Arts & Entertainment


Local musician, journalist taking on new challenges

Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer-songwriter Bryan Russo has shifted his focus from radio journalism to his music, performing solo and with other local musicians, while also expanding into creating videos and documentaries.Bryan Russo is a...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 10:28am

Teaching is an art for Ginsberg at JMC

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Marci Ginsberg organizes a student art show every year at John M. Clayton Elementary School, where she was named Teacher of the Year. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Luis Espinoza, Aniyah Blake and Hayley...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 9:02am

Lord Baltimore students visit Ocean View historical complex

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: LB students gather around a painting of Lord Baltimore Elementary School at the Ocean View historical complex.The Ocean View Historical Complex was buzzing with excitement last Friday, as all five fifth-grade...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 2:16pm

Meet the artisans of the 2015 Lord Baltimore Artisans Fair

The annual Artisans Fair will return to Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View on Saturday, bringing along with it some of the area’s top artisans, as 49 exhibitors from the local area and beyond will put their work on display from 9 a.m...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 12:06pm

New luxury recliners, reserved seating for OC moviegoers

Coastal Point • Submitted: Fox Theatre representatives show off the new luxury reclining chairs installed at Fox Sun & Surf in Ocean City over the winter.Ocean City moviegoers returning to Fox Sun & Surf on 143rd Street this summer will...

Friday, May 22, 2015 - 10:15am

Annual cornhole tournament to benefit foundation

The Beta Sigma Phi sorority will host its 6th Annual Cornhole Tournament, benefitting the Russell White Scholarship Foundation, next month in Millville.

“We do it to keep Russell’s memory alive,” said Emily Harne, a member of Beta Sigma...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 10:06am

EMS Day returning to Bethany Beach on Saturday, May 16

People can peek behind the scenes and pick up safety tips at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company on EMS Day 2015.

The “EMS Strong” open house is set for Saturday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the fire hall. The free,...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:25am

Civil War Profiles: Restoration of 1st Delaware regimental flags now under way

In the spirit of the 150th anniversary of our nation’s most desperate and devastating struggle, the people of Delaware have responded to a call to preserve precious Civil War artifacts. The Delaware Historical Society recently announced that its...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:23am

Eagle Scout project takes some weight off IR’s shoulders

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Surrounded by parents, principal and coaches, Eagle Scout candidate Charles Wayne donated three equipment boxes to Indian River High School Athletic Department. The dedication included, from left, Brandi Lecates,...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:35am

Art of March for Change to unify focus on art, music, healthy living

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: David Luna poses with the poster he created for the March for Change festival to be held at Bedford Park in Georgetown.David Luna, Tyler Greene and Veronica Villegas are promoting unity, art, live...

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 7:28am

Sussex County paramedics to hold paint party

Each year, more than 100 bicyclists join together for a weeklong bike ride to honor those who have lost their lives working in emergency services.

“We ride in honor of people who were killed in the line of duty or from causes related to...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:57am

Gardeners by the Sea to hold annual Adopt-a-Hydrangea sale for Mother’s Day

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Gardeners by the Sea will host their third annual hydrangea sale on Saturday, at York Beach Mall in South Bethany, offering a choice of ‘toddler’ and ‘teen’ hydrangeas in baby-boy blue and baby-girl pink, complete...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:37am

Barefoot Gardeners to hold annual sale this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will be holding its annual plant sale this Saturday, to raise money for the club’s community outreach projects.The Fenwick Island-based Barefoot Gardeners Club will...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 10:13am

Millsboro Lions Club invites public to Diamond Jubilee variety show

Coastal Point • File Photo: Singer-songwriter Melissa Alessi will be among a wide variety of performers who plan to take the stage at the Millsboro Lions Club Diamond Jubilee Variety Show at Sussex Central High School on May 9.For the first time...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 9:31am

Bethany native creates piano festival in Austin

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Accomplished pianist Bethany Beach native Matthew McLaughlin created the Austin Piano Festival in Austin, Texas. The nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the musical culture of Austin and surrounding areas...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:39am

Community invited to enjoy an old fashioned ‘Homecoming’

Coastal Point • File Photo: Some children enjoy a merry-go-round during a precious Ocean View Homecoming event.This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will hold its 2015 Homecoming event, inviting the community to come together and enjoy fellowship...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 8:18am

Civil War Profiles: The capture of Confederate President Davis in Georgia

In early May 1865, Varina Howell Davis reached the state of Georgia after having fled Richmond a month earlier. She was traveling with her four young children, her sister Margaret, two servants and a soldier who was related to the family.

...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:24am

Bayside community gets tasty salsa lessons, more instructors welcome

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chef Scott Viselli dices tomato while Eileen Incontrera and Paulette Martin watch.For nearly a year, the Bayside Institute has offered life-enrichment classes to the Bayside community’s residents, guests and renters...

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:06am

LSLL’s Challenger League is about much more than baseball

Coastal Point • Submitted: The LSLL Challenger League welcomes players from ages 5 to 18, with all types of disabilities, to play ball.After their son Aiden had played in it for years, a spring without the Challenger Baseball League just wasn’t...

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:30pm

Sons of Confederate Veterans event set for April 25 in Georgetown

In 2007, a 12-foot-tall and 16-foot-wide granite memorial rose from the ground upon its unveiling at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown. The dedication of this monument was the fulfillment of the Delaware Grays Camp #2068, Sons of Confederate...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:50am

Put something friendly in the ground: CIB Native Plant Sale returns with cocktail party

Coastal Point • File Photo: Gardeners galore shop the native plants at a previous sale at the James Farm Ecological Preserve off Cedar Neck Road.Native plants are the best of both worlds; they bring natural beauty and wildlife to the back yard,...

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:31am

Anniversary gala shines the spotlight on Selbyville Library

Dim the lights and get dolled up for the 30th Anniversary Gala of the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library. The Friends will bring the party on Thursday, April 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cove Bar & Grille at Bayside.

“We...

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 5:18am

Get in golf shape before you tee off

The Masters is the defining moment every year that tells us golf season is under way. Golf offers so many benefits — it’s not only a terrific way to socialize and have some fun, but golfers who are regularly on the links are gaining all kinds of...

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 1:24pm

Fun Car Rallye III to benefit Justin’s Beach House

For the third year in a row, a car rallye will be held to support Justin’s Beach House, a respite home in Bethany Beach for families impacted by cancer.

The Justin’s Beach House Poker and Fun Car Rallye III was created by Ocean View...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:02pm

Community invited to partake in ‘A Greater Loesser Moment’

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Heart and Soul,” “Luck Be a Lady” — all songs that people are familiar with and can even hum along to, but perhaps don’t know were written by renowned songwriter Frank Loesser.

To close its third season, the...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:38pm

CoChilla 2015 returns to support SPCA

Lovers of animals and music will be able to support both this Sunday at CoChilla 2015, set at Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth Beach. The event was started three years ago by local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi.

“I wanted to host an...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:22am

Civil War Profiles: Lee’s surrender: The beginning of the end

Church bells suddenly began tolling as darkness ended the Sabbath on April 9, 1865. Anna M. Ferris of Wilmington, Del., noted people preparing for bed were startled to learn the bells “were announcing … the surrender of [Gen. Robert E.] Lee...

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 8:17am

Freeman takes center stage

In planning the star-studded lineup for the Freeman Stage at Bayside, Michelle Freeman said she wanted every performance to be something that she, her parents or her children would enjoy. And, with more than 50 performances being offered, the...

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 10:29am

From Peggy’s Greek kitchen

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Peggy Fisher holds a pan of Greek dessert, Galaktoboureko, while posing in front of her olive tree.Peggy and Guy Fisher own a beautiful home in The Point in Dagsboro, but they also own a home on the...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:52pm

Fort Miles to offer historic lantern, museum and battery tours this spring

Coastal Point • Submitted : Two children sit on one of the World War II artillery guns at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.The spring schedule is set at Fort Miles at Cape Henlopen State Park, where visitors are encouraged to come...

