Arts & Entertainment

Milestone met: Botanic Gardens hits Longwood goal early

DBG organizers proved their mettle with donations and a bunch of multi-year pledges.It’s a garden party unlike any other. The Delaware Botanic Gardens haven’t opened their gates yet, but they’re making big strides as they create southern Delaware’s first garden attraction.

Semi-annual train show on track for Saturday in Roxana

While members of the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club range in age from 30-something to 80-something, with a couple of junior members in their teens, longtime member Bill Ziegler puts it like this: “We’re all kids.”

Socrates Café asks local minds to ponder tough questions

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: The Socrates Café group ponders a question brought by one of the attendees on Monday, Sept. 12.Do we have free will?

What is true strength?

What is truth?

Big, philosophical questions like these are what drive the Socrates Café, a bimonthly meeting of individuals from different backgrounds who discuss various philosophical ideas.

“We were just looking for a way to get a discussion group together — getting people together to have a good conversation,” said Rosemary Hendrix, who co-hosts the meetings with Bonnie Ray. “We pick a question each week. It’s supposed to be a philosophical question. We discuss the question; we’re not trying to come up with an answer to the question, we’re trying to get other people’s ideas.”

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

Nanticoke Powwow set to dance through the weekend

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Nanticoke Indian Association’s annual Powwow will take place this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11.The Nanticoke Indian Association will host its 39th annual Powwow this weekend, Sept. 10 and 11, at the tribe’s powwow grounds near Millsboro.

The powwow is a celebration of Native American culture that draws participants from all over the country each year. For Native Americans, organizers said, it is a chance to both reconnect with their heritage and educate others through dance.

“Just come and dance and sing with us,” said Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro. In addition to dance sessions on both days, there will be vendors offering Native American food and crafts, and museum tours throughout the two-day celebration.

Brooksfest in Fenwick Island to benefit Alana Rose Foundation

After their biggest turnout to date last year, Brooksfest is back for its fifth year in a row, aiming to send the summer out in style. The family-friendly event will feature food, skimboarding, giveaways and more, set for this Saturday, Sept. 10, on the beach in Fenwick Island.

Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Saturday in Bethany

The 38th Annual Boardwalk Arts Festival will get under way this Saturday, Sept. 10, with more than 100 artists from around the country slated to feature their work along the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

Jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil painting, photography, basketry and woodworking are just some of the artistic mediums set for display, with all work for sale.

Community invited to celebrate Shakespeare at 400

‘Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.’

— William Shakespeare

To celebrate the life and cannon of the great English poet William Shakespeare, next week, the Lewes Public Library will be hosting a litany of events marking the 400th anniversary of his death.

Delaware Botanic Gardens lecture series announced

The Delaware Botanic Gardens has selected four expert speakers for its upcoming lecture series, beginning in September 2016 and continuing through April 2017. Admission to all lectures is free.

• Sept. 24 — Donald Pell, “Embracing the Regional Landscape,” 10 a.m. to noon, South Coastal Library, 43 Kent Avenue, Bethany Beach.

OSTD’s Hero’s Welcome to be held Sept. 9

The public is being invited to take part in the A Hero’s Welcome parade for the Operation SEAs the Day families on Friday, Sept. 9.

Operation SEAs the Day is a beach week event for wounded veterans and their families, which will take place Sept. 6-11 and is now in its fourth year.

Car show continues support for Operation SEAs the Day

For the third year in a row, local Realtor Allison Stine is organizing the Cripple Creek Classic Car Show to support Operation SEAs the Day.

“We decided to hold the car show as a way to combine our hobby and the ability to raise money for operation SEAs the Day. After we read about it the first year, we knew we wanted to help in some way.”

