In This Issue The Halloween Loop Celebrates 35 Years Why the 'Ultimate' Game Keeps Growing Delaware City: A Small Town Thinking Big
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39 what’s inside START 7 War On Words 8 FYI 9 Worth Trying 11 By the Numbers 13 Ultimate Frisbee 17 Delaware City
DRINK 56 Trolley Tap Room 60 Tasty Endeavors 63 The Quake Effect 65 Great Happy Hours
67 Reviews 71 Splendor Is the Grass
22 The Growing Debate 29 Seeing Green
72 Africa By America 74 Tuned In
35 Santa Fe on the Grow 39 The Secret of El Diablo
WILMINGTON 43 Art on the Town 48 Theatre N 49 City News 52 On the Riverfront
76 35th Halloween Loop 79 Where to Watch the Game 85 Snap Shots
17 Refurbished Delaware City seeks a brighter future by embracing a historic past. By Matt Sullivan
22 Growing Debate Will Delaware be the next state to decriminalize marijuana? Legislation will be presented again in January. By Rob Kalesse
29 Seeing Green Lessons the First State could use should it vote to legalize pot. By Jim Miller
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76 A Spirited Tradition Wilmington’s grandest nighlife event, the Halloween Loop, celebrates 35 years Oct. 31.
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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
Media Watch The following are all from the Wilmington News Journal. The first two demonstrate a nicety of the English language —one the NJ apparently isn’t familiar with. The possessive is needed in these sentences because it is the act, not the person, that is being discussed (correct word in parentheses): • From a subhead on an editorial—“The creepiness factor; Apps that can determine where you are—without you (your) knowing it.” (And “apps” shouldn’t be capitalized following a semi-colon). • From a story quoting the mayor’s spokesperson: “Coppadge also said that Ciotti's support of Kelley two years ago was not a factor in him (his) not being selected for a promotion.” • In a column strewn with otherwise literate words such as “métier,” “locus” and “abhorrent,” Bloomberg’s Jeffrey Goldberg surprisingly committed this all-too-common error: “Why do I find this incident to be more disturbing then, say, reported attacks on . . .” Spellcheck notes the misuse of then for than in this sentence. • And finally, three readers sent us this from an NJ Sunday edition: “Representatives for the second- and third-largest water providers in the state, Tidewater Utilities and United Water, tow the same line.” The term is “toe the line,” and is used either in the metaphorical sense, meaning to conform to a rule or standard, or in the literal sense, meaning to stand poised at the starting line in a footrace. No pulling or towing of a line is implied. More on Homophones Tow/toe are homophones. As noted in the August column, homophones are words that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning and often differ in spelling. Defuse/diffuse doesn’t quite qualify as a homophone, since the pronunciations are slightly different (dee fyóoz, di fyóoz, respectively), but they are close enough to confuse many writers, such as the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Gelb, who recently wrote: “Sandberg diffused the situation [with Cole Hamels] with his talk.” Defused, the word Gelb should have used, means to remove a fuse (from a bomb, for example) or to make a situation less dangerous, harmful, or tense. Diffuse means to spread out or scatter. As an adjective, it means widely spread or wordy.
By Bob Yearick
How Long, Oh, Lord, How Long? (In which we document the continued abuse of that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe). As was the case last month, we have a missing apostrophe, and once again, the always reliable News Journal provides our example (correct word in parens): “‘I think its (it’s) more of a campaign finance façade,’ said Senate Minority Whip Greg Lavelle.” And a reader sends in the photo at right, from a thrift store in Central Pennsylvania. Notice the word “cart’s.” Got a “How Long, Oh, Lord?” photo you’d like to share? Send it in. Department of Redundancies Dept. One of the winners at the Emmy Awards thanked her “fellow comrades.” And she’s a writer! General Errata A reader points out that “withdrawal” often becomes “withdrawl” in the hands of many in the news media. As in so many of these instances, the simple solution would be to use spellcheck. Another common error is the mangling of the age-old idiom “I got a strange feeling in the pit of my stomach.” It means the middle of one’s stomach; the location of a visceral response. Many writers seem to think it involves eating a peach. Take, for example, Tom Pelissero of USA Today: “It has to be a pit in your stomach that you haven’t been to the playoffs since 2009.” Literally of the Month ESPN’s Chris Fowler, reporting from Wimbledon: “Djokovic has picked himself up off the canvas, literally.” Yes, the world’s number one tennis player fell down and got up, but the courts in Wimbledon are covered with grass, not canvas.
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Quote of the Month “When established idiom clashes with grammar, correctness is on the side of the idiom. Put another way, if sticking grimly to rules of grammar makes you sound like a pompous pedant, you are a pompous pedant.” —William Safire (1983), quoted in The Handbook of Nonsexist Writing. (To which we respond, guilty!)
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F.Y.I. T Things worth knowing Compiled by Alex del Tufo
STOMP FOR A CURE Brandwine Valley Wine Trail continues harvest celebration
he wineries of the Brandywine Valley Wine Trail are celebrating the 2014 vintage on Oct. 4 & 5 with picnicking, live music, hayrides through the vineyards, bbqs, wine tastings and tours. This is a passport event, and $15 includes tastings at all six member wineries. These wineries will be offering grape stomping on Saturday, Oct. 4 as a kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. To stomp, provide a minimum $5 donation per person and be sure to bring a towel and a change of clothes. Funds raised will be given to the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition and Living Beyond Cancer. Call your preferred stomping location for times and more details, or visit bvwinetrail.com.
he Delaware Art Museum is hosting an Art is After Dark event from 6-10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, featuring a movie in the Fusco Grand Hall and an outdoor labyrinth. Guided tours of the museum’s collection wil also be available. There will be a cash bar with snacks in the Thronson Café. Tickets are free for members and $8 in advance or $10 at the door for non-members. The museum also will host Friday evening adult workshops from 7-9 p.m. in the museum’s studio. There will be beer, wine, light snacks, and supplies will be provided. You must be 21 or older to attend. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. For more information, visit delart.org.
Food, cash bar will be available at Oct. 8 event
he Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts’ second monthly Art Lounge is set for Wednesday, Oct. 8, 5-7 p.m., at the DCCA on the Wilmington Riverfront. The Lounge will provide art discussions and exhibitions, along with food vendors, cash bar and a trunk show. October’s trunk show artist is Patsy Keller, who will display her glass vases. The night is entirely free and will take place the second Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit thedcca.org.
FEAST AT EMPTY BOWL DINNER St. Stephen’s event aids homeless
he Empty Bowl Dinner will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $7 for children 12 and under. Proceeds go to the Family Promise and the ministries of St. Stephen’s. Family Promise of Northern New Castle County partners with churches in the greater Wilmington area to provide temporary housing for homeless families. The food at the dinner is donated, along with hand-made bowls, which attendees can take home. To order tickets, visit ststeph.brownpapertickets.com.
GO ON A HAUNTED HAYRIDE At Brandywine Creek State Park
he Haunted Hayride at Brandywine Creek State Park on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 18, will run two wagons every half hour from 7 to 9 p.m. The night comes to a close with a bonfire. Feel free to bring food and non-alcoholic drinks. Halloween costumes are welcome. Tickets are $10 per person or $120 for a full wagon. For more information, call 6555740 or visit inwilmingtonde.com.
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Worth Trying Random suggestions from our staff and contributors
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If you've ever found yourself on a frenzied quest for a sophisticated yet affordable chocolate treat that degenerated into a rampage through a grocery store candy aisle and ended in tearful disappointment, admit it now: you're an addict. Now wipe your tears, because help is here. The chefs at Toscana to Go in Trolley Square can rescue you from despair with their perfectly-proportioned Chocolate Mousse Cup for $3. A chocolate shell cradles a satiating serving of mousse that is light, not sickeningly sweet, and topped with soft brownie bits. There's also a Peanut Butter Mousse Cup in a chocolate shell for the same price. Happiness is a good dessert.
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A new food truck with gourmet offerings, Wildwich features handmade, fresh and reasonably-priced sandwiches, like the Wingman, Acadian, Sam-I-Am and K.C.Q.: buffalo chicken salad, shrimp remoulade, pesto egg salad and hickory pulled pork, respectively. Open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Fridays in the afternoon, the truck skips around downtown Wilmington, so for times and locations visit www.facebook.com/Wildwich. Also, the K.C.Q. is glorious.
After a friend recommended UFO while I was at Oddity Bar in Wilmington, I ordered a 12-ounce can. The bartenders at Oddity offer a glass and an orange slice garnish, but that's unnecessary. Straight from the can, UFO brings a strong citrus taste. If you're a fan of Summer Shandy or Blue Moon, this beer is right up your alley. —Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer
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David Nernberg and Nicole Merrick are intent on getting to the disc first. Photo Matt Jones
ULTIMATE APPEAL Sportsmanship and respect for fellow players rule a game that demands plenty of athleticism By Matt Amis
herever life took him, Josh Twilley managed to find a sense of home and community on a grassy field with a plastic disc. Between college in Philly, grad school in Connecticut, career stops in New York and D.C., “One way I always got involved in the community was through Ultimate,” Twilley says. “Wherever I lived, I always could find someone that I could relate to.” Playing Ultimate—Ultimate Frisbee—enabled Twilley to connect with people in a new city, either through casual pickup games or through more organized leagues. But when he moved back to Delaware in 2004, he found a surprising dearth of organized Ultimate activity. The nearest league operated out of Philadelphia—the well-established Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance. But he sensed that there was a critical mass of experienced and potential players in and around Wilmington— enough, he thought, to form a new league. So he formed one.
Working with his connections in Philly, who provided logistical guidance through issues like insurance and online registration, Twilley launched a marketing campaign to attract players, and secured game sites. Finally, in the spring of 2008, he unveiled Delaware Ultimate at Wilmington’s Rockford Park. In its first season, Delaware Ultimate had 38 players, enough to field four teams. That grew to six teams the following year, and then eight. Today Twilley, who is 39, estimates that 150-200 participants play in an average season. They come from around the region, including parts of Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and the Delaware beaches. The nonprofit organization runs year-round leagues from Alapocas Run State Park (plus a winter league at the Delaware Sportsplex in Newark) that include men’s, women’s and co-ed seasons. The meager $25 registration fee covers a t-shirt and a Delaware Ultimate-emblazoned disc. It’s a tiny investment for a game participants say finely balances fun and athleticism; a seriously tough sport that doesn’t take itself too seriously. ► OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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For the uninitiated, Ultimate might resemble a non-contact amalgam of soccer and football, where seven-player teams advance down a 70-yard field toward an end zone while tossing a disc to one another. A player must stop running while in possession of the disc, but may pivot and pass to any of the other receivers on the field. Breakneck transitions from offense to defense, and players “laying out,” or diving through the air to catch or defend a throw, are Ultimate hallmarks. Like soccer, there are rarely breaks in the action, so Ultimate players are constantly in motion, whether they’re on offense or defense. Each thrower has only 10 seconds to release the disc to a teammate, as defenders attempt to block or intercept any pass. If a pass falls incomplete, is intercepted, or caught out of bounds, the opposing team immediately gains possession. Between ample bursts of sprinting, diving and throwing, Ultimate can be aerobically demanding. “We think of something like kickball as an excuse to kick the ball around,” Twilley says. “But there’s a lot of athleticism involved in Ultimate on the level of soccer.” Most important, Ultimate is governed by the “Spirit of the Game,” an abstract ideal of sportsmanship and respect for fellow players. Ultimate games are self-officiated, and players are responsible for calling any infractions or resolving disputes. “Different sports attract different types of people,” Twilley says. “There may be rugby types, or baseball types, and Ultimate has a type. It’s somebody who is attracted to the idea of the spirit. We’re here to have fun and play the game, and that’s the kind of community that I like.” Besides fostering camaraderie and enhancing the game’s social component, the Spirit of the Game also helps usher beginners into the sport. In the Delaware league, teams are assembled by a group of captains, and always have a mix of experienced and inexperienced players. During game breaks, strategies and rules are discussed for newbies. “We actively help new players,” Twilley says. “We try to be very open and noncompetitive, although we do get competitive. We really want to help people along, and retain people as much as possible.” Andrew Wisor of Wilmington joined the Delaware Ultimate league having only some cursory experience in pick-up games. A former high school athlete, he’d grown weary of the intensity and mean-spiritedness that uber-competitive team sports sometimes generate. “On our soccer team there was a guy who was getting red cards every game, and we’d have to sit there and wait for him to throw his temper tantrum while he was getting thrown out,” says Wisor, 29. “I thought this had gotten a little too competitive for my tastes. “With Ultimate, the spirit of the game is part of the rules. I don’t know how it just seems to happen, but it’s kind of amazing. People who have never played before, they just have a sense of sportsmanship.”
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Wisor stuck with the Delaware league, and eventually supplemented his love of the sport by forming a Delaware-based travel team and organizing regional tournaments at Alapocas. Most of his friends, he says, are people he’s met through playing. “In the beginning, I wasn’t aware of what an Ultimate league could mean,” he says. “I was looking at it from a fresh perspective of having fun, getting exercise, and meeting new people. It was great for me.” Ultimate traces its roots to Columbia High School in Maplewood, N. J., where students invented the game in 1967. Columbia alumni took the game with them to college, and Ultimate germinated throughout the region. Its anti-establishment Spirit of the Game ethos resonated with counterculture movements of the era. Stephen “Sven” Peterson was a student at the University of Delaware in 1975 when he first noticed a banner hanging near the Harrington dormitories that read, “Learn How to Throw a Frisbee.” “That day changed my life,” he says. “I took to it right away. It was, ‘Oh my god, this is so fun.’” Peterson captained the first-ever team at UD, and after college he embarked on a long playing career with club teams and tournament teams. By the 1990s, UD had developed an official club team, and Peterson was its coach. While Ultimate remained popular on Delaware’s campus, it was largely contained there. “I played all over the world, at the highest levels, and in world championships,” Peterson says. “But when I came back to Delaware, there was nothing there. Maybe there were some pickup games, but nothing you could sustain.” Peterson, like many local players, had to drive up to Philadelphia to join a league, so when Twilley approached him with the idea of forming a league in Delaware, “I was just thrilled,” he says. “We’d started some concept of a league before, but there just weren’t enough consistent players, and the UD team was dominating their area and age group. There was a big void. I applaud Josh for recognizing it.” At 57, Peterson is the elder statesman of the Delaware Ultimate scene. He’s appeared in Ultimate National Championships in every decade since the 1970s, and for the fledgling Delaware Ultimate league he acted as a coach and captain as well as a counselor and guru, offering support and encouragement on top of tactics and instruction. “By that time I’d been through 30-some years of Ultimate, and almost everybody there was in their first few years,” he says. “So I like to think I provided a lot of the spirit, and I’m very proud that the spirit of Ultimate is imbued in this league.” For more info, or to become involved, visit www. delawareultimate.com.
