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Golden Wine Event

FranksWine, at 1206 N. Union St. in Wilmington, is celebrating 30 years in 2017. And that’s not all. This month, FranksWine is hosting a fundraiser—a pop-up Golden Wine Event on Saturday, Feb. 11.

After a five-year break, the event is back at Harry’s Savoy Ballroom at 2020 Naamans Rd. Twenty vendors will be pouring wine that comes from various regions, and guests are invited to meander from station to station—which include craft beer from four local brewers. Overall, the drink menu comprises 80 wines and 16 craft brew selections.

Tickets are $100, and $25 of each ticket and 100 percent of the proceeds from the FranksWine Big Bottle Silent Auction will be donated to Kids Runway for Research, which raises awareness and support for The Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

The event runs from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Get tickets at frankswine.com.

Bob’s 1st Ale is Back

From now through March 30, the South Burlington, Vt. Magic Hat Brewing Company’s Bob’s 1st Ale—the brewery’s inaugural 1994 ale, originally dubbed Magic Hat Ale—is back. Magic Hat has moved away from its seasonal brews, which the ale was originally among, and is introducing the Limited Run series, offering beers from its vault that have been fan and staff favorites over the years. The rotation of the series will have a two-month window for each—totaling five brews for this year. An Irish-style, deep ruby red ale at 4.6 percent ABV, Bob’s 1st is fermented with the brewery’s 150-year-old strain of top-fermenting English yeast. Find the brew at local liquor stores.

dogfish-head-flesh-blood-ipa-canned1Dogfish Head Canned Flesh & Blood IPA

Brewed with a ratio of fruit, freshly-squeezed juice, and Northwest citrusy-hop varieties, Flesh & Blood India Pale Ale—Dogfish Head’s newest year-round brew—is now available at local liquor stores. Clocking in at 7.5 percent ABV and 45 IBUs, and exclusively available in six-pack cans, Flesh & Blood is crafted with orange peel, lemon flesh and an aromatic blood orange juice, resulting in a balanced and zesty ale.

Dogfish remains consistent in its use of all-natural culinary products in which consumers can easily identify the whole ingredient and trust in the freshness of fruits and vegetables, and thoughtfully sourced spices.

“Because we derive flavors and aromas from actual fruits you would recognize at your local farmers market and not jugs or buckets of flavoring created in a laboratory, you will not see statements like ‘brewed with natural flavors’ or ‘natural flavors added’ on our labels,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head founder and CEO.

Flesh & Blood represents more than 21 years of commitment to tweaking and perfecting the fruit IPA style. Dogfish Head is a leading pioneer in this arena; it was the first American brewery to package and ship fruit IPAs nationally.

“We’ve been experimenting with fruit and citrus IPAs since 1996 when we released Aprihop, an IPA brewed with apricots,” Calagione says. “We think the fruit IPA category will surge the fastest in 2017 and we are proud of Dogfish Head’s innovator position in this realm.” To find Flesh & Blood IPA, visit dogfish.com/brewery/fishfinder.

Back by Popular Demand

After a three-year hiatus, Dover brewery Dominion has brought back its Millennium Ale. This Barley Wine Style Ale uses the original recipe first brewed in Ashburn, Va., to commemorate its 1,000th batch of beer.

This full-bodied English/American style barley wine comes in at 10.5 percent ABV. Millennium is brewed with Pale and Crystal Malts, Perle, Hallertau, Mt. Hood and EKG hops, and pure Virginia honey. The limited 100-barrel release is a labor of love that takes 24 hours of non-stop brewing before spending 15 weeks in the fermenter. Dominion Millennium Ale paired with sharp cheeses or a variety of desserts promises to be an ally in the cold winter months.

Says Head Brewer Daniel Louder: “This beer’s complexity, nostalgia and demand makes it something special and a pleasure to brew. Beer drinkers that have had it will be pleased that it’s available again, and ones that haven’t tried it will not be disappointed.”

Dominion Millennium Ale was released last month and is available in six-packs and on draught at local liquor stores.

