delaware: Wilmington Celebrates Nation's Oldest African American Festival - 08/14/13 12:44 AM
Come to Wilmington, Delaware and enjoy the Nations Oldest African American Festival celebrating religious freedom, freedom of speech and the right of assembly,     The festival is held August 18-25 at the Harriet-Tubman Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington, DE with activities for children and adults with music, vendors and fun for all!     Celebrate the  heritage, music, crafts, singing, stage performances, children events, storytelling, vendors, food arts, African clothing, books and  nationally known gospel recording artists (click above link for schedule). The August Quarterly Festival, also called the Big Quarterly, is an annual celebration to commemorate the founding of … (0 comments)

delaware: House for Sale & Open House Sunday 1-3 in Stoney Run, Wilmington - 03/20/13 07:08 AM
If you have been waiting for an open house at this new listing, here is your chance to preview this brick ranch house for sale in a convenient location at 114 Walls Avenue in Stoney Crest outside of Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday, March 24, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m.  
There is plenty of room in this attractive home with central air and comfortable hot water baseboard heat. The first floor features an eat-in kitchen with oak cabinets, garden window, sliding door to patio and 3 bedrooms with the one next to the kitchen being used as dining room.   This brick … (0 comments)

delaware: The March Bank at Winterthur and Koi Fry - 03/09/13 07:31 AM
Winterthur Museum and Gardens opened March 1, and today was my first visit this year. Of course, the March Bank is a must-see this time of year. The hillside is covered with dainty snowdrops with their nodding white blooms and the winter aconite sporting its ruffle-like collar and cheery yellow flowers. Among this sea of bulbs, we find patches of adonis with ferny foliage and yellow flossoms.  Signs of life are all around, from the Canada Geese on the ponds to the koi fry which have recently hatched. Children are playing in the witches’ hut in the Enchanted Woods, and … (0 comments)

delaware: Cute Rancher in Convenient Location Just Listed in Stoney Crest - 03/05/13 02:18 AM
You will find lots of room in this attractive ranch house with central air and comfortable hot water baseboard heat.Located near Price's Corner and all its shopping opportunities, Stoney Crest is near the intersection of Centerville Road and Faulkland Road, and close to Brandywine Springs Park.  An eat-in kitchen has oak cabinets, a garden window, and a sliding door to the patio. There are 2 large bedrooms and a bath on the main level, plus one bedroom next to kitchen is being used as dining room. There are hardwood floors throughout main level, and a gas fireplace and bay window are … (2 comments)

delaware: Sandy Was Kind To North Wilmington - 10/30/12 04:34 AM
There was lots of good news to balance the bad as far as Hurricane Sandy is concerned for my North Wilmington neighborhood of South Graylyn Crest. The power stayed on until about 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, went off, and came back on about 10:30 a.m.
That doesn't mean that it wasn't scary hearing the wind last night--I couldn't fall asleep for all the noise it was making, which is why I was awake when the power went out and all my electronic stuff started beeping. So who needs light in the middle of the night anyway?
And all it took was … (2 comments)

delaware: Wilmington Riverfront Imax Opening in Time for James Bond - 10/15/12 11:22 AM
I was down at Wilmington’s Riverfront the other day and could not believe all the action going on that had appeared in the last month.  First, the main entrance to the Chase Center, which had the Home Show this weekend, was totally blocked off, with access through a side set of doors.  Why?  It looks like the long talked about Westin Hotel is under construction, and will be attached to the Center.                           
 Then, I wandered towards the train station to see how the new Imax theater is doing.  It is scheduled to open Nov. 8, coinciding with … (4 comments)

delaware: New Castle County Delaware July 2012 Market Report - 08/29/12 04:48 AM
The question in the air when a Realtor® is in the room is always the same. "So, how is the real estate market?"  I would answer, it depends whether you are buying or selling. I just did a search to see how many active listings there are in the west of the city of Wilmington to Hockessin area for a buyer looking for a townhouse with at least 2 bedrooms and 2 baths from $150-200,000.  Thirteen listings came up.  Then I looked to see the last 6 months statistics for pending and sold listings of this same type, and … (0 comments)

