Arts & Entertainment
Last week, the Freeman Stage announced two additional performances for their summer lineup.
Just inside the 10-foot-thick walls of Battery 519 at Fort Miles, the sounds of activity bounce up and down the 440-foot-long hallway. On this particular day, a Thursday afternoon, a small but dedicated group of volunteers is at work on ongoing projects as part of the restoration of the World War II coastal protector, located inside Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.
The voices of the “Bunker Busters,” as they are known, echo through the halls of the underground bunker, mixing with the sounds of clanging metal and power tools.
It might sound a bit different from the activities that took place in the fort nearly 75 years ago, but if you close your eyes, you can imagine the sounds made by the 2,200 soldiers who were stationed there at the height of the second World War.
The fort’s historic past will be brought to life on Saturday, April 30, during “Delaware Goes to War: Victory in Europe” a “living history” event sponsored by Cape Henlopen State Park. As part of the day’s activities, Bethany Beach resident Ferdinand Comolli will join those whose service is memorialized on the fort’s Wall of Honor.
Bona to direct third part of Bob Davis trilogy
You’ve seen them at Thanksgiving, and on Christmas.
But on Thursday, April 21, the fireworks will really start to fly when the Tomlinsons and the Fenwicks get together for a Fourth of July wedding and the third and final installment of local playwright Bob Davis’ trilogy, with “An Affair to Forget.”
“It’s a wedding with a twist at the end,” said Davis, noting the Murphy’s Law luster sparked when the trilogy’s two protagonists’ families get together. “Whatever can go wrong goes wrong.”
“It’s the dysfunctional family antics going on,” added director Veronica Bona. “When I first got the script, by the fourth line I was already laughing so hard I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to direct. It’s just absolutely hilarious.”
While the story is set to take place at the Tomlinson’s ritzy Hampstead, R.I., estate on one of the hottest days of the year, audience members are being cordially invited to witness the nutty nuptials by way of the intimate stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre.
Get Well Gabby Foundation raises funds for A.I. duPont Children’s Hospital
Cinderalla, Snow White, Elsa, Anna, Tinkerbell and a boatload of pirates! Millville United Methodist Church and the Millville Town Hall played host to the Get Well Gabby Foundation’s fundraiser, “Princesses, Pirates and Pancakes,” on Saturday, April 9. Children ran around dressed as pirates and princesses, while chowing down on pancakes and sausage at the church.
Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.
People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month, including the Bethany Beach Nature Center, in Fenwick Island, at the Indian River Life-Saving Station, in Millsboro and in South Bethany.
Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for 2016.
This year, about 80 students represented Selbyville, Millsboro, Georgetown, Seaford, Beacon, Mariner and Woodbridge middle schools, as well as Sussex Academy and Southern Delaware School of the Arts.
Singers are hand-selected based on behavior, enthusiasm and willingness to learn new music.
“It makes me proud,” said Selbyville Middle School teacher Eric Tsavdar. “[It takes] self-discipline and drive to be part of the program. It gives them the opportunity to sing with a more advanced group.”
They performed April 7 at Woodbridge Middle School, under guest conductor LeeAnn Masters of Harford County, Md., (a teacher and professional musician for more than 40 years) and accompanist Jerry Biri.
Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced that its April show, “Touchy Feely,” will be open to the public through May 3.
The idea for “The Amazon Heist” came to Kimberly Grimes in the middle of the night, in the middle of the rainforest, in Peru. Grimes is the co-owner, with her husband, Marco Hernandez, of Made By Hand, the fair-trade store in York Beach Mall in South Bethany. This year marks the store’s 20th anniversary.
“It was our last evening there after 10 years of bringing undergraduate students for their January study-abroad semester,” said Grimes, who until recently also taught anthropology at the University of Delaware.
“Marco and I were sitting outside our palm-thatched hut in the hum of darkness, quietly chatting. I mentioned my regret that I hadn’t written my own detailed field notes to show the changes we had witnessed. But, as their professor, I was too busy helping the students conduct their own research to think about mine.”
