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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
Facebook Follies Being on Facebook means never having to pay attention to spelling, punctuation, grammar, or, really, anything resembling proper English. In a feeble attempt to correct some of this errata, here are the (current) most misspelled words, as determined via scientific survey (my personal observations): • It’s cannot (one word), not can not. • Conversely, it’s all right (two words), not alright. • You lose something, you don’t loose it. You can, however, let loose on Facebook. • A female is a woman, not a women! • And (here we go again) you are an alumnus (male) or an alumna (female), not an alumni. (That’s plural.) Movie Mix-Ups: As a house party breaks up in Don’t Think Twice, one of the characters tells Keegan-Michael Key that a limousine is coming to pick him up and bring him to the airport. The action (and the limo ride) will be away from the speaker, therefore the proper word is take. As noted previously, the song is not “Bring Me Out to The Ball Game.” Department of Redundancies Dept. Shamed Olympian Ryan Lochte claimed that he “overexaggerated” in describing his infamous incident in Rio de Janeiro. Similarly, Jenna Bush Hager, George W.’s daughter and sometime correspondent for Today, said that a colleague “overexaggerated” when she praised Hager’s tennis skills after she hit a few with Venus Williams. Exaggerate means to overstate. From a press release for a new book: “Demia shares some of her own personal experiences.” The italicized words are redundant. And long-time reader Debbie Layton says she was watching synchronized swimming and heard the announcer say that one pair "had trouble seeing each other visually." Not So Fast . . . Speaking of Debbie, she caught a glitch in the September column that resulted from a hasty correction on our part. We cited this sentence from the Pennsylvania Gazette—“The Pentagon people came to us instead of we going to them”—and claimed that “we” should be “us.” But, as Debbie points out, it properly should be our.
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Media Watch • “The Clinton's are the real predators”— tweet from Donald Trump. Like all semi-literates, he gets apostrophes wrong. We’re betting the sign on his house reads “The Trump’s.” • Nick McCarvel in USA Today: “Work is something Nadal has never been adverse to.” The word Nick was looking for is averse, which means “opposed.” Adverse means “unfavorable,” as in “adverse weather.” • WIP’s Jody McDonald talked about a player being “over-evaluated.” This is a common error among sports talkers. A player can be over- This sign at a Wilmington ShopRite evaluated, but they almost always suffers from the manner in which it was executed. Photo submitted by mean overvalued or overestimated. reader Brad Panik. • From The Washington Post: “They sunk into the white sandy beach that stretches along Disney’s luxe Grand Floridian Resort and Spa.” That’s sank. Another common error among both broadcast and print media. • Similarly, Liz Hernandez, host of Access Hollywood: “And now another lucky newcomer who has sang and danced but never acted.” Should be sung. Courtesy of reader Larry Kerchner. • From the News Journal: "Particularly for those that try to find that authenticity in their food, (the report) is not going to phase them." That should be faze, of course. Phase is a distinct period or stage in a process of change, as in “the final phase of the war.” • From Humble Heroes, a book about the USS Nashville, a World War II Navy ship, the author writes of a cook who worked “in the boughs of the ship.” That would be bowels. • And finally, in the best-selling Everybody’s Fool, Richard Russo misuses disinterested several times to mean uninterested. Disinterested means “neutral” or “objective.” He also drops “of” from the expression “a couple of,” as in, “he moved a couple blocks away.” Surprisingly, this has become common among some of the best writers.
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WHEN WOMEN SUPPORT WOMEN THE POTENTIAL IS UNLIMITED Thanks to people like Sharon Kelly Hake, women are supporting each other in profoundly meaningful ways.
uring the late ‘80s and ‘90s, as she piloted the bumpy flight to her senior-level destination at DuPont, Sharon Kelly Hake had finally found clear sky. She scored one promotion after the next, working in finance, communication, corporate social responsibility, public affairs, then as a global marketing leader. The indefatigable executive put in 70 hours a week for a job she loved. She was traversing the globe, meeting accomplished women who had the kinds of experiences, credentials and backgrounds that any professional would envy. But as time went on, something started to nag at her. “These women had all this success, yet they still struggled to find their voices,” says Hake. Women were running companies. They were doctors, teachers, scientists, corporate and nonprofit leaders, yet were overly polite, stooping to the societal expectation that females should never interrupt, even when someone took credit for their ideas or silenced them before completing their presentations. In her 28-year career in corporate America, Hake could not find one professional woman who wasn’t exhausted in some way by the constant fight to be heard. Intent on discovering what truly mattered to women in the workforce, Hake performed extensive research, asking women about their leadership aspirations and strategies for success. “I learned that while they valued their successes around their families and careers, what motivated women was purposeful work and leaving a legacy,” she says. “They wanted to create their impact on the world. They wanted to make a mark.” She then read findings from an American Sociological Review study, which revealed that on average, each person has fewer than
two close friends in their lives. (Facebook friends don’t count.) “These are the people we can count on in our hour of need — and that includes spouses,” says Hake. “I made up my mind then and there to start a company that addresses these deep issues that women face: not only finding their voices but also discovering their passions. But they were also going to forge friendships. They would be kindred spirits.” With inspiration in hand, Hake and her daughter Heather Cassey founded Great Dames, a nonprofit that offers one-onone coaching, mentoring, high-impact interviewing training, personal branding workshops and an inspirational speaker series. Its services are designed to help people achieve their leadership potential, explore their passions and honor their personal and professional commitments. About 3,000 women globally have embraced Great Dames initiatives since its launch and membership is growing steadily. Its speaker series happens on Monday evenings throughout the year at Pizza by Elizabeths in Greenville, Del., which is also a sponsor. The room is abuzz with diverse women (and men) networking, hugging, sharing stories, and exchanging business cards. Local business leaders applaud Hake and the work of Great Dames. Wilmington University Executive Vice President Dr. LaVerne Harmon notes, “I found Sharon to be an inspiring leader of a vital organization that serves women from diverse backgrounds.” Hake further inspires through keynotes and presentations to the wider community. Interested in learning from Sharon Kelly Hake firsthand? Attend Wilmington University’s free leadership event, Unleashing Your Leadership Potential, featuring Hake, on Tuesday, October 11. RSVP at wilmu.edu/SpeakerSeries.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing CHARLES PARKS BOOK RELEASE IS OCT. 27
he Charles Parks Foundation will release a photo book about the world-renowned sculptor and proud Delawarean on Thursday, Oct. 27. With text by Pam George and photography by Kevin Fleming, the book honors Parks’ life and works. The book release ceremony will take place in the DuPont Environmental Education Center on the Wilmington waterfront from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Charles Parks Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2000 with the goal of keeping Parks’ collection in the state and ensuring his legacy. In 2011, Governor Jack Markell accepted the nearly 300-piece collection, along with Parks’ files, for the benefit of generations of Delawareans to come. The book, Charles Cropper Parks - The Man Behind the Art, costs $50. For more information, visit charlesparksbook.
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attress Firm is partnering with Children & Families First (CFF) to launch its Foster Kids Program to provide necessities to foster youth and raise awareness of foster care. Mattress Firm has partnered with local nonprofits like CFF, which has helped support 3,000 families and more than 2,000 adoptions, to expand its outreach in Delaware and provide children with the tools they need to flourish. As a donation from the Mattress Firm, the CFF will receive clothing, school supplies and toys to distribute to those in need. The Delaware Mattress Firm is holding a shoe drive now through Oct. 31, and a Secret Santa Toy Drive from Tuesday, Nov. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 18. For more information, visit mattressfirm.com or cffde.org.
AAA MID-ATLANTIC HOSTS BILL SIGNING
n late August, in a ceremony at AAA Mid-Atlantic headquarters on the Riverfront, Gov. Jack Markell signed House Bill 302, which doubles fines for drivers caught using a handheld device. It increased the civil penalty for a first offense from $50 to $100; for subsequent offenses penalties range from $200 to $300. The bill also increases the portion of the assessed fine that will go to support the Volunteer Ambulance Company Fund. Since 2014, Delaware State Police have issued an average of more than 12,000 citations a year to drivers using cell phones and other devices. According to the Delaware Office of Highway Safety, an average of 150 crashes a year in Delaware involve cell phone distractions.
COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE
rab some friends and head to Harry’s Savoy Grill on Thursday, Oct. 20, for food, live music and an auction in support of the Greater Wilmington Boys & Girls Clubs. Featuring music by Cooke and Friends and cocktails for a cause, all proceeds will benefit the foundation’s mission to provide youth with educational opportunities and tools for success. The event is 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $60. For more information, visit bgclubs.org.
7TH STREET ARTS BRIDGE PARK
n celebration of National Park(ing) Day on Sept. 2, The Creative District Wilmington unveiled its 7th Street Art Bridge Park(let). National Park(ing) Day is an annual celebration where artists transform parking spaces into temporary public spaces, which the 7th Street “park(let)” will prolong as it continues to hold community events throughout the year. The art park will promote the Creative District’s goal to transform and unify urban areas around the City of Wilmington. For more information, visit creativedistrictwilm.com.
DELAWARE CRAFT WEEK
rom Friday, Oct. 7, to Sunday, Oct. 16, experience Delaware’s role in the nationwide Craft Week as artists exhibit their works statewide. Participants include jewelers, sculptors, potters, painters and many more at venues throughout Delaware. Local artists will exhibit and/ or sell their crafts, showcasing our state’s eclectic artistic community. Participants include Hagley Museum and Library, 2nd Act Antiques, Collectibles & Treasures, Mispillion Art League, Penn’s Place and more. No admission fee will be charged to exhibits and events. For more information, visit americancraftweek.com.
