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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

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

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22 Where Have All the Bees Gone?

7 War On Words

58 Tuned In

9 Fitness Challenge

59 Travel Songs to Peru

11 F.Y.I.

29 The Birds & Bees (And Butterflies)

15 By the Numbers 17 Q&A: Mike McGrath 18 Made in DE: Olevano

Tips from the Delaware Center for Horticulture on what flowers to grow to attract these crittters.

Watch 53 Oblivion

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55 Roughin’ It

32 Saving Sacred Woodlands

41 Taste 45 Brunch Directory

Dr. Joan Maloof talks about the Old Growth Forest Network and why it’s important.

Play 61 Snap Shots 62 Remembering Kahunaville

Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb For editorial & advertising information: 302.655.6483 • Fax 302.654.0569 Website: outandaboutnow.com Email: contact@tsnpub.com

And what it could mean for us.

37 Go Play! A few suggestions of things to do to enjoy the outdoors.

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

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

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

Missing in Action

Besides “fewer,” the other words/phrases missing from many people’s vocabularies are “have gone” and “have run.” Instead, they incorrectly say “have went” and “have ran.” No, no and NO! An. Does anyone use this article anymore? Recent examples: “It’s a ugly day” (Mike Missanelli 97.5 FM); “a outgrowth of this” (email from a friend); “The restaurant is undergoing a ambitious renovation” (another email). If it starts with a vowel sound, use an; if a consonant sound, use a. Home in, which is being replaced by “hone in,” as in this movie review from the Philadelphia Inquirer: “Nicks makes it his mission to hone in on the moments that make life worth living.” To hone is to sharpen; “home in” means to target. Think of the homing device on a missile. We’ve covered this at least half a dozen times, but the mistake is ubiquitous. If it continues, we may have to start a “Hone in of the Month Department.”

Media Watch

• Reader Bob Maguire says a caption in the News Journal described the newborn of a red fox as “cubs.” The correct term, Bob points out, is kits. • “Car ploughs into store”—a bottom-of-the-screen crawl on Today. Acceptable, were we in Great Britain. But we here in the Colonies spell it plows. • New terms invented recently by Spark: “off-colored joke,” “bed in breakfast,” and “turning signal.” And a column started with “alright.” We admit that this lazy version of “all right” is becoming accepted—but not by “War.”

Department of Redundancies Dept.

• A report on 1290 AM referred to the Drexel women’s basketball team as Delaware’s “arch nemesis.” A nemesis is “an archenemy, archrival.” • The phrase sooner rather than later is wordy for soon. The popularity of this phrase seems to be growing, but in most cases a simple “soon” will suffice. If not, how about such alternatives as before long, shortly, sooner than expected and in

By Bob Yearick

the near future? Not strong enough? How about very soon, as soon as possible and now. • And we recently heard from two Wilmington police oficers who seem to have an affinity for “back.” One, noting a security guard was a retired cop, said, “He reverted back to his police training.” Later, the police chief said, “We don’t want to make it easy for criminals to return back to our streets.”

Clarifications

• On a late night talk show, the once-again pregnant Jessica Simpson said she was “nauseous.” No, Jessica, you were nauseated. When one feels like vomiting, one feels nauseated. When something causes nausea, that thing is said to be nauseous. The American Heritage English Dictionary says: “So next time you are tempted to say ‘I feel nauseous,’ understand that you are saying ‘I feel that I make other people sick.’” • This is a new one on us, but we recently came across two instances where pastime (a hobby or part-time activity) was misspelled “past time”: in a News Journal obituary and on the website tabletennis. about.com.

Literally of the month

This month, we’re giving a pass to Seth Meyers. On Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update, he reported on the dog that had stepped on a gun in the back seat of a car and shot his owner in the front seat. Meyers followed the report with this punch line: “Sometimes, payback is literally a bitch.” Borderline, but acceptable.

How long, or Lord, how long?

(In which we chronicle the abuse of that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe.) Headline from online story: “One Day at A Time’s’ Bonnie Franklin Dies.” Why use one apostrophe when you can use two, right?

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

Words of the Month

sophistry Pronounced sof-uh-stree, it’s a noun meaning a method of argumentation that seems clever but is actually flawed or dishonest.

deus ex machina

Pronounced DAY-uhs eks MAH-kuh-nuh, it’s a noun meaning an unexpected or improbable person or event that saves a seemingly hopeless situation. Often used in theater reviews.

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“We have already raised over $3,000 in the first 30 days to support the clubs and are well on our way to our goal of $20,000,” says Chris Barton, Annual Fund chair of the Metro-Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs. As the Challenge entered its second month, these 10 were leading in the race to lose weight: John DiEleuterio: 11 pounds Kristen Johnson and Janey Layman: 10 Anthony Santoro: 9 Rich McKinnon: 8.4 Greg Moore: 7.2 Patricia Beuchler: 6.6 Barbara Barton: 6.4 Mark Doherty: 5.2 Allyson Saccomandi: 5 Anyone wishing to support one or more of the participants can contact Scott Ciabattoni at scottchab@gmail.com.

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n February, the 16-mile Michael N. Castle Trail at the C&D Canal opened for people to hike, bicycle, jog, bird watch and ride horses. "The Castle Trail will really be a great asset for Delaware and Maryland residents. There are actually a number of new trails that have been planned by Governor Markell and by communities around the state that are in various stages of planning and development, but one of the things that makes the Castle Trail so special is that it literally cuts across the state and is highly visible." says Ian Koski, communication director at Senator Coons' office.

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‘You Bet Your Garden’ gives his iconoclastic advice dropped to 28 last night. What do I do?’ The answer is, go buy more tomatoes. And start reading the 10-day forecast, because Mother Nature does not own a calendar. You can put those warm-weather crops out when night-time temperatures are reliably in the 50s. Better to keep them inside for a couple of days than to put them out too early. “Also, always plant in the evening, not the morning. If you plant at 8 a.m., the plant sits there all day, already shocked at being transplanted, and broils in the sun. If you plant in the evening, it settles in, goes dormant, and when the sun hits it 18 hours or so later, it’s acclimated. Just doing this one thing will get you tomatoes two weeks earlier than if you plant in the morning.”

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f gardening is hard work, you’re doing it wrong.” That’s the message from Mike McGrath, host of the nationally syndicated Public Radio show “You Bet Your Garden.” Thanks to the program, which airs Saturday mornings at 11 on WHYY-FM (90.9), and his several books, McGrath is as close to a celebrity as the gardening world has. His is a light-hearted, low-maintenance approach to gardening, and his bio indicates a similar approach to life: “Mike lives in the boonies of Lehigh County, Pa., with his family, organic garden, and an inconsistent number of rescued cats. He plays pinball, enjoys baseball, grows way too many tomatoes, and will not eat lima beans, no matter how much you pay him.” With spring in full flower, we thought it was an ideal time to get McGrath’s thoughts on several garden topics. As indicated by the opening quote, his views are somewhat iconoclastic. Planting grass seed in the spring In a word, don’t. “This is the time of year you can’t fix your lawn,” says McGrath. “It’s a waste of time to sow grass seed in the spring. Let what you have grow to three inches high, then cut it. If it’s more grass than weeds, feed it now. If it’s more weeds than grass, just let it grow and cut it, and mark Aug. 15th on your calendar. That’s when you tear everything up and put a lawn in. A new lawn in this area that’s sewn between Aug. 15 and Sept. 1st is bullet-proof. The soil is deliciously warm, ideal to sprout the seeds.” Planting tomatoes, peppers and other popular garden vegetables “May 15 is the traditional day to plant these crops, but you can’t go by dates. But people never ‘get learned.’ They call and say ‘The last frost-free day is May 15th and I put my tomatoes out and it

Growing tomatoes “Although they are the most popular summertime crop, tomatoes are difficult. First, realize that these plants are vines. People think that these are stand-up plants, and they want to tie them to a stake. Once they get to a certain height and they run out of stake, they’re going to fall over. Instead, get a six-foot length of animal fencing, turn it into a tube, jam it into the ground, put a stake on the side to support it, put your tomato plant in the center of that, and sit back and enjoy your summer instead of doing emergency construction projects.” And those tube-like cages sold at garden and hardware stores? “They’re great—for growing cucumbers, bell peppers, egg plants. But they are literally about one-tenth the size you need for the heirloom and Brandywine tomatoes that people are interested in growing.” Controlling garden weeds “Don’t till the ground. Every time you turn a shovel full of dirt, you are uncovering something like 54,000 weed seeds in one square foot of ground.” Mowing the grass “Never cut it lower than three inches. It will grow very slowly after that point, and it’ll develop a nice root system. And never remove the clippings from your lawn. All the food is in the clippings. Every time you mow your lawn, especially with a mulching mower, you give your lawn a natural feeding.” Creating a compost pile (One of his books is Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost): “Shredded leaves is really all you need. Shred up big batches of leaves and let them sit until the spring. They will become high-quality compost all on their own. In warmer climes, most of that leaf pile will become compost by spring. In moderate to cooler climes, the top will still be shredded leaves, but there should be a generous layer of rich black compost on the bottom, all ready to feed your plants and prevent disease. My favorite way to shred is with a leaf ‘blower/ vac’ on its reverse setting. Once you have your compost, put it right on top of the soil—don’t dig it in. Easy-peasy.” may 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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et Tom Delle Donne started and you would think there’s no end to the possible uses of olive oil. On salads, as a dipping oil with a cheese plate or Panini, as a garnish on steak or chicken, as a healthy substitute for butter in a scampi sauce. Then there’s his favorite: on popcorn. Delle Donne, who owns an office cleaning business and a medical billing and software development company, has learned a lot about olive oil in the last 10 years, thanks to a connection he made with his ancestral home in Italy. Delle Donne and Al Fierro, an investment advisor and part of the family that once owned the M. Fierro & Sons cheese plant in Little Italy, are partners in Olevano Olive Oil Co. and Olevano Importers, LLC. The firms import and market premium olive oil (plus soaps and skin cream made from an olive oil base) cold pressed by their cousins in Olevano sul Tusciano, Italy. The extra virgin olive oil made its American debut 10 years ago as a free sample at the St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. Business has grown steadily, with Delle Donne and Fierro now importing about 150,000 liters a year, about 20 percent of annual production in Olevano. Through online sales, distribution through retail outlets and marketing on the QVC cable operation, annual revenues are now approaching $1 million, Delle Donne says. The brand received its highest accolade last month, during the International Olive Oil Competition in New York. Experts blind tasted 700 oils, and Olevano won Gold—Best of Class— with its evoo fruttato and Olevano evoo delicate. While the QVC orders are processed by the video/ ecommerce retailer, family members process online and mail orders, shipping product from a warehouse near Wilmington, Delle Donne says. “It’s one of the best [olive oils]. It has superior flavor, extremely fruitful,” says Ralph Papa, owner of Papa’s Market in Little Italy, one of several local retailers to sell Olevano. Carl Georigi, owner of Capers and Lemons Restaurant, says, “At one time or another we’ve used all of the Olevano olive oils.” That includes the regular extra virgin and the four infused varieties—lemon, red chili pepper, roasted tomato with basil and white truffle. “From a chef’s standpoint, olive oils are either overly bitter or they have too little bitterness,”

