Arts & Entertainment

‘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

Scot Sax, Suzie Brown bringing the blues to Dickens

Coastal Point • Submitted Scot Sax and Suzie Brown will be playing at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28.He was writing Grammy-winning songs and dropping visceral guitar riffs in the power pop/rock band Queen Electric. She...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:32am

Brandywine calendar release party set for Tuesday, Sept. 15

Mark those 2015 Brandywine Senior Living calendars for Sept. 15, because the 2016 Brandywine Senior Living calendar release party is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The party is free and open to the public, and will include live music, food,...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:02am

‘Hate Mail’ to open BART season at Dickens

The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season next week, opening with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.

The play will open Thursday, Sept. 17, with tickets costing $25 each, and...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:44am

‘Dear Wife’ — Letters home from Stephen Taylor Buckson

When young men went off to war in 1861 following the outbreak of hostilities between the states, the only way to maintain ties with loved ones was by writing and receiving letters. Fortunately, collections of these letters are preserved in...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:32am

Country star Aaron Tippin to play Freeman Stage on Friday

Coastal Point • Submitted: Aaron Tippin will play at the Freeman Stage this Friday night.For the past 25 years, singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin has made tour stops all across the nation, bringing his signature blend of neo-traditional country...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:29am

From mammals to mosaics: Boardwalk Arts Festival rides again

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photos don’t do justice to 3-D glass artworks, where the light twinkles through this mosaic bench, by Celeste Kelly.Who says Labor Day has to be the end? The summer season continues Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 37th...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:46am

That giving spirit

Ocean View resident Luca Donoto recently turned 7. But Donato — a fan of Star Wars, Godzilla and soccer — decided to forgo receiving birthday presents at his party, and instead have his guests donate food for a local food pantry.


Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:05am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set to bid farewell to summer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.


Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:58am

Community set to welcome warrior families for beach week

Coastal Point • File Photo: Operation SEAs the Day participants kayak on one of the local bays during the 2013 event.Next week, 30 wounded warriors and their families will travel from all over the country to visit Bethany Beach, thanks to...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:38am

Cripple Creek Car Show continues to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Allison Stine, black shirt, and the ladies are all geared up for the now annual car show they put on to benefit Operation SEAs the Day. This year’s show will be hled on Saturday, Sept. 12.Last year, local Realtor...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:35am

Former home of cartoonist Block to host warrior family

“Girl Friday to work for newspaper man,” read the ad that Jean Rickard responded to while studying to be a teacher at George Washington University.

“I was moving out of the house and needed a place to live, but I couldn’t do it unless I...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:34am

Art in the yard (yART) hits 10-year milestone in Bethany

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.This Labor Day weekend,...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Civil War Profiles:

Robert McNamara commented in his essay “Why Were Flags So Important in the Civil War?” that these flags marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. In the noise and smoke of battle, regiments could become scattered, and vocal commands...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

On Aug. 29, at 7:30 p...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.


Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:23am

Civil War Profiles: Yankee woman plus Rebel man equals inevitable friction

The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:33am

Local music fans invited on a journey to ‘Hooverville’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christine Weaver : Classic rock band Hooverville entertains the crowd at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25. The band will be one of the acts performing during Locals Under the Lights at...

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:14am

Schonder honored for being a good ‘Friend’

Coastal Point • Submitted­­­: Chuck Schonder, center, recently received a Volunteer of the Year award from Gov. Jack Markell, left, and DNREC Secretary David Small.

The grassroots effort to restore a local waterfront park is getting...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:59pm

Delaware’s Samuel Boyer Davis: A near-death experience

In this modern age, spies caught in the act in the United States generally are sentenced to long prison terms. During the Civil War years, however, spies — real or suspected — almost always ended up at the end of rope.

Two of the...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:55pm

‘Cluck, Pluck & Luck’ offers look at poultry industry

In 1923, Ocean View housewife Cecile Steele placed an order for 50 baby chicks, but ended up receiving 500. From that one mistake, the Delmarva poultry industry was born.

“Aside from Caesar Rodney riding up and Delaware voting for the...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 5:19am

Perspectives on the Confederate flag controversy

The tragic death of nine African-Americans in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, at the hands of a person who featured himself online holding a Confederate flag, has triggered a groundswell of outrage about the killings and the flag itself. A vigorous...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:29am

BART to take the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre

Coastal Point • File Photo : Cast members of last year’s BART program perform on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.

For its 2015-2016 season, the Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) plans to feature six comedies to bring...

Friday, August 7, 2015 - 4:09am

Local actress faces off with zombies

Quinn McColgan, 13, is no stranger to filmmaking, having acted already alongside Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore. But, this summer, the Millsboro native is costaring with zombies, in the film “Extinction,” coming to theaters and video-on-demand...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 11:23am

Watercolorist Roberts in Fenwick for three-day display

With an eye for snowy landscapes, watercolorist Linda Roberts has been critically acclaimed for decades. She’s created art for the U.S. Ski Team, Ski magazine, Audi, Continental Airlines and Marriott Corporation.
But her paintings keep...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:43am

Lest the 1st Delaware Regiment’s valor be forgotten!

In the decades following the Civil War, it was not uncommon for former members of military units to put their collective heads together and publish a history of their regiment’s experiences during the four-year conflict between the North...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 10:36am