Out & About Magazine March 2014

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Also In This Issue The Gastropub Explosion Phillies PR Lifer Larry Shenk The One & Only John D. Kelly OFFICIAL PROGRAM INSIDE (Pages 31-35)

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Collaborative forces at work provide hopeful signs for Wilmington's future MARCH 2014 CO M P L I M E N TA R Y VOL. 27 | NO. 1

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

our staff


Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net


Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Director of Sales Marie Graham Poot • mgraham@tsnpub.com Creative Direction & Production Management Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. matt@catvis.biz Graphic Designer Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC. tyler@catvis.biz Contributing Writers Matt Amis, Krista Connor, Mark Fields, Pam George, Rob Kalesse, John Leyh, Robert Lhulier, Allan McKinley, J. Burke Morrison, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Ciro Poppiti, Scott Pruden Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk, Les Kipp, Lori M. Nichols, Danielle Quigley, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb Intern Kim Narunsky

what’s inside




7 War On Words

65 Barrels on Brandywine


67 Ballpark Brews

11 By the Numbers

68 Irish Drinks

13 Worth Trying 15 Day Trippin’ 19 John D. Kelly

70 Tuned In



22 Meeting The Challenge

73 Reviews

43 The Phillies’ Larry Shenk

77 An Irish Salute



52 Gastropub Explosion

79 Muttini Mixer

61 City Restaurant Week

81 St. Paddy’s Loop

63 Newark Wine & Dine

83 Downtown Hoedown


Legendary proprietor of the Logan House died in 2003, but the stories will live forever. By Ciro Poppiti



19 A Toast to John D. Kelly

22 Meeting The Challenge Vibrant community groups, healthy real estate market, new projects are hopeful signs for Wilmington’s future. By Larry Nagengast

43 ‘The Baron’ Abides

(Pages 31-41)

For editorial & advertising information: 302.655.6483 • Fax 302.654.0569 Website: outandaboutnow.com Email: contact@tsnpub.com

Fifty years ago, Larry Shenk left The News Journal for the Phils PR office. He’s still there today. By Larry Nagengast

52 Gastropub Explosion Smarter diners, creative chefs and craft beer lead to a culinary evolution. By Rob Kalesse


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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

Hard to Believe, Harry In keeping with the Phillies flavor in this issue, we bring back our feature that honors the late, great Richie Ashburn, who used this phrase when describing an unbelievable baseball incident to Harry Kalas, his late, great broadcast partner. All from the News Journal: • First, a dangling modifier in an editorial about Wilmington’s former police chief: “Like her predecessor, the difficulty of reducing a continual stream of violent crime . . .” “Like her predecessor” does not describe the difficulty, it refers to the police chief. • In a story about donating coats: “Donations will be excepted through February.” The word, of course, is accepted. • In an article about a cemetery, there was this: “Markiewicz poured through more than 100 years of cemetery records.” The word is pored. • Another editorial column contained this mess of a sentence, which lacked the articles “the” and “a,” a comma, and also included a misplaced comma: “But one thing is certain, [the] city’s residents and its reputation, [no comma needed] are in dire need of [a] well-strategized [comma needed] better path forward on public safety.” Correct Commas Speaking of commas, people insist on putting them after titles —e.g., “Secretary of State, John Kerry”; “Obama worshipper, Warren Buffet.” No comma is needed, folks. Winter Freeze-Out The recent snow storms revealed a blind spot in the vocabularies of many TV weather people. Subfreezing temperatures compelled them to describe said temps as ar-tic. The word is arctic and the first c is pronounced—ark-tik. And a reader overheard these other weather-related gaffes: “If you have to go out, buckle up and drive safe.” That’s safely. And here’s a candidate for Literally of the Month: “It’s literally snowing cats and dogs.” Department of Redundancies Dept. We heard an ESPN announcer intone thus: “It was a harbinger of things to come.” Harbinger: anything that foreshadows a future event.

Word of the Month


Pronounced SOF-ist, it’s a noun meaning one who makes clever but unsound arguments.

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By Bob Yearick

Permutations of “Text” Being somewhat new to the language, “texting” and its derivations are causing linguistic challenges for some of us. A reader has noticed a number of people who use “text” as the past tense of the verb to text, as in: “He text me the information yesterday.” She writes: “They seem to think that texted ‘just doesn't sound right’ —at least that’s how one young woman explained it to me.” Sorry if it’s aurally offensive, folks, but “texted” is the correct past tense. We also heard a radio talk show host refer to “textes” as the plural of text. It’s simply texts. Non-Words Here are (not here’s!) a few words we’ve heard recently that simply don’t exist (Remove the prefixes “ir” or “un” and you have the correct word): irregardless, unmercillesly, unrelentlessly, uncategorically. also . . . Reader Jane Buck adds this one: incidences. “I’ve heard this many times recently,” Jane says, “usually from the mouth of a newsperson: ‘This was one of several incidences.’ Confusion between ‘instance’ and ‘incident’?” and then there’s . . . “Recouping,” as in this quote in Esquire from Jerry of Ben & Jerry fame: “I hit my head and wound up on the floor. Ben, being the good friend that he is, came and lay down next to me while I was recouping.” Getting over an illness (or a head injury), is recuperating. If you are at the roulette table getting back your losses, you are recouping them. Nomenclature (continued) To last month’s list of professionals who don’t know the nomenclature of their professions, add funeral directors who spell it “condolances.”

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

Quotation of the Month “Respecting the difference between words is not about being pedantic or pompous or even perfectionist. It just means we can express ourselves more clearly.” —John Humphrys, Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language.

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Cold weather takes its toll on training As Ryan Warner came closer to his goal of running the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon on March 23, he actually saw his mile time increase during the recent cold weather. He had reduced his time from 14 minutes at the start of his training in December to 9 ½ minutes by the end of January, but due to his running on icy streets and paths recently, his time went up to about 11 minutes. “I think I was afraid of falling, so I went slower,” says Ryan. He continues to run three days a week at Delcastle Recreation Area near his home, and has added a weekly workout with personal trainer Jason Hall at FIT on Rockford Road in Wilmington. There, he concentrates on weight training, building his core strength, with some cardio work. The 6-2 Warner reports he is continuing to follow a healthy diet, with plenty of smoothies and seafood. He weighed 222 on Feb. 15, compared to 235 when he started the Challenge. Once he finishes the Caesar Rodney, Ryan will have completed his O&A Fitness Challenge. If you would like to join the Challenge, send an email to Jerry duPhily at jduphily@tsnpub.com, and let us know what you hope to accomplish fitness-wise in 2014. — Bob Yearick


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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing Compiled by Kim Narunsky

HAIKU BY YOU Bring your three-line poems to DLC March 8


ach month, the Delaware Literary Connection hosts Second Saturday Poets at the Jackson Inn on the outskirts of Wilmington. A featured reader is scheduled each month, but on Saturday, March 8, the DLC will host its second annual Haiku Night beginning at 5 p.m. Guests are invited to share up to 10 of their original haikus. The haiku poem should be a very short three-line poem, but does not have to be 17 syllables like a traditional Japanese haiku. Lisamarie McGrath, professor of flute at Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music and National Flute Association’s Orchestral Competition winner, will perform musical interludes. As usual, there will be an open mic following the haiku readings. For more information, contact Bob Davis at rhambling@verizon.net.

ENJOY AN EARLY SPRING Orchid Extravaganza buds at Longwood Gardens this month


aking place until March 30, “Orchid Extravaganza” features a display of colorful plants inside Longwood Gardens lush, four-acre Conservatory. During March, the rare blue poppies can be found at the Gardens in a display of sky blue blooms. Guests also can join the inaugural Community Read of A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold on Monday, March 24, at 9 p.m. For more information and future events, visit longwoodgardens.org.


ART AUCTION, GOOD CAUSE Join Habitat for Humanity March 14


n Friday, March 14, Habitat for Humanity of New Castle will hold an auction of selected works from the Elisa and Dick Poole Art Collection. All proceeds will go to HFH of New Castle County operations. The auction begins at 7 p.m. in Arsht Hall, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. in Wilmington. Guests can enjoy a preview party beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $40 in advance and $50 at the door. The event will be led by Alasdair Nichol, vice chairman of Freeman’s Auction House in Philadelphia. For more information, contact Lindsay Warren at 652-0365 x119.

SPRING ART SHOW DFVA's annual event set for March 7-9 at Hagley


he Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts will present its 15th Annual Spring Art Show on the weekend of March 7, 8 and 9 at the Hagley Museum’s Soda House. More than 60 artists from the Brandywine area will exhibit and sell original new works of art created for this event. The event will include paintings, sculpture, porcelain, ceramics, fused glass, jewelry and limited edition reproductions. This year’s “Honored Artist” is local artist Neilson Carlin, who specializes in portrait, figurative and still life painting in oils. Admission is $10 for Friday Reception, and $5 on Saturday and Sunday. The show is free to Hagley members and those 18 and under. For details go to www.DFVA.org.

$1 TROLLEY RIDE FABRIC TURNED INTO ART Check out Delaware Art Museum's current fiber art display


etween Feb. 15 and April 13, The Delaware Art Museum will host FiberNext, a showcase of 20 fiber art works created by 12 regional fiber artists. “Fiber art” normally refers to works of art that incorporate fabric or yarn and favors aesthetic value over utility. The pieces up for display will incorporate metal, digital embroidery, plastic, paper, clay, photography, wood, and recycled materials, as well as a range of colors, textures and materials. In addition to the fiber art exhibition, brightly-colored winter scarves created by a Chesapeake City, Md., art supply shop, Vulcan’s Rest, will be on display. For more information, visit delart.org.

New trolley route connects Downtown, Riverfront


ake advantage of a new and improved route that allows the Wilmington Trolley to connect Downtown Wilmington and the Riverfront. The $1 trolley ride will run every 20 minutes Monday through Friday between the hours of 10:45 a.m. and 10:45 p.m. This will enable residents and visitors to easily and inexpensively get around the city without having to worry about parking. To increase safety, Downtown Visions Safety Ambassadors will ride the trolley at various times during the day. For more information and scheduling, visit dartfirststate.com or downtownvisions.org.


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DIVERSITY EXCHANGE FORUM SET Local chapter of NAAAHR to host event March 26 & 27


REPORT IT! Confidential, toll-free service to report any concerns about dishonest, illegal, or fraudulent behavior taking place in City Government.

WHAT TO REPORT? •Theft of City assets (ex. cash, equipment, supplies) •Record Falsification •Payroll Fraud/Theft of Time •Intentionally damaging City property •Abuse of use of City Equipment/Unauthorized use of City Equipment •Kickbacks/Bribery •Conflict of Interest

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uman resource practitioners, career coaches, diversity leaders, students, and individuals who are unemployed or under-employed are invited to attend the Diversity Exchange Forum sponsored by the Delaware Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR) on Wednesday and Thursday, March 26 and 27, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Newark. The NAAAHR is the premier human resources association for the development and leadership advancement of black and African American HR professionals. Founded in 1998 in Maryland, the association now comprises more than 4,000 members and affiliates, with 35 chapters throughout the country. As the fourth exchange forum in the past three years, this conference will continue the discussion about diversity and inclusion in Delaware and beyond. Speakers will include Ronald Whitaker, S. Renee Harris, Dr. John Moore of United Way of Delaware, Terrence Dickenson of W. L. Gore and Associates, and more. The theme of the conference is “Cultivating Synergy and Collectivity.” It will include workshops, speaker presentations and an executive panel discussion. For ticket pricing, registration and more info, visit www.naaahr-sde.com/2014diversity-exchange-forum.

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This March


IRISH WHISKEY SPECIALS: Cooley Distilling’s Tyrconnell Madeira Cask Port Cask & Sherry Cask Finished Irish Whiskeys Plus: Cooley Connemara Peated & Connemara 12 Year Old

Spring training is in full swing and the Phillies are gearing up for another run at the National League pennant. The experts don’t give this squad much of a chance, due largely to an aging lineup. Still, a pitching staff that includes Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels has at least an outside shot at being a contender. With the hope that the Phils will get off to a fast start, O&A is inviting readers to guess what the team’s record will be at the end of April (The season actually begins on March 31 at Texas.) Send us your best guess by March 30, and you wil be in the running to win two tickets to a game later in the year. (We will work with the winner to pick out a suitable date.) In order to avoid any ties, include your estimate of Cole Hamel’s record by the end of April, as well as Ryan Howard’s home run total in April. Send your guesses to kconnor@tsnpub.com. One entry per person, please. And good luck!

STAFF PICKS FOR THE PHILS SEASON For what it’s worth, here are the staff’s predictions for the Phillies win total this year, based on the regular season, 162-game schedule:

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Jerry duPhily: 87 wins Krista Connor: 83 Matt Loeb: 84 Jim Miller: 87 Tyler Mitchell: 80 Marie Graham Poot: 77 Bob Yearick: 82 We’ll check back in October to see who gets office bragging rights. In the meantime, you readers can win a great prize by correctly predicting the number of victories the Phillies will record in April. See the story above.


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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and contributors

The Settlers of Catan

Bellefonte Arts

I was recently introduced to this board game while visiting my brother and his wife, who are board game fanatics. The object of the game is to be the first to reach 10 points by building and developing settlements while gaining and trading resources such as wood, brick, and ore in the fictitious world of Catan. Resources are used to buy roads, cities, or development cards, which help you acquire points and grow your colony to win the game. This board game is a lot like Monopoly minus paper money and a set path to play. It’s very easy to learn and the trading aspect of the game makes it very social.

Tucked away in the hamlet north of Wilmington known as Bellefonte is an eclectic art gallery and workshop space that deserves a shout-out. Bellefonte Arts, run by owner Valerie White, is not just a showcase for a variety of local visual art, jewelry, fiber art and glassware. The gallery also sells artisan soaps and lotions and its artists offer classes in jewelry-making, writing/poetry and tie-dye creations. It's a funky, fun addition to an already hip location.

— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer, O&A

— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, O&A Contributing Writer & Arts Maven

16 Mile Taphouse’s Beer Dinner Series

The Quiet Man

The January launch of 16 Mile Taphouse’s beer dinner series surprised me in more ways than one. It felt as if some crafty genius had designed a 3-D experience for my taste buds. Afterward, I left the restaurant wondering: Did I just experienced the future of beer pairings? Along with each of the five food courses arrived a variation of 16 Mile’s award-winning Tiller Brown Ale, each version infused with a combination of ingredients ranging from the intriguing (banana, caramel and dried peppers) to the unexpected (porcini mushroom and ginger). In the end, the compatibility of the food and beer offerings often tasted uncannily precise and even thrilling. And, as it turns out, the 16 Mile team revealed that they have developed methods to better marry beer with the food. Taste for yourself: 16 Mile Taphouse offers these beer dinners on the 16th of each month.

