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7 The War on Words 9 Worth Trying 10 By the Numbers 13 FYI 14 Restoring Limb - and Lives 17 Coverdale: On the Grow 21 Same Hagley, Fresh Feel 26 Remembering Their Roots
61 Cold-brewed Coffee on Tap 65 Sips
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32 Fundraisers Full of Fun 39 Partying for a Cause
77 Q&A with Craig Ferguson 81 Halloween Loop 85 Run Fest
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FEATURES 21 Same Hagley, Fresh Perspectives Joggers, cyclists, hands-on thinkers, car enthusiasts—and sometimes even dogs —are welcome at the 200-year-old establishment as it undergoes creative changes. By Krista Connor
26 Remembering Their Roots In the mid-to-late ‘90s, a group of talented young actors began learning their craft at the Wilmington Drama League. Twenty years later, they remain connected. By Matt Sullivan
32 Fundraisers Full of Fun Whether you like dancing, attending an elegant gala, or a simple stroll with your pet, you can have the perfect day or evening out while also contributing to local nonprofits. By Krista Connor
39 Partying for a Cause The inaugural tailgate-themed Meals on Wheels fundraiser is set for Oct. 22. By Rob Kalesse
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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 Notes from all over as we clean out some of our media files: • Rob Ellis on 97.5 The Fanatic: “You wonder what’s going on with he and the Phillies.” Like many broadcasters, Rob just can’t bring himself to use the oh-so-inelegant objective case, him. • Carron Phillips, in the News Journal: “After being followed and monitored, police arrested them.” It was the people the police arrested who were being followed and monitored, not the police. • Call this “Away All Boats”: Katty Kay of the BBC: “The boat sunk.” CBS radio correspondent: “The boat has sank.” The past tense of sink is sank; the past participle is sunk. • Jon Offredo in the News Journal: “. . . the judge which . . .” That would be “the judge who.” • WDEL commercial for a financial adviser: “That being said, there’s some great vehicles out there . . .” The contraction “there’s” trips up many in the media, who pair a singular verb (is) with a plural noun—in this case, vehicles. Make it “there are some great vehicles.” • Nancy Armour in USA Today, noting that Tiger Woods’ kids tagged along with him on the course: “Charlie, 6, followed a few steps behind, proudly toting three of his dad’s irons that were almost as big as him.” Yo, Nance, just complete the sentence; make it “as big as he is.” • And finally, two examples of the possessive pronoun failing to agree with its antecedent (corrections in parentheses): 1. Peter McArthur on WDEL: “A very familiar name threw their (his or her) name into the ring.” 2. CNN announcer: “Four died and one is fighting for their (his/her) life.” Department of Redundancies Dept. We loved this headline on a delawareonline video: “Florida officials captured, euthanized and killed an alligator that bit off a woman's arm.” Euthanize, of course, means to kill humanely. We’re thinking the headline writer may have thought euthanize means anesthetize. The head was changed a while later.
By Bob Yearick
A/An (again) As noted previously, we’re convinced that the word “an” is unknown to many people. Two examples: • The woman who shot a giraffe in Africa posted on YouTube: “What a amazing animal.” • A reader reports that the Zaikka Indian Grill at 9th and King in Wilmington has good food, but a banner ad there starts out, "Plan a event." To review: An is used before singular nouns that begin with a vowel sound. A comes before singular nouns beginning with a consonant sound. Getting Political Now that the presidential race has begun, we’re sure the candidates will provide War with plenty of fodder. Here’s one from Jeb Bush: “At this time in the polls, my father was just an asterick.” Yo, Jeb, that’s asterisk. Missing on Misnomer Many people misuse misnomer, which means “a wrong or inaccurate name or designation.” It does not mean “a popular misconception or misunderstanding.” E.g., “The common misnomer [misunderstanding] is that all Division 1 football programs operate in the black.” On the other hand, to call this year’s edition of the Philadelphia Phillies “the Fightin’ Phils” is a true misnomer. Our Readers Write (or email) Reader Larry Kerchner reports that “awesomesauce" (a word War has never heard) has been added to the Oxford Dictionary. Larry’s comment: “I think there should be a hold on any new words until people learn the old ones. Or half of the old ones. Or, for the love of God, some of the old ones!”
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tenebrous Pronounced TEN-uh-bruhs, it’s an adjective meaning dark, gloomy or obscure.
Quotation of the Month "If something expands our power of expression it is good, but if it limits it, it is bad. It is very bad indeed when words with clearly different meanings are used interchangeably. Distinction expands our scope for expression. Its removal constrains it." —John Humphrys, Lost for Words: The Mangling and Manipulating of the English Language (2004).
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Worth Trying Suggestions from our staff and contributors
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Cancun Shrimp at Santa Fe Wilmington
Our area has so many beautiful outdoor adventures that we don't take advantage of often enough. My wife and I recently spent the day kayaking down the Brandywine for my birthday celebration. The scenery and experience made us forget that we were only 20 minutes from home. Don't take my word for it: check out Wilderness Canoe Trips on Concord Pike. They drop you in and pick you up when you're done. They also have canoe and tubing trips available.
I recently went to Santa Fe of Wilmington and decided on the Cancun shrimp tacos, and boy, I’m glad I did. They were delicious. You get two shrimp tacos with melted cheese, pickled onion, fresh cabbage, crispy bacon, tomato, scallions and the house Azteca sauce. Pair that with a margarita and you have yourself a perfect Mexican meal. I can’t wait to go back.
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Dottie’s Donuts at Brew HaHa! I have a serious sweet tooth sometimes, especially when I’m trying to wake up in the morning and need some sugar to give me a boost. If you’re like me, try Dottie’s Donuts available at Brew HaHa! These all-vegan donuts are a perfect complement to coffee at any Brew HaHa! location and are offered in lots of original flavors. I recommend the cinnamon sugar for the uninitiated or, if you live dangerously, try the hibiscus donut.
—Kelly Loeb, Search Engine Optimization Manager, Catalyst Visuals
Parallels (2015) This movie, available on Netflix, is dense with suspense, and leaves you asking for more. It’s distinctly a sci-fi /adventure film in which a small group of family and friends explore parallel earths. Constance Wu, of ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat, gives a strong performance. The production and writing lend themselves to a television production rather than a movie, so the film may spur a sequel, series or mini-series. —Ryan Alexander, Contributing Designer
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The percent of tailgaters who use a combination of grills, smokers and stoves.
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F.Y.I. Things worth knowing By Matt Moore
FOR YOUR KITCHEN Warehouse sale comes to New Castle
tarting at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, and 8 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Centerpoint Business Complex Park in New Castle, cooking enthusiasts can take advantage of a mega warehouse sale of kitchen products. On Thursday, Nov. 5, the annual “Stock up for Seniors” Meals on Wheels Delaware fundraiser will also take place at the same location from 6:30-9 p.m.
OPEN RUN Inclusion Means Everyone 5k is Oct. 11
resented by the University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences, the Inclusion Means Everyone 5k race is set for Oct. 11 at 8 a.m. It’s open to runners, walkers, selfpropelled wheelchair and adapted bike athletes, physically challenged athletes and racing chairs and strollers. This is a timed event with awards for all age groups. Participants are encouraged to sign up as an individual or as a team member. Registration at the Christiana Mall in Newark is $20 and begins at 7 a.m. at Cabela’s. All proceeds go toward building an inclusive playground in Newark for all children.
HALLOWEEN HOOPLA 5K Kind to Kids’ event is Oct. 31
HONORARY KNIGHTHOOD FOR HUNTER LOT III
Swedish ambassador bestows honor
his Halloween, run, walk, creep or crawl to the finish line at this year’s Halloween Hoopla 5K. Taking place at the Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront beginning at 10 a.m., this family-friendly event features music, dancing, prizes, arts and crafts, and candy. Costumes are highly encouraged and all ages are welcome to participate. Registration is $30 at 8 a.m., with all proceeds benefiting the Kind to Kids Foundation—a nonprofit organization that works to provide vital skills, hope and happiness to area children.
uring last month’s annual Kalmar Nyckel Gala in Wilmington, the Swedish ambassador to the United States, Björn Lyrvall, presented the Royal Order of the Polar Star medal to H. Hunter Lot III, former chairman of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s Board, in recognition of his volunteer service throughout four decades, as well as for promoting Swedish culture.
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Chef Seth Harvey from Home Grown with Farmers Bill and Joan Powers from Powers Farm Savory Pot de Crème, peanuts, bacon, banana
Chef Robert Lhulier from University & Whist Club with SIW Vegetables Heirloom tomato cornet with buffalo mozzarella ice cream and 18 yr old balsamic
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MADE IN DELAWARE
Independence Prosthetics and Orthotics President John Horne and Clinical Director Jocelyn Wong, in their new office at the UD STAR campus.
RESTORING LIMB â&#x20AC;&#x201D;AND LIVES Led by John Horne, an amputee himself, the team at Independence Prosthetics treats patients with skill and sensitivity By Larry Nagengast Photos by Tim Hawk
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s a freshman at St. Mark’s High School in 1989, John Horne faced up to an unexpected challenge and took the first steps toward what would become his career. Just before that first year of high school, he began experiencing swelling in his right ankle. The problem went on for six months, never getting better. Then, over the Christmas holiday break, doctors at the Alfred I. du Pont Children’s Hospital rendered a diagnosis: bone cancer. At 15, Horne became an amputee, losing his right leg just below the knee. Before the winter was over he was at a therapy camp in the Poconos, learning how to ski on one leg and getting ideas for the type of prosthetic he would like to have for himself. By his senior year at St. Mark’s, he was still skiing—until his prosthetic broke in half when he took a fall on a downhill run. “Here I was, getting a cast for a new prosthetic,” Horne recalls, “and I looked around and thought, ‘I can do this.’” At that moment, the idea for Independence Prosthetics and Orthotics was born. The delivery didn’t occur until 15 years later—2007—as Horne earned his college degree, then worked at a series of hospital management jobs, learning more about prosthetics every step of the way. Today Independence has 30 employees at five locations, the newest having opened in mid-September on the University of Delaware’s STAR Campus, the former Chrysler assembly plant site. Independence doesn’t make the actual artificial legs, knees and hands that amputees use to restore as much normalcy as possible to their lives. Rather, Independence’s role is to help the patient choose the appropriate device and then manufacture the “socket” that attaches to the device and fits over the stump of the amputee’s leg or arm. Independence’s professional staff custom fits the socket, adjusts the prosthetic device, trains the patient in how to use and care for the artificial limb, and provides follow-up services when needed. That includes making sure the microprocessors and all the high-tech electronics and mechanics that make up each device are working properly. Customers credit the success of the business to Horne’s sensitivity and to the caring attitude of his staff. “He’s an amputee himself, so he’s very sympathetic to our needs and understands the equipment that we will be using,” says Rick Hofmann, 70, of Newport, who lost a leg in a motorcycle accident 21 years ago and turned to Horne shortly after Independence opened because he was dissatisfied with other prosthetics specialists he had used. “I didn’t want to be there,” says Benita Beckham, 51, of Dover, recalling her first visit to Independence in March 2013, three months after her leg was amputated below the knee due to complications from diabetes. “The fact that my leg was gone was bothering me. I was mad at everybody.”
Wong modifies a below-knee mold.
Prosthetics Technician Steve Fine assembles a below-knee socket.
And then her prosthetist, Pete Seaman, said, “I want to help you. You’ve got to meet me halfway.” A day later, she was walking on her new leg. “Independence has helped me reestablish myself,” she says.
COST AND COVERAGE
About 60 percent of the patients Independence treats need prosthetics because of diabetes and vascular issues, Horne says. Other common causes of amputations are traumatic injuries, electrocutions, auto accidents, certain cancers and congenital birth defects. Prosthetics for below-the-knee amputees can cost from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the patient’s needs; prosthetics for abovethe-knee amputees cost from $12,000 to $50,000, and prosthetic hands run about $25,000, Horne says. A Delaware law, passed in 2012, requires private insurers to provide coverage equal to federal Medicare guidelines, which treat prosthetics as durable medical equipment, covered at 80 percent of cost, leaving the patient or a secondary insurance plan to pick up the remaining 20 percent. Making the sockets is a complex task, starting with taking detailed measurements of the patient’s limb, making a plaster cast and making multiple adjustments to relieve high pressure on bony areas of limb. “We’re customizing the interface to the body,” Horne says. The socket usually consists of a carbon fiber outer shell that provides the strength and a plastic inner shell molded to the contours of the patient’s limb. The manufactured leg or arm is attached to the lower end of the socket. The amputee wears a special sock or sleeve over the limb; at the end of the sock is a pin, lanyard or other connecting device that slips through the bottom of the socket and firmly attaches to the manufactured leg or arm.
APPEARANCE IS IMPORTANT
Independence fabricates the sockets at its Meadowood site, off Kirkwood Highway east of Newark. Two technicians who work in the fabrication lab, Steve Fine and Steve Sims, are themselves amputees. Their work can include creating outer shells for the artificial devices to give the patient’s new limb a natural appearance. “Some people prefer to have [their prosthetics] exposed, more so with men,” Horne says. “But if a different look will make you wear it, as opposed to putting it in a closet, that’s what we want. I had one patient, a bilateral amputee, who wanted to be sure her leg looked good when she went to church. We’ve done camouflage, all sorts of things” to give limbs the appearance their users desire. Once the socket is connected to the artificial leg or arm, prosthetists make final adjustments, things like tweaking the length of the leg or the angle where the ankle and foot are joined. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Children, because of growth spurts, may outgrow a prosthetic in a year, while an adult can expect one to last for three to five years. “I had a foot that lasted for seven years,” says Horne. “Then it snapped while I was moving a piece of equipment. I thought that was pretty good.” Louis Freeman of Claymont lost his leg in an automobile accident when he was 17. Now 60, Freeman estimates that he has had at least 40 artificial limbs, but the best service he has received has been from Independence. “The others, they fit you with a prosthetic and you’re on your way,” he says. Freeman, who calls himself “a pretty particular person,” says Jocelyn Wong, his Independence prosthetist, “understood what I wanted and was willing to work with me—how I wanted to be fitted, how I wanted to walk, what I wanted to do with my life.” “Jocelyn has a way with amputees. She knew exactly what to do to adapt [my prosthetic] to the shape of my limb,” says Matt Eichler, 24, of Brookhaven, Pa., who lost a leg above the knee in an industrial accident in 2008 and turned to Independence after becoming unhappy with his previous provider. “It’s way better now than it was before.”
