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay?” That’s the mission of the Delaware Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame, which will hold its first induction ceremony on Sunday, July 15, from 2-6 p.m. at the baby grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington. Expect some surprises as Club Phred provides the backup music and some of the honored musicians bring back their old favorites. The inaugural inductees are: musicians Teddy and the Continentals, the Five Diamonds, Andy and the Gigolos, Vic and the Versatiles, the Hurricanes, Lue Cazz (Lou Casapulla), the Continettes, Al Santoro and the Highlighters, Lisa Jack, the Watson Brothers Band, the Sin City Band, Larry Tucker; venue owners Bill Stevenson of the Stone Balloon and Don Bunnell of the Buggy Tavern, and photographer Charlie Gibb. Tickets are $35 and may be ordered online at thegrandwilmington.org or by calling 652-5577.
BEER GARDEN & MUSIC AT THE GABLES AT CHADDS FORD
This summer, on select Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from July 5-Aug. 10, the Gables at Chadds Ford is hosting a beer garden and live music from 5-10 p.m. Live music with lawn games, at least four beers on tap and various cans and bottles will be on hand, along with the bar menu. The events will be on the terrace, with the banquet room available if the weather gets too hot or if it rains. Here’s the music lineup: Thursday, July 5: James McLaughlin, Colin McGetrick & Mary Kate McGetrick Saturday, July 7: Anthony Saddic Thursday, July 12: Steve Liberace & Steve Pompeo Saturday, July 14: The GoAround Thursday, July 19: James McLaughlin Friday, July 20: Josh Komorowski Thursday, July 26: Steve Liberace & Amanda May Saturday, July 28: Josh Komorowski Thursday, Aug. 2: Jack Marshall Friday, Aug. 3: Josh Komorowski Friday, Aug. 10: Sean McGraw & Just a Bit Outside
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FULL MOON FESTIVALS AT GRAIN H2O
This summer, Grain H2O brings the Caribbean islands to northern Delaware with four full moon festivals. The celebrations of music, food and fun will be held on every full moon during the summer months. Classic Delaware reggae band Spokey Speaky will set the mood for these festivals through the band’s soulful, high energy, live performances. Spokey Speaky has shared the stage with Toots & The Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen Marley, Inner Circle and many more. The music will start at 8 p.m. every full moon through August. All night long there will be $10 Modelo and taco plate specials. For the inaugural festival, the chef has created festival tacos filled with jerk chicken, pineapple slaw and pickled red onions (regular items will still be available). For more information, go to meetatgrain.com.
LADYBUG MUSIC FESTIVAL
Now in its seventh year, the free, female-fronted Ladybug Music Festival has grown to be the largest of its kind in the country. The two-day block party style music fest will take place Friday and Saturday, July 20-21, and feature more than 75 acts, including emerging and established female artists. Musicians include Lauren Ruth Ward, Grace Vonderkuhn, Nalani & Sarina and more. This year, the event will also utilize the Queen Theater for some performances. Ladybug was co-created by Gayle Dillman and Jeremy Hebbel of Gable Music Ventures as a response to the lack of representation for women-identified artists on festival stages in the region and across the country. Since its inception, Ladybug has seen more than 300 females take the stage. For more information, go to theladybugfestival.com.
ROCKIN’ SHADY GROVE
Shady Grove Music Festival, Delaware’s first original music festival, is back this summer for the celebration of local, original tunes, on Saturday, July 14, in Arden. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the festival runs through 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the gate (admission is free for children ages 12 and under). The event will also feature food trucks, beer and wine and live art. Event-goers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. Proceeds benefit the Gild Hall Restoration Fund. Here’s the lineup and schedule: Bats In The Wall at 12 p.m. | Cadillac Riot at 12:45 p.m. Taiwan Housing Project at 1:30 p.m. | Crash Harris Band at 2:15 p.m. Minka at 3:15 p.m. | EyeBawl at 4:15 p.m. The Bad Larrys at 5 p.m. | Dharmasoul at 6:15 p.m. MEGA at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, go to eventbrite.com. JULY 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
HAVE YOU HEARD OF SOMETHING?
6/22/18 2:22 PM
CRACK OPEN A COLD ONE WITH THE BOYS
...ON THE POND
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BREWED WITH POND WATER
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SEPARATION DAY IN HISTORIC NEW CASTLE
Photos by Lindsay duPhily
1. Live music, craft beer and food trucks drew a large crowd to Fridayâ€™s Kick-off Party.
4. First Regiment fires its rifles before the Separation Day reviewing stand.
2. Youngsters enjoy a curbside seat for the Separation Day parade.
5. Aaliyah Elliott, age 6, of New Castle enjoys the rides in Battery Park.
3. New Castle resident Laura Welker takes a selfie with a reenactor.
6. Guests enjoy Element K in an idyllic setting along the Delaware River.
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Entertainment Schedule EVERY MONDAY: Showtime Trivia EVERY THURSDAY: DJ Willoughby EVERY FRIDAY: EDM DJ Dance Party
LIVE BANDS! FRIDAY:
7/27 Cherry Crush
7/7-Stereo Giants 7/21-Cher Playground 7/14- Big Rumble Twist 7/28-Big Toe
Newark Food & Brew Festival • Sat. July 21 • Featuring Big Oyster Brewery & The Mardels 4-8pm MONDAYS ½ Price Appetizers ALL DAY!
TUESDAYS ½ Price Burgers ALL DAY! $4.50 Double LIT’s
WEDNESDAYS - MEXICAN NIGHT! ½ Price Nachos & Quesadillas ALL DAY! $3.25 Coronas & Margaritas • $2 Tacos $15.99 9oz NY Strip Steak All Day
THURSDAYS ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Wings (5pm-Close) ½ Price Burgers (11:30am-3pm) • $3.25 Rail Drinks
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4th Annual Celebration of All Things Trolley Saturday, Sept. 29 1-5pm FREE Admission Beer, Wine & Spirit Tastings Live Music * Small Plates Street Entertainers Sidewalk Sale
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