Entertainment Briefs Fall 2019

October 23, 2019

Halloween bingo to benefit Immanuel Shelter Oct. 30

Immanuel Shelter will host a Bubbles and Bites Halloween bingo fundraiser at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Presale tickets are $55 and include eight bingo games, snacks and prizes. Tickets at the door will be $60. Wine, beer, water and soda will be available for purchase. There will be contests for best costumes and table decorations. Established in 2010, Immanuel Shelter provides winter refuge services to people in the Rehoboth area. President Janet Idema said the shelter helped 110 people this past winter. When it closed for the season, she said, 17 had jobs.  

HalloWine event to benefit Get Well Gabby Foundation Oct. 26

Salted Vines Vineyard and Winery will host HalloWine in the Vines from 6 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. The adults-only event will benefit the Get Well Gabby Foundation. Guests are encouraged to come in costume to enjoy an evening of wine and treats pairings, live music, food and a sneak peek of a new wine release. A $20 ticket includes five wine and Halloween treat pairings, and a complimentary wine tasting glass and wineglass lanyard to enjoy hands-free tasting. The winery will also offer $5 off the purchase of three bottles of wine and $5 for 4-oz. glasses of wine and regular slushies. J&B Grilling’s food truck will be on site, and live entertainment will be provided by Kyle Offidani. A portion of the ticket proceeds will be donated to the foundation, which is committed to raising funds for childhood brain cancer research to help find a cure, assisting in the care and well-being of children and their families battling childhood cancer, and providing resources for families so they can stay with their child during their journey. Donations of new children's books and additional monetary donations are welcome and appreciated. For more information, go to

Silent movie to be accompanied by live organ music Oct. 31

Silent movie night, a yearly Halloween tradition, returns at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31, to All Saints’ Church in Rehoboth Beach. Organist and Director of Music Jackson Borges transforms the church into a movie palace of yesteryear. The featured film will be Director F.W. Murnau's 1926 silent masterpiece "Faust." Playing the church's Peragallo pipe organ, Borges provides an improvised movie score. This event is free and open to the public, with parental guidance suggested. Popcorn will be provided and wearing costumes is encouraged. All Saints’ is at 18 Olive Ave., Rehoboth Beach. For more information, go to or call 302-227-7202.

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 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.

Sussex Republicans to host barn dance Nov. 2

The Sussex County Republican Club will host a barn dance from 6:30 to 10 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, at Dave Wilson’s Auction House Gallery in Lincoln. There will be country music, food and drinks, line dancing, a silent auction and door prizes. Attendees are encouraged to wear country duds and red Trump hats. The address is 10120 DuPont Blvd., Route 113, Lincoln. Tickets are $30; to purchase, mail a check for $30, payable to the Sussex County Republican Club, P.O. Box 388, Georgetown, DE 19947-0388 or call Bill Gorton at 240 305-8450 or Sally Duveneck at 302 531-5967.

Children’s breakfast event to benefit Milton Fire Department Nov. 9

Three beloved feature film characters – Elsa, Anna, and Olaf –  will be on hand to meet their young fans at a special children’s breakfast, Saturday, Nov.  9, at the new H.O. Brittingham Elementary School, 402 Mulberry St., Milton. Tickets are $15 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Milton Fire Department expansion campaign. Children under 3 will be admitted free. Attendees can choose from six 30-minute time slots during which children can interact with the characters and have breakfast.  Afterward, children can have their faces painted, visit the craft table and purchase raffle tickets for $1 or 10 for $5, for a toy raffle. The seating periods are designed to give children the greatest opportunity to interact with Elsa, Anna and Olaf. They will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with the 11:30 a.m. session. To purchase tickets and confirm seating time, go to or email Terri Colegrove at A new film featuring Elsa, Anna, and Olaf is coming to local theaters Friday, Nov.  22.

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

Mystery dinner to benefit Bethel Historical Society Nov. 16

The Bethel Historical Society invites everyone to a mystery dinner starting with a cash bar at 5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 16, at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church hall in Laurel. It is the maiden voyage of the S.S. Gigantic. The year is 1928. The champagne is flowing and the guest list is brimming with celebrities. It is all glitz and glamour until someone steals the Abandon-All-Hope Diamond from silent screen star Miss Gloria Swansong, and all the radar and iceberg detection devices suddenly fail. It is up to the dining patrons to help solve this hilarious whodunit. Gourmet dinner and dessert will be provided by Southern Grill of Seaford. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. and tickets are $45 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to and follow Bethel Maritime Museum on Facebook.

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 or Those who wish to support but not run or walk may make an online donation. Proceeds benefit Mispillion Art League.

Figure skating club to perform ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ Dec. 6-7

With signups open and rehearsals beginning, the Centre Ice Rink at Delaware State Fair in Harrington is already “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” as Bay Country Figure Skating Club prepares to present its annual holiday shows at 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and 1:30 and 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7. Directed by Centre Skating Director Jerry Santoferrara and coach Tom Harrison, the show features music and characters from beloved holiday classics. Local skaters of all ages and levels will perform, including Bay Country Figure Skating Club members, students and coaches from the rink’s skating programs. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for ages 3-16, with free admission for children ages 2 and younger. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, go to Tickets also will be available at the door.

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 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.

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

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