Out & About Magazine - June 2019

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The Best Area Summer Festivals

Righting the Wrongs of Delaware's Waterways

GET OUTSIDE! Cool ways to take advantage of our natural assets


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Out & About Magazine Vol. 32 | No. 4

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Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net Production Manager Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Creative Director Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Contributing Designers David Hallberg, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Blair Lindley, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Contributing Writers Adriana Camacho-Church, Mack Caldwell Mark Fields, Kevin Francis, Pam George, Lauren Golt, Jordan Howell, Rob Kalesse, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Dan Linehan, Dillon McLaughlin, Ken Mammarella, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Kevin Noonan, Leeann Wallett Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse, Justin Heyes and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Butch Comegys, Lindsay duPhily, Anthony Santoro, Matt Urban Distribution David Hazardous Special Projects Sarah Green, Bev Zimmermann Interns Paige Dana, Emily Stover



7 War on Words 10 By the Numbers 11 FYI 12 Worth Recognizing 13 Reader Survey 14 Four Youth Productions 19 Cryotherapy 21 The Kennett Experience

43 On The Riverfront 50 In The City 52 Art Loop


DRINK 55 Getting in the Spirits 59 Spirited 60 Sips 61 Yards Brewing

9 Aspiring Scientists



65 Summer Festivals 71 Movie Reviews

26 Get Outside 30 Deadfest 32 Delaware Waterways

EAT 37 DECO Dining 42 Bites

LISTEN 73 Home From the Road 76 Tuned In

PLAY 78 Snap Shots Wilmington Grand Prix

Cover: Cyclists enjoy the once-a-year opportunity to ride through Winterthur Museum & Gardens provided by the annual Governor’s Ride and Delaware Gran Fondo. Photo by Les Kipp

FEATURES 14 Imagining Success Wilmington non-profit helping underprivileged youth choose careers. By Paige Dana

21 The Kennett Experience The Creamery has ‘expanded the draw’ of a historic community. By Larry Nagengast

26 Outdoor Activities Worth Trying From biking to disc golf, the O&A crew share their favorite outings.

32 Righting the Wrongs of Delaware’s Waterways The fight is challenging, but our rivers and streams are getting cleaner. By Jordan Howell

55 Getting in the Spirits Taking a cue from craft beer makers, distillers are the latest phenomenon. By Dan Linehan

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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

Media Watch • Michael Barkann, host on NBC Sports Philadelphia, on Twitter: “You know you’re in the fold when @MarcFarzetta brews you an expresso from his personal expresso maker. Grazie mille!” We thought Barkann was too sophisticated to write expresso (twice!) instead of the correct espresso. And there should be a comma after “Grazie.” • From a review of Nora Jones’ Begin Again by Ragan Clark of AP: “Jones began to wander toward folk influences before dappling in electronica . . .” Hard to believe a professional journalist would mistake dappling for dabbling. • Donald Trump recently commented on windmills, of all things: “Scotland has a group of leaders, one in particular, who just is foistering them on the people, and it’s really, really sad.” The Donald meant to say foisting. • Frequent contributor Debbie Layton sends this from a recent issue of Delaware Today: “He and his wife, Laura, considered starting their own business before it sunk in....” The past tense of sink is “sank,” not “sunk.” • Reader Susan Kaye sends an example of another verb gone wrong in a delawareonline headline: “Divers in Hawaii may have swam with the biggest great white shark on record.” It should be swum, notes Susan. • Luann Haney sends us a story from her hometown newspaper, the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, that is rife with errors, among which is this egregious one: “Despite efforts to make the platform as safe as possible, much of the onerous falls on the driver and rider to ensure safe passage.” Using the adjective onerous as a noun is creative, but wrong. Onus was the word the writer was groping for. Department of Redundancies Dept. • From a News Journal story on the Gentleman Bandit: “‘Give me the money,’ he said, trying to clutch onto the $10 bill.” Clutch: “Grasp or seize (something) tightly or eagerly.” Onto is superfluous. Pet Peeves Please tell me when the phrase “arrived to” instead of “arrived at” became acceptable. All of a sudden it’s everywhere. You may go to a place, but you arrive at it.

Split Infinitives Some writers and editors are persnickety about splitting an infinitive. I’m inclined to overlook them sometimes, and it often makes sense to split an infinitive. For instance, writing “Acme plans to more than double employment at its stores” is preferable to not splitting the infinitive. You wouldn’t write “Acme plans more than to double employment . . .”

By Bob Yearick

Two readers sent this picture from The News Journal sports section showing contestants chugging up a hill during the Beau Biden Foundation Trail Run. The encouraging sign at the top of the trail contained a creative spelling of you’re.

The Vagaries of the Language • Not synonyms: Flaunt and flout are sometimes mistaken for each other. Flaunt means to display ostentatiously, in the way a wealthy woman might show off diamonds, while flout is to scorn or hold in contempt, as in the way criminals flout the law. • The expression “I feel badly about that” is common—and wrong. To feel badly is to have a tactile problem; you are incompetent at touching and sensing. You feel bad. • Also common: “They will return momentarily,” meaning in a moment or two. Actually, momentarily really means existing for only a moment, as in “the flame burned momentarily, then died out.” • Jane Buck submits this from The Washington Post: “The White House’s relent on the matter came after Jordan on Friday made a personal plea for Kline’s appearance . . .” Jane asks: When did relent become a noun?

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Word of the Month

bibliolater Pronounced bib-lee-OL-ater, it’s a noun meaning one with extreme devotion to books, or one having excessive devotion to the Bible, especially to its literal interpretation.

Quotation of the Month “It’s hard to explain to people that if you get the punctuation wrong in a tweet, your world becomes a purposeless void. Not everyone gets it.” – Mary Laura Philpott, author of I Miss You When I Blink. (I get it, Mary.)

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RELATIONAL UNDERCURRENTS CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE CARIBBEAN ARCHIPELAGO June 22 – September 8, 2019 This exhibition has been organized by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA), Long Beach, California for the Getty Foundation’s PST: LA/LA initiative. This exhibition is made possible in Delaware by the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund. Additional support was provided, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com. Image: Dancing, Pouring, Cracking, and Mourning, 2015. Didier William (born 1983). Acrylic and collage on wood. 60 x 48 inches. Courtesy of the Robert and Frances Coulborn Kohler Collection. © Didier William.

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WilmU’s new Biology degree offers research experience and STEM education for expansive career opportunities.


he state of Delaware boasts a rich history of scientific innovation, from DuPont to today's tech startups. About 80 percent of the U.S. pharmaceutical industry is headquartered in the Delaware Valley. And employers throughout the Mid-Atlantic posted nearly 10,000 jobs requiring natural science backgrounds in a recent year. Clearly, scientific skills are in demand in the region's job market. To meet these needs, Wilmington University designed its new Bachelor of Science in Biology degree program, which is now admitting students for the Fall 2019 semester. “We’re excited to add such a versatile degree to our STEM offerings,” says Dr. Milton Muldrow Jr., creator and program chair of the biology degree. "It’s a quantitative, academically rigorous program that will put our students at the forefront of cutting-edge research, tools, and concepts." The program enables high school graduates to explore the diversity and intricacy of life through hands-on studies in the state-of-the-art laboratory facilities of WilmU’s brand-new Brandywine site and at its close-to-home classrooms. Taught by experienced professionals, the degree's courses have been designed to deliver the foundations of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, as well as training in lab skills and data science. “For a number of years, data science has been one of the top career fields worldwide,” states Muldrow. “The job outlook for people who can adeptly analyze data is tremendous, so it’s a valuable component of our B.S. in Biology program.” The university's partnership with NASA (through the Delaware

Space Grant Consortium) and its National Institutes of Health-funded research (through the Delaware IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence program) provide resources through which undergraduates may take part in active research. Plus, WilmU's affiliations with local corporations set the stage for exciting internship and cooperative education opportunities. The affordable, eight-semester degree program—which can be earned with additional highly sought-after concentrations in biotechnology or forensic science—prepares graduates for careers in the natural sciences as well as for graduate studies and advanced degrees. The National Science Foundation estimates that 80 percent of all jobs created in the next decade will require some type of science, technology, engineering, or mathematical (STEM) training. WilmU's Bachelor of Science in Biology offers an accessible, flexible, careeroriented option for building your resumé and professional network in an ever-growing field. It’s also an ideal option for soon-to-be high school graduates searching for an accredited biology program that fits their needs. Notes Muldrow, “The B.S. in Biology is a solid degree that opens doors to an array of career options in roles like laboratory or forensic technician, research coordinator or manager, scientific writer, government analyst, or other positions in biotech and biomedical firms, healthcare facilities, or nonprofit organizations.” For more information about how Wilmington University works for aspiring scientists or to apply for a Fall start, go to choose.wilmu.edu/Biology.

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by the numbers Some statistics on outdoor activities

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885.2 The number, in millions, of fishing outings in the United States


F.Y.I. Things worth knowing Compiled by Paige Dana



ew Castle County Summer Camps will offer Science Explorers Camps and Fashion Camps. Science Explorers Camp allows children to explore the world of science with handson activities designed to inspire and appeal to a variety of interests. The camp, for ages 7-12, will be held at Rockwood Park Carriage House (4651 Washington St. Extension). The fee is $130 per camper per week. Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for an additional $35 per week. The program dates are June 17-21, July 8-12 and Aug. 5-9. For more information, visit nccde.org. Great Taste Design has been investing in girl power since 2009 with its Fashion Camps, which is in partnership with New Castle County Summer Camps. Fashion Camp takes a unique approach to supporting the girls power revolution as it mixes the love for art and design with building self-efficacy. Participants learn goal-setting and project planning skills as they develop the "Yes I Can" attitude. It teaches sewing, design, leadership and life skills in an all-girl format. Campers will design and produce several take-home projects. The program, for ages 7-13, is $175 per camper, and runs from July 22-26. For more information, call 357-9521.



NREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation has acquired 86 acres of land in Yorklyn to expand the recentlycreated Auburn Valley State Park (3000 Creek Rd., Hockessin). The preservation of the two parcels, each about 43 acres, will make possible expansion of recreational activities at the 452-acre park. The new acquisition will also benefit the Red Clay Creek watershed by protecting important headwaters and lands along a tributary to the creek. For more information, visit news.delaware.gov.



n Thursday, June 6, from 5-8 p.m. at the Brandywine Park (1001 N. Park Dr.) the Friends of Wilmington Parks will host the 12th annual Jasper Crane Rose Garden Party. The event will feature gourmet catering by Caffe Gelato, an open bar, live music by Betty and the Bullet, a silent auction, horse-drawn carriage rides around Brandywine Park, and fun for all ages. Proceeds will go to support important park improvement initiatives and programming led by Friends of Wilmington Parks in partnership with Delaware State Parks. Admission ranges from $0-$170. For more information visit friendsofwilmingtonparks.org.



ovelist Colleen Faulkner's newest novel, Our New Normal, will be published by Kensington Publishing on Aug. 27. In this thought-provoking book, a married couple finds their lives turned upside down when their teenage daughter becomes pregnant, then decides to keep her baby and raise it herself – until abandoning all responsibility and leaving the child to her parents. Faulkner is the author of several novels, including Julia's Daughters, As Close As Sisters, What Makes a Family and Finding Georgina. Our New Normal can be preordered on Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble and Penguin Random House Canada, or on the Kensington website: kensingtonbooks. com. For more information, call 212-407-1541.



rea law enforcement representatives conducted a one-day “Justice Academy” for students from the Brandywine School District on May 13 at Wilmington University’s Brandywine campus. Hosted by the University’s new Criminal Justice Institute, the day was designed to introduce students to possible careers in law enforcement. Delaware State Police, New Castle County Police Department, United States Secret Service, FBI, Wilmington Police Department, paramedics, and Pennsylvania State Police were all on hand to demonstrate various aspects of police work. Students got a close-up look at a patrol car, fingerprinting procedures, how a canine unit operates, and learned about the rules of probation and parole. Students from Brandywine, Concord and Mount Pleasant high schools attended the 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. event.



he fourth annual Peace Week Delaware will take place from Sept. 21-29 in all three counties. Peace Week Delaware was conceived by the Movement for a Culture of Peace in 2014. The purpose of Peace Week Delaware is to facilitate cooperation and collaboration among community, non-profit and faith organizations, building Delaware’s capacity to create peace and justice, and to offer peace-loving people across Delaware the opportunity to join together to promote peace based on respect for human rights, education, anti-racism, social justice, equality between women and men, respect for LGBTQ rights, the free flow of information, and opportunities for all. For more information for New Castle or Kent Counties, visit the statewide website, Peaceweekdelaware.org, or email info@peaceweekdelaware.org. For Sussex County, contact Don Peterson at 703963-1871 or donpetersonde@gmail.com.



n Saturday, June 15, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Mt. Cuba Center (3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin), learn about organic gardening from Mark Highland, founder of The Organic Mechanic Soil Co. and author of Practical Organic Gardening. He will present information on non-toxic pest management strategies, soil health and its impact on plant growth, and techniques for growing a range of garden plants. This course should inspire gardeners to shift from conventional to organic methods and will demonstrate how to get there. The class qualifies for the following professional credit: 1 CNP credit with DNLA. Course fee is $29. For more information, call 239-4244.



ickets are on sale now for the 43rd Annual Grand Gala, set for Saturday, Dec. 7, from 8-11 p.m., at The Grand Opera House (818 N. Market St.). They’re sure to go fast, because the featured performer is R&B legend Patti LaBelle. Over the years, LaBelle’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues numbers, pop standards and spirituals, she has created a unique platform of versatility. For more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org/the-grand-gala. JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM




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ADRIANA OCHOA: Victim advocate at the Latin American Community Center


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driana Ochoa knows what it feels like to be the victim of a crime. When she was 18 years old, heavily armed members of the Venezuelan National Guard boarded the bus she and her mom were traveling on to demand cash and food. “I felt extremely scared,” says the 23-year-old. “When a person is victimized, one of the most common Adriana Ochoa reactions is a feeling of loss of control and helplessness.” Today, Ochoa, who learned English at the age of 16 when she moved to the U.S., works as a victim advocate at the Latin American Community Center in Wilmington. The non-profit offers free bilingual services to victims of crimes. The New Castle resident, who has a degree in Criminal Justice from Wilmington University, has counseled more than 50 people ages 7-65 since she started working at the LACC more than a year ago. Her cases include victims of telephone fraud, robbery, child and elderly abuse, and wage exploitation. Her services include helping victims fill out paperwork, referrals, and accompanying victims to court. At workshops and community outreach events, she educates the public about their legal rights, what to do after reporting a crime, and the importance of reporting a crime within 72 hours to be eligible to receive compensation. “Compensation may cover medical costs associated with the crime, mental health counseling, funeral costs, (etc.),” says Ochoa. Fear of police and the current immigration climate stop some victims from speaking up, she says. Juana Castaneda says that if she had not reached out to Ochoa, her 14-year-old daughter may not be alive today. “It’s not easy finding someone that speaks your language, that you can open up to and trust,” says the Wilmington resident. “For a year, I felt lost not knowing how to help my daughter. Adriana helped us find a psychologist.” Ochoa says arming victims with knowledge and resources helps them regain a sense of empowerment and control. Last year, Ochoa volunteered in Honduras and in 2016 in Haiti through her church, Maranatha Life Changing Church, in Dover. She assisted doctors who care for the poor. While in college, she volunteered at the Court of Chancery, in Dover, for the Guardianship Monitoring Program. She reported the needs of people placed under guardianship. “She has a lot of compassion,” says Deputy Orlando Rodriguez, New Castle County Clerk of the Peace. “Her ability to relate to victims (is) unparalleled. She is the voice of victims in the community (and) is willing to go above and beyond.” The LACC partners with such agencies as the Community Legal Aid Society and the Attorney General’s office to assist crime victims. Before joining the LACC, Ochoa worked for the Delaware Criminal Justice Information System, gathering and helping to analyze crime statistics, and in 2017 she worked for the Delaware State Police, helping Latinos with the Delaware Privilege Card process. Ochoa plans to pursue a law degree in the near future. Her advice to her clients: “Don’t let fear stop you from getting the help you need. Take advantage of someone that can help you.” For more information, call 655-7338 ext. 7725, or email aochoa@thelatincenter.org.

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Fouryouth founder Theresa Emmett (second from right) works with (from left): Kaleigh Nicastro, Raphaël Dahan, Shalanda Ross, Corri Hickson, A’ Cora Hickson, Braheem Wilson, Kylah Arnold and Leo Duprey in the Cooking4youth culinary arts program.

IMAGINING SUCCESS This six-year-old Wilmington nonprofit is helping underprivileged youngsters choose a career By Paige Dana Photos by Joe del Tufo


uring her four years as an after-school photography instructor at Thomas Edison Charter School in Wilmington, Theresa Emmett noticed a disappointing trend with her students. “Rather than picturing themselves as wanting to grow up to be the dentist or the doctor, it was, ‘I want to be the dental assistant or the nurse’s aide,’” recalls Emmett. “Seeing these barriers was extremely frustrating because they were all young, intelligent women.” What these kids needed, Emmett thought, was some inspiration. So, she decided to do something inspiring. With the 14 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

help of Janae Dupree, a science teacher, Emmett organized an art exhibition for the students to showcase their skills. “Our very first exhibit was actually very small,” says Emmett. “It was at Scrumptious (a juice bar in Wilmington’s Trolley Square). We probably only had 15 people come through. Our second exhibit (just a few months later) was at Union Park Honda (1704 Pennsylvania Ave.) and there we had about 80-100 guests. Since then we’ve grown to our largest exhibit at the University of Delaware, having close to 200 people.” Inspired by the success of these art shows, Fouryouth Productions was born.

