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After a one year COVID-19 Pause, the Ice Cream Festival returns to Rockwood

After a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival returned to Rockwood Park after nearly being cancelled for a second year.

WILMINGTON (DE) BY GEORGE SHEA: What’s the best thing to have in your hand during a hot summer day? An ice cream cone! That’s really what the Rockwood Ice Cream Festival is all about and so much more, like a farmers market, live music from local artists like Nic Snow, The Bickel Brothers, and The Best Kept Soul (just to name a few), beer garden, and more importantly COVID-19 vaccines. In fact, if you got vaccinated, you got a free ice cream cone.

The annual New Castle County Ice Cream Festival was getting underway at Rockwood Park and Museum around 9:00 a.m. Saturday, and after a one year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it almost got cancelled once again due to the threat of rain, but New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer said, “We were not going to cancel it as long as it was safe for people to be here.” 

Photo by George Shea, Delaware Newsline | Nic Snow performs at the New Castle County Ice Cream Festival on Saturday June 26, 2021 at Rockwood Park & Museum.

Meyer added, “We’re only here, we’re only really here because so many of you have gone out and gotten the vaccine.”

The Ice Cream Shoppe in Belfonte, was hosting the free ice cream with vaccination. They have some amazing flavors and a great friendly staff. They not only serve ice cream but a lot of your ball park favorites too – like soft pretzels, hot dogs, sausages, water ice, and even soup.

Did you know they even make their own sugar cones? We watched the amazing process with Susan Melord, who co-owns the Ice Cream Shoppe with her husband, Alex Melord.

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Alex said they have been coming to the festival for eight of the ten years they have been in business. Family owned, they are located on Philadelphia Pike so make sure to visit them at the Ice Cream Shoppe.

While mom and dad browsed the farmers market, live music from Nic Snow got underway. An amazing artist with great music and vibes too. Nic will electrify you with an emotional performance and will be sure to draw you into his world of music. Check out Nic and his future performances over the summer here.

There was over 12 food truck vendors offering up some of the best eats at this year’s festival, and while the crowd may not of been what it was in previous years, it was still a great day to be out with your family and friends enjoying a day full of fun and ice cream!

You can learn more about this summer’s New Castle County happenings here!

Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week ends October 22nd in Wilmington

Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years.

WILMINGTON (DE): It’s starting to get colder out there and the days are becoming shorter and shorter, as fall and a cold front begins to move into our area and amid the pandemic, a lot of city events have cancelled but some exceptions have been made.

The mayor has allowed some of those events so long there were monitors in place to keep those not wearing masks or adhering to social distancing guidelines in check. Sadly, all those wonderful summer events we have all been enjoying are slowly disappearing and so will the 7th Annual Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week which will be ending on Thursday October 22nd.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

The 11-day restaurant event started Monday. The event was scheduled to end on the 18th but was extended until the 22nd. “Our restaurants are doing a fantastic job,” said the Mayor. “They have been welcoming customers all summer in a safe, socially distanced way, and we are impressed by their resilience and commitment to their customers and the community.”

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

Brandywine Valley’s premiere restaurateurs invite guests for seventh annual Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week. The region’s best chefs and local owners are inviting diners to the Brandywine Valley’s top restaurants. This year’s lineup has also been expanded, featuring 18 of the region’s premier restaurants.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event. Photo | At Deep Blue: Tatiana Guerra and Joseph J. Miro

The 2020 edition of BVRW enables guests to dine as they are most comfortable — eat in, dine outside or take meals home — and is an ideal opportunity to connect with friends and try new restaurants. BVRW will also showcase the diversity and depth of the quality of dining options in our region. This restaurant collaboration enables guests to sample the creative cuisine of these fine dining spots at special price points — prix-fixe lunch for $15; prix-fixe dinner for $35.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

“We are proud to partner with the area’s fine dining restaurants for Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week because we recognize restaurants are the cornerstone of our communities and we are proud to help showcase them,” said Tim Schuler, Director of Marketing for Standard Distributing.

Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

“Connecting with friends and family over a meal remains a top activity for visitors and residents alike,” added Sarah Willoughby, Executive Director of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are thrilled to be able to continue promoting the fine dining scene in the Brandywine Valley.”

This year’s event has been made possible by the sponsorship and partnerships of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, Delaware Tourism Office, the Mayor’s Office of the City of Wilmington and Missipilion River Brewing and Standard Distributing.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

This year’s featured restaurants: Agave Mexican Cuisine, Bardea Food & Drink, BBC Tavern & Grill, Café Mezzanotte, Chelsea Tavern, Columbus Inn, Crow Bar, Cromwell’s American Tavern & Taqueria, Eclipse Bistro, Harry’s Savoy Grill, Hearth Kitchen, Krazy Kat’s, La Fia, Mikimotos, Piccolina Toscana, The Back Burner, Tonic Bar & Grille, and Walter’s Steakhouse.

PHOTO COURTESSY CITY OF WILMINGTON | Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week has been a high-profile event for fine dining in the Brandywine Valley for seven years. Don’t miss your chance to experience this once a year event.

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the 7th Annual Brandywine Valley Restaurant Week.

City of Wilmington To Host Socially Distanced Movie Series in City Parks

“We hope this pilot outdoor movie series will be a welcome break for children and their families, many of whom have had their activities restricted for months due to COVID-19.,” said Mayor Purzycki.

WILMINGTON (DE): Last week, Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said that the City will partner with two community organizations to co-sponsor a series of FREE socially distanced movie nights in City parks.

