Out & About Magazine June 2015

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Dogfish Head Celebrates 20 Years

The Riverfront Keeps on Rolling

New attractions, housing, jobs provide major boost for the City Part 2: Building A Better Wilmington

JUNE 2015 CO M P L I M E N TA R Y VOL. 28 | NO. 4

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DREAM STREETS ART IN WILMINGTON 1970–1990 JUNE 27 – SEPTEMBER 27 Discover the artistic community that flourished in Wilmington during the 1970s and ‘80s! This landmark exhibition features craft, design, painting, performance art, photography, and more.

Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970–1990 is made possible by DuPont and the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund. This exhibition is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Image: Southern Approaches (detail), 1984. Kevin McLaughlin. Oil on canvas, 38 x 60 inches. Lent by Thomas C. Shea, Jr. © (2015) Kevin McLaughlin.

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7 From the Publisher 9 The War on Words 10 F.Y.I. 11 Worth Trying 12 By the Numbers 13 O&A Fitness Challenge 14 Be Someone’s Hero 17 Summer in the Parks 19 Community Through Arts

53 Savoring the Difference 57 Food Notes

22 The Riverfront’s Growing Impact

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DRINK 59 Dogfish Head’s 20th 62 Open Letter to Dogfish 63 Sips

LISTEN 65 Musician with a Camera 68 Tuned In

Riverfront’s Growing Impact On the Riverfront Summer Festivals 71 Reviews More Than Great Ice Cream 75 Summer Blues


Despite some stumbles along the way, its economic measurables are impressive. By Larry Nagengast

34 Summer Festivals From Paul McCartney to sea glass, here’s a list of area summer highlights. By Krista Connor

53 Savoring the Difference Americans have embraced Pan-Asian food, and New Castle County offers it in abundance. By Eric Ruth

59 Dogfish Head Marks 20 Years



Sam Calagione reflects on the growth of his business & the craft beer industry.

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77 Snap Shots

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On the cover: Photos by Tim Hawk, Joe del Tufo, and Dick Dubroff.

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From The Publisher



lot can be learned from a bike race. Even if you have no before we ask and working tirelessly until the task is complete. interest in bike racing. “Hey Jerry, remember me…I helped you last year. You tell me what Several weeks ago, Event Allies, our event management you need. I got ya...just save me an extra-large.” sister company, produced the ninth edition of the Wilmington In exchange for their help we provide a modest stipend, Grand Prix. Four days of events, 350-plus volunteers, racers and and supplement it with food and a souvenir T-shirt. But most riders representing 13 countries and 33 states—and a menu of important, we treat them with respect. And they return the gesture. activities that provided something for every appetite. Many feel Then there are the crossing guards, who show up it’s the best weekend of the year in Wilmington. Sure, I’m biased, unannounced and in uniform, and proceed to assist our course but I wholeheartedly agree. marshals in ushering people safely across the streets. They ask Not, however, for the self-serving reasons you might assume. for nothing but to be a part of the show. In fact, later on race day Instead, it’s because of the wonderful things one can experience I went to find a young woman who had assisted for hours on when you’re careful about your assumptions. the first turn (10th and Market). I wanted to say thanks and offer When we introduced a souvenir shirt. She was the Grand Prix to Market long gone. Many of these disruptors began to realize that Street in 2008-09, some Then there’s Gary, a who view that territory as 10-year-old from the East the Grand Prix wasn’t simply another event their turf during late nights Side who strolled over to invading their space. It was a celebration of and weekends resented our see what all the commotion presence. And they took was about. When Gary the city they call home, and unlike many action to make those feelings saw Andrew, the son of celebrations, they were invited to this one. known—like stealing essential my business partner ( Julie supplies or equipment the Miro Wenger) helping out, night before the event, like he quickly recognized that rolling things onto the course as racers approached, like defiantly they were about the same age. And if Andrew could help out, why barging onto the course despite the pleas of our course marshals. couldn’t he? Then a transformational thing began to happen. Many of these So Andrew led Gary to Grand Prix headquarters, where Gary disruptors began to realize that the Grand Prix wasn’t simply was outfitted with a volunteer shirt and badge. Minutes later he another event invading their space. It was a celebration of the city was working side by side with my 20-year-old daughter Sophie in they call home, and unlike many celebrations, they were invited to Rodney Square, helping manage the kids’ activities. “Dad, that kid this one. Even better, admission was free. And come to think of it, was awesome,” Sophie told me later. the Grand Prix looked like it could use their help. Yes, our city had a world-class cycling event last month. One of So each year, men who live on the street or in homeless shelters the top criterium races in the country, in fact. And if you skipped it become invaluable assets. They help us build the course with because of assumptions you make about Downtown Wilmington, head-spinning efficiency, put up sponsor signage and other key well, be careful about that. Guys I was once leery of have become infrastructure, then break it all down just 24 hours later. I doubt any part of our Grand Prix team, and they take pride in the event. The of these men were among the disruptors, but they know the streets only assumption I make about them now is that they will be there and those who roam them, and it’s no coincidence the disruptive to help. Fifteen minutes early. behavior came to a halt with the creation of our new “street team.” — Jerry duPhily These men are as dependable as UPS, showing up 15 minutes


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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

The Missing Comma Some people use too many commas. But one area where many of us neglect the required comma is in greetings. For example: Happy anniversary, Joan. Thanks, Mom. Please respond quickly, everyone. So remember that the next time you’re on Facebook sending birthday greetings to Cousin Larry. Pet Peeve No. 210 One of my many pet peeves is the disappearance of the word “lend” from our vocabulary. Remember “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ear”? Today, it would be “loan me your ear.” Doesn’t have a good ring to it, does it? I prefer “loan” strictly as a noun. It is acceptable as a verb when it denotes the lending of money (as distinguished from the lending of things). Even then, lend is preferable. Everyone, please note. Department of Redundancies Dept. A story came to me for editing that contained this phrase: “The general rule of thumb is . . .” A rule of thumb is “a general principle regarded as roughly correct.” Subject/Verb Agreement The media continues to miss the mark when it comes to this basic tenet of grammar. Examples: • Submitted by reader Jane Buck: “There’s been many fewer soirees this century”—from a New York Times email alert. Soirees is plural, so it should read “There have been fewer.” • Similarly, from a headline in the News Journal: “There's other revenue sources than taxpayer revenue.” There are sources. • Again from the News Journal: “Schools give a test called ‘Accuplacer’ to determine whether students’ knowledge of basic math and writing skills meet standards.” It requires a little work, but the writer should have ferreted out the subject, which is knowledge. Therefore, the verb should be meets. • Joe Juliano, in the Philadelphia Inquirer sports pages: “Players knowing the coaches have been a major factor [in Penn State’s improvement].” Knowing is the subject, so the verb should be has been.

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Pass the Relish Anthony Gargano on Philly’s 97.5 FM: “I relish in the excitement about the draft.” You can’t “relish in” something. You simply relish a victory—no “in” required. You can, however, “revel in” a victory. The similarity of these two expressions seems to cause a mix-up, even among more literate writers, such as the News-Journal’s Maureen Milford: “[Ellen Kullman’s defenders] . . . relish in that [support] since she took the helm in 2009.” This gaffe is threatening to take over the No. 1 spot from the execrable “hone in” for “home in.” Writers of all abilities and literacy levels, please note. Media Watch • “Alex Ovechkin scores while laying on his stomach”—ESPN announcer. To lay is to place something. To lie is to recline or be prone. The Washington Capitals star was lying on his stomach when he scored. • From USA Today’s Jon Saraceno: “Instead, Mayweather took a different tact, quietly deploying a subtle psychological-warfare approach. . .” Tack was the word Jon was groping for. Nautical in origin, a tack is a course or an approach. When switching courses or taking a different approach, one changes tack. Tact is sensitivity in social situations. Some people, like Saraceno, think of it as short for tactic. And as an aside, “quietly deploying a subtle approach”? A little redundant. • Reader Larry Kerchner reports that a WDEL TrafficWatch reporter commented on the traffic on the bridge "over top I-95.” Says Larry: “I think the traffic under bottom I-95 was okay.” • From the News Journal: “He wishes more police would emulate the example of Det. Shane Sowden, who kept he and his wife Cecelia apprised at every step of the investigation.” The verb kept requires the objective pronoun him. We wonder: Would the writers (this was a co-bylined piece) have written “he” if the wife was not involved—“who kept he apprised”? • News Journal again: “[the law requiring motorcycle riders] to wear a helmet is in legislative purgatory.” That would be limbo, since it’s being held in suspension, not being punished.

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START BIKE FOR A CURE DEPedals4Parkinson’s Research Ride is June 14

F.Y.I. Things worth knowing

PUTT-PUTT GOLF IN THE CITY Riverwalk Mini Golf is now open

THE NOSE KNOWS Try your hand at floral arranging at TheDCH


lossom this summer with a fun activity, “Floral Arranging: The Nose Knows!” On Tuesday, July 14, at The Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington, learn how to create beautiful and aromatic arrangements using branches, wildflowers from fields and fragrant flowers from the garden. Floral artist Brenda Tunis will lead the workshop, from 5:30-7 p.m. Materials are included. Visit thedch.org for more information.


iverwalk Mini Golf is open for business. The 18-hole miniature golf course, built by the Riverfront Development Corporation, is located directly behind the Delaware Children’s Museum. Prices are $8 per person and free for children ages 3 and younger. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon-8 p.m. Sundays. Soft-serve ice cream and milk shakes are also available.


eam up for the Delaware stage of The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Tour de Fox, a cross-country endurance expedition by Sam Fox (no relation to Michael J. Fox), who is cycling and hiking from Maine to British Columbia, passing through 48 states, with the goal of uniting the Parkinson’s community while raising $1 million for research. On Sunday, June 14, Fox will be passing through Delaware. Join with DEPedals4Parkinson’s Research Ride that day, followed by a celebration of Fox’s adventure. The ride begins and ends at BBC Tavern in Greenville. For more information, visit michaeljfox.org.

DREAM STREETS Delaware Art Museum launches new exhibition June 27


he Delaware Art Museum presents Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970-1990, a new exhibition, from June 27-Sept. 27. Dream Streets celebrates two dynamic decades of activity in the City of Wilmington, featuring artists who emerged as key participants in the local art community during the 1970s and ‘80s. This landmark exhibition traces the development of artistic trends within the Wilmington community and their relation to national creative tendencies, showcasing craft and design, drawing, painting, performance art, photography, and sculpture. More than 50 artists, including Mitch Lyons, Tom Watkins, Mary Page Evans, and Flash Rosenberg, are included. For more information, visit delart.org.

CHARITY DOG WASH Support a good cause at Dogtopia on June 7


reat your dog to a refreshing bath for a great cause at the 11th Annual Charity Dog Wash at Elsmere’s Dogtopia location, a dog daycare that also offers overnight boarding and pet grooming. The Sunday, June 7 event is the daycare’s largest fundraiser of the year, with all Dogtopia locations across the country participating. This year, proceeds benefit Paws With A Cause, a national nonprofit providing assistance dogs to veterans. The event includes food, fun, and pet-friendly vendors. For more information call (302) 414-0561.


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A founding member and lead singer of the Grammy-winning folk, blues and old-time music group Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens is a kind of Swiss Army Knife of musicians: she plays violin, banjo and several other instruments, and the girl can flat foot (that’s country clogging). She recently released her first solo album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, but you can hear a sample of those magnificent pipes on YouTube—either the Inside Llewyn Davis Concert (where she received the night’s only standing ovation), or her appearance on Letterman, where she sang “Waterboy.” As Dave said (three times): “Oh, my God!”

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Two young girls enjoy the finger puppet-making class presented by the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts in Judy Johnson Park.

