Arts & Entertainment


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

Prison diary describes life at Fort Delaware

Rural lifestyle changed for a Nelson County, Va., farmer in May of 1861, when 20-year-old Joseph Edward Purvis left home to join the Confederate army. He served for the next two years in Company G, 19th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in Gen. Robert...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 7:35am

‘Frozen’ train adventure arrives at Salted Rim

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Salted Rim in Ocean View hosts families at their ‘Frozen’ adventure show onboard one of their trains. Here, Elsa dances around as the families enjoy the show. Visit http://coastalpoint.zenfolio.com/p337602837...

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 6:54am

Lee-Jackson Day to be celebrated in Georgetown on Friday

Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century and early 20th century, the state of Virginia set aside a Friday in January as a holiday in remembrance of two Southern Civil War heroes, Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson....

Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 6:58am

Going out for New Year’s Eve? Plenty of options

For those ready to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a night on the town, local restaurants have got things covered. (Reservations are recommended for all the events, and some spots are filling up fast.)

Cottage Café has a party featuring D.J...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:06pm

Alesi hosting open mic evening in Rehoboth Beach

Singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been a staple in the local music scene for the past few years and has recently taken over hosting an open-mic night at Casa Dileo restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

“It’s been going really well,” said...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 5:05pm

Community members invited to plunge into 2015

Coastal Point • File Photo: People have literally gone ‘head over heels’ for the Exercise Like the Eskimos event in Bethany Beach over the years.This New Year’s Day, many people will flock to the beach in order to participate in the time-honored...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:56pm

Samaritan Thrift Shop wraps up another successful year of community giving

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Volunteers are all smiles at the end of another day at Samaritan Thrift Shop. Pictured, from left, are: front row, Ellen Rankin, and Ruth and Charlie Sheaffer; back row, Pat Plocek, John Regan, Sharon Page, Linda...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 4:17pm

Chanukah services to light the season (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

Tonight, people worldwide will light candelabras to begin the eight-day Festival of Light. And local synagogues are inviting people to celebrate the Chanukah miracle.

“The Jewish people’s … main job was to light the darkness of the world....

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 4:04am

Ocean View offers holiday fun for all this Saturday

This weekend, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS) will be celebrating the holiday season, and is inviting the public to the festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the OVHS will be holding its...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 9:09am

Civil War Profiles: Lincoln and the reporters: A cozy relationship

Since the country’s inception, political parties in the United States normally used favored press organs as outlets for news releases and policy pronouncements. When Abraham Lincoln took up residency at the White House following the 1860...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:43am

Free food pantry fights hunger in IR School District

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Michele Murphy shows some of the options families have at the food pantry.

When families arrive at the new Indian River School District’s Food Pantry, they don’t have to bring tax statements or financial...

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 8:37am

Holiday parades old and new are on the march

Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).

Selbyville

To accommodate the...

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 5:23am

Dickens offers fun holiday events, starting this Saturday

For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

“It was very popular last year so we’re expecting a lot of kids to come visit Santa...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 4:05pm

Washington National Opera returning to Georgetown

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.For...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:50pm

Bethany town hall to become a winter wonderland Dec. 6

Covered in garland, a warm fireplace crackles by a massive, twinkling Christmas tree. Santa’s sleigh is nearby, waiting for the big man himself. This is Bethany Beach Town Hall, ready to host children at the annual Holiday Happenings on Saturday...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:49pm

Millville Holiday Market pops up this weekend

People can shop local and handmade at the Millville’s Holiday Market, returning for one day, Saturday, Dec. 6. More than 30 vendors will spread out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors, between Millville Town Hall and the Millville United...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 3:37pm

Local author pens second book

Following up on the success of her first book, Fenwick Island resident Fran Hasson recently published her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.” The book is a follow-up to her self-published first novel, “Allawe,” which follows Marla and...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 2:57pm

Whether pets or people, it’s all about training

I have an 11-month-old grandson, and I’m constantly joking with my daughter about “training” him (meaning using dog training techniques with him).

She’ll tell me about something good he has done and I’ll ask her if she “clicked and treated...

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 2:05pm

Nativity Festival aims to get families in the holiday spirit

It seemed an inauspicious birth,
another mouth to feed on earth.
A stable in a crowded town,
the only lodging to be found.

— John McCullagh

Many Christian families display a crèche or nativity every Christmas,...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 3:25pm

Civil War Profiles: Eastern Shore spy devises a military plan

Anna Ella Carroll is a member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She earned this recognition because of her political savvy, service to President Abraham Lincoln and work as a spy during the Civil War.

Carroll was born in Kingston Hall...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 2:55pm

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:39am

Civil War Profiles: The Georgetown connection: ‘Gath’ memorializes Gen. Torbert

When the casket with the general’s body arrived in Milford, having traveled through Jacksonville, Fla., New York and Philadelphia, with solemn ceremonies and high-ranking officials in attendance at each location, members of the Philadelphia City...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:35am

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance...

