Arts & Entertainment
After a summer hiatus, the Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) will be back at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville next month, ready to headline their 2016-2017 schedule with Bernard Slade’s romantic comedy-drama “Same Time, Next Year.”
The two-character production, the opening night of which is slated for Thursday, Sept. 15, will star Ocean View’s Jeff Martini as George and Seaford’s E.J. Panico as Doris, both actors bringing with them vast stage and showbiz experience.
Martini is a BART veteran, having starred in such shows as last year’s sold-out season-opener, “Hate Mail.”
Panico will be making her BART debut but has appeared in several Possum Point Players’ productions in Georgetown, including “I Remember Mama,” as Marta “Mama” Hanson, and “Move Over, Mrs. Markham,” as Joanna Markham.
The Freeman Stage teases us every spring about when the summer schedule will be released. In turn, we wonder who will be the stars that make their way to West Fenwick to brighten our lives. What we know is that, whether the performers are national recording artists or cover bands or actors or symphony musicians, all will provide top-notch entertainment in a variety of different styles.
This year, whether one’s taste is classical (Yo-Yo Ma), country (The Band Perry), Motown (Gladys Knight), rock (Huey Lewis & the News) or musical theater (Clear Space), there has been a treat for everyone.
What is less known is that on two nights every season, one can watch, for free, great talent representing a variety of genres in an event known as Locals Under the Lights.
The second Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage this summer is on Thursday, Aug. 25, and it is going to be an amazing evening.
This summer brought a new addition to the bustling Bayside community near Fenwick Island, with the incarnation of the Town Center Market.
The open-air pop-up market is open from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, until Labor Day weekend. With vendors changing every night, homeowners and visitors are being treated to a rotation of local artisans, businesses and food trucks.
According to Bayside Director of Marketing Jeff Evans, the market was conceived out of the desire to “enhance the experience for the community” by bringing offerings from local businesses to residents.
“It was Michelle Freeman’s vision to provide some retail opportunities here in Bayside,” Evans said.
This summer, the idea was to bring a temporary, open-air market to the community, with the hope of eventually evolving it into a permanent retail space within the community.
The summer weather brings to mind all those little things (and some not-so-little ones) that Coastal Point staff members have discovered and come to love as locals growing up in the area and as visitors who have now made the area our home. And we’re going to share them with you each week, right here in the Coastal Point.
Those of you who have already downloaded our Explore Coastal Delaware app got a major update in the last week or so — one that not only enhances the existing content in the app but offers a tremendous amount of additional up-to-the-minute information on the happenings in South Coastal Delaware.
Coastal Point newspaper is now built right into the Explore Coastal Delaware app!
That’s right — rather than having to navigate to our website in your mobile browser, now you can just tap on the Explore Coastal Delaware app, and the first thing you’ll see listed is “Coastal Point.” We’ve divided the newspaper content into News, Opinion, Sports, Weather & Tides and the ever-popular Yard Sales.
In each category, you’ll see a listing of our latest headlines, so you can pick and choose what you want to read first, and everything loads smoothly inside the app, where you can zoom in or out, rotate the screen, follow links and even open that page in your regular browser to use the enhanced features of your OS, such as sharing.
In the category of “truth is stranger than fiction,” Jeanne Golibart Rogers, who lives in the local community of Bethany West, tells the story of her great grandfather Thomas Randolph Jarboe during the 19th century. Jarboe owned a farm known as “Gayfield” near Buckeystown, Md., and the Monocacy River just south of Frederick.
This season has been a confusing time, clouded in mystery and unstuck in history. People have Clinton campaign stickers, the Backstreet Boys (or was it ’NSync?) have announced their latest tour, and Pokémon reigns supreme once more as the king of pop culture.
I am uniquely qualified to shed light on one of those things. My bona fides include my status as a ’90s kid. Buzzed.com assures me this makes me privy to certain knowledge that I alone can understand. More important than that, I’ve been an avid Pokémon fan since I was an actual kid in the actual ’90s. My Poké-paraphernalia collection is worth more than my wife’s engagement and wedding rings combined. (To be fair, I’ve known Pokémon longer.)
More important than even that, my editor wanted someone to explain the new, hottest app of 2016, and I’m the only nerd in the office with a Bulbasaur figure on his desk. (And if you don’t know what a Bulbasaur is, it means I have at least one thing to teach you today.)
If you’ve been paying attention to people in town, or have been anywhere on the internet this summer, you know Pokémon Go. It’s the new game app that uses a GPS system to place your character in real-time virtual spaces to catch and collect Pokémon (“Pocket Monsters”) from the original 150-character set from the ’90s games. (There are currently more than 700 Pokémon in the franchise, which includes not only trading card sets, comics, collectables and video games, but its own animated TV series.)
The Joshua M. Freeman Foundation will present The Company Men — a mashup group that performs hits from the last six decades — at The Freeman Stage at Bayside at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13.
The Southern Delaware resort area’s most unusual celebration takes place in the “Quiet Resort” of Bethany Beach on Labor Day, and everybody is invited, according to Carolyn Bacon and Marie Wright, the assistant chairpersons of this year’s Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral events, which will be celebrated on Monday, Sept. 5, and benefit Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.
Stories reminiscent of the classic film “Gone with the Wind” were not uncommon during the Civil War. When occupation forces interacted with the local population, both positive and negative relationships developed.