The ARTS SpIce Up Your Summer Park VISITS Beginning June 15, daily programs will take place in venues across the City By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald


ummer is upon us, which means it’s time to gather family and friends and head to one of Wilmington’s 20-plus city parks for picnicking, barbecuing, playground time—and experiencing the arts. Yes, you read that correctly. Summertime in Wilmington heralds the return of Summer in the Parks—a city-wide presentation of live, interactive visual and performing arts. This year marks the third for the program, which is sponsored by the City of Wilmington and presented by The Grand Opera House with support from the City’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Summer in the Parks brings a variety of cultural programming – dance, music, theatre, visual arts and crafts – to communities that may not have access to these experiences on a regular basis. According to a summary report from The Grand, last year’s participation numbers were quite impressive: 35 individual artists and organizations presented 96 events over the nine-week program, reaching nearly 5,000 area residents. The community

response was positive. Wilmington City Councilwoman Loretta Walsh wrote in a note to The Grand, “I cannot begin to thank you…for promoting the arts in so many of our neighborhoods. So many of our children have little exposure to any type of arts, and you all are just helping so much to fill that hole. Well done!” “We’re accomplishing what we set out to do, which was to bring positive creative experiences and activities into the parks,” says Pam Manocchio, director of Community Engagement at The Grand. “The communities have been extremely responsive, and many people are asking about [the return of program]. They can’t wait for us to come back. And now we’re developing friendships with parents and their kids—we know their names; we get to see them every week.” For example, One Love Park was a new venue in the program last year. “Residents there were very appreciative of our presence,” recalls Manocchio. “Kids [who attended programs] from Love Park made us a giant thank-you card, which was lovely.” ► JUNE MAY 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Manocchio also appreciated the assistance of community volunteers who helped distribute information to neighbors and encourage attendance. “Getting community buy-in and involvement is key. We cannot do it without them,” she says. This year, Summer in the Parks runs from June 15 through Aug. 13 and will offer morning and afternoon programs every day of the week in 10 of the park venues, including spots like Tilton Park, Barbara Hicks Park, Kosciuszko Park and Haynes Park. What’s more, the Department of Parks and Recreation plans camp activities in several areas A group of children learn basic stage combat with Delaware Shakespeare Festival at Haynes Park. that will feed into Summer in the Parks offerings. The department also will continue to offer its Food Service Program, which provides everyone,” he says. “Most of our audiences tend to be younger, free, nutritional breakfast and lunch to community children and people will tell you that young kids can't get into Shakespeare. throughout the summer. But we've found the kids are more than ready to jump in, play Last year, some artists’ programs reinforced the City’s with the actors and be entertained by the scenes.” programs as well. Rob Young’s Nature Jams performances perfectly More than 40 artists and organizations have applied to complemented Parks and Recreation’s offerings. “For our music, participate in the program this time around, including 16 first-time which focuses on teaching kids healthy eating [habits] and positive applicants. They hail from Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. character, we couldn’t ask for a better audience,” he says. “The kids Manocchio notes that nearly half the artists on this year’s roster are enthusiastic, ready to get involved, and are grateful to have music have participated in the program since the start. in their backyard.” Young says he was overwhelmed by last year’s Some artists confirmed for this season (as of press time): Alfie receptive audience and a program that truly supports local artists. Moss & the Dexter Koonce Project; the Delaware Center for the Manocchio says the 2015 schedule will again represent diverse Contemporary Arts; the Delaware Art Museum; the Delaware arts disciplines, including theatre, music, dance, storytelling and Shakespeare Festival; Diamond State Concert Band; E. Shawn visual arts. Daytime programs are more geared toward children, Qaissaunee & The Q Factor; First State Ballet Theatre; Matson she says, “but evenings are truly family friendly. We see more and Run Pickers of The Music School of Delaware; Illstyle & Peace; more adults coming to the evening concerts.” IVA; Philly Vibe Trio; TAHIRA; Pieces of a Dream; Nature Jams, Summer in the Parks is an ideal vehicle for Wilmingtonians and Jill Carpenter & Walt the Street Dog. to discover new arts experiences and for arts organizations to Ashley SK Davis is executive and artistic director of Pieces of a expand their potential reach. David Stradley, artistic director Dream, a Delaware-based modern dance company that has been a of the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, delights in the audience Summer in the Parks participant since its inception. “As an artist, interaction and awareness that the program provides. “It's I feel it's a great opportunity to share our work with children and a wonderful way for us to celebrate that Shakespeare is for hopefully light a spark and a passion for dance—or any art form— in the future,” she says. “It’s always an honor and a pleasure to perform for Summer in the Parks,” says TAHIRA, nationally recognized storyteller who lives in Claymont. “This program not only helps me fulfill my mission to use storytelling to empower communities but also allows underserved audiences to benefit from the transformative power of the arts and provides a safe, fun alternative for youth and their families during the summer.” Manocchio says overseeing Summer in the Parks has opened her eyes to parts of the city she had never before visited. “I’m absolutely more aware of what goes on in our city as a whole,” she says. “I understand how difficult it is to create change in some neighborhoods. Even if we affect a few lives for a few hours, that’s a great feeling.” “We’ve got a good thing going here,” she smiles. “I just want to keep building it and make it stronger.” Children enjoy playing the vibraphone with Philly Vibe Duo and Harvey Price at

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"My Knowledge Is In Your Heart" is a work by John Shipman.

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Meet John Shipman, who became executive director of the 35-year-old DCCA in January By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald John Shipman


ack in 2000, John Shipman accepted the position of exhibition designer at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA), which had just moved into its new home at 200 S. Madison St. in Wilmington. To introduce Shipman to his new post, then-executive director Stephen Lanier took him on a tour of the facility. During the tour, Lanier pointed out a pair of steel beams in the ceiling that met at an awkward angle. “He told me he thought those beams represented the crossroads of the community—for

everyone throughout New Castle County and Delaware,” says Shipman. “They all meet here at the DCCA. That was one of the most impactful things anyone has ever said to me.” Shipman left his post as exhibition designer in 2006 for a similar job at The Art Gallery of the University of Maryland. In 2009, he was promoted to director of The Art Gallery. Shipman held that position until January of this year, when he returned to Wilmington—almost nine years to the day he left—to take the helm as executive director of the DCCA. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The DCCA's strengths "lie in the fantastic exhibition, education and special event programming we offer,” Shipman says.

“This is where I started my career, and I always envisioned ending it here as well,” he says. “The aim was always to return as director someday. I’m just thrilled beyond measure that someday is now.” Michael Kalmbach, director of The Creative Vision Factory, is also thrilled at Shipman’s return. "John's appointment [to executive director] confirms my belief that the best ideas and talent often lies within an organization's ranks,” he says. “As former preparator at the DCCA and a practicing artist, John is situated to lead in a way that connects with practitioners and contemporary art enthusiasts alike, and I can't wait to work with him.” The 45-year-old Shipman, his wife, Valerie, and his 3-year-old daughter are happy to be “rediscovering” the city and state they’ve been away from for nearly a decade. “I‘m still getting re-acclimated, but from what I can see, the arts remain a force,” he says. “Across the state, too, there are these wonderful pockets—Dover, Smyrna, Rehoboth Beach—of very solid arts scenes.” The climate is not without its challenges, however. “We’re in a time of transition, in the way culture is consumed in our country,” he says. “Compounding that is a shift in funding streams and giving models.” But the problem is not unique to contemporary arts. “We’re all struggling in this new world, but organizations here are being truly smart in their approaches to solidifying their foundations, and programs across Wilmington are strong.” Shipman says the good news for him is the experienced, connected professionals who make up his staff. They’ve put together stellar programs that are making a great impact in the city. They know how to create innovative works for and with diverse audiences. Visual artist and DCCA Board Member Carson Zullinger feels Shipman is the perfect match for the organization’s needs. “We’re excited for John to come back to us,” Zullinger says. “He brings a wealth of arts management experience and fully understands our organization. And his calm, collegial leadership style bodes well for our continuing success and growth.” “Our strengths lie in the fantastic exhibition, education and special event programming we offer,” Shipman says. “I’ve returned to an organization that is primed and ready to be a meaningful part of the community. This readiness comes from our board, staff and previous leadership. I didn’t have to reinvent the wheel here, and that’s a huge benefit.” He cites several examples of the creative programming developed by the DCCA staff. Exhibitions like the “xPop Show” by artists Smashed Label (which opened May 31) and “New Eyes: Experimental Photography Today” annual members’ juried exhibition (opened May 28); the monthly Art Lounge gatherings; an active Art Loop presence; the center’s collaborations with music ensemble Mélomanie and the Wilmington Film Festival. “Our charge,” Shipman says, “is to be vigilant in the exploration of how these elements of creative expression can play a role in people’s lives.” Contemporary art has always had that challenge, and no one recognizes this more than Shipman himself. “When I first began at the DCCA, my father came to visit and tour the center,” he remembers. “After touring through the galleries, he turned to me, patted me on the back and said, ‘I’m proud of you for the job you’re doing, but I would most likely never feel the need to return here.’”


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A well-educated lover of the arts, his father explained that the art here meant little to his own life; it seemed irrelevant to him. “It was honestly a bit crushing,” admits Shipman, “but it mostly made me think a lot about contemporary arts and its role in our lives. From that point, I knew I wanted to "A Man Is A Man," another work by Shipman. be in a position to impact the way contemporary arts was presented and integrated into the lives of my community.” This is a big part of Shipman’s vision for the DCCA—similar to the “Crossroads” vision spoken of by Lanier nearly 10 years before. “The whole heart of the DCCA begins with reaching into our community. If those threads take you to New York City or Los Angeles or wherever, great, but it all starts local and grows from there. It starts with showing your community that you love them first.” Shipman’s approach includes restructuring a more traditional model of some contemporary art venues (where promoting “high level” art is central to the mission) and instead creating a spectrum of experiences for all. “Today, we may exhibit work by [contemporary American artist] Judy Pfaff; tomorrow we could feature a local artist or craftsperson; the next day, highlight education and family programming,” he says. “That’s how you create a real sense of community—when the community is truly integrated into not only into your mission but also your everyday operations.” Moreover, Shipman wants everyone to know that the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts is “not just a visual arts organization.” “At the center of all this is creative expression,” he says, “and I feel we excel in the exploration of that.” He is passionate about creative expression in all its forms. “We’re all innately creative, but don’t always know how that expression will manifest itself. Not everyone is an ‘artist’ as modern society defines it, but we all have the ability and desire to express ourselves creatively. It’s not always easy to tap into that creativity, but if people can see that artists/creators they respect also have those challenges, that’s empowering.” Shipman himself is a visual artist, and his work—which includes painting, drawing and ceramic sculpture—has been exhibited at West Chester University, Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, Pa., the Biggs Museum in Dover and Blue Streak Gallery in Wilmington. He sees the DCCA as a partner with all arts and education entities within the city, building programs and opportunities that will engage a diverse community. His wish list includes developing long-term artist-in-residence programs to connect with area students, educational institutions, elder care and senior living residences, and other potential partners. What about the longer term? “Our limits come not from our imagination but from our resources,” he says. He looks forward to celebrating what organizations like New Wilmington Arts Association (NWAA) are creating, noting that it’s an organization that can be immediately flexible and responsive to contemporary visual culture. “We’re the veterans now, 35 years in,” he smiles. “But we’re definitely thinking about what comes next. We’re excited about what it may mean to be the DCCA at 50.”

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Despite some stumbles along the way, its economic measurables are impressive By Larry Nagengast


ike Purzycki and Mike Hare remember the Wilmington riverfront of the 1990s. Greg Pettinaro’s memory stretches back a decade earlier. All three were there pretty much from the beginning, and what they see now is hardly what they had imagined.

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“We bought the first piece of land in 1985,” recalls Pettinaro, referring to property purchased by his father, Verino Pettinaro, the founder of Pettinaro Inc., one of the first developers on the Riverfront. “I’d like to say we had a vision of what it would become, but it was more the opportunity. The land was available on the river, and you knew it would not stay as warehouses and wasteland forever,” he says. Pettinaro held onto the land and made a few more purchases, waiting for the right opportunity. Meanwhile, efforts to build a minor league baseball

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stadium on the Delaware Technical Community College campus in Stanton stalled, and the Riverfront became the popular second choice. In the fall of 1992, after state and city officials cobbled together the needed funds, the new Delaware Stadium Corporation bought property from Pettinaro, and Legends Stadium—later renamed in memory of Wilmington Mayor Dan Frawley—opened in 1993. At the time, the stadium was, literally and figuratively, pretty much the only diamond on the banks of the Christina. ►

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A 2012 study by the University of Delaware’s Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research concluded that the Riverfront is generating $32 million in revenues annually, a 1,000 percent increase from 1996, and tax revenues to the city have more than doubled its $21 million investment in Riverfront projects. Average pay for jobs at the Riverfront is $68,000, the study found. (The study was completed prior to the opening of the theater and hotel.) In the early years, there was reason to doubt whether the Riverfront would ultimately prove successful, although there were some initial positive developments. Amtrak moved its Consolidated National Operations Center to a building next to the train station, bringing about 400 jobs. Work began on improvements to the station. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park was completed in 1999, providing the eastern terminus for the 1.7-mile Riverwalk that would extend to the Russell W. Peterson Wildlife Refuge, completed 10 years later. The First USA Riverfront Arts Center, completed in 1998, hosted a series of world-class exhibitions, but couldn’t sustain its early successes. At about the same time, Pettinaro built the Shipyard Shops, intended to be an outlet center for catalog marketers like L.L. Bean and Coldwater Creek. That didn’t take hold either. Greg Pettinaro chalks it up as a case of wrong time, wrong place. A much larger outlet complex was growing in Rehoboth in the mid-1990s and catalog marketers were not doing well. “Wilmington just wasn’t the place for it to be,” he says. Both venues, however, would be successfully repurposed. The arts center has morphed into the Chase Center on the Riverfront, a multipurpose meetings/conventions/special events facility that, with completion of the Westin Hotel last year, is now positioned to host multi-day events. The Shipyard Shops have become the Shipyard Center. The retail is gone, replaced largely by offices and businesses with a health and fitness orientation. They’re now 92 percent rented, Pettinaro says. ►