“We went to bed, and a couple of hours later I woke up, immediately awake, having dreamt the whole outline for my book! I sat with my flashlight tucked under my chin and wrote it all down. I even heard the English voices of my favorite actors, Maggie Smith and Judi Dench, take on the characters of the two sisters who are tourists that comprise a big part of the plot. Crazy as it sounds, it was like they were channeling the story to me!”
The Ride to the Tide to benefit Special Olympics Delaware is a police-escorted motorcycle ride — no stops at traffic lights — that will take place on Sunday, April 17.
Cocktails on the Ocean, a fundraiser for the Delaware Botanic Gardens at Pepper Creek, will take place April 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the oceanfront home of Chuck Coltman in North Bethany.
With the idea of raising money for improvements to the local Little League field 34 years ago, now-state Sen. Gerald Hocker began a tradition that has brought local musical talent together each year to help area nonprofit organizations raise much-needed funds.
“When Dad did the show for the very first time — 34 years ago now — he stood up and said at the end of the show, ‘Do you think I should have a show next year?’ And everyone clapped,” said Gerald “Gerry” Hocker Jr. “So, he organized a show the following year. And he’s said it every single year. As long as the people continue to support it, and continue to have fun, he would continue to do it. And lo and behold, it’s been 34 years.”
In its 34th year, the Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel music — program, will be benefitting the Millsboro Little League.
The Freeman Stage at Bayside, a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, presenting diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theatre and children’s programming.
During the Civil War, Dr. Francis Lieber collaborated with Union general-in-chief Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck in composing a report on the treatment of those who engaged in irregular warfare, “Guerrilla Parties Considered with Reference to the Laws and Usages of War.” According to Rick Beard in the New York Times, April 24, 2013, the paper called for “summary execution for Confederate guerrilla fighters” (http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/the-lieber-codes/).
Hooked Up and Dogfish team up for Record Store Day
The countdown to Record Store Day is on.
While the national event will see more than 400 independently-owned vinyl shops celebrating across the country, Hooked Up in Millville will be the place to be for beer buffs and fans of local music this Saturday, April 16.
The ale house and raw bar is teaming up with Dogfish Head — the official beer of Record Store Day and a native Delaware brewery — to promote the event and local businesses with live music, giveaways and special Dogfish releases on draft.
“We’re really excited,” said Hooked Up General Manager Joe Botchie. “This is our way of supporting local mom-and-pop music stores.”
"Hooked Up was an obvious choice to play host to one of our Record Store Day parties. The great local following and live music made it a perfect match,” said Dogfish’s Matt Funk. "Music has always been a huge part of what we do. One of our mantras is ‘Analog beer for the digital age.’ Just like Guinness has St. Patrick's Day and Corona owns Cinco de Mayo, we now have our own holiday to celebrate, and it’s the one we are most excited about.”
Theatergoers can join members of Clear Space Theatre Company’s Spotlight on Young Performers troupe the weekend of April 15 as they explore “Into the Woods, Jr.”
April 21-24 weekend is set to host hundreds of birders for an exciting variety of events
After a great deal of anticipation, the Freeman Stage at Bayside announced its 2016 summer season.
The season includes more than 70 performances, with 51 at the Stage in Selbyville. The lineup feature a diverse offering of dance, theatre, children’s performances and live music — including 13 National Recording Artists.
This year’s performers include three Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and, combined, have nearly 40 Grammy Awards and over 60 Grammy nominations; one Academy Award and two Oscars nominations; and three Country Music Association awards and nine CMA nominations.
The national acts include Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson on June 29; Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes on July 2; The Band Perry on July 3; Justin Moore on July 7; Pat Benatar and Melissa Etheridge on July 13; The Beach Boys on July 14; Cherry Poppin’ Daddies on July 16; Huey Lewis and The News on July 27; The Silk Road Ensemble and Yo-Yo Ma on Aug. 10; Gladys Knight on Aug. 19 and the Wailers on Aug. 27. Tickets for the performances will go on sale April 4 at 10 a.m.
On the day before the fourth annual Photo Beach Bash, the Coastal Camera Club (CCC) will host a Photo Printing Workshop.
