Arts & Entertainment

Freeman Stage gives annual report to Sussex County Council

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.

Laws sanctioning slaves for military service

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/).

‘Beer to Drink Music To’

Hooked Up and Dogfish team up for Record Store Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.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.”

Clear Space heads ‘Into the Woods, Jr.’

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.”

Delmarva Birding Weekend offers a flock of field trips

April 21-24 weekend is set to host hundreds of birders for an exciting variety of events

Freeman Stage announces lineup for ninth season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.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.

Coastal Camera Club to host photo-printing workshop

On the day before the fourth annual Photo Beach Bash, the Coastal Camera Club (CCC) will host a Photo Printing Workshop.

Mentalist duo to appear at Dickens Parlour Theatre

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.

Paws of Tomorrow offers rescue dogs a second chance

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Paws of Tomorrow, a local rescue nonprofit, now has office space in Selbyville’s Wags to Riches. Donations for the organization are also being collected at the location. Pictured from left are: Michael Palmer with Belle, Kerrie Jones with Snoopy, April Fels with Dozer, Tabetha Compton with Daisey and Megan Browne with a box of treats.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Paws of Tomorrow, a local rescue nonprofit, now has office space in Selbyville’s Wags to Riches. Donations for the organization are also being collected at the location. Pictured from left are: Michael Palmer with Belle, Kerrie Jones with Snoopy, April Fels with Dozer, Tabetha Compton with Daisey and Megan Browne with a box of treats.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.

Anxiety in Delaware preceding the 1860 elections

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.

McCabe to speak on Delmarva history

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.

Bethany Beach bandstand concert lineup announced

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.

Civil War Profiles: George H. Sharpe: A man of intelligence

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.

Annual Springtime Jamboree is just around the corner

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.

Botanic garden supporters continue fundraising efforts

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A recent walking tour of the Delaware Botanic Gardens grounds included local supportes and internationally acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, fourth from left.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A recent walking tour of the Delaware Botanic Gardens grounds included local supportes and internationally acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, fourth from left.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.

Cub Scout pack visits Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for his turn.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for his turn.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.

DelTech club to present murder-mystery theater

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.

Vineyard, distillery tour offered on new day-trip from Bethany

AZ Consulting & Travel recently announced their second day trip from Bethany Beach — a Vineyard & Distillery Tour + Tasting, scheduled for April 25.

Millville United Methodist invites community to Last Supper

Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.As part of their Eastertide season, Millville United Methodist Church is inviting the community to witness a dramatization of the Last Supper.

“Millville United Methodist Church has been sitting on that corner now for 109 years. Isn’t that amazing? And, for some reason, years and years ago, it was labeled ‘the lighthouse on the corner.’ And we do our best to keep that going,” said Marianne Smith, who directs the Living Last Supper.

The Living Last Supper will be presented at MUMC on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m.

Smith said that, over the last few Easters, the church has alternated between the Living Last Supper and a play about the 12 female disciples.

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning of a story that now spans 65 years and is firmly planted in the area’s history — a history that includes agriculture, as well as tourism.

Originally called Woody’s Diner, after owner Woody Sturgis, the restaurant has been verified to be the oldest “Silk City Diner” still operating in Delaware — which is part of the story told by that 5092 on the door. It signifies, according to Brandon Doyle, that the diner was built in 1950 and it was the 92nd “dining car” — which is what the Silk City Diners actually were — built by the Paterson Vehicle Co. that year.

Doyle, whose family has operated the restaurant since 1983, takes pride in the fact that the diner appears today just about the same as it did in 1951, when Woody’s Diner opened. Coverings on stools and booths have been replaced over the years, and somewhere along the way the original blue coverings were replaced with red ones. But otherwise, the diner is very much unchanged — thanks in part to the Doyle’s efforts to find authentic replacement parts when they are needed.

Pet Corner: Pick up after your pet

I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my upcoming trip to York, Pa., for a dog show. It will be my first trip in the “new to me” used RV I just got. We were also discussing any ideas or suggestions for my pet articles.

Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap.

Stuart and Custer: Made from the same mold

The cavalry was a vital mobile force that gathered information for Civil War commanders and screened the main army from the eyes of the enemy. Cavalry leaders had to be innovative and daring in carrying out their assigned missions.

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

Stamnas, Gibney return with new setlist

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March 19th at 7:00pm.It’s springtime, and Indian River High School musicians are ready to put on a show. They’ll raise the curtains for the annual IR Live! on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.

The 2016 show is called “Spirit of the Radio” and organized “as though somebody is on a car ride and they’re listening to the radio,” said director Nathan Mohler.

Students will be masters of ceremonies, but as disc jockeys, in this revue-style show.

They’ll perform about 24 different acts, including singing, some dance, flag work, instrumentals, mock radio station interviews and more. Performers will lead audiences through old rock, new pop music and even big-band.

The many musical acts whose music is represented — which include Joan Jett, Sarah Bareilles, Josh Groban, Led Zeppelin, Adele and Echosmith — are interlaced with short radio commercials (“That’s the spice to the show,” Mohler said.)

Italian festival to bring food, family and music to OC

For the sixth year, the Sons of Italy Lodge of Ocean City and St. Luke/St Andrew churches are bringing the community together for a day of food, games and music. The St. Joseph’s Day festival will be held at St. Andrew’s Hall at 144th and Sinepuxent streets in Ocean City, Md., from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19.

Concert lineup for Delaware State Fair announced

The Delaware State Fair this week announced its Summer Concert Series lineup for 2016. It includes 16 music artists, two wheeled events, a comedian, a rodeo and the traditional harness racing at the Fair.

Previously announced acts included comedian Jeff Dunham appearing Saturday, July 23, at 8 p.m. and country music act Alabama, who will be performing Monday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m.

The Civil War inspired quilters of yesterday and today

Annie B. Darden, the wife of a farmer in the community of Buckhorn, N.C., noted in her diary on March 4, 1861, that Abraham Lincoln was to be inaugurated as president that day, and said this “will cause a dissolution of our Union.”

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been filled for the event. The bad news is that the grass is more important than usual this year, due to a pair of storms that devastated Delaware dunes.

“Delaware’s coastline was ravaged by the January storm that weakened, and in some areas destroyed, dunes and eroded sand from our beaches,” said Jennifer Luoma, environmental scientist for the state Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control’s Shoreline & Waterway Management Section.

“The dunes were hit especially hard, and hundreds of volunteers are needed to help stabilize dunes that have been repaired after the coastal storm,” said Luoma, coordinator of the annual beach grass planting event.

The dunes and beaches also suffered damage in an October storm.

Last year, approximately 1,000 environmental enthusiasts, families and students planted 110,000 stems of beach grass along over 3 miles of coastline between Kitts Hummock Beach and Fenwick Island. This year, 150,000 stems of Cape American beach grass will be planted, according to Luoma.

Officials are particularly grateful this year for the corps of volunteer planters who will descend on the beaches, armed with heavy gloves and long sticks, dropping the beach grass plugs into holes about 20 inches apart. The process generally takes a few hours.

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