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Pets and humans invited to state park hikes

Those whose pets are feeling the urge to get outside this winter can take them on a hike. Delaware Seashore State Park is inviting pet owners to a naturalist-guided hike in January and February. Humans and their pets can socialize while they all...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:16am

From digging in the dirt to corporate sponsorships, Friends of the Bays were honored for their contributions, pictured here with CIB staff.

From bays to board room, CIB volunteers get stuff done

By Laura Walter

Staff Reporter

 

Delaware volunteers are using their backs, brains and businesses to help serve the local ecosystem, and on Dec. 13, the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) celebrated the partnerships...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 10:13am

Fire & Ice adds ‘Out of this World’ drink competition

The Fire & Ice Festival will launch MLK weekend at Bethany Blues, with a drink-tasting competition featuring Dogfish Head Spirits, with proceeds benefiting Nemours duPont Pediatrics & Senior Care, Sussex Campus. The drink competition is...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:55am

Joyce Condry’s acrylic ‘Blue Heron’ is just one of the pieces of art to be featured during Gallery One’s ‘The Color Blue’ exhibit during the month of January.

Gallery One featuring ‘The Color Blue’ during January exhibit

Gallery One announced this week that its January/February show theme is “The Color Blue,” with the exhibit open to the public Jan. 8 through Feb. 25.

“Blue represents both the sky and the sea (and both are on view here this month), and is...

Friday, January 3, 2020 - 9:46am

Participants in a past Exercise Like the Eskimos event take off to start the new year with a splash.

Community ready to Exercise Like the Eskimos for new year

As many as 300 shivering, spirited souls will participate in the 24th annual Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos Plunge, braving the cold Atlantic waters on New Year’s Day while raising money for scholarships.

Sponsored by the Bethany-...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:53pm

Selbyville Public Library will add this month’s Delaware Library Association grant to other local contributions, helping to feed the community all summer long.

Selbyville library earns grant money to feed more

In summertime, public libraries can function like a community center. The Selbyville Public Library serves up information, education, games — and they’re also winning grants to serve more meals than ever.

Thanks to several prizes and...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:37pm

The Fenwick Freeze has become a beloved tradition in Fenwick Island every New Year’s Day.

Friends’ chilly tradition now an annual event

It started with a group of friends wanting to continue their neighborhood New Year’s celebration by jumping into the ocean.

As one does.

The Fenwick Freeze has been an official town event for 16 years according to Becca McWilliams,...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:33pm

The Live Nativity at Mariner’s Bethel on Friday, Dec. 20, brought the community together.

Live Nativity draws public for Christmas story and songs

In the stable, standing on hay with Joseph at her side, Mary gazed at the baby in her arms and pulled the blanket a little tighter around him against the cold.

Joseph smiled gently at the two of them, and Mary returned the smile as those...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:27pm

Linda Van Brunt gets a hug from Pete Moore who, during the months he's been delivering meals to her and her family through the Feed My Sheep ministry,  has become her dear friend.

Feed My Sheep ministry brings more than food to community

The big box of groceries on the kitchen counter in Linda Van Brunt’s South Bethany home — makings for a hearty Christmas dinner, plus freshly baked cookies and holiday cakes — meant there would be a traditional dinner for her family of four, but...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 12:06pm

Hair of the Dog runners and their best friends pose for a photo after the race a few years ago.

Hair of the Dog run, Eskimos plunge set for New Year’s Day

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce (BFACC) are partnering to host a day-long series of events on New Year’s Day 2020: the 9th Annual Hair of the Dog 5K/10K Run and the 24th Annual Leo...

Friday, December 27, 2019 - 11:48am

Dagsboro celebrates with annual Christmas Parade

The Dagsboro Christmas Parade featured marching bands, floats, marchers and more.

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 3:27pm

Ocean View Presbyterian Church once again hosted a Nativity Festival this year, showcasing a variety of creches.

Ocean View church hosts Nativity Festival

Ocean View Presbyterian Church once again hosted a Nativity Festival this year, showcasing a variety of creches.

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 3:15pm

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Merry Christmas!

The Christmas season comes just one a year, and the holiday tree in Bethany Beach is all done up to celebrate!

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 11:15am

Blue Christmas offering healing and hope

Knowing Christmas can be a melancholy time for those who are isolated or have recently lost a loved one, the Rev. Kay Lanasa has been planning a Blue Christmas Service of Healing & Hope at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist...