Fresh Pours

New Belgium Brewing is on a roll. Four new year-round beers are now available from the Fort Collins, Colo., brewery, which is tweaking some other brews, too.

Fresh out of the gate are Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Citradelic Exotic Lime Ale, Tartastic Lemon Ginger Sour and Voodoo Ranger 8 Hop Ale. A new line of hoppy beers under the Voodoo Ranger trademark is also being introduced, while Blue Paddle Pilsener paves the way for New Belgium Bohemian Pilsener. To make room for all these new flavors, Snapshot Wheat, Slow Ride Session IPA and Shift Pale Lager will roll off into the sunset (at least for now). In a purely cosmetic tweak, Sunshine Wheat will be newly adorned with a Colorado state flag to signify its roots.

“This is our most ambitious portfolio reimagining since our beginnings,” says New Belgium Brewing spokesperson Bryan Simpson. “We’ve got a lot of excitement, momentum and energy and that makes for a bounty of great beers with interesting twists—2017 is shaping up to be an awesome year for drinking beer.”

Delaware Art Museum Offering Free Admission

The Delaware Art Museum is offering free admission and a service project in partnership with the Sunday Breakfast Mission, on Monday, Jan. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The public is invited to make cards between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., to be distributed with meals for those in need. The Mission serves the homeless, addicted and impoverished through a variety of programs in Wilmington.

Additionally, tours featuring African-American artists and subjects in the Museum’s collection will be available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This includes the story behind a 19th-century portrait of Rev. Absalom Jones. Though born a slave in Sussex County, he eventually won his freedom, became a founding member of the Free African Society, was ordained the first African American minister of the Episcopal denomination, and helped to organize a school for African-American children. The tour will also highlight drawings that recorded events of the Montgomery Bus Boycott initiated by Rosa Parks and a quilt by artist Faith Ringgold that will serve as inspiration for the service project.

All galleries will be free and open to the public.

Food Network Star to Host Meals on Wheels Event

One of Delaware’s premier culinary charity events, the annual Celebrity Chefs’ Brunch, is getting a star chef host and a new location next year, on April 30. The Meals On Wheels fundraiser also will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of helping raise money for hungry seniors around the state. Anne Burrell, a chef and TV personality who is on several Food Network shows, including Worst Cooks in America, will host the fundraiser. In recent years the event has been held at Hercules Plaza in Wilmington, but the new location is the DuPont Country Club in Rockland.

For more information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org.

Klondike Kate’s Changes Hands

Last month, Alan Burkhard, owner of Newark mainstay Klondike Kate’s for 12 years, sold the restaurant to Gianmarco and Gilda Martuscelli. The couple also owns Chesapeake Inn in Chesapeake City, Md., and La Casa Pasta in Newark. The history of Kate’s traces back almost 300 years: it was a jail, a pool hall, a movie theater, skating rink and a gas station. The Martuscellis will add more pasta dishes and seafood to the menu. The family has owned La Casa Pasta since 1978, and the couple has run the Chesapeake Inn for 20 years.

www.klondikekates.com

Sips – Nov. 2016

Peco’s Holiday Open House

Join the Peco’s Liquor Store family for their annual Holiday Open House on Sunday, Nov. 20. It showcases some of the most exclusive offerings and complimentary tastings with hors d’oeuvres. From 5:30-8 p.m., the event also features live music, on-site custom gift basket creations, personal shoppers and menu planners, as well as giveaways and specials. For more information, go to pecosliquors.com.

Spaceballs and 16 Mile

The Movies On Tap series continues at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront on Thursday, Nov. 10, featuring tastings from 16 Mile Brewery and the Mel Brooks classic Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs. Once a month, join Premier Wine & Spirits at the theater for this interactive tasting series. For $20, attendees get to taste samples and learn about a beer from a local brewing company. The ticket also covers the price of popcorn and a cult-classic film on the big screen. Proceeds will go to a charity of the brewer’s choice. Visit penncinema.com for a list of additional upcoming movies and to purchase tickets.

