Arts & Entertainment

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for the fine-art exhibit, then be seated for the 6:30 p.m. band and chorus concert.

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia followed this celebration.

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide. Some young people have been victims, but some of their peers are now pushing for a brighter future.

Richard Pope, 18, founded Operation Yellow Spear in 2015 “to spearhead the assault on veteran suicide through art, love and grace.”

Based in Laurel, his homeless outreach program is attacking the statistics from the ground up.

“Veteran suicide starts with the community they live in and the struggles they face. We’re reaching out to veteran homelessness, because that can lead to suicide,” Pope said.

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

Fort Delaware Society holds annual meeting

“To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and to preserve its legacy” is the stated mission of an organization known as the Fort Delaware Society. Founded 66 years ago, the FDS held its annual meeting at the Hilton Wilmington/Christiana Hotel in Newark on Jan. 31.

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library.

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Farber to make directorial debut

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Criss returns to Clear Space to star in ‘Deathtrap’

Equity actor Andrew Criss, who appeared in the Clear Space Theatre Company fall production of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” will return to Clear Space to star in its latest show, “Deathtrap,” a mystery play by Ira Levin.

Fort Miles presentation set for Feb. 18 in Bethany

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Dr. Gary Wray, “Fort Miles: Past, Present, Future.” The event will take place at Bethany Beach Town Hall, 214 Garfield Parkway, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer Barrow was a senior at Rutger’s University in her home state of New Jersey, her theater-major housemates offered her a chance to write a script for an end-of the-year skit. Though she didn’t know it at the time, that was the beginning of a lifelong career in script-writing.

Barrow’s newest project, a Hallmark Channel movie called “Dater’s Handbook,” airs Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m. She said she is very excited about the timing, because “Dater’s Handbook,” which she co-wrote with frequent collaborator Rich Tabach, occupies quite a sweet bit of television real estate.

It has been chosen to kick off the Hallmark Channel’s “Countdown to Valentine’s Day,” which will feature Valentine’s-appropriate movie premieres each Saturday and Sunday evening between Jan. 30 and Feb. 14.

“Dater’s Handbook” is described on the Hallmark Channel website as “a fun romantic comedy that follows Cassandra Brand, who has come to realize that she has a recurring habit of picking the wrong type of guy, so she turns to a relationship expert, Dr. Susie, and her latest self-help book, ‘The Dater’s Handbook,’ to help with her ailing love life.”

Hudson hunts up Sussex County-style retreat for veterans

Coastal Point • Submitted: Phil Hudson poses with Wishes for Warriors founder and veteran Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Marshall, and veterans Wally Fanene, Jason Grigg and Jose Vazquez after a shooting day with East Coast Defense.Coastal Point • Submitted: Phil Hudson poses with Wishes for Warriors founder and veteran Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Marshall, and veterans Wally Fanene, Jason Grigg and Jose Vazquez after a shooting day with East Coast Defense.Injuries have kept Phil Hudson from his dream of joining the Marine Corps. But that wasn’t going to stop him from serving his country.

After three separate attempts to enlist, Hudson finally found his calling this past November, when he hosted three veterans and Wishes for Warriors founder Brian “Bam Bam” Marshall at his 15-bedroom farmhouse for a good old Sussex County hunting trip.

“I tried to go in the military myself three times, and because of medical reasons I couldn’t do it, so I’ve been struggling with that,” Hudson said. “I’ve always wanted to do it, ever since I was a little kid. Once I realized that I didn’t have that option, I figured, ‘Well, I need to take care of the guys who did have that option.’”

The non-profit was formed less than three years ago and was designed to help veterans returning from overseas get an opportunity to readjust by way of outdoor-style retreats. An avid outdoorsman himself, Hudson jumped at the chance to reach out to Marshall and the organization when he discovered it via social media.

Civil War Profiles: The Battle of Cockle Creek near Chincoteague

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Co. of Wilmington built vessels for the Union navy during the Civil War. It was one of the foremost shipbuilding enterprises in the United States at that time.

Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Delaware

On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. one of Delaware’s largest fundraising events — the Special Olympics Delaware Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Wawa — will take to the chilly waters of the Atlantic.

Civil War Profiles: Sons of Confederate Veterans honors Lee and Jackson

At 3:15 in the afternoon on May 10, 1863, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson deliriously uttered the phrase, “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.” “Stonewall” passed away following amputation of his left arm, damaged by friendly fire at Chancellorsville.

