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57 He Keeps On Jammin’ Talented, young-at-heart Bruce Anthony is a fixture in area’s jazz and blues scene. By Krista Connor
67 They Seized The Day As an iconic movie filmed in Delaware marks its 25th anniversary, a writer checks back with some of the locals who were in it. By Matt Sullivan
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THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
Cease and Desist, Please OK, it’s time to put a stop to the use of the contraction “there’s” followed by a plural noun. E.g.: —There’s more people using Twitter than ever before. —There’s a million things to do. —There’s several ways to look at this. Stop and think a minute: You would never write or say “there is several ways . . .”—would you (and you know who you are)? Literally of the Month Wichita State basketball coach about his team’s trip to the Big Dance: “It was literally a magic carpet ride.” And no, his name is not Aladdin. Media Watch • Headline on MSNBC: “Crisis in Ukraine sure to dominant talks.” The word is dominate. Dominant is the adjective. • In a case of “say it ain’t so,” a New Yorker article contained this: “He graduated college . . .” The phrase, as we’ve said again and again in this losing battle, is “graduated from college.” Colleges graduate students; students don’t graduate colleges. • In our March issue, a Philip Seymour Hoffman film at Theatre N was listed as Before the Devil Knows Your Dead. Should be you’re, of course. • From a WHYY online story: “The controversy stems over the involvement of Velda Jones-Potter, the city’s former chief strategy advisor.” That’s “stems from.” Celebrity Corner Without scripts, actors often mangle the language. • Oscar winner Cate Blanchett, in her acceptance speech, used “exacerbate” to mean “enhanced,” which has virtually the opposite meaning. She thanked presenter Daniel Day-Lewis with these words: “Thank you, Mr. Day-Lewis. From you it exacerbates this honor and blows it right out of the ballpark.” • Jane Lynch, the giantess gym coach of Glee fame, was on Jimmy Kimmel, talking about stars mispronouncing names and words during the Oscar telecast. “I felt badly for them,” she said. Now we feel bad for you, Jane. To feel badly would describe tactile problems, to have trouble related to touch.
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Hard to Believe, Harry As the Phillies season gets underway, we’re reminded of the legendary remark uttered a few years ago by Comcast commentator Ricky Bottalico: “This is a team which just exhumes energy.” Never mind his misuse of “which” (should be “that”), let’s focus on exhumes. It means to disinter, or dig up (as in a body). What the Rickster meant was “exudes.” Nomenclature (continued) Add to the list of people who misuse words common to their profession or hobby: “grammarians” who spell it “grammer.” Kudos Now and then, we tip our hat to someone who rises above the semi-literacy that dominates (there’s that word again) our media. Tirdad Derakhshani of The Philadelphia Inquirer is such a person. In a review of John Leguizamo’s one-man show, he wrote: “Instead of homing in on one topic, as he did in his earlier shows . . .” Mr. Derakhshani thus becomes one of, oh, five or six people in the Western World who use the correct “homing in” instead of “honing in.” To hone is to sharpen. Pronunciations • Deirdre Imus, a frequent guest on her hubby’s Fox Business Network show, adds a syllable to “athletic.” Like so many people, she inexplicably pronounces it ath-a-letic. • And did you know? In vehicle, the “-h-” is not pronounced. It’s /VEE-i-kuhl/. Meaningless Plurals And April reminded us of yet another calendar event that creates an incorrect plural that can be added to “Happy New Years” and “Daylight Savings Time”: “April Fools!”—shouted by someone who has just perpetrated one of those crude, often cruel practical jokes. Yes, it’s April Fool’s (note apostrophe) Day, but the expression is “April Fool!” Less/Fewer/Amount/Number– Again! From a Concord Pet ad: “February has the least amount of days.” Rather than this awkward and incorrect phrase, it should be fewest days. Or, less succinctly, fewest number of days.
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rtPlace America Executive Director Jamie L. Bennett will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation on Tuesday, May 6. His topic will be “Creating Place—Live, Work, Play & Learn.” Based in New York City, ArtPlace America is a collaboration among 14 foundations, eight federal agencies, and six financial institutions dedicated to strengthening the field of creative place making. It has invested in 134 projects in which artists and art organizations play a critical part in strategies to help shape their communities’ social, physical, and economic futures. The meeting, scheduled for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the World Café Live at the Queen, 500 N. Market St., will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington in areas such as education, infrastructure, quality of life and culture. Tickets are $50 per person and $475 for a 10-person table. Gourmet breakfast is included, as well as complimentary parking at the Court House Parking Garage. Guests can enter from Walnut Street or King Street and should retrieve vouchers at the check-in table. To purchase tickets, call 425-5500, or visit www.eventbrite.com.
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o you play golf? Are you a runner? Then here’s the event for you: The 2014 Deerfield Dash & Drive, set for Monday, June 1, at Deerfield Golf Course, 507 Thompson Station Rd., Newark. All proceeds from this year’s charity run will go to the B+ Foundation, an organization that provides financial and emotional support for families of children with cancer. “The Dash”—a 4.52 mile run through Deerfield’s majestic golf course—will begin at 8:30 a. m. “The Drive” will follow at 12:30 p.m., and will give participants the chance to golf the afternoon away. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., and will include an auction, awards and prizes. For more information, visit deerfieldgolfclub.com.
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n Thursday, May 29, the Nature Conservancy in Delaware and Delaware Greenways, Inc. will kick off “See You Outside,” a summer challenge that gives participants a chance to explore Delaware’s nature sites and win a $500 Trail Creek Outfitters Gift card. The challenge, which will run through Nov. 5, invites people of all ages to participate in 40 activities at outdoor sites throughout the state. The mix of activities allows participants to explore on foot, by bike, or even in the water. For a chance to win, participants must complete one or more of the activities and send a photo to info@ syodelaware.org. The first 300 participants who complete 10 activities receive a special “See You Outside” magnet. For more information, visit http://syodelaware.org/
FLOWER MARKET TRADITION CONTINUES Mother’s Day weekend provides family fun
ne of Delaware’s longest-running traditions, the Wilmington Flower Market, will once again be the highlight of Mother’s Day weekend, May 8-10. Plants and flowers that can be purchased to add to your garden are just one feature of the event at Rockford Park. The market also offers crafts, rides, games, food, live music performed on the WDEL stage, and a chance to meet local celebrities such as Miss Delaware. The money raised at the Flower Market is distributed to charities throughout Delaware that support children. For more information, visit wilmingtonflowermarket.org. MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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-79.8 The lowest temperature—in Fahrenheit—ever recorded in the United States. Recorded in Prospect Creek, Alaska, in 1971.
Average height, in feet, of the American holly, the official state tree of Delaware.
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85 Percentage of all life on the planet that is found in the ocean.
Average number of people who camp in National Park Service camps each year.
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Sally O’Byrne, former president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS), and Bill Stewart, vice president of the DOS and director of partnership and marketing at the American Birding Association (ABA), take O&A writer Krista Connor to three of Delaware’s major birding hubs.
BIRDING ALONG THE C&D CANAL
ne thing about birding, naturalist Sally O’Byrne warns prior to our bird-watching excursion: “It’s not for the faint of heart. If it’s cold, you’re out there. If it’s hot, you’re out there. “Meet you at 8. Wear hiking shoes; it could be muddy.” This would be my first time birding. To avoid having a novice trek into the Delaware wilderness with naught but a handful of birding guides, O’Byrne, former president of the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS), and her friend Bill Stewart, vice president of the DOS and director of partnership and marketing at the American Birding Association (ABA), have graciously offered to lead me on a trip to spot some of our state’s feathered friends. It’s perfect timing, too. O’Byrne says this month is the busiest time for migration. For the first two or three weeks in May, shorebirds fly from South America and gorge on horseshoe crab eggs in the Bombay Hook area before heading north to the Arctic tundra. Bombay Hook is internationally famed as a migratory flyway for these shorebirds. Songbirds such as colorful warblers migrate to the area this month, too. And throughout the year, dozens of species flock here, including bald eagles, egrets, herons, chickadees, woodpeckers, cardinals, robins, wood ducks and green-
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winged teals. Two particular birds that are common in Delaware yearround, the blue jay and cardinal, draw people from around the country. Morning is usually the best time for birding, O’Byrne says, although it can depend on the season or what you’re looking for. Our plan is to meet early at Delaware City, then check out Port Penn, Thousand Acre Marsh and Dragon Run Park, all birding hubs located within a short stretch of one another. When I arrive, Delaware City is quiet, just waking. Located on the C&D Canal, the town is on the verge of revitalization. And an unlikely player in the rejuvenation is the ABA. It’s currently headquartered in Colorado, but this summer, due to the state’s phenomenal birding opportunities, Delaware native and ABA President Jeff Gordon is moving the headquarters to Delaware City’s Central Hotel*. Picking out O’Byrne and Stewart by the 19th century hotel is easy; they’re the only people wearing binoculars around their necks. They give me a quick tour of the future ABA building, which is under renovation. “This is going to become a real point of destination on weekends,” says Stewart. ► MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Bill Stewart spots and calls out bird names from the passenger seat.
Delaware City’s Central Hotel is the future headquarters of the ABA, currently headquartered in Colorado.
“Delaware’s pretty well-known internationally for birding, and this means a lot more attention to Delaware,” says O’Byrne. “We’ll be organizing regional trips; there will be offices, a retail store, educational programs—a huge boost to birding in this whole region. People see birding as having huge economic potential.” During the short walk to O’Byrne’s car the two long-time friends frequently interrupt the conversation, pointing and calling out names of birds. In the sky: “Gull!” In a tree: “Cardinal!” Both 61, with equally big personalities, O’Byrne and Stewart make charming and adventurous guides. And although they’re just friends, they have the peculiar habit of calling one another “babe.” We start driving. O’Byrne begins to speak but brakes hard at Stewart’s sudden shout. Conditioned to this tone after years of birding together, she knows it can mean only one thing. “Bald eagle! Straight ahead through that tree, it’s flying over toward us, dead at us. Jump out,” Stewart commands me, and as I scramble with the seatbelt and get out of the car, reaching back across the seat for my borrowed binoculars, he’s already standing, peering through his. The bird is heading off into the morning sun, and I catch only a glimpse of its white tail. When we’re back in the car conversation picks up where it left off, until another sighting; then it’s all brakes and urgency again. “I can tell you there’s a few less mailboxes on earth because of me and other birders,” Stewart says. How could he identify that eagle from its initial distance? “I saw it,” he replies simply, waiting for the profundity of his statement to sink in before continuing. “I saw it tipping, it’s very large; white head, white tail.” After birding for as long as they have, he says, they can identify a bird by behavior and location. A birder must change habitats to find different species, Stewart explains, starting with the basics. Does a specific type of bird thrive around water, for example? Then a birder begins to separate the details—shallow or deep water, fresh or salt—to determine what sort of bird would most likely be in a particular area. For new or first-time birders O’Byrne recommends learning backyard birds (which is a task in itself; this spring, Stewart has identified 103 bird species in his Wilmington backyard). Otherwise, it’s easy to get frustrated. They also emphasize bird walks with other birders and a guide (See sidebar for details).
And there are dozens of places to get involved. Birding has a great social community, O’Byrne says, which includes more than 15 national festivals annually, and clubs and societies in almost every state. The DOS is one of the more active clubs on the East Coast. “It’s vibrant. Our birding community here in Delaware is made up of a whole lot of fun people,” says O’Byrne. Locations for spotting a variety of birds are Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Henlopen State Park, Ashland Nature Center, and Brandywine Creek State Park. Green-winged teal ducks in the wetlands on Route 9, floating in the water and dipping under for fish, bring us to a halt. Delaware has a large winter and spring population of ducks, but after mid-May they all migrate elsewhere, Stewart and O’Byrne explain. “Look at them in your binocs. Just stunning,” says Stewart. “Hi guys,” he says through the window. Something else startles the ducks and they flap away. “Aw,” he says, “you don’t have to go. See how they run on the water? Mmm mmm mmm…never get enough of those.” If birding played out like a novel, the bald eagle would certainly be its antagonist. At almost every stop, like this one, a peaceful habitat is disrupted and birds are “flushed out” (driven off, scared away) by this bird of prey. At Port Penn’s Augustine Wildlife Area, Stewart spots a hooded merganser and we pull into a waterside lot for a better look. The two friends quickly devise a strategy for exiting the vehicle without scaring the birds. “You two use the car as a blind. I’ll stay in the car,” O’Byrne says. Stewart nods, already on the move. “Let’s see if we can get the scopes on them,” he says to me. He takes one of the telescopes out of the trunk and positions it on the passenger side—farthest from the birds. We peer through it over the hood. The merganser, a beautiful black, white and brown duck floating in the marsh, has big yellow eyes fixed in seemingly perpetual shock. Here we also spot yellow-leg ducks, a swamp sparrow, cardinal, crows, a mockingbird (the only North American bird that does not have a song of its own), a red-bellied woodpecker (identified by the red on its head, and its up and down movement when it flies away), red-winged blackbirds, and a Carolina chickadee.
