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Entertainment Briefs Fall 2019

September 18, 2019

Dover Symphony Orchestra to perform Oct. 12

The Dover Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Donald Buxton will open its 2019-20 season with a concert at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Calvary Church on East Lebanon Road in Dover. The fall classical concert will feature compositions by four relatively early classical composers – Bach, Boccherini, Haydn and Rossini. The centerpiece of the concert will be Haydn’s “Symphony No. 101-The Clock Symphony.” Single tickets are $20 for adults or $15 for students, military, first responders and seniors 62 and older. Young people under 18 are always admitted free with a paying adult. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.doversymphony.org or call 302-270-1903. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Fall festival set at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Oct. 4

The Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Family Fall Festival will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, for attendees to enjoy the wonders of the fall season. Family-friendly fun includes rides, games, vendors, and delicious baked goods and hot food for sale. Wristbands may be purchased at $25 each for unlimited access to all games and rides. This year, several new attractions were added including the Mind Winder and Ladder Climb rides. Crowd favorites like the Surf Challenge, Gaming Truck, Archery Game and Laser Tag are back by popular demand. There will also be hayrides, carnival games and a rock wall. There is free parking. All proceeds benefit the home and school association. Educating students in preschool through eighth grade, Most Blessed Sacrament is at 11242 Racetrack Road, Berlin, Md. For more information, go to www.mostblessedsacramentschool.com.

Beachcombers Corvette Club preregistration due Oct. 12

The Beachcombers Corvette Club of Southern Delaware will host its annual car show from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at Salted Vines Winery in Frankford. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 20. The event will include beautiful cars, music, Casapulla’s food truck, wine tasting and much more. Net proceeds from this year’s show will support educational scholarships in southern Delaware. The first 100 to register will receive dash plaques. Top 50 trophies will be awarded. Participants can preregister by Saturday, Oct. 12, at a cost of $15. Checks may be made payable and sent to Beachcombers Corvette Club, PO Box 1783, Millsboro, DE 19966. Registration at the door will be $20. Participants will be judged for Best Paint, Best Interior and Best Model on all years, makes and models. There is no charge for general admission. For more information, go to www.beachcomberscorvetteclub.org or call Viki at 917-539-253.

Leipsic Oyster Festival seeks food vendors for Oct. 12 event

Fresh-from-the-water oysters, live music and authentic central Delaware charm will be on display at the 3rd Annual Leipsic Oyster Festival, set for 12 to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at Northwood Park in historic Leipsic. In addition to oysters, steamed crabs will be on the menu this year.

The festival celebrates Leipsic’s long history as a working riverfront community and the natural bounty its residents have harvested for hundreds of years.

“The third year of this growing festival, which showcases Leipsic and its history as a waterfront community, will be better than ever,” said festival organizer Debbie McKeever. “Moving the festival to the new Northwood Park gives us more space for live entertainment, vendors and guests, as well as a beautiful setting for everyone to enjoy.”

Applications are now open for those interested in being food vendors for the festival.

For more information, go to www.leipsicoysterfest.com.

Industry Night at the Fork+Flask to benefit ESL Oct. 16

Join Fork+Flask Dine & Donate Dinner Event Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 4 to 11 p.m.  Fork+Flask will be featuring “Melting Pot” specialties to help support the English as a Second Language Program at the Lutheran Church of Our Savior in Rehoboth Beach.

Proceeds (15 percent of the check) will be donated and used to purchase educational supplies that will directly benefit more than 125 adults from 20+ countries to learn English in order to acculturate to the USA and to improve their families’ lives.  Please invite family, friends, neighbors, golf buddies, and book club buddies to this very worthwhile event.  Fork + Flask is located at 19730 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach.

Delaware Arts Summit registration due Oct. 22

The Delaware Division of the Arts will present the 2019 Delaware Arts Summit from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 28,  at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover. Held biannially, Delaware’s premier arts conference brings together arts community members for professional development, performances and networking. This year’s theme is Bringing the Arts to Life. A variety of workshops will help attendees build skills in areas such as attracting and keeping audiences, financial wellness for artists and digital marketing. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and all of the day’s activities. The price to attend is $55 through through Tuesday, Oct. 22, which is the online registration deadline. For more information and to register, go to www.arts.delaware.gov/summit.

Rehoboth Concert Band to present Music That Goes Boo Oct. 27

The Rehoboth Concert Band will perform a concert entitled Music That Goes Boo from 3 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27,  at Love Creek Elementary School, at 19488 John J. Williams Highway, Lewes. This spine-tingling concert promises to be a treat for children and adults alike. Tickets are $10 per adult, payable in cash at the door. As always, young listeners 18 years and under are admitted free. Costumes are encouraged.

Arts organizations may receive matching funds through Dec. 31

In recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, the Delaware Division of the Arts has allocated $400,000 to leverage private and corporate giving to arts organizations receiving general operating support in fiscal year 2020.

This challenge grant opportunity encourages arts organizations to reach out to current and potential donors to contribute through Tuesday, Dec. 31 so that their contributions can be matched with a corresponding increase to an organization’s fiscal year 2020 general operating support grant for operational expenses (not capital or endowment campaigns).

