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Room for 19 in this downtown Bethany home

Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: This cozy hexagonal reading room provides rainy-day comfort for the owners of this home in downtown Bethany Beach, which is one of the homes being featured in the 2016 Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the ninth 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. to 4 p.m.)

The owners of this home have called Bethany Beach their part-time home for 35 years. When the family of six grew to a family of 19, including nine grandchildren, the owners realized that they had outgrown their cozy townhome on Parkwood Street. Soon thereafter, they discovered that a lot was for sale in downtown Bethany, within a stone’s throw of their old house. They bought it in one day.

Bruce Mears guided them in the design and 2014 construction of a 3,700-square-foot home that was open, informal and big enough, with six bedrooms and 3.5 baths, to fit the huge clan. The trapezoid lot provided an opportunity for some unique architectural features, including a cozy hexagonal reading room.

Fourth of July brings small-town parades and big-town blasts

Bikes, bonfires, boats and Ben Franklin will usher in the annual celebration of that nation’s independence as patriotic revelers gather from near and far in American merriment. With events kicking off across the county on Sunday and Monday, there is much pie-eating, parade-going and firework-gazing fun to be had by all.

Former local student now a New York film producer

Gabrielle Nadig grew up with a passion for filmmaking and capturing life on camera.

“I’d always had a personal camcorder,” she said. “I loved filming my friends and family.”

Civil War author Ryan to hold book signing this Friday

This weekend, Civil War enthusiasts will get the chance to meet with Bethany Beach author and Civil War historian Tom Ryan.

Park offers free sandcastle-building demo

There will be a free demonstration hosted by local sandcastle-building expert Darrell O’Connor on Tuesday, July 5, when O’Connor will be presenting a program at Delaware Seashore State Park at the South Inlet Beach Bathhouse.

Myles from everywhere

Rising country star Morgan Myles to open for Justin Moore at Freeman Stage

Submitted by • Jeremy Ryan: Rising country music star Morgan Myles will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Thursday, July 7.Submitted by • Jeremy Ryan: Rising country music star Morgan Myles will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Thursday, July 7.For Morgan Myles, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament while playing soccer in her senior year of high school was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.

While the rising county music star and powerhouse vocalist had long been a student of the arts — performing in musicals, learning the guitar and playing the piano with her mother since the age of 5 — the field had always looked more practical growing up in Williamsport, Pa. However, that fateful injury, on that fateful day, eliminated all doubts.

“It definitely just put the focus on music,” Myles said. “I just kind of felt like that was a sign from God — that music is what I needed to be doing.”

So, music is what she did.

After enrolling at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., for her freshman year and then transferring to the School of Music at Belmont University to earn her degree, she took off for Nashville, Tenn., and a shot at the stage.

Millsboro library prepares for annual book sale

The Friends of the Millsboro Library are preparing for their annual book sale. This year’s sale will take place on two weekends, July 29-30 and Aug. 5-6. A preview night for members will take place on Thursday, July 28.

Organizers noted that, each year, the sale has been extremely successful because of the thousands of books the public has donated.

HLFM Bike to Market Day this Saturday, July 2

Bike to Market Day at the Historic Lewes Farmers Market is this Saturday, July 2. Market organizers are urging everyone who can ride a bike (or walk) to the market at George H. P. Smith Park in Lewes to do so.

Habitat to benefit from Jazz Funeral

Coastal Point • Submitted Assistant Co-Chairman Marie Wright portrays ‘Sister Marie’ as one of the collection of mourners to celebrate the passing of the summer season in Bethany Beach for a past Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year’s event will take place on Labor Day, beginning at 5:30 p.m.Coastal Point • Submitted Assistant Co-Chairman Marie Wright portrays ‘Sister Marie’ as one of the collection of mourners to celebrate the passing of the summer season in Bethany Beach for a past Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral. This year’s event will take place on Labor Day, beginning at 5:30 p.m.One of the goals of the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral this year is a serious one — to help improve the health and wellbeing of families in the greater coastal areas by supporting Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Jazz Funeral events.

All those who help organize and participate in the annual Jazz Funeral have a high level of appreciation for Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, said Bacon.

“The purpose of the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity programs are to build simple, decent, affordable homes in partnership with low-income families in Sussex County,” Bacon said. “This year’s 31st Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral and our 11th annual Jazz Funeral Silent Auction are dedicated to Habitat for Humanity.”