Located at 1900 Superfine Lane in the heart of Wilmington, Fouryouth is a non-profit organization focused on the development of underprivileged youth. Founded in 2013 by Emmett, Dupree, and Emmett’s husband, Raphael Dahan, a high-end retoucher who works on advertisements for big brands, Fouryouth grew from simply hosting art exhibits to having those exhibits generate money for a college fund. In the meantime, it also developed a four-subject curriculum. “That was our way to start breaking down those barriers and inspire kids to [begin thinking about attending] college at a younger age,” says Emmett. Today, Fouryouth Productions offers programs in science, photography, cooking and engineering to children in grades K-12. Throughout the year, Fouryouth works with close to 500 kids. Each program is taught by professionals or students in that major. “How we teach our programming is that the kids are quizzed on vocab words in science and engineering, which we then reiterate in cooking and photography,” says Emmett. “Having that reiteration through a creative process actually has really helped them with their pre- and post-testing, where they’ve had a 33 percent increase in scores.”


The Art Fouryouth program teaches different aspects of photography and digital art. Students begin by learning camera

fundamentals and are given insight into the various stages of professional production, such as design, art direction, postproduction and printing. The Art program also functions as a talent scout. If there is a dedicated student with raw talent, Fouryouth will help that student land a professional internship. Artwork produced by the students is exhibited in shows throughout the year. The shows also function as a way for students to work on interaction and self-advocacy skills. “During art exhibits, kids sell their own artwork,” Emmett says. “They have to be able to speak about it intelligently, describe the process behind it, and when it is sold, 100 percent of the profits go into our college fund. The kids keep track of it; they know exactly what’s in the college fund. It’s an overall fund for all of the kids. We don’t do individual.” Come senior year, students can fill out an application for scholarship funding, which then goes before a committee. Fouryouth also offers Science4youth. Emmett, whose father is a chemist, grew up photographing science experiments. “Art and science to me seem to just naturally overlap, and science has always been a passion of mine,” she says. The Science4youth program gives students the opportunity to explore advanced scientific fields through hands-on class experiments that teach biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, neuroscience and food science. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM




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Located at 1900 Superfine Lane in Wilmington, the nonprofit focuses on the development of underprivileged youth.


The Cooking4youth culinary arts program focuses on low-cost, nutritious and easyto-prepare recipes. A unique aspect of Cooking4youth is that the use of a stove or oven is not required, allowing for instruction to take place in a standard classroom setting. Students are given the opportunity to prepare more than 50 recipes that include cuisines from around the world. The process introduces them to new tastes and new cultures. Nick Martin, who was with the University of Delaware Blue Hen Leadership Program at the time, was introduced to the founders of Fouryouth nearly five years ago. After learning about the program, he contacted Fouryouth about helping them develop an engineering program. Today, that program, Engineering4youth, allows kids to not only learn about building and problem-solving, it exposes them to the 40 engineering disciplines that exist. “Normally, when people think about STEM or engineering, they’re like, ‘Oh it’s just building,’ but it’s really not,” says Emmett. “That’s where Nick has really helped open up my eyes that there really are so many different disciplines in engineering that don't even focus on building itself.” Adds Martin: “We rely heavily on everything [being] hands-on for science and engineering because it’s something that our target demographic does not see in school right now.”


One of Emmett’s fondest memories is getting her students’ art displayed by former Vice President Joe Biden. “I had a dream of having the kids’ artwork up in The White House,” she says. “Biden goes to our church, St. Joseph's on the Brandywine, so one day after church I just bolted for him and said, ‘Vice President Biden, can you put my kids’ artwork in the White House?’” A display in the White House didn’t happen, but Biden did arrange for the students’ artwork to be displayed at his Washington, D.C. residence. The students were also invited to attend a volunteer holiday party with Biden that included just 50 guests. “The kids said they felt like they had stepped onto a movie set,” says Emmett. Jairus Branch, who has been attending Fouryouth since he was in fifth grade, knows the organization has changed his life for the better. “My experience at Fouryouth Productions has meant a lot to me,” says Branch, now in his junior year at Freire Charter School in Wilmington. “When I was in fifth grade, I had to make a lot of decisions about what I wanted to be, and I couldn’t choose. I came to Fouryouth and did a lot of things, such as engineering, photography, science, and all that. A few years after that, I started getting interested in mechanical engineering and after being with Fouryouth for seven years now, they’re helping me get into the University of Delaware.” Branch currently has a mechanical engineering internship at UD. His favorite Fouryouth Productions memory? “First, actually meeting the people from Fouryouth and becoming a family. And second, meeting former Vice President Joe Biden, because I wouldn’t think of me meeting an actual vice president at that time.”

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No experience necessary— drums are provided. JUNE 11- Special Capoeira night! (L-R) Corri Hickson, Jairus Branch, A’Cora Hickson and Braheem Wilson show off their photography projects.


Laura Semmelroth, Creative District consultant at the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, works with Fouryouth on projects in the city’s Creative District. Their most recent collaboration was the “Family Portrait Project.” Today, five murals created by the students during that project are displayed on Wilmington’s Catawba Street Alley. “The goal was to photograph families as you define them,” says Semmelroth. “Your biological family, a family that you’ve adopted through being part of a team or group—so it was really a range of folks. “I think the [subjects] really enjoyed it because here are these really professional young men and women who are using professional equipment to photograph them—pretty impressive. When you photograph someone, you spend that time with them and there's a connection there that you’re able to make. I think that was nice for the kids to be able to experience ” Bolstered by its success thus far, Fouryouth has big aspirations. First, Emmett wants it to become fully self-sustaining. “We received grant funding basically so that we could afford the space and now we’ve been working very hard at making sure we’re not dependent upon grants,” she says. “Our oldest students, who have sort of been with us for five, six, seven years now, we hire back to be event photographers with us,” says Martin. “That’s definitely helped and been a huge financial [benefit] and allowed the kids to gain a more professional exposure to photography.” The organization Says Emmett of working with the students: hopes to find ways to “. . . every time we’re together, it’s just pure joy.” offer space to the public as well as find new businesses to lease their artwork. The students from Fouryouth are also available for event photography. And now, six years after Fouryouth’s beginning, its first group of students will soon be heading to college. “I don’t know what I would do without them,” confesses Emmett. “It’s bittersweet. I’m so happy, of course, and excited that they’re going to college, but I’m going to miss them so much. I feel like every time we’re together, it’s just pure joy.”


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Spine Spa Technician Brooke Van Teyens attends to Dan Linehan, a newcomer to the cryochamber. Photo Lindsay duPhily

THREE MINUTES AT -230 DEGREE F. A first-timer tests the effects of whole-body cryotherapy By Dan Linehan


hole-body cryotherapy is a three-minute plunge into a chamber cooled to 100 degrees below the coldest temperature recorded on Earth. It’s basically like rubbing an ice pack against an aching joint, but for your whole body. Cryotherapy (cryo means “cold”) is used mostly by athletes looking to soothe aching muscles and joints, but I’ve agreed to try it—at The Spine Spa, on the 2nd floor of Kirkwood Fitness & Racquetball Clubs—and write about it for Out & About. In preparation for the plunge, I’m handed a purple, knee-length robe and oversized tiger-striped slippers. As I waddle out of the dressing room in a getup that might be charitably called eccentric, I’m a little nervous but pretend not to be.

My guide for this venture into subarctic conditions is Brooke Van Teyens, a chiropractic assistant and cryochamber technician. She begins by asking if I’d like the “full experience.” Last chance to wuss out, she doesn’t quite say. I’m told afterward that newcomers often ease into it with slightly lower temperatures or time limits, but it’s the full experience for me. I step inside the cryochamber, take off my robe and hand it over the chamber’s wall to Van Teyens, leaving me wearing socks, slippers, underwear and gloves. The temperature plummets as gaseous nitrogen fills the chamber. Nitrogen is used in cryotherapy because it turns from liquid to gas—it boils, in other words, though it’s odd to think of sub-zero boiling—at about -300 degrees F. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



The gas warms up as it meets my skin, which is why the chamber itself generally doesn’t drop below about -230 THREE MINUTES degrees F. That’s still colder than anywhere on Mars. AT -230 DEGREE F. To ease me into it, Van Teyens is making small talk in continued from previous page the manner of a doctor distracting a nervous child. She knows something that all journalists also know: People love talking about themselves, so asking about them is the most effective small talk. HOW DO I GET OUT? The first minute is no problem—even on the coldest days, the residual heat we carry from warm places fends off the chill briefly — though I soon start shivering. “How do I get out?” I ask in what I hope is a casual tone. The chamber doesn’t actually lock, she says; it’s held together by magnets, meaning I could easily open it. The chamber also has a safety feature that requires the operator to tap a glowing prompt every 30 seconds or it will stop automatically. It’s one of the reasons Mike Francis, the chiropractor who operates this cryotherapy service, chose this model. After three minutes—more or less the limit for cryotherapy—I re-robe and step out. The cold doesn’t penetrate deeply (just a millimeter or so, I’m told) and I’m warmed up within a minute. Afterward, I debrief with Francis. People call him Dr. Mike. The premise of whole-body cryotherapy is that cold temperature shocks the body, triggering a response to what it perceives as dangerous cold. Blood rushes to the body’s core, to the vital organs. Afterward, the oxygenated blood rushes back out. Dr. Mike says that’s the source of the sense of pleasure that people feel when they step out of the cryotherapy chamber. Though athletes are the main market for cryotherapy, it also has adherents in those seeking to reduce overall inflammation, which Dr. Mike says is the root of all illness. (It sounds like a bombastic claim, especially given that inflammation is a natural immune system response, but researchers are increasingly tying inflammation to cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases). These are people who already watch what they eat. They avoid inflammation-triggering fried foods, grains and processed sugars, Dr. Mike says. I nod, my blank expression concealing the tinge of guilt I feel for the turkey, egg and cheese croissant I devoured on the way here. He credits cryotherapy with a number of other benefits, including improved mood, better-looking skin and weight loss. None of these other claims has strong research evidence, and the Food and Drug Administration hasn’t approved cryotherapy to treat any medical condition. But I’m trying it out to see for myself whether I notice a difference. I feel pleasantly tingly afterward, if not particularly euphoric. I don’t have any aches to melt away. I actually had a headache later, which could have either been unrelated or due to my carelessness in not drinking plenty of water afterward, as Dr. Mike suggested. MR. DELAWARE IS A CUSTOMER As noted, the therapy is mostly for athletes, and I don’t qualify, unless you count tromping through a park or chasing a soccer ball across a field now and then. So, I ask Dr. Mike to put me in touch with an athlete/customer. Dan Hoffman, an amateur bodybuilder who was named Mr. Delaware in 2018, fits that bill. Hoffman has been seeing Dr. Mike for about three years to treat a pinched spinal nerve, and he was one of the first to try out the cryotherapy chamber last fall. He wanted to see if it could help soothe the minor aches and pains that follow a weightlifting session. Hoffman says that only three minutes in the cryochamber can cut down on the pain inflicted by even the heaviest of “leg days,” when he does lower-body exercises. “I get out of there and honestly, I feel great,” he tells me. “The soreness is there but doesn’t linger for 24 or 48 hours.” Hoffman works as an engineer, and I ask him about the evidence supporting cryotherapy. He says he did some research, and decided he wouldn’t continue it if it didn’t work for him. But it did, so he comes back about twice a month. He recommends trying it a few times to see if it cuts down on post-workout pain. I’m still skeptical of some of these claims, but the basic notion—that the cold might help athletes reduce inflammation—makes sense to me. For what it’s worth. At $25 each, the treatments are certainly affordable. Appointments are preferred. Call 240-3602 or check The Spine Spa website: optimalperformancechiro.com/spine-spa. 20 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


(L-R) Ashley Sammaritano, Alex Herr, Stefania Pellicciotta and Michaela Ehrlichman were among recent guests who enjoyed outside activities at The Creamery.

The Kennett Experience It’s all wrapped up in The Creamery, a beer garden and gathering place that has ‘expanded the draw’ of a historic community By Larry Nagengast Photos by Lindsay duPhily


hat’s your pleasure? • A place to sip a glass of wine or throw down a mug of your favorite craft beer while listening to local musicians after a long work week. • A place for the kids to climb and play, or enjoy ice cream at a pint-sized picnic table. • A place for millennials to get a workout with a couple of hours of axe-throwing. • A place for friends and families to challenge each other to a few games of bocce or cornhole, or find a table to play pre-digital favorites like Parcheesi and Connect Four. • A place awash in history that helps a small town define its vision for the future.

No, it’s not five separate sites. It’s The Kennett Creamery, the family-oriented beer garden that has set down its roots as the first goto venue in what local officials hope will become a well-defined arts and cultural district on Birch Street in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The Creamery is largely the vision and brainchild of Mike Bontrager, a business whiz who started Chatham Financial in his home and built the company into an international financial derivatives advisory and technology company with more than 2,500 clients. Back in 2002, when he was looking for a site for Chatham to expand, Bontrager stumbled upon the Birch Street site, an abandoned mushroom cannery whose first life was as a manufacturing facility for condensed milk. He passed on the property then, but returned nine years later with Sandra Mulry, a friend and collaborator on numerous community service projects. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Kate Bailey (left) watches as her teammate, Liza Amatetti throws a bean bag in a game of cornhole.

Bontrager recalls the opening of the indoor venue last November, the night before Thanksgiving, and the observation of a Kennett High School teacher who turned out that evening. “He said, ‘It’s like a giant Kennett reunion. So many kids from college, they’re here. And their parents are here too. You get to see not only your friends, but your kids’ friends. Where else can you get that?’”

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Creating what amounts to a unique multigenerational playground is integral to The Creamery’s success. Part of Bontrager’s motivation—but hardly the only part—was to make Kennett appealing to the high-energy, tech-savvy millennials he hires at Chatham Financial, many of whom might prefer to build their careers in urban areas with dozens of nightlife options. “I want to create more opportunities for them, but not exclusively for them,” he says. “Kennett will never be New York. Kennett will never be Philadelphia … but we want Kennett to be a place where young adults can say, ‘I don’t want to live in New York. I don’t want to live in Philly, but I could live here and love life.’” Bontrager also drew on the experience he and his wife, Dot, had of living for a couple of years in Zurich, Switzerland. “In Germanic areas, the beer garden is a community place. That’s pretty typical,” he says. A “community place,” of course, tends to be in the center of something, and Birch Street isn’t quite there yet. The south side of the street, opposite The Creamery, is lined with older single-family homes. The north side is dominated by older industrial properties, some still in business and others awaiting a repurposing. Practically next door to The Creamery, closer to the downtown business district, is the just-opened Braeloch Brewing. It’s also a rehab project, housed in what was originally a trolley barn built in 1903. Don Robitzer, a Wilmington real estate developer who lives in Kennett Square, knew about the town’s comprehensive plan and saw “a municipality that has a road map [for the future] and was willing to help guys like me.” After buying the property, he was introduced to Kent Steeves and Matt Drysdale, who were looking for a site to locate a brewery. It took two years to acquire the permits and get the building into shape, and the brewery opened on March 1. “It was never our intention to cannibalize what they’re doing at The Creamery,” Robitzer says. “We want to be complementary.” Bontrager agrees. “We welcomed them with open arms. Since they opened, it’s been good,” he says. While The Creamery is, quite obviously, more familyoriented, both venues are attractive to what Robitzer calls “beer groupies,” who enjoy sampling the latest entries in the burgeoning world of craft beers. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Two-year-olds like Adeline Beckman can find things to do at The Creamery, as can their parents and grandparents.

Kid-Friendly Amenities

Braeloch, which offers eight varieties of craft beer and ale brewed on site, has a 4,000-square-foot taproom with a 75-footbar. The taproom is arranged with booths, community tables and a living room section, creating an environment that parallels The Creamery, though without the kid-friendly amenities. The east end of the Braeloch building is sectioned off into two bays, Robitzer says. A tea shop occupies one of the spaces and he says he hopes to fill the other with “an art outpost.” Two doors down from The Creamery, and enhancing Birch Street’s definition as a “maker district,” Echevarria says, is MomPops, a mother-and-son business that makes gluten-free, peanut-free, dairy-free, soy-free, non-GMO, vegan-certified, and kosher-certified organic ice pops. (The MomPops’ plant isn’t a destination, but the product does give seekers of this specialty treat a reason to visit Janssen’s Market in Greenville or Whole Foods in Glen Mills.) “We’ve got people making all kinds of things here,” Echevarria says. The growing popularity of The Creamery, coupled with the opening of the brewery, is “expanding the draw” of Kennett Square, and giving visitors additional options beyond touring Longwood Gardens and enjoying the restaurants and boutiques in the trendy business district, he says. Underlying the work at The Creamery and Braeloch is the Square Roots Collective, a collaboration of individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations created by Mike and Dot Bontrager to encourage the development of projects that strengthen the community’s social fabric. In essence, it is Mike Bontrager’s way of giving back to the community where he was able to create a business and scale it up into a global operation. He leads the collective, with Mulry handling branding and many of its projects. Several team members hold key operational roles at The Creamery. The collective’s other projects include The Constellation Network, a coalition of church groups that addresses poverty and other social issues, and the Kennett Trails Alliance, an initiative to build and maintain a 12-mile pedestrian and bicycle trail loop through Kennett Township and Borough. Bontrager, who has underwritten much of the collective’s work, speaks of its projects with an almost evangelical zeal that blends his Mennonite family background and Kennett’s rich Quaker heritage.


