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Locals love their habitat at Earth Day festivals and cleanups

Once a year, the calendar reminds humans to show the planet some love. Earth Day 2018 is officially scheduled for Sunday, April 22, and all weekend long, local groups are hosting events to celebrate Earth Day, including three road cleanups, two...

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 11:32am

Springtime Jamboree supporting Millville fire company this weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: Beth Ann Cahall and George Keen share a moment, and a laugh, at a previous Springtime Jamboree.For 36 years, the Hocker family has been organizing the Springtime Jamboree — two nights of country, Western and gospel...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:34am

Freeman Stage announces more big names in second reveal

It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights. The Freeman Stage has released “Volume 2” of their summer season lineup.

“This is going to be our biggest season yet. Get ready, because we are going to have 67 performances,”...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 10:30am

IRHS Alumni hosting annual Beef ’n’ Brew

Wondering where all the cool kids will be this weekend? Apparently, quite a few of them will be at the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company fire hall for the Indian River Alumni Association’s Sixth Annual Beef ’n’ Brew event on Saturday, April 14,...

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 9:24am

Gerken tells local tales in ‘Storied Sussex’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Sandie Gerken poses for a photo with her book, ‘Storied Sussex.’ The book is a compilation of columns Gerken wrote for High Tide News.Camp meetings, “Chief Little Owl,” John M. Clayton, the “Giant Dead Boy” of...

Thursday, April 5, 2018 - 9:13am

Frankford library invites creativity with Peeps Diorama Contest

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Anybody can make Peeps dioramas pop with handmade details, such as the yarn-knit web in this ‘The Spider & the Fly’ design by librarian Jessica Bowman.Love ’em or hate ’em, there’s no denying that marshmallow...

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 9:29am

Egg hunt season is now officially in high gear

Spring has sprung, or so the calendar says. And despite a month that’s brought seemingly endless wind and rain, and even some snow, both this weekend and next, bunnies will be hopping and eggs will be dropping across the land.

Easter egg...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 11:09am

Library shows appreciation for long-time Frankford couple

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Albert and Barbara Jean Franklin were recently honored with the dedication of the parking lot at the Frankford Public Library in their names.Albert “Ab” Franklin is a life-long Frankford resident — born...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 10:38am

Ground broken for Hall’s Store Visitor Center

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Ocean View Historical Society broke ground on their new Hall’s Store Visitor Center on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Above, parties with the OVHS and Contractors for a Cause pose for a photo during the ground breaking.The...

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 7:44am

Northern Ireland native telling musical ‘Inside Story’

When Gerry Timlin takes the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, March 22, he aims to bring a bit of perspective, along with some history and music of his Irish homeland.

Timlin, now a resident of Bethany Beach, has been traveling...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:16am

Freeman Stage reveals first part of summer lineup

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Patti Grimes, left, and Michelle Freeman were in a celebratory mood following the release of the first part of this season’s Freeman Stage schedule.Either the Freeman Stage has too much of a good thing to share it...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:58am

IRHS has comedy, jazz and a villain in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: The girls beg ‘Jimmy Smith’ to take them to a speakeasy in ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie.’ Pictured, from left, are: Savannah Padgett, Logan Reese, Peyton Beebe, Logan Smith, Vanesssa Fabela and Giulianna Check-Guzman....

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:31am

Students share PCS history mural with their town

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : School benefactor Phillip C. Showell was remembered kindly by his descendants, from left, Peggy Showell Johnson, Stephanie Showell Haygood and Barbara Marshall.In the closing chapter of the Phillip C. Showell...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 9:48am

Sussex County native honored at Oscars for civil-rights work

Coastal Point • Submitted: Bryan Stevenson and his sister Christy Taylor appear at a book signing for ‘Just Mercy.’For a brief moment on Sunday, March 4, Bryan Stevenson of Milton could be seen on stage at the Oscars.

He was standing...

Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 8:37am

Art meets local history in Selbyville mural

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting, a Selbyville native, stands with artist John Donato at the mural ribbon-cutting celebration at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School on Wednesday, March 7.Phillip C....

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 9:17am

Botanic gardens looks to complete meadow plantings

Special to the Coastal Point • Submitted: Volunteers work on the Meadow Garden in September 2017.Despite the late-winter dreariness, there is hope in the air — and in the ground.

As the first day of spring approaches, green tips and early...

Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 8:46am

The Parsons Farms Fall Festival is an annual celebration of all things autumn.

