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Our Annual Music Issue Delaware Readies for the Firefly Experience Battle Lines Drawn for Musikarmageddon The Intriguing Life of Henry Milligan

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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


our staff Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com 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 Direction & Production Management Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. matt@catvis.biz Graphic Designer Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. tyler@catvis.biz Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Krista Connor, Mark Fields, Pam George, Rob Kalesse, John Leyh, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Ciro Poppiti, Scott Pruden, Matt Sullivan, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Les Kipp, Lori M. Nichols, Danielle Quigley, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb Intern Kim Narunsky

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7 War On Words 9 FYI 11 By the Numbers 16 Boxing Lessons 23 Water to Haiti

69 BVWT Food & Wine Festival

FOCUS 26 Musikarmageddon 30 Firefly 2014 35 Must-See Festivals & Shows 39 Joe Trainor


LISTEN 70 Tuned In 73 Al Santoro

16 Boxing Lessons Henry Milligan fought Tyson, acted with De Niro, received 10 varsity letters at Princeton. Now, as a teacher, he finds those experiences as important as textbook theories. By Jim Miller

WATCH 75 Reviews 77 The Perfect Soundtracks

PLAY 78-80 Snap Shots

43 Art on the Town 48 Theatre N 54 On the Riverfront

• Evening With Masters • Wilmington Grand Prix • Winterthur Point to Point


On the cover:

57 Farmers Markets 63 Dinner & A Show At WCL 65 Kennett Square Dining


Last year area band Glim Dropper took home top honors in Musikarmageddon. Pictured l-r: Rob Schnell, Dan Kauffman, Ben Geise.

26 Musikarmageddon: Another Battle Looms Twelve bands heat up Wilmington for seventh year of competition. By Krista Connor

35 Summer Music Highlights This summer, be sure to check out these seven not-to-be-missed music festivals and events.

57 Fabulous Farmers Markets Take your pick of places to find fresh produce—plus arts, crafts and more. By Pam George

Photo by Joe del Tufo

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battle oF the ages 6.13.14 • 6 PM – 10 PM • Free For MeMbers • $8 – $10 NoN-MeMbers • Music • cash bar Enjoy a summer night with local musicians for Battle of the Ages in the Copeland Sculpture Garden! The Old Timers (over 35) vs The Young Ones (under 35) will perform live music and visitors will vote for their favorite band. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Visit delart.org for details.

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

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Department of Redundancies Dept. • From a TV commercial for a tax consulting firm: “We’ll meet with you in person, face to face.” • During the broadcast of college basketball game, the announcer said that one of the players had “a second chance opportunity.” • Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s Morning Joe continues to be a “War” favorite. She recently redundantly uttered the phrases “past experiences” and “future plans” in the same sentence. Media Watch • A reader submits this from Delaware Lawyer: “...he was fortunate in his career to have opportunities present themselves at the right moments for both he and DuPont.” Like many semi-learned people, the author couldn’t bring herself to use the correct “him.” Just doesn’t sound sophisticated, you know? Prepositions (between, for, in, around, up, down, under, over, etc.) require objective case pronouns (her, him, me, them, us, whom). • Another reader spotted this amazingly off-target delawareonline caption: “Members of the Patriot Guard Riders can be scene through the strips of an American flag.” • Son Steven came across a commercial for the Philadelphia Flyers that included this line: “Remembering the moments we will never soon forget.” The sentence boggles the mind, but here’s our edit: “Moments we will never forget.” • Reader Karen Foster, of Hockessin, noted that the News Journal described the new Westin Hotel in Wilmington as being decorated in a “palate” of white, gray and taupe. “Palette” —an artist's paint board or a range of colors—was the word the reporter was groping for. “Palate” refers to the roof of the mouth or the sense of taste. Says Karen: “I guess that could be called tasteful decorating?” No Bull A locally prominent lawyer, commenting on the fairness of a controversial judge, was quoted in the News Journal thus: “I have had my ax gored by her.” First, we know this guy, and he’s pretty smart, so we’re sure he said “ox,” not ax. He was using a variation of an old phrase/metaphor, “It all depends on whose ox is being gored.” Supposedly derived from a Bible passage, it means that an event will be seen differently depending on the viewer’s degree of self-interest.

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Pronounced di-'trī-t s, it’s a noun meaning debris or discarded material.

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By Bob Yearick

Oh, Those Politicians In the absence of a Joe Biden item, we’re going with this one from Thomas Menino, who just completed 21 years as mayor of Boston. Noted for his malapropisms, Menino once called the city’s parking shortage “an Alcatraz around my neck.” That would be albatross, of course. Literally of the Month “The Phillies had to literally hold on in the ninth to win the game.” —WDEL sports report. Prepositions R Us Sometimes I feel as if I’m in a foreign country when it comes to English usage. This is especially true lately regarding the misuse of prepositions in certain phrases and expressions. Recent examples: • From the News Journal: “It resulted largely by a vote from a majority of the denomination’s congregants.” The correct preposition is “from.” • “I’m bored of . . . this book, this movie, this person.” This error is proliferating among the unlettered. Help “War” stamp it out! You can be bored by or with, but you aren’t bored of. • From a recent email sent to “War”: “I did it on accident.” I had never encountered this aberration until a few years ago, but it too is growing in frequency. The correct phrase, of course, is by accident. • From a press release: “In observance for his service . . .” The correct preposition is of. Nomenclature Add to our list of people who don’t know their nomenclature: coffee drinkers who pronounce it “expresso.” It’s espresso.

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

Quotation of the Month “A man will be forgiven even great errors in a foreign language; but in his own, even the least slips are justly laid hold of and ridiculed.” —Lord Chesterfield, Letters to His Son (1749). (Our comment: Here, here!)

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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and contributors

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Chef/owner Donny Merrill's Skipjack Restaurant in Newark is a suburban seafood oasis that offers ample free parking in the Shoppes of Louviers off Paper Mill Road. Donny spent several years at Krazy Kats before opening Skipjack, which is casual and unpretentious, with fresh and local food. Wednesday burger nights feature ground beef from Newark's oldest butcher, Herman's Quality Meats. Monday is wild game night, with entrees that can be paired with beer or whiskey. This casual dining includes soup, salads and sandwiches for lunch and dinner, but the fresh fish and local seafood entrees are a caliber you wouldn't expect in a suburban strip mall. The grilled rockfish is my favorite, though it’s hard to go wrong with the crab cakes.

This Newark bookstore is one of my go-to spots for used or new books or music. It's great for a rainy-day browse, and I make sure I give myself plenty of time. Wall to wall and jam-packed shelves present a multitude of cheap finds, best-sellers, or that old novel I've been searching for. (At 101 Geoffrey Dr.) — Krista Connor, O&A Contributing Writer

— Julie Mirowenger

Take a Stand I’m on month five of utilizing a standing desk at the studio. Some call me crazy, but I have found this boosts productivity and energy levels throughout the workday, and I’m noticeably more fatigued when I return home. Believe me, when you’re pulling 10-hour days, the difference between sitting and standing is significant. I’ve found that my posture has benefitted and I’ve even shed a few pounds along the way. And I’d trade sore feet for a hunchback any day. — Matt Loeb, O&A Creative Director

Glim Dropper As the name implies, the band Glim Dropper (see cover image) has more than a few tricks up its sleeves. For instance, if you close your eyes while listening to this rock trio live, you’ll believe there are more than three people on stage. Their most recent release, Heartsick Phenomenon, is impressive in other ways. Without the band’s onstage energy as a distraction, the songs take on an attractive life of their own. Glim Dropper won last year’s Musikarmageddon— Wilmington's annual battle of the bands –after finishing as a top-four finalist in 2012. The victory was a testament to their development and also serves as a lesson to other acts looking to win this year’s competition: There are no short cuts to success. It takes talent and hard work, and Glim Dropper has both—in spades. — Jim Miller, O&A Director of Publications

Have something you think is worth trying? Send an email to Jim with your suggestion by scanning this QR code ► (jmiller@tsnpub.com)

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BATTLE OF THE AGES Young, old(er) bands compete at art museum


n Friday, June 13, from 6-10 p.m., the Delaware Art Museum will partner with Aztec Printing to host a summer night filled with music. The Battle of the Bands/Battle of the Ages will be waged between two bands of six to 10 local musicians in the Copeland Sculpture Garden. The Old Timers—bands whose members are older than 35, and Young Ones, bands whose members are under 35 —will perform live and guests will be able to vote for their favorite. The event is free for museum members, $8 in advance or $10 at the door for non-members. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Food will be available, along with a cash bar. Delaware Art Museum’s Twitter (@delartmuseum) and Facebook page (facebook.com/delawareartmuseum) will provide information in the coming weeks about the bands that will perform. For all other information, visit delart.org.


J Ward will be the featured speaker at Second Saturday Poets on June 14 at the Jackson Inn, 101 N. Dupont Rd., Wilmington Ward has received a Pushcart Prize for poetry and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Arts Council. He has published three books of poetry and has been featured in many journals, including Mid-American Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Puerto del Sol, and TriQuarterly. His poem, “For the Children of the World Trade Center Victims,” is cast in bronze and featured at Grounds for Sculpture, an outdoor museum in Hamilton, N. J. Ward has served as Distinguished Fellow at Syracuse University, and currently teaches at Warren County Community College in Washington, N. J. Each Second Saturday event includes an open mic. Writers and poets should read original works at the open mic, and limit their readings to five minutes apiece.

BOUNCE! Stratosphere: Delaware's first indoor trampoline park


tratosphere Trampoline Park, the state’s first such indoor facility, has opened at 510 Justison St. in Wilmington. The 25,000-square-foot facility offers a variety of games and extreme activities for active children and adults. Guests under 18 must have a signed waiver by a parent or guardian. For more information, visit wilmingtontrampolinepark.com or call 397-8142.

FAMILY FUN AT OPERA DELAWARE Event offers everything from rummage sale to food trucks


n Saturday, June 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., OperaDelaware will present “A Little Something for Everyone.” Taking place at OperaDelaware Studios (4 S. Poplar St. in Wilmington), the event will provide kid- and family-friendly activities, food trucks (Java Puppy, KAPOW, Koi on the Go), beer and wine tastings, live music, and a multi-organization rummage sale. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For more information, contact Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald (377-3156), or visit inwilmingtonde.com.

NOT YOUR AVERAGE JOE’S Popular New England eatery opens in Glen Mills


ot Your Average Joe’s Kitchen and Bar is scheduled to open a new location this month in Glen Eagle Square in Glen Mills, Pa. Originating in Massachusetts, this casual, Americanstyle restaurant offers tasty sandwiches, salads, pizza and various gluten-free options. NYAJoe’s has gained popularity with locations in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia and Maryland. For more information, visit notyouraveragejoes.com. JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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BOYS & GIRLS CLUB CHALLENGE ROLLS ON Guest bartending event set for Logan House on June 12

The 2014 Girls & Boys Clubs of Wilmington are about two-thirds of the way through their 90-day Fitness Challenge, and the pressure is on to reach the $10,000 goal. “Our participants have been swimming, practicing yoga, participating in mixed martial arts, running and biking their way to success,” says Chris Barton, Annual One Campaign chair. Barton reports that this month’s fundraiser will be a guest bartending event at the Wilmington’s Logan House on Thursday, June 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. Among the Challenge participants is Thomas Moulder, a 29-yearold project manager with Capital One. He enjoys going to the gym and running, and plays in area softball and soccer leagues throughout the year. Moulder, who will be married in November, has set a goal of dropping two percent of his body fat. That means going easy on his junk food pleasure, Buffalo wings. You can stay up to date on Challenge participants and help support them by going to bgclubsfitnesschallenge.com. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as productive, Thomas Moulder responsible, and caring citizens. The clubs serve more than 25,000 children in all areas of the state—about one out of every five school-aged children in Delaware, more than any other youth-serving agency. Out of every dollar raised by Boys & Girls Clubs, 87 cents goes directly to programs and services for kids. —O&A


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Next up: three mothers determined to be mudders Ryan Warner was the first to complete the 2014 O&A Fitness Challenge by running the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon in March. Now three working mothers, including Ryan’s wife, are stepping up to take on the challenge. Their goal: complete Mudderella, a 5-7-mile-long obstacle course event targeted toward women. The three “mudders/mothers” are Nichole Warner, Kelly Loeb and Marie Poot, all friends and Wilmington residents. The event they’re aiming for is the Aug. 16 Mudderella at Plantation Field in Kennett Square. Mudderellas support Futures Without Violence, a national nonprofit that aims to prevent and end domestic violence by standing with survivors and developing innovative programs and policies that engage new allies as partners in the solution. With 12-15 obstacles, Mudderella courses are designed to test strength and stamina. They begin with a warm-up period called “Stretch + Strength.” On the course, obstacles include “Hat Trick,” where participants trampoline onto a cargo net, climb up and then slide down into a muddy pool. Mudderella events are not timed, and organizers encourage teamwork. Nikki Warner says she and her friends will complete the course together. “While men are permitted to participate, the run is about women being strong and the emphasis is on finishing together—no matter how long it takes.” Warner gave birth to her second child on March 11. “Kelly, Marie and I all have two children now, and one or another of us has been pregnant for the last several years,” she says. “We are a closeknit group of friends, and we are all feeling the demands of being working moms and not spending time or energy on ourselves. On a more shallow note, we all have some ‘problem areas’ we would like to disappear. The Mudderella serves all of these purposes.” She says that being part of a team makes each member accountable to the others, “and none of us will want to let the other team members down.” “I think we will all do what it takes to complete this run and I know for a fact we will have a great time doing it.” O&A will track the team’s progress leading up to the August event. —Bob Yearick

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Power hitters will be on display at the California/Carolina All-Star game, hitting balls toward the stands from a batting cage in the outfield. Photo Glazier Photography

A ROCK'N WEEKEND June 17 all-star game will be preceded by Fan Fest, reverse Home Run Challenge, cowboy monkey act


t’s been 12 years since the Wilmington Blue Rocks hosted the California/Carolina All-Star Game, and they plan to make the most of the opportunity with two days of fun activities. The game, set for Tuesday, June 17, will be preceded by a Fan Fest on Monday, the 16th, from 5 to 8 p.m. Chris Kemple, Rocks general manager, says activities will get underway with a hitting contest followed by what amounts to a reverse Home Run Challenge. The hitting challenge will feature 12 players—six from each league—competing as teams. Contestants will get 60 seconds to take as many swings as possible at targets that will be littered across Judy Johnson Field at Frawley Stadium. A player will have to start his time at bat by laying down a successful bunt, then he can swing away. A ball landing in the infield will be awarded 10 points, the outfield is worth 20 points, off the fence or on the warning track gets that player’s team 25 points, and a home run or a direct hit of a target is good for 50 points. Targets will measure around 8x8 feet, but will come in different shapes and colors. To add to the fun, mascots will roam the outfield, and if one manages to catch or field a ball, that batter’s team will lose 10 points. For the Home Run Derby, the Blue Rocks will “flip the field.” Three power hitters from each league will bat from a batting cage in the outfield and will hit balls into the stands.

