Arts & Entertainment


Readers donate a favorite and buy someone else’s

Book lovers from all over Sussex County and beyond get the chance to both donate and buy books during the Friends of the South Coastal Library’s Summer Book Sale.

The Friends of the South Coastal Library — a group of volunteers that...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:47am

Magic, mysticism and mentalists at Dickens theatre

John StetsonWhat is it about magic that draws people in, regardless of age, background, or personality? Is it the allure of the mysterious, of the unknown? Is it the attraction of darkened theaters, thick velvet curtains and buttered popcorn? The...

Thursday, August 3, 2017 - 7:38am

Forget ‘Rock ’n’ Roll High School — try rock summer camp

School band isn’t a perfect fit for some kids — even for the musicians among them. Some desire to enhance their performing abilities and get a chance to stand out while rocking the house.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Students at last year’...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 2:39pm

New store aims to give Ocean View something to party about

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Party Decor & More owner Jim Schnepf-Pratt poses for a photo at his new location in Ocean View.Ocean View now has a party store to call its very own, as a Rehoboth Beach-based business has opened a...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:14pm

DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum makes waves in Delaware history

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Dale Clifton, owner of DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island, shows off some of the museum’s historic artifacts.Mountainous waves swell overhead as a Spanish fleet drifts helplessly in the storm....

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:09pm

Double the music in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Craig Reeves of Over Time Band gets down during their performance during the last Concerts in the Park event.The Ocean View community is getting a double dose of music this year during the Ocean View Summer Concert...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:06pm

Millsboro book sale extends to a second weekend

The Millsboro Public Library’s used book sale will continue for its second weekend on Friday, July 28, from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday, July 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

On Friday, books will be sold individually; paperback books sell for $1...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:03pm

Bear Trap Dunes to host Blues & Brews event

Bear Trap Dunes will host a Blues & Brews event on Saturday, July 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. on the front lawn and amphitheater of Bear Trap, located at 7 Clubhouse Road in Ocean View. The debut event mimics the previously held autumn festival at...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:02pm

Vendor sale returns to Bethany fire hall

The next Vendor Sale at the Bethany Beach fire hall at 215 Hollywood Street will be Sunday, July 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees are being strongly encouraged to enter the fire hall off Hollywood Street.

There will be a variety of...

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 12:01pm

Middlesex couple has devoted decades to their careers

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Edgar and Judy Bennett have dedicated decades of their lives into their respective fields, as well as each other.Lying back on the dental chair in Dr. Asher Carey’s office, Judy Bennett was getting her...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 10:23am

Bethany Beach arcade adds new games in the name of Shore Fun

Coastal Point • Marissa McCloy: The new ‘Walking Dead’ game transforms the zombie television series into a fast-paced arcade game. Right, Arcade tickets already have the playland’s new Shore Fun name and logo.This summer, Arnie’s Playland is...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 8:08am

Bigger venue means bigger concerts for Salted Vines

Coastal Point • Samantha Danshes: A crowd gathers for a concert at Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery near Frankford.Crowds have been flocking to watch local bands perform at the Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery’s new, larger location near...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:53am

Summertime Bethany resident returns to sign bestselling memoir July 26

In “My Lovely Wife in the Psych Ward,” his internationally bestselling memoir about how a young marriage is redefined by the grips of mental illness, author Mark Lukach details how he fell in love with his wife, Giulia, and battled her three...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:12am

FORGE to host Family Fun Day, Cornhole Tournament

As a part of the organization’s mission to create a safe, inclusive and encouraging environment for those grappling with challenging life circumstances, FORGE Youth & Family Academy will host its third annual Family Fun Day and Cornhole...

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 5:55am

Hooverville bringing blues and classic rock flavors to Long Neck

The band Hooverville brought Milton a taste of blues and classic rock during a gig on Tuesday, and they’re set to bring those sounds to Long Neck this weekend, in their debut at Live at Bo’s on Saturday, July 22, starting at 9 p.m.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:59am

D.J. Batman recounts resort life through decades of fun

As we sit in the little alley between M.R. Ducks and the Marina Deck in Ocean City, Md., about an hour before Mike “D.J. Batman” Beatty goes onstage, the longtime entertainer and occasional mischief maker recalls what brought him to the resort...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 1:12pm

Ocean View Concert in the Park to feature Over Time

Continuing their tradition of offering free entertainment in the summer months, the Town of Ocean View will host a Concert in the Park this Friday featuring the Over Time Band.