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“We’ve been blessed in so many ways, not just in Chatham, but in friendships, in the people we’ve met. It’s just incredible,” he says. “It’s less about development and investment and more about social capital,” Mulry says. “It’s how do we catalzye great things to make them happen?” In that context, Bontrager follows the same principle with the collective that has guided his success with Chatham. “It’s not how we can make a quick return, but how we can be an agent for good,” he says. “In all the things we have, we have to be good stewards.” Looking ahead, Bontrager says he and Mulry are always seeking new features that “will give The Creamery a unique sense of place.” But Mulry cautions that expansions–whether it be new attractions or longer hours–won’t occur unless “we can be sure we’re doing it excellently.” However The Creamery grows, Bontrager and Mulry promise they will do all they can to keep it unique. “When you go to retail areas in major cities, whether it’s Hong Kong, Los Angeles or Topeka, Kansas, there’s always this sameness,” Bontrager says. “I don’t like this mallification of the world.” “As we think about our plans,” Mulry says, “we consider what is already happening in town. We’re not trying to compete. We’re trying to add.”

A Little History The Creamery takes its name from its original use, as home to the Eastern Condensed Milk Co., founded in 1902 by serial entrepreneur Theodore Pennock, a member of one of Kennett Square’s leading families. Theodore’s father, Samuel Pennock, was a prominent abolitionist in the years before the Civil War, and social reformers like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony often visited his home at the corner of Linden and Willow streets. Theodore’s son was Herb Pennock, a left-handed pitcher who was a teammate of Babe Ruth on the New York Yankees. Herb Pennock was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame shortly after his death in 1948. He spent the last four years of his life as general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, then owned by R.R.M. “Bob” Carpenter Jr. of Montchanin. In this role, he gained some unwanted notoriety in 1947 when he opposed the integration of Major League Baseball and warned the Dodgers not to bring Jackie Robinson with the team the first time they played in Philadelphia that season. Samuel Pennock sold his business to the Mohawk Condensed Milk Co., based in upstate New York, in 1907. The plant changed hands several times over the years, but was used primarily for dairy-related purposes. Eventually, says Mike Bontrager, current owner of The Creamery, a mushroom farming business purchased the facility and transformed it into a cannery. The cannery lasted for between 40 to 60 years, closing in the early 2000s when its owner moved the business to Maryland.


An outstanding public 18-hole championship golf course, surrounded by the scenic forest of White Clay Creek State Park.



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THROW A DISC While most people still don’t understand the concept of disc golf, the recent rise in the sport’s popularity is undeniable. The phenomenon has drawn the attention of Joshua Woods, a writer and associate professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. Woods points out that from 2011 to 2016, the number of U.S. disc golf courses nearly doubled, from 2,982 to 5,467. Delaware is home to more than a dozen public courses as well as a few private ones. Our state park system has done a terrific job of developing and maintaining seven of these courses, and most earn high marks from experts. My favorite course is Brandywine Creek State Park. It offers plenty of wideopen spaces for both beginners to learn and lapsed players to refresh their techniques. Even if you play poorly, it’s a wonderful walk through nature. The rolling hills offer some of the most vibrant vistas a player could ask for. Some days it feels like you’re playing in a Pyle or Wyeth illustration. — Jim Miller, Director of Publications

Sun’s out (occasionally), so grab your swimsuits, tennis racquets, hiking boots and other outdoor gear and take advantage of all the summer fun our area has to offer. Here are some suggestions from our staff and contributors.

ENJOY FIRST STATE WILDLIFE I spent a lot of time as a kid in my backyard creek catching frogs. Now, as a photographer, I spend a lot of my outdoor fun time tracking down owls and foxes and other interesting wildlife that might surprise people who live in Delaware. Bombay Hook, Prime Hook and even the Arden forest always have something interesting to offer, especially if you can catch them first thing in the morning or just after sunset. Next on my list is an otter who hangs out near the DuPont Environmental Center on the Riverfront. — Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer

HIKE WHITE CLAY CREEK STATE PARK It's tucked away as a refuge from the hustle and bustle of New Castle County, and even though it's not exactly Yellowstone, you can get exercise while enjoying nature at White Clay Creek Park. There are nine trails, totaling 37 miles, that range from easy to moderate. In-state entry fee is $4 and out-of-state is $8, and park hours are 8 a.m. to sunset all year round. For more information, call 368-6900 or go to destateparks.com/FieldsStreams/WhiteClayCreek. — Kevin Noonan, Contributing Writer

TEE IT UP For someone of my skill level, swinging golf clubs can be torture, but luckily for me it's more about enjoying the outdoors and clearing my mind. My favorite “therapy sessions” take place at Deerfield in Newark. This extraordinary 145acre natural treasure is a oneof-a-kind championship course and the best public course in the state, in my opinion. It’s surrounded by the scenic forest of White Clay Creek State Park, making the views from every hole spectacular. I only wish I could get there more often. — Matt Loeb, Production Manager

SAIL AWAY! The New Castle Sailing Club invites you to sail with us, whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete novice. We supply the boats and the clubhouse, you supply the enthusiasm for sailing. You can sail immediately regardless of your experience, and you can join at any time during the season. We have a fleet of club-owned boats that during sailing season are moored in the Delaware River, off New Castle. These include a fleet of 13 sailboats in two classes: the 17-foot Thistle (a great racing boat) and the 19-foot Flying Scot (a great cruising boat). During the early spring, we have classroom instruction on Saturday mornings at our clubhouse. Once the boats launch in late April, we have on-the-water instruction and races each week. Individual instruction is also available by appointment during the week. Membership in the club is limited to 130 families so that demand does not exceed boat availability. So if you plan to join, don’t wait. After demonstrating satisfactory sailing skills, a member becomes “keyed” and can take out a boat at any time, including inviting friends to sail with them. The club offers many opportunities to connect with your fellow sailors such as spring lunches, when we gather for boat maintenance, and social cruises throughout the sailing season. Visit our Facebook page as well as our website at newcastlesailingclub.org. Reach us via the “Contact Us!” button, or call 275-5783. — John Harder, Membership Director, New Castle Sailing Club


EXPLORE DELAWARE’S ONLY CAVE There’s only one place in Delaware to go spelunking, and it takes only a moment to explore all 56 feet of that cave, in First State National Historical Park. The cave boasts an intriguing history (a Revolutionary War hideout), a scientific breakthrough (before 1958, some claimed Delaware was cave-free) and a modern secret (it’s not on park maps, for reasons of safety). Google calls it the Beaver Valley Rock Shelter Site, a bland contrast to the earlier Indian Cave and Wolf Rock Cave. It adds to the park’s panorama of old farmsteads, wooded hills, forgotten trails and rushing waterways, just 1.5 miles from the commercialization on Concord Pike. Best of all, it channels Dead Poets Society, where the cave was immortalized as a place for experiencing the magic of poetry. — Ken Mammarella, Contributing Writer

MAKE A SPLASH The Arden Swim Club behind the Gild Hall is my favorite place for a day at a pool without paying for a membership. Surrounded by trees, it offers plenty of shade on a hot day, and there’s a picnic area, children’s pool, vending machines —and local pizza places deliver! The daily fee is $15 for adults. And if you're a member of any Delaware YMCA, the nearby Hanby pool, off Marsh Road, is free. Of course there are many local pools with member fees in the $350 range; most also require a bond. — Bev Zimmermann, Special Projects

GROW A GARDEN An understatement: My backyard vegetable and herb garden is not a paean to order. The onions may become lost in a sea of weeds, the tomatoes will almost surely expand well beyond their turf and the Brussels sprouts may again get chewed down by Groundy, our affectionately nicknamed groundhog. And I think it's beautiful. The joy my garden brings me—from seeing a praying mantis hunt amid the cucumbers or finding a batch of black swallowtail caterpillars in the dill—isn't contingent on a tidy space or even a bountiful crop. Of course, your garden might be different. A garden isn't about reaching a state of perfection. It's about claiming a small patch of land to create something that delights you. The only wrong way to do it is not to get started. — Dan Linehan, Contributing Writer

GO SURF FISHING Looking for something new to do with the family the next time you're down at the beach? Surf fishing is a great way to spend time on the beach while trying your luck at catching a fish. From Fenwick Island to the banks of the Delaware River in Wilmington, surf fishing has been a popular pastime for many. During the summer months, the beaches are lined with four-wheel-drive vehicles and families fishing, barbecuing and enjoying the beach while trying their luck. The spring and fall produce the most sought-after fish for the true surf fisherman: bluefish, drum, flounder and stripers, aka striped bass. Water temperature, tides and moon positioning all affect the activity of the fish and provide a guide to the best times to break out your rods and reels. You can use fresh bunker, mullet and other fresh/frozen baits as well as artificial lures. — Anthony Santoro, Contributing Photographer

SEE A SHOW – OUTDOORS Summer combines two of my favorite pastimes: being outside and enjoying the arts. There are many options for entertainment al fresco in the area, and some are even free. There are free concerts every Thursday night in July and August at Dravo Plaza on Wilmington’s Riverfront. Bellevue State Park has a series of varied musical programs throughout the summer: destateparks.com/Concerts/Bellevue. Longwood Gardens outdoor shows are ticketed, but include admission to the garden itself: longwoodgardens.org/events-performances. Delaware Shakespeare will be performing July 12-28 in Rockwood Park; this summer’s production will be The Merry Wives of Windsor: delshakes.org/festival/festival-schedule. And, of course, there’s a seemingly endless parade of entertainment-oriented festivals: Clifford Brown, Riverfront Blues, Ladybug and the Peoples’ Festival celebrating the music of Bob Marley. More information on all summer arts events can be found at inwilmingtonde.com/events. — Mark Fields, Contributing Writer and Movie Reviewer

BLAZE A TRAIL U.S. participation in bicycling has increased by nearly 10 million over the past decade. That number would no doubt increase by millions more if not for one barrier: being on roads with cars. That is why the proliferation of dedicated bike/pedestrian trails in New Castle County is such a positive development for those of us who like a good (and safe) bike ride. I highly recommend two trails in particular: the Markell Trail (7.9 miles from Wilmington’s Riverfront to Historic New Castle) and the Mike Castle Trail (12 miles from Delaware City to the Delaware-Maryland state line; 14 miles if you add in Maryland’s Ben Cardin Trail, which takes you to Chesapeake City). In fact, I regularly hop on the Markell Trail at the Riverfront, take it to Historic New Castle, then take the wide-shouldered, 8.5-mile trek along River Road to Delaware City. I then pick up the Castle Trail for as long as I care to ride. If one proceeds all the way to Chesapeake City, it’s approximately 30 miles. That’s a 60-mile roundtrip jaunt that is car-free for 44 miles. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher




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SERVE IT UP! Tennis, anyone? If you’re in downtown Wilmington, the Rodney Street tennis courts are well known to Trolley Square residents, as are the courts in Rockford Park. During the summer—when school is out—you can go to a local high school. Most have six courts, but no lights—so get your game in before dusk. Among the schools with courts are A.I. du Pont, Archmere, Brandywine, Concord, Glasgow, McKean, Mt. Pleasant, Salesianum and Tatnall high schools and Springer Middle School (two courts). Also check tenniscourts.com to find a court near you. There are also plenty of courts in New Castle County parks. Those include Banning, Brandywine Mills, Canby, Bonsall, Bechtel, Battery and Conaty. Fairfield Park and Norma B. Handloff Park in Newark each have three courts with lights. Delcastle has eight courts, and Greenbank Park has four. — Bev Zimmermann, Special Projects

WALK OLD NEW CASTLE Step back in time, to the 17th and 18th centuries, when walking was the primary mode of moving around, and savor the well-preserved wonders of historic New Castle. You can walk for an hour— or several hours —enjoying fresh air while absorbing volumes of the First State’s history. Park near the foot of Delaware Street, by the historic marker designating William Penn’s first landing in North America. Stroll south along the Delaware River through Battery Park, then loop back and walk out on the newly reconstructed pier (where the Kalmar Nyckel sometimes docks) for an expansive view of the river. Walk north past the stunning Colonial homes along The Strand to Chestnut Street, near where Dutch settlers built Fort Casimir in 1651 and, in the first half of the 20th century, ferries transported cars and pedestrians across the river. Head back along Harmony Street to the northwest corner of The Green, site of 315-year-old Immanuel Episcopal Church, and look in its cemetery for the graves of three Delaware governors, two U.S. senators and George Read, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Then head south along the Green to the Arsenal, now the home of the New Castle Historical Society’s Visitor Center. Back on Delaware Street, you’ll approach the centerpiece of the First State National Historical Park, the Old Courthouse, and behind it, the Sheriff’s House. Next door is the Old Town Hall, built in the 1820s, with its arched arcade that once led to a wooden markethouse adjacent to The Green. If you’re not tired yet, there’s still more. — Larry Nagengast, Contributing Writer

FISH FRESH, FRIENDLY STREAMS Why not try your hand at trout fishing on one of northern New Castle County’s streams? It’s cheap and relatively easy. The stocked streams – White Clay Creek, Mill Creek, Pike Creek, Christina River, Red Clay Creek, Beaver Run and Wilson Run – are generally gently flowing and easily accessible. For Delaware residents, a license is just $8.50 if you’re between the ages of 16 and 65. A trout stamp (allowing you to fish in the stocked streams) is only $4.20. Residents 12 through 15 years old are required to have a young angler trout stamp ($2.10). If you’re over 65, you can fish free. Limit is six trout per day, no size requirements. For information on out-of-state rates and more, go to the Delaware Trout Program web page: dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Pages/FreshwaterTrout.aspx. And if you’re not in the mood for trout, drop a line in Brandywine Creek. Bass and bluegill, along with some other species, are plentiful. You can fish off the bank or wade into the stream. — Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor

PADDLE ON We have so many beautiful outdoor areas to explore that I don't take advantage of often enough. One of my favorite pastimes (when all the parenting and work stars align) is spending a few hours kayaking down the Brandywine River. The scenery and experience make me forget that I'm only 20 minutes from home. But don't take my word for it; check out Wilderness Canoe Trips on Concord Pike. They drop you in and pick you up when you're done. They also have canoe and tubing trips available. If you enjoy it as much as I do, you can find some great vessels to purchase at REI. Check them out at out rei. com/stores/christiana.html. — Matt Loeb, Production Manager



DEADHEADS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT! The 10th annual Grateful Dead tribute concert benefits the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Dead Fest has become a staple of the Wilmington-area concert scene.


n Friday, June 14, 50 musicians from the Brandywine Valley will converge on the Myrick Conservation Center in West Chester for “Dead Fest Ten: A Decade of Awesome,” an evening of heady jams in celebration of The Grateful Dead. It’ll be a party, for sure, but the evening’s primary purpose is to raise funds to support the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance (BRCA), a regional leader in environmental restoration of the Brandywine and White Clay watersheds. To help ensure that Delaware’s rivers and streams meet water quality standards, BRCA has launched the Red Streams Blue initiative to restore the landscapes around the waterways to their natural state. Board member Rob Grant explains that deforestation and erosion have changed the ecology of area watersheds. A healthy waterway will have banks that slope down gradually from the surrounding landscape, which enables healthy flooding. Unfortunately, those gradual banks have long since eroded, transforming what were once gentle creeks into water expressways. This exacerbates erosion, creates more runoff and deposits more pollutants downstream. BRCA is working to mitigate this problem by restoring gradual sloping banks to streams and creeks throughout the Brandywine and White Clay watersheds. Ticket revenues from “Dead Fest Ten: A Decade of Awesome” will support BRCA conservation projects. So you can hula hoop to Sugar Magnolias while also helping the environment. Dead Fest has become a staple of the greater Wilmington concert scene, attracting nearly 3,000 attendees annually for what is arguably the biggest deadhead concert of the season.


