Arts & Entertainment

Dine-and-donate to raise funds for Prettyman after fire

In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 19, a wiring malfunction in Sandy Prettyman’s Dagsboro home started a fire. Before the night was over, her home was gutted, and she, her son and her granddaughter were left with little more than the clothes on their...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:54am

Valliant Woodworks will host its fifth annual open house this weekend, displaying hand-crafted wood creations.

Valliant Woodworks to host open house on Sunday

Gifts and other items fashioned from wood, jewelry and fresh-roasted coffee will be on display and for sale at Valliant Woodworks’ Fifth Annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Owner Skip Valliant, who is a woodworker,...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:52am

Coastal Point • File Photo The annual tree-lighting in Bethany Beach has become a tradition.

Bethany turning into a Weekend Wonderland on Saturdays

For the next three Saturdays, Bethany Beach is rolling out the holiday carpet for shoppers, with a schedule of activities and special promotions designed to make the season bright.

The fun begins this Saturday, Dec. 7, with Holiday...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

The Millville Holiday Market will offer items from new crafters this year. The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Millville Holiday Market to offer homemade gifts, more

Once again this year, the Millville Holiday Market will offer so many gifts and goodies that they won’t all fit in one building.

The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters will set up at...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:45am

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire.  Fish Tales is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week during the holiday season. They are located at 107 Garfield Parkway, and can be reached at (302) 539-7676.

Coastal Point Gift Guide 2019

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Fish Tales

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:12am

Batman and Robin made an appearance at a past Selbyville Christmas Parade.

Pick a peck of panoplied parades

Christmas parades line up across four towns

It’s time to bundle up for the excitement of the 2019 Christmas parades.

The Georgetown Christmas Parade is set for Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade returns on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The Millsboro Christmas...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:58am

Caribbean Christmas party-goers enjoy the live music at a previous event on the dance floor in Mango’s.

QRCF to host Caribbean Christmas on Saturday

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s Caribbean Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7, promises an evening featuring foods and beverages donated by local restaurants, as well as an auction, raffle and gifts donated by area artists and businesses....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:53am

Ann Cooper will share her passion for creating beautifully detailed ‘happy worlds’ in miniature this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on the Cedar Neck Peninsula of Ocean View near the Big Fish Grill.

Artist show planned at Ellen Rice Studio & Learning Center

A one-day show featuring miniature artist Ann Cooper and her one-of-a-kind handmade, lighted creations will bring holiday cheer this coming Saturday, Dec. 7, to the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on the Cedar Neck Peninsula...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:51am

Mary Bode Byrd’s acrylic, ‘Drone,’ is just one of the many artworks to be featured during Gallery One’s December show, ‘Bold and Bright.’

It’s ‘Bold and Bright’ at Gallery One this December

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its December show, “Bold and Bright,” open to the public Dec. 4, through Jan. 7, 2020.

“Our artists and artwork this month sparkle during the month that includes three holidays —...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:46am

From left, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Horticulture Brian Trader, Executive Director Sheryl Swed, Vice President Carol McCloud and President Ray Sander close the DBG gates for the 2019 grand-opening season.

DBG closes the garden gates for 2019 season

On Nov. 30, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) ended its first public open season, closing the garden gates with an informal celebration attended by guests, board members, garden members, volunteers and other supporters.

Ray Sander,...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:43am

Sussex County launches annual food drive for Caroling on The Circle

Sussex County government this week is kicking off its yearly food drive for community food banks, with plans to celebrate that effort during the 36th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:26am

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra holiday concerts set for Dec. 6-8, New Year’s Eve

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Delmarva peninsula’s only professional orchestra, continues its 22nd season with two programs dedicated to the holiday season.

On Dec. 6, in Easton, Md., Dec. 7 in Lewes and Dec. 8 in Ocean City, Md., the MSO...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:25am

Ellen Rice works on one of the new paintings she’ll introduce at her new Ellen Rice Studio and Learning Center in Ocean View during the free, self-guided 25th Annual SEDAST studio tour Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Artist studio tour is now 25 years old

The SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) will celebrate its 25th year on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, and that’s something for which organizers and tourgoers are very, very thankful.