INAUGURAL GRIT GAMES
he Central YMCA will host its first-ever GRIT Games, a fitness competition open to the public to test strength, stamina, agility and power, on Saturday, Oct. 8. Entrants can compete individually or on a team in three events: In Runner’s Revenge, contestants complete as many repetitions as possible of several exercises at several stations; the Strength and Conditioning MatchUp includes clean and press, squats and more using a weighted bar; Explosion and Power Challenge involves box jumps, plyo pushups and more. Bring your own team or the YMCA can match you up that day. All athletes, from beginners to pros, are welcome. The competition starts at 9 a.m., and prices range from $30 to $40. An after party with beer and pizza will be held in the parking lot. For more information, visit ymcade.org. OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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THE ‘UPCYCLE’ ENTREPRENEUR Celebrating one year at her Market Street shop, Cherné Bishop specializes in accessories for the ‘everyday fashion icon’ By Krista Connor Photos by Jim Coarse/Moonloop Photography Styling by Thrift Society
lass of 2012 University of Delaware fashion merchandising major Cherné Altovise Bishop, owner of the 316 N. Market St. accessories shop Cherné Altovise, is enthusiastic about her store’s approaching one-year anniversary on Oct. 17. The milestone is just one check on the 26-year-old entrepreneur’s list of career goals, which includes future locations in Philadelphia, Baltimore and New York City – all of them based on her slogan of creating options for the “everyday fashion icon.”
Bishop’s approach to designing accessories—for women as well as men and children—is actually a form of redesigning. She artistically interprets the reuse method of “upcycling” by transforming an existing product into something better. Upcycled products provide the base for most of her accessories and window displays. For example, Bishop may begin by shopping for vintage items that will ultimately be altered into one-of-a-kind pieces, or a customer will bring in a piece he or she wants redesigned. ► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“You’ll bring in your grandmother’s pearls, and I’ll change them into something else entirely,” Bishop says. “Or someone may walk in and say, ‘I bought this charm in South America, can you make me something with it?’” Customized jewelry is just one segment of Bishop’s product line—not all products are used or from recycled materials. She’ll also work on trend and bulk pieces and, additionally, present collection items that are debuted on regional runways and through private events at the shop for customers to get a first look. Items start at around $18. Not surprisingly, Bishop is passionate about sustainability. She incorporated it into her lifestyle in her high school and college years by being selective about where she shopped, recreating items and recycling. Her store reflects that continuing passion. “Now that I have a storefront, I also have a great window space to portray sustainability’s importance in my life,” Bishop says. Inspired by the staged window displays of fashion retailers like Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters, Bishop says her displays always create foot traffic. They often feature donated recycled goods from other local businesses—Parcels, Inc., Downtown Visions, Bobbi Rhian’s Executive Lounge, local bars and restaurants, to name a few —which Bishop then transforms into whatever theme she wants to feature. “Even if you’re not coming in, you may want to stop and take a picture,” says Bishop.
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One of the recent displays had a backdrop covered with 279 soda cans in the form of the American flag. Bishop gathered the cans by offering discounts to customers who brought in cans, and she collected additional empty cans from nearby bars and lounges. Another display for a back-to-school theme included life-size pencils made from recycled shipping tubes from Parcels. Another segment utilized old fencing from what would have gone into Downtown Visions’ trash. “Now that I’m known for it, people bring things in for me to work with instead of throwing them away,” Bishop says. “And my customers let me know they look forward to it.” Bishop, who started designing jewelry at the age of 10, has run the business online and in boutiques since 2008, adding the storefront last year. She worked at Nordstrom as a stylist and men’s department manager before leaving to devote herself to Cherné Altovise fulltime. The shop—modestly-sized with a clean, black-and-white aesthetic—is open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. And while Bishop is ambitious, she’s not in a rush to expand to those other cities on her checklist. “Because I hand-make my own pieces, I believe in going at my own pace because I don’t want to sacrifice the quality of my work just because I want to have more products or to expand too quickly,” she says. In the meantime, the store is a regular stop on the Wilmington Art Loop—Friday, Oct. 7, this month. Also, every third Friday (this month, Oct. 21), Bishop’s store takes part in a multiculturalentrepreneur-in-business initiative, Melanin on Market. This month’s Melanin on Market will be even bigger in celebration of Bishop’s one-year anniversary, and the store will offer sales and giveaways throughout the day on Oct. 17. For more information, visit chernealtovise.com. OCTOBER MAY 2016 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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THE MORE THE MERRIER Restaurants are springing up all over Market Street, giving redevelopment a boost
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n 2013, when Bryan and Andrea Sikora opened La Fia on the 400 block of Market Street, they had no intention of creating a restaurant group focused on LOMA, the nickname for the lower end of Wilmington’s main commercial corridor. La Fia was so well received, however, that the Sikoras decided to expand. In 2015, they opened Cocina Lolo at 405 N. King St., which has been a hit with the lunch and happy hour crowd. Also that year, Merchant Bar, which opened at 426 N. Market St., quickly debunked the complaint that there’s nothing to do after 9 p.m. on Market Street. The Sikoras appreciate Market Street’s diverse scene. “There’s a nice representation of various arts groups—arts, theater—we thought that was a good match for the customer base that we are trying to reach,” says Andrea Sikora, whose restaurants are just steps from World Cafe Live at the Queen. And there are enough office workers to sustain the lunch hour. That’s also the case at the upper end of Market, where the Grand Opera House holds court. For a pre- or post-show pint, the Grand’s customers often make a pit stop at Chelsea Tavern, located at 821 N. Market.
While diners still drive in from the suburbs, particularly if they are going to a show, a growing number live just around the block. “We see many more residential regulars than we have in the past,” says Joe Van Horn, owner of Chelsea Tavern. In the past six months, Sikora has also seen more local traffic. She largely credits The Buccini/Pollin Group, or BPG, whose Market Street corridor project includes 114 existing apartments, liberally sprinkled from the 400 to the 800 blocks—and more are on the way. BPG in June broke ground on the Residences at Midtown Park, a $75 million complex that will include 200 apartments, 12,000 square feet of retail space, and a 500-space underground parking garage. In September, BPG announced the acquisition of three properties with more than 60,000 square feet that will include apartments above retail/restaurant space. “When we bring new apartments to the area—and they get filled—then there’s the next wave of restaurant-retail activity,” says Sarah Lamb, director of design and marketing for BPG. “And we’re in that next wave right now.” In short, the Sikoras and Van Horn are about to get some more culinary company.
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BREAKING THE BARRIERS
For decades, Market Street restaurants have been dependent on office workers and theatergoers. But even when the DuPont Co. and MBNA were in full swing, it was an inconsistent customer base that exacerbated the challenges of restaurant ownership. A short walk from Market Street, the Washington Street Ale House, Mikimotos, and Domaine Hudson persevered. Dan Butler’s Deep Blue, which he’s recently reinvented as Tonic, also displayed longevity on 10th Street. These restaurants benefit from proximity to the Wilmington Hospital and the Midtown Brandywine residential, as well as corporate offices. Market Street, however, witnessed a series of high-profile casualties in the early 2000s. Remember 821, The Maine Course and National? Stalwarts such as Cavanaugh’s at 703 N. Market and Govato’s at 800 N. Market are open only for lunch. If the theaters were dark and the offices were closed, you could chase tumbleweeds down Market Street. BPG’s approach puts an emphasis on residential as well as commercial development. The developer has a range of options along the Market Street corridor, from 76 studios and onebedroom units at 6 E. Third St. to The Residences at Rodney Square, an office-to-residential conversion with 280 apartments. Marketing materials for the 200-unit Residences at the Midtown Park, which is under development where the Shipley Street parking garage once stood, show hip urbanites riding bikes and standing on corners checking their phones. If that rendering becomes a reality, these are the folks who want a bite, a beer, and conversation, preferably with some live music nearby.
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The northern end of Market Street has traditionally seen the bulk of restaurant activity. In 2010, Chelsea Tavern took over space formerly occupied by Restaurant 821, a fine-dining establishment that rode in on the coattails of MBNA. Chelsea took the opposite approach by espousing an alehouse concept. Owner Scott Morrison also opened Ernest & Scott Taproom, at 902 N. Market. Van Horn manages both. Morrison planned to open a brewpub three doors down from Chelsea Tavern. Then, in February, he suffered a fatal heart attack. Van Horn has since purchased Chelsea Tavern and is in negotiations to acquire Ernest & Scott. Van Horn is planning an expansion for Chelsea that will include indoor and outdoor seating in what is now a thruway linking Market and Shipley streets. The building at 815 N. Market is coming down, allowing the tavern to open a small beer garden in the future plaza. “We hope to be up and running in early spring,” Van Horn says. If all goes as planned with the Ernest & Scott deal, he will renovate the space and partner with a local chef to reopen with Joe Van Horn, owner of Chelsea Tavern. a new concept. ► Photo Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography
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A rendering of Stitch House Brewery at 829 N. Market St. It's expected to open next spring.
Meanwhile, Daniel Sheridan has picked up the baton and is running forward with a brewpub concept for 829 N. Market St.: Stitch House Brewery. Sheridan’s name is fairly familiar around town—he’s an owner of Locale BBQ Post and Wilmington Pickling Company. And he’s no stranger to Market Street, having worked with chef Bryan Sikora at La Fia for nearly two years while planning Locale. “It put me at ease about being on Market Street because I saw that he could bring in clients after downtown [office workers] cleared out,” Sheridan says. “We’re confident that with a nice brewery and a nice menu we can bring people downtown. Plus, with the Midtown Park project, we’ll have a parking garage right behind us and more apartments right behind us.” Stitch House Brewery, which will have 90 to 100 seats, is named for the building’s former occupants, a tailor and a linen shop. (It’s also been a coal house and an icehouse.) Sheridan, who hopes to open next spring, says to expect some barbecue; there will be a smoker on the premises. But barbecue isn’t the star. To cater to the lunchtime crowd, the menu will include paninis and sandwiches. Sheridan is also incorporating a fun factor: dishes prepared and served in mini cast iron skillets, such as dips, lasagna and warm vegetable salads with goat cheese. LOMA, at the lower end of Market Street, got its boost from La Fia’s opening. The restaurant and its siblings have created a bustling couple of blocks in the evenings. Last summer, Twisted Soul Restaurant & Bar joined the trio. Steve and Khim Taylor, who received assistance from the Market Street Corridor Revitalization Fund, own the 80-seat restaurant, located at 413 N. Market.
