Arts & Entertainment
In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.
Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.
The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.
Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.
It is often said that, once you go to the Gettysburg National Military Park in south central Pennsylvania, you are likely to return again and again. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place there, and the battlefield radiates an aura that for many people is unforgettable!
(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The owners of this home had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.
From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.
While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, around 5:30 p.m.
The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.
The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.
The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee is looking for businesses and organizations to enter and compete for a variety of prizes.
A celebration of community, cars and kids
Once upon a time, Selbyville had dirt roads, a booming railroad and the title of “Strawberry Capital of the World.”
While those things have changed, the town still celebrates its heritage at the annual Old Timer’s Day, which will be held this year on Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Selbyville.
The 10th Annual Children’s Parade and program will take place on July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mark’s Labyrinth at the corner of State and Ellis streets in Millsboro, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Millsboro.
The theme for this year celebrates Yankee Doodle.
There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over the restaurant space formally known as Charlie’s Bayside in Fenwick Island. There were renovations to get under way, color schemes to choose, a brand new menu to create and literal walls to come down, to optimize the space’s scenic waterfront views.
Oh, yeah — and they also had to move their collective allotment of worldly possessions and basically their entire lives from the next state over, from Philadelphia, Pa.
But after a complete redesign of both the restaurant’s atmosphere and its offerings, as well as an eagerly-endorsed one-way U-Haul rental receipt, Fin Alley finally made its debut, just in time for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
“The one word that I kept on hearing was: ‘Excellent,’” said Linda Guckin of the opening weekend reception. “Not ‘good,’ ‘very good’ or ‘OK,’ but ‘excellent.’ There’s people that have returned three times already. That’s what we want.”
As husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the Guckins had already embarked on no small number of successful entrepreneurial endeavors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. But despite that success, city life had begun to take its toll.
That’s when the long-time visitors to the area’s beaches, with a vacation home in Bishopville, Md., began to find it more and more difficult to leave the beach and head back home.
“We were looking around for a business for quite a while, and then this opportunity came about,” explained Bill Guckin. “It’s a good location and great view. We thought, with a good remodel and fixing the place up — maybe improve the menu a bit — we thought people would really enjoy coming here. So we decided to jump on it.”
After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the summer season.
A Delaware blueblood with a talent for shaking cocktails, a street-smart personal trainer and a flamboyant heir to a fading French-fry empire are just a few of the eccentric characters in “Fun with Dick & James,” a new book by Rich Barnett that will be celebrated at a launch party at Proud Books on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Sunday, June 26, 4-6 p.m.
Coastal Point Staff
Summer has arrived — unofficially, at least— with the Memorial Day weekend, as it does every year. And that change of seasons and the seasonal nature of the resort area 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.
Not everyone realizes that the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach is a state park, and even those who regularly enjoy Delaware Seashore State Park as an access point to the beach, bay and inlet may not be aware of the wide variety of educational and recreational programs and events that are offered by park staff throughout the summer season.
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank will visit Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21, for the first of three special ticketed author events being co-sponsored by Bethany Beach Books and Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, both in downtown Bethany Beach.
(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The history of the owner of this house with Bethany Beach runs deep. She’s spent every summer since the 1950s there — first as a child in her family’s beach house, then while serving as the first female ocean lifeguard in Delaware.
As an adult, she’s owned several homes in the area and is also the proprietor of the town’s only miniature golf course. Although she works full time in Washington, D.C., as an attorney, she still manages to spend the summer in Bethany in order to manage that business.
“You had to be there” isn’t a phrase often heard by the Hit Men when it comes to the golden age of rock-and-roll.
Mostly because they were there.
The group is made up of keyboardist Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist Jimmy Ryan, bassist Larry Gates, vocalist Russ Velasquez and drummer Gerry Polci, each with a rock résumé more impressive than the last.
Having worked with music legends including Elton John, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Sting, Barry Manilow, the Ramones and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, just to name a few, the group’s members have certainly contributed more than their fair share to music history.
And that history is something they aim to share with their audience every time they step on stage.
The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.
The little church with a big heart is doing its part to welcome the influx of international students to the area, by hosting its annual international students picnic next week.
St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will hold the picnic on Tuesday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Native Americans who once occupied the east coast from Virginia to Massachusetts have a history of friendliness toward white settlers in America. Known as the Delaware or Lenni Lenape tribe, they endured migrations and removals to western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and, ultimately, within the Cherokee Nation in the Indian Territory.
Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual SoDel Fest, which will include 18 local restaurants and more than 35 wines and spirits, music and more on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in Millsboro. The event, organized by SoDelFest founder Stacy LaMotta of non-profit Creative Coastal Connections Corp, will again benefit local and international non-profits.
The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 18, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the 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.)
After vacationing in the Bethany Beach area for 18 years, the owners of this house and their two adult daughters began looking for more breathing room and found the perfect waterfront location in Irons Landing.
Completed in August of 2015, this 5,863-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has a commanding view of the Indian River, accessed by multiple decks, porches, an expansive lawn and a generous dock for launching the family’s three boats.
To counteract the northern exposure on the water side of the house, they’ve created an open and airy layout bathed in natural light from every direction. The owner has kept the décor simple and serene, preferring the continuity of using the same neutral wall color and hickory floors throughout the home, a look she says was inspired by the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give.”
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Selbyville’s 59th Annual Old Timer’s Day, presented by Bunting & Murray Construction, will again include a classic car, truck, tractor and military and emergency vehicle show when it returns on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street in Selbyville.
Each summer, millions of people visit Delaware’s beaches and drive along the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. However, few people realize that they are driving straight through a State Park!
Planning for “A Night for Garrett (GMoney)” started shortly after 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro was seriously injured when he was hit by a van near a local baseball field on Saturday, May 14. The fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4, with related softball competitions to be held on Sunday, June 5.
‘When my brother was eighteen, he broke his arm in an accident that ended in another young man’s death. I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.
‘It happened at the lake. Wilde Lake.’
— from ‘Wilde Lake’ by Laura Lippman