Inaugural Beach Bash Beer Festival

There’s no time like the dead of winter to celebrate Delmarva’s beach culture, right? That’s what the folks at World Cafe Live at The Queen believe – so much so that they’re hosting an Inaugural Beach Bash Beer Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 5:30 p.m. The event pays tribute to the Delmarva beach culture by offering 50 beers in a beach-themed setting, with boardwalk games, limbo, live music and a buffet. Beach attire for the $45, 21-and-older event is strongly encouraged. Beers from 2SP, Dogfish, Evolution, Mispillion, Burley Oak, Heavy Seas, Twin Lakes, Dominion and more will be featured. For more information, visit worldcafelive.com.

Giving on Tap Fundraiser

Enjoy craft beers so that hungry seniors can have warm meals through Meals on Wheels Delaware at Two Stones Pub’s 5th annual Giving on Tap fundraiser at the Hockessin location on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 6-8:30 p.m. The event will be on the outdoor heated patio, and will include a raw bar and vodka pairing, aged smokehouse meats, artisanal cheeses and much more. Rare and vintage beers from Two Stones’ cellar will be available. Meals on Wheels Delaware’s Regina Dodds says, “The craft beer provided by Two Stones Pub and food are always wonderful, and it’s a great night out.” Seating is limited. Tickets are $55. All proceeds from this event will directly support Meals on Wheels Delaware and its mission to support the five agencies throughout Delaware that deliver meals to 4,000 homebound seniors. For more information, visit mealsonwheelsde.org/giving-on-tap.

Tis the Season for Heavy Seas

Heavy Seas’ Winter Storm, an imperial ESB (extra special bitter) is back this fall and winter, available now through December in all 18 states where Heavy Seas is distributed. The Baltimore brewery’s first international gold medal-winning beer, the brew draws on hops from both the West Coast and the UK for its elegant bitterness. A ruddy-hued, richly flavored ale, 7.5 percent ABV Winter Storm has subtle aromas of nutty malts, earthy hops and a trace of cocoa. Additionally, help Heavy Seas celebrate its 21st birthday with the new anniversary ale, appropriately titled “21.” This Imperial Rye bitter, aged in local Sagamore Spirit rye whiskey barrels, will be released in early December in the “Uncharted Waters” Series. “To celebrate our 21st anniversary, we have fashioned an Imperial Rye ESB brewed with imported UK Marris Otter malt, Crystal Rye malt, local Domino brown sugar, and a blend of spicy, herbaceous British and American hops,” says Heavy Seas Brewmaster Christopher Leonard. At 10.5 percent ABV, this is the perfect slow-sipper by a fire. For more information, visit hsbeer.com.

Bites – Nov. 2016

Del Pez Comes to the Riverfront

Hakuna Hospitality Group’s Mexican gastropub Del Pez, with an original location on Main Street in Newark, is expanding to the Riverfront on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 400 Justison St. Hakuna founder Javier Acuna, who also piloted both Newark and Wilmington Santa Fe restaurants and the to-go La Taqueria at the Riverfront Market, among other endeavors, says relocating Del Pez from Newark was not an option because of loyal regulars. “So expanding to another location is the right thing to do for our development,” he says. Acuna says the Wilmington location will offer some of the “same beloved” modern Mexican dishes and award-winning cocktails, all in a vibrant, fun atmosphere. The new space is larger, too, and Acuna anticipates it becoming the community staple in Wilmington that it already is in Newark.

Help the Food Bank

The Food Bank of Delaware needs your help this holiday season. Help collect needed items to fill 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families. Food for the boxes is needed by Friday, Nov. 4. Food received after Nov. 4 will be distributed through the Food Bank of Delaware’s network of partner organizations. Needed items include canned peas, corn, pumpkin and gravy, evaporated milk, applesauce, coffee and tea, corn muffin mix, mashed potatoes, graham cracker crusts and turkey pans. Frozen turkeys are accepted at the Newark and Milford warehouses. Visit the website—fbd.org—for drop-off addresses and times, instructions and more.

Bourbon and Bacon Brunch at Stone Balloon

On Saturday, Nov. 5, Newark’s Stone Balloon’s next chef-inspired meal, Bourbon and Bacon Brunch, will offer brunch stations paired with some of the best bourbons around, plus a beer or two. The restaurant encourages guests to wear pajamas if they’re feeling daring, or just want to make sure their pants fit afterwards. Check out stoneballoon.com for more information.

Mrs. Snyder’s Cafe & Market

Mrs. Snyder’s Cafe and Market, which opened last month at 414 Delaware St. in historic New Castle, offers fresh treats made daily in the kitchen and bakery. With a full coffee and espresso bar—from Brandywine Coffee Roasters—warm house-baked breads, sweet and savory pies, muffins, scones and more, the café offers a cozy atmosphere. Fresh sandwiches and sides, salads and locally-sourced dairy are ready to grab and go for those in a hurry. For sit-down dining options, enjoy home-style meals such as cedar plank salmon, oven roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and daily pasta dishes available to eat in or take out. The cafe is also the new home for Mrs. Snyder’s award-winning, full-service catering, including custom cheese boards and made-to-order picnic baskets. For more information, visit facebook.com/mrssnyders.

Eateries & Chefs Win Top State Awards

The Delaware Restaurant Association (DRA) will host its 15th Annual Restaurant Industry Cornerstone Awards on Monday, Nov. 7, at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington from 6-9 p.m.
The Cornerstone Awards serve as Delaware’s restaurant industry’s biggest night of the year—a time to come together and celebrate industry camaraderie, as well as recognize the Restaurateur of the Year and Cornerstone Award winners. These awards honor restaurateurs that stand as benchmarks for innovation, creativity, excellence in service and commitment to the community.
This year’s Restaurateurs of the Year are Chris Baker and Joe Bisaha of Henlopen City Oyster House. Both Baker and Bisaha have worked many avenues of the restaurant trade since their teenage years, from bussing tables to washing dishes. They both envisioned a particular type of food destination they wanted to bring to the beach. They created Henlopen City Oyster House, which opened in 2010 on Wilmington Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
The pair plans to bring the same enthusiasm to a second culinary endeavor—The Blue Hen—scheduled to open this winter down the street from Henlopen City.
Meanwhile, the Cornerstone Award Winner is Scott Kammerer of SoDel Cares/SoDel Concepts, based in Rehoboth. Kammerer is President of SoDel Concepts, which owns 10 coastal restaurants including Catch 54 and Fish On. The group also runs a catering company and a food truck.
The Nov. 7 celebration will feature fine food and drink tastings from Delaware’s top restaurants, and live music from Joe Baione and The Blue Cats Blues Band.
Tickets for the event can be purchased online at delawarerestaurant.org/events or by contacting the DRA at 738-2545.

Tuned In – Nov. 2016

The ‘80s Baby!

Dust off your double belts and Adidas and rock on down memory lane on Saturday, Nov. 5, at “The ‘80s Baby!” at World Cafe Live at The Queen. It’s a journey through the music of top ‘80s recording artists such as Anita Baker, Prince, Tina Marie, Chaka Khan, Angela Winbush and Glen Jones. Starting at 9 p.m., the show will feature Tracey A., Paul Black, Joey Gallagher and CHAR, to name a few. Tickets are $20.

For more information, visit worldcafelive.com.

Sinatra Tribute Set for Nov. 6

Wilmington native Sean Reilly returns to the baby grand on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 2-7 p.m. to transport his audience back in time with a performance of Frank Sinatra’s classic songbook, supported by a seven-piece horn band. An in-demand Sinatra interpreter who performs up and down the East Coast, Reilly’s classic style makes him reminiscent of his idol.
For more information, visit thegrandwilmington.org.

Jim Brickman Comes to the Playhouse

On Sunday, Dec. 11, holiday classics will be performed by Grammy-nominated songwriter and pianist Jim Brickman at the Playhouse on Rodney Square in Wilmington. For his 20th annual Comfort and Joy Tour, Brickman will debut original songs along with the sounds and stories of the season. Joining him will be special guests Anne Cochran and Season 8 American Idol winner Kris Allen. The show, with tickets starting at $35, is from 2-7 p.m.

