Arts & Entertainment

Bethany planning longer, smaller-scale fireworks show

Bethany Beach’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration may be a little less grand this year but could also last a little longer — both changes being a function of the Town’s storm-narrowed beaches.

Local vendor sale set for Sunday, June 25, in Bethany Beach

A group of local vendors will hold their first annual vendor event on Sunday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethany Beach fire hall. The event will feature local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, makeup, skincare, health and wellness supplies, home decor and more.

Inaugural Coastal Garden Tour shines light on local gardens

Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Nine private gardens and one local landmark in the Fenwick Island area will be in the spotlight next week, and members of the Barefoot Gardeners Club have been very busy getting those gardens ready for their close-up.

On Thursday, June 29, the club will host its inaugural Coastal Garden Tour, featuring nine homes located on the oceanside, bayside and in between. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse grounds, which the club members have also been tending to for years, will also be a highlight of the tour.

Last Saturday morning, many of the club members attended a “preview” tour, during which Gregory Tepper — director of horticulture for the Delaware Botanic Gardens — provided helpful information on each garden to the Barefoot Gardeners members who will be hosting each of them on tour day.

As Tepper and the gardeners traveled to each garden, he could be heard uttering the scientific names of many of the plants on display and giving tips as to where each grows best. At one stop, Tepper gave advice that could be the theme for all gardens: “It’s trial and error,” he said.

The gardens on the Coastal Garden Tour are a testament to that. Some have been planted, replanted, cultivated and loved for more than 50 years; others have been brought to their present glory after being recreated and reimagined after storms and home renovations have done them harm.

Berries galore: Parsons’ Blueberry Festival to help fight cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.If the antioxidants in blueberries prevent cancer, then the Parsons Family Farms Blueberry Festival could be viewed as an antioxidant to help the U.S. fight cancer.

The Dagsboro festival will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro. A portion of proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society.

Family-friendly activities include blueberry U-pick, blueberry pie-eating contest, haywagon rides, face painting, petting zoo, moon bounce, a “Hope” blanket raffle and more. Beebe Healthcare will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Local artisans will sell handmade crafts and products. Guests can grab lunch from Hocker’s BBQ, Nothing Better, the Corn Exchange and Juicebox.

Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks the (new) Freeman Stage

Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.The Freeman Stage at Bayside could not have picked a better act to show off their new stage last Saturday than the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 2,600-person venue was filled with devotees who got what they came for and new enthusiasts who were rightly amazed.

As Mark Banaszak, a long-time Freeman volunteer and music lover posted on Facebook, “Never seen the Freeman rocked like that… EVER!!! The new stage is fabulous. Everyone had an amazing time.”

In fact, without the new stage, an act like Tedeschi Trucks would not have signed up to come to West Fenwick. They are a national touring, 12-piece roots band whose music ranges from R&B belters to gentle ballads to gospel. They are led by power-vocalist Susan Tedeschi and her husband, master guitarist Derek Trucks. Each member of the band brings unique and incredible talent.

Opening for Tedeschi Trucks were Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, the two surviving members of the beloved band Little Feat.

SoDel Fest focused on more than wine, food and fun

Organizers behind the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival (SoDel Fest, for short) this week kicked off their preparations for the Oct. 7 festival set near Millsboro with an event aimed at offering just a taste of what this year’s festival will hold — gourmet food, the chance to taste a variety of wines and something equally appetizing to the ears of music lovers: local music.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 8 — Salt Pond retreat

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

When the owners of this home moved from Arlington, Va., and made the transition to become full-time Coastal Point • Submitted The view from above shows off a well-appointed living area in this Salt Pond home.Coastal Point • Submitted The view from above shows off a well-appointed living area in this Salt Pond home.Bethany Beach-area residents last year, the owner began the process of transforming their beach home into their permanent residence.

Her aim was to keep the home light and airy but still homey and comfortable, warmed by darker wood tones that reflect their former life but softened by a palette of blue and tan to reflect their new life at the beach. Treasured heirlooms and antiques blend seamlessly with coastal styling to create the balance she’d planned.

