Arts & Entertainment

Alesi to hold album release party for ‘Lie Again’

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer Melissa Alesi is getting ready to celebrate the launch of her new album, ‘Lie Again.’Local singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been hard at work this year, completing her third studio...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:34am

Seaside Railroad Club chugs into the holiday season

For the fifth year, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is continuing to reach out to the community during the Christmas season to provide a free, traditional Christmas experience for those young and old.

Displaying five model trail layouts...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:31am

Abolitionist was first black female newspaper editor

Born in Wilmington in 1823 to free black parents, Mary Ann Shadd dedicated her life to the abolition of slavery. She became an educator and journalist in pursuit of freedom.

Shadd inherited her zeal from her father, who hid runaway slaves...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:47am

Burnzy’s Bar & Grill opens up near Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:37am

OVHS to host fourth annual Victorian Christmas

Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:29am

Ocean View Presbyterian to host annual Nativity Festival

Coastal Point • File photo: Detail of one of the nativities from from an earlier event.With all the holiday madness, many are unable to take a moment to breathe and remember the meaning behind the Christmas holiday.

Ocean View Presbyterian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:23am

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ now showing

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street”...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:20pm

Time-tested holiday favorites

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Marie shares some of her favorite holiday recipes, including this 1 2 3 Blackberry Sherbet, which she found in the June/July 2009 issue of Taste of Home magazine.The holidays are upon us, and guests will...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:00pm

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

All the local parades begin at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade is...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:15am

John D. S. Cook on the Battle of Gettysburg

On Dec. 12, 1903 — 40 years after the bloodiest battle of the Civil War — a survivor of that holocaust spoke to an audience of veterans in Kansas City, Mo. Ingrained in memory; the story about his Gettysburg experience had the immediacy of a...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:54am

Bethany Beach to host month of holiday events

Visitors to Bethany Beach and residents alike will find during the holiday season that the Town has rolled out the red carpet and added a boardwalk Christmas tree this year to light the way for holiday revelers.

The festivities get under...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:04am

Frankford holiday lighting set for Saturday

Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The holiday event aims to build holiday and...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:01am

Dagsboro tree lighting set for this weekend

Dagsboro will light up on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Christmas season kicks off at Katie Helm Town Park.

The Town of Dagsboro will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Residents and visitors can enjoy free cookies and hot...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:00am

Civil War Profiles: A heartfelt discourse on Thanksgiving Day

In gratitude for recent Union victories on the battlefield, President Abraham Lincoln declared a National Day of Thanksgiving to take place on Thursday, Nov. 27, 1862. The president’s proclamation came as the Civil War raged into its second year...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:10am

SEDAST puts local artists on display, raises funds for area schools

Coastal Point • Submitted: Several ceramic pieces by artist Kim DoughtySussex County certainly has its fair share of venues to enjoy local art. But the only place to see that art while it unfolds is at the 21st Annual SouthEastern Delaware...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 7:02am

New Artful Bean owners blend coffee, creativity and community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: New owners Rose O'Hanlan and Kim Warner are bringing even more of the creative arts to the Artful Bean.It’s a coffeehouse, and it’s an art gallery. It’s a fine crafts gallery, and it’s a sandwich shop. It’s a...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:25am

Convicted UGRR conductor pardoned 168 years later

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently decided to rectify an injustice that occurred in the 1840s. That is when a free black man named Samuel Burris was convicted and sentenced for the crime of conducting slaves along the road to freedom.


Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:15am

With Christmas coming, Frankford revives town pride

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The only time Charlie Brown (Michael Wolfe) ever caught the football (‘Scout’ the dog), as Lucy (Alison) pulls young Woodstock (Liam) and Snoopy (Dean), during the Frankford Halloween Parade and Fall?Festival this...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:52am

WWII in the spotlight at Lighthouse Christian

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Students at Lighthouse Christian School prepare to sing ‘The Lord’s Army’ to veterans on Veterans’ Day. Below, veterans line up for handshakes and thanks from everyone in attendance.Lighthouse Christian School...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:37am

Civil War medicine and related photography

Estimates of deaths suffered during the Civil War reach the 700,000 figure, more than most other American conflicts combined. The litany of casualties in major engagements illustrates the carnage that took place.

