Arts & Entertainment

Selbyville Easter Egg Hunt is a true community effort

Grab a basket, as Selbyville is getting a jump-start on Easter egg hunting this year. Most of the local egg hunts will be on the Easter Bunny’s traditional big weekend, but Selbyville is starting early.

The free Selbyville Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Saturday, March 28, at the public park on Park Street (across from the Selbyville Volunteer Fire Company’s fire hall).

Welcome to the show: IR Variety Show returns this weekend

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Krista Carroll prepares for the spotlight at this weekend’­s IRHS?Variety Show.Teens are running the show at Indian River High School’s Variety Show, for one weekend only, March 27 and 28.

“We hope to continue to maintain that high level” of performance that the community is used to “and provide nice entertainment for the public,” said IRHS Music Director Nathan Mohler.

The musicians are getting creative, with a drum line, sax quartet and rocking Bruno Mars finale. There’s even an acoustic cover of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy.”

The lineup ranges from music to stage routines, including a comedy game show. Musical renditions include a variety of genres: country (Aaron Lewis), R&B (Whitney Houston), pop rock (One Republic), Christian music and more.

Most of the acts have live accompaniment from a 27-piece pit band.

“We have a very good variety,” Mohler said.

The student performers also decided what they wanted to put on stage, choosing their own songs and acts.

“I’ve always felt, in the music world, a performer’s gonna get more out of it [based on] what they put in,” Mohler said. “If they’re doing what they want, they’re gonna care more about it… harbor that same passion and intensity.”

A musical Marvel still giving lessons

Coastal Point • Laura Walter : With his signature white beard and favorite hat, Mark Marvel is still teaching everything from guitar to percussion and band instruments.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : With his signature white beard and favorite hat, Mark Marvel is still teaching everything from guitar to percussion and band instruments.Mark Marvel loves music. With a guitar in hand, he peppers his conversation with chord progressions from Motown and modern rock. After 32 years teaching at Indian River High School, he retired at the end of 2014. But he’s still teaching private music lessons.

Marvel teaches electric, acoustic and bass guitar, all band instruments, percussion and mallets.

“I think I’ve taught every band instrument through the years,” he said.

But understanding music is just as important as playing it, he noted.

“Music theory and music writing — I’ve been doing for kids throughout the years that are going to pursue that as a career or in college.”

Most high schools don’t offer music theory, he noted, but it’s essential “if you’re going to play music or you want to learn how to write, arrange, compose songs from scratch.”

Gallery One displaying ‘A Thing of Beauty’ in April

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: It’s loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness.”

Those are the words of the English poet John Keats, and the artists at Gallery One are inviting the public to visit the gallery to see how its artists have interpreted the theme “A Thing of Beauty.”

Civil War Profiles: Burton Harrison: Fort Delaware’s solitary prisoner

As the Civil War’s dying embers flickered before going out, Confederate President Jefferson Davis was attempting to escape capture in Southern Georgia after having abandoned the capital at Richmond in April 1865. Davis’ objective was to join Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest in Alabama, or cross over into the Trans-Mississippi Department and continue the war with Gen. Kirby Smith’s forces.

Broadway lyricist Mindi Dickstein to speak at workshop

The Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach announced this week that author Mindi Dickstein, lyricist of “Little Women: The Musical,” will be guest speaker at a workshop on Sunday March 22, at 6:30 pm at the theater. A $5 donation is requested to attend the workshop.

Writer Bob Bausch to appear at Dogfish for reading, conversation

On Sunday, March 22, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host nationally acclaimed writer Robert Bausch, who will be reading from his latest novel, “As Far as the Eye Can See,” and talking with his audience about writing, the writing life and publishing. The event, to be held at Dogfish Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Ocean to Bay Bike Tour gears up for April 18

The 26th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour, presented by PNC Bank, will take place on April 18 beginning at 7:30 a.m. in downtown Bethany Beach. Hosted by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, cyclists region-wide will complete 5-, 30- or 50-mile or metric century courses travelling throughout Southern Delaware’s beach and bay locales.

