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BASH Friday, May 31, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Tickets available at delart.org
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The Museum’s annual outdoor event returns with more sounds, food, art, and fun! In partnership with People’s Festival organizers, this event features local musicians, food trucks, family-friendly art activities, face painting, arts vendors, lawn games, and bar service. Get your tickets in advance to avoid entrance lines. Visit delart.org for details and updates. $10 Members, $15 Non-Members. Free for Youth Members, $5 for Youth Non-Members. (ages 10 & under)
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Liberty Comedy Presents
FRI | MAY 10 | 8PM | $35-$42
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Ladies of laughter don’t hold back in riotous night of comedy
Two legends celebrate their nearly 50-year bluegrass friendship.
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Re-imagining Genesis’ dynamic double concept album live as never before.
An American contemporary Grammy Award-winning Christian music singer-songwriter
Stand-up comedian with a unique delivery and lovable demeanor.
TRO performs Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway SAT | MAY 18 | 3PM | $19.50
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51 On The Riverfront 54 In The City 56 Art Loop
7 Grand Prix Weekend Schedule of events and 10 ways
59 Busing To Breweries 60 Spirited 62 Sips 63 Goose Island Brewhouse
29 Talk Radio, the Delaware Way
19 Today’s Master’s Degree
67 Inspiring Young Musicians 73 Movie Reviews
21 Your Food Relationship
FOCUS 29 Delaware Talk Radio 34 Record Store Revival 40 Bands Worth Seeing
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Local hosts like to stir up conversation, not trouble. By Ken Mammarella
34 The Vinyl Experience Record Store Day proves the analog technology of records is alive and well. By Jordan Howell
79 Snap Shots
EAT 45 Dining in Trolley Square 49 Sandwich Shop Makeover 50 Bites Cover Design by Kevin McCabe
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40 Best Bands in the Land Area experts share their thoughts on local acts worth seeing.
45 Dining Destination Known as a party hub, Trolley Square has become a culinary hot spot. By Pam George
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Market Street merchants will be open and offering special discounts to attendees. Since there is no admission charge to Grand Prix festivities, you’ll have a little extra cash in your pocket to spend. (5/18, noon start)
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Kick-off Party at Brandywine Park A world-class party in the park featuring live music by Element K.
3. CITY YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIP Urban Bike Project & Wilm. Parks & Recreation host youth sprints up Market St. (5/18, 12:15pm)
FREE RIDES Obstacle Course, Rock Wall, Giant Slide, Moon Bounces & More… All Free! (5/18, noon-5pm)
Enjoy lunch and watch the races with a table right on the course at Bardea Food & Drink, Chelsea Tavern, Ernest & Scott, DiMeo’s, Merchant Bar, Stitch House & more! (5/18, noon-5pm)
WATCH WORLD-CLASS CYCLING Ever see 100 bikes sprint thru a Downtown at 35mph? Pros racers from 13 countries and 33 states will be on hand for this nationally-ranked event. (5/18 noon start)
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Join Governor John Carney on a 15-mile ride that offers a once-a-year opportunity to ride your bike through Hagley Museum and Winterthur Museum & Garden. (5/19 8am)
COBBLESTONE CLIMB Cheer cyclists up challenging Monkey Hill. Bring your cowbell! And your costume! (5/18 5-8pm)
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You don’t have to be a race fan to enjoy six blocks of free family fun. Watch the races, have a beer, and let your kids enjoy the rides. (5/18, noon start)
Last year riders from 15 states and four countries came to Wilmington to experience this bucket list ride through the Brandywine Valley. Sign up and you’ll see why. (5/19, 8am start)
FRI, MAY 17
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Live music by Element K, Food Truck Convoy & Craft Beer Garden in Brandywine Park while pro and amateur cyclists tackle the climb at Monkey Hill. Bring your cowbell! Costumes welcome!
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Wilmington Grand Prix
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Basil Animus Restaurant 2 for specials May 18
Grilled Cheese Battle May 22
Wilmington Flower Market May 9-11
The Sound of Music May 9-12
Gable Music 8 Year Anniversary DSO Classics: Roman Hollywood May 17
WCGS Members Concert
Richard Raw Album Release
Tax Free Comedy Festival May 10 & 11
Bellefonte Arts Festival May 18
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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications
Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine
THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
Not Alright There’s a movie named The Kids Are Alright, and a song called “Be Alright,” and neither of them is right—the title, that is. All right is two words, despite what you may see on Facebook (that enemy of good grammar) and in many emails. Speaking of Films . . . I’m a big movie and TV fan, and over the years I’ve seen and heard many grammatical miscues. Here are a few that I jotted down: 1. In the closing credits of the 2015 movie Black Mass: “After more than 10 years on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, an anonymous tip led to the capture of Whitey Bulger.” That’s a dangler; Whitey Bulger was on the Most Wanted list, not an anonymous tip. 2. From the HBO series The Wire: A sign in police headquarters over the men’s room reads, “For officer’s only.” Ah, the grocer’s apostrophe raises its ugly head again. 3. In the same category, while watching no more than a moment or two of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful, I spotted a plaque on the door to The Explorers Club identifying it as “The Explorer’s Club.” Talk about exclusive! 4. From the 1986 film Manhunter: A newspaper headline reads, “FBI Persues Pervert.” That’s pursues, of course. Hollywood often neglects to proofread its “newspapers.” 5. From the 2012 movie Parental Guidance, we have Billy Crystal saying to Bette Midler, “You must’ve sang that to the kids a hundred times.” The present perfect of sing is sung. 6. Crystal also committed a gaffe in his 2015 TV series The Comedians when he spoke of “the chemistry between Josh (Gad, his co-star) and I.” The preposition between requires the objective case me. 7. And, of course, there’s the infamous movie title Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. The past tense of shrink is shrank. Can you add to the list? If so, email me with the gaffes you’ve discovered in movies or on television. More Tales from the Banking Industry Our friend in banking occasionally sends examples of corporate speak from staff meetings. His latest attests to the growing and pretentious trend to change nouns into verbs. (Cover your eyes for this one): “I don’t know how to solution that problem.”
Word of the Month
resistentialism Pronounced ri-zis-TEN-shul-iz-um, it’s a noun meaning the theory that inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior toward us.
By Bob Yearick
Media Watch • A reader says that a recent story in the Wilmington News Journal reported that thousands of UD students signed a petition against a Newark ordinance governing parties. The petition reads, in part: “Us students work day and night This picture of a billboard, sent to us by on our rigorous workload . . .” a reader in Illinois, contains an obvious Maybe if grammar were part of error. We wonder: how many people read this before it was approved? that workload, the author of that petition (probably a dedicated partier) would have known that we is the correct pronoun in this case. • Dan Patrick, on his eponymous radio show, noted that there was jub-u-lation in Cleveland when the Browns acquired Odell Beckham Jr. The word jubilation is pronounced pretty much as it’s spelled: jub-a-lation. The more I listen to Dan, the more often he appears in this column. • Barry Melrose, ESPN’s hockey commentator: “That goal should have went in.” The sports guys on radio and TV are consistent in their misuse of went where gone belongs. How Long, Oh Lord, How long? (In which we address the misuse of that most-abused punctuation mark, the apostrophe) Reader Janet Strobert calls out this sentence from a News Journal story about a man who offered meat for gas money: “But 19-year-old Jeffrey Brannock say’s he’s met the meat man, too.” That one may be a unique misuse of an apostrophe. Ah, the Vagaries of the Language Noting that the decision on a recent multi-million-dollar law suit hinged on a missing serial comma, daughter Danielle, a lawyer, says she is waiting for the class action suits that will surely result from Webster’s double definition of biweekly: “occurring every two weeks; occurring twice a week.” Yeah, that’s real definitive.
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SARAH DAVIS: Saving Neglected Dogs and Cats
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lmost nothing stops Sarah Davis, 16, from helping animals. Too young to drive on her own, she relies on her grandma, Joan, to get her to the dogs and cats in need of care. “I love animals,” says the Newark resident. “What I do gives them a voice and at the same time I’m helping out the community.” Since age 14, the Dickinson High School student has volunteered at Faithful Friends Animal Society (FFAS) in Wilmington. She is one of 400 volunteers who help the privately funded, non-profit advocacy organization Sarah Davis with a variety of animal and community services aimed at ending the abandonment, abuse and neglect of dogs and cats in Delaware. Its services include free pet food (for pet owners with financial difficulties), pet therapy, adoption, and low-cost spay/neuter and health clinics for worm and tick treatments and vaccinations. Its No-Kill policy ensures that all treatable and trainable animals not adopted remain in the care of the staff and volunteers. Pet homelessness and overpopulation can be a challenge to communities and overcrowded animal shelters. Last year, the organization provided shelter care to more than 1,700 homeless pets, says Jane Pierantozzi, founder and director of Faithful Friends, headquartered on Germay Drive. At year’s end, approximately 1,400 were adopted. The rest remained in shelter or foster care. In 2017 Delaware shelters took in 12,923 animals and 13,241 in 2018, according to the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. Davis, who owns three dogs, one cat, and a guinea pig, has fostered 15 kittens. “I bring them home if there’s not enough space at the shelter,” she says. To deter overpopulation, Davis has trapped more than 60 feral cats to have them neutered and vaccinated through the Trap-Neuter-Return program. She then returns them to their outdoors homes, called colonies. She’s currently responsible for two colonies, which she visits during the weekends and after school to make sure the cats are safe and have plenty of food and water. In 2018, Faithful Friends spayed and neutered more than 2,000 dogs and cats. “Sarah is one of those volunteers who keep their ears and eyes open for animals to rescue,” says Nicole Cunningham, dog adoption coordinator at Faithful Friends. Davis, recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Youth Service Award for her volunteer work, has saved the lives of dozens of animals in the past two years. This winter, she and her grandmother, a former FFAS volunteer, rescued a year-old pit bull from starvation and frostbite. Day after day the dog had hung around an apartment complex, barking, eating bits of cat food left for feral cats, and hiding in the woods. On a bitterly cold day, Davis trudged into the snow-covered woods with her grandmother and lured the pit bull into a cage with a trail of warm hot dog bits and chicken tenders. When not rescuing animals, Davis delivers food to pet owners who don’t have money for pet food or transportation. Last year, more than 4,000 people received free pet food from Faithful Friends, thus making it possible for the animals to remain with their owners. Not surprisingly, Davis plans to be a veterinarian and eventually open an animal shelter. Faithful Friends partners include Concord Pet Foods & Supplies, the Brandywine Valley SPCA and the Delaware Humane Society. Last year the agency, which relies on fundraisers, grants, and donations, spent $2.6 million in services and programs. To volunteer, donate or to learn about upcoming events, visit faithfulfriends.us or call 427-8514.
— Adriana Camacho-Church 14 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
START CREATE IT, TAKE IT
F.Y.I. Things worth knowing Compiled by Emily Stover & Paige Dana
BREAKFAST WITH BIG IDEAS
eel like expressing some creativity, or trying something new, but not sure where to start? On Sunday, May 5, head to the Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn, from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. The Make & Take Craft Bazaar is the perfect place to gain knowledge about different crafts, as local artisans will be there to walk guests through the creating process, along with vendors selling crafts. This event is for all ages and is free to attend. You only pay for the crafts, which range from $5-$10. For more information, search this event on eventbrite.com.
HABITAT CELEBRATES WOMEN
A RETIREMENT HOT SPOT?
GET REACQUAINTED WITH NATURE
he Wilmington Renaissance Corporation, a private economicdevelopment partner of the City of Wilmington, will host its annual breakfast, which focuses on WRC project updates and visions for the future on Thursday, May 9, at The Queen (500 Market St.). Galen Emanuele of Shift Yes will be the keynote speaker. Emanuele has worked with an array of Fortune 500 companies, assisting them in transforming the way they interact and communicate in business. Tickets are $75 and the breakfast runs from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Visit BigIdeasWilmington.com.
orthern Delaware has been selected as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire, the only magazine in America geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions. The region is profiled in the May/June issue. Where to Retire Editor Annette Fuller says the region possesses qualities important to today’s retirees. “Northern Delaware touts countryside charm, Revolutionary War history and -maybe best of all -- no sales tax,” Fuller writes. “Retirees here enjoy waterfront Wilmington, 30 miles southwest of Philadelphia, with its riverwalk, gardens and festivals. Nearby Middletown is home to many master-planned communities. ‘Here, people will stop and chat with you,’ one retiree reported.” For more information, visit wheretoretire.com.
abitat for Humanity of New Castle County will host a Women’s Breakfast on Thursday, May 9, at the DuPont Country Club (1001 Rockland Rd., Wilmington). This event celebrates Habitat’s “A Brush with Kindness” program, which provides critical repair for homeowners throughout the city of Wilmington and brings awareness to the fact that 80 percent of Habitat homeowners are women. Doors for the event open at 7:30 a.m., followed by breakfast from 8-9 a.m. For more information, visit habitatncc.org.
randywine Creek State Park will host events this spring to help reacquaint guests with nature. On Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 25, starting at 8:30 p.m., guests are invited to come out and check out the night sky over the Brandywine Valley. Tickets are $5 and guests will meet the guide at the nature center. The park also will have a “Spring Adventure Series” taking place on consecutive Saturdays —May 4, 11, and 18. These free events take guests through different parts of the park and give lessons about the ecosystems or history of the area. Guests will meet at the nature center to start. For more information about these and other events, visit destateparks.com and search Brandywine Creek.
LAUGH IT UP AT HOTEL DU PONT
night of laughs is in store at the Hotel du Pont on Saturday, May. 4. From 7-10 p.m., Comedy Night will be in full swing, with comedians who have credits from HBO, Comedy Central, and NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Leading off will be Corey Alexander, followed by Anita Wise, the featured artist of the night. Headlining the show will be Tom Daddario. Tickets for the show are $50, which includes an appetizer buffet and cash bar available throughout the night. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8. Reservations are required, and can be made on the hotel’s Opentable page, or by calling 594-3255.
BEARS COACH NAGY RETURNS TO DELAWARE
att Nagy, head coach of the Chicago Bears, University of Delaware alumnus and an AllAmerica Blue Hen quarterback, will speak at the University’s 170th Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Delaware Stadium. In 2018, Nagy led the Bears to the NFC North Division championship and a return to the playoffs. His leadership earned him the title of NFL Coach of the Year. A native of Manheim, Pennsylvania, Nagy played for the Hens from 1997-2000 under legendary Head Coach Tubby Raymond. For more information, visit udel.edu.
PIEDMONT 475 CHANGES MEMBERSHIP POLICY
ilmington Prince of Piedmont Lodge 475, which began in 1916 as a fraternal organization, initiated more than 70 women last month and is changing its name to the Order of Sons and Daughters of Italy in American (OSDIA). Though women have always been a part of the lodge through the Ladies Auxilary, they will now be eligible to be regular members as well as hold leadership roles if elected. “I am proud to officially and permanently recognize the role women have played in the success of the Lodge,” said Lodge president James Lemmon. MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
WHAT READERS ARE SAYING About The War on Words By Bob Yearick, April 2019 I'd love to have your job!! I'd be laughing all day.
