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QVC's Bob Bowersox remakes himself--again. Plus, the sand-sculpting Rodins of Rehoboth vs. all others, Delta vs. Celebrity in the air wars, Delaware City vs. Chesapeake City for coolest on the canal, partying pagans, Biden on Myspace and condo commandos.



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Bob Bowersox has reinvented himself more than once in his long career. Next iteration: Hollywood screenwriter?

The odds of a screenwriter scoring a Hollywood agent are probably worse than winning the Powerball. But former Delawarean and QVC host Bob Bowersox may hit the jackpot.

At 60, Bowersox hopes screenwriting will be his Chapter Two. He honed his skills at the Gotham Writer’s Workshop then, last month, graduated with a master’s degree in screenwriting from UCLA, a program so competitive that only 50 online students are accepted.

All of which looks great on a resume, but in showbiz, it’s the accolades that count. Bowersox is winning them. His script “Beneath the Badge” was a finalist in six competitions, including Project Greenlight, the brainchild of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Last year his “Soul Mates” took second place at the Austin Film Festival.

“Finalists at Austin get hotel accommodations, seminars—the works,” Bowersox says. “It was five days of sheer bliss.”

Not to mention five days of hobnobbing with the likes of producer Sydney Pollack, “Lethal Weapon” writer Shane Black and literary agent Ryan Saul of the Metropolitan Talent Agency. Bowersox and Saul had a mutual friend. Because of that, Saul agreed to read Bowersox’s work.

Call this Act One. Bowersox may be a star on QVC, but he’s an unproven commodity in Tinsel Town. Copyright law prevents him from talking about his script, but word has it that UCLA’s professors loved the story treatment, and Saul likes the concept.

Until his name appears on the big screen, Bowersox is contracted to dazzle on the little one. His Sunday morning show, “In the Kitchen With Bob,” is an all-time ratings winner. He’s written six cookbooks. He’s also appeared in 19 films, including bit parts in M. Night Shyamalan’s “The Sixth Sense” and Jonathan Demme’s “Philadelphia,” as well as lead roles in several local indies. So Bowersox isn’t exactly waiting around for the phone to ring.

“But I do believe in synchronicity,” he says. “You can see paths and opportunities open, and you’re a fool if you don’t take advantage of them. If you look at this path, from Austin to Ryan, there is a relationship there that had to be pursued. And I doggedly pursued it.” —Maria Hess

The Rodins of Rehoboth

Our most renowned sculptors return in search of yet another sandcastle contest title. Can they build on their reputation? Can you take them?

The Temptations’ Eddie Kendricks boasted that he could build a castle from a single grain of sand. Darrell O’Connor isn’t that good, but he’s close.

O’Connor—with fellow New Castle Countians Darryl Jones, Tom Scanlon and Greg Wallace—are the First State’s kings of sand sculpting. The boys have piled up nine wins at the annual Sandcastle Contest in Rehoboth Beach. They had won six straight until last summer, when they opted to build a demo castle and give lessons instead of competing. O’Connor and Co. plan to win another title this year.

O’Connor, 51, spends weekends honing his skills on the beach at Carolina Street in Dewey. Here are his trade secrets:

Coppertone and Skippy During the contest, you’ll spend more than 10 hours in the sun, so slather on the SPF 200 and keep the Fiji flowing. O’Connor packs PB&J sandwiches because they hold up in the heat and are easy to eat on the mound.

The Early Bird Gets the Berm The champs stake their claim at 6:30 a.m. Pick a site about five feet behind the high-tide line so the surf won’t storm your castle.

Leader of the Pack The Rodins pile sand as high as a lifeguard stand, then whittle from the top. Packing is crucial. The champs shovel steadily for more than two hours while pouring on gallon after gallon of ocean to make the mound dense. (Note: Don’t pile more than you can hew. O’Connor says it takes four hours to shape a 3-foot pile.)

Rusty Trowels and Tetanus The champs use a 2-inch cement trowel for big cuts in features such as towers, a palette knife for fine slicing of things such as a tower’s roof, and a drinking straw to blow away loose sand. (For safety, push unused tools into the pile with the handle sticking out.)

Like Sands in the Hourglass O’Connor hates racing the clock, so Jones’ wife, Mary, keeps time. When the clock becomes a factor, O’Connor quickly finishes the foundation by carving boulders instead of leaving untouched sand.

