And The Livin’ Is Easy
Ah, summer! When the livin’ is easy, but the parking isn’t! This is the biggest column I’ve ever had, so take your time planning your week to take in everything you can. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth Community Center (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) presents Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay for two encore performances on July 11 at 8 p.m., and July 12 at 4 p.m. Tickets ($20) are available at camprehoboth.com. CAMP Rehoboth is also proud to bring Well-Strung: The Singing String Quartet back to the beach for one show at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 25, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Tickets: $35-$75, are available online at camprehoboth.com.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) starts their Summer Repertory Season with a benefit reception and 1950s costume contest on June 25 for the opening night of Grease. $50. The Summer Repertory also includes Rent, and Seussical. $15-$30. Summer camps run July 6-August 7 and are designed by grade level. Four separate weeks of musicals and a fifth for non-musical.
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 (five concerts for the price of four!) subscription for their 2015-2016 season until September 18. Buy their 6th concert for $20. What a deal!
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) is in rehearsal for Once Upon a Mattress, July 17-August 1. $10-$20.
Nouveau Productions (Ocean City Performing Arts Center, 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD) is a new company under the direction of Maestro Luke Frazier. Inaugural show is She Did It Her Way: Women of the Rat Pack (July 2 at 8 p.m.), featuring the American Pops Orchestra with Mary Michael Patterson direct from Phantom of the Opera. $20-55—tickets through ticketmaster.com or 1-800-OC-OCEAN.
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. This is a great group— and not just because I have great friends performing with them!
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) opens a fantastic new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (June 5-14) with an all-star cast, directed by John Hulse.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone—Magnolia’s Beach Bash on June 5 (8 p.m.); Como to Homo (the story of a ten-year old juggling her career on the Perry Como Show, her stage mom, gender confusion, mortality, and tap dancing!) on June 12 (8 p.m.), Broadway Cabaret on June 14 (6 p.m.), their first Birthday Bash— June 20 (7 p.m.) to benefit their scholarship fund ($24K awarded last year!); summer camps starting June 22 and continuing through the summer on everything from photography to theatre! Check out this vibrant community organization.
Rehoboth Concert Band begins their “outdoor” season on Sunday, June 7 (2 p.m.) in the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (10 Olive Ave.) and continues at Stango Park (next to Lewes Library) on June 16 (7 p.m.)— bring your lawn chairs! Sunday, June 28 (8 p.m.), Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, featuring guest vocalist, Dara Schumairer, of the Southern DE Chorale.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) Monthly Screening Film Series: (Upstairs Screening Room at the Movies at Midway—$4: RBFS members/$6: future members). Festival Film Reviews: (South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach—Free!); Mondays, through July 6 and at the Metropolitan Community Church (Plantation Road) Tuesdays, through July 7 ($2: members/$4: non-members). Cinema by the Canal—films start at dusk at the Lewes Canalfront Park and admission is free! Bring your own chair or blanket for McFarland, USA (Thursday, July 2), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part I (Thursday, July 16).
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) presents Faith County: Somewhere in the Middle of Nowhere, July 10-19. Tickets: $17.
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Artwalk—June 13 (6-9 p.m.).
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) has lovely works on paper by artist, Lillian Fitzgerald on display. Florals by Watercolorist, Patricia Hansen and acrylic painter, Yan Ding. Sergey Cherep returns to Rehoboth for a show on June 21.
*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 of you or with partner 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) Pink, artwork by York Pennsylvania artist Michael Nevin Walker through June. There will be an opening reception on June 13 from 6-9 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 be the featured gallery for VegFest 2015, and host an opening for featured artist, Dane Ellyn, Saturday, June 13. Currently exhibiting new works from Pat Whitehead’s “museum” series, and abstract works by Beth Cartland. Master framer Ed McGann is happy to assist you with all of your framing needs. Mark your calendars now for the 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! Lynn Batchhelder has a solo show (June 13-July 6) with an Artist Reception, June 13 (6-8 p.m.). Call the gallery for details.
*Paintiques and The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) has moved... things around! Lots of changes at the gallery, with fresh new artwork.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551) features seventeen artists of the American Society of Maritime Artists in Views of the Maritime, June 6-30.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) is kicking off the summer 2015 season with Caroline Huff in her Contemporary Realism show through June 18. June 20-July 7, Judith Judy is their featured artist with an opening night reception (6-8:30 p.m.). Two beautiful collections of paintings you won’t want to miss!
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 books, cards, and gifts.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) presents three new exhibitions: The Sensible Forest, by Alice Valenti; Reflecting Light, by Cathy Leaycraft and In the Abstract, a juried exhibition of abstract works created by RAL member artists. The shows run through June 14. Next: an Exhibition of New Emerging Student Artists at their new RAL Art Studios on Route 9.
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 ) is a brand new gallery, owned by my friend, Randy Reed—featuring impressionism to realism with an emphasis on seascapes, landscapes, and nautical work, as well as having “exclusive rights” to Beth Carver. Grand opening—June 13!
*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.