Summers have become saturated with music festivals, but Dead Fest stands apart. First, there are no bands, explains Grant. The organizational model behind Dead Fest is relaxed, with musicians rotating on and off stage to emulate the kinds of collaborative jams on which the Grateful Dead and its countless spinoffs and tribute acts have built their reputations. “We deliberately avoid putting an entire band together on stage,” says Grant. “Be ready to be surprised, because everybody does things differently. No one really knows what is going to happen next.” In true deadhead fashion, the improvisational nature of the evening makes the concert as much fun for the musicians as it is for the crowd. “Musicians enjoy it because we’re playing with our friends we don’t normally play with,” says Grant. “So it’s just fun for us to do that and we like the challenge of playing with different people, and the crowd really seems to pick up on that.” Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door the day of the event. This is a family-friendly event. Children under 12 are admitted for free, and ages 12 to 18 or older with a college ID can get in for $10. Gates open at 5 p.m., and music starts at 6. The event is BYOB. The festival organizers encourage everyone to carpool— there is limited parking in the area. Visit brandywineredclay.org or call 610-793-1090 for more information and ticket options. — Jordan Howell

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Righting the Wrongs of Delaware’s Waterways While ‘legacy’ pollutants like PCBs make the fight challenging, rivers and streams are getting cleaner By Jordan Howell Photos by Joe del Tufo

In a shot taken from a helicopter prior to the dam removal project, a fisherman (the tiny pink-and-white figure) stands atop the Wilmington dam on the Brandywine. 32 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


n spring weekends, the banks along Brandywine Creek are dotted with fishermen. Armed with rods and hip waders, they step out into the water and, with ritualistic precision, cast their lines into the swift, shallow current. It’s here that I meet Jason Veasey, on the north side of the creek a few hundred feet downstream from the city dam, where he was fishing for American shad and smallmouth bass. “I caught a tiger trout here last week,” Veasey says, adding that this has been his favorite fishing spot for the past five years. “This is a spawning area for a lot of big fish. In another couple weeks it should be really hot.” Veasey takes out his phone and shows me photos of the tiger trout, as well as an impressive 22-pound muskie, which he also caught last week. “You get a lot of big fish out here,” he says. But he doesn’t eat the fish. Nor do any of the fishermen I spoke with. Signs posted along the banks have warned against it ever since elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) —carcinogens linked to liver cancer—were discovered lurking in the tidal portions of the Brandywine in 1996. Until last year, Red Clay Creek had been under a fish consumption advisory due to PCBs since 1986. PCBs are a group of roughly two hundred related chemicals that were once used in a variety of industrial processes to create coolants, paints, cements, adhesives and sealants. The chemical’s sticky quality allows it to adhere to sediment, making it very difficult to eradicate from waterways. PCBs are among the many “legacy” pollutants that continue to haunt Delaware’s waterways long after being outlawed following the passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972. Legacy pollutants, which include mercury, dioxins, furans and DDT, are so named because they remain in the environment long after being released. These are distinct from “visible” pollutants like sediment, agricultural waste and other runoff. Currently, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) considers more than 90 percent of Delaware’s waterways impaired, which means one or more pollutants prohibit the water from meeting quality standards for drinking, fishing, swimming and other designated uses. A statewide fish consumption advisory has been in place since 2007, recommending that anglers consume “no more than one 8-oz. meal per week of any fish species caught in Delaware’s fresh, estuarine and marine waters.” But signs of progress abound. The Wilmington Riverfront is booming, in part because the Christina River no longer smells like raw sewage. That there are even fish in the Christina is a monumental achievement. Last year, Red Clay Creek was once again designated a Delaware trout-stocking stream. Moreover, “legacy” pollutants like PCBs are in decline, and in the last eight years Brandywine Creek and the Christina River “have shown decreases of PCB concentrations of 50 to 60 percent,” according to the most recent data compiled by DNREC and the Division of Public Health in the Department of Health and Social Services. It may still be 20 years before PCB levels are low enough to lift fish consumption advisories, says Gerald Kauffman, director of the Water Resources Center at the University of Delaware. However, he adds, “The thing that should be stated is that there's been a great improvement in the quality of the water in Delaware. If we were having this discussion 20 years ago, it would be a much more dire story.”

A Century of Contamination

“Now, this is not a scientific term,” Kauffman continues, “but the water sucked.” Indeed it did. Delaware’s waterways are still recovering from a century’s worth of manufacturing and industrial contamination. To the surprise of many, it’s not entirely the fault of DuPont. How did Delaware’s water get so bad? Our state has a unique situation when it comes to our water supply. For over half a million people in northern Delaware, that water comes from three creeks—Brandywine, Red Clay and White Clay—that originate in southern Pennsylvania and empty into the Christina River, which empties into the Delaware River. Accordingly, everything that goes into those Pennsylvania creeks— all the sediment, agricultural fertilizers and other pollutants— eventually travels through Delaware in pursuit of the ocean. The relatively small sizes of these streams mean that pollutants accumulate more quickly. Or, as explained by Kauffman, the quality of a stream is directly related to the quantity of water. “I don't want to get too scientific,” Kauffman says, “but there's a lower dilution capacity in these smaller rivers and streams.” The Brandywine Creek watershed is only 300 square miles, and the creek itself is only 20 miles long. White Clay and Red Clay are even smaller, with a combined watershed slightly greater than 100 square miles. At various spots, all three are shallow enough to walk across. That’s precious little water to dilute harmful contaminants. Because of this unique water situation, Delaware has historically seen pollution in its waterways exacerbated by industry upstream in southern Pennsylvania. As early as the 1890s, there were reports of fish die-offs reminiscent of the Ten Plagues of Egypt. “Many dead fish are now floating down the Brandywine,” reported Wilmington’s The Morning News on April 29, 1907. “BRANDYWINE WAS BLOOD RED COLOR,” read a headline in Wilmington’s Evening Journal on Feb. 17, 1909. The source of the pollution was discovered to be dyes from paper manufacturers upstream in Coatesville and Downingtown. Lacking any meaningful federal oversight, chemical pollution persisted for decades. Even beneficial chemicals eventually turned bad. In 1945, it seemed like the dawn of a new era as the City of Wilmington touted its efforts to combat mosquitoes with DDT. Two decades later, the insecticide had become a menace. In 1968, zinc was discovered in Red Clay Creek near the National Vulcanized Fiber (NVF) facility in Yorklyn, thus explaining the dead zones downstream. When wildlife officials attempted to stock the creek with trout, “The longest lifespan of the fish put in there was 23 seconds,” reported the Evening Journal on March 12, 1968. Zinc levels were 400 times higher than fish could survive. The Christina River, once the industrial heart of Delaware, slowly decayed into a rustbelt mess of 84 brownfield sites. PCBs contaminated the waterways. The state began testing for mercury in 1970. In the 1990s, the Environmental Protection Agency singled out the now-shuttered Chemours Edge Moor facility north of Wilmington as one of the nation’s leading producers of dioxin and furans, which a quick Google search reveal to be “the most toxic chemicals known to science.” Meanwhile, out-of-state pollution continues. Southeastern Pennsylvania has developed into a vibrant agricultural economy, resulting in contamination from farmland runoff, which includes fertilizer nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus. Once in the water, these nutrients give life to algae blooms that will eventually deplete the water’s oxygen supply, a process known as eutrophication. In other words, Delaware’s water quality hasn’t just been shameful, dreadful and embarrassing. It’s downright absurd. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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In 1968, zinc was discovered in Red Clay Creek near the National Vulcanized Fiber facility in Yorklyn. The plant has been shuttered for many years.


“It's all based on your starting point,” says Kauffman. “The water in these rivers was so bad decades ago that even a little bit of progress seems like a lot.” Despite the persistence of harmful pollution in Delaware’s waterways, the 1970s marked a turning point. The creation of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970 and the passage of the Clean Water Act of 1972 brought more robust federal oversight to environmental issues, ultimately leading to a federal ban on PCBs in 1978. In 1970, Delaware Gov. Russell Peterson, a DuPont-chemist-turned-staunch-environmentalist, established DNREC, and the following year he signed the Coastal Zone Act into law to protect coastal areas from heavy industrial development. Additional actions were taken over the next 40 years to minimize the risk of and exposure to pollutants in Delaware’s waterways. Mitigating pollution was and remains the first step to stabilizing impaired waterways. “The whole idea is to reduce the amount of pollution entering our rivers and streams; that way we aren't fixing something only to have the problem return,” says Kenneth Kristl, professor of Law and director of the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic at Widener University. The next step, Kristl says, is much more difficult. “We must try to remove the contaminants or get pollution levels to a place where they aren't going to be a risk.” Minimizing that risk has become the clarion call of environmental regulators, researchers and activists across Delaware. But conservation costs money, far more than the state is currently allocating. In 2015, realizing the mismatch between the budget and environmental priorities, the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) launched the “Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice” campaign, a statewide education and outreach effort to secure additional funding for clean water infrastructure, including improvements to wastewater systems, flood reduction initiatives, investments in drinking water quality and utilizing innovative technologies to remove toxic pollutants. “Our water is the most essential thing that we have,” says Brenna Goggin, director of Advocacy & External Affairs at the DNS. Noting that clean water is the cornerstone of Delaware’s agricultural and tourism industries, he says, “We should do everything within our ability to protect and restore it.” Goggin and Kauffman both served on the state’s Clean Water and Flood Abatement Task Force, established by the General Assembly in 2015 to identify water quality issues as well as sustainable funding mechanisms that will meet the needs for maintaining and improving Delaware’s waterways. According to Goggin, the tab could easily exceed $100 million per fiscal year. In 2017, the Task Force proposed a multi-pronged solution for returning Delaware’s waterways to health, including water management, protecting open spaces, farmland preservation and agricultural regulation—basically anything to ensure that natural lands are not transformed into residential developments, which only exacerbates run-off pollution. Although the Task Force was unable to secure the $100 million in annual sustainable funding needed to rehabilitate and maintain Delaware’s waterways, the effort had an impact, raising awareness among residents and elected officials that resulted in a $30 million commitment in the 2020 budget for clean water initiatives as well as open space and farmland preservation, an increase of about $10 million over previous budgets.

A century-old dam just downstream from Washington Street Bridge is in the process of being removed by the City of Wilmington as part of a partnership known as Brandywine Shad 2020.

It’s not the resounding victory advocates were hoping for, but it’s a victory nonetheless, suggests Goggins. “By raising people's awareness about the water quality issues facing our state and its residents, we've had a positive impact on getting additional dollars put towards clean water, building public support for additional dollars to go towards clean water, and building a coalition of businesses and nonprofit organizations to improve our water.”

Removing Industrial Dams

The challenges facing Delaware’s waterways in the next 100 years will continue to be exacerbated by population growth and global climate change. But there’s cause for optimism. Fish have returned to the state’s creeks. The Christina River is no longer as polluted as it once was, allowing saltwater fish like the American shad, described by wildlife historians as “the fish that fed the nation’s founders,” to return to their freshwater spawning grounds in Brandywine Creek. The next step is to ensure that those fish thrive, which is why there’s heavy construction equipment in the middle of Brandywine Creek. Even before legacy pollutants poisoned our waterways, American shad were unable to migrate very far up the Brandywine because of a series of 11 industrial dams, most of which are now obsolete, between Market Street in Wilmington and Brandywine Creek State Park near Rockland. The first of those dams—a century-old relic just downstream from Washington Street Bridge—is in the process of being removed by the City of Wilmington as part of a public-private partnership known as Brandywine Shad 2020. Formed in 2017 by the Brandywine Conservancy, Hagley Museum and Library, the State of Delaware and the University of Delaware Water Resources Center, the partnership’s goal, as the name suggests, is to restore shad to Brandywine Creek by 2020. “One thing that we learned is how quickly the river restores itself to a natural condition,” says Kauffman, who represents UD’s Water Resources Center on Brandywine Shad 2020. “Mother Nature can repair itself if left alone.” The current dam removal is a sensitive, time-consuming project because it also involves the relocation of a city water main that the dam was protecting. Otherwise, removing a dam can take as little as half a day. Not all of the 11 dams will be removed. Just a mile upstream from the current removal is the Wilmington Pump Station, the source of the city’s drinking water supply, which relies on the pooling created by the large dam at the head of the canal. In those situations, Kauffman explains, they’ll look into the feasibility of installing raceways, which are basically detours that will guide fish up and around the dam. If Brandywine Shad 2020 succeeds, it will mark the first time in 300 years that fish will be able to swim all the way to Pennsylvania. That will be yet another sign of progress.

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ilmington’s next dining evolution has arrived. DE.CO, short for the Delaware Collective, has finally opened its doors and three massive hydraulic windows on the corner of 10th and Orange Streets, allowing diners a truly al fresco experience in the heart of Wilmington. With a total of eight stalls, DEC.CO offers something for a variety of clientele, from weekday workers, to families, to retirees. As its name states, it’s a collective, or an all-hours food hall, open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, until midnight on Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to midnight on Saturday and until 11 p.m. Sundays. Here’s how its eight owner-operators describe their contributions to this European-esque food hall experience:


The Pho made at Phubs (pho + subs) is simmered at least 24 hours before serving. It’s labor-intensive, but as brothers and owners Paul and Chuong Nguyen discovered, it’s the only way to make the popular Vietnamese rice noodle soup.

“We learned to cook pho at a very young age,” says Chuong. He credits his first-generation parents for teaching him the “old school” way of cooking the ubiquitous dish. Phubs’ pho dish is made-to-order with meats such as steak and smoked brisket, chicken breast, vegetarian, shrimp and the “Phubolicious,” which is loaded with thin steak, brisket, and meatballs. Two bases are available: beef bone and vegetarian broth, both topped with cilantro, bean sprouts, white onion, scallions, jalapeños and lime wedges. In addition to its pho, Phubs will serve made-to-order banh mi, rice or salad bowls, fried pork and shrimp spring rolls and “Fraigon Fries,” whose name combines “fries” and the southern Vietnamese city of Saigon. Housemade drinks also will be available, including bubbles with Thai iced tea or coconut tea, and Vietnamese iced coffee made with sweetened condensed milk. Phubs began as a pop-up stall in R.House, the sister food hall in Baltimore that inspired DE.CO. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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There's more than the traditional buttermilk waffle available at Connie's Chicken & Waffles.

Connie’s Chicken & Waffles

It may be unusual to find Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries in waffles, but not at Connie’s Chicken & Waffles, where brothers Khari and Shawn Parker strive to bring “love” back into the dining experience. It’s something that Khari says has been missing for some time. “We believe in treating everyone with love,” he says, “so our guests leave better than when they came.” The crushed corn cereal is infused in the buttermilk base to give the waffles their distinctive flavor. In addition to this childhood favorite, Connie’s will serve other exotic waffles like Oreo, red velvet and chocolate chip, in addition to the traditional buttermilk waffle. Additional toppings like fresh strawberries and bananas are extra. Waffles can be topped with the brothers’ hand-breaded, fresh, neverfrozen chicken tenders, which are also available a la carte. When asked about the most important part, the breading, Khari would only divulge that the chicken is well-seasoned and dipped in a flour-based batter. Chicken boxes and a shrimp basket served with fries also are available. The stall, named in honor of their mother, Connie, started out as a three-week pop-up at R.House in Baltimore.

The Verandah

Depending on whom you’re dining with, there are many combinations at The Verandah to satisfy an Indian food craving—from a chicken tikka masala bowl to samosa chaat, a samosa topped with curried chickpeas, a medley of chutneys, red onion and cilantro. There are also curries and wraps that make up this all street-food menu.


The Verandah offers Indian cuisine.

Radhika Sule, chef and owner of The Verandah, grew up in India and is an architect by training. Her passion for Indian cuisine began when she applied to be part of the Downtown Baltimore Farmers Market, something she knew nothing about. “I had no culinary training,” says Sule. “The Farmers Market manager took an interest in me and my cuisine and offered to be my mentor throughout the process.” As her market business grew, Sule had the rare opportunity to be one of R. House’s pop-up restaurants in 2017. Fast forward to today, where she and her husband, Amit, will serve their traditional Northern Indian specialties to Delawareans in a permanent space. “We plan to serve two parathas, kheema (ground beef) and a housemade paneer, once we’ve settled into the space,” says Sule. Guests will be able to wash down their parathas with housemade ginger-mint lemonade or mango lassi.

Pizzeria Bardea

What do adobo-rubbed pork, honey and chives have in common? All make up the “Spicy Pig” – just one of the Neapolitaninspired pizzas available at Pizzeria Bardea, the offshoot of the James Beard Award semifinalist Bardea Food & Drink, which is led by Scott Stein and Chef Antimo DiMeo. In addition to the “Spicy Pig,” Stein says Pizzeria Bardea “will have five other pizzas available, including the Bardea staple the ‘Upside Down’ made with fresh mozzarella, grana padano, ricotta, garlic oil and tomato drizzle, the traditional ‘Margherita,’ and a handful of other rotating pizzas.” The 11-inch pizzas are made with “00” flour, a specialty flour used by master pizza-makers that produces a light and airy dough that when cooked creates a “puffy, charred crust and a super crispy bottom,” says Stein. Each pizza is enough for a single diner or shareable, perhaps with a salad, for two diners. For those looking for a keto-friendly entree, try one of the six seasonal, farm-to-table salads or go all out and dig into Bardea’s most popular lunchtime sandwiches, the meatball parmigiana. Keep an eye out for the Roman-style pizza, which is similar to the Philadelphia tomato pie, something that may debut Scott Stein serves up a pie at Pizzeria Bardea. later this year. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM




DE.CO: A DOWNTOWN DINING EVOLUTION continued from previous page

Spark’d 3rd Annual

Pig Roast Thursday, June 6th 5-9pm $35 per person

WEDNESDAY NIGHT 1/2 price large pizza 5-10pm.

1709 Lovering Ave Wilmington (302) 655-3689 Gallucios-de.com

THURSDAYS Half-Price Burgers

QUIZZO w/ Gador @ 8pm


Live Jazz Series 8-11pm


Monday- Friday 2pm-6pm $ 4 Craft Drafts • $ 5 App and Munchie Menu

If you loved Neapolitan ice cream as a kid, you’ll love the cake version made with three luscious layers of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry at Spark’d, a new venture by the Hotel Du Pont Bakeshop, led Spark'd is in essence a bakery café. by Executive Pastry Chef Leah Steinberger. Says Steinberger, who has always had a passion for combining interesting flavors in unexpected ways: “This space will allow us to have more opportunities to be creative. Customers have asked us for more unique flavors, which we plan to deliver.” The bright, art-deco designed stall will in essence be a bakery café serving traditional pastries like croissants, muffins and scones alongside more innovative flavors like its namesake the Spark’dler, a flaky, Danish-like pastry filled with pastry cream and a soufflegg (souffle + egg + meat/vegetables), both of which are available for breakfast—until they’re gone. Spark’d also will carry handcrafted espresso-based drinks and the famous Draft Latte on tap using Philadelphia’s favorite homegrown coffee brand, La Colombe. The stall also will serve as a physical location for placing large catering and custom orders like wedding and event cakes and pastries. Keep an eye out for more seasonal treats like a strawberry basil cookie and a miso raspberry chocolate chip cookie bar.



