Arts & Entertainment

Jamboree Boys to play Bethany bandstand Saturday

How often do you get to see a state senator jam with his family and friends? Well, this weekend, locals and visitors will be able to enjoy music by the Jamboree Boys, featuring state Sen. Gerald Hocker on bass guitar.

Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra announces ‘Season of Celebration’

The 2015-2016 season of the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is designed to celebrate Maestro Julien Benichou’s 10 years as music director. The MSO’s 19th season will showcase a variety of music and soloists.

Boro Bash returning festival atmosphere to Millsboro next month

Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.Coastal Point • File Photo: Above, the radio-controlled cars were a big hit at last year’s event.For the third year in a row, the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce will host an annual festival — newly dubbed the “Boro Bash” this year.

“The committee felt, with all the bigger-name country music festivals that came into the area since the inception of our event, we were going to be kind of drowned out by that,” explained Executive Director Amy Simmons regarding the former moniker of Millsboro Country Festival. “We always knew we wanted a new name for it. And we thought, we have so many ’boros, with Dagsboro, Gumboro, Millsboro —we felt that fit the theme for a community family party.

“The entire premise for this whole festival was that it was something family-friendly, that it could be a multigenerational day spent with the whole family. Everything we do, we ask, is it family-friendly? Is it fun for everyone? And then we go from there.”

Gallery One artists say ‘Welcome to my World!’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Dale Sheldon’s ‘Autumn near Greve’ is an acrylic painting to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Welcome to my World’ and will be held from Sept. 3-30.Coastal Point • Submitted: Dale Sheldon’s ‘Autumn near Greve’ is an acrylic painting to be featured in Gallery One’s ‘Welcome to my World’ and will be held from Sept. 3-30.Gallery One in Ocean View this week announced its September show theme, “Welcome to my World,” which will be open to the public Sept. 3-30. “Welcome to my world” is designed to be an invitation to glimpse and participate in realm of the Gallery One artists’ world. Each artist has a unique view, and each painting a different thought.

Dale Sheldon’s “Autumn Near Greve” glows with the “glorious colors seen in autumn in Tuscany, which are a feast for the eyes. The rich golds of the fields play against the cool hillsides in the distance, and the dramatic dark greens found in the trees complement the iconic red roofs.”

“View from my Garden” is the path Laura Hickman takes every day in her “summer world.” Watering the flowers and pool cleaning are never a chore. Sunlit grass and colorful flowers are so preferable to her “winter” world, she said.

Joyce Condry’s mixed-media painting “Waste Not Want Not” describes the evolutionary aspects of a painting. “I just can’t throw anything away! If a painting isn’t working, I might be able to make it work someday.”

Best of Milton Auction & Party set for Sept. 12

A celebration is planned for the 10th Annual Best of Milton Auction & Party on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Fire Hall, 116 Front Street in Milton. The party will aim for an atmosphere of cool elegance, in pale blue and shimmering silver as they celebrate this anniversary in style.

OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week ready to rock Sept. 17-20

Delmarva Bike Week will celebrate its 15th anniversary Sept. 17-20 in three locations: Winterplace Park and the Shorebirds’ stadium in Salisbury, Md., and Rommel Harley-Davidson in Seaford.

Civil War Profiles: Yankee woman plus Rebel man equals inevitable friction

The Civil War brought about disruption and dislocation among family and friends in many ways. The outbreak of the conflict in 1861 forced people to declare allegiance to one side or the other. This often led to surprising and, at times, combative relationships.

First-ever state championship KCBS barbecue cook-off planned at state park

DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation will host the first-ever “Boo-B-Que By the Sea,” a two-day statewide barbecue cook-off competition beginning Friday, Oct. 30, at Delaware Seashore State Park. The event will also feature the first live auction for low-digit surf-fishing tags, on Saturday, Oct. 31.

Local music fans invited on a journey to ‘Hooverville’

Special to the Coastal Point • Christine Weaver  : Classic rock band Hooverville entertains the crowd at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25. The band will be one of the acts performing during Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Thursday, Aug. 27.Special to the Coastal Point • Christine Weaver : Classic rock band Hooverville entertains the crowd at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25. The band will be one of the acts performing during Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside on Thursday, Aug. 27.

