Out & About Magazine -- June2013

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Our Music Issue Musikarmageddon: The Battle is Back Firefly Festival: Glowing & Growing Tide Has Turned in Seafood Dining

SPIRIT of the RADIO Industry icons weigh in on music, musicians and the state of their business

JUNE 2013 CO M P L I M E N TA R Y VOL. 26 | NO. 4

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

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Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net


Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Director of Sales Marie Graham Poot • mgraham@tsnpub.com Creative/Production Manager Matthew Loeb • mloeb@tsnpub.com Art Director Shawna Sneath • ssneath@tsnpub.com Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Krista Connor, Ed Dwornik, Christine Facciolo, Mark Fields, Pam George, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Scott Pruden Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Donnell Hill, Les Kipp, Tony Kukulich, Matt Urban Contributing Designer Tyler Mitchell Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb For editorial & advertising information: 302.655.6483 • Fax 302.654.0569 Website: outandaboutnow.com Email: contact@tsnpub.com

what’s inside START


7 War On Words

49 Musikarmageddon

9 Fitness Challenge

54 Tuned In

11 Worth Trying

55 Opposites Attract

13 FYI 15 By the Numbers


18 Monumental Task

57 Rebooting ‘Star Trek’

33 Seafood Directory

41 Painted Stave 43 Spirited

Industry icons weigh in on music, musicians & the radio business.

27 Glowing & Growing

29 Sophistication of Seafood


20 On Air

59 Hollywood Hit Parade

EAT 37 The O&A Q and A


On the cover Students from Barbara Proud’s Professional Practices photography class at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia submitted photos to be considered for June’s music issue. Congratulations to Kim Brausam for having her photo selected.

Expanded brewery, vineyard and a cinema are just some of the improvements expected to shine in this year’s Firefly Music Festival in Dover.

32 Music in Arts More photographs from our student arts competition.


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Cooking Demonstrations

Childrens’ Program

Brandywine Zoo Show – June 27


Live Music starting at 6pm and More! 6/20 - Green Mountain Valley Boys (Rockabilly) 6/27 - Nature James (Childrens’) 7/4 - Bullbuckers (Ska/Reggae) 7/11 - Em McKeever and Matthew Halley (Folk) 7/18 - Matt Sevier (Singer/Songwriter)

7/25 -1st State Symphonic Band 8/1 - Big Skull (Ska) 8/8 - Ballroom Thieves (Alternative Americana) 8/15 - Splashing Pearls (Island Folk/Blues/Alternative) 8/22 - The Brandywine Fiddlers & AlyCat (Electro Funk)

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8/29 - Victoria Spaeth (Folk/Childrens’) 9/5 - Betty & The Bullet (Americana/Bluegrass/Swing) 9/12 - Old Baltimore Speedway (Rock & Roll) 9/19 - Travel Songs (Americana) 9/26 - Jacopo De Nicola (Italian Gypsy Folk)


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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS Wherein we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage

Media Watch

• A reader submits this from a News Journal column noting the trend o drivers winning from the pole position in NASCAR races: “Jimmie Johnson got the streak started by winning from the pole three weeks ago at Martinsville before Kyle Busch repeated the fete at Texas two weeks ago.” The reader notes that there probably was a party or celebration (a fete) after each win, but what the drivers accomplished was a feat. • Another reader saw this in the Hockessin Community News: “We wanted to be close to people so that people could see this activity and want to engage in it—peak their curiosity, essentially.” The word is pique. • From Jim Corbett, USA Today sportswriter (who has appeared here previously): “After losing left tackle Jake Long to the St. Louis Rams in free agency, everyone inside the Radio City Music Hall (our italics) was thinking that Ireland was moving up to take Oklahoma left tackle Lane Johnson.” This is a dangling modiier that should be mortifying to Mr. Corbett. It wasn’t everyone inside Radio City Music Hall who had lost Jake Long; it was Miami Dolphins General Manager Jef Ireland.

Prepositions R Us (Or, Media Watch, Part Deux)

• The media loves it some prepositions. Take this example from a TV reporter describing the scene after the Boston Marathon bomb suspects were captured: “Police emerged out from behind their cover.” Both “out” and “behind” are superluous. • And from Spark: “The images you can probably conjure up in your head . . . Conjure means “to call to mind,” so the entire phrase is superluous.


• From a LinkedIn discussion by professional journalists: “ . . . editors who want to stay employed have to tow the party line in situations where publishers, such as Murdock, impose bias.” Amazing how many people don’t know the term is “toe the line.”

By Bob Yearick

• A presenter at the recent Common Wealth Awards called author David McCullough “a twice winner” of an award. Strange use of words to mean “two-time winner.”

Enough, Already

Two words we hear far too frequently, often out o context: robust and surreal. Robust, which means healthy, vigorous, hardy, is now used instead o “aggressive” or “strong.” Surreal means dreamlike, bizarre, absurd, but it’s now the go-to word to describe anything that’s simply surprising.

Pet Peeve

O&A Director o Sales Marie Graham Poot says many o us misuse hysterical to mean hilarious. “I often hear people say things like ‘That movie is hysterical,’” says Marie. “But can a movie be hysterical? I remember my sixth-grade English teacher complaining about this.” Noted!

How Long, Oh Lord, How Long?

• (In which we chronicle the abuse o that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe) • One o our readers dimes out a New Castle County library that posted this sign: “Please bring your donations inside to staf — accepted on Friday’s and Saturday’s only.” • Remember, gang, every time you use an apostrophe to make a plural, a puppy dies.

Literally of the Month

ESPN’s Colleen Dominguez reported that the L. A. Lakers, after losing in the irst round o the NBA playoffs, were “literally and iguratively licking their wounds.” Clearly, neither iguratively and especially not literally were needed. But, being a TV reporter, she had to go there. And it’s not a pretty visual: Koby licking his Achilles?

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

Words of the Month

Conclave Pronounced kon-kleyv, it’s a noun meaning a private or secret meeting, especially one that has special power or authority.

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Pronounced en-kleyv, it’s a noun meaning 1) a country, or especially, an outlying portion of a country, entirely or mostly surrounded by the territory of another country; 2) any small, distinct area or group enclosed or isolated within a larger one.

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Spend an evening in pariS! Friday, June 28 | 8 pm – 10 pm

Put on your best vintage attire for this exciting Parisianthemed summer soirée celebrating the opening of French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray! Enjoy delicious cocktails, lively Jazz Age music, and prints from the golden age of French photography. Want to learn more? Visit delart.org for details.

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All works are from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray is made possible by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. This exhibition was organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

Image: Lovers, Bal Musette des Quatre Saisons, rue de Lappe, c. 1932. Brassaï (1899–1984). 9 3/8 x 7 inches. Collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. © The Brassaï Estate—RMN.

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Pounding Toward The Finish Weight Loss Challenge eyes $20,000 goal


s the second annual Weight Loss Challenge of the New Castle County Boys and Girls Clubs entered the home stretch, the leader board looked like this: Melissa Colokathis – 17 total pounds lost Greg Moore – 15 Rich McKinnon – 13.6 Patricia Beuchler- 13.2 Barbara Barton – 12.8 Janey Layman – 12.6 Mark Doherty- 11.8 Chris Darling – 11.8 John DiEleuterio – 11 Allyson Saccomandi – 10 Kristen Johnson – 10 Fifty-nine participants—nearly three times as many as last year—are exercising, dieting and shedding pounds from now until June 22 to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs. They are recruiting friends, family and colleagues to sponsor their participation per pound lost or for achieving their total weight loss goal and raise $20,000 for the clubs.

The Challenge is backed by founding sponsors Plexus Fitness and Out & About Magazine plus three gyms: Hockessin Athletic Club, 1614, and Fusion. Each participating gym has donated a 90day membership to participants. At the start of the competition, participants received fitness evaluations that included weight, body measurements and blood pressure. Working with a trainer from the participating gyms, each participant has set a realistic, healthy weight loss and exercise goal. “Our progress so far is nearly $6,000 against our goal of $20,000,” says Chris Barton, Annual Fund chair of Metro-Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs. “With a month left in the challenge we are optimistic about the funds we will bring in.” Anyone wishing to support one or more of the participants can contact Scott Ciabattoni at scottchab@gmail.com. —Bob Yearick june 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and readers

Good Watch

Sofar Sound

Two FX dramas: 1) Freshman entry The Americans, set in the Reagan era, is about two KGB spies in an arranged marriage, posing as an American couple in suburban Washington, D.C. Once you get past Keri Russell, who surely fails to hit triple figures on the scale, and the slight Matthew Rhys as ass-kicking martial arts experts, this series is compelling. Plot twist: they live across the street from an FBI agent. 2) Justified, based on novels by the immortal Elmore Leonard and starring the charismatic Timothy Olyphant (Watch this guy; he will break out soon), follows federal lawman Raylan Givens in his pursuit of criminals through the Kentucky hill country. Catch the shows in re-runs or On Demand until they return in January.

My band, New Sweden, recently had the pleasure of working with the Philly chapter of Sofar Sounds, an organization that puts together secret living room shows in 18 cities worldwide. The idea is to bring bands and music lovers together in an intimate setting. You sign up for the email list and receive notification on when the show will be happening. The catch is that you won't know who will be playing or where. You’ll receive an email the day of the scheduled show with the location. This is an amazing opportunity for those adventurous enough. You may fall in love with your next favorite band. Sign up at sofarsounds.com. —William Dobies, lead singer/guitarist, New Sweden

— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor, O&A

Good Tunes

The Newark Arts Alliance

If you're a sucker for gorgeous acoustic music and magical harmonies like I am, check out the singer-songwriter duo The Milk Carton Kids. I first heard them play "Hope of a Lifetime" on NPR and was instantly hooked. The two artists, Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan, are very reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel. Their voices and playing styles blend perfectly. Since then I've downloaded both of their albums, The Ash & Clay, and Prologue—I love both.

The Newark Arts Alliance is a fantastic place to explore your inner artist. Not only do they offer great classes, they host the best events, such as the Annual Newark Garden Tour, which will be on Saturday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. You’ll receive a map to take a self-guided tour of magnificent area gardens. Experience how art and creativity can shape and transform landscapes in both small and large spaces. Featuring garden art, live music, gardening demonstrations and tips, the tour includes lush perennial beds, winding brick pathways and peaceful ponds. At $20 per person, it’s an ideal way to support the arts in Delaware and enjoy an afternoon of natural and man-made outdoor art. The Alliance also has a storefront and offers a wide selection of artwork handcrafted by local artisans. Explore more at newarkartsalliance.org.

— Shawna Sneath, Art Director, O&A

— Anita Moos, Marketing Director, Newark Natural Foods

Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Shawna with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ►

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F.Y.I. Things you absolutely need to know

AN EVENING IN PARIS PARTY Event kicks off 20th century French photography exhibit


f you’re inspired by the French flappers or chic berets of the roaring ’20s, you’ll enjoy a French-themed evening at the Delaware Art Museum on Friday, June 28, from 8 to 10 p.m. With cocktails from the cash bar, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School models dressed in 1920s Parisian attire, live music from Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society, and light refreshments, the party will celebrate the summer photography exhibition “French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray.” The exhibit opens Saturday, June 29, and runs until Sept. 15. Admission is free for Museum members and those who arrive in 1920s or ’30s attire. Otherwise, advanced tickets are available at delart.org for $5. Museum members and their guests are invited to a 6 p.m. VIP Members Preview Party on Friday, June 28, where they can sample French treats and wine from Moore Brothers Wine, and go on an exclusive curator-led tour of the exhibit. The VIP event is $20 for guests (members at the “Friend Level” and above may bring two guests for free). The exhibit celebrates the creativity of native and immigrant photographers working in France in the early 20th century and will feature 100 vintage prints from the golden age of French photography—1910 to 1940.

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Weeklong program offers entertainment and education

Cromwell’s incorporates Mexican menu


eared to those 18 and older, the University of Delaware’s 17th annual June Lecture Series is an educational and fun weeklong program that will explore local history, science and contemporary issues, and include live music and refreshments. The series will be held at Arsht Hall on the campus of UD’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute from Monday, June 10, to Friday, June 14. Sessions begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. each day. Registration is $50 per person. Contact Ellen Saienni at 573-4415 for more info and to register.

