Arts & Entertainment


A crowd of people enjoys a show at the Bethany Beach bandstand in 2018. The bandstand released its 2019 summer lineup, promising another season of entertainment.

Bethany Beach reveals 2019 concert lineup

Bethany Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series on the bandstand will officially launch on Friday, June 7, and continue through Labor Day weekend, town officials announced this week.

The 2019 lineup will introduce 15 acts completely new to...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 11:50am

Patron’s enjoy last year’s Indian River Life-Saving Station’s surfman’s dinner.

Museum to host a historical feast by lantern light

It was a dark and stormy night … but inside, the food and fellowship were cozy.

The staff of the historic Indian River Life-Saving Station are inviting people to experience the 1800s, with lantern-lit museum tours and a locally-sourced...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:20am

Mary Bode Byrd was recently announced as the newest partner at Gallery One in Ocean View. Byrd has spent 30 years in visual communications and graphic design.

Byrd joins Gallery One’s slate of artists

The artists of Gallery One in Ocean View recently welcomed new partner Mary Bode Byrd.

“Mary’s work is filled with energy, exuberance and whimsy!” representatives said, noting that Byrd brings to the gallery 30 years of experience in...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 10:17am

Coastal Camera Club to host Photo Beach Bash on March 24

The Coastal Camera Club announced this week that it will feature nationally renowned photographers as speakers at its Photo Beach Bash on March 24 at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach. Doors will...

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 9:22am

Michelle Freeman announces the lineup for the 2019 summer season at the Freeman Stage.

Freeman Stage lineup includes Diana Ross, Boz Scaggs, Buddy Guy

Only half of the 2019 lineup has been announced for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, but it’s already shaping up to be another banner year at the outdoor performing arts center on Route 54 near Fenwick Island.

Tickets for all shows will go on...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 1:17pm

Devyn Dowling

Youth Art Month marks 15 years in Selbyville

Selbyville students have brought color and creativity to the 2019 Youth Art Month exhibition, hosted by Selbyville Community Club. More than 60 prizes were awarded at the March 9 reception, to artists ranging from kindergarteners to high-school...

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 10:10am

Local musician and music teacher Taylor Knox visits with student Lucas Bennett during Knox’s regular Friday-night gig and open-mic at Hooked Up in Millville. Knox is also part of the local reggae-rock band Human Connection, and is now shepherding the Taylor Knox Project as that progressive-rock trio brings its original songs to local venues.

Taylor Knox fills his days, nights and local venues with music

It’s not often that a hometown musician gets to play for five hours every Friday for an audience that begins as happy-hour retirees, moves on to family dinner-timers and ends with a younger crowd of open-mic devotees. The place is Millville’s...

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 11:22am

Illusionist Salazar returning to Dickens

Dickens Parlor Theatre will host Anthony Salazar and his comedy, intriguing illusions and tricks, aimed at awakening the magic of people’s inner child. He will grace Dickens stage Thursday, Friday and Saturday night, March 7-9, beginning at 7 p.m...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 8:32pm

Laura Hickman takes us down snow-touched dunes in ‘Looking South Bethany Beach,’ one of the many pieces on display for Gallery One’s ‘Warm & Cool’ exhibit.

Gallery One gets both ‘Warm & Cool’ for March

This month, the theme for the artists at Gallery One is a play on words: “Warm & Cool.” With the artists contemplating the chilly temperature outside (while feeling optimism for the warmth to come) and the artistic rule of juxtaposing warm...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:17am

Ellen McLaughlin’s submission to the Bethany Beach photo contest will be featured in the Town of Bethany Beach’s calendar, which will be released in May.

Bethany Beach announces photo contest winners

The Town of Bethany Beach this week announced the winners in its 2019 photo contest.

“The Town of Bethany Beach would like to acknowledge all of those who submitted photos for its annual calendar contest,” said Julie Malewski, events...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:10am

SDSA students perform in ‘Sally Sells Seashells (and You Can Too!)’

The students at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville put on a show for the public on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22 and 23. The musical was about a new girl who moves to a beach town and convinces the kids that she can make their...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:55am

Eagle Scout candidate Aiden Christopher sits under the pavilion he built for the Hope Center.

Eagle candidate builds pavilion for Hope Center

Sussex Technical High School sophomore Aidan Christopher joined scouting at the age of 6. Now, 10 years later, Christopher is close to holding the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America: Eagle.

“We started planning the project around...

Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 10:41am

Nancy Ponton sews her one-of-a-kind purses. Below right, are Ponton’s Here Kitty and Octopus purses.

Gallery One welcomes fiber artist Nancy Ponton to its Artisan Room

Owning a one-of-a-kind purse is now available at Gallery One. The gallery this week announced that Nancy Ponton’s individualized purses are on displayed in the gallery’s Artisan’s Room.

Ponton shifted her creative energies into “fabric...

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 9:20am

Film society hosting second African American Film Festival

Building on the success of its inaugural African American Film Festival in 2018, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society is presenting the event again this year, again in cooperation with the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.

This...

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 2:55pm

The cast of the Sussex Technical High School performance of “Godspell” rehearses in the school’s Commons area.

Sussex Tech drama students to put on ‘Godspell’ for spring musical

The Sussex Technical High School drama program is set to perform the musical classic “Godspell” at the Clear Space Theatre in Rehoboth Beach, running Feb. 14-17. Tickets are on sale now.

Featuring an updated score and lyrics by Stephen...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 11:47am

Dewey Beach Winter Gala set for Feb. 23

The Dewey Beach Winter Gala, conceptualized by the Dewey Business Partnership, is an annual event where locals turns out to raise funds for the town and its public-safety services. This year, the Gala will fall on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 8 p.m.,...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:04am

Comedy ventriloquist to open Dickens’ 10th season

Those looking to something fun and different this Valentine’s Day weekend may want to consider bringing their loved-one to Dickens Parlour Theatre — but be careful, the theater’s management warned, as “Mr. Goodwood has an eye for the ladies!”...

Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 10:00am

Lilly Truitt (Scout), Steve Perry (Atticus), Justin Truitt (Jem) and Xander Proseus (Dill) at a recent practice.

Second Street Players to perform ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

The Second Street Players will present “To Kill a Mockingbird,” dramatized by Christopher Sergel from the book by Harper Lee, on Feb. 1-3 and 8-10, at 7 p.m. for the Friday and Saturday shows and 2 p.m. for the Sunday shows.

Directors...

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:19am

Rob Chadwich shows off his new guitar, handmade and donated by Frets4Vets, after he completed the Frets4Vets program.

One chord at a time

Program changing veterans’ lives by teaching them to play guitar

Rob Chadwick had tried to learn to the guitar years ago.

“It didn’t work out real well,” said Chadwick.

A veteran of two tours in Vietnam, Chadwick, now 71, lives near Lewes with his wife, Lorraine. He has struggled with post-...

Thursday, January 17, 2019 - 10:37am

Freeman Foundation earns Seal of Excellence

The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation announced this week that it is a recipient of the Standards for Excellence Institute’s Seal of Excellence for successfully completing the entity’s accreditation program.

The fundraising arts nonprofit...

Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 10:04am

WPS first-grade angels close the show with the fifth-grade nativity scene. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Clara Collins-Ellingsworth, Jack Hornung, Taj Sands, Nonda Gjikuria, Leo Galles, Aadish Maharjan; middle row, Keller Hoch, Liam Doran, Charlie Rutter, Estelle Damouni, Lea Jaoude, C.J. Labin, Sarah Brasure; back row, Sadie Kremer, Emmy Givens-Grevey, Elena Kappes, Lilly White, Isabella Rice; and, center, fifth-graders Priya Haldar and Michael Hebert as Mary and Joseph.

WPS Students Ring in the Season with Two Holiday Concerts

Families and students from pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 kicked off the season with two Worcester Preparatory School (WPS) annual traditions.

On Dec. 7, Lower School Music Director Joanie Brittingham introduced a performance, “The Good...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 11:18am

Antonio McAfree’s ‘Third 2,’ archival digital print on paper will be displayed at the Rehoboth Art League through March 12, 2019.

RAL juried photo exhibit to debut on Jan. 4

The Rehoboth Art League Regional Juried Photography Exhibition debuts on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, with an opening reception for the artists and public from 5 to 7 p.m. The scope of this year’s exhibition was expanded by inviting artists living in...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:58am

Pat Riordan paints a range of mountains in ‘Purple Majesty.’

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 27, 2018 - 10:31am

Archaeologist John McCarthy describes historical attempts to protect the population from yellow fever, cholera and smallpox.

Quarantine on the Delaware Bay

Once upon a time, when ocean travel ruled the world, ships filled the area along the Delaware coast, bound for the major international hub of Philadelphia.