Try for yourself and see what all the excitement is about! 29 A Trolley Square Wilmington, DE Mon-Sat: 11am - 8pm Sun: noon - 5pm

(302) 428 1060



You’ll find a combination of sweet and savory at Stripp’d, a juice and bowl bar that will serve cold-pressed juices with fun names like “Jala at Ya Boy,” a blend of red grapefruit, Stripp'd is a juice and bowl bar. apple, jalapeño, kale, lemon and blood orange; and two açai bowls: the “Classic” with strawberries, banana, and peanut butter, and the “Point Break” with pineapple, banana, and Blue Majik, a blue-green algae high in antioxidants. All bowls will be topped with granola, honey and, of course, fruit. As a lifelong pescatarian, or a vegetarian who eats fish, Khoran Horn, CEO & Founder of Stripp’d, had always gravitated toward healthy foods. After a 2012 trip to Los Angeles, Horn saw how popular cold-pressed juices were but was flabbergasted by the cost of a single bottle. “I had to find a way to bring juice back to the East Coast and most importantly, make it more affordable,” says Horn. “During my visit to Los Angeles, cold-pressed juice was $12 for 16 ounces!” All Stripp’d 16-ounce juices are $11 and under. In addition to its juice and bowls, Stripp’d will serve two rotating seasonal salads, smoothies and handheld breakfast foods from an egg sandwich to the chipotle and guacamole toast, overnight oats and chia seed pudding.

Al Chu’s Sushi

Al Chu is back! The former Mikimoto sushi chef is rolling sushi again in Wilmington. Al’s Signature roll is made with fried shrimp, avocado, spicy sauce, and crab stick topped with eel sauce. “I’m so honored to be back in Wilmington,” says Chu, chef and owner. At first, he was hesitant about opening a sushi restaurant in a food hall. However, his concerns were quickly relieved when he visited R.House in Baltimore. “I was amazed by R. House and its tenants,” Al Chu is rolling sushi again in Wilmington. says Chu. “This visit made me realize that it [DE.CO] wasn’t going to be just a food hall, it would be a big restaurant with multiple food options.” Al Chu’s Sushi stall dominates the front window on 10th Street with its nine-seat sushi bar and kitchen. The bar will serve a mix of Japanese favorites like gyoza dumplings,

Crabby edamame steamed with Old Bay, maki rolls, nigiri and sashimi, as well as the Hawaiian import, the poké bowl, which is deconstructed sushi-in-a-bowl. Be sure to ask for extra containers of Al’s “special sauce,” which is a specially formulated mixture of Japanese-imported soy sauce, wasabi and a touch of jalapeño. Also available are lunch combos perfect for downtown workers that will be available until 2 p.m., with a choice of two rolls or one roll with sashimi and served with Japanese pickles.

The Pop- Up

Brisket, barbacoa and barbecue chips, oh my! The first month will feature three of Locale BBQ Post’s signature BBQ sandwiches—brisket, pork and chicken—served with coleslaw and pickles, as well as an assortment of additional sides like fried mac-and-cheese balls and homemade barbecue chips, all made by Dan Sheridan, owner of Stitch House Brewery on Market Street and Locale BBQ Post at 1014 N. Lincoln Street. “[The pop-up will] be a mini-taste of Lincoln Street. We hope that this will introduce the downtown crowd to our Little Italy shop,” says Sheridan. The second month will be an all-taco menu made by Mexican-born Louis Cobos, one of Stitch House Brewery’s longtime sous chefs. The menu will feature classic Mexican tacos like the barbacoa, al pastor and brisket tacos. The pop-up space is one of the smallest stalls at DE.CO, but it’s specifically designed for new and up-and-coming chefs to flex their creative muscles. There’s plenty of equipment for those just starting out, so it’ll be exciting to see what pops up in July and later.


11:30AM-2:30PM Monday: 1/2 priced burgers (all day!)

Tuesday: $10 Tacos Wednesday: $10 Poke Bowls Thursday: $10 Lettuce Wraps Friday: $10 Flat Bread





BITES Tasty things worth knowing Compiled by Paige Dana





celebration of fun for the whole family, the Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival is set for Saturday, June 29, from noon-7 p.m. at Rockwood Park (4651 Washington St. Ext., Wilmington). The festival has a Victorian theme surrounding the historic Rockwood Mansion and Museum. Enjoy local musical entertainment, food, historical demonstrations, activities for kids and, of course, plenty of ice cream. Tickets are $5, and kids 12 and under are admitted for free with adult admission. For more information, visit nccde.org.



rom now until Oct. 1, Full Circle Food will offer customers $20 off their first order if they use the promo code Out20 at checkout. Full Circle Food is the newest concept from Culinary Institute of America graduates, friends and Chefs Robbie Jester and Tim Bolt. Jester is a native of Delaware and has spent many years working in restaurants throughout the state. Bolt, a native of Virginia, began his professional career in Wilmington and has worked in Delaware and Pennsylvania. The two chefs created Full Circle Food to help people enjoy a healthier lifestyle. They offer easily available health-conscious foods prepared by professionally trained chefs. Their goal is to use locally-sourced ingredients to help consumers make better food choices. For more information, visit fcfoodgroup.com.


elaware Food Battles added the Grilled Cheese Battle to its lineup in 2018, and several hundred attended the inaugural event. This year, the battle was waged on May 22 at The Queen (500 N. Market St.). The event, which supports the Food Bank of Delaware, featured 15 competitors and was judged entirely by people’s choice. Drip Café, with locations in Hockessin and Newark, was awarded first place for the entire competition. For traditional grilled cheese, Maiale Deli and Salumeria (3301 Lancaster Pike, Wilmington) received the most votes. The competition’s runner-up was Mojo Loco, a food truck that serves Delaware and surrounding areas. Honorable mention went to Stitch House Brewery (829 N. Market St., Wilmington).

rom June 20 through Oct. 19, nourish your family while supporting the Food Bank of Delaware’s mission. Food can be picked up at the bank’s farm stand (222 Lake Dr., Newark) on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At this community-supported agriculture (CSA), shareholders can choose from a selection of items grown on the Corteva Farm at the Food Bank of Delaware as well as from food produced by local growers. Items to look forward to include tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, summer squash, okra, cabbage and potatoes. The program costs $600 for a full share, which includes 8-10 items a week, or $300 for a half share, which includes 6-8 items each week. For more information, visit fbd.org/csa.



he Downtown Farmers Market at Rodney Square operates every Wednesday, rain or shine, through Oct. 30 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The official Grand Opening is on June 5 at noon. This year's market is centered in the 1000 block of North Market Street due to construction in the Square. The market offers local produce such as plants, herbs, cut flowers, and a large assortment of beautiful handmade items, including arts and crafts, jewelry, delicious food and of course, food trucks. For more information, visit downtownwilmingtonde.com.

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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assn., WYRA.ORG 4. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 5. Residences at Christina Landing 6. Bank’s Seafood Kitchen & Raw Bar / Riverfront Market, BANKSSEAFOODKITCHEN.COM 7. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 8. Docklands Riverfront, DOCKLANDSRIVERFRONT.COM 9. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM 10. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk 11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. The Delaware Contemporary, DECONTEMPORARY.ORG

13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM Starbucks on the Riverfront Riverfront Pets, RIVERFRONTPETS.COM 14. Del Pez Mexican Gastropub, DELPEZMEXICANPUB.COM Goju Training Center, GOJUROBICS.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG Riverwalk Mini Golf, RIVERWALKMINIGOLF.COM 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM









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28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29. CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30. The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31. Altitude Trampoline Park, ALTITUDEWILMINGTON.COM 32. The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM River Rock Kitchen, RIVERROCKKITCHEN.COM 33. Delaware Humane Association, DEHUMANE.ORG 34. Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard/Fort Christina Park, KALMARNYCKEL.ORG 35. Jack A. Markell Bike Trail 36. Constitution Yards Beer Garden, CONSTITUTIONYARDS.COM 37. 76ers Fieldhouse, BLUECOATS.GLEAGUE.NBA.COM




The Riverboat Queen returns for another season on the water. The restored paddle wheeler will continue to offer Sunday Brunch cruises, with a delicious brunch followed by a two-hour tour of the Christina River out to the Delaware. This season, however, the Queen will also offer Thursday-Sunday sightseeing tours. Every Thursday evening will feature a Happy Hour cruise from 5:30-7, featuring a weekly drink special, entertainment, and full bar.

Friday and Saturday will have a Christina River Cruise, offering a unique vantage point of the city and a view of nature along the river and across the Brandywine before heading to the Delaware River, then returning. Additionally, Christina Nights Cruises will take place on Friday and Saturday from 7:30-9, and will focus on experiencing the city lights.





Start your Sunday on the water with our delicious brunch cruise. Enjoy a mouth-watering brunch buffet, then begin a two-hour cruise along the beautiful Christina River out to the Delaware, complete with cocktails and dessert. Every Sunday, 11:30 a.m. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to departure time. Adults: $45; children 15 and under: $22.50.

Start your weekend early on the Queen! Enjoy all the sights of our River Cruise from the ship’s deck with a summer cocktail. Our Happy Hour Cruises take you down the Christina and provide weekly drink specials and specialty drinks. Additional cash bar items and packaged snacks also available. Cruises are every Thursday from 5:30-7 p.m. Adults: $24; seniors: $20; children 15 & under: $12. 46 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

Join us for a 1.5-hour sightseeing tour along the historic Christina River. View the city from this unique vantage point, and enjoy picturesque scenes crossing over the Brandywine River out to the tip of the Delaware. Cash bar and packaged snacks available. Cruises every Friday and Saturday, 4-5:30 p.m. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to departure time. Adults: $24; seniors: $20; children 15 & under: $12.

Experience the city like never before on this special evening version of our tour. The city’s lights make this a romantic evening along the water. Enjoy a full bar and delicious snacks while you take in the breathtaking views. Cruises every Friday and Saturday, 7:30-9 p.m. Boarding starts 30 minutes prior to departure time. Adults: $24; seniors (62 and over): $20; children 15 & under: $12.



RIVERWALK MINI GOLF AND MORE! The 18-hole mini golf course returns for its fifth season, offering golf and an ice cream stand with soft serve ice cream, soft pretzels and more. The ice cream is available to all on the Riverwalk, whether golfing or not.


Riverfront Wilmington recently launched Riverfront App, which serves as an electronic brochure and map of everything there is to do on the riverfront. All major attractions, restaurants, and hotels are listed, with links to their websites. Additionally, users are sent notifications about traffic updates, goings on, happenings, and exclusive offers and specials reserved only for downloaders. The Riverfront offers combo tickets exclusively through the app that provide discounts for multiple attractions. The app is free of charge, and is available at both Apple and Google Play stores.

This year, there will be bicycle rentals to tour the Riverwalk as well as the nature trail. There will also be four-seat surreys that can be used on the Riverwalk.


This year marks their 10th anniversary of the Education Center. The refuge is often used for tours, bird and other wildlife watching, and hiking. The refuge connects to the newly finished Jack A. Markell Bike Trail, which is 7.9 miles long and runs down to Old New Castle. The trail connects through the environmental center and onto the Riverwalk, so people can hike or bike all the way through. On Oct.13, the Delaware Nature Society will host Trail Fest, a free outdoor event for families celebrating the trail. There will be activities, live music, and more.


• We welcome two new hotels, both on Justison Street: Hyatt Place and Homewood Suites. • Constitution Yards Beer Garden will be adding axe-throwing this season.



Ongoing Events Family Night on the River Taxi

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Bring the kidsdaily down to theallRiverfront In addition to running service summer, the River Taxi will offer these every Tuesday and Thursday night in special themed nights: June, July & August for a 45 minute ride on the Christina River. $15 per family of Tuesday/Thursday Nights 4. Receive a Family coupon for 10% off at Molly’s Tuesday night join our Nature Guide Ice Cream + Deli after your ride! from Delaware Nature Society to riverfrontwilm.com experience and learn about local Wildlife. Thursday night enjoy an evening of family funDravo on thePlaza river!Dock

Family Night Cruise times are 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and leave from Dravo Dock. Cost is $16 for a family of four. Each additional person is $4. Wednesday on the Water Wine Cruises Enjoy a one-hour wine tasting on the river, Wednesdays in June, July and August! Cruise by the scenic Christina River up to the I-495 bridge while enjoying hand selected wines. This unique outing is perfect for happy hour or an after-dinner drink! Cruise times are 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. and leave from Dravo Dock. $20 per person. Cruisers must be 21 years old or older, proper ID is required at the time of cruise. Reservations must be made in advance and are paid in full at the time of booking. No refunds. 530-5069 • Wilmwaterattractions.com

SHIPYARD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES This summer, the series returns to Dravo Plaza. The Shipyard Summer Concert Series has been a staple on the Riverfront since 2000, and each year it has grown. It will take place every Thursday in July and August, from 7-8:30 p.m. for a total of nine events. Since the series offers a wide variety of performers, there’s sure to be a concert for every musical taste. Admission is free for these events. Riverfrontwilm.com


Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard – June 30 / July 5-7 / July 11, 13

The Kalmar Nyckel Foundation will once again host the popular Pirate Festival from their shipyard on Saturday, July 29th. The festival includes a day of maritime fun on land at the Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard and Fort Christina Park as well as on the ship itself. Activities include tours of the ship, pirate demonstrations, scavenger hunts, face painting, games for kids, a beer garden and more. 429-7447 • kalmarnyckel.org Copeland Maritime Museum, 1124 East 7th Street 48 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

DELAWARE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM 550 Justison St. • 650-2336 DelawareChildrensMuseum.org Hours: Monday – Closed Tuesday thru Thursday – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday – 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday & Sunday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Delaware Children’s Museum is an educational and interactive destination for a day of family fun. In addition to their permanent exhibits and rotating programming, the DCM is hosting several family events this summer: SUMMER KICK-OFF Friday, June 15, 5-8 PM Start the Summer with outdoor activities like a kiddie car wash, obstacle courses, and much more! DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Friday, July 26, 5-8 PM The DCM’s service animal expo, with learning opportunities and hands-on demonstrations from local veterinary groups, shelters, zoos, and farms! END OF SUMMER BASH Friday, August 16, 5-8 PM Say goodbye to summer at the museum with indoor and outdoor activities, special summer themed programming, and more! STAR WARS SCIENCE Sunday, September 1, 12-3 PM One of their most popular days of the year! Star Wars characters visit for a day of science and space exploration, along with plenty of photo opportunities with the characters.


JUNE • June 6-9 vs. Fayetteville • June 10-12 vs. Lynchburg • June 20-23 vs. Frederick JULY • July 1-3 vs. Potomac • July 10-12 vs. Salem • July 13-15 vs. Carolina • July 23-25 vs. Potomac • July 30-Aug. 1 vs. Fayetteville AUGUST • Aug. 2-4 vs. Potomac • Aug. 13-15 vs. Lynchburg • Aug. 20-25 vs. Salem • Aug. 30-Sept. 2 vs. Down East




THE CITY Ashley Christopher, Nichelle Barber, Earl Cooper, Tanya Washington, Kevin Kelley, Jovan Goldstein, Wendell Smallwood and Brian Soscia.

Mayor Purzycki and Wendell Smallwood address a group of kids at the Pro Football Camp on May 18.

INAUGURAL WENDELL SMALLWOOD WEEKEND IS A HUGE SUCCESS Wilmington native raises $15K for Eden Park Scoreboard


ayor Mike Purzycki is proud to declare the first Wendell Smallwood Weekend in Wilmington (May 17-19, 2019) a resounding success. The Mayor’s Office teamed up with Smallwood, a Wilmington native and now Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagle, for a series of events to benefit the City’s young people. After kicking off the weekend with a Happy Hour at DE.CO and a Comedy Show at Theatre N on Friday night, the highlight of the 3-day program was the free Pro Football Camp for area youth. Three hundred boys and girls converged on the new 76ers Field House for the 4-hour camp, preceded by an autographsigning session with Smallwood and other Eagles players. Saturday night’s Party with a Purpose at Docklands Riverfront was wellattended, as was the Brunch Experience at The Queen on Sunday, where Smallwood presented a $15,000 check to CityFest, Inc. That money will be used to purchase a new scoreboard for the renovated and upgraded athletic field at Eden Park in Southbridge. “On behalf of everyone in Wilmington, I express my thanks and appreciation to Wendell for all that he has done and continues


to do for the City of Wilmington,” said the Mayor. “This was a fantastic weekend that exceeded all of our expectations. The football camp was an experience that the kids will remember for the rest of their lives, and when all is said and done, the young athletes who play on the new turf field at Eden Park will have a brand new scoreboard to go along with it. We’re already looking forward to another Wendell Smallwood Weekend next year.” “Wilmington is my hometown, and will always have a special place in my heart,” said Smallwood. “It’s great to be in a position to give something back to the community, and I’m committed to making this weekend not only about providing first-rate entertainment but also making a lasting social impact on the lives of local kids.” Wendell Smallwood was born in Wilmington on January 20, 1994. He played college football at West Virginia and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Since then, Smallwood has made a point of giving back to the Wilmington community, including initiating a “Christmas GiveA-Way” in December 2017.



