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Out & About Magazine Vol. 32 | No. 8

Published each month by TSN Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Mailing & business address: 307 A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801

35 Publisher Gerald duPhily • jduphily@tsnpub.com Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller • jmiller@tsnpub.com Contributing Editor Bob Yearick • ryearick@comcast.net Production Manager Matthew Loeb, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Creative Director Tyler Mitchell, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Contributing Designers David Hallberg, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Blair Lindley, Catalyst Visuals, LLC Contributing Writers Adriana Camacho-Church, Mack Caldwell, Cindy Cavett, Mark Fields, Pam George, Lauren Golt, Jordan Howell, Rob Kalesse, Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Dan Linehan, Dillon McLaughlin, Ken Mammarella, John Murray, Larry Nagengast, Kevin Noonan, Leeann Wallett

Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse, Justin Heyes and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Butch Comegys, Lindsay duPhily, Anthony Santoro, Matt Urban

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7 War on Words 9 Learn 10 By The Numbers 11 FYI 12 Worth Trying 13 Innovation 15 Camping For Coats

43 On The Riverfront 46 In The City 48 Art Loop

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Halloween Loop at 40 A Wilmington Original Light Up The Queen Changing Face of The Arts

EAT 35 The Breakfast Club 41 Bites

DRINK 50 Sips 51 RAR 55 Spirited

WATCH 57 Autumn Arts Treats 61 Movie Reviews

LISTEN 65 Oldest Sea 69 White Toyota Ranger 71 The Caulfields

19 Halloween Loop At 40 Looking back at a Wilmington original. By Jerry duPhily, O&A Staff

25 Serving The Underserved Light Up The Queen Foundation is expanding and inspiring. By Adriana Camacho-Church

29 The Changing Face of The Arts Diversity, equity and inclusion dictate the need for a creative conversation. By Jordan Howell

35 Scrambling To Succeed More area restaurants are finding breakfast a great way to start the day. By Pam George

Cover design by Tyler Mitchell Printed on recycled paper.

Distribution David Hazardous Special Projects Sarah Green, Bev Zimmermann

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A writer/editor’s slightly snarky and relentless crusade to eliminate grammatical gaffes from our everyday communications

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Literally of the Month An Associated Press story on the death of Jim Langer, Pro Football Hall of Famer who played center, said that “[Langer] was literally in the middle of the Miami Dolphins 1972 perfect season . . .” Attempting to be clever, the writer was merely cute—and wrong. To say that a center, because of his position, is literally in the middle of an entire season is a bridge too far. In many formations, the center isn’t even in the exact middle of the offensive line. Department of Redundancies Dept. • The Galveston, Texas, chief of police characterized an incident in which two mounted officers brought a man to jail at the end of a rope as “an unnecessary embarrassment.” As opposed to a necessary embarrassment? • Reader Janet Strobert says that the book Angel Tracks in the Himalayas, by Gary Shepherd, contains this sentence: “Time went into slow motion as I ascended upwards, my eyes fixed incredulously on the snake.” Rarely, if ever, does one ascend downwards. • According to Contributing Writer Larry Nagengast, a News Journal story noted that Delaware State Auditor Kathy McGuinness’ office “will hit more required mandates this year.” • And finally, Good Morning America, reporting on the accident involving Kevin Hart on Sept. 1, asserted that his car was completely totaled. Musings It pains us to report that the sainted Michelle Obama, in commenting on her best-selling book, Becoming, said this: “What’s both humbled and heartened me is seeing the resiliency of my daughters.” Resiliency will probably slip by most spell checkers, but it’s a needless variant of resilience. Reader Linn Goddess notices that Donald Trump is in the habit of saying “I feel badly” when a cohort, cabinet member, staffer or adviser is convicted of a misdeed (or two). She asks: “Shouldn’t he be saying, ‘I feel bad’?” The answer: yes. To feel badly is to indicate that your sense of touch is not right. Unfortunately, this is a bit of phony sophistication (again) that is all too common.

Follow me on Twitter: @thewaronwords

Word of the Month

derisory Pronounced de-RI-sery, it’s an adjective meaning ridiculously small or inadequate.

By Bob Yearick

Media Watch: Triples, Doubles and Singles • WDEL 1150 AM scored a triple on a recent morning: An ad stated that Dr. Michael Axe and his achievements have “brought notoriety (being well known for some bad quality or deed) to Delaware”; a sports report blamed the Phillies for “laxadaisical (lackadaisical) hustle”; and, in a Department of Redundancies Dept. effort, a reporter spoke of a Welcome to the Department dangerous dog’s previous history.” of Redundancies Dept., Chuck • Meanwhile, Rob Demovsky, E. Cheese. The dollar sign and ESPN correspondent, hit a double "bucks" are synonymous. in his report on the Green Bay Packers’ new coaching staff and quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He rounded first base with “This will be the first iteration of this offense.” Iteration means the repetition of a process or utterance. A better choice might’ve been version. Demovsky slid into second with: “Game planning has been a creative, collaborative effort between both he [Rodgers] and the coaching staff.” The preposition between takes the objective pronoun him. • In an August column, USA TODAY’S Bob Nightengale also doubled. First there was this: “[Phils Manager Gabe Kapler] sits behind the desk in the visiting manager’s office, oozing of calmness and serenity.” One does not ooze of something; one simply oozes. The columnist then followed with this bit of muddled mathematics: “They have fallen to third place in the division . . . with their playoff odds plummeting to 19.5 percent . . .” That’s a percentage, not odds. Translated, 19.5 percent would put the Phils’ odds of making the playoffs at about 1 in 5. • Over in USA TODAY’S Entertainment section, Bryan Alexander hit a single with this bit of phony sophistication– a misuse of whomever in a discussion of the movie Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw: “Whomever this future villain is, expect a major name.” • And reader Maria Hess caught a safety spokesperson on NBC’s Today show advising viewers to check government websites that “aggravate information.” Maria says she’s sure the expert wasn’t really telling viewers that these websites make information worse; she assumes he meant aggregate—to form or group into a class or cluster.

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THU | OCT 17 | 8PM | $38-$55

FRI | OCT 18 | 8PM | $35-$40

Los Angeles folk-rockers known for their riveting live shows

Remarkable miracle band from Moscow celebrating the music of Chicago.

Four-time Grammy® nominated saxophonist soulfully blends R&B with smooth jazz

Ashes Are Burning: Renaissance 50th Anniversary Tour SUN | OCT 20 | 7PM | $29-$35

The Fab Faux with The Hogshead Horns & The Creme Tangerine Strings FRI | OCT 25 | 8PM | $45-$67

Home Free: Dive Bar Saints World Tour FRI | NOV 1 | 8PM | $3450-$5450

An English progressive rock band, best known for top 10 hit “Northern Lights”

Known for their accurate reproduction of The Beatles

Winners of NBC’s The Sing Off, this a capella group will leave you in awe

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The Rock Orchestra: INXS

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Cashore Marionettes: Simple Gifts SUN | NOV 3 | 3PM | $19

Captivating show from one of New Zealand’s best indie folk artists

A celebration of life told through stunning music and majestic puppetry

Tackling two albums from the ‘80s, Listen Like Thieves and Kick

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COMING SOON

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THIS LOCAL ENTREPRENEUR IS HOPPING

Catch Neil Shea, if you can!

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tarting a craft brewery is not for the faint of heart. These small, specialty brewers must take on long-established behemoths like Anheuser-Busch, Miller and Coors, who have had decades to gain loyal customers. As a result, many craft beer startups result in rather quick failures. So who better to try his hand at it than a former Marine whose mettle was tested in the hellhole known as Afghanistan? Say hello to Neil Shea, proud owner and founder of Bellefonte Brewing Co., located on Old Capitol Trail south of Wilmington. Shea took a bit of a roundabout route on his journey to the craft beer business. To start with, he says, “I love beer, but I really wasn’t a craft beer drinker.” Secondly, when he started Bellefonte Brewing, he already owned The Dirt Squad, a thriving residential and commercial cleaning company he bought the day he graduated from Wilmington University in January 2015. While working on purchasing The Dirt Squad, Shea already had his eye on the burgeoning craft beer market. But he and his business partners quickly discovered that creating a brewery (literally from the ground up, as it turned out) would not be the relative walk in the park that purchasing an existing business had been. When they signed a lease for the Old Capitol Trail property, it was “just a gravel pit at the time,” Shea says. But, with the help of family, friends, and crowdsourcing, Bellefonte Brewing debuted in May of 2016. The owners heaved a collective sigh of relief, and patrons soon started crowding the bar. By early 2018, the brewery was turning out 600 barrels of beer a year, or roughly 1,200 kegs. And Bellefonte products were in bars and restaurants up and down the state. “Craft beer has a reputation for being snooty,” he says. “But our crowd is eclectic; it’s blue-collar, white-collar, no-collar. We’ve converted a lot of them from Miller and Coors.” He says his brewery can “make whatever flavor we want,” and its current offerings include sours, goses (a brew that originated in Goslar, Germany), and the trending gluten-reduced beers. Local bands often play in the tap room, and sometimes there’s

a food truck in the parking lot. Bellefonte Brewing also is an active member of the community, holding frequent charitable and political fundraisers. It could have all been different for Neil Shea, who, inspired by his father’s service in the Navy, seemed destined for a career in the military. Following graduation from Salesianum, he spent one year at The Citadel, the military academy in Charleston, South Carolina. Then he joined the Marine Corps. In 2011, the 22-year-old lance corporal was deployed to Afghanistan. His 10 months in that war-torn country proved to be a cauldron that forged his view of the world. First, he was introduced to the seven-day workweek. “You stop thinking about the weekend as a God-given right,” says Shea. Next, he learned to do more with less. “We dealt with really junky equipment,” notes Shea, “and we were there during the government shutdown, so our pay was delayed.” “It was a wake-up call for me,” he sums up. “I learned patience, and that I’m a very small part of the world.” After his service, Shea decided to get a college degree to enhance his career skills. WilmU’s flexible scheduling and affordability got his attention, so he took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled in the Organizational Management program at the University almost as soon as he was discharged. While working full time, Shea took evening courses. Through his hard work and credits the University granted him for online courses taken during his Marine days, he was able to graduate in just a year-and-a-half. Oh, and he’s recently added more to the mix. He’s broadened his portfolio of businesses by adding a photo booth rental business and a real estate rental firm. “I don’t get out much,” he deadpans. Stop in at Bellefonte Brewing and try a pint. As the sign behind the bar reads, “Save Water. Drink Beer.” Wilmington University really works for working adults, and for military members and their families. To find out how WilmU can work for your busy life, visit wilmu.edu.

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7 OUT OF 10 The number of consumers who plan to hand out candy on Halloween.

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The millions of dollars spent on pumpkin spice products in 2018.

45 53 The percentage of Americans expected to carve pumpkins.

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6.9 Number of years for the classic TV special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing

GREAT DAMES . . . AND MEN!

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reat Dames Inc. will welcome male panelists to discuss why they choose to advocate for women’s advancement and how that support is vital to creating gender equity, diversity and an improved bottom line. The Powerful Conversations event will be held on Monday, Oct. 21, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Harry's Savoy Grill in North Wilmington. Tickets are on sale now. The panel will include Mac Nagaswami Macleod, co-founder and CEO of Carvertise; Pedro Moore, entrepreneur venture advisor to Daymond John of Shark Tank; and Fred Dawson, a wealth advisor focused on women. Female panelists are: Allison Garrett, founder of The Prison Break Success System; Sarah Kenney-Cruz, communications and PR manager at Delaware Prosperity Partnership; and Maria Hess, strategic and executive communications expert. To learn more about this event or to register, visit www.Great-Dames.com/Events.

TALKING TRUE CRIME AT WILMINGTON U.

