Arts & Entertainment

Civil War timeline: 1861-1865

Slavery first came to America in 1619, when Dutch traders brought captured Africans to Virginia’s Jamestown colony. Always a divisive factor in American politics, by the mid-19th century, controversy over slavery reached the boiling point.


Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:11am

In 1964, first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital inspired a community

Coastal Point • Submitted: Robert Wingo holds a portrait of his mother, Elsie Wingo, the first African-American nurse at Beebe Hospital.As Beebe Healthcare celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, Lewes native Robert Wingo can’t help but...

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:08am

IR Multicultural Art Festival to warm the mid-winter

Art and music will be on display as Indian River High School hosts a lively new concert, mid-winter and mid-week. The Multicultural Art Festival & Concert are free to the public on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at the Dagsboro high school.


Friday, February 12, 2016 - 8:14am

Civil War Profiles: John and Kate: A Civil War love story

Valentine’s Day dates back to the Roman Empire, when people observed a holiday on Feb. 14 to honor Juno, the queen of Roman gods and goddesses, and the goddess of women and marriage. The fertility festival known as the Feast of Lupercalia...

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:01am

Local teen’s group spearheading the fight against veteran suicide

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Indian River High School JROTC students organize food, clothing and toiletry donations.Sussex County is a small place, but it’s not immune to nationwide problems, including military veterans committing suicide....

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 9:44am

Dickens’ Bloch: Theaters need flexibility for signage

When enjoying a night on the town, people see what’s playing before buying tickets to a show. But the Town of Millville’s sign regulations have complicated things, according to the owner of Dickens Parlour Theatre on Route 26.

“We are here...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:51pm

Fort Delaware Society holds annual meeting

“To foster an awareness of the existence and significance of historic Fort Delaware and to preserve its legacy” is the stated mission of an organization known as the Fort Delaware Society. Founded 66 years ago, the FDS held its annual meeting at...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:11pm

FOSCL to hold semiannual book sale next weekend

The Friends of the South Coastal Library (FOSCL) are preparing for their semiannual book sale. The sale benefits the South Coastal Library’s library programming and other expenses that would otherwise not be funded through Sussex County. The sale...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:01pm

BART offering election relief with ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Director Oksana Farber and the cast of BART’s ‘A Tiny Little Secret’ gather during rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 2.Whether they’re Democrats, Republicans or really more of a Nader guy, audience members will still be...

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 11:55am

Ocean View resident scripts ‘Dater’s Handbook’

Coastal Point • Submitted: The visual display of a camera shows the filming of the movie ‘Dater’s Handbook,’ written by Ocean View resident Jennifer Barrow. The movie will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, Jan. 30, at 9 p.m.When Jennifer...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:36am

Hudson hunts up Sussex County-style retreat for veterans

Coastal Point • Submitted: Phil Hudson poses with Wishes for Warriors founder and veteran Brian ‘Bam Bam’ Marshall, and veterans Wally Fanene, Jason Grigg and Jose Vazquez after a shooting day with East Coast Defense.Injuries have kept Phil...

Friday, January 29, 2016 - 7:15am

Civil War Profiles: The Battle of Cockle Creek near Chincoteague

The Harlan & Hollingsworth Co. of Wilmington built vessels for the Union navy during the Civil War. It was one of the foremost shipbuilding enterprises in the United States at that time.

Prior to the war in 1860, the firm received a...

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 9:55am

Civil War Profiles: Sons of Confederate Veterans honors Lee and Jackson

At 3:15 in the afternoon on May 10, 1863, Lt. Gen. Thomas J. Jackson deliriously uttered the phrase, “Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees.” “Stonewall” passed away following amputation of his left arm, damaged by...

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:34am

Beta Sigma Phi invites community to January Jam

The Alpha Alpha Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi — a women’s social, cultural and service organization that gives back to those in need within the community — is hosting a January Jam dance to have fun night while raising funds to help those in need....

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 6:33am

Need for Speed: Hitchens fuels up for 2016 season after third racing title

Coastal Point • Submitted: Scott Hitchens drives the Blades HVAC Services 65 car.Scott Hitchens likes speed. And ever since he got his first dirt bike at just 3, all he’s wanted to do was go fast.

Now a 22-year-old seasoned veteran,...

Thursday, January 14, 2016 - 7:21am

Meals on Wheel feeding pets in need

Coastal Point • Submitted: Among those helping feed pets in need this winter were, from left, Jamie Ciavolella (House Pets), Carolyn Miller (Kenille’s Kupboard), Dottie Armstrong (CHEER staff) and Kim Ciavolella (House Pets), with a heap of...

Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 9:11am

Bethany ready to drop the ball on New Year’s Eve

Coastal Point • File Photo: Following a successful tree-lighting ceremony and a round of fun activities surrounding their Weekend Wonderland series, the town of Bethany Beach will keep the holiday momentum going with the first-ever New Year’s Eve...

Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 6:37am

Civil War Profiles: The long post-war road to Civil Rights legislation

“Black codes” was the name given to an attempt in several states to undermine the effects of the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution enacted following the Civil War from 1865 to 1870. The amendments guaranteed the freedom,...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 10:04am

Leo Brady Exercise Like the Eskimos set for 20th year

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Exercise Like the Eskimos participants rush out of the water after a quick dip in the Atlantic Ocean on Jan. 1, 2015.It’s been a Bethany Beach tradition for going on 20 years now, and this New Years’ Day will be...

Wednesday, December 30, 2015 - 8:46am

New Year’s Day event to have patriotic tribute

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

With the sun rising in the east, and those in attendance...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 9:33am

Painting and packing holiday warmth:

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Southern Delaware School of the Arts students were at times a flurry of hands as they packed six suitcases of supplies for a homeless shelter.Students at one Selbyville school got a glimpse of gratefulness this month...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:12am

Civil War Profiles: Sesquicentennial of Christmas 1865

The first peacetime Christmas in four years was joyful in the state of Delaware. The gunfire had ceased, and the troops had come home.

George Alfred Townsend, a young journalist from Georgetown known for his intrepid reporting during the...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 8:08am

Subway manager connects with customer, community

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Elizabeth ‘Ellie’ Cordoba, store manager at Subway in the Millville Town Center, has been on a mission to give her new friend, Mr. R and his wife a merry Christmas by organizing a Christmas meal, a few gifts and...

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 7:50am

The saga of the Samuel Francis DuPont memorials

Historically, the DuPonts are one of the most prominent Delaware families. The patriarch, E.I. DuPont, founded the Eleutherian Powder Mills along the Brandywine Creek at the turn of the 19th century. DuPont Industries have since expanded...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:35am

CHEER shines with strong leadership

Coastal Point • Bob Bertram: Above, CHEER Director Yolanda Gallego in front of her Wall of Inspiration.At the CHEER Center in Ocean View, the homey atmosphere is highlighted by the smiling faces of the CHEER members, ages 50 and older. Overseeing...

Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 8:01am

Alesi to hold album release party for ‘Lie Again’

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Local singer Melissa Alesi is getting ready to celebrate the launch of her new album, ‘Lie Again.’Local singer and songwriter Melissa Alesi has been hard at work this year, completing her third studio...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:34am

Seaside Railroad Club chugs into the holiday season

For the fifth year, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club is continuing to reach out to the community during the Christmas season to provide a free, traditional Christmas experience for those young and old.

Displaying five model trail layouts...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 5:31am

Abolitionist was first black female newspaper editor

Born in Wilmington in 1823 to free black parents, Mary Ann Shadd dedicated her life to the abolition of slavery. She became an educator and journalist in pursuit of freedom.

Shadd inherited her zeal from her father, who hid runaway slaves...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:47am

Burnzy’s Bar & Grill opens up near Bethany

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Burnzy’s Bar & Grill crew with owners Jackie and Matt Burns and business partner Robbie Bedell front and center.Buffalo wings, brisket, cheesesteaks and sports headline at Burnzy’s Bar & Grill...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:37am

OVHS to host fourth annual Victorian Christmas

Coastal Point • File photo: A Christmas tree at the Ocean View Historical Society from a prior year’s event.To celebrate the holiday season and pay homage to days of yore, the Ocean View Historical Society will be hosting its annual Victorian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:29am

Ocean View Presbyterian to host annual Nativity Festival

Coastal Point • File photo: Detail of one of the nativities from from an earlier event.With all the holiday madness, many are unable to take a moment to breathe and remember the meaning behind the Christmas holiday.

Ocean View Presbyterian...

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 4:23am

‘Miracle on 34th Street’ now showing

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The cast and crew of ‘Miracle on 34th Street’ is putting a new spin on an old classic at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend.Chances are you’ve seen the Christmas classic “Miracle on 34th Street”...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:20pm

Time-tested holiday favorites

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Marie shares some of her favorite holiday recipes, including this 1 2 3 Blackberry Sherbet, which she found in the June/July 2009 issue of Taste of Home magazine.The holidays are upon us, and guests will...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 - 4:00pm

Christmas parades warm up the season

It’s time to bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and prepare those Christmas lists, and local towns will welcome the holiday season with the annual Christmas parades.

