Spotlight

Meet the artisans of the 2015 Lord Baltimore Artisans Fair

The annual Artisans Fair will return to Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, bringing along with it some of the area’s top artisans, as 49 exhibitors from the local area and beyond will put their work on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., showing off and selling their hand-crafted paintings, sculptures, pottery, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and other unique creations.

New luxury recliners, reserved seating for OC moviegoers

Coastal Point • Submitted: Fox Theatre representatives show off the new luxury reclining chairs installed at Fox Sun & Surf in Ocean City over the winter.Coastal Point • Submitted: Fox Theatre representatives show off the new luxury reclining chairs installed at Fox Sun & Surf in Ocean City over the winter.Ocean City moviegoers returning to Fox Sun & Surf on 143rd Street this summer will discover that the theater has upgraded its seating to luxury recliners designed for ultimate comfort, with retractable armrests to facilitate cuddling and electronic controls to recline the seat back, which instantaneously raises the foot rest.

“The goal is to make going out to the movies a more desirable, luxurious experience,” said Don Fox, president of Fox Theatres. “The upgrading of the Fox Sun & Surf with luxury power recliners will offer Delmarva moviegoers a level of comfort and immersion unmatched by any other movie experience.”

The $1.5 million project began on Feb. 17, starting with a complete interior reconstruction of four auditoriums, which included new walls, ceilings, floors, carpeting, lighting and — most significantly — seating.

A couple highlights include new ceilings designed to block out noise on rainy days and an angled front row that is far enough back to make it potentially the most desirable part of the theater.

Farmers’ markets in Bethany, Sea Colony set to kick off season

Bethany’s two homegrown farmers’ markets are set to reopen in June, sharing many of the same growers in a producers-only showcase of local fruits, vegetables and flowers.

Memorial Day event planned at Rehoboth bandstand

On Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m., the Rehoboth VFW Post 7447 and its Men’s and Ladies auxiliaries will hold a national Memorial Day observance at the Rehoboth Beach bandstand. In attendance will be local and state dignitaries, as well as local military organization officers presenting memorial wreath tributes.

Memorial Day events to offer unique look at Fort Miles

Delaware State Parks has scheduled events to mark Memorial Day at Fort Miles in Cape Henlopen State Park on May 22 and 23.

Fort Miles was considered a pivotal part of the nation’s coastal defenses during and after World War II. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in September 2004.

Memorial Day event planned on The Circle this Sunday, May 24

The traditional Sussex County Memorial Day Service will be held on the Circle in Georgetown on Sunday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m. The co-sponsors are the Georgetown Kiwanis Club and the Korean War Veterans Association.

Friends of the Millsboro library preparing for book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are gearing up for their annual book sale. The 2015 sale will take place on Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, with a preview night for members on Thursday, July 16.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 6

The 11th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee, the juried fine crafts show will feature more than 100 fine crafters along the boardwalk, bandstand area, Garfield Parkway and Parkwood Street.

Cirque Zuma Zuma to perform at Freeman Stage, May 23

“America?s Got Talent” finalist Cirque Zuma Zuma will be performing at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on May 23 at 7 p.m. Known as the “ultimate African circus,” the show is filled with action and African culture, including dance, acrobatics, tumbling and music.

Bethany Beach prepares for annual Independence Day fun

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 32nd annual event and is seeking volunteers. The event will take place on Saturday, July 4. The 2015 grand marshals will be Phil and Mary Rossi, in recognition of their years of dedicated service to making the parade what it is today.

Baywood Golf Classic Tournament to celebrate 10 years

The 10th Annual Baywood Golf Classic tournament will take place on Wednesday, June 3, at the championship golf course of Baywood Greens. The event raises funds for Beebe Healthcare’s Tunnell Cancer Center, furthering the mission of providing hope and wellness to its patients.

Annual cornhole tournament to benefit foundation

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament, benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, next month in Millville.

“We do it to keep Russell’s memory alive,” said Emily Harne, a member of Beta Sigma Phi, “and to give back to the community.”

EMS Day returning to Bethany Beach on Saturday, May 16

People can peek behind the scenes and pick up safety tips at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on EMS Day 2015.

