Entertainment Briefs

September 20, 2017

Reserve seats by Sept. 22 for Oct. 10 day trip to Philadelphia

The Milton Historical Society will sponsor a day trip to Philadelphia Tuesday, Oct. 10. With the glamour of a big city, Philadelphia still retains its small-town charm. The city's oldest buildings are well preserved, so its roles in America's early history and in building democracy are easily accessible.

The group will go to the new Museum of the American Revolution which tracks the founding of the country and the roots of democracy. From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of Independence, from the Declaration of Independence signing to the creation of the American Republic, the museum's core exhibition explores the ideas, events and legacies of America's revolutionary beginnings. Following time in the museum, group members can enjoy a gourmet lunch at City Tavern.

The bus will leave from the Milton municipal lot at 7:45 a.m. and depart Philadelphia at 4 p.m. The cost is $110 for Milton Historical Society members and $125 for nonmembers. Price includes round-trip transportation, entrance to the museum and lunch. The day includes an extended element of walking. Money will only be refunded if the entire trip is canceled or if there is waiting list availability.

To make a reservation with a nonrefundable deposit by Friday, Sept. 22, call 302-684-1010 or email

Serafin String Quartet to play at Milton Theatre Sept. 22

The Serafin String Quartet will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 22, at Milton Theatre. Based in Delaware, the highly acclaimed quartet debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2004 and has consistently been sought after for performances around the nation. The quartet will perform Haydn String Quartet in G Minor, Op. 74, No. 3, "Horseman," the most famous among Haydn's six quartets of 1793, whose galloping finale theme has given rise to its nickname; and Mendelssohn String Quartet in E Minor Major, Op. 44, No. 2, a work filled with infectious energy and elegant lyricism. Tickets are $25, $20 and $15. To purchase tickets, go to or

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. 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. 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

Brewers Guild announces new location for Brews by the Bay Sept. 23

The Delaware Brewers Guild will be holding its annual fundraiser Brews by the Bay from 12 to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Big Chill Beach Club in Bethany Beach. The club will host all of the state's breweries for the only Delaware beer festival focusing exclusively on local beer. This year, the brewers will be serving primarily small-batch beers and cask-conditioned beers. Very few of these beers have been seen in mass distribution. Guild members also brewed a collaboration that will be served at the festival. This peach wheat-style beer celebrates Delaware's State Dessert, the peach pie.

Local music acts Federal Street Band and Clifford Keith will perform. Both of these groups have gained a strong fan base in Southern Delaware and the guild is excited to introduce them to the craft beer drinking community.

Guild President John Klein said, "This is one of Delaware's premier beer festivals, and we are thrilled to be holding it at Big Chill Beach Club this year. We think our attendees will enjoy the changes and tweaks we've made this year."

Entry is $50 and includes parking and unlimited beer samples. For more information, go to

Murder mystery dinner theatre set Sept. 23

Lakeside Community Home Owners Association will present a murder mystery dinner theatre from 5 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23, at Lakeside Community Center, 33076 Rock Cove in the Pot-Nets Lakeside community off Long Neck Road. The show is "Golden Girls: The Curse of Jennifer Fletcher," starring Without a Cue from Bensalem, Pa. Dinner is stuffed manicotti, meatballs, salad, rolls and butter, dessert, coffee, tea and nonalcoholic beverages. Attendees may bring their own alcohol. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Guests will be transported to the Murder Mystery Writers Convention where pasts will be dug up, and someone, maybe even an audience member, could be the next victim. The evening promises fun, laughs and good food. Tickets are $28 per person. None will be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, call 302-945-1263.

Free admission to Treasures of the Sea at Delaware Tech set Sept. 23

Admission to the Treasures of the Sea exhibit in the Stephen J. Betze Library on the Owens Campus of Delaware Technical Community College is free from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23,  as part of the Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day Live. Participating museums across the country offer free admission to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live ticket. The Treasures of the Sea exhibit features artifacts recovered from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Senora de Atocha. Parking is available next to the library building. To get a ticket for two free admissions, go to The Treasures of the Sea will accept both printed and digital tickets. For more information on free admission to the Treasures of the Sea exhibit, call 302-259-6150.

Dance party fundraiser set in Rehoboth Sept. 30

Local nonprofit Tango Lewes will sponsor a swing-Latin-tango dance party fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday, Sept 30, at The Glade Clubhouse, 16 Glade Farm Drive, Rehoboth Beach. Tango Lewes attendees who share the love of Argentine Tango use dance as a way to connect with others and have fun. The group holds two weekly practice sessions and a monthly milonga or social dance.

Seven Meetup Groups will gather Sept. 30 for the most popular slow and fast dance tracks of yesterday and today. A great mix of oldies, Motown, big band, Latin, traditional and alternative tango, and top 40 music will be provided in an elegant atmosphere. Instructor Yvonne Cimone will teach a free Argentine Tango lesson for beginners at 7 p.m. Attire should be sharp and dressy, with jacket and tie optional. Admission is $15 at the door. Refreshments will be provided.

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 media 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

History Book Festival set In Lewes Oct. 6-7

The inaugural History Book Festival will be held Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7, at multiple venues in historic Lewes. The festival will feature 20 bestselling authors of fiction and nonfiction.Tickets are available for a Friday evening keynote address by James L. Swanson, author of "Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer." Saturday events are free. For more information, go to

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.