All the local parades begin at 7 p.m. The Selbyville Christmas Parade is...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 6:15am

John D. S. Cook on the Battle of Gettysburg

On Dec. 12, 1903 — 40 years after the bloodiest battle of the Civil War — a survivor of that holocaust spoke to an audience of veterans in Kansas City, Mo. Ingrained in memory; the story about his Gettysburg experience had the immediacy of a...

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 5:54am

Bethany Beach to host month of holiday events

Visitors to Bethany Beach and residents alike will find during the holiday season that the Town has rolled out the red carpet and added a boardwalk Christmas tree this year to light the way for holiday revelers.

The festivities get under...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:04am

Frankford holiday lighting set for Saturday

Frankford has hung the holly and decked the halls for the first annual Lighting of the Park on Saturday, Nov. 28. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m., with the tree-lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The holiday event aims to build holiday and...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:01am

Dagsboro tree lighting set for this weekend

Dagsboro will light up on Saturday, Nov. 28, as the Christmas season kicks off at Katie Helm Town Park.

The Town of Dagsboro will host its annual Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 p.m. Residents and visitors can enjoy free cookies and hot...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 9:00am

Civil War Profiles: A heartfelt discourse on Thanksgiving Day

In gratitude for recent Union victories on the battlefield, President Abraham Lincoln declared a National Day of Thanksgiving to take place on Thursday, Nov. 27, 1862. The president’s proclamation came as the Civil War raged into its second year...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 8:10am

SEDAST puts local artists on display, raises funds for area schools

Coastal Point • Submitted: Several ceramic pieces by artist Kim DoughtySussex County certainly has its fair share of venues to enjoy local art. But the only place to see that art while it unfolds is at the 21st Annual SouthEastern Delaware...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 7:02am

New Artful Bean owners blend coffee, creativity and community

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: New owners Rose O'Hanlan and Kim Warner are bringing even more of the creative arts to the Artful Bean.It’s a coffeehouse, and it’s an art gallery. It’s a fine crafts gallery, and it’s a sandwich shop. It’s a...

Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 5:25am

Convicted UGRR conductor pardoned 168 years later

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell recently decided to rectify an injustice that occurred in the 1840s. That is when a free black man named Samuel Burris was convicted and sentenced for the crime of conducting slaves along the road to freedom.


Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:15am

With Christmas coming, Frankford revives town pride

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The only time Charlie Brown (Michael Wolfe) ever caught the football (‘Scout’ the dog), as Lucy (Alison) pulls young Woodstock (Liam) and Snoopy (Dean), during the Frankford Halloween Parade and Fall?Festival this...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:52am

WWII in the spotlight at Lighthouse Christian

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Students at Lighthouse Christian School prepare to sing ‘The Lord’s Army’ to veterans on Veterans’ Day. Below, veterans line up for handshakes and thanks from everyone in attendance.Lighthouse Christian School...

Friday, November 20, 2015 - 4:37am

Civil War medicine and related photography

Estimates of deaths suffered during the Civil War reach the 700,000 figure, more than most other American conflicts combined. The litany of casualties in major engagements illustrates the carnage that took place.

The 10 costliest Civil...

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 11:14pm

Native American Day to be celebrated at Indian Museum

The Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro will host Native American Day festivities on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature Native American music, dance and face painting, as well as food and other items for sale...

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:40am

For the love of Neptune: Local fifth-graders capture Coast Day awards

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Coast Day essay contest winners Zoe Tuttle of Lord Baltimore Elementary School, left, and Emma White of Southern Delaware School of the Arts, right.With strong writing and a love of nature, two local students made...

Thursday, November 5, 2015 - 8:25am

OVPD invites Cops & Goblins to first Halloween festival

This Saturday, the Ocean View Police Department is inviting the public to its inaugural Halloween festival, Cops & Goblins.

“We were just hoping to host a nice event for the kids in the area,” said Cpl. Rhys Bradshaw. “Unfortunately,...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:45am

Bridge to the big time: Selbyville actress in Spielberg film

Jillian LeblingA young Selbyville actress is starting her career with some of the best. At 9, Jillian Lebling has made her feature film debut in Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies,” released Oct. 16 and starring Tom Hanks.

In the film set...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:39am

Frankford Fall Festival offering family fun on Saturday

Family fun can be had this Halloween by visiting Frankford for its revived Frankford Fall Festival.

Organized by the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company, the Town of Frankford and the Frankford Public Library, along with the United Methodist...

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 10:37am