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7 The War on Words 9 Worth Trying 10 By the Numbers 13 F.Y.I. 15 Grocery Games 19 Tragedy as Life Lesson 21 An Inspiring Challenge
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DRINK 61 A Bourbon Roundtable 63 Thanksgiving Wines 67 Sips
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21 An Inspiring Challenge This Wilmington-based nonprofit helps at-risk young people gain construction and vocation experience. By Krista Connor
24 Beer: A Weapon Against the Cold These brews can warm you inside and out as winter descends on us. By Rob Kalesse
69 Room & Bridge of Spies 24 A Weapon Against the Cold 71 Rehoboth Film Festival 30 Navigating Beer Menus 33 Wilmington Beer Week 75 Weekday Warriors 35 Suds Worth Sipping 78 Tuned In
30 Navigating Beer Menus Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you find the right beer. By Tyler Mitchell & Krista Connor
33 Wilmington Beer Week The city is primed for its fifth annual celebration Nov. 7-14.
61 World Famous Bourbon Owners of Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville and Bethany Blues BBQ help choose a new Beam offering. By Rob Kalesse
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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
Media Watch • Subhead in Sports Illustrated: “To return to the limelight, USC will ride the right arm of Cody Kessler, so much like, yet so much different than the famous line of quarterbacks who preceded him.” People and things are different from, not different than. • From Delaware Business Times: “It also marked the beginning of decades of work with Levin, who took over the reigns of the company.” That would be reins. The same article reports that Levin “may be most qualified to expound her strengths.” Expound must be followed by "on" or "upon." He could, however, extol her strengths. • Reader Karen Foster, of Hockessin, reports that the increasingly fallible New York Times said that a visiting Australian artist, in his first few days in the city, had been “through the ringer.” Says Karen: “I guess you have to be old enough to have seen your mother or grandmother actually putting clothes through the wringer of a washing machine.” • And finally, a News Journal obituary claimed the deceased was “formally of Pennsauken, N. J.” Also, he was formerly alive. Hard to Believe, Harry (In honor of the late Richie Ashburn, Phillies announcer, who would utter those words to his broadcast partner, the late Harry Kalas, after he had witnessed something incredibly stupid on the field.) • In an article on the empty CIGNA building on Naamans Road that is up for sale, the News Journal reported that “office vacancy rates in New Castle County have remained stoic over the past year.” We think the writer meant static. • From the Washington Post, courtesy of reader Jane Buck: “All in all, though, the program is helping millions of Americans make due.” That would be do. Black Mark for Black Mass Have you seen Black Mass—the Whitey Bulger bio starring Johnny Depp? In the closing comments, there is this: “After more than 10 years on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, an anonymous tip led to the capture of Whitey Bulger.” The tip was not on the Most Wanted list, Bulger was.
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holophrasm Pronounced HOL-uh-fraz-um, it’s a noun meaning a one-word sentence; for example, “Go.” Secondary meaning: a complex idea conveyed in a single word, e.g., “Howdy” for “How do you do?”
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Sports Shorts • Yogi Berra’s passing reminds me that most people utter “it’s déjà vu all over again” without irony. Déjà vu, from the French, literally means “already seen,” and refers to one’s sense that an event currently being experienced has been experienced before. Thus, “all over again” is redundant. • In an otherwise flawless and, as And your T-shirt shows that usual, eloquent column, Bill Lyon, you’re semi-literate. in the Philadelphia Inquirer, wrote of Moses Malone’s legacy: “. . . let the mists of time envelope it.” That’s the noun. Bill meant to use the verb, envelop. • No sooner had we mentioned the misuse of conundrum (in the September War) than Meghan Montemurro, of the News Journal, wrote this: “Phillies interim manager Pete Mackanin has a conundrum. And making it particularly problematic is that it involves veteran first baseman Ryan Howard.” To repeat: a conundrum is a riddle, the answer to which involves a pun or play on words, as in, “What is black and white and read all over? A newspaper.” Department of Redundancies Dept. Xfinity/Comcast headline: “10 dog breeds that live the longest lives.” Literally of the Month “She literally played out of her mind”—97.5 sports talker commenting on Flavia Pennetta, who won the Women’s U. S. Open Tennis title. A simple “played out of her mind” would have worked. Getting Political As predicted, Presidential candidates continue to supply us with items. During a debate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told a couple of his opponents that “people could care less about” their accomplishments in the business world. Yo, Guv, that’s couldn’t care less.
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Worth Trying Suggestions from our staff and contributors
Harpers Ferry, W.Va. For anyone up for a mini road trip, this picturesque town just under three hours away is an autumnal treat. Nestled serenely in the mountains between the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, it’s a small village with intriguing— and important—colonial and Civil War-era roots. Small shops, pubs and cafes dot the hilly, cobbled sidewalk that winds through town. Lush woodlands and hiking paths, including a portion of the Appalachian Trail, surround Harpers Ferry. Walking a few miles along the trail through the foliage during this time of year is enchanting. —Krista Connor, Associate Editor
Incline at Manitou Springs OK, so this is a bit of a hike (pun intended), but if you ever find yourself in Colorado Springs, you have to tackle this unique physical challenge. Originally built as a cable car to carry materials to help build pipelines on Pike’s Peak, The Manitou Incline is now a strenuous one-mile vertical hike up approximately 2,744 railroad ties that has become a must-do for Olympians training in Colorado Springs and a bucket-list cardio challenge for locals and visitors from around the world. It ascends 2,000 feet over the one mile with an average grade of 41 percent and the steepest grade at 68 percent. Oh, and there’s a false summit…and you’ll be hiking above 6,000-feet of elevation. But you can do it (just rest frequently) and you’ll take great pride in saying you did. The hike is free; parking is $5. manitouincline.net —Jerry duPhily, Publisher
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Go north on Rt. 202, turn right on Rt. 1 and look for this hidden gem on your right. It’s a nursery, mammoth gift shop and high-end restaurant all in one location. The furniture, kitchenware and gardening supplies include many unusual, even unique (and often pricey) items. The restaurant features handselected local produce, meats, and dairy products, with menus created from the seasonal harvest of nearby farms. Careful, though: despite the size of the place, the entrance is easy to miss—at 914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, Pa.—610-459-2400. —Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
It’s easy to take the good things in life for granted, like Wilmington’s rich heritage of savory sandwiches that we all know as subs. Within a mile radius of the intersection of Lancaster and Union, we have perhaps the best collection of sub shops on the East Coast. Yet where’s the fanfare? The Union Street Capriotti’s, where the world-famous Bobbie was born, merits a plaque or monument in the street simply for putting our city (and state) on the map for foodies nationwide. Slightly north, Yatz’s goes so far as to make every sub to order, carefully slicing every tomato, onion and hot pepper on the spot. And just across the border in Elsmere shines Casapulla’s, a family-owned business that has been making hearty and delicious subs for nearly 60 years straight. This “Holy Trinity” of sub shops deserves greater acknowledgement and pride in our area—as well as your business. —Jim Miller, Director of Publications
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1720-1730 The decade in which the first dark ale, a porter, was brewed—in London.
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our local retailers aren’t the only ones eagerly anticipating your holiday shopping—so are cyber criminals, hoping to use your information to make their own holiday purchases. Did you know, as reported by identitytheftinfo.com, that 15 million Americans have their identities used fraudulently each year? The associated financial losses total upwards of $50 billion. By the numbers, that means approximately 7 percent of adults have their identities misused, with each instance resulting in roughly $3,500 in losses. Take time now to make yourself more cyber aware, and rest easier during the holiday shopping season and beyond. CYBER SECURITY STEPS TO FOLLOW
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Credit Card and Banking Fraud Protection • Use separate accounts for direct deposits and debit card purchases. • Set up text alerts for banking transactions. • Enable two-factor authentication to verify passwords. • Check your bank statements frequently. • Financial fraud MUST be reported within 30 days! Computer, Network and Mobile Device Security • Do NOT connect to unsecure Wi-Fi/wireless networks! • Use caution with smart home appliances. • Do NOT click on suspicious links in emails. • Use updated antivirus software. • Enable private browsing settings on your mobile device. • Use caution when downloading new applications. • Learn more at: Eset.com or Trendmicro.com
Identity Theft Prevention • Do NOT email your SSN or date of birth! • Do NOT store your SSN or date of birth in the cloud! • Check your credit report safely and with regularity. • Fraud MUST be reported within 30 days! HAS YOUR IDENTITY BEEN STOLEN? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends taking the following actions immediately. 1) Call the companies where you know fraud occurred. 2) Place a fraud alert and obtain your credit report. 3) Report the identity theft to the FTC. 4) File a report with your local police department. Interested in a career in Cyber Security? Learn from the best. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Wilmington University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/ Cyber Security. Agency officials state: “The increasing demands of WilmU’s program criteria will serve the nation well in contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.” WilmU offers a BS in Computer & Network Security, an MS in Information Systems Technologies (with a concentration in Information Assurance), and a Cyber Security certificate in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition. With flexible class schedules, top-ranked online courses, 14 locations and a commitment to affordable tuition, WilmU makes it easy to fit your education into your life. Learn more about these cutting-edge programs at wilmu.edu/CyberSecurity.
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A HOLIDAY TRADITION AT LONGWOOD
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Holiday display starts on Thanksgiving
n Thursday, Nov. 5, aspiring professionals are encouraged to attend the Delaware Young Professionals Network Happy Hour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Newport. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., attendees ages 21-40 can enjoy local craft beer and connect with members of the DYPN.
ongwood Gardens’ annual holiday display returns on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 10. The display features towering trees, indoor and outdoor garden displays, and unique and colorful light arrangements. This year, enjoy the debut of an expanded outdoor experience featuring a floating tree display, snowflakes and a fountain show. Longwood Gardens is open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., with admission depending on peak and non-peak pricing.