But international ships didn’t just bring food, people and goods. They also brought...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:25pm

Marybeth Patterson brings the color purple into frame in her ‘Fourth Street Snow’ oil on canvas, showing at the Gallery One exhibit in January.

Gallery One artists explore ‘The Color Purple’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its January/February exhibit: “The Color Purple,” which will be open to the public Jan. 3 through Feb. 27, 2019.

Purple has been seen symbolically as the color of royalty, power...

Thursday, December 20, 2018 - 1:19pm

Bailiff Tony Summers presents Superior Court President Judge Jan R. Jurden with a satchel full of letters addressed to Santa Claus during the competency hearing for one Kris Kringle.

Sussex County Superior Court rules Kringle to be Santa


After a harrowing hearing, Sussex County Superior Court Judge Jan R. Jurden ruled that Kris Kringle is...

Friday, December 14, 2018 - 9:05am

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WPS students place in 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Art Contest

A number of Worcester Preparatory School art students in grades 1-12 recently placed in the 2018 Eastern Shore Classic Dog Show Art Contest, which is designed to connect student and canine through artistic expression.

Students in Lower...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:15pm

Arts in the art school

Expect color and kookiness when John Donato straps on his paint-covered overalls. The public was invited to visit on Dec. 10 during his weeklong tenure at Southern Delaware School of the Arts. The Moving Pastels Project lets people create their...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:10pm

Artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will introduce her new book, ‘Bethany Beach ABCs Now and Then’ with a book signing at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View this Saturday.

Rice to host ABCs book signing, Disney Day of Discovery

This Saturday, artist and author Joanne Guilfoil will officially release at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View a unique Bethany Beach activity book she has written and illustrated, with book signings from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.

...

Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 3:01pm

SEDAST presents Long Neck Elementary with their portion of the $3,145 donation from the Art in the Hat Raffle.

Art in the Hat Raffle raises $3,145 for Indian River school art programs

Each year, the artists of the South Eastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST) send a letter to the art teachers in the Indian River School District, asking if they would like to participate in the proceeds from the Art in the Hat raffle for...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:48pm

This is an example of the 9th Moving Pastel Project at Selbyville Middle School.

SDSA invites community to draw with John Donato

The public is being invited to make art with local artist John Donato on Monday, Dec. 10, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. The “Moving Pastels” Community Night will be hosted at Southern Delaware School of the Arts in Selbyville.

“Anyone who wants to...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 2:26pm

Danita Robinson’s song about Corolla, N.C., is now being used to promote that area

Local woman signs contract for song about N.C. beach town

Danita Robinson is a licensed massage therapist by profession, but she says music is her own personal therapy.

“Music,” Robinson said, “is an inlet, and it’s also an outlet. You can bring music into yourself, therapeutically. You can bring...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:24pm

Local miniature artist Ann Cooper will unveil her newest one-of-a-kind creations, Christmas lanterns featuring Ellen Rice paintings in miniature, this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m.

Miniature artist to debut Christmas collection featuring Rice paintings

Internationally collected local miniature artist Ann Cooper will introduce the 2018 Ann Cooper Christmas Collection of one-of-a-kind Christmas and beach cottage lantern scenes, each featuring an Ellen Rice painting and handmade local details,...

Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 12:19pm

Dale Sheldon’s acrylic ‘Sunlit Crab Shanty’ is just one of many paintings on exhibit at Gallery One in Ocean View during the month of December.

Gallery One to exhibit ‘Light Matters’

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme for its December exhibit, “Light Matters,” open to the public Dec. 5 through Jan. 1, 2019, ranging from the straightforward depiction of light’s illuminating effects to the more metaphorical...

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:53am

Jessica Renfro, mezzo soprano

MSO to celebrate holidays with seasonal favorites

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s holiday concerts will feature traditional seasonal favorites with a little extra pop, the organization announced this week. The MSO is hosting its holiday concert, “Holiday Joy, Angelic Sisters!” on Thursday, Dec. 6,...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 3:02pm

‘Relic of 1965 Cullen Bridge’ by Andy Gordon.

Ocean View’s Gordon to exhibit ‘Mindful Focus’ in Wilmington

Colourworks Gallery in Wilmington, Del., also known as the Colourworks Photo/Art Space, will be exhibiting the fine-art photography of Ocean View’s Andy Gordon from Dec. 7 through the end of February 2019.

Gordon’s solo exhibit features...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 1:52pm

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year

 

The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art...

