Out & About Magazine - September 2019

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Fall Into Fun at These Area Events

The Challenge of Making Arts Accessible

El Diablo's Fresh Approach

x p E l o s s t i o r n A Our annual season preview


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Out & About Magazine Vol. 32 | No. 7

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


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

Contributing Photographers Jim Coarse, Justin Heyes and Joe del Tufo/Moonloop Photography, Butch Comegys, Lindsay duPhily, Anthony Santoro, Matt Urban Distribution David Hazardous Special Projects Sarah Green, Bev Zimmermann Interns Kaleigh Hanson, Nathan Hawk, Allanna Peck



9 War on Words 10 Worth Trying 12 Worth Recognizing 15 FYI

58 Sips 59 Fordham-Dominion

FOCUS 17 Making Arts Accessible 22 ‘ArtSeason’ Overview 33 Fall Into Fun

WILMINGTON 37 On The Riverfront 40 In The City 42 Art Loop

EAT 45 49 53 56

El Diablo’s Fresh Approach High 5 Hospitality Freezing Summer Harvest Bites

LISTEN 67 For The Record with Samuel Nobles 72 Tuned In

FEATURES 17 Making the Arts Accessible For three decades, DDOA has worked to expand art to all corners of the state. By Adriana Camach0-Church

22 Let the Shows Begin


Our annual look at the upcoming ‘ArtSeason.’

75 Movie Reviews

By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald

Cover: This month’s cover was created by popular local artist Terrance Vann. This is the second O&A cover for Vann, who has been featured several times on the Wilmington Art Loop and, in 2017, was honored as an Artist Fellow by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Vann’s art will be appearing on this month’s Art Loop and throughout September at The 3rd Place Gallery.

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

Compiled from the popular column in Out & About Magazine

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

Media Watch Reviewers at USA TODAY found the English language to be a challenge in July. • Kelly Lawler, in a review of Veronica Mars, wrote of one of the main characters: “Logan diffuses the tension by flipping on the TV.” Like many writers, she confuses diffuses (disperses) with defuses (resolves, calms). Think of defuse as meaning to literally “remove the fuse from” a situation. • In a note on Pulp Fiction, Lawler wrote: “Its memorable lines became apart of the lexicon.” She meant a part. As one word, apart means “separated by a distance,” which is pretty much the opposite of what she intended. • Larry Bleiberg created a dangling modifier in summarizing a section on Philly’s Reading Terminal Market from the book Movable Markets, by Helen Tangires: “Located in the heart of downtown, Tangires says no visitor should miss this city institution.” It’s Reading Market that’s downtown, not Helen Tangires. • And finally, Andrea Mandell, in a review of What Men Want, wrote: “Nick, a New York advertising executive known for hocking babes in bikinis . . .” She meant hawking, which means to sell or peddle goods or services. Hocking mean pawning. • Meanwhile, over at The Philadelphia Inquirer, reviewer Gary Thompson wrote that the movie Ma is “fun for awhile.” He meant a while, a noun phrase that means “a period of time.” Awhile is an adverb, meaning “for a time.” General Confusion The plural of attorney general is attorneys general, but it’s often abused, as in this sentence from a Wilmington News Journal story in July: “It was 2011, in the midst of the housing crisis, when all 50 state attorney generals agreed to conduct a multistate investigation into the banks and claims of foreclosure abuse." Worse, however, is when an actual attorney general gets it wrong. According to a reader, in a recent television interview, New York’s attorney general spoke of his professional peers as “attorney generals.” You would think that someone who holds the title would know the correct plural for it. Literally of the Month Serena Williams, speaking of her loss to Simona Halep in the Wimbledon singles finals: “She literally played out of her mind.”

By Bob Yearick

Give It a Rest The adjective curated and the verb curating seem to have become favorites of writers and speakers everywhere. As long ago as 2014, CNBC’s Brian Sullivan declared that curating was one of the year’s most over-used words. “Curating used to be a word we only used in museums,” Sullivan wrote. “Somewhere in the last year ‘curate’ has morphed into a word people are using anytime they pick something and want to sound like it’s more than just picking something, as in, ‘Our musicologist will now curate you a playlist.’” Five years later, curated continues to be a vogue word. Examples: • Sports Illustrated recently wrote of “a collection of lies” that “is small and sharply curated.” • USA TODAY noted a celebrity’s “curated image.” • And Mitsubishi now advertises “a curated lineup” of cars. It’s phony sophistication. Let’s leave curated and curating to the museums. Notes of All Sorts Preventative is a needless variant of preventive. When you have a choice, the shorter word is almost always better. Take myriad, for instance. It’s more concise than a myriad of. So go with “In his addiction, he used myriad (not a myriad of) drugs.” Every time is always two words. Many writers try to conflate it to one, as in, “Everytime I hear that song, it brings a tear to my eye.” Department of Redundancies Dept. • Plus, additional and also convey the same meaning in this sentence from a nutrition expert, writing in USA TODAY: “Plus, in addition to providing protein, these foods also supply additional vitamins and minerals that are important for metabolism and cell growth.” • From the novel Murder on the Oxford Canal by Faith Martin: “It was an added bonus that the body had been found in a lay by.” A bonus is always added, is it not?

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OK, I should have caught this four-part documentary when it premiered on HBO in July 2017. But I missed it then, so I’m making this a WT suggestion now because I bet I’m not alone. The Defiant Ones follows the unique paths of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, two street-wise men who go on to become music giants, combining creative vision with an always-bet-on-yourself attitude. The two become unlikely partners, found Beat Electronics, then sell the company to Apple for $3 billion (the largest acquisition in Apple history). The Defiant Ones reveals the good, the bad and the ugly in both men’s ascent and features interviews and performance snippets from a virtual who’s who of music, including Bono, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty and Ice Cube. — Jerry duPhily, Publisher

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lowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind. — Luther Burbank (1849-1926), American Botanist and horticulturist. At Country House, a Wilmington nursing home, small vases of fragrant sweet peas, Maggie Boyd peonies, roses and other flowers dot the hallways, offices and rooms. The flowers are donated by Margaret (Maggie) Boyd, 17, who collects flowers from weddings, proms, luncheons and other events that would otherwise be thrown away. She then arranges them in glass vases and gives them to local nursing homes. Boyd started the practice three years ago. “My grandmother had recently stayed in a nursing home and I was able to identify with a community where the residents looked lonely and I could brighten their day with flowers,” says the Wilmington resident. “I like flowers because they're pretty, they smell nice, and because they can relieve stress and provide positive energy in a room.” Calling her endeavor Recycled Roses, she created business cards, launched the project on social media, advertised it to friends and family, and contacted local nursing homes and florists. She’s given away dozens of flowers since she launched the project at age 14. Back then, Boyd’s mother, MaryBeth, helped collect the flowers and deliver them until her daughter was old enough to drive. In May, Boyd received a Governor’s Youth Volunteer Award for the impact she makes. Honey Gorny, owner of Honeybunches Floral in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, says Recycled Roses not only benefits the people who receive the flowers, it also extends the life and use of the flowers. “It’s hard to see them in the trash after working so hard to create beautiful things with them,” says Gorny. “Flowers remind us of the power beyond us. They’re amazing things of extraordinary beauty that live but a short time and should be cherished.” Flowers can be expensive and a luxury for people who may not have the means to enjoy them in their living spaces, she adds. Florists help Boyd by passing out her business card to clients. The clients then contact Boyd to let her know when she should come by to pick up the flowers and the vases—if they’re included in the donation. The flowers are highly appreciated. A while ago, a woman whose mother was in a nursing home Boyd had donated flowers to emailed Boyd to tell her how happy her mother had been to wake up and find flowers on her nightstand. Another woman contacted Boyd to ask if Boyd could drop off flowers at Kutz Home in Wilmington where the woman’s father was staying. Karen Bennett, activities director at Country House, says the flowers make an impact on both the residents and the staff. “The smells and the colors make the facility inviting,” she says. “The residents love to see the many varieties of flowers and they look forward to them.” When the flowers wilt, Bennett washes the vases for Boyd to pick up to use for her next delivery. Impressed by Boyd’s work ethic and generous spirit, Bennett says, “She’s a very compassionate person who is mature beyond her years.” From her own life experiences, the Ursuline Academy student knows that the sight and smells of flowers can bring joy, peace, and reminders of fond memories. “My favorite flower is lavender because it reminds me of a trip that my mom, aunt, and I took to England,” she says. “We went to see Jane Austen's house, and we were able to keep some lavender from her beautiful garden.” For more information on Recycled Roses, go to Facebook or Instagram.

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ightweight boxer Henry Lundy (298-1/14 KO), of Philadelphia, will face off against veteran Los Angeles southpaw Cleotis Pendarvis (21-5-2/9 KO) at the Hockessin PAL Center (7259 Lancaster Pike), as the main event in Dee Lee Productions and Nick Tiberi Matchmaker ‘s “A Night of LIVE Boxing” on Saturday, Oct. 5. There are 10 undercard bouts, including Delawareans Maurice Horne, Vinny Kirkley, Stefan Talabisco, and Joey Tiberi. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the fights beginning an hour later. Ringside and general admission tickets are available online for $5 less than the door price. For tickets and additional information, visit deeleepromotions.com.



lthough doggerel is a of type odd, amusing, or burlesque poetry (or gibberish), the organizers of Doggerel Day are putting the emphasis on the first syllable to celebrate the dog. Set for Saturday, Oct. 12, in Centreville, the event will include sheep herding demonstrations, Jack Russell Terrier races, a dog Halloween costume contest with a parade, police dog demonstrations, vendors of doggy goods, and dog charity information booths, as well as food trucks (for humans). Of course, there also will be poetry readings seeking to entertain and amuse this animal-loving crowd. Festivities will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canby Grove Park (Twaddell Mill Road). For more information, visit centervillede.info.


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pioneer in the development of the clay monoprinting technique, Mitch Lyons will be honored at the Delaware Art Museum (2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington) as part of its Distinguished Artist Series in Mitch Lyons: The Hand Translated. This exhibit traces Lyons’ artistic progression over his 50-year career, from a mere student to proponent of a new form of artistic expression. Lyons, who passed away in March 2018, was a teacher and mentor among the area’s art communities, and helped to found, establish and support the Delaware Art Museum. This exhibition will run from Saturday, Sept. 7, until Feb. 2, 2020. For more information, visit delart.org.



HYY-TV is moving its newsroom from the Seventh and Orange streets location in Wilmington to Market Street. Serving the Philadelphia area, WHYY-TV covers local news and features many programs, including interviews with area politicians, shows from PBS and more, all seeking to inform and educate. This move puts the studio at the heart of the art and business scene in the city.



n the ongoing effort to make communities safe and peaceful, more than 88 free events will be held from Sept. 21-29, in the fourth annual Peace Week Delaware. The events aim to reduce violence through the understanding found in dialogue, speech, and artistic expression. The official kickoff, featuring spoken word, music, poetry and dance, will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Warner Elementary School (West 18th Street, Wilmington). Other events throughout the state will include picnics, interfaith dialogue, workshops, lectures, visual art, and various creative performances. For more information, visit peaceweekdelaware.org.



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Making the Arts Accessible For three decades, the DDOA has reached into every corner of Delaware by funding innumerable programs, institutions, and individual artists A grant from the DDOA helps provide special brushes and tools so Haley Shiber can paint at Art Therapy Express. Photo courtesy of Debbie Shiber

By Adriana Camacho-Church


t Art Therapy Express (ATE), Haley Shiber, 23, gets more than art therapy. She gets special brushes and tools to help her paint with her hands or her head. Born with cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder, the Smyrna resident has limited muscle control and is unable to use her arms and hands on her own. She is one of approximately 500 children and adults with physical, emotional, or intellectual disabilities who rely on adaptive tools to create art at ATE. A grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA) makes this possible. “Without their financial support, ATE would not be able to purchase arm slings, holding tools and splints, and adoptive brushes and easels to allow participants with physical challenges to paint with their hands, arms, head, feet or wheelchairs,” says ATE Executive Director Lisa Bartoli. “That grant is what keeps us afloat.” In its 10 years of operation, ATE has received more than $110,000 from DDOA. Shiber is just one of thousands of Delawareans whose lives have been impacted by the DDOA. That impact may be direct, as in Shiber’s case, or indirect, if you have enjoyed a concert in a state park, or a play at the Wilmington Drama League, or if your child has had the opportunity to attend a cultural event. Founded in 1989, the DDOA can look back on three decades of service during which it has issued millions of dollars in grants to support numerous art and cultural programs, institutions, and individual artists. It is dedicated to keeping the arts alive and accessible to Delawareans regardless of race, socioeconomic or health status.

