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71 38th Halloween Loop 73 The Farmer & The Chef 75 Where to Watch the Game
Our intrepid reporter joins experts to find out if there really are ghosts at Frightland. By Mike Little
24 First State Frights Delaware has more than its share of things that go bump in the night. By Dillon McLaughlin
49 The Playhouse Is Back ‘Broadway in Wilmington’ invites audience to be part of its success. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
65 Resurrecting the Beer King The statue of King Gambrinus was an icon of Delaware’s brewing history. John Medkeff is determined to restore it. By Dan Linehan
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Dr. Than Lam of the Wilmington University College of Technology.
BORN THREE TIMES: A SURVIVOR’S STORY
orn in South Vietnam in 1957, Than Lam survived the Vietnam War. But after the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the withdrawal of U.S. troops, his home country was run by a Communist regime. Lam’s family members were treated as traitors, and he was sent to one of many “reduction camps,” where for three years he worked on crews repairing railroads destroyed during the war. He and his siblings held on to hope, searching for ways to escape Vietnam. Flash forward to 2017, and he is now Dr. Than Lam, a fulltime professor at Wilmington University. He is a husband, father, and U.S. citizen. Above all, he is a survivor. Dr. Lam’s journey from Vietnam was made in a 30-foot wooden boat bound for Malaysia. He and 58 others drifted in the South China Sea for two weeks, with only enough food for about three days. Starvation joined the other dangers facing them: storms, piracy, and simply being lost at sea. Finally, they were spotted by a U.S. Navy search plane, which dropped life-saving food and water to the passengers. A Norwegian super tanker, apparently alerted by the U.S., took the refugees aboard three days later. “All my life,” says Lam, “I wanted to touch American soil.” After several months in a Singapore refugee camp, his wish came true, as he landed in the U.S. in January 1980. Sponsored by a Protestant church, he and his siblings were resettled in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was living in America, the land of opportunity.
“That is what I always tell people close to me,” reflects Dr. Lam. “If you are looking for opportunities, they are right here in America, especially compared to where I came from.” Though he spoke little English, Lam seized every opportunity to better himself in his new home. He began taking menial jobs, washing dishes in restaurants. Then, his odyssey took him to Albany, the Bronx, Philadelphia and New Jersey. Along the way, he earned academic degrees and accumulated honors, as well as extensive experience in systems and software engineering, and management information. In 1985, Dr. Lam gained his U.S. citizenship. He and his wife settled in Barrington, New Jersey with their four sons and daughters, all of whom are in their 20s now. In 2014, he joined WilmU’s College of Technology as an adjunct professor and became full-time in 2016. His journey affirms that with hard work and determination, nothing is out of reach. However, there was another significant struggle for Dr. Lam to overcome. Five years ago, he was struck with bone cancer. Thankfully, today, he is cancer-free. Lam likes to say that it took him 40 years to learn English and he still has an accent. That may be true, but he is very articulate in summing up his life’s narrative: “I feel I was born three times. Once, at my birth, second, when I came to America, and third, when I beat cancer.” WilmU is proud to work with individuals like Dr. Than Lam, whose perseverance inspires the next generation of professionals. For information about WilmU degrees and certificates, go to wilmu.edu.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing VIRTUAL REALITY AT DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
nspired by the Delaware Art Museum's collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art, artist collaborators Troy Richards and Knut Hybinette developed the museum's first virtual reality (VR) experience. The artists re-imagined the world inside the richly layered Victorian painting La Bella Mano by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. La Bella Mano (1875) features three female figures in a Victorian-era home with a circular mirror that reflects an adjacent room. The Seeing Glass, on view from Saturday, Nov. 18, until Jan. 14 of next year in the museum's PreRaphaelite galleries, transforms the painting into a three-dimensional waking dream with lavish décor and decaying displays of flowers, fruit, insects and skulls. "At a moment when artists are intensifying their explorations of VR technology, the museum is able to offer rich subject matter as inspiration for this exciting experimentation," says Margaret Winslow, the museum’s curator of Contemporary Art. "The museum is home to the largest and most significant British Pre-Raphaelite collection outside of the United Kingdom. The Seeing Glass is a unique and engaging approach for our visitors to be digitally immersed in Pre-Raphaelite art and Victorian history and see this world through the eyes of contemporary artists."
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olished Salon, a salon for natural nails, is expanding to North Wilmington, at 2204 Grubb Rd. The salon provides a new approach to healthy, natural nails in a fume-free environment. Created almost nine years ago, Polished Salon uses techniques and products specifically tailored to prolong polish wear on natural nails. For more, visit polishedsalon.com.
GREAT DAMES’ POWERFUL CONVERSATIONS SERIES
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he list of speakers for the Great Dames’ Fall 2017 Powerful Conversations Series “Women Crushing Obstacles” includes prominent Delawareans. The series, moderated by Dr. Maria Hess, starts Monday, Oct. 9, with Carla Markell, former First Lady of Delaware, and Guillermina Gonzalez, executive director of Delaware Arts Alliance. Monday, Nov. 13, includes Ellen Kullman, retired chair and CEO of DuPont and current co-chair of Paradigm for Parity. Both events will be held at Harry's Savoy Grill & Ballroom on Naamans Road. Hors d'oeuvres and soft drinks will be served and a cash wine bar will be available. For prices and to register visit great-dames.com.
BEST BUDDIES FRIENDSHIP WALK
est Buddies International is a nonprofit, global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Its annual Delaware Best Buddies Friendship Walk is this month, offering participants the chance to run or walk alongside Best Buddies members. The community that Best Buddies serves includes, but is not limited to, people with Down syndrome, autism, Fragile X, Williams syndrome, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury and other undiagnosed disabilities. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Says Delaware committee member Katelynn Gassert: “We have a goal of $41,000 this year. It's free to register and walk with our group. Fundraising isn't required but does help our cause for those who are interested in participating.” The walk will be held at Bellevue State Park on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be food trucks, vendors, and activities for all ages. To register for the event, visit bestbuddiesfriendshipwalk.org/Delaware.
ead Aloud Limestone, in celebration of National Book Month, will provide children’s books to Wilmington nonprofit Reeds’ Refuge at noon on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Limestone Presbyterian Church. This multigenerational event is a celebration of books and reading. Although children’s books are the focus, volunteer readers may also choose from fiction or non-fiction books that would be of interest to children. The Mission Committee is looking for children, teens, parents, and grandparents to read for two minutes from a favorite book. Community educators and leaders who support Reeds’ Refuge will be at the event. Reeds’ Refuge is committed to the well-being of children and financiallyafflicted families of inner city Wilmington, providing nearly 1,000 youth each year with a haven from violence, drugs, guns and idle minds by helping them discover their creative potential in the arts. Reeds’ Refuge has received awards for community service, including the 2017 local and national Jefferson Awards. To donate or participate, call the church office at 994-5646.
CHRISTO ART AT BIGGS
over’s Biggs Museum of American Art exhibition Christo and JeanneClaude: The Tom Golden Collection chronicles the career of husband and wife artistic team Christo and Jeanne-Claude, well known for projects such as The Gates (Central Park, New York, 2005) and Running Fence (Sonoma and Marin Counties, California, 1976). The exhibition, now through Oct. 22, features extremely rare artworks that commemorate and celebrate the large scale environmental installations undertaken by Christo and Jeanne-Claude for more than 40 years. The collection includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career. OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Freelance portrait artist Joe Hoddinott of PhoJoegraphy took this photo of his partner, Jess McIntern, underwater in a pool in August, in the aftermath of an extremely difficult year. Last March, McIntern, who was 28 at the time, was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer. She had to undergo full treatment—chemo, surgery and radiation, in addition to the exhausting round of doctor visits, tests, procedures, and medications to be taken. The couple had been doing underwater photography since 2012, and McIntern decided she wanted to continue to do so throughout her treatments. Hoddinott says the photography helped “keep some sense of normalcy in our lives and hopefully make art that inspires people at the same time. I wanted to show a beautiful, strong woman who was inspiring.” Now, thankfully, McIntern is past all her major treatments and on the path to recovery. “I thought it was important to use her for the cover for October 2017 because it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” says Hoddinott. The couple is taking part in an underwater-themed exhibit, “Chiaroscuro,” at the new RH Gallery & Studios (1304 Old Lancaster Pike, Suite D, Hockessin). Opening Friday, Oct. 13, it’s a shared show with several other artists: Rick Hidalgo (resin artist), Kristen Margiotta (illustrator) and Ellen Durkan (blacksmith). For more, visit phojoegraphy.com. — O&A
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Worth Trying Suggestions from our staff, contributors and readers
Kohlrabi This root vegetable has been variously described as “the ugliest vegetable you’ve ever loved,” “what happens when broccoli and cabbage get married,” and “a cross between an octopus and a space capsule.” Kohlrabi is suddenly semi-trendy, but I learned about it years ago from my grandmother, who grew it in her backyard garden. It’s crisp and juicy either raw or cooked (it can even be used in pies), and it has plenty of nutrients and antioxidants. Hard to find, but usually available at the 7 Day Farmers Market on Lancaster Avenue—site of the former Pathmark.
Desert Rose, Media, Pa. Desert Rose is a Mediterranean restaurant that opened a couple of years ago on State Street in Media. They are famous for their chicken shawarma that comes with cabbage slaw, cucumbers, tomato, hummus and tahini. The chicken is cooked on a spit for a long time and tastes amazing. The restaurant also offers exquisite appetizers, such as grape leaves. And to finish off any meal at Desert Rose, I highly recommend their authentic Turkish coffee. Worth the trip across the Pennsylvania line. — Zuny Jamatte, Catalyst Visuals Intern
— Bob Yearick, Contributing Editor
A Farm Fresh Experience
Maiale’s Mexicano Burger No pun intended, but Maiale is on a roll. For our Breakfast Edition in April, we highlighted Maiale’s hearty breakfast sandwich, which was so satisfying and filling that our production manager, Matt Loeb, said he “didn’t need to have another meal until dinner.” Little did we know, but more accolades were to come. Last month, Maiale won in the Restaurant Division in the 10th Annual Farmer & The Chef competition. The first-place finish came just weeks after their People’s Choice win at the annual Delaware Burger Battle. That champion burger—The Mexicano—is now available at Maiale (at the Cannery on Lancaster Avenue) for just $10. With pickled onions, cheddar and chipotle mayo atop a chili-and-cilantro-flavored beef patty, it’s packed with flavor.
Strolling around bucolic Ramsey’s Farm, you wouldn’t imagine you are less than a mile from the hustle-bustle of the Route 202 corridor. And that is why Ramsey’s (500 Ramsey Rd., Wilm.) is such a local treasure. Fall is prime time for the Ramseys, who have operated the farm for 180 years. The sixgeneration farmstead offers city dwellers and suburbanites the complete farm-fun menu, including evening hay rides, bonfires, multiple mazes and pumpkin picking. You can simply pop in (check hours first) or plan a group outing by visiting RamseysFarm.com. — Jerry DuPhily, Publisher
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by the numbers Some autumnal and gourd-related facts for you
The year, B.C., that Halloween is thought to have originatedâ€”in Ireland.
The weight, in pounds, of the largest pumpkin ever measured. It was grown by Mathias Willemijns of Belgium and authenticated by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth in Ludwigsburg, Germany, on Oct. 9, 2016.
1600 s American pumpkin beer dates to this century. Without easy access to todayâ€™s typical brewing ingredients like barley, colonists turned to the orange gourd for a source of fermentable sugars in their beers. Later, brewers included George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Sorry, allthings-pumpkin-flavor haters: the trend will never die.
The number of pounds of candy, in millions, that Americans are expected to buy for Halloween.
On this day in October of 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in America.
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rowing up in Mexico, Aurora Colin discovered her love of dancing at age 12. Performing in front of large crowds, she would twirl her colorful, layered red dress while her black shoes stomped to the rhythms of “El Jarabe Tapatio,” or, as it’s known in the U.S., “The Mexican Hat Dance.” Now 44, Colin is still dancing. In 2014, she and Teresa Ayala founded Ballet Folklórico Mexico Lindo to stay in touch with the songs and culture of Mexico. The group started with six children and eight adults, and now numbers 47 people, ages 4 to 60. The group gives Hispanic youth and their families a positive, creative outlet. They average about 30 performances a year at local churches, festivals, schools, and private parties, and have also performed in New York, Philadelphia and New Jersey. The group relies on donations from performances to help families purchase costumes, accessories, and dresses directly from Mexico. Colin is an instructor as well as a dancer in the group. She studied dance at the Escuela Bellas Artes in Mexico City and performed throughout Mexico. She also worked as a school teacher in Mexico before moving to Delaware 15 years ago with her husband and her son. For the past 10 years, she has worked as a nanny in Wilmington, where she lives. Colin also offers free two-hour dance lessons every Wednesday and Friday at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Wilmington. Her son, Miguel, was a member of Folklórico Mexico Lindo before he moved to New York City to study political science at Columbia University. Her husband, Marco, is the group’s DJ. Last year, the Delaware Hispanic Awards recognized Ballet Folklórico as the best folklórico dance group in Delaware. — Adriana Camacho-Church
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The cemetery, off Delaware Avenue, is the resting place for several historic figures.