Paddle Second Chance to return June 26-27

Paddle Second Chance recently announced that it will hold its third annual Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) board day of racing and fundraising for Operation Second Chance (OSC). OSC is a non-profit 501(c) organization committed to serving wounded combat veterans and their families’ recovery and transition back to active duty or into civilian life.

ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Struggles lead to triumph in original Possum Point play

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present ‘A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,’ written by Rosa Barnes. The show runs Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown. At times joyful and heartbreaking, this ‘talent show’ of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present ‘A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,’ written by Rosa Barnes. The show runs Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $5 for students.This weekend, the Dreamers United group of Possum Point Players is presenting an original performance on the Possum stage in Georgetown.

Offering moments of both joy and heartbreak, the “talent show” of Sussex Countians uses music, student choreography, poetry, play excerpts and historical stories to present “A Celebration of Black History: Triumph Through Struggle,” as written by Rosa Barnes.

They perform Negro spirituals, praise music, contemporary, gospel and R&B. (Cast members especially like the African dance, they said.)

The narrative weaves from “Creation” to slavery, historical milestones and the civil rights movement.

Stories range from slave markets and lynching to a light-hearted musical funeral for an old plantation owner.

“I hope [audiences] will be entertained. I want them to laugh. I want them to enjoy the ones that are fun,” Barnes said.

A particularly touching moment comes when four girls sing “This Little Light of Mine.” Suddenly, they freeze, and a choir finishes the song.

Civil War Profiles: John Dickinson confronts the slavery issue

Long before the Civil War, slavery became firmly planted in the state of Delaware. The first slave arrived here in 1639, and a steady flow would follow, given the magnet of labor-intensive tobacco crops — especially in Sussex and Kent counties. But after reaching substantial levels in the 18th century, slavery in Delaware began a steep decline, resulting from transformations in social and agricultural policies.

Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour tickets now on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the 24th Annual Beach & Bay Cottage Tour, to be held July 22 and 23, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the South Coastal Library or through the Cottage Tour’s website at www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. The Cottage Tour is sponsored by the Friends of the South Coastal Library, and proceeds directly benefit the library’s operations.

“We are very excited about this year’s line-up of homes,” said Kathy Green, Cottage Tour chair, “and making tickets available now will ensure our patrons the opportunity to enjoy the tour.”

Local brides to get help with weddings

Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.Planning your dream beach wedding? We're here to help.The love of your life has just kneeled on one knee and asked for your hand in marriage… But now what?
Many dream of having a beach wedding, where the vastness of the sea mirrors their love for one and other, but the logistics of planning can be difficult.
Enter Delaware Seaside Bride. With a website — DelawareSeasideBride.com — and yearly print magazine that will launch March 6, 2015, Delaware Seaside Bride will be your guide to planning your dream day, surrounded by the beauty of the Delaware beaches.

Local author shares Delaware love story

Many Delawareans can tell you that the state bird is a blue hen and that the DuPont family played a significant role in its history; however, considerably fewer of them seem to know how a single mistake helped propel Delaware to become a major player in the poultry industry, or about the history of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the state during the Great Depression.

The fate of the commanders of the 1st Delaware Regiment

When President Abraham Lincoln called for troops to put down the rebellion of Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-1861, he assigned a quota to each of the loyal states. He called for Delaware to contribute 780 men for three months. Thus was born the 1st Delaware Infantry Regiment. Capt. William Penn Seville, the 1st Delaware’s assistant adjutant general, published the unit’s history in 1884, and Jeffrey R. Biggs edited Seville’s work and recently reissued it for public consumption.

It’s fun feeding feathered friends

If you have never fed the wild birds, now is a good time to start. It’s fun and easy and relatively inexpensive to get started. All you have to have is some wild bird seed that you sprinkle on the ground, but it’s even more fun when you add a few birdfeeders.

