Entertainment Briefs Winter 2019-20

February 19, 2020

Summer art camp registration now open at Rehoboth Art League

The Rehoboth Art League's Summer Art Camps provide a creative experience with professional instruction in a fun and relaxed environment. Young artists can explore drawing, painting, sewing, ceramics and more at the Henlopen Acres campus. Sessions fill up fast, so early registration is recommended. For a complete schedule, go to

Acoustic open mic Tuesdays at Gilligan’s in Milton

Gilligan’s Bar and Grill holds acoustic open mic nights from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at 200 Broadkill Road, Milton. The event is open to all ages and styles, and loaner instruments are available. Frantic Frets of Milton hosts the open mics. For more information, go to or call 302-402-3055.

Poetry Out Loud student competition set Feb. 25

The Delaware Division of the Arts will host 17 students competing in the annual Poetry Out Loud free recitation contest at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Smyrna Opera House. Finalists will compete for the opportunity to represent Delaware in the national finals in Washington, D.C. where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. Local students competing include Josh-Samuel Ikechi-Konkwo, Cape Henlopen High School; Willy Vasquez, Indian River High School; Rebecca Wisniewski, Milford Senior High School; and Penn Smith, Sussex Central High School. The competition encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition. 

Tribute to the Drifters show Feb. 29

The Modern Maturity Center in Dover will host its annual Doo Wop Dinner Concert Saturday, Feb. 29. This year's event features a tribute to the Drifters. Cost is $45 per person for dinner and the show. Dinner is at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 7:15 p.m. Through a historical journey, which included five legendary lead singers including Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the late Clyde McPhatter and the late Ben E. King, the group's ongoing story has covered the entire spectrum of rock ‘n’ roll. They were the first African American vocal group to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Their classic tune "Under The Boardwalk" is the most played R&B record of all time.  All proceeds benefit Modern Maturity Center programs for older adults. For more information or tickets, call 302-734-1200, Ext 167.

Mispillion Art League creative writing class to start March 4

The Mispillion Art League announced that Dianne Pearce will facilitate a new writing course titled Let’s Make Art…With Words, designed to help aspiring authors develop their skills in creative nonfiction, poetry and fiction. Open to ages 16 and older, the six-week class runs from 2 to 4 p.m., beginning Wednesday, March 4. Pearce is an award-winning author and publisher. She founded the Milton Workshop in 2015 and co-founded Devil’s Party Press in 2017. She has taught creative writing in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Delaware and Maryland. The Mispillion Art League is at 5 N Walnut St., Milford. The class will be limited to 10 students. For more information, go to

Greater Millsboro Art League to host quarter auction March 6

The Greater Millsboro Art League and Ocean Waves Quilt Guild will host a quarter auction featuring thousands of dollars in prizes from generous local businesses and organizations from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, March 6, at the Millsboro Fire Hall, 109 E. State St., Millsboro. Bidding begins at 6 p.m. Preordered paddles are $25 and preordered All-In paddles are $50. Guests pay $35 for paddles and $60 for all-in paddles at the door.

“This event will be lots of fun and will raise funds to help both GMAL and the Ocean Waves Quilt Guild continue to provide community art education programs, highlight our member artists, and foster greater appreciation for the arts,” said Debra Doucette, Greater Millsboro Art League director.

To reserve individual paddles or a table of eight, call the Greater Millsboro Art League at 302-934-6440.

American Pilgrims on the Camino to hike March 7

The Delmarva Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino will hike five miles on the Junction & Breakwater Trail from 1 to 3  p.m., Saturday, March 7. The trail surface is asphalt and crushed stone.

Winding its way through Cape Henlopen State Park, the pine-studded rail-trail offers views of wetlands, cornfields and forests. Hawks and geese can be spotted in the air, and deer, squirrels and other small woodland animals share the trail.

Attendees will meet in the parking lot behind the Tanger Outlets at 19884 Hebron Road, Rehoboth. After the hike, participants will head to Iron HIll Brewery, 19815 Coastal Highway, Rehoboth, for happy hour and discussion about the Camino Primitivo.

For more information and to RSVP, call Ann Loar Brooks at 410-960-3571 or email

Dover Symphony to perform classical concert March 15

The Dover Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Donald Buxton, will begin the second half of its 2019-20 season at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 15, at the Rollins Center at Dover Downs.

Soloist for this concert will be Stefan Xhori, concertmaster, who will perform “Poeme” by Ernest Chausson with the orchestra. Additional works for the concert will be Sibelius' “Finlandia,” selections from Debussy's “Children's Corner,” and Schubert's Symphony No. 8, known as the “Unfinished Symphony.”

Xhori continues to perform with a number of organizations in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. He teaches violin for the Music School of Delaware and at his home studio. Since becoming concertmaster, he has developed a loyal following for his solo performances.

Valet parking will be available. A bake sale will offer sweet treats.

Admission prices are adults, $20; seniors/students/military/first responders, $15. Young people 18 and under are admitted free with a paying adult. To purchase tickets, go to, call 302-492-0353 or pay at the door.

Oldies dance to benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street April 3

Rehoboth Beach Main Street, friends, residents and neighbors are invited to an oldies dance set for 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, April 3, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. The evening’s proceeds will benefit Main Street and the Rehoboth in Bloom program. DJ Sky Brady will be spinning the tunes. Beer, wine, coffee, snacks and desserts will be provided. Tickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door.

Rehoboth Concert Band concert set April 19

The Cape Henlopen Senior Center announced that Rehoboth Concert Band will once again offer an annual spring fundraiser performance, titled Tapestry II, at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at Epworth United Methodist Church, 198285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $20. To purchase tickets, stop by the senior center, 11 Christian St., Rehoboth Beach or buy at the door.

Bug & Bud Festival seeks vendors for April 25 event in Milford

Hosted by Downtown Milford Inc. and the City of Milford Parks and Recreation Department, the 17th Annual Bug & Bud Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 25, along Walnut Street and the Mispillion Riverwalk in historic downtown Milford.

Organizers are seeking craft and business vendors, nonprofit vendors, downtown business owners and sponsors.

For those interested in registering, go to For more information, email or call 302-839-1180. Interested food vendors can contact Doreen at parks and recreation at 302-422-1104.

Milford’s Bug and Bud Festival started in 2004 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the ladybug’s having been named Delaware’s state bug. After reading an article about state trees, flowers and bugs, the children of the second-grade class from Milford’s LuLu Ross Elementary School asked their teacher, Molly Brown Rust, if Delaware had a state bug. The answer was no. Thus began a year-long effort by the class, culminating on April 25, 1974, with the state legislature voting to designate the ladybug as the state bug by virtue of its agricultural usefulness and the outstanding class presentations to the legislature.

TobyMac to play Delaware State Fair July 28

The Delaware State Fair announced that TobyMac is slated to perform with Love and the Outcome on Tuesday, July 28, in M&T Bank Grandstand.

“The 2019 Summer Concert Series was a big success and we want to continue to grow our concert offerings for the upcoming Fair. TobyMac is an excellent way to kick things off for 2020,” said Danny Aguilar, assistant general manager for the Delaware State Fair.

Tickets are $20 to $60, plus service fees. For more information, go to

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