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The War on Words F.Y.I. Worth Recognizing Instagram Contest Winners What Readers Are Saying How Kennett Became the Mushroom Capital 21 The Work of Foster Grandparents 25 Two for the Show 27 Artist Spotlight
52 In the City 55 On the Riverfront
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10 Wilmington University Brandywine
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79 10 Bands to Watch 85 Tuned In For Art’s Sake September Art Loop Lineup The New Arts Season Fall Into Fun!
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FEATURES 17 Mushroom Capital of the World
How did Kennett Square turn a rare delicacy into a multi-billion-dollar industry?
By Scott Pruden
29 For Art’s Sake Wilmington Art Loop celebrates 30 years.
34 A New Arts Season Coming This Fall There’s something here for everyone, so let’s take a refreshing ‘Nestea plunge’ into the Arts this fall. By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald
59 Restaurant Renaissance on Market Street
Downtown Wilmington has become a diner’s delight with new, eclectic cuisine. By Leeann Wallett
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THE WAR ON WORDS A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse
And the Winners are . . . Our contest in the July issue, in which readers were asked to edit an error-filled paragraph, proved to be a toughie. In fact, no one achieved a perfect score. But we did have two entrants— Luann Haney and Larry Kerchner—who overlooked just one mistake. Not surprisingly, both of them write for a living. Luann is a copywriter and owner of Haney & Associates, and Larry is a composer/lyricist. Kudos and a $25 gift certificate to both! Our thanks to all 23 readers who took on this challenge. Here is the corrected paragraph: It was 12 noon when we started out and 12 midnight [12 is redundant; noon and midnight pinpoint the time] when we hold [holed] up in the green, verdant [verdant means green and is a more elegant word, so delete green] woods behind the staple [stable]. We himmed [hemmed] and hawed about what to do next and had some ice [iced] tea while considering our quandry [quandary]. Sam, who had a hair [hare] lip and was a cardshark, [either card shark (two words, meaning a skillful player) or cardsharp (a cheat) is acceptable] and Bill, who had never graduated [from] high school, walked in [into] my tent and then hoovered [hovered] over me, siting [citing] the many incidences [incidents] where I had lead [led] us astray. I told them there [their] point was mute [moot]. We needed to hone [home] in on a plan. I finally reverted back [revert means to return to, making back redundant] to another time when we had a tough road [row] to hoe between [among] the three of us. I explained the whole entire [whole and entire are synonymous; choose one] situation to them, but they seemed disinterested [uninterested; disinterested means neutral, impartial], so I shoed [shooed] them away and mentally concentrated [concentrating requires mental effort] on thinking about our future to come [redundant]. I already had a pit in my stomach [one doesn’t get a pit in the stomach; the expression is “a bad feeling in the pit of my stomach”] because we had come within a hare’s breath [hair’s breadth] of getting caught. We had already killed the golden goose, [the goose that lays golden eggs] and the calvary [cavalry] was coming after us, but that was a whole nother [other; nother is not a word] subject. Finally, I went outside to bring [take: you bring things to the place you are, and you take things to the place you are going] my plan to them.
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Media Watch Let’s start with a couple from the Wilmington News Journal. • Reader Maria Hess notes that a space was missing from the word “into” in this item: “A former Delaware lawmaker turned himself into Lewes police after contacting Our thanks to Porter Nissan, who the woman he allegedly contributes a "How Long, Oh Lord, How item by misusing that most misused assaulted...” Says Maria: “He’s Long" punctuation mark, the apostrophe. a magician, I guess.” • And in a story about Scott Pruitt, deposed head of the EPA, reader Walt DelGiorno spotted this quote: “Loyalty is not to a person. Loyalty is to principals.” Says Walt: “As a former teacher, I have been loyal to some principals but, more often, I have been loyal to my principles.” • Then there was this internet headline: “President Trump Reverts Back To Campaign Rally Trump.” Revert: to return to (a previous state, practice, topic, etc. See contest corrections, left column). • And Phillies play-by-play guy Tom McCarthy continues his language-challenged ways. Advising John Kruk on the answer to a trivia question, he uttered this: “You should have went with the Hall of Famer.” A frequent error with the unlettered (a group Tommy Mac should not be a part of), it’s have gone with. Department of Redundancies Dept. From my hometown newspaper, The Lock Haven (Pa.) Express: “He was a former past president of the Mill Hall Kiwanis.” As opposed to a current past president? Note to contributors: When submitting an item to War, please try to include the name of the newspaper, magazine, TV channel or network, or online source, along with the author, if possible.
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WILMINGTON UNIVERSITY BRANDYWINE TO OPEN IN JANUARY
tarting in January 2019, a full-service location in North Wilmington will serve thousands of Wilmington University students who live or work in the Brandywine Hundred region. It will replace the university’s current site at Concord Plaza, also in North Wilmington. The new Wilmington University Brandywine is a modern site situated on a 41-acre property on the southwest intersection of Concord Pike (Rte. 202) and Beaver Valley Road. The space could eventually accommodate three buildings built in three phases over a six-to 10year period, though the first building, a three-story structure, contains state-of-the-art classrooms and labs, a library, and a full-service facility designed to meet the needs of this growing region. Wilmington University has honored its commitment to preserving ecologically important areas by encompassing scenic walking trails and other sustainable development designed with conservation in mind. Maintaining the character of the Brandywine Valley has been a thoughtful and comprehensive process. Civil engineers from Apex Engineering in Newport, Del., were responsible for site design, which included everything outside the footprint of the building, such as grading, drainage, stormwater management, sanitary sewers, parking lots, and property and topographic surveys, says civil engineer Stephen G. Davies. Rodney D. Robinson, the principal at Rodney Robinson Landscape Architects in Wilmington and the project’s landscape architect, spent considerable time walking the site, driving the local roads and studying the rural landscape.
Homsey Architects designed the building. With historic preservation as its métier, Homsey’s extensive credits include the original Delaware Art Museum and the renovated Queen Theatre in Wilmington. A traditional rotunda at the front of the building will serve as a welcoming point, and upper-floor classrooms will overlook a natural amenity that includes 5.7 acres of woodland that’s within a riparian buffer zone (a zone that wraps around natural water courses). The best view of the campus is from the intersection of U.S. 202 and Naamans Road, which many think is a gateway to the Brandywine Valley and New Castle County. The building, artfully framed by trees, a pond and a stone wall, sits about 750 feet back from the intersection. “An expansion of this size involves a collaboration of experts who are dedicated to creating a cost-effective and meaningful learning environment,” says Wilmington University President Dr. LaVerne T. Harmon. “That will matter to students in the region who hold full-time jobs and need a convenient option to attend classes. The Brandywine location was built for them.”
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ARTS AT PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF THE COVENANT
eginning in October, The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant will present its second annual season of performing arts. The series features live music in the sanctuary at 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington. This season will kick off with an interactive Halloween Spooktacular concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m., with music from The Nightmare Before Christmas and Harry Potter movies. Admission is $5 per person. Other upcoming events include The Candlelight Advent Vespers on Sunday, Dec. 9, and the Wilmington Handbell Ensemble on Saturday, Jan. 5. Beginning in December, all performances will start at 7 p.m. and will be free, although the church requests donations from those who attend.
PRESERVING DELAWARE HISTORY
he State of Delaware's Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs has released a plan that details how to preserve the state's historical heritage over the next five years. The biggest theme in the report is the suggestion to build a coalition of as many stakeholders as possible in order to share resources and coordinate efforts. Citizens, private organizations and state agencies are all encouraged to work together to achieve a common goal of preserving Delaware's heritage. Another key goal is to enhance or establish relationships among government programs that impact and support historic preservation. View the entire report at history. delaware.gov.
BRANDYWINE ARTS FESTIVAL IS SEPT. 8-9
amiliar faces and first-time exhibitors alike will present their work at the 57th Brandywine Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9, in the Josephine Gardens of Brandywine Park. The festival is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Alongside the artwork and crafts from more than 60 regional and national artists,there will be live music, an assortment of food vendors and a variety of activities for children. Olga Ganoudis, a licensed Jewelry Designer for HBO’s Game of Thrones, will headline this year’s festival. Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free if they are accompanied by an adult. For more information, visit brandywinearts.com.
t’s time for a brand new challenge. But first, how’d you do with our August issue? We asked three questions with answers scattered in articles throughout the magazine, and among the pool of correct responses, we picked Michele Iskra, Kathy Livingstone and Justin Greenberg at random. Congratulations! (Answers were: Teaching Excellence by Academic Mentoring, 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment, bass.) Here are our new questions: 1. Gisela Vazquez is the only female currently running trains where? 2. What date is the Wilmington Art Loop this month? 3. The Delaware Saengerbund festival starts with a parade on opening night featuring what? Email answers to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Contest” by Sept. 19 for a chance to win prizes! Happy sleuthing!
THREE-DAY EQUESTRIAN EVENT AT FAIR HILL
Fair Hill International three-day event will be returning to Fair Hill, Md., for the 30th time on Oct. 18-21. The event will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI3 and CCI2 Fall Eventing Championships and the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships. There will be world class equestrian competitions, including Olympic veterans and internationally recognized competitors, with $50,000 in prize money at stake. Hosted by the Dutta Corporation, an international and domestic horse shipping company founded by J. Tim Dutta, the event at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area offers a broad experience for visitors, including great food, local craft brews, equestrian vendor shops, children’s activities and more.
GREAT DAMES PRESENTS JEN GROOVER
reat Dames will host Jen Groover, a creativity and innovation guru, as the keynote speaker at its 2018 Remarkable Ideas Competition. The inventor of the Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized purse, will share her story at Harry’s Savoy Grill Ballroom on Monday, Oct. 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Audience members do not have to be competition participants. The Remarkable Ideas Competition is a chance for women to pitch ideas offering solutions in several areas of life, such as youth services, education, safety and security, and health and wellness. At stake is a $25,000 package in cash and services. SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Community Members Who Go Above & Beyond
GISELA VAZQUEZ: It’s full steam ahead for her and other volunteers on the Wilmington & Western
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hoveling coal to help run a steampowered locomotive that’s more than 100 years old is one of Gisela Vazquez’s favorite things to do. “Without steam, an engine can’t do anything,” says the 47-year-old Smyrna resident. “The train is not going to run.” Besides helping to power steam engines, Vazquez drives vintage diesel locomotives that take passengers through the open fields and woods of Red Clay Valley. She is currently the only female running trains at Wilmington & Western Railroad (WWR), a heritage railroad dating back to the 1870s. “I find it amazing that locomotives that were built over 100 years ago are still in operating condition,” says Vazquez, who was born in Venezuela and moved to the U.S. in 1993. She is one of 80 volunteers at WWR, which is the oldest tourist railroad operated entirely by volunteers, according to the website. Only 15 volunteers actually run trains. In addition to driving the trains, they repair the 10 miles of tracks, sell tickets, restore the locomotives, point out historical sights along the trip, and manage a number of other jobs, says Carol Wells, executive assistant at WWR. Volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours to WWR each year. “Our mission is to educate the public and to preserve the rich history of the railroad in the Delaware Valley for generations to come,” says Wells. “ We get over 36,000 visitors a year.” One third of them come in December, when the Holiday Lights Express is in operation. Passengers climb aboard at Greenbank Station in Wilmington and take either a 1½-hour round-trip to Mt. Cuba Picnic Grove or a 2½-hour round-trip to downtown Hockessin to visit local stores and restaurants. The railroad’s many special events include a Civil War skirmish, Brews on Board, and the Halloween Express. Vazquez, who has a mechanical engineering degree and worked for DuPont until 2015, became a WWR volunteer in 2002. In her first job there, she helped disassemble, inspect, and restore steam engine number 98, built in 1909 in New Jersey. Currently, WWR’s engineer instructors are teaching Vazquez how to drive a steam locomotive. She devotes 25 to 50 hours over four days a week to WWR. Besides knowing the mechanics of vintage trains, Vazquez also is WWS’s trainmaster, which means she’s in charge of the train crew and train operations. She discovered WWR on the internet while she and her husband, Jose, searched for things to do in Delaware. “The Wilmington & Western Railroad kept popping up,” she says, and vintage train restoration piqued her interest. In 2007, after two years of training, she qualified to drive one of WWR’s diesel locomotives. Built in 1940, number 114 weighs 200,000 pounds. “I was thrilled,” she says. “My entire focus was on making absolutely sure to provide a smooth train ride. To me, happy passengers are the best reward I can get.” Vazquez’s passengers ride along the Red Clay Creek and pass several historic sites, such as the Wooddale Covered Bridge, one of three covered bridges in the state, and the only surviving mill along the route—Greenbank Mills & Philips Farm. Historic Red Clay Valley Inc. owns and operates WWR. A non-profit organization, it relies on donations, membership fees, grants and ticket sales. For more information about train schedules and events, visit wwrr.com.