Beta Sigma Phi invites community to January Jam

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi — a women’s social, cultural and service organization that gives back to those in need within the community — is hosting a January Jam dance to have fun night while raising funds to help those in need.

Need for Speed: Hitchens fuels up for 2016 season after third racing title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scott Hitchens drives the Blades HVAC Services 65 car.Coastal Point • Submitted: Scott Hitchens drives the Blades HVAC Services 65 car.Scott Hitchens likes speed. And ever since he got his first dirt bike at just 3, all he’s wanted to do was go fast.

Now a 22-year-old seasoned veteran, Hitchens has come a long way from his dirt bike days, going on to make a name for himself as one of the area’s top young dirt track drivers.

The Gumboro native has racked up a variety of titles and accolades throughout his 19 years of racing, including back-to-back Dirt Track Modified Championships at the Georgetown Speedway in 2013 and 2014. Most recently, Hitchens added another title to his résumé, picking up his first AC Delco PSC Modifieds Championship at the Delaware International Speedway in Delmar this October.

The victory for Hitchens and the Blades HVAC Services Racing Team had come just a year after Hitchens finished second overall on the same tour. But even after entering his 2015 campaign as a favorite, and backing it up with a comfortable points lead for the majority of the season, an unexpected breakdown with just two races left made things a little more interesting.

Fourth annual Photo Beach Bash scheduled for April 17 in Rehoboth

The Coastal Camera Club (CCC) announced this week that the fourth annual Photo Beach Bash will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. The theme, “Learn, Imagine, Create,” is designed to set the tone for attendees to enjoy a productive and educational day.

Meals on Wheel feeding pets in need

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among those helping feed pets in need this winter were, from left, Jamie Ciavolella (House Pets), Carolyn Miller (Kenille’s Kupboard), Dottie Armstrong (CHEER staff) and Kim Ciavolella (House Pets), with a heap of donations from a holiday party hosted recently by Jackie Boyd (not pictured).Coastal Point • Submitted: Among those helping feed pets in need this winter were, from left, Jamie Ciavolella (House Pets), Carolyn Miller (Kenille’s Kupboard), Dottie Armstrong (CHEER staff) and Kim Ciavolella (House Pets), with a heap of donations from a holiday party hosted recently by Jackie Boyd (not pictured).When Meals on Wheels arrives to deliver hot food, a grateful senior citizen answers the door to receive a free meal. But, occasionally, there’s another nose there to sniff the scent of a fresh meal — and it wags its tail.

Volunteers realized that the seniors on a fixed income are doubly challenged when it comes to feeding their pets. When CHEER volunteers deliver Meals on Wheels, they sometimes find the old lunch tray sitting on the floor — proof that the owners let their pets finish the meal.

“Some families would feed their animals instead of eating the meals delivered for themselves,” stated Carolyn Miller, president of a nonprofit that helps people afford their pets, Kenille’s Kupboard Pet Pantry & Rescue Inc.

So moved by the sight, “A lot of the time, [volunteers] take money out of their pocket to help pay for food for their [clients’] pets,” Miller said.

“We want our seniors … to eat all their lunch,” said Elizabeth Walls, CHEER volunteer program director.

RAL, CCC collaborate on dual exhibits

Coastal Point • Submitted: Dick Snyder’s archival pigment print of ‘Fog-shrouded Coast’ is among the photographs on display during the collaborative exhibits between the Coastal Camera Club and Rehoboth Art League through Feb. 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: Dick Snyder’s archival pigment print of ‘Fog-shrouded Coast’ is among the photographs on display during the collaborative exhibits between the Coastal Camera Club and Rehoboth Art League through Feb. 28.On Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) will present two collaborative exhibitions with the Coastal Camera Club at the RAL Art Studios on Route. 9.

“This is the first time that the RAL has collaborated with the Coastal Camera Club,” said RAL Exhibitions Director Jay Pastore. “The idea for this exhibition blossomed from our developing association with the camera club.

“Our new facility on Route 9 includes a state-of-the art digital photographic printmaking studio that members of the Coastal Camera Club monitor. They assist anyone interested in digital printmaking to create their own works of art.”