Having a block party or other special event this summer? You can apply for permits online here: bit.ly/WilmDEEventsPermit




he Wilm. Fire Department recently teamed up with the American Red Cross and City residents to install smoke alarms in several west side neighborhoods. In all, more than 60 alarms were installed in over 250 homes. Mayor Purzycki expressed his thanks to all of those who participated in this event.



une is here! That means summer break for the kids and the beginning of festival season in the City—always a busy month of diverse food, music and culture. The Delaware Art Museum’s outdoor Backyard Bash kicked things off on May 31, and will be soon followed by the 43rd Annual Greek Festival at Wilmington’s Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, which runs June 4-8. St. Anthony’s Italian Festival immediately follows from June 9-16. The Friends of Wilmington Parks sponsors the 12th Annual Jasper Crane Rose Garden Party on June 6 in Brandywine Park, and will bring back its Free Summer Concert Series with shows at Rockford Tower by Stone Shakers ( June 17), The Quixote Project ( June 24), and at the Sugar Bowl in Brandywine Park with Spokey Speaky ( June 26). Finally, the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast —the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival—celebrates its 31st year in Rodney Square from June 19-22. Finally, be sure to visit the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s 5th Annual Pirate Festival on June 29.


Looking for general job information and resources? Visit www.wilmingtonde.gov/ government/employment to learn about education and training, labor laws and regulations, how to apply for government jobs, as well as other employment-related information.


Looking for a community organization or civic association in your area? Visit: bit.ly/ WilmDECivicAssoc



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For more meetings and events in the month of June, visit: www.wilmingtonde.gov.



presented by

June 7 5pm Start Complimentary Shuttle Service (see website) Most exhibitions listed here continue through this month


A program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Mezzanine Gallery

Arden Buzz Ware

Blue Streak Gallery

Station Gallery

FIT - a personal fitness studio

Piccolina Toscana

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church


V-Trap Kitchen & Lounge

RIVERFRONT The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison Street 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: TACIT, Jim Condon, Benjamin Lee Sperry, the works of Victoria Ahmadizadeh, Marie Fornaro, Melissa Joseph, and Natalie Kuenzi curated by Kate Testa and Studio Artist Carson Zullinger DOWNTOWN 2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street 655-0124 Artist: Hues by James Wyatt Artzscape 205 N. Market Street 433-6622 • artzscape.com Artist: Meet the Cast of Connie Drummond’s RUMORS Chris White Gallery 701 N. Shipley Street 434-327-2930 • chriswhitegallery.com Artist: Print Photography Festival Christina Cultural Arts Center 705-707 N. Market Street 429-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: “MAN CAVE” Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane 428-0222 Artist: Expansion, Transformation and Flow Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street 577-8278 • arts.delaware.gov Artist: Shelter by Ekaterina Popova Delaware Historical Society & Old Town Hall 504 N. Market Street 655-7161 • dehistory.org Artist: Jimmy Thomspon Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market Street 824-96607 Artist: Erin Kathleen: The World Through My Lens Travel Photography

The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street 658-7897 • thegrandwilmington.org The Grand Gallery Artist: “Royalty In Motion” by DANCE4LIFE School of the Arts and Training Institute

Blue Streak Gallery

Hotel du Pont 100 W. 11th Street 594-3256 • hoteldupont.com Artist: Francisco Sanchez

62 Rockford Road #11A 777-4348 • fitdelaware.com Artist: California Dreaming by Wendy Hatch

1721 Delaware Avenue 429-0506 Artists: James Harvard, John Horn, Gus Sermas, and Carol Spiker

FIT- a personal fitness studio

LaFate Gallery 227 N. Market Street 656-6786 • lafategallery.com Artist: Celebrating Caribbean American Heritage Month

Howard Pyle Studio

The Mill 1007 N. Orange Street, 4th floor 751-6455 • themillspace.com Artist: Closing by Paul Rickards

Piccolina Toscana

MKT Place Gallery 200 W. 9th Street 438-6545 Artist: One of A Kind by Ainsworth McKend

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

North Wilmington Library 3400 N. Market Street 761-4290 Artist: Lions Divine Protection by Zathray Burton

V-Trap Kitchen & Lounge

The Sold Firm 800B N. Tatnall Street 689-3237 • thesoldfirm.com Artist: Artist Name: Joanne Norris


Spaceboy Clothing 706 N. Market Street 669-5695 Artist: YRSH INHERIT THE EARTH POP-UP SHOP, Eric “Ezee Yaresh” Gross The Urban Bike Project 1500 N. Walnut Street 300-4323 • urbanbikeproject.com Artist: The Pretty Great Outdoors: Watercolors by Todd Miyashiro Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street 571-7400 • wilmington.lib.de.us Artists: Terrance Vann WEST END

3rd Place Art Gallery

1139 W. 7th Street 543-3082 Artist: Subway Train Roller Coaster Art Exhibit by Geraldo Gonzalez

1305 N. Franklin Street 656-7304 • howardpylestudio.org Artist: Kerstin Tyreus and the artists of the Howard Pyle Studio 1412 N. Dupont Street 654-8001 • piccolinatoscana.com Artist: Then and Now by Alan Soffer 1301 N. Broom Street 652-7623 • ststeph.org Artist: Peace & Love Exhibit by Regina Katz

607 N. Lincoln Street 364-0474 • vtrapkitchen.com Artist: Controlling the Uncontrollable by Irina Angelova

Buswell Gallery

2300 Naamans Road 530-4244 • winbuzz.com Artist: Winthrop’s Adventures In Art And Song by Winthrop Buswell

Bellevue Community Center 510 Duncan Road 762-1391 • bellevuecc.org Artist: The Placebo Effect by Ralph Marley

Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway programs@ardenbuzz.com Artist: The Space Between Us by Linda Parks

Station Gallery

3999 Kennett Pike 654-8638 • stationgallery.net Artists: Full Circle - A Celebration of the Station Gallery’s 40th Anniversary and the Art of Mitch Lyons

Next Art Loop Wilmington: July 12, 2019


It’s summertime at harrry’s featuring Maine

1 ½ lb Lobster


Memorial Day-Labor Day

$32.95 Stop in any night of the week for our fresh seafood selections all summer long



Entertainment Schedule EVERY MONDAY: Showtime Trivia EVERY THURSDAY: DJ Willoughby EVERY FRIDAY: EDM DJ Dance Party



Friday 6/7- Cherry Crush 6/1- Chorduroy 6/8-Feeling Lucky 6/15-TBA 6/22-Gable 6/29-Big Rumble Twist


TUESDAYS ½ Price Burgers ALL DAY! $4.50 Double LITs

WEDNESDAYS - MEXICAN NIGHT! ½ Price Nachos & Quesadillas ALL DAY! $3.25 Dos Equis Lager and Margaritas • $2 Tacos $15.99 9oz NY Strip Steak All Day

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Ron Gomes, Jr. and Mike Rasmussen, the guys behind Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna. Photo Joe del Tufo

Getting in the Spirits Taking a cue from craft beer makers, distillers have become the latest artisanal phenomenon By Dan Linehan


he stories craft distillers tell about how they started on the path to making vodka, rum and other spirits often start the same way. There’s a moment that hooked them. For Michael Rasmussen, that moment came about a decade ago when he visited Distillery Row in Portland, Oregon, where he saw gin, vodka and other spirits being made on a small scale. “I just fell in love with it right then and there,” say Rasmussen, who lives in Smyrna. While he continued to work in education policy for a local foundation, for the next few years he could talk about little else but distilling. In 2011, he says, “My wife said I either needed to shut up about it or get to work.” So, after getting connected through a mutual friend to the person who would become his business partner, Ron Gomes, he got to work. Before they could open the state’s first standalone, small-batch distillery, however, the partners had to persuade lawmakers to change the law to allow one. They had a simple argument: They were only asking for the flexibility already given to breweries and wineries. Lawmakers agreed, and the pair succeeded without much trouble. In November 2013, they opened Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna.

But a new limitation soon brought them back to the General Assembly. They could only sell alcohol they made, preventing them from offering many types of cocktails. “The following year, I walked around telling legislators that I couldn’t make them a Manhattan because I couldn't use vermouth,” says Rasmussen. Lawmakers again tweaked the rules without much opposition, but the entrepreneurs met some resistance when they tried unsuccessfully to sell their product from farmers markets and other venues. In response, they grew their business in a way that wasn’t in the plan, by hosting nonprofit fundraisers and private parties. If starting a craft distillery sounds like an adventure, the kind of thing you learn only by doing, it is. Though they can consult the experts, craft distillers aren’t operating off a blueprint. They are tapping into a trend: Craft spirits are the fastest-growing part of the alcohol industry, rising at about 23 percent a year from 2016 to 2017. Distillation is the process of boiling off alcohol, which evaporates before water does, and collecting it in higher concentrations. Distilling the essence of craft spirits often comes down to one concept: Think local. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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Greg Christmas looked across Sussex County for a location for his tasting room before settling on this Lewes spot. Like many distillers, he uses his tasting room to get his product right before sending it into distribution. About five Beach Time products are available in Lewes-area liquor stores.

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Among the legacies of Prohibition are the series of federal laws that largely outlaw home distilling. Starting in 1978, it’s been perfectly legal to brew beer or ferment wine at home, but liquor is mostly off limits. As a result, craft distillers can’t pursue their passion at home, working out the kinks on small batches. For most, their first batch of liquor didn’t come until after they’d purchased equipment, chosen a location and started their business. Rasmussen says he and Gomes were confident their preparation would pay off when the time came to make their first batch, a type of brandy made from grapes called grappa. “We felt like we’d done a lot of preparation, a lot of work,” he says. Many craft distillers get their start in making beer or wine, which shares many principles and processes with distilling. Greg Christmas, of Milton, worked in a brewery and spent his spare time learning everything he could about distilling. He also hired an experienced consultant as a mentor for his first year. The preparation gave Christmas, who opened Beach Time Distilling in Lewes in 2015, the ability to succeed from batch No. 1, a white rye whiskey that he still makes today. It tasted, he recalls, like hazelnuts mixed with spicy rye bread. Others pay homage to their industry’s rebellious traditions, created over hundreds of years by outlaw moonshiners staying one step ahead of the taxman. Bryan Quigley, co-founder of Philadelphia-based Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, started distilling with his brother in a small keg still named Old Ethel in their parents’ basement in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. “Maybe some of the things we did weren’t necessarily kosher,” Quigley says. Getting started isn’t only about technical skills. Creating a tasting room to test drive your product, build a fan base and sell your spirits is a crucial first step.

Finding a Home

For Jared Adkins, founder of Bluebird Distilling, finding a solid location was initially a struggle, as four Pennsylvania townships denied him a permit to open a distillery. But it turned out to be a blessing, he says. One day, he was driving through downtown Phoenixville, a small city along the Schuylkill River about 25 miles northwest of Philadelphia, when he saw an abandoned laundromat. In addition to being in a fast-growing city, the area around the laundromat was a craft hub, with six breweries and four wineries on his street alone. “It was the absolute best spot we could’ve found,” says Adkins. “It’s that old saying that a rising tide raises all ships, and that’s true in Phoenixville.” Small cities tend to be fertile ground for distilleries, in part because they nurture a sense of place that local businesses can tap. And they’re cheaper. Rasmussen says he loves Smyrna’s small-town feel, but the price was also right. “In Newark or Wilmington, (a location) would’ve been four or five times the price,” he says.

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Learning How to Taste

Because many visitors haven’t been to a craft distillery, proprietors often have to coach them through the experience. A newcomer who tries a spirit straight, or neat, without guidance may end up gasping or choking. It’s easy for the uninitiated to taste the burn and not the drink. That’s why craft distillers talk new drinkers through how to drink spirits straight. First of all, they advise, don’t throw it all back in one motion. Rasmussen asks customers to start with a small sip and let it settle. “Once you get that on your tongue, pick out the caramel and vanilla,” he says. Adkins draws an analogy with eating peppers. “If you eat a jalapeno, it’s hot, but if you have one every single day for three weeks … your mouth adapts and the burn goes away, and you’re able to recognize the flavors,” he says.

Who Is the Craft Spirits Drinker?

The stereotype of the spirits drinker—as, say, a well-dressed middle-aged man unwinding in the evening—is changing, Adkins says. He says his tasting rooms are approaching gender parity. “I see an equal amount of women, if not more women, who prefer whiskey drinks, and that’s starting as early as 23, 24,” he says. It’s a challenge for any upstart to disrupt a consumer’s brand loyalty. Someone who has for decades reached for Smirnoff is unlikely to notice an alternative, much less pay more to try it. But Adkins says the new generation of consumer -- familiar with craft beer—“is relatively easy to switch.” It also helps that younger drinkers may not have an established brand preference for spirits. Some distilleries also look for younger drinkers by appealing to their health-mindedness, touting their products as sugar-free, carb-free and gluten-free. Alcohol, of course, is not good for your health; even light drinking slightly raises the risk for cancer. Other distilleries don’t hit the health angle. But all of them care deeply about the product. One truism that remains in craft distilling is that vodka is king. At Painted Stave, the top-selling product in distribution is a scrapple-flavored vodka. Aside from a Christmas bourbon, vodka is Stateside Urbancraft Vodka’s only product. “We don’t want to be known as a distillery that does everything,” Quigley says.


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Finding the Path to Growth

The success of craft brewing in recent decades has provided craft distillers with a template for growth. Some pursue the Dogfish Head model of starting small and growing into a national brand, while others make most of their sales from their tasting rooms. The comparisons to craft brewing are inevitable, though there are important differences between the industries, says James Montero, general manager of Dogfish Head’s distillery. First, while craft beer represents about 11 percent of the total beer industry, craft spirits have captured only 5 percent of the total market. But the distillers are finding that craft beer drinkers have picked up a taste for experimentation. “People are becoming more inquisitive on everything they’re consuming,” Montero says. The two main paths to success as a craft distiller—running a tasting room and distributing your product at liquor stores—aren’t mutually exclusive and most pursue both at once. Though it’s easy to see the allure of selling your product across the country in thousands of stores, getting your product into wide distribution isn’t easy. ►

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Christmas, of Beach Time Distilling, says state law requires alcohol to be sold through both a distributor and a retailer. Both players mark up the cost, so when combined with taxes, his distribution sales are only a small fraction of what he makes in his tasting room. For example, Christmas is selling ready-to-drink cocktails, ranging from $4 to $6 per can. But by the time they enter the liquor store, they’d cost more, perhaps more than what people would be willing to pay. He could get the price down if he could sell in volume, but may not achieve that volume at a high price. It’s a chicken-and-egg problem he hasn’t yet been able to solve. Painted Stave Distilling is an example of a business that takes a middle road. Rasmussen estimates that about 60 percent of Painted Stave bottles are sold from the Smyrna location and the rest from the 250 or so regional locations that sell his products. “We’re growing that distribution business and investing in the distillery,” he says. That includes hosting more events and putting the finishing touches on a patio and event space the partners call a “cocktail garden.” But the craft beer experience also includes a cautionary tale. In the past few years, a number of high-profile craft brewing bankruptcies have suggested the market is saturated. Christmas initially planned on opening a brewery about seven years ago but saw the scene was already getting crowded. “Just getting equipment was hard,” he says. In some places, craft distilling may be approaching that saturation. In a business whose appeal is local, it can be hard to sustain multiple distilleries. “I definitely have seen it take a change,” Adkins says. “Before, you could branch out quickly.” Instead of expanding, it’s sometimes a better goal to “focus on your backyard and own that,” he says. Premixed cocktails are increasingly seen as an opportunity. “The reality is that no one ever drinks 80 proof spirits neat,” says Dogfish Head’s Montero. To that end, they’ve developed a bottled cocktail, Sonic Archaeology, made with whiskey, rum and brandy with fruit juices. “It has the convenience of beer and people are freaking out over it,” he says. In the long run, Dogfish Head would like to ride the craft spirits wave and sell them in each of the 41 states in which it sells beer. Even if cocktails are more popular among young drinkers, many distilleries, including Stateside Urbancraft Vodka, also try to get their customers to drink neat. “The best test of a product is trying it by itself,” Quigley says. “It’s fun to watch their expression and see they’re pleasantly surprised it doesn’t burn like rubbing alcohol.”


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Just after Buckley’s was renovated in 2013, a couple came into the bar while waiting for a table. We were chatting, as one does, and the woman told me that she really liked Grey Goose pear vodka. She asked if I could make her a cocktail incorporating it. I didn’t know of any drinks that called for it, but I was certainly willing to experiment. She loved the result and asked what it was called. "It doesn’t have a name," I told her. "What do you think it should be called?” "It should be something fun…" "A bikini is fun. How about a Pink Bikini?" And so, this cocktail was christened the Pink Bikini, and it has been on Buckley’s drinks menu ever since. Things you'll need: • 1 oz. of Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur • 2 oz. of Grey Goose pear vodka • 1 Lemon • Cranberry juice 1. Muddle 1/2 lemon (approximately 1 tablespoon of juice) in a cocktail shaker. 2. Add ice, 2 oz. Grey Goose pear vodka, 1 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, and a splash of cranberry juice. 3. Shake vigorously, strain it into a chilled martini glass. 4. Garnish with a lemon twist. Cheers!