The 29th annual contest will be held August 4 on Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the boardwalk. Judges will select first- through third-place winners in adult and children’s divisions in the sandcastle, freeform and animal categories. For more, call 227-2233 or visit www.beach-fun.com. —Drew Ostroski

From the Mini Bar

Delaware may have one of the toughest bar exams in the country, but why waste time and money on law school when everything you need to know comes in a 5-inch metal box?

Law School in a Box (and its burly cousin Med School in a Box) is the hokey, yet helpful product of mental_floss magazine, co-founded by Hockessin native Mangesh Hattikudur.

“The idea was that kids get pressured into law school or med school because those are the two areas where smart people are supposed to go,” Hattikudur says. “So we thought it’d be fun to give them the entire experience in a kit.”

Each box comes with a 96-page mini-textbook of courtroom lingo and recaps of famous cases. There are 10 Heroes of the Courtroom trading cards, a mini-bar exam and a miniature diploma.

Hattikudur figures the boxes will be a hit at graduation parties or maybe with that slightly dimwitted friend who can’t pass the bar without heading to the other first.

“I think it’s just funny to have on your desk because it comes with both English and Latin diplomas you can hang on your wall,” he says. “It is the No. 1 boxed law school in the country right now.”

Stop by Borders, Barnes & Noble, Urban Outfitters and other places to pick up Law School (or Med School) in a Box. Hey, we’ll trade you a Sandra Day O’Connor for a Thurgood Marshall… —Matt Amis


photographs by Jackie Sweeney

A Tale of Two Cities

Could Delaware City be the next Chesapeake City? Never say never.

There’s a little joke exchanged by sarcastic First Staters: Everybody in Delaware City walks around with gas masks on. “Yeah,” says town manager Paul Morrill Jr. “We know that one.”

But since two new air scrubbers at nearby refineries have reduced sulphur dioxide emissions drastically, townies are thinking about a prosperous new, odor-free future—one that looks a lot like Chesapeake City’s present. Could it be?

DC and CC have much in common: parades, tight-knit communities, historic houses, waterfront views. But sometime between the 19th-century peach boom and today, Delaware City lost momentum in the tourism business. Chesapeake City, with its super-large marina, ultimately became a magnet for boaters.

So what does it have that Delaware City doesn’t—at least not yet? Let’s compare:

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February 2018

This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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The area’s largest sale of gently used books has been scheduled by the Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women. The 49th annual Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale, to...

Cost: free

Where:
Concord Mall
4737 Concord Pike
North Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: American Association of University Women
Telephone: 302-428-0939

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By Simon Stephens (playwright of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time") Directed by Matt Pfeiffer REGIONAL PREMIERE! Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Delaware Theatre Company
200 Water Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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A day of tomfoolery, debauchery and great beer. Come enjoy unlimited beer tastes from the best beers each Delaware brewery has to offer and YOU decide who wins the heavyweight belt for 2018. 

Cost: $29 online, $35 door

Where:
Crooked Hammock Brewery
36707 Crooked Hammock Way
Lewes, DE  19958
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Sponsor: Crooked Hammock Brewery
Telephone: 302-644-7837
Contact Name: Jon Schorah
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Cost: Free

Where:
Loudis Recital Hall
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 130-283-12578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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Cost: Free

Where:
2nd and 3rd Streets
Wilmington, DE  19801


Sponsor: Notbybreadalone Outreach Ministries
Telephone: 442-0440
Contact Name: Ministers Wayne and Stephanie Dumpson
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Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will host a four-session diabetes educational program, The Diabetes Connection, on February 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 9:30 am to 11:30 am. Pre-registration is required. As...

Cost: Call for cost.

Where:
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital
801 Middleford Road
Seaford, DE  19973
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Telephone: 302-629-6611 x2288
Contact Name: Nanticoke's Diabetes Education Department
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Soprano Alissa Rose is a native of Billings, Montana whose multi-faceted career has taken her around the United States and abroad.  She completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of...

Cost: $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 130-283-12578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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FREE COMMUNITY EVENT: MID-WEEK WORD REFRESHER Come join us at the Mid-Week Word Refresher every Wednesday at Faith Victory Christian Center from 11:00am - 12:00pm. Refreshments will be...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Faith Victory Christian Center
301 Commonwealth Avenue
Claymont, DE  19703
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Sponsor: Faith Victory Christian Center
Telephone: 302.354.6726
Contact Name: Alvin Walker
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Clearing the mind and learning to think not thinking is Zen awareness. Taking the appropriate action in this moment is Zen. Once you know this in your body, walking, standing, sitting down,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Newark
420 Willa Road
Newark, DE  19711
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Sponsor: UUFN
Telephone: 302.368.2984
Contact Name: Richard Field
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An ensemble of five dynamic and brilliant players in their own right, Christiana Winds explores the exciting and unique tradition of wind chamber music from the 18th century to the present. In...

Cost: $15 adults; $10 UD faculty/staff/alumni & seniors; $5 students

Where:
Gore Recital Hall
110 Orchard Rd
Newark, DE  19716
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Sponsor: University of Delaware Department of Music
Telephone: 130-283-12578
Contact Name: Megan Everhart
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This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Francesca Russello Ammon will explore the decades following World War II when rapid growth and construction in the United States coincided with a time of large-scale destruction. This author talk...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum Soda House
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Sponsor: Hagley Museum and Library
Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Carol Lockman
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Francesca Russello Ammon will explore the decades following World War II when rapid growth and construction in the United States coincided with a time of large-scale destruction. This author talk...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hagley Museum Soda House
298 Buck Road
Wilmington, DE  19807
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Telephone: 302-658-2400
Contact Name: Carol Lockman
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale March 2nd & 3rd, 2018 Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Cokesbury Village Residents Association
Telephone: 302-235-8578
Contact Name: John Prince

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This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Cost: Free to Members, $5 per child and one adult free for Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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This noontime lunch series on the first Friday of every month pairs an engaging 30-minute discussion about a work of art with a delicious lunch in the Thronson Café. Café lunch voucher included...

Cost: $12 Members, $14 Non-Members

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Join us for the Art Loop Opening of Terence Roberts' photography exhibit - Inner Light. This show features light-paintings, photographs made at night of gardens, landscapes, and trees. The...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Delaware Center for Horticulture
1810 N. Dupont Street
Wilmington, DE  19806
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Sponsor: Art Loop Wilmington
Telephone: (302) 658-6262
Contact Name: Marcia Stephenson
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Based on the Dreamworks animated film, the adventures and antics of NYC zoo animals who escape and end up in Madagascar. Enjoy this rollicking youth musical.  Friday March 2nd at 7:00 p.m.,...

Cost: Free. Voluntary donations.

Where:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
2301 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate Youth Players
Telephone: 302-478-2575
Contact Name: Church office staff
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Cost: 0.00

Where:
Bayhealth Kent General Hospital
640 S. State Street
Private Dining Room #3
Dover, DE  19901
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Telephone: 800-855-2CALLGA
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The Ruby Stanley One-Act Festival is a Drama League tradition.  Join us for a fun evening of one-act plays, and vote for your favorite to represent us at the regional festival.  Performances are...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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Cokesbury Village White Elephant Sale March 2nd & 3rd, 2018 Furniture, clothing, jewelry, china, kitchenware, tools, appliances, pictures and picture frames, luggage, lamps, and books.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cokesbury Village
726 Loveville Rd
Hockessin, DE  19707
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Sponsor: Cokesbury Village Residents Association
Telephone: 302-235-8578
Contact Name: John Prince

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Build a model ship at home and enter it into our home-build contest! Build your ship at the Copelane Maritime Center using our STEM-based design plans! Free-play area for all ages, plus many...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kalmar Nyckel Foundation
1124 E. 7th Street
Wilmington, DE  19801
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This community-curated exhibition brings together three painters—Alan Soffer, Brian Dickerson, and Moe Brooker—who are attuned to harmonies and contrasts in abstract forms. Each artist...

Cost: Free with Museum admission

Where:
Delaware Art Museum
2301 Kentmere Parkway
Wilmington, DE  19806
View map »


Website »

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Based on the Dreamworks animated film, the adventures and antics of NYC zoo animals who escape and end up in Madagascar. Enjoy this rollicking youth musical.  Friday March 2nd at 7:00 p.m.,...

Cost: Free. Voluntary donations.

Where:
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
2301 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE  19803
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Sponsor: Aldersgate Youth Players
Telephone: 302-478-2575
Contact Name: Church office staff
Website »

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The Ruby Stanley One-Act Festival is a Drama League tradition.  Join us for a fun evening of one-act plays, and vote for your favorite to represent us at the regional festival.  Performances are...

Cost: $10.00

Where:
Wilmington Drama League
10 West Lea Blvd.
Wilmington, DE  19802
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Sponsor: Wilmington Drama League
Telephone: 302-764-1172
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