Situated on a corner lot, the four-bedroom home boasts more than 800 square feet of porches and decks, and is perfect for handling their two dogs and four active grandsons. A spacious kitchen anchors the home and is flanked by a sunny breakfast nook and a formal dining room.

Playing by the Rolls

Brothers restore their father’s Rolls Royce

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Car aficionados might call it a crime. A British doctor left a beautiful, but decrepit, Rolls Royce sitting in the town of Bethany Beach to rust.

Like many small-town physicians in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Charles King was well-known for his home and practice, which were located on Hollywood Street. But heads also turned for his 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Park Ward Sedanca de Ville.

Yet, after a failed repair job in 1959, the dissembled Phantom III was condemned to decades of storage — sometimes out in the salt air — until King’s sons swooped in from England. They rescued the machine from Bethany Beach after their father’s death in 1991. And they finally renovated it in 2011, into an award-winning beauty that is now turning heads in Europe.

King and his wife had come to the area from Wales and had three children: Susan, Richard and Michael. The family had lived in Cairo, Egypt, until the 1956 Suez Crisis made the Britons consider a move to Washington, D.C.

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly celebration, the library decided to launch its first Community Kickball, which will occur at the library’s parking lot from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the show will take place on Church Street in Selbyville and benefit Delaware Hospice.

Conservation Access Pass for state wildlife areas on sale July 1

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is launching Delaware’s new Conservation Access Pass on July 1. Starting on that date, a Conservation Access Pass will be required for any registered motor vehicle used to access Division of Fish & Wildlife state wildlife areas for recreational activities, such as birdwatching, wildlife photography, hiking and horseback riding, as well as hunting.

Bethany planning 34th annual Independence Day celebration

The 34th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The 2017 theme is “Bethany Beach Celebrates!” The parade committee is encouraging businesses, community organizations and families to get in on the fun by entering floats and compete for a variety of prizes.

Freeman Stage to open season with MSO on June 16

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick off the 10th season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Along with the orchestra, the performance will feature soloists from OperaDelaware, as well as songs from “Macbeth” and “Aida.” Tickets cost $15 per person, with kids 12 or younger being admitted free of charge.

“We are grateful for our long partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. ”This is the 10th season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, and each year the MSO has helped us launch our summer schedule with an unforgettable night of music.”

Opening weekend at the Freeman Stage also includes the start of its Saturday morning kids’ series, sponsored by PNC Foundation — which take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday — as well as a performance by Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Big Feet on June 17, and a speaking event with Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker on June 18.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7 — Century-old Bethany cottage

Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had vacationed with their four children at her parents’ Ocean City, Md., condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler cottage in Bethany Beach, they were intrigued by its history.

The house had been owned for generations by the family of former state Sen. Louis Drexler and had operated as a bed-and-breakfast for some time. Despite the heavy toll the years had taken on the home, they saw great potential, and jumped at the chance to buy and restore the diamond-in-the-rough to its original charm.

Beginning in March 2016, the wife, acting as the general contractor, worked with their builder to complete the exterior and interior transformation in just six months. The goal throughout the process was to retain as much of the five-bedroom home’s original character and to enhance its charm with appropriate upgrades and cosmetic improvements.

Warick, Tsavdar to make Dickens debut with original musical comedy ‘Under’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Kurt Cobain is alive and hiding in plain sight, as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Jim Morrison never really met “The End” and is still panhandling poetry somewhere along the cobblestone streets of Denmark. Despite all the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Elvis has never actually left the building — he’s working as the groundskeeper at Graceland.

Even long before the “Forever 27 Club” handle was officially dubbed, fans of artists taken too soon have attempted to cope with the death of their favorite pop-culture personas with heavy doses of denial.

There’s been the conspiracies. The sightings. And, in some cases, even the selfies.

Now, there’s the musical comedy “Under”— wherein playwright David Warick and composer Eric Tsavdar aim to bring to life some out-there theories of their own by bringing iconic legends — including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe and even “The King” himself — back from the dead, when the original production makes its debut at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Sunday, June 11.

Family Fun Fest planned at church

Long Neck United Methodist Church will host its Family Fun Fest this week, aiming to offer a safe space for community fun and bonding.

The Family Fun Fest, which has been held annually for almost a decade, will be taking place on June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the church at 32051 Long Neck Road.

