Arts & Entertainment
The 12th annual Seaside Craft Show will be held in downtown Bethany Beach on Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
(Editor’s note: This is the third 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.)
After vacationing at the beaches of the Mid-Atlantic for many years, in the mid-1980s, the owners of this home gravitated to a small cottage in Bethany Beach. In 2014, they sold their house in Northern Virginia, tore down the cottage and built a new 3,300-square-foot three-story home, moving to Bethany permanently upon its completion in July 2015.
The design of the house represents the owners’ desire for a greater balance between outdoor and indoor living space. Thus, the house boasts two spacious stacked front porches, each fronted by a pair of walnut-stained French doors, to beckon family and friends to come outside. An additional covered porch spans the rear of the house.
Notable musicians, food and craft beer on hand
Even though the weather forecast for Saturday is for rain (at this point, is anyone surprised?), the planners of the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival near Gumboro are hopeful that the day won’t be a washout.
The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning its 33rd annual event and is seeking participants. The event will take place on Monday, July 4.
The 2016 theme is “Celebrate Your Right to Vote.” The committee is looking for businesses and organizations to enter and compete for a variety of prizes.
(Editor’s note: This is the second 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. to 4 p.m.)
Event featuring Grammy-nominated guitarist to benefit Delaware Wild Lands
Grammy-nominated musician Courtney Hartman will headline the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival in Sussex County on May 21. In addition to her solo career, Hartman is also guitarist and vocalist for the all-female group Della Mae.
This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Homecoming Festival & Crafts Fair.
Homecoming will take place on Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in John West Park. The free event features a wide variety of activities for kids, including a rock wall, inflatables and carnival rides.
“The mayor will open the event with the national anthem before we raise the flag and welcome everyone to the event,” said Ocean View Town Manager Dianne Vogel.
Vogel said that, along with a D.J. providing musical entertainment, there would be more than 40 crafters attending this year’s festival.
The community of Ocean View can trace its origin to 1688. In that year, Lord Baltimore of the Maryland Colony granted 500 acres of land to a Matthew Scarborough. That land grant was called “Middlesex” and was situated in what today is the area located on either side of Central Avenue north of Route 26.
In 1963, the U.S. began to recognize the contributions of older people by using the month of May to celebrate Older Americans Month (OAM). Led by the Administration for Community Living, the annual observance offers the opportunity to learn about, support and celebrate the nation’s older citizens.
The International Code of Signals is a system of signals that mariners use to communicate messages between vessels, typically regarding safety and navigation. The surfmen of the United States Life-Saving Service likely used the code on a regular basis.
“I certainly can relate to the idiosyncrasies of students and teachers!” said Carissa Meiklejohn, one of four performers appearing in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” who can draw on their day-to-day experiences as they enact their roles.
The May 2016 meeting of the Georgetown Historical Society hosted Jeffrey Plummer, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #2068, based in Seaford. Plummer updated the audience concerning acknowledgment in Delaware, as well as around the country, of the Confederate role in the mid-19th century war between the states, and the SCV’s desire to preserve the history and legacy of Southern soldiers.
New home offers ocean views for long-time visitors
(Editor’s note: This is the first 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.)
The owners of this contemporary 4,500-square-foot home had enjoyed vacations in their Ocean City, Md., condo since 1995 but began to search for something quieter as their children grew into adulthood. While biking through Bethany in 2011, they discovered an ocean-view lot and began working with Summer Hill Builders to design a home for their growing family, with an eye toward eventual retirement. Completed in 2015, this home’s six bedrooms and 4.5 baths easily accommodate their four adult children and guests.
A distinctive three-story glass chandelier in the winding staircase serves as a centerpiece that unites all three floors and sets the stage for the artistic use of decorative glass throughout the home.
Gallery One in Ocean View will celebrate its 10th anniversary and welcome new partner Eileen Olson at a special artist reception Saturday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. May’s show theme “Round, Round, I Get Around,” will be on display and open to the public from May 4 to June 1.
On Monday, June 17, 1861, in Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln observed from a second-floor window of the White House as Thaddeus Lowe ascended in the gondola of the Enterprise from the grounds across the street, along Pennsylvania Avenue.
The Southern Delaware Chorale concludes its 2015-2016 concert season with “Americana — A Patchwork of Songs” on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m.
Delaware Technical Community College and Accent on Travel, in conjunction with Collette Vacations, are offering escorted tours designed to be educational, cultural and fun. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Delaware Tech’s Kids on Campus program, by providing scholarship opportunities.
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation is inviting the public to participate in two fundraisers in May that will benefit the nonprofit arts organization.
When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and Congress passed the Civil War Military Draft Act on March 3, 1863, these combined initiatives caused widespread reaction among opposition groups in the North. Citizens of New York and Pennsylvania, in particular, reacted negatively to these Washington-based decrees.
As part of the ongoing “Wetlands and Waterways” exhibition, on display through May 8, at the Rehoboth Art League, on Friday, April 29, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Rehoboth Art League will host “An Evening with Terry Plowman.”
That scrumptious combination of crunchy, chewy and salty called “bacon” might shrink when it hits the frying pan, but a festival in its honor in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach just keeps getting bigger.
AZ Consulting & Travel recently announced their second day trip from Bethany Beach — a Vineyard & Distillery Tour + Tasting, scheduled for April 25.
The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Julien Benichou, will conclude its 2015-2016 “Season of Celebration” series on Saturday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m., at Mariner’s Bethel Church in Ocean View,.
Shoppers can find a Mother’s Day gift while browsing through a variety of vendors’ merchandise on Friday, May 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. at Brandywine Senior Living at Fenwick Island, 21111 Arrington Drive, Selbyville (West Fenwick).
The public is being invited to join the members of the Ocean View Historical Society in a luncheon History Mix, at noon on Wednesday, April 27, at Perucci’s Classic Italian Restaurant, located at 35507 Atlantic Avenue in Millville. The theme of the mix is “Perucci’s Past & Present,” and diners will learn about the many uses of the historic building and its surrounding properties.
The Ocean Pines Players are seeking two men and six women (adults, all ages) for the Neil Simon play “The Odd Couple, Female Edition,” to be presented by the Ocean Pines Players the last two weekends in July at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ocean City, Md.
BART, the Bethany Area Repertory Theater, announced this week that “An Affair to Forget,” the third comedy of the Bob Davis holiday trilogy, will run at the Dickens Parlour Theatre on April 21-23, and April 28-30. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 19, the Bethany Beach Cultural & Historical Affairs Committee will host a special presentation by Saul Broudy, “Singing Workers: American Occupational Folksong.” The event will take place in Town Hall at 214 Garfield Parkway at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
In an effort to bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Bear Trap Dunes are hosting a wedding professionals’ networking event on Thursday, April 21.