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The chickadee, a tiny black, gray and white creature, disappears too soon for our liking. Stewart steps toward the overgrowth where we first spotted it and makes an unexpected sound. “Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch,” he calls. Then he points. “Here it comes!” He intensifies the ch-ch-chs, and they start going double time. The chickadee appears again for a moment before flying off. Birders have a term—“spark bird”—to describe the first bird that drew them into birding. Although neither Stewart nor O’Byrne has a favorite, his spark bird was the hawk, while O’Byrne’s was the wood thrush. If I ever become a real birder, that chickadee may have been mine. Stewart was handed his first birding field guide in his 20s. “I just felt like I lived inside that book. It pulled me in,” he remembers. O’Byrne didn’t start pursuing the hobby until her 40s, when she decided she wanted to pick up birding in order to call herself an all-around naturalist. Birding brought them together, of course. The first time they ever spoke was nine years ago on the phone when Stewart called O’Byrne, then-president of DOS, about illegal duck shooting he had witnessed. A friendship was born. Stewart is a fulltime birder with the ABA, and has been on trips all over the country and will head to South Africa soon on a birding expedition. He also runs a Delaware-based birding tour company called Red Knot Outfitters. Throughout the morning as we venture from one scenic hideaway to the next, my two companions never stop scanning the sky, treetops and fields. They’re always on the lookout. I ask if the lifestyle ever gets stressful. “That’s the problem with being a birder. You never really stop,” says O’Byrne. “And sometimes, I’d just like to go for a damn walk.” “It’s tough on the family,” adds Stewart, who has five children and two grandchildren. On the way to our last stop, Dragon Run Park, he calls a halt again, eyes searching out the window. “Duck? Duck…goose?” He peers through some trees. “Oh, iiiit’s a stump. Let’s go, babe. See, sometimes we make mistakes.” At Dragon Run we hope to see “one of the prettiest birds in the world,” according to Stewart—the wood duck. We set our scopes on a concrete slab and watch the scene unfold. A narrow body of water surrounded by overgrowth and trees, the park is a bird haven. Gadwalls, shovelers, ringnecks, pintails—all variations of duck—float, dip, bask, roam. But something’s up; they’re stirring uneasily. “They’re not flushing from us,” Stewart says, scanning with his binoculars for the disturbance. O’Byrne is on it with a telescope. Now the ducks, peaceful morning gone, are up and running. I spot quick movement above the tree line, and that ominous white tail. “Bald eagle! Is that a bald eagle out there?” I ask, realizing, as I speak, that I have picked up the urgent tone. “Yep, that’s a bald eagle. Good girl,” says Stewart. “That’s what’s flushing them.” But the eagle finds no prey. A few moments later when calm has returned to the habitat, we spot what we set out for: brush strokes of green, brown, white and orange—the wood duck. All this within 10 minutes. In the two hours the three of us spend together, we sight at least 30 species. “It’s really great to go somewhere, blend into it, then watch everything around you move and change,” says Stewart. Their most important birding tip, though, is this: “All you gotta do is take the time to look,” says Stewart. “And look up.” For more info on the DOS or ABA, visit www.dosbirds.org and www.aba.org. Visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/shorebirds for info on the Delaware Shorebird Project involving migratory birds to the arctic. To book a Red Knot Outfitters tour, visit www.redknotoutfitters.com. *Delaware City’s Central Hotel will also be a trailhead for a major bike trail stretching 24 miles to Chesapeake City.
Interested in birding? Check out these recommendations from expert birders Sally O’Byrne and Bill Stewart on where to go and what websites to visit: • The Delaware Nature Society offers regular free birding walks at various locations, including a hawk watch at Ashland Nature Center (www.delawarenaturesociety.org; 3511 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin). • The Delaware Birding Trail website lists about 30 locations for birding, along with birding tips and more. Contact for free birding pamphlet (www.delawarebirdingtrail.org). • Visit eBird, an online national database organized by Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which provides international information for tracking migration (ebird.org). • The DOS hosts an annual Bird-A-Thon event, which raises money for preserving habitats. The event has helped purchase 1000 acres of shorebird habitat that will be permanently preserved. The event this year is May 3-11 (www.dosbirds.org/Bird-A-Thon.) • The Sussex Bird Club provides guided field trips and monthly meetings (www.sussexbirdclub.com). • Brandywine Creek State Park birders lead a monthly bird walk the last Saturday of the month, free with park admission. (www.destateparks.com; 41 Adams Dam Rd., Wilmington) • The Delaware Valley Ornithological Club offers trips, meetings and more (www.dvoc.org/Main.htm). • Birding experts at Kennett Square’s Bucktoe Creek Preserve lead free bird walks every Sunday morning. (www.bucktoecreekpreserve.org; 432 Sharp Rd., Kennett Square, Pa.) • The West Chester Bird Club offers field trips and programs (www.westchesterbirdclub.org) • On the last Wednesday of the month through July a heron survey is conducted by the state, counting the number of birds flying to Pea Patch Island, one of the largest heronries on the East Coast (www. dnrec.delaware.gov). • The DuPont Nature Center at the Mispillion Harbor Preserve provides interactive exhibits all about birding and birds in the state (www.dupontnaturecenter.org; 2992 Lighthouse Rd., Milford). MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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ong, cold nights like those we’ve experienced this winter can sometimes prompt people to seek fresh companionship. While some will hit Internet dating sites for a hook-up (See February O&A), there are those who will instead look for a new companion that’s frisky, furry and friendly—and doesn’t come with pesky demands for movies and dinners out. It’s easy to understand why. Pets enrich our lives and those of our families by providing unconditional love of a sort that can only be found between animals and their human companions. Even science agrees that pets are good for us. Research has shown that they help lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and engage those of us who thought we were too old for tossing a ball in the yard. And acquiring a pet is much easier than trolling the internet for action. In New Castle County alone, there are multiple shelters, rescue organizations and pet fostering groups to choose from. Why adopt from a shelter? It turns out the answers, according to the ASPCA, are pretty straightforward.
First, by taking home a shelter animal you’re quite possibly saving its life, and whether that animal realizes it or not, he or she will still be appreciative of being in a loving home, as opposed to a shelter. Second, you have the benefit of getting a pet that is pretty likely to have come from excellent circumstances, but was the victim of significant changes in its human owners’ lives. “There’s no one reason people leave pets at a shelter,” says Patrick Carroll, executive director at the Delaware Humane Association. “Usually there is a change in life— people have a new job and they can’t care for the animal as they did, or they can’t have a pet in an apartment, or someone in the house is having a problem with allergies.” What’s more, adopting a shelter animal is usually more pocketbook-friendly than buying one from a breeder or pet store. Shelter animals are given a full medical examination before being accepted and are then brought up to date on vaccinations. If the dog or cat is not already spayed or neutered, the shelter will either have the surgery performed or cover the cost for adopters. And the fees you pay to adopt from a shelter go directly to help other animals get adopted. ► MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Looking for Love In conducting a search for your future furry friend, it turns out that the analogy with internet dating isn’t too far off the mark. Those who run area animal shelters and adoption groups agree that nothing has changed the process of pet adoption in the past decade as much as the ability to search online for adoptable pets based on criteria like breed, size, age and temperament. “It’s really kind of staggering, the many options people have for adoption and the role the internet has played in that,” Carroll says. Using online sites like Petfinder.com, “people just know what they’re looking for and they go with what they need,” he says. “As a result, we find that we need to have a variety of animals for adoption so we can offer some choices. We have lots of people looking for pets, and we just have to help them find the right one.” Unfortunately, statistics show that there are still those who treat acquiring a pet as an impulse decision. The 3,500 animal shelters throughout the United States house from 6 to 8 million dogs and cats every year, according to estimates from humanesociety.org. Those are split about evenly between those picked up by animal control and those brought to shelters by their owners. Among the sadder of these statistics is that while between 3 and 4 million are adopted, some 2.7 million are euthanized. “There’s no reason these pets shouldn’t be able to find a home,” Carroll says. “Delaware is working hard to be a no-kill state, but it’s a bigger picture. People are almost more willing to go to Georgia to get a dog that’s exactly what they want rather than staying in town and going to the shelter down the street.” But traveling long distances to acquire the perfect pet does nothing to save those in the local shelters. By being more open-minded about what sort of pet they want—particularly when it comes to dogs—those considering adoption will discover a whole new world of available pets, says Al Mollica, executive director of the Delaware SPCA.
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In addition to featuring all the animals available for adoption on its website, his organization spotlights those that are highly adoptable but have been in the shelter for an extended time through its “Lonely Hearts Club.” Those included in the “Single and Loving It” section, meanwhile, are animals that would make excellent pets in homes where there might be no other animals or children. But while highlighting such pets because of specific criteria, the shelter also runs the risk of stigmatizing them, Mollica says. “What we do to avoid that is talk to people about what [those designations] mean,” he says. “You’re still highlighting these wonderful features about this animal.”
About Pit Bulls At the same time, because his group maintains the animal control contract with the city of Wilmington, he and his team are challenged with breaking down the stigmas against certain breeds, particularly pit bulls. Of the 40 to 50 dogs the organization pulls from Wilmington annually, more than 90 percent are pit bulls. “It became a status symbol to have a nasty looking pit bull, and what we also find is that many people in the city are breeding pit bulls to fight,” Mollica says. Statistically, breeds like golden retrievers and Chihuahuas present more of a bite risk, he says. But because organized dog fighting rings prefer the pit bull for its strength and biting power, they are frequently raised specifically to be violent.
Out of each litter bred to fight, more aggressive dogs are raised as fighters, while less aggressive dogs are reserved as “bait dogs,” used essentially as live targets for the fighters. “Talk about a challenge,” says Mollica. “You pull a few dogs from the ring and have to reeducate them, and you want to say to those people, ‘You’re the one who should be in the cage, not the animals.’ A lot of dogs have been ruined by their owners.”
Find a Friend Who’s Fostered One popular alternative to adopting from a shelter is to adopt a pet that has been part of a fostering program. Rather than being placed in a shelter, fostered dogs stay temporarily with an owner in a home environment, says Hollie Hastings, founder of All Mutts Matter Foundation in Wilmington. “Fostering allows the dogs to stay a pet,” she says. “An older dog that has been somewhere for a long time is scared and confused anyway, and fostering helps minimize that.” From the viewpoint of the person considering adoption, the foster family’s familiarity with that dog is definitely an asset, she says. “When an adoption is foster-based, whoever is fostering that dog is going to know that dog much better than someone in a shelter environment,” Hastings says. “We’ll know what he usually eats, what toys he likes to play with, and he’s definitely house trained because he’s in a house and not in that box.” Foster owners also learn whether a dog is friendly with other dogs, cats and children and if they walk well on a leash. They usually participate in the approval process of the prospective owner. ►
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As part of that process, Hastings says the first step is make sure the person or family considering the adoption is prepared to make the significant commitment that dog ownership requires. “We try to find a dog that’s a match to their lifestyle,” she says. “For an older person we’ll suggest an older dog as opposed to puppy. For someone who has a busy life, we’re going to go with a dog that isn’t a puppy and is already house trained and crate trained for them.” The potential owner is then invited to submit an application and, with approval, meet the dog. The foster owner also takes the dog on a visit to the applicant’s home so see how the dog will interact with the new environment.
Picking Your Match When considering even the sweetest pet for adoption, there are a number of questions that need to be asked, according to the ASPCA. Picking the right animal can depend on a number of lifestyle factors, such as work schedules, home and yard size, whether there are children or other pets in the home, and the age of the adopting individual. Most important, Hastings says, is understanding what you’re getting into, particularly with dogs. “It’s a job. It’s very rewarding, but small dogs can live as long as 15 to 20 years. It’s just like raising a child, and if people aren’t willing to do that, then getting a dog isn’t a great option,” she says. Other considerations, according to the ASPCA: what size dog you prefer (especially in light of potential apartment or condo restrictions), whether you’ll travel or exercise with the dog, and what sort of grooming regimen you want to maintain. For cats, which are in many ways self-sufficient, a primary consideration should be energy level, says the Delaware SPCA’s Mollica. “One thing we ask is whether a person is looking for a lap cat that loves to lay in the sunshine and live a sedate lifestyle or if they can handle the energy of a younger cat,” he says. “We try to be very careful about matching the right person with the cat’s personality.” The ASPCA urges potential adopters to ask shelter workers or foster owners questions about an animal’s history, temperament and personality. After all, they are the ones who, prior to adoption, know the animal best and are in an ideal position to let you know if it might be the right fit. And even if you don’t think your circumstances, your home or your yard are ideal, chances are the pet you choose to take home won’t care one bit, says Mollica. “Don’t worry about being the perfect family,” he says. “Whatever you can do in the way of providing a loving environment for this animal is a million times better than what we can do here at the shelter, even at our best.”
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t’s getting easier to find Freakin’ Fresh Salsa in stores these days, but there’s no sign at all pointing the way to the kitchen where it’s made. The location, tucked away in an industrial park near New Castle, is every bit as secret as the recipe, and Freakin Fresh creator Mike Andrzejewski is happy to keep it that way. But the message from retailers who sell the product is one that Andrzejewski wants everyone to hear: This salsa, even its mild variety, is, well, hot. How hot? “We can’t keep it on the shelves,” says Matt Pruitt, a manager and buyer for Janssen’s Market in Greenville. “We used to make our own, but we stopped because this is so good and it sells so well.” With nine varieties, Freakin Fresh is steadily expanding its footprint. After earning shelf space at Zingo’s markets in Pike Creek and the since-closed location near Wilmington, Freakin’ Fresh built a retail presence in Delaware before landing a deal with Whole Foods supermarkets, which now stocks the salsa at stores as far north as Princeton, N. J., and south to Alexandria, Va. In mid-April, Andrzejewski began supplying Whole Foods markets a bit farther south, in Richmond, Charlottesville and Virginia Beach, Va., and he hopes to stretch next into Whole Foods stores in Kentucky and Ohio. Not bad for a guy who began making salsa to see if he could match what he was sampling in restaurants and who didn’t decide to go commercial until he was laid off from his fulltime job five years ago. “I had lost my job, and my wife [Cecilia] and I were trying to figure out what to do. We decided that now is the time to start our own business, to put more of ourselves on the line rather than working for someone else,” says Andrzejewski, who had been program director for WJBR radio. Since the salsa recipe he had been tinkering with for years at home had been winning praise from friends, relatives and coworkers, it wasn’t hard to decide what kind of business to start. “Once a month I would make the salsa for myself, then friends would come over, and the next thing you know, my friends would be inviting me to a party, and they would ask if I could bring my salsa. It got to where I would ask, ‘are you inviting me or are you inviting the salsa?’” At work, the salsa became Andrzejewski’s Christmas gift, and then his colleagues started asking him to make more, because they were willing to pay for it. To start the business, he rented space on Fridays and Saturdays at the Booth’s Corner Farmers Market, and it didn’t take long for him to sell out regularly—about 350 16-ounce containers a week. That initial success prompted him to explore opportunities with local retailers, and as sales grew he went from making salsa at home to preparing it in the kitchen in the industrial park. The key to Freakin’ Fresh’s success, Andrzejewski believes, is apparent from its name: it is freakin’ fresh. He uses fresh vegetables —tomatoes, onions, peppers, cilantro, mangos and pineapples— and no preservatives. He shops for produce on Fridays, his crew (there were two women working in the kitchen one morning in mid-April) makes the salsa Monday through Wednesday, and deliveries are made Wednesday through Friday. Andrzejewski picks out the vegetables himself. “I make sure the tomatoes are not overripe, that the cilantro looks fresh, that the onions are ready, and the mangos are not too soft and not too hard,” he says.