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The Delaware Theater Company had been a lonely pioneer, settling in on Water Street in 1985. The Big Kahuna, a popular nightclub in the building that now houses the Delaware Children’s Museum, occasionally featured big-name entertainers performing on its deck. Beyond that, there wasn’t much to draw a crowd. No one could mistake Wilmington’s Public Works Yard for a tourist attraction. Then, in 1995, the state created the Riverfront Development Corporation. Hare, working for the Delaware Economic Development Office, was familiar with the riverfront through the stadium project, so he was assigned to provide staff support to the fledgling RDC board. Then, in early 1996, Purzycki was hired as the RDC’s first executive director, a position he still holds. “It was pretty mangy almost everywhere you looked,” Purzycki recalls. “There was no relief in any direction. There was no access to the river. You had all these old cranes standing [and] the ground was all contaminated.” But there was a vision—a plan to emulate Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on the Christina. Says Hare: “The thought was that you had to focus on the portions of the Riverfront where there was an economic pulse,” the area closer to the Amtrak station and South Market street. Hare left the RDC in 2008 to join the Buccini/Pollin Group, which has become a major development force at the Riverfront and throughout Wilmington. “The original harbor would have been near where our [Buccini/Pollin] building is now on A Street,” he says. That dream didn’t come true, but the Riverfront has turned out pretty well nevertheless. Major businesses like AAA MidAtlantic, Barclay’s Bank Delaware and Capital One (formerly ING Direct) and student loan servicer Navient now call the Riverfront home. So do 10 restaurants, a 14-screen movie theater, the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, a supermarket and a new 180-room Westin hotel. There are now about 2,000 people living in the Riverfront area, and about 6,000 working there, according to Jeff Flynn, Wilmington’s director of economic development.

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AAA, Barclays, Navient, and DCCA are among the businesses now operating on the Riverfront.

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Over time, the buildings between the train station and the stadium gradually took on new life. Warehouses became offices, restaurants and shops. The Riverwalk replaced a shoreline once strewn with litter and debris. New businesses recognized the intrinsic value of the prime real estate. Most notably, Arkadi Kuhlmann, CEO of the new ING Direct internet bank, realized that thousands of Amtrak passengers would see his bank’s signature orange ball as trains passed through the Wilmington station. Even better, Kuhlmann would note, he could impress the bank’s Dutch owners by boasting an address on Orange Street.


With each new building came hope—a hope that the arrival of more workers would push the Riverfront past the tipping point to success. “There were a lot of things that people thought were going to be the piece that makes it great,” Pettinaro recalls. But it took Buccini/Pollin’s arrival— and its construction of two residential projects —to make that happen. Christina Landing and Christina Towers on the east side of the river and Justison Landing on the west would generate the synergy that truly made the Riverfront a place to live as well as to work and play. In hindsight, some wonder whether it could have come sooner. Purzycki, Hare and Pettinaro agree that the answer is no. All three say that residential development is a follower, not a leader.


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“Nobody goes to live in a place if you promise them amenities. They go to live there after the amenities are in place,” Purzycki says. “The residential came along at the right time. It was a natural progression,” adds Pettinaro. Purzycki jokes about how, for early marketing pieces, RDC used time-lapse photography to show groups of people strolling down the Riverwalk. “You couldn’t find six people on it at one time,” he laughs. The apartments, condos and townhouses have made a big difference. “It changes how people feel about the place,” he says. “You see people strolling out the door, bicycling on the Riverwalk. It feels really good. Now it’s a nice place to live.” Throw in the last two additions—the hotel and the theater—and it appears that the Riverfront has finally achieved the essential mix of business, residential and entertainment venues. For the first time, Purzycki can say with confidence, “I don’t think right now that we have to find something brand new. There’s no gaping hole that we have to fill.”



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But the work is hardly done. A miniature golf course opened last month and the Riverfront Market is getting a makeover. (See page 30.) The state announced plans last month for a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over the Christina that would link trails that start in New Castle to the Riverfront and the rest of Wilmington. Somewhere over the horizon (it was in the state’s 2013 capital improvements plan but got wiped out in the recession spending squeeze) is a bridge that would connect South Market Street to the

Riverfront. The bridge would not only improve access from the south and east, but it would also provide relief from the congestion that occurs at the end of the workday and after big events at the stadium and the Chase Center, Purzycki says. Also, he says, the connector would spur additional business development on the east side of the river. There’s room for five or six more development projects at the Riverfront, Purzycki and Pettinaro say, but they’re not sure what will come next. Pleased with the early success of the Westin, Purzycki is interested in a second hotel. Another parking garage is also possible. Buccini/Pollin plans to build another 80 apartments on the west side of its new Harlan Flats building, across from the cinema, Hare says. It is also contemplating plans for the open space it holds between Barclay’s Bank Delaware and its first apartment building on the east side of Justison Landing. “It was originally proposed as offices, but we’re waiting to see what the market will tell us.” Hare says. “Should it be office, or some type of mixed use with residential?” Part of the answer, he admits, may lie elsewhere in the city, depending on how demand develops for housing along Market Street and in the new Creative District between Market and Washington streets. “The future is bright,” Pettinaro says. “It’s unimaginable,” Hare says. “Mike [Purzycki] and I would tour sites with prospective clients and say ‘the Riverwalk is going to be here, and the theater is going to be here,’ and to see so much of it come to fruition in the past 20 years…. It’s become a source of pride for all Wilmingtonians. Anyone who visits here feels the success.”


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NEW TO RIVERWALK MINI GOLF 550 Justison St. Located directly behind the Delaware Children’s Museum along the Riverwalk. (302) 650-2336 riverwalkminigolf.com New this year is an 18-hole miniature golf course, coupled with a soft-serve ice cream and milk shake stand, behind the Delaware Children’s Museum and adjacent to the Riverwalk. The course has a clean, crisp design, with the requisite rock hazards, waterfall and bridge but lacking the windmills, castles and creatures that serve as obstacles at so many other courses. Photo Jim Coarse

The greens fee is $8, with no charge for children under 3. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Birthday party packages and group rates available.

THE RIVERFRONT MARKET FACELIFT 3 South Market Street at the Christina River (302) 425-4890 riverfrontmarketwilm.com The Riverfront Market, long a popular lunchtime destination, will be getting a facelift this summer, says Jamie Senn, the new operations manager for the Riverfront Development Corporation. The market, built by the RDC in 2000 but operated by the Delaware River and Bay Authority until the RDC bought it back late last year, will be “re-energized” and tweaked so it becomes more appealing for uses throughout the day, Senn says. The project includes fresh paint, improved lighting and a new floor. There are no plans to change any of the food vendors, but seating arrangements will be changed to increase capacity beyond the current 168, Senn says. The south side of the main floor will see the addition of farm tables for casual dining and individual seating to accommodate single travelers who walk over from the train station. The four-top tables now prevalent in that area would be moved to the north side. Upstairs, booth seating would be added to make the area more hospitable for small business meetings, Senn says. “Upstairs is a useful space for many types of events – business meetings, business card exchanges, networking and painting parties,” she says.


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Other Developments & Updates On The Riverfront In addition to a new miniature golf course and new changes to the Riverfront Market, here are some important Riverfront happenings and updates. • Starting this month, Penn Cinema will offer craft beer and wine to its movie audiences. Per state regulations, there is a two-drink maximum. For many viewers, the move comes as a welcome alternative to soda and bottled water. (For more info see page 63.) • Delaware Theatre Company (DTC) closed its 201415 season on a high note by extending its performance of Because of Winn-Dixie with a fifth week, thanks to crowded houses and critical acclaim. Since the production featured a dog as one of its leads, the DTC, using social media, helped connect audience members with furry friends at local canine-adoption agencies.

• On May 28, FireStone Roasting House hosted “Humanity Power Happy Hour” on its vast and popular patio. The event helped raise proceeds to benefit Nepali earthquake victims via the America Nepal Medical Foundation. The event also kicked off a new fundraising program that FireStone is offering to area non-profits and charity organizations.

• Speaking of adoptable furry friends, the guests at the Delaware Humane Association are enjoying much better digs since the agency opened its new facility last December. The new building—on the same property as the previous one—has an updated medical facility and 13,000 square feet of additional space for the more than 1,000 dogs and cats the DHA cares for each year. • When the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (DCCA) partnered with the 10 food trucks of the Rolling Revolution group for the May Art Loop, it’s unlikely anyone predicted the success the night would be. More than 1,000 people showed up for food and art. Based on that, the DCCA will keep the momentum going and host four to five food trucks at each summer Art Loop. In addition, at least three food trucks will continue to serve lunch outside the DCCA every Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the DCCA’s “Truckin’ Thursdays” program.

• The Riverfront’s boutique shop for wine, craft beer and spirits, Veritas will get a new look sometime in the late summer/ early fall. Since 2009, the store has stocked 150 wines and 300 craft beers. The popularity of the establishment’s sampling bar, added two years ago, spurred redesign of the store.


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WEDNESDAYS ON THE WATER WINE CRUISE WEDNESDAYS THROUGH AUGUST Starting June 10 Enjoy a wine tasting on the Christina River. Perfect for happy hour or an after-dinner drink! Reservations are required. Must be 21 years of age or older. $15 per person. riverfrontwilm.com Dravo Plaza

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DELAWARE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PIRATES AHOY Fridays and Saturdays 5pm-6pm Arrrgh, mateys! Meet at our new pirate ship exhibit for a funfilled adventure led by the DCM’s own pirate-in-residence. Read a pirate story, learn to talk like a pirate, and construct an important tool to aid you on a Museum-wide treasure hunt for hidden booty! SUMMER KICK OFF June 19, 5pm-8pm Walk across a giant pool of oobleck, see a special performance by the Wilmington Ballet Academy, blow giant bubbles, and more! $2 NIGHTS Every 3rd Wednesday of the month END OF SUMMER BASH August 21, 5-8pm Set off soda geyser eruptions, bust some moves on the dance floor, explore fun activities from local organizations, and more!


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RIVERBOAT QUEEN ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT CRAB CRUISE THURSDAY & FRIDAY NIGHTS THROUGH AUGUST Looking for something fun and exciting to do this summer in the Wilmington Area? Enjoy all the crabs you can eat while cruising down on the River. Reservations are required and space will be limited again this year, so purchase your tickets online now to reserve your spot! Price is: $49 dollars per Adult and $24 for Children 10 and under. *includes fried chicken and corn bread. wilmingtonriverboat.com Iron Hill Brewery


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At O&A, we love festival season. From Paul McCartney to sea glass, here’s a list of diverse area summer highlights for you (and us) to look forward to. Enjoy! HOLY TRINITY GREEK FESTIVAL Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, Wilmington June 2-6 greekfestde.com Start summer right with some gyro-infused kefi (happiness). This is the festival’s 40th anniversary, so expect the food, vendors and traditional dancing to be particularly celebratory.

NEWARK NIGHT Main Street, Newark June 13, 3-9 p.m. cityofnewarkde.us Newark’s premier street festival returns with the best of Main Street’s food, vendors, shops, live music, kids’ games, moon bounces, and prizes.

ST. ANTHONY’S ITALIAN FESTIVAL Little Italy, Wilmington June 7-15 stanthonysfestival.com Old-world charm and loads of Italian food, rides and entertainment draw thousands to the city for one of the East Coast’s most famous summer events.

CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL Rodney Square, Wilmington June 13-20 cliffordbrownjazzfest.org A tribute to the Wilmington man known as one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time, this year’s Clifford Brown celebration features Chuck Loeb, Eric Mariethal, John “Sax” Williams and more. As always, the festival is free.

BRANDYWINE FOOD & WINE FESTIVAL Greater Chester Valley Sports Association June 13, noon-6 p.m. pawinefestival.com Enjoy wine, food, crafts and live music at the fourth annual festival. Featured wineries are from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, offering a delightful taste of the region. Note the new location: 137 Line Rd., Malvern, Pa.

FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Dover International Speedway June 18-21 fireflyfestival.com It’s back at the Woodlands for four days this year – one of the nation’s fastest growing festivals. This year features the Killers, Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Kings of Leon and more, including Newark’s FIANCE. Enjoy Dogfish Head’s signature festival brew, the Firefly Ale, and camp, glamp, sing and dance.


