Arts & Entertainment
In gratitude for recent Union victories on the battlefield, President Abraham Lincoln declared a National Day of Thanksgiving to take place on Thursday, Nov. 27, 1862. The president’s proclamation came as the Civil War raged into its second year (see “Civil War Profiles,” Nov. 29, 2013).
Finding direction in life is the subject of a major new work in oils that Delaware artist Ellen Rice will introduce, among others, as part of her kickoff of the Thanksgiving weekend 21st annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST), at her new gallery in Bethany Beach.
Sussex County certainly has its fair share of venues to enjoy local art. But the only place to see that art while it unfolds is at the 21st Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) this Friday, Nov. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 28.
“The SEDAST tour is comprised of artists from the local area. What they do is they open their studios every year for two days,” explained Jeanne Mueller of Gallery One in Ocean View, a PR representative for the event. “You can go in and watch the artists work, view their artwork, ask them questions.
“You can go to an art show and you can see an artist, meet an artist and see the art hanging on the wall, but to my knowledge this is the only event where you can go and see the artist actually work in their studio.”
The two-day event will comprise 15 of the area’s top artists, some of them joining the tour for the first year and some of them the usual suspects. But Mueller said that even some of the returning artists will be breaking out some new kinds work that are far from usual — including Clarksville’s John Donato, who will be showing off some of his new wooden children’s toys.
It’s a coffeehouse, and it’s an art gallery. It’s a fine crafts gallery, and it’s a sandwich shop. It’s a stage for poetry readings, acoustic sets and art nights, a place to grab the morning paper, a place for locals, a place for tourists and a place for everyone.
But even after taking over the Artful Bean Coffee Shop in Bethany Beach this past April, new owners Rose O’Hanlan and Kim Warner still plan on what has long been an area staple of art and culture becoming even more. And they’ve only just begun unwrapping their plans.
“We want people to think about the Artful Bean not only as a coffee shop but as a place that they can go and be creative, and have a good time enjoying life for the moment that they’re in,” Warner said. “We just want to make every day an experience for the customers, the people that work here, and for ourselves.”
Christmas crafts and cookies will bespecial added sale features at the next St. Martha’s Episcopal Church used book sale on Dec. 5.
The sale will be at the church in Bethany Beach, beginning at 9 a.m. and extended until 3 p.m.
Sussex Dance Academy of Rehoboth Beach has been a training ground in classical ballet and other dance forms since 2002. Sussex Ballet is a pre-professional ballet company comprising students from Sussex Dance Academy, under the artistic direction of Kate Downes Walker.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently decided to rectify an injustice that occurred in the 1840s. That is when a free black man named Samuel Burris was convicted and sentenced for the crime of conducting slaves along the road to freedom.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation and the Freeman Stage at Bayside will present the Washington National Opera at Delaware Technical Community College on Friday, Dec. 4. The 7 p.m. performance will be held in the theater of the Arts & Science Center located on the Owens Campus in Georgetown.
Toni Presley believes that town pride still exists in Frankford. She can’t wait to see it displayed at the “Christmas in the Park” tree-lighting on Nov. 28, with families, carols and Santa Claus.
At the Frankford Town Park, the lights display has already been a nighttime holiday destination for several years.
“However, we are envisioning a smaller version of Ocean City’s [Winterfest of Lights] … which means a lot more lights!” Presley stated. “We are also trying to get community involvement by having different churches and community organizations decorate sections of the park.”
Under the “Envision Frankford” team, fundraising is under way to improve the decorations for a full-blown town event.
“What we’re trying to do is get people involved in the town again,” said Presley, a 30-year resident. “I used to think how cute this little town was. But over the years, it just looks like people lost interest, which we’re trying to revive … We want the community spirit to grow.
The Church of Christ at Ocean View (CCOV) will hold its third annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. The event is free. All members of the community are being invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.
First State Ballet Theatre (FSBT), Delaware’s professional ballet company, caps its 14th year of exciting performances at Delaware Tech’s Owens Campus with Sussex County’s longest running production of the beloved holiday classic “The Nutcracker” on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015.
Lighthouse Christian School is on a mission to teach students to honor U.S. veterans, filling their Dagsboro chapel at their annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 13.
A special tribute to World War II included student-led skits, prayers, songs and recognition of military families.
Before a full house of veterans and families, children sang songs from the 1940s, explained memory boxes and witnessed a POW/MIA remembrance ceremony.
Lighthouse Christian has two main goals, said organizer Pat Viguie: first, to honor veterans, families, current service members and those who paid the ultimate price.
The second mission is to educate. Children ages 3 to 14 put hours of work into the performance before the event even begins.
“We love America and we love our veterans,” Viguie said.
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will ring in the Christmas Season with the 65th Annual Candy Cane Christmas Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 9, starting at 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by D&D Stained Glass of Millsboro.
Line-up will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the M&T parking lot on Mitchell Street. The judges’ reviewing area will be downtown, near Dollar General. The parade will include lighted floats, cars and trucks and fire trucks and the sounds of local high school bands playing Christmas carols, while the kids anticipate the arrival of Santa in Millsboro.
Applications for parade participants are available on the Chamber website at www.millsborochamber.com or call the Chamber office at (302) 934-6777. There is no fee to be in the parade.
Estimates of deaths suffered during the Civil War reach the 700,000 figure, more than most other American conflicts combined. The litany of casualties in major engagements illustrates the carnage that took place.
The Clear Space Theatre Company Spotlight on Young Performers will present a production of “Aladdin” (MTI’s Junior Series version), with performances Nov. 13-15.
The Broadway musical was based on the classic 1992 Disney animated film and tells the story of Aladdin, the only person who can enter the Cave of Wonders and retrieve a magical lamp for the dark Vizier Jafar.
The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park (FOCHSP) will hold their annual Christmas Boutique & Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Officer’s Club in the park.
The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale, according to June Morning Star Robbins of the Nanticoke Indian Museum. Museum tours will also be available.
Join Delaware Seashore State Park to step back in time and experience the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum just as the surfman would have at the turn of the century: by lantern light.
The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) recently announced a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2016: the 5th Annual Hair of the Dog Run and the 20th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos. Run or walk, plunge or do both in what has been dubbed a beach triathlon: run, party, plunge!
The public is being invited to join the members of the Ocean View Historical Society in a History Mix social hour at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, at The Café on 26, located at 84 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.