Arts & Entertainment

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

Pet Corner: Pets offer a learning experience for children

Yes, it’s true that I am a big-time animal lover, but that is not the only reason that I believe that children should be raised around animals. There are so many things that children can learn from growing up around animals.

Children who...

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 2:28pm

Cooter, General Lee coming to Millsboro Country Festival

This weekend, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce is inviting the public to “get their redneck on” at the Millsboro Country Festival.

“We needed a new idea for something in the area, as Big Thursday had kind of gone by the wayside,”...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:21pm

Operation SEAs the Day: A memorable experience for the Bethany area

Coastal Point • Submitted: Operation SEAs the Day participants enjoy a personal watercraft ride in the Indian River Bay, courtesy of Indian River Watersports.Last week, 25 military veterans and their families bid adieu to Bethany Beach, after...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 2:14pm

Civil War Profiles: The bloodiest day: Delaware at Antietam

Older senior citizens well remember gathering around the family radio to hear alarming reports of the attack on Dec. 7, 1941, that took the lives of 2,400 Americans. Most of us alive today witnessed the trauma of Sept. 11, 2001, unfolding on...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:58pm

Good Earth dinner to support Delaware Botanic Gardens

On Thursday, Sept. 26, the Good Earth Market & Farm in Millville will hold another “From the Farm Dinner” with the help of local restaurateur Matt Haley of SoDel Concepts.

“Matt Haley just came to me and said, ‘Hey, Sue — I think it’d...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:55pm

Marie's Kitchen: An angel in the kitchen

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Arline Simpson, is a Wednesday volunteer in the medical oncology infusion room at the Tunnell Cancer Center in Lewes. Here Simpson is in her kitchen at her home in Lewes.Every Wednesday, Arline Simpson...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:47pm

Pet Corner: Birds of a feather

Pet birds range from tiny little finches to the huge hyacinth macaw. They range in price from about $10 to tens of thousands of dollars. The care for all of them is generally the same. They require a cage, toys, food and water. The larger the...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:41pm

Beef & Beer event Saturday to benefit Spicer Foundation

This weekend, the Georgetown police and fire company will be hosting a Beef & Beer Benefit for the Chad Spicer Foundation — created in memory of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 1, 2009.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:40pm

‘Dragon’ out the dollars

Special to the Coastal Point • Belinda M. Bahder: Dragon boat paddlers make their way through the Lewes Canal.Nearly two dozen teams hit the water last Sunday for the inaugural Lewes Dragon Boat Festival, held at Lewes Canalfront Park.


Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 1:14pm

Mighty Marlins hold bike regatta in preparation for competition

Last week, Special Olympics Delaware athletes from the former Mighty Marlins participated in a bike regatta through the Bear Trap community, in preparation for the upcoming Cycling Classic.

“We have been biking for seven years now, and we...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:27am

Simmer Time takes the pot, with fondue and more

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: A nice selection of food from Simmer Time.Route 54’s newest restaurant aims to introduce people to the art of fondue without dipping too deeply into their wallets. Simmer Time offers people a cozy dining atmosphere...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:25am

Civil War Profiles: ‘Seeing the elephant’ — Delaware on the Virginia Peninsula

Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan transported his Army of the Potomac, more than 100,000 strong, by ship to Fort Monroe, Va., at the southern extremity of the Chesapeake Bay between the York and James Rivers. His ambitious plan in early 1862 was to...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 9:04am

Pet Corner: Pet fish?

Your child has fur allergies, so fuzzy little pets are not an option. Your family has decided they are not a good candidate for a dog — even a hypoallergenic breed of dog. You still want to get your child a pet. You do not want the mess and time...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:59am

Beef-n-Beer to benefit mesothelioma research

On Saturday, Sept. 14, a Beef-n-Beer fundraiser will be held at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company to raise money for mesothelioma research.

According to the Mayo Clinic, mesothelioma “is a rare cancer that occurs in the thin layer of...

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 8:50am

Boardwalk Arts Festival expands with food, wine and kids’ activities

This weekend marks the 35th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival in downtown Bethany Beach. Held on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this year’s event will include more than100 fine artists, featuring paintings, woodwork, metal, clay, baskets...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:24am

Ocean View Historical Society to hold September barbecue

Next Saturday, the Ocean View Historical Society will be holding its second Annual September Barbecue, to raise money for the Historic Tunnell-West House, Poultry House, Post Office and the future Coastal Towns Museum.

“We just wanted...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:18am

Sept. 12 golf tourney in Berlin to benefit disaster victims

The third annual Fore! Associa Cares Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at the GlenRiddle Golf Club in Berlin, Md. The charity event, presented by Legum & Norman, will again donate its proceeds to Associa Cares, a 501(c)(3)...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:06am

Classic movie nights returning to Clayton Theatre

Next Monday, Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre will resume its Clayton Classics, showing classic films on Monday nights at 7 p.m. for a mere $4, as well as a new matinee offering mid-week.

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated black-and-white...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:04am

You should know the latest about concussions and school sports

This is a great time of year. School sports are under way, and who isn’t excited? School sports at every age have so many pluses. It’s a healthy outlet that keeps kids in shape and teaches important life lessons about respecting others, playing...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 7:00am

Pet Corner: The distinguished bloodhound

“The expression is noble and dignified, and characterized by solemnity, wisdom, and power.” This is a quote from the AKC breed standards for the bloodhound, which s a fabulous dog, but definitely not the dog for everyone.

The Bloodhound...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:51am

Marie's Kitchen: Marie’s favorites and some recipe/reader inspiration

I received a lovely note from a reader in Lewes who has been trying to get the recipe for Outback Steakhouse’s Tangy Tomato Dressing. They wouldn’t give her the recipe. That’s not nice, is it? But it’s also very common, because large chain...

Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 6:35am

Jazz Funeral to bid an easygoing farewell to summer

When trombonist Kay Meade first joined the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, she was initially too shy to play. But when someone recognized her as a trombonist, another musician immediately offered his own horn.

Coastal Point • File Photo: The...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:13am

Empire Statesmen bringing music and energy to Southern Delaware

This Friday, the Empire Statesmen Drum and Bugle Corps will offer a free clinic and performance at Lake Forest High School in Felton.

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: The Empire Statesmen show their stuff.“There’s never any drum...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 7:10am

Annual ‘art in the yard’ sale to benefit Contractors for a Cause

Those looking for some local art this Labor Day weekend are in luck, with the annual two-day yART Sale in Bethany Beach.

Coastal Point • File Photo: This photo of Northern Wings was taken at the 2010 yART Sale. Northern Wings uses...

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 6:02am