Storied Past, Spirited Future The Eternal Rest 5K Run/Walk aims to keep the Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery alive The Wilmington & Brandywine Cemetery, at 701 Delaware Ave., was perhaps ahead of its time almost 200 years ago for more than one reason. Founded in 1843 by prominent Delawarean Sam Wollaston, the Wilmington & Brandywine became one of Delaware’s first non-sectarian cemeteries, allowing the burial of anyone, regardless of religious affiliation. It’s also one of the state’s oldest, most historic cemeteries. In the mid-19th century, like many other cities established in earlier times, when burial grounds were situated next to churches, Wilmington found itself short of space for graves. So Wollaston decided to create a cemetery on 10 acres just outside Wilmington (the cemetery has been expanded to 25 acres over time). His tract lay along Kennett Turnpike (Delaware Avenue) where it met the Old King’s Highway (Adams Street). Wollaston invited several leading citizens to invest in his venture, which turned out to be a lasting success. The founders incorporated the cemetery in 1845 and engaged engineer George Read Riddle to divide the plots and lay out curving paths and hillside terraces. His design included an elegant entrance road and gently sweeping side avenues named for trees and famous Americans. It’s the resting place of some of Delaware’s—and the country’s —historic figures, particularly of the military variety. Among the 21,000 eternal residents are Maj. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, the last Union general to be killed in the Civil War, along with Dr. James Tilton, a Revolutionary War hero, member of the Continental Congress and surgeon general of the U.S. Army in the War of 1812, and Commodore Jacob Jones, a hero of the War of 1812. Wilmington's first mayor, Richard H. Bayard, is also buried there.
At one point, the cemetery even became a favorite location for a Sunday stroll for wealthy city residents. Board President Cory Porter says the tradition was probably a lot less morbid than it sounds: “I think the number of prominent families interred there as well as the sheer beauty of the property was the main reason” for the afternoon ambles. Even today the living are drawn to the location, which has been host to the Eternal Rest 5K Run/Walk for the past three years. “The 5K really stemmed from a good idea on raising money for the perpetual care of the cemetery, as well as raising awareness of the historical significance of the cemetery,” says Porter. The fourth annual event will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14. The idea came from runner and cemetery up-keep volunteer Cathy Haslinsky, who notes the importance of fundraising. “The gates are opened daily and people are welcome to enjoy the beautiful historic cemetery,” Haslinsky says. The 5k starts on Jefferson Street in front of the Roxana Canon Arsht Surgicenter. Part of the race takes participants into the cemetery, then through Brandywine Park, with a finish line in the lower section of the cemetery. Participants then walk or run uphill through the cemetery and back to the Surgicenter parking lot for an after party that includes El Diablo burritos, craft beer, wine and soda. Through corporate sponsorships and race fees, the 5k committee and cemetery board members have raised more than $77,000 for cemetery maintenance the last three years. Pre-register for the race at delawaretiming.com. Fees are $25 in advance or $30 at the race. Day-of registration begins at 3 p.m. Participants are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. —O&A OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Our intrepid reporter joins experts to find out if there really are ghosts at Frightland By Mike Little
the existence of spirits in our realm, letting the evidence fall where it may. That said, over the course of its many investigations, DSGI has gathered some rather unsettling data to support the premise that paranormal phenomena are no joke. DSGI’s armamentarium of paranormal research equipment includes audio recorders to gather electronic voice phenomena (EVPs), as well as laser grids, motion detectors, still and video cameras, and Mel meters, which detect fluctuations in temperature (a sudden drop in temperature could indicate the arrival of a spirit) as well as shifts in the electromagnetic field (a spike in EMF activity is said to be similar to a drop in temperature). DSGI also boasts a central control computer that can record up to 16 cameras continually for more than 72 hours. You can listen to some of the more chilling examples of EVPs that DSGI has recorded at its website, DiamondStateGhostInvestigators.com.
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The paranormal business apparently is thriving. I count 15 “ghostbusters” in Delaware and a larger number across adjoining states. They go by such compelling names as Delaware Investigators of the Afterlife (Harrington), Spirit of the Sword Paranormal (Wilmington), and Delaware City Ghost Hunters (New Castle). Like most such groups, Diamond State Ghost Investigators are there to help should you feel like you’re sharing your house with someone, or something, unknown. They will gladly travel anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic region free of charge should you, say, suffer the unfortunate experience of suddenly happening upon a floating head on the stairs. Sure, you can sell the house (“six bedrooms, sitting room, two bathrooms, floating head”), but why not try to get to the bottom of what’s going on first? It’s possible the floating head simply doesn’t like the new wallpaper. They can be choosy that way. Unlike its sister organizations, however, DSGI is the only Delaware-based paranormal research investigative group to boast a contract with the state. To wit, DSGI operates Delaware Tours at spook-infested Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island, where every October its staff sets up shop in various areas around the fort, teaching the stout of heart how to use paranormal equipment before letting them conduct their very own forays into the uncanny. It’s a wonderful way to amp up your Halloween season thrills and chills after you’ve visited Frightland. ►
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ve seen every paranormal research horror movie ever made. They’re all the same movie at heart—a team of foolhardy ghost investigators enters a notorious murder house/long-shuttered orphanage/abandoned lunatic asylum to investigate the truth about the ghastly legends surrounding said site, only to disappear forever, the lone clue to their fates a video they left behind. Ignoring the most important lesson I learned from watching such films—never go into a haunted building—I joined such an expedition, led by several intrepid members of Diamond State Ghost Investigators (DSGI), headquartered in Bear. On a chilly August night, we paid a visit to Frightland—a popular Halloweenseason attraction in Middletown, and attempted to contact the spirit or spirits who purportedly haunt the barn on the property. Feel free to scoff at the notion of real ghosts dwelling at one of America’s most highly touted Halloween theme parks, but Frightland really does have a macabre past. Some 200 years ago, then owner Clifton Davis, a farmer and family man, hung himself in woods on the property. Not long thereafter, Davis’ young daughter hung herself in the barn’s loft. Then there was the mysterious burning of the slave quarters, which occurred at about the same time. So spooky events have occurred on the property. Let me state at the outset that the 18 members of the nonprofit Diamond State Ghost Investigators—which got its start in 2005 as Delaware Ghost Hunters—are objective professionals who take their work seriously. They’ve got all the latest ghost-busting equipment, and they’re neither dismissive of nor eager to prove
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Do I believe in ghosts? I’ve never seen one—although plenty of people I know and trust have—so I suppose I’d have to call myself an agnostic on the subject. That said, does the idea of a face-to-face encounter with a malevolent spirit (or a friendly one, for that matter) scare me? You’re darned right it does. I paid close attention to every one of those horror movies I spoke of earlier, and I don’t want the only evidence of my horrific fate to be discovered on a creepy “found” videotape. So yes, the prospect of seeking out the ungrateful dead at Frightland gave me pause.
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And I’m not alone. Kyle McMahon, the marketing manager of Frightland, told me he won’t go into the structure alone even during daylight hours. He’s not the only one; the property owner won’t either. And over the years that Frightland has been in operation, numerous employees have reported seeing the ghost of a little girl, or have said they feel like they’re being watched or followed. Some have departed the barn in terror, declining to return no matter how many other fellow living humans are on the premises. As for McMahon, his refusal to tread foot by himself into the dusty old structure is based on hard experience. During a previous DSGI investigation at Frightland, McMahon and a DSGI member—the only people in the barn at the time—were doing a post-session check to make sure nothing had been left behind when, in his words, “A child’s toy that we had purposefully left behind was hurled at the back of my head. I was terrified; I’m sure you can hear me scream on the video. From that point on I swore I was never going to go in there alone, day or night.” Did the spirit of the little girl employees have reported seeing hurl it? One thing’s for sure: while it was a bit drafty in that old barn, it was anything but toy-hurling drafty. McMahon’s story gave me something to think about as I joined him, DSGI staffers Alicia Lenoir, Fred “EVP King” Conkey, Andy Lendway, and Frightland employee Kim O’Neill for our late-night sojourn in the old barn that has been partitioned and decorated with loving attention to the last ghoulish detail to create a multi-roomed chamber of horrors.
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Alicia Lenoir, Mike Little, Andy Lendway (standing), Kyle McMahon and Fred Conkey watch the cameras set up at Frightland on a monitor at the central command center.
The team set up its command center near the silo at the downstairs entrance to the barn, and hooked it up to their video cameras and an infrared grid in the barn’s loft, where young Miss Davis hung herself back in the early days of our republic. Lenoir also placed some toys—a small ball on a bed of flour, a small plastic car, and a stuffed gorilla— on the floor, in case the spirit was in a playful mood. During my time monitoring the screens from downstairs, I kept a close watch on these toys; had one of them moved by itself I’d have been out of there, pronto. Our work that night was simple; while several team members watched the video monitor downstairs, the rest of us went up to the loft to try to coax our (perhaps) friendly ghost into making herself known. Lenoir and McMahon took turns asking questions (e.g., “Can you knock if you’re here?”) while I stared into the tiny corridor in which the infrared grid had been set up, waiting to see if a ghost stepped through its elaborate web of red beams (no dice). I also kept a close eye on the little set-up of toys, to discern if anything happened there (once again, no dice). Then we traded places and I watched the DVR below. There were a few odd occurrences; while monitoring the DVR Lenoir distinctly heard a little girl humming, and the team picked up a few EVPs of what sounded like a man’s voice—interesting, since every prior story of the uncanny revolved around the little girl. Did anything happen that would make me refuse to enter the barn ever again? No. We even held an impromptu flashlight session in the barn’s downstairs after hearing strange sounds emanating from near the silo, but if there was a spirit with us in the near total darkness it declined to make itself heard, turn the array of handy flashlights on or off, or activate a handy Mel meter. Plenty of people scoff at the notion of our sharing this all-toocorporeal realm with spirits, and I understand their point of view. But that’s where groups such as DSGI come in. They use scientific instruments to gather evidence that, at the very least, raises the possibility that we have company, welcome or not. My experience at Frightland didn’t knock me off the list of agnostics. But whether you’re an agnostic or a downright cynic, the evidence being gathered by groups like DSGI should give you pause even if you have never had the blood-curdling experience of hearing the piano playing Barry Manilow’s “Mandy” all by itself in the dead of night. Or run into a floating head on the stairwell. If you have, call Delaware State Ghost Investigators. Like I said before, the problem could just be your wallpaper.
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FIRST STATE FRIGHTS Delaware has more than its share of things that go bump in the night By Dillon McLaughlin
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mateur ghost hunters, supernatural hobbyists, and just plain curious tourists have plenty to love in the First State. For instance: a good-natured soul keeps a New Castle cafe staff on their toes; the scent of a bygone baker's cinnamon wafts through a New Castle home, and the spirit of a widow in Lewes is a stickler about the details of her death. But any ghost tour of our state rightly must begin with a visit to Fort Delaware, and especially to the Confederate general who apparently is still in solitary confinement there. The Union fortress on Pea Patch Island near Delaware City was built in 1859 to protect the ports of Wilmington and Philadelphia. During the Civil War, it housed Confederate prisoners, and it has been attracting paranormal investigators for years. Ghost Hunters has filmed there and YouTube is full of videos shot there by amateur ghost detectives. But far more enduring and locally Diamond State Ghost investigators captured this photo of a dark apparition at Fort Delaware. successful have been the efforts of the Diamond State Ghost Investigators, headed by President Gina Dunham. Since 2009, DSGI has led the fort's official October nocturnal investigations. (For more on DSGI, see “Normal? Or Paranormal?” on pg. 21.) Dunham firmly adheres to the idea that the investigations only work if the team is willing to think critically about the unexplained. “I'm very much a skeptic,” she says. “I try to only recruit people who have that skeptical quality.” If investigators won't attempt to explain an incident, there's little value in their results, she says. Even with such an approach, DSGI sometimes has difficulty rationalizing an experience. Take, for example, Dunham’s story involving Confederate Gen. James J. Archer. Archer was captured the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg and sent to Fort Delaware. The prison administrators gave him quarters befitting a captured general, sparing him the less comfortable wooden barracks where thousands of enlisted men were housed. That changed when Union soldiers found out that Archer was using his rank to try to persuade other prisoners to seize control of the fort. As punishment, they put him in solitary confinement, most likely using an empty section of the South Casemates, also known as “the Endicott.” Dunham's story takes place in the same section. She was guiding a new DSGI team member through the fort in preparation for that night's programs. They were the only two in the area, and the room was still naturally lit. Dunham was telling the new member about Archer's capture and time in solitary, when over the team member's shoulder, a black shadowy figure came out of the wall, floating a few feet above the ground. It lacked a distinct shape, but it had a surprising density to it; Dunham was transfixed. “It was the sort of thing where you stare at it because you're not even sure if that's what you saw,” she says of the experience. The figure, she says, disappeared almost as quickly as it came. Thinking their discussion about Archer may have caused the figure to appear, Dunham and the team member picked up the conversation, but it didn't appear again.