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BIG BARREL COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Dover International Speedway June 26-28 bigbarrelfestival.com From the creators of Firefly, The Woodlands at Dover’s iconic speedway will be home to yet another musical shindig, this time featuring more than 40 country artists, including Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood. MID-ATLANTIC SEA GLASS & COASTAL ARTS FESTIVAL Lewes Historic Complex, Lewes June 27-28 historiclewes.org Looking for something a little different? Here’s your chance, as more than 40 sea glass and coastal artists gather in the quant coastal town. Learn about collecting and identifying sea-tossed gems. LADYBUG FESTIVAL Downtown Wilmington July 16, 5-10 p.m. theladybugfestival.com A free block party, Gable Music Ventures’ festival returns with two outdoor stages and seven indoor venues in the LOMA district. The festival’s fourth year will feature a talented group of lady musicians, including Nashville pop-rock artist Sinclair and local favorites like Angela Sheik, Joy Ike, and more (See pg. 68 for more information). SHADY GROVE MUSIC FEST Arden July 18, noon facebook.com/WSTWArdenShadyGroveMusicFest Enjoy all-day regional and local music acts, food trucks, and the Arden pool for taking a dip if the fancy strikes. Visit the website for updated info.

DELAWARE STATE FAIR Delaware State Fairgrounds July 23-Aug. 1 delawarestatefair.com Live music by Grand Funk Railroad, Hollywood racing pigs, hypnosis, a petting zoo, flower-arranging contest, fireworks and “ice shows”: What more could you ask for? NEWARK FOOD & BREW FEST Downtown Newark July 25 newarkfoodandbrewfest.com Celebrate the ideal combination of culinary arts and brewing sciences. Enjoy dozens of unique craft beers, creative cuisine from the best Newark restaurants, live music, and sidewalk performers at this 12th annual event. DELAWARE JUNCTION FESTIVAL Delaware State Fairgrounds Aug. 14-16 delawarejunctionfestival.com Featuring Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Toby Keith, this will be a country music bash to be remembered. ARDEN FAIR Arden Sept. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. ardenclub.org For our list, this festival wins the longest-running award at 108 years. Music, a holistic expo, more than 120 vendors displaying handcrafted items, an antique market, food, beer, and wine make this a don’t-miss day. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 6. DELMARVA FOLK FESTIVAL 352 Downs Chapel Rd., Clayton, 19938 Sept. 25 & 26 delfolk.org Two days of camping and folk music in a secluded grove? Yes, please. This 24th annual family-fun fest celebrates art, nature and sound, featuring local, soon-to-be-announced musicians. JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Ice Cream Besides a ‘Best Sundae on Sunday,’ the June 27-28 festival at Rockwood will offer food vendors, jugglers, magicians, dance troupes, martial arts programs, animal acts and more By Larry Nagengast


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“It’s a very affordable family festival,” says producer Barry Schlecker, who likes to call the two-day event “Delaware’s largest family picnic.” With good weather, attendance should be around 40,000 and, with the combination of ice cream, food, snacks, music and kids’ activities, “people BYOB—bring their own blanket—and tend to stay all day,” he says. This year’s festival—the fourth produced by Barry’s Events and sponsored by the New Castle County government— is set for June 27-28. Rebranded as the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood, it isn’t expected to get national television coverage this year, but the much heralded “Best Sundae on Sunday” competition will return, with an even larger cast of contestants and New Castle County Executive Tom Gordon on hand to present the first-place trophy. “The Ice Cream Festival is definitely the premier event that we hold each summer,” Gordon says. “It is a major draw for residents and visitors alike.” “It was exciting, an amazing opportunity for us to shine,” recalls Jen Rodammer, assistant manager of the University of Delaware’s UDairy Creamery, which won last year’s competition with its “Rockwood Carnival Cardiac Craze” sundae, featuring candied apples, funnel cake and fried Oreo cookies. UDairy will be back this year to defend its title. Student employees, better known as the “Moo Crew,” were asked to come up with suggested sundae concoctions in early May. “We don’t know what direction we’ll take,” Rodammer says. “We’ll try to narrow it down to the top five, test out a few and see what works best.” The 2014 runner-up, the Ice Cream Shoppe—practically around the corner from Rockwood on Philadelphia Pike in Bellefonte—doesn’t intend to settle for second best. Members of the Meloro family began making plans for the competition in April, says Alex Meloro, co-owner of the business. But ice cream lovers will have to wait until the festival to see what they’ve got in mind. “It’s a top family secret,” Alex says. “Mama Meloro will kick my butt if I let out any secrets, and she’ll have a few choice words for me in Italian.”


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Last year’s entry, “Rockwood Crown Vic Bacon Sundae,” featuring bacon chips over vanilla ice cream, was created as a tribute to law-enforcement officers, displayed in a pig-shaped bowl mounted atop a model of a Ford Crown Victoria police cruiser. Ted Brackin, owner of Sweet Lucy’s Ice Cream and Treats on Concord Pike, which placed third last year, is every bit as secretive as Meloro when it comes to discussing this year’s entry. “You know that old saying, ‘I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you,’” he says. “This is serious business, and I can’t let the cat out of the bag.” Last year Brackin and his family created “Banana Daydreamin’ Sundae,” with salted caramel ice cream over a waffle hammock, topped with bourbon caramel sauce, whipped cream, salted peanuts and a cherry. “We spent two weeks working on it. My kids had fresh bananas foster every night leading up to the event,” he says. This year’s competition also will feature entries by some highly touted newcomers. The dozen entrants include up-and-coming Philadelphia favorite Little Baby’s Ice Cream, West Chesterbased iSwich Gourmet, and a brand associated with an iconic Pennsylvania brewery, Yeungling’s Ice Cream. Little Baby’s, founded in 2011 by a trio of musicians, started with a single custom-built ice cream tricycle and now has four tricycles, a pair of shops in Philadelphia, and pints for sale at selected retailers in the region, co-owner Pete Angevine says. Little Baby’s offers both a traditional ice cream and a non-dairy product made from coconut cream. It specializes in “surprising or unusual flavor combinations you can’t find anywhere else.” Two examples: Earl Grey Sriracha, a blend of the traditional black English breakfast tea with southeast Asian hot sauce, and Everything Bagels, featuring bagel chunks frozen inside ice cream blended with poppy seeds, sesame seeds and garlic salt. “If you close your eyes, you kind of feel like you have a bagel and cream cheese in your mouth,” Angevine says. iSwich, run by north Wilmington resident Angie O’Brien, is in its second year. She started the business after creating a variety of flavored ice cream sandwich desserts for the gourmet club that she and her husband joined more than 20 years ago. All-natural and locally sourced, iSwich creations are made without any preservatives, O’Brien says. “We’re doing artisan ice cream. We consider ice cream to be works of art.” She plans to serve at least six varieties of sandwiches at Rockwood: chocolate pretzel with salted caramel; bananas Foster; blueberry lemon; chocolate almond coconut; raspberry chocolate, and fresh mint dark chocolate. ►

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At the Yeungling truck, it’s OK to ask whether there’s beer in the ice cream, but the answer is no, says spokeswoman Nicole Lasorda (her grandfather’s cousin is Tommy Lasorda, the Hall of Fame former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers). The Yeungling family got into the ice cream business during Prohibition, when it opened a dairy to supplement the limited revenues derived from production of near-beer. The dairy ran independently from 1935 until 1985, when family members were no longer interested in carrying on the business. Two years ago, David Yeungling, son of the company’s former owner, decided to revive the business, and ice cream production resumed in early 2014, Lasorda says. The top-selling flavor, Lasorda says, is “black and tan, a name that comes from our cousins’ popular beer.” It features Belgian chocolate ice cream swirled with chocolate caramel ice cream, she says. Yeungling will bring some fresh flavors for sampling at Rockwood, most likely caramel popcorn, orange creamsicle, salted caramel and chocolate caramel. Other ice cream vendors expected at the festival include Punk’d Pineapple, a soft-serve specialty shop from Kennett Square that offers vegan and lactose-free options; Tocumbo, featuring fruity ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors with a Mexican twist; Battiato Farms, a strawberry milk shake specialist; Kilby Cream, a popular destination in Rising Sun, Md.; Caffe Gelato, the well-known Newark dining spot; and Hy-Point Farms, a fourth-generation ice cream manufacturer and distributor in Brandywine Hundred. In addition to the ice cream, festival visitors can choose from 15 food vendors, offering wings, crab cakes, seafood, kielbasa, Mexican and Cajun specialties, BBQ ribs, pulled pork and much more. There will be live music both days on two stages (one for children, the other for adults). Jugglers, magicians, dance troupes, martial arts programs, animal shows and other performers will entertain throughout the day. Gordon is confident this year’s festival will provide more of the good times visitors have come to expect. “The national publicity we received last year, thanks to Barry’s Events, simply drew attention to what we already knew in New Castle County, that you don’t have to go to the beach in the summer to have a good time.”

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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org

On the Town STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov.

STEP 3: Meet local and regional artists while enjoying the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.

STEP 4: Enjoy one of Wilmington’s excellent restaraunt or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.

STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month!

FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS WHERE DOES THE ART LOOP START? The Art Loop is a self-guided, go-at-your-own pace tour that can start at any of the locations listed in this guide. There is no designated route for the Art Loop.

HOW DO I APPLY TO EXHIBIT ON THE ART LOOP? Participating galleries book and curate the exhi-

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HOW DO I TAKE THE ART LOOP SHUTTLE? Reserve one of the limited number of seats by calling 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.


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Opening receptions for David Slovic’s “Whisper,” the DCCA’s Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition “New Eyes: Experimental Photography Today,” Smashed Label’s “xThe Popshow,” and new work by DCCA studio artist Renee Benson, plus 4-5 food trucks and live music by the Late Saints, who will be looping through six of our galleries!Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view: Mon. – Fri. 10 am-6 pm through August.

Film Brothers 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE filmbrothers.com Film Brothers welcomes Tyler (Tyykai) Jones and Miles (Mdzy) Henderson. Tyler’s portraits mainly capture people’s emotions while in that “one” special moment. Miles’ photography consists of the search and depiction of the expression that can be found in all facets of life. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view by appointment through June 30.

Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE zaikka.com



Stacey Hendrix presents a mixed-media, all-sizes, collection studying the tree’s growth above and below the surface. For the first time, a tabletop collection of affordable, small original pieces will be available on June 5 during the art loop. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 11 am – 8 pm through June 30.

2nd and LOMA Leasing Office 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.655.0124 2ndandloma.com Nature Driven Works of Art...oil and acrylic on canvas and work on paper. David Crosby’s paintings reflect a deep reverence of nature and a yearning to understand it’s processes. These works highlight his more recent developments. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm

LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.893.2000 lomacoffee.com

Annie Elizabeth Kitchell is an aspiring young artist from southeastern Pennsylvania. She utilizes unique and unexpected materials to bring her subjects to life in her artwork. Her work ranges from traditional landscapes to abstract assemblages and everything in between. Annie is considering pursuing a career in graphic design. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 pm On view Mon – Fri 6 am – 5 pm, Sat 7 am – 2 pm through June. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Downtown Loop

artloopwilm.org Scott Hewitt/Lou Ciuffetelli Photography 605 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.893.4547 scotthewitt.com

The Grand Opera House the baby grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/galleries

Beaver Valley Art Showcase, Lauren Holden, Robert Shock, Maria Cavanaugh, Richard Hochheim, Sean Davis, Greg Young, Bonnie Ardis, Alison Altergott, Pam Rizzo, Jessica Barber, Heather Siple. The photography and art of our eleven artists will feature the beauty of Beaver Valley. Art Loop reception 5 – 10 pm. On view Mon – Fri. 9 am – 5 pm through June 5.

Conditions, Francesca Reyes. A body of work comprised of both paintings and drawings that use extensive material investigation to explore the presentation of public and private spaces within an urban landscape. Art Loop reception 5:30–8 pm. On view Mon–Fri 10 am–5 pm through June 30.

The Creative Vision Factory 617 N. Shipley St. Wilmington, DE 302.397.8472 thecreativevisionfactory.org

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

Group Show. The Creative Vision Factory presents our Annual Group Show. Work reflects a wide variety of mediums along with spoken word artists. Art Loop reception 6-9 pm; Mon-Fri. 10 am – 5 pm through June 29.

The Howard Pyle Studio Presents. A show representing works by members of The Howard Pyle Studio. Art Loop reception 5:30–8 pm. On view Mon–Fri 10 am–5 pm through June 30.

Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com

Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French St. Wilmington, DE artsdel.org

Beyond the Eye, Keith Roper. Mr. Roper perceives color as the foundation of life, intertwining vibrancy in all of his works. He uses his vision to bring familiar objects such as vases, mirrors, shoes, clothing, skateboards and of course canvases to life in a unique and inspiring way. Art Loop reception 5-30 - 8 pm. On View Mon-Sat. 11 am – 5 pm through June 30.

