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INSIDE

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O&ACONTENTS November 2010 | Vol. 23, No. 9 | www.outandaboutnow.com

FEATURES Publisher Gerald DuPhily Editor-in-Chief Michael Pollock Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller

13 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Looking to keep your shopping local this season? Try these great finds from area boutiques and shops.

16 THE O&A INTERVIEW: MARK BOWDEN Our popular feature returns this month with the journalist, Black Hawk Down author, and new UD professor. By Michael Pollock

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How to cook the holiday bird? Let us count the many ways. By Pam George

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The War

OUTFRONT

ON WORDS By Bob Yearick

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common mistakes we Americans make in both the written and spoken word.

WORD OF THE MONTH

HECTOR

As a verb, it means to intimidate or dominate in a blustering way. Less common is the noun, which means bully. Taken from the name of the Trojan prince killed by Achilles in Homer’s Iliad.

Those devilish gerunds

Media Watch

Gerund—there’s a word you probably haven’t heard since high school English class. As you’ll recall from those halcyon days, gerunds are nouns formed from verbs, and all end in -ing. Many of us have forgotten that those words take the possessive case of a noun or pronoun preceding the gerund. So such sentences as “I can’t stand him singing in the shower” should be changed to “I can’t stand his singing in the shower.” It’s the singing that’s objectionable, not him, the singer.

A column in a recent issue of the Wilmington weekly that covers the young-adult entertainment scene contained this sentence: “There are now officially enough shows on television about men with more than one women in their lives.” The mistake was repeated in a boldface callout in the middle of the column. What is it with woman and women? Why do so many people mix them up so often? Never seems to occur with man and men. In the same column, judgment was spelled with an extra e, another common mistake. (Spell check catches both errors.)

Menu directives “War” has a friend who has noticed what she calls imperative commands as adjectives on menus. Her examples and accompanying comments: “Toss Salad (Should I throw it at the waiter?); Mash Potatoes (I thought the cook would do that for me.); Ice Tea (What am I, a hit man?).”

Healthful vs. healthy Healthy is often misused. It means having good health. Healthful means helping to produce or maintain health. So a person can be healthy, but a diet, food, or choice is healthful because it promotes health; it doesn’t possess it.

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Not-so-smooth transition Segue is a useful word that means a smooth transition from one subject to another. Unfortunately, the word is sometimes spelled “segway.” Understandable: It’s the phonetic spelling. That word, however, refers to the twowheeled, self-balancing electric vehicle, and should be capitalized.

Enough already Here’s a phrase we hear far too often: That said (or that being said, having said that, or any variation of the foregoing). How about using a simple “but” or “however” now and then?

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WORD OF THE MONTH insouciant Pronounced in-soo-sheeant, it means marked by blithe unconcern; nonchalant.

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Last month, “War” called Roy Halladay Ray Halladay. Several readers emailed to point out our brain freeze. Then, of course, a few days after the October issue appeared, ol’ Roy fired a no-hitter in the playoffs, which exacerbated our shame. Hey, at least it wasn’t a grammatical error.

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o be expected, October proved a busy month for local politics. But the national attention we received was unusual for our state. That’s because the U.S. Senate race between Republican Christine O’Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons opened a floodgate of national headlines soon after O’Donnell defeated incumbent Mike Castle. The ensuing publicity attracted President Obama and Vice President Biden to a Coons fundraiser at the Grand on Oct. 15 (pictured at top). Two days earlier, UD had welcomed media from across the globe as CNN hosted a live debate on campus (center). There were supporters, protesters, and a fair number of jokers, like the young men pictured at bottom, who spoke to the ridiculous nature of politics in general and this season in particular.

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5 Questions with Brianna Tong The Wilmington Charter senior, who recently scored perfect on the SAT, has aspirations to be a music writer

You got a perfect score on the SAT. Did you study? And how did you fit all the answers on the inside of your arm? I write very small [laughs]. No, I didn’t take any of the classes or anything. I think I browsed the letter they sent me, to see what would be on it. I took it [for practice] in eighth grade, through a program with Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and got a 2,170 [out of a possible 2,400]. But this was my first real time taking it.

What was your reaction when you found out you scored perfect?

Very good. So what’s next for you, college-wise? I’m thinking about majoring in English, possibly journalism. I’ve looked at NYU, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. I’m on the school paper here. I’m really interested in music writing, actually.

What are some things you’re listening to?

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Um, let’s see. Last year, I would’ve said my favorite band is Circa Survive. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin put out a good one this year. I’m into Fugazi and things Ian MacKaye is involved in: Minor Threat, Rites of Spring, the whole ’80s D.C. punk scene. I have a great Dischord comp with Teen Idles and Government Issue on it. And were you guys the magazine that did an article on Freelance Whales or Spinto Band? [Editor’s Note: We did stories on both, in June.] I enjoyed those!

Backwards.

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Spell Mississippi.

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“I’ve been fascinated with the music of Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan lately. Dulli, who’s led the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers, and Lanegan, formerly of Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age, seem to understand the role of career musicians in today’s industry: Write songs you care about and seek out worthwhile partnerships. Fans might have a hard time keeping up, but some 20 years on, the rewards are appearing. Last month, Dulli sold out Johnny Brenda’s as part of his career-spanning “Evening with Greg Dulli” shows. (Lanegan played there last month as well, with Isobell Campbell.) It helps that Dulli and Lanegan have collaborated with each other, forming the great Gutter Twins. I don’t go long without hearing the Twins, the Whigs, the Singers, the Trees, or the Queens.” — Michael Pollock

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food closets and pantries. Pictured above are executive director Patricia Beebe and her husband, Don. At left: Ric and Stevi Timmers. Right: Julie Miro Wenger and husband Brad. Look for an in-depth feature on the Food Bank and the work they do in next month’s issue. photos by Anna McDermott

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INTERVIEW

The O&A Interview: MARK BOWDEN The journalist, author, and new UD professor on the shortcomings of social media, the problem with democracy, and the legitimacy of the Tea Party By Michael Pollock photo by Dennis Dischler

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INTERVIEW

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t’s been a long time since we’ve done an O&A Interview. Among the last subjects we spoke with: multimedia mouthpiece Henry Rollins, in June 2009; radio-show host and Inky columnist Michael Smerconish in December 2008; U.S. Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell two months before that. (At the time, O’Donnell was hoping to displace Joe Biden; her outcome against Chris Coons in this election cycle will no doubt stay in the news for most of this month.) While we profile local personalities in the magazine every month, we like to think of the O&A Interview as having an air of prestige. Sometimes, a name says it all—Ryan Howard, Sam Calagione, David Dye, Al Mascitti (radio guys always make fun guests). Other times, it’s the matter at hand that counts: Jack Markell and John Carney debating who would make the better governor; Patrick Harker assuming his new role as UD president; Judy McKinney Cherry trying to improve the state’s economy. We originally planned to ask Mark Bowden a few questions for a short Q&A piece in Out Front. But as the conversation evolved, we knew we had something special on our hands. With the return of the O&A Interview this month, we’ve found a guest with both a well-known name—the author of Black Hawk Down, Bowden writes regularly for Vanity Fair and The Atlantic, and is now a UD journalism professor—and an ability to speak on an area that concerns us all: the future of media. As we learn, the future is still very much being written, but it’s also being broadcast and posted, albeit by folks a bit too quick to call themselves experts.

Tell us about the course you’re teaching this semester. It’s called “Telling True Stories.” It examines how a true story changes as it goes from one medium to the next, and from one artist or journalist to the next. So we’ll look at how things are initially reported, usually in a newspaper but sometimes on the internet or broadcast TV, and then we’ll look at a long-form treatment of the same story, usually where a magazine writer or author takes the material and turns it into something bigger. And then we see what happens when that same story is turned into a feature film. They let me design the course myself, and it’s something I’m very interested in, for obvious reasons.

So it’s a sort of adaptation course? Yeah. For instance, in the case of In Cold Blood, we look at the original newspaper stories about the death of the Clutter family, and then we look at Truman Capote’s book. And then, in that case, we could look at one of the two films that look at adapting the book itself. And then, of course, there are two other films that have been made about Capote writing the book. So it’s a case where a true story has evolved into a pop-culture phenomenon.

You’re breaking the fourth wall, or fifth or sixth wall, even. [Laughs] Something like that. You get to where people are as interested in the process of reporting and writing a story as they are in the story itself. Another good one is Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, which is a popular television series now. The true story is lost somewhere in the distance of Buzz’s past.

Do you bring in your own adaptations? Two of my books are part of the class. One is Finders Keepers, which was a film called Money for Nothing. We also do Black Hawk Down. continued on next page

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The O&A Interview: Mark Bowden continued from previous page

Now that you’ve got a couple of months under your belt, what’s your impression of teaching at UD? I’ve got 25 students who are enrolled and three who are auditing. I like my students a lot. If anything, I’ve found this group to be more willing and eager to participate in discussion than I sometimes found at Loyola [where Bowden previously taught]. That’s not a serious commentary on the differences between the two schools, obviously, but that’s my experience so far. At Loyola, it took a little while longer into the semester before the students were fully engaged, it seemed.

wonderful notes saying, ‘We’d love to have you contribute.’ And when I ask, ‘Well, what do you pay?,’ the answer is, ‘Well, nothing.’ [Laughs] That’s all well and good, but this is how I make my living. More than anything, that’s what anchors me to print.

