Civil War Profiles: Winnie Davis: A Civil War ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story

The birth of President Jefferson Davis’s and his wife Varina’s youngest child, Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis, occurred on June 27, 1864. The “War Between the States,” as it was known in the South, was moving inevitably toward its conclusion.


Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:54am

Grandell concert to benefit Mariner’s mission trip

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Grandells enjoy the beach with their guitars. The musicians will be headlining a concert to benefit the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission trip to Costa Rica.Some familiar faces are headlining the...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:52am

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.

The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim...

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 4:18am

Clean your fish, and eat it, too, at Gilled to Grilled events

Eight whole rockfish laid on cutting boards as a roomful of people nervously picked up their knives. They had never fileted a fish before, but were ready to try at the “Gilled to Grilled” workshop at Indian River Life-Saving Station.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:27pm

Ovation Dinner Theatre now showing Mafia Murder Mystery

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Lenne Sirasky portrays Don Clamato in Ovation Dinner Theatre's production of Mafia Murders Mystery.Ovation Dinner Theatre is spicing up local restaurants with “Mafia Murder Mystery,” offering patrons dinner and a...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:10pm

Ryan offers talk focusing on female spymasters during the Civil War

“Let’s go back in history,” is a phrase Tom Ryan often says at the beginning of his presentations about the Civil War.

The local Civil War enthusiast and author Ryan will soon present, “Women Spies during the Civil War: Elizabeth Van Lew...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 4:05pm

Coastal Cleanup’s 1,800 volunteers collect 3 tons of trash

This year’s DNREC-sponsored 28th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, held on Sept. 20, drew 1,805 volunteers, who collected 3.2 tons of trash from 46 sites along more than 80 miles of Delaware’s waterways and coastline stretching from Wilmington to...

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 - 3:52pm

Halloween night offers plenty of entertainment locally

Big ghouls and little alike — Are you prepared for Halloween tonight?

With official times for trick-or-treating in the area being set for the evening of Friday, Oct. 31, more people are being afforded the opportunity to get out in their...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 11:35am

No injuries in Wallops rocket explosion

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: The Antares rocket exploded seconds into its planned launch at the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Thankfully, there were no reported casualties at the scene.The Antares rocket exploded...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:40am

Civil War Profiles: Delaware’s Civil War military statistics

Every soldier who served during the Civil War became a statistic in one respect or another. All states that participated in the conflict, including Delaware, are documented according to their level of involvement and the casualties they suffered...

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 9:38am

Awards, Bands and Costumes: the ABCs of a parade

Coastal Point • File Photo : Everybody gets into the spirit at the Selbyville Halloween Parade.Every year, thousands of people agree: the Selbyville Halloween Parade is the place to be. The classic tradition will return Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:58am

Thrills and chills return to Roxana Haunted Forest

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the forest… The Roxana Volunteer Fire Company still has two weekends of Haunted Forest fun to go. Resurrected last fall, the Roxana Haunted Forest is already becoming a thrilling annual tradition...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:40am

Wags, Witches & Warlocks set for this Saturday in Bethany

The annual Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival, presented by the Leslie Kopp Group, will be held this Saturday, Oct. 25, in downtown Bethany Beach.

The event, designed to benefit the Sussex County SPCA, is open to residents, visitors and...

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 9:10am

Protecting Our Indian River group appeals to Superior Court

A courtroom in the Sussex County Superior Court in Georgetown was packed Monday morning, as Superior Court Judge Richard Stokes heard oral arguments for an appeal to overturn a decision by the Sussex County Board of Adjustment that allows the...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:30am

Bethany Beach Books offering Halloween-themed stories

Children’s storytime in conjunction with festival

Joining in with Bethany Beach’s Wags, Witches & Warlocks festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, Bethany Beach Books will be hosting a children’s Halloween Storytime at noon.

“We wanted...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:16am

South Bethany offering Civil War talk on Tuesday, Oct. 21

The Underground Railroad was an integral part of the Civil War, and next Tuesday, Clara Small will discuss its legends and facts at an event hosted by the South Bethany Historical Society. The talk will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 21, from 7 to 9 p....

