Arts & Entertainment


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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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