Arts & Entertainment

DelTech club to present murder-mystery theater

The Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus’ Performing Arts Club will present “Home Sweet Homicide,” a dinner theater, on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in the Student Services Center Dining Hall in Georgetown.

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.

Millville United Methodist invites community to Last Supper

Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.As part of their Eastertide season, Millville United Methodist Church is inviting the community to witness a dramatization of the Last Supper.

“Millville United Methodist Church has been sitting on that corner now for 109 years. Isn’t that amazing? And, for some reason, years and years ago, it was labeled ‘the lighthouse on the corner.’ And we do our best to keep that going,” said Marianne Smith, who directs the Living Last Supper.

The Living Last Supper will be presented at MUMC on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

Smith said that, over the last few Easters, the church has alternated between the Living Last Supper and a play about the 12 female disciples.

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning of a story that now spans 65 years and is firmly planted in the area’s history — a history that includes agriculture, as well as tourism.

Originally called Woody’s Diner, after owner Woody Sturgis, the restaurant has been verified to be the oldest “Silk City Diner” still operating in Delaware — which is part of the story told by that 5092 on the door. It signifies, according to Brandon Doyle, that the diner was built in 1950 and it was the 92nd “dining car” — which is what the Silk City Diners actually were — built by the Paterson Vehicle Co. that year.

Doyle, whose family has operated the restaurant since 1983, takes pride in the fact that the diner appears today just about the same as it did in 1951, when Woody’s Diner opened. Coverings on stools and booths have been replaced over the years, and somewhere along the way the original blue coverings were replaced with red ones. But otherwise, the diner is very much unchanged — thanks in part to the Doyle’s efforts to find authentic replacement parts when they are needed.

Pet Corner: Pick up after your pet

I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my upcoming trip to York, Pa., for a dog show. It will be my first trip in the “new to me” used RV I just got. We were also discussing any ideas or suggestions for my pet articles.

Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap.

Stuart and Custer: Made from the same mold

The cavalry was a vital mobile force that gathered information for Civil War commanders and screened the main army from the eyes of the enemy. Cavalry leaders had to be innovative and daring in carrying out their assigned missions.

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

Stamnas, Gibney return with new setlist

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.It’s springtime, and Indian River High School musicians are ready to put on a show. They’ll raise the curtains for the annual IR Live! on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.

The 2016 show is called “Spirit of the Radio” and organized “as though somebody is on a car ride and they’re listening to the radio,” said director Nathan Mohler.

Students will be masters of ceremonies, but as disc jockeys, in this revue-style show.

They’ll perform about 24 different acts, including singing, some dance, flag work, instrumentals, mock radio station interviews and more. Performers will lead audiences through old rock, new pop music and even big-band.

The many musical acts whose music is represented — which include Joan Jett, Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Adele and Echosmith — are interlaced with short radio commercials (“That’s the spice to the show,” Mohler said.)

Italian festival to bring food, family and music to OC

For the sixth year, the Sons of Italy Lodge of Ocean City and St. Luke/St Andrew churches are bringing the community together for a day of food, games and music. The St. Joseph’s Day festival will be held at St. Andrew’s Hall at 144th and Sinepuxent streets in Ocean City, Md., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Concert lineup for Delaware State Fair announced

The Delaware State Fair this week announced its Summer Concert Series lineup for 2016. It includes 16 music artists, two wheeled events, a comedian, a rodeo and the traditional harness racing at the Fair.

Previously announced acts included comedian Jeff Dunham appearing Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. and country music act Alabama, who will be performing Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The Civil War inspired quilters of yesterday and today

Annie B. Darden, the wife of a farmer in the community of Buckhorn, N.C., noted in her diary on March 4, 1861, that Abraham Lincoln was to be inaugurated as president that day, and said this “will cause a dissolution of our Union.”

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been filled for the event. The bad news is that the grass is more important than usual this year, due to a pair of storms that devastated Delaware dunes.

“Delaware’s coastline was ravaged by the January storm that weakened, and in some areas destroyed, dunes and eroded sand from our beaches,” said Jennifer Luoma, environmental scientist for the state Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section.

“The dunes were hit especially hard, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to help stabilize dunes that have been repaired after the coastal storm,” said Luoma, coordinator of the annual beach grass planting event.

The dunes and beaches also suffered damage in an October storm.

Last year, approximately 1,000 environmental enthusiasts, families and students planted 110,000 stems of beach grass along over 3 miles of coastline between Kitts Hummock Beach and Fenwick Island. This year, 150,000 stems of Cape American beach grass will be planted, according to Luoma.

Officials are particularly grateful this year for the corps of volunteer planters who will descend on the beaches, armed with heavy gloves and long sticks, dropping the beach grass plugs into holes about 20 inches apart. The process generally takes a few hours.

‘Anything Goes’ to set sail at Clear Space Theatre on March 18

Clear Space Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s 1930s musical “Anything Goes” on weekends between March 18 and April 3 in Rehoboth Beach.

Freeman Foundation supporters give back as volunteers

Coastal Point • Submitted: Pictured from left are Kristie Maravalli, Emilie Cook, local artist John Donato, Lauren Weaver and Sue Nilsson.Coastal Point • Submitted: Pictured from left are Kristie Maravalli, Emilie Cook, local artist John Donato, Lauren Weaver and Sue Nilsson.For Selbyville resident Bob Katz, being a volunteer with the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation was a way to say “thank you” for bringing the arts to his back yard. What has kept him coming back is the people he has encountered along the way.

For three years, Katz has volunteered with the nonprofit arts organization at the Freeman Stage at Bayside, as well as for its Arts in Education program, with the legacy mural projects for middle schools.

The mural project provides an opportunity to bolster confidence and inspiration within the student body. It also offers students an opportunity to experience the visual arts first hand and provide a visual legacy in their school for future students.