The derby will feature two rounds. In the opening flight each participant will get 10 outs to hit as many homers as possible. The top three mashers from the first round will advance to the championship round, where hitters will get eight outs to add to their total. The winner will be the man who hits the most homers over the two rounds. Fans will have the opportunity to catch any dingers off the sluggers’ bats. Price for the Fan Fest is just $8, with half of the fee going to local Boys & Girls Clubs. The game on Tuesday pits the top players of the Advanced-A California League against the best from the Advanced-A Carolina League, where the Blue Rocks were in second place as of early May. Special entertainment at the game will include the popular cowboy monkey act, featuring capuchin monkeys riding border collies and herding rams. Kemple says the act has appeared at several Blue Rocks games over the years and is a fan favorite. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $15 for box seats, $12 for reserved, and $8 for general admission. NBC10's Tim Furlong and Spencer Graves, host of 93.7 WSTW's popular morning show, will be among the VIP guests. For up-to-date information, check the Blue Rocks website: bluerocks.com. —Bob Yearick JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“Motivational” is a word often used by Wilmington University students and staff to describe Henry Milligan’s teaching style. Photo Joe del Tufo

BOXING LESSONS Henry Milligan fought Tyson, acted with De Niro, received 10 varsity letters at Princeton. Now, as a teacher, he finds those experiences as important as textbook theories. By Jim Miller

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t’s the summer of 1984, and the pride of Delaware—Henry Milligan—is heading to Texas on a quest for Olympic gold. At 25 years old, he is smart, fit, and ready to take on the world. It was almost three years ago that he had started on this journey. Having just graduated from Princeton with an engineering degree—and being someone who always seemed to excel at whatever he focused on—Milligan was looking for a new challenge. So he took up boxing. And he quickly found success, winning the national ABF heavyweight championship in 1983. As a white, Ivy Leagueeducated boxing champ, he is featured in People, Sports Illustrated and other publications throughout the country. Now, with a 40-5 record that included 30 knockouts, “Hammerin’ Hank” Milligan enters the Summer Olympic Trials at Fort Worth ranked as one of the top two heavyweights. SI calls him “[America’s] best hope for a medal in the 201-pound class.” But Milligan is thinking about more than just medaling. His dream is Olympic gold. On Saturday, June 9, 1984, he faces an up-and-coming 17-yearold from New York. After the first round, Milligan feels confident he can take down his opponent; but his trainer warns him: “This guy can punch.” The second round begins. Amid the cacophony of the crowd, Milligan can hear the nasally accent of famed announcer Howard Cosell as he calls the bout from ringside for ABC Sports. “Milligan can take a punch…” Despite just getting tagged, Milligan is landing nearly twice as many punches as his opponent. About mid-round, he delivers

a barrage of blows, then dodges the response. Cosell, who considers Milligan more of a puncher than a boxer, is impressed with the display of footwork. “Milligan has never showed the boxing skills to do that kind of thing, but right now he’s doing well…” Another series of body shots are exchanged, with Milligan adding a jab and then a right. “I can’t believe that Milligan . . .” Then it happens. The contender connects with a powerful right hand, catching the champ off guard. He looks stunned. The referee issues a protection measure known as a standing eight count. It’s only the second time Milligan has ever received one. After Milligan signals he’s okay, the ref readies him to fight. The crowd rumbles louder, and Milligan closes on his opponent. A few seconds later he’s hit with a second standing eight count. “And suddenly the whole tide of affairs has changed…” The champion is shaken. He turns toward his opponent, his guard lowered. Punches fly. Milligan is knocked off balance, his right glove and knee touching the mat ever so briefly. The ref stops the fight. “That’s it. Fight’s over!” In the blink of an eye, Milligan is eliminated. His dream of Olympic gold is done. Cosell sounds somewhat surprised by the outcome, but adds that this is exactly what boxers need to look out for when facing this power-punching teenager. His opponent’s name is one Milligan—and the country—will never forget: Mike Tyson.

I’m terribly lucky to have done a bunch of things in my life. I’ve been an athlete and I’ve worked on Wall Street. I’ve done a lot of good things. One of the best things I’ve ever done is teach. — Henry Milligan

FROM THE RING TO THE CLASSROOM Today, at 55, Hank Milligan still stays in outstanding shape. It helps that he maintains a training gym in the basement of his North Wilmington home, where he gives private fitness sessions to clients. “I’m so lucky,” Milligan says. “I get to work out with my clients just about every day. They love it and I love it. Been doing it for 20 years.” But punching bags aside, the former boxer has found a new calling: teaching. At Wilmington University, he teaches two classes a semester from a series of four specialized business courses. When he talks about teaching, his face lights up. The former pugilist resembles a younger Nick Nolte, his rugged profile softened by a pair of rectangular-shaped glasses, rounded slightly at the corners. He looks professorial, which is perhaps not such a stretch. Both boxing and teaching depend on being a performer to some extent. And, as Milligan argues, teachers who have applicable yet rare life experiences offer something special.

“I’m terribly lucky to have done a bunch of things in my life,” he says. “I’ve been an athlete and I’ve worked on Wall Street. I’ve done a lot of good things. One of the best things I’ve ever done is teach.” In his business leadership course, Milligan starts off by sharing the story of how he fought a man who would go on to become one of the best boxers ever. His brush with greatness represents his first lesson: Stay focused. In the retelling, Milligan sounds as if he can’t believe it himself: “I am listening to [Howard Cosell] as I am hitting Tyson. You can’t have your attention elsewhere when you are fighting the best in the world. “In those few moments, I made it all about how great I was and how I was going to be the best. I got away from myself. I got away from what got me there: discipline and hard work and concentration.” “I was never going to be the fighter that Mike Tyson [would become], and that’s okay,” he continues. “But that day, that moment, I was the better fighter. I just got caught up in myself. And you only get one chance at beating greatness.” ► APRIL JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Whether talking about his adventures in the boxing ring or his dealings on Wall Street, Henry Milligan has a wealth of experiential knowledge to share with his students at Wilmington University.

For students like Greg Downing, who works by day as a service supervisor at DART First State, the lesson packs a punch. At 43, he’s old enough to remember the Tyson fight. But never had he heard it the way Milligan told it. “From there I was captivated,” Downing says. “And the more I learned about Henry, the more I was wowed. He’s able to take a subject matter and make it come alive. He draws from personal experience.” Downing hopes to finish school by the end of the year, earning an MBA with a concentration in organizational leadership. After taking that first class with the former boxer, he eventually signed up for Milligan’s other three courses, often rearranging his schedule to get the class. “I’m getting much more out of it than I thought I ever would and I owe a great deal of that to Henry,” Downing says. One of Milligan’s primary aims as a teacher is to challenge his students to discover their strengths and build upon them. The philosophy is based on strengths-based psychology, a branch of positive psychology advanced by Dr. Donald O. Clifton that centers around personality characteristics. Known as “The Father of Strengths-Based Psychology,” Clifton and a team of Gallup scientists utilized more than 30 years of research to develop talent assessment tools. Since 1999, more than nine million people have taken the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment. Milligan says the process of discovering an individual’s specific strengths in and out of the classroom can be transformational. Shevelle Cannon agrees. “You learn a lot about yourself and take away things that you can apply to your life,” says Cannon, a project manager at Sallie Mae who is pursuing a master’s degree in management. “Henry finds ways to engage and connect with the students that are meaningful. It gets everyone involved.”

GLORY DAYS Former professional boxer Dave Tiberi is a longtime friend who’s seen Milligan in both the ring and the classroom. He recognizes the passion. “When Henry does something, he doesn’t do it at half-speed,” Tiberi says. “You can see it in his approach to teaching. He is driven.” Tiberi considers Milligan an “older brother,” and their relationship goes back to the early ’80s, during the start of their fighting careers.


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IT’S A KNOCKOUT! Milligan deals Felix “Cat Man” Shorter his first loss—a TKO in the second round—on August 1, 1985, at Resorts International in Atlantic City.

“He ignited the amateur ranks, and I did very well in the professional ranks,” Tiberi recalls. “It was fun because Henry and I were coming up at the same time.” Milligan’s amateur boxing career came to a halt with the loss to Tyson. His only consolation: Tyson would end up losing in the finals of the Olympic trials to Henry Tillman, the opponent Milligan defeated on his quest for the amateur heavyweight title eight months earlier. “Henry met a Mike Tyson who was hungry,” says Tiberi. “Young Mike Tyson was a rock. [Yet] Henry was winning the fight before getting caught with that punch. If it had gone the distance, Henry probably would have gotten the decision.” In 1985, Milligan was still eager to box. So as many amateurs boxers his age would inevitably do, he made the decision to go pro. At the old Brandywine Club in Chadds Ford, in his first sanctioned fight, Milligan knocked out a fighter named Garland Hall in the first round. Over the course of 13 years—including two retirements—Milligan compiled a 17-3 record that included 14 additional knockouts. “I find it hard to believe pound-for-pound that anyone ever hit harder than Henry did,” says John Riley, who was a member of Milligan’s management team, Pro Management, Inc., formed in 1986. “As the skinny body on the other end of the punching bag, it was shocking to me to feel that thrust when he hit a bag.” Milligan also possessed a rare fearlessness. Riley remembers going with Milligan to bouts in Atlantic City and sparring sessions in Philadelphia and wondering why anyone would “risk life and limb” the way he did. “At lot of times in those Philly gyms, he was going against guys who were 50 pounds heavier than him,” Riley says. “I mean, it was a sight to behold. Somehow or other he would just come across the ring and go at it.” Milligan’s decision to go into boxing was no big surprise to his younger brother, Michael. Henry’s gifts were evident at an early age. “He was incredibly smart as a young man,” Michael says. “Straight-A student. He was also an unbelievable athlete. He had a physique when he was five years old.” Michael, who today lives with his family in the Philadelphia area, recalls that he and Henry tied rags around their fists and boxed in the basement of their first home in East Brunswick, N. J. When the family moved to Hockessin in 1972, their father bought the boys 16-oz. boxing gloves. ►


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“We’d been doing it all along,” Mike says. “It would be just him and me. I must have one of the hardest heads of all of mankind. I don’t think he ever hurt me.” As brothers, they were a perfect match: Michael seemed to have the head to endure a serious pounding, and Henry had the hands to deliver the pounding. “He’s got catcher’s mitts for hands,” Michael says. “He’s got hydraulic strength in his hands.”


Former co-manager John Riley says it is “hard to believe pound-for-pound anyone ever hit harder than Henry.”

“Goldman Sachs was and still is a great outfit,” Milligan says. “I loved learning, met a lot of great people, but it turns out selling just isn’t one of my strengths.” In the early ‘90s, Henry’s friendly outlook and past boxing experiences helped him snag another key job. He had done some modeling and commercial work over the previous few years, and an old pal in the talent industry called about a film role, thinking Milligan would be perfect for the part. It turned out to be the opportunity of a lifetime: a scene opposite Robert De Niro in the 1992 film Night and the City. Milligan plays a role close to his heart—an up-and-coming boxer—while De Niro portrays a con man turned promoter. “Being on that set was one of the most enjoyable things I’ve ever done for money and probably the most invigorating two days of my life,” Milligan says. “It’s one of those things I can always say I did.” It may come as no surprise that Milligan still harbors hopes of working more as a professional actor. As a teacher and successful athlete, his desire to be center stage and perform must be hardwired into his system. It’s also not lost on him how lucky he is that his one screen credit happens to be opposite De Niro. Nor is that lost on other notable actors in the area. “It’s a big deal,” says Lee Murphy, a longtime friend of Milligan’s and a Wilmington actor who recently played the secretary of defense in House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey. “I remember the movie and seeing him in it. That was pretty cool.” “I’m still waiting for Henry to win an Academy Award,” he adds with a laugh. It’s a laugh that acknowledges the fact that Milligan’s resume is so diverse it borders on the ridiculous. Like the fantastic character at the center of the Dos Equis campaign, Milligan certainly could be The Most Intriguing Man in Milligan plays a young boxer named “Cotton” in a scene with Robert De Niro in 1992’s Night and the City. Delaware, at least.

Those hands helped give Henry an edge in other sports as well. In 1977, as a senior at A. I. duPont High School, he was named Delaware’s “Athlete of the Year,” making all-state in football, wrestling and baseball. At Princeton, he received a school record 10 varsity letters in the same three sports, all while earning an engineering degree (He might have earned 12 letters if Ivy League schools allowed freshmen to participate in football and baseball). “He’s a very modest guy and obviously a smart guy,” says Bob Schwinger, Milligan’s freshman roommate and longtime friend. “Henry is the [least] self-impressed athlete I ever met. He was always more concerned with how other people felt.” Perhaps it’s Milligan’s mixture of drive and humility that helps him attract people and opportunities. He was elected president of the student body while earning an MBA at NYU’s Stern Business School in the late-‘80s. Shortly afterward he landed a job as an investment broker at Goldman Sachs on Wall Street.


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“To do what he did, especially in boxing, the guy has a lot of guts,” Murphy says. “That’s a great quality. Also, from the academic side, he’s extremely bright. And in that regard, he’s a unique individual. I’m happy to call him my friend.”

STILL A WINNER At his home office, Milligan’s hydraulic hands lock down firmly but gently on his rascally four-year-old pug, Sam. He lifts the dog and kisses him on the forehead, and the dog wags his tail. On the wall, photos from his boxing career are displayed alongside snapshots from Princeton and movie memorabilia from Night and the City, including a boxing poster prop featuring both his and De Niro’s faces. On the floor a few vinyl albums rest next to a bookshelf. A new semester began recently and Milligan is teaching two new classes. As usual, he looks forward to the challenge. “I absolutely know I’ve been blessed with gifts and talents… that have led to outstanding life experiences,” he says. “To be able to draw from those experiences and share them with my students is such a thrill.” But as he’s done in the past, Milligan is looking to take on more. In recent weeks he’s met with the administration at Wilmington University to discuss plans to bring other “real world” professors to the school. In a time when online schools are proliferating and creating competition, Milligan sees an opportunity for the university to stand out and do something different. It’s a model of teaching he feels could provide multiple lasting benefits.

Henry Milligan after knocking out Mike Tyson’s sparring partner, Ricardo Spain, in November, 1985, at the Brandywine Club in Chadds Ford.

“Think of the talent you could attract if you began operating with that mindset,” he says. “It’s something I hope they’ll consider because I think it could be very successful for the school if done right.” He acknowledges that such a plan would require a lot of work. Still, he’s ready to do whatever needs to be done. He’s got focus, patience, and enthusiasm. “I’ve been knocked down a whole bunch of times,” Hammerin’ Hank says with a grin. “But I’ve always gotten back up.”