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 8:08am

Local students honor veterans

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Students at Lighthouse Christian School show their thanks to local veterans during the school's annual Veterans Day program.Approximately 140 students at Lighthouse Christian School were able to honor area veterans...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:57am

Civil War Profiles: Winnie Davis: A Civil War ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story

The birth of President Jefferson Davis’s and his wife Varina’s youngest child, Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis, occurred on June 27, 1864. The “War Between the States,” as it was known in the South, was moving inevitably toward its conclusion.

...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:54am

Grandell concert to benefit Mariner’s mission trip

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Grandells enjoy the beach with their guitars. The musicians will be headlining a concert to benefit the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission trip to Costa Rica.Some familiar faces are headlining the...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:52am

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.

The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:18am

Clean your fish, and eat it, too, at Gilled to Grilled events

Eight whole rockfish laid on cutting boards as a roomful of people nervously picked up their knives. They had never fileted a fish before, but were ready to try at the “Gilled to Grilled” workshop at Indian River Life-Saving Station.

“We’...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:27pm

Ovation Dinner Theatre now showing Mafia Murder Mystery

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Lenne Sirasky portrays Don Clamato in Ovation Dinner Theatre's production of Mafia Murders Mystery.Ovation Dinner Theatre is spicing up local restaurants with “Mafia Murder Mystery,” offering patrons dinner and a...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:10pm

Ryan offers talk focusing on female spymasters during the Civil War

“Let’s go back in history,” is a phrase Tom Ryan often says at the beginning of his presentations about the Civil War.

The local Civil War enthusiast and author Ryan will soon present, “Women Spies during the Civil War: Elizabeth Van Lew...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:05pm

Halloween night offers plenty of entertainment locally

Big ghouls and little alike — Are you prepared for Halloween tonight?

With official times for trick-or-treating in the area being set for the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, more people are being afforded the opportunity to get out in their...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:35am

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s Civil War military statistics

Every soldier who served during the Civil War became a statistic in one respect or another. All states that participated in the conflict, including Delaware, are documented according to their level of involvement and the casualties they suffered...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:38am

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:58am

Thrills and chills return to Roxana Haunted Forest

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest… The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company still has two weekends of Haunted Forest fun to go. Resurrected last fall, the Roxana Haunted Forest is already becoming a thrilling annual tradition...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:40am

Wags, Witches & Warlocks set for this Saturday in Bethany

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival, presented by the Leslie Kopp Group, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

The event, designed to benefit the Sussex County SPCA, is open to residents, visitors and...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:10am

Bethany Beach Books offering Halloween-themed stories

Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival

Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.

“We wanted...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:16am

South Bethany offering Civil War talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p....

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:08am

Art program building bridge between local and Nepalese fourth-graders

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Lord Baltimore will become a sister school with a school in Nepal that has an art program sponsored by the Shauna Kaufman Foundation. Pictured here are, from left, Amy Kaufman, Durga Sir (on...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:34am

Girls’ Night Out coming to Frankford with author Megan Hart

Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:32am

Civil War Profiles: The First Lady of the Confederacy’s Delaware connection

The Howell family, described as impulsive and hard-driving, emigrated from Wales to the Newark, Del., area in the early 18th century. The ambitious Ebenezer and Mary Bond Howell moved across the Delaware River to Shiloh, N.J., where they...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:29am

Punkin Chunkin pos’poned to November of nex’ year

Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:24pm

Bethany Beach Sidewalk Sale set for holiday weekend

Bethany Beach business owners are slashing prices this Columbus Day weekend, looking to sell off what’s left of their summer inventory and offer visitors and locals alike a chance for some great deals in the process.

“It’s a great way for...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more....

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:53pm

Goodwill: It’s more than a thrift store

Calling all witches and ghouls: Goodwill of Delaware’s annual Halloween Costume Competition is under way.

“For Goodwill of Delaware, the month of October is our biggest sales month of the year, because everyone shops at Goodwill to get...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:51pm

‘Grab a drink, grab a brush and let the fun begin’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Six ladies from the Millsboro area’s ‘Girls Night Out’ group pose with their finished paintings during PaintNite at Smitty McGee’s near Fenwick Island.It was in May when Dawn McGee, owner of West...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:02pm

Falling for cool-weather comfort foods

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Tony Packo’s Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Packo’s Tomato-Onion Sauce and Cheddar-Black Pepper Biscuits are on the menu for Marie Cook as she features cool-weather comfort foods in this special...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:44am

Oktoberfest fundraiser putting dining and dancing to work

After losing her firefighter husband to mesothelioma in 2012, Denise Santa Barbara sees no reason for others to suffer the same. She’s throwing her annual mesothelioma fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:36am

Civil War Profiles: Mark Twain during the Civil War era at the Dickens

The actor entered the Dickens Parlour Theater from the side door and described his infatuation with Mark Twain — the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He stepped onto the stage and sat at a period dressing table with...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:16am

BART to open season with ‘The Time Collector’

They say one’s wedding day is the happiest day of their life. So what if, years after the special day, you were able to revisit that moment through a returned photograph?

This month, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will open its...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:21pm