While he tries to buy local when he can, that’s not always possible when the weather turns cool, and the mangos and pineapples usually come from Honduras, Ecuador or Puerto Rico. In his shopping and sampling, Andrzejewski has discovered some quirks about his salsa ingredients—one being that hot peppers grown in North Carolina just aren’t hot enough. “We had to almost double the amount of peppers [in the hot salsa] to get the taste we needed,” he says. Now he makes sure to buy hot peppers from Georgia, Texas or Mexico. “Our product is hand-crafted, not a production line of machines pumping it out,” he says. “It’s company employees making it by hand, loading it by hand, sealing it by hand, putting it in the refrigerator by hand.” Freakin’ Fresh comes in nine varieties—the usual mild and hot, low-sodium versions of both developed at the request of Whole Foods, plus chipotle, habanero, pineapple mango, pineapple mango hot and pico de gallo. Andrzejewski packs the salsa in cube-shaped plastic containers to distinguish it from most of the competition, which typically uses glass jars. The product has a shelf life of five weeks (two weeks for the pineapple flavors), but it is labeled with a sell-by date of four weeks after production. In an average week, the Freakin’ Fresh crew makes about 80 cases of salsa—960 one-pound containers (12 ounces for the pineapple flavors), Andrzejewski says. But plenty of weeks are much better than average, he says, starting with Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s celebration of freedom and democracy, and continuing through the big summer holiday weekends. Sales cool off a bit with the weather but spike again for New Year’s and the Super Bowl. For now, Freakin’ Fresh is available only through its retail outlets, but Andrzejewski says he has been checking out shipping costs and is considering selling the salsa through the company’s website, freakinfreshsalsa.com “We don’t want to expand too fast, cut any corners, or do anything so it wouldn’t taste like our original recipe,” he says. “We want to stay fresh, to stay hand-crafted.” “It’s good stuff and it sells pretty well,” says Dan Tanzer, director of marketing for Kenny Shop Rite, which carries the Freakin’ Fresh brand in its Brandywine and Christina Landing markets. Pruitt, the manager at Janssen’s, considers himself a salsa connoisseur and admits to being a Freakin’ Fresh fan. “I go to a lot of Mexican restaurants, and I think [Andrzejewski] has got it down just right,” he says. “It’s excellent.”
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ast February, the Delaware Tourism Office launched the Delaware Culinary Trail, highlighting 24 iconic restaurants throughout the state as samples of the tastes of Delaware. One year later, the trail’s going strong, with almost a thousand “passports” purchased. “Since its launch, the Delaware Culinary Trail has attracted some real attention among foodies, both locally and around the country, and has succeeded in its goal of raising awareness of the state’s great dining options,” says Linda Parkowski, director of tourism at the Delaware Tourism Office. According to the DTO, dining out is one of the top activities in the state, which is why the menu-like road map of some of the First State’s restaurants was created. The trail was modeled after the successful Delaware History Trail, the Delaware Geocaching Trail and the Delaware Wine and Ale Trail. All are based on a passport system that encourages multiple stops and user interaction with the DOT’s website. Parkowski says the biggest surprise throughout the initial year probably shouldn’t have been a surprise at all, in an era when culinary tourism is becoming so popular: “Even we were amazed by the amount of media attention the trail received when we launched it. It came from around the country and from within the state, and quickly put Delaware on many foodies’ radar.” The trail’s companion book, First State Plates: Iconic Delaware Restaurants and Recipes, written by Pam George, is the prize for diners who complete the trail by visiting 15 of its 24 eateries (five in each region). The trek begins by downloading a passport at www. visitdelaware.com/culinary and viewing the list of restaurants, which include Piccolina Toscana in Wilmington, Sambo’s Tavern in Leipsic, and Big Fish Grill Restaurant in Rehoboth.
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|Chelsea Tavern The Patio Is Open!
(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.
Dead Presidents (10am-2pm, Sundays; 618 N. Union St.)
2216 Penn. Ave. • Wilmington, DE 19806 302.571.1492 • www.ColumbusInn.net
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.
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EAT |Kid Shelleen’s (10am-2:30pm, Sundays; 1801 W. 14th St.)
RESTAURANT, TAVERN AND TO GO
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: $$ What to expect: A buffet, including pasta, salads, soup and smoked salmon as well as a variety of Italian style a la carte items.
Two Stones Pub (10am-2pm, Sundays; 2502 Foulk Rd., North Wilm.)
What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Upscale pub food with a creative twist. Breakfast and lunch options are available.
Ulysses American Gastropub (11am-2pm, Sundays; 1716 Marsh Rd., North Wilm.)
What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Cheese steak & eggs, buttermilk pancakes with wheat beer syrup, apple-pie-stuffed French toast, all sorts of Benedict style eggs as well as burgers, salads, sandwiches and pizzas.
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|Washington Street Ale House (10am-2pm, Sundays; 1206 Washington St.)
What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Warm atmosphere featuring Mimosas and an extensive bloody Mary bar, paired with eggs Benedict, grilled steak and eggs, crab and asparagus omelets, brunch quesadillas, and more.
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Greenville, Hockessin, and Beyond |BBC Tavern (11am-2pm, Sundays; 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville)
What you’ll spend: $ What to expect: Breakfast specials including eggs Benedict, egg sandwiches, two eggs any style, a “Bloody and a Burger” for $12.95 and the full lunch menu.
|Brandywine Prime (10am-2pm, Sundays; 1617 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford)
What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: Lot of takes on eggs (Benedict, omelets) and mouth-watering sweetness (vanilla pancakes, Belgian waffles, toasted brioche French toast).
May 2-10 All Crabtree & Evelyn
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EAT |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.
Vegetable Quiche Pizza with Broccoli, green peppers, chopped tomatoes, parmesan & mozzarella cheese Pizza by Elizabeths
(10:30am-2:30pm; 423 Baltimore Pk., Chadds Ford, PA)
What you’ll spend: $$ What to expect: Gourmet soups and salads, classic dishes with a twist—bourbon glaze French toast and Eggs Benedict, as well as entrees including shrimp & grits, portabella wrap, and more.
(8am-2pm, Sundays; Route 100 & Kirk Road, Montchanin)
What you’ll spend: $$ 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. photo Joy Smoker
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O&A’S BEST BETS: MIDATLANTIC WINE + FOOD FESTIVAL
oodies will be thrilled when the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival arrives in the area on Wednesday, May 14, bringing with it more than 90 chefs and 20 winemakers from six continents. With more than 45 events, there is plenty to choose from. You can’t possibly do it all (can you?), but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. With that in mind, here are three festival events that the O&A staff feels deserve your consideration. WSFS Bank Soft Shell Crab Nouveau + Craft Beer Thursday, May 15, 6:30pm Buena Vista, Route 13 South, New Castle Held on the first day of soft shell crab season in Delaware, this event is the equivalent of variations on a theme with four chefs— including locals Chad DiFebo of Feby’s Fishery and David Banks of Harry’s Hospitality—offering their takes on this regional delicacy. Plus, how can you go wrong with crabs and craft beers? 937 Point Wine Tasting Friday, May 16, 5pm OperaDelaware, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington Local wine enthusiasts (and careful shoppers) should file this event under “Great Value.” It’s an opportunity to sample 10 wines that just missed earning a perfect score of 100 while avoiding the price tag that comes with such perfection. If a 93.7 still counts as an A in your book, this tasting is worth a look. The Mystique of Pappy Van Winkle Saturday, May 17, 4pm DoubleTree Downtown, 700 King St., Wilmington What happens when a whiskey falls asleep for 23 years? Trick question. Whiskey never sleeps. But it does age well. And here is a rare chance to sample five vintages aged between 10 and 23 years. Follow whiskey expert Russ Kempton as he leads you on an expedition to learn more about this great American spirit —O&A
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½ Price Burgers 5pm-Close ½ Price Build Your Own Chicken Sandwich 5pm to Close Lunch Special: Build Your Own Beef or Veggie Burger $7
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SUNDAY’S SPECIALS All You Can Eat Ribs $19
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WHEELS Grand Prix brings world-class cycling to Delaware while showcasing the city By Jerry duPhily Photos by Les Kipp
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icycling has become a big deal in Delaware. In 2013, Delaware was No. 5 in the League of American Bicyclists’ annual rankings for bicycle-friendly states. In 2008, the state was ranked 31st. (New state rankings are due out this month). To date, Jack Markell is the only governor to address the National Bike Summit, and his First State Trails and Pathways initiative aims to connect the entire state through a series of paths and bikeways. Millions have already been spent to actualize this goal. And on May 16-18, the competitive end of bicycling will be center stage as one of the top criterium races in the country, the Wilmington Grand Prix, roars back into town.
On adjacent page, United Healthcare’s Adrian Hegyvary leads the peleton during last year’s Men’s Pro Race. Above, Kelly Fisher-Goodwin of Fearless Femme crosses the line as the winner of the 2013 Women’s Pro Race.
I do bike races from March to November, all over the country. This event is hands down the best one I do. I think it’s the best race on the East Coast. — Joe Jefferson, Veteran Race Announcer Now in its eighth year, the Grand Prix has once again been named to USA Cycling’s prestigious National Criterium Calendar (NCC). The NCC comprises the top criterium races in the country and features racers competing for the NCC points championship in team and individual categories. (A criterium is a bike race of a specified number of laps held on a closed course on public roads.) This year just 17 were named to the NCC, down from 25 a year ago. The Wilmington Grand Prix, presented by Bank of America, is the fifth stop on the calendar, which opened April 5 in Alabama and concludes Sept. 20 in Boston. “The Wilmington Grand Prix continues to be one of the premier criterium races in the nation,” said USA Cycling’s vice president of National Events, Micah Rice. “Racers love the technical nature of the course and the enthusiastic crowds that greet them. We’re thrilled to feature the Wilmington Grand Prix on our National Criterium Calendar for the second straight year.” “I do bike races from March to November, all over the country,” said veteran race announcer Joe Jefferson, who will be making his eighth appearance at the event.
“This event is hands down the best one I do. I think it’s the best race on the East Coast.” The action starts Friday, May 16, at 5 p.m. with the Monkey Hill Time Trial, a 3.2-mile race against the clock through Wilmington’s Brandywine Park. The timed ride culminates with a grueling climb of the cobblestones at Monkey Hill, an ascent made famous years ago by the Tour DuPont. The Monkey Hill TT has become one of the most popular components of Grand Prix Weekend, with spectators tailgating and creating a party in the park atmosphere. This year’s event is sponsored by Out & About Magazine and will feature live music by Special Delivery, a craft beer tent and a food truck festival. “The Friday night time trial has really grown organically and has become a family friendly celebration,” said Julie Miro Wenger, an event organizer for the Wilmington Grand Prix. “It’s so much fun to watch spectators run up Monkey Hill cheering on the cyclists during the epic adrenaline-fueled climb.” Saturday, May 17, will feature three amateur races in the morning, culminating with the Women’s Pro and Men’s Pro races in the afternoon. ► MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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But that’s only the racing component. Grand Prix Saturday BIG WHEELS has become Wilmington’s continued from previous page biggest street festival, with six blocks of free family activities, including amusement park-like rides and attractions, course-side cafes, a craft beer garden and sidewalk sales. New this year is a Family Ride, Walk or Run (12:45 p. m. start) in which the public will be able to ride bikes or traverse the Grand Prix course on foot. The event is being presented by Bank of America with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank of Delaware (registration $15; ages 16 & under free). Also new this year is a Wellness Expo (noon-5 p.m.) in Rodney Square presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware. Free to the public, activities include the Christiana Care Fitness Challenge in which schools or non-profit organizations can win $500 by completing a series of fitness challenges. In addition, the Grand will be presenting live music throughout the day and Walgreens will be offering free health screenings. Grand Prix Weekend culminates on Sunday, May 18, with the return of the Fourth Annual Governor’s Ride and the Third Annual Delaware Gran & Medio Fondo. All three rides are
presented by Capital One 360. The Gran Fondo attracts cyclists from throughout the country by offering them a scenic tour through the Brandywine Valley and some of Delaware’s mostprized cultural attractions, including rides through Hagley Museum & Library and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Thus far, cyclists from 12 states have registered, including riders from Colorado, Rhode Island and Vermont. “These kind of high‐profile events help solidify Delaware’s status as a first‐class host for all sorts of competitions,” said Dave Arthur, executive director of the Delaware Sports Commission. “Because it’s staged on local roads and through some of our most picturesque areas, it really showcases Delaware and Wilmington in the best possible light.” In also translates into dollars. Over the last three years the Wilmington Grand Prix generated more than $2 million in economic impact for the local economy. “The Wilmington Grand Prix offers us a unique opportunity to invite cyclists, families, neighbors and visitors to Wilmington for the weekend,” said Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “We take great pride in the Wilmington Grand Prix and the exposure it brings to the City of Wilmington. We welcome everyone to come see for themselves what Wilmington has to offer.”
GRAND ADDITIONS PARTY IN THE PARK Friday, May 16 (5pm start) For the first time, this year’s Monkey Hill Time Trial will feature live music, a food truck caravan and a craft beer garden. RIDE, WALK OR RUN Sat., May 17 (12:45pm start) Bike, walk or run the Grand Prix course to benefit Food Bank of Delaware. Registration: $15. Kids Under 16: Free WELLNESS EXPO Sat., May 17 (noon-5pm) Health and wellness education and activities in Rodney Square with live music on City Stage presented by The Grand.
FITNESS CHALLENGE Sat, May 17 (noon-4pm) Part of Wellness Expo, participants have chance to win $500 for their non-profit by having the most members complete a series of fitness activities. CRAFT BEER GARDEN Sat. May 17 (noon-5pm) Grand Prix attendees will be able to sample some of the premier craft beers in the region including Oskar Blues, Lagunitas, Heavy Seas, Twin Lakes and more. WEBCAST Sat., May 17 This year’s Grand Prix will be aired online and produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Kent Gordis. A giant LED screen located on 10th & Market will also show the broadcast and enable attendees to view the entire race from one vantage point.
