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The Costumes of Downton Abbey

Posted By: Linda

Updated - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 10:16 AM

Posted - Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014 12:00 AM

Attention Downton Abbey fans!

Downton Abbey - Sisters at WeddingYou must plan a visit to Wilmington and Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library to see the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibition.

I went to see the exhibition recently and I could have stayed all day browsing through the amazing collection of costumes directly from the Downton Abbey television series.  So much to see including several memorable short film clips of the show.  I was mesmerized by the romantic scene of when Mathew finally proposed to Lady Mary on that beautiful starry night...oh my, it just took my breath away!  I could have watched it over and over!  And many visitors did.

My hat goes off to the staff at Winterthur for a special look at how the fictional Crawley family lives at Downton Abbey in merry old England in all the grace and style as the PBS show depicts. You even get a behind the scenes comparison look at how the duPont family lived in America right here in Winterthur,   Delaware during the show's time period.

Downton Abbey - Lord GranthamI'm not only a fan of the Downton Abbey story line and period piece but I also sew and love seeing up close the live-styles of the time period and the beautiful period clothing the actors wore on the show right down to all  the accessories, furniture and furnishings.  It is fun to imagine going back in-time and living like the Crawley's or the duPont family.

Don't forget to visit the gift shop that is stocked with gifts, Downton Abbey souvenirs and some very impressive cloths and accessories for sale.  I couldn't leave without a Downton Abbey t-shirt!  I do plan to go back before the exhibition ends.  I highly recommend that you visit Winterthur Museum, Gardens & Library and make a reservation to see the Costumes of Downton Abbey.

Linda McKay
Director of Membership and Events
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau


Hi, I'm Linda McKay, Director of Membership & Events for the GWCVB since 2007. A few of my favorite hobbies are visiting historical sites, reading about early American history and learning about period clothing and historical costume design. I changed careers over 20 years ago to pursue my love for history. I started working part-time in the tourism industry as a tour guide and a visitor service counselor at nearby museums. I enjoy promoting everything that there is to see and do in the Wilmington and Brandywine Valley to visitors, family and friends and I am now sharing my personal experiences with you, the reader. Hope you enjoy reading my blog post!


Downton Abbey ExhibitCarnival logo © 2005 Carnival Film & Television Limited. Masterpiece is a trademark of the WGBH Educational Foundation. All Rights Reserved. Photograph by Nick Briggs © 2012 Carnival Film & Television Limited. All Rights Reserved.
 
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Unwind in the City with a Wilmington, DE Beer Dinner: Just One More Reason Wilmington Rocks

Posted By: Cynthia

Updated - Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 6:42 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Jul 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Line of BeerWilmington, Delaware is a wonderful place to live and if you're a beer enthusiast, you'll really want to consider a visit. Wilmington is celebrating beer again this summer with many exhilarating chug fests guaranteed to take your mind far from the office and back into the spirit of love, life and delicious brews. The July calendar firmly marks the start of yet another beer inspired season and beer dinners consisting of five or more courses are all the rage. Unwinding in the summer heat with friends and loved ones can only get better with an icy cold draft on-hand and a mouthful of Delaware's finest taproom cuisine.

What's on the Menu

Chelsea's Tavern is scheduled to kick off July with their beer dinner which includes 6 courses and 6 brews for just $66. Hungry Delawareans can dive right into a brew and breakfast, a brew with brunch, an IPA and a BLT, not to mention dinner, dessert and an afternoon snack. Their incredibly crafty beer selections include:

  • JavaHead Stout
  • DreamWeaver Wheat
  • Scratch #145
  • Sunshine Pils
  • Hopback Amber
  • LaGrave


The Chelsea's Tavern Troegg's Beer Dinner
will launch on Saturday, July 12th and reservations are required. Chelsea's Tavern is located at 821 North Market Street, just a hop, skip and jump away from the Residences at Rodney Square and the heart of Downtown Wilmington.

Beer and CalamariIf a beer and a barbeque under the stars is your idea of a good time, Ernest & Scott Taproom is hosting a five course block party style barbeque extravaganza complete with craft beer, bourbon, hot Taproom girls and smoking cigars. The event, entitled Cigars Under the Stars is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 24th and interested parties are encouraged to reserve a table and an ashtray. The cover charge is $60 plus additional gratuity. Ernest & Scott Taproom can be found at 902 N. Market St., walking distance from Justison Landing, Christina Landing and Rodney Square.