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About Worth Recognizing Carlene Jackson: Creating personal histories that help heal elderly patients By Adriana Camacho-Church, April 2019 What an amazing story, Adriana Church! I appreciate the way in which the patient is seen as fully human—not a diagnosis, but a person with a past, a purpose, and a story to share. — Denise Marotta Lopes About Kitchen Tools for the Modern Cook There are several old-school as well as innovative gadgets on the market that can be invaluable in your kitchen By Leeann Wallett, April 2019 Thanks, very concise yet informative – have to dig out my old Moka pot. — Norma Pecora About Rockin’ Out, Giving Back Club Phred has generated millions for charity while performing with several big names in the music business By Lauren Golt, April 2019 It has been exciting to have followed the journey of these talented, caring people. And they sound good, too! Rock on. — Kimberly Lane I have been a friend of Club Phred for many years now. The members of the band are so friendly and I meet some fun people while attending their concerts. Their special guests are super and I hope to support them and their fundraising again soon. — Ruth Crossan Fred & the Clubbers are awesome. It's always a thrill to emcee an event with Club Phred as the band. We work up a couple of entertaining “bits” and they're always quick with a comeback. — Rick Jensen What an honor to be friends with the Club Phred family. — Randy Hedrick
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Automobile license plates are a big deal to many Delawareans. However, instead of simply purchasing a vanity tag or investing in a rare plate in hopes that it appreciates in value, why not do something “beautiful” with your license plate? By purchasing a Keep Delaware Beautiful plate, you accomplish the goal of having a unique tag while generating funds for the Keep Delaware Beautiful campaign, whose mission is to reduce littering, encourage recycling and beautify our state – worthwhile goals. The KDB red plate with gold lettering is also eye-catching. To purchase a plate, visit KeepDelawareBeautiful.com. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
My household has recently made a dramatic change to try to eliminate our use of plastics wherever possible. Over the last year, China has started to refuse America’s recycling materials and the results are not good. Most U.S. cities are now simply burning flammable waste because there’s nowhere to put it (Philadelphia is incinerating 200 tons of recyclables a day, which causes pollution and health concerns for surrounding areas). Not only that, but most plastics can only be recycled one time! What changes have we made? No more shampoo bottles. No bodywash. No lotion containers. You can now get all of these products in bar form, with eco-friendly packaging. We even ditched the plastic toothbrushes and replaced them with bamboo alternatives (Thanks, Courtney). We only use reusable shopping bags, water bottles and coffee cups. We plan on changing something new every week. We’re the annoying folks who will tell you to do the same. Options are out there and if we don’t change now, this problem will take hundreds of years to reverse (if we’re lucky). — Matt Loeb, Production Manager
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The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann If you love true crime as much as I do, this new eightpart Netflix documentary series is perfect for you. The story revolves around Madeleine McCann, a three-yearold child who disappeared on May 3, 2007, from her bed in a vacation apartment in Praia da Luz, a resort in the Algarve region of Portugal. To this day, her whereabouts remains unknown. Packed with suspense, hope, and compelling interviews, this series will keep you up at night wondering what really happened to Madeleine McCann on that summer night.
In recent years, frozen yogurt has become increasingly popular, and if you’ve been in one of the shops, you know why. Twisted in Middletown has become one of my favorite stops. The staff is always friendly, and they always have a great selection of flavors, which changes regularly. Frozen yogurt shops are fun, especially for kids, because you get to serve yourself with whatever flavor and toppings you want, and you pay by weight, so you only pay for the amount you want. On Mondays, Twisted has a “no weigh day” where you pay by cup size. You can get a small cup and fill it over the top and still only pay $4.50! On those days, I prefer to go for a little bit of frozen yogurt and pile on the toppings. Twisted also started including hand-made ice cream sandwiches made with their frozen yogurt, and hand-made edible cookie dough, both of which I have tried and loved. The creamy or fruity flavors have taken the world by storm, and honestly, I have started to prefer frozen yogurt to ice cream.
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HAS THE MASTER’S DEGREE BECOME THE NEW BACHELOR’S DEGREE?
he number of master’s degrees conferred by U.S. institutions has dramatically risen since 1980. According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics, 303,000 master’s degrees were conferred in 1980. Flash forward to 2012, and the figure rises to 754,000. While the number of bachelor’s degrees conferred since 1980 has risen as well, the bachelor’s 48 percent increase falls short of the master’s dramatic rise of 60 percent. Debra W. Stewart, former president of the Council of Graduate Schools, stated in The New York Times that nearly two Americans out of 25 who are age 25 or older now hold a master’s degree, which is roughly the same proportion of those who held bachelor’s degrees or higher in 1960. Meanwhile, Fast Company reports that a 2017, nationwide online survey conducted by Ca reerBu i lder shows t hat 27 percent of employers are recruiting master’s degree holders for posit ions t hat previously only required a bachelor’s degree. Similarly, 37 percent of employers are hiring college graduates for positions that in the past only required a high school diploma. These and other data lead many to believe that the master’s degree has replaced the bachelor’s degree as the recognized benchmark of employability.
Why? Employers who took part in the CareerBuilder survey (more than 2,300 hiring and human resource managers in industries spanning the private sector) cite the following reasons: • Today’s jobs require an increased level of specialized knowledge and skillsets that a bachelor’s degree does not typically provide. • Advanced education makes a clear, positive impact on productivity, communication skills and innovation. • Filtering applicants by education level provides a simple sorting system for hirers who are flooded with resumés from job seekers. The idea that a master’s degree is becoming the new standard can be hard to swallow at a time when basic higher education is difficult for many families and individuals to afford. Here are some questions to consider as you look to specialize your education and make yourself more marketable to employers by seeking an advanced degree. Practicality: Will your master’s program provide you with usable skills that employers value? Look for an institution that offers workintegrated learning opportunities, such as internships with area employers, that can lead directly into employment. Flexibility: Many graduate students need to work while attending school. Does your master’s program offer online, evening or weekend courses so you can keep your current job while furthering your education? Are accelerated classes available? Affordability: Will your master’s program fit your budget? Are financial aid options available? Consider the return on investment of your master’s program. Be sure your increased earning potential will outweigh the cost of your advanced degree. A Local Leader in Master’s Level Education Wilmington University offers 70+ master’s degree programs in business, technology, education, health professions, social and behavioral sciences, and more. A local leader in advanced education, in recent years WilmU has conferred more than 60 percent of the master’s degrees in the state of Delaware. Let WilmU work for you through affordability, convenience, flexibility and a focus on the adult learner. Learn more at wilmu.edu or attend our upcoming Graduate Studies Fair.
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POSITIVE STRATEGIES FOR A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH FOOD By the Coverdale Farm Team, Delaware Nature Society
ur life-long relationship with food is complicated and personal but it can be joyful and delicious. Just as we need to educate ourselves on how to maintain a healthy planet, we must also be aware of how we can maintain a healthy body. Sustainable eating isn't a diet—it’s life-long habit. By increasing your intake of whole, natural foods and eating fewer unhealthy, processed items, you can improve your overall health and positively change your relationship with food. Changing habits takes time, so try incorporating a few tips every week. 1. CUT OUT ADDED SUGAR Eating too much added sugar has been linked to a wide array of health issues, ranging from obesity to heart disease. Avoid foods and beverages with added sugar (including “diet” foods like low-fat dressings and diet soda). Seek out natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup. 2. MEAL PREP FOR SUCCESS Prepping bulk meals for the week ahead ensures that you will have fresh, healthy options every day. This not only keeps you from buying “on the run,” which leads to unhealthy choices, but also provides an opportunity for a weekly family activity. Knowing what’s in your food is important and cooking for yourself is the easiest way to control what goes in and what stays out of your body. 3. SHOP THE PERIMETER Make it a priority to fill your cart with foods from the perimeter of your supermarket before moving on to the interior. The perimeter of the grocery store usually contains fresh produce and healthy protein sources like eggs, yogurt and poultry. 4. EXPERIMENT WITH NEW FOODS Adopting a sustainable eating pattern that involves trying new foods is an excellent way to expand your palate. Joining a Community Support Agriculture (CSA, like at Coverdale Farm Preserve) is a great way to try out new vegetables or herbs every week.
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5. EAT THE RAINBOW (WHEN IN DOUBT, GO GREEN!) Including a wide variety of nutritious vegetables, fruits and herbs in your diet is an important (and fun) part of sustainable eating. Colorful options like berries, leafy greens, sweet potatoes, red (and orange and yellow) peppers and turmeric are packed with powerful plant compounds and nutrients that are essential for health. Leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula are easy and nutritious ingredients that can be added to almost any meal. Adding a mixed green salad to your meal, incorporating sautéed spinach into an omelet or tossing fresh kale into your favorite smoothie are easy ways to eat more healthy produce. 6. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARMERS (AND ORGANIC FARMING WHEN POSSIBLE) Sustainable eating includes knowing your food and where it comes from. Purchasing food directly from small farms means that you can be informed about the methods used to grow, produce and raise animals for meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. 7. KEEP YOUR PANTRY AND FRIDGE STOCKED Keeping a supply of healthy canned, frozen and bulk ingredients on hand can make last-minute meals a breeze. Canned beans, frozen vegetables and grains like quinoa and oats are affordable, and can be stored in the freezer and pantry to be enjoyed at any time. 8. MAKE HEALTHY VERSIONS OF YOUR FAVORITE TREATS Need something sweet after dinner? Don’t deprive yourself, just choose carefully. Some healthy sweet-treat ideas include: dipping strawberries in dark chocolate, making energy balls with nut butter, oats, coconut, and dark chocolate, and baking apples stuffed with chopped nuts, oats and raisins. 9. PRACTICE INTUITIVE EATING Intuitive eating is a technique that teaches you how to make healthy choices and promotes a positive relationship with food. It involves paying attention to your hunger and fullness cues, which can decrease chances of overeating.
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Getting a Read on the World In a state where one in six adults is at or below the third-grade reading level, Literacy Delaware teaches life skills By Jordan Howell Photos by Justin Heyes
s you begin reading this, imagine for a moment that you were unable—that for whatever variety of reasons, you’ve made it this far in life without learning to read. It’s not like you can’t read anything. Maybe you recognize words and phrases, but the details and context are unclear. Imagine how different your reality would be. Everything you read from day to day—bank statements, bills, job applications, nutrition labels, billboards, medicine labels, menus, user manuals, letters, emails, and just about anything written on the side of a box—imagine most of that being beyond your grasp. Such limited literacy is more prevalent than you might think. In Delaware, one in six adults is at or below the third-grade reading
level, and that’s in addition to the many more who are learning English as a second language. “The need is great,” says Cynthia Shermeyer, executive director at the nonprofit Literacy Delaware. But, she explains, teaching an adult to read is as much about developing life skills as it is about comprehending groups of words. “There's a lot more involved in it. People hear ‘literacy’ and they think reading and writing, but what we do is so much more. There's math, there's soft skills for holding a job, even learning about managing money.” In other words, adult learners are not simply learning how to comprehend groups of words in books or newspapers. They’re learning how to read the world all around them. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The scope of America’s literacy problem is staggering. According to research compiled by the nonprofit ProLiteracy, more than 36 million adults nationwide—or roughly 15 percent of the adult population—cannot read, write or do basic math above a third-grade level. Among adults without a functional level of literacy, 43 percent live in poverty and are more likely to be unemployed. It’s a stubborn crisis. The trend has not improved—nor has it deteriorated—in more than 20 years. According to the most recent analysis by the Department of Education, the percentage or adults with limited literacy is exactly the same now as it was in 1992. It’s just stuck, lingering in plain sight, as most systemic failures tend to do. “A lot of these adult learners went to school for 12 years, they just never learned to read,” says Charles “Skip” MacArthur, professor of special education and literacy in the School of Education at the University of Delaware. “Being able to read words, pronounce words, is separate from understanding the meaning of what you’re reading. It’s incredibly limiting.” According to Sarah Green, outreach specialist at Literacy Delaware, low literacy is also an intergenerational problem, just like poverty. Seventy-two percent of children whose parents have low literacy are more likely to trail their peers in reading, receive poor grades, repeat a grade or drop out. “Literacy is only a statistic,” says Green. “What it means is a child growing up in a family that is underemployed. If they're working, they're working multiple jobs. They don't have the education to be advocating for their child in school. Without literacy, it is just so incredibly difficult to succeed.” Currently, about half of Delaware third graders are unable to read at grade level. The problem is even more acute in a handful of ZIP codes in Wilmington, Dover and some areas of Sussex County, where nearly two-thirds of children are unable to read at grade level. By third grade, warns Green, if children are not reading at grade level, it becomes increasingly difficult for them to catch up to their peers. “Once they're behind, they're at a disadvantage for the rest of their school career,” she says.
Since 1983, Literacy Delaware has helped more than 3,000 adult learners improve their literacy. One of those learners is Owen Perry. Perry is 53, and by his own account was able to make it pretty far in life with a fifthgrade reading level. “I could always identify words,” says Perry. “I had the basics of reading and math, just not the whole concept of it.” He recalls that he just seemed to learn differently from other kids. He failed and repeated the first grade, and in sixth grade was enrolled in special education. He managed to matriculate through 12 years of schooling and received a diploma from John Dickinson High School. While in school, Perry learned enough to fill out job applications, and once on the job— as a security guard, dishwasher or paper sorter with The News Journal—he could read what was necessary to get the job done.
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Three years ago, at the urging of a close friend, he sought out Literacy Delaware to finish learning how to read so he could go back to school to become a certified massage therapist. To qualify for certification, he needs to read at a ninth-grade level. He’s almost there. I stopped into Literacy Delaware on a blustery, cold March morning. Their offices are on the second floor of the Wilmington Public Library. Perry was there to meet with his math tutor, Janet Saunders, to work on fractions. They stood at the white board, scribbling, erasing, laughing, asking questions. They were an affable pair. “They really care about you,” says Perry. “It doesn’t matter your age, as long as you want to do it.” That personal touch is one of the reasons why adult learners choose to stay with Literacy Delaware for three or four years, as Perry has. Over time, Shermeyer suggests that a bond develops between learners and tutors. Learners are meeting with the same tutors week after week, so over time you get to know each other like family.
