F.Y.I. – October 2021

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F.Y.I. Things Worth Knowing

Spooktacular’ Race For Recovery

Halloween-themed 5k walk/run to benefit Community Collaboration of Delaware (CCD) will be held Fri., Oct. 22 at St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle. Prizes for best costumes will be awarded in each age group. Proceeds benefit two CCD programs: Community Advocacy, Recovery Empowerment (CARE) and Healthy Options for Prevention Education (HOPE). Registration information CommunityCollabDE.org/Spooky-5K.


Here Come The Blue Coats

The Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League Affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, will open their season on Sat., Nov. 6 against the Long Island Nets. All home games will be played at the Chase Fieldhouse (401 Garasches Lane, Wilm.). This year’s G League will feature an innovative format, which includes a 14-game regional Showcase Cup, 36 regular-season games, and postseason. The Blue Coats open the regular season Dec. 28 against the Capital City Go-Go. Season tickets are on sale now and start at $10. An exclusive line of team merchandise is available at longtime Wilmington retailer Al’s Sporting Goods (210 Market St.). Visit Sixers.com/BlueCoats.


Oktoberfest At Delaware Park

Now that it has its own brewery, Delaware Park can celebrate the German tradition of Oktoberfest properly. So, from Oct. 6-31, Delaware Park’s 1937 Brewery will be offering special beer releases, German food and special pricing on to-go growlers. With each growler, guests receive an entry into 1937’s Flyers Ticket Giveaway. For hours and beer release updates, visit DelawarePark.com/1937-Brewing-Company.


Wilmington Riverwalk Named One Of The Country’s Best

Fodor’s Travel, a respected resource in travel and tourism information, listed The Riverfront Wilmington as one of the nation’s top river walks in its recent feature The 15 Best River Walks in the U.S. The article mentions Constitution Yards, Taco Grande, Iron Hill Brewery, Riverwalk Mini Golf and The Westin as highlights, but stunningly fails to mention the distinctive DuPont Environmental Education Center. Other top river walks recognized in the article included Breckenridge’s Riverwalk (Co), The Chicago Riverwalk, The San Antonio River Walk, The Vancouver Waterfront and The Napa Riverfront. Visit Fodors.com.


Twin Poets Release Children’s Book

The Twin Poets, Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha, have released their first children’s book, Homework For Breakfast. The book humorously provides methods for encouraging youngsters to do their homework. It was illustrated by Robyn Phillips-Pendleton and is available in a limited-edition cloth book set (only 500 available) for $80 or a standard print edition for $25. Book proceeds benefit Art For Life-Delaware, the Twin Poets’ art-centered youth and community development organization founded in 2012.

“The goal of the Homework For Breakfast is to inspire children to do their best, at all times,” says Chukwuocha. “This book is really what the Twin Poets — our work and our words — are all about: to put smiles in the hearts and on the faces of our deserving children.”

Copies are available at Meja Books (2083 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont) or you can visit TwinPoets.org.


Delaware Art Museum Commissions Series Depicting Wilmington Poets

The Delaware Art Museum will present a series of works by Charles Edward Williams that celebrate Wilmington’s own Alice Dunbar-Nelson. I Sit and Sew: Tracing Alice Dunbar-Nelson is a 12-piece exhibition that opens Oct. 2 and runs through Feb. 6, 2022. The exhibition, which will be installed in the Picturing America gallery focusing on early American art, is included with museum admission.

Dunbar-Nelson (1875–1935) was an important American literary figure with a Delaware story. The poet and political activist spent most of her career writing and lecturing in Wilmington and taught at Wilmington’s Howard High School from the early 1900s to 1920.

Williams, born in 1984 in Georgetown, S.C., draws on historical photography of the Civil Rights Movement to inspire his work. Pairing vibrant colors with distinct portraits, Williams establishes an emotional connection between the image and the viewer.

“This commission presented a beautiful opportunity to engage Williams and align his work with a significant Wilmington story,” said Margaret Winslow, DAM’s Curator of Contemporary Art.

Visit DelArt.org.


Firestone Publishes Alexi And Rasputin

Delaware native Greer Firestone, playwright of JUDY GARLAND, World’s Greatest Entertainer, and founder of HeartInTheGame.org, has published ALEXEI and RASPUTIN: A novel about a boy who changed the course of history.

The 245-page historical novel contains 137 mainly colorized photos of Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. The book touches on one of the great secrets of the royal family: the hemophilia of Nicholas’ son, Alexi. It also examines the impact on the family of enigmatic and magnetic Grigori Rasputin, peasant and holy man.

Priced at $35, the book is available at GreerFirestone.com.


Collaborative New Year’s Eve Celebration At The Grand

OperaDelaware, The Grand, and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra will collectively present New Year’s Eve at The Grand featuring Broadway legend Brian Stokes Mitchell. Performing alongside Mitchell will be the Delaware Symphony Orchestra led by Maestro David Amado and four popular OperaDelaware soloists (Vanessa Becerra, Chrystal E. Williams, William Davenport, Erin McKeever).

“By scheduling this event at 7:30 pm, we hope that our audiences will share in the communal joy of this moment, and be able to get home safely to their families to ring in the New Year from the comfort of their own homes,” says The Grand Executive Director Mark Fields.

Tickets to the concerts are $150 with proceeds benefiting each organization equally. Visit TheGrandWilmington.org/NYE.

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