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AND THE WINNERS ARE… Last month, we asked you to share your favorite local summer festival photos on Instagram, and you delivered. Here are the winning shots:
FIRST PLACE @beccamathiasphoto • Becca Mathias, Hockessin Photo of Cheat Codes taken at Firefly Music Festival “One of my favorite sets to photograph was Cheat Code—the energy was unreal and they were a blast to photograph. I love capturing artists enjoying themselves on stage.”
SECOND PLACE @dlfelmey Deb Felmey, Harrington Photo taken at the Delaware State Fair
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WHAT READERS ARE SAYING About Hoppy Couple Mark and Jossy Osborne of Kennett Brewing Co. bring a family philosophy to their brewpub By Scott Pruden, July 2018 They are huge supporters of live music and many musicians are indebted to them for giving them the opportunity to play in their wonderful establishment. Thank You Mark and Jossy! — Joseph Novak Great article. I love the atmosphere of the bar. The beers are awesome and the fact that they support live music—it’s a no brainer. — Ken Radecke Great couple!! Brenda and I miss going to Kennett and visiting the KBC!!! — Bill Mullis About Carrying on a Legacy of Service Mike Clark’s friends are keeping his spirit alive with a mentoring program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware By Larry Nagengast, August 2018 Great article about program dear to my heart! — Edward Pankowski About Worth Recognizing D’Angelo Lewis-Harris: A Ninja Warrior who battles negative influences among Wilmington’s youth By Adriana Camacho-Church, August 2018 Way to go!! Need more people like you!! Keep it up!! — Kate Phillips About For the Record with Tony Cappella The mainstay bassist talks favorite albums and more By Krista Connor, August 2018 Finally, a peek into the twisted mind of the Eytalian Stallion Of The Bass Clef! — Rob Grant All I know is how easy it is to play on any stage with you brother! Nice piece my friend! — Kurt Houff
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HOW KENNETT BECAME THE MUSHROOM CAPITAL
OF THE WORLD Exotic mushrooms overlook the land on Phillips Mushroom Farms, which has been in business since 1927. Photo Lindsay duPhily
Science, entrepreneurial spirit and circumstance combined to convert what was once a rare delicacy into a multi-billion-dollar industry By Scott Pruden
ake a moment and consider that, for the state of Pennsylvania and the Kennett Square area specifically, a hefty percentage of the agricultural economy is based on a humble fungus. Drive north from Wilmington into southeastern Pennsylvania and the presence of mushrooms as an industry is impossible to miss. Low cinderblock mushroom houses dot the landscape. Emanating from them is the unmistakable whiff of manure compost, which may be an objectionable livestock byproduct to passing motorists but is actually the smell of money. And in Kennett Square, there are literal signs announcing its prominence —one welcoming travelers to the borough touts its status as a major mushroom source, and the municipal water tower declares: “Mushroom Capital of the World.” But what led Chester County, Pa., and Kennett Square specifically to rise to such heights in the food world? Considering that Pennsylvania has been an agricultural sweet
spot since the native Leni Lenape population first tilled the earth thousands of years ago, it would seem unsurprising to attribute large-scale mushroom cultivation to their ingenuity. But the truth is the growth of commercially grown mushrooms as an American—and once uniquely Pennsylvanian—product is a much more recent development.
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Mushrooms aren’t hard to find in nature. Under the right circumstances, many varieties sprout in fields or suburban yards after a heavy period of rain. But unlike many other food products that can be foraged, there are only about 1,000 edible varieties of wild mushroom. The rest—nearly 40,000 varieties—can cause illness, hallucinations and death. Knowing which mushrooms to pick from the wild was once the purview of root doctors, medicine men, herbalists and others with the specialized knowledge required to tell the tasty and medicinal from the deadly. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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While humans had always eaten mushrooms in some form, HOW KENNETT BECAME their popularity as a food product THE MUSHROOM CAPITAL exploded in the early 1800s in OF THE WORLD large part because of their scarcity. continued from previous page Before commercial cultivation of mushrooms, they were harvested primarily by foraging wild varieties from the forest floor, fallen logs or caves. But having to wait for the right conditions for mushrooms to appear—typically in spring, summer and autumn—and knowing the right spots for them to grow made them rare and relatively expensive. Meanwhile, efforts in the 18th and early 19th centuries to cultivate mushrooms on a large scale were failures because transplanting wild species of edible mushrooms often brought with them contamination that prevented them from thriving under controlled conditions. But by the mid-1800s, the Pasteur Institute in Paris developed a mushroom strain free of contaminants that was grown in the city’s labyrinth of sewers, thus domesticating the Agaricus bisporus, or the common white mushroom—the genetic basis for the white button mushroom we know today. The resulting spores and growth techniques were, before long, exported to England.
IT BEGAN WITH CARNATIONS
But it was good old American capitalism that jumpstarted mushroom cultivation in the United States. In Kennett Square, florist William Swayne is largely credited with bringing the mushroom business to the region in 1885, according to the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania, an advocacy group that represents the region’s mushroom growers. Swayne grew carnations, which require raised greenhouse beds to thrive. That left him with something any good entrepreneur loathes—untapped earning potential. “It all started because a guy saw wasted space,” says Jim Angelucci, general manager of Phillips Mushroom Farms. That void—between the floor of his Marshall Street greenhouses and the bottoms of his carnation beds—eventually led Swayne to theorize that the damp spaces would be perfect for mushrooms. He sent off to England for (the newly pasteurized) mushroom spores, then hung burlap curtains from the carnation beds to create mushroom-friendly areas that maintained an even temperature and humidity. His experiment a success, Swayne moved to expand his mushroom cultivating capacity by building the first mushroom house. The design mimicked that of his initial growing experiment on a much larger scale. Rather than burlap-shrouded rows, these new buildings were low and windowless to take advantage of the dark, as well as the cool ambient temperatures of the ground during the Pennsylvania fall, winter and spring. Unlike other regional crops like corn, wheat, barley and rye, they required minimal acreage. The ideal mushroom growth medium—vegetative compost mixed with manure—could be created from straw and hay plus manure from livestock, all readily available from nearby farms. What began as a hobby grew into a business when his son, J. Bancroft Swayne, returned from college. The younger Swayne immediately realized the potential for the business and is credited with creating the first commercially successful grow houses, eventually adding spawn houses and a cannery to the operation. Other farmers in the region saw what the Swaynes were up to and, by the 1920s, figured they’d get in on the action. Kennett Square’s geography and the existing infrastructure helped fuel the boom, and a rail line that ran through Avondale provided easy access to influential markets like New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., making mushroom cultivation more attractive.
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Chef Mark Eastman conducts a cooking demonstration at The Woodlands. Photo Lindsay duPhily
Also, national tastes had grown to embrace the mushroom in cooking, with canning technology making them available year-round not just to chefs but to the home cook. One of those operations was Phillips Mushroom Farms, which started in 1927 with William W. Phillips’ small operation, says Angelucci. Phillips later used ice to cool his mushroom houses, allowing for the first summer growing seasons. According to a 1931 story in West Chester’s Daily Local News, by 1930 there were more than 500 mushroom houses scattered throughout Kennett Square and townships within a 10-mile radius of the borough. They were responsible for 85 percent of all U.S. mushroom production. Over the decades, mushrooms have become a foundation of Pennsylvania agriculture, today providing 69 percent of the nation’s mushrooms and contributing $2.7 billion to the state’s economy, according to statistics from the Mushroom Farmers of Pennsylvania. And though turnover and consolidation has whittled the number of growing operations down to 68, the industry still employs 10,000 people throughout the region.
AN EYE TO VARIETY
For decades, through rapid growth, competition from European growers, and bans on the use of tin during World War II that affected canning operations, the focus of the Kennett Square mushroom industry was almost exclusively on the white “snowball” mushroom— perfectly proportioned and clean in appearance. And while today the variety still reigns as king, the rise of foodie culture has fueled a staggering growth in the exotic varieties of mushrooms grown by Kennett Square operations. In fact, if you enjoy readily available shitake and Portobello mushrooms, you pretty much have Phillips to thank for their presence on your grocery shelves. That’s the result of a revolutionary growth process that shrunk the shitake harvest time from four-tosix years to four months. When Phillips began growing Portobellos, there was zero market for the wide-capped, meaty-tasting variety. “We literally gave them away from Maine to Miami to get them started,” Angelucci says. “But when they took off, we were the only guys growing them.” The exotic mushroom business got to be so good for Phillips that in 1989 the company discontinued production of white mushrooms altogether, resuming 10 years later with the construction of massive white mushroom houses in Warwick, Md., just over the state line from Middletown, Del. Mushrooms are also benefitting from two national trends: healthier eating and high beef costs. Veggie burgers are largely made up of mushrooms, and there’s been significant interest in incorporating more mushrooms into meat products to add flavor and offset the cost of beef for things like burgers and meatballs, says Peter Wilder, marketing director of To-Jo Mushrooms in Avondale, Pa. “Taste tests have shown that 50-50 tacos [half beef and half mushrooms] are preferred over pure-beef tacos,” Wilder says. “That blend helps lower costs and can add flavor for food service products and items coming up into fast casual restaurants. Food service will get these food trends started and the whole industry will see a rise in sales.” All of which provides more opportunities for the humble—yet world-famous—Chester County mushroom to spawn even greater success for the region.
Don’t cap the mushroom fun just yet—stop by The Woodlands at Phillips Mushroom Farms, the retail store and exhibit at Phillips Mushroom Farms. Since April 2011, The Woodlands has sold fresh, dried, jarred and specialty mushrooms. Order mushrooms online for pickup, too, at thewoodlandsatphillips.com. The shop offers products and all the mushroom memorabilia one could ever dream of, including towels, books, ceramics and more. During a free self-guided tour, the crowd-favorite Mushroom Exhibit delves into everything there is to know about our favorite fungus—the growing process, health and dietary benefits and medicinal uses of mushrooms. Here, guests also can learn more about the longstanding Phillips family. Cooking demonstrations also are available, along with classes and talks. Here’s a list of September events: BLENDABILITY Friday, Sept. 7, 2-2:30 p.m. A kickoff to the 33rd annual Mushroom Festival with a cooking demonstration, led by Chef Kurt Jacobson. TINCTURES Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-noon This mushroom tincture class, taught by William Padilla Brown, costs $10. TALK Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-noon Phillips mycologist Tina Ellor will discuss nutritional benefits of mushrooms. SOUP Saturday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-noon Watch Chef Natalie Jenks make one of her legendary mushrooms soups. Sample and take home the recipe. Located at 1020 Kaolin Rd., Kennett Square, The Woodlands is open MondayFriday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
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START Throughout this year, Out & About is profiling local volunteers and the programs in which they serve. The series is being developed in cooperation with the State Office of Volunteerism, and we hope it will show readers how they can improve their communities by volunteering their time and talents. For information about volunteering opportunities through the state, visit VolunteerDelaware.org.