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 10:08am

Art program building bridge between local and Nepalese fourth-graders

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Lord Baltimore will become a sister school with a school in Nepal that has an art program sponsored by the Shauna Kaufman Foundation. Pictured here are, from left, Amy Kaufman, Durga Sir (on...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:34am

Girls’ Night Out coming to Frankford with author Megan Hart

Author Megan Hart will headline a night of cocktails and romance literature at the Frankford Public Library on Nov. 1. Women can meet the New York Times-bestselling and Romantic Times award-winning author at Girls’ Night Out that Saturday, from 7...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:32am

Civil War Profiles: The First Lady of the Confederacy’s Delaware connection

The Howell family, described as impulsive and hard-driving, emigrated from Wales to the Newark, Del., area in the early 18th century. The ambitious Ebenezer and Mary Bond Howell moved across the Delaware River to Shiloh, N.J., where they...

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:29am

Residents voice feelings on aquaculture

After a recent uproar about the potential impacts of shellfish aquaculture in the Inland Bays, local residents gathered at a massive meeting hosted by state Sen. Gerald Hocker Sr. and state Rep. Ron Gray this week to express their concerns.


Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:31pm

Punkin Chunkin pos’poned to November of nex’ year

Punkin Chunkin organizers recently announced that the event was being moved out of Sussex County, and now, it’s been moved right out of 2014, as well. The pumpkin-flinging festival, which was to begin its first season at Dover International...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:24pm

Federal funding granted to support Delaware aquaculture

Last week, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined local and state officials, and representatives from the University of Delaware and the Center for the Inland Bays to announce two federal grants to support the development of oyster farming in...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:23pm

Bethany Beach Sidewalk Sale set for holiday weekend

Bethany Beach business owners are slashing prices this Columbus Day weekend, looking to sell off what’s left of their summer inventory and offer visitors and locals alike a chance for some great deals in the process.

“It’s a great way for...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 1:20pm

Parsons Farms giving fall a last hurrah at Oct. 11 festival

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The fall scene at Parsons Farm Produce. The farm will be holding its annual Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 11. The event will feature a petting zoo, straw maze, toddler maze, Punkin Chunkin machines and more....

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:53pm

Goodwill: It’s more than a thrift store

Calling all witches and ghouls: Goodwill of Delaware’s annual Halloween Costume Competition is under way.

“For Goodwill of Delaware, the month of October is our biggest sales month of the year, because everyone shops at Goodwill to get...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:51pm

‘Grab a drink, grab a brush and let the fun begin’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Six ladies from the Millsboro area’s ‘Girls Night Out’ group pose with their finished paintings during PaintNite at Smitty McGee’s near Fenwick Island.It was in May when Dawn McGee, owner of West...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:02pm

Falling for cool-weather comfort foods

Special to the Coastal Point • Marie Cook : Tony Packo’s Hungarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls, Packo’s Tomato-Onion Sauce and Cheddar-Black Pepper Biscuits are on the menu for Marie Cook as she features cool-weather comfort foods in this special...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:44am

Oktoberfest fundraiser putting dining and dancing to work

After losing her firefighter husband to mesothelioma in 2012, Denise Santa Barbara sees no reason for others to suffer the same. She’s throwing her annual mesothelioma fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company’s...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:36am

Civil War Profiles: Mark Twain during the Civil War era at the Dickens

The actor entered the Dickens Parlour Theater from the side door and described his infatuation with Mark Twain — the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He stepped onto the stage and sat at a period dressing table with...

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:16am

BART to open season with ‘The Time Collector’

They say one’s wedding day is the happiest day of their life. So what if, years after the special day, you were able to revisit that moment through a returned photograph?

This month, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will open its...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:21pm

Library offering full fall slate

This fall, the South Coastal Library will continue its mission to provide service to the community, not only through providing information resources and reading materials, but also through its wide variety of programming.

“In the...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 3:07pm

Civil War Profiles: The 1st Delaware’s ‘torn and tattered’ flags

The 152nd anniversary of the bloodiest day of the Civil War took place on Sept. 17. On that date in 1862 at Antietam Creek in Maryland, when the 1st Delaware Regiment charged “Bloody Lane,” a strong Confederate position in a sunken road, the...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:46pm

Oyster aquaculture isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, residents argue

After months of new oyster aquaculture regulations being hammered into shape, a group of concerned citizens are hoping to straighten that picture.

