Arts & Entertainment
The 10th Annual Children’s Parade and program will take place on July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mark’s Labyrinth at the corner of State and Ellis streets in Millsboro, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Millsboro.
The theme for this year celebrates Yankee Doodle.
There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over the restaurant space formally known as Charlie’s Bayside in Fenwick Island. There were renovations to get under way, color schemes to choose, a brand new menu to create and literal walls to come down, to optimize the space’s scenic waterfront views.
Oh, yeah — and they also had to move their collective allotment of worldly possessions and basically their entire lives from the next state over, from Philadelphia, Pa.
But after a complete redesign of both the restaurant’s atmosphere and its offerings, as well as an eagerly-endorsed one-way U-Haul rental receipt, Fin Alley finally made its debut, just in time for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.
“The one word that I kept on hearing was: ‘Excellent,’” said Linda Guckin of the opening weekend reception. “Not ‘good,’ ‘very good’ or ‘OK,’ but ‘excellent.’ There’s people that have returned three times already. That’s what we want.”
As husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the Guckins had already embarked on no small number of successful entrepreneurial endeavors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. But despite that success, city life had begun to take its toll.
That’s when the long-time visitors to the area’s beaches, with a vacation home in Bishopville, Md., began to find it more and more difficult to leave the beach and head back home.
“We were looking around for a business for quite a while, and then this opportunity came about,” explained Bill Guckin. “It’s a good location and great view. We thought, with a good remodel and fixing the place up — maybe improve the menu a bit — we thought people would really enjoy coming here. So we decided to jump on it.”
After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the summer season.
A Delaware blueblood with a talent for shaking cocktails, a street-smart personal trainer and a flamboyant heir to a fading French-fry empire are just a few of the eccentric characters in “Fun with Dick & James,” a new book by Rich Barnett that will be celebrated at a launch party at Proud Books on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Sunday, June 26, 4-6 p.m.
Coastal Point Staff
Summer has arrived — unofficially, at least— with the Memorial Day weekend, as it does every year. And that change of seasons and the seasonal nature of the resort area brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.
Not everyone realizes that the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach is a state park, and even those who regularly enjoy Delaware Seashore State Park as an access point to the beach, bay and inlet may not be aware of the wide variety of educational and recreational programs and events that are offered by park staff throughout the summer season.
New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank will visit Bethany Beach on Tuesday, June 21, for the first of three special ticketed author events being co-sponsored by Bethany Beach Books and Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, both in downtown Bethany Beach.
(Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The history of the owner of this house with Bethany Beach runs deep. She’s spent every summer since the 1950s there — first as a child in her family’s beach house, then while serving as the first female ocean lifeguard in Delaware.
As an adult, she’s owned several homes in the area and is also the proprietor of the town’s only miniature golf course. Although she works full time in Washington, D.C., as an attorney, she still manages to spend the summer in Bethany in order to manage that business.
“You had to be there” isn’t a phrase often heard by the Hit Men when it comes to the golden age of rock-and-roll.
Mostly because they were there.
The group is made up of keyboardist Lee Shapiro, lead guitarist Jimmy Ryan, bassist Larry Gates, vocalist Russ Velasquez and drummer Gerry Polci, each with a rock résumé more impressive than the last.
Having worked with music legends including Elton John, Carly Simon, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Sting, Barry Manilow, the Ramones and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, just to name a few, the group’s members have certainly contributed more than their fair share to music history.
And that history is something they aim to share with their audience every time they step on stage.
The staff of the South Coastal Library is inviting teens to participate in their 2016 Summer Reading Program, with sign-up now under way.
The little church with a big heart is doing its part to welcome the influx of international students to the area, by hosting its annual international students picnic next week.
St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will hold the picnic on Tuesday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Native Americans who once occupied the east coast from Virginia to Massachusetts have a history of friendliness toward white settlers in America. Known as the Delaware or Lenni Lenape tribe, they endured migrations and removals to western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and, ultimately, within the Cherokee Nation in the Indian Territory.
Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual SoDel Fest, which will include 18 local restaurants and more than 35 wines and spirits, music and more on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in Millsboro. The event, organized by SoDelFest founder Stacy LaMotta of non-profit Creative Coastal Connections Corp, will again benefit local and international non-profits.
The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 18, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27-28, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
After vacationing in the Bethany Beach area for 18 years, the owners of this house and their two adult daughters began looking for more breathing room and found the perfect waterfront location in Irons Landing.
Completed in August of 2015, this 5,863-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has a commanding view of the Indian River, accessed by multiple decks, porches, an expansive lawn and a generous dock for launching the family’s three boats.
To counteract the northern exposure on the water side of the house, they’ve created an open and airy layout bathed in natural light from every direction. The owner has kept the décor simple and serene, preferring the continuity of using the same neutral wall color and hickory floors throughout the home, a look she says was inspired by the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give.”