Multiple Anniversaries

This is a year of anniversaries for three art-related agencies in the First State. The DDOA (now 30) partners with the Delaware State Art Council, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the Delaware Art Alliance, which is marking its 10th. Their collective goal is to invest in the arts and thereby contribute to a stronger economy and improve lives. “With support from the National Endowment for the Arts and through appropriations from the Delaware General Assembly, the DDOA invests more than $3 million annually in arts programming statewide, serving more than 1 million people,” says the agency’s director, Paul Weagraff. Studies show that supporting the arts is important for several reasons. Arts put people to work, attract tourism, stimulate local businesses, are good for mental and emotional wellness, and encourage career and life skills by teaching analytical reasoning, problem-solving, and teamwork. The arts also build bridges across cultures to unify people despite race, ethnicity, and ages. Says Weagraff: “The arts bring communities of different cultures together. The Korean Festival and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) are examples of multicultural activities held at the Delaware Art Museum of people sharing their cultures outside of their traditional communities.” The arts also contribute to community vitality, helping to recruit and retain talented people seeking a place to live. And they’ve had far-reaching economic effects on the community (see sidebar). ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM




“The arts benefit all Delawareans, from children to senior citizens to rural communities to the cities,” says J. Mack Wathen, chair of the Arts Council. “The arts, in all forms, including music, dance, theatre and visual, represent a universal language. We are very fortunate in Delaware to have a rich diversity and high quality of art and cultural activities.” Jerry Hebbel, co-founder of Gable Music Ventures in Wilmington and cocreator of the annual Ladybug Festival, has seen his creation benefit from the DDOA largesse. Last year, Gable was For Haley Shiber, art is “love and family." able to increase the number of artists who participated in the Ladybug Festival in Milford when its partner, Downtown Milford, Inc., a revitalizing non-profit, received a $5,000 grant from the DDOA. “It represented a significant chunk of the budget we had to pay artists,” says Hebbel. “Without it, the number of artists would have been lower. It allowed us to also step up to a bigger level of talent.” Forty artists performed and more than 2,500 people attended Ladybug, from as far away as Norway. “It’s hard to get private funding, so having any agency that funds arts is fortunate,” says Hebbel. “Without this funding, you would see fewer events happening in town.”


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Deciding on Allocations

In 2016, the DDOA released Design Delaware 2.0, a strategic and operational plan. It helps the agency decide how to utilize its funds and allocate resources based on current and projected needs in the arts community. It allows the Division to gather information from focus groups, says Weagraff. “The plan serves as a guide to us for the work that we do.” To mitigate those needs, the DDOA offers funding to individual artists 18 and older who are not enrolled in a degree-granting program, and it helps fund non-profit organizations, colleges, universities, and government entities that promote, produce, present, or teach the arts. It supports public schools pre-K through 12, and charter, private, and parochial schools. Last year, an education grant made it possible for more than 3,000 students from 25 schools throughout the state to get transportation to arts and cultural events. Funding also allowed more than 1,900 students to participate in Poetry Out Loud, and for others to attend Poets Laureate workshops conducted in 11 schools, reaching 4,000 people. A $19,000 renovations grant allowed the Wilmington Drama League to upgrade and replace the theater’s light system last year. And funding made it possible for Delaware Shakespeare to perform The Merchant of Venice at the Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle.

Photo courtesy of Debbie Shiber

MAKING THE ARTS ACCESSIBLE continued from previous page

Summer concerts and performances are now presented in nine state parks, including Trap Pond State Park in Laurel and Holts Landing State Park in Dagsboro. More than 30 public libraries across the state get funding to support performing arts shows offered as part of the libraries’ summer reading program. “One of our goals in partnering with the Delaware Parks and Recreation is to bring the arts to rural areas where the arts may not be easily accessible,” says Weagraff. Partnering with the Division of Libraries brings the arts to areas with underperforming schools. Often families answer “no” when asked if they attend other summer art programs besides those at the libraries, says Marie Cunningham, senior librarian at the Delaware Division of Libraries in Dover. “It (a library art or cultural program) could be their first at that point in time or it could be their only.”

Conducting Workshops

Besides funding, the agency offers a variety of workshops to guide and support artists and organizations. The workshops focus on technical assistance, training on fundraising, networking, marketing, or strategic planning. At a workshop titled “No More Starving Artists,” Wilmington photographer Shannon Woodloe found out about the DDOA’s fellowship awards and decided to compete. She is one of 11 artists who this year won a $3,000 Emerging Artist award. The Division allocates $6,000 for Established Professionals and $10,000 for Masters. With her award money, Woodloe bought a new computer, camera, and updated equipment. She was then able to print her photographs and exhibit them at three locations, including the Christina Cultural Arts Center in Wilmington.

Dennis Beach, who paints and creates elaborate sculptures, sometimes as high as eight feet, by manipulating plywood, says the $6,000 he received last year helped him maintain his life as an artist. “There is no regular paycheck in an artist’s life,” he says, “but there’s a lot of expenses—materials, paint, wood. So anything that can go directly to that is good. Any help that an art agency offers is great for all artists.” Beach’s art is displayed at The Delaware Contemporary, Delaware Art Museum, and the Comcast Tech Center in Philadelphia. Fiction writer Billie Travalini, who won the Masters fellowship this year, says the Fellowship allowed her to take a break from teaching this summer at Wilmington University and devote herself to writing. “It has also allowed me to give writing workshops, help organize a writing seminar, and coordinate the Lewes Creative Writers Conference, now in its 12th year,” says Travalini. “And it has helped me do all this without the stress that comes from juggling a job, family, and writing.” The Division also offers Fellowships in folk art, jazz, choreography, literature, media arts, visual arts, and music. In July, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover exhibited work of Delaware’s Artist Fellows winners, as it has done for the past 19 years. In August the exhibit moves to CAMP Rehoboth in Rehoboth Beach and this month it moved to Cab Calloway School of the Arts in Wilmington. Fellowship recipients who choose to can also have their work shown at the Mezzanine Gallery in the Carvel State Office Building, which is managed by the Division of the Arts. “We have a gallery director who works with artists to install their exhibition each month,” says Weagraff. “Artists are selected from a Gallery Panel process held each spring.” ►

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The Mezzanine Gallery is also part of the Wilmington Art Loop. Held the first Friday of each month, the Art Loop is a self-guided tour of the arts in galleries, museums, and local businesses throughout Downtown, Wilmington's Westside and West End, Arden, Greenville, Westside, and Bellefonte. Social media and online technology enable the DDOA to expand the promotion of artists, cultural and art events, and the Division’s programs, grants, and services to a wider audience. Upgrades include an Art Podcast, “meet the arts” videos, an Arts E-Newsletter, an App, an online artists roster, and DelawareScene.com—an online calendar listing the state’s attractions and cultural and art events. The arts will be celebrated at the 2019 Art Summit at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover on Oct. 28, where the Division of the Arts and the State Arts Council will highlight their accomplishments over the last half century. Workshops, guest speakers and performances will be part of the celebration. The 2019 Governor’s Awards for the Arts also will be presented during the Summit, with Gov. John Carney honoring individuals and organizations that have significantly impacted the state’s arts and cultural sector. While the Summit will no doubt highlight the economic and cultural impact of the arts, Weagraff notes that their importance extends even further: “Art is an important way to bring people together creatively in an explorative way, not only to learn about art and culture but to engage individuals in communication, cooperation, and collaboration.” And for Haley Shiber, art is “love and family.” Division of Arts partners include: Delaware National Public Radio, Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, News Radio 1450 WILM, and the Arts Consortium of Delaware. For more information about the Division of the Arts grants, services, and programs, visit arts.delaware.gov.

Economic Impact According to a 2015 study conducted by Americans for the Arts, the arts have a major impact on Delaware’s economy by supporting more than 4,000 full-time jobs, which ranks among the top 10 employers in the First State. In addition, the industry leverages $46.3 million in event-related spending by its audiences, excluding the cost of admission to events. Eventrelated spending includes eating out, paying a babysitter, and buying gifts and souvenirs. The arts generate $149.9 million in annual economic spending in Delaware and generate $10.5 million dollars in local and state revenue. A study conducted in 2015 by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies shows that 87 percent of Americans believe arts and culture improve their quality of life.




Delaware Theatre Company has a long history of presenting entertainment for all ages, including Hetty Feather, a British children's drama. Photo Matt Urban

‘ArtSeason’ Opens with Music, Theater, Visual Arts & More This fall should satisfy every artsy palate…and palette By Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald


s much as I love the steamy Delaware summer, I’m more of an early autumn gal, eagerly awaiting the arrival of “ArtSeason” and the chance to chill with local arts pals. There’s something here for everyone in this sneak peek at what’s in store for us with the Arts.


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THE ARTS AT TRINITY This arts and culture program in the heart of Wilmington opens its ninth season on Sunday, Sept. 22, with a keyboard recital by Trinity Music Director Terrence Gaus-Woollen. Additional events include Serafin Ensemble & Friends on Sunday, Oct. 20, the Trinity Choir on Sunday, Nov. 3, and actor-director Stephanie Daniels in an evening of theater on Sunday, Dec. 1. The New Year brings a return of the Serafin Ensemble on Sunday, Jan. 19, and a concert by pianist Chad Bowles on Sunday, Feb. 16. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. William J. Stegeman and Jackson ImmunoResearch Laboratories, Inc., admission to the series is always free. 1108 N. Adams St., Wilmington • 652.8605 • theartsattrinity.org Facebook: @TheArtsatTrinity

BOOTLESS STAGEWORKS Bootless strikes the peculiar fancy of Wilmingtonians again with Calendar Girls (running Nov. 1-16). It’s the story of a group of extraordinary women who persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar—with a slight difference. Their modesty, spared only by artfully placed cakes, knitting and flower arrangements, puzzles husbands, mortifies children and enrages a town, while sparking a global phenomenon. Bootless fans will find Calendar Girls quirky, poignant and hilarious. Adapted by Tim Firth from the Miramax film of the same name, it’s based on an uplifting and inspiring true story. 1301 N. Broom St., Wilmington • 887.9300 • Tickets: bootless.org Facebook/Instagram: @BootlessStageworks • Twitter: @BootlessDE

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ARDEN CONCERT GILD Fall warms the North Wilmington village of Arden with another eclectic roster of artists on stage. Tickets are already available for drum master/“beat scientist” Makaya McCraven’s jazz and hip hop–infused performance on Friday, Oct. 4, at 8 p.m. Brooklyn-based Kat Edmonson—whose style runs the gamut from jazz-cabaret to folksy indie-pop—delivers her distinct sound on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. Rounding out the fall lineup on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. is triple-threat (singer/ songwriter/guitarist) Albert Cummings, who has garnered praise from the likes of Guitar Edge Magazine and who played with blues legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Johnny Winter. Ticket prices vary for all shows. 2126 The Highway, Arden • 898.9308 • Tickets: ardenconcerts.com Facebook: @ArdenConcertGild • Twitter: @ArdenConcerts BRANDYWINE BAROQUE The ensemble kicks off its season Friday through Sunday, Oct. 4-6, with a selection of cantatas and sonatas from 18th century London, bolstered by the talents of soprano Laura Heimes and tenor Tony Boutté. Friday to Sunday, Dec. 6-8, welcomes a program of concertos with an antique Viola d’Amore in a concerto by Antonio Vivaldi plus a flute concerto by Telemann and a cantata by Handel. All concerts are held in the majestic ambiance of The Barn at Flintwoods, nestled in the hills of chateau country. 205 Center Meeting Rd., Wilmington • 652.4190 Tickets: brandywinebaroque.org Facebook: @BrandywineBaroque CITY THEATER COMPANY City Theater Company (CTC) continues its immersive, untraditional theater style, partnering with The Grand and OperaDelaware. They’ll be in The Black Box for a Regional Premiere of Passing Strange, Dec. 13-21. CTC’s comedy arm, Fearless Improv— Wilmington’s only comedy improv team—brings monthly shows to the intimate “Sarah B” at The Grand, beginning Saturday, Sept 14. Fearless also offers Intro to Improv workshops for the public throughout the season. In spring, CTC will produce a “traveling tour” edition of last season’s Pub Plays in local bars. And in May 2020, CTC produces the Third Annual Tax Free Comedy Festival in The Grand’s Studio One, showcasing regional improv, musical and stand-up comedians. Performance venues: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., & The Black Box, 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • city-theater.org • 220.8285 Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org & city-theater.org Facebook: @CityTheaterCompany Twitter/Instagram: @CityTheaterCo CHRISTINA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Christina kicks off the season again partnering with the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew on Saturday, Sept. 28, for Soul of the City: Community Fun Fest, held on Shipley and Market streets between 7th and 8th streets from noon to 5 p.m. Christina is known for presenting intimate concerts by acclaimed jazz and R&B artists, and this season’s Live @Christina series opens Saturday, Nov. 9, with Ajoyo World Music Band. CCAC celebrates holiday majesty on Sunday, Dec. 15, with the magnificent contemporary dance/music/narration of "Carols in Color" at The Grand, performed by Philly-based Eleone Dance Theatre. Christina also hosts visual art exhibits on the first Friday of each month, as part of the Wilmington Art Loop. 705 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.0101 • Tickets: ccacde.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CCACDE ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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Pink Martini Silver Jubilee Tour with China Forbes and Meow Meow FRI | OCT 4 | 8PM | $43-$51

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Gifted artists blend African and Arabic sounds with traditional forms

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Lucinda Williams’ 20th Anniversary Tour SUN | SEPT 22 | 7PM | $43-$49


Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots SAT | OCT 5 | 8PM | $40-$90

An Evening with Dawes Passwords Tour WED | OCT 9 | 8PM | $41-$46

An epic glow-in-the-dark cosmic adventure

iHeart Radio syndicated morning show host brings his band to Delaware. Sponsored by 94.7 WDSD

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Lightwire Theater Moon Mouse, A Space Odyssey SAT | OCT 5 | 3PM | $18

FRI | OCT 11 | 8PM $32-$36 Shadow dance troupe and America’s Got Talent finalist in awe-inspiring show

TheGrandWilmington.org | 302.652.5577 | 302.888.0200 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801


This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.

All tickets subject to box office service charges. Artists, dates, times and programs are subject to change.



