Arts & Entertainment


Civil War Profiles — Fort Delaware: A hidden treasure

Ask a friend or neighbor if they have ever been to Fort Delaware, and you will likely receive a blank stare. Surprisingly, this delightful place to visit for children of all ages remains largely undiscovered.


Located on a small...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 10:44am

Maritime Heritage Festival set for Sunday

Delaware Seashore State Park will host the sixth annual Maritime Heritage Festival at the Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 17. The festival brings history alive in unique ways; families can experience...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 10:19am

Lessons in perspective

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ashleigh White and classmates get ready to go dolphin- and whale-watching in the Moray Firth of the North Sea off Inverness, Scotland.Indian River High School graduate and rising Flager College junior Ashleigh White...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 8:45am

Heritage Trail offers glimpse into Bethany history

For years, one of Bethany Beach’s greatest attractions has been nestled amongst its best-kept secrets.

The town’s heritage walking trail — which, according to Carol Olmstead, chairwoman of the Town’s Cultural & Historic Affairs...

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:15am

Warner ‘honored’ to be parade’s grand marshal

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Brett Warner, director of Public Works for Bethany Beach, served as grand marshal of Bethany Beach’s annual Fourth of July Parade on Monday.On Monday, Brett Warner joined a long list of public servants and local...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:13am

Local author to launch new picture book at Saturday event

Coastal Point • Submitted: Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows will be launching her new book, ‘Super Bugs,’ at Tidepool Toys & Games in Bethany Beach during a special event on Saturday, July 9, at 11 a.m.Ocean View resident Michelle Meadows...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 9:43am

Civil War Profiles – Lee’s escape and Meade’s pursuit after Gettysburg

“I have every reason to believe the enemy is retreating, very much crippled, and hampered with his [wagon] trains.” With these words on July 6, 1863, as recorded in the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade...

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 7:40am

Fourth of July brings small-town parades and big-town blasts

Bikes, bonfires, boats and Ben Franklin will usher in the annual celebration of that nation’s independence as patriotic revelers gather from near and far in American merriment. With events kicking off across the county on Sunday and Monday, there...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:20am

Former local student now a New York film producer

Gabrielle Nadig grew up with a passion for filmmaking and capturing life on camera.

“I’d always had a personal camcorder,” she said. “I loved filming my friends and family.”

For Nadig, that interest really materialized in middle...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:17am

Civil War author Ryan to hold book signing this Friday

This weekend, Civil War enthusiasts will get the chance to meet with Bethany Beach author and Civil War historian Tom Ryan.

Ryan will be signing copies of his 2015 book, “Spies, Scouts & Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign: How the...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 11:14am

Myles from everywhere

Submitted by • Jeremy Ryan: Rising country music star Morgan Myles will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Thursday, July 7.For Morgan Myles, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament while playing soccer in her senior year of high school was...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:01am

Civil War Profiles – Delawarean’s contribution to Union victory at Gettysburg

A series of untimely and dramatic events brought George Sykes to the forefront during the Gettysburg campaign in June and July 1863.


Following the resignation of Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker as commander of the Union Army of the Potomac...

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:55am

Farmers’ market season brings freshness to customers

In the summer months, when you see white tents popping up in parking lots early in the morning, you’d be wise to stop and take a look — and breathe deeply the scents you’ll find underneath those tents. You’ll be glad you did — and so will your...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 10:09am

Holts Landing summer concerts begin June 28

Imagine live music in a peaceful park setting, just as the sun sets over Indian River Bay. That’s exactly what organizers envision at three different family fun nights in Holts Landing State Park this summer.

“People want to come down...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 9:25am

Barefoot Gardeners flower show to bloom Saturday

The Barefoot Gardeners are all about sharing their passion with others, and this weekend is no exception. The group is putting its best leaves forward in its second annual Small Standard Flower Show to be held Saturday, June 25, at the Brandywine...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 9:19am

Civil War Profiles: If you are planning a trip to Gettysburg…

It is often said that, once you go to the Gettysburg National Military Park in south central Pennsylvania, you are likely to return again and again. The bloodiest battle of the Civil War took place there, and the battlefield radiates an aura that...

Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:20am

Old Timer’s Day street festival returning to Selbyville

Once upon a time, Selbyville had dirt roads, a booming railroad and the title of “Strawberry Capital of the World.”