In this month of the Irish, beg, borrow or steal this classic 1952 comedy/drama starring John Wayne and the ravishing Maureen O’Hara. Faith and begorrah, ‘tis a grand story of a retired American prizefighter come to the Emerald Isle to make a home for himself and win the heart of Mary Kate Danaher (O’Hara). It features the greatest—and probably longest—fistfight in the history of movies, as Wayne and the burly Victor McLaglen, as Mary Kate’s brother, slug it out through the fields and the village, stop for a pint at the tavern, wind up in the creek, and become best friends. That’s just one of many great set pieces in a film that also stars Ward Bond and Barry Fitzgerald. It won two Academy Awards, including one for John Ford as best director. Available from Netflix.

— Jim Miller, Director of Publications, O&A

— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor, O&A

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

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Boys & Girls Club fundraiser in its third year The 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs Fitness Challenge will take place from March 15 through June 15. Participants will be asked to commit to a 90-day exercise and wellness program to improve personal health and fitness while raising funds and awareness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. This is the third annual event. The first two concentrated on weight loss, while this year’s will concentrate on adopting and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, says Scott Ciabattoni, vice president of the Greater Wilmington Board. “We had 21 participants the first year, 57 last year and since we have expanded the event from a weight loss challenge to a fitness challenge, we are hoping to see a significant increase again this year,” he says. “I don’t think 80-plus participants is out of the question.” Anyone interested in joining the challenge or supporting the participants should contact Ciabattoni at scottchab@gmail.com. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware is part of a nationwide movement whose mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The clubs serve more than 25,000 children in all areas of the state—about one out of every five school-aged children in Delaware, more than any other youth-serving agency. Out of every dollar raised by Boys & Girls Clubs, 87 cents goes directly to programs and services for kids. — O&A


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DAY Trippin’

This narrow little state and the surrounding areas conceal many fun, quirky and fascinating destinations. That’s what Day Trippin’ is all about. Have ideas? Send them to Krista at kconnor@tsnpub.com.

Aerial view from a Horizon helicopter shows the Wilmington skyline, including the Leo J. Dugan Sr. Bridge., downtown and the O&A office along the Christina River (lower right corner).


Text and Photos By Krista Connor


tay with me.” The pilot speaks through my headset while flashing a smile and supportive nod. Mute and stiff, I grimace, as if I had just downed an entire lemon. The state of Delaware looms hundreds of feet below in winter hues of brown, and I float in the air in a rumbling bubble which, by my nervous estimate, is no wider than my outstretched arms. I want to tell the affable Ray Bans-sporting pilot to turn this helicopter around and land us. Now. I try reasoning with myself, but things go to a whole other level and suddenly there’s no time for a meltdown because the pilot lets go of all controls and declares, “All right. It’s all you!” But perhaps I should back up a bit. First off, flying has always been a phobia of mine. I thought I overcame the fear last summer when I willed myself onto a firstever flight to Europe. Half a year later I discover Horizon Helicopters, Inc., located off Route 72 in Newark. Checking out their offers, I nonchalantly decide to book a 30-minute scenic helicopter tour over the Brandywine area. Turns out, though, Horizon has other plans.

“We’d rather teach you how to fly the helicopter,” explains Julie Keating, scheduling coordinator and office manager, over the phone. “That’s terrifying,” I respond. But how could I say no? Horizon, which has been around since 1985, provides flight school, intro flights, private charters, dinner and scenic tours, special events, surveys and aerial photography services. “We do it all,” Keating says. “We’ve found lost dogs before.” Horizon is Delaware’s only Federal Aviation Agencyapproved Part 135 charter service, and the state’s sole approved helicopter training facility. Here, the sky’s in the blood. It’s a family business founded by chief pilot/instructor Harry Griffith, his wife, Judy, who is vice president and comptroller, and their daughter Keating, and their son, flight instructor and pilot Jeremiah. They also employ a handful of professional pilots. “It’s rewarding and challenging at the same time,” says Keating, in terms of the business being family-run. “But we make it work because we all have one goal in mind and that is to make this place the safest, friendliest and finest flying experience available in the industry.” ► MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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You’re Invited An Evening with the Stars Join us and dance the night away! It will be an exciting red carpet night, worthy of Rodeo Drive!


Saturday March 29, 2014 6-10PM Dover Downs Hotel & Casino Ballroom A & B 1131 North DuPont Highway Dover, Delaware 19901


Come enjoy the red carpet, heavy hors d’oeurvres, live music from Big City Band, silent auction & more! Limited hotel accommodations provided by Dover Downs at a special group rate. (Must call by March 7.)


Come dressed as your Hollywood Celebrity look-a-like (optional)


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DAY TRIPPIN' continued from previous page

Over the years, Horizon students have ranged in age from 15 to 78, and they taught the first deaf helicopter pilot in the country. There are 15 guys currently enrolled in Horizon’s flight school, which leads to a pilot license. It takes 40 hours of logged flight time for a private license and 150 hours for commercial, and costs start at $15,000. In addition, there are one-time intro lessons—what I’d be taking. Intro flights, or demos, are $225 and available to anyone, ranging from those interested in piloting to people booking a birthday present for someone. The demo includes a brief Horizon tour, introduction in the simulator (an on-ground, computerized flight experience), a program chat and 30 minutes of airtime with one of the certified flight instructors. A few days after the call with Keating, I’m standing on a small wooden platform at Horizon, giggling, shaking, sizing up my aircraft. It’s so…petite. “Now, this here is an Enstrom 280FX,” begins Jeremiah Griffith, my designated pilot. Hands on hips, wide-legged stance, quick, precise speech: he is the embodiment of the competent pilot. Confirming that thought, I learn that he completed 100 Black Hawk combat hours in Afghanistan. “Two-hundred-and-twenty-five horsepower, turbo-charged, fully articulated rotor system,” he spouts. “It’s a high end rotor system, which makes it one of the safest trainers, due to the fact that it’s hard to stop. And she’s a good-looking aircraft.” He continues, pointing out the helicopter’s parts and giving an affectionate slap to each. “This here’s the transmission.” Slap. “Here’s the engine.” Slap. Head swimming, I smile and nod. Then, once seated in the helicopter, I duly note the three main controls I’ll need to work: the collective lever, cyclic stick and anti-torque pedals. Thankfully, it’s like driver’s ed—he has the same controls, which means no deadly tumbles through the sky. He hands me the headset. Then he works at dozens of controls on the panel in front of us, opening the throttle, checking oil pressures, temperatures, pushing other important-looking buttons. The machine growls to life. “What you do—you feel, you look, you hear if anything is happening,” he yells over the engine roar. “You develop a relationship with it, so if something’s wrong, it’ll let you know before it happens.” While we wait for fuel pressures to rise, he says something metaphorical I can’t quite catch about autorotation, a bicycle, a maple leaf and falling out of the sky; then he flicks at the radio. And to the surreal tune of “I Saw the Sign” by Ace of Base, we lift vertically into the air. “Has anyone ever freaked out when they went up for the first time?” The nonchalance in my question is obviously feigned. “Oh yeah,” says Griffith. “When you’re training at first, it’s very overwhelming and people are like, ‘You take it, you take it!’ But when I teach, I say, ‘Never let go of the controls.’ I’ll take it, but I want you to learn how to recover from the situation that you’re in. What we’ll do, go out front and I’ll give you each control one at a time, and then we’ll go have fun.”


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Horizon pilot Jeremiah Griffith, a certified flight instructor, guides the aircraft over Wilmington's Blue Rocks Stadium.

Horizon's Enstrom 280FX (end number 280 GS) is ideal for training students and first-time flyers.

“Okay.” “Out front,” I learn, means hovering over a nearby field while being pummeled with sensory overload. It’s like learning an entire lesson in your worst subject (mine: math) and being told you’ll have an exam in five minutes. But it’s also extremely fun. The collective, a lever to the left of the seat, pulls the helicopter straight up or down. I try it out a few times, raising the aircraft into the sky, then directly back. It’s unnatural, weird, definitely incredible. When the collective is pulled up, the helicopter body wants to turn the opposite way of the blades, Griffith explains. That’s where the pedals come in—they control the direction the nose of the aircraft is pointed, and keep it from spinning out of control. On cue, he lifts his feet from the pedals and like a swivel chair we’re spinning in dizzying circles in place. After a few flustered seconds of this I realize he’s not going to stop it, so I press down on the right pedal and the machine obeys and balances out. The middle control, the cyclic, looks and works like a videogame joystick: forward, back, right, left, and we glide over the field like a ballerina flitting back and forth across a stage. When Griffith says I’m doing a good job, the compliment actually sounds genuine. He says it’s easier to teach women because “they don’t want to muscle around and they’re real gentle,” which, he says, is exactly what the sensitive aircraft needs, regardless of who’s flying it. Horizon has only trained one or two women, he adds. Now a couple of hundred feet in the air, with my stomach lurching and Griffith in control, we head toward the Wilmington Riverfront, soaring over recognizable landmarks like the Newark Reservoir. Even though we’re doing 100 mph, everything seems to move by very slowly, and the earth, wide open and flat and before us, hued with monochrome buildings and fields and roads, is interrupted only by Iron Hill, shrouded in light cloud cover. “People are intimidated at first by how small helicopters are, but once we’re up here, everything else, the world, it all seems so small,” Griffith muses. “We’re the big guys towering over everything else…no?” Feeling even smaller and out-of-body, I manage, “That’s an optimistic perspective.” And this is where he lets go of the controls. “Please don’t do that,” I say, fighting terror, although I instinctively grab the cyclic and I suppose my subconscious recalls instructions from our lesson. “No, you’re fine, you’ve got it.” “No, really, please!” I wonder if I'll black out, but I don’t, even when we hit a huge gust of wind and Griffith instructs me to push the cyclic forward, to “face it head on and fly right into it,” which gives the sensation of plodding sloppily down a flight of steps.

But by the time we’re hovering over the city I’ve relaxed somewhat, and, getting my bearings, I excitedly point out the O&A office on A Street, looking minute, and I begin to see from Griffith’s perspective. The Market Street Bridge, Chase building, vehicles—it’s like a tiny Lego world down there. On the way back, Griffith says we’re going to do a descent maneuver—autorotation—usually reserved for engine failures, when the pilot lets the helicopter glide down to a stop. His earlier metaphor makes more sense now. “Remember on a bicycle, some pedals you can push back and break, and others you just spin? Well, if something happens to our engine, we want the blades to keep spinning. That’s our glide path.” Any air between you and the ground is potential energy, he says, just like a drifting maple leaf. “Contrary to popular belief, helicopters do glide,” Griffith says. “Everybody thinks we fall out of the sky. We’re not gonna fall out of the sky.” With the Horizon landing pad in view, Griffith kicks off the engine and expertly descends to a stop with a light thud, and we sit in silence for a moment. Then a rush of adrenaline makes me laugh. I want to go back up. But Griffith is solemn. “Y’see, I don’t teach people how to fly,” he says. “I teach them how to face their fears.”

GIVE IT A WHIRL! Horizon’s additional offers include: personalized scenic tours for two (with a combined weight of no more than 340 pounds) starting at 30 minutes for $250, special events, and dinner tours. The latter include a helicopter drop-off and pick-up at a restaurant of choice. Some of the most popular destinations are: Tangier Island, Va., Tilghman Island, Md., Annie’s Paramount Steak and Crab House in Grasonville, Md., Christiana Hilton in Newark, and Tidewater Grille, Havre De Grace, Md. Costs range from $1200-$3000. Horizon also has a flight training partnership with Delaware State University, which offers a professional pilot concentration in the bachelor of science in the Aviation Program. The partnership allows military veterans to use their Department of Defense benefits to enroll in the program. The flying is all done at Horizon while classes are at Delaware State. For more info, visit www.horizonhelicopters.com.


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At Wilmington’s 1984 St. Patrick’s Day parade, John D. Kelly (right) appears with then Sen. Joe Biden and Mike Walsh, who succeeded Kelly as New Castle County sheriff.


‘FIRST TO FIGHT AND FIRST TO CRY’ The legendary proprietor of the Logan House died in 2003, but the stories will live forever By Ciro Poppiti


s St. Patrick’s Day nears, I raise my glass to an Irish giant, the late, great John. D. Kelly. John D. was the first celebrity I ever knew. I was just a kid, but it was readily apparent that his was a personality bigger than any I’d ever known. He lit up a room. Everyone deferred to him. They wanted to be around him, to hear a joke, or to merely shake his hand. You knew where John D. stood at all times: He was a proud Irish Catholic Democrat from 40 Acres, Wilmington. His heart was big as his wit was sharp. And he was pretty damn special: Marine, champion boxer, professional comedian, proprietor of the neighborhood bar, politician, and beloved civic activist. The Irish are the best storytellers in the world, and the Irish eyes of those-in-the-know never shine brighter than when sharing a John D. story.