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n Friday, June 21, embrace the first day of summer in Mt. Cuba Center’s (3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin) gardens and lawns with live music from Stacia Lachole, drinks from Wilmington Brew Works and Liquid Alchemy Beverages, and food from Uncle John’s BBQ Stand and KOI on the Go. Lawn games, garden tours and maximum relaxation are also on the menu for this event celebrating the summer solstice. For more information, call 239-4244.



very Wednesday at Grain in Newark (270 E. Main St.) customers can enjoy a featured draft craft beer, a specialty pint glass, and a chef's-featured small bite. Featured breweries include Dogfish Head, Allagash, Big Oyster and Victory. The promotion starts at 6 p.m. and finishes when pint glasses are sold out. Meanwhile, at Grain H2O (3006 Summit Harbour Pl., Bear) on Wednesdays and Grain Kennett Square (108 W. State St.) on Thursdays, couples can enjoy a date night, which includes entrees, dessert and a bottle of wine or four pints for just $39. For more information, visit meetatgrain.com. 60 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


n Saturday, June 15, from noon-10 p.m. 2SP Brewing Co. (120 Concord Rd., Aston, Pennsylvania) will present Funk N’ Farmhouse, a Belgian tap takeover. Listen to funk music all day while sipping delicious beers. 2SP will also tap into its brand new Sour Red Ale, which has been aging in barrels for more than two years. The day also will feature other barrel-aged brews and vintages such as Strawberry Switchblade, Chardonnay Tripel, and Bourbon Belgian Tripel. This is a pay-as-you-go event. For more information, visit 2spbrewing.com.



n the first Wednesday of every month, join The Juke at Blue Earl Brewery (210 Artisan Dr., Smyrna) to celebrate Blue Earl’s own “Teacher Appreciation Day.” Blue Earl Brewing appreciates and recognizes the hard work that teachers put into educating children and adults. All teachers will receive $1 off any draft beers from 3-9 p.m. on the first Wednesday. For more information, visit blueearlbrewing.com.



ilmington Brew Works (129 Miller Rd.), which has been producing craft beer and cider in Wilmington’s Ninth Ward neighborhood since early last summer, unveiled its inaugural packaged beer, Eloquation, on May 1. Until then, if you wanted to sample WBW’s interesting and innovative brews, you had to visit the Miller Road taproom. Eloquation, a triple IPA, was the brewery’s first choice for bottling, due to a specific request from national distributor Tavour. It is the first bottled beer from a Wilmington production brewery since 1954. For more information, visit wilmingtonbrewworks.com.


Yards’ Ales of the Revolution offer beer lovers a tasty and patriotic way to celebrate Independence Day this July. Photo courtesy of Yards Brewing Co.

A Revolutionary Idea Never one to be afraid of trying something new, Yards Brewing Co. owner Tom Keyhoe decided to try something old and recreate the beers of the Founding Fathers By Jim Miller

"IThoselove beer." are the first words to come out of Tom Keyhoe’s mouth

when he is asked how his craft-beer empire got its start. Sitting in the Yards Brewing Co. taproom in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties district, Keyhoe is decades older and miles away from the dorm room where he lived as a student at Western Maryland College. That’s where the dream first took root. While at Western Maryland in the late ‘80s, Keyhoe became popular by brewing beer for friends. Today, as the owner of Yards, he oversees the process of brewing beer for millions. Keyhoe recounts his college days with a Cheshire cat smile, perhaps amused that his dorm offered him his first fans— as well as his first guinea pigs for his early experimentations in brewing. “People in the dorm wanted to try it!” Keyhoe says with a hearty giggle, as if still surprised at the concept. But success didn’t come without trial and error. And beer wasn’t his first undertaking at Western Maryland. “Actually, I tried distilling before brewing beer and failed miserably,” Keyhoe says. “We were watching M*A*S*H, and [we related to the characters who had a still in their tent]. So, I got a book from the library on distilling and tried to figure it all out.

“We actually had a Soloflex exercise machine in our living room, and we hung the distilling column from that. The Soloflex was only there for art purposes; it was never used. That’s why we put the distillery there. It was pretty funny.” In addition to engaging in dorm-room science, Keyhoe says he was always looking for new tasting experiences in the bars, even in the days before he took up brewing. “We would go out and try to find something new all the time with imports,” he says, naming German beers like Becks Dark, Löwenbräu Zurich and Höllenbrand. Over time, he developed a taste for the pub beers of England. But it was a chance encounter with an Anchor Steam brew that really changed everything. “I liked it, and it was made in the U.S.,” he says. That’s when the light bulb went on, and he bought a homebrew kit shortly afterward. Gone was the dorm-room distillery, and in its place, the tiniest of breweries. As we sampled some fine Yards brew, I quizzed him about his early trial-and-error era as well as Yards’ Ales of the Revolution series, a re-creation of beers of the Founding Fathers that the company started in 1999. Here’s what he had to say: ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



O&A: So how did you get from brewing beer in your dorm room to where you are now? Keyhoe: It was actually a really cool progression. A professor approached us— there were a couple of us making the beer; we shared responsibilities. This professor comes up to us and says, “So, I hear you’re making beer.” We were like, “Well, yeah, we just give it to our friends and stuff.” And he says, “I make beer every weekend, and we’re doing a whole-grain mash this weekend if you want to stop by.” Yards owner Tom Keyhoe (center) at the brewery So we all went over there and made with sales representative Ian Wallace (left) and sales beer with him with a full-grain bill, not just manager Rick Anstotz (right). with the extract, which was the way we’d been doing it. Then he was like, “Do you guys want to go to a brewery?” And we were like, “Sure, yeah.” It was a small brewery that had recently opened up in Maryland, and we ended up going there six or seven weeks in a row. We’d do the tour and hang out. And it got to the point where they needed help with a few things, so we started making beer with them. It was called the British Brewing Co. back then, and then it changed to the Oxford Brewing Co. We learned how to brew there. It was kind of funny because they weren’t that mechanically inclined. They could fix pumps and stuff like that, but there was stuff they couldn’t do like solder pipe. And I knew how to solder pipe. So [when certain things needed to be done] I went and did it. And they were like, “Yeah, we’re going to keep your around for a little while.” O&A: I’ve always been fascinated by your Ales of the Revolution and how you embraced that series with all the research that went into it. Can you elaborate on how that series came about? Keyhoe: We have this great place downtown called City Tavern. At the time, they’d been going for three or four years. Part of their lease is that they have to do things of the time—the time of the American Revolution. So they had three breweries that made beer for them, and nobody was doing anything except saying, “Yes, this is our stout; you can call it ‘Washington’s Porter.’ And this is our barleywine; you can call it ‘Thomas Jefferson.’ And this is our wheat beer; you can call it . . .” O&A: In name only. Keyhoe: Yeah, in name only. But we had a wholesaler who basically said to them, “You should really talk to Yards. They would probably like to do something like this with you guys.” We ended up sitting down with them and said, “Yeah, we’re small enough to do these beers, and it would be great fun.” The Washington beer recipe they had. They had what they thought was a good Jefferson recipe. And we did a little bit of research because Jefferson talks about how he didn’t really have a recipe for the beer. He had all the ingredients. He quoted different books, which we have—these old brewing books like Michael Combrune’s book [The Theory and Practice of Brewing, published in 1762]. From what Jefferson was saying and what they were doing at the time, it was kind of easy to make a recipe of that time. The issue we came into was that if you actually made that Thomas Jefferson recipe, it’s about an 11-to-13-percent ABV beer. That’s just rocking. Almost raw. 62 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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A brewer at Yards Brewing Co. adds hops to the boiling wort during the brewing process.

We decided we couldn’t really do that, but we could do something that’s going to imitate that, so we did an 8-percent beer that had the honey and the wheat in it and things like that. What Thomas Jefferson was trying to do was say, “You can make all this beer with all the ingredients grown right here in Monticello.” O&A: Wow, so some original farm-to-table stuff. Keyhoe: Original farm-to-table. He was big on agriculture. He was like, “Agriculture is how we are going to grow the country.” That was his thing, and one of his examples was his beer. Monticello was his big experiment.


O&A: What about the Ben Franklin beer? Keyhoe: With the Franklin, it was interesting: It was coming up on his tercentenary—his 300th birthday, I guess, in early 2006—and there were a bunch of things that were happening. They were doing a contest to come up with Ben Franklin’s beer for the brewers association. And we were like, “No, we’re going to do a Ben Franklin beer for City Tavern.” And they were all into it. So, what happened was that the American Philosophical Society here in Philadelphia—who basically has all of Franklin’s writings—published a book about Franklin on food. [With that] they put out a recipe by him on how to make a spruce beer. It was pretty cool. The issue was we had to ease that back a little bit because it called for so much molasses. A lot of molasses was being used in those days as a sugar to create the alcohol. But it would have been too much [for today’s tastes] so we knocked down the amount. But the molasses is really neat because it works well with the spruce, in terms of balancing that out. O&A: When these beers were introduced, they were only available at City Tavern. When did you make them available at stores and other bars in bottles and kegs? Keyhoe: When we started growing, that’s when we went to the folks at City Tavern. When we moved to a bigger facility over in Kensington in 2001, we had the ability to make a lot more beer. So, when we told the folks at City Tavern that we wanted to market and sell [the beers we created for them], they were all about it. We still have the City Tavern on a lot of the packaging for the Ales of the Revolution—you know, “Visit the City Tavern” and stuff like that. They did a big press conference for the initial release in 2004, and the National Parks were a part of it. It was really cool.

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SUMMER BRINGS THE BEST FESTS From June through August, there’s Greek, Italian, jazz, ice cream and more By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald


ummer is mere weeks away, and that means the onset of Delaware’s Festival Season (second only to the start of Arts Season for me). Here’s a rundown of some of my favorite upcoming fests…hope to see you there!

JUNE - FESTIVAL SEASON IN BLOOM THE FEMINIST FLEA MARKET & CRAFT FAIR | THE QUEEN | JUNE 1 The Feminist Flea Market & Craft Fair is making its debut here on Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Festival organizer House Cat's all womxn* flea market & craft fair has boasted more than 100 vendors and 2,250 people and has raised some $7,000 for Women Against Abuse & WOAR (Women Organized Against Rape) in Philadelphia. Now, for the first time in Delaware, there will be more than 60 vendors and artists who identify as womxn, whose identities include womxn, femmes, and those women-aligned (queer, butch, non-binary and trans people are all welcome). Vendors include sellers and creators of ceramics, jewelry, knitted wear, skincare and holistic remedies and crafts—Adira Jenner Art,

Deja Jewels, Heart & Sold Creations, Herb-N-Medicine, Laurel Tree Bindery and Molly Bee Studio, to name a few. Tickets are $3 at ticketleap.com or cash at the door. Proceeds benefit the YWCA Delaware's Sexual Assault Response Center. *In the word “womxn,” the “x” extends inclusivity to individuals who identify as trans, genderfluid, genderqueer, gender non-conforming or non-binary. GREEK FESTIVAL | HOLY TRINITY GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH JUNE 4-8 The Holy Trinity Greek Festival heralds the arrival of Wilmington’s “festival season” from Tuesday through Saturday, June 4-8. It’s one of the city’s most popular outdoor parties and places to see and be seen. For five days, Wilmingtonians fill up on authentic food (Pastichio! Moussaka! Dolmades!), lively ethnic music and dance. Festival bonuses include a lunchtime shuttle from 9th & Market streets and the online order/curbside pickup running simultaneously. For full details, visit greekfestde.com. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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Separation Day features a colonial-themed parade.

DELAWARE SEPARATION DAY | HISTORIC NEW CASTLE | JUNE 7 & 8 This is actually a full weekend (Friday, June 7, 6-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) celebrating Delaware’s 244th year of independence from Pennsylvania and the British crown. On Friday, historic New Castle will be bursting at its colonial seams for the kickoff party with food trucks, live music by Big Package, and craft beer set in front of the New Castle Court House. Saturday starts with a parade (11 a.m.) followed by a festival (noon) in Battery Park featuring a Colonial BBQ Competition, kids rides and attractions, crafters and more. Mainstage music includes The Chesterfields, The Bullets, Blue Cats Blues, Brad Newsom & Friends and Club Phred. Fireworks at dusk. For full details, visit separationdayde.com. BRIMMING HORN MEADERY VIKING FESTIVAL | MILTON | JUNE 7-9 Milton’s second annual “Party Like It’s 793” brings heavy metal music and “Viking culture” back to town. The Brimming Horn Meadery, launched in 2017 by former Dogfish Head employees Jon Talkington and Robert “J.R.” Walker, is the only Viking-themed meadery in Delaware. In fact, most of its meads are named after Northern European gods and goddesses or characters of Norse mythology. This year’s event will again feature mead, Vikings, and metal music, craft demos, and more. The musical lineup includes legendary metal vocalist Matt Barlow with his band, We Are Sentinels. For full details, visit brimminghornmeadery.com. SMYRNA AT NIGHT | DOWNTOWN SMYRNA | JUNE 8 Smyrna at Night returns to light up the streets of this New Castle County hamlet on Saturday, June 8, 3-10 p.m. It’s a free day of incredible live music across multiple stages and venues, with food trucks, family-friendly fun and much more. The lineup includes headliner Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Delaware faves Hoochi Coochi and Nalani & Sarina; The Susquehanna Floods; Stacia LaChole, and Chaplin The Kid. There will be food trucks, a beer garden and a Kids’ Zone with plenty of fun stuff to do. For details, visit smyrnaatnight.com. ST. GEORGES 8TH ANNUAL BLUES FESTIVAL | FORT DUPONT | JUNE 8 & 9 This is two days of non-stop blues, harmonica workshops, food, beer and wine. Saturday, June 8, includes performances by Tommy Alderson Group with Alicia Maxwell; The Amanda Fish Band; Robert Kimbrough, Sr.; Shawn Holt & the Teardrops and headliners The Bob’s Of The Blues. Sunday, June 9, welcomes performers Nuthin’ But Trouble; Bobby Kyle & The Administers; Christone Kingfish Ingram; Selwyn Birchwood; and headliners Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials. Gary Cogdell’s Session Tent also provides live music between mainstage sets. Tickets are available at bluehorizonpromotions.com, onsite or by purchase at the Saint Georges Country Store. You can also purchase by phone at 420-3058 (Blue Horizon Promotions) or 836-8202 (Saint Georges Country Store). ST. ANTHONY’S ITALIAN FESTIVAL | WILMINGTON’S LITTLE ITALY | JUNE 9-16 This year's festival-goers will enjoy all that makes Italy and the Italian lifestyle the envy of much of the world, with the Best of Italy! Throughout the festival will be regional culinary highlights from cafés and vendors; handcrafted Italian décor at Il Mercato marketplace, and the finest Italian classical and contemporary music on the festival stages. Admission for ages 14-61 is $5; patrons under age 14 (accompanied by parent or guardian 18 or older) and over age 61 are admitted free. For full details, visit stanthonysfestival.com. 66 JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL | RODNEY SQUARE | JUNE 19-22 Named for Wilmington’s own Clifford Brown—brilliant trumpet player, unforgettable composer, dynamic entertainer —this festival has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast. This Thursdaythrough-Saturday celebration of music, culture and art of jazz features international, regional and local talent on the open-air Rodney Square stage. This year, the festival expands with new events, like the Clifford Brown Listening Garden—an afternoon of performances, games, food, and fun for the entire family—on Sunday, June 16. Musical partnership events are also on the roster. On Saturday, June 22, Christina Cultural Arts Center presents “The Connection: Jazz, Folk music, and African Griot in the music of Bill Withers and Curtis Mayfield,” where The Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble will take audiences on an interactive musical journey. In addition, Wilmington Library presents “Hands On Jazz,” allowing children to “touch” jazz music in a hands-on jam session with the same ensemble. Capping off the week is the Boysie Lowery Living Jazz Residency Graduates Concert at The Queen on Sunday, June 23. For full festival details, visit cliffordbrownjazzfest.org. SERAFIN SUMMER MUSIC | THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE JUNE 20-30 Serafin Ensemble, in partnership with the University of Delaware Department of Music and The Music School of Delaware, announce this 10-day festival, featuring eight scintillating performances by 18 accomplished artists. For local chamber music lovers, this new festival fills a void left by the Delaware Chamber Music Festival (which closed in 2017). The artists include performers from University of Delaware and the Music School along with accomplished artists from around the country. Performances will be held at The Music School of Delaware’s Wilmington Branch. For details, visit brownpapertickets.com. OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM FESTIVAL | ROCKWOOD PARK | JUNE 29 Known as Delaware’s “largest family picnic,” this Saturday festival is fun for all ages. It offers a seemingly endless delectable selections of gelato, water ice and straight up “old fashioned” ice cream, as well as a variety of craft vendors, live music, kids’ activities, historical demonstrations and an equally appetizing “adult” food court. For details, visit nccde.org. WILMINGTON PIRATE FESTIVAL | KALMAR NYCKEL SHIPYARD JUNE 29 Grab your peg leg and eye patch and shout a hearty “Arrrrrr, Matey!” as the fifth annual Kalmar Nyckel Pirate Festival comes ashore on Saturday, June 29. This free family-friendly fest invites you to climb aboard Delaware’s Tall Ship, learn the real history of pirate life, and enjoy re-enactments and tours from “salty” crew members, as well as pirate-themed musical performances, games, crafts, and face painting. Food trucks, a beer garden and other tasty treats await you in the surrounding park. For full details, visit kalmarnyckel.org. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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WATER LANTERN FESTIVAL BELLEVUE STATE PARK | JUNE 29 Held throughout the United States but new-to-Delaware this year, the Water Lantern Festival is presented by One World LLC. The family and environmentallyfriendly festival brings community people together to “light the water” with thousands of handmade floating lanterns. It’s billed as a magical night that begins with food trucks, vendors and music; continues with stations where you design your own lanterns; and concludes in an official lantern launch, creating a breathtaking display reflected on the water. Event organizers assure us that all lanterns will be cleaned up afterward by their team, and all are made with 100 percent eco-friendly wood and rice paper. Tickets are $30 until June 15; $35 until June 28; $40 day of event. For details, visit waterlanternfestival.com.