The 10 costliest Civil...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:14pm

Native American Day to be celebrated at Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40am

For the love of Neptune: Local fifth-graders capture Coast Day awards

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Coast Day essay contest winners Zoe Tuttle of Lord Baltimore Elementary School, left, and Emma White of Southern Delaware School of the Arts, right.With strong writing and a love of nature, two local students made...

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 8:25am

OVPD invites Cops & Goblins to first Halloween festival

This Saturday, the Ocean View Police Department is inviting the public to its inaugural Halloween festival, Cops & Goblins.

“We were just hoping to host a nice event for the kids in the area,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw. “Unfortunately,...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:45am

Bridge to the big time: Selbyville actress in Spielberg film

Jillian LeblingA young Selbyville actress is starting her career with some of the best. At 9, Jillian Lebling has made her feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” released Oct. 16 and starring Tom Hanks.

In the film set...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:39am

Frankford Fall Festival offering family fun on Saturday

Family fun can be had this Halloween by visiting Frankford for its revived Frankford Fall Festival.

Organized by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Frankford and the Frankford Public Library, along with the United Methodist...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:37am

‘Rock star’ designer coming to local botanical garden

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Piet Oudolf is an international star where gardens are concerned. Here he is being interviewed at Delaware Botanical Gardens on Sunday, Oct. 18. Oudolf has agreed to transform approximately 1.5 acres into a flowing...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 9:25am

Meet the ghosts of Fort Delaware

While it is wise to maintain a healthy skepticism about unfamiliar phenomena in general, it may surprise some that three out of four Americans believe in the paranormal. According to a Gallup Poll, high up on the list is belief in haunted houses...

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:58am

Costumed kids ready for Halloween

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: These boys are ready for Halloween and told the Coastal Point what they’ll be up to on Halloween this year. From left are:?Jaxon Rickards, Howard Toomey, Angelo Retzos and William Retzos.Halloween is upon us, and no...

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 9:39am

Trunk or Treat offers safe fun at The River Wesleyan Church

For children who live in the rural areas of southeastern Sussex County, trick-or-treating can be a bit… well, tricky.

Karen Ennis, director of outreach at The River Wesleyan Church in Roxana, said that’s why she decided several years ago...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:59am

Civil War Profiles: Family pride in a soldier’s daring accomplishments

While investigating his genealogy, Jim Grear of Long Neck discovered that an ancestor, Archibald Rowand Jr., was a Civil War hero. He also learned that Rowand’s record was documented in the literature of this tumultuous period in the nation’s...

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 10:31am

Annual Haunted Forest brings the scares to Roxana

Children can enjoy Frightless Delights

Don’t go into the forest alone.

This October, the Haunted Forest will come alive at the Roxana Volunteer Fire Company on Friday and Saturday nights. But, new this year, young children can do Roxana’s...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:27am

CoChilla to feature original tunes, help animals

A selection of the area’s musical talent will be on display this weekend at Big Chill Surf Cantina, for CoChilla — a unique event that showcases local songwriters while raising money for the Georgetown SPCA.

“CoChilla has grown bigger and...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:19am

Gardeners by the Sea still has room to grow

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Members from Gardeners by the Sea help senior citizens arrange flowers at the Roxana Cheer Center. This is one of the many community outreach programs in which the club participates.In their 10th year as an area...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 9:15am

Harriet Tubman UGRR Byway in Delaware

“Before the Civil War, African American Freedom Seekers fled north to freedom through a combination of people and landscapes that became known as the ‘Underground Railroad.’ As the last slave state, Delaware was a critical leg to freedom.” So...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:22am

New murder mystery to debut at Dickens in time for Halloween

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘Complicity’ rehearses for opening night at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Pictured, from left, are: Anthony Chiffolo, Veronica Bona, Mike Mall. Lori Ingram, Carolyn Robinson (on the couch) and...

