Worth Trying 2016 – Focus

Welcome to our sixth annual Worth Trying Issue. Though we feature Worth Trying suggestions monthly, each January we devote much of the magazine to personal recommendations from staff, contributors and friends of Out & About. These suggestions on where and what to eat, drink, see and do are scattered throughout these pages, interspersed with our usual assortment of feature stories, news items and other fun stuff.

Enjoy, and have a very happy New Year!

trolley_grooming_loungeTrolley Grooming Lounge
Technically, this isn’t from me, it’s from my hubby. On a tip from our bestie living in “Trolleywood,” Scott visited Trolley Grooming Lounge for a quick haircut. He loved the stylists and the chill atmosphere. It’s become location of choice for all his ‘scaping needs. (And it’s not just for the boys. Gals are welcome too, and they now have their own product line.) Best of all, it comes with the “MKF Seal of Approval.” You can “like” them on Facebook at Trolley Grooming Lounge.

— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

YMCAThe Central YMCA
This time of year we all make resolutions to get in better shape, so if joining a fitness center is in your plans, pay a visit to the Central YMCA. Though the facility has been serving the Wilmington community since 1929, the fitness center is state-of-the-art, offering 96 high-end workout machines in an invigorating setting accented by a giant glass wall that overlooks 12th Street. But what’s unique about the Central Y is its egalitarian feel. One day you’ll be working out next to a U.S. Senator, the next day you’ll be sweating it out with your mailman.

— Jerry duPhily, Publisher

the set of items of equipment for travel

REI (Recreation Equipment Inc.), Christiana Fashion Center
When REI opened its voluminous (23,500 square feet) Christiana store earlier this fall, outdoor cognoscenti anticipated a serious dose of “wilderness porn.” The store does not disappoint. Although many sporting goods stores carry basic hiking, camping, and other outdoor gear, REI focuses exclusively on those pursuits with a larger and more varied selection of clothing and goods. The store also offers seasonal classes, trips, and bike repairs. An added benefit: REI provides a low-cost membership that gives discounts and an annual rebate based on one’s purchases.

— Mark Fields, Movie Reviewer

Himalayan_Salt_LampHimalayan Salt Lamp
These are big, hollow salt crystals that are mined from underground salt mines in the Himalayan Mountains with a light bulb inserted in the middle. People claim they can neutralize pollutants in the air caused by electronics, like TVs and computer screens, by emitting negative ions. They also claim other “benefits,” such as reducing respiratory symptoms and improving mood and creativity. I have one next to my computer screen at work, and one at home in the living room. I’m not too sure how beneficial it’s been to my health, but I think it’s definitely improved my mood and creativity, especially on rainy days. And it looks pretty cool. I got mine at Home Depot.

— Tyler Mitchell, Graphic Designer

good_paintGood Paint
I wanted to repaint some of the rooms in my house recently, and in an attempt to save a few bucks I bought paint from Home Depot. What a mistake! It wasn’t too long before I stopped using that stuff and headed down to Shinn’s on Lovering Avenue—where I should have started in the first place. Higher quality paint requires far fewer coats and applies so much better. And when you need advice on the best products for your job, the folks there never steer me wrong.

— Marie Graham, Director of Digital Media

balance_fitnessBalance That Body
At 36, it takes more effort to maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. A friend and co-worker introduced me to Scott at Balance Strength and Fitness Center and I’ve never felt better. It’s conveniently located at 4th and Greenhill, so I can work a visit into almost any busy day. BalanceFitnessTraining.com.

— Matt Loeb, Creative Director

john_saward-viceJohn Saward, Vice Magazine
I used to write, but I stopped when I started taking photos. Others do it much better. Take Vice Magazine’s John Saward (Google him, but be prepared to lose your afternoon). He’s young, unflaggingly honest and writes these gloriously poetic tantrums. He wrote that American Bro (“The Worst Person In The World”) article that went viral last year. I love everything I’ve read of his, and it’s been a long time since a new voice stopped me. I predict Bob Yearick will hate him because his grammar takes liberties, but they do have their similarities.

Joe del Tufo, Contributing Photographer

winterthurWinterthur Museum Store
This under-the-radar treasure boasts some of the most unique home-decor accessories (and wow-worthy gifts) in the state, but few know it exists—or that Winterthur conveniently allows shoppers to park near the shop instead of taking a shuttle all the way from the visitors’ center.

— Eric Ruth, Contributing Writer

glossGloss Hair & Makeup
I have been going to Tateum at Gloss for several years and love her and the salon. They always make you feel and look great. They offer a wide variety of options from wedding services to eyelash extensions. For more information, check out salondelaware.com.

— Kelly Loeb, Account Manager, Catalyst Visuals, LLC

bogsBogs
My 2-year-old daughter wanted pink boots for Christmas. I wanted to get her something warm and functional. My research led me to Bogs. The company started in Oregon with a focus on footwear for the farm industry. In addition to being super durable, comfortable, and easy to maneuver in, they are machine washable! After hearing all that, I was sold. So I was even more excited to find out that the company dedicates a portion of its sales to outdoor education and urban farming. I can’t wait to get a pair of my own. (Available online and locally at Trail Creek Outfitters in Glen Mills, Pa.)

