F.Y.I. – March 16

Things Worth Knowing

Delaware Literary Series:
April 9 reading is in Lewes

A series of four literary readings featuring Delaware authors sharing poetry and prose at artistic and historic places throughout the state kicked off in February and will continue in April, June and October.

Writers from all three of the state’s counties will read works from CURRENTS: Selected Poetry & Prose from the 2014 Cape Henlopen Retreat Writers. The anthology includes work from authors who were selected to attend the Delaware Division of the Arts’ biennial writers retreat. Twenty working Delaware writers contributed to the anthology.

The reading series showcases places that inspire or encourage the art and culture of the First State. The readings began at the Newark Arts Alliance in February. On Saturday, April 9, the reading will be held at the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, from 1-3 p.m. The other readings will be on Friday, June 17, at the New Castle Court House Museum in New Castle from 7-9 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 9, at the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover, from 1-3 p.m.

Because April is National Poetry Month, the Zwaanendael reading will feature poets and will be held in conjunction with Lewes’ Tulip Festival. In addition to the literary readings, tours will be offered to guests at the New Castle Court House Museum in June and the John Dickinson Plantation in October.

The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact the venues and/or visit ramonadef.com. For information about the historical sites, visit the State of Delaware’s Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs at history.delaware.gov/museums.

Spring Rezoovenation Happens at the zoo on March 12

The Brandywine Zoo is celebrating the start of spring with Spring Rezoovenation. Set for Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., the event offers activities and learning stations centered on the returning animals that make spring time at the zoo so exciting. For more information visit brandywinezoo.org.

Freedom 5K:
March 20 race benefits non-profit

Races2Run is hosting a 5k run/walk benefitting the Youth Overcoming Obstacles organization on Sunday, March 20, at 10 a.m. This USA Track & Field-certified course goes along the Wilmington Riverfront, starting and ending at Dravo Plaza. Tickets are $20 for students and $25 for adults. If you pre-register prior to March 17, you’ll receive a $5 discount. Prizes for top finishers will be awarded following the race and there will be food and drink available from various sponsors. For more information visit races2run.com.

Jersey Poet Set for Second Saturday:
Workshop will precede reading

BJ Ward, a distinguished New Jersey poet, will be the featured reader at Second Saturday Poets on Saturday, March 12, at 5 p.m. at the Jackson Inn on Lancaster Pike. The monthly two-hour event also includes open mic readings.

The author of four books of poetry, Ward has published essays in The New York Times, Inside Jersey, The Worcester Review and Teaching Artist Journal. He has received a Pushcart Prize and two Distinguished Artist Fellowships from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Prior to the reading, Ward will conduct a poetry workshop at the Claymont Library. Limited to 20 participants. The workshop had sold out by press time.

Morrison Remembered:
Restaurateur brought energy to Downtown

The staff at Out & About expresses its deepest sympathy to the family of Scott Morrison. Morrison died at his home of natural causes on Feb. 14. He was 54.

Morrison teamed with veteran Wilmington restaurateur Joe Van Horn to bring Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott Taproom to Downtown Wilmington. The two were also planning a third concept on the 800 block of Market Street, 3 Doors Brewing Company, a microbrewery with a BBQ food theme. Morrison also helped create a host of popular restaurants in Philadelphia’s Main Line area, including Nectar, Tango, Basil, Floret, and Maia.

“Scott was outspoken while being respectful,” said Jerry duPhily, publisher of
Out & About. “And his observations were always insightful.

“The confidence he showed in Downtown Wilmington was energizing. He left his mark on Market Street and the city is better because of his efforts. We are honored to have known him.”

Chelsea Tavern and Ernest & Scott will continue to operate, says Van Horn. “I don’t think the restaurants are going anywhere, and I don’t think this is going to stop what [Morrison] had going on,” Van Horn told The News Journal. “I’m going to do everything in my power to make it happen.”

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