By Fay Jacobs |  Photographs by Murray Archibald
From the May 2016 Issue

MusicMaker01 christopher judy-QP-adj-cmykThis summer, Peterson will launch his 18th season in Rehoboth Beach by premiering an entirely new show titled “Eyecons: The Broads of Broadway.” The part-time Rehoboth resident will bring back all of the fabulous ladies he’s performed for many years, but this time they’ll be seen auditioning for shows they never got to perform. The production has not yet been previewed, but mischief is surely in the wings, as Peterson has matched his ladies with famous shows ill-suited to their particular talents. It should be a hoot.

Along with weekend performances of “Eyecons,” he also will star in the Broadway musical “Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” with both shows at Clear Space Theatre. In the latter, Peterson will be showing off his considerable acting chops and singing the infectious disco-era music, having his way with ’70s anthems like “I Love the Nightlife” and “I Will Survive” as well as such American Songbook standards as “A Fine Romance.” 

Born in New Brunswick, Canada, this musical illusionist first gained notice there at age 12 when he starred in “Oliver!” at his junior high school. A director saw the performance and snapped up young Christopher for a professional production of the show in Halifax, Nova Scotia. From there, he went back to school musicals and, after graduation, began his adventures in the art of drag. “Mostly we lip-synced,” he recalls, “since the places we performed had no microphones.”

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photographs by Carolyn Watson 
From the May 2016 Issue

toughStartI could feel that I was going into detox, and that meant that the baby was going into detox too,” says the Gumboro woman. “I knew that there is a greater chance of infant death with detox, and I didn’t want to lose her. That was the hardest decision I ever had to make, to inject heroin into my body knowing that it was going to my baby. I hated that decision.”

Grace Bare was born at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford in February 2015. After showing signs of neonatal abstinence syndrome, she was started on a drug withdrawal program. She was in the hospital for two weeks.

Now, Grace is doing well. She is walking, something she started at 10 months, and is starting to say a few words.

By Pam George 
From the May 2016 Issue

FoodTruckEpworthSceneDSC 0013-almost-DT-adj-cmykAccording to the trade magazine Mobile Cuisine, food trucks generated $1.2 billion in revenue in 2015, a 12.5 percent increase over the tally five years earlier. Granted, it’s not a new concept. Silver-sided trucks serving hotdogs, premade sandwiches, sodas and chips were construction site staples in the mid- to late-20th century. Urban universities and many downtown districts — think New York and Philadelphia — have food trucks on seemingly every corner. But in the past five years, these delectable deals on wheels have taken on a new spin, complete with colorful, clever branding and specialty menus. Consider the trendy Cuban sandwich (Cubanos) offered by the food truck in the movie “Chef,” which made viewers long for mojo-marinated pork shoulder, boiled ham, yellow mustard, Swiss cheese and sour dill pickles.

Despite the popularity of shows like “The Great Food Truck Race” on the Food Network, the concept was slow to catch on in Delaware. These trucks began popping up in Wilmington and Newark in northern Delaware in 2014; to the south, Big Thunder helped pave the way.