— Marie Graham, Director of Digital Media

smyrnaSmyrna
If you haven’t paid a visit to the up-and-coming little town of Smyrna recently, pick a Friday night and swing by Blue Earl Brewery for some seriously good suds, food truck magic and live music. Things get started at 5 p.m., when the designated food truck or cart (usually Mr. BBQ or The Wise Pig) starts cranking out its wares, followed by local acoustic musicians like Nik Everett and Bruce Anthony, playing from 6-9 p.m. All the while, you’ll be able to drink craft brews like Walking Blues IPA and the Top of the World Imperial Stout. The 45-minute drive from Wilmington is totally worth it.

— Rob Kalesse, Contributing Writer

 

Bald eagle.

The Conowingo Dam
A trip to the banks of the Susquehanna River around the Conowingo Dam is an excellent outdoor adventure. Birds, birds and more birds await you. Bald eagles, 11 species of gulls, blue and black-crowned night herons, terns, vultures and osprey all vie for airspace. On good days you can see more than 100 bald eagles soaring in the wind currents. There are parking and viewing spots on the Harford County side of the dam. Dress warm and enjoy the scenery.

— John Murray, Contributing Writer

River Towns Ride
Cyclists are discovering that the 10-mile stretch of road between historic New Castle and historic Delaware City is a great circuit. Both ends of the route offer fantastic views of the Delaware River, it’s mostly flat, the majority of the road is recently paved, and a wide shoulder complete with sharrows (bike path designations) allows riders to feel safe. You can do the official River Towns Ride the first Saturday in October…or you can check out the ride on your own. rivertownsride.com.

— Jerry duPhily, Publisher

resturant_DepotThe Restaurant Depot
Opened last February, this big-lots food wholesaler targets restaurant owners, but membership is open to owners of any business. Just provide your EIN (employer identification number) for your free membership card, and start shopping instantly. Imagine paying wholesale for items like whole beef tenderloins and pork rib racks, an extensive selection of fresh produce, frozen hors d’oeuvres, dairy, dry goods, even paper and chemical products for the kitchen, home or small business. Located at 200 Cornell Rd., Wilmington, it’s part of a chain of stores open in 34 states and first in Delaware.

— Chef Robert Lhulier

francescasFrancesca’s for Accessories
This Greenville shop is my favorite go-to when I need jaunty, fun baubles (earrings, necklaces, etc.) for dress-up or if I need a new swag bag, tote, or wallet. The staff is friendly, fun and helpful, and I always seem to walk out with something cool…mostly just what I was looking for, but also things I never knew I wanted!

— Michelle Kramer-Fitzgerald, Contributing Writer

Pure_Yoga_LOGOPure Yoga
After the crazy holiday time, do yourself a favor and head to Pure Yoga in Trolley Square for a yoga, Pilates, yoga/Pilates fusion or barre class. This intimate studio allows you to practice in a class where the teachers are able to be attentive to your needs. I love this place and its teachers. For more information about class times and schedules visit pureyogapilatesstudio.com.

— Kelly Loeb, Account Manager, Catalyst Visuals, LLC

 

Look for more Worth Trying suggestions throughout this issue!

 

 

Getting Out Indoors

Say farewell to cabin fever with this collection of classes, exhibitions, performing arts, and more

Ushering in post-holiday doldrums and cooped-up blues, winter is arguably one of the dreariest times of year. But fear not: we’ve compiled a list of fun indoor options to get you off the couch and out of the house. From concerts to children’s activities to beer-or-wine-and-yoga sessions (yes, you read that right), we’ve got every taste covered.

Floral Fun at Longwood Gardens
At Longwood Gardens, winter is far from bleary, thanks in part to the annual Orchid Extravaganza, on view this season free with Gardens admission from Jan. 23-March 27. The Conservatory transforms into a tropical oasis featuring Longwood’s largest and most diverse display of orchids ever.

For a personal challenge, try the Botanical Illustration Studio. Use your artistic skills to illustrate plants and flowers from Longwood’s greenhouses and grounds. The studio time gives you a chance to receive individual attention, constructive suggestions, and encouragement. Work at your own pace on your project, large or small, surrounded by fellow artists. This is a six-session course, on Mondays from 12:30-3 p.m., Jan 4-Feb. 8.

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Johnny Gallagher

Johnny Gallagher at The Queen
Wilmington native Johnny Gallagher—musician, award-winning actor and Broadway performer—will come to World Cafe Live at The Queen on Friday, Jan. 22, to showcase his singer-songwriter skills.

His debut album, Six Day Hurricane, is set to be released Jan. 15 via Rockwood Music Hall Recordings. The first single of the album, “Two Fists Full,” is available through Soundcloud.

The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15-$25.

For those up for a jaunt to New York City, Gallagher can be seen on Broadway in the Roundabout Theater Company production of Long Day’s Journey Into Night starting in March.

The Musical Box: Recreation of Genesis’ Foxtrot
In 1972, the English rock band Genesis toured to promote their fourth album, Foxtrot. The first concert on the tour began a trend of combining music and theatre.

The Musical Box—a Sunday, Jan. 17, performance at the Grand’s Copeland Hall—undertakes the reproduction of the original concert to give people an illusion of being at the actual Genesis show. Visual reconstruction of the show is based on photos and slides of the original concerts, magazine articles and first-hand experiences. Tickets are $32-$39.

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Photo courtesy of First State Ballet Theatre

Cinderella at the baby grand
First State Ballet Theatre—Delaware’s professional ballet company—presents Cinderella, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, at the baby grand in Wilmington. The classic fairy tale with the ultimate happy ending is told with wit and elegance. Tickets begin at $14 for students ages 18 and under. Senior, group and military discounts are available. The performance starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 2 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Wine, Cheese & Honey Pairings at Penns Woods Winery
Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford, Pa. is teaming up with local cheese and honey artisans to bring exclusive wine, cheese, and honey pairing events on select dates (Jan. 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30 and 31). Indulge in a sit-down pairing of five premium Penns Woods wines matched with various cheeses and honey from local farms. Admission is $28; reservations are required. Live music is on Jan. 9, 16, 23, and 30 from 2-5 p.m.
Contact Penns Woods at 610-459-0808 to make a reservation.

Great Balls of Fire!
From Feb. 6-May 30, the Great Balls of Fire! exhibit at Delaware Museum of Natural History explores the pop culture fascination of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet. If there was a dinosaur-killer in earth’s past, is there a human-killer in our future? The exhibit asks: What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from?

ChicagoThe Musical at The Playhouse
ChicagoThe Musical has it all: a universal tale of fame, fortune and “all that jazz,” one show-stopping song after another, and fantastic dancing. The award-winning show is coming to The Playhouse Feb. 23-28. Based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, it’s based on actual criminals and crimes she covered. A satire on corruption in the administering of criminal justice, the performance explores the concept of the “celebrity criminal.”

Photo courtesy of Delaware Art Museum
Photo courtesy of Delaware Art Museum

Poetry in Beauty: the Art of Marie Spartali Stillman
Marie Spartali Stillman (1844-1927), one of a small number of professional female artists working in the second half of the 19th century, was an important presence in the Victorian art world of her time and closely affiliated with members of the Pre-Raphaelite circle. Poetry in Beauty, the first retrospective exhibit of Spartali Stillman’s work, runs through Jan. 31 at Delaware Art Museum. In addition to approximately 50 of her pieces, works from public and private collections in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada, many of which have not been exhibited since Spartali Stillman died, will also be on view. After the exhibition, her art will be transported overseas and on view at the Watts Gallery in Guildford, England, through June 5.

Winter Classes & Fun at CCArts
Center for the Creative Arts in Yorklyn offers a bounty of fun and productive wintertime activities. First up, “Ballet for Adults” runs Tuesdays (10-11 a.m.) from Jan. 12-March 15. Study under Ballet Master Val Goncharov in these adult classes. Tuesdays (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) from Jan. 12-March 1, try your hand at oil painting. Learn basic techniques through demonstrations, discussions and application. Tuition is $184 for members and $204 for non-members. For a one-day class on Saturday, Jan. 9, “Glass Fusion” (9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.) will explore the art of melting glass into designs to create one-of-a-kind pieces. Create a sun-catcher, pendant, tray or dish using glass that will be provided. Tuition is $40.

Additionally, try out “Yorklyn Live,” a CCArts Open Mic Night every third Thursday. It’s free, with a cash bar and food. Lastly, a Dinner Theater called “Blind Love” on Saturday, Feb. 6, is about how a blind man sees what a fool does not. People can come for dinner, drinks and dessert. The show is at 7:30 p.m. and tickets, which can be purchased online, are $35.

Call 239-2434 for more information about these activities.

Hagley Fun
Robots: they’ve explored the far reaches of space, the depths of oceans, and the inner workings of the human body. Now children ages 4-14 can explore robots themselves at Hagley’s Invention Convention, from Jan. 16-18.

The weekend includes robotic demonstrations, hands-on engineering challenges, and in-person conversations with professionals who use robots in their daily work. Visitors will discover how the Wilmington Police Department uses bomb robots to dispose of explosive devices, and guests also will take part in tinkering tables, create-an-invention fun, and a hands-on science fair. Invention Convention will be in Hagley’s Soda House and Library. Admission is $8 and $6 for children. Hagley members and children ages 4 and younger get in free.

Additionally, Hagley features the exhibit “Driving Desire: Automobile Advertising and the American Dream” through autumn. It explores the relationship between automobile advertising and Americans’ car buying decisions. Driving Desire is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Yoga in the Paradocx Tank Room
Uncork, relax and unwind at Paradocx Vineyard in Landenberg, Pa., on two Sundays—Jan. 10 and Jan. 24—for Yoga in the Tank Room at 11 a.m. Your focus will be drawn away from the everyday hustle and bustle with this unique yoga class in the winery tank room. Each class is designed to relax the mind—and open the senses to encourage a mindful wine-tasting experience. Tickets are $25, and the event includes a 60-minute yoga session with wine tastings of four wines to follow. (Bring your own yoga mat.)

Photo courtesy of Winterthur Museum
Photo courtesy of Winterthur Museum

Winterthur Book Club & Exhibition
Embrace learning and quality time at Winterthur’s Pages of Time: Mother & Daughter Book & Craft Club. On the first Thursday of each month through May, from 6-8 p.m., this is ideal for book worms and crafty girls in 4th-6th grade. Discussions will revolve around historical fiction books, and there will be tasty snacks and crafts related to the book each month. Tickets are $25 per member adult/child pair; $35 per nonmember pair for the complete seven-month series. Winter dates and books include: Jan. 7, Betsy Zane: The Rose of Fort Henry; Feb. 4, Seaman: The Dog Who Explored the West with Lewis and Clark; March 3, The Smuggler’s Treasure. Call 800-448-3883 to register and for more dates.

Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia, an exhibition running March 26-Jan. 8, 2017, examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of colonial Americans. This scholarly exhibition is the first Pan-American study to explore how craftsmen across North, Central, and South America adapted Asian styles in a range of media—from furniture to silverwork, textiles, ceramics, and painting.