“The reason we’ve grown is the way we treat our patients individually,” Horne says. “They go back to their physicians and to their therapists, and they tell everyone they know about their experience.” While Independence continues to grow, Horne says he isn’t sure providing prosthetics can be considered a growth industry. “The population is aging and diabetes is prevalent. With that being the number one cause [of amputations], there’s reason to think it’s growing,” he says. “At the same time, there have been improvements in vascular surgery and salvage techniques, so from the medical side, surgical procedures are able to do a lot to restore and maintain the health of a person’s limb.” Given that uncertainty, Independence’s expansion onto UD’s STAR campus—its other sites are in Dover, Philadelphia and Brookhaven—offers advantages that position the company for continuing growth. “It will be a destination-type location,” Horne predicts, because its location is practically down the hall from three UD facilities with which it has informal partnerships—the Physical Therapy Clinic, the Delaware Rehabilitation Institute, and the BADER Consortium. Horne, who lives in Wilmington with his wife, Joanna, and sons Joshua, 21, and Jonathan, 18, says that, taken together, “Delaware has the most comprehensive amputee clinic in the country.” Physical therapy is often required as amputees adjust to their prosthetics, and the institute offers opportunities for collaborative research and BADER provides services to help military personnel and veterans with traumatic orthopedic injuries reach their highest level of function. “As BADER interacts and cares for their patients, we’ll see how their advances translate over to the general population,” Horne says. “Not many services like ours have a relationship with a university,” he says. “We’re unique in the Mid-Atlantic region.” Independence has built its reputation by providing exceptional patient care, Horne says, and access to the university’s facilities should make that care even better.
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Coverdale: On the Grow From Farm to Fork to a CSA to barn dances, the historic Greenville land is host to a cornucopia of creative and often delicious events By Krista Connor
s stars flicker over the panoramic 352-acre sweep of Greenville’s Coverdale Farm, strings of lights illuminate a hill overlooking woodlands where 160 people are seated at long tables laden with courses of farmgrown vegetables and family-style servings of salad, ratatouille and Angus steak. Glasses tinkle lightly as guests make new acquaintances and pour each other paired tastings from Dogfish Head bottles—Midas Touch, 61 Minute, 90 Minute IPAs. The occasion is Coverdale’s autumn Farm to Fork, a display of community in celebration of the harvest. Coverdale Manager Michele Wales, who envisioned the now annual event seven years ago, describes the lateSeptember experience as an evening of engagement and mindfulness of what’s on people’s plates.
“Sitting and dining on the land where so much of what’s on your plate came from—that makes my head want to explode,” Wales enthuses. “It’s so beautiful for me. I’m hoping for people to experience just how powerful a meal can be with other great people. We nourish folks with this beautiful food that we’ve worked so hard for throughout the year, and fall is the perfect time to celebrate what we’re growing and raising. To see our food transform to art on a plate is really exciting.” Note: the food was prepared by Susan Teiser of Montrachet Fine Foods, located on Kennett Pike. The heart of Farm to Fork is aligned with all of Coverdale’s happenings and programs: creatively teaching the community about the sources of their food. ►
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The farm, which dates back to William Penn’s time, was owned for years by the Greenwalt family. In the 1990s, the family turned the land over to the Delaware Nature Society, which also oversees Ashland Nature Center, the DuPont Environmental Education Center, and Abott’s Mill Nature Center. In 2000, Wales became one of the first full-time farm staff members. “We transformed sallow fields and empty barns into a classroom where we were charged and are still charged with educating others,” says Wales. The DNS, which recently celebrated its 50th year, is a private nonprofit environmental organization that promotes environmental education, advocacy and natural resources conservation—and is what Wales calls the gateway to connecting with the natural world. This makes Coverdale wildly popular for school field trips, summer camps and more. “We’re all so very passionate and dedicated to the mission of connecting people to the sources of their food by growing and raising food, and engaging and inviting everyone that comes down our driveway to get as excited and passionate as us about what we do,” says Wales. She says an exciting seasonal change has come to Coverdale. Aside from its dozens of events and programs, Coverdale has typically been closed to the public except for Wedneday afternoons during the season. But on Wednesdays and Saturdays this past May-September, the farm was open to the public on a more frequent basis. On these days, guests who visited could choose to stop by early in the morning to help with farm chores like bottlefeeding calves, collecting eggs and tending to pigs. They also were invited to forage in the farm’s U Pick field for tomatoes, peppers, flowers and other vegetables. For a more relaxing afternoon, guests were welcome to pack a lunch picnic at any of the tables beneath the oak trees along the driveway. Staff members were on hand to “teach you whatever you want to learn,” says Wales. She says these days are excellent low-key ways for families to enjoy the farm at their own pace. “It’s been really successful, so we’re looking to increase activities and more opportunities for the farm to be open in 2016,” says Wales. A mainstay for Coverdale is its Community Supported Agriculture program, in which members are signed up to receive a select amount of produce from June-October each week. Free cooking classes are offered to CSA members, who may sometimes be in a creative stupor—when, for example an Oh, No, Not Another Week of Lettuce class might be of use. At the end of each season a party is thrown, and everybody brings homemade food to celebrate.
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SAME HAGLEY, FRESH PERSPECTIVES Joggers, cyclists, hands-on thinkers, car enthusiasts—and sometimes even dogs —are welcome at the 200-year-old establishment as it undergoes creative changes By Krista Connor
agley Museum and Library, that property located on more than 200 acres of forest and rolling green countryside along the Brandywine, is known to most Delawareans as the birthplace of the DuPont empire. Its story is enduring, colorful, and constantly unfolding. But unfortunately, as Joan Hoge-North, director of museum services, explains, the most common statement from visitors goes something like this: “I went to Hagley on a third grade trip. That was 40 years ago, and I haven’t been back since.” And really, why return just to hear the same story again? But creative changes are happening. First, Hoge-North is quick to point out that Hagley has not been altered in any way. Its hundreds of curators, employees and volunteers work to preserve the property in the same state in which the du Ponts sold it in 1957—same buildings, property, landscape.
“However, what has changed is the way you can look at Hagley now,” says Hoge-North. “We present different lenses for people to look through.” Before we examine the changes, here’s a quick refresher for those hazy on their DuPont history. Hagley started as Eleutherian Mills, a leading supplier of gunpowder founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802 after he and his family came to America from France to escape the French Revolution. The powder yards closed in 1921, and the property, including the original Eleutherian Mills du Pont estate house, was privately owned until the 1950s when du Pont family members sold it all. In 1957 Hagley opened as a museum, and directors focused on telling the story of the du Ponts and of the essential roles their mills along the Brandywine played in the industrialization of America. And for the next 50 years or so, that was the story that continued to be told. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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But within the past five years, board members and directors have spent considerable time determining how to keep Hagley relevant to a wide audience. “We were challenged to shift the focus— identify what’s needed, what stories aren’t being told, what’s the learning that kids need to advance, what do we need as a society in terms of advancement, and what does Hagley have to offer?” says Hoge-North. In considering changes, three key words immediately came to mind, she says: technology, innovation and engineering, both because that’s what Hagley represents, and what is currently in high demand in the globalizing world. “That’s what advanced America to a superpower, and if we’re going to stay there, we need more people who know how to do this stuff,” says Hoge-North. “When you look at what happened here, people were constantly pushing ideas, reinventing, trying new things to advance technology.” Traditional Hagley options are still available—tours of the house, gardens, etc. But a 60-minute lecture about gunpowder doesn’t exactly cut it for most anymore, she says. For those who want a little more, Hagley is at the beginning of a five-year transformation to what Hoge-North calls “hands-on, mindson activity,” which incorporates a variety of options for diverse crowds, who, hopefully, will carry the Hagley story forward.
One way to change the way people see Hagley is through guided walking tours, says Hoge-North. The tours were brainstormed and are led by Hagley’s 80 part-time staff members. Guests can choose from five topics. They then walk similar paths but learn completely different stories based on the topics they choose. For “Workers’ World,” for instance, each guest is given an identity of a real person who lived and worked at Hagley. As they walk through the property, guests learn the story of that individual. Another tour is “Rocks and Roll Mill,” which takes guests through the property as a geologist would, asking questions like, “How is the Brandywine Valley formed, what’s so special about this blue rock that we named our baseball team after, and why did the du Ponts settle here?” says Hoge-North.
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Walking tours, like H2 Oh!, offer a fresh view of the 200-year-old property.
The tours are included in regular admission prices, are about an hour-and-a-half long, and require about a mile of walking. Additional tours include H2 Oh!, What’s for Dinner?, and Sights, Sounds and Smells. Tours run September through November and April through June on Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. A new tour is being prepared now for spring 2016 that will focus on explosions and the dangers of working at a live gunpowder mill in the 19th and early 20th centuries. New this past summer were Bike & Hike Nights on Wednesdays. The grounds were open until 8 p.m. and guests were encouraged to cycle, run or walk and on specific evenings, and even bring their dogs. Hoge-North says those nights are unique because they are the only times guests are allowed to explore the entire property on their own. Look for these opportunities again next summer. Additionally, Hagley members get a walking pass and are invited to come early in the morning before the museum opens, year-round. Hoge-North says many trails will be expanded within the next two years. Fun weekend activities are also part of the facelift, she says. Last year, Hagley launched indoor-outdoor Science Saturdays. These cater mainly to family groups, with teams of family members challenged to solve simple engineering problems. Groups are taught basic principles and then asked to solve the problem. Like the walking tours, Science Saturdays are included in ticket prices. In December, look for Twilight Tours, which capture the beauty of Hagley during the evening, highlighted by Christmas lights and decorations. Twilight Tours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and guests are asked to sign up in advance. Hoge-North notes another small but important tidbit: “This year we changed our hours for the first time in 50 years,” she says. “Now we’re open until 5 p.m., and next summer we might experiment with 6 p.m.”
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Hagley’s biggest day of the year, which may come as a surprise to some, is the annual car show, which draws upwards of 6,000 car enthusiasts and participants. Sept. 20 marked its 20th year, with the theme “Fins, Chrome and the Rocket Age,” which looked at the influence of the Space Race on car design. The annual show started two decades ago because a couple of local car groups asked to hold an event on the property, and that morphed into the Hagley Car Show of today. For more car fun, starting Oct. 2 through October of next year, a new special exhibition will run in the visitor’s center. Called Driving Desire, it displays automobile advertising from 1895 to 2011. The exhibition asks visitors what role marketing has played in forming ideas of the American dream, specifically relating to automobiles. “Is this something we need, or did ‘they’ create it and we bought into it?” says Hoge-North. Guests also can look forward to curator talks and a road rally next June. ►
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There is a strong connection between cars—their invention, innovation, technology—and Hagley, says HogeNorth. She also points out that the du Ponts had an automotive history within the family. DuPont Motors produced marine engines during WWI, and later, high-end automobiles.
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This year is the first in a five-year unfolding strategy for “big plans—really big plans,” Hoge-North says. The plans include a new, year-round opportunity to walk through Hagley. Guests, whether solo or in a group, can choose their own “intellectual pathway” she says. “For our general visitors, they miss a lot because they’re not part of a guided experience. So for them we’re installing new features that help people choose specifically what they want to learn about.” If a guest wants to understand the workings of waterpower or black powder, for instance, repurposed buildings will be the start of his or her visit. Inside, people will be taught about the processes of their specific interest, then head out to the property to look at the real thing. This is a multi-year project beginning in 2016. Additionally, a “makerspace” called Spark Lab is slated to open in February 2017. There, guests will be taught about the process of innovation, and they’ll be able to experiment, work on creative projects, and experience a balance of guided programs and the simple fun of tinkering with things. “We want to show that everyone can be an inventor,” says Hoge-North. “You don’t have to even have a college degree.” Finally, between 2016 and 2017, a playground will be built that incorporates simple machines, like the wheel, to help children—and adults— understand the building blocks of how all engineering works. “Ultimately, what we’re looking for is to inspire people to be creative, to think innovatively, and to build confidence,” says Hoge-North. “Everybody can do it, and we’ll help them by giving them examples of what’s been done before.”