Harold Kalmus Sculpture, Harold Kalmus, The exhibition of Harold Kalmus’s figurative sculpture is continued for the month of June. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm through May 29.

Spaceboy DT 711 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 302.225.9781 spaceboyclothing.com Dave Mele’s work is focused on bright colors and bold lines. He tries to catch the viewers eye with simple designs that stand out. He is a painter as well as a tattooer at poppycock tattoo on 8th & orange streets in Wilmington. Live Music by Twitching Witches & DJ. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view: Mon. – Fri. 11 am-6 pm through June.

Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilm.org

Sport Connection 711 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE 267.241.8750 facebook.com/Sports.Connection

Poppycock Tattoo 115 W. 8th St. Wilmington, DE poppycocktattoo.com 302.543.7973

Jealousy, Anger & Surprise: Dwight Lacy’s art covers a range of topics and expression, being the vision of the words unheard. Product of My Environment: Jordan Moss’s illustrations combine scenes of fantasy but are realistic to life. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view: Mon. – Fri. 10 am-6 pm through August.


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Jazz Imprints VII, Jazz Imprints will be on exhibit at the Louis Redding Gallery inside the City County Building throughout the month of June. This project has been an ongoing exhibit, spearheaded by local photographer, Hope Rose. Join us for our opening reception and meet the Photographers. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 pm On view Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm through June 30.

Cholo/Lowrider: Group Show. Artists including Eric Hendrickson, Dave Mele, Tina Marabito, Matt Halter, Ric Frane, BJ Betts, Demian Rivera, John Vega, Pat Higgins, Wendy Mitchell, Mark Rosenblatt, Ken Schuler, Beth Busch and Duffs Speed Mo-chine, Featuring cholo and lowrider sub-culture inspired artwork. Art Loop Reception 6-10 pm. On View: Mon-Sat. 12- 7 pm through July 3. JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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West End Loop

artloopwilm.org Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE carspeckenscott.com 302-655-7173

Toscana To Go 1412 N. DuPont St. Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 toscanatogo.com

Wanderlust. Patricia Griffin. Exhibit features a variety of animal and wildlife paintings. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm On view Mon-Fri. 9 am – 5 pm through June 29.

Visual Documents Familiar and Not, Mia Muratori. I paint to describe mental imagery and to provoke non-ordinary thinking. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 pm Tues. – Fri. 10 am – 5 pm & Sat. 10 am-4 pm through June 24.

Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE 302.571.7407 wilmlib.org

Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net

Colours of North India, Karl Leck & Jane Stroback. This photographic journey through Northern India shows the places and people we met along the way. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon-Wed 9:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m, Thursday 9;30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Paintings; Ann A. Biggs, Anna Massey Biggs, Laura McMillan. Mother & daughter Ann & Anna Biggs are showing together for the first time with Ann offering detailed botanicals, and Anna showing jewelry and paintings inspired by nature. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm through June 27.

Levitea 228 W. 9th Street Wilmington, DE 302.565.9802 leviteawilmington.com Live Freakishly Awesome, Shaun Anthony This debut photography exhibition by Shaun Anthony for Anthony Janae Photography is a play on living light, freakish color and awesome composition! Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm through June 30.

Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi

Fusions Taster’s Choice 3629A Silverside Road Talleyville Center Wilmington, DE 19810 302.478.1409 fusionstasterschoice.com Summertime, Group exhibit. An all media show that celebrates the seasons of summer as seen through each artist. Art Loop reception: 6pm-9pm, Showing Tuesday through Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Closed Sun and Mon. through June 27.

Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.7304 howardpylestudio.org

Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com

All Members Group Show. A collection of work done in various mediums and styles representing all of our members at the Studio. Art Loop reception 5:30–8 pm On view by appointment through June 30.

Accidental Art, Lois Johnson. Accidental Art, a sideways look at the world, is one of photographer Lois Johnson’s passions. No Photoshop is needed to capture the unexpected. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm On view Tue – Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 12 – 4 pm through June 30.

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506

Bellefonte Arts 803 C Brandywine Blvd Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com Garden Party featuring work from Elaine Field, Ann White, Tracy Welch, Kay Donohue, Christian Kanienberg, Rich Hagerty, and Simon Hamermesh. Outdoor art includes hand blown glass sculpures, metal sculptures, wind chimes and mobiles. Art Loop reception: 5-9pm On view TuesThurs. 11 am – 6 pm, Fri. 11 am – 5 pm; Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun. 12pm – 4 pm.

Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures: Up For Air, Nanci Hersh. The body of work is about finding peace and healing, with both joy and the challenges in the ebbs and flows of our lives. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm through June 2.


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New Castle Loop The Buzz Gallery Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.981.4811 ardenbuzz.com

Details of Yosemite, Elisabeth Bard. Texture, color & the patina of woodlands stimulate my senses & lead me to create environmental tapestries that envelope the viewer. Elisabeth has long been fascinated by the passage of time, space, and the environment that impact the viewer. Art Loop reception 6 – 8:30 pm. On view by appointment through June 30.

Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net Sometimes a Cigar…is Not a Cigar, Venetia Thompson. “Very Venetia” handcrafts and gives new life to cigar boxes by creating unique purses utilizing vibrant colors, fabrics and multiple textures. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Thu 10 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am – 6 pm, Sun 12 – 5 pm through June.


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NR | 1 hr 31 mins | June 5-7 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm Awakening from an alcohol induced black out, Teddy discovers he has severely beaten his wife, Molly. As he seeks her forgiveness, she struggles with a possible future together.


NR | 1 hr 58 mins | June 5-7 Fri 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm Persian with English subtitles With the return of their close friend Ahmad from Germany, a group of old college pals decide to reunite for a weekend outing by the Caspian Sea. The fun starts right away as they quickly catch on to the plan of lively Sepideh, who has brought along Elly, her daughter’s kindergarten teacher, in hopes of setting her up with recently divorced Ahmad.


June 12th | ONE NIGHT ONLY Fri 7pm Reveals the events behind Kurt Cobain’s death as seen through the eyes of Tom Grant, the private investigator that was hired by Courtney Love in 1994 to track down her missing husband (Kurt Cobain) only days before his deceased body was found at their Seattle home. Cobain’s death was ruled a suicide by the police (a reported self-inflicted gunshot wound), but doubts have circulated for twenty years as to the legitimacy of this ruling, especially due to the work of Mr. Grant, a former L.A. County Sheriff’s detective.


NR | 1 hr 34 mins | June 12-14 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious twist on the ageold truth: misery loves company. In-depth, candid interviews with some of the most revered comedy greats who each share their unique path and a life devoted to making strangers laugh.


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R | 1 hr 43 mins | June 12-14 Fri 1pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm In the shadowy world of drone warfare, combat unfolds like a video game–only with real lives at stake. After six tours of duty, Air Force pilot Tom Egan yearns to get back into the cockpit of a real plane, but he now fights the Taliban from an air-conditioned box in the Las Vegas desert. When he and his crew start taking orders directly from the CIA, and the stakes are raised, Egan’s nerves—and his relationship with his wife begin to unravel.


NR | 1 hr 55 mins | June 19 – 21 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm Hebrew with English subtitles An Israeli woman (Ronit Elkabetz) seeking to finalize a divorce (Gett) from her estranged husband finds herself effectively put on trial by her country’s religious marriage laws, in this powerhouse courtroom drama from sibling directors Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz.


NR | 1 hr 30 mins | June 19-21 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm For 45 years, Caroll Spinney has been beloved by generations of children as the man behind Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch and at 80 years old, he has no intention of stopping.


R | 1 hr 40 mins | June 26-28 Fri 4pm, 10pm | Sat 2pm, 8pm | Sun 4pm For 19-year-old Jay (Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her.


PG-13 | 1 hr 49 mins | June 26-28 Fri 1pm, 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm, 7pm For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project, which is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

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Last year’s 4th of July Celebration on the Riverfront.

City of Wilmington’s Cityfest Prepares for Summer Festival Season For Wilmingtonians and music lovers in the region, the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival signals the beginning of the City of Wilmington’s summer festival offerings. The annual Jazz Festival is just the start of the summer-long roster of music events sponsored by the City of Wilmington. Cityfest, Inc. solicits sponsorships and grants that subsidize the City of Wilmington’s financial and staffing contributions to arts and cultural programs. The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and other City departments, along with volunteer community input and assistance, provides project staff. To volunteer for Cityfest events this summer, please visit: www.cityfestwilm.com.

2015 Cityfest Summer Festival Season DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival The largest free jazz festival on the east coast brings a week of live jazz music and jazz-themed receptions to downtown Wilmington! Honoring Wilmington’s own jazz legend Clifford Brown, the event will include outstanding performances on the main stage concerts, vendors, food, wines & craft beers. This evente is free and open to the public. Dates: June 13th - 20th Time: Please visit website for full listing of event times: cliffordbrownjazzfest.org Location: Rodney Square, Downtown Wilmington 4th of July Celebration Celebrate the nation’s independence along the Christina River at the Wilmington Riverfront! Live music performances, food, wine & craft beer, vendors, Kids’ Zone & of course an incredible fireworks display at the end of the evening. This event is free and open to the public. Date: July 4th Time: 2pm Location: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington

Rodney Square Summer Stage Performances **NEW CITIFEST MUSIC SERIES** Live music performances will take place in Rodney Square in the evenings throughout the month of July! These evening events are free and open to the public. Dates: July 10th, 11th, 12th, 17th, 18th, 19th, 24th, 25th & 26th Time: 6pm - 8pm Location: Rodney Square, Downtown Wilmington Riverfront Blues Festival The blues return to Wilmington as the city welcomes back the Riverfront Blues Festival, with three days of live blues performances by a talented collection of artists at this wonderful outdoor festival along the Christina River. Dates: July 31st - August 2nd Schedule of Events/Ticket Costs: Please see the event’s website for artist lineups, show times, and ticket prices: riverfrontbluesfest.com. Location: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington Back to School Celebration Live musical performances for school-aged youth as the City of Wilmington celebrates the start of a new school year! There will be bookbag and school supply giveaways for young city residents returning to school. Date: August 22nd Time: Noon Location: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington Cool Summer Nights The City of Wilmington finishes off its summer music festival season with another free music event for all. Live music performances, featuring a variety of music genres, along with food, wine & craft beer, vendors. This event is free and open to the public. Date: August 22nd Time: 6pm Location: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, Wilmington JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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2014 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

City Announces 2015 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Lineup


his year, the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will celebrate its 27th anniversary and will take place from Friday, June 13 through Saturday, June 20, 2015. The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is recognized for bringing world-class artists to perform in downtown Wilmington, and has received acclaim as one of the largest free music festivals in the region. The yearly festival, which honors Wilmington jazz legend Clifford Brown, continues this rich tradition of jazz in the City of Wilmington. The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival will feature an opening event and three receptions, along with the traditional week-long festival main stage with nightly concert performances. Main stage performances at Rodney Square begin at 6pm on Tuesday through Friday and at 2pm on Saturday. For more information and updates on the 2015 DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, please visit: cliffordbrownjazzfest.org. 50 JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat, is among the choices on area menus.

SAVORING THE DIFFERENCE Americans have embraced Pan-Asian food, with its “heat flavors to bright flavors,” and New Castle County offers it in abundance By Eric Ruth


ot too long ago in America, we began to find taste buds we never knew we had. Slowly, steadily, we began to transition from the once-obligatory lineup of good-ol’ meat-and-potatoes restaurants—occasionally accented by Americanized-Italian pasta houses—and make room for snappier Asian accents, first with Chinese take-out, then through a smattering of Indian, or (somewhat confusingly, at first) Japanese sushi and Thai curries. Things haven't really been the same since. And things have really never stopped rolling on this happy road to pan-cultural, equal-opportunity dining, even in Delaware, which has a reputation among chefs for timid palates and easily startled sensibilities. In New Castle County, we can now savor food not only from Japan, but from Malaysia, even from Cambodia. And it has forever proved that our parents, and our parents’ parents, were oh-sowrong to have assumed that Asian glory could reach no higher than those restaurants where the cocktails have umbrellas, General Tso remains in command and dumbed-down homogeneity is the rule.

