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First Day Hikes planned across state Jan. 1

Delaware State Parks will sponsor free, guided hikes in nine state parks on New Year’s Day as part of America’s State Parks First Day Hikes initiative.

The hikes offer individuals and families an opportunity to begin the New Year by connecting with the outdoors on Jan. 1 at a state park close to home, officials said.

Chanukah services to light the season (ONLINE EXCLUSIVE)

Tonight, people worldwide will light candelabras to begin the eight-day Festival of Light. And local synagogues are inviting people to celebrate the Chanukah miracle.

“The Jewish people’s … main job was to light the darkness of the world. And Chanukah is the most significant holiday because it’s showing that power of lighting the darkness,” said Rabbi Noam Cohen.

Ocean View offers holiday fun for all this Saturday

This weekend, the Town of Ocean View and the Ocean View Historical Society (OVHS) will be celebrating the holiday season, and is inviting the public to the festivities.

On Saturday, Dec. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m., the OVHS will be holding its annual Old Fashioned Christmas event at the society’s historical complex.

Guild’s Night of Songs and Stories to be held Dec. 16

On Tuesday, Dec.16, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another eclectic night of “Songs & Stories” at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats in Rehoboth. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until about 8:30 p.m., is free and open to the public.

Civil War Profiles: Lincoln and the reporters: A cozy relationship

Since the country’s inception, political parties in the United States normally used favored press organs as outlets for news releases and policy pronouncements. When Abraham Lincoln took up residency at the White House following the 1860 presidential election and the Civil War erupted, however, he chose not to follow that practice.

Free food pantry fights hunger in IR School District

Coastal Point • Laura Walter  : Michele Murphy shows some of the options families have at the food pantry.Coastal Point • Laura Walter : Michele Murphy shows some of the options families have at the food pantry.

When families arrive at the new Indian River School District’s Food Pantry, they don’t have to bring tax statements or financial papers.

“If they’re here, they’re hungry,” said Michele Murphy. “They do have to complete Food Bank paperwork, but there’s no proof that’s required.”

As IRSD Parent Center coordinator, Murphy helps many families with anything from college planning to free clothing.

Located within the G.W. Carver Educational Center in Frankford, people can select 30 free pounds of food items and 5 pounds of personal products.

Holiday parades old and new are on the march

Grab those scarves and practice diving for candy canes. Local Christmas parades are back in business in Georgetown (Dec. 4), Selbyville (Dec. 5), Millsboro (Dec. 10) and Dagsboro (Dec. 11).


Selbyville

Dickens offers fun holiday events, starting this Saturday

For the second year, area children will have the chance to meet Santa Claus at a spot a little closer than the North Pole — at Dickens Parlour Theatre.

Washington National Opera returning to Georgetown

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : Shantelle Przybylo and Norman Garrett of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program finish off a duet at Delaware Technical Community College's Owens Campus in Georgetown last year.For one night only, sounds from Washington, D.C., will be heard in Sussex County, as for just $10, locals can enjoy a live performance of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program.

Sponsored by the Freeman Stage at Bayside, the annual opera performance comes Friday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. to Delaware Technical Community College’s Owens Campus in Georgetown.

“We often get the comment, ‘This is like bringing the Kennedy Center to the to Eastern Shore,’” said Doug Phillips, Freeman’s marketing and communications manager.

“To experience this international art form — it’s different. It’s a very natural art form, usually no audio amplification [for the voices],” he said.

Bethany town hall to become a winter wonderland Dec. 6

Covered in garland, a warm fireplace crackles by a massive, twinkling Christmas tree. Santa’s sleigh is nearby, waiting for the big man himself. This is Bethany Beach Town Hall, ready to host children at the annual Holiday Happenings on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Millville Holiday Market pops up this weekend

People can shop local and handmade at the Millville’s Holiday Market, returning for one day, Saturday, Dec. 6. More than 30 vendors will spread out from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., indoors and outdoors, between Millville Town Hall and the Millville United Methodist Church.