Calling themselves the Coalition for Sustainable Aquaculture, a group of homeowners along...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 2:43pm

Learn about native edible plants at Delaware Seashore State Park

Native plants are abundant along Delaware’s beaches and have adapted specifically to survive the harsh conditions of a coastal habitat. But that is not all that makes the plants unique. In fact, according to state park officials, many of them...

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 5:52am

Delmarva Bottle Club to hold show and sale

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A few of Ed Detwiler’s antique bottles he keeps in his private collection.“Everybody collects something,” said Ed Detwiler, treasurer of the Delmarva Antique Bottle Club.

Detwiler has been collecting...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:34am

Civil War Profiles: Arlington House: A memorial to R.E. Lee

The trauma of the oncoming Civil War caused Southerners in active military service to the United States to make, in many cases, a heart-wrenching decision: To honor their oath of allegiance to their country, or join the rebellion and pledge...

Thursday, September 25, 2014 - 6:21am

Country Festival to rock Millsboro this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photos : Left, Jimmy’s Grill participates in the bed races at last year’s event. Bottom right, Joshua Johnson competes in the ‘Redneck Challenge’ of throwing remote controls.Good food, great music, fun games and more can all...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:49am

Trick Trucks to host Truck & Jeep Show in Millsboro

Trick Trucks of Millsboro will host their first-ever Truck & Jeep show this Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their Millsboro store location at 24572 Betts Pond Rd.

The event will be free to the public to attend or compete...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:39am

Canal contest winners create a community in South Bethany

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : South Bethany’s Sue Callaway was proud to honor winners of the annual canal-decorating contest. She stands (left to right) with runners-up, Pat Weisgerber and Carol Stevenson, Michael Lord of Lord’s Landscaping, and...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:31am

Civil War Profiles: Researching Delaware graves at Arlington National Cemetery

The endless rows of white headstones that spill across the rolling hills of Arlington National Cemetery are a startling reminder of the costliest four years in our country’s military history. One of the main areas for interment of Civil War...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 9:02am

NWTF offers women the opportunity to learn outdoor skills

Women looking to learn about self-defense, shooting, hunting and more can do just that next month, during the Lower Delaware Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) second annual Women in the Outdoors event.

“We really feel...

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 8:56am

Arts & Jazz Festival set for Saturday at Freeman

The seventh annual Arts & Jazz Festival will hit the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick this weekend, showcasing live jazz performances and local artists.

“It’s a wonderful collaborative day,” said Patti Grimes, executive...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:39am

BART returns to Dickens Parlour Theatre for third season

For its third year, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be gracing the stage at Millville’s Dickens Parlour Theatre.

BART began in 2012, as a non-profit with the goal of bringing local theater to the Bethany area and, through...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:36am

EPA scientist to discuss sustainability in face of climate change

In recognition of Sea Level Rise Awareness Week in Delaware, the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays (CIB) will host Dr. Jonathan D. Essoka of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at its...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 9:34am

‘Macbeth’ set to bubble on the beach

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brown Box Theatre Project will be bringing ‘Macbeth’ to the Indian River Life-Saving Station on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 7:30 p.m. Above, the three witches gather ’round the cauldron to cast a spell.“Double, double, toil...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 7:28am

Ice, ice bucket: Wilgus Associates get frosty for a friend

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Wilgus Associates employees participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, in honor of their friend and co-worker, Tim Hill, the company’s vice president who has been diagnosed with ALS.There have been many people...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:22am

Civil War Profiles: The Delaware Military Academy controversy

The state legislature approved the creation of a military school for young men in Wilmington in 1859, but its contribution to education in Delaware was short-lived. It could not survive the increasingly confrontational political atmosphere...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:20am

Marsh walk set for Sept. 20

Delaware Seashore State Park is considered a prime location for one of Delaware’s most unique and important habitats: the inland bay marshlands. Visitors can join a park naturalist on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. to explore the disappearing...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:16am

Volunteers sought to help clean up the coast

A hockey puck, toothbrush, headphones, door, box springs, showerhead and barstool. What do these things have in common? All were collected during last year’s Coastal Cleanup, spanning the State’s 97-mile eastern coastline.

On Saturday,...

Thursday, September 11, 2014 - 6:02am

South Bethany opens its own little library

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : South Bethany resident Lori Cicero came up with the idea to put a little library near town hall, and the town’s Community Enhancement Committee agreed to have one installed. Residents and visitors can stop by and...

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 8:52am