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VOL. 24 NO. 7

SEPTEMBER 2011

OutAndAboutNow.Com

COMPLIMENTARY

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eat _________ and usually end up smoking _________ cigarettes. Which means (unhealthy food)

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outside alone when my friends are _________. And I spend most of my time _________ (geographical location)

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gross and lately I haven’t met many hot _________. They tell me I look _________ (plural noun)

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_________ when I smoke, but _________! Who needs them anyway? I’ve got my (neg. adjective)

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_________, a big _________ and know how to _________. Sure, quitting could save me (noun)

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money, and Fridays I could buy _________ instead of a pack. But addicted? Nah. (plural noun)

In _________ I’ll be able to give it up. For now, I’ll party like an _________ ! Who (long time period)

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doesn’t love waking up with a scratchy _________, a phlegmy ____________ (noun)

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drink What’s the harm in that? and random _________ ? I smoke when I _________. (plural noun)

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INSIDE

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

O&ACONTENTS

September 2011 | Vol. 24, No. 7 | www.outandaboutnow.com

FEATURES Publisher Gerald DuPhily Contributing Editor Bob Yearick

Director of Publications Jim Hunter Miller Director of Sales Marie Graham

13-23 UP CLOSE: FRESH APPROACH

Homegrown ° rowdown. Farmer & Chef returns Sept. 15 More restaurants look to nearby farms for fare. By Pam George Community gardens on the grow. By Pam George Local markets with local goods.

25 FOOD & DRINK: GOING THE EXTRA YARDS

Yards Brewing taps into Delaware market. By Scott Pruden Getting Fresh. It’s all about the dating system. By J. Burke Morrison

45 MOVIES: NEWARK FILM FESTIVAL #7

Plus: A review of Brighton Wreck and fi lms from the farm.By Mark Fields Creative/Production Manager Matthew Loeb Art Director Shawna Sneath

58 MUSIC: ARMAGEDDON FINALS

Four bands set for Sept. 17 fi nale. By Ben Young Plus: Diego Paulo returns; Jam on the Brandywine set for Sept. 10

DEPARTMENTS Contributing Writers Mark Fields, Richard L. Gaw, Pam George, Lauren Golt, Carol Kipp, Robert Lhulier, J. Burke Morrison, Larry Nagengast, Scott Pruden, Crabmeat ˜ ompson Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Dennis Dischler Tim Hawk, Les Kipp Tony Kukulich, Matt Urban Special Projects John Holton, Kelly Loeb Editorial/Graphic Interns Kaelin Falandays Lauren Marchionni Alexis Spaide Ben Young

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OUTFRONT

The War

ON WORDS By Bob Yearick

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to correct some of the most common errors in English usage

Media Watch

A reader who finds frequent malapropisms in local obituaries recently came across this passage: “Mary devoted her life to the care of her family and cooking for others, especially meatballs.” Hey, at least it didn’t say meatheads. In a “Quote of Note” about Ford Tauruses, Community News spelled it “Taurus’s.” To form the plural of nouns ending in s, add es – e.g., dresses.

Oops! Several readers, including son Tim, pointed out an embarrassing miscue on our part in the August column. We quoted Marc Anthony to the effect that his about-to-be ex-wife, Jennifer Lopez, would not be joining him on the TV show HawthoRNe, where he plays “Nick Renata.” “It’s hard enough to be a Nick Renata and make people tap into the suspension of disbelief,” quoth the singer/actor. We wrongly claimed that the correct phrase is “suspension of belief.” As Geena George, of Hockessin, points out, “An audience approaches a movie or TV show automatically disbelieving what they’re seeing. It is the actor’s goal to make them believe what they’re seeing. Therefore, his goal is for the audience to suspend their disbelief, and to believe him.” Head hanging in shame, we stand corrected.

How long, oh Lord, how long?

(In which we feature misuse of that most maligned punctuation mark, the apostrophe) Time magazine’s recent feature on the Tea Party included a photo of a rally during the budget crisis. As usual, President Obama was a primary target. One of the signs read “A village in Kenya is missing it’s idiot.” The sign makes it hard not to revert to that old schoolyard rejoinder, “Takes one to know one!”

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WORD OF THE MONTH

Capacious

Pronounced kuh-pay-shes, it’s an adjective meaning containing or capable of containing a great deal.

More Signs

A Middletown reader writes that she recently saw a sign urging people to “be apart of youth football.” Doesn’t that mean, she asks, “don’t join”? Yes, sort of. “A part” – two words – was needed here.

Clarifications

Clearing up some often misused words and expressions: • Bemused does not mean mildly amused, as many people seem to think. It means bewildered, confused, or preoccupied. • Hale and hearty. This is a phrase meaning “strong and healthy.” Writers sometimes get one or the other wrong, as in “hail and hardy. • Derring-do is often written as “daring-do.” An understandable mistake, since it means “daring spirit or action, valor.” The Oxford English Dictionary says the spelling resulted from a “chain of misunderstandings and errors.” Seems Sir Walter Scott popularized the phrase in Ivanhoe (1820) with the spelling “derring-do,” and this has been the accepted spelling ever since.

Department of Redundancies Department A reader heard a WILM talker utter this sentence: “He was DOA on arrival.” We’re sure said talk show host knows that DOA stands for “dead on arrival.”

BONUS

WORD OF THE MONTH Gamut

Pronounced gam-ut, this noun means a full range or extent, literally of musical notes, but more often fi guratively of anything (the gamut of available options). Some people misuse “gambit” – a ploy or strategy -- for “gamut.”

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SEND YOUR HOLIDAY DISASTER BY SEPT. 30 And win a Thanksgiving prize package

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h, the holidays – time to get together with family, in-laws, outlaws, friends, friends of friends, and sometimes, total strangers. Too often, these celebrations turn uncomfortable, even disastrous, thanks to something as minor as an under-cooked turkey or as major as a drunken uncle wearing a lamp shade. No matter the holiday -- Christmas, Thanksgiving, a birthday, even the Fourth of July (fireworks gone awry, anyone?) and Labor Day (ants and mosquitoes at your picnic) – these occasions hold the potential for disaster. That’s why we created the Out & About Holiday Disaster Contest – so we could hear and laugh about the worst the holidays have to offer. Tell us how your particular holiday went wrong – in 1,000 words or less.

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Note: Please avoid any tragedies. Grandpa cutting off the tip of his finger while carving the turkey is about as gruesome as we want to get. Entries -- typed on white paper, in a 12 pt. font and double-spaced – must be available in electronic form. Send the hard copy to Out & About Magazine, 307A Street, Wilmington, DE 19801, by Sept. 30. The winning entry will be announced and published in the November issue, and the first and second runners-up will appear in subsequent issues. Members of the Delaware Literary Connection will judge the contest, and the DLC and Out & About will present the winner with a prize package appropriate for the Thanksgiving season.

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REGIONAL WRITERS CONFERENCE SET FOR SEPT. 24 Delaware Literary Connection to host workshops at Wesley

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ome of the region’s leading writers will offer a variety of workshops at the 2011 Delaware Regional Writers Conference at Wesley College in Dover on Saturday, Sept. 24. Among the participants are Elise Juska, author of three novels and many short stories, and JoAnn Balingit, Delaware’s poet laureate. Other workshop leaders include Washington DC-based poets Kim Roberts, Holly Bass and Regie Cabico, a national performance poet and playwright. Kathleen Wheaton, an MAAF Fellow who writes regularly for Bethesda Magazine, will discuss nonfiction writing for magazines. Faye Moskowitz, former creative writing director for George Washington University, will conduct a memoir workshop, and Mary Pauer, a Delaware Division of the Arts Fellow, will lead a suburban noir workshop. The program is sponsored by the Delaware Literary Connection (DLC) and is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, contact Barbara Gray, DLC director, at graybeg@ comcast.net.

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UP CLOSE

Fourth Annual

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he Delaware Chapter of the March of Dimes, along with the Delaware Department of Agriculture and the DuPont Co., will present the fourth Annual “˜ e Farmer & the Chef: A Buy From Your Neighbor Event,” on ˜ ursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Local farmers will team up with local chefs to prepare fresh, creative cuisine. Attendees will taste and judge,

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all in the spirit of supporting healthy eating and the folks who make it possible. ˜ e March of Dimes mission is to prevent birth defects, premature births, and infant mortality by fostering healthy pregnancies. “˜ ere is a strong link between obesity and birth defects, infertility, labor and delivery complications, fetal and neonatal death, and maternal complications such as hypertension, gestational

diabetes, and preeclampsia,” says Aleks Casper, director of the Delaware Chapter of the March of Dimes. “˜ e Farmer & the Chef is an integral fundraiser to further our mission of preventing such complications, and promotes the importance of having fresh ingredients available to help people eat healthier.” ˜ is year approximately 30 farmers and 40 chefs will join forces to support the

mission. “We have doubled farmer and chef participation, attendance, and revenue since the fi rst year,” says Casper. ˜ e entertainment gets more exciting this year, with a special appearance by master chef Joseph Poon and Delaware’s own country music star, Chuck Wicks. Local band Club Phred will perform at 5:30 and 7p.m.

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A growing number of area restaurants look to nearby farms for their fare By Pam George

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ocavore. Farm-to-table. Sustainable food. In the past few years, these terms have become commonplace in restaurant marketing. So much so, in fact, that Philadelphia Inquirer food writer Craig LaBan for three consecutive weeks in June reviewed restaurants with “farm” in the title. One of those restaurants, the Farm & the Fisherman, snagged three bells (out of four). “This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that’s far more than a fl eeting trend,” LaBan wrote. Josh Lawler, who owns the Center City restaurant with his wife, Colleen, says he’s living up to an expectation more than a trend. “In Europe, it’s just the way things are,” says Lawler, who shops at farmers’ markets for his 30-seat restaurant. “It’s a natural progression for a refi ned American palate” to follow. But with so many restaurants maintaining a devotion to local ingredients, it can be hard to separate the lip service from the table service. What is farm-to-table these days?

