Arts & Entertainment
Lynch makes directorial debut
Local stars and flying cars headlined at the Possum Hall in Georgetown on Thursday, July 21, when the Possum Point Juniors debuted their summer show in a unique rendition of the Academy Award-nominated “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Among them were rising Indian River High School senior and PPJ/Clear Space vet Kerrine Walls (“Bye Bye Birdie,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who starred as Truly Scrumtious opposite Seaford’s Sava Cook as protagonist Caractacus Potts.
“It was good to feel nervous,” Walls said of what was one of the largest roles to date in her young acting career.
“I was feeling nervous but also very excited, because I care a lot about it.”
From early in Act 1, Walls turned that nervous energy into showing audience members that she wasn’t their grandmother’s Truly Scrumptious.
The Bethany Area Repertoire Theater (BART) has been providing stage performances to the area for three years, and last week the theater company’s goal of funding scholarships for area students bore fruit.
BART awarded scholarships to three students, all recent graduates from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, during a ceremony at BART’s home stage at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, July 23.
Robert Ravida, chairman of BART’s scholarship committee, said BART’s intention from the beginning was always to fund arts scholarships with the proceeds from ticket sales for its plays, which are performed on the Dickinson Parlour Theatre stage by an ever-growing group of volunteers from within the community.
Online volunteer registration opened this week for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.
In April 1861, newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers proportioned from the loyal states to put down a rebellion of seven deep-South states that had seceded from the Union. The expectation in Washington was that the uprising would be quelled quickly, and the military enlistments would only last for 90 days.
Will Kenney is holding up a megaphone for rare diseases. The rising ninth-grader doesn’t just raise funds for any medical condition. He’s helping causes that don’t get much attention at all.
Kenney’s gearing up for the third annual Will’s Carnival for a Cause, on Saturday, Aug. 6. The family-friendly festival will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at ChickBerry Farms in Laurel.
A group of area writers has teamed up to hold two book-launch parties, aiming to give residents and visitors a chance to meet the authors and learn more about their works.
Jackson Coppley, Walter Curran and Frank Hopkins will be hosting book parties on Saturday, July 23, at The Den at Bear Trap Dunes from 3 to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, July 24, at Touch of Italy in Ocean City, Md., from 2 to 5 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.
“It’s an event for the area,” said Curran. “We’re going to continue to do that kind of promotion.”
“The public can make reservations and have dinner there,” explained Coppley. “And we encourage that.”
Mary Custis of Virginia, Julia Dent of Missouri, Mary Todd of Kentucky and Varina Howell of Mississippi were raised according to traditional Southern custom. These women formed partnerships with men who became the presidents and military commanders of the United States and the Confederate States of America during the Civil War era.
The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing to host their annual book sale to support the children’s reading program at the library. This year, the sale will be held over the course of two weekends, beginning July 28 with a members-only preview night from 6 to 8 p.m. The regular sale hours will be July 29 and Aug. 5 from noon to 7 p.m., and July 30 and Aug. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more than 20 years, Frank Raines — better known by many as “Dewey Elvis,” for his weekly Breakfast with Elvis mornings at the Starboard in Dewey Beach — has been performing around the world as the King of Rock-and-Roll.
Raines, who’s based in Silver Spring, Md., but spends most of his summer months at the beach, said that, while he has “played just about everything you could imagine over the years — country, rock-and-roll, funk” — it wasn’t until one fateful Memorial Day weekend that he realized his niche in Elvis Presley.
“It was the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, and I was standing in front of the Starboard, waiting to get in, and two guy started screaming, ‘Hey, Elvis!’” Raines said.
Participants in the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour to benefit the Friends of the South Coastal Library will have the opportunity to visit 10 homes in the Bethany Beach area. The tour will be held Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tourgoers may visit all 10 homes in one day or spread the viewing over the two days of the tour.
Cottage No. 1 — Edmondson Home, Bethany Beach
Those looking for homemade California Chicken salad, pasta salad, Caesar salad, rolls, fresh local fruit, chocolate and butterscotch brownies, and home-brewed ice tea can stop at Ocean View Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, July 27, or Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Stephanie Herron, the outreach coordinator for the Delaware chapter of grassroots environmental organization the Sierra Club, met with the members of the Inland Bays Foundation at the South Coastal Library on Tuesday, July 12.
