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Pumpkin Festival returning to Millville this Saturday

Millville’s annual Pumpkin Festival will return this weekend, offering families the chance to enjoy fun fall festivities.

Former Millville mayor Don Minyon created the event in 2009 as a way to showcase the town.

Fall Festival ready to kick off at Lord Baltimore next Saturday

This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday, Oct. 3, to Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the school.

Magee family farm legacy enters a new era

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Magee family has been farming in the area for 150 years. Here, the family poses for a photo on their farm in Williamsville.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Magee family has been farming in the area for 150 years. Here, the family poses for a photo on their farm in Williamsville.At Magee Farms in Williamsville, life is just starting to slow down a bit from the frenetic pace of the spring and summer growing seasons. Things have been so busy, in fact, that Ellen, Danny and Chris Magee hadn’t even realized that their farm has been in the Magee family for 150 years this year.

“We get so busy trying to get a crop in the field and trying to get it out,” Danny Magee said, that the fact that this year marks a rather impressive anniversary had completely escaped their attention.

Holding its own in the midst of the development that has been the hallmark of the area on Route 54 between Fenwick Island and Selbyville is something the family is proud of, whether or not they keep track of how long they’ve been at it.

Cyclops 1 to explore Coast Day at U.D. Lewes Campus Sunday

Coastal Point • File Photos: Photographs from last year’s event show hand-tonging for oysters, the live tank and the advantages of pulleys.Coastal Point • File Photos: Photographs from last year’s event show hand-tonging for oysters, the live tank and the advantages of pulleys.Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled for this year, due to inclement weather.

All eyes will be on Cyclops at the 39th annual Coast Day in Lewes on Sunday.

Known for always bringing its fair share of nautical notoriety at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean & Environment and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, this year’s event will feature Cyclops 1 — a five-person submersible capable of traveling to depths of 500 feet.

“We’re really excited,” said Katy O’Connell, director of Environmental Public Education, of the chance to showcase Cyclops 1 at Coast Day. “It’ll be out of the water so folks can see one of these up close.”

While Cyclops 1 may steal the show and certainly headlines its “Discoveries on land, in the air and at sea” theme, the event will also still feature some of the usual favorites, including marine animal touch tanks, ship tours, seafood cooking contests, educational exhibits, underwater robotics and even a LEGO model ship display.

Joyful noise at Gospel Song Fest

Coastal Point • Tracy Johnson: The Union Gospel Choir sang at the Gospel Song Fest at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 19.Coastal Point • Tracy Johnson: The Union Gospel Choir sang at the Gospel Song Fest at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 19.A majority of the congregation was fully involved in praise and song at the Gospel Song Fest as the Union Gospel Choir from Union UMC in Delmar, Md., sang throughout the event on Saturday, Sept. 19, at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md.

The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Curtis sponsored the event, and one of their own, Priscilla Postley, decided to make the Gospel Song Fest come to life.

Postley’s role in the church is serving as an usher and secretary of the Delmarva Usher Association for Maryland, Delaware and Virginia counties.

Outside the church, Postley works for Compton Trust, also known as Tyson, and has worked in the chicken business for 35 years, with work experience from Showell to Perdue.

Postley said the UMW tries to do different events throughout the year to raise money for mission projects, and a Gospel Song Fest inspired her.

Community Tennis Day at Sea Colony on Sunday, Sept. 27

It will be a tennis “free for all” at Sea Colony on Sunday, Sept. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. for the second annual Community Tennis Day. Tennis players of all ages and skill levels are being invited to the world-class center, located at the crossroads of Kent Avenue and West Way Drive, just south of Bethany Beach.

Botanic gardens to host native plant lecture Sept. 26

Claudia West, planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, will discuss “Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap between Horticulture and Ecology” on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Frankford Public Library.

Songwriter documentary, performance set for Sept. 28

Grammy-winning songwriter and musician Scot Sax is looking to show audiences the not-so-glamorous side of being a successful songwriter in his debut documentary, “Platinum Rush,” which will be shown at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28, at 7 p.m., followed by a live performance, as part of the Dickens Documentary Series with Bryan Russo, himself a musician.

