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Eat Dessert for a Good Cause

tavernaI rarely need an extra incentive to eat dessert, but the Newark Arts Alliance is hosting their
annual dessert-tasting party, which celebrates the culinary arts by presenting specialty desserts created by chefs from local restaurants. “The Art of Dessert” will be held on Friday, February 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the NAA. Tickets are $17 per person and will be available at the door. Each ticket purchase includes one free drink from the cash bar. (All non-alcoholic drinks are free.)

The following restaurants for participating, each of which is presenting an all-you-can-eat dessert at the party:

• Café Ole
• Caffé Gelato
• Catherine Rooney’s
• Home Grown Café
• Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
• Kildare’s Irish Pub
• Klondike Kate’s
• Santa Fe Mexican Grill
• Taverna

Guests will also be able to check out the February exhibition, “Mad About Red,” comprised of art featuring the color red in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Get their early, or I may beat you to all the tempting treats!

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Paperless System at Dover International Speedway

Photo Courtesy of Dover International Speedway

Photo Courtesy of Dover International Speedway

Dover International Speedway is pleased to announce that beginning with the 2013 season; it will offer its customers Flash Seats®, an innovative, paperless ticketing system that gives ticket holders electronic venue access using nothing more than their credit card.

Flash Seats is the electronic ticketing system of Dover International Speedways ticket provider, Veritix®, and includes a number of great benefits for fans. Flash Seats allows fans to conveniently swipe in on race day with no paper tickets, using a credit card; to easily transfer tickets to anyone electronically, anytime, anywhere, right up to the start of the event; and to eliminate lost and stolen ticket issues.

“By implementing Flash Seats, the track is moving into the modern era of ticketing, while also promoting a greener, more eco-friendly ticketing option,” said Mark Rossi, vice president of sales and marketing for Dover Motorsports, Inc. “In addition, the Flash Seats capabilities create a number of benefits for fans, such as electronic ticket transfers and having your tickets live on your credit card, much like an airline check-in.”

Dover, the first NASCAR track to utilize Flash Seats, will offer the new ticketing option as a replacement for print-at-home tickets, and as an alternative for traditional track-printed tickets. Customers can select “Flash Seats” during the checkout process, at which point tickets will be applied to their credit card. On event day, all the customer will have to do is swipe their credit card to be scanned at the gate for entry.

“As the only NASCAR track to use Flash Seats, Dover is putting itself at the forefront of ticketing technology and showing its commitment to fans by giving them a system that is convenient and easy to use,” said Guy Villa, vice president of sales for Veritix.  “We know that Dover fans will appreciate the flexibility that Flash Seats offers.”

For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit

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Relax and Regroup in a Delaware B&B

After challenging adventures above and below the waters, or chasing the wind in a racecar, you can regroup in a serene country inn designed to embrace the four elements, earth, water, air and fire. Awaken Inn is located in the Millsboro/Long Neck area of beautiful Southern Delaware. Mother/Daughter owners, Marianne and Cathy, have lovingly and tastefully created an atmosphere for you to feel comfortable, relaxed and pampered.

Suites a lavishly decorated to reflect each element. The ground-floor water suite over looks the lushly landscaped gardens with its gurgling focal water feature. Sumptuous gourmet breakfasts include such treats as decadent stuffed French toast or delicate country quiche. The five-plus acre grounds are ringed by mature trees, creating a verdant oasis close to beach and Southern Delaware attractions, yet secluded from bustle and crowds.

Awaken Inn

25001 Cannon Road

Millsboro, DE

(302) 947-9007

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2009 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Pints & Paddles: Adventures in Beer

Dogfish Head 90 minute Imperial India Pale Ale: Wikipedia: HighKing

Physical challenges and a tasty adventure await those who sign up for a Pints & Paddles tour, brought to you by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Milton, DE) and Quest Kayak (Lewes, DE.)

This relaxing out-and-back paddle along the scenic Broadkill River is suitable for novice or seasoned paddlers. Adventurers paddle out to the McCabe Nature Preserve (a Nature Conservancy property) where you may be able to see herons, ospreys, turtles, occasional eagles, and other wildlife.  This trip runs from May through October, so the flora of the area is always changing.