More funds are needed to continue SCHH’s Sussex County programs, according to Wright, who said she believes their need for “grassroots support” helps explain their approach to helping others.

“Habitat for Humanity’s philosophy is simple and straight-forward,” Wright said. “Habitat provides a ‘hand-up, not a hand-out.’”

Working in conjunction with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is Sussex County Habitat for Humanity’s Development Director James A. “Jay” Gundy III.

“For 25 years, Sussex County Habitat has been putting God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope,” Gundy said. “It is a proven fact that when low-income families move out of substandard housing situations into simple, decent and affordable homes, they become healthier, the families are able to contribute to the community, and children learn and perform better in school.”

Things we love – June 17, 2016

The summer weather brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.

Time to have some fun:

G. Love kicking off Bull Run weekend in Dewey Beach

The Starboard restaurant is known for throwing parties and bringing world-class musical acts to Dewey Beach. On July 7, G. Love will comes back to the boards in Dewey just two nights before the 20th annual Running of the Bull.

Civil War Profiles – Delawarean’s contribution to Union victory at Gettysburg

A series of untimely and dramatic events brought George Sykes to the forefront during the Gettysburg campaign in June and July 1863.

New water slides, amenities added to Killens Pond waterpark

Four brand new, “state-of-the-art” water slides were previewed Wednesday at the Killens Pond State Park waterpark by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation. On hand to view on the newly-rehabbed waterpark were Gov. Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small, Delaware State Parks Director Ray Bivens and Dr. Brenda Wynder, superintendent of the Lake Forest School District.

Sneak Peek: A feast for the eyes along Indian River

Coastal Point • Submitted: Sweeping Indian River Bay views are designed to inspire calm and creativity in the office of the owners of this home, which will be among those featured in this year’s Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.Coastal Point • Submitted: Sweeping Indian River Bay views are designed to inspire calm and creativity in the office of the owners of this home, which will be among those featured in this year’s Beach & Bay Cottage Tour.(Editor’s note: This is the eighth 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.)

Having owned several oceanfront homes in the Bethany area over the years, the owners of this home knew right away that the waterfront lot along the Indian River was perfect for the coastal-style home they had envisioned.

Designed to maximize views of the river and golf course from almost every vantage point, the design also anticipates the couple’s needs for the future, with wide halls and doorways and an elevator to access one-level living on the top floor.

Gallery One opens new show ‘Bold & Bright’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Nina Mickelsen’s ‘Beach Cabanas,’ a mixed-media artwork will be featured during Gallery One’s ‘Bright & Bold’ show, open until Aug.­ 2.Coastal Point • Submitted: Nina Mickelsen’s ‘Beach Cabanas,’ a mixed-media artwork will be featured during Gallery One’s ‘Bright & Bold’ show, open until Aug.­ 2.Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of their July exhibit, “Bold & Bright,” which will be open until Aug. 2.

Bright coupled with bold commands attention that is almost impossible to ignore, and many artists like that. In fact, artists often exaggerate bright and bold, so viewers just can’t miss it, and sometimes the viewer experiences a new way of seeing, a heightened experience or an “I never noticed that before” realization that forever changes the way they look at the world.

Summer gardens reveal an abundance of bold and bright colors and shapes. Laura Hickman grows beautiful zinnias every summer.

“My zinnia garden always provides the brightest and boldest summer colors. Nature’s color combinations are always an inspiration,” she explained.

“Zinnia,” her pastel painting, invites the viewer to enjoy her zinnia garden on a summer’s day.

“Red Flowers” is the subject of Joyce Condry’s acrylic.

Farmers’ market season brings freshness to customers

In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your stomach.

Holts Landing summer concerts begin June 28

Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.

Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine Senior Living complex west of Fenwick Island.

Learn to fish and crab at Delaware Seashore State Park

Some of the most popular things to do in Delaware Seashore State Park are surf-fishing, crabbing and clamming, but many people who did not grow up along the coast are curious about these popular pastimes but just aren’t sure how to get started.

Civil War Profiles: If you are planning a trip to Gettysburg…

It is often said that, once you go to the Gettysburg National Military Park in south central Pennsylvania, you are likely to return again and again. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place there, and the battlefield radiates an aura that for many people is unforgettable!

