Arts & Entertainment

LSLL’s Challenger League is about much more than baseball

Coastal Point • Submitted: The LSLL Challenger League welcomes players from ages 5 to 18, with all types of disabilities, to play ball.Coastal Point • Submitted: The LSLL Challenger League welcomes players from ages 5 to 18, with all types of disabilities, to play ball.After their son Aiden had played in it for years, a spring without the Challenger Baseball League just wasn’t an option for Kevan and Megan Browne when they moved to the area.

But after spending their first official baseball season in Sussex County traveling back and forth to Maryland, accounting for more than five hours of drive time every Saturday, the Brownes are bringing the league — designed for special needs players ages 5 to 18 — to Delaware.

“He would start asking like Wednesday, and at the time, gas was like 4 bucks a gallon,” explained Kevan Browne of how important the league became to his son. “It was five hours in the car and 100 bucks in gas for an hour-and-a-half baseball game, but he loved it.”

While the league is, of course, designed for the players, the adult Brownes have enjoyed it equally, forming friendships within the community that span much further than the baseball diamond. It’s that type of camaraderie that they aim to establish in Sussex County.

Sons of Confederate Veterans event set for April 25 in Georgetown

In 2007, a 12-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide granite memorial rose from the ground upon its unveiling at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. The dedication of this monument was the fulfillment of the Delaware Grays Camp #2068, Sons of Confederate Veterans, pledge to honor those Delawareans who served the Confederate States of America during the Civil War.

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard, but they were also meant to live in coastal Delaware, so they are less likely to need extra water or nutrients.

Their popularity accounts for the 11th year of the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale, on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nighttime cocktail party also returns on the eve of the sale.

Organizer Sally Boswell of event sponsor the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays called this the “one-stop-shop for going native in your garden,” hosted annually at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

“The big stores, for the most part — they have not gotten into native plant offerings in their nurseries. So it’s our small, local, independent nurseries that are leading the way in that,” said Boswell.

Five nurseries will sell thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees.

Anniversary gala shines the spotlight on Selbyville Library

Dim the lights and get dolled up for the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library. The Friends will bring the party on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside.

“We started in April of 1985. It’s our 30th anniversary of being around and helping the library,” said David Nilsson, Friends president.

The public is being invited to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, live music, a full buffet, silent auction and cash bar. This month’s party is the jumping-off point for Selbyville’s future. Proceeds will fund children’s programs, technology upgrades and future expansion of Selbyville Public Library.

Bethany Nature Center to host Earth Day Celebration on April 18

The 4th Annual Earth Day Celebration will take place at the Bethany Beach Nature Center on Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Under the Big Top, there will be nature games, crafts, raffles and prizes. There will also be up-close encounters with Liz and her raptors, and James with his honeybees. Readers can visit the Nature Book Table to find books “free to a good home.”

Get in golf shape before you tee off

The Masters is the defining moment every year that tells us golf season is under way. Golf offers so many benefits — it’s not only a terrific way to socialize and have some fun, but golfers who are regularly on the links are gaining all kinds of benefits. Golf is a wonderful way to get fresh air and exercise that will build your muscular strength and cardiovascular health.

IR Alumni group returns with food and ‘FUN-raiser’

The Indian River High School Alumni Association will be hosting its annual 'FUN-raiser' this weekend.The Indian River High School Alumni Association will be hosting its annual 'FUN-raiser' this weekend.The Indian River High School Alumni Association’s third annual “FUN-raiser” on Saturday, April 18, will allow alumni and their supporters to celebrate green-and-gold with a night of all-you-can-eat food, music, prizes, cornhole games and a return of the IRHS Alumni license plates, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Frankford Fire Hall, the use of which has been donated by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company.

Attendees will be able to fill up on homemade pit beef, hot sausages, mac’n’cheese, the Tribbitt Family’s Famous Clam Chowder and desserts. Drinks are free, including beer, wine and soda.

Guests will be able to bid for “Chinese” and live auction items. They can bring up to three canned goods for the local food pantry or animal shelter and receive up to 3 “Chinese auction” tickets.

This is the one night each year to get Indian River alumni license plates, with the Indian chief logo designed by IR students. With the winning bid, people can drive around with their lucky number, graduation year, wedding anniversary or other combination, or get a gift for a soon-to-be-graduate. The number list is online at www.IRHSalumni.com.

Tickets cost $30 in advance, available from many alumni members or at IndianRiverAlumni@gmail.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Bridgeville golf tournament to honor fallen Marine

On May 9, golfers can play a round and celebrate a fallen U.S. Marine in the process. The second annual Cory Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament is being hosted by a group of the young man’s best friends that Saturday, at Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville.

Seaford resident Cory L. Palmer died on May 6, 2006, when his Humvee patrol was struck by a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq.