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A passion for travel turns into an international humanitarian project for two men Mecene Latigue, who helped guide and translate for Pat Flanigan and Jason Coates, pours water for children at the Orphelinat-Damabiah orphanage in Port-au-Prince.

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at Flanigan wanted to see the world beyond Delaware. Jason Coates followed his travel-happy companion to the airport and never looked back. For both, travel grew from a hobby to a passion, and after two years and 42 combined visits to foreign lands, they find themselves at the center of an international humanitarian effort. This spring, Flanigan and Coates led a small band of volunteers on a mission to bring clean, potable water to impoverished communities around Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, in Haiti. The project stems from “Join Us Around the World”—a social media site Coates developed to connect travelers online—and will be captured on camera by Wilmington native Flanigan, who will use the footage to create a documentary film. With the aid of Malibu-based nonprofit RainCatcher, and around $5,000 in funds raised from supporters online, the team is working to provide water filters to needy areas in Haiti. The bucket-style filters— slightly more robust than the Brita pitcher in your fridge—cost only around $50-$75 apiece, but can produce 500 gallons of clean water per day, diminishing the spread of cholera, typhoid, dysentery, and other diseases that lurk in contaminated water.

“People are dying every day,” says Coates, 32, who travels full-time as CEO of Join Us Around the World. “And children, too. The alarming statistic is that 80 percent of the deaths in Haiti are children under the age of 5. For a country that’s riddled with poverty and corruption, there’s no future if the children continue to die.” The Caribbean nation still reels from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and by the 2010 magnitude-7 earthquake that reportedly left 316,000 of its people dead and another 1.6 million homeless. Government corruption and abject poverty exacerbate Haiti’s problems. In a nation where 78 percent of residents survive on less than $2 daily, and half of all children under 5 are malnourished, access to basic needs can mean the difference between life and death. Enter Flanigan and Coates (along with project partners Derek Reinhardt and Jeremy Pape), who decided that providing some relief to the less fortunate was a meaningful next step in their exploration of the globe. The more they traveled, the more they became drawn to the native people and communities they saw, rather than the monuments and sites where tourists typically tread. ► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“The people are what makes travel great,” Coates says. “It’s one thing to go see the Vatican in Rome, or architecture or art. What makes you understand a culture is the people. For me, it was seeing children living in some of the worst conditions in the world, and yet still having the biggest smiles on their faces. It changes the entire situation when you get there.” Coates, who lives in Denver, founded Join Us Around the World in 2012, channeling his newfound love of travel into the social website that connects users with firsthand pictures, resources, tips and recommendations from fellow travelers. In the site’s early days, Coates generated most of the content, posting photos and blogs from his trips to Sicily, Berlin and Barcelona. During a trip to the Dominican Republic, he made his way to the village of Muñoz, which is predominantly inhabited by Haitian refugees. Villagers in Muñoz struggled to get by, and resources were scant, Coates says, “But they told me, ‘If you think it’s bad here in Muñoz, multiply that by a thousand, and that’s what you have in Jacmel.” Flanigan, a St. Mark’s grad who grew up in Wilmington before relocating to Orlando and then Denver, is the project documentarian. After studying film production at Valencia College in Florida, he began working on film crews for TV commercials and reality shows. He connected with Coates through a mutual friend, then joined the Haiti project. “I’m passionate about film and travel,” he says, “and I just immediately wanted to be a part of this. “It just made sense for us to document it. We’ll do it in a creative way, a non-biased way, without an agenda. We’re just average guys doing what we can do to help.” Flanigan, 32, hopes to have their documentary ready to debut in August. The crew touched down in Portau-Prince in late April, armed with water filters as well as toothbrushes and toothpaste, donated by the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Denver. The itinerary, as it usually is with the Join Us Around the World followers, is up in the air. “We’ll be flying by the seat of our pants,” Flanigan says. For updates and more info, visit www.joinusaroundtheworld.com.


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Twelve bands heat up Wilmington for seventh year of competition By Krista Connor


or the seventh consecutive summer, the area’s premier battle of the bands, Musikarmageddon, will heat things up in Wilmington. Twelve bands, voted into the competition by fans via an online poll, are set to battle on Thursday nights in June and July at Kelly’s Logan House. The competition kicks off June 5 from 9-11:30 p.m. The events are free and $2 to vote. Each night, two bands will have up to an hour to compete 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 semi-finals, plus one wild card band determined by judges’ scores, will perform at the finals at the baby grand on Sept. 20. The grand prize package includes a feature article in O&A’s October edition, a spot on the Main Stage at the 2014 Wilmo Rock Circus, a $500 gift certificate to Accent Music, six hours of free recording time at TribeSound Studios in West Chester, Pa., and 20 free custom-made t-shirts from Wilmington’s Spaceboy Clothing. Past Musikarmageddon winners include Glim Dropper in 2013, Schroeder in 2012, Deadbeatz Inc. in 2011, and New Sweden in 2010. Meet this year’s bands:► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



Green Eggs and Jam play a cool mix of funky, jazzy rock with a hefty serving of groove and a side order of jam. Live performances are noted for their passion, energy and tasteful playing of original music and a sprinkling of cover songs. www. facebook.com/pages/Green-Eggs-and-Jam/204420452909346

XTRA ALLTRA Xtra Alltra, from Wilmington, brings a special sound and style to the genre of jam music. The four-piece group manipulates their sound through pedals and synthesizers that aren’t often heard from a drummer, guitarist, bassist and saxophonist. Blending styles and changing listeners’ ideas of what is funk, rock or blues, the band creates an intense blend of what they call “mind control music.” www.facebook.com/xtraalltra Black Rainbow Bear is a rock trio based in Newark. They combine sultry, soulful vocals with grungy melodic blues riffs and driving drum beats. blackrainbowbear.bandcamp.com. Galaxy 13, a Wilmington band with brothers Bryan and Dave Renz and their friend Chris James, got its start when the three were teenagers. In 2006 they came up with the band name, which stuck. Since then they’ve shared their rock/alternative sound at various statewide festivals and battles of the bands, including Musikarmageddon. www.facebook.com/pages/Galaxy13-Band/107190932634022

MINSHARA Minshara has performed across the country, including The Viper Room in Los Angeles and Webster Hall in New York City, spreading infectious pop melodies, dance grooves and rock progressions. Their energetic live performances are enhanced by a light show and custom visuals. Since their independent release of Oceans EP in 2011, Minshara has been featured on both FM and internet radio, with stations on Pandora, Spotify and more. The Late Saints are led by vocalist, guitarist and kazoo virtuoso Jacopo de Nicola and propelled by driving bassist Jason Bachman and drummer Micah Hebbel. They bring to the stage an explosive sonic cocktail, Italian-Gypsy style. Treading a path between Lucio Battisti’s baroque pop and the frenetic rhythms of Manu Chao and Gogol Bordello, this Philly-based trio manages to charm with infectious original and cover songs. www.facebook. com/TheLateSaints

RUNAWAY TRAIN Runaway Train is a five-piece Americana band from Delaware. Influenced by blue grass and country artists, the band’s first CD was released last summer and showcased a unique blend of songwriting by members John Corrigan and Bobbi Fisher. www. facebook.com/RATBAND Fuzzy Snakefoot members are just some friends and neighbors “fuzzin’” it up with their funk/rock sounds. Chris Fullerton, Paul Boris, Erik Sabo and John Corrigan make up this Newark band. www.reverbnation.com/thefuzzysnakefoot

THE BLOOMING ACT The Blooming Act came together in 2012 when Matt Newquist and Steve Jumps brought on drummer Joe Maglich and the three-piece group started practicing at Zoobieville Studios in Wilmington. Guitarist/vocalist Newquist had composed a number of acoustic folk tunes and crafted them with Jumps and Maglich, giving the songs a completely new energy and dynamic. www.bloomingact.com; www.facebook. com/Bloomingact Amber Ladd is a Canadian native currently based in the Philadelphia area. A solo performer, she plays instruments with self-produced electronic elements and is known for her massive voice. Her fourth album, Re: Invention, is soon to be released. www.amberladd.com/index.html


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JAMES HEARNE James Hearne, reared in rural western New York and forged on the mean streets of West Philadelphia, is one of the more dynamic performers working today. He has a charismatic presence that makes him comfortable alone on a stage or in front of a full band, or with a lyric or a melody. www.facebook.com/schwaejames.

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TONE Tone, named by Paste Magazine as one of the top 10 Delaware bands to check out, is a fuzz rock group made up of Daniel Gutierrez (drums), Brandyn Mark (guitar), Dave Johnson (bass) and Andrew Brice (visuals). Listen to their cassette LP, to be released in July. www.facebook.com/tonetheband

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G RESPONSE or the third summer in a row, Firefly Music Festival—“the East Coast’s premier music experience,”—will rock The Woodlands at Dover International Speedway (DIS), and thousands of music lovers will gather to see and hear some of the biggest names in the business. And for the third consecutive year, the festival is expanding. It has gone from three days to four, opening this year on Thursday, June 19, with seven stages to accommodate more than 100 musical acts. It will take up an estimated 154 acres east of Dover Downs. ►


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On Saturday, Outkast, Imagine Dragons, Kaiser Chiefs and Beck will perform, while Jack Johnson, Weezer, Broken Bells and Childish Gambino round out Sunday’s bill. Look a bit closer at the schedule, particularly Friday and Saturday, and you’ll see not one but two Delaware bands making their Firefly debut. Indie-pop duo Mean Lady will play their airy brand of music Friday at 1:30 p.m., while Americana/folk quintet New Sweden will get to foot stompin’ and hand clappin’ on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both play at the Lawn Stage. William Dobies, lead singer and guitarist for New Sweden, was totally blindsided by the selection, saying the band did not submit any music or apply to play at Firefly. “We were contacted by Red Frog and had to keep it on the DL for a while,” says Dobies. “I have no clue who picked us, but I’d like to thank them. It’s a super-cool feeling, and even though I haven’t been to Firefly, I’ve been to enough music festivals to know how awesome it is to play, especially outdoors.” Katie Dill, vocalist and guitarist/ukuleleist for Mean Lady, believes Red Frog asked fans to vote for local bands at Firefly 2013, which is how Mean Lady got their spot. “We didn’t send any music to anyone and got an email from Red Frog inviting us to play,” Dill says. “I didn’t even check with [bandmate] Sam [Nobles], I just replied ‘Yes!’ immediately. I’m excited to see other bands play, but I’m most looking forward to getting up in front of a big crowd. It’s a rush, and it gives us a great chance to connect with new fans.” Both bands will play some old favorites and also plan on trying some new tunes. New Sweden will have their next EP, Fabric Room, complete by June, whereas Mean Lady, according to Dill, will be 75 percent finished with their next full-length album. (The album name is yet to be determined, but according to the band’s April 16 Facebook post, they’re accepting submissions from fans). As of press time, single-day passes were still available via the Firefly website for $49 on Thursday, or $99 Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Taxes and fees apply. Check out the entire schedule at www.fireflyfestival.com, and for a sampling of the local bands’ music, go to www.newswedenmusic.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/meanladylovenow.

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This summer, be sure to check out these seven not-to-be-missed music festivals and events. Folk, blues, jazz, opera, rock, salsa— there are tunes here for everyone. IN THE LIGHT IS BACK Local act to bring The Who to Wilmington The area’s premier tribute band, In The Light, returns to World Cafe Live at The Queen on Friday, June 6. This year, it’s a tribute show to The Who. The group first appeared in 2012, bringing to life Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. The band, made up of area musicians Joe Trainor, Scott Lawing, Andy Faver, Steve Kuzminski, Christian Salcedo and Matt Urban, followed the 2012 show with a sold-out evening of Queen covers last year, complete with a full choir. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show is $20. For more details, visit www.queentickets.worldcafelive.com.

SAINT GEORGES BLUES FESTIVAL Jam outdoors with area artists June 14 On Saturday, June 14, the Saint Georges Blues Festival will bring an afternoon of nonstop music to the Commodore Center Grounds in Saint Georges. From noon to 8 p.m., artists like Indigenous, Albert Castiglia, Wayne Sharp & The Sharpshooter Band, Biscuit Miller & The Mix, and The Acoustic Duo of Johnny Never & Seth Holzman will entertain. Between main stage sets, Garry Cogdell will have a special sessions tent under the big tent. For more info, visit www.bluehorizonpromotions.com/page7.html. ►


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SHADY GROVE MUSIC FESTIVAL Eight bands to perform at 12th annual event Enjoy the sounds of original live music under the canopy of the Arden woods at the 12th annual Shady Grove Music Festival on Saturday, July 19. Sponsored in part by WSTW Hometown Heroes and Graffiti Radio, the event, at 2126 The Highway, will feature Stallions, The Lawsuits, Kind of Creatures, Scantron, FIANCE, Apex Watson, Brixton Saint and St. James and the Apostles. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to this family-friendly, rain or shine event. Food and beverages will be available. No outside food or beverages are permitted. All proceeds benefit the Arden Club’s Gild Hall Restoration Fund. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the music begins at noon. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate, and children age 12 and under get in free. Formoredetails,visitfacebook.com/WSTWArdenShadyGroveMusicFest.

SUMMER IN THE PARKS The Grand slates second annual summer-long series Produced by the Grand, Wilmington’s second annual Summer in the Parks series will present free arts activities in neighborhood parks to strengthen community and engage the city’s youth and families. Running from Monday, June 16, through Aug. 15, the series will offer two arts-oriented activities every weekday, each morning and early afternoon, in 10 parks serving every city district. This will equal 90 events over the course of the nine-week program. Additional afternoon and evening programs will be scheduled. For more details, visit www.thegrandwilmington.org. FIFTH ANNUAL DEAD FEST Area musicians cover Grateful Dead June 27 More than 20 musicians from area bands will come together for a magical night celebrating the music of the Grateful Dead on Friday, June 27, at the fifth annual Dead Fest. It will be held at the Brandywine Valley Association, 1760 Unionville-Wawaset Road, West Chester. Tickets are $10 in advance at www.brandywinewatershed.org, $20 at the gate, and children ages 12 and under are free. Proceeds support the Brandywine Valley Association and its environmental programs. Gates open at 5 p.m. and music starts at 6.


