Arts & Entertainment

Volunteers, 5K bringing support for 25th annual 4th of July Parade

Funding for the annual Fourth of July parade in Bethany Beach is a far cry from where it has been in the past, but that hasn’t stopped Philip Rossi – chairman of the all-volunteer parade organizers – from assembling one of the best parades yet. This year, the parade is turning a quarter-century young and, amid renowned musical entertainment, a grand assembly of floats and bikes and fun for the entire family, the anticipation is still there.

Ellen Rice Gallery celebrates 10 years by giving back

A decade has passed since Ellen Rice started up her gallery along Route 26 in Ocean View, and there’s no doubt that her painting has touched thousands and will continue to do so for generations to come. To celebrate her 10th anniversary, she is giving back to friends and customers who have helped transform her cozy gallery into a prominent icon in the local art scene.

Justice recalls life in Cedar Neck

The Ocean View Historical Society hosted its second “Trip Down Memory Lane,” with Norm Justice of Cedar Neck on Wednesday, June 3, at Millville Town Hall. Justice, who at 87, has seen a lot of changes since he was born in 1922, is quick of mind and has a lot to offer, history-wise. And he is one of the few people with such knowledge that the historical society has tracked down to get a record of times past before that history is lost.

NASCAR ticket raffle to help local pets

As any NASCAR enthusiast would note, this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race is the highlight at Dover’s Monster Mile. But some lucky fans who have been unable to grab their tickets still have a last-minute chance to go, thanks to a generous donation.

Ocean View Historical Society to host ‘Trip Down Memory Lane II’

The Ocean View Historical Society is inviting residents of the local coastal towns to participate in its second educational program designed to share the area’s history. This second night of information and entertainment will take place on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Millville Town Hall.

Historic Lewes Farmers Market set to open

The opening day of the fourth year of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is set for this Saturday, May 30. The opening bell will ring promptly at 8 a.m., to herald another “fresh” season in Lewes. This year, the market is adding eight new vendors, and 28 vendors are returning with an even wider selection of items for market.

Delmarva Chicken Festival focuses on family fun

There will be lots of free family fun and entertainment, including many special attractions for the children, when the 60th Delmarva Chicken Festival takes place on June 19 and 20 in Centreville, Md. Expected to draw upwards of 25,000 visitors, the festival will take place at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park located on Maryland Route 18 near Routes 50 and 301, near Centreville.

Registration opens for the 2009 QRCF Golf Classic

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2009 Golf Classic. This popular annual event will be held June 4 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will benefit The Lower Sussex Boy Scouts of America, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation.

Local students win gold in steel-drum competition

Members of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts “Steel, The Show” steel-drum band, in a performance with sister band Plenty Problems, won a gold medal at the Panorama Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 9. The only band from Delaware participating, Plenty Problems competed against bands from Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan and North Carolina.

Memorial Day Carnival to kick off Freeman Stage season

The 2009 Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off this Saturday, May 23, with the “St*ARTS and Stripes” Memorial Day Carnival at 2 p.m. At the event, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts will be performing one of their plays, “Twice Upon a Time”; the Army Band Broadway Trio and the Indian River Junior ROTC will be performing; and the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre will perform “Peter Pan.” There will also be games for the kids and patriotic crafts.

Can you Taste it?

The Taste of Coastal Delaware is making its way back to the shore on Sunday, June 7. And, this year, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce is pulling out the stops. In addition to the Taste’s return to its original location at the Sea Colony Marketplace, there are a few more tweaks and changes that promise to make the 10th anniversary of the event a memorable one.

For mother-daughter crafters, it's in the bag

This past Sunday was a special one for mothers everywhere, but when you have the connection that Flossie Vogel shares with her daughter, Joy Cadden, every day feels like Mother’s Day. The two have become synonymous throughout the area with dance, both having taught dance classes for decades, but now it’s their passion for fashion that has them stepping out.

Eyes 4 Glass draws glances to Artisan's Fair

For Paula Stapleton and Karla Swarthout, a move to Seaford, Del. from the suburbs of Phoenix, Ariz. may have brought with it a change of scenery and climate, but one thing that has held strong is the appreciation for their glass artwork. What started as a hobby nearly two decades ago has evolved into a full-scale commitment, as the pair began Eye 4 Glass, LLC in Seaford two years back. Later this month, the pair will partake in the Second Annual Artisan’s Fair at the Millville Fire Hall on Route 26, Sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP.

Native plants series being offered by CIB

One way to go green and stay there is to plant native plants, as opposed to non-native species that can take more water, more energy and more work than their native counterparts. To elaborate on the benefits of going native, the Center for Inland Bays – in addition to their 5th annual Native Plant Sale at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View, which will be held May 16 of this year – has organized a series of presentations, all of which will focus on the benefits of using native plants when gardening in the inland bays watershed.

