Arts & Entertainment

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

Cole Haden: Local musician, actor, activist, star student preparing for life on a larger stage

Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Cole Haden on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Haden will be performing at the Freeman Stage at Bayside event ‘Locals Under the Lights’ on Thursday, Aug. 27.Cole Haden grew up in Bethany Beach and Dagsboro,...

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 9:59am

Civil War Profiles: Max Neugas, Fort Delaware’s resident artist

The Fort Delaware Society’s headquarters and library, located on the grounds of Fort DuPont State Park, not far from Delaware City, has a sketch of Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware hanging on the wall. This detailed drawing is dated 1864.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:57pm

Selbyville’s Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino....

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:06am

Civil War Profiles: Post-war race relations in Delaware

After peace was restored and slavery abolished in the United States in 1865, the desire of Delaware’s African-Americans for a brighter future went mostly unrealized. The Democratic Party’s control over the political process in the First State...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:35am

Barefoot Gardeners Club hosting free children’s program in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 8:32am

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club to hold grand opening in new home

After years of searching, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club has finally found a place to call home.

“It’s wonderful because it’s ours,” said club member Bill Ziegler of the club’s new home. “We can do what we want to enhance the club and...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 7:45am

Antique fire-truck show joins First Saturday in Georgetown

Fire-truck lovers will converge on Georgetown this weekend, as antique fire trucks will be on display at the Marvel Carriage Museum as part of the Georgetown Historical Society’s First Saturday.

“First Saturday started in May and runs...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 8:04am

Just the Jeep: Coastal Jeep Club hits the sand running

Special to the Coastal Point • Billy Beck: Above, rain can’t put a damper on the Coastal Jeep Club, lined up along the Atlantic.They wanted to meet other Jeep enthusiasts and wrangle their resources into future fundraisers for the community. But...

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 6:05am

Civil War Profiles: Confederate ship threatens Lewes and Fort Delaware

On Nov. 3, 1864, Pvt. Alexander James Hamilton, a member of Independent Battery G, Pittsburgh Heavy Artillery, recorded in his diary that the C.S.S. Tallahassee caused alarm at Fort Delaware when it steamed into the breakwater near Lewes....

Thursday, July 9, 2015 - 5:47am

Fourth of July festivities galore this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Young paraders carry the Bethany Beach sign at the front of a past annual Fourth of July Celebration parade.To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 10:44am

Wayne Weeks’ ‘Lines of Inquiry’ opens at new RAL Art Studios

Coastal Point •Submitted: ‘Lines of Inquiry’ by Wayne Weeks opens at the RAL Art Studios in Lewes this week, featuring his unique take on the human form as expressed in this ballerina piece.The Rehoboth Art League is offering vacationers and...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:02am

More than music: Wailers to appear at Freeman Stage, continue Bob Marley’s message

Special to the Coastal Point • Beverly Shaw: Bassist Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett, center, and lead vocalist Dwayne ‘Danglin’ Anglin, far right, and their bandmates will take to the Freeman Stage when the Wailers perform on Friday, July 10.They’ve...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 8:46am

Civil War Profiles: Commemorating Independence Day during wartime

In April 1861, the outbreak of conflict between the states cast a dark shadow across the land. On July 4 — the 85th anniversary of the American colonies declaring independence from the British realm — a Delawarean ably expressed the fears of the...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 6:00am

Growing old together

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Brandywine Senior Living helped to celebrate 519 years of marriage with eight couples on Saturday, June 13. Shown are the Pattersons, Finicles and Kriners grabbing a smooch after renewing their vows and before the...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:42pm

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s restrained reaction to the Civil War’s conclusion

As cited by Harold Hancock in “Delaware History,” April 1961, Wilmington native Anna Ferris noted in her diary on July 4, 1865, “Now we have ‘Victory & Peace’ & feel thankful & happy but not jubilant as we expected & there are few...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:37pm

Holts Landing celebrating 50 years with Family Fun Night

Coastal Point • Submitted: Holts Landing State Park offers the area a boat ramp, pier, hiking trails and so much more. The state park will celebrate 50 years with a Outdoor Family Fun Night on Tuesday, June 30, from 6:30 to 9 p.m.Holts Landing...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:31pm

Bethany Boathouse casts off with grand opening

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark: Brent Poffenberger, Tom Neville, chamber members and patrons celebrate at the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Bethany Boathouse on June 18. Bethany Boathouse is located across the street from their other...