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Riders gathering for last year’s inaugural River Towns Ride. This year’s event is set for Saturday, Oct. 4. Delaware City is fast becoming a draw for cyclists, bird enthusiasts and nature lovers of many sorts. Photo Les Kipp
REPURPOSED Delaware City seeks a brighter future by embracing a historic past By Matt Sullivan rive past the open gates of the intimidatingly tall chain-link fence of the former Fort DuPont. Take a turn at the staterun addiction treatment center, go past the abandoned officer’s barracks, search around a bit and that’s where you’ll find it: The best picnic table in the state of Delaware. It sits on a tiny peninsula jutting into the Delaware River from Fort Delaware State Park. Surrounded by water on three sides, it’s the kind of picnic table that shows up in travel brochures for faraway places where you can escape from it all. And it’s probably the most underused picnic table in the state. But maybe not much longer. The Fort DuPont Master Plan, developed over the past two years, and now the Fort DuPont Redevelopment and Preservation Corporation, envisions an ambitious $60 million private/public renovation of the state park, with new residences, a restored theater, office and commercial space, open spaces along the water, and a pedestrian bridge that will connect it all to downtown Delaware City.
And the Fort DuPont redevelopment is far from the only change happening inside Delaware City. New construction along the Mike Castle Trail that hugs the C&D Canal will soon connect Delaware City and Chesapeake City, Md. through a 16-mile pathway designed for hikes and bikes. Renovations on Clinton Street have attracted both new businesses and the American Birdwatching Association (ABA), which is relocating from its current headquarters in Colorado to “the premier midAtlantic birding area.” Delaware City is a small town in a small state, the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and locals gather at happy hour behind the local blacksmith shop to pop open a can of beer while creating some pop art. It’s a place that embraces its history and its ghosts, unwilling to leave either behind. But in looking to the past for inspiration, Delaware City may have discovered its future. ►
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A view of the harbor at Delaware City, adjacent to its Battery Park. The river town history of Delaware City remains an important part of its narrative today.
A Master Plan The fully developed master plan for the Fort DuPont project is available online. A three-foot-wide map of the plan sits in City Manager Richard Cathcart’s office. But to really get a sense of the changes to come, you need to drive around the property—all the better if you can do so from the passenger seat of Cathcart’s car. “The first thing that’s going to come down is the chain-link fence,” Cathcart says. The buildings that remain on the fort property are a mix of utilitarian warehouse spaces, beautifully designed historic homes, and other structures in various states of repair and disrepair, many left to decay after World War II, when the federal government decommissioned the fort and turned the property over to the state. “We lost a lot of history over the years, because the state just didn’t put money into protecting those structures,” says Cathcart. Some buildings are in use by the three state agencies that still operate on the site, and decisions will have to be made about who stays and what goes, which programs can be moved elsewhere and which buildings are too far gone to be restored. The Governor Bacon Health Center will stay, hopefully with room for additional private practice health care services, Cathcart says. The Delaware Division of Purchasing surplus warehouse? Probably not making the cut. Among the buildings Cathcart hopes to save is the original post theater, a 400-seat movie theater built on the army base in the 1930s that could become the city’s first performing arts venue. (A similar effort to restore the Tybee Post Theater in Georgia has been underway for the past decade or so.) Waterfront property could become a marina with access to kayaking, fishing and other ecotourism businesses that Cathcart believes can lure visitors. But ample land on the site will also give room for new construction, starting with a residential project that Cathcart estimates could increase the population of Delaware City by 20 to 30 percent. He says several developers have already expressed interest in the project, and construction may begin next summer.
Refurbishing a Historic Hotel Megan Sterling cheerfully tends to customers at the bar at Crabby Dick’s at lunchtime on a Tuesday afternoon, serving as a one-woman welcome center for Delaware City, where she’s lived all her life. “Have you been to the bakery?” she asks. “Have you been to the blacksmith?” Her family roots run deep in the city, back to the days when Sterlings owned and operated a restaurant by the same name inside the Central Hotel, the nearly 200-year-old building on the south side of Clinton Street. The Central is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it sat empty for more than a decade before the husband-and-wife team of Dana and Susan Renoll took ownership.
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“I never walked by those windows without pressing my nose against the glass and thinking, someone needs to bring some life back to that,” says Dana. Just as the Renolls started the historical refurbishing of the property with cooperation from the city, a potential tenant came calling. The ABA, the only national organization devoted to recreational birdwatching, will take over three stories of the converted hotel for offices, a welcome center and living quarters. ABA President (and Delaware native) Jeffrey Gordon considers the state the heart of the vibrant birding scene in the Mid-Atlantic region, an area that a large percentage of the organization’s membership calls home. “Don’t get me wrong, Colorado is terrific,” says Gordon. “But the board, for some years, has been wanting to move the headquarters, and the big attraction of the Mid-Atlantic is that it’s a great area for birding, along the migratory pathways. And with all the rebranding and revitalization in Delaware City, it just seemed to us to be a good fit.” Across the street from the Central Hotel, “Merchant’s Row” is mostly full with small art galleries, antique shops and one videogame lounge. Most are open from Wednesday through Sunday, to accommodate tourists, who come to town by car or boat. And at the end of Clinton Street, Crabby Dick’s has been drawing weekend crowds to its deck since owner John Buchheit moved to town and opened the restaurant with his partner almost nine years ago. ►
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Come back on Saturday night, Sterling says. That’s when the crowds come by boat from Jersey, the parking lot at Crabby Dick’s is full and The Larry Tucker Band gets everyone dancing—perhaps like it was back when Sterling’s Tavern was open. “There’s so much change,” she says. “Big change. But I think it’s for the better.” Across the street, blacksmith Kerry Rhoades is working in his shop, Forged Creations, putting a perfectly round eye on the iron bird that will soon adorn a railing outside the birding association. Later in the day, he’ll have lunch at Crabby Dick’s, where Sterling will wait on him and try to coax him into making her a metal bracelet that she’s seen him and Dana Renoll wearing around town. That’s how Delaware City works. The DNA of its people is woven into the fabric of the city. Its history as a river town, as Delaware’s lookout at the mouth of the C&D canal, as protector of Wilmington and all points north—all that is still alive today. That’s the spirit that Cathcart hopes will draw people. He has worked to promote the historic import of his city by strengthening ties with the state’s other historic river city, Old New Castle, through events like the second annual River Towns Ride & Festival on Saturday, Oct. 4. It’s a one-day bicycle race/ride between the two cities along Route 9, bookended with family activities, pony rides and craft beer tastings from 16 local breweries. Bicyclists, birders, kayakers—these are the people that Cathcart wants to attract on weekends, to stay and to play, to visit shops and restaurants—restaurants that now include Lewinsky’s on Clinton. REPURPOSED continued from previous page
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With an infamous name that has made the news on NBC in Philly and among the tittering masses of the blogosphere, Lewinsky’s is owned by a five-person partnership that includes Cathcart, Buckheit and Buckheit’s partner, Dale Slotter. The name gets the publicity, but inside, a couple of blue hoodies for sale are the only hint of the establishment’s provenance.
Steampunk Chic Decor The décor is unexpectedly steampunk chic. Hundreds of nuts and washers were brought into Rhoades’ blacksmith shop, where he created a distinct railing that leads down a few stairs to a sleek stainless steel bar (once used at Champps in the Concord Mall), and a well-stocked backbar that came from an establishment named Fast Eddy’s in Pennsylvania. Tables fill the restaurant and back outdoor patio, while on the building’s original tin walls Cathcart has hung historical pictures of Delaware City. But the menu is modern and globally inspired, with schnitzel sandwiches topped with chimichurri and flash-fried sprouts. Here, then, is the new Delaware City, coming to terms with its own past and repurposing it, reshaping it, striking while the iron is hot, finding opportunities in places that have long gone neglected, using its assets to their full advantage while keeping people guessing about what comes next. “I’ve seen growth in Delaware City a lot faster than the economy’s been growing,” Buckheit says. “I see us being a little New Hope, or the next Lewes. You look at Lewes 25 years ago, and there wasn’t much to talk about. Today, it’s the place to be. And I see that happening in Delaware City.”
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g debate Will Delaware be the next state to decriminalize marijuana? Legislation will be introduced and debated—once again—in January. By Rob Kalesse
ince 1973, 19 states have done it, from as far north as Alaska, west to Oregon, and south to Mississippi. A little closer to home, New York and the District of Columbia have done it. This month, neighboring areas like Philadelphia and Maryland are doing it. Across the country, states and municipalities are decriminalizing marijuana—minimizing the penalties for possession, removing criminal charges and prison sentences. Instead, those caught with small amounts of pot are given citations for fines, much like a parking or speeding ticket. Will Delaware be the next state to decriminalize marijuana?
Two years ago, the state legalized medicinal marijuana, and the first of three medical marijuana dispensaries is set to open in 2015. In May of this year, Representative Helene M. Keeley (D-Wilmington), along with 14 other legislators, submitted a bill to lessen the penalties under Title 16 of the Delaware Code. (Title 16 views possession of any amount of marijuana as a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by incarceration of up to six months and a maximum fine of $1,150.) Though the legislation never came up for a vote, Keeley and her group plan to submit a similar proposal in January at the 148th General Assembly in Dover. Keeley’s proposal calls for a $250 civil penalty for anyone found in possession of one ounce or less of marijuana in public. Offenders under the age of 21 will also be fined $250 and charged with an unclassified misdemeanor, but it will not be recorded in any criminal history database.
“For me, it comes down to the barriers set in place when someone is caught with a small amount of marijuana,” Keeley said. “On a job application, for instance, you are asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime or drug offense, many times without the opportunity to explain what the circumstances were.” “Additionally, when you really start to think about people at the high school or college age experimenting with drugs and alcohol, their futures can really be put into jeopardy with a criminal record,” Keeley said. “I’m not saying that [experimentation] is right, but it happens at that age. Do we really want to kick those kids out of college or take away their scholarships? That would only change lives for the worse.” Senator Bryan Townsend (D-Newark), who supported Keeley’s legislation in May and will do so again in January, says he has spoken with constituents of all ages who have been arrested for minimal quantities of marijuana. ► OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“I’ve met people who have been arrested and detained for a joint found in their car during a routine traffic stop,” Townsend says. “The next day they miss work due to being detained, then they’re suddenly out of a job, and so begins a cycle where it’s very difficult to keep momentum going to put them in a good place with work and their own livelihood.” Not everyone, of course, is for decriminalization. Senate Minority Leader Gary Simpson (R-Milford) is one of the more vocal opponents. In The News Journal of May 30, Simpson said, “I don’t believe we need to legalize marijuana,” and referred to it as a “pathway to greater drug use.”
“...as far as recreational marijuana, I just don’t think we need to go down that path right now.” —Senator Gary Simpson “There was some merit, I thought, to marijuana for medical use for people that are sick,” Simpson went on. “But as far as recreational marijuana, I just don’t think we need to go down that path right now. I think my caucus members would feel the same way.” Despite Simpson’s views, fellow Republican Michael Ramone (R-Middle Run Valley) sees the laws relating to the use and possession of a limited amount of marijuana as “overzealous.” “I do support decriminalization if it is done the right way,” Ramone says. “Three major issues that need to be identified are the cost of processing offenders versus ticketing them, policing marijuana charges versus true addiction issues, and overcrowding of our prisons with violators awaiting trials.” “Marijuana laws as they are currently written… create more issues than we are solving,” Ramone says. “When that happens, my duty is to try and fix it.”
“I feel pretty confident that more and more people want to see something done on this issue.” —Representative Helene M. Keeley Keeley is hopeful she can get the decriminalization bill passed by June. With nearly six months between her official submission in January and the General Assembly’s recess in June, legislators will have plenty of time to debate the issue and see the merits of her plan. “I feel pretty confident that more and more people want to see something done on this issue,” Keeley says. “Some of my fellow legislators probably didn’t want to vote on such a big issue in an election year, and progressive ideas like this take time.”
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Jonathan Dworkin, spokesperson for Gov. Markell, had this to say about decriminalization: “The Governor has expressed interest in ongoing dialogue regarding changing the penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. He looks forward to conversations with members of the General Assembly about opportunities to do so.”
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Delaware’s Neighbors Decriminalize When Keeley’s proposal reaches the General Assembly in January, legislators and their constituents can look to nearby states for examples of how decriminalization may or may not be working. On Oct. 1, Maryland joined the 19 other states in decriminalizing marijuana, lowering the current penalty for possession of less than 10 grams from a fine of up to $500, up to 90 days in jail, or both, to a civil crime of up to $100 for a first offense, with no jail time. Maryland thus joined neighboring Washington, D.C. in the decriminalization movement. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter signed similar legislation in September, after members of City Council approved a decriminalization bill in May. Councilman Jim Kenney (D-Philadelphia) championed the legislation, which calls for a $25 fine for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, and a $100 fine for public consumption. “This is a huge deal for the city,” Kenney told Out & About soon after Nutter signed the legislation. “Everything should be in effect by Oct. 20, and it’s going to save the city a lot of money. We have so many people locked up. If we were to put that money into education and treatment, we’d be a lot better off.” Kenney’s staff estimated that 17,000 police hours were spent on more than 4,200 arrests for marijuana possession in 2013. Coupled with court and prison costs, marijuana arrests cost Philadelphia close to $4 million, according to calculations by Kenney’s staff and the Philadelphia chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Of the 23,000 records of those currently incarcerated in Delaware prisons, only 140 are for drug possession under the parameters of Title 16, according to Deputy Bureau Chief Christopher Klein, of the Delaware Department of Corrections. Klein also says that because Philadelphia has city jails to maintain, the cost to arrest and incarcerate an offender costs much more than it does in Wilmington or Newark. “In Delaware, we do not have county lock-up or city jails,” Klein says “so the financial burden of incarceration within the DOC falls on the state, rather than, say, the city of Wilmington or Newark.” Wilmington Chief of Police Bobby L. Cummings and Newark Chief Paul M. Tiernan were not readily available for comment regarding the number of marijuana arrests and subsequent expense to their respective departments.
Black and White Statistics show that decriminalizing marijuana will have a significantly larger impact on the black community than on the white population. According to a study released in 2013 by the American Civil Liberties Union, marijuana use among blacks and whites is nearly equal. In 2010, 14 percent of blacks and 12 percent of whites reported using marijuana. ►
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However, when it comes to arrest rates for marijuana possession, according to the same study, blacks were 3.73 times more likely than whites to be arrested, on a national average. The largest disparity—5.19—took place in Pennsylvania, where Councilman Kenney says 83 percent of those arrested for marijuana were African American.
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“The disparity in demographics is staggering, really,” Kenney said. “African Americans and young people are being targeted, and that severely cuts off any avenues of advancement, be it employment, education or financial assistance.” A similar disparity exists in the First State, according to Rachelle Yeung, legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based group that lobbies to change marijuana laws. She says Delaware blacks are three times as likely to be arrested for possession of marijuana as whites. “The thing is, marijuana use, according to the study, is basically equal across all races, yet blacks are much more targeted,” Yeung said. “And a lot of times this is happening in the same areas and the same neighborhoods.” The case of Keenan Benson, a 43-year-old African American, is fairly typical. In 1997, Benson was charged with felony possession of marijuana. Almost 17 years later, during a routine traffic stop, a police search found a “blunt roach,” or less than an inch of a marijuana joint. “County Police stopped me because they said there were reports of a Mexican man harassing people in the area I was driving,” Benson said. “Do I look Mexican to you?” Benson asks sarcastically. “Since the arrest, I’ve shown up in court three times, but the officer has not, so the case has been extended,” says Benson, who served in the army from 1991-94. “Each time I have to go, that’s another day I can’t make work. And when you work for a temp agency, doing construction like I do, missing a day or even a few hours means you’re not likely to get called back for work the following day.” Benson’s arrest is part of a trend. According to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, cannabis arrests in the United States have more than doubled in the last two decades. In 1991, less than 300,000 cannabis arrests were made in the United States. In 2012, the number had reached close to 750,000. Michael Ramone thinks marijuana is a “victimless crime,” and believes the cost of making pot arrests can be put to better use.