Fall fun abounds as festival season hits full bloom

It’s fall — and there’s a lot more to the season than “pumpkin spice everything.” From craft fairs to costume contests, from barbecue competitions to bike shows, there are just about as many events as there are leaves...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 8:19am

Grass Roots Rescue to hold fundraiser for veterans

In an effort to support Delaware military veterans, local animal rescue group Grass Roots Rescue this weekend is hosting 4 Paws Got Your 6, in the hopes of raising money to train a service dog.

“We’ve always had...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:39am

Contractors team up to fight Parkinson’s

Local non-profit group Contractors for a Cause is teaming up with a Dagsboro family to raise money to fight Parkinson’s disease.

The Williams family reached out to the organization with the hope of co-hosting an event at their family farm...

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:32am

Artisan Festival the apple of crafters’ and pie-lovers’ eyes

It’s Columbus Day weekend, and for the past 10 years, that has brought dozens of local artists together under one roof, at the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company’s Artisan Festival.

In celebration of that anniversary — and because, well...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:26am

Tour to offer a peek inside historic homes of Ocean View

The Ocean View Historical Society is giving residents and visitors the unique opportunity to get an inside look at some of the most historic homes in Ocean View on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This will be a one-of-a-kind tour...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 8:20am

A journey in the pages of a book

This summer, a basic picture book inspired sixth-grader Molly Amerling to write about refugee families. Now, she’s the first Sussex Countian to represent Delaware in the “A Book That Shaped Me” essay contest.

Sponsored by the Library of...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:44am

Frankford Fall Festival to feature costume contest, games and more

Envision Frankford is planning the town’s annual Fall Festival for Saturday, Oct. 28. The fun-filled day will feature a costume contest, parade, games and more.

The costume contest will start the festivities at 11 a.m., with registration...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:57am

Muscle cars will be on display at Selbyville luau

A luau in October? Why not?

To celebrate the grand opening of their muscle-car showroom, the Speed Shop in Selbyville will host a luau-themed ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“If you are into classic...

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 5:54am

Former CIA director offers his take on current events

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert: Former CIA director John E. McLaughlin discussed national security issues, and had a bit of fun, at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Sept. 21.Former director of the Central Intelligence Agency John E....

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:30am

What's the word?

What wonderful words can you weave?

People who love letters can team up in a Scrabble tournament to raise money for a nonprofit helping teach adults to read.

Scrabble at the Beach is a happy-hour fundraiser for Literacy Delaware,...

Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:31am

Girl Scout troops honoring first-responders this Saturday

Local Girl Scout troops are hosting “Small Town, Big Heroes” on Saturday, Sept. 23 as a unique way to offer safety information for families and to pay tribute to the “everyday heroes” – police officers, firefighters and other public safety...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:25am

Brews by the Bay fundraiser taking place this weekend

The Big Chill Beach Club will be the site of the annual Brews By the Bay fundraiser this year.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 23, the Delaware Brewers Guild event will host all of the state’s breweries, which this year will be serving primarily...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 11:19am

Indian River band boosters selling discount cards for 2017-2018

Band cards are back!

For the new school year, Indian River High School Band Boosters have printed a new batch of discount band cards, which are available for $10 each.

People can show their card for discounts at about 35 area...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:51am

Saturday's Tour de Sussex offers a scenic county bike tour

Enough with the cars — try seeing Sussex County by bike.

The fourth annual Tour de Sussex returns on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 a.m., rain or shine. It’s sponsored by Delaware Technical Community College. Proceeds will provide scholarships...

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 10:50am

Festival Hispano will be dancing in the streets

Good music, food and fun will fill the streets of Georgetown at the 22nd annual Festival Hispano on Sunday, Sept. 17.

Thousands of people will celebrate Hispanic cultural heritage from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival stretches along North...

Monday, September 18, 2017 - 3:23am

Cops & Goblins returning to Ocean View this October

Coastal Point • File Photo : The now-annual Cops & Goblins event in Ocean View is a great opportunity for kids to celebrate Halloween in a safe atmosphere, and allows the community to get to know the Ocean View police a little more.Three...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:30am

Former CIA official to offer ‘Inside Story’ at Dickens

‘Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.’