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JOE TRAINOR WANTS YOU… . . . to join in the arts & music revolution in Wilmington By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald Photos by Joe del Tufo


n talking with Joe Trainor—as we partake of breakfast smoothies at Wilmington hotspot Scrumptious— two things become apparent: Trainor loves music, and he loves this city. And he wants everyone else to love it, too. That’s why, for just over a decade, he has been on a mission to promote and advance arts and music in Wilmington. So far, he’s done one hell of a job. In person, Trainor is a private, low-key, deliberate guy—180 degrees from the lively performances of The Joe Trainor Trio (JT3), his dead-on Robert Plant wail during In the Light’s Led Zeppelin tributes, or his epic dual role as Music Director/”Judas” in City Theater Company’s Jesus Christ Superstar In Concert. Trainor is a true hybrid artist—equal parts classic rocker and singer-songwriter (think Ben Folds meets Billy Joel meets Genesis)—who seems at ease belting out a rollicking, piano-heavy number, music-directing a theatrical production or co-writing a world premiere musical. “I hate being idle,” he only half-jokes. “I’m driven by music-making; it’s the thing I do really well. “ Trainor not only has enjoyed success with his band, but he has received personal accolades as a conceptualizer, producer and “idea man” for local arts and music happenings. In that role, he’s collaborated with the likes of the Grand Opera House, Gable Music Ventures, Out & About, WSTW and City Theater Company. ►

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His first endeavor was a production of Pink Floyd’s JOE TRAINOR WANTS YOU... The Wall at the Wilmington continued from previous page Drama League in 2004. “It was fascinating to watch it all come together,” says Trainor. “That was the first time I realized these things were really possible, and I got the bug to do more.” Since then, Trainor has directly produced or had a hand in numerous music events and fundraisers—including the hallmark music competition Musikarmageddon (in its seventh year and presented by Out & About), Wilmo Rock Circus (which celebrated its third year last November), and standing-room-only performances with his band, In the Light. He’s also served as a music director with Wilmington’s City Theater Company (CTC) since 2003, and he co-wrote, with playwright Kevin Regan, CTC’s musical On the Air, which premiered in 2013. “I do it because it’s all I really know how to do,” he says. “Sometimes it works, sometimes I get buried. Fortunately, I surround myself with other great artists willing to help make these things happen, and I’ve got great support at home.” (That support comes from his teenage daughter, Erin — who’s been coming to his shows since she was 6 — his fiancée, actress/singer Kerry Kristine McElrone, their dog, Phoebe, and cat, Sterling Archer.) A MUSICIAN FIRST… Formed in 2007, The Joe Trainor Trio (Trainor, vocals/ piano; Jeff Dement, drums; Kevin Niemi, bass) has been a prominent presence on our music scene. “‘Energetic piano rock’ pretty much sums us up,” says Trainor. “Our first few shows


were at Kid Shelleen’s. We were too loud…the bartenders hated us,” he smiles. Since then, they’ve swept the 2012 WSTW Homey Awards for Best Keyboardist/Pianist, Best Drummer, Best Live Band and Artist of the Year, and Joe was named Best Keyboardist/Pianist at the 2013 Homeys. Now, with two albums to their credit (2009’s Drive and 2012’s Twelve Stories) and another yet-to-be-titled released this fall, JT3’s reach expands beyond Delaware’s borders. They recently ventured to New York City for a performance and are planning a live DVD shoot on Sept. 6 at South Philly Studios in Philadelphia. MUSICIAN’S ADVOCATE A CLOSE SECOND What does Trainor see in our arts and culture scene? Why here, rather than a larger music-centric place like New York, Austin, Nashville? It seems that Trainor is loyal to his roots, and wants to see the local scene thrive. “I stayed because my daughter and family are here,” he says. “But I’m also very fond of my hometown.” Wilmington is on the verge of becoming a true “destination” city, he says, and the proliferation of arts and music is crucial to that success. “This area has always enjoyed a solid musical movement, but now artists have formed a great local community. The best part is watching people pull together to make a scene happen. I like being a part of that energy.” But there’s still work to do. From the intimacy of The Nomad, the fun of 1984, to the beauty of the Arden Gild Hall or the majesty of World Cafe Live, they all have something to offer. But, Trainor says, there’s always room for more. “We need many more mid-level venues to give artists more options for exposure.” In these technology-rich times, audiences,

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too, can be a challenge. “People come to shows, but not in the numbers we all hope for. We must give audiences a reason to tear away from the Internet and binge-watching Doctor Who.” There’s also more to it than that. Wilmingtonians and artists alike must celebrate and support each other if we’re going to see a greater success story for the city. “As an artist and a resident of Wilmington, I feel a duty to find ways for these two entities to support each other,” he says. “Together, we need to create that ‘have to be there’ buzz.” ‘A LEGACY’ IN MIND Asked to list his most rewarding musical experiences, Trainor starts with JT3’s release of Drive. “We’d been working for two years, and it was a milestone for us,” he says. “If was our first legitimate release, and it was gratifying to see it happen.” The second, he says, is In The Light’s “Queen at the Queen” show in 2013. “To music-direct a show with an eight-piece band and a 25-piece choir was incredible. And getting the opportunity to sing two hours of Freddie…a dream come true.” Co-writing and performing CTC’s On The Air rounds out his list. “Pulling together an amazing show with some of my closest friends meant a lot to me,” he says. For their work, Trainor and cowriter Regan were named Best Delaware Playwrights in the 2013 BroadwayWorld.com Delaware Awards. It’s obvious Trainor is quietly proud of what he’s been able to create, and he has great hopes for what’s ahead—if, as he advocates, we can collectively make it happen. “I feel like I have a legacy in mind,” he says. “I’d love to go to Musikarmageddon when I’m 60, to see something that I [helped] to create endure.” So would we, Joe. So would we.

Trainor is a triple threat: performer, producer, director.

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JOE TRAINOR FUN FACTS Name a song you wish you wrote. “I’d probably choose ‘Born To Run.’ It’s got power, a story, wellcrafted solos and a nice, full sound.” Name an artist you’d love to work with. “Locally, I’d love to work with Glim Dropper, Old Baltimore Speedway or John & Brittany. Playing with some of my idols would also be great, but they’re doing fine on their own.” Name your five all-time favorite albums. • Minstrel In The Gallery, by Jethro Tull • Foxtrot, by Genesis • Whatever And Ever Amen, by Ben Folds Five • Brave, by Marillion • The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street • Shuffle, by Bruce Springsteen If you weren’t a musician, what would you be? “Homeless. Seriously, probably a novelist or a historian. I like to write and I love American history. Maybe mash up those two interests and write the Great American historical novel. Maybe when I retire…”

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Last chance: Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition; Sparrow Come Back Home, Mark Harris & Carmel Buckley; Magnum Opus: The Alchemical Process in Art. Ongoing exhibitions: Objects of Desire, Daniel Cutrone; Mark Stockton: Making Weight; Illuminated Structures, Scott Kip; and a group exhibition presented by the DCCA Studio Artists.

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Creations in Driftwood & Seaglass, Kenneth Kreider. Benches and plant-holders are created out of driftwood collected from the Delaware River and incorporate materials such as sea glass. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jun 30.

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Euphoria by J. Edouard

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Reserve one of the limited number of seats by calling 302.576.2135 or email jbarton@Wilmingtonde.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Nosey Bassett by Eileen Felice

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J. Edouard, uses her love of colors, shapes, graphics and pop art in her new spring collection. T 
 he show will also feature custom button rings from Anara Original by Sara A. Crawford and tasty treats from local caterer Parties by Bootsie. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jun 27.

Visit the Beach in Wilmington, Kevin Fleming. Delaware’s best known photographer will be exhibiting his favorite wildlife, nature and coastal Delaware photographs during the month of June. Included will be images from his most recent bestselling book The Beach and autographed copies of the book will also be available. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 30.

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Colorful and spontaneous are words to describe the work of Eileen Felice who donates all proceeds of her work to purchase iPads for the disabled. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Jun 30.


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Downtown Loop Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1239 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com

Urbanscape by Fridam Ali and The Universe Blossoms by Sam Nang

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Flow of Life, Fridam Ali and Sam Nang. A body of work that characterizes each artist’s perception of the “flow of life” in their unique style that is both moving and surreal. Art Loop reception 6 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jun 30.

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Diana by Linda Harris Reynolds

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Paradox, Roldan West. Multi-media work that combines aspects of pop art, ancient art and cave paintings to express the uniting and sharing of cultures from past, present and future generations. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 26.

The Grand Opera House DT Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries


Chakra Red

Chakra Art Exhibit, Linnea Tober-Murphy and Deborah Janelle-Giles. Two artists collaborate on the Chakra Art Exhibit with images inspired by the seven Chakras and a Chakra Dance will be performed. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 30.

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The Sous Bois Collection, The Undergrowth; Rebecca Jacob. A collection inspired by a painting by Van Gogh. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jul 30.

Art & Jazz, Eunice Lafate. Folk Art paired with live jazz music by the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project. Art Loop reception 6 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue 7 – 9 p.m., Thu 6 – 7:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. through May 30.

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Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE 302.428.0222 colourworks.com

David Trout is a landscape and still life artist who works mainly in oils. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jul 30.

Stepping Back for a Closer Look, 
Carlo Viola. An exploration of the world of abstract realism through the medium of fine art photography. In this show he invites viewers to look for qualities and clues that are familiar in images that are not. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through Aug 15.

Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilmingtonde.com

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Jazz Imprints; Hope Rose, Michael Trojan, Victor Green, Alan Jackman, Tanya Bayard and Thea Blunt. Photographers capture the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival annually and exhibit their images from previous years in this colorful and energetic exhibit. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Jun 30. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Fazes, Linda Harris Reynolds. The selection of works focuses on contemporary portraits of young people coming of age; and the complexity, joys, and mystery of this phase of their lives. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Jun 27.


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A two-person mixed-media show featuring artists Shirley Rigby and Ginny McCurdy who create big, bold, colorful and contemporary mixed-media pieces. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Jul 1.



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North of Wilmington Loop Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE bluestreakgallery6@gmail.com True Grit – Clay Monoprints on Sand Paper, Mitch Lyons. Monoprints pulled from a clay slab and printed on sand paper. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Jun 30.

Carspecken Scott Gallery 1707 N. Lincoln Street Wilmington, DE Carspeckenscott.com

Reservoir through Trees by Ryan Syrell

Carspecken Scott Gallery presents abstract oil landscapes by Ryan Syrell, forest scene oil paintings by Rebecca Miller, abstract oil paintings by Jon Schoff, and plaster/paper wall reliefs by John Gibbons. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Jun 30.

Project Space DE 2003 W. 17th Street Wilmington, DE Projectspacede.com


Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi

Spring Sale and New Works, David Burslem. Imaginary landscape prints in multiple sizes, new large-format prints and aluminum sculptures for interior and exterior displaying. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 30.

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The Ascension Series, Marietta DantonioMadsen. Through the journey of knowing ones self, there is a spiritual awakening that allows peace and comfort within the self which in turn extends to all that surrounds you. Join us for a very special night. FREE mini readings, massages, esthetician and other services. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through May 30.

Blue Heron Gallery 204B Delaware Street New Castle, DE Blueherongalleryde.com Visions of Shawn Faust, Shawn Faust. Best known for his portraits of wildlife and celebrity horses, his spectacular landscapes exhibit detail seldom attempted by modern artists. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Jun 30.

Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE stationgallery.net

L&L Studio Photography/ Rodney Pratt Framing Studio 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.438.6545 rodneyprattframing.com

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Mother and daughter artists, Jeanne and Erica Orr, express themselves from different viewpoints with one interpreting her outer world in a way that reflects a more traditional upbringing and the other interpreting her inner world that is reflective of growing up with a sense of...WHEEE!!! Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 15.


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Space Traveling by David Burslem

Damnatio Memoriae, James Bayard. Damnatio Memoriae is a tradition that dates back to the Roman Republic, in which unfavorable rulers were systematically erased from historical record and public discourse, often through the mutilation and transformation of public monuments. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 30.

New Oil Paintings, Lynne Lockhart and Kirk McBride. A two-person exhibit featuring new paintings inspired by the couple’s travels and their home on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, with subjects including landscapes, nautical scenes and animals. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m through Jun 28.

The Wedding Cake by Erica Orr

David’s Studio and Gallery 2324 Cherry Lane Arden, DE 302.545.7489 Yessy.com/davidburslem

To Tell A Story, Shawn Faust. Join us for our 2nd annual one man event combining two galleries for one awesome artist. Art Loop Reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6:45 – 9:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Jun 30.

Penn’s Place 26 E. 5th Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 Pennsplace.net It’s a Wrap, Sami. An artist who has mastered one of the oldest techniques for making jewelry by hand, utilizing copper and other fine metals to create wrapped, wearable art. Art Loop Reception 6 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Jun 30. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Silver and Turquoise Ring by Orville Tsinnie

Skystone and Silver, Orville Tsinnie. This master Navajo silversmith has become widely admired for creating classic jewelry in heavy silver which he often accents with fine turquoise. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. through Jul 31.



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Cactus Wren Gallery 406 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.328.7595 Cactuswrengallery.com

The City of Wilmington Presents

THURSDAY JUNE 19, 2014 @ THE WILMINGTON LIBRARY 10 E. 10 th St, Wilmington, DE 19801

9PM - 1am

Join us for A Reception

for the 2014 Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

the Latin Sounds of Habana Sax & The R&B Soul Sounds oF Johnny Graham & the Groove! Featuring



Or Call (302) 576-2100 PRESENTING SPONSORS


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PRICES: $8 | adults $6 | senior/students 302.576.2565 Monday - Friday

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302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org THE DOUBLE

R | 93 Minutes | May 30-June 1 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 11am & 5 Simon James (Eisenberg) is a timid office clerk working in an ominous government organization. He is overlooked by his boss (Wallace Shawn) and colleagues, scorned by his mother, and ignored by Hannah (Wasikowska), the lovely copy room girl he pines for.


NR | 98 Minutes | May 30-June 1 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 11 & 5 | Sun 2 French with English Subtitles For recent retiree Caroline a new life of freedom and opportunity lies before her: time to take care of her children, her husband, and most of all, to finally take care of herself. But while her peers at the local seniors’ club pass the time with ceramics and amateur theater, she finds a new hobby of her own between the sheets with the center’s computer teacher Julien.

PG | 105 Minutes | June 13-15 Fri 12 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 11am & 5 Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker,Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement.


NR | 93 Minutes | June 13-15 Fri 3 & 10 | Sat 11am & 5 | Sun 2 French with English subtitles After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Marine Vacth) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for sleazy hotel room trysts.


R | 120 Minutes | June 20-22 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 11am | Sun 2 When hotshot New York TV exec Charlie Moon is brought in to assess a struggling local station, children’s show host Moxie Landon pitches him a documentary about menopause featuring her mother.


PG-13 | 94 Minutes | June 20-22 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 2 | Sun 11am & 5 When a series of package bombs show up on the doorsteps of prominent politicians and businessman in the summer of 1919, U.S. Bureau of Investigation Agent William Flynn is assigned the task of finding those responsible.



In 1975, Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky, whose films EL TOPO and THE HOLY MOUNTAIN launched and ultimately defined the midnight movie phenomenon, began work on his most ambitious project yet.

Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins from a wealthy Nigerian Family. Upon returning to a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria after their expensive English education, the two women make very different choices.



