Arts & Entertainment
On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.
Nature-inspired artists and artisans are being invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.
As part of its summer repertory, the Clear Space Theatre Company at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is offering visiting families an engaging evening of theater with its production of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that is based on the tales of Dr. Seuss.
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.
Delmarva classic-rock band Hooverville is headed south this summer, making their debut at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25 and taking their sound to the beach at Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick on Aug. 27.
Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.
Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.
“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.
Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.
If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.
Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.
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. Mitchell, 19, has been involved in pageants since the age of 6.
“I’ve been watching the Miss Delaware pageant since I was 6 years old. I’ve grown close to the organization and have competed in the Outstanding Teen organization, as well, which is the little-sister program to Miss America,” said Mitchell.
“I pretty much had grown up with the organization. It’s a big family, so I knew most of the girls. When I was younger, all of the Miss Delawares were my role models, so I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”
According to its website, the focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to “make scholarships available to the state’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
Over the 13 years Mitchell has been competing in pageants, she said, she’s been able to make life-long friends.
“It really is just a sisterhood. There isn’t cattiness backstage, which is a good thing. I think people think that a lot, which is so not true.
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 ensured discrimination against blacks would continue and become codified.
They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these members of the Barefoot Gardeners Club are finished teaching.
After being awarded a first-place state award for environmental stewardship for their work with butterfly gardens, the group is switching things up this summer for their “Children’s Story Hour” at the town park adjacent to Fenwick Island Town Hall.
“This year, we decided to change our plan a little bit,” explained Sue Clark, one of the club’s youth committee pioneers. “We wanted to teach about seeds and about growing vegetables.”
For their first session of the summer, on Wednesday, July 8, the kids already got a chance to see some of those vegetables sprout, after the group planted a garden full of cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and peppers.
Living on the coast, local residents have water everywhere, from the rolling, roiling Atlantic Ocean to the quiet creeks off the bays. Marshes, harbors, inlets, tidal pools, coves and ponds are familiar sights.
Annual tour featuring 10 local homes July 22-23
After years of searching, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club has finally found a place to call home.
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.
The Clear Space Theatre Company announced this week that it will offer Free Fridays performances of their Musical Theatre Summer Intensives. The Summer Intensive camps are an extension of their Broadway Bound program, which students from grades 1 through 12 study the craft of theater through five separate week-long camps held at the Clear Space Theatre in downtown Rehoboth Beach.
They wanted to meet other Jeep enthusiasts and wrangle their resources into future fundraisers for the community. But ultimately, it’s a club. They’re there to have fun.
A wet, foggy evening didn’t stop them from hitting the 3 R’s beach in June. That’s where Bob “Koz” Kozlowski’s Jeep rolled into its 300,000th mile.
His former two-hour commute helped inflate that number, as he once averaged 26,000 miles per year. He also drove “with the top down” from Seaford to Massachusetts.
“When I hit 200,000, I thought, ‘I’ll trade it in soon.’ When I hit 250, I thought, ‘Let’s see how far it goes,’” said Kozlowski, who got the vehicle in January of 2002.
“We’re really just getting started,” President Mark King said of the 15 members who officially organized in February.
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. Anticipating that the Confederate raider might run up the Delaware River, Hamilton noted: “Slept with one eye open and my clothes on…”
To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Americans gather together each year to celebrate the country’s independence from Great Britain with family and friends.
In the local community, there is no shortage of celebration — from family barbecues and picnics on the beach, to parades and fireworks, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
South Bethany to hold holiday weekend fun
South Bethany is heating up for the holiday weekend, from a boat parade to movie night.
Pedestrian Safety Day comes to South Bethany on Friday, July 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Delaware Office of Highway Safety will distribute safety information and demonstrate best practices, to encourage bicycles, motorists and pedestrians to share the street, on the corner of Henlopen Drive and Route 1.
The Rehoboth Art League is offering vacationers and locals alike something more to enjoy their time on the shore, when the new RAL Art Studios in Lewes premiere “Lines of Inquiry” by Wayne Weeks.
The exhibit will be the first solo show for the newly implemented extension of the Rehoboth Art League, which opened in March, and, according to exhibitions director Jay Pastore, promises not to disappoint.
“This is one of the premiere solo shows for that center this summer,” Pastore explained of the exhibit. “It’s a brand new art center that has two galleries — one sophisticated abstract that has all kinds of art, and a member’s gallery that shows all different type of work — both free and open to the public.”
An Ocean View native who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Weeks’ pieces are rooted in the exploration of the human figure, working with charcoal to present the body in unusual ways. According to him, at the heart of his drawings, there’s a kind of affirmation that returns him to hope.
They’ve sold more than 250 million albums. They’ve played for an estimated 25 million people across the globe. And they were the first reggae band to tour Africa and the Far East. But now, the Wailers will bring their legend, their music and their message to the “Far East Coast,” when they take the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Friday, July 10.
“It’s always great to be in Delaware. It’s always a great reception,” said Dwayne “Danglin” Anglin, Wailers lead singer and one of the successors to reggae legend Bob Marley. “It’s an important place for the Wailers.”
Marley, who originally formed the Wailers with Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh, had somewhat famously lived in Delaware for a brief period — even writing “Night Shift” while working at the Chrysler plant in Wilmington. But Anglin is no stranger to the area either, born just north, in New Jersey before moving to Jamaica, where he grew up and developed his love for reggae.
This month, Gallery One’s artists are taking risks and going in ”New Directions.”
Artist Tara Funk Grim explained her New Direction: “While teaching one of my classes this winter in Naples, Betsy, a student who is a quilter, asked if we could use fabric in our collage. Why not? Wow! The expanded possibilities of mixing fabrics and papers opened up a whole new world for me.”
Her work this month is titled “Tutti Fruitti Palms.” It is bright with tropical pinks, greens oranges and blues. The addition of fabric to her new collages is designed to expand the sense of place she is trying communicate to the viewer.
Dale Sheldon’s “Joyful Shorebird II” is a bright acrylic and collage combination.
“I choose to look south to the white sandy beaches of the west coast of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. There, the elegant shorebirds wade in the sparkling, sunlit shallow waters.”
The sun is orange bright, the sky is swipes of yellows and limes, and the abstract herons wade in blue torn-paper water.