Employees at Café New Castle have experienced ghostly goings-on.
OLD NEW CASTLE: A SPOOKY HOT BED
It wasn't long ago that New Castle was a town bustling with taverns, bars, pubs and hotels, which resulted in a somewhat rowdy nightlife. One place that saw a lot of action was the building where Café New Castle now stands, at 414 Delaware St. Soon after the cafe opened last April, Manager Krista Stanton invited a medium—someone with a supposed strong connection with the paranormal—to conduct a casual investigation of the building. She concluded that, in the early 1900s, two men had a bar fight that ended in the basement of the building and both men died. Now, staff members often hear noises they can trace to the basement, but they have been unable to find exactly what causes the sounds. According to Erin Redding, general manager of the cafe, there are other ethereal patrons in the building, some of whom make playful nuisances of themselves. One of the spirits, Redding says, regularly unlocks the deadbolt of a small door in the front bathroom and trips the breakers in the building, which was rewired during the work leading up to the April opening. Redding now checks the bathroom door and closes it whenever she finds it open, but she's at a loss as to what to do about the balky breakers. If there's a pattern to the apparition’s pranks, Redding can't find it. “It seems like it picks whoever it's going to mess with for the day.” During our visit, the phantom's quarry seemed to be Alexandra Jordan. Just that morning, Jordan was opening the shop alone and heard coughing coming from the basement. Later, as she stood up from a crouch, she felt something untying the back of her apron. Most activity is harmless, and Redding and her staff actually welcome their spiritual cohabitants. “We definitely feel that there are [ghosts] here and we wouldn't have it any other way,” she says. That philosophy seems to extend to the rest of New Castle, which celebrates it ghostly past each October. Hosted by the New Castle Historical Society, the Hauntings in History program features interpreters who lead guests on a walking tour of the town, stopping at notable locations and sharing historical information as well as paranormal anecdotes. This year, the program is scheduled for Oct. 13, 14, 20, 21, and 26-28, with tours beginning at 7, 7:30 and 8:30 each night. Among the stops are the Dutch House, David Finney Inn, Emmanuel Church and Amstel House, and the latter offers one of the tour's more popular ghost stories. ►
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"The Lady in Blue" allegedly haunts Amstel House in Historic New Castle.
THE SCENT OF CINNAMON
Throughout its centuries as a private home and museum, Amstel House residents and visitors have reported seeing “The Lady in Blue.” The Lady's identity is hard to pin down, though tour guides make the case for several women without stating who they believe she might be. According to Dan Citron, executive director of the Historical Society, they prefer to leave the final call to those who take the tour. One of the portraits in the house is of a woman in a blue dress, however, and that is usually evidence enough for tourists. Citron also shared a story of more recent origin. Shortly after moving into an older house on Harmony Street roughly a decade ago, a family heard clanging coming from the basement. They explained it away as the sort of noises old houses make when they settle. But something that was harder to explain, since it has nothing to do with a house settling, was the strong smell of cinnamon. When they went outside to locate the source, the smell was gone, but as soon as they re-entered the house, it was back. They asked around, and neighbors told them the house used to be a bakery, with baking ovens located in the basement. “They were happy to live with their ghosts,” says Citron, “but they were worried they'd gain weight because they'd always be wanting pastries.”
SOUTH OF THE CANAL
Haunted attractions are by no means limited to north of the C&D Canal. The people of Lewes take an active interest in their ghostly past, and the Lewes Historical Society hosts the Lewes Legends Tour, a program similar to New Castle's October tradition. The Lewes tour runs every Wednesday beginning in July and concludes Oct. 18. According to J. Marcos Salaverria, the Historical Society’s director of education, interpreters who lead the tour prefer to treat ghost stories much like historical events. They won't tell a story for which they can't find supporting evidence. Salaverria himself witnessed an incident in 2014 in the Cannonball House, which is allegedly inhabited by the ghost of Susan Roland King, an elderly widow. In March of 1917, she was found dead in bed in her back room. She was badly burned and people assumed the small fire in her fireplace jumped into the room after she'd fallen asleep. Recently though, new evidence of a slightly different scenario has surfaced. “Additional documentation from the Philadelphia Examiner spoke of an old woman who'd passed away while blackening her pot [a method for cleaning older cookware],” says Salaverria. “The chemical she was using caught and she burned to death in a chemical fire.”
THE GHOST BOX
It was while Salaverria was recounting the story to a visiting Boy Scout troop during a midnight field trip to the Cannonball House that they had an apparent run-in with King. The group was using a “ghost box,” a device with red and green lights and a pre-recorded electronic voice that ghosts are supposed to be able to manipulate to communicate. As Salaverria was telling the group that King had died in her bed, the ghost box interrupted, lighting up red and repeating “Wrong!” three times. When he said maybe she didn't make it to bed, the box said, “Half way.” At this point, Salaverria says, the Scouts were wide-eyed, and one of them suggested she may have died right there on the floor. The box lit up green and said, “Exactly.” With this, one of the Scouts moved away and said, “I don't want to play anymore.”
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Lewes is also a favorite investigative spot for Wendy Robinson and Jenn Dalgarn, lead and co-lead investigators, respectively, for Delmarva Historic Haunts. They've gotten great results at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, due in large part, they believe, to the history of the location. “The way the currents between the river, bay, and ocean interact would wash bodies from shipwrecks ashore there," says Robinson. "The townspeople would return the bodies if they could identify them, but they'd have to bury those they couldn't." Eventually, the Delaware River & Bay Authority moved into the area and renovated and extended the land for the terminal. A historical marker now commemorates the lost souls along this historic waterway. During one of DHH investigators’ trips to the Lewes terminal in 2012, they got some of the most striking video evidence of any place they've visited, and it was in a room they hadn't planned to cover. The sunroom at the Lewes terminal isn't particularly paranormally active, although some ferry workers and local police officers have reported incidents. On the day DHH people investigated, they decided to focus on other, more haunted areas of the terminal. In the interest of being thorough, however, they covered the sunroom with two of their closed-circuit cameras, but they didn’t expect to catch much. While the rest of the team was elsewhere in the terminal, two investigators watching the CCTV system noticed some activity in the sunroom. They radioed their teammates to check if anyone was in the area, but every response came back negative. They've since put the video on their YouTube channel, hoping for some community feedback. To find it, search for DHH2011, then go to “Camera 2 & 6 Review Cape May Lewes Ferry Investigation” in the 2012 Season playlist. Not every Delaware ghost tale involves hauntings and grisly deaths. One legend has it that Henry McCracken, a river pilot who lived in Lewes in the 1800s, was caught in a storm while coming down the Delaware River, forcing him out into the Atlantic. He dropped anchor, saving him and the crew. His will specified that he was to be buried with the anchor in St. Peter’s Episcopal Cemetery in Lewes. “McCracken's good luck anchor is poking out of the ground.” Salaverria says, and visitors are encouraged to touch it in hopes that the luck will rub off.
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Do the season right with these autumnal events!
STEAMIN’ DAYS AT AUBURN HEIGHTS
The Marshall Steam Museum 3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn First Sunday of the month through November Auburnheights.org Climb into an antique automobile or board one of the trains and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Another option is touring the 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. General admission is $8 for ages 12 and under, $10 for 13 and up, and free for Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve members.
CORN MAZE & FALL FUN
Ramsey’s Farm 330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington Ramseysfarm.com Embrace the fun of fall with the corn maze, sorghum maze, hay maze, pumpkin painting, hayrides, and more this month.
KALMAR NYCKEL ADVENTURES
Various October dates Wilmington & Historic New Castle Kalmarnyckel.org Set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel in October for day sails, private sails, tours, or river cruises, setting off from multiple locations, including Wilmington and Historic New Castle.
FORT DELAWARE GHOST TOURS
Pea Patch Island, Delaware City Various October dates destateparks.com For three hours, participate in an actual paranormal investigation of Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware. All departures are on the ferry from Delaware City at 45 Clinton St. Admission is $50 per person.
1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md. October through November Milburnorchards.com Milburn Orchards is the place to go for hayrides, a corn maze, farmyard playground, tractor tunnel, straw jump, and more. Admission is $5-$10, and free for ages 2 and below.
HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL
Coverdale Farm Preserve 543 Way Rd., Greenville Saturday, Oct. 7, and Sunday, Oct. 8; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Delawarenaturesociety.org This fall festival, located at the scenic Coverdale Farm Preserve, features fun activities for all ages with hayrides, live music, food trucks, artisan demonstrations, and children’s activities. The festival is free for all members and $7 for non-members over the age of five.
Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen 270 E. Main St., Newark Saturday, Oct. 7; 12 p.m. meetatgrain.com/grainfest The second annual Grainfest will include more than 20 breweries, live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, live music provided by five bands, and more. Beers will be available as half pours ($3) or full pours ($6). Wine will also be available. Advanced admission is $12; $15 at the door. ►
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VENDEMMIA DA VINCI WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Bellevue State Park 800 Carr Rd., Wilmington
Sunday, Oct. 8; 2-6 p.m. Societadavinci.org Dedicated to promoting the Italian-American heritage, the Da Vinci Society helps families in need, provides educational grants, supports cultural events and institutions within the community and throws one heck of a fall event. At the 14th annual Vendemmia celebration, guests can sample Italian wines and food, visit the Italian Beer Garden, listen to live entertainment, participate in a silent auction and handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contests, and more. Admission is $55 in advance and $60 at the gate.
THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE
Sheraton Wilmington South 365 Airport Rd., New Castle Thursday, Oct. 12; 6-9 p.m. Mealsonwheelsde.org The Ultimate Tailgate fundraiser benefiting Meals On Wheels Delaware will include wine, spirits, and craft beer from 2SP Brewing Co. as well as area restaurants’ unique interpretations of tailgate food. Guests will enjoy live entertainment, a silent auction, tailgate-themed games, and a beer/wine toss. Tickets cost $65 per person and should be purchased online.
the baby grand 818 N Market St., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 14; 8 p.m. Outandaboutnow.com/musikarmageddon Local acts Rusty Blue, Carrier, Cologne and TreeWalker are the four finalists of this year’s Musikarmageddon battle of the bands. The finale will determine the 2017 championship.
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Sponsored by Delaware Theatre Company At Delaware Art Museum 2310 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 14; 6-9:30 p.m. Delawaretheatre.org The 25th annual Wine Feast & Auction will include 500 food and wine aficionados from New York City to Washington, D.C. Proceeds go to providing artistic education and community engagement programs, as well as serving 35,000 theatergoers and 5,000 children throughout the state. Tickets are $100 through Oct. 1, and $125 after, though admission is $75 for people 35 years old and younger. Patron ticket: $250.
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DELAWARE WINE & BEER FESTIVAL
Delaware State Fair Grounds 18500 S. Dupont Hwy., Harrington Saturday, Oct. 14; 12-5 p.m. Visitdelawarevillages.com The Delaware Wine and Beer Festival is the First State's "official" wine and beer festival, and still the only one that features all of Delaware's breweries, wineries and distilleries in one location. The festival includes music, games, performers, DJs, and access to various local eateries featuring gourmet foods and Delaware specialties. Guests must be 21 or older. Admission is $10-$40.
OCTOBER FREE WRITES
Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 19, and Sunday, Oct. 29; 6:30-8 p.m. Delart.org Visit the galleries and explore a topic or idea through writing inspired by prompts. These informal gatherings allow participants of all experience levels to write with the hope of unearthing new materials and perspectives. No writing experience is required and advanced registration is recommended. Author Dennis Lawson will lead a mystery and crime themed free write on Thursday, Oct. 19, followed by a horror free write with Jessa Mendez on Sunday, Oct. 29.
BOO AT THE ZOO
Brandywine Zoo 1001 N Park Dr., Wilmington Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21; 5-7 p.m. Brandywinezoo.org Trick-or-treat and celebrate Halloween Brandywine Zoo-style with this merry, not scary, event. Here, kids can trick-or-treat in their Halloween costumes through the zoo as it gets dark.
HALLOWEEN BLUE JEAN BALL
Food Bank of Delaware 222 Lake Dr., Newark Saturday, Oct. 21; 6:30-10:30 p.m. Fbdbluejeanball.org The Food Bank of Delaware’s 12th annual Blue Jean Ball will feature a small plate menu prepared by students from the Food Bank’s Culinary School as well as Iron Hill Brewery’s chefs. Admission is $75 per person, which includes unlimited beer and wine, food from Iron Hill Brewery, live entertainment from Mike Hines and The Look, and a commemorative beer mug. Tables of 10 are available for $750.
