It Might As Well Be Spring!
Spring is indeed just around the corner, even though Old Man Winter seems to have forgotten to drop by the beach this year. Events are springing up around town, just like the daffodils in my yard, though I think you’ll find that the memories you can create by attending a concert or a show or investing in a new piece of art to brighten your walls will last much longer than a daffodil. Have a look at the wonderful calendar of events below and make yourself a promise to engage in more than one. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270; brings My Fair Lady to their all-new stage in a re-imagined, intimate production. Clear Space brings this timeless musical right to “The Street Where You Live.” March 16-April 1. A vital facet of Clear Space, the Encore Thrift Shop (next to Arby’s in Lewes on Route 1) celebrates its third anniversary Sunday, March 18 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. with special sales, ticket giveaways and more! This upscale thrift shop not only sells and accepts donations of gently used furniture, clothing, household goods, and more, but also sells jewelry, accessories, and refurbished furniture at deeply discounted prices.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) presents the Spanish Brass, March 24 at 8 p.m. The popular brass quintet performs works spanning the centuries, from Bach to Fats Waller. Tickets: $25. As a family-friendly event, the concert is free for ages 10 to 18.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560; Nana’s Naughty Knickers, the Possum’s annual Dinner Theater Comedy—Friday, March 23-April 1. $45 ($20 show only).
Southern Delaware Choral Society (PO Box 444; 302-645-2013; will present Puttin’ on the Ritz—the songs of Porter, Gershwin and Berlin; Friday, April 20 (Delaware Technical at 7 p.m.), Saturday, April 21 (Epworth United Methodist at 7 p.m.) and Sunday, April 22 (Seaford High School at 3 p.m.). $20 (Adults); $8 (Students).
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Art Walk, March 10 and April 14 from 2-5 p.m.
*AerieArt Gallery (45½ Lake Avenue; 302-227-5376/302-584-6402; On display for the Mosaic Second Saturday Art Walks on March 10 and April 14 is a selection of recently acquired paintings from the 19th Century to the present. Open weekends, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment.
Coffee Mill (127b Rehoboth Mews; 302-227-7530; displaying Melcks Photography—original Photographs of Rehoboth Beach and scenes of surrounding areas.
*Gallery 50 and G-50 Fine Art Photography (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050; features revolving monthly group exhibitions until May 25. (Please note new address for G-50 Fine Art Photography.)
*Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203; features handmade, contemporary jewelry by studio artists from around the world.
*Juleez (1 North 1st Street; 302-227-3792; juleez.com) features the unique and vibrant works of Julie Borden including hand-painted cellos, violins, miniature pianos, giclee prints, dichroic glass sculptures of MAD Creations and art work of Amandeline Gallery. (Please note new address!)
Midge Smith Fine Art Gallery (135 Second Street, second floor; Lewes; 302-245-4528; Art for a Purpose assists tax-exempt organizations by turning donated art into cash for their use. Gallery hours are 2-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday.
Packard Reath Gallery (Located in The Hotel Rodney, 142 Second Street; Lewes; 302-644-7513; Specializing in Fine Art Photography.
*Paintiques (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) offers Sherry Biele’s unique and artfully-painted vintage furniture and accessories as well as glass art by Connie Ballato; Silver jewelry by Sue Bartley and handbags by Linanz. Midwinter hours are Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905.
Proud Bookstore (Baltimore Avenue in Village By the Sea; 302-227-6969) featuring the artwork of Geri Dibiase, Jeffrey Todd Moore, David Kraft, Lynn Finaldi, Michael Gardner, Patrick Keating and John Gress, as well as having great books, cards, calendars.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; presents Young at Art—Children’s artwork from throughout Sussex County—March 10-23. Fred Comegys: Through the Lens: A Photographic Journey—Selections from the Delaware Art Museum Collecion. Member’s Sales Gallery—Artwork in a variety of media created by RAL members and the Members Showcase: Jewelry—March 29-April 22.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095; On Screen/In Person: (New independent, American films, accompanied by the filmmaker). Family Talk—Saturday, March 10 in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway 7 p.m. ($4 for RBFS Members/$5 non-members). Another Take: (gay and lesbian themed films) Serving in Silence, Saturday, April 12 (1:30 p.m.) All Saints’ Parish Hall, 18 Olive Avenue. ($7) Delmarva Roots: Milton Fire Hall (116 Front Street in Milton), Watermen, Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. ($5 adults/$3 for children 11 under). Around the World: Vasermil, Wednesday, April 4 in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway, 7 p.m. (Free). Monthly Screenings: Man in the Chair —Thursday, March 22 at 7 p.m. (DiFebo’s in Bear Trap Dunes) and Friday, March 23 at 7 p.m (upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway). ($4 for RBFS Members/$5 non-members).
Rehoboth Beach Museum (302-227-7310; 511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal; announces its Second Annual Needlework Exhibit—March 24-May 6. In conjunction with the exhibit are presentations on barn quilts, a lecture on an exhibit of 18th Century wedding gowns, and demonstrations on needlework techniques for children and adults. Winter hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) and Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m.-3 p.m.).
Surrattsart (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 302-227-3522; continues to show abstract and realist paintings as well as local photography at her studio. Open Thursday through Sunday during the winter months or by personal appointment.
*Thunderbird Gallery (200 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-1900; presents original oils by John Powell (johnpowellfineart. com), an artist who lives in the hills of southern California and Maine.
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710; features the work of Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin. Come in and see the ever-popular Spiritiles (molten glass on copper) by Houston Llew, beautiful contemporary blown glass menorahs by Shardz Glass, recycled farm equipment transformed into contemporary side tables, hand blown glass, pottery, and metal works by various American artists.
*WibergArt (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 302-226-0206 or 302-245-3615; features renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, and his original oils of sailing vessels and ships.