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COROALLEGRO To commemorate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ last public performance and the release of Abbey Road, CoroAllegro takes you on a Madrigal Mystery Tour Saturday, Nov. 9, celebrating the greatest band of all time and the ensemble’s first annual gala. Experience The Beatles’ legendary hits in styles ranging from jazz to contemporary choral to traditional versions, accompanied by CoroAllegro’s own rock band. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the ensemble performs at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover as a part of Happy Holidays, Dover! This family-friendly concert features a mix of traditional favorites and lesser-known “hidden gems.” Performance Venue: Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden Tickets: coroallegro.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @CoroAllegroDE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM The museum starts the fall honoring Mitch Lyons (Saturday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020), renowned member of our art community (and one of this writer’s fave local creators). Lyons developed an innovative medium, describing himself as Artwork by Mitch Lyons a “clay person making prints.” Instead of firing the clay, Lyons created a lasting twodimensional image of the clay’s surface called a clay monoprint. This retrospective exhibit, entitled “The Hand Translated,” surveys Lyons’ 50-year journey of artistic invention. Next is Angela Fraleigh’s “Sound the Deep Waters.” Inspired by the museum’s Pre-Raphaelite and American illustration collections, the exhibit examines gender and identity through historic narrative art. It opens Saturday, Oct. 5, and runs until Sunday, April 12, 2020. Later in the month, “Posing Beauty in African American Culture,” curated by Dr. Deborah Willis, opens Saturday, Oct. 19, and explores African and African-American beauty represented in historical and contemporary contexts of media and popular culture. 2301 Kentmere Pkwy., Wilmington • 571.9590 Tickets: delart.org Facebook: @DelawareArtMuseum Twitter/Instagram: @DelArtMuseum

DELAWARE CHILDREN’S THEATRE Delaware Children's Theatre (DCT) starts its season with The Wizard of Oz (Oct. 5-27), transporting you to the enchanting Emerald City. Patrons are even welcome to meet and take “selfies” with characters after the show. Disney's Frozen Jr. glides onstage next (Nov. 16 to Dec. 15) in a magical performance that includes a princess parade, where children are invited to dress as their favorite characters and come onstage. 1014 Delaware Ave., Wilmington • 655.1014 Tickets: dechildrenstheatre.org Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareChildrensTheatre DELAWARE COLLEGE OF ART & DESIGN This fall, DCAD's Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery will host three shows linked to its degree programs. From the Studio: 2019 DCAD Faculty & Staff Exhibition (Aug. 28 to Sept. 13) will present recent works by instructors and administrators. Still Moving (Oct. 4 to Nov. 7) will showcase the talent of artists, animators and teachers —including DCAD alumni—who represent a cross-section of the field of contemporary animation, one of DCAD's majors. Lead Graffiti: Printed slowly & patiently via letterpress (Dec. 6 to Jan. 9, 2020) will be a 10-year retrospective of the Lead Graffiti letterpress and typography studio and museum in Newark, Delaware. Receptions for each exhibit will be held Friday, Sept. 6, Oct. 4, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 as part of Art Loop Wilmington. 600 N. Market St., Wilmington • 622.8000 • dcad.edu Facebook: @DCADInfo Instagram/Twitter: @dcadedu THE DELAWARE CONTEMPORARY The Contemporary—recently welcoming its new executive director, Leslie Shaffer —invites you to enjoy its inaugural familyfriendly celebration of art, the West Street Art Festival, happening Sunday, Sept. 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Event highlights include Pacem in Terris’ Peace Week art exhibit; “Monet Le'Mon,” a chalk walk project, weaving from The Contemporary to the Delaware Children's Museum (weather permitting); spoken word and musical entertainment; workshops on mask-making, photography, and sculpture; food trucks and more. SABA V, The Contemporary’s annual Small Art Buying Adventure, returns Saturday, Nov. 9, with more than 350 pieces of art available for purchase from local, national and international artists. The Friday, Dec. 6 Art Loop marks the return of the wildly popular Contemporary Craft Show and Taste of the Holidays. 200 S. Madison St., Wilmington • 656.6466 Tickets: decontemporary.org Facebook/Instagram: @DEContemporary ►





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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY By Tracy Letts A funny, furious family reunion from hell. MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

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Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig Nine perfect alibis. Who can you trust? STARTER PISTOL

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By Arthur Miller A timeless and timely masterpiece. APR 16 - MAY 10 THE WHIPPING MAN

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DELAWARE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ‘ARTSEASON’ OPENS Magic surrounds Old Town Hall WITH MUSIC, THEATER, VISUAL ARTS & MORE this fall. Magician and historian continued from page 25 Ran’D Shine, the “new millennium magician,” will mesmerize with his talents while retelling the story of the first American-born illusionist, Richard Potter, on Saturday, Oct. 19. The son of an enslaved woman, Potter found fame performing along the East Coast, making a stop at Wilmington’s Town Hall in 1817. Throughout the year, the amazing and extensive Paul Preston Davis Collection of Delawareana will be showcased in a fiveexhibit series beginning with trade cards and business ephemera on Tuesday, Oct. 1; rare books and print materials on Thursday, Nov. 14; watches and commemorative objects on Tuesday, March 3 and photography on Thursday, April 30. 504 N. Market St., Wilmington. 655-7161 dehistory.org Facebook: @dehistory Instagram: @delawarehistoricalsociety

DELAWARE THEATRE COMPANY The Delaware Theatre Company's (DTC) 2019-20 season hits first with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved Sherlock Holmes made over in a three-actor mix of slapstick, absurdity, and silliness in The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sept. 11-29), adapted by Steven Canny and John Nicholson. Next, two pop culture notables—L.A. Law’s Harry Hamlin and Hart to Hart’s Stefanie Powers —arrive in Wilmington for One November Yankee (Oct. 23 to Nov. 10), a new play by Joshua Ravetch that explores human connection brought on by tragedy. Finally, the beloved holiday treat A Christmas Carol returns to the stage (Dec. 4-29). Using props, puppets, physicality, and the power of imagination, five actors bring Dickens’ characters to life just in time for the yuletide season. 200 Water St., Wilmington • 594.1100 Tickets: DelawareTheatre.org Facebook/Instagram: @DelawareTheatreCompany Twitter/Snapchat: @DelawareTheatre

DELAWARE SHAKESPEARE Del Shakes’ fall season is built upon “love” with its fundraiser Delaware in Love—a Friday, Sept. 20 cocktail party/theatrical event supporting its Romeo and Juliet Community Tour. Del-ebrities such as former Gov. Jack Markell and Carla Markell relay the legendary tale of star-crossed young lovers. Departing Verona, Del Shakes visits local spooky venues, including Wilmington’s Old Town Hall, the New Castle Court House Museum and the Historic Odessa Stone Stable for Shakespeare, Poe & Fiends. Running Oct. 10-13, this event pairs classic American Gothic literature, such as Poe’s Annabel Lee, with darker works from the Bard. On Wednesday, Oct. 23, Romeo and Juliet will offer free performances in 18 community venues for underserved populations, including inmates, people experiencing homelessness, inpatient health care residents, as well as libraries and senior centers. The tour concludes with two full-length ticketed performances at the Siegel JCC on Nov. 16-17. Performance venues: Varying in Delaware • 468.4890 Tickets: delshakes.org • Facebook/Instagram: @DelShakes

FIRST STATE BALLET THEATRE First State (FSBT) introduces a World Premiere this fall with the performance of Dracula (Oct. 18-20) in the baby grand. Based on the gothic novel by Bram Stoker, Dracula was created by award-winning choreographer and frequent FSBT collaborator Viktor Plotnikov. FSBT follows up with Up Front (Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16), one of its most popular events. Performed in Studio 1, Up Front gives audiences the experience of classical and contemporary dance in an intimate setting. Closing the first half of the season is the 127th anniversary of The Nutcracker. FSBT draws you into that magical journey through the land of sweets with its lavish production in Copeland Hall at The Grand Opera House, Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 21-22. Performance Venue: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington 658.7897 • firststateballet.com Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook/Instagram: @FirstStateBallet • Twitter: @FSBTheatre

DELAWARE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Delaware Symphony Orchestra (DSO) provides our small state with a big orchestra of 80 worldclass musicians and Music Director David Amado, who celebrates his 17th season this year. Fall offerings include the Photo Marylene Mey Classics Series of full-orchestra repertoire and international soloists at The Grand Opera House, and the Chamber Series with chamber ensembles and chamber orchestra programs, in the Hotel DuPont’s Gold Ballroom. Classics Series includes Friday, Sept. 27, and Nov. 15 performances with violinist Tessa Lark and pianist Michael Brown, respectively. In addition, revolutionary artist Missy Mazzoli will receive the A.I. duPont Composer’s Award in September when her work, Sinfonia, will be performed. Chamber Series concerts on Tuesday, Oct. 22, and Dec. 10, include Piazzola’s Four Seasons as well as trios by Brahms, Kernis, and Clara Schumann. Performance Venues: The Grand, 818 N. Market St., & the Hotel DuPont, 42 W. 11th St., Wilmington • 656.7442 Tickets: delawaresymphony.org Facebook: @DelawareSymphony • Twitter: @DelawareSymph

LIGHT UP THE QUEEN Out & About Magazine’s This fall, Light Up The 40th Anniversary Queen partners with Out & About to honor a timeless event with a brand new spin—announcing the Halloween Loop Costume Ball on Saturday, Oct. 26, at The Queen. To celebrate Saturday, October 26, 2019 the 40th anniversary of the Halloween Loop in a memorable way, the Ball will feature four legendary bands that helped shape Wilmington’s music scene: The Caulfields, Montana Wildaxe, The Numbers, and The Snap. A contest for the most creative costumes OutAndAboutNow.com will also take place. The event is not simply a celebration of Wilmington’s biggest, longest-running nightlife tradition, it’s also a fundraiser for the Foundation’s mission of music education. 500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 500.5587 • lightupthequeen.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @Luqinwilm ►

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The most beloved Sherlock Holmes story gets a makeover in an exhilarating collision of slapstick, absurdity, and silliness!

SEPTEMBER 11 - 29, 2019 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle adapted by Steven Canny & John Nicholson directed by Matt Pfeiffer




This organization is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com


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MARKET STREET MUSIC Market Street Music kicks off Wilmington’s most diverse, affordable music series on Thursday, Oct. 3, with free Noontime Concerts following every Thursday. In November, Noontime Concerts move to Old Town Hall on Market with performances by guitarist Kevin Cope (Nov. 7); cellist Ismar Gomes (Nov. 14); and jazz duo Sharon Sable and E. Shawn Qaissaunee (Nov. 21). Full-length weekend Festival Concerts open Sunday, Oct. 27, with organist/Music Director David Schelat. Future dates include Pyxis Piano Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 17, and Mastersingers of Wilmington on Saturday, Dec. 7. New this year is an exciting partnership with DE.CO as the official venue of post-Festival Concert artist receptions. Performance Venue: First & Central Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Market St., Wilmington • 654.5371 Tickets: marketstreetmusicde.org Facebook/Instagram: @MarketStreetMusicDE

MÉLOMANIE Wilmington's baroque and contemporary music ensemble continues to create provocative pairings at their Wilmington Concert Series home, the Delaware Historical Society. The season begins Sunday, Sept. 22, with Up Close & Personal: The Harpsichord and Tracy Richardson. On Thursday, Oct. 10, a special celebration will be held at Wilmington Brew Works for its collaboration, United Sounds of America, with The Twin Poets. Mélomanie’s Sunday, Nov. 24, performance will spotlight the U.S. Premiere of Gelidi Riflessi (Icy Reflections) by composer Nina Siniakova. For the holiday season, they perform a Winter Concert by Candlelight as part of Art Loop Wilmington on Friday, Dec. 6. Their season will encompass additional new music by Ingrid Arauco, Chuck Holdeman, Mark Hagerty and Christina George, as well as baroque works from Bach, Richter, Telemann, Jacquet de la Guerre and others. Performance venue: The Delaware Historical Society, 505 N. Market St., Wilmington • 287.7467 Tickets: melomanie.org • Facebook: @MelomanieDE

MID ATLANTIC BALLET Mid Atlantic Ballet begins its 22nd season—the second under Artistic Director Sandra Davis—holding auditions Saturday, Sept. 14 for The Nutcracker. Auditions are open to all area dancers, not only its students. Following this, the organization’s popular Wine & Cheese Fundraiser Gala, held in its studios at 506 Interchange Blvd. in Newark, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19. Patrons will enjoy performances by guest dancers, start their holiday shopping at the silent auction, delight in fine wines and light fare, and enjoy front-row seats for dance vignettes from Mid Atlantic students. The holiday season officially launches in grand fashion with The Nutcracker performances Saturday-Sunday, Dec.14-15, at the University of Delaware’s Mitchell Hall Theater. Performance Venue: Mitchell Hall Theater University Of Delaware, Newark • 266.6362 MidAtlanticBallet.org • Facebook/Instagram: @midatlanticballet Twitter: @midatballet

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THE MUSIC SCHOOL OF DELAWARE The Music School begins the fall season with its annual Wilmington Branch Opening Night performance on Wednesday, Oct. 2. A bevy of Music School faculty and guest artists will perform works of Haydn, Mozart and Dvorak, in a thank-you concert for Music School supporters and donors, including The Longwood Foundation. Other season highlights include its Cultural Crossroads series; Classical Café—an informal coffee-and-donuts chat about musical topics—and free monthly Open Mic Nights and Bluegrass Jams. The Music Masters series will feature Music School faculty, the Serafin Ensemble, and other artists throughout the year. In addition to these events, the Music School offers many more performances, master classes, and workshops free of charge. 4101 Washington St., Wilmington • 762.1132 musicschoolofdelaware.org • Tickets: brownpapertickets.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @MusicSchoolofDE OPERADELAWARE Take a listen to the hit selections from OperaDelaware’s Opera Jukebox! On Friday, Oct. 11, and Sunday, Oct. 13, join your favorite singers and principal pianist Aurelien Eulert as they perform opera's greatest hits, complete with audience aria requests. Next, in The Black Box at OperaDelaware Studios is Beyond Carmen (Friday-Sunday, Nov.15-17), an homage to OD's first and most frequently presented opera, Bizet's Carmen. Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and guitarist Dan Nadel weave Old World legends into a 21st century musical tapestry spanning generations and genres—from classical to tango, medieval to modern. 4 S. Poplar St., Wilmington • 442.7807 • Tickets: operade.org Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @OperaDelaware ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



OPERA JUKEBOX October 11 at 7:30 pm October 13 at 2 pm Opera’s greatest hits plus your aria requests

BEYOND CARMEN Mezzo-soprano Audrey Babcock and guitarist Andrés Vadin weave legends of the Old World into a 21st-century musical tapestry that spans generations and genres—from classical to tango, medieval to modern.


