Entertainment Briefs

August 16, 2017

Dancers to audition Aug. 26

Delaware Dance Alliance in Milford will present "Land of the Sweets to Santa's Land," a new creation inspired by the movie "The Polar Express," Friday, Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 3 at Milford High School. Auditions will be held Saturday, Aug. 26, at First State Academy of Dance, Dance Academy, 107 S. Maple St., Milford. Dancers ages 5-7 will audition from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Dancers ages 8-11 will audition from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Dancers with at least one year of tap experience and hip hop dancers will audition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Dancers ages 12 and older or en pointe will audition from 12:45 to 2 p.m. The audition fee is $15. For more information, email or call 302-422-2633.

Vendors and food trucks wanted Sept. 9

The Cancer Support Community will hold the 7th Annual Wings of Hope Butterfly Release event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9, on the grounds of the Medical Arts Building, 18947 John J. Williams Highway, Rehoboth Beach. Craft vendors and food trucks are needed. Sponsors include Beebe Healthcare, M&T Bank, Grotto Pizza and Perdue. Local businesses and nonprofit groups are invited to partner to help host children's activities. Businesses and organizations will receive marketing recognition at no cost. For more information or to apply to participate, go to

Arts fest visitors to vote for scholarship winner Sept. 9

At the 39th Annual Bethany Beach Boardwalk Arts Festival Saturday, Sept. 9, the public is invited to vote between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the winner of a $1,000 scholarship to a local student-artist. At the popular one-day show, in addition to the vote, more than 100 juried artists, local and from around the country, will display works of jewelry, glass, pottery, watercolor and oil paintings, photography, basketry, woodworking and more along the Boardwalk and street festival areas in downtown Bethany Beach, with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop. 

The five finalists and their mediums for the 2017 scholarship award are: Josephine Grimes - scratch and water color, Brook Hoban - charcoal, Jorge Cruz - pencil and scratch, Kenya Purnell - acrylic paint, Devin Bailey - charcoal and white tint.

The Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation, in partnership with the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, awards an annual scholarship to a local junior or graduating senior artist who lives in ZIP codes 19944, 19930, 19970, 19967, 19975, 19945, 19939 or 19966. Students submit their pieces to a panel of objective professional artists; five finalists are selected. The winner is selected by a public vote and will be announced at 4 p.m. at the Bandstand in Bethany Beach.

For more information, go to

Autism Delaware names co-chairs for Blue Jean Ball Sept. 22

Autism Delaware announced that the 2017 Blue Jean Ball presented by Hertrich Toyota will take place from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22. The fundraiser is being organized by new co-chairs Shawn Dougherty, Esq., and Lauren Fritz-Mariner. Dougherty is an attorney and partner at Weik, Nitsche & Dougherty, and Fritz-Mariner is a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch. "Our co-chairs have crazy-busy schedules, but they are making time to put together this year's Blue Jean Ball. They started by updating the theme to Denim & Diamonds. I'm sure our event attendees will arrive in their most glamorous jean outfits yet,” said Autism Delaware Events Manager Deanna Principe.

Well-dressed attendees will dance to the music of Dewey Beach rock band Love Seed Mama Jump while enjoying Delaware's first and only award-winning winery. Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes will serve the same beer and hors d'oeuvres that longtime Blue Jean Ball participants have come to expect, but will also offer the vineyard's own award-winning wines.

Tickets cost $85 per person. Proceeds from ticket sales, as well as from the live and silent auctions, sponsorships and donations benefit Autism Delaware's statewide programs and services, including Productive Opportunities for Work & Recreation (POW&R), a nationally recognized program that supports adult employment for Delaware's autism community.

For more information about the 2017 Blue Jean Ball, tickets and sponsorships, go to

Tickets on sale for Blue Jean Ball to benefit Autism Delaware Sept. 22

Tickets are now on sale for the 2017 Blue Jean Ball presented by Hertrich Toyota of Milford. The annual fundraiser takes place from 7 to 11 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes. With Denim and Diamonds as the evening's dress code, as many as 300 well-dressed participants will party to live music by Love Seed Mama Jump while enjoying beer and hors d'oeuvres from prominent local restaurants as well as the vineyard's own award-winning wines. Tickets cost $85 per person. The proceeds benefit Autism Delaware's statewide programs and services including Productive Opportunities for Work & Recreation [POW&R], a nationally recognized program that supports adult employment for Delaware's autism community.
The available sponsorship opportunities range in donation and benefit levels. In addition to exclusive sponsorships, such as the exclusive presenting sponsorship from Hertrich Toyota, Autism Delaware offers diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire and media sponsorships. For more information about the Blue Jean Ball, tickets and sponsorships, go to

Plein air artist registration due Oct. 6 for Bethany Beach Ocean Suites show

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Delaware's premier oceanfront hotel, calls for local and regional artists to participate in the annual Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Plein Air Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 5-8.

