For more than 40 years, Barry Schlecker made his name in Delaware as an executive recruiter and networking specialist. He knows people — thousands of them — and he knows how to put them together. Need a VP for your business? Ask Barry. Need a plumber for your home? Barry will tell you who to call.

The Wilmington-born entrepreneur also loves the arts—he’s a longtime collector of primitive furniture and outsider art—and enjoys having a good time. At a time when many people are thinking of slowing down, Barry has combined his skills and his loves to forge a new career, as producer and director of Delaware’s most appealing festivals.

WilmFilm, the Wilmington Film Festival, held the last weekend of April at the Penn Cinema on the Riverfront, features all-day screenings of “movies that matter,” an eclectic mix of comedies, dramas and documentaries with something for every taste.

The Old Fashioned Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood, held the last weekend in June, offers the very best local ice cream, great food from area restaurants, live music, a Main Street packed with vendors and lots of fun for the kids.

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts, held the weekend after Labor Day in Wilmington’s Brandywine Park, has been a Delaware tradition for more than 50 years. With more than 250 juried artists in a wide range of styles and mediums, live music and plenty of food, the festival is truly a can’t-miss event.