Happy View Farm riders win awards for competitions

Coastal Point • Submitted : Local riders from Happy View Farm gather with owners. Pictured, from left, are: bottom row, Edwin Noon, Sophia Noon, Danielle Eisemann, Tristyn Piperno and Brianna Bradshaw; top row: Ann Hobbs Noon, Carly Fajardo, Eleni Kangas, Tori Noon, Scarlett Wyrick, Luanna Fajardo, Hunter Wyrick and Grace Scott.Coastal Point • Submitted : Local riders from Happy View Farm gather with owners. Pictured, from left, are: bottom row, Edwin Noon, Sophia Noon, Danielle Eisemann, Tristyn Piperno and Brianna Bradshaw; top row: Ann Hobbs Noon, Carly Fajardo, Eleni Kangas, Tori Noon, Scarlett Wyrick, Luanna Fajardo, Hunter Wyrick and Grace Scott.Local riders from Happy View Farm of Frankford came home with year-end awards and personal bests after six competitions during the year at the Laurel Saddle Friends Game Show in Laurel.

Riders compete for the fastest times in five events, and points are accumulated at each competition. Victoria Noon, 11, of Frankford, took home champion honors in the U12 division, and Eleni Kangas, also 11, and also of Frankford, took reserve champion honors in the same division.

In the Leadline division, Eddie Noon, 8, of Frankford, won champion for the year, and Danielle Eisemann, 9, of Bishopville, Md., won reserve champion. Happy View riders Grace Scott of Ocean View and Luanna Fajardo of Bethany Beach, ran third and fourth, respectively, in the U12 division. Happy View Farm swept both divisions.

Other Happy View riders who posted personal bests during the year were Hunter Wyrick, 14, Scarlett Wyrick, 13, Carly Fajardo, 13, all of Bethany Beach; Brianna Bradshaw, 11, of Dagsboro; Brianna Levy, 7, of Ocean View; and Tristyn Piperno, 11, Norah Lacy, 6, and Sophie Noon, 8, all of Frankford.

Ann Hobbs Noon, owner and operator of Happy View Farm, said, “I couldn’t be more proud of my students and horses! They worked very hard this year to get these achievements, made more noteworthy by the fact that each of our horses competes with at least three riders per event!”

Local author pens second book

Following up on the success of her first book, Fenwick Island resident Fran Hasson recently published her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.” The book is a follow-up to her self-published first novel, “Allawe,” which follows Marla and Vern Alexander’s journey after Marla discovers a box of ashes that has washed up on shore — a story element sparked by a real-life local find.

In “Mothers and Other Strangers,” the story follows Vern Alexander, whose mother reveals a family secret from her hospital bed.

“It’s a story of rejection, guilt, motherly love and not-so-motherly love,” explained Hasson. “It’s based on a true story, just like ‘Allawe.’ This time, it’s based on a family secret and a family situation that eventually had a happy ending.”

Whether pets or people, it’s all about training

I have an 11-month-old grandson, and I’m constantly joking with my daughter about “training” him (meaning using dog training techniques with him).

Casting Crowns to perform at Delaware State Fair

The Delaware State Fair announced this week that contemporary Christian rock band, Casting Crowns, with Christian rock/pop duo For King & Country, will perform on Saturday, July 25, 2015, at the M&T Bank Grandstand.

Nativity Festival aims to get families in the holiday spirit

It seemed an inauspicious birth,
another mouth to feed on earth.
A stable in a crowded town,
the only lodging to be found.

— John McCullagh

Ellen Rice to host 20th annual Studio Tour Open House

Coastal Point • Submitted : Artist Ellen Rice works on one of the new oil paintings she is creating for debut at the beginning of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. ‘Quiet Evening’ will premiere in print at preview prices as part of the artist’s tradition of giving a special ‘Thanksgiving Thank You’ gift to her collectors and new patrons on the tour.Coastal Point • Submitted : Artist Ellen Rice works on one of the new oil paintings she is creating for debut at the beginning of the SouthEastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour on Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend. ‘Quiet Evening’ will premiere in print at preview prices as part of the artist’s tradition of giving a special ‘Thanksgiving Thank You’ gift to her collectors and new patrons on the tour.The public is being invited to enjoy premiering paintings and prints, seasonal music, refreshments and holiday cheer at the Ellen Rice Gallery this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28 and 29, when Rice opens her doors for her 20th annual Studio Tour Open House at 10 a.m. each day.

Rice will kick off her open house with the preview-priced print debuts of “scenes whose beauty inspires awe” from Lewes to Fenwick at her Ocean View gallery this Thanksgiving weekend.

“Sometimes people ask me why I paint. It depends on the subject. When it’s nature, I think, more than anything, it’s that I want to share transient moments that are so beautiful they fill me with a sense of vibrant gratitude that’s difficult to explain. This region, my home, is a constant source of awe. When I successfully capture one of these moments in paint, I think people viewing them feel that awe.”

