Arts & Entertainment

Millsboro Country Festival becoming signature event

In just a few weeks, Millsboro’s annual Country Festival will return to the town, bringing with it music, activities, food and more. Organized by the Greater Millsboro Chamber of Commerce, the festival was designed to be a signature event for the town and its surrounding communities.

Burn Camp offers kids respite and fun

Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A carnival was held during Delaware Burn Camp’s week-long retreat at Camp Barnes. The kids were able to play games, eat cotton candy, enjoy a photobooth and, as camper Lincoln demonstrated, even make a little sand art.Coastal Point • Shaun M. Lambert : A carnival was held during Delaware Burn Camp’s week-long retreat at Camp Barnes. The kids were able to play games, eat cotton candy, enjoy a photobooth and, as camper Lincoln demonstrated, even make a little sand art.Sustaining any kind of burn can be extremely traumatic. In 2009, through state legislation the Delaware Burn Camp was created to provide a safe and natural environment for the promotion of physical and emotional healing to young victims of burn injuries.

Its mission is simple: “To assist young burn victims in their adjustment to injury through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and providing companionship through physical and social activities in a camp setting.”

This year, the camp was held at Camp Barnes near Bethany Beach on Aug. 11-16, and 10 campers were able to participate in various activities, including archery, crabbing and swimming.

“It’s a learning opportunity for them because they can realize that, ‘Yes, I was burned and have had a little bit of an issue. Maybe I’m a little handicapped. But I can still do anything I want to,’” said Joanne Hutchison, president of the camp.

yArt Sale takes center stage this weekend

A large private residence will resemble a European outdoor market this weekend, as the ninth annual “yArt” (Art in the Yard) show returns to Bethany Beach.

Nick and Julie Kypreos will open their gates at 33258 Kent Avenue on Aug. 30 and 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

It’s a free art show, but all raffle proceeds will go to the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company.

Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral set for Labor Day Monday

Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.Coastal Point • File Photo : Jazz Funeral participants mourn the death of summer in an end-of-summer celebration, held each year on the boardwalk, featuring jazz music and a mock funeral procession. This year will be the 29th year that the boardwalk has hosted this event.For the 29th year, Bethany Beach will mark the unofficial end of the summer season with the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral, this Labor Day Monday, and a silent auction Friday, Aug. 29, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“For the past 29 summer seasons, the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral has been held to celebrate the season’s end and to help the local residents ease back to the slower pace of off-season living,” said assistant chairperson Carolyn Bacon. “It is one last chance to celebrate the final moments of the summer season with an event that is marked by music, humor and good fellowship.”

Beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Monday at the north end of the Bethany Beach boardwalk, spectators can join in a funeral procession and enjoy the music of three jazz bands as they make their way down the boardwalk to the Bethany Beach bandstand.

“The Jazz Funeral has become a quirky Bethany Beach tradition, and all are welcomed to join in,” Bacon said. “Our goal is for every one of the 2,000 or more people who attend to enjoy themselves and to feel free to celebrate the end of the summer season in their own personal way.”

Dickens to host Simon’s ‘The Sunshine Boys’ from Sept. 4-7

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Civil War Profiles: The education of Quaker brothers in wartime

Albert Smith, treasurer of the Wilmington Savings Fund Society, and his wife, Elizabeth, lived with their six sons in the upper floors above the bank at the corner of Eighth and Market streets. They were Quakers and part of Wilmington’s old-line English aristocracy.

Public invited to enjoy Nanticoke history and culture at annual powwow

Coastal Point • File Photo : Charles Eagletail dances in the circle at the 2011 Nanticoke Indian Powwow near Millsboro.Coastal Point • File Photo : Charles Eagletail dances in the circle at the 2011 Nanticoke Indian Powwow near Millsboro.For 37 years, the Nanticoke Indian Association has been holding an annual powwow, welcoming the community to attend and learn about Nanticoke history.

“To the average layman, they would probably think of it as a festival. It’s actually a gathering of Native Americans exhibiting their wares, and dancing and singing,” explained Sterling Street, coordinator for the Nanticoke Indian Museum. “It’s a reuniting of Indian people while also exhibiting our culture to the public.”

This year, the powwow will be held on Sept. 6 and 7 at the powwow grounds east of Millsboro, near the museum.

The grounds will open at 10 a.m. on Sept. 6, with Grand Entry at noon. A second dance session will be held at 4 p.m., with the grounds closing for the day at 7 p.m. On Sept. 7, the Worship Service will begin at 10 a.m., with Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Dancing, storytelling and more will be held throughout that afternoon before the grounds close at 5 p.m.

Special Olympics athletes enjoy traditional summer camp

Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Annie Manista, a Project Unify partner with Special Olympics Delaware poses, with Ocean View resident Carol Bak, a Special Olympics athlete, after a kayaking trip. They were two of many who participated in the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp that took place at Camp Barnes earlier this month.Coastal Point • R. Chris Clark : Annie Manista, a Project Unify partner with Special Olympics Delaware poses, with Ocean View resident Carol Bak, a Special Olympics athlete, after a kayaking trip. They were two of many who participated in the Special Olympics Delaware Summer Camp that took place at Camp Barnes earlier this month.Special Olympics Delaware recently held its 14th annual Summer Camp at Camp Barnes. At the three-day camp, 54 athletes from all over the state attended to enjoy a classic summer camp, complete with archery, canoeing, crafts, sports and more.

“A lot of our Special Olympics athletes don’t get to go to a traditional [camp] — this is their opportunity,” said Jon Buzby, director of media relations for Special Olympics Delaware (SODE).

“That’s not to say that the local camp is going to turn away a child or adult with Down syndrome. But what we have here is counselors who are trained and educated on what they can do to make the experience the best possible for people with intellectual disabilities.”