says Georigi. “Olevano has real balance, with hints of lemon, hints of oil, hints of butter. It doesn’t overpower, and it doesn’t stand by the side either.” Not only does Capers and Lemons use Olevano in its menu items, it also sells the olive oil, as well as the skin-care products, in the market adjacent to the restaurant. Olevano customers rave about the product. On QVC, the olive oil has a nearly perfect rating, with 26 of 29 reviewers (as of early March) giving it five stars. “I have never had an olive oil with the richness and flavor,” says Brynn Wiedenmann of New Castle. “It has a subtle taste that will surely make a good recipe great. I will never use any olive oil other than the Olevano brand.” Selling through QVC yields the highest volume, Delle Donne says. “Where else can you sell $20,000 worth in an hour?” QVC personality Meredith Laurence, the “Blue Jean Chef,” now serves as Olevano’s spokesperson. According to Fierro, the Olevano story began around 1911, when his grandfather was sent to the United States to escape a famine that was sweeping Italy. The grandfather eventually settled in Wilmington, where he and other relatives set up the Fierro cheese business. Meanwhile, in Italy, another family member, Michele Fierro, mechanized production, eliminating the need for donkeys to turn the frantoio, the heavy granite olive mill. When Al Fierro’s great-grandfather died in 1950, his grandfather returned to Olevano for the first time in decades, then came back to Delaware with first-hand descriptions of the family’s success in managing Olevano’s olive oil consortium. The Fierros would talk from time to time about bringing the olive oil to Delaware, but nothing came of it until 2001, when a group of Wilmington residents got together to establish a relationship between Wilmington and Olevano through the Sister Cities International goodwill program. The Wilmington-Olevano connection is strong, Al Fierro says, with more than 600 households in the area having roots in the small Italian city. Familiar local names with ties to Olevano include Delle Donne, Fierro, Poppiti, Longobardi, Ferrara and Chickadel, Delle Donne says. As the Sister Cities link was arranged, Delle Donne made his first visit to Olevano, accompanied by his late father, Gabe, and learned about the city’s olive oil production. He started asking questions and began thinking about importing the product to Delaware. His father nudged him a bit too— ►

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but he died six months later. Then, after another Sister Cities meeting, he learned that Fierro was also interested in the importing idea. They talked a bit, and soon the partnership was born. What makes the olive oil special is that the olives are grown, picked, pressed and bottled in Olevano, Delle Donne says. The olives, he says, are handpicked and transported to the frantoio for pressing within five hours, so quickly that the oxidation that can damage the quality of olives cannot occur. During pressing, the olives are not heated, and no chemicals are used, so the product is 100 percent natural. The specialty oils—lemon, red chili pepper, roasted tomato with basil and white truffle—are made naturally, crushing lemon rind with the olives at the mill, for example, Delle Donne says. Delle Donne and his niece, Brittany, who works as the marketing director for the business, are full of suggestions for using each of the oils. The lemon-infused oil works well on fish, white meats and steamed vegetables, as well as in cakes and breads when a citrus aroma is desired. The fiery red pepper oil can be tossed with pasta, baked with pizza or drizzled on fish, soup or salad. The tomato and basil oil complements seafood, chicken, risotto and soup. The white truffle variety is recommended as a garnish for steak or chicken, and also excels on starches, including mashed potatoes and French fries. And, for Mike Delle Donne, there’s no treat like drizzling some olive oil over a bag of microwavable popcorn. Sometimes, it’s the regular extra virgin olive oil. Other times, it’s the red pepper or the truffle oil with parmesan cheese. “Whichever one you choose, it’s all very healthy,” he says. The idea for the Olevanoil cosmetic line came from Antonella Fierra, the wife of one of Delle Donne’s cousins. She worked with Dr. Cosimo Fasula, a dermatologist at the University of Naples, who formulated each of the products.

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distinct buzzing fills the springtime air, at times frenzied, but mostly an unsettling drone. It’s enough to trigger the human instinct to flee, but not for Ken Outten, who stands in his Felton backyard apiary protected by a white jacket and beekeeper’s veil. Outten removes a wooden frame from a weather-worn box, which contains one of the 75 beehives stacked behind his home and two other nearby locations, and checks on a colony. Luckily, a honeycomb full of bees emerges with the frame. But recently, when Outten, president of the Delaware Beekeepers Association (DBA), inspected a hive, it was empty. The 30,000 or so bees, which make up each of his larger hives, had disappeared, joining the ranks of millions of bees around the world that have fallen prey to the same mysterious phenomenon: colony collapse disorder. Scientists and beekeepers alike are baffled by CCD, which surfaced in 2005. Within the past year, it has contributed to up to a 50 percent loss of commercial beekeepers’ hives, an alarming number, since many fruits and vegetables rely on honeybees for pollination. Theories abound, but most link to pesticides used in agriculture and residential and commercial landscaping, along with viruses, diseases and pests. And because the bees affected by CCD fly away from their hives and die, studies are difficult. “What makes CCD so concerning is that bees are an indicator species for the health of an ecosystem,” says Jacque Williamson, horticulture training coordinator at the Delaware Center for Horticulture. “They’re very sensitive to toxins and change. If they’re dying, it’s an indication of greater problems.” Although honeybees are not native to the U.S. (They were brought to America by the Pilgrims), Americans rely on honeybees for the pollination of more than $20 billion worth of crops annually—

that’s 30 percent of the U.S. total. About one mouthful in three in the American diet directly or indirectly comes from honeybee-pollinated food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Our food system is closely tied to these ladies as pollinators,” says Williamson. “Without them, there may be an imminent struggle.” CCD could mean less pollination of crops, which could increase food prices and eventually have a detrimental effect on the environment. For example, almonds depend entirely on honeybees as pollinators. The California almond industry needs 1.4 million colonies of honeybees— approximately 60 percent of all commercial honeybee colonies in the U. S.—to pollinate almond blossoms. The almond industry may take a huge hit this year, due to the lack of honeybees for commercial beekeepers to rent out to farmers for crop pollination. Blueberries, almonds, apples, watermelons, peaches, pears—virtually anything that flowers and turns to fruit—are pollinated by bees and native pollinators, such as ants, beetles, flies, butterflies, moths, wasps, spiders, centipedes and even bats from the Southwest. All pollinators are efficient for the plant, since plants provide nectar to pollinators, and pollinators fertilize when moving from flower to flower. However, only $3 billion of the U.S. food crop pollination is attributed to native pollinators. “So you can see how dependent we are on commercial honeybee colonies,” says Williamson. Commercial apiaries are receiving a lot of blame for transmitting bee diseases around the country when they move their bees from region to region to pollinate crops, and are also the ones experiencing the majority of CCD. Being moved from place to place is stressful enough for bees, Williamson says, but they’re also being Right: Ken Outten, president of the exposed to millions of tons of Delaware Beekeepers Association, inspects a hive in his backyard apiary in pesticides as they move from one Felton. photo Krista Connor crop to another.

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Mites, for example, transmit viruses to the bees, which, Outten says, “influence their demise,” while beetles infest the honeycomb and wax moths destroy honeycombs in search of the wax used by bees to build the comb. Diseases such as chronic paralysis prohibit bees from using their wings for flight, or they can lose their hair and soon become flightless and die. With diseases, pests and an increase in harmful pesticides, “there’s more attacking the bees than there used to be,” says Outten. “All parts depend on one another. If one part fails, it has an effect on another part. The honeybees are a big part, and if they fail, it’s going to be a effect up the chain, and we’re at the top.” for Horticulture domino In order to combat CCD, members of the public can make a variety of environmentally conscious choices. People can plant pollinatorfriendly plants that are good sources of nectar and pollen, such as red clover, foxglove, bee balm, Joe-Pye weed, and other native plants, Williamson says. She recommends using targeted, organic pesticides on private property, rather than broad spectrum pesticides and herbicides. This method is better for the health of the ecosystem, as well as the health of the gardener, their family and even pets, Williamson says. Additionally, Williamson says, growing your own food, no matter the size of the plot of land, will help. “Growing a couple of your favorites, organically and in your backyard, helps displace your demand on chemically produced produce,” she says. Outten agrees, saying that if people are conscious of their purchase and use of pesticides, and are educated about pesticides and the importance of honeybees, the downward spiral could be stopped. “Education is the key,” Outten says. “Before I started, I was scared to death of bees, and if there was a bee around, I would kill it, spray it, whatever.” He suggests that consumers support companies and individuals that are trying to “take care of the environment versus exploit the environment.” If enough people grow their own food and make environmental-friendly purchases, pesticide producers may be forced to make other chemical choices. “If people aren’t buying ‘my’ product because they know my practices are detrimental to the environment, maybe for me to make money, I gotta change my practices,” Outten says. He suggests that people get a hive or two in their backyards to bring the bee population back up. Urban beekeeping is becoming popular, although Williamson notes that while it helps raise the population, bees are still being exposed to pesticides from lawns, parks and more. If CCD continues, which Williamson says would not be a surprise, the industrial food system will have to be rethought. It’s a battle, and one that is not in favor of the bees, according to Outten. “They are fascinating creatures. I think we can learn a lot from them based on how they all work together for the success of the hive,” says Outten. “That’s what we need to do—work together for the success of our environment. Their brains are way smaller than ours, but they probably know something we don’t.”

“Our food system is closely tied to these ladies as pollinators.

Without them, there may be an imminent struggle.” — Jacque Williamson, Delaware Center In contrast, a local beekeeper’s permanent colony may not be as regularly exposed to pesticides. Outten, for instance, has two acres of strawberries and has only lost about 10 percent of his bees to CCD. Unlike the six or so commercial beekeepers in Delaware, Outten isn’t interested in renting out his bees because of pesticide exposure. However, his bees still range one to two miles in any direction to forage for nectar or pollen, so no matter how careful he is about his own use of pesticides, the bees are subject to chemicals used by nearby farmers. The chemicals could easily be gathered along with the pollen, and when bees fly back to the hive to feed the brood, which get their protein from pollen brought in by honeybees, the next generation of bees could become contaminated. “Everybody is susceptible,” Outten says, and this includes any of the DBA’s 200 members plus dozens of additional beekeepers throughout the state. An increase in new pesticides, such as neonicotinoids, has been linked to the steady rise of bee deaths in the past few years. A systemic pesticide often embedded in seeds, neonicotinoids cause the plant itself to carry the chemical that kills the insect feeding on it. A multitude of other sprays, insecticides, herbicides, and pesticides are harmful to bees, but there is no proof of one particular chemical doing all of the damage. “CCD has a much more complicated story, and without a definitive culprit to point the finger at, it’s much more difficult to place the blame on any one chemical,” says Williamson. She says that leading pesticide companies like Monsanto have a monopoly on both the government and industry, with a revolving door between company executives and government offices. This creates a complication in getting harmful chemicals banned, although campaigns to ban certain pesticides such as DDT have been successful in the past. “But even if one particular chemical is banned, chemical companies may already have the next, more potent, version ready and waiting,” Williamson says. Meanwhile, Outten says that although people may not realize it, bees have pests, mites and beetles that infest their hives and they are susceptible to viruses and fungal infections. “A multitude of things are parasitic to them, and so when people say ‘CCD,’ it’s not just one specific thing,” says Outten.

