Arts & Entertainment


That giving spirit

Ocean View resident Luca Donoto recently turned 7. But Donato — a fan of Star Wars, Godzilla and soccer — decided to forgo receiving birthday presents at his party, and instead have his guests donate food for a local food pantry.

Coastal...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 6:05am

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set to bid farewell to summer

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral will be held on Monday, Sept. 7, at 5:30 p.m.The annual Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral is a time-honored Labor Day tradition, but its significance depends on your point of view.

A...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:58am

Community set to welcome warrior families for beach week

Coastal Point • File Photo: Operation SEAs the Day participants kayak on one of the local bays during the 2013 event.Next week, 30 wounded warriors and their families will travel from all over the country to visit Bethany Beach, thanks to...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:38am

Cripple Creek Car Show continues to support Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Allison Stine, black shirt, and the ladies are all geared up for the now annual car show they put on to benefit Operation SEAs the Day. This year’s show will be hled on Saturday, Sept. 12.Last year, local Realtor...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:35am

Former home of cartoonist Block to host warrior family

“Girl Friday to work for newspaper man,” read the ad that Jean Rickard responded to while studying to be a teacher at George Washington University.

“I was moving out of the house and needed a place to live, but I couldn’t do it unless I...

Friday, September 4, 2015 - 5:34am

Art in the yard (yART) hits 10-year milestone in Bethany

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver: MERR Director Suzanne Thurman holds a cetacean skull outside the MERR building. The marine-animal rescue organization will be the beneficiary of this year’s yART sale.This Labor Day weekend,...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:40am

Civil War Profiles:

Robert McNamara commented in his essay “Why Were Flags So Important in the Civil War?” that these flags marked the position of the regiment on the battlefield. In the noise and smoke of battle, regiments could become scattered, and vocal commands...

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 10:00am

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

On Aug. 29, at 7:30 p...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:31am

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.

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Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:23am

Civil War Profiles: Yankee woman plus Rebel man equals inevitable friction

The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:33am

Local music fans invited on a journey to ‘Hooverville’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christine Weaver : Classic rock band Hooverville entertains the crowd at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25. The band will be one of the acts performing during Locals Under the Lights at...

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:14am

Schonder honored for being a good ‘Friend’

Coastal Point • Submitted­­­: Chuck Schonder, center, recently received a Volunteer of the Year award from Gov. Jack Markell, left, and DNREC Secretary David Small.

The grassroots effort to restore a local waterfront park is getting...

Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 12:59pm

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.

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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