Artists of all skill levels and mediums are encouraged to register for this event, which offers plein air and quick draw competitions. Paintings will be showcased at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, where judges will announce winners and art will be available for purchase.

Bethany Beach Ocean Suites Activities Director Allyson Knight said, "This event was such a tremendous success last year in bringing beautiful, local art to the area. It's fantastic to see how our artists interpret the local landscape, and I am excited to see the new art produced this year. The hotel is proud to offer artists an opportunity to capture our town's culture in their work."

The registration fee is $15 for the quick draw competition and $40 for both the plein air and quick draw competition. Prizes range from $1,000 to honorable mention ribbons.

For more information and a copy of the registration form, go to or contact Allyson Knight at 302-539-3200, Ext. 405 or

Wings & Wheels sponsorship and vendor spaces available for Oct. 6-7

Planning is underway for Wings & Wheels, set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7. For Aviation Education Day Oct. 6, 125 high school students will spend the day at Delaware Coastal Airport learning from aviation experts. The featured speaker is Joe Edwards, NASA shuttle commander. Smooth Sound will take the stage for the big band dinner dance to be held in an airport hangar Friday night. Additional entertainment will be provided by the Delmarvelous Dolls, Ken Huff and Mr. Goodwood ventriloquist, and the current Miss Delaware. Tickets are $50 per person and include a buffet meal of beef tenderloin, manicotti, side dishes, dessert and more. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce at 302-856-1544.

An opening ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, will include the national anthem and presentation of colors by the Sussex Central JROTC Color Guard. Events throughout the day include vintage aircraft fly-in, car show, featured speakers, live entertainment, craft and food vendors, and at 2 p.m., aircraft will participate in a flour-bombing competition. Sponsors include Mid-Atlantic Ford Dealers, Northrup Grumman, Fulton Bank, Nanticoke Health Services, The Insurance Market, Sussex County, Southern Delaware Tourism and Adams Radio Group.

Contest seeks photographs of Delaware anglers through Oct. 31

DNREC's Division of Fish & Wildlife invites anglers and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2017 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest. The winning photo will be on the cover or featured inside the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide.

New this year, for ease of entry in the contest, photographers will be able to submit their photos digitally. Photographers who can’t upload their photos online may submit their entries as prints. The contest is accepting entries now through Tuesday, Oct. 31 from Delaware residents of any age, with a maximum of three entries per person.

A judging panel composed of DNREC staff will be looking for technically suitable photos that best portray this year's contest theme, Catch a Memory, by depicting anglers enjoying fishing in the great outdoors. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware and depict people involved in lawful fishing activities.

For complete contest rules and information, entry forms and instructions for uploading entries, go to and search photo contest. For more information, contact Jennifer Childears at 302-739-9910 or

Bethany Blues Lewes offers bingo every Monday at 7 p.m.

Every Monday at 7 p.m., the staff at Bethany Blues of Lewes will pass out bingo cards and get numbers ready as they roll out bingo, burgers and barbecue. Guests can enjoy rotating drink specials, and hearty burgers and barbecue as DJ Steve calls out numbers. Every round has a winner, complete with prizes and plenty of fun.

Guests can sample a huge bourbon list and enjoy authentic, Eastern Shore-style barbecue. The culinary team is cranking out bone-sticking meals sure to warm up every diner. And the positive atmosphere will have guests beating the winter blues faster than they can say ... bingo!

For more information, go to and find Bethany Blues for updates on all events and weeknight specials or call 302-644-2500.

Possum Point Players seek lighting and sound effects techs

The Possum Point Players, a well-established community theater group in Sussex County, is seeking people to coordinate show lighting and sound effects operations. The position calls for someone to take responsibility for maintenance and operation of those two aspects of their stage performances. Anyone wishing to discuss a more detailed description and the potential for compensation should contact PPP trustee Jim Hartzell at or 302-856-6166.