Magee family farm legacy enters a new era

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The Magee family has been farming in the area for 150 years. Here, the family poses for a photo on their farm in Williamsville.At Magee Farms in Williamsville, life is just starting to slow down a bit from the...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 11:53am

Cyclops 1 to explore Coast Day at U.D. Lewes Campus Sunday

Coastal Point • File Photos: Photographs from last year’s event show hand-tonging for oysters, the live tank and the advantages of pulleys.Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled for this year, due to inclement weather.

All eyes will...

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 11:38am

Joyful noise at Gospel Song Fest

Coastal Point • Tracy Johnson: The Union Gospel Choir sang at the Gospel Song Fest at Curtis United Methodist Church in Bishopville, Md., on Saturday, Sept. 19.A majority of the congregation was fully involved in praise and song at the Gospel...

Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 7:05pm

Calendar models laugh the year away

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: William ‘Billy’ Patterson greets his adoring fans at the launch party for Brandywine Senior Living’s annual calendar. The project’s photographer, R. Chris Clark, gives Patterson a taste of luxury while doubling as...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 11:38am

Bostaph, Café 26 take first at Battle at the Beach: Chef Cook Off

Coastal Point • Submitted: Café 26 Executive Chef Jason Bostaph in the heat of competition during the Battle at the Beach:­ Chef Cook Off on Thursday, Sept. 18.All the big-name chefs were there. From the big-name restaurants with the big kitchens...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:18am

‘We’ve come a long way’

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Community Lutheran Church just outside of Frankford celebrates 20 years bringing the Word to the area.Twenty is the special number for Community Lutheran Church, just outside of Frankford. This weekend, the church...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 8:10am

Civil War Profiles: The duPont family’s service during the Civil War

Prominent names from the Civil War era are often associated with particular states: Lincoln and Davis were natives of Kentucky; Lee and Jackson fought under the banner of Virginia; and Grant and Sherman were Ohio-born. The name most often...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:40am

Botanic gardens to host native plant lecture Sept. 26

Claudia West, planting designer and ecological sales manager at North Creek Nurseries, will discuss “Wild and Neat: Native Plants that Bridge the Gap between Horticulture and Ecology” on Sept. 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Frankford...

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:22am

World War II pilot recalls career with backdrop of Operation SEAs the Day

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: ‘Ferd’ Comolli, with friends and family, was on-hand to welcome the wounded warriors to Bayside during Operation SEAs the Day’s week-long event held in the Quiet Resorts.When supporters greeted participants in...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 11:13am

Preserving black heritage in Georgetown

The sad state of educational opportunities for black children in Delaware received a much-needed boost in the 1920s, thanks to the philanthropy of Pierre S. duPont. He funded the formation of Service Citizens of Delaware, which constructed or...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 10:49am

Scot Sax, Suzie Brown bringing the blues to Dickens

Coastal Point • Submitted Scot Sax and Suzie Brown will be playing at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Monday, Sept. 28.He was writing Grammy-winning songs and dropping visceral guitar riffs in the power pop/rock band Queen Electric. She...

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 9:32am

Brandywine calendar release party set for Tuesday, Sept. 15

Mark those 2015 Brandywine Senior Living calendars for Sept. 15, because the 2016 Brandywine Senior Living calendar release party is set for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The party is free and open to the public, and will include live music, food,...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:02am

‘Hate Mail’ to open BART season at Dickens

The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be kicking off its 2015-2016 season next week, opening with “Hate Mail,” a comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.

The play will open Thursday, Sept. 17, with tickets costing $25 each, and...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:44am

‘Dear Wife’ — Letters home from Stephen Taylor Buckson

When young men went off to war in 1861 following the outbreak of hostilities between the states, the only way to maintain ties with loved ones was by writing and receiving letters. Fortunately, collections of these letters are preserved in...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:32am

Country star Aaron Tippin to play Freeman Stage on Friday

Coastal Point • Submitted: Aaron Tippin will play at the Freeman Stage this Friday night.For the past 25 years, singer/songwriter Aaron Tippin has made tour stops all across the nation, bringing his signature blend of neo-traditional country...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 8:29am

From mammals to mosaics: Boardwalk Arts Festival rides again

Coastal Point • Submitted: Photos don’t do justice to 3-D glass artworks, where the light twinkles through this mosaic bench, by Celeste Kelly.Who says Labor Day has to be the end? The summer season continues Saturday, Sept. 12, at the 37th...

Friday, September 11, 2015 - 7:46am

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.


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.


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

Dumping could close recycling center; neighbors all for it

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: The recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond State Park could be taken away because of people abusing it. To Ocean Village residents, that would be a good thing.The Bethany Beach area is already at risk of losing the free...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 11:24am

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.


Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 10:23am

Marie's Kitchen: A taste of good luck for the new year

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook: Chef Robbie Bedell shares some of the recipes that make the Jetty Deli & Coffee Shop a favorite of Marie’s Kitchen writer Marie Cook.Chef Robbie Bedell would like to dedicate this column to...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:42am

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

Volunteers encouraged to preregister for 2015 Delaware Coastal Cleanup

Volunteers are being encouraged to preregister on the DNREC website for the 29th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 19. The DNREC-sponsored cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline...

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 8:32am

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.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:57pm

Citizens bring science to the table in effort to Save Beach Cove

Several months and thousands of dollars later, the people who oppose oyster aquaculture in Beach Cove finally have some hard data to support their claims.

As resident James P. Bond said, “The scientific reasons as to why this is a poor...

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 10:29am

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

This is your final warning: Recycling center could close

A few careless people could ruin things for everyone, as the recycling drop-off at Fresh Pond could close entirely if people continue dumping garbage there.

The Delaware Solid Waste Authority (DSWA) maintains 61 recycling drop-off centers...

Friday, July 3, 2015 - 9:37am