Arts & Entertainment

All dolled up!

With so many accomplishments in her life, it’s difficult for a talented individual like Kristin Jones to settle on one particular hobby. The classically trained soprano keeps her vocal chords in check when singing with her church choir. Time spent at school in Vermont and Colorado allowed her plenty of time on the ski slopes. Her knowledge of the real estate biz has helped her lead a successful career in New Jersey and Delaware. But it is her lifelong pastime of sewing that’s about to bring her more recognition.

Turbine a breath of fresh air for Dagsboro couple

When driving west out of Dagsboro on Nine Foot Road, it’s hard to miss the big wind turbine on the right at the home of Greg and Terri Menoche.

FOSCL and friends celebrate library groundbreaking

The South Coastal Library celebrated its expansion with a ground-breaking ceremony on Friday, April 11.

Delaware native to share memories of life as a ‘Lighthouse Kid'

Most people familiar with the country’s coastline understand the significance and some of the history behind the lighthouses and towers that have helped keep seafarers safe for centuries. They line the water’s edge from the windy New England shores, down through the frequented Mid-Altantic beaches and around the tropics of Florida and the Gulf Coast.

Jamboree to benefit BBVFC

For the first time, the annual Springtime Jamboree will benefit the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Kempton offering insight into colorful hobby

As she scores a straight line on a piece of purple “fusing glass,” on which a piece of dichroic glass will be glued, small shards of glass fall on the foam board below. Faye Kempton snaps the glass, finalizing the cut into a near-perfect rectangle.

Art show jury goes high-tech

May 1 is the last day for artists to apply for a position in the 30th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival. And those who apply for the coveted spots on the town’s boardwalk come time for the art festival, and for the judges who pick from among them, life just got a little simpler and a lot more high-tech.

Bethany Idol hits a high note among local singers

As the eliminations continue prime time on Fox, “American Idol” fans are tuning in and casting their votes. Each week, viewers listen attentively, eyes and ears glued to their televisions in what has been dubbed one of the largest reality TV obsessions in decades, and it would appear that the frenzy has caught on in Sussex County, too.

Delaware natives ready to rock your socks off

It’s good to be a Delawarean this weekend, especially if you’re into the music scene. Dewey Beach will once again be hosting its single most celebrated concert, honoring singers, musicians and songwriters across the entire state.

Townsend ready to take on task of director at CHEER Center

Debbie Townsend can hardly contain her excitement in about her new job as director of the CHEER Coastal Leisure Center in Ocean View.

Spring a new start for Bennett family farm tradition

Hail Bennett — the oldest son of Carrie and Jim Bennett, of Bennett Orchards near Dagsboro — was just 10 years old the last time his family planted peach trees, in 1996.

That's entertainment!

The Indian River Variety Show came out with a bang last weekend, as 35 acts consisting of more than 50 students put on their best performances Friday and Saturday nights. The annual performance, headed by the school’s band and chorus director, Mark Marvel, uses money from ticket and food sales to benefit the music department at the school.

Kite festival soaring back into Delmarva

On Good Friday, March 21, the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation will once again sponsor what has become one of the state’s most recognized and beloved celebrations, the Great Delaware Kite Festival. The event, set to kick off at 10 a.m.

Coastal Leisure Center looking forward to spring

Exciting things are happening at the Coastal Leisure CHEER Center in Ocean View. A new director has been hired, and March is already filled with fun things to do.

O.C. offering largest St. Patty’s party on Eastern Shore

Not everyone is fortunate enough to be Irish their whole lives. But, thankfully, for one day out of every year, they can all pretend. This Saturday, Ocean City, Md., will spread the luck and cheer of the Irish in a tradition that has flourished for nearly three decades, coaxing thousands upon thousands of followers to celebrate one of the Eastern Shore’s most prized festivities.

In Frankford, 'Mr. Holland's Opus' means mariachi

Thanks to a Melody Program grant award from the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, third-graders at Frankford Elementary School received instruments earlier this year that have enabled them to start a mariachi band.

Selbyville dedicates month to kids' art

This past Saturday, as part of Kid’s Art Month in Selbyville, winners of the Kids’ Art Show could see their work proudly displayed at the Selbyville Public Library. And residents and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the pieces in storefronts across town until almost Easter.

Local students win honors in Selbyville Kids Art Month

The following local students, listed by school and in alphabetical order, won honors in this month’s Selbyville Kids Art Month show, organized by the Selbyville Community Club and hosted by the Selbyville Public Library. Judging was by grade and by popular vote of 10 judges:

PHILLIP C. SHOWELL ELEMENTARY

Emily I. Triado, third place

Delanie Byrd, second place

Selbyville library director brings host of skills to position

Tanya Shelton-Council has been the director of the Selbyville Public Library for just under a year, but she has big plans for the future — and, mainly, that consists of better serving her customers.

Local musician with great ambitions reflects on his roots

Music — it’s all around us, and most people have found it a soothing balancer to accompany the leisure in their lives. For Frankford native Mike Givens, however, music is his life, a reassuring solace of what he’s accomplished and the promising future that awaits this young, talented artist.

Vintage radio shows tune in to Bethany

The Ad Hoc Touring Theater Company, an outgrowth of Georgetown’s renowned Possum Point Players, will be turning back the clocks this week as audience members tune in to the ambiance of old-time radio broadcasts.

Local artists to join to create art scholarship

Artists Kevin Fitzgerald and Patrick Henry have joined together to create scholarship fund for students from Stephen Decatur High School in Worcester County, Md., who plan to pursue a fine art career.

Art organizations backing proposed art center

Last week’s meeting between representatives from various state-wide art organizations and Arts Consulting Group mustered high hopes for the Joshua M. Freeman Center for the Arts in the Bayside community in Selbyville. Dozens were in attendance, including artists, performers and enthusiasts.

Local artist shooting for the stars

An artist by trade, Milan Murray uprooted from Philadelphia after 15 years of residency and moved to the area only a short while ago, but has already carved out quite a reputation for himself.

A little bit of, well, everything

Take one step into the Bethany Trading Company on Garfield Parkway and you realize immediately that you are not in a typical business. In fact, “typical” can leave your vocabulary as soon as you take stock of the merchandise adorning the walls and shelves.

Young duo spreads holiday cheer

Lifelong friends Kate Frey and Sara Baker have always been surrounded by music, so it was only a matter of time before they came together with their talents.

Holiday spirit: A labor of love or just labor?

There’s something rather Paul Bunyan-esque about going out in the snow and cutting down your own Christmas tree with a handsaw.

Whimsical artist debuts at Good Earth

Although he’s known primarily for his work in marketing, John Donato is now making a powerful step into the local art scene. The graphic design graduate from the University of Maryland in 1992 is establishing himself today as not only an influential talent at one of the most philosophical of developing companies in the area, but a creative asset to an ever-growing artistic community.

Community shows thankfulness to local service members

Loving newlyweds Jonathan and Ashley Steele may have tied he knot early this October, but their first holiday season as a married couple will likely prove to be one of their toughest.

Straighten up with crooked finger

Three acquaintances have found a way to bring together their passion for music, with the help of battered hands, a pile of shoes and a wife’s intimidating warning.

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