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ilmington University’s Criminal Justice Institute will present a True Crime Lecture Series beginning Tuesday, Oct. 15, with Jeffrey Rinek, former special agent with the FBI and author of In the Name of the Children. Other dates and speakers: Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Angelo Lano, retired FBI agent who led myriad investigations but became most widely known as a case agent for the FBI’s Watergate investigation; Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Jim Fitzgerald, author of A Journey to the Center of the Mind, and profiler and forensic linguist who helped capture the Unabomber. The free lectures will take place at DoubleTree by Hilton, 4727 Concord Pike, Wilmington, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Register at wilmu.edu/cji. For more information, contact Rebecca Lawton at cji@wilmu.edu.

STORYTELLING FESTIVAL FEATURES NATIONAL LINEUP

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he inaugural Yorklyn Storytelling Festival will feature nine nationallyknown storytellers in spoken word on the weekend of Oct. 18-20 at the Center for Creative Arts in Yorklyn. Headlining the festival are Andy Offutt Irwin (National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence), Kim Weitkamp (seven-time Storytelling World award winner) and TAHIRA (Delaware Division of the Arts Established Professional Fellow). The event features three days of storytelling by the national invitees, workshops and open-mic sessions. Tickets range from $10 to $95. Workshops are free with a paid festival ticket. For times and tickets visit YorklynStoryFest.com.

WINTERTHUR’S 56TH DEL. ANTIQUES SHOW

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ickets are on sale now for the 56th Annual Delaware Antiques Show, Nov. 8–10, at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Sponsored by Winterthur Museum, it is one of the most acclaimed antiques events in the nation, featuring 60 of the country’s most distinguished dealers of American furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and other decorative art. Opening night, with cocktails and early shopping, is Thursday, Nov. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday begins at 10 a.m. with a keynote by author Robert O’Byrne, honorary chair of the show. O’Byrne specializes in fine and decorative arts and is the author of more than a dozen books. For tickets, call 800-448-3883.

ROCKWOOD PARK GETS CRAFTY

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he Fall Craft Festival at Rockwood Park is set for Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 75 artisans will participate, including yarn artists, jewelry makers, woodworkers, local authors, candle makers, soap makers, quilters, pet portrait artists, wreath makers, furniture restorers and furniture makers. There will be live music by The Reflections from noon to 2 p.m. Food trucks and vendors selling baked goods will be on the grounds, located on Washington Street Extension in Wilmington. Raffles will benefit the Rockwood Park Preservation Society.

DCAD JOINS TEACHING ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

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he Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) has joined with the Delaware Art Museum and the Chris White Gallery to host Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence, a yearlong creative residency in Wilmington that blends teaching, art-making, and curating. After a successful first year in 2018 with artist Roxanne R Campbell, the partnership has expanded to include DCAD. Wilmington artist JaQuanne LeRoy has been selected for the 2019-2020 residency. LeRoy is a prolific artist with deep roots in the community. His work can be seen in such disparate places as the walls of the Delaware Children’s Museum and electrical boxes on Wilmington’s Westside. Currently, he is collaborating with the artist Smashed Label to paint a large-scale mural at Father Tucker Park.

BRANDYWINE Y OPENS TEEN CENTER

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he Brandywine YMCA has opened a teen center, the Corner Stop, where students grades 6-12 can enjoy a new space with a modern café feel. They can eat, relax, socialize and play video games, pool, air hockey and more. Both Y members and non-members can use the space from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Beginning this month, there will be Teen Nights on the first Friday of every month. Additional programs and services are planned.

ARIANNA CELEBRATES THE ARTS NOV. 10

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he ARIANNA Alliance will present an evening of musical performances on Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Wilmington. It will feature a Parade of Nations, a floral procession, orchestral music and patriotic choral harmonies with more than 200 participants under the direction of Conductor Simeone Tartaglione. Organist Ronald Stolk will perform the Saint-Saens “Organ Symphony.” The Catholic University of America Orchestra, including 12 harpists, will be joined by members of the Delaware Youth Symphony Orchestra and the ARIANNA Festival Chorus. The performance begins at 6 p.m. Tickets, at $20 for attendees 12 and older, can be purchased by calling 652-2977. OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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In Wilmington, we're lucky to have many surrounding areas where we can immerse ourselves in nature. Lately I've been spending early mornings and lunch breaks on the Wilmington Riverfront, mostly at the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. I like to sit and observe, walk and sometimes snap photos of the local wildlife and native plants and trees. Also, there’s the Jack Markell Trail, which connects Wilmington to Historic New Castle. I highly recommend it. It features beautiful views of our city from atop the bridges that are part of the trail. — Matthew Loeb, Production Manager


INNOVATION

INNOVATORS CHOOSE

DELAWARE Delaware Prosperity Partnership promotes Delaware as a premier location for companies to locate and expand and supports local entrepreneurs and innovators. We are shining a light on the leaders who make our communities a better place to live, work and play.

Growing up what did you want to do? Cottone: I am still a little stunned that I am not playing shortstop for the Phillies! Like many American children, I dreamed of playing a sport. Like how, today, I think many young women are growing up with dreams of playing on the U.S. women’s soccer team. I think baseball is a perfect mix of individual/team responsibility combined with physical skill and mental preparation. Many characteristics of a good teammate are the same requirements for being a good co-worker. But I quickly realized my athletic talents were more suited to chemistry. When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing in Delaware? Cottone: My wife, Jennifer, and I have three daughters - all at a local Delaware school. So, you will probably find us at sporting events or academic gatherings. My parents live less than 20 minutes away. Family life is very important for all three Cottone generations. Both my wife and I are Italian-Americans and Sundays (especially holidays) involve great food with close or extended family and friends. When Jenn and I have time to ourselves, we will walk 9 or 18 holes at Fieldstone Gold Club (and she always wins) or we will be in Dover, where my in-laws live, to play golf and visit my nieces. What makes you passionate about Delaware? Cottone: I have been in Delaware for almost 20 years. I appreciate how relationships in Delaware matter. The other day I was at an event with a top Democratic leader and former Republican Chief of Staff. The discussion, was lively, civil and honest. Delaware is a great place to raise our three daughters and it has provided a robust business environment for Adesis to take root and grow. The close working relationships between industry, academia and government make Delaware an ideal spot to start a company and raise a family (and the taxes are reasonable). What’s your advice for scientists who want to lead a company? Cottone: Surround yourself with honest people who are smarter than yourself. To lead a company, you will need many areas of expertise. Go out and hire the honest and smart people, listen to them and work hard to retain them. I welcome points of view that challenge the status quo or my own preconceptions. All parties might not agree on a certain course of action, but when I make a decision, I will explain my reasoning and positively champion any new initiative.

Andrew Cottone

President of Adesis, one of the fastestgrowing life science companies in America. What’s a book you recommend OR the latest book you read? Cottone: One will never (or very rarely) find me reading fiction. I prefer biographies of key people throughout history. I try to choose a topic or person that is controversial or might make me question my current beliefs. I have taken my wife and family to see Hamilton on Broadway, and I read the biography. I most recently read a book about Andrew Johnson, “The Impeachers” by Brenda Wineapple and it really gave me a lot to consider. The constitutional challenges, the jockeying for power between the executive and legislative branches and passionate debates made me appreciate democracy in a new light. If you weren’t a chemist, what would you be doing today? Cottone: Growing up, my parents always championed the sciences to my brother and sisters. I suppose that passion for science is what led me to chemistry. But, if left to my own devices, I would have enjoyed running a small garage, fixing cars with a small staff and being known in my neighborhood for my talent and honesty. I’m still looking for that perfect 1956 Chevy Bel Air. What do you think is the most important attribute to your current success? Cottone: I think determination is key to my personal success. Determination can manifest itself in many ways. For instance, when I fail, I will never quit or surrender. I will learn from my mistakes and try again. My determination is illustrated in a great work ethic or relentless pursuit of a new or better idea.

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Ryan Kennedy, WJBR’s mascot J-Bear and Karly Keenan of Harvey, Hanna & Associates were bundled up at last year's event. Photo Karl Richeson Photography

C a m p in g f o r C o at s A sleep out in November in the middle of Newport aids thousands of area kids By Kevin Noonan

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ou won’t be able to see many stars, mainly because of the light shining through the windows of the tavern across the street. And you won’t hear the hooting and chirping of night birds, either, because the most dominant sound will be the rumbling of car tires on the nearby highway overpass. So it doesn’t sound like an ideal place to go camping. But in a way, it’s the perfect place. For the third consecutive year, Harvey, Hanna & Associates, a Newport-based real estate development company, will sponsor Camping Out for Coats, a fundraiser to purchase winter coats for needy kids in Newport and Wilmington. This year’s event will take place on Friday, Nov. 8. Patrons make a donation and then camp out on an empty grass field

across the street from the James Street Tavern in Newport— while that rumbling overhead emanates from Route 141 as it makes its way through town. The event had its genesis in 2017 when Ryan Kennedy of Harvey, Hanna & Associates visited Richey Elementary School in Newport to deliver some iPads the company was donating to special needs students at the school. As Kennedy was given a tour of the school by then-principal Dorothy Johnson, he felt the need to do more. “I was disappointed [that] I didn’t even know about the school even though I had been working in Newport for 10 years,” Kennedy says. “And the last thing [ Johnson] said to me was that over 65 percent of kids at that school lived at or below the poverty line, which was astonishing to us.” ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“We went through a series of emotions,” he adds, “and we felt that was unacceptable. And from that moment, we started paying close attention to the needs of local children.” Kennedy met with his boss, Thomas Hanna, who had created the Delaware Kids Fund to help needy children in Delaware, and it was Hanna who suggested the camping fundraiser to furnish winter coats for students. “We wanted to raise money and we wanted to raise awareness,” Kennedy says. “And we didn’t want to host a 5K or a beefand-beer or some other run-of-the-mill fundraiser. We wanted to do something a little more grassroots that would really draw attention to the topic. And that’s when he came up with the idea of camping out and making it a real community event in the heart of Newport. And the rest is history.”

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Not to mention geography. Hanna and Kennedy and the rest of the support staff realized that camping out in Newport on a chilly November night might be a tough sell, so they were pleasantly pleased at the response. The first year, they were able to supply 1,600 coats for three schools. Last year, they handed out more than 2,200 to other local elementary schools, including Richardson Park, Albert Palmer, Pulaski and Warner. Jaclyn Durant, a transplanted New Yorker, has been a social worker with the State of Delaware for 20 years and for the last 16 she’s been stationed at Richey Elementary. She’s worked closely with Hanna and Kennedy on the fundraiser and has been impressed with the commitment from the company and the community. “I really believe in the power of community, and to have the community reach out to us and help with our children is really uplifting,” Durant says. “It shows what can happen when people really care and are willing to think of the greater good. That’s really what community is all about and Ryan and all the people at Harvey, Hanna & Associates have made a real difference in the lives of a lot of children and their families.” And everyone in the school gets a coat, whether they can afford a new jacket or not. That works on two important levels for impressionable kids—none of the them feels left out and none of them feels singled out.


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Dave Pack of Harvey, Hanna & Associates helps a child try on his new coat at Richey Elementary School last year.

Durant says it’s almost like a big birthday party when the coats arrive at the school. The children get to pick out their own coats according to size and color, even though the shy ones sometimes need a little help. And Durant says she still remembers the first time they handed out the coats and the reaction of the students when they got them. “It was absolutely an amazing event,” Durant says. “People from the school and the [school] district and the community were here together just to see the children pick out their coats. And the children were so excited. They’d pick one out and run over to show one of their teachers and say ‘Look at my coat! I like the color! I love my new coat!’” Both Kennedy and Durant say they were unprepared for the reaction from the kids and they were also unprepared for the way it would affect them. “Frankly, it hit me like a ton of bricks,” Kennedy says. “I didn’t anticipate how emotional it would be when you meet those kids and see the joy in their faces.” Durant agrees that it was the looks on the children’s faces that had the biggest impact on her and everyone else on hand.