OVERHEARD FROM MY KITCHEN Delawarean publishes her first book


ilmington native Bridin Reynolds recently published her first book, Overheard from My Kitchen, which is available at Ninth Street Book Store in Wilmington and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth, as well as Amazon.com and createspace.com. The book, geared toward parents— particularly of boys—but also “anyone with a sense of humor,” revolves around the relationship and humorous communication between Reynolds’ 10-year-old twin boys. Reynolds says all the dialogue between the two “truly was all overheard. Twins have a certain banter that I suppose will always be a mystery.” Look for a second book in October —perhaps something along the lines of Overheard on Our Road Trips, Reynolds says.


f one person wants enchiladas and a margarita but the other is craving a steak and beer, there’s no longer a need for compromising at Cromwell’s, which recently became Cromwell’s American Tavern and Taqueria. Serving Wilmington since 1991, the restaurant is now incorporating a Mexican menu filled with stuffed enchiladas, roasted Chile Rellenos, sizzling fajitas, and craft, domestic and Mexican beers, plus domestic and imported wines, along with its traditional fare of steak, burgers, jumbo lump crab cakes, and house-smoked brisket.

NEW CHEF, NEW MENU Catherine Rooney’s menu gets seafood focus


atherine Rooney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant has unveiled a spring dinner menu for both locations —Wilmington and Newark. The menu, produced by new Executive Chef Matthew Schafenberg, focuses on his specialty—fresh and flavorful seafood. One hit is the Galway Bay Seafood Sauté, a combination of plump shrimp, Prince Edward Island mussels, and dayboat scallops, sautéed in a broth of shallots, garlic, chardonnay and fresh tomato, surrounding a Duchess potato. “While creating this menu, I wanted to combine my love of traditional Irish seafood dishes with the amazing options we have available to us locally,” says Schafenberg. “I’m hoping that my passion for this style of cuisine resonates with diners, and creates memorable and extraordinary experiences for them.” JUNE 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Civil War reenactors demonstrate muskets used during that era on Dover’s Legislative Mall during Dover Days. photo Dee Marvin

Taking On a Monumental Task

New Castle native Russ Smith’s 40-year odyssey brings him home to become superintendent of the state’s new National Monument Russ Smith


uss Smith well remembers the year he spent at St. Peter’s Elementary School, especially the walks after class to the old New Castle Library on Third Street, where he could look from the front door to the historic sites just a block away: the Old Courthouse, the Green and the Old Sheriff’s House. His love of history was just beginning, and Smith could never have imagined that, more than a half century later, he would return to his hometown to become the first superintendent of the new First State National Monument that includes those properties. Smith, 63, who grew up near New Castle in Wilmington Manor and Wilmington

By Larry Nagengast Manor Gardens, attended Our Lady of Fatima School on Du Pont Parkway through eighth grade, except for one year at St. Peter’s, “due to a temporary change in parish boundaries,” he recalls. After graduating from William Penn High School, he majored in history at the University of Delaware, receiving his bachelor’s degree in January 1972. In college and just after graduation, Smith made his first visits to sites in the national park system—Harpers Ferry National Historical Park in Maryland and Fort Sumter in South Carolina. The trip to Harpers Ferry convinced him that he wanted a career in the National Park Service, but the park rangers he met at

Fort Sumter told him the jobs were almost impossible to get. Smith applied anyway, then took a job at the old St. Joe Paper Co. box factory near the Delaware Memorial Bridge. When he got a call from the National Park Service, he didn’t hesitate. “They were trying to hire people before a hiring freeze. I wasn’t even interviewed,” he says. “They sent me some papers, told me to fill them out, and go to a notary public to get sworn in.” Thus began a 40-year odyssey that included training at the Grand Canyon, more than a decade at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, a couple of years at Fort ►

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at the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regional offices and, most recently, nearly 10 years as superintendent of the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, site of four Civil War battlefields. Then, on March 22, three days before President Obama signed the proclamation creating the First State National Monument, Smith found out he was coming home. The new monument, the first such site in Delaware (which had been the only state without a national park or monument) includes the Old Courthouse, Old Sheriff’s House and The Green in New Castle, The Green in Dover, and the 1,100-acre Woodlawn Tract northwest of Wilmington. The property extends into Pennsylvania and includes a portion of the 12-mile arc drawn from the New Castle Courthouse that marks the boundary between the two states. Not yet included in the monument are sites like Old Swedes Church and Fort Christina in Wilmington, the John Dickinson Plantation south of Dover and the Ryves Holt House in Lewes, which Sen. Tom Carper and the rest of the state’s congressional delegation have included in legislation created to establish a national park in Delaware. Smith, who was introduced to the crowd at the March 26 announcement and ceremony at the Old Sheriff’s House, returned to Delaware for good in early May. While it’s likely this will be his last tour of duty with the National Park Service, “I don’t see it as a slowing down in any way,” he says. More likely, he says, “I would think it’s going to be a wild ride,” since he is the only staff person assigned to the new site and so many individuals and organizations have an interest in its development. As of press time, Smith didn’t have interim office space but he was starting to meet with stakeholders and to schedule public meetings that will begin the process of creating a “management plan” for the national monument, something that can take three years to complete. The plan starts with the basic theme of the monument: how the National Park Service will tell the story of early settlement in Delaware by the Swedes, Dutch and English through the ratification of the Constitution and the early days of the new nation Then the planning moves into more detailed areas, which would include, among other things, dealing with the impact an expected increase in visitors might have on parking and traffic in New Castle’s historic downtown and whether all of the current recreational uses of the Woodlawn property—riding trail bikes, for example—are compatible with the park service’s mission, that the sites remain “unimpaired for future generations,” says Allen Cooper, chief of park planning and special studies for the northeast region. Don’t expect major changes quickly. While Smith says some things can be done fairly soon, like signage and temporary exhibits at the sites and directional signs on I-95 and other major highways, the big issues—parking, management of the Woodlawn site, firming up the details of partnerships with the state (which continues to own and operate the old courthouse as a museum) —will take longer. “We’re in it for the long haul. We’re in the forever business,” Cooper says, emphasizing the importance of getting things right at the start in order to avoid problems later. And working out such things will involve a lot of meetings and public input. Some of the stakeholders who will be at the table for these planning sessions are fairly obvious—city officials in New Castle and Dover, state parks officials, state historical and cultural affairs managers, representatives of historical societies and preservation groups, and state and private sector tourism experts, to name a few.


“We’ll solicit [input] from people who know a lot—I know there’s a coalition of people interested in Woodlawn—but we want to open it to everyone else too.” —Russ Smith “We’re obligated to have a full, open planning process,” Smith says. “We’ll solicit [input] from people who know a lot—I know there’s a coalition of people interested in Woodlawn—but we want to open it to everyone else too.” Many community leaders are eager to participate in the planning. “We can help the park service accomplish its mission,” says Richard I.G. Jones Jr., Delaware director for the Nature Conservancy, one of the groups in the coalition Smith mentioned. “They want to maintain existing uses [at Woodlawn] while maintaining the natural resources on the property.” The residents of the dozen homes on the Woodlawn property will not be affected, nor will operations at the Ramsey Farm, a popular autumn destination for picking pumpkins and navigating a maze lined with corn, says Vernon J. Green, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Woodlawn Trustees, former owner of the property. “We’ve had discussions with the park service, and they like it the way it is,” he says. Bob Poskitt, president of the New Castle Historical Society, says he is “excited that they will work with other organizations and improve the interpretation of what we already have in the city…. They’re going to do the right thing. They’re going to get many people involved. They’re going to get it right.” New Castle began exploring options for improving parking near the historic district before the national monument was approved, says Joanne Viola, chairman of the parking subcommittee of the city’s Planning Commission. Public off-street parking within a few blocks of the courthouse is one possibility. “It’s exciting. We’re being forced to get off the dime,” says Bill Barthel, president of the New Castle City Council. Barthel is hopeful that the management plan will include some federal funding to assist with parking improvements. Smith, however, isn’t ready to make any promises about funding. He has seen estimates that it will cost more than $1 million to get the interior of the Old Sheriff’s House in shape to serve as headquarters for the monument and he experienced the impact of federal sequestrationrelated spending cuts as he tied up his loose ends at Fredericksburg. Although he would like to have a staff of seven or eight—enough to help manage the office, develop exhibits and greet visitors in New Castle and patrol the Woodlawn area—he says “the regional directors told me I can’t expect too much at the beginning.” No matter. For Smith, being able to close out his career by coming home is a chance few people get: Truly, as he says, “the opportunity of a lifetime.” june 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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By Scott Pruden

n this age of iPods, Pandora, satellite radio and fully programmed broadcast stations, it might seem archaic for the traditional DJ to still exist. But there is a deep human need to hear that live human voice emerging from the speakers to engage, entertain and occasionally console us. Helen Leicht, Pierre Robert and Mark Rogers have been filling that need for as long as some of their listeners have been alive. In separate interviews, we got their views on music, musicians and their stations’ role in the industry over the past few decades.

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Helen Leicshhowt on the University of

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Music can have a tremendously positive impact on a person or people. What would you cite as your most positive musical experience and why?

Now that I’ve been able to work with the Philly Local music community, that has been an amazingly positive musical experience. It’s wonderful discovering new local artists and working at a radio station that encourages us to support the local music community. Hosting the middays at WXPN and having the opportunity to pick a Philly Local each day to promote is great.

What is your favorite part about working in Philadelphia radio?

I enjoy working with the local artists and trying to find opportunities for them to connect to an audience. A highlight was when I invited Philly Local artists to sing the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 2007. The band Fooling April dressed as The Beatles on the album cover. Then I invited local artists Jim Boggia, Mutlu, Matt Duke, Kuf Knotz and Andrew Lipke to sing songs from the album. Then we had the show to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the release (2007). I connected my favorite band with my favorite artists. What could be better?

You’ve been a big Beatles fan since you were young. What was that experience like for you?

It was seeing The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show on Feb. 9, 1964; that changed my life. I basically lived with my blue transistor by my ear waiting to hear a Beatles song on the radio. I bought every Teen magazine, bubble gum cards...everything Beatles. Of course, seeing the concert [JFK Stadium, Feb. 9, 1964] was amazing! I went with my mother, my aunt, sister and two cousins. I was too young to go alone and it was all of us or no concert. We stood the entire show, everyone screamed and we didn’t hear a thing! But I loved them even more. The Beatles’ music was the soundtrack of my life.

If there was a band or artist right now that truly captured the spirit of Philadelphia music, who would it be, and why?

That’s a difficult question, but Amos Lee has been part of the Philly Local community long before he was named an XPN Artist to Watch in 2003. Since then Amos has been releasing great albums and has been active with the XPN Musicians on Call Program. He has been able to promote the XPN/MOC program and certainly helps us with a national profile to promote what’s going on in Philly.

WXPN often broadcasts from World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington. What are your thoughts about the venue and the city itself?

The World Cafe Live at The Queen is a beautiful venue. And when national artists come in to do the Free at Noon concerts they constantly tell me how lucky we are to have a venue like this in Philly and Wilmington. JUNE 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Pierre Rodabyeshrowt on longtime Philadelphia is host of the mid 93.3 FM. rock stalwart WMMR

WMMR is celebrating 45 years on the air and you’ve been there for many of them. What’s one of your fondest memories of being with the station?

I love the fact that the station has done a lot of public service work and has been part of the fabric of the community and has always tried, way before I was here, to give back to the community. And in a smaller way I wanted to do something one year and I got turned on to the Project HOME organization that’s run by Sister Mary Scullion. I wanted to do something with Sister Mary, so we combined with sales and got this Chevy dealer in the Northeast to agree to give us, like, a $30,000 SUV—they’d give it to us for $15,000 [for Project HOME] if we could raise the remaining 15 grand. So I spent a week of my show pitching for money on the showroom floor where the vehicle was. People would come by with $1 . . . $10. But then one guy came in with $1,000, and a union kicked in for $5,000 or $6,000. And by Friday when we did the grand total we’d not only raised the $15,000 to buy the vehicle, we’d raised another $20,000 to give to her. At the end of that, a little caravan of our vehicles were coming back to the city down Roosevelt Boulevard, and I saw the first ‘MMR vehicle, then the second one, and then I was following behind. And I go, “What a great train I’ve hitched my wagon to.”

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FOCUS Who is the musician you were most excited to meet?

My favorites have always been Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, so for me it was them first. And then I’ve gotten to know them, which was amazing, and be friends with them...they’re my favorite. And Neil Young knows my name now, which is pretty cool. But the Rolling Stones certainly come to mind in terms of being awestruck. CSNY is my favorite, but the Rolling Stones I really genuinely believe to be the greatest rock band of all time.

