Arts & Entertainment


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

Retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard, his fiancée, Amber Falck, and family tie the knot at the Edgewater House community room at Sea Colony during Operation SEAs the Day.

Operation SEAs the (wedding) Day

Couple ties the knot in Sea Colony ceremony thanks to quick, dedicated volunteers

When retired U.S. Marine Greg Gerard and his fiancée, Amber Falck, packed their three kids and Gerard’s service dog Infidel in the car for a week at the beach, they had no idea they’d end the week with a wedding, let alone that it would be their...

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 11:59am

Gathering by a trailer they helped load with goodies for this year’s Operation SEAs the Day participants are Warrior Week alumni, from left, Omy Emami, Nima Emami, Jonell Gottlieb and Sara Klopfenstein. Along with Operation SEAs the Day volunteers, they packed bags and boxes at the Giant supermarket in Millville on Monday, Sept. 3.

VIFs helping VIFs

Locals know that September can be the best time to go to the beach — and for the past six years, they’ve shared that little secret with a group of Very Important Families.

Thanks to Operation SEAs the Day, 32 wounded military veterans and...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:59pm

Friends, customers rally for Monroe

 For 24 years, customers at the Ocean View Family Restaurant have been the recipients of Cheryl Monroe’s friendliness as she served them short stacks for breakfast and crabcakes for dinner.

But since Aug. 8, when a brain aneurysm struck...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:46pm

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is a prized September tradition.

Boardwalk Arts Festival expands to the brunch scene

Festival date moved to Sunday, Sept. 9 due to weather

Update: The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 9 due to Saturday's rainy weather forecast.

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival has established itself as a popular event, bringing artists and...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:43pm

The Outten-Sirman cottage in Fenwick Island will be featured in the Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour on Oct. 6.

Former squatters’ cottage a home and home-away-from-home for decades

The Outten-Sirman cottage, located at 909 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront, between Cannon and Dagsboro streets) in Fenwick Island is among the historic Fenwick Island homes being featured on the Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour on...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 6:03pm

Nanticokes to highlight ‘Water is Life’ theme at 41st Powwow

This weekend, Native Americans from all over the country will gather in Millsboro for the Nanticoke Indian tribe’s 41st Annual Powwow, celebrating this year’s theme, “Water is Life.”

“We can’t live without it,” Powwow Chair Kayleigh...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:37pm

Artist Terry Lake, left, shows off the work of students Jessica Bird, left-center, and Joey Fletcher, right-center, with Creative heARTs assistant program coordinator and art instructor Barbara Buford, right.

Creative heARTs program makes ‘magic’ for some local artists

At the far end of a non-descript building on Route 113 in Millsboro, across from Lowe’s, is a room where laughter, creativity and accomplishment flow freely. It is where the Salvation Army’s Developmental Disabilities Program is located.

“...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 5:21pm

Ocean View dodged threats of rain at the 32nd annual Labor Day picnic, hosted by Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens, which drew a new record of 125 attendees on Sept. 2. Guests played 'Dingo,' a version of bingo for the hearing-impaired.

International Week of the Deaf events planned in area

The Delaware Deaf Senior Citizens and the Delaware Association of the Deaf will celebrate the International Week of the Deaf (IWDeaf) in the Bethany Beach area during the week of Sept. 23-28, and will feature daily events that showcase American...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 4:33pm

Show cars line the parking lot at Cripple Creek Golf & Country Club during last year’s show. The proceeds from the event will benefit Operation SEAs the Day again this year.

Cars of ‘unrivaled’ quality come to Cripple Creek show Sept. 15

Update: The Cripple Creek Car Show, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled for Sept. 15 due to the rainy weather forecast for Sept. 8.

Hidden in barns and garages of Sussex County, classic cars are revving up for the...

Thursday, September 6, 2018 - 3:53pm

Jazz Funeral set to wish ‘Summer 2018’ a fond farewell

As it has for the past 32 years, Bethany Beach will “celebrate” the end of the summer with a funeral.

It’s not just any funeral — as locals and visitors alike have learned over the years, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is one of the...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 6:04pm

Freeman Stage staff help out with the recent performance by the First State Ballet Theatre.