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Now BPG and city stakeholders, including Downtown Visions, are turning their attention to the blocks between Fourth and Eighth streets. Not only will this appease those who live in those areas, but it will create more activity from one end of the street to another instead of at either end, making it more inviting for those who wish to walk the corridor at night. Starbucks is scheduled to open a location early this month at 629 N. Market. The restaurant, which sports a high-level design similar to the décor in the Riverfront site, will be open seven
A rendering of Ardé Osteria at 629 N. Market St., also expected to open in the spring.
days a week. “It’s something our residents are demanding,” says BPG’s Lamb. Across the street, Ardé Osteria, an Italian concept, is in the works. The restaurant is owned by Pino DiMeo, Scott Stein and Antimo DiMeo, whose first Wilmington venture, DiMeo’s Pizzaiuoli Napulitani, is a destination for pizza-lovers at 831 N. Market. To offer an enhanced menu, the partners first looked at the space now occupied by Merchant Bar. Meanwhile, a location in Wayne, Pa., became available, and they opened Ardé Osteria as a BYO. “Always the vision—the next evolution—was to have a wine bar, craft beer, and creative cocktails,” Stein says. “We always knew we would go back to Wilmington with this concept.” The buffalo mozzarella bar, a highlight of the Wayne location, will be available in Wilmington. The Ardé Osteria on Market Street will reside in what some today know as the Kennedy Fried Chicken building, which is situated at the corner of Seventh and Market streets. But oldtimers will recall it as Snellenburg’s Department Store. Atop the restaurant will be 15 one-bedroom and two-bedroom-den apartments. If all goes well, Ardé Osteria will open in spring 2017.
The Italian concept joins a melting pot. The Market Street corridor and the surrounding area have a significant number of small ethnic restaurants featuring sushi, Chinese, and Indian cuisine. More than a few, though, close around 6 p.m. Sheridan wants the corridor to become better known for diverse dining during all hours, including happy hour and late night. “There’s not one restaurant that will carry the whole street,” he says. “It needs to be a collective.” But the pie is only so big, Sikora says. Some might say that’s especially true in the 800 block, where craft beer is already big. Van Horn of Chelsea Tavern isn’t worried about Sheridan’s new brewery. “It was going to be great for business when we were going to do it, and it will be great for business when Dan does it,” he says. On Market Street, the adage proves true: the more the merrier.
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HISTORY, VOLUNTEERS . . . AND DOGS Its link to Billy Penn is just part of the appeal of this quaint city on the banks of the Delaware River By Larry Nagengast Photos by Anthony Santoro
efore he ever got to Philadelphia, William Penn slept in New Castle. According to local legend, he spent his first night in the Americas on Oct. 27, 1682 in front of the fireplace on the second floor of what is now the Penn’s Place artisans’ collaborative. Living in New Castle “fills your soul,” says Esther Lovlie, who owns Penn’s Place and sometimes acts as a barista at the Traders’ Cove café in the back. “To know that you get to be part of this story which is 300-plus years old is just amazing.” Yes, this 3.2-square-mile city with 5,300 residents is all about history, and that history predates William Penn, going back to 1654, when the first Dutch settlers built Fort Casimir on the west bank of the Delaware River. Whether a resident or visitor, anyone who walks on New Castle’s cobblestoned streets or sits on a bench in the shade of The Green or Battery Park can easily imagine that he or she is about to strike up a conversation with William Penn, or John Dickinson, or Gunning Bedford, or George Read II. Or they might wind up talking about their dogs. “Almost everybody has a dog,” says Russ Smith, a New Castle native who returned to the city three years ago as the first superintendent of the new First State National Historical Park. “When I came back, I got to thinking that everybody was issued a dog when they moved into town.” Those dogs contribute to a sense of neighborliness that pervades the community. “If you think you’re walking your dog for 10 minutes, forget about that notion,” Lovlie says. “You’ll run into three or four people on your way, and after you catch up with what’s going on, it turns into a 40-minute walk.” ► ◄ Kate Fisher and her dog Sid with Esther Lovlie, Jean Norvell and Sani Sarver of Penn's Place.
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That’s a far cry from what Lovlie grew accustomed to while living in the Bear area for 10 years. “I knew my neighbors on either side,” she says, “but I didn’t know the rest of the community.” New Castle, says Lauren Spinelli, owner of Hedge Apple Antiques, “is like Cheers. Everybody knows your name.” And she doesn’t even live in town. “I’ve lived in other places, where you feel like you’re a number,” says Spinelli, a resident of Kennett Square, Pa., who spent a lot of time in Battery Park when she visited her grandparents in New Castle as a child. “It’s very quaint here. You don’t get that close-knit community feel anywhere else.” It’s no accident then that the developers of the Town of Whitehall, the new community being built just south of the C&D Canal, tout New Castle as an example of the atmosphere they’re trying to create. If you’re in New Castle, you’ve already got that atmosphere. As Lovlie puts it, “New Castle harkens back to the communities of years ago. . . and I think it represents the future of self-contained communities.” Ask 34-year resident Linda Ratchford why the community is so close-knit and she says, “It’s because we are run by volunteers.” Ratchford, as president of city council for the past three years, may rank near the top of the volunteer pyramid, but she has plenty of company. Volunteers serve on the 11 boards and committees listed on the city’s website, and then there’s the Goodwill Fire Company and a multitude of service and social clubs that pull residents together. In a city steeped in history, the New Castle Historical Society plays a significant role. It manages two homes that serve as museums, the Dutch House and the Amstel House, as well as the Old Library Museum (temporarily closed for repairs). The society recently moved into the 207-year-old Arsenal, originally a weapons storehouse and later, among other things, a school and a restaurant. Executive Director Dan Citron is overseeing conversion of the building into a visitors center that would also serve the other tourism-related entities in the city – the national park, the state (which operates the Old Courthouse that is part of the national park), and the Delaware Historical Society (which operates the George Read II House and Gardens on The Strand). “Right now we’re mostly a gift shop, but we’ll look much more like a visitor center by spring,” Citron says. Two other organizations—one relatively new and the other having roots that extend to William Penn’s days—provide even more glue to unify the city; both are involved in significant initiatives aimed at securing the city’s future by strengthening the links to its past. The New Castle Community Partnership, successor to the Historic New Castle Alliance as the city’s affiliate with the national Main Street small town economic development program, has assumed a more active role managing special events and promoting tourism.
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It has taken over operating the Wednesday night summer concerts in Battery Park and A Day in Old New Castle, the popular festival held on the third Saturday in May. The organization also has developed a sponsorship package that enables businesses to write one check a year to support multiple special events. The partnership also took the lead in planning the installation of informative interpretive signage at 10 historic sites in the city. Smith, who retired from the National Park Service in December 2014, volunteered to prepare the text and find appropriate illustrations for the signs. The first three were erected this summer —at the site of Fort Casimir, near the ticket office for the New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad in Battery Park, and outside the Sheriff’s House, adjacent to the old Courthouse. Final cost for the 10 signs will be $15,000 to $20,000, according to Laura Fontana, the Partnership president. The city will pay for two signs, the Trustees of the New Castle Common will pay for three, and sponsors are being solicited for the others, she says. The Trustees, a nonprofit organization, were incorporated in 1764 and given the responsibility of preserving and protecting more than 1,000 acres of common lands in the city designated by a survey ordered by William Penn in 1704. Over the years, the Trustees have built and operated libraries, supported the fire company, purchased the land that makes up Battery Park and donated it to the city, and even operated New Castle’s public schools from the late 18th century until 1875. The organization now owns about 80 commercial, residential, agricultural and industrial properties in or near the city, including the New Castle Farmers Market, the Airport and Penn Mart shopping centers, the Centerpoint Industrial Park, and Historic Penn Farm. It uses its rent revenues on projects that benefit the city. Two current projects—costing about $500,000—are key to making New Castle more hospitable to residents and visitors alike. Just completed was a major drainage upgrade in Battery Park, with new storm-water piping installed underground. According to Trustee Chris Castagno, who also serves on the city’s Battery Park Committee, for years the park has been buffeted on two sides —by storm water runoff from nearby neighborhoods and tidal flows from the river during storms, leaving the park soaked with standing water long after bad weather has passed. ►
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With the drainage project completed, the Trustees are moving ahead with a paved parking lot, with spaces for about 50 cars, on the edge of Battery Park and south of Delaware Street, the main road in the historic district. That new lot, according to Castagno and Ratchford, will provide additional parking for park users, employees of downtown shops and visitors to the First State National Historical Park. The lot should be ready by the end of the year, which is also the target for completion of the $1.2 million statefunded project to rebuild the 170-footlong pier at the foot of Delaware Street that had been destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The rebuilt pier will serve as a reminder of New Castle’s maritime history. The city was a bustling port from Colonial times until the 1840s, when the development of rail lines between Philadelphia and Baltimore minimized the importance of the New Castle and Frenchtown Railroad, which was used to haul goods from the north end of the Chesapeake Bay to New Castle, where they would be shipped north to Philadelphia or south to other coastal ports, or to Europe. Contemporary uses of the pier will be more modest. Ratchford hopes, in a couple of years, that there would be interest in a ferry or water taxi service linking New Castle with Wilmington, Delaware City, Fort DuPont and perhaps Pennsville, N. J. But, she adds, the pier will not have docking space for dayboaters, a concession to residents concerned about the prospect of riverside revelry akin to Canal Days in Chesapeake City, Md. Reconstruction of the pier also will mean the return of the Kalmar Nyckel, the replica of the tall ship that brought the first European settlers to Wilmington in 1638. Homeported in Wilmington, the sailing ship will likely make several visits to New Castle each year, for festivals, public sails and education programs, says Cathy Parsells, executive director of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation. “It’s a real positive for them,” Fontana says. “They’re excited to dock here. They can’t put their full sails up when they’re coming out of Wilmington. They’re too tall to go under the Delaware Memorial Bridge.”