The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce announced this week that Selbyville’s 59th Annual Old Timer’s Day, presented by Bunting & Murray Construction, will again include a classic car, truck, tractor and military and emergency vehicle show when it returns on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Church Street in Selbyville.
Each summer, millions of people visit Delaware’s beaches and drive along the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. However, few people realize that they are driving straight through a State Park!
Planning for “A Night for Garrett (GMoney)” started shortly after 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro was seriously injured when he was hit by a van near a local baseball field on Saturday, May 14. The fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4, with related softball competitions to be held on Sunday, June 5.
‘When my brother was eighteen, he broke his arm in an accident that ended in another young man’s death. I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.
‘It happened at the lake. Wilde Lake.’
— from ‘Wilde Lake’ by Laura Lippman
Having worked in the maritime field for more than 40 years, Walter Curran knows a thing or two about the marine industry.
“It was a life that I loved,” said Curran. “It’s been my life. It really has.”
As a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1966, he was licensed as a third mate and was also commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve. Curran spent four years at sea.
“At that point in time, being a city kid who never had two nickels to rub together prior to that, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. They were paying me to travel around the world and have a vacation. That’s literally the way I looked at it,” he said.
After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the “Mighty Mo” — the battleship U.S.S. Missouri — one of the ship’s nine original 16-inch guns that shook the enemy fleet with 2,700-pound shells was moved last week to a permanent display within historic Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park. The big gun was mounted on the Missouri when the Japanese surrender was accepted about that ship on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II.
“The U.S.S. Missouri’s gun is an important piece of American history that will draw families and tourists to Fort Miles and the beautiful shores of Cape Henlopen State Park,” said Gov. Jack Markell.
“Bringing new amenities and historical treasures to our parks not only provides an economic boost to the state, but is one the reasons why Delaware State Parks was recognized nationally this year with the Gold Award as the best park system in the nation.”
(Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 27 and 28 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The owners of this home were looking for a community to enjoy playing in, rather than just a weekend beach getaway. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home they found in Bay Forest was a perfect fit, offering an abundance of interesting people, fun activities, great happy hours, a fantastic pool and plenty of walking trails for their “poorly behaved Aussie.”
The owners first met as young archeologists and ever since have shared a love of digging in trash pits in search of history. She has continued the search for anything with a past, finding beauty in cast-offs and then recycling into collectible treasures them with her trademark artistic flair.
Gov. Jack Markell this week proclaimed June 5 as "Delaware State Parks Day" and along with his proclamation, offered the reminder that, through sponsorship from the Delaware Tourism Office’s “Visit Delaware,” admission is free that day to most parks comprising the Delaware State Parks system, which garnered the Gold Medal Award this year as the nation’s best-managed parks system.
Several “Culinary Coast” restaurants received nods in National Geographic’s recently released, “Great American Eating Experiences: Local Specialties, Favorite Restaurants, Food Festivals, Diners, Roadside Stands and More.”
Beebe Medical Foundation, in partnership with the Cape May–Lewes Ferry, will once again throw its Beebe Beach Bash, on June 4. The event will take place on the docked Delaware ferry boat. Guests can enjoy a tropical-themed evening that includes open bar, gourmet dining, dancing to the Fabulous Greaseband, charitable casino gambling, live and silent auctions, and activities.
On Wednesday, June 1, three local artists, nine writers and a musician will join together for a unique collaborative performance, “Art in the A.M.” Hosted by the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, the event, to be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m.
Nearly a dozen Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) students had the opportunity to participate in an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) National Honors Choir Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 25, in New York City.
Rehoboth Beach VegFest, an annual celebration of green, kind and sustainable living, is set for the weekend of June 10-12. The centerpiece of the weekend is the free outdoor festival on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Epworth Church off Coastal Highway in Lewes. Rehoboth VegFest offers everything from raw green smoothies and juices to vegan soul food.
Some of the area’s most innovative crafters will be showing off their work when the 2016 Artisans Fair gets under way at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, May 28.
Now in its ninth year, the fair will feature an array of different artistic mediums, including pottery, fiberwork, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, photography, paintings, glass, candles, baskets, needlepoint and more.
Per usual, proceeds from the event will benefit the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, to help provide college scholarships for local students.
After seeing more than 1,200 attendees at last year’s show, this year’s show promises to be as popular as ever, with 53 exhibitors — some new to the venue, and some returning seasoned vets.
“As our reputation has grown over the past nine years, we attract some of the best artisans,” said fair coordinator Ione Phillips. “Because our exhibitors do so well at the show, most of them return year after year, and we have a waiting list of others who want to participate.”
Here are just a few of the participants ready to showcase their work at this year’s show: