Arts & Entertainment
The 26th Annual Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival will take place Oct. 23-25 in Rehoboth Beach. Organizers announced that the 2015 festival will feature a lengthened parade route, as an additional block has been added to the walking-participant route, for enhanced spectator viewing.
More than 50 local artists and craftspersons will gather at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual Artisan’s Festival sponsored by the BBVFC Ladies Auxiliary.
Now in its second year, Ovation Dinner Theatre, based in the Bethany Beach/Ocean View area, is continuing to offer a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience throughout Delmarva.
In May 2011, the Coastal Point initiated a column called “Civil War Profiles” to focus on Delaware’s role in the Civil War. The decision was timely, considering in April the entire nation became riveted on commemoration of the 150th anniversary of hostilities that began with the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, S.C., in April 1860.
Millville’s annual Pumpkin Festival will return this weekend, offering families the chance to enjoy fun fall festivities.
Former Millville mayor Don Minyon created the event in 2009 as a way to showcase the town.
This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school.
The Society of Friends, otherwise known as Quakers, was a stalwart abolitionist and pacifist faith in the 19th century. Yet, young men who otherwise adhered to its tenets joined the military and fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves.
At Magee Farms in Williamsville, life is just starting to slow down a bit from the frenetic pace of the spring and summer growing seasons. Things have been so busy, in fact, that Ellen, Danny and Chris Magee hadn’t even realized that their farm has been in the Magee family for 150 years this year.
“We get so busy trying to get a crop in the field and trying to get it out,” Danny Magee said, that the fact that this year marks a rather impressive anniversary had completely escaped their attention.
Holding its own in the midst of the development that has been the hallmark of the area on Route 54 between Fenwick Island and Selbyville is something the family is proud of, whether or not they keep track of how long they’ve been at it.
Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled for this year, due to inclement weather.
All eyes will be on Cyclops at the 39th annual Coast Day in Lewes on Sunday.
Known for always bringing its fair share of nautical notoriety at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, this year’s event will feature Cyclops 1 — a five-person submersible capable of traveling to depths of 500 feet.
“We’re really excited,” said Katy O’Connell, director of Environmental Public Education, of the chance to showcase Cyclops 1 at Coast Day. “It’ll be out of the water so folks can see one of these up close.”
While Cyclops 1 may steal the show and certainly headlines its “Discoveries on land, in the air and at sea” theme, the event will also still feature some of the usual favorites, including marine animal touch tanks, ship tours, seafood cooking contests, educational exhibits, underwater robotics and even a LEGO model ship display.
A majority of the congregation was fully involved in praise and song at the Gospel Song Fest as the Union Gospel Choir from Union UMC in Delmar, Md., sang throughout the event on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md.
The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Curtis sponsored the event, and one of their own, Priscilla Postley, decided to make the Gospel Song Fest come to life.
Postley’s role in the church is serving as an usher and secretary of the Delmarva Usher Association for Maryland, Delaware and Virginia counties.
Outside the church, Postley works for Compton Trust, also known as Tyson, and has worked in the chicken business for 35 years, with work experience from Showell to Perdue.
Postley said the UMW tries to do different events throughout the year to raise money for mission projects, and a Gospel Song Fest inspired her.
Rita Hayworth, eat your heart out. This week, the calendar girls (and guys) in the spotlight were the residents of Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island. Brandywine has just released its 2016 calendar, with 100 percent of sales benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I’ve got to give one to my daughter,” said Rita Kilby, who appears twice in the calendar, including on Santa’s lap. She said that particular shot was easy; she only had to sit and laugh, and “I do that every day.”
This year’s theme is “A Day Without Laughter is a Day Wasted.” In candy-colored pages, seniors ride bumper cars and bikes, and splash in puddles.
“I think it’s been a good work of art,” said Kilby, who was photographed often for work publications. “I worked for the Navy, and we did this all the time.”
From the first photo shoot to the final autograph session, “The residents have, as you can see, a good time,” said Kathy Jacobs, Brandywine’s director of community relations. “It’s fun for them.”
All the big-name chefs were there. From the big-name restaurants with the big kitchens and the big dining rooms.