Friday, December 20, 2019 - 9:29am

Selbyville group collecting clothing to keep veterans warm

Homeless veterans are once again the focus of a Selbyville group’s wintertime clothing campaign. The GFWC Selbyville Community Club is collecting warm clothing for their 2019 Coats & Sweats for Vets program until Tuesday, Dec. 31.

“For...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:41pm

Have a person in your life who is into the outdoors? Make a stop before the big day at Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters in South Bethany. They have a great selection of duck decoys, warm weather gear, rods, reels, hunting supplies and more, and you get to shop local while you’re doing it. If you’re not entirely sure what to pick out, fret not: Hook’em & Cook’em makes it easy for you with gift certificates, so that recipient can choose whatever he or she wants. Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters is located at 34444 C

Coastal Point Holiday Gift Guide 2019, Part 3

Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters

Have a person in your life who is into the outdoors? Make a stop before the big day at Hook’em & Cook’em Outfitters in South Bethany. They have a great selection of duck decoys, warm weather gear, rods...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:38pm

The annual live Nativity will be held at Mariner’s Bethel on Friday, Dec. 20.

Mariner’s Bethel to host Live Nativity on Friday

A living Nativity scene, complete with shepherds and carols sung to the strum of a guitar, will be held at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20.

“It is done in a worshipful atmosphere,” said Dave...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:30pm

Officials gather at Millsboro Pond to celebrate the opening of the new boat ramp and parking upgrades.

Millsboro Pond gets new boat ramp, parking upgrades

For years, anglers at Millsboro Pond have launched their boats into the quiet pond and then maneuvered their trucks back to parallel-park on the grassy shoulder of a very busy Route 30. Even DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s website noted...

Wednesday, December 18, 2019 - 9:24pm

WEB EXTRA: Volunteers to pack meal boxes for Thanksgiving at Christmas

Volunteers will gather at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, to pack boxes of food the less fortunate will receive in time for Christmas.

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Monday, December 16, 2019 - 12:01pm

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Everyone’s in the spirit

The annual Selbyville Christmas Parade made everyone there feel the holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 6.

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant

Friday, December 13, 2019 - 8:08am

Grinch-themed crafts, character meets, movie showings and more are scheduled during the Frankford Public Library's Grinch-a-Palooza.

Grinch-a-Palooza brings themed events to Frankford library

During the Grinch’s annual attempt to steal Christmas, the pot-bellied grouch is making merry at the Frankford Public Library, where guests can enjoy movies about his antics and — with apologies to Dr. Seuss — snack snacks and craft crafts.

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Friday, December 13, 2019 - 7:38am

One of the joys of visiting Bethany Beach is that you get to go home with a head full of memories. Sometimes, it’s not so bad to have some memories on your back, as well. Ropewalk in Bethany Beach has quickly become a popular spot on Garfield Parkway, and the now-iconic eatery is selling merchandise emblazoned with the restaurant’s logo, with a 25-percent discount during the month of December. Come for the merchandise, stay for the food. Ropewalk is located at 107 Garfield Parkway in downtown Bethany Beach.

Coastal Point 2019 Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

Ropewalk, Bethany Beach

One of the joys of visiting Bethany Beach is that you get to go home with a head full of memories. Sometimes, it’s not so bad to have some memories on your back, as well.

Ropewalk in Bethany Beach has quickly...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:12pm

Joanne Guilfoil is an artist, author and new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center water media instructor.

Two events coming to new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center

The new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on Cedar Neck Road is hosting two events this Friday and Saturday featuring artists and authors, one of whom will soon be an instructor for the learning center.

On Friday afternoon,...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:05pm

Tsavdar, Bloch roll out musical version of holiday show ‘Top of the World’

Like many school band directors, Selbyville Middle School’s Eric Tsavdar is getting his students ready for their winter concert. Meanwhile, he’s preparing for opening night of a Christmas show on which he collaborated, at Dickens Parlour Theatre...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 3:00pm

Holiday open house to showcase new spa, help women’s shelter

A local business dedicated to beauty and self-confidence has spent a lot of time extending their mission to women in need.

All About U salon and spa are inviting the public to a holiday open house on Friday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m...

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 2:56pm

Santa Claus and a capable helper elf made an appearance at Ocean View’s Old Town Holiday Market & Tree Lighting Event on Saturday, Nov. 30.