A love affair with Bethany Beach continues in this new home

Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.Coastal Point • Submitted : Family and guests can enjoy gathering in this new Bethany retreat, which is part of the Beach & Bay Cottage Tour for 2016.(Editor’s note: This is the seventh 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 had been enjoying vacations at her parents’ Bethany Beach cottage for the past 34 years when the house across the street became available. With a double lot that includes park views, there was room for a spacious new five-bedroom, five-bath retreat that would be big enough for them and their extended families to enjoy for generations to come.

From the marine blue shutters to the aquamarine backyard pool, the home reflects the owners’ vision to create a “beachy, blue and beautiful” retreat. Inside, the 5,500-square-foot home is saturated in myriad shades of sea-glass blue, evoking the nuances of the ocean, which is just blocks away.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Sept. 5

While the 2016 summer resort season is just getting started, plans are in the works to celebrate the end of the summer season. Locals and summer residents will celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer resort season with their annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, to be held on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, around 5:30 p.m.

Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race set

The 44th Annual Camp Barnes Benefit Stock Car Race will be held at the Delaware International Speedway on Tuesday, June 21. Gates will open at 4 p.m., with racing action beginning at 7 p.m. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 22. The Delaware International Speedway is located on Route 13, north of the Delaware/Maryland line.

Plans well under way for Bethany's annual Fourth of July event

The Bethany Beach Fourth of July Parade Committee is in the process of planning the 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.

Old Timer’s Day street festival returning to Selbyville

A celebration of community, cars and kids

Once upon a time, Selbyville had dirt roads, a booming railroad and the title of “Strawberry Capital of the World.”

While those things have changed, the town still celebrates its heritage at the annual Old Timer’s Day, which will be held this year on Saturday, June 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Selbyville.

Millsboro Children’s Parade to celebrate Yankee Doodle

The 10th Annual Children’s Parade and program will take place on July 4, at 10:30 a.m., at St. Mark’s Labyrinth at the corner of State and Ellis streets in Millsboro, hosted by St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Millsboro.

The theme for this year celebrates Yankee Doodle.

Fenwick’s Fin Alley offers coastal classics with a modern twist

Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Bill and Linda Guckin are the proud new owners of Fin Alley in Fenwick Island, taking over the former Charlie's Bayside with a new menu and new look. Right, One of Fin Alley's signature Grapefruit Crushes gets a splash of soda.Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Bill and Linda Guckin are the proud new owners of Fin Alley in Fenwick Island, taking over the former Charlie's Bayside with a new menu and new look. There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over the restaurant space formally known as Charlie’s Bayside in Fenwick Island. There were renovations to get under way, color schemes to choose, a brand new menu to create and literal walls to come down, to optimize the space’s scenic waterfront views.

Oh, yeah — and they also had to move their collective allotment of worldly possessions and basically their entire lives from the next state over, from Philadelphia, Pa.

But after a complete redesign of both the restaurant’s atmosphere and its offerings, as well as an eagerly-endorsed one-way U-Haul rental receipt, Fin Alley finally made its debut, just in time for Memorial Day weekend of 2016.

“The one word that I kept on hearing was: ‘Excellent,’” said Linda Guckin of the opening weekend reception. “Not ‘good,’ ‘very good’ or ‘OK,’ but ‘excellent.’ There’s people that have returned three times already. That’s what we want.”

As husband-and-wife entrepreneurs, the Guckins had already embarked on no small number of successful entrepreneurial endeavors in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. But despite that success, city life had begun to take its toll.

That’s when the long-time visitors to the area’s beaches, with a vacation home in Bishopville, Md., began to find it more and more difficult to leave the beach and head back home.

“We were looking around for a business for quite a while, and then this opportunity came about,” explained Bill Guckin. “It’s a good location and great view. We thought, with a good remodel and fixing the place up — maybe improve the menu a bit — we thought people would really enjoy coming here. So we decided to jump on it.”

VFW chicken shack reopens, with help from strangers

After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the summer season.

New novel shows Rehoboth Beach’s quirky side

A Delaware blueblood with a talent for shaking cocktails, a street-smart personal trainer and a flamboyant heir to a fading French-fry empire are just a few of the eccentric characters in “Fun with Dick & James,” a new book by Rich Barnett that will be celebrated at a launch party at Proud Books on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth, Sunday, June 26, 4-6 p.m.

Things we love – June 17, 2016

Coastal Point Staff

Summer has arrived — unofficially, at least— with the Memorial Day weekend, as it does every year. And that change of seasons and the seasonal nature of the resort area brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.

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