SODE holds two sessions of camp each summer, each of which spans three days and two nights.

Application withdrawn from County Council for music festival

For now, concerned Harbeson-area residents can breathe a sigh of relief, as the Sussex County Council approved this week the withdrawal of a conditional-use application that would allow for a music festival on a farmland property near the town.

South Bethany to hold fourth annual ‘beauty contest’

Driving through South Bethany, motorists often notice the beautifully landscaped canal and road ends. The continued beautification of the areas has been carried out through the work of the town’s Community Enhancement Committee (CEC) and countless resident volunteers, with the creation of the Adopt-A-Canal/Road End Program.

Land to spare? Millville seeks donation for event space

In searching for new festival space, the Town of Millville is weighing all options. This week, Millville opened its doors current landowners who may be interested in donating two or more acres of property to the Town.

Garron set for Aug. 31 show in Bethany Beach

Elvis tribute act signs with Maximum Talent & Entertainment

Jesse Garron’s Tribute to Elvis is the newest act featured on the roster of Maximum Talent & Entertainment out of Gaithersburg, Md. The non-exclusive agreement provides a marketing platform to promote and represent the act to diverse venues.

Civil War Profiles: The admiral’s wife: Sophie Madeleine DuPont

The strategy, tactics and horror of the Civil War have been thoroughly documented over the nearly 150 years since it came to an end. While most the writings have been about the men who fought the war, the role of women has received attention, as well.

Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ early next month

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Film society to screen Polish film for Around the World series kickoff

­The Rehoboth Beach Film Society, Lewes Public Library and Movies at Midway are launching the 2014-2015 Around the World series with the film “In The Name Of.” The Polish drama will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway.

Operation SEAs the Day preparing for Very Important Families

VIFs (Very Important Families) will arrive Sept. 2 in Bethany Beach for a week of rest and relaxation. The annual Operation SEAs the Day Warrior Family Beach Week event is for veterans who are recovering from injuries sustained while serving the country and their immediate families. During the week, Bethany Beach will host 30 VIF’s (Very Important Families) and five alumni families.

Gallery One’s new show features views through an ‘Open Window’

Inspired by the theme “Open Window,” Gallery One artists watercolored, oil painted and created in acrylic for the gallery’s featured wall for the month of September, opening Aug. 28 and running through Oct. 1.

Eagle Scout revitalizes outdoor classroom at Showell

Kids at Phillip C. Showell Elementary School can now go outside the classroom to learn, thanks to the help of Eagle Scout Michael Thompson.

Family Fun Night planned on Friday at Kids Cottage

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society and Kids Cottage will co-present a Family Fun Night on Friday, Aug. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m., at Kids Cottage, 35448 Wolfeneck Road, Rehoboth Beach.

Eagles guitarist Felder to perform at O.C. Bikefest

Grammy winner, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member and former Eagles lead guitarist Don Felder has been selected to perform at O.C. Bikefest on Saturday night, Sept. 13, replacing Country singer Jamey Johnson, due to a scheduling conflict.

Alumni to return for Operation SEAs the Day

In less than a month, 30 soldiers and their immediate families will come to Bethany Beach to take part in the second year of Operation SEAs the Day, as “Very Important Families” (VIFs).

“Last year was our first year, and we brought 25 families,” said Richard Katon, a founding member and board member of Operation SEAs the Day.

Replica 16th century ship sails into Ocean City for a month

Fans of the NBC show “Crossbones” can spot one of the show’s stars in Ocean City this month, as El Galeón Andalucía — a replica of the 16th century ships that Spanish explorers sailed on to discover Florida and much of the New World — is docked at 3rd and 4th streets on the bay in the Maryland beach town and open for tours every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tickets available for LBWC’s annual fashion show on Oct. 8

The Lord Baltimore Women’s Club will hold their annual fashion show on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Baywood Greens. Jones New York in Rehoboth Beach will showcase their clothes. The theme for this year is “Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, What’s the Fashion for the fall?”

Playwright Del Shores to appear at special event

The Clear Space Theatre Company of Rehoboth Beach has announced that author Del Shores — creator of their summer hit, “Sordid Lives” and sometimes called “the grand master of Southern lowlife sensibilities” — will be appearing at the theater on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. Shores’ appearance is sponsored by Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center.

Dickens to host ‘The Sunshine Boys’ during month of Sept.

For one weekend only, Sept. 4-7, the Dickens Parlour Theatre will host Neil Simon’s comedy “The Sunshine Boys,” which celebrates the best in classic sketch comedy, with beloved characters from the Vaudeville era.

An evening of conversation and performance will include a live reading featuring veteran performers Bob Fitch, Rich Bloch, David Kovac, Lisandra Tena and friends.

Sandcastle contest winners announced

The 36th Annual Sandcastle Contest was held on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Fisherman’s Beach in Rehoboth Beach.

Winners in the Top 10 Judge’s Favorites — Adult (15 & older) included:

• “Card Sharks” — David DeVitra, Justin Chimies and Emily Chimies;

• “Dark & Stormy Knight” — Andy West;

Civil War Profiles: Townsend’s ‘mysterious estate’ on South Mountain

It is human nature to seek a refuge from life’s daily routine, a place that fulfills our craving for relaxation and privacy. Few, however, can afford a place that is secluded yet a reasonable distance from their work environment. A Delawarean by the name of George Alfred Townsend would manage to have the best of both worlds.

Short story contest winners announced

Cat & Mouse Press announced on Aug. 4 the winners of the 2014 Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest. The contest sought beach reads set in Rehoboth that fit the theme “The Boardwalk.” The 25 stories selected will appear in a book that the company will publish later this year.

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