Special Easter service to fill historic church

Contemporary artists to breathe life into Barratt’s Chapel for vigil service

Barratt’s Chapel – the oldest house of worship built by and for a Methodist Society that is still in
use in the United States – will once again come alive with an intimate one-of-a-kind Easter Vigil Service on Saturday, April 11, at 7 p.m.

Maxwell takes pre-school to the max

If there’s one thing Linda Maxwell wants people to know about preschool, it’s this: It’s a place where a lot of learning goes on.

Coast Guard honors rescuers in October boat accident

On Friday, Feb. 20, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) took time to honor those who risked their lives to save five mariners last fall, when their 18-foot vessel was swamped by a rogue wave and capsized 7 miles off of Rehoboth Beach. Six members of the USCG Delaware Bays Sector braved the elements that took the life of one of the vessel’s crew on Oct. 9, 2008.

Rehoboth Art League steps it up

The Rehoboth Art League has been promoting artists and arts education for more than 70 years, offering exhibits and programs that stimulate the mind and capture the essence of Delaware. Now, under new executive director Karen McGrath – and with a healthy step into the 21st century by means of an updated Web site – the Rehoboth Art League is catering to even more Delawareans and visitors to the area.

Building the bridge

In the Coastal Point office, tacked to a wall, is a diagram of the Indian River Inlet, labeled “Construction Update: Beginning May 2006.” The diagram marks areas of planned closure and construction for the state park, campground and marina area near the bridge over the inlet, as officials prepared for the planned replacement of the failing bridge.

IR athletics starts cookin'

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a warm bowl of chili on a brisk winter day, and members of Indian River High’s athletic department are taking full advantage of that fact. Next month, the high school will host the First Annual Indian River Chili Cook-Off – just one of several fundraisers the school plans to present this year, in an effort to boost their athletic programs.

Sussex County middle schools accept Rachel's Challenge

April 20, 1999 – The date has been forever etched into the minds of parents and children alike as the nation’s most shocking school-shooting of its time. Just hearing the words “Columbine,” or “Littleton, Colorado,” gives chills to many people.

Winter Blues Ball to heat up scene with 'Fire and Ice'

For those that bemoan that winter is a dreary time to be at the beach, with nothing to do but trudge through until spring brings warmth and sunshine, the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce has just the ticket to warm things up a notch.

UD Professor leaves lasting legacy in book on 'Man and Nature'

Colleagues, friends, associates and family gathered in Georgetown on Tuesday for the release and book signing of the final work of the late Dr. William H. Williams, professor emeritus at the University of Delaware.

Soap project to aid local shelter

After facing a lack of funding at the beginning of this year, Diakonia – a homeless shelter in West Ocean City, Md. – was in dire straights. They knew something had to be done or they wouldn’t be able to provide emergency food and housing assistance to those who needed it most.

New book celebrates appeal of Bethany Beach

Bethany Beach is a strange mix of timeless history and new tradition. Each year, the beach community swells as more and more people escape their previously hectic city lives for a taste of seaside serenity. And for many who have been taken in by Bethany’s charm, it all started with childhood trips to the seashore. Year after year, this summer pilgrimage was repeated, and now those memories compel many to share their love of Bethany with new generations.

SEDAST returns with fresh faces

With families and friends returning to the shore for the holiday weekend, it’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season. But, for many, the Thanksgiving holiday brings with it something else: The SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) will return to the region, granting a free peek for the public into the studios and workings of some of the area’s most renowned artists and craftsmen.

Delaware Does More--Neighbors helping neighbors all winter long

Delaware Does More – a collaborative effort among local non-profits, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations and others – kicked off Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Food Bank of Delaware’s Milford storage facility. Proposed by the food bank and United Way of Delaware, the statewide initiative has ambitious goals of raising 300,000 pounds of food and $250,000 this winter to help its neediest citizens by supplementing food supplies and offering utility assistance and emergency shelter for those less fortunate. Many of those people – because of things like layoffs and uncertainty in the housing market – put a new face on hunger.

Local projects aim to put extra portions on needy plates

Most U.S. households waste more food that they can imagine or would like to admit, and the United States collectively throws away a full quarter of its food. And restaurants – known these days for over-sized portions and being strangers to the “less-is-more” motto – are no different. So, Tony Parrill and the staff at Fat Tuna decided to do something about it.

Lively fall and winter scene ahead

While the height of the area’s busiest season is a few page-turns on the calendar behind us and the peak of shoulder-season events has passed us by, the ever-growing year-round nature of the Delaware shore area now provides a multitude of options for entertainment through the fall and winter. From independent films and art exhibits to athletic events and seasonal offerings, there’s plenty for beachgoers and inlanders of all ages.

Local students visit new nation in ancient place

For many students, their first chance to study abroad might be in college, if they ever get that chance at all. Jillian Harkness of Dagsboro got her chance this year as an 11th-grader and a member of 4-H.

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