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Concord High School 50th Anniversary at DuPont Country Club Events

Concord High School is 50 years old this year.  We are looking for classmates from the first 3 original classes 70, 71, & 72.  The nomadic students without a school, who wandered through 4 buildings in 4 years before the first class finally graduated in 1970.  That included split sessions with Brandywine High School.

A 50th Anniversary Celebration is planned:  Saturday November 7th  6:00 PM at the DuPont Country Club. We are trying to contact as many former classmates as possible. Please spread the word and contact Rob Young (70) robyoung99@aol.com  Cathy Basden (71) cathy3582@gmail.com or Michele Russo (72) mbiliski@comcast.net    Also go to www.Classreport.org to find more information.

Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation Annual Fundraising Event Galas and Benefits

Celebrating our Fresh Start scholars with keynote speaker Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the country’s first African-American female transplant surgeon. We will also hear from one of our scholar graduates, one of the over 250 women we have helped with a scholarship and a mentor since our founding in 1996. We have now given over $1.1 million in scholarships for women to get their undergraduate degrees at Delaware colleges!

Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation Annual Fundraiser Events

Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation is a nonprofit that gives scholarships to women going back to school to get their undergraduate degrees at Delaware colleges. Since our inception in 1996 we have given 555 scholarships totaling over $1.1 million.

Every fall we hold a fundraiser where we honor our current cohort of scholars and raise funds for future scholarships. This year our keynote speaker will be Dr. Velma Scantlebury, the first African-American female transplant surgeon in the country – and she works right here in Delaware!

Fresh Start Scholarship Foundation 2020 Rising Stars Events

The 2020 Rising Stars fall event features keynote speaker Dr. Velma Scantlebury, America’s first African American female transplant surgeon. This year’s Honorary Chair is Melanie Ross Levin, Director of Delaware’s Office of Women’s Advancement & Advocacy. Rising Stars is Fresh Start’s signature fundraising event, celebrating our exemplary women scholarship recipients.

Conversations with Women Making a Difference Series


WHEN: October 1, 2020 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
COST: Tickets are $35 (before September 25), then $40. (Tickets for sale at door)

Join us on Thursday, April 23 for “Conversations with Women Making a Difference” presented by Blue Blaze Associates.

Carol Arnott-Robbins, founder of NEWS4Women, will facilitate a panel discussion followed by a Q&A session. Topics will include career highlights, life stories, and hard-earned wisdom from three influential women. The three April panelists are:

Melody Phillips is Director of Operations for The Warehouse, a new teen center in northeast Wilmington that will open in April 2020. The Warehouse is part of a multi-million dollar community revitalization project, planned by REACH Riverside, offering comprehensive after-school opportunities for up to 700 teens. Melody serves as Chair of the Workforce Development Committee for REACH Riverside and is also Co-Founder and Board Chairwoman of I Am My Sister’s Keeper.

Latifa Ihsan Ali is a Muslim American fashion designer and entrepreneur who is passionate about helping women get active and keep modest. Her company, LiaWear Action, empowers Muslim women to pursue the activities they love. Latifa’s line of modest sportswear and hijab solutions encourage women to get out and run, jog, kick, bike, hike, swim, splash, dive, and dance their way to fitness.

Colleen Perry Keith is the new president of Goldey-Beacom College and the first woman to hold that position in the school’s 133-year history. Before coming to Delaware, Colleen served as president at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina and also at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. Her proven leadership and strong financial management were transformative at those institutions.

Bring your friends (including men!) to this fun and inspirational evening!

The event series is presented by Blue Blaze Associates and sponsored by NEWS4Women; all event proceeds are donated to local nonprofits. The 2020 partners and beneficiaries are the Delaware Art Museum and Fund for Women Delaware.

