Arts & Entertainment

Milestone met: Botanic Gardens hits Longwood goal early

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: First Lady Carla Markell, left, spends time with Sheryl Swed at the annual Farm Dinner at Good Earth Market on Sept. 15. The event helped raise funds for the Delaware Botanic Gardens.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: First Lady Carla Markell, left, spends time with Sheryl Swed at the annual Farm Dinner at Good Earth Market on Sept. 15. The event helped raise funds for the Delaware Botanic Gardens.
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.

They had a big meal and big announcements at the annual Farm Dinner, hosted Sept. 15 at Good Earth Market in Clarksville.

Organizers announced that they’ve surpassed their most recent fundraising goals six months early, according to Raymond Sander, DBG vice president.

Last winter, the Longwood Foundation agreed to donate up to $750,000 (that’s $500,000 upfront, plus another $250,000 when DBG raises another $500,000).

The Delaware Botanic Garden met their matching goal by raising a half-million dollars by the night of the Farm Dinner, although they had until March of 2017 to meet Longwood’s deadline.

“We felt we really needed to go full-blast and use the Longwood Foundation grant as a spur [to fundraise],” Sander said. “It’s really a wonderful demonstration of how much enthusiasm and local support we have of the project.”

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.

Pokémon – Give it a Go

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 Company Men to perform at Freeman Stage on Aug. 13

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.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral to benefit Habitat for Humanity

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.

Civil War Profiles: When love blooms with an enemy soldier

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.

Local musician Alesi to open for The Band Perry

Coastal Point • Submitted : Local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi will open for The Band Perry at the Freeman Stage.Coastal Point • Submitted : Local singer-songwriter Melissa Alesi will open for The Band Perry at the Freeman Stage.“‘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.

Things we love: Fun in the sun, blasts from the past

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 is ‘In the Heat of the Sun’ for new exhibit

Coastal Point • Submitted: Gallery One recently announced the theme of their August show, ‘In the Heat of the Sun,’ set to be on display until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Pictured here is Pat Riordan’s ‘Girl on a Paddleboard.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Gallery One recently announced the theme of their August show, ‘In the Heat of the Sun,’ set to be on display until Tuesday, Aug. 30. Pictured here is Pat Riordan’s ‘Girl on a Paddleboard.’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.

Humorists bringing comedy to Bethany Beach Books this summer

“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.

Recommendations to keep your plants healthy in the summer

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:

Magicians to duel at Dickens Parlour Theater on Aug. 5, 8

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.”

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