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Chuck Hall at the Monkey Hill Time Trial during the Wilmington Grand Prix.
CELEBRATION Saturday, May 3rd
CHALLENGE Chuck Hall’s 3,872-mile trip will help raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs
n Sunday, June 1, Chuck Hall will dip the rear wheel of his BMC granfondo into the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco. For the next 52 days, he will bike across the United States, finishing on July 22 in Portsmouth, N. H., where he will dip his front wheel in the Atlantic. The 65-year-old Hall is using his 3,872-mile cross-country ride to raise awareness and funding for Bike for Mike’s Kids, which supports the Clarence Fraim and H. Fletcher Brown Boys & Girls Clubs in Wilmington. The ride honors the late Mike Clark. A dedicated bicycler, Clark passed away unexpectedly in March 2008 of complications from a surgical procedure. Mike Clark Legacy Foundation (MCLF) was founded in April 2008 to preserve his memory, and to continue his lifelong service and dedication to serving the needs of less-privileged children. Says Hall: “Our goal is to build a third and fourth skill center at a local boys and girls club of Wilmington in addition to the centers located at Fraim and Fletcher Brown clubs.” This is the third annual Bike for Mike’s Kids ride and the first one for Hall. A mortgage banker and fitness instructor at the Hockessin Athletic Club (HAC), Hall has been logging more than 1,000 training miles monthly—either on the road or on a stationary bike. He credits his wife, Suzanne, for her encouragement. “She is 110 percent helping organize fundraising events and letting me train for hours to get ready for the trip.” In San Francisco, Hall will join a group of about 30 cyclists under the auspices of America by Bicycle. Accompanied by support vehicles, the group will stay in hotels each night. There will be five rest days. Hall says he expects to expend 5,000 to 9,000 calories per day on the ride, while consuming around 2,000 calories. He weighs 168 lbs. now. O&A will check back with him at the end of the ride to see how much weight he has lost. The ride is being funded by several individuals and two major contributors, HAC (through its “Bucks for Chuck” program) and Financial Advisors of the Delaware Valley. Hall will blog each day of the ride. To follow him, and to support the project, go to www.bikeformikeskids.com.
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Delaware Marathon offers big cash prizes and a score to beat
The 11th annual marathon, the state’s largest, is expected to attract even more runners this year.
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he state’s oldest and largest marathon, Christiana Care Health System Delaware Marathon Running Festival, is set for Sunday, May 11. The 11th annual race starts at 7 a.m. at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park in Wilmington. The relay marathons and half marathons begin shortly afterward. The event will include some 700 marathon runners, 1500 halfmarathon runners, and more than 1000 four-person and eightperson relay runners. Participants come from 41 states and five countries—Canada, Scotland, Germany, India and Japan. Last year, Bryan Morseman of Addison, N.Y., had the fastest marathon time on Delaware soil, at 2:24:48. He plans to return this year and beat his course record. Lydia Carrick was last year’s first female finisher, with a time of 2:52:11. There will be cash prizes up to $2000 for anyone who can beat those times (more if the participant is from Delaware), and thousands more will be given away as small cash awards. Other prizes and gifts include medals, t-shirts, AT&T cinch bags, ASPA embroidered running hats, Michelob Ultra pint glasses, and more. Says Joel Schiller, operations director: “Although we are one of the largest running festivals in the state, our runners get personalized attention that isn’t provided at [most] larger races.” The post-race celebration includes a barbeque from 2 Fat Guys Catering, a champagne tent from Frank’s Wine, an NKS beer garden, Refuel with Chocolate Milk photo lounge, music and tailgating. For more details, visit www.delawaremarathon.org. —O&A
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Brandywine Creek State Park is a popular spot for bikers.
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Delaware Tourism Office provides an adventurous way to see the state
ig out the hiking boots: The Delaware Outdoor Trail, launched late last month, awaits. The Outdoor Trail is the latest addition to the Delaware Tourism Office’s group of visitor-friendly trails, which give travelers a convenient and adventurous way to explore top state attractions. The Outdoor Trail includes Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Henlopen State Park, Trap Pond State Park, Ashland Nature Center, Fort DuPont State Park, and dozens of other stops. It’s organized into four major types of adventures: biking, wildlife viewing, water activities, and walking/hiking/running. Modeled after the DTO’s other four trails—Culinary, Wine & Ale, Geocaching and History—the Outdoor Trail aims to increase out-of-state visitation, encourage physical activity, and raise awareness of Delaware’s natural beauty, says DTO Director Linda Parkowski. “Imagine a glorious evening, paddling kayaks silently across Indian River Bay into the setting sun,” says Parkowski. “Find a perch high in the treetops at Lums Pond, ready to fly on the zip line across the water. Take a moment to escape from the civilized world’s chaos and soak in the peaceful silence at a wildlife refuge, watching shorebirds on their coastal journeys.” Participants can pick their adventure from VisitDelaware.com’s list of activities and complete the Outdoor Trail Challenge. Those who complete five activities in each of the state’s three counties and log their accomplishments on their Outdoor Trail Passport will be eligible for a special prize. “From its woods to its waterside trails, Delaware offers hikers, walkers and runners perfect pathways to discovery,” says Parkowski. “It has even been named one of the most walkable and bikeable states in America. While you’re enjoying the outdoors, you’ll be doing your body and mind some good—as well as gaining a deeper perspective on Delaware’s diverse ecology.”
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FAMILY RIDE, WALK OR RUN Bike, Walk or Run the Grand Prix course Fee $15 • Kids Under 16 FREE! All proceeds benefit: FAMILY STREET FESTIVAL Presented by Six blocks of activities including Rock Wall, Moon Bounces, Obstacle Course, Far Flung Bungee, Giant Slides & Games.
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Delaware Children’s Museum
The Candlelight Theatre
550 Justison S. • 302.654.2340
2208 Millers Rd. • 302.475.2313
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The IN Show: Summer INstallment: 7pm Chelsea Tavern 818 N. Market St. • 302.475.9880 x 31
FAMILY FRIENDLY • #alliNfun
Wonderluv: CCAC Faculty Tribute to Stevie Wonder: 7:30pm Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market St. • 302.652.0101
CTC’s The Bomb-itty of Errors
3rd Annual NatureFest: 10am-4pm
Hagley Museum & Library
4 S. Poplar St. • 302.220.8285
200 Hagley Rd. • 302.658.2400
Wake Me When I’m Sixteen: The Sleeping Beauty Story
Burt & Me
Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St. • 302.594.1100
Delaware Children’s Theatre 1014 Delaware Avenue • 302.655.1014
50 Years of Underwater Archaeology at the Smithsonian
Party on the Patio benefitting Supporting Kidds: 7pm
The Steel Wheels w/ New Sweden: 8pm
Wilmington 2014 Grand Prix
Chase Center of the Riverfront
Vicmead Hunt Club
live @ the baby grand
Various Locations #inWilm
903 Owls Nest Rd. • 302.235.5544
818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND
815 Justison St. • 302.425.3929
2014 Bellefonte Arts Festival: 10am-6pm
4th Annual Wilmo a Go-Go: 11am-4pm
Million Dollar Quartet
800 Block of Brandywine Blvd.
11th & Market Streets • 302.656.4401
Justison Street • 302.425.4890
Time Capsules! 10am-1pm Delaware History Museum Library 505 N. Market St. • 302.655.7161
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ART IS IN: Exhibits Opening & Closing this Month #inWilm Delaware Art Museum • “Blessed are the Peacemakers”: Violet Oakley’s The Angel of Victory thru May 25 • Transitions: The Brandywine Photo Collective May 3 Aug 10
Improvisation Workshops with Vince Lardear
& Saturday May 17 - 2pm • Music School of Delaware 1014 Delaware Avenue • 302.655.1014
Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel 3pm
Dravo Plaza • Justison Street • 302.429.7447
Pop Extraveganza w/ Alex B., Rivers Monroe, Chicke Pagano & Red Rising 7pm • World Cafe
2301 Kentmere Pkwy • 302.571.9590 ª
Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Somerville Manning Gallery
Market Street Music Festival Concert: Mastersinger of Wilmington 7:30pm
• American and European Masters - Art of the 19th-21st Centuries thru May 31
101 Stone Block Row • 302.652.0271 ª
The Station Gallery • Louise Clearfield’s One Artist’s Journey: 40 Year Retrospective thru May 31
3922 Kennett Pike • 302.654.8638ª
First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 N. Market Street • 302.654.5371
Thursday, May 1
Fashion Meets Science thru Jul 28 • Hagley
Museum & Library • 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400
Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure thru
May 25 • Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett PIkeª• 302.658.9111
Costumes of Downton Abbey thru Jan 4
Winterthur • 5105 Kennett Pikeª• 800.448.3883
Sunday, May 4th Jordan Dodson 12pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
the baby grand • 818 N. Market St • 302.571.7747
Spring Choral Concert feat. Qvinctus
4pm • Music School of Delaware 1014 Delaware Avenue • 302.655.1014
Art Class Series: Plein Air in the Park
Tuesdays 9am • TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262
Wednesday, May 7th
Market Street Music presents: Principally Harps 12:30pm • First & Central Presbyterian Church
Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose
1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371
Wednesdays - 7pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
DCCA Spring Fundraiser 6pm
Chicago 8pm • The Grand
Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St. • 302.442.7807
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Spottiswoode and His Enemies 8pm World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Friday, May 2nd Keeper Talks Fris & Sats - 11:30am & 1:30pm
Brandywine Zoo •1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747
Art on the Town 5-9pm • Various Locations
buses leave approx. 5:45pm from the DCCA, last return approx. 8:30pm • 300 S. Madison St. • 302.576.2135
Cultural Crossroads: Journey Through Africa 7pm • The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington St. • 302.762.1132
Rodney Crowell w/ Steuart Smith & Friends
8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Aniya Jazz “Spring Fling Show” 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Saturday, May 3rd Art in the Ark: Watercolor Painting in the Zoo
8:30am • Brandywine Zoo • 1001 N. Park Dr. • 302.571.7747
Wilmington Garden Day 10am-4pm • self-guided
tour of 12 of the area’s finest home gardens • various locations #inWilm
Kid’s Art Class Sundays thru May 17 - 10:30am DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466
Aviation Adventures: Paper Airplanes
& Sunday May 4 - 10am & 3pm • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340
9am • TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262
Midatlantic Wine + Food Festival thru May 18 #digIN at Various Locations #inWilm • mawff.org
Thursday, May 15th Chorale “Rythm of Life” 12:30pm • First & Central Presbyterian Church • 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371
Friday, May 16th Endangered Species Day
Brandywine Zoo • 1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747
The Seattle 4 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Tuesday, May 6th
Make & Take: Hypertufa Trough Planting
200 S. Madison Street • 302.656.6466
TheDCH’s Day Trip: Flint Woods
Built to Spill 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen
Story Time Thursdays 10:30am Brandywine Zoo • 1001 N. Park Drive • 302.571.7747
OperaDelaware’s Spring Sings 7:30pm
The Whitney Biennial
8am-8pm • DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466
Market Street Music presents: Center City
OperaDelaware’s Spring Sings 2pm
Wednesday, May 14th
5:30pm • TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262
Saturday, May 17th Classical Cafe 10am The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington St. • 302.762.1132 By Kids for Kids - Pastimes: 19th Century Fun 1-4pm • Hagley Museum & Libryary 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400
Sunday, May 18th Straight No Chaser 2pm & 7:30pm The Grand • 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND
Tuesday, May 20th
818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND
Thursday, May 8
Market Street Music presents: Lisa Vaupel, violin & Julie Nishimura, piano 12:30pm • First & Central
Presbyterian Church • 1101 N. Market St. • 302.654.5371
History Lives! Lecture Series: Lee & Grant in 1864 6:30pm • Delaware History Museum
505 N. Market St. •ª302.655.7161
Blue Rocks Vs. Lynchburg Hillcats
6:35pm, May 9 & 10 - 7:05pm & May 11 - 1:35pm Frawley Stadium • 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772
Friday, May 9
Art is After Dark: Fashion & Film 6pm • Delaware Art Museum • 2301 Kentmere Pkwy. • 302.571.9590
Cristina Pato 8pm • live @ the baby grand 818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND Sideways Stories from Wayside School thru May 18 • Wilmington Drama League 10 W. Lea Blvd.. • 302.764.1172
Saturday, May 10th Just for Mom & May 11 - 10am • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340
Walking Tour: Rock & Roll Mills 11am & 2pm Hagley Museum & Library • 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400 Try Science: Be An Entomologist & May 11 -
11am & 1pm • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340
Delaware Valley Chorale: The English Chorale Legacy 7:30pm • Saints Andrew & Matthew Church
719 N. Shipley St. • 302.656.6628
Tony Trischka Territory 8pm • Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway • 302.475.3126
Sunday, May 11th
Blue Rocks Vs. Carolina Mudcats
& May 21 - 6:35pm, May 22 - 10:35am Frawley Stadium • 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772
Justin Hayward 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen • 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Wednesday, May 21st $2 Night 5-7pm • Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340 Garden Tour: Open Space & Sweeping Beds, a Learning from the Great Gardens Event
5:30pm • TheDCH • 1810 N. DuPont St. • 302.658.6262
Friday, May 23rd Blue Rocks Vs. Frederick Keys & May 23 & 24 -
7:05pm, May 25 - 1:35pm & May 26 - 12:05pm Frawley Stadium • 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772
Wednesday, May 28th Dark Star Orchestra 8pm
World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Friday, May 30th Jim Breuer 8pm • The Grand
818 N. Market St. • 800.37.GRAND
Rainbow Chorale’s Summer Vacation Showcase 8pm • Arden Gild Hall 2126 The Highway. • 888.512.5093
Sheila E -One Night Only! 8pm
World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
Saturday, May 31st Trail Challenge Hikes 10am Brandywine Creek State Park 41 Adams Dam Road • 302.577.3534
DCM Speedway thru June 29 - 10am & 1pm • Delaware Children’s Museum • 550 Justison St. • 302.654.2340
Mother’s Day Brunch 10am-4pm • Green Room at the Hotel du Pont • 11th & Market Streets • 302.594.3154
Walking Tour: Sights, Sounds & Smells
H2Oh! Walking Tour 11am & 2pm
Melomanie’s May Concert 2pm
Wilmington Ballet’s Twelve Dancing Princesses 2pm • Delaware Theatre Company
Hagley • 200 Hagley Rd. • 302.658.2400
Pirate Sail on the Kalmar Nyckel 11am Dravo Plaza • Justison Street • 302.429.7447
Peanut Butter & Jams welcomes Rocknoceros 11:30am • World Cafe Live at The Queen
DCCA • 200 S. Madison St. • 302.656.6466
Monday, May 12th Blue Rocks Vs. Salem Red Sox
& May 13 & 14 - 6:35pm Frawley Stadium • 801 Shipyard Dr. • 302.777.5772
11am & 2pm • Hagley • 200 Hagley Rd.ª• 302.658.2400
200 Water St. • 302.655.1004
Peek-A-Boo Revue’s Sweet 16 Birthday Show 8pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
500 N. Market St. • 302.994.1400
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THE WILMINGTON ART LOOP
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NEW CASTLE LOOP
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artloopwilm.org Film Brothers Movie Co-op 205 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.559.2324 filmbrothers.com
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley, depending on the sites you will be visiting.