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THEIR ROOTS In the mid-to-late ‘90s, a group of talented young actors began learning their craft at the Wilmington Drama League. Twenty years later, they remain connected. By Matt Sullivan
hungry chicken walks into a McDonald’s. “Do you have people nuggets?” the chicken asks. “Umm, no…” “Well, what kind of nuggets do you have?” “Chicken nuggets.” “Bwawk!” “Quack! Quack!” “Moooooo!” The chicken has brought reinforcements. The cashier is an unwitting player in this bit of barnyard improv. Someone buys a milkshake to smooth things over, and the animals exit McDonald’s stage left and return to the Wilmington Drama League, where they will continue to rehearse The Ugly Duckling. Twenty years later, that quacking duck is about to wrap his performance as the Big Bad in the rebooted Ghostbusters. Another member of that menagerie still performs with a chicken, five days a week on Sprout’s The Sunny Side Up Show. And the hungry chicken? Aubrey is doing just fine, thank you. Aubrey Plaza. Neil Casey. Carly Ciarrocchi. Keith Powell. John Gallagher, Jr. Rory Donavan. Seth Kirschner. If you live in Delaware, chances are excellent that you know someone who knows one of them, or you know one of them yourself. They certainly know each other, dating back to the time they all spent at the Wilmington Drama League in the mid-to-late ‘90s, through their early working days and their first big breaks, the awards, the steady work, the magazine covers, and genuine stardom … and back to Delaware for fundraisers and benefits and the occasional stop at the Charcoal Pit. But let’s return to the beginning. In the mid-‘90s, the Chrysalis Players were a new group within the Wilmington Drama League. Chrysalis was designed to give young performers an opportunity to write, cast, direct, act and
produce their own shows and one-act plays. What they did with that freedom was up to them. “We went crazy bananas creating things and building things and breaking things and ruining things,” Powell says. And learning things. Chrysalis Players had their own board, which shadowed the board of the Drama League and had its own decision-making authority. “We’re theater dorks,” Casey says. “So many people have their high school theater program. And I have that. But the Drama League was the place where the especially intense theater nerds from every school found their clubhouse.” Many got their start in adult productions. John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s The Newsroom, Broadway’s Spring Awakening and American Idiot) first showed up on the Drama League stage as a boy in Frankenstein. An auspicious production of Peter Pan featured the debuts of Ciarrocchi (The Sunny Side Up Show), Powell (30 Rock, The Newsroom and Keith Broke His Leg) and Rory Donavan (Broadway’s Finding Neverland: The Musical). “Unlike a sports team or something, when you’re working on a play, it’s a community of all ages that are basically equal,” Ciarrocchi says. “I took it so seriously as an 8-year-old.” Ciarrocchi’s time included acting as a dwarf alongside her six reallife siblings and appearing as Milky White in a production of Into the Woods. (“That part is usually played by a cardboard cut-out,” she jokes.) But it was performing in the Jeff Walker Youth One-Act Festival where these kids found their creative incubator —and their place to shine. “The one-act festival is the thing that was very unique to us as young people, and really influenced the reason why we’re all working still today,” Powell says. “I think that it gave us a sense that you can create things yourself. You don’t have to wait for someone.” ►
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If you were casting those Chrysalis Players of the late ‘90s in a John Hughes movie, it wouldn’t be hard to see who would play what role. Johnny is the hot older guy, and the object of many a schoolgirl crush. Keith is the driven, focused one. Aubrey’s the oddball. Neil’s the comic relief. “I became everyone’s younger, annoying brother,” admits Rory Donavan. “But the cool thing about the drama league kids is that we were all oddballs.” Oddballs, perhaps—and certainly committed ones. At the time, few could have predicted how many would move on to mainstream success. “Yes, often, we realized how incredibly talented the group of kids were who were here,” says Kathy Buterbaugh, the official adult-in-the-room with the Chrysalis Players back in the day. “We did not recognize fully how unique that talent pool was. We just figured it was everywhere. But it’s really not.” Buterbaugh, the sole employee at the Wilmington Drama League to this day, keeps some of its secrets—but she doesn’t keep them very close to the vest. She says she quietly permitted the barnyard invasion of McDonald’s (though she did insist that a milkshake be purchased). She’ll tell you about the performance of Cinderella when Plaza eschewed the original choreography in the final performance to launch into the Macarena. She knows about the time a bunch of Delaware girls with stars in their eyes went to see Gallagher in Spring Awakening and hung around the stage door to bring him a Charcoal Pit chocolate milkshake—packed in dry ice, no less. And unlike the rest of Delaware, she’s never surprised to see them popping up on talk shows or movie trailers—possibly because she doesn’t own a TV. “When I catch what they’re doing, it’s intentional, so I have to Hulu them or whatever,” she says. Many of those Chrysalis Players embarked on different education and career paths after their days with the Wilmington Drama League—but the time spent and lessons learned in that building on the corner of Market Street and Lea Boulevard stayed with all of them. “The thing is that it made for a very natural transition for a lot of us—Seth and me and Aubrey—to the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in New York, which is underneath a grocery store,” Casey says. “It’s just a moldy 200-seat black box in a not particularly nice area in the Penn Station region of Manhattan.” But it had that familiar spirit of people coming together to put on a show. And it felt like home.
Seth Kirschner at Arden Gild Hall introducing The Spring Standards.
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Aubrey Plaza at the Wilmington premier of Safety Not Guaranteed at the Grand.
Keith Powell remembers the night in an apartment in Astoria— “on that one block in Astoria Queens where everyone in Delaware seemed to move to”—sitting among alumni of the Wilmington Drama League and watching TV as Gallagher won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical, wishing his friend Seth (that would be Seth Kirschner) a happy birthday during his acceptance speech. It was the first big trophy won by any of them, but it wasn’t the first time their private and professional and Delaware lives would cross. Some things you might expect—like Kirschner and Plaza both appearing on 30 Rock with Powell. But far more often, you’ll see them supporting each other in small, self-produced work. There’s the Upright Citizen’s Brigade show “That’s My Booze” starring Kirschner and Plaza … and directed by Casey. There’s Powell and Plaza popping up in the YouTube video “The Dark Side of Ring Pop,” shot by Kirschner. And the web series “Keith Powell Directs a Play” stars Plaza and Kirschner. They act, write, direct and produce in a digital world that didn’t exist when they were performing at the Drama League, but for which they were uniquely prepared to flourish. And—always—they had each other. “I think what makes us particularly unique was that we all inspired each other, and we all allowed ourselves to be inspired by each other,” Powell says. “I think we’re all each other’s cheerleaders.” He remembers giving Plaza advice on getting an agent when she appeared on 30 Rock. Ciarrocchi remembers getting pointers on improv from Plaza when she was going to school in Chicago. Donavan learned from all of them when he was running around the Drama League starting fires. (Note: He denies starting actual fires.) “Being younger and looking up to them, everyone was the most talented thing I’d ever seen,” Donavan says. “And looking back, they were.” And though a few have become household names, they continue to be cheerleaders for talent from Delaware. In conversation, every single person interviewed for this story dropped a name of someone else who’s in the entertainment industry and working and doing well: Filmmaker Jeremy O’Keefe. Actor/playwright Patrick Flynn. Actress/musician Heather Robb. “The big secret in this business is that people are working and making a living long before people stop feeling sorry for them,” Casey says. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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About 20 years have REMEMBERING THEIR ROOTS passed since the birth of continued from previous page the Chrysalis Players, and young playwrights and actors and set designers still gather in that building off Market Street, rehearsing one-act plays in the wings, in the lobby, in the offices—anywhere they can find space. Buterbaugh tells the youngsters stories of Plaza and Casey, Powell and Ciarrocchi, Gallagher, Donavan and Kirschner, and how they left the cocoon, spread their wings, and learned to fly. “They’re unintentionally inspiring a whole new generation of artists,” she says. “The youngest director in this year’s one-act festival was probably 12.” They all come back to visit—usually in a low-key fashion, but sometimes to premiere a movie, headline a fundraiser or to direct a show. And they hold onto what they took from the Drama League —sometimes literally. “I think I still have it,” Casey says. He’s talking about the duck costume. “If my mom threw it out, she didn’t tell me.” Some are returning for the long haul. Donavan just bought a home in Wilmington, from where he’ll commute to continue working in Broadway’s Finding Neverland. After years of professional work, he recently directed Young Frankenstein for The Milburn Stone Theater in North East, Md., and the return to community theater refreshed him. “The sole reason everyone is there is that they love theater,” he says. “And it’s so nice to go back and rediscover that.”
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FUNDRAISERS FULL OF FUN Help others—and have a great time doing so By Krista Connor
hether you like dancing, attending an elegant gala, sampling delicious food and drink or a simple stroll with your pet, you can have the perfect day or evening out while also contributing to local cultural, philanthropic and art-focused nonprofits. Here are a few upcoming fundraisers to get started:
TAILS AROUND THE TOWER Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rockford Park, Wilmington This is Delaware Humane Association’s 25th Annual Walk for the Animals, which is a one-mile walk around the park for dogs and their owners. A fun atmosphere, dressedup dogs, music, refreshments, pet-oriented vendors, pet contests, and more make this a great outing for the entire family while raising funds for homeless animals waiting for their forever home. For more information, visit dehumane.org.
A NIGHT IN CUBA: A CELEBRATION OF A NEW ERA Saturday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Doubletree Hotel, Wilmington The Latin American Community Center’s 46th Annual Grand Ball, A Night in Cuba: A Celebration of a New Era includes a cocktail hour, dinner and lots of dancing. Call Sindy Rodriguez, 655-7338, ext. 7701, for information about individual tickets, a table for 10 and sponsorship opportunities. For additional information, visit thelatincenter.org.
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VENDEMMIA DA VINCI Sunday, Oct. 11, 2-6 p.m. Bellevue State Park, Wilmington
The 12th annual Vendemmia da Vinci is a fundraiser for the da Vinci Society of Delaware, which promotes the cultural heritage of Italian people through education, service, charity and community events. The gala includes samples of Italian wine, Italian food, an Italian Beer Garden, live entertainment, and a Vendemmia 2015 commemorative wine glass. Also featured are a handcrafted wine and homemade gravy contest, silent auction and Italian vendor displays. For more information, visit societadavinci.org; tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the gate.
ELEGANZA Wednesday, Oct. 21, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Wilmington Country Club, Wilmington The Ministry of Caring, a nonprofit serving the underprivileged, is hosting its 27th annual event, a luncheon and fashion show featuring styles of Lafayette 148 New York from designer Neiman Marcus. The fundraiser includes a live auction and prize drawings (win a two-year lease of a 2016 Cadillac ATS Sedan). Admission is $100 per person, which includes the lunch. Money raised by this event supports the Ministry of Caring’s four emergency homeless shelters for men, women and children, along with the Ministry’s Job Placement Center. For tickets, call 428-3702.
THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE Thursday, Oct. 22, 6-9 p.m. Sheraton Wilmington South, New Castle Enjoy local restaurants serving their unique interpretation of tailgate food. This sophisticated yet casual event will feature wine and spirits, live entertainment, and a beer garden. (For full description, see page 39). For additional information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org.
CHRISTI AWARDS Friday, Oct. 23, 5:30 p.m. Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc., Wilmington Launched in 1991, the Christi Awards are Christina Cultural Arts Center Inc.’s signature event. The awards ceremony honors unsung individuals and organizations making significant contributions to promoting the arts in Wilmington. The awards ceremony also raises public awareness of the organization’s mission, program impacts and financial support needs. This year’s theme is “Arts for Our City’s Sake,” celebrating the impact of the arts on the quality of life in Wilmington. Three honorees have been chosen this year: Kenneth C. Brown, for Achievement by an Arts Educator; Juhi Jagiasi for Volunteerism; and Darrell Andrews, Jr., for Achievement in the Arts by a Youth. General tickets are $75 each and are available at christiawards.org. 34 OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Calling all witches, ghosts and ghouls—will your costume be the winner? The event is the Young Friends’ annual fundraiser, and all proceeds will support programs of the Brandywine River Museum of Art. Enjoy cocktails, light refreshments, music and more. Prizes go to people in the most creative costumes, and to those not in costume, beware: You will suffer an unspeakable fate, according to the website. Tickets start at $85. Guests must be 21PRESENTED or older toBY: attend. For more information, visit brandywine.org.
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Help combat hunger in the First State at the Food Bank of Delaware’s 10th annual Blue Jean Ball with a spooky new twist—a Halloween theme. Acme Come dressed in a costume—there will be a contest—or casual blue jeans. Alpha Dog Marketing The event will feature a fall harvest small plate menu prepared by students from Associates International theTheFood Bank’s Culinary School with guidance from presenting sponsor Iron Hill Bancorp Brewery’s Chesapake Utilities team Corp. of chefs. Food will have a distinct autumnal theme and each item will DuPont be carefully paired with a seasonal brew from Iron Hill. Eckert Seamans In &addition to fine food, beers and wine, the evening will feature entertainment Cherin Mellot HyPoint Farms with Mike Hines and the Look. and dancing Morris James LLP Tickets are $75 a person, which covers unlimited beer, wine, food and a NEIL Porter Auto Group commemorative beer mug. For more information, visit fbdbluejeanball.org.
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WINE, WOMEN & SHOES Friday, Nov. 6, 6-10 p.m. Hercules Plaza, Wilmington This event benefits Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children. It includes a wine tasting, a fashion show, a silent auction, food, shopping, complimentary valet parking, and more. Tickets start at $100. For more information, visit winewomenandshoes.com/Nemours or call 302-651-4383.
DELAWARE ANTIQUES SHOW Nov. 6-8, times vary Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington Sixty of the country’s most distinguished dealers present the finest offerings of American antiques and decorative arts, including furniture, paintings, rugs, ceramics, silver, jewelry, and more at this 52nd annual event. The show benefits educational programming at Winterthur. For more information, visit winterthur.org.
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CONTEMPORARY GALA Saturday, Nov. 14, 7-10pm DCCA, Wilmington Join supporters of the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts for this elegant evening of food, dancing, auctions, and unconventional entertainment. Proceeds raised from the event will help with DCCA exhibitions and educational programs. The Patron Pre-Party from 6-7 p.m. includes specialty appetizers, VIP wine tastings presented by Frank’s Wine, early bidding on auction items, and a curatorial tour with honorary chairs, Gov. and First Lady Jack and Carla Markell. Tickets are $250. General admission for the Contemporary Gala from 7-10 p.m. is $75 for members and $85 for non-members. Tickets cover a silent art auction, silent luxury auction, open bar, dancing, music, and more. For more information, visit thedcca.org.