The concert will be held on June 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. in John...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:55pm

Barefoot Gardeners Club offering free Story Time in Fenwick

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Susan Henickle reads a book about the American flag to the children.

The Barefoot Gardeners Club hosted its first Story Time in the Park of the summer season on the morning of Wednesday, July 5, at the...

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 12:25pm

Kingsley Orchards revives blueberry farm

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: From left, Anchors Aweigh Entertainment owners Jason and Summer Phillips are working with Kingsley Orchards owners Tony and Meghan Morgan on hosting a Family Fun Day at the orchards this weekend.For years,...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 9:03am

O.C. museum offers free summer programs

Visitors can learn about surf-fishing; Ocean City, Md. history; rigging a fishing line; knot tying; sea life; beach safety; and sharks during the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum’s annual summer educational programs, which continue until Aug...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:56am

International students get a taste of a true beach-town activity

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: International students gather at Bethany Surf Shop’s Ocean View outlet location for a paddleboarding excursion on the Assawoman Canal on Wednesday, June 28. Students from an array of different countries were...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:41am

State park to celebrate 50th anniversary and Sandcastle Contest

Coastal Point • Submitted: These campers pitched tents at the old Key Box campground.Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting visitors and local residents of all ages and skill levels to participate in the 37th Annual Sandcastle Contest at the...

Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 8:33am

Car aficionados invited to ‘Cruise-in’ for BBQ at Magee Farms

Coastal Point • Submitted: A Pontiac Bonneville was on show at a recent ‘cruise-in’ event at Magee Farms.Classic cars, fresh produce and a local festival-food favorite have been combined for a series of “cruise-ins” at Magee Farms’ Selbyville...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:02pm

Festive Fourth planned throughout the area

Who says the Fourth of July can only be celebrated once each year?

In 2017, residents of and visitors to southern Sussex County and coastal Maryland can enjoy not one but five different events focused on the Independence Day holiday. Most...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:56am

South Bethany parade to cruise local waters

To ignite Fourth of July festivities full of fun and community involvement, South Bethany will be holding its fourth annual South Bethany Boat Parade on Sunday, July 2.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the decorated boats are going to sail across the...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:46am

Millsboro Kid’s Parade focusing on the fun

The competitive component is off for this year’s Millsboro Kid’s Parade, after the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce created its own event, leaving Kid’s Parade organizers to focus on the fun.

For the past 11 years, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:31am

Veterans aim to keep the true spirit of Independence Day alive

It’s more than just celebrating the United States’ birthday — it’s also about recognizing the individuals who fought for the freedom that keeps the nation alive.

Veterans residing in Southern Sussex County express their feelings about...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:21am

Homemade ice cream and more on offer this Saturday

The annual Zoar United Methodist Church Ice Cream Festival will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 4 p.m., featuring homemade ice cream, as well as other desserts, pulled pork sandwiches, chicken-salad sandwiches and more.

The ice cream is...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 11:15am

Flying over Delaware beaches… now and then

Coastal Point • Submitted: Abraxas’ painting of Joe Hudson.During the 1940s, Joe Hudson began his flying career while still in high school, as a student fish-spotter. Today, he is known as the “dean of Delaware crop-dusters.”

Meanwhile, by...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:49am

Local author tells tale of ‘The Girl from Guantanamo’

Nearly 60 years ago, a young sailor named Don Roth found himself aboard a Navy ship along the coast of Cuba. It was 1958, and the island nation was on the brink of a revolution.

Roth, 81 — who now divides his time between Bethany Beach and...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:31am

‘25 Years of Good Food & Good Evenings’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The crew at Sedona is ready to celebrate their 25th anniversary this summer with some all new offerings in Bethany Beach.It’s a greeting as simple as it is signature.

On every warm summer night since 1993...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:21am

Dagsboro’s Cole Haden takes his act on the road

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Cole Haden outside the MIlton Theatre.When I wrote an article about him in the Coastal Point two years ago, Cole Haden was preparing to leave Dagsboro for the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He...

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 9:49am

Bethany planning longer, smaller-scale fireworks show

Bethany Beach’s traditional Fourth of July fireworks celebration may be a little less grand this year but could also last a little longer — both changes being a function of the Town’s storm-narrowed beaches.