STEP 3: Meet local and regional artists while enjoying the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the
Trees & Boards, Jo Worme. After ten years underground, a first class of DCAD alumni resurfaces in Wilmington to bring you a collection of old and new pieces that features her bold colors, painterly strokes, and showcases her longstanding obsession with trees. Using a variety of surfaces, including scrap wood and old skateboards, Jo Worme brings life, personality and imagination to each piece. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through May 31.
Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE zaikka.com
STEP 4: Enjoy one of Wilmington’s excellent restaraunt or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.
Stories of Seasons Past, Leo Lynch. An exhibition of photographs from a recent body of work exploring intimacy and abstraction in the landscape. Art Loop reception 4 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through May 30.
STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month!
FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS WHERE DOES THE ART LOOP START? The Art
2nd and LOMA Leasing 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 2ndandloma.com
Loop is a self-guided, go-at-your-own pace tour that can start at any of the locations listed in this guide. There is no designated route for the Art Loop.
HOW DO I APPLY TO EXHIBIT ON THE ART LOOP? Participating galleries book and curate the exhi-
bitions and should be contacted directly at the contact information provided in this guide. Faith, Words and Wings Series
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302-656-6466 thedcca.org
Present by Scott Kip
Words and Wings; Stephanie Geffert. This new mixed media faerie series blends original hand written poems with the words: Love, Faith, Dream, Believe, Live, Beauty, and Kindness. Each canvas painting creates an inspirational and poetic perception of life incorporating the materials of acrylic paint, paper, crayon, glitter and other embellishments. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 25.
Church at LOMA Children’s Ministry 231 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Lomacoffee.com
This May the DCCA presents the new exhibition Illuminated Structures by artist Scott Kip, Magnum Opus: The Alchemical Process in Art: Group Exhibition; Mark Stockton: Making Weight; Sparrow Come Back Home: Mark Harris & Carmel Buckley; Wilmington Trap Stars: A Street Art Exhibition: Group Exhibition; Objects of Desire: Daniel Cutrone; and the work of DCCA Studio artists Carson Zullinger and Julio DaCunha in the Elizabeth Denison Hatch Gallery. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed & Sun 12 – 5 p.m. 12 – 5 p.m.
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What We Love About Our City, The Children of LOMA Church. The collection includes scenes and sites of our city through the eyes of children. Bring the whole family and let them experience KIDS ZONE a place for children to make art of their own or become a work of face painted art. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE lomacoffee.com In this solo exhibition, Shelly Silva invites her audience to travel the mountains of Northern India and explore the culture, landscape, and altitude experienced during her summer 2013 trip. Her interests in light, movement, and space inspired her to create this series. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 6 a.m. – 2 p.m. through May 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Downtown Loop Spaceboy Clothing 617 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.533.0015 spaceboyclothing.com
Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org
Life is but a dream, HP Johnson. The first collection of abstract paintings from the earth-friendly artist derived from his lucid dreams. Each piece is created from recycled materials. Art loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Jun 2.
Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1239 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com
Slack Tide, Casco Bay, ME, John Holton
Julia, Bronze, Olga Nielsen
Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE wilmlib.org
Obsession: or how I stayed sane last winter, Elisabeth Bard. This past winter gave an unprecedented chance to explore the frozen water forms that made our lives so hellishly uncomfortable; enabling repeated visits to the same but ever-changing streams & puddles to capture & freeze forever the wonderful crystalline structures that the weather produced; exploring the pictograms & fractal-like designs that mother nature produced for our everlasting entertainment. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Wed 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 30.
Human: Trials, Transformation, Triumph-Believe the Hype, A Story of Enlightenment; Chad Cortez Everett. Paintings that present the good, the bad and the misrepresented. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. through May 31.
Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artloopwilmingtonde.com
Blood Bank of Delmarva 913 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.737.8405 ext.779 DelmarvaBlood.org
Older adults have made countless contributions and sacrifices to ensure a better life for future generations. Since 1963, communities across the country have shown their gratitude by celebrating Older Americans Month each May. To show our commitment and dedication to the City of Wilmington’s older Americans, the Mayor’s Wilmington Aging Advisory Council will be presenting works by local senior artists. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 30.
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Ryefield Ceramics, Steve Datz. For May Art Loop, Steve will show selected colors from his line of thrown functional pottery, hand built birdhouses and pieces from his new line of water glass crackle stoneware. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon & Tue 10:30 – 5 p.m., Wed – Fri 7 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. through May 30.
Central Baptist Church Eastside Rising 839 N. Pine Street Wilmington, DE 302.898.5896 Obama & Biden Families, K.O. Simms
Continuum, Olga Nielsen. The Delaware Division of the Arts is pleased to present a selection of sculptures and works on paper by Olga Nielsen. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through May 30.
Nature’s Expressions, John T. Holton. Straight forward expressions of nature’s beauty. Art Loop reception 6 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 30.
Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Ccacde.org
Lost Cortez, Chad Cortez Everett
Art & Jazz, K.O. Simms. Impressionist acrylic paintings paired with live jazz music by the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project. Art Loop reception 6 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue 7 – 9 p.m., Thu 6 – 7:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. through May 30.
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West End Loop
artloopwilm.org Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE 302.428.0222 colourworks.com
Project Space DE 2003 W. 17th Street Wilmington, DE Projectspacede.com 302.290.5620
Journey to the Next Destination, Alli Marino. This photography collection represents the artist’s desire to explore, document and capture beauty through her travels. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through May 30.
A(rt)vocation, group show. The job of art handler, exhibition designer, or security staff is most often tied closely to that of artist. A(rt)vocation examines this trend and presents the artwork of six local artists who are employed by the Delaware Art Museum, Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, and Philadelphia Museum of Art, or employed as free-lance preparators--these multi-talented individuals work to both create and support the fine arts of the region. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Apr 25.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi
The Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE howardpylestudio.org 302.656.7304
May Four Person Show; Marjean Willett, Kathy Ruck, Bonnie White and Michelle Foster. Artwork in a variety of styles and mediums by four different and talented artists. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Jun 1.
Somerville Manning Gallery 101 Stone Block Row Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com
Blue Streak Gallery WE 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE email@example.com
Moss Egg Perch #15, George Martz
Flights of Fancy: Variations on a Theme with Feathers, Hugh Atkins and George Martz. From the beginnings of humanity’s sense of selves, birds have featured in our art and in our beliefs, even as we have put them increasingly in peril. In a series of collages and assemblages, this show celebrates the magic and mystery of birds in ways that are both quirky and poignant. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through May 31.
Westminster Presbyterian Church 1502 W. 13th Street Wilmington, DE wpc.org Elemental, Julie West Petrovick and Barbara Bates Diskin. Locally designed and crafted one-of-a-kind jewelry featuring pieces made with precious and semi-precious stones. F ree concert at 8pm by the University of Delaware Chorale. Art Loop reception 6:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through May 2. 48 MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
Bedroom Painting #36, 1976 by Tom Wesselman
American and European Masters - Art of the 19th-21st Centuries. This show will feature original work by Charles Burchfield, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Helen Frankenthaler, David Hockney, Hans Hofmann, Wolf Kahn, Georgia O’Keefe, Jane Peterson, Pablo Picasso, Maurice Prendergast, Robert Lewis Reid, Frederic Remington, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, George Rickey, John Singer Sargent, Esteban Vicente, Tom Wesselman, Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, and more. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through May 31.
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE stationgallery.net One Artist’s Journey – 40 Year Retrospective, Louise Clearfield. This exhibit includes paintings from each era of Louise Clearfield’s forty year career, displaying the changes and continuity of her artistic journey. Live music by Mystic Pulse. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m through May 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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North of Wilmington Loop Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE bellefontearts.com
Blue Heron Gallery 204B Delaware Street New Castle, DE Blueherongalleryde.com
Textiles and Sculptures, Joe Lazartic and Julie Hazzard. Lazartic’s replica of a Gaffe Cutter in copper is sculpted from recycled materials. Hazzard has moved beyond her typical textile dyeing to embrace symbolic and abstract textile banners. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Apr 30.
Bryan McCarthy’s work includes sculptures in stone and metal, as well as paintings in Asian Brush, Aqua Brique and charcoal, with an emphasis on the human form. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through May 31
Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com
L&L Studio Photography/ Rodney Pratt Framing Studio 204 A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.438.6545 rodneyprattframing.com
Art & Gardens, Mary Wolfe. Inspired by nature, artist Mary Wolfe presents her latest work in oils including still lifes and landscapes, plus artfully designed succulent dish gardens. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through May 31.
Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.529.1510 ardenbuzz.com
Expressions, Roldan West
The World We Live Now and Had Lived My Ancestors, Roldan West. This well-known artist creates an organic erosion of images to give the impression that one is looking at a piece of history. Art Loop Reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6:45 – 9:30 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through May 31.
The Radical Elegance of Games, Alex Rudzinski. Original handcrafted creations that aren’t board games or video games; rather, they are engaging works of art unlike anything you’ve seen before. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m.
Delaware Center for Conscious Living 1813 Marsh Road, 2nd Floor Atrium Wilmington, DE 302.897.5573 Deconsciousliving.com Trumpeter, Christopher Lauer
Christopher Lauer fills his oil paintings with quirky images depicting people, nature and statuary using unusual colors and textures that push his paintings into a unique and pulsating realm that swirls and spins. Come see us for FREE psychic readings, hand massage, paraffin wax and other mini services! Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through May 30.
Penn’s Place 26 E. 5th Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 Pennsplace.net Delaware en Plein Air, Donna Teleis. Paintings created around Delaware that depict the wide variety of scenery and history of our little gem of a state. Art Loop Reception 6 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through May 30.
Cactus Wren Gallery 406 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.328.7595 Cactuswrengallery.com Many Beautiful Colors, Veronica Benally. This Navajo silversmith’s colorful inlay jewelry will make the perfect accent for your warm weather wardrobe, reminding you of sunny skies or cool breezes at the shore. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. through Jun 30.
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | adults $6 | senior/students 302.576.2565 Monday - Friday
1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801
302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org NYMPHOMANIC VOL. II NR | 130 Minutes | May 2-4 Fri 10 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 5
NYMPHOMANIAC: VOLUME II picks up with the story of Joe’s adulthood, where her journey of self-discovery leads to darker complications. The film stars Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth and Jean-Marc Barr in addition to Gainsbourg, Skarsgård, Martin and LaBeouf.
ERNEST & CELESTINE PG | 80 Minutes | May 2-4 Fri 7 | Sat 11 & 5 | 11 & 2
From the producers of “The Triplets of Belville” and “The Secret of Kells”… Deep below snowy, cobblestone streets, tucked away in networks of winding subterranean tunnels, lives a civilization of hardworking mice, terrified of the bears who live above ground. Unlike her fellow mice, Celestine is an artist and a dreamer – and when she nearly ends up as breakfast for ursine troubadour Ernest, the two form an unlikely bond. But it isn’t long before their friendship is put on trial by their respective bear-fearing and mice-eating communities.
NR | 80 Minutes | May 9-11 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 11 & 5 | Sun 2 Dutch with English subtitles Anna, a student at the University of Amsterdam, lives with her best friend Sophie and balances psychology classes with supporting her brother and his recovery following a traumatic motorcycle accident. She’s never far from her cellphone, and after a night of partying in the dorms, Anna wakes up groggy and hungover only to find that a new app has been inexplicably added to it.
FINDING VIVIAN MAIER
NR | 83 Minutes | May 9-11 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 11 & 5 Who is Vivian Maier? Now considered one of the 20th century’s greatest street photographers, Vivian Maier was a mysterious nanny who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that went unseen during her lifetime.
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NR | 102 Minutes | May 16-18 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 2 | Sun 11 & 5 Georgian with English subtitles Early ‘90s, in Tbilisi, the capital of the newly independent Georgia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The country is facing violence, war on the Black Sea coast (Abkhazia) and vigilante justice that plague society. But for Eka and Natia, fourteen-year-old inseparable friends, life just unfolds— in the street, at school, with friends or Eka’s elder sister.
UNDER THE SKIN
NR | 107 Minutes | May 16-18 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 11 & 5 | Sun 2 A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
NR | 87 Minutes | May 23-25 Fri 4 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 2 Presented by Steven Soderbergh in Black and White digital 4K projection, VISITORS reveals humanity’s trancelike relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. The film is visceral, offering the audience an experience beyond information about the moment in which we live.
HANK & ASHA
NR | 73 Minutes | May 23-25 Fri 1 | Sat 11 & 5 | Sun 11 & 5 In this charming romantic comedy, an Indian woman studying in Prague and a lonely New Yorker begin an unconventional correspondence through video letters – two strangers searching for human connection in a hyper-connected world. When their relationship deepens, they must decide whether or not to meet face to face.
