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Road Closures in Delaware for Biden Funeral

Many roads will be closed, and traffic will be heavy in Wilmington and throughout the state as Delaware residents pay their last respects to Beau Biden. If you will be driving to any of the viewing locations or the funeral, allow lots of time and check for road closures. The following streets will be closed around St. Anthony of Padua.

Wilmington police say the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Saturday:

Du Pont Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Howland Street.

Lincoln Street from Eighth Street to Pennsylvania Avenue.

10th Street from Clayton Street to Union Street.

Howland Street from Du Pont Street to Lincoln Street.

Scott Street from Eighth Street to 11th Street.

In addition, parking is prohibited, beginning at 6 a.m. Friday and continuing through 2 p.m. Saturday, on the following streets:

Union Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Lincoln Street from Pennsylvania Avenue to Ninth Street.

Scott Street from Howland Street to 10th Street.

Du Pont Street from Howland to Pennsylvania Avenue.

Ninth Street from Union Street to Du Pont Street.

Additional temporary closures also will occur in the immediate area of the viewing and service. St. Anthony of Padua is located at 901 N. Du Pont St.

DART First State will provide an alternative for getting to and from the church: A complimentary shuttle service that will run both days from Salesianum School, 1801 N. Broom St. in Wilmington.

On Friday, buses will carry passengers to and from the church from 10:30 a.m. until about 8:30 p.m., according to Geoff Sundstrom, director of public relations for the Delaware Department of Transportation. On Saturday, bus service will run from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Parking will be available in the school parking lot; the buses can accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

Those riding the complimentary shuttle are encouraged to leave baggage in their personal vehicles, as there will be security checks entering the church, Sundstrom said. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, backpacks, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs will be allowed in the venue.

Source: delawareonline.com


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Win a Pair of Four Day Passes to the 2015 Firefly Music Festival

Image Courtesy of Mix 92.9

Image Courtesy of Mix 92.9

Listen to Mix 92.9 the 90’s to NOW in Delaware for the Mix Mystery Sound now through May 14th, 2015.   Be caller number nine when you hear it; guess the sound correctly and win a pair of four day passes to Firefly Music Festival.  Guess incorrectly and they’ll still give you a family four pack of tickets to Six Flags.  If no one guesses by Thursday, May 14th, a winner will be randomly selected from all who participated and announced at 1: 00 pm on Friday, May 15, 2015.

For more info, check out:

http://www.mix929fm.com/contests/mix-mystery-sound/374139/Contests/show


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The 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Lewes, DE

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware

The weather may be frightful, so think warm thoughts and brush off your kite building skills in anticipation of the 47th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival at Cape Henlopen State Park on Friday, April 3, 2015.

There is no entry fee for competitors. The competitions are in three age categories: Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17 and Adults-18 & older. Within each age category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying — home-made or store-bought. The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square,” “The Mount,” and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place at approximately 12:15 p.m. There is no charge to watch. Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park – $5 per car for Delaware license tags and $10 per car for out-of-state tags. The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators at no cost to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

For those who have not made their own kites and want to participate, Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10 a.m. Additionally, there are food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

I may have to get my kites out. Back in the day, my high school had kite flying contests, and I took first place in two different categories two years in a row- once for smallest kite and once for highest flyer. Kite day was held half-day on a school day, and I missed about an hour of class winding my kite back in. If other students had known they would be excused from class, they might have entered.

Those kites are long gone, so I may take by dragon kite out for a whirl in 2015!

Schedule
10:00 am Registration begins
11:00 am Egg hunt
11:30 am Competition begins
12:30 pm First awards ceremony
1:15 pm Egg toss
1:45 pm Adult competition begins
2:15 pm Stunt flying demonstrations
2:45 pm Final awards ceremony
See more at: http://www.leweschamber.com/event/great-delaware-kite-festival#sthash.1BBHV2ih.dpuf


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Punkin Chunkin Canceled for 2014

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Punkin Chunkin had been set to take place Oct. 24-26 at Dover International Speedway. Organizers announced Friday they’ll instead start the event in its new Dover location in 2015.

“Moving an event the size of Punkin Chunkin is not easy even when time is not a factor,” said John Huber, World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association president.

The event’s membership didn’t settle on the Dover location until early July, and ticket sales started in early September. More than 20,000 people attended the 2013 event, spread out over several days.

Huber said the pumpkin-launching competition will instead return on Nov. 6-8, 2015, in Dover. Customers who had already bought tickets and camping passes this year will see refunds on their credit cards within two weeks, he said.

Gary Camp, a spokesman for Dover International Speedway, said the postponement was due to several things, including permits, site layout, public safety and emergency service planning.

“All along we were cautiously optimistic that the event would go on as scheduled,” Camp said. “Ultimately, the logistics of trying to coordinate such a large established event in such a short time frame at a new venue became too difficult to overcome.”

Both parties are committed to hosting the event in Dover, Camp added.

Advance tickets sold will be refunded.

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/no-flying-pumpkins-this-year/1249938


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Win 2014 Punkin Chunkin Tailgate Tickets for New Dover International Speedway Location

UPDATE: OCTOBER 4, 2014 PUNKIN CHUNKIN CANCELED FOR 2014
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Contest Ends: 10/13/14

Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

Photo by David S. Holloway/Getty Images)

The countdown has begun for one of Delaware’s most popular events, the Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Dover International Speedway will be the new host site for the World Championship Punkin Chunkin event.