Art of March for Change to unify focus on art, music, healthy living

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: David Luna poses with the poster he created for the March for Change festival to be held at Bedford Park in Georgetown.Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: David Luna poses with the poster he created for the March for Change festival to be held at Bedford Park in Georgetown.David Luna, Tyler Greene and Veronica Villegas are promoting unity, art, live music and healthy eating and living at a festival at Bedford Park in Georgetown on May 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The festival is free, open to the public and especially welcomes families.

The three friends and their cohorts are local young people who are connected by Sussex Central High School, as well as their creativity, artistry, sense of community and passion for being positive in a world that tends to focus on the cynical and mundane. They are all active supporters of the Shauna Rose Kaufman Foundation, which is hosting the event.

Luna is a visual artist whose work includes graphic design, comics and video. He also has a regular column in The Annual magazine, in which he interviews nationally known comedians. He was a classmate of Shauna Kaufman at the time of her death in a car accident in June 2009.

“It was devastating for everyone who knew her,” said Luna. “But by working with the foundation and helping make a difference here, in Ecuador and in Nepal, I can see that some good has resulted.”

The idea for the festival came three months ago, long before the devastating earthquake in Nepal. One of the primary beneficiaries of the foundation is the funding of an art program at a school in the suburbs of Kathmandu. This school, called Samata, subsequently became a sister school for fourth-grade art classes at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View.

Harry Anderson to appear in Dickens fundraiser shows

Dickens Parlour Theatre on June 3-6 will celebrate its fifth anniversary and kick off a fundraising drive with a four-night, five-performance offering of David Mamet’s play “Oleanna,” starring actor Harry Anderson.

Sussex County paramedics to hold paint party

Each year, more than 100 bicyclists join together for a weeklong bike ride to honor those who have lost their lives working in emergency services.

“We ride in honor of people who were killed in the line of duty or from causes related to doing our job,” said Sussex County Paramedic Barry Hoke, who has been coordinating the group of riders for the last three years.

Gardeners by the Sea to hold annual Adopt-a-Hydrangea sale for Mother’s Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Gardeners by the Sea will host their third annual hydrangea sale on Saturday, at York Beach Mall in South Bethany, offering a choice of ‘toddler’ and ‘teen’ hydrangeas in baby-boy blue and baby-girl pink, complete with adoption certificates for the new plant parents and gift-recipient moms.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Gardeners by the Sea will host their third annual hydrangea sale on Saturday, at York Beach Mall in South Bethany, offering a choice of ‘toddler’ and ‘teen’ hydrangeas in baby-boy blue and baby-girl pink, complete with adoption certificates for the new plant parents and gift-recipient moms.The Gardeners by the Sea club will hold its third annual hydrangea sale this Mother’s Day weekend. The sale will be held on Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in front of McCabe’s Gourmet Market in the York Beach Mall in South Bethany. If the club does not sell out of plants on Saturday, they will be selling the remainder on Sunday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At this year’s sale, “toddler” and “teen” hydrangeas will be sold to the public — offering a gift-shopping opportunity for plant-loving mothers.

“We have different sizes this year. They start at $8, and the larger ones will be a little bit more, but not to exceed $16,” said Lisa Arni, who created the sale three years ago. “We have the chemicals to make the hydrangeas ‘pink for girls’ and ‘blue for boys,’ and we’re going to wrap them in pink or blue, and will give out an adoption paper.”

New this year to the sale will be the attendance of a Master Gardener, who will answer any questions those attending may have.

“We’re going to have a Master Gardner at the sale to answer any questions about the hydrangeas or any other gardening questions, which we haven’t had in the past. They can really ask anything when they come,” said Arni, who is a Master Gardener herself.

Delaware has nearly 300 Master Gardeners — who collectively volunteer more than 20,000 hours per year to the Delaware Cooperative Extension’s home horticulture program.

Millsboro Lions Club invites public to Diamond Jubilee variety show

Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.For the first time in more than 60 years, the Millsboro Lions Club will be holding a variety show. To mark the club’s 75th anniversary, the Diamond Jubilee variety show will be held to help raise money for the club’s various endeavors.

“In the state of Delaware, there are 35 Lions Clubs, and only two of them still do a variety show,” said Mitch Rogers, the first vice president of the Millsboro club and show director.