Town Manager Cliff Graviet on...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:46am

Local vendor sale set for Sunday, June 25, in Bethany Beach

A group of local vendors will hold their first annual vendor event on Sunday, June 25, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Bethany Beach fire hall. The event will feature local vendors selling apparel, jewelry, makeup, skincare, health and wellness...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 11:44am

Inaugural Coastal Garden Tour shines light on local gardens

Coastal Point photos • Susan Lyons: A glimpse of one of the gardens that will be featured on the inaugural garden tour on Thursday, June 29.Nine private gardens and one local landmark in the Fenwick Island area will be in the spotlight next week...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 10:39am

Berries galore: Parsons’ Blueberry Festival to help fight cancer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Parsons Family Farm Blueberry Festival will be held on Saturday, June 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Parsons Farm Produce in Dagsboro.If the antioxidants in blueberries prevent cancer, then the Parsons Family Farms...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:39am

Tedeschi Trucks Band rocks the (new) Freeman Stage

Coastal Point • Submitted: The new Freeman Stage is packed to the brim.The Freeman Stage at Bayside could not have picked a better act to show off their new stage last Saturday than the Tedeschi Trucks Band. The 2,600-person venue was filled with...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:26am

SoDel Fest focused on more than wine, food and fun

Organizers behind the Southern Delaware Wine, Food & Music Festival (SoDel Fest, for short) this week kicked off their preparations for the Oct. 7 festival set near Millsboro with an event aimed at offering just a taste of what this year’s...

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 8:57am

Playing by the Rolls

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: By 2011, the King brothers had restored the Rolls Royce into a beautiful vehicle.Car aficionados might call it a crime. A British doctor left a beautiful, but decrepit, Rolls Royce sitting in the town of...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 11:13am

Library invites Old Timer’s Day crowd over for some kickball

The Selbyville Public Library is inviting community members of all ages to join in a game of kickball on June 17 to celebrate the 60th annual Old Timer’s Day.

With the intent of bringing education and entertainment to Selbyville’s yearly...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:54am

Old Timer’s Day marks six decades of family fun

The 60th annual Old Timer’s Day is a family event that will showcase cars, tractors and emergency vehicles from 1985 and older from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17.

Put on by the Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area...

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 10:41am

Warick, Tsavdar to make Dickens debut with original musical comedy ‘Under’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: 'Under' composer Eric Tsavdar leads from the piano during rehearsal on Tuesday at the Dickens Parlour Theatre.Kurt Cobain is alive and hiding in plain sight, as Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo. Jim Morrison never...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:43am

Family Fun Fest planned at church

Long Neck United Methodist Church will host its Family Fun Fest this week, aiming to offer a safe space for community fun and bonding.

The Family Fun Fest, which has been held annually for almost a decade, will be taking place on June 10...

Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 10:45am

Bethany boardwalk to fill with crafters on Saturday

The ocean water temperature may still be in the very low 60s, but things are heating up on the Bethany Beach boardwalk this weekend, as the Town hosts its annual Seaside Craft Show on Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:19am

‘Sex Please, We’re Sixty’ set for BART season finale at Dickens

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : The cast of ‘Sex Please We’re Sixty’ was ready to put on BART’s final show at the Dickens Parlour Theatre before their summer hiatus.Opening night is already sold out for the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre’s...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:35am

Gardening group puts down roots with Life Saving Station project

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Members of the Salt Air Gardeners recently began a landscaping project at the Indian River Life Saving Station.When Indian River Life Saving Station site manager Laura Scharle got back work recently after a day away...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:21am

OVHS offering trunkfuls of the past at History Mix

This weekend, visitors and residents will have the unique opportunity to tour a local workshop where antique trunks are restored. The Ocean View Historical Society will host a History Mix on Saturday, June 3, at 1 p.m. at Norman Justice’s...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 9:01am

Fictional book highlights Sussex County over the centuries

With Memorial Day arriving and bringing the start of the summer season with it, many people are searching for that perfect beach read. “Settlin’ In: Love, Death & Deception” is a compilation of short stories by Joseph Scott spanning four...

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 8:08am

Big Chill Beach Club breaks out umbrella room with a view

Coastal Point • Submitted: Big Chill Beach Club has a view of the Indian River Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.Like a summer sun rising above the Atlantic Ocean, the large yellow umbrella atop the concession building at Delaware Seashore State Parks...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:32am

'Gatsby' gets green light for IR premiere this weekend

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The cast of Indian River High School’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ takes time from rehearsal to mug for the camera. They will perform both Friday, May 26, and Saturday, May 27.Whether they’re coming in from East Egg, West...

Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 10:23am