Reservations due Oct. 1 for Marvil Package Story party and program

The Laurel Historical Society will host The Marvil Package Story, "A Laurel Basket Case" dinner and evening program at 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct, 7, at Abbott's on Broad Creek in Laurel. The dinner is a celebration of the Laurel Historical Society 40th Anniversary. In its day, Laurel's Marvil Package Co.was considered to be the largest manufacturer of fruit-packing baskets in the world. It cast a wide net as the town's chief economic engine, and company founder Joshua H. Marvil gave witness to Laurel's economic, social, and political clout when elected governor of Delaware in 1894. Presented by Edward Fowler, this will be an entertaining evening for all. Cost of the dinner and presentation is $40 per person. To reserve a space, mail a check to Laurel Historical Society, PO Box 102, Laurel DE 19956 or go to Space is limited. For more information, call 302-745-1963.

Local sculptor to speak in Smyrna Oct. 7

Smyrna native and award-winning stone sculptor Richard H. Bailey will speak about his life, his creativity and his book at a fundraiser for the Smyrna Museum at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7, at First Presbyterian Church of Smyrna at 118 West Commerce St. Following his talk, Bailey will be selling his small carved marble, granite and agate sculptures, in addition to his book “A Sculptor’s Miracles.” Half of the proceeds of the sale of Bailey's art and books will be given to the Smyrna Museum for its upkeep expenses. The museum is owned and operated by the Duck Creek Historical Society. Two buildings which were built in the l790s make up the Smyrna Museum - The Barracks and the adjacent Plank House. There is plenty of free parking. Tours are free and it is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Harvest moon party at Hooper’s Landing set Oct. 7

Hooper's Landing in Seaford will host a harvest moon party from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 7. Attendees will enjoy a sumptuous full buffet, cash bar and chances to bid on silent auction items. While sipping apple-pie moonshine, guests can dance the night away to the seven-piece, high-energy dance band Chasin' Time. Other activites include a putting contest and a cornhole tournament. Tickets are $50 each or $95 per couple. To purchase tickets, visit the Nanticoke Senior Center at Hooper's Landing, 1001 West Locust St., Seaford, or go to For more information, call Fran Todd at 302-629-4939. All proceeds benefit the programs and services provided by the Nanticoke Senior Center. The center provides a lunch program, socialization, local and extended trips, and a homebound meal program.

Horse obstacle course challenge fundraiser set Oct. 4

Changing Fates Equine Rescue and Happy Horses 4-H Club will host a horse obstacle course challenge fundraiser at 10 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at 595 Cedar Grove Road, Harrington. Registration is at 9 a.m. There is plenty of room for horse trailers. Ribbons will be given for first through fourth place. There will be three classes, lead line, junior and senior. To preregister for $25, go to Same-day registration is $30. Proceeds benefit both sponsoring organizations. For more information, call 302-339-5065.

Dover Symphony Orchestra sets If it Ain’t Baroque classical concert Oct. 14

If It Ain't Baroque, a fall classical concert by Dover Symphony Orchestra, will be performed at 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14, at Calvary Church, 1141 East Lebanon Road (Route 10), Dover. The concert will feature the work of three baroque-era composers: "Autumn" from Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," Bach's "Orchestral Suite No. 3" and Handel's "Music for the Royal Fireworks." The program will conclude with a performance of "Symphony No. 104" by Haydn, transitioning into the early classical period. Sweet treats will be sold at a bake sale. Season tickets for adults are $75, seniors/students/military/first responders are $55. Single tickets are also available for all concerts. Prices for adults are $20, seniors 62 and older/students/military/first responders are $15. First responders include all police, fire, EMT, ambulance, corrections and animal rescue personnel in the area. Young people under 18 attend free with a paying adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-270-1903. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

‘Murder on Sunset Boulevard’ musical dinner theatre to benefit Delmar library Oct. 14

Foot Light Productions presents "Murder on Sunset Boulevard," an entertaining mystery musical dinner theater, Saturday, Oct. 14, at the Laurel Fire Department. Doors open at 5:30. Dinner is available at 6 p.m. and the show follows dinner.

The story involves silent screen star Norma Despot who is planning a return to the silver screen, not a comeback, and she's letting no one stand in her way. Max, her loyal servant, is keeping an eye on Madame's new toy boy. This mystery features three songs from the Broadway play "Sunset Boulevard."

Prepared by the Laurel Ladies Auxiliary, the dinner will include fried chicken, stuffed shells, mixed green salad with assorted dressings, mashed potatoes, California blend vegetables, beets, baked apples, rolls and butter, assorted mini desserts and coffee/iced tea/water.

Tickets are $40 per person and all proceeds support the building fund campaign of the Delmar Public Library.

To purchase tickets,visit the library at 38481 Sussex Highway, Delmar, call 302-846-9894 or go to For more information, contact Susan Upole, Delmar Public Library, at 302-846-9894 or

Fall festival set at Holly Lake Campsites Oct. 21

Holly Lake Campsites in Millsboro will host a fall festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21. There will be trick-or-treat, hayrides, games and music. The address is 32087 Holly Lake Road, Millsboro. For more information, call 302-945-3410.

Fine art entries for Delaware Watercolor Society due Oct. 30

The Delaware Watercolor Society is calling for entries for its upcoming juried fine art exhibition to be held Friday, Nov. 3, to Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover. Member and nonmember artists who are 18 or older may submit for consideration up to two original works that have been created within the past three years in any water-based media except water-based oils. Paintings previously shown in DWS juried exhibition are ineligible. The society is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Rehoboth Beach that focuses on exploring, creating and sharing the wonders of watercolor and aqueous media with new, emerging and professional artists from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Artwork entries for this exhibition must be delivered between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday, Oct. 30, to the Biggs Museum. Juror and awards judge Mick McAndrews, PWCS, BWS, PWS, will select the paintings to be included in the exhibition, and will then award both monetary and merit prizes. Monetary awards totaling $600 for first, second and third place, and nonmonetary merit awards will be given to artists whose paintings demonstrate significant artistic value deserving acknowledgement. A reception open to the public will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Nov. 3. For more information and for entry forms, go to or call 302-945-3721.

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.