T e a r s in H er E ye s “At the end of the day I had tears in my eyes,” she says. “It was such a rewarding experience and just a special, special day for the school, the community and especially the kids.” There are plenty of fun activities scheduled for the event, including yard games, bonfire sing-a-longs with guitar accompaniment and, of course, s’mores. And there is plenty of security supplied by the Newport Police Department. Basic amenities are provided, including campout-style meals (hamburgers and hot dogs at night, pancakes in the morning, as well as other snacks) and, of course, bathrooms. As for other comforts, campers should bring common-sense things—blankets, sleeping bags, tents (which will be provided if you don’t have one) and flashlights. And because of the traffic, there is one more item the organizers suggest campers put in their backpacks—ear plugs. For more information on the camping fundraiser, contact Ryan Kennedy at 323-9300 (ext. 117), or at rkennedy@harveyhanna.com. OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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y introduction to Downtown Wilmington was the Halloween Loop. Talk about a first impression. It was 1980, I’d recently returned to Newark after working for the U.S Olympic Committee in Lake Placid that winter, and my friends talked me into joining them for this Halloween bash in the city. I attended dressed as a woman. Within an hour, my mascara was running— literally and metaphorically. Oh…my…God! Was this Market Street or Bourbon Street? Everyone was in costume, the streets were closed to traffic and overflowing with revelers, and it seemed as though there was a bar or restaurant every half block. We walked everywhere; no Loop buses needed. I know we started at a place called The Greenery. Where we finished…can’t remember. What I do remember, however, was the impression the experience had on me. What creative spirit. What energy. What a city. Who could have imagined that eight years later I’d become the publisher of a magazine covering this spectacle? And seven years later (1995), be tasked with keeping the monster alive. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Halloween Loop turns 40. This year’s celebration will be different. We are bringing the party back to where it all started—Market Street. A costume ball will take place at a venue we find especially appropriate, The Queen. What better venue for the party that refuses to die than a building brought back from the dead? Proceeds will benefit the Light Up The Queen Foundation, an organization dedicated to creating positive change in the

community through arts (see story page 25). And four bands that made a positive contribution to Wilmington’s music history will be performing: The Numbers, The Caulfields, Montana Wildaxe and The Snap. It will be the first time these four legendary local bands have appeared at the same show. Forty years of the Halloween Loop. Let that marinate for a moment. What multi-venue event in Delaware can claim such longevity? What state celebration has more name recognition? Just mention the Loop and eyebrows rise, ornery smiles appear. Many will then break into stories, recounting their memorable Loop moments. You can read a few on page 20. Which is why the Halloween Loop holds special meaning. It has been a defining event in Wilmington’s history. It has been our Mardi Gras, as Loop co-founders observed nearly four decades ago. It has annually brought thousands to the city, even after the mojo had moved from Market Street. The Loop has created magic moments for our city. Events can define a place. Nobody had heard of Max Yasgur’s farm before Woodstock. No one knew The Woodlands existed before Firefly. For many—and I speak with conviction here—their introduction to Wilmington was the Halloween Loop. So, for me, the Loop spirit is more important than the party. OK, so this year the party will be different. A 40-year milestone deserves a special celebration. Hope to see you there. But what happens moving forward? Let’s be creative. Let’s ensure that the spirit never dies. — Jerry duPhily

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For more than three decades, Out & About has been writing advances for this one-of-a-kind Halloween celebration. Following are reflections of Loops past— from the creators of the concept to the bartenders on the front lines. In parenthesis is the date the reflection appeared in Out & About.

IN THE BEGINNING The thing I remember most about that first Halloween Loop (1980) was its size. It was probably between 6,000 and 10,000 people on Market Street Mall, which was unheard of on a Friday night. There were so many people that they couldn’t fit in the bars, and this whole sub-culture party started happening on the mall. That was such a great thing. — Donna Marie King, former Director of Cultural Affairs, City of Wilmington & Loop co-founder (1999)

Scheduled for the Friday night following Thanksgiving in 1979, the Loop was born. After that, Loops were held monthly—always on the full moon—among the smattering of clubs along Market and Ninth streets where Wilmington’s nightlife then centered. When Halloween 1980 rolled around, the Loop became a landmark event. — Jon Springer, Out & About Magazine editor (1999)

Back in the ‘90s, we used to stage buses for the Halloween Loop in a downtown Wilmington parking lot adjacent to the Sheraton Suites. Today, that site is all grown up and the 15-story building situated at 500 Delaware Ave. is home to a variety of serious businesses. Oh, but if those sidewalks could talk. — Jerry duPhily, Out & About Magazine publisher (2009)

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ON THE SPECTACLE [Former general manager Rob Mayer was told to stay home during his first year of employment at Kelly’s Logan House.] “I’ve worked every Halloween Loop since then, but I was hired in ’94, it was the week before the Loop and [management] was afraid I’d quit if I didn’t have prior experiences with crowds.” — Rob Mayer, general manager of Kelly’s Logan House (2001)

I’ve been to Mardi Gras, and I have to say the Loop is the one thing it’s most similar to. It was like Wilmington was New Orleans and the Market Street Mall was the French Quarter. — Bob Bowersox, Fine Times Magazine contributor, radio & TV personality, Loop co-founder (1999)

While we dispatched buses, gave directions, and consoled college kids who’d lost their buddies and often their lunch, we’d watch the cars wheeling into town from the I-95 exit ramp. A spectacle it was. There were the Beatles in a Jeep Wrangler. Dracula in a Dodge Neon. Judge Ito and O.J. Simpson in a ...yes... white Ford Bronco. And my personal favorite: A foursome of Elvis Presleys in a pink Cadillac. — Jerry duPhily, Out & About Magazine publisher (2009)

I have to give kudos to whoever organized this mother of all parties—it’s been great for the City of Wilmington. I remember the first 10 years and how most of the bars and activities were centered around the Market Street Mall, all within a few blocks of each other. Market Street from Second to Ninth looked like an endless parade of costumes and spectators that took on a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere. In the ‘90s, the Loop spread out to other parts of the city with bus service to the West Side and the waterfront. In the last 10 years, it’s grown even larger with the Trolley Square crowd and beyond. And the costumes have gotten more creative, skimpier and risqué all the while. — John Barbieri, aka Johnny Smoke and Kiss’s Gene Simmons impersonator (2009)

We do about three weeks of business in one night. — Paul Ogden, then owner of Bank Shots Union Street (2003)

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ON THE COSTUMES Collaborative costumes are always the best. One year a couple dressed as the Titanic, and the year of the O.J. Simpson trial, two guys dressed as O.J. and Judge Ito. — Stan Yau, owner of Epoch on Union Street (2002)

Every Halloween Loop I have people coming up to me asking, “Have you seen a doctor? Have you seen an M&M?” When people lose a member of their group, they’re always intent on finding them by their costume. My advice: Come up with [something original]. — Rob Mayer, general manager of Kelly’s Logan House (2001)

The best one I saw was a guy dressed as a giant condom. His face and arms stuck out of this big, white plastic tube. It even had a reservoir tip on his head.

[One of my all-time] favorite costumes were two medieval warriors. They were very authentic. So authentic that I had to check their weapons at the door.

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— Chris White, general manager of Kid Shelleens (2001)

A couple came in dressed as an electric socket and a plug. The woman wore a white box with black felt for the holes, while the man had prongs sticking out of his chest. — Chris, bartender, Scratch Magoo’s (2000)

A friend of ours came dressed as Anna Nicole Smith, complete with fake breasts and a purse made from a KFC bucket. — Rob, bartender, Gallucio’s (2000)

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Serving the Underserved Under its first full-time executive director, Light Up the Queen Foundation is expanding and inspiring By Adriana Camacho-Church

A musician and performer, Sarah Koon took the helm at LUQ last November. She has held leadership roles in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years. Photo Jim Coarse

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pening doors, creating opportunities—those are the goals of Sarah Koon as she takes the reins as the first full-time executive director of Light Up the Queen Foundation, a nonprofit that seeks to enrich the lives of Wilmington’s youth. “We want to inspire them to be part of a community—of being part of something bigger than themselves and to say, ‘I can do this,’” she says. Hannah Gatewood, 13, can attest to that. Last year, the Cab Calloway School of the Arts student was the first recipient of a Christian Salcedo Music Scholarship—a $1,000 award offered by LUQ. “I didn’t have money for lessons,” says her mother, Salena. “My daughter’s dream was to play the guitar. The foundation helped her to do that.” Besides a new acoustic guitar and a year of private lessons at the Christina Cultural Arts Center, Gatewood got something just as valuable, her mother says. “It helped her build her confidence on stage and at home.” This year, about 6,000 students had the opportunity to be part of LUQ arts and music education programs. This month, the Foundation will award the Salcedo scholarship not to one but three students. This is one of several new steps the foundation has taken to increase its focus on the underserved youth it serves. It also has raised thousands of dollars through

donations, its sold-out Shine A Light concerts, and other fundraisers to cover scholarships and the year-round programs it offers for free.

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This year’s concert, Shine A Light on 1969, raised $80,000. In the past eight years, the fundraiser has brought in more than $300,000 to cover LUQ programming and operational costs. In June, Delaware Today magazine named “Shine A Light” as Best Of Delaware in the fundraising category. At the annual concert at the Queen, musicians from throughout Delaware volunteer to perform around a theme— usually a standout year in the history of popular music. This year, the nonprofit is teaming with Out & About and other businesses to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of Wilmington’s longest-running events—Delaware’s Halloween Loop. On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Queen will open its doors to the city’s first Halloween Loop Costume Ball. “This is the first year we are partnering with Out & About for the ball,” says Koon. “The bands are donating their time and talents, so we are grateful to The Caulfields, The Numbers, The Snap and Montana Wildaxe for being our live entertainment for the evening. The Caulfields and The Numbers are reuniting after many years of not playing, so we’re eager to hear them.” ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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LUQ Created in 2010

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LUQ was created and incorporated as a nonprofit in 2010 with the purpose of raising funds to restore the abandoned Queen Theater, built in the 1800s, Koon says. “This explains the name of our organization—Light Up The Queen; it’s meant to make you think of turning on the lights inside the theater, which had been dark since the 1950s.” After the theater reopened in 2011, the Hannah Gatewood was the first recipient of the Christian Foundation focused on raising money to Salcedo Music Scholarship. offer arts and music education programs to underprivileged youth with the purpose of cultivating opportunities and an interest and appreciation for the arts. Housed inside the Queen, the Foundation has made the theater a place of teaching and mentoring, as well as a place where local musicians can gather to give back to the community. “I think the LUQ musical events have created a wonderful bond within the local musicians’ community,” says Kevin Walsh, a longtime area musician and LUQ’s board vice president. “On a very basic level, there is no better advertising for what we do than to stand in front of a sold-out Queen Theater and just bring it. We all started out as young kids who fell in love with music. Most of us had the family support to pursue that dream. It feels good to help young kids who share that dream, but who [otherwise might not ever] get the chance to be heard.” This was also the first summer LUQ gave 120 students who would otherwise not be able to afford summer camp the opportunity to attend Tyler’s Camp at Castle Hills Elementary School, in New Castle. At the camp, Koon says, students learned “everything from costuming and set design to stage presence, memorizing songs, dialogue, and choreography and following on-stage directions.” On the last day of camp, students performed an abbreviated version of The Lion King.