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“There should be some level of consideration for people who commit crimes unto themselves as opposed to crimes against others,” Ramone says. “If we’re talking about a habitual offender, I understand there needs to be consequences. But before that person gets to their second or third offense, maybe we should be using the money invested in police hours and court costs and put it back into rehabilitation and abuse [prevention] programs.”
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Medical Marijuana Awaits Its Dispensary Even as the debate over decriminalization goes on, one form of possession is technically legal in Delaware: medical marijuana. Since the Medical Marijuana Act of 2012, those suffering from severe and chronic illnesses have had the opportunity to apply for a card that allows them to possess 6 ounces or less of marijuana. But delays due to changes in policy have pushed the opening of a dispensary for medical marijuana in Delaware back to February of next year at the earliest. Paul Hyland, program administrator for Health Systems Protection in the Division of Public Health, calls early 2015 “realistic.” The First State Compassion Center is set to open no later than April, Hyland says. Located at the Germay Industrial Park just off Route 4/Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, the 45,000-square-foot facility will include separate grow rooms, an area for processing, and retail space for points of sale. “The permit to grow has not yet been issued, as security, surveillance and public safety need to be taken into account,” Hyland says. “Once that phase has concluded, it takes 107 days or so to grow, harvest, cure and display the product. Once the dispensary is open, marijuana will be available for sale.” Medical marijuana card carriers like Buddy La Follette couldn’t be happier. The 51-year-old retired flight attendant has purchased and renewed his card for $125 annually for three years, waiting for the time when he could purchase pot legally. While he waits for the dispensary to open, La Follette buys marijuana through friends, rather than off the street. He tends to use a vaporizer to “go easy on the lungs,” and also uses the oils from cannabis in butter and cooking, to enhance the benefits. “I hurt my back at work for U.S. Airways, was put on disability, and later was diagnosed with skin cancer,” the Wilmington resident says. “I’m fortunate to have been awarded a $300,000 settlement from my employer, but purchasing has still been risky for me ever since I got sick.” Under current law, La Follette is allowed to possess up to 6 ounces at a time in his home. However, if he were to be caught purchasing marijuana in public, he’d be arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law, just like any other citizen. Even the process involved in securing a medicinal marijuana card was arduous, La Follette says. He had to obtain a physician’s certification and wait nearly three months for a background check to go through before being approved. “Most doctors don’t even want to touch the subject, and the state of Delaware doesn’t provide you with a list of doctors that do approve [medical marijuana],” La Follette said. “Between that and having to purchase illegally, it can be a real challenge.” La Follette is frustrated and more than ready to be able to purchase marijuana safely, without wondering what someone on the street did to enhance the drug. “Yeah, I’m upset. It’s been three years, and the entire time I’ve been paying my annual fee, I haven’t been getting my money’s worth,” he says. “But as soon as that store opens, I’ll be the first one in line.” By next June, depending on the fate of Keeley’s proposal, perhaps La Follette and other Delawareans who purchase marijuana—for medicinal purposes or otherwise—will have an easier time of it.
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Seeing Green Could Delaware eventually legalize recreational marijuana? If so, there may be some lessons the First State could learn from one of the two states that have passed such legislation. By Jim Miller
very day, people in certain areas of Colorado are casually walking into stores and purchasing marijuana: easily, openly, legally, and purely for recreational use. What’s more, they are growing cannabis plants—also legally. In the General Election of November, 2012, a majority of Colorado voters approved Amendment 64, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana. (Washington also voted for legalization, but Colorado has been much quicker to implement the legislation.) “Fifty-five-percent of the voters said, ‘We want to try this social experiment: We think we should regulate and tax marijuana,’” says Rachel K. Gillette, a Colorado attorney and executive director of Colorado NORML, the state chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws.
According to the new law, any resident over the age of 21 can purchase marijuana at a licensed store, travel within the state with as much as an ounce of pot, and grow up to three immature and three mature cannabis plants privately in a locked space. “It’s a bold move,” Gillette says. “But I do think it’s the right way to go.” In terms of regulating and taxing marijuana, the “Colorado experiment” has generated some promising results, giving the Centennial State a much-needed economic lift. According to the Colorado Department of Revenue, since Jan. 1 of this year (when stores were first allowed to sell recreational marijuana) through July, sales generated more than $37.5 million in taxes, licenses and fees. ► OCTOBER JULY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FOCUS Of course those figures also include this year’s sales of SEEING GREEN continued from previous page medical marijuana, a practice that became legal in 2000 but only began happening in earnest in 2008, after a five-patient limit that the Colorado Department of Health initially imposed on caregivers was challenged and overturned in court. Medical marijuana dispensaries were the first outlets in the state allowed to apply for licenses to sell recreational (otherwise known as “retail”) marijuana. For those that did, it was a good move: In just eight months, retail marijuana sales have already begun to eclipse medical marijuana sales. Starting this month, other non-marijuana businesses can begin to apply for the retail marijuana license.
At Starbuds, a staff of “budtenders” help customers choose from 16 varieties of marijuana for both medical and recreational use. Prices are consistent and reasonable, with a gram of any variety costing $20 and an ounce $380, for Colorado ID-carrying residents over 21 only (out-of-state visitors can only buy up to seven grams).
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Along with the revenues to the state, there are other economic benefits, as pointed out by Mason Tvert, co-director of the campaign supporting Amendment 64 and an advocate for legalization since 2005. “Not only are the state and its localities generating millions of dollars in new revenues, [but] we’ve seen the creation of thousands of jobs,” says Tvert, who is director of communication for the Marijuana Policy Project, the largest financial backer of the legalization initiative.
According to Tvert, as of August, the Marijuana Enforcement Division had issued more than 13,000 employee badges—certifications required for all employees in Colorado’s marijuana industry. “Whether it’s cultivation or working at a store or a testing facility, that’s a lot of jobs,” Tvert says. His enthusiasm is shared by others, including Denver lawyer and entrepreneur Brian Ruden, who owns Starbuds Dispensary, a marijuana store open seven days a week on the north side of town, not far from the Denver Coliseum. “If we are looking at the financial benefit of having a regulated marijuana system, it’s not just the sales taxes,” Ruden says. “It’s the licensing fees. It’s the bigger-picture impact on the economy because now all the people that work in the industry are earning wages, and payroll taxes are being paid. Architects are hired to build out store fronts. Licensed contractors are used, electricians and HVAC [installers]. Real estate owners now have a whole new market of people [to whom] they can lease space. Real estate itself has been going up. And, of course, tourism. Having marijuana in Colorado is something that attracts people.”
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“Our budtenders, [are] very, very knowledgeable and they can walk people through exactly what the products are, how to use them, and how to be safe with them,” Ruden says. In addition to the sage advice, there are other assurances. “All the marijuana here has been lab-tested so we know there are no molds or funguses on it,” Ruden says. “We know there’s no residual pesticide on it. We know that it’s clean [and not contaminated with other substances]. We also have the potency tested so that people know exactly how strong the marijuana is that they are getting. “It’s also a very safe environment: You take the criminal element out of it. We also only sell to adults who are 21 or older. Every single person gets ID’d. Whereas on the black market, an illicit-drug dealer isn’t going to check someone’s ID.” This is a major benefit, according to Gillette, who feels that one of the biggest advantages to legalization is consumer protection. “I’m not going to say there doesn’t still exist some amount of black market in Colorado,” Gillette says. “But I do think we are transitioning to getting people into the legal market and we’re going to see the benefits of that, including a safer product that is overseen by regulatory agencies and tested in certified laboratories, which is just better for the consumer. You don’t see the benefit of any of that when all the control is with drug cartels, black market drug dealers, and street-level drug gangs.” There’s another inherent danger to letting the black market set policy, Ruden points out. It relates to why many consider marijuana a “gateway drug.” “A marijuana store that’s regulated by the state will only ever sell marijuana,” Ruden says. “The illicit-drug dealer may sell you marijuana today and may offer you [a harder drug] in the future.” Gillette believes regulation will eventually lead to the demise of the black market for marijuana, which, she says, will lead to less crime overall. Tvert tends to agree, but points to the potential of misleading data. ►
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“The issue is that crime reporting is all over the place, in terms of the federal government’s reporting through the FBI [and] issues with localities reporting accurately,” he says. “What is clear is that [crime] is not going up as a result of these laws.” In fact, the opposite may be true in Denver. According to the Denver Police Department, homicide, robbery, burglary and motor vehicle theft—crimes typically related to the drug trade—are all down this year compared to the same period in 2013 (January through August). Homicides are down by a whopping 30 percent.
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Critics point out that while the bump in taxes from recreational drug sales might be promising, tax revenues are still 45 percent below estimates that the non-partisan Colorado Legislative Council submitted to the General Assembly before legalization. Proponents point to two factors to consider when addressing these discrepancies: First, revenue from taxes has increased each month in 2014, and figures for the month of July were more than double those of January, indicating a strong potential for growth. Second, several municipalities— including Colorado Springs, the state’s second largest city—have banned retail marijuana sales despite the state’s approval of Amendment 64. Without full participation from municipalities, the new law’s true impact can’t be accurately measured. Tvert sees the bans as merely a temporary set-back, saying, “I have no doubt that we will see many of those communities shift toward allowing [retail marijuana] businesses.”
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Among those supporting the bans and battling against the recent legalization are groups such as the Drug Free America Foundation, who argue that the gains in taxes, jobs and tourism will never compensate for the risks and losses they believe will eventually result from increased use of marijuana. “If you look at alcohol and tobacco, at a national level, we are not raising enough in tax revenues to cover the societal cost related to those two drugs,” said DFDA Executive Director Calvina Fay in a recent Huffington Post article. Likewise, in a USA Today editorial, former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy lashed out at Amendment 64 supporters for similar reasons. “There has been a lot of talk about pot lately,” Kennedy wrote. “Discussions of tax revenue, health benefits, violence reduction, and individual liberty. But one issue got completely lost: the developing brains of our children. “It’s about time we start focusing on the rights of our kids, not pot smokers…I don’t want another massive, heavily commercialized drug industry targeting them. Because addiction is a disease that starts in adolescence, industries know they have to focus on young people for profits. After all, if you don’t start using any drug by age 21, you are unlikely ever to do so.” Counter to the predictions of some opponents of Amendment 64, recent studies indicate that marijuana use among Colorado teens has not gone up in the past nine months. In fact, if anything, it appears use has been going down gradually since the first medical marijuana stores opened in 2008.
“It’s too early to determine any sort of causal relationship between the shift in policy and the rate of use [among teens],” Tvert admits. “Although it’s certainly worth noting that use started going down… [When medical marijuana stores opened in 2008], we incurred supporters of marijuana prohibition saying [the new law] would inevitably result in an increase in teen marijuana use. And clearly it did not. “We then heard that if we expand the system for all adults to use marijuana legally that it would result in increased teen use. Marijuana officially became legal in Colorado at the beginning of December 2012. From 2011 to 2013, it went down again at a statistically significant amount, and again, it clearly did not go up.” Gillette sees the issue from another perspective. “Personally, as a parent of teen-agers, I love the fact that I can talk to my children and say, ‘In our state, you have to be 21 before you can go buy marijuana.’” Gillette says. “And I love the fact that now we have a system in place whereby you have to show an ID before you can purchase it.” While retail marijuana is now legal, it certainly has not been accepted throughout the state. Which raises the question: when Gillette’s daughter reaches the age of 21, will the law still be in force? Or will opponents have convinced residents to repeal it? Advocates such as Tvert and Gillette think their state’s example will be emulated. “I do think that Colorado is setting an example for the rest of the country,” Gillette says. “And I think more and more politicians will be more likely to embrace that sort of approach.”
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here’s a reason Javier Acuna named his business the Hakuna Hospitality Group. And, yes, it is a subtle play on his surname. More important, the Swahili word, which means “no worries,” accurately describes the approach Acuna has taken to putting his Santa Fe restaurants on a steady growth track, and poising the business for another round of expansion. Hakuna is a positive word, he says, “one that puts a smile on people’s faces.”
Acuna, 38, got a modest start in restaurant ownership, buying the old Picnic Mexitacos on Newark’s Main Street in 2003 when it was a four-table operation focusing mainly on takeout orders with a menu of both Mexican and Latin American dishes. He renamed it Santa Fe and built it into a 150-seat restaurant. It was a logical first step for the native of Bogota, Colombia, who had come to the United States less than four years earlier, hoping to continue the study of industrial engineering he had begun in his homeland. ► OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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While taking classes at Delaware Technical Community SANTA FE RESTAURANTS College and Wesley College, NOW NUMBER QUATRO Acuna, like many students, continued from previous page found the hospitality industry offered the opportunity to earn the money he needed to pay his tuition and other bills. Working in several restaurants, he gradually moved up the ranks, from waiting on tables, to expediter, to cocktail server, bartender and assistant manager. Along the way, he studied the trade carefully, deciding what features he liked, or didn’t like, about every place in which he worked. Acuna, who grew up in a family whose members took great pride in their cooking, chose to emphasize Mexican food in his restaurants because of his love for that country’s history and culture. “The Mayans and the Aztecs, they were two of the most wonderful cultures that ever walked the earth,” he says. And, he adds, Mexico’s geographical diversity, with its Gulf and Pacific coasts and plateaus and mountains in between, is reflected in regional variations in its cuisine. “Mexican food is one of the richest food [cultures] in the world, and every region has a different technique,” he says. Besides, he adds with a smile, although he appreciates the cuisine of his native Colombia, “nobody knows what it is.” Whatever he has learned, Acuna has applied successfully. He opened a second Santa Fe grill in Wilmington in 2010, and then launched the La Bodega catering and events operation at the same location on Pennsylvania Avenue, just west of Union Street. In July, Acuna added another restaurant on Main Street in Newark, Del Pez Sea Mex, focusing on fresh and sustainable caught seafood, local and organic produce, all served with a tropical Mexican flair. The Wilmington grill is the largest in the group, with seating for 250, while Del Pez is the smallest, with 76 seats. By early October, he will have opened La Taqueria Santa Fe at Wilmington’s Riverfront Market, giving the lunch hour crowd a chance to get a quick sample of the main courses offered at the Newark and Wilmington restaurants. His next step, he says, is to try to open two new Santa Fe locations a year. He’s not sure where the expansion will take him, but says he is looking both north and south—at the Philadelphia area and Sussex County. Acuna won’t discuss revenue figures for his privately owned company, but he says the three locations now open are serving about 9,000 customers a week.
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His talk of expansion may sound as though he wants Hakuna Hospitality to build Santa Fe into a restaurant chain, but one of his most important tactics is to make each of his restaurants a little different from the others. The restaurants’ logos use the same typeface, but each one is branded with the image of a different animal, drawn in a native Mexican style. The Newark logo features a jaguar—“aggressive and strong,” Acuna says—while Wilmington’s image is a fun-loving monkey. For Del Pez, the three brightly colored fish are a natural, while a frog—“small and quick-thinking,” he says—captures the vibe he’s seeking at La Taqueria. When restaurant chains open new locations, “they are looking for a specific type of demographic,” Acuna says. “We don’t go for the demographic. We want to be part of the communities we go into, and we adapt to it.” As an example, he describes the differences between the Santa Fe locations and clientele in Newark and Wilmington. “Newark draws a younger crowd, and a little of everything— professionals, young people, University of Delaware students and faculty—while Wilmington has a more professional crowd,” he says. Interestingly, the difference in the customer profile has not triggered a parallel variation in the menus. While about 90 percent of the menu is identical at both locations, where there are differences, the selections in Wilmington tend to be more diverse, more aggressive, than in Newark, and they often cost a dollar or two more. In Newark, he explains, to satisfy a broader audience in an environment that is faster paced, the menu has to stay more middle of the road. In Wilmington, the pace is a little slower, the diners somewhat more adventurous.
