Arts & Entertainment
The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing for their annual book sale. This year’s sale will take place on two weekends, July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. A preview night for members will take place on Thursday, July 28.
Organizers noted that, each year, the sale has been extremely successful because of the thousands of books the public has donated.
Bike to Market Day at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is this Saturday, July 2. Market organizers are urging everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market at George H. P. Smith Park in Lewes to do so.
One of the goals of the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral this year is a serious one — to help improve the health and wellbeing of families in the greater coastal areas by supporting Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Jazz Funeral events.
All those who help organize and participate in the annual Jazz Funeral have a high level of appreciation for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said Bacon.
“The purpose of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity programs are to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families in Sussex County,” Bacon said. “This year’s 31st Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral and our 11th annual Jazz Funeral Silent Auction are dedicated to Habitat for Humanity.”
More funds are needed to continue SCHH’s Sussex County programs, according to Wright, who said she believes their need for “grassroots support” helps explain their approach to helping others.
“Habitat for Humanity’s philosophy is simple and straight-forward,” Wright said. “Habitat provides a ‘hand-up, not a hand-out.’”
Working in conjunction with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s Development Director James A. “Jay” Gundy III.
“For 25 years, Sussex County Habitat has been putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope,” Gundy said. “It is a proven fact that when low-income families move out of substandard housing situations into simple, decent and affordable homes, they become healthier, the families are able to contribute to the community, and children learn and perform better in school.”
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:
The Starboard restaurant is known for throwing parties and bringing world-class musical acts to Dewey Beach. On July 7, G. Love will comes back to the boards in Dewey just two nights before the 20th annual Running of the Bull.
A series of untimely and dramatic events brought George Sykes to the forefront during the Gettysburg campaign in June and July 1863.
Four brand new, “state-of-the-art” water slides were previewed Wednesday at the Killens Pond State Park waterpark by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation. On hand to view on the newly-rehabbed waterpark were Gov. Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small, Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens and Dr. Brenda Wynder, superintendent of the Lake Forest School District.
(Editor’s note: This is the eighth 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. until 4 p.m.)
Having owned several oceanfront homes in the Bethany area over the years, the owners of this home knew right away that the waterfront lot along the Indian River was perfect for the coastal-style home they had envisioned.
Designed to maximize views of the river and golf course from almost every vantage point, the design also anticipates the couple’s needs for the future, with wide halls and doorways and an elevator to access one-level living on the top floor.
Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of their July exhibit, “Bold & Bright,” which will be open until Aug. 2.
Bright coupled with bold commands attention that is almost impossible to ignore, and many artists like that. In fact, artists often exaggerate bright and bold, so viewers just can’t miss it, and sometimes the viewer experiences a new way of seeing, a heightened experience or an “I never noticed that before” realization that forever changes the way they look at the world.
Summer gardens reveal an abundance of bold and bright colors and shapes. Laura Hickman grows beautiful zinnias every summer.
“My zinnia garden always provides the brightest and boldest summer colors. Nature’s color combinations are always an inspiration,” she explained.
“Zinnia,” her pastel painting, invites the viewer to enjoy her zinnia garden on a summer’s day.
“Red Flowers” is the subject of Joyce Condry’s acrylic.
In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.
Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.
The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.
Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.
It is often said that, once you go to the Gettysburg National Military Park in south central Pennsylvania, you are likely to return again and again. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place there, and the battlefield radiates an aura that for many people is unforgettable!
(Editor’s note: This is the seventh 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. until 4 p.m.)
The owners of this home had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.
From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.
While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, around 5:30 p.m.
The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.
The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.
The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee is looking for businesses and organizations to enter and compete for a variety of prizes.
A celebration of community, cars and kids
Once upon a time, Selbyville had dirt roads, a booming railroad and the title of “Strawberry Capital of the World.”
While those things have changed, the town still celebrates its heritage at the annual Old Timer’s Day, which will be held this year on Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Selbyville.
The 10th Annual Children’s Parade and program will take place on July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mark’s Labyrinth at the corner of State and Ellis streets in Millsboro, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Millsboro.
The theme for this year celebrates Yankee Doodle.
There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over the restaurant space formally known as Charlie’s Bayside in Fenwick Island. There were renovations to get under way, color schemes to choose, a brand new menu to create and literal walls to come down, to optimize the space’s scenic waterfront views.
Oh, yeah — and they also had to move their collective allotment of worldly possessions and basically their entire lives from the next state over, from Philadelphia, Pa.
But after a complete redesign of both the restaurant’s atmosphere and its offerings, as well as an eagerly-endorsed one-way U-Haul rental receipt, Fin Alley finally made its debut, just in time for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
“The one word that I kept on hearing was: ‘Excellent,’” said Linda Guckin of the opening weekend reception. “Not ‘good,’ ‘very good’ or ‘OK,’ but ‘excellent.’ There’s people that have returned three times already. That’s what we want.”
As husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the Guckins had already embarked on no small number of successful entrepreneurial endeavors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. But despite that success, city life had begun to take its toll.
That’s when the long-time visitors to the area’s beaches, with a vacation home in Bishopville, Md., began to find it more and more difficult to leave the beach and head back home.
“We were looking around for a business for quite a while, and then this opportunity came about,” explained Bill Guckin. “It’s a good location and great view. We thought, with a good remodel and fixing the place up — maybe improve the menu a bit — we thought people would really enjoy coming here. So we decided to jump on it.”
After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the summer season.
A Delaware blueblood with a talent for shaking cocktails, a street-smart personal trainer and a flamboyant heir to a fading French-fry empire are just a few of the eccentric characters in “Fun with Dick & James,” a new book by Rich Barnett that will be celebrated at a launch party at Proud Books on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Sunday, June 26, 4-6 p.m.
Coastal Point Staff
Summer has arrived — unofficially, at least— with the Memorial Day weekend, as it does every year. And that change of seasons and the seasonal nature of the resort area 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.
Not everyone realizes that the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach is a state park, and even those who regularly enjoy Delaware Seashore State Park as an access point to the beach, bay and inlet may not be aware of the wide variety of educational and recreational programs and events that are offered by park staff throughout the summer season.
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank will visit Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21, for the first of three special ticketed author events being co-sponsored by Bethany Beach Books and Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, both in downtown Bethany Beach.
(Editor’s note: This is the sixth 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. until 4 p.m.)
The history of the owner of this house with Bethany Beach runs deep. She’s spent every summer since the 1950s there — first as a child in her family’s beach house, then while serving as the first female ocean lifeguard in Delaware.
As an adult, she’s owned several homes in the area and is also the proprietor of the town’s only miniature golf course. Although she works full time in Washington, D.C., as an attorney, she still manages to spend the summer in Bethany in order to manage that business.
“You had to be there” isn’t a phrase often heard by the Hit Men when it comes to the golden age of rock-and-roll.
Mostly because they were there.
The group is made up of keyboardist Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist Jimmy Ryan, bassist Larry Gates, vocalist Russ Velasquez and drummer Gerry Polci, each with a rock résumé more impressive than the last.
Having worked with music legends including Elton John, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Sting, Barry Manilow, the Ramones and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, just to name a few, the group’s members have certainly contributed more than their fair share to music history.
And that history is something they aim to share with their audience every time they step on stage.
The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.
The little church with a big heart is doing its part to welcome the influx of international students to the area, by hosting its annual international students picnic next week.
St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will hold the picnic on Tuesday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.