Delaware Theatre Company Acting Classes
Attention, aspiring actors: ready to take a step in the right direction? Have fun while exploring characters and scenes in a six-week course at Delaware Theatre Company, Sundays from Feb. 7-March 13 (5:15-7:15 p.m.). Take on the actor’s role of examining scripts, finding characters’ objectives, and exploring various acting techniques to bring out your richest performance. Though no experience is required, students should be ready to participate, to jump in and work together—and have fun. The course is $180, and open to adults ages 18 and up. Classes are also available for children and teens.

Photo courtesy of The Delaware Children's Museum
Photo courtesy of The Delaware Children’s Museum

Touch Tank: Lunch and Learn
Join the Delaware Children’s Museum staff daily from 12:30-1:30 p.m. for feeding time at the Touch Tank Aquarium. Learn about the food marine creatures eat, the habitat they live in, and special facts about the vertebrates and invertebrates who share the tank. Or stop by Try Science: Be a Physiologist, Jan. 9-10, from 11 a.m. to noon, to learn about the body’s parts that work to keep it running. Children can become junior doctors or nurses as they take a hands-on and entertaining look at the organs and systems inside a very unusual patient—the DCM’s 7-ft. doll, Stuffee.

Beer & Yoga at Victory Brewpub
Victory Brewing Company’s Kennett Square brewpub is hosting Beer & Yoga on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 9 a.m. After the yoga session, enjoy food and beer pairings. Instructor Diane Rogers will guide participants through the yoga process. Tickets are $30.

The Ultimate in DIY

A collaborative workspace with digital and traditional fabrication tools, classes, consulting and events, NextFab is coming to downtown Wilmington

To Ryan Harrington, NextFab is “a Disney for makers.”

Mona Parikh says “it’s cool…so much fun.”

Jessi Taylor considers it another after-hours option, an alternative to bars, concerts and television.

Carrie Gray says this “high school woodshop on steroids” will be a key anchor for Wilmington’s developing Creative District.

And Bernice Whaley sees it as an economic engine, a place where men and women can learn and develop skills needed to transition into new jobs or launch entrepreneurial careers.

Clearly, NextFab means different things to different people, but what else can you expect when an operation brands itself as a “gym for innovators”?

Evan Malone, NextFab CEO (Photo by Megan Ritchie Jooste)
Evan Malone, NextFab CEO (Photo by Megan Ritchie Jooste)

Area residents will get their chance to create their own description in late spring or early summer when the Philadelphia-based makerspace opens a 3,500-square-foot satellite studio in the Creative District, the designation that the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation has pinned on the area bordered by Shipley, Fourth, Washington and Ninth streets. As of mid-December, NextFab CEO Evan Malone wasn’t about to reveal the exact location, saying he didn’t want to jinx the nearly concluded negotiations on the lease.

Malone, enticed by Gray, the Wilmington Renaissance managing director, came to visit Wilmington nearly two years ago, as planning for the Creative District was in its infancy, and quickly bought into the concept. “This is incredibly important, something I want to be part of,” he says, referring to a master plan to make the area immediately west of Market Street a residential and commercial hub for artists, crafters and tech-savvy entrepreneurs.

“This is a new era for Wilmington,” Malone says.

Financed in part by a $350,000 start-up grant from the Delaware Economic Development Office, NextFab’s Wilmington center will be designed to offer the attractions that have already won it an influential cadre of Delaware boosters, albeit on a smaller scale than in Philadelphia.

Examples of 3D printed objects made at NextFab. (Photo courtesy of NextFab)
Examples of 3D printed objects made at NextFab. (Photo courtesy of NextFab)

Gray’s “woodshop on steroids” analogy is appropriate. Think of a warehouse-like setting filled with tools for woodworking and metalworking—more than your average handyman could put in a garage or basement (if he or she could afford to buy them all). Add a section for making jewelry. On top of that, layer in the whiz-bang 21st-century technology—3D and large-format printers, laser cutters, CAD software, and more. In addition, NextFab will offer classes and its staff will be trained to show new users how to handle the equipment.

“The focus is on digital manufacturing—using computer designs in digital format to drive robotic tools,” Malone says, “but we also have a complete metal shop, with computer-controlled machine tools and manual tools like mills and lathes, and a complete welding area.” The wood shop, with its saws, sanders, drills and routers, he adds, “is a great entry point for people who are nervous about making things for themselves for the first time.”

To use the gear, members pay monthly fees, which range from $49 to $359, depending on anticipated usage. “The low end is for weekend users and hobbyists. The ultra-premium level is aimed at professionals, those who are using the facility for their business,” Malone says. Wilmington members will also have access to NextFab’s two Philadelphia sites for no extra charge.

Access to all three spaces is important, Malone notes, because there might not be enough space in Wilmington to accommodate all the gear that’s available in Philadelphia.

An introduction to jewerly-making class at NextFab. (Photo courtesy of NextFab)
An introduction to jewerly-making class at NextFab. (Photo courtesy of NextFab)

However, he adds, the Wilmington site will have one or more features to distinguish itself from NextFab’s Philadelphia locations—to give Philadelphia-based members some incentive to make occasional visits to Wilmington. No decisions have been made on what those special features might be.

Key figures within Wilmington’s creative community are anticipating NextFab’s arrival.

“It’s a great way for people to learn,” says Harrington, education coordinator at 1313 Innovation, the year-old co-working space in Hercules Plaza. “They come with experience.
They’re starting with a platform that works, as they’ve proven in Philadelphia. It’s another outlet for people, whether they’re in technology, in a startup, or part of the maker community.”

