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Growing old together

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the big celebration.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the big celebration.

Long-time couples celebrate marriages of up to 71 years

Eight married couples celebrated decades of anniversaries this month at Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island. Collectively, they have been married 519 years.

“It falls into a tradition, and an honorable one … and I think we have a lot to learn from them,” said organizer Kathy Jacobs. “It was about their love for one another and their devotion for one another. I don’t discount the weddings today … all of that is great if you don’t lose sight with what it’s all about, which is the couple and the love.”

Among the couples celebrating anniversaries this year: Andy and Peggy McCartney (74 years), Chuck and Marjie Kriner (70), Reba and Robert “Bob” Finicle (68), Kathy and Kelly Main (68), Jeanne and Richard Sowieralski (61), Cynthia and Paul Wagner (61), R.J. and Betty White (60) and William “Bill” and Elisabeth “Betty Mae” Patterson (57).

Most of the anniversaries occurred in June, which is the traditional wedding month, said Jacobs, Brandywine’s director of community relations. When she realized the sheer length of those marriages, her plans to celebrate them just snowballed.

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s restrained reaction to the Civil War’s conclusion

As cited by Harold Hancock in “Delaware History,” April 1961, Wilmington native Anna Ferris noted in her diary on July 4, 1865, “Now we have ‘Victory & Peace’ & feel thankful & happy but not jubilant as we expected & there are few illuminations & public rejoicings. Our large cities try to make a display, but there is not fervor & no enthusiastic or controlling impulse in the public mind.”

Holts Landing celebrating 50 years with Family Fun Night

Coastal Point • Submitted: Holts Landing State Park offers the area a boat ramp, pier, hiking trails and so much more. The state park will celebrate 50 years with a Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: Holts Landing State Park offers the area a boat ramp, pier, hiking trails and so much more. The state park will celebrate 50 years with a Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Holts Landing State Park may have already seen what seemed like its heyday, but to the state parks system and reinvigorated volunteers, now is the perfect time for a revival. The hidden park near Millville is celebrating its 50th anniversary with Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Outdoor games will be provided, such as cornhole, horseshoes and ladder golf (in which players attempt to loop a string with two golf balls around a ladder-shaped PVC pipe goal).

Park naturalists will do hands-on activities before the sun sets, including seining for critters in the bay. After dark, they’ll point out stellar constellations in the night sky.

Meanwhile, families can relax and roast marshmallows by a bonfire. Those attending should pack their own picnic dinners, bug spray and blankets for stargazing.

The Back Bay Strummers will bring their strings to perform live music.

Bethany Boathouse casts off with grand opening

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Brent Poffenberger, Tom Neville, chamber members and patrons celebrate at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bethany Boathouse on June 18. Bethany Boathouse is located across the street from their other venture, The Cottage Cafe.Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Brent Poffenberger, Tom Neville, chamber members and patrons celebrate at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bethany Boathouse on June 18. Bethany Boathouse is located across the street from their other venture, The Cottage Cafe.The sun was out, the live music was playing, and all hands were on deck when one of the area’s most unique venues held its official grand opening near Bethany Beach last Thursday.

“We wanted to build something that we thought would fit into the community, something that really matches the nature of this area,” said Brent Poffenberger, co-owner of Bethany’s newest watering hole, Bethany Boathouse.

The latest venture from Poffenberger and Tom Neville — who also own the Cottage Café, located across from Boathouse on the west side of Route 1 — the family-friendly restaurant and bar was designed to resemble a historic lifesaving station, and features both an indoor bar and the outdoor Gazebo Bar, in addition to both outdoor and indoor seating.

“People have been looking for something like this in the area, waiting for it,” said Boathouse General Manger Rich Beaney. “This is gonna be a destination.”

KINfolk’s Wine Tasting & Art Auction slated for July 15 at Cordrey

KINfolks’ Tenth Annual Wine Tasting & Art Auction will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 15, at the Cordrey Center, 30366 Cordrey Road in Millsboro. Admission costs $30. A live and silent auction, wine and food will highlight the evening.

Lewes Farmers Market moves to Shields this Saturday

Because the Sea Glass Festival will be held at the Lewes Historical Society this Saturday, June 27, the Historic Lewes Farmers Market will move to the Richard Shields Elementary School parking lot, just off the corner of Savannah Road and Sussex Drive. The Market will be open from 8 a.m. until noon.

The market will returns to the grounds of the Lewes Historical Society Saturday, July 4.

Clear Space offers Free Fridays performances this summer

The Clear Space Theatre Company announced this week that it will offer Free Fridays performances of their Musical Theatre Summer Intensives. The Summer Intensive camps are an extension of their Broadway Bound program, which students from grades 1 through 12 study the craft of theater through five separate week-long camps held at the Clear Space Theatre in downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Warrior Beach Week planned for Sept. 8-13

Operation SEAs the Day will hold its third Annual Warrior Beach Week from Sept. 8 through Sept. 13 in Bethany Beach.