302-442-7807 | operaDE.org

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November 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm November 17 at 2 pm

THE PLAYHOUSE ON RODNEY SQUARE & THE GRAND OPERA HOUSE The Grand brings you another sensational season of programming, with more than 60 shows confirmed …and counting. Don’t miss the newest season of Broadway in Wilmington presented by Bank of America featuring blockbusters like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer—The Musical, The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays, Jersey Boys, The Play That Goes Wrong, The Color Purple, and Fiddler on the Roof. Enthusiast of Celtic music? You’re in luck with shows from Gaelic Storm, Irish Christmas in America, and the Red Hot Chili Pipers. Comedy fan? Roll in the aisles at the wit of Paula Poundstone, Demetri Martin, Tom Papa, and Piff the Magic Dragon. Live music lover? Revel in up-close-and-personal sets from Lucinda Williams, George Thorogood, and The Fab Faux. Family-friendly fare includes shows like Catapult (from America’s Got Talent), the Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre, and the Star Force Academy. The Grand: 818 N. Market St., Wilmington • 652.5577 Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org• Facebook: @TheGrandWilmington Twitter/Instagram: @TheGrandWilm The Playhouse: 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington • 888.0200 Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org • Facebook: @ThePlayhouseDE RAINBOW CHORALE OF DELAWARE The Rainbow Chorale of Delaware invites you to revel in its 20th anniversary season. The ensemble’s holiday program, Celebrate! A Rainbow Chorale Holiday, on Saturday, Dec. 14, blends Christmas classics, new twists on old favorites, and modern takes on the season with songs like “Twelve Days of Regifted Christmas,” “Pink Christmas,” “Text Me a Merry Christmas” and “Solstice Song.” A free preview of the concert will be performed at the Festival of Trees on Saturday, Nov. 23. But before the holiday festivity begins, join in the frighteningly fabulous fun of Halloween Bingo—a joint fundraiser with AIDS Delaware—on Sunday, Oct. 27, at Chambers Memorial Hall on Kirkwood Highway. Advance tickets are strongly recommended. Performance Venue: Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, 719 N. Shipley St., Wilmington • 803.4440 • therainbowchorale.org Facebook/Twitter: @RainbowChorale Instagram: @TheRainbowChoraleDE


eliciting change through music

ANNOUNCING OUR 2019-2020 SEASON Photo Paul Cerro


October 27 • Halloween Bingo Fundraiser with AIDS Delaware THE REP (RESIDENT ENSEMBLE PLAYERS) August: Osage County, the funny, furious family reunion from hell, opens the REP’s season (Sept. 26-Oct. 13). When patriarch Beverly Weston disappears, his three daughters rush home to care for their pill-popping, manipulative mom. Dishes and insults fly in Tracy Letts’ brilliantly written Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner. In November, the REP goes off the rails with the Regional Premiere of Agatha Christie’s edge-of-your-seat thriller, Murder on the Orient Express (Nov. 7-24). A stranded train, a luxurious dining car filled with elegant passengers, and one very dead fellow traveler launch detective Hercule Poirot into a most challenging case. When everyone’s a suspect, but each has a perfect alibi, whom can you trust? Roselle Center for the Arts, 110 Orchard Rd., Newark • 831.2204 • Tickets: rep.udel.edu Facebook: @rep.udel.edu • Twitter/Instagram: @Delaware_REP THE QUEEN WILMINGTON This historic music venue brings a bevy of live and local music and equally lively nightlife to downtown Wilmington. The Queen spotlights national touring acts, stand-up comedy and local artists such as the Local Brews Local Grooves event on Saturday, Nov. 9—a beer and music festival where the stars are local breweries and bands. 500 N. Market St., Wilmington • 730.3331 • Tickets: thequeenwilmington.com Facebook/ Twitter/Instagram: @QueenWilmington

Chambers Memorial Hall, Kirkwood Highway. Advance tickets strongly recommended.

December 14 • Holiday Concert Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew & Matthew, Wilmington

December 15 • Holiday Concert, Rehoboth Beach Christmas classics, new twists on old favorites & modern takes on the season

Tickets & more information at TheRainbowChorale.org

OPENING NIGHT OCTOBER 2, 7PM Faculty Chamber Orchestra Tiffany Lu, conductor

Photo courtesy of the University of Delaware


UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC Curious about classical? Jazzed about jazz? Open to opera? Come as you are, clap when you want, and sit where you wish in the beautiful Roselle Center. This is the 25th year that fall steps off with Heidi Sarver leading the 300-strong Fighting Blue Hen Marching Band. Other Fall 2019 highlights include The Faculty Gala in September with four new music faculty members making their Delaware debuts. The internationally acclaimed Calidore String Quartet, UD’s Ensemble-in-Residence, begins Beethoven’s 250th birthday season with the first of six all-Beethoven concerts. Indigo, the young artists of UD Opera Theatre, presents a Fall Cabaret evening for Parents’ Weekend in October, and the musical Little Women in early November. UD Jazz Ensembles and Faculty Jazz, UD Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Chorale and Schola Cantorum also present masterworks and new works, from Arne to Zimmerman. Mitchell Hall, Roselle Center for the Performing Arts, Newark 831.2578 • Tickets: music.udel.edu ►


Wilmington Branch Concert Hall Brownpapertickets.com | $10/5

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Photo Marcus Branch

HARPSICHORD AND TRACY RICHARDSON Featuring music by Pitombeira • Scarlatti Sweelinck • Hagerty & more!




WILMINGTON BALLET ACADEMY OF THE DANCE Wilmington Ballet joins forces with the da Vinci Society to perform and attempt the World Record for the Largest Tarantella Dance at the Vendemmia da Vinci Festival on Sunday, Oct. 13. In November, don’t miss the Ballet’s performance with ARIANNA Alliance at the 2019 Italian Cultural Festival. Then, awaken your holiday cheer with Wilmington Ballet’s 53rd performance season of The Nutcracker at The Playhouse on Rodney Square (Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 7-8), encompassing more than 100 dancers ages 7 to 74. 1709 Gilpin Ave., Wilmington • 655.1004 • wilmingtonballet.org Tickets: TheGrandWilmington.org Facebook/Instagram: @wilmingtonballet WILMINGTON CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY Wilmington Classical Guitar Society (WCGS) opens its Fourth Annual Members Showcase on Sunday, Sept. 15, at the Delaware Art Museum. It’s a free performance of both professional and amateur members, and a great way to discover all WCG has to offer. Then a duo of debuts follow- on Saturday, Oct. 19, Spanish guitar virtuoso Andrea González Caballero comes to the stage. After performing for international festivals and concert series around the world, Caballero makes her Delaware debut with music by Clerch, Rodrigo, Britten, and Albéniz. On Saturday, Nov. 16, 17-year-old Chinese classical guitar wiz Junhong Kuang also makes his Delaware debuting with works by Sor, Bach, Albéniz, Tedesco, Walton and Rodrigo. Performance Venue: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, 503 Duncan Rd., Wilmington wilmingtonguitar.org • Facebook/Instagram: @wilmingtonguitar WILMINGTON DRAMA LEAGUE Wilmington Drama League (WDL) starts the season with director Brian Kavanagh’s Jekyll & Hyde the Musical, a multi Tony-winning, tuneful tale of Gothic intrigue (Sept. 6-15). Following that, WDL presents Spring Awakening (Oct. 11-20), the celebrated alt-rock musical of youthful tumult set in 19th century Germany, directed by Sarah Nowak. WDL’s youth wing will produce the Delaware Premiere of The Wolves (Nov. 7-10), directed by Cab Calloway student Lizzie Furman. The Pulitzer Prize finalist piece explores the struggles of a soccer team of teenage girls. To complete its fall season (Dec. 13-29), the Drama League presents Beauty and the Beast, the nine-time Tony-nominated Disney musical re-imagining of the classic, directed by S. Lee Lewis. 10 W. Lea Blvd., Wilmington • 764.1172 • Tickets: wilmingtondramaleague.org Facebook: @WilmingtonDramaLeague • Instagram: @WilmingtonDramaLeague


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Fall Into Fun!

These local events will put you in the spirit for autumn. Embrace the season with train rides through fall foliage, outdoor music festivals, tasty fundraisers, corn maze adventures, ghost tours, a harvest moon festival and more! By Kaleigh Hanson 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. 12, 5:45-8:30 p.m. visitwilmingtonde.com This 12th annual fundraiser pairs local restaurants with area farmers and gives guests the opportunity to vote for their favorite creations. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that funds research to improve the health of mothers and babies.

24TH ANNUAL HAGLEY CAR SHOW Hagley Museum 200 Hagley Creek Road, Wilmington Saturday, Sept. 15, 10am-4pm hagley.org "Rolling Elegance: Luxury Automobiles" is the theme of this annual event that features more than 500 antique and restored cars, trucks and motorcycles dating from the early 1900s through 1994. Highlights include a vehicle parade, a showcase of vintage jukeboxes, video simulators, pedal car racing and a festival food court. TASTE OF TROLLEY Trolley Square Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m. tasteoftrolley.com Experience the vibrant Wilmington neighborhood of Trolley Square in this fifth annual celebration of “All Things Trolley.” Admission is free with a pay-as-you-go model for beer, wine and spirits sampling as well as small-plate food items. Other features include live and DJ music, street entertainers, sidewalk sales and a scavenger hunt for prizes at Trolley Square merchants. ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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TREE FESTIVAL AT MT. CUBA Mt. Cuba Center 3120 Barley Mill Rd., Hockessin Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. mtcubacenter.org/grow See native trees in the autumn glory —and get the opportunity to purchase native to take home. Also featuring live music, local food and drinks.

Hagley Car Show

Sunday, September 15, 2019 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Held rain or shine Special Feature: “Rolling Elegance: Luxury Automobiles” Browse more than 500 antique and restored cars from the early 1900s to 1990s I N FO/ TICKETS AT W W W. HAG LE Y.O RG/C ARSH OW (302) 658-2400 • G PS: 200 HAG LE Y CR E E K ROAD • WI LM I NGTO N, DE 19807


Halloween Blue Jean Ball Saturday, October 19 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Information & tickets: www.fbd.org/bluejeanball

Silver: Acme; Chesapeake Utilities; Giant Food; RKD Alpha Dog Bronze: First State Orthopaedics; WSFS Bank


HARVEST MOON FESTIVAL Coverdale Farm Preserve 543 Way Rd., Greenville Saturday, Oct. 5, 10-5 p.m. 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 non-members over the age of 5. CORN MAZE & FALL FUN Ramsey’s Farm 330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington October and November ramseysfarm.com Enjoy the fun of Ramsey’s farm, where there are all kinds of mazes—corn, sorghum, hay—as well as pumpkin painting, hayrides, and more. FORT DELAWARE GHOST TOURS Pea Patch Island, Delaware City Various October dates destateparks.com Experience the thrill of the supernatural in an actual paranormal investigation of Pea Patch Island’s Fort Delaware. Must be 13 or older to 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, a farmyard playground, tractor tunnel, straw jump, and more. Admission is $5$10, and free for ages 2 and under.