After the paddle, enjoy a visit to the Dogfish Head Brewery; tour the facility and sample a pint (for those of legal drinking age). You may be selected from the tour group to sample-test a new product under consideration by Dogfish Head Brewery, in their never ending quest to create distinctive beverages.  A keepsake DFH Pint Glass is included with this excursion.

Pints & Paddles


This story was first published in the News Journal in 2009 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.

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Danica Patrick added to Monster Mile Club

Patrick joins Matt Kenseth and Ryan Newman for exclusive question-and-answer sessions


My friends at Dover International Speedway sent word that Danica Patrick, driver of the Chevrolet in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series, will appear for a question-and-answer session in the Monster Mile Club at 11 a.m. before the Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

Joining Patrick on the schedule for the morning’s Q&A sessions are two-time Dover winner Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 Best Buy Ford, and three-time winner at the Monster Mile Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet.

Patrick, one of the most recognizable figures in all of sports, is running a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series schedule for the first time this season in the No.7 Chevrolet, as well as a limited, 10-race NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule in the No. 10 Chevrolet. The Sunday, Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the Monster Mile serves as one of those 10 races.

Fans in the Monster Mile Club will have the opportunity to hear all about Patrick’s experiences in both series this year, a recap of her performance in the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race from the day prior, her plans to jump into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full time in 2013 and much more.

The Monster Mile Club opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30 with a continental breakfast. Trackside Access begins at 8:30 a.m. with the hosted question-and-answer sessions with Patrick, Kenseth and Newman following later in the morning. An all-you-can-eat lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until the start of the “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at 2 p.m., at which point the Monster Mile Club will close.

NASCAR returns to the Monster Mile on Sept. 28-30, 2012 with the Sept. 30 “AAA 400” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the Sept. 29 “OneMain Financial 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the Sept. 28 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race.

For tickets or more information, call 800-441-RACE or visit

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Swimming with Sharks and Aquatic Adventures

Photo courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

Ever since the iconic fish-story Jaws splashed onto movie screens in 1975, timid swimmers have feared to go back into the water while quipsters hum the two-note suspense music. Think you have what it takes to meet the denizens of the deep?  Then get up-close with these magnificent predators in the Adventure Aquarium’s popular adventure, Swimming with the Sharks.

Participants in this program have the opportunity to come face-to-face with any of the 30 sharks living in the 550,000 gallon Shark Realm. The trained staff gives visitors an introduction to the Shark Realm and its inhabitants, presents an overview of what to expect, talks about the animals living in the realm, and conducts a snorkeling familiarization course. All gear except bathing suits, towels, water shoes and toiletries is provided.

The Swimming with the Sharks adventure is carefully designed to give even inexperienced swimmers the opportunity to come within inches of sand tiger and sandbar sharks, nurse sharks and barracudas. The largest animal is a 400 pound female sand tiger shark.

Each participant, wearing wet suit and snorkeling gear, ventures out onto a specially designed ledge within the Shark Realm. Curious sharks, which are used to visiting snorkelers, swim to within inches of the adventurers; so close that the pre-swim safety talk reminds swimmers not to reach out and touch the sharks. There is no barrier between the adventurers and the sharks.

Once you’ve gone around the perimeter of the Shark Realm, you’ll enter the Stingray Lagoon where you can swim with and feed dozens of stingrays.  You can even have your picture taken to prove to everyone that you actually did it. In addition, you’ll receive admission to the Adventure Aquarium, an adventure t-shirt, souvenir snorkel and mask, and memories to last a lifetime.

Photo courtesy of Adventure Aquarium

If you prefer not to get wet, there are other adventures to enjoy. The Positively Penguins Adventure offers an up-close encounter with Black-footed African Penguins, which includes exclusive access to Penguin Island, home to over 20 African Penguins. Go behind-the-scenes with biologists to learn about the care for and feeding of penguins and discover the secrets of penguin biology and behavior. Then, roll up your sleeves to actually help biologists with enrichment and training techniques.

Adventure Aquarium

Camden, N.J.

This story was first published in the News Journal in 2009 under the byline of Gail A. Sisolak. All rights reserved.