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 8:12am

2015 Bethany Auxiliary Artisan’s Festival preview

More than 50 local artists and craftspersons will gather at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for the annual Artisan’s Festival sponsored by the BBVFC Ladies Auxiliary.

The free annual...

Friday, October 9, 2015 - 5:49am

Ovation continues to bring unique entertainment to Sussex

Now in its second year, Ovation Dinner Theatre, based in the Bethany Beach/Ocean View area, is continuing to offer a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience throughout Delmarva.

Coastal Point • File Photo Don Clamato works the floor during...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:14am

In commemoration of the Civil War sesquicentennial

In May 2011, the Coastal Point initiated a column called “Civil War Profiles” to focus on Delaware’s role in the Civil War. The decision was timely, considering in April the entire nation became riveted on commemoration of the 150th anniversary...

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 9:09am

Pumpkin Festival returning to Millville this Saturday

Millville’s annual Pumpkin Festival will return this weekend, offering families the chance to enjoy fun fall festivities.

Former Millville mayor Don Minyon created the event in 2009 as a way to showcase the town.

“The driving force...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:32pm

Fall Festival ready to kick off at Lord Baltimore next Saturday

This week, kids will want to go to school on a Saturday, as students and the community are being invited to Lord Baltimore Elementary School’s Fall Festival — a day of games, food and fun. The Fall Festival has been rescheduled from Saturday,...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 12:26pm

Recognition of a Quaker’s heroics on the battlefield

The Society of Friends, otherwise known as Quakers, was a stalwart abolitionist and pacifist faith in the 19th century. Yet, young men who otherwise adhered to its tenets joined the military and fought to preserve the Union and free the slaves....

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 11:55am

Magee family farm legacy enters a new era

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Magee family has been farming in the area for 150 years. Here, the family poses for a photo on their farm in Williamsville.At Magee Farms in Williamsville, life is just starting to slow down a bit from the...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 11:53am

Cyclops 1 to explore Coast Day at U.D. Lewes Campus Sunday

Coastal Point • File Photos: Photographs from last year’s event show hand-tonging for oysters, the live tank and the advantages of pulleys.Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled for this year, due to inclement weather.

All eyes will...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 11:38am

Joyful noise at Gospel Song Fest

Coastal Point • Tracy Johnson: The Union Gospel Choir sang at the Gospel Song Fest at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 19.A majority of the congregation was fully involved in praise and song at the Gospel...

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:05pm

Calendar models laugh the year away

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: William ‘Billy’ Patterson greets his adoring fans at the launch party for Brandywine Senior Living’s annual calendar. The project’s photographer, R. Chris Clark, gives Patterson a taste of luxury while doubling as...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:38am

Bostaph, Café 26 take first at Battle at the Beach: Chef Cook Off

Coastal Point • Submitted: Café 26 Executive Chef Jason Bostaph in the heat of competition during the Battle at the Beach:­ Chef Cook Off on Thursday, Sept. 18.All the big-name chefs were there. From the big-name restaurants with the big kitchens...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:18am

‘We’ve come a long way’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Community Lutheran Church just outside of Frankford celebrates 20 years bringing the Word to the area.Twenty is the special number for Community Lutheran Church, just outside of Frankford. This weekend, the church...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:10am

Civil War Profiles: The duPont family’s service during the Civil War

Prominent names from the Civil War era are often associated with particular states: Lincoln and Davis were natives of Kentucky; Lee and Jackson fought under the banner of Virginia; and Grant and Sherman were Ohio-born. The name most often...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:40am

World War II pilot recalls career with backdrop of Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Ferd’ Comolli, with friends and family, was on-hand to welcome the wounded warriors to Bayside during Operation SEAs the Day’s week-long event held in the Quiet Resorts.When supporters greeted participants in...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:13am

Preserving black heritage in Georgetown

The sad state of educational opportunities for black children in Delaware received a much-needed boost in the 1920s, thanks to the philanthropy of Pierre S. duPont. He funded the formation of Service Citizens of Delaware, which constructed or...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:49am