Bethany boardwalk to fill with crafters on Saturday

The ocean water temperature may still be in the very low 60s, but things are heating up on the Bethany Beach boardwalk this weekend, as the Town hosts its annual Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

‘Sex Please, We’re Sixty’ set for BART season finale at Dickens

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The cast of ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’ was ready to put on BART’s final show at the Dickens Parlour Theatre before their summer hiatus.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The cast of ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’ was ready to put on BART’s final show at the Dickens Parlour Theatre before their summer hiatus.Opening night is already sold out for the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre’s final production at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville before their summer hiatus.

Director Rusty Hesse’s adaptation of the “saucy senior-scandal” originally written by Michael and Susan Parker, “Sex Please, We’re Sixty,” will feature plenty of laughs on the subjects of menopausal hot flashes, the age well past the age of sexual pinnacles and little blue pills being “popped like M&Ms.”

“It’s a laugh-a-minute kind of production,” said four-year BART veteran Jeff Martini, who will portray aging-lothario protagonist Bud “The Stud” Davis in the production after helping put on “Sex Please, We’re Sixty” in Arizona with the Sun City Grand Theatre Co. this past winter.

“It’s got some very interesting differences,” Martini continued, comparing the two adaptations. “These light-hearted comedies have really resonated with our audiences at BART over the years. It’s a terrific way to end the season.”

Gardening group puts down roots with Life Saving Station project

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Members of the Salt Air Gardeners recently began a landscaping project at the Indian River Life Saving Station.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Members of the Salt Air Gardeners recently began a landscaping project at the Indian River Life Saving Station.When Indian River Life Saving Station site manager Laura Scharle got back work recently after a day away, it looked as if garden fairies had made a stop there.

Landscaping around the museum and historic site had been spruced up — plants added, mulch raked in, beds cleaned up.

In reality, the “fairies” were members of the Salt Air Gardeners, a recently formed group of “lifelong learners” who were looking for a community project. In their quest, they contacted the Inland Bays Garden Center in Ocean View, where they learned that the Lifesaving Station’s grounds were in need of some attention.

Based in the Bay Forest community, the group (don’t call them a “club” — they prefer to be referred to as an “organization” or just by their name) is nearly 50 members strong, despite only having been in existence for a few months.

OVHS offering trunkfuls of the past at History Mix

This weekend, visitors and residents will have the unique opportunity to tour a local workshop where antique trunks are restored. The Ocean View Historical Society will host a History Mix on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Norman Justice’s workshop on Cedar Neck Road.

Fictional book highlights Sussex County over the centuries

With Memorial Day arriving and bringing the start of the summer season with it, many people are searching for that perfect beach read. “Settlin’ In: Love, Death & Deception” is a compilation of short stories by Joseph Scott spanning four centuries of life on the Delmarva Peninsula.

“I’m the ninth generation of a man and his wife who moved to this area from Wales in 1675. I have somewhat of a passion for Delaware… Joe loved it, too. To write this book about these places was something he really, really loved doing,” said his wife, Priscilla.

Scott, a journalist who had written for more than 50 major magazines and newspapers, including New York magazine, McCall’s and Good Housekeeping, passed away last September, just one month after his book was published.

“When he finished the last story, he was so gratified… To get the proof of the book three weeks before he passed away was just incredible,” said Priscilla Scott, noting that when he received the book proof, she danced around their house, celebrating for the both of them. “I was just so thrilled.”

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 5 — Bethany home blends custom touches

Coastal Point • Submitted: This teardrop chandelier contrasts with the distressed table that it illuminates in this downtown home.Coastal Point • Submitted: This teardrop chandelier contrasts with the distressed table that it illuminates in this downtown home.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Years of vacation visits to the Delaware shore led the owners of this home and their children to Bethany Beach, where they found that the happiness level and ready access to the ocean made for the perfect spot to re-create an updated version of their original California surf shack from years ago. Connecting with a builder and architect who shared the husband’s longtime love of surfing made for a perfect alliance.

They opted for a modest three-bedroom, three-bath home of 2,500 square feet, where the spaces are designed to be functional and efficient, and are distinguished by interesting interior nooks and pleasing exterior roof lines. An open floor plan and plenty of windows are designed to bathe the space in natural light, keeping it bright and airy despite the northern exposure and wooded neighborhood.