’Tis the season

Coastal Point • Debra Allen

Santa Claus and a capable helper elf made an appearance at Ocean View’s Old Town Holiday Market and Tree Lighting Event on Saturday, Nov. 30.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 11:07am

Addy Sea open house to benefit Freeman Stage

Historic Bethany inn holding holiday event

The Addy Sea, the historic Bethany Beach inn, will open its doors for a Holiday Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 7 p.m., with proceeds from the event benefitting the Freeman Stage.

Addy Sea innkeeper Sherene Gravatte said guests...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:56am

Dine-and-donate to raise funds for Prettyman after fire

In the pre-dawn hours of Oct. 19, a wiring malfunction in Sandy Prettyman’s Dagsboro home started a fire. Before the night was over, her home was gutted, and she, her son and her granddaughter were left with little more than the clothes on their...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:54am

Valliant Woodworks will host its fifth annual open house this weekend, displaying hand-crafted wood creations.

Valliant Woodworks to host open house on Sunday

Gifts and other items fashioned from wood, jewelry and fresh-roasted coffee will be on display and for sale at Valliant Woodworks’ Fifth Annual Open House from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8.

Owner Skip Valliant, who is a woodworker,...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:52am

Coastal Point • File Photo The annual tree-lighting in Bethany Beach has become a tradition.

Bethany turning into a Weekend Wonderland on Saturdays

For the next three Saturdays, Bethany Beach is rolling out the holiday carpet for shoppers, with a schedule of activities and special promotions designed to make the season bright.

The fun begins this Saturday, Dec. 7, with Holiday...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:49am

The Millville Holiday Market will offer items from new crafters this year. The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Millville Holiday Market to offer homemade gifts, more

Once again this year, the Millville Holiday Market will offer so many gifts and goodies that they won’t all fit in one building.

The annual holiday craft bazaar will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Crafters will set up at...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:45am

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire.  Fish Tales is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week during the holiday season. They are located at 107 Garfield Parkway, and can be reached at (302) 539-7676.

Coastal Point Gift Guide 2019

Part 1

Fish Tales

If you are a fan of Simply Southern, then Fish Tales in downtown Bethany Beach might just be the spot for you. Displaying accessories, clothing and all-things-Simply Southern, Fish Tales has it all, including holiday attire....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 10:12am

Batman and Robin made an appearance at a past Selbyville Christmas Parade.

Pick a peck of panoplied parades

Christmas parades line up across four towns

It’s time to bundle up for the excitement of the 2019 Christmas parades.

The Georgetown Christmas Parade is set for Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade returns on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. The Millsboro Christmas...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:58am

Caribbean Christmas party-goers enjoy the live music at a previous event on the dance floor in Mango’s.

QRCF to host Caribbean Christmas on Saturday

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation’s Caribbean Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 7, promises an evening featuring foods and beverages donated by local restaurants, as well as an auction, raffle and gifts donated by area artists and businesses....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:53am

Ann Cooper will share her passion for creating beautifully detailed ‘happy worlds’ in miniature this Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on the Cedar Neck Peninsula of Ocean View near the Big Fish Grill.

Artist show planned at Ellen Rice Studio & Learning Center

A one-day show featuring miniature artist Ann Cooper and her one-of-a-kind handmade, lighted creations will bring holiday cheer this coming Saturday, Dec. 7, to the new Ellen Rice Studio, Gallery & Learning Center on the Cedar Neck Peninsula...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:51am

Mary Bode Byrd’s acrylic, ‘Drone,’ is just one of the many artworks to be featured during Gallery One’s December show, ‘Bold and Bright.’

It’s ‘Bold and Bright’ at Gallery One this December

Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of its December show, “Bold and Bright,” open to the public Dec. 4, through Jan. 7, 2020.

“Our artists and artwork this month sparkle during the month that includes three holidays —...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:46am

From left, Deputy Executive Director and Director of Horticulture Brian Trader, Executive Director Sheryl Swed, Vice President Carol McCloud and President Ray Sander close the DBG gates for the 2019 grand-opening season.

DBG closes the garden gates for 2019 season

On Nov. 30, the Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG) ended its first public open season, closing the garden gates with an informal celebration attended by guests, board members, garden members, volunteers and other supporters.

Ray Sander,...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:43am

Sussex County launches annual food drive for Caroling on The Circle

Sussex County government this week is kicking off its yearly food drive for community food banks, with plans to celebrate that effort during the 36th annual Caroling on The Circle event, set for 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, in downtown Georgetown....

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:26am

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra holiday concerts set for Dec. 6-8, New Year’s Eve

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony, the Delmarva peninsula’s only professional orchestra, continues its 22nd season with two programs dedicated to the holiday season.

