Arts & Entertainment

Tower 3 a beacon in state park’s economic contributions

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Tower 3, located south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, took on a cobalt-drenched tone during a lighting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 12.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Tower 3, located south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, took on a cobalt-drenched tone during a lighting ceremony on Monday, Feb. 12.Against the backdrop of a spectacular sunset, a World War II observation tower became a dramatically lighted landmark on Monday, Feb. 12, while state officials touted the results of a study showing the equally dramatic impact of Delaware’s state parks on its economy.

The addition of cobalt-blue lighting to Tower 3, located just south of Dewey Beach in Delaware Seashore State Park, signals the next step in the restoration of the tower, one of 11 built along the Delaware coast between 1939 and 1942. The towers were used to track enemy vessels off the coast. Using triangulation to plot the ship’s location, observers then transmitted the information to Fort Miles, now part of Cape Henlopen State Park, where the readings were plotted on a large map.

Using that information, large guns at Fort Miles could then be aimed in the direction of the ships. The guns — with 6-inch, 12-inch and 16-inch barrels — could fire 2,700-pound shells 25 miles. But the guns were never fired at an enemy ship.

Currently, only Tower 7 at Cape Henlopen, which sits next to Fort Miles, is open to the public. Once the restoration of Tower 3 is complete, plans include opening it to the general public as well, with interpretive tours available. Eventually, the Delaware Shore Preservation Foundation hopes to also open Tower 1 in Fenwick Island State Park and Tower 2 in North Bethany.

Curran taking readers to Africa in new book

Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: ‘On to Africa’ is the second installment in local writer Walter Curran’s series about a young Merchant Marine who travels the world on a cargo ship.Coastal Point • Submitted Photo: ‘On to Africa’ is the second installment in local writer Walter Curran’s series about a young Merchant Marine who travels the world on a cargo ship.While many know him as the mayor of Ocean View, Walter Curran has lived what might seem like 10 different lives. And, for those who love to read, he’s put those experiences in a series of books, with his latest story focusing on Africa.

“It’s great. I love writing, and I even enjoy the editing, because it’s a learning process for me,” he said.

Following that love, Curran recently published the second installment of his three-part “Young Mariners” series — “On to Africa.”

The series follows the life of William Connolly, a street kid from South Boston, as he embarks on his first job as a third-mate on the cargo ship the MorMacPride. The books are loosely based on adventures Curran and his shipmates had while they were in the Merchant Marines.

Mardi Gras Benefit returns to Selbyville library

Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Coastal Point • File : Photo Supporters can slip into the Big Easy spirit at the Mardi Gras benefit for the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night returns to Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

“It’s a time for great food. We’ve got great music. … We’ll have silent auctions. There’s a 50/50,” said Friends President David Nilsson. “It should just be a fun evening that people will enjoy, hanging out with the neighbors and raising money for a good cause.”

Sedona restaurant of Bethany Beach will cater the event.

“We’re going to have a great New Orleans-inspired buffet again. Shrimp jambalaya, chicken gumbo, red beans-and-rice and crawfish étouffée. … It’s always good stuff,” Nilsson said. “You can just eat it all night lon-g.”

Mardi Gras benefit returning to Selbyville library

Tickets available through Feb. 7

Break out the beads and feathers! Mardi Gras night will return to the Selbyville Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The fundraiser benefits the Friends of the Selbyville Public Library.

Ocean View Historical Society to host pair of public lectures

The Ocean View Historical Society has a history of wanting to educate locals and visitors alike on the history of Ocean View and its surrounding areas.

Church of Christ looks to create a ‘Night to Shine’

For the second year in a row, the Ocean View Church of Christ will be joining more than 540 churches in 50 U.S. states and 16 countries across the world in hosting a Night to Shine.

Frankford firefighters dishing up oysters and roast beef this Saturday

This weekend, the members of the Frankford Volunteer Fire Company will be “all hands on deck” for the company’s eighth annual Bull & Oyster Roast. The company’s biggest fundraiser of the year, its success depends on “companywide” effort, according to Deputy Fire Chief Tommy Bacon.

Former CNN correspondent discusses ‘The Press & the People’

Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Coastal Point • Kerin Magill: Ralph Begleiter talks to the crowd at Dickens Parlour Theatre on Thursday, Jan. 25.Former CNN world-affairs correspondent Ralph Begleiter didn’t think his talk on “The Press & the People” would draw much of an audience.

It has, however, been quite a year for the press… and the people.

The 60-seat Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville was full when Begleiter, who also taught journalism at the University of Delaware until 2015, took the stage. According to organizers, 100 people were on a waiting list for the program.