FUN AT THE DUPONT ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER Water Bash is Nov. 14
FOR THE BIRDS Fundraiser set for Nov. 6
he Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research will host a fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The event, Banding Together to Benefit the Birds, will feature dinner, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, caricature drawings and games, in addition to a silent auction for Philadelphia sports tickets. General admission is $150; Benefactor admission is $200.
n Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., celebrate the Wetland Water Bash at the DuPont Environmental Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. This open house includes interaction with marsh animals, relay races, prizes and live music. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. The Environmental Center also features year-round programs, such as Lunch with Live Animals each Saturday at noon, and Netting in the Marsh from Tuesday through Sunday at 2 p.m. Also, a binocular walk will be held each Tuesday at 1 p.m. until February.
he Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts is the only arts center in Delaware devoted to contemporary art and visual culture. The fact that the DCCA has been around since 1979 is a testament to its appeal and the creative execution of its mission. On Saturday, Nov. 14, (7-10pm) you can support that mission by attending DCCA’s 2015 Contemporary Gala. The event is the Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefiting exhibitions and programming. DCCA member artists are also contributing works to be auctioned during the evening with 50 percent of those proceeds going back to the artists to support their careers. Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell are the honorary chairs. The event will feature live music by The Bullets, DJ Skinny White, Ellen Durkan’s Forged Fashion, a silent auction, open bar and liquid nitrogen cocktails. Tickets are $75 for members; $85 for non-members. There is also a Patron Package for $250 that entitles guest to a pre-party from 6-7p.m., VIP wine tasting and early bidding on auction items. For tickets or more information visit thedcca.org
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STONE BALLOON CHEF 'RIDES THE BUS TO FLAVORTOWN' Robbie Jester can only reveal that he did really well on Guy’s Grocery Games, which airs on Food Network Nov. 15 By Bob Yearick
obbie Jester has been steadfastly keeping a secret since last February. To find out what it is, tune in to the Food Network show Guy’s Grocery Games at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15. Jester, executive chef at Stone Balloon Ale House, was one of four contestants on the show that was filmed nine months ago in Santa Rosa, Calif., in a 24,000-square-foot warehouse that serves as the show’s “supermarket.” On each episode, host chef/restaurateur Guy Fieri—who calls the show Triple G—sends the four contestants running through the aisles of the market to find items to cook dishes. Known for such catch phrases as "I’m driving the bus to Flavortown," Fieri challenges them with such tasks as finding substitutions for “out-
of-stock” ingredients, cooking with five items or fewer, or making a dish on a $10 budget. A panel of three judges evaluates the competitors' dishes. Jester, 30, can only say that he “did really well” on the show and he thoroughly enjoyed the experience. He adds that filming the episode was emotional because he spoke about his dad, Bob, who has stage four lung cancer and is in hospice care. Jester grew up in a restaurant family, and his personal history as much as his cooking ability helped land him on the show. His father was in the first graduating class of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Robbie began working with his father at age 12 and graduated from the CIA in 2006. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Bob Jester once owned the Kitty Knight House in Georgetown, Md., a sports bar in Newark and the Harbor House Restaurant in Chestertown, Md. Robbie left Piccolina Toscana in 2013 to become general manager of the former 16 Mile Taphouse on Main Street, which became the Stone Balloon Ale House last year. Jester says it's been a great experience working with new owners and general manager Philip DiFebo. The Stone Balloon will host a dinner on the Thursday after the Guy’s Grocery Games episode airs—Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $55 per person (gratuity not included) and reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at 266-8111. Beers from Oskar Blues Brewery will be paired with each course. Jester says the theme of the dinner will be “things to be thankful for” and will include some dishes from the show plus several of his family’s dishes, including his grandmother’s German chocolate cake, his father’s crab imperial, and the sweet and sour meatballs he and his aunt made when he was a youngster. “It’s a fun menu that’s dear to my heart,” he says. In the meantime, Jester says, two more TV projects have been offered to him. Again, he must remain tight-lipped, but he can reveal that they are “food-related.” O&A has a pair of tickets to give to a lucky reader for that Nov. 19 dinner. Feeling lucky? Go to OutAndAboutNow.com to put your name in for the random drawing.
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GRIDIRON TRAGEDY AS LIFE LESSON David Robson
In Playing the Assassin—at the Delaware Theatre Company— Wilmington’s David Robson uses the Jack Tatum-Darryl Stingley incident to address moral quandaries By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
avid Robson doesn’t remember everything about the first play his mother took him to see—it was Ted Tally’s Terra Nova, about an ill-fated British expedition to the South Pole—but he does remember how the experience made him feel. “There’s something so primal about the magic of theater,” he says. “You see the sweat from the actors’ brows, their expressions, you’re on the journey with them. It’s an event… and every night is different. I loved that.” Born in Philadelphia, Robson, who is 49, gives equal credit to his mom, Joan, and his wife, Sonja, for exposing him to theater. He and Sonja met in 1990 while both were auditioning for The Foreigner, a play produced by Stagecrafters in Chestnut Hill, Pa. “Hi, I’m David Robson…sorry I spit in your face,” was his post-audition attempt at wooing her. They were married three years later, and now live in Wilmington with their 15-year-old daughter, Ingrid. Robson had written and published poetry but had never written a play. “Although I love poetry, it’s a solitary medium,” he says. “I liked the conversation of plays, the idea of subjects talking to one another and working out their differences.” So he decided to give it a try.
He began to write for the upstart City Theater Company (CTC) in Wilmington. He wrote and acted in Death of America and other works for CTC in its O’Friel’s “Pub Plays” days during the mid‘90s. He also participated in CTC’s 10-Minute Play Festivals and a 2012 Community Series called Cruel, Calm, and Neglected, which featured four nights of his one-act plays. “I have a great respect for what they’ve created,” Robson says of CTC founders Jon Cooper, Tom Shade and current Artistic Director Michael Gray. “Experiences that are very visceral; I’ve always admired them for that.” City Theater Company continues to collaborate with Robson today. Earlier this year, CTC held an open reading of his new work, Afterbirth of a Nation. It’s a historical-fiction farce set in 1915 during the White House screening of Birth of a Nation. “I love history and was fascinated with the movie [Birth of a Nation],” Robson says. “I’d never written a full-length farce, but thought, ‘It would be great if we could work on this together and build all the visual stuff that actors bring to the piece.’” The play will be workshopped by CTC early next year. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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David Robson (R) goes over lines with Ezra Knight and Garrett Lee Hendricks during a rehearsal.
Now the Wilmington playwright is celebrating another transformative theatrical event: the Delaware premiere of his new work, Playing the Assassin, which opened at Delaware Theatre Company on Oct. 21. It’s a powerful, thought-provoking, two-man performance, and perhaps the first that melds the brutality of American professional sports with the raw emotion of the human condition. The play runs through Sunday, Nov. 8. In 2010, Robson came across the obituary of Jack Tatum, the notoriously hard-nosed Oakland Raider whose tackle paralyzed New England receiver Darryl Stingley in 1978. Stingley, who was on his way to becoming one of the highest-paid NFL players of his time, instead became a quadriplegic at 26 and died from complications of his injury in 2007 at the age of 55. The hit, which was legal and drew no penalties, became a touchstone for the topic of violence in the NFL. Robson was a football fan as a child and remembers that fateful game. “It was horrifying to me then,” he says. “It was the first time I realized football could actually be dangerous, actually hurt someone.” After reading the obituary, it occurred to Robson that Tatum and Stingley had never reconciled. “There was no redemptive moment for them,” he says. That became the seed of his play, although it’s not written as a biography or documentary. “I like writing about unfinished business. It allows me to ‘finish a story,’ in a way,” he says. Robson also likes the two-character form because it’s like a classic steel-cage wrestling match – one has to come out victorious, but both are going to be damaged. How will both people change as their journey progresses? The play, while a Delaware premiere, was performed by InterAct Theatre/Act II Playhouse in Philadelphia in 2012; Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Brook, N. Y., in 2014; and Hartford Theatreworks in Hartford, Conn., in March-April of this year. Actors Garrett Lee Hendricks and Ezra Knight and Director Joe Brancato, who worked the Penguin and Hartford productions, will also do the DTC show. “It’s kind of an artistic marriage,” Robson says of his relationship with Brancato. “He’s not only a great creative partner who really ‘gets’ me, but he also has amazing ways to get work into the right hands. I feel lucky in that regard.” Robson is thrilled to bring his work to the First State spotlight. “The proudest – maybe weirdest – thing for me is that I’m a Delaware playwright being produced at Delaware Theatre Company,” he says. “It’s a badge of honor. It would be great if this opens the door to other writers and artists here.” Robson is careful to note that while he appreciates football as a sport, he doesn’t consider Playing the Assassin a pro- or anti-football play. “It’s really about choices, about relationships, about moral quandaries.” His hope is that audiences leave interacting with one another, connecting the dots within their own experiences, maybe talking about how they make choices in their own lives. “Isn’t the reason you go to theater is to feel connected to the art itself?” asks Robson. “Is there any other art form that gives you that kind of direct connection…and isn’t that what we’re all looking for?” 20 NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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AN INSPIRING CHALLENGE This Wilmington-based nonprofit helps at-risk young people gain construction and vocation experience By Krista Connor
nyone taking a tour of the Kalmar Nyckel at its Wilmington shipyard off East Seventh Street will certainly be drawn to a spacious, uniquely-shaped structure to the right of the shipyard. The edgy, contemporary building is made entirely of reclaimed materials like salvaged pickle barrels. And the builders? Aspiring local carpenters between the ages of 18 and 21 from atrisk, underserved backgrounds. About 150 students have worked on the building since construction began in 2008. The building is home to the Challenge Program, a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower these young people with the carpentry and vocational skills needed to get jobs in the workforce. Furniture made by the students can be found in such places as Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen and Taverna in downtown Newark, the Trolley Square Brew Ha Ha!, and a handful of other eateries and cafés between Philadelphia and Lewes. They also continually work on low-income housing in New Castle County. Says Executive Director Andrew McKnight: “I’ve always been interested in this experiential education model, along with building stuff and filling a need.”
The program goes back to 1995, when McKnight piloted it with the same goal that he has now but with a different focus: boats. He originally taught at-risk young adults classes on building small wooden boats. In the process, he developed a relationship with the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. For a time, students worked on the tall ship, too. But McKnight soon realized that in order to be effective, he needed to spend more time with each student. So he began incorporating more practical and long-term projects like housing and barn construction, which he says made more sense to the youth. After a number of years, McKnight implemented woodworking, and he eventually salvaged enough timber to build tables, bar tops, stools, paneling, and more for restaurants. That work started in 2007, and has been a major program focus since. All different levels of skill are welcome—some participants have experience, others have none. In six months of training, students learn woodworking, basic carpentry skills for construction, safe operations of tools, safe jobsite training, and much more. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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And while construction training is important, the key to student success is on a more personal level, according to McKnight. “It’s all about case management,” he says. “The construction is really just a tool, a carrot, to being able to teach the kids to stabilize themselves and allow them to become work-ready. We want to find students who want to work and be successful, not just forced here by their P.O. [parole officer]” Being able to hold a job has very little to do with skill, and everything to do with attendance and dependability, says McKnight. “Skill is a distant fourth place. Do they have a good attitude? Show up on time every day?” The weekly work schedule is Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with four hours of paid classroom training included. The eight program employees also assist students with earning high school diplomas and GEDs and offer job placement services. The Challenge Program is split into two halves. The previously mentioned open-space Construction Training and Education Center—filled with every kind of tool—is used as the classroom and training shop, and is led by three instructors. A couple of hundred yards away, a subsidiary program called CP Furniture is where students practice the skills they’ve learned in class. McKnight says the program is largely funded by the state and various big-name sponsors like Bank of America and Barclays, but it now earns close to half of its income through custom contract work. Within the next year, he wants to start rolling out a line of CP Furniture pieces, rather than working on custom projects. The program will stop taking custom jobs in January or February 2016 so students can focus on the line. “CP Furniture is going to make more money so the Challenge Program can function,” says McKnight. “That way, we won’t have to depend so much on grants, and can keep good people around—and afford cool tools and machinery. The more resources we have, the cooler the jobs, the cooler the toys, the better caliber employee we’ll have.” One student, Kyle Hamilton, 21, heard of the program through a friend, and decided to apply during an unsure period in his life when he was unemployed and didn’t know what his next step would be. As O&A was about to go to press, he was finishing up the last few weeks of his six-month apprenticeship and was planning to transition into a carpentry job that program staff helped facilitate. “With these skills, I can pretty much go to another construction site and be able to move up,” says Hamilton. “I feel like I have the knowledge and confidence to find my way around. And now I’m already on to the next step.” Currently, participants are custom-building a bar front for Grain, and pieces for Heirloom restaurant in Lewes as well as Metro, a Middletown eatery. Students also are working on a modular house as well as pieces for the corporate offices for health-focused, Philadelphia-based restaurant chain Honeygrow. One great aspect of the program, says Hamilton, is that the staff’s main concerns are finding something better than what students are currently doing. So if students don’t have opportunities lined up right after they finish the program, “something could be figured out,” says Hamilton. “I hope more people hear about the Challenge Program, I really do.” It’s an opportunity, but it can indeed be a challenge, he says. “You have to wake up and be here at 8 a.m., but if you're willing to show up and finish each day and show the extra effort, it’s worth it.”