Nardalisa Medina, 67, here with Ja'Lynn, serves at Guardian Angel Childcare. Photo Joe del Tufo
FOREVER YOUNG Working with children at schools, daycare centers and Head Start programs puts a spring in the step of Foster Grandparent volunteers By Larry Nagengast
uth Carroll is 86. Barbara Willing is 84. Both women found their Fountain of Youth 20 years ago. That’s when they launched new lives as volunteers by becoming foster grandparents. Sixty-seven-year-old Nardalisa Medina joined the program just six years ago, and she says she plans on staying around until she’s 70. “And then maybe until I’m 75 or 76, if I’m in good health,” she adds. Ask any of them and they’ll acknowledge without hesitation that there’s a certain magic to hanging out with toddlers and preschoolers for 20 hours or more a week. It keeps them young. “It’s fun to be able to act like a child,” says Willing, who volunteers at the Guardian Angel Childcare Center, a branch of the Ministry of Caring, in downtown Wilmington. Carroll, Willing and Medina, all Wilmington residents, are among more than 180 participants in the Foster Grandparents program, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in Delaware last year. It’s part of the Senior Corps, a branch of the federal
Corporation for National and Community Service. Participants work primarily with young children at schools, daycare centers and Head Start programs. “The children usually have some challenges, either economic or learning issues or behavior issues,” says Nancy Carney, the state’s program manager for Foster Grandparents. The role of the foster grandparent varies according to the child’s needs, Carney says. Babies might need rocking, toddlers might crave a hug and a little extra attention, preschoolers might want help with coloring or solving a puzzle, and kindergartners might benefit from help in reading or developing literacy skills. 101-YEAR-OLD VOLUNTEER Volunteers say they didn’t join the program because of the stipend it provides, though they admit having a supplement to Social Security benefits certainly helps. Rather, they say they joined—and stayed—because they love being around children. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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And stay they do. One of the current foster grandparents signed up 34 years ago, and another is 101 years old, says Kanani Munford, senior administrator of the state Office of Volunteerism. Although the minimum age for participation is 55, many people that age are still working, so most foster grandparents fall into the 70 to 75 age range, she says. Most foster grandparents are women, but “we have a wonderful group of men who are strongly represented,” Munford says. With many young children in low-income families lacking male role models, the program would like to see an increase in the number of men volunteering as foster grandparents, Carney says. While the office does engage in some recruiting efforts, largely at community centers and senior centers, word of mouth is probably the best recruiting tool, she says. That’s how Willing got involved after moving back to Wilmington from Maryland’s Eastern Shore in 1997. “A friend asked me if I was getting tired of looking at the four walls in my apartment,” she recalls. “I told her that I was, and she started telling me about foster grandparents.” It didn’t take long for her to be hooked. Willing has long had a soft spot for children, starting from when she was 8 years old and helped take care of her baby sister. “My mother taught me how to change cloth diapers,” she says. “And I’d take my sister out in her carriage, put her on a blanket under a tree and read stories to her.” HUGS & LOVE She raised three children of her own, plus six stepchildren, a nephew and a granddaughter. And today, she’s still reading stories and dispensing hugs whenever they’re needed. “These children really need somebody to hug them, to say ‘I love you,’” she says. With so many single-parent families, parents working two jobs to make ends meet, or sometimes having a parent in prison, “some of those kids don’t get that at home.” As a farmer’s daughter who grew up milking cows and cleaning their stalls before going to work, first in a bakery and later at a chicken processing plant, Willing is accustomed to working. And she shows no signs of slowing down. “I said that when I got my crystal vase and my 20-year certificate that I’d quit,” she says. But when she reached the 20-year mark last December, she changed her mind. “I think I’ll try for five more years. As long as I can keep getting on the bus … I could go to the senior center but that’s not like working with children. All they ever do [at the senior center] is sit around and talk about everybody else.” “I love the intergenerational aspect that we get from foster grandparents,” says Janet Chandler, director of Guardian Angel Childcare, where Willing serves. “The little children can relate to Mom-Mom or Grandma if they have one in their lives, and if they don’t, they can build that relationship.” While the regular employees of the center have specific responsibilities, foster grandparents “don’t have an agenda,” Chandler says. “They’re here to offer love, to offer guidance.”
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“They’re an extra pair of eyes, an extra pair of hands,” adds Sister Kathleen Pollard, the center’s assistant director. Many foster grandparents live near the schools or daycare centers where they serve, and their knowledge of the neighborhood and the people who live there is an added benefit, she says. “They know some of the kids. They know some of the families. It helps us build our relationship with the children.” LASTING RELATIONSHIPS Some of the relationships Willing has built have lasted for years. While shopping one day at Concord Mall, she was surprised by a young voice calling out from behind her, “Mom-Mom Barbara.” It was a little girl, now elementary school age, whom she had cared for two or three years earlier. Another time, at a Walgreen’s, Willing asked a woman in her 20s for help getting an item off a high shelf. “Hi, Miss Barbara,” the woman said, identifying herself as a child she had helped nearly two decades ago. Like Willing, Ruth Carroll heard about foster grandparents from a friend. After retiring from a career as a cook in a public school cafeteria and at a retirement home, Carroll was caring for her ailing husband but was looking for a productive way to spend the hours that she didn’t have to be with him. She joined Foster Grandparents and began serving at Mom’s House, a childcare center that supports single mothers who have had unplanned pregnancies by helping them continue their education and find employment. Over 20 years, Carroll has seen a lot of the Mom’s House staff come and go, but she enjoys spending 20 hours a week in the program’s family atmosphere. “The kids are so nice, and everybody who works here is so nice,” she says, adding that mothers helped by the program often come back to visit and bring their children with them. “All that I can do, I try to do it,” she says, running through a list that includes reading stories, playing games, helping children learn to write their names, as well as activities like coloring, cutting and pasting. Medina, who also serves at Guardian Angel Childcare, says she likes everything about her volunteer work and “enjoys every moment” she spends with the young children. “They’re starting to talk now,” she says, noting that their budding conversational skills help her build stronger relationships with them. “By talking to them,” Sister Kathleen adds, “the foster grandparents help the little ones develop their social skills, and provide them with a little extra confidence.” The benefits of foster grandparenting are reciprocal. By helping the children thrive, the seniors get something significant in return. “When they make the commitment,” Carney says, “it gives them a sense of purpose, and it keeps them young.”
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Foster grandparents serve for 15 to 40 hours a week in daycare centers, Head Start programs, schools and youth and family service centers. Participants must be age 55 or over, have a limited income and submit to a criminal history check. Benefits include a tax-free stipend based on hours served; paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; and a free annual physical. To learn more about the program, call 255-9688 in northern New Castle County, 696-3120 in southern New Castle County, 857-5016 in Kent County, or 515-3037 in Sussex County. SEPTEMBER MARCH 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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When it comes to walking and biking trails, the State of Delaware has certainly put its money where its mouth is. Since June 2016, the state has earmarked more than $20 million to Delaware trails and walking improvements. Delaware’s network of trails now totals more than 580 miles. This fall, cyclists can experience the latest fruits from that investment as two events showcase major enhancements to New Castle County’s trail system as well as bring visitors to three communities connected by those trails. Trailfest, a fundraising event for Delaware Greenways and Bike Delaware, is set for Saturday, Sept. 22. Trailfest will feature two morning rides (15 miles or less; 50 miles) that give cyclists the opportunity to experience the new Jack A. Markell Trail, an eightmile pathway from the DuPont Environmental Education Center (DEEC) to Historic New Castle’s Battery Park. The Markell Trail features an impressive bridge and boardwalk path over the Christina River and marsh of the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge. Cyclists choosing Trailfest’s 50-mile Challenge Ride will also experience the Mike Castle Trail, a route completed in 2017 that parallels the Chesapeake & Delaware Canal. “We hope the impact of Trailfest will be awareness for the [Markell Trail], and with awareness will come use,” said Mary Roth, Executive Director at Delaware Greenways. “Recreation or transportation, it’s a great option. For residents, visitors and employers in Wilmington and New Castle and along the trail, it’s a tremendous amenity.” Trailfest, however, includes much more than a pair of bike rides. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a free festival will be held in and around DEEC that includes live music by The Honey Badgers and The Stone Shakers, food trucks, craft beer, canoeing, games, interactive exhibits, DEEC’s Nature Mobile, and more. In addition, attendees will be able to sample a short stretch of the Markell Trail as complimentary bikes will be on hand courtesy of the Riverfront Development Corporation. To register for the Trailfest rides or for additional information, visit TrailfestDe.com.
Two weeks later, Delaware City and New Castle take center stage as they partner to present the sixth annual River Towns Ride & Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6. The ride kicks off at 11 a.m., with a free festival in both towns running from noon-5 p.m. The River Towns Ride has become a popular draw for regional cyclists as it rewards participants for the number of times they complete a round-trip on the 10-mile bike-friendly road between the two towns. This year, however, River Towns is working in another option and including the Markell Trail among its routes. Bronze, silver and gold medals can be earned, depending on the distance. Visit RiverTownsFestival.com for ride registration and details. “We have really committed as both a city and state to maintaining safe and accessible bike-friendly roads,” said Bill Barthel, City Administrator for the City of New Castle. “River Towns is a perfect opportunity for us to feature these roads to Delawareans and invite visitors into our town. We have been emphasizing the popularity of biking and the trails, while showcasing the great things that each city has to offer.” As with Trailfest, cycling is merely the kick-off component of River Towns. Beginning at noon, both towns will present free festivals in two settings ideal for an outdoor celebration: The Green in Historic New Castle and Battery Park in Historic Delaware City. In New Castle, expect live music throughout the day, pumpkin decorating, kids games, a hayride, food trucks and craft beer. Delaware City will feature live music from noon-5 p.m., craft beer and food, pony rides, kids rides, corn hole, walking tours and more. “From the beginning we have had a great working relationship with the folks from Delaware City,” said Barthel. “This has been a really positive cooperative partnership between the two towns.” — O&A
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Breaking Down Ba iers through Art Painters Monica Lopez and Danny Martinez share their culture and take initiative in Creative District programs Siblings Monica Lopez and Danny Martinez helped paint the Veterans Mural at Marcella’s House, a veterans’ residential facility on Washington Street. Photo Joe del Tufo
Monica Lopez has become a vital part of Creative District mural projects. Photo courtesy of Monica Lopez
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ister and brother Monica Lopez and Danny Martinez, who are both painters and creatives, attended one of the inaugural Creative District projects in Wilmington three year ago, hoping to learn about murals. But the project, The Veterans Freedom Mural, turned out to be much more than a learning experience. The siblings became integral to the project and team, and Creative District Strategist Laura Semmelroth praises their involvement. “The mural could not have happened without their hard work,” she says. “They are also just lovely people and represent Delaware well.” They painted almost every Creative District mural after that, and Lopez painted alongside the lead artist on two of them. The Creative District—a place for creative entrepreneurs to work and live—is bounded by Fourth, Ninth, Market and Washington streets. The Veterans Mural is on an exterior wall at Marcella’s House, a 15-unit veterans’ residential facility on Washington Street. The duo became involved with the Creative District after Lopez participated in the Artaddiction program at the city’s Latin American Community Center. The program explores addiction and recovery through art, and both Lopez and Martinez have won awards for their pieces. When word spread that the Creative
District was looking for muralists, the two stretched out of their comfort zones to attend the workshops. The siblings were the only Hispanic participants, and Lopez was initially intimidated by the language barrier, relying on Martinez for translation help. “But they opened their arms and received us,” says Lopez. “They always support us in everything that we do and say, ‘You’re very persistent.’” Lopez, 34, and Martinez, 30, are originally from Puebla, Mexico, and have lived in the United States for 16 years. “In my country, when I told people I want to be an artist, people laughed in my face,” says Lopez. When she arrived in the U.S., she stopped painting entirely; she didn’t know where to look for materials, and became depressed without understanding the city of Wilmington or the language. “But when I started participating in Artaddiction, people started telling me where I can get supplies, sharing ideas and inviting me to other events,” says Lopez. Now, the siblings participate in various programs, including workshops at NextFab. Solo projects are a primary focus right now, too. SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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For Lopez, one of the most important messages her art conveys is an appreciation for her roots. “My art is all about my culture,” she says. “I like to paint things about the culture that people here might not know about. For them, it can seem weird, but for us, it’s being proud.” For example, she specializes in painting the catrina doll, an iconic skeleton with flowers on its head derived from Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrated this year Oct. 31-Nov. 2. The brother and sister say artistry doesn’t exactly run in the family. Rather, it’s a result of Lopez’s natural talent and her position as a role model for Martinez, who has followed in her footsteps since childhood trying to keep up, he says, laughing. Martinez’s style is more abstract than Lopez’s. “I don’t show faces, it’s more retro,” he says. “It’s weird stuff.” One of his recent pieces is “Balloons of Life,” an abstract commentary on drug addiction and alcohol abuse. “Every balloon that I painted represented someone in my life under the influence,” he says. In the painting, a person reaches for a golden balloon that represents the final goal: being clean and re-entering society. Martinez and Lopez will take part in a Creative District exhibition at The Rock Lot, 305 W. 8th St., on Friday, Oct. 5. Their paintings will be displayed and for sale, along with other artists’ work, from 5-7 p.m. “We found out that the Creative District has really nice people—we have made new friends and family,” says Martinez. “They’re doing great things for Wilmington.”
