Arts & Entertainment

Kingsley Orchards revives blueberry farm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: From left, Anchors Aweigh Entertainment owners Jason and Summer Phillips are working with Kingsley Orchards owners Tony and Meghan Morgan on hosting a Family Fun Day at the orchards this weekend.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: From left, Anchors Aweigh Entertainment owners Jason and Summer Phillips are working with Kingsley Orchards owners Tony and Meghan Morgan on hosting a Family Fun Day at the orchards this weekend.For years, Frankford’s old fruit farm was a jungle of weeds set among the cornfields on Blueberry Lane. Only the birds and the locals knew that, somewhere under the tangle, blueberries were still a hidden treasure.

But now, Kingsley Orchards has re-opened the beloved blueberry patch once known as Ryan’s Berry Farm. The farm had changed hands several times before the Meghan and Tony Morgan family picked it up at a 2016 sheriff sale.

Kingsley is an old family name that stems from Meghan’s paternal family tree. The husband-and-wife team began clearing the land that fall, and Kingsley Orchards opened in mid-June as a you-pick blueberry farm with a retail storefront. So people can venture into the fields or quickly swing by the retail store.

Tony Morgan regularly buys and flips land from sheriff sales. But housing developments flew out of his mind when he actually saw the blueberry bushes, curtained by 10 years of weeds and trees.

O.C. museum offers free summer programs

Visitors can learn about surf-fishing; Ocean City, Md. history; rigging a fishing line; knot tying; sea life; beach safety; and sharks during the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum’s annual summer educational programs, which continue until Aug. 26.

Most of the free 30-minute programs will take place on the Boardwalk at the tram station, just north of the museum, at 10 a.m.

International students get a taste of a true beach-town activity

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: International students gather at Bethany Surf Shop’s Ocean View outlet location for a paddleboarding excursion on the Assawoman Canal on Wednesday, June 28. Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: International students gather at Bethany Surf Shop’s Ocean View outlet location for a paddleboarding excursion on the Assawoman Canal on Wednesday, June 28. Students from an array of different countries were challenged to show their balancing abilities during a paddleboarding event last Wednesday.

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church, along with Bethany Surf Shop owner Jim McGrath, decided that, this year, they would hold a free paddleboarding lesson and tour for the foreign students living and working in the area over the summer.

The surf shop held three paddleboarding opportunities for the students at its outlet location in Ocean View, on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9 a.m., as well as Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. It turned out that morning wasn’t a popular time for the students. According to instructor Madison Lively, no one showed up to the event on Tuesday and only a few came on Wednesday morning.

“It’s really upsetting when they don’t show up,” she said.

State park to celebrate 50th anniversary and Sandcastle Contest

Coastal Point • Submitted: These campers pitched tents at the old Key Box campground.Coastal Point • Submitted: These campers pitched tents at the old Key Box campground.Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting visitors and local residents of all ages and skill levels to participate in the 37th Annual Sandcastle Contest at the South Inlet Day Area on Saturday, July 8.

In honor of the state park’s 50th anniversary and another year of sculpting sand creations, the contest will enable participants to celebrate traditions while reminiscing on past memories formed at the park.

To partake in the beach activity, sandcastle building competitors can register at the South Inlet Day Area on the day of the event, beginning at 9:30 a.m. They can register in either the 12-or-younger category or the open-class category for all ages.

Once participants have registered, they will then embark on their quest of designing and sculpting their sandcastles, with whatever tools and sand toys they bring, until judging begins at 1 p.m. Officials with Delaware Seashore State Park will evaluate the creations what is expected to be a couple hundred participants and give out prizes, such as $100 gift cards from local restaurants, home furnishings and sunglasses.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 10 — Dream home in North Bethany

Coastal Point • Submitted: A platform bed and whitewashed reclaimed wood are featured in the master bedroom of this builder’s home.Coastal Point • Submitted: A platform bed and whitewashed reclaimed wood are featured in the master bedroom of this builder’s home.(Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26-27, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

This local builder’s dream since college was to live east of Route 1 in North Bethany. She finally made it in 2016, with the construction of her 6,500-square-foot, six-bedroom home in North Bethany, just a short block from the beach.

