The Gregorian calendar begins with a month named for the two-faced God, Janus, who has the ability to look to the past and the future at the same time. While I will admit that it is human nature to ponder the successes and failures of our past, life only moves in one direction—denying us the chance to correct the missteps of the days we’ve already lived. I encourage each of you to look only to the future and welcome the coming of each day as a new beginning—your own personal New Year—and celebrate every day like a holiday. Make a resolution to include the arts in your lives, as they broaden the human experience. Turn off the news and the computer and get out of your cave before it’s too late. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus If you missed the largest vocal group in the state performing Come Fly With Me! you can catch the encore performance at Del Tech - Sunday, April 2 (3 p.m.).
Capital Ringers (302-632-3106) are hitting the road with their spring concert Ringin’ Rhythms—April 22—May 6. Check their website for concert locations and times.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) features Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite starring Andrew Criss—through February 12. Gypsy opens March 10.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) brings Violinist Elena Urioste and cellist Nicholas Cannellakis to the stage on February 11 (2 p.m.). $30 ($35 for premium seating), free for ages 10-18 (one adult per youth), and student/military discounts.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) offers another great Neil Simon comedy: Fools—February 10-19. Auditions for Johnny Guitar: The Musical - Sunday, February 12 and Tuesday, February 14 (7 p.m.). From March 2—April 6, they also offer classes in Jazz and Tap!
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area. Check their website for locations.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) presents the charming Enchanted April—February 3-12. Driving Miss Daisy will grace their stage March 31-April 9.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) offers a huge variety of entertainment! Every Monday is LoDel Live, every Tuesday is Mooncat Comedy Open Mic, and every third Wednesday of the month is Transcendental Jam Session—Kirtan. Here’s the rest of their calendar: February 3: Murder: Take 2—Interactive Murder Mystery; February 4: The Funsters Dance Party—to benefit The Milton Theatre Educational Program; February 8: Defending the Caregiver—benefits the “Lifting David” program; February 10: Kathie Martin & The Hot Rods; February 11: Hypnotist Gary Conrad; February 23: Stand-Up Comedy; February 24: Surfrider Foundation screens The Fisherman’s Son and This Time Tomorrow; February 25: Illusions: An Evening of Magic; March 4: Singer/Songwriter Beth McDonald and Joe Holt; March 10: Rocky Horror Picture Show; March 11: An Evening with Billy Joel with Joe Trainor and Friends; March 17: Rob Zinn Group with jazz, funk, Latin, R&B and more; March 18: Delaware Comedy Theatre; March 24: The Johnny Cash Experience.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) screens Independent films every Friday at their Cinema Art Theatre (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes). Oscar Nominated Shorts: February 10, 11, 12 & 16. National Theatre Live Screenings: Amadeus—February and Saint Joan—March. Women’s Film Series: Met Opera Live in HD: Rusalka—February 25; La Traviata—March 11; Idomeneo—March 25 (Cape Henlopen High Theater). Comedy Tuesdays: The Brand New Testament—February 7; Wild Oats—February 14; Learning to Drive—February 21. Women’s Film Series: Granny’s Got Game—February 28; The Founders—March 28. Mark your calendars for The Second Annual Jewish Film Festival—March 22-26.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents Superstar Composers from Baroque to Contemporary—featuring pianist and vocalist, Doug Yetter (hmm…where have I heard that name…?)—Friday, March 10 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, March 12 (4 p.m.) at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern DE (30486 George-town-Lewes Hwy in Lewes).
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (302-227-6766) continues their commitment to quality theatre experiences and training for children with summer camps from July 10-August 25. Why mention this in February? Because they are offering an “Early Bird” discount if you register your kids or grandkids for a film or theater camp before February 24. Check out the MOMS Club of Coastal Delaware Preschool and Activity Fair at Epworth UMC (19285 Holland Glade Rd) on Saturday, February 4 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and register at the RSCT booth in person.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) presents The Sunshine Boys—the third Neil Simon comedy being offered in the area!—February 10-19. Their Children’s Theater will produce Robin Hood and His Merry Men—March 10-12.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: Amandeline Gallery featuring art by Victor Del Castillo, M. P. Gerald, Sergey Cherep and Nick Paciorek. Paintiques has “Painted Furniture Galore”! as well as a great selection of pieces. They can customize anything and do beautiful work. WibergArt and Studio 3 displays the work of renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, as well as the work of many fine local artists.
*Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features great modern/contemporary art.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has classes in jewelry making, and beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) offers painting classes and “pARTies” for all occasions—days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends (age 7+). Of note this month: Valentine’s Day Mini Canvas Set—February 4; Family Day Classes—February 5, 11 & 17; Galentine’s Day: Chic Lady—February 14; Paint Club: Seaside Treasures - February 16; Painting with a Purpose (to benefit the Alana Rose Foundation)—February 23; ARTy Gras pARTy - February 28. Visit their website for details.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes; 302-645-0551) is busy “sprucing” up their gallery this month in preparation for a great year of shows.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) through February 5: Second Annual Juried Camera Club Members’ Exhibition and Focal Point 2. Opening February 10: Mid-20th Century Women in Art at the RAL. Local artist Rosemary Connelly teaches Learning to Use Pen and Ink with Watercolor—February 11 and 25 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) invites you to stop in and see their collection of vintage postcards (including a special pop-up display of vintage Valentine-themed postcards) before the exhibit closes. Also showcased are the winners of the Delaware Beach Life magazine annual photo contest—a burst of color and sunshine for a wintry day.