The Mayor said concerns about the spread of COVID-19 has caused the City to suspend issuing permits for public events, so the City will present a safely planned and supervised pilot movie series beginning next week to provide some additional entertainment outlets for City residents.

“With the assistance of two respected community agencies, our Parks and Recreation Department will offer movie nights that will be heavily supervised to ensure that children and parents are socially-distanced and are wearing masks,” said Mayor Purzycki. “We hope this pilot outdoor movie series will be a welcome break for children and their families, many of whom have had their activities restricted for months due to COVID-19. But we need to do this without endangering anyone’s health, which is why we’ll monitor these park movie events more than we usually do.”

The Mayor today thanked West Side Grows Together and Central Baptist Community Development Corporation for helping the City monitor the movie nights and keep everyone safe. He also thanked M&T Bank which donated $5,000 to help support the licensing fees for the Fall Movies in the Park series.

All films will begin promptly at 7 p.m. Here is the fall schedule of dates, park locations, and film titles for FREE Movie Nights in the Park:

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at 10th and Van Buren Streets:
• Thursday, September 10, Jurassic Park (rain date: September 11)
• Thursday, September 24, Moana (rain date: September 25)
• Thursday, October 8, Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (rain date: October 9)
• Thursday, October 22, Harriet (rain date: October 23)
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At East 7th and North Lombard Streets:
• Friday, September 11, film title to be announced (rain date: September 12)
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• Friday, September 18, The Longshots (rain date: September 25)
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• Wednesday, September 23, Aladdin (rain date: September 30)
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• Friday, September 25, film title to be announced (rain date: September 26)
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Garden at 1500 Clifford Brown Walk:
• Friday, October 2, film title to be announced (rain date: October 3)
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“Dinning on Delaware” kicks off today along Delaware Avenue in Wilmington

Participating restaurants include Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Trolley Tap House, Island Fin Poke, Gianni’s Pizza, Cafe Verdi, Kelly’s Logan House, Trolley Square Oyster House, Bar Roja, Crow Bar

WILMINGTON (DE): Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki encourages residents and visitors to support local restaurants in the Trolley Square section of the City this weekend as a number of eateries begin offering expanded outdoor dining along Delaware Avenue starting this afternoon and continuing through Sunday, weather permitting.

The new “Dining on Delaware” initiative kicks off today and will result in the closure of Delaware Avenue between North Clayton and North DuPont street as well as North DuPont Street and North Scott Street beginning at 4 p.m. as dining tables are set up curb to curb.

“Dining on Delaware” is an expansion of the “Curbside Wilmington” initiative launched in June to assist local businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage patrons to return to the Downtown District over the summer. That ongoing effort, which enables Downtown restaurants to expand their outdoor dining into former parking spaces directly in front of their establishments, is the result of a partnership between the City of Wilmington, Downtown Visions, and The Committee of 100. Just like their counterparts downtown, participating Trolley restaurants will be able to offer more seating at safely spaced distances in accordance with Governor John Carney’s guidelines.

Image may contain: text that says 'DINING ON DELAWARE'“When we began ‘Curbside Wilmington’ back in June, I said then that I hoped to see this new business re-opening model applied to other restaurant districts in the City,” said the Mayor. “I’m very excited that we are now able, with the support of Councilmember Charles “Bud” Freel, to expand this effort to Trolley Square, another exciting and vibrant part of our City that has also been hit hard by the coronavirus in recent months. As we all struggle to adapt to the new environment, I hope you’ll join me along Delaware Avenue this weekend as we show our support to area businesses and the many workers they employ.”

“I want to thank Mayor Purzycki and the City for their tremendous help and their overall support for local businesses during this pandemic,” said event organizer Joe McCoy of Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. “We’re all excited to offer safe outdoor dining to everyone coming into Trolley Square on the weekends now and into the fall.”

Motorists are advised that beginning today, Friday, August 14, 2020, Delaware Avenue will be closed at Clayton, DuPont, and Scott streets, though cross traffic will continue to flow across the avenue from each of these streets. Barricades and signage will be established at all three locations and motorists are encouraged to select alternate routes and avoid the area on weekends from 4 p.m. Fridays until 10 p.m. on Sundays. The City’s website contains a real-time map that is updated daily so you can follow any other traffic changes in the coming days.

Participating restaurants include Catherine Rooney’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Trolley Tap House, Island Fin Poke, Gianni’s Pizza, Cafe Verdi, Kelly’s Logan House, Trolley Square Oyster House, Bar Roja, Crow Bar

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Cancels 2020 Summer Concert Series

Due to the continuing mandates in place to limit large gatherings and ensure the safety of the public and the performers, all events scheduled for the 2020 Summer Concert Series have been canceled.

Rehoboth Beach (DE): “Ensuring the welfare of our audience as well as our performers is of particular importance when considering the possibility of promoting events that are in excess of safe attendee limits.”, according to a news release from the city of Rehoboth.

“The events at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand provide enormous opportunities for personal contact in close quarters,” says Corey Groll, Program Director. “As an open-air concert venue, we are unable to safely enforce social distancing while adequately providing an opportunity to gather for our performances.”

In addition, it is duly important for us to properly notify our performers within an acceptable amount of time who may have opportunities to perform at venues capable of meeting the current safety protocols., Groll said.

We know that in making this difficult choice, we are ensuring the continued health and safety of our city and our patrons while making certain that future musical events will be possible on our stage.”, Groll said.

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