Scot Sax, Suzie Brown bringing the blues to Dickens

Coastal Point • Submitted Scot Sax and Suzie Brown will be playing at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28.Coastal Point • Submitted Scot Sax and Suzie Brown will be playing at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28.He was writing Grammy-winning songs and dropping visceral guitar riffs in the power pop/rock band Queen Electric. She was a successful cardiologist with a degree from Harvard Medical and an undiscovered voice. They met at a mutual friend’s wedding, danced before they even spoke, got married and started touring together.

With two vastly differing musical backgrounds, influences and tastes, Scot Sax and Suzie Brown may have never envisioned that their styles would mesh. But when the two go on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28, Sussex County will get to hear firsthand just how well those styles have blended together.

“She needed a little more rhythm and upbeat stuff in her set, and I think I needed a little more sensitivity in my set,” Sax explained. “That was a good thing for both of us. Our show now is better than what it was before. The albums are better than before.”

While Sax and Brown seemed to have found their sound playing their own blend of blues both at shows and on their new album, “Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either,” set to release on Sept. 25, it wasn’t always that way.

SoDel Fest to feature wine, food and music this fall in Millsboro

The stage is set for an event benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth. Presented by Schell Brothers, SoDel Fest, a celebration of wine, food and music will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from noon to 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, in Millsboro.

Corn to Run set for Sept. 26 in Millsboro

East Coast Garden Center will host the 4th Annual Corn to Run 5K run/walk on Sept. 26. The event is held in a cornfield across the street from East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro and consists of a 3.1 mile run/walk that meanders through the cornfield.

Brandywine calendar release party set for Tuesday, Sept. 15

Free party, live music open to the public

Mark those 2015 Brandywine Senior Living calendars for Sept. 15, because the 2016 Brandywine Senior Living calendar release party is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

‘Hate Mail’ to open BART season at Dickens

The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season next week, opening with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.

Country star Aaron Tippin to play Freeman Stage on Friday

Coastal Point • Submitted: Aaron Tippin will play at the Freeman Stage this Friday night.Coastal Point • Submitted: Aaron Tippin will play at the Freeman Stage this Friday night.For the past 25 years, singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin has made tour stops all across the nation, bringing his signature blend of neo-traditional country music with him. But on Friday, Sept. 11, for the first time in his career, he’ll make his way to the Freeman Stage at Bayside.

“I’ve been doing this for 25 years. I’ve seen a lot of America,” Tippin said. “Generally, we’re on the bus touring all over the country. As long as there are country fans there, I got all I need.”

Some of Tippin’s hits include “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” “There Ain’t Nothin’ Wrong with the Radio,” “My Blue Angel,” “Workin’ Man’s PhD,” and “In Overdrive.” However, there are a few numbers that will be all the more appropriate Friday night, including “Where the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Fly,” which Tippin wrote and recorded just two days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 and released less than a week later, going on to top the charts.

Tippin went even further in showing his pride for his country when he began taking trips overseas to perform the song for U.S. military service members. For him, that national pride is something he’s emphasized throughout his career.

Slam Dunk to the Beach reveals more teams for 2015

Lineup includes some of the country’s best

The Delaware Sports Commission this week announced the national slate of high school teams that will participate in the Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament, which will be held at Cape Henlopen High School on Dec. 27-29.

From mammals to mosaics: Boardwalk Arts Festival rides again

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photos don’t do justice to 3-D glass artworks, where the light twinkles through this mosaic bench, by Celeste Kelly.Coastal Point • Submitted: Photos don’t do justice to 3-D glass artworks, where the light twinkles through this mosaic bench, by Celeste Kelly.Who says Labor Day has to be the end? The summer season continues Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 37th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown Bethany will transform into a free outdoor art festival. More than 100 juried artists will show and sell their finest glass, jewelry, metalwork, pottery, painting, photography, basketry, drawing, woodwork and more.

Artists’ booths will be located on the boardwalk from Campbell Place to Central Avenue, also spilling onto Parkwood Avenue, the bandstand and the east end of Garfield Parkway.