delaware: Delaware Needs A National Park--- Learn More! - 08/24/12 07:10 AM
Delaware is currently the only state in the country without a national park — but with your help, that may soon change.
Please join the Delaware Congressional Delegation to discuss progress in establishing the First State National Historical Park and the possible inclusion of the 1,100-acre Woodlawn Trustees property in the heart of the Brandywine River Valley. Incorporating the Woodlawn property into the park would preserve aspects of our country's earliest Quaker origins and the community-planning “experiment” conceived by 18th century industrialist, William Bancroft, which provided permanent recreational opportunities to improve the lives of Wilmington’s working class.
Come learn more about … (0 comments)

delaware: New Castle County Delaware June 2012 Market Report - 07/17/12 02:42 AM

If buyers get the feeling that the house they are looking for is just not on the market yet, they can understand why by looking at the June 2012  Market Report for New Castle County, Delaware. There are more than 25% less properties available to look at than there were a year ago.
And if you ask why that is, look at the median sales price--for the year to date, that price has dropped from just over $198,000 to just over $179,000.  Because of the lower prices and the smaller market to choose from, sales contracts were up almost 14% … (0 comments)

delaware: Good House-Bad House and New Castle County Market Stats - 06/21/12 12:09 AM

The numbers are in for May of 2012 real estate activity in New Castle County, Delaware. While not as many new listings have come on the market, closed sales are up 21% over a year ago. This has been reflected in competitive bidding we have seen recently for homes that are well-priced and in a condition that is appropriate for the price. In other words, if you think your home is the best in the neighborhood and should be priced higher than the neighbors' houses, it had better have newer systems and roof, be shiny and clean, and have … (0 comments)

delaware: Graylyn Crest Affected By Brandywine Hundred Construction Alert - 06/13/12 11:05 PM
I have received a notice from local elected officials about traffic restrictions next week in the Graylyn Crest area.
Wilmington -- The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today announced that the contractor, GrassBusters Landscaping Company of Newark will begin a major intersection safety improvement project on Foulk Road and Wilson Road in Wilmington on Monday, June 18. There will be daily lane restrictions throughout the project. The $953,294 project is expected to be completed by mid-October, pending weather. The intersection was identified under the Hazard Elimination Program. HEP is aimed at intersections in the state highway systems that have experienced high … (0 comments)

delaware: Day In Old New Castle Coming Up Saturday - 05/17/12 12:08 AM
Every year on the third Saturday in May, Old New Castle in Delaware holds it's biggest event, Day in Old New Castle.  And this year, as in countless years past, a friend and I will be part of the cadre of volunteer docents greeting visitors to various historic homes.
Not only will you be able to visit shops, museums, and private homes between 10 AM and 5 PM, but some pretty spectacular gardens will also be open (pictures are: Packet Alley on The Strand and flower on the 2010 tour). There will be music, dancing, and change bell ringing … (2 comments)

delaware: Mt. Cuba Wildflower Celebration This Sunday - 04/26/12 12:50 AM
8th Annual Wildflower Celebration Mt. Cuba Center Sunday, April 29, 2012 - 10AM to 4 PM 3120 Barley Mill Road near Hockessin, DE. I have been to Mt. Cuba before, but never during the "Celebration." A large crowd is predicted, as usual, so it's probably best to come early.
This is the former estate of Mr. & Mrs. Lammot du Pont Copeland, he being a president of the DuPont Company at one time, and his wife a community leader and volunteer.
The house was built in 1935, and I remember our guide telling us that the landscape was devoid of anything … (0 comments)

