This Week's News
This Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, marks the 10th anniversary of the annual yART sale at 33258 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. (yART = art in the yard!) There is no “rain date,” so fingers are crossed for fine weather.
The yART sale has become a win-win-win event. Artists win because they are able to display and sell their creations in an intimate and lovely setting, with the only requirement being a donation of one piece of their work.
The community wins by seeing and keeping up with the work of some of the area’s best artists of all media, and potters, jewelers and other artisans. And, most importantly, local non-profit organizations win from being beneficiaries of a “Chinese auction” of the artists’ donations, to the tune of more than $20,000 thus far.
The yART sale takes place in the circular driveway of the home of Julie and Nick Kypreos. The amount of time, effort, planning and generosity they devote to having successful events each year is somehow obscured by the seamless ease, fun and conviviality on the actual days of yART sale. And that includes when a sudden cloudburst erupts and everyone rushes around, focused on protecting theirs and others’ artwork from wind and rain.
“For me, the atmosphere of the event is the best part,’ said Julie Kypreos. “We always have a really great group of artists — some the same and a few different each year — who have forged a unique dynamic amongst themselves and with the public that faithfully returns. Everyone is always excited to see each other’s new pieces and perhaps new directions their art has taken them, and to check out the auction table to see the amazing donations.”
“The second best part is knowing that 100 percent of the money raised is going right back into worthy causes in our local community. I’m really happy that Suzanne Thurman and the MERR Institute is our charity this year.”
The MERR Institute is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles and their habitat. MERR stands for Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation. This year marks the 15th anniversary of its inception.
From wine night every Thursday in the off-season, to group trips up to New York City and the shop’s mascot — a dog named Evelyn — Christine’s Consignments in Ocean View is not your average consignment shop.
But that just might be the reason for the store’s success. Since opening the doors in 2010, owner Christine Hinz has even been able to open up a second location in Rehoboth, catering to men’s clothing. So to celebrate the store’s five-year anniversary, she’s rewarding the customers who have made it all possible with a 25 percent off sale for Labor Day weekend.
“The whole store — everything’s going to be 25 percent off,” Hinz explained. “I’ve never done that before, and I won’t do that again until my 10-year anniversary.”
Under the tagline “A trendy to place to shop,” the Ocean View location caters to local women and carries items ranging from women’s clothing and shoes to an array of jewelry, handbags, home decor and even furniture — offering some of the top names in designer merchandise, without the designer price tags.
“I’m very selective. We love designer,” she said. “We love Louis Vuitton, Tori Burch. We get a lot of Coach, Cole Hahn. Then we have a lot of sterling silver jewelry and some gold.”
Robert McNamara commented in his essay “Why Were Flags So Important in the Civil War?” that these flags marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. In the noise and smoke of battle, regiments could become scattered, and vocal commands, or even bugle calls, could not be heard.
This Saturday kicks off a weeklong grand-opening celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s move to Bethany Beach after “celebrating American creativity every day for 16 years” in Ocean View.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) is inviting local drama buffs to try out for some of the group’s fall offerings. BART, which perform at the Dickens Theater at 3575 Atlantic Avenue in Millville, will begin the season’s first production, “Hate Mail,” in September, with performances on Sept. 17-19 and 24-26.
“They’re taking another quarterback?”
This is the first thing I heard while sitting at the bar — I mean, eh…coffee shop, when the Washington Redskins drafted Kirk Cousins just three rounds after taking Robert Griffin III as No. 2 overall.
While it may still be early, the start of training camp and pre-season practices still spells excitement in Sussex County, with the return of high school football.
Teams are reloading. Teams are rebuilding. There are new coaches, new players, new goals and new expectations. And while there’s a reason for the phrase “any given Sunday,” which can be easily translated to the high school level to read “any given Friday night,” we’re taking a look at what challenges lie ahead for the Indians in the Henlopen South after the first few pre-season scrimmages of 2015.
The 2014 division champion, Lake Forest, and state championship runner-up Laurel look to be tough to beat yet again this season, while Delmar and Woodbridge look to also be a challenge, and both Milford and Seaford have new head coaches trying to turn things around. But just like any season, anything can happen when those Friday night lights switch on and a new year gets under way.
Every year, the Indian River High School boys’ soccer team graduates its fair share of irreplaceable players. But, every year, the storied program also sees its fair share of new players establish themselves as the next class of, well… irreplaceable players.
The 2015 season will be no different, with All-State/All-Conference selections Luis Cruz, Danny Garza and Sean Whelen all moving on to play at the collegiate level.
But according to head coach Steve Kilby, there’s still no shortage of talented underclassmen who are ready to step up into impact roles for the Indians this year — talented underclassmen ready to step up just like Cruz, Garza and Whelen once did.
“We’ve lost those players down the middle, but we’ve got guys that are stepping in and doing a great job,” said Kilby. “Everybody’s stepping up, and I think playing a little bit quicker, a little bit stronger, a little bit faster, which is the thing you want to see.”
Taking over Cruz’s former position at center mid will be junior captain Mac Smith, who finds himself starting for the Indians for a third straight year. But with Smith’s experience and versatility, it’s likely that he’ll see a multitude of roles throughout the season.
For three straight losing seasons, the Indian River high school volleyball program has been ready for a turnaround. However, with two new coaching hires and the shifting of former head coach Jay Clark into a new role, the Indians may finally have the pieces in place to make it happen.
First-year head coach Jim Barnes will take the helm for the Indians this season, allowing Clark to move into an assistant role, where he’ll be able to focus on working with the girls on more technical aspects of the game. Freeing up Barnes and Clark to focus on the varsity will be junior varsity coach Joyce Bunting, who rounds out the coaching trifecta.
“We all have different talents and traits that work perfectly together,” Barnes said of the new coaching staff. “Jay’s really good with technique. My strength is really the motivation, the enthusiasm, the understanding of the game and where to put the girls on the courts. And now we’re able to get Joyce Bunting to be our JV coach. She has a lot of experience coaching. I really respect her.”
The Delmarva Shorebirds gave fans a show during their final homestand of the 2015 season this week, stringing together a four-game win streak in their series against Hickory.
Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and Baltimore socialite Molly Shattuck will spend every other weekend in the Sussex Violation of Probation Center, for a total of 48 weekends, as part of her sentence, after pleading guilty to a single count of rape earlier this year.
On the day of her sentencing, Aug. 21, Shattuck was escorted into the courtroom by a group of six women, including her mother. Visibly upset, at one point before proceedings began, she dropped to her knees from her chair, shaking, and appeared to start praying.
She later would cry during sentencing, sometimes making it difficult to understand her words.
“I take full responsibility for what I did,” she said. “I was the adult. I never should have had conversations with someone else’s son… I will spend the rest of my life making this right.”
A Dover-based dermatologist was only practicing in Ocean View one day each week. But that just decreased to zero days, after the State of Delaware suspended his medical license on Aug. 19.
Secretary of State Jeffrey Bullock and the Board of Medical Licensure & Discipline this week issued a temporary order suspending license of Dr. Lindsay Brathwaite.
How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.
The Bethany Beach area is already at risk of losing the free recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond State Park, due to the tremendous amounts of non-recyclable garbage that is being dumped there.
“We might have to close the facility if we cannot curtail the illegal dumping that has been going on there,” said Mike Parkowski of the Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA).
But that would suit nearby residents just fine.
Ocean Village is a private neighborhood located across Coastal Highway from Fresh Pond. For them, the “terrible eyesore” of televisions, furniture, construction debris and once, a toilet, is just the beginning.
Ocean Village opposed the recycling center being there even before people started treating the recycling cans as garbage dumpsters, before the lingering food attracted wildlife, which residents said crosses the highway into their neighborhood.
There are no documented reports of a drug overdose occurring in Indian River School District. And with a free donation of emergency response medicine, the district’s high schools aim to keep it that way.
The Delaware Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS) received a massive donation of 2,000 naloxone units from drug manufacturer Kaléo, based in Richmond, Va.
When a referee makes a questionable call, or the other team makes a snide remark, what does the athlete do? Just walk away? Or throw down their hockey stick and pounce?
When it comes to good sportsmanship, Sussex Central High School tries to walk the walk. That’s a step in the right direction, according to the Delaware Interscholastic Athletic Association (DIAA), which just awarded SCHS with its second consecutive DIAA Sportsmanship Award.
The school received its new banner from DIAA Executive Director Kevin Charles at the Aug. 24 Indian River School District school board meeting.
From a four-page application, SCHS’s submission was a portfolio 3 inches thick.
“It’s a competition against … a rigorous set of standards,” Charles said, which asks about school policy, heated rivalry games, investigations, athletic handbooks, monthly sportsmanship meetings and more.
“This program … is intended to establish a school culture where sportsmanship is the culture … so when the chips are down …we automatically respond in the Sussex Central way,” Charles said.
Downtown Frankford was briefly stuck behind an emergency perimeter on Tuesday, Aug. 25, due to a potential propane leak on the railroad track that runs through the town.
Just before 11 a.m., the Frankford Fire Company responded to the railroad tracks north of Frankford Avenue.
It has been a while since Charles Bireley was not the president of the Indian River School Board. In fact, Bireley has served that role faithfully for the past 10 years, and has held the seat for 15 of his 38 years helping direct the educational path for generations of students to pass through our local schools.
