Michigan-based brewery Founders Brewing Co. is making its debut in Delaware this month. According to the brewery, Delaware’s craft beer fans have been asking for a long time for Founders to distribute in
the First State. Founders has teamed up with Standard Distributing Co., which distributes beer from many breweries, including Delaware’s own 16 Mile and 3rd Wave, to help get Founders beer on shelves in Delaware.
Standard’s Craft Manager, Ted Stewart, says, “We at Standard Distributing Co. are very
excited to partner with Founders Brewing. Founders is a great addition to Standard’s craft brand portfolio and brings a lineup of award-winning beers to Delaware. There has been much anticipation for the arrival of Founders and we can’t wait to get it into consumer hands. We look forward to a strong partnership for years to come.”
Fans can expect to find Founders’ year-round, seasonal and specialty lineup in bottles, cans, and kegs beginning this month. Select limited release beers, including those from the Barrel-Aged Series, may also be available at craft retailers following the launch.
For more information, go to foundersbrewing.com.
DAVID BROMBERG PERFORMS
In celebration of his new album The Blues, The Whole Bluesand Nothing But The Blues, Wilmington’s own Americana singersongwriter David Bromberg (and his band, David Bromberg’s Big Band) will perform at Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park on Saturday, May 20. The performance is part of the one-day Bromberg’s Big Noise festival, featuring six nationally-acclaimed groups.
Bromberg’s storied career includes collaborations with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Garcia, Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon and The Eagles. He’s considered by many “the godfather of Americana.” This is Bromberg’s 18th album, the latest in a solo career that began in 1971 after his self-titled debut. Produced by three-time Grammy winner and former Dylan sideman Larry Campbell, it’s Bromberg’s first album since 2013 with cuts from the blues genre.
The multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter found his inspiration for the album when he heard Willie Nelson repeat a quote from Texas fiddler Johnny Gimble: “There’s only two kinds of music—the Star-Spangled Banner and the blues.” Through Bromberg’s playing and gift for interpretation, along with Campbell’s tasteful horn arrangements, the record reaches electrifying heights as well as intimate acoustic moments, breathing fresh life into the songs of Robert Johnson, Bobby Charles, George “Little Hat” Jones, Ray Charles and Sonny Boy Williamson, among others.
The festival, from noon-8 p.m., will feature Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Dr. John, Anders Osborne, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams and Front Country, along with food trucks, merchants
and more. Tickets are $44-$88. Visit bignoisefestival.com.
Beer, Barbeque, Music & Games
On Thursday, May 18, at 6 p.m. guests can join the Food Bank of Delaware (FBD), Two Stones Pub and 2SP Brewing Company for an evening of beer, barbeque, music and games.
The event will take place at 222 Lake Dr., Newark, the future site for the FBD, and will feature food prepared by chefs from Two Stones and students from the culinary school at the FBD. Guests can look
forward to beer provided by 2SP and music performed by the Newark-based band Zodiac Jack. All proceeds will benefit the FBD’s Creating a Bold Future Campaign, which will allow the FBD to move from its current location to the new, larger site and will, as a result, help efforts to end hunger in Delaware.
For tickets and for more information, check out fbd.org/2spbbq.
Every Wednesday from May 3 through Oct. 25, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., The Downtown
Wilmington Farmers Market will be back in Rodney Square. Each week the Square will be filled with vendors offering fresh local produce, plants, herbs, flowers and baked goods. There also will be handmade jewelry, arts and crafts. Café-style tables and umbrellas will provide guests with a relaxing place to sit back, indulge in a tasty breakfast or lunch, and enjoy some live entertainment.
More information can be found at downtownwilmingtonde.com.
Local Art For Cause
Mt. Pleasant High School senior Elnora Nesbitt has started an art based fundraiser titled, “ART FOR REFUGEE SAKE,” for her senior project. The fundraiser will focus around raising funds and awareness for those currently seeking refuge around the world. Nesbit will display her art at and event that will take place on May 26 from 6-9 p.m. at LaFate Gallery.
Additionally, Eunice LaFate of LaFate Gallery, will be premiering a project that focuses on cancer awareness. LaFate’s late husband, Robert, passed two years ago of prostate cancer and during her husband’s last five months, LaFate created a series of paintings, which she titled “The Heart of Caregiving…Rebounding from Grief to Growth.” The series is a reflection of care giving and recovery from loss. LaFate also offers workshops at her gallery where visitors will get the chance to view her work and learn from her experiences.
LaFate Gallery is located at 227 N Market St, Wilmington, DE 19801 and more information on LaFate Gallery can be found at lafategallery.com/.
BENEFIT BIKE RIDE
On Sunday, May 7, hundreds of bicyclists will gather for a ride in Exton, Pa., to benefit the Pennsylvania Center for Adapted Sports (PCAS). This Cinco de Mayo Benefit Bike Ride and Walk offers scenic 25- and 50-mile road rides for avid cyclists and proves that you don’t have to be able to see or walk to ride a bicycle.
Some cyclists will use specially adapted bikes that they pedal with their arms; others will use crutches, wheelchairs, or whatever means necessary to join the ride. Proceeds will go to PCAS, a non-profit that hosts athletic programs designed to improve the health of people with disabilities. For more information
check out cincodemayoride.org.
LUNCH FOR A CAUSE
The Markevic A. Johnson Educational Fund Committee is hosting its 16th annual Markevic A. Johnson
Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, May 6, at noon at the Christiana Hilton Hotel in Newark. The committee was founded to commemorate the life of Keisha Marie Kid and to honor men and women of distinction in the community, civic and non-profit leaders, elected officials, and local church congregations.
Kidd, an advocate of quality education, was a graduate of Delaware State University and passed away
shortly after the birth of her son, Markevic. The luncheon will also raise proceeds for Markevic and two other graduating seniors pursuing a college education at Delaware State or Wilmington University in the fall.
Tickets are $40 and will include lunch and refreshments. For more information and to order tickets, go to markevicajohnson.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DAY AT THE MARKET
On Saturday, May 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First State Flea is hosting its monthly flea market at Glasgow Park in the Bank Barn. FSF provides the platform for local vendors and entrepreneurs to promote and sell their goods and services. FSF had its grand opening of 2017 at Glasgow Park in March with 20 vendors and 800 visitors. The markets will be held the first Saturday of each month for the rest of the year at the park, 2275 Pulaski Highway, Newark.
For more information or to find out how to become a vendor check out firststateflea.com.
The Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) is hosting its First Annual Bio-Based & Renewable Chemicals Conference on Wednesday and Thursday, May 10 and 11. Keynote speaker will be Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester. The event will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing the bio-based industry and will offer attendees the opportunity to interact through panel discussions and workshops hosted by industry experts and thought leaders.
The conference will take place at The Carriage House in Rockwood Park, 4671 Washington St. extension, Wilmington. Tickets are $95 and will cover both days of the event and will include breakfast and lunch.
For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, go to desustainablechem.org/news.
DEWEY ARTS FEST
The Dewey Business Partnership will host its sixth annual Arts Festival on Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dagsworthy Street in Dewey. More than 40 artists, crafters and students will display their work. The event will include live music and food trucks. A non-profit, The Dewey Artist Collaboration, will be on site displaying art from Dewey artists along with adult refreshments via a pop-up beer garden.
The event is free, with parking included. To find out more, go to the events page on facebook.com/Deweyartsfest.