It is difficult to explain in a few words what makes anyone intriguing, but that was the challenge we gave writer Ken Mammarella this month: Tell us why we can’t stop watching the 36 Delawareans profiled in this issue. And he did a great job. The problem is, we reporters and editors, generally a curious mob, always want to know more—which is exactly what Ken provided. Space in the magazine being limited, however, we had to cut to the chase, which means some interesting things were left on the floor of the editing room. So if you are as curious as we are, you can read the complete, original text, here. I think you’ll find it enlightening.
This month I’m pleased to introduce you to writer Lisa Dill of the University of Delaware, author of “The Allure of the ‘Unkowable’ Delaware River”—river, to be precise. The Delaware is a waterway many of us see every day, but know little about. We tend to think of it as the broad, heavily traveled expanse that passes under the Delaware Memorial Bridge. We rarely consider its origin in the Catskills or the other 14,000-plus square miles in its watershed, and few of us know it is the longest undammed river east of the Mississippi. When I stumbled upon the fact that Lisa, a Delaware Division of the Arts writing fellow in 2016, was working on a book about the Missouri River, I asked if she would consider exploring our own mighty river as a historical, cultural, economic and natural resource. She brings a lovely, essay-like quality to a story that is full of surprising—dare I say intriguing?—facts. I hope you agree.
You can read about how some passionate Delawareans—intriguing in their own right—are helping refugees from abroad get settled in the United States while trying to correct misconceptions about who refugee families are. As writer Dawn Warden explains, several faith-based groups have endured much to aid people who deserve a new start. We wish them all—resettlement volunteers and new Delawareans—the best.
And among the intriguing people we profile every month is businessman Barry Schlecker. Barry is one of those people who seems to know everyone and is known by all. Mammarella explains how and why Schlecker became the reviver and rehabilitator of local festivals such as this month’s Brandywine Festival of the Arts and, most recently, the July 4 celebration in Hockessin. See the story here.
With fall around the corner, we think it’s a fine time to visit the beaches. The weather is still great, the crowds thin a bit, and there are festivals and other events that are among the state’s best. In this month’s Beach Guide, a few of the locals tell us how they would spend their perfect day at the beach. We were inspired. We hope you are, too.
—Mark Nardone, Executive Editor