For Jenn Adams of Fresh Thymes Cafe in Trolley Square, farm-to-table means “seeing the farms, meeting the farmers, and educating the consumer.” Adams owns the restaurant with her mother, Jane Adams. The partners, who come from an Illinois farm family, visit many of the farms that provide them with produce, and they’re a pickup location for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative CSA. Adams ideally purchases items from vendors within 50 miles or less of the restaurant, including the cooperative, Powers Farm in Townsend, and Whimsical Farms in Newark. “We also go to a couple of Amish farms near Oxford,” Adams says. “The Amish are shy, but we have become friendly with a few.” Robbie Jester, executive chef of Piccolina Toscana, buys items from about 13 farms, many of which reside near his hometown, Chestertown, Md. In August, all the tomatoes, onions, zucchini, cucumbers, corn, and shallots that he purchased were from area suppliers, including Coverdale Farm, part of the Delaware Nature Society. – continued page 17

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Jester also helped start Farm Dinners on the Shore, a series of weekend dining events held at di˜ erent farms, and he’s participating in the Farmer & ° e Chef event on ° ursday, Sept. 15, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at ° e Chase Center, a fundraiser for the March of Dimes. Phil Pyle need only look out his window for his local fare. Pyle and Brian Shaw own Fair Hill Inn in Fair Hill, Md., where they grow most of their produce. ° ey tap local vendors—Doe Run Farms in Chatham, Pa., for instance—for items they don’t grow themselves or can’t supply themselves. “We support specifi c farms/meat and seafood purveyors because they are personal friends, and we love what they do,” Pyle says. Most are a 20-minute drive from Fair Hill. When it comes to farm-to-table, “We live, eat, and breathe the concept,” Pyle says. Shaw milks the cows, goat and sheep for the cheese he makes for the restaurant. ° ey select the hogs at birth that they will later butcher from head to tail. ° ey start tomato seeds in late January. ° ey plant, weed, harvest, can, and preserve. (° ey keep about 1,000 jars of goods in their cellar for winter.) Weeding alone takes three to fi ve people, who altogether work about 40 hours a week at the task. “Clearly, very few restaurants around the country do what we do to the same degree of obsession,” Pyle acknowledges. Fair Hill need only worry about providing for its customers. But small commercial farms may have to provide for many restaurant customers. Not surprisingly, quantities are limited, which can present an issue for large restaurants. Bigger eateries may only purchase items that grow in bulk, such as herbs or greens. Even a small restaurant like the Farmer & ° e Fisherman, however, has learned to adapt to the unpredictable nature of farming. Instead of writing the menu and asking the farmer for specifi c ingredients, Lawler and one Lancaster supplier opted to set a fi xed dollar amount. “Once a week, he brings me whatever he’s excited about,” Lawler says. “I write the menu from there.” Last month, Lawler received okra, a rather novel ingredient for the Northeast. He sautéed it, and served it with a pork dish and a San Marzano tomato jam. Lawler includes information about local vendors on his website but not on his menu. At Fair Hill, the chefs have assumed that the guests are aware that up to 80 percent of the produce is grown on site. (“° ey’re not,” Pyle confi des.) Nevertheless, they don’t announce it on the menu. (“It’s just not our style.”) ° e exception is the cheese menu, since 12 to 15 selections are made from artisans in a one-mile radius. Harvest Seasonal Grill in Glen Mills, Pa., lists the farmers at the top of the menu rather than as part of a selection’s ingredients, which is the practice at some farmer-friendly restaurants. Like most chefs who embrace the farm-to-table concept, Jester enjoys supporting the area economy. “But it has to be about taste in the end,” he adds. “I won’t keep supporting a local guy if the product is subpar.” Featuring local farmers also connects people back to the food source. “° e food industry can be very scary—fi lled with chemical additives and preservatives,” Adams says. “It’s all about getting back to basics: Know your farmer. Know what they are putting into your food. Love your food.” C

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COMMUNITY GARDENS

& GARDENERS:

Cropping up in unusual places, their bounty produces fresh and tasty veggies By Pam George

Christian Willauer at work at the Rodney Street Reservoir Garden. Photo by Tim Hawk

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he community that gardens together grows together. Or at least that’s the premise behind a number of community gardens, which are popping up in some unlikely places. This year, Westminster Presbyterian Church started a community garden on church property. Located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and North Clayton Street, the garden has eight raised beds. Parish members tend four beds; community residents tend the others. “We’ve been getting to know some of our neighbors,” says Anne Ledbetter, the church’s associate pastor. The initiative has been such a success that the church plans to add at least eight more beds next year, and the trustees have given tentative approval to investigate planting certain vegetables— squash or pumpkins—near a tree border. Community gardening is not new to Delaware. Bellevue State Park has offered plots for about 20 years. Today, there are some 200 20-by-40-foot plots, available to anyone for $35 a year. But the concept lately has been catching on in downtown Wilmington. Credit in part the Delaware Center for Horticulture— – continued on next page

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Wilmington. Credit in part the Delaware Center for Horticulture—which supports 22 community gardens, urban farms, and school gardens—and the Delaware Urban Farm Coalition, which has helped numerous gardens get up and running. Founded in 2007 as the Wilmington Urban Farm Coalition, the group includes community members, government oÿ cials, nonprofi t leaders, and farmers. The coalition’s premier example is DCH’s Urban Farm at 12th and Brandywine streets in the 11th Street Bridge neighborhood. Installed in 2009, the garden has growing space for neighborhood families as well as a commercial production area, which sells fresh produce weekly during the season to neighbors. More than 1,200 pounds of organically grown vegetables were harvested last year. The farm is up to 19 community beds (a total of 1,216 square feet) and 26 production beds (1,584 square feet). A part-time farmer oversees the beds and helps educate the community growers. “Anyone can come in, get information, and ask questions,” says Tara Tracy, DCH’s urban agriculture manager. “DCH volunteers help the growers—it’s a nice collaboration.” The project clearly goes beyond beautifying and utilizing vacant lots. DCH is targeting what are known as “urban food deserts,” says Wendy Scott, assistant director of public relations. These patches exist in urban areas where residents don’t have ready access to fresh foods. Getting to the supermarket may require two different buses, and few bus riders want to lug heavy grocery bags full of produce home with them. It’s easier to zip into corner convenience stores or local food vendors for fast, processed food that may not be good for them. Nourishing a food desert and bringing the community together is the motivation behind the Rodney Street Reservoir, a community garden that began this summer. The project, the brainchild of Luigi Vitrone of Pastabilities, is a collaboration of the City of Wilmington, which owns the property between North Rodney and North Clayton streets, the Cool Spring Neighborhood Association, the Little Italy Neighborhood Association, and Cornerstone West, a sister organization to West End Neighborhood House, which serves as a catalyst for revitalization in Wilmington’s west side. All the Rodney Street Reservoir’s garden’s 20 8-by-10-foot plots—built with support from EDiS and the Peninsula Compost Group—are booked at $25 each, and there is a waiting list, says Christian Willauer, a neighborhood planner with Cornerstone West.

“People like to garden near their homes,” she says. “They don’t want to drive to Bellevue.” Or, for lack of transportation, they can’t, and there’s no room in their own backyard for a garden. Most the growers at the reservoir have planted vegetables; some people have planted flowers as well. That’s also the case at Westminster Presbyterian Church. After services, when tea is served outside, many parishioners gravitate toward the garden, where sunfl owers are bobbing, Ledbetter says. “They’re so cheery looking.” Gardening’s therapeutic and relaxing effects have not been lost on the Department of Agriculture, which offered support to the Rodney Street Reservoir project. It also helped start a garden at the Delaware Psychiatric Center. There is also a DCH-supported garden at Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution. “The women not only learn how to grow and manage the garden, but they learn about food presentation, safe food handling, and fl oral arranging,” Tracy says. In 2006, the inmates named it “A Garden of Hope: A Place for Peace.” This is the second year for a garden at Kingswood Community Center. It’s tended by participants in the center’s Project Stay Free, which assists youths who’ve recently been released from detention centers. The garden has 14 raised beds. The students this summer grew cabbage, hot peppers, tomatoes, melons, and lima beans. “Through our research in class, we learned that Delaware is a leading provider of lima beans,” says James Bailey, lead teacher of Project Stay Free. The students, who all live in New Castle County, get to take vegetables home. “That’s one of the blessings in all of this,” Bailey says. “It’s bountiful this year.” So much so that the group gives some produce to the seniors who meet at the center. Ultimately, the group would like to start a farm stand. Clearly, these gardens nourish a sense of community spirit and foster practical skills. They also help participants eat healthier. But the fl avor is one of the most lingering perks. “We had a potluck and people brought things made from our crops,” says Ledbetter of Westiminster Presbyterian. The church plans to hold another so that the gardeners can talk about adding more beds. “Just eating the fresh food,” she concludes, “has been tremendous.”

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GOING THE EXTRA

YARDS

Philly-centric Yards Brewing at last strikes a Delaware distribution deal By Scott Pruden

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close to home. But when it finally came to expanding Yards’ reach, Steve Mashington, operations manager, says Delaware was the obvious choice. “It’s a natural fit for us because we have lots of fans who come to Yards who live in Delaware,” he says. “We’ve wanted to be in Delaware for quite some time, but unfortunately for us demand was so high that we were unable to produce enough.” That problem was solved recently with the brewery’s relocation to 901 N. Delaware Ave., along the Delaware River waterfront. The location presents a more prominent public face in a part of Philadelphia that sees lots of out-of-town traffic. It also

allowed Yards in August to significantly expand production by 33 percent – up nearly 8,000 barrels – from the 24,000 barrels a year they’ve been producing since first moving to the site, says Tom Kehoe, founder of Yards. That bump in production is a direct result of greater demand for Yards beers and the push into the Delaware market, he says. The limited growth, focused primarily on the five-county Philadelphia metro area and Delaware (with reach into Pittsburgh “without filling in the middle parts”), fits with the “local first” philosophy that has driven Yards as a company since Kehoe and then-partner Jon Bovit began brewing beer in a garage-sized space in Philadelphia’s Manayunk section in 1994. “If we can grow big in the local geographic area I think that’s more important to us,” Kehoe says. “If Yards never went into New York, I’d be a happy man.” Nowadays the focus is more on points south. Mashington, a 2001 UD graduate, especially relishes the largescale arrival of Yards in Delaware, because it was as a student in Newark that he learned the difference between good beers and the rest. – continued on next page 25

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“The first craft beers I had were a the Deer Park and what was then the East End, so my craft beer roots start in Newark,” he says. “Having those places down there I think really pushed craft beer in Delaware, especially northern Delaware. Newark is really ground zero for the craft beer movement in Delaware with places like Iron Hill and Stewart’s opening up, and their success has just continued that movement.” What resulted were young consumers coming out of college who were more educated about what good beer entails. Those recent graduates go on to get jobs and families, but maintain the taste for quality craft beer, and that has resulted in explosive growth for Iron Hill and Dogfish Head, Mashington says. The demand for craft beers also goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of more sophisticated venues like The Grand and The Queen which attract a crowd focused more on the quality of what they’re drinking rather than the quantity.