“I always really enjoyed the other shows and thought, ‘We can do this.’ I’ve been attending one of them for eight or 10 years, and I just love it. I always wished we could do one in our local Millsboro club, and I said, ‘Now is a great time, because this is our 75th anniversary of the Millsboro Lions Club.’”

The show will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 7 p.m. at Sussex Central High School. Tickets to the show cost $6, and may be purchased in advance from a Millsboro Lion, at the Millsboro Edward Jones office or at the door on the night of the event.

The Lions Chorus, which is made up of club members and some spouses, will open and close the show. In between, there will be a number of musical and comedy acts for attendees to enjoy.

Local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi will be performing during the show, as will Danita Robinson, who also performs in the Springtime Jamboree.

“One gal is going to be a Dolly Parton imitator,” said Rogers, adding that one comedy segment will feature a parody of the popular song “Happy.” “Everybody knows Pharrell Williams — so a parody of that. I hope everyone will be dancing in the aisles.”

Bethany native creates piano festival in Austin

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Accomplished pianist Bethany Beach native Matthew McLaughlin created the Austin Piano Festival in Austin, Texas. The nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the musical culture of Austin and surrounding areas by providing multiple educational opportunities and world class concerts.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Accomplished pianist Bethany Beach native Matthew McLaughlin created the Austin Piano Festival in Austin, Texas. The nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the musical culture of Austin and surrounding areas by providing multiple educational opportunities and world class concerts.When he moved to Austin, Texas, 10 years ago, Bethany Beach native Matthew McLaughlin decided to bring with him two things he loves: his music and a piece of his hometown. And that was the beginning of his business and his passion — his own piano studio, the Bethany School of Music.

“I started teaching, I think, before I could drive. My first student was when I was 15 years old… I think I had a learner’s permit. His name was Scottie, and he must’ve been in his 70s, and he would come in a pickup truck and take lessons every week,” recalled McLaughlin.

“It was a real learning experience for me because I was this kid… You couldn’t be more disparate than this, right? I was this kid teaching this gentleman how to play. He was really sweet and understanding. I don’t know how he put up with me and, of course, I had no idea what I was doing.”

He had students throughout his high school career and into college. McLaughlin even had one student who went on to study music and another who went on to get a vocal degree.

“I was teaching a lot from an early age. I didn’t really think of it that way, but in retrospect it was really good for me, because it got me a head start,” he said. “In Austin, I taught through grad school. Within a year of moving to Texas, I was able to establish a good-sized studio.”

McLaughlin also started a website, PianoBlog, which he views as an extension of his private studio. Offering weekly posts about bettering one’s piano studies, McLaughlin has just started offering merchandise for teachers and students on the site.

“It’s my chance to share day-to-day stuff, as well as my own ideas, tips, tricks, advice and the like surrounding piano study,” he explained.

McLaughlin’s latest endeavor is the Austin Piano Festival — a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the musical culture of Austin, Texas, and surrounding areas by providing multiple educational opportunities and world-class concerts. McLaughlin is one of the founding members of the festival and currently serves as the board’s president.

Community invited to enjoy an old fashioned ‘Homecoming’

Coastal Point • File Photo: Some children enjoy a merry-go-round during a precious Ocean View Homecoming event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Some children enjoy a merry-go-round during a precious Ocean View Homecoming event.This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will hold its 2015 Homecoming event, inviting the community to come together and enjoy fellowship and fun.

According to Richard Nippes of the Ocean View Historical Society, Ocean View’s Homecoming originally started in the early 1900s.

“The reason why was because there weren’t many jobs other than farming, so a lot of people would leave to go to Philadelphia and other places to work. They all tended to miss the camaraderie that existed in town because of family and friends — it was a tight-knit community.

“They started an event held in August where they invited all the people who had left to come back and renew family ties and friendships; just to get together with old friends and have a good time.”

However, with the start of World War II and the rationing of gasoline, Nippes said, the event ended.

Vino & Vinyl at Fenwick Wine Cellars on May 24

Fenwick Wine Cellars will host a creative afternoon of wine and decorating lighted wine bottles with Vocal Vinyl on Sunday, May 24, at 12:30 p.m.

The $25 price of admission includes one lighted wine-bottle lamp, high quality outdoor pre-cut vinyl in beautiful colors and designs, and instruction from the owner of Vocal Vinyl to create an Ocean Devotion-themed bottle lamp to take home.

