Arts & Entertainment

Christmas Eve services focus on the 'reason for the season'

As Christmas Eve descends upon the area, local churches are inviting everyone to celebrate the original reason for the season.

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Some churches use regular weeknight meeting times for the Christmas Eve service, such as...

Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 1:31pm

Blue Christmas 2010 focuses on caregivers

While many are enjoying the holiday season by buying presents, stringing lights or hanging the stockings with care, we don’t stop to think that, for some, Christmas is a difficult and lonely time.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark

Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 2:57am

Library hosting Capital Ringers

The Selbyville Public Library is sponsoring a Capital Ringers performance on Saturday, Dec. 11, at 3 p.m. at Salem United Methodist Church, 29 West Church Street in Selbyville (down the street from Dollar General).

Coastal Point • Monica...

Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 3:12am

Pumpkins take to the sky in 25th annual Punkin Chunkin

“Fire in the hole!”

Initially, the warning phrase was given just before a loaded cannon was to be ignited during battle. The United States Army and Marines later adopted the cautionary signal to forewarn that a grenade or satchel charge...

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 - 1:51pm

Isaacs' first privately-owned poultry farm in Mid-Atlantic to go solar

In 1782, Owen Isaacs took a plow to soil in Sussex County, Del., with high hopes for his new farm. Five generations later, Robbie Isaacs stands on the family farm near Ellendale, Del., with a huge grin spreading across his face as he watches a...

Friday, October 22, 2010 - 4:39am

Townsend to compete for national Distinguished Young Woman title

Anyone who has lost all faith in today’s youth has yet to meet Veronica Townsend.

Coastal Point • Veronica Townsend
Indian River High School senior Veronica Townsend recently won the Distinguished Young Woman of Delaware title,...

Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 3:15am

Artisan Festival set for Oct. 9 at BBVFC

The third annual Artisan Festival will be held at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on Oct. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show will feature approximately 30 local and regional artists and their creations – everything from jewelry, pottery,...

Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 3:42am

Festival to honor local artist, teacher

This Saturday, Vines Creek Nursery near Frankford will host an art festival dedicated to a local artist – one who many people who grew up in coastal Delaware, or who have lived here for some time, came into contact with, personally or through her...

Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 4:08am

Hooking up with Cherie Dorfman

Occasionally I hit a recipe goldmine! When Julia Peterson approached me at World Gym regarding highlighting her Beach Chix with Stix knitting group that meets monthly at South Coastal Library, I had no idea that saying “yes” would result in 23...

Monday, September 13, 2010 - 5:02am

Artist finds self in painterly photography

Growing up, Linda McAdams had always been surrounded and intrigued by the arts, taking an early liking to music. Later, she expanded her curiosity into the visual arts, which complemented her artistic expression. Over the past 15 years, she has...

Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:12am

Local artists and shoppers gearing up for yART sale

As Trudy Fox styled Marilyn Denny’s hair at Millville’s Hair Snippery recently, she said, “I’m really looking forward to showing my jewelry at the yART Sale again. You know there’s a change this year: It’ll be two days, both the Saturday and...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:38am

Local man’s portait to hang at Merchant Marine Academy

Ocean View resident Joseph Stewart holds the rank of two-star general in the Marine Corps and as a vice-admiral, or three-star general, in the United States Maritime Service. Stewart served as the United States Merchant Marine Academy’s (USMMA)...

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 3:33am

Crafter transforms homes and gardens into metal

Art has always been an irresistible expression for Sandra Webberking. The 1997 graduate of Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia was first intrigued by jewelry. By her sophomore year of college, however, she had ventured into sculpting...

Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:15am

Coe’s photography is for the birds

One glance at Geoff Coe’s wildlife gallery, and it’s easy to see why the Philadelphia native dropped his geology career for one in photography. Now a Florida resident, he can indulge himself in the ornithological specimens in which he specializes...

Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 7:51am

Bestselling author to sign at South Coastal Library

New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman will be making an appearance at the South Coastal Library for a discussion, reading and book signing for her book “I’d Know You Anywhere,” on Tuesday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m.— the very day her latest...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:51am

FOSCL to hold ‘biggest’ book sale

The South Coastal Library will be holding its “highly sought-after” three-day book sale this coming week, Aug. 19- 21.

“It’s just really neat, and it’s a great fundraiser for the library,” said Priscilla Scott, circulation coordinator and...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:49am

Local playwright and musician unite

“I can’t wait to see Harold. I’m dying to see the show. I’ve read the script and it’s fabulous,” enthused Sue Ryan, unofficial president of the Harold Schmidt fan club and owner of the Good Earth Market in Clarksville.

