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Hop to it: A basketful of Easter activities to fill the weekend

On the prowl for egg hunts? They’re scheduled for Saturday, April 4, in all corners of the county.

• Bethel Tabernacle Church in Clarksville will host its annual Egg Hunt, which has grown include more than 8,000 eggs filled with candy, toys and tickets that can be redeemed for prizes.

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 28, at the public park on Park Street (across from the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall).

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.

“We hope to continue to maintain that high level” of performance that the community is used to “and provide nice entertainment for the public,” said IRHS Music Director Nathan Mohler.

The musicians are getting creative, with a drum line, sax quartet and rocking Bruno Mars finale. There’s even an acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

The lineup ranges from music to stage routines, including a comedy game show. Musical renditions include a variety of genres: country (Aaron Lewis), R&B (Whitney Houston), pop rock (One Republic), Christian music and more.

Most of the acts have live accompaniment from a 27-piece pit band.

“We have a very good variety,” Mohler said.

The student performers also decided what they wanted to put on stage, choosing their own songs and acts.

“I’ve always felt, in the music world, a performer’s gonna get more out of it [based on] what they put in,” Mohler said. “If they’re doing what they want, they’re gonna care more about it… harbor that same passion and intensity.”

Gallery One displaying ‘A Thing of Beauty’ in April

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: It’s loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.”

Those are the words of the English poet John Keats, and the artists at Gallery One are inviting the public to visit the gallery to see how its artists have interpreted the theme “A Thing of Beauty.”

Broadway lyricist Mindi Dickstein to speak at workshop

The Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach announced this week that author Mindi Dickstein, lyricist of “Little Women: The Musical,” will be guest speaker at a workshop on Sunday March 22, at 6:30 pm at the theater. A $5 donation is requested to attend the workshop.

Writer Bob Bausch to appear at Dogfish for reading, conversation

On Sunday, March 22, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host nationally acclaimed writer Robert Bausch, who will be reading from his latest novel, “As Far as the Eye Can See,” and talking with his audience about writing, the writing life and publishing. The event, to be held at Dogfish Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 18

The 26th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, presented by PNC Bank, will take place on April 18 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. Hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, cyclists region-wide will complete 5-, 30- or 50-mile or metric century courses travelling throughout Southern Delaware’s beach and bay locales.

Paddle Second Chance to return June 26-27

Paddle Second Chance recently announced that it will hold its third annual Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) board day of racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance (OSC). OSC is a non-profit 501(c) organization committed to serving wounded combat veterans and their families’ recovery and transition back to active duty or into civilian life.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Struggles lead to triumph in original Possum Point play

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present ‘A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,’ written by Rosa Barnes. The show runs Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present ‘A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,’ written by Rosa Barnes. The show runs Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students.This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown.

Offering moments of both joy and heartbreak, the “talent show” of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present “A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,” as written by Rosa Barnes.

They perform Negro spirituals, praise music, contemporary, gospel and R&B. (Cast members especially like the African dance, they said.)

The narrative weaves from “Creation” to slavery, historical milestones and the civil rights movement.

Stories range from slave markets and lynching to a light-hearted musical funeral for an old plantation owner.

“I hope [audiences] will be entertained. I want them to laugh. I want them to enjoy the ones that are fun,” Barnes said.

A particularly touching moment comes when four girls sing “This Little Light of Mine.” Suddenly, they freeze, and a choir finishes the song.

Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 24th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 22 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up of homes,” said Kathy Green, Cottage Tour chair, “and making tickets available now will ensure our patrons the opportunity to enjoy the tour.”

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

Great White, Kix, Doobie Brothers to headline O.C. BikeFest

Nationally known performers will rock the main stage during the fifth anniversary of O.C. BikeFest, happening Sept. 17-20 at the Inlet in Ocean City, Md. Great White and Kix will perform on Thursday, Sept. 17, and the Doobie Brothers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 19.

‘Death by Chocolate’ returning to West OC on Sunday

The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free chocolate treat will await participants as they go to each store to complete their game card.

State parks’ new user fees to go into effect Feb. 15

DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has received approval by DNREC Secretary David Small to implement new user fee increases that will go into effect mid-month.

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.

Lincoln to come to life in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Ross will portray Abraham Lincoln as part of Ocean View Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday when they will sponsor ‘An Interview with Abraham Lincoln.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Ross will portray Abraham Lincoln as part of Ocean View Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday when they will sponsor ‘An Interview with Abraham Lincoln.’“Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Powerful words, spoken by perhaps one of the greatest presidents in the nation’s history, are just one of the many historic moments created by the 16th president Abraham Lincoln.

To celebrate Lincoln’s birthday, the Ocean View Historical Society is sponsoring “An Interview with Mr. Lincoln,” presented by local thespians Barbara Slavin and Robert Ross.

