Entertainment Briefs July 2019

July 17, 2019

Duck and goose calling contest set July 20 at state fair

DNREC’s Division of Community Affairs will host the first Delaware Duck and Goose Calling contest from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, July 20, at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

Registration for participants in junior and senior levels will be open from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Hertrich Plaza in front of the grandstand, where the contest will be held. A draped area near the stage will be cordoned off for competitors to practice their calls.

The contest will consist of a three-round competition, with calling routines of 60 seconds per duck and goose caller. Trophies will be presented for first, second and third place in each contest.

For more information about DNREC at the Delaware State Fair, visit

Recycled cardboard boat regatta set Aug. 3

Fun and family-oriented, the 6th Annual Recycled Cardboard Boat Regatta is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3., at the Nanticoke River Marina, Blades. Rain date is Sunday. Aug. 4. The challenge is to build a recycled cardboard boat that will hold up to four adults through a 200-yard water course. Team members design a boat, gather cardboard, duct tape and latex paint. The event is great for spectators. Grilled burgers and hot dogs will be available. On-the-water remote boat demonstration begins the festivities. To register, go to and click on Reclaim Our River Program Events and Activities. Any proceeds go to river restoration and protection efforts. For more information, call Nan Zamorski at 302-536-1722.

Seaford Community Concerts Association season to start Sept. 18

The Seaford Community Concerts Association announced its 2019-20 season performances.

The 71st season programs are: Celtic Angels, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18; Sons of Serendip, 7:30 p.m.,  Wednesday, Oct. 23; Loren & Mark, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21; The Maxwell Quartet, 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 31; and Broadway Bound, 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 22. All performances are held at the Seaford High School Madden auditorium. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For a full description of all performances and to purchase a membership, go to For $70, members may attend all programs. Children are admitted free with a paying adult.

For more information, go to

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

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 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