While those things have changed, the town still celebrates its heritage at the annual Old Timer’s Day, which will be held...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 12:25pm

Fenwick’s Fin Alley offers coastal classics with a modern twist

Coastal Point photo • Tyler Valliant: Bill and Linda Guckin are the proud new owners of Fin Alley in Fenwick Island, taking over the former Charlie's Bayside with a new menu and new look. There was much to do when Bill and Linda Guckin took over...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 11:47am

VFW chicken shack reopens, with help from strangers

After a winter storm wrecked a local chicken shack, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7234 members didn’t imagine they’d be able to reopen for summer, without paying a dime. But, the fundraising barbecue shack reopened on May 21, in time for the...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:54am

Hit Men to hit Freeman Stage with dose of rock classics

Coastal Point • Submitted The Hit Men will perform an array of authentic classics at the Freeman Stage at Bayside this Saturday, June 18.“You had to be there” isn’t a phrase often heard by the Hit Men when it comes to the golden age of rock-and-...

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 6:12am

International students invited to picnic at St. Martha’s

The little church with a big heart is doing its part to welcome the influx of international students to the area, by hosting its annual international students picnic next week.

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach will hold the...

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:52pm

Delaware tribe’s unrequited loyalty to the Union

Native Americans who once occupied the east coast from Virginia to Massachusetts have a history of friendliness toward white settlers in America. Known as the Delaware or Lenni Lenape tribe, they endured migrations and removals to western...

Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 7:45am

Softball, Corvette raffle added to benefit for injured 10-year-old

Planning for “A Night for Garrett (GMoney)” started shortly after 10-year-old Garrett Rogers of Millsboro was seriously injured when he was hit by a van near a local baseball field on Saturday, May 14. The fundraiser is set for Saturday, June 4,...

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 4:39am

NYT-bestselling author Lippman to visit Bethany Beach

‘When my brother was eighteen, he broke his arm in an accident that ended in another young man’s death. I wish I could tell you that we mourned the boy who died, but we did not. He was the one with murder in his heart and, sure enough, death...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 11:18am

Curran pens first novel

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Walter Curran with his first novel, ‘Young Mariner’ and his first book of poetry, ‘Slice of Life: Cerebral Spasms of the Soul’.Having worked in the maritime field for more than 40 years, Walter Curran knows a...

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:28am

Meet the artisans of the 2016 Artisans Fair

Photo courtesy • Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography: A photograph of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with fireworks overhead by Maureen Dyer Ickrath Photography. Ickrath will be at the Lord Baltimore Elementary School for the 2016 Artisans Fair on...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 6:01am

Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival bringing music to the swamp

Even though the weather forecast for Saturday is for rain (at this point, is anyone surprised?), the planners of the Baldcypress Bluegrass Festival near Gumboro are hopeful that the day won’t be a washout.

The festival stage will be under...

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:47am

OV Homecoming Festival & Craft Fair set for this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Kids climb the rock wall that was present during a past Ocean View Homecoming event.This weekend, the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Homecoming Festival & Crafts Fair.

Homecoming will take place on...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 10:03am

The store that gave rise to Ocean View

The community of Ocean View can trace its origin to 1688. In that year, Lord Baltimore of the Maryland Colony granted 500 acres of land to a Matthew Scarborough. That land grant was called “Middlesex” and was situated in what today is the area...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:48am

Civil War Profiles: Delaware during the Civil War: A Confederate viewpoint

The May 2016 meeting of the Georgetown Historical Society hosted Jeffrey Plummer, commander of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Camp #2068, based in Seaford. Plummer updated the audience concerning acknowledgment in Delaware, as well as around...

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 9:26am

Civil War Profiles: Pioneering airborne reconnaissance during the Civil War

On Monday, June 17, 1861, in Washington, D.C., President Abraham Lincoln observed from a second-floor window of the White House as Thaddeus Lowe ascended in the gondola of the Enterprise from the grounds across the street, along Pennsylvania...

Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 8:45am

Civil War Profiles: Civil War soldiers were not all volunteers

When President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, and Congress passed the Civil War Military Draft Act on March 3, 1863, these combined initiatives caused widespread reaction among opposition groups in the North...

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 5:21am

Dewey, Rehoboth going whole-hog for this weekend’s Bacon Fest

That scrumptious combination of crunchy, chewy and salty called “bacon” might shrink when it hits the frying pan, but a festival in its honor in Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach just keeps getting bigger.

Now in its third year, Bacon Fest “...

