Arts & Entertainment


The Selbyville Post Office mural was installed in 1942, showing a slice of Delmarva life.

Looking up: Mural at Selbyville post office gets new attention

Some people never look up when they enter Selbyville Post Office. But look up, and you’ll see an idyllic mural depicting Delmarva farm life in the 1940s.

The mural shows a girl surrounded by chickens, a man nearby and farmhouse with horses...

Friday, June 22, 2018 - 1:53pm

Donato to decorate Millville with mural

Millville’s town hall will get a new vibe when local artist John Donato completes a mural in the meeting room in the coming weeks.

Donato had proposed several potential projects for the Town, which initially included a mural in the outer...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:22pm

Frankford firefighters bringing back their Shrimp & Wing Fest

The Frankford Volunteer Fire Company’s Shrimp & Wing Fest was so successful it its first year, it’s back for seconds.

The fire company will host the event on Saturday, June 16, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the fire hall. Hundreds of pounds of...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 4:03pm

Classic cars line Main Street in Selbyville during a past Old Timer’s Day event.

Classic cars, family activities on tap for Old Timer’s Day

It’s that time of year again, when local classic enthusiasts gather to commemorate their prized vintage vehicles. The Town of Selbyville and the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will host the 61st annual Old Timer’s Day Classic Car &...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:47pm

Bethany hosting a slate of movies, concerts, exercise classes and more

Bethany Beach is known for filling its bandstand with entertainment all through the summer, but this year a new form of entertainment is occupying the bandstand as well: Movies.

For the last seven years, the Town of Bethany Beach has...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 3:30pm

Strawberry Festival returning to Indian River Senior Center

Strawberries have always been a big crop in the area, and tipping their hats to that agricultural history, the Indian River Senior Center will be hosting its annual Strawberry Festival next weekend.

The festival on Saturday, June 2, from 8...

Friday, June 1, 2018 - 2:04pm

Boy Scout Troop 281 did some clean-up work at Ocean View Historical Society’s Hall’s Store Visitors Center earlier this month.

Fun & Feasting in the Garden to benefit OVHS

With Memorial Day weekend having arrived, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting a garden party to kick off the start of summer.

“I really felt as though the historical society needed some exposure,” said Anne Powell, an OVHS...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:24pm

This rolling pin by Tall Oaks Trading Co., owned and operated by woodworker Gary Stewart, is representative of the kinds of items he will sell at the Artisan’s Fair on May 28.

Artisan’s Fair to kick off summer season at Lord Balitmore Elementary

Gary Stewart, a Millsboro woodworker, will be at the Artisan’s Fair Saturday, May 26, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. On a recent afternoon, however, he was out working in his Tall Oaks Trading Co. wood shop.

Stewart, who taught carpentry at Sussex...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:22pm

Local art students show a handful the talent produced at IRHS, including, from left, Liliana Guido, Megan Magoon, Olivia Garvey, Brooke Hoban, Jasmine Rodriguez Gonzales and Brianna McGee.

IR art students designing their futures

Artwork on display in Dagsboro

Walking in, one is surrounded by faces, some stoic, others laughing. Straight ahead is a kaleidoscope of sunsets. Around the corner, an astronaut struggles in the tentacle of a space monster. A fish and panda bear calmly gaze in opposite...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 3:14pm

Poseidon Festival ushering in summer season in Bethany

Memorial Day ceremony set for Monday on the boardwalk

With a new timeframe and new events, the Town of Bethany Beach is bringing a fresh perspective to its annual Poseidon Festival.

This year’s festival will be held over the Memorial Day weekend, starting Friday, May 25, with a concert on the...

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 2:29pm

WW IIunes bringing patriotic music to Bethany library

The WW IIunes are definitely all about music from the World War II era.

The foursome, set to perform at the South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach on Wednesday, May 23, ahead of Memorial Day, have been playing music from the early to mid-...

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 1:31pm

‘Art in the Park’ tea to benefit Hope Center

On Saturday, May 12, the fellowship hall at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church will be transformed into “Art in the Park” for a very special afternoon tea.

The event is a fundraiser for the church’s planned Hope Center, a community-...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:01pm

The Delaware Botanical Gardens held a ‘Sip & Saunter’ event on Friday, May 4. Right, DBG designer Piet Oudolf goes over the garden’s plans during the event.

Botanic gardens celebrates Meadow planting with designer, dignitaries

On May 3-4, internationally renowned Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf landed near Dagsboro, at the new Delaware Botanic Gardens (DBG). He was in Delaware to supervise the gardens’ 100 volunteers planting nearly 18,000 new native perennials in...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:55pm

Michele Wright and Joe Harmon look over a guest book from the Rosedale Beach Hotel & Resort from the late 1960s during a Nanticoke Elders Gathering on April 28 at the Nanticoke Indian Center in Millsboro.

