Mt. Cuba kestrels banded

Mt. Cuba’s 5 kestrel chicks get banded

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

      Mt. Cuba Center is generally known for its horticulture, but now it has good news for the avian world: A pair of its kestrels has sired five chicks. Kestrels, the smallest falcons in the U.S., have experienced as much as a 93% population decline since the 1960s, especially in the Mid-Atlantic and New England regions, according to …

Mark Fields

Mark Fields to retire from The Grand after 16 years

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

The executive director of The Grand Opera House will retire in September after 16 years of steering the fortunes of Wilmington’s premier performing arts institution. Mark Fields started with The Grand in 2006 as a marketing consultant, was appointed managing director in December of that year and then swapped jobs with the-then executive director in December 2014. “It does seem …

Fireworks over Rehoboth Beach (city of Rehoboth)

Your guide to Delaware fireworks, and so Fourth

Ken Mammarella Culture, Headlines

  Most Delaware places known for Fourth of July fireworks and other Independence Day activities have announced their plans. Organizers consistently ask for people to arrive early and leave late, and the Delaware Department of Transportation warns that many events close roads, too. Dusk is about 9:05 p.m. on the Fourth, but fireworks could start as late as 9:30. Here’s …

Brandywine Zoo pudu Haechan

Brandywine Zoo pudu Haechan dies after short illness

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

A South American deer called a pudu died Saturday after becoming sick the day before at the Brandywine Zoo. The pudu, named Haechan after a K-pop star, came to Delaware in December to mate with the Wilmington zoo’s female, named Clover, and sire offspring. After seeming lethargic Friday and getting worse during the day, Haechan was moved to the Animal …

Bruce Munro show Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens to light up June 30 with Munro exhibit

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Longwood Gardens will light up June 30 with eight huge new installations by Bruce Munro, including 18,000 stemmed bulbs in a Field of Light, 1,000 flamingos wading in a pool and projections on a canvas of 8,960 CDs. It’s been a decade since Munro, a British citizen known for large light displays he describes as immersive, first lit up Longwood …

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Festival fun: Ice cream, Midsommar compete for attention Saturday

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

  Ice cream or Swedish meatballs? That’s the decision festival goers will have to make Saturday, June, 25, as both the New Castle County’s Old-Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockford Park and the first Midsommar Festival at the Old Swedes Historic Site compete for your summer fun attention. There’s music, vendors and food at both. But only one has ice …

Mt. Cuba Center new entry George Coombs

Mt. Cuba redesigns entrance to enhance garden experience

Betsy Price Culture, Headlines

Mt. Cuba Center has used old spaces, 12,000 native plants and environment-friendly materials to give patrons a more charming way to enter its botanic gardens. Visitors now may park in a new well-landscaped two-level lot. It leads them to a building once used as staff housing where patrons may buy tickets on the way in and Mt. Cuba plants on …

Chris Kenny and Ventor Wright have been named "Men of the Year" at the Monday Club's 126th annual ball.

Kenny, Wright named Monday Club 2022 men of the year 

Jarek Rutz Delaware Live, Culture, Headlines

Wilmington businessman Chris Kenny and longshoreman Venter Wright were each named “Man of the Year” by the Monday Club. That organization was created in 1876 to give Black men a place to gather, socialize and support one another and the community. “I’m truly humbled and honored to receive this award from such a historic organization and distinguished group of gentlemen,” …

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Roman Catholics to carry Eucharist through Wilmington Sunday

Betsy Price Headlines, Culture

Roman Catholics will hold a Eucharistic procession through Wilmington Sunday, June 19, to mark a solemn church feast and the start of a national revival meant to uphold communion as a pathway to peace in a hurting world. The event will start with a 2 p.m. Mass at Wilmington’s Church of St. Peter. The procession is expected to begin at …

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens offers guided walks, plant giveaway Friday

Staff Writer Culture, Headlines

  Longwood Gardens will offer a day of walks and talks by its experts Friday, along with a native plant giveaway to mark the first Pennsylvania Native Species Day. For decades, plant experts have been extolling the value of using native plants in gardens. They tolerate weather extremes better than imports and also encourage native pollinators and other wildlife. The …