What exceptions are there, if any, to writing for free? I think if I were in a position where I didn’t have the opportunity to get paid for my writing, I’d write for free. Because then I could convince people that my work is worth reading and maybe convince somebody down the line to pay me to do it. I’ve often encouraged young writers who are trying to get started in long-form narrative to do things on spec and get them published. Because it’s far more effective to sell yourself with something you’ve written and published than to convince somebody, without anything to show them, that you can write well.

You’ve dabbled in all these opportunities that can come with being a writer—going from newspapers to books and magazine articles, which then become movies. Is When did you come to the realization that your work teaching now another role of being a writer? I think it should be for anyone, in any profession. I feel that had monetary value? I’ve spent my whole life learning to do what I do, and I have a responsibility to help young people who are interested in this kind of work. And I think increasingly, because of the decline of journalistic institutions, it’s incumbent on those of us who’ve had the advantage of growing up at a great newspaper to impart some of what we’ve learned to young people who will go off in many different directions. They’ll be the ones, to a far greater extent than I ever did, carving their own paths. That’s an exciting prospect, but I think one of the things that’s lost, in that more entrepreneurial approach, is the opportunity to learn from veteran reporters and editors.

You don’t have an official website. You don’t use Twitter. Do you prefer print media, or is that just what you know best? It’s a good question—it’s certainly what I know best and what I grew up with. What I do is tell stories, in prose, that tend to be on the longish side. Right now, it really doesn’t matter to me whether my story is presented on a screen or on paper. But I do think a lot of these other media that have evolved on the internet aren’t really about telling long stories in prose. My books are available as e-books, and magazine stories I write for The Atlantic or Vanity Fair are as readily accessible online as they are on paper. But they remain long works of prose. I don’t know what I would do with something like tweets or other social media. It’s not something I’ve ever done, and it doesn’t appeal to me. I’m confident the kind of long-form writing and reporting that I’ve always done will remain popular and valuable. Whatever forms evolve to deliver those stories to readers, I’m all in favor of. At the moment, the print publications are what pay. [Laughs] I’m always amused by these blogs for magazines like Foreign Affairs, or Politico or whatever, that write me these

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I’ve had it happen any number of times. I got married and started having children at 26. So supporting my family was a very high priority at a young age. That meant taking jobs at newspapers when, to be honest, the kind of work I really wanted to be doing was the work I do today—spending months or even years working on something. I didn’t have that luxury when I was younger; I needed salary and benefits. Later in life, after I wrote my first two books and they didn’t make any money, I made the opposite decision: I decided I was going to continue writing books, because I knew that my whole career had prepared me to do ambitious, long-form work. I needed to do it to feel good about myself. When I was covering the Philadelphia Eagles, back in ’90 or ’91, I got a call from Baltimore magazine to write a profile. It was an opportunity to do a long-form piece that’s the kind of work I love to do. So they offered me $500, which was a decent offer at the time. But I was extremely busy covering the Eagles, plus we had four kids at home. I had a busy life. I wasn’t going to do it, but instead of saying no, I said, ‘Let me think about it.’ And I thought, what amount of money would make this worth my while? So I called back and said, ‘I’ll do it if you pay me 10 times as much.’ I thought they would laugh at me. But they came back and said, ‘OK.’

So you took an offer that was originally $500 and turned it into $5,000? Exactly. And it was because I wasn’t desperate—I had a fulltime, paying job. I was busy working and writing every day. Five hundred dollars wasn’t going to make or break me. But I knew I could get enthusiastic and it would be worth it to me if they paid me $5,000. I assumed they’d laugh at me, but they ended up paying me. And the editor of the magazine said I was the first writer who had ever negotiated with him about money.

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And that’s because city magazines are, for many writers, an opportunity to get published for the first time. But I already had a great job at a newspaper, and book projects and things. I could afford to walk away from it.

I wanted to ask about your recent profile of Joe Biden [from the October issue of The Atlantic]. When you do a profile of someone like that, how much do your personal or political views get in the way? Do you feel any obligation to go one way or the other?

Would it have been just as easy to write that sort of profile on Sarah Palin, or, in keeping with current events, Christine O’Donnell? I would do it in exactly the same way. The process I follow is the same for whoever I’m writing about. I’ve never met Christine O’Donnell. I’ve heard the stories and seen the snippets on TV. And I’ve been around long enough to know you can form a very incorrect opinion about somebody on the basis of second-hand fragmentary. The truth is, I don’t know how I’m going to feel about someone. I might surprise myself with what I write. I’m the furthest thing from an expert on anything I write about. My role is to be someone who wants the answers, who wants to understand.

No, not at all. One of the things you learn by doing this sort of work is that whatever opinions you have are generally ill-informed. I didn’t know that much about Joe Biden or the Obama Administration compared to what I would learn in the process of working on that Have we gotten to the point where there story. I knew I was starting from a position of Beginning with an are too many people calling themselves relative ignorance. So I make an effort to arrive opinion—and going out at a deeper understanding of the person or experts, especially if you pay attention and shaping material to situations I’m writing about. My opinions are reinforce that opinion— to the MSNBCs, the Fox Newses, the shaped by that understanding. that’s increasingly CNNs? Beginning with an opinion—and going what you see so-called I agree with you—there are plenty out and shaping material to reinforce that journalists doing. of people who strut around and present opinion—that’s increasingly what you see sothemselves as experts in a particular field, and called journalists doing. they’re more about self-promotion. I think they continued on next page

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make fools of themselves. I think they’re damaging to the public’s understanding of what’s really going on. When I covered the Eagles, I was around the coaches and the players on that team almost every day, talking to them, watching the practices, learning. I was steeped in that world. And on the ride home, I’d hear so-called experts blathering, and getting paid to blather, to express these strong opinions. And they knew nothing—I never saw any of these people around the locker room. I never saw them asking questions of the defensive coordinator or the quarterback, trying to learn what they had to say. That’s the perfect illustration of my approach to reporting, which is to seek out people who are experts, as opposed to presenting myself as the expert.

Is there something to be said of people like Bill O’Reilly or Howard Eskin—people willing to incite and take the heat? They’re entertainers, and they’re good at what they do. I would go on to these sports-talk shows when I was beat reporter for the Eagles. If you’ve ever been on one of these shows, they have a display board in the studio, with lights indicating the

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callers. If you begin a conversation on one of these shows, and the board stays dark, you’re out of there in five minutes. And understandably—they want to light up that board. But if I went on there and said, ‘Randall Cunningham is a homosexual,’ that board would light up like nobody’s business, y’know? [Laughs] And they would talk about that for weeks. Not because there’s any semblance of truth to it, but because it makes people pay attention. So someone like Howard Eskin or Bill O’Reilly, someone who provokes—they attract ears. And it doesn’t mean they’re always right or wrong. But they’re not journalists.

What sort of dangers do you see when the speaker becomes more of a celebrity than a medium? I’m thinking of someone like Glenn Beck, obviously, but even Anderson Cooper. Is there too much of that now? I think one of the things that’s peculiar to our age, with cable television and the internet, is that everyone can make themselves heard. Everyone with a digital camera is a publisher. So what you’re hearing is the true cacophony of democracy. Superstition, ignorance—that’s a huge part of the democratic process. And it’s a scary thing. You can start to appreciate the point of view of a well-educated gentleman in the 18th century, surveying the prospect of living in a country where decisions are being made by a mob. It’s throughout our history—bigots and ideologues and ignoramuses who have risen to great

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heights with demagoguery. And that was before television and the internet. I used to cover the Maryland General Assembly, and one of the things you learn about our legislature is that it truly is a representative body. Which means there are a lot of really stupid people there. Ignorant people, ideologues. And there are wonderful people, very bright people, very selfless and honorable people. All of them are there, the whole panoply of human experiences.

I’m this close to asking your thoughts about the Tea Party. [Laughs] Oh, I think there’s a very legitimate political point of view at the heart of the Tea Party. Which is: ‘We want less interference in our personal lives and access to our personal liberty, and the idea of a large and powerful central government is a scary notion and something that should be regarded with a great deal of concern.’ I think that’s a very legitimate political opinion. And it’s one that’s been a strain in American political life forever. That movement has attracted its share of outspoken racists and isolationists, and it’s attracted a kind of person who is anti-establishment and anti-intellectual, and often that means anti-knowledge. Sometimes they say very ignorant things.

budget.’ Ha, right? Of course, he got elected, because he had a very appealing message—he wasn’t going to raise taxes. And before he was finished with his four-year term, he was strongly advocating for increasing taxes. Which were increased, and the high school was expanded. My point is—whatever the rhetoric that people employ to get themselves elected—the issues they face are real and cannot be ignored. You end up having to actually govern at some point. That makes me worry less about the excesses of candidates whose points of view I disagree with. They’ll be completely marginalized in elective office, because they’re unwilling to deal with reality and unwilling to compromise. Or they’ll grow up.