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 2:56pm

Seaside Bride, Bear Trap team for wedding event

In an effort to bring industry professionals together for networking opportunities, Delaware Seaside Bride magazine and Bear Trap Dunes are hosting a wedding professionals’ networking event on Thursday, April 21.

“We are very excited to be...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:36am

Freeman announces additional summer acts

Last week, the Freeman Stage announced two additional performances for their summer lineup.

Grace Potter, a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and internationally performing rock musician will make her Freeman Stage debut Tuesday, July 26....

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:34am

‘Delaware Goes to War’ at April 30 event

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Ferdinand Comolli takes a look at the Wall of Honor at Fort Miles. Comolli will soon join those names at a historical celebration to be held at the fort on Saturday, April 30.Just inside the 10-foot-thick walls of...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 10:27am

BART promises show to remember with ‘An Affair to Forget’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast of ‘An Affair to Forget’ is all laughs during rehearsals on Thursday, April 7. The show is set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, April 21.You’ve seen them at Thanksgiving...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:44am

Princesses, Pirates & Pancakes

Cinderalla, Snow White, Elsa, Anna, Tinkerbell and a boatload of pirates! Millville United Methodist Church and the Millville Town Hall played host to the Get Well Gabby Foundation’s fundraiser, “Princesses, Pirates and Pancakes,” on Saturday,...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:32am

Humans helping their habitat at Earth Day events

Earth Day is a 46-year tradition designed to show Mother Earth some love.

People can plan an eco-friendly project of their own (plant a tree and turn off a light bulb), but local towns and groups are also hosting Earth Day events all month...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:33am

Sing for the rafters: Middle-school honor choir returns

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The Sussex County Junior Honor Choir performed at Woodbridge Middle School on Friday, April 7.Sussex County has upped the ante for music education, as the Sussex County Junior Honor Choir returned to the stage for...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 8:23am

Grimes bridges foreign adventure and fair-trade focus in ‘The Amazon Heist’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Kimberly Grimes, co-owner of Made By Hand, holds a copy of her first novel, ‘The Amazon Heist.’The idea for “The Amazon Heist” came to Kimberly Grimes in the middle of the night, in the middle of the rainforest, in...

Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 11:09am

Annual Springtime Jamboree to benefit Millsboro Little League

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and her father, state Sen. Gerald Hocker, close out a previous Springtime Jamboree with a duet.With the idea of raising money for improvements to the local Little League field 34 years ago, now-state...

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 4:43am

Freeman Stage gives annual report to Sussex County Council

The Freeman Stage at Bayside, a program of the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, presenting diverse programming in the genres of dance, live music, theatre and children’s programming.

On Tuesday, April 5,...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:07am

Laws sanctioning slaves for military service

During the Civil War, Dr. Francis Lieber collaborated with Union general-in-chief Maj. Gen. Henry W. Halleck in composing a report on the treatment of those who engaged in irregular warfare, “Guerrilla Parties Considered with Reference to the...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 10:32am

‘Beer to Drink Music To’

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Rock and Roll Over’ by KISS spins on ‘Vintage & Vinyl Night’ at the Dogfish Head Bewery in Milton.The countdown to Record Store Day is on.

While the national event will see more than 400...

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 8:08am

Freeman Stage announces lineup for ninth season

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Michelle Freeman announces the 2016 roster of entertainers who will perform at Freeman Stage at Bayside this summer. The launch party has become an event unto itself each year.After a great deal of anticipation,...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 10:58am

Paws of Tomorrow offers rescue dogs a second chance

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Paws of Tomorrow, a local rescue nonprofit, now has office space in Selbyville’s Wags to Riches. Donations for the organization are also being collected at the location. Pictured from left are: Michael Palmer...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:16am

Anxiety in Delaware preceding the 1860 elections

As the presidential primary season runs its course throughout the U.S. in 2016, partisan politics and personal invective grow increasingly strident. Two candidates compete for the Democratic Party nomination, while three candidates contend for...

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:14am

McCabe to speak on Delmarva history

Lovers of Delaware history may find plenty to love in the latest free lecture to hit Ocean View courtesy of the Ocean View Historical Society. The presentation will be given by Russ McCabe, former director of the Delaware Public Archives, and...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 7:32am

Civil War Profiles: George H. Sharpe: A man of intelligence

The Bible tells us that, about 1,300 B.C., Joshua, the successor to Moses, sent spies into Canaan to “view the land” prior to the Israelites’ attack on the city of Jericho (Joshua 2.1). Previously, Joshua had served as a spy for Moses.

“...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:50am