Sunday, August 31, 2014

Fall Arts in the Park

Wilmington and Alapocas Run State Parks are brimming with arts programs this month, so we thought we'd share their excitement with you! Coming up in September at the Blue Ball Barn:

"Two Wine Bottles" Eunice LaFate
Eunice LaFate Workshop
Saturday, September 6, 1:00-3:00pm | Admission free with paid park admission
Local folk artist Eunice LaFate* talks about her work and leads participants in creating their own piece of artwork.  Pre-registration required by noon on September 5.

Call 302.577.7020.
*Eunice is truly one of Delaware's treasures as an artist and community educator — even more evident by her recent recognition as a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Awards for the Arts. Delaware Arts Info sends our love & congratulations to you, Eunice!
Green Willow Folk Club Concert Series at the Blue Ball Barn, Featuring Cantrip  
Tuesday, September 9, 7:30pm |
$25 Reserved/$28 Door • 17 & under free with adult
This trio of traditional Scottish musicians has been stunning audiences with its driving blend of fiddle, bagpipes and guitar. Reserve seats at 302.456.3242 or

This Old Quilt
Sunday, September 21, 1:00-3:00pm | Admission free with paid park admission
Learn about the care, cleaning, repair and storage of old and new quilts in the home.
Madge Ziegler, quilt specialist, will help identify information about your quilt such as age, technique and fabrics, so bring them along! Examples from Madge’s collection will be used to illustrate theories and controversies of collecting and repairs. Space is limited.  Pre-registration required by noon on Thursday, September 18. Call 302.577.7020.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Jazz IN the Riverfront 'Yard

By Guest Blogger, Tee Alexander*
Tee is a longtime member of the Wilmington INBassadors, helping to support and promote Wilmington's wealth of arts, businesses, causes and events.

*This post can also be found on the new blog site at INWILMINGTONDE.COM.

Warm weather, a light breeze and a clear sky were the perfect accompaniment to this week’s Shipyard Summer Concert at Dravo Plaza on the Wilmington Riverfront. For this, the sixth week of the eight-week series, the theme was Latin music, and the musical guests definitely brought hot rhythmic grooves.

Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble is a quartet that delivers a unique yet authentic sound with keyboard, bass and percussion. The lead singer, Karen Rodriguez, is passionate and expressive as she brings the music to life through her smooth vocals. In addition to Latin jazz, the group also performs Salsa, Cha Cha, Bossa Nova, Samba, Mambo, Tango, Rumba and Cuban music, as well as the sweet and romantic Bolero.
The set included fun, upbeat songs like "Marie LaVeaux," and "Pa Gozar," which means “to have fun." It wasn’t long before concertgoers left their seats to dance Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha to the music.  Karen then slowed things down with the jazzy "Autumn Leaves" and "Adoro," which is a sweet ballad about love. The group also performed some cover hits: "Body & Soul" by Esperanza Spalding, "Peel Me a Grape" by Diana Krall, "It’s Too Late" by Carole King and "Killing Me Softly" by Roberta Flack — all of which were beautifully performed by Rodriguez. After this, it was time to get up and dance some more, as they played Salsa, Samba and Brazilian music. The children in the audience especially had fun dancing to a song about pollo ("chicken" in Spanish). Bailar!

Many came out for the concert and to enjoy a warm evening on the bustling Riverfront. People of different ages and backgrounds were brought together by the music, and they danced together to the rhythm. It was a peaceful gathering, which added to the beautiful evening in Wilmington.

Be sure to catch the last two weeks of the Shipyard Summer Concert Series, which will include reggae music by Jah Works on August 21 and New Orleans jazz with the Barbone Street Band on August 28.