F.Y.I – Jan. 2016


Things worth knowing

Pencil This In
Sharpen your skills at DCAD Drawing Marathon

Join Delaware College of Art & Design faculty, staff and students in a celebration of observational drawing on Saturday, Jan. 23. DCAD’s 11th annual Figure Drawing Marathon will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the school’s just-renovated second-floor space. The Marathon will provide participants the opportunity to pick up pointers and inspiration by drawing alongside DCAD students, staff, and faculty. New this year is Draw & Discover, a family-friendly event taking place in the Toni & Stuart B. Young Gallery from noon to 3 p.m. and featuring observational drawing fun for families and friends. To register visit dcad.edu.

WilmFilm Festival moves to March

The WilmFilm Festival will return to the Penn Cinema Riverfront for a fourth year on March 10-13 with screenings of up to two dozen “movies that matter,” as well as the always popular compendium of “Delaware Shorts.” Previously the event was held in late April. The schedule will also include “movies you missed” (strong films that might not have attracted great attention when they were released), said event owner Barry Schlecker. Ticket information and the full schedule will be announced in late February and will be available at wilmfilm.com.

Hot Wheels
Wilmington Grand Prix named to national circuit

The Wilmington Grand Prix has once again been named to USA Cycling’s National Racing Calendar (NRC), maintaining the event’s status as one of the premier bike races in the country. Though more than 3,000 criterium-style races take place annually in the U.S., only 24 were named to the NRC. This year’s Grand Prix is set for May 13-15, and will mark the 10-year anniversary of the event. Last year’s race drew 838 racers and riders from 33 states and 13 countries. Visit wilmgrandprix.com.

My Hometown
Local author pens book about growing up in Claymont

Local author Kevin M. Francis recently published a 174-page paperback recounting his experiences growing up in Claymont during the 1970s. Titled Green Tree: Growing Up a Below Average Kid in an Average Town in the Above Average Decade of the 1970s, the book was edited by Terrance Patrick Hanrahan and Greg Schauer, proprietor of Claymont’s Between Books 2.0. “I wrote it as a valentine to my hometown but I would venture the reader would not need to have been a ‘Claymonster’ nor even a participant of the 1970s to enjoy it,” says Francis. You can purchase Green Tree at lulu.com.

Robotics Rocks
Hagley hosts annual Invention Convention

Robots, how they work and their potential impact on society is the focus at this year’s Invention Convention at Hagley Museum and Library Jan 16-18. The event includes demonstrations, hands-on engineering challenges, and in-person conversations with professionals who use robots in their daily work. Featured science shows include Cool Chemistry and the Franklin Institute’s Motions and Machines. The Convention will be held daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For admission charges and more visit hagley.org.

Major Save
Conservation partnership obtains key Odessa property

A 1,250-acre farm near Odessa has been purchased by The Conservation Fund and donated to Delaware Wild Lands (DWL) for permanent protection and management. The entire conservation acquisition was made possible with a grant from Mt. Cuba Center, and creates more than 10,000 acres of contiguous and protected wildlife habitat in the Odessa region. Known as the Taylors Bridge Roberts Farm, the site was one of the largest unprotected tracts remaining in the Delaware Bay coastal zone, featuring freshwater tidal wetlands and remnants of forested coastal plain ponds. DWL will develop a long-term management plan for the property that will include farming, hunting, trapping, wildlife tours and bird walks. School and university groups will visit the property for research and educational opportunities. For more information visit DeWildLands.org.

F.Y.I. – Nov. 2015


Things Worth Knowing

Attention, Young Professionals
Make connections at Nov. 5 event

On Thursday, Nov. 5, aspiring professionals are encouraged to attend the Delaware Young Professionals Network Happy Hour at Twin Lakes Brewing Company in Newport. From 5:30-7:30 p.m., attendees ages 21-40 can enjoy local craft beer and connect with members of the DYPN.

Harris Hawk in Flight

For the Birds
Fundraiser set for Nov. 6

The Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research will host a fundraiser on Friday, Nov. 6, at 6 p.m., at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. The event, Banding Together to Benefit the Birds, will feature dinner, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, caricature drawings and games, in addition to a silent auction for Philadelphia sports tickets. General admission is $150; Benefactor admission is $200.

A Holiday Tradition at Longwood
Holiday display starts on Thanksgiving

Longwood Gardens’ annual holiday display returns on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, and continues through Sunday, Jan. 10. The display features towering trees, indoor and outdoor garden displays, and unique and colorful light arrangements. This year, enjoy the debut of an expanded outdoor experience featuring a floating tree display, snowflakes and a fountain show. Longwood Gardens is open from 9 a.m.-10 p.m., with admission depending on peak and non-peak pricing.

Fun at the DuPont Environmental Center
Water Bash is Nov. 14

On Saturday, Nov. 14, at 11 a.m., celebrate the Wetland Water Bash at the DuPont Environmental Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington. This open house includes interaction with marsh animals, relay races, prizes and live music. Admission is free, and no pre-registration is required. The Environmental Center also features year-round programs, such as Lunch with Live Animals each Saturday at noon, and Netting in the Marsh from Tuesday through Sunday at 2 p.m. Also, a binocular walk will be held each Tuesday at 1 p.m. until February.

Contemporary Gala
Annual fundraiser benefits DCCA programs

The Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts is the only arts center in Delaware devoted to contemporary art and visual culture. The fact that the DCCA has been around since 1979 is a testament to its appeal and the creative execution of its mission.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, (7-10pm) you can support that mission by attending DCCA’s 2015 Contemporary Gala. The event is the Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year with proceeds benefiting exhibitions and programming. DCCA member artists are also contributing works to be auctioned during the evening with 50 percent of those proceeds going back to the artists to support their careers.

Governor Jack Markell and First Lady Carla Markell are the honorary chairs. The event will feature live music by The Bullets, DJ Skinny White, Ellen Durkan’s Forged Fashion, a silent auction, open bar and liquid nitrogen cocktails.

Tickets are $75 for members; $85 for non-members. There is also a Patron Package for $250 that entitles guest to a pre-party from 6-7p.m., VIP wine tasting and early bidding on auction items. For tickets or more information visit thedcca.org.

The War on Words
Bob Yearick’s columns in one paperback

Bob Yearick’s War on Words book is an ideal stocking stuffer. The column has been a regular feature of Out & About Magazine since 2007 and remains one of our most popular contributions. War on Words is available at Ninth Street Books or at the Hockessin Book Shelf. You can also order directly through Out & About by calling 655-6483. Cost is $9.95 plus $3 for shipping. Credit card payments are accepted.