New Castle to celebrate ‘William Penn Day’ on Oct. 23

Charlie Megginson Culture, Headlines

New Castle County Court House. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service. The City of New Castle will celebrate ‘William Penn Day’ this Saturday, Oct. 23 at the New Castle Court House Museum. The event will feature a day-long series of activities to commemorate the 339th anniversary of Penn’s Oct. 27, 1682 disembarkment at New Castle, his first landing in …

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New museum exhibit celebrates why Swedes came, how they lived

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  A notched log cabin moved from Idaho is a centerpiece in a new exhibit about why Swedes came to Delaware at the Kalmar Nyckel museum.   Destination Delaware, a compact new exhibit at the Kalmar Nyckel museum in Wilmington, celebrates the founding of New Sweden and the people who made those colonies successful. Opening Wednesday at the Copeland Maritime …

As Bear Drive In prepares to close for season, owner calls project a success

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

People watched “Jungle Cruise” inside and outside of their cars on opening night, July 31.from inside, out of cars at the Bear Drive In’s opening night.   Averaging 500 cars per three-day weekend during the summer, the Bear Drive In’s first season was a success, its owner said. “So, the summer went really really really well,” said Bob Weir. “The …

Food Bank starts Thanksgiving drive, adds virtual way to participate

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

The Food Bank of Delaware is seeking donations for Thanksgiving, and you can give them virtually or in person.   Thanksgiving is coming and the Food Bank of Delaware plans to make it easier than ever to donate food and meals to families in need — without even leaving the comfort of your home. The organization’s annual Thanksgiving food drive …

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Delawarean’s spice blend company among vendors at Hagley Craft Fair

Brionna N. Stonebraker Culture, Headlines

  Blair Danovich’s spice blends are meant to help people add authentic flavors to their dishes.   Global traditions and family history inspire the hand-crafted seasoning blends that Delaware’s Blair Danovich will be selling at this weekend’s Hagley Museum and Library Craft Fair. Danovich’s Cook Awesome Food’s seven blends follow “the principle that traditional global flavors should be accessible to …

Halloween, harvest events move into full swing

Brionna N. Stonebraker Culture, Headlines

  Fifer Orchards features a Scooby Doo corn maze with photo opp that lets visitors pretend to be characters.   Along with cooler weather — at last — fall is crammed with so many festivities they could drive you mad if you tried to hit them all. Here’s a short list of some favorites: Farm & Harvest Fifer Orchards: Hayrides, …

Two-digit Delaware tag fetches big money at weekend auction

Jonathan Budler Culture, Headlines

  A two-digit Delaware tag sells for just over $280,000 at auction in Rehoboth Beach over the weekend. Emmert Auction sold the “37” tag to a buyer who wished to remain anonymous. After 13 minutes of furious in-house and phone bids, the tag sold for $282,000. A matching trailer tag “T37” also sold separately for $7,750. Butch Emmert, Auctioneer and …

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Tours at Dickinson plantation now take visitors to slave burial sites

Charles Megginson Culture, Headlines

  A sign in a field at the John Dickinson Plantation details the discovery of slave burial sites there. Photo by Charlie Megginson.   A burial ground believed to contain the remains of enslaved people and others who lived, worked and died on the John Dickinson Plantation in Dover was found during archeological fieldwork in March.  The historical site is …

Longwood Christmas embraces opposites with fire and ice theme

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Longwood will contrast hot and cold colors and scenes in its 2021 Christmas display.   A Longwood Christmas will feature a fire and ice theme that will include towering trees in fiery reds and frosted alpine scenes. The annual holiday display at Longwood Gardens draws hundreds of thousands and will run Nov. 19 through Jan. 9. It will include thousands …

City Theater Company to begin performing at Delaware Contemporary

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

City Theater Company will use a stage at the Delaware Contemporary that’s been refurbished with COVID-19 money. Photo by Moonloop Photography City Theater Company, which bills itself as Delaware’s Off-Broadway experience, has entered into a partnership with The Delaware Contemporary to perform in its newly renovated auditorium, with the first show set for December. City Theater will use the Wings …