Arts & Entertainment

Fourth of July parade prep heating up

The Bethany Beach 4th of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning for its 27th event. The Fourth of July festivities have grown over the years to the current highlight event, to which families in Bethany Beach and nearby areas look forward with great anticipation. The theme of this year’s parade is “The Declaration of Independence.” Artist Jennifer E.

Paint Out event expands to arts weekend

The Rehoboth Art League (RAL) and Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Paint Out event has expanded this year to include an entire weekend of arts-related events.

Ocean View homecoming draws near

The Ocean View Historical Society, in conjunction with town staff, have been planning for months to reenact the Homecoming event that characterized Ocean View from the early 1900’s through 1941. And Saturday, May 15, will soon be here.

MSO season finale set with Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Music Director Julien Benichou has prepared what he hopes will be a fitting conclusion to a dynamic season of “Great Classics.” The concert is set for at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View, with a pre-concert talk one hour before the performance.

Delaware State Fair announces 2010 concert lineup

Much entertainment is on the schedule in the Wilmington Trust Grandstand at the 91st Annual Delaware State Fair from July 22 to July 31.

“This year we are offering new forms of entertainment in hopes of reaching a broader audience,” said Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager and director of marketing for the Fair.

Choral society and Bethany restaurant announce benefit

DiFebo’s restaurant on Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach will host a benefit fundraiser for the Southern Delaware Choral Society on Sunday, April 18, to coincide with the SDCS’s spring concerts.

The Stims unite creativity and experience in acoustic duo

In the realm of autism, “the stims” (short for stimulations) refers to an uncontrollable physical or audio release in an individual. For Zach Coffman and Brian Mahoney, better known as The Stims, the notion is rooted into their passion for music. Coffman, who has worked as a special education instructor, explains the correlation. “Music is an automatic for us,” he said. “It’s a natural thing.”

Local Chamber of Commerce shares its success

Serving the best interests of the economy of Delaware and Maryland’s coastline can be a difficult task, with a balance of agriculture and real estate, year-round activities and events and a seasonal schedule that demands careful attention. But, thanks to the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and Membership Director Carrie Subity, more and more businesses are finding their niche along the shore. And that success has been noted on a national level.

IR Chili Cook-off spices up sports program

Despite wintery temperatures lingering outside, things got heated last Saturday at Indian River High School’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off, which garnered more than a dozen entries and helped raise hundreds of dollars for the school’s athletic department.

Local dog has his day, thanks to holistic vet

Integrative health care is not only for humans, it’s for the dogs, as well.

Habitat cuts ribbon on new Georgetown office

Under the cold, gray skies of an impending snow storm, hearts were warmed at Habitat for Humanity’s celebration blessing and ribbon-cutting on their new permanent home on Academy Street in Georgetown. Guests included U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.); Jack Tarburton, state director for USDA Rural Development; and representatives from U.S. Sen. Ted Kauffman’s office and U.S. Congressman Mike Castle’s office, along with state and local representatives.

St. Ann's Darcy discusses his vocation

For Father Michael Darcy, of the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach, becoming a priest felt like a natural progression. As a teenager, he thought about becoming a priest and spent a lot of time active in his home parish.

IR Science Fair showcases scientists of tomorrow

Say “So long” to that styrofoam solar system and “Bon voyage” to the baking soda-and-vinegar volcano. Last week, for the first time in well over a decade, Indian River High School students presented months of research and data in the form of projects at the 2010 Indian River Science Fair, and it wasn’t their parents’ kind of science fair.

Students offer blessing of a home to a local woman

Delmarva Christian High School students, on Monday of this week, got to see real-life reactions to one of their “J-Term” projects.

Exercise Like the Eskimos pays tribute to late founder

When it comes to New Years resolutions, “getting more exercise” is typically at the top of most people’s lists, but for more than 300 brave souls, Jan. 1, 2010, gave them an opportunity to exercise a little differently. The 14th Annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos saw 315 participants courageously leap into the frigid ocean at Bethany Beach this New Year’s Day – 45 more than last year.

