Arts & Entertainment

Ravens band gives community the chance to win a car

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tushar Patel, general manager of Hertrich Toyota of Milford, presents the keys to a 2017 Toyota Camry to Sussex Technical High School's Band Director, Ian Kenney.Coastal Point • Submitted: Tushar Patel, general manager of Hertrich Toyota of Milford, presents the keys to a 2017 Toyota Camry to Sussex Technical High School's Band Director, Ian Kenney.One lucky person could be driving a brand-new 2017 Toyota Camry this December, as the Sussex Technical High School Band Program is now selling tickets for the raffle of a vehicle donated by Hertrich Toyota of Milford.

“I give all the credit to the parents,” said Band Director Ian Kenney of the Ravens Music Boosters, who have organized the raffle. “We have one band parent who knew somebody up at Hertrich in Milford and was able to say, ‘Hey, this band is taking a big trip and it’s costing them $1,600 per student. Any help you can give us would be appreciated.’ They ended up saying, ‘Well, we can give you a monetary donation, or we can get you a car to try to sell tickets to raffle off.’”

This is the first new-car raffle the band has done, said Kenney, noting that in a previous year there had been a used-car raffle.

Tickets cost $100 each and can be purchased online, by mail, during Sussex Tech home football games and at the band’s winter concert, while supplies last. Only 750 tickets are available for the raffle. The car is valued at up to $21,000.

Selbyville turns the page with annual haunted library

An old house in Selbyville still holds its secrets. And on Halloween night, it will transform completely.

Selbyville’s Haunted Library will open for one night, during trick-or-treating on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It’s lot of fun,” said librarian and organizer Ronshell “Shelly” Purnell. “Every year it gets a little scarier.”

Families invited to trick-or-treat with Cops & Goblins

This Halloween, the Ocean View Police Department is offering a family-friendly trick-or-treating festival.

The second annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival will take place this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. Families who attend can enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce houses, pumpkin decorating and more.

Frankford Fall Festival to feature food, fun and frights

From aliens to zombies, the streets of Frankford will be taken over by all manner of costumed residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the town once again celebrates the season with its all-day Fall Festival.

Selbyville Halloween Parade offers a ghoulishly good time

It’s one of the biggest, spookiest celebrations in southeast Sussex County: The Selbyville Halloween Parade will return on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville sponsor the event, which is more than 60 years old.

What makes it so special?

BART to premiere ‘Noah’s Arc’ at Dickens on Oct. 27

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mike Mall, pictured on the couch, will portray the story’s protagonist, Ted Noah.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mike Mall, pictured on the couch, will portray the story’s protagonist, Ted Noah.Coming off sold-out performances of “Same Time, Next Year,” the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) is back at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this month with a new Bob Davis original, titled “Noah’s Arc.”

Despite the play’s title, the story’s plot has more to do with the extramarital affair of a struggling playwright than it does animals marching two by two.

“It’s far from a biblical story — it’s an adult comedy,” explained Davis, who not only wrote but who will also direct the production, along with assistant director and BART veteran Rusty Hesse.

“The story actually was told to me by someone — it’s actually is based on a true story.”

Seashore State Park to host second annual Boo-B-Que this weekend

This weekend, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation will host its second-annual Boo-B-Que By the Sea.

Bear Trap Dunes celebrating fall with families on Saturday

This weekend, Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its first Fall Festival, inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day on the front lawn.

Fire company auxiliary hosting annual Artisans Festival

Coastal Point • File Photo: Pam Browne will be at this weekend’s Artisan Festival, displaying her ‘deco-mesh’ wreaths.Coastal Point • File Photo: Pam Browne will be at this weekend’s Artisan Festival, displaying her ‘deco-mesh’ wreaths.Artisans from around the region are preparing their wares this week for one of the most popular events of the “shoulder season” in Bethany Beach.

The Artisan Festival, now in its ninth year, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Bethany Beach fire hall.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company, the fair features the work of more than 50 artisans, according to Auxiliary President Kristen Steele.

Pottery, glassware, earrings, baskets, clothing and a variety of artwork are just a few of the fine examples of craftsmanship offered at the fair.

Dagsboro resident Pam Browne is looking forward to the fair, where she and her cousin, Millsboro resident Renee Valeski, will once again share their “deco-mesh” wreaths.

The two began making the colorful wreaths about two years ago.

Garden club to unveil Blue Star memorial in Fenwick

In the U.S., blue stars have long honored military service members. Now, Fenwick Island is getting its own Blue Star Byway marker, a plaque being installed at Fenwick Island Town Park.