THE GRAND GALA Saturday, Dec. 5, 8 p.m. The Grand Opera House, Wilmington At the 39th annual Grand Gala, all proceeds benefit Arts Education at The Grand Opera House. This year’s event features internationallyrenowned music ensemble Celtic Woman, accompanied by the Delaware Symphony Orchestra. Ellen and Michael Kullman are this year’s distinguished honorees for their commitment and service to Delaware. As usual, the Ultimate After Party will take place following the Gala at the Hotel du Pont. It will feature live music, dancing, an open bar and gourmet fare in six rooms. For more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org.
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PARTYING FOR A CAUSE Inaugural Meals on Wheels event set for Oct. 22 By Rob Kalesse all is finally here, and with it, of course, weekends filled with football games. And in the parking lots at Delaware Stadium before a Saturday afternoon Blue Hens game, or at Lincoln Financial Field before an Eagles game, RVs and hatchbacks will be laden with a smorgasbord of smoked goodies, chips and dips, and seasonal brews. But even veteran tailgaters’ spreads will pale in comparison to the Meals on Wheels Ultimate Tailgate, set for the Wilmington Sheraton South in New Castle, on Thursday, Oct. 22, beginning at 6 p.m. This inaugural event will feature local restaurants and chefs offering their unique spin on classic tailgate dishes.
Ultimate Tailgate participants pictured above (clockwise from top-right): Bob Barrar, owner/brewer at 2SP Brewing Company; Ashley Gliniak, marketing and development manager at Meals on Wheels Delaware; Candace Ewald, pastry chef at Sweet Somethings; Brittney Hauserman, bartender/server at Pizza By Elizabeths; Robbie Jester, executive chef at Stone Balloon Ale House; (and center) Hayla Delano, general manager at Columbus Inn. Photo Luigi Ciuffetelli
“The Ultimate Tailgate will continue the legacy of offering guests an opportunity to indulge in a unique culinary excellence, while raising money in support of Delaware’s homebound seniors,” says Regina Dodds, director of Events for Meals on Wheels Delaware. “We are incredibly grateful for the community’s outstanding contributions, and are excited to kick off our new fundraiser in the fall of 2015.” Some of the local restaurants scheduled to be on hand for the Ultimate Tailgate include 8th & Union Kitchen, Caffé Gelato, Fins Ale House & Raw Bar, Soffritto Italian Grill, Columbus Inn, Pizza by Elizabeths, Buckley’s Tavern, and Chesapeake Inn & Marina.
Executive Chef Tom Hannum, of Buckley’s Tavern in Centreville, also serves as vice chair of the board of directors for Meals on Wheels Delaware. He says the Ultimate Tailgate will give Meals on Wheels a chance to extend its fundraising efforts into the fall, much like the Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Brunch do in the spring. “All the events we did used to be on the same weekend, and it was sometimes hard for people to attend each one,” says Hannum. “By spreading the events out, we’ll be able to attract more customers and guests.” ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Gianmarco Martuscelli, owner of the Chesapeake Inn & PARTYING FOR A CAUSE Marina, says he and Chef Christian continued from previous page Lackford are planning Thai chicken mini-tacos and mini-crab cake sliders with a citrus-horseradish aioli and tomato jam. Martuscelli takes great pride in being involved with Meals on Wheels. “Throughout the year, we get invited to a lot of events or are offered the chance to work with a lot of charities, and when it comes down to it, we can only do so many,” says Martuscelli. “But I feel like Meals on Wheels does the most for the community, and is a top three charity in mind, so we’re proud to be a part of it.” On the beverage side of the event—because what’s a good tailgate without a proper beer or cocktail?—Two Stones Pub and its newly opened 2SP Brewing, located in Ardmore, Pa., will handle the beer garden at the Ultimate Tailgate. Ben “Gumbo” Muse, of 2SP, says the event will feature more than 30 craft beers on tap at the beer garden. Of those, six will come from the 2SP lineup, including the Delco, a workhorse lager perfect for tailgating, the Weiss Wit, with subtle notes of coriander and orange peel, the Baby Bob, a roasty stout, and the Bellcracker, a double IPA. In addition to all the creative fare and craft beer, Painted Stave Distilling, from Smyrna, as well as Philadelphia Distilling will be on hand to offer samples of their vodkas and gins. Live entertainment will include a DJ spinning tunes, courtesy of Spin Jocs Entertainment, and cover band FreeLance playing classic rock. Guitarist Bruce Anthony also will be on hand, playing a mix of traditional jazz standards and contemporary blues and rock. While the Meals on Wheels mission is to raise funds in support of nearly 4,000 homebound seniors statewide, Erica Porter Brown, project manager with City Fare Meals on Wheels Delaware, hopes the event will encourage those attending to consider becoming volunteers. “Our biggest challenge continues to be our desperate need for new volunteers, especially as the number of people we serve increases,” says Brown. “We have not been able to add delivery drivers with some of the expanded routes we are now serving, so this fall, we will be undertaking a major volunteer recruitment campaign.” Katy Ford, a 64-year-old Delaware native, has been delivering Meals on Wheels for just over a decade, after she was first approached about volunteering while working at Wilmington Trust. It started as a once-a-month activity for Ford, and is now something she enjoys doing several times a week. “I wanted to do something meaningful in my retirement, and it’s turned into something that’s just as much for me as it is for the people I serve,” says Ford. “I thank them when I drop the meals off, because it really is fulfilling. It only takes between 30 and 90 minutes out of my day, and I’m happy to do it. I’ve made friends over the years and gotten a lot of good advice from those I’ve served.” Ford picks up the hot lunchtime meals on Silverside Road and follows a mapped-out route that takes her to a minimum of six houses and a maximum of 18. Anyone interested in volunteering should check out the volunteer portal at the Meals on Wheels website. For more information on the Ultimate Tailgate, or to purchase tickets to the event at $55 per person, go to mealsonwheelsde.org, or call 656-6451.
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▼Smoked brisket at Locale BBQ Post.
The Q Factor Led by a newcomer in Little Italy, BBQ is the latest culinary craze in New Castle County By Pam George Photos by Tim Hawk
rom Facebook posts to newspaper articles to food blogs, the big buzz around Wilmington is all about barbecue. Credit the August debut of Locale BBQ Post in the old Sugarfoot Fine Foods & Gourmet Catering location on the edge of Little Italy. News of the soft opening, which went viral among local Facebook users, led to lines out the door and sold-out signs by early or mid-afternoon. Locale BBQ isn’t the only eatery heating up the dining scene. Down in Elsmere, Philippine Smoked BBQ & Grill opened in June. The Road Hog food truck this summer pulled up at the rest stop on 95 near Newark. And if all goes as planned, 3 Doors Brewing, which will feature barbecue, will open in late winter or early spring next year. What’s the appeal of BBQ? “It’s a great food,” says Chef Dan Sheridan, who owns Locale BBQ with Mike Gallucio and Justin Mason. “You can feed a lot of people and a lot of your friends, and it’s not fussy. I’ve always been a fan. I don’t know too many people who don’t like barbecue.” ►
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A Tasty Tradition
Real barbecue takes time. It’s not about burgers on the grill. It’s about cooking meat slowly over indirect heat, which is why Locale BBQ can’t just pop more meat in the smoker when supplies run out. The approach has been around for hundreds of years. It’s thought that after landing in the Caribbean in the 15th century, the Spanish coined the word barbaoa to refer to the natives’ slow-cooking method. The technique spread to the American South, where pigs were so plentiful that they became a barbecue mainstay. In Texas, not surprisingly, it’s all about the brisket. Because barbecue allows hosts to easily serve a large crowd with inexpensive cuts of meat, it became the dish of choice for large picnics and gatherings. Anyone who’s read or watched Gone with the Wind recalls Scarlett O’Hara charming her beaux at the Twelve Oaks barbecue, where she first met Rhett Butler.
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Despite its longevity and popularity, barbecue as a culinary trend has been slow to catch fire in Wilmington. Sure, there are some solid mainstays, most notably Rick Betz of Fat Rick’s BBQ, who’s maintained that “nobody beats my meat” since 1989 in a bricks-and-mortar restaurant early on and, more recently, as a caterer. New Castle County contenders that fly under the radar include Big D’s BBQ, David Deal’s counter in The Well Coffeehouse and Marketplace in Hockessin, and Russell’s Quality Food on Centreville Road, which has built a cult-like following for its barbecue, cooked onsite and served out of an unassuming shedlike building near Steve’s Liquors. Farther south, Where Pigs Fly in Dover has been dishing up hickory-smoked pulled pig since 1993, and Bethany Blues’ two beach locations—in Lewes and Bethany—are smoking strong. When Eppy’s Barb-B-Que on Philadelphia Pike opened in 2012, North Wilmington diners hoped that the BBQ restaurant might become more of a trend than a “hidden gem.” Unfortunately, Eppy’s quickly closed. (That Holly Oak location has witnessed a string of failed eateries.)
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In Philadelphia, however, barbecue is plentiful and popular. Consider Percy Street Barbecue, opened in 2009 by celebrity Chef Michael Solomonov, Phoebeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQ, which opened in 1994, Smokinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bettyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fette Sau, and Pig Daddyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;to name just a few.
As the Spit Turns Locale BBQâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s popularity could indicate that barbecue in Wilmington is developing the same hip factor that it has in Philly. Recently, the mostly takeout shop offered garlic-peach sauce made with black garlic from Obis One in Pennsville, N.J., a destination for cutting-edge chefs seeking local, artisanal products. Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prior business, Wilmington Pickling Company, provides the pickles. In fact, it was Sheridanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s search for a kitchen where he could take the side business full time that helped spark the idea for a BBQ joint. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed to do something else besides just pickles, and I wanted to keep cooking,â&#x20AC;? says Sheridan, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Australia whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked at Bistro on the Brandywine, Cantwellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern, and La Fia. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Barbecue just kind of goes hand-in-hand with pickles.â&#x20AC;? Locale BBQ also benefits from the talents of fellow Chef Christopher Baittinger, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked at Ulysses American Gastropub, Chelsea Tavern, University & Whist Club, and, most recently, Ernest & Scott. Baittinger, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unabashedly passionate about all things pork, makes bacon to sell at Locale BBQ. (Culinary trend spotters could say that barbecueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shining star is partially linked to the publicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s continued appetite for pork, which was a common ingredient at the recent Farmer & the Chef benefit.) Locale BBQ sticks to sweet tea for its signature libation. Barbecue, however, also goes well with craft brews and bourbon. The latter is a combination the new 3 Doors Brewery, located three doors away (thus the name) from sister restaurant Chelsea Tavern on Market Street, will promote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love barbecue; I love beer,â&#x20AC;? says Joe Van Horn, operating partner of both restaurants, as well as nearby Ernest & Scott Taproom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is the restaurant Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always wanted to do. This is going to be a little more of my baby.â&#x20AC;? Although the full-service 3 Doors Brewery, which will brew Belgian-style ales in its seven-barrel system, will have a 500-pound smoker onsite, the restaurant wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t limit itself to barbecue. Other items will include burgers, soups and salads. â&#x2013;ş
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Even barbecue-centric restaurants, however, often go beyond the expected pork, chicken and brisket. Locale BBQ, for instance, has bratwurst. Russell’s offers jerk chicken, hot dogs, yams and fried fish. Fat Rick’s is also home to Miz Walt’s chicken, which was the star at the restaurant Rick and wife Tina opened in 1990 in what is now Eclipse Bistro. Philippine Smoked BBQ & Grill takes the BBQ menu to a unique level in town. Here you’ll find the expected favorites: beef brisket, whole or half chicken, chicken leg quarters, pulled pork, and ribs. The shop offers smoked turkey legs and kielbasa as well. Then there are the dishes inspired by owners Romeo and Lalaine Balan’s Filipino heritage: chicken or pork kabobs, mini eggrolls, puto with cheese (sweet rice cake with cheese) and biko (sweet sticky rice). Sides, made in house, include a Carolina-style vinegary slaw but also a macaroni salad with smoked chicken breast, raisins, and pineapples. Roast lechon (a Spanish term for roasted suckling pig) is available Saturday or Sunday. It’s particularly popular on the Filipino island resort of Cebu, where Lalaine grew up. The restaurant also does special orders for a whole pig or turkey. “We do everything,” she says. “Just think of it and we will do it for you.” There are other differences among the area’s barbecue restaurants. Some serve the meat already sauced. Others dry rub the meat, then customers pick from the available sauces, which usually include sweet and spicy selections. Betz sticks to the tried-and-true. “We are a classic American barbecue,” he says. He uses a dry rub and adds a touch of vinegar to
the Carolina-style pork. Traditional sauces are on the side. “We do the classic barbecue that was served 100 years ago and will be the same barbecue that will be served 100 years from now.” But in Delaware, even classic fare can go in and out of fashion. “Brisket sneaked up on us a few years ago,” Betz says. “I don’t know where that came from; we do a ton of brisket now.” Betz, who had restaurants in the North Wilmington suburbs and in downtown Wilmington, closed his bricks-and-mortar operation 15 years ago to cater. He now has a location in an office plaza off Foulk Road mostly for its commercial kitchen, but he’s open during lunch for those who want to pop in. “You know how some restaurants do a little bit of catering? We’re a catering company that does a little bit of ‘restauranting.’” Newcomers don’t threaten him. “Barbecue has been a tiny, tiny niche in the food segment” in Wilmington, he says. “That’s where I survived all by myself all those years.” He might get a lot more company in the future. Along with the opening of 3 Doors Brewery, Sheridan and his partners would like to open additional locations with the same to-gofriendly model. “We’d like to do two or three down the line,” he says. “I’d like to get down to Main Street, Newark—anything with a lot of people driving by or walking by who need a quick bite to eat.” All that will have to wait. At week three, Sheridan, who gets in no later than 6 a.m. to feed the smoker, was still busy meeting the current demand. The good news is that despite the hard work and long hours, he hasn’t lost his appetite for his menu. “I still eat it every day,” he says. “I ate a rack of ribs last night. And if we’re still eating it, we hope it’s also good for everybody else.” Judging by the lines outside his door, “everybody else” agrees.
