Time for the real first day of summer—June 21, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere. Be glad we aren’t any further north though—in Iceland the sunrise is 2:55 a.m.—sunset is 12:03 a.m. What good are summer days without summer nights? I’ve listed plenty of ways to stay occupied during your summer days and nights—and not just when it’s raining. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (in residence at the Dickens Parlor Theater; 35715 Atlantic Avenue; Bethany Beach; 302-829-1071) is pleased to announce an Acting Seminar—June 18 (9 a.m.-noon) at the Dickens Parlour Theatre presented by AEA/SAG-AFTRA member Charles McCloskey. No experience necessary, but reservations are required; 302-245-1802.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) starts their summer rep season on June 23 with Priscilla Queen of the Desert starring Christopher Peterson, Chicago opens June 25, and Shrek on June 29. The three shows rotate every two nights through Labor Day. Join the Delaware Comedy Theatre troupe on Friday nights (10 p.m.) for The Late-R Night Show, and Christopher Peterson’s new show, The Broads of Broadway, every Saturday at 10 p.m., and Sunday night at 9 p.m.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) offers an “Early Bird” subscription discount for their 2016-2017 season—five concerts for the price of four—featuring The American Brass Quintet; Pianist Ingrid Fliter; Clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the American String Quartet; Violinist Elena Urioste and Cellist Nicholas Canellakis; Trio Virado, and Red Priest, a one-of-a-kind Baroque group as their non-subscription “Wild Card.”
Concerts by the Sea (All Saints Episcopal; 18 Olive Avenue) announces their Eighth Annual Summer Organ Recital Series—every Thursday afternoon (12:15 p.m.) from June 23-August 11. The Boysie Lowerie Living Jazz Project appears June 18 at 6 p.m.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) Tickets for their upcoming production of Funny Girl (July 15-24 at Caesar Rodney High School) go on sale July 3.
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy 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).
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) offers a huge variety of entertainment! June 17: Nashville-based Jazz, Funk and R&B with Dynamo. June 18: Honey Pie Burlesque Revue. June 24: iComedy (8 p.m.). June 25: Broadway Cabaret Dinner Theatre (8 p.m.)—live music by Fred Munzert and family, and a four-course meal catered by Hobos. June 27: Milton Theatre Artist Showcase. June 28: Mooncat Comedy Open Mic. June 29: Kirtan—Transcendental Jam Session. Check their website for further details.
Rainbow Chorale hosts Everyone Sing OUT! on June 18 (4 p.m.) at Epworth United Methodist (19285 Holland Glade Road) featuring the Rainbow Chorale, Anna Crusis Women’s Choir, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, and the New Wave Singers of Baltimore. Tickets: $20 (TheRainbowChorale.org) or $25 at the door.
Rehoboth Concert Band (rehobothconcertband.org) presents a concert at the Bandstand on June 26 (8 p.m.) featuring guest vocalist Lorraine Steinhoff—one of the most talented folks I know.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) invites you to their new Cinema Arts Theatre (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes) showing Independent films Friday-Sunday each week! National Theatre Live Screenings—live broadcasts from the London stage!—Les Liaisons Dangereuses is offered June 20 and 22. See the World: presented by Accent on Travel—second Thursday of each month (3:45 p.m.). Special Screening: 50 Children—part of the History Book Festival in Lewes. Cinema By the Canal: (Lewes Canalfront Park) films start at dusk, and they’re free! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy A Ballerina’s Tale on June 30, and In the Heart of the Sea on July 14. Special Screening: Good Ol’ Freda, with a special appearance by Freda Kelly, secretary to The Beatles—June 30.
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (302-227-6766) presents three shows in rotation this summer: The Wizard of Oz, Puss in Boots, and The Emperor’s New Clothes at Epworth UMC (19285 Holland Glade Road). Fantastic summer camps in film, TV, and theatre for the emerging artists in your life from July 11-August 26. Check the schedule on their website!
St. Peter’s Episcopal (Second and Market Street in Lewes; 302-645-8479) presents The Wilmington Children’s Chorus—June 20 (7 p.m.) on a free-will offering basis, with reception following.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220).
Anita Peghini-Räber Gallery (49 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2888) continues the Brook Andrews’ retrospective: Shades of White 1970-1990, and dates are being finalized for Venetian artist Claudia Coro to join Anita as co-creator in the gallery. The gallery represents Charles Amill, Don Griffin, Gregg Rosner, Jim Rehak, Katherine Chang Liu, Luz Arkal, Patricia Fisher and Tim Bell—all wonderful artists in their specific media. The gallery also does wonderful custom orders!
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: *Amandeline Gallery celebrates summer with color, including original paintings by Yvonne Mora, Sergey Cherep, and Tom Clarke. Anne Packard’s new seascape canvases continue to be displayed throughout the summer. Paintiques has “Painted Furniture Galore,” as well as a fantastic new selection of pieces for the spring/summer season. Remember, they can customize anything and do beautiful work. The Happyrock Pottery features the work of potter Susan Gladstone. WibergArt and Studio 3 features renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, and his original oils of sailing vessels and ships, as well as the work of many fine local artists.
*Gallery 50 and G-50 Fine Art Photography (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) brings the best in modern/contemporary art to the beach June 25 as they welcome award-winning artist Pat Whitehead and her collection of city/museum paintings. They also feature the jewelry lines of Linda Whitney and Karen Calandra. Their frame shop offers high quality workmanship for all of your framing needs.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) is featuring not only classes in jewelry making, but has some beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase. Their annual Earrings Galore exhibition continues.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) is a fun, new studio offering public painting classes and private pARTies for anyone over the age of 7. The spacious, well-lit studio provides complimentary wine, beer, and soda. Daddy (and Grandpa) and Me—June 19 (Father’s Day). Manic Monday—June 20. Seaside Treasures—June 25. Paint Your Pet—June 26. Fundraiser for Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation— June 28. Kidz Camp—weeks of June 20 and July 18. Visit their website for details.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd in Lewes; 302-645-0551) hosts Atmosphere—the contemporary landscapes of award-winning artist Jill Basham—through July 5. Carole Boggemann Peirson, whose exhibit Light on the Land was recently featured at the gallery, has agreed to become one of their resident artists!
Philip Morton Gallery (47 Baltimore Avenue; 302-727-0905) has been reacquired by Philip Livingston of Elegant Slumming and is heading in exciting new directions. The new “home” gallery offers distinctive home furnishings, accessories, antiquities, and one-of-a-kind curiosities, and artwork—inventory not found anywhere else!
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) hosts their 43rd Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibition through July 24 with an exhibition review by the Artistic Curator of The Philadelphia Clay Studio on June 18 (2 p.m.) in the Corkran Gallery. Domestic Landscapes is featured in the Homestead through July 31.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) is currently featuring Wish You Were Here—an exhibition of over 400 postcards spanning more than 100 years. Come dive into our History!
Scénique Art Gallery (7 North First Street, 302-226-ARTS ; scenique.net) is a premier fine art gallery specializing in seascapes and fun in the sun—featuring local artist Sunny Heitzman, new installations by Marco Vazquez, and Bob Kimball, with more from Andrea Costa coming soon. Join them for Gala-Ray Sashay every Second Saturday.