Remembers friend Kevin Mullarkey: “Many times at the Central Y, John D. would stick his head in a crowded steam room and yell, ‘Any calls for me?’” “He was the funniest person in the history of Wilmington,” says Mike Walsh. That’s some statement, especially considering that Mike Walsh is himself hilariously funny. Mike would follow in John D.’s footsteps as the sheriff of New Castle County. John D. was elected sheriff in 1974. Two years later, he was elected to four consecutive terms as Register in Chancery, each time getting more votes than any other candidate in the county. Chancery is Delaware’s prestigious business court, where the register is a position of trust, managing the caseload there. The public trusted no one more than John D. ►


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Entry Fee: $20 pre registration by March 6th. $25 after and day of event. Online Registration: At races2run.com Contact: For more information, contact Wayne S. Kursh at 302-654-6400 or wayne@races2run.com


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Interestingly, John D. was sheriff for two years and Register in Chancery for 24. Yet everyone remembers A TOAST TO JOHN D. KELLY him as sheriff, not as register. “He was the iconic sheriff continued from page 19 in everybody’s mind,” says Walsh, “even though he only served two years.” Again, that’s some statement, because Mike Walsh was sheriff for 30 years. It does make sense, though. John D. had the presence of a sheriff, someone in the mode of a hero from the Old West, like Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke. John D., who died in 2003, was right out of central casting—a leading man who looks after the town, outfighting the bad guys and keeping things safe for the children. Ken Lagowski worked for John D. during the register years. Ken offered me a quick hit list on his former boss: • John D. worked in Jackie Gleason's traveling entourage briefly. His job? Make Jackie laugh. • When he captained the football team at Mount St. Mary’s College, during the coin flip, he called, “The coin will stick in the mud on its edge,” which, of course, it did. • When he learned he had Parkinson’s and the onset of Alzheimer’s, he commented: “Having Alzheimer’s isn't so bad. Every morning you think you’re putting on a new suit, and you can go on vacation to the same place every year.” Back in the 1990s, John Carney (now Delaware’s U.S. Congressman) worked for the county executive, Dennis Greenhouse. John D. was the county register and getting his budget in order was never easy. Recalls Carney: “John D. was a one-of-a-kind character. Bob Maxwell, another 40 Acres Irishman, who was chief administrative officer of the county, would come back from John D.’s budget hearing frustrated because John D. didn't really want to talk about his budget. He just wanted to tell stories and his old jokes. Of course, Dennis thought that was hilarious, and he would then go on telling old John D. stories, which got the rest of us laughing. In the end, even ‘Max’ would break down. How could you not laugh with John D.?” Chimes in Dennis Greenhouse: “When I was a kid in Wilmington, my father would take me to the Golden Gloves boxing matches at Fournier Hall. John D. was the ring announcer. He not only introduced the fighters and the results, but always told some John D. jokes.” Greenhouse also remembers John D. as the proud Irishman, the man who co-founded the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Wilmington, leading the parade on horseback to Kelly’s Logan House. Yes, just as Marshal Dillon held court at the Long Branch Saloon, so too did Sheriff John D. at Kelly’s Logan House. John D. took over management of the Logan House in 1960, a business his family has run since 1888. John D. would perform stand-up comedy routines regularly. His sharp wit, bawdy jokes, and side-splitting stories were legendary. Joe McCoy, proprietor of Catherine Rooney’s and Irish historian, explained to me that John D. was a true “publican” because he ran a “public house.” In Ireland, a public house is the center of a community where friends and families meet, sharing good times as well as bad. A great tribute to John D. is that Kelly’s Logan House continues to be a public house to this day. Above all, John D. was a devoted family man, to wife Loretta and children Michael, John and Mary Ann. Some final words are reserved for Michael, himself one of the Delaware bar’s most distinguished attorneys: “In addition to his public speaking, founding and leading the first St. Patrick’s Day parade, and countless monologues and fights at the Logan House, what I remember most was his selflessness. He would give the shirt off his back. I can’t tell you how many in the 40 Acres he loaned money to—and rarely was he repaid. He never missed a funeral or turned his back on anyone in need. He ran a Boy Scout Troop for children who suffered from Down syndrome. I cried when I saw a few of his Scouts attend his funeral in 2003. They never forgot him. “First to fight and first to cry. Toughest guy I ever met, but funniest and kindest, too. And he always kept his strong Irish-Catholic faith. That is how I remember my dad. I miss him dearly.” Ciro Poppiti is the Register of Wills for New Castle County and a proud successor to the service of John D. Kelly.

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MEETING THE CHALLENGE Vibrant community groups, a healthy real estate market, and renovation and expansion projects are hopeful signs for Wilmington’s future By Larry Nagengast

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he shootings may make headlines, but East Side, West Side, and in the middle of town, people are working together to improve the quality of life in Wilmington. “It’s definitely getting better,” says Alfie Moss, head of the planning team for the East Side Blueprint Community, one of several revitalization efforts underway in the city. “There are a lot of challenges. Some neighborhoods have more challenges than others,” says Christian Willauer, director of community and economic development for the Cornerstone West Community Development Corporation, an affiliate of the West End Neighborhood House and a leader in the West Side Grows redevelopment program. “The city of Wilmington will do best when we all work together,” she adds. Rod Ward, a Wilmington native and president of the Corporation Service Company, doesn’t dismiss the crime reports—Wilmington had a record 154 shootings in 2013— but he believes they obscure improvements taking place throughout the city. “A lot of this is people’s perceptions,” he says. ►



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As evidence of the city’s ongoing resurgence, Ward points to the continued MEETING THE CHALLENGE continued from previous page strength of the financial sector, the success of several charter schools, the anticipated opening of the Community Education Building, the $12 million renovation of the Wilmington Library, the $210 million expansion and renovation of Wilmington Hospital, the Woodlawn Trustees’ plan to spend $100 million to rebuild its rental community on the West Side, the launch of the coIN Loft coworking space on Market Street, and the openings last year of the Penn Cinema Riverfront and imminently of the Westin Wilmington Hotel on the Riverfront. Real estate professionals also see plenty of positives in the city. Brian Pomije, a property manager for Patterson Schwartz, Delaware’s largest real estate firm, says that Trolley Square, the Riverfront, Little Italy and Union Park Gardens are popular neighborhoods for both buyers and renters. “The Wilmington rental market is on the rise,” adds Buzz Moran, an agent in the Greenville office of Long and Foster. “Young people like it for the amenities and the easy access [to larger cities] on I-95 [and] most corporate transfers are used to paying higher rent, so they feel they’re getting good value in Wilmington.” As one example, he mentioned recently placing a banker from Chicago in a Trolley Square building where apartments rent for $1,500 to $1,600 a month. “In Wilmington, regardless of neighborhood, just like in sales, a clean, well-priced property will rent well,” Pomije says. And, from the Riverfront to Rodney Square, an eclectic mix of new residents has taken to heart the “Live-Work-Play” mantra promoted by the Buccini/Pollin Group. BPG’s 361 rental units at the Christina Landing highrise and Justison Landing midrise are more than 96 percent rented, and another 116-unit midrise at Justison Landing, the Residences at Harlan Flats, is under construction with a fall occupancy planned, says Julia Mason, BPG’s residential marketing manager. The occupancy rate for the 240 units at the Residences at Rodney Square, in the old Delaware Trust Building, stands at 90 percent, says Melinda Bosco, BPG’s senior vice president for residential operations. BPG also rents 40 second- and third-floor apartments in the 300 through 800 blocks of Market Street, and all but one were occupied in February, Bosco says. In the Lofts at Second and LOMA, in the 200 block of Market Street, 85 of the 86 rental units are occupied, property manager Debbie Schwartz says. Eighteen of the 20 commercial spaces are rented too, and the others are used as the rental office and as a gym for neighborhood residents. “There’s a good vibe here, and we’re kind of an easy sell” to prospective tenants, Schwartz says. Downtown residents, including those who have purchased townhomes and condos on the riverfront, are finding everything they need for daily living within walking distance of home, Schwartz and Mason say. Christina Landing appeals to commuters who walk to the Amtrak Station to head for work in New York, Philadelphia, Boston or Washington, while Justison Landing has become popular among Christiana Care employees who work at Wilmington Hospital, Mason says. The Lofts at Second and LOMA, Schwartz says, has a good mix of Amtrak commuters and people who work in offices and shops along Market Street. ►










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njoy a glorious day of steeplechase racing and celebrate this year’s 36th Annual Winterthur Point-to-Point. Pack a picnic lunch or festive tailgate spread and get ready to enjoy one of the Brandywine Valley’s most stylish sporting events!

For complete details on all Point-to-Point activities and to purchase admission, call 800.448.3883 or visit winterthur.org/ptp. Trackside tailgate parking spaces are available by calling 302.888.4994. Advance sales only. Rain-or-shine event. No refunds. All wristbands must be purchased by May 5. Adult general admission $30 (March 1–April 25), $50 (April 26–May 3). No tickets will be mailed after April 25. Children under 12 free. Discount for Winterthur Members. Proceeds benefit the continued maintenance and preservation of the Winterthur Garden and estate.

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The Delaware College of Art & Design has transformed a vacant hotel into state-of-the-art student housing.

The opening of the Queen Theatre three years ago was a turning point for Market Street, says Sarah Lamb, BPG’s director of design and marketing, because it gave Market added stature as an entertainment venue and made more visitors aware of residential possibilities. Since then, several venues in the LOMA district have added music to their menus. In addition, the Delaware College of Art & Design purchased a vacant hotel in the 700 block and had it transformed into student housing, and restaurateur Bryan Sikora has created culinary buzz with the opening of La Fia Bakery Market Bistro at the corner of Fourth and Market. Next up for Market Street, according to Ward and others, is the vitality anticipated from the opening of the Community Education Building in the fall. Kuumba Academy, an elementary and middle charter school, will move from the 500 block of Market Street to join the new Academia Antonia Alonso elementary charter, in the former Bank of America office highrise at 12th and French streets. Two charter high schools, Delaware Design Lab and Delaware MET, also will be opening in the Market Street corridor this fall, and two more charters, also most likely enrolling high school students, are expected to open in the Community Education Building for the 2015-16 school year. Not only will they bring more students downtown, but many teachers and other staff will want to live near where they work, and parents who drive their children to and from school will be exposed to downtown’s other offerings, Ward says. While downtown and the Riverfront attract most of the attention, the efforts underway on the East and West sides demonstrate the powerful potential of residents, community groups and city government working together. The East Side Rising project, announced in early February, will result in renovation or refurbishing of 125 homes, the planting of trees and vegetable gardens, and, perhaps most important, provide training in construction skills for the residents who will do much of the work. As part of the project, a portion of Church Street will be redeveloped as a site for small businesses, Moss says. Partners in the project, she says, include the city, Local Union 55, Habitat for Humanity, the Wilmington Housing Partnership and the Interneighborhood Housing Foundation. “We want to bring homeowners back to the city,” says Moss, noting that only 566 of about 2,300 housing units on the East Side are owner-occupied. If the project succeeds, she says, “It will reduce crime, rebuild the community and promote economic development.” As the renovated homes are purchased, the Stepping Stones Federal Credit Union, established two years ago on the East Side, will offer life skills and budget management classes to the new owners, Moss says. The West Side Grows initiative, launched last spring, aims to stabilize housing, improve parks and strengthen businesses along four key commercial arteries—Lincoln, Union and Fourth streets and Lancaster Avenue. “Residents and businesses have come together to create a vision of what the community should look like,” says Paul Calistro, executive director of the West End Neighborhood House and one of the leaders of the venture. Cool Spring Park, home to a summer-long entertainment-filled farmers market, “is a showcase,” Calistro says, “and Rodney Street Reservoir, with its community garden, has brought an agricultural center into the city.” ►

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The improvements have helped bring neighbors together and that has made a strong impression on Clara Zahradnik, a Franklin Street resident for 27 years and past president of the Cool Spring-Tilton Neighborhood Association. “People help each other out,” she says. “It has been a pretty consistent hallmark of the area—people try to work together, try to work with the city, try to engage whoever we need to engage to get things done.” The close-knit community is a plus for Katie Sica, a 32-year-old photographer who last year moved from Little Italy into a home on Eighth Street facing Tilton Park with her husband, Jason, pastor of the City Church of Wilmington. “We love being part of the city. There’s so much going on,” Sica says, mentioning the Cool Spring farmers market, the Holy Trinity Greek Festival just around the corner from her house, and the restaurants and shops of Little Italy within walking distance. “The greatest thing is you can walk to the businesses on Lincoln and Union,” says Willauer, who can also walk to her office at Cornerstone West. “All these businesses are locally owned. This creates a neighborhood feeling, and the multiple layers of relationships add to the richness of your life.” While real estate pros like Pomije and Moran tout the perennial popularity of Trolley Square, especially for the 35-and-under crowd, Zahradnik and Calistro promote living on the south side of Pennsylvania Avenue. “We’re almost the bedroom community of Trolley Square and Little Italy,” Zahradnik says of Cool Spring-Tilton. “We don’t have retail. We don’t have restaurants, but you can conduct your whole life within a mile and a half radius.” Adds Calistro, “For young people, the West Side offers all the benefits of Trolley Square at 70 percent of the price.” East Side, West Side and downtown, the willingness of residents, community groups and city hall to work together is sparking renewed enthusiasm for city life. But everything isn’t perfect. Zahradnik notes, for example, that it has taken newcomers to Mayor Dennis Williams’ administration much of their first year in office to learn their jobs. “There’s still a learning curve, I think,” she says, adding that “anything urgent has always been responded to.”


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“I’m impatient. We need things to happen faster,” says Calistro, who briefly challenged Williams in the 2012 Democratic mayoral primary before dropping out of the race. And while he sees government-community cooperation growing, he wants even more. “We need to support his efforts, and we need to incorporate our ideas into his.” While Williams has made public safety the primary focus of his first year in office, the ongoing community revitalization efforts suggests that many residents have other priorities. Even so, they cannot turn a blind eye to the crime that often garners front-page headlines. “I’m strongly encouraged that things are going to be under control,” says the outspoken Calistro, acknowledging that he might have given a different answer a month earlier. “The county, the city, the federal government and the state have to get together with a collaborative strategy. Right now they have all the right people at the table, all the right ingredients,”

We love being part of the city. There’s so much going on. — Katie Sica, Photographer Moran, the Long and Foster real estate agent, advises anyone thinking of living in the city—or even the suburbs—“to visit areas in the evening, and into the night, to make sure they’re comfortable.” Dexter Koonce, Moss’s husband, says the stepped-up patrols city police recently implemented on the East Side seem to be having an impact. “It’s a game of cat and mouse. It’s hard to stop unless you nip it in the bud. The police presence has made a difference,” he says, but the ultimate game changer will be finding job opportunities for more East Side residents. The West Side may be safer than some other parts of the city, Zahradnik says. “We aren’t dealing with the worst of the worst here.” Yes, the neighborhood sometimes has break-ins, sometimes has drug deals, sometimes has shootings and assaults, she admits. “It happens, but it’s not a constant thing, and when we have had issues, it has been resolved,” she says. But sometimes the basic steps in crime prevention are up to the residents themselves. “In any city, there are always going to be issues,” Sica says. “We have to be careful. We take the steps that we need to take to be safe.”


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2301 Kentmere Parkway | Wilmington, DE 302.571.9590 | delart.org Organized by the Delaware Art Museum. This exhibition is generously supported by the Johannes R. and Betty P. Krahmer American Art Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Andy Warhol (detail), 1981. Scott Heiser (1949–1993). Gelatin silver print, 9 x 6 inches. Estate of the Artist.


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Wilmington’s art Loop March 2o14

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Friday, March 7, 2014 5:30 - 9 p.m.

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Art Loop visitors can now take advantage of the downtown DART Trolley until 10:45 p.m. With marked stops along Market Street and the Riverfront picking up every 20 minutes for only $1 each way, the Route 32 Trolley is a great way to travel from exhibit to exhibit. Access the full schedule at downtownvisions.org.

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This March the DCCA features two exhibition openings: Magnum Opus: The Alchemical Process in Art and Little White Cubes: Artists’ Makeshift Galleries. Featured DCCA studio artists: Hugh Atkins and Deborah Johnson. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed & Sun 12 – 5 p.m.

Painting by Ryan Wuebbels

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

Ryan Wuebbels is a local musician, music teacher and UD trained artist who works mainly in oils on canvases and wooden canvases that he builds himself. He is joined by Painter Stacey Hendrix at Zaikka this March to celebrate the festival of color - Holi! Art Loop reception 4 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Mar 29.

Image by Julie Dixon

Film Brothers Movie Co-op 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE filmbrothers.com

Fractals, Julie Dixon. Beautiful, digital, abstract images made from various mathematical equations. Also on display: J. Edouard’s paintings excite the eye with each stroke of paint evoking an emotion. Bring your brush, pencil, chalk or finger paints and create your version of Film Brothers’ LIVE Leprechaun models while enjoying some early St. Patty’s refreshments! Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Feb 28.