One of the interesting takes I read on the Tea Party was in The New Yorker. The conclusion was: Protest isn’t a replacement for policy. Just because you’re against something doesn’t mean you’re for anything. Does that ring true in what you’ve seen? I think it’s gotten louder, with the presence of extremists and ignorant commentary—the volume and intensity has grown in my lifetime. But it’s always been there. I also think that the practicalities of governance… [long, thoughtful pause] are impervious to foolishness. There are certain problems that need to be dealt with. We had a guy years ago who ran for the school board here [in Oxford, Pa.] on the platform of not raising taxes. But the local high school was so jammed that the kids could barely make it to class on time, and this was before the real influx of students was going to happen. We were going to be tripling the number of kids there. So you had to face facts: We needed a bigger high school. How are you going to enlarge the high school without spending any money? And his response was, ‘We’ll find ways of cutting the fat in the school www.out-and-about.com

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o matter how many times home chefs have cooked a holiday turkey, they still have questions. Witness the fact that the Butterball Turkey Talk Line, now in its 30th year, receives more than 100,000 calls a year. Who would have thought a simple and common bird would elicit such confusion? Perhaps it’s a matter of size. Or maybe it’s because so much is riding on the star of the holiday feast. And then there’s the plethora of approaches: brining, grilling, and roasting. Cover the breast or cover the whole bird. Cook it breast-side down or flip it halfway through. Mary Clingman, director of the Butterball Turkey Talk Line (that’s 1-800-Butterball), has heard them all. “You’d think

place outside, account for the cool air when you consider your cooking time. Clingman recommends against stuffing the turkey for any faster cooking method. Fry, cook, or roast, many home chefs today are dipping their turkeys in an overnight brine to make them juicy. “It really helps keep turkey moist,” maintains Duane Norris, chef at Janssen’s Market. But brining is not necessary if you buy a commercial frozen turkey. “With most turkeys, the brining has been done for you,” Clingman says. Read the label to learn if any ingredients have been added. Admittedly, brining may impart new flavors, such as Cajun spices. Fresh and organic turkeys are usually free of tenderizing preparations, so you may wish to brine them. No matter how much you rinse off the brine, however, they will still taste

Frying your turkey this year? It can take up to an hour to heat the oil, so plan accordingly. everyone would have had their questions answered, and then some goofy things happen.” Goofy might include the concept of deep-frying a turkey, which became a fad about eight years ago and is still lingering— undoubtedly because so many people invested in turkey fryers they pull out once or twice a year. Pat McMahon, executive chef of Domaine Hudson in Wilmington, is one fan. “Brine it and deep-fry it,” he says, then adds: “Carefully.” Indeed, the risk factor of having gallons of boiling oil anywhere near the house prompted Butterball to initially nix answers regarding frying. “We weren’t allowed to talk about it,” Clingman says. “Fryers were considered dangerous.” From 1998 to 2007, there were 138 reported incidents involving turkey fryers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. These resulted in 36 injuries and nearly $8 million in property losses. Butterball realized that offering safety tips might help prevent some of those incidents. For instance, before you lower a turkey into the searing oil, turn off the flame, Clingman says. When you add the turkey, any oil that spills into the burner area won’t catch fire. Once the turkey is safely in the fryer, turn the burner back on. Murray Schulman, director of food services and the corporate executive chef for the Kenny Family ShopRites of Delaware, suggests thoroughly drying the bird, to avoid splatters, and inserting it into the oil slowly—not all at once. Small turkeys—about 3 ½ pounds at a minimum—are best because they develop a crisp golden color within the cooking time for their size. Larger turkeys, which require more time, can get black. Plus, smaller turkeys are easier to handle, which reduces the risk of knocking over the device when inserting the turkey. In case you’re wondering, a fried turkey does not have more calories, according to Butterball research. Remember, it can take up to an hour or more to heat all that oil. Plan accordingly or you’ll be eating Thanksgiving dinner at midnight. Grilling is another cooking technique that has gained recent fame. It frees up the oven for reheating and other dishes, and it gives the grill master in the house something to do. Grilling tends to be faster than roasting, but since the activity takes www.out-and-about.com

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saltier than un-brined turkeys. Norm Buczik, owner of Doc’s Meat Market in Hockessin, has brined and not brined. “I don’t think brining is essential,” says Buczik, who sells fresh turkeys for the holidays. Despite the cooking fads, roasting remains the top method for cooking a turkey—and the most confusing, as every family has its own approach. Norris preheats a convection oven to 400 degrees or a conventional oven to 450. After the turkey turns brown, he reduces the heat to 300 degrees for convection and 350 for conventional. Glenn Wootten, on the other hand, keeps his temperature low the entire time. “The trick is low and slow,” says Wootten, owner of Appleton Catering in Wilmington and in the Booth’s Corner Farmers Market in Boothwyn, Pa. He covers the entire turkey with foil for the first two hours, then removes it. Clingman recommends shielding the breast for two-thirds of the cooking time. You don’t need to turn a slippery turkey upside down, but some home chefs will continue to do so (including Wootten’s mother). The goal is to get the breast to 165 degrees, which is the USDA-recommended temperature for turkey. But dark meat is often pink, bouncy, and tough at that temperature, Clingman says. It’s better when cooked longer. Since the pieces are joined at the hip, so to speak, you can keep the white meat from overcooking by covering it. Norris likes to baste every 30 minutes, and few would deny that the smell of basting turkey is an overwhelming appetite teaser. Baste away if you like, Clingman says. But turkey skin is “like a raincoat.” The juices roll right off. Some people prefer to “baste” ahead by rubbing butter and herbs under the skin. Ariane Daguin, owner of D’Artagnan, which produces specialty products, such as game meats, organic poultry, and lamb, slips black truffle butter under the skin before roasting. It perfumes the meat and rolls into the drippings. Whatever your cooking method, don’t count on the minutes-per-pound formula for anything other than planning. Wootten suggests inserting a digital thermometer: “Get your turkey perfect.” Above all, be vigilant and don’t overcook. And, of course, say a prayer to the poultry gods. “Every chef does it,” Norris says. 25

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>>>SUDS HOPPY HOLIDAZE By J. Burke Morrison & Kerrie Morrison

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appy November! Mercifully, the heat of summer now resides in the pages of the record books. Distant are memories of the hazy, humid days, green leaves, and backyard summer grilling, featuring any manner of formerly four-legged porcine (pig), bovine (cow), or flightless cockalorum (chicken). Now it’s time to grab your sweatshirt, rake those formerly green leaves, and move into the kitchen for the long, slow roasting of formerly fourlegged porcine (pork), bovine (cow), or flightless poultry (turkey). Let’s face it: There are plenty of people who will tell you bier season is over. The holidays are all about wines and spirits, champagnes and cocktails. Turkey feathers, we say. What season better commands the big, bold flavors of big, bold biers than the impending silly season? Don’t like hearing it called it the silly season? Consider this: Had Benjamin Franklin had his way, the turkey would have been named our official national bird (which, if you really think about it, didn’t the colonial rebels have more important things to worry about?) and, presumably, dad would be charged with the task of trying to figure out how to carve a bald eagle. Say thanks, say what you’ve been meaning to say and, of course say, “Prost.” In truth, our Thanksgiving and impending holiday season is the ideal time to explore some distinctly different bier styles and flavors. Seasonal styles with deeper, richer, more robust body and flavor are more available now than any other time of the year. Sure, there are a lot of great biers and bier styles that are available year-round: porters, stouts, doppel-bocks, Belgian dubbels, imperials. But the truly exciting things about this time of year are the seasonal packages and styles. Biers with monikers like Noel, Winter Lager, Caramel, Celebration, Jubilation, etc. are a delight to

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the senses and, lamentably, only available this time of year. And don’t forget some of the excellent fall biers that you may still find on the shelves at your local dispensary. Pumpkin biers and Oktoberfest biers, if you can still find them, are wonderful complements to the season, though many mistakenly look past these styles once the jack-o’-lanterns and Oktoberfestivities have passed. Variety packs are available from many breweries, big and small. When was the last time you had a Yuengling Porter, Heineken Dark, or Blue Moon Winter? Winter variety packs offer the casual bier geek a great opportunity to try new styles without committing to a whole case of something they might end up hating. What’s more, variety packs make an excellent holiday-party present for your bier-loving host (and hostess, of course). A variety pack is always acceptable, but what about the true bier geek? The guy who at any given moment has 12 different biers in his fridge, several of which he brewed himself; his basement looks like something out of Dr. Frankenstein’s lab; and, as if that weren’t enough, his bucket list includes more than 20 national and international brewery destinations (not that there’s anything wrong with that, by the way). This is the season to deal with this dilemma. First, even if your bier-geeky friend has had a particular brewery’s fall or winter seasonal, undoubtedly, it’s been almost a year since he last had it. And as any bier geek knows, seasonal brews vary from year to year, some are a little nuttier, others maltier and sweeter. Consider building your own variety pack. One theme you could put together is to gather a sixer of 750-ml bottles of various Belgian biers. (Be sure to include Affligem Noel and Rodenbach Vintage Grand Cru, and the much-anticipated Blue Moon Grand Cru, three favorites of yours truly.) The short-lived days of counting our blessings and reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for abruptly give way to frenzied days of gift-buying and party-hopping. Don’t despair. This holiday season can be everything you wish for it to be. You can enjoy the December holidays in the same warm, fuzzy way you enjoy Thanksgiving: simply, and with purpose. * As the author lay sick in bed last month, his gracious wife, Kerrie, transcribed his musings and parlayed them into something resembling a coherent column, meeting deadline all the while.

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ith the arrival of fall, and national mid-term elections taking place this month, it’s time once again to start thinking—and drinking—like a redblooded American. So, come on, finish up those summery French zinfandels and sweet Oktoberfest Marzens and start clearing space on your shelf for something homespun and warming. Nothing says “proud to be a patriot” louder than a brisk and hearty malt-based beverage such as bourbon whiskey. Like jazz, bourbon is an American original, one that, though enjoyed all over the world, can only be called by its rightful name if it’s made in the United States. Bourbon is as old as the Republic itself and even played a part in its formation. In fact, it was the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790s, which erupted in response to taxes levied to pay for war debts—some things never change—that contributed to the settlement of Kentucky by Scotch-Irish immigrants and launched the careers of some of the most famous bourbon makers, such as Evan Williams, Jacob Beam, and Elijah Craig. Bourbon has been produced in this country, mainly in Kentucky and Tennessee, since the late 18th century. But it wasn’t until May 1964 that Congress legally declared bourbon whiskey “America’s native spirit” and a “distinctive product of the United States.” This means it can be produced anywhere, but to be sold as bourbon it must meet several federal standards: Its grain mixture must be at least 51 percent corn, it must be all natural (nothing but distilled water may be added), and it must be aged in new, American white oak barrels that have been charred on the inside. Luckily it’s these restrictions that give the drink its unique characteristics. The corn sugar keeps it sweet, the calciumrich water from Kentucky’s Limestone Shelf region provides a vibrant catalyst for distilling, and the charred oak barrels www.out-and-about.com

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contribute to the drink’s distinctive smoky-caramel flavors and honey-gold color. There are several types of bourbon from which to choose, including straight and sour mash. Two of the most popular styles these days are small batch and single barrel. The former tend to be blended straight whiskies, aged for prolonged periods (20-plus years, in some cases) and sold in limited quantities. Our preference is for the latter, which come from individual barrels, with no blending, and, like single-malt Scotch, offer unique taste differences from year to year. One of the most intriguing is Wathen’s Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon (750-ml $29.99). Made with the same recipe handed down through eight generations, this rich, coppery straight bourbon offers refined, delicate flavors, such as vanilla and apple, and is the essence of smoothness. Although bourbon must be made from a minimum of 51 percent corn, the remaining grain mixture may include rye, wheat, and barley malt in any combination. Personally, we think rye offers a unique, sharp contrast to the typically sweet flavor of bourbon, and the Sazerac Rye (750-ml $59.99) is a case in point. This 18-year-old Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey has a robust, fruity aroma, with hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and pepper flavors, and a warm, pleasantly mild bitter finish. No matter which whiskey you choose, it’s important to know how to drink it. We enjoy premium bourbons over ice or as the centerpiece in a uniquely American cocktail, such as an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, two jazz-age saloon standbys, and the Sazerac, reportedly the first cocktail invented in the country. In any case, you’ll be braced for the impending (and welcome) colder weather, and, depending how you voted, ready to celebrate (commiserate?) over the results of the elections.

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Riverfront Market turns 10 The Riverfront Market (3 S. Orange St.) has been a busy café and marketplace in an historic warehouse on the banks of the Christina River since November 2000. Featuring vaulted ceilings, timber construction, and exposed brick walls, the market is a go-to spot for breakfast and lunch. Vendors fill the first floor; the open second story offers additional seating with an overhead view. Most of the merchants offer a catering menu as well.

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Stoney’s British Pub, where many North Wilmington soccer fans found themselves this past summer, is celebrating 10 years this month by giving back. On select dates in November, Stoney’s, located at 3007 Concord Pike, will host fundraising events to benefit Delaware Hospice. These include a whiskey tasting (by reservation) on Sunday, Nov. 14 and an auction on Thursday, Nov. 18. Call the pub for details and more events: 477-9740.

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Reader Recipe Submission Dear O&A, We made the recipe from October’s Out & About and it came out great! It had every ingredient we were trying to use from our weekly CSA delivery. All local and delicious. Cheers! Ian & Henna Pryor Landenberg, Pa.

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Ingredients 3 lbs. celery root, peeled & diced (large dice) 2 shallots, small diced 3 cups heavy cream ¼ cup unsalted butter 1 tbsp oil Salt & pepper to taste

Port Braised Beef Short Ribs

Instructions In a saucepan, add oil and shallots. Cook shallots until translucent. Add celery root, heavy cream, and butter. Bring to a boil, then turn stove to low and continue cooking until celery root is soft and cream is 90 percent reduced. Pour cooked celery root into a robot coupe. Add salt and pepper and puree until texture is smooth. Using a Chinoise or small china cap strainer, push puree through with a spatula. This will give you a velvety texture. (This last step is not always needed, depending on preferred texture.)

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moisture. In a large rondoe, heat half cup of oil. Caramelize carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Once all vegetables are caramelized, deglaze with half the bottle of port. In a large (deep) hotel pan, layer short ribs and cover with caramelized vegetables. Add remaining port and veal stock. Place hotel pan on stove at high heat. Bring to a boil, then cover with aluminum foil and place in oven at 300 degrees for 6 hours. Transfer from the oven to refrigerator and allow ribs to rest over night. Day 2: Remove any fat from the top of the hotel pan and discard. Carefully set aside short ribs and strain sauce into a saucepan. (Remove all vegetable chunks.) Reduce sauce for one hour (40 percent reduction).

Wilted Baby Bok Choy Ingredients 3 heads of baby Bok Choy 1 shallot, chopped fine 2 tbsp blended oil ½ cup veg. stock Salt & pepper to taste Instructions Wash Bok Choy in cold water and pat dry. Cut lengthwise in half and set aside. Heat sauté pan with oil. Once oil is hot, add shallots and let them brown for about a minute. Add Bok Choy and vegetable stock. Cook until Bok Choy is soft. Drain all liquid off. 37

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Jim Colihan Bartender at Mojo on Main, Main Street, Newark Q: Mojo on Main is still relatively new : How is it going? A: It’s going very well! I think we’ve been really embraced by the public. We have a niche that no one else does. Q: And what is that niche? A: It’s the local original music scene... you still have that folkybluegrass vibe of the old East End but then you have what they’ve done with Mojo [in North Wilmington] with the hard original punk scene. So there is an interesting mix right now. Q: It’s like the venue took the best of what the East End had to offer and expanded on it. Do you agree? A: The general layout is the same, which gives you three areas. The back bar is more of a music room and townie bar. The patio and front room is much more of a late-night college hangout. There’s something for everyone. Q: How did you come to work here? A: I used to own a bar with Jeff McKay [owner of Mojo on Main] called the Pale Dog Tavern, which was also a big music room. So he called me up when he was about to open and let me know what he was doing and would I be interested in helping out. So here I am: working bar Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Q: Sounds like you have a good bit of experience… A: Oh yeah, Jeff hired a lot of folks who are longtime professionals in the biz: experienced wait staff and bartenders. I have 25 years in the biz. Used to bartend at Tyler Fitzgerald’s and McGlynns. Q: So just how important is music to you, personally? A: I’m really into music. It’s one of the biggest passions in my life!

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Better RED Than Dead Willis leads an all-star cast in a comic-inspired spy thriller By Mark Fields

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ED, the latest in a seemingly endless stream of films Cox) to assist him in his quest to uncover the truth. inspired by graphic novels, demonstrates an evolving The story itself is a pallid imitation of numerous earlier understanding of how to translate comic books to the (and better) spy thrillers, but what distinguishes RED are the stellar tongue-in-cheek performances of the leading screen. The first generation of these films only attempted players, especially Mirren, who dazzles in her white to co-opt the narratives from unconventional source RED cocktail dress and submachine gun. Director material. But some of the current crop of movies realizes that the true appeal of graphic novels Robert Schwentke has created a narrative aesthetic that complements Willis’ smirking, resides in more than a compelling story but also STARS not-quite-realistic persona. Mary-Louise Parker in the hopped-up visuals. RED, like earlier 2010 charms in her offbeat role as Frank’s love interest releases Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Jonah who gets a much-desired walk on the wild side as Hex, attempts to capture the stylized graphics of the graphic novel. she tags along with this geriatric hit squad. (Though RED (which stands for Retired Extremely Dangerous it’s unfortunate that she’s romantically paired with Willis, in CIA parlance) tells the story of ex-CIA black-ops master given a clear and borderline creepy difference in their ages.) The look of RED is also entertaining with its quirky, Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), who returns to the field when he finds himself pursued by mysterious assassins. Moses enlists manga-like rhythms and full embrace of a hyper-stylized the help of fellow retirees and former colleagues (played by reality fitting for a comic-book movie. Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, and Brian

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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Nov. 9)

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directs Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in a comic buddy road picture as Downey tries to get home for the birth of his first child. Hard to imagine Downey as just a straight man, but it’s equally hard to argue with his recent run of hits.

Another successful movie adaptation of a graphic novel, which sadly did not find much of an audience in its theatrical release. Michael Cera’s oft-annoying screen persona actually works in this fable of a love-struck slacker who must defeat all seven of his girl’s evil exes.

Megamind (Nov. 5)

The Last Airbender (Nov. 16)

Will Ferrell and Brad Pitt voice the main characters in this animated movie about an archvillain who gets pressed into hero service when the good guy decides to retire. Also featuring the voices of Tina Fey and David Cross.

The latest truly wretched film from M. Night Shyamalan, who continues his death spiral from the superb Sixth Sense. An inexplicable hit, the film is poorly acted, visually muddy, and incoherent.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 (Nov. 19) The epic story of the boy wizard is drawing to a close with a twopart finale. This critic is glad they abandoned plans to release the movie in 3D, especially since the gripping story and talented cast really don’t need the help. www.out-and-about.com

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image fPO Where the Wild Wind Blows Spindrift come home, armed with new material and inspired by new visions By Michael Pollock

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pindrift is not an easy band to follow. Originally formed in Newark in 1993, Spindrift has always been led by the hugely ambitious Kirpatrick Thomas, who began a second chapter by moving the band to Los Angeles in 2001. What was once a name that reflected a swirling, psychedelicrock sound, Spindrift has come to illustrate something of a philosophy. Band members have come and gone through the years—about 20 in all, Thomas estimates—some from as far away as the United Kingdom. Spindrift’s current lineup draws a geographical line that could pass for the Little Dipper: Sasha Vallely, the UK member, on vocals, organ, flute, and the sampler; Henry Evans, from Rhode Island, on bass and baritone guitar; Thomas, on vocals and guitar; Texas’s Luke Dawson on pedal steel; and James Acton, of Utah, on drums and autoharp.

Thomas is the band’s sole original, active member, but that doesn’t imply any bad blood. Thomas returns home to Delaware several times a year for reunion shows and recording sessions that bring together former members. “I think it’s good to keep that relationship going with the people you played music with for so long,” he says from his home in Glendale, just outside L.A. “They really know the band inside and out.” On Saturday, Nov. 20, Spindrift will play Mojo on Main (formerly the East End Café), the band’s Newark haunt that sports a new look and name. (The show is a double bill with the Collingwood, whose frontman, Chris Malinowski, was Thomas’ guitar teacher.) Playing live, as many bands have discovered in today’s download-friendly climate, is an increasingly reliable chunk of income. Spindrift’s Newark show is part of a six-week U.S. tour, which the band booked itself, that kicked off late last month. Earlier this year, the band shared stages with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Black Mountain. “The band is a full-time job for me,” Thomas says. “We tour about six months out of the year. The rest is spent writing, recording, promoting, scoring, and

finding any means possible to make ends meet.” With that, the Newark show is only one of the items on the Thomas/ Spindrift to-do list. A new record, Classic Soundtracks, is in the pipeline, collecting what Thomas calls “various soundtrack work that Spindrift has done over the years” with directors such as Quentin Tarantino (who included “Indian Run” in Hell Ride, the 2008 film he executiveproduced) and indie filmmakers Mike Bruce (The Treasure of the Black Jaguar), J.X. Williams, and Burke Roberts. “We go out of our way to meet indie filmmakers, up-and-coming filmmakers, and try to work with them on soundtracks,” Thomas says. “These are the kind of people, a few years from now, they’re going to be directing feature films.” Soundtrack work and film-scoring have been pointing the way forward. Thomas spent much of the mid-2000s working on a project called The Legend of God’s Gun, a movie he produced, cowrote (with Mike Bruce), starred in, and provided the music for. The soundtrack was released in 2007. The film was released in 2008, followed quickly by a new album, The West. Last year, the continued on next page

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cult-hit HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down used “Ace Coltrane,” a track from The West, in one of its episodes— “the one where they’re snorting cocaine off a shotgun on a rooftop,” Thomas remembers. This season, “Girlz, Booze, Gunz,” from the God’s Gun soundtrack, was featured in an Oct. 17 episode. “I have a pretty good catalog of demos and different songs I record at home,” Thomas says. “So I’ll meet a director and give him a CD of maybe 20 songs. On occasion, I’ll get asked to do some specific scoring. Usually, though, they’ll just grab a song. And I’ll work with them on that—I’ll have four or five versions of that song, or I’ll break it down to give them isolated tracks of each instrument. Because you can be pretty minimal when it comes to a soundtrack. You can isolate the melody or the different instruments to fit a scene.” A major low-budget film, such as Hell Ride, Thomas says, might pay $10,000 to $20,000 for using a song. Films with bigger budgets pay upwards of $50,000. But with in-house composers and directors who know exactly which songs they want to use, it’s a competitive field. “I remember hearing the soundtrack to Red Dead Redemption,” Thomas says, of the popular video game. “I’m like, ‘Damn, this is a really good soundtrack. How come they didn’t ask us to do it? We would’ve been perfect!’ But they’ve got studio guys that work with the musicians union for that stuff. It’s a whole other industry we’re not a part of.” Thomas, no less ambitious than when he left for L.A. all those years ago, is confident he’ll find a place at the table. “I see more classical pieces in the future. I want to work with an arranger to conduct an orchestra one day. And I think the vehicle for that is Spindrift. I wouldn’t have gotten any of these other opportunities without people knowing the band.”

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The Hold Steady rock Mojo 13 Saturday, Oct. 9 will go down as one of the greatest nights of live music in recent memory. While we held our Musikarmageddon finals at the Baby Grand, Brandi Carlile performed next door. But much of the night’s attention was admittedly elsewhere. Philadelphia Pike, to be exact, where Brooklyn’s Hold Steady played a blistering two-hour set at Mojo 13. Even though the bar only holds about 200 people, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, sweaty, and sweetly intoxicated bunch in the tri-state area.

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fter months of top-notch performances, Musikarmageddon has reached an end. The Out & About co-sponsored battle-ofthe-bands competition was always more about exposing audiences to the depth and breadth of local talent right outside our ears than pitting bands against one another. You could argue that each of the 16 bands that made the original cut back in July is a winner. Of course, that’s all well and good until the finals, where being named the last band standing is an awfully great feeling. This year’s last band standing is Wilmington’s New Sweden, who brought their sophisticated roots rock, and a solid base of fans with it, to the Baby Grand stage on Saturday, Oct. 9. (More than 225 fans in all came out for the finals.) New Sweden bested outstanding sets by Jackets, Villains Like You, and Brixton Saint to walk home with top honors, and join previous winners American Buffalo (2009), Josten Swingline (2008), and the Relay (2007). Find out what makes New Sweden tick, and what’s on the horizon, in next month’s issue. Congratulations to them and all of this year’s participating bands. And thanks to our co-sponsors Miller Lite, Kelly’s Logan House, 23rd Century Inc., and the Grand. Until we rock again... www.out-and-about.com

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know you were impressed with my NFL predictions in last month’s article, but the bosses have begged for my expertise in a new area: holiday shopping. (If you want to see my five MNF predictions for November, they’re in this month’s Logan House ad, on pg. 44.) While you still have more than a month to shop, let’s face it: It’s hard shopping for anything this time of year. There’s just too much football on TV for me to get off the couch and go shopping. It’s even harder to shop online, as my attention span usually takes me to sites that would put me on Santa’s naughty list, which, come to think of it, is actually one of the site names. But I digress. Nevertheless, here I am with some great gift-giving ideas that will help us guys survive the hectic holidays. When you’re not around, chicks use gadgets to pass the time. So why not get them the iPad this year, guys? Wrong. Computers are like women—the slim ones cost way too much, tend to need a lot of maintenance, and you have to constantly buy them new stuff if you want them to do anything. My recommendation is to go with a cheaper, thicker model. And don’t get an iPad, either. www.out-and-about.com

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Here’s a gift that’s a win-win. Why not get her one of those sexy outfits for the bedroom? While the cheerleader and schoolgirl are popular, I recommend the nurse’s outfit, so you can role-play. You can pretend she’s a sassy nurse and she can pretend you’re someone who can afford healthcare. However, do not, under any circumstances, buy her clothes, as things can go in three directions—and they’re all bad. If you get her something too big, you think she’s gained weight; get her something too small and you’re saying she’s gained weight. If you get her something that fits perfectly, that’s only because last year she was a size smaller and she’s gained weight. So don’t dance around the issue—cut your losses and get her a gift certificate to the Cheesecake Factory. Finally, here’s a keeper. Just get her Geno’s Comedy CD. Trust me, 20 minutes into this thing and she’ll be ready to take your unemployed ass ring-shopping.

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Downtown Fall Fest. Nov. 6. Market Street. Families enjoy a hay ride during last year’s Downtown Fall Fest. This year’s event, on Nov. 6, features a healthy-activities challenge, face-painting, bungee-jumping, a hay maze, and more family fun. photo by Tim Hawk

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Monday, November 1 • “On Assignment: American Illustration 1850-1950” Thru Feb. 20, 2011 • “A Belief in the Power of Beauty: A Selection of Works by May Morris” Thru Jan. 2, 2011 Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy delart.org • “Sylvia” Thru Sunday, Nov. 7 Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St.; 594-1100 delawaretheatre.org • “Chicago” Thru Sunday, Nov. 13 Wilmington Drama League 10 W. Lea Blvd. wilmingtondramaleague.org

• Le Cadeau Wine Dinner Domaine Hudson 1314 N. Washington Street domainehudson.com

• Center City Chorale First & Central Presbyterian Church 1101 Market Street fandc.org

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• Jonathan Edwards Baby Grand 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org • ‘We Kids Rock’ Friday, November 5 - Friday, November 19 Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org • Delaware Antiques Show Friday, November 5 - Sunday, November 7 Chase Center on the Riverfront winterthur.org

Thursday, November 4 • Art Salad Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 Madison Street; 656-6466 thedcca.org • Young Professionals Night Delaware Theatre Company 200 Water St. delawaretheatre.org

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• Downtown Fall Fest Market Street from 5th to 9th Streets Family-friendly fun with outdoor activities downtownwilmington.com • Amos Lee Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org • ‘Webster the Musical Spider’ The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington Street; 762-1132 musicschoolofdelaware.org • “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” Theatre N Nemours Bldg, 11th & Tatnall sts. Based on the popular novel series theatren.org

• Ron White The scotch-downing, cigar-smoking comedian returns to the Grand Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org

Sunday, November 7 • Poetry Readings Sunday, November 7 - Sunday, December 5 Delaware Art Museum delart.org • Free Guest Lecture Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 Madison Street; 656-6466 thedcca.org • “The Girl Who Played with Fire” Theatre N Nemours Bldg, 11th & Tatnall sts. Second installment in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy theatren.org • ‘The Titan Comes to Wilmington’ The Music School of Delaware 4101 Washington Street; 762-1132 musicschoolofdelaware.org

Thursday, November 11 • Art Salad Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 Madison Street; 656-6466 thedcca.org • Stuff the Bus Holiday food drive Rodney Square, 7am-5pm dartfirststate.com

Friday, November 12 • “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles” Friday, November 12 - Sunday, November 14 DuPont Theatre 10th & Market sts. duponttheatre.com • “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest” Theatre N Nemours Bldg, 11th & Tatnall sts. Third & final installment in Stieg Larsson’s “Millennium” trilogy theatren.org

Saturday, November 13 • Film Bros. Co-Op Grand Opening Music, art & wine tasting to celebrate LoMa’s newest addition 205 Market Street filmbrothers.com

Sunday, November 14 • Emmylou Harris The singer/songwriter and frequent collaborator is joined by the Red Dirt Boys and the Low Anthem Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org

Thursday, November 18 • Museum Book Club Delaware Art Museum delart.org; 571-9590 • Art Salad Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 Madison Street; 656-6466 thedcca.org

Saturday, November 20 • ‘Doo-Wop & Rock & Roll’ DuPont Theatre 10th & Market Streets; 656-4401 duponttheatre.com

Sunday, November 21 • ‘A Trip Through Time’ Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts 200 Madison Street; 656-6466 thedcca.org

Monday, November 22 • Shinedown Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street; 652-5577 thegrandwilmington.org

Friday, November 26 • 47th Annual Wilmington Jaycees Christmas Parade 5th & Market to 11th Street wilmingtonjaycees.com • “Boxing Gym” Friday, November 26 - Sunday, November 28 Theatre N Nemours Bldg, 11th & Tatnall sts. A documentary about the many people who utilize a boxing gym in Austin, Texas theatren.org

Friday, November 30 • CityLife Awards Public House Wilmington, 900 Market Street A ceremony for the city’s unsung heroes; see the cover story in this issue for more downtownwilmington.org

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expanding cultural and arts scenes, the family-friendly

development of the Riverfront—we can’t forget those who’ve worked year in and year out to make Wilmington a better city. Î AWARD-WORTHY Winners from this year's Wilmington Awards and CityLife Awards, from left: Bebe Ross Coker, Stuart Young, Eric Robinson, and Jeffrey Santoro. photo by Dennis Dischler

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ere, we present the 16 honorees of the Wilmington Awards, the City of Wilmington’s annual celebration of outstanding accomplishments. The awards, established by Mayor Baker in 2001, seek to recognize citizens, community agencies, neighborhood associations, and businesses for excellence in areas that include the arts, business, community services, environmentalism, faith, government, seniors, youths, volunteerism, and human and civil rights. But that’s not all. We’re also celebrating the CityLife Awards, the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s and this magazine’s recognition of the city’s unsung heroes found in both individual and organizational efforts. Selected by a committee that included representatives from the city’s media, arts, and business sectors, as well as staff members from WRC, the CityLife Awards will culminate in a ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at Public House Wilmington (900 Market St.). Visit downtownwilmington.com for tickets and more information. Speaking about the Wilmington Awards, Mayor Baker made a statement that applies to the efforts of all the city’s unsung heroes. “We have much to be proud of as a city, and I am thankful and appreciative of those who are contributing to the new Wilmington that is emerging from the old.” Here’s a closer look at those working every day to build a new Wilmington.

In 2007, Jeffrey A. Santoro created J. Alexander Productions and the Delaware All-State Theatre, founded to give elementary, middle, and high school theater performers, for free, the opportunity to work on a large-scale musical production in partnership with the DuPont Theatre. Since then, Santoro and his volunteers have donated nearly $20,000 to area nonprofits and have worked with the DuPont Theatre to offer thousands of dollars in free show tickets, thereby making theatre accessible to everyone.

Business Bill’s Meat Center. Owned by Valerie and John C. Assini, Bill’s Meats has provided quality service and products in the heart of downtown since 1958. Valerie and John purchased the store from their uncle in 1988, moved a block down on King Street six years later, and carry on the pride of the family business. Faithful Friends Inc. Executive director Jane Pierantozzi leads this chapter of the nonprofit, which opened in 2000, to its many accomplishments: rescuing 1,400 abused and homeless dogs and cats each year; spaying and neutering 2,000 pets; and offering 1,500 families a free pet-food bank and low-cost vaccination services. Northeast Body Shop. Owned by Charles “Charlie” Allen, Northeast Body Shop is a long-time automotive business in the Northeast section of the city. Allen gives generously of his time and efforts to beautify the area, working with the community and civic association as they continue to redevelop nearby neighborhoods. Stop & Shop Variety Store. For nearly 20 years, Laura and Dalton Waterman worked to have their small business, which sold a variety of household products, be a fixture in the First Councilmanic District. Economic conditions forced the store’s closure, but the couple’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

Community Service Ivey Ahmed Ibrahim has dedicated countless hours as Vice Chairman of the First District Neighborhood Planning Council since the 1990s. Those hours have led to beautification projects and increased homeownership opportunities. Ibrahim has also worked closely with PAL, serving as president and overseeing a capital campaign in the early 2000s. The Honorable Norman M. Oliver, a former councilman and Southbridge native, has dedicated his life and career to 8 . City Heroes magazine

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building better neighborhoods. His efforts have included the “Stormin’ Norman” Basketball League, an annual holidayturkey giveaway, and a Christmas gift-giving program, done in conjunction with the law firm Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor. Eric Robinson is a community leader, activist, and president of the Third District Planning Council. One of his most recent initiatives was the creation of the 11 th Street Bridge Urban Farm, which has helped city residents understand the importance of having fresh and local produce—right in their backyard.

Civil Rights The Honorable Jea P. Street was elected to New Castle County Council in 2004 and currently serves as executive director of Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center. For years, Street was worked to ensure that education plays a central role in the lives of city youth and their families. More recently, he was on a team to make sure city schools in Christina School District were not closed.

Volunteer A retired Amtrak worker, Tyler “Ty” Palmer Brooks has been lending a helping hand throughout the city since 1983, when he first introduced 21 youths to organized dancing as a way to keep young people off the streets and out of trouble. Brooks is a barber by trade; in 1991, he and other barbers began giving free haircuts to homeless men on Christmas morning at the William “Hicks” Anderson Community Center. Maxine Fanning has generously volunteered at the Emmanuel Dining Room for the past 14 years, taking on the monumental task of breakfast coordination. Fanning organizes the 10 breakfast committees that, in 2009 alone, prepared and served more than 30,000 meals at the dining room.

Youth Katye Trexler founded Katye’s Helping Hands, a nonprofit that offers comfort to the children of fallen public-safety personnel. The organization mails teddy bears to children under the age of 15, tie-blankets to those 15 to college-age, and blanket giraffes to spouses with unborn children.

Energy Champion Barclaycard US, represented by Joseph Frushon, has been a strong ally in Mayor Baker’s efforts to reduce the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. The company’s Dryrock building on the Riverfront sports a green roof with plant life, and its Gconomy Visa Card rewards members for spending money with RecycleBank-affiliated businesses.

Faith Chief Apostle Patricia Williams is the founder and senior pastor of Glorious Full Gospel Tabernacle Center. The center’s ministries provide clothes and hot meals to the homeless and guidance to those seeking GEDs. Apostle Williams also created the Secret Place, for women seeking refuge from domestic violence.

Government Darius J. Brown, a former staffer for U.S. senators Joe Biden and Ted Kaufman, is a lifelong city resident and political advocate. He is a member of the Delaware Democratic Party State Executive Board and the Wilmington Democratic City Committee, and was a delegate for then-Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.

Senior Award For more than 50 years, Braxton Cabble Sr. and his wife have been considered pillars of the Northeast section of the city, volunteering time and personal tools to keep the neighborhood clean and safe. Braxton has participated in Operation Clean Sweep and beautification projects along Northeast Boulevard.

CityLife Awards Co-Wilmingtonian of the Year: Bebe Ross Coker Bebe Ross Coker’s accomplishments encompass many noteworthy areas: She has been a social worker, a career developer (with Jobs for Delaware Graduates), a playwright, an historian, and a social-justice advocate. Although retired, she currently serves as the executive director of the Black Heritage, Education and Theater Group, stays involved with many city organizations (including the Christina Cultural Arts Center and the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League), is a recipient of the A.O. Plant Lifetime Achievement Award, and has received several citations from the City of Wilmington and New Castle County governments.

Co-Wilmingtonian of the Year: Stuart B. Young Stuart B. Young combined his interests in art, architecture, and urban development when he joined the Delaware College of Art and Design’s Board of Overseers in 1997. From then until he stepped down, earlier this year, Young has been instrumental in transforming DCAD into a world-class art school by helping grow student populations (DCAD now draws from 16 states and five countries), raise millions of dollars in capital, increase college-related activities (such as Alumni Weekend), and receive accreditation (which DCAD did, in 2008, from both the Middle State Commission on Higher Education and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design). continued on next page

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Rising Star of the Year: The coIN Loft This year, the coIN Loft opened its doors at 300 W. Ninth St. to become Delaware’s first co-working space. Founded by Wes Garnett and Steve Roettger, a couple of twenty-somethings with, no pun intended, lofty ambitions, the coIN Loft functions as a mix of office space, café, and idea incubator. Collaboration and cross-pollination are keys to its early success. In the words of one user, the coIN Loft may soon be an “entrepreneurial ecosystem” for the city and state.

Partnership of the Year: Delaware Children’s Museum & the Challenge Program The Delaware Children’s Museum, which opened this past spring, partnered with the Challenge Program, a nonprofit organization, started in 1997, that provides on-thejob training to at-risk, out-of-work youths ages 18 to 21. The exhibit lets kids learn about farming, water conservation, and solar energy, and was built, appropriately, from recycled materials that included wood. Together, the partnership is a beaming example of how the environment and economy can work together.

Neighborhood of the Year: Midtown Brandywine Between 12th Street and the Brandywine River lies a neighborhood as scenic as it is communal. Midtown Brandywine creates closeness by encouraging residents to get to know one another via fun and socially engaging activities, such as happy hours, block parties, movie nights, and book clubs. Residents also look out for one another— communication with police, and each other, has helped keep crime rates low.

Entrepreneur of the Year: Anthony Casale

Team In Training Delaware is gearing up for the Marathon de Paris on April 10, 2011. We have secured a limited number of spots for the marathon, and we’re offering them first to our TNT friends and family! Alumni also receive a $250 discount towards their fundraising! Join us in the City of Love for Delaware’s first international TNT event in over four years! Challenge yourself to complete a marathon which begins at the Champs-Elysées and includes the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Bastille Square, and ends at the Arc de Triomphe.

Born and raised in Wilmington and a member of St. Anthony’s of Padua Church, Anthony Casale has built a solid reputation with his construction firm, Casale Construction LLC, which employs more than 30 employees and has been responsible for building hundreds of homes in the city, including those in Southbridge, Riverside, Wawaset Park, Trinity Vicinity, Little Italy, and Browntown. All this from a loan Casale received from Mayor Frawley in 1986, when Casale was just 22 years old. in

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The Grand Opera House

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early 40 years ago, Wilmington rallied to save a symbol of the city’s golden age, sparking a renewal of downtown that continues today. The Grand Opera House, the opulent jewel of Market Street, had so deteriorated by 1971 that its fate was uncertain. Its roof towers had been destroyed by fire, what remained of its original fresco hidden above a drop ceiling; seats were in ruins and floors littered with debris. Urban renewal was changing the face of the city, and it seemed that the opera house, long abandoned as a venue for live entertainment and later as a movie

The Grand and the DuPont Theatre once competed for top billing in the city’s performing-arts community. Here, the story of how they came to co-exist.

theater, would soon be only a memory, like so many other buildings. Just 100 years old, the Grand debuted to great fanfare on Dec. 22, 1871 with a public ball and concert. This was the beginning of a glorious era of live performances. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Junius Brutus Booth, and Ethyl Barrymore all appeared at the Grand. It was here that Wilmingtonians first heard Edison’s phonograph played. The Grand was always more than a stage. Since 1855, the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, which included some of the city’s prominent citizens, had been considering building a permanent headquarters where they could meet.

They also recognized the need for a theater in keeping with the city’s rising stature and sophistication, and finally in 1867, the group decided to build an opera house that would double as a masonic temple. Thomas Dixon of Baltimore was chosen to design the building, which, in addition to its other functions, was to incorporate rentable street-level commercial space that could generate income. The Wilmington-born Dixon was responsible for Grace Methodist Church, the monumental Victorian gothic stone church on West Street. Though different in style, both have continued on next page

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FILLING SEATS As the DuPont Theatre (opposite page) became increasingly booked by national shows, the Grand Opera House stepped in as a communitybased venue.

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superb acoustics, thanks to Dixon. The Grand’s richly detailed facade is cast iron, molded in Philadelphia and painted off-white to resemble marble. It exemplifies the ebullient Second Empire style, which originated in France under Napoleon III, so popular in public architecture in the United States during the administration of President Grant that it is sometimes referred to as General Grant-style. The opera house’s exterior features follow an arrangement based on the numbers three, five, and seven, which figure prominently in Freemasonry. The facade is divided onto five sections—four storefronts and a central entrance. Each storefront has three arches. Counting from either left or right, the main entrance is the seventh arch. The building has five levels: three stories, a Mansard roof, and a cupola.

The roof ’s windows are positioned so that, counting from either end toward the center, there are seven windows, and atop the roof are three towers. More obvious to the passerby are the Freemason symbols in the keystones, as well as the all-seeing eye in the third-story pediment. The large “G” in the arch below it stands for both God and Geometry. The original interior featured gaslit chandeliers, steam heat, a summer “ventilator” in the ceiling, and the novelty of folding seats. Philadelphia’s Russell Smith, one of the area’s finest landscape artists, was commissioned to paint the stage’s scenic rear drop curtain. Another work of art, the frescoed ceiling depicting the Greek muses, was produced in a record 10 days by a Philadelphia company, employing 17 men working daily until late at night so that it could be completed by the opening day. Beginning in 1904, vaudeville, and then movies, replaced traditional theater experiences and concerts at the Grand. By 1968, even B-grade horror movies failed to attract enough patrons, and the building was abandoned. Thankfully, it was rescued by a group of citizens who saw its potential as the state’s premiere performing-arts center. A restoration campaign was launched on the anniversary of the Grand’s opening a century earlier, and by 1976, the building was formally reopened for the nation’s bicentennial with a concert by Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Today, the Grand features a season of internationally recognized artists and is the venue for Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Opera Delaware, and First State Ballet performances, as well as home to a community arts school. In 2000, the adjacent Edith and Alexander Giacco Building, with its smaller Baby Grand stage, was opened. Just as the Grand was abandoning stage performances at the turn of the last century, a couple of blocks away on Rodney Square, behind the new headquarters of the Du Pont Company, the Playhouse Theatre was beginning to take shape. The theater may have even hastened the demise of the Grand.

