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WEB EXCLUSIVE: 'Vietnam Mailbag' book event set for Nov. 12 in Selbyville

Local Vietnam veterans and public invited to attend post-Veterans Day event

The Selbyville Library will host author Nancy Lynch on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 p.m. Lynch will present the audience with a DVD slideshow presentation and talk about her book “Vietnam Mailbag: Voices From the War, 1968-1972.” She will also be signing and selling books.

New recycling drop-off center at Fresh Pond

Towns moving away from DSWA for curbside recycling

While many municipalities in recent months have restructured their recycling service or changed their curbside recycling provider, or are considering doing so, people outside of town limits who are not curbside recycling customers now have a new drop-off site to use.

Art, music, jeans and bling add up to fun

Looking for a place to rock the blue jeans and the bling this weekend? Look no further than the 8th Annual Blue Jean Ball and Fall Art Show, to benefit the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation. The ball will be held Friday, Oct. 23, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes.

Freeman Fall Festival to conclude another successful season of the arts

This Saturday marks the close of yet another successful summer season at The Freeman Stage at Bayside, and the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is wrapping it up big once again. The Second Annual Freeman Fall Festival will be held this Saturday, Oct. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Freeman Stage and will offer plenty of entertainment and activities for all ages.

Annual birding weekend taking flight

Next weekend, the Quiet Resorts of Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island will be for the birds, as the area hosts the 2nd Annual Fall Birding Weekend, Oct. 16-18. More than a dozen different experiences will be available for birders and nature lovers, highlighting some of the area’s most prized natural resources: its birds and wildlife.

West 54 Café helps Fenwick area wake up

Route 54 serves as a high-traffic corridor for locals and visitors throughout the year, and now a new café and coffee shop is taking advantage of that fact. West 54 Café and Espresso Bar, which opened in early July, sits alongside the Shark’s Cove Marina and Catch 54, and has become one of the area’s new hotspots for breakfast, lunch, early dinner or for a place to socialize.

Boardwalk Arts Festival slated for sunny weather this weekend

Summer may be winding down, but that means the Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is right around the corner. This Saturday, Sept. 12, nearly 120 artists, artisans and crafters will combine for the all-day event that is open to the public and will feature painting, photography, glasswork, jewelry, furniture, pottery, sculpture and more. Last year’s inclement weather saw the show’s first ever cancellation, but Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Andrew Cripps is hoping the anticipation has just been building under this weekend’s sunny forecast.

Annual tradition readies to bid farewell to summer

A summer draws to a close in Bethany Beach and a fall chill creeps into the air, it is time to mourn the passing of another summer season, with jazz, of course. For almost 25 years, residents and visitors alike have gathered on Labor Day Monday to bid farewell to summer in New Orleans fashion. To some locals, such as Patsy Dill Rankin, who owns Patsy’s Restaurant in downtown Bethany, the Jazz Funeral has become a cherished tradition.

Dagsboro artist steps into local art scene

The colorful world around him has served as an inspirational backdrop for local artist Christopher Vasil. Oil paintings and acrylics decorate his easels, demonstrating what might appear to be a lifelong dedication to the visual fine arts. Perhaps surprisingly, though, Vasil has only pursued painting as a passion for the past four years. His skill and eye for detail, however, have him ready to display his work alongside that of the area’s best.

As school year nears, OVPD offers safety tips

With back-to-school time right around the corner, it’s a great time to go over safety tips with kids. And for people who don’t have school-age children, this time can serve as a reminder to be a diligent driver as the buses start running again and children start walking and biking to school.

Old Fenwick Island Days ready to turn back time

Starting on Saturday, Aug. 1, and continuing for an entire week, Fenwick Island will be turning back the clock for an eight-day celebration of the beach town’s heritage. The first-ever Old Fenwick Island Days will take place from Aug. 1 through Aug.8, to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Fenwick Island Lighthouse. Visitors and residents are welcome to relive the past through photographs, historic tours and exclusive presentations, with a festival in the park wrapping things up on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Arts and Jazz return to Bayside

The Freeman Stage at Bayside in Fenwick Island has already played host to a multitude of shows and performances this season, and this weekend is sure impress, yet again. On Friday, July 24, and Saturday, July 25, from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m., the Freeman Foundation will present the Second Annual Arts and Jazz Festival, highlighting some of the area’s most talented visual and musical artists. The free event, open to the public, will feature artwork from local painters, ceramic artists and photographers, and soothing jazz music from four bands.

Back Bay Tours meets Ocean View Marina

Nestled off Elliot Avenue in Ocean View is a hidden gem. Ocean View Marina, formerly known as Harbor View Marina, is now owned by Tom Fowler of Back Bay Tours. Their location, at the north end of the Assawoman Canal and Whites Creek provides many opportunities for getting on the waters of the creek, bay and ocean.

Youth group brings mission work home

Because need knows no boundaries and people everywhere are hurting, the youth at St. George’s United Methodist Church in Clarksville took their mission trip this year without even leaving home.

The real scoop on Sap’s Pudding

Produce is undoubtedly the core of the merchandise at local farmers’ markets, but John Sapienza is proving that there’s plenty more to buy there. The chef and restaurant proprietor has been in the food industry for 25 years, and he exerts his “shop local” mind frame to the fullest. That is precisely why Sap’s Pudding has become an instant classic at the Fenwick Island Farmers’ Market.

