Arts & Entertainment
Anyone who held Unionist political leanings while living in Winchester, Va., during the Civil War years had to be particularly circumspect to avoid the wrath of secessionist neighbors. Therefore, when a young schoolteacher named Rebecca Wright received a note furtively delivered to her from Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, she was faced with a predicament.
It almost looked like a boxing match was about to occur at Selbyville Middle School.
A referee dressed in stripes circled a 12-by-12-foot padded ring. Different teams stood at opposite corners, wired to compete in the next two-minute round.
And then their robots took center stage.
SMS hosted a VEX Robotics Tournament on Feb. 7, with 13 teams, including competitors from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The Cape Henlopen High School team was the tournament champion, but one of the four SMS teams snagged the Design Award.
This was SMS’s first time hosting the event, but teacher and robotics coach Travis Bower said he wanted to give students competition experience before the state competition in March.
On Thursday, Feb. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, in partnership with the Rehoboth Art League, will be holding an art-based Free Write event. The Free Write, which is indeed free, and open to the public, is an opportunity for those interested in either writing or art, or both, to explore the connections between the two arts.
Nationally known performers will rock the main stage during the fifth anniversary of O.C. BikeFest, happening Sept. 17-20 at the Inlet in Ocean City, Md. Great White and Kix will perform on Thursday, Sept. 17, and the Doobie Brothers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 19.
The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free chocolate treat will await participants as they go to each store to complete their game card.
One of the most disgraceful chapters in Delaware history, according to Judith Y. Gibson, was the lack of educational opportunities afforded African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite efforts by Quaker organizations to fill the gap created by the Delaware government’s refusal to educate them, only 250 black children attended schools by the start of the Civil War in 1861.
For the second year in a row, Clear Space received recognition from BroadwayWorld.com for artistic achievements in 2014, garnering the top award in 20 out of 22 categories for which the company was nominated. The 20 awards included:
• Best Actor in a Musical (Professional), David Button (Princeton/Rod), “Avenue Q”
DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has received approval by DNREC Secretary David Small to implement new user fee increases that will go into effect mid-month.
The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.
“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”
Powerful words, spoken by perhaps one of the greatest presidents in the nation’s history, are just one of the many historic moments created by the 16th president Abraham Lincoln.
To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the Ocean View Historical Society is sponsoring “An Interview with Mr. Lincoln,” presented by local thespians Barbara Slavin and Robert Ross.
“I got this idea when I thought about [Robert’s] stature — that he would make a great Abraham Lincoln,” said Slavin, noting that both she and Ross have researched Lincoln and the Civil War. “So I decided to take the information I had and make it into a play.”
The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Ocean View Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.
“It’s the day before Lincoln’s birthday. He would be 209 years old. So we thought February is a good month to present it,” said Slavin. “I’m active in the Historical Society, so I just thought this was something that would be fun to do.”
In the production, Slavin plays a contemporary reporter who interviews Lincoln, played by Ross.
“I’m his interviewer in today’s world, and he comes back here to be interviewed. I ask him questions about his early life, his political life, how he got into law, his family life. Then we talk about the Civil War.”
Both actors will be dressed in costumes that Slavin designed and made. The presentation also features a PowerPoint presentation with pictures and music.
The Southern Delaware Nautical Sounds Barbershop Chorus is offering Singing Valentines on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14.
A quartet will travel to the home or place of business of the object of the givers’ affections and present him or her with a long-stemmed rose, a Valentine card and two songs. The cost is $40.
Contact Herman Rotsch at (302) 644-1321 to arrange time and place.
Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.
The biographies of several high-ranking Delaware army and naval officers who served during the Civil War are generally well known. These include Brig. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, Maj. Gen. George Sykes, Maj. Gen. Alfred T.A. Torbert, Adm. Samuel F. DuPont and Commodore John P. Gillis.
Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.
Margaritas aren’t the only thing “frozen” at the Salted Rim restaurant in Ocean View.
Families can now enjoy a Disney’s “Frozen” adventure aboard the railroad cars lining Route 26, which are decked in silver, blue and white tulle and icicles.
“It’s cold outside. It’s a frozen movie. It gives families something to do,” Karen Fritz, owner of the late-night Tex-Mex place.
“I think it’s gonna be awesome. I think they’re gonna love it,” as will the families, to see their children so happy, Fritz said. “That’s what you do it for — the kids! The excitement.”
Large-screen televisions will show the movie on the train cars several times daily, with a dinner buffet, each weekend through March 15.
Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, the state of Virginia set aside a Friday in January as a holiday in remembrance of two Southern Civil War heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson. Subsequently, Lee-Jackson Day became part of the landscape in other states, including here in Delaware.
Artists find that their work is more expressive, energetic, soulful and successful, when they paint what they love. For the January/February’s exhibit theme, Gallery One partners painted subjects that were special to them.
On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another night of “Songs & Stories” at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. The event, which starts at 7 p.m and lasts until about 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold their 20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center. Sponsors for this year’s event are Chardon Jewelers and the Voice Radio Broadcasting. The theme for this year’s event is “A Platinum Affair” to celebrate its 20th year.
That 2015 resolution can be a healthy one when people start their exercise routines to get ready to run or walk the annual Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Run/Walk Series 2015, which will begin on May 25 and end with the 39th Bottle and Cork 10-mile run.
Planet Maze in Ocean City, Md., this week announced the kick off to a year-long celebration commemorating its 20th anniversary, featuring contests, specials and a birthday party.
Doug Ruley, corporate chef for Rehoboth Beach-based SoDel Concepts, has been invited to cook at the James Beard House on Friday, March 15.
A record number of women joined the Fund for Women as new founders at the annual Fund for Women Sussex County fundraiser, “Winter Founderland.” Women shopped, had cocktails and appetizers, and participated in the event for the cause of supporting women and girls in Delaware.
Rusty Hesse, a member of the advisory committee of the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) and Bob Davis founder of BART and local playwright, recently presented seven DVDs to Susan Keefe, director of the South Coastal Library. The DVD’s are of plays written by Davis and presented at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville and other locations in the Delmarva area.
Matt’s Fish Camp in North Bethany on Dec. 17 hosted a four-course beer dinner featuring Oskar Blues Brewery that aimed to prove that beer, like wine, does pair well with food. The restaurant is holding beer dinners in the off-season on the third Wednesday of each month. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 21.
For those ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night on the town, local restaurants have got things covered. (Reservations are recommended for all the events, and some spots are filling up fast.)
Singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been a staple in the local music scene for the past few years and has recently taken over hosting an open-mic night at Casa Dileo restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.
“It’s been going really well,” said Alesi. “We just started a couple months ago, and last week I think we had maybe nine to 12 musicians sign up.”
This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored tradition of taking the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to ring in 2015.
On Jan. 1, the Town of Fenwick Island will hold the Fenwick Freeze at the beach just off Bayard Street.
Those who wish to participate may on the register day of the event, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, and participants will receive a Fenwick Freeze beach towel. Everyone will run into the ocean at 10:30 a.m.
Now in its 11th year, the Freeze supports the Fenwick Island Lifeguard National Competition Fund.
Tim Ferry, captain of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol, said the swim used to support both the beach patrol and Sussex County EMS teams but now solely donates the money to the patrol.