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FROM THE MAYOR Dear Neighbors and Friends, The warm weather approaches as spring has arrived with summer peeking around the corner, and I take a moment to reflect upon the many days I spent, as a child, running around my front yard filled with toys. Whether I was fighting a battle with my play soldiers or saving the day with my favorite superheroes, almost every toy I owned had the same engraving on the bottom. They read “MADE IN TAIWAN.” As a child, it didn’t matter who made my toys or where they came from, but today, the words “Made in Taiwan” or “Made in China” translates to fewer jobs and economic opportunities for Americans. While putting Americans back to work and supporting the growth of our national economy is the challenge facing our federal government, we as Wilmingtonians, have an obligation to support small businesses; locally made products and the concept of “Made in America.” As Mayor for the City of Wilmington, my goal is to develop a more adequate and prepared workforce in the city and to create new and innovative employment opportunities for our residents. However, we all have a role to play. The Riverfront and downtown continue to grow, and more small businesses, like Jerry’s Artorama; Latin Fusion; The Kitchen; EntreDonovan and La Fia, are opening and bringing new life to our communities. Bain’s Deli and Dunkin Donuts have even expanded to multiple locations serving our downtown community. But it’s not enough for businesses to open. We must support them. We must shop in the local retail stores, dine at the nearby restaurants and buy tickets to the downtown concerts and performances. Our economic growth and success depends on all of us patronizing the many local businesses, so more city residents can get jobs, more businesses can create products locally and more storeowners can proudly say “Made in America.” Sincerely,
A City of Festivals
CITY OF WILMINGTON
Mid-Atlantic Food + Wine Festival May, 14-18 • Various Locations www.mawff.org
Wilmington Grand Prix & Street Festival
May, 16-17 • Brandywine Park & Downtown www.wilmgrandprix.com
Holy Trinity Greek Festival June, 3-7 • Holy Trinity Church www.holytrinity.org
Fourth Of July
Celebration On The Riverfront July, 4 • Tubman/Garrett Park www.wilmingtonde.gov
July, 26 • Tubman/Garrett Park www.peoplesfestival.com
Riverfront Blues Festival
August, 1-3 • Tubman/Garrett Park www.riverfrontbluesfest.com
African American Family Fest August, 2-3 • Herman Holloway Park
August, 22-24 • Riverfront (Pettinarro) www.nuestrasraicesdelaware.org
August Quarterly Festival Dennis P. Williams Mayor
August, 30-31 • Tubman/Garrett Park www.augustquarterly.org
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
Economic Development in the City of Wilmington
In today’s global economy and virtual world, company leaders have nearly unlimited choices when deciding where to settle their operations and their residences. We work very hard to distinguish the city of Wilmington as a great geographical location, with good transportation, public works and communication infrastructure, restaurants, entertainment, as well as access to regional tourist attractions. Recent city re-developments, including the Riverfront, the Christiana Hospital expansion, redevelopment of Hercules Plaza, LOMA on Market Street, Wetlands project for south Wilmington, and Housing in the Flats of west Wilmington, all indicate a bright future for the city and the region. Harold Gray, Director – Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.
Christiana Care Health System’s Transformed Campus Christiana Care Health System’s newly transformed Wilmington Hospital Campus underscores a commitment to serve neighbors in Wilmington and the surrounding region, according to Robert J. Laskowski, M.D., MBA, President and CEO. “This historic project enables us to provide more access to care and greater value for our city, state and region.” The re-designed Wilmington Hospital doubles the size of the Emergency Department, adds 13 larger, technologically advanced operating rooms in a new surgical suite that expands our minimally invasive surgical procedures capabilities, expands the Center for Advanced Joint Replacement and doubles the capacity for intensive and intermediate care. The expansion provides dramatically enhanced services to care for our patients and their families for years to come and further enhances the patient-andfamily centered approach to care that Christiana Care provides at both of our locations. Upon completion this year, the $210 million construction project expands the hospital by 337,000 square feet, creating a 1 millionsquare-foot, state-of-the-science facility that will include a tranquil atrium and a healing garden. The adjacent medical office building will be fully open within a year. Throughout the construction, Christiana Care’s Wilmington Hospital Campus has remained completely operational, providing full services and care to patients and their loved ones.
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Wilmington Hospital has the second busiest emergency department in Delaware, with 54,000 visits annually, and recorded 75,000 outpatient visits in its Health Center last year. The Wilmington Hospital Campus has served the community for nearly 125 years, meeting diverse medical needs of the city and surrounding region.
The Westin Hotel Opens on the Riverfront The official grand opening of the Westin Hotel was held on April 28th. The. Westin is one of the most sought-after brands for new developments in key markets across North America due to the phenomenal success of its distinctive wellness positioning, innovative products and brand-led programs. The Westin will provide 51,000 square feet of market-leading meeting space, ideal for weddings, social galas and business functions, 180 spacious rooms, the River Rock Kitchen restaurant, WestinWorkout©, in-door pool, 24 hour business center and a legal center serving law firms needing to secure space while trying cases in Delaware. Conference generates Economic Revenues in the City The National Association of Black Political Scientist (NCOPBS) in March, held its 45th Annual Celebration in the City of Wilmington. The estimated economic impact from Hotel accommodations was $65,702 according to Sarah Willoughy, Executive Director of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitor Bureau. A transportation incentive offered by the GWCVB was instrumental for the City of Wilmington to win the bid for this conference. Wilmington has a very unique social climate, a small-town, big-city feel where you don’t get lost in a crowd. There is a strong sense of sharing and connectedness stated David C. Wilson, Associated Professor, Political Science & International Relations, University of Delaware. Wilmington conveyed a sense of openness and eagerness that is refreshing, from the city and elected state officials, to the local community members who joined us for our public events. Everyone was so open and engaging with us as we collectively discussed issues of importance across the globe. The city provided a great backdrop for a highly engaging meeting, stated Wendy Smooth, President, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, Associate Professor, The Ohio State University.
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Elite Athlete Shares His Passion Most people, preparing to meet Olympic Gold Medalist, Anthuan Maybank, would expect the Delaware transplant to be fixated with athletics and fitness, and, to a large degree, they would be right. What they may be surprised to experience, however, is that this elite athlete is equally passionate about his work in partnership to bring his brand of youth-focused programming to City of Wilmington. Like many athletes who engage in community work, Anthuan uses athletics as a ‘hook’ to engage school-aged, urban children in mentorship. The delivery of his message, however definitely has a different tone. He focuses on providing an overarching guidance wherein athletics is used as a method to help kids to learn to make good decisions and become well-rounded members of the community. Make no mistake, this tall, well-spoken, Olympic gold-medal champion of the 1996 Atlanta Games, has the presence and story of the classic scholar-athlete. He earned full scholarship to Iowa University, travelled the world through sports and then became a successful professional after the Games. His interest in working with young people was sparked when he returned to the United States after several years working in France, Germany and Guadalupe as a public relations and communications professional and sports commentator. “When I relocated to Wilmington in 2007, I was afforded an amazing opportunity to work with Jocelyn Stewart in the Community Affairs group at Barclay’s Bank. It was during community service projects with the city’s young people that I realized that I’d found my ‘place.’ I could positively impact young people through athletics and fitness and emphasize that the big picture is about being disciplined in themselves to make good decisions in all aspects of their lives.” Like many elite athletes who engage with young people, Maybank’s first priority was to figure out the best way to impact the most kids. That opportunity presented itself when he first met Mayor Dennis P. Williams and Mrs. Shayne Williams at the 2013 Harriet Tubman Run. “When I introduced myself to Mrs. Williams, she insisted I meet with the Mayor and share my vision to develop programming that would focus on mentoring youth in good decision-making and well-rounded lifestyles. Athletics and fitness is one part of that, but learning that good decision-making is not a sacrifice, is the other part.”
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Since that initial introduction, Maybank has been brought on board with the City Department of Parks & Recreation to bring his passion and message to Wilmington’s youth. “I am involved in several projects aimed, primarily, at helping young people see their own health and fitness as one of an array of good decisions to make early in life,” Maybank explains. “Whether it’s eating well, asking a respected adult for mentorship or being disciplined within themselves to achieve academically, I want them to understand that making the right choices does not mean ‘sacrifice.’ Instead, it means ‘I am doing everything I can to reap rewards later in life.’” Maybank continues, “ My ‘Eat for A Purpose’ philosophy is really about focusing on the outcomes in our lives when we fuel correctly to build and sustain energy, and learning to live active lifestyles that assist our bodies in burning what we consume. This is a valuable lesson for anyone, but, especially for young people who want to excel intellectually in school and have the energy in their bodies to think clearly, execute their goals and surpass even their own expectations for the future.” Anthan Maybank and the City Department of Parks and Recreation Partnerships • Wilmington’s Track Wednesdays at Baynard Stadium • Maybank will work with Parks & Recreation to develop a team for the Hershey Relays, which will he held next year. • The Maybank BODY Initiative will be available for Wilmington youth,
aged six and up. That program will be held at Baynard Stadium on June 16, 17, 18 and 19, from 10am to noon, and will focus on healthy lifestyle and workouts for to help all athletes with overall speed, agility and endurance. • The “Eat for a Purpose” curriculum will be available to City youth as a component of each program. City Employees may also benefit from the program through the City Employee “Biggest Loser Weight Loss Challenge,” which began in April. To learn more about Parks & Recreation’s partnerships with Anthuan Maybanks, or any of their youth and fitness- focused programming, please contact the City of Wilmington, Department of Parks & Recreation at: (302) 576-3810.
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ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB* May 15, 6pm Join the discussion and compare two very different books about finding yourself along two of the United States well known trails through the current selections: ‘A Walk in the Woods’ by Bill Bryson and ‘Wild’ by Cheryl Strayed. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org
RIVERFRONT EVENTS SPRING SINGS AT DTC* May 1, 7:30pm Don’t miss these exciting concerts throughout downtown Wilmington! The amazing OperaDelaware Chorus will be joined by international soloists of opera highlights that you will not soon forget! OperaDelaware at Delaware Theatre Company Studios OperaDe.org GOODWILL INSPIRATION AWARDS* May 2, 11am The Goodwill Inspiration Awards celebrate outstanding performance by staff, consumers, community organizations and businesses while raising funds to support the Goodwill Ted Van Name Scholarship Fund. Chase Center on the Riverfront goodwillde.org/inspirationawards.html PARENT’S NIGHT OUT: NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY* May 2, 6:30pm-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. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org ARE YOU MY MOTHER?* May 7, 10am-11:30pm Spring has sprung and babies have the run of the marsh! Look at tadpoles, hunt for nests, and maybe even find goslings! Match the marsh babies to the marsh mommies. Enjoy a short walk and snack. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org KALMAR NYCKEL LECTURE SERIES: “50 YEARS OF UNDERWATER ARCHAEOLOGY AT THE SMITHSONIAN”* May 8, 6pm Dr. Paul F. Johnston, Scientific Diver and Curator of Maritime History at the National Museum of American History, is the headlining Smithsonian scholar of exploration. He will present on the early days of shipwreck exploration at the Smithsonian and the colorful archaeologists who undertook this important work. Chase Center on the Riverfront KalmarNyckel.org
MÉLOMANIE AT THE DCCA* May 11, 2pm The internationally acclaimed Wilmington music ensemble noted for provocative pairings of early and contemporary works - brings its concert series to the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org DELAWARE SPORTS MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME 39TH ANNUAL INDUCTION BANQUET* May 15, 5:30pm A banquet and induction ceremony to honor outstanding sports figures from Delaware. A Social Hour featuring a display of memorabilia honoring the Inductees, followed by a served dinner, and the Induction of this Year’s Inductees. Chase Center on the Riverfront DESports.org
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$2 NIGHT AT DCM May 21, 5-7pm Visit the Museum in the evening hours for just $2 per visitor. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org CANOEING THE CHRISTINA RIVER AND MARSHES* May 31, 1:30pm-4:30pm Ride the tide! Join us as we explore the urban marshlands of the Christina River. Get a closer look at our resident Osprey nest and a unique view of the city skyline as we paddle through the winding channels of our freshwater marsh. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org
RECURRING EVENTS RIVER TAXI BEGINS WEEKEND SERVICE ON MAY 3! Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday Hours: 12pm-8pm Sunday Hours: 2pm-8pm RiverfrontWilm.com/destinations/river-taxi BURT AND ME May 7-May 18, Show times vary. Burt & Me is a musical comedy featuring the incredible music of the legendary duo of Burt Bacharach & Hal David with book by Larry McKenna. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org WILMINGTON BLUE ROCKS Blue Rocks vs. Lynchburg Hillcats May 8- May 11 Blue Rocks vs. Salem Red Sox May 12-May 14 Blue Rocks vs. Carolina Mudcats May 20-May 22 Blue Rocks vs. Frederick Keys May 23-May 26 For game times and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.BlueRocks.com DCM SPEEDWAY May 3-June 2, Times vary Lean into the bank, gun it out of the corner, and zoom past the other drivers during “DCM Speedway Days” on an incredible Roller Racer®. Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org
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HE KEEPS ON JAMMIN’ Talented, young-at-heart Bruce Anthony is a fixture in the area’s jazz and blues scene
Bruce Anthony outside Hummingbird to Mars, one of his regular gigs. Photo Zachary Humenik
By Krista Connor ruce Anthony has achieved something that most musicians hope for but rarely accomplish: he has made his favorite hobby a fulltime job. The singer-guitarist makes a living playing jazz and blues songs, both covers and originals, at area restaurants and clubs within a self-selected 50mile radius of his home in Bellefonte. He has avoided the scramble up the musical ladder to fame, but his “good vibes” and talent have earned him respect and popularity as a mainstay for many local establishments and listeners. “I’m happy being in Delaware,” Anthony says. “I’m totally right where I need to be, local and under the radar. Just the act of playing music and having people in a room…as long as I can do that, I’m fine. I get good love here.”
At an upstairs table at the Bellefonte Café, Anthony sits, legs crossed, his slim frame leaving extra room in the chair. Smiling, he says, “I’m portable too; I only take a little space.” Whenever he laughs or has something really important to say, he leans forward as if divulging an amusing secret, and shafts of sunlight from an overhead window play across his face, which appears far younger than his 58 years. “I’m playing all the time. Some days I sing more than I talk,” he says. Throughout much of his life, Anthony has had an on-again, off-again relationship with music, beginning around the age of 12, when he first picked up a guitar. It belonged to a friend’s father, a gospel singer and mechanic. Anthony soon was sneaking upstairs with his friend to play the guitar. ► MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“I know I’m going to be playing until I pass away,” says the 58-year-old Anthony.