In your opinion, what decade produced the most memorable music?

Almost any year—a little bit less so today—but I would argue that there are some phenomenal bands out there that have made music from the ’90s through the 2000s, from this band [U2 playing over the live radio feed] to the Offspring to Foo Fighters to the Killers, who I think are just amazing, to Weezer to Linkin Park. I think there’s some really profoundly excellent music, and some stuff that we haven’t played that’s out there that’s really, really good. So this may sound like a cop-out, but I would say every generation has made great music.

In what way has WMMR improved the most in your time there as a DJ, and, conversely, in what way were things better back in 1981?

The way we’ve improved the most is how we treat our listeners—our followthrough. We’ve had two extraordinary periods of hugeness, and I’ve been lucky enough to live through both of them. One is happening right now, where amidst competition from iPods and satellite radio and Pandora and the rest of that stuff, I have people write me and say, “I gave up my subscription to satellite. I put my iPod away all day long when ‘MMR is on.” That’s extraordinary, and there are younger people that are saying it. But I’ve lived through these two giant periods of our success. In the first, which was maybe ‘83 to ‘93, we gave away a lot of great prizes but we didn’t have a street team, what we call the MMRmy, which is out in public, as much as we should have. We just didn’t have enough follow-through. And then towards the end of that time, we got a huge promotional team in place and they kept learning during those years and doing more and more appearances. Now we conduct…it’s a staggering number, well over 100.

How does it feel to be such a big part of a radio station that has been so incredibly durable?

Every part of this station is unusual. My part of this story is unusual. But the thing is it’s just amazing. I’m never bored by it and I’m constantly amazed. These walls are filled with history all the way down. We have a program from Woodstock in 1969. For the 10 or 15 people that actually bought tickets, there was a program for Woodstock. I never knew it until I came here. And one station advertised in it, and it was ‘MMR! So all these people have come here over the years, behind the scenes, in front of the microphones, all this music has been reflected.


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What was the first record you ever bought?

The Beatles’ “1967-1970” collection (a/k/a The Blue Album.) My older brother told me that my first record should be a Beatles album. I believed him.

Who and what in the scene is thriving in your eyes at the moment?

There are a couple of whats. The first is an intangible thing: community. I’ve seen the music community in Delaware, Philly, Jersey, etc., really grow over the last several years. If this area ever takes off and becomes a nationally recognized musical hotspot (which I think it should), that will be one of the prime reasons for it—a very supportive group of musicians around here that play well together. Musically, a genre that mirrors national trends is the folk/Americana/bluegrass style. There has been a boom of such artists around here in the last few years. And a lot of them are quite good. Some of the obvious ones are Angela Sheik, Bullbuckers, John & Brittany, New Sweden and Joe Trainor Trio that have been working hard for a few years and it has paid off.

Which local personality has been the most fun to have in the studio? Why?

Mark Rogers

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As a whole, what’s the best thing that the Wilmington music scene has going for it right now?

Echoing above, community. And not just the musicians, but also the people, the city, the businesses. Also, talent. There are so many amazingly talented folks in Wilmington and nearby, which is not bad for a medium-sized city in the second smallest state. Having a world class venue like World Café Live at The Queen open up a couple of years ago has helped too. It’s helped to direct the area’s attention to Wilmington, not to mention that the Queen has been very supportive of local, independent musicians.

The most recent Hometown Heroes Awards show was a wonderful success. Did you anticipate the event was going to be such a hit?

I’d certainly hoped it would be, but was definitely blown away by how well it all went. It was an amazing night. I think I’m still processing it a few months later. It was a tangible representation of the community that I keep mentioning. I had quite a few folks tell me that the vibe in the room was amazing among the artists—even among those that didn’t win, or that weren’t nominated, but were just there to support their friends and colleagues. Big props to my friends in Gable Music Ventures for making such an event possible. Six years ago, I never would have envisioned such an event. It was beyond exciting.

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GLOWING and GROWING Expanded brewery, vineyard and a cinema are just some of the improvements expected to shine in this year’s Firefly Music Festival By Matt Amis


or Chicago-based Red Frog Events, the 2012 Firefly Festival was something totally new. The company’s stable of large-scale events includes charity 5-Ks, bar crawls and Warrior Dashes—

but until last summer, nothing quite like Firefly. “We are a company of big dreamers, so we weren’t really sure what to expect,” says Firefly’s director of operations Morgan Bucciferro. “Our focus was on providing a top-notch music experience for our guests, and I think we did that. We honestly didn’t know what our attendance was going to be.” For three days and nights last summer 30,000 revelers on the grounds surrounding Dover International Speedway soaked in the waves of platinum-selling, Grammy-winning artists like The Killers, Jack White, The Black Keys, John Legend and The Flaming Lips. The 2013 edition, set for the weekend of June 21-23, will be even bigger. With headliners like Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Vampire Weekend, expanded concessions, and a newly added Forest Cinema attraction, this year’s event looks to rock even harder. We caught up with Bucciferro for a look at Firefly’s genesis, and what lies ahead.

Can you go through the process of recruiting bands to play? We have a talent team who’s constantly researching artists who they feel would be a great fit to play Firefly. The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Petty were both very early to sign on, and so were the Avett Brothers. We’re just super pumped for our lineup this year. What’s new and different about the 2013 festival? We are expanding our brewery; Dogfish Head is coming back even bigger. They’ll have a patio out front of the beer tent. The vineyard is bigger. We’ve added an additional hammock hangout, and our Toms Shoes attraction has doubled in size. A great part of the experience last year was that the crowds were lively, but not overwhelming. It had a sense of intimacy you can’t get at, say, Bonnaroo or Coachella. Should people be worried that Firefly will get too big? The intimacy is one of our favorite aspects as well, so just know we’re focusing on creating a fun, comfortable experience for all our guests. [Author’s note: Dover Motorsports representatives estimate crowds could double for this year’s festival.] What were your personal highlights from 2012? I got to see Allen Stone—big fan of them. I got to see Walk the Moon. The Killers performance was out of this world. Those were a couple of my favorite.

Why was Dover chosen as a possible festival site? Dover was actually perfect for us because of its central location between so many major cities. When we got to Dover International Speedway, it just locked into the woodlands vision that we had in mind for Firefly. All the trees back there were really awesome.

What was your approach going into year two? What sort of changes did you consider? Our main focus was on improving from year one. So we sent out a lot of surveys, took a lot of feedback. And our goal is to meet the highest standards that we can, so that means constant improvement on our part.

Were there any potential drawbacks about Dover? No, we actually thought it was a perfect fit. When we came to Dover, we knew it was right.

What will assure success this summer? A successful year two would mean all of our hard work panning out. We did start planning this event right after the last one, so seeing that stuff come true would be amazing for us. JUNE 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Music in Arts When we asked Barbara Proud’s Professional Practices class at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia to submit a photograph for the June cover of our Music Issue, we ended up with some great entries. Other than the photo we used on the cover, here are a couple of our favorites.

photo Alexa Q. Johnson

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The Tide Has Turned Customers who cut their teeth on fried shrimp now count on seafood-centric restaurants for more By Pam George


creative fare. Patagonian toothfish, anyone?

n 1974, the DiFebo family’s hardwood flooring business hit a lull. There wasn’t enough work for Philip DiFebo, one of five brothers. So he opened Feby’s Fishery, a seafood market, on New Road in Elsmere. It wasn’t such a stretch. His great-grandfather had a fish market in Italy, and his grandfather ran a market in Wilmington. When Feby’s Fishery moved to Lancaster Pike in 1984, the family added a restaurant. His son, also named Philip, started working in the market at age 13. The offering was limited to the time of year. “Back then, people ate sea trout in season,” says the younger DiFebo, who grew up eating mackerel and bluefish. “During the shad season, my father would sell a thousand pounds. Now I can’t sell a thousand pounds in a whole year.” But he is selling Dungeness crab, Alaskan halibut, and rockfish, caught off the Virginia coast.

Indeed, seafood restaurants have undergone a radical transformation in the past 50 years. Once popular fishes have fallen out of favor and new ones have taken their place. As with strawberries and asparagus, certain species are in season somewhere in the world at any given time, and customers can enjoy them at their whim. As people become more health-conscious—Omega-3 fatty acid, anyone?—seafood sales continue to soar. That’s particularly true in summer. “People want to eat lighter,” DiFebo says. They trade their red wine for white wine and meat for fish. Nowhere is that more true than at the beach. “Customers don’t come here to eat macadamia-crusted lamb chops,” says Matt Haley, who owns seven beach restaurants, four of which —Fish On, Bluecoast Seafood Grill, Northeast Seafood Kitchen and Matt’s Fish Camp—put the emphasis on seafood. “They want to eat crab cakes, lobster, fish and shrimp.” ►

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Clearly, things have changed. When Eric Sugrue and his brother, Norman, were growing up at the beach, a seafood restaurant had to look the part. “It had crab nets and old school ‘boat’ pictures on the walls,” he recalls. “There was stained glass everywhere.” For Xavier Teixido, who grew up in North Wilmington, a classic seafood restaurant had tile walls and black-andwhite tile floors, the kind you still find at some old oyster bars. He and his father would perch on stools at Kelly’s on Ludlow in Philadelphia and wolf down oyster crackers with big dollops of horseradish that, he says, “cleared my sinuses.” Except for big seafood chains, many seafood-centric restaurants now take a less in-your-face approach to the décor. Harry’s Seafood Grill, owned by Teixido and Executive Chef David Leo Banks, relies on a lighted starfish, clinging to the ceiling, for the wow. Big Fish Grill, owned by the Sugrue brothers, takes a fresh approach to the traditional by hanging fish models from the ceiling. (You’re just as likely to find whimsical cow prints as fish amongst the decor.) Dan Butler created a stir when he unveiled Deep Blue Bar & Grill in 1998. The mural of ethereal mermaids swimming on the wall is at once upscale and fanciful. Floor tile in the bathrooms resembles shimmering indigo water. Haley’s first restaurant, Bluecoast Seafood Grill in North Bethany, eschews the nautical for modern art, paddle fans, and white walls. There’s little to take away from the view of the Salt Pond —and the evening sunsets—through unadorned windows. Many restaurants like to capitalize on a waterfront view, whether it’s the Christina River (Harry’s Seafood Grill and Big Fish Grill) or the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal (Schaefer’s Restaurant & Canal Bar in Chesapeake City and the Chesapeake Inn). While a bonus, a waterfront view isn’t necessary to whet one’s appetite. The aroma of steamed crabs, lemon-kissed fish, and butter-bathed lobster can do the trick.


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Tried, True & New

Like the décor, the menu also has changed. Baby boomers who first sampled seafood likely tried flounder, scallops, and shrimp stuffed with crab imperial. Upscale restaurants served Dover sole, which Teixido remembers preparing tableside at the Columbus Inn when he worked there. Many spots catered to the public’s demand for anything fried: shrimp, clams or flounder. The public was slow to move away from the fried, baked or broiled mainstays. Teixido in the early 1990s set out to make waves. He was determined to serve tuna tartar to customers at Harry’s Savoy Grill. He specially ordered it from Dawson’s Seafood, but customers didn’t bite. After a trip to Hawaii, where he saw a decidedly unhip man wearing white shoes tuck into rare tuna, Teixido persisted. Only this time, the kitchen lightly seared the tuna. Today, “tuna is king,” he says. “You can put tuna on just about anything.” Haley agrees. Tuna and salmon rule at the beach, although rockfish—considered a local fish—and swordfish are swimming close behind, he says. As with rare versus seared tuna, a slight change can make a difference. Wahoo sounds a lot more appealing when you call it ono, Hawaiian for “good to eat.” No one wanted Patagonian tooth fish until someone dubbed it Chilean sea bass. Haddock, cod, halibut, rockfish, grouper have all become more familiar on area menus. Of course, the perpetual favorites remain. The Blue Crab Grill in Newark, for instance, offers steamed whole lobster. Just about every seafood restaurant—or area restaurant of any persuasion, for that matter—sells crab cakes. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with the favorites. Feby’s Fishery recently started buying live snow crabs, and each week, the restaurant offers allyou-can-eat Dungeness crabs. Big Fish pairs the perpetually popular yellow fin tuna with lobster sauce.

The Pluses & Minuses

The variety stems from better farming techniques and faster shipping methods.


