Arts & Entertainment

Art is the star

Each year, Bethany Beach closes its summer season with the traditional farewell of the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on Labor Day. And, on the following Saturday, residents and visitors alike look forward to a slightly more relaxed post-summer atmosphere as they browse around the boardwalk and take in — and take home — the best art the area has to offer.

'Whatever the public wants'

If a day of crabbing is what a customer wants, that can be accommodated. If they want to have a dozen crabs waiting on the boat to be eaten while they tour Delaware’s serene inland bays, that is also possible. Even if they want a trip to Seacrets in Ocean City for a couple of drinks and lunch, they will not be let down.

Snap shot

“I’ve been doing it most of my life,” shared Millville’s Diane Bennett about her artwork, which includes painting, basket-weaving and photography. “The kids used to steal my stuff from art class, so I figured I was pretty good — although I didn’t go to a very nice school,” she added with a chuckle.

Tour time

It’s one of the hottest tickets in the area each summer, as lovers of beautiful homes and coastal décor take advantage of the rare opportunity to enter into otherwise private abodes, and see some of the best and most beautiful of the area’s dwellings.

The Daytripper meets James Farm

It is quite amazing the number of places that are just a short trip from Bethany Beach that people know little or nothing about. All you have to do is to head inland a bit to the areas we know as the “inland bays.”

New American

Ruth McNeill had been in the United States for more than 30 years when she answered a call from federal officials in med-February. After procrastinating for years but eventually passing the 10-question test she called “basic,” the German-born woman traveled to Philadelphia, following the call to receive her U.S. citizenship.

50 years

Selbyville celebrates 50th Old Timer’s Day; SPD 75th anniversary to be recognized as well

Since late 2004, Selbyville Police Chief Scott Collins has been sifting through minutes of old town meetings and copies of local newspapers archived in Dover and Selbyville or at various news organizations’ headquarters, searching for information on the town and department’s history.

Cultured bean

Inside the doors of the Artful Bean in Bethany Beach, jazz or contemporary music usually graces the stereo system. Hand-blown glass decorates the store, along with ceramics, pottery and paintings, showcasing the work of artists from the local area and the region.

Pro Talk

This month our interview is with Brian Trout, Golf Pro at Cripple Creek Golf and Country Club in Dagsboro.

Crafters gear up for second annual show

Organizers of the Seaside Craft Show had their fingers crossed last year in June, with the first edition of the Bethany Beach boardwalk event. But they were blessed with fine weather and a better-than-expected turnout, marking the event’s inaugural edition as a genuine blowout success.

Taste the coast

For the price of a single meal at some local restaurants, area residents and visitors will be able to sample a wide variety of food and drinks and listen to jazz music on Sunday, at an event that is becoming an early-summer staple in the Bethany Beach area.

Horse Sense

The Pyle Center is renowned for the large numbers of kids that participate in either baseball or softball each summer. But tucked away behind its gamut of fields lies another opportunity for those who might like to try something other than the traditional ball and stick sports.

Cruisin' in style

Bethany Beach resident John Scordo remembers growing up in Baltimore city in a hot-rod era. He remembers walking the streets of Baltimore, being in awe of the 1949 Mercurys, and the old Hudsons, just to name a couple models.

Opening ceremony

None of the members of the Bear Trap Historical Committee grew up in the area. Most of them haven’t even worked much locally. They bought houses in the Bear Trap Dunes community to retire. But since moving there, they have shown a keen interest in the area, its people and its history.

Springfest on tap in Ocean City

The annual Springfest festival, which welcomes in spring and celebrates the start of summer, has taken over the Ocean City (Md.) Inlet parking lot this weekend with entertainment, arts, crafts and food. Don’t drive when you can park and ride for $2

DMV wows 'em

It wows ’em. Literally. The glass double doors whooshed aside as another responsible, law-abiding citizen entered Sussex County’s gleaming new Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) facility in Georgetown. “Wow. I’m impressed,” she said. She wasn’t alone.

In the kitchen, Mom's the word

I have been completely duped. My mother has learned to cook.
For years, I have gotten mile after mile out of my mother’s lack of food knowledge and inability to cook. I have played the role of savior at most holiday dinners over the years, coming to save the day, been the object of countless phone calls about recipes, cookware and where to shop.

Hosting the world

Local 4-H families host Bosnian students

Imagine being a high school student from a small Eastern European country, with a history of human settlement dating back thousands of years B.C. (possibly to the Stone Age). Then you come to the U.S. and find that many of your American high school contemporaries don’t know anything about your country, or where it’s located.

Phillips preaches racial equality to students

Lanier Phillips marched in Selma, Ala., alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963. He worked as a technical specialist on lighting projects with Jacques Cousteau.

Jamboree time

Here and there one begins to notice the wispy smoke and sweet smell of barbeque. The daffodils and crocuses are up. The trees are greening. And the songbirds have returned — the human variety, too — they’re busy working out their do-re-mi’s in preparation for this year’s Springtime Jamboree, on Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8.

Gold fever

Fenwick-area resident John Feuerstein seems to be in great shape, for 72, and it may be in large part thanks to his favorite hobby — metal detectoring. The Baltimore native has walked many a sandy beach, getting his exercise and earning a little pocket money in the bargain.

State of the beaches

Local towns implore: Save our beaches

With roughly $14 million still needed from the federal government to cement planned beach reconstruction efforts in Bethany Beach and South Bethany, officials in the two towns are focusing their efforts on persuading the two houses of the U.S. Congress to include those funds in the budget for the 2007 fiscal year.

Erin go

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on Friday, giving green-clad revelers the chance to make the most of their holiday and carry it over into the weekend.

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.

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