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It’s also a positive for tourism and one-day visitors. “The ship’s education programs will bring people down here, and we’ll have more people coming to town to see it,” Fontana says. Those visitors will see what Ratchford calls “a solid, stable downtown,” one that blends historic sites with a mix of antique and craft shops, art galleries and dining options but is a bit short on traditional neighborhood retail fare. There’s no pharmacy or hardware store on Delaware Street (but there is a Walgreen’s within walking distance) and residents are awaiting the expected opening this month of Mrs. Snyder’s Market Café, which will sell daily essentials like milk, bread and eggs in a setting that promises to be half coffee shop, half country market. “I remember we used to go to the doctor in New Castle, but you don’t see any doctor’s offices anymore,” says Smith, a 1967 graduate of William Penn High School. “There was a movie theater too, but we’re not going to get a multiplex on Delaware Street. That’s a part of the town that’s gone.” Among downtown businesses, at least one retailer from the 19th century endures. Bridgewater Jewelers, founded by James Bridgewater in 1883, is now in its fifth generation of family ownership. “My father [Clay Bridgewater] learned hand-engraving, watch, jewelry and clock repairs, and was a silversmith too,” says owner Mary Lenhoff, the first woman to head the business. “When my father ran the store, I was everywhere, fixing things. I don’t have the patience to repair a watch, but I can size rings and repair jewelry.” Lenhoff, who has run the business for 12 years, provides concierge service for her loyal customers, bringing jewelry and gifts for them to select at their home or office “if they can’t come to me,” she says. She has a few ideas for new retail in the area. “I wouldn’t mind seeing resale shops. Vintage clothing might draw,” she says. “And my mother, who lives over the store, would like to see a little bake shop.” There’s plenty of vintage material at 2nd Act Antiques, a collaborative of nine vendors, seven of them New Castle residents, in what was originally an opera house and, much later, a Wassam’s 5&10. Michelle Quaranta, who owns and operates the business, is a New Castle native who lives next door in the 196-year-old Van Dyke House. “I brought my husband here on our first date. We went to Battery Park and Jessop’s Tavern,” she says. “We like it. It’s walkable, bikeable, and the arts are coming back.” They were married in the old Courthouse, conveniently located across the street. ►
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A couple of doors down from 2nd Act is Penn’s Place, a collaborative where artisans sell purses, trays, trunks, equine art, jewelry and candles. Appropriately enough, Jean Norvell’s Bit of History gift shop occupies the second-floor space where William Penn is said to have spent his first night in New Castle. Behind the artisans’ shops is the Trader’s Cove Café, a popular meeting place for locals, and behind that is The Muse @ Penn’s Place, a 25-seat cabaret where Lovlie serves up an eclectic mix of entertainment from 6 to 8 most Saturday nights. “People come for a light dinner, beer and wine,” Lovlie says. “It’s great for couples with young kids who want to get home and get the kids to bed, or for older folks who want some entertainment but don’t want to be out all ours of the night.” On Fridays, Lovlie serves wine, beer and cheese at 5 p.m., an informal happy hour warmup for people headed for a meal at the colonial-themed Jessop’s or Nora Lee’s French Quarter Bistro. When it opens in October, Mrs. Snyder’s Market Café will be a complement to Trader’s Cove, not a competitor, proprietor Cathy Snyder says. “I’ll be doing more hot cooking” than at Trader’s Cove, she says. Snyder, a veteran caterer who has operated several bakery and cookie shops in New Castle County since the 1980s, said she began visiting New Castle “years ago,” when she moved to Delaware from California. “I love the place, the feel, the ambiance,” she says. Residents and business owners alike have been quite encouraging as she gets the café in shape. “They’re so helpful, so friendly, it’s ridiculous.” Like many residents, Smith admits that “New Castle really has a hold on me. It’s a place sort of caught in time.” And people like Castagno, from the Trustees of the New Castle Common, want that hold to endure. “We’re only here for so many years,” he says. “Our job is to preserve it for the next round.”
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The season of corn mazes and pumpkin patches, hayrides and ghost tours is here. Let us help you navigate the options with a few suggestions. Ride the Castle Trail Along C&D Canal Between Delaware City and Chesapeake City, Md. The Branch Canal Trail, which is the section of recreational trail winding through wetlands connecting Delaware City to the Michael Castle Trail, was completed in June after a few years in the making. The approximately 14-mile Castle Trail runs along the canal from Delaware City to Chesapeake City. Just a small portion near Chesapeake City is left to be paved, and should be completed any day. In the meantime, that section is easily cycled on a mountain bike. Closer to Chesapeake City, the trail is varied in terrain with a few challenging hills and wildflower-filled meadows, while it’s a smooth ride in the direction of Delaware City.
Fort Delaware Ghost Tours Pea Patch Island, Delaware City Various October dates destateparks.com/ghost Join the Diamond State Ghost Investigators and park staff for three-hour (6:30-9:30 p.m.) recreational paranormal investigations each Friday and Saturday this month. Be part of an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data recorders and other techniques. Tickets are $40 per person, but Saturday, Oct. 29, is for hardcore ghost hunters only, from 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Tickets are $100. ►
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U-Pick at Milburn Orchards 1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md. Various dates now-Oct. 30 milburnorchards.com Family-owned and operated since 1902, Milburn Orchards is a local mainstay for families to gather handpicked peaches, cherries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, plums, and of course, pumpkins. U-Pick Apple, Berry & Grape Adventures are Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional hours see the website.
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The Inspire Lot Series 215-219 W. 7th St., between Orange & Tatnall, Wilmington Friday, Oct. 7; 5:30-8 p.m. creativedistrictwilm.com The 7th Street Arts Bridge Inspire Lot Series, held during the First Friday Art Loop, features poet and songwriter King Zimm this month. Also enjoy live music by Gable Music Ventures, assorted food trucks, hands-on art activities and more. Corn Maze at Ramsey's Farm 330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington Various dates now-November ramseysfarm.com Travel around the world at Ramsey's Farm's eight-acre corn maze representing each continent, emphasizing the international importance agriculture. It’s open weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1; for other dates and times, visit the website. Meanwhile, the pumpkin field is 10-12 acres of gourdy bliss, yielding approximately 20,000 pumpkins each season. Coverdale Farm Preserve Adventures 543 Way Rd., Greenville Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; additional dates on website delawarenaturesociety.org Coverdale Farm Preserve, a working farm that hosts farming, gardening and cooking classes and camps, is a definite autumnal destination. Self- and staff-guided tours, U-Pick fields of flowers, herbs and vegetables, lawn games and more are available. The special theme on Saturday, Oct. 15, is Pumpkin Celebration & Hayrides.
Brandywine Village Riverfest Brandywine Village, Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 1; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. oldbrandywinevillage.org/events The annual event is a fun-filled community day with music, children’s activities (mad science, tennis in the street, mini golf and more), artists and food vendors.
Vendemmia at Bellevue Bellevue State Park, 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington Sunday, Oct. 9; 2-6 p.m. societadavinci.org The region’s biggest celebration of the Italian grape harvest, the da Vinci Society of Delaware’s 13th annual Vendemmia da Vinci, will take over Bellevue State Park. The event includes fine Italian wine, beer and catering by Italian restaurants. Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.
Grainfest 2016 Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, 270 E. Main St., Newark Saturday, Oct. 15; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. grainonmain.com This will be a fall celebration of craft beer and live music, featuring five bands on Grain’s new outdoor stage in the back lot, providing the perfect backdrop for the new beer garden, featuring more than 15 breweries and two food trucks. Chef Bill will be cooking up something special for the day. There will be kids’ activities as well. Delaware Wine & Beer Festival Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington Saturday, Oct. 15; noon-5 p.m. delawarewineandbeerfestival.com The 7th annual festival features national acts Sam Grow and the Dueling Pianos. Local and regional wines, beers and spirits will be available. Painted Stave, Evolution Brewing, Bellefonte Brewing Co., and Dogfish are just a few. ► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Musikarmageddon Finale the baby grand, 818 N Market St., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 15; 8-11 p.m. outandaboutnow.com/musikarmageddon Who will be champion of the area’s biggest battle of the bands? Arden Kind, Hoochi Coochi, The Susquehanna Floods and TreeWalker are the finalists for the Musikarmageddon X showdown. Delaware Splatter Dash Oberod Estate, 400 Burnt Mill Rd., Wilmington Sunday, Oct. 16; 8 a.m.-3 p.m. cffde.org Benefitting Children & Families First, this fundraiser is for anyone who wants to walk, jog or run for a cause – and plow through seven color stations to get splattered by non-toxic, biodegradable powder en route to the finish line. The course covers 1.5 miles of off-road grass trails through trees, with a few inclines, but nothing difficult. Heavy Seas Party Kalmar Nyckel & Riverfront Dravo Plaza, Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 20; 5-8 p.m. Hosted by O&A, the Heavy Seas Party on the Riverfront includes tours on the Kalmar Nyckel (5-6:15 p.m.) and live music on the Riverfront with beers from Heavy Seas. This will be a fundraiser for the Delaware Children’s Museum. Featuring fresh pours of the Pounder Pils, Loose Cannon IPA, and the Partner Ships Terrapin Rye Wit, the event includes appetizers and live music by the Brad Newsom Trio (6-8 p.m.). Those 21 and older are welcome, and tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door. The Ultimate Tailgate Sheraton Wilmington South 365 Airport Rd., New Castle Thursday, Oct. 20; 6-9 p.m. mealsonwheelsde.org/ultimate-tailgate The event will feature the best of area restaurants serving unique interpretations of tailgate food. This sophisticated yet casual event also will feature wine, spirits and a beer garden curated by 2SP Brewing Company. VIP admission is at 5:30 p.m. ►
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I Want My CTC – A Tribute to the ‘80s World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 22; 7 p.m. worldcafelive.com Joe Trainor assembles some of the area's finest musicians and City Theater gathers some of its finest singers, traveling back in time to when video ruled the airways. Focusing on the golden age of MTV, this production brings some of the enduring ‘80s classics live to the stage for just one night. Tickets start at $20.