“There’s fine arts with the fine crafts, so you get a really diverse artwork,” said artist Celeste Kelly. “So, anything you’re interested in, you’re going to find something there. The quality of the work is great.”

“It’s free — that’s the big thing!” Kelly said. “I think a lot of people don’t know … that a lot of places charge.”

That brings in many types of visitors.

“It’s our first time, and I had no clue what it’s like. Anyway, it will be fun to find out,” said artist Elaine Valletta of Appletree Creations, whose family is making a vacation of it.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set to bid farewell to summer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.

A tongue-in-cheek “celebration” of the end of summer, it was started by local business owner Moss Wagner as a way for businesspeople to blow off steam at the end of the hectic summer season.

For many spectators, it’s a bittersweet goodbye to summer fun — and the traffic that goes with it. Parents standing along the boardwalk with their kids are most likely thinking about last-minute back-to-school preparations while straining to hear the first somber notes of “Amazing Grace.”

By the time the band swings into “When the Saints Go Marching In,” the party mood has set in and spectators have often joined the throng of mourners making its way to the Bethany Beach bandstand.

Community set to welcome warrior families for beach week

Coastal Point • File Photo: Operation SEAs the Day participants kayak on one of the local bays during the 2013 event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Operation SEAs the Day participants kayak on one of the local bays during the 2013 event.Next week, 30 wounded warriors and their families will travel from all over the country to visit Bethany Beach, thanks to Operation SEAs the Day.

The nonprofit organization that was created to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.”

Warrior Beach Week will be held Sept. 8-13 and gives the wounded warriors and their families a time to relax as a family, without a focus on any of their injuries.

Each family will stay in a home in Bethany Beach that is donated for the week and be provided with a volunteer host, who will help, if desired by the family, with anything from giving directions to making suggestions as to what to enjoy while they’re in the area.

Along with the 30 wounded warrior families, two alumni families from Warrior Beach Week last year will be returning to offer assistance to the families.

Throughout the week, the “Very Important Families” (VIFs) will get to enjoy a welcoming reception at Ocean View VFW Post #7234, as well as a bonfire and cookout, and a family night.

Families will get to choose what activities they participate in, and are given the opportunity to golf, fish, have a spa day or just relax — all free of charge. With more than 100 sponsors, the events’ supporters even donate items to the VIFs, from gift cards to a free meal in their restaurants.

Cripple Creek Car Show continues to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Allison Stine, black shirt, and the ladies are all geared up for the now annual car show they put on to benefit Operation SEAs the Day. This year’s show will be hled on Saturday, Sept. 12.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Allison Stine, black shirt, and the ladies are all geared up for the now annual car show they put on to benefit Operation SEAs the Day. This year’s show will be hled on Saturday, Sept. 12.Last year, local Realtor Allison Stine decided to organize a car show at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club to support Operation SEAs the Day, a local nonprofit whose mission is to “organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice.

“It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life,” organizers said.

“The first year of the Warrior Beach Week, I was not familiar with the event at all, and it sort of came and went,” recalled Stine. “It was completely off my radar screen until after the event. My friend Don Summerville, who is very involved with Operation SEAs the Day, told me all about it,” she said.

“I’m a car enthusiast, and I wanted to get involved in some way beyond just donating my Sea Colony condo or something. I wanted to find a way to raise more money. I have experience in organizing car shows. So I thought it would be a great opportunity to raise money for the organization.”

This year, Warrior Beach Week will take place Sept. 8-13. More than two dozen Wounded Warriors and their families will be provided with a worry-free beach vacation in Bethany Beach, which includes fun outings, such as boating and golf.

Former home of cartoonist Block to host warrior family

“Girl Friday to work for newspaper man,” read the ad that Jean Rickard responded to while studying to be a teacher at George Washington University.

Art in the yard (yART) hits 10-year milestone in Bethany

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.This Labor Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday, marks the 10th anniversary of the annual yART sale at 33258 Kent Avenue in Bethany Beach. (yART = art in the yard!) There is no “rain date,” so fingers are crossed for fine weather.

The yART sale has become a win-win-win event. Artists win because they are able to display and sell their creations in an intimate and lovely setting, with the only requirement being a donation of one piece of their work.