Over at World Cafe Live at the Queen Theatre, they've taken two American favorites and paired them together - grilled cheese and craft beer. These are not your ordinary grilled cheese, World Cafe uses only the best quality locally sourced ingredients for these creations. As for the beer, they shop the globe to bring in amazing local brews as well as hard to find imports from around the world. How does a Yards Saison paired with Old Bay cheddar on brioche, with a mini crab cake sound? Or maybe an Italian Cacio de Lazio on Herbes de Provence bread with tomato & kalamata olive puree along with New Holland Brewing's Golden Cap Saison Ale?

You can enjoy these pairings about once a month, but plan ahead, tickets sell quickly.

It's Always Happy Hour in Wilmington

Wilmington and beer maintain a relationship that dates back to the first settlers of this great nation. That might be why there's always something brewing in the city. From Wilmington Beer Week to the abundance of available crafts and classics, this city is known for knowing how to party. Even the mayor has hosted a citywide toast to the celebration of ale as we know it.



Author Bio: Cynthia Griffith got her start in the freelance world as a songwriter and has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. In 2012, Cynthia published her debut novel, The Sun Village Project, which broke into the Amazon Top 100 at number 92 in April 2012. She is also the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales. She hopes to follow in the family footsteps and looks forward to a life of writing and content creation. Read Cynthia's contributions to Live Work Play Wilmington and their Blog.

 
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The Spirit of Shakespeare comes to Rockwood Park in Wilmington, DE This Summer

Posted By: Cynthia

Updated - Thursday, Jul 3, 2014 6:30 AM

Posted - Monday, Jun 30, 2014 12:00 AM

The Spirit of Shakespeare comes to Rockwood Park in Wilmington, DE This Summer

As further proof that the nations' first state is still founded upon arts and tradition, a tribute to renowned playwright and groundbreaking poet William Shakespeare is hereHamlet Logo 2014 to heat up the summer. This July, from the 11th to the 27th, Wilmington, Delaware residents and visitors are invited to attend the Delaware Shakespeare Festival, an event that includes picnicking, live music, arts and crafts and all things Shakespearean. The extravaganza is scheduled to take place in historic Rockwood Park, where participants can surround themselves with an abundance of beauty and antiquity. The DSF is one of many summer activities in Wilmington, Delaware that cleverly combines community ties with classic theatrical efforts in an attempt to deliver something magical and inspiring to the community.

Event Details

Shakespeare Festival 1The riveting story of Hamlet will officially take the stage on Friday, July 11th, which coincidentally is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's life and influence. Friday and Saturday showings are scheduled to take place at 7:30 pm and each Sunday the gates will open slightly earlier at 6 pm. Children 12 and under are granted free admission with the purchase of one adult ticket. Tickets, which go on sale from June 1st on, range from $13 to $35 apiece depending upon your age, status and seating requirements. Students, seniors and military families can enjoy a sizeable discount and reserved seating is available for a slightly higher price tag.

All attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. The option to bring your own food and drink is available; however there will be a light refreshment stand onsite. This rendition of Hamlet is a family friendly spectacular is sure to be a hit with Shakespeare veterans and newbies alike. First timers with a taste for the classics and a passion for outdoor performances are sure to enjoy both the show and the events leading up to opening night.

Prior to Opening Night

While Hamlet and Shakespeare are the main event, the DSF has many extra activities in store for festival goers. Pre-show activities include arts and crafts, comedic routines and a delightful Shakespeare orientation.

The Delaware Shakespeare Festival Location

Nestled right in the heart of Rockwood Park, amidst the mansions, gardens and a myriad of Delaware attractions, sits the entrance to the Delaware Shakespeare Festival which is located at 4651 Washington Street Extension Wilmington, DE 19809 just footsteps from Shipley Road. If you're using 95, exit 9 will put you in direct route with Rockwood Park. Drivers need only follow the signs that lead to Rockwood and seek out the main parking lot just off the Washington Street Extension.

Much like the life of the legend himself, this Shakespearean festival is rooted in creativity and designed to inspire the imaginations of a wide variety of age groups. There's more family oriented fun in store for the residents of Wilmington, Delaware.


About the Author: Cynthia Griffith has been juggling music, fashion and literature for almost a decade. In 2012, Cynthia went on to publish her debut novel, The Sun Village Project, which broke into the Amazon Top 100 at number 92. Today, Cynthia is an avid blogger for the
LuxiaSuites and Live, Work, Play communities of Wilmington, Delaware. She enjoys blogging about events, shops and restaurants in her community and proudly supports all local non-profit organizations. Cynthia Griffith is also the great, great, granddaughter of James Fennimore Cooper, author of The Last of the Mohicans and many other classic American tales.


