Arts & Entertainment


Civil War Profiles: ‘The end has come’ for Lincoln conspirators

There was no mystery as the trial of the seven men and one woman linked in a plot to kill President Abraham Lincoln concluded. As expected, it resulted in their conviction. Four sentenced to pay the ultimate penalty; three others jailed “for the...

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:13am

Pet Corner: The Labrador retriever:?Still America’s top dog

The Labrador retriever has been the American Kennel Club’s (AKC’s) No. 1 registered breed of dog for more than 10 years. When you meet a well-bred Lab, it is easy to understand why. However, these days, it is also one of the most poorly bred dogs...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:40am

Civil War Profiles: The Lincoln conspirators on trial

Lewis Thornton Powell, George A. Atzerodt, David E. Herold, Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlin, George Spangler, Dr. Samuel Mudd and a lone woman, named Mary Surratt, sat for some 50 days before a military commission that was hearing testimony...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:38am

Memories of WWII London linger with local woman

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Gwen Cavanna spent her teenage years in London and Buckinghamshire during World War II. Here, Cavanna shares her story with Point reporter Laura Walter.Gwen Cavanna was barely a teenager, living in London, when...

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 7:44am

Civil War Profiles: Recollecting Lincoln ‘The Martyr’

“I am sitting in the President’s office. He was here very lately, but he will not return…”

With these somber sentiments, written on May 14, 1865, the perceptive New York World reporter George Alfred Townsend reminisced about Abraham...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 11:05am

‘From Football to Footy’

Six years as the sports writer for the Coastal Point. Ten summers as a chef at the Fenwick Crab House. Countless friends and family aiming to persuade him to stay — and an appreciation for properly-prepared Sussex County scrapple.

Coastal...

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 10:52am

Civil War Profiles: Townsend pens tribute to Lincoln assassination sleuths

In a “letter” published in the New York World, George Alfred Townsend identified the conspirators engaged in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. On May 2, 1865, in “The Detectives’ Stories,” the journalist from Delaware lauded the...

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 9:03am

Jammin in the kitchen with Fox’s Jon Yanek

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Fox's chef Jonathan Yanek poses for a photo's inside the kitchen at Fox's Pizza Den in Millville.A couple years ago, when Jammin Jon’s Island BBQ Restaurant & Sushi Bar in West Fenwick Island closed...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:33am

Millsboro Chamber of Commerce to hold sock hop Feb. 1

Calling all chickies, cool cats, greasers and motor heads! If you’re looking for a good time out on the town, then look no further. On Saturday, Feb. 1, the Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its first Millsboro Sock Hop.

“Kevin...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:32am

Civil War Profiles: Unraveling a ‘dark and bloody plot’

George Alfred Townsend’s “letter” to the public titled “A Solution of the Conspiracy,” published in the New York World newspaper on May 2, 1865, concerning President Lincoln’s assassination, announced that “Justice and fame are equally and...

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 9:32am

Local Christian school teacher authors first book

Ocean View resident Joseph Scott has lived through many brushes with death throughout his life. In his first book, “Hello, Joe,” he recounts those experiences and tells the story of how, he said, he was shown the way to God and to figure out why...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 1:25pm

Redneck shindig offers dining, dancing and chance to ‘Get Down’

Back in the day, people would kick up their heels at community dances hosted by local fire departments. The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company will reignite the tradition Friday, Jan. 17, as the RVFC Ladies Auxiliary hosts a “Redneck Get Down” dance...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:39pm

Clayton Theatre ready to go digital as fundraising goal nears

In just 12 months, Dagsboro’s Clayton Theatre has received an outpouring of support from the community that has shown that, even in the digital age, they want to see the Clayton’s marquee remain glowing.

“It has been a great year for the...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:22pm

Sister’s legacy lives on through volunteer group

Even during her toughest times, Ocean View resident Sue Parr loved volunteering at a Long Neck nursing home. It pulled her from the lows of vision impairment and supported her through chemotherapy. Today, it keeps her memory alive, as her sister...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:08pm

Civil War Profiles: The pursuit, capture and death of Lincoln’s assassin

The controversial head of the National Detective Bureau, Col. Lafayette C. Baker, was instrumental in tracking down the man who shot President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. Officially, Baker was the...

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 2:03pm

An Eskimo examined: Our in-house Inuit illustrates icy inheritance

As local New Year’s Day celebrants prepared this week to Exercise Like the Eskimos, one authentic local Eskimo reflected on his native culture and what it means to him. For 13 years, Shaun Lambert has been living in Delaware, more than 4,000...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:44am

Civil War Profiles: Who was John Wilkes Booth?