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These brews can warm you inside and out as winter descends on us By Rob Kalesse
race yourselves, folks: early winter forecasts for the Northeast are not encouraging (depending on your perspective). The vaunted Farmer’s Almanac says it “will be colder and snowier than normal,” while websites like FirstHandWeather.com predict a “wintry battle zone.” The best way to prepare for this battle, as we know from years past, is to stockpile the weapons to fend off Old Man Winter and his arsenal of wind, snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
Certainly shovels, snow blowers, salt, space heaters and generators come to mind. But what about strong ales, bourbon porters, Belgian quads? What about heavily spiced dark beers that warm from the inside out? Some local breweries are battening down the hatches and raising the AVB on some seriously stout winter beers. Here’s a roundup of these offerings, which are lovely, dark and deep, and will be flowing from taps and bottles in the very near (and cold) future. ►
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The little nano-brewery continues to crank out some big beers, including its “Baron,” an English strong ale, and a forthcoming Belgian quad that weighs in at 10 percent, due in January. Owner/brewer Steve Powell says Argilla brews between four and five times per week, and is working on installing a three-barrel system. “Getting three barrels in here would double our current brew capacity from 1.5 barrels,” says Powell. “That would allow us to brew a greater amount and keep certain beers on tap longer. Right now we have between five and eight house beers on tap, but they rotate pretty frequently because of our smaller system.” Powell is currently working on a collaboration beer (all the rage with breweries right now) between Argilla and Mispillion River, in Milford. Called “Old Earth,” this spiced strong ale will include components like ginger, vanilla beans, cinnamon and molasses, and is scheduled to be on tap at the Kirkwood Highway brewpub in December.
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The downstate brewery, which will celebrate its two-year anniversary on Nov. 15, will once again be releasing its popular “Kringle Beer,” a spiced brown ale, just in time for the holidays. Filled with cinnamon and clover, this 6 percent ABV brew is intended for those who like to drink more than a few per session. Mispillion will also re-release its “Black Tie Black IPA,” which features lots of roasted coffee and black licorice notes, and is rounded out with El Dorado hops for a finish full of pine notes. Six-pack cans should reach northern Delaware spots like Kreston’s and Premier Wine & Spirits by mid- The new can artwork for Mispillion River late November, and will Brewing’s re-release of Black Tie IPA. go for between $9.99 and $10.99 per six-pack.
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STEWART’S BREWING COMPANY, BEAR Head brewer Ric Hoffman is rather blunt when it comes to popular winter beers: “I’m a traditionalist. I kind of despise the heavily spiced winter beers, and I steer away from putting that god-awful cinnamon and allspice in the brew kettle.” Well, then … what does Hoffman, a two-decade veteran of brewing and Great American Beer Festival medal-winner, prefer? Simplicity, mostly, in the form of a rye beer, called “Winterfest” that shows off a “nice, medium brown color” at 6 percent ABV. “We put molasses in the kettle for depth and richness, but I also use the tips of Scottish heather flowers, which bring notes of lavender to the beer,” says Hoffman. “That and hops, of course, along with some vanilla beans; the result is beer’s answer to mulled wine. We’ll have it on tap for the Winter Solstice.”
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Hoffman also plans on another showing of Stewart’s “Dark Helmet,” an imperial schwarz bier (strong black lager) by Thanksgiving. The malty flavor but clean finish goes well with big holiday meals, according to Hoffman. He is also planning an imperial stout, called “Destroyer,” which was placed in bourbon barrels last December, and will be aged and ready to go this January, weighing in at 10.5 percent ABV.
BLUE EARL BREWING CO., SMYRNA The new kid on the block, Blue Earl opened in May of this year, and is owned and operated by Ron Price, a mechanical engineer by trade and enthusiastic home brewer who first warmed up his kettle in 1992. Price says that some of his favorite beers to brew are the wintery big boys that carry a high ABV or require oak bourbon barrel aging. Blue Earl currently works off a 15-barrel system and features 12 beers on tap in its tasting room off Rt. 300 in Smyrna. Blue Earl’s winter lineup will include an American strong ale infused with American bourbon called “Born Under a Bad Sign,” at a whopping 12 percent ABV, along with an imperial porter called “Big Joe,” which is also bourbon barrel aged. “We also just brewed a Russian imperial stout that will be the darkest and boldest beer we’ve brewed since we opened this past spring,” says Price. “We’ll be distributing that in kegs across Delaware through NKS Distributing in December.”
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2SP BREWING COMPANY, ASTON, PA. True, 2SP is technically a Pennsylvania brewery, but with such strong roots in Delaware under the Two Stones Pub umbrella, it had to be included in our round-up. Besides, it has got a lot coming down the pike as it continues its late-summer launch of brews, most of which will be on tap at the Newark and North Wilmington restaurants. Brewer Bob Barrar, formerly of Iron Hill Brewery, is well known for his Russian imperial stout recipe, which just won a silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival for his former employer, Iron Hill (Lancaster store). Now he brings his talents to 2SP, where he plans to release his “Russian” on Mischief Night (Oct. 30). Following this winter season, 2SP will release its “triple threat” to limited accounts in Delaware. ►
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Here’s a beginner’s guide to help you find the right beer By Tyler Mitchell & Krista Connor
f you’re relatively new to craft beer, or simply dizzied by the assortment of options, going to a bar or restaurant that has a vast craft beer menu may feel overwhelming. Acronyms—IPA? ABV?—and styles like altbier, bock and porter might understandably go right over your head. But we’re here to help.
First: Beer can be broken down into two categories: ales and lagers. Ales are fermented at warmer temperatures while lagers are fermented at cooler temperatures. Although tastes overlap, ales generally tend to have more robust, complex flavors with fruity and bitter notes; lagers tend to have lighter, smooth flavors with subtle and crisp notes. Knowing these delineations between the two is half the battle, so here’s a guide to help you the next time you’re trying to decide what to drink.
Breweries usually come up with special names to refer to their crafty creations, but these usually are followed by the style of beer listed on the menu after the name of the brew (e.g., 60-Minute IPA). Abbey: Ales that were originally brewed by Trappist monks. Stronger versions are called Dubbels and Tripels, but all have dark fruit and caramel flavors with herbal notes.
Altbier: “Old Beer” in German, this ale, copper in color, is popular in Dusseldorf. Fermented like a lager, it’s usually malty in flavor.
Amber: Ales that are on the sweeter side from extra malt, with very mild hop bitterness.
Brown Ale: Amber to copper in hue, moderate in alcohol and tending to be malty with low bitterness.
California Common: A lager style that ferments warmly and quickly, giving a mild, fruity flavor.
Hefeweizen: Means “yeast wheat beer” in German, an unfiltered wheat ale fermented with special yeast that gives the beer a banana-clove flavor.
Bitter: An English term for a draft pale ale. A “best” or “special” bitter is a slightly stronger version.
Bock: Sweet and dark with a wide range of flavors, usually mild hop bitterness.
India Pale Ale or IPA: A popular style with a strong, “hoppy” flavor. Originally made to withstand the long journey by sea for British troops from India.
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Irish Ale: Also referred to as “Irish Red” because of its color. It’s usually malty and sweet with minimal hop bitterness.
Kolsch: A hybrid German style that is fermented with ale yeast, but cold-aged like lagers for a lightly crisp, hoppy and fruity flavor.
Pale Ale: Malty and hoppy with fruity aromas but not as bitter or as strong as an IPA.
Saison: A Belgian farmhouse-style ale on the lighter side with spicy and fruity flavors.
Sour: Acidic, tart or sour in taste from the yeast. Sour ales can vary in flavor. Other sub-styles include Lambic, Gose, Flanders and Weisse.
Stout: Similar to the porter style, stouts are usually made from unmalted roasted barley and are usually creamier with coffee flavor notes.
r Pilsner: Most commonly known to Americans, the style includes the world’s most popular brands, such as Budweiser and Coors. Usually crisp, hoppy and light.
Porter: A dark beer with rich malt flavors and moderate hop bitterness.
Vienna Lager: Amber in color with caramel and lightly toasted flavors. Marzen and Oktoberfest beers are close style cousins.
Witbier: Also referred to as “white-beer,” this is a Belgian-style wheat ale with citrus and spicy notes.
Alcohol By Volume. Usually listed after the name of the beer, this is a percentage indicating the alcohol content in a beer. Beers can range between 2 and 12 percent, but usually fall between 4 and 10 percent. A higher percentage usually indicates a “heavier” beer.
International Bittering Units scale. This is a measurement of the bitterness of a beer provided by the hops during brewing. Most beers are between 10 and 100 IBUs. Higher numbers supposedly mean a more bitter beer, but if a beer uses more malt, which provides sweetness, the beer can taste less bitter. This number isn’t very accurate for figuring out how bitter a beer will taste, but it can give you an approximation.
Imperial & Double
Sometimes you’ll see these words before a beer style (e.g., Imperial Stout or Double IPA). These words indicate that the beers are big and bold, usually meaning that the recipes were “doubled” with malt, hops or both, and boast at a higher ABV, usually in the range of 8 to 12 percent.
Malt vs. Hops
“Malty” flavors are provided by malted grains that are in every beer. The grains are converted into sugars that are fermented to create CO2 and alcohol. Malts make a beer sweet and can also make beer darker and heavier. Rich flavors from malts include caramel and espresso. “Hoppy” flavors are provided by the hops, a flower that gives bitterness that balances the sweet flavors of malt. Hops can vary in flavor, but mostly give fruity, herbal or citrus flavors.
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hirteen of New Castle County’s top craft beer destinations will be tapping the “good stuff” during the fifth annual Wilmington Beer Week, Nov. 7-14. The weeklong celebration will showcase a WBW-record 61 craft breweries while featuring dinners, tap takeovers, meet the brewers and more. Delaware breweries will be prominent in that lineup, so look for the latest creations from 16 Mile, 2SP, Dogfish Head, Evolution, Fordham, Mispillion, Third Wave and Twin Lakes. Top regional breweries represented include Flying Fish, Heavy Seas, Lancaster, Stoudts, Troegs, Victory and Yards. Participating venues are BBC Tavern and Grill, Buckley’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Dead Presidents Pub, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House, Piccolina Toscana, Pizza By Elizabeths, Trolley Tap House, Two Stones Pub, World Cafe Live at The Queen and Washington Street Ale House. In addition to featuring events specific to their restaurant, the venues will offer a Beer Week Flight Special, entitling guests to sample three different craft beers for a set price. Costs are determined by the venue and reservations are required for some special events. Events run the gamut. Pizza By Elizabeths will host a special WBW Kick-Off Beer Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 5, featuring its own Frozen Toes Brewing as well Fordham-Old Dominion Brewery.