PG-13 | 090 Minutes | June 6-8 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 11am & 5

PG-13 | 90 Minutes | June 6-8 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 11am & 5 | Sun 2

Living in a comfortable retirement community in Southern Oregon, estranged from her family, unsatisfied with her surroundings, and generally not happy about life, Marie (Academy Award nominee Shirley Knight) decides to journey 80 miles on foot to the coast of Oregon to revisit the ocean of her past for the first time in 45 years. 48 JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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R | 113 Minutes | June 27-29 Fri 4 | Sat 11am & 5 | Sun 2

R | 150 Minutes | June 27-29 Fri 4 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 11pm & 5 Indonesian with English subtitles Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.


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FROM THE MAYOR Dear Neighbors and Friends, As the weather breaks, I look forward to the upcoming 2014 summer festival season. Through the many festivals, the City of Wilmington is becoming more energized than ever before. We are attracting people who live and work in the City, as well as enthusiastic visitors from across the state and throughout the mid-Atlantic region, who are coming to enjoy the various cultural arts, festivals, concerts and projects. As a city full of diversity, the approaching festivals represent many different ethnicities and cultures. Signature city events like the Greek, Italian, Hispanic, India and Peoples’ Festivals each showcase rich cultural traditions where attendees are able to enjoy delicious foods and lively entertainment. It is as if guests had taken a trip across the globe! In addition to the many cultural festivals, the City of Wilmington will also serve as the host of the annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Fourth of July Celebration and the Riverfront Blues Festival. Each of these festivals and concerts has a history of bringing premiere artists and first-class performers to the City of Wilmington. This year will certainly be no different. Organizing these large scale events is no easy feat. I must commend the hard work and dedication of the friends, volunteers, and sponsors who make each of these festivals so memorable. Their tireless efforts and generosity are essential to the continued success of the events that bring life and energy to our city. Once again, I welcome all to support and celebrate the events and summer festivals that make our city such a wonderful place to live, work, and play. Sincerely,

Dennis P. Williams Mayor


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Good News on North Concord:

‘Youth Entrepreneurs Too’ Initiative Incorporates Creative Skills with Entrepreneurship If you walk by 390 North Concord Avenue, in Wilmington, you’ll see some beautiful custom clothing items hanging in the window that have all been handmade by budding young entrepreneurs. Long-time educator and Wilmington resident, Ms. Rasheedah Ahmed, has spent much of her energy of late developing a program – Youth Entrepreneurs Too – that teaches young people the crafts of sewing, knitting and crocheting. The program’s mission is: To provide youth, young adults and seniors the opportunity to be involved with crafts and educational workshops that can enhance their lives through economic development with an emphasis on entrepreneurial skills and culture. Ms. Ahmed’s students range in age from less than seven years to their mid-teens. They have the opportunity to learn from each other as well as from volunteers of all ages. The young entrepreneurs learn the sewing skills to make items like pillows, hats and dresses and sell them to local customers – exposing them to small business and entrepreneurial experiences. The girls have also begun performing alterations on customers’ clothes. “It isn’t just about sewing,” Ms. Ahmed explains. “The point of the program is entrepreneurship and financial literacy.” The girls earn money for the alterations they perform and the goods they create and sell. Their earnings will be put to good use, as most plan to save their money and have set savings goals for the summer. Ivey Ibrahim, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Development applauds the work of Ms. Ahmed, “This is the type of program that will really make a difference in our community, providing young people with tangible skills and entrepreneurial experiences will be a benefit to the for the rest of their lives.” JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Real Estate & Housing: A Rounded Approach to Community Development The City of Wilmington’s Department of Real Estate & Housing (RE&H) has been undergoing a quiet revolution. The department is well known for its stated mission to improve the quality of life for residents in the City of Wilmington by increasing the supply of affordable housing; improving housing markets and the quality of existing housing stock; and promoting self-sufficiency, and engaging in activities to revitalize City neighborhoods. What underlies the mission, however, is an unusually committed team of professionals, who are focused on community development and the role housing can play in the progression of people’s lives. “I have been in this Department for 20 years, and I have developed a holistic perspective on the work we do,” explains Director Nailah Gilliam. “During my tenure as a team member and now as Director, my colleagues and I have developed shared guiding principles and there is a wealth of expertise up and down these halls. But I’ve learned that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. This is job one for us.” The involvedness of the work of RE&H rivals that of any in the human services industry. “Most people probably think of us with regards to the City’s homeownership programs and bricks-and-mortar initiatives, but those are just pieces of the big picture,” Gilliam explains. The Real Estate & Housing team see themselves as helping individuals and families to set the stage to fulfill their own personal and financial dreams. By doing so, the Department is also helping to shape the environment and culture in neighborhoods all across the City. “When our Mayor talks about a City where people can be proud of where they live and feel safe raising their families, we take that as a directive to incorporate that vision into the education and advocacy we provide,” she says. In carrying out their mission, RE&H also thoughtfully partners with other City departments such as the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, the Department of Planning and Urban 50 JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Development and the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Common partnerships incorporate the disposition of properties and the coordination of development subsidies for rehabilitation, new construction, working with non-profit developers and attracting private developers to leverage dwindling budgets. RE&H also provides funding support for Fair Housing education and advocacy. Last year, the City assisted approximately 1,700 City residents, just with regard to homelessness prevention and special needs services. That same year, the Department engaged in 155 housing completions, ranging from acquisitions and demolitions for the purpose of developing new affordable housing opportunities to assisting with repairs to homes and remediation of lead in housing. While most grant and assistance opportunities are focused on families at or below 80% of the national median income, RE&H also fully engages in housing and community development issues that impact a wide demographic of City residents. Engaging with residents and in the community, being visible and promoting housing education on many levels all keep the Department connected to the core mission. Preserving aging housing stock, DE-Lead education and support of programs from homeownership counseling to youth services keep Gilliam and her team connected to people of the City. Community-based initiatives include homelessness prevention programs for families at risk of losing their homes and housing programs for persons with HIV/AIDS. “We do it all with passion,” says Gilliam. “We see beyond bricks and mortar, blight and vacancies. And, when you live and work in a City where you were born and raised, as I do, there is a certain amount of pride in being a big part of preserving and revitalizing its rich and diverse heritage.”


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Live, Work, and Play in the City of Wilmington

As the spring season arrives, the City will be sponsoring and supporting many ethnic, food, and concert festivals, as well as bicycle and marathon events. City residents are outside walking, hiking, biking, jogging, singing, and working on home, lawn and community projects. The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development is collaborating with multiple companies, investors and developers to bring more employees, residents and entertainment into the City, so we can enhance the quality of life and diversity of our neighborhoods. Re-development of the Flats in west Wilmington and conversion of the former central parking garage into more residential space will each help increase the quality of living accommodations in the City. Other residential projects are already underway or are scheduled to start in the near future. Current survey trends indicate that City life is now more desirable, because it provides many more amenities and conveniences. These include ability to walk, bike, jog and access nearby restaurants, retailers, and entertainment venues. People also want to live closer to where they work, and reduce commuting time, the cost of gasoline, as well as the carbon footprint on the planet. “Best Micro Cities in America”…City of Wilmington Ranks in top ten! Last year, the Foreign Direct Investment Magazine awarded Wilmington, Delaware three honors, among all Micro Cities throughout the Americas (including Central, South America, and the Caribbean). We ranked # 1 for Infrastructure (e.g.-roads, rail, shipping, utilities, airport access, etc.). We ranked # 3 for overall Economic Development Potential, as results on how our Riverfront and downtown LOMA districts show. And, we were one of the top ten overall best Micro Cities in the Americas. We are proud to acknowledge that Wilmington remains vibrant and has a bright future. We invite you to share that future with us as you play, live and conduct your work in our community. — Harold B. Gray, Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development


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Wilmington’s Growing Global Partnerships

As Delaware’s largest city and commercial center, Wilmington occupies a pivotal position in the state and regional economies. Since 1963, Wilmington has established sister city relationships in eight countries, worldwide: • Kalmar, Sweden (1963) • Watford, U.K. (1986) • Ningbo, China – Friendship City (1988) • Fulda, Germany (1997) • Osogbo, Nigeria (2002) • Olevano, sul Tusciano, Italy (2004) • Nemours, France (2011) • Prudnik, Poland – Provisional Status (2014) Wilmington’s Sister Cities program is jointly managed by the Mayor’s Office and Sister Cities of Wilmington, Inc. (a local, non-profit organization, consisting of volunteer, private citizens). The Sister Cities board reviews and votes on proposals for affiliation, subject to the endorsement of the Mayor’s Office and City Council. The final stage in the affiliation process is the issuance of a “Charter Certificate” by Sister Cities International. Since its inception, several exchanges in arts, music, athletics, education, public health and medicine, and tourism have taken place between Wilmington and its sister cities. Lately, we have expanded the program focus to include international trade and economic development. City businesses benefit from these activities through patronage of hotels and retail establishments by the visiting delegations and by gaining access to foreign markets. Our students benefit through exposure to different cultures and environments, preparing them for the challenges they will face in a highly competitive global economy. — Tunde Durosomo, Sr. Advisor/Sister Cities Program Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development



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Mark Harris & Carmel Buckley: Sparrow Come Back Home

Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra Concert: 3pm

Wilmington Greek Festival

Musikarmageddon 2014: 9pm

The Music School of Delaware

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church

Kelly’s Logan House

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

808 N. Broom St. • 302.656.4446

705 N. Market St. • 302.652.9493



200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

4101 Washington St. • 302.762.1132




IN the Light performs The Who: 8pm







Lucinda Williams w/ The Kenneth Brian Band: 8pm

Delaware Chamber Music Festival

World Cafe Live at the Queen

A Little Something for Everyone! 9am-3pm

The Grand

The Music School of Delaware

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

OperaDelaware Studios

818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

4101 Washington St. • 302.762.1132



4. S. Poplar St. • 302.658.8063







Little Shop of Horrors Wilmington Drama League 10 W. Lea Blvd. • 302.764.1172






June 1






Retro*active: Performance Art from 1964-1987

Create.Love.Celebrate. Annual Student Concert: 2pm & 7pm

2014 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Delaware Art Museum

Christina Cultural Arts Center

11th & N. Market Streets • 302.576.2100

2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590

Rodney Square

705 N. Market St. • 302.652.0101










California/Carolina All-Star Game Weekend w/ HR Derby

America’s Test Kitchen 7:30pm

Family Movie Night IN the Park: Frozen: 8:30pm

TheDCH’s Garden Tour: Urban Collector’s Dream

Frawley Stadium

11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401

Brandywine Creek State Park

see inWilmingtonDE.com to register or call 302.658.6262


801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772

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DuPont Theatre

41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.577.3534

Private Location

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ART IS IN: Exhibits Opening & Closing this Month #inWilm Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

ART IS IN: Exhibits Opening & Closing this Month #inWilm

• Erica Loustau’s Exodus: Canaries Fleeing the Coal Mine thru Jun 15 • Kirk Kirkpatrick’s One Good Turn, LLC Jun 5 - Jul 25 • Magnum Opus: The Alchemical Process in Art thru Jun 8 • Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition thru Jun 15

200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466 ª

Delaware Center for theGallery Contemporary Arts Mezzanine


• Linda Harris Reynolds’ Fazes June 6 - Jun 27

Erica Loustau’s Exodus: Canaries theª Coal Mine 101 Stone Block Row Fleeing • 302.652.0271 The Station Gallery thru Jun 15 • New Work by Lynne Lockhart & Kirk McBride Jun 6-28

Kirk Kirkpatrick’s One Good Turn, LLC Jun 5 - Jul 25 3922 Kennett Pike • 302.654.8638ª

Sunday, June 1st

Magnum Opus: The Fashion Alchemical Process thru Jun 8 Meets Science in thruArt Jul 28 • Hagley Museum & Library • 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400 Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition thruJanJun 15 Costumes of Downton Abbey thru 4 Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pikeª• 800.448.3883

00 S. Madison Street 302.656.6466 ª DCM•Speedway

thru Jun 29 • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Million Dollar Quartet 2pm

Mezzanine Gallery

DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401

Bellevue State Park Sunday Summer Concerts Sundays 6:30pm •ª800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6965

Linda Harris Reynolds’ Fazes June 6 - Jun 27

Carter Hulsey, Heavy Lights & Widow Maker Social Club 7:30pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen

01 Stone Block Row • 302.652.0271 ª

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Solar Camera 10am & 2pm thru Jun 22 • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Saturday, June 7th National Trails Day: Brandywine Creek River Clean-Up 9:30am • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.655.5740

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Aviation Adventures: Crazy Kites 10am & 3pm thru Jun 8 • DCM • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Wednesday, June 18th

Solar Camera 10am &

5pm • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Children’s Museum • 550 J

Hump Nite! w/ The Sermon! 7pm • World Cafe

Sunday, June 8th

National Trails Day: Brandywine Creek River St. Anthony’s Italian Festival Thursday, June 19 • Clean-Up 9:30am • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.655.5740 World Cafe Live presents House of Hats

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thru June 15th 901 N. DuPont St. • 302.421.2790

5pm Willingtown Square • 500 Block Market St. • 302.994.1400

Off the Record w/ Kevin and Joe Jonas 7pm

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

$2 Night 5pm • Delawa

Peace, Love & Poetry Aviation Adventures: Crazy Kites 10am & 3pm

8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Jesse Cook 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

thru JunTuesday, June 10 8 • DCM • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340 Friday, June 20 550 Justison Street • 302.6 th


Day Trip: Maryland Piedmont Gardens 7:30am

Nadjah Nicole & Edna’s Tribe 8pm • World Cafe

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Sunday, June 8

TheDCH •ª1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

DCM’s Open Studio: Artsy Adventures

Saturday, June 21st

10am-3pm thru Jun 15ª• 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival Intro to Backyard Composting “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice thru June 15th • 901 N. DuPont St. • 302.421.2790 Cream!” Story Time

Bellevue State Park • 800 Carr Road • 302.761.6963

Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

11am & 2pm thru Jun 8 • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

& Take:&Accessible Edibles Jun Part 6-28 2: New Work by LynneMake Lockhart Kirk McBride Warm Season 1pm • Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

922 Kennett Pike •Blue 302.654.8638ª Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals 6:35pm thru Jun 5 • Frawley Stadium 801 Shipyard Drive • 302.777.5772

Tuesdays 1pm • Woodside Farm Creamery • 1310 Little Baltimore Rd. • 302.239.9847

Wilmington City Gardens Contest Tour 10am3pm • TheDCH • 1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262

World Cafe Live prese

Wednesday, June 11th

Summer Solstice Labryinth Walk Off the Record w/ Kevin and Joe Jonas 7pm Willingtown Square • 500 B 1pm •Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

7th Annual Wilmington Falcon Watch

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND Bonerama w/ Quincy Mumford & The

4pm-7pm • City Center Parking Garage - Rooftop Deck 11th & Tatnall Streets • 302.576.2100