“Hooverville is amazing,” said Bill Fitzgerald of Laurel. “A friend told us about this band playing at Brew River in Salisbury, and we came expecting to stay for a short while. We enjoyed them so much we stayed until they finished. I’ll definitely look out for them when they play again.”

Hooverville is a highly talented four-man classic rock band with a bluesy sound that came together about a year ago. While each musician is exceptional and experienced, what sets Hooverville apart is the quality of their individual voices and their two- and three-part harmonies.

“They sound great, and their beat is perfect for dancing,” said Pat Foskey who, along with two friends, was scouting for a new band to play at Moose Lodge 654 in Salisbury, Md. “We have a band every Friday night, and these guys play all of our rock ’n’ roll favorites. I hope we can get them to come.”

The guys in the band are James Marquardt, rhythm guitar and vocals; Danny Beck, lead guitar and vocals; Al “Big Al” Cook, bass and vocals; and John “Taco” Wroten on percussion.

Schonder honored for being a good ‘Friend’

Coastal Point • Submitted­­­: Chuck Schonder, center, recently received a Volunteer of the Year award from Gov. Jack Markell, left, and DNREC Secretary David Small.Coastal Point • Submitted­­­: Chuck Schonder, center, recently received a Volunteer of the Year award from Gov. Jack Markell, left, and DNREC Secretary David Small.

The grassroots effort to restore a local waterfront park is getting attention, as Charles “Chuck” Schonder recently received a state volunteer award for founding Friends of Holts Landing State Park.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control (DNREC) annually honors its vast network of unpaid helpers by naming Volunteers of the Year.

At the 2015 Delaware State Fair, Gov. Jack Markell and DNREC Secretary David Small presented awards in 10 categories, including Schonder’s winning category of Administration & Coordination.

“He is … a staunch promoter of volunteering, trail-day creator, scout recruiter and steering-committee member,” according to DNREC.

Other awards ranged from business partners to educators and friends groups (Trap Pond volunteers won the latter).

Delaware’s Samuel Boyer Davis: A near-death experience

In this modern age, spies caught in the act in the United States generally are sentenced to long prison terms. During the Civil War years, however, spies — real or suspected — almost always ended up at the end of rope.

Two of the most celebrated espionage cases in the mid-19th century conflict were that of Timothy Webster and Sam Davis. Webster was a secret agent in Richmond who was exposed while in the employ of the Northern spymaster Allen Pinkerton. Corey Recko described his life as a spy and death on the gallows in “A Spy for the Union.”

Davis was a member of the 1st Tennessee Infantry Regiment who volunteered for a newly-formed company of scouts and agents in the service of Confederate Gen. Braxton Bragg. Federal forces captured him couriering documents that described Union battle plans. When Davis refused to divulge the name of his contact, he received a sentence of death by hanging, carried out on Nov. 27, 1863.

Teen musician takes to iTunes and YouTube

Elliot Rhoads is 17, a summer resident of the Bethany Beach area and a singer/songwriter.

‘Cluck, Pluck & Luck’ offers look at poultry industry

In 1923, Ocean View housewife Cecile Steele placed an order for 50 baby chicks, but ended up receiving 500. From that one mistake, the Delmarva poultry industry was born.

“Aside from Caesar Rodney riding up and Delaware voting for the Revolutionary War, this is probably the biggest, longest-lasting event that occurred in Delaware, as far as economic and cultural change,” said Ocean View Historical Society President Carol Psaros.

“The poultry industry has, to some extent, even outlasted the DuPont Company, which certainly was a big event — when the DuPonts immigrated here during the French Revolution.

Music, food and culture on tap Festival Hispano on Aug. 9

Coastal Point • File Photo : Festival Hispano brings the culture of many hispanic peoples to Millsboro.Coastal Point • File Photo : Festival Hispano brings the culture of many hispanic peoples to Millsboro.Festival Hispano is more than a colorful celebration of music, food and culture. Beyond the dozens of vendors and the crowds than can exceed 5,000 people, a dynamic develops: The event aims to bridge the past with the present, and the present with the future, and children and adults of all ages can connect with their heritage.

