Arts & Entertainment

Coastal Leisure Center looking forward to spring

Exciting things are happening at the Coastal Leisure CHEER Center in Ocean View. A new director has been hired, and March is already filled with fun things to do.

O.C. offering largest St. Patty’s party on Eastern Shore

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be Irish their whole lives. But, thankfully, for one day out of every year, they can all pretend. This Saturday, Ocean City, Md., will spread the luck and cheer of the Irish in a tradition that has flourished for nearly three decades, coaxing thousands upon thousands of followers to celebrate one of the Eastern Shore’s most prized festivities.

In Frankford, 'Mr. Holland's Opus' means mariachi

Thanks to a Melody Program grant award from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, third-graders at Frankford Elementary School received instruments earlier this year that have enabled them to start a mariachi band.

Selbyville dedicates month to kids' art

This past Saturday, as part of Kid’s Art Month in Selbyville, winners of the Kids’ Art Show could see their work proudly displayed at the Selbyville Public Library. And residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the pieces in storefronts across town until almost Easter.

Local students win honors in Selbyville Kids Art Month

The following local students, listed by school and in alphabetical order, won honors in this month’s Selbyville Kids Art Month show, organized by the Selbyville Community Club and hosted by the Selbyville Public Library. Judging was by grade and by popular vote of 10 judges:

PHILLIP C. SHOWELL ELEMENTARY

Emily I. Triado, third place

Delanie Byrd, second place

Selbyville library director brings host of skills to position

Tanya Shelton-Council has been the director of the Selbyville Public Library for just under a year, but she has big plans for the future — and, mainly, that consists of better serving her customers.

Local musician with great ambitions reflects on his roots

Music — it’s all around us, and most people have found it a soothing balancer to accompany the leisure in their lives. For Frankford native Mike Givens, however, music is his life, a reassuring solace of what he’s accomplished and the promising future that awaits this young, talented artist.

Vintage radio shows tune in to Bethany

The Ad Hoc Touring Theater Company, an outgrowth of Georgetown’s renowned Possum Point Players, will be turning back the clocks this week as audience members tune in to the ambiance of old-time radio broadcasts.

Local artists to join to create art scholarship

Artists Kevin Fitzgerald and Patrick Henry have joined together to create scholarship fund for students from Stephen Decatur High School in Worcester County, Md., who plan to pursue a fine art career.

Art organizations backing proposed art center

Last week’s meeting between representatives from various state-wide art organizations and Arts Consulting Group mustered high hopes for the Joshua M. Freeman Center for the Arts in the Bayside community in Selbyville. Dozens were in attendance, including artists, performers and enthusiasts.

Local artist shooting for the stars

An artist by trade, Milan Murray uprooted from Philadelphia after 15 years of residency and moved to the area only a short while ago, but has already carved out quite a reputation for himself.

A little bit of, well, everything

Take one step into the Bethany Trading Company on Garfield Parkway and you realize immediately that you are not in a typical business. In fact, “typical” can leave your vocabulary as soon as you take stock of the merchandise adorning the walls and shelves.

Young duo spreads holiday cheer

Lifelong friends Kate Frey and Sara Baker have always been surrounded by music, so it was only a matter of time before they came together with their talents.

Holiday spirit: A labor of love or just labor?

There’s something rather Paul Bunyan-esque about going out in the snow and cutting down your own Christmas tree with a handsaw.

Whimsical artist debuts at Good Earth

Although he’s known primarily for his work in marketing, John Donato is now making a powerful step into the local art scene. The graphic design graduate from the University of Maryland in 1992 is establishing himself today as not only an influential talent at one of the most philosophical of developing companies in the area, but a creative asset to an ever-growing artistic community.

Community shows thankfulness to local service members

Loving newlyweds Jonathan and Ashley Steele may have tied he knot early this October, but their first holiday season as a married couple will likely prove to be one of their toughest.

Straighten up with crooked finger

Three acquaintances have found a way to bring together their passion for music, with the help of battered hands, a pile of shoes and a wife’s intimidating warning.

Artist’s work proves anything but ‘Grim’

The acrylic creations from Bethany Beach artist Tara Funk Grim possess a staggering precision that makes the finished work utterly recognizable, yet completely one-of-a-kind.

Abstract artists emotes feeling through work

There’s something about the boldness of local artist Jonathan Spivak’s artistic creations that seems so awry, yet structured at the same time. For him, the talent comes natural, as an outlet to be himself and portray inner emotions and thoughts. Although each piece can conjure a variety of interpretations from viewers, all can agree that each is unique and original in its own way.

Potter brings back original style to art tour

Kim Doughty, owner of The Artful Bean in Bethany Beach, has enjoyed a two-and-a-half year run at the coffee shop. It’s her artistic creativity and imagination, however, that are proving to be her true calling.

Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival casts its 4th year

Anglers and fishermen have geared up this weekend for the area’s largest fishing tournament to date, the Fourth Annual Rocktober Fishing Tournament and Festival on October 19, 20 and 21 at the Indian River Marina. Over $24,000 will be given away in cash and prizes, including a $9,000 cash award to the person who brings in the largest rockfish.

Pumpkin pursuit: the ultimate autumn quest

With record-breaking temperatures this past week, one of the last things on most people’s minds is the imposing autumn season (which started Sept. 23, mind you).

Local woman cruising through life

It’s easy to wander off and think about taking a vacation in Baja or Fiji when talking with Lisa Daisey, 29, of Millville. This past Christmas was the first Christmas in 10 years that she spent at home with her family. After 10 years of traveling and spending the holidays in Hawaii, the Caribbean or Baja, seeing the waters of the world, Daisey made it home for Christmas 2006.

Work of Love

For anyone who grew up in this area, there’s a pretty good chance that growing up, they or someone they know have crossed paths with lifetime resident Herman Koenig. From mechanic, to farmer to construction worker, there’s virtually nothing this man cannot create with his hands.

Fair warning from Four Daze Notice

The members of Four Daze Notice went with a play on words when developing a name for their band. But, for the most part, the young quartet’s name stems from their first, impromptu performance.

Millville United Methodist Turns 100

This past Sunday, Millville United Methodist Church on Atlantic Avenue celebrated a century of worship. The church was established in 1907, and its members reflected upon times of poverty, when support from congregation was essential. Over the years, dedication and commitment from the members have united the church to reclaim its role as a historic religious staple in the area.

A journey in the Amazon

In Delaware, environmentalists try to conserve local turtles by building fences along Route 1 and putting up signs warning drivers to avoid running them over.

Budding artist brings natural splendor to Boardwalk Art show

Theresa Dominique Richard has only been in the local art scene for four years, but she is coming out strong with a colorful style and a background in art, a role as a devoted mother and wife, and a heartwarming history about overcoming the seemingly impossible.

Milton artist makes a noticeable name for himself

With a birth name as strong and prominent as “Abraxas,” one might expect great accomplishments throughout their life. Fortunately, the Milton artist who goes simply by that first name is fulfilling those achievements, sharing his amazing skills.

Carl M. Freeman makes donation to library campaign

The Friends of the South Coastal Library and other library supporters are nearing the halfway point in their capital campaign to raise $3 million for their share of funding needed for planned expansion of the library in Bethany Beach.

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