 
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In the Park with the Delaware Shakespeare Festival

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 11:42 AM

Posted - Monday, Jun 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Hamelt - DelShakes - 2014One of Greater Wilmington's best kept secrets is classical theatre as William Shakespeare intended it to be. Every summer, at Rockwood Park & Museum, the Delaware Shakespeare Festival puts on a rendition of one of Shakespeare's finest works!

The intimacy between actors and the audience is captivated by the magical setting of watching theatre under the stars on the grounds of the historic mansion. Every year my friends and I pack up our picnic baskets, with all sorts of treats, and grab a few blankets or chairs for seating on the lawn of the beautiful Rockwood Mansion.  As actors appear through the woods, or from behind the audience, you're constantly in awe with the seamless integration and use of the natural grounds as the set.

The caliber and artistic quality of the performers is worth noting as well. They do a tremendous job in really capturing the essence of Shakespeare's brilliance in a natural setting outside of a theatre. So as you sit there this spring planning your weekend getaways, remember, this July Hamlet comes to the Delaware Shakespeare Festival!

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DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Monday, Jun 9, 2014 12:22 PM

Posted - Monday, Jun 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Jazz FEst 150x118Attending the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is one of my favorite festivals, and as you will see - I do go to a lot of festivals.  They may all be classified as one of my favorites, because we have some amazing festivals in the Greater Wilmington area.

How many free festivals do you hear of?  Well, the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is the largest, FREE, outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast.  This multi-day jazz festival brings all music lovers into the City of Wilmington to Rodney Square.  You will definitely be toe-tapping if not dancing before the night is over.

clifford brown jazz festMy husband (Gary) and I are regulars for each night.  The performers are amazing.  Last year marked the 25th anniversary for the festival - Benny Golson Quartet to Jessy J - the stage was rockin!  We even met up with several of our neighbors that came in for the fun too.

Performers rock the stage and really enjoy playing in Wilmington.  Wilmington's own Clifford Brown was a trumpeter, whose life tragically ended early one summer morning in 1956 in a car accident.  The DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a tribute to Clifford Brown - a great man and a way to keep his memory alive.

Dates for 2014 are set - June 18 - 21.  Did I mention that this is the largest - FREE outdoor jazz festival on the East Coast?  Mark your calendar now and start making plans to have some fun.  See you there!

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.

 


 
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St. Anthony's Italian Festival

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 10:38 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Jun 4, 2014 12:00 AM

italian festivalAnother one of my favorite festivals!  After all of these food festivals - I will need to get back on my diet!

June 8 - 15, 2014, the premier week-long St. Anthony's Italian Festival celebrating the many facets of Italian culture, music and food. Each year the Festival highlights a region of Italy and the cuisine and culture of that locale. This celebration is one of the largest of its kind on the East Coast.

This year, the festival will focus on the Ascoli Piceno region in the Le Marche province.  Many Italian-American families in the Wilmington area hail from this region.

Experience some authentic Italian food specialties in one of the many outdoor eateries.  And there is music and fun for all ages.  Check out the huge midway and "Kiddie Land" with the best rides and games for the entire family.  I will admit - I have not been on the rides.

Come and check it out - you will love.

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.

 


 
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Wilmington Greek Festival: An Annual Tradition

Posted By: Scott

Updated - Thursday, May 29, 2014 11:18 AM

Posted - Thursday, May 29, 2014 12:00 AM

The Holy Trinity Greek Festival holds a special place in my heart, a place that I get to go back to year-after-year and reminisce about one of the happiest times of my life - my honeymoon.

Greek FestivalThe story starts nearly 12 years ago when my then fiancé and I were enjoying a smorgasbord of tasty Greek delights that included Dolmades, Keftedes, Orzo, Spanakopita and so much more at the Holy Trinity Greek Festival on Broom Street in Wilmington. As we sat there so contently stuffing our faces and enjoying the traditional Greek music and dancers we each glanced around the room admiring the beautiful imagery of the Greek Islands, Athens and all its history and culture, when - BAM! - it hit us like a ton of bricks. "Let's go to Greece for our honeymoon."

Needless to say, that trip to Greece was amazing and is something we talk about to this day, but never more than each June when the tents go up, the Greek flags are flying, the Gyro's are hot, the Greek beer is cold and Wilmington's Holy Trinity Greek Festival is open for business. And you'll still find my wife and I stuffing our faces with tasty Greek delights - especially the Loukoumades (Honey Balls topped with cinnamon). Do not leave the Wilmington Greek Festival without trying the Loukoumades!


