Arts & Entertainment


Annual Jamboree ready to hit the stage again this weekend

Gerry Hocker was 9 years old the first time he performed at a Springtime Jamboree.

The annual fundraising concert was only a year into its nearly four-decade run at that point, but Hocker said it was already clear that it would be an all-...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:52am

One of the miniature worlds created by local miniature artist Ann Cooper for the debut of her spring and summer 2019 collection at the Ellen Rice Gallery this Saturday, May 4, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Featured in this lighted lantern is a framed miniature reproduction of Ellen Rice’s ‘Spread Your Wings’ oil painting.

Miniature artist Cooper to hold Saturday event at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host its first spring event this Saturday, May 4, in Ocean View, with the introduction of internationally collected local miniature artist Ann Cooper’s spring and summer 2019 collection of intricate cottage scenes...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:55am

Tranzfusion’s newest member, bassist, guitarist and vocalist Al Cook, far left, takes on lead vocals for ‘Nights in White Satin’ with original band members, from left, Bobby Malaby (drums, vocals) Hank Koenig (guitar, vocals) and Bob Davis (keyboards, vocals, bass). The band will feature the Moody Blues classic among a full slate of classic rock on Friday, May 3, at Harpoon Hanna’s near Fenwick Island — only the band’s second performance ever in Delaware.

Veteran O.C. rockers Tranzfusion reaching into Delaware

“Tranzfusion is all about the sound. It is by far the best classic-rock band in the area. Without a doubt, these guys are second-to-none and are the most fan-friendly performers I’ve seen in a very long time,” said Wally Siegfried, a resident of...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:31am

Participants in the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour gather beneath the gazebo in Dagsboro’s Katie Helm Park. Pictured, from left, are: front row, ceramic artist Mary Bower, photographer and painter Jennifer Carter; second row, glass artist Justin Cavagnaro, ceramic and jewelry designer Kim Doughty-Cavagnaro, painter and collage artist Eileen Olson, and glass and photo manipulation artist Jeffrey Todd Moore; and, back row, painters John Donato, Damon Pla, Cheryl Wisbrock and Ellen Rice.

SEDAST participants gearing up for 25th annual studio tour

While many people are gearing up for summer fun, a group of local artists and artisans is looking a little further ahead and making plans for one of the country’s longest-running artist studio tours this fall.

The 25th Annual SouthEastern...

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 10:26am

Button steps out of his director’s chair and Into the Woods at Clear Space

On Friday, May 3, David Button, Artistic Director for Clear Space Theatre, steps back onto the Clear Space stage for Into the Woods. The show, which first opened on Broadway in 1987, was nominated for 10 Tony Awards and won three, including those...

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 8:43am

Joost Elling will be bringing his stroopwafel to Dagsboro Days on Saturday, April 20.

Local cookie entrepreneur to appear at Dagsboro Days

When Joost Elling was 13, he went to the Netherlands to visit his paternal grandmother and fell in love with a particular Dutch sandwich cookie.

Back home in the United States, after two months in his father’s native country, Elling was...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:46pm

Fort Miles Historical Association to host sketching event and contest

The Fort Miles Historical Association, in partnership with Delaware State Parks, will host its 2nd Annual Sketching Event & Contest next weekend.

To be held at the Fort Miles Museum and Historical Area, the sketching event will take...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 1:23pm

Brown Box Theatre to return with free Shakespeare outdoors

Brown Box Theatre Project recently announced its ninth consecutive year of free outdoor Shakespeare with what they described as the troupe’s largest and most ambitious production yet: “Measure for Measure.”

Brown Box, under the direction...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:18pm

State park to host maritime-themed ‘paint nights’ beginning May 11

DNREC Division of Parks & Recreation’s park interpreters at Delaware Seashore State Park are combining recycling and maritime heritage in an “upcycling” craft program this spring and summer, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Saturday May 11.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:14pm

Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp winners announced

The results are in, and two artists have won top honors in Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp and Trout Stamp art contests. A painting of an American wigeon and a chocolate Labrador retriever by Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va., will grace the 2020-2021...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 12:13pm

Gallery One is inviting the public to join them on a bus trip to two art galleries in Washington, D.C., on Monday, May 13.

