Since its origins in the late 19th Century, the University of Delaware athletic department has transcended simply what happens on the field or on the court. Indeed, the Blue Hens have hatched professional football and basketball stars. The school’s football team has won six national titles, including three during the 1970s, and its women’s lacrosse team once captured back-to-back-to-back championships from 1981-83. But when fans look around during Blue Hens events, they notice more than points being scored or referees feeding the little birds inside their whistles. They might spot YoUDee, a mascot whose roots trace back to the Revolutionary War, or the school’s nationally ranked dance team pumping up the crowd. Of course, there’s also the school’s marching band, which at 300 members strong, cranks out stirring renditions of the UD fight song.
Located in the Brandywine Valley, the Brandywine Polo Club’s 4,000-person-capacity facility is a pleasant, relaxing setting to enjoy professional polo. This customized-for-Groupon deal includes a special parking pass, access to the open bar and free food, and a sideline ticket to the match. The Atlantic Ocean–spanning polo match, presented by the Brandywine Polo Club and the British Officers Club of Philadelphia, pits the U.S. squadron of mallet-swingers against the United Kingdom's Combined Services Polo Team. For newcomers to the sport of polo, this event will offer an ideal introduction to its marriage of equine-steering and sphere-striking, all played out on a tournament-sized polo field measuring 300 yards by 160 yards. Experience the thrill of a game-winning goal, often leading to the winning coach getting doused with a cooler of scalding Earl Grey tea.
As the Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals—and as four-time Carolina League champions—the Blue Rocks represent one of the most successful traditions in all of Minor League Baseball. Continuing to build upon a franchise history that stretches back to the 1940s, Wilmington has served as a launching pad for more than 100 big leaguers since 1993. As the squad of rising stars kicks up dust with diving stops and gritty slides, the 7-foot mascot Rocky Bluewinkle roams through the seats passing out fist bumps and lecturing youngsters on the pros and cons of having antlers.
The Cecil County Food and Wine Festival, an all-day outdoor event, sates the senses of attendees with live entertainment and wine tastings from local grape whisperers. Charismatic opening act Dean Crawford and the Dunn's River Band entrances the crowd at 2 p.m. with original country compositions and complimentary SkyMall magazines. Headliner George Jones—a country legend known for co-penning a slew of hits such as "Tender Years" and "He Stopped Loving Her Today"—takes the stage at 4 p.m. to churn out songs from his extensive catalog. Amid the twang-tinged euphony, two featured Cecil County wineries, Dove Valley and Terrapin Station, offer up samples of their grape libations alongside other Maryland vineyards. Like a graduation party for one of the California raisins, this deal gifts all guests with a commemorative 9.9-ounce wine glass for indulging in aperitifs.