“That’s a big deal,” said SEDAST...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:07pm

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is opening its ninth annual holiday model train display this weekend, and all Saturdays until Jan. 4.

Railroad club opens model train display for holidays

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club’s ninth annual model train display — a mainstay of the Christmas season that signals fond childhood memories — will open on Saturday, Nov. 30, on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library.


Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:36pm

Ray Stevens may be a numbers person, but this award-winning firefighter has always enjoyed driving the fire engines.

Selbyville’s Stevens wins state firefighter award

For Raymond “Ray” Stevens Jr., fire service starts and ends with “a desire to help people.”

“We help people from all walks of life, all races, colors — doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Stevens said one autumn morning at his home station...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:01pm

The Santa’s Letters mailbox is up at the Malones' home in Dagbsoro. This year there are additional mailboxes at Myriad Toys & Gifts in Dagsboro, Vogue Salon in Fenwick Island and the Selbyville Public Library.

Santa’s Letters kicks off holiday help efforts for second season

The mailbox is up!

Those who followed the story of Santa’s Letters last year will know exactly what that means. A Dagsboro family — Kristina, Sean and Jackson Malone — have again activated their charity, Santa’s Letters, which last year...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Georgetown Christmas Parade set to step off Dec. 5

For more than 50 years, downtown Georgetown has played host to a Sussex County holiday traditions, and this year is no different. Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Sussex County seat, the Annual Georgetown Christmas Parade is being organized...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:16am

Town of Bethany Beach photo contest is now open for entries

The Town of Bethany Beach is now accepting submissions for its annual photo contest. Photos will be selected for the 2020/2021 Town calendar and marketing efforts. The calendar is mailed to an estimated 3,200 households and available for sale in...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:13am

Mark Wong and Jerry Valme, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, interact with kids at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of a drug summit to reach children at a young age.

A summit for our kids

A child’s job, hip hop artist Mark Wong theorized, is to enjoy life.

“Can you do that if you’re on drugs?” he asked an energetic group of youngsters gathered in the gym at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the Youth Drug Summit last...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:52am

Shoppers Sandy Stewart (right) and Yolanda Nock (center) shop for toiletries while Maya Maine (far left) checks out lip balm at the 2015 Holiday Expo.

Frankford fire hall hosting annual Holiday Expo event

The annual Holiday Expo at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company is “our biggest one yet,” according to one of its organizers, offering more than 30 vendors and crafters as well as baked goods and of course, the Ladies’ Auxiliary’s famous chicken...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:27am

Mary Cannon, center, signs copies of the book ‘Willy's Neighborhood’ at a recent event at Bearhole Farms in Bayard, celebrating the book and the community that rallied around Cannon and her family when her late husband, Willy Cannon, was diagnosed with ALS. At her right is Bruce Hobler, who wrote the book and who read to Willy Cannon in the last several years of his life. At her left is book publisher Lois Hoffman.

‘Willy’s Neighborhood:’ A love story

On June 8, 2010, Willy and Mary Cannon sat in a doctor’s office and heard words they couldn’t even process: “Willy, you have ALS…there is no cure…you are going to die.” The Cannons, however, were not ready to accept such a dire prognosis.


Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 1:18pm

Ocean View plans scaled-up holiday event

By Susan Canfora
Staff Reporter

Like Santa’s scurrying elves, Ocean View town officials have been busy planning the first Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting, a larger and more festive celebration than events of past years....

Thursday, November 7, 2019 - 2:31pm

Young bilingual author to present his latest book at library

Máximo César Castellanos, an 11-year-old fifth-grader, will present a reading from his latest book, “The Haunted Swamp,” at the Frankford Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 11 a.m.

Yes, that’s correct — his latest book.


Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:57am

Local crafters set to offer gifts and more

Question: What do you get when you pair up a couple of serious crafters with a busy veterans’ organization?

Answer: The first-ever (at least, as far as she knows) craft show at the Mason-Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View, according to Lois...