Chelsea Tavern is featuring Dogfish Head’s Ancient Beer Series on Nov. 10 with a special book signing by beer historian John Medkeff, Jr. And Iron Hill is spicing things up with a Hops and Hot Wings on Friday, Nov. 13. “We’re pairing four awesome IPAs from our head brewer Justin Sproul’s favorite breweries and four styles of hot wings from Chef Dave Foster,” says Brian Finn, senior head brewer at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. Kid Shelleen’s Charcoal House will be doing a Brooklyn Tap Attack featuring seven of the famous New York brewery’s creations on tap. World Cafe Live is offering flight specials highlighting Raven Brewery’s The Cask, 2SP’s Belgian Amber, Dogfish’s Midas Touch and Mispillion’s Not Today Satin IPA. And look for 2SP brewer Bob Barrar’s award-winning Russian Stout to be featured at Two Stones Pub. “Unfortunately we can all get caught up in the day-to-day ways of life,” says Dead Presidents’ owner Brian Raughley. “It’s nice to have a week just for trying some rare or new beers you might not have the chance or inclination to otherwise.” We agree. For a complete list of brews, special events and more, visit wilmingtonbeerweek.com. —Out & About Photo Joe del Tufo
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A few winter beers we think you may enjoy
BELL’S PORTER I always look forward to the cooler weather, the changing of leaves and the time for stout and porter beers. So when I was at Chelsea Tavern and saw they had Bell’s Porter, I had to try it. It was fantastic! With its slight dark chocolate, roasted coffee flavor and its incredible smoothness, this will be the beer I’ll be drinking throughout the season. — Kelly Loeb, Account Manager, Catalyst Visuals
SOUTHERN TIER 2XMAS I tried this ale last year on tap at Ernest & Scoot Taproom, where it was served with cinnamon on the rim of the glass. This winter seasonal is perfect if you’re looking for a beer to drink on Christmas. Brewed with common holiday ingredients such as figs, orange peels, cardamon, cinnamon, clove and ginger root, it’s sweeter than a typical craft beer because of the four malt varieties it uses, and it also has a slight hop bitterness. IMHO, it should be on your list of beers to drink this winter, especially on Christmas. — Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer
SIERRA NEVADA CELEBRATION ALE This is a decade-long holiday tradition for me. Celebration is one of the first examples of American-style IPA and was first introduced to the public in 1981. Though each year’s batch tastes different, Sierra Nevada insists it has been using the same recipe since 1983. It’s simply the fact that the flavor of hops changes from year to year (in fact, from field to field), they say. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher
NEW BELGIUM ACCUMULATION WHITE IPA This IPA was inspired by the white beauty that falls from the Colorado skies in winter. Flurries of Mosaic and Amarillo hops bring a soft fruit and citrus flavor, followed by a layer of bitter. Piled high in IBUs, Accumulation will make your winter brighter. — John Leyh, Craft & Specialty Brand Manager, NKS Distributors
FOUNDERS BREAKFAST STOUT Described as “the coffee lover’s consummate beer,” this Imperial Stout has been one of my favorites for the past few years and is one of my first stout purchases when the colder months arrive. The flaked oats create a creamy body and the java and chocolates push out the perfect flavor. At 8.3 percent, I don’t recommend actually drinking it with breakfast. — Matt Loeb, Creative Director/ Production Manager
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DOGFISH HEAD CHICORY STOUT I tried this seasonal stout—one of the brewery’s first-ever beers from its early days in the ‘90s—on a recent trip to the Dogfish brewpub. Almost black with a thick, ivory head, its bountiful, if nontraditional, ingredients include roasted chicory, organic Mexican coffee and licorice root. Don’t let the seemingly random list dissuade you; for stout lovers, this is a musttry. Flavor-wise perhaps a bit heavy to handle on its own, but pair it with a meal (or chocolate!), and you’ve got yourself a great winter warmer. And surprisingly, it weighs in at only 5.2 percent ABV. — Krista Connor, Associate Editor
BRASSERIE DUPONT MOINETTE BRUNE Sound familiar? This Abbey Dubbel out of Belgium is perfect for the upcoming season. Nice and malty with a warming surprise. It’s slightly sweet at the front and finishes semi dry. This ale will get you through those cold nights of winter. — Eric Fioravanti, Beer Manager, The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville
GREEN FLASH CELLAR 3 NATURA MORTA WITH PLUM The fine folks at Green Flash recently sent us a package of their large format, barrel aged and bottle-conditioned beers. No one claimed the “Plum beer” (insert skeptical faces with noses turned up here), so I decided to give it a shot. It was actually really good if you like (really) sour beers. It’s a Belgian-style Saison with a pretty, golden-pink color that is fermented in foudres with Brettanomyces, then aged in red wine barrels with Italian plum puree. So it has sugar. And plums. And those things are wintry. — Marie Graham Poot, Director of Digital Media and Distribution
OSKAR BLUES TEN FIDY This titanic, immensely viscous stout is loaded with inimitable flavors of chocolate-covered caramel and coffee and hides a hefty 65 IBUs underneath the smooth blanket of malt. Ten FIDY (10.5 percent ABV) is made with enormous amounts of two-row malt, chocolate malt, roasted barley, flaked oats and hops. Ten FIDY is the ultimate celebration of dark malts and boundary-stretching beer. A limited seasonal release. — Jeff Kreston, Owner, Kreston Wine & Spirits
HE’BREW HANUKKAH, CHANUKAH: PASS THE BEER It’s a tongue-twister to pronounce but this winter gem is well worth it. The taste profile alone is packed with winter flavors and colors. It’s a ruby dark ale that pours with a light creamy head filled with hints of light caramel, sweet chocolate, hops, hops and more hops. It’s robust and tastes great with some of Maggie’s Shepherd’s Pie! Who’s Maggie?! Buy some and find out! — Mike Whitwell, General Manager, Premier Wine and Spirits
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A GROWING MARKET Honeygrow, with its fresh and local flavor, opened on Concord Pike last month. Another location is scheduled for Newark by year's end. By Andréa Miller Photos by Joe del Tufo
e all need to eat to survive.
But we also eat for other reasons. For instance, pleasure: we hunger for tasty, savory food. And health: for many, that means fresh, unprocessed ingredients; for some, it means organic or non-GMO foods; for others, it also means vegan. How about eating to support the local economy? That can mean purchasing from local farmers or patronizing noncorporate restaurants owned by neighbors. When we eat out, we usually hope to have a good experience, which could mean fast service, a good atmosphere, or both. Attempting to meet all of these requirements is a tall order for a restaurant, maybe an impossible one.
But Honeygrow, a young, Philadelphia-based “anti-chain” restaurant, aims to do just that. And now it’s bringing the concept to Delaware. In October, Honeygrow opened its fifth storefront on Concord Pike’s Market Square Shopping Center next to Trader Joe’s. The Honeygrow concept defies existing categorization, says CEO and founder Justin Rosenberg. “We are not fine dining or fast food,” Rosenberg says. “We want to serve the quality of fine dining, as quickly as fast food”—and to do it with as many locally-sourced ingredients as possible. Everything is house made with no additives, from the signature egg white noodles to the sauces, dressings and pumpernickel croutons. And if that weren’t enough of a challenge, the menu includes vegan and gluten-free options as well. ► NOVEMBER OCTOBER 2015 2015 || OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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To deliver on that long grocery list of priorities, the ultra-fresh menu has been honed to the simple and straightforward. It includes six stir-fry and six salad options, a “build your own” option for each, a few smoothies, and a “honeybar” of fruits, nuts, and healthy sweet toppings for dessert. But don’t mistake simple for plain, Rosenberg says. He and his team have spent a lot of time in the kitchen perfecting recipes. And the team now includes Culinary Director David Katz (of Philadelphia’s much-awarded Mémé restaurant), who came on board to deepen the sophistication of the menu and ensure consistency at all locations. “David’s talent for making incredible dishes while focusing on simplicity in execution is uncanny. That is critical for us, as we’re not just tossing things into a bowl, cafeteria style,” says Rosenberg. "There’s precision involved, from making our stir-frys to producing our sauces and dressings. I’m excited to be working alongside someone who has such a passion for product, creativity and taste.” How’s this for interesting food to intrigue a curious palate: the stir fry offerings include a sour cherry barbeque sauce with pork, a lemon miso tahini sauce with free range chicken, a coconut red curry sauce with roasted organic tofu, a smoked oyster sauce with pork, a spicy garlic sauce with pineapples and roasted broccoli, and more. The salad menu includes ingredients like crushed candied cashews, citrus basil caesar dressing, roasted garlic balsamic vinaigrette, baked tempura chicken, honey ginger scallion vinaigrette, white truffle corn succotash and more. FYI: the ultra fresh menu is affordable, at about $6 to $10 per plate. The honeybar is under $6. There will be eight Honeygrow restaurants up and running by the end of 2015 (including another northern Delaware location on Main Street, Newark), and more coming in 2016, according to chief brand officer and University of Delaware grad Jan Denis. Despite that fact, the entire leadership team recoils at calling Honeygrow a chain. Combined with a well-polished and carefully casual set of messages (“Honest eating + growing local,” “we think different about culture, cooking and people,” and “people coming together over wholesome foods since 2012”), one might begin to wonder how much of the company messaging is slick PR and how much is authentic. I believe it’s real, and here’s the primary reason: Honeygrow’s Concord Pike kitchen has no freezer, none at all. That is irrefutable evidence of full-time, no-holdsbarred commitment to fresh ingredients. Try it and decide for yourself: the Concord Pike location is open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Here’s another reason: these passionate-about-quality entrepreneurs are willing to say they are doing fresh, local and non-GMO “as much as possible.” For some, that sounds like a cop-out. But to this reporter and fresh food enthusiast, it’s truth in advertising. After all, Rosenberg, Katz and Denis are rolling out a new business concept under market conditions that don’t support a food purist standard, at least not on this scale.
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Americans fully expect a stable menu, but in the mid-Atlantic in February, you simply can’t get many fresh fruits and vegetable staples at any price—even when you work with producers that use greenhouses and aquaponics, which Honeygrow does. Guests also expect to see certain tried and true ingredients on the menu, but you can’t get local bananas or avocados, not ever. Local honey is harvested only a few times a year, and when it runs out, you can’t close the dessert bar. And who can predict the next poultry blight? For obvious reasons, the Honeygrow leadership is hesitant to pin itself to promising a certain ratio of local food (when pressed, they estimated 70 percent overall—more in season, less in winter). And to be clear: when Katz and Rosenberg talk about local food, they don’t mean the 10-mile hyper-local model, they mean that 100-mile version that gives them access to high quality authentic products, like a New York City-based Japanese outlet they use for rice vinegar, miso, soy and other products. “Their buying power is great, and they can get us really nice stuff,” Rosenberg says. “We aren’t an Asian restaurant, but it’s important because we draw from that tradition as a stir fry noodle based concept.” The team is proud of its local food sourcing. There’s a chalkboard in every location broadcasting where ingredients were produced. The list includes numerous farms in New Jersey and Green Meadow Farms nearby Gap, Pa. Still, to Rosenberg, a restaurant guy for 23 years, local does not always mean better—especially when it comes to animal products. Honeygrow buys beef and pork from Creekstone Farms in Kansas, he says, because it has a strong history of producing all natural and antibiotic-free meats. The chicken is from North Carolina for the same reason. That kind of attention to detail is what the Honeygrow leadership team is about, Denis says. And they aim to instill it in all of their employees, from the store general mangers to the cooks to the front line workers, with a robust three-month training program that includes an emphasis on company values and even specific instructions for making noodles. “We don’t see ourselves as a chain. We are not massive. We take a lot of time and care,” Rosenberg says. “Just a few years ago we were developing a concept that has turned into a true Philly startup story. My office was my bedroom, and the kids were coloring on the back of invoices. Now we’re opening in another state. We are super proud of that.”
