Arts & Entertainment

Teen actress continues theater study with homegrown comedy

Indian River High School senior Cassia Steck has enjoyed being in the spotlight since she was a little girl.

Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘We Gather Together’ castmates, from left, Carreen Kouts, Cassia Steck, Sydney Layton, Seth Merson and...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:53am

Expressions of patriotism through the mail

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, April 12, 1863, the Confederate military commenced a bombardment of Fort Sumter, which was garrisoned by federal troops, in Charleston Bay, S.C. This was the opening act that triggered a four-year...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:41am

Wreaths to be laid at veterans’ cemeteries locally and across America

On Dec. 14, men and women will help place hundreds of wreaths at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. The cemetery is one of nearly a thousand across the country where wreaths are laid on the graves of veterans as part of Wreaths...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:39am

Mountaire seeks to feed thousands for 19th year

On Monday, Nov. 25, more than 400 volunteers will fill the Mountaire Farms warehouse in Selbyville, to pack Thanksgiving boxes to feed needy families on Delmarva.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Thanksgiving for Thousands is a charity program...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:39am

Local children thank veterans at Lighthouse Christian School program

When children at Dagsboro’s Lighthouse Christian School took to the stage on Nov. 8, they had one message: Thank you.

The annual Veterans Day program, “Caring for Our Veterans,” included student songs, poems and prayers to honor the dozens...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:57pm

Freeman to Sleep-Out for homeless youths

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be homeless? To live on the street without the warmth and comfort of your home?

MIchelle DiFebo FreemanNext Thursday, Michelle DiFebo Freeman will be one of hundreds of other business...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:41pm

Local artist turns passion into success

At some point, life gets real for most of us. Dreams dwindle, passions fade, and the weight of responsibility can sometimes force us to make decisions that we never intended on making in order to meet what we perceive as acceptable societal...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:39pm

Special recipes for the special season

Hanukkah begins on Nov. 27, followed the next day by Thanksgiving, and less than a month later, Christmas!

If you’re like me, you’re already digging out your traditional recipes, making a list and checking it twice, for all the goodies...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:34pm

Civil War Profile: A spy travels Delmarva’s ‘Secret Line’

A few years after Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton had founded a detective agency in Chicago in the early 1850s, the vice-president of the Illinois Central Railroad, George B. McClellan, hired him to provide security services.

The two...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:28pm

IR band alumni invited to dust off the instruments

Today, Friday, Nov. 8, Indian River Band alumni are invited to play during the halftime show, of the game where IR faces off with Sussex Central High School.

Along with Band Alumni Night, it is also Senior Night, where senior football...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:59am

Civil War Profiles: Fighting their last battle: The Delaware regiments at Ream’s Station

Following the Union Army of the Potomac’s nightmare at Cold Harbor, Va. on June 3, 1864, where thousands of men became casualties in less than an hour of fighting, Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant continued to pursue the strategy he had adopted at the...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:41am

Local artist finds success building boats from scratch

Local artist and woodworker Grant Massey — know for his unique curved wood lampposts, with handcrafted tin lanterns, mobiles, and pendants — recently built two boats from scratch.

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: There is always...

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 9:38am

FOP Lodge 16 to hold dine-and-donate effort at Cottage Café

On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #16 will hold a dine-and-donate event at the Cottage Café near Bethany Beach.

Starting at 5 p.m., 15 percent of the evening’s sales to supporting diners will be donated to the...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 9:00am

Marie's Kitchen: Good-neighbor cooking with Mary Bayliss

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Mary Bayliss with her ‘sous chef’ Sassy Jane. In the background is one of Bayliss’ favorite treasures, a stained-glass Celtic knot.Mary Bayliss loves to cook and she loves to share. She is one of those...

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 8:41am

Roots to hold 10th annual pumpkin-carving event Saturday

This weekend, Roots Landscaping & Garden Center near Selbyville will be celebrating its 10th year offering a free pumpkin-carving event to the community.

