And the livin’ is easy, even though the traffic on Route One may not be. I encourage our locals and tourists to investigate more than the boardwalk and make a new memory by seeing a show, buying a new piece of art or even learning to make your own art! There’s much to do in this amazing place. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) presents local artist/actor Andrew Criss performing the one-man show Chesapeake by Lee Blessing for one weekend only June 3-5.
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.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) presents Off the Cuff Kids—an evening of Improv—June 4 (6:30 p.m.). 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) produces A Raisin in the Sun—June 10-19—directed by John Marino, and featuring an all-star cast.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) offers a huge variety of entertainment! June 1: TRIBE 8x8 (7 p.m.). Eight speakers each deliver an eight minute talk. June 3: Todd Chappelle and Hot Breakfast (8 p.m.)—music comedy. The Clear Space Theatre Company hits the road June 4-5: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. June 9: Where to Invade Next (7:30 p.m.)—a Michael Moore film. June 10: Magnolia Applebottom hosts Disney Divas Drag (8 p.m.) June 11: The Rescignos (8 p.m.)—twin brothers in a musical comedy show. June 16: Revival House: Teen Screen—Kings of Summer (6 p.m.). June 17: The Dynamo—Nashville Jazz, Funk and R and B. June 18: Honey Pie Burlesque Revue (8 p.m.). 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. 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 (online) or $25 at the door.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents a concert featuring the brass quintet, A Touch of Brass, in the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal Church (18 Olive Avenue)—Sunday, June 5 (2 p.m.). Bring a chair and a picnic lunch and see them 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) has opened their new Cinema Arts Theatre (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes) and has showings of different 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: afternoon events presented by Accent on Travel—second Thursday of each month (3:45 p.m.). 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. Veg Fest: Pure Plant Nation (June 10, 8 p.m.). Special Screening: Good Ol’ Freda—June 30.
St. Peter’s Episcopal (Second and Market Street in Lewes; 302-645-8479) Immanuel Bach Consort presents An IBC Messiah featuring arias and choruses from Handel’s Messiah and chorales of J.S. Bach—June 9 (7 p.m.). The Wilmington Children’s Chorus on June 20 (7 p.m.). Both concerts are presented on a free-will offering basis, with reception following.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) Children’s Theater presents Pinocchio—June 3-5. Tickets: $5 (17 and younger) and $10 (18+).
*Amandeline Gallery (Galleries at 20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-226-0330) will bring the spring season alive with colorful floral works, including original paintings by Yvonne Mora, Sergey Cherep, and new artist, Tom Clarke. Anne Packard’s new seascape canvases continue to be displayed throughout the summer.
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.
CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) presents Random Thoughts, art by Donna Deely (featured as the cover artist for this issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth) through June. Join the artist for a reception on Saturday, June 11 from 4-6 p.m.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: 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 with featured artists Rachel Black and Tara Lausch for VegFest (June 11). June 25 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. Beach Goes Blue—June 4-5: wear blue, create a blue-themed painting, and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a free class! Prince Birthday Tribute pARTy—June 7 (Prince’s birthday!). Teacher Appreciation—June 9: $10 gift certificate with ID. Date Night couples’ set paintings—June 10. Daddy and Me—June 19 (Father’s Day). Paint Your Pet—June 26. 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 Jill Basham —June 4-July 5.
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) The Choreography of Shape (through June 12) in The Marcia and Henry Dewitt Gallery. Curators Constance Costigan and Lee Wayne Mills select works from the RAL Permanent Collection under the theme Wetlands and Waterways. Totally Geometric—(Corkran Gallery); Abstract American—Diane Mesirow (Tubbs Gallery); Into the Light—Marina Reiter (Ventures Gallery). Through June 12.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) is busy, as always! Currently featuring Wish You Were Here—an exhibition of postcards dating back more than 100 years. Come dive into our history!
Scénique Art Gallery (7 North First Street, 302-226-ARTS ) is a premier fine art gallery specializing in seascapes and fun in the sun. Join them for Gala-Ray Sashay every Second Saturday. The gallery now features the work of local artist Sunny Heitzman, new installations by Marco Vazquez, and Bob Kimball, with more from Andrea Costa coming soon.