Halloween Blue Jean Ball 222 Lake Dr., Newark Saturday, Oct. 22; 6:30-10:30 p.m. fbdbluejeanball.org This year's event will take place at the Food Bank of Delaware’s new Newark building. To help combat hunger in the state of Delaware, the Food Bank is holding its 11th annual event, complete with a seasonal Halloween theme—come dressed in a costume or casual blue jeans (there will be a costume contest). A small plate menu prepared by students from the Food Bank’s Culinary School will be featured, led by the team at Iron Hill Brewery (also the presenting sponsor). Tickets are $75. 42 OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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DTC’s Wine Feast and Auction Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington Friday, Oct. 28; 6-9:30 p.m. delawaretheatre.org/winefeast Wine lovers rejoice! The Delaware Theatre Company announces the return of the successful Wine Feast and Auction for another year. Enjoy a night of tastes from local restaurants like Caffé Gelato, Harry’s Hospitality Group and Domaine Hudson, and wine from purveyors like Branmar Wine and Spirits, Collier’s of Centreville and Frank’s wine at this intimate evening of philanthropy at the Delaware Art Museum. Beer will also be available from Dogfish Head and other breweries. All proceeds benefit the artistic, education and community engagement programming of the Delaware Theatre Company. Tickets range from $75-$250. ►
Beers & Gears at Delaware Park 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. delawarepark.com Rev your engines for this annual seasonal favorite for area car enthusiasts. It’s open to all years, makes and models for participants, and of course, anyone is welcome to stroll through the colorful rows of sheet metal, chrome ad steel. Rain date is Oct. 23, rain or shine, and trophies will be awarded in all categories (rat rods, muscles, exotics, hot rods, tuners, pro street, classics, imports, and trucks). Rolling Revolution food trucks will be around for lunch and dinner.
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37th Annual Halloween Loop Various Wilmington venues Saturday, Oct. 29; 8 p.m. outandaboutnow.com/halloween-loop The Halloween Loop is a citywide party in which club patrons pay a one-time cover charge of $10 to visit more than a dozen nightspots throughout Wilmington. It (almost) goes without mentioning: wear a costume! Buses start running at 8 p.m., and stop their regular routes at 12:45 a.m. with last-visit stops at 1 a.m.
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Auburn Heights Fun 3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn Various dates auburnheights.org During Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights, visitors can climb into antique automobiles or board a train to experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Guests can also tour the magnificent 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. Steamin’ Days this fall are Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, plus Steamin’ Halloween on Oct. 30 and Steamin’ Thanksgiving on Nov. 26. Other events take place throughout the month.
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Pop-Up Brunch Sunday, October 2
DE Humane’s Rubber Duck Race | Sun, October 2
Ron Meick Works on Paper Friday, October 7 - Fri, Oct 28
Vendemmia do Vinci Wine & Food Fest | Sunday, October 9
Melomanie’s Opening Concert | Sunday, October 9
Hagley Craft Fair Sunday, October 16
Children & Families First’s Splatterdash | Sun, Oct 16
CCAC’s 70th Anniversary w/ Jermaine Bryson | Fri, Oct 21
Boo at the Zoo Fri, Oct 21 & Sat, Oct 22
OperaDelaware: Best of Bel Canto |Fri, Oct 21 & Sun, Oct 23
I Want My CTC - 80’s Tribute Saturday, October 22
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Anatomy, Group show at Bellefonte Arts.
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THE WILMINGTON ART LOOP FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 5 - 9 p.m. artloopwilm.org
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Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N Market Street Wilmington, DE www.zaikka.com Magdalina Bel, The stories behind the portraits and places will stay in a moment, In time for the eye to view and for the heart to feel. Art Loop Reception 5 – 8PM. On view Monday – Friday 11A – 8 P through October 31st.
cityfest 2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.2ndandloma.com
STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. 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.
STEP 3: Meet local and regional artists while enjoying the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.
Brian Hearn’s Acrylic and Oil on Canvas and Wood. The night will highlight the infusion of poems and words from John Coltrane and Langston Hughes into my multimedia abstract art work. Art loop reception 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM. On view Mon – Fri 9:00 – 5:00 PM through October 21st.
LaFate Gallery 227 N Market Street Wilmington, DE www.lafategallery.com Global Bridges Murals. This Mural image is one of three Murals created by local youth, sponsored by People to People International, Delaware Chapter. Art loop reception 5 – 8 PM. On view Tues – Sat 11 AM – 5 PM through October 26th.
STEP 4: Enjoy one of Wilmington’s excellent restaraunt or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.
STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month!
The Delaware Contemporary 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org
Hugh Atkins and Jenna Lucente’s “Making Sense of it All;” “Hold Your Breath,” photography by Joe Hoddinott; Underground ComicCon; DJ Skinny White; aerial performers from Ascend Flow; food trucks; and cash bar featuring $3 Dogfish Head craft beer. Current exhibitions include “Grand Vocabulary: Contemporary American Illustration,” Stephanie Garmey’s “Indigo Dream,” Quentin Moseley’s “The Museum of Prehistory,” and Jake Beckman’s “Machines for Making Meaning.” Art Loop reception 5-9 PM. On view Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat - 10 am-5 PM; Wed, Sun - 12 - 5 PM through October 31st. 48 OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
Cherné Altovise 316 N Market Street Wilmington, DE www.chernealtovise.com Artists - Julian Finklea, Pete Darker, Brandon Moore, Ryan Grayson, Isabel Jean-Louis, Nathan Paul Smith, Meech Julian Finklea headlines a diverse cast of artists with a focus on illustration inspired by their favorite stories, books, and shows. Art loop reception 5 – 9 PM. On view Mon – Sat 10 AM – 6 PM.
Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE www.ccacde.org Evocative Impressions by Yakime A Brown An array of acrylic and mixed media paintings which includes colorful and textural works of abstract art which appeals to all levels of aesthetes. A painting will be raffled for free at Art Loop reception.Art loop reception 5:30 - 8 PM. On view 9AM - 3 PM through October 31st. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org
Succulent Art Show. Succulent arrangements by Sarah Green, Succulent watercolor prints by Todd Miyashiro. Art loop reception 5 – 8 PM. On view 11 AM – 6 PM through October 7th.
Twenty Questions and other Works on Paper, Ron Meick, The Delaware Division of the Arts is please to present a selection of new works on paper by Ron Meick. Art loop reception 5 – 7 PM. On view 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM through October 28, 2016.
The Grand Opera House – Mainstage 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/grand-galleries
Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE www.colourworks.com
New Works, The Brandywine Photo Collective. Presenting recent images from our award-winning members. Come meet the members of BPC. Art loop reception 5 PM – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 10 AM to 5 PM through October 4, 2016. Nights and weekends subject to staff availability. The Grand Opera House – Baby Grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/grand-galleries
The 3rd Place Gallery 1139 W. 7th Street Wilmington, DE www.3rdplacewilm.com
Taesook Jung. The Peony has been used as symbol of richness, wealth, and honor in Asian Art history. Artist Jung introduce the Asian culture and paintings through eastern and western style. Also she wishes that everyone’s life will blossom like the symbol of the Peony. Art loop reception 5 PM – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 10 AM to 5 PM through November 1. Nights and weekends subject to staff availability.
The Mug Show, Eight artists exhibit their handmade clay vessels highlighting the variety of work from both local and regional American potters. Image of artwork by Peter Saenger. Art loop reception 6 - 8 PM. On view Wed - Fri 8 AM - 12 PM, Sat 10 AM - 2 PM.
Artist Ave Station 800 N. Tatnall Street Wilmington, DE www.artistavestation.com
Delaware Nature Society 1400 Delmarva Lane Wilmington, DE www.delawarenaturesociety.org
Urban Sand Art, Optical illusions of Life through sand and paint on wood. Velvet poindexter. Art loop reception 5 PM - PM. On view through October 31st.
Known for her otherworldly photography, Heather Siple’s work explores the spirit of natural places, including our the tidal marsh of the Peterson Refuge. Book signing : Through the Crystal Ball. Art loop reception 5 - 8PM. Reception only.
Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street Wilmington, DE www.cityfestwilm.com
Howard Pyle Studio Group 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE www.howardpylestudio.org
Art work courtesy of VSA Delaware - the state organization on Arts and Disability. Art loop reception 6 PM - 8 PM. On view Mon Fri 8:00 - 6:00 PM through November 27th.
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“Desert Air” Documenting the vast beauty and mystique of Arizona. Photographs by David Warren Norbut. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 PM. On view 8:30 – 5:30 PM through November 2, 2016.
Come to a group show of buildings and landmarks painted by studio members. We have over 30 members in the studio, including many new artists. All styles from abstract to realism will be represented in many mediums from mixed media to oils and watercolors. If you have not visited in awhile, come see what is being produced. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8:00 PM. On view by appointment only 302.652.7847 through OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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artloopwilm.org Highlands Arts Garage 2003 W. 17th Street Wilmington, DE http://highlandsartgarage.com Natural Selection, Linda Celestian - Felted and dyed silk sculptures crafted to emulate natural forms. Linda will be demonstrating her felting techniques and available for questions. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8 PM. On view Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM by appointment.
Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Ave Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 LINED FORM/FORMED LINE LIBBIE SOFFER - this show of mixed media paintings and stoneware are based on a lifetime’s love of textiles and clay. There will be a 2 day workshop associated with the show. Art loop reception 5 – 8 PM. On view Tues – Fri 10:00 – 5:00 PM; Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM through November 1st. Delaware Center for Horticulture 1810 N Dupont Street Wilmington, DE www.thedch.org Natural Expressions by Peter Willard. Mixed media paintings - A mind’s eye view of trees, fields, walls and nature. At loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 PM/ On view 8:30 A M – 5 PM through October 31, 2016.