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Besides achieving higher rates of student participation, LUQ’s other accomplishments for 2019 include partnering with several new organizations, such as Summer Collab and the Christina Cultural Arts Center. In 2020, “Shine A Light on 1980” is happening on Leap Day—Feb. 29, says Koon. “This is a fashion forward event, so attendees can get out their leftover ‘80s gear or hit Goodwill and suit up. We will be selling both general admission tickets and special VIP tickets with all kinds of perks, including balcony access and an open bar. We will be doing all of the top hits of 1980 in this Broadway-quality performance.” Xtianstock, an annual LUQ music concert that raises money for the Christian Salcedo Music Scholarship, is scheduled for the spring of 2020—date to be announced. It was started in 2016 in memory of local musician and teacher Christian Salcedo. Fellow musicians gather once a year at Butch Zito’s The Farm in Wilmington to volunteer their time and talents for this event. What other goals are ahead for LUQ in 2020? A potential rebrand of the organization, says Koon. This is under consideration because there tends to be confusion about how LUQ is tied to the Queen now that it has shifted its focus to youth outreach programs. The theater has three existing branches, explains Koon: Live Nation, which manages nightlife and music venue operations; Special Events, which manages weddings, conferences, parties, fundraisers, etc., and LUQ, which provides accessible arts and music education programs. When a person buys a ticket for the Halloween Costume Ball, Shine A Light or any other LUQ fundraisers, it goes directly to the foundation’s education programs and has nothing to do with Live Nation concert events or building maintenance, says Koon. “The rebranding will help people understand who we are and what we are doing,” she says. OCTOBER APRIL 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The head (Susan Taylor, as model), c. 1970s by Ken Ramsay, goes on display at the Delaware Art Museum's “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” exhibition this month.

T HE CHANGING FACE OF T HE ARTS

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n a recent Wednesday afternoon in a conference room in downtown Wilmington, representatives from more than a dozen local nonprofits gathered to discuss the future of arts and culture in Delaware. The gathering brought together a veritable “Who’s Who” of leaders from institutions both big and small. It was organized by the Delaware Arts Alliance (DAA) as part of it’s “Creative Conversations” series, which launched last year to provide a forum for arts institutions to share knowledge and work toward common goals. The future of the arts in Delaware, as the room envisioned it, could hardly look more different from the past. As the nation

diversifies, so too must the fine arts. The nation’s youngest generations are the most diverse: more than 40 percent of millennials and post-millennials are non-white, and one in four is Latino. By mid-century, the United States will be a majority-minority nation. It seems inevitable that some arts organizations will find themselves irrelevant and put out to pasture. What will ultimately differentiate those that thrive from those that merely survive will be the willingness to pursue systemic change: reaching beyond a traditional group of donors and stakeholders, embracing diversity and inclusion as core components of their respective missions, and building community partnerships to make that mission a reality. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“I think the arts naturally engages people of diverse backgrounds, but we need to move intentionally so it doesn’t become tokenism or appropriation,” says Arreon Harley, vice president at the DAA and director of music and operations at Choir School of Delaware. Harley led the meeting alongside Jessica Ball, executive director of DAA. In other words, Harley suggested at the meeting, no more “one-and-done” events designed for people of color or those who are differently abled. From now on, diversity and inclusion must be as fundamental to each organization’s mission, for example, as the preservation and display of historical artifacts is to a museum or historical society. “Is there a reference to diversity in your mission? Raise your hands,” asked Harley, and most hands went up. “Do you offer sustained programming that serves underrepresented communities?” he asked, and again, most hands went up. Then: “How many of these programs have consistent attendance from that target audience?” Fewer hands this time. “What about diversity among the staff that’s providing that programming? Does it reflect your target audience?” Fewer hands still.

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If the first conclusion of the “Creative Conversation” was that arts organizations need to diversify along with the rest of the country, then the second was, despite commonalities, each institution faces unique challenges when it comes to incorporating diversity and inclusion into their daily operations and best practices, from greeting folks at the door to how hiring decisions are made. Institutional change on this scale is no small feat. It must come from the top down, and it’s going to be expensive. Developing new programming that celebrates local culture will require close collaboration with community partners to ensure that programs are reaching the right audience and having the intended impact. “We are trying to make sure that communities that are underrepresented are also at the table and partnering with some of these larger organizations so there are meaningful conversations happening and outcomes that can be sustained rather than once-off programs,” says Harley. “It means being strategic. Diversity, equity and inclusion cannot be a checkbox. It has to be a constant.” These are exactly the types of changes that started going into effect at the Delaware Art Museum (DAM), beginning about five years ago “There was a sense that the museum was not well-perceived, not connected with the community,” says Sam Sweet, executive director of DAM. He points to the tenure of his predecessor, Mike Miller, for orienting the organization toward more meaningful community engagement. “For this to be a successful turnaround for the museum, we needed to change those perceptions and regain the trust and confidence of the community, and go beyond that,” says Sweet. “That vision is for this museum to be one that everybody in this community feels is their museum, that our collections reflect their cultures, their history, their tastes.” So what has this transformation at DAM looked like? It began with self-reflection—do we have the right staff and the appropriate skill set to meet our goals? The answer was no.

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Increasing staff diversity became a top priority, as did professional development for the current staff. According to Saralyn Rosenfield, director of Learning and Engagement at DAM, it started by reaching out to an external consultant—an organization called The Empathetic Museum, to provide training on implicit bias, recognizing microaggression, internal power structures and other systemic issues. “It’s not enough to do one new program and say you’re being diverse,” says Rosenfield. “Museums need to develop the practices and behaviors on staff to have a more authentic connection with your communities.”

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The Teenth of June, pt. 1, by Lauren Woods, is also on display at the Delaware Art Museum's “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” exhibition this month.

Opening these dialogues allowed the museum to incorporate diversity and inclusion into everyday thinking. It’s no longer the “checkbox,” as Harley would say. “A lot of times, we inadvertently filter biases in such a way that diversity is filtered out,” says Sweet. “I want our staff to think about how they can filter diversity in, which is thinking through how we post a position, what we asked for as qualifications. I think we’ve been more successful at diversifying our staff, and beginning to diversify our board more effectively, because we’re looking at diversity as an important factor in a person’s qualifications.” It also has meant a shift in content, such as art on the walls, to how the community can engage and interact with that content. For instance, DAM launched the Connected Series, which allows anyone to propose programming that ties into either the museum’s permanent collection or traveling exhibitions.

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The content also has concentrated more critically on Wilmington’s complicated social justice legacy, beginning with the 2015 exhibition “Dream Streets: Art in Wilmington 1970– 1990.” In 2018, DAM was the primary organizer of “Wilmington: 1968,” a community-wide reflection on the riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., and the subsequent National Guard occupation. The year-long program included partnerships with more than a dozen local nonprofits, and in addition to four exhibitions, including the much-talked-about “Black Survival Guide, or How to Live Through a Police Riot,” the partnership included community conversations, performances, lectures and even an oral history project focused on those who experienced the riots and occupation. Sweet recalls a comment he received from a visitor who had just seen the Wilmington 1968 exhibitions: “A few years ago, the museum would not have been participating in this, and now to think the museum is one of the leaders.” Community programming also makes exhibitions more relevant. In 2016, DAM expanded a traveling exhibition, “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art,” to include a storytelling performance called “My America, My Journey,” which featured Latino Delawareans sharing their personal stories about family, community, identity, culture and migration. The program was free. The museum also arranged for bilingual tours of the show. This year, the exhibition “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago” included tours in Spanish as well as Haitian Creole, on the recommendation of a special advisory committee. ►

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Plastic Bodies, by Sheila Pree Bright, is also on display at the Delaware Art Museum's “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” exhibition this month.

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Last year, DAM and the Grand Opera House partnered to host “Step Afrika!,” the world’s first professional company where dancers perform using their bodies as instruments. The shows sold out, and it generated widespread discussion, including among public school students who were treated to an exclusive performance. This year, DAM is bringing yet another traveling exhibition that should prove to be the talk of the town. “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” explores how Black beauty has been fashioned, and self-fashioned, in popular culture from the Jim Crow period to Michelle Obama. Consisting of 104 photographs, the exhibition has been on the road since 2013. The community will be invited to submit wall labels describing how the artwork connects to their own experiences, and an outreach program funded by Delaware Humanities and developed in partnership with YWCA, Girls Inc. and other local nonprofits will invite young girls and women to learn about female creatives and build self-confidence. “It’s really making this museum multidimensional,” says Sweet. “By making it about collections and community, we want everybody to feel that they can come here and think of this as their place, that there are things in this museum that speak to their community.” There’s still more work to do, but the arts in Wilmington seem to be finally at a point where progress has become visible, like the wake behind an ocean liner as it changes course, and heads to a new destination.


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a way for families to get together. It’s a way to knock out a meeting before going to the office. It’s a quiet place to work on your computer outside the office or home, and it’s a way to get a group together.” Seeking to capture those demographics, High 5 Hospitality recently added an Eggspectation location to its stable, which also includes Buffalo Wild Wings, Limestone BBQ and Bourbon, and the Stone Balloon. In the Christiana area, Eggspectation, a Montreal-based chain, is in good company. Nearby are two other new chains specializing in breakfast: Turning Point and First Watch. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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Vogeley has toyed with adding a dinner. “But I fell in love with my phone not ringing in the evening,” says the busy restaurateur, who now has a location, in Newark. Lucky’s Coffee Shop in North Wilmington opened in 2007 intending to offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. But customers quickly put the restaurant in the breakfast box, partly because it’s available all day—a prerequisite for a restaurant highlighting omelets and waffles. “We’ve always been more of a breakfast place than anything else,” acknowledges Manager Matt Tyrawski, who’s been with Lucky’s from the start. “Even when we were open for dinner, the biggest sellers were breakfast meals.” Currently, Lucky’s owners are looking at creative ways to capitalize on the evening traffic. Hank’s Place in Chadds Ford made the leap to dinner. The establishment, known as much for its outdoor landscaping as for its breakfast, is open until 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and until 3 p.m. on Sunday and Monday. Anthony Young, who owns Hank’s with wife, Kate, says Fridays are big family nights. “Mom and dad come in and get an entrée —horseradish-crusted salmon—and kids get pancakes or French toast.” Hank’s is a BYO, and there’s no corkage fee. For the most part, the Christiana chains putting breakfast front and center have followed in the limited-hours format. First Watch closes at 2:30 p.m.; Turning Point at 3 p.m. The exception is Eggspectation, which is open until 9 p.m. Offering a large menu with morning, afternoon and evening selections can be challenging, Pancake acknowledges, particularly around lunchtime. “You can be humming along with breakfast orders, and someone will order a burger or chicken parmesan,” he says. “It can throw the kitchen for a loop for a minute or two.”

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Eggspectation’s lengthy breakfast menu includes chocolate-cocoa waffles topped with orange mascarpone cheese, as well as smoked salmon Benedict with Philadelphia cream cheese and hollandaise. These are the kinds of dishes that appeal to diners who consider a restaurant breakfast an indulgence akin to dessert. The more unusual, the better. Drip Café’s caramel-apple-bacon pancakes made news in People magazine and on Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia. Many breakfast-oriented restaurants also have selections to attract health-and-wellness buffs. First Watch, for instance, serves smashed avocado on whole-grain toast with extra virgin olive oil, lemon and high-grade Maldon sea salt. It comes with eggs from cage-free hens. The restaurant’s “A.M. Superfoods Bowl” is coconut milk-chia seed pudding topped with bananas, berries, blackberry preserves, and house-made granola. ►

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Offering dishes for the diet-buster and diet-conscious helps a restaurant accommodate the low-carb, keto, paleo, and gluten-free consumers, of which there are many. But even restaurants that keep it simple with familiar dishes have found that breakfast is a flexible meal. At Hank’s, Young has seen an uptick in the number of diners skipping potatoes and toast. “It’s easy for us to accommodate,” he says. To be sure, since many low-carb dieters are big on protein or fat, they can load up on the bacon, sausage, or eggs—of which there is no shortage.