The range of raw oysters available at many restaurants is staggering. The rise of more options has caused consumption to ebb in other areas. DiFebo loves porgy, but people no longer take the bait. They also want a fish fillet, he says, despite the fact that a salmon or halibut steak has more flavor because of the bones. The popularity of newer fish has presented other issues. “We used to order 70 pounds of Chilean sea bass to make it through every weekend, and we still fell short,” Butler recalls. “I couldn’t help feeling personally responsible when the fish was put on the endangered list due to overfishing.” While seafood encourages creativity —Haley recently braised scallops in coconut water—it can also be unforgiving. When you buy quality beef, you typically know by the grade what you will get. Some beef cuts are better when they age. Not seafood. “Seafood is extremely perishable,” Sugrue says. “You might not know the quality until you start fabricating it. At that point, it’s already paid for and there isn’t much else you can do.” Big Fish has its own wholesale division, which helps with quality control. Teixido and Banks carefully select vendors, which include a woman who sells salmon line-caught off the Alaskan coast. Dawson’s Seafood, Teixido says, is finicky about what they sell, and that’s fine by him. “People study fish, smell it, and poke it for doneness before diving in to eat it,” Teixido says. “They want to know exactly how it’s prepared and where it comes from.” One mistake could cost you a customer. While seafood is the primary emphasis at restaurants like Deep Blue, Butler acknowledges that it can be limiting during a static economy. He and his team recently put the experience they’ve cultivated at Brandywine Prime Seafood & Chops into play at Deep Blue by adding a steakhouse section to the seafood spot’s menu. “With mixed emotions,” he notes, “I have to say that it’s been wildly popular.”


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GO FISH! Craving seafood but rather stay in? Here is a list of local businesses that offer some of the freshest fish, shellfish and crabs that our area has to offer.

New Castle Alex’s Seafood Restaurant 110 N. Dupont Hwy. 328-5666

Wilmington Captain’s Catch Seafood Market 5828 Kirkwood Hwy. captainscatchde.com 998-3457

Dawson’s Seafood 821 N. Madison St. 658-4238

Feby’s Fishery Restaurant and Seafood Market 3701 Lancaster Pk. febysfishery.com 998-9501

Hadfield’s Seafood 5816 Concord Pk. 478-9460 hadfieldsseafood.com

Harry’s Seafood Market The Riverfront Market 101 S. Market St. harrys-savoy.com/fishmarket 302-777-1500

Sansone’s Seafood Market 1830 W. 7th St. sansonesseafood.com 654-2709

ShopRite of Christina Crossing 501 S. Walnut St 225-6900 shoprite.com

Greenville Janssen’s Market 3801 Kennett Pk. 654-9941 Janssensmarket.com

Hockessin George & Son’s Seafood 1250 Old Lancaster Pk. georgeandsonsseafoodmarket.com 239-7204

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on’t miss the second Brandywine Food & Wine Festival on Saturday, June 8, at the Myrick Conservation Center in West Chester, Pa. From noon to 6 p.m., join in the celebration of all things local—food and wine, music and crafts. With your $15 advance admission ticket ($20 at the gate; both for ages 21 and over. For ages 10 to 20, tickets are $5 in advance or at the gate.) you can sample 10 regional wines and have access to cooking, honey and coffee demonstrations, live music and a silent auction. Event is rain or shine, and no refunds will be given. Parking is free. Tickets may be purchased online at pawinefestival.com or by visiting any Brandywine Valley Wine Trail member. —O&A


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Pochi Restaurant owners Patricia Millan and Braulio Rojas served a variety of tapas from their native Chile, including this abalone seafood dish paired with a Pisco Sour at a recent Premier Chef Series.

Sample Culinary Excellence at Chef Series The monthly charitable event kicks off June 5


re you a wine, beer and food enthusiast? Would you like to meet your favorite local chefs, try their signature dishes and enjoy hand-selected wines and beers from Premier Wine & Spirits in Wilmington? Then come out to The Chef Series, previously known as the Chef Tasting Series, held the first Wednesday of each month. Now in its second year, the series is hosted by Mike Whitwell, general manager and sommelier of Premier, along with each month’s participating chef from an area restaurant. This month features Chef Jeff Matyger from Taverna in Newark, on Wednesday, June 5, at 6 p.m. The event will take place in the Premier tasting bar, located in the Limestone Shopping Center. Guests will be offered a five-course, tapas-style serving. Whitwell pairs the dishes with wine, beer, or both, depending on the participating restaurant. June will be more wine-inspired, says marketing and advertising overseer Ryan Kennedy. The event is $20, and is limited to the first 30 people who register. All proceeds go to the chef’s charities of choice. This month includes Friendship House, Inc., and The Newark Empowerment Center. Last year, the series raised more than $6,000 for several local charities. Kennedy says he came up with the idea for the Chef Series because he wanted to find a fun and interactive way to collaborate with chefs from popular local restaurants. “It gives attendees an opportunity to sample great-tasting food, the chance for them to have some rare, one-on-one time with a local chef, to enjoy the courses with great wine and beer,” he says. “And it’s all for a good cause in a casual, comfortable and intimate atmosphere.” To register visit premierwinespirits.com. —O&A JUNE 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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9 Questions With:

Jenn Adams Owner Of Fresh Thymes Café

my employees...I have to focus on how to mesh with different personalities and be a balanced presence.

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enn Adams, owner of Fresh Thymes Café in Trolley Square, is a lover of things local and natural, and her restaurant has a menu to prove it. She and her mother opened Fresh Thymes

on a whim in January 2009, and the café has been going strong since. We talked with Jenn about food, family and the importance of community support.

O&A: You aren’t originally from Delaware. What brought you here? JA: I moved from Illinois to be a live-in nanny for a family in Kennett Square, and wanted to continue my graduate work here. O&A: Has owning a restaurant always been a dream of yours? JA: Actually, no. I always say it was a temporary moment of insanity. Mom saw the potential in the corner and I was going through some challenges at the time. We both love to cook and thought, “What do we have to lose?” We had absolutely no restaurant experience except mom had served tables in high school and I did briefly in high school until I was pretty much fired. Our landlord, Tim Dewson of Dewson Construction, thought we had a great concept and gave us the opportunity.

We actually flew in my brother, Ryan, who is a chef in Illinois, to teach us how to work and clean the equipment. O&A: Your cafe started as a mother/ daughter endeavor, but your mom recently moved back to Illinois. In what ways has the experienced changed for you since she left? JA: My mom moved back to Illinois in December to care for my 93-year-old grandmother. I now realize all the small things my mom did on a daily basis that now add a few more hours to my week. It’s also really nice to have [interactions with] employees though, too. They bring fresh ideas or have an outside-the-box view of the cafe. I try to be open and listen. My mom also knew my strengths, weaknesses or my crankiness and would pick up the slack or vice versa. [As for]

O&A: Our understanding is that when your mom first decided to move home you were going to close the cafe, but the groundswell of customer support convinced you to stay open. Is that what happened? Were you surprised by your customers’ reactions? JA: Yes, we were going to just close. The most important thought in our minds was grandma, her health and comfort. She is one amazing lady and deserves the best. Our lease was up and I had some other opportunities I could dabble in. We were blown away by the response. [I had] no idea people felt that way. I have never cried so much in my life. Let’s just say it made me want to live here forever, because the love and support of the community was one of the most beautiful life experiences. It made my heart grow five times bigger. I send so much gratitude to everyone for the continued support. O&A: The Fresh Thymes menu boasts foods prepared with locally grown and organic ingredients. Is that what attracts customers? JA: Yes, I think people really appreciate knowing our ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and chemical-free. People’s consciousness is definitely changing. If someone comes in and is not really concerned about “real foods,” I like to explain why real food can make a big difference. ► june 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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O&A: What is Fresh Thymes’ signature dish? JA: I think our signature breakfast dish is the mystery omelet. It’s filled with a bunch of veggies and you can decide if you would like to add meat or cheese. It is so good. Lunch signature is definitely our soups. We do a vegan and meat soup every day and 99 percent of the time the soups are gluten-free too.


O&A: Where are some of your favorite local spots to eat when you aren’t working? JA: I love eating at my friends’ houses. Love Orillas and Home Grown Café. Sunday we are not open except for the last Sunday of the month, because it was mine and my mom’s tradition to enjoy brunch at Bellefonte Café. When I go to the farms in Lancaster County on Mondays I usually swing by The Whip Tavern. O&A: Any plans for future endeavors? JA: My wheels are always turning. I recently became a member of the FCSI (Food Service Consultants Society International) with intentions to consult with restaurants or institutions wanting to incorporate local and organic foods. I really want to keep moving forward with helping places provide real food to people. O&A: We heard a story about a celebrity appearance at Fresh Thymes—a situation where you didn’t recognize the person. Can you tell us about that? JA: Yes, in our first year of business, a group of people walked in and sat at our 1950s table. We had just slowed down and mom and I were taking a moment to eat some breakfast. One of the guys said, “Do we order with you at the counter?” Clueless, I said, “Let me finish my last bites of breakfast and I will take your order.” He laughed and said OK. Shortly thereafter we realized it was Ashton Kutcher and a crew of people who were in the Philadelphia area looking for places to film. He really enjoyed the food and was so nice.


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A SPIRITED VENTURE In Smyrna, Painted Stave joins the growing small batch distillery movement By Allan McKinley


he notion of small-time liquor distilling may inspire images of prohibition, speakeasies and bathtub gin. In fact, unlike the homebrewing of beer, distilling spirits at home is still illegal in the United States. But much like the craft beer movement that seems to gain momentum by the day, small batch spirits are slowly starting to earn a spot on the artisanal alcohol scene. Estimates suggest that more than 80 new craft distilleries popped up in the U. S.

in 2012, with even more sure to follow this year. Painted Stave Distilling, in Smyrna, looks to be one of these entries. Owners Ron Gomes and Mike Rasmussen hope to open the doors soon. Painted Stave will become Delaware’s first standalone distillery. With backgrounds in amateur brewing—and a keen interest in Delaware’s early history of distilling— Gomes and Rasmussen have decided

Mike Rasmussen (left) and Ron Gomes Jr., co-owners of Painted Stave. Photo Tim Hawk

to bring Delaware into the craft distilling arena. “A hundred and fifty years ago, Delaware had a ton of small distilleries that served their local communities,” says Rasmussen, 33. “There’s an old saying: ‘where there’s a mill, there’s a still.’ We think this is a great opportunity to bring that back.” The rise in craft spirits, while just now starting to gain traction nationwide, is a natural outgrowth of craft beer’s recent success. “This is very similar to what we’ve seen in the craft beer movement,” says Rasmussen. “We’ve started to see distilleries open and ultimately be successful very quickly within the right environment.” Gomes and Rasmussen are convinced that Delaware is the right environment. We took a look around,” Rasmussen says, “and pretty quickly realized that ► june 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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almost everything we need to make wonderful spirits is located right here [in the Delmarva area].” Delmarva’s proximity and the quality of its grains, wheat rye, apples and peaches will hopefully allow Painted Stave to further the “farm to table” ethos that has underpinned much of the modern food and alcohol scene. Painted Stave’s initial offerings will consist of spirits that are quick to ferment —vodka, gin and un-aged whiskey. Gomes and Rasmussen plan to eventually move to aged whiskey and brandy.

“We took a look around, and pretty quickly realized that almost everything we need to make wonderful spirits is located right here.” — Mike Rasmussen



“The kind of small, hands-on production that we’ll be doing will allow us to make high quality spirits right out of the still,” Rasmussen says. “Industrial vodka,” according to Rasmussen, requires much more filtering than craft vodka and gin. This allows craft distillers to get a more original-


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GROWLERS COMING SOON! tasting—and quicker fermenting— product out to market. Simply bringing their concept to reality—and even legality—illustrates just how early craft distilling is in its life cycle. Prior to last spring, Delaware law held that a standalone distilling operation was illegal. Dogfish Head was able to begin distilling spirits in the early 2000s due to a loophole in the law that allowed existing beer breweries to also produce liquor. In April 2012, with the help of Dogfish owner Sam Calagione, Gomes and Rasmussen played a pivotal role in helping pass Delaware Senate Bill 180, which legalized commercial distilling in Delaware. The law allows small distilleries to sell spirits and craft cocktails directly to consumers on premise. Gomes and Rasmussen are confident that Delaware’s agricultural abundance and central location will give Painted Stave an advantage in the marketplace. “When you look around us, within 150 miles or so, there really isn’t much of a craft distillery market,” says Gomes, 47. “Yet we’re right in the middle of several major markets like New York, Baltimore and DC.” Painted Stave will set up shop in downtown Smyrna at the historic Smyrna Theater. The theater will provide the distillery with approximately 2,000 square feet of multi-use retail, distilling and tasting space. “We want to invite community members out to help bottle and label the product,” Gomes says. “We’d also like to use our space for a variety of purposes: supporting fundraisers, events and providing venues for musicians.” The partners are optimistic that Smyrna will provide the right venue to popularize craft spirits in Delaware. “We’ve had amazing support so far from the Smyrna community,” Rasmussen says.

