Arts & Entertainment

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.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: 'Vietnam Mailbag' book event set for Nov. 12 in Selbyville

Local Vietnam veterans and public invited to attend post-Veterans Day event

The Selbyville Library will host author Nancy Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Lynch will present the audience with a DVD slideshow presentation and talk about her book “Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972.” She will also be signing and selling books.

New recycling drop-off center at Fresh Pond

Towns moving away from DSWA for curbside recycling

While many municipalities in recent months have restructured their recycling service or changed their curbside recycling provider, or are considering doing so, people outside of town limits who are not curbside recycling customers now have a new drop-off site to use.

Art, music, jeans and bling add up to fun

Looking for a place to rock the blue jeans and the bling this weekend? Look no further than the 8th Annual Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show, to benefit the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation. The ball will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes.

Freeman Fall Festival to conclude another successful season of the arts

This Saturday marks the close of yet another successful summer season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is wrapping it up big once again. The Second Annual Freeman Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Freeman Stage and will offer plenty of entertainment and activities for all ages.

Annual birding weekend taking flight

Next weekend, the Quiet Resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island will be for the birds, as the area hosts the 2nd Annual Fall Birding Weekend, Oct. 16-18. More than a dozen different experiences will be available for birders and nature lovers, highlighting some of the area’s most prized natural resources: its birds and wildlife.

West 54 Café helps Fenwick area wake up

Route 54 serves as a high-traffic corridor for locals and visitors throughout the year, and now a new café and coffee shop is taking advantage of that fact. West 54 Café and Espresso Bar, which opened in early July, sits alongside the Shark’s Cove Marina and Catch 54, and has become one of the area’s new hotspots for breakfast, lunch, early dinner or for a place to socialize.

Boardwalk Arts Festival slated for sunny weather this weekend

Summer may be winding down, but that means the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is right around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 12, nearly 120 artists, artisans and crafters will combine for the all-day event that is open to the public and will feature painting, photography, glasswork, jewelry, furniture, pottery, sculpture and more. Last year’s inclement weather saw the show’s first ever cancellation, but Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrew Cripps is hoping the anticipation has just been building under this weekend’s sunny forecast.

Annual tradition readies to bid farewell to summer

A summer draws to a close in Bethany Beach and a fall chill creeps into the air, it is time to mourn the passing of another summer season, with jazz, of course. For almost 25 years, residents and visitors alike have gathered on Labor Day Monday to bid farewell to summer in New Orleans fashion. To some locals, such as Patsy Dill Rankin, who owns Patsy’s Restaurant in downtown Bethany, the Jazz Funeral has become a cherished tradition.

Dagsboro artist steps into local art scene

The colorful world around him has served as an inspirational backdrop for local artist Christopher Vasil. Oil paintings and acrylics decorate his easels, demonstrating what might appear to be a lifelong dedication to the visual fine arts. Perhaps surprisingly, though, Vasil has only pursued painting as a passion for the past four years. His skill and eye for detail, however, have him ready to display his work alongside that of the area’s best.

As school year nears, OVPD offers safety tips

With back-to-school time right around the corner, it’s a great time to go over safety tips with kids. And for people who don’t have school-age children, this time can serve as a reminder to be a diligent driver as the buses start running again and children start walking and biking to school.

Old Fenwick Island Days ready to turn back time

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 1, and continuing for an entire week, Fenwick Island will be turning back the clock for an eight-day celebration of the beach town’s heritage. The first-ever Old Fenwick Island Days will take place from Aug. 1 through Aug.8, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Visitors and residents are welcome to relive the past through photographs, historic tours and exclusive presentations, with a festival in the park wrapping things up on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Arts and Jazz return to Bayside

The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Fenwick Island has already played host to a multitude of shows and performances this season, and this weekend is sure impress, yet again. On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., the Freeman Foundation will present the Second Annual Arts and Jazz Festival, highlighting some of the area’s most talented visual and musical artists. The free event, open to the public, will feature artwork from local painters, ceramic artists and photographers, and soothing jazz music from four bands.

Back Bay Tours meets Ocean View Marina

Nestled off Elliot Avenue in Ocean View is a hidden gem. Ocean View Marina, formerly known as Harbor View Marina, is now owned by Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours. Their location, at the north end of the Assawoman Canal and Whites Creek provides many opportunities for getting on the waters of the creek, bay and ocean.

Youth group brings mission work home

Because need knows no boundaries and people everywhere are hurting, the youth at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville took their mission trip this year without even leaving home.

The real scoop on Sap’s Pudding

Produce is undoubtedly the core of the merchandise at local farmers’ markets, but John Sapienza is proving that there’s plenty more to buy there. The chef and restaurant proprietor has been in the food industry for 25 years, and he exerts his “shop local” mind frame to the fullest. That is precisely why Sap’s Pudding has become an instant classic at the Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market.

Fourth of July celebration runs all weekend long

This weekend, as the nation celebrates its independence, local towns aren’t holding back. There are a multitude of events and activities to attend and in which the public can participate, in honor of the July 4 holiday.

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