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There is a limit to the amount people want to pay for breakfast in a restaurant. “If I served some dishes six hours later, I could charge more for it,” Vogeley notes. “I do feel constricted, at times.” Because Drip Café offers specialty coffee drinks, the bill can creep up for the consumer who has several lattes and a substantial breakfast to boot. Says Vogeley, “All of a sudden you’re at $20 and people are like, ‘Whoa, what just happened?’” Diners often see only affordable ingredients on breakfast menus. They don’t consider all the other expenses that a restaurant incurs, from labor to flood insurance, Young says. Food costs fluctuate—even milk and eggs. And as any savvy consumer can attest, quality ingredients have a higher price tag. Hank’s uses real butter on the grill, not a liquid substitute, and the scrapple is made by a local butcher. For small restaurants like Meghan’s, ownership is a hands-on effort, says Laurie Skelley, a partner. “Owners have to work if they want to make a profit,” she explains. “We try to keep our food costs down without messing with the quality.” Since starting Meghan’s more than two decades ago, Skelley has gained more competition. Just down the street, Whole Foods has a morning breakfast bar with prepared foods, and Avenue Kitchen—a sleek restaurant—serves breakfast all day, every day. Going south, Metro Diner last year opened a third Delaware location on Concord Pike. Meanwhile, quick-casual restaurants—which have counter service—are also breaking some eggs. El Diablo Burritos’ new Market Street restaurant, for instance, serves breakfast. Skelley’s business might dip when the new places open, she says, but it quickly rebounds. “Eighty percent of our customers are regulars,” she says. “Half the time people sit down and don’t even need to tell us what they want to eat. We know people by name. I’ve watched kids come in here in baby seats, and now they’re driving here.” For these customers, pancakes come with a side of sentimentality, which is another reason why the morning meal is so important. “Breakfast,” Vogeley concludes, “is comfort food.”


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Eggspectation

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Turning Point

3204 Fashion Center Blvd., Newark 738-4326 | theturningpoint.biz

First Watch

74 Geoffrey Drive, Newark 894-4030 | firstwatch.com

De La Coeur Café et Patisserie

1836 Lovering Ave., Wilmington 660-7178 | delacoeurcafe.com

Meghan’s

1117 Smithbridge Rd., Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, 610-459-3022

Drip Café

144 Lantana Square, Hockessin, 234-4430 60 N. College Ave., Newark, 565-4685 | dripcafede.com

Lucky’s Coffee Shop

4003 Concord Pike, Wilmington 477-0240 | luckyscoffeeshop.com

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1625 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, 610-388-7061 hanksplacechaddsford.com

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orbert Street Social Local Tavern and Cocktail Lounge is a new addition to Wilmington’s nightlife scene. Hidden behind Mikimotos and the Washington Street Ale House at 305 Torbert St., the location is on the historic registry and was once one of Delaware’s historic stables, originally built in 1887. Today, it’s a sophisticated cocktail lounge and patio managed by the Big Fish Restaurant Group. Torbert Street is open Thursday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Visit torbertsocial.com.

iverfront Events, the Big Fish Restaurant Group’s newest venture, is now open. Located within the Hyatt Place Hotel on the Riverfront, the venue features 8,500 square feet of event space and can accommodate up to 250 people. Riverfront Events is targeting business meetings, social events and weddings. Visit riverfronthyattevents.com.

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27 Riverfront Commuter Lot, RIVERFRONTWILM.COM/PARKING 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29. CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30. The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31. Altitude Trampoline Park, ALTITUDEWILMINGTON.COM 32. The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM River Rock Kitchen, RIVERROCKKITCHEN.COM 33. Delaware Humane Association, DELAWAREHUMANE.ORG 34. Kalmar Nyckel Shipyard / Fort Christina Park, KALMARNYCKEL.ORG 35. Jack A. Markell Bike Trail 36. Constitution Yards Beer Garden, CONSTITUTIONYARDS.COM 37. 76ers Fieldhouse, BLUECOATS.GLEAGUE.NBA.COM


THE CITY

Cutting the ribbon at the newly renovated Eden Park.

Wilmington Celebrates Latin American Heritage Month: Mayor Purzycki joined Wilmington’s new Fire Marshal, Deputy Chief Gabriel Pabon Jr. (left), and Maria Matos, President & CEO of the Latin American Community Center, to proclaim September as Hispanic Heritage Month at the LACC’s annual Open House and Block Party. This year also marks the 50th Anniversary of the LACC’s serving the Latino community in Wilmington and throughout the state of Delaware. Felicitaciones a todos!

NEW AND IMPROVED EDEN PARK IS OPEN IN SOUTH WILMINGTON

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ayor Purzycki and Parks & Recreation Director Kevin F. Kelley, Sr. encourage citizens to visit the newly renovated Eden Park in Southbridge. A community celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held in August to mark the grand reopening of the park, which has undergone a comprehensive $2.4M rehabilitation. “Two and a half years ago I committed to getting this park finished,” said the Mayor. “Now we’ve got this fantastic field, a new pool and picnic area and playground equipment, and we couldn’t be prouder of this. We want everyone to enjoy it.” To learn more about the renovation, visit the Eden Park Capital Project page of Wilmington’s new OpenGov information portal: https://stories.opengov.com/ wilmingtonde/published/vQgdubNNR.

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Mayor Purzycki, pictured here with Terrone Warren, helped kick off the NFL’s 100th season by stopping by the BVD seasonopening BBQ, a free community event now in its 12th year. The Eagles managed a win in their home opener, though the Mayor’s former team, the NY Giants, didn’t fare so well against the Cowboys.

A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE


NEWS YOU CAN USE! WILMINGTON WORKS

Looking for general job information and resources? Visit www.wilmingtonde.gov/ government/employment to learn about education and training, labor laws and regulations, how to apply for government jobs, as well as other employment-related information.

CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS

Looking for a community organization or civic association in your area? Visit: bit.ly/ WilmDECivicAssoc Mayor Mike Purzycki joins Governor John Carney, other elected officials and members of the Rodney Square Conservancy at today’s ground-breaking ceremony in Rodney Square.

RODNEY SQUARE RENOVATION IS NOW UNDERWAY

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ayor Purzycki joined Gov. John Carney and a host of elected officials, local dignitaries and members of the Rodney Square Conservancy to break ground for a $7M renovation of Wilmington’s main public square—Rodney Square—which was originally constructed in 1921. This first phase of the public and privately-funded project is expected to be completed early next year. Improved accessibility to the square and more community-based activities are the primary goals of the renovation project. “The long overdue renovation of Rodney Square has begun, and I am most appreciative to the Governor, General Assembly and our project partners that this grand public square will not only be restored to its original glory but will be improved in a way so that it’s upkeep will be more manageable and economical. When completed, the square will be more beautiful, attractive and useful. The partnership that has enabled us to begin this revitalization effort is doing this to preserve historic Rodney Square for the entire community and for future generations.” To learn more about the renovation, visit the Rodney Square Capital Project page of Wilmington’s new OpenGov information portal: https://stories.opengov.com/ wilmingtonde/published/KSXgJD0yb

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR OCT 4

OCT 12

OCT 13

WILMINGTON ART LOOP MASCOTS FOR A CURE 5K (MARKET ST., 11 A.M.-2 P.M.)

VENDEMMIA ITALIAN WINE FESTIVAL (TUBMAN-GARRETT PARK, 2-6 P.M.)

OCT 26

OCT 28

O&A’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY HALLOWEEN LOOP COSTUME BALL (THE QUEEN) VETERANS DAY

(CITY OBSERVANCE – GOVERNMENT OFFICES CLOSED)

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LaFate Gallery

Station Gallery

Arden’s Buzz Ware Village

St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church

Christina Cultural Arts Center

DCAD

Carspecken Scott Gallery

The Sold Firm

Blue Streak Gallery


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Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) 600 N. Market St. 622-8000 • dcad.edu/gallery Artists: “Still Moving” by the DCAD Animation Department

Delaware Children’s Museum 550 Justison Street 654-2340 • delawarechildrensmuseum.org Artist: VSA DE & George Greenamyer The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison Street 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: Peter Wayne Lewis, Chris Andricola, Jake Foster and Constance Cone.

Delaware History Museum 504 N. Market Street 655-7161 • dehistory.org Artist: Moderncity + Main Girard’s Craft & Cork 5 W. Girard Street 402-9463 • girardfaire.com Artists: Mary Targonski, Diane Treacy Keesee & John D. Holton

DOWNTOWN 2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street 655-0124 • 2ndandloma.com Artist: Exploration by Craig Hable

Grace United Methodist Church 900 N. Washington Street 887-6254 • iamthevillage.org Artist: National Hispanic Day

The Angelus House 417 W. 5th Street 347-963-2208 Artists: “Mary Around the World” by a number of local artists. Chelsea Tavern 821 N. Market Street 723-8411 Artist: ALOHA • ALOHA ART PARTY with SARAH DAVENPORT + STÄR ZEN WAVE Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street 652-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: K.O. Simms

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The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street 658-7897 • thegrandwilmington.org Artist: “Meet Hannibal Lee”

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Colourworks 1902 Superfine Ln. (Race St.) 428-0222 • colourworks.com Artist: Through This Land We Roam by Jason Jellick

The Sold Firm 800-B N. Tatnall Street 345-1192 Artist: Foodstamp Urban Bike Project of Wilmington 1500 N. Walnut Street urbanbikeproject.com Artist: Nathan Paul Smith WEST END & WEST SIDE

The Church of the Holy City 1118 N. Broom Street 215-840-1757 Artist: “Transitions” by Regina Katz Fit Studio 62 Rockford Road 429-0506 Artist: “Markers “by Karen Delaney Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin St. 656-7397 • howardpylestudio.org Artist: “A Walk in the Park” by Erica Neidhardt Melloy Artisans Gallery 1139 W. 7th Street Unit C 425-4900 Artists: Julia Jay Hardeman, Orlanzo Alex Wright & Allen Fausnaught North Wilmington Library 3400 N. Market Street 300-8881 Artist: About My Father’s Business St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church 1301 N. Broom Street 652-7623 • ststeph.org Artist: Phoenix by Ralph Marley Telo Massage Studio 506 N. Union Street 384-7755 Artist: Addi Naturals by Yemina Israel Tower Hill School Founder’s Gallery 2813 W. 17th Street 575-0550 Artist: “The Breakfast Club” BEYOND THE CITY Station Gallery 3999 Kennett Pike 654-8638 • stationgallery.net Artists: “Glory ~ New Paintings” by Monique Sarkessian Bellefonte Arts 803C Brandywine Blvd. 762-4278 Artist: Decorated Bra Contest

The Creative Vision Factory 617 N. Shipley Street 543-3082 Artists: Geraldo Gonzalez and Ken Segal

Bike Lane Café 1139 W. 7th Street Unit A 425-4900 Artist: Performance art by local artists

DE.CO 111 W. 10th Street 448-0903 • decowilmington.com Artist: Velvet

Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue 429-0506 Artists: HOPE collective show

Arden’s Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway, Arden 981-4811 • ardenbuzz.com Artists: A Wink and a Scream by Avalon Batory and Dorian Taylor

Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street 577-8278 • arts.delaware.gov Artist: Art with Purpose by Leah Beach

Carspecken Scott Gallery & Custom Framing 1707 N. Lincoln Street 655-7173 • carspeckenscott.com Artist: Revisited by Runcie Tatnall

Carl Doubet Jewelers 2900 Concord Pike Suite B 888-2991 • doubetjewelers.com Artists: Batman/Joker Retrospective - Various Artists and mediums

Next Art Loop Wilmington: November 1, 2019

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Official Spirit of Out & About Magazine’s

40th Anniversary

Costume Ball Sat., Oct. 26 • The Queen

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VENDEMMIA RETURNS TO RIVERFRONT

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he Delaware Italian-American Foundation is bringing its annual celebration back to Tubman-Garrett Park on Sunday, Oct. 13 (2-6 p.m.). Vendemmia Italian Wine Festival features samplings of wines from throughout Italy along with foods from local Italian eateries, including Sitaly, Café Pomodoro, Café Riviera, La Pizzeria Metro, Nicola Pizza, Serpe’s Bakery and Olevano olive oil. A highlight of the afternoon will be a special Vendemmia presentation to Bob Trostle, a Delaware alcohol industry leader who serves as executive vice president of Breakthru Beverage Delaware. The presentation will be made by Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione. Other highlights include live swing music by Steve Silicato, classical arias by vocalist Andrea Arena, a Dogfish Head beer garden, and an attempt to set a world record for participants in a tarantella (a traditional celebratory Italian line dance) led by members of the Wilmington Ballet. Tickets are $60, or $500 for a table of 10. Visit ItalianWineFest.com.