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his spring, you can attract bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden with plants that support pollinators. Birds, bees and butterflies are all considered pollinators. Plants need pollinators and pollinators need plants, so it’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. Pollinators drink sugary nectar from flowers and eat protein-rich pollen. In turn, the tiny grains stick to their bodies and as they forage, they carry pollen from plant to plant. To reproduce, plants need pollen to be transferred from one part of the flower to another or from one plant to another. When pollinators land on a flower, the pollen on their bodies rubs off onto the flower’s pistil. At the bottom of the pistil is the egg. A seed is formed when the pollen meets the egg. In this way, pollinators are responsible for the fertilization of the plants they visit.

Many pollinator plants have specific characteristics to attract pollinators. Bees can see in ultraviolet, and plants attractive to bees have ultraviolet “nectar guides” that are invisible to the human eye, but guide bees right into the center of the flower. Butterflies prefer plants with flat flower petals. Butterflies can’t hover, so they use the flowers as little landing platforms as they dip their proboscis, or tongue, into a flower’s nectar reservoir. Flowers with a long tubular shape are perfect for hummingbirds. Their tongues unroll like a noisemaker to reach into the tube for the nectar. You can create a pollinator garden by choosing plants with a variety of colors, shapes and scents. To get you started, hear are some easy-to-grow pollinator plants that are native to our region and will support fluttering wildlife:

Butterfly milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa): This plant attracts monarch butterflies while requiring little maintenance or watering. Plant in full sun and watch beautiful orange flowers bloom all summer. The fluffy seed pods are fun to play with in the fall and winter. At maturity, the plant can grow up to two feet. (Be careful not to plant a butterfly bush instead, which is an invasive species that could take over your garden.)

Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta pulcherrima): Place this perennial flower in sun to partial shade and watch it bloom in mid-to-late summer. This bright flower is drought-tolerant, so don’t worry about having to constantly water it. It attracts lots of pollinators, including bees, beetles, flies, moths and butterflies.

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New England Aster (Aster novaeangliae): This fall-bloomer can grow up to six feet tall. The broad flowers make it easy for butterflies to land as they feed on the nectar. It’s very low maintenance, but needs full to partial sun. It can spread very quickly, so choose your spot carefully.

To learn more, attend a “Meet the Bees” workshop on Tuesday, May 21, at the Delaware Center for Horticulture in its Trolley Square gardens. Register online at TheDCH.org.

Bee balm (Monarda ssp.): Shorter varieties of this perennial grow great in containers, while others, when planted in the ground, may grow anywhere from two to four feet. Place in full sun to partial shade near a vegetable garden so that the bees will pollinate your vegetable plants as well and increase your harvest. Choose from a wide variety of colors, including pink, red, rose, violet or white. Choosing a red one, with its spectacular tubular flowers, will create a magnet for hummingbirds too. May 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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FAMILY & ADULT FUN: Fruits & Veggies at the Urban Farm Sat., May 18, 10:00 - 12:00 Noon $5/member (family or individual) $10/ non-member (family or individual) Learn why interest in city farming is growing. Plant seeds and take part in gardening at the Urban Farm on 12th and Brandywine Streets in Wilmington. For adults and families with children 11 and older. Refreshments will be served. Please pre-register. SHOW & TELL: Meet the Bees Tues., May 21, 5:30 - 6:30 PM $5/individual; $10/family Visit the busiest workers at TheDCH— honeybees! Our beekeepers will discuss the wondrous products that bees create (honey, wax, propolis, pollen pellets), open the hives for inspection, and share honey treats. Space is limited. Please pre-register. FLORAL ARRANGING: Blooming Topiaries Wed., May 22, 5:30 - 7:00 PM $35/member; $45/non-member Take inspiration from the outdoors and use fresh flowers and spring accents in this hands-on workshop to create a fresh topiary. Materials included. Please pre-register. SOCIAL: BBC Tavern & Grill— Guest Bartending Night Thurs., May 23, 6:00 - 9:00 PM FREE & Open to the public This will be a fun night! Support TheDCH and our Guest Bartenders as we raise funds for the popular annual City Gardens Contest. 100% of your tips to go TheDCH.

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r. Joan Maloof is a former professor of biology and environmental studies at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Md., and the author of two books: Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest, and Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests.

She retired from teaching two years ago to devote full

time to her “life’s work”: creating the Old-Growth Forest Network—forests across the U. S. that will forever remain unlogged and open to the public. She has been pursuing this work since 2007, traveling the country giving lectures, meeting with other naturalists, walking the forests, and raising funds. The first forest in the network was dedicated a year ago, and there are now 20 registered. The hope is that eventually there will be more than 2,000—one for every county in the U. S. in which there is forest growth.

first year of the organization—2012— was spent developing our network of supporters, our board of directors, and out nonprofit status. During that first year we added the first 20 forests to the Network. O&A: What was your motivation? JM: In addition to all the wonderful things forests do for our environment —clean air, clean water, stormwater control, habitat for other organisms, solitude and beauty for humans—I think it is also important to keep every generation emotionally attached to forests. The young people that connect with forests today will be the ones to care about and conserve the forests of tomorrow. Research shows that our younger generations spend much more time with technology than with nature. We need to stay vigilant to keep the connections to nature alive. To me, preserving this emotional connection is just as important as preserving the forests.

In an effort to find out more about her work, and how our

O&A: How are you funded? JM: Almost all of our funding comes readers might help, Out & About caught up with Dr. Maloof from individuals who support the idea of an Old-Growth Forest Network. We at her Maryland home. have also gotten small contributions from two corporations: Nadina’s Cremes O&A: How long have you been pursuing this project? (natural beauty products) and South Moon Under (clothing). JM: In 2007 I was traveling all around the eastern U.S. visiting We welcome, and need, additional support. old-growth forests for my book, Among the Ancients: Adventures in Eastern Old-Growth Forests. While driving hundreds of miles O&A: What is the process for securing protection from to get from one bit of old-growth to another it became very real logging for a given area of land? It must be complicated, to me just how rare these forests are. I realized that very few involving many layers of government. of our young people will ever get to see a completely natural, JM: One of the important things about this project is that it undisturbed forest. Why can’t we preserve at least one forest in considers all the various publically accessible forests in an area every community? I began to wonder. If each community had a —if there are any—and identifies which one would be ideal for preserved forest then eventually old-growth forests would be more the Network, irrespective of ownership. Because we look at common and more people would understand what the land around all the forests on “an even playing field” we can quickly direct them would look like in its natural condition. Community members people to a high quality nature experience. Sometimes the ideal could develop a relationship with “their” forest throughout multiple forest is already protected from logging – and this makes it very generations without fear that the forest would be logged. They could easy to include it in the Network. In other cases the community watch it mature and develop over time. has assumed that a forest is protected when it is not. Drawing That was when it hit me that creating the Old-Growth Forest attention to these situations is an important part of our work Network would eventually become my life’s work. Because the boundaries of a “community” are difficult to define, I chose to use too. For instance, one Maryland forest that I’d like to put in the Network is State Park land that contains an old-growth forest “county” as the geographic level of identification. After my husband passed away in 2010 and Among the Ancients with a lovely family-friendly trail through it. But in Maryland, was published in 2011, I retired early from my university teaching State Parks are not protected from logging, and neither are state position to devote all of my time to creating the Network. The owned old-growth forests. To change this means we have to ► may 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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work with state government. In New York, however, old-growth forests on state-owned land have been protected from logging, so a similar forest in that state could be more easily included in the Network. Every situation is different. In some counties the ideal forest is owned by a university or other organization. In those cases the protection could be a combination of a conservation easement held by a local land trust, a mission statement identifying protection of the

of “production.” My message to them is that I am not against logging—I am only against logging everything. Can’t we leave at least 10 percent unlogged? O&A: How many days a year do you spend away from your Maryland home? JM: The Old-Growth Forest Network is a national project, so I spend at least a hundred days a year away from home. A typical situation might start with an invitation to give a talk—in 2012 I gave 23 public lectures. I then research which

“Research shows that our younger generations spend much more time with technology than with nature. We need to stay vigilant to keep the connections to nature alive. To me, preserving this emotional connection is just as important as preserving the forests.” forest and/or a simple Memorandum of Agreement between the Old-Growth Forest Network and the property owner. It is extremely difficult to provide strong legal protections for forests. For instance, to protect some federally-owned lands from logging as Wilderness Areas took 40 years and an act of Congress! In some cases we have had to compromise with agreements that may not be legally strong, but are strong because of the more than 600 people who care about the OldGrowth Forest Network and who are ready to stand together to defend threats to any of the forests in the Network. As I like to say, “We are not just a network of forests, we are also a network of people who care about forests.” O&A: What kinds of resistance have you run into? JM: Not as much as I expected. Most people think it’s a great idea. In the few cases where I feel resistance it is usually from public forest managers who do not want to take any forest acreage out

forests in the area where the talk will be given might be good to add to the Network. This typically involves calling and emailing local forest protection organizations and public forest managers. When I have narrowed the possibilities I will usually plan to hike the forests while I am in the area. These hikes are wonderful antidotes to the hours spent traveling. I feel as though the forests give me energy to continue my work. Ideally I find a local supporter to be the coordinator for that county. Sometimes we have been able to identify a forest for the Network, visit it, and hold a dedication celebration, all in conjunction with a lecture. This saves a great deal of time and money. I am also grateful for the many supporters of the Network who have opened their homes to me while I am on the road. We are getting so much done on a shoestring! If you would like to support the Old Growth Network, visit the website at oldgrowthforest.net.

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start by exploring a trail, but inevitably that experience leads to a broader and more fulfilling trip. It’s no coincidence that the trails are often a quick ride away from such attractions as the mansions of the Brandywine Valley, the arts centers up and down the state, or the beaches and bays of Sussex.” The Delaware Tourism Office website recommends choosing geocaching sites you’d like to visit, checking their hours of operation and tips from other geocachers, and planning a weekend trip to complete the trail. For more info, go to visitdelaware.com/geo.

