As the old joke goes, “If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?” and the answer is—Pilgrims! I encourage residents to start calling the visitors to our area “pilgrims” as it’s a far kinder term than ones I’ve heard used! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) presents Little Women: The Musical through May 17. $15-$30.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) has opened ticket sales for its 2015-2016 season—October 17-April 16. Their “Early Bird” subscription offers a 20% discount (five concerts for the price of four!) until September 18, 2015. Buy their 6th concert for $20. What a deal!
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) has a busy month starting with one of the funniest shows I’ve ever seen—Christopher Durang’s Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (May 8-23) directed by Kevin Smith, and Forever Plaid (May 29-31) as a benefit to raise funds for a new HVAC system.
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents a new concept for our area by bringing theatre to you! Catch Joey & Gina’s Italian Comedy Wedding— Saturday, May 16 (6:30 p.m.) or Wednesday, June 17 and 24 (7 p.m.) at the Dunes Manor Hotel Oceanfront in Ocean City. Their interactive comedies will keep you laughing all night!
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) is in rehearsal for a new adaptation of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (June 5-14) with an all-star cast, and directed by John Hulse.
Rehoboth Concert Band begins their “outdoor” season on Sunday, June 7 (3 p.m.) in the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (10 Olive Ave.) and continues at Stango Park (next to the Lewes Library) on June 16 (7 p.m.)—bring your lawn chairs!
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) has much going on! Monthly Screening Film Series: (Upstairs Screening Room at the Movies at Midway—$4 for RBFS members/$6 for future members)—1971, Friday, May 22 (7 p.m.). Read A Movie Film Series: (co-sponsored and hosted by Rehoboth Beach Public Library and free!); High Noon, Wednesday, May 13 (4 p.m.). Festival Film Reviews: (South Coastal Library in Bethany Beach–Free!) Mondays, June 1-July 6, and at the Metropolitan Community Church (Plantation Road) Tuesdays, June 2-July 7 ($2: members and $4: non-members).
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) has their Children’s Dessert Theater presentation of Cinderella’s Glass Slipper May 22-24. $5 (children under 18); $10 (adults).
Galleries marked with an asterisk (*) are members of The Rehoboth Gallery Collective, MOSAIC. Join participating galleries for Second Saturdays: Destination Artwalk–May 9 and 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 are featured for the MOSAIC Artwalk on May 9. 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 a 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 materials. 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.).
Art for a Purpose (135 Second Street, second floor, in Lewes; 302-245-4528) is a one-of-a-kind art gallery which assists tax-exempt organizations by turning donated art into cash for their unrestricted use.
Barking Dog Gallery (29 Lake Shore Drive; Lewes; 856-577-1411) offering classes in watercolor/zentangle and jewelry by Donna Whiteside.
*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 currently exhibiting fabulous new abstract works from Beth Cartland and has extended the iPhoneographie I exhibit by Bill Meehan—incredible small works of local scenes taken with the iPhone. Perfect affordable gifts! Ed McGann (their master framer) will assist you with all of your framing needs with the best-quality workmanship. Don’t miss their Mother’s Day weekend blow out excess inventory sale—drastic reductions on their personal collection of paintings.
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 for the soon-to-be summer season!
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) offers day and nighttime classes in metal-smithing. Learn to make rings, earrings, and bracelets! 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. Thursday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.), Friday/Saturday (noon-8 p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m.).
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551) offers a one-person show—Terra Incognita by gallery artist John Davis held through May 26. Seventeen artists of the American Society of Maritime Artists will be featured in Views of the Maritime June 6-30.
*Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) is exhibiting new works by Josh Lowe, Gary Fisher, Tara Funk Grim, Judith Judy, Deborah Burk, and John Whitney. They are also booking Pop-Ups for the upcoming season. Contact them if you are an artist looking to show your work (and be your own gallery manager), or if you would like to own your own art gallery. Check their website and Facebook artist instructional seminars, music with art nights, and more.
Proud Bookstore (Baltimore Avenue in Village By the Sea; 302-227-6969) features the artwork of Geri Dibiase, Jeffrey Todd Moore, David Kraft, Lynn Finaldi, Michael Gardner, Patrick Keating, and John Gress, as well as books, 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 opens May 15 at their new RAL Art Studios on Route 9.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) currently features an exhibit of items related to the founding of the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center to celebrate its 25th year of creating a more positive Rehoboth. Opening Memorial Day weekend is Women of Rehoboth Beach celebrating the great ladies of Rehoboth’s past with tributes to notables including Ethel P.B. Leach, Myrtle Belle Wingate, and Anyda Marchant and Muriel Crawford of the Naiad Press.
*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.