Harold Schmidt show hits the road

“This gathering isn’t about saying goodbye to Harold. Instead it’s about saying ‘Good luck,’” said Sue Ryan, owner of the Good Earth Market and self-proclaimed president of the “Harold Schmidt Fan Club.”

Deck the halls with trains and trolleys

Having grown up as a young boy in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1940s and 1950s, William Day now recalls the excitement and wonder that arrived with each Christmas season. His father would bring out the train set that circled the Christmas tree, and William and his siblings watched in awe. Decades later, Day and his wife, Susan, have managed to recreate the splendor and delight of the holidays with their own train set and Christmas scene in their Dagsboro home – one that has brought pleasure to their children and grandchildren and holiday guests, and will continue to do so for years to come.

Former Eagle preaches invincible resolve

There’s no questioning the hardships that local business owners are facing in today’s economy, but with the right attitude and mentality, anything can be possible. That was the message that was sent last week to many area businesspeople by Philadelphia Eagles’ legend and inspirational speaker Vince Papale.

John Marino is ‘Scrooge’ in Clear Space show

Clear Space Productions is continuing their holiday tradition with the fifth annual production of “Scrooge!,” an original musical with book and lyrics by Ken Skrzesz and music by Doug Yetter. This year, John Marino portrays Ebenezer Scrooge.

Our Lady of Guadalupe offering Vespers

The season of Advent offers an opportunity to celebrate the evening prayer of the Catholic Church, Vespers. Vespers have been celebrated “at the lighting of the lamps” since the early Christian era and, this year, Vespers will be celebrated on the four Sundays of Advent at St. Ann’s Catholic Church’s mission church, Our Lady of Guadalupe on Route 17, five miles south of Route 26.

Gallery One offers artistic holiday cards

For the first time, Gallery One has publish a set of holiday cards.

Each box has 16 different images – one from each of the gallery’s artists. This premier set of cards is available at Gallery One, located at 32 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, and at Browseabout Books, 133 Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

Holiday Sing-A-Long with Doug Yetter set for Dec. 5

Clear Space Artistic Director Doug Yetter will “Sing In the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Milton Theatre. Tickets for the event cost $35 and include a light-fare buffet, non-alcoholic beverages (cash bar available), sing-along sheets and an evening of holiday classics and hilarity.

MSO to perform’Holiday Joy’

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Julien Benichou, will celebrate the season with classical favorites at the Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s “Holiday Joy” concert on Saturday, Dec. 5, at Mariner’s Bethel Church, Route 26 and Central Avenue, Ocean View, at 7:30 p.m.

Gallery One to host open house this weekend

The artists of Gallery One will hold their annual holiday open house on Nov. 27, 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the event, the gallery is offering each visitor a chance to watch some of the artists at work while enjoying light refreshments.

‘WWII Heroes’ author plans more events

Local author James Diehl will make several local appearances in early December to promote his latest project, “World War II Heroes of Southern Delaware.” Released on Veteran’s Day, the 234-page book profiles more than four dozen men and women who came to the nation’s defense in the 1940s.

SEDAST turns 15 this weekend

This weekend, after the Thanksgiving Day repast has been polished off, art lovers will be able to walk off their holiday meal through the galleries and studios of the area’s most noted artists. There’s even an opportunity to get a head-start on some local holiday shopping.

Keeping time: Repairman puts in decades keeping local clocks running

Have a grandfather clock that just isn’t keeping time? Don’t get your pendulum all out of whack, just call Roland Murphy.

SEDAST raffle continues to benefit local art students

Next weekend, 18 of the area’s most noted artists and crafters will be opening their doors for the 15th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST), one of the area’s most highly anticipated art events each year.

Sussex County to host 26th annual Caroling on The Circle event Dec. 7

Sussex County Council next month will host the 26th annual Caroling on The Circle, to be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, in downtown Georgetown.

Photographer captures local wildlife from the comfort of home

For many photographers, wildlife photography is about the thrill of the chase, going to far away places to capture scenes of exotic birds and animals, timing everything just right for that perfect shot. For Elaine W. Rifkin, it is still about the thrill of the chase – but for her chase, she doesn’t have to go far.

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