The University of Delaware’s football program has posted an impressive victory record so far this season, an accomplishment marked by their recent No. 1 ranking in the NCAA Division I Coaches poll. Watch the final pigskin battle of the season from sideline reserve seats as the UD Blue Hens are pitted against the Villanova Wildcats, a match up featuring flying cerulean feathers and overly excitable felines in football helmets. Head coach K.C. Keeler runs an impressive squad backed by Pat Devlin, the dreamy star quarterback recently named Top 10 finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
At Delaware Aviation Center, fledgling aeronauts get a one-hour one-on-one instructional session with a certified flight instructor. Pilots-in-training spend 15 minutes being prepped before their flight, gleaning all the information necessary to become a safe and skilled Wright Brother incarnate. Shed the shackles of gravity in a Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP from the aviation center's fleet. During a 30-minute flight, students can choose to take over the controls, or just kick back and enjoy the view soaring over an endless variety of envious land-bound mammals before the winged journey's conclusion. Afterward, spend another 15 minutes getting a postflight briefing from the instructor, and get credit in your logbook, if you have one.
Though Longwood Gardens owes its current incarnation to the tireless efforts of industrialist, philanthropist, and conservationist Pierre du Pont, the property’s history stretches back to precolonial days. The Peirce family purchased the land from William Penn himself in 1700, and by the end of the century the Quakers had already begun developing an arboretum on the premises. In the century that followed, the homestead was purchased by an ambitious 36-year-old du Pont in 1906. Throughout the next 30 years, du Pont built a legacy rife with extravagant European-style fountains, a picturesque 600-foot garden walk, and 40 indoor and outdoor gardens. Today, visitors experience a bit of du Pont’s passion for the tropical flora of the Americas during jaunts through the property’s 1,077 colorful acres, where they run into everything from flowering trees and delicate hybrids to carnivorous pitcher plants. In addition to cultivating lush flora, the garden’s stewards also encourage growing minds with an ever-changing roster of events, such as internationally acclaimed musical acts and immersive educational experiences.
The Biggs Museum of American Art showcases late founder Sewell C. Biggs's impressive collection that focuses on the evolution of American and especially Mid-Atlantic art from the 18th century up to the present. Steal some time inside the museum's 18 intimate galleries and peruse the permanent collection’s early American furniture, regional silver, and sculptures needled by the famously opposable-thumbed Hiram Powers. Although admission is free, the Biggs Museum fills a bustling calendar with programs such as art classes and kids’ activities that members can enjoy at a discount, along with events such as the annual member appreciation breakfast. With a rotating cast of exhibitions, current offerings include the Award Winners XI exhibition running through October 23, 2011, which displays works by the Individual Artist fellows of the Delaware Division of the Arts. The upcoming Delaware By Hand: Masters Competition exhibition, on display from November 4, 2011 to February 19, 2012, features contemporary work chosen by a panel of judges and presented in tandem with an array of public programs, art sales, and grassroots movements to line public spaces with paint-spewing fire hydrants.
Shrill giggles and the pitter-patter of tiny, sock-swathed feet echo off the walls of Pump It Up, where lilliputian guests pinball through a metropolis of inflatable slides and bouncy enclosures. During glow pop-in play, tykes frolic in the radiance of special lights, and in pirate-themed sessions, youngsters don costumes or just feel less self-conscious about the parrot permanently affixed to their shoulder. Small groups of ankle-biters tear through the facility during private parties, plummeting down slides, scaling plush ladders, and bounding off of springy floors.