The Gordons Pond trail is one of the superintendent's picks at Delaware State Parks. Courtesy of Delaware State Parks.

For verified fun, check out park superintendents’ picks

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Delaware State Parks in 2022 drew 8 million visitors, lured by the sand and the surf, the flora and the fauna, the past and the participatory sports and other activities and events that don‚Äôt make alliterative pairs. But wait, there‚Äôs more! Park superintendents promote a wide variety of ‚Äúsuperintendent‚Äôs picks‚ÄĚ on the homepages of most of the 17 state parks. …

City Theater's next production is "Dancing at Lughnasa," an Irish memory play. Joe del Tufo for Moonloop Photography.

How City Theater grounds ‚ÄėDancing at Lughnasa‚Äô in Ireland

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

For Michael P. Toner, the vocal coach in the City Theater Company production of ‚ÄúDancing at Lughnasa,‚ÄĚ two of the most important things he offered coaching on were ‚Äúdancing‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúlughnasa.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúDancing‚ÄĚ was important because it‚Äôs pronounced differently in Ireland, where the play is set. Think of a broad ‚Äúa,‚ÄĚ as in family or random, he explained, contrasting it with …

‚ÄúThe Mystery of Edwin Drood‚ÄĚ runs through April 21 at The Candlelight Theatre. Tisa DellaVolpe photo courtesy of Candlelight Theatre.

How Candlelight prepares for all those endings of ‚ÄėDrood‚Äô

Ken MammarellaHeadlines, Culture

‚ÄúThe Mystery Edwin Drood‚ÄĚ poses an unusual mystery. It‚Äôs not because the musical has a complex plot that challenges the audience to outwit the playwright. It‚Äôs because the audience decides the ending. Director Jeff Reim figures there are about 480 endings, and each one deserved time and attention during rehearsals for the production, at The Candlelight Theatre in Ardentown through …

Irv Boyd helps finish a gingerbread version of Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods for Yuletide at Winterthur. (Ken Mammarella photo)

Winterthur’s Enchanted Woods, in whimsical gingerbread

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Winterthur has moved its Enchanted Woods indoors this season ‚Äď as a delightfully detailed miniature form in gingerbread ‚Äď for Yuletide at Winterthur. The 150-pound creation features gingerbread, chocolate, fondant and icing. That‚Äôs all edible. On this day of Christmas: Holiday events to mark on your calendar The construction sits on a hardwood platform, edged with red ribbon, with styrofoam …

The Holiday Open House at Rockwood Park & Museum is Dec. 1-2. (New Castle County Department of Community Services)

On this day of Christmas: Holiday events to mark on your calendar

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Here are some memorable events to celebrates Christmas in Delaware. These events run only a day or two. There’s a separate list of events that run more often. Camden-Wyoming Christmas Parade. 6 p.m. Dec. 9, starting at Caesar Rodney High School. Organized by the two towns. Caroling on the Cirle and the Georgetown Christmas Parade.¬† Caroling at 6 p.m. Dec. …

Halloween at Hagley (Hagley photo)

Family-friendly Halloween fun (and adults-only, too)

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Here are some not-so-scary places to go trick or treating and celebrate Halloween in other ways. Be prepared for rain in the forecast this weekend. This calendar is chronological. Fall Festival and Corn Maze, Mondays-Saturdays through Nov. 4, Fifer‚Äôs, 1919 Allabands Mill Road, near Camden. Includes Motor Maze and play area, plus more events on Saturdays. All activities weather-permitting. Maze …

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Philadelphia 76ers announce free scrimmage in Wilmington

Bryan ShupeHeadlines, Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers announced today details for the 2023 Blue x White Scrimmage, presented by Ticketmaster, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 14 at noon at Chase Fieldhouse, the home of the Delaware Blue Coats, the team‚Äôs NBA G League affiliate.¬† The free, open-practice style event will feature new 76ers Head Coach Nick Nurse and the 2023-24 roster, as the …

St. Anthony's Italian Festival. (File photo)

Another St. Anthony’s Festival, another debate on parking

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

  St. Anthony‚Äôs Italian Festival has been drawing the crowds to Wilmington since the 1970s, and it‚Äôs likely that there have been parking issues all along. ‚ÄúSt. Anthony‚Äôs has gone too far for this Festival,‚ÄĚ Christine Ciccone began her post on ‚ÄúStarting tomorrow we are not able to park on 8th & N. Scott St. for 2 weeks due …

The Bethany Beach Bandstand will host free entertainment June through October. (Bethany Beach)

Free concerts, movies and more in Bethany, June-October

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

Bethany Beach has announced free activities than run from June through October, including bonfires, concerts and movies. All events are weather-dependent and subject to beach conditions. Here‚Äôs the lineup: Bethany’s bonfires Bonfires will take place 6-8 p.m. Fridays in October on the beach off Campbell Place. Marshmallows, roasting sticks and glow bracelets will be provided while supplies last. Bethany’s concerts …

Bellevue State Park hosts a popular summer concert series.

Bellevue State Park announces summer concerts

Ken MammarellaCulture, Headlines

‚ÄúTime to dust off your lawn chairs,‚ÄĚ Bellevue State Park said¬†on Facebook in announcing its summer concert series. ‚ÄúCan‚Äôt wait to share some delicious food and toe-tapping tunes,‚ÄĚ the Brandywine Hundred park continued. Most concerts are 6:30 p.m. Sundays and Thursdays — with some dates skipped — and are included in park admission. Fans able to walk or bicycle into …