“As someone who grew up in Delaware, the demand for good craft beer doesn’t surprise me at all,” he says. “We did a couple of events at Wilmington Beer Week and we were really well received. I’ve been waiting for Wilmington to get to this level for a while and it’s really come to fruition.” Mashington’s Delaware connections from school have played a big part in the expansion, with Yards focusing on creating strong relationships with both tavern owners and its new Delaware distributor, NKS. Among the existing Delaware accounts for bottles and draft sales are Chelsea Tavern, Washington Street Ale House, Kid Shelleen’s, The Queen, Matilda’s Pub in Newark, The Pickled Pig Pub in Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Blues in Bethany Beach. Bottled cases and sixpacks for retail purchase, however, are only now becoming available with the new distribution deal. Yards had originally considered a Delaware push as much as a decade ago, but the $2,000 cost of entering the market

was prohibitive for the company’s size in 2001, Kehoe says. Now that the company has grown, the registration fee doesn’t take as much of a bite and the value of the initial investment spreads out over time. Yards chose NKS for a number of reasons, but paramount among them were an existing familiarity with NKS ownership and what Mashington believes is a firm commitment to backing the Yards brand in Delaware. “It’s more about how well our brand fits with their portfolio, what we mean as an addition to their portfolio and how Yards is going to be represented,” he says. “Our plan is to gain those good craft beer accounts that are familiar with our beer, make sure that all the people who are familiar with Yards know we’re in Delaware, and then slowly introduce new brands.”

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world-class food and wine event spanning four days in February will bring together international and regional chefs, award-winning winemakers and the chance for patrons to bid on rare, fine wines. The Midatlantic Food & Wine Feast, which will benefit the Delaware Theatre Company, begins on Thursday, Feb. 23, with a seven-course dinner and two five-course dinners in private homes. On Feb. 24, three homeowners will host five-course dinners. Saturday will feature two wine-tasting events, followed by a seven-course winemakers’ dinner and live wine auction, all at the Hotel du Pont. “This weekend is a brand new series of events that builds on the success of previous fundraisers by DTC but is substantially different,” said Soufiane Lailiani, marketing committee chair for the event. “It is designed as a regional event that is intended to attract people from the Midatlantic area and not just Delaware We expect a fully sold-out event.” The feast will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 26, with a Gospel Brunch featuring 80 wines in the Gold Ballroom and the DuBarry Room of the hotel. For more information, contact Soufiane Lailiani at soufiane@foodandwinefeast.com, or 723-5580.

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PureBread partners Ken Alkire (left) and Mike Nardozzi

PureBread Celebrates

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That unique menu featured sandwiches named after dog breeds. “We looked on the AKC website to get the most popular breeds and easiest pronunciations,” Nardozzi says. (He reports that the Jack Russell – chicken, bacon, cheddar, peppercorn ranch on grilled cheddar bread – outsells all other individual sandwiches 2-1.) While the original, ambitious business plan called for three locations in five years, the two owners did themselves no favors by opening their first store – in Pike Creek – on Sept. 19, 2001, just eight days after the attack on the Twin Towers. “The world was still in shock,” says Nardozzi, “so things were very slow for the first few weeks.” In the beginning, the two partners worked their tails off. “The hours were crazy, nearly 100 hours each week for

the first few months,” Nardozzi says. “We rarely paid ourselves, just tried our best to put out the best product possible.” Word of mouth finally kicked in at about the six-month mark, and the store started doing well. Then a customer told the partners about a choice vacancy in the Greenville Crossing Two. The third location – Christiana – came along in 2004. Downtown Wilmington followed three years later and a store in Glen Mills opened last year. The four PureBread locations now have more than 70 full-time employees. “We’ve been very fortunate to find great managers and staff,” Nardozzi says. “Our people are hard workers and are extremely dedicated to the customer. Our goal is to exceed expectations and it starts with our staff.” A Salesianum grad, the 39-year-old Nardozzi has worked in restaurants since he was 16, including his five years at Clemson University, where he earned a degree in business management. Prior to the start-up of PureBread, he worked four years for the Shemp Group, owner of Scratch Magoo’s, rising to general manager of operations of Shemp’s four stores. Alkire, 44, is a West Virginia native with food service experience in several cities. He moved to Delaware to work at Houlihan’s in King of Prussia and eventually was promoted to general manager at Shemp, where he focused on the financial end of the business. The partners’ business acumen has been essential to succeeding in a very tough economy. “Financing the growth of our business has always been a challenge,” Nardozzi says. “We did most of the first renovation on a shoestring budget.” With help from the Small Business Administration, they managed to secure a loan. “It was very hard back then, and now it’s much worse.” Adding to their challenge was the presence of Panera Bread and Cosi, two established deli-type businesses. While Nardozzi acknowledges the difficulty of competing against such powerhouses, he says PureBread aimed for a higher niche. “We are serving many loss leaders that large chains wouldn’t serve due to the poor profit margin. For example, our soups -- lobster bisque, crab bisque -- and sandwich ingredients like smoked salmon, prosciutto, prime roast beef, and huge gourmet muffins aren’t very profitable, but they are items that set us apart.” 29

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GETTING FRESH It’s all about the dating system

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Spring biers in summer are a real bummer Summer biers done once class has begun Autumn biers blow come the first sno Winter biers sour after spring’s first shower. (Author’s note: There is absolutely no empirical evidence that Mr. Franklin did not pen this inspiring quote. On the other hand, the evidence to support that he did is equally elusive). OK, I guess I should come clean. I have a dirty little secret: I don’t believe any of that crap. Yeah, I said it! I drink summer ales during Christmas dinner, Oktoberfest biers at Memorial Day BBQs. I even drank a four-year-old Belgian Bier called “Noel” at the end of March, on the last day of skiing at a Pocono resort. And it was good – real good! I don’t want to be misunderstood. There’s nothing better than fresh bier – uber-fresh bier – bier direct from the teat of the finishing tank. However, in my humble opinion, the cold, hard reality is that, while you don’t like to admit it or

discuss it at cocktail parties or with your bier buddies, the fact is, as a bier consumer in America, outside of brew pubs and the neighborhood micro/craft brewery, you don’t really have access to truly “fresh” bier. It’s sad but true that bier, from the very moment it’s packaged, goes through changes. To be sure, handling has a great impact on the degree of those changes. Don’t stick a case of bier in the trunk of your car in July and take it out at Christmas and expect it to be drinkable! However, even under optimal conditions, Father Time impacts the product you consume. Depending on the point of origin, it can be anywhere from several days old to a month or even more before the product reaches your lips. The real question is: How much does the age of a bier adversely affect the quality of a bier? The answer: It depends. Really As a general rule, the lighter in body and lower in alcohol a bier is, the shorter the shelf life. The reason is simple: Light biers have less complexity and any change that occurs over time will be more noticeable. Dark, heavy, high-alcohol brews tend to hold up better. In fact, some are designed to age, like wines, so they can mature, mellow and even transform into a wholly new brew. Just because it changes over time doesn’t mean it’s bad, just different There are many, somewhat arbitrary, systems to inform the consumer about what the perceived shelf life is for a product that is so volatile and whose characteristics are so pliable. Said products are assigned, in one form or another, a magic date after which they are no longer “good.” I’m talking about “born on dates,” “expiration dates,” “best before dates,” etc. And let’s not forget the “Dates-that-require-aslide-rule-to-decode” dates. It’s gotta be extremely confusing to the consumer. Let’s examine a couple of the most common dating systems used by brewers large and small. There’s a lot of hype about the system known as “Born On,” also called “Produced on.” However, the only thing a Born On date actually tells you is how old a particular bier is. What it doesn’t tell you is how long it’s “good” for. Every brewery has its own set of standards regarding the quality and shelf life of their products, but Born On dates don’t tell you what those standards are. So, the good news about Born On dates is that you know how old the bier is. The bad news is most people at the consumer level have absolutely no idea what

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the brewery’s standard for shelf life is. Seriously, if a six-pack of bier says it was born on June 5, what does that actually mean? ˜ en there’s the “Expiration” or “Pull Date.” ˜ is system takes a lot of the math and guess-work out of the consumer’s hands. It says right there on the package when the bier has gone bad. June 5th means June 5th, not June 5th plus three, six or 12 months. ˜ e big problem with an expiration date is that it is somewhat arbitrary but sounds very defi nitive. ˜ e bier in a bottle, can or keg on June 5th will not be demonstrably di˛ erent on June 6th. Unlike milk and other dairy products, the “When in doubt, throw it out” principle is not nearly as draconian for bier. In fact, when it comes to bier, I go with the mantra “If you’re not sure, it’s time to pour.” Go ahead and try it. You might be surprised. As I type this, I’m drinking an Oktoberfest that’s been expired for six months and I’m enjoying every sip. Sure, there’s a less defi ned maltiness and slightly more pronounced bitterness than this bier had last year, but darn it, it’s good! Di˛ erent, but good! ˜ is brings me to my preferred dating system: “Best Before.” Simply put, a Best Before designation is a brewer’s attempt to help consumers make an educated decision about whether they want to buy and/ or consume a bier that has gone past its corporate standard shelf life. What a Best Before date really says is “Go ahead and drink me, just don’t get mad if you don’t like me anymore.” Buyer beware, so to speak. ˜ e great thing about Best Before is that it takes some of the guilt out of drinking an “expired” bier and it empowers consumers. ˜ ey become a cog in the process. No one’s gonna tell them what’s good and bad. Only they can make that determination. As the summer biers start to fade from the shelves, go ahead and grab one last six-pack, store it in a cool, dark place, then break it out and warm up on the fi rst snow day of the year and transport yourself back to the Summer of ‘11.

J. Burke Morrison, a.k.a. the Delaware Bier Guy, is a 20-year veteran of the Delaware alcohol-beverage industry and a certifi ed cicerone (beer sommelier). His opinions are personal and not necessarily representative of the beer distribution company he represents.

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age s s e M om fr ... D y Bobb ou know we are coming up on the 10th Anniversary of September 11th and with all that we could be talking about I want to remind you of what we should be talking about. That was a time, perhaps the last time, we were one as a nation. There was no red or blue. There was no this side and that side. Yankees fans and Phillies fans sang of being American with a single voice. It is our heart that makes us American. Nothing but freedom is a birth right. What you do with that freedom, in my opinion, is what defines you. You have to earn the rest. In DSL you have the freedom to be part of a community. It is about accepting one another, getting to know one another, and appreciating one another even if you have never met.

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Despite the potentially compelling story, the movie never gels into a coherent whole. ˛ e screenplay oddly lurches from scene to scene without o˜ ering any insight into characters’ motivations, the perspective shifts inexplicably, and Martin Phillips’ score is a jangling mess, at times ponderous and grim and then jarringly comical. Although several of the performances are convincing, they struggle to hold the audience’s sympathy. Even hapless innocent waitress Rose careens from appealing to frustrating. And the resolution of this story (partial spoiler alert) can only be described as shockingly cruel. Unless you are looking for a latesummer dose of gritty despair, steer clear of Brighton Rock. THE HELP Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Bryce Dallas Howard and Emma Stone lead a stellar cast in this screen adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel about the complicated relationships between black maids and their white employers in 1960s Mississippi. It’s refreshing to see a fi lm with such an overwhelmingly female

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cast, particularly of this caliber. Davis is especially good. Although its revelations of casual racism are supposed to make us feel superior and modern, there is still something implausible, even patronizing about the literary collaboration between the maids and a fledging white author. It shouldn’t be her story; it really should be theirs. THE WHISTLEBLOWER Where Brighton Rock was grim and unredeemable, this drama is brutal in a more cathartic way. Based on a true story, the fi lm follows an American cop (richly played by Rachel Weisz) who has become a peacekeeping contractor in post-war Bosnia. She uncovers a human traÿ cking ring, and during her investigation quickly realizes that her fellow oÿ cers are integrally involved. Directed by Larysa Kondracki and written by Eilis Kirwan, ˜ e Whistleblower has an e˛ ectively oppressive air of secrets and confl icting allegiances, but it is most resonant in its depiction of the traÿ cked girls’ desperate lives and in the horrifyingly dismissive attitudes of the men involved in these unspeakable crimes.