On April 27, 1865, George Alfred Townsend, serving as the Washington-based correspondent of the New York World, wrote the third of his “letters” to the public about the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Having previously reported on the...

Thursday, January 2, 2014 - 6:06am

Pet Corner: Don’t throw away — donate

Santa is going to bring your pets new toys and leashes and beds and more. Now is the time to go through your pet’s old toys and such and get rid of a few of them. But do not throw them away! Donate them to the local rescues.

Local rescues...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 8:13am

IR students ‘save Christmas’ with handmade toys

The assignment was basic: imagine Santa’s elves need help after a workshop fire. And so it happened that Indian River High School students fulfilled the real-life task of creating toys to donate to local children in need.

Coastal Point •...

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 4:48am

Teen chef delights with Dutch caramel cookie

Stereotypically, an All-State athlete wouldn’t spend his free time cooking, but when Joost (pronounced “yoast”) Elling tested a Dutch cookie recipe on his football coaches in 2012, his teammates clamored for more. Soon, teachers and students...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:33am

Blue Christmas to offer support during the holiday season

For seven years, Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church has been offering a unique service during the holiday season, designed to help those who aren’t in the holiday spirit.

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Blue Christmas service at...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 7:22am

Christmas card documents 60 years of families’ history

This Christmas, a little quad-folded card will be sent out for the 60th year in a row, continuing a tradition of two families that has spanned two generations.

Coastal Point • Submitted: This Christmas card has been sent around for 60...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 6:36am

Sesquicentennial of Christmas 1863

In early December, “Christmas 1863” was the theme of the historic Homer House’s commemoration in Belmont, Mass., of the holiday season 150 years ago. It exhibited the famous Civil War artist Winslow Homer’s wintertime and Civil War illustrations...

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 6:18am

Mariner’s to hold annual Live Nativity on Dec. 14 and 18

Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church is continuing its decade-old tradition of holding a Live Nativity, featuring the Christmas story, music and carols.

“It’s something that is nice… It’s nice to portray the birth of Jesus, which is...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:55am

B&B continues family tradition with Christmas trees

“Don’t tell me you have an artificial Christmas tree,” inquired Dave Beebe, with a laugh.

Beebe owns B&B Evergreens, a tree farm that has been in existence in Roxana for about 25 years.

Coastal Point • Submitted: David Beebe...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:26am

Civil War Profiles: George Alfred Townsend reports on ‘The Murder’

An earthshaking event occurred at 10:13 p.m. on April 14, 1865, at Ford’s Theater in Washington, D.C. A popular actor named John Wilkes Booth assassinated the president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

In that pre-electronic age,...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:21am

Ocean View offers slate of holiday events on Saturday

This Saturday, a sleigh-full of holiday activities will take place in Ocean View as part of an effort to help the community get into the holiday spirit, from Christmas in the 1800s to singing carols in the park.

The Ocean View Historical...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:20am

A tango of tastes with Pepe Sandoval

As I complete this column, it is Dec. 7. I just returned from visiting Pepe Sandoval, to take a photo as he baked dozens of Eggnog Muffins for holiday gift-giving. He generously gave me six muffins to bring home. And then there were five! Then...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 8:17am

Pet Corner: Santa, please don’t forget the pets

In the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping, remember to pick up a few gifts for the pets in your household. This can be especially helpful to keep the dogs and cats occupied while everyone else is opening gifts, or while they are “locked...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:41am

Willy’s Christmas Trees supporting local families

The commercialization of the Christmas holiday can distract from the deeper meaning behind the season — giving. But one way community members have been demonstrating the true meaning of Christmas has been through the yearly “Willy’s Christmas...

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:38am

Civil War Profiles: Sussex County’s ‘Gath’ investigates the real Lincoln

One of the finest literary talents Sussex County has produced over the years is George Alfred Townsend of Georgetown. During the mid- to late 19th century, Townsend — who signed his writings “Gath” — enjoyed celebrity as a political columnist,...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:23am

OV Presbyterian to hold annual Nativity Festival on Saturday

This weekend, Ocean View Presbyterian Church will hold its annual Nativity Festival, inviting the community to enjoy “the reason for the season.”

“I just think it’s a wonderful gift to the community,” said Elsie Young, who started the...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 7:18am

Turkey and tubes

Sussex County surfers score over Thanksgiving holiday

A northeast swell had Sussex County surf lineups looking like Southern California on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving — minus the sunshine and balmy temperatures.

Coastal Point...