SAUCING UP THE AFTERNOON

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ainted Stave Distilling (106 W. Commerce St., Smyrna) will host Wings & Whiskey on Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 4 p.m. Local food trucks will prepare wings in quest of the Chicken Trophy while Painted Stave will unveil a whiskey it created in collaboration with Fordham & Dominion Brewing. The whiskey is distilled F&D’s Oktoberfest beer aged for three years in one of the distillery’s rye barrels. No tickets necessary; whiskey will be sold first-come, first-served. Visit PaintedStave.com.

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DOGFISH HEAD HOPPING INTO THE SMITHSONIAN

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ogfish Head’s invention of the process of continual hopping— the brewing method used to make its 60 Minute IPA, 90 Minute IPA and 120 Minute IPA—is being recognized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Dogfish Head’s original boil kettle and continual hopping device, created by Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione from an old vibrating football game that he picked up at a local thrift store, has been acquired and accepted into the permanent collection of homebrewing and craft beer history that is being built by the museum’s American Brewing History Initiative. The ABH Initiative is the first national-scale, scholarly research project focused on the “craft beer revolution.” Visit SmithsonianMag.com.

ANOTHER CHAPTER IN DELAWARE BEER STORY

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istory and beer unite at the fifth edition of A Delaware Brew Story, set for Saturday, Oct. 5 (5-9 p.m.), at Blue Ball Barn in Alapocas Run State Park, Wilmington. Delaware brew historian John Medkeff will lead a panel discussion that will celebrate and examine the 25th anniversary of Delaware’s brewing revival. The discussion will be followed by samplings from local craft makers such as Bellefonte, Big Oyster, Dogfish Head, Dew Point and Liquid Alchemy. Proceeds benefit Friends of Wilmington Parks and Restore The King, the campaign to save Delaware’s King Gambrinus statue. Tickets are $40 ($15 for designated drivers). Visit DeStateParks.com.

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or the fourth consecutive year, Newark’s Deer Park Tavern is putting its energy into raising funds for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC). On Sunday, Oct. 13, Deer Park will host a run (1 mile and 5K distances) with a post-run party immediately following. Register at Races2Run.com. Also during the month of October, Deer Park and its sister restaurant McGlynn’s will donate $1 to the DBCC for every purchase of nachos or grapefruit crushes.


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RaR's flagship IPA, Nanticoke Nectar. Photo courtesy of RaR Brewing Company

THE ART OF REVIVAL With dedication and luck, RaR has created vast amounts of craft, commerce and fun in a colonial town on the Chesapeake By Jim Miller

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quaint, unassuming community on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Cambridge adds historic charm to the maritime feel evident in many locales along the Chesapeake. Although it is by no means an unlikely spot for a brewery, Cambridge is a surprising setting for RaR Brewing, which feels like it was airdropped in from a nearby urban city—perhaps Baltimore, D.C., or Philly. The humorous, black-and-white designs that dot the tasting room wall seem at first glance like graffiti tags on a postindustrial warehouse. In reality, they are large reproductions of the iconic imagery found on past and present RaR beer label —the handiwork of in-house illustrator and RaR partner B.J. Wheatley. They include the happy crab from Bottom Feeder Blonde, the fat cake from 10 Layers Stout, the lumberjack from Lumber Sexual

Double IPA, and, of course, many versions of the RaR mascot, the legendary sea monster Chessie. Wheatley’s artwork is also evident in the hundreds of stickers littering the bar, the tap system, the cooler, and in and around the brewery itself. RaR stands for Real Ale Revival, which is the answer to the question most people ask themselves when they first see the eye-catching logo, created by Wheatley’s collaborator, co-owner Chris Brohawn. Years ago, before all of this, Wheatley and Brohawn were part of a small circle of home-brewing dreamers who met regularly in the back of a nearby restaurant. “We’d hang out and brew beer and shoot the shit,” Wheatley says while eating lunch at the tasting room bar. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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“Man, we always joked, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool [to run a THE ART OF REVIVAL brewery] some day!’ And I would continued from previous page say that about six months into it, Chris and I looked at each other and said, ‘If we don’t do this, somebody else is going to for sure.’” In fact, there was already possible competition in an area restaurateur who was testing the waters, trying to put together a team and dive into the local craft beer market. Says Wheatley: “We were like, ‘No one’s gonna do it better than us, because we’re the guys we’re trying to market to. We know what people are looking for. We know what their spending patterns are. We are the craft beer consumers. All we got to do is sell it to ourselves.’” Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the two partners, they were able to open those brewery doors six years ago in August. “We were still building the brewery when we opened,” Brohawn reveals. As we speak, a story unfolds of a dream that came with a price. That dream required long working hours that spilled into morning. It required faith in the dream itself. And, as with many things, it required a certain amount of luck. O&A: How did you get from dabbling in home-brewing to opening a full-fledged brewery? Brohawn: I had a small home brew set-up in the back of Ocean Odyssey Seafood House on Route 50. A bunch of us brewed beer there. Eventually, [Wheatley] and I wrote a business plan. My father had an old college roommate, who was and still is a prominent businessman [and] still lives in the area. I called him and said, “Can you give me 30 minutes of your time? I want to run

an idea by you, see what you think of it, and give me some advice.” I took the business plan, talked to him about my idea, and 20 to 25 minutes into the conversation, he wrote me a check for $75,000. He said, “Somebody helped me out once when I was your age, so roll with it.” O&A: When you got that check for $75,000, how did you feel? Brohawn: I kind of remember the drive home, trying to keep the car on the road, my hands shaking. It was nuts. I’m getting goosebumps all over again just talking about it. A $75,000 check now is just [an exchange] with one distributor on a Friday. But back then, that was everything. I never had more than a couple hundred dollars in my bank account before then, y’know? And this man trusted me with all that money. It’s crazy. [laughs] O&A: So if that hadn’t happened, where would you be right now? Brohawn: I don’t know. I don’t know if I would have gotten money from somewhere else, y’know? I don’t know. O&A: What did happen next? Brohawn: I took the money and started talking to the local economic development office in Dorchester County. There’s two here—which is strange. There’s one for the city and there’s one for Dorchester county. The director, Keasha Haythe, said, “We think we can help you get a revitalization loan for downtown, because it’s struggling and in need.” So she got us a super low-interest loan, and we used the $75,000 as leverage. And then we ended up raising another 40 to 50 grand between investors—there’s five of us. We ended up doing all the construction ourselves.

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Photo courtesy of RaR Brewing Company

RaR Brewing's Annual Dank Day beer festival draws big crowds to Sailwinds Park on the banks of the Choptank River in Cambridge.

O&A: Had you done anything like that before? Brohawn: I was an electrician beforehand, so I dabbled in all the trades. I can do whatever. I built all that stuff next door [he nods to the expansion next door]. But we got to July [2013] and realized we were going to run out of money. And our brew system was backed up. Our licensing was backed up. So that’s when we pushed. I think we opened up in the third week of August and had $200 in the bank. My business partner, J.T., and I bartended when we were open, and then when he could watch the bar by himself, I was in the back brewing. It’s been non-stop, man, since Day One. It’s been kind of a blur looking back. I remember a little bit [chuckles], but not a whole lot. O&A: Just $200? That’s crazy. Did you get any sleep? Brohawn: No, no. From when we started construction to when we opened, I lost like 30 pounds. I was nothing. Skin and bones. Drinking my way through, trying to keep my sanity. But now we’re churning out $5 million a year, I’ve put back on the weight, and I can sleep at night [chuckles]. O&A: At any point during construction, did you feel like you’d made a mistake opening a brewery? Brohawn: I don’t regret it. Looking back, I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Because it shaped us, and it made me hustle. There were points in time when I was scared to death and I thought we were going to lose everything. But it turned me into a rock. Nothing fazes me now, which might be a negative. But in terms of running a business, it’s good. O&A: When you look back on it, what’s the thing you feel like you got right? Was there something that you nailed right from the start? Brohawn: Branding. We built a strong brand before we even opened the doors. On social media, we had thousands of followers and nobody had even tasted our product. Just from the look and the feel—it’s kind of grimy industrial with a lot of nostalgia—we’ve kept that theme since Day One. O&A: And who took the task of branding? Brohawn: Right out of the gates it was B.J. and me. He’s doing most of it now. The last piece of the pie was graphic design, which I was doing up until last month and then I off-loaded that on him. So he is art director. ►

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PIZZA M NTH Some of RaR Brewing's artwork, displayed in the new brewpub, still under construction next door to the current taproom.

O&A: You were doing the graphic design? All of this stuff [pointing to the wall of large beer-label icons]? Brohawn: Yeah, so those are all his illustrations. He’d hand me the piece of paper he drew it on, and I’d take it from there. O&A: So you have to wear a lot of different hats? You’re the owner, you’re the electrician, you’re the contractor, you’re the bartender . . . Brohawn: Yeah, I came in today and was working on the canning line because we had some issues. I ran that for the first year-anda-half after we installed it. Then came back over here [to the pub area] and was building furniture. I don’t think I took a vacation until two years ago. O&A: You said you got the branding right from the beginning. Do you think the logo played a part in that? Brohawn: Yeah, it got people talking. It still does. O&A: Because there’s a little bit of a mystery behind it. Brohawn: It’s that, but with all our marketing we just tease and hint. We never just throw out info unless we’re coming right up to a surprise or a release. With the logo, I wanted something that could just be a single color and be noticeable and stand out. I actually worked on another logo for four weeks straight and I hated it. Then I got shit-faced drunk one night, deleted it, and did that one in about 15 minutes. [He proudly points to the large RaR logo on the wall behind the bar]. Look how it pops! O&A: You said you were an electrician. Had you taken any design classes? Brohawn: I went to college for graphic design. I never finished; I dropped out. But I went for two years at Salisbury. I dropped out and sold mortgages for a while. Then started doing electrical work. A local business—residential, commercial, a little bit of agriculture. But all those things played such a massive role for me. The graphic design. The trades. The electric and plumbing. I still use it every day here. I didn’t realize it, but I basically groomed myself for this position. O&A: Elaborate on that. Brohawn: It’s everything a brewer needs to know. You got to be handy. You’ve got to be able to focus and fix problems quickly. But even further, no brewers know electric work. That’s the one trade where everyone’s like, “F_ _ _ it. Call somebody.” Anything that goes wrong in this brewery at any time, I know how to fix. Where we are right now, we can’t produce enough [to keep up with demand]. We’ve never been able to. But we cannot lose a day. Ever. So to be able to get stuff back up and running is priceless. 54 OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Spirited Our recommendation from an area pro

KRESTON WINE & SPIRITS

Celebrating 86 Years

Brooklyn Big OYSTER

To make simple syrup: • 2 cups of sugar • 2 cups of water • Combine water and sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer until it's been reduced to half of its original volume. To make Limoncello: • Peel all the lemons, trying not to get any of the white pith on the peel. • Place the peels and the vodka into your vessel. • Now, wait for about two weeks. • After two weeks, strain it, and mix in the blueberries and simple syrup. • Put it into two bottles with airtight caps. • At this point, you can chill the limoncello and drink it as is. Joe’s tip: I freeze mine to remove any excess water and strain out the ice. After this, you have made Limoncello, so celebrate with a glass or two with people you love.

