Best of Delaware 2010
You told us your favorites. We have a few of our own. Herein, the great big list of winners.
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READERS, UPSTATE | Jim Gardner
READERS, DOWNSTATE | Steve Hammond
Best TV Personality
CRITICS, UPSTATE AND DOWNSTATE | Stephanie Aldrich of WHYY-TV
“First,” WHYY-TV’s Delaware newsmagazine, is hosted by three charismatic celebs: Tom Byrne, Bill Cook and Stephanie Aldrich. No disrespect to Byrne and Cook—we admire them, too—but Aldrich has it, that intangible quality that makes a great TV person. Maybe it’s her slight Southern twang or the way she makes difficult topics easy to understand. Aldrich’s experience as a television news writer, editor, producer, reporter and anchor has included stops in Texas, West Virginia and New York. We’re glad she has settled here.
Best Mother’s Day Date
CRITICS, UPSTATE | Nemours Mansion & Gardens
1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, 651-6912
Your mom has been cleaning up after you since the day you were born. On the one day of the year that you are mandated to appreciate her, show her some real beauty at Nemours Mansion & Gardens. Let her see the French neoclassical mansion Alfred I. duPont built for his second wife, Alicia, in 1907. Take her for a stroll through the gardens, where the Long Walk that extends from the mansion to the reflecting pool is graced with Japanese cryptomeria. Then, after you’ve taken your deserving, hard-working, brilliant mom to a fabulously indulgent dinner, do her laundry.
CRITICS | UPSTATE“10 Months: The Wilmington Voices Project”
When Anne Marie Cammarato conceived “10 Months: The Wilmington Voices Project” for the Delaware Theatre Company, she knew she’d tackle delicate issues. But to truly understand challenges Wilmingtonians face today, she had no choice. The truths were told by real residents, then reenacted by actors. We learned why we were afraid to roam downtown streets at night. We understood how diverse populations were affected—and how profoundly they were affected—by the National Guard occupation in 1968. We realized that we don’t respect each others’ differences. “The show did start quite a bit of dialogue,” says Cammarato. Which is exactly what theater is supposed to do.