“Warrior Beach Week will host 30 Wounded Warriors and their families for a well-deserved week of rest and relaxation,” organizers noted. “These Warrior families are referred to as VIFs (Very Important Families) during their visit.”

The Ivy 5K set for June 28 in Dewy Beach

As part of the Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Summer Run/Walk Road Race Series, the 13th Annual The Ivy 5K will be held at 8:45 a.m. on June 28, starting and ending at The Ivy restaurant, located at 136 Dagsworthy Street, Dewey Beach.

Historic complex offering free tours this summer

For the second year, the Ocean View Historical Society (OCVHS) is offering community members and visitors the chance to visit their historic complex free of change on Wednesdays in the summer months.

“Last year, we had restored our historic buildings to the point where we thought it would make a good display for the public to visit,” said Carol Psaros, president of the society.

Old Timer’s Day returning to Selbyville on Saturday

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO: Classic cars are shown along Church Street in Selbyville during last year’s event. The car show is a large part of the Old Tymer’s Day event. Last year’s attendance is estimated at about 2,000, a record number.Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Classic cars are shown along Church Street in Selbyville during last year’s event. The car show is a large part of the Old Tymer’s Day event. Last year’s attendance is estimated at about 2,000, a record number.
Beloved and much missed after a one-year hiatus, Selbyville’s classic summer festival is returning. Old Timer’s Day is scheduled for Saturday, June 20, in downtown Selbyville. Church Street will close to traffic and turn into a sunny street fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day

“There is just so much going on. There’s a little bit of something for anybody. It’s great for whole families,” said organizer Lauren Weaver. “In the spirit of Selbyville, … it’s just kind of a nice step back into time and a festival for families.”

Children will be able to engage in active play in the play zone near Town Hall. They’ll also be able to enjoy fire truck rides, a moon bounce, an obstacle course, multi-sport games and pony rides from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., reflecting back to a time before people had cars to get around.

Libraries serving children free meals all summer

This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.

“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public Library Director Rachel Wackett.

What’s new for summer 2015 in Delaware

With 2014 barely in the rear-view mirror, 2015 is already showing signs of being a tempting year for Delaware as a great vacation destination, according to the Delaware Tourism Office.

Seashore State Park to host ‘1-Day’ Day Camp

While many of the state parks in Delaware have been offering weekly summer camps for many years, Delaware Seashore State Park is offering its first camp this summer. Each Wednesday, from June 17 through Aug. 12, park staff will be hosting a “1-Day” day camp.

Tickets on sale for RAL’s 66th Annual Cottage Tour of Art

The Rehoboth Art League will hold the 66th Annual Cottage Tour of Art on July 7 and 8.

Thompson builds outdoor learning facility en route to Eagle Scout

Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America, Indian River High School senior Gunner Thompson knew that he had to select a service project that would make an impact.

He also knew that the school district’s designated outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro had plenty of potential projects that they needed help with. So when he called up to inquire about some of them, it was well-received, and he eventually decided to construct an easily accessible learning area for local students and teachers.

“I knew that they had projects that they needed,” Thompson explained. “I brought that up with them, and they seemed to love the idea, so we went forward with it.”

Timed appropriately with the installation of a new wetlands area, Thompson said that the location of the project was planned accordingly.

“We wanted to put it there — that way, instead of taking a half-mile hike into the woods, they could just take the kids five minutes from the actual facility,” he explained.

However, selecting the perfect project and perfect location was only half the battle, as Thompson took on a new role as senior patrol leader, though which he helped impart his already budding carpentry skills onto four other scouts who assisted with the project.

“You’re in charge of everything,” Thompson said of the position. “It teaches you a lot of leadership skills.”

Hudson’s General Store celebrates 25 years, brings back antique show

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.After 25 years, a local shop might be considered retro. But Hudson’s General Store is all about the antique. Now, to celebrate 25 years in business, Hudson’s is bringing back its massive outdoor antique sale on Saturday, June 20.

Under the big tent in Clarksville, 30 to 40 dealers from across the East Coast will sell one-of-a-kind treasures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“People love antique shows, and I think the young people are starting to come back and want retro things,” said owner Melody Hudson.

And this is where people can dive in.

“They can find anything. They can find pewter, clocks, furniture — just about anything in the antique line,” Hudson said.

“[Antiques] are all different. They’re not mass produced,” Hudson said. “You never know what dealer’s gonna bring what.”

There’s excitement in finding the perfect piece or talking with vendors and other collectors.

Millsboro book sale set for July 17 at the Hut, next to library

Millsboro is preparing for its unique annual book sale. Already, many have contributed books to the sale, and supporters are working to organize non-fiction books by subject, such as cookbooks or biographies. For fiction readers, popular (and not-so-popular) authors are sorted and displayed in alphabetical order. Books for children and young adults are sorted by approximate age level.

Millville Town Peddler to host exhibit by Emily North

The Millville Town Peddler announce this week that it is hosting artist Emily North for a month-long exhibit.

North recently graduated from St. Joseph’s University with a major in art education. In the fall, she will begin teaching art in Baltimore City Public Schools.

“I have always been passionate about art and work in many media,” she said.