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:55pm

A pastel artist’s hands are seldom clean, as this pic of Ellen Rice working on her newest pastel demonstrates. The public is being invited to see it finished during the debut of her exhibit ‘A Pastel Journey,’ in her gallery’s studio as part of the two-day, free, self-guided 24th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Studio Tour, this Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rice offering ‘Pastel Journey’ as part of SEDAST

This Friday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m., artist Ellen Rice will begin taking visitors to her in-gallery studio on “A Pastel Journey” as her part of the kickoff of the two-day, Thanksgiving-weekend 24th annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour....

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 - 12:54pm

Seaside Bride partners with Barefoot Beach Bride to host bridal show at Smokey Hollow

Calling all couples-to-be! Are you still in need of a perfect venue at which to say, ‘I do?’ Still looking for that perfect buttercream cake or a photographer to capture one of the most important days of your life? Well, look no further!

...

Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 9:53am

The Panchito, a North American B-25 bomber rests in the museum hangar.

Preserving World War II aviation history is a labor of love

Georgetown museum showcases aircraft, keeps historical planes flying

Inside a non-descript blue hangar in Georgetown, silver wings and noses gleam, the smells of motor oil and coffee hang in the air, and World War II history thrums to life, against the steady drumbeat of rain on the metal roof.

Joe Greene,...

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:09am

MSO to perform second concert series of the season

On Nov. 1, 3 and 4, the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will perform its second concert of the fall season, spotlighting Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” with duo Kurt Nikkanen, concertmaster of New York City Ballet, on violin and Jonathan...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:45pm

Eileen Olson, ‘Imaginary Garden,’ oil

Gallery One to focus on ‘The Shape of Things’ in November

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its November exhibit, “The Shape of Things,” which will be open to the public Oct. 31 through Dec. 4.

Gallery One artist Joyce Condry recalled “a beginning drawing class decades...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:12pm

Ocean View Police to host annual Cops & Goblins festival this weekend

The Ocean View Police Department is hosting its annual Cops and Goblins festival this weekend, in the hopes of giving area kids a safe...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:20pm

Public invited to celebrate Halloween with the ‘Great Ghosts of Delaware'

The Georgetown Public Library is getting into the Halloween spirit,...

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 1:14pm

An entry in last year’s Boo-B-Que contest is shown to the judges. The annual event includes fun for the kids, food-for-all and adult beverages. The barbecue event is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, just one of 450 contests worldwide.

Boo-B-Que returns with food, brews, music and more

Whoever decided that Halloween is better with smoke, seasoning and marinade may have had the right idea, as the fourth annual Boo-B-Que: Barbecue & Brews Festival will return to Delaware Seashore State Park on Oct. 19 and 20.

...

Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 9:41am

Damon Pla working on a pair of pears.

SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour set for 24th year

The artists of the SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) are getting ready for their 24th Annual Tour, in which they will open their studios and give the public the opportunity to talk to them and watch them create their art. The two-...

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 10:36am

Eileen Olson, “Tidal Pools,” watercolor

James Farm preserve taking the spotlight at Gallery One

From field and forest to bayside beach, the James Farm Ecological Preserve shows a new landscape from every angle.

Local artists captured those sights in a new Gallery One exhibition, “James Farm Ecological Preserve,” which will be on...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:53pm

One of Maureen Ickrath’s photos depicts a kite flying over a crashing wave.

Ickrath’s photography to be featured at Artisans’ Fair

Maureen Ickrath has been sharing her art with others since she was a child — first “little sketches” that she used to draw for other children and, in recent years, photographs that capture the beauty of local beaches and towns.

Ickrath, a...

Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 2:45pm

SCHS show an open secret, still making waves

Sworn to secrecy in the press, Sussex Central High School can only publically say that their fall theater production will be a big deal.

But rumblings have made their way around town. More importantly, anyone can just ask.

“It was...

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 1:20pm

Operation SEAs the Day brings wounded warrior families to the resort area every year. Macaroni Kids has partnered with Operation SEAs the Day the past two years to offer inexpensive, fun activities for children during the weeklong event.

‘It’s like medicine’

Children of veterans reflect on beach trip’s restorative effect

Ask 4-year-old Liam Klopfenstein what his favorite part of his family’s trip to Bethany Beach is, and you’ll get a typical 4-year-old’s answer.

“Um… the beach, the waves.”

Pressed for more, he’ll mention “the restaurants… building...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:06pm