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MOVIES ON TAP
Penn Cinema 401 S. Madison St., Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Nov. 17 Premierwinespirits.com On Thursday, Oct. 26, watch Young Frankenstein while enjoying brews from Argilla Brewing Company—all for a good cause. The viewing benefits Alex’s Lemonade Stand. And don’t miss Planes, Trains and Automobiles while sampling what Yards Brewing has to offer on Friday, Nov. 17.
JACK O’LANTERN JAMBOREE
Gateway Garden Center 7277 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28; dusk until 8 p.m. Gatewaygardens.com Bring your pre-carved pumpkins to the sixth annual Jack O’Lantern Jamboree and be ready to put them on display with a glow stick to illuminate them. Contact Gateway Garden Center in advance to save a place for your pumpkin at this free event.
BEERS & GEARS
Delaware Park 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 28; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Delawarepark.com This car show includes rat rods, muscles, exotics, hot rods, turners, pro street, imports, trucks and classics. More than 450 trophies will be awarded during this family-friendly event, free for spectators, with live music and DJs.
Downtown Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 28 Outandaboutnow.com Featuring 13 local restaurants, pubs and bars, the 37th annual Halloween Loop is an extravaganza for guests to dress up in the spirit of the holiday. There is no official starting point. Select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and you will receive a wristband that gains you admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover.
URBAN BIKE PROJECT FALL CRISP CLASSIC
Bellevue State Park, Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 4; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Urbanbikeproject.com This autumnal bicycle ride begins and ends at Bellevue, with eight-mile or 12-mile riding options for riders. An after party at the finish line in Bellevue State Park is sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery. Tickets are $30 with $15 non-rider tickets available for those who would just like to join the festivities at the finish. It’s $20 to sponsor an Urban Bike Project youth rider.
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Bibimbap with steak from Homegrown Café. Photo Jim Coarse
COMFORT FOOD, LOCAL SOURCES, EXOTIC SPICES Those are some of the trends area restaurants are adapting for the cooler months By Scott Pruden
hat you put in your mouth has surprising parallels to what you put on your body. The restaurant world—much like the clothing world—follows fashions and trends. Think of it in terms of that scene in The Devil Wears Prada, in which Meryl Streep’s haughty magazine editor Miranda Priestly explains to 20-something assistant Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) the precise provenance of her blue Rayon sweater, from haute couture runway item to the department store rack, to her back. Food isn’t so different, with trends often starting at the “top” of the industry and gradually trickling down to where you and I are exposed to new flavors and ideas as our regional and local chefs incorporate them into their own kitchens and menus. One of the great advantages of being in this sweet spot between New York City and Washington, D.C., is that many of our area chefs possess both an awareness of the trends, and the confidence to create some of their own.
So, with the change in seasons from hot and soupy to clear and crisp, we took some of the area’s leaders in the culinary field aside to chat about what they look for in a fall/winter menu, what trends they’re seeing among their peers and competition, and what they’ll be plating for the hungry masses now that cooler weather has kicked in. Two words that dominated our conversations would be no surprise to anyone who has hunkered down for a long, dreary Delaware winter: comfort food. Less than a trend, it’s more of a human need to seek out those foods that make us think of the warmth and safety of home, says Amanda Nichols, chef at Cantwell’s Tavern in Odessa. But she indicates that even comfort foods should be prepped with the bathroom scale in mind. ►
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“I’m not afraid to put lots of butter and cream in things, but I do think that healthier comfort food is going to be the trend this year—people finding classic comfort foods and trying to find healthier ways to prepare them. So, what I’m looking forward to is maybe I’ll use a little less butter,” says Nichols, laughing. At Home Grown Café in Newark, owner Sasha Aber agrees that it’s important to create that feeling of home during the cooler months. “Fall and winter are always exciting,” she says. “The bright fruits of summer go, and people are always looking for those warming foods. That’s when we transition to root vegetables, heartier salads and different sides.” That change also means more density in the dessert menu, with things like apple cider bread pudding and maple syrup crème brulee. “You’re not hibernating, but you’re not getting your nutrients as much from the sun, so if you can watch your portions, you can still enjoy some of those richer desserts,” Aber says. Nichols is also seeing a trend toward one-bowl meals, similar to what might be found in a ramen restaurant, but adapted to American tastes. In the red, white and blue version, the bowls take elements usually served separately on the plate and layer them together, creating more complex flavors. Layering flavors is also one of the goals for David Banks, executive chef for Harry’s Hospitality Group and co-owner of Harry’s Seafood Grill and Harry’s Fish Market in Wilmington. The seasonal trend is to exotic spices and herbs—Mediterranean, Moroccan and Indian—that complement the season. “As chefs,” says Banks, “we’re all looking for the new flavor profile. We go through our Italian stage, then we go through our Asian phase and then Latin phase, and now I’m on to the Indian phase—those chutneys and spices and aromatics that lend themselves not just to meat, but to vegetables. They’re just great flavors.” Aber agrees, and that’s a reason her team has long been incorporating flavors of Africa, India and the Middle East. “Mexican, Indian, whatever you can think of, it’s on our menu because it’s all made fresh and it fits together, so I think we’re unique in that aspect,” she says. “Because we’re smaller, we have that freedom. We run specials twice a week, but if something comes in, we can use it right away. We have a lot more freedom to experiment, and I think our customers expect that from us. They’re looking for something a little different and unique, and we deliver that to them.” Comfort foods like cassoulets and chilis will appear more often on Banks’ cool-weather menus, as well as game dishes that will often incorporate duck, venison and lamb. But given the fact that seafood and fish are in both restaurants’ names, the fruits of the ocean get their due, as well.
“For Harry’s Seafood Grill, I always look to October through March as Florida stone crab season,” says Banks. “That’s just a great product that’s literally in season only during that time—they’re not allowed to catch them at other times of the year.” As far as vegetables go, everyone we spoke to is excited about the squashes, gourds and pumpkins of late fall. They also agreed that the long-percolating farm-to-table movement has expanded to the point where restaurateurs and growers have reached a happy equilibrium. Chefs now know their customers expect to find locally sourced produce on their menus. Meanwhile, the number of farmers of local and heirloom produce—as well as sustainably farmed meats and artisan goods like cheeses and pickles—has increased dramatically.
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Additionally, Fratticcioli buys apples and cider from Milburne Orchards in Elkton, Md. “We’ll run off their calendar for next summer to incorporate their produce in specials from breakfast through dinner,” he says. And as if farm-to-table wasn’t local enough, Fratticcioli has crossed over into patio-to-table, growing heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers and a wide selection of herbs in the hotel’s own garden. During the winter months, you’re likely to see the examples of the hotel’s summer crop show up in the form of house-made pickles and other preserved delicacies, he says. Photo Matt Urban
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A portion of Christiana Hilton's herb garden used in dishes for Market Kitchen and Bar.
The Hilton Christiana in Newark has reinvented its on-site Hunt Club restaurant into the Market Kitchen and Bar, and Robert Fratticcioli, executive chef, takes the farm-to-table philosophy seriously, looking to source everything he can—fruits and vegetables, meats, beer, and even ice cream—from local producers. Those include beer from area brewers, ice cream from Woodside Farm Creamery in Hockessin, and beef for short ribs, flatiron steaks and burgers from Reid Angus in Frankford. “We’re trying to stay true to our concept of using local, so we’re touring farms in the area looking at things they pickle and jar and trying to do that ourselves through the year using Delaware-grown products,” he says.
To feed Home Grown Café’s focus on locally-grown, Aber says the restaurant lives up to its name by building its seasonal menu around what it gets from its membership in a community supported agriculture (CSA) program that always has a diverse selection of heirloom varieties, including purple and yellow carrots and “ugly on the outside” squash. “It seems like every fall and winter we do something with that and it’s always really good,” she says. “I just take the flavors as they come and understand that the variety might not be around, but that you use what’s there, because that’s when it’s fresh and delicious.” With all the focus on using locally sourced ingredients and preserving the summer crop for use during the winter months, it might seem that the restaurant world is stepping back to where the subsistence farmer might have been at the end of the 19th century —using ingredients from root to leaf. “We’re figuring out how to use things that we’d normally throw away to make something else,” says Cantwell’s Nichols. “In our business, you have to save every penny you can.” ►
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The 26-year-old chef rediscovered the joys of using the entire food and paring down what gets thrown away when she encountered some cost issues after taking over the executive chef role at Cantwell’s. Suddenly, she was reminded that those parts of meats and vegetables typically seen as waste could instead help build the foundations of other dishes. Greens from carrots, for instance, can be incorporated into a vegetable stock. Vegetables cooked down in the stock can be pureed to create the base for a sauce. Fratticcioli is doing much the same in his kitchen. “We’re using the whole vegetable,” he says, citing the restaurant’s use of the stems of roasted cauliflower to make cauliflower rice. “What you want to do is cut down on your waste by finding ways to use the whole product,” he says. For her part, Aber stresses that Home Grown Café has been ahead of the rootto-tip curve for some time. “We’ve been focusing on using all ingredients all along,” she says, noting that even corn cobs go into vegetable stock. “We’re not one of those restaurants getting in things pre-cut and prechopped. We get the whole ingredient in all the time and that helps us look at things differently.”
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inter isn’t upon us quite yet, which means the outdoor Downtown Wilmington Farmers Market at Rodney Square is still open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through Oct. 25. Held between 10th and 11th streets and Market and King streets, the market offers an array of the freshest local produce, baked goods, plants, herbs and cut flowers. There also will be an assortment of handmade items, including arts and crafts and jewelry. Stroll the Square and then relax under an umbrella at one the many café tables. Live music is often on the menu, too. Likewise, Bellefonte Farmer's Market, at 510 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, behind the Bellevue Community Center, is open Fridays through the end of October (Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27). Between 5-8 p.m., stop by to stock up on fresh, locally grown foods. Some items are even available for tastings. All proceeds benefit Bellevue Community Center.
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his noontime lunch series, held at the Delaware Art Museum on the first Friday of every month, pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with lunch in the Thronson Café. This month’s event is Friday, Oct. 6, at 12 p.m. Tickets are $12 for DAM members and $14 for non-members. A café lunch voucher is included in both prices.
hopRite of Christina Crossing in Wilmington can now offer more options to Supplemental Nutrition¬Assistance Program (SNAP) beneficiaries thanks to a grant from the Department of Agriculture’s Food Insecurity and Nutrition Incentive (FINI). Recipients are now able to enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables because of the $45,000 awarded to the Kenny Family Foundation, the charitable arm of the Kenny Family ShopRite stores. The FINI Grant will allow SNAP beneficiaries to receive a $2 fresh fruit and vegetable voucher for every $5 they spend (with a limit of $10 a week). “As a direct result of this grant, hundreds of people will be adding necessary fruits and vegetables to their diets,” says Melissa Kenny, director of Sales and Marketing for Kenny Family ShopRite stores. “I believe this is just the beginning—we hope to expand and begin additional initiatives to help people eat well and be happy.”
HAGLEY’S ‘WHAT’S FOR DINNER?’
n Saturday, Oct. 7, dig into two very different gardens at What’s For Dinner? A Tale of Two Gardens Walking Tour at Hagley Museum. One garden fed the du Pont family while the other provided produce for DuPont Co. workers in the 19th century. This tour explores the socioeconomic factors influencing the architecture, produce and the philosophies of each garden. It requires walking on uneven ground, so wear appropriate footwear. The tour is included in the Hagley admission fee ($5-$14) and is free for members. Reservations are requested. Call 658-2400, ext. 261. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington.
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he Empty Bowl Dinner on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Wilmington raises awareness of hunger and food insecurity in the community. Attendees are served a simple meal of donated bread and soup from local restaurants and donated desserts from local churches and synagogues. Donations of $20 in advance and $25 at the door raise funds for the food ministries of St. Stephen’s and Family Promise. The LCS Food Pantry at St. Stephen’s is one of the largest food pantries in the state, providing emergency food provisions for 800 families each month. Family Promise of Northern New Castle County is an interfaith Hospitality Network of 15 host churches which provides shelter and meals for homeless families. There will be three seatings, at 4, 5 and 7 p.m. The church is located at 1301 N. Broom St. for further information, call 6527623, or email email@example.com.