Arts organizations may hold special fundraising initiatives to take advantage of this, or incorporate it into their current year-end fundraising strategies.

In short, for every dollar contributed from private and corporate donations for operational expenses during the three-month campaign from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, the division will increase its fiscal year 2020 general operating support grant by the same amount, not to exceed $25,000. In order to be eligible, the organization must raise a minimum of $500.

For more information, email Paul Weagraff at paul.weagraff@delaware.gov.

Rehoboth library auctioning prime viewing space for Sea Witch Parade

The Friends of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library announced an innovative idea to raise money for the library – auctioning access to the library’s balcony and upstairs meeting room, which are ideally situated for enjoying the Sea Witch Parade as it proceeds down Rehoboth Avenue.

The winning bidder will have the best seats in town, complete with a fully equipped kitchen, access to AV equipment, restrooms and two reserved parking spaces behind the library.

Individuals and organizations can request more information and make bids by emailing rehobothlibraryfriends@gmail.com The winner will be announced at 12 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 28. The Sea Witch Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.

Big Draw Festival Delaware slated for October

Mispillion Art League will present the 2019 Big Draw Festival Delaware during the month of October.

Offering more than 50 activities and classes suitable for artists and non-artists, families, and kids all over Delaware, the festival is part of an international annual event taking place in over 25 countries and involving more than 500,000 participants.

The aim of the festival is to encourage community members to participate in art-making, and enjoy the benefits of self-expression and creativity using a multitude of mediums.There will be drawing activities for all skill levels, photography classes, painting classes and possibly some sandcastle making.

In Milford, folks will be making chalk art on the street, painting a mandala on the Mispillion Art League building, crafting origami birds, sketching dancers and actors in costume, taking photographs with light, learning to create wicked zombie makeup for Halloween, and much more.

MAL is partnering with Jerry’s Artarama in Newark, Milton Arts Guild, Rehoboth Art League, Developing Artist Collaboration in Rehoboth Beach, Yorklyn Center for Creative Arts and Nanticoke River Arts Council to bring these and other exciting art opportunities to surrounding communities.

For 2019 Big Draw Festival Delaware news, go to Facebook and www.mispillionarts.org.

Chaka Khan to perform at Dover Downs Nov. 15

Chaka Khan, one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated music icons, will perform at 9 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino’s Rollins Center. Ticket prices range from $50-$115. Kahn said, “I am so humbled by the love, support and gracious spirit of my fans worldwide and the continuous support my peers have shown over the years.” Still at the height of her astounding vocal powers, Chaka Khan is creating new projects and earning new honors. To purchase tickets or for more information, go to www.doverdowns.com.

Run for the Arts set Nov. 16 in Milford

Mispillion Art League and the Seashore Striders will present the 2nd Annual Run for the Arts 5K/1M Run/Walk at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, starting from the Arena’s parking lot in Milford. Cost is $25 if registered by 12 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14, or $30 on race day. Race T-shirts will be given to all preregistered participants. The after party will again be hosted by Park Place Restaurant in Milford, with beer donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. For more information, go to www.seashorestriders.com or www.mispillionarts.org. Those who wish to support but not run or walk may make an online donation. Proceeds benefit Mispillion Art League.

Possum Point Players seeks makeup chairperson

Possum Point Players is looking for someone to serve as makeup chairperson on its artistic committee. The position entails attending committee meetings once a month,  as well as being in charge of the makeup room at Possum Hall and keeping track of inventory. It also means either assisting PPP stage directors with finding someone to take charge of makeup for their shows, or serving in that capacity themselves. For more information about the responsibilities, contact Beth Howlett at bhowlettsinger@gmail.com or 302-249-1362.

Pottery lessons available at Mispillion Art League

Mispillion Art League is offering pottery lessons for individuals. Participants can select wheel-throwing or hand-building, or a combination of the two methods. Lessons are six 90-minute sessions and include instruction for making pieces, having them bisque fired, glazing instruction and glaze firing.
Cost for six lessons is $350 for members and $385 for nonmembers. Clay is $20 for a 25-lb. bag. Only this clay can be used due to firing and glazing considerations.

Pottery needs drying time and firing time, so the six sessions will cover several weeks. The league will set a schedule that works for the student and the instructor.

For supplies, students will need a covered pail or small bucket with a lid, such as a 2-gallon pail, available at hardware stores. Some MAL tools necessary for throwing, footing or hand-building may be used. The instructor can recommend tools to purchase. Since clay is luscious mud, participants should consider wearing a smock, apron or older clothes, and bring a towel or some protection for their car seat.

The most important rules are to delight in working with clay, take pride in learning, laugh, turn frustration into finding out even more about clay and the process of making things, and enjoy the time and experiences. To arrange sessions, call 302-430-7646.

Admission is free for youngsters at Coastal Concerts performances

Coastal Concerts invites adults to bring children 18 and under to its performances free of charge. To preregister for a child and accompanying adult to attend free, call 888-212-6458. Tickets sell for $35 each for most performances, so getting them free is quite a savings.

Each season, concerts include world-class classical soloists and ensembles that provide exciting and memorable entertainment in a relaxed, informal setting. Performances are held at the Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. For the current season's schedule and more information, go to www.coastalconcerts.org