Howard M. Smith Diamond State Masters Rowing Regatta Sports

Nationally popular Masters Rowing Regatta at Noxontown Pond, Middletown Delaware, Saturday and Sunday, July 25th and 26th, 2020. Two days of competitive rowing by crews from all over the East Coast. Fifty races each day, from 8;30am to 3:30 pm. Refreshments available. Free parking.

Exploring Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek: Day Trip Gardens, Outdoors

During June, the 2-acre Meadow Garden enters peak bloom, where pollinators abound on almost 70,000 perennials planted in a design created by internationally-renowned plantsman Piet Oudolf. Enjoy a guided tour with Brian Trader, deputy executive director and director of horticulture, and his colleagues. Experience native grasses moving in the wind while Echinacea pallida ‘Hula Dancer’ delights with beautiful white flowers among the purple floral spikes of Liatris pycnostachya. Explore the 12 acres of Woodland Gardens and 1,000 feet of waterfront on tidal Pepper Creek to fully appreciate this amazing garden. Box lunch included.

Pick-up at Mt. Cuba at 8:15 a.m. and DCH at 8:45 a.m.; return by 4:30 p.m. to DCH and 5 p.m. to Mt Cuba
Members of Mt. Cuba or DCH: $80; Non-members: $110

The Delaware Contemporary’s NEW public art project – The Platform Gallery! Art, Free, Galleries, Museums and History

Announcing our NEW public art project – The Platform Gallery!

Theresa Chromati

June 5 – November 30, 2020

The Delaware Contemporary is excited to announce the unveiling of The Platform Gallery, the launch pad for our public art initiative on the exterior of our building with three monumental, exuberant, and empowering figurative compositions by Theresa Chromati. A key goal for 2020 is to raise the profile of art in our community and make it accessible to the greatest number of people in the public space. The Delaware Contemporary is launching this public art initiative to encourage civic dialogue and community development by turning the exterior of our building into a public exhibition space. Through this public art initiative we will engage EVERYONE who passes on foot, by car, by train, or by bike.

The inaugural Platform Gallery exhibition, Stepping Out to Step In by Theresa Chromati, joins The Delaware Contemporary’s celebration of the suffrage centennial by showcasing the work of an emerging female creative leader on the faces of our building. Three exterior locations, spanning nearly the entire height of the building’s façade, have been selected by Chromati and Curator-in-Residence Kristen Hileman, as sites for the commissioned banners to be displayed. These colossal-scale works will greet those who work and live in Wilmington, and respond to and enliven the city streetscape and views from the close-by railroad and interstate. Chromati’s work for the Platform Gallery project will launch an ongoing series of commissioned banners, rotating twice a year and featuring today’s most relevant and bold artists.

In addition to her three original public banners, Stepping Out to Step In will feature Chromati’s paintings for a solo exhibition in The Delaware Contemporary’s Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery, opening date pending COVID-19 developments. This exhibition is also organized by Kristen Hileman, who over the past decade headed the contemporary department at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Eight large-scale, figurative works will reveal the many ways that Chromati is rethinking the practice of figure painting; including through the use of multi-paneled formats, the application of glitter to surfaces, and ambient sound deployed to create an immersive and poignant viewing environment.

Although not yet 30, Chromati has garnered critical and institutional attention for paintings that burst with color and texture as they present sophisticated compositions that layer and interweave female figures. These bodies are at once imaginative, bordering on abstract, and celebratory as they convey a variety of emotional and spiritual states of being. The artist, who is of Guyanese-American descent, has described the work as evoking different feminine energies, as well as an outlet for self-representation. In the undulating and exquisitely balanced forms one experiences sensual, aesthetic, and psychological complexity and strength. These qualities have roots in the artist’s childhood in Baltimore, where she was surrounded by a tight-knit community of black women.

Chromati’s formal art education includes studies at the DCAD (Delaware College of Art and Design) and the Pratt Institute. Now based in New York City, Chromati has profound connections to several cities, including Wilmington, along the transit and urban corridor served by The Delaware Contemporary.

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