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All ages find The Delaware Contemporary is a popular stop on Art Loop Wilmington. Photo courtesy of The Delaware Contemporary
FOR ART’S SAKE Wilmington Art Loop celebrates 30 years
ilmingtonians love the Loop concept. Back in the late 1970s, Fine Times Magazine came up with an idea to create a costumed bar crawl to celebrate Halloween. This October, the Halloween Loop will celebrate its 39th year. In the late ‘80s, Out & About Magazine decided that one Loop wasn’t enough. So, it added the St. Paddy’s Loop; a variety of other themes soon followed (Seventies Loop, Eighties Loop, Pink Loop, Octoberfest Loop, Cinco de Mayo Loop…). Today, the City Loop Series has three decades of history and boasts five annual events. And in 1988, Wilmington’s art community chose to coordinate their monthly exhibition openings and create a
citywide reception to celebrate art. It began as Art on the Town, but Wilmington knows the Loop concept when it sees it. So, this First Friday tradition quickly became known as the Art Loop. On Sept. 7, Art Loop Wilmington will begin its 30th season. What a coincidence. Out & About Magazine is also celebrating its 30th year and so it seems quite fitting that we partner with the City of Wilmington’s Office of Cultural Affairs to elevate this proud city tradition. “The value of the Art Loop to artists, exhibition spaces, businesses and the public can be measured, in part, by its longevity,” says Tina Betz, director, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. “The Art Loop has survived for 30 years and five different city administrations.” ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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“The City Loop Series and the Art Loop have one very important thing in common—small retailers working together to create an event in which the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” says Jerry duPhily, publisher of Out & About Magazine. “We respect Wilmington’s art scene and have supported the Art Loop since its inception,” duPhily continues. “In fact, many artists featured on the Loop have appeared on our cover or in the magazine. So, we’re excited about what else we can bring to the table to help raise the profile of area artists, city galleries and other city businesses.” Beginning with opening Loop on Sept. 7, the Art Loop will now take place the first Friday of all 12 months (except July 2019, which is set for July 12, the second Friday, because of Fourth of July Weekend). In previous years, the Art Loop did not take place in January and some summer months were dark. There will also be a uniform Loop start time of 5 p.m. Closing time will be up to individual galleries. Out & About is also teaming with Break Thru Beverage to present complimentary beer, wine or spirit tastings at three Loop venues that will rotate each month. The complimentary downtown shuttle bus will be in action again this season and a post-Loop dining special at select city restaurants will be announced for October. To keep art patrons informed, a twopage spread identifying participating venues and artists will appear in each of issue of Out & About (see previous pages for this month’s). The official website, ArtLoopWilmington.org, has been made mobile friendly and will feature the upcoming lineup a minimum of two weeks prior to each Art Loop. “The Blue Streak Gallery has been on Art on the Town since the first Friday it began,” says gallery owner Ellen Bartholomaus. “It is a highlight of the cultural life of our city. People from all parts of the area and all age groups come out to support their local galleries and restaurants. Friends reunite, learn about new artists, and enjoy the uniqueness and one-of-a-kind spaces that make Wilmington interesting and special.” — Out & About
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COMING THIS FALL There’s something for everyone in this extensive lineup
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s we swelter through the last bits of another Delaware summer, I’m greatly anticipating the opportunity to chill out with our local arts folks. There’s something here for everyone, so let’s take a refreshing ‘Nestea plunge’ into the Arts this fall. ARDEN CONCERT GILD The Gild starts an exciting season with the perennially popular Arden Fair on Saturday, Sept. 1. Fairgoers can revel in delicious kettle corn and baked goods, rides and games, art and the (free) Shady Grove stage with top-notch bands, including The Blues Reincarnation Project, Sarah Koon and The Tall Pines. Friday, Sept. 7, is the earliest show ever for Arden, heralding the return of the California Guitar Trio with Jesse Marchant opening. Saturday, Nov. 3, brings Toronto-based Kaia Kater Trio’s acoustic music, influenced by the Caribbean, Appalachia and Canada. Opening that show is Richie and Rosie, featuring Richie Stearns (Horseflies banjo player) and Rosie Newton (The Duhks and The Mammals). The Gild has already sold out its Sunday, Dec. 9, concert with Lisa Loeb. If you’ve never been, plan a trip to this musical hamlet soon! 2126 The Highway, Arden • 898.9308 Tickets: ardenconcerts.com Facebook: @ArdenConcertGild • Twitter: @ArdenConcerts THE ARTS AT TRINITY Once again, Trinity offers a season of exceptional musical performances with no admission charge. The year opens on Sunday, Oct. 21, with an all-Beethoven program from The Archduke Trio and other works featuring violinist Kate Ransom, pianist Jennifer Nicole Campbell and cellist Guang Wang. A November performance will include a sacred music concert during the church’s public worship service. 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington • 652.8605 • theartsattrinity.org Facebook: @TheArtsatTrinity
BRANDYWINE BAROQUE Brandywine Baroque opens its 2018-19 season the weekend of Oct. 12-14 with “The Triumph of Virtue”—a selection of sonatas and carats by Bousset and Stanley, plus sonatas for violin by Croft and Rebel. Guest violinist Heather Miller Lardin joins gambist John Mark Rozendaal for “Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Violone” by Buxtehude. On the weekend of Dec. 7-9, the ensemble revels in “The Delirium of Love,” a musical celebration of concertos and cantatas, with guest vocalist Augustine Mercante. 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington • 652.4190 Tickets: brandywinebaroque.org Facebook: @BrandywineBaroque CITY THEATER COMPANY CTC launches its 25th season with new Artistic Director Kerry Kristine McElrone in an exciting residency at The Grand Opera House and a Best of Delaware nod. A one-night-only, concertstyle revisit of their blockbuster Green Day’s American Idiot is set for the baby grand on Saturday, Oct. 6. The fall production is the rollicking musical Mamma Mia!, running Dec. 7-15. Monthly Fearless Improv performances will be held in The Grand’s Sarah Bernhardt Salon, and improv classes at the Delaware Historical Society begin in October. Spring welcomes the return of the Fearless-co-hosted Tax-Free Comedy Festival. Look for 25th anniversary “pop-up” celebrations throughout the season. Performance venue: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington city-theater.org • 220.8285 • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook: @CityTheaterCompany Twitter/Instagram: @CityTheaterCo
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DELAWARE CHILDREN’S THEATRE The theater’s season opens with Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., running Oct. 6-28. This classic is a romantic fairy tale featuring DCT's finest young actors and terrific songs. The Christmas Carol story always delights and touches the heart as Scrooge and Tiny Tim bring us the best of the holidays, and DCT brings the story to life with Scrooge the Musical, Nov. 17-Dec. 9. New this season is a family event—Dickens’ Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 14. 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 655.1014 Tickets: dechildrenstheatre.org Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareChildrensTheatre
THE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARY The Contemporary begins its season with its Forged of Nature Fashion Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29. The event features a runway show by Ellen Durkan of Iron Maiden Forge and Shannah Warwick of BlckBts. These artists blend opposing techniques and materials to challenge the perception of fashion as wearable expressions of art. Saturday, Nov. 17, go on an art-buying adventure with SABA IV (Small Art, Big Auction). Art lovers can choose from intriguing selections of 6”x6” artwork, at $25 each. All works are listed anonymously until sold, so you could snag a piece from a well-known talent. Every third Wednesday is the series ON ART—conversations with the artists, featuring exhibiting artists, regional artists and curators. 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656.6466 Tickets: decontemporary.org Facebook/Instagram: @DEContemporary
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THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM This fall, The Delaware Art Museum presents two female artists and activists. Opening on Saturday, Nov. 3, is Politics and Paint: Barbara Bodichon and the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Bodichon was a tireless reformer and champion of women’s rights. Her 1854 Brief Summary of the Laws of England Concerning Women helped promote the passage of the Married Women’s Property Act of 1882. Monday and Wednesday, Nov. 5 and 7 (at the Rt. 9 Library & Innovation Center), the Museum opens Okwui Okpokwasili’s Poor People’s TV Room. Okpokwasili’s multimedia dance is informed by two historical incidents in Nigeria: The Women’s War of 1929, a resistance against British colonial powers; and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than 300 girls, which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Note: The performance includes partial nudity. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington • 571.9590 • Tickets: delart.org Facebook: @DelawareArtMuseum Twitter/Instagram: @DelArtMuseum
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CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Christina partners with the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew for the “Soul of the City Festival” on Saturday, Sept. 29. Showcasing both organizations with a family fair and musical block party, the event includes food and retail vendors circling the blocks of Shipley, Market & 8th streets. Family activities begin at 10 a.m. with live music starting at 2 p.m. Christina’s known for intimate performances by acclaimed jazz and R&B artists. This season is no different, starting with Grammy-nominated jazz/R&B duo The Baylor Project on Sunday, Oct. 7, and continuing Friday, Nov. 2, with five-time Grammy nominee Christian Sands. In December, the stunning contemporary dance-music-narration of “Carols in Color” features Eleone Dance Theatre. Christina also hosts monthly visual art exhibits, beginning with Stephen Kingsberry’s “Burden of Palestine” on Friday, Oct. 5. 705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • Tickets: ccacde.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CCACDE
DELAWARESHAKESPEARE Explore social justice with the Bard's most famous trial scene during Shylock v. Antonio and the City of Venice: The Appeal. This mock trial features Dean Rodney A. Smolla arguing for Shylock, and Kathleen Furey McDonough of Potter Anderson & Corroon responding for Antonio, with an all-star panel of retired Delaware judges at Delaware Law School on Tuesday, Oct. 16. It’s a fundraiser for DelShakes’ 2018 Community Tour of The Merchant of Venice, expanding to 18 statewide performances for audiences that traditionally have limited access to the arts. The Tour concludes with public ticketed performances at OperaDelaware Studios, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 & 18. Next, Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends haunts four historic spaces—the New Castle Court House Museum, the Stone Stable in Odessa, Old Town Hall in Wilmington and the Old State House in Dover—Oct. 11-14. Performance venues: Various in Delaware • 415.3373 Tickets: delshakes.org Facebook/Instagram: @DelShakes CONTINUED ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE First State Ballet Theatre’s presents Don Quixote from Oct. 19-21 in the baby grand. On Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, FSBT presents one of its most popular events, Up Front with FSBT, giving audiences an opportunity to experience classical and contemporary works and rub elbows with the dancers in a reception afterward. And it wouldn’t be a holiday season without The Nutcracker, and FSBT delivers with its lavish production in Copeland Hall, Dec. 21-23. Performance Venue: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington 658.7897 x3851 • firststateballet.com Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook/Instagram: @FirstStateBallet Twitter: @FSBTheatre ►
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DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY DTC continues to develop new works with the world premiere of Bruce Graham’s Sanctions, Sept. 12-30. Inspired by true events, this incendiary new drama explores scandal and conflict threatening the reputation of a university athletic department whose NCAA probation was just lifted. Next, Fully Committed, written by Kathryn MacMillan, offers plenty of laughter Oct. 17-Nov. 4. Can an out-ofwork actor juggle coercion, threats, bribes and histrionics of callers as he mans the reservation line of Manhattan’s top restaurant? Then groove in your seats for A Sign of the Times—a ‘60s musical featuring Petula Clark and other hit-makers, Nov. 28-Dec. 23. Created by Richard J. Robin with book by Bruce Vilanch, this feel-good musical is the story of a young woman coming into her own in a turbulent world. 200 Water St., Wilmington • 594.1100 • Tickets: DelawareTheatre.org Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareTheatreCompany Twitter/Snapchat: @DelawareTheatre