For more information, visit theplayhousede.org.

La Yegros Performs in Arden

Named “The Queen of Nu Cumbia,” Argentinian singer-songwriter Mariana Yegros—whose stage name is La Yegros—hails from the rural rain forests of northeast Argentina, bordering Brazil. Her spirited and eclectic musical point of view will be brought to Arden Gild Hall on Saturday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. New songs she’ll perform were born out of life on the road, from Hungary to Morocco to Washington, D.C. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for general admission.

For more information, visit ardenconcerts.com.

Rob Zinn Quartet’s CD Release Event

Wilmington’s RZQ—Rob Zinn Quartet—is celebrating a release event for their debut album, Yesterday Again, at Ubon Thai Cuisine on the Riverfront on Friday, Nov. 13.

The CD collection of nine original compositions and one cover song features several national recording artists along with the best jazz musicians in Delaware, says trumpet player, flugelhornist and band lead Rob Zinn.

“Yesterday Again takes the listener on a journey through jazz, blues, funk, Latin and pop, sometimes with a distinct electronic trumpet solo,” Zinn says.

In addition to musicians from Delaware—and some from California—the album features national recording artists Andrew Neu on sax, Gerald Veasley on bass, Lawrence Young on vocals and Rafael Padilla on percussion.

The inspiration for the band, comprising Tom Palmer, keyboards; Samuel Nobles, bass; Wes Morton, drums; Kevin Lyons, sax/vocals—started as a tribute to some of the greatest trumpet players to ever record jazz, including Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Chet Baker, Woody Shaw, Kenny Dorham, Rick Braun, Chris Botti and Clifford Brown.

Zinn has been playing trumpet since he was nine and professionally since 17. He has shared the stage with Average White Band, Tower of Power, The Spinners, The Guess Who and Kool and the Gang. When not playing with RZQ, he can be seen in the tri-state area with Special Delivery and Sinatra Tribute artist Sean Reilly.

No matter how far Zinn and crew may branch out, though he continues to emphasize the importance of his local roots.

“It’s very important for me to be known as an artist from Delaware,” he says. “I’ve spent most of my life here, and Delaware has a rich jazz history.”

For show times and more information, visit robzinn.com.

Broadway Christmas Wonderland

A holiday show at the Playhouse in Wilmington—Broadway Christmas Wonderland—features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking chorus girls this side of the North Pole.
From Nov. 25-27, let Santa and his merry helpers take you on a nostalgic Christmas journey. Songs include “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Very Merry Christmas,” “Chestnuts Roasting,” “Jingle Bells” and more.
For show times and ticket prices, visit duponttheatre.com.

Pall in the Family & The Birth of a Nation

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Albeit a cliché, there are few things more incalculably painful to a parent than the loss of a child. Imagine then the particular anguish of losing a child not to death but to irresolvable conflict. That is the burning ember at the core of American Pastoral, a challenging film adaptation of Philip Roth’s 1997 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, directed by and starring actor Ewan McGregor.

McGregor plays Seymour “Swede” Levov, a sandy-haired Jewish athlete and all-around high school star in 1950s New Jersey. We all went to school with one of these people, whose innate talent, competence, and charm radiated from them like an essential oil. Everyone knew these hometown paragons were destined for greatness of some kind or another: success in business, a beautiful and devoted spouse, an envy-inducing manor house in the country. And indeed, Swede’s adulthood starts with every indication of fulfilling those lofty expectations. But life, and Lyndon Johnson’s Vietnam War, harshly intervene.

Swede’s only child, a winsome daughter aptly named Merry, grows into a fierce and violent protester of the war, going so far as to blow up a local business, unintentionally killing a man inside. As this incredible new reality comes crashing down on Swede and his beauty queen (literally) wife, Dawn (Jennifer Connelly), their lives slowly, inexorably come undone.