During his talk — part of a lecture series titled “The Inside Story” — Begleiter outlined changes in all types of media, including the “newer” forms, such as social media and digital news.

Emma sells sea slime by the seashore

Lovellette donates half of profits to local schools

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: If you keep it moving, sea slime isn’t really that sticky, said creator and entrepreneur Emma Lovellette, 10.­Coastal Point • Laura Walter: If you keep it moving, sea slime isn’t really that sticky, said creator and entrepreneur Emma Lovellette, 10.­To watch Emma Lovellette expertly mix ingredients in her kitchen, you’d think she’s always loved chemistry projects, or maybe baking.

But no.

“For me, it began with slime,” she says.

The 10-year-old whips up batches of homemade slime, which she sells from her own Etsy business, Under the Sea Slime by Em.

“It’s been really popular, and its’s also really satisfying sometimes,” she said, describing the relaxing sensation of kneading slime on the countertop.

It all began a year ago, when Emma attended a slime-themed birthday party. She was hooked. When she wouldn’t stop experimenting, her parents said, ‘You need to … find a reason to do this in the house.’ So she started a business and began selling her own slime in autumn.

Inspired by her beachy habitat, she kept it simple in perfecting the first few scents, including the dark, glittering raspberry of “Midnight Moon” and the scratchy, tan “Sandy Beach,” complete with sand from Ocean City, Md.

Her favorite is “Mermaid Pearl,” with a birthday-cake scent and foamy texture. (“The foam beads in it make it crunch,” she said.)

Winter Birding Weekend offers trips, more

Birds, it turns out, figured out long before humans that winter is a great time to be at the beach. This weekend, humans can hang out with hooded mergansers, brown-headed nuthatches, wood ducks, harlequin ducks, eiders, purple sandpipers, falcons and what Delmarva Birding Weekend organizers call the “snowy trifecta” that is within reach of birding enthusiasts on the peninsula this winter.

Inaugural Fire & Ice Festival set to warm up Bethany Beach

The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce is bringing Fire & Ice to downtown Bethany this weekend.

Enjoy the beauty, bounty and history of Delmarva

While my readers, hopefully, continue to practice after reading my recent articles and attending clinics, I trust they slowly will realize the importance of anticipation, footwork and balance. But this week, I want to share a wonderful personal experience.

Millsboro woman wins big on ‘Let’s Make a Deal’

Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Coastal Point • Submitted: Cassie Winebrake dressed up in a sumo wrestler costume on the show ‘Let’s Make a Deal.’Cassie Winebrake may not have been recognizable — what with the sumo wrestler costume and all — but her recent appearance on the television gameshow “Let’s Make a Deal” had friends and relatives cheering her on.

Millsboro resident Winebrake, 24, was visiting California in mid-August 2017 with her best friend, Dayana Monge Zamora, when the two decided to attend a taping of the show, she said. Winebrake and her fiancé, Mark Gardner, watch “Let’s Make a Deal” regularly.

“We always watch, and we’re like, ‘What would we do?’ in the various game situations on the show, Winebrake said.

A student at Delaware Technical Community College’s Dover campus and a server at Irish Eyes’ Milton location, Winebrake said she and Zamora decided to fly to California in August to visit a friend, and when they realized “Let’s Make a Deal” was filmed about an hour away from where they were staying, decided to try to get audience tickets.

Fenwick Freeze cancelled, but shirts are still available

It’s a New Year’s tradition to dive into the ocean, but it was a bit too chilly this Jan. 1 for Fenwick Islanders. The 2018 Fenwick Freeze was canceled.

“The Town decided to cancel it. They felt it was too much of a liability in case somebody got hurt,” said organizer Becca McWilliams.

“I know — it’s called the ‘Fenwick Freeze’ for a reason,” McWilliams joked.

Prince George’s to celebrate holiday season with concert

This weekend, Prince George’s Chapel in Dagsboro will host its annual Olde Christmas Musical Celebration.

“It’s something we have every year,” said Friends of Price George’s Vice-President Crystal Hudson. “Usually, it’s the first Sunday after New Year’s, because that’s how they did Olde Christmas back in the day.”

Clayton Theatre offers captioned movies for hard-of-hearing

The writing’s on the wall at the Clayton Theatre. The Dagsboro movie theater is making the arts more accessible to people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing by offering open-captioning matinees.

All aboard!

Local railroad club showing interactive train displays Saturday

With winter school breaks over and the new year begun, the Delaware Seaside Railroad Club will wrap up its holiday train display at the Georgetown Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 6, offering a final chance to take in the train layouts designed to delight even the very youngest visitors. The display is free and will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Horse whisperers

G.W. Carver Academy using horses to counsel kids

Two new faces arrived on the playground at George Washington Carver Academy this autumn. One blonde and one brunette, they nibbled grass while waiting to meet the students.