The James Madison University graduate informed members of the IBF of their progress with achieving environmental and energy justice with projects such as reducing the use of single-use bags and the Clean Power Plan.
House Bill 202
House Bill 202 proposes a 5-cent fee on single-use bags. The bill would expand on existing at-store recycling programs and is only applicable to retailers under the current law. Herron said passing the bill would reduce the burden on the environment and on taxpayers. The bill passed the House Natural Resources Committee but never received a vote in the House before the June 30 end of the state’s 2016 legislative session. Herron said the Sierra Club will try again next year.
Moonlight yoga coming in August
Air conditioning is nice when it’s hot. But in the early morning, people can get out on the beach for weekly fitness classes as the sun rises over South Bethany.
Hosted by the Town of South Bethany, the yoga classes have attracted scores of people for the past year, and the brand new boot camp is already getting people excited.
Participants say it’s a great way to start the day. After class, the ocean is particularly inviting to anyone who’s worked up a sweat. Some people dive right in, while others enjoy the peaceful walk back home or to their cars (parking permits aren’t required before 10 a.m.).
“Friday, it was very warm,” said boot camp instructor Kim Royster. “A good amount of people dove into the water when class was done. It was very refreshing.”
Riding the wave of the popularity of the summer’s hottest craze, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday launched “Poké Park Adventure,” a contest for kids of all ages, in Delaware State Parks.
Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a unique look inside the history of the Coast Guard with a morning of guided historic tours on Tuesday, July 26, starting at 10 a.m. The morning will begin with a tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station and end with a behind-the-scenes look at the current Indian River Coast Guard Station led by active-duty Coast Guardsmen.
In an effort to enhance its patrons’ experience and to expand its dining options, the Freeman Stage at Bayside has partnered with local food trucks this season.
One of the things most of our staff members mentioned when asked about the things they love about this area was simple: the ocean, the beach, nature. And that’s hardly a surprise when the coastal locale and all it offers is a major reason for people to visit the area for vacations, move here to live or to retire, or stay even after they’ve finished the adventure of college.
Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Andrew Feeley has been named the chef of Bluecoast Seafood Grill in North Bethany, one of nine restaurants owned by the hospitality group.
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Ask a friend or neighbor if they have ever been to Fort Delaware, and you will likely receive a blank stare. Surprisingly, this delightful place to visit for children of all ages remains largely undiscovered.
Delaware Seashore State Park will host the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The festival brings history alive in unique ways; families can experience the rich history of the Delaware coast through crafts, games, prizes, food, music and demonstrations throughout the day.
Gallery One’s inaugural outdoor show will feature 23 local and visiting artists in a variety of fine art and fine craft media in the park campus of Gallery One in Ocean View on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers an opportunity to view a variety of work and meet the artists who created it.
Diverse glass artists are represented by Justin Cavagnaro, showing his unique hand-blown glass designs, Lorelei Meanor working sculpturally and in two-dimensional glass mosaics, and Jeffrey Todd Moore featuring unique stained glass creations.
A wide variety of painting mediums, techniques and unique approaches are represented by visiting artists Mary Bode Byrd, John Donato, Jeanne Doran, Morgan Golladay, Charlene Jobe, Steve Rogers, John Schisler and Nick Serratore.
Gallery One artists Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Nina Mickelsen, Eileen Olson, Damon Pla and Rina Thaler will display a larger body of work in their tents.
Jewelry artists Joy Davis and Dawn Pierro will show their creations in handcrafted silver, gemstones and a variety of metals and glass.
Local student mixes photography, business and Brexit during trip to Scotland
Indian River High School graduate and rising Flager College junior Ashleigh White left for her study-abroad trip to Scotland relatively sure of a future career in business.
She had also never witnessed firsthand a referendum by United Kingdom voters to exit the European Union, been waved to by the Queen of England during a parade or seen two policemen break an intoxicated man’s leg and subsequently drag him away, screaming, across the floor of a train station.