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DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA DSO’s main Classics Series, in Copeland Hall at The A NEW ARTS SEASON Grand, is preceded by a talk from the stage from COMING THIS FALL continued from previous page Maestro David Amado. The American Dream: A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein on Friday, Sept. 28, includes Bernstein’s Serenade and Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring: Suite, as well as violinist Jennifer Koh. Liberty, Equality, Fraternity is celebrated on Friday, Nov. 9, in collaboration with the University of Delaware Symphonic Choir for Cherubini’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica.” The more intimate Chamber Series, in the Hotel du Pont’s Gold Ballroom, starts Tuesday, Oct. 23, with An Evening with DSO Winds, with the DSO Woodwind Quintet: Kimberly Reighley, flute; Jeffrey O’Donnell, oboe; Charles Salinger, clarinet; Erik Höltje, bassoon, and Karen Schubert, horn. Tuesday, Dec. 11, features violinist David Southorn and pianist Lura Johnson in DSO Principals: Violin and Piano. Performance Venue: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 656.7442 • delawaresymphony.org • Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook: @DelawareSymphony • Twitter: @DelawareSymph
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GABLE MUSIC VENTURES After another successful Ladybug Festival, Gable continues to be the channel for live music in the Wilmington area, booking artists in venues all over town and curating the popular Wilmo Wednesdays at Ernest & Scott Taproom in Wilmington. Gable ups the ante this fall with the Fortify Music Festival at Delaware City’s Fort Dupont on Saturday, Sept. 29—a daylong battalion of local bands and national-touring tribute acts on two outdoor stages. Check Gable’s website for details. Performance venues: Various in DE • gablemusicventures.com Facebook/Instagram: @GableMusicVentures Twitter: @GableMusic THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE & THE PLAYHOUSE ON RODNEY SQUARE The Grand brings another fantastic season of programming with some 52 shows confirmed and growing. The newest season of Broadway in Wilmington presented by Bank of America features blockbusters like Finding Neverland, The Sound of Music, Something Rotten, SPAMALOT, Cirque Dreams Holidaze and Legally Blonde The Musical. Get your Celtic music fix with Lúnasa: Christmas in Ireland, The Young Dubliners or Songs of Ireland. For comedy lovers, there’s Lewis Black, Kathleen Madigan, David Sedaris. Enjoy tunes from Del and Dawg, Jim Brickman, Take Me To The River Live, I’m With Her featuring Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan, and more! Families will love Drumline LIVE, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live or one of the new sensory-friendly shows, including The Rainbow Fish. The Grand: 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.5577 Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org The Playhouse: 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington • 888.0200 Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook: @TheGrandWilmington • Facebook: @ThePlayhouseDE Twitter/Instagram: @TheGrandWilm LIGHT UP THE QUEEN FOUNDATION Light Up the Queen has partnered with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation for On Screen/In Person—a series of independent socially relevant films, at The Queen. Screenings are pay-what-you-can at the door. It begins Sunday, Sept. 23, with Break the Chain, a look at the human trafficking industry told by two survivors. Holden On, Sunday, Oct. 21, is based on the true story of a high schooler in a small Georgia town who hides his mental illness as he morphs from a well-liked football player to a lost, self-medicating prophet. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Tyrus tells the story of Tyrus Wong, an American artist born in China who produced a breathtaking scope of work while navigating personal and professional bigotry in 20th century America. 500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 610.616.0134 • Tickets: lightupthequeen.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @LightUpTheQueen ►
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THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE The Music School begins with Opening Night—The Magic of Music! on Wednesday, Oct. 3—with works by Rossini, J.S. Bach & Mozart. The Cultural Crossroads series features music of the 1930s (Sunday, Nov. 11); a January 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration; and a springtime commemoration of Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. Alumni All-Stars return on Wednesday, Nov. 28. And the school continues to host Classical Café (beginning Saturday, Oct. 20)—a coffee-and-donuts roundtable on music. There are also community Open Mic Nights (beginning Thursday, Sept. 13), a monthly Bluegrass Jam, and jazz and rock ensemble performances. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington • 762.1132 Tickets: musicschoolofdelaware.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @MusicSchoolofDE ►
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PYXIS PIANO QUARTET On Thursday, Sept. 27, the Pyxis Piano Quartet opens its 10th Anniversary Season at the Delaware Art Museum with their dramatic musical response to the current exhibit of Hank Willis Thomas’ retroreflective photographs of the 1968 National Guard occupation of Wilmington. This concert features music of Schnittke, Hailstork, Debussy and Gal. The ensemble continues their celebratory season with the first program of their twoconcert residency at First & Central Church (Sunday, Oct. 28, see “Market Street Music” above), which includes Martinu’s whimsical Three Madrigals for violin and viola, along with piano quartets of Mozart and Mendelssohn. Performance venue: Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington Tickets: pyxispianoquartet.com • Facebook: @PyxisPianoQuartet THE QUEEN WILMINGTON The Queen will draw national touring acts that have never performed in the area, including Andy Grammer, Nothing More, UB40 and Reel Big Fish, with genres ranging from reggae to rock to hip-hop. The Queen also spotlights local content such as the Saturday, Sept. 29, event, Local Brews Local Grooves—a beer and music festival with 17 Delaware breweries and eight local bands. For the full calendar, see the website. 500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 202.730.3331 • Tickets: thequeenwilmington.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @QueenWilmington THE REP (RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PLAYERS) The REP opens its 201819 season with Lettice and Lovage by Peter Shaffer (Sept. 13-Oct. 7), a madcap comedy about friends, history and white lies. Next is the Tonynominated black Irish comedy, The Seafarer by Conor McPherson (Sept. 20-Oct. 7). “Sharky” Harkin, in Dublin for a whisky-soaked Christmas Eve, suddenly realizes that he’s playing the ultimate high-stakes game. Woman in Mind by Alan Ayckbourn (Nov. 8 – Dec. 2) is a darkly wry yet poignant story of feuding families—one real, one imaginary. Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Rd., Newark 831-2204 • Tickets: rep.udel.edu Facebook: @rep.udel.edu • Twitter/Instagram: @Delaware_REP
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WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE In its 86th season, the Drama A NEW ARTS SEASON League opens with the Tony COMING THIS FALL Award-winner Fun Home (Sept. continued from previous page 14-23), directed by Chris Turner and music directed by Kelly Kline. When Alison’s father dies unexpectedly, she dives into her past to tell the story of the man who defined her family and life. Next, WDL spreads Neil Simon’s Rumors (Oct.19-28), where at Sneden’s Landing the Deputy Mayor of New York has just shot himself. As confusion mounts, the evening spins into farcical hilarity. Get a double shot of nostalgia and holiday spirit with A Christmas Story, The Musical (Dec. 14-30). Join in the fun with Ralphie: dreams of a BB-gun for Christmas; a tongue stuck to a flag pole; a garish leg lamp; and a Chinese Christmas dinner. 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington • 764.1172 Tickets: wilmingtondramaleague.org Facebook: @WilmingtonDramaLeague Instagram: @WilmingtonDramaLeague
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These 19 local events will get you in the autumnal spirit. Embrace the season with train rides through fall foliage, outdoor music festivals, tasty fundraisers, crisp corn maze adventures, ghost tours, a harvest moon festival and more! By Jacob Orledge STEAMIN’ DAYS AT AUBURN HEIGHTS The Marshall Steam Museum 3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn First Sunday of the month through November Auburnheights.org Climb into an antique automobile or board one of the trains and experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Another option is touring the 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. General admission is $8 for ages 12 and under, $11 for 13 and up, and free for Friends of Auburn Heights Preserve members. THE FARMER & THE CHEF The Chase Center 815 Justison St., Wilmington Thursday, Sept. 13; 5:45-8:30 p.m. Visitwilmingtonde.com The event is a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization that funds research to improve the health of mothers and babies, where all who attend will be able to sample food grown by local farmers and prepared by local chefs. FORTIFY MUSIC FEST Fort Dupont 260 Old Elm Ave., Delaware City Saturday, Sept. 29; 1-9 p.m. Fortdupont.org Don’t miss this day-long festival that will combine classic music such as Led Zeppelin and The Police with local music talent including Kashmir and Montana Wildaxe. Set on the historic and scenic grounds of Fort Dupont, this festival will highlight a variety of food and beer selections from the area including the Fortify IPA brewed by Twin Lakes. LOCAL BREWS & LOCAL GROOVES The Queen 500 N. Market St., Wilmington Saturday, Sept. 29; 2 p.m. Visitwilmingtonde.com The self described ultimate craft beer and music festival will hit the Queen in September, and bringing with it the opportunity to listen to great music and enjoy craft beer from Delaware’s breweries.
TASTE OF TROLLEY Trolley Square Various participating locations Saturday, Sept. 29; 1-5 p.m. tasteoftrolley.com Experience the vibrant western Wilmington neighborhood of Trolley Square in an afternoon filled with street entertainment, food, beer, wine and spirit sampling, and kids attractions. CORN MAZE & FALL FUN Ramsey’s Farm 330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington Various dates Ramseysfarm.com Enjoy the fun of Ramsey’s Farm this season as they offer a corn maze, sorghum maze, hay maze, pumpkin painting, hayrides and more. KALMAR NYCKEL ADVENTURES Wilmington & Historic New Castle Various October dates Kalmarnyckel.org Feel the wind on your face as you take to the sea on the Kalmar Nyckel, and enjoy day sails, private sails, tours, or river cruises, setting off from multiple locations, including Wilmington and Historic New Castle. FORT DELAWARE GHOST TOURS Pea Patch Island, Delaware City Various October dates destateparks.com Anticipate the thrill of the supernatural in an actual paranormal investigation of Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware. Only persons 13 years and older can participate. All departures are on the ferry from Delaware City at 45 Clinton St. Admission is $50 per person. MILBURN ORCHARDS 1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md. October through November Milburnorchards.com This Fall, Milburn Orchards is the place to go for hayrides, a corn maze, farmyard playground, tractor tunnel, straw jump, and more. Admission is $5-$10, and free for ages 2 and below. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL Coverdale Farm Preserve 543 Way Rd., Greenville Saturday, Oct. 6 Delawarenaturesociety.org This fall festival offers activities for all ages with hayrides, live music, food trucks, artisan demonstrations, and children’s activities. The festival is free for all members and $7 for nonmembers over the age of five. GRAINFEST III Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen 270 E. Main St., Newark Saturday, Oct. 6; 12 p.m. meetatgrain.com/grainfest The third annual Grainfest will include more than 20 breweries, two crush stations, two food trucks, wine stations and live music. Music features Cherry Crush, Spokey Speaky, Marielle Kraft, Hotbed, Bucket of Hot and Chris D’Espo. Admission costs $18 online and $20 at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend.
THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 18; 6-9 p.m. Mealsonwheelsde.org The Tailgate is a charitable fundraiser that will benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware. The event will include wine, spirits and craft beer from 2SP Brewing Co. as well as area restaurants’ various interpretations of tailgate food. Guests will have live entertainment, a silent auction, tailgate-themed games, and a beer/wine toss at their disposal. Tickets cost $65 per person and should be purchased online. MOVIES ON TAP FILM FEST Penn Cinema 401 S. Madison St., Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 18, Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20 penncinema.com The first-ever Movies on Tap Film Fest takes place over three nights and will feature seven movies from the sci-fi, horror and comedy genres including the original Halloween and Predator films and a midnight screening of Flash Gordon. Proceeds will benefit charity.
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BOO AT THE ZOO Brandywine Zoo 1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington Friday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 20; 5-7 p.m. Brandywinezoo.org Trick-or-treat and explore the zoo at dusk to celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday. Kids should enjoy a fun night in their costumes without the horror themed elements of the season. WILMINGTON BEER WEEK Wilmington, Various locations in the city Week of Oct. 21-28 wilmingtonbeerweek.com Wilmington will play host to a week full of events around the city showcasing the wide variety of craft beer available in the First State. BEERS & GEARS Delaware Park 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 27; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Delawarepark.com This car show includes rat rods, muscles, exotics, hot rods, turners, pro street, imports, trucks and classics. More than 450 trophies will be awarded during this family-friendly event, free for spectators, with live music and DJs.