Nanticoke elders tell stories of Rosedale Beach

For much of the 20th century, the Rosedale Beach Hotel was a popular resort and gathering place on the banks of the Indian River Bay near Millsboro.

Nothing remains of the hotel now, although a state historical site marker tells a bit of...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:53pm

Made by Hand to celebrate World Fair Trade Day

As part of a global movement to encourage sustainable development, the World Fair Trade Organization each year designates the second Saturday in May as World Fair Trade Day, and locally, the event has been celebrated each year at Made By Hand in...

Friday, May 11, 2018 - 4:50pm

Bryan Muzik is returning to the DiFebo’s family of restaurants. Above, Muzik stands outside the new Berlin, Md., DiFebo’s location.

Muzik returns home to DiFebo’s

One could argue that Bryan Muzik has been in the restaurant business since he could walk, having “joined” the staff of DiFebo’s when his mom became the restaurant’s accountant.

“My godparents, Bob and Charlotte DiFebo, brought my mom on as...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:36pm

Bethany Beach to host Poseidon Festival on Memorial Day weekend

The 3rd Annual Poseidon Festival will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28. The Town of Bethany Beach will host four days of island-inspired entertainment at the bandstand and Bethany Beach Nature Center (807 Garfield Parkway) in an...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:35pm

Gallery One in Ocean View will celebrate its 12th anniversary and welcome new partner Mary Beth Patterson at a special artist reception Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. May’s exhibit, ‘Up Up & Away,’ will be on display and open to the public May 2-29. This is Jeanne Mueller’s oil painting, ‘Up and Away.’

Gallery One going ‘Up Up & Away” for May exhibit

A special reception on Saturday, May 19, from 5 to 7 p.m. will honor the 12th anniversary of Gallery One and welcome partner artist Mary Beth Patterson. The new annual Gallery One poster will also be unveiled, featuring May’s theme “Up Up &...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 3:33pm

Playing at Dickens Theatre Parlour, in the foreground is Christopher Shearer, left, and Bryan Russo. Playing trumpet is Jim Miller and on harmonica is Big Mike Noyes.

Boys Called Susan crowdfunding their way to Nashville

What does a recovering journalist do when he’s worked so hard and been briefly at the top of the radio mountain, and then dropped like Old Yeller behind the woodshed, thanks to the economy and NPR cutbacks?

If he’s Bryan Russo, he puts all...

Friday, April 27, 2018 - 3:35pm

Behind the scenes

Guests can tour Delaware Botanic Gardens with famed designer

The future is growing in Dagsboro as the Delaware Botanic Gardens takes bloom.

People are being invited to a rare opportunity to visit the garden and meet world-renowned garden designer Piet Oudolf at a “Sip & Saunter” through the DBG’...

Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 3:25pm

Michael Tougais, author of ‘The Finest Hours’ and ‘Above and Beyond,’ will speak at South Coastal Library and Fort Miles on Sunday, April 22.

Bestselling author to speak on historical adventure tales

A New York Times bestselling author will bring his love of historic adventure to two locations in Sussex County on Sunday, April 22.

Michael Tougias, author of “The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Rescue...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 3:07pm

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival set for Saturday, May 19

The third annual Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, May 19, will include five regional and nationally-known bluegrass bands, food trucks, local beer and wines, craft vendors, a native plant sale, and free bus tours through Delaware Wild...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 2:59pm

Springtime Jamboree supporting Millville fire company this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and George Keen share a moment, and a laugh, at a previous Springtime Jamboree.For 36 years, the Hocker family has been organizing the Springtime Jamboree — two nights of country, Western and gospel...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:34am

Freeman Stage announces more big names in second reveal

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. The Freeman Stage has released “Volume 2” of their summer season lineup.

“This is going to be our biggest season yet. Get ready, because we are going to have 67 performances,”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30am

IRHS Alumni hosting annual Beef ’n’ Brew

Wondering where all the cool kids will be this weekend? Apparently, quite a few of them will be at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for the Indian River Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual Beef ’n’ Brew event on Saturday, April 14,...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Gerken tells local tales in ‘Storied Sussex’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Sandie Gerken poses for a photo with her book, ‘Storied Sussex.’ The book is a compilation of columns Gerken wrote for High Tide News.Camp meetings, “Chief Little Owl,” John M. Clayton, the “Giant Dead Boy” of...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:13am

Frankford library invites creativity with Peeps Diorama Contest

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that marshmallow...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:29am

Egg hunt season is now officially in high gear

Spring has sprung, or so the calendar says. And despite a month that’s brought seemingly endless wind and rain, and even some snow, both this weekend and next, bunnies will be hopping and eggs will be dropping across the land.

