Cure the Winter Blahs!
It seems like we just wished everyone “Happy New Year” now it’s time to wish each other Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Black History Month, Happy Presidents’ Day, Happy Superbowl…is there something I missed? Turn off the fireplace, stop lounging around in your hoodie and sweats, and get rid of your cabin fever by attending any or all of the events listed below. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Productions (in residence at Cape Henlopen High School, 1250 Kings Highway in Lewes; 302-644-3810; ClearSpaceProductions.org) Sussex County’s only year-round professional theatre company presents An American Songbook 2010 with Doug Yetter and Ken Skrzesz in their all-new concert on Sunday, February 7 at 3 p.m. (Plenty of time to make it home for kickoff.) Tickets: $15-25. Saturday, February 13: Swing Dance at Cape Henlopen State Park’s Officers’ Club. A swing dance lesson is offered at 6:30 p.m. followed by the dance featuring a live swing sextet from 7-10 p.m. Cash bar and food by Fisher Bay available. Tickets: $25. Coming in March: Fiddler on the Roof.
Delaware Comedy Theatre (delawarecomedytheatre.com) presents Unlucky In Love: Cupid’s Revenge!—an improvised, uncensored comedy show for adults—at Fish On (Village of Five Points in Lewes; 302-645-9790) on Friday, February 12. Seating begins at 7 p.m., show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $10 at the door. RSVP to Fish On.
Milton Theatre (110 Union Street in Milton; 302-684-3400; email@example.com; miltontheatre.org) presents Love Letters, Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. starring our own local “Dick and Liz”—Dick Pack and Liz Roe. The theatre also features a series of films in honor of Black History Month, Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through February.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) Ad Hoc Touring Company presents Our Miss Brooks and Surely You Jest on Sunday, February 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $6 at the door. Coming in April: Urinetown.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220; secondstreetplayers.com) presents The Miracle Worker—the play based on the real-life story of teacher Annie Sullivan and the young Helen Keller. February 12-14 / 19-21. Tickets: $17
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC (mosaicrehoboth.com). Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Art Walk, Saturday, February 13 from 2-5 p.m.
*AerieArt Gallery (45½ Lake Avenue and 70 Rehoboth Avenue in First St. Station; 302-227-5376; rehoboth.com/aerieart) specializing in fine original paintings for the special persons in your life, or yourself.
*Amandeline Galleries (403 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-226-0330; amandelinegallery.com)
BASE (Baltimore Avenue Studios En Masse; 20 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-7303; BASEartists.com)
Coastal Frameshop and Gallery (4284-B Highway One; 302-227-8704; coastalframeshopandgallery.com)
*Gallery 50 (50-A Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; 50contemporaryart.com) hosts a reception for: New Acquisitions, Saturday February 13 from 2–6 p.m. Included are new abstract works by Susan Finsen of Alexandria VA., and Bernardo Siles. A preview of the show can be viewed on their website. Runs through March 11.
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jeff West Home (413 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-3635; JeffWestHome.com) features a classic collection of comfortable furnishings, elegant accessories and unique gifts including designer upholstery, original art and prints, distinctive lighting, whimsical baby gifts and luxuries for the home.
Juleez (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-3792; juleez.com) features hand-painted cellos and violins, unique original paintings and home décor items and a unique, wearable art handbag collection. They also have edible chocolate paintings, The Jazz City Nights, Martini’s Night and Music mini-violins.
Packard Reath Gallery (Located in The Hotel Rodney, 142 Second Street; Lewes; 302-644-7513; packardreathgallery.com) specializes in Fine Art Photography. Abstract photographic images by Pamela Zilly on view through February 28.
*Panache Gallery (129-B Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9229; panachegalleryde.com) features some of the nation’s finest craft artisans and offers many unique, affordably priced gift items that have design, function and beauty such as handcrafted wooden boxes.
*Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents Schoonover—Adventures in Art. Frank Schoonover (1877-1972) was one of the most successful of the Brandywine Illustrators. Through February 28. March 6-23 they welcome the work of new gallery artists Stephen Brehm, Len Garon, Laura Hickman, Brian Murphy, Arlon Rosenoff and Bill Snow.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905; philipmortongallery.com)
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) upcoming winter exhibition is a feast for the eyes, ears, mind and soul. Poetry and the Permanent Collection pairs the work of more than a dozen poets statewide with the paintings by Ethel P.B. Leach, Orville Peets, Marlin Fenical and Jack Lewis (among others) that inspired their writing. The poems will be displayed by the painting that served as its muse. The RAL holds an impressive Permanent Collection of Delaware and regional artists from the early 1900s through modern favorites. Through February 28.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (302-227-7310; M-F 10-4 / Weekends 11-3; Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal; rehobothbeachmuseum) currently exhibiting Buckets of Fun: Beach Pails and Other Sand Toys. Through mid-April. February 20 at 10:30 a.m. the Sussex County Genealogical Society will present a program by Dr. Ray Thompson, Visualizing the Settlement of Lower Delmarva: 1609-1800 in the upstairs meeting room of the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Dr. Thompson is well-known throughout the local area for his expertise in historical and family history. Following at 1 p.m. a workshop on the preservation of heirlooms and family papers by historian Michael Dixon of the Delaware Humanities Forum. Participants are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and dessert will be provided. For more information, contact 302-875-5418 or go to www.scgsdelaware.org.
*Thunderbird Gallery (200 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-1900; thunderbirdshop.com)
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710; wardellinger.com) features works of Maria Napoli, Murray Archibald and Sondra N. Arkin, and hand-crafted silver jewelry by Phyllis Schreiber. Also featuring works of abstract expressionism by local artist Ward Ellinger, along with selected American Craft works by other artists, including glass, metal and pottery.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458; coastalconcerts.org; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) celebrates its 50th performance with a concert by the acclaimed Daedalus Quartet on Saturday, February 27, at 8 p.m. Back by popular demand, Daedalus (quartet in residence at both Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania) will be performing string quartets by Mozart, Beethoven and the contemporary American composer Joan Tower. As part of the 50th Concert celebration, Daedalus members will join Coastal Concerts supporters for a reception at the Inn at Canal Square in Lewes on Friday, February 26.
Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Rd, 302-227-7743; www.epworth-rehoboth.org) presents Stefan Engels, world-renowned organist, in a dedicatory recital of their new Allen Organ on Friday evening, March 5 at 7 p.m. The suggested admission donation is $15 which will benefit the Allen Organ Fund.
You should contact Doug with your upcoming arts-related events at dyetter@ClearSpaceProductions.org, or if your crocus start blooming.