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SHADY GROVE MUSIC FEST | ARDEN JULY 13 Shady Grove Music Fest (one of my personal favorites) is set for Saturday, July 13, in the cozy, tucked-away spot in Arden. The festival will be headlined by Dentist (New Jersey) and Hoochi Coochi, with additional performances by Pennsylvaniabased Sixteen Jackies and Lazy Eye; PA/ DE hybrids Chvnce; and Tetra, Wasted Arrows, Glass Doors, and Bad Eyesight— all from Delaware. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the music starts at noon. Also available throughout the day: free parking, wine and beer, soda and water, food truck delights and special pricing for the Arden Pool. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day of show; children under 12 are free. Bring the blankets and chairs, but leave the pups and coolers at home. Proceeds benefit the Gild Hall Restoration Fund. For details, visit shadygrovemusicfest.com.

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DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE | ROCKWOOD PARK | JULY 12-28 Mark your calendars for the summer’s “must-do event”—DelShakes’ annual Summer Festival at Rockwood Park. This year, the company presents The Merry Wives of Windsor, a ridiculously bold comedy that has brought us one of the Bard’s most legendary characters: Falstaff. He fancies himself a suitor of two women—both married—fueled in his bravado and vanity by booze and ego. But the merry wives prove more than a match with their wit and ingenuity. This play’s trickery ranges from stinky laundry pranks to faerie dress-up. While Delaware Shakespeare performs year-round, this is its signature production, picnic-friendly and under the stars. “We shall drink down all unkindness!” with them this July. Details are at delshakes.org. FREE REIGN HIP HOP FESTIVAL NEWARK | JULY 13 The festival, now in its fifth year, is an all-day Saturday, family-friendly celebration of hip hop culture. This year, the event will be hosted at Street Xpressions Dance Studio on Pencader Drive in Newark and will include adult and youth dance battles, food vendors, live art and music, and a hip hop vintage market. For details, visit streetxpressionsstudio.com. ►


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THE LADYBUG MUSIC FESTIVAL DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON | JULY 18 & 19 SUMMER BRINGS The lively, female-focused block party is now a full-blown, THE BEST FESTS two-day festival, running nearly the full length of Market Street continued from previous page and bolstering downtown’s summer music destination cred. It also delivers the country’s largest celebration of women in music in a free, family-friendly event. Ladybug (named in honor of Delaware’s state bug) returns Thursday, July 18, to the LOMA section of Market Street from 5 to 10 p.m. All female-fronted acts will perform on two outdoor stages and several indoor venues along the block. Food trucks, beverage stations, and arts & craft vendors will line the street as well. On Friday, July 19, from 5 p.m. to midnight, Gable Music introduces the “Bug Crawl”—a fun twist on a typical pub crawl—where artists perform inside restaurants, bars, and businesses along Market Street, from Chicky's Pizza Pub all the way to the Hotel du Pont. For details, visit theladybugfestival.com. NEWARK FOOD & BREW FEST | DOWNTOWN NEWARK | JULY 20 This Saturday fest is all about celebrating the relationship between culinary arts and brewing skills. The noon to 7 p.m. “restaurant crawl”-type event showcases craft beers from your favorite breweries—Two Roads, Victory, Dogfish Head, Crooked Hammock, Evolution, Big Oyster, Tröegs and many more —paired with creative nosh from nearly 20 Newark-area restaurants. Of note: The first 3,000 guests will receive a Food & Brew Fest commemorative 5-oz. tasting mug. Out & About will be hosting a root beer tasting stand for kids on the Academy Lawn until 5 p.m. (or until supplies run out). For details, visit newarkfoodandbrewfest.com. THE PEOPLES FESTIVAL | THE QUEEN | JULY 20 This year marks a quarter-century for the signature Wilmington festival that celebrates, commemorates and honors one-time city resident and music icon Bob Marley. Festival cofounder Genny Pitts started the event in 1993, and it has since welcomed such notable music icons as Damian Marley (and “all the Marleys,” as Pitts noted), SOJA—Soldiers of Jah Army, Bamboo Station, Culture, Third World and Morgan Heritage as well as the local talents of Spokey Speaky and Richard Raw. For details on this Saturday event, visit peoplesfestival.com.

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AUGUST FESTIVAL SEASON STILL BURNS HOT RIVERFRONT BLUES FESTIVAL | TUBMAN GARRETT PARK | AUG. 3 & 4 This annual affair returns to the Riverfront with two glorious weekend evenings. At press time, this year’s lineup hadn’t been released, but we assure you, it’s always incredible. And no matter what, it will surely be brimming with all the blues you can possibly digest! For details, keep an eye on riverfrontbluesfestde.com. FORTIFY FESTIVAL | FORT DUPONT | AUG. 10 On Saturday, Aug. 10, 1-9 p.m., Delaware City welcomes the Fortify Music Festival and some of the original members of Little Feat as this year’s festival headliners. Paul Barrere (guitar, vocals), Fred Tackett (guitar), and Kenny Gradney (bass) are joined by longtime Feat drummer Gabe Ford, all appearing as Funky Feat. Completing the Fortify lineup are The Susquehanna Floods, Lovebettie, High Noon, and Countdown to Ecstasy. The Fortify Tent will have summer beverages and a community stage featuring several up-and-coming Delaware Bands. Fortify IPA also will be back by popular demand, along with brews from Big Oyster and Blue Earl and Yards, while Painted Stave’s bar serves up a custom-made cocktail. For more, visit fortdupont.org/fortifyfest. AUGUST QUARTERLY FESTIVAL | TUBMAN-GARRETT PARK | AUG. 18-25 Wilmington’s August Quarterly is the nation’s oldest African-American festival, celebrating more than 200 years of religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right of assembly. This year’s festival begins on Sunday, Aug. 18, with opening worship services and wreath laying, and continues throughout the week with multiple revival services and a Youth Day and Gospel Explosion on Saturday, Aug. 24. Culminating with “The Big Quarterly” on Sunday, Aug. 25—commemorating the founding of the Union Church of Africans, which was the first African-American Church independently incorporated in the United States in 1813—the celebration features numerous talented local and regional artists. For details, visit augustquarterly.org.




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Beanie Feldstein stars as Molly and Kaitlyn Dever as Amy are a pair of oddly compelling high school misfits Booksmart. Photo Francois Duhamel/courtesy of Annapurna Pictures

TEEN STEREOTYPES TURNED UPSIDE DOWN With Booksmart, actress Olivia Wilde makes an impressive directorial debut By Mark Fields


ooksmart, the manic, raunchy new teen comedy directed by actress Olivia Wilde, could have easily contented itself with being a distaff version of Judd Apatow’s Superbad. All the ingredients are there: a lead pair of oddly compelling high school misfits; an assemblage of quirky archetypal supporting characters; and most important, the heightened emotions (and hormones) of adolescence. But instead, director Wilde and an all-female screenwriting team (Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins and Katie Silberman) have something a little more thoughtful and empowering on their minds. And though the lessons learned are perhaps a little obvious to anyone over the age of 18, it’s gratifying that any message at all resides somewhere in the flamboyant rites of passage.

Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) and Molly (Beanie Feldstein) are longtime friends who have fiendishly devoted their high school careers to racking up accomplishments, both academic and extra-curricular. Now, on the eve of their graduation, they startlingly realize that they have neglected to have any fun along the way. They resolve to make up for that with an evening of exploration, both alcoholic and romantic. The rest of the film follows the two as they attempt to get to a blow-out party that will bring some adventurous balance to their focused teenage lives. In their pursuit, they run into a variety of classmates and learn some valuable lessons about the assumptions we all make based on others’ appearances and demeanor. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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Two Low Cut Connie alums reflect on touring with the band By Mack Caldwell

After touring with Low Cut Connie, a darling band of many music critics, late night TV, and a favorite of Elton John, Delaware-bred musicians James Everhart and Larry Scotton can now reflect on their road experiences and rediscover themselves in the shadow of the limelight.


n a recent night at the Jackson Inn, Everhart is tuning his guitar. It’s the pre-show rustle, those anticipatory moments before amps are cranked up, when it’s still possible to half yell a conversation. The Jackson Inn, chronicled more than once on these pages, is a true dive bar that is devoid of both pretension and a cover charge. It’s incongruously located across the street from Charter School of Wilmington, it would be more suited to a back road in Texas. I came here to see Scantron, a garage-rock band composed of former members of Low Cut Connie. “I went to high school across the street,” says Everhart, the lead singer and songwriter for Scantron, “but this is the first time I’ve been in this building.” The five members of Scantron are energetic in the way all garage rockers should be—wound up, wild, with guitars and sweat, and words moaning and slurring their way out. Their set kicks off with a high-volume rip titled “Please Do Not Come Home.” It’s got the muck of The Growlers but the edge of JEFF the Brotherhood. The lyrics—“How many times must I tell you my dear / I won’t be gone for long……” are about being away from home, far from the ones you love, out pursuing something. “I’m tired / I want to go home / I want to be there with you.” It channels a yearning to return home, maybe to a morning spent in bed with a partner, breathing slowly, relaxing. “That’s probably my favorite song by them,” says Danielle Johnson, the lead singer of Hoochi Coochi. Johnson played with Scantron and Low Cut Connie two years ago at the Arden Gild Hall. Hoochi Coochi was the opening act.

Scotton (left) and Everhart (right) bought these fur hats at a store on the way to Norman, Oklahoma, where Low Cut Connie performed. They wore them on stage that night.

Iconic Gesture “One of my favorite memories ever, as far as being a performer, going to other people’s shows, was watching [Everhart] bust out his solos and at the end of the night when they had a bunch of confetti come down,” Johnson says. “He grabbed the Delaware flag and was swinging it back and forth,” she remembers. “It was so iconic for me as a Delaware human being and as a musician who doesn’t have a lot of people to look up to necessarily. To see him do that, it was so emotional. I’ll never forget that.” At the time, Everhart had been touring with Low Cut Connie for four years, often traveling weeks on end in a van with leather seats and no air conditioning, through the steamy South, in the summer heat of Houston and New Orleans. After that, it was across the Atlantic to Europe. But he first fell in love with playing music at the legendary Kahunaville, on Wilmington’s waterfront, when he was 15 years old. He remembers wearing a sequin-covered cowboy shirt with leather tassels. “It probably took me a few years to get my hands to stop shaking,” he says. But now he gets more nervous going to the dentist. “I could get on a stage in front of 10,000 people, I could give a shit. That’s just like my living room,” he tells me. Touring with Low Cut Connie is tough. It’s nonstop driving, sound checks, alcohol, moving a 400-pound piano on stage and moving it off in the middle of the night as the bar closes. Every day starts at 9 a.m. and ends flopped on a hotel bed at 3:30 a.m., that surreal hour when even cities seem to sleep. ► JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



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When you get back from tour, he explains, “you cry in a fetal position in the shower for three days. You kiss your wife and then you call the bar that you work at and HOME FROM THE ROAD continued from previous page ask them if you have any shifts. I’m not even kidding. It’s just, you don’t have privacy for a month-and-a-half. Not a single moment to yourself.” He decided in April of 2018 to make a change. “I turned 30 years old and I wanted something for my life,” he says. “Adjusting isn’t easy,[but] I’m not going to say that it’s over either.”

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It’s what fellow Connie veteran Larry Scotton is going through as well. I meet Scotton at another classic Wilmington bar, Gallucio’s, at a Tuesday open mic night. Scotton speaks carefully, each word landing softly. “My grandfather sang for James Brown,” he says, his arms propped on a table, his hands cupped, fingers interlaced. On a shoestring around his neck is a quarter-inch jack, the thing that connects an instrument to an amplifier. “Before I went on tour with Low Cut Connie,” Scotton says, “my grandmother warned me, ‘Your grandfather used to do this, don’t get caught up...’ I took heed to all that, man.” He first became involved with Low Cut Connie in 2014, after a night at Wilmington’s Oddity Bar, where he was a utility musician in a jam band, able to play drums, keys, and bass. Will Donnelly, rhythm guitarist for Low Cut Connie, did a shot with Scotton. “He was like, let me talk to you outside real quick,” Scotton says. Donnelly asked him if he was interested in touring. Scotton, excited, accepted, borrowed a bass from a friend, and auditioned for a spot in the band. “Right away I was hooked with the music,” he says. “Adam [Hill, a founding member of Low Cut Connie] is one of the most amazing songwriters. It’s really refreshing—being a musician. It broke that fuzzy feeling for me. This is great rock and roll right here.” Scotton, an African-American, had difficulties with his identity within the band. “Not really to bring race up, but it was weird that I was the only black guy with four white guys,” he says. “My ethnicity was different. Eventually it wasn’t about fitting in, it was about standing out. I learned that very quick.” After four years of touring, he decided it was time to return home. In August of 2018, he came back to Wilmington to start fresh. Since then he’s been producing—as Another Hit Love Larry. “I want to make my music to be able to help somebody do something, whether it’s washing dishes, folding clothes, driving, to touch you in some type of way,” Scotton says. Tonight he’s filling in on drums, accompanying those who perform for the open mic. He walks up to the tiny bandstand, sits down, and places himself at the center of a blues explosion, occasionally gliding into effortless drum solos that leave eyes wide, jaws on the table. A man next to me, Mark Schilling, a member of the Delaware Veterans Post #1, a Low Cut Connie fan and blues fanatic, a few empty beer bottles in front of him on the table, leans in and says, “He looks real relaxed.” And Schilling and I, like the rest of the crowd, sit back and watch, smiling.


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On Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9, the eighth Annual St. Georges Blues Festival will be in full swing from 11:45 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Fort Dupont State Park (260 Old Elm Ave., Delaware City). The event headliner for Saturday is Bobs of the Blues. Other musical guests include Tommy Anderson Band with Alicia Maxwell, Amanda Fish Band, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, and Robert Kimbrough, Sr. & Blues Connection. The Sunday headliner is Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials featuring Nuthin’ But Trouble, Bobby Kyle & The Administrators, Selwyn Birchwood Band, and Christone Kingfish Ingram. More information and tickets are available at bluehorizonpromotions.com.


On successive Thursdays, June 20 and 27, from 6-8 p.m., join the concert series at Glasgow Park (2275 Pulaski Hwy., Newark). The Summer Concert Series will feature popular and independent local musicians. On June 20, The Rock Orchestra will perform, and on June 27, The Quixote Project will appear. Admission is free. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy while they listen to the music. For more information, visit www.nccde.org.


On Friday, June 14, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Mt. Cuba Center (3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin) will partner with the Ladybug Music Festival for a garden crawl. Enjoy food, drinks, and live music performances from a variety of musicians throughout the gardens. Ladybug wings and antennae will be provided, and everyone is encouraged to boogie with the bugs! This event is free with admission ($10 adults, $5 children 6-17, free for children 5 and under and season pass holders). For more information, visit mtcubacenter.org.


On Thursday, June 13, Theatre N (1007 N. Orange St., Wilmington) will host a pride event with a night of live music from local bands that feature LGBT musicians, including Hoochi Coochi, Earth Radio and Foxymoro. The event is hosted by the theater’s favorite local drag queen, Miss Troy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the music starts at 7 p.m. Admission to the event is $5 in advance and $10 day of. All ages are welcome. A percentage of proceeds will be donated to a local LGBT charity. For more information, visit theatren.com.


On Saturday, June 22, from noon-11 p.m. at Dew Point Brewing Co. (2878 Creek Rd., Yorklyn), some of Dew Point's favorite local bands will play sets of original, improvised, and jam music at the Valley Ride Jam Band Music Festival. The lineup includes Lower Case Blues, Cadillac Riot, MEGA, Stackabones, Xtra Altra, and Mo Dash. There also will be beer and local art vendors in a festival setting. All tickets are general admission—$20. For more information, call 235-8429.


Rainbow Records, 54 E. Main St., Newark, is opening a new store a few blocks away, at Pomeroy Station, where the old train station was (218 E. Main St.). The staff hopes to throw a soft opening on Saturday, June 1, and larger grand opening the following Saturday. The old store closed at the end of May. For more information, call 368-7738.


On Sunday, July 14, at Kennett Flash (102 Sycamore Alley, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania) Charlie Hunter and Lucy Woodward will perform. Hunter and Woodward are known for excelling in different genres, yet the two veteran musicians paired up for touring in 2018. Accompanied by a drummer, they will play renditions of vintage blues and classic vintage pop, covers of Nina Simone, The Animals, Bessie Smith, and Terence Trent D’Arby. The duo have a full-length album slated for release later this year. Tickets are $23, doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7. For more information, visit kennettflash.org.


From Monday, July 29, through Saturday, Aug. 3, The Rock Orchestra will present BeatleFest 2019. This is a unique chance to experience the entire career arc of perhaps the most influential rock band of all time in a remarkably short period of time. A total of 215 songs, every album, every single, every B-side, spanning their entire career, will be performed in chronological order over six nights by some of the area's best musicians, including special guests. BeatleFest will take place at the Wilmington Drama League (10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington). For more information, call 5214495. To purchase tickets, visit therockorchestra.net.


On Saturday, June 22, Norah Jones will appear at The Queen (500 N. Market St., Wilmington). Jones first emerged on the world stage with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her selfdescribed “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards. Since then, she has sold 50 million albums worldwide and has become a nine-time Grammy winner. This is an all ages event. The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the performance will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, visit thequeenwilmington.com. JUNE 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM





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Photos 1-10 by Butch Comegys; Photos 11, 12 by Lindsay duPhily 1. The men’s peleton roars up Market Street for the 13th annual Grand Prix.

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