Chef Brian Ashby, who’s the force behind the new 8th and Union restaurant and its Asia-worshipping menu in Wilmington, was cautiously hopeful when he crafted his menu that the new millennium’s American is more willing to accept such offbeat notions as pork belly soup and unripe papaya salad. “If I can get their butts in the seats, if I can get them to try it, they’ll like it,” he says. Partly, that confidence springs from his sense that the flavor profiles and balance-obsessed aesthetics of Asian cuisines touch so many already established pleasure points. “Asian food goes everywhere from heat flavors to bright flavors. It hits you everywhere on your palate,” Ashby says. Out on the streets, this new class of Asian artfulness is being expressed in some instances one cuisine at a time, in restaurants that keep a fairly steady focus on Thailand, or Malaysia, or Vietnam. Each is remarkable not only for showing us “new” tastes, but also for sensing how deeply their own flavors and techniques resonate with American palates that already love generously spiced, deeply savory food. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Chicken Satay is one one of offerings at 8th and Union.

With Vietnamese, the character is lighter, brighter, fresher, and deeply aware of those subtle-but-powerful moments. In Thai food, you’ll find a magical balance between salty and sweet and sour. And when it comes to the handful of Delaware restaurants that serve authentic Chinese food, just a taste or two will tell you why these are places where entire families of actual Chinese-Americans come to find actual Chinese goodness. More often, the new Asian restaurants that are most invigorating embrace a happy repertoire of Pan-Asian philosophies, mingling and mixing the common and seemingly contrary Asian characteristics of complexity and simplicity, boldness and subtlety. As a result, it may be the best time ever for diners to be pleasantly perplexed by some uncommon treats: subs with liver pate; eel soup with aged cabbage; spicy pig innards with snake beans. Don’t fret. Be brave. You’ll find things lighter than you expected, less scary than they seemed, and worth deeper exploration. Here’s a look at some reliable places to find your next Pan-Asian revelation, supplemented with a short list of Chinese restaurants where authenticity still rules:

PAN-ASIAN DESTINATIONS Pinang (Newark) At the forefront of Delaware’s Malaysian mini-invasion, Pinang also ventures tastefully into China and Thailand. The Dish to Try: Beef Rendang. pinangcuisine.com Southeast Kitchen (Trolley Square) Snug setting and budget-friendly menu belie a deft touch with the sweet-salty-sour-spicy tastes of Thailand. The Dish to Try: Chicken Laab lettuce wraps. southeastkitchen.net 8th and Union Kitchen (Little Italy) Brand-new city-sleek concept from chef Brian Ashby seems committed to proving how well contemporary culinary ideals cohabitate with the “soul-food” of Vietnam and Thailand. 8thandunion.com Rasa Sayang (North Wilmington) Elegant atmosphere elevates this Malaysian-meets-Thai menu. The Dish to Try: Green Curry Chicken. rasasayangusa.com Bánh Mì Boy (Newark) “Vietnamese hoagies” are a happily heretical notion in this sub-loving state. The Dish to Try: Original Bánh Mì. banhmiboy.com Tasti Thai (Christiana) Possibly the county’s best overall exploration base for Thai tastes —and the most willing to truly make things “Thai hot.” The Dish to Try: Som Tum (a.k.a. green papaya salad). tastithai.com 54 JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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3 Decades of Authentic & Traditional Family Recipes Kimchi tacos at Kapow Food Truck include Korean beef, kimchi, cilantro and green onions, served on corn tortillas.

Kahl Bee (Elsmere) The fun, funky passions of Korean cuisine sometimes show best in the initially alarming side dishes (crunchy baby crabs, anyone?), while beef barbecue effortlessly resonates with American sensibilities. The Dish(es) to Try: Bulgogi (grilled beef), Jaeyook Bokum (spicy pork and kimchi stir-fry). Ubon Thai Cuisine (Wilmington Riverfront) The kitchen’s deft touch and the sexy setting help reveal the inherent sophistication of Thai tastes. The Dish to Try: Lemongrass Lollipops. ubonthaicuisine.com KOI on the Go (food truck) Fresh-made Thai food somehow tastes better when you have to chase down the restaurant. The Dish to Try: Pork dumplings. Find on Facebook. Kapow Thai Guy Cuisine (food truck) Foodies rave for these simple-but-delicious Thai-and-beyond interpretations. Dish(es) to Try: Thai Guy Wings, Kimchi Tacos. kapowtruck.com Phở Cali (Milltown/Kirkwood Highway) The rather bleak strip-mall setting fades into insignificance with each spoonful of “pho” soup at this Vietnamese gem. The Dish to Try: Pho with Beef Brisket and a Vietnamese coffee. Takumi (North Wilmington) There’s well-crafted sushi here, but also some rare Sichuan delights. Dish to try: Pork Belly with Garlic Sauce. besttakumi.com Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar (Trolley Square) Artful Pan-Asian interpretations are well suited to life’s need for lively, fun interludes. Dish to Try: Cambodian Spare Ribs. satsumakitchen.com Le Shio Asian Fusion Cuisine (North Wilmington) Sushi-centric menu takes some welcome excursions into the lighter, brighter tastes of Greater Asia. Dish to Try: Lamb with Oyster Sauce and Basil Sauce. leshio.com ►

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Asian Kitchen (Hockessin) Once known as Padi, Asian Kitchen still embraces the subtly bold tastes of Japan, Thailand and Malaysia. The Dish to Try: Chili Crab. padirestaurant.com


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The Crownery (Hockessin) Longtime suburban stalwart has consistently upheld more authentic ideals of Chinese cuisine, especially for diners brave enough (and fluent enough) to order from the “Chinese menu.” The Dish to Try: Double-Cooked Sliced Pork Belly with Bean Paste. thecrownery.com

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Hunan (North Wilmington) The always well-executed menu is an invigorating mash-up of Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese. The Dish to Try: Crispy Salt-Baked Shrimp. asianhunan.com

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Yi Palace (North Wilmington and Newark) With perhaps the most hard-core (and potentially intimidating) Chinese menu in Delaware, Yi Palace is the place to vanquish any squeamishness over delicacies such as pork belly, pig intestines and frog legs. The Dish to Try: Chicken with Hot Pepper. yipalace.net


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FOOD NOTES Tasty things worth knowing NEW BRAZILIAN STEAKHOUSE Churrascaria Saudades to open in Newark


lassic Brazilian barbeque is coming to the Newark Shopping Center late this summer, in the empty storefront between Minster’s Jewels and PNC Bank. The upscale-meets-family-friendly eatery Churrascaria Saudades Brazilian Steakhouse will feature varieties of grilled meats, which, in traditional style, will be carried from table to table and served in slices. The dining style, called churrascaria rodizio, translates to “barbecue rounds” —referring to staff actually “making the rounds” through the restaurant. Churrascaria has gained popularity in the United States, with chains like Fogo de Chão, with locations in Philadelphia and Baltimore. A bar, tableside liquor cart, and side items also will be available. Visit eatsteaks.com for restaurant updates.

NEWARK CO-OP OPENS CAFE Cafe 67 brings more healthy options


afe 67 is the latest addition to Newark Natural Foods’ new store in the Newark Shopping Center on Main Street. Open Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.8 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., the cafe boasts Main Street’s only organic salad bar, along with hot foods, a deli, smoothies, juices and organic, locally-roasted coffee. The menu is varied, including pizzas like the Mediterranean topped with hummus, Thai chicken, or simply “The Kennett”—tomato sauce with mozzarella and oven-roasted Kennett Square mushrooms. For more menu items, visit newarknaturalfoods.com.

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Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles, a few herbs, and meat, is among the choices on area menus.

SAVORING THE DIFFERENCE Americans have embraced Pan-Asian food, with its ‘heat flavors to bright flavors,’ and New Castle County offers it in abundance By Eric Ruth


ot too long ago in America, we began to find taste buds we never knew we had. Slowly, steadily, we began to transition from the once-obligatory lineup of good-ol’ meat-and-potatoes restaurants—occasionally accented by Americanized-Italian pasta houses—and make room for snappier Asian accents, first with Chinese take-out, then through a smattering of Indian, or (somewhat confusingly, at first) Japanese sushi and Thai curries. Things haven't really been the same since. And things have really never stopped rolling on this happy road to pan-cultural, equal-opportunity dining, even in Delaware, which has a reputation among chefs for timid palates and easily startled sensibilities. In New Castle County, we can now savor food not only from Japan, but from Malaysia, even from Cambodia. And it has forever proved that our parents, and our parents’ parents, were oh-sowrong to have assumed that Asian glory could reach no higher than those restaurants where the cocktails have umbrellas, General Tso remains in command and dumbed-down homogeneity is the rule.

Chef Brian Ashby, who’s the force behind the new 8th and Union restaurant and its Asia-worshipping menu in Wilmington, was cautiously hopeful when he crafted his menu that the new millennium’s American is more willing to accept such offbeat notions as pork belly soup and unripe papaya salad. “If I can get their butts in the seats, if I can get them to try it, they’ll like it,” he says. Partly, that confidence springs from his sense that the flavor profiles and balance-obsessed aesthetics of Asian cuisines touch so many already established pleasure points. “Asian food goes everywhere from heat flavors to bright flavors. It hits you everywhere on your palate,” Ashby says. Out on the streets, this new class of Asian artfulness is being expressed in some instances one cuisine at a time, in restaurants that keep a fairly steady focus on Thailand, or Malaysia, or Vietnam. Each is remarkable not only for showing us “new” tastes, but also for sensing how deeply their own flavors and techniques resonate with American palates that already love generously spiced, deeply savory food. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Calagione has become the poster boy for the craft beer industry.

Dogfish Head Marks Two Decades Sam Calagione reflects on the growth of his business and the craft beer industry By Rob Kalesse


t’s been 20 years since a native of Western Massachusetts decided to take his beer brewing business plan to coastal Delaware. Once established in Rehoboth Beach, the oddly named brewpub—Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats—soon became a juggernaut, with a brewery following in Milton and Dogfish Ale House restaurants popping up in Gaithersburg, Md., and Fairfax and Falls Church, Va. While Dogfish Head hit a snag recently when the proposed expansion of its downtown Rehoboth brewpub was denied approval by city council, the brand continues to grow by leaps and bounds in the craft brew industry. At the helm all the while,

Sam Calagione, that same Western Massachusetts native, has become the ruggedly handsome poster boy for craft beer. Calagione recently sat in front of a roaring fire outside the hotel in Lewes named after his beer company, relaxing between marketing trips to Los Angeles and Chicago. Sipping from a bottle of Namaste, a Belgian-style white ale with hints of orange and lemongrass, he spent an hour with Out & About discussing his humble homebrew beginnings, his favorite Dogfish and non-Dogfish beers, and the upcoming weeklong celebration of the 20th anniversary of a brewery that put Delaware on the craft beer map. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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What was your first experience with good craft beer?

After college at Muhlenberg, I moved to New York City to take some writing courses at Columbia. At nights I worked as a waiter at a place in Manhattan called Nacho Mama’s Burritos. It doesn’t sound like a good craft beer place, but they had a solid list, for the time. Chimay Red and Sierra Nevada’s Celebration were my two “epiphany” beers—they got me interested enough to look into making my own.

When did you brew your first beer, and was it any good?

I home brewed in my tiny New York apartment in late 1993. There was one brewing store in Manhattan called Little Shop of Hops, where I got my kit. On the way home, I purchased some overly ripe cherries from a little bodega, and mashed them into the brew. It was actually really good for a first effort, even though my next two beers sucked. After sharing the first batch with a lot of people, I decided to write up a business plan.

Did your degree in English help with writing a business plan? Well, my big joke is there’s no better work of fiction than a business plan. But in all seriousness, a business plan, aside from the numbers, needs good story telling. You have to be able to imagine your dream and put in on paper so that you can get the money you need to get started.

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Actually, my wife Mariah graduated from Brown University, and we were considering staying there in Providence. I wrote up my plan with the assumption that we would open in Rhode Island, but I couldn’t get approved or get the money. Once a commercial brewery opened up soon after that in Rhode Island, I decided to look at states without a commercial brewery, and Delaware popped up on the list.

Your tagline for Dogfish Head is “offcentered ales for off-centered people,” and your beers certainly reflect that. Why did you decide to go that route? In the early ‘90s, I did a lot of research on the artisanal food movement that was coming about, and I wanted to focus on not only pairing food with beer, but using food in beer, and thus going with something off-centered. Not everyone was accepting of apricots and chicory in their beer at first. They thought we were weirdos, actually, but now you see it everywhere. I’m kind of proud of that fact.


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Of all the beers you’ve brewed, which one is your favorite?

I usually say it’s the one I’m drinking, and actually, the Namaste is one of my favorites during the summer months, along with the 61 Minute IPA. In the fall or winter, it’s the Indian Brown Ale, which was really the first darker, or black, IPA in America. You see a lot of them now, and we’ve had to defend our trademark on that beer, in the amount of $230,000, which is $10,000 more than it cost to open the brewpub when we started. Despite the IPAs being such a big part of what we do, the Indian Brown is a great, if underrated, beer.

When was the last time you drank a Bud Light or Miller Lite?