Delaware Geocaching Trail If searching out hidden items while exploring forests, meadows, trails, towns and cities sounds enticing, geocaching may be for you. Why not get started with the state’s ultimate treasure hunt, the Delaware Geocaching Trail? Travelers key in location coordinates on their GPSs, then try to discover any or all of the DGT’s 69 “cache” locations throughout the state. The caches are blue ammo boxes with the Delaware Tourism logo on the side. Each is filled with “treasures”—usually trinkets— left from previous adventurers, and a logbook for travelers to sign. If you take a treasure, leave something of equal or greater value for the next geocacher, and replace the cache in its original location. Once you get your free but required geocaching.com membership, the DGT caches will be visible online. A complete list of the sites is featured on the website, including a brief site description with GPS coordinates, addresses and contact information at visitdelaware.com/geo/cache-locations. Geocachers can then download a passport at visitdelaware.com/ geo/passport and obtain code words, which are located inside the ammo box lid, from 24 cache locations—eight in each county— which is the number necessary to complete the trail. Submit the completed passport to the Delaware Tourism Office to receive a limited edition commemorative geocaching coin. The DGT idea formed four years ago as a way to highlight the state’s attractions and encourage tourism, while engaging visitors’ sense of adventure and fun. “The Geocaching Trail was inspired by our desire to give visitors something more than a list of local attractions,” says Delaware Tourism Office Director Linda Parkowski. “The trail encourages exploration and discovery, and gives visitors a way to drill down deeper into a full Delaware experience.” The DGT was the first of multiple trails launched by Parkowski and her Dover team. Next came the Wine and Ale Trail, featuring 12 of the state’s fast-growing wineries and breweries. In 2011, the office launched the History Trail, comprising 36 historic sites representing significant points in Delaware’s story. Most recently, the DTO identified 24 of the state’s iconic restaurants for the Culinary Trail, offering participants a chance to win a trail-themed cookbook for filling their passports. Parkowski notes that the trails cause a ripple effect in tourism, increasing visitation to the state’s sites, events and attractions. “We get the sense from our customers that the trails are just the beginning of their adventures here,” Parkowski says. “They may

Sleep Under the Stars Each spring and fall since 2002, thousands of campers have gathered at Carousel Park in Pike Creek and Rockwood Park in Wilmington for a night of free camping and community fun. This year, Glasgow Park will be participating. Hosted by the Department of Community Services, the Department of Special Services and Public Safety, New Castle County’s Sleep Under the Stars night emphasizes family-oriented activities during the overnight camp. Activities include live entertainment, crafts, games, hayrides, saddle and grooming demonstrations, movies, food vendors, bonfires, and K9 demonstrations by Public Safety officials. The events begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Saturdays listed below and end at noon the next day. No alcoholic beverages are allowed, and campers under 19 must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older. After camper check-ins at 10:30 a.m., activities are scheduled from 12 to 5 p.m. Zumba and soul line dancing instruction are from 4 to 6 p.m., and the day will end with bonfires from 5 to 11 p.m. Special Events Coordinator Diane Banning says the campouts offer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to interact and come together. “The events serve to build trust and a sense of belonging to the community, and improve our quality of life,” says Banning. Call the parks or register online at www2.nccde.org/SpecialEvents/ default.aspx.

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creative interpretations are just some of the variants possible when you create a personal cooking primer. And for many, that’s the idea: experiment, be inspired, have fun! But let’s assume you really want to execute world-class cuisine using one of these cookbooks. In theory, if the chef has considered all the details and transferred them into a text, and if you are diligent about staying true to those instructions and procure superior ingredients, you should be able to turn out show-stopping dishes. So why do so many earnest amateur cooks crash and burn? Sometimes, I believe, there are books from chefs that are simply too complex to translate into first-timer format. If you have to jump to more than one chapter to “see base recipe,” you’re going down fast. Not all texts, it seems, are meant to be user friendly. Let’s face it: chefs don’t really want you to know exactly what’s in their recipe. It’s proprietary pride. But then, without the recipe, why would anyone buy a book full of completed dishes without any guidance on how to make them? That is why so many of the high-end, glossy, coffee table tomes out there are wonderful to ogle, but definitely are not for the novice. You aren’t meant to know what really goes on behind the curtain. In fact, the chef and publisher are banking on the hope you’ll cherish the sexy pics, never attempting to duplicate their magnificence, even if in theory you should be able to. But remember that not all chefs are artists. In fact, many are pragmatic creatures of habit, very loyal to their sense of consistency. This is where you’ll find the most useful cookbooks, because they consider the authenticity of the recipe and not just the image you ► may 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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get from a picture or description. Some even go so far as to anticipate a glitch you might encounter and recommend a course of action. You’re going to need a standard source for certain types of dishes, cuisines and cultures. These books make up a genre of cookbooks that become the backbone of a serious culinary library. This is another reason cookbooks flood the market. So many purport to be that go-to book for a topic, but few actually are. The ones that do stand out as utilitarian almost always give the reader historical background on the cuisine and the culture from which it came. You really need to know about the people who create these dishes if you are to ever understand them and not just crank out copies of them. After study, you’ll come to understand that the adage “what grows together, goes together” really does hold true. Classic pairings of ingredients, and even wines and spirits, are that way because of their integrated agricultural heritage. Useful also are the single-ingredient/ subject books, such as “pasta,” “chocolate” or “brunch.” They put you in a frame of mind to choose a recipe that appeals to your mood, instead of, say, one that happens to have been included for popularity. That said, I’m drawn to seasonal recipes and cookbooks for their understanding that while I may be able to buy corn or a tomato year round, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll taste good. Using ingredients at their peak is another key to mastering the best cuisine. Finally, technique is as crucial as any other element in cooking. There truly are correct ways to do each cooking task. “Mix,” for example, is a pretty vague directive. A cookbook that specifies and even elaborates on the techniques necessary for executing a successful dish is one that will be referred to again and again. Metaphors and similes are helpful, too, especially for beginners. Knowing the proper consistency of a first stage pie dough comes with experience, but everyone has been to the beach and knows what “wet sand” feels like. Now we all just need to agree on a definition of “al dente.” It shouldn’t be hard, right?

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Single ingredient/subject books Rotis: Roasts for Every Day of the Week, by Stephane Reynaud, Frederic Lucano and Melissa McMahon (recipes that remind you of just how simple and basic the art of roasting really is)

Saveur Cooks Authentic American, by the Editors of Saveur Magazine (a respectable compendium of classic, regional American dishes)

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Steak and Eggs Grilled Tri Tip steak with pancetta sautĂŠed greens, demi-glace, & a fried egg

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20 per person sundays 4 to 8 a la carte menu available $

Arguably the best meal of the week, brunch has it all: savory, sweet, and of course, cocktails! Here are a few of our favorite places. MAY 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Price Key $: under $15 $$: $15 - $30  Offers outdoor dining

Newark Point-to-Point After PArty — SundAy, MAy 5th

$6 Woodford reserve Mint Julips • $5 Tall Bacardi drinks Mother’S dAy Brunch Buffet — sunday, May 12Th • $25.95 per person

At the Rail

(10am-2pm, Sundays; White Clay Creek Country Club, 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Christiana)

What you’ll spend (per person): $$ What to expect: A wide selection, from muffins and bagels to smoked salmon and eggs Benedict, plus a chef’s station featuring prime rib and fresh oysters.

Catherine Rooney’s (10am-2pm, Sat. & Sun.; 102 E. Main St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: $3 bloody Marys & Mimosas, Irish eggs Benedict and classic Irish breakfast, Grand Marnier battered French toast, and a large selection of lunch items.

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Deer Park Tavern (9am-2pm, Sundays; 108 W. Main St.)

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What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: bloody Mary bar, classics like eggs Benedict and creamed chipped beef, pancakes and French toast, as well as more lunch-like options.

Home Grown Café (10am-3pm, Sat. & Sun.; 126 E. Main St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: breakfast quesadillas, lots of omelet options, the Best B.L.T. Ever and their famous chili hash.

Klondike Kate’s

(11am-2pm, Sat, 10am-2pm, Sun.; 158 E. Main St., Newark)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Classic egg dishes, lots of breakfast sandwiches and a Krazy Kate’s toppings bar for pancakes and waffles.

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Wilmington |Blue Parrot (10am-2pm, Sundays; 1943 W. Sixth St.)

Grilled Filet With wilted spinach, potatoes, and poached eggs.

Columbus Inn

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Even New Orleans needs quiet time on the weekends. Go with the usual suspects—eggs Benedict, French toast, blueberry pancakes—or try the bayou omelet for a Creole kick.

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(10am-2pm, Sat. & Sun.; 1616 Delaware Ave.)

|Stone Balloon Wine House (10am-3pm, Sundays; 115 E. Main St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: pastries and fresh fruit and vegetables mixed with comfort foods like home fries, eggs, and French toast.

Two Stones Pub

(10am-2pm, Sundays; 2 Chesmar Plaza)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: upscale pub food with a creative twist. Breakfast and lunch options are available.

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: $3 bloody Marys & Mimosas, Irish eggs Benedict and classic Irish breakfast, Grand Marnier battered French toast, and a large selection of lunch items.

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Chili Hash Home fries with scrambles eggs or tofu scramble,bacon, cheese, scallions, jalapeño peppers

Your favorite local chefs, their favorite dishes, paired with our favorite wines & beers…

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visit premierwinespirits.com Chelsea Tavern (10am-2pm, Sundays; 821 N. Market St.)

What you’ll spend: $-$$ What to expect:Freshly baked scones and biscuits, frittatas, and creative items like the crispy chili-spiced pork-belly Benedict and P.B. &J waffle sandwich.

Columbus Inn (10am-2pm, Sundays; 2216 Pennsylvania Ave.)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: buffet, including a carving station, buildyour-own salads, grilled and smoked fish, pastries, cheese, fruit, as well as an à la carte menu.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Serving Lunch, Dinner, Late-Night, and Sunday Brunch Open Daily 11am to 1am 7465 Lancaster Pike – Hockessin DE – 302-489-7287 www.sixpaupers.com

Dead Presidents (10am-2pm, Sundays; 618 N. Union St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Take your brunch with a pint and a bit of history—LBJ French toast, the Garfield Omelet, the Alamo Burrito.

Harry’s Savoy Grill (12-3pm, Sundays; 2020 Naamans Rd., North Wilm.)

What you’ll spend: $-$$ What to expect:eggs Benedict, Chesapeake and Sardou, Cajun-style options, almond-vanilla pancakes, Maine lobster omelet—each served with Danish and fresh fruit.

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Kid Shelleen’s (10am-2:30pm, Sundays; 1801 W. 14th St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: build-your-own omelets, cheese steak and egg hoagies, chipped beef, and a bloody Mary bar.

Piccolina Toscana (11am-2:30pm, Sundays; 1412 N. Dupont St.)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: A buffet, including pasta, salads, soup and smoked salmon as well as a variety of Italian style a la carte items.

Two Stones Pub (10am-2pm, Sundays; 2502 Foulk Rd., North Wilm.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: upscale pub food with a creative twist. Breakfast and lunch options are available.

Ulysses American Gastropub (11am-2pm, Sundays; 1716 Marsh Rd., North Wilm.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: cheese steak & eggs, buttermilk pancakes with wheat beer syrup, apple-pie-stuffed French toast, all sorts of Benedict style eggs as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.

Washington Street Ale House (10am-2pm, Sundays; 1206 Washington St.)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: warm atmosphere featuring Mimosas and an extensive bloody Mary bar, paired with eggs Benedict, grilled steak and eggs, crab and asparagus omelets, brunch quesadillas, and more.

Greenville, Hockessin, and Beyond

2 Locations serving Brunch every Saturday & Sunday from 10am-2pm

Celebrate

Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12 Brunch 10am-3pm Complimentary Mimosa or Glass of Champagne for All Mothers!

