Arts & Entertainment

Art imitates life in Clear Space’s ‘Spelling Bee’

“I certainly can relate to the idiosyncrasies of students and teachers!” said Carissa Meiklejohn, one of four performers appearing in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” who can draw on their day-to-day experiences as they enact their roles.

Civil War Profiles: Delaware during the Civil War: A Confederate viewpoint

The May 2016 meeting of the Georgetown Historical Society hosted Jeffrey Plummer, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #2068, based in Seaford. Plummer updated the audience concerning acknowledgment in Delaware, as well as around the country, of the Confederate role in the mid-19th century war between the states, and the SCV’s desire to preserve the history and legacy of Southern soldiers.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 1

Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted : Architectural features abound in this new home in Bethany Beach, which will be featured on the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.

New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors

(Editor’s note: This is the first 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 27-28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

The owners of this contemporary 4,500-square-foot home had enjoyed vacations in their Ocean City, Md., condo since 1995 but began to search for something quieter as their children grew into adulthood. While biking through Bethany in 2011, they discovered an ocean-view lot and began working with Summer Hill Builders to design a home for their growing family, with an eye toward eventual retirement. Completed in 2015, this home’s six bedrooms and 4.5 baths easily accommodate their four adult children and guests.

A distinctive three-story glass chandelier in the winding staircase serves as a centerpiece that unites all three floors and sets the stage for the artistic use of decorative glass throughout the home.

Gallery One artist ‘Get Around’ in new exhibit

Gallery One in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary and welcome new partner Eileen Olson at a special artist reception Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. May’s show theme “Round, Round, I Get Around,” will be on display and open to the public from May 4 to June 1.

Civil War Profiles: Pioneering airborne reconnaissance during the Civil War

On Monday, June 17, 1861, in Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln observed from a second-floor window of the White House as Thaddeus Lowe ascended in the gondola of the Enterprise from the grounds across the street, along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Southern Delaware Chorale closes season with May 1 show

The Southern Delaware Chorale concludes its 2015-2016 concert season with “Americana — A Patchwork of Songs” on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m.

DelTech teams with Accent on Travel for escorted tours

Delaware Technical Community College and Accent on Travel, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, are offering escorted tours designed to be educational, cultural and fun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Delaware Tech’s Kids on Campus program, by providing scholarship opportunities.

Freeman Foundation to host inaugural spaghetti dinner

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is inviting the public to participate in two fundraisers in May that will benefit the nonprofit arts organization.

Civil War Profiles: Civil War soldiers were not all volunteers

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and Congress passed the Civil War Military Draft Act on March 3, 1863, these combined initiatives caused widespread reaction among opposition groups in the North. Citizens of New York and Pennsylvania, in particular, reacted negatively to these Washington-based decrees.

RAL offers conservation-themed evening with exhibit curator Plowman

As part of the ongoing “Wetlands and Waterways” exhibition, on display through May 8, at the Rehoboth Art League, on Friday, April 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Rehoboth Art League will host “An Evening with Terry Plowman.”

Dewey, Rehoboth going whole-hog for this weekend’s Bacon Fest

That scrumptious combination of crunchy, chewy and salty called “bacon” might shrink when it hits the frying pan, but a festival in its honor in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach just keeps getting bigger.

Vineyard, distillery tour offered on new day-trip from Bethany

AZ Consulting & Travel recently announced their second day trip from Bethany Beach — a Vineyard & Distillery Tour + Tasting, scheduled for April 25.

MSO to feature violinist Sussmann in season finale

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Julien Benichou, will conclude its 2015-2016 “Season of Celebration” series on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View,.

Spring Fling shopping planned at Brandywine

Shoppers can find a Mother’s Day gift while browsing through a variety of vendors’ merchandise on Friday, May 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island, 21111 Arrington Drive, Selbyville (West Fenwick).

History Mix planned at Perucci’s in Millville

The public is being invited to join the members of the Ocean View Historical Society in a luncheon History Mix, at noon on Wednesday, April 27, at Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant, located at 35507 Atlantic Avenue in Millville. The theme of the mix is “Perucci’s Past & Present,” and diners will learn about the many uses of the historic building and its surrounding properties.

Ocean Pines Players casting for ‘Odd Couple, Female Version’

The Ocean Pines Players are seeking two men and six women (adults, all ages) for the Neil Simon play “The Odd Couple, Female Edition,” to be presented by the Ocean Pines Players the last two weekends in July at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City, Md.

Tickets available for BART’s ‘An Affair to Forget’

BART, the Bethany Area Repertory Theater, announced this week that “An Affair to Forget,” the third comedy of the Bob Davis holiday trilogy, will run at the Dickens Parlour Theatre on April 21-23, and April 28-30. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Bethany to host ‘Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong’

On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Seaside Bride, Bear Trap team for wedding event

In an effort to bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Bear Trap Dunes are hosting a wedding professionals’ networking event on Thursday, April 21.

Freeman announces additional summer acts

Last week, the Freeman Stage announced two additional performances for their summer lineup.

‘Delaware Goes to War’ at April 30 event

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Ferdinand Comolli takes a look at the Wall of Honor at Fort Miles. Comolli will soon join those names at a historical celebration to be held at the fort on Saturday, April 30.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Ferdinand Comolli takes a look at the Wall of Honor at Fort Miles. Comolli will soon join those names at a historical celebration to be held at the fort on Saturday, April 30.Just inside the 10-foot-thick walls of Battery 519 at Fort Miles, the sounds of activity bounce up and down the 440-foot-long hallway. On this particular day, a Thursday afternoon, a small but dedicated group of volunteers is at work on ongoing projects as part of the restoration of the World War II coastal protector, located inside Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

The voices of the “Bunker Busters,” as they are known, echo through the halls of the underground bunker, mixing with the sounds of clanging metal and power tools.