Coastal Kayak to host Paddle with your Pooch

Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island will host the 2nd Annual “Paddle with your Pooch” on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in support of the Worcester County (Md.) Humane Society. Organizers said all are welcome, with or without a pet, to help Worcester County Humane Society pets get a new “leash” on life.

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View residents Bob and Nancy Lueckel.

Community invited to partake in ‘A Greater Loesser Moment’

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Heart and Soul,” “Luck Be a Lady” — all songs that people are familiar with and can even hum along to, but perhaps don’t know were written by renowned songwriter Frank Loesser.

CoChilla 2015 returns to support SPCA

Lovers of animals and music will be able to support both this Sunday at CoChilla 2015, set at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach. The event was started three years ago by local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi.

Civil War Profiles: Lee’s surrender: The beginning of the end

Church bells suddenly began tolling as darkness ended the Sabbath on April 9, 1865. Anna M. Ferris of Wilmington, Del., noted people preparing for bed were startled to learn the bells “were announcing … the surrender of [Gen. Robert E.] Lee & the army to Gen. [Ulysses S.] Grant.

Freeman takes center stage

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the 2015 season hits that nail on the head, with a variety of music, dance, theater and children’s performances.

Hop to it: A basketful of Easter activities to fill the weekend

On the prowl for egg hunts? They’re scheduled for Saturday, April 4, in all corners of the county.

• Bethel Tabernacle Church in Clarksville will host its annual Egg Hunt, which has grown include more than 8,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.

From Peggy’s Greek kitchen

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Peggy Fisher holds a pan of Greek dessert, Galaktoboureko, while posing in front of her olive tree.Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Peggy Fisher holds a pan of Greek dessert, Galaktoboureko, while posing in front of her olive tree.Peggy and Guy Fisher own a beautiful home in The Point in Dagsboro, but they also own a home on the mainland of Greece in the Peloponnese.

“Most folks have heard of the Kalamata olive,” Peggy said. “Our house is on the peninsula south of the town of Kalamata. Our area is called the Mani, and the locals are probably descendants of the Spartans.”

Peggy took the long road to owning a home in Greece. As a child, she grew up in Oregon, the daughter of a forest ranger. The family — she’s the oldest of seven children — lived in a remote location in the woods.

“I attended a two-room school,” she said, “and only one room when I was in the fourth to eighth grades. There were five to six of us. When I graduated from eighth grade, there were only two in my class.”

When she entered high school in 1964, she boarded with a family because the ranger station was more than two hours away on a logging road.

Fort Miles to offer historic lantern, museum and battery tours this spring

Coastal Point • Submitted : Two children sit on one of the World War II artillery guns at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.Coastal Point • Submitted : Two children sit on one of the World War II artillery guns at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.The spring schedule is set at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park, where visitors are encouraged to come witness live World War II reenactments, visit the Orientation Building and World War II Museum and much more.

“Our event makes Delaware World War II history come alive for our visitors as we recreate what World War II Fort Miles was like, with soldiers dressed in period correct outfits, tours of our gun park, with guns of the type at Fort Miles, and tours of our state-of-the-art World War II Museum inside the Great Dune,” said Fort Miles Association President Gary Wray. “Folks who visit are impressed at our museum and its quality of both displays and interpretation.”

The spring schedule at Fort Miles kicked off on Saturday, March 14, but will continue with upcoming lantern tours on Saturday, April 11, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 9, 23 and 30 at 8 p.m. The Orientation Building will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 15. Underground gun battery tours will be held on April 18, and May 16 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

BREAKING NEWS: Freeman Stage unveils lineup for 2015 season

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced on Tuesday that the 2015 summer season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside will feature a diverse offering of dance, theater, children’s performances and live music—including 16 national recording artists. Tickets for all performances go on sale online to the public Monday, April 13, at www.freemanstage.org.

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 28, at the public park on Park Street (across from the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall).

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.

“We hope to continue to maintain that high level” of performance that the community is used to “and provide nice entertainment for the public,” said IRHS Music Director Nathan Mohler.

The musicians are getting creative, with a drum line, sax quartet and rocking Bruno Mars finale. There’s even an acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

The lineup ranges from music to stage routines, including a comedy game show. Musical renditions include a variety of genres: country (Aaron Lewis), R&B (Whitney Houston), pop rock (One Republic), Christian music and more.

Most of the acts have live accompaniment from a 27-piece pit band.

“We have a very good variety,” Mohler said.

The student performers also decided what they wanted to put on stage, choosing their own songs and acts.

“I’ve always felt, in the music world, a performer’s gonna get more out of it [based on] what they put in,” Mohler said. “If they’re doing what they want, they’re gonna care more about it… harbor that same passion and intensity.”