Adults: $22.99 • Children: $9.99

(children 5 & Under Free)

Reservations Recommended RESERVE TODAY!

BBC Tavern (11am-2pm, Sundays; 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: breakfast specials including eggs Benedict, egg sandwiches, two eggs any style, a “Bloody and a Burger” for $12.95 and the full lunch menu.

Brandywine Prime (10am-2pm, Sundays; 1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: lot of takes on eggs (Benedict, omelets) and mouth-watering sweetness (vanilla pancakes, Belgian waffles, toasted brioche French toast).

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EAT Buckley’s Tavern (Sunday Pajama Brunch, 10am-2pm; 5812 Kennett Pike, Greenville)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: family-style prix fixe entrees in an old-style tavern environment—omelets, Belgian waffles, griddle cakes, and burgers, to name a few dishes. Wear your pajamas and get half off the bill! Kids menu available.

Join us for Mother’s day Brunch! Sunday, May 12th, 9am-3pm

Cantwell’s Tavern (10am-2pm, Sundays; 109 Main St., Odessa)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: upscale-casual dining in a historic atmosphere. Make-your-own bloody Marys, raw bar, all the breakfast classics plus lighter options like deviled eggs and lox.

The House of William & Merry daily specials Monday

All You Can Eat Ribs $18.99 Kid’s Meal free (with purchase of adult entrée) Lunch Special: Chicken Salad Sandwich $6.99

Tuesday

Yuengling’s $2.50 4pm-8pm 40¢ Wings Texas Hold ‘Em at 8pm Lunch Special: Omelette du Jour $6.99

Wednesday

½ Price Burgers 5pm-Close ½ Price Build Your Own Chicken Sandwich 5pm to Close Lunch Special: Build Your Own Beef or Veggie Burger $6.99

Thursday

All You Can Eat Peel & Eat Shrimp Market Lunch Special-Prime Time Sandwich $6.99 Texas Hold ‘Em Sign-ups at 7pm, Game Time at 8pm Recession Relief Thursday Dinners $12 ½ Price Bottles of Wine Complimentary Happy Hour Buffet 5pm-7pm

Friday

Complimentary Happy Hour Buffet 5pm-7pm Prime Rib Night: King & Queen cuts Lunch Special-Soup & 1/2 Sandwich $6.99

saTurday’s specials Chef’s Specials

sunday’s specials

(10am-3pm, Sundays; 1336 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin)

What you’ll spend: $$

What to expect: reasonably-priced fine dining with an everevolving menu influenced by local seasonal ingredients.

Krazy Kat’s (8am-2pm, Sundays; Route 100 & Kirk Road, Montchanin)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: tiger-print chairs and cat-themed décor, but also a wide selection of wines that go well with upscale dishes such as filet mignon and Maine lobster.

Pizza by Elizabeths (11:30am-2:30pm, Sundays; 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville)

What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: Create your own or choose from a variety of brunch pizzas: Quiche Lorraine, spinach & mushroom quiche, vegetable quiche, meat lover’s quiche, or seafood quiche, and choose your beverage from a selection of mango Mimosas, bloody Marys, Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Stellina Di Notte Prosecco and Veuve Clicquot Brut.

Six Paupers (11am-2pm, Sundays; 7465 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin)

What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: for breakfast, the classics—bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwiches, breakfast burritos, pancakes; for lunch, you’ve got burgers, club sandwiches, and crab-cake sandwiches to choose from, plus soups and salads. photo Joy Smoker

All You Can Eat Ribs $18.99

Sweet Potato Pancakes

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with pecan butter and maple syrup Buckely’s Tavern

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By Paula Goulden

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t’s now official: Tom Cruise has become a caricature of himself. In his latest effort, the sci-fi/ survivalist thriller Oblivion, the only thing on Cruise’s face that changes throughout the movie is the accumulation of dirt and bruises. His standard expression, meant to show steely resolve, barely changes from beginning to end, even as he fends off one attacker after another and saves the life of the woman he loves and perhaps the world—or is it the galaxy? The action sequences in Oblivion are loosely connected by a nonsensical story line: It’s 2077, 50 years after an apocalyptic battle with supposed aliens that destroyed the Earth. Surviving humans moved to Saturn’s moon, Titan. But is that what really happened? Everyone’s memories are regularly “wiped,” so it’s hard to tell.

Jack (Cruise) and his partner Victoria (Andrea Riseborough) have been sent on a reconnaissance mission to an ultra-modern space outpost built on a platform high above the destroyed Earth. But Jack has recurring dreams of New York City before it was destroyed, and of a mysterious woman. With all the twists in this plot it’s hard to be sure what the real story is. By the end, the audience doesn’t really care. The only genuine fun is trying to identify New York City landmarks now in postapocalyptic ruin. Although Oblivion pretends to go beneath the surface as one supposed reality runs into another, it’s clear that what the movie’s production team really cares about is appearances: the hard, shiny surfaces of the reconnaissance station; the sleek ray guns and other toys Cruise gets to play with; the bee-

stung lips of Jack’s love interest (spoiler alert: it’s not Victoria). The only bit of real acting in the movie is Morgan Freeman’s turn as the leader of the surviving humans on Earth, who thinks he recognizes a remnant of humanity in Cruise’s character. Oblivion is clearly intended to appeal to teenage boys. As the star, Cruise gets to do most of the things many teenage boys dream of: engage in high-speed chases in a way-cool two-seater space rover; wield ray-guns to wipe out drones trying to kill him, command a NASA space mission. The major exception is explicit sex—Cruise restrains himself, or maybe he just doesn’t have enough energy after battling attackers every few minutes and, in between, trying to figure out what’s real and what isn’t. But mid-way through the film we realize the real fantasy Oblivion fulfills is Cruise’s, as he finds himself fighting his clone. (What could be better than on Tom Cruise? Two, of course.) That’s when the audience started to giggle. In the end, perhaps the best thing about Oblivion is the length of its final credits: this production employed a whole lot of people, perhaps enough to lower the unemployment rate in the multiple locations where it was filmed. It’s just too bad that it takes so long to reach them. may 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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ROUGHING IT! 5 DVDs about Outdoor Adventures by Mark Fields

Into the Wild (2007) Promising college graduate Christopher McCandless (sensitively played by Emile Hirsch) abandons his expected life path and makes his way to the Alaskan wilderness to live on his own. On his journey, he meets quirky individualists played by Catherine Keener, Kristen Stewart and Hal Holbrook, among others. A strange combination of bleak and noble. Sean Penn directed his own screenplay from the non-fiction book by Jon Krakauer. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994) Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp are delightfully cast against type in this campy comedy with music from Australia. The three play two drag queens and a transsexual who get hired for a much-needed cabaret job in the remote desert outback. They travel to the gig in the title vehicle, their rickety lavender bus. The River Wild (1994) Meryl Streep gets physical as a whitewater river guide whose family is terrorized by two ruthless criminals (Kevin Bacon, John C. Reilly) using the river to meet up with their confederates. The thriller aspects of the story are fairly rote, but Streep makes a convincing and courageous heroine, and the Oregon and Montana scenery is gorgeous. Never Cry Wolf (1983) Director Carroll Ballard (Black Beauty) again demonstrates his knack for capturing the natural world on film in this unassuming but moving story. Charles Martin Smith (The Untouchables) plays Farley Mowat, a researcher sent to the Canadian tundra to report on the “environmental dangers” of wolf packs. Instead, he learns to love and respect the wolves and finds new strength within himself when faced with the challenges of living in the wild. Swiss Family Robinson (1960) Disney thoroughly domesticates the wild for this charming family entertainment, but it’s still a delightful example of the studio’s vintage movie craft. Stranded on a tropical island, the Robinsons (John Mills, Dorothy McGuire, James MacArthur, Janet Munro) must work together to survive against the pirates who maraud the land. The film family’s wondrous tree house was once a popular attraction in Disneyland’s Adventureland.

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ennsylvania and Delawarebased The Steve Pepper Band held a CD release show at The Queen on April 26 for their fourth album, Gravity. The rock and roll band with country, blues, and reggae influences—vocalist Steve Pepper on acoustic guitar, guitarist Eric Miller, bassist Jon Monck, drummer Steve Politowski, and vocalists Rhonda Hill and Steve Bailey—collaborated with other local musicians to create the album. This includes Brad Newsom, who produced the album, along with Mark McTurk, Andrew Higley, Sam Starr, Jon Monck, Michael Davis, Hoagy Wing, and Steve Hobson. Check them out online at stevepepperband.com.

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e are that good old new rock ‘n’ roll soul that will make your body glow,” boasts the Facebook page of newly formed Kind of Creatures. Grace Vonderkuhn, previously a vocalist and guitarist of A New Dakota, began writing songs and collaborating with guitarist and vocalist Devo Devitt last fall, and a few months later drummer Justin Wallace made it a trio. Selfdescribed as “Classy, trashy and a little bit sassy,” they are releasing their first EP this month. They’re playing alongside Raised by Ghosts and Butterscotch Grim on Saturday, May 11, at 1984 at 8 p.m. for the owner’s birthday show. Check them out online at facebook.com/KindOfCreatures and listen to their EP on kindofcreatures.bandcamp.com. — Krista Connor 58 MAY 2013 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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uitarist and vocalist Zachary Humenik has found a way to combine his passion for music and travel with his anthropology degree. After graduating from the University of Delaware five years ago, Humenik began traveling internationally. Then, last fall, he formed Delaware’s indie pop band Travel Songs with three fellow UD graduates: bassist and vocalist Sam Nobles, Tyler Holloway on drums, and Humenik’s brother, guitarist and vocalist Tyler Doherty. “The idea behind Travel Songs—it is a band, but it’s also more of an organization,” Humenik says. “We want to try to share cultures and make people more interested in other peoples’ cultures and traveling, and we use music as the catalyst or underlying theme for that.” In July, Humenik is planning an anthropology project and heading to Peru with Doherty, Nobles and producers for 15 days to shoot a documentary that aims to capture elements of the South American country’s culture and music. “To be able to incorporate the experience of travel with the underlying theme of music is a dream,” says Humenik. “So we’re hoping to create something people can learn from and get something out of personally.” In order to accomplish this goal, the band is raising money through Kickstarter, an online fundraising campaign that focuses on creative projects. Donations can be made to travelsongs. org or by searching “The Travel Songs Project” on kickstarter.com until May 20. Travel Songs chose Peru as their destination because Humenik has visited the country a few times and is knowledgeable about its history and places of interest. He also has friends there and is enthralled with the beauty and culture. “We want to show that traveling is easy and very tangible,” says Humenik. “A lot of times people will be like, ‘Oh, I wish I could travel,’ but everyone can—it’s cheap, it’s easy, and it’s fun.” George Murphy, founding partner of Planet Ten Multimedia, will produce the documentary and work as director of photography. UD grad Colin Shalo of NBC Miami will be the assistant producer, and the three band mates will work on the production team, narrating and working as sound and camera operators. Next month, Travel Songs will release a 10-track album with rock, jazz and Americana mixes. “World music too,” says Humenik. “A lot of influences are from travels Sam and I have done. It’s influenced the way we see music now; we see music through a different lens.” Catch Travel Songs before they head out of the country at the Wilmington Flower Market on Saturday, May 11, and Arden’s Shady Grove Music Festival on Saturday, June 8. Check out their website at travelsongs.org for live updates, videos and songs from the trip. Support the project—Travel Songs will host a dinner on Thurs., June 15, at Home Grown Cafe in Newark. See the band perform, screen their trailer, present info on the project and accept dontations.

