A Day in Old New Castle
91st annual event includes rare tours, Civil War reenactments
Set for Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., A Day in Old New Castle is in its 91st year and features the longest-running garden tour in the U.S.
House tours are back, with 18 homes participating, including six that have not been on the tour in recent years. Twenty-two gardens in New Castle will be open to visitors. And, as in previous years, the Read House, Amstel House and other historic landmarks are open and free to visitors throughout the day.
The event also will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, and the city’s role in the conflict, with encampments of Union Civil War reenactors on the Green. Additionally, the MidAtlantic Wine + Food Festival will present a Historic New Castle Festival Lunch Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.—a progressive luncheon and wine-tasting through five historic homes.
Tickets for house and garden tours are $20 ($5 for children ages 6-12) in advance at dionc.immanuelepiscopal.com or historicnewcastle.com, at the New Castle Public Library and Penn’s Place on Delaware Street in Old New Castle. Tickets are also available day-of for $25 ($7 for children). Reservations for Historic New Castle Festival Lunch Tour are $100 and include access to house and garden tours. They are available at mawff.org.
Quaker Hill Art Fest
May 1-2 event brings auctions, exhibits
On May 1 and 2, the Quaker Hill Historic Preservation Foundation will host Friends of the Arts: A Festival of Creativity on Quaker Hill in Wilmington.
On Friday, May 1, from 6-9 p.m., local art will be on display for a silent auction at the Foundation, 521 N. West St., in conjunction with the Wilmington Art Loop. The auction will continue on Saturday, May 2, until 3 p.m., when bids close.
Also on May 2, displays of art and crafts will be featured, along with live entertainment and performances at the Wilmington Friends Meeting House, 401 N. West Street.
For more information, visit quakerhillhistoric.org.
Rejuvenate along the Brandywine on May 16
Hagley Museum and Library invites guests to unplug and recharge on Saturday, May 16, for a new event, Natural Hagley. Families can enjoy yoga workshops, guided nature and walking experiences, and freedom to roam in some areas normally closed to visitors. Admission is $14 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 for children 6 to 14, and free for members and children 5 and under.
Guided nature walks will be offered throughout the day. Learn about local trees, wildflowers, birds and more. Discover the importance of natural resources used to make black powder with demonstrations of 19th-century machinery and two powder-making processes not typically featured (drying tables and willow-peeling).
Guests are welcome to bring picnics or purchase lunch at the Belin House Organic Café, which is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information, call 658-2400 on weekdays or visit hagley.org.
Make Out Mob
Campaign seeks to overturn ‘Murder Town USA’ stereotype
Make Out Mob is a creative grassroots campaign to promote peace in downtown Wilmington. People of all ages, backgrounds and orientations are invited to overturn the city’s recent “Murder Town USA” stereotype in a show of affection and solidarity at H.B. DuPont Park at Washington Street and Delaware Avenue on Wednesday, May 13.
Couples and singles are welcome and complimentary matchmaking services will be provided for interested parties.
The project is meant to support Wilmington’s urban renaissance by infusing the city with optimism, accessible public art, and non-violent protest.
MOB starts at 7:30 p.m.
Visit makeoutmob.org for more information.
Go Ape Continues!
Lums Pond adventure course returns for a third year
Go Ape, a national treetop adventure company, is continuing a successful partnership with Delaware State Parks, and has reopened the region’s premier treetop adventure course in Lums Pond State Park through November.
The Lums Pond Go Ape Treetop Adventure Course is an outdoor experience that provides participants up to three hours of outdoor fun and exercise. Participants can explore the park from above, navigating through the treetops using zip lines and Tarzan swings.
This marks the third year for the Lums Pond Go Ape experience, which is estimated to increase park attendance by 25 percent.
For more information, visit goape.com.
Keynote Speaker Announced for WRC Meeting
May 5 event will provide Creative District update
Ethan Kent, senior vice president for the nonprofit organization Project for Public Spaces, will be the keynote speaker at Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s 2015 Annual Meeting.
Titled “Placemaking: Why It Matters,” the event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at World Cafe Live at The Queen.
Based in New York, Project for Public Spaces is dedicated to creating and sustaining public places that build communities. With nearly 20 years at PPS, Kent has traveled to more than 750 cities and 55 countries to advance the cause.
WRC’s ninth annual meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, focusing on WRC’s core strategic project, the Creative District.
Tickets are $50 per person and $475 for a table of 10. Included is a gourmet breakfast and complimentary parking at the Court House Parking Garage. Guests can enter from Walnut Street or King Street and ask for a voucher at the check-in table.
For tickets, call 425-5500, or visit wrc-annual-meeting.eventbrite.com.
Dover to Host its First Hedgie-Con
Hedgehog lovers will gather May 15-17
The first-ever hedgehog show in Dover is set for May 15-17. Hedgie-Con, a convention attended by hedgehog owners from all over the U.S. and Canada, will be at the Holiday Inn, located just off DuPont Highway. There will be vendors, educational speakers, and, of course, plenty of the loveable little pets.
The purpose of Hedgie-Con is to generate support and raise funds for hedgehog charities, rescue groups, and supporting industries. Proceeds go to hedgehog rescue, education and research.
For more information, visit hedgiecon.wix.com/eastcoast.
Riverfront Dragon Boat Festival
Inaugural event is May 30
The first-ever dragon boat race in Wilmington will take place on Saturday, May 30.
High Five Dragon Boat, LLC, the producer of the Wilmington Dragon Boat Races, is bringing fun and competition to the Riverfront District along the Christina River at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, and raising money for the Delaware Children’s Museum.
Racing will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Spectators will be able to view the races from the Wilmington Youth Rowing Boathouse down to the Market Street Bridge.
Local companies, community groups, associations, high schools and colleges are encouraged to form a team and join in the fun. High Five Dragon Boat will provide each team with the necessary equipment (boat, paddles, life vests) and teach your team how to paddle during an introductory practice session.
High Five aims to make this an annual Wilmington event.
For more information, visit racingontheriverfront.com.