After years of pursuing the memorial, the Barefoot Gardeners Club will host a dedication ceremony on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 1 p.m.

Say ‘I Do’ with Delaware Seaside Bride

When Coastal Point Publisher Susan Lyons was helping her daughter plan a coastal Delaware wedding, she noticed it was difficult to find local vendors in one place.

With that thought in mind, Delaware Seaside Bride was created, with the mission of connecting couples-to-be to local wedding professions — all in one place.

Russo bearing ‘Burden of Proof’ in pair of Dickens concerts

Berlin, Md., musician-songwriter Bryan Russo is premiering his fourth album this weekend with a pair of shows in a magical southern Delaware location.

Great Pumpkin Festival rising again in Millville

Families can run around or just relax. Either way, it’ll be a free-for-all with games, rides and more at Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 1.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., families can enjoy free games, pony rides, a bounce house, pumpkin decorating and more at the future site of the Millville Town Park, at 32517 Dukes Drive.

Milestone met: Botanic Gardens hits Longwood goal early

DBG organizers proved their mettle with donations and a bunch of multi-year pledges.It’s a garden party unlike any other. The Delaware Botanic Gardens haven’t opened their gates yet, but they’re making big strides as they create southern Delaware’s first garden attraction.

Semi-annual train show on track for Saturday in Roxana

While members of the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club range in age from 30-something to 80-something, with a couple of junior members in their teens, longtime member Bill Ziegler puts it like this: “We’re all kids.”

Socrates Café asks local minds to ponder tough questions

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Do we have free will?

What is true strength?

What is truth?

Big, philosophical questions like these are what drive the Socrates Café, a bimonthly meeting of individuals from different backgrounds who discuss various philosophical ideas.

“We were just looking for a way to get a discussion group together — getting people together to have a good conversation,” said Rosemary Hendrix, who co-hosts the meetings with Bonnie Ray. “We pick a question each week. It’s supposed to be a philosophical question. We discuss the question; we’re not trying to come up with an answer to the question, we’re trying to get other people’s ideas.”

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Nanticoke Powwow set to dance through the weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 39th annual Powwow this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, at the tribe’s powwow grounds near Millsboro.

The powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that draws participants from all over the country each year. For Native Americans, organizers said, it is a chance to both reconnect with their heritage and educate others through dance.

“Just come and dance and sing with us,” said Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro. In addition to dance sessions on both days, there will be vendors offering Native American food and crafts, and museum tours throughout the two-day celebration.

Brooksfest in Fenwick Island to benefit Alana Rose Foundation

After their biggest turnout to date last year, Brooksfest is back for its fifth year in a row, aiming to send the summer out in style. The family-friendly event will feature food, skimboarding, giveaways and more, set for this Saturday, Sept. 10, on the beach in Fenwick Island.

Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bethany

The 38th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival will get under way this Saturday, Sept. 10, with more than 100 artists from around the country slated to feature their work along the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry and woodworking are just some of the artistic mediums set for display, with all work for sale.

Community invited to celebrate Shakespeare at 400

‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’

— William Shakespeare

To celebrate the life and cannon of the great English poet William Shakespeare, next week, the Lewes Public Library will be hosting a litany of events marking the 400th anniversary of his death.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

OSTD’s Hero’s Welcome to be held Sept. 9

The public is being invited to take part in the A Hero’s Welcome parade for the Operation SEAs the Day families on Friday, Sept. 9.

Operation SEAs the Day is a beach week event for wounded veterans and their families, which will take place Sept. 6-11 and is now in its fourth year.

Car show continues support for Operation SEAs the Day

For the third year in a row, local Realtor Allison Stine is organizing the Cripple Creek Classic Car Show to support Operation SEAs the Day.

“We decided to hold the car show as a way to combine our hobby and the ability to raise money for operation SEAs the Day. After we read about it the first year, we knew we wanted to help in some way.”

Delawareans driving art project to South America

Coastal Point Photo • Laura Walter: Blue and green is just the beginning. Children across North and South America will cover this school bus with paint over the next two years, in an international art project being conducted by, from left: John Donato, Will Kasson III, R. Chris Clark, Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz and, not pictured, Ethan Caswell.Coastal Point Photo • Laura Walter: Blue and green is just the beginning. Children across North and South America will cover this school bus with paint over the next two years, in an international art project being conducted by, from left: John Donato, Will Kasson III, R. Chris Clark, Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz and, not pictured, Ethan Caswell.You couldn’t miss this school bus if you tried.

It’s medium-length, painted blue and green, and, in a few years, it will be covered with every color in the rainbow, painted by hundreds of hands.

The art project will take four men across North and South America to show the “sameness” between all people, said Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz.