Easter egg...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:09am

Library shows appreciation for long-time Frankford couple

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Albert and Barbara Jean Franklin were recently honored with the dedication of the parking lot at the Frankford Public Library in their names.Albert “Ab” Franklin is a life-long Frankford resident — born...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:38am

Ground broken for Hall’s Store Visitor Center

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Ocean View Historical Society broke ground on their new Hall’s Store Visitor Center on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Above, parties with the OVHS and Contractors for a Cause pose for a photo during the ground breaking.The...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:44am

Northern Ireland native telling musical ‘Inside Story’

When Gerry Timlin takes the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, March 22, he aims to bring a bit of perspective, along with some history and music of his Irish homeland.

Timlin, now a resident of Bethany Beach, has been traveling...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:16am

Freeman Stage reveals first part of summer lineup

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Patti Grimes, left, and Michelle Freeman were in a celebratory mood following the release of the first part of this season’s Freeman Stage schedule.Either the Freeman Stage has too much of a good thing to share it...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:58am

IRHS has comedy, jazz and a villain in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The girls beg ‘Jimmy Smith’ to take them to a speakeasy in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ Pictured, from left, are: Savannah Padgett, Logan Reese, Peyton Beebe, Logan Smith, Vanesssa Fabela and Giulianna Check-Guzman....

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:31am

Students share PCS history mural with their town

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : School benefactor Phillip C. Showell was remembered kindly by his descendants, from left, Peggy Showell Johnson, Stephanie Showell Haygood and Barbara Marshall.In the closing chapter of the Phillip C. Showell...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:48am

Sussex County native honored at Oscars for civil-rights work

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bryan Stevenson and his sister Christy Taylor appear at a book signing for ‘Just Mercy.’For a brief moment on Sunday, March 4, Bryan Stevenson of Milton could be seen on stage at the Oscars.

He was standing...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:37am

Art meets local history in Selbyville mural

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native, stands with artist John Donato at the mural ribbon-cutting celebration at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7.Phillip C....

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:17am

Botanic gardens looks to complete meadow plantings

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Volunteers work on the Meadow Garden in September 2017.Despite the late-winter dreariness, there is hope in the air — and in the ground.

As the first day of spring approaches, green tips and early...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:46am

The Parsons Farms Fall Festival is an annual celebration of all things autumn.

Fall fun abounds as festival season hits full bloom

It’s fall — and there’s a lot more to the season than “pumpkin spice everything.” From craft fairs to costume contests, from barbecue competitions to bike shows, there are just about as many events as there are leaves...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:19am

Grass Roots Rescue to hold fundraiser for veterans

In an effort to support Delaware military veterans, local animal rescue group Grass Roots Rescue this weekend is hosting 4 Paws Got Your 6, in the hopes of raising money to train a service dog.

“We’ve always had...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:39am

Contractors team up to fight Parkinson’s

Local non-profit group Contractors for a Cause is teaming up with a Dagsboro family to raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease.

The Williams family reached out to the organization with the hope of co-hosting an event at their family farm...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:32am

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:26am

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind tour...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:20am

A journey in the pages of a book

This summer, a basic picture book inspired sixth-grader Molly Amerling to write about refugee families. Now, she’s the first Sussex Countian to represent Delaware in the “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest.

Sponsored by the Library of...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:44am

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

The costume contest will start the festivities at 11 a.m., with registration...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you are into classic...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:54am

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E....

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30am

What's the word?

What wonderful words can you weave?

People who love letters can team up in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for a nonprofit helping teach adults to read.

Scrabble at the Beach is a happy-hour fundraiser for Literacy Delaware,...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:31am

Girl Scout troops honoring first-responders this Saturday

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting “Small Town, Big Heroes” on Saturday, Sept. 23 as a unique way to offer safety information for families and to pay tribute to the “everyday heroes” – police officers, firefighters and other public safety...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:25am

Brews by the Bay fundraiser taking place this weekend

The Big Chill Beach Club will be the site of the annual Brews By the Bay fundraiser this year.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 23, the Delaware Brewers Guild event will host all of the state’s breweries, which this year will be serving primarily...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:19am

Indian River band boosters selling discount cards for 2017-2018

Band cards are back!

For the new school year, Indian River High School Band Boosters have printed a new batch of discount band cards, which are available for $10 each.

People can show their card for discounts at about 35 area...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:51am