“We have children who pretty much grew up coming to the festival. This is an important part of their lives,” said Allison Burris Castellanos, a long-time event coordinator.

This year, Festival Hispano is being organized by La Esperanza community center in Georgetown. The event will be held from noon until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 9, at the Little League Complex on State Street in Millsboro.

Perspectives on the Confederate flag controversy

The tragic death of nine African-Americans in Charleston, S.C., on June 17, at the hands of a person who featured himself online holding a Confederate flag, has triggered a groundswell of outrage about the killings and the flag itself. A vigorous movement is under way to rescind sanction for display of the flag on official property and end retail sales of products that display these flag symbols.

In response to questions posed by the publication Civil War News in its August 2015 issue, John M. Coski, a historian at the American Civil War Museum in Richmond, Va., elaborated on the flag issue. As author of “The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem,” he spoke with considerable expertise on the subject.

Coski explained that widespread display of the Confederate flag across America stems from permission given in years past by the U.S. government and the American people to white Southerners “to celebrate and perpetuate the Confederate cause and Confederate heroes; [but] it also testifies to … the exclusion of African-American Southerners from public life after Reconstruction.”

In the years following the Civil War, black voices were raised in protest to the public display of the Confederate flag at such events as the dedication of the Robert E. Lee memorial in Richmond. By the mid-20th century, the flags became “pop culture symbols of ‘rebellion’ and as symbols of segregation and white supremacy.”

This is when a line was drawn between those who misused the flag for political or commercial purposes, and those who defended the flag on the basis of Confederate heritage. Coski stated that the latter group “spearheaded a wave of state laws prohibiting and punishing such acts.”

BART to take the stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre

Coastal Point • File Photo : Cast members of last year’s BART program perform on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.Coastal Point • File Photo : Cast members of last year’s BART program perform on stage at Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville.

For its 2015-2016 season, the Bethany Area Repertory Theater (BART) plans to feature six comedies to bring entertainment and laughs to the masses.

“Each year we have increased the shows,” said Bob Davis, who founded the organization in 2012. “This year, we have six full theatrical productions, and we’re ending it with a very ambitious project — our first full-scale musical — ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ … We thought we’d try to have a season that has a little bit of everything.

“This is entertainment that you can come to and have a good time.”

BART performs annually at Dickens Parlour Theatre, with tickets costing $25 per person per show. To kick off the season, Sept. 17-19 and 24-26, BART will feature “Hate Mail,” a play by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky.

Local actress faces off with zombies

Quinn McColgan, 13, is no stranger to filmmaking, having acted already alongside Kate Winslet and Julianne Moore. But, this summer, the Millsboro native is costaring with zombies, in the film “Extinction,” coming to theaters and video-on-demand on July 31.

Watercolorist Roberts in Fenwick for three-day display

With an eye for snowy landscapes, watercolorist Linda Roberts has been critically acclaimed for decades. She’s created art for the U.S. Ski Team, Ski magazine, Audi, Continental Airlines and Marriott Corporation.
But her paintings keep coming back to the beach. And this week, she’s physically coming to Fenwick Island for a special exhibit at Carolina Street Garden & Home.
On Aug. 2, 3 and 4, Roberts will be in the store from noon until 4 p.m. Shoppers can find her coastal-themed watercolors, tranquil as a day at the shore. She’ll also mix things up with several paintings of Italian vistas, framed and unframed prints, plus notecards.

Lest the 1st Delaware Regiment’s valor be forgotten!


In the decades following the Civil War, it was not uncommon for former members of military units to put their collective heads together and publish a history of their regiment’s experiences during the four-year conflict between the North and South. In 1884, the 1st Delaware’s regimental history initially appeared in print.
More than 100 years later, Longstreet House resurrected this long-out-of-print volume, and reissued it in 1986 to keep the flame alive. A dozen years later, this same publisher put out an expanded version of the 1st Delaware’s record in the war.
Fortunately for Delaware history buffs, Jeffrey R. Biggs took it upon himself earlier this year to self-publish an annotated version of the 1st Delaware regimental history, along with extensive appendices that enhance our understanding of this unit’s wartime hardships and heroics.
Not satisfied that the entire story of the 1st Delaware has yet been told, Biggs performed intensive further research and in 2016 will publish his version of the regiment’s performance under the title “They Fought for the Union: A History of the 1st Delaware in the Army of the Potomac.”

Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival set for Sept. 12

Coastal Point • File Photo : Last year’s Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival had the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway circle packed with artists and crafters from all over the country.Coastal Point • File Photo : Last year’s Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival had the boardwalk and Garfield Parkway circle packed with artists and crafters from all over the country.The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and presenting sponsor ResortQuest Sales/Rentals announced this week that the 37th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival will be held on Sept. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Held in downtown Bethany Beach, the annual event brings in more than 100 artists to showcase and sell their work with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and Bethany Beach. The artists featured bring creations representing a variety of different media, including paintings, photography, woodwork, metalwork, clay, baskets, jewelry and porcelain.

Cole Haden: Local musician, actor, activist, star student preparing for life on a larger stage

Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Cole Haden on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Haden will be performing at the Freeman Stage at Bayside event ‘Locals Under the Lights’ on Thursday, Aug. 27.Coastal Point • Christina Weaver : Cole Haden on the Bethany Beach boardwalk. Haden will be performing at the Freeman Stage at Bayside event ‘Locals Under the Lights’ on Thursday, Aug. 27.Cole Haden grew up in Bethany Beach and Dagsboro, graduated from Sussex Central High School and is heading out to college after the summer. He could be just one of many teenagers in Sussex County, but Cole Haden is unique.
He was his class valedictorian. He has addressed a crowded Indian River School District Board of Education meeting and made his point. He is a barista at the Artful Bean, where he has a following of older patrons. And he is an actor and a musician, and has been accepted into the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.
With intense, dark eyes and wearing his trademark blue under-eye glitter, Haden’s appearance conveys presence and poise. He is very much his own man.
“I attended a five-week camp at Berklee last summer and loved it. There was such a sense of community, ambition, drive and creativity there,” said Haden. “Then I went for a live in-person interview and audition. It’s cool that the camp counselors include some of the same faculty that I’ll be learning from this fall. My major will be electronic production and design.”
“I think that moving from Delmarva, where I was incubated as an artist and inspired by the presence of water — especially in winter — to the city of Boston will add a huge new dimension to my work,” he added.
The music genre that drives Haden’s passion is contemporary electronic.
“When I compose, it’s not notes on sheet paper. It’s more in the Björk and Depeche Mode style. I take avant-garde and pop influences, and experiment with triggered beats and samples while sticking to my fundamental trust in the human experience,” he said.
When this reporter looked at him blankly, he helped me out with an analogy.
“You know the modern abstract painter, Wassily Kandinsky? Well, he listened to sounds as inspiration for his visual art. I may look at a painting — how the paint was applied to the canvas, the blend and tone of color, its geometric forms and symmetry — and from that get inspired to compose.”

Bethany beach to celebrate Periers Day on July 27

On Monday, July 27, the Town of Bethany Beach will celebrate Périers Day, marking the twinning of the towns of Bethany Beach, Del., and Periers, France.

Arts in the Estuary accepting artist exhibit reservations for Sept. 26 event

Nature-inspired artists and artisans are being invited to participate in the third annual Arts in the Estuary, an event that features artwork, activities and demonstrations at the St. Jones Reserve and the John Dickinson Plantation near Dover.

Clear Space going ‘Seussical’ for summer-rep production

As part of its summer repertory, the Clear Space Theatre Company at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach is offering visiting families an engaging evening of theater with its production of “Seussical,” a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty that is based on the tales of Dr. Seuss.

Civil War Profiles: Max Neugas, Fort Delaware’s resident artist

The Fort Delaware Society’s headquarters and library, located on the grounds of Fort DuPont State Park, not far from Delaware City, has a sketch of Pea Patch Island and Fort Delaware hanging on the wall. This detailed drawing is dated 1864.

