In The Summertime…
When the weather is hot, you can stretch right up and touch the sky. Okay, so not everyone remembers Mungo Jerry, but it’s certainly a summer to remember at the beach this year! Celebrate your evenings at the beach and treat your sun-burned body to Hooray for Hollywood starring the amazing Christopher Peterson at the Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts; shop for art at one of the incredible galleries in the area; see Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera star Ted Keegan appearing as Frank Butler in the classic Annie Get Your Gun co-starring with a former Miss Delaware; see the DC Cowboys and support CAMP Rehoboth; take the young ‘uns to the Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre; see the weekend shows at the bandstand…there’s so much more to Rehoboth than the beach, even as wonderful as it is. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (302-644-3810; ClearSpaceProductions.org) Sussex County’s only year-round professional theatre company presents Annie Get Your Gun Thursday, July 22-Sunday, August 1 at the Cape Henlopen High Theatre; 1150 Kings Highway in Lewes. The Irving Berlin classic features the songs “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” and “Anything You Can Do” and stars former Miss Delaware, Erin Williams, as Annie Oakley and Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera, Ted Keegan as Frank Butler. Tickets: $5-$25
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) Summer Camps coming up! Grades 2-5, July 19-23 (9 a.m.–4 p.m.). Grades 6-12, August 2-6 (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) Both camps have a final show. Possum Juniors present Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days complete with stampeding elephants, raging typhoons and runaway trains; July 14-18. Tickets: $9/10. Broadway Duets—featuring some of the area’s finest talent in a fundraiser for the Possums—August 13-15. Tickets: $20
Rehoboth Theatre of the Arts (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-7303; rehoboththeatreofthearts.com) Christopher Peterson’s Hooray for Hollywood Saturdays and Sundays in July; Friday-Sunday in August. Cash bar: 8 p.m./Show: 9 p.m. Tickets: 302-227-9310. The Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre performs Thursdays at 7 p.m. with Wizard of Oz, Little Goldy and the Three Bears, Aladdin and Robin Hood through Labor Day. Tickets: Online (rehobothchildrenstheatre.org) or at the door. The Rat Pack is back—Monday, July 19 and Tuesday, July 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets: 302-227-9310. Comedian Judy Gold: Tuesday, July 20 and Wednesday, July 21 at 8 p.m. Tickets: judygold.ticketleap.com. Benefit for CAMP Rehoboth: Saturday, July 31 at 9 p.m. featuring the fabulous DC Cowboys! Tickets: call CAMP at 302-227-5620.
ART GALLERIES and MUSEUMS
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC (mosaicrehoboth.com). Join the participating galleries each month for Second Saturdays: Destination Art Walk from 6-9 p.m.
*AerieArt Gallery (45½ Lake Avenue/70 Rehoboth Avenue in First St. Station; 302-227-5376/302-227-5376; rehoboth.com/aerieart) Joyous Moments, an exhibition of original oils and watercolors by local award-winning artist Lesley McCaskill at the Lake Avenue gallery. Both galleries display original art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries, plus Delaware art past and present.
*Amandeline Galleries (403 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-226-0330; amandelinegallery.com) displays new seascapes by Bruce Fox and locally-inspired watercolors by Bethany Beach artist David Down.
BASE—Baltimore Avenue Studios En Masse; (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-7303; BASEartists.com) a collection of working artist studios featuring some of the region’s top visual artists.
Coastal Frameshop and Gallery (36983 Rehoboth Avenue Extension; 302-227-8704; coastalframeshopandgallery.com) features Something Different—original Japanese woodblock prints from the early 19th and 20th centuries. Over 70 works by Kunisada, Hiroshige, Yoshitora and others. Through August 15.
*Gallery 50 (50-A Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; 50contemporaryart.com50contemporaryart.com) presents paintings on aluminum and steel sculptures by Rick Bach and aluminum pedestal mobiles by Santo Mirabile. Through August 12. The gallery hosts a fundraiser and silent auction to benefit AIDS Delaware: Saturday, August 14th (6-9 p.m.).
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203; email@example.com) presents two new collections of jewelry— Addition/Subtraction—by Sarah Loertscher and Gayle Friedman. Through August 13. Also on display: Earrings Galore featuring over 200 pairs of earrings made from gold, silver, gemstones, paper, steel, and wood by 43 artists. Through September.
*Juleez (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-3792; juleez.com) celebrates their first anniversary with artwork sale specials and prizes. Featured are works by Julie Borden—hand-painted full-size cellos and violins, paintings, prints and designer home decor. Legendary musicians Bobby Dreher and Brett Kull perform at Juleeze on Saturday, July 24 from 7-9 p.m.
Packard Reath Gallery (Located in The Hotel Rodney at 142 Second Street; Lewes; 302-644-7513; packardreathgallery.com) Specializing in Fine Art Photography, currently featuring Celia Pearson-Photographic Images, jewelry by Nancy Lamotte and Sea Glass Transformed through July 30. Opening Reception featuring new work by Gunnar Plake on Saturday, July 31 from 5-7 p.m.
*Panache Gallery (129-B Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9229; panachegalleryde.com) offers original and high quality works in glass, ceramics, metal, fiber and wood produced by professional artists from the United States and Canada.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) Home and Away featuring the work of Laura Hickman and Bill Snow; July 16-27; The Biomorphic Art of Ray Petersen—abstract art based on a botanical theme. July 31-August 29 with an opening reception Saturday, July 31 from 5-7 p.m.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905; philipmortongallery.com) the gallery between the Blue Moon and Aqua. Wine and cheese every Saturday from 7-10 p.m. and lots of beautiful art.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.orgrehobothartleague.org) features the Third Regional Juried Exhibition representing 47 artists selected from Delaware and surrounding states in the Corkran and Tubbs galleries, July 23-August 23. Opening reception July 23 from 5-7 p.m.
37th Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Craft Show, August 7, 8, 14 and 15. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Rain or shine!
Rehoboth Beach Museum (302-227-7310; M-F 10-4/ Weekends 11-3; Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal) presents Captain John and Sarah Avery: A 17th-Century Family on Delaware’s Frontier. Utilizing artifacts discovered at the site as a point of reference, the exhibit explores the shifting economic and cultural traditions of the English and Dutch colonists, and their interaction with local American Indian communities, illuminating the joys and hardships of daily life in Sussex County in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Through April 2011. Colonial Kid’s Day in Grove’s Park— fun and educational—Saturday, July 24 from 3-6 p.m. Free, but reservations requested.
Save the date: Saturday, August 7 for the Beach Ball at Kings’ Creek Country Club, 7-10 p.m. Live music, silent/live auctions and cocktails! Tickets $125, all to benefit our only local museum.
*Thunderbird Gallery (200 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-1900; thunderbirdshop.com) “Simply the best of the Southwest”—featuring new original oils and signed and numbered prints by artist John Powell.
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710; wardellinger.com) continues Point of View, new paintings by Murray Archibald through July 25. Also featuring abstract expressionism in different mediums by local artist Ward Ellinger, works by J.S. Adams, Maria Napoli, and Sondra N. Arkin, as well as hand-crafted fine silver jewelry by Phyllis Schreiber, and selected American craft works by other artists, including glass, metal and pottery.
You can contact Doug at dyeter@ClearSpaceProductions.org.