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tried to find the beer that would pair well with Delaware spring weather. You know, 91 degrees in the day, 38 degrees that night, 46 degrees the next day. As the brewer at Twin Lakes, I like to find the offbeat beers that I haven’t tried, the tried and true—or the ones that people give me for free. I ended up with a Dupont Saison. The farmhouse saison style was once endangered but is now being revived by quite a few American breweries. The beer was originally brewed in Belgium, before refrigeration, in the winter with any variety of malts and some with spices like pepper, coriander, or whatever was on hand during the brewing. It was left to rest until the summer months and had a rather low alcohol content. That’s changed now as most are about 6 to 7 percent alcohol these days. The proper way to try a complex beer like this is to pour it into a tulip glass. The narrow mouth of the glass concentrates the aromas to the nose and primes your taste buds to enjoy the beer. OK, full disclosure here: my tulip glass was dirty and in the dishwasher, so a wine glass worked just fine. This beer has a champagne-like carbonation that went up my nose as I sniffed the aromas, causing a giant sneeze that prepared me to sip. This beer is unfiltered and carbonated in the bottle, which in this case results in a slightly hazy and very complex beer. I love a beer that is like a journey for the taste buds, and this one definitely is. Three people drinking this one beer perceived different flavors but all agreed that it is a beautifully balanced flavor. There is a slight hop bitterness and aroma with a bit of a malty sweetness. The star of the beer for me is the yeast. The Belgian yeast and higher fermentation temperatures tend to impart hints of banana, clove, fruit-like esters, but none overbearing. It’s a truly refreshing saison beer that pairs well with a backyard fire, good friends and laughter.

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BACK By Krista Connor


he area’s most prominent battle of the bands, Musikarmageddon, is back for its seventh year of passion, energy and creativity. Twelve bands were voted in by listeners via an

online poll, and this year’s competition offers a vast range in style, including Americana, pop, funk, punk and rock. On Thursday nights in June and July at Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington, two of the bands will have up to an hour to battle it out while performing their original music. The winner will be determined each evening by a 50/50 combination of votes from the audience and the scores of Musikarmageddon judges. The three bands who win the semifinals plus one wild card band as determined solely by judges’ scores will perform at the Musikarmageddon finals at The Baby Grand (See dates on page 53). The grand prize package will include a feature article in O&A after the competition. Past winners include schroeder in 2012, Deadbeatz Inc. in 2011, New Sweden in 2010 and American Buffalo in 2009. Visit musikarmageddon.com for details and updates. And now, the bands: ► MARCH 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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They’re not quite pop, not quite punk and not quite anything else specific—but Evangelina + the Boys fall in the rock area, especially now with lead vocalist and guitarist Evangelina Guajardo’s full band addition of Kurt Mitman on drums, vocalist and bassist Scott Miller and Mike Virok on guitar and vocals. For more, see Reverbnation. com/evangelina; facebook.com/evangelinamusic.

With their rock-punk-funk “us against the world” stance—sincere, edgy, challenging—Glim Dropper is back for a second time after making it to the finals last year. Let this Philly-based trio of vocalist and bassist Dan Kauffman, guitarist Ben Geise and drummer Rob Schnell be a “source of light” to you. Glimdropper.com; facebook. com/glimdropper.

True or false: Kind of Creatures’ favorite band food is white cheddar puffs from Trader Joe’s? True, they say, and this new trio’s guitarists and vocalists Grace Vonderkuhn, Devo Devitt and drummer Justin Wallace are bringing their biting indie rock and sardonic humor to the area. “Our name? I’ll tell you what it doesn’t mean,” they say. “It has nothing to do with humanity or our culture. Maybe something to do with an asbestos-filled basement and a 12-pack of Hamm’s.” Kindofcreatures.bandcamp.com/album/narrow-spaces; facebook. com/KindOfCreatures.

The West Chester, Pa., power pop-indie-punk New Shields is Keinan Fry on guitar, synths and vocals, Joey Leonard on drums, Nick Lewis on bass and vocals, and Nate Risley on guitar and vocals. They released their first album, Hint, Hint, last winter, and will burst your ear drums with some high-energy sound. Newshields.tumblr.com; facebook.com/newshieldsmusic.

“Rising like a fiery phoenix from the ashes of millions of former bands comes Old Baltimore Speedway!” claims the band’s Facebook page. This Newark band formed last May—they think—and lead vocalist and guitarist Buk Huntre, bassist and vocalist Bucket and drummer and vocalist Eastwood describe their style as Americana, folk and blues, which crafts their simple, honest, driving rock tunes. Facebook. com/OldBaltimoreSpeedway.

Self-deprecating romantic pop-rock duo Rod Kim and Vince Cirino of RKVC say they bridge the gap between songs of heartbreak and love without making you want to jump off a bridge. They mix the feel and soul of the singer/songwriter genre with a noncommittal love for modern electronic pop. Rkvc.net; facebook.com/rkvclikes.


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The northern Delaware, island-folk-rock-bluesy-hybrid The Splashing Pearls is made up of multi-instrumentalists Larkin Salemi, Peter Scobell and Cooke Harvey, who all sing and play percussions and string instruments, including banjo, ukulele, bass and guitar. Thesplashingpearls.com;facebook.com/pages/The-SplashingPearls/152347914780481.

Surf rock fused with doo-wop melded with straight rock and roll— meet Wilmington’s Sylvan Wolfe. Lead singer Christa Boeykens writes the band’s emotion-fueled songs on an old acoustic guitar, and then the pieces are pushed, pulled, stomped, twisted, and eventually rebirthed by the band. Along with Boeykens, the band is made up of Son Bui, David Santini, Geoff Giordano and Peter Daly. Sylvanwolfe.com; facebook.com/SylvanWolfe.

Universal Funk Order members enjoy movin’, groovin’, dancin’, funkin’, jammin’, and throwing the party. This Newark band, consisting of vocalist Reid Kelley, guitarist Jason Brown, drummer John Dickinson, bassist Gavin Heise, trumpeter Kenny Wallach, and trombonist Brett Lamel, makes it clear—they are 100 percent funk. Universalfunkorder.com; facebook.com/universalfunkorder.

WaveRadio is West Chester’s newest rock group, a big-sound trio with members James McGlaughlin, Colin McGetrick and Chris Cotter. “Thunderous grooves, suspenseful arrangements and huge riffs lay the groundwork for ethereal melodies and hooks,” they say. Waveradiomusic.com; facebook.com/waveradiomusic.

As lead vocalist and guitarist of the Philadelphia-based band The Way Home, James Hearne is no stranger to Wilmington. His band performed with dozens of other area acts during the highly successful Wilmo Rock Circus last November. Hearne is also no stranger to wellcrafted songs and thought-provoking lyrics. Playing without his band , Hearne will be the first solo performer in Musikarmageddon’s seven-year history.

Back in the competition for a second year, Xtra Alltra is “making music to move the asses of the masses” and band interests include Dogfish Head and aliens. Made up of lead guitarist, vocalist, and synth player Mike Zatwarnysky, drummer Paul Purnell, bassist and vocalist Ed Baldwin, and sax player Andy Jenks, they’ve been playing funk-infused jam rock for about two years. Xtraalltra.com; facebook.com/xtraalltra.


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Check out the battle schedule below: First-round: June 6: The Way Home (9 p.m.) vs. RKVC (10:30 p.m.) June 13: Kind of Creatures (9 p.m.) vs. WaveRadio (10:30 p.m.) June 20: New Shields (9 p.m.) vs. Splashing Pearls (10:30 p.m.) June 27: Evangelina+the Boys (9 p.m.) vs. Glim Dropper (10:30 p.m.) July 11: Old Baltimore Speedway (9 p.m.) vs. Sylvan Wolfe (10:30 p.m.) July 18: Xtra Alltra (9 p.m.) vs. Universal Funk Order (10:30 p.m.)

Semi-finals: Aug. 1, 8 and 15

Finals: Saturday, Sept. 7, at the baby grand in Wilmington.

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TUNED IN What’s happening in the local music scene? Email kconnor@tsnpub.com with ideas and they could be added to our list.


atch Delaware’s New Sweden on Saturday, June 29, at The Queen as they join The Lawsuits, Sean Hoots and the Kalob Griffin Band—some of Philadelphia’s finest in folk and Americana. All four bands were recently nominated at the Second Annual Tri-State Indie Music Awards, and New Sweden along with The Lawsuits and Sean Hoots walked away with victories. New Sweden recently returned from a two-week tour and released a self-titled EP, which can be downloaded from their website at newswedenmusic.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $15; purchase them online at queentickets.worldcafelive.com. Ticket buyers will receive a free download sampler featuring a previously unreleased track from each band.


hen they formed three years ago, psychedelic pop duo Sam Nobles and Katie Dill of Mean Lady drew an instant cult following on their Newark home turf. Last summer they signed with Fat Possum Records, sharing the label with artists such as A.A. Bondy, Band of Horses, The Black Keys and Youth Lagoon. On Tuesday, July 23, they’ll release their first album with Fat Possum, Love Now. In the meantime, check out their single, “Far Away,” which got a positive review from Pitchfork, a top music commentary and review site. Find the song here: soundcloud.com/ fatpossum/mean-lady-far-away. For show and band updates, visit Mean Lady’s Facebook page at facebook.com/meanladylovenow.


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ue to extreme differences in personality and life experiences, John Faye and Brittany Rotondo shouldn’t even be friends, according to Faye. But it’s those differences that brought them together, resulting in the Philadelphiabased duo John & Brittany. “Our mutual passion for music and our ability to make our differences work for us instead of against us is what makes John & Brittany,” says Faye. Their yin-and-yang relationship

seems to be working. They’re playing on Sirius XM Little Steven’s Underground Garage, a rock and roll radio station created by Steven Van Zandt, guitarist for Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. Last month they were Artist of the Month on WMMR. In January they released their first album, Start Sinning. Originally from Newark, Faye was the front man from the 1990s Delaware band The Caulfields. But he’s not into nostalgia. “I make it a point to look forward as opposed to looking back,” Faye says. He does note that The Caulfields recorded for the first time in 17 years, a remake of their older track “Atlas Daughter,” for the compilation MECA Music Heals CD. It released in May and can be found here: mecamusicheals. com/movinon.htm. The CD’s goal is to unite musicians to empower abused children in their quest for healing and justice. A guitar-playing duo, John & Brittany met in 2008 before Rotondo had ever picked up a guitar. A mutual love for the Beatles and Ramones forged their friendship. A few months after trying guitar, Rotondo performed onstage with IKE, Faye’s Philly rock band. Over the next few years, they experimented with combining Rotondo’s blunt lyrics with Faye’s melodies, rotating between duo acoustic shows and electric full band shows. They released their self-titled EP in 2011 but say their new album is a lot heavier and embraces a rediscovery of the power of rock and roll. One reason Faye thinks listeners are drawn to their music is the dynamic between the two. “It’s a little adversarial at times and the way we challenge each other can be entertaining to an audience, because we don’t make nice on stage if we’re not feeling that way. I can’t really put it any better than I’m ‘Let It Be,’ she’s ‘Let It Bleed.’” John & Brittany will be at The Note in West Chester on June 9, the Ticked Off Music Fest at The Queen on June 15, and the RAW Natural Born Artists showcase in Philly on June 27. The rest of the summer they’ll be on a nationwide tour; follow them on johnbrittany.com and facebook.com/ johnbrittany. Take a look at their new music video, “Paper Planes.”

Opposites Attract Philly-based duo John & Brittany find success despite differences

UPSTAIRS IN JUNE Every Tuesday Night: Open Mic Night. Perform to win monthly prizes from Accent Music, Aztec Printing, Spaceboy Clothing, Planet Ten Multimedia and more!