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elaware had never seen anything quite like Kahunaville, the island-themed entertainment complex that opened in 1994 and rocked the Wilmington Riverfront for 12 years. Equal parts theme park, night club, arcade and circus, Kahunaville brought acts as big as Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Jerry Garcia and Green Day to Wilmington, meanwhile attracting thousands every weekend for local cover bands like Mr. Greengenes, Burnt Sienna and Kristen & the Noise. Its giant steeland-Styrofoam volcano was an unmistakable landmark visible from I-95.

of paint brushes. It was everything, from all the mural work in the interior to the foam structures inside and the characters—the foam tiki gods, and all that. I had never seen anything like it.” Tuttleman: “I saw the vision from day one, and people bit the apple pretty early on. Most people got the spirit of it. When we opened the Wilmington Big Kahuna, people were blown away by it. They couldn’t believe what we had done. To me that was step one of what I wished for.”

“The count at the door is 3,000. And we got 60 bartenders going. And we’re low on ice, or somebody slipped and fell. Or the cops are here, or the governor wants to stop by, or the Black Crowes want some more bourbon. It was never ending.” During the mid-1980s, businessman David Tuttleman took control of an antiquated disco in Ocean City, Md., called the Paddock. He immediately set about transforming part of it into a tropical-themed party oasis that he named The Big Kahuna. The concept took off, so he opened another in Bradenton, Fla., and one in Dover. After buying a home in Wilmington’s Rockford Park, he began scouting new locations. In early 1994, he came upon available warehouse space on the Christina Waterfront.

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n April 6, some 900 partiers opened a musical time capsule inside Mood Swings night club on Kirkwood Highway. DJ Gizzmo worked the turntables; Mr. Greengenes, coerced from retirement, stormed the stage. Hugs were exchanged, stories were told, and drinks were spilled. For one night, Kahunaville lived again. Former employees and devotees had devised the Kahunaville reunion to raise money for The American Cancer Society. Within two days, tickets for the event sold out. “That told me that what we had was very special,” says Kahunaville’s former owner, David Tuttleman. “That it was a very unique time. It was incredibly exciting. And it was real. It was a time and a place that you’ll never duplicate.”

David Tuttleman (owner, and “mayor” of Kahunaville): “We found this incredible building on the Christina waterfront— which was just totally undeveloped. When they first showed me the location, the guys who were showing it didn’t know there was water in back. I walked around the property, and there was this river. I wanted it. So we negotiated, and purchased the location for our Wilmington Big Kahuna.” Michael Carroll (art director): “I was a graphic artist and mural artist at the time. My buddy had been hired by David Tuttleman to paint the entire restaurant while it was being constructed. It was such a large job that he called me and asked if I would be interested in helping. For 30 days—basically morning, noon and night—we painted. Huge murals, the trees, the rocks, the volcano. It was a lot

Mike Purzycki (executive director, Riverfront Development Corporation): “I got here in April of ‘96, and they were one of the two major acts that predated the corporation. The Big Kahuna and the ballpark —they were the only things. Everything else was pretty rough looking. Kahuna really began providing a little bit of the soul of this place.” Tuttleman: “It was all based around a story I created. Kahunaville was this island floating around the world, collecting inhabitants. There was King Kahuna, a blond-haired character called Dave, whose motto was: ‘Too much of a good thing is not enough.’ There were animals, a princess, the works.” Carroll: “David is a very, very eccentric guy. I think he’s very inspired by Walt Disney, and he wanted to create his own Disneyworld in Wilmington.” Tuttleman: “I built the volcano as part of Kahunaville. That was from a dream I had for something iconic on the outside of the building. I had other ideas: like having some 40-foot character walking up the property. I thought a volcano was so appropriate. I had plans for strobe lights and smoke inside the volcano. It got shot down because apparently we were under the glide path for the airport.” ►

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iece by piece, Tuttleman and partner Mark Green unveiled segments of the Kahunaville village. Before long, the property comprised a restaurant, the Big

Kahuna Surf Nightclub (later, the upscale Red Room lounge), a midway arcade, the indoor Kahunaville Concert Hall, and the largest outdoor deck in Delaware. The deck became a magnet for live music—both local acts and big names alike—attracting thousands of patrons. Tuttleman: “Happy Hour would come around, and it was monstrous. The vibe was electric. The deck would be cranking, the restaurant, the nightclub would be full. And traffic backing up on I-95. The count at the door is 3,000. And we got 60 bartenders going. And we’re low on ice, or somebody slipped and fell. Or the cops are here, or the governor wants to stop by, or the Black Crowes want some more bourbon. It was never ending.” Rick Green (president of Midnight Sun, Inc.): “This was the best place on the East

Coast. I had 75 percent of the roster of the bands I managed playing there—Strange as Angels, Mr. Greengenes, Tinpan Alley, which became Kristen and the Noise, Flip like Wilson, Flamin’ Caucasians, Chorduroy, Green Eggs & Spam. Tuttleman would just make the bands feel so welcome, he had this huge smile, he was mellow, and you knew everything was going to be great, no matter if the place was packed or dead. Everything was just cool.” Tuttleman: “I loved our Mega Fridays with local bands. Those were huge nights for us. We treated them like rock stars. It was really fun to help develop local talent. It was like ‘Hey, you’re playing the stage Bob Dylan played on.’” Carroll: “It was such a great place to work because the diversity of the music was amazing. I got to live out this ‘Almost Famous’ lifestyle where I was meeting my idols. I got to shake Greg Allman’s hand, and that was a very big deal for me. I met my childhood idol, George Thorogood. They offered so much for so many people. We’d have a comedian inside, Green Day on the deck, Mr. Greengenes on the next night.”

Purzycki: “They had some great acts. The energy of those concerts was irreplaceable. The Moody Blues, Ted Nugent. All sorts of characters.” Jen Archer (marketing): “We found Aaron Carter writing his name on the nightclub wall. He was very much a teenager.” Kevin Baxter (marketing): “One of the best was Collective Soul. There were 4,000 people there and it was pouring rain. And people just partied until a lightning storm made them stop. Another time we booked Slick Rick for this back-in-the-day show. He shut the street down. There had to be 10,000 people wanting to get in.” Archer: “Pat Benetar was the classiest. It was the hottest night of that summer. It must’ve been 105 degrees. People were dropping like flies in the heat. But she was up there, pouring sweat, and she sang for two hours.” Green: “At one point the big stage on the deck was actually on a barge on the river, and the barge stage would actually be affected by the tide. It could either be really low or super high. We would actually be checking the tide charts to figure out which night we wanted to play.”

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Archer: “That was crazy. David Lee Roth, he performed on the barge, and it was really high in the water because it had been storming. I remember he wore ballet slippers on stage to do his jumps, and I thought, ‘Are you sure this is safe?’” Tuttleman: “I wish I had a more defined audience, but it ended up being whoever had a pulse. You can’t be a one-trick pony. We were kids’ Sundays with Barney to lingerie shows, Latin dancing to Jimmy Buffet. We were what we needed to be to attract. And we did. At one point we were tracking over one million guests a year. We did over $80 million in business. In Wilmington, Delaware. Show me the last person who did $80 million in entertainment in Delaware, or brought Bob Dylan and the Black Crowes. Show me.” Carroll: “It just seemed to be like we were hitting every target. The young kids were workin’ the nightclub, the 30-somethings would be in the Red Room, the families in the restaurant, and all ages on the deck. It really did thrive for a long time.”

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living there and an outdoor entertainment venue would come to confrontation. I don’t know if that ever actually happened, but it was a looking-ahead kind of thing.” Carroll: “The combination of all those things…I don’t know if David’s heart was in it. The other Kahunavilles were going out of business. There was a lot of financial strain, budgets were shrinking, people were leaving. You could see the writing on the walls.” Green: “I wasn’t surprised to hear the news, because it came along with ‘we need to pay you less money.’ It comes and it goes—you can’t be hot forever.”

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he property was stripped, and in 2009 an excavator demolished the volcano. In 2010, the Delaware Children’s Museum moved into the site. But the reunion in April rekindled some of the old magic as well as an idea: the possible return of Kahunaville. Tuttleman: “When I closed Kahunaville, I retracted—there was a certain sense of embarrassment, of course. Now that pain is gone. I’m not going anywhere, so, yeah, I would love to reopen Kahuna for the right deal. I’m not financing it; I’m not running it. But I’ll theme it, I’ll be involved in it, sure.” Baxter: “We talked about maybe doing something called Kahuna-palooza, like some huge outdoor festival. I think he’s all in on doing something once a year to bring everybody together. We raised $10,000 for charity. I’d like to see us do $30,000.” Tuttleman: “This group, when we were together, the energy was magical. I always used a Walt Disney quote: ‘I could dream, create, design and build the most wonderful place on earth, but it’s the people that make that dream a reality.’” 66 May 2013 | OutAndAbOutNow.com

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Race to the Top The Wilmington Grand Prix has become one of the premier cycling events in the country. It’s also a great showcase for the city.

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Macbeth

Stephen Sondheim - A Life in the Theatre: An Onstage Conversation

Amy Helm w/ New Sweden

35th Annual Point-to-Point

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883 bitly.com/YSt1ez

The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street • 302.658.7897 bitly.com/YTb4LG

The Grand • 818 N. Market Street 302.658.7897 • bitly.com/VICypE

Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway • 302.475.3126 bit.ly/10vfMl1

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THURSDAY, APRIL 18, 6:30PM

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Bellefonte Arts Festival

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Manhattan Transfer

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Art is Social

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• Creative Powers: Selections from Art Ability thru May 26 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts

• Margaret Morton’s Makeshift Urban Gardens May 1 thru June 16 • Erin Endicott’s Healing Sutras May 4 thru August 4 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

Delaware Center for Horticulture

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The Station Gallery

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Family In Conflict: Rockwood & The Civil War daily thru May 25

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South Pacific thru May 5

Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water Street • 302.594.1100

THURSDAY, MAY 2 ND Art Salad 12pm every Thurs Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466 Market Street Music’s Thursday Noontime Concert: Terra Soul Project First & Central Presbyterian 1101 N. Market Street • 302.654.5371

Kris Allen

World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market Street • 302.944.1400

The Nat Osborn Band

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FRIDAY, MAY 3RD Art is Tasty: Oppression, Luis Cruz Azaceta • Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway • 302.571.9590

Art on the Town Buses leave 5:45pm from the DCCA, making the last return at approx. 9:10pm • 302.576.2135 • 200 S. Madison St.

