Greenways Launches Bayshore Byways
Delaware Greenways has launched a new website that provides a window to the 100-mile coastal area of Delaware’s Bayshore and introduces you to this National Scenic Byway designated in 2021. DelawareBayshoreByway.org introduces 19th-century discovery zones, small towns and natural areas that welcome visitors. It introduces attractions and itineraries by interest, from birding, history, beaches and preserves to kayaking, hunting, fishing, and camping.
The Battle is On!
The Delaware Burger Battle has returned after a pandemic hiatus with its ninth back-to-annual charity food competition. This tasting event for families and foodies is set for Saturday, August 27 at noon under the tower at Wilmington’s Rockford Park. All proceeds from this all-volunteer-run event will support Delaware charities, including the Food Bank of Delaware and the ProStart Program of the Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Sample every burger and vote for your favorite. A ticket includes adult beverages and soft drinks, music and a great time. Visit DeBurgerBattle.com.
Restaurant Staff have a Ball at the DRA Bocce Tournament
Twenty-eight restaurant teams took to the bocce courts at Delaware Turf in June for the Delaware Restaurant Association’s 12th annual Bocce Tournament. Team Half Full (pizzeria & wine bar, Lewes) took home the Bocce Cup and became the event’s second three-peat champion.
“This event truly embodies the spirit of the hospitality industry as one that comes together to enjoy camaraderie and great food and drink, while cheering on their employees and benefiting local communities,” said Carrie Leishman, president & CEO for the DRA. “It’s a great day that our restaurant members look forward to every year.”
Team Half Full’s designated charity, The Historic Lewes Farmers Market, received a $1,000 donation from the Delaware Restaurant Association.
Unique Food Bank Program Focuses on Culinary Training
The Food Bank of Delaware is offering a Summer Culinary Exploration Program from July 25-Aug. 19 for students ages 16-21 with intellectual disabilities. The program gives students an assist with career exploration and helps them prepare for adult life. Students will receive a range of instruction, from hands-on cooking experience to knife identification to guest chefs and field trips. In order to qualify, students must have a documented disability and be enrolled in school. The program runs Monday thru Thursday (9am-1:30pm) at the Food Bank’s Newark and Milford locations. Visit FBD.org/preets.
A Lively Tradition in Brandywine Village
Brandywine Village Market returns for its seventh season on Tuesday evenings (5-7:30pm) beginning July 12 and continuing through Sept. 27. The market will take place at Brandywine Mills Plaza (19th & Market streets) and feature live music, vendors, children’s activities as well as beer, wine and Steel Blu Vodka drinks. The White Clay Tributary performs July 12, Tony “Big Cat” Smith July 19 and What The Funk (July 26). Visit OldBrandywineVillage.org.
Historic New Castle Court House Museum Reopens to Visitors
One of the oldest active courthouses in the U.S. has reopened for public visitation. The New Castle Court House Museum closed in December for the installation of a fire sprinkler system throughout the historic building. Built in 1732, the Court House and was Delaware’s first capitol and it was here that New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties declared their independence from Pennsylvania and England and thereby creating the Delaware State. Located at 211 Delaware Street in Historic New Castle, the Court House Museum is a partner site in the First State National Park. Admission is free and hours are Wed-Sat (10am-4pm) and Sun. (1:30-4:30pm). Tours run hourly. Visit History.Delaware.gov.
Delaware Softball Hall of Fame Adds Three
Standout softball players Charlie Emerson, Greg Donophan and Jerry Grasso are the most recent inductees into the Delaware Softball Hall of Fame. All three have been involved in the sport for more than four decades and played on numerous league and state championship teams.
The DSHOF was created in 1999 and holds a banquet biennially to recognize outstanding contributions to a game that was Delaware’s most popular adult sport in the 1980s thru early 1990s. At one point, more than 800 nationally-sanctioned softball teams played in the state. Today’s DSHOF includes more 43 members. For a list of members visit LeagueLineup.com/DESoftballHOF.
More on the Kozy Korner
In our July issue feature, Still Cooking: Kozy Korner celebrates a century of feeding Wilmington, we neglected to mention that Peter Laskaris was co-founder of the original Kozy Korner in 1922.