Diamond Edge Foundation Educates Elected Officials
As the recent debate about subversively gay Teletubbies shows, controversy about sexual orientation issues continues to rage. During the first week of March, the Diamond Edge Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating Delawareans about sexual orientation issues, will launch a special educational effort with Delawares State and Federal legislators. All 21 State Senators, 41 State Representatives, and the states 3 member Federal delegation, will be presented with a book and a video designed to help them better understand their gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgender constituents. Copies will also be distributed to Governor Tom Carper and Lt. Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.
Since one in four families has a gay or lesbian family member, it is vital that legislators understand the needs of this significant bloc of constituents. The book, Eric Marcus Is It A Choice? Answers to 300 of the most frequently asked questions about gays and lesbians, is an authoritative guide offering comprehensive, candid, and well-organized answers to questions about sexual orientation. The Rhetoric of Intolerance: an open-letter video to Pat Robertson from Dr. Mel White, is a thought provoking video which offers a powerful and insightful rebuttal to the radical rights view of gays and lesbians.
The Diamond Edge Foundation is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1994. It is supported mainly by contributions from concerned Delawareans. Part of the cost of this legislative education project is being underwritten by a grant from the former Delaware Chapter of National Association of Women for Understanding (NAWU).
Henlopen Theater Project Takes a Look at Classic Drag
A series of five theater programs by a variety of speakers sponsored by Henlopen Theater Project will begin in March and continue through October at different locations throughout the county.
"Male Creation of Female Roles" will be Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. at Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats, 320 Rehoboth Avenue. Ann Colwell, associate professor of English at the University of Delaware, will discuss classic eighteenth century theater when female roles were played by men. "The subject has become relevant with the resurgence of Shakesperian Theater," said Chris King, chairman of the series. "We are looking forward to an entertaining look at what Professor Colwell calls Classic Drag."
Future programs in the series include: "Comedy in the Theater," "Doctors on Stage," and "How to be Your Own Critic." Speakers and locations for each of the programs will be announced later this Spring.
The program is free to the public. For more information call the Henlopen Theater Project at 302-226-4103.
Renaissance Festival Brings Art to Rehoboth
A group of local art lovers and promoters have joined together to produce Renaissance in Rehoboth, an eight week exposition of art and artists to the Cape Henlopen region from March 10 through May 19. Planners are hoping it will become an annual springtime art event.
Dave Ackerman, founder, and Jody Hudson, president, began planning the Renaissance around an art school that the Atlantic Sands Hotel is bringing to Rehoboth Beach. Master Libby Berry is coming into the area to teach local students drawing and renaissance techniques. Abraxus, a well known local artist and graduate of her New Renaissance Academy of Living Oils, will be teaching as well. In conjunction with her classes, art will be showcased all over town. The group has been extremely successful in attracting regional artists, many of whom have painted local scenes and landmarks. An outdoor art show and sale is also planned for Penny Lane mall. A website has been established to promote the event, and a full schedule of events is available at www.rehobothtoday.com.
Highlights of the program include Richard Harryman, painting in residence at the Beacon Motel In Lewes, March 19-24, and at the Atlantic Sands Hotel ocean front in Rehoboth, April 6-12. The boardwalk front conference room at the Atlantic Sands will host a Saturday Gallery to provide opportunities to meet many of the artists and purchase works, or order limited editions of new works. Regional artists Larry Anderson and William Dawson will be in residence at the Atlantic Sands from March 30 - April 5. Also in residence at the Sands: Wayne Bystrom and Neil Harpe, April 6-12; Nick Santoleri, April 20-27, and well known artist David Knowlton, May 11-18. All artists will be showing in the boardwalk room on the Saturday of their stay and at Sydneys Blues and Jazz Restaurant in Rehoboth.
Many other locations will be featuring both these regional artists and local artists. There is a planned outdoor show and sale at the Penny Lane Mall in Rehoboth, April 10 and 11. All the regional artists have limited edition, signed prints available at the Creative Impressions Galleries in the Rehoboth Outlets and 62 Rehoboth Avenue.
Further information may be found at www.rehobothtoday.com by clicking on Renaissance in Rehoboth or by calling Dave Ackerman 227-2511 or Jody Hudson 226-0102.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 9, No. 2, March 12, 1999