Jeff and Tessa Evason are coming to Millville later this month to entertain with a demonstration of the “paranormal,” representatives of Dickens Parlour Theatre announced this week.
After a brief sabbatical, Paws of Tomorrow, an area animal-rescue organization, is back in business, looking to help the local rescue-dog population find forever homes.
According to its website, Paws’ goal is “to rescue, provide sanctuary and rehome abandoned, stray and neglected animals within our local area.”
“We are a foster-based organization,” explained April Fels, who founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit. “All of our dogs go into foster homes. Basically, if someone is wanting to surrender an animal, they can call us or they can go on our website and fill out an owner surrender form. Then we contact them and try to figure out what would be the best foster situation for that dog, and then we move them into foster care. If it’s a stray, we try to help with those also.”
Paws of Tomorrow helps foster and adopt out strays, as well as dogs in area shelters.
“The shelters are so overpopulated that we are then able to help them,” Fels said. “We try not to pull the dogs that are the super-adoptable dogs. You can go to the shelter and anyone is going to adopt the cute fluffy little dog. We go in and take the dog that might be the snappy Chihuahua, or the dog that might need medical care, or the senior dog that’s never going to get adopted in a shelter.
As the presidential primary season runs its course throughout the U.S. in 2016, partisan politics and personal invective grow increasingly strident. Two candidates compete for the Democratic Party nomination, while three candidates contend for the Republican ticket. Contention among the Republicans, however, poses a threat of a third party emerging.
Lovers of Delaware history may find plenty to love in the latest free lecture to hit Ocean View courtesy of the Ocean View Historical Society. The presentation will be given by Russ McCabe, former director of the Delaware Public Archives, and will be held on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m.
The Summer Concert Series on the Bethany Beach bandstand will once again offer a diverse lineup for 2016. The stage will feature 50 acts designed to entertain audiences of all ages every weekend throughout the summer, officials announced this week.
The Bible tells us that, about 1,300 B.C., Joshua, the successor to Moses, sent spies into Canaan to “view the land” prior to the Israelites’ attack on the city of Jericho (Joshua 2.1). Previously, Joshua had served as a spy for Moses.
The 34th Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel musical program — will be held on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.
The jamboree was created as a fundraiser to help local organizations. For the second year in a row, the jamboree will benefit Millsboro Little League.
Although the Delaware Botanic Gardens has plenty of planting to do, this month was for planning. The DBG board and designers recently held a three-day charrette — the French term for a meeting in which all stakeholders gather to plan solutions for the future.
Since the garden attraction is the first of its kind in southeast Delaware, the planners have attracted some big names: Ted Flato, of the award-winning architecture firm Lake/Flato, will supervise master planning for the site; Delaware’s own Rodney Robinson serves as the garden’s landscape architect; and internationally acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf will create one of his signature meadows.
Originally hoped to open this June, the DBG is now aiming for the spring of 2017. Visitors next spring will see the woodlands, Oudolf’s meadow, a pavilion and entrance improvements. In later years, the garden should flourish with a freshwater pond, children’s garden, a visitor center, an amphitheater, a greenhouse and more.
Last month, the Ocean View Police Department hosted the Bears of Cub Pack 280 and gave the boys a little insight into being a police officer.
Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw told the four Bears, along with parents, that the OVPD is an eight-man department made up of seven men and one woman, with a ninth officer soon to be hired.
“Our responsibilities here at the police department are to handle calls for service — anything from a burglar alarm, someone at somebody’s house who’s not supposed to be there, to people that have little arguments with other each other, and then we do traffic enforcement,” explained Bradshaw. “And just helping anybody who needs it. I’ve changed flat tires. I’ve picked people up at the hospital.”
Bradshaw said another big aspect of his job is to visit Lord Baltimore Elementary School.
The Delaware Technical Community College Owens Campus’ Performing Arts Club will present “Home Sweet Homicide,” a dinner theater, on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, in the Student Services Center Dining Hall in Georgetown.
AZ Consulting & Travel recently announced their second day trip from Bethany Beach — a Vineyard & Distillery Tour + Tasting, scheduled for April 25.