Shermeyer attributes Literacy Delaware’s 36 years of success to a curriculum grounded in real-world experiences. Lessons may differ from one session to the next, depending on the needs of the learner. Tutors have held classes in grocery stores and other places ideal for scavenger hunts. Many adult learners have children of their own who are also learning to read, and so tutoring sessions may involve answering questions about parent-teacher conferences or navigating the school system. Health care is one of the primary stumbling blocks for adult learners. That’s why Literacy Delaware recently partnered with Nemours duPont Pediatrics on Jessup Street in Wilmington to launch a health literacy initiative. “Our health care system spends billions of dollars a year because of limited literacy,” says Shermeyer. “We know that people are coming into the ER when they could just visit a [less expensive] health clinic. We also know that many of our learners don’t understand preventative health care and vaccinations, and many struggle to read the labels on over-thecounter medicines.” ►
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Literacy Delaware already provides some instruction in medical literacy, mostly when learners arrive with questions about their health. When one student discovered a lump on her breast, she asked her tutors about getting a mammogram. The staff at Literacy Delaware helped her make phone calls to set up a doctor’s appointment. Fortunately, the lump was benign. Shermeyer and volunteer tutor Rita Meeks had been talking about launching a health literacy initiative for years. Meeks was a pediatric hematologist oncologist at Nemours for 30 years, and during that time she recognized that even well-educated native English speakers often struggle to understand the impenetrable healthcare jargon of prescriptions and consent forms. She worked closely with children undergoing treatment for acute lymphocytic leukemia, which is the most common childhood cancer, and when their parents were sent home with medicine—some of which was to be administered twice a day and another once a week—Meeks worried that the wrong drugs would be administered at the wrong time, with potentially catastrophic effects on the child. “You have to assume that people don't understand it before you assume that they do,” she says. Meeks recalls a humorous though cautionary tale from one of her colleagues at Nemours. Some years ago, a child was diagnosed with an ear infection and was prescribed an oral liquid antibiotic. When the ear infection didn’t go away, doctors learned that the parents did not understand how to administer the medication and had been putting the liquid antibiotic into the child’s ear. The health literacy initiative at Literacy Delaware, known as Health Education and Literacy, or HEAL, is still in the pilot phases, but its focus will be on practical matters like how to correctly measure and administer medication, how to read labels on over-the-counter drugs, and more. “Self sufficiency is the ultimate goal,” says Shermeyer. “Teaching people those life skills to be able to advocate for themselves so they are engaged in the community, so they're active and involve as parents. We help improve lives through literacy one adult at a time.”
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Bear resident Shaun Gallagher's book was featured on the March 7 episode of The Big Bang Theory.
YES, TRY THIS AT HOME Delaware author mines scientific research for books full of fun experiments with babies, preschoolers and couples By Ken Mammarella
professional identity crisis combined with a flash of inspiration while trying to get his baby to sleep resulted in a series of books by Bear resident Shaun Gallagher. The first in the series was titled, appropriately enough, Experimenting with Babies. Gallagher is a software engineer for Monetate in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, but he spent his early working days as a magazine and newspaper editor. “Journalism was a big part of my identity,” he says. A few years ago, after he had been writing code for a while, he found that he missed writing words. Then one night, after experimenting with different ways to get his newborn to sleep, “the title of the book came to me,” he recalls. “Wouldn’t that [title] be funny?” Not just the title—Experimenting With Babies—but also the book proved to be funny. And popular. Just before Christmas it was No. 273 of the 8 million books in Amazon’s rankings. And in March it was featured on America’s No. 1 TV series. “I couldn’t have asked for a better testimonial,” Gallagher says of the enthusiasm The Big Bang Theory characters showed for his book in front of 13 million viewers on March 7.
In the “Conference Valuation” episode, Penny Hofstadter and Bernadette Rostenkowski-Wolowitz are away at a conference, leaving Penny’s husband, Howard, in charge of their two children. Howard and his besties, Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper, and Sheldon’s wife, Amy, are fascinated with how Gallagher’s book makes science fun for families. They perform what Gallagher calls the “Grabby Hands” experiment: Adults tie a toy on a 2-foot string and spin it clockwise and counterclockwise in front of the infant. Does the baby consistently reach for the toy with the left hand, right hand, or both? And does that choice change over time? Gallagher’s book explains in layman’s terms the science behind the results and also cites academic papers he had read. For this one, they’re “Unimanual and bimanual tasks and the assessment of handedness in toddlers” from 2000, and the 2009 follow-up “Reaching and grasping a moving object in 6, 8- , and 10-month-old infants: laterality and performance.” Experimenting With Babies features 49 more experiments that “demonstrate principles of infant development in a fun, easyto-digest way.” ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Pitch, Proposal, Auction After Gallagher got the idea for the book, he searched YES, TRY THIS AT HOME for agents and cold-emailed a few. Long story short: a continued from previous page pitch, a proposal, an auction among publishers, followed by tons of research and writing. Since its 2013 publication, the book has sold more than 50,000 copies and has made back the writer’s advance (which Gallagher says is a rarity). The books are sold online and at Barnes & Noble, and he has seen used copies at the 2nd and Charles store in Christiana. While he is now a software engineer, Gallagher’s upbringing (“always a writer, always a reader,” says his mother, Betty), his education (a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in journalism from the University of Delaware) and his earlier career in magazines and newspapers hint at his true passion. “I still think of myself as a writer on the interior,” he says, noting that he also has tried to program a computer to write a novel and contemplated writing a mystery like the novels he enjoys. But first, he’s working on sequels: Experiments for Newlyweds came out last month (the experiments are not limited to newlyweds and can be performed by couples of any status, he writes). Experimenting With Preschoolers is due next year. “People have suggested Experiments With Teens, Experiments With Your Coworkers” as well, he says. Gallagher works for Monetate mostly from home and writes “whenever I can fit it in. Sometimes first thing in the morning before the kids wake up, sometimes at night after I have finished chores.” Quiet time is precious: His wife, Tanya, home-schools their children, Joel, 9; Benjamin, 7; and Grace, 4. He says his favorite activities include largely “fun kid things” like building with Legos or going to the park. To find the 50 experiments for each book, Gallagher says, “I come up with general ideas, enter key words and pore through the literature. Often I go through a half-dozen promising experiments before I find one that I could adapt without too much special equipment and preparation.” He adds wit and insight, such as this: “Insult comedy may have its place on the stage, but when you’re spending time with your spouse, the only roasting you should be doing is preparing the main course for a romantic meal.” Revelatory Experiments “He writes from the heart,” his mother says. In Experiments for Newlyweds, the experiments often run longer than those in Experimenting With Babies or use more complicated setups. Still, “I wanted to have experiments whose chief purpose was fun, not a big reveal of your relationship,” Gallagher says. That said, they can be revelatory. Shaun and Tanya (“she’s willing to do fun and crazy things,” he says) did a few experiments together, and he says she was surprised by how in “Choosing Chocolates,” he chose “the best value”—the scenario in which the subjects maximized the number of chocolates they received together. “After so many years, we’re still learning things about each other,” he says. Tanya concurs. “These experiments offer Experiments for Newleyweds fun activities for bonding and getting to know each other in the relationship,” she says. Gallagher has several reactions to The Big Bang Theory episode. He’s mystified about how somebody connected to the show learned about the book in the first place, excited about seeing parts of the script beforehand, thankful that it bumped up sales and hopeful that it might generate continued buzz. The episode ends with references to how subjects sometimes don’t know the goal of an experiment—or even that they are in an experiment. When Sheldon says fondly, “We did all these experiments on them, and they didn’t even notice,” he’s referring to the babies. But the audience knows the real subject is Sheldon, because his wife, a neuroscientist, planted the book to encourage him to have kids.
TALK RADIO, THE DELAWARE WAY Hosts at WDEL and 105.9 want to spark conversations, not fights—and maybe sell some products and services WDEL afternoon host Rick Jensen (right) with producer Greg Lance. Photo courtesy of WDEL
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et’s talk about talk radio—not the incendiary and politicizing kind, but the Delaware kind. “We talk about things that affect your life in meaningful ways,” says Rick Jensen, whose show on WDEL (101.7 FM and 1150 AM) in New Castle County has earned him a spot in multiple years on Talkers magazine’s “Heavy Hundred” list of America’s 100 most influential talk-show hosts. Ditto agenda-setting talk-show host Dan Gaffney, of Delaware 105.9 (WXDE) in Sussex. “On my show, we specialize in news and issues that affect our listeners’ lives and passions,” he says. Jensen’s show helps spread civic discourse to disparate communities, says Brett Saddler, executive director of the Claymont Renaissance Development Corp. “We’re trying to be well-rounded in our marketing,” he says, noting after appearances that he often hears, “Oh, I heard you on Jensen today.” Gaffney, who calls himself a “traditional conservative,” measures success by the bottom line. “On a very basic level, I sell products and services. Did anyone go to Nicola? Did anyone buy a car from Atlantic?” he says, citing two advertisers. “I’m here to sell soap powder.” But the future of Delaware talk radio—enlightening conversations among regular folks, community leaders and largely conservative hosts—may be up in the air, after the recent announcement of the $18.5 million sale of Delmarva Broadcasting,
which runs a full slate of local talk shows on WDEL and 105.9, to Forever Media. Going into the deal, Delmarva has nine stations. Forever Media has 51 stations in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. Forever lists talk in the format of seven Pennsylvania stations: one in Altoona, two in Johnstown, three in Northwest Pennsylvania and one in State College. The deal needs Federal Communications Commission approval, which is expected this month, says Chris Carl, WDEL’s director of news and programming. Are new formats being mulled for WDEL and 105.9? Forever and Delmarva executives did not return requests for comment. The current formats are popular. Nielsen ratings, which eventually translate into revenue, place WDEL-AM seventh and WDEL-FM eighth among 13 stations ranked in the Wilmington market and 105.9 13th among 33 stations ranked in the SalisburyOcean City, Maryland, market. Wilmington stations also compete with 35 stations ranked by Nielsen in the Philadelphia market, where WIP (94.1 FM, simulcasting on 610 AM) is No. 1 and The Fanatic (WPEN, 97.5 FM) is No. 16 with their mix of sports and talk. Sports and talk are popular around the country. Of the baker’s dozen of metro areas with teams in all four major leagues, sports and talk radio are almost always ranked in the top 10, and sometimes No. 1. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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In Philadelphia, WIP and The Fan build their listenership with strong personalities like Angelo Cataldi on WIP and Mike Missanelli, who is now on The Fanatic after working for WIP, and increase their reach with CBS and ESPN affiliations. They’re fighting for—and luring—“the same young, male audience,” according to one ad agency. Nationally, “almost all of the highestearning voices on America’s airways sound the same,” Forbes wrote in 2015. And that sound is conservative. That’s also largely true for Delaware, with the notable exception of Al Mascitti, who had a WDEL show from 2005 to 2016. No one has stepped into the liberal void left by Mascitti. JOE PYNE, THE INVENTOR Talk radio in Delaware began with the legendary Joe Pyne, a Chester, Pennsylvania, native whom the Smithsonian credits for inventing callin radio in 1949. He brought his abrasive format to Wilmington’s WILM a year later. Pyne loved to invite people to “go gargle with razor blades.” He presaged a new generation of in-your-face hosts— mostly conservatives, such as Rush Limbaugh—who “were a sea change” in the 1980s, says Allan Loudell, a WDEL senior correspondent celebrating his 50th year in radio. “They’ve gotten a bad name for being bombastic conservatives,” he says. “There are bombastic liberals, but fewer of them.” Loudell was program manager at WILM when it was sold in 2004, and the buyer fired the local staff and went with syndicated content. WDEL, which converted to news-talk in the 1990s, “redoubled” the format, and Loudell joined WDEL in 2005.
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— MARK YOUR CALENDAR — FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS SsAM DRUMMING CIRCLE Alan Loudell, celebrating 50 years in radio, has been with WDEL since 2005.
Last November Loudell began “Del-AWARE,” 9 a.m. to noon weekdays on WDEL. “We’re experimenting,” he says of the show’s format, which mixes “news of and for Delaware” with live and recorded interviews. “I don’t know of another station in America that’s doing a show like this,” he says. Carl says Loudell’s show caters to people’s “desire in this era of fake news for information that they can trust, with fact-based reporting,” which often comes from Loudell’s far-flung contacts in the national media. While weekday hosts, with their distinct personalities and wide-ranging subject matter, garner most of the attention when it comes to Delaware talk radio, the talk format is 24/7 on WDEL and 105.9. “Saturday HotSpot,” 9 a.m. to noon with Frank Gerace on WDEL, includes call-in ads and advice from car expert Ross Wellwood, veterinarian Jim Berg and, in-season, horticulturalist Kathy Palmer. On Saturdays, 105.9 has a local gardening show, and Maryland financial adviser Michael Andersen has a show 6-7 a.m. Saturdays and 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays on 105.9. On Sundays both have shows named for local houses of worship. SEGMENTS TURN INTO PODCASTS The conversations can resonate after the live shows end. Segments are turned into podcasts and highlighted on social media. “The pace is mind-boggling,” Carl says. Plus, both stations are streamed. The stations air some of the same national weekend shows: “Red Eye Radio,” with Gary McNamara and Eric Harley, is historically for truckers; “The Money Pit,” with Tom Kraeutler and Leslie Segrete; “Into Tomorrow,” with Dave Graveline on personal tech; Cigar Dave, on the “alpha male good life”; and “Talk Radio Countdown Show,” with Doug Stephan on “what America is talking about.” Dave Ramsey (“common sense life and money tips”) runs 7-10 weeknights on WDEL and 8-10 weeknights on 105.9. WDEL also airs several more national personal finance shows on Saturdays: Clark Howard (“practical ways to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off,” noon-3 p.m.), the Motley Fool (“leading insight and analysis about stocks,” 3-4 p.m.) and Jill Schlesinger (“economy, markets, investing and anything else with a dollar sign,” 8-10 p.m.). National talk-show hosts sometimes set America’s agenda —witness Ann Coulter’s reported impact on President Donald Trump over the government shutdown and border wall – but “here in Delaware, ‘live and local’ is much more popular,” Jensen says. “We can post challenging questions to government leaders. Syndicated shows don’t have that [reach] and don’t care.” Although Jensen says, “what I have provided is merely a platform,” he easily recalls examples of where his callers and his show have generated change, such as campaigns to establish a home for veterans and get rid of “stupid” high school diplomas (his term for a three-tier system). ►
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TWO PHILOSOPHIES WDEL and 105.9 “have two different philosophies on spoken-word radio,” Carl says. “We always approach it from a journalistic angle. We judge it more on the conversation. ’XDE measures success on the volume of calls.” For several years, Delmarva simulcast shows hosted by Loudell (“let’s bring the state together with a meeting of minds,” Carl says), Jensen and Susan Monday, but moved away from that after deciding that upstate and downstate interests differ. Monday, who started her career doing news for WDEL and has been hosting a show at 105.9 since 2012, judges success by her “personal enthusiasm, how I relate to the topic and the quality of the calls.” “Talk can be very polarizing and vitriolic,” she says. “My aim is for it not to be. I am a registered independent and like to hear from all sides. When done right, without somebody trying to ram down their opinions, it is a great forum to hear others.” Monday, whose show runs 9 a.m.-noon, has heard her callers. For example, the anti-gun host says working in Sussex has let her understand why people “will fight to the death for their right to own guns.” Not all hosts are so accommodating. When radio stations around the country want to hire hosts, they advertise for people of particular political persuasions, Monday says, adding, “I find that offensive.” Gaffney is called “the market’s most recognized and influential radio personality” in his 105.9 profile. He’s been doing his show, 5:30-9 a.m. weekdays, for seven years, when the station went from country music to talk. “I don’t see myself as a teacher and lecturer. I try to engage them eye to eye,” he says. Like Jensen, Gaffney can recall where he’s made a difference, such as rallying opposition to a statewide property tax. But success calls for featuring the “topics that will press the most buttons,” Gaffney says. Ed Tyll, a 40-year veteran of talk radio who in 2018 began a 105.9 show (noon-3 p.m. weekdays), is ready to Dan Gaffney is an agenda-setting talk-show host on 105.9 (WXDE) in press those buttons. When asked where he lands on the Sussex County. political spectrum, he says “troublemaker.” “What makes these shows work is the beautiful authenticity, when a listener is fired up,” says Tyll. That energy can be about local issues, but it can also be what people are talking about around the proverbial water cooler. For example, Tyll followed this year’s Oscar awards with a segment on movies that meant the most to listeners. “The possibilities are endless, once you resonate with your audience,” says Carl, adding that his personal favorite is for “general talk about life.” Rob Sussman, of 105.9, may exemplify the future of talk radio, due to his age (27) and his choice of topics (one recent show volleyed among transgender Olympic athletes, robot employees, a possible ban of foam containers and Waze’s mapping sobriety checkpoints). “It’s cultural, not political,” he says. Sussman says he’s “very much on the political right” but claims he’s not trying to change minds. “We’d like to make it a conversation, not just a monologue.” It’s also a conversation among neighbors. “The concept of expertise is flawed,” he says, referring to the talking heads that overpopulate national media as sources. “There’s value in taking calls from normal people.” Sussman, whose show runs 3-6 p.m. weekdays, wants to play around with the talk radio form. “We’re reinventing the medium,” he says. “I don’t know what it will be until we get there.” 32 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Admittedly, those examples are from a dozen years ago, but he continues taking on issues today, including a recent threeTALK RADIO, hour show on the opioid crisis, with Lt. Gov. Bethany Hall THE DELAWARE WAY Long. “I study policy with our listeners,” says Jensen, whose continued from previous page show runs noon to 3 p.m. weekdays on WDEL. “I live on the libertarian side of the Republican Party,” he says. “With that in mind, I get along with Democrats.” “Talk radio is the most personal of all mass communication media,” says Jensen, who for more than 10 years has done “Thirsty Thursday,” a weekly show focused on craft brewing. “Behind the mic, you have to be yourself. You can’t fake it. If you do, the listeners will figure it out and not care.”