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net Nature: Folded & Enfolded, Tamara Krendel, Anne Oldach. Tamara’s oil pastel paintings feature birds and luna moths while Anne’s new work includes mixed media collage and beaded skulls. The two friends first exhibited together at The Station Gallery in 1980. Art loop reception 5 PM – 8 PM. On view Mon – Fri 9 A – 5P; Sat 10 AM – 3 PM through October 29th.
Somerville Manning Gallery Breck’s Mill, 2nd Floor 101 Stone Block Row Greenville, DE www.somervillemanning.com New Paintings, Timothy Barr. He creates fine oil paintings of the colorful Pennsylvania countryside, including picturesque views of the Brandywine region and Southern Berks County; finding inspiration from his explorations of these specific landscapes. Art loop reception 5 – 7:30 PM. On view 10 AM – 5 PM through October 15.
Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 the Highway Arden, DE www.ardenbuzz.com Gus Fink & Emi Boz: Artists who love spooky cute and the strange. Art loop reception 6 – 9 PM. On view by appointment only Mon – Sat 8 AM – 8 PM.
Zion Lutheran Church 2101 Lancaster Ave Wilmington, DE View and enjoy the 40 Union Park Gardens Historical Display Boards to learn about John Nolen, our Town Planner and what was happening in Wilmington when Union Park Gardens was built in 1918. Residents of all ages will display their drawings, paintings, or photographs of their homes. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome! Plenty of free parking available. Art loop reception 5:30 – 8 PM. On view through November 4.
Talleyville Frame Shoppe & Gallery 3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE www.talleyvillefsg.com
Cab Calloway School of the Arts Fine Arts Gallery 100 N. DuPont Rd Wilmington, DE www.cabcallowayschool.org
Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Blvd Bellefonte, DE www.bellefontearts.com
Evolution of an Artist: Select Works from 19762016 Jeffrey Rubin Featuring Paintings, Photographs, Collages and Digital Abstractions Inaugural exhibition in the newly renovated Cab Calloway School of the Arts Fine Arts Gallery. Art loop reception 5:00 – 7:00 PM. On view 9:00 – 3:00 PM by appointment. (email@example.com) 50 OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
North Wilmington Loop
The Coffin Ball. Various artists. Our annual group show featuring coffin shaped art in a variety of media, perfect to start the Halloween season. Art loop reception 6 – 9:30 PM. On view MWF 10 – 5 PM, TTH 10 – 7 PM, Sat 10 – 4 PM through October 31.
Bellefonte Arts presents: Anatomy noun anat•o•my \ə-na-tə-mē\ the parts that form a living thing (such as an animal or plant) , a person’s body Group Show interpretations feature Photography, Watercolors, Jewelry, and Lumemento creations. Various artists. Art loop reception 5 – 8 PM. On view Tues – Fri 11 A – 5 PM, Sat 10 – 4 PM, Sunday 12 – 4 PM. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Sweet Somethings In The Air The Sweet Somethings staff. From left: Deena Brown, Harriet Wanamaker, Tiffany Ewald, Lee Slaninko, Candice Ewald, Sophia Morris, Joanna Owens, Stephanie O’Brien. Not pictured: Elizabeth Martinez.
Nearly 20 years after starting as a home-based business, Sweet Somethings continues to churn out the treats By Rob Kalesse Photos by Jim Coarse/Moonloop Photography
water ice after a Little League game; a Pez dispenser at a birthday party; miniature Snickers and Milky Way bars in a trick-or-treat bag. Most of these experiences probably take you back to childhood, and with good reason. There is a strong connection between our earliest memories and sweets. Whether it’s baking holiday cookies with mom, making pumpkin pie with grandma, trick-or-treating, or a birthday cake with family and friends, sweets can bring out the strongest of nostalgic feelings. At Sweet Somethings, a bakery and dessert shop on Union Street in Wilmington, they count on that evocative connection. By churning out some of the best cakes, pies, cupcakes and other sweet treats, they’ve turned a home business into a thriving shop, almost two decades in the baking.► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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For Lee Slaninko, owner of Sweet Somethings, making connections with his customers is important. When people walk into his bakery, he wants them to be whisked back to the first time they tried a particular dessert when they were a kid. “There are plenty of places that do ‘cutting edge’ desserts, but for me, it’s about making products you remember as a kid, with grandma,” Slaninko says. “We try and marry that with good service, creative design, and great taste. When you have all three, I believe that’s a recipe for success.” But just because he counts on that nostalgia doesn’t mean he wants his physical space to look that way. Sweet Somethings is clean as a whistle, with contemporary furniture and design, sparkling display cases, and an open kitchen that offers a view of every last baking activity. “A lot of bakeries have old paneling, double swinging doors, glass cases older than your grandfather, and sheet pans that have been bent from wear and tear,” Slaninko says. “When I walk in to a place like that, I think, ‘Really?’ I didn’t want that when we designed this place, so it’s completely transparent. You see everything from our dry storage and ovens to our bakers shaving white chocolate and decorating.” The showy display is a far cry from where Sweet Somethings began. Back in 1997, while working as servers at the first Iron Hill location in Newark, Slaninko and his wife began baking out of his home in Kennett Square, Pa., selling mostly to neighbors and friends. OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“When we worked at Iron Hill, we did Sweet Somethings completely on the side, until we convinced the owners to use our desserts at their Main Street location,” Slaninko says. “We were kind of frustrated with what they were serving at that time, so we brought in our desserts and they gave us a shot.” Among those desserts was the now-famous oatmeal cake, a gooey, rolled-oats-and-brown sugar spice cake topped with an icing that, when served warm, melts down the side of the cake. Though Sweet Somethings and Iron Hill cut ties in 2013, the oatmeal cake is still a seller at the Union Street shop. From there, Sweet Somethings could eventually be found on several area menus over the years, first at Half Moon Saloon in Kennett, then Valle Cucina in Pike Creek, followed by Culinaria in North Wilmington, and for several years now, at all five Two Stones Pub locations. Mike Stiglitz, director of operations and owner of Two Stones and 2SP Brewing Company, is a former Iron Hill sous chef who remembers Slaninko’s desserts from way back. In fact, “Stigz” says he used to drive to Wilmington for Sweet Somethings desserts when he ran restaurants at the beach. “Lee’s incredible desserts are not only local, delicious and creative, but they are priced better than any frozen box dessert from any purveyor,” Stiglitz says. “Honestly, it’s a no-brainer. I’ve done the math, and adding labor, ingredients and, most importantly, quality, [going with an] inconsistent product costs me way more than continuing to buy [from Sweet Somethings].” Arguably the most “incredible” dessert at Two Stones—and one of their best sellers—is the Peanut Butter Tasty Cake. A peanut butter mousse and chocolate ganache masterpiece, the dessert tastes like a gourmet version of Kandy Kakes, made by a Philadelphia institution, Tastykake. Sweet Somethings’ continued success is due in large part to a pair of baking sisters, Candace and Tiffany Ewald, who joined the shop about five years ago. At that time, Slaninko had recently bought his former wife out of the business, and needed help steering a ship he thought had been “teetering” for a couple of years. ►
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As with many trades, baking has been in the Ewald family for generations. Sisters Candace, 29, and Tiffany, 28, first started decorating cakes alongside their mother and grandmother in grade school. While both attended Wilmington University for business management, they eventually returned to what they love. “I enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America in Philly, and after six months, I knew I had to get an internship,” says Candace, the shop’s pastry chef. “While I was looking for one, I saw that Sweet Somethings was hiring for a full-time baker. I couldn’t do both, so I left school and started here full-time in 2010.” Candace says she’s more of a savory than sweet person, but loves to make custom cakes for clients. She recently made a high heel cake, which required a lot of fondant and a mold she had to create herself. Tiffany, who serves as the shop’s bakery director, loves to make flan and cupcakes at Sweet Somethings, and hopes the recent trend for the wrapped miniature cakes continues. As she says, “I have the freedom to make about a dozen different cupcake flavors each day, and I love having that creative outlet.” On the topic of “everything pumpkin,” wherein the sweet gourd seems to dominate lattés and IPAs these days, both sisters agree: there is a time and a place. They try to steer away from making pumpkin desserts until October, and as Tiffany puts it, emphatically, “We won’t have any pumpkin products in our showcase until summer is over!” Slaninko and the Ewald sisters are looking forward to a very busy autumn and holiday season, and see trends like yule logs, butterscotch desserts and turnovers all dominating the bakery. For more information on their offerings or to place an order, stop by the shop at 1006 N. Union St., or visit them online at sweetsomethingsdesserts.com.
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The region’s biggest celebration of the Italian grape harvest, the da Vinci Society of Delaware’s Vendemmia da Vinci, is back on Sunday, Oct. 9, for its second year at Bellevue State Park. With fine Italian wines from each region of Italy and an Italian beer garden—featuring Peroni and Moretti brews—the 13th annual event will also include catering by 25 local Italian restaurants, live music, vendors and homemade wine and gravymaking contests. Music will include four hours of opera, classic Italian and contemporary pieces. The society preserves Italian culture through education and community events, and Vendemmia, which translates to “grape harvest” and has been celebrated in villages throughout Italy each October for centuries, is a nostalgic example. The organization, a nonprofit, donates funds toward Italian language education at schools, and has given scholarship funds to the University of Delaware’s language department for eight years in a row. Last year alone the da Vinci Society of Delaware awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships, family assistance and cultural programs. Former da Vinci Society president and current member Larry Giacchino says he is looking forward to the merry crowds. “It’s a real happy celebration,” he says. “It truly represents first-generation Italian customs as it relates to food, wine and entertainment.” Last year the crowd went through 800 bottles of wine; this year Giacchino is expecting 3,000 vino-and-food lovers to attend and perhaps top that total. The festival is from 2-6 p.m. Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door. For more information and to order tickets, visit societadavinci.org.