Fourth of July celebration runs all weekend long

This weekend, as the nation celebrates its independence, local towns aren’t holding back. There are a multitude of events and activities to attend and in which the public can participate, in honor of the July 4 holiday.

Volunteers, 5K bringing support for 25th annual 4th of July Parade

Funding for the annual Fourth of July parade in Bethany Beach is a far cry from where it has been in the past, but that hasn’t stopped Philip Rossi – chairman of the all-volunteer parade organizers – from assembling one of the best parades yet. This year, the parade is turning a quarter-century young and, amid renowned musical entertainment, a grand assembly of floats and bikes and fun for the entire family, the anticipation is still there.

Ellen Rice Gallery celebrates 10 years by giving back

A decade has passed since Ellen Rice started up her gallery along Route 26 in Ocean View, and there’s no doubt that her painting has touched thousands and will continue to do so for generations to come. To celebrate her 10th anniversary, she is giving back to friends and customers who have helped transform her cozy gallery into a prominent icon in the local art scene.

Justice recalls life in Cedar Neck

The Ocean View Historical Society hosted its second “Trip Down Memory Lane,” with Norm Justice of Cedar Neck on Wednesday, June 3, at Millville Town Hall. Justice, who at 87, has seen a lot of changes since he was born in 1922, is quick of mind and has a lot to offer, history-wise. And he is one of the few people with such knowledge that the historical society has tracked down to get a record of times past before that history is lost.

NASCAR ticket raffle to help local pets

As any NASCAR enthusiast would note, this weekend’s Sprint Cup Series race is the highlight at Dover’s Monster Mile. But some lucky fans who have been unable to grab their tickets still have a last-minute chance to go, thanks to a generous donation.

Ocean View Historical Society to host ‘Trip Down Memory Lane II’

The Ocean View Historical Society is inviting residents of the local coastal towns to participate in its second educational program designed to share the area’s history. This second night of information and entertainment will take place on Wednesday, June 3, at 7 p.m. at Millville Town Hall.

Historic Lewes Farmers Market set to open

The opening day of the fourth year of the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is set for this Saturday, May 30. The opening bell will ring promptly at 8 a.m., to herald another “fresh” season in Lewes. This year, the market is adding eight new vendors, and 28 vendors are returning with an even wider selection of items for market.

Delmarva Chicken Festival focuses on family fun

There will be lots of free family fun and entertainment, including many special attractions for the children, when the 60th Delmarva Chicken Festival takes place on June 19 and 20 in Centreville, Md. Expected to draw upwards of 25,000 visitors, the festival will take place at the Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park located on Maryland Route 18 near Routes 50 and 301, near Centreville.

Registration opens for the 2009 QRCF Golf Classic

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) is pleased to announce registration is open for the 2009 Golf Classic. This popular annual event will be held June 4 at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club in Dagsboro. Proceeds from the Golf Classic will benefit The Lower Sussex Boy Scouts of America, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation.

Local students win gold in steel-drum competition

Members of the Southern Delaware School of the Arts “Steel, The Show” steel-drum band, in a performance with sister band Plenty Problems, won a gold medal at the Panorama Caribbean Music Festival in Virginia Beach, Va., on May 9. The only band from Delaware participating, Plenty Problems competed against bands from Virginia, Ohio, Connecticut, Michigan and North Carolina.

Memorial Day Carnival to kick off Freeman Stage season

The 2009 Freeman Stage at Bayside will kick off this Saturday, May 23, with the “St*ARTS and Stripes” Memorial Day Carnival at 2 p.m. At the event, the Southern Delaware School of the Arts will be performing one of their plays, “Twice Upon a Time”; the Army Band Broadway Trio and the Indian River Junior ROTC will be performing; and the Rehoboth Children’s Theatre will perform “Peter Pan.” There will also be games for the kids and patriotic crafts.

Can you Taste it?

The Taste of Coastal Delaware is making its way back to the shore on Sunday, June 7. And, this year, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce is pulling out the stops. In addition to the Taste’s return to its original location at the Sea Colony Marketplace, there are a few more tweaks and changes that promise to make the 10th anniversary of the event a memorable one.

For mother-daughter crafters, it's in the bag

This past Sunday was a special one for mothers everywhere, but when you have the connection that Flossie Vogel shares with her daughter, Joy Cadden, every day feels like Mother’s Day. The two have become synonymous throughout the area with dance, both having taught dance classes for decades, but now it’s their passion for fashion that has them stepping out.

Eyes 4 Glass draws glances to Artisan's Fair

For Paula Stapleton and Karla Swarthout, a move to Seaford, Del. from the suburbs of Phoenix, Ariz. may have brought with it a change of scenery and climate, but one thing that has held strong is the appreciation for their glass artwork. What started as a hobby nearly two decades ago has evolved into a full-scale commitment, as the pair began Eye 4 Glass, LLC in Seaford two years back. Later this month, the pair will partake in the Second Annual Artisan’s Fair at the Millville Fire Hall on Route 26, Sponsored by the South Coastal Delaware AARP.

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