The Best of Delaware 2009
From crab cakes and cheesesteaks to prime rib and clam bakes, little Delaware is packed with great places to eat and terrific places to shop. Here’s the cream of the crop.
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Best Addition to its Repertoire
Critics, upstate: The Delaware Symphony Orchestra and maestro David Amado are never anything short of marvelous. But the musicians’ performances during two particular concerts this year—“The Music of Led Zeppelin” and “Bugs Bunny on Broadway”—demonstrated that they can let their hair down (and put their ears up) with the best. “Bugs” conductor George Daugherty, who has taken his show to dozens of cities around the world during the past 20 years, was highly complimentary of DSO’s professionalism. But Daugherty let the audience at The Grand know that he was especially taken by the symphony members’ friendliness. Now that’s a whole lotta love. (Delaware Symphony Orchestra, 818 N. Market St., Wilmington, 656-7442)
Best Afternoon Drive Deejay
Readers, upstate: Catey Hill of WJBR 99.5 FM, Wilmington
Readers, downstate: (tie) Joe Allen of WAFL 97.7 FM, Milford; Bill Baker of WOCQ 103.9 FM, Georgetown
Best Nature Experience
Critics, downstate: “The best nature experience in Delaware—other than the Delaware Museum of Natural History, of course—is Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge,” says Spruance. He favors its 16,000 acres, “all less than 10 feet above sea level.” Spring and fall “are great times to see the mind-boggling migration of birds, and the Bear Swamp Trail is a fun and easy family hike.” (2591 Whitehall Neck Road, Smyrna, 653-6872)
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