Two Roads YUENGLING

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Things you'll need: • 4-5 Meyer lemons • 10-15 blueberries • 1 liter bottle of vodka (I use Stateside) • 2.5 cups of simple syrup (Buy it from the store, or make your own—see below) • 1 vessel that can be sealed and will keep unwanted flavors out

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For this month’s drink, I wanted to do something fun but also something you can enjoy for a long time. I love Limoncello. It's great for celebrations and a nice nightcap after dinner. While the preparation and time to make it are tedious, the reward is well worth the wait.

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ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS A guide to a variety of autumn treats, including some spooky tales Old Town Hall is perfect as one of four regional "spooky" venues for DelShakes' popular "Shakespeare/Poe" performances this month. Photo Matt Sullivan

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utumn is my favorite time of the year, and not only because the air has that cool, crisp feel, leaves morph into golden and fiery shades, and Halloween ghosts and goblins roam freely. It's also because now's the time when the arts are in full vibrancy as well. There’s live music, art exhibits, theater, symphony, opera, dance, and more. The choices can be daunting, but don't be frightened— below we've selected some artsy treats and haunts to get you started.

SHAKESPEARE, POE & FIENDS WILL SPOOK YOU This month heralds the return of Delaware Shakespeare’s popular annual performance series Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends! This autumnal tradition is designed for fright as well as delight, with actors delivering readings of gothic tales from prose, poetry and plays in four historic (and perhaps spooky) locations around the state. Oct. 10-13 will see the performances travel to the New Castle Court House Museum in Old New Castle; the Stone Stable in historic Odessa; Old Town Hall of the Delaware Historical Society, and the Old State House in Dover. Tickets are $18 at delshakes.org, but don’t dilly-dally; these tickets will surely “ghost” you if you wait!

OPERADELAWARE TURNS JUKE JOINT Get your quarters out for an evening of greatest hits with Opera Jukebox. OperaDelaware starts its season by inviting a few of its favorite singers to perform some of the most well-known and beloved operatic works—including aria requests. The October program features OD’s head of music, Aurelien Eulert, as well as Brandie Sutton, soprano; Melanie Ashkar, mezzo-soprano; Jonathan Kaufman, tenor, and Michael Mayes, baritone. Performances are Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m. at OperaDelaware Studios. Wine, beer, sandwiches and other light refreshments will be available for purchase. Tickets start at $29 and are available at operade.org or by calling 442-7807. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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MARKET STREET MUSIC LAUNCHES 10TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON On the north corner of Rodney Square, Market Street Music is celebrating a decade as the purveyors of downtown’s most affordable and diverse concert series. Says Music Director David Schelat of this milestone: “Market Street Music is excited to present its 10th season of bringing memorable music to Greater Wilmington. We’re also delighted to expand from our primary location (First & Central Presbyterian Church) to present in new venues with partners like Wilmington Alliance and Delaware Historical Society. We plan to further extend that reach as we move into our second 10 years.” Performed in the sanctuary of First & Central, the music begins on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 12:30 p.m. with Schelat on organ, and continues through the month with Thursday Noontime Concerts featuring saxophonist Tae Ho Hwang, Lyra Russian Choir from St. Petersburg, the Copeland String Quartet, and Center City Chorale. Thursday Noontimes are especially geared toward enticing local community and corporate lunchtime visits; each is only 30 minutes long and free to attend ($5 donation suggested). Full-length concerts also begin on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., with Schelat returning as the featured artist in an eclectic program of music from Renaissance to contemporary. Admission is $25 general and $10 for students at marketstreetmusicde. org, or $30 at the door. For this season’s Festival Concerts, Market Street Music is partnering with popular neighboring food hall DE.CO, which will be the official postconcert reception venue. A new offering this season, geared to area community or church choirs, is Market Street Music’s Lending Library, where ensembles may search and borrow from nearly 1,000 classical works. And next summer, the community can groove with MSM artists as they return to offer evening jazz concerts with community partner The Rock Lot (8th Street between Tatnall and West streets). IRENE RISES ANEW Local musician/composer Shaun Dougherty has breathed new life into his original vampire-themed, rocktinged ballet, Irene, transforming it into a completely new theatrical experience.


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Initially premiered as a full production by First State Ballet Theatre in February 2014, the piece has been reworked by Dougherty into an intimate “dramatic burlesque,” with a five-dancer cast accompanied by two musicians (Dougherty on guitar and Art Bookout on drums) and a pre-recorded, full-orchestra backing track. The adaptation also features Devin MasoKiss as choreographer and one of the stars in the production. It’s a story of love and loss, where not every ending is a “happily ever after.” It follows Irene, a beautiful young dancer, who finds that her classmates are not what they seem. After discovering that they’re all vampires, the young ingénue must decide which path to take. “I feel the music is so strong and the story so interesting, that it had to be performed again,” says Dougherty. “I’ve been asked many times over the years ‘when is Irene coming back’? So here she is with a sexy new twist!” The performance returns to The Grand for a one-night-only show on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. in the baby grand. Tickets are $20 and are available at thegrandwilmington.org. ARTZSCAPE BRINGS GENERATIONS TOGETHER Connie Drummond, director of ArtzScape By Lady C Productions, wanted to do something different to engage families and introduce them to the arts. The result is monthly “Mom Mom & Me Paint & Sip” classes at ArtzScape, which began in September and continue on Saturday, Oct. 19, Saturday, Nov. 16, and Thursday, Nov. 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. “I wanted to offer it because I haven't seen it done here, and it's something that until now has been primarily for adults,” Drummond says. “It's like a traditional ‘paint and sip,’ but without the alcohol. We’ve had dads, moms, godparents, and foster parents come out. It’s a great way for adults to bond with the children in their lives.” Drummond serves as the instructor of the class, which provides juice boxes for kids and lemonade or iced tea for adults, as well as assorted snacks and cupcakes during the painting sessions. Admission is $25 for adults and $10 for children, and can be reserved on eventbrite.com or by calling 433-6622. MUSIC SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY This fall, the Music School of Delaware will offer for-credit college-level courses in music education in a new partnership with Wilmington University. The courses will qualify as elective classes for already-enrolled WilmU students as well as college credit opportunities for high school juniors and seniors. Courses currently available are Elements of Music (Music Theory) and Introduction to Piano. Students enrolled at WilmU who successfully complete these courses at the Music School’s Wilmington Branch will receive three undergraduate credit hours as Fine Arts or Humanities electives. “In keeping with our goal of providing students with learning opportunities by connecting with area businesses and organizations, we are pleased to partner with the Music School on this offering,” says Dr. Danny Walker, chair of Philosophy & Arts. “We look forward to expanding awareness of and continuing to build this partnership to promote quality music education in our area.” Elements of Music is taught by Music School faculty J. Andrew Dickenson. The course covers fundamentals of musical notation and will help enhance a student’s performance, composition, and appreciation of music. Introduction to Piano is taught by Music School faculty member Joan Fasullo. This course teaches students how to play the piano, in repertoire ranging from classical to pop selections. Elements of Music will start Wednesday, Oct. 9, and Introduction to Piano Oct. 10 at the Music School’s Wilmington Branch. Deadline to enroll is Friday, Oct. 4. For more information or to register, call 762-1132.

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THE CURTAIN COMES DOWN ON DOWNTON The celebrated TV series concludes with a feature film By Mark Fields

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ownton Abbey has been a television phenomenon, crossing over into popular culture in a way that PBS series rarely do. Airing for six seasons (2010-2015), the historical drama won tremendous audience and critical acclaim and spawned themed cookbooks and recordings, as well as loving parodies on Saturday Night Live and Funny or Die (the hysterical “Downtown Arby’s”). Closer to home, it inspired the most successful special exhibit in Winterthur’s history, “Costumes of Downton Abbey.” The drama’s creative team and cast, led by creator and screenwriter Julian Fellowes, have reunited for a feature film that continues the upstairs-downstairs saga of the series. It really functions, though, as a more opulent valedictory writ ever-so-slightly larger for the silver

screen. Even with a compact plot summary shown before the film, it will be mostly inscrutable to anyone beyond the show’s devoted fan base. It seems unlikely that Downton Abbey aspires to anything more, though as a Downton-phile, I’m pleased to announce that the movie fully delivers on that simple aspiration. Like the series, the film is set in the fictional country estate of Downton during the early part of the 20th century, and it follows the daily life of both the ancestral family, the Crawleys, and the coterie of staff that serve them. Fans have followed these beloved characters through a melodramatic gamut of human experiences: births and deaths, romance and scandal, bravery and cowardice, victory and disappointment. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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The film focuses on an unexpected visit by King George V and Queen Mary to the manor as part of the royals’ annual THE CURTAIN COMES tour of the Yorkshire countryside. The frenzied preparation DOWN ON DOWNTON and the arrival of all the royal staff set up the central conflict continued from previous page of the story. Creator Fellowes understands this rarefied world and these characters exceedingly well, and he also has a deft way with dialogue. The screenplay moves comfortably and briskly forward, pausing with effect for the biting wit of the Crawley matriarch, Violet (played ever so archly by Maggie Smith). Unfortunately, Fellowes does not have the same success with plot development. Many of the twists and turns of this story ring a tad false, and primarily function to produce juicy moments of parlor drama rather than plausible real-world outcomes. The cast is huge, and the performances are uniformly if fleetingly excellent. But a few beyond Dame Maggie manage to stand out from the crowd, including Jim Carter as the butler Mr. Carson; Allen Leech as the Crawley’s commoner son-in-law Tom; Kevin Doyle as the overly excited Mr. Molesley, and Imelda Staunton as Lady Bagwell. Director Michael Engler, who helmed several episodes of the series, knows well to keep the rhythms and environs of this cinematic version faithful to those of the show. The art direction, set decoration, and cinematography, which were always first-rate on TV, have been brought to an even finer polish for the movie version, though the lingering shots of the opulent house, its appointments, and its surrounding is often distracting rather than useful. One feels that the production wants the viewer to be extremely aware of the attention paid to every detail. This “PBS porn” approach, it must be said, gives the film an overstuffed quality, as if an entire season of story, events, and exquisite cutlery had been jam-packed into its two-hour length. I found myself wondering at several points why exactly this movie had been made. There’s nothing especially cinematic about the storytelling here, nor does the film leverage the difference in medium to any real extent. But perhaps that’s not the point. These characters and their stories—set in an environment and time very different than our own —provide a sumptuous respite in a beautiful location with some dear, familiar friends. Not a bad way to spend a few hours in the movie theater.  

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Brad Pitt’s sci-fi vanity project, I think, aspires to Ad Astra be a serious contemplation of father-son relationships and the cost of unbridled STAR ambition set against µµµµµ the backdrop of outer space. Instead, the film Brad Pitt stars in Ad Astra. is a jumbled mishmash of themes, styles, and pacing that never settles on what it truly wants to be, or say. Evoking half a dozen better movies (including Apocalypse Now and 2001: A Space Odyssey), Ad Astra looks good, with shimmering interstellar cinematography and effects, but the narrative nonsense and scientific impossibilities quickly send the story completely off-course. A terrific cast— Tommy Lee Jones, Ruth Negga, Liv Tyler, and Donald Sutherland—is utterly wasted as mere satellites in Pitt’s melancholic, self-indulgent orbit. Like the detritus that humans leave behind after exploratory missions, Ad Astra is nothing more than space junk.