Parikh, managing director of the Start It Up Delaware co-working space and community builder for the Archer Group digital marketing agency, recently visited NextFab in Philadelphia, where she and friends signed up to take a couple of basic courses.

“First you must go through their safety training,” she says, and “as part of that you have to make something that works.”

For woodworking, she made a shelf. For metalworking, a bottle opener.
“Who knows?” she says. “If I keep my membership I might be the next metalworking queen.”

The NextFab community brands itself as a "gym for innovators." (Photo courtesy of NextFab)
The NextFab community brands itself as a “gym for innovators.” (Photo courtesy of NextFab)

Taylor, president of the board of directors of Barrel of Makers, a Wilmington-based collaborative that now holds weekly “Maker Mondays” at 1313 Innovation, thinks NextFab will provide “a great space to have cross-communication with people you wouldn’t ordinarily meet in your field.”

NextFab has approached Barrel of Makers about possible partnerships. “We think that’s great,” Taylor says, “but we’re going to have to talk it through” to see how the relationship evolves.

Barrel of Makers, she says, has about 30 core participants and a total of nearly 200 people who show up occasionally for activities, and many of them are likely candidates for NextFab membership.

Besides reaching out to Barrel of Makers, Malone says he has contacted area colleges and universities about possible collaborations. And he has learned from his experience in Philadelphia that professional organizations, hobby clubs and school groups will be interested in visiting the site and learning about the technology. Some of these visitors, of course, ultimately will become NextFab members.

Whaley, the director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, says NextFab “will directly support our innovative entrepreneurs” and also bolster indirect job growth in the surrounding area. The terms of the state’s $350,000 grant require NextFab to hire five fulltime employees and serve at least 120 members in its first three years of operation, she says.

Noting the uncertainty surrounding the DuPont Co.’s merger with Dow Chemical and the long-term location of the headquarters for Chemours, the DuPont spinoff created last summer, Whaley pointed to NextFab as a facility that could assist downsized employers in transitioning to new careers.

“We’ve seen it with AstraZeneca and others. [Downsized] workers say ‘I can do these things’ or ‘I can go out on my own.’ This is one way they can develop new skills,” Whaley says.

NextFab, Wilmington Renaissance’s Gray says, “will make accessible equipment, technology and training that might not otherwise be available” to area residents.
What can they make with that equipment?

Well, in Philadelphia, Malone says, members are using large-format printers to make vehicle wraps and window graphics, tools in the advanced electronics studio to design and assemble circuit boards, and laser cutters to make holiday ornaments and candle holders.

One heavy-duty user, who has his own business, is using a “water jet” (that’s shorthand for a five-axis abrasive water jet cutter) to experiment with new designs to make window air conditioners more energy efficient.

To Gray, however, more important than what NextFab’s makers make is the potential impact the center can have as the Creative District develops.

By filling a currently vacant building, she says, NextFab will “bring more energy and life to the stretch just west of Market Street.”

The impact will be gradual, Malone cautions, because his plan to be “up and running by summer” most likely means operating at about 75 percent of capacity while advancing to close to 100 percent capacity later in the year.

“Because a lot of our users have day jobs, we will have evening and weekend hours,” Malone says. “Activity on the street and in our space will help activate the entire neighborhood.”

That activity, he says, will bring new customers to restaurants and service businesses in the neighborhood, and to the vendors who can provide the raw materials that artists and crafters use in their work. “There’s a lot of indirect economic activity,” he adds.

Getting more people onto the streets in the evening and on weekends, Gray says, should make the neighborhood more appealing for potential residents —the 10-unit Willing Street Artist Village housing rehabilitation project is now under way in Quaker Hill, in the southwest corner of the Creative District—and visitors alike.

Parikh envisions NextFab’s arrival as a launching pad for fresh synergies among the artists and crafters who use the space and the graphic designers and coders who frequent the CoinLoft on Market Street, Start It Up Delaware’s collaborative space.

“We’re all in this together,” she says.

F.Y.I – Jan. 2016

FYI

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.

Showtime
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.

The War on Words – Jan. 2016

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

The Top (Bottom?) 10

Herewith a list of the top 10 misused words. Said list is based on indisputable empirical evidence (in other words, my personal observations):
1. fewer/less – Fewer, which applies where numbers or plurals are involved, is simply not in some people’s vocabularies. Less is used for quantity. You have less money because you have fewer dollars.
2. i.e./e.g. – I.e., which means “that is,” is often mistakenly used in place of e.g., which means “for example.”
3. affect/effect – The first is almost always a verb (“It didn’t affect me”); the second, a noun (“It had no effect on me”).
4. your/you’re – The first is the possessive (“Your hair is beautiful”); the second is the contraction (“You’re beautiful”).
5. their/they’re/there – The mix-up occurs with the first two—the possessive (“Their business is booming”) and the contraction (“They’re doing big business”). There is less troublesome but much more versatile. It can be used as an adverb, adjective, noun, pronoun, or even an interjection. It’s often used to indicate place (“Let’s go there”).
6. it’s/its – This understandably confuses some folks because apostrophes often indicate possessives, but in this case the possessive (“Its branches were bare”) has no apostrophe, while the contraction (“It’s cloudy today”) does.
7. lie, lay – This is another case where one—lie—is rarely used. Lay means to place; lie means to recline. So: “I am going to lie down”; “I will lay the gun down.”
8. alumnus/alumni – Again, the first, which means a male graduate of an educational institution, is rarely used (and never on sports talk radio). Instead, the semi-learned among us go with alumni, which is the plural. If you want to be safe, go with the colloquial “alum.”
9. infer/implyInfer, which means to deduce, conclude or assume, is often used by wannabe sophisticates in place of imply, which means to suggest or hint. Think of them as opposites.
10. A tie: compliment/complement and bring/take. Compliment refers to praise or accolades. Complement means to supplement or accompany, as in a wine that complements an entree. Bring is often used where take is meant. The choice depends on your point of reference. In most cases bring suggests movement toward the speaker (“Bring it to me”) while take suggests movement away from the speaker (“Take it to your brother”).
Next month: the most common redundancies.