Delawareans driving art project to South America

Coastal Point Photo • Laura Walter: Blue and green is just the beginning. Children across North and South America will cover this school bus with paint over the next two years, in an international art project being conducted by, from left: John Donato, Will Kasson III, R. Chris Clark, Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz and, not pictured, Ethan Caswell.Coastal Point Photo • Laura Walter: Blue and green is just the beginning. Children across North and South America will cover this school bus with paint over the next two years, in an international art project being conducted by, from left: John Donato, Will Kasson III, R. Chris Clark, Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz and, not pictured, Ethan Caswell.You couldn’t miss this school bus if you tried.

It’s medium-length, painted blue and green, and, in a few years, it will be covered with every color in the rainbow, painted by hundreds of hands.

The art project will take four men across North and South America to show the “sameness” between all people, said Edgar “Oscar” Ruiz.

“We want to reflect the similarities between humans, despite geographical or cultural location,” said Will Kasson III, “the things that run deep within the human species, that make us all the same, all members of the same community.”

“We all want happy families. We all want safe drinking water. There’s more that unites us as a human race than divides us, and we keep seeing so many things that are divisive,” said R. Chris Clark, who is leaving his work as the Coastal Point’s photographer for this experience of a lifetime. “We are all really similar, so we want to promote that.”

From White House to Lighthouse

Cooper, Pearson bring Notes on the Beach to Lighthouse Sound and beyond

Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Glenn Pearson, at the piano, and Jeff Cooper, with bass, started their musical partnership - and friendship - in 1968.Coastal Point • Tripp Colonell: Glenn Pearson, at the piano, and Jeff Cooper, with bass, started their musical partnership - and friendship - in 1968.It’s a particularly entertaining story, the way that the two particularly entertaining entertainers entered into each other’s lives.

The year is 1968. Lyndon B. Johnson is the president of the United States. The Vietnam War is raging on. If the protagonist from the movie “Forest Gump” had actually existed, the movie’s general narrative would pretty much be going down. The Civil Rights Act takes flight after the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. So does the first Boeing 747.

Perhaps ironically, in regards to the particularly entertaining story, “The Odd Couple” makes a $44 million mark at the box office as one of the year’s top grossing films. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles rules the Top 40 charts.

They call 1968 “the year that rocked the world.” They call it “the year that changed everything.”

Christian rapper to highlight programs at growing youth ministry

Forge Youth & Family Academy is bringing in Christian rapper B-SHOC for a free show at the Selbyville Fire Hall on Monday, Sept. 5. The Selbyville-based ecumenical family ministry hopes to send area students back to school with a boost of energy and a renewed attitude, according to Forge leader Rob Shrieves.

Dickens, BART to open season with ‘Same Time, Next Year’

Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.Coastal Point photos • Tyler Valliant: Rusty Hesse, left, will direct BART's fall production of ‘Same Time, Next Year’ starring E.J. Panico, center, and Jeff Martini, right.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.

Rock, opera, jazz and more coming from Locals Under the Lights

Coastal Point • Submitted: Randy (RandyJamz) Grimm stands outside 99 Sea Level during a break. Grimm will be playing at the Freeman Stage for the Locals Under the Lights event on Thursday, Aug. 25.Coastal Point • Submitted: Randy (RandyJamz) Grimm stands outside 99 Sea Level during a break. Grimm will be playing at the Freeman Stage for the Locals Under the Lights event on Thursday, Aug. 25.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.

Town Center Market brings food and goods to the center of Bayside

Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Bikes, ready to rent from Fenwick Bike Shop are available at the Town Center Market in Bayside. Coastal Point photos • Submitted: Bikes, ready to rent from Fenwick Bike Shop are available at the Town Center Market in Bayside. 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.

Thins we love

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.

Coastal Point — now appearing in an app near you

Coastal Point • Illustration: The new version of Explore Coastal Delaware includes instant access to the Coastal Point newspaper, tides and more.Coastal Point • Illustration: The new version of Explore Coastal Delaware includes instant access to the Coastal Point newspaper, tides and more.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.

Civil War Profiles: A confiscated gray mare finds her way home

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.