Friday, November 1, 2019 - 10:27am

Millsboro police to host Halloween event on Oct. 31

The Millsboro Police Department, in partnership with local businesses, will host the town’s annual Halloween celebration on Thursday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m., welcoming children 12 or younger.

Dressed in costume, children may attend the...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:03pm

Garfield Parkway in Bethany Beach has been taken over by some bony-looking maintenance folks. Don’t worry — they’re just helping to prepare the town for the Wags, Witches & Warlocks event, set for Saturday, Oct. 26.

Bethany Beach ready to welcome Wags, Witches & Warlocks

On Saturday, Oct. 26, Bethany Beach will have officially “gone to the dogs” — and the witches, and the superheroes, and the ghosts and the goblins.

The town’s annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks celebration, which combines people, pets and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 4:02pm

Shipwrecked Mini Golf & Ice Cream gets approval

The owners of Shipwrecked Ice Cream have received final site plan approval to build a nautical-themed, 18-hole miniature golf course on the same property as the ice cream shop, at 3 Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View.

Becky and Patrick Adams...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:58pm

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume parade, food

Don’t be alarmed by the scary clowns and grim reapers walking around Frankford this weekend.

They’re probably just heading for the Frankford Fall Festival, an annual event sponsored by Envision Frankford that includes a costume parade and...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:50pm

Smokey Hollow Bridal Show scheduled for Nov. 3

Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Barefoot Beach Bride, two local wedding resources, are hosting the Smokey Hollow Bridal Show on Sunday, Nov. 3, from noon to 2 p.m. Smokey Hollow, located near Selbyville, is one of the newest wedding venues in...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:37pm

Salted Vines hosting fall events to benefit local causes

This fall, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery is hosting three events to support local charities including the Get Well Gabby Foundation, CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and Nemours Fund for Children’s Health at A.I. Dupont.

HalloWINE will...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:35pm

Participants in last year’s Cops & Goblins costume contest show off their hard work.

Cops & Goblins offering food, fun and more on Oct. 26

With the fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration just over a week away, Ocean View Police Chief Ken McLaughlin is encouraging the community to join in the fun of masquerading and trick-or-treating.

“I would like to personally...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:26pm

‘King Petty’ by Marc Clery for the Delaware State News will be among the many examples of Delaware photojournalism on display in the new exhibit.

Biggs Museum to open new exhibition featuring Delaware photojournalism

Coastal Point images among those on display

“News publishers are among the nation’s oldest and most revered image makers. The art of photojournalism, especially in local newspapers, is under appreciated in American art museums even though they tell the stories that unify communities,” said...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:19pm

Banjo player looks to get himself in a jam(session)

South Bethany resident Bob O’Neill is looking for fellow musicians to play bluegrass.

A banjo player and recent retiree to the area, he’d like to see regular jam sessions — that get their name from musicians jamming, or crowding, together...

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 1:58pm

Historical marker honors area’s Native American history

In an atmosphere of joyousness and respect for hallowed grounds where Native Americans once roamed, the Delaware State Historic Marker commemorating the Askekesky Reservation was unveiled this week.

Positioned in the triangular garden just...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:37pm

Barbecue fans to get a treat at annual Boo-B-Que

This year’s Boo-B-Que event at the Indian River Inlet, set for Friday, Oct. 19, and Saturday, Oct. 20, may be a bit slimmed down, but the two-day barbecue competition will bring early Halloween treats for both barbecue fans and trick-or-treaters...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:23pm

Fall Festival to feature chicken salad, health offerings

Salem United Methodist Church in Selbyville will host its annual Fall Festival this Saturday, Oct. 19 — and, once again, “Miss Charlotte’s chicken salad” will be a highlight.

“Her chicken salad is to die for,” church secretary Robin...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:14pm

FI Lions Club now accepting applications for parade

Preparations are under way for the annual Selbyville Halloween Parade, sponsored by the Fenwick Island Lions Club. The annual tradition will return on Wednesday, Oct. 30, beginning at 7 p.m. on Church Street in downtown Selbyville.


Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 10:12pm

Restoration of World War II Fire Control Tower #3 south of Dewey Beach is set to continue this fall, beginning with removal of the lights and removing 2 feet of sand deposited in front of the door by the Storm of '62.

Fire Control Tower #3 begins next phase of restoration

The Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation, the Fort Miles Historical Association and DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation was set to enter the next phase of World War II Artillery Fire Control Tower #3 restoration this week. Tower #3 is...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:57pm

Civil War Profiles

Civil War Profiles

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: Foraging in the countryside

As a reporter for the New York World, Delaware native George Alfred Townsend covered a Pennsylvania unit of the Union army operating in Northern Virginia during the Civil War...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:49pm

Civil War Profiles

Civil War Profiles

The Civil War according to ‘Gath’: On the job!

Delawarean George Alfred Townsend, who used “Gath” as a penname later in life, dove into his assignment as a war correspondent for the New York World newspaper in the Virginia...

Thursday, October 17, 2019 - 5:47pm

Ocean View revs up for Cops & Goblins event

The fifth annual Cops & Goblins Halloween celebration is planned for Saturday, Oct. 26, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park. In the event of rain, it will be held the next day.

Guests can masquerade in costume and enjoy free...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:21pm

Millsboro to pay some of art league’s costs

Following testimony from area residents who praised the Greater Millsboro Art League, the Millsboro Town Council this week agreed to pay utility costs for the building, which is owned by the Town, so art league staff can afford monthly rent and...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:18pm

Dana Smith’s art is featured prominently on marketing materials for this year’s Artisans’ Festival.

BBVFC Artisans Festival set for Saturday

The Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary has been busy preparing for its popular second-season event — the 12th Annual Artisans Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The art and craft fair, which utilizes...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 10:13pm

Artist Jennifer Carter takes to the beach with her camera. Carter specializes in photography, watercolor, oils and murals, and is one of the original artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST). She will be joined by 12 other artists on the Nov. 29-30 tour this year.

SEDAST to celebrate a quarter-century of studio tours this November

On Nov. 29 and 30, the artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) will open their studios to celebrate the tour’s 25th anniversary by featuring some of the finest art in the area.

The tour started as a “grassroots”...

Thursday, October 10, 2019 - 1:45pm

Tiffany Studios’, ‘Woman with Wisteria,’ is a leaded glass peice that will be on display during the tour at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

Gallery One offering bus trip to Chrysler Museum of Art on Oct. 15

Gallery One representatives this week announced that reservations are now open for their Oct. 15 bus trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Va. The Chrysler, they noted, is considered one of America’s most distinguished mid-sized art...

Thursday, October 3, 2019 - 11:31am

Continuing Events

Food events:

Dollar dinner — First State community dinners are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m. at First State Community Action Agency (308 N. Railroad Ave.) in Georgetown....

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 3:34pm


Feb. 20

Democrats of the 41st District — The Democratic Committee for the 41st Representative District is inviting all Democrats who live in the 41st Representative District to their monthly meeting on...

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 10:19am

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will begin its 22nd season, starting Sunday, Sept. 29.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra to present new season

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) — the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Lower Delaware’s only professional symphony — is celebrating its 22nd season, offering concerts in Easton, Md., Ocean City, Md., Ocean Pines, Md., and Ocean View, and...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:24am

Frankford harvest

Rumbling down Frankford’s main street on Monday afternoon, this combine began its autumn corn harvest. Barry Mitchell of Frankford, who sharecrops the land, was hoping to finish all 16 acres in one day.

Sweeping through several rows of...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 11:18am

Rina Thaler’s watercolor, ‘Fenced In’ is just one of the paintings to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Dark Shadows’ exhibit.

Gallery One to explore ‘Dark Shadows’ in October exhibit

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its October show, “Dark Shadows,” which will be open to the public Oct. 2-30.

“This month’s theme at Gallery One is not as ominous as it sounds,” gallery representatives assured. “...

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 10:35am