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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.”

OVCC to host 2nd annual community Thanksgiving dinner

The Ocean View Church of Christ (OVCC) will hold its 2nd annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. This event is free. All members of the community are invited to come and enjoy good food and good company.

Caribbean Christmas fundraiser set for Dec. 6

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF) announced this week that the 10th annual Caribbean Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Mango’s, located at Garfield Parkway and the boardwalk in downtown Bethany Beach.

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.

New location announced for Festival of Trees in Sussex County

Baywood in Long Neck will be the venue for this year’s Festival of Trees, to benefit Delaware Hospice. The Festival will be held on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Clubhouse at Baywood, 32267 Clubhouse Way, Long Neck.

Local students honor veterans

Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Students at Lighthouse Christian School show their thanks to local veterans during the school's annual Veterans Day program.Coastal Point • Maria Counts: Students at Lighthouse Christian School show their thanks to local veterans during the school's annual Veterans Day program.Approximately 140 students at Lighthouse Christian School were able to honor area veterans last week at the school’s annual Veterans Day program. During the program, students sang songs to the veterans in attendance, including “God Bless America” and “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”

Army veteran and VFW Post 7234 Commander Fulton Loppatto spoke to the students about the area’s Operation SEAs the Day program, whose mission is “to organize and facilitate a beach week event for our wounded soldiers and their families as a means of showing our appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life.”

“This is something we can all get involved with,” said Loppatto.

He said that, in the creation of the nonprofit, it was important for the founders, Becky Johns, Diane Pohanka and Richard Katon, to provide a week for the warriors and their families, who are with the veterans through thick and thin.

Civil War Profiles: Winnie Davis: A Civil War ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story

The birth of President Jefferson Davis’s and his wife Varina’s youngest child, Varina Anne “Winnie” Davis, occurred on June 27, 1864. The “War Between the States,” as it was known in the South, was moving inevitably toward its conclusion.

Grandell concert to benefit Mariner’s mission trip

Coastal Point • File Photo: The Grandells enjoy the beach with their guitars. The musicians will be headlining a concert to benefit the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission trip to Costa Rica.Coastal Point • File Photo: The Grandells enjoy the beach with their guitars. The musicians will be headlining a concert to benefit the Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church’s mission trip to Costa Rica.Some familiar faces are headlining the entertainment this weekend at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church. To raise money for Costa Rica missions trips, Christel and Paul Grandel will perform a free concert Sunday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Ocean View church.

The Grandells frequently lead Mariner’s praise services and write music for special services. Having performed together since 1984, the couple now performs under the band name HIS (Healing in Salvation). They’ll perform songs from their first CD, “Finding Beautiful,” which is also available for sale.

“When we did the concert [in January], we heard people saying, ‘We’d like to get some for Christmas presents,’” Christel Grandell said.

The timing of the event means that people who usually fly south for winter can catch the concert before Christmas. But the main goal is fellowship. Snacks and refreshments will be served afterwards in the social hall. The concert is free. A love offering will be accepted but is not mandatory.

Veterans invited to Fort Miles open house

The Fort Miles Historical Association invites veterans and their families to tour Battery 519 for free and see the newly-arrived 16-inch gun parts from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, between regularly scheduled tours for the public.

Night of Song & Stories set for November 18

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild will host another night of “Songs & Stories” at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach. The event, which starts at 7 p.m. and lasts until about 8:30, is free and open to the public.

Ten Mile Miracle for ALS set for Nov. 22

Wilgus Associates will host the Ten Mile Miracle for ALS on Saturday, Nov. 22, in Bethany Beach.

The run was established to help raise money for the Peninsula Regional Medical Center’s ALS Clinic, after Wilgus Associates Vice President Tim Hill was diagnosed with the disease. All of the proceeds from the event will go to the clinic.

Girls Gifts & Good Tidings event set for Dec. 2 in Millsboro

The annual Girls, Gifts & Good Tidings event will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at East Coast Garden Center in Millsboro, with an evening filled with shopping from 25 unique local vendors, wine tasting and a wreath-making class.

Christmas Boutique &?Book sale to benefit Cape Henlopen

The Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park (FOCHSP) will hold their Annual Christmas Boutique & Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Officer’s Club in the park.

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