Freeman Stage staff and volunteers take it all in hand

From waiting for an artist’s first bus to arrive around 6 a.m., to precisely placing the very first chair for the evening’s show, to security-wanding each patron as they arrive, to serving thousands of beverages, to removing hundreds of bags of...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:33pm

The Rasmussen cottage, located at 1303 Bunting Avenue, oceanfront, in Fenwick Island, is among the historic Fenwick Island homes being featured on the Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Rasmussen cottage to be featured on historic-cottage tour

The Rasmussen cottage, located at 1303 Bunting Avenue, oceanfront, between Georgetown and Houston Streets in Fenwick Island, is among the historic Fenwick Island homes being featured on the Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour on...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 3:07pm

The McCabe Cottage is located at 701 Bunting Avenue (oceanfront, at Atlantic Street) in Fenwick Island.

McCabe Cottage to be featured on historical tour

The Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at locations in and near Fenwick Island. The tour features historic cottages and the lighthouse, and will benefit the planned...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 4:55pm

Located northwest of Millsboro, the Godwin School was renovated over many years and finally added to the National Register of Historic Places.

After decades of work, Millsboro schoolhouse a national historic site

“It’s a pretty setting for a school, isn’t it?”

Golden morning sunlight slips through the shadows of tall trees and fresh-cut grass, where Margaret Mitchell stands beside a historic one-room schoolhouse.

Sitting quietly beside the...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 3:16pm

Dale Sheldon’s ‘Tuscan Road’ is an acrylic painting that will be featured during Gallery One’s September show, ‘Our Good Earth.’

Gallery One to celebrate ‘Our Good Earth’ in September

 Gallery One in Ocean View announced this week the theme of its September show, “Our Good Earth,” open to the public Aug. 29 through Oct. 2.

Plein air watercolor artist, Cheryl Wisbrock’s “September Corn” captures a fleeting moment in time...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 2:59pm

Zumbathon to benefit Justin's Beach House

Those looking to do something active this weekend while also supporting a good cause need look no further, as Zumba instructors from Maryland and Delaware are looking to raise money for Justin’s Beach House at the First Annual Endless Summer...

Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 1:45pm

Crowned Best in Show at CHEER’s 8th Annual Car, Bike & Truck Show was a 1947 Ford Coupe owned by John Scheetz of Milford. Shown at the presentation of the trophy are, from left: Show Co-Chairman Walter Koopman, Sheetz and CHEER Chief Executive Officer Ken Bock.

Vehicles shine at CHEER’s 8th Annual Show

Organizers this week reported that the Eighth Annual CHEER Car, Truck & Bike Show was very well-attended on Saturday, Aug. 11, after suffering a postponement the week before due to forecasted bad weather. Almost 80 cars registered for the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:36pm

Warren’s Station in Fenwick Island held a dine and donate event to benefit the Easter Seals on Friday, Aug. 10.

Sussex Scavenger Hunt to raise money for Easter Seals 5K team

Easter Seals will be hosting a Sussex Scavenger Hunt on Sunday, Aug. 19, to benefit a team for the 2018 Walk with Me & 5K Fun Run, set for Oct. 21 at Baywood Greens.

The scavenger hunt is designed as a fun opportunity to visit the...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 4:28pm

Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour set for Oct. 6

Historic Coastal Towns Cottage & Lighthouse Tour set for Oct. 6On Saturday, Oct. 6, people can get a glimpse of early life in Fenwick Island, as six historic cottages and the 1859 Fenwick Island Lighthouse will be open to the public from 10 a...

Thursday, August 16, 2018 - 2:43pm

Movie on the Beach in South Bethany to feature ‘Coco’

Editor's Note: Due to inclement weather, this event was rescheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at South 2nd Street, South Bethany.

 

South Bethany residents and visitors are being invited to a Movie on the Beach hosted by the Town of...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 5:20pm

Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos will replace the U.S. Army Band Downrange on Aug. 12.

Bethany announces change in Aug. 12 bandstand performers

Bethany Beach’s annual Summer Concert Series on the bandstand continues on weekends through Labor Day. The Town announced this week that the U.S. Army Band Downrange, scheduled for Aug. 12, has been replaced with Anthony Rosano & the...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:55pm

Adventurers welcome at adults-only day camp

Hey, grown-ups — when did you last spend a weekday adventuring around the state parks? Delaware Seashore State Park is hosting a day camp for adults 21 or older to experience the park, from the wild landscapes to the newest amenities.