“The Coastal Camera Club — A Juried Exhibition” will take place in the main exhibition room. Lee Wayne Mills, interim executive director of the RAL, and Pastore curated the works in this exhibition — many award-winning works from club competitions. The range of images is expansive and impressive, from classic photographic portraiture to panoramic landscapes to inventive, manipulated works of wide variety, they said.

Anglers need to buy fishing licenses for 2016

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that it’s time to purchase their 2016 Delaware fishing licenses, as 2015 licenses expired Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline 2016 O.C. Air Show

Military jets will soar over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Md., once again next year as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds return to headline the O.C. Air Show, June 18-19, 2016.

Hike and lecture series planned at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a series of programs this January to help people get outdoors, stay active and learn about the history and natural wonders of the area.

Bethany ready to drop the ball on New Year’s Eve

Coastal Point • File Photo: Following a successful tree-lighting ceremony and a round of fun activities surrounding their Weekend Wonderland series, the town of Bethany Beach will keep the holiday momentum going with the first-ever New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, next to the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel.Coastal Point • File Photo: Following a successful tree-lighting ceremony and a round of fun activities surrounding their Weekend Wonderland series, the town of Bethany Beach will keep the holiday momentum going with the first-ever New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, next to the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel.While it’s been warm enough to toss around a beach ball on the beach this holiday season, there’s an event set for New Year’s Eve in Bethany Beach that could top that.

The first-ever New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop is set for midnight on Jan. 1. The 7-foot inflatable ball will be dropped from the top of a ladder truck on loan from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and will light up when it reaches the end of its drop.

The “Drop” will take place at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, between the north and south buildings of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel, which is sponsoring the event.

While tickets are required for the black-tie ball being held inside the hotel at 99 Sea Level, the hotel’s restaurant, the ball drop itself is open to the public. Starting at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be served. D.J. Magellan from radio station Ocean-98 will provide family-friendly entertainment, according to Sarah Witkowski, assistant marketing and events director for the company that owns the hotel.

Civil War Profiles: The long post-war road to Civil Rights legislation

“Black codes” was the name given to an attempt in several states to undermine the effects of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution enacted following the Civil War from 1865 to 1870. The amendments guaranteed the freedom, citizenship and voting rights of black people, whether they were newly emancipated, born or immigrated.

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Hair of the Dog 5K/10K to kick off festivities

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be rung in the same way, with the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.

In addition to the annual plunge, in which participants brave the cold temperatures of the Atlantic to celebrate the new year, the days’ festivities — put on by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation — will start out with the annual Hair of the Dog 5K and 10K oceanfront and boardwalk run.

The race and day’s events will include live music from D.J. Padraig and, as always, will include overall and age group awards and a post-race party at Mango’s on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, with beer and food donated by local restaurants.

To commemorate the race’s fifth year, participants will also receive a free insulated race tumbler provided by Burnzy’s Bar & Grill. As with prior events, racers are also being encouraged to dress up in festive costumes for the event and feel free to run the 5K with a four-legged friend.

New Year’s Day event to have patriotic tribute

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With the sun rising in the east, and those in attendance placing their hand over their heart, Bayard resident Tom Ford hopes to start off 2016 with a pledge to the United States of America.

Painting and packing holiday warmth:

SDSA students send supplies to homeless shelter

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Southern Delaware School of the Arts students were at times a flurry of hands as they packed six suitcases of supplies for a homeless shelter.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Southern Delaware School of the Arts students were at times a flurry of hands as they packed six suitcases of supplies for a homeless shelter.Students at one Selbyville school got a glimpse of gratefulness this month when they sent donations to a Salisbury, Md., homeless shelter. Southern Delaware School of the Arts students painted and filled six suitcases with supplies for HALO, a faith-based ministry that serves those who are homeless or in need.

The Junior Honor Society eighth-graders learned to be more grateful as they packed suitcases on Dec. 14. They categorized each suitcase by items: toiletries, warm hats, blankets, gloves, socks, diapers, books and games.

“Some of these things are common needs, and I can’t imagine not having these things in my life,” said student Grace Morris. “So the fact that people need these things so much just really shows you how much you should be grateful for the things you have.”

Civil War Profiles: Sesquicentennial of Christmas 1865

The first peacetime Christmas in four years was joyful in the state of Delaware. The gunfire had ceased, and the troops had come home.

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