“I love to carve pumpkins,” said Catherine Winkler, who owns Roots with her...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:53am

Ryan to reveal stories of Civil War wives

Behind some of the most powerful men in U.S. history, some very clever women have worked their magic. Local historian Tom Ryan will present “Julia & Mary: The Wives of Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Gen. Robert E. Lee” at Bethany Beach Town Hall...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:53am

Used children’s books get new home through Leo Club

Indian River High School students are helping people find good homes for used books again this year, as after a successful first year, the Leo Club at IRHS is once again collecting gently used children’s books for local kids. The public is being...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:51am

Bethany Beach Books offers local writers a spot in the Big Leagues

“I found they put my novel right in the Mystery and Thriller section, above Stephen King and next to Julia Heaberlin! Feels amazing to see my name and novel there among the Big Leaguers. Yay for us local authors making it into the Big Leagues!”...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 8:48am

Grant stays on the offensive: Delaware at Spotsylvania

Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant demonstrated after the fierce combat in The Wilderness in early May 1864 that he was not intimidated by Gen. Robert E. Lee’s forces. He chose to move forward, rather than retreat as other Union commanders had done in the...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:50am

It’s time to go on with the (dog) show

So, you have decided that it is time for your family to get a dog, but you aren’t yet sure what breed of dog is right for your family. You have talked to friends and neighbors. You have read some books, but you still don’t know which breed is...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:43am

Hamfest to welcome radio, electronics fans

Calling all ham radio lovers: the annual Amateur Radio & Electronics Expo will return to Georgetown on Saturday, Oct. 26. Electronics hobbyists, CBers, boaters and everyone with an interest in communications and electronics is welcome to...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:41am

Millsboro to hold Family Nite Out

For more than five years, the Millsboro Police Department has been holding Family Nite Out in conjunction with trick-or-treating in the town.

“Originally, it started out as a way for the police to be involved in the community,” said Amy...

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:41am

Roxana Haunted Forest rises from the grave

One never knows what could be lurking in the woods this time of year, especially at the Haunted Forest, which is returning to the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company after about a decade’s absence.

“It’s that lure of being scared, but you’re...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:25am

Screams at the Beach ready to offer a frighteningly good time

Those who enjoy being scared out of their wits need look no further. For the second year in a row, Screams at the Beach is offering Delawareans the chance to experience one of the scariest haunts in the country.

“We had two haunt review...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:24am

Students raise funds for charity with Georgetown Ghost Tours

Sussex Academy students are at it again. Just over a month after raising money for their school with the Lewes Dragon Boat Festival, the Georgetown area charter school students will now look to give back by raising money for Guiding Eyes for the...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:24am

With Grant in command: Delaware’s gallantry in The Wilderness

Having sustained nearly 70,000 casualties during the nearly six hard-fought weeks of the Gettysburg Campaign, June 3 to July 14, 1863, the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia and the Union Army of the Potomac were not anxious to collide again...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:11am

Volunteers sought for Selbyville’s Haunted Library

Spooktacular enthusiasts can help give a scare this month at the Selbyville Public Library’s scariest tradition, the Haunted Library. Volunteers are currently being sought for some very trick-or-treaty community service: to set up, clean up or...

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:10am

Beall’s fishy business makes for fantastic fillets

I first met Dave Beall at a Chamber of Commerce meeting about eight years ago. When I overheard him discussing fish and how he prepares it, I angled my way into the conversation. It was obvious that this guy knew what he was talking about.


Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:44am

Rehoboth gets all ‘jazzed up’ for 24th annual festival

For well over two decades, the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival has been wowing spectators young and old with star-studded performances and nearly endless entertainment. Now in their 24th year, the annual staple, set to kick off this Thursday, Oct....

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:17am

CoCHILLa plans to give local musicians outlet for their work

For countless talents out there, music is much more than notes and lyrics. It is a means of expressing emotions, feelings and thoughts. And that is precisely what nine local singer-songwriters aim to do this weekend at CoCHILLa, a free event on...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:27am

Parsons Farms to hold Annual Fall Festival Saturday

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, Parson's is postponing their fall festival to next weekend, October 19, with a rain date of October 20.

Parsons Farms Produce will hold its 5th Annual Fall Festival this Saturday, Oct. 12, with a focus on...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:27am

Local author awarded grant for upcoming work of fiction

Terri Clifton was surprised when she learned from the Delaware Division of the Arts that she was being awarded a grant and fellowship as an “emerging professional for literary fiction.” Few others who know Clifton were surprised.

She had...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:27am

Frankford moves trick-or-treating to Halloween

The Frankford Town Council at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, voted to move the town’s official trick-or-treating hours to Halloween itself this year.

