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.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Song for a Boy's Dog

A Concert for Charlie's Service Dog
Sunday, August 17, 2014 | 4:00pm
The Independence School
1300 Paper Mill Road, Newark, DE 19711
Join this fun-filled musical evening in hopes of raising funds to get an allergy-alert dog for Charlie, a 5-year-old boy with multiple severe food allergies.

Recently, Charlie went into anaphylaxis by accidentally ingesting peanut residue. A service dog would be able to detect even the smallest, invisible residue which could prevent another (possibly fatal) reaction.

Featuring: Anna Evans, soprano; Augustine Mercante, countertenor, Simeone Tartaglione and members of the Newark Symphony Orchestra, plus many more wonderful musical surprises.

Tickets are $10. For more details and to purchase tickets, click HERE.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August 'ArtStuff' #INWilm

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IN the final sweltering days of summer, beat the heat #INWilm with sizzling ArtStuff! Vacation — OUT! Stay IN and join the fun…

Friday, August 8, 6:00 -10:00pm | 2301 Kentmere Parkway
Art goes to the dogs this weekend…and this FREE event comes with an enthusiastic “four paws up” endorsement from Dewey the Art Dog! In partnership with Delaware Humane Association, this free event includes dog portraits by caricaturist Sam Mylin in the Copeland Sculpture Garden, plenty of treats for four-legged friends and drinks for you.  P.S. While you’re here, also check out Transitions: The Brandywine Photo Collective, an exhibit featuring works of 20 local artists, located in the Outlooks Gallery.

Running now through August 24 | 2208 Miller Road, Arden
Showtimes vary; visit for tickets & info
More than just a musical (BONUS: you get dinner, too), the show is based on a true story about Cline’s friendship with Houston fan Louise Seger, who befriended the star in a Texas honky-tonk in l961.  All the favorite and memorable songs you love of Cline’s are here: Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams and more. It’s a nostalgic journey back in time and a timeless tribute to one of country’s most beloved and best singers. 

Need more #ALLINFUN and #INbudget ArtStuff? Check out these ongoing programs…

Running now through August 15 | Varying locations throughout Wilmington
Visit for complete info
For the second summer, Wilmington’s parks are alive with all manner of arts and culture, thanks to Summer in the Parks.  The FREE programs found everywhere from Titlon, Haynes, Kosciusko and Holloway Parks feature live, interactive performances of music, dance, theater, visual arts and crafts. Bring the entire family and experience the Arts in Wilmington’s green spaces.

Every Thursday through October 16 | 10th & Van Buren Streets
Thursdays in Cool Spring Park are the place to find fresh local veggies, delicious food truck options and plenty of great music, thanks to the partnership with Gable Music Ventures. Free live music livens up the park from 6:00-8:00pm ‘til Labor Day, and 5:00-7:00pm after Labor Day. The market itself opens at 4:00pm — get there early, buy some delicious snacks and stake out a prime spot to enjoy the likes of Nik Everett, Nature Jams and more!

Tuesdays through September 16 | ShopRite Christina Crossing
Another successful Year 2 event is this movie series, sponsored by The Kenny Family Foundation.  For only $6, you can enjoy big screen features on the rooftop of, with selections chosen by YOU! Many of Wilmo’s popular food trucks are also on hand to offer delicious snacks. Movies start at sundown and will be moved to Theatre N in case of rain. Showings of “Marley & Me,” “Frozen” and “The Blind Side” complete the month. 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Gettin' Shady IN the Grove

by Joe del Tufo, Chief Creative Officer, Mobius New Media.

Perfect weather and an energetic crowd helped make the 2014 Shady Grove Fest a big success on Saturday, July 19. It was a great mix of diverse musical acts, dancing, delicious food and mediocre beer.  

As is the tradition...

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