“I wish I could find that guitar now. It was a Jazzmaster—it was pretty bad ass,” he says. Through his teens he borrowed guitars, which were easy to come by from his older brother Chuck and friends on his musical street in his hometown, Chester, Pa. Chuck, five years older than Bruce, started playing jazz when he was in college. He became the quintessence of musicianship to Bruce, who calls his brother his biggest influence—“for good and for bad.” Chuck, who seemed to maintain a somewhat bohemian lifestyle, living and gigging in New York City after college, eventually moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where he is still a successful musician. “I was the younger brother at home, while the older brother was out seeing the world,” Anthony says. “My ego was wrapped up in him.” Anthony joined a band from Chester, The Signs of Time, and began making an income playing at military bases like Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base on weekends. After graduating from Chester High School in 1973, Anthony finally was able to afford a guitar of his own. When he was 25, though, his pursuit of music began to wane when he plunged into the restaurant business fulltime—busboy, server, cook, manager—with the goal of earning money to start a family. Fifteen years later he met and married Lyse St. Onge, who encouraged him to pick up the guitar again. While in the restaurant industry, Anthony observed how the loudest person in the room could upset the vibe, which gave him an idea. “I thought, ‘Shit, I’ll go down the beach and sit in a little corner [and play].’ I realized that if I sat in a restaurant and played my guitar, the room would change.” Six months after he started playing again, Anthony quit his job at a Bob Evans restaurant in Milford and began playing fulltime at beach establishments. He was hired to set the “background vibe” while Lyse made a living as a water color painter. Although one of his main goals in life was to have children, it never happened. “I tried. I guess it wasn’t meant to be,” he says. Anthony explains that because he doesn’t have posterity to inspire him—no parent’s or grandparent’s sense of selflessness—he must look to himself for inspiration.
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“You want to be conscious that you are giving something HE KEEPS ON JAMMIN’ instead of taking something. I can continued from page 58 do that with my music,” Anthony says, adding that he’s driven by “the power to do good, man.” He and Lyse moved to Wilmington in 2000 and divorced in 2005, but Anthony has continued to gig fulltime at locations throughout the state, such as Harry’s Savoy Grill, Nage and Home Grown Café. Fulltime musicianship for an undiscovered artist has its challenges. Anthony can’t afford some things, even essentials like health insurance. “But if you love your craft so much, your craft is the reward,” he says. The lifestyle forces him to take particularly good care of himself, Anthony says, through healthy, active habits. “If you wanna step out and take a chance, try to live healthy first of all. And I’m at an advantage, because I can do this anywhere. If you really have a true art, you can take it anywhere and make money.” His other interests include working out, cooking, and his girlfriend Rachel Wagner’s herb garden. Perhaps one of his tactics for maintaining his youthful spirit is surrounding himself with younger musicians. He can be found almost any weeknight or weekend jamming with such talented local musicians as Sam Nobles and Brian Bruce, both in their 20s, at restaurant-bar venues like Home Grown, Oddity Bar, and Hummingbird to Mars. This helps him attack the same songs he’d typically play but in a different way, he says, because the younger generation exudes freedom and originality. “Their minds are stretched out,” he says.
You want to be conscious that you are giving something instead of taking something. I can do that with my music. Says Nobles, who has been jamming with Anthony for about three years: “We’ll get together and practice and play, but definitely not to the point where we wear songs out; we leave a lot of room for improv and solos.” For Nobles, Anthony is one of his favorite people to play music with—and, he says, the older man is a steadfast friend. “What a great dude. He’s inspiring and uplifting to be around, and has a fun personality. We’ve built a really good friendship.” “Sometimes I look at myself, jamming with these guys [and] I’m still a kid. But it’s not like I’m Mick Jagger trying to jump off the stage,” says Anthony, leaning forward in his chair, laughing. “I know musicians who play well into their 70s. I know I’m going to be playing until I pass away.” See Bruce Anthony regularly at the following Delaware venues: Union City Grille on Saturdays and Tuesdays, Hummingbird to Mars on Thursdays, Home Grown Café, Harry’s Savoy Grill, and Nage. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/bruceeanthony.
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RODNEY CROWELL AND FRIENDS Grammy-winner will stop at The Queen on May 2 Esteemed country musician, songwriter and author Rodney Crowell, featuring Steuart Smith & Friends, will be at World Cafe Live at The Queen on Friday, May 2. Last month Crowell released his self-produced album, Tarpaper Sky. It follows Old Yellow Moon, his critically-acclaimed collaboration with Emmylou Harris, which won a 2014 Grammy for Best Americana Album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $22. For tickets and more info, visit www.queentickets.worldcafelive.com. The Queen is at 500 N. Market St., Wilmington. STRANGE HAPPENINGS Oddity Bar hosts open mic Tuesdays From 7 p.m. to midnight every Tuesday, Oddity Bar, 500 Greenhill Ave., Wilmington, will hold open mic nights, which promise to be bizarrely fun. For details, visit odditybar.com. CD RELEASE SHOW Local artist Nik Everett will release newest album May 18 On Sunday, May 18, Delaware guitarist and vocalist Nik Everett will hold his CD release party at the Kennett Flash in Kennett Square, Pa. The album, which is as yet untitled, will be his seventh release. The show will feature The Nik Everett Band, with special guests David Uosikkinen, Cliff Hillis, Sharon Sable and Keli Vale. The show begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance. For more, visit www.kennettflash.org.
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On Saturday, May 10, Tony Trischka will bring his avant-garde banjo style, for 45 years an inspiration to thousands of progressive bluegrass musicians, to Arden Gild Hall, where he has played more times than any other artist. New York-born Trischka recently released his latest album, Great Big World, with contributions from his band Territory, Steve Martin, Michael Daves and other guests. He’s considered the consummate banjo artist and one of the most influential banjo players in the roots music world. Tickets are $25. For tickets and more info, visit ardenconcerts.com. Arden Gild Hall is at 2126 The Highway, Arden. XPN’S NON-COMMVENTION COMING 14th annual convention brings major performers to Philadelphia The XPN NON-COMMvention will bring radio and music business professionals from across the country to Philadelphia from Wednesday to Friday, May14-16. The 14th annual convention will feature new music showcases from emerging artists and legendary acts, including The Felice Brothers, Counting Crows, Strand of Oaks, Lykke Li, and Parquet Courts. Bands will perform on both stages at World Cafe Live on Walnut Street. Tickets include admittance to two “Free At Noon” events on Thursday and Friday, and a seat at the national Music Meeting, where participants can help judge new music in front of radio professionals. For more details, visit www.xpn.org/events/non-comm.
UPSTAIRS IN MAY Every Second Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage Monthly Residency The Sermon! on May 21st (7pm) Thur 1 – Spottiswoode and His Enemies with The Chairman Dances Fri 1 – Aniya Jazz “Spring Fling Show” with special guests Vaneisa, Infinity Horns and Philip Joseph Sat 3 – Gable Music Ventures presents May Singer Songwriter Showcase (7pm) Sun 4 – Live Connections & The Wilmington Classical Guitar Society present Jordan Dodson (12pm) Wed 7 – Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose (Single Session) 7pm AND Everett Gray with Barely Rarely (8pm) Thur 8 – Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ Fri 9 – Battle of the Bands at The Queen – A Benefit for SODAT (7pm) Sat 10 – Burning Bridget Clearly with Portherhead Sun 11 – Mother’s Day Brunch with Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio (12:30pm)
LIVE MUSIC DOWNTOWN Extreme Pizza has it on Fridays Every Friday, Wilmington’s Extreme Pizza, 201 N. Market St., Wilmington, will host live music from 8-10 p.m. The events are presented by Gable Music Ventures, with no cover charge. For more details, visit gablemusicventures.com.
Wed 14 – Classical Revolution Delaware (5pm) & Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose (Single Session) 7pm Fri 16 – The Seattle 4: Tributes to Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice in Chains & Nirvana Sat 17 – Mad Sweet Pangs Final Hiatus Show Sun 18 – The Heavy Pets with Spontaneous Underground Wed 21 – Three Sheets to the Warrior Pose (Single Session) 7pm Thur 22– Tatnall Student Showcase (5pm) & Rene Marie – Eartha Kitt Tribute Tour (7:30pm) Fri 23 – Souldified Presents: Musiq For The Soul: A Soulified Tribute to Musiq Soulchild Wed 28 – Bourbon and Burgers (And Other Fine Spirits) 6pm Thur 29 – Bells with Thunderhank and Tip Toes Fri 30 – Mingo Fishtrap Sat 31 – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (3pm) RUST – Neil Young Tribute – 8pm
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In the summer of 1989, Dead Poets Society became a sleeper hit, pulling in more than $250 million. The movie, starring Robin Williams as inspirational teacher John Keating, was filmed entirely in Delaware and employed many area students as extras. Photo Touchstone Pictures
THE DAY As an iconic movie filmed in Delaware marks its 25th anniversary, our writer checks back with some of the locals who were in it By Matt Sullivan
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ead Poets Society changed some lives. I know this to be true, because it changed mine. The year was 1989, I was 14, and already on a life path leading directly to law school. But times were changing. Greed was maybe not so good anymore. Alex P. Keaton, conservative scion in Family Ties, had just been canceled. And America was leaning toward the kinder and the gentler, at the end of one cold war, not yet aware a hot one about to start in the Persian Gulf. So everyone had a minute to breathe. And then came Robin Williams, standing in front of his classroom, suggesting to impressionable young men that there might be another path: “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love … these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, ‘O me! O life! Of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?’ Answer. That you are here, that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?” Sound familiar? That’s probably because you’ve seen the Apple ad featuring that scene. (Not sure which annoys me more— marketing that co-opts the precious memories of my youth, or the fact that it’s very effective.) Now I’m not saying Dead Poets made me decide to abandon law and go into writing, thus negatively affecting my lifetime earning potential in ways that I shudder to calculate. And I’m certainly not suggesting that my writing has ever reached Whitmanesque levels of poetry and beauty. But Dead Poets sparked something inside me. It expanded my worldview. It made me cry. And something about that movie has never left me. Had I lived in Delaware at the time, I might have seen myself in Dead Poets. The movie celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and many Delaware boys my age found themselves on the big screen on opening day—June 9, 1989. Dead Poets Society was filmed entirely in Delaware, from the grand rooms of St. Andrew’s School in Middletown (rechristened as Welton Academy for the movie), to the stately homes of Westover Hills, to the dark caves of Centreville. Director Peter Weir, star Robin Williams, and a mostly unknown cast of kids that included Ethan Hawke, Robert Sean Leonard and Josh Charles, all came to the First State to shoot in the fall of 1988 and stayed through the holidays. Stories from that time live in local lore: Robin Williams tossed grated cheese around the dining room to “help” the legendary Vincent Mancari make his famous Caesar salad at the original Vincente’s on Fourth and Lincoln. Producers paid per diem expense in $2 bills, presumably to show the economic impact of Big Hollywood Movies in little Delaware. And lots of local kids ditched school (with permission) for a few days to go work on the big movie. Tracking down those extras for this story wasn’t hard to do, partly because there are so many of them, and partly because one of them works for this magazine.
Of the four guys I talked to who appeared as students in the movie, Jim Miller is now director of publications at O&A Magazine; William White runs his own remodeling company, WHITE Remodel; Dan Healy has his own small film production company and still acts occasionally. The fourth, Bob Bishop, owned a few coffee shops and bakeries in town before recently selling them off as he prepares to move out of state. I also talked to Dan’s uncle, T.J. Healy, who has worked in the film industry since 1976 and served as a location liaison on Dead Poets. To this day, Healy advocates for Delaware as a great place to shoot movies, and Dead Poets is his proof. For all these guys, the “powerful play” does indeed go on. Here’s their story. (Spoiler alert: The following interviews, conducted separately and arranged into a narrative, reveal pivotal plot points for a movie that’s 25 years old. Depressingly, it may have come out before you were born. If you haven’t seen it, read at your own risk. Better yet, catch it on TV or rent it from Netflix—unless you’re 14 or so and planning a bright future in law; in which case, stay away.)
THE CALL GOES OUT Bob Bishop: They came to A.I. du pont [High School] and said they needed extras for Dead Poets Society to be filmed down in Middletown, and they made announcements in the school, like, “Hey, if you want to be involved, show up and show interest.” William White: Of course, everybody jumped at it just to get out of class. Jim Miller: I don’t think there was anyone from our school that showed up who was turned down. Bob: We went to this place in New Castle, off Route 13, and it was like a warehouse. They did us up in an outfit, and then they said, “Listen, we’re going to cut your hair for the movie.” So basically, you were getting a buzz cut. And for most of us … well, I’d never cut my hair that short before, so it was the weirdest thing. But yeah, they shaved us down and gave us these ‘50s haircuts. It was pretty wild. Jim: I kinda dug it. William: I was psyched to get a flattop. Usually, I was a bit of a beach bum, so they had a lot to cut off. It made a big difference. The flattop stayed, man. Kept it for, like, a year afterward. THE FIRST DAYS OF SHOOTING AT ST. ANDREW’S T.J. Healy: We had all the rooms at the Radisson in Wilmington. Our production offices were at the Radisson. It’s the Doubletree now. But we had everything there. Well, Robin stayed at the Hotel du Pont. Now, what was difficult about St. Andrew’s was that Route 1 wasn’t done then, so it was a pretty good haul from Wilmington. Bob: Some of us took rides down together, some of us rode separately. They told us we were going to get paid $100 a day, which was really cool. I think I ended up with $200 overall. I remember it was a long day. ►
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All they said was that it was a movie with Robin Williams in it. And at the time, this was like Robin Williams’ peak.