Well, I’m not a beer snob; I’m a beer geek. Those light lagers are world-class beers for that category, and their consistency is impeccable. After a hockey game or at a friend’s house, I’ve had those beers, even recently. But I try to avoid them because I’m just such a big supporter of the craft movement. We still maintain a very small share of the market, so it’s important that we are all very supportive of each other.

Do you still brew?

Not at the brewery in Milton. That equipment is so big and so advanced; I wouldn’t know where to begin. But yeah, I do brew once or twice a month at the pub. Just small batches that are in research and development, so that we can taste test them and see what needs to be tweaked or if they’re worth brewing on a larger scale.

If you could do a Dogfish Head beer dinner with three people, living or dead, who would you invite?

This is actually a hot tub question I’ve pondered with my kids, so I have an answer. Dorothy Parker, because I think she’d keep the conversation going in interesting directions, and then Ernest Hemingway and Andy Warhol. I figure Hemingway would spit out my beer and make a gin and tonic, then punch Parker in the face for what she would be saying, and Warhol would be there to document the whole thing.

Do you ever worry about overexposure or Dogfish Head getting too big?

I used to write letters about our mantra, saying we couldn’t get over 20,000 barrels, and then 50,000, and then 100,000, and Xerox them and hand them out to staff during meetings back in the day. Then I realized we could maintain our culture and style as long as we keep being experimental and remember our roots. That’s why a couple years ago, instead of choosing to open another plant in New England or in the south, we decided to put $55 million into the Milton brewery. We’re a Delaware company and we love making our beer in Lewes and Milton. No matter how big we get, that will always be the case.

Dogfish Head Celebration June 22-27 The 20th anniversary celebration of Dogfish Head, which opened its Rehoboth Beach doors in June of 1995, begins June 22 with a week of special events at the brew pub in downtown Rehoboth and the brewery in Milton. Things start off with Mini Growler Monday at the pub, where 50 limited edition growlers will be available for sale. Each 64-ounce jug will be signed by Calagione, who will also be on hand for the release, beginning at 2 p.m. Up at the brewery, it’s Mini Monday, where visitors can make a miniature version of their own beer by using the Dogfish Head randall. Invented by Calagione, a randall is an organoleptic hop transducer with a double-chamber filter that connects to the tap of your favorite beer. Visitors are welcome to bring in their own ingredients—cherries, hops, coffee, mint, orange peel—to add to their favorite Dogfish Head beer on tap. The process allows each user to act as his or her own brewmaster. Calagione also will be a guest bartender at the pub on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m., and at the brewery on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. If you share a birthday with Dogfish on June 23, show your ID and you'll receive a gift. Throwback Thursday will be a celebration of the ‘90s. At the pub and brewery, several vintage brews will be on tap, and visitors are urged to dress in ‘90s garb. Join the Dogfish Head crew for an extended happy hour at Beer:30 on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the brewery, followed by live music at the pub at 10 p.m. (Band TBA). The week before, from June 11-13, Dogfish Head brings back its annual Analog-A-Gogo festival, a “sensory experience to end all sensory experiences,” featuring handcrafted cask beer, live music, and homemade goods. Three concerts cap off the week at the brewpub, featuring some heavy hitters in the music world: Country rock band Tall Tales and the Silver Lining play on Thursday; indie rock band Built to Spill performs Friday, and Phillybased, indie-folk rockers Hop Along wrap things up on Saturday. All shows start at 10 p.m. No tickets are required. On Saturday, June 13, at the brewery from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., a celebration of all things sensory will include 10 Dogfish Head craft ales on cask, wherein barrel-conditioned, unpasteurized beer is pushed from the cask to the tap via nitrogen or carbon dioxide. The result is a slightly warmer beer, but with a much fuller flavor. (Geeks really love it.) “This is our big annual party, and since it’s our 20th anniversary this year, we really wanted to amplify things by putting another layer into it,” Calagione says. “The day at the brewery is going to be such a great time, but I’m super psyched for the music lineup we have scheduled at the brewpub.” As for a 20th anniversary ale, he said he and his team are still in the r&d process, but that it will be a big and heavy dark beer set for release in the fall. Dogfish Head also plans to release a revamped version of last year’s “Pennsylvania Tuxedo,” in collaboration with Woolrich Clothing, an outdoor apparel manufacturer. “I’ll be heading up to Woolrich in Pennsylvania later this year, where 55 co-workers at the company will go through the forest picking spruce tips for the beer,” says Calagione. “After freezing and thawing them, we add them to an Imperial IPA we’ll be making, and they bring a sort of hop-like herbaceous quality to the beer.” Calagione says both the collaboration Pennsylvania Tuxedo (which refers to an outfit of black and red flannel coats and pants worn by hunters), and the 20th anniversary ale (to be named later) will possess a fairly high ABV, flavor profiles appropriate for “fall drinking weather,” and will be available both by the bottle locally and on draft at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in downtown Rehoboth Beach. — Rob Kalesse JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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To The Good Folks At Dogfish Head Brewery: All it takes for some people to see the light is a little time. At least that would be a kind way to interpret the recent actions of the Rehoboth Board of Adjustment. First, in April, they denied your application to expand your highly successful brewpub, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats. It was a decision that shocked, dismayed and agitated many Rehoboth locals and visitors, particularly when it was revealed that during the hearing one board member suggested that, in lieu of not being able to expand in Rehoboth, the brewpub might instead relocate somewhere out of town. We wondered what it would have been like to have been in the room at that exact moment, as if someone had just tapped a keg full of skunked ungratefulness. Thankfully, in May, based on new findings—and perhaps their sudden drop in popularity—these same board members granted you a second hearing to be held this month. We hope the tide is turning with their thought processes and that you are able to move forward with your plans for renovations. But interestingly enough, the situation generated some enthusiastic discussions among our staff, the general theme being: “Wilmington would never treat you that way.” Let’s be honest: Wilmington simply could not afford to kick out one of its major attractions. Rehoboth can’t either, for that matter—especially a business that continues to draw visitors in the colder months, long after the beaches have cleared. But back to Wilmington… In the spirit of our ongoing “Building A Better Wilmington” series and this month’s focus on the Riverfront, the Out & About staff strongly believes our city could find a promising home for another Dogfish Head brewpub. Our civic leaders would welcome you with open arms. Our developers would stand in line to accommodate you. Our residents, many of whom—as you know—drink your beverages with much fervor, would rejoice in your expansion to New Castle County with your second brewpub in Delaware. And not one of us would ever suggest you pack up and move anywhere else. Ever. Three brewpubs in the D.C. area certainly did not negatively impact your Rehoboth location. Likewise, we believe there is strong evidence that a Wilmington location would only enhance the overall Dogfish brand in this region. Moreover, the Wilmington Riverfront is home to a rich rowing tradition, a successful minor league baseball club, a wildlife refuge, a skating rink (in the winter) and now a brand new miniature golf course—all outdoor pursuits that your owner, Sam Calagione, has championed in past speeches. There is the desire, the demand, and the energy to make this dream a reality. To prove the point, we are posting a petition on our website entitled: “Please Consider Bringing A Dogfish Head Brewpub to Wilmington.” Let’s see what happens. Hopefully, the only other thing required is time. —Out & About

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Here's what's pouring BEER, WINE AND POPCORN Penn Cinema expands beverage options


Starting this month at Penn Cinema, movie buffs will be able to enjoy films like Pitch Perfect 2 with a Pinot Noir or Jurassic World with a monsterhoppy craft beer. The theater has already received much positive feedback on the decision to offer beer and wine to its guests (at a two-drink maximum). “We’re not trying to become a destination for beer drinkers, but we feel this is an amenity that our viewers will enjoy,” says Penn Ketchum, managing partner for Penn Cinema.


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n Friday, June 26, Peco’s Liquors in Wilmington will celebrate its 79th anniversary with a party from 5-8 p.m. A range of tastings featuring popular brands of wine, beer and spirits will be included, and everything in the store will be 10 percent off. The liquor store has been housed at the same location at the corner of Philadelphia Pike and Marion Ave. in north Wilmington throughout its almost eightdecade history.

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he 1,000th batch brewed at Iron Hill, the Millennium Falcon beer, will be released at Iron Hill Wilmington on Friday, June 5, starting at 5 p.m. The brew, made in honor of the spacecraft in the Star Wars universe commanded by smuggler Han Solo, is a Belgian-style stout with a complex dark fruit aroma and a roasted malt flavor.

owningtown, Pa.-based Victory Brewing Company has opened its newest brewpub, Victory at Magnolia, on Cypress Street in Kennett Square, Pa. Hours are Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to midnight (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (kitchen closes at 9). Melding European ingredients and traditions with American creativity, Victory’s beers will be featured, along with local Pennsylvania wines, Victory Root Beer, and house-made lemonade and iced tea. The diverse food menu includes P.E.I. mussels, a cheese and charcuterie board, small plates like green papaya salad and fried cauliflower, and main dishes such as the loaded bacon dog and honey ham club sandwich. Of course, mushrooms are featured as well.

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Chris Cotter documents the lives of refugees in Ethiopia’s Asayta Refugee Camp in the desolate Afar region.

Musician with a Camera WaveRadio drummer and producer Chris Cotter’s documentary of human suffering in an East African country is set for a June 13 preview and soundtrack release show


By Krista Connor

hris Cotter is a world traveler. The 38-year-old West Chester drummer of area band WaveRadio has visited countries in Europe, Central and South America and Africa. On his first trip to Africa at the age of 27 he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, went on safari, did the “tourist thing.” But as a budding documentarian, he began to realize that every time he went on an adventure, it felt as if he had only passed through a place. He wanted to do something “more,” he says, and a dream of making a humanitarian documentary unfolded.

Within the next few years he piloted two businesses, Tailor Made Media, where he is a music producer, and TribeSound Records, where he’s a film and video project manager, focusing on corporate, medical and commercial videos. “What we’d rather [continue to] do is documentaries and films,” says Cotter. “Because that’s good for the soul. You gotta feed your pocket, but you also have to feed your soul.” In 2013 a friend informed him about a crisis in the small African country of Eritrea, and recommended looking into opportunities to help. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“I hadn’t even heard of Eritrea,” Cotter admits. An East African nation bordering Sudan, Ethiopia and Djibouti, Eritrea is run by dictator Isaias Afwerki, whose ironfisted regime has maintained control for more than 20 years. Faced with arbitrary killings, slave labor, and the threat of abduction at random, most of the 6.3 million inhabitants live in constant fear. Journalists and civilians face imprisonment or torture for speaking out, so it’s difficult for Eritreans to raise awareness about their plight. Not surprisingly, up to 4,000 people try to flee the country every month. The United Nations ranks Eritrea fourth among countries whose citizens are seeking asylum. If refugees survive crossing the borders (where guards follow a shoot-to-kill policy), thousands wind up in one of four refugee camps in neighboring Ethiopia for an indefinite period. Other refugees seek life outside of East Africa, commonly paying traffickers to smuggle them to Europe, Israel—basically anywhere away from Eritrea. Once in a new country, they often face malice from nationals of that country, partially because they are seen as job stealers. What’s more, many traffickers are corrupt, and after being paid off, they kidnap, practice extortion or abandon boats packed with refugees in the Mediterranean Sea. “Right now people [around the world] are starting to notice what’s going on because so many people have died in the Mediterranean over the last two years,” Cotter says. Cotter immediately knew he wanted to tell the story of the refugees through a documentary, which would be called Refugee: Eritrean Exodus. He got a crew together, then contacted humanitarian John Stauffer of eritreanrefugees.org, which happens to be based in Pennsylvania. Stauffer provided necessary contacts needed by Cotter and his crew—Joe Acchione, Scott Miller, Joshua Coyne, and Evan Schullery. Last Christmas, Cotter and producer Miller—the only team member to make the trip with Cotter—left for two weeks to visit Ethiopian refugee camps, including a camp in a desolate desert called the Afar region. They also spent a week in Israel, the destination of many refugees at the time.


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Cotter shooting on location in Shire, Ethiopia.