“We want to reflect the similarities between humans, despite geographical or cultural location,” said Will Kasson III, “the things that run deep within the human species, that make us all the same, all members of the same community.”

“We all want happy families. We all want safe drinking water. There’s more that unites us as a human race than divides us, and we keep seeing so many things that are divisive,” said R. Chris Clark, who is leaving his work as the Coastal Point’s photographer for this experience of a lifetime. “We are all really similar, so we want to promote that.”

From White House to Lighthouse

Cooper, Pearson bring Notes on the Beach to Lighthouse Sound and beyond

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Glenn Pearson, at the piano, and Jeff Cooper, with bass, started their musical partnership - and friendship - in 1968.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Glenn Pearson, at the piano, and Jeff Cooper, with bass, started their musical partnership - and friendship - in 1968.It’s a particularly entertaining story, the way that the two particularly entertaining entertainers entered into each other’s lives.

The year is 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson is the president of the United States. The Vietnam War is raging on. If the protagonist from the movie “Forest Gump” had actually existed, the movie’s general narrative would pretty much be going down. The Civil Rights Act takes flight after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So does the first Boeing 747.

Perhaps ironically, in regards to the particularly entertaining story, “The Odd Couple” makes a $44 million mark at the box office as one of the year’s top grossing films. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles rules the Top 40 charts.

They call 1968 “the year that rocked the world.” They call it “the year that changed everything.”

Christian rapper to highlight programs at growing youth ministry

Forge Youth & Family Academy is bringing in Christian rapper B-SHOC for a free show at the Selbyville Fire Hall on Monday, Sept. 5. The Selbyville-based ecumenical family ministry hopes to send area students back to school with a boost of energy and a renewed attitude, according to Forge leader Rob Shrieves.

Dickens, BART to open season with ‘Same Time, Next Year’

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.After a summer hiatus, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be back at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville next month, ready to headline their 2016-2017 schedule with Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy-drama “Same Time, Next Year.”

The two-character production, the opening night of which is slated for Thursday, Sept. 15, will star Ocean View’s Jeff Martini as George and Seaford’s E.J. Panico as Doris, both actors bringing with them vast stage and showbiz experience.

Martini is a BART veteran, having starred in such shows as last year’s sold-out season-opener, “Hate Mail.”

Panico will be making her BART debut but has appeared in several Possum Point Players’ productions in Georgetown, including “I Remember Mama,” as Marta “Mama” Hanson, and “Move Over, Mrs. Markham,” as Joanna Markham.

Rock, opera, jazz and more coming from Locals Under the Lights

Coastal Point • Submitted: Randy (RandyJamz) Grimm stands outside 99 Sea Level during a break. Grimm will be playing at the Freeman Stage for the Locals Under the Lights event on Thursday, Aug. 25.Coastal Point • Submitted: Randy (RandyJamz) Grimm stands outside 99 Sea Level during a break. Grimm will be playing at the Freeman Stage for the Locals Under the Lights event on Thursday, Aug. 25.The Freeman Stage teases us every spring about when the summer schedule will be released. In turn, we wonder who will be the stars that make their way to West Fenwick to brighten our lives. What we know is that, whether the performers are national recording artists or cover bands or actors or symphony musicians, all will provide top-notch entertainment in a variety of different styles.

This year, whether one’s taste is classical (Yo-Yo Ma), country (The Band Perry), Motown (Gladys Knight), rock (Huey Lewis & the News) or musical theater (Clear Space), there has been a treat for everyone.

What is less known is that on two nights every season, one can watch, for free, great talent representing a variety of genres in an event known as Locals Under the Lights.

The second Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage this summer is on Thursday, Aug. 25, and it is going to be an amazing evening.

Town Center Market brings food and goods to the center of Bayside

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Bikes, ready to rent from Fenwick Bike Shop are available at the Town Center Market in Bayside. Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Bikes, ready to rent from Fenwick Bike Shop are available at the Town Center Market in Bayside. This summer brought a new addition to the bustling Bayside community near Fenwick Island, with the incarnation of the Town Center Market.

The open-air pop-up market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, until Labor Day weekend. With vendors changing every night, homeowners and visitors are being treated to a rotation of local artisans, businesses and food trucks.

According to Bayside Director of Marketing Jeff Evans, the market was conceived out of the desire to “enhance the experience for the community” by bringing offerings from local businesses to residents.

“It was Michelle Freeman’s vision to provide some retail opportunities here in Bayside,” Evans said.

This summer, the idea was to bring a temporary, open-air market to the community, with the hope of eventually evolving it into a permanent retail space within the community.

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