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he second annual Mac & Cheesesteak 5K is back at Rockford Park on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 9 a.m. Run 3.1 miles, then ruin it all by eating a free mac & cheesesteak. The course is through Rockford Park in Wilmington, an area that will be especially beautiful in early October. After the run enjoy a cold beverage, music, race awards, and, of course, plenty of food. Not a runner? Join in for some food and fun anyway and cheer on your friends and family. Registration is $25. Sign up here: races2run.com/events/mac-cheesesteak-5k. OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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ct. 30 marks what would have been jazz legend Clifford Brown’s 87th birthday. Born on Wilmington’s East Side, Clifford received his first trumpet at age 13. Young Clifford exhibited extraordinary talent on the instrument, playing in and around Wilmington even before graduating from high school. As a junior at Howard High School, Clifford began taking lessons from the world-renowned Robert “Boysie” Lowery. After finishing Howard High, he studied at Delaware State University before transferring to Maryland State College (now University of Maryland Eastern Shore). Brown’s unique style, tone, technique, and improvisational skills quickly led him to the top of the jazz world, where he played with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Lionel Hampton, Art Blakely and others. In 1954, he joined drummer Max Roach to form the popular Brown-Roach Quintet. That same year, Brown was named “New Star of the Year” in the Down Beat critics’ poll. “Brownie,” as he was known, was acknowledged by his peers as the “preeminent trumpeter” of his generation. The modest, hardworking virtuoso was also well known for his clean lifestyle. Contrary to the stereotypical image of jazz musicians of that era, Brown didn’t drink or use drugs. Brown’s career was cut tragically short when, at the age of 25, the car he was traveling in crashed on a rainy Pennsylvania Turnpike. Also A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
killed that fateful night in 1956 were pianist Richie Powell and Powell’s wife, Nancy. Brown is buried in a simple grave at Mt. Zion Cemetery just outside his hometown of Wilmington. He left behind only four years’ worth of recordings, yet he greatly influenced later jazz trumpeters like Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Arturo Sandoval. Brown’s “Joy Spring” and “Daahoud” have become jazz standards, and noted musicians Quincy Jones and Herb Alpert have called Clifford Brown “the greatest trumpeter that ever lived.” Brown was proud of his Wilmington roots. His family lived in a row home on Poplar Street, since renamed Clifford Brown Walk. The house no longer stands, but the site bears a state historical marker. Brown also has been honored with a statue at the entrance to Kirkwood Park (701 W. 11th St.) and a Clifford Brown Listening Garden along the Brandywine River (1500 Clifford Brown Walk). The best-known homage to the gifted musician, however, is Wilmington’s annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival—the largest, free, multi-day jazz festival on the East Coast, for which DuPont has been the title sponsor for nearly 20 years. Held in Rodney Square each June, over the years the festival has hosted Nneenna Freelon, Ivan Lins, David Sanborn, Earl Klugh and Patti Austin, as well as Wilmington’s own Nadjah Nicole and Jawanza Kobie. Next year will mark the festival’s 30th Anniversary celebration of the city’s favorite son, who gave Wilmington, Del., a permanent place on the jazz map. OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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IN THE CITY WE WANT YOUR HELP IN DEVELOPING 2028 PLAN! The City of Wilmington is beginning a year-long process this month of developing a new citywide comprehensive plan which will guide growth and development across the City for the next decade. The plan is entitled Wilmington 2028 and is being managed by City Planning Director Herb Inden and his departmental team. Delaware law requires all counties and municipalities to have a comprehensive plan in place that is reviewed and updated every 10 years. This plan must be approved by the City Planning Commission, Wilmington City Council and eventually, the State of Delaware. Currently, Wilmington has a Citywide Plan along with 11 Neighborhood plans that provide the framework for setting land-use policy throughout the city. The new comprehensive plan will combine all of the existing plans into one document that will better reflect the goals and aspirations of residents and City government for Wilmington’s future. Bike Wilmington welcomes bike enthusiasts of all skill levels to get involved. Committee members actively participate in events like the Wilmington Grand Prix, Bike-to-Work Day, bike surveys, bike infrastructure installation, the Bike Summit as well as supporting various local bike charities and non-profit organizations.
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The new comprehensive plan is an opportunity to build upon work that is already being done to improve the quality of life of Wilmington and its diverse neighborhoods at both the City level – Wilmington Neighborhood Conservancy Land Bank, Downtown Development District, Crime and Blight Working Group – as well as at the grassroots neighborhood level. This will be a community-driven effort which I would like to see reflect the hopes and priorities of our citizens,” says Mayor Mike Purzycki. “This plan will guide future development, and shape where and why public and private investments dollars are spent to make Wilmington a stronger and more prosperous city over the next decade.”
NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH UD, DSU The City of Wilmington, Delaware State University and the University of Delaware have agreed to enter into an unprecedented pact that pledges cooperation and assistance on various projects to benefit Wilmington and the residents and businesses which inhabit Delaware’s largest City. The agreement will also provide university students and faculty with new opportunities to participate in applied and practical research and service leading to immediate improvements in the operations of City government.
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HEADQUARTERS Delaware will submit a proposal to Amazon, which is seeking a location to open its second North American headquarters. Governor John Carney intends to bring together Delaware’s federal delegation, leadership of all four caucuses in the General Assembly, the New Castle County Executive, and the Mayor of the City of Wilmington, as the state develops a proposal presenting Delaware as the ideal location for Amazon.
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— Mayor Mike Purzycki “We are pleased to work in partnership with the State and County governments and our Federal delegation to bring Amazon to Delaware,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki. “Naturally, I have a preference for the company coming to Wilmington, but this is a huge opportunity to provide employment for our City residents as well as those who live beyond Wilmington’s borders and to boost our local economy. Amazon will find that Wilmington and all of Delaware welcomes and supports business and knows how to help businesses grow and prosper. We appreciate this opportunity to show Amazon why coming here is the best move it can make.”
LEAF COLLECTION BEGINS OCTOBER 2 Leaf and yard waste collection in the City will begin on Monday, October 2 and continue through Friday, December 15. City sweeper or vacuum trucks will collect leaves from the street in designated areas on scheduled days and times. For more information on the City’s Leaf and Yard Waste Collection Program, please contact the Public Works Call Center at 302-576-3878. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PAY YOUR BILLS ONLINE The City of Wilmington Department of Finance announces a new online Customer Service Portal with improved bill payment and bill presentment options powered by PAYMENTUS®. For more visit www.wilmingtonde.gov. COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAYS The Clean Wilmington Committee can assist your organization in scheduling community clean up days. Demonstrate your pride in your community by lending a hand and encouraging your family and neighbors to get involved as well. Clean neighborhood activities make great projects for school, church, and scout programs or for anyone who wants to pitch in and help their community shine. To sign up, call the Public Works Call Center at (302) 576-3878.
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The Playhouse is Back . . . and you can become a partner in its success By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
he Playhouse has an exciting Broadway season coming up, complete with four full-week productions and two special weekend engagements. After three years under The Grand's management, the entire Playhouse staff is thrilled about the direction “Broadway in Wilmington” is headed and about the transformation that has already occurred. To usher in the new season, The Playhouse has introduced a patron loyalty program, called Playhouse Partners. This initiative is designed to reward subscribers for sharing information about performances, capitalize on word-of-mouth advertising and increase audiences and overall downtown visitors throughout the year. Playhouse Partners gives existing subscribers a rebate when they bring a new subscriber to the Playhouse. For every new referral subscription generated, the existing subscriber receives a $20 rebate—and the new patron will save the same $20. "We created the Playhouse Partners program as a reward for those subscribers who actively assist us in building that audience,” says Playhouse Executive Director Mark Fields. “They benefit in two ways: a secure future for Broadway shows at The Playhouse and a little cash back in their pockets. It's a win-win."
Initial response to the program has been positive. "We wanted to find a way to mobilize current subscribers to help us rebuild a regional audience for high-quality musical theater," Fields says. "After all, they understand the value first-hand, and a stronger base of support for us means a steady supply of shows for everyone to enjoy." And more changes are coming. With the sale of the Hotel du Pont, both staffs are seeing positive changes in the partnership and communication between the hotel and theater. The construction underway has created its unique set of challenges, but both organizations are excited to see this relationship create cross-pollination opportunities between theater patrons and hotel guests. "As we continue to make the attending experience inside the theater as great as it should be, we are pleased that the Buccini/Pollin Group is working to make the building itself more inviting, more varied, and more enjoyable than it has been in recent years,” Fields says. "The coming years will see upgrades to the Hotel, a new food hall, reinvigorated retail, and eventually residents in the building.” ► OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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GO OVER THE RAINBOW The Playhouse season begins with what is possibly the greatest family musical of all time, The Wizard of Oz, touching down with eight performances, Nov. 14-19. This magical production—a celebration of the 1939 MGM movie classic— includes breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away from the moment the tornado twists into Wilmington. Tickets are on sale now Dorothy (Cassie Okenka) and Toto (Snickers) from the 2008 tour. at ThePlayhouseDE.org or at 8880200. They start at $40. Leading the cast as Dorothy is Kalie Kaimann, who previously played the role for the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati. Chris Duir will play the role of Scarecrow/ Hunk; Christopher Russell portrays Tinman/Hickory; and Victor Legarreta portrays the Lion/Zeke. The other leading roles include: Emily Perzan (Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch of the West); Kirk Lawrence (Professor Marvel/The Wizard of Oz); Ashleigh Thompson (Aunt Em/Glinda); and Michael Weaver (Uncle Henry/Gatekeeper). Most important, everyone wants to know who will play Toto. That would be Murphy, a white Brussels Griffon/Cairn terrier mix with scruffy fur and an adorable underbite. Murphy was rescued from the Chandler, Ariz., ASPCA by Lizzie Webb, music director for The Wizard of Oz tour. This will be his second time playing Toto. He even has his own hashtag: #montanamurphy. Director Dean Sobon previously created the national tours of Fiddler on the Roof and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Amy McCleary, director/choreographer of the national tour of Memphis: The Musical, will create the magical choreography. As expected, the production will feature all the classic songs by Harold Arlen: "Over the Rainbow," "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead" and "If I Only Had A Brain." This opening production promises to captivate the entire family as you travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable day at the theater. For more information visit wizardofoztour.com or theplayhousede.org
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Fields recognizes that it will take a while to bring about these improvements, and there will be some temporary inconvenience. But, he says, when it's all done, the building will be transformed into a real showplace, where everyone will want to go and of which everyone can be proud.
LITERARY CAFÉ FEATURES AUTHOR JEFF HOBBS Christina Cultural Arts Center leads off its 71st year by unveiling the The Literary Café, a free community program and a partnership with New Castle County Libraries/NCC Community Services. "For young people to gain a passion for reading, it's critical for them to observe adults reading and engaging," notes CCAC Executive Director H. Raye Jones Avery. "Our Literary Café takes the private experience of a great read to the next level by connecting authors and community, and enabling literature lovers to form relationships through robust discussions." ►
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The first edition of the Café welcomes New York Times bestselling author and Kennett Square THE PLAYHOUSE IS BACK continued from page 50 native Jeff Hobbs, who will discuss his book, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace. Hobbs graduated from Tower Hill School, followed by Yale in 2002. His work is a haunting nonfiction story with a title that is tragically revealing. Hobbs and Peace were roommates at Yale, and the book is filled with questions about Peace's life and whether anything could have saved him. "Our first pick for the Café season is masterfully written by a regionally born author," Avery notes. "Jeff Hobbs' work serves as a catalyst for readers to consider how they might redirect loved ones from 'no return' toward self-fulfillment." The public is invited to join the conversation on two dates— Friday, Oct. 20, 6:30 p.m., at the Route 9 Library & Innovation Center in New Castle, or Saturday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m., at CCAC in Wilmington. Both will be facilitated by Hugh Atkins, former English Department Chair at Tower Hill School, who taught Hobbs. The events are free, but advance registration is encouraged at ccacde.org. CCAC enjoys a longtime partnership with Atkins and the Wilmington Public Library, which makes this new collaborative venture with the Rt. 9 Library special. In the future, Avery notes, there will be more programs from CCAC in which literature and youth literacy take center stage.
DTC’S 39TH SEASON DELIVERS A 1-2 PUNCH Delaware Theater Company brings a true-life narrative of sports history and racial unrest to the stage in its debut of the oneman powerhouse, Dare to Be Black: The Jack Johnson Story. Against the backdrop of an intolerant turn-of-the-century America, Jack Johnson - the first acknowledged black heavyweight boxer (1908-1915) - tells his story, through solo performer and play author Tommie J. Moore. "Jack Johnson was an African American before his time,” says Moore. "He did things in the late 1800s and early 1900s that some would call suicide." A controversial figure in the boxing ring and in his personal life, Johnson made headlines for his interracial relationships during the Jim Crowe era. After wresting the heavyweight title from Tommy Burns in 1908, he married Etta Duryea, a white woman, in 1910. Johnson then became the target of white supremacists, who sought a white boxer—"The Great White Hope"—to defeat him. Ultimately, Johnson was arrested twice for illegal transport of white women across state lines. He was convicted, and spent a year in prison. More than a century later, there is a movement to have Johnson posthumously pardoned. Moore wrote the story as a monologue in one week. He says he felt a need to tell the story. "I know he's passed away, but this is more about the need for an apology," Moore says, adding that a pardon would bring focus to the forgotten boxer and the racism that stigmatized the memory of his career. This hard-hitting journey runs Oct. 25 through Nov. 12. Tickets can be purchased online at DelawareTheatre.org or call 594-1100.