VENDEMMIA DA VINCI Wine and Food Festival Christiana Hilton 100 Continental Dr., Newark Sunday, Oct. 28; 3-7 p.m. Societadavinci.org Dedicated to promoting the Italian-American heritage, the Da Vinci Society helps families in need, provides educational grants, supports cultural events and institutions within the community and throws one heck of a fall event. Guests can enjoy live entertainment and enjoy samples of Italian food and wine. FALL CRISP CLASSIC Urban Bike Project Bellevue State Park, Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 3; 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Urbanbikeproject.com This autumnal bicycle ride begins and ends at Bellevue, with eight-mile or 12-mile options for riders. An after party at the finish line in Bellevue State Park is sponsored by Dogfish Head Brewery. THE GRAND GALA Copeland Hall, The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street., Wilmington Saturday, Dec. 1; 8 p.m. Thegrandwilmington.org Grammy award-winning artist Michael McDonald will perform at Copeland Hall for the 42nd Annual Grand Gala. The night will be capped off with an after-party at the Hotel DuPont with live music, dancing and an open bar. The proceeds of the gala will benefit The Grand’s Arts Education Programs.
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NEWS YOU CAN USE! WILMINGTON WORKS Looking for general job information and resources? Visit https://www.wilmingtonde. gov/government/employment to learn about education and training, labor laws and regulations, how to apply for government jobs, as well as other employment-related information. CIVIC ASSOCIATIONS Looking for a community organization or civic association in your area? Visit: https:// www.wilmingtonde.gov/government/ city-offices/constituent-services/civic-andneighborhood-organizations.
MAYOR PURZYCKI JOINS WEST SIDE GROWS TO COMMEMORATE RENOVATED FATHER TUCKER PARK
ayor Mike Purzycki joined West Side Grows Together, city and state officials, and local residents in late July for a ribbon-cutting to commemorate renovations to Father Tucker Park on Wilmington’s West Side. Father Tucker, at 9th and Scott Streets, is the third recently refurbished West Side park, following completion last year of Fourth Street Park and Connell Street Park. All three projects were part of a resident-driven community development process coordinated by West Side Grows in partnership with the city, state and federal governments, which is helping to rebuild the West Side community. “I continue to be impressed and encouraged by the outpouring of support and participation by the community for projects such as this,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We can accomplish so much more by working in tandem to strengthen neighborhoods and improve lives. This new park is another example of what can be achieved when communities and government work together to address a pressing need.” Local schools and community centers were engaged in the design process of Father Tucker Park from the outset. Upgrades to the park and playground cost about $600,000, half of which came from a National Parks Service grant for construction and design improvements.
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n case you haven’t noticed, there has been a dining renaissance happening on Market Street. And it couldn’t come at a better time, as the City begins its new branding campaign—“It’s Time”— to promote Wilmington as a place to live, work and play. Last year, only a handful of new dining options opened. They included the Wilmington Green Box, which serves smoothies and healthy food; UDairy Creamery, serving ice cream, burgers and salads; and, two blocks over, on Orange Street, Bull Bay Caribbean Cuisine, best known for its Jamaican-inspired food and digs. This year and into 2019, Market Street is on track for a half-dozen restaurant openings, with more to come. Here's a look at recent additions to the Market Street scene, along with a glance at those scheduled to arrive soon. ►
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FARMER & THE COW, 413 N. MARKET ST. After a quiet opening back in March, Farmer & the Cow has made its mark on Market Street with a wide selection of upscale burgers, bourbon and boozy shakes. Having lived in Delaware for many years, owner Mike Day realized there was potential in his location on North Market Street. “Wilmington never seemed to be known for its restaurants, nightlife or happy hours. [However], through strong revitalization and focus on growing the city in such a positive manner, downtown Wilmington, specifically Market Street, seemed like a great opportunity to be part of its rebirth,” Day says. Farmer & the Cow focuses on quality ingredients and house-made burgers, created with a blend of brisket, chuck and filet that chefs grind and prepare to form an eight-ounce patty. There is also a strong craft focus, whether it’s spirits, cocktails, beer or the extensive bourbon collection. Says Day: “Our bourbon list is impressive. We’re always looking for new projects from producers. We want to provide an opportunity for our guests to try something new, even those with an experienced palette.” And for those with a sweet tooth, Farmer & the Cow offers milkshakes that can be made kid-friendly or “boozy” with the addition of a house shot. The most popular drink is called “The Brimley,” or what Day calls a “candy shop in a glass.” The concoction is a blend of Reese’s, Hershey’s chocolate, Butterfingers, Oreos and M&M’s, all folded into vanilla ice cream. MARGAUX RESTAURANT, 902 N. MARKET ST. Located in the former home of Delaware Trust, Margaux Restaurant is a long-awaited addition to Market Street. Says co-owner Soufiane Lailani: “I wanted to create an intimate space that blended modern and old school tastes.” When Lailani saw the space for the first time, he was excited that the front-of-house was a completely “blank canvas” and that the location was “a perfect match,” with so many workers living within walking distance. Margaux serves classic, old-school French cuisine, using local and seasonal ingredients when possible. The most popular dishes include le Hamburger at lunch and the oh-sodecadent Tournedos Rossini, a seared center-cut filet mignon with foie gras, pickled shallot mousse, potato gratin, haricot vert (green beans) and demi glacé. Menus will change seasonally, so look for the cassoulet, a rich stew typically made with beans and pork, this fall. The most anticipated update is the addition of the creperie adjacent to Margaux, which is tentatively scheduled to open in late fall. And as the only full-service, classic French restaurant in the city, it has already made an impact. This year, it will be the 2018 exclusive caterer for the first-ever Le Dîner en Blanc, Wilmington, an internationally renowned pop-up dining event where guests dress all in white.
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STITCH HOUSE BREWERY, 829 N. MARKET ST. Stitch House Brewery began the rebirth of the Wilmington business district and has become a bright spot in both the daytime and late-night restaurant scene. “I grew up in Wilmington and wanted to be part of the resurgence of Market Street,” says owner Dan Sheridan. Having worked previously at La Fia, Sheridan says he has always felt “more comfortable than others” when it came to working on Market Street. In addition, he had early intel on the new Residences at Mid-Town Park project and knew that he wouldn’t “find a space big enough” for his restaurant and brewhouse anywhere else. Fast forward to today and the brewery and restaurant is going strong. Stitch House serves a long list of meaty sandwiches, skillets to share (or to keep to oneself), and a list of craft beers made on the premises by Head Brewer Andrew Rutherford, formerly of Philadelphia’s Yards Brewing Co. “The person who built our brewhouse threw out a few names for head brewer and after 50 or so interviews, I knew that Andrew was the one,” says Sheridan. He adds that Rutherford has “carte blanche” in the brewhouse. For example, Stitch House partnered with OperaDelaware last fall to make a High Note Abbey Dubbel beer to commemorate the Puccini festival. 218 GRILLE, 218 N. MARKET ST. After a quiet opening earlier this year in the LoMa neighborhood, 218 Grille has made quite a splash on Market Street. Anyone who walks by this space can tell by the aroma that it’s all about the chicken wings. Owner Darril Guilford serves up wings with creative flavors like Thai coconut curry, mesquite dry rub, Jamaican jerk and sesame ginger. The rest of the menu is a handful of sandwiches and your choice of fries—plain, truffle, rosemary, crab or sweet potato—or cornbread. BANKS’ SEAFOOD KITCHEN & RAW BAR, 101 S. MARKET ST. The newly named Banks’ Seafood Kitchen and Raw Bar should be on everyone’s radar. Sole owner and chef David Leo Banks has kept much of the menu the same since the change of ownership, but has added his own touches by adding a half-dozen “noshing” items and more raw bar offerings, including three new tuna dishes. ►
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Even with the name change from Harry’s Seafood Grill, it's the same at heart. “The restaurant still has a hyper-focus on service and will serve a variety of snacks and small plates,” says Banks. Another addition to the menu is the late-night happy hour known as Decompression Drafts & Snacks, where drafts and seafood snacks are half-price from 8:30 until closing at the bar. Recently, Banks noticed a massive shift “in eating habits from full courses to shared or small plates.” He adds that he’s “seen an uptick in younger crowds” with the completion of the 101 Avenue of the Arts apartments, owned and operated by Capano Management. That created the need for more shareable specialties like the new Big Eye Tuna Togarashi and Big Eye Tuna Timbale (or Ahi tuna, its common name).
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BARDEA FOOD & DRINK, 620 N. MARKET ST. The soon-to-be-open Bardea Food & Drink at Seventh and North Market Street will set itself apart from other Italian restaurants by “remastering the classics,” says Mike Prince, publicist at Peter Breslow Consulting Public Relations. It's the brainchild of Scott Stein and Chef Antimo DiMeo, who worked together at Ardé Osteria in Wayne, Pa. They have come together again to create Bardea, an interpretive take on old-school Italian food. Bardea, named after the goddess of food and drink, will take inspiration from multiple regions throughout Italy in both its food offerings and drink selection. Says Prince: “There has been a renaissance of restaurants and overall great things happening in Wilmington. Both Scott and DiMeo want to be there [in Wilmington] when they open their new restaurant.” I got a sneak peek at the highly anticipated lunch and dinner menu and can attest to the fact that Bardea is going to fit right in. I can’t go into details, but I can say that there are small plates, charcuterie boards, pasta, large plates (entrées), and, of course, oven-baked pizzas. Get ready to open those pocketbooks, you’ll want one of everything.
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A rendering of the front entrance of DE.CO on 10th and Orange Streets.
DE.CO, 111 W. 10TH ST. Although not directly on Market Street, DE.CO on Delaware Avenue has sent shockwaves through the downtown food community. This food collective will house eight restaurant concepts that “push the envelope,” says Peter DiPrinzio, director of food & beverage at Seawall Development. It will be “a place where chefs can launch cool, new ideas,” he says. So far, concepts include Korean, Mediterranean, coffee, smoothies and juice, and American comfort food, with more to be announced soon. Located on the main floor of the Nemours building, DE.CO will have about 250 seats, a private event space for 30-50 people, and one show-stopping feature: three large hydraulic garage doors on 10th Street that “open up the inside to the outside,” according to DiPrinzio, allowing customers the “al fresco” experience in the heart of downtown Wilmington. And for those looking to live, work and play in downtown Wilmington, the best part is that DE.CO will be open for three meals a day. Says DiPrinzio: “DE.CO will be . . . a comfortable place so you can just hang with friends and colleagues.” It’s tentatively scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2019.
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Other Notables AGILE INDIAN GRILL, 209 N. MARKET ST. Another significant event on Market Street was the discreet changing of the guard in the former LoMa Zaikka Indian Grill space. Zaikka Indian Grill wanted to focus on its Newark location and food truck, so it decided to turn over its space to Agile Indian Grill, which would offer some of the same Indian build-your-own meals. Agile is owned by the same partners who run the Hyderabad House, and serves more than a half-dozen curries to complement its variety of Indian street foods and drinks. EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS, 824 N. MARKET ST. Though not a restaurant per se, Edible Arrangements is a nice addition to the otherwise carb-laden restaurant offerings. In addition to selling its signature FruitFlowers Bouquet, Edible Arrangements offers fruit salad, dipped fruits and smoothies perfect for a midday snack. There’s no excuse not to visit Market Street. Parking is plentiful—Mid-Town parking on 8th and Orange Streets has more than 500 spaces and costs only $4 after 5 p.m. Downtown Visions provides safety escorts during late evening hours throughout most of downtown Wilmington. So the toughest choice you’ll make may be where you want to eat and drink.