Hooverville ready to rock the house across Delmarva

Delmarva classic-rock band Hooverville is headed south this summer, making their debut at Brew River Restaurant & Bar in Salisbury, Md., on July 25 and taking their sound to the beach at Locals Under the Lights at the Freeman Stage at Bayside in West Fenwick on Aug. 27.

Gallery One show ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round’ to debut July 30

Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Pat Riordan’s acrylic, ‘Nature Color Wheel’ will be featured at Gallery One’s August show, ‘Color — The Wheel Goes Round and Round.’Art lovers can go to Gallery One in August to see how the artists make use of the wonderful world of color.

Pat Riordan uses the primaries — red, yellow and blue — to fill her canvas with a bouquet of garden flowers. “Nature’s color wheel — harmony and beauty transcend in a ruby vase,” she said.

“Sea Grass” is the title of Peggy Warfield’s acrylic. In her piece she uses three colors — Perylene Maroon, Quinacridone Nickel Azo Gold and Anthraquinone Blue — basically, red, yellow and blue, plus Titanium White.

Sonia Hunt travels. She especially loves Italy, she noted. Her color study this month is a watercolor titled “Orvieto, Italy” in which she uses the complements of violet and yellow to interpret the ancient houses and the light and shadows of the narrow street.

If observers look carefully at Lesley McCaskill’s acrylic painting “Find Your Spot at the Beach,” they’ll notice one of the umbrellas is the color wheel. Then they can let their eyes circle around the beach landscape and notice how the colors are repeated in beach chairs, towels, bathing suits, hats, Boogie Boards and backpacks.

Laura Hickman celebrated the flowers of spring in Bethany. “Every spring the medians and planters are filled with gorgeous tulips. This year they were particularly bright, with lots of primary and secondary colors. They were like a giant color wheel,” she said. “Tulips in Bethany” was painted with acrylics in vibrant yellows, reds and purples.

Selbyville’s Mitchell crowned Miss Delaware

Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Coastal Point • Submitted: Brooke Mitchell is your new Miss Delaware.Selbyville resident Brooke Mitchell’s life changed on June 13 when the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization crowned her Miss Delaware 2015 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. Mitchell, 19, has been involved in pageants since the age of 6.

“I’ve been watching the Miss Delaware pageant since I was 6 years old. I’ve grown close to the organization and have competed in the Outstanding Teen organization, as well, which is the little-sister program to Miss America,” said Mitchell.

“I pretty much had grown up with the organization. It’s a big family, so I knew most of the girls. When I was younger, all of the Miss Delawares were my role models, so I knew that it was something I wanted to do.”

According to its website, the focus of the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization is to “make scholarships available to the state’s most promising young women, providing them with educational choices and opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

Over the 13 years Mitchell has been competing in pageants, she said, she’s been able to make life-long friends.

“It really is just a sisterhood. There isn’t cattiness backstage, which is a good thing. I think people think that a lot, which is so not true.

Civil War Profiles: Post-war race relations in Delaware

After peace was restored and slavery abolished in the United States in 1865, the desire of Delaware’s African-Americans for a brighter future went mostly unrealized. The Democratic Party’s control over the political process in the First State ensured discrimination against blacks would continue and become codified.

Barefoot Gardeners Club hosting free children’s program in Fenwick

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark: Sue Clark, Barbara McCoy, Carol McCloud, Mary Ellen Gonski, and Todd Sposato out front of the Barefoot Gardeners Club gardens at Fenwick Town Hall.They may be retired educators, but that doesn’t mean that these members of the Barefoot Gardeners Club are finished teaching.

After being awarded a first-place state award for environmental stewardship for their work with butterfly gardens, the group is switching things up this summer for their “Children’s Story Hour” at the town park adjacent to Fenwick Island Town Hall.

“This year, we decided to change our plan a little bit,” explained Sue Clark, one of the club’s youth committee pioneers. “We wanted to teach about seeds and about growing vegetables.”

For their first session of the summer, on Wednesday, July 8, the kids already got a chance to see some of those vegetables sprout, after the group planted a garden full of cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and peppers.

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