Arts & Entertainment


Sing for the rafters: Middle-school honor choir returns

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:23am

Grimes bridges foreign adventure and fair-trade focus in ‘The Amazon Heist’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand, holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’The idea for “The Amazon Heist” came to Kimberly Grimes in the middle of the night, in the middle of the rainforest, in...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:09am

Annual Springtime Jamboree to benefit Millsboro Little League

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.With the idea of raising money for improvements to the local Little League field 34 years ago, now-state...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:43am

Freeman Stage gives annual report to Sussex County Council

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, presenting diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theatre and children’s programming.

On Tuesday, April 5,...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:07am

Laws sanctioning slaves for military service

During the Civil War, Dr. Francis Lieber collaborated with Union general-in-chief Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck in composing a report on the treatment of those who engaged in irregular warfare, “Guerrilla Parties Considered with Reference to the...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:32am

‘Beer to Drink Music To’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.The countdown to Record Store Day is on.

While the national event will see more than 400...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 8:08am

Freeman Stage announces lineup for ninth season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.After a great deal of anticipation,...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:58am

Paws of Tomorrow offers rescue dogs a second chance

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Paws of Tomorrow, a local rescue nonprofit, now has office space in Selbyville’s Wags to Riches. Donations for the organization are also being collected at the location. Pictured from left are: Michael Palmer...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:16am

Anxiety in Delaware preceding the 1860 elections

As the presidential primary season runs its course throughout the U.S. in 2016, partisan politics and personal invective grow increasingly strident. Two candidates compete for the Democratic Party nomination, while three candidates contend for...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:14am

McCabe to speak on Delmarva history

Lovers of Delaware history may find plenty to love in the latest free lecture to hit Ocean View courtesy of the Ocean View Historical Society. The presentation will be given by Russ McCabe, former director of the Delaware Public Archives, and...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:32am

Civil War Profiles: George H. Sharpe: A man of intelligence

The Bible tells us that, about 1,300 B.C., Joshua, the successor to Moses, sent spies into Canaan to “view the land” prior to the Israelites’ attack on the city of Jericho (Joshua 2.1). Previously, Joshua had served as a spy for Moses.

“...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:50am

Annual Springtime Jamboree is just around the corner

The 34th Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel musical program — will be held on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

The jamboree was created as a fundraiser to help local organizations. For the second...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:36am

Botanic garden supporters continue fundraising efforts

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A recent walking tour of the Delaware Botanic Gardens grounds included local supportes and internationally acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, fourth from left.Although the Delaware Botanic Gardens has plenty of...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:29am

Cub Scout pack visits Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:08am

Millville United Methodist invites community to Last Supper

Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.As...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:15pm

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:17am

Pet Corner: Pick up after your pet

I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my upcoming trip to York, Pa., for a dog show. It will be my first trip in the “new to me” used RV I just got. We were also discussing any ideas or suggestions for my pet...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:15am

Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap....

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:14am

Stuart and Custer: Made from the same mold

The cavalry was a vital mobile force that gathered information for Civil War commanders and screened the main army from the eyes of the enemy. Cavalry leaders had to be innovative and daring in carrying out their assigned missions.

On the...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:13am

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

For the third consecutive year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will present Eileen Stamnas and Jim Gibney live at the Dickens Parlour Theatre. The career...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:48am

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:39am

The Civil War inspired quilters of yesterday and today

Annie B. Darden, the wife of a farmer in the community of Buckhorn, N.C., noted in her diary on March 4, 1861, that Abraham Lincoln was to be inaugurated as president that day, and said this “will cause a dissolution of our Union.”

As...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:54pm

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:43pm

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to support Justin’s Beach House

Those who love poker and driving can combine the two at this weekend’s Poker & Fun Car Rallye IV, supporting Justin’s Beach House.

The respite home was built after the creation of the Justin. W. Jennings Foundation, which maintains it...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:08pm

Bingo! IR Band Boosters to host fundraiser Friday night

It’s time to break out those bingo daubers, at the 8th Annual Bingo Fundraiser, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.