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Pillows by Brian Scatasti

2nd and LOMA Leasing 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 2ndandloma.com

New Wilmington Art Association & Barrel of Makers Mash-Up; Brian Scatasti, Jessica Taylor, William Slowick, Anne Yoncha, Greg Holt and others. Explore an eclectic exhibit of experimental contemporary art, tech, and design from two of Wilmington’s fastest-growing community groups. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Feb 25.


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A Walk Down Memory Lane by Catherine Prange

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

Catherine Prange’s work takes viewers on a walk through events and memories that have shaped her life into what it is today. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Mar 28.

Photograph by Faye Bonneau

Vision by Yakime Brown

Powell Street by Teresa Haag

Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Ccacde.org

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

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

Eye Shadow; A Bebe Ross Coker BrainChild. Faye Bonneau, Tracey Merritt,
 Thea Blunt, Henderson, Hope Rose, Jeni Barton, Theresa Knox. A photographic exploration of themes from a woman’s perspective, including nature, self-development, feminism, motherhood, health & wellness, spirituality, friendship, community and social justice. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. through Apr 30.

Hues, Textures & Characters; Yakime Brown. Paintings that highlight Brown’s artistic influences blended with his characteristic use of vibrant colors and textural components. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 28.

Brick and Mortar, Teresa Haag. A collection of works inspired by Haag’s love of buildings, bridges and street scenes created through a unique technique of applying newspaper or maps to the canvas before painting. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Wed 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 31.

Burgeoning by George Lorio

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

Painting by Ken Carley

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

The Creative Vision Factory presents the experimental abstract paintings of Ken Carley. This series of paintings showcases the multitude of abstract painting techniques developed over the past year at the Creative Vision Factory. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Mar 28.

Far Off Cry by Anna Bellenger

Drawing by Syndey Jones

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

Young Fresh; Victoria Mooney, Sydney Jones, Lucas Novae. This is a multi-media show where young up-and-coming artists come together to show photographs, sketches, and paintings. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat & Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Apr 1.


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George Lorio received a 2013 Individual Artist Fellowship in Sculpture from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Lorio’s subject matter engages some of the most prevalent issues in contemporary culture and political debate. Influenced by the cultures of the American South and Southwest, his material expressions are a sophisticated play of found objects and sculpted forms. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Mar 28.

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

Fur, Feathers and Fabric; Anna Bellinger. Watercolor paintings of animals painted in her own unique and creative style. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 28.



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Alienated and Armed by Kyle Ripp and Greg Owens

COCA Pop Up Art @ Union Park GMC 1704 Pennsylvania Avenue Wilmington, DE Cocaart.wordpress.com

Art in Unexpected Places, Group Show. This pop up art show features more than 60 works by 20+ artists with a unique concept: artists receive 70% of the sale with the remaining 20% of proceeds benefiting Girls Inc. Catering by Moro with Signature Drinks! Art Loop Reception 5 – 7:30 p.m. On view by appointment through Apr 4.

Milk by Erin Casey

Toscana To Go 1412 N. duPont Street Wilmington, DE Toscanatogo.com

Face to Face, Erin Casey McNichol. Controlled rippedpaper figures catch gestures or posture; the addition of texture and words to the layers give a journal feel and mimic the impermanent and imperfect layers of life. Art Loop Reception 5 – 10 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 6 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 6 a.m. – 8 p.m. through May 31.

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

Golden Bird by Dana Simson

Alienated and Armed, Kyle Ripp. Work that is a commentary about youth, bullying, and violence. The exhibition is an installation exploring the disconnection of violence and play. Working in the Woods, Work that explores the innocence and solitude of being in the woods working alone. Art Loop Reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Mon - Fri 11 a.m. 2 p.m. through Mar 28.

Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE stationgallery.net

Color and Whimsy; Warm colors and whimsical themes are featured in a group show with paintings by Jim Gears, Ann Guidera-Matey, Dana Simson and Mary Ann Weselyk. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m through Mar 29.

Window in June by Scott Prior

End of Summer by Terry Anderson

The Drum Major by Ariel J. Klein

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

Yellow Clouds by Francis H. Roosevelt

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE bluestreakgallery6@gmail.com

Visions; Terry Anderson, Sutton Hays, Susan B. Myers, 
 Mimi Peterson, Frances H. Roosevelt. Exterior and interior landscapes and still lifes 
in acrylic, gouache, and oil. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Apr 1.


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Baltimore Array: Recent Graduates of MICA. Louis Abbene-Meagley, June Culp, Nicole Dyer, Dave Eassa, Peter Ferguson, Andrew Grant Thorp, Kenny Johnston, Ariel J. Klein, Xavier McNellage, Corynne Ostermann, Andy Vible. The city of Wilmington is given a dose of Baltimore as Maryland Institute College of Art graduates present their new work at Carspecken Scott. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Mar 31.

Somerville Manning Gallery 101 Stone Block Row, Breck’s Mill Greenville, DE Somervillemanning.com

Under the Influence Contemporary Artists and the Masters Who Inspire Them; Kay Jackson, Jane Morris Pack,
Jeff Moulton, 
Scott Prior,
Dan Rizzie, Vicki Vinton. These artists will be hung next to original paintings by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, Donald Sultan, and John Singer Sargent; exploring the importance of art history, even into modern times. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through April 5.

Melon by Nielson Carlin

Hagley Soda House 298 Buck Road Wilmington, DE DFVA.org

Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts Spring Art Show, Group Show. An impressive group of over 60 artists from the Brandywine area will exhibit and sell original works of art created for this fifteenth annual event. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Mar 9.


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Paula’s Fairie by Paula Miller Scarf Woven by Sandy Buckworth

Museum Gallery Cab Calloway School 100 N. DuPont Road Wilmington, DE harmonyweaversguild.org

Fiber Arts, The Possibilities. This exhibit highlights the variety of textiles created by members of the Harmony Weavers Guild. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Mar 13.

Photograph by Kayla LaBarge

Artwork by Ric Frane

Cape Anne Lighthouse by Ruth Anne Crawford

Talleyville Frame Shoppe 3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE talleyvilleFSG.com

Darley Arts Center 3701 Philadelphia Pike Claymont, DE Darleyartscenter.org

Wicked Winter: Sick of Winter; Joe Bellofatto, Robert Bickey, Daniel Buckley, Ric Frane, Eric Hendrickson, Pat Higgins, Tina Marabito, Kristen Margiotta, Wendy M., Mark Rosenblatt, Matt Stankis, Adam Cruz, Ken Schuler. A group show of unusual work by tattoo artists, illustrators, painters, and mixed media artists featuring whimsical, weird, dark, eerie, beautiful, and funny images sure to brighten up the dark days of winter. 
Live music by The Young Werewolves at 7:30. Art Loop Reception 6 – 10 p.m. On view Mon, Wed & Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tue & Thu 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Mar 31.

Celebrating Color, Artists of Ruth Anne Crawford’s Indian Field Studio. Ruth Anne Crawford finds influence in many traditions with an emphasis on French impressionist and cubist works which is evident in the works of her students. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. through Apr 27.

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE Delmnh.org

Pottery by the Donohues

Nature’s Bounty: Nature Inspired Art, Students of Delaware College of Art and Design. A collaborative exhibit developed by the Delaware Museum of Natural History and the Delaware College of Art and Design featuring works of art by DCAD students who draw inspiration from the natural world juried by artists and representatives from area cultural institutions. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sun 12 – 4:30 p.m. through Apr 19.

The pottery of Doug and Mary Donohue. The husband and wife pottery team features a European Salad bowl with built in garlic grater. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Mar 31.

Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE bellefontearts.com

Far Off Cry by Anna Bellenger

Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE ardenbuzz.com

The Faeries of Historic New Castle, Paula Miller.
Explore the illumination of the Fae World in a variety of media including watercolors, photography on canvas, mini metal-cast sculptures and more. Art Loop Reception 6 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Mar 31.

Cactus Wren Gallery 406 Delaware Street Wilmington, DE Cactuswrengallery.com

Virgil and Shirley Benn. Zuni Pueblo artists create wearable art by inlaying natural materials in sterling silver, resulting in a wide variety of wonderful jewelry. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. through Jun 30.

Perspectives, Rebekah Helton. A collection of monochrome photographs and Helton’s most admired images from over 20 years of photographing the people, places and personalities that make up the world around us. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Mar 15.


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Penn’s Place 26 E. 5th Street New Castle, DE Pennsplace.net



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THIS MONTH AT PRICES: $8/adults $6/Senior/Students www.TheatreN.org 302.576.2565 for more info. 302.571.4075Theatre N projection booth Theatre N is located at 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801

RENDEZ-VOUS WITH FRENCH CINEMA Showdates: March 7-9 and March 14-16 Showtimes: TBD Length (in minutes): Check TheartreN.org for details The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Unifrance Films’ celebrated annual showcase of the newest and best in contemporary French film. Six new French films will be featured contemporaneously with their showings at Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, some with live/webcasted Q&As.
 THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Rating: R Showdates: March 7-9 Showtimes: TBD Length: 1 hour 51 mins Official Selection
Telluride Film Festival 2013
 Toronto International Film Festival 2013
 New York Film Festival 2013

 Ralph Fiennes (who also directs) shines as the most famous writer of his day, novelist Charles Dickens, who had a secret affair with 18-year-old actress Nelly Ternan (Felicity Jones, Like Crazy). Dickens was 45 and at the top of his fame when he met the beautiful young actress, performing in a troupe with her sisters, and was immediately struck. Her pragmatic mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) encouraged Nelly to welcome the interest of such a famous man, even if she can never become his wife. At first Nelly resists, but Dickens makes her the focus of his passion and his muse, and they embark on an affair, lasting 13 years until his death, that must always remain secret, forcing Nelly to hide her deepest feelings in “invisibility.” The gorgeous period production catches the repression of the Victorian era and its fear of scandal. Fiennes gives an energetic, theatrical performance as Dickens, larger than life, often performing for his many admirers, but emotionally isolated, cruel to the wife he no longer cares for (Joanna Scanlon), yearning for close companionship and understanding that he finds with Nelly. The insightful screenplay is by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady).

THE PAST Rating: Not Rated Showdates: March 14-16 Showtimes: TBD Length: 2 hours 10 mins French & Persian with English subtitles Following a four year separation, Ahmad (Ali Mosaffa) returns to Paris from Tehran, upon his estranged French wife Marie (Bérénice Bejo)’s request, in order to finalize their divorce procedure so she can marry her new boyfriend Samir (Tahar Rahim). During his tense brief stay, Ahmad discovers the conflicting nature of Marie’s relationship with her teenage daughter Lucie (Pauline Burlet). Ahmad’s efforts to improve this relationship soon unveil a secret from their past. REMEMBERING PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN Showdates: March 21-23 Four films celebrating the life and prolific career of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman: • Before The Devil Knows Your Dead • The Big Lebowski • Synecdoche, New York • A Late Quartet

GIRL ON A BICYCLE Take 2 Tuesday Rating: R Showdates: March 4 Showtimes: 7pm Length: 1 hour 41 mins Paolo (Vincenzo Amato), an Italian who drives a Paris tour bus, has just proposed to his true love, the German stewardess, Greta (Nora Tschirner), when the young French beauty, Cécile (Louise Monot) pulls up beside his bus on her bicycle – and, in short order, Paolo, following some very bad advice from his friend, Derek (Paddy Considine), finds himself with a German fiancée, a French “wife”, two Australian children who call him “Papa”, and his life upside-down. SUMMER IN FEBRUARY Take 2 Tuesday Rating: Not Rated Showdates: March 11 Showtimes: 7pm Length: 1 hour 41 mins A sweeping romance set at a bohemian artist colony on the picturesque coasts of pre-war England, Summer In February is based on the true story of painter Sir Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper, Mamma Mia!) and his blue-blood best friend Gilbert (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey). Born into a working-class family, Munnings rises to become one of the premiere British artists of his time, winning the affection of aristocratic beauty Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning, Sleeping Beauty). But when Gilbert falls for Florence as well, a love triangle emerges with tragic consequences.

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anuary 8th of this year marked 50 years since the War on Poverty was first declared by President Lyndon Johnson during his State of the Union Speech in 1964. President Johnson said, himself, that his declaration of war was in response to widespread suffering of the poor and those disenfranchised because of race, gender and underemployment. It was at that time that legislation called the Economic Opportunity Act was passed by Congress, and the Office of Economic Opportunity was developed to facilitate services to the poor such as food assistance, medical assistance and housing assistance. While I understand why much of the national conversation around this recent anniversary has been to question if the war has been “won,” as Mayor of Wilmington, I am more concerned with the tools available to my administration to help address poverty’s ongoing root causes. Although the City does not directly operate schools, health services or social services, departments and divisions in my administration have taken innovative approaches to break the cycle of poverty for Wilmington residents. I firmly believe that an important approach to combat the long-term strongholds of poverty is to expose young people to opportunities, resources and experiences related to selfsufficiency as early as possible. It is also incumbent upon us as a community to support organizations that prepare the underemployed for job readiness in fields where long-term self sufficiency is possible. Community-private-public partnerships are often how these opportunities are made possible. The City has always been involved in providing meaningful opportunities to the City’s youth so that they can avoid the cycles of poverty and dependence. This year, as in many years prior, we are as involved as ever in exposing families to the community programs that are designed to orient young people toward constructive and responsible choices related to career exposure and development through our Summer Youth Program. The Child and Adult Care Food Program is administered though the Department of Parks and Recreation. This At- Risk Meal Program serves approximately 1,200 young people daily and operates with the mission to provide better access to food and promote healthy eating through nutrition education. In today’s economy, we feel these programs provide the most salient opportunities for underserved families to build a plan for their children to avoid perpetuating the cycle of poverty and to positively impact their preparedness for education.

