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Delaware tribe’s unrequited loyalty to the Union

Native Americans who once occupied the east coast from Virginia to Massachusetts have a history of friendliness toward white settlers in America. Known as the Delaware or Lenni Lenape tribe, they endured migrations and removals to western Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Missouri, Kansas and, ultimately, within the Cherokee Nation in the Indian Territory.

Tickets on sale for fall SoDel wine and food festival

Tickets are now available for the 2nd Annual SoDel Fest, which will include 18 local restaurants and more than 35 wines and spirits, music and more on Saturday, Oct. 8, from noon to 4 p.m. in Millsboro. The event, organized by SoDelFest founder Stacy LaMotta of non-profit Creative Coastal Connections Corp, will again benefit local and international non-profits.

LB Lions Club to hold yard sale June 18

The Lord Baltimore Lions Club will hold their annual Yard Sale on Saturday, June 18, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Atlantic Avenue in Ocean View, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Expansive views of the Indian River Bay highlight this waterfront home

Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.Coastal Point • Submitted: Diners sitting at this Indonesian mahogany table in this Cottage Tour home enjoy unobstructed views of the bay.(Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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.)

After vacationing in the Bethany Beach area for 18 years, the owners of this house and their two adult daughters began looking for more breathing room and found the perfect waterfront location in Irons Landing.

Completed in August of 2015, this 5,863-square-foot, four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home has a commanding view of the Indian River, accessed by multiple decks, porches, an expansive lawn and a generous dock for launching the family’s three boats.

To counteract the northern exposure on the water side of the house, they’ve created an open and airy layout bathed in natural light from every direction. The owner has kept the décor simple and serene, preferring the continuity of using the same neutral wall color and hickory floors throughout the home, a look she says was inspired by the beach house in the movie “Something’s Got to Give.”

Classic car show rolling into Selbyville on June 18

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.

State park announces recurring summer programs

Each summer, millions of people visit Delaware’s beaches and drive along the undeveloped stretch of Route 1 between Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. However, few people realize that they are driving straight through a State Park!

Softball, Corvette raffle added to benefit for injured 10-year-old

Planning for “A Night for Garrett (GMoney)” started shortly after 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro was seriously injured when he was hit by a van near a local baseball field on Saturday, May 14. The fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4, with related softball competitions to be held on Sunday, June 5.

NYT-bestselling author Lippman to visit Bethany Beach

‘When my brother was eighteen, he broke his arm in an accident that ended in another young man’s death. I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death found him that night. Funny how that works.
‘It happened at the lake. Wilde Lake.’
— from ‘Wilde Lake’ by Laura Lippman

Curran pens first novel

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Walter Curran with his first novel, ‘Young Mariner’ and his first book of poetry, ‘Slice of Life: Cerebral Spasms of the Soul’.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Walter Curran with his first novel, ‘Young Mariner’ and his first book of poetry, ‘Slice of Life: Cerebral Spasms of the Soul’.Having worked in the maritime field for more than 40 years, Walter Curran knows a thing or two about the marine industry.

“It was a life that I loved,” said Curran. “It’s been my life. It really has.”

As a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 1966, he was licensed as a third mate and was also commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve. Curran spent four years at sea.

“At that point in time, being a city kid who never had two nickels to rub together prior to that, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. They were paying me to travel around the world and have a vacation. That’s literally the way I looked at it,” he said.

‘Mighty Mo’s’ big gun moved to permanent resting place at Fort Miles

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The ‘Mighty Mo’ gun is hoisted, ready to be mounted at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The ‘Mighty Mo’ gun is hoisted, ready to be mounted at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park.After wartime service in the Pacific aboard the “Mighty Mo” — the battleship U.S.S. Missouri — one of the ship’s nine original 16-inch guns that shook the enemy fleet with 2,700-pound shells was moved last week to a permanent display within historic Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park. The big gun was mounted on the Missouri when the Japanese surrender was accepted about that ship on Sept. 2, 1945, ending World War II.

“The U.S.S. Missouri’s gun is an important piece of American history that will draw families and tourists to Fort Miles and the beautiful shores of Cape Henlopen State Park,” said Gov. Jack Markell.

“Bringing new amenities and historical treasures to our parks not only provides an economic boost to the state, but is one the reasons why Delaware State Parks was recognized nationally this year with the Gold Award as the best park system in the nation.”

An archeologist’s finds touched by an artistic flair flourish in this Bay Forest home

Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted: A cast-off bathing suit, cap and Cottage Tour fan have become a fun decorative touch in this quirky home, which will be among those featured on the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(Editor’s note: This is the fourth 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.)