Schmidt is a...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:46am

Bennett Orchards offers perfect peach

Hail Bennett is the sixth generation to farm his family’s land, which has been under the family’s ownership since 1867. Bennett’s father, Jim, planted the first peach trees on 25 acres of the family farm in 1982.

“Before that, it was all...

Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 8:43am

BBVFC holding Kids’ Night

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company will hold its last “Kid’s Night at the Firehouse” for the summer of 2010.

“We’ve had this for quite some time. It’s part of our educational program to...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:46am

Boardwalk crafters have autism awareness in the bag

Autism is one of the most inexplicable and complex diseases known today. With no known cause of the developmental disorder, scientists and advocates are in a constant struggle to understand how they might prevent and treat for the disorder, which...

Friday, August 6, 2010 - 6:34am

Historic church opening Sunday for annual ice cream festival

There are plenty of historic sites remaining in Sussex County, but – at 253 years old – Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro stands out among them. Set back from Route 26 behind the church cemetery, the church comes to life just four times a year,...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 6:18am

Ashcraft bringing ‘good fun’ to Bethany boardwalk

Randy Lee Ashcraft describes his kind of music as “good fun.”

“Whether we’re playing classic rock or country or ’60s, our motto is, ‘If we’re not having fun, they’re not having fun,” he said.

It is clear from watching his audiences...

Friday, July 30, 2010 - 6:05am

Cottage tour ready to impress, again

Outstanding architecture, astounding landscaping, inspiring home furnishings and stunning design have all combined to make particular homes and dwellings some of the most sought-after and admired ones in the area. Next week, guests on the 19th...

Thursday, July 22, 2010 - 4:48am

Kohr Bros. comes to Bethany Beach

For many, a day at the beach just isn’t the same without a frosty treat. And now Bethany Beach-goers have a new choice in sweet desserts: Kohr Bros. on the corner of Garfield Parkway and Atlantic Avenue.

Coastal Point • Chris Clark

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 3:31pm

Pet parrot has a story to tell

Everyone’s heard of cats getting stuck in trees, but what about a bird getting stuck up high in the branches of a tree? It may sound strange, but that’s exactly what happened to “Max,” a hyacinth macaw owned by Richard Bloch and his wife, Susan,...

Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 3:03am

North Bethany patrol hosts lifeguard competition

“After the beach and the ocean, the lifeguards are the most important part of our community,” said Martin Weinstein, a home owner at Sea Del Estates. “They are friendly, courteous and, most important, they make us feel secure.”

Special to...

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:29pm

Sydney jazzing up area music scene

“Sydney is back,” announced last week’s Coastal Point headline for an article about the return of Sydney Arzt to promoting blues and jazz in the area after a four-year hiatus. This time, however, the venue is not the beloved restaurant that bore...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 12:25pm

Sydney is back

If you’ve been around the Delaware coastal area for a while and you appreciate jazz and blues music, the name Sydney is familiar. And if, for the last four years, you have missed Sydney’s – the beloved night spot in downtown Rehoboth Beach – you...

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 - 12:23pm

Tingles give back to two local towns

Lifelong local residents Clarence “Bud” Tingle and his wife, Diane, have made a habit out of serving their community: both are members of town councils in separate towns in southeastern Sussex County.

Coastal Point • Chris Clark

Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 7:55am

Fab Report: Every day is a walk on the red carpet

Have you ever looked at those glossy pictures in magazines, with celebrities posing in exquisite, sparkling gowns at movie premieres?

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Veronica Townsend and prom date James Bunting on the red carpet at...

Thursday, May 13, 2010 - 4:04am

Knuckleheads fuse raw sound with rock and folk ties

For many young, up-and-coming musicians, playing festivals and shows is a great way to make money and get their name out there. For the Knuckleheads, there’s much simpler reason to do so.

Coastal Point • Ryan Saxton
The Knuckleheads...

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 4:55pm

Cambodia trip takes couple to see artisans, antiques

Every winter, Kimberly Grimes and Marco Hernandez leave their South Bethany shop, Made by Hand, to travel abroad. But rather than visiting typical tourist spots, their destinations are the locales where the fair-trade products sold in their store...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 1:46pm

Local band follows while leading

In the Bible’s story of the Gospels, the Talmidim, (plural form of “talmud”) were followers of Jesus. In Hebrew, the term “talmud” means means “disciple.” Through music, six local individuals have come together, with the goal of acting as...

