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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 will be held Friday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the library.

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

Farber to make directorial debut

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.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 able to laugh at “A Tiny Little Secret” when it debuts at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 18.

The latest play from local playwright Bob Davis and the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART), the story may center around the election process, but takes no discernible political stance. In fact, according to director Oksana Farber, the play is meant to serve more as comedic relief from the whole ordeal than anything else.

“This is pure fun,” Farber said. “It mimics, of course, the entire political and election process, but it is done in a tremendously funny way. It won’t cast a shadow at all on what is going on right now.”

As the title suggests, in the play everyone seems to have a “tiny little secret” after the death of Howie Newton’s grandfather, who along with his wife, Maggie, and an aspiring-CPA devises a plan to save on inheritance tax — which not only includes maintaining that his late grandfather is still alive, but also running for a council seat, and all the campaign characters hiding secrets of their own along the way.

Criss returns to Clear Space to star in ‘Deathtrap’

Equity actor Andrew Criss, who appeared in the Clear Space Theatre Company fall production of “Lips Together, Teeth Apart,” will return to Clear Space to star in its latest show, “Deathtrap,” a mystery play by Ira Levin.

Fort Miles presentation set for Feb. 18 in Bethany

On Thursday, Feb. 18, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Dr. Gary Wray, “Fort Miles: Past, Present, Future.” The event will take place at Bethany Beach Town Hall, 214 Garfield Parkway, at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Delaware

On Sunday, Feb. 7, at 1 p.m. one of Delaware’s largest fundraising events — the Special Olympics Delaware Lewes Polar Bear Plunge, presented by Wawa — will take to the chilly waters of the Atlantic.

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.

Fourth annual Photo Beach Bash scheduled for April 17 in Rehoboth

The Coastal Camera Club (CCC) announced this week that the fourth annual Photo Beach Bash will take place on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach. The theme, “Learn, Imagine, Create,” is designed to set the tone for attendees to enjoy a productive and educational day.

RAL, CCC collaborate on dual exhibits

Coastal Point • Submitted: Dick Snyder’s archival pigment print of ‘Fog-shrouded Coast’ is among the photographs on display during the collaborative exhibits between the Coastal Camera Club and Rehoboth Art League through Feb. 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: Dick Snyder’s archival pigment print of ‘Fog-shrouded Coast’ is among the photographs on display during the collaborative exhibits between the Coastal Camera Club and Rehoboth Art League through Feb. 28.On Friday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) will present two collaborative exhibitions with the Coastal Camera Club at the RAL Art Studios on Route. 9.

“This is the first time that the RAL has collaborated with the Coastal Camera Club,” said RAL Exhibitions Director Jay Pastore. “The idea for this exhibition blossomed from our developing association with the camera club.

“Our new facility on Route 9 includes a state-of-the art digital photographic printmaking studio that members of the Coastal Camera Club monitor. They assist anyone interested in digital printmaking to create their own works of art.”

“The Coastal Camera Club — A Juried Exhibition” will take place in the main exhibition room. Lee Wayne Mills, interim executive director of the RAL, and Pastore curated the works in this exhibition — many award-winning works from club competitions. The range of images is expansive and impressive, from classic photographic portraiture to panoramic landscapes to inventive, manipulated works of wide variety, they said.

Anglers need to buy fishing licenses for 2016

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police this week reminded anglers that it’s time to purchase their 2016 Delaware fishing licenses, as 2015 licenses expired Dec. 31. A valid fishing license is required for fishing, crabbing and clamming in Delaware, in both tidal and non-tidal waters.

U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds to headline 2016 O.C. Air Show

Military jets will soar over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Md., once again next year as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds return to headline the O.C. Air Show, June 18-19, 2016.

Hike and lecture series planned at state park

Delaware Seashore State Park is offering a series of programs this January to help people get outdoors, stay active and learn about the history and natural wonders of the area.