American Pastoral is a powerful and heart-wrenching story. McGregor’s work as an actor is commendable, and he is supported by an equally talented cast that, in addition to Connelly, includes Dakota Fanning as the young adult Merry, Peter Reigert, Uzo Aduba and Molly Parker. As a director, McGregor wisely knows to stay out of the story’s way and let it carry the film, which it does.

John Romano’s screenplay keeps the focus on Roth’s compelling central theme. In fact, the only unsatisfying distraction is the retention of the novel’s framing device, which inserts Nathan Zuckerman, Roth’s recurring alter-ego character, as an unnecessary narrator for the story. Despite the best efforts of David Strathairn in the role, Zuckerman is superfluous.

This is certainly not a film for every moviegoer. For some, it will cut a little too close to home. For others, it will lack the anticipated fireworks—either of the explosive special effect type or of the Oscar-bait performance variety—that attract most of us to the movies. But for this critic, himself the father of a strong-willed, politically-oriented teenage daughter, American Pastoral is a resonant exploration of a family landscape that is best visited through the movies rather than lived.

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Another current release that succeeds on the power of its central narrative, The Birth of a Nation recalls the little-remembered biography of Nat Turner, a slave in 1830s Virginia. Written and directed by and starring Nate Parker, the film gives another harrowing but necessary glimpse into the lives of enslaved African Americans in the antebellum South. (In fact, the title is a pointed reference to D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film of the same name, a racist and myopic tribute to the losing side of the Civil War.)

However, unlike some other recent dramas, such as Twelve Years a Slave and the TV remake of Roots, this account depicts slaves that don’t persevere against their bondage but rise up in violent, even deadly opposition. Writer-director Parker takes some artistic liberties with historical fact, but his gritty examination of our dishonorable national past has both drive and a ruthless poetry.

Parker’s own troubling past (he was accused but acquitted of sexual assault years ago) has created a controversial background for this film. If the viewer can set that issue aside, this is a powerful story, worthy of contemplation.

21 Things to do This Fall

We’ve got your autumnal to-do list covered

The season of corn mazes and pumpkin patches, hayrides and ghost tours is here. Let us help you navigate the options with a few suggestions.

Ride the Castle Trail Along C&D Canal
Between Delaware City and Chesapeake City, Md.
The Branch Canal Trail, which is the section of recreational trail winding through wetlands connecting Delaware City to the Michael Castle Trail, was completed in June after a few years in the making. The approximately 14-mile Castle Trail runs along the canal from Delaware City to Chesapeake City. Just a small portion near Chesapeake City is left to be paved, and should be completed any day. In the meantime, that section is easily cycled on a mountain bike. Closer to Chesapeake City, the trail is varied in terrain with a few challenging hills and wildflower-filled meadows, while it’s a smooth ride in the direction of Delaware City.

Fort Delaware Ghost Tours
Pea Patch Island, Delaware City
Various October dates
destateparks.com/ghost
Join the Diamond State Ghost Investigators and park staff for three-hour (6:30-9:30 p.m.) recreational paranormal investigations each Friday and Saturday this month. Be part of an actual paranormal investigation using electronic magnetic field detectors, data recorders and other techniques. Tickets are $40 per person, but Saturday, Oct. 29, is for hardcore ghost hunters only, from 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Tickets are $100.

topiaryNightscape at
Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square, Pa.
Now-Oct. 29; 8-11 p.m.
longwoodgardens.org
Back after a successful show last year, the light and sound experience by Philadelphia’s Klip Collective is back for nighttime adventure across a magical landscape transformed by light, movement, color and original music. The expansive gardens are a backdrop for new music, new displays and a heightened cohesive experience.

U-Pick at Milburn Orchards
1495 Appleton Rd., Elkton, Md.
Various dates now-Oct. 30
milburnorchards.com
Family-owned and operated since 1902, Milburn Orchards is a local mainstay for families to gather handpicked peaches, cherries, apples, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, grapes, nectarines, plums, and of course, pumpkins. U-Pick Apple, Berry & Grape Adventures are Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For additional hours see the website.