Your Assignment, Dear Readers,

. . . should you decide to accept it, is to make note of every time someone utters the words “happy New Years” in your presence. Report back. Extra credit for photos of signs that wish you a “Happy New Year’s” or “New Years.”

It Never Ends

“Couldn’t care less” continues to be misused, even by editorial writers, such as those at the Philadelphia Daily News: “[Politicians] could care less about the hurt it [a spending cut] will cause.” Think about it: that’s the opposite of what the phrase is intended to convey.

Getting Political

The presidential campaign continues to supply us with material. Reader Larry Kerchner says one of the Republicans came up with a Department of Redundancies Dept. candidate by claiming he is going to “unify everything together.”

Fun Fact

According to The New Yorker, octogenarian crooner Pat Boone, an aspiring English teacher at the time, insisted on announcing his first big hit onstage as “Isn’t That a Shame.” (The title was “Ain’t That a Shame.”)

How Long, Oh Lord, How Long?

(In which we record the continuing abuse of that most misused punctuation mark, the apostrophe.)
Citing a new car reliability survey, USA Today’s Chris Woodyard reports, “. . . Fiat, Dodge, Chrysler and Ram finished generally near the bottom of the pack, as brand’s go.”

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Words* of the Month

bathos
Pronounced BAY-thas, -thos, it’s a noun meaning an abrupt descent from lofty or sublime to the commonplace; anticlimax

xenophile
Pronounced ZEN-uh-fyl or ZEE-nuh-fyl, it’s a noun meaning one who is attracted to foreign things or people.

*Several readers noted that we had no Word of the Month in December. So, to make amends, we’re offering a bonus word this month.

The War on Words – December 2015

A monthly column in which we attempt, however futilely, to defend the English language against misuse and abuse

Media Watch

• Philadelphia Eagles play-by-play man Merrill Reese, in September: “The team must find a way to make a 360-degree turn.” He meant 180 degrees, but unfortunately the Eagles continued to play badly, which would amount to a 360.
• From The News Journal, courtesy of Larry Nagengast, O&A contributing writer: “‘It hasn’t changed a wit since Pete du Pont created it 30 years ago,’ Perkins said.” The word is whit, meaning the least bit; an iota.
TNJ again, this time from a column by Carron Phillips: “(David Simon, author of The Wire) was a former journalist in the city of Baltimore.” Either he is a former journalist, or he was a journalist. And “the city of”? Redundant.
• From The Newark Post: “Lang said the building shrunk by 20 to 25 percent.” The past tense of shrink is shrank. Then again, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids has confused an entire generation of moviegoers.
• Xfinity headline: “The problem with mens’ growing waistlines.” Amazing how many people think mens is the plural of man. There is no such word, unless an apostrophe is inserted between the n and the s.
• From the New York Times: “Sen. Marco Rubio has been laying low for much of the summer . . .” Similarly, Peter MacArthur on WDEL: “The toy was found laying in 18 inches of water.” Lay means to place; lie means to recline or rest. In both cases, the correct word is lying.
• Actor William Shatner, in a USA Today interview, speaking of negative inclinations: “The older you get, either the further buried they become or they become extant.” He meant extinct. Extant means virtually the opposite: existing. (In fairness to Capt. Kirk, the writer may have misheard him.)
• Lini Kadaba in The Philadelphia Inquirer: “A good mood ‘has a positive affect on creativity,’ he says.” That’s the verb. Effect is the noun.
• A reader heard a KYW radio report about a hostage situation in which the reporter said authorities had moved into the building in order to talk with the hostage-taker “verbally, instead of on the phone.” We’re guessing the reporter meant “in person.”

Department of Redundancies Dept.

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated, here’s a double redundancy that never occurred to me: The Los Angeles Angels. In Spanish, los means the and angeles means angels.

Getting Political

Continuing our mining of the presidential campaign for War gold: MSNBC reporter Peter Alexander, prefacing a question to a Joe Biden aide: “Based on your loyalty to he and his platform . . .” To is a preposition; it calls for the objective case—him!
Also, Terry Plowman, editor of Delaware Beach Life, notes that a presidential candidate’s town hall meeting has devolved into simply “a town hall.” Says Terry: “I always think it sounds weird when a TV reporter says something like, ‘Hillary Clinton will hold a town hall this morning.’ I get a picture of Superwoman holding a building in the air.”

How long, Oh Lord, how long?: You can get a personalized but grammatically-challenged clock like this one at a shop in the Boothwyn Farmers Market. (No apostrophe needed in Kellys.)

Notes of All Sorts:

My newest pet peeve: “Reach out to,” as in, “I’ll reach out to my friends in the industry.” Whatever happened to “contact,” “call” or a simple “ask”?
And what’s with all the extra prepositions in such phrases as focus in on, welcome in, met up with, over top of, adding on, underneath of and off of.
Ever notice? People have a problem with the participle of the verb “to drink.” It’s drunk: I have drunk, I had drunk. May sound strange, but it’s not drank. (Similarly, shrunk and shrank—see Media Watch.)