...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 4:48pm

The Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival is set to hold its 40th annual show on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival to celebrate 40th event

Schell Brothers and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will present the 40th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Celebrating its 40th year, the annual event, located in...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 3:58pm

The Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will open its 2018-2019 season in late September and early October with ‘Eternal Prodigies’ at Chesapeake College in Wye Mills, Md.; at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C.; and at the Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. An Ocean View concert is planned for November.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra set to celebrate new season

The only professional symphony orchestra on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO), is celebrating a new season, offering concerts from Ocean City, Md., to Wye Mills, Md., and returning this year to Lewes and Ocean...

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 3:52pm

Gallery One’s current exhibition  ‘Same Place, Different Takes — Funland,’ Aug. showing now through August 28,  features work by Marybeth Paterson, Leslie McCaskill, Dale Sheldon and Laura Hickman.  Shown here, Leslie McCaskill’s ‘Family Funland.’

Gallery One’s new show offers artists’ takes on Funland

Gallery One in Ocean View announced recently that the theme of its August show will be “Same Place, Different Takes — Funland,” open to the public Aug. 1-28.

The artists at Gallery One were challenged to paint the same subject: Funland...

Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:52pm

Shopkeeper and ‘master tinker’ Laurie Melniczek loves art, science and imagination at Craftbox in Fenwick Island.

Craftbox offers chance to get creative, with science

Love art? Love science? Love hand-on projects, whether a kid or an adult?

Craftbox packs big activity into a cozy shop in Fenwick Island but lets people be creative on their own time. Master tinkerer Laurie Melniczek wanted to create “an...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:53pm

Greek Festival bringing out the ‘Opa!’ to O.C. this weekend

St. George Greek Orthodox Church will host its 29th annual Greek Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, located on the bay at 40th Street in Ocean City, Md., from July 27 to July 29. The festivities will begin at noon each day and...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:18pm

Country star Mary Chapin Carpenter to perform at Freeman Stage

Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform with special guest Emily Barker at Freeman Stage in West Fenwick on July 28 at 7 p.m. This will be her second appearance at the outdoor venue, in two consecutive years.

The five-time Grammy Award-winning...

Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 2:13pm

Bethany Beach Books to welcome young-adult fantasy author and artist

Author and artist Dean Kuhta will be signing copies of his book “Silvarum” at Bethany Beach Books on July 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Silvarum is a fantasy world I have created and centers around five teenagers: Abigail, Penny, Roger,...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:43pm

Freeman Stage to host ‘Jedi Academy’ variety show

Recent years have demonstrated that today’s generations have at least one love in common: “Star Wars.”

And now, for the first time ever, the Freeman Stage in West Fenwick will be hosting “Jedi Academy,” a solo comedy variety show designed...

Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 1:41pm

Bethany Beach Books author event to feature mother-daughter duo

Although “Daddy’s girl” may be the more common trope, there is something special about a mother-daughter relationship, especially when that relationship develops into a professional partnership.

Mother-daughter duo Lisa Scottoline and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:52pm

Delaware Center for the Inland Bays hosting Decked Out party

On the evening of Thursday, Aug. 2, from 6 to 9 p.m., people can join Delaware Center for the Inland Bays staff and supporters for the 11th Annual Decked Out fundraiser, featuring friends, fun and food — and raising money to preserve, protect and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:38pm

Coast Day Crab Cake Cook-Off entries due Aug. 10

Local cooks are being invited to enter their original crabcake recipes for an opportunity to compete in the 27th Crab Cake Cook-Off to take place at Coast Day, a family-friendly event that showcases how University of Delaware scientists and...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:37pm

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral scheduled for Monday, Sept. 3

A group of local residents are preparing to celebrate what they said they believe will be “one of the best summer seasons ever” with their annual end-of-season “fun” event. Locals and summer residents celebrate the end of the Bethany Beach summer...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:36pm

Over Time will play at Ocean View’s John West Park on Friday, July 13.

Over Time to play the pavilion in John West Park

Rock-and-roll lovers can head to Ocean View’s John West Park this Friday, as local band Over Time will be performing as part of the Town’s annual summer Concerts in the Park.

“We’re hoping for a nice evening,” said Ocean View Town Clerk...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 5:35pm

Big Foot was the highlight during a Monster Truck event at Georgetown Speedway on Friday and Saturday night, July 6 and 7.

Monster Truck madness hits Georgetown

Monster Truck fans flocked to Georgetown Speedway last Friday and Saturday nights, July 6-7, for a chance to see the Monster Trucks and their drivers, who fans watch on television and in Hollywood movies.