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Also playing in October: the much anticipated comeback of Eddie Murphy as a blaxploitation film star in Dolemite is My Name, Oct. 4; The King, a retelling of the transformation of England’s dissolute Prince Hal into valiant Henry V, starring Timothy Chalamet, Oct. 11; Will Smith in a double role in the adventure thriller Gemini Man, Oct. 11; and a sequel to the hit undead comedy of 2009, Zombieland 2, with Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, Oct. 18.

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OLDEST SEA: Music that Shimmers Sam and Andrew Marandola are a husband-and-wife duo who play to a beat all their own By Mack Caldwell

Sam Marandola says she gets most of her inspiration from nature. Photo courtesy of Sam Marandola

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t’s a hot Saturday night in August and I’m at Ortlieb’s, a popular bar and venue in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties, to see Oldest Sea, which consists of Sam and Andrew Marandola. The husband and wife make post-country music that shimmers: slow, soft acoustic strumming soaked in reverb, with vocals as delicate and piercing as shards of glass. This is their record release show for their newest album, Orange Glow. On stage, “All That Is False (The Dust Has Settled),” the closing track on Orange Glow, is slowly finger-picked into existence. “Sun's going down / July 4 / Side of the road / And the darkness for now,” Sam croons, “don't mean all that much.” She paints pictures of pastures, fields stretched out, the soft elegance of velvet, and silhouettes of far-away trees, as piano keys bang out one at a time, echoing. “You have gutted me,” she sings, “You stripped me down to nothin’.” Drums roll in, bass too, cluttered together like logs in a fire. It’s music baked at its own rate—country, if you even want to call it that, burning and rubbed raw, tears gliding down a quivering smile, haunting and tender. Absolute heartbreak.

A Departure from Debut

It’s a departure from their debut album, Sage Burner, released in 2017 on Bandcamp. “I got better at recording and arranging,” Sam tells me over the phone from her home in New Jersey. “It’s a little more hopeful.” On the cover of Sage Burner, moonlight pierces through pine trees—stark, black, white and blue, the colors of midnight. With a backdrop of foliage the size of buildings, Sam stands isolated on a more vibrant cover for Orange Glow. In her black dress, she is easily distinguishable against an overwhelming expanse of nature, but also appears as a part of it all. “Oh, it sounds so corny. I don’t know how to articulate this without making it sound corny,” she says. “I mean that’s just where my soul is. I feel like [nature] is what I connect with the most. That’s where I get most of my inspiration.” Sam and Andrew Marandola grew up across the Delaware River in Woodstown, New Jersey, a rural place with a population just over 3,000. Whether it was for holiday shopping or even Taco Bell, Sam’s father would drive the family into Wilmington. Andrew used to play in hardcore bands when he was younger, and would frequent now shuttered New Castle metal outposts like The Harmony Grange and Mojo 13. ► OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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They first met in 2007 at Andrew’s house. He was talking to a group of friends when she walked into the room. “I just liked the way he was talking. I just liked him,” she says. “And I think he liked me back.” Three years would go by. “I would see him and then I would get so bummed out because I really liked him. I would get bummed for like a week.” Then finally one night they told each other how they felt, they became a couple, and in 2015, they were married. “I just love him, more every day, and that’s pretty cool,” she says. “He’s my best bud.” When she began work on Sage Burner, Andrew was there as a creative springboard, trusted critic, and loving partner. “It’s always, is Andrew going to like it? When he does, I know it must be good,” she says. Her writing process begins first with atmosphere. “I don’t sit down on the couch with a guitar and start writing,” she says. She starts by using music-making tools, such as her recording software, Ableton. Like many of today’s breakout artists, such as Billie Ellish and (Sandy) Alex G, she writes and records all of her songs at home. She puts on her headphones, cranks up the reverb, and drifts into another world. Then she begins singing, playing, and writing lyrics on her MacBook. “There’s a certain point in that flow state where everything is just like clear,” she says. “It’s a balance of emotion and clarity. You’re able to write something good.” “It’s definitely a form of escapism,” she tells me. Through meditation, Marandola has also gotten in touch with a more spiritual part of herself. “There’s been a change for sure and I think it has to do with meditation,” she says.

Poetry Too

In addition to songwriting, she writes poetry. Like her music, it’s visual, simple, and emits an acceptance of the world as it is. One poem, “Street Lamp,” admires a streetlamp’s ability to weather everything without regret. Through hot summers and freezing winters, “It does not wish,” she writes, “To be someplace else.” It does not complain Instead It bows its head In reverence To a sacred And nameless thing In Ortlieb’s, the Phillies play on two TVs. A massive cape buffalo head hangs over the bar, with an American flag draped over its neck. In the back, there is a stage, where opener Littlun, the solo project of Molly Lynn White, sits behind a keyboard. After Littlun, another solo artist, Seth Carpenter, plays under the name Bucolic, a term that refers to the pleasant aspects of country life. His vintage aqua blue Danelectro electric guitar, a favorite of Jimmy Page, is radiant.


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The crowd slowly grows, but no talent scouts or critics are watching tonight. There are no Pitchfork writers here, and Spin Magazine is now a webzine. Even Rolling Stone, once a dangerous and provocative publication, has gone the way of a Journey song, safe enough to play in an airport, perhaps a bit stale. So they won’t see Sam and her husband up on a small stage with flickering Edison lights behind them as Sam sings out the side of her mouth, flanked by couples and long-time friends like Christopher Clark and Amanda Black, who drove up from Baltimore to see Oldest Sea. “It puts you in a trance,” says Black, 34, who has known Sam since childhood, after the set. On stage, Sam plays acoustic guitar while Andrew fills in with pointed guitar picking on a Fender Telecaster. They are performing for the audience in this room—the rest of the world might as well not exist. Like Skip James, the depressionera Delta Blues artist, playing for a small crowd by the side of a barn, or Amy Winehouse singing for her neighbors in a London bar prior to festivals and limitless limelight, tonight like tomorrow, this stage, with its red curtain backdrop, dark paint, chipped wooden walls, where the beer is as cheap as all good things should be, White, Carpenter, and the Marandolas play for themselves, each other, and you. By the Delaware Bay, in Cumberland County, is Sam’s favorite place. There’s a dirt road there. You park your car under an observation area. Nearby there’s a bald eagle’s nest. “I love going there, it’s just something about the landscape,” she says excitedly over the phone. When they first started dating, she and Andrew would venture there together. But now it’s become a personal place for Sam. “It’s just a good way to forget everything that’s going on in my life, and quiet my mind, if I feel that there’s too much chaos, I’ll go there.” I feel at home with Oldest Sea, like someone has given a voice to our local landscape, greater Wilmington, a place both in the midst of the four of the most densely populated cities in America, but also sometimes nowhere—a perfect place to be.

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‘WHITE TOYOTA RANGER’ Making music at a long-time Claymont service station

In a still shot from his music video, singer-songwriter Jonah Tolchin sits in front of Joe and Tony's station. Photo Moonloop Photography

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landmark Claymont service station gets its four minutes and seven seconds of fame in a new music video. Shot for Jonah Tolchin’s “White Toyota Ranger,” the video required one long summer day—and into a crashing evening thunderstorm – at Joe and Tony’s Service on Philadelphia Pike. “Jonah is the thread, the soul, something of a ghost, something unseen,” says Joe del Tufo, co-owner of Moonloop Photography. It’s the first video done by del Tufo’s Arden firm, which was hired by Tolchin after he was impressed by photos del Tufo captured at a 2018 Arden Music Gild concert. The video can be seen on YouTube, at youtu.be/9Mox-COKn-s. As director of photography, storyboarder and editor, Moonloop’s Justin Heyes executed Tolchin’s vision for the song, which the 27-yearold New Jersey singer-songwriter says was inspired by a random encounter with a crying man in Maine, just after the 2016 election— hence the early lyric “wondering what became of the nation.” Although Tolchin says he likes his music to be ambiguous, he says “humanity and unity are the underlying themes of the song.” Most of the video is in the waiting room of the station, which dates to 1928, and shots showcase its well-used equipment, retro decorations and period architecture.

The video characterizes Tolchin as the Spirit. “Jonah is trapped there and collects all [the characters’] emotions,” Heyes says. And at the end, after singing “I’ll be on my way” four times, he can leave. The other characters express familiar emotions: Wayne Knotts as Disappointment; Amy Henderson as Anxiety; Maren Wood as Uncertainty; Pam Atkinson as Frustration; John DiCostanza as Calmness; Sam Wilson as Wonder, and Alex Comitto as Love. Most participants came from Wilmington’s City Theater Company, but DiCostanza got this gig, playing the mechanic, because of his longtime ownership of the station. “I won’t look at any video the same way from now on, considering the time and effort this took,” he says. “I love it,” Tolchin says. “Really beautiful physicals, narrative and message.” “White Toyota Ranger” is on Yep Roc Records’ Fires for the Cold. And, yes, as the video admits in an epilogue and as Tolchin learned in making it, there’s no such vehicle. Ford makes the Ranger. He misremembered the make while writing the song and by the time he learned the truth—while making the video—it was too late. OCTOBER JUNE 2019 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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REUNITED – FOR ONE NIGHT The Caulfields are set to play 40th Anniversary Halloween Loop Costume Ball (L-R) John Faye, Sam Musumeci and Ritchie Rubini will rock again on Oct. 26 at The Queen. Photo Kevin Francis

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he Caulfields are getting back together, but like many memorable occasions, it may only be for a night. “It’s going to be interesting,” says John Faye, lead singer for the trio. “It’s going to be a Halloween party situation.” Literally. The Caulfields are playing Out & About's 40th Anniversary Halloween Loop Costume Ball on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Queen. Composed of Faye, Sam Musumeci, and Ritchie Rubini, The Caulfields were a rock band that emerged from Newark in 1994 with Whirligig, a debut album that secured their dream and sparked a whirlwind career. “Devil’s Diary” off of Whirligig was released to significant radio play and even an MTV music video. They have played throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and even did one show in East Berlin right after the Berlin Wall crumbled. However, the last time they took the stage for a Halloween concert was as the Beat Clinic in the late ‘80s. Faye used that as an opportunity to wear a toilet seat around his head. “I remember people being really like ‘this is a disgrace,’” he says. Musumeci, who plays bass for The Caulfields and, back in the day, for the Beat Clinic, added a critical detail: “We would start the show with an actual toilet on stage.” A shocking scene—the raw muck of rock under elegant chandeliers and a stage flanked by velvet seats.

Their theatrical throne (read toilet) was first discovered on a neighbor’s lawn near Faye’s mother’s house in Newark. He saw it, and in the middle of the night he picked it up and hid it in nearby hedges. As the Beat Clinic, they played before showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show at the State Theatre in Newark, which is now a Grotto Pizza. As The Caulfields, they made an impression on those for whom heartbreak arrives in critical blows, where lyrics wrapped in anguish are clung to as life vests. Unfortunately, soon after the release of their second album, L (1997), The Caulfields dissolved, along with A&M Records. The grunge era was over, and the internet had injected itself into every facet of the music industry, completely changing how music was made and consumed. But the internet also had a positive effect; it allowed fans to reconnect with the angst-powered rock from their youth. Faye posted on Facebook about The Caulfields' reunion show and was flooded with likes and shares. “All of these people came out of the woodwork, [writing] ‘I loved that, it meant so much to me.’ And that’s pretty cool,” he says. “You don’t know that’s going to happen until 25 years go by.” He is working on a memoir titled Days That Came and Went. I ask Faye and Musumerci if they plan to wear anything spooky to the costume ball. Faye laughs. “We’re going to dress up like a ‘90s rock band.” OCTOBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM

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