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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.

Disciples to tell their tale in ‘Living Last Supper’

Art and religion come to life in the “Living Last Supper,” the story of Jesus Christ’s disciples, which will be presented April 12 and 13 by Millville United Methodist Church.

The one-hour performance begins with Jesus revealing that one of his disciples will betray him. The men are startled into the pose of Leonardo da Vinci’s 1498 painting “The Last Supper.”

Ronald Maurice Fox, 74

Ronald Maurice Fox, 74, formerly of Lewes and Georgetown, Del., passed away at 8 a.m. on May 7, 2016, at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla. “Ronnie-Foxy” was born Sept. 29, 1941, in Lewes, Del., to Ethel and Maurice Fox.

Dewey, Rehoboth going whole-hog for this weekend’s Bacon Fest

That scrumptious combination of crunchy, chewy and salty called “bacon” might shrink when it hits the frying pan, but a festival in its honor in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach just keeps getting bigger.

Bethany to host ‘Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong’

On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Freeman announces additional summer acts

Last week, the Freeman Stage announced two additional performances for their summer lineup.

BART promises show to remember with ‘An Affair to Forget’

Bona to direct third part of Bob Davis trilogy

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.You’ve seen them at Thanksgiving, and on Christmas.

But on Thursday, April 21, the fireworks will really start to fly when the Tomlinsons and the Fenwicks get together for a Fourth of July wedding and the third and final installment of local playwright Bob Davis’ trilogy, with “An Affair to Forget.”

“It’s a wedding with a twist at the end,” said Davis, noting the Murphy’s Law luster sparked when the trilogy’s two protagonists’ families get together. “Whatever can go wrong goes wrong.”

“It’s the dysfunctional family antics going on,” added director Veronica Bona. “When I first got the script, by the fourth line I was already laughing so hard I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to direct. It’s just absolutely hilarious.”

While the story is set to take place at the Tomlinson’s ritzy Hampstead, R.I., estate on one of the hottest days of the year, audience members are being cordially invited to witness the nutty nuptials by way of the intimate stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Princesses, Pirates & Pancakes

Get Well Gabby Foundation raises funds for A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital

Cinderalla, Snow White, Elsa, Anna, Tinkerbell and a boatload of pirates! Millville United Methodist Church and the Millville Town Hall played host to the Get Well Gabby Foundation’s fundraiser, “Princesses, Pirates and Pancakes,” on Saturday, April 9. Children ran around dressed as pirates and princesses, while chowing down on pancakes and sausage at the church.

Grimes bridges foreign adventure and fair-trade focus in ‘The Amazon Heist’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand,  holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand, holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’The idea for “The Amazon Heist” came to Kimberly Grimes in the middle of the night, in the middle of the rainforest, in Peru. Grimes is the co-owner, with her husband, Marco Hernandez, of Made By Hand, the fair-trade store in York Beach Mall in South Bethany. This year marks the store’s 20th anniversary.

“It was our last evening there after 10 years of bringing undergraduate students for their January study-abroad semester,” said Grimes, who until recently also taught anthropology at the University of Delaware.

“Marco and I were sitting outside our palm-thatched hut in the hum of darkness, quietly chatting. I mentioned my regret that I hadn’t written my own detailed field notes to show the changes we had witnessed. But, as their professor, I was too busy helping the students conduct their own research to think about mine.”

“We went to bed, and a couple of hours later I woke up, immediately awake, having dreamt the whole outline for my book! I sat with my flashlight tucked under my chin and wrote it all down. I even heard the English voices of my favorite actors, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, take on the characters of the two sisters who are tourists that comprise a big part of the plot. Crazy as it sounds, it was like they were channeling the story to me!”

Ride to the Tide set for April 17

The Ride to the Tide to benefit Special Olympics Delaware is a police-escorted motorcycle ride — no stops at traffic lights — that will take place on Sunday, April 17.

Annual Springtime Jamboree to benefit Millsboro Little League

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.With the idea of raising money for improvements to the local Little League field 34 years ago, now-state Sen. Gerald Hocker began a tradition that has brought local musical talent together each year to help area nonprofit organizations raise much-needed funds.

“When Dad did the show for the very first time — 34 years ago now — he stood up and said at the end of the show, ‘Do you think I should have a show next year?’ And everyone clapped,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. “So, he organized a show the following year. And he’s said it every single year. As long as the people continue to support it, and continue to have fun, he would continue to do it. And lo and behold, it’s been 34 years.”

In its 34th year, the Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel music — program, will be benefitting the Millsboro Little League.

‘Beer to Drink Music To’

Hooked Up and Dogfish team up for Record Store Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.The countdown to Record Store Day is on.

While the national event will see more than 400 independently-owned vinyl shops celebrating across the country, Hooked Up in Millville will be the place to be for beer buffs and fans of local music this Saturday, April 16.

The ale house and raw bar is teaming up with Dogfish Head — the official beer of Record Store Day and a native Delaware brewery — to promote the event and local businesses with live music, giveaways and special Dogfish releases on draft.