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On the Town
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THE WILMINGTON ART LOOP
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Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts 200 S. Madison Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.6466 • thedcca.org
On the Town STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO THE ART LOOP. STEP 1: Select exhibitions that interest you. STEP 2: Map out your choices and select transportation. You may want to walk, drive or take the downtown DART Trolley. A limited number of seats are available on the Art Loop shuttle. Please reserve your seat by calling
New exhibitions by Baltimore photographer Milana Braslavsky and DCCA studio artists Lynda Johnson and Kyle Ripp, performances by students from the Wilmington Ballet Academy of Dance accompanied by chamber ensemble Mélomanie, and food trucks. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view: Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat – 10 am-5 pm, Wed & Sun 12 pm- 5 pm through Jan 31, 2016.
Zaikka Indian Grill 209 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE zaikka.com Madison Bacon is a local art student whose work features a mixture of surrealism and abstraction. Her pieces often use unique combinations of imagery to portray a story. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 11 am – 8 pm through Oct 30.
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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.
STEP 5: Repeat the first Friday of every month!
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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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 302.576.2100 or email artloop@WilmingtonDE.gov. The bus will pick-up and drop-off at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.
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Studio on Market 219 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.229.7108 studioonmarket.com Peter B. Kaplan, Photograhpy. Mr. Kaplan has shot thousands of the most iconic images of NYC ! He was a volunteer for the 10 year Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island restoration program that used his images to raise over $500M. In 1986, his photographs were also used for commemorative postage stamps for the USPS. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view by appointment only through Nov 30.
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Heart of Care-giving ...From Grief to Growth. Folk Artist Eunice LaFate, will be exhibiting among other paintings, her new Series “Heart of Care-giving ...From Grief to Growth.” This Series was inspired by LaFate’s caregiving experience with her late husband. The images are vibrant acrylic on mini canvases. Art Loop reception 5-8 pm. On view Tue-Thurs. 11am – 5 pm, Fri-Sat 10 am – 6 pm through Oct. 31.
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Jessica Scalzi will be showing a variety of her artistic creations; pieces like dreamcatchers, acrylic paintings, pencil sketches, watercolors, framed acrylic pieces, and maybe even woven tapestries! The Art Loop is great way to meet new faces. She encourages you to get connected and share your creativity with the city. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 pm On view Mon – Fri 6 am – 5 pm, Sat 7 am – 2 pm through Oct. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Fiber Dimensions at the Wilmington Library, Art By; Virginia Abrams, Arlene Fabreau-Pysher, Mickey Irr, Ruth Oatman, Karen Schueler, Deborah Tiryung Sidwell, Barbara Tinsman and Erin Underwood. Exploring color, texture and the tactile nature of fibers. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view Mon-Wed 9:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m, Thurs 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Fri - Sat 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. through Oct 31.
Christina Cultural Arts Center 705 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE 302.690.8092 ccacde.org
Redding Gallery 800 N. French St. Wilmington, DE 302.576.2135 Artloopwilm.org
Art For a City, Milton Downing . Art assembled to harmonize, the act of the arrangement of fact, fabric and fun. Art Loop reception 5:30-7:30 pm; Mon-Fri. 9 am – 5 pm & through Oct. 30.
Celebration of Creativity 2015, VSA Delaware. Celebration of Creativity 2015 presents artwork created by individuals with disabilities. Exhibit 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 pm On view Mon - Fri 8 am - 5 pm through Oct 30.
The Grand Opera House Mainstage Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street Wilmington, DE artsdel.org
Chroma, by Kelly Murray, examines what’s most familiar to us--the body--and presents it in an unfamiliar way, Artistic elements coalesce into a striking image and reveal what’s most fundamental about ourselves: that separate parts are necessary to complete a whole. Art Loop reception 5–8 pm. On view Mon-Fri. 10 am – 5 pm, weekends subject to staff availability through Nov 3.
Abstractions, Jeffrey Rubin, The Delaware Division of Arts is please to present “Abstractions” a selection of photographs by Individual Artist Fellow in Photography Jeffrey Rubin. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 pm On view Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 4:30 pm through Oct. 30.
The Grand Opera House Baby Grand Gallery 818 N. Market Street Wilmington, DE thegrandwilmington.org/galleries
Colourworks 1902 Superfine Lane Wilmington, DE 302.428.0222 colourworks.com
Metarealist Paintings: The imagery in Frederic C. Kaplan’s paintings comes from the science of physics with architectural and landscape elements. His artwork is included in various collections along the east coast. Mr. Kaplan teaches at art schools and art centers in the Philadelphia region. Art Loop reception 5–8 pm. On view Mon-Fri. 10 am – 5 pm, weekends subject to staff availability through Nov 3.
Seeing Cuba. A group photography exhibition. Photographers Bruce Dalleo, Larry Galpin, Ellen Gay, Christine Haire and Kathe Morse will display images depicting Cuban life and landscape. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8:30 pm On view Mon – Fri 8:30 am – 5 pm through Nov 27.
Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market St. Wilmington, DE carspeckenscott.com 302-655-7173
Howard Pyle Studio 1305 N. Franklin Street Wilmington, DE 302.656.7304 howardpylestudio.org
Artists of The Creative Vision Factory. Works by The Creative Vision Factory artists are executed in a variety of media from wood carving, acrylic painting, works in colored pencil, yarn, nails, and collage. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm On view Mon-Fri. 9 am – 5:30 pm through Oct 31.
Lithographs, Helen Farr Sloan. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 8 p.m. On view by appointment through Oct 30.
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artloopwilm.org Blue Streak Gallery 1721 Delaware Avenue Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506
Cab Calloway School of the Arts 100 N. DuPont Rd. Wilmington, DE 302.545-4548 cabcallowayschool.org
Yesterday Evening, RECENT WORKS, JOHN BAKER and GUS SERMAS. The show will consist of their 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional mixed media and abstraction work. Art Loop reception 5–8 pm On view Tue – Fri 10 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm through Nov 3.
The Art of Bayard Taylor Berndt by Bayard Taylor Berndt. A collection of works including local landmarks and regional historic events. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 pm On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 3 pm, through Nov. 13.
Talleyville Frame Shoppe & Gallery 3625 Silverside Road Wilmington, DE 302.478.1163 talleyvilleFSG.com
FIT Fitness sponsored by the Blue Streak Gallery 62 Rockford Road Wilmington, DE 302.429.0506 stationgallery.net Changing Seasons, W.A.S.HATCH, Each painting tells a story by exaggerating reality with strong colors and dancing sunlit shadows. Art Loop reception 5 – 7 pm On view Mon – Fri 6 am – 9 pm, Sat 7:30 am – 5 pm, Sun 9:30 am – 5 pm through Jan 17, 2016.
Tower Hill School 2813 W. 17th St. Wilmington, DE 302.657.8538 x360 towerhill.org The Best of the Delaware Photographic Society. A retrospective of spectacular, award winning photographs covering many genre from nature to photojournalism by current members of the 84 year old Society. Art Loop Opening Reception: Founders’ Gallery, P.S. dupont Arts Center 6-8 pm. On view: Call for appointment.
Recommission of a Battleship, #5 by Hiro Sakaguchi
The Coffin Ball Art Show, our annual group show of coffin shaped artwork in a variety of media. Art Loop reception: 6pm10pm. Showing Mon, Wed, Fri 10am -5 pm, Tues & Thurs 10 am – 7 pm & Sat 10 am – 4 pm . through Oct 31. Bellefonte Arts 803 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.4278 bellefontearts.com
Nature photography by Karen Sulecki, titled “Herron at Fisherman’s Wharf,” Cathy Codding of Dreamers’ Jewelry creates these beautiful off-loom pieces, using the tiniest of beads with needle and thread, Handcrafted replica of an antique spice rack by Gail Newman, and handsome collectible new gouache “Lion” from Nicole Kristiana Studio. Art Loop reception: 6-9pm. On view Tues-Fri. 11 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 4 pm, Sun 12pm – 4 pm through Oct 31.
Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike Greenville, DE 302.654.8638 stationgallery.net
Bellefonte Vintage 901 Brandywine Boulevard Bellefonte, DE 302.762.7878 bellefontevintage.com
Lynne Lockhart & Kirk McBride ~ New Paintings. This husband and wife team travels and paints together with Lynne specializing in capturing the expressions of animals, and Kirk offering dramatic landscapes and nautical scenes. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Mon – Fri 9 am – 5 pm, Sat 10 am – 3 pm through Oct. 31.
Cyntaya Welch. New paintings and mixed media works. Cyntaya uses vibrant colors and interesting textures in this latest collection of landscapes and still lifes. Art Loop reception 5 – 9 pm. On view Tues– Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 12 – 4 pm through Oct 31.
Somerville Manning 101 Stone Block Row, Brecks Mill, 2nd Floor Greenville, DE 302.652.0271 somervillemanning.com
The Buzz Gallery Buzz Ware Village Center 2119 The Highway Arden, DE 302.547.1401 ardenbuzz.com
New Paintings, Jon Redmond. With a new studio in Philadelphia, Jon Redmond’s recent paintings explore the dynamics of urban architecture in addition to offering fresh views of his popular regional landscapes and still lifes. Art Loop reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm On view Tue – Sat 10 am – 5 pm, through Oct. 10th. 50 OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Oasis: Photos of the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge, Heather Siple. Just at the south edge of the City of Wilmington lies an oasis of wild land surrounded by concrete civilization. Heather Siple brings her own special magic to explore the wonder of this hidden gem. Art Loop reception 6 – 8:30 pm. On view by appointment through Oct 31. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
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Blue Heron Gallery 208B Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.276.0845 www.blueherongalleryde.com
Penn’s Place 206 Delaware Street New Castle, DE 302.322.6334 pennsplace.net
Welcome to the Neighborhood, Jane D. Hart. Jane, an artist in pastels and oil, is from Charleston, South Carolina, and is a new resident of Historic New Castle. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm On view Wed & Thu 11 am – 5 pm, Fri 11am -6 pm & Sat 11 am – 5 pm, Sun 12 – 4 pm through Oct 31.
Beyond History: The Amazing Hannah Penn, Author: Jean Norvell, Rediscover William Penn through the eyes of his second wife, Hannah Penn. Art Loop reception 5 – 8 pm. On view Thu 11 am – 5 pm, Fri & Sat 11 am – 6 pm, Sun 12–5 pm through Oct 31.
THE CITY OF WILMINGTON WELCOMES SHEFON NACHELLE Shefon Nachelle, a life long resident of Wilmington is now currently serving as the Marketing and Special Projects Coordinator for the Department of Cultural Affairs in the Mayor’s Office. In addition to being a writer and artist, Shefon has worked in marketing, communications, strategy and creative consulting with non-profit organizations in Wilmington for over the last five years. In her role, Shefon is looking forward to a growing and renewed excitement around Wilmington’s longstanding projects such as the Art Loop; along with the introduction of new initiatives that she is hopeful will contribute to a more vibrant, inclusive and creative cultural life for residents in the City of Wilmington.
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Theatre N at Nemours
PRICES: $8 | general admission $6 | seniors and children
*Theatre N reserves the right to change the film schedule at any time. Please visit our website at www.theatren.org for the most up to date information for all film and events at Theatre N.
302.576.2565 Monday - Friday
1007 N. Orange Street Wilmington, DE 19801
302.571.4075 Nights & Weekends theatren.org IRRATIONAL MAN
R | 1 hr 36 mins | October 2-8 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm Woody Allen’s IRRATIONAL MAN is about a tormented philosophy professor who finds a will to live when he commits an existential act. Philosophy professor Abe Lucas (Joaquin Phoenix) is at rock bottom emotionally, unable to find any meaning or joy in life.
THE LOOK OF SILENCE
PG-13 | 1 hr 43 mins | October 2-8 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm Sun. 4pm | Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm Indonesian with English subtitles The Look of Silence is Joshua Oppenheimer’s powerful companion piece to the Oscar®-nominated The Act Of Killing. Through Oppenheimer’s footage of perpetrators of the 1965 Indonesian genocide, a family of survivors discovers how their son was murdered, as well as the identities of the killers.
NR | 1 hr 45 mins | October 9-15 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm Peace Officer is a documentary about the increasingly militarized state of American police as told through the story of Dub Lawrence, a former sheriff who established his rural state’s first SWAT team only to see that same unit kill his son-in-law in a controversial standoff 30 years later.
THIS IS HAPPENING
NR | 1 hr 24 mins | October 9-15 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm Sun. 4pm | Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm Beleaguered Philip Davis is sent at his father’s behest to place his eccentric grandmother, Estelle, into an assisted living facility. To add to his troubles, his small time drug dealer sister, Megan decides to join him, using the trip as a cover for a large marijuana buy.