TAILGATE TAG SALE Christ Church Parking Lot 505 E Buck Rd., Greenville Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.-noon christchurchde.org Shop for unique tagged items outside and wreaths and garden treasures inside during the tailgate tag sale hosted by the Garden Gate Garden Club. All proceeds will be donated to local projects and charities. Entry is free and refreshments will be available. RIVER TOWNS RIDE & FALL FESTIVAL Historic New Castle and Historic Delaware City 211 Delaware St., New Castle, and 407 Clinton St., Delaware City Saturday, Oct. 5, 12-5 p.m. rivertownsfestival.com The seventh annual River Towns Ride & Festival is a one-day joint festival held between the historic Delaware waterfront towns of New Castle and Delaware City. There also is a recreational ride that offers cyclists the opportunity to explore the Markell and Castle bike trails while earning medals for distance ridden. There is no admission fee to the festival and a complimentary shuttle bus is available to transport you between towns. The Tall Ship Lynx will be on display in New Castle while live music, food, games and family activities will be offered at both locations. VENDEMMIA DA VINCI WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL Christiana Hilton 100 Continental Dr, Newark Sunday, Oct. 13, 2-6 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 samples of Italian food and wine. BOO AT THE ZOO Brandywine Zoo 1001 N Park Dr., Wilmington Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 17-19, 5-7 p.m. brandywinezoo.org Trick-or-treat and explore the zoo at dusk to celebrate the upcoming Halloween holiday. Kids can enjoy a fun night in their costumes without the horror-themed elements of the season. MONSTERS & MALTS MOVIE FEST Penn Cinema 401 S. Madison St., Wilmington Friday-Saturday, Oct. 18-19, 6:30 p.m. both nights, with an additional 9:30 p.m. viewing on Friday penncinema.com Just in time for Halloween, this Movies on Tap mini film fest returns for its second year with five scary movies and the classic comedy Young Frankenstein. A different area brewery will serve samples at each showing. Proceeds benefit local charities. â–ş SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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THE ULTIMATE TAILGATE Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Thursday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. mealsonwheelsde.org The event will include wine, spirits, and craft beer from 2SP Brewing Co. as well as area restaurants’ various interpretations of tailgate food. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, tailgate-themed games, and a beer/wine toss. Proceeds benefit Meals on Wheels Delaware. Tickets are $65 per person and should be purchased online. BEERS & GEARS Delaware Park 777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. delawarepark.com Fresh F resh Fresh F resh hF Fresh to tresh h to t h to t Rid dic ul Rid cu lo odic ou ul ulo o ou cu sly ul uycar lo sou oly u yshows sly y in Delaware OneRid ofdic thecu biggest features rat your yo our o your yo ur our o ur your yo bowl. b bo our o ow bowl. bo b ur wlow .wl bo b bowl. ow . wl. de elde lic el ci clrods, de ic oci ou cel ulou o sic .u cmuscles, ci sou o. us. exotics, hot rods, turners, pro street, imports, trucks and classics. More than 450 trophies will Build Build Your Build Your Own Your Own Bowl Own Bowl Bowl be awarded during this family-friendly Choose Choose aChoose base, a base, protein, a base, protein, sauce protein, sauce and sauce and toppings. toppings. and toppings. event, free for spectators, with craft BASE BASE BASE TOPPINGS TOPPINGS TOPPINGS beer, live music andGarlic DJs. Brown Brown Rice Brown Rice | Spring Rice | Spring Mix | Spring Mix | White |Mix White Rice | White Rice Rice Chili Chili Flakes Chili Flakes | Chili Flakes | Chili Oil| Chili |Oil Crispy | Crispy Oil Garlic | Crispy Garlic

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Celebrating where City, River & Marsh Meet

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13. Justison Landing, Currie Hair, Skin & Nails, CURRIEDAYSPA.COM Veritas Wine & Spirits, VERITASWINESHOP.COM Starbucks on the Riverfront Riverfront Pets, RIVERFRONTPETS.COM 14. Del Pez Mexican Gastropub, DELPEZMEXICANPUB.COM Goju Training Center, GOJUROBICS.COM 15. Delaware Children’s Museum, DELAWARECHILDRENSMUSEUM.ORG Riverwalk Mini Golf, RIVERWALKMINIGOLF.COM 16. Joe’s Crab Shack, JOESCRABSHACK.COM 17. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, IRONHILLBREWERY.COM 18. Public Docks 19. Big Fish Grill, BIGFISHRIVERFRONT.COM




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THE CITY Mayor Purzycki demonstrates the OpenGov portal at a news conference in Wilmington.

Stephen A. Smiith and Mayor Purzycki.




ayor Mike Purzycki recently unveiled his Administration’s new online public information and data sharing portal, OpenGov. The service, which can be accessed via the City’s website (www.WilmingtonDE.gov), enables the public to view and download more information than ever before about City government, including current and historical financial reports and data, and information-filled stories about City departments and their respective capital projects. The Mayor said he hopes making more government information available to the public will promote more responsible and knowledgeable citizen involvement and enhance government accountability through transparency. “OpenGov provides enormous benefits to our government and for the people of Wilmington,” said the Mayor. “Our efforts to become more efficient and accountable will be aided by citizens knowing more about the inner-workings of their government. OpenGov makes greater citizen involvement possible by making more information available about budgets, capital projects and how spending is tied to strategic goals. Citizens should have the opportunity to develop more informed opinions about government policies, laws, programs, and services. We have moved into a new age of information sharing in Wilmington, and that’s how it should be.” The City has established a new email address so OpenGov visitors can ask questions about the site. The email is OpenGovQuestions@WilmingtonDE.gov. 40 SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


or the third straight year, Mayor Mike Purzycki has proclaimed September as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Month in Wilmington. The City will again host a week-long series of events, from Sunday, September 15 to Saturday, September 21, to promote awareness among local students and their families about the importance of HBCUs as well as the opportunities that they offer young people. At the 2018 College Fair, attended by more than 1,500 students, nearly 700 high schoolers received college offers. Many of them were admitted to an HBCU on-the-spot, and of those who were offered college admittance, nearly 250 students received offers of scholarship assistance totaling over $1 million from the participating schools. Another highlight of last year’s event was the hugely successful Battle of the Bands, which packed nearly 7,000 spectators into Frawley Stadium to conclude the week. “This has been a very gratifying experience for all involved,” said Mayor Purzycki. “As we increase the number of young people who attend college, we are forever changing young lives and our communities for the better.” In addition to the return of the Battle of the Bands, to be hosted by Blake Saunders, a special feature of #HBCUWeek2019 will be Stephen A. Smith’s live taping of ESPN’s “First Take” program at the 76ers Field House on Friday, September 20, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bands from Delaware State Univ. and WinstonSalem will participate in the taping, which will coincide with the College Fair and Financial Aid Seminar. More than 30 HBCUs are scheduled to participate, with an anticipated attendance upwards of 2,500. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit: http://www.hbcuweek.org. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE

National Night Out 2019 in Rodney Square.



ayor Mike Purzycki joined hundreds of citizens at Wilmington’s annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, August 6, in Rodney Square. National Night Out, now in its 36th year, is a community-based event that mobilizes citizens locally and around the country to promote public safety, police-community partnerships, safer communities and appreciation for police, fire and emergency first-responders. National Night Out attendees got to meet and interact with officers from various Wilmington Police Dept. divisions and units, including representatives from the Canine Unit who conducted

demonstrations and enabled attendees to meet and interact with some of the unit’s dogs. Besides offering children and families a chance to interact with Wilmington’s first responders and view police, fire and other emergency vehicles and equipment, there was free food and refreshments from Grotto Pizza and Bernie’s Original Water Ice. There were public safety-related giveaways, and parents could obtain free ID cards for their children. The WPD was joined by other law enforcement and public safety partners, including the Wilmington Fire Dept., the Wilmington Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Probation and Parole, Delmarva Power and Christina Care, among others.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Mayor does pushups with WPD cadets.

Graduates of the 99th Wilmington Police Academy.



ayor Mike Purzycki and Police Chief Robert Tracy welcomed 32 new officers to the Wilmington Police Department at a graduation ceremony on August 9. The graduates were selected from more than 175 applicants to the 99th academy. In his remarks to the graduates, during which he recognized public safety as being essential to Wilmington’s success story, Mayor Purzycki welcomed the new officers to the “Wilmington family” and a police department that aspires to be counted among the very best in the nation. “It is my belief that for our city government to become great, and for Wilmington to take its place among the very best cities in the nation, then all of our employees must be a part of an undivided whole...committed to excellence in everything we do,” said the Mayor. “Congratulations and welcome to this proud department and to our fine city,” the Mayor said. A SPECIAL SUPPLEMENT TO OUT & ABOUT MAGAZINE







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September 6 5pm Start Complimentary Shuttle Service Most exhibitions listed here continue through this month


A program of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

Piccolina Toscana

Howard Pyle Studio

Delaware Center for Horticulture

Delaware Division of the Arts

Christina Cultural Arts Center

Blue Streak Gallery


The Creative Vision Factory

Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery at DCAD


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

The Delaware Contemporary 200 South Madison Street 656-6466 • decontemporary.org Artists: Margo Allman, Dan Jackson, Ken Mabrey DOWNTOWN 2nd & LOMA 211 N. Market Street 655-0124 • 2ndandloma.com Artist: “Surrealism Faces and Abstract Expressionism” by Denise Palestini Pino The Angelus House 417 W. 5th Street 347-963-2208 Artists: Martha Ann Szczerba, Dennis Skirviri, Anthea Piscarik, Helen Fuhrmann

Delaware History Museum 504 N. Market Street 655-7161 • dehistory.org Artist: Delaware Photography Gallery 919 Market 919 N. Market Street 824-9607 Artist: “Make a Face” by Paul M Simon, PhD The Grand Opera House 818 N. Market Street 658-7897 • thegrandwilmington.org The Grand Gallery Artist: Salvage by JaQuanne LeRoy

Artzscape 205 N. Market Street 433-6622 • artzscape.com Artist: “Pankakes After Dark” by Bryce & Demitrius Bullock

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Christina Cultural Arts Center 705- 707 N. Market Street 429-0101 • ccacde.org Artist: Anywhere Is Here by Tracy Landmann City of Wilmington Louis L. Redding Gallery 800 N. French Street 576-2100 • wilmingtonde.gov Artist: Seonglan Kim Boyce

Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery 820 N. French Street 577-8278 • arts.delaware.gov Artist: Human Connection, Olga Nielsen

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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS El Diablo Burritos uses fresh ingredients and décor to stand out in a crowd By Pam George Photos by Justin Heyes

Mahi taco and chips is one of the features at El Diablo Burritos, the brainchild of Dean Vilone, a Brandywine Hundred native.


ould-be authors are often told to “show, don’t tell.” Instead of making a statement, let the reader come to conclusions based on the setting and action. That approach rarely applies to the hospitality industry, but founders of El Diablo Burritos have taken it to heart. “We don’t tell you it’s good,” says Shannon Stevens, a partner and the creative director. “We don’t tell you it’s fresh. We don’t tell you that you’re going to like it, or that it’s tasty.” Instead, the quick-casual restaurant shows you, by investing in the ingredients and the atmosphere, not the slogans. And, to be sure, this is not your typical “fast food.” The beef is grass-fed, the chicken is antibiotic-free, and the fish is mahi-mahi and not the more common tilapia. There are no freezers on site, and sauces— including chipotle ranch and roasted garlic cilantro—are made from scratch. El Diablo bakes its own cookies and brownies for dessert; it does not rely on a third-party vendor.

But you won’t see all of that splashed across billboards. From its start in 2010, the restaurant has kept a low profile. For years, the website was just a landing page featuring the mascot – a black bean with devil horns, a tail and a pitchfork. As a result, El Diablo is developing a mystique that’s been honed by the privately owned and highly secretive In-N-Out Burger, which has a cult-like following. “We have some real champions of our brand,” Stevens says. Mare Liles is one of them. “I eat there almost daily,” she says. Why? “Fresh ingredients, healthy, and amazing staff.” These days, El Diablo has a lot of competition. Latin-themed restaurants have increased, and the “have-it-your-way” approach of letting customers select ingredients has been adapted by chain restaurants featuring rice bowls and poke. Nevertheless, El Diablo, which is opening a Market Street location in Wilmington this month, continues to distinguish itself. ►



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El Diablo is the brainchild of Dean Vilone, a Brandywine Hundred native and Salesianum High School graduate with a restaurant background. In 2010, Vilone thought Wilmington was ripe for the Mission-style burritos that are all the rage in San Francisco. Picture fat bundles bulging with ingredients, including rice and beans: These babies take two hands to hold. Vilone teamed up with Roger Andrews, a seasoned chef who’d worked at several upscale eateries. “From the beginning, Dean wanted to attach El Diablo to higher quality food,” Andrews says. In 2010, however, items such as organic produce did not come cheap. But menu prices still had to fall within the fast-casual concept. “We can only charge so much for a burrito,” the chef notes. Fortunately, food companies started meeting the public’s demand for better ingredients. Today, El Diablo buys beef that is grass-fed and grass-finished. (Some cattle are given grain toward the end of their lives to produce more fat.) While prices on some ingredients have come down, you’ll likely pay more at El Diablo than you might at a national chain. “It’s no secret that we’re still a little bit more expensive,” Andrews acknowledges. A chicken burrito is $9.25; mahi-mahi is $11.

(L-R) Micah McNutt, Z’Haya Silva, Alyssa Street, Mario Edwards, and Rosean Wright, ready to serve you at the Branmar location, are among El Diablo's 120 employees.

However, loyal customers are willing to pay. Some cite the flexible menu. “By not being forced into a cookie-cutter choice, I can choose and enjoy exactly what I feel like eating at the time— also what my stomach can handle at the time,” says Helene Lotierzo. “Fresh, flavorful ingredients and the helpful staff make it a perfect choice for a quick meal.” The proteins—meat, chicken, fish—are cooked in the restaurants, but the beef and chicken are cleaned in a commissary, where workers also make the sauces. When Stevens tells friends that sauces and other goods are made from scratch, they tell him: “I didn’t know that, but I knew it. I could taste the difference.” The commissary also bakes the desserts. Every day, refrigerated trucks travel between the locations to make deliveries. The Market Street restaurant is the only one that will serve breakfast, which includes a frittata. The restaurant will be open on Saturdays, but the partners are still considering whether or not to open on Sundays.