Gallery One sponsoring trip to two D.C. art museums

The public is being invited to join the Gallery One’s May 13 bus trip to two art galleries in Washington, D.C.

The first stop is the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA), which is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:53am

Parish of St. Ann to host 39th Annual Bazaar

The Parish of St. Ann, located at 691 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, will host its 39th Annual Bazaar on Aug. 1-3. Three large buildings, plus tented areas, will sell new and gently used hand-picked items, including linens, jewelry, small...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:14am

Members of the FreeWrite! group gathered to thank the staff at Giant for letting them use the conference room each week.

FreeWrite! group thanks Giant for years of support

On most Friday mornings, a group of local writers gathers around a table in an upstairs conference table in the Giant grocery store in Millville, scribbling away.

“Everyone contributes to this group. When they bring the writing prompts in...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:11am

Bethany Beach to host fourth annual Poseidon Festival

The 4th Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) designed...

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 11:08am

IRHS presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical!” Abby Wilson (center) plays “Elle Woods,” the perky sorority girl who gets serious and goes to Harvard.

IRHS to present ‘Legally Blonde’ musical

Indian River High School student actors, singers, musicians and crew are currently rehearsing for the school’s 2019 musical production of “Legally Blonde: The Musical!”
There will be three performances: Friday, April 12, at 6:30 p.m., a...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 11:35pm

Christina Weaver, a freelance writer for the Coastal Point, is among the winners of the Rehoboth Reads writer’s contest this year. Here she is pictured with a photo of her late husband, Ike, who is featured in her winning essay.

Rehoboth Reads announces writing contest winners

Three winners have been announced in the inaugural Rehoboth Reads Writing contest, sponsored by Delaware Beach Life and Rehoboth Reads, the project launched in December 2018 that involved the city-wide reading and discussion of a single book, “...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:34pm

The Delmarva Improv Group will play at Dickens Parlour Theatre April 12-13.

Dickens Parlour Theatre to host Delmarva Improv Group

The Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on April 12-13 will host the Delmarva Improv Group, performing live stand-up comedy and an improv show.

“The show is similar to the popular television show ‘Whose Line is it Anyway,’ with Drew Carey...

Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1:32pm

W. Scott Broadfoot’s ‘Crabs and Beer’ depicts a detailed display of one of our favorite treats, expertly expressed in his classical style. Anyone else ready for summer?

W. Scott Broadfoot joins Gallery One partners

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced that artist Scott Broadfoot has joined the gallery as a new partner.

“Scott brings to Gallery One a unique perspective born of a lifetime of devotion to art, art in the classical and realist...

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 10:41am

Freeman Stage adds another eight headliners for 2019

Ready to “celebrate good times”? The Freeman Stage at Bayside is bringing more big names in rock, country and R&B music to Sussex County.

Freeman Stage representatives announced eight more concert acts for their 2019 season, plus the...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 12:56pm

Joyce Condry offers up a ‘Dutch Treat.

It’s nearly ‘Tulip Time’ at Gallery One

 

Gallery One recently announced the theme of its April exhibit, “Tulip Time,” open to the public April 3-30. “Tulip Time” is designed to celebrate the coming of spring by paying tribute to the tulip.

“Tulips have different...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 10:31am

Dickens to present ‘The President, the Prosecutor & the People’

Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville will host constitutional law expert Susan Low Bloch on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m., as part of its Inside Story leacture series, this time addressing, “The President, the Prosecutor & the People.” Bloch...

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 9:02am

A crowd of people enjoys a show at the Bethany Beach bandstand in 2018. The bandstand released its 2019 summer lineup, promising another season of entertainment.

Bethany Beach reveals 2019 concert lineup

Bethany Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series on the bandstand will officially launch on Friday, June 7, and continue through Labor Day weekend, town officials announced this week.

The 2019 lineup will introduce 15 acts completely new to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:50am

Patron’s enjoy last year’s Indian River Life-Saving Station’s surfman’s dinner.