But when the judges selected the winning dish and removed their blindfolds at the Battle of the Beach: Chef Cook Off last Thursday, the seared 5-ounce petite filet mignon topped with pistachio duxelle and seared jumbo scallops, atop sweet and spicy pickled onions and anajou pears and a crimini mushroom, fresh pea and roasted corn ragu, on their plates had been prepared by Executive Chef Jason Bostaph of Café 26 — a 12-table restaurant in Ocean View.
“We’re such a tiny restaurant. This is awesome that we’re running with the big dogs,” said Café 26 owner Maria Fraser. “That was a big affair.”
The competition, in the style of the Food Network show “Chopped,” was held at the The Ivy restaurant in Dewey Beach on Thursday, Sept. 18. It benefitted Meals on Wheels Delaware and featured some of the top chefs in the area.
But for Bostaph and Café 26, despite celebrating the restaurant’s fifth anniversary this summer, it was their first taste of head-to-head competition.
“Really, it was our first cooking competition,” Bostaph explained. “We knew we were going up against some good chefs, and we just went into it by trying to be as prepared as possible, so that regardless of what came out of that mystery basket, we’d have some fresh produce and spices to prepare with it.”
Twenty is the special number for Community Lutheran Church, just outside of Frankford. This weekend, the church celebrates its 20th anniversary, still located next to the blinking traffic light at the intersection of Route 20 and Omar Road.
After the worship service on Sunday, Sept. 27, at 10:30 a.m., guests can enjoy lunch at noon in the church hall, catered by Jimmy’s Grille. The luncheon will include guest speakers and presentations.
“We’re a welcoming community of disciples that are dedicated to doing God’s work with our hands,” said member Sophia Riehl, who joined in 2003.
Lutherans are based in the Protestant Reformation and named for Martin Luther, known for pinning his “95 Theses” to the door of the Castle Church in Germany, criticizing the Catholic Church on “selling” forgiveness of sins. He emphasized the forgiveness of sins through faith, not through payment.
Prominent names from the Civil War era are often associated with particular states: Lincoln and Davis were natives of Kentucky; Lee and Jackson fought under the banner of Virginia; and Grant and Sherman were Ohio-born. The name most often associated with the state of Delaware is duPont.
Claudia West, planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, will discuss “Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap between Horticulture and Ecology” on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library.
When supporters greeted participants in Operation SEAS the Day last week, Ferdinand M. “Ferd” Comolli of Bethany Beach was among the crowd at the Freeman Stage ready to give the wounded warriors and their families a hero’s welcome to the Quiet Resorts.
Comolli, a decorated World War II fighter pilot who flew 73 missions over Germany, recalled with a wry smile that when he and his comrades returned from that war, there were no such parades or fanfare. So, he said, he was happy to be able to participate with his Rotary Club friends at the special ceremonies last week.
At the age of 19, Comolli said, he knew what he wanted to do. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps, ready to be trained to fly.
“I didn’t want to be a foot soldier,” he said. “I wanted to fly.”
In his family, as in many others in the mid-1940s, enlisting in the armed forces was just what everyone did.
“We were worried about our country,” Comolli said. One of four children of a Rhode Island stone carver, Comolli said one of his brothers joined the Seabees and the other joined the Army. “Everybody went, at that time,” he said.
The sad state of educational opportunities for black children in Delaware received a much-needed boost in the 1920s, thanks to the philanthropy of Pierre S. duPont. He funded the formation of Service Citizens of Delaware, which constructed or improved more than 90 schools for blacks in this state.
Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax is looking to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, “Platinum Rush,” which will be shown at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., followed by a live performance, as part of the Dickens Documentary Series with Bryan Russo, himself a musician.
He was writing Grammy-winning songs and dropping visceral guitar riffs in the power pop/rock band Queen Electric. She was a successful cardiologist with a degree from Harvard Medical and an undiscovered voice. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding, danced before they even spoke, got married and started touring together.
With two vastly differing musical backgrounds, influences and tastes, Scot Sax and Suzie Brown may have never envisioned that their styles would mesh. But when the two go on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28, Sussex County will get to hear firsthand just how well those styles have blended together.
“She needed a little more rhythm and upbeat stuff in her set, and I think I needed a little more sensitivity in my set,” Sax explained. “That was a good thing for both of us. Our show now is better than what it was before. The albums are better than before.”
While Sax and Brown seemed to have found their sound playing their own blend of blues both at shows and on their new album, “Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either,” set to release on Sept. 25, it wasn’t always that way.
