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What is... Delaware?

“You think you know, but you have no idea.”

While local history-hounds won’t have to phrase any answers in the form of a question, there’ll be plenty of them asked when Elkton, Md.-based storyteller Ed Okonowicz appears at the Millsboro...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 8:30am

Local author aims to thrill readers in ‘Third Haven’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Selbyville author B.B. Shamp smiles with her new novel ‘Third Haven: A Novel of Deceit’ at a book signing at Energy Gym.After an explosion shakes the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, a woman escapes to the...

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 7:19am

New stage on the way

The daffodils are up, the robins have returned, the beach communities are stretching, yawning and coming back to life. Spring is right around the corner, and summer will be here before we know it. As winter ends and the sun begins to warm the...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:50am

Millsboro Chamber hosting annual bridal show this Sunday

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce has couples-to-be covered this weekend, as the Chamber will host the 22nd Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show this Sunday, March 12, from noon to 3 p.m. at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club.


Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 9:38am

Celtic music to fill library ahead of St. Patrick’s Day

Those looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day next week can head to the South Coastal Library on March 14.

Melissa Heieie and Susan Ryan, a duo known as Willow Tree, will give a Celtic music concert that Tuesday at 2 p.m. in...

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 8:30am

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

When the Poker & Fun Car Rallye V cruises out of the parking lot at Hooked Up in Millville on Saturday, March 4, drivers and their co-pilots will be armed with directions and a list of questions — and the knowledge that their trek is for a...

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 9:22am

Anteater handbags on the red carpet?

Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : Devon Cooper, dance instructor at X-Squad Dance Studio in Selbyville, models one of the newest handbags in the collection of Jules K. The locally-owned company sent 26 handbags to be...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 9:18am

From Richard Allen history, a new sense of culture and community

Coastal Point • Submitted by Delaware Public Archives : A historical photo shows the Richard Allen School in 1923.Grade-school memories follow people through life, for better or worse. And, although the old Richard Allen School was born of...

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:57am

A ‘Night to Shine’

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Ocean View Church of Christ played host to Night to Shine, a program for special-needs people 14 and older. The program was put on by the Tim Tebow Foundation and held in churches around the world on Friday, Feb...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 7:49am

Tech comes home for the holidays

While it wasn’t my intention, I had a tech-heavy 2016 holiday season, dealing with a number of new devices and systems, despite having aimed for a relatively simple, scaled-back holiday.

I probably shouldn’t have been surprised — I usually...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:27am

Counting on kindness at Showell Elementary

Coastal Point • Submitted: Birannah Stevens, Ella Peterson and Edgard Chavez-Hernandez check out the bead supply while making kindness bracelets at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School.Kindness can be like a rock in water. One good deed can...

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 8:02am

Not just tragic lovers: IRHS shows humor, flaws of 'Romeo and Juliet'

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Cast members of Indian River High School’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ prepare for performances on Feb. 3 and 4. In producing what may be the school’s first drama production in decades, they dropped some of the dialogue and...

Thursday, January 26, 2017 - 8:32am

Catherine’s Quilting offers modern finish for age-old art form

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Catherine Peterson grins at her family's new Selbyville quilt shop, where she helps finish new quilts and restore old ones.Quilting may be an old art, but Catherine’s Quilting uses technology to transform...

Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 8:25am

Selbyville fair is ‘Just for the Health of It!’

Let’s get this new year started right!

That’s the message behind Selbyville Public Library’s upcoming health fair, Just for the Health of It! Scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 14, the event will run like an open house or trade fair. The public...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:38am

Birding weekend for all nature lovers

For the people who love hearing a great horned owl hoot eerily at dusk, or watching a great blue heron chow down on an unlucky fish: Humans and birds are flying toward the Delmarva Peninsula for the same reason — the winter migration.


Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 8:05am

Winter is a busy season for birdfeeding aficionados

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: A cardinal sits at a bird feeder in Camden-Wyoming.The other day, my 3-year-old grandson, Samuel, and I were filling our birdfeeders when my son-in-law asked if we really expected birds to come use them at this...

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 5:31am

Delicious and nutritious eating a goal for 2017

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Sue Steel and Erik Schreiber are fitness professionals at Custom Fit 360 in Millville. Schreiber shared his healthy recipes with Marie.Here we are again — another New Year! As we say hello to 2017, I’m...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 8:27am

Fenwick Island ready to bring the ‘Freeze’ to the shore

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Freeze creates a splash.Good news, Fenwick Freeze fans! This year’s freeze — technically a dip in ocean waters whose temperatures are hovering in the mid-40s — will be 90 minutes later.