Scott Ciancio
Director of Marketing
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau


About Scott: As a lifelong Delawarean I love my State and am very proud to call it home. While I love to travel, I try not to forget how many amazing things there are to see and do right here in my own back yard. Stay tuned to my blog postings and you'll learn everything from my passion for a good movie to how much I enjoy local theatre, Wilmington festivals, art and so much more.

 
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Meals from the Masters Weekend

Posted By: Sarah

Updated - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 6:02 AM

Posted - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 12:00 AM

Meals from the MastersMeals from the Masters is an event supporting Meals on Wheels Delaware - a nonprofit organization working with five meal-providing agencies -and really showcases the culinary talents from across the United States..  Last year, it is reported that they delivered nearly 635,000 meals throughout the state of Delaware.

2014 marks the 17th anniversary of the Meals from the Masters event.  So get ready to join us on April 25 and 27th.  Over the years, I have attended the Celebrity Chefs' Brunch on numerous opportunities.  Always a fun and tasty event and I will be going again this year.  The lineup of the chefs is very impressive.  My husband Gary and I are looking forward to it.

Meals from the Masters 2012New for me this year will be the Evening with the Masters and the Cellar Masters' Wine Auction.  I have heard many good things on both events.  The Evening with the Masters will bring 45+ top local and regional restaurants for some wonderful tastings.  I'm looking forward to the Wine Auction especially, just have to be careful not to make any big hand gestures or it could get expensive!

Sarah Willoughby
Executive Director
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau

About Sarah
: With over 20 years in the industry, I am very passionate about tourism, especially here in Delaware. Through my blogs you will meet my husband, Gary, and our dog, Farley. And, I hope, you'll get a true sense of the love we have for Greater Wilmington, Delaware and the surrounding Brandywine Valley area. We love the many festivals and events in the Greater Wilmington and want to share that love with you, the reader, the tourist, the local. Hope you enjoy.


 
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Spring @ Brandywine Creek State Park

Posted By: Drew

Updated - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 7:33 AM

Posted - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014 12:00 AM

Brandywine Creek State ParkThere's something about the cold of winter slowly disappearing and the month of April that gets me excited! As the cooler days still outnumber the warmer ones, April is one of my favorite months of the year. We're often pleasantly surprised with a few unseasonably warm days in April and those are the days you have to capitalize on here in the Brandywine Valley!

When the weather hit's the 70's in April I know it's time to get outside. I usually throw on my boots and head over to Brandywine Creek State Park. It's there where I can find an array of outdoor enthusiasts that are looking for the same adventures as me.

Brandywine Creek State ParkWith 14 miles of hiking trails and endless options for mountain bikes, this 933-acre park makes for a great day of fun after a long cold winter! After hours of exploring the park grounds, that extend from the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley down to the banks of the Brandywine River, you can cozy up to a table at one of my favorite local establishments - the Brandywine Brewing Company in nearby Greenville, Delaware.

If the weather has you down this winter, don't worry, the month of April is here. See you outside!

Drew Osberg
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Marketing & Social Media Specialist


 
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Wilminigton's Restaurant Week: Green Room Style

Posted By: Mary

Updated - Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 7:35 AM

Posted - Thursday, Apr 3, 2014 12:00 AM


Restaurant Week LogoHi! I'm Mary Simpson, director of finance and administration with the Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau for 28 years. Our office staff looks forward to Wilmington's Restaurant Week each year. We usually choose a participating restaurant and lunch out of the office, as a group. Each restaurant offers a choice of two or three entrees for one very reasonable price. Last year most of the staff missed out due to a special off-site meeting, so four of us, Rose, Lyn, Ella and I, decided not to miss-out and went to the Green Room at the Hotel du Pont. What an easy choice! Honestly, you feel like a queen anytine you visit the "Hotel" as it's know by locals. On this day, the Green Room was offering an amazing selection of entrees, each more exceptional then the next.  

Hotel Dupont Food 1The highlight, though, was the dessert table. Of course, you couldn't choose just one! So, each of us splurged and chose an assortment-crème brule, cheesecake, carrot cake, mousse. They were "mini" desserts, though, so we didn't feel too guilty.

Can't wait to go again this year!

Wilmington City Restaurant Week: April 7 - 12, 2014

Mary Simpson
Director of Finance and Administration
Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau


 
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