Kicking off her tour, Rice will debut and release prints of “Quiet Evening,” a glowing view of Indian River Bay at sunset; and “The Golden Glow of a Late Summer Day” in Rehoboth Beach; and she’ll preview a painting that revisits a popular scene from her early life on the shores of Lewes, which will be in print Jan. 2.

‘She Loves Me’ opening Black Friday

The crew at the Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach is busy putting the finishing touches on costumes, sets and dances for their holiday musical “She Loves Me.”

Civil War Profiles: Eastern Shore spy devises a military plan

Anna Ella Carroll is a member of the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. She earned this recognition because of her political savvy, service to President Abraham Lincoln and work as a spy during the Civil War.

Gallery one featuring ‘Celebration’ with December show

In December, people often look back on the past year and celebrate those events which are personal and meaningful to each of them, and the same is true of the artists of Gallery One in Ocean View, which is holding its new show, “Celebration,” from Dec. 2 through Jan. 4, 2015.

Fran Hasson to hold signings for second book

Fran Hasson, a member of the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild and Eastern Shore Writers Association, has released her second novel, “Mothers and Other Strangers.”

Book and bake sale set for Dec. 13 in Bethany

St. Martha’s Episcopal Church will hold the last of this season’s used-book sales on Saturday, Dec. 13. St. Martha’s bake-sale booth will again be part of the event, this time featuring Christmas cookies. The sale will be held at the church, at Maplewood Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Bethany Beach, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

Barratt’s Chapel to hold Thanksgiving Eve Vigil

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., at the historic Barratt’s Chapel, the Reminders will lead a Thanksgiving Eve Vigil.

“The Vigil will be a meditative and moving concert with acclaimed guest artists sharing their special brand of music to celebrate and give thanks,” organizers said.

Dagsboro prepares for return of Christmas parade

As the holidays approach, the Town of Dagsboro is having a new discussion: planning the return of a Christmas parade.

Brian Baull said he has looked forward to adding the parade back since he joined the town council.

“The town lacks when I call ‘signature events’ … that stand out, that people put on their calendar,” Baull said.

Civil War Profiles: The Georgetown connection: ‘Gath’ memorializes Gen. Torbert

When the casket with the general’s body arrived in Milford, having traveled through Jacksonville, Fla., New York and Philadelphia, with solemn ceremonies and high-ranking officials in attendance at each location, members of the Philadelphia City Troop carried it through the streets lined with crowds to his home on Walnut Street.

Millville Town Peddler to host holiday events

This December, Millville Town Peddler is hosting holiday events including a Holiday Open House Weekend and a Holiday Half-Price Madness.

‘Good King Succotash’ showcasing holiday debauchery at Dickens

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) rehearses for their last show, ‘The Time Collector’ at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville. Their newest production, ‘Good King Succotash,’ will have its last performance on Saturday, Nov. 22.The Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (BART) opened “Good King Succotash” last week, to a sold out house. Written by Bethany-area playwright Bob Davis, “Good King Succotash” is Part II of a holiday trilogy, set in the Hamptons at Christmastime.

The play highlights the gathering of two dysfunctional families, the Tomlinson clan — first introduced in Part I of the trilogy, “We Gather Together,” and their future in-laws, the Fenwicks. Those who attend performances will experience the twists and turns of a Christmas dinner that turns into an epic holiday fiasco.

“It’s a play about a dysfunctional family at Christmastime. It’s nothing but a bunch of laughs. It’s so much fun — definite a must-see,” said actress Veronica Bona, who plays Missy, who is pregnant with twins.

“They say I’m about 13 months along,” she said with a laugh.

Gift-giving outreach project aims to make holidays special for needy

The first Bethany Area Community Christmas Gift Giving Outreach project for those in need in Lower Sussex County will start on Monday, Nov. 17, at designated locations throughout the area.

MERR Finraiser set for Saturday in Lewes

Tickets were still available early this week for the Marine Education, Research & Rehabilitation Foundation’s (MERR’s) annual Finraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Lewes Yacht Club.

Georgetown to hold ‘Simply Christmas’ parade

The Georgetown Christmas Parade will step off on Thursday, Dec. 4, in Georgetown at 7 p.m. Representatives of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce, which is hosting the event, said they are sure the annual parade will satisfy everyone’s idea of what Christmas is because the theme this year is, “Simply Christmas.”

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