Except for breakfast, the menu at all the locations is similar. Trolley Square, however, does not offer bacon. The flagship restaurant is only 1,000 square feet, and Andrews doesn’t want splattering grease in tight quarters. The Branmar site, El Diablo’s second, is 4,000 square feet. Now that there are five restaurants, Vilone says the partners are most comfortable with a 2,000-square-feet prototype. Andrews controls the design of the kitchen area, and Stevens is responsible for the dining room’s distinctive look. If you’ve never been to an El Diablo, the atmosphere might surprise you. Yes, El Diablo sells burritos and tacos, but that’s where the Latin inspiration ends. The restaurants have no pinatas, sombreros, or Mayan pink and turquoise paint colors. Instead, red is a dominate hue. That’s because the Trolley Square space had an existing red wall that Stevens liked. And, too, El Diablo means “The Devil” in Spanish, and everyone knows that the fashionable devil wears red. The brand’s other signature colors include white, black, and gray, which are easy to duplicate on walls and printed materials. Stevens is an aficionado of mid-century design—and it shows. Every restaurant has a clock similar to the one created by designer George Nelson and wallpaper peppered with the mascot. Plush white chairs—priced at more than $300 a pop—are the epitome of modern design. Even the logo has a ‘50s flair. ►

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Amid the clean, modern design at Branmar, the assembly line moves along.

Most of the restaurants are in strip malls. The exception is the Newark El Diablo, whose freestanding structure presented Stevens with a challenge. “How do we handle the outside so that it looks like ‘us’?” he wondered. The answer: Combine the old and the new. The partners liked the classic brick exterior so much that it became part of future designs. The hydraulic front window swings straight open and up, making it a departure from the usual garage door-style window. Whether the restaurant is in a strip mall or a downtown district, Vilone looks for a “village hub.” “For us, it’s more about being in a place that’s central to neighborhoods, and there’s some walkability,” he says. With all the development in the city, the Market Street site checks all the boxes.

As El Diablo expands, almost all the management has come from the restaurants’ ranks. At present, there are 120 employees. Vilone acknowledges that the current labor shortages in the industry can present challenges. “We try to create a good work atmosphere; it’s respectful with good communication and connection,” he says. “The turnover is not that high.” Hopefully, the employees aren’t looking to become franchisees. Vilone and crew don’t plan to franchise in the foreseeable future. Are Kent County and Chadds Ford sites in that forecast? Right now, the team is focused on the Wilmington project. “I wouldn’t want to take anything off the table,” Vilone says. “But taking one step at a time works for us.” For more information on El Diablo, visit eldiabloburritos.com.

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igh 5 Hospitality’s name originally referred to five Buffalo Wild Wings franchises, and it also paid homage to the high-fives that co-founder Bobby Pancake loves to give. Now it also refers to Pancake and co-founder Steve Wheat’s goal of operating five restaurant concepts, with four down so far: Buffalo Wild Wings (eight locations in Delaware and Maryland, starting in 2004); the Stone Balloon Ale House in downtown Newark (2014); Limestone BBQ and Bourbon near Pike Creek (2018), and Eggspectation in Christiana (June 26). Pancake promises to figure out that fifth brand by the end of next year. Culinary Director Robbie Jester, whose love of barbecue led to Limestone BBQ, is suggesting an Italian steakhouse. “We have the capability to be finer and more approachable,” than the company’s current lineup, says Jester.

“It’s a great idea,” Pancake says, noting it’s one of many offered by his staff. “But it all hinges on location and timing. I’ve learned never to say never. And to be patient.” Whatever it will be, it will be the best, he repeats several times during an interview at Eggspectation, noting that he wants High 5 to be “mentioned in the same sentence with Harry’s Hospitality Group, the Platinum Dining Group and SoDel Concepts”—Delaware companies known for their individual restaurants, not their franchise locations. Consider Eggspectation, with High 5’s franchise territory covering a 60-mile radius from its Christiana location. The concept, which began in Montreal in 1993, emphasizes crepes, omelets, and other eggbased dishes; an early opening; brunch dishes available at dinner; and lots of eggy wordplay. “Some concepts are oversaturated, like breakfast. We’re late to the game, but we’re the best,” Pancake says—again. ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



“There’s always room for the best,” Jester adds, “not just guestforward, but behind the curtain.” Being the best centers on attitude, Pancake says, citing High 5’s five core values: Serve others well. Take responsibility. Attitude is everything. Results matter. Sell more. They’re distilled into a corporate acronym, STARS. “We all are stars,” he says. “Some shooting, some fading, some bright and shining. You get to choose.” Pancake’s leadership of High 5’s 640 employees is influenced by his humble beginnings. He was raised on a West Virginia farm, started work as a chicken cutter and cook at KFC, and did not go to college. (Along the way, the received a rejection letter for employment at IHOP, which he treasures.) “I didn’t have anyone to develop me. I had to reach and grasp on my own. I have a love for this business and a love of developing leaders,” he says, which has led him to be active in the Delaware Restaurant Association, the Buffalo Wild Wings Franchise Advisory Council and the Buffalo Wild Wings Political Action Committee. He and High 5 Marketing Director Lori Ewald are Dover Air Force Base’s only active national civic leaders; in those roles, they learn about and advocate for military families. SECRETS OF THE STARS continued from previous page

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I didn’t have anyone to develop me. I had to reach and grasp on my own. I have a love for this business and a love of developing leaders. — Bobby Pancake “You often hear people saying, ‘it’s hard to find good help,’” Pancake says. “You don’t find good help. You build them.” Pancake, Ewald and Jester say that High 5’s managers build good help, employees who have grown into leaders, including Nick Wallace, pit master at Limestone BBQ; Antonio D’Alesio, kitchen manager at Eggspectation; and Brittany McCardle, general manager of the Christiana Buffalo Wild Wings, the chain’s secondbusiest on the East Coast. “It felt like a home even before they had a building in place,” McCardle writes on www.bobbypancake.com. “This was the start of a new life for me.” Pancake and Wheat met while working at Buffalo Wild Wings and moved here 15 years ago when they got the franchise for Delaware and Maryland’s Cecil, Harford and Wicomico counties. “We’re very in tune with the people who live, work and play in Delaware,” says Pancake, who lives in Bear. Wheat recently moved from Delaware to Landenberg, Pennsylvania. High 5 also gives back to the community, donating more than $1 million over the years, Ewald says. Their work has earned multiple honors, including New Franchise of the Year by Buffalo Wild Wings in 2005; the company’s Founder’s Award in 2009 for Pancake’s “vision, enthusiasm, work ethic and humility”; the National Entrepreneur Success Award by the Small Business Administration in 2010; and Restaurateurs of the Year by the Delaware Restaurant Association in 2011.

On his Facebook page, Pancake, who is 55, describes himself as a “child of the one true king” and “unashamedly a Christian first.” (Levi, his and his wife Heather’s oldest son, is a pastor.) On bobbypancake. com, he turns philosopher, posting thoughts labeled “musings,” “ramblings” and “Pancakeisms.” He also blogs on entrepreneurship.


A recent post suggested “Be the buffalo” (a reference to the iconic American animal, not tasty wings) and explained how buffalo head into storms, rather than run from them, which shortens how long they suffer in bad weather. People should do the same, he says: “Face challenges straight-on with courage and fortitude [that] will ultimately lessen the significance and effects.” He’s a regular on Facebook, offering this post on July 26, the first anniversary of Limestone BBQ: “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” (This comes from a 1993 American Academy of Achievement interview with singer Johnny Cash.) Positivity pervades both his professional and personal life. This adage from painter Herm Albright is part of his email signature: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.” And this quote from the Bible is on his business card: “For what will it profit a person if they gain the whole world, and lose their soul?” Pancake doesn’t count his hours working because he loves the work so much. “It hasn’t been work for the last 25 years,” he says. That love rubs off on employees like Mike Henretty, a Limestone BBQ shift leader whose name tag reads, “vice president of fun.” “We’re all kind of vice presidents of fun,” he explains. “You have to be nutty to work in this business,” says Pancake. “You’re working holidays and weekends when people are off. That makes it a difficult balance to have a family life.”


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The Stone Balloon Ale House and Limestone BBQ and Bourbon succeed with clear visions, with SECRETS OF THE STARS continued from previous page items “competitively priced and in tune with what’s trendy,” Pancake says. Both have event rooms and support ordering via EatStreet (as do several Buffalo Wild Wings locations). The Stone Balloon Ale House is “a true homage to the Stone Balloon of the ’70s and ’80s,” Pancake says. “Our clientele is everyone who went there then. They need a cool place to drink up that nostalgia.” Although it’s on the University of Delaware campus, the prices and food skew older. The menu, which High 5 describes as “comfort food playfully reimagined,” features dishes like beef and bacon lollipops, hot wing chowder and beef stroganoff (no mushrooms, as a bow to how Pancake’s mom made it). The Balloon is a rare restaurant with an off-premises liquor license, meaning customers who enjoy a glass of anything can buy a bottle, such as Limestone BBQ Maker’s Mark and Knob Creek bourbon. Jester and his recipes starred in a recent “as seen on TV” demonstration dinner at the Balloon. Jester, who has appeared four times on the Food Network, has both won and lost on Guy’s Grocery Games, and he won on Beat Bobby Flay with shrimp scampi ($21 at the Balloon; the secret’s in the hand-rolled cavatelli). His awards include being named best chef in upstate Delaware for the last three years in Delaware Today. If High 5 adds another, roomier Balloon, Pancake has comforting dishes in mind, including a spaghetti sandwich (fluffy white bread, margarine, a little spaghetti and as much meat sauce as possible, rolled like a taco) and Amish-style cinnamon buns, with all their gooey goodness. And he would love to bring back the glass

of bacon, featuring twice-cooked bacon, encrusted in peppercorns and honey. “It’s like a high five for your mouth,” he says. It was also, he says, “cost-prohibitive.” The food part of Limestone BBQ and Bourbon is an homage to Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Texas, which Pancake and Jester sampled in a research trip through Texas. They say the wait—Jester got in line at 8:30 a.m., and they didn’t eat until 1:40 p.m.—was worth it. “It was absolutely the best meal in my life,” Pancake says . Limestone’s menu is short: seven meats from the smoker, seven sides, four sauces, four desserts, chili, house-made pickles and drinks. Some days, some dishes run out, which is part of the barbecue cult. So is the rustic look, the aromatic atmosphere and the cafeteria-style service. And there’s family-friendly music every Friday and Saturday. The bourbon part necessitated more research trips, this time to Kentucky, and the result is 42 types of bourbon, plus a strong showing of cordials and ryes, served in a speakeasy environment. One rarity: 23-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, $70 for a 1.5-ounce pour. Another: hand-cut ice cubes. There’s also a “secret” sandwich, created by a Limestone team member: The Texas Clutch, brisket topped with mac and cheese on a Hawaiian roll with sassafras white sauce. The sauce, an homage to Alabama barbecue, includes sour cream, cider vinegar, Old Bay, fresh dill, mayo and beet sugar. And here’s a secret at the Stone Balloon: Diners are increasingly redefining the TV-triumphant shrimp scampi with their own offmenu twists by asking for it to be topped with crab cakes, salmon and even steak, Jester says. At the Buffalo Wild Wings, Jester recommends this secret offthe-menu combo: Buffalo chips with salt and vinegar powder, queso and bacon. “It’s magical,” he says.


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Freezing can lessen the world’s food waste problem while helping you to preserve those fruits and vegetables that are in season now By Leeann Wallett


our freezer may hold the key to solving one of the world’s most pressing problems: food waste. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that “94 percent of the food we throw away ends up in landfills or combustion facilities.” Food loss occurs at all levels of the supply chain, from production to processing, retail to consumers. Some food loss will naturally occur, but most waste can be prevented by using what the EPA calls its “food recovery hierarchy,” a system that “prioritizes actions that prevent or divert food waste from landfills.”

This hierarchy uses an inverted pyramid structure that at its top prioritizes and maximizes food uses while minimizing food waste. The most preferred way to prevent wasted food is what the EPA calls “source reduction” or “reducing the volume of surplus food generated.” So what can consumers do to help mitigate food waste? It can be as easy as making a grocery list, buying less and learning to freeze and preserve food as our grandmothers and ancestors did for centuries. ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM




While fresh produce may be preferred in-season, the frozen food category is gaining momentum among consumers. This trend has been spurred by recent research from food scientists at the University of California Davis that found that frozen vegetables and fruits can retain just as many vitamins and nutrients as fresh. With local summer produce in full swing at farmer’s markets across the region, it’s the perfect time to learn to freeze before the fall frost sets in. According to Coverdale Farm Preserve Manager Michele Wales, we're currently in high harvest season—when most well-known crops are ready for picking. Local produce currently available includes tomatoes, sweet corn, squash, peppers, cucumbers, and eggplant, so farm markets like Coverdale are full to the brim with summertime bounty. Coverdale is owned and managed by the Delaware Nature Society, a nonprofit based in Hockessin that is dedicated to “connecting people with the natural world.” Part nature reserve and part working farm, Coverdale uses regenerative agriculture methods that include a wide variety of farm livestock and a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, which provides weekly vegetable and flower shares from June until October. If you’ve missed the annual CSA sign-up, Coverdale, at 543 Way Rd., Greenville, is open to the public on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors do not need to be members to purchase from the farm market located across from the big red barn. “Each week from May to October, we have an a la carte menu of rotating produce and other local products for sale, like Coverdale pastured eggs, bread from De La Coeur Bakery, cheese from Farm at Doe Run, Walt’s Swarmbustin’ honey and Crisp & Co. pickles,” says Wales. SAVING THE TASTE OF SUMMER continued from previous page


The sky’s the limit when it comes to what to freeze. Here's a list of vegetables and fruits to freeze as the summer months wind down. Keep in mind some of these foods may already be past their high season, so this list also can be used to freeze grocery store produce past its prime.