— Albus Dumbledore, in ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,’ by J. K. Rowling

Starting Thursday...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:15am

Community organizes to thank police officers

Coastal Point • Submitted : Some of the Thank A Police Offer Day on Delmarva crew spent time offering their appreciation to officers of the Dagsboro Police Department last year.While many may only encounter police officers when they’ve been...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:33am

BART theater group finds new home, performs Agatha Christie

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant : BART members, from top left, Bob Ravida, Bill Fuchs, Corinne Condon, Brian Geary, Emily Abbott, Aisha Tharp, Corinne McMahon and E.J. Panico, will perform in ‘The Mousetrap’ at Woodsong Country Inn &?Retreat....

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 8:10am

President Lincoln ‘belongs to the ages’

The life of Abraham Lincoln has been one of the world’s most popular subjects for authors since his death in 1865. Estimates place the number of books written about this U.S. president at more than 15,000.

In addition to these biographies...

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 6:09am

IRHS student crowned Miss Hispanic Delaware

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Ana Calles’ crown holds dozens of glittering rhinestones that represent the beauty, poise, intelligence and quick thinking she displayed at the 2017 Miss Hispanic Delaware pageant.Selbyville is home to a new pageant...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 12:03pm

Artists, art and artistic opportunities abound at Sept. 9 festival

Coastal Point • File Photo : The bandstand area and the parking lot on Garfield Parkway are filled with artists booths during a past Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival.Those who come to the 39th annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:49am

Cocktails Curing Cancer offers drinks for a cause

It’s a bubbly night to battle a deadly disease. The annual Cocktails Curing Cancer party will be held Thursday, Sept. 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Big Fish Grill in Ocean View.

“We want the evening to be around remembering, honoring and...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 10:31am

Bethany set to mourn summer New Orleans-style

On Labor Day of 1985, former town councilman Moss Wagner created the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to commemorate the end of the summer season. This year, the annual mock-funeral will take place in downtown Bethany Beach on Sept. 4, Labor Day, and...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:02am

Sternberg to sign ‘Fall from Grace’ at Bethany Beach Books

When author Libby Sternberg comes to Bethany Beach Books on Sunday, Sept. 3, she will be signing copies of her latest book, “Fall from Grace,” a tale of redemption about a modern-day man from a famous evangelical Christian family whose...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Car show to support Operation SEAs the Day

In an effort to support the grassroots organization Operation SEAs the Day, whose goal is to facilitate a beach week for wounded military service members and their families, local Realtor Allison Stine created the Cripple Creek Car Show.

“...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:15am

Jayne’s Reliable to host event featuring celebrity DIYers

Special to the Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : David and Karen Jayne sit at one of Karen Murray’s re-finished pieces of vintage furniture with pots of Debi’s Design Diary paint.Excitement is building at Jayne’s Reliable in Dagsboro.

In...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:42am

Green thumbs give a boost to South Bethany canals

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Participants in South Bethany’s Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest pose for a photo at one of the canal ends.South Bethany is rewarding green behavior. For seven years now, the Annual Adopt-A-Canal End Contest...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:23am

Nanticoke Powwow set to celebrate fourth decade

Coastal Point • File Photo: Dancers from all over the country gather to dance during last year’s Nanticoke Indian Powwow.Dancers and vendors will travel from all over the country to Millsboro for the Nanticoke Indian Tribe’s 40th Annual Powwow on...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:16am

Celebrity Chef’s Beach Brunch to benefit Meals on Wheels

Aromas and tastes of culinary brunch dishes and beverages will soon fill the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach as chefs from 25 coastal restaurants prepare their specialties.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, Meals on Wheels Delaware...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:12am

Flute & Lute make it a musical evening

Coastal Point • Submitted: Mark Marvel and Phoebe Walls play serene sounds in the new musical duo Flute & Lute.How about a little night music? Flute & Lute is a new musical duo adding ambiance to special events. Flute & Lute...

Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 8:03am

Selbyville teen to compete in Miss Hispanic pageant

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: For her pageant platform, Ana Calles encourages people to volunteer for the causes they love.Ana Calles doesn’t mind driving two hours to Wilmington every week this summer. Hailing from Selbyville, she’s the only...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 10:37am

Cooks and books have a tasty time at Selbyville library

Coastal Point photos • Laura Walter: Cathy Martin serves chicken curry, next to a dish of chicken meatballs with smoked paprika tomato sauce.Libraries were never this delicious. But now people are turning on their tastebuds at the Selbyville...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 9:53am

Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ making its way to Freeman Stage

The Brown Box Theatre Project will perform Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Freeman Stage on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.

Brown Box Theatre is a traveling company that sees theater as a democratic art form. The group believes that theater...

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 9:41am