And a Reminder

The War on Words, a paperback collection of columns from 2007 to 2011, makes a great stocking stuffer. Get it at Ninth Street Books in Wilmington, Hockessin Bookshelf, or call O&A at 655-6483. Cost is $9.95 plus $3 shipping. Credit cards accepted.

Quotation of the Month

“It would be an excellent thing for the purity and vigour of English if an Act of Parliament were passed making it a criminal offence to distort, mispronounce and murder our English words.”
—S.P.B. Mais, The Writing of English (1935)

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Meet the Weekday Warriors

The close-knit winners of this year’s Musikarmageddon are a fun and quirky, high-energy, alt-hip-hop-funk band

The baby grand was silent with anticipation on a Saturday night in September as the crowd and competing bands waited to hear the fate of the Musikarmageddon finalists.

When local group Weekday Warriors were announced as victors, a tremendous cheer erupted from the audience—and from Dan Lord, the band’s drummer, who stood triumphantly on a large speaker with his arms raised in celebration.

The four band members—Lord (known by friends as “Lord Dan”), singer and guitarist Russell Kutys (Russell “Que”), bassist Isaac Moore, and guitarist Deej Jalil—came onto the stage, bear-hugging each other and swapping repeated high fives—three per person, to be exact, which is their “secret” handshake.

“It was really gratifying,” says Lord.

The band had come a long way from their first-ever show at JB McGinnes Pub & Grille two years ago, when all members had the flu, with temperatures reaching 102 degrees, according to Lord. But by the time the high energy alternative-rock-hip-hop-funk group from Newark entered Wilmington’s battle-of-the-bands, they were brimming with confidence.

“We knew we had a pretty good chance of winning,” says Lord.

Musikarmageddon 2015 presented perhaps the most diverse group of bands in the event’s nine-year history. The competition offered audiences country, pop, heavy rock and hip-hop, among other genres. At the Sept. 26 finals, local bands Poor Yorick, The Jolly What, and It Is What It Is faced off with Weekday Warriors at the baby grand.

The Warriors joined the ranks of such noted past winners as Minshara, Glim Dropper and New Sweden. Their on-stage energy may have won them the victory—Lord says the band likes “to get people dancing” and includes rapping by Kutys—but the glue that holds the guys together is their friendship.

“The reason we have such strong connections to each other? We’ve all known each other for a very long time,” says Lord.

He was the drummer for Jalil’s band, Echo Mission, in 2009, and he and Kutys have been playing music since 2011. And Lord remembers playing shows with Moore’s old band, My Worst Critic, years prior to that. Another friendship factor: most of the members have been roommates at some time or other at a Newark house dubbed “The Bungalow,” which is currently home to Kutys and Lord and doubles as practice space and recording studio.

Weekday Warriors after their victory with Musikarmageddon judges and organizers. (Photo by Ali Vogel)
Weekday Warriors after their victory with Musikarmageddon judges and organizers. (Photo by Ali Vogel)

The band itself was born at open mics at Mojo Main, the dimly-lit Main Street bar that took the place of East End Café for just over three years before closing its doors last March. The location is now a trendy craft beer bar and restaurant, Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen. The friends hosted trivia and open mic nights at Mojo, and the band held its first album release party at the bar.

“Our goal is to make enough money to buy Grain on Main back and restore it to its dive bar glory,” Lord jokes.

Kutys and Lord came up with the band name on a typical Monday three years ago. The friends met up in the afternoon on Main Street for a few beers. They threw back one, then another, and then another, then launched an unofficial beer crawl down the street in broad daylight—an activity typically reserved for Friday or Saturday evenings for weekend warrior partiers.

The band started getting shows in Newark, Wilmington and Philadelphia while recording a number of EPs and albums, including September 2014’s Quantum Collapses, a 16-song CD recorded at The Bungalow and mixed by a friend, James Drake. Their newest EP, Three High Fives—a reference to the greeting band members exchange whenever they see each other—was released this past summer. It’s a collaboration between Weekday Warriors and others who “want to make good music with other good friends,” says Lord. “That’s what we did with this album.”

Newark musicians like Poor Yorick and Melissa Forsythe from the band This is Weird were among the artists who collaborated with the Warriors, who in turn often participate in their friends’ albums.

“We’ve all been friends since the Mojo Main days and we continue to work together to help each other out,” says Lord.

The Warriors’ current project is Uppers, Downers and All Arounders, an album slated to be finished by summer 2016. It’ll be a collection of the band’s most recent songs, says Lord.

The friends are excited to take their quirk and humor to new places. They have three Saturday shows coming up in the area: on Nov. 7 at 1984; at School of Rock’s Fall Jam Nov. 21, and at Wilmo Rock Circus Nov. 28.

And for the record, despite the band’s carefree name, all members—mostly UD graduates—are employed professionals, and ironically enough, the majority hold daytime office jobs.

“We first started promoting the band as ‘the drunkest band on Main Street,’ but now I feel like we’re much more mature,” says Lord. “I don’t think we’re going to be the next Beatles, but at this rate if we can continually grow our momentum over the next five years, we’ll be touring around the East Coast.”

For more information, visit their Facebook page or websites at weekdaywarriors.rocks and weekdaywarriors.bandcamp.com.