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Like my mother and grandmothers before me, I brought out my 1950s Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book for recommendations on how to freeze vegetables and fruits. Not surprisingly, the process of freezing vegetables hasn’t changed much over the decades. However, I've only loosely followed the “Freezing Fruits” section since it recommended either a syrup or sugar pack, both of which add unnecessary steps and calories. And once frozen, vegetables and fruits can last 8 to 12 months in the freezer. Vegetables should be blanched or dipped in boiling water for a couple of minutes and plunged into an ice bath, and then frozen on a baking tray and transferred to a bag for long-term storage. Blanching before freezing “stops the enzyme action...and helps retain fresh flavor and appearance (aka. color),” says the Better Home and Gardens: New Cook Book. For more watery vegetables like eggplant, peppers, onions and tomatoes, there’s no need to blanch. Peppers and onions can be chopped and then frozen, and while eggplant and tomatoes should be roasted off whole and frozen. “You can extend tomato season all the way through winter,” says Wales. During the summer Wales prefers freezing the tomatoes whole and processing them in the fall when she has “more time in the kitchen.” “There’s such a finite amount of time in the summer to process an entire batch of tomatoes,” she says. “I’d rather be outside growing and tending to the food than in the kitchen."

On the other hand, fruit preparation can be as simple as washing and freezing. First, make room in the freezer to accommodate a full baking tray. Then, arrange washed berries or pitted cherries in a single layer and freeze until solid. Transfer clean berries or cherries to a freezer bag or container for long-term storage. Stone fruits should be pitted, blanched, peeled, treated with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) to prevent browning and then frozen. Vitamin C tablets can be purchased from your local grocery or health food store. Alternatively, you can make an acidulated water bath from water and lemon juice.


Former Moveable Feast Executive Chef and current “carnivorous” Chef at Honeybee Seasonal Kitchen Lisa Scolaro loves to make sauces and pestos with the overabundance of produce at Honeybee. Normally, freezing tomatoes is frowned upon because they lose their unique texture, but since the tomatoes will be used as an ingredient of a recipe, it’s more important to capture the flavor than to retain texture. Like Wales, Scolaro roasts off whole cherry tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper to use later in winter for hardy recipes like tomato soup with orzo, a concentrated sauce to use on top of pizza and puttanesca, or an Italian sauce made with tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic and anchovies. Scolaro’s other go-to sauce recipes include roasted red pepper walnut pesto and red Thai curry, which add a hint of brightness at dinnertime during those colder months. Honeybee’s all-vegan Chef Rita Scardino recommends saving the bountiful herbs when they’re in season. “Cilantro, once cut, doesn’t stay fresh for very long. So, when we have an overabundance of it at Honeybee, I make sure to freeze it for future recipes,” says Scardino. To do this, she throws the cilantro into a food processor with a touch of neutral oil like grapeseed oil and a squeeze of lime juice. She then freezes the bright green paste in a freezer quart bag from which she can pull off a chunk or two for the following week’s vegan tempeh salad or an upcoming soup or stew. Another herb worth freezing is summer basil. Rather than making yet another pesto, Scardino prefers freezing the basil whole. “At the store, there are always a couple of basil leaves that are too bruised or wilted to be sold but are perfectly salvageable for future use for fall soups and stews,” says Scardino. With the abundance of seasonal fruits, Scolaro recommends freezing off fruits whole and packaging them up in individual bags to have smoothies during the fall and winter months. Need inspiration? Strawberry banana is the standard smoothie, which can be livened up using other seasonal fruits like peaches and blueberries. Or head to Honeybee, which serves exotic smoothie combinations like cucumber, pineapple, mint and lime; or peach, pineapple, banana and turmeric. “We just had a large shipment of peaches at Honeybee, so I just made a big batch of peach and blueberry crisp,” says Scolaro. She recommends freezing at the peak of freshness now that peaches and blueberries are in-season to use later when you’re craving a warm fall dessert. For more savory preparations, fruit also can be frozen and used later this fall to make a variety of sauces like cherry coulis for duck and peach compote for pork. Your freezer may be part of the solution to mitigate food waste, but it also can be an easy means of saving summer produce for the fall and winter months. By preserving the summer harvest or those too-ripe bananas sitting on your counter, you could help reduce the amount of food waste that eventually ends up in landfills.

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estminster Presbyterian Church is bringing food trucks to Trolley Square. Head down to 13th Street to enjoy lunch from a local food truck on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friendship House, a local non-profit serving individuals and families who are, or are at risk of becoming, homeless. For more information, visit wpc.org.



ew Chef De Cuisine Matthew Curtis has invited a few Toscana alumni back for a reunion the public can enjoy. A special wine dinner will take place at the Trolley Square eatery (1412 N. DuPont St.) on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Chefs Robert Lhulier and Robbie Jester will prepare the first and second courses, respectively. Curtis will create the main entrée, former Hotel DuPont Pastry Chef Michelle Mitchell will handle dessert, and former Toscana General Manager Paul Bouchard will oversee the wine pairings. A reception will start at 6 p.m. with the first course immediately following. To reserve a seat, call 654-8001.



his 12th annual Farmer and The Chef fundraiser is set for Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:45-8:30 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. This is a foodie delight that pairs local restaurants with area farmers to give guests the opportunity to vote for their favorite creations. Proceeds benefit the March of Dimes, a nonprofit that funds research to improve the health of mothers and babies. For tickets, visit CenterontheRiverfront.com.




overdale Farm Preserve presents its annual fundraising dinner, Farm to Fork Dining, on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 5-9 p.m. Well-known Wilmington restaurateur David Banks of Banks’ Seafood Kitchen will prepare ocean-influenced dishes complemented by ingredients grown at Coverdale Farm. Proceeds benefit Delaware Nature Society. Ticket prices start at $175. For more information, visit delawarenaturesociety.org.



ilmington’s Tonic Bar and Grille, 111 W. 11th St.) has announced the arrival of new Executive Chef Ryan Waltz, who previously served as executive sous chef of the Pines in Rehoboth and sous chef at William and Merry in Hockessin. “I hope to bring a sense of comfort and comradery to Tonic and the community surrounding it,” Waltz says, “[It is important to be] able to take the type of food your grandmother would cook and put a modern and creative twist on it.” For more information about Ryan Waltz and Tonic, visit tonicbargrille.com.



eaturing Hawaiian and Caribbeanstyle poke bowls, Island Fin Poke is planning a fall opening in Wilmington’s Trolley Square. The eatery, which will occupy 1604 Delaware Ave. (formerly Trolley Bikes), will rotate its menu with the seasons. For more information, visit islandfinpoke.com.





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he Historic Odessa Foundation will host its sixth annual Brewfest on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the historic WilsonWarner House (201 Main St.). Proceeds benefit the foundation’s historic preservation efforts. Boutique wines, locally sourced food, and craft beer from more than 50 breweries will be featured. Other attractions include artisan vendors, themed stations and live music by Spokey Speaky and Shotgun Betty, along with solo artists Charlie Hannagan and Tony Mowen. Tickets are $70 for VIP (noon-6 p.m.) and $55 for general admission (2-6 p.m.). For additional info, visit odessabrewfest.com.



he Brandywine Zoo (1001 N. Park Dr., Wilmington), celebrating its 104th year, will host its annual Brew at the Zoo fundraiser on Friday, Sept. 27 (5:30-9 p.m.). Guests can view the animals and enjoy food and drink from stations throughout the zoo footprint. The evening also will feature a silent auction with unique items and amazing birds, courtesy of Animal Behavior & Conservation Connection. Advance tickets are $40 for members, $50 for non-members. The event is rain or shine. More information at BrandywineZoo.org.



rews On Board offers patrons the opportunity to sample local brews while experiencing a unique view of the Brandywine Valley. On two Fridays (Sept. 27 and Oct. 25), guests can enjoy a 1-½-hour train ride courtesy of the Wilmington & Western Railroad while sampling craft beer. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit wwrr.com. 58 SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM



he Delaware Museum of Natural History (4840 Kennett Pike) is once again mixing science and libations at its 13th Wine & Dinosaurs fundraiser, set for Sunday, Sept. 29, from noon-4 p.m. Enjoy premium wines, specialty beers, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. To add a twist to the afternoon, free-flight birds will be flying throughout the museum courtesy of Animal Behavior & Conservation Connection. Advance tickets (until Sept. 21) are $50 for Museum members and $60 for non-members. For additional information, visit delmnh.org.



ew Belgium brewery and Knob Creek distillery have collaborated to create Oakspire, which the two craft creators are calling “the first large-scale bourboninspired ale.” With an ABV of 9 percent, Oakspire uses barrels that have been aged for a decade and features flavors of toffee, vanilla and caramel. It’s available now at restaurants and retailers throughout Delaware.



wo Roads Brewery (Stratford, Connecticut) is jumping into the seltzer category with H2Roads Craft Hard Seltzer, which will feature 100 percent real fruit. A 12-ounce can contains 110 calories, two grams of sugar and an ABV of 4.5 percent. It’s available now at area retailers. Flavors are raspberry, grapefruit and cranberry lime.



ore than 100 breweries are on tap to appear in downtown Kennett Square on Saturday, Sept. 28, for the 21st edition of Kennett Brewfest in (600 S. Broad St.). Those with connoisseur tickets gain admittance at noon with general admission beginning at 1:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Hake & Jerema, along with Cark Filipiak & the Jimi Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit Historic Kennett Square. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit kennettbrewfest.com.


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THE REEMERGENCE OF FORDHAM & DOMINION For Delaware’s second largest brewery, a flurry of activity has led to a renewed, independent outlook By Jim Miller


e believe in the people that we deal with and we believe in the liquids that we make.” Those are the words of Joe Yacone, a man who comes across as earnest and focused, but also one who exudes the enthusiasm of a kid in a candy store. Yacone is the new Delaware Market manager at Fordham & Dominion Brewing Co., which has been making bold moves of late. Starting at the tail end of 2018, Fordham & Dominion ended its 12-year partnership with Anheuser-Busch, InBev, and became independent again. Around the same time, the brewery essentially merged its two portfolios, consolidating the popular Fordham beers and the longtime Dominion favorites under the Fordham & Dominion umbrella. This change came with a fresh look to its packaging: simple, bold lettering atop subtle and refined background designs.

Next, in February, a new canning system came online–a first for the brewery that started in 1995. Then, just recently, the remodeled tasting room reopened after being dormant for five months. Yacone may be new, but he’s very familiar with the tasting room, even with its new look. He ran this part of the business for a little more than a year. Then in 2015, Yacone left to work sales at 16 Miles Brewing in Georgetown. When that company closed doors earlier this year, he got the call from FoDo (as he sometimes calls it). The call came from FoDo Head Brewer Dan Louder, who’s been with the company for more than a decade. Louder has an interesting story as well, working his way up from a call-in fix-it guy, to part-time maintenance technician, to full-time assistant brewer, to head brewer. ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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The ability to can beers has allowed FoDo an avenue to get more varieties of beers out to more fans.

Perhaps most interesting about his story is that Louder didn’t like craft beer when he started 10 years ago as a fix-it guy. But then he realized that making beer combined two of his primary skills. The first is fixing things. Knowing the machinery has helped keep the jobs on schedule and has saved the brewery from needlessly dumping wasted product. The second thing he is good at is baking, which isn’t something you would ever guess from a guy who has just spent minutes vividly describing the intricacies of brewing machinery. Turns out the baking skills have been vital. “I really love baking, and I’m really good at homemade icings and all that,” Louder says. “Brewing beer is just like baking. Time, temperature, and measurement are key. It’s got to be precise to have repetition and the same consistent product coming out.” In the still relatively new FoDo tasting room, the three of us talk while sipping on classics like their Gypsy Lager as well as more recent offerings like Black Magic, a tart 3.8 percent ABV sour made from raspberries, and Sweet Heat IPA, which, as the name implies, has a sweet fruit flavor followed by a mellow habanero resolve. O&A: Joe, to start, let’s talk about one of the biggest changes—the split with AB. What was the reason behind that decision? Yacone: When we first started with AB, it allowed us to expand our distribution beyond our own means. Before that, we weren’t able to acquire distribution as we were with Anheuser-Busch. But when I ran the tasting room here back in 2015, because of that contract, we weren’t able to sell beer out of it. Being the second largest brewery in Delaware, that was always tough. You’d have patrons come in and say, “What do you mean you can’t sell beer?” [laughs] So I think that was part of the thinking [for leaving AB]. We wanted the emphasis on being a really strong regional brand: putting a focus on quality above quantity. We are currently brewing about 25,000 barrels a year. O&A: And is that where you see yourselves wanting to stay? Yacone: Yes. Obviously, we’ve had aspirations to grow, but not grow [to the point] of taking away the quality of the liquids we’re putting out there. We’ve seen it many times where brewers get this hint of success, so they start wanting to grow and push out. And in some cases, either they’ve forgotten to take care of their backyard or have inventory issues because they were so excited to push out, and they forget about HQ. They forget about home base. ►

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O&A: Speaking of keeping it local, you have Cheesetoberfest coming up on Oct. 19 right here at the brewery. What is it about cheese that makes it so perfect to pair with beer? Yacone: We’d always talked about doing some sort of Octoberfest event. We thought to ourselves: “What kind of food could we introduce that everybody loves?” That’s when we started tossing out ideas. We’ve all eaten a grilled-cheese sandwich at one point or another. Someone suggested mac & cheese. And we couldn’t decide which idea was better, so we decided to do them both. This year will be our seventh annual Cheesetoberfest on Oct. 19th, and we’ve already got 25 confirmed restaurants across the state. So from every county we’ve got restaurants coming to showcase their versions of grilled cheese and mac & cheese. Let me tell you: There’s no plain Janes out there. These restaurants come to win, and they come to showcase their ability to create great food. We’re going to have traditional Octoberfest games. We’re going to have a stein hoist. We’ll probably have a keg toss. We’re going to have our German brass band from Philly come down again. This year we’re going to be introducing two local bands to the mix. That’s something we’ve never done in the past. That’s one thing about Delaware: There is always a local draw – whether it’s food, whether it’s music, whether it’s beverage. It’s something that this state and this community really pushes: Drink local and eat local. So we want to make sure that’s a big part of it. O&A: As you look ahead, what are you most excited about? Yacone: When I first came back, it wasn’t just because I knew we had a solid team. We’ve always had a solid team. It was because I could physically see the owners investing in the future of this company—building the new tap room, introducing the new marketing, getting the can line up and running. I’m also excited to see what our brewers come up with. I’m just the sales guy. When Danny and our guys come up with the phenomenal liquids that they do, that gets me excited because that makes my job that much easier—when I can go out and my sales reflect upon the team’s work. ►

That’s something that is super important to us. We’re a tight-knit team. We all work well together. We all communicate with each other to make each other’s job as easy as possible. We’re all eager to get out there and excite our fans. FoDo is a big brand. We’re the second largest brewery in the state to Dogfish. That means something. We didn’t get [here] because we were putting out bad stuff. We got this way because we put out phenomenal liquid and we’ve got people who continue to work with the community. O&A: Dan, how do you feel about what Joe just said? Louder: It makes me feel good that he feels that way. And I would agree with almost everything he says as far as it’s a tight-knit group. On a daily basis, we’ve got 10 people in here working. So everybody depends on everybody. I use the analogy of a clock: You need every gear in order for it to move. And I get just as excited when I’m able to make new stuff as well. There’s been a lot of momentum with the new tasting room. We’ve probably put out four or five new beers in the tasting room since it reopened this year. People aren’t used to seeing us do that. Most of it [in the past] had been just the mainstaple brands.