Every Wednesday Night (Except 6/5): 4W5 Blues Jam

Sat 1 – Old Man Brown and The Jenny Leigh Band with Alicia Maxwell and Kenny Jones Wed 5 – Ivan & Alyosha with Divers & CALEB Thu 6 – Blazing Hot Thursdays at the Queen with Pattern Crash & The Real Feel Fri 7 – Tommy Malone of The Subdudes with Clarence Bucaro Sat 8 – Suite Franchon Presents: Peace, Love & Poetry Thu 13 – Blazing Hot Thursday at The Queen with Rory Sullivan and Jason Ager Fri 14 – Gable Music Ventures’ June Singer Songwriters Showcase with Angelee Gerovasiliou, Bryan Russo, Dani Mari, Frank Viele, Nalani & Sarina, and Suzie Brown Sat 15 – Eric Mayo Thu 20 – Something To Wine About with Laurie Forster and musical guest Paul Cullen Fri 21 – Tracy Grammer with Aaron Nathans Sat 22 – Highway 41: Celebrating the Music of the Allman Brothers Band Thu 27 – Blazing Hot Thursdays at The Queen with Montana Wildaxe Fri 28 – Forward Motion Sat 29 – Dukes of Destiny

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 302-994-1400 WorldCafeLive.com

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Start jamming with Chorduroy on The Deck at 4pm and enjoy: • $4 Grand Marnier shots • $3 Leinenkugel Shandys • $3 Kelly’s Ciders • Backyard BBQ specials from the Tiki Bar grill all day!

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The Tiki Bar is open to our furry friends! Come enjoy great specials and support dog friendly charity organizations: • $15 Buckets • $4 Cuervo Margaritas • $2 Tacos • $5 Quesadillas

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The Kings of Summer: Sweet But Slow By Paula Goulden


he premise of The Kings of Summer is an appealing one: 15-year-old boys run away to spend a summer building a cabin in the woods, each trying in his own way to become a man. The movie has charm, bit it’s slow-moving and predictable. Joe (Nick Robinson) is a high school freshman whose problems at home and at school provide the emotional arc of the film. His mom’s death has left his dad (Nick Offerman, of TV’s Parks and Recreation) barely able to control his anger, which he takes out on Joe. Dad’s unbending strictness and overt competition with Joe drive the teen to search for a way out of the house and perhaps explain his inattention in school, even in fun classes like shop. His friend Patrick (Gabriel Basso) has a different cross to bear: His parents (Megan Mullally, who in real life is married to Offerman, and Marc Evan Jackson) are excruciatingly dorky, torturing their normal kid with their cluelessness. Joe and Patrick flee to the woods with a frighteningly weird acquaintance named Biaggio (Moises Arias), whose strange intensity provides much of the film’s deadpan humor. The teens build a Rube Goldberg cabin and forage for food until Joe discovers Boston Market’s trash cans. What could be better: no parents and lots of food and—from some unspecified source—beer? Also, there is no feminine presence, which leaves Joe feeling lonely. His invitation to his classmate crush Kelly (Erin Moriarty) to join the boys for dinner at the man-cave sets in motion events that eventually lead Joe in the direction of maturity—but only after lots of detours that add little to the film. The movie’s charm comes largely from the teens’ horseplay, but it’s overdone to the point that it distracts the viewer from the story, as if the Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts had so much cute footage that he couldn’t bear to cut it. After competently setting up the father-son discord and a predictable secondary conflict between Joe and Patrick, the script loses its direction as we watch Joe mope around the cabin, oblivious to the disruption he causes. Eventually, he exhibits something other than rebellion, jealousy and aimlessness: presence of mind when real danger strikes someone he cares about. But by the time Joe finally sets out on the road to manhood, the audience’s sympathy has been stretched thin by the long and meandering path he takes to reach that road.

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SPACE: The Final Familiar Frontier By Mark Fields


ith Star Trek (2009), director J. J. Abrams (Super 8, TV’s Lost) successfully injected new life and creative thinking into a Star Trek franchise that had grown increasingly stale and irrelevant even to the most die-hard fans (including yours truly). Using the characters from the original 1960s series but setting it before the events that unfolded in that series and the subsequent movies (and then changing the timeline), the reboot was a bold move that has become legend in both Hollywood and the Trek domain. Abrams thus created a narrative dynamic that honored the 40-year story arc of 10 films and six TV series, but also freed him and other storytellers from adhering slavishly to it. The new follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness, continues Abrams’ fiendishly witty dance with Trek legend. Several characters and alien species, familiar to the faithful, have been re-introduced, but their actions, their relationships and their personal destinies have become unpredictable in ways that are simultaneously comfortable and refreshing. The new cast—led by Chris Pine as Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, and Zoe Saldana as Uhura—already feel genetically bonded with their roles. They are joined in this particular adventure by Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious, malevolent John Harrison, who seems to have a particularly large bone to pick with Star Fleet. Cumberbatch, who has become a nerd-iverse star with his portrayal of Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock, mesmerizes with his bristling intelligence and barely controlled rage; he is a villain worthy of this revived franchise. And Star Trek Into Darkness comes fully loaded with intense space battles, futuristic weaponry, exotic alien life forms, and witty verbal interplay that should satisfy the non-Trekkies along for the ride. I have a few quibbles (what devoted fan wouldn’t?), but in all, Star Trek Into Darkness delivers on the promise of Abrams’ first foray in Federation space with more of the same enjoyable bombast and wit. june 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com


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Some films are as well-regarded for their musical accompaniment as for their acting and stories; here are some of our favorite cinematic soundtracks. by Mark Fields and Paula Goulden

Quartet (2012) Four aging opera stars—two briefly married to each other—find themselves living together in a gorgeous but struggling home for retired musicians in the English countryside. The cast includes Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Pauline Collins, the charmingly roguish Billy Connolly, and numerous real musicians. The film is filled with snippets of classical works by Saint-Saens, Bach, Schubert and Gilbert & Sullivan. Highlight: Verdi’s “Bella Figlia dell’Amore” from Rigoletto. —PG O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) This Depression-era romp from the Coen Brothers, loosely based on The Odyssey, features eccentric performances by George Clooney, Holly Hunter and John Goodman. The stellar soundtrack includes songs by Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Dan Tyminski and Ralph Stanley. Personal favorites: “In The Jailhouse Now” sung by Tim Blake Nelson, and The Kossoy Sisters’ “I’ll Fly Away.” —MF Sleepless in Seattle (1993) Nora Ephron directed this sweet-tempered romantic comedy from her own screenplay about a lonely widower (Tom Hanks) and his long-distance correspondent (Meg Ryan). The sentimental story is accompanied by a variety of American popular songs performed by Ray Charles, Harry Connick Jr. and Nat King Cole. Best musical moments: Dr. John and Rickie Lee Jones dueting on “Makin’ Whoopee” and Jimmy Durante’s rendition of “As Time Goes By.” —MF Stand By Me (1986) Four pre-teen friends in a small Maine town go looking for the body of a missing boy, accompanied by 1950s and ‘60s hits, including “Lollipop,” “Yakety Yak” and “Rockin’ Robin.” Based on a Stephen King short story and directed by Rob Reiner, the movie launched the careers of River Phoenix, Wil Wheaton and Kiefer Sutherland. Fave tune: the incomparable title track sung by Ben E. King. —MF The Big Chill (1983) Seven college friends gather for the funeral of one of their group a decade after their 1969 graduation. They spend a weekend reconnecting, arguing, hooking up and listening to wonderful Motown and other 1960s classics. It took two cassette tapes (yes, tapes) to include all the songs by The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. Most memorable tracks: Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” and “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge. —PG

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NEW GAMES! Addams Family Pinball Back to the Future Pinball Qbert and Arch Rivals WWF Royal Rumble

TUESDAYS Smells Like ‘90s Trivia with Mike and John (8-11pm) WEDNESDAYS Wax Wednesdays! with Todd and Miranda (8pm-mid) THURSDAYS NEW! 80s KARAOKE!

LIVE MUSIC SATURDAYS June 1: The Formless Form (Philly) Heavy Temple June 20: Disaster Committee w/ Guests

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From the Greek Festival to Clifford Brown Jazz Fest, June provides plenty to celebrate

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JUNE 19th - 22nd 2013 Buster Williams

Peditro Martinez

Rodney Square

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Join Us as we celebrate 25 years of the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival. Benny Golson Quartet

Lalah Hathaway

Rick Braun

Norman Brown

Kirk Whalum

Eat Downtown During the Festival Week, and enjoy a special 3 course dinner for $35 at 9 participating restaurants. Orilla’s Ernest & Scott Taproom Chelsea Tavern Deep Blue Basil

The “R” Lounge Pochi Cafe Messonotte Domain Hudson


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To the Max


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Margaret Morton: Makeshift Urban Gardens

Gable Music Presents: Old Man Brown CD Release

Steamin' Days

Wilmington Greek Festival

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 North Market Street • 302.994.1400

Marshall Steam Museum 3000 Creek Road • 302.239.2385

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 808 North Broom Street • 302.654.4446





Kevin James

Summer Sippers Master Class

Into The Woods

Lucy, I'm Dead! - A Murder Mystery


The Grand 818 N Market Street • 302.658.7897



Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery 1314 N. Washington St. • 302.655.9463


Menopause the Musical


Wilmington Drama League 10 W. Lea Blvd • 302.764.1172



New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313




Delaware Chamber Music Festival

DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Music Along the Bank w/ Buffalo Chip


The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington Street • 302.762.1132

Rodney Square 11th & N. Market Street • 302.576.2139

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883





Melissa Etheridge

An Evening in Paris Party

The Grand 818 N. Market Street • 302.658.7897

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

New Sweden, The Lawsuits, Sean Hoots & Kalob Griffin Band

3rd Annual Wilmo a Go-Go Car Show

World Cafe Live at the Queen 500 North Market Street • 302.994.1400

Wilmington Riverfront 302.543.7973 • bit.ly/12rKJGp

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH Glory of Stories 10:30am Fridays

Delaware Art Museum

Various Locations Buses leave 5:45pm from the DCCA, making the last return at approx. 8:30pm 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison Street

• Lauren Ruth: DRIFT: A Series of Citywide Engagements thru June 16 • imPERFECT City thru June 16 • An Implied Narrative: Contemporary Figurative Drawing thru June 16 • Wei-Tu Chen's Monocartoon June 17 thru September 5 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

BYOB Wine Dinner (Build Your Own Bordeaux) • Green Room at the Hotel du

The Natural World at Hagley Ticked Off Music Fest w/ Melissa, John & Brittany, Cliff Hillis & More

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Bollywood Night • Film Brothers Movie Co-Op & Zaikka Indian Grill 200 Block of Market • 302.559.2324

Eric Mayo • World Cafe Live at The

Intro to Rock Climbing thru June 15

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Alapocas Run State Park 1914 W. Park Drive • 302.577.7020


Garden Shutterbugs

Father's Day Brunch

The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

Green Room at the Hotel du Pont 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154


2013 Shady Grove Music Fest w/ Brixton Saint, The Keefs, Splashing Pearls, Travel Songs & More...

Common Destinations: Maps in the American Experience thru Jan 4 Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883

Succulent Living Wreath

The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

Arden Shady Grove • 2126 The Highway

Zumba Fitness

DCM Speedway & June 2

Suzanne Vega • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

Delaware Children's Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340


Moss Graffiti - Blend it, Grow it, Create It • TheDCH

Delaware Yesterday, Delaware Today thru June 15

Rahsaan Patterson • World Cafe Live

1810 North DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Delaware History Museum 505 N. Market Street • 302.655.7161

at The Queen • 302.994.1400

Gretchen Hupfel Symposium 2013


Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466

Weekend Open Studio & June 2 Delaware Children's Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Digital Garden

The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

Driving Miss Daisy thru June 23 New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Road • 302.475.2313

Bluegrass Jams Saturdays 1-5pm

Woodside Farm Creamery 1310 Little Baltimore Rd. • 302.239.9847


Peace, Love & Poetry

Candlelight Comedy Club

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

Centennial Afternoon Tea 3pm daily

New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313


Something to Wine About with Laurie Forster and Paul Cullen

St. Anthony's Italian Festival

The Roots of Rock 'n' Roll Experience New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313


Through June 16 • St. Anthony’s Church 901 N. Dupont Street • 302.421.2790

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Copeland String Quartet

DuPont The Delaware Theatre Center for Horticulture 11th 1810 &North Market Dupont StreetsStreet • 302.656.4401 • 302.658.6262