Reason Why 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen

The Unsung Hearos Open Stage 7pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Bellevue Hall Tour 1pm

Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats 7:05pm thru

Jun 15 • Frawley Stadium • 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772

Vanessa Carlton 8pm • World Cafe Live at The


Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market Wednesdays 12pm-2pm • Rodney Square 11th & N. Market Streets • 302.425.4200

Fashion Meets An Science thru Jul 28 • Hagley Evening w/ Ottmar Liebert and

Luna Negra 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen Museum & Library • 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 Caravan of Thieves 8pm • World Cafe Live at The

Costumes of Downton Abbey thru Jan 4 Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Thursday, June 5th

Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pikeª• 800.448.3883 Bellevue State Park Thursday Summer Concerts Thursdays 6:30pm • 800 Carr Road • 302.761.6965

the Led Out DCM SpeedwayGetthru Jun 29 • Delaware Children’s

8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Vinyl Shockley 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Friday, June 6th

Million Dollar Quartet 2pm Family Hop-py Hour

Fridays 10am-3pm • Stratosphere Trampoline Park • 510 Justison Street • 302.397.8142

DuPont Theatre • 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401 Glory of Stories Fridays 10:30am • Delaware Art Museum • 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Art is Tasty - Robert Stackhouse’s Delaware Bellevue State Park Sunday Summer Passage Concerts SundaysIN6:30pm •ª800 Carr Rd. • 302.761.6965 the Square Summer Lunchtime Concert 12pm • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Series Fridays 12pm-1:30pm • Rodney Square 11th & N. Market Streets • 302..576.2100

Carter Hulsey, Heavy Lights Art on the Town & Widow Maker Social Club 7:30pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen The Odd Couple (Female Version) 5-9pm Various Locations #inWilm • 302.576.2100

thru June 22 The Candlelight Theatre • 2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Gable Music’s June Singer Songwriter Showcase w/ Andrea Nardello & More 7pm • World Cafe Live

Tuesday, June 3

at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Sun Shadows 11am & 2pm thru Jun 8 • Delaware

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Peace, Love & Poetry

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Tuesday, June 10

Monday, June 23rd

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Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

The Parlor Sessions: IN the round w/ Dean Fields, Andy Zipf & more 7pm • World Cafe Live at


Contemporary Arts •200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Nadjah Nicole & Edn Day Trip: Maryland Piedmont Gardens DCM’s Open7:30am Studio: Colorful Creations Friday, June 13 Live at The Queen • 500 N Tuesday, June 24th

The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Wednesday, June 4 Sunday, June 1st



Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.577.3534


Sun Shadows The Station Gallery

Live at The Queen • 500 N

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament 9am-1pm

Solar Power 11am & 2pm thru Jun 15 • Delaware

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Tuesday, June 3rd



10am & 2pm thru Jun 29 • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

TheDCH •ª1810 North Dupont Street • 302.658.6262 Solar S’mores 11am-3pm thru Jun 29 • Delaware

Just for Dad 10am thru Jun 15 • Delaware Children’s

Museum • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

DCM’s Open Studio: Artsy Adventures

Lunchtime Live 12pm & Jun 27 • World

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

Alejandro Escovedo 7:30pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Aaron Camper & Chill Moody - #CampMoody 10am-3pm thru Jun 15ª• 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen

Art is After Dark 6pm-10pm • Delaware Art Museum

Annual Youth Fishin

2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Delta Rae and Gabe Dixon 8pm • World Cafe

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Wednesday, June 25Bellevue State Park • 800 C Solar Power 11am & 2pm thru Jun 15 Blue • Delaware Rocks vs. Lynchburg Hillcats Children’s Museum • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340 Intro to Backyard Co Noelle Picara: Tori Amos’ Little Earthquakes

Live at The Queenª• 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Hot Tuna Acoustic feat. Leon Russell 8pm

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND


7:05pm thru Jun 27 • Frawley Stadium 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772

Brandywine Creek State Pa Chicago “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Saturday, June 14 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.57 Habitat IN Motion Cream!” Story Time Tuesdays 1pm • WoodsideThursday, June 26 Farm Ben Sollee and The DuPont Brothers Try Creamery • 1310 Little Baltimore Rd. • 302.239.9847 Science: Be an Ornithologist Wilmington City Gard World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 th

The California Honeydrops w/ Birds of

8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

7am-2pm Bellevue State Park • 800 Carr Road • 302.652.0365

1pm thru Jun 15 • DCM • 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Brandywine Creek State Park Full Moon 5K



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

Wednesday, June 11

7pm • 41 Adams Dam Rd. • 302.655.5740

3pm • TheDCH • 1810 Nort

Friday, June 27th

th Elvis Costello (Solo) 8pm

Grace and Tony 7pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND

Charlie Phillips Band: Eric Clapton Tribute 8pm

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Summer Solstice Labr

See-I 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen

7th Annual Wilmington Falcon Watch

Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Saturday, June 28 4pm-7pm • City Center Parking Garage - Rooftop Deck Tracey A and Her A-List Band 9pm • World Cafe FourPlay String Quartet 3pm • World Cafe Live at Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 11th & Tatnall Streets • 302.576.2100 Bonerama w/ Quincy Sunday, June 15 World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


Guided Canoe & Kayak Eco Tours 9:30am


The Subdudes 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

The Unsung Hearos Open Stage 7pm • World Sunday, June 29

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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 11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG

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RIVERFRONT EVENTS ART ON THE TOWN Friday, June 6, 5-11pm Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT- GEOCACHING* Friday, June 6, 6:30-8:30pm Kids can join the geocaching phenomenon while they set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org TURTLE TAILS AND FISH SCALES* Wednesday, June 11, 10-11:30am Take a walk around the boardwalk in search of our most sought after aquatic residents. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org FISH FINDERS* Monday-Friday, June 16-20, 8:30-3:00pm Discover how many fish species swim in our pond and the Christina River using fish traps, cast nets, seines, and your own homemade fishing pole. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org ALL-STAR HITTING CHALLENGE* Monday, June 16, 6:30pm The All-Star Hitting Challenge will feature 12 players-- six from each league –NBC 10’s Tim Furlong will lead the Carolina League and Spencer Graves will lead the California league as the two competing teams to prove once and for all which coast features the top Advanced-A hitters. Frawley Stadium BlueRocks.com 2014 CALIFORNIA VS. CAROLINA ALL-STAR GAME* Tuesday, June 17, 7:05pm Come out to Frawley Stadium and watch the All-Stars of the California and Carolina Leagues face off in the 2014 All-Star Game, proudly sponsored by Bank of America. Frawley Stadium BlueRocks.com

DCM $2 NIGHT* Wednesday, June 18, 5-7pm Visit the Museum in the evening hours for just $2 per visitor! At 6pm, join us for “Science About the Stories” as we read Eric Carle’s book, A Tiny Seed, about a travelling seed that eventually grows into a giant beautiful flower. Following the story, kids can explore different seeds in a variety of activity learning stations, including planting their own seeds to take home! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org DCM SUMMER KICKOFF* Friday, June 20, 5pm-8pm Kick off the summer fun right at the DCM! Indoor/outdoor festivities include running across a giant pool full of Ooblek (a non-Newtonian fluid that’s just solid enough to run across — if you go quickly), face painting, a DCM dance party, making giant bubbles, special guests, and more! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.com CASTING FOR CATFISH* Saturday, June 21, 10-11:30am Fish for Catfish, Bluegills, Pumpkinseeds and more using cast nets, dip nets and fish traps. Measure fish and learn about their body parts. Make a fish print t-shirt to take home. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org THE MONDAY CLUB- 120TH ANNUAL BALL* Saturday, June 21, 6pm An event dedicated to the legacy of the organization. Chase Center on the Riverfront TheMondayClub.org CANOEING THE RIVERFRONT* Saturday, June 28, 1pm-4pm Learn how to canoe while taking in the beautiful Riverfront view. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

OUTDOOR EVENTS 10TH ANNUAL RIVERFRONT CAMARO SHOW June 1 • Frawley Stadium Parking Lot 22ND ARTHUR J. TURNER JR. SCHOLARSHIP 5K June 7 • Dravo Plaza • Races2Run.com A VOICE FOR DAVID 5K June 15 • Dravo Plaza • Races2Run.com WALK TO END LUPUS NOW- DELAWARE June 22 • Dravo Plaza • Lupus.org


RECURRING EVENTS RIVER TAXI Family Night Cruise on the River Taxi* Every Tuesday and Thursday starting June 10 Bring the kids for a ride on the river taxi! You’ll also receive a coupon for Molly’s Ice Cream + Deli after your ride. Reserve your spot today! 302-425- 4890 x 109 Wednesdays on the Water Wine Cruise* Every Wednesday starting June 11 Enjoy a wine tasting of hand selected wines and a one-hour cruise on the river! Must be 21 or older. Reserve your spot today! 302-4254890 x 109 Dravo Plaza Daily Service begins June 10th! For more information on the River Taxi, please visit: RiverfrontWilm.com/destinations/river-taxi. KALMAR NYCKEL Christina River Cruise* Friday, June 27 & Saturday, June 28, 5pm Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware, a 17th Century Dutch Pinnace that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. Pirate Sail* Saturday, June 28, 10am & 2pm Sunday, June 29, 10am, 2pm & 5pm 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! Dravo Plaza For more information please visit KalmarNyckel. org or call 302-429-744 RIVERBOAT QUEEN CRAB CRUISES* Thursdays and Fridays, All Summer Long Looking for something fun and exciting to do this summer in the Wilmington Area? Then come for a cruise on the Riverboat Queen for a unique experience on the Wilmington Riverfront. Enjoy all the crabs you can eat down on the River. Reservations are required and space will be limited, so purchase your tickets online now to reserve your spot! Public Docks RiverboatQueen.com $5 FRIDAYS AFTER 5PM AT DCM Every Friday starting June 30 through August 29 5-8pm Extra hours = extra DCM fun! Every Friday night this summer, the DCM will feature special extended hours, unique programming, and discounted pricing for guests visiting after 5pm. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.com WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals June 3-June 5 Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats June 12-June 15** Blue Rocks vs. Lynchburg Hillcats June 25-June 27** **Fireworks Night on June 13th & 27th! For game times and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.BlueRocks.com


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The Kennett Square Farmers Market along State and Union streets is open every Friday. Photo Claire Murray

Take your pick of places to find fresh produce —plus arts & crafts and much more By Pam George


t’s a Friday afternoon, and Kennett Square is buzzing with activity. That’s not surprising, considering the town is home to popular restaurants, boutiques, and Genesis HealthCare. But along with leftovers from Half Moon Restaurant or a summery scarf from Ashley Austin Accessories, shoppers are toting cut flowers, pastured chicken, leafy greens, handmade soap, and, of course, fresh mushrooms. That’s because on Fridays, the town hosts the Kennett Square Farmers Market along State and Union streets in the downtown district. Tina Plotkin of Kennett Square rarely misses it.

“The fresh produce can’t be beat in summer,” she says. “The Amish sticky buns are truly my obsession, and the potted plants are fresh, beautiful, and inexpensive. There’s a truck that comes selling homemade pies, and an Amish family that gets the charcoal going earlier in the day so that’s its ready for barbecued chicken when the market opens at 2 p.m.” Plotkin is not the only one who’s a fan of outdoor farmers markets touting seasonal, local produce. While they’ve long been trending in Sussex County, they’re now all the rage in more developed New Castle County and bordering Chester County, Pa. ► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Farmers markets are not a new fad. They were once the primary way farmers sold their wares to consumers. Wilmington Farmers Market is the “granddaddy of the farmers markets,” maintains Will � private dinners at the Centreville Café Minster, director of business development and the Main Street Wilmington program manager Spring 2014 Special Events: for Downtown Visions in the Wilmington Downtown Business Improvement District. � Afternoon Tea Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday The original Wilmington market, which started in the early 1900s, was an eight-block stretch on King Street. In the 1950s, the proliferation of big supermarkets lessened the demand by reservation for goods that farmers brought into the city from a countryside rapidly giving way to suburbia. � Picnic Baskets for any Event Centreville CaféTastings In the late 1980s, the city tried to jumpstart the tradition on Orange Street, but it � Garden Food & Wine eventually sputtered. In 2002, Mayor James Baker asked Downtown Visions to take Open seven days in a week in beginning May Centreville, Delaware charge, and the market moved to Rodney Square. “It’s a gathering spot,” Minster says of the � privatehistoric dinners at the Centreville Café location. The market officially opened its summer season on May 14. Meanwhile, other farmers markets have debuted within the city limits, including the Delaware Center for Horticulture’s Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine streets, just off I-495’s 12th Street exit in Wilmington. The community garden has an onsite retail market on Fridays, beginning sometime this month, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and frequently on days throughout the week. Commuters, look for the “open” sandwich board outside the market. (You can also visit the Facebook page. Search for “12th & Brandywine Urban Farm & Community Garden.”) Open seven days a week in Installed in 2009, the garden has growing space for area residents as well as a commercial production area. The project targets what’s known as an “urban food desert”— historic Centreville, Delaware an area where people don’t have ready access to fresh produce, particularly if they lack their own transportation, and corner convenience stores sell only processed foods. Many other farmers markets in the northern Delaware area also fill a niche, even if it’s just a nice day in the sunshine. Says Plotkin of the Kennett market: “It’s a simple joy of my summer.” Here are a few to try this season. Picnic Baskets any Tastings Event � Garden Foodfor & Wine beginning in May Garden Food & Wine Tastings

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This is one of the few farmers markets open all year. The weekly season runs May through the end of November, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Then the market is held biweekly, from December to April. On average during the summer, there are about 25 vendors, including Flying Plow Farm and the Wandering Chef Food Cart. London Lane sells all-natural products for the house and body. New this year: Rex Farms is selling Big Hill Ciderworks’ Hard Cider Distinctive difference: It’s a grower/producer-only market. You don’t make it or grow it? You’re not in it. The market is also part of the First Friday Art Stroll, which kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. “A special lineup includes a curated rotation of select artisans and crafters,” says Abigail Morgan, manager of the market. “All of this—nestled in an attractive and lively downtown atmosphere chock full of culturally diverse eateries, bookstores, galleries, and boutiques—makes the KSq Farmers Market a unique destination.”


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At its peak in summer, the market—open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays—might have up to 40 vendors. “A lot of people come for the food vendors,” Minster says. “Wednesday is not an ideal day for farmers, but it’s hump day. People want to get out and come to Rodney Square.” Admittedly, farmers are in the minority at this market. There are several artisans and vendors selling products. But thanks to the food vendors, it’s the place to go for lunch. “Wednesday is very busy with hungry business men and women,” says Norawit J. Milburn, owner of Kapow, a food truck serving Southeastern-influenced dishes. Distinctive difference: The market is part of the Summer in the Square activities—which include music—held Monday through Friday in the square. The Grand Opera House is sponsoring Tuesday lunchtime concerts. The Rodney Square Café offers a revolving group of food vendors and food trucks. Along with Kapow, vendors include I Don’t Give a Fork, Jay’s Double Dogs & Famous Sausages, and KOI on the Go. Picnic tables give diners a spot to park while enjoying a little of this or that.

