Some 30 years ago, my hometown paper, the Rocky Mountain News, used the headline “Summer Entertainment—Summer Not.” Though everyone knows I can’t resist a pun, I am not joking when I say this summer is chock full of entertainment! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
American Pops Orchestra (Ocean City Performing Arts Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD) presents their second concert: You Spin Me Round: an 80’s Prom on Wednesday, August 26 (8 p.m.) featuring the American Pops Orchestra under Maestro Luke Frazier with Broadway stars Mary Michael Patterson and Hilary Morrow. $20-55—tickets through ticketmaster.com or 1-800-OC-OCEAN.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (in residence at the Dickens Parlor Theater; 35715 Atlantic Avenue; Bethany Beach; 302-829-1071) will hold auditions for A Tiny Little Secret Sunday, August 16, (1-3 p.m.) and Wednesday, August 19, (6-8 p.m.) at the South Coastal Library.
Christopher Peterson will be presenting EYECONS as a benefit for the Schwartz Center (226 South State Street in Dover; 302-678-5152) on August 29 (8 p.m.).
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) offers Grease, Rent, and Seussical rotating through Labor Day. $15-$30. The Late-R Night Show (10 p.m., every Saturday through August) is an irreverent adult improv comedy show presented by the Delaware Comedy Theatre. $12.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) offers a 20% discount for their 2015-2016 season until September 18.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) presents Once Upon a Mattress through August 1. $10-$20.
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents their new interactive comedy Joey & Gina’s Italian Comedy Wedding at the Dunes Manor Hotel Oceanfront in Ocean City, and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area. Check their website for locations.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) has announced the cast for their fall production of Hairspray! Looks like a show you won’t want to miss!
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has very reasonably-priced summer camps through August 10 on subjects from photography to theatre! Check out this vibrant community organization.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) Cinema by the Canal— films start at dusk at the Lewes Canalfront Park and admission is free! Bring your own chair or blanket for The Boxtrolls (Thursday, August 13) and The Sound of Music (Thursday, August 27). Cinema by the Surf (Rehoboth Beach Bandstand): Mr. Peabody and Sherman— (Thursday, August 20).
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (302-227-6766) celebrates their 34th season with three delightful shows: Snow White, The Jungle Book, and Cinderella at Epworth UMC (19285 Holland Glade Rd)—Tuesday (7 p.m.), Wednesday and Thursday (11 a.m.). Fantastic summer camps in film, TV, and theater for the emerging artists in your life through August 28. Check the schedule on their website!
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) presents the Summer Street Kids production of James and the Giant Peach—July 31-August 2. Auditions for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe are August 2 and 8 (7 p.m.) for children aged six and up.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective. Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Artwalk August 8 (6-9 p.m.).
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) displays new oil paintings by Sergey Cherep and Elaine Hahn through August, as well as new Mermaid collages from local artist, Kelli Pavon, and new jewelry creations by Amanda Ponko. Their theme for August is Farmer’s Market so look for paintings of fruits, vegetables, and floral still-life.
*Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) brings Luz. H. Arkal of Art Miami to the beach with Planetary Connections. Catch-a-Sketch by Anita is a fun-filled encounter, which leaves you with a colorful naturalistic/ expressionistic keepsake—by appointment. Saturdays and Sundays Young at Art (9-10:15 a.m.) children (6-8 years old) join Anita on a tour of the changing exhibits of important contemporary, global artists, then create their own artwork. Donations help cover the cost of material. Weekly Creative Fusion Dance every Thursday (7-8 p.m.) with Viviana. Monthly Milonga, Tango de Arte (last Saturday of the month—9 p.m.-1 a.m.), with a free introduction by Adam from Tango Lewes (7-8 p.m.).
CAMP Rehoboth Community Center (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) presents Comic Commerce by Terry Isner, August 8-September 6. Opening reception, August 8 from 6-10 p.m.
*Delaware Art Gallery (239 Rehoboth Avenue; or kevinfleming.com) presents new and classic favorite Delaware photographs by Kevin Fleming, photography by Jay Fleming, Tony Pratt, and Pamela Bieler and hand-blown glass by Deb Appleby. Visit their new gallery in Lewes!
*Gallery 50 and G-50 Fine Art Photography (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302- 227-2050) is proud to feature a joint father and son exhibit by John and Eric Nyberg. Master framer, Ed McGann, is always happy to assist you with all of your framing needs. 7th Annual Silent Auction for AIDS Delaware and the opening of the Deborah Rolig show—both August 1!
The Happyrock Pottery (20 Baltimore Avenue at the Celebration Mall; 410-375-7120) features the work of potter Susan Gladstone. Take a step into the studio and watch Susan throwing pots all summer!
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) offers day and nighttime classes in metal-smithing. Learn to make rings, earrings and bracelets! Always something to catch your eye.
*Paintiques and The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) offers Fresh Picks as part of their August theme of Farmer’s Market. Water colorist, Wendy Cossman, will have her work adorning the walls as well. Meet the Artist Opening Reception on August 8.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551)
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) Check their website for complete information on their offerings.
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.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) 77th Annual Members’ Fine Arts Exhibition through August 23. July 31-August 30: Invaders: Works by Chase Melendez. 42nd Annual Outdoor Fine Art and Fine Craft Show: August 8, 9 and 15, 16 (10 a.m.-5 p.m.). Rain or shine!
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) has a fantastic new exhibit—Women of Rehoboth Beach—celebrating the great ladies of Rehoboth’s past: do-gooders, bootleggers, divorcees, business owners, and publishers of lesbian novels! They also have an exhibit spotlighting the lost movie theaters of Rehoboth Avenue.
Scénique Art Gallery (7 North First Street, 302-226-ARTS ) features impressionism to realism with an emphasis on seascapes, landscapes, and nautical work, as well as “exclusive rights” to the work of Beth Carver. Artist Andrea Costa joins the growing list of talent at the gallery.
*Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) features abstract expressionism in different mediums by Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin, as well as many others!
*WibergArt and Studio 3 (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, as well as the work of Dolores Andrew, Joyce Blakeslee, Rose Doster, Wendy Kesler, Melissa McLean, and LaVerne McIntyre.