Delmarva Whiskey Club sponsoring benefit for SEAs the Day

The Delmarva Whiskey Club will hold its Fourth Annual Winter Golf Outing & Scotch Dinner on Jan. 27 and 28, 2018.

Gallery One show reflects on ‘The Way We Were’

Gallery One in Ocean View announced this week that the theme for its January show, Jan. 12 through Feb. 27, is “The Way We Were,” with the idea that painting “the way we were” can be a memory for the artist and viewer or a pictorial place holder for history.

Bethany Beach ready to drop the ball to kick off 2018

Why go to Times Square (or even sit at home and watch it on TV) when there’s a ball drop right here at the beach? On New Year’s Eve, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites will host the third annual Beach Ball Drop alongside the boardwalk in Bethany.

Surfin’ Snowman, Santa’s Helper taking a run for local non-profits

The Surfin’ Snowman 5-Mile Run and the Santa’s Helper 2-Miler Family Run/Walk Challenge ride into town Saturday, Dec. 30, on a wave of success — five years’ worth, to be exact.

According to Race Director Rick Hundley, the run and walk benefit three local organizations: Justin’s Beach House, the Bethany Beach Volunteer Fire Company and Contractors for a Cause.

‘It’s a blessing’

Santa and Mrs. Claus bring joy to local kids

Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.Coastal Point • Laura Walter: Violet Casey-Robidoux, 6, sits with Santa and Mrs. Claus in Frankford Town Park on Wednesday, Dec. 13.’Twas a Wednesday
near Christmas,

and in Frankford park,

The Christmas lights twinkled

and lit up the dark.

In a little warm hut,

despite rain or mist,

Santa Claus came

to get kids’ Christmas lists.

On a bitingly cold Wednesday night, a tiny electric heater manages to warm a small wooden shed at Frankford Town Park. It’s so chilly out that the door stays closed, unless a small child knocks on the door, with her parents close behind.

Mariner’s kids to perform ‘Jingle Bell Beach’ Sunday

The Armor Kids Church group at Mariner’s Bethel United Methodist Church in Ocean View will present “Jingle Bell Beach” on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 6 p.m.

Wood adds new entry to local history ‘Letters to the Little Ones’

What started out as a family history book, with Ocean View resident Gordon Wood Sr. writing little letters for 10 grandchildren, has turned into a book that anyone who loves reading local history can enjoy reading.

“It had started out — I had written some letters to my grandchildren, and they had some history in them. And then there were more letters and more letters… Then I started doing research on my mother’s family. I started doing research on my grandfather’s family — my mother’s folks who lived in Bethany Beach.

“So I started writing it in a form that other people could use it, and that led to a book,” Wood said. “I found things of interest to each generation, going all the way back to 1675, when Walter came to right near Pocomoke. There was so much information, I felt there was an obligation to make it available to others, besides my grandchildren who I wanted to have it.”

That book, “Letters to the Little Ones,” was first published in 2002; however, Wood recently had the second edition published through Salt Water Media.

Holidays, Bethany-style

Weekend Wonderland offers holiday fun in downtown Bethany

Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.Coastal Point • Tyler Valliant: Bethany Beach kicked off its Weekend Wonderland events this past Saturday, Dec. 2, and will continue for the next two weeks.

Having kicked off the holiday season in style with its tree-lighting ceremony and Holiday Happenings event last weekend, Weekend Wonderland fun continues in Bethany Beach for the next two Saturdays.

Many Bethany Beach businesses will be open on Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, with special activities abounding to put shoppers in a festive holiday mood, according to Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the events, along with the Town of Bethany Beach and the town’s downtown business group.

Historical society taking community back to 1860s

This weekend, community members have the chance to travel back in time — to 1860 — and see what life was like then during the holiday season, thanks to the Ocean View Historical Society.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Ocean View Historical Society will host its 1860 Coastal Christmas at its historical complex on Central Avenue.

Ocean View to get Santa visit

The Town of Ocean View has a direct line to that jolly fellow in the red suit and has invited Santa Claus to visit town hall this weekend to light the Town’s Christmas tree.

On Saturday, Saturday, Dec. 9, from 3 to 5 p.m., the Town of Ocean View will host its annual Holiday in the Park event, offering free family fun to help kick off the holiday season in John West Park.

Bloch, Tsavdar making musical magic with ‘Top of the World’

Q: What do you get when you cross a magician with a musician?

A: A fun and frolicsome musical event called “Top of the World,” set to premiere at the Dickens Parlour Theatre in Millville on Thursday, Dec. 7.

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