Highlighting the show was the...

Monday, July 16, 2018 - 2:37pm

Ellen Rice Gallery stained-glass artist Chiara Reading will share her techniques during a special exhibit of her sea-themed stained glass creations at the Ocean View gallery on Wednesday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Stained-glass artist to share techniques at Ellen Rice Gallery

The Ellen Rice Gallery will host a special exhibit of the sea-themed stained glass creations of Chiara Reading on Wednesday, July 11, at the Ellen Rice Gallery in Ocean View, with the artist demonstrating her techniques throughout the day.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 4:03pm

Rice’s new pastel, ‘A Moment in Time,’ will be released in print Saturday, July 7, at 11 a.m., along with prints of her oil ‘Wild Horses.’ Rice will use the paintings and others to demonstrate the differences between pastels and oils in creating luminescent beach scenes.

Rice to release new prints, discuss creating with pastels and oils

Artist Ellen Rice will debut two very different new paintings of the ocean in print at her gallery in Ocean View this Saturday, July 7, and use the pieces to show the differences between pastels and oils when painting the ocean.

Rice’s...

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 3:59pm

Fourth of July celebrations set to brighten local communities

With a long strand of beaches ready to celebrate the biggest holiday of the summer, the Fourth of July, the real question is, how and where is everyone going to celebrate?

In order to continue the festivities as long as possible, events...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Fireworks fanatics can celebrate

When is a firework not a firework?

Let’s take that question apart, shall we? Things may have gotten a bit murky in the past month, with the newly legalized sale of some types of pyrotechnic devices in Delaware.

Those colorful...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:38pm

Millville United Methodist Church to host Patriotic Sing-a-long

With the Fourth of July just around the corner, Barb Clair will be hosting a Patriotic Sing-a-long to spark the celebrations.

The annual event will be held in Wesley Hall at Millville United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 30, from 6 to...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 3:35pm

Fenwick to celebrate birthday on Sunday

This weekend, the community at large is being invited to celebrate the 65th birthday of the Town of Fenwick Island, which was incorporated in June 1953.

Town Manager Terry Tieman said the idea to host a birthday celebration arose after...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:39pm

Jake Tapper will be signing copies of his new book ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, at 6:30 p.m.

CNN’s Tapper to sign ‘The Hellfire Club’ at Bethany Beach Books

Jake Tapper, chief Washington correspondent for CNN, will appear at Bethany Beach Books on Monday, July 2, to sign copies of his newest book, “The Hellfire Club.”

Tapper has written three non-fiction books, but “The Hellfire Club” is his...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:32pm

State park to reenact shipwreck rescue drill

The staff of Delaware Seashore State Park were set to reenact a 19th century shipwreck rescue drill at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum on Thursday, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. Delaware Seashore State Park is just one of three locations in...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:22pm

South Bethany Town Hall will serve as an art gallery for the next three weeks.

Get the picture? South Bethany photography show returns

When she photographs, Kira Kaplinski wants to show people the beauty of coastal Delaware.

“The whole area is inspiration. It’s so beautiful. I just love this town,” said Kaplinski, an IT consultant who bought a South Bethany house about...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:19pm

Jeanne Mueller’s ‘Fun in the Surf’ oil painting is just one of the paintings to be featured during Gallery One’s July show, ‘Beach Odyssey.’

Gallery One going on ‘Beach Odyssey’ in July

Gallery One in Ocean View recently announced the theme of its new show, “Beach Odyssey,” which will be open to the public through July 31.

“This is the time of year when many families begin their beach odyssey. It is a time for fun, family...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 2:17pm

The ‘Beach Matters’ to the owners of this Bethany Beach home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 8

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

After spending the last 15 summers...

Thursday, June 28, 2018 - 1:54pm

Architectural lighting accentuates the kitchen of this inland home.

Beach & Bay Cottage Tour Sneak Peek No. 7

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of previews of the homes that will be on display during the 27th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 25-26 from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.)

As a native Delawarean, the owner of...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:58pm

Ocean View Concert in the Park to feature Delmarva Big Band

The Town of Ocean View will be hosting Delmarva Big Band as part of its Concerts in the Park series, on Friday, June 22, at 6 p.m. It is the second consecutive year that the big-band group has performed at John West Park, which is located at 32...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:54pm