That is not how she would return.
After three weeks completing a case-study project for Prickly Thistle Scotland — a Scottish company that manufacturers and designs tartans (for kilts and more) — as well as touring the Scottish countryside with her trusty camera, being in Edinburgh during the Brexit vote and just simply getting to experience a non-American culture, it could be said that there are few things on which the 20-year-old soon-to-be-college-grad’s perspective has changed.
The Blackwater Village Association recently announced its first annual Car Show, to be held on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Blackwater Village common area, at 31275 Mohican Drive, Dagsboro, off Route 26, with trophies, food, vendors and door prizes. The rain date is Saturday, July 23.
(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews of the 10 homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
One look at the cork-faced tower of windows and the tangerine front door, and it’s clear that this brand new contemporary home is not a typical South Bethany beach house. Designed to be a complete departure from the owners’ primary home in New Jersey, this canal-front retreat —which is just a short walk to the beach — is infused with a sense of fun that allows this active family of five to feel like they’re on vacation every time they walk in the door.
Natural light from the three-story glass tower streams in from the south through the open risers of the stairwell to warm the polished concrete floors on the first floor, opening up the space and making the home feel much larger than its 2,100 square feet.
A large glass garage-style door opens up the north side of the greatroom, beckoning to the deck and the canal beyond. Upstairs, a master suite is separated from the remaining three bedrooms on the top level, allowing for plenty of space and privacy for the couple and their three teenagers.
The choice of calm gray tones throughout the house is punctuated by whimsical wall art and pops of vibrant color, beginning with the front door and accenting each room beyond. Furnishings are modern minimalist but are warmed by natural wood elements that appear to soften every room. As longtime visitors to the Delmarva shore, the owners said they feel their new waterfront home is the perfect spot for the active lifestyle the family was seeking.
For years, one of Bethany Beach’s greatest attractions has been nestled amongst its best-kept secrets.
The town’s heritage walking trail — which, according to Carol Olmstead, chairwoman of the Town’s Cultural & Historic Affairs Committee, has been around several years now — offers a glimpse into the rich history and sometimes tumultuous past of the once-sleepy beach community.
On Monday, Brett Warner joined a long list of public servants and local legends proudly serving grand marshal in Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July Parade.
The Town’s Fourth of July Parade Committee appointed Warner with the honor in recognition of his decades of hard work and leadership with the Town’s Public Works Department.
Having moved to the area with his family in 1969, when he was just 6, Warner has a long history with the local community. According to Warner, he started working for the Town in 1977, as a 14-year-old part-time summer employee.
Back then, the town was much different and the “development boom” had yet to take off.
“That’s the big thing that’s changed around here,” Warner said. “Back then, you look at big communities like Bethany West and they only had a dozen houses. Now look at them.”
The summer weather brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.
Time to have some fun:
Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows has had plenty of chances to perfect the art of the children’s book. Her eighth and most recently published book, “Super Bugs,” is designed for children and parents to enjoy, filled with vibrant illustrations of crawly creatures illustrated by Georgia-based Bill Mayer, as well as Meadows’ “bouncy” rhymes.
This weekend, Tidepool Toys & Games in Bethany Beach will be hosting Meadows for the launch of “Super Bugs” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.
“The Super Bugs Book Bash” will feature a reading, a book signing, light refreshments and an insect craft. The book, which is targeted toward children 2 to 6, follows a trio of heroic Super Bugs from morning until night as they save their fellow insects from hungry frogs, falling tomatoes and other dangers.
In addition to writing, Meadows has a strong passion for kids and for family. She grew up in Washington, D.C, with her older brother, Marcus, and her parents, Geraldine and Melvin. Even from a young age, Meadows always had an interest in writing — particularly poetry, for which she was involved in a number of school clubs.
Upon finishing school in D.C., she left to go to Syracuse University and studied magazine broadcasting and graduated a semester early, with the Class of 1991, before returning to D.C. to work for The Washingtonian magazine. Soon after, she got married to her husband, Rich, and they moved to Maryland, where they lived until her son, Chase, finished high school.