That means...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:39am

Hair of the Dog/Exercise like the Eskimos set for New Years Day

Coastal Point photos • File photo: The start to a previous Exercise Like the Eskimos event. For the sixth straight year, local residents can ring in the New Year with the Hair of the Dog 5K/10K, and for the 21st year in a row, they can follow it...

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 9:21am

Fundraiser aims to help family of local fifth-grader

When a routine eye exam Nov. 3 led to the discovery of a golf-ball-sized tumor, the life of a local fifth-grader and his family was immediately and drastically turned upside down.

A student at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 9:48am

‘It’s the classical “Cinderella” with a twist’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The magic of ‘Cinderella’ is coming to Sussex Central High School. Here, part of the cast pause for a picture while rehearsing the pumpkin transformation.Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s classic fairytale story is coming...

Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 8:15am

Organizers break ground on groundbreaking garden

Coastal Point Photos • Laura Walter: It’s not really a ground-breaking event without dignitaries, officials and volunteers chipping in to get things started, and things got started in a major fashion at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:44am

School concerts offering holiday music to community

Children across the land have been preparing for the upcoming slate of holiday concerts almost as diligently as they’ve worked on their lists for Santa. Horns are tooting, drummers are drumming and singers are tuning their pipes in anticipation...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:36am

Ocean View to celebrate season at the park

Aiming to spread holiday cheer, the Town of Ocean View will be holding its annual Holiday in the Park this weekend. The public is being invited to join in the festivities at John West Park on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 to 5 p.m.

“The event...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 9:17am

Nativity Festival to showcase the heart of Christmas

Coastal Point • File Photo: A stained glass nativity set catches the light from a window during a past festival.Away in a manger,
no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus
laid down his sweet head,

The stars in the bright...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8:45am

Local book lovers aim to fill Santa’s Book Bag

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Paolo and Luca Donato donate to Santa’s Book Bag. Paolo even donated to the cause the money he was given at his Dec. 1 birthday party.“I like the idea of all kids having a brand new book for...

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8:00am

Bethany becoming a Weekend Wonderland this December

Building on last year’s successful debut, Bethany Beach will again celebrate the holidays each Saturday in December with Weekend Wonderland, which will feature special shopping hours, and festive activities including caroling around the town’s...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:27am

Christmas parades coming to a Main Street near you

For those in need of some holiday cheer, a number of local parades are ringing in the Christmas season in the next two weeks. Families are being invited to line the streets and cheer on their favorite floats, marching bands, fire trucks, classic...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:25am

Selbyville Christmas has books, bells, dance and decor

Imagine sitting in a bright, cozy, yet high-ceilinged church as the delicate sound of bells fills the air.

The Capital Ringers bell choir is bringing that melody back to Selbyville on Saturday, Dec. 3, at Salem United Methodist Church....

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:22am

Bethany Beach to get a Caribbean flair this weekend at Mango’s

The cooler nights of December are going to give way to a tropical breeze this weekend, with the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s (QRCF) annual Caribbean Christmas event at Mango’s in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, Dec. 3.


Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:21am

Winter getting Fest-ive in neighboring towns

If local parades and tree-lighting events don’t offer a big enough helping of holiday spirit, there are two area events that offer winter festivities on a grand scale: Winterfest of Lights in Ocean City, Md., and the new Winter WonderFEST in...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:16am

Sing for the season at Fenwick Island tree-lighting

How about a little sand with your Santa Claus?

Fenwick Island will welcome the Christmas season with a “Sea the Holidays” community event.

Residents and neighbors are being invited to a holiday gathering on Friday, Dec. 2. People...

Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:14am

Towns to hold tree-lighting ceremonies this weekend

After the dishes have been put away and the whole family is over-stuffed with turkey and fixings, many begin their Christmas holiday decorating. And, this weekend, two area towns are inviting the public to join in on lighting the towns’ Christmas...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 8:06am

Public welcome to rare look at botanic garden

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: From left, Peggie Ravida, Karen Dudley, Selma Tepper, Greg Tepper, Janet Point and Carol McCloud volunteered last week to get some work done at the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek.Beside a quiet country road...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 5:35am

‘Girls Just Want to Have Fun’ aims to help girls who want to go to school

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Girls, gather at a school in the Nepalese region of Helambu on the day the school reopened one year after being damaged by an earthquake in April 2016.A “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” evening of socializing,...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 5:17am

Marie's Kitchen – SoDel VP Ruley offers recipes worth waiting for

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Doug Ruley, vice-president of SoDel Concepts, shared some of his favorite recipes with Marie Cook.You know the old saying: “Good things come to those who wait.”

Before local restaurateur Matt...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 4:41am

Grimes honored as Sussex County "Woman of Distinction"

Coastal Point • Susan Lyons: Patti Grimes, center, was named 2016 Sussex County Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay at a luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 16.Patti Grimes, executive director of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 9:44am

Frankford Holiday Expo a day to shop

Coastal Point • File Photo: At the 2015 Frankford Holiday Expo, projects were crocheted on-site by Richayla (right) and Antanell Bailey.’Tis the season to shop, and Frankford’s Annual Holiday Expo will return Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p...

Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:50am

IRHS band to host holiday market with music

People can get season’s greetings and season’s shopping from Indian River High School Band this weekend, as the Indian River High School Band Boosters will host a Holiday Shoppers Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:38am

Love Your Inland Bays Dinner a night for ‘movers and shakers’

It’s a night to fundraise and reignite a passion for saving the environment.

The Inland Bays Foundation hosts its third Love Your Inland Bays Dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The special event is from 6 to 9 p.m. at Irish Eyes...

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 9:49am

For local club, every beach can be a treasure trove

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Paul and Janet Marvel, of Clarksville, who co-founded the Mason Dixon Treasure Club 40 years ago, hand out prizes after a club treasure hunt on Lewes Beach on Sunday, Oct. 23.At noon on a blustery October Sunday,...

Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 9:20am

Haunted Dance House offers a terrifying twist

Dancing in the dark was never this spooky.

Lighthouse Dance & Yoga will become a Haunted Dance House on Friday, Oct. 28, from 7 to 11 p.m.

In a unique twist to the typical haunted house, the Route 54 attraction is filled with...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:31am

Ravens band gives community the chance to win a car

Coastal Point • Submitted: Tushar Patel, general manager of Hertrich Toyota of Milford, presents the keys to a 2017 Toyota Camry to Sussex Technical High School's Band Director, Ian Kenney.One lucky person could be driving a brand-new 2017 Toyota...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 6:15am

Selbyville turns the page with annual haunted library

An old house in Selbyville still holds its secrets. And on Halloween night, it will transform completely.

Selbyville’s Haunted Library will open for one night, during trick-or-treating on Monday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m.

“It’s lot...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:28am

Families invited to trick-or-treat with Cops & Goblins

This Halloween, the Ocean View Police Department is offering a family-friendly trick-or-treating festival.

The second annual Cops & Goblins Halloween Festival will take place this Sunday, Oct. 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. in John West Park....

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:17am

Frankford Fall Festival to feature food, fun and frights

From aliens to zombies, the streets of Frankford will be taken over by all manner of costumed residents on Saturday, Oct. 29, as the town once again celebrates the season with its all-day Fall Festival.

The event, being held at Frankford...

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 5:09am

Selbyville Halloween Parade offers a ghoulishly good time

It’s one of the biggest, spookiest celebrations in southeast Sussex County: The Selbyville Halloween Parade will return on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. The Fenwick Island Lions Club and the Town of Selbyville sponsor the event, which is more...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 9:56am

BART to premiere ‘Noah’s Arc’ at Dickens on Oct. 27

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Mike Mall, pictured on the couch, will portray the story’s protagonist, Ted Noah.Coming off sold-out performances of “Same Time, Next Year,” the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) is back at the Dickens Parlour...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 7:35am

Seashore State Park to host second annual Boo-B-Que this weekend

This weekend, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Parks & Recreation will host its second-annual Boo-B-Que By the Sea.

The event, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct...

Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 6:57am

Bear Trap Dunes celebrating fall with families on Saturday

This weekend, Bear Trap Dunes will be hosting its first Fall Festival, inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day on the front lawn.

“We’re hoping for it to grow it to a yearly thing,” said Erin Swanson, Bear Trap membership and...

Thursday, October 13, 2016 - 10:54am