Our friends at Delaware Today Magazine just published a great article about the way some of Wilmington's great arts venues have grown in recent years.
Here's a sample:
The Queen this year will host about 350 ticketed shows and 150 free ones, plus hundreds of events, from a small business lunch to a blowout bar mitzvah. Musicians who have hit the stage run the gamut, from Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee to the ascendant Lake Street Dive to classic rocker Dave Mason of Traffic fame.
Delaware Theatre Company
“It’s been great to see the community rally around us, and to have so much national attention. It’s a lot of pressure, but much more manageable and enjoyable than all that financial pressure I was feeling when I started. The fact that we were able to pull ‘Diner’ off, as technically challenging as it was, is a testament to our team and the commitment everyone here has had to become an integral part of the community’s arts and culture scene.”
The Grand & The Playhouse
“When there’s something going on at The Playhouse, The Grand and our friends down the street at World Cafe Live at The Queen, Market Street is electric,” Fields says. “There’s this energy in the air that everyone feels. People are walking around everywhere, and the restaurants are full. We’re pleased and proud to be part of it and excited to see what the next iteration of downtown Wilmington will be.”
I am proud to be in a community that enjoys and supports these kinds of venues!