F.Y.I. – Sept. 2015

Things worth knowing

Finding Hope Through Art
Local artist opens gallery in LOMA

After the passing of her husband of 32 years, local artist Eunice LaFate was compelled to open a gallery exhibiting her art as a way to cope with her loss. Despite her siblings’ suggestions to move to New York City, where most artists flourish, LaFate chose to remain in Wilmington.

“I told them I love Wilmington, and wanted to stay here,” she says.
LaFate Gallery, featuring the artist’s unique, inspiring work, will open on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 227 N. Market St., Wilmington.

Biking Through Amish Country
Tour welcomes cyclists of all ages, abilities

Experienced cyclist or absolute beginner, the Amish Country Bike Tour invites you. Set for Saturday, Sept. 12, in Dover, the ride includes several stops, including an Amish schoolhouse where locally-baked pies will be served. The cost to register is $60 for adults, $30 for ages 5-16, and free for children under 5. Admission includes a fully-catered barbecue meal, map and up to four food and rest stops.

Wilmington Chorus Performs in Germany
47 kids spend week with host families

As part of a cultural exchange program, the Wilmington Children’s Chorus spent the first week of August performing in Fulda, Germany, combining with the town’s youth orchestra. The singing ambassadors of the City of Wilmington were welcomed by an official delegation in the town’s center of local government, the Lord Mayor’s great marble hall. During their stay, the 47 high school-aged members lived with host families and rehearsed for their performance at the Klosterkirche am Frauenberg, a Baroque church at a monastery that dates to the Middle Ages.

ThinkstockPhotos-489907937Run for Fun and Charity
Ninth annual Nun Run 5K is Sept. 12

The Little Sisters of the Poor invite runners and walkers of all ages to compete in one of the area’s largest 5k races—the Nun Run—on Saturday, Sept. 12. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. at the Jeanne Jugan Residence in Newark. Cost is $25. Runners can park directly across the street at Christiana High School. Trophies will be awarded to the fastest male and female runners, as well as walkers in open and masters divisions. After the race, enjoy live music, food, cold beer and goody bags. All proceeds will aid the Little Sisters of the Poor in their efforts to purchase a new refrigerator to help feed the hungry.

High Praise for an Area Favorite
WXPN wins Station of the Year

Last month, the member-supported radio station WXPN won “Station of the Year” at the annual Friday Morning Quarterback Triple A Conference in Denver, Colo. Since 2010, this conference has honored the best in Triple A Radio, as chosen by radio executives, record company executives and artist management companies. The station’s associate general manager, Bruce Warren, was also named Program Director of the Year.

Modern-Day Fairy Tale
Local author publishes fourth novel

After spending the last 24 years in law enforcement and social work, Lisa Burdziejko began shifting her focus to another passion: writing fiction. This resulted in the release of her first book in 2007. Since then, she has published three more novels. Her most recent, Kissing Frogs, centers on a single mom’s experience in getting back into the dating world for the first time in years. Kissing Frogs is a modern-day, fractured fairy tale that captures the excitement, anxiety and laughable moments of the protagonist, Ethel, as she learns she must kiss many frogs before finding her prince. The book is available online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble on Sept. 3.