In conjunction with the Freeman Foundation, local artist John Donato leads students throughout the project as he assists them in developing ideas and painting the mural pieces.

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to support Justin’s Beach House

Those who love poker and driving can combine the two at this weekend’s Poker & Fun Car Rallye IV, supporting Justin’s Beach House.

Bingo! IR Band Boosters to host fundraiser Friday night

It’s time to break out those bingo daubers, at the 8th Annual Bingo Fundraiser, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.

Players can get the thrill of being in a speedy game of bingo on Friday, March 4, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall, all while supporting the band. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and games start at 7 p.m.

‘Anything Goes’ to set sail at Clear Space Theatre on March 18

Clear Space Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s 1930s musical “Anything Goes” on weekends between March 18 and April 3 in Rehoboth Beach.

Civil War Profiles: Harriet Tubman: Union spy

A frail, sickly black woman was the most successful conductor of slaves to freedom along the so-called Underground Railroad. This remarkable person not only freed herself from slavery, but also guided her two children and sister, as well as her aged mother and father, along the treacherous paths from south to north.

Lego Maniacs

SMS building Lego robotics club to compete statewide

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.They might have named their team robot “The Terminator.” They might have a “team snack,” and it might be popcorn. But chances are, you probably aren’t as smart as these fifth graders — at least, not when it comes to Lego engineering.

The “Block Busters,” made up primarily of Selbyville Middle School students, is currently in the midst of their inaugural year as members of the First Lego League (FLL), going up against other schools from across the state in Lego-based robotics competitions.

According to coach Chester Boggs — who’s been involved with FLL for nine years — while his squad might be young, so far this season they haven’t looked much like rookies. In fact, the team nearly tripled their score from the first scrimmage of the season to the second and appears on track to add more points at the FLL Challenge.

“We’ve come a long ways,” said Boggs. “We were looking at 129 points the first scrimmage, and they were over 327 at the tournament. They’re on track to be somewhere in the 450 to 490 range.”

MSO to feature French flutist Jean Ferrandis

Jean Ferrandis will solo with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) in Mozart’s “Flute Concerto in G Major” and Fauré’s “Fantasie for Flute” when the MSO performs their annual Spring Concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View. A free pre-concert talk presented by Kara Dahl Russell from Delmarva Public Radio will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Gallery offers ‘An Afternoon with John Pollard’

Looking for something relaxing to do this Saturday at the beach?

Longtime Bethany Beach bandstand performer, singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist and Cole Younger Band founder John Pollard will perform throughout the afternoon this Saturday, Feb. 27, in Bethany Beach, at the Ellen Rice Gallery.

Gallery One exhibit offers ‘Great Escapes’

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its March show, “Great Escapes,” open to the public March 2-29.

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical, opening soon at Sussex Central High School.

In March, the Take Two Drama Club will debut an original show, “Under,” created by two school district teachers.

The zany comedy was written by David Warick, SCHS drama teacher, with music and lyrics by Eric Tsavdar, Selbyville Middle School music teacher.

In the show, after discovering an elixir of life in Florida in the late 1950s, a billionaire secretly builds the town of Under. Real-life celebrities known for mysterious deaths or disappearances came to this underground utopia.

Here, Marilyn Monroe has become warm and nurturing, Billie Holiday is a wise woman, and James Dean is still cool.

“They have their talent, but they don’t have an audience,” Warick said. “We come in at a time where there’s a lot of problems.”

Civil War timeline: 1861-1865

Slavery first came to America in 1619, when Dutch traders brought captured Africans to Virginia’s Jamestown colony. Always a divisive factor in American politics, by the mid-19th century, controversy over slavery reached the boiling point.

In 1964, first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital inspired a community

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Wingo holds a portrait of his mother, Elsie Wingo, the first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital.Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Wingo holds a portrait of his mother, Elsie Wingo, the first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital.As Beebe Healthcare celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Lewes native Robert Wingo can’t help but reflect upon the mark his mother made on Beebe history, as well as on the history of the African-American community in Lewes. His mother, Elsie Dunning Wingo, died Nov. 25, 2014, when she was 92 years old, yet her legacy lives on.

In 1964, when Elsie Wingo was 43 years old, she became the first African-American nurse to work at Beebe Hospital. Robert Wingo was just 9 years old then but still feels the overwhelming sense of pride at seeing his mother attain a status that no other African-American around him had attained. He remembers the nurse’s pin that she earned, and the white uniform, stockings and cap that she wore.

“I was so proud. She inspired me to work hard to reach my dreams,” he said, recalling that her dream was to become a nurse.

Elsie Wingo had worked in the laundry department at Beebe with Robert Wingo’s grandfather, Dewey Dunning. In the 1950s, she had worked as a domestic and sometimes helped out with her father’s catering business, too.

She was in her early 40s when she finally earned her high school diploma, after returning to school. She soon earned an LPN certificate, enabling her to be promoted to caring for patients at Beebe Hospital.

“She was the talk of the town,” recalled Stell Parker-Selby, who was an African-American teenager in Lewes at the time. “There was an announcement in every black church in the area. People were celebrating.”

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

Guests can arrive at 6 p.m. for the fine-art exhibit, then be seated for the 6:30 p.m. band and chorus concert.

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia followed this celebration.

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide. Some young people have been victims, but some of their peers are now pushing for a brighter future.

Richard Pope, 18, founded Operation Yellow Spear in 2015 “to spearhead the assault on veteran suicide through art, love and grace.”

Based in Laurel, his homeless outreach program is attacking the statistics from the ground up.

“Veteran suicide starts with the community they live in and the struggles they face. We’re reaching out to veteran homelessness, because that can lead to suicide,” Pope said.

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