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 Beach Ball Drop at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, next to the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel.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 Beach Ball Drop at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, next to the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel.While it’s been warm enough to toss around a beach ball on the beach this holiday season, there’s an event set for New Year’s Eve in Bethany Beach that could top that.

The first-ever New Year’s Eve Beach Ball Drop is set for midnight on Jan. 1. The 7-foot inflatable ball will be dropped from the top of a ladder truck on loan from the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and will light up when it reaches the end of its drop.

The “Drop” will take place at the boardwalk end of Hollywood Street, between the north and south buildings of the Bethany Beach Ocean Suites hotel, which is sponsoring the event.

While tickets are required for the black-tie ball being held inside the hotel at 99 Sea Level, the hotel’s restaurant, the ball drop itself is open to the public. Starting at 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, complimentary hot chocolate and coffee will be served. D.J. Magellan from radio station Ocean-98 will provide family-friendly entertainment, according to Sarah Witkowski, assistant marketing and events director for the company that owns the hotel.

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Hair of the Dog 5K/10K to kick off festivities

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.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 rung in the same way, with the Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos.

In addition to the annual plunge, in which participants brave the cold temperatures of the Atlantic to celebrate the new year, the days’ festivities — put on by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation — will start out with the annual Hair of the Dog 5K and 10K oceanfront and boardwalk run.

The race and day’s events will include live music from D.J. Padraig and, as always, will include overall and age group awards and a post-race party at Mango’s on the Bethany Beach boardwalk, with beer and food donated by local restaurants.

To commemorate the race’s fifth year, participants will also receive a free insulated race tumbler provided by Burnzy’s Bar & Grill. As with prior events, racers are also being encouraged to dress up in festive costumes for the event and feel free to run the 5K with a four-legged friend.

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 placing their hand over their heart, Bayard resident Tom Ford hopes to start off 2016 with a pledge to the United States of America.

New show ‘Stillness’ to open at Gallery One on Jan. 6

Gallery One in Ocean View announced this week that its new show with the winter theme “Stillness” will be open to the public Jan. 6 through March 2. Gallery One artists will offer viewers a respite, a place or feeling of quiet in the new exhibition.

Alesi to hold album release party for ‘Lie Again’

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer Melissa Alesi is getting ready to celebrate the launch of her new album, ‘Lie Again.’Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer Melissa Alesi is getting ready to celebrate the launch of her new album, ‘Lie Again.’Local singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been hard at work this year, completing her third studio album, “Lie Again.”

To celebrate, Alesi will be hosting a release party on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Casa DiLeo on Rehoboth Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

“I will be playing songs off of the new album, as well as from the first two. This is the first event that my new album, ‘Lie Again,’ will be available for sale.”

Alesi’s has always had a love for music and singing but began songwriting in 2007. She went on to release her first full-length album, “Alesi” in 2008. In 2012, she recorded her second album, “House of Stones.”

“This album, ‘Lie Again,’ is a little bit like my first album, ‘Alesi’ in that I am exploring my songwriting in other genres. My guitar playing and songwriting has developed over the past few years, and it’s allowed me to be more experimental with my ideas,” she explained.

“‘Shot Him Down’ is a song I was very unsure about when I was writing it, but it’s one of my favorite songs on the album. It has a fun African feel that Johnny and I really had fun working on. Then there is ‘Incredible,’ that has a Stevie Wonder vibe that develops at the end. I hope everyone can feel how much fun we had making this album when they listen to it!”

Seaside Railroad Club chugs into the holiday season

For the fifth year, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is continuing to reach out to the community during the Christmas season to provide a free, traditional Christmas experience for those young and old.

Displaying five model trail layouts at the Georgetown Public Library, the club has invited local school children to take tours and enjoy the magic of trains.

Burnzy’s Bar & Grill opens up near Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill near Bethany Beach — the newest venture from owner and local restauranteur Matt Burns.

Taking over the space previously occupied by Turquoise in the Market Place at Sea Colony Burns and his team have completely renovated the space to turn it into what they’re hoping will become a staple of the area and hotspot for sports fans in Bethany Beach.