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STRONG NEIGHBORHOODS CLUSTER SERIES Cluster Meeting Topics for April 2014 Dates To Be Announced via the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Development


hroughout January of this year, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Development offered Civic Association Leaders opportunities to engage with the Administration and each other to discuss Public Safety, and the recently announced Police Deployment Plan. Based on feedback from the first round of quarterly meetings, the following trainings will be offered exclusively to Neighborhood and Civic Association leaders in the second round of Community Cluster meetings, to be held in April. April Meetings’ Focus: Enhancing Civic Association Capacities Civic Association and Planning Council may attend as many April trainings as they wish. Each meeting will provide different topical information. Training Session 1: Organization Building The first meeting will focus on methods for building organizational capacities for civic and neighborhood groups. The groups will receive and share ideas related to leadership building, recruitment, community outreach, taking advantage of technology and building communications. Training Session 2: Program and Project Building The second meeting will focus on planning and implementation of projects and programs. Here, the Office of Neighborhood Development will offer training to and solicit feedback from civic leaders regarding the components of building and implementing initiatives. Training Session 3: Accessing City Services In the third meeting, civic and neighborhood leaders will have the opportunity to hear from and meet with representatives from City of Wilmington departments. Each respresentative will briefly describe the best methods for accessing services from their departments and will respond to some Frequently Asked Questions. Training Session 4: Engaging and Involving Youth Based on feedback received from attendees of the first round of Cluster meetings, youth outreach and engagement will be the focus of the final meeting of April. Current methods for reaching out and incorporating youth in civic and neighborhood affairs will be explored, as well as information about current youth outreach and service organizations in Wilmington. Dates for April’s 2nd Quarter meetings will be disseminated via email to Civic Association leaders. Please contact the Office of Neighborhood Development with questions at: communityclusters@wilmingtonde.gov.



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ayor Dennis P. Williams and the City Department of Planning are pleased to announce the 4th Annual Community Project Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014. The 2013 Event registered participation from over 70 community groups citywide. This year, organizers look forward to increasing the number of registered groups, with particular focus on neighborhoods who may participate for the first time. And, this year, New Castle County will join efforts by contributing a team of 20 volunteers to increase the reach and supports to registered projects. Any number of community improvement projects can be included in the day’s work. In years past civic


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associations, businesses, community centers, churches and schools have worked together to beautify and improve sections of the city with block clean-ups, landscaping projects, gardening work and educational outreach projects. After kicking-off the ‘clean-up season’ on April 26th, the Departments of Planning, Division of Neighborhood Development and Department of Public Works encourage groups to initiate their own cleanups. Public Works offers the following guidelines for two types of clean-ups most likely to be run at the community level. Public Works categorizes events based on the size of the geographic area:


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NEIGHBORHOOD CLEAN-UP EVENTS • Neighborhood clean-ups are events of less than five (5) blocks in each direction • Neighborhood clean-up events are the smallest organized cleanup events

COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP EVENTS • Community clean-ups are events of between five (5) and eleven (11) blocks in each direction

TO REGISTER FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD OR COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP EVENT, THE ORGANIZER MUST: 1. Fill out an application, available from the Department of Public Works. 2. Identify one person as the contact for the entire event. 3. Submit the application four (4) weeks prior to the clean-up event and submit it to the Department of Public Works. 4. Chose a Saturday or Sunday to hold the event. Trash pickup will occur the following Monday after they event (or Tuesday, if the Monday is a City Holiday). 5. Request street cleaning, if desired. If the application makes a request for street cleaning, then it is the designated contact person’s responsibility to post “No Parking” signs along the streets to be cleaned. These signs will be distributed by the Department and must be displayed for one (1) week prior to the clean-up event. 6. Identify no more than five (5) pickup locations. The Department recommends a pickup spot on the corner of every other block, or in a vacant lot. Please do not block business entrances. 7. Review the Department Policy for trash and waste materials which are permitted and/or restricted for pickup. (That list is included in this article, below) 8. Place permitted trash items out for pickup. The Department will not pickup if there are any restricted items in the trash. For information and to register your project for the 4th Annual Community Project Day, on April 26, 2014, please visit the City’s website at www.WilmingtonDE. gov and download the Wilmington Community Project Day Application Form, or call the City of Wilmington Planning Department at (302) 576-3100. To learn about organizing cleanups throughout the spring, summer and fall and to learn more about requirements and restrictions of such activities, please call the City of Wilmington Department of Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878. Begin to plan with your neighbors, Civic Associations, friends and other community groups! Join the movement of people across the City, who are doing their part to make Wilmington a better City!


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MATERIALS ACCEPTED FOR PICK UP • Appliances (Refrigerators, Hot Water • Heathers, Stoves, etc.) • Branches, Shrub Bushes, Yard Waste • Carpeting, Rugs • Furniture • General Trash • Glass Articles • Mattresses, Box Springs, Mats • Sinks, Tubs, Countertops • Yard Waste Debris MATERIALS NOT ACCEPTED • Paint and Thinner, Solvents • Pool and Spa Chemicals • Debris with Bed Bugs • Construction Debris (Wood, Nails, etc.) • Tires • Hazardous Waste • Pesticides, Herbicides • Motor Oil, Antifreeze, Other Automotive Fluids • Propane Tanks and Bottles THINGS TO REMEMBER • For any appliance big enough for a child or pet to enter, remove the door(s) or tie securely shut • Limit: Two (2) appliances per house. Do not set appliances out until the morning of pickup • Branches must be smaller than three inches in diameter and five feet high, tied with twine and put in bundles that can be carried by one person or they will not be picked up • Brush piles must be no more than what can fit in one level standardsize pickup truck WHAT IS HAZARDOUS WASTE? Hazardous Waste is any waste that poses substantial or potential threats to public health or the environment.



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Alapocas Through the Seasons Photography Exhibit

Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure

Costumes of Downtown Abbey

Like Father, Like Son

Blue Ball Barn • 1914 W. Park Drive 302.577.1164 • bit.ly/1fwDoNR

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111 bit.ly/1b4DpZu



Brandywine Baroque’s Gambists’ Delight

Monday Night Movies

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883 bit.ly/1cuBqyH



The Homey Awards Ceremony

OperaDelaware’s The Pearl Fishers

Barn at Flintwoods • 205 Center Meeting Rd. 302.594.4544 • bit.ly/1jJhfkz

featuring classic films from 1939 - 2012! Penn Cinema • 401 S. Madison St. 302.656.4314 • bit.ly/1iLwDN3

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/1jJkNTS




Star Wars Day

Scott Heiser’s Fashion, Circus, Spectacle Photography Exhibit

Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Dr. • 302.571.7747 bit.ly/1egrtFg


Mark Stockton’s Making Weight

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street • 302.764.6338 bit.ly/1egtIbI

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Theatre N 11th & Tatnall Streets • 302.571.4699 bit.ly/1fdUyAL

Drive-By Truckers

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. 800.37.GRAND • bit.ly/1e7vqOg


Science Saturdays: Wind

Delaware Art Museum • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590 • bit.ly/1k7z6zo

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 bit.ly/1fwJJst

Science Saturdays: Wind 200 Hagley Rd. • 302.658.2400 bit.ly/1iaQbYv

TUES, MAR 25 - SUN, MAR 30



Man of La Mancha

An Evening with Lily Tomlin

DuPont Theatre 11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401 bit.ly/1b7S0jM

The Grand 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND bit.ly/Mv0DQ7

IN Wilmington Week Celebrating 10 days of the best IN arts & entertainment #inWilm! bit.ly/1k7CJW6

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• Eye Shadow - A Bebe Ross Coker Brainchild Mar 7 - Apr 29 302.652.0101 • 705 N. Market

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

• Mark Harris & Carmel Buckley’s Sparrow

Come Back Home Mar 1 - Jun 8 • Magnum Opus: The Alchemical Process in Art Mar 8 - Jun 8 • Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition Mar 22 - Jun 15 • Daniel Cutrone’s Objects of Desire Mar 29 - Jul 6 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

Delaware College of Art & Design • 5th Annual High School Exhibition 302.622.8000 • 600 N. Market St.

Delaware Museum of Natural History

Get Your Garden Ready for the City

History Lives Lecture: Frederick Douglass in 1864 • Delaware History

Randy Rogers Band • World Cafe Live at

Leo Kottke • World Cafe Live at The

Garden Contest • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262


Bootless Stageworks’ Venus in Fur


1001 North Park Drive • 302.571.7747

DSWA Recycling Event • Frawley Stadium 801 Shipyard Drive • 800.404.7080

Block Party thru Mar 29

Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

Bank of America’s Museums on Us Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • 302.658.9111

Brandywine Zoo’s Spring Opening 1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747

Teen Workshop

DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

CCAC presents Dave the Potter The Tatnall School 1501 Barley Mill Rd. • 302.652.0101

The Exonerated thru Mar 9

Delaware Theatre Company 200 South Madison Street • 302.656.6466

2014 American Heart Association Heart Ball • Chase Center on the

Riverfront • 815 Justison St. • 302.454.0613

The Next Generation’s Chips for Charity • Blue Ball Barn

1914 W. Park Drive • 609.665.6001

RKVC w/ The Splashing Pearls World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Kindred the Family Soul • WCL at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

An Evening with Sinbad

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

SUNDAY, MARCH 2 ND Sampler Sundays every Sun thru Mar 30

Hagley Museum and Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400

Los Lobos 40th Anniversary • WCL at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400 Stephen Kellogg • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

MONDAY, MARCH 3RD Jurassic Park: The IMAX 3D Experience • Penn Cinema

401 S. Madison Street • 302.656.4314

TUESDAY, MARCH 4TH Baby & Me Tuesdays 9:30am thru Mar 25 Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Dr. • 302.571.7747

Flight Club every Tuesday 5:30-7:30pm

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

Peace, Love & Poetry • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Clay Date • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590


Atlas Gray • World Cafe Live at The

Art is Tasty • Delaware Art Museum

Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Jonathan Richman • The Grand

Dweezil Zappa Guitar Masterclass

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Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show & Mar 16 Chase Center on the Riverfront 815 Justison St. • 302.425.3929

PB & Jams: Rolie Polie Guacamole

Hagley Museum & Library 200 Hagley Road • 302.658.2400

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

Parents’ Night Out

Dickinson Theatre Organ Society: POPS Concert w/ Donna Parker

DuPont Environmental Education Center 1400 Delmarva Lane • 302.656.1490

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Back to the Future • Penn Cinema 401 S. Madison St. • 302.656.4314



2014 American Girl Fashion Show

& Mar 9 • Chase Center on the Riverfront 815 Justison St. • 302.428.5330

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Classical Cafe: Can You Hear Gender? • Music School of Delaware

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

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Try Science: Be an Engineer

& Mar 9 • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

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

Silk Painting Workshop

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

CTC’s Fearless Improv

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WSTW’s BMI Songwriter’s Workshop

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Sweet Loretta as The Beatles

Heroes Night at the Chase

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Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes

A Taste for Art: The American Table

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Melomanie • DCCA

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s • Penn Cinema 401 S. Madison Street • 302.656.4314

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Young Frankenstein • Penn Cinema

Hypertufa Trough Workshop

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Kiss 101.7 Concert Series • WCL at The

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

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

School’s Out! Family Fun Day at the Zoo • 1001 N. Park Dr. • 302.571.7747

Unsung Hearos Open Stage • WCL at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400


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Chelsea Tavern • 821 N. Market Street

TheDCH Day Trip: Winterthur’s Costumes of Downton Abbey

Planetary Perceptions thru Mar 9 Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340

Guest Bartending benefitting Brandywine Zoo • BBC Tavern & Grill

DHA’s 8th Annual Muttini Mixer 500 N. Market St. • 302.571.8171x301

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Art on the Town • Various Locations Buses leave 5:45pm from DCCA, last return approx. 8:30pm • 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

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Every year, Shenk gets together with Phils alumni, like Tony Taylor (left) and Juan Samuel.

‘The Baron’ Abides Fifty years ago, Larry Shenk left The News Journal for the Phils PR office. He’s still with the team today. By Larry Nagengast


ot many people get a chance to live a dream. But Larry Shenk says he has—and it’s a dream that has lasted more than half a century. Flash back to October 1963. The News Journal is still in downtown Wilmington, at 831 Orange St., and Shenk is in his first year as a sports reporter, learning from two masters of the trade, sharp-witted sports editor Al Cartwright, long revered for his facile turns of phrase, and Cartwright’s harddriving assistant, Hal Bodley, who would become the baseball columnist for USA Today and senior writer for MLB.com. Shenk, who had come to Wilmington after spending a year and a half at his hometown paper, the Lebanon (Pa.) News, had been married six months earlier to Julie, his sweetheart from Millersville College. Cartwright, he recalled, had graciously given him a Saturday night off in April for their honeymoon, a trip to Washington, D.C. “I couldn’t find the hotel, but I found the ballpark,” he says, a point his wife is fond of remembering.

Sitting at the sports desk one night, Bodley told Shenk that the Phillies were looking for a new PR guy. No surprise there—the last three had lasted only a year. Bodley encouraged him to apply, and so did Cartwright, the man responsible for the nickname, “The Baron,” that Shenk carries to this day. (Cartwright, like many editors back in the day, would leave letters, notes, critiques in each reporter’s mailbox. The ones to Shenk he labeled “Baron von Shenk.” From that, he became The Baron.) Shenk still wonders whether it helped his cause that Bob Carpenter, then the Phillies’ owner, was a member of The News Journal’s board of directors. And so the 50-year dream began. Longtime Phillies fans will tell you that 1964 was the most forgettable season in the team’s history. Unexpectedly in first place with a 6 ½-game lead with 12 to play, the Phils lost their next 10, including the first seven at home, and finished second behind the St. Louis Cardinals. ► MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“That last month and a half,” Shenk recalls, “it was like I was in a maze. I didn’t know what I was doing.” That, of course, was quite understandable: he was a first-year PR man, younger than many of the players, making plans for a World Series that wasn’t to be. But that wasn’t the only surprise of Shenk’s rookie year in the majors. One of the first things he learned that spring was that the Phillies didn’t have a press guide —a booklet of facts, figures and records about the team to distribute to local and visiting reporters. All the other teams had a press guide, and when Shenk said the Phillies needed one too, his bosses said no. Too expensive, they told him. So Shenk put together the guide on his own. He wrote the copy, then typed two pages of text onto each of 29 mimeograph stencils and ran off 300 or so copies. Then he cut each pair of pages in half, collated them and drilled holes into each set so they could be fastened with binder posts. Then there was the cover, featuring a bright red Phillies cap. Color printing was out of the question on a do-it-yourself budget. But Julie Shenk came to the rescue, sitting in their apartment in Alban Park and using a felt-tipped marker to color the caps on every cover. “Our living room was a mess,” Shenk recalls. Since media guides were typically tossed out when a new one is produced, copies of the 1964 edition are scarce—and expensive. Shenk recently found two when he and Julie were cleaning out their suburban Wilmington home as they moved to a senior living community in Concordville, Pa. As for their value, well, in 1989, a copy of the guide was sold at a memorabilia show for nearly $600. From 1964 through 2008, Shenk rode the Phillies’ wave as its public relations director, working with 17 different managers, from the cerebral Gene Mauch through the fiery Dallas Green and concluding with the folksy Charlie Manuel. He suffered with the 1969 team that lost 99 games and still didn’t finish last (the Montreal Expos lost 110) and soared with the1980 World Series winners managed by Green and led by Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Pete Rose and Greg Luzinski. “1980,” he says, “erased everything. It erased all those losing years. The ghost of ’64 was finally buried.”