Corn Maze at Ramsey’s Farm
330 Ramsey Rd., Wilmington
Various dates now-November
ramseysfarm.com
Travel around the world at Ramsey’s Farm’s eight-acre corn maze representing each continent, emphasizing the international importance agriculture. It’s open weekends 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Nov. 1; for other dates and times, visit the website. Meanwhile, the pumpkin field is 10-12 acres of gourdy bliss, yielding approximately 20,000 pumpkins each season.

Coverdale Farm Preserve Adventures
543 Way Rd., Greenville
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; additional dates on website
delawarenaturesociety.org
Coverdale Farm Preserve, a working farm that hosts farming, gardening and cooking classes and camps, is a definite autumnal destination. Self- and staff-guided tours, U-Pick fields of flowers, herbs and vegetables, lawn games and more are available. The special theme on Saturday, Oct. 15, is Pumpkin Celebration & Hayrides.

Brandywine Village Riverfest
Brandywine Village, Wilmington
Saturday, Oct. 1; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
oldbrandywinevillage.org/events
The annual event is a fun-filled community day with music, children’s activities (mad science, tennis in the street, mini golf and more), artists and food vendors.

The Inspire Lot Series
215-219 W. 7th St., between Orange & Tatnall, Wilmington
Friday, Oct. 7; 5:30-8 p.m.
creativedistrictwilm.com
The 7th Street Arts Bridge Inspire Lot Series, held during the First Friday Art Loop, features poet and songwriter King Zimm this month. Also enjoy live music by Gable Music Ventures, assorted food trucks, hands-on art activities and more.

dsc_0907Vendemmia at Bellevue
Bellevue State Park,
800 Carr Rd., Wilmington
Sunday, Oct. 9; 2-6 p.m.
societadavinci.org
The region’s biggest celebration of the Italian grape harvest, the da Vinci Society of Delaware’s 13th annual Vendemmia da Vinci, will take over Bellevue State Park. The event includes fine Italian wine, beer and catering by Italian restaurants. Admission is $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Grainfest 2016
Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, 270 E. Main St., Newark
Saturday, Oct. 15; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
grainonmain.com
This will be a fall celebration of craft beer and live music, featuring five bands on Grain’s new outdoor stage in the back lot, providing the perfect backdrop for the new beer garden, featuring more than 15 breweries and two food trucks. Chef Bill will be cooking up something special for the day. There will be kids’ activities as well.

Delaware Wine & Beer Festival
Delaware State Fairgrounds, 18500 S. DuPont Highway, Harrington
Saturday, Oct. 15; noon-5 p.m.
delawarewineandbeerfestival.com
The 7th annual festival features national acts Sam Grow and the Dueling Pianos. Local and regional wines, beers and spirits will be available. Painted Stave, Evolution Brewing, Bellefonte Brewing Co., and Dogfish are just a few.

Musikarmageddon Finale
the baby grand, 818 N Market St., Wilmington
Saturday, Oct. 15; 8-11 p.m.
outandaboutnow.com/musikarmageddon
Who will be champion of the area’s biggest battle of the bands? Arden Kind, Hoochi Coochi, The Susquehanna Floods and TreeWalker are the finalists for the Musikarmageddon X showdown.

Delaware Splatter Dash
Oberod Estate, 400 Burnt Mill Rd., Wilmington
Sunday, Oct. 16; 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
cffde.org
Benefitting Children & Families First, this fundraiser is for anyone who wants to walk, jog or run for a cause – and plow through seven color stations to get splattered by non-toxic, biodegradable powder en route to the finish line. The course covers 1.5 miles of off-road grass trails through trees, with a few inclines, but nothing difficult.

Pirate FlagHeavy Seas Party
Kalmar Nyckel & Riverfront
Dravo Plaza, Wilmington
Thursday, Oct. 20; 5-8 p.m.
Hosted by O&A, the Heavy Seas Party on the Riverfront includes tours on the Kalmar Nyckel (5-6:15 p.m.) and live music on the Riverfront with beers from Heavy Seas. This will be a fundraiser for the Delaware Children’s Museum. Featuring fresh pours of the Pounder Pils, Loose Cannon IPA, and the Partner Ships Terrapin Rye Wit, the event includes appetizers and live music by the Brad Newsom Trio (6-8 p.m.). Those 21 and older are welcome, and tickets are $30 in advance, $40 at the door.

