Apply now to carve pumpkins for new October festival
The Biggs Museum and the Delaware State Fair are seeking carvers for an exciting new event to take place in late October - the Great Delaware Pumpkin Carve Festival. This inaugural regional competition will bring together 50 pumpkin carvers of all abilities. Artists, families, schools, businesses, groups of friends and more are encouraged to participate. Those interested are urged to register right away to bring their tools and creativity.
The competition will also have music, family-friendly activities, food, art and a grand illumination of the 50 massive jack-o-lanterns. There are only 50 carver spots that will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information and to apply, go to www.delawarestatefairgrounds.com.
Savor the Wish set in Lewes Aug. 18
Make-A-Wish Delaware will host its annual Savor the Wish, a wine and food tasting event, from 7 to 11 p.m., Saturday Aug. 18, at Nassau Valley Vineyards, 32165 Winery Way, Lewes. Local favorite the Funsters will provide musical entertainment. A local Delaware wish family will give a special presentation. There will be samplings from local businesses such as the Starboard, Beach Time Distilling, Painted Stave and Dogfish Head. There will also be tastings from local eateries such as Touch of Italy, Taco Reho, Wheelhouse and Paradise Grill. A vast array of silent auction items will be present for guests to bid on during the evening. Tickets at the door are $65 onsite.
Children’s theater to hold ‘Rumpelstiltskin’ auditions Aug. 19, 21
The Second Street Players Children’s Theater will hold auditions for “Rumpelstiltskin” at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 19, and 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Riverfront Theater, 2 South Washington St., Milford. Auditions are open for anyone ages 8 to 99. Anyone auditioning will be asked to do a cold reading from the script. If cast, there will be morning and afternoon performances Thursday, Oct. 4, and performances at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5 and 6, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 7. Those who audition must be available for all show dates. For more information, email email@example.com or go to www.secondstreetplayers.com.
Radio theater readers to meet Aug. 21
The monthly readings of the Possum Point Players Radio Theater are held at 7 p.m., the third Tuesday of each month at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The readings for Aug. 21 will be radio scripts from two popular shows, “The Whistler” and “Our Miss Brooks.” Everyone who attends can participate in the reading. The radio theater also re-creates old-time radio shows at venues throughout Sussex County. For more information, contact Bernie Noeller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-500-2788.
Lewes Summer Fine Art Festival to premiere Aug. 25-26
The inaugural Lewes Summer Fine Art Festival will feature original handmade art created by artisans from across America from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25 and 26, on the grounds of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. A variety of styles incorporating a diversity of materials and techniques will include sculpture, jewelry, painting, photography, mixed media, glass, ceramics, fiber art, metalwork and wood. Attendees may enjoy the opportunity to interact with the artisans as they purchase art for home or office, or commission a specific piece. For more information, go to www.paragonartevents.com.
Wild West returns at CHEER Frontier Festival Sept. 28
The 2nd Annual CHEER Frontier Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 28, on the grounds of the CHEER Community Center in Georgetown. Geared to the population who remembers the half-hour western television shows on Saturday mornings in the late 1960s, the day will feature entertainment, food, health vendors and fun.
Returning by popular demand will be the Karson Family of Ocean City, Md.’s Frontier Town – Shane, Julie and Clay. They will amaze the audience with their western feats and skills. Other entertainment includes carriage rides, guitar music, singers and a ventriloquist. Numerous healthcare educators and professionals will be available to answer questions. Attendees may come dressed in western attire.
Marshall Sponsor of the day is the Delaware Medicare Assistance Bureau. Deputy sponsors giving their support are Summit Orthopaedic Home Care, Tidewater Physical Therapy, Eastern Shore Water and local McDonald’s restaurants.
Admission is free. Lunch is available by ticket only for the first 500 preregistered attendees. It is free to all preregistered CHEER members and $5 for all others. For tickets, contact any CHEER activity center.
The event will be held rain or shine. For information about the Frontier Festival, call 302-515-3044.
Special summer issue of Outdoor Delaware magazine now available
A special issue of DNREC’s award-winning, flagship publication, Outdoor Delaware magazine – featuring 50 Ways to Escape the Ordinary – is hot off the press and available as a free gift to new subscribers. Articles highlight unusual or off-the-beaten-track places to see on DNREC lands, including awesome trails, fun festivals, bayshore stops, towers to visit, the best places to take photos or wet a line, water trails, historic attractions, places to eat and much more. To get this and each edition in a glossy, coffee-table version, subscriptions are $8 for one year, $15 for two years and $20 for three years.
Outdoor Delaware, DNREC’S conservation magazine, has been in circulation since 1956. It is published four times each year and presents 32 pages of stunning photography and engaging, informative articles on how everyone can preserve and protect the state’s precious natural resources.
For more information and to subscribe, go to https://de.gov/outdoordelaware.
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.