While Acuna does not say Santa Fe patrons in Wilmington are more sophisticated than those in Newark, the implication is clear. “In Wilmington, we experiment with different types of ingredients. In Wilmington, we can add different dishes. In Wilmington, we have scallops. In Newark, it’s harder to sell scallops,” he says. At each of his restaurants, Acuna makes a commitment to use locally grown produce as often as possible. Among his suppliers are Vincent Farms in Laurel and Fifer Orchards in Wyoming. Running three restaurants, preparing to open a fourth and exploring two more sites is enough to keep Acuna running six days a week. He has been spending two days a week at each location, keeping Sundays as family time with his wife, Sarah, and his son, Mateo, who was born in March. Having known success throughout his career, Acuna has learned that careful management is the best way to prevent failure. “I don’t worry about failure,” he says. “I worry about not taking the right steps, about modifying things that aren’t working at the right moment.” Failure, he says, “is the absence of doing the right thing. It is not something that happens overnight. It comes when you neglect to make the right changes over time.” Adhering to that philosophy means that Hakuna Hospitality and its more than 130 employees must be innovative and flexible. Acuna wants to keep his menus “edgy,” with meals prepared by “chefs who are willing to experiment.” Most important, he wants all his employees to be passionate about the company and to appreciate the meals they serve every day. “We are about change,” he says. “We are about improving. We are about bringing people back day after day.”
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The Devil Is in the Details Entrepreneur Dean Vilone has hit his stride with El Diablo Burritos, set to open a third site next year By Pam George Photos by Tim Hawk
he face of El Diablo Burritos is a black bean with devil horns and a tail. He’s carrying a pitchfork with a burrito impaled on the tines—no easy feat since he has no discernable arms. (He does have nice legs, however.) All you can see of his face are a pair of wide, round eyes. “He’s saying, ‘Oh, no. You caught me eating another burrito,’” says artist Shannon Stevens, who created the logo. “He’s loveable, approachable, and unassuming.” You might say the same about El Diablo’s founder, Dean Vilone, a native of Brandywine Hundred, who’s kept a low profile since the first El Diablo opened in April 2010 in Trolley Square. A location in Branmar Shopping Center followed in 2012, and by early 2015 there will be a third site on Newark’s Main Street. ► OCTOBER JULY 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Vilone opened the Trolley Square location in 2010, followed in 2012 by the Branmar site, shown here.
Vilone seems happy to let the impish black bean hog the limelight. “The issue of humility is important to us,” says Vilone, sitting in a booth in the Branmar location one recent afternoon. “We’re trying to take one step at a time, and our continued success is due to a fantastic team.” Yet that fantastic team is largely due to Vilone, says partner Roger Andrews, the restaurant’s chef. “He has the ability to pull the best out of everybody—it’s one of his strongest qualities.” Some of that talent stems from industry experience, and more than a little was acquired in the school of hard knocks. And you could also say that entrepreneurialism is in Vilone’s DNA. His grandfather, Alfred Vilone Sr., developed the Fairfax community and shopping center. Vilone’s father, Richard, developed the Penn Oaks Racquet Club in West Chester and townhomes in Kings Grant in Fenwick Island. Richard followed his interests. A hobby restoring and selling vintage Corvettes led to a wholesale car business. He later opened an Oriental rug store on Concord Pike. “He was buying rugs for his own house and liked the process of researching them—he never bought retail,” his son recalls. “He liked to crack the supply lines.” Vilone grew up in Edenridge, went to Salesianum High School, earned a degree in finance from Boston College in 1989, then helped his father develop Kings Grant. At that time, he says, the beach was desolate in winter. By 1991 he was ready for the big city, so he headed to New York to be a photographer. “I just did my own thing, had odd jobs and had fun,” he says. He and two friends found a bar owner willing to sell the business at favorable terms; each partner only had to initially ante up $5,000. That was followed by a second bar. During this time he was also married—briefly. (“We played well together,” he says.) Tired of the bar business, the peripatetic Vilone moved to Miami, where he worked in restaurant dining rooms. “That was out of the frying pan and into the fire,” he says of the hard-partying crowds that populated the city in the 1990s. By 2000, the fast life had caught up to him, and he came home and went into recovery. Back on his feet, Vilone in 2001 opened The Gremlin, a breakfast-lunch spot on Orange Street. All was well until Sugarfoot Fine Food opened nearby. The Gremlin closed in 2003. Undaunted, the next year Vilone opened National, a restaurant at 902 N. Market St. in the Residences at Rodney Square. His ex-wife, an interior designer, helped create a sleek South Beach-like décor that stood out in Wilmington, which at that time was dominated by Brandywine Valley conservatism.
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Vilone acknowledges that fine dining was not his strength, and the location has proved problematic over the years. Result: National closed in 2006, and three other restaurants have occupied the space since. It’s currently empty. Feeling that he’d experienced a public failure—although not an uncommon one in the restaurant industry—Vilone started drinking again, then went back into recovery. Never at a loss for an idea, he “storyboarded” concepts for a new restaurant while selling crab cakes at the Wilmington Farmers Market on Wednesdays. He felt Delaware was an untapped territory for Mission burritos —which became popular in San Francisco’s Mission District in the 1960s. The colossal tortilla-wrapped packages include rice and beans; they’re a burrito that eats like a meal. When the recession hit and commercial space opened in Trolley Square, Vilone saw his chance. Unfortunately, his top choice for a chef, who’d worked with him at National, was unavailable. He shared his vision with Roger Andrews, whom he’d sat next to in recovery classes. The Hockessin native had worked at 821, The Back Burner and Dome. Would he be interested in quick-casual dining? “It was a low point in my life and it was something different,” Andrews says. “We just wanted to do something from the heart, not anything pretentious—just great food at an affordable price.” Still, it was a challenging adjustment for the chef. He was used to braising, reducing and saucing. Dishes in his world were painstakingly “finished” with butter or clever garnishes just before serving. But at El Diablo, the recipes had to be “tasty, fast and efficient,” he says. Accustomed to being a hands-on chef, he’s learned to become a teacher. Employees must know what to do when tomatoes and avocados vary from day to day. If pineapple isn’t sweet enough, more sugar is needed in a recipe. Perhaps not surprising, given their one-day-at-time approach, the partners started slowly with little advertising. To be sure, little is needed. Although they have a great website ready to go, Vilone says, they’ve yet to fine-tune and launch it. Facebook is a primary way to get the word out. For months, the Branmar site didn’t even have its own phone number. Word-of-mouth has given the restaurant a cult-like appeal among foodies. Stevens, a partner, designed the look of the restaurant as well as the logo. He purposefully configured the room so waiting lines wouldn’t crowd diners. Good thing. It’s not unusual for lines to snake out the door in Trolley Square—the restaurant only has 18 seats. (Newark will have 22; Branmar has more like 70 and it also serves as the catering kitchen.) Stevens credits El Diablo’s success in part to the need for affordable but good cuisine after the recession hit. But he also notes that food is made from scratch, and customers can taste the fresh difference. There is no freezer, and everything but the tortillas and cheese are made on site, Vilone says. The partners often talk about ideas for other concepts. Vilone is inspired by trips into cities such as Philadelphia, where he walks the streets, listens to self-help and spiritual audio books and admires the architecture. If he had the skills, he says, he would have been an architect or involved in cultural studies in some fashion. “I’m an appreciator with an artistic soul,” he says. No doubt he’s also appreciating El Diablo’s success, but in his characteristic manner these days, he practically squirms when discussing it, as though he might jinx it. As Vilone talks, the devils on the logo-patterned wallpaper seem to look down approvingly. Vilone gives one a glance. “He’s a friendly little bean,” he says. “He’s a kinder, gentler guy: he’s changing his story and cleaning up his act.”
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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling 302.576.2135 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Idols by John Moran
Current exhibitions: John Moran’s American Idols, through Nov 9; Dawn Hunter’s Personified Doubles and Complementary Opposites, through Nov 30. Gallery talk by Dawn Hunter, masquerade mask-making, and open artists’ studios. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Tue, Thu – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m., Wed 12 – 7 p.m.
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Original papermache FolkArt by Magpie Designs. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 31.
STEP 3: Meet local and regional artists while enjoying the newest exhibitions to open in Wilmington and the surrounding areas.
STEP 4: Enjoy one of Wilmington’s excellent restaraunt or nightlife locations. Please visit the food and drink section of inwilmingtonde.com.
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FREQUENLTY ASKED QUESTIONS WHERE DOES THE ART LOOP START? The Art Loop is a self-guided, go-at-your-own pace tour that can start at any of the locations listed in this guide. There is no designated route for the Art Loop.
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2nd and LOMA Leasing 211 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 2ndandloma.com James Wyatt’s work uses color and textures to convey varied ideas and themes. The work is meant to make you think and feel something and the 3D effect is something that has to be seen in person to get a full appreciation. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 24.
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bitions and should be contacted directly at the contact information provided in this guide.
HOW DO I TAKE THE ART LOOP SHUTTLE? Reserve one of the limited number of seats by calling 302.576.2135 or email jbarton@Wilmingtonde.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
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Ken Bosch; Largely comprised of Bosch’s more recent work that is representational and based upon micro-views of his childhood home in upstate New York. Portraits of friends, relatives, media and political personages who have had an effect on him will also be on display. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 4.
From the Studio, Eighteenth Annual Faculty Exhibition continues as part of DCAD’s Family and Alumni weekend, Oct 3 – 5. The first major exhibition of the fall highlights the work of the studio art faculty at DCAD. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat & Sun 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Oct 29.
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The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE Thegrandwilmington.org/galleries A Day In The Life, Matthew Neary. A collection of photographs with content ranging from quiet rural America to the busy big city. Use of selective focus, close-ups, and other creative effects bring focus to otherwise overlooked subjects. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Nov 4.
WIRED: On the Intersection of Art and Technology. Artists and makers from NWAA and Barrel of Makers team up for this fusion exhibit. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view by appointment through Oct 31.
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Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow in Photography, Leon Syfrit, presents a selection of new photographs. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. through Oct 31.
Psychedelic Vision, Geraldo Gonzalez is showing his designs for cities, people, vehicles, transportation and many more in Psychedelic designs colors. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sept 28.
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Seeds of Cannabinol. A graphic novel preview by Eric S. Allen, Saad Ahmed, Khundy-Son, Piaget Robinson, Louis Wilson and Renee Miller. Exhibit includes original artwork by the contributing artists. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 9 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 10 – 6 p.m. through Oct 3.
Celebration of Creativity 2014 presents artwork created by individuals with disabilities. Exhibiting artists, primarily K-12 students, created artwork through unique arts education programming facilitated by VSA Delaware, a non-profit arts organization. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 30.
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First Comes Love: Portraits of Enduring LGBTQ Relationships is a beautiful collection of black & white portraits by Wilmington photographer Barbara Proud. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 3.
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Twenty Paintings, Rick Phillips. This exhibition of twenty carefully selected are primarily Alla Prima and Plein Aire style paintings. Rick Phillips gets to the heart of his subjects with loose and bravura brushstrokes, elegant and evocative color, and a unique sense of mood. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon, Wed, Fri 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thu 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 31. OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Pop Up Gallery Santos 1200 W. 7th Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.4565 Boliva Quinones exhibits typical scenes in acrylic paintings from the Dominican Republic. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Oct 3 only.
In partnering with Philadelphia’s renowned Mural Arts Program, Freire students weaved art-making into their daily teenage lives to create personal “maps” of how they view their worlds. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Oct 3 only.
Shish Interiors 1012 N. Lincoln Street Wilmington, DE 302.540.9843 shishinteriors.com
Theatre N at Nemours 1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 302.576.2565 theatren.org Window to my Soul, Hope Rose. A short video of photographs captured along her journey of life. She will be sharing photographs and video of people, places and things that she has had the privilege to capture over the years. Door prize will be given away at the event. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Oct 3 only.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi Mending by Katee Boyle
Life Starts All Over Again When It Gets Crisp In the Fall, Katee Boyle. Katee is an abstract narrative artist who creates images out of obsessions and deconstructs them into visual stories, often pulling from dreams, literature, and things that take flight such as birds, love, and the soul. Art Loop reception 4 – 8 p.m. On view Wed, Thu 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m, Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Oct 24.
Colourworks Photo/ Art Space 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE Colourworks.com
Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 610.644.5440 howardpylestudio.org
Colours of Nature, Rebekah Helton. Photographer and visual artist, Rebekah Helton, shares a vivid selection of her of photographs. Avoiding archetypal images, Rebekah photographs objects as she visualizes them. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. through Nov 4.
Collective Works by Jo Howard. In this show Jo will exhibit work in a variety of subjects and mediums, oil, watercolors, pastels, and mixed media. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Nov 1.
Tilton Cool Café 1139 A W. 7th Street Wilmignton, DE 302.425.4900 dorksandforks.com
Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506
A collaboration by Cool Spring residents will include a live podcast of Dorks and Forks hosted by Brian Wild from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Live poetry from Spacebook by Dante Silicato from 7:30 – 9 p.m. Artwork by Susana Casado, Scott Frelick, and El Fuego on display. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Oct 3 only.
Nickelodeons, Auto Portraits and Other Bad Habits, recent oil paintings by Ken Mabrey. Lily Bieber of Ham Jewelry presents Lady of the Lake, handmade jewelry using semi precious stones. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Oct 30.
Melloy Gallery 1139 C W. 7th Street Wilmington, DE 302.425.4900 facebook.com/melloygallery
Fresh Thymes Café 1836 N. Lovering Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.656.2026 facebook.com/freshthymes
Recent works by Jo Worme along and Kevin Melloy along with live-art by muralist Geraldo Gonzalez. Join us that evening for the neighborhood potluck to be featured on the dorks and forks podcast. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 p.m. On view Oct 3 only.
An Artist’s Whimsy, Janet Facciolo-Riter. Work that tells the artist’s personal journey of going through the depths of sadness to finding joy in the healing process. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sat 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Nov 30.
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West End Loop
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North of Wilmington Loop Westminster Presbyterian Church 1502 W. 13th Street Wilmington, DE 302.654.5214 wpc.org Sabbath at the Western Wall by Gary A. Byrde
Photography by Gary A. Bryde, featuring unique perspectives from Italy, Israel, Turkey, Greece, St. Barth’s, and Wyoming cowboy country. Free concert with harpist Anne Sullivan and organist Paul Fleckenstein at 8 p.m. Art Loop reception 6:30 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Oct 31.
Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com New Paintings, Timothy Barr. Contemporary American Luminist Tim Barr creates oil paintings of the colorful Brandywine region, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative radiance. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Oct 4.