Players can get the thrill of being in a speedy game of bingo on Friday, March 4, at the Millville...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:06pm

Civil War Profiles: Harriet Tubman: Union spy

A frail, sickly black woman was the most successful conductor of slaves to freedom along the so-called Underground Railroad. This remarkable person not only freed herself from slavery, but also guided her two children and sister, as well as her...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:59am

Lego Maniacs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.They might have named their team robot “The Terminator.” They might have a...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:40am

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:42pm

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean;) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:35pm

Civil War timeline: 1861-1865

Slavery first came to America in 1619, when Dutch traders brought captured Africans to Virginia’s Jamestown colony. Always a divisive factor in American politics, by the mid-19th century, controversy over slavery reached the boiling point.

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Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:11am

In 1964, first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital inspired a community

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Wingo holds a portrait of his mother, Elsie Wingo, the first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital.As Beebe Healthcare celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Lewes native Robert Wingo can’t help but...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:08am

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.

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Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:14am

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:01am

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide....

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:44am

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

“We are here...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:51pm

Fort Delaware Society holds annual meeting

“To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and to preserve its legacy” is the stated mission of an organization known as the Fort Delaware Society. Founded 66 years ago, the FDS held its annual meeting at...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:11pm

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:01pm

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:36am

Hudson hunts up Sussex County-style retreat for veterans

Coastal Point • Submitted: Phil Hudson poses with Wishes for Warriors founder and veteran Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Marshall, and veterans Wally Fanene, Jason Grigg and Jose Vazquez after a shooting day with East Coast Defense.Injuries have kept Phil...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:15am

Civil War Profiles: The Battle of Cockle Creek near Chincoteague

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Co. of Wilmington built vessels for the Union navy during the Civil War. It was one of the foremost shipbuilding enterprises in the United States at that time.

Prior to the war in 1860, the firm received a...

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:55am

Civil War Profiles: Sons of Confederate Veterans honors Lee and Jackson

At 3:15 in the afternoon on May 10, 1863, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson deliriously uttered the phrase, “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.” “Stonewall” passed away following amputation of his left arm, damaged by...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:34am

Beta Sigma Phi invites community to January Jam

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi — a women’s social, cultural and service organization that gives back to those in need within the community — is hosting a January Jam dance to have fun night while raising funds to help those in need....

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:33am

Need for Speed: Hitchens fuels up for 2016 season after third racing title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scott Hitchens drives the Blades HVAC Services 65 car.Scott Hitchens likes speed. And ever since he got his first dirt bike at just 3, all he’s wanted to do was go fast.

Now a 22-year-old seasoned veteran,...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:21am

Meals on Wheel feeding pets in need

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among those helping feed pets in need this winter were, from left, Jamie Ciavolella (House Pets), Carolyn Miller (Kenille’s Kupboard), Dottie Armstrong (CHEER staff) and Kim Ciavolella (House Pets), with a heap of...

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 9:11am

Bethany ready to drop the ball on New Year’s Eve

Coastal Point • File Photo: Following a successful tree-lighting ceremony and a round of fun activities surrounding their Weekend Wonderland series, the town of Bethany Beach will keep the holiday momentum going with the first-ever New Year’s Eve...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 6:37am

Civil War Profiles: The long post-war road to Civil Rights legislation

“Black codes” was the name given to an attempt in several states to undermine the effects of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution enacted following the Civil War from 1865 to 1870. The amendments guaranteed the freedom,...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:04am

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:46am

New Year’s Day event to have patriotic tribute

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With the sun rising in the east, and those in attendance...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 9:33am

Painting and packing holiday warmth:

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Southern Delaware School of the Arts students were at times a flurry of hands as they packed six suitcases of supplies for a homeless shelter.Students at one Selbyville school got a glimpse of gratefulness this month...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:12am