“We’re really excited,” said Hooked Up General Manager Joe Botchie. “This is our way of supporting local mom-and-pop music stores.”

"Hooked Up was an obvious choice to play host to one of our Record Store Day parties. The great local following and live music made it a perfect match,” said Dogfish’s Matt Funk. "Music has always been a huge part of what we do. One of our mantras is ‘Analog beer for the digital age.’ Just like Guinness has St. Patrick's Day and Corona owns Cinco de Mayo, we now have our own holiday to celebrate, and it’s the one we are most excited about.”

Clear Space heads ‘Into the Woods, Jr.’

Theatergoers can join members of Clear Space Theatre Company’s Spotlight on Young Performers troupe the weekend of April 15 as they explore “Into the Woods, Jr.”

Delmarva Birding Weekend offers a flock of field trips

April 21-24 weekend is set to host hundreds of birders for an exciting variety of events

Freeman Stage announces lineup for ninth season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.After a great deal of anticipation, the Freeman Stage at Bayside announced its 2016 summer season.

The season includes more than 70 performances, with 51 at the Stage in Selbyville. The lineup feature a diverse offering of dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music — including 13 National Recording Artists.

This year’s performers include three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and, combined, have nearly 40 Grammy Awards and over 60 Grammy nominations; one Academy Award and two Oscars nominations; and three Country Music Association awards and nine CMA nominations.

The national acts include Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson on June 29; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on July 2; The Band Perry on July 3; Justin Moore on July 7; Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge on July 13; The Beach Boys on July 14; Cherry Poppin’ Daddies on July 16; Huey Lewis and The News on July 27; The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma on Aug. 10; Gladys Knight on Aug. 19 and the Wailers on Aug. 27. Tickets for the performances will go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m.

Coastal Camera Club to host photo-printing workshop

On the day before the fourth annual Photo Beach Bash, the Coastal Camera Club (CCC) will host a Photo Printing Workshop.

Mentalist duo to appear at Dickens Parlour Theatre

Jeff and Tessa Evason are coming to Millville later this month to entertain with a demonstration of the “paranormal,” representatives of Dickens Parlour Theatre announced this week.

Bethany Beach bandstand concert lineup announced

The Summer Concert Series on the Bethany Beach bandstand will once again offer a diverse lineup for 2016. The stage will feature 50 acts designed to entertain audiences of all ages every weekend throughout the summer, officials announced this week.

Annual Springtime Jamboree is just around the corner

The 34th Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel musical program — will be held on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

The jamboree was created as a fundraiser to help local organizations. For the second year in a row, the jamboree will benefit Millsboro Little League.

DelTech club to present murder-mystery theater

The Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus’ Performing Arts Club will present “Home Sweet Homicide,” a dinner theater, on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in the Student Services Center Dining Hall in Georgetown.

Vineyard, distillery tour offered on new day-trip from Bethany

AZ Consulting & Travel recently announced their second day trip from Bethany Beach — a Vineyard & Distillery Tour + Tasting, scheduled for April 25.

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

Stamnas, Gibney return with new setlist

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.It’s springtime, and Indian River High School musicians are ready to put on a show. They’ll raise the curtains for the annual IR Live! on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.

The 2016 show is called “Spirit of the Radio” and organized “as though somebody is on a car ride and they’re listening to the radio,” said director Nathan Mohler.

Students will be masters of ceremonies, but as disc jockeys, in this revue-style show.

They’ll perform about 24 different acts, including singing, some dance, flag work, instrumentals, mock radio station interviews and more. Performers will lead audiences through old rock, new pop music and even big-band.

The many musical acts whose music is represented — which include Joan Jett, Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Adele and Echosmith — are interlaced with short radio commercials (“That’s the spice to the show,” Mohler said.)

Italian festival to bring food, family and music to OC

For the sixth year, the Sons of Italy Lodge of Ocean City and St. Luke/St Andrew churches are bringing the community together for a day of food, games and music. The St. Joseph’s Day festival will be held at St. Andrew’s Hall at 144th and Sinepuxent streets in Ocean City, Md., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Concert lineup for Delaware State Fair announced

The Delaware State Fair this week announced its Summer Concert Series lineup for 2016. It includes 16 music artists, two wheeled events, a comedian, a rodeo and the traditional harness racing at the Fair.

Previously announced acts included comedian Jeff Dunham appearing Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. and country music act Alabama, who will be performing Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.

‘Anything Goes’ to set sail at Clear Space Theatre on March 18

Clear Space Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s 1930s musical “Anything Goes” on weekends between March 18 and April 3 in Rehoboth Beach.

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to support Justin’s Beach House

Those who love poker and driving can combine the two at this weekend’s Poker & Fun Car Rallye IV, supporting Justin’s Beach House.

‘Anything Goes’ to set sail at Clear Space Theatre on March 18

Clear Space Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s 1930s musical “Anything Goes” on weekends between March 18 and April 3 in Rehoboth Beach.

MSO to feature French flutist Jean Ferrandis

Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G Major” and Fauré’s “Fantasie for Flute” when the MSO performs their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.

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