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DRUNK STONED BRILLIANT DEAD: THE STORY OF THE NATIONAL LAMPOON
NR | 1 hr 38 mins | October 16-22 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues 4pm | Thurs. 7pm From the 1970s thru the 1990s, there was no hipper, no more outrageous comedy in print than The National Lampoon, the groundbreaking humor magazine that pushed the limits of taste and acceptability—and then pushed them even harder. Parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the whole of American lifestyle, the Lampoon eventually went on to branch into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revues and movies, including Animal House and National Lampoon’s Vacation.
PG | 1 hr 44 mins | October 16-22 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm Sun. 4pm | Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm Mr. Holmes is a new twist on the world’s most famous detective. 1947, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare. Holmes faces the end of his days, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.
NR | 1 hr 26 mins | October 23-29 Fri. 1pm, 7pm | Sat. 5pm | Sun. 1pm, 7pm Tues. 4pm | Thurs. 7pm Paul Taylor is one of the dance world’s most elusive and respected choreographers. For over 50 years he has only given glimpses into his creative process, this film is an unprecedented exploration of how Mr. Taylor creates a single dance. The dominant voice is Paul’s, between the guarded and unguarded moments we see him with new eyes and new understanding.
MEET THE PATELS
PG | 1 hr 28 mins | October 23-29 Fri. 4pm, 10pm | Sat. 2pm, 8pm Sun. 4pm | Tues. 7pm | Thurs. 4pm MEET THE PATELS is a laugh-out-loud real life romantic comedy about Ravi Patel, an almost-30-year-old Indian-American who enters a love triangle with the woman of his dreams… and his parents. This hilarious heartwarming film reveals how love is a family affair.
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Wetlands and New Sweden Perspective rendering.
Proposed Wilmington Wetlands Park Restores Natural Habitat, Addresses Severe Flooding
By Tonya R. Richardson, Public Relations & Communications Officer Mayor’s Office of Communications
he Wilmington Riverfront offers a wide range of attractions for its visitors, including a range of dining options, family activity venues, and premier arts and cultural attractions. Residents and visitors can enjoy attractions such as the Delaware Children’s Museum, Frawley Stadium and the Penn Cinema IMAX Theatre. There even recreational activities such as businesses related to health and fitness, an indoor trampoline park, the scenic Riverwalk, the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge, a miniature golf course and, in the winter season, an outdoor ice skating rink. Additionally, a growing mixture of residential options is emerging on the Riverfront, where already many Wilmingtonians choose to make their homes. The story of the Riverfront and South Wilmington, however, doesn’t end there. Execution of the Riverfront development project was only the first part of a plan that is now entering a A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE
new phase. This phase includes redevelopment of a large area of wetland that is adjacent to Route 13 and the Southbridge neighborhood. A team of partners, including City officials and community stakeholders, have reached a pivotal moment of synergy where plans to redevelop the low-lying wetland areas in this area are moving forward in a significant way. The South Wilmington Special Area Management Plan (SAMP) Most of South Wilmington, because of the proximity to the Christina River, occupies a low-lying floodplain with altitudes right at sea level. During major weather events, homes, streets, and businesses in Southbridge suffer significant effects of flooding, which impacts the quality of life, transportation, and the neighborhood economy. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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flow backs up into the streets and basements of area homes and businesses. As a result, de-linking the CSO system is an essential step in resolving the area’s flooding issues. These activities have been budgeted in the City’s Capital Improvement Plan and will take place once the wetlands utility is constructed. Upon completion of the two projects, if the storm water lines become overburdened, the excess storm water will be diverted to the wetlands where the water can be held and filtered through natural processes until the Christina River can accommodate it.
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A Street and Buttonwood Street flooding.
In 2006, federal funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) allowed the community, led by DNREC, to study the persistent flooding in the area and produce the South Wilmington Special Area Management Plan. The SAMP, as it is called, included an extensive study of housing and land use, environmental issues, recreational and open spaces, economic development, education, transportation and transit in the Southbridge community, all as it relates to flooding. One major outcome of the SAMP study was the idea to create a ‘Central Park’ in the wetlands area that is situated in the middle of South Wilmington, between South Walnut Street and the Southbridge community. The idea would accomplish many goals, including providing a premier public park in the area for the community and as a whole. Most importantly, however, the park would serve as a storm water utility that will receive the excess storm water that would otherwise flood the streets, homes and businesses in Southbridge. To make that concept a reality, a project team consisting of the City’s Planning, Public Works and Law Departments, Office of Economic Development, State Departments of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) and Transportation (DelDOT), and a team of engineers, planners, and environmental consultants has been meeting regularly for nearly ten years to work out the science and engineering, and importantly, the funding for the project. De-Linking the Combined Sewer Overflow System The fact that much of the South Wilmington area and Southbridge neighborhood is still serviced by the city’s Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) system is a problem that the City is soon to rectify. Across the city, the Department of Public Works is working on separating its CSO, which combines water collected from storm drains in the city’s streets as well as sewage from homes and businesses into a single pipe network. In general, when a CSO is overtaxed, the overflow of sewage and storm water goes directly into the Christina River, bypassing the city’s Water Treatment Plant. In the case of Southbridge, which is below the Christina River’s high tide mark, that overflow can’t take place and the excess water 54 OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
Challenges and Solutions The wetlands, in its current state, are heavily contaminated. Decades ago, it was common to fill wetlands, then called ‘swamps, with inexpensive fill that today would be considered both ethically and environmentally inappropriate. While this filling was at times undertaken legally, it was also often done illegally. As a result, the City and State must remove and clean up the previous fill so that the new ecosystem can be established and infrastructure installed. With projects such as the Christina Crossing Shopping Center, anchored by Shop Rite, Christina Landing, and Justison Landing under the city’s belt, where issues of flooding and environmental contamination were also a problem, the City and its partners at the State have developed a capacity to handle these issues, which are ubiquitous in South Wilmington. As for the wetlands, however, there was one challenge that city hadn’t counted on. The land needed to accomplish the wetlands storm water utility concept is the subject of the longest legal proceeding in Delaware’s venerated Chancery Court. The land, known as the Finger-Gordon parcel after the families who owned it, is actually an aggregation of parcels totaling just over 16 acres that had been caught up in a legal battle between Amtrak and the owners since 1986 over PCB contamination on the site. “In most situations municipalities might run from such heavily contaminated parcels, but we saw it as a key element in solving a broader problem for the city and actively engaged both parties to broker a deal,” explained Jeff Flynn, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. “The City of Wilmington, with the leadership of Mayor Dennis P. Williams,
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was able to purchase the parcel in a deal that satisfied both Finger-Gordon and Amtrak, and finally gave the City ownership so that we could move forward,” he went on to explain. Mayor Williams made the acquisition of the Finger-Gordon parcel a priority. “Projects such as this require more than just a hope for a good outcome. Ultimately, resources have to be put on the table so that there can be forward motion. I’m proud to be able to engage my administration to solve an issue related to this project that had the potential to stop us dead in our tracks,” he said. Now that the property belongs to the City, all partners are working on continuing funding for future phases of development in the coming years. “In addition to the money that the City put on the table to get us to this point, we also will be using $4.5 million from the 2014 City Capital Plan and an additional $4.3 million in State grant money to embark on the most upcoming steps,” said Flynn. Residents of Southbridge are very pleased to see the wetlands project to moving forward. “The first real impact of all of this work, over the years and into the next steps of planning,will be felt by those of us who live and work in this community,” said Southbridge Civic Association President Marie Reed. “When everything is complete, yes, there will be a beautiful new park, with walkways and well-designed wetlands for wildlife, but there will also be the opportunity for Southbridge to continue its own plans for economic vitality and quality of life that are now impeded by flooding.” Wilmington City Council Member Hanifa Shabazz represents the area of the city that the South Wilmington wetlands resides in and
Wilmington’s Economic Development Office Hosts 1st Annual Youth Enterprise Expo
n July 23-24, 2015, the Small & Minority Business Division of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development hosted its first annual Youth Enterprise Expo in the main lobby of the Louis L. Redding City/ County Building. The mini-marketplace featured two local youth entrepreneurship summer camps: Chasing the Dream sponsored by the Delaware Financial Literacy Institute and Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) sponsored by Delaware State University’s Center for Enterprise Development. Youth involved in the City’s collaborative program displayed eclectic collections of products ranging from hand designed T-shirts and tie-dye socks, to beauty products and sweets.
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New Castle Avenue and Garaches Lane flooding.
knows first-hand as a Southbridge resident the problems caused by rising sea levels. “This has been a hard-fought government and community effort that will mitigate the flooding of homes and businesses and present a bright path forward for this community. The wetland area is one of the last remaining contiguous, developable areas in Wilmington, which is a City that has no annexation authority to grow its borders. We have been diligent in deploying Federal, State and City resources wisely on this project with a great deal of useful community input. I am so pleased that we have come this far and thank everyone for their support.”
Mayor Dennis P. Williams with Youth Expo participants and JET Program Director, Audrey Scott-Hynson (center).
Mayor Dennis P. Williams was on-hand to engage with the young entrepreneurs. “The Small & Minority Business Division is doing a wonderful job in seeding the possibility of entrepreneurship in the minds of these young people,” said Mayor Williams. “Programs such as this provide the extra supports and opportunities that are sometimes not possible in school. We commend and thank Chasing the Dream and Junior Entrepreneurs in Training for working on behalf of the City’s business owners of tomorrow.” To learn more, get involved, or to make donations to these training programs, please contact: Ronni Cohen at Chasing the Dream (Ronni@dfli.org, 302-792-1200) or Audrey Scott-Hynson at Junior Entrepreneurs in Training (JET) (email@example.com, 302-857-6951). OCTOBER 2015 | 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 Starbucks on the Riverfront 14. Kooma, KOOMASUSHI.COM Goju Training Center, GOJUROBICS.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG Riverwalk Mini Golf, RIVERWALKMINIGOLF.COM 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM
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PRINCE AND PRINCESS DAY AT DCM* October 3, 10am-8pm Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org
THE HEAD OF THE CHRISTINA REGATTA October 4, 10am Wilmington Youth Rowing Association wyra.org
VIVA ITALIA!* October 22 & 25 OperaDelaware Studios operade.org
Visit RiverfrontWilm.com for info on events happening at the Riverfront! 20. Frawley Stadium, BLUEROCKS.COM Delaware Sports Museum & Hall of Fame 21. Chase Center on the Riverfront, CENTERONTHERIVERFRONT.COM 22. Dravo Plaza & Dock 23. Shipyard Center Planet Fitness, PLANETFITNESS.COM 24. Timothy’s Restaurant, TIMOTHYSONTHERIVERFRONT.COM Molly’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream, MOLLYSICECREAM.COM Ubon Thai Restaurant 25. Wilmington Rowing Center, WILMINGTONROWING.ORG 26. Russell W. Peterson Urban Wildlife Refuge/ DuPont Environmental Education Center, DUPONTEEC.ORG
27 Riverfront Commuter Lot, RIVERFRONTWILM.COM/PARKING 28. Penn Cinema Riverfront IMAX, PENNCINEMARIVERFRONT.COM 29. CrossFit Riverfront, CFRIVERFRONT.COM 30. The Residences at Harlan Flats, HARLANFLATS.THERESIDENCES.NET 31. Stratosphere Trampoline Park, WILMINGTONTRAMPOLINEPARK.COM 32. The Westin Wilmington, WESTINWILMINGTON.COM 33. Delaware Humane Association, DEHUMANE.ORG
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RIVERFRONT EVENTS 2015 DELAWARE AUTO SHOW* October 2-4, 10am-6pm daily. Find your next car, or dream a little about the possibilities, at the Delaware Auto Show. This family-fun event is a great day out, and allows you to kick the tires of the latest 2016 model automobiles all in one place, and not all indoors. Chase Center on the Riverfront DelawareAutoShow.com NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY DAY CAMP* October 2, 8:30am-3pm Capture the beauty of the marsh through the lens of a digital camera and learn to take photos like the pros. Aftercare until 5:30 pm is available for an extra fee. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org ART ON THE TOWN October 2, 5pm-9pm Sponsored by the City of Wilmington, Art on the Town is a great way to view the exhibitions in our galleries and visit the artist studios during our extended gallery hours. This month live music by Mélomanie, performances by students from the Wilmington Ballet Academy of Dance and opening reception for DCCA studio artists Lynda Johnson and Kyle Ripp. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE/ELECTRONIC GOODS/PAPER SHREDDING October 3, 8am-2pm Frawley Stadium DSWA.com PRINCE AND PRINCESS DAY AT DCM* October 3, 10am-8pm Polish your crowns, tiaras, and royal scepters and come dressed in your best regal attire for a royal day at the DCM! Be a prince, princess, or knight, and unleash your inner royalty with a day of prince and princess-themed activities! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org THE HEAD OF THE CHRISTINA REGATTA October 4, 10am Don’t miss this friendly, challenging, and exciting head race! Novice through top skilled boats; sculling and sweep; youth through masters; open and club; schools and open youth. There will be live jazz music, good food, competitive racing, and unique medals for first place in each event. Wilmington Youth Rowing Association WYRA.org *FEE REQUIRED
NAMI DELAWARE INSPIRING HOPE CONFERENCE* October 7, 8:30am The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Delaware (NAMI Delaware) will host its annual conference, Inspiring Hope. The conference focuses on the future of mental illnesses – what is coming in the form of treatment, what new research is being done and what discoveries have been made, and what we as service providers, as well as, consumers can look forward to. Chase Center on the Riverfront NamiDelaware.org 2015 EASTER SEALS ANNUAL DINNER* October 8, 5:30pm Easter Seals Annual Dinner to honor outstanding advocates for people with disabilities. “Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act;” Keynote Speaker: Disability Rights Champion and Chief Sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act - U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (RET). Chase Center on the Riverfront EasterSeals.com/DE PARENTS’ NIGHT OUT: FORCES IN MOTION* October 9, 6:30-830pm Set mom and dad loose to have dinner along Wilmington’s Riverfront while you stay at DuPont Environmental Education Center and have all the fun with games. The kids get to explore the unique adaptations birds have for flight and test the effects of load on the movement of our rubber band powered osprey. Dinner provided. Parents receive a coupon for Timothy’s Riverfront Grill. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org BEGINNING BIRDING SERIES* October 10, 10am-1pm Find many birds and plenty of nature as we see a fall transition from summertime birds to migrating songbirds and shorebirds to the wintertime waterfowl and raptors. All levels of birders are welcome as we learn how to look at and listen to the birds. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from us. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org OCTOBER: CANOE THE CHRISTINA* October 17, 2:30pm-5pm Launch a canoe into the Christina River and explore DEEC’s freshwater tidal wetlands. Watch for herons, wood ducks, beavers and more. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org MÉLOMANIE OCTOBER CONCERT* October 18, 2pm Featuring guest artist Kevin J. Cope, guitar and composer, world premiere: Conscium Universum. Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts TheDCCA.org
GREEN BY NATURE PRESCHOOL: COLORFUL CAMOUFLAGE* October 21, 9:30am-11am Search for animals that use camouflage to hide in the marsh. Who is hiding in the cattails? Let’s find out! Touch a toad, listen to a story and eat a colorful snack. Make a camouflage craft to take home. DuPont Environmental Education Center DuPontEEC.org $2 NIGHT AT DCM* October 21, 5pm-8pm Join us for specially-scheduled evenings throughout the year when the DCM is open from 5pm-8pm and admission is just $2 per person! Delaware Children’s Museum DelawareChildrensMuseum.org PLAYING THE ASSASSIN* October 21-November 8 This gripping new play is a compelling drama inspired by the devastating true story of an NFL star’s career ending injury at the hands of a player known as “The Assassin”. Delaware Theatre Company DelawareTheatre.org VIVA ITALIA!* October 22, 7pm October 25, 2pm Join us for a personal journey through Italian Opera! Our fall festival celebrates an Italian Opera Masterpiece (Verdi’s Falstaff) and the recent resurrection of an important work of Italian Opera (Faccio’s Hamlet) but we couldn’t wait to celebrate all things Italian! Opera Delaware Studios OperaDE.org
OUTDOOR EVENTS DELTECH ALUMNI AND FRIENDS 5K RUN/WALK October 7, 5:30pm • Dravo Plaza MAKING STRIDES OF WILMINGTON October 10, 9am • Dravo Plaza 2015 WILMINGTON KIDNEY WALK October 11, 8:30am • Dravo Plaza 2015 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S October 17, 8am • Dravo Plaza PRO BONO CELEBRATION 5K RUN/WALK October 18, 8am • Dravo Plaza 2015 LIGHT THE NIGHT WALK October 24, 5:30pm • Frawley Stadium E-RACING THE BLUES FOR MENTAL HEALTH October 25, 8:30am • Dravo Plaza 5TH ANNUAL HALLOWEEN HOOPLA 5K WALK/RUN October 31, 8:30am • Dravo Plaza
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Costume Contest with a $50 Gift Certificate to both Scariest and Most Creative!