Bright green shakes on the chimney hint at the colorful touches that permeate the design and décor inside. Soft gray walls serve as a neutral backdrop for pops of color, seen in the mustard-yellow pocket doors, green kitchen tile and multicolored accessories. Other inventive elements include a fireside hideaway for their beloved yellow Lab and a pair of cozy high-perched lofts that connect their college-age kids’ bedrooms.

The husband is an accomplished amateur woodworker whose creations combine with his wife’s refurbished found treasures, adding a distinctly artistic touch to their décor. She enjoys balancing his rustic wood elements with an occasional bit of “bling,” as seen in the glass teardrop chandelier in the dining room, chosen to contrast with the bulk of the distressed wood table below that he created. Just one year after completion, the family is finding their new home has fulfilled their longing to always be near the water.

Big Chill Beach Club breaks out umbrella room with a view

New restaurant at state park offers inlet and ocean views, beachfront eats

Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Like a summer sun rising above the Atlantic Ocean, the large yellow umbrella atop the concession building at Delaware Seashore State Parks concession stand signals a fresh start.

The umbrella is the signature piece of the new Big Chill Beach Club; it sits atop the venue’s glass-enclosed eating area. That area is surrounded by a large deck, where diners can enjoy 360-degree views encompassing the ocean, the Indian River Inlet Bridge and the Indian River Bay.

Those who would rather keep their feet in the sand can do so by taking their food back to the beach or by sitting at tables in the sand at the new eatery.

A partnership between Delaware State Parks and La Vida Hospitality Group, the Big Chill Beach Club brings to the venture the group’s experience with its other projects, Crooked Hammock Brewery, Restaurant & Backyard Beer Garden; Fork+Flask at Nage; Taco Reho food truck; and the original Big Chill Cantina.

'Gatsby' gets green light for IR premiere this weekend

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Whether they’re coming in from East Egg, West Egg or across any other egg-less province, the local community is getting the “green light” to head out to Indian River High School this Friday and Saturday night for the IR drama club’s production of “The Great Gatsby.”

The Simon Levy adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic story will “borne back ceaselessly into the past” to feature everything 1920s — from snazzy suits and flapper dresses to the jazz stylings of the Indian River High School band during intermissions and throughout the show.

Coming off the success of their production of “Romeo & Juliet” this past winter — in what was the first-year drama club’s first-ever show — hopes were even higher for “Gatsby,” with everything coming together just in time for curtain call.

“We have a lot to pull together in the last week — as is the nature of theater — but we’re all really excited,” said Sadie Andros, director and first-year English teacher at IR. “We’ve gone a little bigger for this show. We’ve got a great set that we’ve been designing and painting. We have a car, live music — it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

LB Artisans Fair adds farmers’ market in its 10th year

Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair. title=Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the painted rock creations from Carol Gentes on display at this year's Artisans Fair.The Artisans Fair at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary when the fair gets under way this Memorial Day weekend, adding on a farmers’ market this year, in addition to its array of artisans new and returning.

“For our 10th anniversary, we were talking about what we could do,” said Artisans Fair spokesperson Ida Crist. “We wanted to expand a little bit, so we decided to have the market outside.”

Local vendors scheduled to set up shop at LB for the first-year farmers’ market on Saturday, May 27, include fresh lettuces, herbs, wheatgrass, microgreens, essential oils and colloidal silver products from Bill Jordan and Fresh Harvest Hydroponics in Millsboro; honey, bees-wax products, jams and jellies, soaps, hand creams, lip balm and lip gloss from Carol Hudson of Backyard Jams & Jellies in Frankford; garden items from the Inland Bays Garden Center in Frankford; and season-fresh produce from Paul Parsons and Parsons Farms Produce in Frankford and Ellen Magee of Magee Farms in Selbyville; as well as soups and sandwiches from Delaware Provisions South in Millville.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 4 — ‘It’s About Time’

Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: A beamed vaulted ceiling with a dramatic twig chandelier graces the top of the stairs in this downtown Bethany home, which will be featured as part of the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home call their newly constructed five bedroom beach house “It’s About Time” because it took them 20 years of renting in Bethany and talking about purchasing before they finally took the plunge in 2015. The three-story home is just a block away from the beach and the center of town, offering easy access to everything they’ve always enjoyed.

