St. Anthony's Italian Festival, a weeklong, Renaissance-style party, celebrates the rich cultural heritage of Italy. Each year, the streets that surround St. Anthony of Padua Parish teem with events ranging from concerts and wine competitions to church tours and a full midway of rides and games. Participants include local merchants such as DiSabatino Landscaping, which has created a garden that evokes the Italian countryside. Vending booths supply food prepared by volunteers and some of the area's Italian restaurants. All proceeds from the festival benefit the St. Anthony of Padua Grade School.
The Theatre N at Nemours makes its home in downtown Wilmington, but its films come from far beyond the city's borders. The theater not only screens independent films from around the world, but its digital projection system also allows first-run features to appear in Wilmington at the same time as in larger cities. That way, locals are able to take in these exciting dramas, comedies, and documentaries when everyone else is talking about them too. As patrons watch in a comfortable auditorium that seats 200+, they also get plenty of snack choices like freshly popped popcorn and candy from the concession stand.
Before new shows came to Broadway, they debuted in Wilmington. The DuPont Theatre was constructed in 1913 as a stately venue for big musicals to find their legs outside the city, and to serve as a hub for more homegrown events. The massive stage hosted spectacles including a train-collision scene and live-animal performances, as well as performances by Fred Astaire, Bette Davis, and Orson Welles.?
Over the years, the theater withstood building mishaps and the dwindling theater audiences of the '40s and '50s, when Hollywood began shrinking actors down to fit inside movie projectors. Rather than show films, DuPont stepped up its production schedules and catered to its diverse audience, slashing ticket prices for students and building an infrared sound system for hearing-impaired guests. It also renovated the space and added a children's series to introduce youngsters to science, history, and literature through theatre.?
It all worked. Today, DuPont remains a destination for live entertainment, beckoning residents and visitors to shows that have included Cats, Les Miserables, and Hello, Dolly!
Ornate railings flank the steps to one of BlueBallRoom Dance Studio?s two spacious dance floors, whose hardwood-maple surfaces mask springy, joint-cushioning subfloors. The studio's team of talented teachers leads classes in a monthly rotation of social dances ranging from Argentine tango and various ballroom styles to intermediate touchdown dancing. Private-lesson subscribers, meanwhile, get closer attention and a chance to hone their footwork at regularly held free dance parties.