The house has been filled with family members and friends ever since.

The inverted floor plan offers privacy and space for both her and her guests, with a main living area separating their quarters from hers. The master suite tops it all, with an ocean view retreat that includes a fireside sitting room and an expansive marble master bath. The beach-themed décor is both casual and classic. Touches include numbered dining chairs, a scattering of colorful surfboards and a game room with a custom pool table designed by the owner.

Car aficionados invited to ‘Cruise-in’ for BBQ at Magee Farms

Coastal Point • Submitted: A Pontiac Bonneville was on show at a recent ‘cruise-in’ event at Magee Farms.Coastal Point • Submitted: A Pontiac Bonneville was on show at a recent ‘cruise-in’ event at Magee Farms.Classic cars, fresh produce and a local festival-food favorite have been combined for a series of “cruise-ins” at Magee Farms’ Selbyville location.

The cruise-ins are the result of pre-season brainstorming, according to Magee Farms employee Katie Bickford, who is coordinating the bi-weekly events. The first Magee Farms Cruise-in & BBQ was held June 16, and although there were only a handful of cars at the inaugural event, Bickford said they were each unique in their own way.

One of the cars was an Austin Marina GT — one of only 12 such cars on the East Coast, Bickford said.

“There were some really cool cars,” she said, adding that she is hopeful that as the summer progresses, “we get a good group together” for local car enthusiasts to enjoy.

Bickford said owners of cars, trucks and motorcycles are welcome to show off their vehicles at the cruise-ins. There is no registration fee, nor is pre-registration necessary. Parking is also free for “spectators.”

Festive Fourth planned throughout the area

Who says the Fourth of July can only be celebrated once each year?

South Bethany parade to cruise local waters

To ignite Fourth of July festivities full of fun and community involvement, South Bethany will be holding its fourth annual South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 2.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the decorated boats are going to sail across the waters of the Jefferson Creek “bay area” on the west side of South Bethany while visitors and residents watch and cheer from the sides.

Millsboro Kid’s Parade focusing on the fun

The competitive component is off for this year’s Millsboro Kid’s Parade, after the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce created its own event, leaving Kid’s Parade organizers to focus on the fun.

Veterans aim to keep the true spirit of Independence Day alive

It’s more than just celebrating the United States’ birthday — it’s also about recognizing the individuals who fought for the freedom that keeps the nation alive.

Veterans residing in Southern Sussex County express their feelings about Independence Day and the local celebrations that revolve around it.

Homemade ice cream and more on offer this Saturday

The annual Zoar United Methodist Church Ice Cream Festival will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 4 p.m., featuring homemade ice cream, as well as other desserts, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken-salad sandwiches and more.

Flying over Delaware beaches… now and then

Coastal Point • Submitted: Abraxas’ painting of Joe Hudson.Coastal Point • Submitted: Abraxas’ painting of Joe Hudson.During the 1940s, Joe Hudson began his flying career while still in high school, as a student fish-spotter. Today, he is known as the “dean of Delaware crop-dusters.”

Meanwhile, by the summer of 2016, Cape Henlopen High School students had been flying camera drones and taking pictures of Delaware beaches, including the World War II fire-control towers, for almost two years.

Thanks to a very unique photography class and enthusiastic art teacher Jason Fruchtman, these students learned to master the camera drone and create these stunning images.

More than 70 years ago, Lewes High School students were quite literally flying over these same beaches for a very different reason. It was not a class. They were at work, fish-spotting. Just how did these guys get to do this?

Growing up in Harbeson during the 1930s and ’40s, Joe and his best friend, Ted Freeman, hung around the airport in Rehoboth Beach. They washed planes, got a job “sweeping up,” then traded more work for flying lessons.