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 4:34am

Caribbean Christmas to kick off holiday season in island style

For the past eight years, the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation has raised funds for charitable causes with their annual Caribbean Christmas event, held at Mango’s Beach Bar & Grille in Bethany Beach.

“Caribbean Christmas is a...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:22am

Berlin gift shop and local artist/surfer team up

Artist Brian Quattlebaum — a Bethany Beach native — grew up galvanized by the sea, surfing and fishing along the Delaware coast, heavily influenced by his surroundings.

Coastal Point • Submitted: Local artist Brian Quattlebaum poses with...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:13am

Artist tour celebrating 19 years this Thanksgiving

This holiday weekend, art aficionados can stay warm in creative style while getting an early start on holiday shopping during the 19th Annual SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour (SEDAST).

“When it started, a group of seven local...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:10am

Civil War Profiles: Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Proclamation: The 150th anniversary

Although it is generally believed that the idea of offering thanksgiving originated with the Pilgrims who settled here from England in the 17th century, it was not until the 18th century that days of thanksgiving were promulgated in this country...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 7:02am

Parades help ring in the holiday season

Christmas parades can light the night and warm the heart, so locals can enjoy a night — or three — of holiday cheer with Selbyville, Millsboro and Georgetown Christmas parades.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Santa Claus is a regular visitor...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 5:11am

SeaSide Railroad Club offers holiday nostalgia to all

Those looking to get into the holiday spirit need look no further. The Delaware SeaSide Railroad Club will be holding its annual train display at the Georgetown Public Library each Saturday through Dec. 14.

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark:...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 5:09am

New Delaware WWII memorial honors the ‘Greatest Generation’

Delaware’s memory of World War II was finally set in stone Nov. 9 with the dedication of a new World War II memorial in Dover. With plenty of public parking in Dover, it’s a short walk to Legislative Avenue, where the memorial resides. The...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:56am

Pet Corner: More pet-care Q&A

I thought it was time for another question-and-answer article. If you have questions that you are either too shy or afraid to ask someone, email me, and I will try to get you an answer.

Q. How tight should I make my dog’s collar?

A...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:55am

Teen actress continues theater study with homegrown comedy

Indian River High School senior Cassia Steck has enjoyed being in the spotlight since she was a little girl.

Coastal Point • Submitted: ‘We Gather Together’ castmates, from left, Carreen Kouts, Cassia Steck, Sydney Layton, Seth Merson and...

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 4:53am

Expressions of patriotism through the mail

In the early hours of the morning on Sunday, April 12, 1863, the Confederate military commenced a bombardment of Fort Sumter, which was garrisoned by federal troops, in Charleston Bay, S.C. This was the opening act that triggered a four-year...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:41am

Wreaths to be laid at veterans’ cemeteries locally and across America

On Dec. 14, men and women will help place hundreds of wreaths at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro. The cemetery is one of nearly a thousand across the country where wreaths are laid on the graves of veterans as part of Wreaths...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:39am

Mountaire seeks to feed thousands for 19th year

On Monday, Nov. 25, more than 400 volunteers will fill the Mountaire Farms warehouse in Selbyville, to pack Thanksgiving boxes to feed needy families on Delmarva.

Coastal Point • File Photo: Thanksgiving for Thousands is a charity program...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 11:39am

Local children thank veterans at Lighthouse Christian School program

When children at Dagsboro’s Lighthouse Christian School took to the stage on Nov. 8, they had one message: Thank you.

The annual Veterans Day program, “Caring for Our Veterans,” included student songs, poems and prayers to honor the dozens...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:57pm

Freeman to Sleep-Out for homeless youths

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be homeless? To live on the street without the warmth and comfort of your home?

MIchelle DiFebo FreemanNext Thursday, Michelle DiFebo Freeman will be one of hundreds of other business...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:41pm

Local artist turns passion into success

At some point, life gets real for most of us. Dreams dwindle, passions fade, and the weight of responsibility can sometimes force us to make decisions that we never intended on making in order to meet what we perceive as acceptable societal...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:39pm

Special recipes for the special season

Hanukkah begins on Nov. 27, followed the next day by Thanksgiving, and less than a month later, Christmas!

If you’re like me, you’re already digging out your traditional recipes, making a list and checking it twice, for all the goodies...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:34pm

Civil War Profile: A spy travels Delmarva’s ‘Secret Line’

A few years after Scottish immigrant Allan Pinkerton had founded a detective agency in Chicago in the early 1850s, the vice-president of the Illinois Central Railroad, George B. McClellan, hired him to provide security services.

The two...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:28pm