Delaware Seaside Railroad Club seeks home base

For nearly four years, the Seaside Railroad Club has been like a train without a station. After a 2011 fire destroyed their meeting space and many models stored at the Georgetown Train Station, they still continued serving the community, though without a central location. But the nomadic club is ready for a home, and it’s asking the community for help.

Dickens to host ‘Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening’

Eileen Stamnas, Jim Gibney and the rest of their bandmates will be back at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville this weekend, putting on a concert performance of “Music to Warm a Cold Winter’s Evening.”

Civil War Profiles: A Union general, a female spy and two Delawareans in the Shenandoah Valley

Anyone who held Unionist political leanings while living in Winchester, Va., during the Civil War years had to be particularly circumspect to avoid the wrath of secessionist neighbors. Therefore, when a young schoolteacher named Rebecca Wright received a note furtively delivered to her from Union Maj. Gen. Philip H. Sheridan, she was faced with a predicament.

Robots invade Selbyville Middle School

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Only one robot can win! Selbyville Middle School team competed to design, build and maneuver robots that stack the most blocks in two minutes.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Only one robot can win! Selbyville Middle School team competed to design, build and maneuver robots that stack the most blocks in two minutes.It almost looked like a boxing match was about to occur at Selbyville Middle School.

A referee dressed in stripes circled a 12-by-12-foot padded ring. Different teams stood at opposite corners, wired to compete in the next two-minute round.

And then their robots took center stage.

SMS hosted a VEX Robotics Tournament on Feb. 7, with 13 teams, including competitors from Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

The Cape Henlopen High School team was the tournament champion, but one of the four SMS teams snagged the Design Award.

This was SMS’s first time hosting the event, but teacher and robotics coach Travis Bower said he wanted to give students competition experience before the state competition in March.

Art and writing combine for Feb. 26 Free Write

On Thursday, Feb. 26, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, in partnership with the Rehoboth Art League, will be holding an art-based Free Write event. The Free Write, which is indeed free, and open to the public, is an opportunity for those interested in either writing or art, or both, to explore the connections between the two arts.

Great White, Kix, Doobie Brothers to headline O.C. BikeFest

Nationally known performers will rock the main stage during the fifth anniversary of O.C. BikeFest, happening Sept. 17-20 at the Inlet in Ocean City, Md. Great White and Kix will perform on Thursday, Sept. 17, and the Doobie Brothers will perform on Saturday, Sept. 19.

‘Death by Chocolate’ returning to West OC on Sunday

The popular “Death by Chocolate” game will return to West Ocean City, Md., on Sunday, Feb. 15. The free game takes players to 16 different merchants, where they will search for a clue, figure out the answer and get their card validated. A free chocolate treat will await participants as they go to each store to complete their game card.

Edwina Kruse: A ‘mighty oak’ of black education

One of the most disgraceful chapters in Delaware history, according to Judith Y. Gibson, was the lack of educational opportunities afforded African-Americans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Despite efforts by Quaker organizations to fill the gap created by the Delaware government’s refusal to educate them, only 250 black children attended schools by the start of the Civil War in 1861.

Clear Space recognized by Broadway World Awards

For the second year in a row, Clear Space received recognition from BroadwayWorld.com for artistic achievements in 2014, garnering the top award in 20 out of 22 categories for which the company was nominated. The 20 awards included:

• Best Actor in a Musical (Professional), David Button (Princeton/Rod), “Avenue Q”

State parks’ new user fees to go into effect Feb. 15

DNREC’s Division of Parks and Recreation has received approval by DNREC Secretary David Small to implement new user fee increases that will go into effect mid-month.

Bethany Beach Books ready to drop new reads on customers’ doorsteps

The excitement of receiving a long-awaited package in the mail can be palpable. And Bethany Beach Books hopes to give book-lovers the chance to get excited each month with a new book subscription service, called the Book Drop.

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