And with a completely revamped bar and dining area, bartenders and waitresses clad in a referee uniforms, and the walls lined with sports memorabilia, with an array of local teams represented, the atmosphere reflects that of the menu for locals and tourists alike.

“Everybody’s so excited for us to be here. They love the atmosphere,” Burns said of the renovations. “There was so much to do before we could even think about the theme, so it kind of happened as we were building it. I tried to do a classic sports theme throughout.”

OVHS to host fourth annual Victorian Christmas

Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian Christmas open house this weekend.

“It’s just a way to celebrate. It was a tradition to open your house at Christmas,” said OVHS President Carol Psaros. “The house we have — the Tunnell-West House — dates back to the Civil War period, 1860. It’s just an American tradition to have friends and family gather at Christmastime, especially when the house was decorated with the Christmas tree and there were presents and food.”

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the historical complex adjacent to John West Park. The event is free and open to the public.

“At our open house, we’re going to have some refreshments that were typical of the time, some cookies and light refreshments, such as hot cider,” she added. “We’ll have a mandola player dressed in costume, and some of our members will be dressed in costume, too.”

Ocean View Presbyterian to host annual Nativity Festival

Coastal Point • File photo: Detail of one of the nativities from from an earlier event.Coastal Point • File photo: Detail of one of the nativities from from an earlier event.With all the holiday madness, many are unable to take a moment to breathe and remember the meaning behind the Christmas holiday.

Ocean View Presbyterian Church parishioner Elsie Young hopes to bring that meaning back to the community with the church’s annual Nativity Festival, which features more than 125 crèches.

“My sister was telling me about a church that she went to, and they had a nativity festival, and have had it for 20-some years. She said to me, ‘Els — you ought to start that in your church.’ And I said, ‘Well, I don’t know. Then I thought about it a little bit, and we talked about it a little bit, and finally we decided, ‘Well, we’ll just try it and see what happens,’” recalled Young, who started the festival five years ago.

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ now showing

BART, Dickens put new spin on old classic

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street” before. And between four different movie adaptations and a Broadway musical, chances are you’ve probably even seen it a number of different ways.

But unless you were in the audience at Lux Radio Theatre in 1947, you’ve never been able to see it like this — until now.

When the show made its debut at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, Dec. 4, locals and theater-goers got to check out a new take on an old classic as the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) has set out to recreate the original 1947 radio show broadcast this holiday season.

“Expect something different,” said co-director Charlie Sorrentino. “‘Miracle on 34th Street’ has been done a million times since 1947 — we’re going about very differently. What we’ve done is we recreated what happened at the Lux Radio Theatre at Radio City Music Hall — our audience will get that same experience that radio audience did.”

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany bringing holiday fun to the beach

Weekend Wonderland in Bethany will be held the first three Saturdays in December, on Dec. 5, 12 and 19, throughout downtown Bethany Beach, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local merchants will be open, with special promotions and activities, and a variety of events will take place throughout the days.

Husband and wife team up for musical production of ‘A Christmas Story’

“A Christmas Story” is a holiday film about an average American family of four at Christmastime. The main character is Ralphie — the young boy who desperately begs his parents for the BB gun that they warn will “shoot his eye out.” But there is also a staged musical version of the holiday story — complete with a dance number featuring the lamp leg.

Bethany Beach to host month of holiday events

Visitors urged to give at ‘Tree of Warmth’

Visitors to Bethany Beach and residents alike will find during the holiday season that the Town has rolled out the red carpet and added a boardwalk Christmas tree this year to light the way for holiday revelers.

Frankford holiday lighting set for Saturday

Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The holiday event aims to build holiday and town spirit. Local church choirs will lead the night’s music, and Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will host children at Santa’s House until 8 p.m.

Dagsboro tree lighting set for this weekend

Dagsboro will light up on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Christmas season kicks off at Katie Helm Town Park.

The Town of Dagsboro will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Residents and visitors can enjoy free cookies and hot chocolate.

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