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:19pm

Historic complex offering free tours this summer

For the second year, the Ocean View Historical Society (OCVHS) is offering community members and visitors the chance to visit their historic complex free of change on Wednesdays in the summer months.

“Last year, we had restored our...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:58am

Old Timer’s Day returning to Selbyville on Saturday

Coastal Point • FILE PHOTO:
Classic cars are shown along Church Street in Selbyville during last year’s event. The car show is a large part of the Old Tymer’s Day event. Last year’s attendance is estimated at about 2,000, a record number....

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:52am

Libraries serving children free meals all summer

This summer, all local children are being invited to eat free meals at the Selbyville and Frankford public libraries, no questions asked.

“It will help to fill the gap with food insecurity throughout the summer,” said Frankford Public...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 9:50am

Thompson builds outdoor learning facility en route to Eagle Scout

Special to the Coastal Point • Sam Ellis: Gunnar Thompson, inset, built an outdoor learning center at Ingram’s Pond in Millsboro. Thompson earned his Eagle Scout status with this project.To earn the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor in the...

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:45am

Hudson’s General Store celebrates 25 years, brings back antique show

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Since building Hudson’s General Store 25 years ago, Melody and Richard Hudson have filled the shop with antiques, folk art and good shopping ever since.

After 25 years, a local shop might be considered retro....

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 8:42am

FOSCL preparing for annual summer book sale

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) will be hosting their semi-annual book sale in August to support programming at the South Coastal Library. The sale features all types of books — from children to teens, non-fiction, fiction,...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 11:57am

Civil War Profiles: ‘The Heavens are weeping’ over the Smyrna draft

Antipathy to President Abraham Lincoln’s policies and resistance to serving in the Union army were widespread throughout the Northern states during the Civil War. This was particularly true in the slaveholding border states of Delaware, Maryland...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:55am

Contractors for a Cause gala taps into Roaring ’20s

Contractors for a Cause is taking Frankford back in time and turning a local fire hall into a speakeasy this weekend, for their annual spring gala on Saturday, June 13.

The theme is a “Roaring ’20s Prohibition Ball,” and people can dress...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 10:54am

GiggleBugs Early Learning Center spouts in Millsboro

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Jennifer and Rich Spinks are ready to open the doors to GiggleBugs Early Learning Center in Millsboro.Early education has become a hot topic for parents, with a goal of getting children started on a good path. That’s...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:32am

Freeman stage offers up the arts, and volunteer opportunities

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: Carla Briccotto and Mark Banaszak are among the volunteers at the Freeman Stage.The Freeman Stage at Bayside has entertained Sussex County residents and visitors since the summer of 2008. Each year...

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:25am

South Coastal unveils summer reading programming

The South Coastal Library is inviting community members to “Escape the Ordinary” this summer, with a wide array of summer programming that offers everyone in the family something fun to do at their local library.

“It’s a way to keep your...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:10am

Progress for Prostate to hold 12th annual golf tournament

Approximately one man in seven will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, according to the American Cancer Society. As the second leading cause of death in American men, just behind lung cancer, prostate cancer is most prevalent...

Friday, June 5, 2015 - 6:06am

Civil War Profiles: Fort Delaware is open and awaits your arrival

Although the Civil War ended 150 years ago, its memory is kept alive at Fort Delaware every year at this time. From May 31 to Oct. 3, reenactors will be reliving the experiences of Confederate military prisoners and outspoken civilians who...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 10:16am

They’re an American Band

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: American Band members, from left: Terry Wilson on guitar, drummer Rick Webster, lead singer Eric Bomhardt and bassist Kevin Ward have been bringing their mix of modern country and classic rock covers to local...

Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 9:55am

Good Earth to hold annual arts and crafts festival

Good Earth Market will hold its 8th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the market’s grounds in Clarksville.

“Two of my long time employees — Sandy Powell and Dawn Pierro — both are excellent...

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 11:22am

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