“‘Melissa’s special’ — that should be your opening line,” said Bill Bragg at the weekly open-mic night at Casa DiLeo in Rehoboth, where Melissa Alesi is the host. “She’s opening for The Band Perry at the Freeman Stage, you know.”
A lot of people who know Alesi think she is special, including Patti Grimes, executive director at the Freeman Foundation.
“The first time I heard Melissa at our Locals Under the Lights event, I thought, ‘Wow!’” said Grimes. “She has such an authentic way of expressing herself and a soulful approach to her singing that is engaging and humbling. She has been a very good partner. So when we were asked about an opener for The Band Perry, we thought of Melissa. As a singer-songwriter and a local, I think it’s great that the audience will get to enjoy such a supreme talent.”
Alesi is a true local. She attended Lord Baltimore Elementary School, Selbyville Middle School and Indian River High School. In seventh grade she auditioned and was selected to sing in the Delaware All-State Choir, an honor that continued through high school.
Editor’s Note: Staff members of the Coastal Point have contributed some of our favorite things to do in the area, and we share them here with you. Some are happening now, like the Senior League and Big League Softball World Series tournaments in Roxana. Other events and activities take place during other times of the year. We just wanted to plant some cool ideas in your heads.
Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced the theme of their August show, “In the Heat of the Sun,” to be open to the public Aug. 3-30.
“Where does one find relief from this heat?” asks watercolor artist Lesley McCaskill. “I look for shade, usually provided by trees. Near Rookery Golf Course off Route 1 is the Lank Farm. The old smokehouse has been lifted in the air by the growth of an old tree.
“The Wizard of Oz House,” her watercolor, portrays the 80-year-old tree with many offshoots that provide relief from the heat.
“Once summer arrives, our family and friends visit and look for the perfect beach day,” said Dianne Shearon, who explores that perfect day in her acrylic “Beach Day.” Pat Riordan’s watercolor “Girl with Paddleboard” takes the viewer to the bay, readying to paddleboard in the cool water. Joyce Condry’s acrylic “Honeymooners” tells a true story of a summer beach romance that was not love at first sight. Persistence finally won, and they now walk side by side.
“Just like people, my dog loves to cool off in the swimming pool. She dives, fetches, swims and totally enjoys the cool blue water,” said Laura Hickman, whose pastel “Cooling Off” captures that exact moment.
Hot summer days can also mean cool, shady outdoor summer picnics with fresh foods from the local farmers market, such as those depicted in “Oysters on the Half-Shell,” a fluid acrylic by Dale Sheldon.
Eileen Olson’s abstract acrylic collage painting “Red Sails in the Sunset” envisions the end of a very hot day. Olson said the painting process stirred feelings and memories of the old 1950s song “Red Sails in the Sunset” by Jimmy Kennedy, whose inspiration began with the red sails of the Irish yacht Kitty of Coleraine.
“The red sailed vessel on the sea were my last few strokes and final act of this piece” said Olson.
“Humor is the glue that brings humanity together” is the credo of humorists and authors Donna Cavanagh and Cathy Sikorski, who will be appearing at Bethany Beach Books on Aug. 8 at 6:30 p.m.
In these lazy hazy days of the hot summer you may ask yourself, “What should I do to keep my plants looking good and happy through the summer?”
Here are a few simple tips:
After years of plying their trade around the world, magicians Brian Curry and Mark Phillips have decided this town isn’t big enough for them both. In “Catch Me,” the two sleight-of-hand masters battle live, on stage, for the title of “Washington D.C.’s Favorite Magician.”
Lynch makes directorial debut
Local stars and flying cars headlined at the Possum Hall in Georgetown on Thursday, July 21, when the Possum Point Juniors debuted their summer show in a unique rendition of the Academy Award-nominated “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”
Among them were rising Indian River High School senior and PPJ/Clear Space vet Kerrine Walls (“Bye Bye Birdie,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie”), who starred as Truly Scrumtious opposite Seaford’s Sava Cook as protagonist Caractacus Potts.
“It was good to feel nervous,” Walls said of what was one of the largest roles to date in her young acting career.
“I was feeling nervous but also very excited, because I care a lot about it.”
From early in Act 1, Walls turned that nervous energy into showing audience members that she wasn’t their grandmother’s Truly Scrumptious.
The Bethany Area Repertoire Theater (BART) has been providing stage performances to the area for three years, and last week the theater company’s goal of funding scholarships for area students bore fruit.
BART awarded scholarships to three students, all recent graduates from Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes, during a ceremony at BART’s home stage at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Friday, July 23.
Robert Ravida, chairman of BART’s scholarship committee, said BART’s intention from the beginning was always to fund arts scholarships with the proceeds from ticket sales for its plays, which are performed on the Dickinson Parlour Theatre stage by an ever-growing group of volunteers from within the community.
Online volunteer registration opened this week for the 30th annual Delaware Coastal Cleanup, to be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17. Sponsored by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC), the cleanup spans the First State’s 97-mile eastern coastline and includes river and ocean shorelines, as well as wetland and watershed areas.
In April 1861, newly-elected President Abraham Lincoln called for 75,000 volunteers proportioned from the loyal states to put down a rebellion of seven deep-South states that had seceded from the Union. The expectation in Washington was that the uprising would be quelled quickly, and the military enlistments would only last for 90 days.