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SLICK SPY PARODY SHOWCASES ELABORATE STUNTS Julianne Moore’s unhinged villain highlights Kingsman sequel By Mark Fields*
he stalwart James Bond spy franchise has sparked several game attempts at parody over its 50-year dominance of worldwide box office numbers, though at times the series itself became cartoony enough to defy spoofs (I’m looking at you, Pierce Brosnan). But now that 007 has returned to a more serious tone with Daniel Craig as Bond and Sam Mendes in the director’s chair, it seems there is an opening for a rollicking take-off. In 2014, Kingsman: The Secret Service was successful enough to prompt a sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Based on a comic book called The Secret Service by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, the two Kingsman films imagine a nattily dressed independent spy ring hidden beneath a Saville Row tailor shop. The first film showcased Colin Firth as a most unlikely superspy with Taron Egerton as his working-class protégé, Eggsy. Eggsy is back in The Golden Circle as a full-fledged and confident agent when the entire Kingsman network is inexplicably wiped out
by a mysterious and ruthless foe. Eggsy eventually finds his way to the U.S. to link up with a parallel American secret spy group, Statesman, and they set out to defeat the threat. But don’t make the mistake of taking any of this too seriously. The Golden Circle is played by its cast and its highoctane director, Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, Stardust), purely for fun. And fun it is, from the outlandish and frenetic stunts to the elaborate production design to the tongue-in-cheek performances and finally to the extended and hilarious cameo of a certain flamboyant British rock pianist. In addition to Firth (who drolly riffs on his prim cinematic image) and the affable Egerton, the cast also includes Mark Strong as the capable technician enabling the Brit field agents; a surprisingly dressed-down Halle Berry as his American counterpart; Channing Tatum; Pedro Pascal, and a number of other familiar faces, all obviously having a lark with this amusing trifle of a cinematic thriller. ►
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That said, the stand-out is Julianne Moore as Poppy, the SLICK SPY PARODY SHOWCASES nefarious drug lord behind all the ELABORATE STUNTS mayhem. Her unexpected take on continued from previous page a spy supervillain is a thoroughly off-kilter cross between Goldfinger and Donna Reed (ponder that for a moment!). The stunts are well-done and deliciously over the top, and the whole film is lushly eye-catching. Kingsman: The Golden Circle doesn’t aspire to much more than being wittily and thrillingly entertaining, but sometimes that just what the arch nemesis ordered. Also appearing at nearby theaters in October: Blade Runner 2049, the long-awaited sequel to the sci-fi classic directed by Arrival’s Denis Villeneuve (10/6); Marshall, featuring Chadwick Boseman as the esteemed Supreme Court Justice in an early civil rights case (10/13); and Suburbicon, a George Clooney-directed thriller from a script by Coen Brothers (10/27). Photo courtesy of Sundance Selects
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Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne have been quietly impressing European audiences and critics alike for the last 20 years with their observant cinematic dramas that champion the downtrodden and the outcast in society. Their work —which includes Rosetta (1999), L’Enfant (2005), Rust and Bone (2012), and Two Days, One Night (2015)—has garnered numerous awards at film festivals, including two Palme D’Or and a Grand Prix at Cannes. Yet, sadly, their talents are little known in the U.S., except to the ardent fans of Marion Cotillard (who has starred in several of their films). The Dardennes, who write, direct, and produce their films, continue their neorealist exploration of modern European life with their latest, La fille inconnue (The Unknown Girl). Like most of the Dardennes’ oeuvre, this film doesn’t succeed because of its dynamic structure or rousing performances or directorial showmanship. Instead, it subtly, insistently drills down into the lives of its characters with an unflinching honesty and deliberate lack of distracting cinematic effects. The Unknown Girl is a simple story. Jenny Davin (played by a winsome Adele Haenel) is a hard-working, earnest young physician. At the end of a long day of seeing her working-class patients, she refuses to open her door after hours to a troubled but unknown teenage girl. When that girl turns up dead the next morning, Jenny’s guilt and curiosity lead her on an obsessive quest to learn the identity of the girl and unravel the mystery of her final hours. In true neorealist fashion, Jenny’s quest does not produce answers or a tidy resolution, but it does explore the dehumanizing realities of daily life for the down-and-out. The Unknown Girl is not a film for those seeking entertainment or escape, but it is a testament of the power of film to depict our shared, if sometimes disregarded, humanity. Also at Theatre N in October: Blade Runner, Ridley Scott’s classic in time for the sequel (10/5 only); Ingrid Goes West, uneasy comedy with Aubrey Plaza as the ultimate fangirl (10/13 weekend), and Tales of an Immoral Couple, a Mexican romantic comedy by Manolo Carol (10/27 weekend). For specific dates and times, visit theatren.org.
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Battle of the Bands This year’s Musikarmageddon brings together musical veterans, new bands, and long-time pals
iversity reigns in the 11th annual Musikarmageddon battle of the bands, which features groups Carrier, Cologne, TreeWalker and Rusty Blue. The final face-off for the four bands will be Saturday, Oct. 14, live at the baby grand at 8 p.m. One band will leave as the victor. Perhaps the most seasoned group to take the stage is Newarkbased post-hardcore Carrier, made up of singer/guitarist Jordan Maguire, bassist Chris Heider and drummer Tim Heider. Veteran singer/guitarist Maguire took part in one of the first Musikarmageddon competitions almost a decade ago. Meanwhile, this is the very first competition for Cologne. In fact, the group has only been playing shows since June. That’s not to say they should be underestimated—members of the band all come from different musical backgrounds and tastes, but unite with melodic guitar work, rhythmic bass and drum patterns, sweeping ambient synthesizers and emotional yet catchy vocal melodies. Their energy reverberates throughout the room, says guitarist Sean Jones. “We feed off the energy of the crowd and want everyone to feel like they can let loose and have a great time,” he says. Cologne, made up of Jones, Brian Wyatt (bass), Staph Noumbissi (vocals), Jon Crist (drums), and Jon Lee (synth), expects to release their debut EP before the Musikarmageddon finale. Another Newark-based group, TreeWalker—participants in last year’s competition—is back, bringing a blend of aggressive grooves, seasoned songwriting, and soulful vocals that pair catchy hooks with imaginative storytelling. Says vocalist/guitarist Kirby Moore: “I think one thing we bring to the table is experience. We’ve been in this competition before and we kind of know what
to expect this time around. Last year we went into it not really knowing how it was all going to play out.” Hailing from Wilmington—with all members still in high school—Rusty Blue’s hard rock sound screams “We’re young and we have to be heard,” says bassist Joey Heins. “Our music style brings something youthful and fresh to the competition. We’ve all been in this band for almost three years now and we know that without each other’s support through everything we’ve all been through, we would not be the guys we are today.” In addition to Heins, those “guys” are vocalist and guitarists Gregory Stanard and Clayton Milano, and drummer Damien Pace. Pam Manocchio, director of community engagement at the Grand, couldn’t be more pleased with this year’s range of styles. “It’s energizing to see and hear the diversity in musical voices that are out there today,” she says. “Whether they are winning this competition or continuing to develop their sound, or getting ready to burst onto the music scene in other ways, they all deserve recognition for creating new music.” And the bands are the embodiment of friendly competition. Says Heider, Carrier’s bassist: “To us, music is a community and to find out who is ‘the best’ is not something we normally think about. We just hope the competition pushes everyone to give it their all and to play our hearts out. As long as we leave this competition with some new musically-inclined friends we will be happy.” Visit thegrandwilmington.org/musikarmageddon for tickets. — O&A OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Chinese guitarist Meng Su, who will perform as part of the Wilmington Classical Guitar Society’s 2017-2018 season, has been making her mark on the music scene in the past several years—as a duo artist with Yameng Wang in the Beijing Guitar Duo, as a trio artist with Yawei and Manuel Barrueco, and most recently as a solo artist. Su recently won the highly competitive Christopher Parkening Competition—one of the most prestigious guitar competitions in the world—and followed that with the release of her first solo album, which is receiving rave reviews. Don’t miss this chance to see Su in this rare solo appearance at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington, on Saturday, Oct. 21. Then next month, on Saturday, Nov. 18, also at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Australian guitarist Rupert Boyd is pairing with cellist Laura Metcalf for a special performance of their duo, “Boyd Meets Girl.” Hot on the heels of the release of their first album, “Boyd Meets Girl” comprises pieces written and arranged for classical guitar and cello. The duo will also give a masterclass the day of the concert at the church. For both events, doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20 general admission, $15 senior, student $10. For more, go to wilmingtonguitar.org.
WPC COMES TO THE GRAND
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Grand’s Copeland Hall, brings an intimate evening with William Patrick Corgan—WPC—of The Smashing Pumpkins. He’ll perform songs from his newest solo album, OGILALA (produced by Rick Rubin), as well as a second set spanning works from his earliest days. The musician – and songwriter, producer, poet and entrepreneur—is best known for his role as lead singer of the renowned alternative rock band that formed in the 1980s and gained major traction in the ‘90s. The band broke up in 2000 when Corgan started a new group, Zwan. After its quick demise, he released a solo album and a collection of poetry before setting his sights on re-forming The Smashing Pumpkins, which he accomplished, and though various members have joined and left throughout the years, there’s talk of a reunion tour, including original members, in 2018. The show is at 8 p.m. Get tickets at thegrandwilmington.org.
MUSIC AT COOL SPRING PARK
West Side Farmers Market at Cool Spring Park in Wilmington will continue every Thursday through Oct. 26, featuring local musicians each week. The market, at 10th and Van Buren streets, runs from 3-7 p.m. Every first Thursday is Kid’s Day with face painting, storytelling and more, and every third Thursday is the Art Bazaar. Visit the Facebook page for musician announcements each week.
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BLIND PILOT AT THE QUEEN
Blind Pilot, an indie folk band from Astoria, Ore., will stop at The Queen on Thursday, Oct. 19, as part of its fall tour. The sextet—frontman Israel Nebeker, fellow founding member Ryan Dobrowski, Luke Ydstie, Kati Claborn, Ian Krist and Dave Jorgensen—will play songs from their third LP, And Then Like Lions. The album was produced by Nebeker and Tucker Martine (The Decemberists, Neko Case, My Morning Jacket), and was written and composed by Nebeker. It comes five years after the band’s wellreceived We Are the Tide. And Then Like Lions opens with “Umpqua Rushing,” the first single from the new album and the track that most directly deals with the end of relationships. Doors open at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit thequeenwilmington.com.
SERAFIN STRING QUARTET
The Serafin String Quartet will appear at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wilmington on Saturday, Oct. 7. Hailed for “silken finesse and gritty vibrancy” by Gramophone Magazine and for “playing with style and sophistication” by The Strad Magazine, Serafin debuted at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and since then has consistently received positive reviews. The quartet’s 2017-2018 season includes performances in New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and Oklahoma. The Oct. 7 performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Donations are accepted. For more, go to theartsattrinity.org.
REHOBOTH BEACH JAZZ FESTIVAL
Held in various venues in and around Rehoboth Beach, the 28th annual Jazz Festival is back this fall from Oct. 12-15. During the festival, which is highlighted by national acts, local restaurants and bars offer additional entertainment and delicious dining options. This year’s artists include Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Richard Elliot, Nick Colionne, Eric Darius, Lalah Hathaway and more. The event is produced by the Delaware Celebration of Jazz in Sussex County. Get tickets online at rehobothjazz.com. OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Stephan Jenkins (center) and Third Eye Blind look to rock The Queen on Wednesday, Oct. 11.
5 QUESTIONS WITH STEPHAN JENKINS OF THIRD EYE BLIND By Jim Miller
udience. It’s a word and a concept that comes up again and again during a phone interview with Stephan Jenkins, Third Eye Blind’s co-founder, lead vocalist, and force majeure. As Jenkins explains, whether it’s older fans going all-in with the band’s newer music, or newbies discovering the band’s hits from the ‘90s, he’s overjoyed that there are enthusiastic and engaged listeners out there who enable the band to continue to play, tour, and record new music. A little more than two decades ago, such a dream seemed unattainable for Jenkins. Living in a shared apartment in San Francisco with other struggling 20-somethings, he had dropped out of graduate school to pursue a full-time career as a musician. It was years of struggling with little income, making do on coffee during the day and lots of cheap spaghetti dinners. “Ramen noodles,” Jenkins says with a laugh. “Spaghetti dinners were for special occasions only!” That special spaghetti dinner was surely on the menu the night the band signed its deal with Elektra Records, which led to a debut album that not only drastically changed the trajectory of Third Eye Blind, but featured songs that would define the late ‘90s.
“Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s It Going to Be,” all hit the Top Ten, and the album itself remained on Billboard Hot 100 for two years. The success shocked everyone involved. Particularly Jenkins. “I come from the DIY, indie ethos,” he says. “That was always my mindset, and I was always surprised when anything other than that happened.” In advance of Third Eye Blind’s Wednesday, Oct. 11, show at The Queen, Jenkins, who is now 53, spoke to us about those early days, about the music business right now, and his metaphysical take on the spirit of the season. Here’s what he had to say: O&A: In a way, it’s kind of a trope: the starving musician who scores a hit album and suddenly becomes famous. But that really is the story behind the band, isn’t it? Or is that oversimplifying it? Jenkins: Yeah, it does simplify it, because I spent years trying to get bands together to no avail. There was always a revolving set of musicians and trying to get studio time, with year in and year out, nothing to show for it—except that I was constantly developing as a songwriter and a producer. ► OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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LISTEN 5 QUESTIONS WITH STEPHAN JENKINS OF THIRD EYE BLIND continued from previous page
By the time I actually had a record deal, I had developed real chops as a producer, enough so that a lot of my demos became songs on the first record, and I got to produce my first record. So, the time actually was well-spent, but it certainly didn’t feel that way when I was coming along.