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O&A: So having the tasting room open again has allowed you do some R&D work right here. Louder: Exactly! We did have the tasting room in the past and we put a couple things out. But the big [difference] now is being able to sell beer out of here. In terms of research and development, we can put something on draft here or put it in cans and sell it out of here—or just in Delaware itself. And then, if it does well this year and the year after that, maybe we expand. The canner helps us be a lot more efficient. It’s not nearly as fast as our bottling line, but for a small batch it’s more efficient and less expensive to can it. It’s easier [for us] to get it to the customer… So that’s the push now: to start canning some of these one-offs that I’m doing. O&A: So what are you most excited about? What’s a new beer where you feel like, “Yeah, I really hit the nail on the head with that one”? Louder: Oooh… My two most recent. The Black Magic Sour. I really love that one. And then the Sweet Heat IPA. O&A: Yeah, I really like that one, too. The Sweet Heat. I can imagine you could have Thai food with that, and it would be really good. Louder: I was really happy with that one because I’ve had beers with spice before. We’ve made some spicy beers here before. And with some of them, the heat’s too much. I love spicy food. But I don’t want a beer that’s going to turn my mouth on fire. With the Sweet Heat, I aimed more towards the flavor of the habanero rather than just the sheer heat of it. So I wanted it to be sweet up front with the fruit flavor and the tangerine coming through, followed by the flavor and a little bit of the warmth of the habanero. I had a couple people say it wasn’t spicy enough. And I was like, “I could agree, but I don’t want it to be that spicy. I don’t want it to be like hot wings, where I’m going to be sweating.” I want this to be—like you said—something you could pair with a spicy meal. I haven’t tried it yet, but I think it would pair well with Korean BBQ. It’s a beer that will complement something that already has a spice to it. SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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good film, one that stirs emotion, is not simply about good acting. Immense effort goes into making each scene perfect, something local composer and producer Samuel Nobles knows a great deal about. Nobles, a Wilmington native who graduated from the University of Delaware in 2012, has composed the music for a number of short films, including Staycation (2018) and The Arrival (2017). In January, Sundance Film Festival premiered the full-length film Greener Grass, an absurdist comedy, showcasing Nobles’ score. Since then, the film has been shown at several film festivals and is set to come out on IFC on Oct. 18.

You can also hear Nobles’ music on television. He recently completed his fourth year working on TruTV’s Adam Ruins Everything. As for production work, Nobles has been busy on a solo project under the name Tip Toes, working closely with executive director for Light Up The Queen Foundation and local artist Sarah Koon to produce her new album. Considering his significant experience with composing music for film, we felt it would be interesting to have Nobles comment on his favorite movie scores. We reached him by phone at his home in Philadelphia, and he gave us his top five. ►


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There Will Be Blood Jonny Greenwood

This was the first score that I heard from Jonny Greenwood and it blew me away. It so beautifully captures the expansive and bleak landscapes of the movie, and perfectly paints the feeling of someone’s downward spiral into greed and power. The instrumentation is somewhat sparse—mostly strings—but has amazing variation, from totally beautiful to absolutely discordant and unpleasant.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jon Brion

I’m a big fan of Jon Brion’s work (Punch Drunk Love, Ladybird, Magnolia). I fell in love with this particular soundtrack when I was in high school, and it feels like it was really formative for the kinds of wistful, emotional progressions that I’m drawn to when composing. The “Theme” piece of this soundtrack is mostly led by a piano and upright bass, which are my two main instruments, so I think it gave me an exciting feeling of, “Hey, I could try making music like this!”

Charulata - Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray was an Indian filmmaker and composer who did most of the music for the films he directed, which is pretty mind-blowing. I love the quality of his music, particularly from the ‘50s and ‘60s. These old recordings have such character and color that is totally unique. Again, the word wistful comes to mind with his music. “Charu’s Theme” is one I really love, as it does this unusual dance between major and minor that flows so beautifully and creates a strong feeling for the movie.

It Follows - Disasterpeace

I love horror music soundtracks - the tension, pacing, and soundscapes feel like an entirely different playing field for composing. Disasterpeace’s score in this is super dynamic and is a really cool use of modern synths and reverbs. There are so many discordant drones and jarring tones that make you feel totally uncomfortable throughout the movie. It was a really crucial part of the film.

Edward Scissorhands - Danny Elfman

I feel like I’ve seen this movie 1,000 times, just from growing up in the ‘90s and so often stumbling upon a TV airing of it, so I feel a lot of nostalgia with this score. I’ve also always been a sucker for old-time Christmas music—the choirs, harps, bells, strings—they’re so grandiose and pretty to me. I feel like Danny Elfman incorporated a lot of that kind of instrumentation and feeling into this score and it really hits the spot. SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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The Delaware Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will honor its 2019 inductees on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. at the baby grand (818 N. Market St., Wilmington). Inductees include Johnny Neel, Mark Kenneally & Rockett 88, Alfie Moss and Dexter Koonce, The Tradewinds, Mario Rocco, Club Phred, Nik Everett, Jimmy Stayton & The Rocka-Bye Band, Lois Lipton Parker, Mitch Thomas, Michael Ace and Dick Schmidt. Club Phred will serve as the house band. For more information or tickets, visit TheGrandWilmington.org.


The second annual MickeyFest will take place in Historic New Castle on Saturday, Sept. 7 (noon start). A dozen acts will be featured, including Love Seed Mama Jump, Chorduroy, FatDaddyHasBeen, and Brixton Saint. MickeyFest also features food and beer vendors and family activities such as pony rides, juggling shows, a bouncy tent, and a petting zoo. Admission is free but donations are encouraged as all proceeds will support children who suffer from Sanfilippo Syndrome, like the event’s namesake, Mickey Merrill. For more information, visit savemickey.com.


Viva Mexico Fest 2019 Delaware Edition will mark Mexican Independence Day on Sunday, Sept. 15. Set for 2 to 10 p.m. on Wilmington’s Market Street between 9th and 10th Streets at Ernest and Scott Taproom, the event will showcase musical performances by Hijos de Barron, Joe Veras, Alcranes Musical, Banda 411, and Brisa de Guanajuato. Family and children’s activities, family fun and ethnic foods also will be available at the block party in celebration of the 209th anniversary of Mexico’s independence from Spain. For more information, ernestandscott.com.


On Saturday, Sept. 28, The Queen will host hip-hop legends DJ Jazzy Jeff and DJ Scratch for one night of turntable artistry. Perhaps best known for his work with Will Smith in the Grammyaward-winning and multi-platinum-selling duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Delaware resident DJ Jazzy Jeff regularly plays more than 150 shows a year—when he’s not recording or producing in the studio. DJ Scratch is no stranger to international success, either. From 2012 to 2014, he consecutively won “Turntablist of the Year” at the Global Spin Awards. As a producer, he helped achieve gold-record status for EPMD, Q-Tip, The Roots, LL Cool J, and Talib Kweli. For tickets and more information, go to thequeenwilmington.com.


On Sunday, Sept. 28, The Grand (818 N. Market St.) will host the unique combination of Rhiannon Giddens, a folk singer and banjo and fiddle player, and Francesco Turrisi, a jazz and Mediterranean pianist and percussionist. The two will demonstrate the global influences that have inspired their work. Showtime is 8 p.m.; ticket prices start at $38. For more information, visit TheGrandWilmington.org.


Industrial post-punk band PIG is bringing their Divine Descent tour to Delaware at Bar XIII (1706 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington) on Monday, Sept. 26. Following the recent release of their album CANDY, lead vocalist Raymond Watts brings a punk twist on popular hits to the stage for a night of guitar riffs and dark vocals. Concert time and price will be announced in early September.


He’s internationally acclaimed but he’s Delaware’s own and favorite son, George Thorogood, who, along with the Delaware Destroyers, will come home for a special performance at The Grand in Wilmington (818 N. Market St.) on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The performance will be the band’s eighth stop on their Good to be Bad Tour, celebrating the band’s 45-year history. The concert starts at 8 p.m.; doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $46. For more information, visit TheGrandWilmington.org.


Painter and singer Winthrop “Buzz” Buswell will perform “When October Goes with Winthrop’s Adventures In Song,” at Concord Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3:18 p.m., sharp. Expect to hear popular show tunes such as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “The Music of the Night” along with classic serenades like “’O Sole Mio” and “Torna a Surriento.” Diane Gray, Dean of Students at Concord High School, will accompany on piano. The show will run 90 minutes, with refreshments provided. A goodwill offering is suggested.




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Bernadette Fox (Cate Blanchett) is an architect with issues in Where'd You Go, Bernadette? Photo Wilson Webb / Annapurna Pictures

WHERE’D YOU GO, CREDIBLE SCREENPLAY? Cate Blanchett vehicle suffers from implausible script By Mark Fields


like the star, Cate Blanchett. I respect director Richard Linklater. The story, based on Maria Semple’s acclaimed novel about a gifted architect who loses her creative spark, seems topical, even potentially compelling. And therefore, one must ask, why is Where’d You Go, Bernadette? so crushingly disappointing? Perhaps for those same reasons; in essence, the film’s component parts offer a promise upon which the final product resoundingly does not deliver. When we first meet Bernadette Fox (Blanchett), she seems to be a witty, dynamic, albeit eccentric modern mom tightly bonded to her precocious child and comfortable with her highpowered computer engineer husband. They live in a glorious wreck of a remodeling project home in suburban Seattle, and

Bernadette alternates her parenting responsibilities with long text conversations with her Indian online assistant, Manjula. Bernadette’s eccentricities (charming to the viewer because they are portrayed by Cate Blanchett) seem less benign to those around her, including her husband and the neighbor busybody, Audrey. Details from the past slowly emerge that explain Bernadette’s current quandary, and Laurence Fishburne shows up in one scene to pronounce the movie’s grand theme. Nevertheless, plot events escalate, and when confronted with something of an intervention, Bernadette disappears from Seattle and her family’s life. The rest of the story follows in parallel her subsequent adventures and her family’s efforts to find her and bring her home. ► SEPTEMBER 2019 | OUTANDABOUTNOW.COM


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The prevailing problem of the film is a screenplay that can’t seem to make up its mind…about much of anything. The movie’s tone is lurchingly comedic and dramatic. The plot is jam-packed with coincidences and implausibilities. And the script (co-written by Director Linklater, Holly Gent and Vince Palmo) doesn’t even draw a clear bead on its main character: are we supposed to find Bernadette quirky and charismatic, or should we worry about her mental health, as some of the other characters clearly do? I fully realize that real life, and real people, are messy and not always consistent, but I do expect a movie—and its screenplay—to have its own internal coherence. By contrast, Where’d You Go, Bernadette? plays like a grab bag of narrative threads, rhythms, and personality traits tossed unceremoniously into the same film. Blanchett gives her usual bravura performance, lending the character an appeal that I do not think is truly warranted. Kristin Wiig as neighbor Audrey and Billy Crudup as Bernadette’s distracted husband are less convincing in poorly drawn roles. Only adolescent newcomer Emma Nelson as daughter Bee manages to survive the inconsistencies of the story. There are moments when Where’d You Go, Bernadette? genuinely entertains and others when it hits a resonant chord, both mostly when Blanchett is on screen. But for the most part, the movie disappoints because it doesn’t deliver on its abundant initial promise. Coming in September: Stephen King’s killer clown returns to torment the kids from the first film now grown into adults, It Chapter Two, Sept. 6; Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort star in The Goldfinch, based on the Pulitzer Prizewinning novel by Donna Tartt, Sept. 13; the familiar (and extensive) cast of PBS’s landmark British gentry drama finally come to the big screen in Downton Abbey, Sept. 20; and Chadwick Boseman and Sienna Miller head the lineup of a contemporary police thriller set in Manhattan, 21 Bridges, Sept. 27.





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