Cleaning the canal and gearing up for live jazz

The Lewes-Rehoboth Canal is cleaner and safer now that a considerable amount of old pilings, broken-down docks and overhanging trees have been removed. BY DENNIS FORNEY
October 4, 2013

A barge loaded with remnants of old docks, derelict pilings and pieces of large trees sat in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal recently near Harry Caswell’s house. Owned by Droney Marine, the barge held evidence that a $10,000 grant being administered by the Center for the Inland Bays is bearing fruit.

According to a spokesman for the division that keeps an eye on Delaware’s waterways, the grant is intended to clear obstructions and other hazards from the Inland Bays area. The work started in the section of Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on either side of the Rehoboth Avenue drawbridge. Caswell said the work really cleaned up the banks of the canal, adding to the beauty and the safety of the waterway.

Jazz festival crowds swelling

Denny Santangini, president of Delaware Celebration of Jazz Inc., which stages the annual Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, said this week tickets are going fast for the 24th edition planned for Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 17 through 20. Eight out of eleven shows scheduled at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, the auditorium at Cape Henlopen High School and other venues are sold out. “Our Friday night show at Cape Henlopen High School, featuring Najee, Alex Bugnon and Keiko Matsui, has been sold out for a month,” said Santangini.

The jazz festival brings thousands of people into Delaware’s Cape Region for a weekend of live music and fine dining. “We think of our Thursday night show at the Performing Arts Center of Cape Henlopen High School as Locals Night,” said Santangini. “We have a great show this year featuring percussionist and vocalist Sheila E., her father, Pete Escovedo - also a percussionist, and Marion Meadows on soprano sax. These are awesome musicians who put on great live shows, and we’d like to see a strong local showing. If every business who sees an uptick from the jazz festival would buy a ticket or two to the Thursday night show, that would be a great help. Use them yourself or give them to someone else who loves great live music. You’ll be a hero!” said Santangini.

In addition to Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and Cape Henlopen High School, there will also be shows at Epworth United Methodist Church in Rehoboth and Delaware Distilling Company at Midway.

Jazz fest kingpins Santangini and Leon Galitzin are already starting to make special plans for the 25th anniversary Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival in 2014.

For more information on the 2013 festival, go to

Symphony coming to Cape

Cape Henlopen High School’s Performing Arts Center is continuing to build energy as a major cultural center for Delaware’s Cape Region. On Saturday, Dec. 7, the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra will play its inaugural concert in the auditorium under the direction of Musical Director Julien Benichou. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature orchestral and choral works to celebrate the season. The school’s Performing Arts Center features excellent acoustics and seating, and it will be exciting to hear the hall filled with the music performed by Mid-Atlantic Symphony’s exceptional ensemble of professional musicians. That concert will also feature some very special voices from the international scene. Stay tuned.

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