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Entertainment Briefs May 2019

May 22, 2019

Easterseals art exhibit to run at Rehoboth Art League through May 24

Easterseals participants and staff are showing their Easterseals Sussex Family and Friends Artfulness Exhibition through Friday, May 24, at the Rehoboth Art League. The exhibit showcases the art created by Easterseals adult day services participants and is made possible through the Easterseals Artfulness program. The art includes paintings and clay work.

For 100 years nationally, Easterseals has served as an indispensable resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers. For more information about how Easterseals helps children and adults with disabilities, call 800-677-3800 or go to www.de.easterseals.com.

Painted Stave to host Firefly Fest pre-party May 31

Homegrown & Homemade, a community meetup and celebration of all things Firefly, will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight, Friday, May 31, at Painted Stave Distilling in Smyrna. The event will feature multiple free chances to win Firefly Music Festival tickets plus swag giveaways, and a raffle to benefit the Cancer Support Community of Delaware Kent County Office. It is a great chance to meet fellow festival lovers. Island Noodles and Kee’s Cookies and Cupcakes will be on site. The party will feature outdoor performances in the cocktail garden (weather permitting) by Less Than Five, Reverse Giraffe, The Wet Bandits, Cypher Clique, Lovelorn and BoyWonder. In addition, there will be opportunities to shop for festival essentials at a carefully curated set of local vendors. There is no cost for entry. Family friendly. For details, go to www.paintedstave.com/public-events.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set June 1

The 15th annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 1, in downtown Bethany Beach. Shoppers can purchase jewelry, pottery, home decor, glass, woodwork, etc., from more than 100 fine crafters along the boardwalk, bandstand area, Garfield Parkway and Parkwood Street. Notes on the Beach will perform jazz standards from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. on the bandstand. This is a rain or shine event. All weather news will be available at www.townofbethanybeach.com under Activities.

The event is sponsored by the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee, and all vendors are selected by jury. Some are returning favorites to the show and other are new.

Dover Downs opens new steakhouse lounge

Dover Downs Hotel & Casino’s popular steakhouse, Michele’s, has transformed the current Dover Downs Lobby Bar into a new, intimate restaurant for both the public and casino guests to enjoy.
Opened to the public May 21, Michele’s Steakhouse Lounge will serve a new menu, along with some classic dishes from the existing casino restaurant, signature cocktails and an extensive wine list in a relaxing and comfortable setting. This cozy lounge, located just off the main hotel entrance, will also feature weekly live music beginning just after Memorial Day weekend.
“The expansion of Michele’s Steakhouse to our first floor of the casino is just the first of many new, exciting things you will see happening at Dover Downs.” said Nick Polcino, vice president and general manager. “Adding live music and a new lively restaurant/bar right inside our main entrance allows guests to eat, relax and unwind as soon as they walk through our doors. Our new ownership team at Twin River Worldwide Holdings is just getting started with making this property bigger and better than ever before, and we are very excited to make this first upgrade available to our guests.”
Michele’s Steakhouse Lounge will be open to the public from 5 to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Fridays and Saturdays, the space will be used for private casino player events.

Bethany Beach Books announces summer events

Bethany Beach Books team members are excited to announce its summer schedule of 81 authors visiting the store between Memorial Day and Labor Day is now available online. Events will include meet-and-greet signings, story times, author happy hours, and meet-and-mingle events with multiple authors. Most events will take place at Bethany Beach Books, but a few will take place offsite.

Authors include Mary Kay Andrews, Anna Pitoniak, Jamie Brenner, Elin Hilderbrand, Jerry Spinelli, Jane Green, Andrew Shaffer, Megan Miranda, Cindy Callaghan, Kristy Woodson Harvey, Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb, Steven Hartov, Nancy Sherman and more.

Some of the events require tickets or an RSVP, so patrons are encouraged to see full details on the website.

Bethany Beach Books can have any of the books signed and personalized for patrons who cannot attend the signings. Books can be mailed. For more information, call 302-539-2522 or go to www.www.bethanybeachbooks.com.

Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show set June 1

The 15th Annual Bethany Beach Seaside Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 1, in downtown Bethany Beach. Sponsored by the Cultural and Historical Affairs Committee, the show will feature more than 100 crafters along the boardwalk, bandstand area, Garfield Parkway and Parkwood Street. Vendors come from all over the country. All vendors are selected by jury. Notes on the Beach will perform jazz standards from 11 a.m. to  4 p.m. on the bandstand. This is a rain or shine event.

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

PPP auditions set June 9-10 for fall comedy ‘Arsenic and Old Lace’

Possum Point Players will hold auditions at 6:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday, June 9 and 10, for its fall comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” at Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown.

The cast requires 14 actors. Seven characters are men, three are women, and four can be either men or women. Auditions are open to all actors, no prior experience required. Those auditioning will be asked to present a prepared one-minute monologue and read from the script. The cast must be available for all show dates, which are Sept. 13-15 and 20-22.

For more information, or if unable to attend the audition but interested in auditioning or being part of the production crew, contact director John Hulse at 302-245-4147.

Farm bureau seeks chalkboard art entries by June 15

The Delaware Farm Bureau Women’s Committee is looking for an artist to create a new chalkboard drawing in its food booth at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington. The 4-by-8-foot drawing should depict the 100th anniversary of the Delaware State Fair and the 75th anniversary of Delaware Farm Bureau. A contest open to all Delaware residents up to age 24 is being held to select an artist, with a prize of $150 to be presented upon completion of the final chalkboard drawing. Winner must be available at some time July 15-18 to create the drawing. Materials will be provided. Applicants should submit a sketch in any medium, at least 8-by-11-inches, along with name, address, phone number, email address, school attending (if any) and a short biography. Sketch and information must be received by Saturday, June 15, and should be addressed to: Delaware Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Art Contest, 3457 S. DuPont Highway, Camden, DE 19934.
Winners will be announced by Sunday, June 30.

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.

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