In ninth grade, Joe took his first airplane ride, in a J-3 Cub, and he continued to work delivering milk to the Georgetown Airport each morning at 4 a.m. Once the sun came up, he could watch the Navy trainers practice carrier landings and “snatch guys up off the ground by a hook.” The trainers flew over the Delaware Bay from their home at Cape May County Naval Air Station in Wildwood, N.J.

Local author tells tale of ‘The Girl from Guantanamo’

Nearly 60 years ago, a young sailor named Don Roth found himself aboard a Navy ship along the coast of Cuba. It was 1958, and the island nation was on the brink of a revolution.

‘25 Years of Good Food & Good Evenings’

Sedona celebrates 25th anniversary with brand-new look, menu inspirations

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The crew at Sedona is ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer with some all new offerings in Bethany Beach.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The crew at Sedona is ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer with some all new offerings in Bethany Beach.It’s a greeting as simple as it is signature.

On every warm summer night since 1993, Marian Parrott has welcomed every one of her guests in the same warm way: “Good evening, and welcome to Sedona.”

With the award-winning Bethany Beach restaurant currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Parrott will lend the familiarity of the phrase to the title of her upcoming opus, “25 Years of Good Food & Good Evenings.”

But while the book will be a celebration of the restaurant’s past — even getting into the location’s World War II days as the Collins Tea Room — in honor of their 25th year, the team at Sedona is equally celebrating their future with summer specials, the formation of the “Sedona Social Club” (coming this fall), a revamped menu and a completely renovated restaurant aesthetic.

Dagsboro’s Cole Haden takes his act on the road

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Cole Haden outside the MIlton Theatre.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Cole Haden outside the MIlton Theatre.When I wrote an article about him in the Coastal Point two years ago, Cole Haden was preparing to leave Dagsboro for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He was his class valedictorian at Sussex Central High School, and an activist and leader for gay rights in Sussex County schools.

He had acted in several school plays and at Clear Space, regularly did stand up with the Delaware Comedy Theatre, and played keyboard and performed musical theater at the Freeman Stage.

He could taste the future and was so ready.

Fast-forward. What has happened in these past two years?

To nobody’s surprise, Haden has taken advantage of every opportunity and kept his head firmly on his shoulders.

The bottom line is that Haden is the frontman for the band Model/Actriz, which is spending its summer on a 12-seater bus with another band and all their equipment, on a 15-city, national tour. Those cities include Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, Houston and Milton, Del. Oh, and this is after performing in various European capitals during the spring!

“Moving to Boston really influenced the way I make music,” said Haden. “There is so much diversity at school and in the city. Meeting so many new people has opened my mind to all the differences in people, and, even more, our similarities. As humans, we all have the same desires, dreams, sufferings and loves…”

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 9 — N. Bethany oceanfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Sweeping ocean views and clean architectural lines merge in this North Bethany home.Coastal Point • Submitted : Sweeping ocean views and clean architectural lines merge in this North Bethany home.(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

After 25 years of shared vacations in their gated North Bethany community, the extended family of the owners of this house had grown to 20, and their 1992 oceanfront beach house was bursting at the seams. At that point, the owners passed the baton to the next generation to tackle the task of rebuilding their beloved beach retreat.

The new 7,100-square-foot home resembles a contemporary two-story farmhouse and is designed to comfortably sleep 28, with 10 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.

A wide, light-filled vaulted entry, straddled by two guest wings, leads to the main gathering area, where, on any given weekend, all three generations can be found enjoying the kitchen, dining and living room that span the rear of the house. Folding glass doors offer the option to completely open that area to the screened porch, seamlessly expanding the living space and panoramic ocean views dramatically.

Bethany planning longer, smaller-scale fireworks show

Bethany Beach’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration may be a little less grand this year but could also last a little longer — both changes being a function of the Town’s storm-narrowed beaches.

