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Moonlight yoga coming in August
Air conditioning is nice when it’s hot. But in the early morning, people can get out on the beach for weekly fitness classes as the sun rises over South Bethany.
Hosted by the Town of South Bethany, the yoga classes have attracted scores of people for the past year, and the brand new boot camp is already getting people excited.
Participants say it’s a great way to start the day. After class, the ocean is particularly inviting to anyone who’s worked up a sweat. Some people dive right in, while others enjoy the peaceful walk back home or to their cars (parking permits aren’t required before 10 a.m.).
“Friday, it was very warm,” said boot camp instructor Kim Royster. “A good amount of people dove into the water when class was done. It was very refreshing.”
Riding the wave of the popularity of the summer’s hottest craze, DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation on Monday launched “Poké Park Adventure,” a contest for kids of all ages, in Delaware State Parks.
Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a unique look inside the history of the Coast Guard with a morning of guided historic tours on Tuesday, July 26, starting at 10 a.m. The morning will begin with a tour of the Indian River Life-Saving Station and end with a behind-the-scenes look at the current Indian River Coast Guard Station led by active-duty Coast Guardsmen.
In an effort to enhance its patrons’ experience and to expand its dining options, the Freeman Stage at Bayside has partnered with local food trucks this season.
One of the things most of our staff members mentioned when asked about the things they love about this area was simple: the ocean, the beach, nature. And that’s hardly a surprise when the coastal locale and all it offers is a major reason for people to visit the area for vacations, move here to live or to retire, or stay even after they’ve finished the adventure of college.
Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, recently announced that Andrew Feeley has been named the chef of Bluecoast Seafood Grill in North Bethany, one of nine restaurants owned by the hospitality group.
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Ask a friend or neighbor if they have ever been to Fort Delaware, and you will likely receive a blank stare. Surprisingly, this delightful place to visit for children of all ages remains largely undiscovered.
Delaware Seashore State Park will host the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The festival brings history alive in unique ways; families can experience the rich history of the Delaware coast through crafts, games, prizes, food, music and demonstrations throughout the day.
Gallery One’s inaugural outdoor show will feature 23 local and visiting artists in a variety of fine art and fine craft media in the park campus of Gallery One in Ocean View on Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event offers an opportunity to view a variety of work and meet the artists who created it.
Diverse glass artists are represented by Justin Cavagnaro, showing his unique hand-blown glass designs, Lorelei Meanor working sculpturally and in two-dimensional glass mosaics, and Jeffrey Todd Moore featuring unique stained glass creations.
A wide variety of painting mediums, techniques and unique approaches are represented by visiting artists Mary Bode Byrd, John Donato, Jeanne Doran, Morgan Golladay, Charlene Jobe, Steve Rogers, John Schisler and Nick Serratore.
Gallery One artists Tara Funk Grim, Laura Hickman, Nina Mickelsen, Eileen Olson, Damon Pla and Rina Thaler will display a larger body of work in their tents.
Jewelry artists Joy Davis and Dawn Pierro will show their creations in handcrafted silver, gemstones and a variety of metals and glass.
Local student mixes photography, business and Brexit during trip to Scotland
Indian River High School graduate and rising Flager College junior Ashleigh White left for her study-abroad trip to Scotland relatively sure of a future career in business.
She had also never witnessed firsthand a referendum by United Kingdom voters to exit the European Union, been waved to by the Queen of England during a parade or seen two policemen break an intoxicated man’s leg and subsequently drag him away, screaming, across the floor of a train station.
That is not how she would return.
After three weeks completing a case-study project for Prickly Thistle Scotland — a Scottish company that manufacturers and designs tartans (for kilts and more) — as well as touring the Scottish countryside with her trusty camera, being in Edinburgh during the Brexit vote and just simply getting to experience a non-American culture, it could be said that there are few things on which the 20-year-old soon-to-be-college-grad’s perspective has changed.
The Blackwater Village Association recently announced its first annual Car Show, to be held on Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Blackwater Village common area, at 31275 Mohican Drive, Dagsboro, off Route 26, with trophies, food, vendors and door prizes. The rain date is Saturday, July 23.
(Editor’s note: This is the last in a series of previews of the 10 homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
One look at the cork-faced tower of windows and the tangerine front door, and it’s clear that this brand new contemporary home is not a typical South Bethany beach house. Designed to be a complete departure from the owners’ primary home in New Jersey, this canal-front retreat —which is just a short walk to the beach — is infused with a sense of fun that allows this active family of five to feel like they’re on vacation every time they walk in the door.
Natural light from the three-story glass tower streams in from the south through the open risers of the stairwell to warm the polished concrete floors on the first floor, opening up the space and making the home feel much larger than its 2,100 square feet.
A large glass garage-style door opens up the north side of the greatroom, beckoning to the deck and the canal beyond. Upstairs, a master suite is separated from the remaining three bedrooms on the top level, allowing for plenty of space and privacy for the couple and their three teenagers.
The choice of calm gray tones throughout the house is punctuated by whimsical wall art and pops of vibrant color, beginning with the front door and accenting each room beyond. Furnishings are modern minimalist but are warmed by natural wood elements that appear to soften every room. As longtime visitors to the Delmarva shore, the owners said they feel their new waterfront home is the perfect spot for the active lifestyle the family was seeking.
For years, one of Bethany Beach’s greatest attractions has been nestled amongst its best-kept secrets.
The town’s heritage walking trail — which, according to Carol Olmstead, chairwoman of the Town’s Cultural & Historic Affairs Committee, has been around several years now — offers a glimpse into the rich history and sometimes tumultuous past of the once-sleepy beach community.