The owners of this home were looking for a community to enjoy playing in, rather than just a weekend beach getaway. The three-bedroom, 2.5-bath home they found in Bay Forest was a perfect fit, offering an abundance of interesting people, fun activities, great happy hours, a fantastic pool and plenty of walking trails for their “poorly behaved Aussie.”

The owners first met as young archeologists and ever since have shared a love of digging in trash pits in search of history. She has continued the search for anything with a past, finding beauty in cast-offs and then recycling into collectible treasures them with her trademark artistic flair.

Delaware State Parks Day offers free admission on June 5

Gov. Jack Markell this week proclaimed June 5 as "Delaware State Parks Day" and along with his proclamation, offered the reminder that, through sponsorship from the Delaware Tourism Office’s “Visit Delaware,” admission is free that day to most parks comprising the Delaware State Parks system, which garnered the Gold Medal Award this year as the nation’s best-managed parks system.

Delaware eateries featured in new National Geographic book

Several “Culinary Coast” restaurants received nods in National Geographic’s recently released, “Great American Eating Experiences: Local Specialties, Favorite Restaurants, Food Festivals, Diners, Roadside Stands and More.”

Beebe Beach Bash set for June 4

Beebe Medical Foundation, in partnership with the Cape May–Lewes Ferry, will once again throw its Beebe Beach Bash, on June 4. The event will take place on the docked Delaware ferry boat. Guests can enjoy a tropical-themed evening that includes open bar, gourmet dining, dancing to the Fabulous Greaseband, charitable casino gambling, live and silent auctions, and activities.

Writers, artists and musicians collaborate in a new event

On Wednesday, June 1, three local artists, nine writers and a musician will join together for a unique collaborative performance, “Art in the A.M.” Hosted by the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, the event, to be held from 10 to 11:15 a.m.

DCHS Royal Ensemble performs at Carnegie Hall

Nearly a dozen Delmarva Christian High School (DCHS) students had the opportunity to participate in an Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) National Honors Choir Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, April 25, in New York City.

Plant-focused foods to star at Rehoboth Beach VegFest

Rehoboth Beach VegFest, an annual celebration of green, kind and sustainable living, is set for the weekend of June 10-12. The centerpiece of the weekend is the free outdoor festival on Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Epworth Church off Coastal Highway in Lewes. Rehoboth VegFest offers everything from raw green smoothies and juices to vegan soul food.

Meet the artisans of the 2016 Artisans Fair

Photo courtesy • Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography: A photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with fireworks overhead by Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography. Ickrath will be at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the 2016 Artisans Fair on Saturday, May 28.Photo courtesy • Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography: A photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with fireworks overhead by Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography. Ickrath will be at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the 2016 Artisans Fair on Saturday, May 28.Some of the area’s most innovative crafters will be showing off their work when the 2016 Artisans Fair gets under way at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, May 28.

Now in its ninth year, the fair will feature an array of different artistic mediums, including pottery, fiberwork, jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, photography, paintings, glass, candles, baskets, needlepoint and more.

Per usual, proceeds from the event will benefit the South Coastal Delaware AARP chapter, to help provide college scholarships for local students.

After seeing more than 1,200 attendees at last year’s show, this year’s show promises to be as popular as ever, with 53 exhibitors — some new to the venue, and some returning seasoned vets.

“As our reputation has grown over the past nine years, we attract some of the best artisans,” said fair coordinator Ione Phillips. “Because our exhibitors do so well at the show, most of them return year after year, and we have a waiting list of others who want to participate.”

Here are just a few of the participants ready to showcase their work at this year’s show:

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set for June 4

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.

Classic car show rolling into Selbyville on June 18

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.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 3: Home features antiques, art collection

Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.Coastal Point • Submitted The breakfast nook and gourmet kitchen are a feature to note in this downtown Bethany Beach home, which will be part of the 25th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour on July 27 and 28.(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.

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival bringing music to the swamp

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.

Bethany seeking participants for Fourth of July parade

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.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 2

(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.)

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival set for May 21 in Frankford

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.

OV Homecoming Festival & Craft Fair set for this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Kids climb the rock wall that was present during a past Ocean View Homecoming event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Kids climb the rock wall that was present during a past Ocean View Homecoming event.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 store that gave rise to Ocean View

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.

Local CHEER centers celebrating Older Americans Month

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.

Create nautical flag art at Delaware Seashore State Park

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.

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