SARAH’S KEY Another dark fi lm for late summer, Sarah’s Key is both a contemporary mystery and a period drama about a little-known French chapter of the Holocaust. Kristen Scott ˙ omas plays an American reporter investigating the sad history of her new Paris apartment, once home to a family of deported Jews. Her exploration is juxtaposed with scenes about Sarah, the girl whose family was taken away in 1943. Quietly and subtly directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, Sarah’s Key e˛ ectively depicts the horrors of French complicity in the Nazi’s treatment of the Jews and also demonstrates how long and unrealized remnants of the past can reach through time to shape and even change the present.

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A festival of films set down on the farm By Mark Fields

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) The legendary John Ford won an Oscar for his direction of this screen adaptation of the Steinbeck Depression-era novel. Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, and John Barrymore star in a resonant story of Dustbowl farmers who re-locate from Oklahoma to California looking for any kind of meaningful work, only to be scorned and harassed. Witness (1985) Harrison Ford plays John Book, a Philadelphia cop protecting an Amish boy who accidentally witnessed a murder. The beautifully photographed scenes of daily farm life serve as stark contrast to the gritty urban tale of police corruption, no more so than when the bad cops track Book to the farm. The ensuing violence is startlingly out of place. Babe (1995) It could have been sickeningly sentimental but instead this bucolic comedy delights the viewer with its off-beat humor and unlikely hero. A runt pig finds new purpose as a champion sheep-herder and wheedles his way into the heart of nononsense Farmer Hoggett (subtly played by James Cromwell).

Jean de Florette and Manon of the Spring (1986, 1987) These two French films tell the multigenerational story of a conflict between a wealthy landowner and the peasant farmers on the adjacent land. After the baron destroys the peasant family by blocking their spring, the peasant’s daughter grows up to seek revenge. Stellar acting from an all-star cast, including Yves Montand, Daniel Auteuil, Gerard Depardieu, and Emmanuelle Beart. A Good Year (2006) An unlikely film from director Ridley Scott depicts the story of an emotionally stunted businessman who rediscovers life when he takes over his uncle’s failing vineyard. Russell Crowe reveals a softer side in this slight film that is most appealing for its gorgeous scenery and lambent cinematography. Also starring Albert Finney and Marion Cotillard. Field of Dreams (1989) Arguably more of a baseball film than a farm flick, this corny (pun intended) melodrama still effectively captures a slice of rural Americana. A terrific cast (James Earl Jones, Burt Lancaster, Amy Madigan) are led by Kevin Costner in one of his few screen appearances where his earnestness charms more than it irritates.

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Compiled by Lauren Marchionni With tons of girls sporting feathers in their hair this summer, it’s no wonder that birds are appearing all over accessories this fall. Jewlery featuring our feathered friends will bring quirky flair to any outfit. For a more bohemian approach to the trend, look for pieces made with actual feathers in natural tones, like the earrings and rings shown at right. Venture to buy brightly colored feathers, and your look can start to look like a craft project-mishap. All items shown here can be purchased at Grassroots on Main Street in Newark; make your way there before these gorgeous goods fly off the shelves!

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f you’re into jam bands or just want to spend a fun-filled day with the family, don’t miss the sixth annual Jam on the Brandywine on Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Myrick Conservation Center. Gates open at 11 a.m. and music starts at noon and continues until 9 p.m. Several local and national jam acts will perform, including Nancy Micciulla, Mike O’Brien, The Calabrese Sisters, Uncle Jimmy, Th Yard, The Cameltones, Montana Wildaxe and Allgood. There will be nature activities, hayrides and much more for children. Food will be provided by Hickory House Catering, but guests are invited to bring their own refreshments, along with beach chairs, blankets, and trash bags to clean up afterwards. Tickets for the event are $7 in advance and $10 at the gate. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Brandywine Valley Association. The Myrick Conservation Center is on Route 842 approximately six miles west of West Chester. For more information visit www. brandywinewatershed.org. – Ben Young www.OutAndAboutNow.com

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usikarmageddon’s semi-fi nals brought the crowds into Kelly’s Logan House every ˆ ursday night last month. Each band brought its unique style to the competition, giving audiences a variety of music. ˆ e judges had a tough time narrowing down the 12 bands to a fi nal four. With energetic, all-out performances, Deadbeatz Inc. garnered praise from judges and won new fans. ˆ e frantic on-stage persona of lead singer Dave Casey has given a presence to the band’s funk/rock/rap fusion. “ˆ e responses we’ve gotten have been great,” says Casey. “I like it when strangers come up after we play and tell me they are into what we do.” ˆ e fi nal four also includes ˆ e Collingwood, which plans to bring its dark, funk-rock sound to the baby grand without changing a thing. “ˆ e Collingwood is its own genre, and I think most local folks get it,” says lead singer/guitarist Chris Malinowski. “We’ve been together longer than almost anyone in the area, and we’ve never catered to trends. We are always the same band.” ˆ eir eerie, charismatic style has had judges and fans on their feet, engaged in every song. Electric Blues Concept made the cut with its upbeat, blues-rock performances. On Aug. 18 the band performed to Musikarmageddon’s largest crowd this year. “It’s been really fun,” says bassist Greg Reynolds. “It’s been really benefi cial for our fan base and just playing in general.” ˆ e judges chose Little Invisibles as the contest’s wild card, thanks to their piano-driven, Goth-rock style. “It feels great,” says lead singer/pianist Gina Degnars. “We’re honored to participate, and thrilled that Out & About has been so committed to creating an awareness of the fantastic original music going on right here in Delaware.” Don’t miss the fi nals at the baby grand on Saturday, Sept. 17. It’s sure to be one of the best yet! –Ben Young

Alfred James Band (acoustic rock) September 2: Home Grown Café Angelee September 22: BBC Tavern and Grill September 24: Half Moon Restaurant September 30: Rocco’s Italian Grill Atlas (experimental/rock) September 22: Bacchus Theatre, UD w/ A Great Big Pile of Leaves Battleshy Youths (folk/rock) September 30: World Cafe Live at the Queen Brixton Saint (reggae/rock) September 17: West Chester Music Festival September 24: Dewey Beach Music Conference Felix Hunger (alternative/soul) September 17: Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids at Wilmington Waterfront September 22: Kelly’s Logan House Grand Opera House September 17: Musikarmageddon Finals (baby grand) September 29: George Thorogood and the Destroyers w/ Tom Hambridge The Keefs (punk/rock) September 9: JB McGinnes September 15: Mojo Main Mad-Sweet Pangs September 3: Home Grown Café

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Mojo Main September 1: My Worst Critic w/Come What Mayhem September 2: Diego Paulo Reunion Show w/Mean Lady, Smoke Signals September 3: Mojo Main’s One Year Anniversary Show September 8: Liturgy September 15: The Biters w/The Keefs September 16: Tweed w/ DJ Goldenspiral, Jesters of Kindness September 24: The Heavy Pets w/Spontaneous Underground New Sweden (folk/indie) September 17: Home Grown Café September 23: The Legendary Dobbs September 25: Co-op Farmers Market Villains Like You (blues/ garage rock) September 3: Deer Park September 23: Mojo Main World Cafe Live at the Queen September 1: Michael Tearson w/Tom Hampton September 2: Universal Funk Order w/Old Man Brown September 8: Rod Kim w/ Mean Lady September 9: Allgood (reunion) w/Angel Band and New Sweden September 10: Ingram Hill September 9: Six Voices -- One Piano: Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition featuring Noelle Picara, Leslie Carey, Brian Dilts, Gina Degnars, Angela Sheik and Joe Trainor September 16: Rhett Miller September 16: An intimate evening with Erin Mckeown September 17: Marshall Crenshaw w/The Bottle Rockets September 17: Deb Callahan September 22: Leftover Salmon w/Cornmeal September 29: Bonnie Prince Billy w/Phantom Family Halo September 30: David Wilcox & Susan Werner September 30: Jeffrey Gaines

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NIGHTLIFE

We Run/Walk for

The Cindy Foundation Ovarian Cancer Research

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PINK LOOP Loop Series Returns with 23 Venues

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elaware’s premier nightlife tradition returns this month as the 2011-12 City Loop Series opens with the Pink Loop on Saturday, Sept. 24. ˜ e Loop Series, which began more than three decades ago with the inaugural Halloween Loop, is a citywide costumed bar crawl in which patrons pay a onetime cover charge for admission to all participating venues. Complimentary bus service to and from venues is provided to those wearing an oÿ cial Loop wristband. Last year’s fi ve-event series drew more than 25,000 people to Wilmington. ˜ is year, 23 venues are confi rmed, giving the City Loop

3rd Annual

Souvenir t-shirts have become a signature of the Pink Loop. ˜ ose wearing one also get in free. Photo by Lori M. Nichols.

Series one of its largest fi elds in history. Once again, participating venues will team up to raise funds to fi ght breast cancer during the third annual Pink Loop presented by Bud Light. As in the previous two years, Pink Loop teams will sell commemorative t-shirts to raise funds. ˜ ose wearing Pink Loop shirts will be admitted free to all Loop venues. In addition, all cover charges from the evening will be donated to the Pink Loop teams. ˜ e 32 nd annual Halloween Loop takes place on Saturday, Oct. 29. ˜ is is the biggest night of the year for many Wilmington nightspots. Last year, more than 11,000 costumed revelers attended. ˜ e rest of the Saturday Loop Series looks like this: Santa Crawl (Dec. 10), Shamrock Shuttle/St Paddy’s Loop (March 17), ˜ e Bunny Hop…A Loop for Party Animals (April 7). For more information and a complete list of venues visit www. outandaboutnow.com

5K Run/Walk (USTAF Certified Race)

Wednesday September 7, 2011 Wilmington Riverfront 5:00pm Registration 6:30pm Run/Walk Start $20.00 Registration Fee (by 9/6/11) $25.00 Registration (on 9/7/11)

Pre- Registration www.races2run.com all proceeds to benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation Helen F. Graham Cancer Center Special Needs Fund The University of Pennsylvania’s Ovarian Cancer Research Center

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FULL LINE OF CRABS & SHELLFISH

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PSST!