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A NEW BEGINNING French-style cafe opens in place of Fresh Thymes
fter Wilmington's Fresh Thymes Cafe closed its doors recently, a new French-style eatery, De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, took its place. Alex Sianni and Pastry Chef Gretchen Brizendine helm the new café, whose name means “baking from the heart.” It features locally sourced, sustainably produced food. Brizendine has been in the restaurant business for more than seven years, and Sianni has been in the business in three countries and the fine wine industry for more than 15 years. The café’s food is sourced from Powers Farm in Townsend, Bayberry Farm in Middletown and Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative in Lancaster. Located at 1836 Lovering Ave., it will serve breakfast, including sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and crepes; lunch, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis, and of course a variety of pastries like éclairs, croissants, cookies, tartlettes, mousse cups, and more. Visit the website at delacoeurcafe.com for the opening date and more information.
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atrick D’Amico, Middletown native and chef at several Wilmington eateries like Eclipse Bistro, the Hotel du Pont Green Room, and Harry's Savoy Grill, is opening three Middletown restaurants with RM Hospitality Group over the next few months. Metro Pub & Grill is the first of the three, which will be a gastro-pub at 17 Wood St. off West Main Street. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner early this month. Next, a fine dining establishment tentatively called The Bank will open in January. Currently the site—an actual vacant bank building at West Main and North Broad streets—is undergoing renovations. The third name and location are TBA.
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laymont Steak Shop opened a new location at 2720 Concord Pike this fall, making this the third restaurant in the local chain, with existing locations in Claymont and Newark. Since 1966, Claymont Steak has been popular for its cheesesteaks, subs and pizza. The new location, with a contemporary interior, and online and delivery options, includes baklava and other snacks in addition to its staple plates. NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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On the Town STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov.
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New exhibitions by Baltimore photographer Milana Braslavsky and DCCA studio artists Lynda Johnson and Kyle Ripp. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 10 am-5 pm, Wed & Sun 12 pm- 5 pm through Jan 31, 2016.
Delaware Tech 300 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE firstname.lastname@example.org www.dtcc.edu Take a trip around the world by visiting our gallery of study abroad trips from our students, faculty, and staff. Photos will highlight trips we have taken as well as pictures from individuals collections. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Mon – Fri 5pm – 8pm through November 6th.
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Over the past forty years, Peter B. Kaplan has captured majestic views from the tops of America’s mightiest architectural treasures. From California to New York, perched several hundred feet above ground on the top of bridges and Skyscrapers; Kaplan invented and refined the art of height photography. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view by appointment only through November 30th.
Search Party, Lance Winn. These paintings start with imaging what happens outside the visible spectrum. They are paintings of heat/ NOT things; heat is condition/NOT image... Most are made using CMYK oil paint. Art Loop reception 6-9 pm. On view by appointment only through November 30th.
Cultivate Technologies 221 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 215. 645. 2215 www.gocultivate.com
Jerry’s Artarama 704 N. Market Wilmington, DE 302.268.1238 wilmingtonde-jerrys.com
Musing and Murals by Artists, Liz McLaughlin and Iris Dickerson. Art Loop reception: 5-8pm. On view by appointment only through December 2015.
Somethin’ Sketchy, Franco Ciuffetelli, Black and White drawings influenced by pop culture and horror movies. Art Loop reception 5:30-8 pm. On view Monday through Saturday 11 AM – 5pm through November 30th.
LaFate Gallery 227 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE firstname.lastname@example.org www.lafategallery.com LaFate’s acrylic painting features the YMCA and it is symbolic with the Artist’s involvement with the Black Achievers Program. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Tue-Thurs. 11am – 5 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm through November 30.
Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.690.8092 ccade.org Art for a City, Milton Downing. Art assembled to harmonize. The act of the arrangement of fact, fabric and fun. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Monday through Saturday 9 AM – 6pm through November 30.
LOMA Coffee 239 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.893.2000 lomacoffee.com
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery Wilmington, DE www.thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Delaware College of Art & Design 600 N. Market St Wilmington, DE 302.622.8867 www.dcad.edu
The Grand Opera House Baby Grand Gallery Wilmington, DE www.thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Can you tell a story based on a photograph or draw a picture based on a poem? Photographer, Chuck Toppin and writer, Billie Travalini, will have their work on display to stimulate a fun hands-on experience that will bring out the writer or artist in you. Art Loop Reception 5:30 – 8:30 AM. On view Monday – Friday 6AM – 5PM; Saturday 7AM – 2PM through November 30th.
H INT/EXT showcases some of the best interior and architectural student work in the northeast, featuring student projects from the BFA programs of Maryland Institute College of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, and Pratt Institute. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view 9 AM to 9PM through January 9, 2016. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
Chris White Gallery 701 N. Shipley Street Wilmington, DE 302.312.5493 email@example.com
Dolores Bartholomew, whimsical watercolorist and illustrator, presents Meanings of the Heart : Making the Connection. This installment depicts heart-bonding moments and stories that happen while “waiting in the wings” in figurative reference to “performances” we don’t see “on stage” but are “acts” that deepen our love with friends and family. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5pm through December 1.
Harrison Otalor, Bamboo used to create unique forms of art. Bamboo is baked, stripped and individually layered to a black canvas using common tools like blades, scissors and knives. All methods are natural and of museum standards. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Monday through Friday 10 AM – 5pm through December 1. NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The 3rd Place 1139 W. 7th Street (entrance on Harrison St.) Wilmington, DE 717.578.3478 3rdplacewilm.com
Michelle’s of Delaware, LLC 831 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.michellesofdelaware.com The World of Leon Nicks Includes Engraving and Intaglios, The World of Leon Hicks Includes Engraving and Intaglios, Leon Hicks - Mr. Hicks at age 82 has created engravings and intaglios all of his professional career. The artwork in this exhibit covered the period of 1960 the 1980. Art Loop Reception 5 – 9pm. On view by appointment only.
Cities Seen. This two person show of Richard Remenick and Kree Wiede’s oil paintings, focuses on urban landscapes painted looking out their studio windows or from street level views. Art Loop Reception 6-9pm.
The Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 610.644.5440 www.howardpylestudio.org
Levitea 228 W. 9th St Wilmington, DE leviteawilmilngton.com Alim Smith a.k.a Yesterday Nite – What do Martin Lawrence, Solange Knowles, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg and Tonya Pinkins have in common? They are all fans of the work of Alim Smith, Delaware’s rising star. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8pm. On view Tuesday though Saturday 10 AM – 6PM.
Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE 302.576.2135 Mélange - The Brandywine Valley’s premier organization of professional fine-art photographers presents recent works from more than a dozen of its members. Exquisite color and black & white landscape, portraiture, abstract, figurative and documentary images are on exhibit. www.brandywinephoto.com. Art Loop reception 5:30 - 8 pm On view Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm through November 30th.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi
Paintings of Southern Italy by Artist Roe Murray. Oil and watercolor paintings of Southern Italy inspired from a recent trip . Art Loop reception: 5:30-8pm. On view by appointment only through December 2015.
Founders’ Gallery/ Tower Hill School 2813 West 17th Street Wilmington, DE 302.657.8358 www.towerhill.org
Dusty Boynton from the Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery in Chelsea, NY. Boyton’s artwork depicts a cast of characters with enlarged eyes, heads and other quirky features. www.dustyboynton.com. Art Loop reception: 5-8pm. On view by appointment only through December 18, 2015. Contact Rich Pierre at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302.657.8358 x 206.
Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org
Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.529.0506
Recent Work: Sacred and Profane, Thomas Newby. In this exhibit Tom Newby continues his exploration of classical themes in western art through the prism of the contemporary corporate landscape. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 pm On view Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm through November 25th.
The recent works of Robert Straight and Sarah Yoeman. Art Loop reception 5–8 pm On view Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm through Nov 30.
Westminster Presbyterian Church 1502 W. 13th Street Wilmington, DE 302.654.5214 www.swpc.org
Yukie Flowers 916 N. Union Street Wilmington, DE 302.658.8292 www.flowersbyyukie.com
Christina Oddo Nature – Pastels by Christina Oddo. Her style of expressive realism is inspired by her local area and her travels throughout the country. Free Concert at 8pm: Organist Paul Fleckenstein and Pianist, Julie Nishimura. Art Loop reception 6:30-8 pm. On view Mon – Fri 9 am –4 pm through Nov 30. 48 NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Botanical Abstractions, Kathleen Magner-Rios. Ms. Magner-Rios’ ongoing photography project using botanicals in an abstract expression of form and color. Art Loop reception 5-8pm. On view 8:00 - 5:00 Monday - Friday, 8:00-3:00 pm Saturdays. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net
Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Wilmington, DE 302.762.7878 www.bellefontevintage.com
New Beginnings ~ Encaustic Paintings, Linda Ford Encaustic painting is a process that dates back to the 1st century AD using beeswax based pigment applied in layers and fused using a heat source; the medium suits Linda’s abstract style and color palette. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm through Nov 25.
Jim Sheffler, Pottery – Describing his work as “functional, but with a whimsical tone”, potter Jim Sheffler, incorporates mechanical connections such as Phillips Head screws, unusual shapes and texture to create pieces that both beautiful and useful. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view Wed – Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun 12 – 4 pm through Nov 29.
Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike Wilmington, DE 302.658.9111 www.delmnh.org
Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net
Arts and Science : Carved Wood, Hammered Steel, Watercolors and Photgraphy at DMNH, Jeff Bell, John Rush, Lauren Sweeney. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm through Nov 25.
Somerville Manning Gallery 101 Stone Block Row, Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 www.somervillemanning.com Scott Prior – Scott Prior’s paintings depict a world that is intimate, cimple and personal; where objects are intensely illuminated. Art Loop reception: 5:30-7:30pm. On view Tues - Sat 10 am – 5 pm through November 14th.
After the History: New Memories Created and Stored, Ken Sturgis. Ken, of “Snicker Ditch Trunk Company”, refurbishes authentic steamer and doll trunks from the mid 1800’s -1920’s. His trunks were featured in the 2015 Designer Showcase House where proceeds help The Sunday Breakfast Mission. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view Thu 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm, Sun 12–5 pm through November 30.
Blue Heron Gallery 208 B Street New Castle, DE 302.276.0845 www.blueherongalleryde.com The recent works of Tri State artists, Nancy Saunders, Madeleine Kelly, Mary Wolfe. This trio of artists hail from Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Art Loop reception 5 - 8 p.m. On view Wed 12 - 5, Thurs. 12 - 5, Fri 12 - 6 Sat 12 - 5 or 12 PM - 4PM.
Blue Ball Barn 1914 West Park Drive Wilmington, DE 302.577.7020 destateparks.com/alapocas-run Steve Attinger, Retrospective – Steve Attinger is a self-taught artist whose works relate to powerful, emotional memories of life growing up in the early twentieth century. Art Loop reception 5-9 pm. On view Mon – Fri 8am – 4pm through November 13th.
Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 www.bellefontearts.com
Group Show : Valerie White’s “Full Moon” Watercolor series, Linda Solomon’s “Poppies” exemplifies her love for bold colors. Linda Toman’s bold use of color and texture in Ceramics and Lois Johnson’s “Travel Series” of black and white photography. Art Loop reception: 6-9pm. On view Tues-Fri. 11 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun 12pm – 4 pm through November 30. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children
*Theatre N reserves the right to change the film schedule at any time. Please visit our website at www.theatren.org for the most up to date information for all film and events at Theatre N.
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302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org PHOENIX
PG-13 | 1 hr 39 mins | November 6-12 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 1pm | Sun. 4pm, Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm German with English subtitles A German-Jewish, ex-nightclub singer, has survived a concentration camp. But, like her country, she is scarred, her face disfigured by a bullet wound. After undergoing reconstructive surgery, Nelly emerges with a new face, one similar but different enough that her former husband, Johnny (Ronald Zehrfeld), doesn’t recognize her. Rather than reveal herself, Nelly walks into a dangerous game of duplicity and disguise as she tries to figure out if the man she loves may have been the one who betrayed her to the Nazis.
NR | 1 hr 40 mins | November 6-12 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 4pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm Aviva Kempner’s Rosenwald is the incredible story of Julius Rosenwald, who never finished high school, but rose to become the President of Sears. Influenced by the writings of the educator Booker T. Washington, this Jewish philanthropist joined forces with African American communities during the Jim Crow South to build over 5,300 schools during the early part of the 20th century.
A BALLERINA’S TALE
NR | 1 hr 25 mins | November 20-25 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Wed. 7pm Iconic ballerina Misty Copeland made history when she became the first African-American woman to be named principal dancer of the legendary American Ballet Theater. Get the incredible, behind-the-scenes story of how she overcame a tumultuous upbringing and near career-ending injuries to become one of the most revered dancers of her generation. More than just a ballet success story, Copeland’s journey is a hugely inspirational, universal tale of perseverance.
R | 1 hr 20 mins | November 20-25 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Wed. 7pm Elle Reid has just gotten through breaking up with her girlfriend when her granddaughter Sage unexpectedly shows up needing $600 before sundown. Temporarily broke, Grandma Elle and Sage spend the day trying to get their hands on the cash as their unannounced visits to old friends and flames end up rattling skeletons and digging up secrets.
NR | 1 hr 30 mins | November 13-19 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm | Sun. 4pm Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm
R | 1 hr 39 mins | Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm | Sun. 4pm Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm
Yale University, 1961. Stanley Milgram designs a psychology experiment that remains relevant to this day, in which people think they’re delivering painful electric shocks to an affable stranger strapped into a chair in another room. Disregarding his pleas for mercy, the majority of subjects do not stop the experiment, administering what they think are near-fatal electric shocks, simply because they’ve been told to.
In the heat of the summer lays a lonesome house in the countryside where nine year old twin brothers await their mother’s return. When she comes home, bandaged after cosmetic surgery, nothing is like before and the children start to doubt whether this woman is actually who she says she is. What ensues is a terrifying observational struggle with fatal consequences on par with THE SHINING and DEAD RINGERS.
R | 1 hr 30 mins | November 13-19 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm Cut Snake tells the story of Sparra Farrell, an ex-con in his 20s trying to make a life for himself in a new city. Sparra has found honest work and has recently become engaged to the beautiful Paula. However, the prospect of is new life is challenged by the arrival of the charismatic Pommie, his former cell mate and lover who slowly draws him back into the violent world he thought he left behind. 50 NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
NR | 1 hr 3 mins | Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm English, Hindi with English subtitles
This film pays tribute to the remarkable short life of “India’s Daughter” (Jyoti) and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Delhi in December 2012. It also examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape with exclusive interviews and – perhaps most importantly – it tries to shed light on the patriarchal society and culture which not only seeds but may be said even to encourage violence against women. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
The Cathedral Choir School entertains at OBV’s 50th Celebration.
The Pumping Station stack, as viewed from Masley’s Gloves, on the Brandywine.
Old Brandywine Village Inc. Celebrates 50 Years Of Strengthening A Wilmington Neighborhood
By Tonya R. Richardson, Public Relations & Communications Officer Mayor’s Office of Communications
he area of Wilmington now known as Old Brandywine Village has, since the early history of the city, has been positioned near the center of Wilmington civic and economic activity. Old Brandywine Village, Inc. (OBV) recently celebrated its 50th anniversary at a Preview Party for the 3rd Annual Brandywine Village Music Riverfest. Taking place at the Brandywine Pumping Station near the North Market Street bridge, local artistic talent from the community was featured, including work by woodcrafters from the Challenge Program. Musical entertainment was provided by the Alfie Moss/Dexter Koonce Project and the Cathedral Choir School. One of the highlights of the evening was the premier of the lights outlining the pumping station complex and the colored stack lights, made possible through the efforts of the City of Wilmington and its civic and state partners. The stack is currently lit pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but will change based on cultural holidays and seasons. Throughout the chapters of this region’s history, Old Brandywine Village has evolved from a flourishing mill community to a thriving place today where residents participate in the economic development, politics, and communities of not only their own neighborhood but also Wilmington as a whole. OBV is a nonprofit organization that grew from the active participation of Brandywine Village’s residents, businesses, and elected officials. The association was founded originally to preserve the historic stone homes of the early mill owners, and the heritage of the Brandywine Village mill area along the Brandywine Creek and North Market Street. The current mission of OBV is to preserve A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
local history, encourage economic development, grow green space and the arts, cultivate neighborhood partnerships, and stabilize and encourage positive change in this area of Wilmington. The Old Brandywine Village community is the gateway to Brandywine Park and links to the East Coast Greenway connections. It continues to successfully fulfill its mission via an extensive cohort of involved and activated community organizations, including the Delaware Center for Horticulture, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the District Planning Councils 2 and 3, the Hagley Museum, Masley Military Gloves, the McConnell Companies, Reed’s Refuge and many, many others. The group is also active in the maintenance of the Brandywine Creek itself. Encouraging the preservation of past local artistic works and cultivating new creative endeavors is also a strong part of OBV’s mission. The Brandywine Creek and OBV have long been associated with the artistic heritage of the Wyeth and Pyle families, as well as the music of many accomplished musicians, including Clifford Brown. Today, many contemporary artists are at work along the banks of the Brandywine. Local arts and culture can be found along the length of the creek, from its beginnings in Pennsylvania till its downstream locations that run past this community. A recent example of OBV’s work to encourage its artistic heritage has been working to light the City’s nearby waterworks buildings and the hosting of the monthly OBV Summer Sunday Concert Series, which just ended its 3rd season. To learn more about Old Brandywine Village, Inc., please visit their website at: http://www.oldbrandywinevillage.org. NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
Rendition of the Wilmington Skate and Wellness Plaza, with evening, overhead lighting.
City of Wilmington Joins Partners to Unveil Plans for Skate Plaza
By Tonya R. Richardson, Public Relations & Communications Officer Mayor’s Office of Communications
ayor Dennis P. Williams joined with civic partners and elected officials last month to unveil renditions of the planned Wilmington Skate and Wellness Plaza. The Skate Jam event included a family-friendly environment where stakeholders and members of the local and regional skating community were able to get a first look at what is being planned at this new skate and wellness plaza in Wilmington. “The concept of a skate park was envisioned well over a decade ago,” said Mayor Williams. “I am very proud that my administration and our state and local partners have developed the resources and plans to finally make this plaza a reality.” Over the past two years, members of the City’s Department of Planning and Development, led by Director Leonard Sophrin and Planner Leah Kacanda, have been coordinating efforts for the Plaza’s development from the ground up. “We are on the cusp of developing the City’s premier skate plaza, designed for
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skateboarding and in-line skating at all levels, including transition, bowl and street elements,” said Sophrin. “There will be significant square footage to encourage exercise by other kids as well, such as walking and running, and open spaces for individual or group exercise such as yoga and tai chi.” The park is planned for the vicinity of 300 Liberty Street, which is a currently unused public space under I-95, directly off of Maryland Avenue. What is now an empty lot will be developed into a safe and inviting public amenity within walking distance of both the Browntown and Hedgeville neighborhoods of the city. The development of this parcel into a skate plaza will also open a pedestrian gateway from Maryland Avenue to the Riverfront. Nationally acclaimed GrindLine Skatepark Design and Construction, a Seattle, Washington based design firm, has been brought onboard and has provided renderings, meeting the required specifications. The firm has been building skate A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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parks around the country for over 25 years and is nationally recognized for their work on large, city-sized parks, such as Spring Park in Houston and Paine’s Park in Philadelphia, as well as smaller projects such as Wilkeson Skate Park in Washington State. Anthony Santoro of the Wilmington Skate Project has been involved with this 15-year project since 2008. “The amazing thing about skateboarding is that it is universal and cross-generational. Today’s skate community is diverse and inclusive of all backgrounds and lifestyles,” he said. “I started skating back when I was a kid, over thirty years ago, and my children are avid skaters now. There are very few sports where so many different skill levels and styles can be enjoyed together by so many.” The completion of this project will provide an additional park place to the City’s stock of recreational offerings. “The city offers recreational space for basketball, baseball, tennis, swimming and walking. Now we can add skateboarding to the roster,” said Sophrin. Wilmington is in a unique position, as most community skate parks are funded at the neighborhood level. “One million dollars have been raised already, and we are continuing to solicit funds to put the finishing touches on the project,” said Sophrin. The Wilmington Skate Plaza is slated for completion in the summer of 2016. In the meantime, there will be opportunities for more sponsors and individual donors to contribute to the project. “Extras such as evening, overhead lighting are in our plan, and we know there are resources to make the full vision a reality.” Numerous civic partners and elected officials have each been critical to the development of the project, including:
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Wilmington Skate and Wellness Plaza site, today.
Wilmington Skate and Wellness Plaza upon completion.
The Skate Plaza will include an 8’ bowl, transition and street features.
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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 Starbucks on the Riverfront 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM Goju Training Center, GOJUROBICS.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG Riverwalk Mini Golf, RIVERWALKMINIGOLF.COM 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM
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Visit RiverfrontWilm.com for info on events happening at the Riverfront! 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame 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 Riverfront Commuter Lot, RIVERFRONTWILM.COM/PARKING 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 33. Delaware Humane Association, DEHUMANE.ORG
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The Grand Opera House CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG The beloved children’s character comes to life on stage in a BIG way in an all-new musical thegrandwilmington.org or 302.652.5577
The Playhouse Theatre The World Famous GLENN MILLER ORCHESTRA Recreates the classic sound of the big band era thegrandwilmington.org or 302.652.5577
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Bethany Blues owner Kevin Roberts (left) attends the Booker Noe small batch bourbon roundtable in New York, alongside Fred Noe III, great-grandson of Jim Beam. Photo Caitie McCabe Photography
World Famous Bourbon Gets a Delaware Touch Owners of The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville, Bethany Blues BBQ help choose new Beam offering By Rob Kalesse ourbon season is officially upon us. Snifters by the fire, tulip glasses with a few rocks, and Manhattans all will be filled with the barrel-aged American whiskey. One particular small batch of the Kentucky spirit will even have Delaware’s fingerprints on it, when Booker’s bourbon, produced by the Jim Beam distillery in the little town of Clermont, is released later this month. That’s because two local entrepreneurs, spurred by their love of bourbon, plus timing and a little serendipity combined recently to help Fred Noe, great-grandson of Jim Beam, select the next small batch of Booker’s. By most accounts, this is a first for Delaware and its liquor store and restaurant industry.