Due to the cancelation of the town’s annual Fall Festival, the council unanimously...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:27am

Bethany Beach Artisan Festival returning for sixth year

This weekend, locals and visitors can get a head start on holiday shopping at the sixth annual Bethany Beach Artisan Festival.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photographer Maureen Ickrath poses next to one of her own photos. Ickrath is one of...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:16am

Millsboro resident recalls service during WWII

During his World War II-era naval career, Millsboro resident Sam Keenan endured and survived many dangerous situations while fighting against the naval and air forces of the Japanese Empire.

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: World War II...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:05am

Halloween a tricky time for pets and their owners

As you prepare for Halloween, think about your dog. Dogs can become extremely ill or even die from eating chocolate. Dogs can also become agitated and more during trick-or-treat time. Preparing in advance of the day can help to eliminate possible...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 7:00am

Recorded in Anna’s diary: A Delawarean reflects on Gettysburg

Some of the most valuable sources of information about the Civil War are contemporaneous letters, memoirs and diaries. The state of Delaware is fortunate to have had a citizen living during the 1860s by the name of Anna Ferris, who was a...

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:57am

‘Sounds of the Past’ to come alive

A trip down memory lane for some people is also a historical record for others. And Sound United Methodist Church has invited locals to tell their stories at Sounds of the Past II, a Living History event, on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 6 p.m.


Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 6:47am

Millville set to host fifth annual pumpkin festival

This weekend, Millville will kick off the post-summer season with its signature fall festival. The fifth annual Great Pumpkin Festival will be held on the grounds of the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:57am

Pining for the harvest: Tree farm offers benefits on paper and for environment

Though she’s been a farmer for more than a quarter of a century, Bessie Shockley has never produced crops for anyone to eat. But many people still use the end products of her farm every day. Shockley owns nearly 30 acres of tree farm located next...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:47am

Vietnam War history series offered at library

Next Thursday, history buffs can visit the South Coastal Library to hear a lecture about U.S. involvement in Vietnam given by Bill Gudelunas. The free lectures will be presented on Thursdays, Oct. 10 and 17, beginning at 6 p.m., complete with...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:41am

Civil War Profiles: Upholding a reputation for valor: Delaware at Chancellorsville

Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside’s tenure as commander of the Army of the Potomac ended soon after the fiasco at Fredericksburg that caused many thousands of Union casualties. President Abraham Lincoln appointed Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker in his stead....

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 10:12am

Millsboro boy a poster-child for Make-A-Wish fundraiser

Philip Stefanini is a typical fun-loving Millsboro boy who loves to paint and is passionate about everything to do with NASCAR. He’s different from many of his school friends, however, because he has a genetic condition that, amongst other things...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:31am

A taste of the Big Easy arrives at Delaware shore

Chef Charles Oppman and his wife, Barbara, moved here from Alexandria, Va., about a year-and-a-half ago.

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Charles Oppman was a real cut-up in the kitchen. Chef Oppman shared his recipes with...

Thursday, October 3, 2013 - 9:27am

Local veteran experienced some of the biggest events of WWII

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kenneth Hudson, right, poses with a fellow First Army’s First Infantry Division member.Bobbing up and down in the waters of the English Channel in June of 1944, coastal Delaware native Kenneth Hudson had a front-row...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:15pm

Toy & Train Show set to chug into Roxana this weekend

This weekend, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club will present its annual Indian Summer Train & Toy Show at the Roxana Fire Hall.

“We’ll get together this Saturday and set the trains up and run trains. It really is a lot of fun,” said...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 3:10pm

Civil War Profile: Combat veterans: Delaware at Fredericksburg

When Gen. Robert E. Lee ordered his Army of Northern Virginia to retreat across the Potomac River following costly combat near Sharpsburg, Md., in September 1862, the Union army claimed victory in this important battle. Based on that welcome news...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:50pm

CIB to thank volunteers, provide fall fun for all

This weekend, the Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will be giving thanks to their large group of volunteers for all the work they do throughout the year.

“We’ve had a thank-you event for our volunteers for a number of years now,” explained...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:42pm

Coast Day offers chance to learn, eat and play the coastal way

Next weekend, the University of Delaware will welcome thousands of people from far and wide to attend the 37th Annual Coast Day.

“Coast Day started as an open house for the College of Earth, Ocean & Environment,” said Teresa Messmore,...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:41pm

South Bethany announces canal beauty contest winners

Last week the Town of South Bethany announced that residents Carol Stevenson and Maryann and Dick Schmitt had won first place in the 3rd Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Beauty Contest.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Carol Stevenson and Maryann...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:35pm