Tracy DigitalMorgan: GardenExcuse My French

Church of the Holy City 1118 N. Broom Street • 302.654.5014

Old Brandywine Village Sunday Summer Concert: Joseph Whitney Steel Pan Trio • H. Fletcher Brown Park


Toad the Wet Sprocket • World Cafe

Music the Bank w/ DigitalAlong Garden The Delaware for Horticulture Buffalo ChipCenter • Winterthur

Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

14th & Market Streets • 302.576.3810

1810 North Dupont • 302.658.6262 15105 Kennett Pike •Street 800.448.3883


Printing with Found Objects

The Nose Knows

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

IN the Spotlight Finale

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Clay Date • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590



Rory Sullivan • World Cafe Live at The

The Intimate Landscape- Pastels en Plein Air June 11, 18 & 25 • TheDCH 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30

Tracy Grammer • World Cafe Live at

Queen • 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street


Artful Yoga

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Edwin McCain

Just Drag! - Once Upon a Queendom

Ivan & Alyosha

Delaware Juneteenth Pageant

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400 TH

The Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 TH Verbalized Digital Garden Ink

The Music Delaware School Center of Delaware for Horticulture 4101 1810 Washington North Dupont Street Street • 302.762.1132 • 302.658.6262

Gable Music’s Singer Songwriter Showcase • World Cafe live at The Queen

Blazing Hot Thursdays at The Queen w/ Pattern Crash and the Real Feel

Stadium • 801 Shipyard Drive • 302.777.5772

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Fairy Digital Gardening Garden

The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street • 800.37.GRAND

500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400


New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313

The Great SOCIO/Pasadena/Echo Mission/Xtra Alltra • World Cafe Live at

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

DCCA Summer Art Camp 2013:

Imagine, Explore, Create thru Aug 9 200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466

200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400

Rodney Square • 10th & Market Streets

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400


Fireworks at Hagley: Better Things for a Better World

Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market 10am-2pm Wednesdays

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200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400




Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883

Tommy Malone • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

• Summer Group Show w/ Sherrill Cooper, Janis Fitch & Mary Ann Weselyk June 7 thru June 29 302.654.8638 • 3922 Kennett Pike

Pont • 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

Enchanted Summer Day

500 N. Market Street • 302.994.1400

The Station Gallery

Tour & Tea • Green Room at the Hotel du

9th Street Night Out Experience all that 9th Street has to offer plus art, music, fashion & family fun! • 200 & 300 Block of 9th Street

Bilal • World Cafe Live at The Queen

• Morna Livingston: The Irrepressible Small Gardens of Bohemia June 7 thru June 29 302.658.6262 • 1810 N. DuPont St.

Green Room at the Hotel du Pont 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

Wilmington City Gardens People’s

Choice & June 16 • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Pont • 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

Delaware Center For Horticulture

• 3rd Annual Alumni Exhibit June 7 - July 5 302.622.8000 • 600 N. Market Street

1310 Little Baltimore Rd • 302.239.9847


Art on the Town

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

Delaware College of Art & Design

Telescope Viewing at Woodside Creamery & June 15

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

• French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray June 29 thru September 15 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

SUNDAY, JUNE 30 TH Sunday Studio Series

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Firework Nights w/ the Wilmington Blue Rocks June 21 & June 28 • Frawley


Delaware Chamber Music Festival

Art is Tasty: Delaware Passage, Robert Stackhouse • Delaware Art

thru June 23 • The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington Street • 302.762.1132

Museum • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590




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By Barb Bullock

The 38th Annual Greek Festival

June 4–8: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 808 N. Broom St. Wilmington will be awash in “kefi,” joy and high spirits for five days at the annual Greek Festival. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a small village where locals are celebrating a joyous event. Experience the aromas of authentic Greek cooking, the sounds of Greek music and the sights of the youth folk dance group. Homemade, traditional comfort food like pastichio (Greek lasagna), moussaka (eggplant, potato and seasoned beef casserole), dolmades (stuffed grape leaves) and


St. Anthony’s Italian Festival

June 9–16: St. Anthony of Padua, 901 N. DuPont St. Experience Italy in the heart of Wilmington at the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. Dine at one of the many outdoor eateries, enjoy delicious, authentic Italian food specialties as well as live entertainment, carnival rides and games. This year’s festival will celebrate the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, which happens to be the home region of St. Anthony’s own Fr. Roberto Balducelli, OSFS. It also will honor Fr. Roberto, who will be 100 years old in August. Buon compleanno, Fr. Roberto! The Festival offers shuttle service between Salesianum School and the Festival grounds (10th and DuPont streets)

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from 4:30 to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 11:30 p.m. on the weekend. There is convenient bus drop-off and pickup at 11th and Scott streets. Call the Festival office at 421-2790 to register your planned bus trip. Eight-day passes are available for $12. The passes also can be purchased on site for $15. Additionally, daily admission is $5 for ages 14–61. Admission is free for children younger than 14 (when accompanied by a parent or guardian age 18 or older) and for those over 61. All proceeds will benefit the St. Anthony of Padua Grade School. For more information, visit stanthonysfestival.com.

June 17–23: Rodney Square The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a free, weeklong outdoor music festival held every June in Rodney Square in the heart of downtown Wilmington. The festival has grown to become the largest free outdoor jazz fest on the East Coast. Over a week, a variety of top-notch national jazz artists play before an international crowd. In any given year, about 20 artists will play during the festival. Past performers have included Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, David Sanborn, Sonny Rollins and just about any other big jazz name you can think of. The average daily attendance is between 7,000

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spanakopita (spinach pie) will be served in the Hellenic Community Center daily from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Gyros, souvlaki, lamb sandwiches and calamari will be prepared outside daily from 5 to 11 p.m. Grab a table and enjoy your meal while listening to Philadelphia’s Atlantis playing live Greek music nightly for their 29th year. Admission is free, and the Festival goes on rain or shine. For more information, visit holytrinitywilmington.org/greekfestival/ greekfestde.html.

and 12,000. A large video screen behind the stage simulcasts the performances and can be used for slides or commercial spots. The stage is flanked by 10x40-ft. vertical banners to highlight sponsors. The first Jazz Festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city. Today, it continues to honor the memory of Clifford Brown, who died in a traffic accident in 1956 along with pianist Richie Powell. Pieces written by Brown and tribute pieces (like Benny Golson’s “I Remember Clifford”) are often played. For more information, visit: cliffordbrownjazzfest.com.

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Sum, Sum, Summertime…Music in the City Summer’s a great time to take a deep breath, relax and recharge your mental and physical batteries. Wilmington can aid you in that process with plenty of good summer vibes — in art, music and more! By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

Local Music Festivals I know, I know. Firefly is coming, June 21-23. And we’re all probably going. But in case you crave a more right-INyour-backyard summer soundtrack, here are some sounds you cannot miss. The annual Delaware Chamber Music Festival is known for delivering informal, intimate performances of popular chamber music by noted regional artists. It’s an excellent way to discover this genre in a more casual setting. “Delaware Chamber Music Festival is a distinctive, up-close-and-personal experience—from the venue to ‘meet ups’ with the musicians afterward. We bring the music to you in a very fun, approachable way,” says Diane Shomper, DCMF board member. This year, Music Director (and Philadelphia Orchestra violinist) Barbara Govatos invited several well-known Delaware musicians to join the lineup, including guitarist Christiaan Taggart and Pyxis Piano Quartet. The Festival hits the Concert Hall of The Music School of Delaware June 14 and 16 and June 21 & 23. For tickets and more performance details, visit dcmf.org. The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary from June 19-22. The festival returns to Rodney Square with a lineup that includes the Benny Golson Quartet (renowned tenor saxophonist Golson is a Philadelphia native), Lalah Hathaway (daughter of soul music legend Donny Hathaway), and an Afro-Cuban band, The Peditro Martinez Group. The full schedule and ticket info are at cliffordbrownjazzfest.org. While visiting the festival circuit, you must also grab tickets to Shady Grove Music Fest, which hits the land By Michelle of ArdenKramer-Fitzgerald on Saturday, June 8. “It’s difficult to say who I’m most excited about [in the lineup this year], because I feel emotionally invested in each band,” says festival organizer Dawn Rashmeussal. “Being a big fan of reggae and hip-hop, I’m delighted with Brixton Saint and special guest Richard Raw to close the show.” Raw will be the first emcee to grace the Grove stage as a performer. Shady Grove organizers are always adding something to the roster to keep things fresh for their fans, notes Rashmeussal.

Summer Series As part of Wilmington’s 375th anniversary celebration, Old Brandywine Village is sponsoring its inaugural Sunday Summer Concert Series the first Sunday of each month, June through September, in H. Fletcher Brown Park (behind the Hercules Building at 14th & Market streets). The free series launches at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, with the Joseph Whitney Steel Pan Trio, and continues with artists like the Diamond State Concert Band, and Ron Cole and the Jazzmobiles, featuring Harry Spencer and the Obsoleets. Event Coordinator Bev Zimmermann says that a fun component of the series will be inviting the audience to check out performers’ instruments after the concert. “We have a few bands that are quite unique

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and unusual,” she says. “So this is a great way to interact with our artists, discover new music and maybe learn something too.” More details are at oldbrandywvillage.com. Music Along the Bank is a series hosted one Friday each month by Winterthur Museum & Gardens. It features bluegrass music along Clenny Run Bank. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs or blankets, and enjoy the next performance, by Buffalo Chip & the Plainsmen, on Friday, June 21, at 5:30 p.m. Museum members and kids 13 and under get in free; non-members are $10. (The Museum Store & Cottage Café will be open for light fare, wine, beer and other beverages.)

Other Music to ‘Note’ Mid-month brings us The Ticked Off Music Fest—an all-day music festival dedicated to the prevention, awareness and cure of Lyme disease. Head to the Queen on Saturday, June 15, for a good cause and a lineup that includes John & Brittany, Laura Cheadle, Cliff Hillis, schroeder, The Zen Engines and Melissa Cox. Tickets are $24 at ticketfly.com. Close out the month with some cool musical choices. Four bands will pool their talents for a powerhouse night at the Queen: New Sweden, The Lawsuits, Sean Hoots & The Kalob Griffin Band hit the stage on Saturday, June 29. Why is this cool, you ask (as if you need to)? All the bands were nominated at the Second Annual Tri-State Indie Music awards; Sean Hoots plans to debut a new three-piece band that evening, and ticket buyers will receive a free download sampler featuring a previously unreleased track from each band. This end-of-month performance is one for Wilmo’s hipster crowd: NYC musician Peter Flint Jr. returns to his home state to present Sheetflow Songs and River of Grass—an amalgam of music and art. The performance is set for 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, in the magnificent space of The Barn at Flintwoods in Centreville. It’s a collaboration between guitarist Kaplan and composer/accordionist Flint, musically responding to Krause’s scenescapes of Florida’s Everglades. Some of Krause’s mixed media work will be exhibited and available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased soon at brandywinebaroque.org. And mark your calendars for the return of Wilmo’s second annual Ladybug Festival, an all-female artist series coming Thursday, July 18. Last year, it featured the likes of Angela Sheik, Gina Degnars and Beth Goldwater. This year’s lineup has 30 artists in seven venues in the LOMA part of downtown. Are you interested in performing? Submit your info at gablemusicventures.com or ReverbNation. Summer in Wilmington is filled with musical choices; don’t shut yourself away and miss it all! Just be sure to wear a hat and some quality sunscreen. Want more ArtStuff ? Follow me and Dewey the Art Dog @ArtsinMedia or facebook.com/ArtsinMedia.

