Arts & Entertainment

Steele brings weird fiction to ‘The Children of Old Leech’

Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark  : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ Coastal Point •R. Chris Clark : Local book editor Justin Steele presents his book, ‘The Children of Old Leech.’ Steele has high hopes for the book: ‘I hope it keeps people awake at night.’ “If you value your health, sanity and general sense of well-being, then you should stop reading this book right now. Close the cover, put it back on the shelf, and head on over to the non-fiction section. Pick up a book on fishing, or pottery — something safe. Anything but this book.”

From the very beginning of Justin Steele’s introduction, “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” its readers are warned that the newly published horror anthology is not for the faint of heart — but for those who are brave enough to continue reading on, a wonderful read is guaranteed.

Since he was a little boy, Steele, a Dagsboro resident, has always enjoyed horror fiction.

“I’ve always been an avid reader. I hadn’t read horror and dark stuff since I was a kid. When I was in college, I discovered the works of H.P. Lovecraft, and ever since then it was kind of like going down the rabbit hole for me,” recalled Steele.

Steele’s love for the genre eventually led to the recent publication of “The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron,” which he co-edited with Ross Lockhart.

“I was talking to Ross Lockhart, who owns Word Horde Press, and pitched him the idea for the book. He liked it. It was kind of shocking, because I know he turns down a lot of pitches,” said Steele. “Making this, I want to do something I would be excited to read. Even to see the excitement of people posting pictures of the book, or saying they’re eagerly awaiting it. It just makes me feel happy, because as a reader that’s how I want to feel when I get a new book.”

Car show to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • Submitted: Allison Stine poses with her cars, all of which will be shown at the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: Allison Stine poses with her cars, all of which will be shown at the First Annual Cripple Creek Classic Car Show on Saturday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.With Operation SEAs the Day’s Wounded Warrior Beach Week steadily approaching, many people in the community are doing their part to raise money for the effort.

“I just thought it would be a nice addition, a way to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and for Operation SEAs the Day,” said local Realtor and classic car enthusiast Allison Stine. “I know there are a lot of cars in this area. We see them all the time. I see them driving down the road. I don’t know where they’re all being stored, but they’re out there.”

Operation SEAs the Day is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “to organize and facilitate a beach-week event … as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”

This year, Warrior Beach Week will be held Sept. 2-7, bringing 30 soldiers and their families to Bethany Beach for a relaxing weekend.

Stine said that, once she heard of the event, she knew she wanted to help in some way.

Civil War Profiles: Jordan Norris, 48th Georgia: ‘I was never touched by a Yankee bullet!’

Mary Ann Norris Welsh, who lives in Ocean Pines, Md., is interested in genealogy. In 1970, while checking birthdates in the family Bible during a reunion at a relative’s home in Eastover, S.C., she found a brief letter, in the form of a memoir, that her great grandfather Jordan Marion Norris (1834-1906) had written about his Civil War experience.

Gallery One to feature ‘Stops Along the Way’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Peggy Warfield’s, ‘The Boardwalk,’ a collage, will be featured during Gallery One’s new show, ‘Stops Along the Way.’ Below, Lesley McCaskill’s, ‘Down on the Farm,’ a watercolor.Coastal Point • Submitted: Gallery One’s new Show, “Stops Along the Way,” will open at the gallery in Ocean View on July 31, with a reception to meet the artists planned for Aug. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m.

“When Gallery One artists are asked what inspires them, the answer is overwhelmingly ‘What I see around me — the dunes, the beach, the sea, the bays and marshes, the beach cottages, the landmarks,” organizers said. And for the August theme, “Stops Along the Way,” the 15 artists travel Route 1 from Ocean City to Milton and show the viewer each of their neighborhoods.

Peggy Warfield’s collage “The Boardwalk” depicts the icons of Ocean City: Trimpers’ Ferris wheel, Thrashers fries, Kohr Brothers’ frozen custard, Dolles’ saltwater taffy.

A row of quaint cottages in soft yellow, shell pink and sky blue stand watch over the grassy dunes and the river by the Indian River bridge as Laura Hickman uses pastels to depict “Inlet Cottages.”

Peggy Warfield’s, ‘The Boardwalk,’ a collage, will be featured during Gallery One’s new show, ‘Stops Along the Way.’ Below, Lesley McCaskill’s, ‘Down on the Farm,’ a watercolor.Delaware is spotted with historical farms. Lesley McCaskill’s watercolor “Down on the Farm” shows an old red barn that is now a petting farm and vegetable and fruit stand.

Dale Sheldon’s acrylic shows a row of blue, green and purple kayaks on the beach in Lewes, as “Lewes Beach Kayaks” wait patiently for paddlers.

“The Dewey Tower,” a watercolor by Dianne Shearon, is reflective of the history of the beaches of the Atlantic. She asks the viewer to take a moment to remember and be thankful that towers like this guarded and protected the area.

Civil War Profiles: ‘Dead heroes’ of the 2nd Delaware

After the outbreak of hostilities between the states in 1861, authorities in Washington soon acknowledged that the war would last longer than originally believed. Consequently, they called for men to join the Union army for a three-year enlistment.

Ridin’ Dirty: Local bikers love their sport, into their 70s and 80s

Zipping through Roxana fields, two dirt-bikers kick up dust on a humid day. They stop to chat before kicking down on the starter and buzzing away for another loop.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour set for next week

Participants in the 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, which will benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library, will have the opportunity to visit 10 unique homes in the Bethany Beach/Fenwick Island area. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 23, and Thursday, July 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tourgoers may visit all 10 homes in one day or spread the viewing over the two days of the tour.

Local ‘Wish kid’ travels to World Cup in Brazil

Lenny Perez-Rivera is 9 and lives in Georgetown. He and his family have recently returned from Brazil, where they watched two World Cup games, went sightseeing and participated in a huge fan-appreciation festival. This wonderful experience was courtesy of the Make-A-Wish organization, because Lenny has leukemia.

Civil War Profiles: Gettysburg campaign ends anti-climatically

In the words of Carl von Clausewitz, “War is … a continuation of political activity by other means.” Following the defeat of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s army at Gettysburg in July 1863, President Abraham Lincoln visualized an end to the rebellion of Southern slave states and restoration of the Union.

Nanticoke Indian Association to host 37th Annual Powwow

The 37th Annual Nanticoke Indian Association Powwow will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, at the powwow grounds east of Millsboro.

Playing in the dirt

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children have planted this garden in May, in partnership with the Selbyville Public Library, and continue to maintain it.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Children have planted this garden in May, in partnership with the Selbyville Public Library, and continue to maintain it.For once, kids are being encouraged to get dirty, and the Selbyville Public Library is leading the way.

The Selbyville Children’s Garden was planted in May by about 12 children in the library’s summer reading program. Now, every Tuesday at 4 p.m., children can attend the reading program — but they can help take care of their garden all week long. That means pulling weeds and watering the many plants.

“They love it,” said children’s librarian Ronshell “Shelly” Purnell.

They’re growing tomatoes, peppers, radish, cucumbers, squash, basil, parsley, cantaloupes and more. A line of sunflowers along the side of the library building is expected to reach 7 feet tall.

The veggies will be used in the teens’ Chop Challenge cooking program. They’ve even made a few dollars selling vegetables in the library.

“The parents say, ‘How do you get kids to come out and play in dirt and we can’t get ’em to clean their rooms?’” Purnell laughed. “It’s all about putting fun in little stuff like this.”

Warrior thankful for Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: Braden, Victoria, Katelin, Jacob and McKenzie didn’t waste any time getting into the sand during last year’s Operation SEAs the Day.Coastal Point • File Photo: Braden, Victoria, Katelin, Jacob and McKenzie didn’t waste any time getting into the sand during last year’s Operation SEAs the Day.Last year, community members banded together to form Operation SEAs the Day, a beach-week event for military servicemembers and veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country, as well as for their families.

Its mission was simple: “To organize and facilitate a beach-week event … as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”

This year, the Warrior Beach Week will be held on Sept. 2-7, with 30 soldiers and their families set to visit Bethany Beach and enjoy a stress-free week of family fun.

Tourism website update offers way to explore the Culinary Coast

“Southern Delaware’s incredible growth as a culinary destination has led to the area becoming known throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond as the Culinary Coast,” noted representatives of Southern Delaware Tourism.

Civil War Profiles: Post-Gettysburg pursuit of Lee’s army

When the Army of the Potomac, under the command of Maj. Gen. George G. Meade, gained its first victory on the battlefield against Gen. Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg in early July 1863, the people of the North and the authorities in Washington were jubilant.

Annual Greek festival adds a fourth day to the festivities

The 25th Annual Greek Festival will be held on July 11, 12, 13 and 14 at Ocean City’s Roland Powell Convention Center, at 41th Street and Coastal Highway. Organizers said the Greek Festival has added a Monday to the festival to accommodate people arriving in the area during the week.

Writers’ Guild to hold Flash Prose Class, starting next Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday, July 16, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will be running a three-week Flash Prose Class, featuring both Micro Memoir and Fiction.

Clear Space welcomes new board members

The Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach announced this week the addition of three new members to their board of directors. Lois Rubinsohn, Clayton Serman and Randy Reed were welcomed as directors at a recent board meeting.

Tickets still available for 23rd Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour

This year’s Beach & Bay Cottage Tour is almost here. The 23rd annual tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will take place Wednesday and Thursday, July 23 and 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Author of book about signing with young children to appear at Bethany Beach Books

An expert on promoting early literacy for all children though sign language, Baltimore author Kathy MacMillan will sign her new book, “Little Hands and Big Hands: Children and Adults Signing Together,” on Tuesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Bethany Beach Books. She will also offer a hands-on storytime for parents and kids of all ages at the store on Wednesday, July 16, at 9 a.m.