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 4:31am

Toomey turns childhood lesson into award-winning career

It takes a special person to be a teacher. As with many professions, it is more than a job, or even a career. It is a calling. And for Donna Toomey, Frankford Elementary School’s Teacher of the Year, it is a calling that came from turning a...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:29am

Story time, on a telephone near you

Carol Fitzgerald, director of Sussex County’s libraries, is encouraging the parents of young children to consider an alternative to the video games, DVDs and Internet – a retro choice for entertaining youngsters with the joy of reading, apart...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 8:26am

ReStore workers aim to help customers, and Habitat

Doug Coulter, a home renovator from Millville, happened into the ReStore building last week during its second-anniversary festivities.

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver
Among those helping out at Sussex Habitat for...

Thursday, April 15, 2010 - 7:59am

Troop 282 named Troop of the Year

On March 13, at Saint John’s Methodist Church in Seaford, Boy Scout Troop 281 took top honors as Troop of the Year at the Boy Scouts of America Annual Sussex District Recognition Brunch. Scoutmaster Tom Roth was presented the award by District...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 7:08am

South Coastal Library more than just books

South Coastal Library’s library circulation and volunteer supervisor, Pricilla Scott, now has a new title to add to her job description. Scott was recently given the role of publicist for the Bethany Beach library.

“I am trying to talk to...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:31am

All-in: Cracking aces with suited connectors

In past columns, we’ve analyzed the strength of starting hands, or hole cards, in Texas Hold’em poker. As anyone who understands the game could tell you, a starting hand of pocket aces has the best odds of winning over any other two cards in the...

Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 5:19am

The Stims unite creativity and experience in acoustic duo

In the realm of autism, “the stims” (short for stimulations) refers to an uncontrollable physical or audio release in an individual. For Zach Coffman and Brian Mahoney, better known as The Stims, the notion is rooted into their passion for music...

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 7:08am

Local Chamber of Commerce shares its success

Serving the best interests of the economy of Delaware and Maryland’s coastline can be a difficult task, with a balance of agriculture and real estate, year-round activities and events and a seasonal schedule that demands careful attention. But,...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 3:04pm

IR Chili Cook-off spices up sports program

Despite wintery temperatures lingering outside, things got heated last Saturday at Indian River High School’s 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off, which garnered more than a dozen entries and helped raise hundreds of dollars for the school’s athletic...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 3:51pm

Local dog has his day, thanks to holistic vet

Integrative health care is not only for humans, it’s for the dogs, as well.

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Lance Fargo with his Weimaraner, Blitz. Blitz has been through alot following a 12-foot fall onto concrete when he was nine months old.


Thursday, February 18, 2010 - 5:54am

Habitat cuts ribbon on new Georgetown office

Under the cold, gray skies of an impending snow storm, hearts were warmed at Habitat for Humanity’s celebration blessing and ribbon-cutting on their new permanent home on Academy Street in Georgetown. Guests included U.S. Sen. Thomas Carper (D-...

Thursday, February 11, 2010 - 7:30am

St. Ann's Darcy discusses his vocation

For Father Michael Darcy, of the parish of St. Ann in Bethany Beach, becoming a priest felt like a natural progression. As a teenager, he thought about becoming a priest and spent a lot of time active in his home parish.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 - 4:51pm

IR Science Fair showcases scientists of tomorrow

Say “So long” to that styrofoam solar system and “Bon voyage” to the baking soda-and-vinegar volcano. Last week, for the first time in well over a decade, Indian River High School students presented months of research and data in the form of...

Thursday, January 21, 2010 - 5:54am

Students offer blessing of a home to a local woman

Delmarva Christian High School students, on Monday of this week, got to see real-life reactions to one of their “J-Term” projects.

Coastal Point • Jesse Pryor
Sara Pletcher of AmeriCorps signs a ‘blessing’ on the framing of the home...

Thursday, January 14, 2010 - 3:59am

Exercise Like the Eskimos pays tribute to late founder

When it comes to New Years resolutions, “getting more exercise” is typically at the top of most people’s lists, but for more than 300 brave souls, Jan. 1, 2010, gave them an opportunity to exercise a little differently. The 14th Annual Leo Brady...

Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 3:04am

Harold Schmidt show hits the road

“This gathering isn’t about saying goodbye to Harold. Instead it’s about saying ‘Good luck,’” said Sue Ryan, owner of the Good Earth Market and self-proclaimed president of the “Harold Schmidt Fan Club.”

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Thursday, December 17, 2009 - 3:34am

Deck the halls with trains and trolleys

Having grown up as a young boy in southeastern Pennsylvania in the 1940s and 1950s, William Day now recalls the excitement and wonder that arrived with each Christmas season. His father would bring out the train set that circled the Christmas...

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 - 1:35pm