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n support of Meals on Wheels, the 10th Annual Housewares Warehouse Sale at Centerpoint Business Complex Park in New Castle (802 Centerpoint Blvd.) will be the largest sale yet. This year’s sale begins with the ticketed Meals on Wheels’ Stock Up for Seniors day on Thursday, Nov. 10, which gives ticket-holders first access to the warehouse sale. Prices start at $25, and the event runs from 6:30-9 p.m. At this sale, bargains and factory pieces include items from premium European brands Emile Henry, Duralex, LéKué, Mauviel, Rösle and Novis Vita Juicer. On Nov. 11-12, the warehouse is open to the public and admission is free. Doors open at 4 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday (the parking lot opens at 7). Ticket sales as well as five percent of the proceeds from the warehouse sale will benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware. Visit mealsonwheelsde.org to purchase tickets.
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he Wilmington Chili Challenge is back at Kelly’s Logan House on Sunday, Oct. 2, from 1-4 p.m., raising funds for Compassionate Care Hospice Foundation. Guests can sample all kinds of homemade recipes— traditional, gourmet, vegetarian—for $25. For those who want to take part in the challenge, the price is $25 for cornbread entrants and $35 to enter a chili. For team entries, the first member pays $35 and all other members pay $25. The traditional category consists of red or green chili with or without beans and only beef, while gourmet is considered white chili, seafood chili, poultry chili— anything without beef. Vegetarian, of course, consists of non-meat options. For more information and to enter, visit wilmingtonchilichallenge.com.
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n Saturday, Oct. 8, Woodside Farm Creamery will host an Arts and Crafts Fall Festival, welcoming fine crafts and art from local artists—and fall-favorite pumpkin ice cream. The event is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a next-day rain date. Mums and pumpkins will be on sale. Each year the creamery chooses an animal-focused charity to receive a portion of its vendor fees. This year nonprofit Forgotten Cats will join the event to share information about its mission and to accept donations. Parking and admission is free. Visit woodsidefarmcreamery.com for more information.
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Beyond Pumpkin Options abound for those looking to spice up autumn By Scott Pruden
t might seem like only yesterday that beer drinkers were basking in the sunshine, toes in the sand, enjoying a fruity hefeweizen or grapefruit-laced pale ale. But as sure as the discount store shelves gave us Halloween items the moment the calendar turned to September, so the pumpkin-themed eats and drinks made their perennial appearances, too. For some, the arrival of pumpkin menu items like café lattes and ice cream is a happy time. For others, not so much. We’re hearing more and more about pumpkin fatigue building in the beer world. This decade has seen an explosion of seasonal pumpkin brews, but it might be that craft brewers are pushing this thing a little too hard. Consider that in August, the beer magazine Draft declared that some brewers in pursuit of pumpkin as an ingredient in their autumn and winter seasonals actually encountered a serious gourd shortage. So maybe it’s time to back off a bit. If you’re looking for an autumnal alternative to this ubiquitous flavor, you’re in luck. While the number of pumpkin-based beers hasn’t abated, there are plenty of places you can turn to avoid the gourd this fall. Ingredients like apples and wet hops (more on that later)—plus a warming boost in alcohol by volume (ABV)—make the perfect pint to complement a crisp fall afternoon after the leaves are raked. Here are seven regional picks to help you get your (pumpkin-free) autumn on. ► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Dogfish Head Fall On Me—How do you make a great fall seasonal that doesn’t jump on the jack-o’-lantern-themed hay wagon? Dogfish Head turned to autumn’s other popular seasonal produce—apples —to create this Belgian-style draft-only offering. Golden in color and boasting an easy-drinking 6.9 ABV, this brew combines locally grown Red Delicious apples from Camden-Wyoming’s Fifer Orchards with mulling spices like clove, orange peel, star anise and cinnamon to create a flavor redolent of cider with a dry, tart finish. Packed with such a potpourri of flavor from the Dogfish Head spice cabinet, it’s about as close as you’ll get on this list to its pumpkin-spiced beer list brethren. Iron Hill Oktoberfest—Five centuries ago, Bavarian Purity Requirements were established, dictating that beers brewed in the region should be made up only of barley, hops and water. As a result, brews celebrating Germany’s annual beer bacchanalia, which has been held in Munich since 1833, hew to a simple recipe. Iron Hill’s draft-only take on the traditional festival beer results in a clean, medium-bodied lager that balances notes of malt with a dry finish and a lighter but still substantial 5.8 ABV. Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co. Candi Belgian Tripel—It’s possible that you recognize Dover brewer Fordham & Dominion as much for their racy vintage pin-up labels as for their tasty craft brews. But they’re all so much more than just a pretty face. With their Belgian Tripel, available on draft and in bottles, they offer a substantial 8.5 ABV brew that offers up bright sweetness with hints of pear and apricot. It's light on the hoppy bitterness and finishes with a crisp dryness.
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Black Twig Hard Apple Cider—What do you do when you’re a local orchard known for your excellent apples and soft cider, but your relentless customers keep asking when you’ll be offering a hard version? If you’re T.S. Smith & Sons Orchards in Branchville, you find someone who can do the job for you. Enter Great Shoals Winery in Silver Spring, Md., which turned to the orchard’s heirloom Black Twig apples for its celebrated Black Twig Hard Cider. The dark red, tart apples produce a dry, sparkling cider that’s become a hit in liquor stores and restaurants downstate and at the beaches. PURGING PUMPKIN FROM YOUR PINT continued from page 66
Tröegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale—While it’s typically Oktoberfest beers that get all the press this time of year, fall also brings with it the lesser known “wet hopped,” or harvest ales. Fall is hops harvest season, and before the majority of the crop is stashed away to dry to be used in more traditional hopping processes, some of it is picked and shipped directly to brewers for wet hopping—essentially taking the fresh hops directly from the field and adding it to boiled malt and water (known as wort) much the same as they would with dried hops. What results is a hop flavor profile that’s significantly different from traditionally hopped beers and also a much shorter shelf life. The version of this time-honored seasonal brought to us by Tröegs, based in Hershey, Pa., and on tap only through the end of October, results in a golden amber brew, a softer and fresher accent on the hops and a respectable 6.2 ABV. Victory Brewing Co. Moon Glow Weisenbock—Reminding us that wheat beers aren’t just for the summer months, this seasonal offering from Downingtown, Pa.-based Victory sports a more substantial presence than those orange-garnished hefeweizens you were downing on your summer vacation. This amber-hued brew, available on draft and in bottles, presents notes of clove and banana and backs it up with a sneaky 8.7 ABV that may indeed add a satisfied glow to your autumn cookout, bonfire or camping trip. Weyerbacher Sunday Morning Stout—Something about the cooler months calls for a rich, coffee-colored pint of stout. Weyerbacher, located in Easton, Pa., takes the traditional American Imperial stout a step further, adding layers of complexity by aging this brew in bourbon barrels. The resulting flavor combines chocolate, vanilla and malt with a coffee and bourbon nose that pairs well with foods as diverse as rich pot roast, chocolate desserts and your favorite breakfast meats and pastries. But take note—at 11.3 ABV, this “breakfast” beer might keep you in that mellow, Sunday-morning mood all day long.
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elaware Theatre Company will host a Wine Feast and Auction at the Delaware Art Museum on Friday, Oct. 28. It will be an evening of fine food from Caffé Gelato, Harry’s Hospitality Group, Domaine Hudson and more. Wines from purveyors like Branmar Wine and Spirits, Collier’s of Centreville and Frank’s Wine will be featured. Beer also will be available from Dogfish Head and other breweries. All proceeds from the 6-9:30 p.m. event benefit the artistic, education and community engagement programming of the Delaware Theatre Company. Tickets range from $75-$250. For more information, visit delawaretheatre.org/winefeast.
n Thursday, Oct. 20, the Ultimate Tailgate will bring the best of area restaurants serving interpretations of tailgate food in a sophisticated yet casual setting at the Sheraton Wilmington South (364 Airport Rd., New Castle). The evening will include wine, spirits and a beer garden curated by 2SP Brewing Co. Participating restaurants include Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Buckley’s Tavern, Columbus Inn and more. VIP admission allows entrance at 5:30 p.m., and general admission times are 6-9 p.m. For ticket prices and tickets, visit mealsonwheelsde.org/ultimate-tailgate.
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TUNED IN Not-to-be-missed music news KATEGORY 5 ARE CHAMPS Newark group wins WMGK Battle of the Bands This summer, Newark band Kategory 5 took home the win at Philadelphia classic rock station 102.9 WMGK’s Battle of the Bands. The classic rock group, which also covers the best of blues, R&B and pop music from the ‘70s onward, went up against fellow finalists Sweet Revenge, Taggart, Green Machine and Tongue n Groove. Now the official house band, Kategory 5 will play at all big station events throughout the year, including Brew Blast, Big Bad Bonfire and Big Gig. For more information, visit kategory5band.com.
BURNING UP THE DANCE FLOOR FOR AUTISM Organization’s 18th annual fundraiser is Nov. 4 Dress code is “funky” at Autism Delaware’s fall auction gala on Friday, Nov. 4, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. With the theme “Disco Inferno: Burning Up the Dance Floor for Autism,” the 6-11 p.m. event is the organization’s 18th annual fundraiser for programs and services statewide dedicated to supporting individuals with autism. Says Autism Delaware Event Manager Deanna Principe: “Everyone’s invited to make the scene in their platforms and bell bottoms, to boogie all night, and to help us raise critically-needed funds.” DJ Josh Grant will spin vinyl for Autism Delaware’s version of Lip Sync Battle as well as for dancing, of course. An auction will feature vacation packages, wines and spirits, event tickets and more. The $95 ticket price covers cocktails, small plates and admission to live and silent auctions. For more information, visit autismdelaware.org.
