Arts & Entertainment
Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival
Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.
The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at South Bethany Town Hall.
There is excitement amongst the fourth-graders at Lord Baltimore School in Ocean View. Their school is becoming a sister school with Samata Shiksha Niketan, near Kathmandu, in Nepal. The special focus will be an exchange of art and culture.
Each of the five fourth-grade classes taught by art teacher Melissa Kelly has been visited by Holly Kaufman and her mom, Amy Kaufman, to present the program and answer questions. Holly was herself a student of Kelly’s at Lord Baltimore about 10 years ago, and she has also taught at Samata.
Holly started her presentation with the typical Nepali greeting “Namaste,” her hands prayerfully together and with a little bow. She then proceeded to talk to the students in fluent Nepali, just to give them an idea of how the language sounds. They were impressed. Then Holly used slides to tell the children about Nepal and the differences between their schools and daily lives.
The children at first had difficulty understanding where to find Nepal on a map. Then one remembered that Nepal is where Mount Everest is located and another realized it must be in Asia, and another guessed it was sandwiched between China and India. Nepal is approximately the size of Tennessee. Holly told the students that, because of the high altitude, the Nepalese think their country is at the top of the world.
Ocean Bowl Skate Park, located at 3rd Street and St. Louis Avenue, will host a Fall Skate Jam on Saturday, Oct. 18. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. Participants can enjoy free contests with prizes, as well as live music by the local band Funk Shue. Concessions will be available for sale.
Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7 to 10 p.m.
The Howell family, described as impulsive and hard-driving, emigrated from Wales to the Newark, Del., area in the early 18th century. The ambitious Ebenezer and Mary Bond Howell moved across the Delaware River to Shiloh, N.J., where they purchased land and slaves to work it.
Gallery One, a co-op art gallery in Ocean View, this week announced that watercolor artist Aubrè Duncan has joined the gallery as a partner.
Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International Speedway on Oct. 24 to 26, 2014, has instead been postponed to Nov. 6 to 8, 2015.
Bethany Beach business owners are slashing prices this Columbus Day weekend, looking to sell off what’s left of their summer inventory and offer visitors and locals alike a chance for some great deals in the process.
Just in time for fall festivities, the Matt Haley Companies has added Apple Ginger to its line of Matt’s Homemade Sodas.
“It has a bright, crisp flavor with a bite of ginger,” said Scott Kammerer, president and CEO of the Rehoboth Beach-based Matt Haley Companies.
Harvest season is here, and Parsons Farms Produce is welcoming the community to its sixth annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“Everybody just comes and has a good time all day,” said owner Paul Parsons. “Bring a chair, sit back and watch the Punkin Chunkin machines.”
People might even get the opportunity to pull the trigger.
Now that the next official Punkin Chunkin event has been postponed to 2015, “If you want to see Punkin Chunkin, this is the only place,” Parsons emphasized.
The popular petting zoo puts people right next to their favorite farm animals, including pigs, goats, chicks and much more.
People can also get lost in a massive new straw maze, or challenge their little ones to try the toddler maze.
Calling all witches and ghouls: Goodwill of Delaware’s annual Halloween Costume Competition is under way.
The Ellen Rice Gallery will host a three-day Fall Open House this Columbus Day weekend, featuring a meet-and-greet with Rice on Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m., a “Disney Day” on Sunday, hourly from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., a gallery-wide sale and light fall refreshments throughout.
During the open house, Rice will share her passion for painting the colors of fall on the shore, showcase some of her newest paintings, including oil and pencil portraits, and personalize prints.
Friday through Monday, the artist is also offering 20 percent off all of her prints and all handmade art and fine crafts in her gallery (except consignment work) “in an effort to reward collectors for traveling through the Route 26 project construction zone.”
“There is no road construction scheduled during the long weekend,” she noted, “but signage is misleading and I thought by offering this event I could highlight the fact that the road will be easy to travel over the weekend. The project is hurting many local businesses.
“Hopefully, the holiday weekend will boost sales for local businesses and help us all catch up on what are normally some of the best sales of the year,” she added. “Our event is a great time to get some early holiday shopping in!”
It was in May when Dawn McGee, owner of West Fenwick Island’s Smitty McGee’s, got an unsolicited email about PaintNite Delaware and its slogan, “Grab a Drink, Grab a Brush and Let the Fun Begin.”
“‘What do you think?’ I asked two older men, regular customers, who happened to be sitting at the bar,” recalled McGee. “And when they both agreed, ‘That’s a hit,’ I decided to follow up.”
McGee’s office is located on the side of the building adjacent to the Lucky Dining Room. Previously at this time of the year, after the crowds have left, the room was always quiet. “But now every Wednesday evening and Thursday afternoon, I hear happy sounds of lots of people having a good time and laughing,” she said.
“I was surprised how many visitors came in the summer for the Thursday afternoon classes, as a break from the beach. Now the afternoon sessions provide a perfect activity for stay-at-home moms before the kids get home. And they all get to take home their own signed masterpiece,” she added.
PaintNite involves a social atmosphere in which an instructor and an assistant teach groups of people, seated at long tables, how to paint specifically designed paintings. Each participant starts with a blank 16-by-20-inch canvas on an easel, three different-sized brushes, a paper plate with squirts of the different colors of acrylic paint needed, a cup of water to clean the brushes… and a glass of one’s beverage of choice.
Back in February, when I stopped writing this column twice-monthly, Darin and I agreed that I would pop in now and then, when the spirit moved me. I ended my regular column to concentrate on writing two books that had languished way too long. The writing is going well, and I thank all those who tell me that they miss my column and talk about the recipes that have become regulars in their cooking rotations.
To spend more time writing, I’ve cut back on marathon cooking sessions, keeping meals simple: broiled or sautéed fish; ground lamb, turkey or beef burgers mixed with lots of red onion and feta cheese; a meatless pasta meal with salad; sides of baked sweet potatoes and steamed or roasted vegetables. Easy? Yes. Healthy? Yes. Boring? You bet! With cooler weather setting in, I’m craving comfort food.
So, it seemed providential that just last week, while sitting in my dermatologist’s waiting room, I overheard two women talking about stuffed cabbage. They agreed that making a huge pot of cabbage rolls was too much work, so they agreed to split the cost of ingredients and work together in one kitchen. Since most recipes make eight to 12 servings, they’d each have plenty.
At this point, those of you who know me through seven years of writing this column would expect me to butt into their conversation. How I contained myself is beyond me, because I possess the premier stuffed cabbage recipe.
Organizers of the Beebe Medical Foundation’s 27th Annual Beebe Ball are inviting everyone to “An evening aboard the Orient Express,” to take place Nov. 1 at the Rehoboth Convention Center.
Blooming Boutique in Lewes is hosting the third Trollbeads at the Beach in Lewes on Oct. 17-19. The three-day event will be held at various locations in downtown Lewes.
For October’s monthly screening, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society will present the romantic Mumbai drama “The Lunchbox.” The screening will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes in Ocean View and at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, in the upstairs screening room at the Movies at Midway in Rehoboth Beach. Doors at Midway will open at 6:30 p.m.
After losing her firefighter husband to mesothelioma in 2012, Denise Santa Barbara sees no reason for others to suffer the same. She’s throwing her annual mesothelioma fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall and, this year, it’s Oktoberfest.