Cyclamen and Citrus Fruit by Ed Bronstein
New Castle Loop
artloopwilm.org Talleyville Frame Shoppe & Gallery 3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE 302.478.1163 talleyvillefsg.com
The Coffin Ball. Bob Bickey, Ric Frane, Matt Halter, Pat Higgins, Tina Marabito, Kristen Margiotta, Dave Mele, Wendy M, Mark Rosenblatt, Kevin Scarmozzi, Matt Stankis. Group show of coffin shaped artworks. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 9:30 p.m. On view Mon, Wed, Fri 10 a.m. – 5p.m., Tue, Thu 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. through Nov 1.
Blue Heron Gallery 204 B Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.276.0845 blueherongalleryde.com Copper Visions, Ed Yalisove. Copper sculptures that capture the imagination in free-standing trees and creative wall hangings. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Wed – Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Oct 28.
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net
Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net
Daily Observations ~ New Paintings & Drawings, Ed Bronstein. Paintings and drawings, with subjects including rural and urban landscapes, often painted en plein air, and still life setups of objects of affection. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. through Oct 31.
Things that go Bump in a Trunk, Ken Sturgis. Refurbishes authentic steamer and doll trunks from the mid 1800’s through 1920’s utilizing bent nails and original methods. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Thu 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m. through Oct 31.
Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com
Cactus Wren Gallery 406 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.328.7595 cactuswrengallery.com
Recycled Art, Cyntaya Welch. Everyday objects are used to create colorful mixed media pieces with universal appeal. Through her work she explores a variety of textures combining them into vivid and whimsical paintings. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 11 a.m. – 5p .m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Oct 31.
Colors from the Land & Sea, Lorenzo Shirley. Original pieces in tufa-cast sterling silver, with pendants, earrings, and bracelets fabricated from intricate layers of cast silver, often featuring American turquoise and Mediterranean or Japanese coral as focal points for this wearable art. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 p.m. On view Tue – Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 1 – 5 p.m. through Nov 30.
Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com Ocean Dreams; Valerie M. White, Alan Kennedy, Edie J. Krauss, Alice Reid, Cathy Codding and Justin Jaye Carbonara. Explore watercolor and acrylic images by Lumementos, Etomi’s Treasures and Dreamers’ Jewelry all inspired by the Ocean. Art Loop reception 6 – 9 p.m. On view Tue – Fri 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 4 p.m. through Oct 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children 302.576.2565 Monday - Friday
1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801
302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org
No Cover | Concessions for sale
Frank Stirn moves with his family to become a barber for the American Army and POW camp at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, in the summer of 1944. Embittered that he cannot fight, Frank must take a stand when a Nazi SS Officer threatens his wife. Her Catholic sister falls for a Jewish soldier haunted by the battle of Monte Cassino and the death of his best friend.
PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump.
THE TRIP TO ITALY
R | 100 Minutes | October 3-5 Fri 1pm | Sat 5pm | Sun 4pm
NR | 94 Minutes | October 3-5 Fri 9pm | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 1 French with English Subtitles Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, wealthy bachelor Colin spends his time developing his pianocktail and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas. When Colin learns that his best friend Chick, a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend’s party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloe and, before they know it, they’re dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance.
PG-13 | 84 Minutes | October 10-12 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 5 | Sun 1 Singapore, February 9, 1942. The Japanese invasion is underway. Jim, an Australian fighter pilot, wakes up dangling from a tree by his parachute strings somewhere in the middle of a vast jungle overrun by hostile forces. As night devours day, he forges into the danger he must navigate in search of sanctuary when he encounters a SingaporeChinese resistance fighter, Seng, who, injured and frightened, also seeks to survive their tenuous surroundings and common enemy.
R | 137 Minutes | October 10-12 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 4 THIRD PERSON tells three stories of love, passion, trust and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of Paul Haggis’s earlier Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome: three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities: lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found. 48 OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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PG | 88 Minutes | October 17-19 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 5 | Sun 1
NR | 108 Minutes | October 17-19 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 4 Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 film, The Trip, took comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon—or semifictionalized versions thereof—on a restaurant tour around northern England. In this witty and incisive follow-up, Winterbottom reunites the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and impersonation-offs.
R | 95 Minutes | October 24-26 Fri 4 & 10 | Sat 2 & 8 | Sun 4 Colin and Mitch, both disappointed by their work and unsuccessful relationships, take to foreign parts in order to escape the isolation they feel. Once friends, they have drifted apart over the years. Each of them has lost the people closest to them and each is looking for some kind of connection. That sets the stage for turning loose two guys who sometimes can’t stand each other, but who desperately need each other.
SWIM LITTLE FISH SWIM
NR | 95 Minutes | October 24-26 Fri 1 & 7 | Sat 5 | Sun 1 Set in New York, the film focuses on the domestic life of Leeward (Defa) and Mary (Bloom), a young married couple at a crossroads. Mary is a hardworking nurse determined to turn the couple’s lives around while Leeward is a struggling musician who fancies himself a misunderstood artist and New Age visionary. Enter Lilas (Bessis), a 19 year-old French artist trying to make it in New York and escape the shadow of her famous painter mother. When the bubbly young woman moves into the couple’s tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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THE DREAM New businesses @ 101, 105 & 113 West 9th Street in Downtown Wilmington
Shop ‘til you drop at the Pop Up’s on 9th and Shipley... desserts, apparel, fitness and more!
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The PARTNERS: A statewide initiative by the Delaware Economic Development Office / Downtown Delaware in partnership with Wilmington Downtown Visions and The City of Wilmington.
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CITY OF WILMINGTON
Special Events in the City, Made Easy Wilmington Event Promotions Team offers tips to organizing a stress-free event
One of the most important functions of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, is providing permitting to residents and organizations wishing to use public spaces for private events. Wilmington’s special events process is managed by the Wilmington Event Promotions Team (WEPT). WEPT is the reviewing committee for all special event applications in the City, and the Special Events Coordinator serves as the liaison to help guide groups and individuals through the permit process and assist with the development of safe and successful events. SPECIAL EVENTS CRITERIA The City of Wilmington defines a Special Event as any organized activity that occurs within Wilmington’s city limits and attracts a crowd to a public or private venue. A Special Event meets any ONE of the following criteria:
3. Your application will reviewed by both the Special Events Coordinator and the WEPT team, which meets on a monthly basis. The Coordinator will then contact you to review your application’s status. 4. The final decision regarding your application will be communicated to you via a written notice which will detail the WEPT decision as “APPROVED,” “DECLINED” or “CONDITIONALLY APPROVED.” Decline notices will include reasons for the denial. Conditionally approved application notices will include a listing of necessary steps for approval. In addition to the Special Events Coordinator, anyone may make use of the online Special Events Guidelines to learn about services, equipment or special permits that may related to your event such as: • Police/ Fire/ EMS
1. Requires the services and/or the approval of one or two City departments
• Food/ Food Preparation
2. Attracts more than 100 people
• Cleanup/ Trash
3. Is held in a publicly visible space, including a private plaza or residential backyard To help make your application process easy and efficient, please keep the following in mind: 1. Download and complete the City of Wilmington Special Events Guidelines & Application at http://www.wilmingtonde.gov/ government/specialevents. Applications can be submitted at the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs at the Louis Redding City/ County Building or can be emailed to specialevents@ WilmingtonDE.gov. 2. For events under 300 people - Event applications must be received by the Special Event Coordinator 30 to 45 days in advance. For events over 300 people – Events applications must be received by the Special Event Coordinator 90 to 120 days in advance.
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• Restroom Facilities • Tenting • Electricity • Street Closures • Insurance — among other special provisions The Special Events Guidelines also list fees associated with application processing, necessary personnel and rentals. The City is happy to engage with anyone who would like to entertain, commemorate and celebrate in the City’s public spaces and the spaces around their homes. For further information:
Wilmington Events Promotion Team (WEPT)
Lous L. Redding City/ County Building 800 North French Street, 9th Floor Wilmington, DE 169801 302-576-2138 SpecialEvents@WilmingtonDE.gov www.inWilmingtonDE.com
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The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Prepares for Fall The City of Wilmington’s Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs was established to encourage and support Wilmington’s cultural resources and to promote arts as a center point for community interaction and sharing. Mayor Dennis P. Williams understands that the arts play an essential role in defining the cultural vitality of the city and is working to enhance Wilmington’s reputation as a cultural destination. The Cultural Affairs Department aims to provide programs that contribute substantially to the city’s economy and quality of life. Wilmington is more energized than ever, attracting people who live and work in the City, as well as enthusiastic visitors from across the state and throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Few citywide cultural arts festivals and projects anywhere can match the momentum of Wilmington’s popular showcase of first-class performing and fine arts projects and events.
The most upcoming Cultural Affairs offering is the Wilmington Live Fringe Festival. Wilmington Fringe consists of a calendar of festivals centered around the celebration of experimental art. Wilmington Fringe is modeled after the international Fringe Festival movement, which originated in Scotland’s Edinburgh International Festival in 1947. Like all Fringe Festivals, Fringe Wilmington distinguishes itself from traditional arts festivals in that it produces groundbreaking, innovative art in nontraditional venues. Fringe Wilmington presents three major disciplines: performance, film and visual arts three times annually as Live Fringe, Film Fringe and Visual Fringe. The overarching goal of the Fringe Wilmington Festival is to connect adventurous audiences with adventurous artists. The festival is carefully organized to offer artists a supportive environment to take risks and explore the outer edges of their art, while at the same time exposing local audiences to innovative, thought-provoking art rarely seen in Delaware. For more information about Wilmington Fringe Festivals and how you can support the Festivals, please go to fringede.org.
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cityfest The cornerstone of the City’s cultural and arts programming resides in Cityfest, Inc. Cityfest is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, which solicits sponsorships and grants which subsidize the City of Wilmington’s financial and staffing contributions to arts and cultural programs. The The Board of Directors of Cityfest is comprised of Cultural Affairs and other city department staff and community volunteers. Cityfest, Inc. is committed to providing leadership in integrating arts and culture into the socioeconomic life of the community. While the Spring and Summer festivals are the most visible times of year for Cultural Affairs, the end of the year provides many opportunities for residents and visitors to enjoy arts and culture sponsored by the City.
This year, Fringe will consist of three separate Festivals, each focusing on one genre of the Fringe themes: 2014 Live Fringe Wilmington Festival: November 19 – 23, 2014 Live Fringe presents Delaware’s most outrageous and edgy live performances by local, regional and national artists. Improv, dance, comedy, clowns, magic, drama, musical theater and the indescribable can be experienced in local theaters, vacant storefronts and unexpected spaces. The Live Fringe Preview Party kicks-off the festival with three-minute “samples” by each of the performing artists at World Café Live at the Queen. 2015 Film Fringe Wilmington Festival The 2015 Film Fringe Festival will include the Extreme Filmmaking Competition and screenings of independent films by local, regional and national film-makers. Starting in 2011, the Film Fringe has included a 48-hour filmmaking competition for youth and adults and a preview party that showcases some of the festivals upcoming artists. Call to artists: Open now through December 31. Application Fee: $75.00 Festival Dates: February 18 - 22, 2015 2015 Visual Fringe Wilmington Festival The 2015 Visual Fringe Festival will take place in May, 2015. The Visual Fringe features visual art by local, regional and national visual artists. Call to artists: Open now through February 28, 2015. Application Fee: $50.00 Festival Dates: May 20 - 24, 2015 OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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1. Amtrak Station 2. Opera Delaware Studios/City Theater Co. 3. Wilmington Youth Rowing Assn., WYRA.ORG 4. Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park 5. Residences at Christina Landing 6. Harry’s Seafood Grill / Riverfront Market, HARRYS-SAVOY.COM 7. Delaware Theatre Co., DELAWARETHEATRE.ORG 8. FireStone Roasting House, FIRESTONERIVERFRONT.COM 9. Cosi at the Barclays Crescent Building, GETCOSI.COM 10. Hare Pavilion/Riverwalk 11. AAA Mid-Atlantic Travel Center, AAAMIDATLANTIC.COM 12. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, THEDCCA.ORG
13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame
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THE BLACK AND WHITE BALLELEGANCE WITH AN EDGE* October 11 Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts thedcca.org
THE HEAD OF THE CHRISTINA REGATTA October 5 Wilmington Youth Rowing Association wyra.org
WHO’S AFRAID OF OPERA?* October 24 & 26 OperaDelaware Studios operade.org
New DCM Hours:
Tues. - Thurs: 10am-3pm Fri. & Sat: 10am-8pm Sun: 10am-3pm New DCM Pricing: $8.75 general admission
21. Chase Center on the Riverfront, CENTERONTHERIVERFRONT.COM 22. Dravo Plaza & Dock 23. Shipyard Center Planet Fitness, PLANETFITNESS.COM 24. Timothy’s Restaurant, TIMOTHYSONTHERIVERFRONT.COM Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG
27 DART Park-n-Ride Lot 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29: CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30: The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31: Stratosphere Trampoline Park, WILMINGTONTRAMPOLINEPARK.COM 32: The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM
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RIVERFRONT EVENTS 2014 DELAWARE AUTO SHOW* October 3- October 5 New 2015 models, kids fun zone, and more! Chase Center on the Riverfront DelawareAutoShow.com ART ON THE TOWN October 3 A great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org DSWA HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE COLLECTION October 4 The DSWA is proud to host this Household Hazardous Waste Collection, Electronic Goods Recycling, and Paper Shredding Event. Frawley Stadium DSWA.com BEGINNING BIRDING IN OCTOBER* October 4 Come out for the warblers and thrushes, but keep an eye out for the Red- shouldered Hawks, Northern Harriers, Bald Eagles, and more. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org NATIONAL PARK SERVICE WILDERNESS CANOEMOBILE October 8 Hailing from Minneapolis, the Canoemobile is roving the country on a mission to get youth out paddling on their local waterways. Wilmington Youth Rowing Association WYRA.org EASTER SEALS ANNUAL DINNER* October 8 Celebrate the triumphs of people with disabilities that we serve and the outstanding community partners who make their accomplishments possible. Chase Center on the Riverfront easterseals.com/de/get-involved/events/ 2ND WEDNESDAY AT THE DCCA October 8 Happy hour and affordable art! Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org 2014 HISTORY MAKERS ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER* October 9 This awards dinner will pay tribute to Ellen Kullman, a Delawarean who has truly made a difference to the lives of many. Chase Center on the Riverfront DEHistory.org
SHUTTERBUG WALK* October 10 Come learn the basics of nature photography and print some frame-worthy shots to take home. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org BIG SIT BIRDING COMPETITION* October 11 Join us as we try to see and hear as many species as we can from our 17 1/2 foot circle, competing with other circles around the world! DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org DELAWARE DEVOTED DADS SUMMIT* October 11 The summit will offer educational information and express the power of Fatherhood in the lives of our children, families and communities. Chase Center on the Riverfront DDDSummit.org CANOEING THE CHRISTINA RIVER AND MARSHES* October 11 Join us as we explore the urban marshlands of the Christina River. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org THE 11TH ANNUAL VENDEMMIA DA VINCI* October 12 Sample great Italian wines and food. Visit the Italian beer garden while enjoying great live entertainment! Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park SociataDaVinci.com BASIC CANOEING* October 12 Learn how to canoe while taking in the beautiful Riverfront view. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org DCM $2 NIGHT* October 15 Visit the Museum in the evening hours for just $2 per visitor! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org THE DELAWARE LEADERSHIP PRAYER BREAKFAST* October 16 Every year, we gather in the true spirit of Jesus Christ to discover how we can be more effective as men and women with leadership responsibilities in Delaware. The speaker for this year’s Prayer Breakfast event is Norm Miller. Chase Center on the Riverfront DelawarePrayerBreakfast.org
2014 DE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 11TH EMPLOYER CONFERENCE* October 23 Whether you have one worker or 10,000, whether you’re in HR or Fiscal, or whether you own your own business and do it all, this conference is for you. Chase Center on the Riverfront DOL.Delaware.gov PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT* October 24 Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DEEC and have all the fun with games! DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org INVASIVE PLANT REMOVAL AND MARSH RESTORATION DAY* October 25 Help remove aggressive, non-native plants that cause havoc in natural areas. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org INTERNATIONAL GEM & JEWELRY SHOW* October 31-November 2 Fine Jewelry, estate pieces, loose gems, dazzling beads and more! Chase Center on the Riverfront InterGem.com
OUTDOOR EVENTS 7TH DELAWARE TECH ALUMNI & FRIENDS 5K October 1 • Dravo Plaza • Races2Run.com MAKING STRIDES OF WILMINGTON October 11 • Dravo Plaza MakingStridesWalk.org/wilmingtonde LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK October 11 • Frawley Stadium LightTheNight.org/de/ 2014 WILMINGTON KIDNEY WALK October 12 • Dravo Plaza • KidneyWalk.org WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’SWILMINGTON 2014 October 18 • Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park Act.alz.org PRO BONO CELEBRATION 5K RUN/WALK October 19 • Dravo Plaza DVLS.org/ProBono.html KIND TO KIDS HALLOWEEN HOOPLA 5K WALK/RUN October 25 • Dravo Plaza • KindToKids.org E-RACING THE BLUES 5K/10K October 26 • Dravo Plaza ERacingTheBlues.org
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A VISION FOR
WILMINGTON’S CREATIVE DISTRICT
ver the last three years, Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) has been working with our partners (City of Wilmington, Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware, Christina Cultural Arts Center, Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association and the Chris White Community Development Corporation) to develop a Creative District in the Downtown/Quaker Hill/West Center City neighborhood. This creative district will support downtown revitalization by leveraging the high concentration of arts organizations and millions of dollars of investment along Market Street to provide an enhanced sense of place in the area immediately adjacent to downtown. T h e v i s i o n i s a community of artist-owned properties with living spaces above galleries, studios and performance spaces. It will include beautification and artistic projects to engage the current residents and community members. Modeled after Paducah, KY’s renowned artist relocation program, Wilmington’s Creative District will have a major impact on the whole city. Building on vacant lots and land, the Creative District will create homeownership opportunities for artists. The Creative District will also complement artist initiatives described in neighborhood-based strategic plans, which call for artist housing, artist-related business development and arts-related programming. Lastly, the program will target artists to help provide ownership and entrepreneurial opportunities that might not otherwise exist for them. WRC engaged urban planning firm Interface Studio to work with a steering committee of volunteers to develop a vision plan for the creative district, which is bounded by 4th, 9th, Market and Washington streets. The artist live/work component will complement the live/work rental program for artists nearby at Shipley Lofts. The Creative District’s Steering Committee has brought in additional community partners to create an implementation plan focuses on the following areas: Organization, Community Engagement, Programming, Real Estate and Marketing.