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L EXPERIENC E Record Store Day was just the latest indication that the analog technology of records is alive and well By Jordan Howell
hen Rich Fisher and Kim Gold arrived at SqueezeBox Records in downtown Wilmington to open for Record Store Day on April 13, a line of vinyl enthusiasts already stretched down the block. The line had started forming around 4 a.m. It proved to be the single best day the store has had since opening two years ago. A similar story played out at Wonderland Records in Newark. “We crushed it,” says store owner Demitri Theodoropoulos, noting that this was the busiest Record Store Day he’s seen in a long time, and it was even better than the holidays. “This year was really successful for us.” Likewise at Goodboy Vinyl on Kirkwood Highway, where owner Blane Dulin says the day was comparable to previous years: there was a line out the door at open and steady business throughout the day.
All this comes as no surprise. Since the inaugural event in 2008, Record Store Day has been good to the entire vinyl industry. In the last decade, vinyl album sales in the U.S. have increased from 1 million LPs per year to 16.8 million, according to Nielsen. That’s quite a recovery for an industry that registered just 300,000 sales in 1993. Turntable sales have since increased to match demand, and vinyl now comprises nearly 12 percent of total physical album sales. By some measures, that’s just a drop in the bucket. But for record shop owners like Fisher and Gold, it’s enough to keep going amid increasing competition from big box retailers like Target and Urban Outfitters. (Amazon, not surprisingly, sells more vinyl than anyone.) Record Store Day has become the Black Friday of the vinyl industry. For the week, sales are regularly over 2 million albums, with 30 percent of all sales taking place at independent record shops. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The vinyl revival, as it’s called, is largely driven by millennials, with those 35 and under constituting 72 percent of vinyl consumers, as Billboard reported in 2015. According to Theodoropoulos at Wonderland, it’s not unusual to see tweens come in with their parents or grandparents and walk out the door with their first Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd. Record Store Day is now an international event with appearances and exclusive releases by the biggest names in music. This year, Pearl Jam headlined as the event’s official ambassadors. In 2017, record labels released remastered and collectors’ edition albums by The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Grateful Dead, David Bowie, The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band and Prince. It’s an all-day party. At SqueezeBox, located on 11th Street in the heart of Little Italy, Fisher and Gold open the warehouse doors so live music can vibrate down the streets. They brought in a band just for the occasion. At Rainbow Records, just off Main Street in downtown Newark, more than three hundred people were waiting in line before the doors opened. For owners Todd and Miranda Brewer, this was the best Record Store Day they’ve seen since purchasing Rainbow in 2013, back when it still sold used books. They’ve since gotten rid of the books to focus entirely on vinyl. Says Brewer, “There's no doubt that since Record Store Day has come, it's put independent record stores on the map.”
When music turned digital in the late 1980s, people were literally throwing their records away, tossing them to the side of the road for the garbage truck. Rich Fisher would drive around and scoop them up. Some days there’d be so much he’d fill up his trunk multiple times. “I was really unhappy about that,” he says. “I started picking up all the records I could get. Saving their lives is the way I looked at it.” Records lost their appeal. They became antiques. Compact discs were futuristic digital technology encased in a sleek box where a laser reads data at 500 rpm. By contrast, if you look closely at a 33-1/3-rpm record, you can read the text on the label as it spins. You can see the record wobble, hear the grainy pops of analog technology. The whole thing just seemed so quaint. When Fisher and Gold first met, his collection already numbered in the thousands, and it continued to grow. When their bedrooms and the garage at home became filled with records, they started renting climate-controlled storage sheds. “Rich always wanted to open a record store,” says Gold. She claims she’s not much of a risk taker, but one day something changed and choosing not to open a record store suddenly seemed like the greater risk. “I became afraid not to,” she says. “We weren’t the only ones with a lot of records.”
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Photo Oya Alatur In just two years, Kim Gold and Rich Fisher have transformed an old carpet warehouse into SqueezeBox Records, a successful record store in Wilmington’s West End.
And so, two years ago, they opened SqueezeBox in an old carpet warehouse. The space has since been transformed into a vibrant community hangout. Vintage posters of Muddy Waters, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin and other legends animate cinderblock walls. In the back is a stage and in the corner a couple of sofas surrounded by speakers and amplifiers that Fisher is endlessly interchanging, depending on the music. When they first opened, the inventory was entirely from Fisher’s private collection, but soon he was ordering new albums from independent labels like Jack White’s Third Man Records in Detroit. One of his favorites is Coalmine, an Ohio-based funk and soul label. New pressings from independent labels now make up a significant portion of Fisher’s business. “Do you like soul music?” he asks me while we lounge on the sofas. “Yeah.” “Hey, Rob! What are you doing?” Rob Vanella is a regular around here. He had just set an old blues album on the turntable. “What?” Vanella responds. “Want to put something else on?” “Yeah. Put on that Durand Jones.” “Have you heard the new Durand?” Fisher asks me as he takes a rip from his nicotine vaporizer. “We have sold more Duran Jones records than anyone else. Period. We sold well over 125 copies of his first LP in like three months.” “So you guys are taste-makers?” I ask. “That’s it. And that’s what we’re trying to do. One of the reasons we opened the shop was to give a heartbeat back to vinyl.” We sit quietly for a few minutes and listen. As the music begins to rise and fall throughout the room, I’m overcome with a feeling that music really does sound different on vinyl. At least, I think it does. But maybe it’s just nostalgia.
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Music has become ubiquitous in our digital age, embedded into every facet of public life. It pervades restaurants and departments stores, cinema and television. We carry it with us on our smartphones. Our ears hardly get a chance to rest. Music is beginning to feel like it is everywhere and nowhere at once. The advanced technology that allows for this convenience and virtual omnipresence seems to diminish the emphasis on the art itself, not enhance it. ►
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So it only seems appropriate that, for some at least, music is swinging back to a decades-old technology. Vinyl is not only aural, like digital music, it’s also tactile and visual. It’s an experience. Pulling the record out of the sleeve, feeling the grooves pressed into the vinyl, placing the needle in the groove, watching it spin, flipping to the B-side, reading the liner notes. To experience “Sympathy for the Devil” as it was experienced by teenagers and horrified parents back in 1968, you need to listen to it on vinyl. “There’s something different about a record,” says Gold. “It’s not that clean, crisp sound of a CD where every little bump has been brushed out. There’s a little bit of roughness in records. There’s something about vinyl. It moves you. You can feel it come through your body.” Back at Rainbow Records, Brewer suggests that this metaphysical feeling is all about focus. Our attention has become so scattered by social media and other distractions, but vinyl forces us to focus. When we do that, he says, we’re no longer just hearing music. We’re listening intently. “You have a whole generation now that’s never heard a cassette tape, never heard a CD, never heard a vinyl record,” Brewer says. “They've only had an iPod with headphones, and what happens is when they actually listen to music that was recorded properly onto a vinyl record through a hi-fi system, they're actually listening to it for the first time. It sounds different than they're used to. It sounds better than they're used to. That's really what it is. It's the experience.”
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BEST BANDS IN THE LAND The experts offer their takes on which music makers are packing ‘em in at area clubs and bars
ho’s worthy seeing?” That’s the question we asked area club owners, managers, event planners and radio personalities. Which band has a new album coming out? Who is packing the clubs? Who’s winning awards? Want to know what the experts say? Keep reading…
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BIG FAT MEANIES | LAUREN & THE HOMEWRECKERS “We’re quite fond of a band out of Lancaster called Big Fat Meanies. They were one of hundreds of Ladybug submissions this year, and the only one to immediately go into heavy rotation on the office playlist. I’ve never really heard anything quite like them. “The other I’d like to suggest is Lauren & The Homewreckers. It’s Lauren Kuhne’s brand new band, who will be debuting at our eight-year anniversary show. I know she works for us, but we’ve been working with her as an artist since 2012, and we’re really excited about her band.” — Jeremy Hebbel, co-owner, Gable Music Ventures HAHA CHARADE | TWO BANANAS “We had the pleasure of having both of these bands together for one of our ‘Live Music For Early-Birds’ shows and they absolutely killed it. Not only was it our biggest crowd for one of those shows, from start to finish the music was amazing.” — Joseph J. Mujica, general manager, Kelly's Logan House
TERRETTA STORM | MATT SEVIER “Terretta Storm is a great vocalist, a dynamic frontwoman and a talented songwriter who has put together a fantastic band. I'm looking forward to hearing her upcoming collaboration with Jea Street Jr. “After some time away from the music scene, Matt Sevier released his long-awaited second album, Visitations. He deservedly won songwriting and best album Homey Awards.” — Mark Rogers, host, WSTW’s Hometown Heroes LEFTY THE GREATEST | HEPNER’S REBELLION “J'Nay (Lefty) is very positive, and new on the scene with hip hop. We really love her and see more opportunities for her (wink, wink....). “Hepner’s Rebellion is awesome original music and energy. They’re not exactly new , but have new focus and energy.” — Gayle Dillman, co-owner, Gable Music Ventures ►
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THE SIN CITY BAND | THE MELTON BROTHERS “Sometimes what was true in 1979 or 1989, is still true in 2019. “The Sin City Band celebrate 45 years as a band at The Kennett Flash on Saturday, May 11th (sold out) ,and Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12th (limited tickets remain), with very special guests, their son's band, The Spinto Band (another Delaware rock & roll legend). “From Americana to Country to straight up traditional rock ‘n’ roll, The Sin City Band are part of the fabric of the Delaware and Chester County music scene, and Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. “Also in the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and founders of the Market Street Concert Series in the 1980s with their Fine Times Magazine—the precursor to Out & About—The Melton Brothers Band continues to bring New Orleans swamp rock, funk, and "Band" style jam to local stages such as The Kennett Flash, Bellefonte Cafe and Steel City Coffeehouse. The Melton Brothers Band celebrates the 40th Anniversary of their Livin' In The City album with two special performances at The Flash in June.” — Andrew Miller, managing director, The Kennett Flash RINGRUST “I’m looking forward to Ringrust, a new band that hasn’t played yet. I think their first show will be at Oddity Bar on July 5th. It’s a band created from members of the previous bands: Walleye, Kill Quota, Blackthroat, Onita, Easy Creatures and Worth. Every project they’ve played on before has been stellar, and I can only imagine this next band, Ringrust, will be amazing also! The band members include Chris Haug, Dave Mele, Shane Evans and Tim McConaghie.” — Pat McCutcheon, co-owner/operator, Oddity Bar UNIVERSAL FUNK ORDER “I personally love Universal Funk Order. They put an amazing spin on all covers and pIay more instruments than just guitar and drums (can you say “Horns!”) They just really have a great energy and they really connect with the audience. When people see that they are coming here to play, we fill that upstairs space. They definitely bring a crowd.” — Morgan DeMarco, banquet coordinator, Deer Park Tavern
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DINING DESTINATION Long known as a party hub, Trolley Square has become a culinary hotspot By Pam George Photos by Butch Comegys
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hen the Trolley Square Oyster House opened in 2016, it capitalized on a growing fascination with two trends: icy cold bivalves on the half shell and draft beer. The restaurant, owned by The Big Fish Restaurant Group, also has the crab cakes, lobster rolls, and other seafood dishes for a variety of tastes. Enter the slender restaurant at 6 p.m., and you might see retirees and families. Come at 10 p.m., and you’ll belly up to the bar next to a beer-sipping hipster. Trolley Square Oyster House has bridged the divide between those who want to sup and those who prefer to sip. “Trolley Square Oyster house continues to exceed our expectations,” says Eric Sugrue, managing partner of the Rehoboth Beach-based Big Fish Restaurant Group. “It has a great vibe with great people—it’s a great place to go.” Sugrue might as well be talking about Trolley Square in general. Big Fish Restaurant Group has gone from owning one neighborhood restaurant to owning three. If all goes as planned, Bar Roja, a Mexican concept, will open this month in the old Scratch Magoo's site. The hospitality company also purchased the old Moro restaurant, which will become a steakhouse, and it bought OldBanks Craft Bistro, which has been leased to seasoned restaurateurs Andrea and Bryan Sikora. Traditionally known as the city’s party central for twentysomethings, Trolley Square is becoming a dining destination with restaurants that put food first.