The Future Unwriiten

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The English Beat

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SATURDAY, MAY 4TH Philadelphia Private Spaces, Fabulous Places

Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

Best Buddies Delaware Friendship Walk • Rockford Park

2000 Lookout Dr. • 302.691.3187

Historic Automobile Display: Winterthur Invitational 2013

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Wilmington Public Library 10 East 10th Street • 302.571.7400

$2 Night • Delaware Children's Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Music Along the Bank

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Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library 5105 Kennett Pike • 800.448.3883

MSM’s Thurs. Noontime Concerts: Center City Chorale

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First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371

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

SUNDAY, MAY 5TH

Green Streetscapes Tour • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Wilmington Classical Guitar Society presents Brendan Evans & David Pace • The Music School of Delaware

FRIDAY, MAY 17TH Liz Longley • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

4101 Washington Street • 302.762.1132

Great Gatsby Tea

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

CTC presents FEARLESS Improv • Chris White Gallery • 701 Shipley St • 302.220.8285

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Bourbon & Burgers (And Other Fine Spirits) • World Cafe Live at The Queen

Grow Your Own Pizza • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

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Fruits & Vegetables • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm • Chelsea Tavern 821 N. Market Street • 302.428.3333

Wilmington Community Orchestra presents: Tragic Tales of Love II

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

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

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Pinkalicious Tea

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

benefitting Supporting Kidds Vicmead Hunt Club 903 Owls Nest Rd. • 302.235.5544

The IN Show: An INteractive Arts Preview Party • Chelsea Tavern 821 N. Market St. • 302.475.9880

Bootless Stageworks presents: Next to Normal thru May 19

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Newport Industrial Park 401 Marsh Lane • 302.887.9300

Meet the Bees • TheDCH 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

David Wax Museum

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

Blooming Topiaries • TheDCH

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Amy Schumer

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

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BBC Tavern • 4019 Kennett Pike • 302.655.3785

TheDCH Demonstration Garden on National Public Gardens Day

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1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Clay Date • Delaware Art Museum

2301 Kentmere Parway • 302.571.9590

Red Light, Green Light thru May 12

Delaware Children's Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

Lol Short Film Fest - Unrated World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Gable Music Ventures’ May Singer Songwriter Showcase

Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band

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

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

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Peanut Butter and Jams welcomes We Kids Rock Band

Canoeing the River and Marsh

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

DuPont Environmental Education Center 1400 Delmarva Lane • 302.656.1490

New Sweden 375th Anniversary Celebration various activities from

Kindred the Family Soul

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

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

Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

Listen to Your Mother

WXPN welcomes Shemekia Copeland

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

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Ronnie C. Dawson Book Signing

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington Street • 302.762.1132

Ask the Arborist • TheDCH

500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400

Rock & Alpine Gardeing: INspired by Nature • Delaware Center for Horticulture Music Masters: Kate M. Ransom Violin Recital

Arts & Business Partners Annual

Breakfast • DCCA 300 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466

PBJ welcomes Baze and His Silly Friends • World Cafe Live at The Queen

Flight Club

1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

1810 N. DuPont Street • 302.658.6262

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Blue Grass Jams every Sat 1-5pm Woodside Farm Creamery 1 310 Little Baltimore Road • 302.239.9847

Centennial Afternoon Tea 3pm daily Green Room at the Hotel du Pont 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154

TheDCH’s Garden Party & Open House

Delaware Children's Museum 550 Justison Street • 302.654.2340

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

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This event has, indeed, come a long way since its humble beginning as a regional race back in September, 2007. “The Wilmington Grand Prix has become one of the premier cycling events in the nation,” says USA Cycling’s vice president of National Events, Micah Rice. “[We’re] very impressed with the strong community support for the event, as well as the organizer’s success in creating a tremendous experience for spectators. We couldn’t be more thrilled to feature the Wilmington Grand Prix on our National Criterium Calendar.” The calendar Rice is referring to is the top criterium bike race calendar in the country, featuring 25 criteriums from Tucson, Ariz., to Boston. (A criterium is a multi-lap race of 25 to 60 miles held on a closed course of generally a mile or less in length.) Per USAC’s rating system, only 10 of those races have been named a Tier One race. The Wilmington Grand Prix is one of those 10.

Governor’s Ride and Delaware Gran Fondo. The rides offer cyclists a scenic tour through the Brandywine Valley and some of Delaware’s top cultural attractions. The rides benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. In fact, community support is a big part of the Grand Prix. During last year’s Monkey Hill Time Trial, more than 400 volunteers from Chase bank stuffed 5,000 kids’ backpacks with food and school supplies. Each year, the Urban Bike Project presents kids races and provides youngsters with bikes to use, helmets, and free bikes to the age-group winners. The Food Bank of Delaware calls upon all its partners to join the opening ceremonies parade, helping raise awareness of the hunger problems throughout the state. This year organizers have made the 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children a beneficiary of the event. “With over 40 sponsors and partners participating, the Grand Prix has become a platform for talking about the hunger crisis in our state,” says Julie Miro

“The Wilmington Grand Prix has become one of the premier cycling events in the nation.” — Micah Rice, USA Cycling Vice President

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he Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) is the governing body of international cycling, and its calendar of events is the preeminent list of bicycle races in the world. If you visit UCI’s website, on the weekend of May 18-19 you will find races in France, Belgium, Japan and the Netherlands, but only two in the U.S. One of those is the Tour of California, America’s equivalent to the Tour de France. The other is the Wilmington Grand Prix.

“I do bike races from March to November, all over the country,” says veteran race announcer Joe Jefferson, who will be making his seventh appearance at the event this year. “This event is hands-down the best one I do. I think it’s the best race on the East Coast.” This year’s Grand Prix weekend starts on Friday night, May 17, with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. Saturday will feature four amateur races in the morning, culminating with the Women’s Pro and Men’s Pro races in the afternoon. Sunday will see the return of the Third Annual

Wenger, an event organizer and board member of the Food Bank of Delaware. “One in four Delawareans receives food assistance from the Food Bank of Delaware, which equals 242,000 neighbors out of a population of 860,000. This event draws attention to the work of the Food Bank of Delaware and the needs of our kids through the efforts of the 21st Century Fund for Delaware’s Children, all while showcasing the City of Wilmington.” Though there is no admission charge, the influx of racers, out-of-town spectators and suburban attendees have helped the Grand Prix generate more 5

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than $1.7 million in economic impact for the local economy. “We are proud that the Wilmington Grand Prix has grown to this level,” says Wilmington mayor Dennis P. Williams. “We welcome everyone to come see for themselves what Wilmington has to offer.” Those offerings include six blocks of free family entertainment along Market Street on Saturday, including BMX stunt shows, giant slides, rock walls, sidewalk sales and course-side cafés. “It’s one of those days when Market Street comes to life and shows what Market Street can be,” says Joe Van Horn, who oversees two restaurants on the course—Ernest & Scott Taproom and Chelsea Tavern. As for the race competition, last year 544 racers representing 26 states and 10 countries competed. Included in that field were competitors from Australia, Argentina, Italy, Columbia, Mexico and Canada. Eight of the NCC’s top-ranked men’s teams were in attendance, including six of the top 10 individuals. But it’s not all about racing. Sunday’s recreational rides not only have a charitable component, they reinforce Delaware’s growing commitment to bicycling and an active lifestyle. The courses, which include the rare opportunity to ride through the grounds of Hagley Museum and Library and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library, are nothing short of spectacular. “I’ve ridden in Tuscany and Provence and the scenery on [this] ride was right up there,” says Tim Travers of Glen Mills, Pa., who participated in last year’s Gran Fondo. “The Wilmington Grand Prix is a fantastic event and an exceptional opportunity to show that Delaware has become a very bike-friendly state,” said Governor Jack Markell. It’s also a nice showcase for a city working hard to bolster its image.

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Monkey Hill Time Trial (Brandywine Park) Tailgate party in the park as more than 200 amateur and pro racers compete in a 3.2-mile race against the clock on a course made famous by the Tour DuPont (4-8pm).

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Pro Cycling & Street Festival (Market St., Wilm.) Amateur and youth races (8am-12:30pm) Opening Ceremonies Parade (1pm) Pro Races & Street Festival (noon-5pm)

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Governor’s Ride & Gran Fondo (Delaware Art Museum) Benefit ride for the Food Bank of Delaware with distances of 15, 30 and 62 miles through Brandywine Valley cultural attractions. (8am departure) Finish Line Party at Delaware Art Museum (10am-2pm)

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Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox May 1-2 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium Marsh Babies May 2, 10-11:30am Take a walk around DEEC and look for baby birds, fish, frogs, turtles, and geese. Registration fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 11th Annual NAMI Delaware Walk May 4 Benefits National Alliance on Mental Illness Registration begins at 8:30am Walk begins at 10am Dravo Plaza Namiwalks.org/delaware 17th Annual Run/Walk Against Domestic Violence May 4 Benefits Child Inc. Sponsored by Iron Hill Brewery Registration begins at 8am Race begins at 9am Iron Hill Brewery Races2Run.com Delaware Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis May 4 Join thousands of others in the fight against digestive diseases. Check in and festival starts at 3:30pm Walk starts at 4:30pm Dravo Plaza Ccfa.org 4th Teal Ribbon 5K Run/Walk to Fight Ovarian Cancer May 5 Help DOCF raise awareness about ovarian cancer and money to support the mission. Registration open at 7:45am Run/Walk begins at 9:30am Dravo Plaza Races2Run.com Superstars in Education Dinner May 6, 4:45pm The Delaware State Chamber of Commerce hosts the premier celebration for business and education leaders. Chase Center on the Riverfront DSCC.com Blue Rocks vs. Potomac Nationals May 7-9 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium 10

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2013 Padua Academy Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement May 9, 6pm Padua Academy, one of America’s top 50 Catholic High Schools, hosts their premier fundraiser, honoring First Lady Laura Bush. Chase Center on the Riverfront Paduaacademy.org

Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Induction Banquet May 15, 5:30pm Dinner & Ceremony Honoring the 2013 Class of Inductees. The ceremony dinner will have displays of inductees’ memorabilia. Chase Center on the Riverfront DESports.org

Kalmar Nyckel 2013 Lecture Series May 9, 6pm Lecture 3: “Royal Ship Kronan: The Archaeology and Development of Swedish Naval Power in the 17th Century”. Reception precedes the lecture. Registration fee required. Chase Center on the Riverfront Kalmarnyckel.org

Blue Rocks vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans May 17-19 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium

Parents Night Out- Signs of Spring May 10, 6:30-8:30pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games, a scavenger hunt and an evening hike. Dinner provided. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org GYMM One Mile Fun Run/Walk May 11, 10am A great way for kids and families to come out and support Delaware’s marathon and Team Relay!! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park Races2Run.com Welcome to Wilmington May 11, 12-4pm Family day of food, fun & music, as the Mayors of Wilmington & Kalmar, Sweden welcome their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden and Speaker of the Parliament of Finland, Mr. Eero Heinäluoma and his wife, Ms Satu SiitonenHeinäluoma to Wilmington to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of New Sweden. Dravo Plaza 375th.org Family Canoeing May 11, 12:30-4pm Canoe the Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge Marsh with the whole family. Registration fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 10th Annual Christiana Care Health System Delaware Marathon Running Festival 2013 May 12, 7am The Delaware Marathon will start at 7am at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park and continue through the city of Wilmington and along the Riverfront. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park DelawareMarathon.org