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WALTER’S STEAKHOUSE CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
alter’s Steakhouse in downtown Wilmington has scheduled a month full of events to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Walter’s will offer a “Silver Anniversary Bag” the first week of the month for $25. It will contain a wine of the customer’s choice and an assortment of other gifts. During the week of Monday, Sept. 3, through Friday, Sept. 8, the restaurant will offer an entree of slow-roasted prime rib and a garden salad for $25. On Monday, Sept. 17, Walter’s will host a prime rib sandwich night at the bar for $10. The month of anniversary events will climax on Tuesday, Sept. 18, and Friday, Sept. 21. On Sept. 18 the restaurant will host a Parkinson’s fundraiser in conjunction with Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising arm of the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Walter’s will offer a 50/50 raffle that night. Guest bartenders will help raise money. Sept. 21 is the official anniversary date for the steakhouse and the “Silver Anniversary Wine Dinner” will take place that night at 6 p.m. The dinner is $85 per person and will include a steak dinner as well as the legendary Silver Oak Wine. For more information, visit walterssteakhouse.com.
randywine Valley Restaurant Week will take place Monday to Saturday, Sept. 10-15, and will highlight upscale dining options in northern Delaware and southern Chester County, Pa., all at a low fixed price. The 16 participating restaurants, all locally owned and operated, present a special menu. The two-course lunch is $15, and three-course dinner is $35. Participation in Restaurant Week will also make you eligible to win the Out & About Entertainment Prize Package. To enter, dine at two or more participating restaurants and complete the survey at those restaurants. The more restaurants you visit, the greater your chances of winning. Winners of the Grand Prize will receive dinner for two, lunch for two, theater and movie tickets, attraction tickets, craft beer, wine and more.
GREENE TURTLE DEBUTS NEW MENU ITEMS
he Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille has introduced a revamped menu, adding new appetizers, new styles of pizza and a $7.99 build-your-own lunch option. There are three new appetizers on the menu. Rockfish bites are fried in a Yuengling beer batter and, true to the restaurant’s Maryland roots, seasoned with Old Bay. Loaded tater tots are also now on the menu, filled with Fat Tire cheese and topped with crispy bacon. If you’re seeking a spicier dish, there are now jalapeño poppers with cream cheese, cheddar cheese and bacon. Four new varieties of pizza are now available, fresh out of the oven. These include classics like Margherita and pepperoni pizzas, as well as more exotic options such as crab and buffalo chicken pizza. As part of the build-your-own lunch option, customers can select an entree, a side and a drink. The lunch menu is available 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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s that the sound of your stomach growling or a fearsome dragon? Eat, drink and be merry (but watch the wine) during the fourth Annual Feast of the Iron Thrones Beer Dinner at Iron Hill’s Newark location. Featuring seven courses from Head Chef Joseph Pryor, all perfectly paired with seven beers by Senior Head Brewer Justin Sproul, the Tuesday, Sept. 18, event starts at 7 p.m. and is $75 per person (including gratuity). Show-themed platters include Baylor Head Cheese, Blackwater, Red Wedding, Heart of Snow, Dances with Dragons, Frey Pie and Fire & Ice. Reservations are required; call 266-9000.
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HEALTHY DRINKING: NOT AN OXYMORON Liquor companies have started turning out products aimed at those who are counting calories while enjoying an adult beverage or two By Cindy Cavett
iving a healthy lifestyle is no longer a trend—the concept is here to stay. But that doesn’t mean you need to give up on kicking back at happy hour or hanging out at a summer BBQ with a cold one, nor does it mean that you can only drink a rum and Diet Coke. More than ever before, people are enjoying the “devil’s nectar” by turning to low-calorie products and recipes that don’t skimp on flavor. One of the more recent trends in both alcohol and nonalcohol drinks is sparkling water mixed with low-calorie sweeteners. Companies have noticed that consumers are stepping back from soda consumption. In response, they are creating a variety of sparkling water options that run the gamut from Perrier and La Croix to sparkling adult beverages like kombucha, cold brew and wine.
Mike Rasmussen, co-owner of the Painted Stave Distillery in Smyrna, has this advice for those who want healthier options: “Stay away from flavored products like vodkas, cinnamon flavored shots, honey whiskeys, etc.,” he says. “Those can have hundreds of calories per shot because they are often sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. The best thing is to stick with unflavored vodka, gin, whiskey, and then use low-calorie mixers.” One of the most notable healthy alternative brands is Skinnygirl Vodka, created by reality TV queen Bethenny Frankel. The brand prides itself on providing high-quality vodka and spirits that are low in calories and high on flavors. According to fatsecret.com, a 1.5 oz. serving of Skinnygirl vodka has only 75 calories. The company also offers sugar-free cocktail mixers, ready-to-serve cocktails and its own wine collection, all aimed at helping customers to be fit and trim while enjoying their adult beverages. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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While shopping for a new low-calorie sparkling water or liquor, try products from this shopping list: 1. White Claw Hard Seltzer 2. Skinnygirl vodka and low-calorie cocktail mixers 3. VoCo Vodka and Coconut Water 4. Be Mixed—sugar-free and low-calorie cocktail mixers (The cucumber mint flavor is to die for!) 5. Bibo Barmaid cocktail pouches 6. Ketel One Botanical Vodka 7. Bacardi Classic Cocktails Pina Colada Light 8. Malibu Rum Island Spiced—sweetened with Truvia 9. Rumhaven Rum—Caribbean rum with coconut water and liqueur 10. Skinny Sippers—low-calorie cocktails Lauren Laplante-Rottman, champion bodybuilder and financial planner, teaches clients that they can pursue their passions while maintaining a balanced lifestyle. “My tip is to order your favorite alcoholic beverage ‘on the rocks,’ and ask for a glass of water, too,” she says. “Enjoy your adult beverage slowly; when you get a chance, you can even pour some of your water into your drink, albeit diluted. Now it feels like you’ve had two drinks but with the alcohol and calories of only one. More time has passed to allow your body to process the alcohol.” For more information on Laplante-Rottman's business, check her out on Facebook under LaurenLaplanteMWA. Alcohol can break down amino acids and store them as fat, so partaking more often than advised can lead to the dreaded “beer belly.” But drinking in moderation has its benefits. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “more than 100 percent of studies show an inverse association between moderate drinking and risk of heart attack, ischemic (clot-caused) stroke, peripheral vascular disease, sudden cardiac death, and death from all cardiovascular causes. The effect is fairly consistent, corresponding to a 25 percent to 40 percent reduction in risk.”
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A few of the more popular hashtags on Instagram to query for healthy drinks and recipes are #healthydrink, #healthyalcohol and #ketoalcohol. Locally, head to Delaware on Tap, the app for everything on tap in Delaware, including craft beer, spirits, and wine. Here you can sign up for a passport allowing you to check in and earn prizes as you sample Delaware’s drinks and flavors. When you hit the bar, mention to the bartender that you are health-conscious and would like less sugar or syrup in your drink.
IT’S ALL IN THE STRATEGY
It’s not enough to select low-calorie and healthy options. Keeping track of how many drinks and calories you have ingested is a sure-fire way of knowing what you’re consuming and how much more you can handle. Here are more tips from local healthy life-stylists for helping you to adhere to your own healthy strategy:
Just like food, alcohol can be enjoyed in moderation, which is one drink daily for women and two drinks daily for men. In the summer, it is especially important to make sure we get plenty of non-alcoholic hydration. In extreme heat, the alcohol can dehydrate us. I don’t drink if I have a long run planned the next day, to avoid dehydration. I like to have a glass of wine or a cocktail with dinner, and my husband enjoys trying different craft beers. There are lots of tasty low-calorie options too—like spiked seltzer—though if I’m having a drink I will usually pick something with more flavor. —Dr. Adrienne Yourek, MD and avid runner from Clayton The key to healthy alcohol drinking is to drink water before, during and after you partake in alcoholic beverages. A low-calorie cocktail is vodka, club soda, a splash of cranberry juice and a slice of lime. Another low-calorie option I like is straight-up tequila on ice with two lime slices. —Karen Rich, kickboxing member at 9Round in Wilmington Health is about balance. Alcohol is no different. The exception here is again to know your body and your family history. If you know alcoholism or addiction runs in your family or you [feel that you] have those traits, abstain from alcohol altogether and have virgin drinks to join in on the fun. If you can handle alcohol in moderation, then there are plenty of research articles that support a glass of red wine with dinner is heart healthy. Another tip is after a night of moderate indulgence, before going to bed drink a bottle of water with a lemon or two and this will flush your system a bit. If food was your indulgence and not alcohol, or maybe you had a night of both, then water before bed and a juiced shake of things like kale, spinach, citrus, banana and other ingredients will help to cleanse your GI tract in the morning. Again, the point is to live your life and have fun, while still remembering to care for your health. —Kimberly L. Marion, RN, MSN, Reiki master and holistic health practitioner from Delaware County Before beginning any exercise or diet regimen, talk with your doctor about introducing low-calorie alcohol into your diet and ask for recommendations. You’d be surprised how helpful physicians can be when you ask for their advice, especially when it’s tailored to your specific health needs. While exercising a healthy lifestyle, keep these tips in mind when reaching for the next seltzer or cocktail. And remember: You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for a smaller waist.
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Every Saengerbund Oktoberfest has to include plenty of beer and authentic costumes.
Saengerbund Oktoberfest: Delaware’s annual taste of Germany
very fall, cultural festivals sprout up across the state to celebrate the diverse background of Delaware’s citizens. A highlight of the season is the Delaware Saengerbund Oktoberfest, which this year is set for the weekend of Sept. 21-23 at 49 Salem Church Road in Newark. Oktoberfest began as a wedding celebration more than 200 years ago when Bavaria’s Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on Oct. 12, 1810. The wedding was celebrated with multiple days of drinking, feasting and horse races. The celebration then became an annual event that is dear to the hearts of the German nation. The Delaware Saengerbund iteration of the festival opens with a parade on Friday night featuring the Muenchner Kindl, or Munich Child, a symbol of the city of Munich who leads the opening parade of the Munich Oktoberfest. The child is dressed in brown monk's garb with golden stripes, similar to that of the Benedictine order, founders of the city. German food such as bratwurst, weisswuurst and frankfurters are some of the main dishes at the festival. They’re complemented by fresh-made desserts such as torten and traditional plum cake. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend, beginning with The Enzian Volkstanzgruppe, the Bavarian dance group of the Delaware Saengerbund. The group performs in the
colorful, traditional costumes, which means lederhosen for the men and the dirndl—a dress consisting of a skirt, blouse, vest, apron, shawl, complete with a special hat—for the women. Live music will be provided, with the band Almwind taking the stage on Friday, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, while Heidi and Heimat Echo will perform on Saturday afternoon. The Enzian Musikanten, the Saengerbund's house band, will open the festival each day. There will also be free amusement rides and midway games. Samuel Kalb, of Wilmington, an avid fan of the festival, attributes the popularity of Delaware’s Oktoberfest to its authenticity. “The Delaware Saengerbund celebrates the Oktoberfest during the same time frame as Germany,” says Kalb. “The under-the-tent atmosphere is huge and amazing to view. Many of the folks that attend this great event have gone to Germany and experienced the same feeling of excitement as that of Munich, where it is celebrated. The Delaware Saengerbund provides authentic Bavarian old country style music and dancing, as well as food that is both traditional and homemade.” For more information on the festival, Delaware Saengerbund can be reached by phone at 366-9454 or by email at Oktoberfest@ delawaresaengerbund.org. — Cullen Robinson SEPTEMBER MARCH 2018 2016 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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ROM-COM WITH A SINGAPORE TWIST Much-anticipated all-Asian comedy is both specific and universal By Mark Fields
razy Rich Asians, a sumptuously photographed romantic comedy whose bid for attention is an all-Asian cast, is the second noteworthy film in 2018 in the category of cultural breakthroughs. The first was Black Panther, of course, which not only managed to refresh the fraying superhero genre but also manifested a powerful assertion of black (and especially black female) pride. Crazy Rich Asians doesn’t aspire to the gravitas and resonance of Black Panther, but nonetheless it is an important film amid the growing expectation that American movies should reflect the diversity of the movie-going public. The hope is that if films such as these can find an audience and make their studios some money, then we all can see continued diversity in the multiplex in the future. Crazy Rich Asians goes an entirely different direction from Black Panther to establish its cinematic beachhead: a straightforward, even conventional romantic comedy, albeit entirely
Asian. Constance Wu (from TV’s Fresh off the Boat) plays Rachel Chu, a successful young American economics professor. She’s in love with the gorgeous Nick Young (Henry Golding). When Rachel joins him in his native Singapore for a friend’s wedding, she realizes that Nick has left out some important details in his personal story, specifically that he is a part of a fabulously wealthy Chinese family. Rachel finds herself in an opulent yet tense dynamic since she is immediately perceived by Nick’s family and friends to be a threat/rival/disappointment/novelty (depending on the individual perspective, of course). With few real allies (Awkwafina as her friend Peik Lin Goh is the rare exception), Rachel must negotiate her way through a tangle of competing loyalties, while also experiencing the rarefied habits of the uber-rich. This tony domestic drama plays out against the colorful backdrop of cosmopolitan Singapore. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Dolphin Hotel is just one of several burgeoning local acts.
