Arts & Entertainment

Local rockers

A drum set sits as the focal point of the room. Pictures of local scenery decorate the walls, and amplifiers, guitars, a keyboard and other musical equipment sits on top of a bed of wires that are easy to trip on while walking through the small guest house on the back of a Millville home.

Swamp story

Salisbury author Andy Nunez made a name for himself in the local treasure-hunter/metal detectorist crowd last year, with his “Treasures of the Eastern Shore” paperback. But he’s on a different hunt these days, working on the new “Mysteries of the Eastern Shore.”

Not forgotten

Since moving to the Bethany area permanently about 10 years ago, Margy Nist has noticed a collective area opinion about developers.

Stories of dolls

When Christina Weaver settled down with husband Ike just outside South Bethany in the late 1990s, one thing she wanted to do was collect some antiques. But a visit to a Rehoboth Beach antique fair in 2000 helped the Englishwoman tie her antiques hobby to a desire to connect her new granddaughter with her husband’s African-American heritage.

Local artists the stars

Kim Doughty, perhaps best known as the ceramicist in residence at the Melting Pot studio in Dagsboro, has assumed ownership of the coffeehouse at the corner of North Pennsylvania Avenue and Central Boulevard in downtown Bethany Beach.

A New Year's splash

It was a seasonable 44 degrees in downtown Bethany Beach on the first day of 2006 — and only a few degrees chillier in the water — but more than 275 intrepid splashers signed up to join in the annual New Year’s Day ocean plunge.

Hello 2006

We’re a forward-thinking group over here at the Coastal Point.

A Christmas to remember

Fenwick church prepares for Christmas baptism

Parishioners at St. Matthew’s By-the-Sea United Methodist in Fenwick Island will welcome a newcomer this Christmas Day — a young lad, and to his parents a miracle who had arrived even as their hopes grew dim.

New head of the ship

Bethany-area broker ready to lead county's real estate association

The Sussex County Association of Realtors (SCAOR) has pegged Coldwell Banker’s Rick Allamong to take over the top leadership spot for the coming year. Allamong was set for induction at SCAOR’s annual installation dinner (Thursday, Dec. 15) — he will serve as president in 2006.

Rejuvenated

The old Robinson house, one of Millville’s historic landmarks for more than 100 years, is looking rather sprightly at its new location on Cedar Drive.

Back in action

She’s been away from the Southeastern Delaware Artists’ Studio Tour (SEDAST) for a year or two, but Allene Martinez has returned this year, and if tour participants can find her, they’ll find a gem.

Artistic designs

Think you’ve seen some beautiful homes along the Sussex seashore? Check out muralist Damon Pla’s portfolio — they’ll stretch your perspective.

Veterans honored

Veterans’ Day — Nov. 11. Local Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion members (and auxiliaries and friends) once again honored the dead. But they also reminded one another of why they should feel proud that they’d served themselves, and took the opportunity to express their gratitude to U.S. military personnel on active duty around the world today.

Town gets into spirit

And of course, all the costumed children who would like to participate.
Town Clerk Terry Truitt asked everyone to start assembling in the parking lot next to town hall (between town hall and the post office) between 11:30 and 11:45 a.m. The parade sets out at noon, headed for town park.

Helping Lions

Lions Clubs provide help in areas some people would rather not think about. For instance, they hold drives to collect used sunglasses, but then there’s also the Lions Eye Bank of Delmarva. It’s a donor bank for corneal tissue.

Riding Waves

Jake Buchler gave Sussex County a little presence at the 2005 Eastern Surfing Association (ESA) Easterns last month, and brought home some glory for himself as well. He picked up top-five finishes in two divisions this year, adding to a first-place finish in the 2004 Easterns.

School builder

Hugh “Hughie” McBride has been in construction ever since he graduated from the Salesianum School (Wilmington), back in 1962. McBride’s run crews on a project or two since then — locally, the Delmarva Power plant near Dagsboro and the new Indian River High School. He’s now acting as overseer for major renovations at Lord Baltimore Elementary School, in Ocean View.

Top Cop

Ocean View Police Chief Kenneth McLaughlin recently earned Delaware League of Local Governments (DLLG) recognition, at an annual awards ceremony on Sept. 18.
In light of a glowing recommendation from Ocean View Town Council, the DLLG named McLaughlin as Municipal Police Chief of the Year.

Still teaching

Maybe 13 grandchildren isn’t a record, but it’s enough to justify the Parler family ranch, southwest of Ocean View. And family matriarch Anne Hemenway-Parler has worked much of that love of life on the farm into her new book, “Jan Baer and the Mystery of the Silent Circus.”

Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY

Coastal Point • SAM HARVEY

Sandra and Rev. Sir Walter Scott prepare for a health revival Sept. 26-29 in Bethany Beach.

Body and Soul

Sandra Scott should soon see results from her labors over the past year, as preparations for the “It’s Time for Abundant Living” health revival reach their conclusion.

Calling all ladies

Women of the Word (WOW) are anticipating 500 for their kickoff next week, for what will be a comprehensive but down-to-earth Bible study, with videos, music, testimonies and small group discussion. There will be a teen group, led by a female youth pastor, and childcare.

Capturing Bethany

The history of Bethany Beach’s topographical transformation — from sand erosion to housing explosions — may have yet to be written; however, it already has been rendered. Local artist Laura Hickman has been transposing the metamorphosis onto paper for decades.

Next generation

The oldest house in Ocean View, built in 1857, has a new addition — little Sadie Case, eight months old at the time of this writing. An amiable young lady, her gleeful gabbling pervades the Antique Prints shop on Central Avenue, and brings a smile to the faces of the several patrons wandering about.

Bright Lights

Three years out of Indian River High School, and Dawn Monroe has already managed to work her way onto a nationally syndicated television series. She recently appeared front and center in not one, but two, scenes in an episode of One Tree Hill (on the WB).

Beautifying Bethany

The colorful arrangements of palm trees, desert petunias, crape myrtles and cannas that greet visitors in the heart of Bethany Beach are the brainchild of Chantal Douchard, supervisor of the town’s horticulure department.

Bronze Age

When weather conditions at the beach force vacationers to stay inside, I’d Rather Be Tanning allows them to still go home with that sun-kissed look.

Artists take the heat

For the past three years, artists at The Melting Pot in Dagsboro have been working within their custom-designed studio to keep a unique art form alive.

Featured houses to star in Cottage Tour

The South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach has served the expanding beach community for more than 11 years now, ever since the town donated an acre of land and a local group put up money for a bulk mailing permit and their first funding drive.

Fourth Festivities

From coast to countryside, organizers are gearing up with weekend activities and finishing up final preparations for Monday’s slew of events celebrating Independence Day.

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