The community wins by seeing and keeping up with the work of some of the area’s best artists of all media, and potters, jewelers and other artisans. And, most importantly, local non-profit organizations win from being beneficiaries of a “Chinese auction” of the artists’ donations, to the tune of more than $20,000 thus far.

The yART sale takes place in the circular driveway of the home of Julie and Nick Kypreos. The amount of time, effort, planning and generosity they devote to having successful events each year is somehow obscured by the seamless ease, fun and conviviality on the actual days of yART sale. And that includes when a sudden cloudburst erupts and everyone rushes around, focused on protecting theirs and others’ artwork from wind and rain.

“For me, the atmosphere of the event is the best part,’ said Julie Kypreos. “We always have a really great group of artists — some the same and a few different each year — who have forged a unique dynamic amongst themselves and with the public that faithfully returns. Everyone is always excited to see each other’s new pieces and perhaps new directions their art has taken them, and to check out the auction table to see the amazing donations.”

“The second best part is knowing that 100 percent of the money raised is going right back into worthy causes in our local community. I’m really happy that Suzanne Thurman and the MERR Institute is our charity this year.”

The MERR Institute is dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles and their habitat. MERR stands for Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation. This year marks the 15th anniversary of its inception.

Weeklong event celebrates Ellen Rice Gallery’s Bethany Beach grand opening

This Saturday kicks off a weeklong grand-opening celebration of the Ellen Rice Gallery’s move to Bethany Beach after “celebrating American creativity every day for 16 years” in Ocean View.

Casting call set for upcoming BART comedy production

Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) is inviting local drama buffs to try out for some of the group’s fall offerings. BART, which perform at the Dickens Theater at 3575 Atlantic Avenue in Millville, will begin the season’s first production, “Hate Mail,” in September, with performances on Sept. 17-19 and 24-26.

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra announces ‘Season of Celebration’

The 2015-2016 season of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is designed to celebrate Maestro Julien Benichou’s 10 years as music director. The MSO’s 19th season will showcase a variety of music and soloists.

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.

“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.

“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”

Gallery One artists say ‘Welcome to my World!’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Dale Sheldon’s ‘Autumn near Greve’ is an acrylic painting to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Welcome to my World’ and will be held from Sept. 3-30.Coastal Point • Submitted: Dale Sheldon’s ‘Autumn near Greve’ is an acrylic painting to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Welcome to my World’ and will be held from Sept. 3-30.Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced its September show theme, “Welcome to my World,” which will be open to the public Sept. 3-30. “Welcome to my world” is designed to be an invitation to glimpse and participate in realm of the Gallery One artists’ world. Each artist has a unique view, and each painting a different thought.

Dale Sheldon’s “Autumn Near Greve” glows with the “glorious colors seen in autumn in Tuscany, which are a feast for the eyes. The rich golds of the fields play against the cool hillsides in the distance, and the dramatic dark greens found in the trees complement the iconic red roofs.”

“View from my Garden” is the path Laura Hickman takes every day in her “summer world.” Watering the flowers and pool cleaning are never a chore. Sunlit grass and colorful flowers are so preferable to her “winter” world, she said.

Joyce Condry’s mixed-media painting “Waste Not Want Not” describes the evolutionary aspects of a painting. “I just can’t throw anything away! If a painting isn’t working, I might be able to make it work someday.”

Best of Milton Auction & Party set for Sept. 12

A celebration is planned for the 10th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Party on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street in Milton. The party will aim for an atmosphere of cool elegance, in pale blue and shimmering silver as they celebrate this anniversary in style.

OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week ready to rock Sept. 17-20

Delmarva Bike Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary Sept. 17-20 in three locations: Winterplace Park and the Shorebirds’ stadium in Salisbury, Md., and Rommel Harley-Davidson in Seaford.

First-ever state championship KCBS barbecue cook-off planned at state park

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the first-ever “Boo-B-Que By the Sea,” a two-day statewide barbecue cook-off competition beginning Friday, Oct. 30, at Delaware Seashore State Park. The event will also feature the first live auction for low-digit surf-fishing tags, on Saturday, Oct. 31.

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