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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios/City Theater Co. 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assn., WYRA.ORG 4. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 5. Residences at Christina Landing 6. Harry’s Seafood Grill / Riverfront Market, HARRYS-SAVOY.COM 7. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 8. FireStone Roasting House, FIRESTONERIVERFRONT.COM 9. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM 10. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk

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11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG 13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM

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Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG 27 DART Park-n-Ride Lot 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM Photo by Dick Dubroff of Final Focus Photography

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Pancreatic Cancer Action Network: Purple Stride Delaware 2013 June 1 Registration opens at 8:30am Run/Walk begins at 10am Dravo Plaza Purplestride.kintera.org 9th Annual Delaware Valley Riverfront Camaro Show June 2, Registration begins at 8am The “Riverfront Camaro Show” is open to all years 1967-2013 Camaros including stock, modified, pro street, race cars and even daily drivers. Awards are given out to the Top-25 Camaros (as determined by our judges) along with several “Best of Show”, “Sponsor’s Pick” and other specialty awards. Parking lot of the Chase Center Clubs.hemmings.com/dvrcc Meet Mr. Turtle June 5, 10:00-11:30am Meet turtles up close and personal! Examine their shell, count their scutes, listen to a turtle story and eat a terrapin snack. Take a walk on the boardwalk to look where turtles live in the marsh. Fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Parents Night Out- Nature Photography June 7, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games, a scavenger hunt and an evening hike. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. Fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 21st Arthur J. Turner Jr. Scholarship 5K June 8 Benefits Arthur J. Turner Jr. Scholarship Registration opens at 7:30am Race begins at 8:45am Dravo Plaza Races2Run.com

Kayaking the River and Marsh June 8, 11:30am-3:30pm Kayak along the Christina River and through the marshes’ winding channels in search of wildlife including Great Blue Herons and American Beaver. No experience necessary and equipment provided. Fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Canoe Fun and Games June 9, 9:30-12pm Get out on the river, brush up on your paddling techniques, and play canoe games! Teams will compete in a canoe slalom course, race to collect floating objects for points, and complete a canoe scavenger hunt. The team with the most points at the end will leave with free t-shirts! Let the games begin! Must have some canoe experience. Fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Marsh Animals June 22 FREE Meet the animals of the marsh up close and personal! Touch a live snake, turtle and toad, and view taxidermy. Discover what these animals need to live in Wilmington’s marsh and how they avoid discovery while you are out for a hike. All ages encouraged to attend, registration encouraged. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Walk to End Lupus Now Delaware June 23 Registration begins at 7:30am Walk begins at 8:30am Be part of the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter’s Walk to End Lupus Now™ event. Help us take steps to raise money for lupus research and education programs while increasing awareness of lupus and rallying public support for those who suffer from it. Dravo Plaza Supportlupustristate.org Wilmington Riverwalk & Wine June 25, 5:30-8:00pm Enjoy an interpretive walk of the Wilmington Riverfront’s cultural and natural history with Sally O’Byrne naturalist and author of Wilmington’s Waterfront. Meet and Finish at Veritas Wine & Spirits on the Riverfront for a wine tasting. Fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

Wilmington Blue Rocks Blue Rocks Vs. Frederick Keys June 1-2 Blue Rocks Vs. Carolina Mudcats June 3-6 Blue Rocks vs. Winston-Salem Dash June 13-16 Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox June 21-23 Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals June 28-30 For game times and to purchase tickets please visit: www.BlueRocks.com Kalmar Nyckel Sails Pirate Sail June 22, 23, 29, and 30 Ahoy Mateys! Visit the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware. Landlubbers -- come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th Century Dutch pinnace. Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Christina River Sail June 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware on this 17th Century Dutch pinnace that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. This is a 1.5 hour cruise. For more information please visit KalmarNyckel.org or call 302-429-7447 Family Nights on the River Taxi Starts June 11, Tuesdays and Thursdays Bring the kids for ice cream on the river taxi! Board at the Dravo Dock near the Shipyard to enjoy a ride on the river. You’ll also receive a coupon for Molly’s Ice Cream + Deli after your ride. Reserve your spot today! 302-4254890 x 109 Wednesdays on the Water Begins June 12 Enjoy a wine tasting on the river! Board at the Dravo Dock near the Shipyard for a one-hour cruise with hand selected wines. This unique outing is perfect for happy hour or an after-dinner drink! Must be 21 or older. Reserve your spot today! 302-425-4890 x 109 Riverboat Queen Crab Cruises Thursdays and Fridays Come see us for a unique experience right here on the Wilmington Riverfront. All you can eat Crab Cruises on the Riverboat Queen! Reservations are required and space will be limited reserve your spot now! RiverboatQueen.com


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Kevin James at The Grand, Tuesday, June 4 Kevin James started his career as a stand-up comic on Long Island, which led to a network development deal to create his own sitcom. His The King of Queens premiered in 1998 and ran for nine seasons on CBS. James starred and was executive producer, earning an Emmy nomination in 2006 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He broke into the film world in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ Hitch, starring opposite Will Smith. For more information: thegrandwilmington.org Art on the Town 2013 at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Friday, June 7 Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during extended gallery hours. Held on the first Friday of the month, Art on the Town is free and open to the public from 5 to 9 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Gallery talks begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information: artloopwilmingtonde.com Menopause the Musical at The DuPont Theatre, Saturday, June 8 Four women at a lingerie sale with nothing in common but a black lace bra and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for more than 10 years. For more information: duponttheatre.com Suzanne Vega at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, Thursday, June 20 Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information: queentickets. worldcafelive.com An Evening in Paris Party at the Delaware Art Museum, Friday, June 28 Liven up your social calendar with a trip to The City of Lights for this summer soiree celebrating the exhibition “French Twist: Masterworks of Photography from Atget to Man Ray.” Grab a French-themed cocktail, enjoy lively entertainment and light snacks, and mingle with Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School models. All are welcome, and admission is free if you come in 1920s and 1930s vintage-style French attire. For more information: delart.org Wilmo a Go-Go Car Show at Dravo Plaza, Sunday, June 30 Hosted by Poppycock Tattoo, Brett Garwood Photography, Talleyville Frame Shoppe and Gunslingers, the third annual Wilmo a Go-Go Car Show will be held at the Wilmington Riverfront from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come for the cars and stay for the bands, BBQ, cool rockabilly vendors and pin-up contest! Free admission for cars and attendees. For more information: poppycocktattoo.com — Barb Bullock

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armers markets are a critical ingredient to our food system. They benefit not only the farmers looking for income opportunities but also the communities looking for fresh and healthy foods. The Wilmington Farmers Market runs every Wednesday, rain or shine, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than 75 vendors will participate this season, offering shoppers fresh produce, home baked goods, fresh cut flowers and plants and many handcrafted items, including jewelry, pottery, items for home and garden and more. A variety of prepared foods also will be available. Free entertainment and special events are scheduled throughout the season. Why not stop in on your lunch break or when strolling around town?


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Beacon of Success On Market Street, Start It Up Delaware creates networking and educational opportunities for budding entrepreneurs By Larry Nagengast above: Steve Roettger, Lee Mikles and Mona Parikh at the coIN Loft on Market Street. photo Joe del Tufo 4 . COVER PACKAGE

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he name is Start It Up Delaware, but it could just as easily be coIN Loft 2.0. Populated primarily by tech geeks and tech wannabes and fueled by a $250,000 grant from the Delaware Economic Development Office, Start It Up Delaware is building on the base established by the coIN Loft coworking space in downtown Wilmington to create what amounts to an entrepreneurial ecosystem. And, like most software upgrades, it’s bigger and more powerful while preserving the spirit of the original. “We need to make it easier for people to try to become entrepreneurs. We need to make resources more accessible to them,” says Lee Mikles, Start It Up’s president and a successful entrepreneur himself. Mikles co-founded the Archer Group, building the Wilmington digital marketing agency into an award-winning powerhouse with regional and national clients and more than 50 employees. When the coIN Loft opened nearly three years ago on Ninth Street, it gave individuals trying to launch their businesses a desk, access to meeting rooms and the opportunity to share their ideas, enthusiasm and frustrations with others facing similar challenges. The space proved popular, clients wanted more, and coIN Loft founders reached out to Mikles and several other entrepreneurs, who developed a concept that would take it to the next level. The result is Start It Up Delaware, a for-profit corporation that now operates the coIN Loft as a subsidiary business. Start It Up has three prongs: the coworking space, a regular schedule of classes, workshops and meetings on evenings and weekends, and what Mikles calls a “nurturator,” offering a flexible package of mentoring and assistance to give entrepreneurs the resources and the confidence to step out on their own. One of the biggest problems for novice entrepreneurs, Mikles says, is “you don’t know what you don’t know.” By creating a space where novices can not only talk to each other but also have access to people who have experienced success, he says, “you can ask questions, find out what others are doing, and figure out what works.” “One of the things we’re trying to do is to not be so structured,” says entrepreneur Jeff Rollins, a Start It Up board member. “There are a lot of different formats” for business incubators, and the directors want to create an arrangement that promotes success for the entrepreneurs who want to use it, he says. Some of those formats, Mikles says, have application guidelines, match entrepreneurs with established businesses as partners, and offer stipends to help them on the path to securing outside funding in 60 to 90 days. “Delaware might not be ready for that high octane a model,” he says, and Start It Up organizers have no intention of throwing their entrepreneurs out onto the street before they’re ready. “It could take six months, maybe nine,” Rollins says. Now operating on the second floor at 605 Market St., a space more than double the size of the original coIN Loft quarters, Start It Up has an open floor plan, with a classroom/meeting area in the

front and lots of coIN Loft desk space in the back. Mona Parikh, a Wilmington lawyer, has signed on to run the day-to-day operations. Parikh isn’t sure what her title is, but Mikles calls her the “managing director.” “Mona has events here almost every night— startup weekends, meet-ups, those sorts of things that keep people plugged into our ecosystem,” Mikles says. “I feel like I’m the luckiest person in the world,” Parikh adds. “I get to learn as much as I

Mayrack says she spends about one day a week doing legal work at a coIN Loft desk. Sharing space with other entrepreneurs has put her in contact with people who can help with her business (logo designers and website developers, for example), given her ideas for sideline businesses, and made others aware that she could help them when they need legal advice. “Every time I’m there, I meet a new person,” she says. “You never know what will come of those introductions.”

“As quickly as everything related to tech is constantly changing, traditional ways of learning just don’t cut it. It’s better to learn from the people who are working with it every day, to get the knowledge hot off the presses.” — Tom Miller, Designer can, and I get to help other people who have the same kind of interests.” That’s precisely the point of adding educational programming and socialization to the coworking space, Mikles says. “If you can’t rub elbows with like-minded people, you’re not going to learn.” And that’s what brought Sarah Zero of Newark, a graphic designer at the University of Delaware, to Start It Up. She took a class on user interface and user experience—essentially how to make websites user friendly and how to determine that those objectives are achieved. Zero said she doesn’t do much website work at the university, but she wanted to learn how to do it so she could be more valuable to her employer. And, she added, “it was good to be with people who have similar careers but work at different companies, so I can see how others deal with similar problems.” Offering everything from one-night workshops to eight-week classes, Start It Up provides participants with the opportunity to learn as little as they need or as much as they want. Designer Tom Miller, who is now freelancing for a marketing company in Greenville, sees the classes as a way of staying in touch with the latest and best in technology developments. “As quickly as everything related to tech is constantly changing, traditional ways of learning just don’t cut it,” he says. “It’s better to learn from the people who are working with it every day, to get the knowledge hot off the presses.” Brenda Mayrack, an attorney with an interest in developing mobile apps that law firms could use for marketing purposes, took a two-weekend class earlier this year to learn how to design apps for the iPhone and the iPad. She says she didn’t learn enough to start creating her own apps, but she now has a good understanding of what’s involved in the work.

Alan Levin, director of the Delaware Office of Economic Development, says that Start It Up Delaware has the potential in the technology and communications sectors to rival the success demonstrated in the sciences by the Delaware Technology Park. “Governor [Jack] Markell believes the next phase of Delaware’s economic development is going to be on the entrepreneurial, small-business side,” Levin says, “so it’s important that we encourage and support the smaller businesses that are really going to put down roots and grow in the state.” Supporting smaller businesses through Start It Up Delaware, he says, will improve employment prospects for graduates of Delaware’s colleges and universities and give creative people a way to learn that there’s more to being a successful entrepreneur than having a great idea. Will Minster, director of business development for Wilmington’s Downtown Visions program, understands how Start It Up Delaware can help him personally as well as the city’s economic development. He took a class on how to use Adobe Photoshop software because it will help him in his work, and he thinks other small business operators in the Market Street corridor could benefit by hooking up with some of the tech-savvy folks at Start It Up for help with their marketing and advertising initiatives. When the budding entrepreneurs at Start It Up are ready to move into their own quarters in six or nine months, as Mikles and Rollins hope, Minster says there should be space for them in small offices along Market Street. Adding more small businesses will strengthen Market Street, Minster says, and locating them close by, Mikles says, will keep them closely attached to Start It Up and its support system. “It’s an integral part of the revitalization,” Minster says. 13

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