Worth Trying

Suggestions from our staff, contributors and readers

Three Albums from the City of Chicago

Although Chicago has long been known as a stellar music town that has launched many notable acts, here are a few outliers worth seeking out:

The first, Like A Ship… (Without A Sail), is perhaps the most obscure. Recorded in 1971 by Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir, this uplifting gospel album has earned praise from artists such as Jim James and Radiohead’s Colin Greenwood. I first heard the album last month during a late-night party, and immediately felt that our gathering had been elevated. Hear for yourself.

Up next is Sonny Cox, who never became the world-renowned saxophonist that he probably deserved to be, but did succeed later in life as an accomplished high school basketball coach. Nevertheless, his musical talent and magnificent energy can be felt on his aptly-titled 1966 release, The Wailer.

Last but not least is Raw Sugar (Live), by Sugar Blue, who is perhaps best known outside of Chicago as the harmonica player who added the smoldering and iconic lines to the Rolling Stones’ 1978 hit “Miss You.” Raw is further proof of the master’s soulful yet often mercurial performance style.

— Jim Miller, Director of Publications

Ravanesi Pizzeria Napoletana

I was recently introduced to this gem by a friend/client and I can’t stop talking about it. Located in an unlikely strip mall in Glenn Mills, it pumps out some of the best wood-fired, brick oven pizza I’ve ever eaten. Bring your own bottle of wine or growler of beer and ask for the sopressata piccante pie. ravanesipizza.com.

—Matt Loeb, Creative Director & Production Manager

Learn-to-Row Courses for Adults

For many people around the world, rowing is a fresh and exciting way to get fit and have fun while doing it. Wilmington Rowing Center, located on the Christina River, gives people an opportunity to enjoy the sport. WRC offers learn-to-row courses for adults over the age of 18. These courses are two hour sessions spread out across five days, designed to give prospective rowers an introduction to the sport. The basics of sweep rowing are taught by an experienced coach. By the end of the course, participants will be able to join the rowing club and may choose to practice on their own.

—Tess Beardell, Senior at Wilmington Friends School

Dewey Beer Company

Dewey Beach runs on beer, so why Dewey doesn’t have more breweries is beyond me. However, the one the town does have is definitely worth checking out. Dewey Beer Co. at 2100 Coastal Highway is home to some of the most flavorful beers to come out of Delaware. Craft beer expert or not, the DBC produces fresh, clean and delicious beers. What’s more, the brewery doubles as an eatery with dishes that complement each of the house-made beers on tap. The rotating Batch Series, which focuses on highly aromatic IPAs, is the pride of DBC and the limited (almost secretive) Barrel Aged variety is an absolute kick. Be sure to swing down south, grab a brew and check the place out before summer crowds kick the kegs.

—David Ferguson, Intern