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Certainly, the area—including Forty Acres—has had its share of good and even fine dining. Aside from Constantinou’s House of Beef —now Catherine Rooney’s—many establishments were a few blocks from the intersection of Delaware Avenue and North DuPont Street. One of Wilmington’s most sophisticated restaurants, The Silk Purse, opened in 1978 on North Scott Street. It later morphed into the more casual Sow’s Ear before closing and becoming Moro, which also received regional acclaim before its run ended. Dan Butler took a chance when he opened Toscana, now Piccolina Toscana, in 1991 in the heart of town. Butler, who came back to his hometown from Tampa, Florida, installed an open kitchen with an Italian pizza oven. The décor was modern, and the Italian-inspired food was elevated. “Toscana was seen as very different from anything that existed on the Wilmington landscape at the time,” Butler says. “It created quite the buzz.” He’s reinvented Toscana several times to suit the modern diner, who wants high-quality food in a more relaxed environment. “My job is to keep things as fresh for my customers as I can,” he says. “But after a point, it’s about consistency.” Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House & Saloon, which opened in 1984 on West 14th Street, is another survivor. “There weren’t many upscale bars where you could also get good, fresh food,” says Xavier Teixido, who helped open the restaurant while with the 1492 Hospitality Group. For the first few years, the place was so popular that there was a doorman at the entrance four or five nights a week, he says. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Teixido left 1492 in 1993, and the restaurant was sold in 2005. Some said the quality slipped. In 2010, while looking for a location for a Kid Shelleen’s-type restaurant, Teixido learned the original was for sale. Once he returned to the saddle, he put the emphasis back on fresh ingredients and a family-friendly menu. “On St. Patrick’s Day, we sold more food than alcohol,” says Teixido. That might sound unusual for those who picture Trolley Square as a watering hole for PRB-loving young adults. But the influx of residents of all ages is altering that stereotype. “People are retiring and want to live in town, know their neighbors and walk to restaurants or hair salons,” Teixido says. They can get their coffee at Brew HaHa!, which expanded its site in Trolley Square to accommodate a roastery. Don Scalessa, owner of Scalessa’s Old School Italian Kitchen on North Lincoln Street, agrees that the neighborhood’s walkability is a large part of its appeal. About half of his customers live in the area and walk to the restaurant. However, Trolley Square also feels safe, he adds.
Scalessa’s is not the only “red gravy” Trolley Square spot to pick up the slack since the Del Rose Café died in 2013. (The oyster house is now in the café’s location.) Galluccio’s Italian Restaurant on Lovering Avenue, now owned by Sergio Pellegrino, is nearly 50 years old. Café Verdi has been a staple since the 1990s. Scalessa’s, however, has gained a steady following despite lacking a liquor license or BYO permit, which the surrounding neighbors fought. “It’s authentic Italian home-cooked food,” says fan Mitch Hill. Area resident Mike Dodson comes for the eggplant stack, and nearly everyone who frequents the restaurants praises the meatballs. Southeast Asian Kitchen on Delaware Avenue did successfully obtain permission to be a BYO with wine or beer. Even before allowing alcohol, however, the restaurant had quietly put the corner of Delaware Avenue and North Lincoln Street on the map for Asian food lovers. “Their red curry is out of this world,” says loyal diner David Nordheimer. Southeast Asian Kitchen is an example of the diversity that is drawing diners with a multicultural palate to Trolley Square. De La Coeur Café et Patisserie on Lovering has minimal space but its crepes have a big following. Opa! Opa!, located in the Trolley Square Shopping Center, has been serving up gyros and Greek salads since 2015.
Opa! Opa! is near the flagship location of El Diablo Burritos, which opened in 2010. “I chose the spot in Trolley Square because it was available and it was in Trolley Square—plain and simple,” says owner Dean Vilone. “To me, Trolley Square has always been the village hub of all of Wilmington. It’s a great place with a community vibe.” While Kid Shelleen’s helped spearhead the movement to provide upscale ingredients in a casual atmosphere, El Diablo brought that approach to a fast-casual concept. On the opposite side of the shopping center, Eric Huntley is following in their footsteps at Gaudiello’s. When he took over the sub shop, he upgraded all the meats, sauces, cheeses, and breads. (See page 49.)
Up & Coming
As a Latin concept, El Diablo is in good company. Anejo Mexican Grill and Tequila Bar occupies 1717 Delaware Ave. Both will get some friendly competition when Big Fish’s Bar Roja opens. The restaurant will feature tacos, tequilas, and cocktails. It also will offer two features that Trolley Square-ites love: outdoor dining and a full menu available into the night. Andrea and Bryan Sikora’s new restaurant in the short-lived OldBanks site also will have an outdoor dining area. The still-tobe-named restaurant will have a pizza oven and pasta section, but it won’t be like Hearth, the couple’s Kennett Square restaurant. The menu will be smaller. However, it won’t be like the Sikoras’ intimate La Fia on Market Street. “We expect bigger parties rather than the intimate dining we see at La Fia,” she says. Consequently, there will be a large section of items suitable for sharing. “Basically, our restaurant will be very neighborhood-oriented and casual but with as good food as we can serve,” she says.
As far as the steakhouse in the old Moro building, Sugrue says that Big Fish Restaurant Group is going through the redesign and permitting phase. “We hope to be open by late summer or fall,” he says. Expect an extensive wine list. The grab-and-go diner with a healthy mindset can stop into HoneyBee Seasonal Kitchen & Market, which sells prepared meals that cater to vegan and keto diets. This spring, Island Fin Poke Co. will join the mix. “It’s geared to the healthy lifestyle, including vegan,” says Renee Tamboles, who owns the restaurant with her husband, John. “Everything is gluten-free except for the crispy onions.” As is the case at Moe’s Southwest Grill or Subway, diners will move down the line, choosing the ingredients to create a customized dish. Located in a former bike store, Island Fin can seat about 30 people, but many customers will want takeout, Tamboles predicts. The New Jersey neighbors chose the site because “Trolley Square is the hotspot in Delaware,” says Tamboles, who for 12 years worked in a law firm in the neighborhood. While diners and residents are undoubtedly happy about the new additions, the vibrant scene also helps employers, Butler says. “To attract employers to Wilmington, you have to be a friendly place to employees,” Butler explains. “What happens in downtown Wilmington is part of that, but Trolley Square is a big part of that. The more interesting Trolley Square becomes, the more interesting Wilmington becomes, and the easier it is to attract business to Wilmington.” ►
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When Eric Huntley decided to purchase Gaudiello’s, a hoagie and steak shop in Trolley Square Shopping Center, he had two concerns. “I worried that no one would show up at all, and we would die immediately,” he says. “Or, for some reason, I would catch lightning in a bottle. Everyone on earth would show up, and we wouldn’t be able to do a good job.” Both fears were unfounded. After Huntley reopened the renovated shop in April 2018, the word quietly spread that there was a new owner. Fans began posting Instagram and Facebook photos of sandwiches that take two hands to hold. “The flavors are just so great together,” says customer Lindsay Lowrey. “His special homemade sauces are amazing.” Indeed, the shop’s menu puts Huntley’s pedigree on display. He was previously the executive chef at Redfire Grill & Steakhouse in Hockessin. Forget a pedestrian meatball sandwich with canned sauce and sliced provolone. Huntley’s version includes hand-crushed tomatoes and roasted garlic ricotta. Other options include roast beef and maple-lacquered bacon piled high on marble rye with crisp lettuce and a smear of blue cheese aioli. BLT? Nope. Try the BLT and P, which includes the usual suspects plus peppadew peppers on challah bread. Neighborhood resident Chef Robert Lhulier comes for the Italian, “loaded” with sweet and hot peppers and pickles. “All the ingredients are high quality,” says the discerning diner, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Huntley’s training, however, has been mostly on the job. In addition to Redfire, he’s worked at the Back Burner and Corner Bistro. “I have been fortunate to have crossed paths with a lot of very talented people—with a lot of patience—who were nice enough to show me the way,” says the soft-spoken Huntley, who is so polite you’d think he was raised in the South.
Aside from some stints in Hawaii and Texas, however, the Wilmington native has spent the majority of his life in Northern Delaware. His father was a millwright with the DuPont Co., and his mother was a jane of all trades. She’s been a travel agent and owned Jennifer’s Bridal in Hockessin. When Huntley was in high school, he totaled a friend’s car. To reimburse the owner, he got a second part-time job flipping burgers at The Charcoal Pit. Since then, he’s only worked in the hospitality industry. “And the friend whose car I wrecked is now married to my sister,” he adds. Career highs at Redfire include winning the Delaware Burger Battle and participating in Meals from the Masters. For personal reasons, he decided to make a career change. Huntley, who describes his style as “upscale comfort food,” wanted his own business. But he didn’t want to go into debt. Since he admittedly can barely parallel park a car, a food truck was out of the question. “That left something in the quick-service area,” he says. “And I like sandwiches.” Evidently, so do his customers. Although Gaudiello’s is on the back side of the shopping center, limiting its prominence, diners have no problem finding their way to his door. That’s partly because Gaudiello’s was founded in 1982, and the name has brand recognition. But mostly, it’s due to the buzz about the new owner. If all goes as planned, he’d like to have four locations. But first, he’s finding his footing. “I never ran a sandwich shop before,” he notes. The tough part? “There is always something to do,” he says. The reward is worth the labor. “The connections I have formed with regular customers over the past year,” he says, “is fantastic.” GAUDIELLO’S 29A Trolley Square, Wilmington 428-1060 | sandwichmob.com MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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n Saturday, May 4, join Domaine Hudson (1314 Washington St., Wilmington) for a reception of mint juleps while watching the Kentucky Derby. Sit down to a great dinner paired with bourbon. Servers will be happy to accommodate wine pairings if you have a significant other (or yourself) who prefers grapes to corn. Post time is 6:50 p.m. The event costs $95 per person, plus gratuity. For more information, call 655-9463.
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n Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m.2:30 p.m., head to Columbus Inn (2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington) for a Mother’s day brunch buffet. The event is $40 per adult and $20 per child(4-10; under 3 is free). The last time to be seated is 2:30 p.m. The buffet will stay open until 4:30 p.m. Tables are allotted for an hour-and-a-half at a time. For more information, visit columbusinn.net.
GRAIN CELEBRATES MOTHER’S DAY
n Sunday, May 12, from 10 a.m.2 p.m., Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen will serve Mother’s Day brunch at all three of its locations. In addition to the regular brunch menu, there will be an a la carte chef's featured menu. To make a reservation, go to meetatgrain.com. For parties greater than six, email NWK@ GrainOnMain.com to make arrangements. 50 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
n Saturday, May 18, from 6 -10 p.m., the Delaware Nature Society will host Meal at the Mill. This event, at Abbott’s Mill Nature Center (15411 Abbotts Pond Rd., Milford) will highlight the budding spring season while honoring the historic and cultural importance of grist mills in local food systems. Guests will enjoy a flannelformal, country-chic meal under the stars with a menu pairing by Nash’s Veggies in Lincoln, Blue Water Grill in Millsboro, and Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton. The evening will also feature an exclusive showing of Patagonia’s Unbroken Ground, a short film highlighting the regenerative agriculture movement. There also will be live music by Delaware’s Homestead Bluegrass Band. The event is $75 a plate or $550 for a table of eight. For more information, visit delawarenaturesociety.org.
CHEF MICHELE OPENS TONIC SPRING SERIES
n Saturday, May 4, from 2-4 p.m. join Executive Pastry Chef Michele Mitchell in another Spring Series at Tonic Bar & Grille (111 W. 11th St., Wilmington). Each guest is provided with an ingredient packet that Chef Mitchell will be covering. You can sit back, take notes, and enjoy a complimentary theme-inspired cocktail during the demonstration. Guests will then create their own treats to take home. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information, call 510-8071.
FINN’S WELCOMES IRISHAMERICAN STORYTELLER
n Wednesday, May 1, from 7-9 p.m., join Finn McCool's Irish Gastropub (102 E. Main St., Newark) as it welcomes Irish-American storyteller David McDonnell. McDonnell will entertain and enlighten as he talks about the Great Hunger and its impact on Irish families. At the end, you’ll understand more about why there are so many Irish in America. This is a free event. Irish Cultural Club of Delaware members will receive 15 percent off any food purchases. Spots can be reserved on Eventbrite. For more information, call 369-7330.
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THE CITY SAFER, CLEANER AND MORE FINANCIALLY STABLE CITY (AND NO NEW TAXES) HIGHLIGHT FY 2020 BUDGET Mayor Purzycki outlines Renewed Vision for Wilmington as a Just City; Budget Strengthens City’s Finances, Preserves Services and Programs
n his annual budget address to City Council in March, Mayor Purzycki said the Administration has many accomplishments for which to be proud— including a more stabilized financial condition based on the Mayor’s 5-year financial plan—and many reasons to be hopeful about the future. The Mayor said Wilmington is in a far better place than it was when he and the newer members of Council took office in January 2017. It’s is a safer, cleaner and more welcoming place for residents, businesses and visitors alike, and with the help of Council and citizens, he said crime will be reduced further, the City’s financial base will continue to solidify, infrastructure will continue to be repaired and protected, the public’s trust in government will increase, response time to citizen questions and problems will continue to improve, and the delivery of programs and services will get better. Notably, the new budget requires no tax increase. Among the Administration’s accomplishments: a dramatic drop in gunrelated crime and improved community engagement by police officers; improvements to numerous parks including Fr. Tucker, Speakman, Canby, and Kosciuszko parks as well as Rodney Square; improvements to fire stations and to Wilmington’s William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center; the HBCU College Fair, which has made college possible for more than 1,000 local high school students; important environmental advances, such as the South Wilmington Wetland Project and the EPA study of the former Diamond Salvage site in Northeast Wilmington. Mayor’s Vision for a Just City Mayor Purzycki said the proposed FY 2020 budget supports his Administration’s key goals of improving public safety, furthering neighborhood stabilization, supporting new employment opportunities,
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strengthening economic development and creating a cleaner, brighter and more attractive City. The Mayor said he also remains focused on Wilmington as a more livable and appealing center of commerce, arts, culture, finance and technology. “My vision for Wilmington is that it becomes known, before anything else, as a just city. A just City means that we treat all neighborhoods and members of our community with equal respect. It means above all, that people with problems believe that someone is listening and that somebody cares. A just city commits to spread the wealth across race and class. It opens doors to employment and opportunity. A just city insists on clean and adequate housing for all its residents, attractive parks for its children to play in, and properly funded schools for our leaders of tomorrow. A just city keeps its streets clean of trash which can signal to residents, and especially children, that someone cares about them and the neighborhood they live in. A just city celebrates the lives of those whose deeds in history have too often been forgotten. A just city opens doors to college to those for whom higher education is an unattainable dream. And, in a just city, our corporate community stands shoulder to shoulder with us helping to reach our goals. To achieve this vision, we need a certain economic prosperity and financial stability to allow us to fund the programs necessary to build our city. We cannot separate the developers and investors from the rest of us. We must be in this together. All of us together are vital to our City’s growth and survival.” Mayor Purzycki’s FY 2020 operating budget proposal totals $167.1 million—an increase of 3%, ($4.8 M) over the current FY 2019 budget. Council is expected to vote on a new budget for FY 2020 at its May 16th meeting.