Museum to host a historical feast by lantern light

It was a dark and stormy night … but inside, the food and fellowship were cozy.

The staff of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station are inviting people to experience the 1800s, with lantern-lit museum tours and a locally-sourced...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:20am

Mary Bode Byrd was recently announced as the newest partner at Gallery One in Ocean View. Byrd has spent 30 years in visual communications and graphic design.

Byrd joins Gallery One’s slate of artists

The artists of Gallery One in Ocean View recently welcomed new partner Mary Bode Byrd.

“Mary’s work is filled with energy, exuberance and whimsy!” representatives said, noting that Byrd brings to the gallery 30 years of experience in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:17am

Coastal Camera Club to host Photo Beach Bash on March 24

The Coastal Camera Club announced this week that it will feature nationally renowned photographers as speakers at its Photo Beach Bash on March 24 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach. Doors will...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:22am

Michelle Freeman announces the lineup for the 2019 summer season at the Freeman Stage.

Freeman Stage lineup includes Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Guy

Only half of the 2019 lineup has been announced for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but it’s already shaping up to be another banner year at the outdoor performing arts center on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

Tickets for all shows will go on...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:17pm

Devyn Dowling

Youth Art Month marks 15 years in Selbyville

Selbyville students have brought color and creativity to the 2019 Youth Art Month exhibition, hosted by Selbyville Community Club. More than 60 prizes were awarded at the March 9 reception, to artists ranging from kindergarteners to high-school...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:10am

Local musician and music teacher Taylor Knox visits with student Lucas Bennett during Knox’s regular Friday-night gig and open-mic at Hooked Up in Millville. Knox is also part of the local reggae-rock band Human Connection, and is now shepherding the Taylor Knox Project as that progressive-rock trio brings its original songs to local venues.

Taylor Knox fills his days, nights and local venues with music

It’s not often that a hometown musician gets to play for five hours every Friday for an audience that begins as happy-hour retirees, moves on to family dinner-timers and ends with a younger crowd of open-mic devotees. The place is Millville’s...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:22am

Illusionist Salazar returning to Dickens

Dickens Parlor Theatre will host Anthony Salazar and his comedy, intriguing illusions and tricks, aimed at awakening the magic of people’s inner child. He will grace Dickens stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, March 7-9, beginning at 7 p.m...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:32pm

Laura Hickman takes us down snow-touched dunes in ‘Looking South Bethany Beach,’ one of the many pieces on display for Gallery One’s ‘Warm & Cool’ exhibit.

Gallery One gets both ‘Warm & Cool’ for March

This month, the theme for the artists at Gallery One is a play on words: “Warm & Cool.” With the artists contemplating the chilly temperature outside (while feeling optimism for the warmth to come) and the artistic rule of juxtaposing warm...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:17am

Ellen McLaughlin’s submission to the Bethany Beach photo contest will be featured in the Town of Bethany Beach’s calendar, which will be released in May.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners in its 2019 photo contest.

“The Town of Bethany Beach would like to acknowledge all of those who submitted photos for its annual calendar contest,” said Julie Malewski, events...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:10am

SDSA students perform in ‘Sally Sells Seashells (and You Can Too!)’

The students at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville put on a show for the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The musical was about a new girl who moves to a beach town and convinces the kids that she can make their...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

Nancy Ponton sews her one-of-a-kind purses. Below right, are Ponton’s Here Kitty and Octopus purses.

Gallery One welcomes fiber artist Nancy Ponton to its Artisan Room

Owning a one-of-a-kind purse is now available at Gallery One. The gallery this week announced that Nancy Ponton’s individualized purses are on displayed in the gallery’s Artisan’s Room.

Ponton shifted her creative energies into “fabric...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

The cast of the Sussex Technical High School performance of “Godspell” rehearses in the school’s Commons area.

Sussex Tech drama students to put on ‘Godspell’ for spring musical

The Sussex Technical High School drama program is set to perform the musical classic “Godspell” at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, running Feb. 14-17. Tickets are on sale now.

