There are “officially” 100 days of summer from Memorial Day through Labor Day and the halfway point hits July 18 this year. Summer just turned 50 and is already starting that slow slide into autumn. Have you done 50% of the things you promised yourself you were going to do this summer? Strolled the Boardwalk after dark? Lost that extra 10 pounds? Had dinner or cocktails at that great restaurant that is only open during the season? Well, the days are dwindling down! Get that roll of quarters out of the drawer or download that parking app and start living. Way over 50% of what I’ve listed below is available to you seven nights a week, and parking is far easier on a Tuesday.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) has their summer repertory season in full swing with A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, and The Little Mermaid. Saturday nights you can catch the Delaware Comedy Theatre’s Late-R Night Show. Check their website for complete show schedule and summer camps. Get your tickets now for Well-Strung—the singing string quartet— Sunday, August 6.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458) offers an “Early Bird” subscription discount for their 2017-2018 season—five concerts for the price of four—you know you love their concerts, so why not save some money?
Concerts by the Sea (All Saints Episcopal; 18 Olive Avenue; 302-227-7202) Annual Summer Organ Recital Series, Thursday afternoons (12:15 p.m.) through August 3. Parish Director of Music, Jackson Borges, appears in concert Sunday, August 13 (4 p.m.). The U.S. Army Chorus Baritones perform September 14-15.
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area. July 19: Independence; July 20: Rehoboth Beach Country Club; July 23: Olney Winery; July 29: Harvest Ridge Winery; August 1: Dover Downs Hotel and Casino.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) present their Possum Juniors production of The Addams Family—July 20-23. Check their website for great summer camps!
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone on their calendar! July 15: Sean Reilly and the Sinatra Centennial Orchestra; July 20: Jaws: 3-D; July 21-22: Randy Rainbow (with Magnolia Applebottom as his opening act); July 28: Stand-Up Comedy with Corey Alexander and Keith Purnell; July 29: Ted Vigil in a tribute to John Denver. Check their website for info on multiple Summer Camps.
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Rehoboth Avenue and The Boardwalk) has provided free entertainment since 1963, and the tradition continues: July 14: U.S. Navy Country Current; July 15: Elvis impersonator Jesse Garron; July 16: Mike Hines and The Look; July 20: Cinema by the Surf; July 21: Lower Case Blues; July 22: The Dovells; July 23: The Threeties; July 28: Love Seed Mama Jump; July 29: Vinyl Shockley; July 30: Trailer Grass Orchestra; August 4: Dance Candy; August 5: Peter Johann Band; August 6: Still Surfin’. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095), 302-645-9095; rehobothfilm.com) screens new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre— July 14: The Exception; July 21: Maudie; August 4: Landline. Broadway HD: July 24-25: Incident at Vichy. National Theatre Live Screenings: Salome—August 14-15. Check their website for updates and show times. Cinema By the Canal: (Lewes Canalfront Park) Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Top Gun (July 27), Brave (August 10), and Jaws (August 24).
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (302-227-6766; in residence at Epworth United Methodist Church—19285 Holland Glade Road) continues their commitment to quality theatre experiences and training for children with summer camps through August 25. Their summer season includes Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Toad’s Escape.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) offers America’s favorite musical—Grease—July 28-August 6.
Back Porch Cafe (59 Rehoboth Avenue, 302-227-3674) New Work 2017 by Rodney Cook, July 19-August 15, 2017. Reception with the artist, Sunday, July 23, 4-6 p.m.
Biggs Museum of American Art (406 Federal Street, Dover; 302-674-2111) houses one of the areas’ most fascinating permanent collections of Americana, and currently features a retrospective of photographer Ansel Adams work—through July 30. Well worth the drive!
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) features Creatures by Susan Frey through July.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: Amandeline Gallery features original paintings by local and nationally-recognized artists, Romanian and Czech glass art, and hand-made ceramics as well as unique home furnishings. Paintiques transforms vintage reclaimed furniture into unique treasured heirlooms. 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. If you’re seeing a show at Clear Space, why not enjoy the galleries pre-show or at intermission?
*Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features the work of at least three dozen talented artists, as well as special events: July 14: Marion Osher’s Time Out for the Beach. Their master framer, Ed McGann, is onsite and ready to assist you with your framing needs.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has Earrings Galore, featuring earrings by 40 artists from around the country and continues throughout the summer. Also currently showing: Alliance—featuring Kate Furman and Kate Mess Bauman. Heidi always has 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+). Visit their website for details.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes; 302-645-0551) features 12x12x12— Twelve artists present 12x12 art—through July 29. Don’t we all have at least one square foot of wall space that could use some new art?
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) is preparing for their 44th Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show—August 5-6 and 12-13. Currently showing: 44th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition; Diners and Other Roadside Attractions—works by Gordon Inyard, and Mindfulness—works by Joseph Terrone through July 23. Illustrations, Portraits, and France—works by Ethel P. B. Leach through October 1. Opening July 28—79th Annual Members’ Fine Art Exhibition.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) Their newest exhibit, Angry Waters, tells the story of a seaside village (Rehoboth Beach) and its volatile relationship with the ocean. Little hands are welcome, they are handicap accessible, and the gift shop has some great stuff. Admission is by donation, and well worth supporting. Their 12th Annual Beach Ball will be held on August 5 at the Kings Creek Country Club. The museum is open daily.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) has reopened in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard. The gallery features art in different mediums by Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin.
Photo:Dolle's Late Sun by Rodney Cook. Email Doug Yetter