On Dec. 6, in Easton, Md., Dec. 7 in Lewes and Dec. 8 in Ocean City, Md., the MSO...

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 9:25am

Ellen Rice works on one of the new paintings she’ll introduce at her new Ellen Rice Studio and Learning Center in Ocean View during the free, self-guided 25th Annual SEDAST studio tour Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Artist studio tour is now 25 years old

The SouthEastern Delaware Artist Studio Tour (SEDAST) will celebrate its 25th year on Friday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Nov. 30, and that’s something for which organizers and tourgoers are very, very thankful.

“That’s a big deal,” said SEDAST...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:07pm

Volunteers packed the Mountaire Farms location in Selbyville on Monday, Nov. 25, to help families in need for the holidays.

Thanksgiving for Thousands

After welcoming hundreds of volunteers who arrived at Mountaire Farms in Selbyville on Monday morning to pack Thanksgiving boxes for the less fortunate, Roger Marino flashed a smile, raised his arm and said, “Here we go, folks. Start your engines...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 2:01pm

Corrections officer David West and Sgt. Barry Wheatley of the Millsboro Police Department man the rotisserie outside the Millsboro Volunteer Fire Company on Monday, Nov. 25, containing 48 chickens that will be part of meals delivered to first-responders throughout Sussex County on Thanksgiving Day. The meals are provided to police officers, corrections officers, firefighters and other first-responders who are working on Thanksgiving Day.

Blessings for Badges brings meals to first-responders

Across Sussex County, as families sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, hundreds of chairs will be empty at their tables — because emergencies don’t take the day off and some first-responders must work during the holiday to keep the community safe....

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:50pm

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is opening its ninth annual holiday model train display this weekend, and all Saturdays until Jan. 4.

Railroad club opens model train display for holidays

The Delaware Seaside Railroad Club’s ninth annual model train display — a mainstay of the Christmas season that signals fond childhood memories — will open on Saturday, Nov. 30, on the second floor of the Georgetown Public Library.

“People...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:36pm

Toys for Tots boxes popping up across Delmarva area

One recent evening around 5 p.m., Bob Davis received a call from a man who wanted to donate to Toys for Tots.

“He said he was at our warehouse. I went out there with another man. I thought he might have a few toys, but he donated 30 bikes...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:24pm

Ray Stevens may be a numbers person, but this award-winning firefighter has always enjoyed driving the fire engines.

Selbyville’s Stevens wins state firefighter award

For Raymond “Ray” Stevens Jr., fire service starts and ends with “a desire to help people.”

“We help people from all walks of life, all races, colors — doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Stevens said one autumn morning at his home station...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 1:01pm

The Santa’s Letters mailbox is up at the Malones' home in Dagbsoro. This year there are additional mailboxes at Myriad Toys & Gifts in Dagsboro, Vogue Salon in Fenwick Island and the Selbyville Public Library.

Santa’s Letters kicks off holiday help efforts for second season

The mailbox is up!

Those who followed the story of Santa’s Letters last year will know exactly what that means. A Dagsboro family — Kristina, Sean and Jackson Malone — have again activated their charity, Santa’s Letters, which last year...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Wreaths Across America volunteers place evergreen wreaths at the grave sites of veterans’ back in 2014.

Volunteers to place wreaths at veterans’ cemetery in Millsboro

Veterans laid to rest in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro will be honored with remembrance wreaths placed on their graves and at the end of rows of vaulted cremains during Wreaths Across America, an annual event designed to...

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 12:52pm

Georgetown Christmas Parade set to step off Dec. 5

For more than 50 years, downtown Georgetown has played host to a Sussex County holiday traditions, and this year is no different. Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Sussex County seat, the Annual Georgetown Christmas Parade is being organized...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:16am

Town of Bethany Beach photo contest is now open for entries

The Town of Bethany Beach is now accepting submissions for its annual photo contest. Photos will be selected for the 2020/2021 Town calendar and marketing efforts. The calendar is mailed to an estimated 3,200 households and available for sale in...

Friday, November 22, 2019 - 11:13am

Mark Wong and Jerry Valme, of Hip Hop Fundamentals, interact with kids at Lord Baltimore Elementary School on Thursday, Nov. 7, as part of a drug summit to reach children at a young age.

A summit for our kids

A child’s job, hip hop artist Mark Wong theorized, is to enjoy life.

“Can you do that if you’re on drugs?” he asked an energetic group of youngsters gathered in the gym at Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the Youth Drug Summit last...

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 11:52am