It’s still in there.
After 10 years with the same leadership, the Indian River School Board recently elected a new member to serve as president, as Georgetown’s James “Jim” Hudson leads the board into a new school year.
Hudson inherited the board presidency from Charles Bireley, who stepped down from that role after holding it for 15 years, including the last 10, consecutively. (Bireley, a 38-year board member, continues to represent his district on the board, having also won re-election this year.)
This June, Hudson said, he was asked to consider leading the board. The board elects its leadership positions from its own members, and Hudson was unanimously elected. Rodney Layfield remains vice president.
“I think the major goal is to address in our population growth. I think that’s going to be a major thing,” Hudson said. “We’re really growing — especially in the Georgetown, Millsboro areas. We’ve really got to tackle that; hopefully, come up with some solutions.”
The 2015-2016 season of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is designed to celebrate Maestro Julien Benichou’s 10 years as music director. The MSO’s 19th season will showcase a variety of music and soloists.
For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.
“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.
“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”
Chef Robbie Bedell would like to dedicate this column to his dear friend, Kenneth Coolidge, who passed away at 35 on Feb. 7, 2014.
In the past few years, our little corner of the state has seen many new restaurants. Some of them come, and some of them go. I like to try them all, with the hope of highlighting the chefs. Today, I’m happy to share recipes from my new favorite restaurant — the Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop, located at 97 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach, on the walkway beneath Mango’s restaurant. Both indoor and outdoor seating are available.
Before I highlight a restaurant, I eat there at least twice to see if the food is consistently good and if readers of this column will want to eat there. If I don’t like the food, I don’t go back, and you are none the wiser. I ate at the Jetty three times — two breakfasts and one lunch — before asking Chef Robbie Bedell if he would provide recipes for a column. As you can see, we both hit the jackpot!
I took an immediate liking to this accomplished young chef. He’s kind, caring, considerate, and when he sent the answers to my questions via email, he told me that his family is his “rock and support system. They are the power in my life. We have seen tragedy and miracle alike. My mother is my idol, and her soul pushes me in time of defeat.”
The mother in me welled up when she read that lovely tribute.
Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced its September show theme, “Welcome to my World,” which will be open to the public Sept. 3-30. “Welcome to my world” is designed to be an invitation to glimpse and participate in realm of the Gallery One artists’ world. Each artist has a unique view, and each painting a different thought.
Dale Sheldon’s “Autumn Near Greve” glows with the “glorious colors seen in autumn in Tuscany, which are a feast for the eyes. The rich golds of the fields play against the cool hillsides in the distance, and the dramatic dark greens found in the trees complement the iconic red roofs.”
“View from my Garden” is the path Laura Hickman takes every day in her “summer world.” Watering the flowers and pool cleaning are never a chore. Sunlit grass and colorful flowers are so preferable to her “winter” world, she said.
Joyce Condry’s mixed-media painting “Waste Not Want Not” describes the evolutionary aspects of a painting. “I just can’t throw anything away! If a painting isn’t working, I might be able to make it work someday.”
A celebration is planned for the 10th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Party on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street in Milton. The party will aim for an atmosphere of cool elegance, in pale blue and shimmering silver as they celebrate this anniversary in style.
Delmarva Bike Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary Sept. 17-20 in three locations: Winterplace Park and the Shorebirds’ stadium in Salisbury, Md., and Rommel Harley-Davidson in Seaford.
Kids are heading back to school, and that means it’s time for fall sports. Is the young athlete in your house playing football this year? It’s a great sport, and it teaches so many positive lessons about teamwork and fair play, to say nothing of all the positives that come with being active and staying in shape. Like any sport, though, football has its risks.
Football is the leading cause of school sports injuries. The latest numbers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2013, show some 881,700 football injuries were suffered by kids between the ages of 5 and 18.There are numerous studies that have looked at the issue of kids and football injuries, too. They show that about 20 percent of football players between the ages of 8 and 14 are injured during the typical school football season.
The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative relationships.
DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the first-ever “Boo-B-Que By the Sea,” a two-day statewide barbecue cook-off competition beginning Friday, Oct. 30, at Delaware Seashore State Park. The event will also feature the first live auction for low-digit surf-fishing tags, on Saturday, Oct. 31.
As I lay looking up the Texas-shaped water splotch on the ceiling — the one I’ve been meaning to paint over for approximately two years now — I wondered how I could possibly be so miserable when just yesterday I had lain in the very same place, looking up at the very same Texas-shaped water splotch, and been perfectly content. I had been perfectly happy, even. Maybe, even happier than I had been in a long time.