O&A: From when you were first starting—and struggling all those years—to when it finally hit, how does it look 20 years later? Jenkins: Time is always a blur. I still have lots of friends in San Francisco. I mean I have some who are 26 and 27, who are still living six or seven people to a flat and one bathroom, and just trying to make it all work. That’s where I was [at their age]. And I’ll still come over and sit in the kitchen and make spaghetti. All of that is still something that I know. But I also have all kinds of different access. Looking back on it, I think [whoever] I was at that time evolved and changed. I can look at that person and be more empathetic to who I was at the time than I perhaps I was for myself when I was actually living it. O&A: From where you started to where things are today, the music industry has changed so dramatically. In 1997, you were there at the end of an era in terms of the big record companies. How do you compare the way things were to the way they are now? Jenkins: Well, you were a lot more controlled [then]. There were a lot more gatekeepers [who] had a lot more control over what could happen. There was also the opportunity to actually make money selling records. And now there’s a lot more freedom and a lot less money. I kind of prefer it now. I think these are the good ol’ days right now. [Back then] I wanted to bite the hand that fed me, and I didn’t like it that you had to be on MTV—or that you had to be on radio—to reach an audience, [Or] that the record company could tell you what kind of music video to make. Those things bothered me because, however it may sound, I actually am an artist. I’m not a song-and-dance man and I’m not there to fit into somebody else’s mold. I think I measure things more in terms of a happiness quotient now. I’m definitely a lot happier now.
O&A: Your last record, Dopamine [released 2015], got good reviews. And you’re a band that’s still touring 20 years after releasing its first record. How does that feel? I mean there aren’t a lot of bands from the ‘90s who can say that. Jenkins: No, not very many. I mean there’s… [pauses to think] Green Day, Foo Fighters, Chili Peppers, Weezer and us. That’s about it. I mean, it’s great. I’m grateful. But I had nothing to do with it. It’s our audience that does that. I have an audience that keeps our music alive. The music resonates with our audience and illuminates as they are living now. And that’s probably one of the most beautiful, best-feeling gifts that I’ve ever received being a musician. We have a bigger audience [than we did in the ‘90s]. We have a more dedicated audience. You just can see it at the shows. There’s an intensity, and we are comprehended in a way that is beyond what it was before. O&A: This last question might sound like it’s coming from left field, but for this October edition we’re talking a lot about ghost stories and the paranormal. I’m curious: Have you ever had an experience that you would say was paranormal that you’d like to share with our readers? Jenkins: What first comes to my mind is something different, which is that Sept. 22nd is the equinox. And October is the period of the equinox, and that’s a time, according to folklore, when witches’ powers are at their greatest because the day and night are evenly split. Anything can happen. It’s this sense of ambivalence: witches’ powers come up at midnight and the crossroads. It’s all these kinds of things that I can actually feel. So it’s like your own magic, witchy powers become more available. This is why it’s my favorite time of the year because I have this sense that anything could happen. Magic could happen. So I think it’s important for people to tap into their own sense of that. Because we are, in part, moved and influenced by the movement of the planets. It’s not a joke that when you got a full moon that you feel a little bit more crazy. And you didn’t even know it was full—you’re just acting that way. So, I invite everyone to celebrate their own magic powers.
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A colorized photo of the King Gambrinus statue on the front of Wilmington's Diamond State Brewery, circa 1947. Photo courtesy of the Delaware Historical Society
RESURRECTING THE BEER KING The 19th-century statue was an icon of Delaware’s brewing history, and John Medkeff is determined to restore it By Dan Linehan
hen the 11-foot statue of King Gambrinus began its 80year watch atop Wilmington’s Diamond State Brewery in 1882, it was raising a goblet to the German immigrants who were turning brewing into an industry. The immigrants brought lager brewing techniques to America, and their traditions, including King Gambrinus, came along, too. The mythical figure, typically bearded and cast in zinc, appeared on breweries across the country. Then, in 1920, the 18th Amendment and Prohibition effectively ended Delaware’s golden age of brewing. Even after the misbegotten law was repealed in 1933, the local industry failed to thrive amid consolidation into a handful of major players. Facing stiff competition from regional breweries, Diamond State closed in 1955. The one-two punch of Prohibition and consolidation, not to mention national brands like Budweiser and Coors, totally knocked brewing out of Delaware between 1955 and 1995. King Gambrinus came on hard times, too, after Diamond State Brewery was demolished in 1962 to make room for Interstate 95. The statue was shuffled around to a few locations, and spent a decade at the former King’s Inn restaurant on Naamans Road north of Wilmington, the current location of Harry's Savoy Grill.
Then, in 1978, as a buyer attempted to move it, it was dropped and shattered into more than 60 pieces. The weak point appears to have been a hook on the statue that couldn’t bear the 1,000-pound load.
CRAFT BEER TO THE RESCUE
But the king may rise again. After the industry—in the form of craft beer—rebounded in Delaware and nationally, it seemed appropriate to pay homage to those who first brought beer here, says John Medkeff, Jr., a 54-year-old Wilmingtonian. A native Delawarean and marketer by trade, Medkeff was driven to home brewing in the 1980s, he says, simply because he was disgusted by the poor quality of store-bought beer. He learned brewing from his family. Medkeff published a book, Brewing in Delaware, in 2015, and is spearheading an effort to raise $100,000 to put the statue back together. “It’s a perfect symbol of Delaware’s brewing industry, and of its revival,” says Medkeff. He’s hoping Delaware’s thriving craft beer industry—19 breweries, at last count—will contribute toward the project. ► OCTOBER MARCH 20 2017 16 || OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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DRINK RESURRECTING THE BEER KING continued from previous page
He has formed a nonprofit, The Friends of Delaware’s Gambrinus Statue, Inc., to lead the “Restore the King” fundraising effort. The group has received estimates of approximately $100,000 to complete the statue’s restoration. What’s more, the Delaware Historical Society has agreed to exhibit the statue in its Market Street museum once it is repaired. Whether a King Gambrinus ever existed may be lost to history. As for the myth that remains, Medkeff says, think of him as the Santa Claus of beer. Medkeff’s research reveals that the first reference to Gambrinus may have come in the year 98 A.D., when the Roman historian Tacitus identified a German tribe called the “Gambrivii.” The beer king himself was likely an invention of later writers. As the German people struggled with disunification, Gambrinus became a cultural touchstone for a shared heritage. The tradition was brought to America, and foundries actually advertised Gambrinus statues in beer trade journals. The statues tended to be made of zinc, a metal whose chief virtue was its low cost. Few of the figures remain; Medkeff knows of only four others that exist in North America today. The nearest statue is on display in Baltimore, while the others are in Breinigsville, Pa., Syracuse, N.Y., and Toluca, in central Mexico. The beer kings who sprouted above breweries became symbols of German culture, but for modern audiences they have taken on new meanings. Delaware’s statue represents in part the social, cultural and industrial history of immigration in the late 19th century, says Scott W. Loehr, CEO of the Delaware Historical Society.
WHEN BREWING WAS WOMEN’S WORK
One modern Delaware brewer sees positive elements in that past, especially the connection between brewing and its local community. Craig Wensell, founder of Wilmingtonbased Bellefonte Brewing Company, says restoring the statue is an important way to hold onto history. He sees something else in Gambrinus’ bushy beard: a re-branding of brewing as man’s work instead of a feminine job.
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In 2014, Medkeff was researching his book on Delaware brewing history when he visited an estate sale for Robert Howard, a curator at the Hagley Museum and Library who owned the broken statue when he died. At the sale, a lawyer approached Medkeff and asked if he knew anyone who might want the statue’s remains. And that’s how he ended up with the pieces, which may otherwise have been lost to a landfill. The fundraising effort has only just begun with a few small events, and Medkeff says the nonprofit may expand to other parts of brewing history, perhaps with historic markers and memorials. The Friends group is planning a living history tour and Victorian picnic (with beer, of course) next spring to help raise money. For now, though, they’re focused on raising the hundred grand —a rough target at this point—to weld the statue back together. Some pieces, however, are missing. To replace them, restorers will scan another of the statues cast from the same mold and fabricate the missing pieces. Once finished, Wilmington’s Gambrinus will be painted to match its original colors and planted atop a base in the Market Street museum. Because it will be reinforced by an internal skeleton—the first version was largely hollow—it will be sturdier than before. Of course, it would be much cheaper to simply cast an all-new statue, but ultimately less authentic and resonant, says Loehr. “It’s that connection to the real thing, to the stuff of history,” he says. “I think that’s what moves people.” To learn about the statue, its history and the campaign to Restore the King, visit restoretheking.com.
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For the thousands of years before brewing became big business, it was typically the province of women, Wensell says. The industrialization of beer led men to claim it as their own, which required a rebranding campaign. “The iconography of King Gambrinus really is an attempt by the masculine side of the culture to requisition brewing as something males did instead of females,” he says. Wensell also says Gambrinus represented a connection to the community. When the statue was erected, he says, beer was a local product, made and consumed by local people. The advent of refrigeration and transportation changed this, and during Delaware’s four-decade brewery drought, that connection was severed. Local craft brewers, Wensell says, are restoring that connection. They enjoy helping to lend an identity to the places where they operate, and their customers return that affection. The statue’s own return trip was sparked by a pivotal encounter.
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Medkeff is helming a nonprofit effort to rebuild the statue, whose last appearance was at the former King's Inn on Naamans Road.
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at, drink and dance at Delaware Center for Horticulture’s annual fall party featuring live music by The Late Ambitions, a courtyard beer garden and wine bar, food trucks, and local art on display. The Friday, Oct. 13, event starts at 7 p.m. Pre-register by Oct. 11 for $42; tickets are $50 at the door. Registration includes two drink tickets. The event is sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery, Davey Tree, The Late Ambitions, and Gateway Garden Center. Visit thedch.org for more.
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he Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille launched its newest Shell Raiser option, the Shell Raiser Orange, in a continued partnership with DuClaw Brewing Co. Shell Raiser Orange is a mandarin flavored Belgian Wit with citrus sweetness, a hint of coriander and malt dryness, making this brew a solid choice for all beer lovers. The Shell Raiser Pale Ale, Shell Raiser IPA and Shell Raiser Orange are exclusively available and poured at The Greene Turtle locations. “We are tremendously excited at the opportunity to continue our partnership with The Greene Turtle,” says David Benfield, founder of DuClaw Brewing. “Their restaurants are an institution and helping them launch their own lineup of delicious craft beers is an exciting prospect for us.”
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DID SOMEONE SAY PUMPKIN?
ogfish Head Brewery is jumping into autumn with the seasonal return of one of America’s bestselling pumpkin beers, Punkin Ale, a fullbodied brown ale, now available on taps and shelves. Clocking in at 7 percent ABV, Punkin Ale is brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. “We’ve been brewing Punkin Ale at Dogfish for over two decades, since long before there was a whole category of pumpkin beer, and have seen sales grow each and every year,” says Sam Calagione, CEO and founder of Dogfish Head. “I think it’s because the complexity and authenticity of the recipe has remained world-class since we first brewed it as it’s not made with pumpkin flavoring or concentrates—we use fresh, all-natural ingredients, and that makes a big difference.” The story of Punkin Ale began in 1994 when it won first place in a recipe contest at the World Championship Punkin Chunkin, the legendary fall event in Delaware. In fact, the name of the beer was inspired by the Punkin Chunkin event. It continues to be the best-selling seasonal beer released by Dogfish Head annually. “Every fall, a week or so after Halloween, my wife Mariah and I will pop open a couple Punkin Ales and toast to the good karma that beer’s story has brought us,” says Calagione. To find Dogfish brews in your area, visit dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder.
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Large Cheese Pizza & 1 Pound of Wings Only $15 Eat In or Take Out (Sundays Only)
SUNDAY-FUNDAY SPECIALS! South Philly Cheese Steaks: $5 (Wiz Wit or Wiz Witout!) Dine-in Only We Have Philly Soft Pretzels, Too!
