21 Things to do This Fall

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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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.

Tuned In – Jan. 2016

Not-to-be-missed music news

The Travel Songs team filming on location in Peru. (Photo courtesy of Travel Songs)

Travel Songs: Peru Wins
Area music and documentary group gets an international award

Travel Songs, a Wilmington-based organization of musicians and filmmakers, recently won the Audience Appreciation Award at the 2015 Folk Music Film Festival for their documentary Travel Songs: Peru. The festival was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, and Travel Songs member Tyler Holloway was there to accept the award.

Travel Songs: Peru, the group’s first documentary, was filmed in summer 2013 and premiered last December at Theater N in Wilmington. Through it, crew members for this film—producer Zachary Humenik; photographer and score director Samuel Nobles; camera operators George Murphy and Colin Shalo; sound engineer Tyler Holloway, and production assistant Tyler Doherty —aim to bridge cultural gaps and create a common ground through documenting art forms from around the world.

“I was amazed to see that the standing-room-only crowd, consisting of filmmakers, academics, journalists, and a couple of hundred school children, were so enthralled by an English film,” says Holloway. “The crowd went silent as they were drawn into the Peruvian world. This reaction was very special to me—it exemplifies the mission of Travel Songs to connect cultures through music and reinforced that music is a universal language.”

Adds Humenik: “I would like to think that people can feel the film and see the passion that went into it. I think we did well to connect with people on an intimate level. We got great access, had a great team, and I think the people we interviewed and met with really trusted us to share their stories in a way that felt real. That’s important—people can tell when something feels real.”

Travel Songs is in the process of registering as a nonprofit organization to enhance funding for films, and to expand charitable giving programs. The goal is to establish initiatives in each country Travel Songs films in, promoting local musical styles and cultural arts programs.

“It includes setting up musician workshops, lecturing at universities, and advocating for music and the arts—all of these things are important if we really want to share our message,” says Humenik.

He says the documentary projects are the center of the Travel Songs organization right now, leaving little time for the band to perform. Humenik, Holloway, Nobles and Doherty, members of the actual band currently live in various cities.

Fundraising for the next documentary—which could be filmed in either Cuba or Tunisia, along with a few other options—will begin this month. For more information and to view the Peru documentary for free, visit travelsongs.org.

British Star in Arden
Robyn Hitchcock brings talent and wit on Jan. 23

Robyn Hitchcock, one of England’s most-loved contemporary singer-songwriters, is coming to Arden Gild Hall for a WXPN Welcomes show on Saturday, Jan. 23. The alternative rock artist will blend his folk sound and psychedelia, along with wry British humor, of course.

Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Hitchcock has recorded more than 20 albums. He’ll perform songs from his most recent album, The Man Upstairs, which he describes as a “bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world.”

Special guest Emma Swift, an Australian singer-songwriter, joins Hitchcock on tour.
The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

Brian Fallon & the Crowes
Gaslight Anthem singer performs at The Queen

Radio 104.5 will present Brian Fallon & the Crowes on Sunday, Jan. 10, at World Cafe Live at The Queen.

Fallon, best known as vocalist and guitarist for the Gaslight Anthem, is also working on a debut solo album, Painkillers, set for release early this year.

Gaslight Anthem announced plans last summer to go on an indefinite hiatus following a successful European tour. Get Hurt (2014), the band’s acclaimed fifth studio album, hit number 4 on the Billboard 200.

Special guest Cory Branan will bring his alternative singer-songwriter sounds to The Queen.

Doors open at 7 p.m., the show starts at 8, and tickets are $22.50.

Band of the Royal Marines
UK’s Royal Navy musical branch comes to The Grand

For something a little different, see the Royal Navy’s Band of the Royal Marines at Copeland Hall at The Grand on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The group is part of The Royal Marines Band Service, the musical wing of the United Kingdom’s Royal Navy, which consists of six bands.

The Band of the Royal Marines is celebrated for the quality of their music, visual grandeur and precision drill. The band performs popular classics, big band, stimulating contemporary works and entertaining solo features.

They also provide jazz, string and woodwind ensembles, making the group one of the most versatile and adept in military music. The Grand performance is part of their first-ever U.S. tour.

Tickets are $36-$42, and the show begins at 8 p.m.

Tuned In – Nov. 2015

Not-to-be-missed music news

New Sounds on Main Street
Grain will host more live music each month

More live music is now coming to Newark’s Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen four nights a month. After receiving positive feedback from customers about the new Main Street establishment’s Dogfish Head Stage, which features occasional acoustic artists, management has brought in Gable Music Ventures to program four nights of live music per month.

Lee Mikles, co-owner of Grain, says: “We are very excited to add Gable to the team to bring us entertaining and new musical acts on a regular basis. This original music will be a great complement to the acoustic acts that we will continue to share with our guests.”
Starting this month, the first and third Fridays and second and fourth Saturdays will be programmed by Gable. Music fans can expect to see regional and touring original bands who will add some variety to the local acts Grain has been hosting. Additional live music happens at Grain every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings.

This month’s performances are: folk-songwriters Megan Knight and Brooke Dicaro on Nov. 6; pop-rockers Danielle & Jennifer on Nov. 14; acoustic rock-blues-funk artist Frank Viele on Nov. 20, and pop-R&B-soul musician Nelly’s Echo on Nov. 28.

A Rocking Good Time
Joe Trainor Trio and Hot Breakfast! to jam at the Smyrna Opera House

Hot on the heels of their Smyrna Opera House tribute to Billy Joel, The Joe Trainor Trio returns to the Opera House’s B. Stimson Carrow Auditorium on Saturday, Nov. 7, for a night of original music. Wilmington-based singer/songwriter Joe Trainor (piano) along with Kevin Niemi (bass) and Jeff Dement (drums) bring their unique piano-rock to Smyrna for one night only. Joining them will be the Wilmington-based acoustic dork-rock duo Hot Breakfast!

A full bar will be available. The show starts at 8 p.m.; tickets range from $8-$16.

Get Wild at Wilmo Rock Circus
The “biggest show in the Small Wonder” is back

Dubbed the “biggest show in the Small Wonder,” Wilmo Rock Circus is back for a fifth year to create indoor festival fun. Founded by Gable Music Ventures and Joe Trainor, the event is always the Saturday after Thanksgiving—Nov. 28 this year—and for the last four years has taken over the entire venue at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Fifteen bands will perform between the hours of 6 p.m. and midnight, utilizing both stages. Circus-themed extras like “circus master” emcees, handmade circus art, circus-themed food and drink options are included. Tickets are $20.

Grateful Dead Dance Party
Dec. 4 fundraiser in Arden

The Gilded Road: A Grateful Dead Dance party brings the thrills and chills of the annual Brandywine Valley Association’s Deadfest event—but in the winter and indoors. The Friday, Dec. 4, event at Arden Gild Hall will feature area musicians and all proceeds will benefit the Arden Gild Hall’s kitchen renovation.