On Monday, Brett Warner joined a long list of public servants and local legends proudly serving grand marshal in Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July Parade.
The Town’s Fourth of July Parade Committee appointed Warner with the honor in recognition of his decades of hard work and leadership with the Town’s Public Works Department.
Having moved to the area with his family in 1969, when he was just 6, Warner has a long history with the local community. According to Warner, he started working for the Town in 1977, as a 14-year-old part-time summer employee.
Back then, the town was much different and the “development boom” had yet to take off.
“That’s the big thing that’s changed around here,” Warner said. “Back then, you look at big communities like Bethany West and they only had a dozen houses. Now look at them.”
The summer weather brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.
Time to have some fun:
Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows has had plenty of chances to perfect the art of the children’s book. Her eighth and most recently published book, “Super Bugs,” is designed for children and parents to enjoy, filled with vibrant illustrations of crawly creatures illustrated by Georgia-based Bill Mayer, as well as Meadows’ “bouncy” rhymes.
This weekend, Tidepool Toys & Games in Bethany Beach will be hosting Meadows for the launch of “Super Bugs” at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9.
“The Super Bugs Book Bash” will feature a reading, a book signing, light refreshments and an insect craft. The book, which is targeted toward children 2 to 6, follows a trio of heroic Super Bugs from morning until night as they save their fellow insects from hungry frogs, falling tomatoes and other dangers.
In addition to writing, Meadows has a strong passion for kids and for family. She grew up in Washington, D.C, with her older brother, Marcus, and her parents, Geraldine and Melvin. Even from a young age, Meadows always had an interest in writing — particularly poetry, for which she was involved in a number of school clubs.
Upon finishing school in D.C., she left to go to Syracuse University and studied magazine broadcasting and graduated a semester early, with the Class of 1991, before returning to D.C. to work for The Washingtonian magazine. Soon after, she got married to her husband, Rich, and they moved to Maryland, where they lived until her son, Chase, finished high school.
The Historic Lewes Farmers Market this week announced that it plans to open a second producer-only farmers’ market on Wednesdays at Kings Highway, across from Crooked Hammock Brewery, starting Wednesday, July 13.
Sponsored by the Anne Powell Group, Fenwick Flicks will feature three movies this summer, along with pre-movie activities, on the beach at Bayard Street in Fenwick Island.
Longtime Bethany Beach bandstand performer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and Cole Younger Band founder John Pollard will perform throughout the afternoon this Saturday, July 9, in Bethany Beach in celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s first year in Bethany.
The Delaware beaches are packed with all kinds of activities for families with small children — whether it’s hitting the beach, playing miniature golf, splashing on water slides or getting ice cream at the boardwalk. However, many parents are looking for something off the beaten path, something educational or something that is inexpensive or even free.
A summer signing party for “Beach Days,” the award-winning third book in the Rehoboth Beach Reads series will be held at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach on Sunday, July 10, 2-4 p.m.
Michael McDonnell and 35 friends decided to pay tribute to Pamplona’s Running of the Bulls in 1997. Back then, it was admittedly a slightly boozy, mostly harebrained idea — the product of late-night banter and the impression that was left after McDonnell had visited Spain and gone to the Festival of San Fermin the year before.
“I have every reason to believe the enemy is retreating, very much crippled, and hampered with his [wagon] trains.” With these words on July 6, 1863, as recorded in the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade informed Union army General-in-chief Henry W. Halleck in Washington that his forces had defeated Gen. Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg.
(Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The owners of this home have called Bethany Beach their part-time home for 35 years. When the family of six grew to a family of 19, including nine grandchildren, the owners realized that they had outgrown their cozy townhome on Parkwood Street. Soon thereafter, they discovered that a lot was for sale in downtown Bethany, within a stone’s throw of their old house. They bought it in one day.
Bruce Mears guided them in the design and 2014 construction of a 3,700-square-foot home that was open, informal and big enough, with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, to fit the huge clan. The trapezoid lot provided an opportunity for some unique architectural features, including a cozy hexagonal reading room.
Bikes, bonfires, boats and Ben Franklin will usher in the annual celebration of that nation’s independence as patriotic revelers gather from near and far in American merriment. With events kicking off across the county on Sunday and Monday, there is much pie-eating, parade-going and firework-gazing fun to be had by all.
Gabrielle Nadig grew up with a passion for filmmaking and capturing life on camera.
“I’d always had a personal camcorder,” she said. “I loved filming my friends and family.”
This weekend, Civil War enthusiasts will get the chance to meet with Bethany Beach author and Civil War historian Tom Ryan.
There will be a free demonstration hosted by local sandcastle-building expert Darrell O’Connor on Tuesday, July 5, when O’Connor will be presenting a program at Delaware Seashore State Park at the South Inlet Beach Bathhouse.
Rising country star Morgan Myles to open for Justin Moore at Freeman Stage
For Morgan Myles, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament while playing soccer in her senior year of high school was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.
While the rising county music star and powerhouse vocalist had long been a student of the arts — performing in musicals, learning the guitar and playing the piano with her mother since the age of 5 — the field had always looked more practical growing up in Williamsport, Pa. However, that fateful injury, on that fateful day, eliminated all doubts.
“It definitely just put the focus on music,” Myles said. “I just kind of felt like that was a sign from God — that music is what I needed to be doing.”
So, music is what she did.
After enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., for her freshman year and then transferring to the School of Music at Belmont University to earn her degree, she took off for Nashville, Tenn., and a shot at the stage.