It might sound a bit different from the activities that took place in the fort nearly 75 years ago, but if you close your eyes, you can imagine the sounds made by the 2,200 soldiers who were stationed there at the height of the second World War.

The fort’s historic past will be brought to life on Saturday, April 30, during “Delaware Goes to War: Victory in Europe” a “living history” event sponsored by Cape Henlopen State Park. As part of the day’s activities, Bethany Beach resident Ferdinand Comolli will join those whose service is memorialized on the fort’s Wall of Honor.

BART promises show to remember with ‘An Affair to Forget’

Bona to direct third part of Bob Davis trilogy

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.You’ve seen them at Thanksgiving, and on Christmas.

But on Thursday, April 21, the fireworks will really start to fly when the Tomlinsons and the Fenwicks get together for a Fourth of July wedding and the third and final installment of local playwright Bob Davis’ trilogy, with “An Affair to Forget.”

“It’s a wedding with a twist at the end,” said Davis, noting the Murphy’s Law luster sparked when the trilogy’s two protagonists’ families get together. “Whatever can go wrong goes wrong.”

“It’s the dysfunctional family antics going on,” added director Veronica Bona. “When I first got the script, by the fourth line I was already laughing so hard I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to direct. It’s just absolutely hilarious.”

While the story is set to take place at the Tomlinson’s ritzy Hampstead, R.I., estate on one of the hottest days of the year, audience members are being cordially invited to witness the nutty nuptials by way of the intimate stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Princesses, Pirates & Pancakes

Get Well Gabby Foundation raises funds for A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital

Cinderalla, Snow White, Elsa, Anna, Tinkerbell and a boatload of pirates! Millville United Methodist Church and the Millville Town Hall played host to the Get Well Gabby Foundation’s fundraiser, “Princesses, Pirates and Pancakes,” on Saturday, April 9. Children ran around dressed as pirates and princesses, while chowing down on pancakes and sausage at the church.

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month, including the Bethany Beach Nature Center, in Fenwick Island, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, in Millsboro and in South Bethany.

Sing for the rafters: Middle-school honor choir returns

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for 2016.

This year, about 80 students represented Selbyville, Millsboro, Georgetown, Seaford, Beacon, Mariner and Woodbridge middle schools, as well as Sussex Academy and Southern Delaware School of the Arts.

Singers are hand-selected based on behavior, enthusiasm and willingness to learn new music.

“It makes me proud,” said Selbyville Middle School teacher Eric Tsavdar. “[It takes] self-discipline and drive to be part of the program. It gives them the opportunity to sing with a more advanced group.”

They performed April 7 at Woodbridge Middle School, under guest conductor LeeAnn Masters of Harford County, Md., (a teacher and professional musician for more than 40 years) and accompanist Jerry Biri.

Gallery One show gets ‘Touchy Feely’

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced that its April show, “Touchy Feely,” will be open to the public through May 3.

Grimes bridges foreign adventure and fair-trade focus in ‘The Amazon Heist’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand,  holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand, holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’The idea for “The Amazon Heist” came to Kimberly Grimes in the middle of the night, in the middle of the rainforest, in Peru. Grimes is the co-owner, with her husband, Marco Hernandez, of Made By Hand, the fair-trade store in York Beach Mall in South Bethany. This year marks the store’s 20th anniversary.

“It was our last evening there after 10 years of bringing undergraduate students for their January study-abroad semester,” said Grimes, who until recently also taught anthropology at the University of Delaware.

“Marco and I were sitting outside our palm-thatched hut in the hum of darkness, quietly chatting. I mentioned my regret that I hadn’t written my own detailed field notes to show the changes we had witnessed. But, as their professor, I was too busy helping the students conduct their own research to think about mine.”

“We went to bed, and a couple of hours later I woke up, immediately awake, having dreamt the whole outline for my book! I sat with my flashlight tucked under my chin and wrote it all down. I even heard the English voices of my favorite actors, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, take on the characters of the two sisters who are tourists that comprise a big part of the plot. Crazy as it sounds, it was like they were channeling the story to me!”

Ride to the Tide set for April 17

The Ride to the Tide to benefit Special Olympics Delaware is a police-escorted motorcycle ride — no stops at traffic lights — that will take place on Sunday, April 17.

Fundraiser to benefit Botanic Gardens

Cocktails on the Ocean, a fundraiser for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, will take place April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Chuck Coltman in North Bethany.

Annual Springtime Jamboree to benefit Millsboro Little League

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.With the idea of raising money for improvements to the local Little League field 34 years ago, now-state Sen. Gerald Hocker began a tradition that has brought local musical talent together each year to help area nonprofit organizations raise much-needed funds.

“When Dad did the show for the very first time — 34 years ago now — he stood up and said at the end of the show, ‘Do you think I should have a show next year?’ And everyone clapped,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. “So, he organized a show the following year. And he’s said it every single year. As long as the people continue to support it, and continue to have fun, he would continue to do it. And lo and behold, it’s been 34 years.”

In its 34th year, the Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel music — program, will be benefitting the Millsboro Little League.

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