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In March two sanitation workers were injured—one seriously—when an oxygen cylinder that had been put in a trash can on Vandever Ave. near N. Market St. was loaded into a trash truck and compressed. Mayor Purzycki reminds citizens to be very careful about placing items in the trash that could be considered dangerous, noting that the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA. com) sponsors a number of recycling events throughout the year at which items like oxygen canisters can be dropped off. The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) offers info. about items that can and can’t be placed in trash bins at this link: www. dnrec.delaware.gov/dwhs/shwmb/pages/ howdoidisposeoforrecycle.aspx Pictured from left to right, Mayor Mike Purzycki, NCC Council Member Jea Street and City Council President Hanifa Shabazz.
LONG-TIME ELECTED OFFICIAL AND REVERED COMMUNITY LEADER JEA STREET IS CELEBRATED WITH A CITY STREET NAMED IN HIS HONOR
n April 12, Mayor Mike Purzycki signed Executive Order 2019-2 ceremonially renaming the 1000 block of West 6th Street in the City’s Hilltop neighborhood in honor of New Castle County Council Member and long-time community leader Jea Street. The main entrance to Street’s beloved Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center, which he led for 35 years until his recent retirement, is located on West 6thStreet. The Mayor was joined in the street re-naming ceremony by other elected officials, family and the many friends of Mr. Street. “No one has ever or will ever have reason to question Jea Street’s commitment to the thousands of children, families and constituents he has served and continues to serve during a long and distinguished career,” said Mayor Purzycki. “Two of Jea’s most respected qualities are consistency and tenacity. The community has greatly benefitted from both attributes, and many lives have been enriched. On behalf of the citizens of Wilmington, we thank Jea and commend him for an outstanding record of advocating forcefully for the needs of citizens.”
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FIRST FRIDAY ART LOOP
FIESTA CINCO DE MAYO (MARKET STREET)
WILMINGTON FLOWER MARKET (ROCKFORD PARK)
WILMINGTON GRAND PRIX WEEKEND
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY (CITY CLOSED)
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May 3 5pm Start Complimentary Shuttle Service (see website) Most exhibitions listed here continue through this month
A program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs
Squeezebox Records RIVERFRONT The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison St. 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: Exhibits by John Singletary, Anthony Bowers, UD MFA Thesis exhibition, Lynn Herrick Sharp award exhibition, Caroline Coolidge Brown and Scott Alan McClurg. DOWNTOWN 2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street 655-0124 Artist: “Full of Life” by Darnell Woodson Academy for Peace 203 N. Market Street 384-0156 Artist: Brave as a Lion by Zathray Burton
Grace United Methodist Church The Angelus 417 W. 5th Street 347-963-2208 Artist: “Saintly Inspirations” by Martha Ann Szczerba Artzscape 205 N. Market Street 433-6622 • artzscape.com Artist: S.H.E. (Sharing Her Energy) Chris White Gallery 701 N. Shipley Street 434-327-2930 • chriswhitegallery.com Artist: Kuumba student work Christina Cultural Arts Center 705- 707 N. Market St. 429-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: “MAN CAVE”
Rocco’s Italian Grill City of Wilmington Louis L. Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street 576-2100 • wilmingtonde.gov Artist: …and the waters rise by Jenna Lucente- No artist appearance for May- gallery only Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) 600 N. Market St. 622-8000 • dcad.edu/gallery Artist: Opening of the 2019 Graduating Student Exhibition Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French St. 577-8278 • arts.delaware.gov Artist: Plein Air by Jim Rehak
Delaware Historical Society 504 N. Market Street 655-7161 • dehistory.org Artist: “Delaware: One State, Many Stories”
Chez Nicole Hair & Nail Salon
Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market Street 824-96607 Artist: Erin Kathleen: The World Through My Lens Travel Photography
414 N. Union Street 510-8989 Artist: DeShawn King
Grace United Methodist Church 900 Washington St. 655-8847 • Gracechurchwest.com Artist: One Village Alliance and Lumina Arts The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market St. 658-7897 • thegrandwilmington.org The Grand Gallery Artist: “Petflix” by Zach Bluett The baby grand Gallery Artist: “Anybody Home?” by Cody Bluett
1901 W. 11th Street 654-8888 • cheznicolesalon.com Artist: Cyntaya Welch
Christa-Bell Caribbean Cuisine
Dead Presidents Restaurant & Bar 618 N. Union Street 463-6408 • deadpresidentspub.com Artist: Julia Jay Hardman
Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N. Dupont Street 658-6262 • thedch.org Artist: Caribbean Impressions of the Delaware Valley by Juliet Thorburn
The Epiphany Church 301 N. Union Street 298-1045 Artist: Cony Madariaga
714 N. Union Street 654-4848 Artist: Pure Religion Holistics by Yvette Johnson
Saroukos Hair Co.
2419 Lancaster Ave 654-1614 Artist: Garry Saroukos
Space @ 812 N Union
812 N. Union Street 660-1901 Artists: Yemina Israel and Kelly Martin
1901 W. 11th Street 510-9429 • squeezeboxrecords. business.site Artist: Kerrea Meekins aka Foodstamp
St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 1301 N. Broom St. 652-7623 • ststeph.org Artist: Barrie Gregory
LaFate Gallery 227 N. Market St. 656-6786 • lafategallery.com Artist: Art of COPING...From GRIEF to GROWTH
Howard Pyle Studio
1305 N. Franklin St. 656-7304 • howardpylestudio.org Artist: “First Light” by Doris Davis-Glackin
Telo Massage Studio
MKT Place Gallery 200 W. 9th Street 438-6545 Artist: Love & Perseverance by Alfredo
Jack Michael Salon
The Sold Firm 800B N. Tatnall Street 689-3237 • thesoldfirm.com Artist: Artist Name: Joanne Norris Studio on Market 219 N. Market Street 229-7108 • StudioOnMarket.com Artist: SPATIAL PERSPECTIVE by Anthony Sealey Wilmington Library 10 E 10th Street 571-7400 • wilmington.lib.de.us Artists: Creative Vision Factory
418 S. Union Street 220-0324 Artist: Yonnie Mcfly
Kris Window Tint
804 N. Lincoln Street 384-6185 Artist: HB The Artist
Merengue House Bar & Restaurant 837 N. Union Street 347-989-7678 Artist: Kevin Morel
Milk & Honey Café & Gallery
807 N. Union Street 635-4201 • meetup.com/Cafe-Venue Artist: “Art Is Love”
8th & Union Kitchen
801 N. Union Street 654-9780 • 8thandunion.com Artist: Tim Miller
Blue Streak Gallery
1721 Delaware Ave. 429-0506 Artists: Taking Flight by Sarah Yeoman and friends
520 N. Union Street 652-9223 Artist: John Holton
Rocco’s Italian Grill 701 N. Union Street 753-8655 Artist: Nick Grisby
506 N. Union Street 897-9255 • telo-massage.com Artist: Neil Maliszewski 211 N. Union Street 367-6895 Artist: “The Placebo Effect” by Ralph Marley
V-Trap Kitchen & Lounge
607 N. Lincoln St 364-0474 • vtrapkitchen.com Artist: Christine Burke BEYOND THE CITY
Bellevue Community Center
510 Duncan Road 762-1391 • bellevuecc.org Artist: Forever Unruly by Tom Law
901 Brandywine Blvd. 762-7878 • bellefontevintage.com Artist: Sami Campbell Sarver
Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway email@example.com Artist: Brandywine Photo Collective
3999 Kennett Pike 654-8638 • stationgallery.net Artists: Helena van Emmerik-Finn
Next Art Loop Wilmington: June 7, 2019
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A Brew Tour group poses with Jeffrey Cheskin (middle, orange hat), co-owner of Liquid Alchemy, beside the tour bus. Photo courtesy First State Brew Tours
Busing to Breweries On First State Brew Tours, you can sample beer while leaving the driving to someone else By Mack Caldwell
t Liquid Alchemy Beverages—“Delaware’s one and only producer of award-winning hand-crafted meads (honeybased wines) and hard ciders”— there is a sense of community. “If you’ve noticed, there are no TVs in here,” says Jeffrey Cheskin, co-owner of the meadery. “We wanted to make this more like a speakeasy—you’ll talk to the bar staff, you’ll talk to your neighbor, your surroundings will be your entertainment.” Liquid Alchemy, located in an industrial area on Brookside Drive in Wilmington, is run by Cheskin and his partner, Terri Sorantino. While most of their focus is on the three-year-old company, their other passion project is First State Brew Tours. And again, community is the theme. Since its beginning in December, First State Brew Tours has conducted 11 tours, and counting. The tours, on the first three Saturdays of every month, take bus riders to upper, middle, or lower New Castle.
Today I’m visiting Cheskin at Liquid Alchemy before going on the middle New Castle tour, which consists of Argilla Brewing Co. at Pietro’s Pizza, Dew Point Brewing Co. and Twin Lakes Brewing Co. Buses are provided by All In One Transportation, which, conveniently, is located next to Liquid Alchemy. Cheskin and Sorantino’s idea behind the tours was to make craft breweries in northern Delaware as accessible as possible to customers while eliminating the need for those customers to drive. “If we can cut down on the number of drinking and driving arrests and fatalities, and this can be part of the answer, I’ll be happy as hell,” says Cheskin. Tickets for the tour are $59, with a $5 discount if you take an Uber or Lyft to the bus pickup location, which is usually the first brewery on the tour. Today it’s Argilla Brewing at Pietro’s Pizza. I thank Cheskin and hail an Uber for a ride to the first spot. ►
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A group (no IDs available) poses with Jeffery Cheskin (middle orange hat), co-owner of Liquid Alchemy Beverages, pose by the Brew Bus. Photo courtesy First State Brew Tours
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A tour group samples the product at Liquid Alchemy Beverages.
Argilla sits in a strip mall in Newark, near the Kirkwood Library. Inside, it’s dark. Pizzas are being pulled from an oven. It’s about noon, I’ve just had mead for the first time and I’m excited to move to something a little more familiar: beer. At Argilla, I meet a fellow tourist, Michael Berninger, an architect and homebrewer who has been helping out at Liquid Alchemy for two years, almost since the start. He’s even won a bronze medal in a brewing competition, just working from a brewing kit. This is his first time on a First State Brew Tour. “I brew beer and I enjoy drinking beer and learning about the stages,” he says, looking at a menu and writing down on a slip of paper what he wants for his flight. This is the second tour for Michael Ray, who is 39 and from Bear. “I went on the first tour and it was a blast.” He’s familiar with Argilla but he wanted to check out both Dew Point and Twin Lakes. Our guide is Joe Conway, who wears almost all black and a Guinness hat. He has a grey beard and speaks with a rasp. Conway knows craft beer. He runs DE Brew Trail, a website featuring craft beer news and a map of local breweries. He leads us out from Argilla to the bus. Normally it’s an unassuming 16-seater, but today it’s a school bus, with all of the nostalgic fixings—a musty smell, gray leather seats, an absurd but charming way to go from brewery to brewery.
I look out the window as the sun begins its slow afternoon descent. We’re smack in the golden hour. I’m drinking water as we coast through hills and clusters of woods en route to Dew Point Brewing Company. I can relax. I’m glad I don’t have to drive. Dew Point is stunning. It occupies an old brick snuff factory in Yorklyn. There are picnic tables near a tower by the entrance. Inside, the barroom is open and bright. Exposed wooden beams interlock across the ceiling. It’s the kind of place I’d love to bike to. I belly up to the bar and pick the first four beers I see on the board. “I’ve never had a flight before,” says Stanley Taylor, who came with Ray. This is also Taylor’s first beer tour. “Now when I come back I’ll know what I want and I have three different places to do that at,” he says.
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After an hour of talking and drinking, our group goes back to the bus to head to the third and last stop, Twin Lakes Brewing Co. in Wilmington.
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It’s a big warehouse, nestled among other warehouses, located near the Christina River. When you enter Twin Lakes, it’s quiet, but the bar is full. There’s a massive portrait of George Washington on the wall. During the tour I got to take a handful of Cascade hops and smell them. It’s the closest I’ve ever gotten to the raw ingredients of beer. You also get samples of beer and refills, lots of refills. Sitting at the bar, I hesitate to order another flight, because I don’t want to go home a drooling, stumbling mess. But there is more to the tour than sampling great beer. I’ve met an interesting group of people, and by the end of the tour everyone had kind of intermingled. And that’s intentional. First State Brew Tours—i.e., Cheskin and Sorantino—want you to engage, to talk and connect not only with the breweries you visit but the people around you, too. Take Peter Fomin, for instance. At 23, he’s among the younger people on the bus. “I was slightly curious how a brewery works,” says Fomin, who came with buddies from his days at the University of Delaware. “But I was more interested in hanging with friends.” I take a sip from my flight. At this point, I have no idea what I ordered, but it doesn’t matter. I’ve had some great beer, acquired a sense of the brewing process and met some interesting people. And I let someone else do the driving.
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PHILLY SPECIAL, THE BEER
ron Hill Brewing released a new brew on tap, Philly Special, in February 2018 to celebrate the Eagles’ victory in the Super Bowl. In April, the company released 16-oz. cans of the IPA to be sold at all locations in four-packs for $17.25. With a 6.7 percent ABV, it will be offered in flavors of tropical fruit and resinous pine.
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HOPPING INTO DELAWARE
njoy the warm weather that’s sure to come our way on Thursday, May 23, with a walk on the trail of the Russell Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge on the Wilmington Riverfront. From 6-8:30 p.m., Jim White, an expert birder, will lead the group around the refuge, explaining the natural and cultural history of the area. After the walk, Veritas Wine & Craft Beer will be offering a craft beer tasting. Tickets are $15 for members of the Delaware Nature Society and $20 for non-members. For more information, search the park on delawarenaturesociety.org
ocket Frog, an independent brewing company in Arlington, Virginia, is releasing its products to Delaware stores this month. The brewer will be distributing out of Bottle & Brew Selections in Milton. Rocket Frog will have a representative in state, Josh Phillips. “We could not be more excited to enter the Delaware market,” says founder David Hartogs. “We love Delaware, and this is part of the reason we chose to come here before any other state.” The new stock includes kegs and packaged products, IPAs, double IPAs, sour-style beers, and on draft, the brand’s award-winning Wallops Island Brown Ale.