If you miss the Loop, we’ll be doing it again on Halloween!
10/1- The “Q” Factor 10/8 - Rob Swanson’s Terra Soul Project 10/15- Sharon and Q
10/ 22- Keli Vale Come out and enjoy one of our new signature entrees; Roasted Rosemary Garlic Chicken or Vodka Blush Penne in our newly decorated dining room.
10/ 29- The Scott Lynch Trio
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Leslie Reed, bartender at Trolley Tap House, pours Brandywine Coffee Roasters' cold-brewed coffee.
cold-brewed coffee—on tap Local coffee sellers, a bar and a growler shop have teamed up to create delicious coffees for the bar By Krista Connor Photos by Dennis Dischler
old-brewed coffee has hit the taps at Delaware Growler in Newark and Trolley Tap House in Wilmington. Mike Slattery of the one-year-old growler shop on Main Street had the idea to sell cold-brewed coffee on tap more than a year ago, when a West Coast growler distributor recommended doing so. Over the past six months he waited for the right coffee shop partnership. He only had to look a few doors down to the new Brewed Awakenings owner, JD Willetts, who took over the Main Street establishment this summer. Their cold-brewed coffee on tap partnership started in mid-August.
“There’s a direct correlation between craft beer drinkers and craft coffee drinkers,” says Slattery. “It’s a nice crossover. I thought there was something here for everyone before, but now it’s hitting a whole new category.” Growlers range from a few dollars to $16.99 for the largest size, a 64-ouncer full of Willetts’ coffee. As of press time, Delaware Growler featured an African blend of Ethiopian, Ugandan and Democratic Republic of the Congo coffee, blended together and brewed at a high concentration at Brewed Awakenings. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Slattery says the coffee has been received well. “A lot of customers come in for coffee for their growler without ever having been in here before,” he says. Brittany Simoncelli, general manager of Trolley Tap House, says for $5 customers can grab a 12-oz. cold-brewed nitro-infused coffee for an in-house glass or to go. The local coffee, from Brandywine Coffee Roasters, is a Brazilian Cerrado blend. “Customers love it,” says Simoncelli. “We sell it around the clock. It’s becoming a trend across the country, and unsurprisingly it came down from Portland and California and made its way over here. Our customers could not be more enthusiastic about it.” Slattery sees cold-brewed coffee on tap becoming a bigger sensation, too. “Just like growlers [for beer], it’s something in its truest form, so I think it’ll be here for a while,” he says. When Slattery approached Willetts with the idea, Willetts was all for it, but had one obstacle: he knew very little about cold-brewed coffee at the time. “What I lack in knowledge, I make up for in effort,” says Willetts. “I did a lot of research and networked. Customers here get a lot of credit for our iced coffee, because they tasted batch after batch of it for feedback.” The process and result of cold-brewing is very different from traditionally-brewed coffees. With cold-brewing, acids aren’t released that create the “bitter bite” of regular coffee, says Willetts. This means stomachs won’t be upset by the acid, and there’s not that back-of-the throat bitterness. For brewing, Willetts will usually grind almost nine pounds of coffee into a mesh bag and let it brew in almost eight gallons of water for up to 18 hours. Then the mix is drained, pulled and filtered up to four times with fine filters to create a very clean finish. Willetts used to sell regularly-brewed iced coffee, but now when he refers to Brewed Awakenings’ iced coffee, he’s talking about cold-brewed. Customers have remarked about the difference, and there’s no going back for him, he says. In fact, he’s planning to take the coffee one step further within the coming months by nitro-infusing it, which gives it a nice head like a Guinness. And better yet, even though the processes are far more labor intensive, the price stays the same at $1.50 for a 12-ounce. “We’re very community focused here, so it’s not more expensive,” says Willetts. Because growler content needs to last longer, Willetts says that Slattery’s on-tap coffee is a very strong, concentrated version, which needs to be diluted before customers drink it. “We’re doing different things—he’s selling it by the growlers so people can take it home, mix it at home, and it’ll last longer,” says Willetts. “Here, we’re selling by the glass.” Simoncelli says staff at the Tap House love to experiment with drink mixology—so customers can even buy a coffee stout with North Coast Brewing’s Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, in addition to a coffee blended with varying pumpkin ales, and also a cocktail. For Brewed Awakening customers, Willetts recommends adding water or extra cream since it’s so strong. The question is whether to drink it hot or cold. It’s all about preference, Slattery and Willetts agree. For hot, Willetts says to just heat the coffee—since it has already been brewed, the expected sour bitterness will not occur, and depending on caffeine preferences, customers can add water to dilute it. “That’s what’s nice about what Mike is doing at Delaware Growler—all winter long, people can go in there and grab a growler, heat the stuff up, and they’ve got a really good cup of coffee,” says Willetts.
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ow in its fifth year, Wilmington Beer Week features the premier craft beer venues of New Castle County. In addition to focusing on Delaware’s respected homegrown breweries—Dogfish Head, 16 Mile, Twin Lakes and Fordham & Dominion—the Nov. 7-14 event also highlights other prominent craft breweries in the region, including Yards, Victory, Tröegs, Brooklyn and Heavy Seas. Special Beer Lover and Beer Geek passes will give craft beer enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy discounts throughout the week and gain access to special tastings. For more information, go to wilmingtonbeerweek.com/venues.
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or the past 18 months, Heavy Seas Brewmaster Christopher Leonard has met with a group of local brewers in the Baltimore area, discussing trends and technical issues. Calling themselves “The Legion of Foam,” the group features brewers from DuClaw Brewing and Red Brick Station, among others. Together they have collaborated to create “Stoop Sitter”—a new brew set to be released only on draft during this year’s Baltimore Beer Week (FridaySunday, Oct. 9-18). For every sixth barrel sold, Heavy Seas will donate $3 to the Ocean Research Project, and for every 50L keg sold, the brewer will donate $5.
n Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon-5 p.m., libation lovers can head to the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover for the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival. General admission is $35 and includes unlimited samples. VIP Admission is $50 and includes 10 sampling tickets, allowing you to taste and vote for your favorite, in addition to a souvenir beer glass, unlimited samples and a swag bag. Those looking to extend the weekend can take advantage of the Libations Fan Weekend Experience: For $299 you receive two unlimited sampling admission tickets to the festival, overnight accommodations at select local hotels along with complimentary continental breakfast, as well as two tickets to attend a brunch at Harvest Ridge Winery on Oct. 18.
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n October and November, two events will benefit Meals on Wheels of Delaware. The first and by far the bigger of the two is the Ultimate Tailgate, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Wilmington. (See story, pg. 39) It will feature area restaurants serving unique interpretations of tailgate food, wine, spirits, as well as a thriving beer garden, curated by Two Stones Pub. Tickets are $55. Giving on Tap is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at Two Stones Pub Brewing Company’s headquarters in Aston, Pa. This event features a night of food and beer from a regional favorite, and one of the latest additions to the craft beer community. It starts at 6:30 p.m.
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et for Saturday, Oct. 10, at noon at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Farmington, Pa., the Brats and Brews Festival features craft brews, German food and activities for the whole family. In addition to craft beer tastings from Dogfish Head Brewery and live music, there will be face painting and root beer races for the kids. Admission is free; brew-tasting kits are $20 a person.
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STARS µµµµµ Robert De Niro as Ben Whittaker and Anne Hathaway as Jules Ostin in The Intern. Photo Francois Duhamel, 2015 Warner Bros. Entertainment
RE-PAYING YOUR DUES Workplace comedy cleverly upends cliché By Paula Goulden and Mark Fields
ost of us think of interns as eager college students being shown the ropes by seasoned professionals. But The Intern turns that cliché on its head as an online fashion seller staffed by millennials creates an internship program for senior citizens. Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) is a 70-year-old retired executive who is widowed, bored to tears, and looking to try something new. Accepted into a pilot program for “senior” interns, he finds himself in a contemporary e-tailing start-up, with no walls and few boundaries. This brave new world of 20-somethings working on laptops and riding bicycles in an office with staff masseuses couldn’t be further from Ben’s accustomed environs.
But his work ethic, common sense, and lifetime of experience make him sought-after and popular among his much-younger peers, despite the age difference. He is assigned to work with the company’s quirky but driven founder, Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway), who thinks she can manage everything herself with no help from anyone (including her new intern) but is, in fact, overwhelmed by the unexpectedly explosive growth of her business. Despite her creative acumen and inhumanly long hours, the boss is finding herself struggling at the office, and also at home with her husband and (predictably precocious) daughter. Jules is being pressured by her investors to bring in a seasoned professional to help her run the company. ► OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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At this moment, you could be excused for thinking that you can map out the plot for the rest of this conventional movie comedy. Hollywood does have a penchant for comfortable tropes, especially in the hands of Nancy Meyers, a writer-director known for her crowd-pleasing female-centric oeuvre that includes It’s Complicated, Something’s Got to Give, What Women Want and The Holiday. All of these films can be emotionally satisfying, if more than a little pat. So it would be no surprise to see The Intern head down the same conventional path. For reasons that won’t be revealed here, you would be both right…and wrong. Meyers’ screenplay takes a few surprising turns that make this comic story less glib than some of her other movies. Meyers’ story benefits immensely from the work of its two stars. De Niro dominated the screen in his Scorseseshaped youth with complex, oft-disturbing portrayals of men on the edges of society and sometimes on the edge of sanity (think Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, The Godfather II, Raging Bull, etc., etc.). His second act, cinematically, has taken on more variety, but still allows the talented and charismatic actor to show his wide-ranging acting gifts. Hathaway holds her own in a part that could have been much more annoying in lesser hands. The rapport between the two, which actually acknowledges, even celebrates their age difference, carries The Intern through some of the weaker parts of the story. And Hathaway and De Niro are ably aided by a strong supporting cast that includes Anders Holm, Adam DeVine, Rene Russo, Celia Weston, and the adorable JoJo Kushner as Jules’ daughter, Paige. Being a Nancy Meyers film, The Intern is burnished to a high gloss in all its technical aspects: cinematography, art and set direction, music, and editing. It is a well-made movie. In all, The Intern is superficial but satisfying, the cinematic equivalent of the glossy online clothing business that Jules runs. Sometimes, there’s nothing wrong with objects that are pretty, pleasing, and make you happy, if only for a few hours.
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STARS µµµµµ Johnny Depp as Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.
