Mon Feb 6, 2012, 12:01 AM
SwampG8r (8,710 posts)
state by state delaware
please join our discussion of your fine state
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state by state delaware (Original post)
Response to SwampG8r (Original post)
Mon Feb 6, 2012, 08:45 PM
cyberpj (9,266 posts)
1. Old New Castle History, Rehoboth Beach Family Fun, Dewey Beach Partiers & LET US NOT FORGET.......
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World Championship Punkin Chunkin, held in Delaware, is the oldest and largest annual competition. The event began in 1986 and featured over 100 teams in 2010
Science Channel Shows and Videos:
(I was late to the 'state by state delaware' postings so I put this here AND there. Because I could! LOL)
Of course, like so many other Delaware events - The Brandywine Arts Festival, The Arden Fair, The Point to Point Steeplechase, The Wilmington Flower Market at Rockford Park, The Italian Festival in Wilmington, and The State Fair - it's become less fun as both the state and the events became more populated and overcrowded.
Do I sould like an old grump?
Born and raised in a home shared by 3 generations in Old New Castle I spent many a weekend at Battery Park after buying my comic books with my allowance at the 5 & 10 store on Delaware Street. If it rained, we all piled into the (now gone) Earle Theater for Saturday matinees. What a joy it was to grow up in a small town where we all ran around freely and without fear 'until the street lights came on' or until the DDT truck made it's rounds in the summertime! (cough cough cough)
Later, my immediate family moved to the 'burbs in North Wilmington and I went to Mount Pleasant Junior and Senior High Schools but we always took trips to the beach and later, my friends and I would spend weekends in Dewey at the low-down but highly cool Bottle and Cork. If you didn't spend too much time wondering why the soles of your shoes were sticking to the floor - the bands were great!
If it wasn't summertime there was always the Stone Balloon on Main Street in our college town of Newark and really good breakfasts at the Deer Park, right next to the railroad tracks. Or Halloween bar loops to the Logan House, Gallucio's and others all around Trolley Square and Wilmington.
Ah... Good times... Good times...
But now it feels like we're nothing but an out-of-town shoppers delight with overcrowded roads lined with construction signs and cones, East-side city crime sprees, and a legal haven for corporations and boat registrations.
Here's a great YouTube song with pics that a local made that helps:
Like I said:
Do I sould like an old grump?
Tomorrow I'm turning 60 and like all 'elders' (WHAT?!)
I feel like the best of times were to be had 'in the old days'!
Response to cyberpj (Reply #1)
Fri Feb 17, 2012, 02:28 PM
jberryhill (32,309 posts)
2. I lived across the street from the Stone Balloon
In grad school, I rented a place in the green mansion at the top of Academy Street.
I was more of a Deer Park person than a Stone Balloon person. I think I only went in there twice in five years - once to see Joan Jett and once to see Leon Redbone.
I still have my DP mug from 50 cent mug night, though. Good golly I spent a lot of time in there.
My best DP story was the night near closing when some guy came in and asked a bunch of us for unspecified "help" with his car. He was pretty drunk, so we said we'd help with his car as long as he wasn't fixing to drive it.
He got confused at the intersection in front of Wonderland and took a left turn on the railroad tracks. He got surprisingly far before his wheels got stuck in the railroad ties.
So, while we were trying to figure out how to lift his car enough to roll it back, one of Newark's finest showed up and said "Whose car is this?" I've never seen so many people back up with their hands up and say, "Not mine." That's about the time someone noticed the telephone number for the railroad on the crossing sign, and figured we might want to call them.
Those tracks are a hazard to life and limb. I lost count of how many people have been run over by trains there.
"If you're a DUer, be a DOER!" -- MrScorpio