delaware: Water in Your Birdbath? That Will Be $300 - 04/23/12 03:10 AM
This headline in today's New York Times attracted my attention, being the owner of a back yard birdbath.
It seems homeowners are getting certified letters that their birdbaths are a hazzard and "standing" or "stagnant" (officials  have differing definitions) water can be a source of West Nile virus.  The owner of the featured birdbath says he changes the water every couple of days.
Picture: Birdbath minding own business.
  Picture: Robin waiting to take bath
All I can say is that as much as I love NYC, I am glad I live in a place where there are … (4 comments)

delaware: Delaware Hazardous Waste Collection Coming Up - 04/20/12 06:04 AM

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) is pleased to be partnering with New Castle County Government to hold a special Household Hazardous Waste Collection event on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the New Castle County Government Center located at 87 Reads Way in New Castle, DE. The event is being held from 8am-4pm and is free for all Delaware Residents. Household Hazardous Waste can include items such as household cleaners, garden pesticides, oil-based paints only (no latex paint will be accepted), nail polish, fluorescent bulbs, or antifreeze. This event is restricted to residents' only, no commercial services. The event … (0 comments)

delaware: Big City Lawyers vs. Nascar in a Small State - 04/10/12 07:28 AM

While listings across the line in New Castle County were down 11.5% in March, those in Kent County were down 22%. However, closed sales were up almost 43% to the north, Kent saw closed sales at a still healthy 38.6%. Pending sales were at almost 29% in Kent, they were just under 20% in New Castle.
Because of the higher populaltion numbers in New Castle County, which contains the State's largest city, Wilmington, the total numbers are much higher there--with 1105 closed sales in 2012 so far, while Kent County was at 292 closed sales at the end of March.

delaware: April 2012 Historic Homes E-News - 04/01/12 09:33 AM
April  2012 Historic Homes E-News                             The Delaware State Historic Preservation Office awarded nearly $1.9 million in Historic Preservation Tax Credits during fiscal year 2011. These state-tax credits were granted, to property owners for eligible expenses incurred during the rehabilitation of 14 historic buildings in communities across the state including Bear, Delaware City, Laurel, New Castle, Newark and Wilmington. Further information at, April 7, 2012  "All That Is Dutch: Discovering the Dutch Roots in Delaware Through Archaeology." Program utilizes Dutch-related artifacts found in Delaware to explore how the Netherlands helped to shape the state's history. The Old State House, 25 … (0 comments)

delaware: Wilmington Does YouTube With Flash Mob, Supermarket, and Amtrak Station, All In Big Production Number - 03/25/12 08:53 AM
In an eight minute production by talent from Wilmington, Delaware you see such luminaries as the Next Great Baker, a singing official from the Mayor’s office, students from the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, all put together by a painting conservator from Winterthur Museum.  

And if that’s not enough, it was shot on location at the Shop-Rite supermarket and the Biden train station (no extra charge for the chugging and clanging background noises). Great job Gang! (Sort of a Mickey Rooney-Judy Garland, "Hey kids, let's put on a show" feeling!)

delaware: The Smyrna Rest Stop Will Welcome You As You Travel The Length of Delaware - 03/21/12 02:27 AM
I have recently been traveling downstate (as those of us in Wilmington see the situation-- and it’s hard to go very far traveling across a state  which is only 30 miles wide and 100 miles long) and decided to stop the other day at the Smyrna Rest Stop, a local feature since 1969.Always trimmed out with blooming flowers outside on its 60 acre site, its brightest decoration is the smile on 84 year old Margie Burns, who is in her 22nd year of working in the visitor’s center. Margie further brightens up the mantel with seasonal decorations (which come out of … (0 comments)

delaware: Here's a Way to Help Children in Need - 02/28/12 12:05 AM
This spring the South Graylyn Crest Civic Association community event will be all about children who are in need. Many children go to bed at night without a good pair of pajamas or a bedtime story. Some of these children are in shelters and others are in foster homes waiting to be adopted. SGCCA will partner with Sprout to help them deliver a good night to children in need. The Great Sprout Tuck-In is presented in conjunction with the Pajama Program. Our goal is 150 new pairs of pajamas and new bedtime stories. Our drive kicks off in March with the … (3 comments)

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