Classic car show returning to Selbyville on June 20

Coastal Point • File Photo: The town of Selbyville will once again be home to the annual Old Timer’s Day classic car show on June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Coastal Point • File Photo: The town of Selbyville will once again be home to the annual Old Timer’s Day classic car show on June 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Selbyville’s 58th Annual Old Timer’s Day, presented by Bunting & Murray Construction, is returning as the town’s traditional summer festival after a year’s hiatus, featuring a classic car, truck, tractor and military and emergency vehicle show.

The event will take place on June 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Church Street in Selbyville. Judging in the car show will take place from noon to 2 p.m., followed by an awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Themed “Hot Rods for Hospice,” all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go directly to Delaware Hospice.

The long-standing event is a tradition in Selbyville, attracting car enthusiasts, families and tourists with something for all ages. During the event, Church Street is closed and lined with classic cars, trucks, tractors and military and emergency vehicles from 1979 and older. The occasion will also feature door prizes, food, vendors, live classic country and rock entertainment from the Bo Dickerson Band, and children’s activities including crafts, pony rides, a moon bounce and an obstacle course.

Bayside community gets tasty salsa lessons, more instructors welcome

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.For nearly a year, the Bayside Institute has offered life-enrichment classes to the Bayside community’s residents, guests and renters. And just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Chef Scott Viselli of The Cove showed residents how to whip up fresh guacamole, salsa (pico de gallo) and mahi ceviche.

“To me, a recipe is just a guideline. You cook whatever you want to cook,” Viselli said on April 30. “As long as you’re using fresh ingredients, it’s gonna taste good.”

Guests laughed and dared each other to taste the sliced peppers, measuring all levels of heat along the Scoville scale.

“As interactive and fun as it was yesterday, many of the members had just met for the first time,” noted Jennifer Idzi, Bayside Institute coordinator.

While Bayside members can enjoy the continuing education (on topics ranging from wine tasting to history) the program provides, local pros can share their knowledge and passions.

“I am always seeking new instructors to share their expertise on a number of topics,” Idzi said. “Our instructors are sourced from local businesses and local experts.”

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard, but they were also meant to live in coastal Delaware, so they are less likely to need extra water or nutrients.

Their popularity accounts for the 11th year of the Gardening for the Bays Native Plant Sale, on Saturday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The nighttime cocktail party also returns on the eve of the sale.

Organizer Sally Boswell of event sponsor the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays called this the “one-stop-shop for going native in your garden,” hosted annually at James Farm Ecological Preserve on Cedar Neck Road in Ocean View.

“The big stores, for the most part — they have not gotten into native plant offerings in their nurseries. So it’s our small, local, independent nurseries that are leading the way in that,” said Boswell.

Five nurseries will sell thousands of flowers, shrubs, grasses and trees.

Bridgeville golf tournament to honor fallen Marine

On May 9, golfers can play a round and celebrate a fallen U.S. Marine in the process. The second annual Cory Palmer Memorial Golf Tournament is being hosted by a group of the young man’s best friends that Saturday, at Heritage Shores Golf Club in Bridgeville.

Seaford resident Cory L. Palmer died on May 6, 2006, when his Humvee patrol was struck by a roadside bomb near Fallujah, Iraq.

Coastal Kayak to host Paddle with your Pooch

Coastal Kayak in Fenwick Island will host the 2nd Annual “Paddle with your Pooch” on Sunday, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in support of the Worcester County (Md.) Humane Society. Organizers said all are welcome, with or without a pet, to help Worcester County Humane Society pets get a new “leash” on life.

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View residents Bob and Nancy Lueckel.

Community invited to partake in ‘A Greater Loesser Moment’

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Heart and Soul,” “Luck Be a Lady” — all songs that people are familiar with and can even hum along to, but perhaps don’t know were written by renowned songwriter Frank Loesser.

CoChilla 2015 returns to support SPCA

Lovers of animals and music will be able to support both this Sunday at CoChilla 2015, set at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach. The event was started three years ago by local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi.

Freeman takes center stage

Freeman Stage announces biggest season ever

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the 2015 season hits that nail on the head, with a variety of music, dance, theater and children’s performances.

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