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 5:25pm

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 11:17am

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.

“We hope to...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:27am

A musical Marvel still giving lessons

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : With his signature white beard and favorite hat, Mark Marvel is still teaching everything from guitar to percussion and band instruments.Mark Marvel loves music. With a guitar in hand, he peppers his conversation...

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 10:11am

Civil War Profiles: Burton Harrison: Fort Delaware’s solitary prisoner

As the Civil War’s dying embers flickered before going out, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was attempting to escape capture in Southern Georgia after having abandoned the capital at Richmond in April 1865. Davis’ objective was to join Lt....

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 10:07am

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Struggles lead to triumph in original Possum Point play

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses...

Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 12:58pm

Civil War Profiles: John Dickinson confronts the slavery issue

Long before the Civil War, slavery became firmly planted in the state of Delaware. The first slave arrived here in 1639, and a steady flow would follow, given the magnet of labor-intensive tobacco crops — especially in Sussex and Kent counties....

Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 8:53am

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:49am

Local author shares Delaware love story

Many Delawareans can tell you that the state bird is a blue hen and that the DuPont family played a significant role in its history; however, considerably fewer of them seem to know how a single mistake helped propel Delaware to become a major...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:41am

The fate of the commanders of the 1st Delaware Regiment

When President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion of Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-1861, he assigned a quota to each of the loyal states. He called for Delaware to contribute 780 men for three months...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:28am

It’s fun feeding feathered friends

If you have never fed the wild birds, now is a good time to start. It’s fun and easy and relatively inexpensive to get started. All you have to have is some wild bird seed that you sprinkle on the ground, but it’s even more fun when you add a few...

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 10:25am

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club seeks home base

For nearly four years, the Seaside Railroad Club has been like a train without a station. After a 2011 fire destroyed their meeting space and many models stored at the Georgetown Train Station, they still continued serving the community, though...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 4:28am

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

The concert will be a little...

Friday, February 27, 2015 - 3:38am

Civil War Profiles: A Union general, a female spy and two Delawareans in the Shenandoah Valley

Anyone who held Unionist political leanings while living in Winchester, Va., during the Civil War years had to be particularly circumspect to avoid the wrath of secessionist neighbors. Therefore, when a young schoolteacher named Rebecca Wright...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 9:11am

Robots invade Selbyville Middle School

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Only one robot can win! Selbyville Middle School team competed to design, build and maneuver robots that stack the most blocks in two minutes.It almost looked like a boxing match was about to occur at Selbyville...

Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 7:52am

‘Death by Chocolate’ returning to West OC on Sunday

The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 9:01am

Edwina Kruse: A ‘mighty oak’ of black education

One of the most disgraceful chapters in Delaware history, according to Judith Y. Gibson, was the lack of educational opportunities afforded African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite efforts by Quaker organizations to...

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 8:56am

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.

Coastal...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:35am

Lincoln to come to life in Ocean View

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Ross will portray Abraham Lincoln as part of Ocean View Historical Society’s celebration of Lincoln’s birthday when they will sponsor ‘An Interview with Abraham Lincoln.’“Four score and seven years ago, our...

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 6:26am

Party with a Purpose mixes fun with fundraising effort

Party with a Purpose will be throwing a charity bash on Thursday, Feb. 5, inviting locals to an evening of celebrating “Foundations of Friendships” at Sedona in Bethany Beach.

The group’s first event of the year, designed by founders...

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:57am

Unsung Delaware Civil War commanders

The biographies of several high-ranking Delaware army and naval officers who served during the Civil War are generally well known. These include Brig. Gen. Henry H. Lockwood, Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Smyth, Maj. Gen. George Sykes, Maj. Gen. Alfred T....

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 7:50am