The communities that developed in the city of Wilmington over the last 150 years have given birth to invisible but real boundaries called neighborhoods. A certain pride is born in each member of a given neighborhood and they will tell you the strengths of their group as compared to any other group; even though the differences are not obvious or even important to the tourist visiting the city.
There are three sectors to Wilmington: north of Brandywine Creek, East of I-95 and West of I-95.
The neighborhoods in the first sector are:
Brandywine Hills, Brandywine Village, Eastlawn, Harlan, 9th Ward Area, Prices Run, Riverside, Triangle
The neighborhoods in the second sector are:
11th St. Bridge, Downtown, East Side, Midtown Brandywine, Quaker Hill, Riverfront, Ships Tavern, Southbridge, Trinity Vicinity, Upper East Side, West Center City
The neighborhoods in the third sector are:
Bayard Square, Browntown, Canby Park, Flats, Forty Acres, Greenhill , Happy Valley, Hedgeville, Highlands, Hilltop, Little Italy, St. Elizabeth Area, Tilton, Trolley Square, Union Park Gardens, Wawaset, Westmoreland, West Hill
see the attached map for locations
The areas north of Wilmington are prime areas for deer to live and breed. The State Wildlife Organization has found that there are too many deer in the area. The deer are said to be posing a threat to highway safety and property values and that increases in tick populations accompany the deer density.
At least 6 thousand more deer need to be culled from the present populations statewide.
Because the number of deer killed by legal hunters has been insufficient to reduce the herds, the state is now legislating that "hired killers" be brought in to perform the reductions. The process is being called "harvesting".
Wilmington is not the only area affected but it has one of the state's larger deer populations.
Several times a year we get jumpers. People who don't want to live any more. They drive to the top of one of the spans, get out of the car and jump. Only a few have ever not died. Usually the bodies are found right away. Last year a guy did almost land in a boatload of fishermen...
A few months ago this sign started flashing on the road leading to the bridge. I thought it was a last ditch attempt to stop jumpers, but wasn't sure. I had this picture on my homepage. VT member Laura 36035 actually called the number and told me it was a suicide prevention hotline.
We NJ folks say when someone jumps from the going into Delaware bridge (there are two, one each way) that they just can't stand the thought of entering DE. and Delawarians say the same thing when we have a Jersey bridge jumper.
Oh, dear. First stop of our eating/drinking binge only had Bud Light for beer. Yuck. There was an Italian wine- a Bolla wine--Pinot Grigio. Very sweet and tasty. The little old lady at the end of our table drank two to my one, but I'm pacing myself...
Someone has a meatball sandwich, another tries the strawberry shortcake and we move on...
The food cafes are set up by local restaurants. We head over to the seafood cafe and get steamed shrimp, fried shrimp, and mini crab cakes. Yum.
Over at the Italian singing stage/cafe there is finally an Italian beer offered called Tappeto Volante. And it is only okay to me...
I look it up on the internet now and here is some info on it:
The carefully crafted beer, Tappeto Volante, comes from Biella, Italy. Gambrinus, well known for its commitment to brand-building, will initially launch Tappeto Volante in New Jersey, Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Philadelphia.
Tappeto Volante, Italian for "Flying Carpet," is an Italian Blonde Lager (Birra Bionda) brewed with all malt, pure mountain water and the finest aromatic hops, ensuring the presence of a pleasant aroma and a smooth, crisp taste.
Tappeto Volante's style is firmly rooted in a traditional craft-brewing method that transcends mainstream Italian beers. It is brewed in a small family-owned brewery in the town of Biella, located in the region of Piemonte. Nestled in the foothills of the Alps, the brewery is run by the Thedy family, now in its fourth generation of craft brewing. This outstanding brewery is committed to making high quality beers that are famous throughout Italy
Sounds impressive. I'll have to give it another go...
We end the evening with a cappacino (we aren't in Italy, the no cappa after 11am rule doesn't apply) and some pastry whose name I can't pronounce nor spell, but it was delicious nontheless.
Every June, St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wilmington, holds a week long Italian Festival. This year it was June 13-19.
The Italian Festival began in 1975, with a small group of parents working to raise money for the parish school. Now the festival is gigantic!
It is largely spread out over several blocks in the area surrounding St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church at Ninth and
Du Pont streets.
Open weekdays 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; weekends 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Admission is free.
Parking is hard to find. We wound up paying 5 bucks about 4 blocks away to some guy who I think was illegally using a closed for the evening business's parking lot...
When our kids were little, we spent a lot of time in the amusement ride section. (called the Midway) This year we walked from one band/cafe area to the next. Sampling food, beer and wine and listening to each of the bands awhile. This year there was a 'disco' band, an 'Abba' style band, an english singing, but italian singers band, (think Frank Sinatra) and our favorite, the italian language singing band. We enjoyed 'translating' italian into english according to the mood of the song and our beer/wine sodden wittiness or lack thereof.
8th & Maryland Ave, you will find the best home made kielbasa! Johnny's Supermarket, in the Kaminski family for more than 50 years, is famous in Delaware for its kielbasa and is still a Maryland Avenue landmark. We like garlic and onion. Yum, Yum, they line up around the block at Christmas and Easter for this table tradition.