First for Friday, April 3, 2015

Porcelain Artist
Irma Reinhold has been painting porcelain for 50 years. She started out doing watercolors, but a little porcelain pig she received as an engagement present changed all that. We head to Irma’s Wilmington home to check out her work.

Deborah Appleby is just as creative as Irma, but took a different path to her art. She once had a thriving downtown clothing store in Rehoboth. As the outlet malls grew she saw the writing on the wall. For First Experience number two meet the clothing retailer who became a glassblower.

Let’s head back up Rt. 1 for Experience number three and introduce you to the eclectic artist who runs the Dragonfly Art Studios. She’s a woman who finds inspiration in everything she touches, even her car.

Museum Attic
Up next is an example of how art can blend with history, and can be found in the strangest places. At the Delaware Museum of Natural History lies one of the largest natural history collections in North America. For Experience number four, let’s go rumbling around the museum’s “attic”.

Barry Schlecker
First Person this week brings Barry Schlecker of the Wilmington Film Festival back to our studio.  The festival is going into its third year beginning April 23rd, we sat down to discuss the festival’s growth and some of the films coming to this year’s festival.

Ever heard of a lightship? They were lighthouses on ships, and they protected America’s waterways for decades.  The Lightship Overfalls protected the Delaware Bay near Lewes. After some hard times the ship is back as a national historic landmark. Experience number five traces the ship’s history and the efforts taken to restore it to its former glory.

Mail Mystery Murder
For Experience number six let’s combine history and a murder mystery. In the summer of 1898 Dover became connected with a first for the town and the US Postal Service. Let’s head to The Green for the story.

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