The Ultimate Tailgate
Sheraton Wilmington South
365 Airport Rd., New Castle
Thursday, Oct. 20; 6-9 p.m.
mealsonwheelsde.org/ultimate-tailgate
The event will feature the best of area restaurants serving unique interpretations of tailgate food. This sophisticated yet casual event also will feature wine, spirits and a beer garden curated by 2SP Brewing Company. VIP admission is at 5:30 p.m.

I Want My CTC
– A Tribute to the ‘80s
World Cafe Live at The Queen, 500 N. Market St., Wilmington
Saturday, Oct. 22; 7 p.m.
worldcafelive.com
Joe Trainor assembles some of the area’s finest musicians and City Theater gathers some of its finest singers, traveling back in time to when video ruled the airways. Focusing on the golden age of MTV, this production brings some of the enduring ‘80s classics live to the stage for just one night. Tickets start at $20.

Halloween Blue Jean Ball
222 Lake Dr., Newark
Saturday, Oct. 22; 6:30-10:30 p.m.
fbdbluejeanball.org
This year’s event will take place at the Food Bank of Delaware’s new Newark building. To help combat hunger in the state of Delaware, the Food Bank is holding its 11th annual event, complete with a seasonal Halloween theme—come dressed in a costume or casual blue jeans (there will be a costume contest). A small plate menu prepared by students from the Food Bank’s Culinary School will be featured, led by the team at Iron Hill Brewery (also the presenting sponsor). Tickets are $75.

Beers & Gears at Delaware Park
777 Delaware Park Blvd., Wilmington
Saturday, Oct. 22; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
delawarepark.com
Rev your engines for this annual seasonal favorite for area car enthusiasts. It’s open to all years, makes and models for participants, and of course, anyone is welcome to stroll through the colorful rows of sheet metal, chrome ad steel. Rain date is Oct. 23, rain or shine, and trophies will be awarded in all categories (rat rods, muscles, exotics, hot rods, tuners, pro street, classics, imports, and trucks). Rolling Revolution food trucks will be around for lunch and dinner.

DTC’s Wine Feast and Auction
Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington
Friday, Oct. 28; 6-9:30 p.m.
delawaretheatre.org/winefeast
Wine lovers rejoice! The Delaware Theatre Company announces the return of the successful Wine Feast and Auction for another year. Enjoy a night of tastes from local restaurants like Caffé Gelato, Harry’s Hospitality Group and Domaine Hudson, and wine from purveyors like Branmar Wine and Spirits, Collier’s of Centreville and Frank’s wine at this intimate evening of philanthropy at the Delaware Art Museum. Beer will also be available from Dogfish Head and other breweries. All proceeds benefit the artistic, education and community engagement programming of the Delaware Theatre Company. Tickets range from $75-$250.

37th Annual Halloween Loop
Various Wilmington venues
Saturday, Oct. 29; 8 p.m.
outandaboutnow.com/halloween-loop
The Halloween Loop is a citywide party in which club patrons pay a one-time cover charge of $10 to visit more than a dozen nightspots throughout Wilmington. It (almost) goes without mentioning: wear a costume! Buses start running at 8 p.m., and stop their regular routes at 12:45 a.m. with last-visit stops at 1 a.m.

Auburn Heights Fun
3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn
Various dates
auburnheights.org
During Steamin’ Days at Auburn Heights, visitors can climb into antique automobiles or board a train to experience what it was like to travel at the turn of the 20th century. Guests can also tour the magnificent 1897 mansion that was home to three generations of the Marshall family. Steamin’ Days this fall are Oct. 2 and Nov. 6, plus Steamin’ Halloween on Oct. 30 and Steamin’ Thanksgiving on Nov. 26. Other events take place throughout the month.