Things worth knowing
Flower Market Adds Evening Event
The 96th annual Wilmington Flower Market, set for May 5-7 in Wilmington’s Rockford Park, will kick things off with the inaugural WFM Rocks the Park on Wednesday, May 4 (5-8 p.m.). Activities include a Battle of the Bands, Ferris wheel, food, beer and wine. The Wilmington Flower Market, founded in 1921 by Mrs. A. Felix Du Pont to benefit Delaware children, has become one of the longest-running service organizations in the state. For more information visit wilmingtonflowermarket.org.
Birthday Bash at Auburn Heights
The Marshall Steam Museum will celebrate the 100th birthday of its Rauch & Lang Electric Car and the Stanley Touring Model 725 during a family event Sunday, June 5 (12:30-4:30 p.m.). The Marshall Steam Museum (3000 Creek Rd., Yorklyn) features the world’s largest operating collection of Stanley steam cars plus a 1930s working Lionel electric train display. Guests for the Birthday Bash can sign the giant birthday card, enjoy a photo-op with the two birthday cars, make their own vintage-inspired license plates, and more. Tours of the Marshall Mansion, which dates to 1897, also will be available. Visit AuburnHeights.org.
Michaella Moore Named Youth of the Year
Michaella Moore, of Newark, has been named the 2016 Delaware Youth of the Year by Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Moore, a senior in high school and member of the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club since the age of 6, was selected from a field of 30,000 outstanding youth. The Youth of the Year title is bestowed upon a young person in recognition of leadership, service, academic excellence and dedication to a healthy lifestyle. Moore will serve as an ambassador for all teens in Delaware, will receive a $5,000 college scholarship from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and will go on to compete in the regional Youth of the Year, ultimately vying for the national title. For more information about the Youth of the Year program, visit bgclubs.org/YOY.
New Life for NVF Site
After years of environmental cleanup work, the former site of the NVF plant in Yorklyn is coming back to life. In April, Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware officials provided a progress report on a project that will see 119 acres of former NVF property reclaimed for public use. Combined with nearby existing state park lands, the state now has more than 400 acres protected in the historic Red Clay Creek area. Approximately 90 percent of that land will be open space and include a six-mile trail for walking, biking, jogging and horseback riding. Projects being considered for the portion of the property targeted for development include an amphitheater, restaurant, equestrian center and townhome community. On April 21, Rail Explorers began offering Railbike rides (pedal-powered bikes) along the tracks used by Wilmington & Western Railroad. A microbrewery, Dew Point Brewery, located on property adjacent to the NVF site, is slated to open this spring. For more visit yorklyn.org.
Work Out for Charity
You can turn physical activities into charitable contributions by participating in Motivate the First State. In a public-private partnership coordinated by the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease, Delawareans can register online for free and build up kudos for activities such as cycling, running, walking or even mowing the lawn. Those kudos will translate into monetary contributions to three Delaware charities: YMCA of Delaware, Special Olympics Delaware or Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. For more information or to register, visit motivatethefirststate.com.
Poets Hit the Jackson Inn
Second Saturday Poets regular Bert Moniz, who loves to write poetry on postcards, is presenting another cabaret at the Jackson Inn on Sunday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m. The cabaret will feature poetry readings by Second Saturday contributors Dallas Gantt and Jeffrey Little; a song, “Murdertown,” written by Abby Millager, and a hip-hop finale by the poets laureate of Delaware, the Twin Poets. Regular Second Saturday Poets on May 14, from 5-7 p.m, will feature Billie Travalini and one other poet. Open mic readings will follow.
DSO Final Concert of the Season
The Delaware Symphony Orchestra will present the final concert of its 2015-2016 season Classics Series on Friday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., in Copeland Hall of the Grand Opera House in downtown Wilmington. Music Director David Amado will conduct the program titled “The Bells of May,” featuring young violinist Bella Hristova. Tickets are $60 each, plus a $6 box office service charge. Tickets for students, 21 and under with ID, are $10, plus a $2 box office service charge. Call The Grand Opera House Box Office, 652-5577, or go online at ticketsatthegrand.org.