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) hosts a signature pumpkin-launching event each year, fueling innovative engineering and science-based ideas that draw spectators from all over. They believe that Punkin Chunkin cultivates the odd, challenging, and competitive quest for distance that inspires creativity, ingenuity, teamwork, and passion. It is this very dedication that drives teams to compete using science and engineering skills and brings spectators to the gate.

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This year, you and seven friends could be tailgating at the 2014 Punkin Chunkin World Championship. Contest winner will receive one (1) tailgate pass on the fire line and eight (8) tickets for the Saturday, Oct. 25 event.

Contest entry:
http://greenflagclub.doverspeedway.com/contest/761?utm_campaign=Call%20it%20Punkin%20Chunkin%20Tailgate&utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Dover101&utm_term=Non%20Sponsored&utm_content=Experience

What started as a challenge in 1986 has turned into an epic, world-class competition drawing hurlers and mega crowds. For three days, engineers, both serious and home grown, bring their huge contraptions and give it all they’ve got to chunk their 8- to 10-pound pumpkin as far as it can go.

The gates open at 7:30 AM each day. All machines fire at least once a day, starting at 8:00 AM. The order can change from day to day depending on weather (they can’t shoot in foggy conditions), whether they finished all the machines the previous day, etc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

Image Courtesy of Rope, Inc.

They have to play it by ear, but usually they start on both ends of the firing line, alternating shots with the adult trebuchets and the Youth mechanical teams – catapults, trebuchets and human power. Once the youth mechanicals are done, they continue firing the adult mechanicals, moving towards the center of the firing line. Once they are done, they then move to the youth air cannons, the adult centrifugals and the adult air cannons. Then, after all that, they usually have a free-for-all period until dusk where the machines may fire as much as they wish.

Cant’ wait? Play online to get in the mood.
http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/punkin-chunkin/punkin-chunkin-game.htm

For more information:
http://punkinchunkin.com/


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Explore the Work of Brian Selznick in Wilmington, DE

Save the date for this exciting event!

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Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas. Eye peeping through the #5, inside view with Hugo looking out for the Invention of Hugo Cabret, 2007. Brian Selznick (born 1966). Pencil on watercolor paper, 11 x 8 inches. © 2007 by Brian Selznick. Courtesy of the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, Abilene, Texas.

Brian Selznick single handedly changed the way I think about books and storytelling when he published his award winning novel, The Invention of Hugo Cabret. Like many, I was utterly charmed by the fictional Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station. In 2008, Selznick was awarded the Caldecott Medal for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which was made into the Oscar award-winning film Hugo (2011), directed by Martin Scorsese.

Selznick’s illustrations animate the imaginations of children and adults with his blending of illusion, history, and adventure. As a result, I am looking forward to the upcoming…

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Sand Castle Competition at Rehoboth Beach, DE

Update: As of 10:00 a.m., the Sand Castle Competition was off to a soggy start!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rehoboth-Beach-Dewey-Beach-Chamber-of-Commerce-Visitors-Center/56060132294?fref=nf

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Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Image Courtesy of Southern Delaware Tourism

Most kids and families enjoy building sand castles at some point during their beach vacation. For 2014, the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce (RBDBCC) will be holding the 36th Annual Sandcastle Contest on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Over 100 teams are expected to meet the challenges and create fantastic sand sculpture. Past entries have included Swamp Animals, Mermaids, Pyramids, Crabs, Dolphins, Sharks and of course traditional sandcastles. Beachgoers are welcome to view the incredible creations free of charge.

SCULPTING DEMONSTRATIONS ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st– Sand sculpting artist Darrell O’Connor will be on the beach at Rehoboth Avenue & the Boardwalk, 5 – 7 PM on Friday, August 1st giving sculpting demonstrations & lessons. Learn some skills then put them to the test during the competition on Saturday.

COMMUNITY SCULPTURE – Spectators can join in the fun too. Sand sculpting expert Darrell O’Connor will begin work on a community sculpture at 10 AM. Spectators can assist Darrell with this creation; 2 assistants will be allowed in the sculpting zone on a rotating basis every 15 minutes. The sculpture will be completed by 3 PM.

LOCATION
Fisherman’s Beach at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, near the Henlopen Hotel in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

ELIGIBILITY
Open to both adults and children.

CATEGORIES
Business, Adult (15 and older), Children (7-14) & Child (6 and under)

REGISTRATION
Sculptures may be started at any time on the day of competition, but must be completed for judging by 3:00 PM. Participants may register their entry anytime between 8:30 AM and 2:30 PM. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult to register. Registered teams will have the opportunity to purchase Event T-shirts at a discounted rate of $5.00 per shirt.

JUDGING & ANNOUNCEMENT OF WINNERS
Begins at 3:00 PM; judges are volunteers for the RBDBCC. Winners will be announced at approximately 5:00 PM.

PRIZES
Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 Judge’s Favorites in both the adult and 7-14 child divisions. 1 Judge’s Favorite award will be given in the Business category. Special awards given to all participants in the 6 & under child’s division.

People’s Choice Awards – Two People’s Choice Awards will be given during this year’s contest. The general public can vote on their favorite ADULT and CHILD division creation, by completing an event evaluation. All regular contest rules apply.

WEATHER DEPENDENT
The event is WEATHER DEPENDENT. In the event of bad weather, set up and registration may be delayed up until 10:30 AM. If bad weather continues, the event will be postponed until the following year. If bad weather occurs during the contest, participants may continue at will or at the discretion of lifeguards. Judging may be cancelled at any time if warranted by current weather conditions.

36th Annual Sandcastle Contest
Saturday, August 2, 2014
9:00am to 5:00pm
See more at: https://www.beach-fun.com/sandcastle-contest.html