Rehoboth Film Festival Offers 50+ Movies

Features from around the world include dramas, comedies and thrillers

On a cool night in the fall of 1997, five film fans met in Rehoboth and devised the idea of working with local restaurants to screen independent films. After spreading the word of this event to other film buffs and members of the coastal town’s community, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society was formed and the festival premiered in 1998.

Since then, the film society has expanded to a not-for-profit arts organization that sponsors a wide range of film programs for the community, including the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The society’s growing popularity made way for the Cinema Art House, a professionally designed theater that seats 108 and is set to open in early 2016.

This year, the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival celebrates 18 years of promoting cinematic arts and providing education and cultural enrichment. Featured this year will be more than 50 films, and genres include comedy, drama and thriller, imported from countries such as the United Kingdom, Iceland, Spain, Germany and India.

Set for Saturday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 15, the festival will be held at several venues: Cape Henlopen High School, Metropolitan Community Church, Atlantic Sands Hotel, Inn at Canal Square, Lewes Canalfront Park, Rehoboth Art League, Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, Rehoboth Beach Public Library and South Coastal Library. All venues are within minutes of each other by car.

A Festival Pass is required each year to purchase tickets for the Film Festival. Six levels of Festival Passes are available, offering different benefits. The levels include: Director ($200), Producer ($90), Screen Writer ($40), Film Buff ($20), Student ($10) and Mini ($5). Valid for one individual, a pass allows the purchase of one ticket per film title. Members of the Film Society are not required to buy a Festival Pass. The final day to purchase a Festival Pass and Film Society membership is Nov. 5. After that, passes and memberships can be purchased at the Festival Box Office.

Although this event is fun for all ages, viewer discretion is advised, and each film will be rated accordingly. For more information, go to rehobothfilm.com/festival.html.

Food Notes – Nov. 2015

Tasty things worth knowing

A New Beginning
French-style cafe opens in place of Fresh Thymes

Croissant

After Wilmington’s Fresh Thymes Cafe closed its doors recently, a new French-style eatery, De La Coeur Café et Patisserie, took its place. Alex Sianni and Pastry Chef Gretchen Brizendine helm the new café, whose name means “baking from the heart.” It features locally sourced, sustainably produced food.

Brizendine has been in the restaurant business for more than seven years, and Sianni has been in the business in three countries and the fine wine industry for more than 15 years.
The café’s food is sourced from Powers Farm in Townsend, Bayberry Farm in Middletown and Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative in Lancaster.

Located at 1836 Lovering Ave., it will serve breakfast, including sandwiches, omelets, pancakes, French toast, and crepes; lunch, featuring soups, salads, sandwiches and paninis, and of course a variety of pastries like éclairs, croissants, cookies, tartlettes, mousse cups, and more.

Visit the website at delacoeurcafe.com for the opening date and more information.

Expanding to Middletown
Wilmington chef has plans for three new eateries

Patrick D’Amico, Middletown native and chef at several Wilmington eateries like Eclipse Bistro, the Hotel du Pont Green Room, and Harry’s Savoy Grill, is opening three Middletown restaurants with RM Hospitality Group over the next few months.

Metro Pub & Grill is the first of the three, which will be a gastro-pub at 17 Wood St. off West Main Street. It will be open daily for lunch and dinner early this month.
Next, a fine dining establishment tentatively called The Bank will open in January.
Currently the site—an actual vacant bank building at West Main and North Broad streets—is undergoing renovations.

The third name and location are TBA.

Do Good This Season
Food Bank of Delaware needs help

This month, IHeartRadio in partnership with the Food Bank of Delaware will be collecting turkeys as part of the annual Turkey Round Up. Drop off your frozen birds and other holiday essentials at the following locations on Thursday, Nov. 12. and Friday, Nov. 13, between 5-7 p.m. both evenings: Food Lion grocery stores at 1607 Pulaski Highway in Bear, 501 W. Main St. in Middletown, and 1030 Forest Ave. in Dover.

Additionally, the Food Bank needs help filling 2,500 Thanksgiving meal boxes for Delaware families in need. The following items are requested: Canned vegetables, cranberry sauce, evaporated milk/shelf-stable milk, canned pumpkin, canned fruit, juice, corn muffin mix, mashed potatoes, gravy, and frozen turkeys (must be dropped off to Newark or Milford warehouses).

For more information about hosting a Thanksgiving For All food drive, please contact Angel Diaz, Fleet and Routing Coordinator, at 292-1305 ext. 260 or adiaz@fbd.org.

Dinner & a Documentary
Penn Cinema hosts a special one-night screening Nov. 5

Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret is a groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers one of the most destructive industries facing the planet today—large scale factory farming—and investigates why the world’s leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. This 91-minute documentary will be featured at a one-night screening on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at Penn Cinema on the Riverfront. Prior to the showing, guests are invited to dinner at Drop Squad Kitchen (serving dinner until 6:30 p.m.) or for happy hour at Veritas Wine (both also located at the Wilmington Riverfront). You can also enjoy the Riverwalk or one of the other dining attractions the Wilmington Riverfront has to offer.

Claymont Steak Expands
Third location opens on Concord Pike

ThinkstockPhotos-174449396Claymont Steak Shop opened a new location at 2720 Concord Pike this fall, making this the third restaurant in the local chain, with existing locations in Claymont and Newark.
Since 1966, Claymont Steak has been popular for its cheesesteaks, subs and pizza. The new location, with a contemporary interior, and online and delivery options, includes baklava and other snacks in addition to its staple plates.

F.Y.I. – Nov. 2015

FYI

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.