June, June, June!
I’ve done what I can to help keep your idle hands and minds from becoming the Devil’s playground, since almost nothing happens in June. I know my calendar is blank, except for Father’s Day, Flag Day, the Summer Solstice, a few graduation parties, four weddings, seven birthdays… Okay—do what you can. I’m busy.
Bethany Area Repertory Theater (in residence at the Dickens Parlour Theatre; 35715 Atlantic Avenue in Millville; 302-829-1071) has the comedy Sex Please We’re Sixty on the boards from June 2-10.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) has the very funny Elaine Faye starring in The Vagina Monologues—June 2-4. Their summer season opens June 27 with A Chorus Line, followed by Legally Blonde, and The Little Mermaid. Check their website for summer camps and a special Tony-award fundraiser.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) produces the comedy Over the River and Through the Woods, June 16-25, under the direction of Mike Polo.
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area. June 3: Salted Rim (Ocean View), June 9: Abbott’s on Broad Creek (Laurel), June 10: Wicomico Civic Center (Salisbury), June 21: Dover Downs Hotel.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) offers a truly terrific little musical: The Spitfire Grill, June 2-11. Directed by Kenney Workman and featuring an all-star cast.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone on their calendar! June 2: Del Angels (a great Doo-Wop group!), June 3: Stand-Up Comedy with LaTice Klappa headlining, June 9: Magnolia Applebottom entertains, June 10: Elaine Faye and her one-woman version of The Vagina Monologues, June 15: Revival House: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, June 16: Summer Sizzler DJ, June 17: The Sinatra tribute: It Was a Very Good Year, June 22: a former student of mine, Cole Haden, performs with his group from Boston Model/Actriz and is joined by Orchin (Los Angeles), June 23: Psychic Medium Deanna Fitzgerald, June 24: Rocky Horror Picture Show. Check their website for Summer Camp info.
Rainbow Chorale of Delaware (888-512-5093) presents Season of Life at Epworth United Methodist Church (19285 Holland Glade Road) on June 11 (4 p.m.) with a Silent Auction in conjunction with the concert.
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Rehoboth Avenue and The Boardwalk) has provided free entertainment since 1963, and the tradition continues: June 16: The Uptown Band; June 17: U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact; June 18: Triple Rail Turn; June 23: U.S. Air Force Band The Singing Sergeants; June 24: Kids in America; June 25: Rehoboth Concert Band. All concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Rehoboth Concert Band has a pair of concerts this month: June 4 (2 p.m.) in the gardens of All Saints Episcopal (18 Olive Avenue) and June 25 at the Bandstand with guest vocalists Jerry Birl and Lorraine Steinhoff.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095), 302-645-9095; rehobothfilm.com) screens new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre: June 16: Paris Can Wait—with Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin. National Theatre Live Screenings: Obsession— starring Jude Law, June 12-13; Peter Pan, July 10-11; Salome, August 14-15. Check their website for updates and show times.
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (302-227-6766) continues their commitment to quality theatre experiences and training for children with summer camps from July 10-August 25. Their summer season includes Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Toad’s Escape.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) features The Neverending Story presented by their Children’s Theater June 2-4. Next up: Grease, July 28-August 6.
Biggs Museum of American Art (406 Federal Street, Dover; 302-674-2111) houses one of the areas’ most fascinating permanent collections of Americana, and currently features a retrospective of photographer Ansel Adams work through July 30. Well worth the drive!
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) is hosting Art of the Community—a collaborative exhibition with Peninsula Gallery in Lewes. (See the description under Peninsula Gallery.) The gallery and the artists involved will donate a portion of sales to support Project CAMPfire—Fostering, Inspiring, and Rewarding Emerging Arts and Artists.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: Amandeline Gallery features original paintings by local and nationally-recognized artists, Romanian and Czech glass art, and hand-made ceramics as well as unique home furnishings. Paintiques transforms vintage reclaimed furniture into unique treasured heirlooms. They can customize anything and do beautiful work. WibergArt and Studio 3 displays the work of renowned marine artist, Jack Wiberg, as well as the work of many fine local artists. If you’re seeing a show at Clear Space, enjoy the galleries pre-show or at intermission.
*Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features the work of at least three dozen talented artists, as well as special events: June 10: Vegfest Rehoboth Exhibition. Their master framer, Ed McGann, is onsite and ready to assist you with your framing needs.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has their annual Earrings Galore, featuring earrings by 40 artists from around the country. On view throughout the summer. Opening June 22 (5-7)—Alliance —featuring Kate Furman and Kate Mess Bauman. Heidi always has beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) offers painting classes and “pARTies” for all occasions—days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends (age 7+). Visit their website for details.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes; 302-645-0551) is hosting a collaborative exhibition with CAMP Rehoboth—Art of the Community. The gallery and the artists involved will donate a portion of sales to support Project CAMPfire—Fostering, Inspiring and Rewarding Emerging Arts and Artists. Featured in this show are numerous artists whose work has been associated with CAMP Rehoboth over the years including Sondra Arkin, Terry Isner, Vincent Hughes, Caroline Huff, Brian Petro, Sam Dixon, Scott Brooks, and many others. Receptions will be held at the gallery June 3 (5-7 p.m.) and at CAMP Rehoboth on June 10 (4-6 p.m.).
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) brings us Getting in the Mood with Lights and Shadows (Member Showcase), and The Mermaid Project, Chapter 1: Confinement (works by Annaliese Tassano). Both run through June 11. For those of you who would like to explore or expand your creative side, the League offers classes: June 5-7: Watercolor for Beginners, June 5-19: Beginning Mosaic Technique, June 6-27: Acrylic Painting Basics, June 7: iPhoneography, June 8-29: Watercolor Painting Basics. Get your tickets now for their Gala in the Garden—Saturday, June 24 (5-8 p.m.)—with live music, cocktails in the Homestead’s formal garden, appetizers, and a three-course dinner in the backyard. The 68th Cottage Tour of Art is just around the corner as well—July 11-12.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) has a “history” of fun at the beach—vintage bathing suits, post cards, photos and maps are on display. Their newest exhibit, Angry Waters, opens June 8, and tells the story of a seaside village (Rehoboth Beach) and its volatile relationship with the ocean. Little hands are welcome, they are handicap accessible, and the gift shop has some great stuff. The museum is open daily. Admission is by donation, and well worth supporting.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) has reopened in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard just in time for the 2017 season. The gallery features art in different mediums by Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin.