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FOCUS 26 Has Craft Beer Peaked? 32 Wilmington Beer Week 35 Firkin Fun!
EAT 38 Pile It On 42 Beer with Dessert?
WILMINGTON 45 Art on the Town 50 Theatre N 52 City News 54 On the Riverfront
DRINK 59 Thanksgiving Wines 61 Delaware Growler 63 Winter Brews
FEATURES 26 Has Craft Beer Peaked? Hardly. Over the next two years, another 1,500 breweries are expected to join the $15 billion industry.
WATCH 67 Reviews 69 They All Fall Down
LISTEN 71 Musikarmageddon Winners 74 Tuned In 76 Wilmo Rock Circus
PLAY 79 Snap Shots
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32 Wilmington Beer Week Here are some tasty ways to enjoy the eight days of craft beer magic.
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59 Thanksgiving Wines Go native. After all, it’s an American holiday, right? By John Murray
71 Triumph of the Out-of-Towners Hesitant at first, Musikarmageddon winners Minshara swooped in from Harrisburg to rock the baby grand. By Matt Amis
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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications
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THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long? (In which we document the continued abuse of that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe). Once again, the Wilmington News Journal makes a contribution with this Oct. 1 “What’s Cooking” headline: “Apple's aren't just sweet; try these savory dishes." Department of Redundancies Dept. A WDEL reporter spoke of a bridge that “spans over” the Christina River. A Janssen’s Market commercial calls the store “truly unique.” As we know—don’t we, gang?—unique means one of a kind. So to call something truly unique is redundant. And a reader asks why people feel the need to add “of” in such phrases as “too deep of a hole,” “too hard of a day,” and “how big of a difference”? Media Watch (Our thanks to readers for several of these) • “Each six-pack bares a map of coastal Delaware . . .”—letter to the editor of the News Journal. Better to have chosen bears, as in “presents,” rather than a word that relates to naked. • A News Journal story on Prime Hook Beach had this quote: “When I moved here, I had no idea of this brew-ha-ha.” No, the person was not speaking of a coffee shop, but of a controversy —a brouhaha. • Again from the good ol’ NJ, a source was quoted thus: “The hope is to get 10,000 people to see the exhibit over the 11 weeks it’s running, and we think that’s imminently doable . . .” As is often the case, the reporter either misheard or simply didn’t know the word the source was using. In this case, that word is eminently. Imminently refers to something that will occur at any moment. • From the Newark Post: “‘We’re not teaching a painting class, per say,’ she said.” That would be per se. • Ex Major Leaguer Harold Baines on the Dan Patrick Show: “He can relish in the big win.” This is becoming epidemic, especially among sports commentators. You simply relish, you don’t relish in. You can, however, revel in a victory. • A sports talker on 97.5 “The Fanatic” referred to himself as “a Temple alumni.” He’s one person, and thus an alumnus, even though Temple may not be especially proud of having granted him a diploma.
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• And it recently occurred to me that WDEL’s tagline, “Broadcasting live from Wilmington, Delaware, you’re listening to WDEL,” is a dangling participle. I mean, you’re not broadcasting live from Wilmington. My New Pet Peeve People who pronounce words like strong and straight “shtrong” and “shtraight.” Why do they insist on using that sh sound? Spot the Errors Time for another “War” contest. Below is a piece of doggerel submitted by dedicated reader Larry Kerchner. It contains many errors—how many, I won’t stipulate. Some are debatable, and I’m willing to listen to your arguments, should we disagree. Send me your revision (with explanations where you think necessary). We will search the old O&A treasure bin for a suitable prize for the first reader to spot all the errors. Incase you haven’t noticed, there’s been alot of mispelled words in use around this state for awhile now. I see them alot everyday, and everytime I do I ask myself, “What’s instore for the English language?” Should I just say, “It will be alright?” I’m in Delaware 30 years now, and it still literally gives me a pit in my stomach! Pronunciation Once again, we must remind the benighted out there that especially is not pronounced “ek-specially.” There is only one c in the word, it appears near the middle, and it is soft, not hard. Similarly, etcetera is not pronounced ek-setera. It’s et-setera.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing DANCING FOR A CAUSE Nonprofit to host Ailey II at the Grand Nov. 8
he Gamma Theta Lambda Education Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit, will present a modern dance performance, “An Evening with Ailey II,” at the Grand Opera House at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. For 40 years, the New York City-based dance group Ailey II has attracted some of the country’s best young dance talent, under the artistic direction of Choreographer Troy Powell. Their stop in Delaware is one of many during their fall tour throughout the United States and Canada. The GTLEdF is committed to the mentorship, leadership development, and financial support of youth and young adults in the Delaware community. Tickets are available at the Grand Opera House’s box office and online at TicketsAtTheGrand.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit various programs supported by the GTLEdF.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! Delaware Greenways turns 25
elaware Greenways, a statewide community-based organization, celebrated its 25th anniversary last month. Focusing on protecting natural and scenic resources and promoting sustainable land use, the organization aims to improve quality of life and promote healthy and active lifestyles. For more information, visit delawaregreenways.org.
Wilmington entrepreneurs offered commercial space for holiday season
ilmington’s Project Pop-Up is aimed at providing Delaware entrepreneurs an opportunity to be "open for business" in downtown Wilmington by offering them rent-free commercial space for three months during the holiday season. The project is a statewide initiative by the Delaware Economic Development Office and Downtown Delaware in partnership with Downtown Visions and the City of Wilmington. The shops, located at 101, 105, and 113 W. 9th St., include Barrel of Makers, Cherné Altovise Jewelry, Dolleys Sweet Cakes, Fit Body Personal Training, FLYOGI, London Rocks Kids, MIZ INK, and Tasty Couture.
200 PHOTOS OF NEW CASTLE New book focuses on the town’s history
he latest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, New Castle Revisited, was released last month. It includes 200 images, many of which have never been published. Since New Castle’s founding in 1651, the town, known as the First Capital of the First State, watched European powers clash over its control, welcomed William Penn, participated in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War and more. The book can be found online at arcadiapublishing.com and through local retailers.
BREW HAHA! WINS CORNERSTONE AWARD Delaware Restaurant Association honors espresso café chain
he Delaware Restaurant Association, which annually presents awards to those in the food industry who exemplify innovation, creativity and service, has named Delaware’s espresso café chain Brew HaHa! as its Cornerstone Awards recipient. Brew HaHa!, now with nine locations in northern Delaware, has thrived in the state for more than 20 years. The café is known for handcrafted espresso-based creations and coffee drinks, as well as baked treats, breakfast and lunch café items, and catering services. The award will be presented at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington on Monday, Nov. 17. The event will feature food and drink tastings from Delaware’s top restaurants, along with live music from Joe Baione, featuring Nadjah Nicole. Tickets can be purchased online at delawarerestaurant.org/events or by contacting the DRA at 738-2545.
TECH2GETHER WILMINGTON Forum builds community, celebrates local successes this month
ech2gether Wilmington, on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 4 and 5, is a forum for professionals in medicine, education and technology to get together to celebrate success and discuss advancement in their professions. The forums are at the Hercules Building and World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Tech2gether Wilmington will end the second day at the Queen with a concert from The Bailey Hounds and headliners Hoots & Hellmouth. For more information, visit tech2gether.org.
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FUNDRAISER TO KEEP THE VALLEY Beaver Valley Conservancy benefit to be held Nov. 11
benefit event for Beaver Valley Conservancy (also known as Save the Valley) will be held at Mrs. Robinoâ€™s Italian Restaurant in Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event includes a silent art auction, Chinese auction, and a 50/50. Beaver Valley, west of Route 202 at the Pennsylvania/Delaware border, is a 750-acre plot of land currently slated for development. Members of BVC are opposing this, and aim to keep the land in its natural state. For more information on the organization, visit savethevalley.org.
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SLAM DUNK COMING TO THE BEACH Cape Henlopen High hosts national basketball tournament
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A Different Stage As his HBO series The Newsroom begins its final season, Wilmington’s John Gallagher, Jr. prepares to release his first album Text and photos by Joe del Tufo
he Newsroom, the HBO series that goes behind the scenes of a fictional New York City news show, will return on Sunday, Nov. 9. Prominent in the ensemble cast is John Gallagher, Jr., a native of Wilmington, who plays Jim Harper, a senior producer on the show. While the 30-year-old Gallagher is primarily an actor (winning a 2007 Tony for best featured actor in a musical—Spring Awakening), he’s also a talented musician, and he returned to Wilmington recently to perform at the Open Space Music Fest to benefit the Save The Valley movement, held in Bellevue Park. Photographer/Writer Joe del Tufo covered the event and later caught up with Gallagher by phone to discuss growing up in Wilmington, the tricky balance of music and acting, and the final season of The Newsroom.► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Gallagher was in town recently to perform in Bellevue Park at the Open Space Music Fest to benefit the Save The Valley movement.
What are some of your memories of growing up in Wilmington? It was super fun. I went to O'Friels Irish Pub a lot as a kid. It's no longer there, but it was kind of like my dad's clubhouse. We would see Danny Quinn and Seamus Kennedy and a lot of Irish performers, and my mom and dad would play there. That was one of the first times I saw real live music. It left a big impression on me. Discovering theater when I was about 12 or 13 was a huge deal. Doing shows at the Wilmington Drama League and the Delaware Children's Theatre shaped me in so many ways. I'd had a hard time making friends in school. I was kind of shy and had a hard time finding people and fitting in. When I started doing community theater it changed everything. And getting together with the guys in Old Springs Pike was massive, forming that band in high school. The first band I was in was an acoustic trio that was me, Seth Kirschner and Adam Wahlberg. The band was called Not Now Murray, from a Kids In The Hall skit. The first time we ever played was at O'Friels. Of course there's The Charcoal Pit. I think I spent more time there as a kid than I did at my own house. Rita's Water Ice. There are places that when I get home I feel like I have to go. Mrs. Robino's. That one goes way back. And funnily enough, while performing at the Save the Valley concert, all of my memories of driving around the valley started cruising back. I told a story at the concert about my dad driving me and my mom and my sister Joanie through Beaver Valley and telling us the urban legend about this guy who had a hook for a hand. I have a vivid memory of my dad telling us that story, reaching out of his window very suddenly to knock on the side of the van as we drove through the woods. I was totally terrified and excited at the same time.
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Your parents are performers as well and have long been involved with the arts here. What's the greatest lesson they taught you?
So I guess Spring Awakening was kind of a perfect storm for you since it allowed you to play both sides of that.
I think patience. And understanding. And kindness. Those are things that I really value, and they are things I try to carry with me on a daily basis. If you try to keep a center of patience and understanding and kindness as you make your way through what can be a very rocky terrain, it serves you. Particularly when you’re getting into a creative pursuit that can take you far away from home. To have some gratitude and respect about it. That was always a big thing with my parents, and it starts as small as saying please and thank you, and holding the door open for somebody. I did my first off-Broadway play in New York when I was 15. I was really lucky that my parents supported me. They could just as easily have said no, this is a foolish notion that you want to be an actor, you need to go to school. And there would have been nothing wrong with them saying that. But their support and allowing me to pursue those things at such an early age is everything. I owe them everything.
Definitely. And funnily enough that's the thing that got me into Spring Awakening in the first place. I got the audition notice and it said they were looking for "some younger people who are untrained and haven't had all of the voice lessons,” people who haven't been taught the grandiose way of performing that is usually called for in musical theater. So I just went in with my guitar and sang some Beatles’ songs. My voice was cracking and raw. It just so happened that was a benefit for them. So it was really kind of a happy accident falling into Spring Awakening that way.
Your work has often combined music and acting. If you could choose only one, would it be acting or music?
And now you’re about to release your “imaginary album,” as you referred to it during your Save the Valley set. Talking to people after the show, I realized I probably didn't do myself a favor by saying that. But it does exist. It's recorded, it's mixed, it's mastered. Does it have a title yet?
That's a hard one. They serve such different functions for me. If I’m being frightfully honest, probably music. It's such a part of my DNA growing up. My parents got me involved in the arts in the first place, and have performed their whole lives. It's just such a part of who I am. It feels like family and it feels like home. I often tell people that I don't know if I could do what I do as an actor if I didn't have the release of being able to write music.
Yes, it's going to be called Six-Day Hurricane. I can't wait to share it with people. It's the closest I've come to recording music the way I hear it arranged in my head. I'm super proud of it. ►
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How would you describe the music to someone who hadn't heard it before? It's always weird to talk about yourself in this respect. It's pretty eclectic, a little all over the map. I've had people tell me it has a little bit of a throwback, kind of a ‘70s Laurel Canyon kind of sound. And then there's some stuff that's kind of rootsy, Americana kind of feel. And then some of it is more power pop. What happens when you write music for years and don't record any of it is that all of sudden you have a wealth of songs to use when you’re making a record. What single moment has been your professional highlight so far? They've all been so thrilling in their own way, but doing Spring Awakening was so incredible, not just in the way that it affected my career, but in the way it affected me. I was about 20 years old when I started that, about 23 when I came out the other end of it. It was a three-year process of doing workshops, the off-Broadway run, going to Broadway and winning Tony Awards for the show (Spring Awakening earned seven Tonys). It was so unexpected. At first it was just a reading, then a workshop, then an off-Broadway run. Then they sat us down and told us we were moving to Broadway, and we thought we'd be lucky if we could stay open for a couple of weeks because we didn't think anyone would want to come see it on Broadway. It was a show that tackled some touchy and slightly taboo subject matter (The original play, with its themes of abortion, rape, child abuse and suicide, was banned in Germany). I knew it was good, and I believed in it from the beginning, but if you'd told me when I started where it would go over the next three years I would have absolutely thought that was just a total fantasy. Because I didn't go to college, in a way those years were very formative. “The Class of Spring Awakening”—I look back and feel that was like my collegiate experience. So that one sticks out for sure. And now flash forward and the third and final season of The Newsroom is about to begin. What can you tell us about the last season? It’s a kind of a truncated season—only six episodes. I think people who are fans of the first two seasons are really going to like it. It's obviously bittersweet that it's not having a longer life, but I do feel like in the third season there is something really great about the way Aaron Sorkin, the writer, wraps up all of the story lines and manages to infuse the character development and the personal journeys of the heroes of the show with what is happening in the world at that time. The balance between the real life news events serving as a backdrop for what is happening with the characters’ lives is done in a very graceful way. People will find it a very pleasing finale.
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Give me three adjectives to describe yourself. Oh, man. Nervous. It's not very flattering, but it's one thing that jumps to mind. I would love to paint a picture of myself as being the most cool, calm and collected dude on earth, but I spend a good amount of time trapped in my own head, nervous about things. Interested. I am interested in talking, being talked to, listening, sharing. And grateful. Grateful to be alive, first and foremost. But deeply grateful for everyone I know and everything I have. If you could choose one artist to share a stage with, who would it be? John Prine. He’s my songwriting hero. What albums are you listening to right now? The Jeff Tweedy album, the one with his son. The new Ryan Adams one. This guy Anthony D'Amato just put out a great record called The Shipwreck from the Shore. That's one I haven't been able to stop listening to. And weirdly I went to Asbury Park a couple weeks ago, and I'm a diehard Springsteen fan, but Born In The USA. I've always liked it, but something about it, it's all I want to listen to right now. I'll tell you what, every time I've come home for the last couple months I've been going to Jupiter Records (in Arden). That place is great! I find better stuff there than I find in New York record stores. The last time I was there I got After the Gold Rush by Neil Young, Bob Dylan's John Wesley Harding, and Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon. Every time I'm there I end up walking out with a stack of stuff. If you could only choose one, would you prefer to be critically acclaimed, loved by the masses, or respected by your peers?
Respected by my peers. So many of my heroes are underdogs, artists that weren't always in the limelight. I think that if you are doing it because you love it, no matter what it is, that's a good place to operate from. But they all sound very nice.
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I am super proud of that film, and happy that it came out the way it did. It’s a highlight for me as well. I had just finished season one of The Newsroom, and I was just hanging out in New York, having a summer vacation. My agent emailed me the script for Short Term 12. And this never happens to me, but I must have read 10-15 pages and I knew I wanted to do it. It's really hard in a screenplay format to evoke an emotional response, but halfway through the script I had already wept at three different parts of the film. I knew I would have jumped through any number of hoops to do that movie. Doing it was one of the best experiences I've had making a film, just such a labor of love. It was amazing watching these kid actors—young, probably 13-14, doing their first thing. And the maturity they displayed bringing these characters to life was astounding, mesmerizing. It was moving to me as I suddenly found myself standing there thinking wow, I was about that age when I was getting my toe in and thinking I might want to try doing that. So it had this full circle kind of feel.
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SECOND AND THIRD CHANCES Lives crippled by crime and addiction can be saved, with help from private and state-run organizations devoted to helping people get back on their feet By Matt Amis Photos by Joe del Tufo
Thanks to the team at West End Neighborhood House, James Anderson has rebounded from 10 years in and out of trouble with the police and found full-time employment.
henever James Anderson met a troubled soul at West End Neighborhood House or while roving the streets of Wilmington, he shared the wisdom that he’d worked so hard to earn: With time, perseverance, and a sturdy support system, anything is possible. No matter how dire the personal struggles, fresh starts and second chances are out there for those who seek them. “People say it’s impossible,” says Anderson. “I’m living proof that it isn’t.” Anderson, a 35-year-old from Kennett Square, Pa., spent the better part of 10 years in and out of trouble with the law, including a three-and-a-half-year stint in Chester County Prison on felony drug charges. Even after his release, his criminal history made finding a job exceedingly difficult. Eventually, he was referred to the West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington for its free Employment Training program. “I was there every day,” Anderson says. While he advanced through the various job preparedness workshops and training sessions, he also volunteered to help with some of West End’s projects and events. In 2012, after he earned his Customer Service Certification, West End’s director, Paul Calistro, offered him a part-time position as an outreach recruiter. “I was walking around the city, recruiting kids to sign up, trying to get them
to reap some of the benefits that I did,” Anderson says.” My main goal was to show them there was something different out there.” His story is not uncommon to many young people in and around Delaware. Anderson was raised by his grandparents in a predominantly black neighborhood in Kennett Square. Constance and Melvin Anderson provided for James and his two cousins as best they could, but James soon gave in to the allure of the streets and the fast money to be made in dealing drugs. By 14, Anderson began selling marijuana so that he could afford the things his grandparents couldn’t buy for him. Not long after graduating from Avon Grove High School, he says, “I decided there wasn’t enough money in that, and I turned to crack cocaine.” His brushes with the law escalated. At 27, he was charged with his first felony. Two years later, he was caught by Delaware police with an ounce of crack, and served six months at Sussex Correctional Institution’s “Boot Camp” program in Georgetown before being extradited to Pennsylvania for another 18 months in prison. From there, Anderson moved in with family members in New Castle, which turned out to be a bad idea. “There was no support system,” he says. “Almost right away I turned back to that lifestyle.” Just two months after his move, he violated his probation and was sentenced to the maximum jail time, plus more probation, extradition and house arrest. The experience humbled him. ► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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During his incarceration, he missed birthdays, celebrations and milestones. His grandfather passed away. And he lost touch with his young daughter. “A life of fast money was worth more to me than my family. I’ve lost things that I can’t get back.” In jail, he decided his life needed forward momentum, so he signed on to work in the prison’s kitchen, at 28 cents an hour. The job was thankless and tedious, but it was a job. “I thought, if I can do this in here there’s no reason I can’t do it out there. Why can’t I work a minimum wage job and get myself in order?” Once released, Anderson found his way to Brandywine Counseling’s drug-focused Plummer Center program, where a counselor referred him to Catherine Hoopes, a community outreach employment coordinator at West End. “I called and set up an appointment,” Anderson says. “And from the beginning they said: if you put the work in, we can help.” Thanks to Hoopes, Calistro, and the team at West End, Anderson found fulltime employment as a forklift operator last year. Since then he’s earned two raises and a promotion. He’s also been prematurely released from his probation. “They took a chance on me when no one else would,” he says. “Coming out of a situation like mine, it’s tough to find people to have your back. That’s what West End did for me. I can walk in there today and be welcomed.” Anderson’s experience at West End is one of many transformations that have occurred at the century-old center on Wilmington’s Lincoln Street. In 2013 alone, the agency served more than 9,000 individuals, providing “outcome-driven programming” in areas like financial management, housing, education, and family services. In Joe Annese’s case, transformation came only after divine intervention. It was four years ago, and Annese had just drifted to sleep inside a holding cell at Howard R. Young Correctional Institution when he heard God speak. “It was a loud inner voice saying: ‘Have you had enough? Are you ready for my help?’” Annese says. “I knew it was God talking.” Annese wept. “I was humbly in tears. That night I devoted my life to Jesus.” Hours earlier, he and several housemates had been arrested for selling drugs. For the 50-year-old Wilmington resident, the journey from dishwasher to corporate chef to prison inmate, and finally, to the Sunday Breakfast Mission, was a long and winding trip. As a smart but hyper kid growing up near the Brooklyn/Queens border in New York City, Annese constantly found himself in trouble, particularly when it came to drugs and theft. His parents raised him Catholic, but he was hardly devout. He got hooked on cocaine in the ‘80s, and later, crack. For 10 years he was clean, and climbed to the upper echelon of management at food service titan Aramark. His job took him around the region—from Baltimore to Philadelphia to Cecil County, Md., and Annese settled in Wilmington. But old habits returned, and he was caught embezzling money from his employers. He quickly relapsed on drugs, and supported his habit by selling them. “Instead of trying to fix the broken problem, I made things worse,” he says. “So the cops came to my house, kicked the door in, took me to jail.”
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After his revelation in the holding cell, Annese spent 90 days at the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution near Gander Hill on drug charges before being transferred to Pennsylvania for the embezzlement charges. He was released in 2010 on seven years’ probation. He owed the City of Wilmington massive back taxes, and he was told his home would soon be auctioned off. “I was in a very depressed state,” he says. “All I did was eat, sleep and read the Bible. I wanted to go to church, but didn’t know how to find the one I needed.” By March of 2011 he was homeless. With nowhere to go, he consulted with Newark’s Rockford Center, who directed him to the Sunday Breakfast Mission. He spent the next seven months as a transient guest there. He enrolled in the mission’s Men’s Life Issues Discipleship program, and he earned an internship at the facility’s kitchen. He also became an ordained minister through Bible courses at Word of Life Christian Center in Newark. And he began chipping away at an associate’s degree in religious leadership and management from Liberty University online. One weekend in May, while he was away on a ministry conference, he received a call from the Sunday Breakfast Mission, offering him a fulltime job as a resident specialist. “It was the answer to my prayers,” he says. “Getting paid to minster for God.” Drawing from his own experiences, Annese counsels residents at the mission, preaching the power of second chances. “The important thing is not only helping them with their life issues, but also their salvation. There’s nothing that God won’t forgive. All you got to do is ask Him.” Organizations devoted to helping people get back on their feet—be they religious, secular or otherwise—are operating throughout the state. Places like Goodwill of Delaware, the Delaware Skills Center, Sojourners’ Place, Homeward Bound, and the state-run Division of Employment and Training help people in compromised positions gain employment. Additionally, a multitude of state- and privately-run organizations devote services to substance abuse treatment for prisoners and past offenders. According to the Delaware Department of Corrections, 80 percent of the state's offender population has issues related to substance abuse, and without intervention and treatment, recidivism rates can top 70 percent. The state offers offenders vocational skills like garment production and auto repair through its Delaware Correctional Industries program, but its capacity is limited. Faith-based missions like The Ministry of Caring and Sunday Breakfast Mission aim to save lives through devotion. At Sunday Breakfast Mission, located on Poplar Street in Wilmington, Rev. Thomas Laymon and a crew of about 30 fulltime staff plus volunteers encourage a Christian relationship with God. Their comprehensive approach addresses addiction, mental illness, life skills, family relationships and more. Discipleship ministries provide residents like Jennie Rowe and Megan Thing—who’ve suffered through addiction, mental illness and homelessness—the counselling and vocational instruction to pursue post-secondary education classes. Today, Thing is working toward a data management degree from online college Strayer University, while Rowe attends online lectures with Argosy University. She plans to become a Christian counselor, Laymon says. “We see everyone here as a gift from God, and we’re certain of the fact that He has a plan for each of them,” he says. “Our job is to help each guest find the strength, hope and motivation to discover that very plan.”
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FirstGEN: MAKING COLLEGE MORE ACCESSIBLE A Delaware-based Teach for America network helps low-income high school students deal with an intimidating process by Krista Connor
n average, only one out of every 100 low-income students in Wilmington graduates from high school and attends or finishes college. That’s a sad statistic from Teach for America, a national organization made up of recent college graduates teaching in under-resourced schools. TFA is trying to eliminate such numbers, and with programs like its Delaware-based network FirstGEN, the goal is increasingly within reach. FirstGEN is a mentoring program that, unlike TFA’s typical post-college leadership requirements, allows students who are still in college to mentor. These local first-generation college students—the first in a family, usually low-income, to receive higher education—meet with and assist low-income high school students with their college prep process. This includes help with scholarships, paperwork, networking, resume-building, writing and conflict resolution skills. When the high school mentees graduate and start college, they too have the option of becoming mentors.
Ideas for the network began almost two years ago, when area TFA alumna Ashley Sorenson worked with Catherine Lindroth, Delaware’s TFA manager for strategy and community partnership, to build a five-week college access program, in which college students volunteered in afterschool sessions. “At the end of the program, students were just totally taken aback,” says Lindroth. “On the last day, students reflected on the program and began standing up saying, ‘I’m so grateful for this.’ We realized it was not just mentors who drastically helped the students, but mentors within the same age range”— like those in FirstGEN. The two women sat down with members of the Delaware Department of Education and shared the students’ reactions. Impressed with the findings, the DOE funded a “Getting to Zero Campaign grant”—grants to schools working to improve the quality of college support to low-income youth. It would help bring in mentors (who receive an $800 stipend each semester). ► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Two hundred students are expected to be mentored this semester through December.
Howard, Delcastle, William Penn, Seaford, Dover and Moyer high schools were among the first to receive these grants, and more schools are expected to join within the next few years. FirstGEN successfully launched last year with 90 mentors and more than 200 mentees. One hundred percent of the high school seniors involved in the program applied to college or registered with the military. “Each mentor had this personal story that’s so deeply connected to the kids we work with, and they just wanted to give back,” says Lindroth. “They’re not just doing this for their resume, but are saying ‘I want to get out there and support kids who grew up like me.’” Teach for America expects to recruit 25 percent of its Delaware corps members through FirstGEN by 2020. This semester, mentors are guiding another 200 students one-on-one toward their college goals, getting together three to 10 hours a week from October to December.
“I think it has the potential to be an incredibly supportive institution for first-generation college and high school students,” says Lindroth. “I’ve never seen anything like it. Mentors take so much ownership over the program. They believe in it and they want it to continue. They love it, and it has taken a life of its own.” UD sophomore Megan Aidoo mentored eight hours each week at Moyer Academy in Wilmington last year. “I was inspired to join because I wanted to be a resource for the students,” says Aidoo. “I know the decision-making on what you want to do after high school can be intimidating, so I wanted to provide an ease to the stress and talk about some of the things I did, so I could give insight on what did or didn’t work.” UD student Eugene Bestman says he first heard about FirstGEN through UD. He dedicated four hours per week last year to mentoring through FirstGEN. “I felt like as a high school senior, I didn’t have that guide there to prepare me for college, so I thought it will be a great opportunity to pass on the info that I've learned,” Bestman says. Relationships between mentors and mentees typically continue informally after the semester or semesters end, says Lindroth. She hopes that mentees will continue engaging by becoming mentors themselves once they graduate from high school, thus working alongside former mentors. “My whole perspective has changed from doing this program,” says Aidoo. “I have met students from all sorts of backgrounds and life stories. College for them was not attainable until FirstGEN came to be.” For more information and mentor applications for FirstGEN, go to teachforamerica.org.
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Pe aked? Hardly. Over the next two years, another 1,500 breweries are expected to join the burgeoning $15 billion industry By Rob Kalesse
t’s been 30 years since Jim Koch decided to branch out and make his own beer under the Boston Beer Company name. His grassroots campaign consisted of simply going from bar to bar and trying to convince owners and bartenders to put his Samuel Adams Boston Lager on tap. Today, the industry that Koch started is thriving. Beer bars, brew pubs and gastropubs dot the dining and drinking scene. The more than 3,000 craft breweries represent a $14.8 billion industry, and while they have captured just 7.3 percent of the market, that promises to increase rapidly. According to the Brewers Association, more than 1,500 new craft breweries are on the way. They hope to appeal to the more educated palate of beer drinkers, to whom Citra, Cascade and Willamette hops are household names. But where does it go from here? Is there any concern about oversaturation? Is there such a thing as brand loyalty anymore? Are there so many IPAs available that drinkers’ heads are spinning before they even take their first sip? ►
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The Brewers Association reports that craft sales increased by 17.2 percent for the first half of 2014. That spike is just one reason why the number of craft breweries is expected to increase by 50 percent over the next year or two. In fact, sales are so robust that if craft brews didn’t come in so many colors, this could be called the golden age of beer. Once the deluge of new breweries happens, however, there is some debate over where the chips will fall and who will be left standing. Don Russell, who for nearly two decades has written the “Joe Sixpack” column for the Philadelphia Daily News, believes the industry is growing and will continue to do so for some time. He also believes that 3,000 number put out by the Brewers Association is deceptive. “A lot of those breweries are brew pubs, where most of the beer is consumed on the property,” Russell says. “If the brew pub makes bad beer, or the restaurant falters, that doesn’t affect the industry, in my opinion. It’s the smaller production breweries trying to break through that will have the toughest climb. At the end of the day, however, if they make bad beer, they’ll go belly up. It’s just that simple.” Russell believes craft will continue to grow because for the first time in our history, the newly christened beer drinkers (i.e., 21-year-olds) are already familiar with craft beer. “People in their 20s have grown up with craft; it’s what their parents drink, in a lot of cases. They don’t have to go through the learning experiences most of us did. For them, it’s always existed; the craft beer language is part of their vocabulary.”
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Even though craft sales are still less than 10 percent of the total market, I don’t see it going anywhere but up from there. —J. Burke Morrison J. Burke Morrison, former director of the Craft and Specialty Imports Division for Standard Distributing, sees a “bifurcation of the craft segment into regional and craft brands” developing, wherein national brands like Goose Island, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium will start losing their “craftiness” due to overproduction. “It’s really hard to be ‘craft’ on a national level,” Morrison says. “Goose Island in Chicago and Blue Point in New York have already been purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev, and people who know that are already looking on those brands with pessimism.” Naturally, Morrison hopes a more farm-to-table approach, if you will, begins to show in the craft market. After all, he left his position with Standard to start Flint Hill Farm Distillery, near Landenberg, Pa. The company will brew its own beer and make its own whiskey, rye and vodka, among other spirits, with 2015 as a target opening date. “Even though craft sales are still less than 10 percent of the total market, I don’t see it going anywhere but up from there,” Morrison says. “It’s the localization of craft that will help sustain those smaller breweries in the long run. The pie will get bigger, but the individual pieces, economically speaking, will likely get smaller.”
Timely specials When Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant first opened its doors in Newark in 1996, and for several years thereafter, they featured six “house” or flagship beers, with one or two seasonal or special brews on tap, typically based on the time of year. Eventually, customer demand for something new and different on each visit meant seasonals would become more prevalent. The spring Maibock, the summer Hefeweizen and the autumn Oktoberfest, among others, began to make a regular appearance on tap.
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Brian Finn, now head brewer at Iron Hill Wilmington, was there during the early days and remembers how those special beers first started to make a dent in the house beer rotation. Nowadays, the specials and seasonals are just as important—if not more so— than the five house beers he keeps on tap at the Riverfront location. “It’s the brewer’s call on what seasonals to run, but we’re told to not waste tank space or time with the house beers,” Finn says. “I have the luxury of being able to call the West Chester or Newark location if I need a keg or two of our Ironbound Ale or Pig Iron Porter, but the addition of more specials and seasonals, although the brewer’s call, really comes down to what the customers want.” This time of year, it’s hard to visit any microbrewery and not see a pumpkin beer on tap. We as a foodie culture have gone gonzo for gourds, as in the pumpkin spiced latte, pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins and doughnuts. So is it a trendy brew that appeals to pumpkin fans, or is it a flat-out moneymaker? “We’ll look at our numbers all year long, and there are spikes in sales with certain seasonals,” says Finn. “But we don’t see any rise in sales like we do with the pumpkin beers we brew. People come out and line up for pumpkin beer like no other seasonal or special. Brewers make the decision of what to brew and when, but there are certain seasonals—like the Oktoberfest and Dry Irish Stout in March—that always sell and just make sense to have on tap.” Eric Williams, president of the year-old Mispillion Brewery in Milford, is respectful of the popularity of seasonal brews and the pumpkin craze that has followed. But he also feels that attention paid to seasonals and special, one-off brews can be overdone. He also refuses to brew a pumpkin beer. “There are four seasons in a year, yet we’re brewing 12 ‘seasonal’ beers a year? To me, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense,” says Williams, a former home brewer-turned-entrepreneur. “As a younger brewery, we have to pay attention to our core brews as we try to corner the market in terms of accounts, because those bars and restaurants that purchase our beer to sell on tap need to know that they can expect the same level of quality with every keg.” As an alternative to the pumpkin craze, Mispillion brews its Miss Betty, a brown ale brewed with 160 lbs. per batch (a batch is 15 barrels, or 465 gallons) of sweet potatoes, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla beans and pecans. Williams won’t go so far as to say he’s “anti-pumpkin,” but he also won’t join the race to get a pumpkin beer or autumnal seasonal available in late August, when they’re meant to be enjoyed in October and November.
HaVE IPAS jumped the shark? Don Russell recently wrote a Joe Sixpack column about how IPA “no longer means just India pale ale.” The piece talked about how American brewers have helped change the style into something much more ambiguous, and featured a doctored photo of a bottle of beer with a label that read, “Bud Light IPA.” While Anheuser-Busch InBev has yet to create a Bud or Bud Light IPA, Russell believes it’s just a matter of time. The IPA has become such a staple on beer menus and at breweries across the country that it’s simply a matter of economics. As Russell points out, “IPAs are selling and they’re popular, so it’s almost inevitable that Bud or Miller or Coors will produce an IPA in the near future.” ► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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So if the “Big 3” are considering making a standardized IPA for the macrobrewery fans out there, does that mean the IPA has officially jumped the shark? Are its days numbered as one of the most popular styles of craft beer? Is it time for beer drinkers to put down the IPA and stop obsessing over hops? “I think some people could use an intervention,” says Russell, laughing. “My wife is a huge fan, and that’s the only thing she’ll drink.” Russell says just about every brewery he comes across in his “research” features an IPA in some way, shape or form, and some even note how overblown the style has become. “Look at 21st Amendment out of San Francisco,” he says. “They just sent me a press release about their new Bla Bla Bla IPA. I mean if that doesn’t underscore the point that we’ve been saturated by IPAs, I don’t know what does. I love hops and IPAs as much as the next guy, but my concern is that breweries are backing off other styles in favor of brewing sometimes two or three different India pale ales.” Tim Crowley, general manager of Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington’s Trolley Square, agrees with Russell. “There are a lot of great styles out there you are missing,” he says. “Always drink what you like, but don’t be scared to try something different. You may be pleasantly surprised.”
Always drink what you like, but don’t be scared to try something different. you may be pleasAntly surprised. —Tim Crowley The Logan House features an army of IPAs on tap, in the bottle and in the can. It even has an IPA Happy Hour dedicated to hop heads, during which pints of any of it four IPAs on draft are $3.75, and 4-oz. samplers of all four sell for $6. But not all beer geeks are anti-IPA. Take Iron Hill’s Finn, who favors Belgians, but is all-in when it comes to IPAs because, as he puts it, “It’s what Americans do best because our hops are the most pungent and some of the best in the world.” Finn couldn’t care less if customers demand and drink IPAs because it might be trendy. As a brewer, he sees the IPA, and what American brewers have done with the style, as a reason to be proud on the global beer stage. “This is not a bad thing, to be so good at brewing a particular style that brewers around the world are trying to copy us now,” Finn says. “Microbreweries in the U.S. used to try and copy the classic German, English and Czech styles, but now they’re copying us in many ways. We’ve come full circle in that respect.” One thing all the experts we talked to agree on is that most craft beer drinkers tend to seek out their favorite style, rather than their favorite label. IPA drinkers will try any IPA at least once, Morrison says, whether it’s from Lagunitas, Dogfish or the brewery right around the corner. “Styles over brands is definitely a bigger factor in the consumer’s thought process these days,” Morrison says. “That hits right to the point that if the customer wants a particular style, you as a brewery or distillery should be accommodating them. The ones that do it well on a consistent basis are the ones that will survive.” 30 NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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DELAWARE DAY December 7, Toast at 7pm
In Honor of Delaware Day and the 2014 Holiday Season, Twin Lakes Brewery has proudly produced 87 Fresh-Local-Delicious quarter kegs of the sensational “Jubilicious Holiday Ale” to commemorate Delaware becoming the First State on December 7, 1787. Twin Lakes Jubilicious will be available at your local watering hole and now liquor stores for growler fills - ABV 7%
The Statewide Toast: As we have every year on December 7, in Honor of Delaware Day, we ask all of the citizens of the State of Delaware to join their Family and Friends at a local Delaware restaurant to show your loyalty to Delaware, the First State, with a simultaneous toast of local beer at 7 pm!
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BEER WEEK NOVEMBER 1-8, 2014
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This year WBW will feature the largest number of craft breweries—56—in the event’s four-year history.
All 20 WBW participants will be offering Craft Flights, providing diners with the opportunity to sample three different craft beers at a discounted fixed price. It’s the perfect way to taste test.
ARROGANT BASTARDS Two Stones Pub is kicking off WBW on Saturday, Nov. 1, with a salute to one of the biggest and best Bastards in the craft brew world—Stone Brewery. Featured brews include Arrogant Double Bastard, Lucky Bastard and Oaked Arrogant Bastard..
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Matt Loeb and Marie Graham pour special ingredients into their firkin. Photo Joe del Tufo
Some Firkin fun On The Job Twin Lakes Brewery and Out & About staff members compete in The Firkin Face-Off for Wilmington Beer Week
s this month’s Winter Brews cover clearly illustrates, Rob Pfeiffer is a man who loves his job. Those who know the head brewer at Greenville’s Twin Lakes Brewery can attest that Pfeiffer emanates a joyful energy. It’s exactly this type of enthusiasm along with his natural approachability that encouraged the Out & About staff to contact Pfeiffer to discuss an idea that had been long fermenting in the O&A offices: to brew a collaboration beer with Twin Lakes beer and then write about it. Why not? Two staff members—creative director Matthew Loeb and graphic designer Tyler Mitchell—have several years of experience with home-brewing. And just about everyone in the office is a big fan of drinking the stuff. Why not get together with Pfeiffer and the folks at Twin Lakes and simply make a beer? Turns out it wasn’t so simple. The idea of brewing from scratch was scratched. But the end result of the staff members’ Twin Lakes experience last month was perhaps just as interesting and fun.
They agreed to designate two two-person teams who would compete in the “Firkin Face-Off” to determine which team could create the best beer. Each team would pour a currently-brewing Twin Lakes beer into a firkin and try to build upon or alter its flavor by adding additional ingredients, then seal up the firkin and let time, yeast, and the sugars do their work. For those readers who aren’t familiar with a firkin, it’s a stainless steel cask that can hold about 11 gallons of beer, and it’s often used by brewers to cask-condition beer, a process that allows for additional fermentation. As with the two teams’ challenge, brewers often add other ingredients—such as herbs, spices, or fruits—to create a tasty variation of their beer. During Wilmington Beer Week, O&A readers will get a chance to sample the results of the two teams’ efforts and decide which staff members are best suited for possibly moonlighting at a brewery near you. Will it be the team of Loeb and Marie Graham (director of digital media), who have put their creative stamp on the Twin Lakes’ Tweeds Tavern Stout? Or will Mitchell and Jim Miller (director of publications), score the win with their revision of Twin Lakes’ Jubilicious Winter Seasonal? NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Tyler Mitchell fills the firkin while Jim Miller and Rob Pfeiffer offer semi-helpful advice.
The staff members who participated in the experiment sat down with Pfeiffer again to discuss the process and answer some questions. Below is a behind-the-scenes look at how the Out & About Firkin FaceOff came to be, what readers can expect from these beers, and just how much jive talk the two teams can put in print. O&A: Rob, as a professional brewer, what were your thoughts about assisting the two Out & About teams in a process that could possibly ruin your hard work? Pfeiffer: You know, there are several great things about being a brewer. Sure, it’s great to make beer, but more importantly, it allows us to participate in the community. For centuries, beer has had a history of bringing communities together. It’s the same principle here with the Firkin Face-Off. It’s great being with friends, fostering creativity, and, of course, drinking some beer. And, may I add, I have only once been involved with a firkin experiment gone wrong. So I have high hopes with this. O&A: How did this crazy experiment come together the way it did? Graham: We’ve talked about partnering with Twin Lakes on an Out & About collaboration beer for years now. With Wilmington Beer Week on the horizon, we thought that this would be perfect timing to do something. But there just wasn’t enough time to brew a beer from start to finish. So Rob suggested that we create an O&A firkin instead, using an existing Twin Lakes brew. We liked that idea, but I thought it might be more fun if we turned the concept into a competition. Miller: When Marie came up with that idea, it took the whole concept to another level. You could feel the energy in the room go up a notch. Nothing like a little competition to get the motors running. Graham: Jim and Tyler were psyched about using the Jubilicious, and Matt and I both wanted to work with the stout. So we divided into teams, all four knowing that Matt and I were going to win regardless of what we added to the kegs. Because our ideas are better. O&A: So then you’re confident your team will win? Loeb: I have one thing to say about Tyler and Jim’s holiday ale concoction: Baaaaah humbug! Miller: Time will tell… Mitchell: I believe since we have a more popular beer style and delicious ingredients on our side, we will ultimately be victorious. Plus I heard Marie and Matt used some sort of dark sludge? Ewww... 36 NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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O&A: Dark sludge? Loeb: The truth is, everyone who tried it beforehand agreed our “sludge” was powerful, but also complex and enjoyable. Graham: Let me explain. The “sludge” was actually a combination of Blanton’s Bourbon, organic baker’s cocoa, vanilla extract, roasted orange peels, and Pike Creek Espresso. One of the twists we added to the competition was that one of the ingredients had to be local. The Pike Creek Espresso was ours. Miller: And our local ingredient was honey. A lot of people don’t know that in addition to being a fine brewer, Rob is also a beekeeper. So we asked him if we could use some of his locally derived honey. That’s one more reason he really wants us to win. O&A: Speaking of winning, what was the reasoning behind the ingredients you chose? Mitchell: With the experience I had with home brewing, and with choosing the Jubilicious Ale, I knew we wanted to use ingredients that would give it even more of a holiday taste. We picked figs and honey to hopefully give a sweet component to the beer that would remind drinkers of the upcoming holiday season. We also chose to dry hop the beer with Cascade and Centennial hops to give a little bit of citrus and piney aromas, to round out the flavors. Loeb: Mo [Marie] and I are biiiig stout fans, so naturally we embraced this batch. We did a few taste tests prior and decided on a handful of ingredients we knew we enjoyed in other stouts from other breweries. We didn’t want to abandon the base batch, but we didn’t want to play it too safe either. O&A: Sounds like everyone feels good about their choices. Mitchell: I don’t think we can go wrong with this combination of ingredients. Can’t wait to taste it! Loeb: Total. Stout. Domination. Is. Coming. Pfeiffer: I think both teams have made some interesting choices in terms of ingredients. I’m really looking forward to trying both beers. O&A: And have the teams come up with names for their concoctions? Miller: We decided on “Figalicious Jubilicious.” Graham: And we’re calling ours “Sabotage Stout.” Want to help pick the winner? The Out & About Firkin Face-Off will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at Cromwell’s Tavern in Greenville as part of Wilmington Beer Week. For more information and a full listing of other events going on that night and throughout the week, visit WilmingtonBeerWeek.com. —O&A
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Pile It On Thanks to creative restaurants and chefs, the humble sandwich has come into its own By Pam George
astrami, sopressata, roast turkey and provolone. Olive oil, mayonnaise, spicy brown mustard and balsamic vinegar. These are the makings of a stellar sandwich, whether they’re packed in a sub or steak roll, stacked on whole wheat or presented as a panini. From upscale restaurants to corner sub shops, the sandwich appears on most Delaware eateries’ menus. V&M Bistro, which opened in September on Marsh Road in Brandywine Hundred, features roast beef with sharp provolone and long hots on an artesian roll. The grill menu at nearby Harry’s Savoy Grill—you may need to ask for it in the dining room— offers the New England lobster roll, a chicken cheesesteak with mushrooms, and a hot roast beef sandwich with onion rings and aged cheddar. Like burgers and pizzas, the sandwich is now a platform for creativity. ►
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Casapulla's Italian sub is a classic, long-time local favorite.
An old love affair The sandwich is likely named for John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich (1718–92), who supposedly invented it. Yet even before the 18th century, people used bread to scoop up stews or wrap around meat or cheese. Basically, a sandwich is meat and/or other ingredients placed between bread or on a roll. It’s portable and easy to eat with your hands. (Clutch a turkey sub in one hand while cheering the Eagles with the other.) But there are wonderfully sloppy versions that require a knife and fork. Many regions have a signature sandwich: the lobster roll in Maine; the hot brown sandwich in Louisville (turkey, bacon and Moray sauce browned in the oven); the muffuletta in New Orleans (olive salad and Italian meats on a round roll); and the “barbecued” chipped ham in Pittsburgh. In the Delaware area—where there seems to be a sub shop on every corner, particularly in New Castle County—sandwiches frequently have an Italian heritage. They’re dubbed a sub or a hoagie, depending on how close the shop is to Philly. Casapulla’s, a family-owned chain, is known for its Italian sub. You can also get sandwiches with the expected ItalianAmerican fillings: meatball and cheese, sausage (hot or sweet), and pepperoni and egg. But even the traditional is getting tweaked. Café Sitaly, which this summer opened on Naamans Road in European Bistro’s old spot, shakes things up with a chicken cacciatore steak sandwich (fried onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers and marinara sauce) and a bacon-cheddar cheesesteak. Durney’s Deli in Wilmington’s Little Italy features the “original” hoagie: ham, capicola, prosciutto, hard salami and provolone on a seeded roll. It has a chewier texture than most hoagies. Owner Nancy Durney’s “Ultimate” hoagie includes hot pepper jack cheese and spicy Cajun mayo with the customer’s choice of turkey, Italian meats, albacore tuna, or roast beef. (Beef and pork are roasted on site, and Durney also pounds and breads the chicken cutlets.)
Everything but the kitchen sink No sub shop, however, has bucked the norm quite like Capriotti’s, which was started in Little Italy in 1976 by Lois and Alan Margolet, who named it for their mother’s family. To differentiate themselves, the siblings offered fresh turkey subs, which they made from turkey roasted and shredded onsite. They started with one turkey a day, but they were soon using 12 turkeys daily to keep up with sales. ►
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Capriotti's legendary "Bobbie" includes turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce in a sub roll.
Capriotti’s “Bobbie” is now legendary. Roast turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce practically spills from a sub roll. Another favorite is the “Capastrami”: hot pastrami, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing, coleslaw. Dreamer’s Café in the Holly Oak/Bellefonte area has a similar sandwich. Known as The Gobbler, it features roast turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bread stuffing, mayo, and cranberry on wheat bread. The family-owned café, which opened in 2005, along with Purebread Deli + Cafe, which opened in 2001, were among the first to focus on gourmet sandwiches and not subs. “Subs had been done,” says Mike Nardozzi, owner of Purebread. Dreamer’s Café’s colorfully named club-style sandwiches, made with three pieces of bread, allow for layering. The “Twin Peaks” combines egg salad, tuna salad, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and American cheese. “Super Mario” packs together roast turkey, ham, roast beef, provolone, roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, and pesto mayo on pumpernickel. Purebread, which seeks to fill orders in less than five minutes, limits most concoctions to meat or seafood, cheese, a spread or condiment, and an added flavor boost from such items as avocado, lettuce, or hot peppers. “We try to get as few ingredients as possible that blend together to make an awesome sandwich,” Nardozzi says. “The goal is to produce harmonious flavors.” He points to the popular “French Poodle”: turkey, brie, sundried tomatoes, spinach and champagne mustard on a baguette. The most popular sandwich, the “Jack Russell,” is a grilled panini with chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, peppercorn ranch dressing, and cheddar bread. presents
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Upscale Attitude Purebread is starting to emphasize its farm-to-table fresh approach, and Drip Café in Pike Creek also keeps it simple but exceptional. The “Chicken Waldorf” is made with free-range chicken, grapes, candied pecans, and baby arugula. It’s served with a splash of citrus dressing on a croissant. “There’s an inherent sweetness throughout,” says owner Greg Vogeley. “Then you have the citrus, the peppery arugula, and the buttery croissant.” He calls the flavor combination a “complete sandwich.” Like Drip Café, Fresh Thymes Café in the Forty Acres/Trolley Square area of Wilmington favors a sophisticated twist. The grilled cheese is made with Lancaster garlic-and-chive cheddar and tomato. “It’s actual cheese, not processed cheese,” says owner Jenn Adams. “People are always wowed by how wonderful it tastes.” “The Suzie” is made with organic chicken salad and bacon on cinnamon-wheat toast.►
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At Maiale, on Lancaster Pike, the sausage is the star. Take the “Mexicano,” made with fire-roasted corn and poblano sausage, cheddar cheese, and chipotle mayo. Owner Billy Rawstrom dresses his Thai curry chicken sausage with Asian slaw and sriracha-lime sauce. Some restaurants have been taking it up a notch. Chef-owner Donny Merrill at Skipjack in Newark has a host of hot sandwiches for the season, including a grilled cheese sandwich with duck bacon, roasted Honeycrisp apples, brie, and roasted garlic butter, served on a brioche bun. The most popular combination, he says, is the slow-smoked beef brisket with onion rings and a jalapeno-beer cheese fondue. (Sandwiches are available on gluten-free bread or in a tortilla wrap.) The more exotic or organic the ingredients, the higher the price tag. The “Chicken Waldorf” sandwich at Drip Café is $9.50, and it comes with house-made rosemary bagel chips or a seasonal side. You can upgrade to sweet potato fries or a mixed green salad for $3. “We want to give them more so they leave satisfied,” Vogeley says. “The price reflects the sourcing of the ingredients and the work that goes into making the sandwich.” Fresh Thymes’ sandwiches, priced from $9 to $17, come with chips or a mini salad. Or customers can upgrade to tabbouleh for $2. So how do shops and restaurants come up with these creations? Vogeley’s staff all offer ideas. Adams and her team take note of customer suggestions and substitutions. The “Jim”—Tuscan bread topped with smoked salmon, pesto, spinach, and tomato, then grilled—was a customer’s idea. Necessity is also the mother of invention. “At the end of the day, we’re so hungry,” Adams says. “We’ve watched things go out of the kitchen. So we combine everything that looks good to us on bread and that’s how we wind up with some of our best creations.” Who knows where this culinary creativity may lead the humble sandwich. Stay tuned.
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Sure, if the coupling becomes greater than the sum of its parts By Robert Lhulier
wenty years ago, when managing the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in Cape May, I was tasked with pairing beers to the chef’s creations for a Belgian beer dinner. When it came time for dessert, I was perplexed. There was something instinctively wrong about putting beer with dessert. I mean, beer can be dessert, but, drinking a beer with a dessert? Heresy. As I researched Belgian beers, I discovered particularly fruity, low-alcohol styles, such as lambic, that have derivative brews known as geuze, kriek, mars, faro and fruit. Sometimes brewed with actual fruit and wild yeasts, to my uneducated palate they had all the appeal of an adult Frank’s soda with booze in it. Cherry kriek, raspberry lambic and plum geuze were candidates for the tasting. We settled on the raspberry lambic with a linzer torte, but I still wasn’t sold. All these years later, I realize it wasn’t the quality of the beer at issue, but my stubbornness to give it a chance. One million Belgians can’t be wrong. As the micro-beer boom of the late ‘90s caught on, it was the various styles of Belgian, French and German beers that these new bohemian breweries were emulating. Not all of them were a
success, but for die-hard beer drinkers, finding a new brew to wake up the palate was exciting. New-styled farmhouse ales and IPAs from California, Oregon and New York State breweries began to catch on, in the traditional 750ml format. High-alcohol, almost wine-like styles, like those of Chimay and Duvel from Belgium, gained popularity. A littleknown cult brewer aptly named Rogue from Oregon began bottling stout and porter, the darker, more robust beer, with chocolate and coffee. You might say they were the first of extreme-brewers, a title now held by Delaware-based juggernaut Dogfish Head. The thing is, just like Americanized versions of European wines, these beers were brewed for the American palate. And people drank them up. Most micro-breweries cashed out to large corporations like Anheuser-Busch, and the backlash is what we now call the craft beer craze. According to the Colorado-based Brewers Association, an American craft brewer is defined by three criteria: it must be small, independent, and traditional. Even deeper in the definition is that it must produce no more than 6 million barrels annually. Other rules define percentage of ownership by individuals compared to corporations, and use of natural, traditional ingredients, such as barley. ►
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Focusing sometimes on only four or five styles, craft breweries began cropping up like mushrooms overnight, selling just within a county or two of their locations. Specially lined cans that reduced that tinny flavor made it cool to package and drink out of cans, adding a nostalgic touch to the trend. Going back to the roots of great beer, the styles of Europe were mimicked once again. If a style failed, the loss was written off as a kooky idea. But in many cases, the more outrageous the flavor or idea, the more coveted the brew. And so small-batch brews like Wells Banana Bread beer, Short’s Brewing’s “S’more Stout” and Southern Tier “Crème Brûlée”—a curious beverage brewed with vanilla beans—were born. Also popular were fruit beers made more in the style of herbal tea, like blueberry ale and stone fruit cider. I’ve since returned to my days of pairing beer and food, this time as chef. And I am faced once again with the conundrum of recommending a beer to consume with dessert. In order to do this successfully and not feel like I was jumping on a bandwagon, I wanted to lay down some ground rules. Here they are:
• The beer must be drinkable on its own. That is to say, if I don’t want to drink 12 ounces of Abita Strawberry Harvest Beer (and I don’t), then putting it with dessert is a bad idea.
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• The beer, for me at least, has to be a certain ABV percentage, or alcohol by volume. Too little, for example, and a beer paired with dessert could wind up tasting like one of those flavored sodas from Belgium. Too much alcohol and you can have the sensation of being too full. A sweet spot ABV for me is between 4-7 percent for beer that works best with food. • Fruit, spice and sugar in a beer need to be nuances, not the main attraction. Beers that bonk you over the head with blueberry and lemon can be fun to drink in the summer sun, but in pairing with a dessert it’s about balance. Likewise, there are some decent pumpkin beers out there, but most are more akin to scented candles and Starbucks lattes than hop- and malt-driven session beers. If it tastes like dessert, then drink it for dessert, not with.
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If any of this sounds familiar to wine lovers skilled in the art of food and wine pairing, it’s because it’s the same concept. Both food and beer must stand on its own, but a truly successful pairing emerges when the coupling becomes greater than the sum of its parts: a new level, a new taste previously undiscovered—that “Aha!” moment. Trends or no, I’ll always enjoy beer best right out of the bottle. But a recent pairing I could be proud to put my name next to is a chocolate English toffee brioche bread pudding with an unorthodox 50/50 blend of my own, using Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout with the Wells Banana Bread Ale. It adheres to all the rules I laid out about pairing and it’s a slam dunk on the “wow” factor. Robert Lhulier is executive chef at the University & Whist Club in Wilmington.
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Puppies and Posies, Sungmin Kim Bobyak. This collection of original oil paintings depicts earnest little faces of wet nose pups and florals full of happy, vibrant colors. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 30.
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Zaikka is exhibiting two artists in November, digital artist Jason Olney and photographer Jillian Wilson. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through Nov 30.
Reserve one of the limited number of seats by calling 302.576.2135 or email jbarton@Wilmingtonde.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Top: Olney, Bottom: Wilson
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org Gravitational Pull Guided by Hiro Sakaguchi
Current exhibitions: Margery Amdur, Dawn Hunter, and 35 Years of the DCCA: 1979-2014 (through 1/18/15). Opening in November: Hiro Sakaguchi, Reception 11/7, Dan Jackson, Reception 11/7, and Dennis Beach, Reception 12/5). Plus Fall Youth & Adult Education! Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m.
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2nd and LOMA Leasing Office 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.655.0124 2ndandloma.com
The Root by Alexa Ritchie
Wearable Mother Nature, Alexa Ritchie. Jewelry that takes inspiration from the natural world and explores our connections to the elements. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 21. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Downtown Loop The Grand Opera House baby grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Lomacoffee.com
Barn Crazy, Sherry McVickar. McVickar has been called “barn again”, “barn free” and “van good”. An amiable day; cruising the countryside; spying the perfect relic; slamming on the brakes; jumping out; plastering paint on the canvas; speeding away…the ninja barn portraitist strikes again. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Dec 2.
Phyllis Le Chat received her first recognition as a painter from her second grade teacher Ms. Helen, who proclaimed, “you already paint the world more vividly than Chagall!” Her husband, Ben, photographs the world in more realistic terms. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 6 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Nov 30.
Ghoaster by Tristan Campos
DCAD Student Gallery Club 521 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.622.8867 x 126 dcad.edu
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Pixel, A group show featuring work from the DCAD Student Gallery Club. This gallery is dedicated to student-curated exhibitions, to express their artistic voices outside of the parameters of their coursework. Pixel: a minute detail, small parts working together to create a whole. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Nov 28.
Faces: Studies in black and white and in color, Kathy Herring. The study of a human face grants me a glimpse into the soul that animates it; this is why my first love as a fine artist, my passion, is portraiture. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Dec 2.
Delaware College of Art and Design 600 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.622.8000 dcad.edu
Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artsdel.org
Animation Now! features five artist groups who create content for the web, TV, social media, and game development, including stop-motion, cut out, and digital 2D animation. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Jan 9.
Chris White Gallery At Shipley Lofts 701 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, DE 302.312.5493 chriswhitecdc.org
Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com Denise Vitollo Pastels. Denise Vitollo’s vibrant pastel work (landscapes, plein air, aquatic life, etc.) is an expression of the intensity with which she sees the world around her. Art Loop reception 5 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 30.
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Nesting Loon by Gabriel Jules
Redding Gallery 800 N. French St. Wilmington, DE Artloopwilm.org
A Vision for Wilmington’s Creative District, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation. This interactive exhibit brings to life the concepts that will help create a Creative District in Wilmington. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Dec 19.
Spring House by Denise Vitollo
Natural Selection, Gabriel Jules. A selection of Etchings, prints, and other works on paper by Delaware Division of the Arts Individual Artist Fellow Gabriel Jules. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Nov 26.
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The Redding Gallery presents two artists in November. SMSHD Label presents xMosquito Bites and Andy Vible presents life-size sculptures of human bodies whose heads have been replaced by everyday objects. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 30.
Wilmington Library 10 E. 10th Street Wilmington, DE 302.571.7407 wilmlib.org
Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County, MD. A group show featuring large photographic panels, displaying twenty compelling portraits with narratives that document the stories of Holocaust survivors who remind us of their triumph in living. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 26. NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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artloopwilm.org Theatre N at Nemours 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 302.576.2565 theatren.org Mike Hinson is a DCAD and Pratt Institute alumni, born and raised in Wilmington, DE, and currently based in Brooklyn, NY working as a freelance illustrator. His very humorous drawing style ranges from editorial illustration to comics & animation. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Nov 7 only.
Cab Calloway School of the Arts Gallery 100 N. DuPont Road Wilmington, DE 302.651.2700 cabcallowayschool.org
Self Portrait by Ariel Tobing
The Fate of 8, CCSArts Alumni Invitational; features Cab Calloway and Charter School of Wilmington Alumni who benefited from the CCSArts curriculum including painting, drawing, serigraphs, and ceramics. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. through Nov 25.
Colourworks Photo/ Art Space 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE Colourworks.com
Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 610.644.5440 howardpylestudio.org
V Pix – Havana Doorways, Palermo Fishing Boats and More; Virginia Lockman. Photographs that capture color, texture and detail. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through Dec 3.
Two Voices is an exhibit featuring Nancy James and Mary Smith. Both artists work beautifully in both pastels and Oils. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Dec 1.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi
Green Multiplied by Mary Smith and Cape May Retreat by Nancy James
Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506
Tilton Cool Café 1139 A W. 7th Street Wilmignton, DE 302.425.4900 kevinmelloy.lnf.com Tilton Park and Cool Spring Resident Art. Artists who are residents of the neighborhood will display their art. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Nov 15.
Uncommon Jewels, Helen Mason. Exquisite jewelry and objects made of non-traditional materials. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Dec 2. Rouge by Helen Mason
Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com
Melloy Gallery 1139 C W. 7th Street Wilmington, DE 302.425.4900 facebook.com/melloygallery Recent works by Kathleen Keane and Joseph Melloy, Sr. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Nov 15.
Scenic Overlook by Robert Jackson
Union City Grille 805 N. Union Street Wilmington, DE 302.654.9780 unioncitygrille.com
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net
Unique oils and mixed media. Known for her famous cats, modern art, florals, cityscapes and more, Lynne Troll loves vivid colors and paints in a variety of styles. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 4:40 – 10 p.m., Sun 4 – 9 p.m. through Dec 31.
In Color ~ New Paintings, Michele Green. Green’s favorite places to paint are the remote areas of the Delmarva Peninsula, where she creates plein air landscapes in oil of marshes, waterways and inviting paths. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Nov 26.
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Man’s Best Friend - The Art of the Dog. This exhibition will feature the loyalty, companionship and service of dogs immortalized in 100 years worth of art history. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 15.
Deal Island December by Michele Green
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The Buzz Gallery Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.547.1401 ardenbuzz.com
Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com Urban Landscapes, Sarah Baptist. Baptist’s paintings capture both the grit and the beauty in the structures and forms of the urban cityscape. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 11 a.m. – 5p .m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Nov 30.
Hot Pink Flip Flops Oswego Lake by Danny Schweers
Experience Jeni Barton’s graphic illustrations of art nouveau ladies; vibrant Colorscapes featuring soft, edgy, and flowing designs by Cristi Day; unique jewelry with rustic character and an occasional quirky detail by Sherri Strong of Fitz Uniquely; and the colored pencil sketch of Angel Oak in South Carolina by Pamela Slaton. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Nov 30.
JPT Chair Caning 803D Brandywine Blvd. Bellefonte, DE 302.762.9315 jptcc.com From Trash to Treasure, Paula Thomas. Displaying and demonstrating woven seat repair for damaged chairs. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Nov 7 only.
Delaware Center for Conscious Living 1813 Marsh Road, 2nd Floor Wilmington, DE Deconsciousliving.com
Retrospective, Carlo Viola. A well-known photographer from New Castle, will be displaying a retrospective of 30 years of work. A portion of proceeds from this show will benefit the New Castle Public Library. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Nov 30. Pastel Pattern by Carlo Viola
Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net
Smells like Another!, Kate Walls. “Originals by Kate” has been making candles for 25 years, the last 6 years professionally. A true mixologist, she is the master of creating unique as well as familiar scents, utilizing several types of wax to create a wider range of candle creations. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Nov 30.
Cactus Wren Gallery 406 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.328.7595 cactuswrengallery.com
The Surreal and the Natural, Michael Wann. Painting with paper creates surreal, humorous and haunting images from torn and cut magazines. Spoiled Girl Jewelry, by local artist Jane Lyon Taylor, reflecting natures complex colors and textures. Art Loop Reception 5-8 PM On view by appointment through November 30.
Long Ago - Navajo silversmith, Kee Yazzie, Jr. is known for creating fine jewelry featuring images of ancient petroglyphs he often saw while hiking through canyons when growing up in northern Arizona. This rock art left an impression that has been very influential in the pieces Yazzie creates. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. through Dec 30.
Talleyville Frame Shoppe & Gallery 3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE 302.478.1163 talleyvillefsg.com
L&L Studio Photography/ Rodney Pratt Framing 204A Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.438.6545 rodneyprattframing.com
Of Copper Nature, Ed Yalisove and Dru Maliszewski. Uniquely crafted copper trees, some in finished wood as both freestanding and wall pieces. Jewelry designed with the same beautifully treated copper & hand woven beadwork. Art Loop reception 6 -8 p.m. On view Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 5p.m., Tue, Thu 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Nov 29. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
Photographs by Danny N. Schweers will be displayed in detail instead of the 600-pixelwide JPGs he sends out each week to subscribers & found on his PhotoPrayer.com website. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Nov 16.
Blue Heron Gallery 204 B Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.276.0845 blueherongalleryde.com
Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com
Evolving by Michael Wann
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It Takes Two, Steve Oliver and Wendy Maxwell. A collaboration of fine art using acrylics, inks, colored pencils and photography that embodies a wonderful collection of beautiful scenery and majestic wildlife in a realistic setting. Art loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 1 – 9 p.m., Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Nov 30. NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children 302.576.2565 • Monday - Friday
1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801
302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org
MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT
PG-13 | 98 Minutes | Oct 31– Nov 2 Fri 1pm | Sat 2pm & 5pm | Sun 5pm A romantic comedy about an Englishman brought in to help unmask a possible swindle. Personal and professional complications ensue.
DANCING IN JAFFA
NR | 88 Minutes | Oct 31– Nov 2 Fri 4pm | Sat 11am & 5pm | Sun 11am Partially subtitled
Renowned ball-room dancer Pierre Dulaine takes his program, Dancing Classrooms, back to his city of birth, Jaffa, to teach Jewish and Palestinian Israelis to dance and compete together.
NR | 98 Minutes | November 7-9 Fri 9pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 4pm Partially subtitled After weeks of traveling through Europe the immature William finds himself at a crossroads in Copenhagen. Not just another European city, Copenhagen is also the birthplace of his father. When the youthful Effy befriends the older William they set off on an adventure to find William’s grandfather.
DAYS AND NIGHTS
NR | 92 Minutes | Days and Nights Fri 1pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm Inspired by Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull and set in rural New England in the 1980s. The film centers around Elizabeth (Allison Janney), a movie star, who brings her paramour Peter (Christian Camargo) to her lakeside estate to visit her family on Memorial Day weekend.
LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM
NR | 98 Minutes | Last Days In Vietnam Fri 4pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 4pm During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. 50 NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS R | 88 Minutes | November 14-16 Fri 1pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm
Red Crow Mi’g Maq reservation, 1976: By government decree, every Indian child under the age of 16 must attend residential school. In the kingdom of the Crow, that meansimprisonment at St. Dymphna’s. That means being at the mercy of “Popper”, the sadistic Indian agent who runs the school.
LISTEN UP PHILIP
R | 109 Minutes | November 21-23 Fri 1pm & 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm Anger rages in Philip as he awaits the publication of his second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley, and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject: himself.
R | 81 Minutes | November 21-23 Fri 4pm & 10pm | Sat 2pm & 8pm | Sun 4pm In the wonderfully dysfunctional tradition of The Royal Tenenbaums, teenage years are always messy… but for Maude, things couldn’t seem more tragic. Within one week just prior to her 18th birthday, she is suspended from school, stranded by her best friend, dumped by the boy she “loves”, and Granny just died leaving her an enormous amount of money under one condition: Maude must go to college which she does not want to do and her wildly eccentric family is no help at all. Of course… It’s a comedy!
WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
R | 91 Minutes | November 28-30 Fri 1pm & 7pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 1pm Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock (Christopher Meloni), for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief.
A MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS
NR | 88 Minutes | November 28-30 Fri 4pm & 10pm | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 4pm
MERRY FRIGGIN’ CHRISTMAS follows Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham), as they spend a dreaded Christmas with Boyd’s father Mitch (Robin Williams) and his family of misfits. Upon realizing that he has left all of his son’s gifts at home, Boyd hits the road with his father and younger brother in an attempt to make the 8-hour round trip before sunrise.
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
City Prepares for Cold Weather
he winter of 2013-2014 was one of the most extreme in Wilmington’s recent history. The City’s Department of Public Works recorded 18 weather-related storms last winter, which totaled approximately 53 inches of snow, 33 inches more than an average winter. Our City’s departments of Emergency Management, Police, Fire, Parks & Recreation, Public Works and Licensing & Inspections all worked around the clock to provide smooth operations and minimal disruptions to city operations. The upcoming winter season promises to be equally as challenging as last winter was. Jillian MacMath, an accuweather.com staff writer recently reported, “Though parts of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic had a gradual introduction to fall, winter will arrive without delay. Cold air and high snow amounts will define the season.” She added “After record-shattering temperatures and high snow totals last winter in the Northeast, a similar theme will continue into the 2014-2015 season. Cold air will surge into the Northeast in late November, but the brunt of the season will hold off until January and February.” The City Departments of Public Works, Licensing and Inspection and Emergency Management are prepared for winter weather. LEAF & YARD WASTE The City’s Leaf & Yard Waste Pick Up Schedule runs for seven weeks, from Monday, October 27 – Friday, December 12, 2014. Daily collections occur between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. For areas east of I-95, collections are on Mondays and Thursdays. For areas west of I-95, collections are on Tuesdays and Fridays. • Please use lawn PAPER BAGS, which can be purchased at home improvement stores, or picked up free of charge from the City Department of Constituent Services, at the Louis L. Redding City/ County Building at 800 North French Street. • The City will dispatch vacuum trucks to vacuum leaves that have been sweptinto the street, next to the curb. • Please call the Public Works Call Center at 302-576-3878 with any questions about leaf and yard waste removal. You can also access information online at: http://www.wilmingtonde. gov/government/leafandyardwaste.
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SPECIAL PICK-UPS Special pick-up is a separate collection of large items that don’t fit in your trashcans, or trash that exceeds the 50 pound weight limit. special pick-ups include: bulk items such as furniture, appliances, refrigerators with the doors removed and cardboard boxes. Special pick-ups can be arranged by calling the Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878. Items that DO NOT qualify for special pick-ups include tires, concrete, paint, building materials, household chemicals, oil tanks, fuel containers and other materials that fall into the category of hazardous wastes. In order to dispose of hazardous waste, call the DSWA at 1-800-404-7080 or visit www.dswa.com for information on how to dispose of these items. SNOW When the City experiences high volumes of snow, the snow must be ;lowed and removed from streets and neighborhoods. Citizens who begin removing snow from their vehicles and sidewalks are reminded not to return snow into an already-plowed street, since by doing so creates hazardous road conditions, and is also a violation of City Code. Snow & Ice Control Policy – Sec. 42- 419: Procedure for Making Pathways and Snow Clearance a) In removing ice and snow from sidewalks, it shall be unlawful to deposit any part thereof in the gutters or on the roadway...Such snow and ice shall be deposited on the sidewalk at or near the curb. During states of emergency, more than 100 Public Works staff use over 30 trucks and plows and thousands of tons of salt, to provide safe conditions for Wilmington residents. Other critical supports were provided by the departments of Constituent Services and Communications, who are also available around the clock to answer questions and disseminate information to the public at large. Additionally, the City Emergency Operations Center is open during states of emergency to ensure delivery of storm-related services. The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross also collaborate with the City’s Emergency Operations Center to place thousands Wilmingtonians in emergency shelters during ‘Code Purple’ Alerts and the Delaware National Guard can be engaged for emergency missions.
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Citizens can tune into the City’s television station, WITN, Channel 22 on the Comcast network, tune into WDEL radio- 1150AM, or visit the City website at www.wilmingtonde. gov for updated information. REPORT IT RESOLVE IT
ReportIt, ResolveIt is an online and mobile service request system that allows City of Wilmington residents to identify and report water, sewer, street and transportation related. Residents and customers can upload a photo or video of the concern and mark the geographic location on a map. Upon successful submission of the request, the user will get an email confirmation along with a unique tracking number and a service request number, so that the user can track the request. Start using ReportIt, ResolveIt by downloading the app to your smart phone, or go to the website ReportIt ResolveIt.wilmingtonde.gov to submit your request today. LICENSING & INSPECTIONS This winter, the City Department of License & Inspections will focus on the security and stability of vacant and abandoned properties, by the Department working with WPD and Public Works to insure that vacant properties are secured and other illegal activity. They will also work vigorously to locate property owners of vacant properties. Citizens who would like to report issues with vacant properties, can contact Cynthia Ferguson in the City License & Inspections Department: (302) 576-3030. Illegal dumping will also be a focus for License and Inspections. If you witnesses a contractor, constituent, neighbor or any other person illegally dumping trash and debris in the city, immediately contact L&I at (302) 576-3030If you witness a vehicle dumping trash illegally please note he make, model and license plate number of the vehicle and provide to the authorities. Resident tips increase the likelihood that illegal dumpers will be identified.
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Economic Development Announces Grow Wilmington Fund The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development recently launched the $4 million Grow Wilmington Fund, an innovative, low-interest loan fund for established businesses. The Grow Wilmington Fund was capitalized through a unique partnership between the City of Wilmington’s Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) Corporation, Discover Bank, and the National Development Council (NDC). UDAG’s investment will be leveraged using the Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) loan program to increase the City’s lending capacity by up to $4 million. The Office of Economic Development looks to use the Grow Wilmington loan fund to promote job growth and economic development in the City of Wilmington through the expansion of existing businesses and recruitment of new businesses. Grow Wilmington is unique from other loan funds as it offers lower interest rates and monthly payments, longer repayment terms, and the ability to preserve business equity. NDC will work with the City of Wilmington through its affiliate Community Development Financial Institution, Grow America Fund (GAF), to deliver professional underwriting, servicing, and portfolio management services; along with technical assistance to local established businesses. The Grow Wilmington Fund is available to qualified, existing businesses in operation for at least three years with less than 500 employees and revenues generally between $500,000 and $20 million. Grow Wilmington Fund loans will range from $150,000 to $4,000,000. However, the amount a business can borrow is subject to underwriting guidelines and loan fund availability. Once obtained, loan funds may be used for: • Working Capital – to be repaid over 10 years • Machinery and Equipment – to be repaid over 10 years • Real estate acquisition and/or renovation of owner-occupied businesses – to be repaid over 25 years • Tenant improvements – to be repaid over the life of the lease As a mission-driven loan fund, Grow Wilmington is focused on the creation of new jobs in the City. Serving as a mechanism to invite new businesses into the City of Wilmington, the Grow Wilmington loan fund can help generate commerce and foster a supportive environment for businesses to succeed. Jeff Flynn, Acting Economic Development Director, stated, “This fund gives the City a new economic development tool to help spur business investment and create new jobs, benefitting Wilmington residents and businesses alike.” To learn more about the Grow Wilmington Fund, contact Denita Thomas in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development at email@example.com or 302-576-2120.
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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios/City Theater Co. 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assn., WYRA.ORG 4. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 5. Residences at Christina Landing 6. Harry’s Seafood Grill / Riverfront Market, HARRYS-SAVOY.COM 7. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 8. FireStone Roasting House, FIRESTONERIVERFRONT.COM 9. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM 10. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk 11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG
13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame
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51ST ANNUAL WINTERTHUR DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW* November 7-9 Chase Center on the Riverfront Winterthur.org
REST, IN PIECES* November 5-November 23 Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org
PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT-MARSH ANIMALS* November 21 DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org
New DCM Hours:
Tues. - Thurs: 10am-3pm Fri. & Sat: 10am-8pm Sun: 10am-3pm New DCM Pricing: $8.75 general admission
21. Chase Center on the Riverfront, CENTERONTHERIVERFRONT.COM 22. Dravo Plaza & Dock 23. Shipyard Center Planet Fitness, PLANETFITNESS.COM 24. Timothy’s Restaurant, TIMOTHYSONTHERIVERFRONT.COM Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG
27 DART Park-n-Ride Lot 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30: The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31: Stratosphere Trampoline Park, WILMINGTONTRAMPOLINEPARK.COM 32: The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM
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RIVERFRONT EVENTS REST, IN PIECES* November 5-November 23 Join this seemingly never ending chess game as audiences voyeur into a family’s loss from three separate perspectives, with each of the three acts unveiling how two of the characters respond when the third leaves this Earth. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org BUSY BEAVERS* November 6 Find out how these “engineers” construct their damns and protect their young, and finish the day with a beaver craft. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org NOVEMBER ENVIRONMENTAL BOOK CLUB November 6 Join the discussion and explore our relationship with food, animals, and our backyards through the current selection: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org OPENING PARTY FOR THE 51ST ANNUAL WINTERTHUR DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW* November 6 Celebrate the opening of the show with cocktails and exclusive early shopping. Chase Center on the Riverfront Winterthur.org 51ST ANNUAL WINTERTHUR DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW* November 7-9 More that 60 of the best antiques dealers in America and beyond will convene to offer the most unique and intriguing antiques—from furniture and paintings to ceramics, needlework, and even Native American wares. Chase Center on the Riverfront Winterthur.org ART ON THE TOWN November 7 Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org
BEGINNING BIRDING IN NOVEMBER* November 8 The weather is turning colder, but we can still find plenty of interesting birds in the marshes and surrounding woodlots. Find straggling migrants as well as a few impressing raptors. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org
ABSTRACTION REACTION November 16 Bring some pizazz to the season with bold and bright artwork. Drawing inspiration from artist Margery Amdur’s exhibition Abundance, we’ll deck the DCCA in wild, abstract compositions. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org
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SHOW ME THE ART: PROFESSIONALLY DOCUMENTING YOUR WORK* November 18 This workshop will arm you with the knowledge and resources to professionally document and present your art, whether it is 2D, 3D, or performance. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org
DCCA ART LOUNGE PRESENTS: 2ND WEDNESDAYS November 12 Happy Hour & Affordable Art! November’s feature trunk show artist is Karyn Warnermetal jewelry and clocks. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org ANIMAL EXTRAVAGANZA! November 15 Walk with a naturalist through the refuge and take home a wild craft to remember your visit! DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org 2014 FATHER DAUGHTER DANCE* November 15 You’re invited to an Evening of Elegance. This annual event is designed to both illuminate the important positive impact that fathers have on the lives of their daughters as they grow from girls to young ladies to productive women. Chase Center on the Riverfront BethelFDD.com
DELAWARE VEGETATIVE COMMUNITIES November 20 This lecture with Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program ecologist Robert Coxe will focus on The Delaware Statewide Vegetation Community/Land Cover Map, which he spearheads. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT- MARSH ANIMALS* November 21 Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DuPont Environmental Education Center and have all the fun with games. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org THE ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY EXPERIENCE* November 28 Three rooms of upscale entertainment featuring 50 Cent and Doug E Fresh. Chase Center on the Riverfront BlackFridayExperience2014.Eventbrite.com
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WRC’S CREATIVE CHAT SERIES with special guest: Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center Thursday, Nov. 13 • 5:30pm • Chris White Gallery, 701. N. Shipley Street Learn about the kitchen incubator model as it pertains to Wilmington’s Creative District as we welcome Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center/Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises which supports both established and start-up food businesses and food processors in need of commercial kitchen space and technical assistance. Also featured will be Dan Sheridan from the Wilmington Pickling Company which sources produce from local farms then creates the brine, fills and seals the jars and handles the distribution to a select group of markets throughout the state and Dorks and Forks a new foodie podcast blending food and geek culture hosted by Brian Wild & Dan Sanchez.
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MAKERS POPPING UP IN WILMINGTON A conversation with Jessi Taylor, organizer of Delaware’s first makers’ organization, Barrel of Makers When was Barrel of Makers founded? What was the idea behind it? In September 2012 we decided to hold informational sessions to see if the idea of a makers’ club was something our community would be interested in, and we had a good response. Our initial meetings were held in different libraries and other community centers such as the Creative Vision Factory. Then we started holding classes in libraries and parks — anywhere we could find a space large enough — to link passionate makers. Most people join Barrel of Makers to work together, either collaboratively on a joint project, or side by side, gaining inspiration from one another. Some of these people are engineers by day and work with electronics as a hobby by night. The makers who do this do it because they really love it and they want to share and teach. This past September we went to the World Maker Faire New York and won a red ribbon for Best in Class in the Interactive category with our Giant Lite-Brite project, which is now on display at the Chris White Gallery.
What kinds of artists are involved with Barrel of Makers? All types of makers — craftspeople, engineers, artisans, and makers who focus on hard electronics, computer programming, fine arts — these are the types of people who participate in our activities and classes. Many adults participate, and usually parents will bring their children to learn, create and have fun.
What is Project Pop-Up and how has it affected Barrel of Makers? DEDO’s Project Pop-Up program allows Delaware entrepreneurs to apply for an opportunity to be “open for business” in downtown Wilmington by offering them commercial space, rent-free, for three months during the 2014 holiday season. It’s a great opportunity for us to offer classes in a set location three times a week. It’s definitely helping us evolve our business and exposure.
What’s next for Barrel of Makers? We’ve been working with WRC to find a permanent home in the Creative District. We’re looking for a space large enough to house the large-sized equipment that makers need to run their businesses, as well as to allow us to expand our class offerings. This will bring us closer to our goal of becoming a membership organization.
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Thanksgiving Wines: Go Native After all, it’s an American holiday, right? By John Murray
he question I hear most often during the time between Nov. 1 and the fourth Thursday of November (that would be Thanksgiving) is, “What kind of wine goes best with turkey?” Thanksgiving is the one holiday where almost everyone puts a bottle of wine on the table. The diversity of flavors from all the foods presents an
interesting challenge as to what wines to serve (pour), but I am a firm believer that wine at this feast should be from the United States. After all, the first harvest feast was a collaboration between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. There are no clear right or wrong wines to pour for Thanksgiving, but here are some of my favorites.
These are always a great start to the celebration. Bubbles also will work well with foods. Iron Horse from Sonoma Valley is American owned. Gloria Ferrer is Spanish-owned and produced in Sonoma, Calif. They make a great Brut and Blanc de Noir, as does the French-owned Mumms from the Napa Valley.
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is rich, medium-bodied, with hints of tropical fruit, melon and honey. Two great examples are Adelsheim and Eyrie. Sauvignon Blanc is clean and crisp with subtle hints of grapefruit, mild tropical fruits and a grassy herbaciousness. Honig and Frogs Leap from Napa, Pedroncelli and Dry Creek Vineyards from Sonoma and Buty from Washington state are brands to look for. ► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Red Wines Syrah and Petit Sirah wines are dry and earthy, showing dark fruits and black pepper spice. Examples are Tablas Creek, Ojai, and Parducci. Neyers is also a good choice, and winemaker Bruce Neyers is local and a graduate of Mount Pleasant High School. Zinfandel has combinations of spices, cloves, cinnamon and red berry and is full bodied. This wine style is one of my favorites. I love the spicy, brambly flavor; after all, I am a Zinophile. Sonoma has some very old Zinfandel vines and I am fond of Pedroncelli Mother Clone and Dashe—very elegant. Steele has an old vine version from Mendocino, Pacini Vineyard, and on the juicer side is Ryzin from Paso Robles. Pinot Noir is, by far, my favorite wine for Thanksgiving. Earthy black cherry and raspberry fruits seem to match the diversity of all the flavors in the feast. Pinot Noir is grown quite well in the Willamette Valley of Oregon and in the cooler regions of California. Excellent examples from Oregon are Adelsheim, St. Innocent, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Le Cadeau and Soter. From California we have Neyers, Baileyana, Steele, Murphy Goode and locally-owned Bouchaine Vineyards. These are just some suggestions of the many available. The bottom line: drink what you like, and enjoy! And to all Out and About readers: Have a safe, wonderful and blessed holiday season. —John Murray is owner of State Line Liquors in Elkton, Md.
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usband and wife team Mike and Andrea Slattery, owners of the month-old Delaware Growler on Newark’s Main Street, originally planned to start their small business in Trolley Square. “That was until I did my research and found the feel of our store would fit perfectly in Newark,” says Mike. He says the inspiration for the spot came last spring when a bill passed by the Delaware legislature allowed liquor stores to begin filling growlers—reusable glass bottles of craft beer. Of the 16 growler-filling stations that have popped up in the state, The Delaware Growler, at 48 E. Main St. (previous home of Moxie Boutique), is the largest. A few taps are rotated almost daily from the 50-keg selection at the store, which sells a variety of beer, wine and liquor. Mike notes that customers can choose a create-your-own four- or six-pack option. “I thought it was an interesting concept—to have a growlerfilling station and make-your-own-six-pack variety store growlers that can either be purchased inside or brought in from elsewhere,” he says. Customers can bring their own or choose from a 32-oz. growler for $3.99 or a 64-oz. for $5.99, plus the cost of beer to fill the growler, which can vary from $7 to $20, depending on size and beer brand. Brews include offerings from area breweries like Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, 3rd Wave, Mispillion, and dozens of others, including Oskar Blues and Weyerbacher. Check the site (thedelawaregrowler.com) or give the shop a call (454-7695) for an up-to-date list of what’s available. —Krista Connor
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SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE This is a holiday tradition for me and, in fact, I got so overzealous last year that I still have some around. “It’s probably skunk beer by now,” says a colleague. Au contraire, I had one just weeks ago and if it was skunky then I’m a skunkbeer drinker. It is bursting with fresh hops flavor, leading many to think Sierra Nevada changes the recipe annually by adding different spices, combinations, etc. Not true, says the brewery. They’ve been using the same recipe since 1983. It’s simply the fact that the flavor of hops changes from year to year. — Jerry duPhily, O&A Publisher
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SOUTHERN TIER WARLOCK OK, I know this brew is technically a “fall” beer, but I’m advocating for its winter status as well. The Warlock – an imperial stout brewed with pumpkin and spices with an ABV of 8.6 percent – casts a velvety spell that's rich, spicy and even a bit chocolate-ey – a warm blanket of flavor to wrap around you as the days grow colder. I’m enchanted by Southern Tier’s sorcerer! — Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer
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Melissa McCarthy plays Jaeden Lieberher’s mother, while Naomi Watts is a Russian prostitute in St. Vincent.
Murray plays Vincent “Vin” McKenna, a solitary barfly and misanthrope who accidently ends up as a daily babysitter for his new neighbor’s (Melissa McCarthy) precocious bully-magnet son, Oliver ( Jaeden Lieberher). Vin introduces the boy to his colorful but complicated world of racetracks, barrooms and nursing homes. This unconventional mentorship teaches Oliver a lot about a hardscrabble way of life, but it also endangers Oliver’s mother’s custody of the boy. Within the universe of the movie, Vin and Oliver’s relationship is genuine and mutually beneficial, if a bit difficult to explain to authorities at schools and divorce courts. One of the strengths of St. Vincent is that, like the audience, Oliver clearly sees Vin’s abundance of flaws, yet still likes and admires him. This is because Murray gives a subtle, layered performance that creates a character with a multitude of off-putting traits who is ultimately likable. The viewer forgets that this is Bill Murray, one of the most familiar faces and personas in Hollywood. In a similarly effective way, Melissa McCarthy dials down her usually strong and offbeat comedic style to play single-mom neighbor Maggie as a plausibly real person. The solid cast is rounded out with quirky performances from Naomi Watts (as a pregnant Russian prostitute!), Chris O’Dowd and Terrence Howard. As interesting, unique and relatable as the main characters are, the movie suffers from sloppy plotting and far-fetched transitions from Director-Screenwriter Theodore Melfi (in his feature film debut). Perhaps it can be attributed to his inexperience, but St. Vincent never truly transcends the sentimental, even manipulative weaknesses of Melfi’s script. Set in the working-class, immigrant-heavy neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, St. Vincent has the look of gritty realism. The streets, bars and racetracks become another character in a rich but careworn backdrop for the story. In the end, the movie doesn’t really hold together, but it’s still worth the time for these fascinatingly flawed and credible characters. NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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THEY ALL FALL DOWN
Seven nearly perfect movies for autumn By Paula Goulden and Mark Fields
Fall, that wonderful time of the year, when our thoughts shift from sandcastles and water ice to brightly colored leaves and jack-o-lanterns. In movieland, it’s the season to shift from teen-centric blockbusters meant to fill the cash drawer to contemplative fare intended to win awards. Similarly, films set in the fall tend to appeal to more melancholic, or at least, dramatic tastes, as in the DVDs suggested below.
The focus here is on Ingrid Bergman, acclaimed star of Hollywood’s golden era (Casablanca, Gaslight), in her last big screen role, playing an aging concert pianist visiting her daughter (Liv Ullman), who longs for her mother’s love. Directed by Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries), the movie is steeped in the chilly melancholy of Sweden but is warmed by the terrific performances of the actors.
Dead Poets Society
It’s bittersweet to watch the late Robin Williams play the popular high school English teacher at a conservative private boys’ school as he encourages students to find and follow their passions. In the buttoned-up 1950s, though, his efforts have unintended consequences. Many of the boys’ roles are played by young actors who have since become stars: Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Boyhood), Josh Charles (just killed off in TV’s The Good Wife), and Robert Sean Leonard (TV’s House).
Far from Heaven
Julianne Moore stars in this emotional family drama about Cathy Whitaker, a 1950s housewife whose life slowly comes undone when she gets romantically involved with her African-American gardener. Vibrantly photographed in saturated autumnal colors, the film is director Todd Haynes’ paean to the classic Hollywood melodramas of Douglas Sir (All That Heaven Allows). Dennis Quaid is surprisingly effective as Cathy’s closeted, conflicted husband.
The Four Seasons
Both these films, made 30 years apart, follow a couple and their friends through the ups and downs of a full calendar year. The Four Seasons was a star-studded affair in the 1980s, featuring Alan Alda (who also directed), Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Sandy Dennis, and others through a rather tumultuous turn of the seasons. Although the film was successful in its original release, its earnest marital dramas have not weathered well. Another Year uses a similar conceit to reveal simpler, resonant truths about a happily married English couple. Played by Jim Broadbent and Ruth Sheen, the couple becomes uncomfortably involved in the unhappy life of Mary, one of the wife’s coworkers.
A quiet comedy about a group of friends who reunite, at the invitation of their former counselor (Alan Arkin), for a week at the summer camp they all attended as kids. Diane Lane (Under the Tuscan Sun) and Matt Craven (X-Men: First Class) also star in this sweet and nostalgic look at the good old days, which were definitely sunnier than the grown-up lives of the former campers.
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The trouble is that he is dead, rather inconveniently for several residents of a small New England town in this black comedy from Alfred Hitchcock (it’s one of his lesser classics). John Forsythe and Shirley MacLaine (in her first film role) star, with clever supporting work from Edmund Gwenn and Mildred Natwick. The often-hilarious and beautifully photographed movie is also noteworthy for a brief appearance by Jerry Mathers (before his Leave It to Beaver days) and as the first collaboration between Hitch and composer Bernard Herrmann. NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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(L-R) Dan Lucas (bass), Michael Villegas (guitar), Aaron Miller (vocals) and Evan Kirkley (drums) of Minshara were the last ones standing at Musikarmageddon.
TRIUMPH OF THE OUT-OF-TOWNERS Hesitant at first, Musikarmageddon winners Minshara swooped in from Harrisburg to rock the baby grand By Matt Amis
t was the Musikarmageddon triumph that nearly wasn’t. Before the four members of Minshara stormed the baby grand stage on Sept. 27, they needed more than a little coaxing to travel nearly 100 miles from their home in Harrisburg to enter the battle. “We were second-guessing playing Musikarmageddon in the first place,” says vocalist Aaron Miller, with a laugh. “Winning it was almost like rubbing it in our faces. It was almost surreal.” But the band’s manager, Michael Baunach, is headquartered in Wilmington, and he convinced Minshara to enter Musikarmageddon. “He said it wasn’t one of your fishing-forpublicity sort of competitions, but legit music lovers putting on a battle; something more genuine,” says Miller. “We were hesitant and debating on whether to do it, because we’re usually not fans of how that type of setting represents original music.” So score one big win for Minshara, with an assist from the manager.
In its seventh year, Musikarmageddon kicked off in June with 12 bands from around the region competing in preliminary rounds at Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington. By August, the six remaining acts squared off in the semi-finals, and when the dust settled, only Minshara, Blooming Act, Green Eggs & Jam, and Xtra Alltra were left standing. It wasn’t an easy road to victory for the out-of-towners. When pitted against Delaware-based bands, Minshara suffered in the audience vote, yet they earned the highest judges’ scores in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds. The band technically lost its Aug. 7 semifinal matchup against Wilmington rockers Blooming Act, but advanced to the finals as a wildcard selection based on the strength of its judges’ scores. “The Minshara way is going 100 percent even if there’s only two people in the audience,” says bassist Dan Lucas. “People notice when you’re putting your energy into the show.” ► NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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By the time they were done, the band left quite an impression on the local music scene. Kenny Briscoe, the city’s director of cultural affairs, was so impressed by Minshara’s first-round performance that he booked them for the city’s Fourth of July celebration and a show at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park in September for Wilmington’s “Cool Summer Nights” concert series. Radio station 93.3 FM WMMR featured the band as its artist of the month for October. That was in addition to more live gigs at Oddity Bar and Accent Music. “We feel like the prodigal sons of Wilmington with how we’ve been coming back to the city recently,” Miller says. “It’s been a really cool experience, with six venues and eight shows so far in Wilmington.” After their impressive performance at Musikarmageddon, their First State profile may continue to blossom. Minshara—a Vulcan term straight from the Star Trek universe that refers to a planet that can support humanoid life— plies a strain of atmospheric electropop, not too far off from the sounds of stadium-packing bands like Muse and the Mars Volta. Live shows around their Harrisburg stomping grounds have generated buzz thanks to flashy visual effects, from lights and lasers to synchronized projections of “Into the Void,” “Eraserhead,” and stock footage of deep space and oceanographic scenes. Miller and Lucas were originally part of a band called A Public Betrayal, and, post break-up, recruited guitarist Michael Villegas. Drummer Evan Kirkley joined on in 2012. 72 NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Minshara traveled from Harrisburg, Pa., to compete in this year’s Musikarmageddon. Photo Terry Cruz
Tracks like “Into the Night” and “The Void,” which appear on the band’s just-released debut LP, 10, are tightly packed jams with catchy, radio-ready vocals and guitar hooks. “We focus every song that we write on vocals, and that’s our prime initiative,” Miller says. “The catchiest and hookiest songs people can relate to.” Musikarmageddon judge Brianna Hansen, a campaign manager for “IN Wilmington” via the Wilmington-based Mobius New Media firm, says she was most impressed by Minshara’s charismatic live performance and spirited crowd interaction. “They rocked the baby grand as if they were playing to a crowd of 10,000,” she says. “Their energy was through the roof. “It was definitely closer than I expected it to be, because all the bands really brought it. But they were the clear winners. The way they took over that stage, they owned it. That’s what put them over the edge.” With their win, Minshara earned a $500 credit at Accent Music, studio recording time at TribeSound Studios in West Chester, and a main stage gig at the Wilmo Rock Circus on Saturday, Nov. 29, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. The band hopes to parlay their winnings into more fans, in Delaware and beyond. After successful showings at Musikarmageddon, the Dewey Beach Music Conference, and at the Camden, N.J., stop of the Warped Tour, Minshara feels poised to take their act to a national level, and band members hope to make formal pitches to record labels sometime in the near future. “We’ve got some stuff up our sleeves,” says Villegas. “We’ve worked pretty hard recently, and traveled a lot to get people to hear us, and we’re approaching the point of making a pitch. We have everything set up, we just want to refine some things, and see if we have enough experience to make a pitch and see if we can get some assistance to take it to the next level.” While they’re still tweaking ideas, Minshara hopes to use its recording time to produce material—including, perhaps, acoustic remixes and cover songs—that would supplement 10. For now, the band can bask in Musikarmageddon glory, and the welcoming glow from a city in Delaware that appears capable of supporting humanoid fans. “We didn’t go into this with the expectation to win,” Miller says. “We did it to gain new fans. That was our main goal.” Mission accomplished. NOVEMBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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DakhaBrakha, a quartet from Kiev, Ukraine, that creates international sounds rooted in Ukrainian culture, will perform on Friday, Nov. 14, at Arden Gild Hall as part of its U.S.-Canada tour. The “ethno-chaos” artists meld Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation. The band name means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian language. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. For more details, visit ardenconcerts.com. GET FRINGE FEST PREVIEW NOV. 19 World Cafe to host free event This year’s Fringe Wilmington Festival, from Nov. 19-23, features dozens of outrageous performances at downtown Wilmington locations. Event-goers can get a free preview of those performances at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. In addition to the two-to-three-minute previews, there will be a performance by The Sermon!, West Chester’s old school funk-jazz band. The Fringe Wilmington Festival is Delaware’s celebration of unconventional and experimental performance, visual, and cinematic arts. It includes naked clowns, dueling magicians, hardboiled detectives, down-and-out puppets, bawdy cabaret performers, cutting-edge dancers and more. For more information, visit fringewilmingtonde.com.
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CHAZ DEPAOLO COMING TO HOME GROWN Blues Hall of Famer to perform Nov. 14
On Friday, Nov. 14, Chaz DePaolo, a New York State Blues Hall of Fame musician, will bring his smooth sounds from the Big Apple to Home Grown Café in Newark. DePaolo’s set begins at 10 p.m. For details, visit homegrowncafe.com/artandmusic.html. THE GRAND WELCOMES MAVIS STAPLES The revered gospel-pop artist appears Nov. 5 Mavis Staples, an American music mainstay, will perform at the Grand in Wilmington on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Staples’ style, with her raspy vocals, has transformed from the Delta-inflected gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s to pop in the 1970s. After a series of chart hits, she continues to evolve and surprise listeners as a compelling vocal artist. Staples is a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient. VH1 named her one of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and Rolling Stone listed her as one of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. The concert begins at 8 p.m. For more information, go to thegrandwilmington.org. HIP HOP FOR HUNGER Fundraiser for Food Bank is on Nov. 14 Our Velocity Productions and Exponent Entertainment will present Hip Hop for Hunger, a fundraiser for the Food Bank of Delaware, on Friday, Nov. 14, at Wilmington arcade bar, 1984. Guests are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Food Bank. Bands playing are Milton, Rich Quick, Reese, Teck Skillz, Overall Genyus, Nikkle Nines, and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets, sold at the door only, are $8 with food donation and $10 without. This is a 21-and-older event.
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MÉLOMANIE RELEASES CD Delaware chamber ensemble also headed to Rio Mélomanie, a five-piece Delaware-based chamber ensemble known for pairings of early and contemporary works, recently released its newest CD, Excursions. Members also are taking an excursion this month, with a performance in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will perform at the international four-day festival, Compositores de Hoje (Composers of Today), from Nov. 20 to 23. The CD is available for download at meyer-media.com or at your favorite online music outlet.
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he Wilmo Rock Circus micro-fest is back for the fourth annual night of musical mayhem at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Saturday, Nov. 29. The festival is presented each year by Gable Music Ventures, an all-ages original music promotion company founded by Gayle Dillman and Jeremy Hebbel in 2011. The event will showcase some of the region’s best bands in a nonstop, five-hour, multiple-stage format, from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. This year, the event features 20 bands on the upstairs and downstairs stages (the usual balcony stage will not be utilized). Ten bands will perform on each stage, which may create a time crunch, but Hebbel says “die-hard circus goers will be able to catch a good portion of every band.” This year Hebbel says he hopes the festival, which has been deemed “Best Event” by Hometown Heroes WSTW for the past two years, will sell out at 750 tickets. “We want guests to walk away from the experience realizing that there’s more value in seeing and supporting local and regional hard-working emerging bands than spending lots of money to see major national acts,” says Hebbel. “We are confident that each one of these 20 bands is worth the ticket price on its own.” Headliners include IKE, Lovebettie, BANG, Match22 and Station. Winners of Musikarmageddon battle of the bands, Minshara (see pg. 71), will also perform. “Those guys put on an amazing show,” says Hebbel. “They will bring a ton of energy, and we can’t wait to see them on the big stage. And as usual, there’s not a single performer on this bill that we aren’t extremely excited about.”
Check out who’s playing: IKE, Lovebettie, BANG, MACH22, Station, Vilebred, The Late Saints, Bumpin Uglies, The Quixote Project, Hot Breakfast!, Edna’s Tribe, The Future Unwritten, Poor Yorick, A Reckless Daring, Feral Ponies, Medusa’s Disco, Driven to Clarity, Innoko, Minshara.
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