WRC’S CREATIVE CHAT SERIES Save-the-Date: Thursday, November 13
WRC’s Creative Chat with special guest: Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center Learn about the kitchen incubator model as it pertains to Wilmington’s Creative District as we welcome Della Clark, President, The Enterprise Center as the next speaker for WRC’s Creative Chat Series. Founded in 1989 by the Wharton Small Business Development Center, The Enterprise Center provides access to capital, building capacity, business education and economic development opportunities to high-potential, minority entrepreneurs. As a part of their business-acceleration initiatives, the Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises (CCE) supports both established and start-up food businesses and food processors in need of commercial kitchen space and technical assistance.
PROGRAM Networking & Nosh: 5:30 pm – 6 pm Presentation: 6 pm – 7:30 pm After Party: 7:30 pm Light fare and drinks provided. Cash bar. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT:
WRC’s Creative Chat is sponsored in part by Christina Cultural Arts Center, Interfaith Housing of Delaware, Quaker Hill Civic, Chris White Community Development Corporation and CityFest.
GET INVOLVED To learn more about the Creative District, or to get involved visit: BigIdeasWilmington.com Sign-up for WRC’s monthly newsletter: Big Ideas Update and Blog. These two vehicles (along with WRC’s LinkedIN, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) will keep you up-to-date on all things WRC and Creative District.
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Patrick Jones, general manager of the Tap House in Trolley Square.
Tapping Into A New Scene Trolley Tap House feels the neighborhood is ready for its first craft beer-focused restaurant
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The new Trolley Tap House, managed by former Two Stones Pub employee Patrick Jones, is the first strictlycraft-beer bar in that Wilmington neighborhood. Jones sat down at the tap house recently with his former boss, Michael Stiglitz, to exchange a few good-natured jibes, discuss black ops and talk about what community means to members of the craft beer culture.
atrick Jones’ and Michael Stiglitz’s friendship began in 2007 when they worked at Pig & Fish Restaurant in Rehoboth, shouting to each other over the din in the busy kitchen. Stiglitz was the chef and Jones was the expo (the link between kitchen and front-of-house service). The two continued to work together at various other area restaurants, where Jones was a dedicated bartender or line cook. In 2011, Stiglitz decided to open a place in Newark called Two Stones Pub—now with locations in Wilmington and Kennett Square—and he asked Jones for help. “Having him contributed to our success,” says Stiglitz. “He was there at the beginning and was a big part of everything that started at Two Stones.”
Jones left the restaurant-bar industry last year to try his hand at sales, first for a car dealer and then, a few months later, as a salesman at Comcast. Then this past spring, Joe McCoy, owner of Catherine Rooney’s in Wilmington and Newark and Hummingbird to Mars and C.R. Hooligan’s in Wilmington, asked Jones to be a consultant in a craft beer bar start-up in Trolley Square, where C.R. Hooligan’s was formerly located. It would be called Trolley Tap House. “I know you were a part of the success at Two Stones,” McCoy told Jones. “They’re obviously incredibly successful and on their third location now. What are they doing right?” By the end of July, Jones was back in the business and onboard fulltime as general manager of the Trolley Tap House, which opened Sept. 15 with 31 craft beer taps and pub fare. “I’m here because I’ve been treating it as my own special project, and it felt better to keep it than to let it go,” Jones says. As they sit down to begin the interview, Jones and Stiglitz reflect on their long friendship. “He and I had our blowouts at times, [but] we’re hugging now and it’s all that matters,” says Jones. “We could always kiss and make up and get something cold to drink afterwards – but all great relationships are that way, right?” “Yeah, it’s like a good marriage,” says Stiglitz.
“When i found out about the tap house, i had to sit by myself alone and think: do i help him? Do i not?” —Michael Stiglitz O&A: Mike, what was the first thought that went through your mind when you heard about Trolley Tap House? Stiglitz: (Laughs) The first thing I thought was Patrick is crazy. This industry picks up people, chews them up and spits them out, so I was happy for Patrick because he had gotten out of the industry intact and had moved on. But he proved that when you love what you do you can’t stay away. When I found out about the tap house, I had to sit by myself alone and think: Do I help him? Do I not? They’re going to be my competition in a sense, because they’re a craft brew beer bar. But Two Stones hasn’t done anything no one else has done; I can tell you where I got all my core ideas. I’ve never hung out in Trolley Square, but I think it’s time that the neighborhood, the people, are elevated. It’s not cheap to live down here, so there’s no reason why bars shouldn’t elevate their game as well. There’s other corners people can hide and drink their Miller Lite. There are craft brews here, but it’s time for someone to do it correctly. Craft beer people are smart, and they care, and they know if you care and get it. And if you don’t— you’re done.
O&A: Pat, what did you learn from Stigz during your time at Two Stones? Jones: I’ve learned how to look at everybody else and combine all the best things that I’ve seen in the world into one spot. How to pace myself. Stiglitz: What about goals? I set goals. Jones: Yes. Stiglitz: Yeah, he’s golden, people in the area restaurant industry agree. And now everybody’s been calling this place “Two Jones Pub.” ►
Jones confers with Donovan Brown, executive chef at the Tap House.
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O&A: What's your prediction for Trolley Tap House's impact on the area? Stigz: There are people here that want this. Jones: My prediction is that we are going to bring an entirely new clientele. Just like Stigz said, the people that live around here—and it’s not cheap to live around here—actually leave to go spend time in Kennett Square, or apparently there’s a craft beer bar up at the corner of Naamans and Foulk roads that people drive to [Two Stones Wilmington]. We want to create something for that community. O&A: What’s on the menu? Jones: The tap house’s chef is Donovan Brown, who used to be chef at Two Stones in Newark. He’ll try all kinds of different stuff. I’ve been around Stigz and Donovan enough to know what people will want to eat with beer. You could put 20 entrees on there and people will still ask “Where the hell are the burgers?” That’s why we have three sections of sandwiches, dogs and burgers, and six awesome entrees, too: seared ahi tuna, mac and cheese, herbed chicken breasts, and more. One of the mentalities that I want to maintain in this space is to stay true to the community. This is a bar for the neighborhood of Trolley Square—I’m bringing the craft beer culture into Trolley Square. Produce is sourced from local farms, and everything will be either composted or recycled. Globally and regionally we will get as close as we can to being a zero-waste facility. Our plate-ware is a product from India made from fallen palm leaves, which fall naturally. It is an expensive product for being disposable. However, it’s great, durable, you can heat it, and it looks great too. It’s not filling the landfill up. It’ll be taken to the composting plant in Wilmington and turned over to local farmers for the state of Delaware, so that stays true to my mentality of maintaining a sense of community.
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Brandywine Education Foundation Fundraiser with Lagunitas Brewery Jones just prior to opening in September. Customers can choose from 31 craft beer taps as well as pub fare.
It’s not just a craft beer bar, it’s a place that’s building craft beer culture, and to me part of craft beer culture is community. O&A: Will you go to each other’s bars? Stiglitz: I personally banned him because I don’t like him when he’s drinking. Just kidding. He is very dedicated to his family. If I don’t see him at Two Stones, it’s not because he doesn’t want to be there or doesn’t have good ideas, it’s because he’s home spending time with his family [wife and 2-year-old daughter] which is what everybody should do. Jones: I’ll send black ops. Instead of me going to Two Stones, I’ll send people in to observe and take notes. Stiglitz: I can send you the security video and you can watch Two Stones from your phone like I do. Jones: It’s too broad. I want fine details. I know what those cameras can see and can’t see. Stiglitz: There’s a term you can put at the end of this article, and it’s called “sociopath.” Stiglitz: What’s your long-term plan? What’s your five-year plan? Jones: Probably a food truck. We're going to make a food truck that looks like a trolley. Also, there is a decent amount of space between Rooney’s and the tap house that we might utilize for something.
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O&A: Mike, any advice for Patrick? Stiglitz: Just be consistent. If you’re consistent, you can win. McDonald’s has crap food, but look at them. If there’s ever an issue with how the restaurant goes, it won’t be because of Patrick. It’s the same mentality from when I created Two Stones at Brookside in Newark. People looked at me like I was crazy. But if you build it, they will come—if you do it right. We proved that in Newark, and this should be much easier. If it doesn’t come together here, it’s not because of what they put out there, it’s pretty much just because the gods are against him—that’s all it could be.
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The Kennett Brewfest is set for Saturday, Oct. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m. on South Broad Street in Kennett Square. Tickets are $50 for general admission, $70 for Connoisseur tickets, and $15 for designated driver tickets. The Connoisseur pass includes a two-hour early admission, plus tastings of select beers with food pairings. “We should be featuring close to 100 breweries for the regular festival and featuring 34 of them in our hugely popular Connoisseur session,” says event chairman Jeff Norman. The designated driver ticket includes non-alcoholic beverages and prohibits the ticket-holder from purchasing alcoholic drinks. Part of the profits will go toward the Historic Kennett Square organization. The event is for 21 and over only. For more information, visit kennettbrewfest.com. The Delaware Wine & Beer Festival is from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11, at the 19th Century Farm Village on Dupont Highway in Dover. Tickets are $60 for general admission, $75 for VIP passes, and $10 for designated driver. The VIP pass includes additional tastings, the chance to vote on a favorite, a complimentary beer glass, and giveaways. The designated driver ticket grants admission to the event but restricts purchasing of any alcoholic beverages. The event is 21 and older, except for designated drivers. Activities include a keg tossing competition, corn hole tournament, and a merchandise store. “We like to offer something out of the ordinary for our festival-goers,” says executive director Cindy Small. This event was one of the 2014 “Top 100 USA Events” chosen by the American Bus Association. The festival is 21 and over except for designated drivers. More information is available at delawarewineandbeerfestival.com. —Alex del Tufo OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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By John Murray Shake, rattle and roll: that’s what makes an earthquake, especially in wine country. Buildings collapse, barrels shift and are thrown, glass breaks and people get hurt. That happened in Napa Valley on Aug. 24 at 3:30 a.m., when a 6.1 earthquake interrupted a peaceful night. Napa, Sonoma, and Solano counties sustained the brunt of the damages, with repair estimates totaling more than $400 million. USGA research geophysicist Annmarie Boltay describes an earthquake as being like a bowl of Jell-O, “once shaken and continues to shake for a long time.” The Napa event was no exception, and it seemed unusually long. Some people thought it lasted close to a minute. Preliminary reports have about 120 wineries suffering approximately $80 million in damages. Most occurred in the Sonoma Valley, Carneros, Oak Knoll and the Rutherford Bench appellations of Sonoma and Napa counties. Bouchaine Vineyards in Carneros, locally owned by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, sustained damages to 30 barrels. A barrel contains the equivalent of 25 cases or about 60 gallons. That’s a lot of wine down the drain. Jeff McBride, head winemaker for Benziger Winery in Glen Ellen, Sonoma Valley, told me, “There were no issues, and we were extremely grateful.” Unfortunately, down the road from Benziger, B.R. Cohn Winery was not as fortunate. Cracked barrels spewed their 2013 vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon all over the winery, potentially losing the entire vintage. Napa winery Trefethen in the Oak Knoll district suffered structural damage to its historic barrel room. That’s a beautiful building; I hope it can be repaired. Silver Oak Cellars had multiple wine racks collapse and hundreds of bottles broken. Saintsbury, in the Carneros appellation, lost many archival library wines. Doug Shafer, Shafer Winery, and Michael Honig, Honig Winery, both texted me: “All ok! We were lucky.” There is a great sense of camaraderie in the wine industry, as exhibited by Burgess Cellars offering storage space. All in all, larger producers will probably absorb the losses and maintain normal prices. Small wineries will not be as lucky. They will have trouble making ends meet and will have to increase prices. My gut feeling is that some wines may increase in price, but there will still be many great wines available with no increase. Don’t panic. Buy, be smart, trust your tastes, and most of all, enjoy! John Murray is the owner of State Line Liquors.