BOOGie down for the food bank’s NEW SPEAKEASY annual blue jean ball! IN TOWN

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Featuring live music from Strangers, the area’s newest party band, fine cuisine, beer and wine!

C.R. Hummingbird to Mars isn’t just the new bar in town. With a 1930s vibe, the speakeasy lounge brings a fresh perspective to an old pastime. “There’s nothing else like it around here,” says manager Jason Holstein. “We fi gured we have this beautiful room, we might as well open to the public, have a themed restaurant, and roll with it.” Located above Catherine Rooney’s in Trolley Square, the lounge is open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to Boogie down for the food bank’s annual blue jean ball! 1 a.m. and Sundays from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Featuring live music from Strangers, the area’s newest party band, The bar is run by Holstein and head fine cuisine, beer and wine! bartender Joe Hiester, who handles drinks with care. “Our approach to When: Saturday, October 8; 7-11 p.m. bartending is like a chef’s approach to a meal,” says Holstein. Where: Food Bank of Delaware • 14 Garfield Way, Newark Drinks range in price from $9 to $13 Price: $100/person; $1,000/table of ten and include the Einstein (Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, sugar, Blood Orange Bitters and Absinthe) straight up and Thank you to our sponsors! the Gloria Swanson (Ketel One Vodka, Platinum: Novick Brothers watermelon puree, lemon juice, fresh Gold: Bank of America; ING DIRECT; Pixstar Platinum: Novick Brothers Silver: Burris Logistics; DuPont; Giant Food; Nemours; basil, and lemon lime soda) on the rocks. Nuclear Electric Insurance Every Thursday, jazz guitarist Bruce Gold: Bank of America; INGLimited DIRECT; Pixstar Bronze: AGS Printing Company; Citizens Bank; Comcast; Anthony provides live entertainment. Silver: Logistics; DuPont; Giant Food; Nemours; City Refi nery; Delmarva Power; Out & About; WSFS (as of 8/15/11) For more information, “Like” C.R. Burris Delaware Hummingbird to Mars on Facebook. Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited

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When: Saturday, October 8; 7-11 p.m. Where: Food Bank of Delaware Blue Jean BallNewark 14 Garfield Way, Price: $100/person; $1,000/table of ten To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit www.fbdbluejeanball.org.

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Friday, Sept 30 5-7pm: Villains Like You 7-9pm: Big Chief 9-11pm: MoFaux

Saturday, Oct 1 5-7pm: Omeomy 7-9pm: The Future Unwritten 9-11pm: Lovin’ Touchin’ Squeezin’

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usic for a cause is the theme for Friday, Sept. 9, at World Café Live at The Queen as two unique fundraisers are set for the Downtown Wilmington (500 N. Market St.) venue. Six Voices-One Piano will feature wellknown singer/songwriters Brian Dilts, Leslie Carey, Noelle Picara, Angela Shiek, Gina Degnars and Joe Trainor in a benefit for the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. “I’ve done a lot of charity concerts in the past, but I’ve always wanted to do a show that benefits breast cancer awareness,” says Trainor, the event organizer. “In 1985, I lost my aunt to breast cancer, and being as how she was the one that first sat me down at the piano, I wanted the show to be piano oriented. “This is a unique night because I can’t remember ever hearing of a local show focusing strictly on piano players. There’s going to be a lot of good talent [performing] that night.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

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worldcafelive.com or by calling 994-1400. Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Also that evening, the Light Up the Queen Foundation will present Band Together for Kid’s Music, featuring three diverse musical acts: Allgood, Angel Band and New Sweden. Proceeds from the evening will benefit the LUQ Foundation’s musical education programs. Allgood, one of the original Athens, Ga. jam bands, is back after a 16-year break with Wilmington native Corky Jones as lead vocalist. Angel Band is led by local artist Nancy Josephson and is fresh off a national tour and the recent recording of Shoot the Moon. New Sweden, 2010 winner of Out & About’s Musikarmageddon, is one of the area’s hottest acts and packed the house at The Queen in July General admission tickets are $50 (includes drinks) and a $100 VIP balcony ticket, which includes food and drink and a meet-and-greet with the artists. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are available at wordcafelive.com – Out & About

The hottest fun shopping night in Delaware!

Grab your BFFs for Girls’ Night Out!

• Get ultra pampered in an upscale environment! • Find your style and the looks that fit your life! • Exclusive shopping for one night only! • Fabulous beauty gift bags! Complimentary cocktail sampling! • Fashion show highlighting the latest hair, makeup and retail trends!

October 5th

6:00-8:30pm • World Cafe Live at The Queen

This event sold out last year. Purchase tickets today!

delawaretoday.com / 302.504.1364 / tickets@delawaretoday.com

CURRENT SPONSORS

Kurtz Collection/New Moon Rugs • Ferrari Hair Studios • Salon by Dominic • Bag and Baggage • Slumber Parties by Debe Lynne • Stella and Dot

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TASTE OF TROLLEY SQUARE

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The Cindy Foundation 5k Run/Walk

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George Thorogood @ The Grand

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The Farmer & The Chef at the Chase

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Six Voices, One Piano & Band Together for Kids Music

Sam Adams Oktoberfest in Trolley Square

32nd Annual Halloween Loop

NEWARK FILM FESTIVAL

Hagley Car Show

Wednesday

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DE Regional Writers Conference @ Wesley College

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Pancakes for Parkinson’s

The Pink Loop

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Brandywine Festival of the Arts

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6th Annual Jam on the Brandywine

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MAGAZINE

Showtime! PERFORMING ARTS PREVIEW this issue

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DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles is now issuing more secure, federally compliant driver licenses and identification cards.

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In order to obtain your new driver license or ID card, you will need to collect and bring a few important source documents to provide proof of: • Identity (Name and Date of Birth) • U.S. citizenship/Legal presence • Social Security Number • 2 proofs of Delaware residency • Name change documents (if applicable) You can find everything you need to know at

SecureID.dmv.de.gov or call toll free

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Produced by

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TSN Publishing, Inc. President Gerald DuPhily

September 2011 volume 3, issue 4

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Contributing Editor Bob Yearick

Art Director Shawna Sneath

Production Manager Matt Loeb

Advertising Sales Jim Hunter Miller Marie Graham

Project Manager Christine Serio

Contributing Writers Josephine Eccel, Carol Kipp Lauren Marchionni, Larry Nagengast, Ben Young

Why the arts are important to Wilmington. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald A preview of the 2011-12 performing arts season. By Lauren Marchionni Five days of Fringe. By Lauren Marchionni

14 In This Together The City’s Mascot

Wilmington Children’s Chorus a growing voice.

By Lauren Marchionni

16 Profile Two-Wheeled Revolution Despite challenges, Urban Bike Project continues to pedal on.

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Riverfront Map & Events Calendar

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City Notes

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Wilmington Renaissance News

By Ben Young

Contributing Photographers Joe del Tufo, Tim Hawk Les Kipp, Matt Urban

For editorial and advertising information: p (302) 655-6483 f (302) 654-0569

TSN Media, Inc. 307 A Street Wilmington, DE 19801

On the cover: Snap shots of the Wilmington’s upcoming performing arts season, from Fringe to The Grand to World Cafe Live. Cover design by Shawna Sneath.

ABOUT THE “IN” CAMPAIGN

Wilmington is truly in the middle of it all, and the “in” campaign is a celebration of the accomplishments we continue to achieve as a community to make our city stronger and more attractive. From neighborhood and business development to our arts and cultural scene, the people of Wilmington are working together to support our city’s ongoing growth and prosperity.

ABOUT WILMINGTON MAGAZINE

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THU, SEPT 1, 6PM

SUN, SEPT 4 THRU SUN, SEPT 25

FRI, SEPT 9 THRU FRI, SEPT 30

FRI, SEPT 9 THRU FRI, SEPT 30

Summer Deck Party Series w/ the Wilmington Blue Rocks

Mt. Cuba Meteor

From the Studio: 15th Annual Faculty Exhibition

Jim Graham: Adrift

live music w/ Steve Ketterer 801 Shipyard Drive • bit.ly/qct8fB

train ride to Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove Wilmington Western Railroad 2201 Newport-Gap Pike • bit.ly/op2GwH

FRI, SEPT 9, 8:30PM

Delaware College of Art & Design 600 N. Market St. • bit.ly/pUMod1

The Station Gallery 3922 Kennett Pike • 302.654.8638 bit.ly/nhUfki

SAT, SEPT 10 & SUN, SEPT 11

FRI, SEPT 16 THRU SUN, OCT 23

FRI, SEPT 16, THRU SUN, SEPT 18

Six Voices, One Piano

Brandywine Festival of the Arts

Damn Yankees

Wilm Film Festival

benefits Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition World Cafe Live at The Queen 500 N. Market St. • bit.ly/ppc7Bw

over 250 participating artists Brandywine Park • 1001 N. Park Drive 302.577.7020 • bit.ly/nbz2Ko

New Candlelight Theatre 2208 Millers Road 302.475.2313 • bit.ly/ofZazY

Delaware Art Museum 2301 Kentmere Parkway bit.ly/pXBtlM

SAT, SEPT 17, 8PM

SUN, SEPT 18, 10AM – 4PM

TUE, SEPT 20, THRU SUN, SEPT 25

WED,SEPT 21 THRU SUN, SEPT 25

Marshall Crenshaw

Hagley Car Show

Sail on the Kalmar Nyckle

Fringe Wilmington Festival

“Something’s Going to Happen” Anniversary Tour World Cafe Live at The Queen • 302.994.1400

500 N. Market Street • bit.ly/qiSqJc

Hagley Museum & Library 201 Hagley Creek Rd. • 302.658.2400 bit.ly/qILUgD

various times, pirate sails on 24th & 25th 1124 East Seventh Street 302.429.7447 • bit.ly/ngy5mQ

Various Locations 302.576.2100 bit.ly/pf408T

FRI, SEPT 23 & SAT, SEPT 24

FRI, SEPT 23 THRU SUN, SEPT 25

SUN, SEPT 25, 12PM - 4:30PM

THU, SEPT 29, 8PM

DSO presents Classical Series: From Superhuman to Superman

OperaDelaware Studio Series

Wine and Dinosaurs

experience opera up close and personal Opera Studios • 4 S. Poplar St. 800.37.GRAND • bit.ly/njaBEJ

a wine and beer tasting festival Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike • bit.ly/otRE5a

George Thorogood & The Destroyers

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. 800.37.GRAND • bit.ly/qjtre2

The Grand • 818 N. Market St. 800.37.GRAND • bit.ly/qsydgz

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WHAT’S ‘IN’ FOR SEPTEMBER 2011

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ART IS IN - EXHIBITS OPENING & CLOSING THIS MONTH

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH

Delaware Art Museum

Hockessin Flyer Train Ride

• Perception/Deception: Illusion in Contemporary Art thru September 25th • Pre-Raphaelites in Print: The Age of Photomechanical Reproduction thru September 17th • The Storyteller’s Art: Reimagining America through Illustration September 7th thru December 2012 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Parkway

& September 24th Wilmington Western Railroad 302.998.1930 • 2201 Newport-Gap Pike

Rhett Miller w/ The Spring Standards World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 Market Street

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17TH

Rod Kim & Mean Lady: Get Inspired by The Beatles

Monarch Migration Celebration Open House

World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 North Market Street

Delaware Center fot the Contemporary Arts

DuPont Enviornmental Education Center 302.656.1490 • 1400 Delmarva Lane

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• The Elliptical Frontiers thru September 18th • Gust thru September 23rd 302.656.6466 • 200 South Madison Street

Musikarmaggedon: The Final Battle The Grand 800.37.GRAND • 818 North Market Street

Band Together for Kid’s Music Benefit for the Light up the Queen Foundation featuring Allgood, Angel Band & New Sweden World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 Market Street

Mezzanie Gallery • Rise of The Jou Jou Mama by Joy Robinson September 6th thru September 30th 302.577.8278 • 820 North French Street

Zumbathon Fundrasier benifiting Opera Delaware Opera Studios 302.442.7809 • 4 S. Poplar St.

Art on the Town Various Locations Buses leave at 5:45 PM from the DCCA 302.576.2135 • 200 South Madison Street

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1ST

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18TH

re:Fresh

Slaying the Dragon by Michael Ching

When you’re done browsing, join us for live music at the Riverfront Blues Festival, this month’s official after-party spot for Art on the Town! ADD ADDRESS HERE!

Grease: Rockin’ Rydell Sing-a-Long World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 North Market Street

Music Read-through Opera Studios 302.442.7809 • 4 S. Poplar Sreet

Victorian Lecture Series

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10TH The ONEworship Summit 2011

Alo Brasil

Doubletree Hotel 700 King Street

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Rockwood Museum 302.762.2075 • 610 Shipley Road

World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 Market Street

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Garden Architecture and Water Features

Delaware Children’s Museum 302.654.2340 • 550 Justison Street

Winterthur 800.448.3883 • 5105 Kennett Pike

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3RD

302.475.2313 • 2208 Millers Road

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH

Auburn Heights Steamin Day

2011 Polish Festival

Trains, Trains, Trains! thru September 4th Marshall Steam Museum 302.239.2385 • 300 Creek Rd.

thru Sept 17 Riverfront Wilmington 302.594.1400

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Lilie Anel w/ Fusionhouse

One Step Away Kickoff/Fundraiser Film Brothers Movie Co-Op 205 North Market Street

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH Arts in Recovery Month Rally TH

Hagley Museum and Library 302.658.2400 • 200 Hagley Road

Bellevue Noontime Concert Series 302.761.6965 • Bellevue State Park

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER Twin Lakes Brewery TH AND&4Tastings 3RD Tours

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25TH

Reel Talk documentary on Gov. Jack Markell benefitting the Jewish Family Services of DE World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.944.1400 • 500 Market Street

every Wednesday and Saturday Twin Lakes Brewery 302.658.1826 • 4210 Kennett Pike

Woodside Farm Annual Arts and Crafts Show

Harry’s Fall Bridal Fair Harry’s Savoy Grill and Ballroom 302.475.3000 • 2020 Naaman’s Road

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28TH

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 TH

302.239.9847 • 1310 Little Baltimore Road TH

Fall Family Cruise

An Intimate Evening with Erin Mckeown

DuPont Enviornmental Education Center 302.656.1490 • 1400 Delmarva Lane

World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400• 500 Market Street

2011 Taiwan Film Festival various dates thru Sept 25 Delaware Art Museum 302.571.9590 • 2301 Kentmere Parkway

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Rodney Square 11th & North Market Street

Golden Pheasants Fall Blast

Bruce Anthony

World Live Cafe at the Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 North Market Street

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

Candlelight Comedy Club

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 TH The Life

David Wilcox and Susan Werner

thru Oct 1 Wilmington Drama Leauge 302.764.1172 • 10 W Lea Blvd

World Live Cafe at The Queen 302.994.1400 • 500 Market Street

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HISPANIC FESTIVAL Sept. 2 – Sept. 4 6pm-10pm DART Park-n-Ride Lot 5K For LImEN Hou SE o N THE rIVE rbo AT QuEEN Sunday, Sept. 4 8:30-11:30am Dravo Plaza LAbor d Ay r ALLy Monday, Sept. 5 11am-2pm Riverfront Park

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WHY ARTS? WHY WILMINGTON?

Why NOT?! By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

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s a 20-year resident of Delaware and Wilmington, I’ve been delighted to witness the renaissance happening in and around my home. The momentum of the past few years has been thrilling, but the best part is that the arts are a critical piece of Wilmo’s revitalization. If you’ve visited the city recently, none of this should be surprising—you’ve seen streets full of energy, buzzing with people during Art on the Town or World Café Live performances. What might surprise you, however, is the depth and breadth of Wilmington’s Arts options. In any given week, there are between 10 and 25 arts happenings in and around the city, from gallery openings to DJ theme nights, chamber ensemble performances and nationally-touring musicals at the DuPont Theatre. And this summer (a time in which Wilmington is notoriously “quiet”) there were no less than five city venues offering familyfriendly, affordable concert series, from The Grand’s Summer Salon Series to the 2nd & LoMa Summer Music Series.

Wilmington is fortunate to house artistic treasures like The Grand, The Delaware Theatre Company and Delaware Art Museum, but it is also home to many smaller organizations that deliver equally awesome, quality “ArtStuff” to our cultural landscape. Need examples? How about the quirky, intimate Black Box productions of City Theater Company; choristers of Wilmington Children’s Chorus, who sing in 10-plus languages; the rich multicultural dance and poetry programs of the Christina Cultural Arts Center; the provocative pairings of early and contemporary music from the quintet Mélomanie; and creative modern works from the visual artists of Shipley Lofts and New Wilmington Art Association. Ultimately, what I love about the Arts in Wilmington is that it’s like one big, arty family. Large and small, visual, music or spoken word—all come together to make a greater impact, but each has individuality in genre, size, affordability and mission. In addition, the Arts provide a step toward not only a vibrant community but also a vibrant economy. In fact, the Arts are a top economic driver for the state of

Delaware. Delaware Division of the Arts Executive Director Paul Weagraff tells us that for every public dollar invested in the arts, there is at least a $7 return in local and public revenue. Arts events bring critical mass, which can then translate into success for restaurants, retail, and more. Happily, you can find many examples of partnerships combining businesses and the Arts in Wilmington. Last week, heading into Extreme Pizza (201 N. Market Street), I was thrilled to see a jazz trio playing inside and the place packed with patrons enjoying the cultural mix. Film Bros. Movie Co-Op (205 N. Market St.) —“where Art meets Business,” according to co-owner Gordon DelGiorno—has hosted art exhibits, a music series, social media workshops and mixers, all aiming to connect corporate and creative arms of the city. Finally, Mélomanie enjoys a wonderfully successful collaboration with Presto! (1204 Washington St.), holding its post-concert “hang with the artists” receptions there. Newcomer NoSo Boutique is a regular venue in Art on the Town, incorporating fashion, art and music every month since its opening. The arts are an integral part of Wilmington’s lively new heartbeat. In a city of less than 75,000, our arts scene provides a variety of choices, including lavish, nationally renowned productions as well as intimate, interactive performances. Wilmington arts are engaging, affordable, exciting and right in your own backyard. I challenge you to discover (or rediscover) the Arts in Wilmington, and I’d love to hear about your experience. Email me at mfitzgerald@artsinmedia.com and follow me on Twitter @ArtsinMedia for more info about Wilmo Arts & culture!

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time An overview of Wilmington’s 2011-12 performing arts season

City Theater Company The Company kicks off its 18th year in December with Steven Sondheim’s A Little Night Music. Its Community Series in March will feature a program of short plays by Delaware native David Robson, and the season ends in May with Martin McDonagh’s comedy The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Tickets can be purchased online at city-theater.org.

international tour under the direction of Stephen Gunzenhauser. David Amado, the DSO’s current director and conductor, took his position there in 2003 and has helped the orchestra earn international acclaim. The Delaware Symphony Orchestra now performs a sevenprogram Classical Series, a threeprogram pops series called DSO Plugged In, a Champagne Chamber Series at the Hotel du Pont and two Lollipop family concerts, as well as special-event concerts throughout the season. The DSO also is devoted to bringing music to Delaware’s children. Each year more than 11,000 students are treated to in-school ensembles, youth concerts, soloist competitions, family concerts and discounted concert tickets. For its 2011-12 season, the orchestra invites you to “Take a Journey,” starting with its classical series. Kicking off in September with two performances by pianist Vassily Primakov, the series will also feature performances by violinist Gil Shaham. Call 652-5577 or visit delawaresymphony.org.

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Christiana Cultural Arts Center CCAC is a community school whose mission is to provide affordable arts education and multicultural programs accessible to children, teens, and adults in a family environment. Registration is currently open for upcoming fall classes. A variety of dance, music and theater classes will run from Sept. 12 to Dec. 17. Contact at 652-0101 or visit ccac.org

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Delaware Symphony Orchestra The organization now known as Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) was founded more than100 years ago by Alfred I. DuPont. After many years of both success and struggle, the DSO found a permanent home at The Grand in 1971. In 1979, the Delaware Symphony took its first official

Delaware Children’s Theatre The DCT focuses on live family entertainment, and gives children the opportunity to participate in the arts. This season will kick off with Narnia, an adaptation of the novel The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The full season will be announced at dechildrenstheatre. org, and you can reach the box office at 655-1014.

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Delaware Theatre Company Delaware Theatre Company (DTC), located on the Wilmington Riverfront, was founded in 1979 and is Delaware’s largest professional theater. This year marks the company’s 33rd season, and it will open with Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, which runs from Oct. 19 to Nov. 6. Next up for the DTC is the world premiere of A Cappella Humana (Nov. 30Dec. 11) written and directed by Kevin Ramsey and featuring a contemporary musical blend of Baroque, jazz, Broadway and hip hop. Time Stands Still (Jan. 18-Feb. 5) and Crowns (Apr. 11-29) complete this season’s schedule. Call 594-1104 or going to delawaretheatre.org.