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Shenk is getting a chance to tell many of his favorite stories in a book, part of a series called If These Walls Could Talk, that will be released in May. He’s not wild about the title, but that was chosen by the publisher, Triumph Books, which is developing a themed collection of memory-laden books about prominent professional and college teams. “It’s stories about players, general managers and managers. I worked at three different ballparks, and closed two of them,” Shenk says. “It’s behind-the-scenes stories, but nothing vicious, not sensational. I’m not going to be dirty.” Shenk sent Triumph a manuscript early last year. “They said, ‘you have 15,000 words. We need 60,000 to 70,000. Can you do it?’ I said yes.” And then he started typing, wrapping up the text by the end of September. Fortunately for Shenk, he didn’t have to deal with the day-to-day team PR pressure while putting the book together. Since 2008, he has been serving in a new role, as the Phillies’ vice president for alumni relations. He runs the alumni page on the team’s website, writing stories about Phillies’ history, posting vintage photos, and keeping up with the former players. He organizes the team’s annual “alumni weekend,” a five-day event that starts with a luncheon, includes the annual induction to the Phillies “Wall of Fame” and concludes with a golf tournament for the former players. “We care about our alumni very much. When somebody passes away, we make an effort to send flowers to the funeral and make donations to a charity. We don’t care if he’s a hall of famer or just played one game,” Shenk says. When an alumnus turns 90, the team sends him a uniform jersey with his name and number stitched on the back. “Some of these guys played during the war years [World War II and Korea]. They’re so thrilled that somebody remembered them,” he says. Mention of the war years brings back memories of one of Shenk’s favorite interviews, with pitcher Rogers McKee, who won his only major league decision with a complete game five-hitter on the final day of the 1943 season. What made McKee’s performance unique? At 17 years and seven days, Shenk says, McKee was the youngest pitcher ever to win a major league game in baseball’s modern era. (McKee, by the way, spent the 1944 season in Wilmington, pitching and playing first base for the Phillies’ farm team here.) Next up for Shenk, he hopes, is a second book, another collection of memories that he would title Faces and Places in Phillies History. Delaware would likely merit some chapters in that volume, with faces like Newport’s Dallas Green and left-handed pitcher Chris Short, the Milford native who starred on the ill-fated 1964 team. And Wilmington would qualify for a spot in the “places” section: it was the Phillies’ spring training site in 1944, due to the travel restrictions imposed during World War II. As for this year’s team, Shenk offers a cautious prediction: “We have a chance to get to the postseason, We also have a chance to not get there.” But one thing is for certain. With veteran outfielders Marlon Byrd (first with the Phillies in 2002-2005) and Bobby Abreu (1998-2006) back with the team for the second time, Shenk says “it will be Alumni Day every day.”

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DSWA RECYCLING EVENT: HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE/ELECTRONIC GOODS/PAPER SHREDDING March 1, 8am-4pm FREE The Delaware Solid Waste Authority is proud to host this Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, Paper Shredding Event. Frawley Stadium www.DSWA.com 2014 AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HEART BALL* March 1, 6:30pm An unforgettable evening of entertainment and hope. Join community members, medical professionals, and corporate leaders come together to celebrate the work of the American Heart Association. The Heart Ball celebrates the mission, donors, volunteers and the lives saved because of everyone’s efforts. Chase Center on the Riverfront wilmingtonheartball.ahaevents.org/ 14TH ANNUAL ALLIANCE MID-ATLANTIC SMALL BUSINESS PROCUREMENT FAIR* March 4, 8-4pm This event is designed to match small businesses to large corporate buyers and federal, state and local government buyers. Please visit their website for registration information. Chase Center on the Riverfront www.allianceforbiz.com ART ON THE TOWN March 7, 5-9pm FREE Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT- NOCTURNAL ANIMALS* March 7, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. Nocturnal Animals. Meet the animals that wake at sunset and play all night. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org

OPERA IN CONCERT: BIZET’S “THE PEARL FISHERS” WITH LIVE SILK SCREEN PAINTING AS OPERA UNFOLDS* March 7, 7:30pm March 9, 2pm Although less well-known than Carmen, it is every bit as memorable! English supertitles will be provided in order to help follow the story; you won’t even miss the sets or costumes! If you are more visually oriented - we have you covered! The amazingly creative and talented Lee Zimmerman will perform LIVE silk-screen painting as part of this performance...as the story unfolds, Mr. Zimmerman will create a back-drop before your very eyes! OperaDelaware Studios OperaDelaware.org

AMERICAN GIRL FASHION SHOW* March 8, 10am, 2pm, and 6pm March 9, 12pm and 4pm The Ronald McDonald House Annual American Girl Fashion Show. Ticket includes a meal, American Girl goodie bag for children, program book for adults and door prizes! Chase Center on the Riverfront RMHDE.org/special-events MÉLOMANIE AT THE DCCA* March 9, 2pm Mélomanie - the internationally acclaimed Wilmington music ensemble noted for provocative pairings of early and contemporary works is bringing its concert series to the DCCA. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org 2014 GREENBERG’S TRAIN AND TOY SHOW* March 14 and 15, 10-4pm The largest local train and toy show! Show features: Hundreds of Tables of Trains for Sale, Exhibitors from Across the Country, Huge Operating Model Train Displays, Free Workshops and Demonstrations, Hourly Door Prize Giveaways, Plus Much, Much More! Chase Center on the Riverfront Greenbergshows.com

DCM $2 NIGHT* Wednesday, March 19 , 5-7pm Visit DCM in the evening hours for just $2 per person. At 6pm, join us for “Science about the Stories” as we read Graeme Base’s book, The Water Hole, about how animals all over the world stay hydrated! Following the story, kids can explore water in different interactive activity stations, including testing the absorbency of multiple materials and predicting the buoyancy of a variety of objects (will it sink or float?) “Science about the Stories” is funded in part by the PNC Foundation. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org WELCOME BACK OSPREY* March 20, 10-11:30am Celebrate spring migration and the return of the DEEC Osprey. View the spring migrant through binoculars, play an Osprey game and read and Osprey story. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org WOMEN WHO DARE TO DREAM2014 WOMEN’S DAY* March 30, 1-4pm The Delaware Church invites all women to “Women Who Dare to Dream” - Women’s Day 2014! Join us for a day full of inspiration and empowerment appropriate for women of ALL ages and backgrounds! The day will include performances by singer Jessica Reedy and Keynote Speaker Shawn Patterson. Be sure to register soon and spread the word to the women in your life! This is truly an event you do not want to miss! Chase Center on the Riverfront www.callmarcos.com

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GASTROPUB EXPLOSION Smarter diners, creative chefs and craft beer lead to the culinary evolution By Rob Kalesse


here was a time not long ago when the idea of dining out on pub food didn’t exactly inspire the average diner. Bland burgers, failed fish ‘n chips and monotonous nachos littered abbreviated menus, and beer lists featured nothing more than cold, yellow drafts that did little to kick-start the senses. Thankfully, those days are over. We diners now expect more from our restaurants and bars. We read about saffron and sriracha, we watch celebrity chefs make dishes like foie gras and steak frites, and as a result we’ve become more knowledgeable about food. As diners get smarter, chefs get better and more creative. Over the last decade or so, and especially in the last five years, things have changed drastically in and around Delaware, as pub fare has evolved from something diners used to settle for, to gastropub fare, which diners now seek out. We contacted some of the best spots on the local gastropub scene to talk about their place in this culinary evolution, how their menus reflect the changes, and the role craft beer has played in the process. Here’s what we found out. ►

Observing the changing tastes of diners, people like Wilmington’s Two Stones co-owners Michael Stiglitz (left) and Ben Muse have helped turn traditional pub fare into a more creative art. Photo Tim Hawk

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If the road to success lies in the fast lane, then Two Stones Pub is the Bugatti of gastrpubs. After opening his first location in Newark in 2011, owner Mike Stiglitz quickly branched out with two more restaurants in just under three years, first in North Wilmington in 2012 and most recently in Kennett Square. “Stigz,” as he’s known to friends, co-workers and regulars at the bar, believes the gastropub evolution began with the casual diner wanting something more out of his or her experience. “The everyday diner just wanted something nicer, something better, and the ability to have something like, say, a foie gras burger, without having to pay through the nose at some white linen tablecloth restaurant,” he says. Looking back at the local dining scene over the last decadeand-a-half, Stiglitz can’t help but give a tip of the hat to his former employer, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, where he worked more than a decade ago. “Iron Hill really broke the mold around here, one by one, in our region, in this area,” he says. “Their menus have transitioned to a little more casual and approachable as they’ve expanded in the past few years, but they really started this evolution of sorts by giving diners better options without that stuffy fine dining atmosphere.” For Stigz, when he thinks of pub fare, certain items pop into his mind: good burgers, short ribs and tater tots, the latter of which he laments, “Those are what got me fat as a kid, and now they’re trending at lots of restaurants.” But he also sees a bright future for cheeses and pickled items, especially at his three restaurants. So far, the daily mac ‘n cheese special at his new Kennett Square location is selling really well, and the creative minds in the kitchen can keep it fresh, since they’ve got more than 20 cheeses in the house at one time. As for pickled items, Stiglitz sees their popularity as a reflection of diners wanting more flavors out of healthier options. “The pickled veggies are also great from a farm-to-table standpoint, because you can get them locally, the prep is easy, they don’t go bad, they’re hard to screw up and they only get better as they sit,” he says. “Right now, I’d say kimchi [a fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables and seasonings] is a big item you’re going to see on more and more menus.”

1861: The First Delaware Gastropub The term “gastropub” was first coined in England in the early 1990s at a London pub called The Eagle. The new owners wanted to focus more on creative food, rather than just salty stews and shepherd’s pie to pair with the beer they had on tap. When it comes to gastropubs in Delaware, Jasper Singh claims he was the first to use the term when referring to his eatery in Middletown—1861 Restaurant. Having worked at pubs in England and visited The Eagle on several occasions, Singh certainly has the experience to back his claim.


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Stewart’s: An Evolving Tradition When it comes to “firsts” in the First State, Stewart’s will always be able to lay claim to the fact they were the first brewpub in New Castle County. They opened their doors and brew kettles in 1995 and have never looked back. While beer has always been the primary draw at Stewart’s – head brewer Ric Hoffman and his crew have won double-digit awards and medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup over the years—the menu features a lot of what Chef Dan Dogan calls “scratch cooking.” “I really cut my teeth on craft brewing and the food that goes with it in Adamstown, Pa., where Stoudt’s Brewing began in 1987,” says Dogan. “So when I got here a few years ago, I knew what I wanted to do with the menu, and that was pair it with the beer by cooking, smoking and curing as much as we could in-house.” The results shine brightest on their “pub fare” menu, which includes a slow-roasted brisket sandwich, pulled short rib tortellini, New York style Rueben with house-cured corned beef, and a pulled pork grinder with Golden Ale braised pork shoulder. “The culture has changed so much for us, where we look to go fresh and local rather than pre-packaged, when it comes to just about everything on our menu,” says Dogan. “Heck, even the spent grain from the brewing process is taken by a local farmer to feed his cattle.” Like with the pork shoulder, beer finds its way into many items at Stewart’s, including the delicious Golden Ale hop fries. Soaked in house-brewed Golden Ale, the taters are fried, then tossed in hop oil and parmesan cheese for a different take on pommes frites.

Half Moon Continues to Beam Like Stewart’s in Bear, Half Moon Saloon, nestled in Kennett Square, has been doing its own thing under the radar for almost 17 years. The muted tones, coffee-colored bar and oversized booths contribute to a classic pub atmosphere that encourages patrons to hang out and drink what’s on draft.

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“When you look at why and how pubs have evolved into gastropubs with better food and beer, it really comes down to necessity,” says Singh. “Quite simply, it’s no longer acceptable to serve mediocre food. It’s not okay to just wait for the Sysco truck to show up with frozen goods that you can drop into a fryer and serve to guests.” For Singh, that means creating more items in-house, like homemade sausage and sauces, and grinding fresh lamb for the lamb burger, an 1861 staple served with feta, caramelized onion and marinated tomato. It also means staying local. “Delaware is unique in that there are so many good local farms you can get your ingredients from, to keep things within 100 miles of where you’re serving,” he says. “And when you look at the flip side of things, the breweries like 16 Mile, Dogfish Head and Twin Lakes make it possible to keep things local on tap as well.” Singh says his was the first pub to feature all local craft beers, and he’s kind of proud that he was able to stick to his guns when he first started, now that he sees so many craft beers, locally and otherwise, popping up on tap, even at chain restaurants.

Rob Cassell (left) and Scott Gilbert enjoy a cold brew at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant during the Downtown Newark Food & Brew Fest.

When it comes to beer, Half Moon has consistently had one of the best tap lists in the area, even pouring Lindeman’s Framboise, a delicious Belgian lambic ale made with raspberries that can be hard to find on draft, well before the Belgians became popular. “We’ve always had an emphasis on Belgians and craft beers, both upstairs and downstairs, since we opened,” says Manager Jillian Owen. “We have several popular beers on tap, a few session beers a bit lower in alcohol content. We currently have more than 30 beers in all, including Delirium Noel, Victory’s Hop Ticket and Southern Tier’s Back Burner Barley Wine.” Despite the impressive selection of draft beers (not to mention more than 40 by the bottle), Half Moon is as much a dining destination as it is a saloon. Items like the legendary crab nachos, gator gumbo and bacon buffaloaf (yes, bacon-wrapped meatloaf made from buffalo meat) are examples of the creative cuisine. “We’ve always tried to be ahead of the curve and cater to a younger generation of diners,” says Owen. “They have food knowledge at their fingertips and are always ready for something new and challenging.” Wild game is another facet of the Half Moon menu you won’t likely see duplicated elsewhere. Meats like antelope, elk, kangaroo, wild boar and ostrich are regularly featured on the daily specials list.

Upscale Tavern Fare at BBC General Manager Rory Conway likes to think of the cuisine at BBC Tavern in Greenville as “upscale tavern,” rather than “gastropub,” because the menu features “legacy items,” which pay homage to the original Brandywine Brewing Company. “I think some folks might be a little confused by the ‘gastropub’ tab sometimes, so we go with ‘upscale tavern,’ because we like to take your standard tavern or pub fare and kick it up a notch at every turn,” says Conway. One of those classic items is JamJoe’s Nachos, a heaping pile of yellow and blue corn tortilla chips covered in cheddar and Jack cheeses, black beans, lettuce and chopped tomatoes, scallions and jalapenos. It’s up to the customers to decide how they want to upscale the item: with buffalo chicken, crab meat, blue cheese or guacamole. “A decade ago, you might only find nachos—which I consider a pub staple—topped with just runny Velveeta cheese, some lettuce, tomato and maybe olives,” says Conway. “But ours are much more creative, which I think is what you’re seeing in this evolution: more creativity at every turn on the menu.” ►


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Whether you want to call it gastropub or upscale tavern, one thing is for sure, says Conway: the craft beer industry has helped diners be a little more adventurous in their food choices. “People never thought about pairing food with their beer 10 years ago,” he says. “But with all the variety out there, guests come in looking for dishes we can pair with what’s on tap. Heck, even beer dinners are now more commonplace than wine dinners.”