Girls on the Run Delaware Spring 5K Race May 18, 9am The Girls on the Run 5Kk race is the culmination of the 10 week program. We invite you, your family and friends to join us at the 5Kk as we celebrate our girls’ success. Dravo Plaza Girlsontherunde.org/gotr-5k/ Blue Rocks vs. Lynchburg Hillcats May 21-23 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium Canoeing the River and Marsh May 25, 11:30am-3:30pm Canoe along the Christina River and through the marshes’ winding channels in search of wildlife including Great Blue Herons and American Beaver. Registration fee required. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Environmental Book Club May 30, 6-7:30pm Join a lively discussion of The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys May 31-June 2 Visit BlueRocks.com for more information on game times and promotions. Frawley Stadium Pirate Sail May 4 and 18, times vary Ahoy Mateys! Landlubbers—come walk the plank of this authentic seagoing re-creation of a 17th Century Dutch pinnace. Join our captain and a crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Dravo Plaza KalmarNyckel.org Christina River Sail May 4 and 18, times vary Sail aboard the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware on this 17th Century Dutch pinnace that brought the first permanent European settlers to the Delaware Valley. This is a 1.5 hour cruise. Dravo Plaza KalmarNyckel.org

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Get OUT & Enjoy the Arts in May In honor of springtime, here are some suggestions for somewhat loosely outdoors-related ArtStuff for you to enjoy By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

Lace Up Your Skates City Theater Company rolls into spring with homage to the ‘80s and all its fabulously cheesy excess with a production of Xanadu, running through May 11. And, yes, the cast is on roller skates. And yes, it’s family-friendly! The CTC crew is excited because Xanadu strikes that cool balance­—connecting with its die-hard fans while providing a chance for young arts enthusiasts to experience intimate live theater. Local musician and recent Hometown Heroes awardwinner Joe Trainor returns to music-direct the show. “These songs are instantly familiar to my generation, but have enough pop appeal to attract younger first-time listeners,” says Joe. Producing Artistic Director Michael Gray offers a tonguein-cheek take on the charms of Xanadu: “This style of music and this really bad movie were a big part of my adolescence. What better way to [finish CTC’s 19th season] than with a funny musical filled with old-school songs, based on an Olivia Newton-John movie? This is going to be a fun ride.” On roller skates, we might add. Tickets available at city-theater.org. Fun retro dress is encouraged.

Get Down & Dirty with DCM By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald Who doesn’t love getting a little dirty…as long as it has educational value and it’s with your kids? Enjoy all the fun of lawn care, critters hiding in the dirt and much more at the Delaware Children’s Museum Open Studio on Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tell a story using the felt board or relax on the purple carpets with a good book and building blocks. It’s all about getting out and into some fun stuff with your kids. Open Studio happens on multiple dates throughout the month, so visit delawarechildrensmuseum.org for additional details and much more outdoor (and indoor) activity. Outdoor Arts on the Edge of Wilmo Bellefonte may be considered “outside” of Wilmington proper, but those in the know will tell you it’s well worth the trip. So slip on your hiking boots, flops or fabulous strappy sandals and head to Brandywine Boulevard for the 5th annual outdoor Bellefonte Arts Festival on Saturday, May 18.

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More than 50 local artists of every genre—pottery, jewelry, photography, and more — will display their works along the quaint Brandywine Boulevard. Other highlights include a delicious variety of culinary arts and live music. Free parking is available at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School on Duncan Road. For more information, visit Bellefontearts.com.

ArtStuff at the Queen: Listen to Your Mother “Eat your veggies…Stand up straight…Don’t date that boy.” As she would readily testify, I rarely listened to my mother. But this time I think I will. On Sunday, May 12, World Café Live at the Queen hosts Listen to Your Mother, a national series of live readings by local writers in celebration of Mother’s Day. Each production is directed, produced and performed by and for local communities with local DELebrities like WSTW’s Nancy Johnson and fave funny woman Shari Short. It’s a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day that may stand out more than eggs Benedict at brunch. Get your tickets at queentickets.worldcafelive.com.

May Music Mash-Up, Courtesy of Brazil Brazilians certainly know how to celebrate and enjoy life; nowhere is that more evident than in their music. On Sunday, May 19, LiveConnections hosts a distinctive musical collaboration at the Queen—Mélomanie+Minas. The performance brings together Wilmington baroque and contemporary ensemble Mélomanie and Philly-based Brazilian music duo Minas. The ensembles pair traditional Brazilian sounds with new works written by Orlando Haddad and Brazilian composer Sergio Roberto de Oliveira, who will fly in from Rio for the event. Tickets are $20 ($15 with student ID) and can be purchased at the Queen box office. A brunch menu will be available for an additional charge. For more details, visit liveconnections.org/melomanie-minas. Get out and enjoy your Spring Arts in Wilmo! Want more ArtsStuff ? Follow me @ArtsinMedia!

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few years ago when artist Catherine Drabkin was invited to Brittany, France, by a French organization to paint and write for the exhibition “American Painters in the Small Towns of Character in Brittany,” she returned to her home in Midtown Brandywine with an idea. “I thought I could do something similar back here to honor the amazing neighborhood where I have lived for eight years,” she says. During the month of May, Drabkin is exhibiting paintings done in or of Midtown Brandywine, where she has lived since 2005, at the Delaware Avenue art gallery Blue Streak. Drabkin is also inviting friends and neighbors to write and share their own Midtown Brandywine stories to complement the paintings at a gallery reading set for Wednesday, May 15, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Drabkin hopes the pieces will capture Midtown Brandywine’s “warmhearted” neighborhood life. Drabkin grew up in New Haven, Conn., and later moved to New York before relocating to Wilmington to teach at Delaware College of Art and Design when it opened in 1997. The exhibition will run from Friday, May 3, to Tuesday, June 4. For more artwork, visit Drabkin’s website at catherinedrabkin.com.

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Have you seen or heard about the IN Show? If you haven’t, then you’re missing out on a free, fun and interactive preview of the hottest happenings in Wilmington. And you can win tickets to upcoming events and restaurant gift cards. The IN Show was created by the INbassadors, a group of volunteers from Wilmington’s business and nonprofit communities who have formed a social network to promote the City of Wilmington and all it has to offer. As ambassadors of the city’s image campaign, “Wilmington: In the Middle of it All,” the INbassadors meet eight times a year to find new ways to coordinate promotional efforts and enhance the already vibrant social scene in Wilmington. The IN Show is held four times a year at Chelsea Tavern, 821 N. Market St. The next show is set for Monday, May 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in attending the IN Show or becoming an INbassador, join the Facebook page: facebook.com/#!/groups/inbassadors/. Or contact WRC’s director of Development and Communications, Barb Bullock, at barbbullock@downtownwilmington.com.

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On April 24, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) held its 2013 Annual Meeting—Bringing Big Ideas to Life at the World Cafe Live at The Queen. While attendees enjoyed a gourmet breakfast, WRC’s Board President Sylvia Banks welcomed the audience and thanked them for their support of WRC and participation in this year’s event. Carrie Gray, WRC’s managing director, then introduced WRC’s Big Ideas presentations with the help of Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Arts In Media; Lauren Skiver, Delaware Transit Corporation; Megan McGlinchey, Riverfront Developmen¬t Corporation, and Dr. Jim Wilson, of Wilmington University. The four presenters provided updates from WRC’s Big Ideas Sessions held in February around WRC’s four core strategic areas: Culture, Infrastructure, Quality of Life, and Education. To keep those ideas brewing, Nat Measley from the Fun Department assisted Carrie Gray in a Big Ideas brainstorming session with the meeting’s attendees. Each table worked to develop Wilmington’s next Big Idea. At the end of the session, participants turned in their ideas to WRC. Keynote speaker Umberto Crenca, a visual artist and the founder and artistic director of AS220, inspired the crowd with his story about how a small group of artists have changed the face of the arts community in Providence, R. I. In three buildings, AS220 established artist living/work spaces, a printmaking shop, a farm-to-table restaurant and a live music venue. AS220 also provides unjuried art exhibition space that allows the free expression of their artists. Crenca encouraged the audience to think and imagine the possibilities of our great community, particularly as it pertains to WRC’s work, to establish a creative district adjacent to Market Street. Following his speech, Dennis P. Williams, mayor of Wilmington, addressed the audience, observing that the enthusiasm in the room is carried throughout our great City. Carrie Gray concluded the meeting by sharing the creative ideas that came from the attendees’ brainstorming session. She thanked the many corporate sponsors for their support, as well as the audience for their ideas.

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Every month we highlight a few happenings in the City. Our favorites for May: Margaret Morton: Makeshift Urban Gardens at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, Wednesday, May 1 Margaret Morton’s documentation of urban gardens created by homeless people living in New York City creates a compelling visual sociology of the metropolis. This work features a series of stillframe black-and-white images edited into single-channel video. More information: thedcca.org

Wilmington Garden Day at the Delaware Art Museum, Saturday, May 4 Wilmington Garden Day will feature 13 houses and garden sites. The gardens vary in size and types of plants and from private oasis to public areas. Water is a common element on the tour this year and can be seen in a beautiful array of pools, ponds and waterfalls as well as sculptures. Proceeds from this event benefit the St. Michael School and Friendship House. More information: wilmingtongardenday.org

Macbeth at the Grand Opera House, Sunday, May 5, to Saturday, May 11 OperaDelaware presents glorious music in this gripping drama. Verdi and the Bard—the results are among the most remarkable combinations of great drama and great music ever created. This opera is a psychological thriller that portrays an ambitious Scottish nobleman who becomes caught in a web of supernatural power and murder. Macbeth is always visually exciting, Verdi’s score is powerful and glorious, and the story is dramatic and familiar to many. More information: operade.org

10th Annual Christiana Care Health System Delaware Marathon, Sunday, May 12 The Delaware Marathon will start at 7 a.m. from Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park; the relay marathons and half marathon will take place shortly thereafter. More information: delawaremarathon.org/welcome

Listen to Your Mother at the World Café Live at the Queen, Sunday, May 12 Join WSTW’s Nancy Johnson, comedian Shari Short, West Chester Story Slam winner Luann Sims and many other amazing local writers and authors as they give motherhood a voice. Listen to Your Mother features live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast, and the barely-rested of motherhood, in celebration of Mother’s Day. More information: queentickets.worldcafelive.com/event/213467-listen-yourmother-wilmington

Wilmington Grand Prix, Friday–Sunday, May 17–19 The Seventh Annual Wilmington Grand Prix returns this month, bigger and better than ever. In years past this event has successfully combined the energy and activity of a street festival with the excitement and thrills of a professional cycling event. More information: wilmgrandprix.com

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