DuPont Theatre The DuPont Theatre, known to locals as “Delaware’s Broadway Experience,” is the oldest continuously operating theater in the country. Each season features

a six-show Broadway series and a children’s series. World-class shows, including Les Miserables and Rent, as well as Julie Andrew’s The Boyfriend, are just a few shows that have been performed there over the last decade. This October, the theater will feature South Pacific, based on the 2008 Lincoln Center Theater production. Once the holiday season approaches, director Neil Goldberg will take Cirque Dreams Holidaze to the stage. It features acrobats, original music, ice sculptures and grand-scale holiday decorations. Other upcoming performances include The Rat Pack (Nov. 18-20) and Blast (Jan. 31-Feb. 5). Call 6564401 or visit duponttheatre.com.

First State Ballet The story of Don Quixote will be performed by the ballet in October at Delaware Tech and The Grand Opera House. A lucky 100 patrons will be able to attend Up Close with FSBT, an informal performance of classical and contemporary highlights, at the baby grand studio in November. Check out the ballet at the Fringe Festival this month. Call 658-7897 x3851 or visit firststateballet.com.

The Grand Wilmington’s Grand Opera House has been a landmark for more than 135 years, and has hosted thousands of renowned artists, including Ethel Barrymore, John Phillip Sousa, and political cartoonist Thomas Nast. Today, The Grand and the baby grand present more than 75 shows each season, ranging from symphony orchestras and ballets to the latest rock and comedy stars, with jazz, folk, and family artists as well. Between The Grand and its resident performing companies (Delaware Symphony, OperaDelaware and First State Ballet Theatre) the building hosts more than 300 events a year, bringing more than 120,000 people into downtown Wilmington. The upcoming season features more big names, including George Thorogood and the Destroyers on Sept. 29. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wanda Sykes, Steven Wright, Jackson Browne and Andrew Bird each visit in October and the city is already buzzing with excitement for the Pixies’ Nov. 6 show. One of the highlights of the season is the venue’s annual fundraiser, The Grand Gala. This year’s event is set for Sat., Dec. 3 and will feature The Midtown Men, four stars from the original cast of Jersey Boys. For tickets or more info call 800-37-GRAND or 652-5577 or visit thegrandwilmington.org.

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Melomanie Melomanie is a group who performs baroque, Renaissance, and classical music on period instruments. This year violinist, Christof Richter joins the ensemble. Melomanie launches its 2011-2012 season in October at Grace Church on Washington Street, with a special guest performance by composer Mark Rimple. Call 764-6338 or visit melomanie.org

Music School of Delaware The Music School of Delaware hosts more than 75 performances, events, workshops and master classes each year. Events are open to the public and many are free. Performances include diverse musical styles and feature faculty, regional artists, internationally acclaimed special guests and the school’s students. Check wilmingtonmusic.org for a complete schedule or call 762-1132.

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OperaDelaware Mozart’s Magic Flute is the first show to be brought to life by the Opera this October and November. Before that, you can attend a more intimate, cabaret-style performance with the Studio Series at the OperaDelaware studios this month. Order tickets by phone at 800-37GRAND or 652-5577, or online at operade.org

World Cafe Live at The Queen The latest addition to Wilmington’s cultural scene, WCL at The Queen has given lower Market Street its biggest development boost in decades. Talented acts Rod Kim, Mean Lady, Ingram Hill and Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s are on the schedule for this month at the Queen. On Sept. 9 AAA will sponsor the “Band Together for Kid’s Music,” a benefit for the Light Up the Queen Foundation. Local bands Angel Band and New Sweden will be joined by Georgia jam band Allgood for a night of performances, with all proceeds going to music education programs at the Queen. Other upcoming shows include Erin McKeown (Sept. 16), Marshall Crenshaw (Sept. 17), David Sanborn (Oct. 12) and North Mississippi All-Stars (Oct. 18). Purchase tickets by calling 994-1400 or at worldcafelive.com.

Wilmington Drama League Cy Coleman’s Tony Award nominated The Life opens on the main stage in September. The show has a dark story line, but a lively jazz score and thrilling dance numbers keep things light. The Wizard of Oz will be presented in December. You can reach the box office at 764-1172 or go to wilmingtondramaleague.org for more information.

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FIVE DAYS OF FRINGE Unconventional artists invade Wilmington Sept. 21-25

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world of whimsy will be unleashed on Wilmington when the Fringe Festival begins Friday, Sept. 21. Unconventional artists of all kinds are set to participate in the fi ve-day feast for the senses. Performance pieces, dance shows, visual arts and a fi lm competition are all part of the festival that looks to “connect adventurous audiences with adventurous artists.” Rich Neumann and Tina Betz, who share the titles of co-founder, producer and director, say that the idea for Fringe Wilmington came from wanting Delaware citizens to have the fringe experience without having to travel to Philadelphia or any of the 30 other cities that have similar events. This will be the third year for the festival, and Neumann and Betz are hoping to top the 25 percent increase in attendance that the festival saw last year. With 15 venues, all donated by the venue sponsors, there is plenty of room for the more than 30 artists who have been selected by a committee of arts administrators, artists and art enthusiasts, using a rating scale that emphasizes creativity and artistic integrity. According to Neumann, so many applications were received that even artists the city would have loved to welcome had to be denied. He says the “cream of the crop” have been selected. One such talent is Ashley Sullivan-Kirksey of Wilmington Dance Company’s Pieces of a Dream, Inc., who will perform at the festival for the second year in a row. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us to build our audience,” says Sullivan-Kirksey. “The Fringe audience is a little bit different from our

typical audience, and it gives us an opportunity to reach out and connect with the art patrons and expose them to our work.” Pieces of a Dream, Inc. will perform their piece “Juxtaposed,” a series of vignettes, three nights in a row. Sullivan-Kirksey says the piece sets them apart from the fi ve other dance companies that will perform during the week because it deals with relevant social issues, specifi cally insecurity and body image. “Juxtaposed” was choreographed by a member of the company’s P*D2 company, for girls ages 11 to 16. The Fringe Festival includes local as well as out-ofstate artists. Neumann notes that nearly 70 percent of this year’s artists are coming from as far away as Australia. Sullivan-Kirksey says this is good news for the other artists and the city as well, since these artists have brought out-of-town fans with them in prior years. Betz adds that grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts and corporate sponsorship enables attendees to see a lot of art over the fi ve days at a very affordable price. Individual performance tickets are just $5, and for $25, you can purchase an all-access pass. All attendees also are required to buy an admission button for $5, with proceeds going to the festival. Fringe Wilmington is the only “multi-day and multidisciplinary festival in the state of Delaware,” says Betz, adding, “We have things for every taste, from the bizarre to the…less bizarre.” For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit fringewilmingtonde.com. For more information about Pieces of a Dream, Inc. visit piecesofadream.org.

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WILMINGTON CHILDREN’S CHOIR:

‘THE CITY’S MASCOT’ Tuition-free, it numbers more than 100

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Last month, the Wilmington Children’s Chorus performed in Germany and France.

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Baker says he originally proposed the idea of the city sponsoring a chorus “so that children could learn music, the scales, the language, the way to present music.” Noting that these skills are no longer part of school curriculums and that hip-hop and rap music don’t require these skills, he says he “wanted children to understand music, to read it, write it and perform it.” Director of Cultural Affairs Tina Betz was key to making the mayor’s vision a reality. As Betz describes it, “Mayor Baker’s vision was that this be open to anyone who wanted to make a commitment. It was important that there

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was no hindrance due to having to make a financial contribution.” As a result, the choir is completely tuition-free. It operates with funds from private donors and fundraising events organized by the members and their families. Says Betz: “If the young people are willing to work as hard as these kids have to, then I think that’s the only obligation that these kids should have to participate.” Baker calls the chorus “a wonderful example of what you can do with young people if you have the right mix of people teaching and working with them.” The people teaching the chorus include Kimberly Doucette (artistic director), Philip Doucette (manager of operations and assistant director), and Chrystal Haas (associate director). They teach music, but they also give the choristers lessons in commitment, dedication and teamwork – values that the chorus strives to instill in its members. ”The neat thing about a children’s chorus is that it’s not only about the music,” says Kim Doucette. “The music is a medium that we use to really teach choristers to learn how to strive for excellence, to learn how to be part of a group. It really works the same way that a sports team might; you learn how to interact with others, how to play your role while supporting others in their role.” Though the choir may be similar to a sports team, Haas is quick to point out that in this group, no one has to sit on the bench. Now consisting of five ensembles of varying skill levels, the choir has a place for singers just starting out and those with years of training. Of this welcoming environment, 15-year-old Asa Cornish says, “I started four years ago, and I was one of the least experienced students when it came to music. And now I’ve learned so much and have changed and grown so much musically and mentally.”

The group has come to be known as the “Singing Ambassadors of Wilmington,” for the way they have reached out to the community and aligned themselves with many of the other performing arts group in the city. The choir even ventured overseas in early August to two of Wilmington’s Sister Cities --Fulda, Germany, and the newest Sister City, Nemours, France. A traveling choir of 28 of the choir’s high school-aged members participated in multiple performances, including a joint concert with Fulda’s youth orchestra, at a Sister City’s Art Exhibition, and at a final show in Paris. While music was the focus of the trip, it also offered the choristers exposure to a new cultures, along with an opportunity to bond with other passionate musicians. Well aware of her role as a representative of the city, Lianna Magerr, 18, says, “I’d like to form a relationship with the Fulda Youth Orchestra because I think it’d be fun for them to come here. It’d be nice if as a group we could connect with another group of musicians and hopefully be the hosts in a couple of years.” Although the trip to Europe has the group excited about more travel opportunities, they remain focused on their supportive home city. Doucette says, “I’d like to see us be able to develop our outreach to the community a little more. We’ve been talking for a long time about doing satellite choirs in some of the harder-to-reach communities of Wilmington so that we would have smaller groups throughout the city, where we work with them and then they also come and join us for our big concerts.” The choir will hold auditions early this month. For more information, go to www.wilmingtonchildrenschorus.org.

Mélomanie Opening Night

Sat., October 29, 8pm Grace Church 900 Washington Street World Premiere by composer Mark Rimple Tix: 302.764.6338 www.melomanie.org

A new Arts & Culture Series in the City!

Sat., October 22, 7:30pm Trinity Episcopal Church, 1108 N. Adams Street Featuring the Serafin String Quartet Free admission! www.theartsattrinity.com

Christina Cultural Arts Center Open House

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Two-Wheeled Revolution Despite a devastating July robbery, the Urban Bike Project continues repairing and making bicycles available to the community By Ben Young

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ixing broken bikes was once simply a recreational activity for Wilmington residents Brian Windle, David Hallberg and Sarah Green. But when more and more neighborhood children began bringing their bikes to the trio, a pastime became a community resource. “People just started giving us bikes at that point and we said, ‘Well, we have to try to do something with this,’” says Windle, who is a professional videographer and editor. Hallberg is a graphic artist and Green is a teacher at Wilmington Montessori School. 16 . Profile

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So the three kept fixing the bikes, with Windle’s apartment in the Trinity Vicinity acting as a makeshift bike shop. Soon they were repairing between 30 and 40 bikes a month, forcing them to look for a new location. “We were going to a lot of bicycle meetings,” says Windle. “Anything related to bicycles in the city of Wilmington, Newark, or anywhere around we were just kind of going there and telling people what we were up to and seeing if anyone could find us a space.”