“I got this idea when I thought about [Robert’s] stature — that he would make a great Abraham Lincoln,” said Slavin, noting that both she and Ross have researched Lincoln and the Civil War. “So I decided to take the information I had and make it into a play.”

The presentation will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Ocean View Town Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

“It’s the day before Lincoln’s birthday. He would be 209 years old. So we thought February is a good month to present it,” said Slavin. “I’m active in the Historical Society, so I just thought this was something that would be fun to do.”

In the production, Slavin plays a contemporary reporter who interviews Lincoln, played by Ross.

“I’m his interviewer in today’s world, and he comes back here to be interviewed. I ask him questions about his early life, his political life, how he got into law, his family life. Then we talk about the Civil War.”

Both actors will be dressed in costumes that Slavin designed and made. The presentation also features a PowerPoint presentation with pictures and music.

Barbershop chorus set to deliver Singing Valentines

The Southern Delaware Nautical Sounds Barbershop Chorus is offering Singing Valentines on Friday, Feb. 13, and Saturday, Feb. 14.

A quartet will travel to the home or place of business of the object of the givers’ affections and present him or her with a long-stemmed rose, a Valentine card and two songs. The cost is $40.

Contact Herman Rotsch at (302) 644-1321 to arrange time and place.

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit http://coastalpoint.zenfolio.com/p337602837 for more photos.Margaritas aren’t the only thing “frozen” at the Salted Rim restaurant in Ocean View.

Families can now enjoy a Disney’s “Frozen” adventure aboard the railroad cars lining Route 26, which are decked in silver, blue and white tulle and icicles.

“It’s cold outside. It’s a frozen movie. It gives families something to do,” Karen Fritz, owner of the late-night Tex-Mex place.

“I think it’s gonna be awesome. I think they’re gonna love it,” as will the families, to see their children so happy, Fritz said. “That’s what you do it for — the kids! The excitement.”

Large-screen televisions will show the movie on the train cars several times daily, with a dinner buffet, each weekend through March 15.

‘Paint What You Love’ is on display at Gallery One through March 3

Artists find that their work is more expressive, energetic, soulful and successful, when they paint what they love. For the January/February’s exhibit theme, Gallery One partners painted subjects that were special to them.

Former Gone Boys to perform at night of Songs & Stories

On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another night of “Songs & Stories” at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. The event, which starts at 7 p.m and lasts until about 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show set for March 15 in Millsboro

The Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will hold their 20th Annual Central Sussex Bridal Show on Sunday, March 15, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Millsboro Town Center. Sponsors for this year’s event are Chardon Jewelers and the Voice Radio Broadcasting. The theme for this year’s event is “A Platinum Affair” to celebrate its 20th year.

Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach sets dates for summer run/walk series

That 2015 resolution can be a healthy one when people start their exercise routines to get ready to run or walk the annual Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Run/Walk Series 2015, which will begin on May 25 and end with the 39th Bottle and Cork 10-mile run.

Planet Maze kicks off a year-long 20th anniversary celebration

Planet Maze in Ocean City, Md., this week announced the kick off to a year-long celebration commemorating its 20th anniversary, featuring contests, specials and a birthday party.

Matt’s Fish Camp beer dinners in full swing

Matt’s Fish Camp in North Bethany on Dec. 17 hosted a four-course beer dinner featuring Oskar Blues Brewery that aimed to prove that beer, like wine, does pair well with food. The restaurant is holding beer dinners in the off-season on the third Wednesday of each month. The next event is scheduled for Jan. 21.

Going out for New Year’s Eve? Plenty of options

For those ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night on the town, local restaurants have got things covered. (Reservations are recommended for all the events, and some spots are filling up fast.)

Alesi hosting open mic evening in Rehoboth Beach

Singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been a staple in the local music scene for the past few years and has recently taken over hosting an open-mic night at Casa Dileo restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

“It’s been going really well,” said Alesi. “We just started a couple months ago, and last week I think we had maybe nine to 12 musicians sign up.”

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored tradition of taking the plunge into the Atlantic Ocean to ring in 2015.

On Jan. 1, the Town of Fenwick Island will hold the Fenwick Freeze at the beach just off Bayard Street.

Those who wish to participate may on the register day of the event, between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The cost is $25 per person, and participants will receive a Fenwick Freeze beach towel. Everyone will run into the ocean at 10:30 a.m.

Now in its 11th year, the Freeze supports the Fenwick Island Lifeguard National Competition Fund.

Tim Ferry, captain of the Fenwick Island Beach Patrol, said the swim used to support both the beach patrol and Sussex County EMS teams but now solely donates the money to the patrol.

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