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The Maze Runner
Young men, including Thomas (Dylan O’Brien, center, pointing) trapped at an undisclosed locale, investigate the mysteries of a massive maze. Photo Twentieth Century Fox
MAZED AND CONFUSED Latest young adult film covers much familiar ground By Mark Fields
he Maze Runner, the latest post-apocalyptic young adult best-selling fiction series to be transferred to a cinematic counterpart, has many of the features that seem to be required of the genre. There is the dystopian landscape, the unknown and deadly peril, and the youthful hero with the character to meet and defeat that peril… after overcoming several forbidding obstacles and violently losing some companions along the way, of course. Our hero, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), awakes one day to find himself in a place called The Glade, joining an assemblage of boys who don’t remember their pasts and are uncertain of what they are doing here. They have learned how to survive and create a semblance of community, but they are surrounded by a forbidding maze that keeps them isolated and fearful. The maze is filled with giant and fierce creatures called greavers, and if that weren’t bad enough, the structure remakes itself every night, defying their attempts to find a route through it to safety.
The problem with this movie version of the tale is that it feels way too familiar, a mishmash of themes and characters from other, far better books and films. Using The Maze Runner as an example, how does one construct a successful post-apocalyptic young adult book series and translate it to the silver screen? Start with an assemblage of traumatized teenage boys under stress in an unfamiliar landscape (The Lord of the Flies, check). Sort them into groups based on their skills or personalities (Divergent, got it). Give them a life-threatening obstacle that requires them to work cooperatively and/or compete to survive (OK, The Hunger Games). Add into this stew of adolescent rivalries an individual with compelling personal traits that set him apart as special (Hello, Harry Potter). And top it all off with an adult society where the reality is deliberately manipulated with language to hide true intentions (1984—perfect). ► OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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This Is Where I Leave You
(L-r) TINA FEY as Wendy Altman, COREY STOLL as Paul Altman, JANE FONDA as Hilary Altman, JASON BATEMAN as Judd Altman and ADAM DRIVER as Phillip Altman in This Is Where I Leave You.
Neophyte director Wes Ball displays the skills he has learned in a long career of film art direction. The world of The Maze Runner is visually striking, and Ball keeps the action moving. But the screenplay, by Noah Oppenheim, Grant Pierce Myers, and T.S. Nowlin, does neither the director nor the appealing cast any favors. Aside from the derivative flaws described above, the script offers no compelling characters, just stereotypical teenage types (the calm leader, the order-obsessed adversary, the wise sidekick, and the valiant, rule-breaking hero), so the viewer struggles to be invested in their plight. I appreciate the appeal of these post-apocalyptic thrillers for young adults. In a modern teenage world filled with cyberbullying, sexting, and body-shaming, it’s probably perversely reassuring to see kids facing far worse life-or-death threats. It’s even better to see them overcome those threats, using their own resourcefulness and grit, especially without the hovering ministrations of mom and dad. But, to transcend the limitations of the genre (as The Hunger Games clearly has done), you need to bring more to the party than a box of tired conventions and characters that are little more than ciphers. The Maze Runner stumbles when you want it to race. THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU Thomas Wolfe said you can’t go home again. According to the new dramedy This Is Where I Leave You, apparently you can go home again, but it may not be a good idea. This movie has an appealing, all-star cast and a promising set-up, and I really wanted to like it. And I do, but in spite of itself. Despite the valiant performances of Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver, and Jane Fonda, the movie is a hot mess of contrived situations, implausible character motivations, and unconvincing plot turns. There was a lot of wonderful material to mine in a situation where a dysfunctional family is forced to deal with its childhood baggage as unhappy adults. But too often director Shawn Levy and screenwriter Jonathan Tropper settle for an easy, quick laugh instead of sustained truth. There are a lot of funny moments, but the movie just doesn’t hang together. Take it or leave it.
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SPLENDOR IS THE GRASS
Eight munchie-evoking movies By Mark Fields
Herbal comedies cycle in and out of fashion in Hollywood. There were heydays in the late ‘70s (thanks to Cheech and Chong) and again for the entire 1990s. Nowadays, Seth Rogen and his buddies have been working to spark (up) a modern revival. So, stock up on potato chips, polish off your favorite bong, and settle back for an all-nighter of “grass-ic” comedies.
A pothead process server (Rogen) and his dealer (James Franco) are on the run for their lives after he witnesses a gangland slaying. Rogen and his writing partner, Evan Goldberg, scripted this uneasy blend of crime thriller and stoner comedy, which also stars Gary Cole, Rosie Perez and Danny McBride. The title refers to a particularly potent variety of marijuana, and the logic of this movie’s plot probably depends on how much of the stuff the viewer has smoked before watching.
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
John Cho and Kal Penn are the title slackers in this goofball comedy about two guys with the mad munchies in an obstacle-rife search for a White Castle. Throughout an endless night across the wilds of New Jersey, they encounter a group of punks, a cheetah escaped from the zoo, some racist cops, a raccoon with attitude, and a horny, drug-addled Neil Patrick Harris (playing himself). The surprise success of the film spawned two lesser sequels.
The only movie in this lineup that doesn’t draw heavily on the humor of actually being stoned, this modest British comedy stars Brenda Blethyn and Craig Ferguson. She is a resourceful widow with a green thumb whose recently departed husband left her with exhausted bank accounts, and he’s her gardener with a little pot-growing project on the side. They throw in together for an illicit enterprise with comic consequences for all.
Today best known as a frequent self-deprecating punchline on The Daily Show, this movie, starring stand-up comedians Jim Breuer and Dave Chappelle (with Jon Stewart in a bit role), is an occasionally funny, occasionally embarrassing exercise in Mary Jane jokes and bad acting. Throw in a parade of well-chosen cameos by Tracy Morgan, Snoop Dogg and Tommy Chong, and you have a hazy entertainment for the short-attention-span crowd.
Dazed and Confused
Written and directed by Richard Linklater (Boyhood), this ‘70s era coming-of-age comedy features a young ensemble cast, many of whom have gone on to become stars, including Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Parker Posey, and, of course, Matthew McConaughey as arrested adolescent David Wooderson. The film captures the funny and often painful rites of passage of high school, and the presence of pot is not a primary source of comedy but an accurate reflection of the pastimes of teenage life. All right, all right, all right!
Up in Smoke
The granddaddy of all stoner movies, this loosey-goosey comedy draws heavily on the performance rhythms and counterculture humor of its stars, Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong. The stand-up duo plays two guys smuggling a van into the United States, unaware that the vehicle is made entirely of weed. As they travel and toke, they are pursued by an overzealous yet incompetent narcotics officer, Sgt. Stedenko (Stacy Keach). This feature spawned a set of similarly slapdash Cheech and Chong films.
Intended to be a stern warning about the perils of pot for our impressionable youth, this cautionary tale from the 1930s has evolved into a hysterical comedy, especially if one is in an altered state. Two adults use wild parties with jazz music as lures to corrupt high schoolers. The film’s original tagline encapsulates the threats in store: “Sin, degradation, vice, insanity!” It was parodied in 2005’s Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical. OCTOBER 2014 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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The Afro-reggae singer now known as Egalitarian (Egali for short) left the Gambia last year with his band.
AFRICA BY AMERICA BENEFITS CHILDREN’S’’ CHARITIES Show set for Nov. 1 at The Queen By Krista Connor galitarian & the Dinkendo Family Band, a traditional music group from Gambia, West Africa, will perform Africa by America: A Benefit Show, at The Queen on Saturday, Nov. 1. They also will release a 14-track album, Sensible Shoes, which was produced in Delaware. Ticket and CD proceeds will benefit nonprofit organizations the Gainako Foundation for Children’s Development and SOS Children’s Villages, a non-governmental, international development organization. Born as Modou Lamin Bah in 1981 in Brikama, the Gambia, the Afro-reggae singer now known as Egalitarian (Egali for short) left the Gambia last year with his band to tour the United States as a goodwill ambassador of SOS Children’s Villages. The tour also aims to increase cultural exchange and education using Egali’s original music to promote unity.
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In addition to supporting SOS Children’s Villages, Egali is the founder of Gainako Foundation for Children’s Development, which is committed to helping children, women’s liberation, social justice, and youth participation in globalization. Even though he runs his own nonprofit, Egali says he will always continue raising money for SOS Children’s Villages at concerts. Besides Egali, other current band members are Paco, a hand drummer from Senegal, West Africa, and Delawareans Ed Dwornik (guitarist and manager), John DiGiovanni (drummer and recording engineer), Bob Colligan (bassist and song arranger), and Sean Holz (guitarist and song arranger). The American members got involved last winter. One evening in November, Egali and Paco found themselves in Newark with just $40 and no plan after touring the U.S. with the seven members of the original band. After the tour, the other members left the group and scattered throughout the U.S. Dwornik’s friend Eric Paul Levy soon met and befriended the two musicians at a coffee shop and invited them to a jam session, where they met Dwornik and the other current band members. “Then friends invited Egali and Paco to join in on gigs,” says Dwornik. “Another friend, Ariel Hardy, offered a place to live until they got on their feet.” Dwornik, who frequently played solo gigs, teamed up with Egalitarian and the Dinkendo Family Band once he was trained in West African guitar and production styles. Since becoming part of the band, he has played more than 50 shows and festivals with Egali and crew. The band is currently looking for an American publicist and booking agent for a fall tour this year. The group has concert hall and stadium gigs booked in the Gambia and a show in Senegal in December. Egali will spend the winter in the Gambia to be with family, start a studio project for emerging Gambian talent, and work on plans for spring and summer tours. “He also hates the snow,” Dwornik notes. “We are already famous in the Gambia and popular locally,” says Dwornik. “We are hoping to extend our reach globally and to provide opportunities for emerging Gambian and West African talent. Things are moving fast.” A two-hour reception starting at 6 p.m. will precede the show on The Queen’s upstairs balcony, where ambassadors from the Gambia, the United States and the United Nations will meet Wilmington political and business leaders. “Our goal is to establish ties between our community in Wilmington and the Gambia that will create cultural, business and community enrichment opportunities between our countries,” says Dwornik. The bands Special Delivery and Betty and the Bullet will open the show. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 8. Tickets are $15. For more details, go to queentickets.worldcafelive.com.
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Dom Flemons Friday, October 3
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DELIVERING ON TIME Running Late building area following Runnin’ Late is a Delaware-based, “feel good” classic rock band influenced by both jazz and blues. This classic bass, drums and guitar-playing group, with a sound similar to Van Morrison, The Eagles and Bruce Springsteen, also features keyboards and saxophone. The band will play the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pa., on Thursday, Oct. 16, as a finalist in the third annual 102.9 WMGK Rock MD competition, supported by Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Runnin’ Late will compete against four other bands to win a $2,000 donation to the charity of their choice, free recording time at Philly Sound Studios, and the title of Rock MD Champions. Also coming up is Runnin’ Late’s Christmas show at The Queen on Saturday, Dec. 13. For more details, go to RunninLate.com.
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AMERICAN SONGSTER Dom Flemons comes to Arden Considered “the American Songster” by many fans, Dom Flemons of the Carolina Chocolate Drops will bring his old-time folk music sound to Arden Gild Hall on Friday, Oct. 3, alongside the duo of Grace and Tony. As part of the Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded in 2005 with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, Flemons has performed at the Newport Folk Festival and Bonnaroo, in addition to such renowned venues as the Grand Ole Opry. Raised in Phoenix, Ariz., Flemons began playing percussion instruments in his high school band. After picking up the guitar and harmonica as a teenager, he played in local coffee houses and became a regular on the Arizona folk music scene until he was discovered and his career skyrocketed. Within the past three years he’s performed in front of one million people. Flemons is currently set to work on his untitled third solo album, focusing on creating music that is rooted in history, with a contemporary approach. The show starts at 8 p.m. and advance tickets are $15 and $18 at the door. For more information, visit www.domflemons.com. WEST COAST MUSICIAN COMES TO THE QUEEN Brett Dennen will perform Oct. 17
UPSTAIRS IN OCTOBER Every 1st Wednesday: BLUES JAM Every 2nd Wednesday: Unsung Hearo’s Open Stage
Monthly Residency: The Sermon! On Oct 15th (7pm) All shows at 8pm unless otherwise noted. Thurs 2 – Vertical Current w/Ode to Omni Fri 3 – Deb Callahan Band & The Roger Girke Blues Organ Trio
WXPN welcomes folk-pop artist Brett Dennen to The Queen on Friday, Oct. 17. Dennen, who hails from California, began his music career at a summer camp called Camp Jack Hazard in the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat that he would eventually return to for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors, his fifth studio album, released last October. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $25. For more information visit queentickets. worldcafelive.com.
Sat 4 – The Ebonys w/Tracey A and Stacia Lachole (8:30pm) Tues 7 – The Black Lillies Wed 8 – Classical Revolution Delaware (5pm) Thurs 9 – Divers and Satellite Hearts Fri 10 – Butch Zito and the Prine Time Players Sat 11 – RKVC’s Annual Birthday Bash w/Maggie Gabbard, Danielle and Jennifer, NALANI & SARINA Wed 15 – Grilled Cheese and Craft Beer Tasting (6pm) Thurs 16 – Lori Citro and The Accidentals Perform A Night of Linda Ronstadt Hits Fri 17 – The DuPont Brothers
NEW YORK STRING TRIO Haas Kowert Tice coming to the Grand The New York-based string trio of Brittany Haas, Paul Kowert and Jordan Tice—known as Haas Kowert Tice—have produced original sounds meshing improv and compositional turns, grounded by melodies and rhythms blending their bluegrass, classical and folk music styles. They’ll be at the Grand on Thursday, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. For more details, go to ticketsatthegrand.org.
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Sat 18 – Sonoma Sound Wed 22 – Bourbon & Burgers (& Other Fine Spirits) (6pm) Wed 22 – Steve Poltz (9pm) Thurs 23 – The Ocean Blue w/Cliff Hillis Fri 24 – Gable Music Ventures presents October Singer Songwriter Showcase Sat 25 – Box of Rain Sun 26 – Tommy Castro and The Painkillers (7:30pm) Wed 29 – Cabinet – Halloween Hootenanny Tour Thurs 30 – Storm Large of Pink Martini w/Cariad Harmon Fri 31 – The Big Jangle Halloween Show
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Halloween Loop celebrates
980: Ronald Reagan was elected president; John Lennon was assassinated; the U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the USSR in the Miracle on Ice; the Rubik’s Cube was invented. Oh, and Wilmington played host to its first Halloween Loop. Thirty-five years later, that’s right, 35 YEARS!, Wilmington’s grandest nightlife tradition continues. And in what seems a fitting coincidence for such a significant anniversary, this year’s Loop will actually take place on Halloween night, Friday, October 31. “In terms of annual nightlife events in Wilmington, nothing really compares to the Halloween Loop,” says Jim Miller of Out & About Magazine, the presenting sponsor of the event. “Three things make it such a supremely successful series: longevity, draw, and spectacle.” This year’s Halloween Loop will feature a significant lineup change. In an attempt to reduce traffic congestion and overcrowding in Trolley Square, the four traditional Loop venues located there (Anejo, Catherine Rooney’s, Kelly’s Logan House, Satsuma) will not be stops on this year’s Loop and no Loop shuttle buses will be servicing Trolley Square. These venues will be participating in the other Loops on the City Loop Series. “The Halloween Loop was drawing more people to Trolley Square than the participating bars could accommodate,” says Jerry duPhily, coordinator of the City Loop Series. “That resulted in long lines, lots of people in the street instead of the bars, and traffic issues. So in an unselfish gesture, the nightspots in Trolley Square have decided to take a year break from the Halloween Loop to encourage people to patronize the other Loop stops in the city.” Those other venues include: Chelsea Tavern, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Famous Tim’s, Firestone, Gallucio’s Café, Grotto Pizza, Club Lavish, Latin Fusion Nightclub, Shenanigans, Badges and Timothy’s Riverfront. A one-time $10 cover gains you admission to all participating Loop venues. Attendees will receive a wristband upon paying the cover.