A DEADLY DEPP Bulger biopic is truly grim By Mark Fields
here is very little cheer in Beantown in the sordid tale of James “Whitey” Bulger’s criminal exploits as spelled out in gruesome detail in Black Mass. The ruthless felon—who was finally caught, tried, and convicted in 2013—profoundly embarrassed the FBI when it became known that he exploited his confidential informant status to continue, and even accelerate his extensive illegal activities. Black Mass tells the parallel stories of Bulger’s crimes with the internal Bureau obfuscations of his childhood friend from “Southie,” John Connolly. The well-crafted movie, as directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), faithfully recreates the seamy underbelly of criminal life in South Boston. But the story is so coldly detached from its own violence and strangely uninterested in its characters’ motivations that one leaves the theater bereft of understanding and in want of a shower. The amazing albeit testosterone-heavy cast includes Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, Jesse Plemons, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon and Julianne Nicholson (with just one gutwrenching scene). There is no redemption in the narrative, but it can be found perhaps in Depp’s performance as Bulger. Although the viewer gains no insight into Bulger as a person, Depp at long last creates a film character that transcends mere physical transformation to convey palpable menace. Unrecognizable under his make-up but stripped of distracting affectations, Depp reminds us of his once-promising acting prowess. In the end, Black Mass leaves us to ponder whether being cinematically exposed to two hours of real-world depravity has any real purpose. It certainly isn’t much fun. OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“Put Me in the Movie, Coach!” By Mark Fields As the weather turns cool and crisp, all red-blooded Americans’ thoughts turn to the weekly adventures of our gridiron gladiators. In between Sunday afternoons, enjoy these cinematic takes on the game of football.
The Longest Yard
Burt Reynolds makes the most of his loosey-goosey screen persona as a former pro footballer stuck in prison, who is coerced by the corrupt warden to form an inmate team to play against the guards. Forty-seven minutes of this film are devoted to the actual game, and director Robert Aldrich (The Dirty Dozen) brings strong pacing and verve to the action, leavened by a bit of social criticism about the twin brutalities of football and prison life. Poorly remade in 2005 with Adam Sandler sadly unable to fill Reynold’s cleats. Rudy (1993) The saga of the dreamer underdog reaches its zenith in this pigskin melodrama about a young man who aspires to play for Notre Dame. The only problems for Rudy are that he’s not bright enough to get into an elite college, and he’s half the size of the other players on the team. But in the movies, all things are possible. Sean Astin’s earnest performance and the detailed direction of David Anspaugh (Hoosiers) overcome the predictable path of the story and the inevitable yet immensely satisfying conclusion. Any Given Sunday (1999) Oliver Stone directed this frenetic, gritty (bordering on unsavory) drama about a struggling pro team with his usual lack of subtlety. The film captures the intensity of the game with incredibly tight, focused camerawork and lightning-fast editing, and the story pays as much attention to the parallel dramas in the locker-room and executive suites. A terrific cast that includes Al Pacino, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J and a number of actual pro players is hampered by characters who are uniformly unlikable. It’s hard to know from this film whether Stone loves the game or reviles it…maybe both. Remember The Titans
In 1971 Alexandria Va., a group of black and white students are thrown together by integration and must learn to overcome their biases to become a genuine team. The racial dynamics of this story are over-simplified but they nonetheless make for a potent backdrop to the central drama of the squad’s transformation from disconnection to cooperation. Denzel Washington and Will Patton are equally strong as the two coaches who must overcome their own tensions to model a better way for their players. Friday Night Lights (2004) Philadelphia Daily News columnist Buzz Bissinger wrote a popular book about the hardscrabble, footballobsessed town of Odessa, Texas, and its high school’s pursuit of the state football championship. That book spawned this film and a much-acclaimed TV series to follow. Billy Bob Thornton plays the coach, Gary Gaines, and a cadre of young Hollywood talent (Derek Luke, Garrett Hedlund, Lucas Black and Lee Thompson Young) plays the teen athletes who must overcome their personal obstacles and the town’s unrealistically high expectations to become winners. Draft Day (2014) This movie, which takes place entirely on the day leading up to the NFL draft, came and went in the theaters quicker than a TV time-out. But I liked it when it was first released and still do. Kevin Costner plays a beleaguered general manager striving to assemble a team despite the barriers of his arrogant coach (Denis Leary), short-fused owner (Frank Langella), and melodramatic mother (Ellen Burstyn). Although it could pass for an NFL propaganda piece, director Ivan Reitman tautly captures the “game” of pro sport politics and the thrill of the well-crafted deal. OCTOBER 2015 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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One of the great entertainers of the 20th century, Frank Sinatra, would be 100 years old this year. To commemorate his life and music, Wilmington native Sean Reilly will perform at a centennial celebration at the baby grand on Sunday, Oct. 18. (Sinatra’s actual birthday is in December). Reilly, leader of the Sinatra Centennial Orchestra, will transport audiences back in time with his performance, supported by his seven-piece horn band. Reilly is a Sinatra interpreter who performs up and down the East Coast. He says Sinatra’s style of music is something that’s always been inside him, starting from an early age when his mother would sing him to sleep in the late 1950s. “I never heard ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ or ‘Itsy Bitsy Spider,’” says Reilly. “My mother never sang nursery rhymes. She sang the standards.” So while his friends grew up singing the Beatles and classic rock, Reilly would hum along to tunes of Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and other classic stylists. “But it was Sinatra who had the best voice, the best message,” says Reilly. “Sinatra had that, whatever that is, and he had boatloads over all other singers who ever existed, ‘cause nothing could make you cry in your beer like a Sinatra torch song.” Reilly will perform a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening show at 7 p.m. He’ll do 19 or 20 songs, along with the the back stories to the tunes, which many people may not know about. The audience will be invited to sing along—and don’t be surprised when Reilly runs down aisles with the mic or lounges in a seat to serenade concert-goers. For more information, visit seansinatra.com.
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Baltimore favorites visit the First State Oct. 2 On Friday, Oct. 2, Baltimore’s indiedream pop Lower Dens is coming to Arden Gild Hall. The band was formed in 2010 by Jana Hunter, Geoff Graham, Abram Sanders and Will Adams. The group has produced three albums, and their newest, Escape from Evil, has become the most celebrated. Escape from Evil has been internationally praised, and is included in Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” roundup. The album is theatrical, cinematic and potent, and is considered by fans and critics to be a bold step forward. Baltimore-based Abdu Ali will open the show with his unconventional genre categories, described by critics as Afro-futurism, punk, hip hop and post-apocalyptic. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.
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Area favorites Byrne and Kelly, The Young Dubliners, Mythica and Danny Burns will be featured at the third annual Delaware Irish Fest at World Cafe Live at the Queen on Thursday, Oct. 8. Driven by vocal harmonies, internationallypopular duo Byrne and Kelly combine genres like traditional Irish and Americana to create a fresh folk sound. As their name suggests, The Young Dubliners is a band comprising several Dublin natives who blend traditional Irish music with rock ‘n’ roll to create a jam-friendly sound. For more than 15 years the group has toured, recorded and performed before growing audiences. Newark-based Mythica is a four-piece Celtic folk rock band that plays Irish, Scottish and World music, combining the instrumentation of Loreena McKennitt, the excitement of the Cranberries, and the lyrical stylings of Paul Simon and Tori Amos. Featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitar, drums, bass and strong lead vocals, the band brings a youthful edge to traditional and original Celtic music. Danny Burns, who hails from Donegal, Ireland, has a new EP, Human Heart, in the works. Burns has worked with Grammy-nominated record producer Warren Huart to create his debut album, Off the Grid. Doors open at 6, the show starts at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $28.
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5 QUESTIONS WITH CRAIG FERGUSON O&A caught up with the talk show host/stand-up comedian prior to his appearance at The Playhouse on Oct. 18 By Jim Miller
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f the studio heads in Hollywood ever decide to remake Frank Capra’s 1939 classic Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, they should consider letting former late-show host Craig Ferguson reprise the lead role originally played by Jimmy Stewart. In a performance that launched him to movie stardom, Stewart brought honesty and wit to the character of Jefferson Smith: a likeable, small-town everyman who is astoundingly elected to the Senate only to have to fight the corrupt powers that helped put him in office. In addition to being honest and witty, Ferguson also has an incredible gift of gab, as he proved again and again on The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson for nearly 10 years. In fact, the comedian, actor, author and musician can talk in the way that Hercules tossed boulders or wrestled bears—almost effortlessly. Picture it: Ferguson performing that famous filibuster scene at the end of the movie. Like Stewart’s monologue, it would be funny, moving and meaningful. But where Stewart stuck to the script, Ferguson would improvise. And that is where it really would be different and fun. And where there would be plenty of footage— real, in-the-moment, from-the-heart stuff—from which a director could choose. Another aspect that brings Ferguson to mind as Jefferson Smith is his love for history. Although the Scottish entertainer became an American citizen just seven years ago, it seems he knows more about the United States than most of us natives. Which is perhaps why The History Channel recently greenlighted an upcoming show in which Ferguson, again, is your lively host. And maybe it has something to do—at least a little bit—with why he used the term “New Deal” in the title of his current comedy tour, one that brings him to The Playhouse in Wilmington on Sunday, Oct. 18.
We asked him about these things—and more—and here’s what he had to say: 1. It was recently announced that you will be the host of a new show, Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson, on the History Channel. What can you tell us about it? Basically, I wanted to have a show where you could talk about history. So we’re going to take a bunch of historical figures or events or inventions, and then in a dumb TV-show kind of way, we’re going to [rate and debate them]. So for instance, we’ll take on “The Greatest Invention.” Well, these are all subjective things—it’s not really the greatest invention—it depends on who you are. Is it the wheel? Is it the printing press? Is it the iPod? And we’ll be discussing these topics with, for instance, a celebrity, a comedian, an expert in that field. We’ll mix it up: smart, witty people talking about interesting things. I don’t know if it will work on TV, but I’m willing to give it a shot. 2. I’ve recently read that you actually have a “Join or Die” tattoo on your arm. Is that correct? Yeah, when I became a citizen of the United States, I got it tattooed on my arm. I have a bunch of tattoos. [But this one] was a tattoo I got to commemorate becoming a citizen. It was the first symbol of the united cause, and so I kind of thought it was appropriate. And, it looks really cool… And also because Benjamin Franklin put it together and the implication of what it became and the story behind it: [It’s based on] an old wives’ tale at the time that if you cut up a snake and joined the pieces together before sunset, it would survive. So that’s the political implication that Franklin meant behind the “Join or Die” symbol: We better come together before it’s too late. It’s a very emblematic symbol of the United States. ►
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3. And it makes a very cool tattoo, you’re right about that. So since you have this love of politics and history, did you watch the Republican debate [Sept. 16 on CNN], and if so, what did you get from it? I only watched about 14 hours of it. After that, I couldn’t take any more. You know what? I have to say that, on pure entertainment terms, I feel it went too long. It could have been cut down to 90 minutes. And they had very interesting characters saying some very weird things. I enjoy the debates, like most people, I think, for a short period of time, and then I find myself getting irritated—by any politician, by the way, on either side—because after a few minutes, you start to smell the spin. It sounds like a bad reality show sometimes. So I watched it for a bit, was entertained for a bit, but then said, “Enough.” 4. It’s interesting to hear you say that because when you were the host of The Late, Late Show, I was always impressed that you could talk as long as you did—very eloquently and very entertainingly—like it was almost stream of conscious. That was very different from what many of the other talk show hosts do, which is tell a few jokes at the start of the show, have a few musical numbers, then have guests on to promote a new movie or show. You just seemed like you’d be more fun at a party because you can seemingly talk about anything. Is that the way you normally are?
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[Laughs] Well, it’s kind of—I guess—a lack of training. I just talk. I talk for a living. I do my thing. The way I approached hosting a late night show was, well, define the word “host.” Well, there’s the host of a party. You want to keep things moving; you want to keep things interesting; you don’t want to be a douche; you don’t want to piss everybody off; you don’t want to bore anyone. It’s just like a maître d’, I guess. And that’s the way I approached it. If it had an organic feel to it, I guess it was because I didn’t know how not to do that. What came from that experience was the absolute lack of adrenaline in the performance environment, which is very useful. When I go onstage now and talk, I don’t feel nervous or adrenalized. I’m like, “Okay, I’m going to do this now.” And it’s easy for me to get up onstage in 5,000-seat theaters and talk to the audience as I am talking to you now. 5. It’s funny, because you are talking about the comedy tour you are on—“The New Deal Tour”—and that, too, obviously has a historical, political theme to it. What can you tell us about the tour? Is the comedy focused on anything specific or are you just going off on what you are thinking that particular night? It’s a little of both. For me, it’s the “new deal,” in the sense that the job that I did for so long, I’m no longer doing. So, it’s like a new deal. Very few people spot the political, historical reference to it [laughs]. But it’s a little bit of that, too. The way I do stand-up is kind of the way I did the late-night show, which is that I have an idea of some bullet points of what’s up ahead, but I’m not going to bend over backwards to hit a bullet point if there’s something more interesting to say. So what I do is enjoy myself. I’m 50-fucking-three years old right now. You think, “I better start enjoying myself before it’s too late!” So there’s kind of that in it as well. I’m trying carefully to have a better time in my life. And don’t ask me what that looks like, because I don’t know. I’m just trying to wear life a little bit lighter… It’s that whole thing: The pursuit of happiness. And I’m pursuing it. Craig Ferguson will talk—very eloquently and very entertainingly—about a wide range of subjects during his comedy show Sunday, Oct. 18, at The Playhouse in Wilmington. For tickets and more information, visit tickets.thegrandwilmginton.org.
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