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DRESSED TO THRILL 38th Halloween Loop set for Saturday, Oct. 28
o say the Halloween Loop is Wilmington’s grandest nightlife tradition is no exaggeration. The event is older than most of its attendees. On Saturday, Oct. 28, Wilmington’s biggest night out continues as 12 clubs join forces to host this revered citywide costumed pub crawl. Everyone 21 years or older is invited. The official start is 8 p.m. “In terms of annual nightlife events in Wilmington, nothing really compares to the Halloween Loop,” says Jim Miller of Out & About Magazine, the presenting sponsor of the event. “Three things make it such a supremely successful series: longevity, draw, and spectacle.” This year’s Loop lineup includes Catherine Rooney’s, Chelsea Tavern, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott Taproom, FireStone, Gallucio’s Café, Grotto Pizza, Kelly’s Logan House, Lavish, Timothy’s Riverfront, Trolley Oyster House and Trolley Tap House. A one-time $10 cover gains you admission to all participating Loop venues. Attendees will receive a wristband upon paying the cover. New this year is a partnership with Lyft, the nationwide ride-on-demand company. A special code will be printed on all wristbands, entitling attendees to a free or discounted trip (depending on their destination) on their first use only. It’s one discount per caller, but if you work as a team your group can utilize Lyft all night for minimal cost. “We’re proud to partner with the 38-year-old City Loop Series to ensure attendees can rely on Lyft for a safe and convenient ride on demand,” said Andrew Woolf, general manager, Lyft Pennsylvania, Delaware. “Across the country, Lyft partners with brands and organizations to help passengers get home safely and I’m thrilled to be offering that same opportunity to Delaware residents and visitors.”
As for your Halloween Loop attire, dress to impress. By that we mean creativity is king when it comes to a costume. So don’t come as a cowboy, a Philadelphia Eagle or a Playmate. Think Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Sean Spicer, Justin Bieber… There is no official starting point to the Loop. You simply select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and receive a wristband that gains you admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover. HERE ARE A FEW OTHER HALLOWEEN LOOP TIPS: • Costumes are strongly recommended. This is a costumed bar crawl. Many venues have prizes. In fact, the Loop Patrol will be awarding on-the-spot prizes for costumes that catch their eye. • Make it easy on yourself and have Lyft pick you up at your house. Then you’ll never have to worry about driving or parking. • Wear a comfortable costume. Make sure it allows you to see where you are walking and use the rest room with ease. And make sure it doesn’t cause you to become overheated (Venues get very crowded on the Loop). • Get there early. Lines begin forming by 9 p.m. • If you don’t use Lyft, designate a sober driver or plan to stay in the city for the evening at a friend’s place or one of the city’s five hotels. There are also several complimentary Last Call Lots where you can leave your car overnight and pick it up the next day. For a list of venues, Last Call Lots and updates on the Halloween Loop, visit outandaboutnow.com. — O&A OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Benef iting Mea l s O n W h e e l s D e l a w ar e P r e s e n t ed By
Thursday, October 12, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm • Sheraton Wilmington South
Tailgate bites & Beer Trail from over 30 Local Favorites • Games Photo Opportunities • Chinese Auction Wine • Specialty Cocktails Young Professionals Speed Networking & More!
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First Place School Chefs Tom Craft and Gary James 3. along with the students of DelCastle Technical High School paired with Kalmar Farm
First Place Restaurant Chef Jamie Nardozzi of Maiale Deli & Salumeria with Country Boy Farm
Newcomer Award Chef Robbie Jester of Touch of Italy paired with Priapi Gardens
Best decorated William Penn High School paired with Penn Farm
THE FARMER & THE CHEF Photos courtesy of The Archer Group 1. Delcastle Technical High School teamed with Kalmar Farm and took first place in the School Division.
2. Chef Robbie Jester and his crew from The Stone Balloon and Touch of Italy. 3. Cafe Gelatoâ€™s scallop and vegetable medley. 4. An offering of bruschetta from Fairweather Farm in Fair Hill, Md.
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Join Us for the 2nd Annual
Sunday, Oct. 15
8AM Registration/9AM Start Register at Races2Run.com
Huge After-Party Following the Race
Pink Nachos and $5 Grapefruit Crushes! $1 from every purchase goes to Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition during the month of October.
FOOTBALL SPECIALS ARE BACK FOR ALL PRO GAMES! $7.99 Buffalo Wings • $7.99 Nachos • $5.99 Tater Tots $8.99 Pitchers of Bud & Bud Light • $10.99 Pitchers of Goose Island IPA & ShockTop Come Try Our Seasonal Craft Beers Over 22 Beers on Tap at the Polly Drummond and Peoples Plaza Locations!
EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL GAME: PIGSKIN PIG ROAST!
FREE BBQ PULLED PORK SANDWICHES DURING THE GAME! INTERESTED IN HOLDING A GUEST BARTENDING EVENT? CALL ASHBY HOSPITALITY (302)894-1200
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WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME This season brings college football and intriguing NFL action back to a bar near you. Because of the multitude of options—number of TVs, choice of beers on tap, best food—we’ve come up with this directory to guide you through the selection process. Compiled by Olivia Ingman
8TH & UNION KITCHEN 801 N. Union St., Wilmington; 654-9780 8thandunion.com Number of TVs: 5 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 38 Crowd Favorites: half-price burgers, tacos, appetizers, and $1.25 oysters.
CHELSEA TAVERN 821 N. Market St., Wilmington; 482-3333 chelseatavern.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 31, Bottled Beers: 214 Crowd Favorites: Wood burning oven pizza, Chelsea cheeseburger, and BBQ pork nachos.
COLUMBUS INN 2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; 571-1492 www.columbusinn.net Number of TVs: 5 (and a projector screen) Beers on Tap: 8, Bottled Beers: 28 Crowd Favorites: Lobster fried rice, filet sandwich, and CI signature crab cakes.
DEER PARK TAVERN 108 W. Main St., Newark; 369-9414 deerparktavern.com Number of TVs: 21 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 31 Crowd Favorites: Wings, mix combo, and nachos.
BBC TAVERN & GRILL 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 655-3785 bbctavernandgrill.com Number of TVs: 7 Beers on Tap: 15, Bottled Beers: 60-75 Crowd Favorites: Nachos, caprese salad, house-made meatloaf, and BBC Burger.
BIG FISH GRILL 720 Justison St., Wilmington; 652-3474 bigfishriverfront.com Number of TVs: 9 Beers on Tap: 7, Bottled Beers: 26 Crowd Favorites: Fresh, chef-inspired seafood dishes, large outdoor patio and lounge on the Riverfront.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS Multiple locations: Bear, Dover, Limestone Rd., Middletown, Newark, Rehoboth buffalowildwings.com Number of TVs: 42 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 18 (Features sports lottery at Bear, Dover, Limestone Road and Middletown locations) Crowd Favorites: Boneless or traditional wings in any of 16 signature seasonings or sauces.
DELAWARE PARK 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington; 994-6700 delawarepark.com Number of TVs: at least 37 at each location, including many 100-inch screens and one 150-incher Beers on Tap: 5-6, Bottled Beers: 15 Three bars—Club 3, The Cove, and the Sports Bar—all featuring plenty of pro football action plus the sports lottery. Crowd Favorites: Flame-broiled cheeseburgers, dollar hot dogs, cheese pizzas from Picciottis, wing zings, jalapeno crab fritters, crab fries, crab cakes, and lobster.
ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM 902 N. Market St., Wilmington; 384-8113 ernestandscott.com Number of TVs: 11 Beers on Tap: 29, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Blackened mahi tacos, loaded fries, and burgers.
FAMOUS TAVERNS 8 locations in Delaware famoustaverns.com Number of TVs: At least 12 TVs, all 46” or larger, at each location Beers on Tap: 8, Bottled Beers: 9 Crowd Favorites: $3 beer prices, all day; BYOF (Bring Your Own Food) or order from anyone who delivers. OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FIRESTONE ROASTING HOUSE 110 W. St., Wilmington; 658-6626 firestoneriverfront.com Number of TVs: 24 Beers on Tap: 8+, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Firestone original pizza, spinach tomato ricotta pizza, and Firestone burger.
GALLUCIO’S 1709 Lovering Ave., Wilmington; 655-3689 gallucios-de.com Number of TVs: 8 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 15 Crowd Favorites: Pomodoro pizza, California turkey Ruben, sautéed seafood medley, stromboli, and homemade lasagna.
GRAIN CRAFT BAR + KITCHEN Newark and Kennett Square, Pa. meetatgrain.com Number of TVs: 12 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 60 Crowd Favorites: Fried pickles, street tacos, and Cubano.
THE GREENE TURTLE 250 S. Main Street, Suite 101, Newark; 454-1592, thegreeneturtle.com Number of TVs: 48 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 30+ Crowd Favorites: Crab dip, Chesapeake burger, and hog hammers.
GROTTO PIZZA 16 locations in Delaware grottopizza.com Number of TVs: 15-25 Beers on Tap: 6-14, Bottled Beers: 16-22 Crowd Favorites: Boneless wings, appetizer combo, and broccoli bites.
IRON HILL BREWERY & RESTAURANT WILMINGTON AND NEWARK ironhillbrewery.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 12-20, Bottled Beers: 7-9 Crowd Favorites: Cheesesteak eggrolls, voodoo chicken pizza, crab cake sandwich, petite filet mignon, scallops, and house nachos. 76 OCTOBER 20 17 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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KELLY’S LOGAN HOUSE 1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 652-9493 loganhouse.com Number of TVs: 18 TVs including a big screen Beers on Tap: 22, Bottled Beers: 18 Crowd Favorites: Buffalo wings, chili nachos, and dirty bird grilled cheese.
KID SHELLEEN’S 14th & Scott, Wilmington; 658-4600 kidshelleens.com Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 13, Bottled Beers: 55-60 Crowd Favorites: Shelleen’s nachos, buffalo wings, and chicken quesadilla.
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Three locations: Polly Drummond, People’s Plaza, Dover mcglynnspub.com Number of TVs: 22 with NFL Package, all games all week Beers on Tap: 32, Bottled Beers: 40+ Crowd Favorites: Wings, nachos, burgers, and prime rib.
MEXICAN POST 3100 Naaman’s Rd., Wilmington; 478-3939 mexicanpost.com
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Number of TVs: 5 Beers on Tap: 5, Bottled Beers: 24 Crowd Favorites: Fajitas, chimichangas, and nachos.
Share your Favorite Grotto Pizza Memory at GrottoPizza.com for a chance to WIN FREE PIZZA for a year and other great prizes!
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4809 Limestone Rd., Wilmington; 235-8368 facebook.com/PikeCreekPub Number of TVs: 12 Beers on Tap: 8, Bottled Beers: 18 Crowd Favorites: All draft beers $3, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coronas are $3.
Download our Swirl Rewards Club App during National Pizza Month & get an additional 50 Bonus Points on your first check in!
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ROUTE 2 TAVERN 4305 Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington; 256-0803, facebook.com/route2tavern Number of TVs: 15 Beers on Tap: 12, Bottled Beers: 15 Crowd Favorites: All draft beers are $3, Bud Light, Miller Lite, and Coronas are $3.
Prizes exclusive to active Swirl Rewards Club Members in October ONLY. Max 1 visit per day. 52 large cheese pizzas loaded onto SRC account after a winner is chosen. Certain restrictions may apply. DE and MD locations only.
Delaware & Maryland locations only.
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STANLEY’S TAVERN 2038 Foulk Rd., Wilmington; 475-1887 stanleys-tavern.com Number of TVs: 40 Beers on Tap: 25, Bottled Beers: 66 Crowd Favorites: Award-winning baby back ribs, wings, and tavern nachos.(Also features sports lottery)
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Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 50 Crowd Favorites: Beef & bacon lollipops, keg fries, and short rib pot roast.
111 W. 11th Street, Wilmington; 777-2040, tonicbargrille.com Number of TVs: 15 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 24 Crowd Favorites: Crab cakes, fried calamari, and lobster tail.
TROLLEY SQUARE OYSTER HOUSE 1707 Delaware Ave, Wilmington; 384-7310, trolleysquareoysterhouse.com Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 16, Bottled Beers: 30 Crowd Favorites: Live music, open until 1am daily, Best of Delaware winner for lobster roll, and large raw bar.
Join our Frequent Fan Club (it’s free to join). Every visit you make to Stanley’s from Sept. 1, 2017 until Jan 1, 2018 gives you a chance to be one of the four weekly finalists! Drawing will be during half-time of the Pro-Football Championship Game! You must be present to win. Must be at least 21 years of age. Must qualify for lease & supply your own insurance for the car lease.
- During All NFL Games
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TWO STONES PUB Three locations: Newark (294-1890), Wilmington; (439-3231) & Kennett Square (610-444-3940), twostonespub.com Number of TVs: 6-10 Beers on Tap: 20-25, Bottled Beers: 40-90 at each location Crowd Favorites: Fry piles, hog wings, and chicken wings.
WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE 1206 Washington St., Wilmington; 658-2537, www.wsalehouse.com Number of TVs: 9 Beers on Tap: 24, Bottled Beers: 20 Crowd Favorites: Draft beer selection and Sunday brunch with a build-your-own bloody mary bar.
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“Tipsy” takes on a whole new meaning when you drink and drive. And after you’re busted, you’ll get a suspended driver’s license, pay thousands of dollars in fines and receive possible jail time. A DUI will always cost you. It’s not worth it.
Don’t let a DUI redefine you.
Find a safe ride home.
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