Local vendor sale set for Sunday, June 25, in Bethany Beach

A group of local vendors will hold their first annual vendor event on Sunday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethany Beach fire hall. The event will feature local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, makeup, skincare, health and wellness supplies, home decor and more.

Inaugural Coastal Garden Tour shines light on local gardens

Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Nine private gardens and one local landmark in the Fenwick Island area will be in the spotlight next week, and members of the Barefoot Gardeners Club have been very busy getting those gardens ready for their close-up.

On Thursday, June 29, the club will host its inaugural Coastal Garden Tour, featuring nine homes located on the oceanside, bayside and in between. The Fenwick Island Lighthouse grounds, which the club members have also been tending to for years, will also be a highlight of the tour.

Last Saturday morning, many of the club members attended a “preview” tour, during which Gregory Tepper — director of horticulture for the Delaware Botanic Gardens — provided helpful information on each garden to the Barefoot Gardeners members who will be hosting each of them on tour day.

As Tepper and the gardeners traveled to each garden, he could be heard uttering the scientific names of many of the plants on display and giving tips as to where each grows best. At one stop, Tepper gave advice that could be the theme for all gardens: “It’s trial and error,” he said.

The gardens on the Coastal Garden Tour are a testament to that. Some have been planted, replanted, cultivated and loved for more than 50 years; others have been brought to their present glory after being recreated and reimagined after storms and home renovations have done them harm.

Berries galore: Parsons’ Blueberry Festival to help fight cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.If the antioxidants in blueberries prevent cancer, then the Parsons Family Farms Blueberry Festival could be viewed as an antioxidant to help the U.S. fight cancer.

The Dagsboro festival will be held Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro. A portion of proceeds will be donated to American Cancer Society.

Family-friendly activities include blueberry U-pick, blueberry pie-eating contest, haywagon rides, face painting, petting zoo, moon bounce, a “Hope” blanket raffle and more. Beebe Healthcare will provide screenings for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

Local artisans will sell handmade crafts and products. Guests can grab lunch from Hocker’s BBQ, Nothing Better, the Corn Exchange and Juicebox.

Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks the (new) Freeman Stage

Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.The Freeman Stage at Bayside could not have picked a better act to show off their new stage last Saturday than the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 2,600-person venue was filled with devotees who got what they came for and new enthusiasts who were rightly amazed.

As Mark Banaszak, a long-time Freeman volunteer and music lover posted on Facebook, “Never seen the Freeman rocked like that… EVER!!! The new stage is fabulous. Everyone had an amazing time.”

In fact, without the new stage, an act like Tedeschi Trucks would not have signed up to come to West Fenwick. They are a national touring, 12-piece roots band whose music ranges from R&B belters to gentle ballads to gospel. They are led by power-vocalist Susan Tedeschi and her husband, master guitarist Derek Trucks. Each member of the band brings unique and incredible talent.

Opening for Tedeschi Trucks were Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett, the two surviving members of the beloved band Little Feat.

SoDel Fest focused on more than wine, food and fun

Organizers behind the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival (SoDel Fest, for short) this week kicked off their preparations for the Oct. 7 festival set near Millsboro with an event aimed at offering just a taste of what this year’s festival will hold — gourmet food, the chance to taste a variety of wines and something equally appetizing to the ears of music lovers: local music.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 8 — Salt Pond retreat

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

When the owners of this home moved from Arlington, Va., and made the transition to become full-time Coastal Point • Submitted The view from above shows off a well-appointed living area in this Salt Pond home.Coastal Point • Submitted The view from above shows off a well-appointed living area in this Salt Pond home.Bethany Beach-area residents last year, the owner began the process of transforming their beach home into their permanent residence.

Her aim was to keep the home light and airy but still homey and comfortable, warmed by darker wood tones that reflect their former life but softened by a palette of blue and tan to reflect their new life at the beach. Treasured heirlooms and antiques blend seamlessly with coastal styling to create the balance she’d planned.