10 NEW BANDS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT Lend an ear to these local up-and-coming acts that encompass pop, rock, alternative music, ‘gypsy jazz’ and more By Krista Connor
elaware’s music scene, while going strong with its favorites, also has a lively undercurrent fueled by new faces and fresh sounds. We’ve got our eyes on the following up-and-coming acts:
dolphinhotelband.bandcamp.com Self-described dream pop band Dolphin Hotel, with vocalist Kit Simpers, vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist Colton Carr, guitarist and keyboardist Mike Dillon, bassist and vocalist Kyle Simpers, and drummer Jon Fregapane, released their eponymous debut album this summer. Formed just last year, the Newport group is influenced by the sounds of The Cure, Porches, The Mary Onettes, and Wild Nothing. The members’ musical backgrounds vary. Twins Kit and Kyle Simpers have known Carr for years. This is Kit’s first music project, but Kyle and Carr were in a few bands together in high school and college. They met producer Dillon during this time, and now he records and produces Dolphin Hotel’s music. “We’ve been working on promoting the new album, but we haven’t stopped writing,” says Carr. “We’re working on a new EP and hope to have that finished by fall or winter.”
driversedde.bandcamp.com DIY-punk-rockers inspired by the ‘90s emo movement, Driver’s Ed’s emotional lyrics are backed by forceful chords and catchy guitar riffs. The Newark-based band—vocalist Allison George on rhythm guitar and occasional trombone, Ryan Geary on lead guitar, Nic Pirhalla on bass, and drummer Mitchell Bollinger—formed last year. They’re currently working on independently recording their first EP, which they hope to release in the next few months, says Geary. Their single, “Social Smoker,” is up on Bandcamp now. See Driver’s Ed on Saturday Sept. 22, at Newark house venue The Applebee’s (email email@example.com for address). ► SEPTEMBER JUNE 2018 2017 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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eyebawl.bandcamp.com What started in 2015 as a solo project soon incorporated more local influential musicians and now, with vocalist Erin Silva on guitar, Brian Bruce on drums and bassist Tyler Yoder, the Wilmington rock trio Eyebawl is finishing their first EP in Philadelphia at Drowning Fish Studios. The band’s influences range from Modest Mouse to The Cure and Fleetwood Mac. Their EP, GutterBawl, is out now. Check online for shows.
highreeper.bandcamp.com Wilmington’s High Reeper appeared on the local scene in 2016, bringing with it stoner rock/protometal. Bassist Shane Trimble clarifies: “For anyone who doesn’t know the genre, it was born out of the early days of metal and inspired by early Black Sabbath and bands from that era.” High Reeper, made up of Justin Di Pinto on drums, guitarists Pat Daly and Andrew Price, vocalist Zach Thomas and Trimble, formed in 2016 but their roots stretch further back. At various points most members played in the rock band Stallions, which had a five-year run. Later, High Reeper “kind of assembled itself,” says Trimble. “We started writing a record with the intention of just making it for fun and playing a few gigs.” Positive traction led to a record label with Rome-based Heavy Psych Sounds. High Reeper’s self-titled debut released in March and the group toured Europe for three weeks in the spring. “We’ll be touring the U.S. in the new year and will be going back to Europe after our second record is released,” says Trimble. Their autumn lineup includes: Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Barbary in Philadelphia with Toke and Heavy Temple Thursday, Sept. 27, at 1984 in Wilmington with Duel and STOP Friday, Sept. 28, at Ortlieb’s in Philadelphia with Duel and STOP Saturday, Oct. 27, 1984 with Ecstatic Vision
hoochicoochi.us Hoochi Coochi is a self-proclaimed hand-clapping, soulstirring indie blues band. “We love talking about the state of the world around us but don’t mind being a little cheeky or creating something to make you dance, either,” says vocalist and percussionist Danielle “Sug” Johnson. The band started as a duo in 2015 with Johnson and guitarist Fatz Hawkins, but revamped itself between 2016 and 2017 when drummer Chelsea Grant and bassist Mark Reed joined. Since then, Hoochi Coochi has played all over the East Coast, from college basements to sold-out venues. Their recent EP, Walkin’, produced by Wilmington native Davis Shubs, covers themes from all stages of life—love at first sight, hating your day job, loving yourself and encouraging people to come together and take responsibility for their community. “The band wanted to create a hopeful and relatable album that everyone could enjoy while remaining true to their artistic selves,” says Johnson. Currently, the band is writing for their next EP and touring, “spreading the Hoochi Coochi gospel,” says Johnson. The Doverbased group will relocate to Wilmington this month. Johnson says that after a busy first two years, line-up changes and personal battles, the newer music has taken a deeper tone, with heavier bass lines and more reflective, bold lyrics. They plan to record this winter. Here’s where you can see them: Saturday, Sept. 15, at Octoberfest in Medford, N.J. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Mispillion River Brewing Co. in Milford Saturday, Sept. 22, at Ladybug Festival in Milford Saturday, Sept. 29, at The Queen in Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 6, at Darley Beer and Wine Festival in Claymont Friday, Oct. 19, at 1984 in Wilmington Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mispillion River Brewing Co. in Milford
LESS THAN FIVE
lessthanfive.bandcamp.com Carly Jane Scobell and Russell Kutys are Less Than Five, the area’s alternative rock and electronic duo. The live sound of the Wilmington-Newark pair is stripped down and acoustic. Scobell’s vocals have a strong ‘60s and ‘70s rock influence, matched by her guitar, ukulele and keyboard skills, while Kutys sings backup, raps, plays guitar, bass, drums, plus ukulele and keyboards. Scobell’s indie/rock and Kutys’ hip-hop styles have a varied blend. The first song created together was last February, and all subsequent pieces have been thorough collaborations—both members contribute to lyrics, sound and vocals. ► SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Their debut EP, <5, recorded in Kutys’ own studio, can be found on all major steaming networks. Up next for the duo is the LP Picnic on the Moon. This acoustic album will feature new songs, along with all the songs the band plays live, including the four on the EP. “Russell is doing all the recording for this one as well,” says Scobell. “So far, the songs are acoustic guitar, ukulele, drums, vocals, and/or melodica. It should be ready to be released in October.” See them: Saturday, Sept. 15, at Oddity Bar with Reverse Giraffe, Giant Boy Detective and Gold Lung Jim Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Argilla Brewery with Sarah Koon and Psychedelic Puppets Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1984 with Reverse Giraffe
mega.bandcamp.com Wilmington-based MEGA’s roots stretch back to the early 2000s, when the group of friends interchanged projects and names. The current lineup, Phil Matarese, Chris Maloney, Tyler Holloway, Mike Bleinberger and Allan McKinley, stabilized in 2016 and MEGA hit the stage for the first time in early 2017. Variety is their mantra. The psychedelic rock band has strong classic rock and prog rock influences—also featuring three- and four-part vocal harmonies. “That said, we cover territory from island rhythms to gypsy jazz to jam band to early heavy metal,” says guitarist and vocalist Matarese. MEGA’s recent record, The Valley Spirit Never Dies, released earlier this year and gained traction with area stations. WHYY picked up tracks to use as part of local projects and news segments. Currently, the band is writing new material slated for recording around Christmas. Here’s their upcoming lineup: Friday, Sept. 7, at Dew Point Brewing Co. in Yorklyn Friday, Oct. 12 at Oddity Bar in Wilmington alongside Sarah Koon Friday, Oct. 19, at Kelly’s Logan House in Wilmington with The Bad Larrys Friday, Nov. 16, at Kelly’s Logan House with Eastern Elk
moonfloweralt.bandcamp.com Grunge, hardcore, emo, shoegaze —Moonflower members blend their favorite subgenres in alternative and heavy music, according to drummer and vocalist Andrew Weidert, “often switching from a soft and emotional mood to heavy, in-your-face and noise-filled portions.” Kent County-based, Moonflower recorded two EPs as a three-piece ensemble in 2016. By 2017 their group nearly doubled, with a final lineup of Weidert, guitarist Josh DiLorenzo, bassist Jordan Phipps, drummer Chase Rush and second guitar player Duane Ebersold. 82 SEPTEMBER 2018 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM
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Their most recent release, a collaboration with Newark band Carrier, features songs that include mental health dialogue and the impact that struggles can have in dayto-day life. Currently, Moonflower is working on putting together a tour and writing a full-length record for release in late 2019. See them on these dates and places: Friday, Sept. 7, at the Raven Inn in Towson, Md. Saturday. Sept. 8, at the George Wilson Community Center in Newark Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Allentown ArtsFest 2018 in Allentown, Pa. See their page or social media @MoonflowerDE for more tour dates.
sadhound.bandcamp.com What began as a two-piece project for guitarist and vocalist Liam Warren and drummer Jamie Zakreski in 2016 morphed into a full-fledged DIY-emo band with bassist Drew Rackie and new drummer Mitchell Bollinger when Zakreski switched permanently to guitar. “Algernon Cadwallader, Jimmy Eat World, Grown Ups and Christie Front Drive are a few bands we are influenced by,” says Warren. “More recently, we have been experimenting with styles often utilized by screamo bands like Orchid, Loma Prieta, Suis la lune, Kodan Armada and Beau Navire. We take pride in our DIY-method of making our music.” Based in Newark, sadhound released a self-titled album in 2017, and sticking to their DIY-theme, it was recorded in a garage. The musical result is a little rough and sloppy, says Warren, which is exactly how they like it. Currently, sadhound is working on a new EP to be released through Impetus Records (title and release dates TBA). Check Facebook and Instagram @sadhoundband for upcoming shows.
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RUSTY BLUE CD RELEASE PARTY AT THE QUEEN
Rusty Blue, an up-and-coming alternative rock band in northern Delaware, will release its second album on Friday, Sept. 14. The following day, the band will host a CD release party at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., beginning at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Rusty Blue comprises four high school students: Damien Pace on drums; Greg Stanard, rhythm guitar; Clayton Milano, lead guitar, and Joey Heins, bass. The group was originally named Overripe Banana when it was formed in 2014. Since then, one of the original members, Adam Warner, left the band, Pace and Milano joined, and the name changed. For more information on the band, visit rustyblueband. com. For more information on the CD release party, visit thequeenwilmington.com.
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The University of Delaware Department of Music will open the 2018-19 Concert Season on Friday, Sept. 14, with the Faculty Gala at the Newark campus. Distinguished faculty of the music department will perform at the gala and will continue to display their talents at a variety of Resident Ensembles and Faculty Recitals over the course of the fall semester. Students can showcase their musical abilities in several programs during the season. Set to perform are the Wind Ensemble, the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensembles, and the international awardwinning Chorale. The Marching Band, made up of more than 300 student musicians, also will perform at all Delaware football games. A few special events are scheduled. The world-class Calidore String Quartet will perform on Friday, Sept. 28, when they will present the North American debut of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw’s new work, and on Saturday, Oct. 13, there will be a Cabaret Night.
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Sarah McLachlan, winner of three Grammy Awards and noted for her charitable work over the past two decades, will perform at Copeland Hall at the Grand, 818 N. Market St. on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. McLachlan’s most recent album, Wonderland, focused on Christmas music and was released in 2016. It was nominated for a Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and won the Juno Awards for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year. McLachlan’s charitable work includes her nonprofit organization, the Sarah McLachlan School of Music, which provides top quality music instruction at no cost for at-risk and underserved children and youth.
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