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FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY African chess prodigy is the center of heartfelt biopic By Mark Fields
he Disney studio, best known for live action films of a more fantastical sort, would seem to be a strange choice to make Queen of Katwe. Its contemporary Central Ugandan slums are a long way, metaphorically anyway, from the lands of Into The Woods, Tomorrowland, or even The Jungle Book. Nevertheless, the provenance of this heartwarming film has real-life connections to the African country. Tendo Nagenda, a senior executive at Disney who developed the project, is a native of Uganda; and director Mira Nair (The Namesake, Mississippi Masala), though India-born, is married to a Ugandan and has lived in the country. Based on an ESPN The Magazine article and later book by Timothy Crothers, Queen of Katwe tells the true story of Phiona
Mutesi, a female chess prodigy who became a Candidate Master in the game after playing successfully at the World Chess Olympiad. The movie combines the story of Phiona’s emerging skills in the game with a classic fish-out-water tale of a slum girl entering the rarefied world of international chess. Queen of Katwe effectively focuses on the three main figures in the story: Phiona (played by newcomer and native Ugandan Madina Nalwanga); her independent and fierce mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar winner for 12 Years a Slave); and Phiona’s patient, determined chess coach, Robert Katende (David Oyelowo, Selma). The movie’s drama hinges on the shifting interplay among these fascinating characters, seldom seen in a major studio picture. ► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Queen of Katwe also effectively portrays the FOR QUEEN AND COUNTRY experiences of Phiona and her continued from previoius page chess teammates when they go from the slums of Katwe to the brave new world of private African schools and dignified chess tournaments. The film deftly showcases the profound disparities between the two worlds without condescending to the slum children characters. Director Nair has built her reputation with films that celebrate people who confidently rise beyond the expectations of their modest circumstances. Here, she has an assured hand in shaping and moving this compelling story along. And cinematographer Sean Bobbitt finds sometimes-startling beauty in the multi-hued world of Katwe’s slums. I was tempted to dismiss the rich imagery of this movie as a Disneyfied gloss, but I eventually succumbed to the vivid integrity of the filmmakers’ vision. Screenwriter William Wheeler’s script follows the predictable rhythms of a sports movie, but the fresh setting and unfamiliar milieu of chess hide some of the story’s more obvious beats. In the end, the viewer is captivated by Phiona and her triumphant ascension. Interestingly, the film ends with a compelling reminder of its real-life roots as the actors are paired with the actual person they have been portraying, and everyone’s pride in this film biography resonates.
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Eleven-year-old Akeelah (Night at the Museum’s Keke Palmer) is smart but struggling with a mother who ignores her in their impoverished neighborhood. She enters a spelling bee to avoid detention for her many absences from school. To her surprise, she wins and finds herself competing against many better-prepared students from wealthy backgrounds to reach the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee. This award-winning movie also stars Laurence Fishburne as the English professor who coaches Akeelah but struggles with his own demons. (PG)
A star-studded cast of familiar cinema comics (Madeline Kahn, Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, and more) camp it up delightfully in this farcical mystery based on the classic board game. No trope of the genre goes unskewered and no lowbrow joke gets passed up. The whole company looks like they are on the verge of cracking up at any moment. No great art here, but great fun. (MF)
In this earnest drama based on a real scandal, Ralph Fiennes plays Charles Van Doren, a Columbia University professor who became a minor national celebrity for his remarkable success on a TV quiz show called Twenty One. Unknown to the public, the producers rigged the game in favor of attractive and patrician Van Doren over a working-class schlemiel who lacked the charisma to garner bigger ratings. Robert Redford directs another all-star cast that includes Fiennes, John Turturro, Paul Scofield, Elizabeth Wilson and Rob Morrow. (MF)
Oscar-winning writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz helmed this intense puzzle of a film starring two British acting powerhouses, Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. Olivier portrays a faded mystery novelist who initiates a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with his romantic rival (played by Caine). The English manor house setting is filled with whimsical, game-oriented gimcracks that Mankiewicz uses to drolly comment on the action as the story progresses. Oscar Award trivia: this is one of only two films in the Academy’s history where the entire cast was nominated for Acting Oscars (The other is identified at the end of the sidebar). (MF)
The Great Debaters
This 1930s-set drama tells the true story of the debate team at historically black Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. After finishing its first season nearly undefeated, the team challenged Harvard for the national championship. Directed by Denzel Washington, who also stars as the team’s controversial coach, the movie shows the hard realities of black people’s lives during the Depression as well as the bright young students’ determination. Nate Parker, whose current film The Birth of a Nation created controversy even before its release, plays one of the young debaters. (PG)
The Imitation Game
The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing, who invented the computer. Turing was a British mathematician whose team cracked the Nazi code Enigma, which the Germans used to send military messages during World War II, an achievement that was a major factor in the Allies’ victory. As Turing, Benedict Cumberbatch leads a cast of accomplished British actors (Downton Abbey’s Allen Leech and Matthew Goode, as well as Keira Knightley) in this absorbing drama. (MF) The other film in which the entire cast was nominated for an Acting Oscar: Give ‘Em Hell, Harry! (1975). The cast consisted of James Whitmore.
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Stand-up comedy is making a comeback locally, thanks to Brandon Jackson and his shows in Wilmington and around the state
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ere’s how Brandon Vincent Jackson remembers his life before he got into comedy: “I had a full-time job, three or four years ago. I was making like $34,000 a year, which was more money than I’d ever seen in my life. But they were trying to kill me for that money. They wanted me to die for it. Every day, I’d come to work and they’d try to stab me.” Pause. “I mean, I exaggerate, but I worked in a prison.” With not much room for advancement and an understandable aversion to getting shivved, Jackson left his first job to pursue his comedy dreams. He has found a new day job—he’s a grad assistant while getting a master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language at the slightly less rowdy University of Delaware—and he started playing rooms in Philly at night, working Fergie’s Pub and the now-closed Lickety Split. He performed at Santa Fe in Wilmington and competed at LOL at
the Grand. Then he began organizing comedy shows at UD and the Newark Bike Shop, before moving to Wilmington to start a weekly show at 1984, on West Fourth Street. And then someone tagged him on a Facebook post advertising a new comedy night at a place called Spaceboy Clothing. He signed up, imagining he’d be performing his set between a bunch of t-shirt racks. But when he arrived that first night, they walked him past the shirts, down the stairs and into… “It was a comedy club,” Vincent says. “It’s just there. Brick walls, the lighting is perfect, low ceilings. It’s like they accidentally built the Comedy Cellar down there.” A complete accident, says Spaceboy Clothing’s David Sanchez. Before Spaceboy moved into its current location on Market Street in 2014, the basement was used by the former tenant as storage, if it was used at all. ► OCTOBER 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“We just cleaned it up a bit,” Sanchez says. Jackson immediately asked if he could start organizing shows. Sanchez was happy to pass along the task of gathering talent. And so Spaceboy became the latest unlikely comedy hotspot in Delaware. Monthly shows organized by Jackson, and often hosted by local comedian Ty Jamison, bring dozens downtown to see local comics and Philly “heavies” performing in a BYO venue, below the shirts, and on Market Street. Vincent and Jamison first met at a comedy competition Jamison was judging, at an unnamed Wilmington venue that was, well, not quite as nice as Spaceboy. Vincent: “That was the shadiest place.” Jamison: “The place was probably illegal. They did not have good paperwork there.” Vincent: “You had to get buzzed in.” But that was a reality of the underground Delaware comedy scene, a scene Jamison has been working for years, dating all the way back to “the days of mass texts,” when legions of comedy fans could be summoned from one flip phone. Today, it’s all about Facebook. At the first show Vincent held at Spaceboy, more than 50 people showed up, filling the room. People they didn’t know stood out on the street, hustling people inside. The diverse crowd was full of 20-30 somethings, all out for a laugh. “Everyone is super chill,” Sanchez says. “You laugh, maybe you socialize a bit before or after, and then everyone goes home.” (Sanchez repeats “everyone goes home” as the main positive of comedy shows, thus giving the impression that things might have been different when Spaceboy hosted punk rock shows in the basement.) The comedy plays a bit differently in Wilmington than in Newark. College crowds tend to be more reserved in their laughs, more sensitive to a punchline with real punch, as Jackson learned when he tried out some material about race and privilege in town. (“They get uncomfortable,” he says. “They moan a lot.”) “The frequency is different in Wilmington,” Jamison said.
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Actually, knowing your room is important no matter where you play in Delaware. Jamison on performing in Milton: “That crowd is an average of 62. They’re all a retired, support-the-arts crew, and they come out for a good laugh. You keep it a little cleaner, but a little more direct. You crack a lot of jokes about Slaughter Beach.” With regular shows now at Spaceboy that Jackson hopes to grow, as well as a weekly show at 1984 and pop-ups at UD, in Smyrna, and elsewhere around the state, Jackson and Jamison see the start of something the area hasn’t had in a long time—a comedy circuit, one that could nurture local comics, provide local opportunities to work out new material, and draw out-of-towners. Jamison: “Philly cats are comin’ down!” Jackson: “They’re thirsty. I go to Philadelphia, and they’re like, ‘Hey, what’s going on with that show? What’s going on with that room?’” Before a show in June, the first after his comedy series got some local press, Jackson got a call from Sanchez at Spaceboy: the fire inspectors were in the basement checking everything out. Jackson figured they were done, busted, over. He had already rented the chairs, man, and now the City had arrived to kill the show. Actually, just the opposite. “Those dudes were awesome,” Sanchez says. “The fire chief came through during a show, and he’s a big fan of comedy. He brought his wife.” It helped that the building, owned by The Buccini/Polin Group, was fully up to code, with sprinklers and alarms and such, Sanchez says. But more than that, both Sanchez and Jackson found city officials to be genuinely welcoming and supportive (at least, after everything checked out). Jackson and Jamison are planning a comedy week in November, with comedy showcases, concept shows and stand-up in multiple Delaware cities. It looks a lot like that dream Jackson chased when he left the prison—and he admits it’s something that might not have been possible even a few years ago. “This one night, I was on Market Street after LOL at the Grand,” he says. “There were people everywhere after the show, people out to go to Chelsea and to go to Merchant Bar. This is like what my greatgrandma used to tell me Wilmington was like in the ‘30s, people just out. It’s been so long. I’d never seen that before.”
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