The Man, His Mural

Wildlife artist Dan Gotel hopes kids will go ape over his mural at the Brandywine Zoo.Planning on doing the Wilmington Art Loop August 6? Stop by the Brandywine Zoo’s education facility to see the floor-to-ceiling, multi-dimensional mural depicting the zoo’s own furry, scaly and feathered critters, painted by internationally known wildlife artist Dan Gotel. You can see the mural almost anytime, but visit during the loop and you’ll talk art with the artist himself. “This was a labor of love,” says Gotel. “Seeing the children react to this art is a blessing.” For more, call 571-7747, or visit —Maria Hess

Page 2: Follow This Yellow Brick Road

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Follow This Yellow Brick Road

“The Wizard of Oz,” The New Candlelight Theatre’s end-of-season production, runs through August 29. This is good news. Because the actors also serve dinner, Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Auntie Em and the gang will be working for tips. What kid wouldn’t love ordering chocolate milk from the Wicked Witch? The stage version follows the original music and story of the classic 1939 film. Erica Scanlon Harr plays Dorothy. Expect a beautifully sung version of “Over the Rainbow.” For more, call 475-2313, or visit

Page 3: Judy, Judy, Judy


Judy, Judy, Judy

The Wilmington Blue Rocks host Judy Johnson Night and a Negro League Tribute August 14. The event honors the league, as well as Hall of Famer and longtime Wilmington-area resident William (Judy) Johnson, a third baseman and clutch hitter who batted over .300 lifetime. Johnson was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, in 1975. In addition to hopefully slamming the Salem Red Sox, the Rocks will throw in a free shirt to the first 3,000 fans. Gates at Frawley Stadium open at 5 p.m. For more, visit, or call 888-2015.

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Page 4: Eat and Love, Then Pray


Eat and Love, Then Pray

Visit the Kent County Library in Dover on August 2 for Dish, the foodie book club event that explores Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love.” You’ll be that much more knowledgeable when the Julia Roberts film of the same name is released August 13. “Eat, Pray, Love” is Gilbert’s account of divorcing her husband, taking a yearlong trip to recover, and becoming a better person for it. As the name suggests, readers should bring dishes to share. For more, call 698-6440.

Page 5: The Piano Men


The Piano Men

Locals will be heard stuttering “B B B Benny” for miles during “Face to Face,” a tribute to Elton John and Billy Joel at The Freeman Stage in Selbyville August 11. The show, which features dueling pianists Joel Mason and Michael John, re-creates the legendary Face 2 Face tour, the most successful and longest-running concert pairing of two icons in pop history. This is one installment in Freeman’s four-part tribute series. The others will honor Elvis, Rod Stewart and Michael Jackson. For more, call 436-3015, or visit 

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