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TJ: Just to track economic development here in Delaware, we actually started giving out $2 bills to the cast and crew. And there was actually a story in the News Journal about where all these $2 bills were coming from in Delaware. Bob: All they said was that it was a movie with Robin Williams in it. And at the time, this was like Robin Williams’ peak. He was really popular. The Mork & Mindy series had been on for so long. Dan Healy: We knew it was Robin Williams as a teacher and it’s not a comedy. That’s all we knew. Jim: The group I was in shot pretty much all the big scenes— the cafeteria, the church scenes. Anytime you saw the most number of people, that was us. Dan: I was in seventh grade at St. Edmunds, so we obviously made up the younger group. I remember the chapel scene, the assembly scenes in the beginning. I don’t know how, but we ended up in the front row. We’re the “Light of Knowledge” kids, where they bring the candle down and lean out and get the candle. We had close-ups. Jim: The first scene we shot was the scene where [actor Gale Hansen] picks up the phone and says, “It’s God, and he says there should be women in Welton.” And I was like, “Whaaaat is going on with this movie?”
— Bob Bishop, Dead Poets Society extra
William: I didn’t know what the hell the movie was about, and I certainly didn’t know what our scene was about. Jim: I mean, we kinda had a general idea of what the idea was, but at that point I wasn’t really sure of what the tone was. Was it going to be more Animal House? Dan: So when the movie came out, I think we were making it sound funnier than it was. And then that suicide happens, and we were like “Oh shit, this is a different movie.” ON FILMING AMONG FRIENDS TJ: The most important thing to understand here was that movie, other than the editing, everything was shot completely in Delaware. Studio shots, everything, was shot here in Delaware. Dan: I’ve been on shoots that are just long, tedious and boring, but this was fun because you were with your friends, and for most of the time, you got to act like a kid. Like in the dining scene. The food was awful. Our table was all of our friends, and the food was god-awful. Some things were sprayed with stuff so it looked better, so every time, it was rock-paper-scissors to see who was going to be eating.
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William: There was lots of sitting, which gave me ample time to plan a way to finagle myself in front of the camera. We were the audience in the scene at the Everett Theatre. After the first run, I saw where the actors were going, so I tried to position myself around them. There was a little overacting. I still see my ugly mug in there. Jim: I remember the movie theater erupting in laughter when William’s scene came on and you saw his big face. William was kind of the class clown, so seeing him was big. William: Shockingly, I didn’t get any calls from any agent after my performance in that movie.
THINGS GOT A BIT RAUCOUS Dan: I remember that day that Peter Weir yelled at us. We were fooling around, and some guy broke a cello. We didn’t know that was a couple thousand dollars. So we almost got kicked off the movie the first day, a bunch of idiot kids fooling around. Jim: By the third day, even despite the warnings, the reminders and everything, kids were worn out, and they had had this third director or whoever who was a low man on the totem pole babysitting these 300 kids, and by the third day he had lost control. It was like a substitute teacher who came in and never really had control in the first place, but at this point, there were people throwing spitballs at each other, paper wads, name-calling, chasing people around. I mean, it was just chaotic. So they brought in a TV and put on a game, and that settled kids down for maybe a half hour.
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Suddenly, everyone got in their seats, and you wondered what was going on. And in walks Robin Williams. And he didn’t even say a word. He walked right to the stage. Dan: I remember someone yelling, “Good Morning, Vietnam,” and he’s like, “Shut the hell up, I already cashed that paycheck.” Jim: He went to the TV and started with the football game and turned off the sound, and just pretended that he was commentating the game, imitating the players, imitating the players in the huddle, and it was just so funny. Because you knew it was not rehearsed, just off the top of his head. It was like a kid playing in front of kids, and everyone was just laughing so hard. And he went from football to a commercial to whatever was on channel 12 to Kung Fu Theater, and it was just off-the-cuff hilarious stuff. Bob: You were seeing a real, true performance from a real comedian. Jim: Nine minutes later, he was done. He walked out, everyone clapped. And I remember this: when he walked away, it was almost like he was a different guy. But when he was on stage, he was Robin. Dan: (The producers) held some of us over for another few days. We got chosen to be in a couple other smaller scenes, I think where the Latin professor is walking the kids through the snow and he turns around to look at Robin Williams after the trouble has gone down. It was just a smaller scene they needed younger kids for. And I remember it was really snowing. TJ: Peter Weir is one of the luckiest guys ever. That was the scene where the kid finds out that Robert has died, and he goes and throws up by the lake on the dock. And that morning we woke up and there was snow. ►
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Dan: So we spent a day in—I don’t know what room it is, but they have suits of armor and weapons and stuff—and we’re just hanging out. It was my brother’s birthday, and Robin Williams came in, and he was just killing time, and he went into his shtick for an hour. It was awesome. I’ll never forget—I said, “It’s my brother’s birthday.” And he said, “How old are you?” And my brother says, “Thank you!” And he did five minutes on that answer. He hung out with us. He didn’t have to. I’ve met heroes who let you down, and he really was the real deal. He was nice, he was funny, and he was genuine. ON THE MOVIE’S YOUNG STARS Bob: They weren’t big deals at the time. They weren’t until after that movie, so you didn’t really know who was big and who was not. They were a little older than we were, in college. Dan: I do remember that they had major tents set up for craft services. And I remember that, being a kid, we had no fear. We just walked right over to the stars. They had a separate area, and we’d sit down at their table. I remember that Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke and those guys, they didn’t care.
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DID BEING IN THE MOVIE WORK AS A PICK-UP LINE?
Jim: No. William: Can’t say it has been. Jim: I think it actually was more impressive to the guys you’d meet. Dan: It would have worked better today. I mean, back then, you had to pull the VHS tape out—“Hang on a second.” But now, in this day, I could have had it right here on my phone. But I’ve done it. I’ve had fun with it. LASTING IMPACTS, 25 YEARS LATER Bob: Last month, it was on all the Showtime channels, so I saw it a lot. (On the VHS tapes), they cut out the widescreen effect. But now that it’s been re-mastered, and put in high definition, it’s a really different view of the movie. And there’s actually more of me in the widescreen cuts from the same scene. There’s a friend of mine walking out of a theater that you never saw. TJ: One, it’s a great movie. People talk about Dead Poets whether they’re from here or not. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful movie. It still moves me. But what was really cool was that no one could believe that we got done what we got done. I think we had a reception for the producers at the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont, where we had the governor, the mayor, half the legislators and the U.S. senators and the rep, and no one from L.A. could ►
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believe how cool it was to work here, to do stuff here, because everybody’s here. And they still talk about it to this day. They’re still talking about Dead Poets. Dan: There’s so many duds out there, it’s cool that this fell into our laps and ended up being a classic. Fifty years from now, it’ll still be watchable. Bob: It felt for a little while like this was going to put us on the map. Whether it did or not, I don’t know. TJ: Economic development wise, this movie, our budget was $18 million, and we probably left $6 million here in this economy. So for that small of a movie, I’ll take an $18 million any day of the week. Jim: It would have been another thing if it had been, y’know, Revenge of the Nerds III, but this was a good movie. I think it had something to say that was timeless. It was the right movie for the right time: Robin Williams is a romantic living in an era of extreme orthodoxy. He’s zigging when everyone else is zagging. He’s a free thinker. But it’s always just a bummer that the kid dies. Bob: It’s something that I tell my kids. The movie comes on, and I say, “Kids, I’m in this movie.” And they’re like, “What?” “I’m in this movie.” “Daddy, you’re not in a movie.” “Yes, I am, and I’m going to show you.” I say, “See?” They say, “Daddy, you look so young.” Jim: I remember the director saying something at the very beginning: “We really need your full cooperation. This may be tiresome, it may be boring at points, but we really need you to be with us. And if it’s really good, you’ll be part of something that will live forever. You’ll be part of motion picture history.” It stuck with me, forever, that there was something happening that day that would live on. Dan: You’re watching The Good Wife and you see Josh and you say “Hey, I did a project with him back in the day,” and you sound like an asshole. But you know what? Who cares? I cashed that paycheck.
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REVENGE OF THE SETH Stoner comedian Rogen extends his franchise with frat movie Neighbors By Mark Fields
et’s get honest right from the jump here: Seth Rogen is a one-trick pony. Admittedly, it’s a very good trick. His socially-awkward, arrestedadolescent stoner routine has mined comedy gold in a string of movies from The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up to Pineapple Express and last year’s This Is The End. With his latest film, Neighbors, Rogen demonstrates that he is either really savvy or really lucky, or perhaps a little of both. His overgrown teenager shtick should have reached its expiration date by now, but this insubstantial “bad frat” comedy manages to cleverly extend the 32-year-old Canadian’s career warranty. ►
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Rogen plays Mac Radner, a married man with a beautiful wife, a newborn baby girl, and a recently purchased first home: the welcome-to-adulthood trifecta. Before the viewer has time to ponder the unlikelihood of any of this for Rogen’s persona, he and his movie wife, Kelly (Rose Byrne), face an even greater challenge. The house next door has become home to a fraternity full of underachieving party animals led by Zac Efron and Dave Franco. While Mac and Kelly see the frat as a threat to their newly achieved suburban paradise, they also find themselves drawn to the familiar freedoms of collegiate slackerdom embodied by the Sigma Psi boys-next-door. The rest of the movie tracks the couple’s attempts to cope with the brothers as their love-hate relationship escalates into an all-out war. The real brilliance of the movie is how it permits Rogen to stretch ever so slightly into a character who is ostensibly an adult while still displaying the childish antics that made him a star. Even more refreshing is the decision to make wife Kelly as much of a reluctant adult as he is. Rogen’s earlier films often created an unimaginative tension between id-centric Seth and a super-ego (read ball-busting) girlfriend. Efron has some unfettered fun as frat president Teddy, and Dave Franco (James’ younger brother) is appealing as VP Pete. Lisa Kudrow also gets laughs in an extended cameo as the image-obsessed college dean. But Neighbors will not be remembered for its acting. A concept movie from beginning to end, it’s utterly unrealistic (The Radners repeatedly abandon their infant daughter to cavort with the frat boys). Then again, it’s no more intended to be an accurate portrayal of adult life than anything else from the Rogen movie canon. I seriously wonder if Seth Rogen will ever be able to move beyond his pothead comfort zone, but Neighbors allows the audience one well-deserved and perhaps last laugh as he stumbles into genuine adulthood. It was fun while it lasted, bro!
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What better way to explore the wonder and beauty of America than with a high-octane adventure on the open road? The appeal is obvious to Hollywood, which has produced more road trip movies than we could possibly cover in one issue. But still, let’s “head out on the highway” with these six wild rides.
Bruce Dern received much late-career acclaim for his performance as Woody Grant, an aging loser on a quest to collect a million dollars he believes he won in a sweepstakes promotion. His dutiful son accompanies him across the windswept terrain of Montana to the title state, and tries to establish a rapport with his distant father. The script is neither as deep nor insightful as it attempts to be, and the characterizations of small-town folk border on the cruel. However, Director Alexander Payne’s black-and-white film captures the stark, open beauty of the Northern Plains. The Trip
Friendship is a two-sided coin as food columnist Steve Coogan (playing himself) invites Rob Brydon (also playing himself) to join him on a road trip to review the finest restaurants in northern England after Coogan’s girlfriend backs out of the trip. Coogan’s and Brydon’s mismatched personalities provide lots of laughs, including side-splitting impersonations of British celebrities like Michael Caine. Zombieland
In a loopy post-apocalyptic comedy, four human survivors (Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin) must band together to face the ravenous hordes of walking dead that roam the landscape. Eisenberg’s Columbus (they’ve all taken the names of their hometowns) copes with the brave new zombie world with his list of droll survival rules, while Harrelson’s Tallahassee just wants one last Twinkie. The script is clever, and the performances appealingly offbeat, especially Bill Murray’s cameo…as himself. Thelma and Louise
Thelma and Louise are somewhat unlikely friends. Thelma is a verbally-battered housewife, Louise a fiery-tempered waitress. Both are somewhat unlucky in life and in men. After Thelma is attacked and Louise shoots the attempted rapist, the two take off in Louise’s Thunderbird convertible, on the run from the law but also strangely liberated. Directed by Ridley Scott, this classic movie turns the buddy road trip formula on its head in more ways than one, resulting in a powerful and unexpected saga of empowerment. The Sure Thing
Actor-turned-director Rob Reiner followed up his directorial debut, This is Spinal Tap, with this slight but charming romantic comedy. John Cusack plays a sexually-thwarted college kid off on break to visit a friend and meet a girl he has been promised is “a sure thing.” He gets stuck on a cross-country trip with a prudish, anal-retentive classmate (Daphne Zuniga), and together they experience one disaster after another. We of course know where this is going, but the trip has its subtle pleasures. Easy Rider
Peter Fonda as Captain America (the toker, not the Avenger) and Dennis Hopper as Billy the Kid ride their choppers from California to New Orleans. Along their meandering way, they discover two Americas: one of communes and peaceniks, another of rednecks and reactionaries. Full of terrific ‘60s music from The Band, Jimi Hendrix, The Byrds and Steppenwolf, and shot in a startling verité style by Director Hopper, this box office smash also features Jack Nicholson in one of the first roles that defined his slightly louche Hollywood persona. MAY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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2. Senator Chris Coons (center) and Suiting Warriors founder Star Lotta (right) pose with artist Peter Milou (left) and one of his works of art that was submitted for auction during Suiting Warriors’ benefit “Reds, Whites & Brews” at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom on March 28. Photo by Vera LaMarche
3. These lovely gals were the toast of the town at the 8th Annual Muttini Mixer a benefit for Delaware Humane Association held at World Cafe Live at The Queen on March 29. Photo provided by D. Naomi Leibowitz/Delaware Humane Association
4. Mark Unruh (left) and T.J. Lundy performed at The Downtown Hoedown at The Grand on April 5, an event that benefitted The Grand’s community outreach programs. Photo by Joe del Tufo
5. JulieAnne Cross was one of the brave volunteers to pose as a pie-throwing target during The Downtown Hoedown at The Grand. Photo by Joe del Tufo 6. The mechanical bull at The Downtown Hoedown was no match for Pam Manocchio, Director of Community Engagement at The Grand. Photo by Joe del Tufo
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Since 1988, Out & About has informed our audience of entertainment options in Greater Wilmington through a monthly variety magazine. Today,...
Published on Apr 30, 2014
Since 1988, Out & About has informed our audience of entertainment options in Greater Wilmington through a monthly variety magazine. Today,...