BRIMMING HORN IS GOLDEN
NEW LIFE FOR FORMER BOTTLECAPS SITE
rimming Horn Meadery in Milton won a gold medal for its entry, Castanea, in the Mazer Cup International Mead Competition in March. “We always strive to make world class mead at The Brimming Horn Meadery and winning a gold at the Mazer proves that we do,” says meadmaker Jon Talkington. The Mazer Cup is one of the biggest mead competitions in the world. Castanea was entered in the “varietal sweet” category. The winning mead, renamed Chestnut Blossom, is available in stores and online for $19.99, and to taste at the Brimming Horn Meadery for $4. 62 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
TAKE A WALK, QUAFF A BEER
PRESIDENTIAL WINEMAKERS n Thursday, May 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Collier’s of Centreville, wine lovers can learn about the wine cellars of eight past presidents of the U.S. Attendees will also learn about the wines used to celebrate historic events as well as some of the meals that complemented them. Tickets are $25, reserve by calling 656-3547.
irard Craft & Cork, a boutique craft beer, wine and spirits shop, has opened on the Girard Street side of the Downtown Wilmington building that once housed the popular bar/restaurant Bottlecaps. Girard, which offers two floors of wine, a massive beer cooler and a 20-foot long wall of liquor, will operate from the backside of the building and use the address 5 Girard Street. The front side (216 W. 9th Street) will become Faire, a bodega (mini grocery store) and salad bar that plans to open this May. Girard Craft & Cork will operate Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm and Sun. noon-5. Call 402-WINE for more details.
Located conveniently near The Fillmore and the Punch Line comedy club, Goose Island Brewhouse has become a popular destination for area craft beer lovers. Photo InfluencePhoto
Philly’s Goose Island: Worth the Gander Head Brewer Tim Caron reflects on the brewhouse’s standing in the City of Brotherly Love By Jim Miller
t 32 years old, Tim Caron goes to work every day feeling like he’s won the lottery. As the head brewer at Philadelphia’s still relatively new Goose Island Brewhouse, Caron gets to live his dream of creating tasty and inventive beers while meeting the demands of an increasingly aware consumer market. “It’s been a wild ride,” Caron says, recalling the brewpub’s first full year in business. Nestled in a reawakened eastern corner of the Northern Liberties district, the brewpub has found good neighbors in The Fillmore concert venue across the street and the Punch Line Philly comedy club next door. The block is seemingly becoming a livelier entertainment destination by the minute. Philly’s Goose Island Brewhouse is only the second brewpub that the growing beer giant has opened outside of Chicago, its place of origin. So, needless to say, there is a lot riding on this venture—much of it on Caron’s shoulders. That said, the head brewer maintains the aura of an easy-going people person and seems very much at home here as he talks about his mission and the road that brought him to Goose Island. Although he studied politics in D.C. at American University, he says that it’s beer that is the driving force in his life nowadays. “There’s a reason I don’t work in that industry anymore, and why I’m working in this one,” Caron says. “It’s the passion. This isn’t only my job and my career, it’s my passion.”
That’s what inspired him to develop the Bullpen Session IPA, a New England-style beer. At 4.8 percent ABV, it’s a light alternative to heavier IPAs, yet it still delivers a citrusy punch of hops. This is Caron’s “liquid tribute” to the Phillies, and it will be poured at Citizens Bank Park through the rest of the summer. “The flavor of Chicago meets the spirit of Philly at our brewhouse that serves up the unexpected,” claims the Goose Island website. Perhaps there is some truth in that advertising: The brewhouse bar feels unexpectedly cozy—as comfortable as well-worn blue jeans—like it’s been in shipshape operations for years, not just one. Yet, there is still a sparkle of newness to the pub’s brewing system in the adjacent room, the light above shining off the system’s nearly pristine stainless steel. The beer is also unexpected. It would be difficult to imagine the Goose Island facilities in Chicago brewing many of the beers on the Philly menu. The East Coast tastes are somewhat different. For instance, one of the popular local offerings, the appropriately-named House AF, is another New England-style ale. At 5.1 percent ABV, this one is slightly heavier than the Bullpen. Classic hops like Centennial, Cascade and Amarillo give it that orange citrus character. It’s a best-seller here, Caron says, as he pours us two samples. At the sturdy bar, we sip and talk, and Caron offers some history on Goose Island, some insights on its present status, and perhaps a taste of things to come. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
O&A: It sounds like you landed your dream job. Is that fair to say? Caron: Yes, it couldn’t be much better. It’s the best of both worlds: I get to work on my passion projects and also have the backing of a really successful brewery. I look at that as a huge opportunity in that there’s a few beers that I’ve made that have been really well received here. If that keeps up through the year, I can go to the folks in Goose Island Chicago and say, “Hey, this has been really pretty popular in Philadelphia; can we do this as a one-off or a future seasonal?” It really is an opportunity to put my imprint not just on this location and this “This isn’t only my job and my career, it’s my passion,” city, but to potentially get my beer out to says Tim Caron, head brewer. a much larger audience, which is every brewer’s dream. To have people drink and enjoy my beer, that’s the most incredible thing that can happen for me. O&A: When Goose Island got its start in Chicago, there weren’t a lot of brewpubs brewing beer in a neighborhood location. Places were either a brewery or a pub. So in that sense do you feel like what you are doing here is part of the Goose Island DNA? Caron: Absolutely. Goose Island started in 1988. John Hall, our founder, embraced the English-style pub atmosphere with on-site beer. That was his vision. The original Goose Island location on Clybourn Avenue is still in operation today and has been almost continuously operating for more than 30 years. We started as a brewpub. We expanded citywide in Chicago, then regionally and now nationally. But we’ve come back to our pub roots in opening this Philadelphia location. O&A: Why did do you think Goose Island picked Philadelphia to build their only other U.S. brewpub outside of Chicago? Caron: There’s really good synergy between Chicago and Philadelphia. They are cities where people like to eat, they like to drink, they take their sports a little too seriously [smiles], so there was a lot of commonality there. Also, it was a business decision. Philadelphia is one of the biggest Goose Island markets outside of Chicago. And [our local distributors] saw the benefit of having a pub here versus [those distributors in] other locations that I think they looked at. O&A: I look at this dining menu on the wall, and I see the brewpub looks to be really big on the farm-to-table philosophy. Is that something that translates with the beer as well? Caron: Yes, one thing I was told when I was hired was, “Embrace Philadelphia: embrace the culture, embrace the sports teams and also embrace the suppliers that work in your area.” So I buy malt from Deer Creek Malthouse, right here in Pennsylvania. We’ve worked with Rabbit Hill Farms and their malts, out of New Jersey. The beauty for me as a brewer [is that] in having a kitchen attached to our space, we get access to fresh, local produce. We’ve done two or three beers with local fruits that we’re bringing in. Using local purveyors is important to us. It’s a cool thing to get to know these people, not just as an email address that you send your order to, but also as someone who comes into the pub and drops off the malt themselves and then comes back three weeks later when the beer is finished. That’s been a really cool experience. We’re also starting to work with Proximity Malt, down in Delaware. I know you guys are a Delaware publication. The first two beers made with Proximity malts are going into the tanks; one’s going this week, and the other is next week. 64 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Goose Island Brewhouse features a mix of beers brewed nationally in Chicago and those created locally by Caron.
O&A: It seems like the New England-style beers are very popular right now—such as those of Tree House Brewing Co. out of Massachusetts and Heady Topper in Vermont. How much of that do you see as an influence right now in the beer world? Caron: It’s a huge influence. We have people right here in our own backyard who do a lot of that style of beer. Tired Hands Brewing [out of Ardmore, Pennsylvania] is a great example. They are big influencers in this area. And that’s the kind of thing I’ve been hired to do. Goose Island isn’t making any Hazy IPAs out of Chicago or at any of our other facilities. But in this location, where we’re serving most of the beer directly over the bar, it’s an extension of our R&D department. It’s kind of a pilot system for me to be able to play around and do things that embrace the culture, and the attitudes, and the desires of Philadelphia—as opposed to [those in] Chicago or nationwide. We can be really agile here in this space and do things that are driven towards pleasing the people who come here.
O&A: And Goose Island is encouraging you to do that? Caron: Yes, that’s been the edict from Day One. They said, “We hired you, you live in this city, you’ve worked in the area, and you know what the customers want better than what we know what the customers want”—because you can’t make that decision from behind a desk in Chicago. There’s no better feedback loop than being able to finish my job in the brewery and walk 20 feet out to the bar and hear what customers think about the beers and ask them questions about what other styles they would like to drink. O&A: It must be a big honor to be the guy that Goose Island chooses to brew their beer in Philly. You are “the guy.” Caron: It’s definitely a big honor. I didn’t expect it. I saw the job posting and I kind of applied on a whim. Honestly I went through all the rigamarole. The online application process [required me] to upload all these things and put everything in the right field—and I almost gave up halfway through. My wife was like, “You put this much time into it, at least finish it.” I really thought they were going to have way better candidates, that they might bring somebody in from Chicago. But lo and behold, a few days later, I got a phone call, then a few interviews and then all of a sudden it was a real thing. And it’s been awesome.
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There is a growing trend with rye whiskey—port-finished rye whiskey. It takes a spice-forward whiskey and gives it a sweet, clean finish. With this drink, I really wanted to lean into the sweeter fruit notes of Basil Hayden Port finished rye. Pinot Noir has a nice jammy quality that pairs nicely with it, as does blackberry liquor. My goal with this drink is to show that not every whiskey cocktail has to be so oaked and spiced. You can have a fun, tart and fruit-forward whiskey cocktail that is approachable and also works perfectly for spring. For two beverages: • 4 ounces of Basil Hayden Port Finished Rye • 1 ounce of blackberry liqueur ( I prefer Giffard’s Mûre) • 1 ounce of Pinot Noir ( I suggest a lighter, semi-sweet Pinot Noir) • 1 ounce of fresh lemon juice • 1 sprig of rosemary 1. Build your drink in a shaker, or a sturdy rocks glass. 2. Rosemary: you can either muddle it in the glass or an industry trick is to place it in the palm of your hand and slap it a few times. This will bring out the oils and aroma that we’re looking for. 3. Combine the remaining ingredients. 4. Add ice and stir until the shaker or rocks glass is ice cold. 5. Pour it into your preferred glass. Optional garnish: lemon peel, brandied cherry, and a sprig of rosemary. Bring in spring with a tart new whiskey cocktail. Cheers!
The Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra connects young musicians with artists and instructors from orchestras and universities throughout the East Coast. Photo Cheri Astolfi
INSPIRING YOUNG MUSICIANS These Wilmington organizations are shaping the future of the local music scene By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
here’s no doubt that Greater Wilmington encompasses a wealth of arts and cultural experiences. What’s equally impressive is the number of organizations that offer opportunities for young musicians to discover, hone and showcase their passions. Here are a few who are bolstering the future of the music scene in our community: CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) is committed to providing artists of all ages access to weekly private and group music (and dance, visual arts, drama and more) instruction in the heart of the city. For nearly 75 years, CCAC has served the city and diverse communities as a hub of artistic and cultural celebration. Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc. was founded in 1945 by the Women's Club of Trinity Episcopal Church to provide activities for immigrant Polish and Swedish working-class families. In 1969, the mission was re-aligned to serve as a community-based arts center with an emphasis on preserving African-American heritage.
“Christina Cultural Arts Center is home to a long line of revered musicians emerging from African-American classical traditions, from spirituals to jazz, R&B, gospel, and hip-hop,” says Executive Director H. Raye Jones Avery. “Artists like Dennis Fortune, Gerald Chavis, Francee Boulware, Kevin Benjamin, Darnell Miller, Richard Raw, Dooder Mincey, Jill Broadway, Noelle Picara, Tierre Waters and other CCAC faculty are actively making their mark as composers, performers and recording artists on the local as well as U.S. music scene,” Avery says. Avery also points to the Dennis Fortune Jazz Scholarship and early childhood music classes as well as partnership programs that are flourishing at CCAC. Students interested in connecting theory with performance can check out TheHildaMan Chorale; The Fast Lane, a new jazz collective directed by Gerald Chavis; or “Beyond Those Bars,” a hip-hop lyric-writing, beat-making and recording workshop in collaboration with Richard Raw and Culture Restoration Project, Inc. ►
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Musician Richard Raw works with students during “Beyond Those Bars,” his hip-hop writing workshop at Christina Cultural Arts Center.