Situated on a corner lot, the four-bedroom home boasts more than 800 square feet of porches and decks, and is perfect for handling their two dogs and four active grandsons. A spacious kitchen anchors the home and is flanked by a sunny breakfast nook and a formal dining room.

Playing by the Rolls

Brothers restore their father’s Rolls Royce

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Car aficionados might call it a crime. A British doctor left a beautiful, but decrepit, Rolls Royce sitting in the town of Bethany Beach to rust.

Like many small-town physicians in the 1950s and 1960s, Dr. Charles King was well-known for his home and practice, which were located on Hollywood Street. But heads also turned for his 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III Park Ward Sedanca de Ville.

Yet, after a failed repair job in 1959, the dissembled Phantom III was condemned to decades of storage — sometimes out in the salt air — until King’s sons swooped in from England. They rescued the machine from Bethany Beach after their father’s death in 1991. And they finally renovated it in 2011, into an award-winning beauty that is now turning heads in Europe.

King and his wife had come to the area from Wales and had three children: Susan, Richard and Michael. The family had lived in Cairo, Egypt, until the 1956 Suez Crisis made the Britons consider a move to Washington, D.C.

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly celebration, the library decided to launch its first Community Kickball, which will occur at the library’s parking lot from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, the show will take place on Church Street in Selbyville and benefit Delaware Hospice.

Conservation Access Pass for state wildlife areas on sale July 1

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is launching Delaware’s new Conservation Access Pass on July 1. Starting on that date, a Conservation Access Pass will be required for any registered motor vehicle used to access Division of Fish & Wildlife state wildlife areas for recreational activities, such as birdwatching, wildlife photography, hiking and horseback riding, as well as hunting.

Bethany planning 34th annual Independence Day celebration

The 34th annual Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade will be held on Tuesday, July 4. The 2017 theme is “Bethany Beach Celebrates!” The parade committee is encouraging businesses, community organizations and families to get in on the fun by entering floats and compete for a variety of prizes.

Freeman Stage to open season with MSO on June 16

Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.Coastal Point • Submitted: The Freeman Stage at Bayside as seen from a drone, all prepped and ready for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Julien Benichou, will kick off the 10th season of the Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 16.

Along with the orchestra, the performance will feature soloists from OperaDelaware, as well as songs from “Macbeth” and “Aida.” Tickets cost $15 per person, with kids 12 or younger being admitted free of charge.

“We are grateful for our long partnership with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra,” said Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation. ”This is the 10th season at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, and each year the MSO has helped us launch our summer schedule with an unforgettable night of music.”

Opening weekend at the Freeman Stage also includes the start of its Saturday morning kids’ series, sponsored by PNC Foundation — which take place at 10 a.m. every Saturday — as well as a performance by Tedeschi Trucks Band with special guest Paul Barrere & Fred Tackett of Little Big Feet on June 17, and a speaking event with Baltimore Ravens’ Justin Tucker on June 18.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7 — Century-old Bethany cottage

Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.Coastal Point • Submitted: Charming colors and hardware grace the exterior of this historic cottage in downtown Bethany.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 26th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 26 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home had vacationed with their four children at her parents’ Ocean City, Md., condo for years but longed for a family home they could call their own. When they discovered the aging 1905 Drexler cottage in Bethany Beach, they were intrigued by its history.

The house had been owned for generations by the family of former state Sen. Louis Drexler and had operated as a bed-and-breakfast for some time. Despite the heavy toll the years had taken on the home, they saw great potential, and jumped at the chance to buy and restore the diamond-in-the-rough to its original charm.

Beginning in March 2016, the wife, acting as the general contractor, worked with their builder to complete the exterior and interior transformation in just six months. The goal throughout the process was to retain as much of the five-bedroom home’s original character and to enhance its charm with appropriate upgrades and cosmetic improvements.

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