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This market is part of the Bright Spot Ventures program, which helps youth transition out of foster care. Participants in the entrepreneurial-focused enterprise grow produce in about 20 beds in the nearby Rodney Reservoir Gardens and in a greenhouse on the Delaware Health and Social Services’ Herman M. Holloway Sr. campus. The participants sell at the market, which is open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays into mid-October. The market also features about 40 vendors, including Fifer Orchards, Whimsical Farms and Milburn Orchards. “We’ve focused hard on the farmers,” says Mike McClafferty, project manager for Bright Spot Ventures. “There’s a good variety, from meats to poultry to eggs to produce.” Area resident Barry Schlecker would agree. “It’s a nice local market,” he says. “We try to go every week.” Distinctive difference: The hours make this market a social event, and there’s also entertainment. On June 19 the market will host Kirsten Thein, who in May was inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame. ►

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The store that pioneered the healthy eating movement in Delaware has kept up with the times by offering a farmers market on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., through the Sunday before Thanksgiving. There are currently 23 spaces, and they’re all filled. This is a produceronly farmers market, and you’ll find everything from certified organic veggies to soaps. Calvert Farm in Cecil County, Md., uses the market as a dropoff point for its community supported agriculture program. You’ll also find 13 food trucks, including Java Puppy, and 12 1212 food vendors. “We have a waiting list,” says Karen Taylor, general manager of Newark Natural Foods. “We gave the option to current vendors to return, and everyone came back.” Next year, the store will move to the Newark Shopping Center, both doubling its own space and its farmers market, she says. Distinctive difference: You can shop at the farmers market and in Newark Natural Foods for a bevy of fresh goodies.

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There are now county farmers markets at Rockwood Park (4651 Washington St.), Carousel Park and Equestrian Center (3700 Limestone Road), and Glasgow Park (Routes 896 and 40). They are all on Fridays from 3 to 7 p.m., and the vendors differ depending on the location. Visit the website for details. Distinctive difference: You can walk, run, play, ride, or visit a cultural attraction, and then get your shopping done.


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In addition to farmers markets, northern Delaware has an ample supply of farm stands, such as . . . HIGHLAND ORCHARDS FARM MARKET Open: All year. 1431 Foulk Rd., Wilmington, 478-4042 highlandorchardsfarmmarket.com An agricultural oasis surrounded by suburbia, the farm has been in one family’s hands since 1832. It’s known for its peaches and other stone fruit, apples, vegetables and such offerings as zucchini flowers, micro-greens, and honey from the hives on the farm. Highland also has a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, available all year with a rolling enrollment and a high-tech customer-service system. Go to the website and choose the plan that best fits your needs. Add on eggs, baked goods, and cheese as needed. Don’t miss: the pig, the goose, the miniature horses and the peacocks. MARINI PRODUCE Open: May-Halloween. Also open around Thanksgiving and Christmas. 2121 Veale Rd., Wilmington, 475-5754 Frilly lettuce, gleaming tomatoes and a pile of corn greet customers to this beloved market, a Brandywine Hundred favorite since the 1950s. Located across from St. Edmond’s Academy, it has grown from a small produce stand to a market with a variety of veggies and to-die-for pies. The stand is covered but open to summer breezes. Don’t miss: DiBruno Brothers’ cheeses and Norman, the potbellied pig, who has more than 2,700 Facebook friends. SIW VEGETABLES Open: June-October 4317 S. Creek Rd., Chadds Ford, 610-388-7491 siw-vegetables.blogspot.com Short for “Stepped in What?,” SIW Vegetables is better known as “Haskell’s” for the 101-year-old family farm that supplies the produce. Corn is grown right across the street and picked two to three times a day. Chefs are huge fans of this market, and you’ll often spot them here on their way into their restaurants. Heirloom tomatoes don’t last long. Don’t miss: the farm’s 15 varieties of corn.

WILLEY FARMS Open: Daily, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 4092 DuPont Parkway, Townsend, 378-8441 willeyfarmsde.com The landmark business on Route 13 began in 1975 from a baggage cart on the family farm. A basket of tomatoes was 25 cents. The business did so well that Donald Willey, an American Airlines employee, quit his job to expand the stand. Today, Willey Farms occupies six acres. Don’t miss: candy, jams, jellies, baked goods, sandwiches, soup, home accents, plants and a natural foods section.


Indoor Farmers Markets BOOTH’S CORNER FARMERS MARKET Rt. 491 & Rt. 261, Naamans Creek & Foulk Road, 610-485-0775 boothscorner.com Open on Fridays and Saturdays, the market holds more than 100 merchants, many of whom sell produce. Don’t miss: Chamberlain’s Roast Beef, where sandwiches are gorgeous—and generous. Albie’s burgers are worth a wait. NEWARK FARMERS MARKET 2151 Kirkwood Highway, Newark, 894-0895 Open seven days a week, the market is the go-to place for the expected—corn, tomatoes, carrots and peppers—and the unexpected—tomatillo, pomegranate and bunches of cilantro. Chefs love the ethnic options. Don’t miss: the specials that rival a supermarket sale. NEW CASTLE FARMERS MARKET 110 North DuPont Highway, New Castle, 328-4101 newcastlefarmersmarket.com The market is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but the Pennsylvania Dutch stands are not open on Sundays.


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Diego Garcia plays World Cafe Live’s Upstairs. Photo Joe del Tufo

PLEASING THE EAR—AND THE PALATE World Cafe Live adjusts its menu according to the tastes of the artist’s audience By Larry Nagengast


usic may be the main attraction at the World Cafe Live at the Queen, but guests often go home talking about the food—especially when the culinary pros work their magic in matching the menu to the music. Like many restaurants, World Cafe Live changes its menu seasonally, taking advantage of the fresh food most readily available. But its specials change almost nightly, depending on who is performing in the dining area upstairs and on the main stage. “We cover every genre here. For every person, we please their ears in a different way, and sometimes you have to please their palates in a different way,” says Simon Lowe, food and beverage manager. Numerous factors go into planning menu variations. Christanna LaBuz, the Queen’s programming manager, explains that these include the musical genre, the artist’s fans, their age and other demographic data, seating arrangements, and the artist’s history here and at World Cafe’s Philadelphia venue. Managers get together weekly, and sometimes more often, to decide what should go on the menu, says LaBuz.

The culinary challenges go hand in hand with presenting diverse programming on two stages almost every night of the week. “We won’t have the same menu for Justin Hayward or Tom Harrell, which are fully seated events, as we would have for the Dark Star Orchestra, which is a fully standing show,” LaBuz says. More nightclub than theater, the Queen has flexibility in seating that not only allows it to accommodate diverse audiences but also to change up its food offerings. For example, if the evening’s entertainment features a band with a heavy dance beat, the chairs are moved aside, opening the floor for dancing, and the menu tilts toward pizza, beer and food that’s easy to hold. If the audience is likely to be in a listening mood, expect to see the tables out and fully plated dinners on the menu. And, for some shows, mixing it up becomes an option— some dance floor, some tables, or perhaps high-topped bistro tables that make it easy to set food and drink down and dance for a few minutes. ► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“Having flexibility allows us to be creative and meet the needs and expectations of the people who are attending. We are able to do many things,” says Derek Newton, the Queen’s general manager. Those special things include tweaking the menu to match the musical style. If a blues band is playing, expect to see ribs as an entrée. Irish music? Order a plate of corned beef and cabbage. “Every band comes with a formula to follow,” Lowe says. The June 5 performance by Get the Led Out, a Led Zeppelin tribute band, should draw a multigenerational audience, so it will be a “partially seated show,” with chairs and tables in most of the hall and a standing room area in the front, LaBuz says. As for the menu, expect a mix there too—“an entrée, sandwiches, but nothing too heavy; we’re not going to have four plated dinners,” she says. On June 12, when singer-songwriter Vanessa Carlton takes the stage, LaBuz expects an audience that will be “mostly female, probably on the younger side, with some couples, girls that drag their boyfriends out.” With no need to clear space for dancing, this one will be a fully seated show, she says, and the menu will match the audience — “wraps, salads and maybe some veggie options.” LaBuz says the Queen’s management considers its culinary operation every bit as artistic as the performers who rock its stages. “We take our expression of art through food and beverage just as seriously as we do through music, dance and film. We have the luxury of having fun with it and we do. We take full advantage,” she says. Although the Queen has been open for more than three years, many patrons are not familiar with its overall operations and with the food options available. “Because we do so much, and offer something for everybody, some people have no idea what we do,” LaBuz says. To get them better acquainted, she says, purchasers of advance tickets for performances receive an email that details parking and dining information. In addition, menus are often posted online several days in advance of a show. Menu options can vary by seating arrangements, LaBuz explains. Sometimes full dinners are not served at the tables set out for shows on the main downstairs stage. However, patrons seated in the balcony area can order from the full menu, or they can make a reservation for dinner before the show in the Upstairs Live area. Besides matching menus to music, the Queen’s food and beverage team has developed a series of pairing activities that have begun to attract a steady following to Upstairs Live. With seating for 80 to 85 guests, the events often sell out. Quarterly “bourbon and burgers” nights feature a selection of four burgers—not just beef, they might be bison or salmon — paired with different brands of bourbon. Then there are monthly “grilled cheese and craft beer” events, also with four courses, that pair unique sandwiches made with specialty cheeses with craft beers from top breweries on the East Coast and around the nation. Representatives of breweries and wineries whose products are being featured often attend these events and take the time to talk with all the guests. “It’s kind of like having a celebrity here,” LaBuz says. And, from time to time, the chefs will partner with wineries to create a special dinner menu. For these pairing events, “the kitchen is a playground,” Lowe says. “We can sit back as a group, sample beers, describe their characteristics, what makes them excellent. The kitchen kind of drives off that. It gives them the opportunity to be as creative as possible,” he says. “It’s also a learning experience for our guests. By sampling different foods and beverages, they get a better idea of what they’re looking for.” “We never repeat the same menu, we never have the same beers, so you can come every month and have a completely different experience,” LaBuz says. “There are people who do that. The slate is wiped clean after every tasting.” “Every show has a completely different following,” Newton says. And, it seems, so does every meal.


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It’s not just Talula’s. Plenty of other dining destinations are setting the table in the mushroom capital By Scott Pruden Photos by Tim Hawk

very time you enjoy a fat, tasty mushroom, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to say a little prayer of thanks for Kennett Square. Known most of all as the capital of the known universe for everyone’s favorite fungus, this tiny Pennsylvania borough makes the most of its association with the humble mushroom. But for diners who don’t get away from the Philly-Wilmington axis very often, Kennett Square is so much more, offering a world of culinary variety in a compact and highly walkable downtown just 3 1/2 miles north of the Delaware border. In fact, if you still think ’shrooms are the only thing happening in Kennett, you obviously haven’t been paying attention during the last decade. In that time, Talula’s Table (102 W. State St.) has grown from a “will this even fly?” idea to the cornerstone of the dining scene. ► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“It was a new concept,” says Mary Hutchins, executive director of Historic Kennett Square. “When they said they were going to open up and have this one large table and people would come in and sit with other people, the community was, like, ‘What? That’s not something that’s going to work.’ But it has worked and people enjoy it. It’s one of the things that makes Talula’s Table unique.” Another is what one can experience at Talula’s in the course of just one day. In the mornings, it’s a coffee shop; by midday it morphs into a lunch spot, with diners either taking the fresh, organic food out or enjoying it at the communal table; by rush hour, working folks stop in to grab gourmet-quality dinners for themselves or the family. Then there’s Talula’s other life as a destination for the true foodies of the region—those who are willing to book a year ahead and drop nearly $150 a person for the experience of gathering between 10 and 12 friends for Talula’s legendary farm table dinners. The BOYB event is an extravaganza of flavor that’s been celebrated in some of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers and magazines. Owner Aimee Olexy choosing to bring her talents to Kennett Square said a lot about the borough, says Craig LaBan, food critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her opening Talula’s Table with then-partner Bryan Sikora “made a real statement about the undiscovered potential [of Kennett Square] that really connected with Philadelphia,” says LaBan. “They could have gone anywhere, but I think it validated the potential for this region, which has a rich agricultural tradition and where you’d want to be a chef.” But what’s truly remarkable hasn’t been just the success of Talula’s Table, but the way that success has shined the spotlight on other elements of the Kennett dining scene. For instance, it can be argued that one of the reasons for Olexy’s easy conversion of a skeptical customer base was that for nearly two decades prior to Talula’s opening, Kennett already had Country Butcher (145 S. Walnut St.). Since its opening as a high-quality butcher shop in 1982, Country Butcher has evolved into what many would argue was the proto-Talula’s—a bakery, deli, meat market, cheese shop, neighborhood grocery and gourmet take-out food purveyor providing fresh, artfully prepared and locally sourced food for a well-to-do clientele. “They set the stage for something like Talula’s Table,” Hutchins says. “Their prepared foods are great, and just being able to pick something up and take it home for dinner is wonderful.”