Their goal was to build a warm and inviting home with a coastal-chic, understated elegance that was tasteful, timeless and comfortable.

The owner has done most of the interior furnishing herself, calling her design aesthetic “tonal textural design.” Custom window seats, suspended beds, distinctive tile applications and dramatic lighting all showcase her knack for creating one unique focal point in every room.

Her style is punctuated by stunning custom chandeliers, pendants and sconces that add an elegant sparkle to the layers of warm white, taupe and soft subtle blues that evoke the ocean nearby. Weathered wood inlays between the great room columns lend architectural definition to the open floor plan and can also be found adding background interest to the master bedroom.

OVHS offers lecture on Civilian Conservation Corps

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Ocean View Historical Society will present a public lecture on the Civilian Conservation Corps on Wednesday, May 24.While many know Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, less well known is the Emergency Conservation Work (EWC) Act — more commonly known as the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Next Wednesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host a public lecture on the CCC given by Carol Psaros, a local history advocate and author.

Psaros, published her second book in 2015, titled, “Chickens & Mosquitoes: The Art of Uncertain Times,” which followed the life of a young man who drops out of college and joins the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family.

Her talk, “Civilian Conservation Corps Camps and Iconic Spots in 1930’s Sussex County,” will discuss camp life and how the Corps’ “We Can Take It” spirit changed Sussex County and the nation forever.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3 — Bethany home sits on historic Loop Canal

Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.Coastal Point • Submitted: An architectural window is a key detail in a bathroom in this Loop Canal home.(Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had been searching for a vacation home on the New Jersey shore for several years, but they couldn’t seem to find just the right one. After a friend recommended they look in Bethany Beach, one of the owners found this newly completed home in 2016 and said she knew immediately it was perfect for their active family.

She brought other family members to look at several properties, never revealing which home she had chosen. As soon as her son walked into this home, he said, “Oh, Mom — this is it!” And it was.

The five-bedroom, 5.5-bath beach home is located on the historic Loop Canal, a block and a half from the ocean and two blocks from downtown Bethany. The location fulfills the family’s desire to have easy access to all the recreational activities the area has to offer, including kayaking right out their back door.

The design features a spacious main living area on the upper level, anchored by a central kitchen that is infused with natural light and provides plenty of space for their large extended family to gather both inside and out for meals and conversation. Warm pinewood floors and a stone-faced gas fireplace keep it cozy, while teal accents and plantation shutters complete the coastal cottage appeal.

Bluegrass festival to celebrate music, swamplands

Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.Coastal Point • Submitted: New & Spare Fools will be performing at the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 20.The Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival, set for Saturday, May 20, celebrates not only a classic American musical genre, but also arts and crafts, food and, of course, the Great Cypress Swamp itself.

The festival will once again be held on the Roman Fisher Farm, 24558 Cypress Road, near Frankford. The event is a fundraiser for Delaware Wild Lands, which owns and manages 10,500 acres of the Great Cypress Swamp, which is the largest forest on the Delmarva Peninsula.

This year’s lineup of bands promises to bring on some serious toe-tapping: The High & Wide, Flatland Drive, Free Range, Blue Crab Crossing and New & Spare Fools (featuring Mickey Justice and Todd Smith of Such Fools, Jon Simmons and Martin Wirtz of New & Used Bluegrass and Wes Parks of No Spare Time).

This year, for the first time, the festival will have a craft vendor area. Delaware Wild Lands spokesperson Wendy Scott said festival organizers have teamed up with the Dewey Artist Collaboration, a group of artists and craftspeople who have joined together to promote the artists’ community in the area, as well as the sale of their work.

Service offering guided tours of ‘off the beaten path’ attractions

Delmarva Board Sports is adding a new tour division of the company for land-lovers, called Delmarva Discovery Tours. After seven years of offering eco-tours on the water and achieving the Trip Advisor Circle of Excellence, the company is expanding to offer local land tours, which include transportation services in a 14-passenger van.

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