Completed in 1913, just nine months after the Hotel du Pont, with which it blends seamlessly both inside and out, the Playhouse—renamed in 2003 the DuPont Theatre—claims to be the longest continuously operating live theater in the United States. Neither war, nor economic depression, nor competition from films have shut it down throughout its 97-year history. The theater was envisioned by its founders, DuPont Co. executives Pierre S. du Pont, R.R.M. Carpenter, and J.J. Raskob, as a place where big Broadway shows could be previewed before their New York run. It was an ambitious dream in a city of only 80,000. Construction, which took a short 150 working days, was not without its snags. The delivery of steel girders was delayed, so in order to stay on track, the builders used reinforced concrete as the main roof support. More than 12,000 pounds of concrete per hour were poured for 19 hours to form what was then the third-largest concrete girder in the world. The DuPont stage was one of the largest in the country, even larger than most New York theaters’ in 1913. Among its bookings that year was The Whip, an English melodrama that made ample use of the space by featuring 100 actors, 10 horses, and 20 English foxhounds. Scenes such as a car accident, a train wreck, and a horse race were realistically portrayed on stage, according to one amazed local critic. Du Pont, Carpenter, and Raskob personally underwrote any losses in the theater’s early years. Today, together with the hotel and the DuPont Country Club, it operates as part of the hospitality division of the DuPont Co., which holds its shareholders meetings in the theater. Every year, before the May meeting, the crystal chandeliers are lowered for a week of hand polishing. Long billed as “Wilmington’s Little Broadway,” the DuPont Theatre has fulfilled its founders’ vision with an impressive record not only of presenting Broadway hits, but premiering them: Hey Diddle Diddle, with Lucille Ball, in 1937; Arthur Miller’s The Crucible in 1954; the 1980 revival of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with

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Kathleen Turner; and, more recently, the directorial debut of Julie Andrews in the musical The Boyfriend. Numerous, too, are the celebrities who have appeared at the theater: Sarah Bernhardt, Anna Pavlova, Helen Hayes, Rudolf Nureyev, Marcel Marceau, Walter Matthau, and Robert Goulet among them. Many of their signatures decorate the backstage walls and their autographed photographs line the entrance hall. In terms of audience capacity, with 1,250 seats, DuPont is one of the smallest of the 240 theaters in the Broadway League, whose members form the national touring network for major shows. But with soaring fly space for hanging lights and scenery, comfortable seats, unobstructed views

of the stage and wide spacing between rows, as well as an intimate ambiance, the DuPont has held its own among Broadway presenters as a great place to be seen and applauded. Smaller events, such as graduations, have also been held here. So booked was the DuPont’s stage that in 1968, the Wilmington Opera Society (now Opera Delaware) began to look elsewhere for performance space. That was the spark that ignited the drive to restore the Grand Opera House. What was once its rival, perhaps even its nemesis, eventually turned out to be the Grand’s savior. Since then, both the Grand and the DuPont Theatre have continued to co-exist, and thrive. in

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W O H S S E U Q I T AN Relish the past at the Delaware Antiques Show ee what 60 of the country’s finest antiques dealers have on display (and for sale) at the 47th annual Delaware Antiques Show, held the weekend of Nov. 5-7 at the Chase Center. Furniture, paintings, rugs, porcelain, silver, jewelry, and decorative arts are among the featured pieces. And for added flair, catch the opening-night party on Thursday, Nov. 4, with appearances by Gov. Markell and Martha Stewart. Tickets for the show are $15 general admission and $13 for Winterthur members; children under 12 get in free. (winterthur.org)

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SYLVIA at the DTC Make it about the animals s the DTC rolls into November, Sylvia is in full swing. The show, about a man who finds a dog in the park and decides to bring it home to his family, runs until Nov. 7 and is being directed by DTC veteran David Stradley, who directed Picasso at the Lapin Agile two seasons ago. But there’s a bonus: On Nov. 6, DTC will host a “humans-only” happy hour, Nibbles ’n’ Sips. For $55, visitors can enjoy drinks and that night’s performance, while also making a small donation to Faithful Friends—$10 of the ticket price goes toward the no-kill animal shelter. (delawaretheatre.org)

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WILD SIDE WALK Take a walk on the wild side n Sunday, Nov. 7, take a run or walk in nature, for nature. The Delaware Nature Society presents its first Race on the Wild Side 5K, beginning at the Shipyard Center. The race benefits the DNS Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for those in need to participate in environmentaleducation programs. Afterward, enjoy the WildFest at the DuPont Environmental Education Center. The free event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes activities and live animals. (delawarenaturesociety.org)

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City urges action on Riverfront West End Neighborhood movie complex House receives grant to hortly after plans were announced to build a 14-theater Smovie complex, including a four-story IMAX theater, on reduce teen pregnancy the Riverfront, Mayor Baker and City Economic Development Director Joe DiPinto came out in support of the project, urging DelDOT to transfer land it owns to the Riverfront Development Corp. so the deal can move forward. Calling Wilmington “the state’s economic engine,” Mayor Baker noted the theater complex could spur additional activity, including a hotel and new restaurants. Wilmington Magazine will report details on the project as they develop.

Wilmington Jaycees round up turkeys for families in need

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he Wilmington Jaycees are collecting donations for turkeys to give to families in need this Thanksgiving. Their goal? Provide 500 low-income families in the city with a complete holiday meal through the West End Neighborhood House. The Jaycees have a web page, wilmingtonjaycees.com/ donate-a-turkey.htm, set up to collect donations of $14, the price of a turkey.

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ourtesy of a grant from the Office of Adolescent Health of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, West End Neighborhood House will receive $3 million over the next five years to replicate the Children’s Aid Society’s Carerra Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program in Wilmington’s West Side. The area typically houses the highest rates of teen pregnancy, high school drop-outs, drug abuse, and crime in the state. Much more than a typically teen-pregnancy-prevention program, the CAS-Carrera model utilizes a comprehensive “above the waist” approach that focuses on the belief that success in school, reducing the barriers to medical and mental health services, entrepreneurial education and employment, parental involvement, and cultural exploration will have a “contraceptive effect” on teens. For more information about the program, call 888-5305.

New townhouses rise from vacant properties

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Street on Wilmington’s East Side—the latest in a series of projects to stabilize and strengthen city neighborhoods. Both 104 and 106 E. 22nd St. (at the corner of 22nd and Lamotte streets) had stood vacant for many years, during which time they had become a haven for illegal activities. In 2007, the properties were acquired by the nonprofit GBVR, which received $93,000 in financial assistance from the Wilmington Housing Partnership to rehabilitate the properties. “Neighborhoods cannot be saved without active support from the entire community,” Mayor Baker said about the project. “Fortunately, in the case of Brandywine Village, we have many talented, resourceful, and hard-working partner organizations that are determined to strengthen this historic area of the city.” The two-story properties were almost completely rebuilt by the Challenge Program, the nonprofit organization that provides a construction-training program for out-of-school youth ages 18-21. WSFS Bank provided the lending for the construction, the Delaware Community Foundation provided additional funding, and Habitat for Humanity provided technical support.

Vinoteca 902 opens in former Exchange space

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arket Street welcomes another restaurant as Vinoteca 902 recently opened at 902, in the former location of The Exchange. The restaurant marks Chef Julio Lazzarini’s second downtown location (he’s also the owner and chef of Orillas on the 400 block of Market). Vinoteca offers what Lazzarini calls “Medilatino” cuisine, a style of cooking that blends the Caribbean with the Mediterranean for a combination of bold flavors. The restaurant also offers a wide selection of wines.

Degnan Co. opens computer-repair shop

egnan Co., the web-design, programming, and ISP web-hosting business, has opened a full-service computer-repair shop at 103 W. Seventh St. Patrons can drop off their computers in the morning; technicians work to diagnose and repair the machines in time to be picked up that day. The shop will also be home to a computer-history gallery, where visitors can revisit the innovations of years past: the MITS Altair, PDP 8, IMSAI 8080, IBM, PC, TRS 80, Apple II, and Commodore 64 among them.

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he Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) and its partners will hold the third annual Downtown Fall Fest, supported by AstraZeneca, on Saturday, Nov. 6 from noon to 4 p.m. on Market Street between Fifth and Ninth streets. The event and activities are free. “The Downtown Fall Fest is a great family-friendly event downtown,” says Carrie W. Gray, WRC’s managing director. “The day will include favorite activities from previous years, as well as new additions to keep the event exciting.” Those activities include a hayride on Market Street from Ramsey Farms, moon bounces, a trackless train, face painting, a hay maze, the Grand’s karaoke contest, bungee-jumping, and much more. New this year is the AZ Challenge. Children of various ages will be challenged to complete five out of 12 healthy activities throughout the event. Each child to complete the activities and hand in a punch card will receive a prize. The schools or nonprofit organizations that have the most participants complete the AZ Challenge will receive $1,000. Schools or organizations that wish to participate should preregister at downtownwilmington.com. There will be a kick-off for the AZ Challenge in front of the Grand at 12:30 p.m. the day of the event. Individuals are able to participate throughout the day and are not required to pre-register. “The challenge is really a great way to encourage children to live healthy, active lifestyles while having fun,” Gray says. “The added bonus is that they each win a prize and could walk away with $1,000 for their school or organization.” Also new to the event is “Old Time,” featuring photos at the Grand, model trains and railroad activities at the Delaware Historical Society, and a pet-portrait workshop in front of the Delaware College of Art and Design. For more, call 425-5500 or visit downtownwilmington.com.

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very month, we’ll feature a few of the staff ’s favorite things happening in the city. Our favorites for November include (in no particular order!): •Vinoteca 902 recently opened at 902 Market St. •Five individuals and organizations will be honored at the CityLife Awards on Nov. 30. (Read more about the winners in this month’s cover story.) •Collars ’n’ Cuffs on the 700 block of Market Street now offers tuxedo rentals. •Downtown Fall Fest returns to Market Street on Saturday, Nov. 6.

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