A Bourbon-Based Friendship
Bill Galbraith, owner of The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville, and Kevin Roberts, owner of Bethany Blues BBQ restaurant in Lewes, first met during a time when most people do a majority of their experimental drinking: in college—in this case, back in the late 1990s. After graduating from the University of Delaware, both Galbraith and Roberts went on to work in the restaurant industry. For this particular venture, the two bourbon enthusiasts visited the Jim Beam distillery earlier this year, eager to learn more about the process and meet the brains behind the Beam line of bourbons. During their trip to the Bluegrass State, both men asked their Jim Beam sales representative about the possibility of having a hand in selecting a future Beam product. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Bill Galbraith, owner of The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville, at a small batch bourbon roundtable in New York with members of the media.
“On our trip to Kentucky, both Kevin and I expressed a great deal of interest in somehow being a part of the selection process for Booker’s, if at all possible,” says Galbraith, who took over ownership of The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville in June of 2014. “As a thank-you for our business, and through [Delaware Beam Suntory rep] Bob Rindfuss, we were invited to sit in on their selection panel in New York.” Roberts says Rindfuss really pulled the strings to get him and Galbraith invited to the sampling at Keen’s Steakhouse, which took place during Whiskey Advocate’s 17th annual WhiskyFest in New York City. “Both Bill and I support the brand heavily, and by establishing a unique relationship, this door was opened.”
Roundtable Bourbon Sampling
For the selection process, Fred Noe and several Beam employees set up three samples of small batch bourbon blended from multiple barrels, all in similar quality, age and proof, around 126 or 127. Booker’s, for the unfamiliar, is one of the few bourbons that is always uncut and unfiltered, something bourbon purists seek out, and the samples were labeled A, B and C. “We all sat around the table, me and Kevin, the great-grandson of Jim Beam, journalists from the Wall Street Journal and Maxim, and other bourbon and whiskey experts,” says Galbraith. “After sampling all three, and adding a little water to each, as is the tradition, we all voted via secret ballot, and C was the unanimous winner.” Since each release of Booker’s gets its own specific title – the current release is “Center Cut”—Noe announced that this year’s edition would be called “Noe Secret,” an homage to his father, Booker Noe, who always told it like it is (or was), and didn’t care for secrets or gossip. Galbraith says the panel selected C because of its overall smoothness and ability to hold its bold flavors after adding water. Sample B, according to the group, withered when water was added, while A was just a little too raw and biting. Roberts notes that Sample C was very appealing, with strong hints of vanilla, pepper, caramel and even cherry. “It was very palatable and I think it will even appeal to novice bourbon drinkers.”
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Now Galbraith and Roberts await the release of this year’s crop of Booker’s, the first 20 cases of which will be delivered to The Wine & Spirit Company of Greenville, and the following 10 cases to Bethany Blues, in November. Both purveyors are ecstatic that they’ll be the first to get their hands on this year’s release. “This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me, to sit at a roundtable next to Fred Noe,” says Roberts. “Getting to sample and discuss the newest batch of Booker’s, a crown jewel in their line of bourbons, was unbelievable. I can’t wait to get the shipment and offer it to everyone at Bethany Blues while I tell them the story.” Says Rindfuss, “The stars kind of aligned on this one; it took a little bit of good luck, the right timing and right place, and two high-end purveyors with interest in bourbon to pull this off.” Galbraith says he’ll be selling the bottles of Booker’s for roughly $59.99 each. Roberts, meanwhile, says he plans on selling snifters of the Booker’s for $9 for a 1.25-ounce shot, and $11 for a standard two-ounce cocktail or snifter.
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California Dreaming—and Wines for Thanksgiving A wine expert returns from the West Coast with some recommendations By John Murray
y two trips to California had special significance this year, since our son, Branch, moved to Santa Rosa, the county seat of Sonoma, last spring. So I got to visit him in his new home, where he’s working in the production side of the wine industry—for the Jackson Family at their Vinwood crush facility. The hours are long and the work is labor intensive, but the benefits are great. He’s enjoying learning the process of creating wines from start to finish. Then there is my cousin, Walter, who at 102 is the oldest resident of Healdsburg, Calif. I’ve been visiting him since 1978, when he introduced me to the majestic Armstrong Redwoods State National Reserve, a true gem of a park in Northern Sonoma County, and a must-visit destination in the heart of wine country. In May, I got to attend the first-ever Sonoma County Barrel Auction, and it was a great event. The wine lots were selected by the vintners; some were iconic, some not, but all were one-of-akind wines from all appellations in Sonoma County. Previews of all the lots were offered the day before and the morning of the auction. Quality was absolutely amazing, and I found myself bidding on a few lots, but lost all (oh well). The event generated more than $460,000 from the 71 lots auctioned. Here are some of highlights of my trips, along with holiday recommendations.
Shafer Vineyards is among the handful of producers I visit every year. I've had the honor of knowing John Shafer since the release of his first vintage in 1978. Doug, his son, and I have developed a friendship as well. On this trip, John, still spry at 90, came down the hill to greet us. Amazing wines are crafted here with consistent quality in every vintage. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah are the varietals used here. Dashe Cellars, on the Oakland Urban Wine Trail, was founded by Michael and Anne Dashe in 1996. Their wines are always complex yet elegant, and express true varietal character. If your trip West takes you in or out of Oakland, Dashe Cellars is a must stop. Their Les Enfants Terribles series features grapes from specific vineyards. Heart Arrow Ranch Zinfandel from Mendocino County is the 2014 vintage. Brambly spice and berry flavors lead to a rich fruit finish. Their 2014 McFaddin Farm Zinfandel, Mendocino County fruit, has great earthy berry spice flavors, complex and delicate. Both wines are extremely limited and will match your Thanksgiving table red wine needs. Frog’s Leap, in Napa Valley, is another favorite of mine. John Williams has been a friend since 1984. Organic dry farming is a key to the quality of his fruit, and his integration of grapes, vegetables, plants, bees and wildlife attract subtle nuances to the vineyard. This balance of nature shows brightly in the wines he produces. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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His 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a richly textured CALIFORNIA DREAMING—AND wine with black currant fruit, WINES FOR THANKSGIVING resembling the wines made in continued from previous page Napa in the 1970s. Soft, sweet tannins, dusty earth with cocoa and mint, make for a rich, balanced wine. The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc is a clean and refreshing wine, and bright accents of minimal citrus fruits give a wonderful flavor profile. Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Merlot are also produced at Frog’s Leap, and are exceptional examples of their distinctive varietal flavors. Calluna Vineyards, in the Chalk Hill Appellation of Sonoma, is a great example of new world fruit with the flavor profile of old world fruit. David Jeffrey has done an amazing job of growing the five red varietals of Bordeaux and crafting them into great wine. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot are the grapes used and grown. The winery and the house sit atop a hill overlooking Mount Saint Helena, Geyser Peak, and to the west, the Coastal Range. The Calluna Vineyards Cuvee and Estate use a blend of all five varietals. The 2012 cuvee is loaded with black currants, dusty earth, black cherries with subtle nuances of tobacco, mint, and cocoa. This leads to a mouthful of explosive flavors. Firm tannins and good acidity show the ability to age for some time. The 2011 Estate is a great example of how good the vintage can be, and is another elegant, yet very complex wine. Aged for 21 months in French oak, of which 10 percent is new oak, its flavor profiles include licorice, blackberries, black cherries and other dark fruits.
Here again are my two cents on what to pour for Thanksgiving. Lots of food and flavors mean a wide variety of tastes. The challenge is to complement all of this. I always like to begin with bubbles, or sparkling wine. My two suggestions: • Argyle Brut Rose from Oregon is a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Bright salmon color gives way to a delicate, creamy, rich floral flavor. • Iron Horse Vineyards classic Brut vintage is a clean, delicate, refreshing wine, with lively citrus flavors of lemon and orange zest, lightly toasted, clean and rich. And here are two whites and two reds to complement your meal: • Chehalem Three Vineyard Pinot Gris 2013 is like a refreshing, rich, fruit tart. Creamy flavors of pears, melons, and nectarines are wonderfully balanced. It is structured, clean and bright. • Dashe Grenache Blanc 2014 is mineraly, rich and spicy with hints of pear and stone fruits. Rich textures and good acidity round out the flavor profile. • Pedroncelli Zinfandel Mother Clone 2012 is an excellent example of classic earthy black currant fruit with a nice brambly, spicy finish. • Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir 2012 is loaded with fruit flavors of raspberries and blueberries. This mediumbodied, earthy wine has scents of nuts and exotic spices. It’s a perfect match for the bird on your Thanksgiving table. John Murray is co-owner of State Line Liquors. 64 NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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his year, Meals on Wheels Delaware and 2SP Brewing Company are working together for Giving on Tap—a night of fun in the spirit of giving. At the 2SP Brewing Company’s headquarters in Aston, Pa., this event— on Friday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.— will feature exclusive hand-crafted brews, an open beer bar and gourmet hors d’oeuvres. General admission is $35. VIP access is $75 and includes a private brewery tour with Head Brewer Bob Barrar along with the opportunity to taste reserve stock beers not available to the public, a 32-ounce growler to take home, reserved seating, food stations and beer pairings. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware.
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STARS µµµµµ Jacob Tremblay as Jack and Brie Larson as Ma/Joy in Room. Photo courtesy of A24 Films
LEAVE THE ROOM! A touching parent-child drama about survival By Mark Fields
oom is about the stories we tell one another to survive. Jack, a lively five-year-old boy, lives with his Ma in a single small room where he was born, utterly unaware of anything beyond the confines of the four walls he sees around him. Ma has created an entire imaginative world for Jack in this room, shielding him from the fact that they are both imprisoned there by Ma’s captor/rapist, Old Nick, who visits the room occasionally to bring provisions and to again force himself on Ma. Ma, or Joy in the rest of the world, is little more than a child herself, but her fierce devotion to Jack allows her to endure this confinement—and Old Nick. Based on the 2010 bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue, Room takes the viewer into an intimate and loving parent-child dynamic built over a well of incredible pain and sacrifice. Brie Larson, who plays Ma/Joy, and Jacob Tremblay as young Jack, capture the shifting rhythms of family life, heightened by the severe limitations of their shared space.
When Old Nick’s financial circumstances erode, and Joy realizes that they are in even greater peril, they attempt a risky escape; and the story and scene shift to the world beyond Room. Although we are deeply invested in these characters, unfortunately the change in locale and the expansion of the story into the world we know as real, takes us viewers into far more familiar, and therefore less captivating, territory. Some of the energy and much of the specialness of this story dissipate, sadly. Much credit, nonetheless, goes to Larson and Tremblay. Both excel in making their very small on-screen universe feel genuine and compelling. They are ably supported in smaller roles by Joan Allen, William H. Macy, and Tom McCamus as Joy’s reunited family. The direction by Lenny Abrahamson is briskly efficient without being particularly noteworthy. Donoghue, who also wrote the screenplay, can be excused for a somewhat meandering third act on the basis of the rest of the story, which is both engaging and profound. NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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STARS µµµµµ Tom Hanks as James B. Donovan in Bridge of Spies.