Ulysses Gastropub, Home of the Beer Dinner When your restaurant’s kitchen features a chef with Victory Brewing Company on his résumé, you take advantage of that experience and pair as much food and beer as possible. Rich Snyder, general manager at Ulysses Gastropub, says it’s been a real boon to have Chef Alex Shimpeno at the helm. “The last one [beer dinner] we did was with the guys from Dogfish Head and Allagash, out of Maine, and it was a great success,” says Snyder. “We love doing them because it allows us to introduce the clientele to new experiences. Alex is obviously a big part of that.” Beer permeates several dishes on the menu, providing the diner with his own mini-beer dinner. The wings offer a Palm Belgian Ale barbecue sauce, the fresh-baked pretzels come with a beer-cheddar fondu, the poutine, or Canadian gravy fries, come with a Yards Love Stout gravy, and the cheese board comes with a three-beer flight (for a $6 upcharge).


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“Our goal is to be approachable without pretense,” says Snyder. “Someone who might not like fancy food shouldn’t be intimidated, while the foodie won’t be bored. I think gastropub fare should guarantee that you can always find something that appeals to the every man and the food snob.” A prime example—and a throwback to the old pub menus from England—is the bangers ‘n mash. At Ulysses, the kitchen takes the British sausage-and-potato dish and gives it a facelift, adding garlic mashed parsnips for a sweeter flavor, and the Yards Love Stout gravy, for more robust flavors than you would find in boring old brown gravy. Though no beer dinners are slated for March, there are more in the works, along with “tap takeovers,” wherein one particular brewery’s beers are featured. The next one is scheduled for March 5, when Yards Brewing Company visits from Philadelphia.

16 Miles from Winehouse to Taphouse So, how much has craft beer really influenced the local dining landscape, in particular the pubs and gastropubs? The prime example lies at 115 E. Main St. in Newark, site of the old Stone Balloon Winehouse. Owner Jim Bauerle saw the potential of pairing beer with food, and even decided to go as far as changing the restaurant’s moniker to 16 Mile Taphouse this past fall. As Bauerle told O&A last October, “I was the one who sought out 16 Mile, after having been approached by other breweries to switch to this format of pairing a specific brewery with a restaurant. Their energy and excitement for the product shows when you meet them [owners Chad Campbell and Brett McCrea], as well as in the product itself.” To accommodate a bigger beer-drinking crowd, and to get away from what many saw as a fine dining destination, 16 Mile has undergone a makeover, with high-top pub tables and more TVs in the front dining area. On tap, 10 of 16 Mile’s beers are currently available and include their “core six”—the Amber Sun Ale, Responders Ale, Old Court Ale, Tiller Brown Ale, Inlet IPA and Blues’ Golden Ale—as well as a few one-offs (specials and seasonals) like the Made in the Shade Scotch Black IPA and the Night Stalker Stout, made with cardamom, ginger and African honey. General Manager Dustin Gros said the plan is to host beer dinners wherein one of the house beers will be infused with different ingredients in either four or five manners, and then pair them with four or five courses. “We’re really getting into the infusion process, which will marry food and beer like no other pub,” says Gros. “For example, at our last beer dinner, we took the Tiller Brown Ale and infused it with tomato, basil and horseradish. It sounds crazy, but when it’s paired with food with the same ingredients, it’s amazing.” According to Claus Hagelman, sales and marketing director at 16 Mile, the powers that brew are planning to incorporate all sorts of fun and exciting ingredients in their infusions in 2014. He declined to give specific examples, so we’ll have to wait until March 16, the date of the next beer dinner, to get details.

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With more than 250 years of history under its belt, the Deer Park Tavern at the end of Newark’s Main Street has withstood plenty of change—from its walls to its menus to its clientele. Marc Ashby, operations manager for the Deer Park as well as two locations for McGlynn’s Pub and Cantwell’s Tavern in Odessa, says change continues at the old tavern, right down to the sandwiches. “We’re putting fig jam and brie on sandwiches,” says Ashby. “Think about that for a second. Would you ever have expected to hear something like that coming out of Deer Park Tavern 10 years ago?” Ashby says the Deer Park also continues to pride itself on the burger menu, which includes a stuffed burger with onions, green peppers, mushrooms and cheddar, a farmhouse burger, with fried egg, Vermont Cabot cheddar, applewood smoked bacon and Kennett Square mushrooms, and the kobe burger, topped with portabellas, béarnaise sauce and sautéed onions. “It’s the little touches that make the difference from just average pub fare to more of that gastropub or upscale tavern fare,” says Ashby. “The fact that we also have 30 beers on tap now, a majority of which are craft beer, also says a lot about how we’ve evolved. Those who have been coming here for 10 or 20 years can see that.” ►

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All’s Well at Cantwell’s Located on a different Main Street— in Odessa—Cantwell’s Tavern is a sort of upscale version of Deer Park and McGlynn’s, where the menu itself is more “chef-driven,” as Ashby, the owner, puts it. Though only two years old, the menu will pique the interest of most foodies and beer geeks alike, encouraging them to make the 20-minute-or-so drive from the Wilmington area. Cantwell’s current tap list features a murderer’s row of quality craft beer, like Dogfish Head’s 90-Minute IPA, Troeg’s Mad Elf, Allagash Fluxus, Yards’ Love Stout and the vaunted Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout, a worldclass brew receiving a perfect score on BeerAdvocate.com. “Our thoughts when opening Cantwell’s was that in order to survive, we wouldn’t be able to just serve sub-par food,” says Ashby. “These days, if you’re gonna get people out to your place, you gotta do better than the guy next to you.” With that philosophy, Cantwell’s goes the extra mile in terms of housemade items. Peanut butter, sausage, pickles, bacon and cilantro pesto are just a few of the accouterments you’ll find as you peruse the dinner menu. “Instead of just adding ketchup to a burger, we put a tomato jam on it,” says Ashby. “And instead of just putting tartar on a crab cake sandwich, we add a housemade mustard aioli. People can see the effort and they appreciate it.” For those considering a trip to Cantwell’s in March, call ahead and ask about the on-deck beer menu, which includes Sierra Nevada Narwhal, Dogfish Head’s Burton Baton and Victory’s Dirtwolf Double IPA. Most of them will be on tap soon.


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Dave Banks, executive chef/partner at Harry’s Seafood Grill, will be participating in his 10th City Restaurant Week. Assisting here is cook Santos Castro.

TIME TO SHINE 18 of Wilmington’s finest eateries offer a deal on fine dining during City Restaurant Week 2014


his year marks the 10th anniversary of Wilmington’s City Restaurant Week, and the 2014 lineup just may be the most impressive in the event’s history. Eighteen restaurants are participating from April 7-12, including relative newcomer La Fia Bistro. Owned and operated by the acclaimed Bryan Sikora, La Fia opened on Market Street to rave reviews last summer and has been packing them in since. As respected Wilmington restaurateur Dan Butler said in an O&A article back in July “[Sikora’s arrival] shines a good light on all of us… because he’s a guy who could go anywhere but he came to town.” La Fia will have plenty of good company. Butler’s two city restaurants, Deep Blue and Piccolina Toscana, will be participating, and acclaimed restaurateur Michael DiBianco will also have two entries this year: Moro and his newest venture, Satsuma Asian Kitchen + Bar. The star-studded lineup continues with Domaine Hudson, Eclipse Bistro, The Green Room at the Hotel du Pont, Harry’s Seafood Grill, Union City Grill, Walter’s Steakhouse, Big Fish Grill, Café Mezzanotte, Columbus Inn, Mikimotos, Ubon Thai Cuisine, Union City Grill, Firestone Roasting House and Washington Street Ale House.

But it gets even better: The special appeal of City Restaurant Week is being able to dine at these premier restaurants for a lessthan-premier price. All week a two-course lunch will cost just $15; a three-course dinner will be just $35. Reservations are suggested for dinner—at this price, prime seatings book early. “Wilmington has some terrific independent restaurants and I’m thrilled to see them participating in this fun event,” said Butler, adding that there is not a single “chain” restaurant included in City Restaurant Week. “I encourage everyone to take advantage of the special deals during CRW to get acquainted with the kind of unique experience these restaurants offer all year round.” This year’s City Restaurant Week is also a feature component of In Wilmington Week (April 4-13), which is actually a 10-day celebration of the city’s arts and entertainment scene. Look for special discounts to shows and performances for those who dine at one of the 18 CRW participants. For more on City Restaurant Week, visit CityRestaurantWeek. com. For more on In Wilmington Week, visit inWilmWeek.com —O&A MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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ANNUAL WINE AND DINE DOWNTOWN Newark restaurants showcase fine cuisine and wine April 5


ood and wine lovers, don’t miss one of the area’s most anticipated culinary and wine pairing events: Newark’s Annual Wine and Dine Downtown. From 1-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 17 downtown Newark establishments will take part in this culinary and wine extravaganza featuring an array of tasty dishes prepared by chefs of participating restaurants, complemented by fine wines from around the world. Visitors to downtown Newark can taste, shop, dine, and stroll. No tickets are required. Guests can pick up a glass at any participating restaurant, pay-as-you-go style. Restaurant-wine pairings will offer a $2 per two-ounce taste of wine (additionally, some restaurants will offer premium tastings and flights at varying prices). The first 2,000 attendees will receive a complimentary commemorative wine tasting glass and wine pouch. For a list of participating restaurants and for more info, visit www. enjoydowntownnewark.com/winedine.

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Jim Kirkpatrick, winemaker and co-owner of Kreutz Creek Vineyards, uses a wine thief to test a developing wine straight from the barrel.

BARRELS ON THE BRANDYWINE Brandywine Valley Wine Trail vintage tastings are available weekends in March


uring weekends this month, Brandywine Valley Wine Trail’s six wineries offer tastings of their developing vintages, currently fermenting and aging in barrels, buckets and bottles, as part of the 11th annual Barrels on the Brandywine event. The developing vintage is a preview of wines to come, according to BVWT Administrator Karen Cline. The grapes harvested and placed in tanks and barrels last fall are the current developing vintage. “These wines won’t be placed in bottles for sale for a little while yet, but visitors to our wineries can see what they taste like while they are ‘young,’” says Cline. “It is a great time to begin to see how flavors change as a wine matures.” Visitors on the trail are free to plan their own trips, although Cline recommends visiting two to three wineries per day, so that there is enough time to enjoy the wines and the atmosphere. “There is no rush to visit all of our wineries in one day,” she says. “Someone might visit three wineries one weekend, skip the next weekend and visit three more the next weekend.” One Barrels on the Brandywine passport, at $25, is good for the whole month, and includes a souvenir wine glass and a onetime tasting at all of the BVWT wineries, which are: Black Walnut Winery, Borderland Vineyard, Kreutz Creek Vineyards, Paradocx Vineyard, Patone Cellars, and Penns Woods Winery. In addition to developing vintage tastings, the wineries will offer a standard tasting of some of their mature wines.

A handful of wineries will have food vendors on site as well. Some sell local cheeses and other “delicious delights,” says Cline. Visitors also are welcome to bring their own snacks or picnic food. Additionally, there are many “bring your own” restaurants in the area. Ask winery staff members for a restaurant recommendation; they’ll be happy to tell you their favorites, Cline says. If participants are interested in overnight accommodations, the BVWT’s local Sip & Stay lodging partners (listed on the BVWT website) provide a variety of places to spend the night in the area. Visitors range from connoisseurs to first-time tasters, Cline says. No matter their level of experience, visitors to the trail have a fun time tasting wines, being with their friends, and getting out after the “cold and snowy winter weather has caused a bit of cabin fever,” she says. “We have visitors celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, happy bridal shower groups, and even couples looking to propose on site,” Cline says. “There is always some excitement with this event.” Passports may be purchased directly from each winery in advance or the day of a visit. Passports are also sold online and will incur a $2 shipping/handling charge per order. Once purchased, all tickets are nonrefundable. Wineries ask that reservations be made for groups of eight or more. Check the website, www.bvwinetrail.com, for updates and prior to planning your visit. —Krista Connor MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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‘ICE COLD BEER HERE!’ The familiar ballpark cry now includes craft beer brands By John Leyh


eer and baseball have a long history together, so much so that three Major League ballparks are owned by breweries: Busch Stadium in St Louis, Miller Park in Milwaukee and Coors Field in Denver. And while a lot of Bud & Bud Light (and I mean a lot!) is still consumed at tailgates and during the games, teams are realizing the same thing that many bars and restaurants understand: consumers are looking for new and different choices. Here in Wilmington things are no different. The Wilmington Blue Rocks are on board with the trend. Last season at Frawley Stadium, the team started mixing in some great offerings of cans and bottles from Sly Fox, Sam Adams and Evolution brewing. This season they are taking it a step further and expanding those offerings into three categories:

1. National breweries (Sam Adams, New Belgium, Harpoon, Goose Island, etc.) 2. Regional breweries (Yards, Heavy Seas, Long Trail, etc.) 3. Local breweries (Delaware’s own Fordham, Old Dominion, Twin Lakes and Dogfish Head) There also will be a heavy emphasis on seasonal styles, chosen to work well with the chilly days of spring, hot days of summer and the brisk days of fall. Meanwhile, up Route 95 at Citizens Bank Park, you will find one of the best ballparks in baseball for craft beer. From the various Brewerytown locations to Alley Brewing Co. in right field, there is no shortage of options. More than 60 brands of beer are available throughout the park, so no matter what your comfort level with beer is there’s something you can enjoy during a Phillies game. John Leyh is a Certified Cicerone® and Craft & Specialty brand manager for NKS Distributors.