Featuring an updated score and lyrics by Stephen...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:47am

Dewey Beach Winter Gala set for Feb. 23

The Dewey Beach Winter Gala, conceptualized by the Dewey Business Partnership, is an annual event where locals turns out to raise funds for the town and its public-safety services. This year, the Gala will fall on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.,...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:04am

Comedy ventriloquist to open Dickens’ 10th season

Those looking to something fun and different this Valentine’s Day weekend may want to consider bringing their loved-one to Dickens Parlour Theatre — but be careful, the theater’s management warned, as “Mr. Goodwood has an eye for the ladies!”...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Lilly Truitt (Scout), Steve Perry (Atticus), Justin Truitt (Jem) and Xander Proseus (Dill) at a recent practice.

Second Street Players to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Second Street Players will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel from the book by Harper Lee, on Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows.

Directors...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:19am

Rob Chadwich shows off his new guitar, handmade and donated by Frets4Vets, after he completed the Frets4Vets program.

One chord at a time

Program changing veterans’ lives by teaching them to play guitar

Rob Chadwick had tried to learn to the guitar years ago.

“It didn’t work out real well,” said Chadwick.

A veteran of two tours in Vietnam, Chadwick, now 71, lives near Lewes with his wife, Lorraine. He has struggled with post-...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:37am

Freeman Foundation earns Seal of Excellence

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced this week that it is a recipient of the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the entity’s accreditation program.

The fundraising arts nonprofit...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:04am

WPS first-grade angels close the show with the fifth-grade nativity scene. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Clara Collins-Ellingsworth, Jack Hornung, Taj Sands, Nonda Gjikuria, Leo Galles, Aadish Maharjan; middle row, Keller Hoch, Liam Doran, Charlie Rutter, Estelle Damouni, Lea Jaoude, C.J. Labin, Sarah Brasure; back row, Sadie Kremer, Emmy Givens-Grevey, Elena Kappes, Lilly White, Isabella Rice; and, center, fifth-graders Priya Haldar and Michael Hebert as Mary and Joseph.

WPS Students Ring in the Season with Two Holiday Concerts

Families and students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 kicked off the season with two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) annual traditions.

On Dec. 7, Lower School Music Director Joanie Brittingham introduced a performance, “The Good...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:18am

Antonio McAfree’s ‘Third 2,’ archival digital print on paper will be displayed at the Rehoboth Art League through March 12, 2019.

RAL juried photo exhibit to debut on Jan. 4

The Rehoboth Art League Regional Juried Photography Exhibition debuts on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, with an opening reception for the artists and public from 5 to 7 p.m. The scope of this year’s exhibition was expanded by inviting artists living in...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:58am

Pat Riordan paints a range of mountains in ‘Purple Majesty.’

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:31am

Archaeologist John McCarthy describes historical attempts to protect the population from yellow fever, cholera and smallpox.

Quarantine on the Delaware Bay

Once upon a time, when ocean travel ruled the world, ships filled the area along the Delaware coast, bound for the major international hub of Philadelphia.

But international ships didn’t just bring food, people and goods. They also brought...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:25pm

Marybeth Patterson brings the color purple into frame in her ‘Fourth Street Snow’ oil on canvas, showing at the Gallery One exhibit in January.

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:19pm

Bailiff Tony Summers presents Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden with a satchel full of letters addressed to Santa Claus during the competency hearing for one Kris Kringle.

Sussex County Superior Court rules Kringle to be Santa


After a harrowing hearing, Sussex County Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden ruled that Kris Kringle is...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9:05am

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WPS students place in 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Art Contest

A number of Worcester Preparatory School art students in grades 1-12 recently placed in the 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest, which is designed to connect student and canine through artistic expression.

Students in Lower...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

Arts in the art school

Expect color and kookiness when John Donato straps on his paint-covered overalls. The public was invited to visit on Dec. 10 during his weeklong tenure at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. The Moving Pastels Project lets people create their...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:10pm

Artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will introduce her new book, ‘Bethany Beach ABCs Now and Then’ with a book signing at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this Saturday.

Rice to host ABCs book signing, Disney Day of Discovery

This Saturday, artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will officially release at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View a unique Bethany Beach activity book she has written and illustrated, with book signings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:01pm