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teven Spielberg’s latest cinematic foray into history, Bridge of Spies, contains all the hallmarks of serious Spielberg: a taut if little-known piece of the past; exquisitely crafted set/art direction and cinematography that bring that past vibrantly alive on screen; an evocative score; confident directorial control; and invigorating lead performances, in this case, from Tom Hanks and English stage actor Mark Rylance. The story involves the tense negotiation between Cold War superpowers, the Soviet Union and the U.S., for a pair of captured combatants: one a Soviet spy apprehended in America, and the other, Francis Gary Powers, the American U2 pilot famously shot down near the Ural Mountains. A private citizen attorney, Jim Donovan (Hanks), is pressed into service to exchange Powers against the backdrop of the escalating Cold War (we see the building of the Berlin Wall during the film). Bridge of Spies is incredibly well-crafted and effective, as can be expected from the masterful Spielberg. But sadly, it also suffers from a recurring problem found with some of Spielberg’s more serious films: it conveys the powerful story on the surface without ever really finding a more resonant emotional core within its narrative and characters. Often, the talented actors and complex characters that Spielberg showcases are able to transcend this detached quality. Certainly, that has been the case in Lincoln, Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler’s List (all historical dramas). But in others, such as War Horse, Munich, and Catch Me if You Can, we get a terrific, and often engrossing, surface without much depth. Such is the case with Bridge of Spies, so well-made that you can’t help feeling let down when you don’t come away with a deeper connection. 70 NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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n a cool night in the fall of 1997, five film fans met in Rehoboth and devised the idea of working with local restaurants to screen independent films. After spreading the word of this event to other film buffs and members of the coastal town’s community, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society was formed and the festival premiered in 1998. Since then, the film society has expanded to a not-for-profit arts organization that sponsors a wide range of film programs for the community, including the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The society’s growing popularity made way for the Cinema Art House, a professionally designed theater that seats 108 and is set to open in early 2016. This year, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival celebrates 18 years of promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment. Featured this year will be more than 50 films, and genres include comedy, drama and thriller, imported from countries such as the United Kingdom, Iceland, Spain, Germany and India. Set for Saturday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 15, the festival will be held at several venues: Cape Henlopen High School, Metropolitan Community Church, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Inn at Canal Square, Lewes Canalfront Park, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Beach Public Library and South Coastal Library. All venues are within minutes of each other by car. A Festival Pass is required each year to purchase tickets for the Film Festival. Six levels of Festival Passes are available, offering different benefits. The levels include: Director ($200), Producer ($90), Screen Writer ($40), Film Buff ($20), Student ($10) and Mini ($5). Valid for one individual, a pass allows the purchase of one ticket per film title. Members of the Film Society are not required to buy a Festival Pass. The final day to purchase a Festival Pass and Film Society membership is Nov. 5. After that, passes and memberships can be purchased at the Festival Box Office. Although this event is fun for all ages, viewer discretion is advised, and each film will be rated accordingly. For more information, go to rehobothfilm.com/festival.html. —Matt Moore
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MEET THE WEEKDAY WARRIORS The close-knit winners of this year’s Musikarmageddon are a fun and quirky, high-energy, alt-hip-hop-funk band By Krista Connor
he baby grand was silent with anticipation on a Saturday night in September as the crowd and competing bands waited to hear the fate of the Musikarmageddon finalists. When local group Weekday Warriors were announced as victors, a tremendous cheer erupted from the audience—and from Dan Lord, the band’s drummer, who stood triumphantly on a large speaker with his arms raised in celebration. The four band members—Lord (known by friends as “Lord Dan”), singer and guitarist Russell Kutys (Russell “Que”), bassist Isaac Moore, and guitarist Deej Jalil—came onto the stage, bearhugging each other and swapping repeated high fives—three per person, to be exact, which is their “secret” handshake. “It was really gratifying,” says Lord. The band had come a long way from their first-ever show at JB McGinnes Pub & Grille two years ago, when all members had the flu, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees, according to Lord. But by the time the high energy alternative-rock-hip-hop-funk group from Newark entered Wilmington’s battle-of-the-bands, they were brimming with confidence. “We knew we had a pretty good chance of winning,” says Lord.
Musikarmageddon 2015 presented perhaps the most diverse group of bands in the event’s nine-year history. The competition offered audiences country, pop, heavy rock and hip-hop, among other genres. At the Sept. 26 finals, local bands Poor Yorick, The Jolly What, and It Is What It Is faced off with Weekday Warriors at the baby grand. The Warriors joined the ranks of such noted past winners as Minshara, Glim Dropper and New Sweden. Their on-stage energy may have won them the victory—Lord says the band likes “to get people dancing” and includes rapping by Kutys— but the glue that holds the guys together is their friendship. “The reason we have such strong connections to each other? We’ve all known each other for a very long time,” says Lord. He was the drummer for Jalil’s band, Echo Mission, in 2009, and he and Kutys have been playing music since 2011. And Lord remembers playing shows with Moore’s old band, My Worst Critic, years prior to that. Another friendship factor: most of the members have been roommates at some time or other at a Newark house dubbed “The Bungalow,” which is currently home to Kutys and Lord and doubles as practice space and recording studio. ► NOVEMBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The band itself was born at open mics at Mojo Main, the dimlylit Main Street bar that took the place of East End Café for just over three years before closing its doors last March. The location is now a trendy craft beer bar and restaurant, Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen. The friends hosted trivia and open mic nights at Mojo, and the band held its first album release party at the bar. “Our goal is to make enough money to buy Grain on Main back and restore it to its dive bar glory,” Lord jokes. Kutys and Lord came up with the band name on a typical Monday three years ago. The friends met up in the afternoon on Main Street for a few beers. They threw back one, then another, and then another, then launched an unofficial beer crawl down the street in broad daylight—an activity typically reserved for Friday or Saturday evenings for weekend warrior partiers. The band started getting shows in Newark, Wilmington and Philadelphia while recording a number of EPs and albums, including September 2014’s Quantum Collapses, a 16-song CD recorded at The Bungalow and mixed by a friend, James Drake. Their newest EP, Three High Fives—a reference to the greeting band members exchange whenever they see each other—was released this past summer. It’s a collaboration between Weekday Warriors and others who “want to make good music with other good friends,” says Lord. “That’s what we did with this album.” Newark musicians like Poor Yorick and Melissa Forsythe from the band This is Weird were among the artists who collaborated with the Warriors, who in turn often participate in their friends’ albums. “We’ve all been friends since the Mojo Main days and we continue to work together to help each other out,” says Lord. The Warriors’ current project is Uppers, Downers and All Arounders, an album slated to be finished by summer 2016. It’ll be a collection of the band’s most recent songs, says Lord. The friends are excited to take their quirk and humor to new places. They have three Saturday shows coming up in the area: on Nov. 7 at 1984; at School of Rock’s Fall Jam Nov. 21, and at Wilmo Rock Circus Nov. 28. And for the record, despite the band’s carefree name, all members—mostly UD graduates—are employed professionals, and ironically enough, the majority hold daytime office jobs. “We first started promoting the band as ‘the drunkest band on Main Street,’ but now I feel like we’re much more mature,” says Lord. “I don’t think we’re going to be the next Beatles, but at this rate if we can continually grow our momentum over the next five years, we’ll be touring around the East Coast.” For more information, visit their Facebook page or websites at weekdaywarriors.rocks and weekdaywarriors.bandcamp.com.
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NEW SOUNDS ON MAIN STREET Grain will host more live music each month More live music is now coming to Newark’s Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen four nights a month. After receiving positive feedback from customers about the new Main Street establishment’s Dogfish Head Stage, which features occasional acoustic artists, management has brought in Gable Music Ventures to program four nights of live music per month. Lee Mikles, co-owner of Grain, says: “We are very excited to add Gable to the team to bring us entertaining and new musical acts on a regular basis. This original music will be a great complement to the acoustic acts that we will continue to share with our guests.” Starting this month, the first and third Fridays and second and fourth Saturdays will be programmed by Gable. Music fans can expect to see regional and touring original bands who will add some variety to the local acts Grain has been hosting. Additional live music happens at Grain every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. This month’s performances are: folk-songwriters Megan Knight and Brooke Dicaro on Nov. 6; pop-rockers Danielle & Jennifer on Nov. 14; acoustic rock-blues-funk artist Frank Viele on Nov. 20, and pop-R&B-soul musician Nelly’s Echo on Nov. 28.
A ROCKING GOOD TIME Joe Trainor Trio and Hot Breakfast! to jam at the Smyrna Opera House Hot on the heels of their Smyrna Opera House tribute to Billy Joel, The Joe Trainor Trio returns to the Opera House’s B. Stimson Carrow Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a night of original music. Wilmington-based singer/songwriter Joe Trainor (piano) along with Kevin Niemi (bass) and Jeff Dement (drums) bring their unique piano-rock to Smyrna for one night only. Joining them will be the Wilmington-based acoustic dork-rock duo Hot Breakfast! A full bar will be available. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $8-$16.
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GET WILD AT WILMO ROCK CIRCUS The “biggest show in the Small Wonder” is back Dubbed the “biggest show in the Small Wonder,” Wilmo Rock Circus is back for a fifth year to create indoor festival fun. Founded by Gable Music Ventures and Joe Trainor, the event is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving— Nov. 28 this year—and for the last four years has taken over the entire venue at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Fifteen bands will perform between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight, utilizing both stages. Circus-themed extras like “circus master” emcees, handmade circus art, circusthemed food and drink options are included. Tickets are $20.
GRATEFUL DEAD DANCE PARTY Dec. 4 fundraiser in Arden The Gilded Road: A Grateful Dead Dance party brings the thrills and chills of the annual Brandywine Valley Association’s Deadfest event—but in the winter and indoors. The Friday, Dec. 4, event at Arden Gild Hall will feature area musicians and all proceeds will benefit the Arden Gild Hall’s kitchen renovation.
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Photos by Les Kipp 1. Grace and Keith Elliot have their hands full at Trolley Tap House.
4. Elise and Vinnie Franchino, of Wilm., at Piccolina Toscana.
2. Thomas Nagle takes advantage of the free games and swings for the fences.
5. John Patrick Kelly pours a Wolaver’s pumpkin ale at Kelly’s Logan House.
3. Caitlyn Perry pours a pair of bourbon samples at Piccolina Toscana.
6. Secilia Johnson, of N.J., and Bret Harvison, Wilm., at Kelly’s Logan House.
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THE DELAWARE CENTER FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS presents the
Contemporary Gala with Honorary Chairs
GOVERNOR JACK MARKELL AND FIRST LADY CARLA MARKELL
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 7:00 - 10:00 PM Music by The Bullets also featuring DJ Skinny White
Ellen Durkan’s “Forged fashion” Open Bar • Hors d’oeuvres by Jimmy Duffy’s Liquid Nitrogen Cocktails • Painted Stave Vodka Ice Luge Silent Auction Featuring a four-digit Delaware license plate and including artwork by DCCA Founder Rick Rothrock, Neysa Grassi, and Smashed Label, with an exclusive new piece by artist Dennis Beach.
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