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Three Lucky Picks for Irish Cheer


et’s be honest: St. Patrick’s Day is synonymous with Irish cheer, which itself is often a codeword for Irish whiskeys and brew. So when we asked some of our local experts on their out-of-the-ordinary suggestions for this upcoming celebration, it’s certainly no surprise that two of our submitters gave us two selections from the Emerald Isle. But you may be surprised to discover the origin of the third pick. Read on… Kieran Folliard followed his Irish roots and is now producing and distributing 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey from the Kilbeggan Distillery in Ireland. Inspired by his mother and aunt (yes, that’s them on the label!) to follow his dream and “make your own luck,” Folliard’s whiskey is now available for the first time in Delaware. Launched in 2011 and initially only available in the Midwest, sales of the four-year-old Irish whiskey are up 45% this last year. Smooth and malty, hints of citrus and honey and finishing with vanilla and caramel notes—this whiskey is worth a taste for St Patty’s Day! —Michael Whitwell, Premier Wine & Spirits

From Carlow Brewing Company, one of Ireland’s most successful craft brewers of late, comes O’Hara’s Celtic Stout, a smooth and creamy brew that delivers plenty of malt and a subtle hoppy finish. The folks at Carlow take pride when they say this—their flagship beer—marks a return to a classic style of Irish Stout. I can’t confirm that claim. But I do know it’s won plenty of awards and acclaim internationally, and is a fitting beer for this time of year. If you are a fan of Guinness or Murphy’s Irish Stout, you owe it to yourself to give O’Hara’s a taste as you may find it your new favorite. —Brian Muchler, Brewers’ Outlet From Kentucky, Heritage Hills Bourbon Cream is like an Irish Cream, but take out the Irish whiskey and put bourbon in it. The result is one amazing drink. Most bourbon distillers make a bourbon cream, but only offer it at the distillery. But Heritage Hills Bourbon Cream is now available. It is delightful with good structure and a pleasant taste profile of cream, apples and cherries. Not overly powerful, which makes it a treat as an after dinner drink. Even pour some on your ice cream. Any bourbon fan will love this amazing product. —Jeff Kreston, Kreston Wine & Spirits 68 MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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o more road trips to find your favorite Oskar Blues flavor: Delaware finally has it. The Colorado craft brewery made its Delaware debut in late February during launch parties at Tyler Fitzgerald’s, Deer Park Tavern and Ulysses American Gastropub. The canned beer, introduced in 2002, comes in various flavors, including the New York Times award-winning “Dale’s Pale Ale.” The first packaging of the beer was in a can, which went against the norm and put Oskar Blues in a canned class of its own. After teaming with Standard Distributing Company, the state’s oldest and largest wholesale beer distributer, Oskar Blues is now available at Peco’s Liquor Store, Frank’s Union, Kreston’s Liquors Middletown and Wilmington, and Total Wine & More Northtowne and Claymont. The first shipment has already been presold, and the craft brewery is looking to move up their second. Find a store near you and enjoy. —Kim Narunsky

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TUNED IN Not-to-be missed music news By Krista Connor

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The Arden Concert Gild, Tric Town and Y-Not Radio bring Scottish indie rock post-punk revival We Were Promised Jetpacks back to Delaware for a second run on Thursday, March 6. They first appeared here two years ago at Mojo Main in Newark. For round two, you’ll find them at Arden Gild Hall with the lo-fi rock duo from Scotland, Honeyblood, and Newark’s Stallions. The stop is part of a tour to promote their newest album, E Rey: Live in Philadelphia, recorded at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer in 2012 and released last month. They’ll only hit two other northeast locations on this tour—New York and Washington, D. C. Their music is the featured soundtrack of the new Philadelphia Eagles promotional video, which can be viewed online at www.flyeaglesfly.com. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for members or in advance, and $18 day-of. For tickets and more info, visit www.ardenconcerts.com. UP NIGHTS DUO BUSY THIS MONTH They’ve got four local dates in March On Friday, March 7, Wilmington’s UP NIGHTS and No Devil Lived On share the Mojo 13 stage with touring rockers STUYVESANT and indie-alt-shoegaze Overlake. Also this month, the Wilmington duo UP NIGHTS, Andrew UP NIGHTS duo—Andrew Townsend (left) and David Sanchez, perform Townsend and Spaceboy at The M Room in Philadelphia last fall. Clothing’s David Sanchez— Photo Jeffrey Miller will play the following dates: Friday, March 21, The M Room, Philadelphia Saturday, March 22, Spaceboy Clothing, Wilmington Thursday, March 27, The Bellefonte Cafe, Wilmington Visit upnights.com to download their songs.


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WSTW’S HOMETOWN HEROES WEEKEND The Queen and WSTW salute local musicianship March 7-8 Three events, WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Homey Awards Night, WSTW Songwriters Workshop, and Singer/ Songwriter Showcase, all at World Cafe Live at The Queen, are part of 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Weekend March 7-8. Hometown Heroes, hosted by Mark Rogers and heard Sundays from 8-10 p.m. on 93.7 WSTW, is devoted to regional musicians, Now in its eighth year and presented by Hometown Heroes and Gable Music Ventures, the Homey Awards have evolved into a way to recognize achievements of talented musicians in the Delaware Valley. Nominations are by popular vote and the consensus of a voting panel, which includes past Homey winners and members of the local music community. Friday, March 7, will be the second annual live awards show, featuring the best of 2013. On March 8, WSTW will offer musicians the opportunity to learn from renowned, award-winning songwriters in a workshop setting. The Songwriters Workshop, from 2 to 4 p.m., will be held at World Cafe Live at the Queen. Those who register for the $95 workshop will be scheduled for a one-hour session with songwriter Doug James, who has written with and for a number of notable performers. He is best known for co-writing “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” which was a hit single for Laura Branigan and, later, for Michael Bolton. Workshop admission also includes a ticket to the Singer/Songwriter Showcase the same night at 7 p.m. James will be featured in an hour-long set during the Showcase. Workshop seating is very limited. Get tickets online (www.queen.worldcafelive.com), by phone (994-1400), or at The Queen box office. SNARKY PUPPY FLASHBACK 2014 Grammy winners played a sold-out show in Wilmington last month The once-Texan, now New York-based Snarky Puppy brought a sold-out, powerpacked, one-night-only performance to Christina Cultural Arts Center’s Clifford Brown Performance Space on Feb. 7. Their blend of jazz-funk-world music got them a Grammy this year for Best R&B Performance. With the release of their live, two-disc album/DVD Tell Your Friends, the group has transformed from an underground secret to one of the most internationally respected names in instrumental music. For more band info, visit www.custom. bandframe.com/snarkypuppy.


UPSTAIRS IN MARCH Every Second Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage Monthly Residency The Sermon! on March 20th (7pm) Sat 1 – RKVC, The Splashing Pearls, Maggie Gabbard, with Jake Wilder Chapman Sun 2 – Stephen Kellogg w/Heather Morgan (Show: 8:30) Wed 5 – The Howlin’ Brothers, The Honeycutters Thurs 6 – SuiteFranchon Presents: Peace, Love & Poetry Fri 7 – The Black Lillies, Yarn Sat 8 – WSTW’s BMI Songwriters’ Workshop (2-4pm) Sat 8 – Gable Music Presents The March Singer Songwriter Showcase (7pm) Wed 12 – Classical Revolution (5pm) Thurs 13 – Tracey A and Her A-List Band: Free Show Presented By The National Conference of Black Political Scientists Fri 14 – Atlas Gray (Formerly Forward Motion) Sat 15 – Open Stage for IVA’s Young Artists (2pm) Sat 15 – Animus – Philadelphia’s Belly Dance Spectacular Wed 19 – Matt Schofield

Internationally renowned Snarky Puppy performed at the CCAC in February. Photo Nehemiah Kent

TWO MUSICAL REUNIONS After 20 years, two bands come together for a night of music After disbanding 20 years ago, New Castle rock group Rubber Uglies is playing a reunion show on Saturday, March 29, at JB McGuinness Pub & Grille in New Castle. Joining them are Charming Arms, another band reuniting after 20 years. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/rubberugliesdelaware.

Email kconnor@tsnpub.com with ideas, and they could be added to our list.

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Paul Schlase as “Igor,” Tony Revolori as “Zero,” Tilda Swinton as “Madame D.” and Ralph Fiennes as “M. Gustave” in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Photo Fox Searchlight Pictures

A GRAND HOTEL INDEED Our critic finally finds a Wes Anderson film to like By Mark Fields


ull confession: despite the broad critical acclaim for such films as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, I have rarely, if ever, succumbed to the filmmaking charms of director Wes Anderson. His hyper-theatrical camera work; the overarticulated, awkward language; and the arch, selfconscious performances of his actors have always had a “hey, look at me” artifice that did not seem to

serve the interests of the cinematic tales Anderson wanted to explore. It all has come across as quirky merely for the sake of being quirky, instead of an organic method of storytelling. But with his latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Anderson’s offbeat style has found true resonance with a story whose fancies warrant the director’s unconventional approach. Hotel is strangely lyrical, frequently hilarious, and ultimately, quite rewarding. ►


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Bill Murray as “M. Ivan” in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

A flashback within a flashback (like I said, offbeat), the film describes the exploits of the legendary concierge of a stately resort hotel in a mythical European country known as Zubrowka. Renowned for his comprehensive level of service (especially to lonely, wealthy, older women), Monsieur Gustave (Ralph Fiennes) becomes a fugitive when he and his protégé lobby boy Zero (Tony Revolori) abscond with a priceless painting willed to him by a grateful, if unstable, hotel guest. The comic tale takes Gustave and Zero from the plush environs of the hotel—perched on a Zubrowkian alp—through the streets of a grubby village, across the frozen plains, and into a forbidding Eastern-bloc prison benignly named Checkpoint 19. Along the way, they meet a delightfully eccentric cast of characters, flamboyantly played by familiar and well-regarded actors (even in the tiniest roles): Edward Norton, Harvey Keitel, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Jeff Goldblum and Tom Wilkinson. Similar to Woody Allen, Wes Anderson films have always attracted first-rate actors, in large part because the characters are so strange and unlike their normal, more realistic work. In fact, Anderson has assembled something of a repertory acting company that includes Murray, Norton and Swinton, as well as Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman and Owen Wilson. Although essentially a darkly toned farce, The Grand Budapest Hotel’s densely-layered story also glancingly touches on such topics as political turmoil, the plight of undocumented immigrants, the brutalities of prison life, a collapsing social hierarchy, and the fading decadence of the elite. Heady stuff, all set against a backdrop of 1930s Europe, a continent recovering from one world war and tottering on the cusp of another. Still, the primary intent is off-kilter comedy, and here, Anderson’s approach effectively works in synergy with this narrative. The director has a breathtaking eye for combining a mixture of beautifully composed, landscape-like long shots with surprising close and medium frame compositions that can both startle and delight the viewer. Although some critics have remarked that Anderson views the world through the eyes of a child, I think it’s more accurate to say he sees everyday life with the perspective of an extraterrestrial. He perceives all human behavior as absurdly and endearingly alien. In a cinematic environment that relies on cookie-cutter thrillers and predictable romantic comedies, Wes Anderson’s films are genuinely stylish and unique, even when they don’t fully fulfill the director’s intent. In the case of The Grand Budapest Hotel, his signature eccentricity creates a weird, wonderful and compelling world. I wouldn’t want to live there, but I enjoyed the visit.


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By Paula Goulden & Mark Fields

In honor of both St. Patrick’s Day and the Academy Award nominations of Philomena (for Best Picture, Best Actress, among others), check out these DVDs that celebrate Gaelic culture and the indomitable, irrepressible people of Ireland.



Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) plays Philomena Lee, forced by Irish nuns to give up her baby born out of wedlock in the 1950s for adoption by a wealthy American couple. Fifty years later, the same Irish convent is less than cooperative as Philomena tries to find the son she never knew. Dame Judi’s performance is incandescent, and Steve Coogan proves that he’s more than just a comic actor. The Guard


Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, The Gangs of New York) plays Gerry Boyle, an eccentric and foul-mouthed policeman in a small Irish town who is reluctantly co-opted to assist an American FBI agent in the investigation of an international drug smuggling ring. The clash of cultures and styles between unconventional Gerry and the buttoned-down agent (played by Don Cheadle) is quite funny, and the thriller aspect also entertains. Once


A street musician played by Glen Hansard (who won an Oscar for Best Original Song) meets Czech immigrant Marketa Irglova, and they share a magical week of musical and personal discovery in Dublin as they write, rehearse and find an unexpected chance to record their music. Not your typical romantic comedy, with more depth than the plot set-up suggests, as well as really good music. The Secret of Roan Inish


This charming and mystical film, neatly directed and co-written by the often cynical John Sayles, explores an obscure legend in the myth-rich culture of the Irish. Young Fiona is sent to live with her grandparents in a small Donegal village, where she seeks to learn the truth of her mother’s death and her little brother’s disappearance. What she discovers about her family’s ties to the sea is far more mysterious and strange. The Commitments


An ambitious but hapless young Dubliner tries to assemble and manage a band of his working-class friends to play ‘60s American soul music. The charismatic cast of unknowns includes Glen Hansard, the co-star of Once 15 years later. Alan Parker directed from a screenplay by novelist Roddy Doyle, the first of his Barrytown trilogy, followed by The Snapper and The Van. My Left Foot


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MIXING AND MINGLING FOR DOG LOVERS Support DHA at the Muttini Mixer Join the Delaware Humane Association as it hosts its eighth annual Muttini Mixer. The dog-friendly cocktail-party-fundraiser will be held at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington on Saturday, March 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Support DHA and mix with fellow dog lovers while enjoying heavy hors d’oeuvres, a three-hour open bar, silent auction and raffles, pet portraits by Daniel Maffett, caricatures by Funstrokes! and music by ZJDJ Services. A VIP Reception from 6 to 7 p.m. will include light refreshments, an extra hour of open bar, additional silent auction items, a meeting with DHA Adoptable Dogs and Cats, and a special skills and tricks lesson for some lucky pups and owners by the K-9 Penn Dog Training Services. Cost per person is $75 or $125 if guests are interested in attending the VIP Reception. Dogs are welcome to attend but must be on a leash. They are also encouraged to come matching with their owner in dressy attire. Cat lovers and those without pets are invited to attend as well. “The idea that you can take your dog to this fundraiser is what makes it special,” says Patrick Caroll, executive director at the DHA. “It’s a great chance for your dog to be out on the town and have the kind of fun that you do. I recommend that you come with a friend, as navigating a dog, some food, and a martini can be a challenge.” All proceeds will go to the Delaware Humane Association to help DHA carry on its mission. Have a loving photo of you and your pet? Send it to events@ dehumane.org by March 15 for a chance to be featured in the Mixer’s slideshow. For more information, to make a donation, or to become an event sponsor, visit dehumane.org. —O&A MARCH 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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THE GREEN MONSTER Parade and Shamrock Shuttle combine for dynamic one-two punch After the winter we’ve had, expect a memorable 2014 St. Patrick’s celebration in Wilmington—good weather or bad. The Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for Saturday, March 15, gets things rolling early with a noon start on King Street in Downtown Wilmington. You can expect traditional Irish favorites such as Kelly’s Logan House and Catherine Rooney’s to be packed within minutes of the parade’s end. Later that day, the Shamrock Shuttle/St. Paddy’s Loop continues the celebration, with cover charges at many of the venues beginning as early as 2 p.m. Complimentary Loop shuttle service begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m. This year’s Shuttle includes 15 city nightspots representing Trolley Square, Downtown, West End and the Riverfront. A one-time cover charge of $10 gains entry into all 15. For a list of participating venues or questions on the Loop, visit outandaboutnow.com —O&A

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