“Our program focuses on the three Cs—Confidence, Communication, and Character,” says Raw. “Many of our students think I’m teaching them. Little do they know, I’m learning a great deal through these interactions. It’s a reciprocal relationship with equal exchange.” Darnell Miller has been part of the CCAC family for about 15 years. He teaches guitar, voice and early childhood music, and also teaches general music classes at sister organization Kuumba Academy Charter School. Miller is currently developing a songwriting intensive for CCAC youth and adults that he plans to launch this summer. “The thing I love most about teaching is the comfort in knowing that what I’m doing is part of my purpose on Earth,” he says. In addition to music, CCAC offers programs in dance, self-defense, drama and visual arts and also plays host to “Live @ Christina”—a series of intimate concerts, many of which feature nationally and internationally recognized jazz and R&B artists. For more information, visit ccacde.org. To apply for the Dennis Fortune Jazz Scholarship, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. DELAWARE INSTITUTE FOR THE ARTS IN EDUCATION The Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) was founded in 1982 by Larry Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Delaware. Serving approximately 3,000 students each year, DiAE connects local and international artists in music, dance, theater and visual arts with public, private and charter schools for performances and workshops. The organization provides arts programming models for pre-k (the Delaware Wolf Trap program) and k-12 teaching artist residencies. “We’ve been able to bring to schools local musicians like percussionist Jason Keller of J.K. Percussion, as well as world-renowned artists like Tony Vacca, Abdou Sarr and Massamba Diop—who was featured on the Academy Award-winning Black Panther soundtrack,” says Executive Director Nanci Hersh. She also notes that for many students, these partnerships are sometimes their first experience of an art form or professional performance by an outside organization. Hersh says one of DiAE’s main goals is to expand its reach and brand recognition beyond the teachers and students they currently serve. “We'd like to grow our circles to include people from all sectors of the community—whether you have a child in school or not,” she says. As part of that goal, on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m., DiAE will present Spotlight, An Evening of the Arts at The Queen in Wilmington. The fundraising event shines a light on the work the organization does with Delaware schools and its strategic partners. The evening will feature a West African percussion and dance performance and honor Delaware’s Poets Laureate, The Twin Poets Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Al Mills. “Spotlight is an event we’re really excited about,” Hersh says. “It epitomizes what we do, illustrating our partnerships with organizations like Light Up the Queen, Red Clay Consolidated School District, Warner-Shortlidge Arts Alliance, and Children and Families First.” For more information, visit diae.org. 68 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
IMAGINATION PLAYERS This song-and-dance troupe with a community service focus was founded in 2007 by current Artistic Director Debbra (Deb) Johnson, Musical Director Betty Moudy and Choreographer Jessie Benner. “I was doing shows with Delaware Children's Theatre, and would see kids from different backgrounds come together to perform and develop friendships. Then the shows would end,” says Johnson. “I wondered what would happen if I created a place where kids could perform together year-round, while making a difference in their community.” They began with 28 students, and the roster now averages about 85 kids annually, ranging in age from 7 to 18. The group presents family concerts with positive messages. It has enjoyed collaborations with The Playhouse on Rodney Square and The Grand Opera House—starring as munchkins in the national tour of Wizard of Oz and singing in the national tour of Messiah Rocks—as well as participating in the Grand's Summer Children's Theatre and In The Spotlight competition. On the community service front, Johnson notes that the organization has raised nearly $10,000 for childhood cancer research. Additionally, the group has developed a patriotic program for Veterans Day, raised money for two POW/MIA Chairs of Honor and produced collaborative projects with both VSA-Delaware and AbleArts. And since 2007, they’ve planned "Goodwill Tours," where they spend the day visiting assisted living centers, daycares, schools and hospitals to sing and interact with people of all ages. “It's one of our favorite activities,” says Johnson. Johnson is both humbled and proud of the group's growth over the past 12 years “Our group's motto is ‘Imagine Harmony,’” she says. “But I can assure you, it's not just about the music. It's so much more.” For more information, visit imaginationplayers.com. THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE Approaching a century of service to Wilmington and surrounding regions (its Centennial comes in 2025), The Music School of Delaware is the only statewide accredited community music school in the nation. Students can choose from over 30 instruments taught by a faculty of almost 90 artists in 20 regional satellite and outreach sites. Throughout the year, the organization presents more than 120 public performances by students, faculty and guest artists. “The emotional power of music is undeniable—it’s a phenomenal vehicle for young people to express themselves,” says Music School President and CEO Kate Ransom. “Studying an instrument is a pathway to ‘learn how to learn,’ and that translates to all other pursuits.” Highlights of Music School youth programs include early childhood classes, its Suzuki Academy—with instruction in violin, viola, cello and piano—and the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra (DYSO). “Music sparks joy for young children,” says Early Childhood Department Head Melinda Oriani. “Fun activities, like in our Tots Rock or Discovering Music classes, tap into their natural curiosity, develop listening skills, and allow them to physically express music.” The DYSO program attracts musicians up to age 18 from the tri-state area. The ensemble performs several times throughout the year; holds sectionals with faculty and guest coaches, and offers free conducting masterclasses, which give young artists the chance to conduct a real orchestra. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“Our repertoire travels from Shostakovich to Dvorak, Tchaikovsky to Rachmaninov, Brahms and other masterpieces,” says Music Director Simeone Tartaglione. “We have premiered pieces, performed symphonic pop repertoire, and played with soloists from orchestras and universities across the East Coast.” “I love the energy of this orchestra,” says Maxine Chou, a member of the DYSO. “I’ve been in DYSO for a few years now, and it has taught me many things —leadership, self-discipline, and the importance of working together to achieve a goal.” For more information, visit musicschoolofdelaware.org. REED’S REFUGE CENTER Located on Wilmington's East Side, Reed's Refuge Center (RRC), started in 2012 by Cora and Frederick Reed, provides invaluable creative experiences to children in Wilmington's inner city, encouraging them to follow the organization's motto and "seek refuge in the arts." Since opening, the organization has reached more than 1,000 children, 80 percent of whom come from low- to moderate-income families. RRC gives them an outlet for expression and a safe haven from street violence. In 2017, the organization was honored with a Jefferson Award. Executive Director Elisa A. McDonald says that when Reed was growing up in Wilmington's Riverside neighborhood, music served as an escape for him. “And he wanted to do something to make a difference for other kids in this community,” McDonald says. “We enjoy exposing these kids to positive experiences and showing them the world is much bigger than just outside their doors.” Before- and after-school and fulltime summer programs serve youth from kindergarten through age 14. Classes not only include instruction in piano, drums, voice and media production, but also culinary arts (called “cooking without a stove”), dance, fashion design and tutoring in math, science and reading. RRC has recently partnered with Christiana Care to offer preventive dental care to kids as well. “We really see kids blossom here," says McDonald. "When they come here, they feel valued and they feel like they are somebody.” For more information, visit reedsrefugecenter.org. 70 MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Artistic Director Kimberly Doucette leads members of the Wilmington Children's Chorus' Select Chorus ensemble in concert.
WILMINGTON CHILDREN’S CHORUS Since 2002, the CityFest-sponsored Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC) has provided music education for Wilmingtonarea youth—completely tuition free. And that is no small feat. The organization’s five performing choirs serve 140 singers ages 8 to 18 who hail from more than 40 area schools. WCC has five performing ensembles—Youth Choir (younger singers to build musical and vocal skills); Select Choir (advanced treble singers); Young Men's Ensemble (boys with changing/changed voices); Concert Choir (high school members); and Chamber Choir (highly advanced high school singers)—and hosts a summer choral camp for grades 2-8. The Neighborhood Choir program, a collaborative outreach project with OperaDelaware, engages an additional 160 area elementary school students from underserved communities, providing them with free vocal music experiences via afterschool programs. The organization’s unique model has created a welcoming environment where youth of all backgrounds learn skills, create art, and build friendships across cultural and social boundaries. “Our programs work to bring together diverse youth and, through music, help them connect with themselves, their community, and their world,” says Kimberly Doucette, WCC’s artistic director. “We’re thrilled to offer exceptional performance experiences for our youth and audiences, but the real work (and reward) happens in rehearsals and interactions, as our musicians develop their skills, talent, and self-confidence.” WCC performs annual holiday and spring concerts, but this season also performed with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, OperaDelaware, a 302GunsDown rally for peace, and numerous appearances at community centers and a homeless shelter. All told this season, Doucette says, they will have performed more than 20 concerts and collaborative events. This summer will mark the chorus’ third visit to Wilmington's sister city of Fulda, Germany, where they will perform in a festival celebrating the 1275th anniversary of the city’s founding. A special project with Sister Cities of Wilmington, this cultural exchange program has allowed the WCC to engage in musical collaborations and immersive cultural experiences with youth from Fulda biennially since 2011. The chorus has also introduced a new initiative, “Better Together,” where the choristers use their voices to share a positive message of hope and harmony in and around their community. For more information, visit wilmingtonchildrenschorus.org.
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A SHOT IN THE SNARK Hilarious if unlikely rom-com pairs Theron, Rogen By Mark Fields
art of the appeal of movie romantic comedies is their highly implausible nature. Billy Crystal’s Harry would never end up with Meg Ryan’s Sally (When Harry Met Sally). A high-powered businessman would never, ever fall for a Sunset Boulevard hooker (Pretty Woman). The uptight career woman wouldn’t, couldn’t, shouldn’t emotionally connect with the roguish, underachieving stoner from the wrong social circles (your choice from Matthew McConaughey’s movies). And if any of these unlikely pairings did actually occur, it wouldn’t end well. But, audiences love these love stories all the same because they are, ultimately, exercises in hope. The biggest joke in the new rom-com, Long Shot, is that this most incredible of pairings—Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen— takes the central conceit of romantic comedies and turns it up to 11. It’s even in the title of the movie. The premise is made even more
ridiculous because Theron’s character, Charlotte Field, aspires to become the first female president of the United States while involved with Fred, Rogen’s nonconforming, mudraking journalist who apparently only has one teal windbreaker in his wardrobe. The filmmakers are fully aware of the implausibility, and find it hysterically funny. Theron and Rogen find it funny as well, and play along with infectious enthusiasm. Charlotte, who’s serving as Secretary of State for a president (Bob Odenkirk) who played the president on a successful TV show, has ambitions for his office. An earnest, caring diplomat, Charlotte is told that her popularity research indicates a weak sense of humor. After a chance (and embarrassing) reunion at a fundraising event with her former babysitting charge, Fred, Charlotte hires him to punch up her speeches with his earthy humor. Eventually, Fred is entrusted with crafting the language of her entire campaign. ► MAY 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Nonsense, yes, but everyone knows it…and plays it strictly for laughs. The Long Shot screenplay, written by Liz Hannah and Dan Sterling (a veteran producer of TV comedy), is crammed full of zingy one-liners and crude punchlines. You’re on the right track for a comedy when the audience misses many of the jokes because it was still laughing at the last one. The entire film, as directed by Jonathan Levine, has an appealing, looseygoosey rhythm that supports the offbeat chemistry between its two stars. Theron, a truly glamorous movie star who nevertheless won an Oscar as a grimy serial killer in Monster, continues to demonstrate an incredible range in her roles and performances. Here she shows off her comedy chops while still managing to credibly assert political savvy. Rogen, who I have previously described in these pages as a one-trick pony, continues to find ways to extend that one trick and make it work in service of an engaging story. The two are ably assisted by June Diane Raphael and Ravi Patel as two of Charlotte’s officious staffers (with a randy secret). O’Shea Jackson, Jr., who captured filmgoers’ attention in Straight Outta Compton, brings humanity to the thankless role of Rogen’s best friend. And Odenkirk reminds everyone of his comic bona fides as the oblivious, distracted current commander-in-chief, a tongue-in-cheek synthesis of George Bush’s cluelessness and Trump’s TV celebrity roots. Long Shot aspires to little more than entertaining its audience, but it accomplishes that task with relish and just a touch of unexpectedly snarky vulgarity. It made me laugh, and wince, and groan, and, like all true rom-coms, tear up a little. It gets my vote. Also Coming in May: The Hustle, caper comedy with Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson, May 10; tear-jerking story of a boy and his reincarnated dog, A Dog’s Journey, May 17; the latest live action remake of a Disney animated classic, Aladdin, May 24; and Godzilla: King of Monsters terrorizes an all-star cast, May 31.
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TUNED IN Not-to-be-missed music news Compiled by Emily Stover
LETTERMAN HORNS AT ROCK HOF FUNDRAISER
David Letterman’s Horn Section is coming to The Grand on Sunday, May 5, from 2-5 p.m. for the Delaware Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Fundraiser. The Horn Section is made up of Tom “Bones” Malone, who plays the trombone and is a member of the Blues Brothers Band; trumpeter Frank Green, who toured with Maynard Ferguson, and Aaron Hieck, saxophone player and more, who has worked with Frank Sinatra, Cindy Lauper and The Manhattan Transfer. These artists will be accompanied by local band Club Phred. Tickets are $35 and can be purchased by searching the event on thegrandwilmington.org.
STUDENTS JOIN INTERNATIONAL PERFORMERS
Local students will take the stage with international performers at The Queen on Wednesday, May 8, for the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education fundraiser “Spotlight: An Evening of the Arts for DiAE.” The event features percussionist Massamba Diop, most famous for his work in the movie Black Panther. Also appearing is Tony Vacca, an American percussionist who spreads positive messages about culture with music and spoken word, and acclaimed dancer Abdou Sarr, of Senegal, West Africa. Students from Warner Elementary and Stubbs Elementary will join these artists on stage. The evening begins with a VIP pre-party at 5:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 7 p.m. The VIP cost is $50, or $35 for educators. General admission is $15. Tickets and more information can be found on diae.org/events.
KATEGORY 5 PERFORMS AT CANDLELIGHT
Kategory 5, winner of the 102.9 WMGK House Band Competition in 2016, will perform at the Candlelight Theatre in Arden on Friday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m. The band performs classic rock, blues, R&B and pop music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by going to the calendar page on candlelighttheatredelaware.com.
MUSIC FUNDRAISER AT THE FARM
Xtianstock 2019, a concert for all ages, will take place Saturday, May 11, from 3-10 p.m. at The Farm (301 Stanton Rd., Wilmington). Five bands will perform, with Earl Anem headlining. This outdoor event is a fundraiser for the Christian Salcedo Music Scholarship through the Light Up the Queen Foundation. The scholarship provides financial aid and music lessons for students seeking a career in music. Tickets are only $10. Guests are welcome to bring their own food, drinks, and chairs. For more information, go to lightupthequeen.org/events.
Richard Raw’s new album, Proletariat 2, is being released Saturday, May 25, and the Christiana Cultural Arts Center will host a release concert featuring several performers. The event begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30. “The Proletariat represents the working class, laborers, commoners and everyday people who are trying to survive in a hyper-capitalistic society,” says Raw. The artist, who lectures at schools and colleges, also has a nonprofit, Beyond Those Bars, an after-school program. The concert is an all-ages event. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for 18 and under, which can be purchased at the door.
SUITCASE JUNKET AT ARDEN GILD HALL Matt Lorenz, an old-school one-man band who uses a beat up guitar and found objects as percussion and performs as Suitcase Junket, will appear at Arden Gild Hall on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. He was a featured guest on the World Café on WXPN and his new album, Mad Dog, Trampoline, was released in April. For tickets, visit thesuitcasejunket.com.
OLD BRANDYWINE VILLAGE SUNDAY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
Old Brandywine Village Sunday Summer Concert Series kicks off on Sunday, May 5th from 5- 7 pm with the First State Symphonic Band, who have opened this concert series since 2013! The concert takes place on the back patio of the Hercules Building at 1313 N. Market Street overlooking H. Fletcher Brown Park. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on. Dogs, food and drink welcome.
GABLE MUSIC CELEBRATES 8 YEARS
To celebrate the eight years it has been in business, Gable Music Ventures will host a concert at The Queen on Friday, May 17. Joe Keyes “The Late Bloomer” & The Late Bloomers will headline the event, just as they did for Gable’s first ever event in 2011. Other performers set to appear: Nalani & Sarina, TreeWalker, Lauren & the Homewreckers and Jacopo de Nicola. Tickets are $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the concert is from 7-11 p.m.
SUMMER HEAT AND MUSIC BEATS
Dew Point Brewing has announced a summer music series that will keep the Yorklyn community jumping throughout the hot days from June to September. It all starts on Sunday, June 2, with Yorklyn Day 2019, a fun event for the whole family. From 11 a.m.-5 p.m., there will be live music, antique automobiles and train rides, kids’ crafts and activities, food trucks and an artisan market. On Saturday, June 22, Dew Point will present Valley Ride Music Festival, where a collection of local bands will play from noon-11p.m. at Dew Point Brewing (2878 Creek Rd., Yorklyn). Beer will be served to guests 21 and older, and there will be local art vendors and food trucks. For more information and other events, visit Dew Point Brewing events page on Facebook.
MUSIC JAM FOR A CAUSE
Great music and awesome vibes are in store on Saturday. May 18, at SqueezeBox Records, 1901 W. 11th St. From 12-5 p.m., come out and enjoy five bands who will be performing on a stage set up in the street. There will be food trucks and art vendors as well, and the event is free. Proceeds benefit Vinyl Aid, which collects food for the local Food Bank.
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