Arts & Entertainment


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

Annual Springtime Jamboree is just around the corner

The 34th Annual Springtime Jamboree — a country, Western and gospel musical program — will be held on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

The jamboree was created as a fundraiser to help local organizations. For the second...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:36am

Botanic garden supporters continue fundraising efforts

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: A recent walking tour of the Delaware Botanic Gardens grounds included local supportes and internationally acclaimed Dutch designer Piet Oudolf, fourth from left.Although the Delaware Botanic Gardens has plenty of...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:29am

Cub Scout pack visits Ocean View Police Department

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: When the Bears of Cub Pack 280 stopped in for a visit to the Ocean View Police Department, the boys didn’t know they were going to get handcuffed. Here Fiore Raithel has his turn as Ty Brown watches and waits for...

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:08am

Millville United Methodist invites community to Last Supper

Special to the Coastal Point • Anne Martel: Cast members get into character as part of a dress rehearsal for a dramatization of the Last Supper, to be performed at Millville United Methodist Church on Wednesday and Thursday, March 23 and 24.As...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 12:15pm

Doyle’s celebrates 65 years of history in the community

Coastal Point • Submitted: An undated photograph of Woody Sturgis, owner of Woody’s Diner, the original name of Doyle’s.The number embossed on the door of Doyle’s restaurant in Selbyville reads “5092.” It is a number that tells the very beginning...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:17am

Pet Corner: Pick up after your pet

I was visiting with a friend the other day, and we were talking about my upcoming trip to York, Pa., for a dog show. It will be my first trip in the “new to me” used RV I just got. We were also discussing any ideas or suggestions for my pet...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:15am

Pet Corner: Reel in the problems of retractable leashes

Retractable leashes…

Most of the time, I say I hate retractable leashes. It is not the retractable leash that I hate, however — it is the person that does not know how to properly use a retractable leash that gives the product a bad rap....

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:14am

Stuart and Custer: Made from the same mold

The cavalry was a vital mobile force that gathered information for Civil War commanders and screened the main army from the eyes of the enemy. Cavalry leaders had to be innovative and daring in carrying out their assigned missions.

On the...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 10:13am

‘A Musical Celebration’ to run at Dickens this Friday and Saturday

The band is getting back together. And they’re headed to Millville.

For the third consecutive year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will present Eileen Stamnas and Jim Gibney live at the Dickens Parlour Theatre. The career...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:48am

IRHS to perform ‘Spirit of the Radio’ show this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Are you ready to be entertained? The dress rehearsal for 'Spirit of the Radio' was a success and now the cast is ready for their audience. Join them in the IRHS auditorium on Friday March 18th and Saturday March...

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 8:39am

The Civil War inspired quilters of yesterday and today

Annie B. Darden, the wife of a farmer in the community of Buckhorn, N.C., noted in her diary on March 4, 1861, that Abraham Lincoln was to be inaugurated as president that day, and said this “will cause a dissolution of our Union.”

As...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:54pm

Army of volunteers ready to plant the beach

Coastal Point • File photos: Dune grass is planted by hand — one bunch at a time.The good news for organizers of the state’s annual beach grass planting day, set for Saturday, March 19, all along the coast, is that all volunteer slots have been...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 4:43pm

Poker & Fun Car Rallye to support Justin’s Beach House

Those who love poker and driving can combine the two at this weekend’s Poker & Fun Car Rallye IV, supporting Justin’s Beach House.

The respite home was built after the creation of the Justin. W. Jennings Foundation, which maintains it...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:08pm

Bingo! IR Band Boosters to host fundraiser Friday night

It’s time to break out those bingo daubers, at the 8th Annual Bingo Fundraiser, hosted by the Indian River High School Band Boosters.

Players can get the thrill of being in a speedy game of bingo on Friday, March 4, at the Millville...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 12:06pm

Civil War Profiles: Harriet Tubman: Union spy

A frail, sickly black woman was the most successful conductor of slaves to freedom along the so-called Underground Railroad. This remarkable person not only freed herself from slavery, but also guided her two children and sister, as well as her...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 11:59am

Lego Maniacs

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Selbyville Middle School's First Lego League team, the ‘Block Busters,’ shows off their robot, ‘The Terminator.’ Not pictured is James Cook.They might have named their team robot “The Terminator.” They might have a...

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 10:40am

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:42pm

‘Under’ the spotlight: SCHS original musical digs into mysterious deaths

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Chilling between scenes are Rebecca Bristow (Dr. Joy Lovejoy), Braeden Swain (James Dean;) and Richard Jake Ward (Jimmy Hoffa).Ponce de Leon would be jealous. The Fountain of Youth was discovered in a new musical,...

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 2:35pm