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In October 2006, the group was incorporated as the Urban Bike Project, a 501(c)(3) (tax-exempt, nonprofit) organization whose mission is to educate and promote cycling as a safe and affordable mode of transportation. In March 2007, with help from Greater Brandywine Village Revitalization, Inc. and thanks to generous terms from a supportive landlord, it opened a shop and warehouse at 1908 N. Market St. Using donated bikes—new, old or broken – UBP has created a variety of programs to help the Wilmington community maintain bikes and provide bikes for some who can’t afford one. UBP programs include Youth EarnA-Bike (kids learn how to build their own bicycle), Open Shop (which allows people to use the shop’s tools on their bikes), and the Free Bike Program (dedicated to giving those with a social service referral a sustainable bike). It does all of this with an annual operating budget of less than $10,000. UBP also lends a hand to the Wilmington Grand Prix, the Morris Foundation’s Safe Kids Day, and generally supports any cycling-centered community events.

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“The ultimate goal of the Urban Bike Project is really to teach people about biking so they will use [bikes] themselves, whether it’s for recreation or for a mode of transportation,” says Laura Saperstein, volunteer coordinator for UBP. Windle estimates UBP has worked on and donated about 2,000 bikes with the support of 25 volunteers on a weekly basis. Back in July, however, UBP’s community spirit and dedication was tested. The group’s Market Street shop was robbed after hours and 25 bikes, along with tools and supplies, were taken. The crime forced UBP to close for nearly three weeks and reassess its future. The community came to UBP’s rescue as word spread about the crime, including a story in the News Journal. UBP received close to 200 donated bikes, more than it had ever had, as well as cash contributions. “The volunteers and staff of this project work tirelessly on a daily basis to share the benefits of biking with young men and women around this city,” Mayor James M. Baker told the News Journal. “It upsets me to think that someone has tried to destroy the energy and excitement of this project, but I promise you they won’t succeed. The people involved in the Urban Bike Project are too committed to let a cowardly criminal interfere with their goals.” “It’s a very giving community,” says Saperstein. “It’s unfortunate that we lost a lot of bikes, but we’ve gained so many in return with the outreach of the community.” The response even surprised cofounder Windle. “I didn’t really expect the volume of donations we got from the whole thing,” he says. “So many people have sent us kind letters and e-mails saying that they really support the organization. It’s good to hear.” On Aug. 4 the shop re-opened to a large crowd of kids, eagerly waiting to work on their bikes. “It was pretty awesome,” says Windle. “There was at one point 30 kids outside, all wanting to come in at the same time, of course.”

The UBP plans to continue educating people on cycling and will begin to hold weekly mechanic classes for youths and adults. Over time, Saperstein says, UBP will grow and connect with the community as much as possible. “The more people and organizations know about us, the more they can see how they can use us so we can get involved in other outreach programs for this community. If people have an idea that might incorporate cycling somehow they might think ‘Urban Bike Project -they might be able to help us,’ and that’s how I see this growing so we can become more involved.” For more information, visit www. urbanbikeproject.org or e-mail info@ urbanbikeproject.org.

The Bike Brigade Urban Bike Project co-founder Brian Windle (center) with UBP volunteer coordinator Laura Saperstein and volunteer Andrew Eliot. On adjacent page, UBP’s Jim Ennic (left) helps James Robinson with a bike repair. Photos by Tim Hawk

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Zaikka Indian Grill Opens in LOMA CITY NOTES

West Side Change in Effect

A community revitalization effort that is the largest in recent history is being launched in Wilmington’s West Side. West Side Grows Together, a coalition of West Side residents, neighborhood groups, institutions and businesses, is engaging the West Side neighborhoods in creating the resident-driven Revitalization Plan to define the future of their community and to determine the steps needed to make their vision a reality. (West Side comprises neighborhoods between Pennsylvania Avenue to Lancaster Avenue, and North Jackson Street to the railroad tracks west of Bancroft Parkway. This includes Little Italy, Tilton Park, Cool Spring, Hilltop, Woodlawn, and West Hill communities.) West Side Grows Together is launching the revitalization initiative by conducting a resident/household survey. More than 30 volunteers will knock on 1,000 doors and a minimum of 400 West Side households will be contacted to gauge the community’s 18 . City Notes

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To the delight of Indian cuisine lovers throughout the city, 2nd & LOMA welcomed its newest tenant last month. Zaikka Indian Grill opened at 209 N. Market St., the heart of Wilmington’s creative LOMA (Lower Market) District. The restaurant allows patrons to build their own meal by choosing from a variety of ingredients. Zaikka is owned and operated by new Wilmington residents Sandeep and Anu Nagpal, formerly of Bowie, Md. The couple worked in the hospitality industry for seven years before choosing Wilmington as the location for Zaikka. “We’ve always dreamed of owning our own restaurant,” said Sandeep Nagpal. “We had been to Wilmington on many occasions and really liked the feel of the city. We were so impressed with the historic downtown—especially the exciting LOMA District—that we even made the area our home; we live in the apartments upstairs from our restaurant.” Diners choose from rice, naan, or a salad before selecting a protein: tandoori chicken; braised lamb; zaikka chicken, or seasoned tofu. Customers complete their meal with a choice of four curries: curried spinach; tikka masala (creamy tomato sauce with roasted spice); korma (coconut sauce with cashew paste), or Zaikka (traditional tomato and onion yogurt sauce with the restaurant’s signature spice blend). From 3 p.m. to closing, patrons can order from an evening menu featuring several Indian specialties. Beer and wine are available as well. Zaikka Indian Grill is open Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Thursdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 543-4958 or visit www.zaikka.com.

shared concerns, hopes, and ideas for improving the community’s quality of life. The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation is supporting the project through a community planning grant. West Side Grows Together is coordinated by the following organizations: Cool Spring/Tilton Neighborhood Association; Cornerstone West CDC; Dare to Care; Delaware Center for Horticulture; 5th District Planning Council; Hilltop Lutheran Neighborhood Center; Latin American Community Center; Little Italy Neighborhood Assn.; Nemours Health and Prevention Services; 7th District Planning Council; St. Francis Hospital; West End Neighborhood House; Westside Family Healthcare; Westside Neighborhood Coalition, and Woodlawn Trustees. For more information, call 658-4171 ext. 185.

Liberty Life Bringing Jobs to Downtown Liberty Life Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Athene Holding Ltd. and a

growing provider of insurance solutions to the U.S. retirement services market, will move its retail annuity sales distribution and marketing organization from Kansas City, Mo. to Wilmington in the coming months. “I am very grateful to Liberty Life for its decision to join Wilmington’s growing business community,” said Mayor James Baker. “Our Office of Economic Development, headed by Joe DiPinto, has been pleased to work with Liberty Life, Athene and the Delaware Economic Development Office on this move, and it is great news that the deal is now in place.” The company signed a multi-year lease for more than 6,000 square feet of office space at 500 Delaware Ave. – known as the WSFS building. In addition to the bank, other building tenants include the U. S. Postal Service, Morris James LLP, Sargent and Lundy, and more than 10 other companies. Chris Grady, head of the retail unit coming to Wilmington, said the city is strategically important to Athene as it continues to build a market-leading retirement services company. SEPTEMBER 2011

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“Here, in the geographic center of the Northeast financial corridor, our sales and marketing teams will be ideally situated to drive sales growth and build the Athene brand,” Grady said.

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Brush with Kindness Kicks Off

The beauty of a neighborhood is usually reflected in the care homeowners take to keep up the outside of their homes and yards. But it’s not always so easy to pay for the repairs and upgrades that can add up to expensive projects. That’s why Habitat for Humanity is launching a façade repair program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK). Locally operated, ABWK provides eligible, lowincome homeowners with minor exterior repairs. Volunteers will work to improve the safety of the house and help bring the home up to code in addition to improving the quality of life for homeowners. The program is designed to revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage connections within the community, and most important, help preserve affordable housing stock. It is sponsored by the City of Wilmington, JP Morgan Chase, Speer Trust and Marmot Foundation. For more information, call 652-0365.

City’s Redesigned McDonald’s Is Open

As McDonald’s contemporizes its restaurants across the country, the McDonald’s at 4111 N. Market St. unveiled its redesign during a grand reopening celebration last month. “We’re changing with the times – and we never stop looking for ways to improve,” said Roslyn Tyson, McDonald’s operations consultant. “This new McDonald’s speaks to the needs of our customers and our community. We want our customers to enjoy every part of the McDonald’s experience.” The new design reflects a more upscale and contemporary décor. A side-by-side drive-thru speeds up service for customers in a hurry. Inside there are flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant of course offers McDonald’s newest products, including McCafé Wild Berry and Strawberry Banana Real Fruit Smoothies, McCafé Frappés, and Fruit & Maple Oatmeal made with 100 percent whole-grain oats. “The North Market Street McDonald’s has been serving Wilmingtonians for many years,” said Mayor Baker. “Their fresh new look, expanded menu, and improved customer service are a reflection of their continued dedication to our city.” For more comments from Mayor Baker on the North Market Street McDonald’s, visit www. WilmingtonDE.gov.

WRC News It’s that time of year again—time to start thinking about worthy, unsung champions of the City of Wilmington. Nominations for the 2011 CityLife Awards are now open. The categories for this year’s awards are Wilmingtonian of the Year, Neighbor/Neighborhood of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Rising Star of the Year and Partnership of the Year. The nomination form can be downloaded on the WRC’s newly-designed website at www.downtownwilmington. com or you can email Christine E. Serio at christineserio@ downtownwilmington.com. The awards typically honor those individuals, organizations, neighborhoods, etc. that help make the city an even better place to live, play and prosper. Their dedication and efforts may not always be publicly recognized and we want to change that. The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at Public House Wilmington on Tuesday, Nov. 1. In addition to honoring the awardees, the evening will include drinks, food and live music. In past years, the event has attracted community leaders, young professionals and people looking to celebrate the award winners. Winners will receive an award as well as a bronze star that will be placed in the Market Street sidewalk to commemorate their achievement. For more information, call Christine Serio at 425-5500, ext. 104.

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very month we’ll feature a few of the staff ’s favorite things that are happening in the city. Our favorites for August include (in no particular order!):

• Zaikka Indian Grill is open at 209 Market Street • The River Taxi has Family Night on Tuesdays with families of four riding for $15. • The Queen has an amazing Blues Jam Session every Wednesday evening • Check out the banners and signage Christina Cultural Arts Center added to its building

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Out & About Magazine -- September 2011 -- Farmer & The Chef