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its 35th year on Oct. 31 As always, dress to impress. By that we mean creativity is king when it comes to a costume. So don’t come as a cowboy, a Philadelphia Eagle or a Playmate. Think shamed politician, pop culture icon, dead rock star…. There is no official starting point to the Loop. You simply select the nightspot you’d like to visit first, pay the cover charge, and receive a wristband that gains you admission to all other Loop venues without paying another cover. The wristband must be presented to ride the complimentary Loop shuttle buses. Shuttle service begins at 8:30 p.m. HERE ARE A FEW OTHER HALLOWEEN LOOP TIPS: • Costumes are strongly recommended. This is a costumed bar crawl. Many venues have prizes. In fact, the Loop Patrol will be awarding on-the-spot prizes for costumes that catch their eye. • The buses stop running regular routes at 12:45 a.m. and begin making last-visit stops at 1 a.m. Buses stop running at 1:30 a.m., so be at the last venue you plan to visit by 12:30 a.m. • Wear a comfortable costume. Make sure it allows you to see where you are walking and use the rest room with ease. And make sure it doesn’t cause you to become overheated (Venues get very crowded on the Loop). • Get there early. Lines begin forming by 9 p.m. • Designate a sober driver or plan to stay in the city for the evening at a friend’s place or one of the city’s five hotels. There are also several complimentary Last Call Lots where you can leave your car overnight and pick it up the next day. For a list of venues, Last Call Lots, and updates on the Halloween Loop, visit outandaboutnow.com —O&A
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WHERE TO WATCH THE GAME October brings games such as Eagles vs Giants and Ravens vs Bengals to a bar near you. Lots of excitement and lots of places from which to choose. Here’s a directory to guide you through the process…
BBC TAVERN & GRILL
4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 655-3785 www.bbctavernandgrill.com
2216 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington; 571-1492 www.columbusinn.com
Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 16 Bottled Beers: 80+ Crowd Favorites: Half-price nachos and 50-cent wings during the game.
Number of TVs: 5 & a projector screen Beers on Tap: 8 Bottled Beers: 28 Crowd Favorites: Filet sandwich, traditional & specialty pizzas, fish tacos, oysters, fried pickles, tuna roll.
BUFFALO WILD WINGS
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Multiple locations: Bear, Dover, Limestone Rd., Middletown, Newark, Rehoboth www.buffalowildwings.com Number of TVs: 33+ w/NFL & NCAA packages Beers on Tap: 24 in all locations Bottled Beers: 35 (Also features Sports Lottery at Bear, Dover, Limestone Rd., and Middletown locations) Crowd Favorites: BBQ’d pork nachos, housemade soft pretzels, Chelsea cheeseburger, crispy buffalo chicken sandwich.
CHELSEA TAVERN 821 N. Market St., Wilmington; 482-3333 www.chelseatavern.com Number of TVs: 4 Beers on Tap: 31 Bottled Beers: 200+ Crowd Favorites: BBQ’d pork nachos, house-made soft pretzels, Chelsea cheeseburger, crispy buffalo chicken sandwich.
108 W. Main St., Newark; 369-9414 www.deerparktavern.com Number of TVs: 25 w/NFL Package Beers on Tap: 25 Bottled Beers: 30+ Crowd Favorites: Wings, nachos, and roast beef sandwiches. (all specials during games)
DELAWARE PARK 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington; 994-6700 www.delawarepark.com Three bars – Club 3, The Cove, and the Sports Bar – all featuring plenty of pro football action plus the Sports Lottery. Number of TV’s: at least 37 at each location including many 100” screens and one 150” screen. Beers on Tap: 5-6 Bottled Beers: 15 Crowd Favorites: Flame-broiled cheeseburgers, dollar hot dogs, cheese pizzas from Picciottis, wing zings, and jalapeno crab fritters.
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ERNEST & SCOTT TAPROOM 902 N. Market St., Wilmington; 384-8113 www.earnestandscott.com
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Number of TVs: 9 w/NFL Package Beers on Tap: 25 Bottled Beers: 31 Crowd Favorites: Taproom loaded fries, bison burgers, and fish tacos.
FIRESTONE ROASTING HOUSE 110 West Street, Wilmington; 658-6626 www.firestoneriverfront.com Number of TVs: 20 plus one 100’ HD Screen Beers on Tap: 10+ Bottled Beers: 30+ Crowd Favorites: Colossal Roasting House wings, housemade soft pretzels with beercheese sauce, and the “Go Green! Bloody Mary.”
GAME CHANGERS SPORTS BAR & RESTAURANT 1430 Pulaski Highway, Bear; 261-6073
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Number of TVs: 32 Beers on Tap: 12 Bottled Beers: 25+ Corwd Favorites: A variety of popular food from every football stadium around the country.
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Number of TVs: 25 (+19 booths w/ TVs) Beers on Tap: 16 Bottled Beers: 25 Crowd Favorites: Hog hammers, hand-breaded tenders, crab dip.
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sday: Tex-Mex Night! $5SkylineGrill.net Tex Mex inspired Menu Items | $3 Import Bottles of Beer Number of TVs: 15-25 dnesday: $5 Cheesesteak (beef or chicken) | $5 Martinis from our Martini Menu Beers on Tap: 6-14 Bottled Beers: 16-22 Thursday: $5 Burgers | $5 Glasses of Wine
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Appetizer Combo. NOW OPEN SUNDAYS AT NOON VE ACOUSTIC MUSIC EVERY WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY NIGHT KELLY’S LOGAN HOUSE ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY NIGHT DJ EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY 1701 Delaware Ave., Wilmington; 652-9493 Wed—Sat (Open Tues-Sat 4pm-1am | Dress Code enforced Fri & Sat after 9pm) www.loganhouse.com
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Number of TVs: 17 TVs including big screen Beers on Tap: 26 Bottled Beers: 100+ Crowd Favorites: 100% certified Angus burgers, mahi-mahi tacos, pork chile verde.
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KID SHELLEEN’S 14th & Scott., Wilmington; 658-4600 www.kidshelleens.com
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Number of TVs: 17 with NFL Package Beers on Tap: 12-32 Bottled Beers: 45-50 Crowd Favorites: Wings, nachos, roast beef sandwiches at special price during games.
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Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 14 Bottled Beers: 40+ Crowd Favorites: BBQ ranch super nachos, honey chipotle BBQ wings, buffalo chicken dip.
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Number of TVs: 7 Beers on Tap: 10 Bottled Beers: 30+ Crowd Favorites: Shelleen’s nachos, Buffalo wing, chicken quesadillas.
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Number of TVs: 5 Beers on Tap: 5 Bottled Beers: 22 Crowd Favorites: Tacos, burritos, and nachos.
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930 Justison St., Wilmington; 429-7427 www.timothysontheriverfront.com Number of TVs: 18 Beers on Tap: 20 Bottled Beers: 12 Crowd Favorites: Signature-flavored wings, ultimate crab nachos, cheese steak egg rolls. (Also features Sports Lottery)
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Prizes exclusive to registered Swirl Rewards Club Members ONLY. Valid during the month of October. Certain restrictions may apply. Prizes exclusive to registered Swirl Rewards Club Members No purchase necessary. Delaware and Maryland locations ONLY. only. Valid during the month of October. Certain restrictions may apply. No purchase necessary. Delaware and Maryland locations only.
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Number of TVs: 15 including 70” (in bar) and 100” screen on patio. Sports Lottery & NFL Package Beers on Tap: 15 Bottled beers: 11 Crowd Favorites: Stombolis and porkette sandwiches w/ broccoli rabe and sharp provolone..
300 Lantana Dr., Hockessin; 239-9600 www.mikeandnicks.com
Grand Prize – $1,000 Grand Prize – $1,000 2nd Place – iPad 2nd Place – iPad 3rd Place – iPod Touch 3rd Place – iPod Touch
MIKE & NICK’S ITALIAN GRILL & SPORTS BAR
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TWO STONES PUB Three locations: Newark (294-1890), Wilmington (439-3231) & Kennett Square (610-444-3940) • www.twostonespub.com Number of TVs: 7-10 Beers on Tap: 20-25 Bottled Beers: 100+ at each location Crowd Favorites: Fish tacos, fry piles, hog wings and sweet-heat chicken wings.
SKYLINE GRILL 3542 Three Little Bakers Blvd., Wilmington 525-6007 • www.skylinegrill.net Number of TVs: 11 (2 on outdoor deck) Beers on Tap: 8 Crafts on tap Bottled Beers: Full array of domestic and import bottles. Crowd Favorites: Cheese steaks, wings, and NFL Sunday brunch items.
STANLEY’S TAVERN 2038 Foulk Rd., Wilmington; 475-1887 www.stanleys-tavern.com Number of TVs: 32 Beers on Tap: 25 Bottled Beers: 66 Crowd Favorites: Award-winning ribs, tavern nachos and beer-battered mozzarella. Also features Sports Lottery and Annual Car Giveaway from Sheridan Auto Group.
ULYSSES GASTROPUB 1716 Marsh Road, Wilmington; 691-3456 www.ulyssesgastropub.com Number of TVs: 7 Beers on Tap: 24 Bottled Beers: 85 Crowd Favorites: Porchetta, buffalo chicken cheese steak, prime rib & potato nachos, pastrami reuben.
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WASHINGTON STREET ALE HOUSE 1206 Washington St., Wilmington; 658-2537 www.wsalehouse.com Number of TVs: 6 Beers on Tap: 24 plus a cask Bottled Beers: 7-10 Crowd Favorites: Best of Delaware 2014 Sandwiches.
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November 12, 2014 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Two Stones Pub
1st PLACE Chefs Kip Poole, Matt Vaughan, Briana Lyons and students from William Penn High School Penn Bistro with Penn Farms and Obis One LLC Chicken Roulade and the “Broken Egg” – Smoked Grits, Sauve and Corn Bisque, Crispy Kale. Drunken Pumpkin Latte.
2nd PLACE Chef Robert Lhulier, University Whist Club with SIW Vegetables
Enjoy an evening of specialty craft beers and gourmet hors d’oeuvres provided by Two Stones Pub!
Lobster and Corn Spoon bread. With vanilla-corn ice cream, spicy popcorn.
3rd PLACE (It’s a tie!) Chef Michael Mullen and students from Delcastle High School Cooks and Bakers with Kalmar Farm and Perdue Farms Chicken dish with vegetables.
AND Jim Mitchell’s Woodside Farm Creamery ICE CREAM!!
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DELAWARE BURGER BATTLE 2014 Photos by Alessandra Nicole 1. Chef Max Cranmer basks in glory amid the Burger Battle team as Deer Park Tavern wins the 2014 Critics Choice Award.
2. The crew at RedFire Grill & Steakhouse (l-r: Kelly Connell, Eric Huntley, Casey Sheehan) celebrates winning the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award by serving the very last burger of the day. 3. Gavin Cross and Dawn Sheiker get down to the music as the crowds fill up on more burgers. 4. Julia Robin enjoys a fresh pour of Twin Lakes beer as well as some hip brewery gear.
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Oktoberfest Blue Jean Ball Presented by Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Honorary Chairs Governor Jack Markell & First Lady Carla Markell
Saturday, October 11 7pm-11pm Food Bank of Delaware, 14 Garfield Way, Newark
$65/ ticket Purchase your tickets at www.fbdbluejeanball.org
- German Small Plate Menu - Beer & Wine - Live entertainment from Mike Hines & The Look - Mobile Auction
Supporting the Local Music Scene Five Nights a Week
905 N. Orange Street, Wilmington, DE
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LET IT FLOW
LIVE MUSIC BY SAM SMICK!
4 BEERS ON TAP! Including Twin Lakes OKTOBERFEST!
Craft beers rule during Wilmington Beer Week Nineteen of the premier craft beer destinations in Wilmington are joining forces to celebrate the area’s passion for the stuff during the 4th Annual Wilmington Beer Week presented by Out & About Magazine. This year’s festivities will run from Nov. 1-8 and include the best lineup of venues in the event’s four-year history: BBC Tavern, Buckley’s Tavern, Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Cromwell’s Tavern & Taqueria, Dead Presidents, Ernest & Scott Taproom, Kelly’s Logan House, Iron Hill Restaurant & Brewery, Kid Shelleen’s, Piccolina Toscana, Pizza By Elizabeths, Santa Fe (Wilm.), Stanley’s Tavern, Trolley Tap House, Two Stones Pub (Wilm.), Ulysses Gastropub, World Café Live at The Queen and Washington Street Ale House. As Two Stones co-owner Michael Stiglitz aptly put before the beginning of last year’s Wilmington Beer Week: ““This corner of the map is very craft brew oriented. It’s important to feed the need people have for craft brew.” The public will have plenty to choose from as more than 50 craft breweries will be represented. That lineup includes: 16 Mile, 21st Amendment, Allagash, Brooklyn Brewery, Dogfish Head, Evolution, Green Flash, Heavy Seas, Iron Fist, Lagunitas, Magic Hat, New Belgium, Ommegang, Oskar Blues, Sierra Nevada, Sly Fox, Stone, Stoudts, Troegs, Twin Lakes, Victory, Weyerbacher and Yards. The popularity of hard ciders has also been on the rise and they, too, will be featured during this year’s Beer Week. Featured ciders include McKenzie’s, Crispin and Angry Orchard. Visit wilmingtonbeerweek.com for special events, brews and more.
Saturday, Oct. 25, Noon-4pm At Twin Lakes Brewery 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville
Tickets: $25 per person Includes complimentary Food, Beer and Brewery Tour!
Watch Giants fans and other losers of the annual Eagles vs Giants bet jump into a very chilly Twin Lakes at 3:30pm and help raise money for charity. ($5 of each ticket will be donated to the Cancer Support Community)
Friday, November 14, 2014 | 8:00 pm | World Cafe Live
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The 3rd Annual
& benefitting: House of Joseph II
A Halloween Party for Craft-Beer Lovers
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 9 PM-12 Midnight Ernest & Scott Taproom • Wilmington
Seasonal Brews • Music By DJ Zip • Silent Auction • Costumes Optional
25 ADMISSION INCLUDES:
OPEN CRAFT-BEER BAR • 9PM-MIDNIGHT Plus Party Snacks Including:
Spanakopita + Crispy Risotto Bites + Coconut Shrimp + Chicken Satay + Fried Mozzarella Balls +Veggie Spring Rolls
50 VIP ADMISSION INCLUDES ALL STANDARD ADMISSION FEATURES, PLUS:
OPEN WINE & MARTINI BAR ALL NIGHT! PRE-PARTY MENU (8-9pm) INCLUDING:
Bacon Wrapped Scallops + Oysters on the Half Shell + Pumpkin Ravioli + Baked Brie + Prime Rib Carving Station FEATURING BEERS & WINES FROM THE FOLLOWING:
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9/24/14 4:53 PM
Out & About Magazine’s 35th Annual
Halloween Night • Friday, October 31st • 8:30pm • $10 Cover Chelsea Tavern • Club Lavish • Dead Presidents • Ernest & Scott • Famous Tim’s • FireStone • Badges Gallucio’s Cafe • Grotto Pizza • Latin Fusion Nightclub • Shenanigans • Timothy’s Riverfront
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