The stage is set for an event benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth. Presented by Schell Brothers, SoDel Fest, a celebration of wine, food and music will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, in Millsboro.
East Coast Garden Center will host the 4th Annual Corn to Run 5K run/walk on Sept. 26. The event is held in a cornfield across the street from East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro and consists of a 3.1 mile run/walk that meanders through the cornfield.
Mark those 2015 Brandywine Senior Living calendars for Sept. 15, because the 2016 Brandywine Senior Living calendar release party is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season next week, opening with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.
When young men went off to war in 1861 following the outbreak of hostilities between the states, the only way to maintain ties with loved ones was by writing and receiving letters. Fortunately, collections of these letters are preserved in archives and available to those interested in this period of our history.
For the past 25 years, singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin has made tour stops all across the nation, bringing his signature blend of neo-traditional country music with him. But on Friday, Sept. 11, for the first time in his career, he’ll make his way to the Freeman Stage at Bayside.
“I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I’ve seen a lot of America,” Tippin said. “Generally, we’re on the bus touring all over the country. As long as there are country fans there, I got all I need.”
Some of Tippin’s hits include “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “My Blue Angel,” “Workin’ Man’s PhD,” and “In Overdrive.” However, there are a few numbers that will be all the more appropriate Friday night, including “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly,” which Tippin wrote and recorded just two days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and released less than a week later, going on to top the charts.
Tippin went even further in showing his pride for his country when he began taking trips overseas to perform the song for U.S. military service members. For him, that national pride is something he’s emphasized throughout his career.
Lineup includes some of the country’s best
The Delaware Sports Commission this week announced the national slate of high school teams that will participate in the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament, which will be held at Cape Henlopen High School on Dec. 27-29.
Who says Labor Day has to be the end? The summer season continues Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 37th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Bethany will transform into a free outdoor art festival. More than 100 juried artists will show and sell their finest glass, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, painting, photography, basketry, drawing, woodwork and more.
Artists’ booths will be located on the boardwalk from Campbell Place to Central Avenue, also spilling onto Parkwood Avenue, the bandstand and the east end of Garfield Parkway.
“There’s fine arts with the fine crafts, so you get a really diverse artwork,” said artist Celeste Kelly. “So, anything you’re interested in, you’re going to find something there. The quality of the work is great.”
“It’s free — that’s the big thing!” Kelly said. “I think a lot of people don’t know … that a lot of places charge.”
That brings in many types of visitors.
“It’s our first time, and I had no clue what it’s like. Anyway, it will be fun to find out,” said artist Elaine Valletta of Appletree Creations, whose family is making a vacation of it.
Ocean View resident Luca Donoto recently turned 7. But Donato — a fan of Star Wars, Godzilla and soccer — decided to forgo receiving birthday presents at his party, and instead have his guests donate food for a local food pantry.
The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.
A tongue-in-cheek “celebration” of the end of summer, it was started by local business owner Moss Wagner as a way for businesspeople to blow off steam at the end of the hectic summer season.
For many spectators, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to summer fun — and the traffic that goes with it. Parents standing along the boardwalk with their kids are most likely thinking about last-minute back-to-school preparations while straining to hear the first somber notes of “Amazing Grace.”
By the time the band swings into “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the party mood has set in and spectators have often joined the throng of mourners making its way to the Bethany Beach bandstand.
Next week, 30 wounded warriors and their families will travel from all over the country to visit Bethany Beach, thanks to Operation SEAs the Day.
The nonprofit organization that was created to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”
Warrior Beach Week will be held Sept. 8-13 and gives the wounded warriors and their families a time to relax as a family, without a focus on any of their injuries.
Each family will stay in a home in Bethany Beach that is donated for the week and be provided with a volunteer host, who will help, if desired by the family, with anything from giving directions to making suggestions as to what to enjoy while they’re in the area.
Along with the 30 wounded warrior families, two alumni families from Warrior Beach Week last year will be returning to offer assistance to the families.
Throughout the week, the “Very Important Families” (VIFs) will get to enjoy a welcoming reception at Ocean View VFW Post #7234, as well as a bonfire and cookout, and a family night.
Families will get to choose what activities they participate in, and are given the opportunity to golf, fish, have a spa day or just relax — all free of charge. With more than 100 sponsors, the events’ supporters even donate items to the VIFs, from gift cards to a free meal in their restaurants.