Arts & Entertainment
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.
When Pat Plocek considers the fact that Samaritan Thrift Shop gave the community $48,000 this year, he can only say, “That’s a lot of $1 and $2 pieces of clothing.”
Located in a simple Route 54 warehouse in Williamsville, the nonprofit shop is pleasant. Music is playing, clothes and jewelry are displayed, and Christmas decorations softly light the shop.
Just because they pay less, shoppers shouldn’t have less of a retail experience, said Plocek, who is serving as temporary manager.
“We’re here for the community. We’re not here to make money,” he said.
Samaritan Thrift Shop is ready in times of need. So, families suffering house fires can request a recommendation from their churches to shop Samaritan Thrift Shop for free.
But low-priced items are available for anyone on a tight budget.
Irene Fick’s first poetry collection, “The Stories We Tell,” has recently been published by the Broadkill River Press. The Lewes poet’s book is available through the publisher’s website at www.thebroadkillriverpress.com and is being sold at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach.
SoDel Concepts has been taking its food truck, Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen, on a road trip to Delmarva breweries during the off-season. The truck has trekked to 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown and, most recently, Mispillion River Brewing in Milford.
SoDel Concepts founder Matt Haley, who passed away in August, put Big Thunder on the road in early 2014.
After one basketball season, one graduation, two volleyball seasons, two banquets and several performances, the opening of a new Arts & Athletic Center became a reality on Wednesday, Dec. 10, for Delmarva Christian High School.
Delaware State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in nine state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.
The hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year by connecting with the outdoors on Jan. 1 at a state park close to home, officials said.
Tonight, people worldwide will light candelabras to begin the eight-day Festival of Light. And local synagogues are inviting people to celebrate the Chanukah miracle.
“The Jewish people’s … main job was to light the darkness of the world. And Chanukah is the most significant holiday because it’s showing that power of lighting the darkness,” said Rabbi Noam Cohen.
This weekend, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS) will be celebrating the holiday season, and is inviting the public to the festivities.
On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the OVHS will be holding its annual Old Fashioned Christmas event at the society’s historical complex.
On Tuesday, Dec.16, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another eclectic night of “Songs & Stories” at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until about 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.
Since the country’s inception, political parties in the United States normally used favored press organs as outlets for news releases and policy pronouncements. When Abraham Lincoln took up residency at the White House following the 1860 presidential election and the Civil War erupted, however, he chose not to follow that practice.
When families arrive at the new Indian River School District’s Food Pantry, they don’t have to bring tax statements or financial papers.
“If they’re here, they’re hungry,” said Michele Murphy. “They do have to complete Food Bank paperwork, but there’s no proof that’s required.”
As IRSD Parent Center coordinator, Murphy helps many families with anything from college planning to free clothing.
Located within the G.W. Carver Educational Center in Frankford, people can select 30 free pounds of food items and 5 pounds of personal products.
Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).
For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.
For one night only, sounds from Washington, D.C., will be heard in Sussex County, as for just $10, locals can enjoy a live performance of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.
Sponsored by the Freeman Stage at Bayside, the annual opera performance comes Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. to Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.
“We often get the comment, ‘This is like bringing the Kennedy Center to the to Eastern Shore,’” said Doug Phillips, Freeman’s marketing and communications manager.
“To experience this international art form — it’s different. It’s a very natural art form, usually no audio amplification [for the voices],” he said.
Covered in garland, a warm fireplace crackles by a massive, twinkling Christmas tree. Santa’s sleigh is nearby, waiting for the big man himself. This is Bethany Beach Town Hall, ready to host children at the annual Holiday Happenings on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.