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And though one might not consider Kennett Square a bastion of ethnic cuisine, it’s important to remember that the region’s bedrock mushroom business has benefitted for decades from a steady stream of Mexican migrant laborers. As many of those migrant families settled in the borough over the years, they brought their own culinary traditions to the local dining scene. Thanks to those circumstances, Kennett Square is now a destination for those seeking authentic Mexican food prepared for gourmet palates. “There’s a whole community that’s been there for 20-plus years or longer and has started to flourish,” LaBan says, noting that the local emphasis on handcrafted and artisanal foods melds well with the deeply-rooted Mexican influence. “The community is blossoming in the way you want it to and people who like to eat these days really appreciate authenticity.” Among the tiny taquerias scattered throughout town, there are standouts like La Michoacana Homemade Ice Cream (231 E. State St.) and Las Alondras Bakery (113 W. State St.). Each brings its own take on the flavors of Mexico. La Michoacana introduced gringo dessert lovers to unusual flavors like its signature corn ice cream dusted with cinnamon or chili powder. Las Alondras, meanwhile, sells the traditional baked goods and sweet treats of Mexico. “In working on the strategic development plan for Historic Kennett Square, part of it will address how we incorporate the Spanish-speaking population,” Hutchins says. “It’s on our radar that it’s something we want to enhance and let people know that when they come here, not only do they get Talula’s Table, but some great Mexican food as well.” Adding a taste of Italy to the mix are La Verona (114 E. State St.) and Portobello’s (115 W. State St.). The Far East is represented by Lily’s (104 W. State St.), with its Asian grill format and full sushi bar, including Tuesday’s all-you-can eat sushi, which has become a local favorite. Speaking of local favorites, Fran Keller’s Eatery (119 W. State St.) in many ways serves as the ultimate townie joint, slinging breakfast and lunch favorites from the wee hours until 4 p.m. amid funky décor that combines classic Hollywood with the works of area artists. But it’s not just the two-egg combos that lure locals. Kennett Square has for years maintained a vigorous pub culture that’s served as a sturdy base for borough nightlife, while building what the guys at ►


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the town’s forthcoming Victory Brewpub call a “culture of appreciation” for craft beer. The bedrock among these is Half Moon Restaurant and Saloon (108 W. State St.), which maintains more than two dozen taps of mostly craft brews and a menu based around pub favorites and dishes that take wild game (think alligator and buffalo) to new levels of culinary delight. Inside, a bar that stretches like an airport runway and an excellent street view enhance the eating and drinking experience. Add to that the charm of a glass-enclosed roof deck with indoor/outdoor dining, and it’s easy to see how Half Moon could be classified under “best kept secret.” But thanks in part to Half Moon, it’s no secret that Kennett Square diners like their brews. And that’s why the borough and the areas just outside it seem to have new brewpubs popping up like … well, mushrooms. Though it sits in an unassuming light industrial park in Downingtown, Pa., Victory Brewing’s original location has over the years seen a regular stream of traffic from beer lovers who live in Kennett Square, says Victory co-founder Bill Covaleski. So when it came time to think about opening another brewpub, Kennett seemed to be a natural choice. The Victory project will be part of a larger residential and commercial development called Magnolia Place backed by the mushroom-growing Pia family. Victory will occupy the entire bottom floor of a 33-unit apartment building, behind which will sit 78 new townhomes. In addition, an extension of Wilmington’s Two Stones Pub opened outside the borough in the fall of 2013, and Kennett Brewing Co. is scheduled to open its brewpub location this month. The arrival of Victory “definitely says a good bit about Kennett Square and its potential to become a little restaurant destination,” LaBan says. “It’s building, and it’s a destination in terms of the kind of clientele that needs to drive for the higher end dining scene.” Southeastern Pennsylvania knows how to do farmers markets, and Kennett Square is no exception. Whether it’s artisanal food vendors pitching hot sauce and baked goods, or Amish farmers and organic growers who truck in seasonal produce each week, there’s always a wide variety 5/23/14 2:30 PM



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MORRISSEY TO APPEAR AT THE GRAND British indie pioneer plays there June 17 British alternative indie rock singer and lyricist Steven Patrick Morrissey, known by his last name, will perform at the Morrissey—singer of the 1980s band The Smiths—will stop in Wilmington this Grand on Tuesday, June 17, with month on his national tour. special guest Kristeen Young. Widely regarded as an innovator in the indie music scene, Morrissey rose to prominence in the 1980s as the writer and vocalist for the band The Smiths. Although successful, the band broke up in 1987 and Morrissey began a solo career, making the UK Singles Chart 10 times. The 55-year-old Morrissey will release World Peace is None of Your Business, his first album since 2009, either this month or next. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets start at $61. For tickets and more info, visit www.thegrandwilmington.org. The Grand is at 818 N. Market St., Wilmington. READY FOR A PARLOR SESSION? Modern indie-folk troubadours will perform “in the round” June 12 Dean Fields, Andy Zipf, Eliot Bronson, and Jason Myles Goss, a quartet called the Parlor Sessions, have been traveling the country performing their songs any place people gather to appreciate the modern troubadour. Members of the group are award-winners and subjects of rave reviews, with resumes that boast musical connections with modern legends Ryan Adams, Bon Iver and Wilco. And they’re coming to The Queen on Thursday, June 12, to perform in a special in-the-round-format, which creates an intimate atmosphere. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. For more details, visit www.theparlorsessions.com or www. queentickets.worldcafelive.com. The Queen is at 500 N. Market St., Wilmington.


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Red Light Fever participants form one-time bands and spend one day video- and audio-recording a single track.

GET RED LIGHT FEVER Local recording project offers one-day collaborative sessions Red Light Fever is a recording and documentary project in which a one-time band, known as a pickup band, records a new song from beginning to end, in a one-day video and audio-recording session for the project’s website. The band, existing only for that one day, is unpaid, participating for the fun of the experience. The base of the song is pre-written, says Delaware native Phil Matarese, one of three Red Light Fever founders and the marketing guy for the project. A demo and ideas will circulate prior to recording, but there will be no rehearsal or pre-production. Says Matarese: “We have made material changes to the songs, arrangements, and suggested instrumentation on the fly in the studio. That really is the essence of the project: embracing the abandon that can be lost when a band drills a song over and over again. [We’re] serving the song rather than trying to force an idea in.” He’s joined by longtime friends and former bandmates Rob Kassees and James Kafader. Like Matarese, they’re originally from Delaware, but currently live in San Francisco. Their home base is the internet, says Matarese, which allows for collaboration among the friends despite the distance. Their most recent session, to be released on Tuesday, June 3, includes Matarese, two members of area band The Bullbuckers, and another Delawarean, Adam Laskowski. The song was engineered by Nick Krill from The Spinto Band and Teen Men, with photography and videography by Zachary Humenik from Travel Songs. “That day was sorta exactly what we aspire to,” says Matarese. “Just a bunch of talented people working together, some for the first time, making something cool with 100 percent focus for one day. Then never working on it again.” RLF is looking for new players, musicians, videographers, photographers, songwriters, sound engineers and studio owners. For more information, or to donate to the project or to buy merchandise, visit www.redlightfever.com or www.facebook.com/redlightfever. For those interested in participating in the project, email contact@redlightfever.com.

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biG Al: A TruE DELAWARE LEGACY By Ciro Poppiti


n a Sunday afternoon last April, Big Al takes the stage at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom in North Wilmington. The occasion is a charity event for Delaware Hospice, a fundraiser named for his late wife, Barbara. Big Al picks up his saxophone and does what he has done for the better part of the last 70 years: he entertains. He is quickly in full swing, tootin’ and chompin’ and reminding everyone in the joint that he’s still got it. This month Big Al Santoro will be honored with the Legacy Award from the Delaware All-State Theatre. The Legacy Award— now that has Big Al written all over it. And by way, what took us so long? His saxophone, his music, his band—they have been the soundtrack of Delaware since the ‘50s. He’s played more than 2,500(!) of our weddings and performed at thousands of local dances, many of which he and his band worked for free to raise money for various charities. Big Al began studying reed instruments at the age of 8, first the clarinet, then the saxophone. By the age of 16, he had formed The Stardusters, later to be renamed the Hi-Liters. They played high school dances then. Today they are entertaining many of the same people, but now those folks are in senior centers. The Hi-Liters are a dance band that plays anything and everything to get the crowd up and moving—swing, jitterbug, Latin, rock and roll, line dances and American standards. And they continue to perform regularly, including the first Friday of every month at Hunter’s Den on Old Capitol Trail. What is remarkable about Big Al is that he leads a dance band on the saxophone. The saxophone itself is a wonderful instrument in that it can stir an audience to get up and move. But it is a complementary instrument. None of the great sax men—Sam Butera, Boots Randolph, Clarence Clemons—ever led a band.

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The venerable sax man and leader of the Hi-Liters will be honored on June 20 Al Santoro will receive the Legacy Award from the Delaware All-State Theatre.

In truth, though, the saxophone is not the lead instrument of the Hi-Liters. Al Santoro is the lead instrument. Everybody else in the room simply follows along. And that holds true even if that room is the entire St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. Yes, it’s festival time! Sunday to Sunday, June 8 to 15 this year. Big Al played in the Zoli family marching band at the Festival back in the ‘40s. He renews that tradition every year, when the Zoli band gathers during the Procession of the Saints on the final Sunday of the festival. “The Italian Festival proudly featured Al Santoro & the HiLiters for many years,” says longtime festival steward Anthony Albence. “In addition to his role as a top entertainment attraction, Al contributed countless hours to build the festival into the institution it is today.” As to the Legacy Award, Big Al’s generosity has been the backbone of the Delaware All-State Theatre (DAST). Never heard of DAST? Well, I’m sure you’ve heard of all-state football and allstate basketball. Similarly, DAST brings together the best high school actors, singers, and dancers. Instead of an all-star game, the students perform a classic Broadway musical. For the past six years, Big Al has personally contributed thousands of dollars to enable the vision of DAST to come alive. This year’s DAST production is Drowsy Chaperone, presented from June 20-29 at the Laird Performing Arts Center at Tatnall School. Big Al receives his award just before the curtain rises on opening night. And it couldn’t be more fitting. In the great scheme of Delaware bandleaders, Big Al is without doubt an all-state all-star. —Ciro Poppiti is the Register of Wills for New Castle County. JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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STARS Jon Favreau and John Leguizamo man a food truck in Chef. Photo Aldamisa Entertainment


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on Favreau first came to the movie-going public’s attention as the writer and co-star of Swingers (1996), in which he and pal Vince Vaughn captured the zeitgeist of aspiring (read unemployed) actors working the Hollywood party scene in search of stardom and companionship. While the film lacked polish, it had a hip yet sincere energy that was quite winning. Since then, Favreau has kept busy directing splashy but soulless blockbusters such as Iron Man (1 and 2), and the regrettable Cowboys & Aliens. Along the way, he found some polish but lost the straightforward sincerity of Swingers. Perhaps that simplicity is what was Favreau was seeking with his newest film, Chef. The movie—which he wrote, directed, and in which he stars—is a tale of redemption for Carl Casper, an esteemed chef who suffers a career meltdown after a blogger-reviewer pans his food. ► JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Paralyzed by the personal criticism and the hail of unwanted Twitter-verse scrutiny that follows, Casper leaves the restaurant scene and his celebrity behind to rediscover his love for cooking with the help of a food truck. The truck, which Carl finds in Miami and gradually brings back to L.A., also gives the chef the opportunity to reconnect with his adolescent son, Percy (Emjay Anthony), whom Carl has neglected while pursuing culinary fame. Chef is a large serving of food porn with a side of social media. With mouthwatering close-ups of food and its preparation, the film is clearly intended to play into the growing national fascination with stylish cuisine and the people who make it. Similarly, Chef buys into current social media trends. The spontaneous furor over Carl’s meltdown gives way to a rebirth-by-tweet as Percy charts the food truck’s progress with online posts and videos. The cast is as appealing as the food. Favreau captures the simultaneous egotism and insincerity of a food artist, and he’s well supported by John Leguizamo, Bobby Cannavale, Sofia Vergara, Scarlet Johansson, Oliver Platt and Dustin Hoffman. Even Favreau’s Iron Man star, Robert Downey, Jr., shows up in a quirky cameo. The machinations of the plot, at times, strain credulity, but Favreau’s focus on one chef’s fall and rise entertains and engages throughout the film. It certainly makes for a more satisfying cinematic meal than another overblown superhero adventure.

A Lunchbox Connects Two People While on the subject of gastronomic movies, I suggest you check out The Lunchbox when it is released on DVD later in June. A quiet little film set in modern Mumbai, it tells the story of a budding friendship between a middle-class housewife and a discontented office worker. Ila (Nimrat Kaur), the housewife, is trying to regain her husband’s affections through specially-prepared lunches. Her lunchbox is mistakenly delivered to the retiring Saajan (Irrfan Khan). The accident leads to an ongoing correspondence that eventually develops into a friendship between these two lonely people. Kaur evokes much sympathy as the dejected Ila, but the film really succeeds on the subtle performance of Khan, who played the adult narrator Pi in Life of Pi and the police investigator in Slumdog Millionaire. He makes an especially empathetic connection with the viewer as a man who rediscovers life and joy through the daily delivery of wonderful food and much-needed human interaction. 76 JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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CINEPLEX HIT PARADE Sometimes a movie’s soundtrack is as important


as what appears on the screen By Paula Goulden & Mark Fields

A rich and longstanding tradition binds popular music and film. Sometimes the masterful combination of the audio and the visual can create iconic moments. Who can forget the scene where Lloyd Dobler (John Cusack) wins Diane’s (Ione Skye) heart by holding a boom box over his head to serenade her with Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes”? Other movies are filled with one great song after another. Here are some of our favorites: The Great Gatsby


Some Fitzgerald purists took issue with a soundtrack filled with contemporary music by Jay Z, Beyoncé, Will.i.am, and Lana del Ray. But those modern rhythms—blended with a healthy dose of 1920s melodies from Porter, Gershwin and Handy—marvelously capture the “fever dream” atmosphere of Gatsby’s perpetual lawn party. Director Baz Luhrmann adds another inventive if anachronistic movie score to his earlier Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. A Knight’s Tale


Heath Ledger showed his first signs of star power in this quirky story set in the Dark Ages but with a clearly modern sensibility. Queen’s “We are the Champions,” “Golden Years” by David Bowie, and Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys are Back in Town” orchestrate the adventures of a peasant squire who tries to get ahead by impersonating a knight. Ledger is joined in the spirited cast by Mark Addy, Laura Fraser and Rufus Sewell. When Harry Met Sally


Although dislike blooms instantly when Harry (Billy Crystal) meets Sally (Meg Ryan) while in college, we sense this might change as the pair meet accidentally over the years – usually while each is dating someone else. The quintessential rom-com is set to some of the greatest quirky love songs of the first half of the 20th century, including Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top” and the Gershwins’ “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.” Stand By Me


In 1959, four 12-year-old boys try to find the body of a boy their age who has been missing for days, but their great adventure in the woods takes on darker overtones as the town troublemakers try to find him first. The boys learn about friendship and about standing up for what’s right as the hits of the 1950s run through their minds – “Rockin’ Robin,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Let the Good Times Roll,” and, of course, the title track, “Stand By Me.” The Big Chill


As a group of college friends gather for an unexpected reunion at the funeral of one of their own, the 1960s hits of the movie’s soundtrack both echo and foreshadow the events in the friends’ lives: Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and Carol King’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” tell nearly as much about what’s going on in the characters’ lives as the movie’s action and dialogue. Pennies from Heaven


A truly strange and challenging film from early in Steve Martin’s career, this musical, set in the Depressionera Midwest, uses original recordings of period music sung by Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters and Rudy Vallee. The twist is that the characters lip sync these recordings as if they were actually expressing the feelings evoked in the songs. The bold technique illuminates the sharp contrast between the sunny, romantic sentiments of popular music and the bitter realities of peoples’ daily lives. JUNE 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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WORLD CLASS STORE ratebeer.com

Offering the areas largest variety of seasonal beers. Beer Advocate Score 100: World Class Store! 1610 ELKTON RD, Route 279 . ELKTON, MD OUTSIDE MD. (800) 446-WINE, IN MARYLAND (410) 398-3838

Open 7 days a week


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= 100% of the apples we use for our award-winning hard cider are grown in America by a family business that has been growing delicious apples for more than 150 years.

































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