Once Cotter and Miller arrived at the Ethiopian camps, reactions were mixed, Cotter says. Some refugees wanted their faces blurred on camera, some didn’t want to talk to them at all, but almost everyone was grateful for their help in trying to raise awareness. “Especially in the Afar region,” says Cotter. “They have no one to tell their stories to. They’re just idling in refugee camps.” Overall, Cotter and Miller talked with 50 refugees. “They just want a peaceful, safe life and home, like everyone else,” says Cotter. The crew spoke with organizations like Amnesty International and Physicians for Human Rights, and Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard, who says: “Eritrea has one of the most oppressive governments in the world.” Back in West Chester, Cotter and crew put 1600 hours into the film’s production. In February they launched a Kickstarter campaign for continued production, raising an impressive $30,000 in just 30 days. At one point in the process, Cotter says he finally needed to determine who the target audience was for the film. “I decided it was for people like myself, people who don’t know about Eritrea, what it’s like to be a refugee, and to focus on an English-speaking population,” he says. So he says it only made sense for WaveRadio to do a soundtrack for the documentary. He opted out of using traditional Eritrean or Ethiopian music, and instead went with a modern Western twist. “The band made it easy, as did all of the guys in my film,” says Cotter. “This whole project came easier than it probably should have—I have really talented friends.” WaveRadio is typically an experimental rock band, but Cotter, who praises their adaptability, listened to Mumford and Sons, Radiohead and Stereolab, and had the band loosely base the music and the mood on such styles and songs. All songs are original except for one by The National. On Saturday, June 13, at World Cafe Live at The Queen, the band and crew will hold a soundtrack release show, featuring a preview of the film. Doors open at 8 p.m. and tickets are $10. Refugee: Eritrean Exodus is slated to be finished at the end of June, and a July premiere date is planned. Cotter’s end goal is to have Refugee shown on channels like HBO or PBS. What’s next for the musician/documentarian? “Something funny,” says Cotter. “I’ll always want to do something like this, but the next thing will have to be lighthearted. Maybe just stupid.” For more information on the documentary, visit eritreanexodus.com, and for more on the crisis and how you can help, go to eritreanrefugees.org.



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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news LADYBUGS SING The fourth annual free festival takes over downtown Wilmington July 16 Ladybug Festival, Gable Music Ventures’ free block party, returns to downtown Wilmington for a fourth year on Thursday, July 16, with a colorful lineup of female musicians. Multi-instrumentalist Angela Sheik, a local favorite, will return this year, along with other well-known local musicians Joy Ike, Mary Arden Collins, Michelle Ley and Nalani & Sarina. Thirty-six artists, ranging from 15-year-olds to grown women, and from rock to acoustic, will perform. The headliner is TBA. The 5-10 p.m. free festival will take over the LOMA district, from 2nd and 3rd streets to Market and Shipley streets, with musicians, food trucks and vendors. This year includes two outdoor stages, featuring the main stage at 3rd and Market, and another at the courtyard at Delaware Technical Community College. Seven Market Street venues, including Shenanigans, Extreme Pizza, Film Brothers and LOMA Coffee, also will host performances. Last year’s festival attracted a crowd of about 2,000, says Gayle Dillman, co-founder of Gable, an event-planning organization. “It really was a showcase for the city,” she says. “Providing an outlet for original music is one way to try to tip the scales from negative press.” Gable co-founder Jeremy Hebbel says they expect upwards of 3,000 festival-goers this year. “No matter what you like, you’ll find something here,” Hebbel says. For more information, visit gablemusicventures.com. CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ TRUMPET CONSORTIUM New workshop honors Brown’s legacy June 15-18 In conjunction with the annual Clifford Brown Festival (June 13-20), the inaugural Clifford Brown Jazz Trumpet Consortium will come to the Christina Cultural Arts Center from June 15-18. This first-ever jazz training workshop—named in honor of jazz trumpet great and Wilmington native Clifford Brown—will feature aspiring jazz trumpet artists in daily intensive training with four renowned professionals. Organizers are hoping it will be an annual event. Musicians Terell Stafford, Brad Goode, Greg Gisbert and Al Hood will educate attendees about Brown, his Wilmington upbringing and local jazz education. The honored daily guest is Brown’s son, Clifford Brown, Jr. This exclusive training includes courses in listening, transcribing, improvisation, music theory and tune learning, and concludes each day with an old-fashioned jazz jam session. For more information, contact Alan Hood at 587-7590 or alanhoodtrumpet@gmail.com. 68 JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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DELAWARE CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL Celebrating 30 years of making music The Delaware Chamber Music Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary season June 12-21. This annual festival consists of four concerts over two weekends, led by Philadelphia Orchestra violinist and Wilmington native Barbara Govatos. Performances, which bring world-class chamber music to the community, are at the Music School of Delaware in Wilmington. Highlights of this year’s festival include the “Trout Quintet” of Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s iconic “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” and the jazz/classical ballet score “Points on Jazz” by Dave Brubeck. The festival will also continue its commitment to featuring music by women composers with a performance of Heidi Jacob’s “Winter Light,” and showcasing contemporary works with George Crumb’s dreamlike “Four Nocturnes.” Complete programs are online at dcmf.org. The Music School of Delaware is at 4101 Washington St. Tickets are available online or at the box office on performance days.


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SHINING BRIGHT Light Up The Queen launches new program June 14-28 The Light Up The Queen Foundation’s newest arts education initiative is a student residency program, to be held from June 14-28 in downtown Wilmington. The Foundation, which is dedicated to the revival of The Queen Theater in Wilmington, aims to ensure that The Queen is a catalyst for building community through art, music, education and more. Ranging in age from 17 to 25, 14 jazz studies applicants from throughout the country have been selected for the residency. In addition to informal jam sessions and lunchtime concerts at various indoor and outdoor settings during the two-week residency, a free and open-to-the public final concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, on the main stage at The Queen. The concert program will be original music composed by the students and performed by all the students in ensembles that will be assigned at the beginning of the residency. Participants will attend day-long workshops, master classes, and private lessons taught by a faculty of jazz masters. Instruction will take place at The Queen, Delaware College of Art and Design, The Grand, and the Christina Cultural Arts Center. For more information, visit lightupthequeen.org.

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THE FUTURE ISN’T WHAT IT USED TO BE Disney sci-fi feature hampered by erratic tone By Mark Fields


isney’s new science-fiction thriller for the family, Tomorrowland, could serve as a metaphor for the future of humankind: kinetic, jumbled, full of both promise and risk. Although that may be an apt metaphor, it makes for a lessthan-satisfying movie-going experience. The erratic tone of the story and its hyperdrive execution tosses the viewer around like the homemade jetpack invented by one of the main characters. ► JUNE 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A homemade jetpack is invented by one the movie’s main characters.

Starring a grizzled George Clooney and a fresh-faced young actress named Britt Robertson as two science-minded dreamers, Tomorrowland imagines an alternative dimension where the most creative minds can develop their ideas free from the political and economic pressures of life on Earth. One can only access this futuristic utopia by invitation, a privilege granted years apart to Clooney’s Frank, a reclusive inventor, and Robertson’s Casey, an optimistic whiz kid. But of course, there is trouble in paradise, and Frank and Casey must reluctantly join forces to put things right, both in Tomorrowland and here at home. The core of the problem with Tomorrowland is the script by Damon Lindelof (Lost), Jeff Jensen, and Brad Bird (who also directs). The story suffers greatly from an overabundance of cool ideas and clever contraptions. It’s like the writers sat around in a room tossing out suggestions, and then all of them got piled into a single movie, whether they fit or not. The results are several entertaining set pieces and some wonderful effects strung together with a tenuous narrative line. What is fun in the moment starts to fall apart as soon as the viewer tries to connect the dots. As director, Bird seems unable to help his story hang together. The pacing and tone suffer from inconsistency. At times, Tomorrowland is a bright, peppy lark in a spirit very familiar to Disney audiences. In other moments, it feels tense and murky. Sometimes, it’s just frustratingly opaque. Both Clooney and Robertson are appealing in their roles, though they don’t ever establish the kind of genuine chemistry on which the story depends. Hugh Laurie makes for an unconventional villain. Raffey Cassidy, a young British actress with penetrating blue eyes, charms as the mysterious catalyst in the story. Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn and Keegan-Michael Key are amusing but wasted in supporting roles. Yogi Berra once said, “The future ain’t what it used to be.” Similarly, though often pretty in appearance and intriguing in theory, Tomorrowland isn’t all it could have been.


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Six movies that depict the melancholic side of summer By Mark Fields

“Sometimes I wonder what I’m a-gonna do,” goes the classic Eddie Cochran lyric, “but there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.” Summer usually evokes three glorious months of cookouts, fireflies, and cold beer; but in the cinema, summer can also provoke bouts of wistfulness or nostalgia. Check out these summer movies that are not entirely sunny in temperament. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) Wes Anderson films (The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore) can be an acquired taste for some, including this critic, but this off-beat teen romance seemed to find the right balance of sincerity and artifice to truly work. Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Edward Norton and Bruce Willis lead a stellar cast of Anderson regulars in a story about two runaway misfits who find each other—and love—on a New England island. Adventureland (2009) A change in his parents’ financial circumstances strands naïve college grad James in an unfulfilling summer job, until he meets and pursues an appealing co-worker. Jesse Eisenberg and Kristin Stewart star in this coming-of-age story set at a run-down amusement park. (Not to be confused with The Way, Way Back, a coming of age story set at a run-down water park). The Wackness (2008) Josh Peck plays Luke, a depressed NYC teenager who dabbles in pot dealing. He trades a steady supply of weed for therapy sessions with Dr. Squires (Ben Kingsley), and the two develop a curious rapport as each struggles with his own romantic dilemmas. Matters get complicated when Luke seeks advice on seducing a girl, unaware that she is his therapist’s step-daughter. Do The Right Thing (1989) Still remarkable for its prescience, this story brims with the powerful vision and rage of director Spike Lee. As the temperatures rise over several scorching days in the Bed-Stuy section of Brooklyn, racial tensions also surface…with dire consequences for many in this tight community. The incredible cast includes Danny Aiello, John Turturro, Rosie Perez, Lee himself, and too many more to name. Recent events have made this film as timely and provocative as when it was released. Stand By Me (1986) Director Rob Reiner’s love story to adolescent male friendships finds four boys (Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Jerry O’Connell and Corey Feldman) on a trek to find the dead body of a local boy. Packed with adventurous set pieces and with a score of period pop tunes, the film wonderfully captures the connections that bind the friends as well as the ambitions that threaten to push them apart. Based on a short story by Stephen King, the film gains even more poignancy as the lives of its stars have come to resonate with the characters they played as boys. (500) Days of Summer (2009) The Summer in this title is not the season, but a beautiful young woman (Zooey Deschanel). Summer is completely uninterested in relationships and love, despite the entreaties of an earnest suitor, Tom (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). Intriguingly told in an out-of-order chronology, the story charts the ups and downs of their 500-day courtship and the life lessons both learn along the way.


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80 Days of Bar Specials & Food Specials! At The Bar: 8 Hours of Happy Hour Everyday 11am - 7pm (Drink Specials)

Happy Hour Food Menu Everyday 3pm - 7pm

2 for 1 WINGS $10 Buckets of Miller Lite

Food Specials: $ .35 19 RIBS

& Rib Combos Everyday All Day

8 Lunch Menu

$ .80

Everyday 11am - 3pm

2 for 1 WINGS Everyday 9pm - 12am

Everyday 9pm - 12am

Stanley’s Tavern 2038 Foulk Road | Wilmington, DE 19810

302.475.1887 | Stanleys-Tavern.com

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5. Photos by Les Kipp 1. Wilmington flashed a little Tour de France flavor as a colorful cast of characters turned out to power riders up Monkey Hill.

2. The peleton in The Randy Inglis Memorial Race roars down the backstretch. 3. United Healthcare’s Bradley White wins his second straight title in Men’s Pro Race. 4. Riders from 15 states, including Illinois and Colorado, came to town to experience the challenge and beauty of the Delaware Gran Fondo. 5. Repeat Women’s Pro winner Tina Pic leads the pack around the challenging 5th Street turn.


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Artie Lange Saturday, June 6

Puzzling World of John Sloan Van Gogh Sunset Open Paint Old Fashioned Ice Cream Fest Tuesday, June 9 Sat, June 27 & Sun, June 28 Sat, June 6 - Sun, Sept 6


Get full details for these events, plus hundreds more at: inWilmingtonDE.com

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DRINK SPECIALS & $6 APPETIZERS 2530 Concord Pike wilmington DE 19803 302-479-5683 www.bellacoast.com

Not available for take-out, or with any other special offer. Weekly specials may be subject to change, and other restrictions may apply. *Select Bottles of Wine.


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Photos by Matt Urban 1. The antique carriage parade made its annual rounds at the 37th year of Point-to-Point.

2. Riders carefully clear a jump while spectators snap photos of the action. 3. Judy Gray Greco, Ashley Welton, Sarah Nettleton, and Grace Urban show off their Derby hats. 4. Taylor Hendrickson, Kevin Boulden, Chelsea Perna, Jack Richards, and Molly Cade enjoying a festive afternoon in the sunshine. 5. The race, held at Winterthur on May 3, drew a crowd of 16,000 people.


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June 13, 2015 • 12 pm to 6 pm Greater Chester Valley Sports Association 137 Line Road, Malvern PA

Enjoy a day in the country with local wine, food, music and crafts!

presented by


pawinefestival.com • 610.444.3842 •

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