It was early February when I began to see the first signs of spring in my yard. Fortunately, I’m married to a landscaper who identified each tiny, tender shoot—“Daffodil, hyacinth, tulip…”—and who also panicked about the advent of Spring six weeks early. The first weekend of March reversed the trend and we spent an hour fighting the cold and wind to cover the emerging buds with insulated tarps before getting hit with a “hard freeze.” While my spouse was busy worrying about his garden, I was busy drawing analogies to my life tending to the cultivation of young artists and burgeoning arts organizations. He’s sweating over climate change, and I’m trembling over the possibility of a seismic shift in arts funding. We all need to be vigilant—and philanthropic—to ensure that the arts continue to thrive, both here and nationwide. Many of the groups are non-profit and depend on your support. As Dolly Levi said, “Money is like manure. You have to spread it around encouraging things to grow!” Support the arts. It’s the right thing to do. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus—if you missed the largest vocal group in the state performing Come Fly With Me! you can catch the encore performance at Del Tech—Sunday, April 2 (3 p.m.). Tickets: camprehoboth.com. And if that isn’t a good day for you, see the same concert performed by the CAMP Ensemble at the Milton Theatre—May 5 (8 p.m.)—Tickets: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CAMP Rehoboth presents Stop Kiss—directed by Russell Stiles —March 10/11 (8 p.m.) and March 12 (2 p.m.). Tickets available online or through the office.
Capital Ringers (302-632-3106) are hitting the road with their spring concert Ringin’ Rhythms—April 22– May 6. Check their website for concert locations and times.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) features the Broadway classic Gypsy—March 10-26. Their Spotlight on Young Performers series presents Once Upon a Mattress—April 7-9, and their new Acting the Classics group does a reading of The Importance of Being Earnest—April 9.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets, Lewes; 888-212-6458; P.O. Box 685; Lewes, DE. 19958) brings a Latin flair to the stage with Trio Virado on March 18 (7 p.m.) and ends their season on April 29 with Red Priest (8 p.m.). $30 ($35 for premium seating), free for ages 10-18 (one adult per youth), and student/military discounts.
Kent County Theatre Guild (140 E. Roosevelt Ave in Dover; 800-838-3006) produces Johnny Guitar: The Musical —April 14-23. (Try it—you’ll love it!)
Ovation Dinner Theater (302-500-1528) presents interactive comedy and Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters all over the area—including Land Ho! a new show premiering at the Brick Hotel in Georgetown, Delaware on March 18-19. Check their website for other locations.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) Driving Miss Daisy—directed by Becky Craft—graces the Possum stage March 31-April 9.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) offers a huge variety of entertainment! Every Monday is LoDel Live, every Tuesday is Mooncat Comedy Open Mic, and the third Wednesday of the month is Transcendental Jam Session—Kirtan. Here’s the rest of their calendar: March 10: Rocky Horror Picture Show; March 11: An Evening with Billy Joel with Joe Trainor and Friends; March 17: Rob Zinn Group with jazz, funk, Latin, R&B and more; March 18: Delaware Comedy Theatre; March 24: The Johnny Cash Experience. March 25: 5th Avenue—Jazz meets the Great American Songbook. March 28: Comedy Classroom. March 31: Magnolia Applebottom. April 1: Psychic Medium Deanna Fitzpatrick. April 7: The Scott Bloodsworth Band. April 8: Murder at the Long Branch Saloon. April 9: Easter Bunny Tea. April 14: Delaware Comedy Theatre. April 21: Gemini Family Magic. April 22: Randy Rainbow Live!
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) screens Independent films every Friday at their Cinema Art Theatre (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes). National Theatre Live Screenings: Saint Joan— March 13, 15, & 18. Women’s Film Series: The Founders— March 28. Met Opera Live in HD: La Traviata—March 11; Idomeneo—March 25 (Cape Henlopen High Theater). The Second Annual Jewish Film Festival—March 22-26.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents Superstar Composers from Baroque to Contemporary—featuring pianist and vocalist, Doug Yetter—Friday, March 10 (7 p.m.) and Sunday, March 12 (4 p.m.) at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern DE (30486 Georgetown-Lewes Hwy. in Lewes).
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.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) presents their Children’s Theater production of Robin Hood and His Merry Men—March 10-12.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) hosts a fantastic collection of artists: Amandeline Gallery featuring art by Victor Del Castillo, M. P. Gerald, Sergey Cherep and Nick Paciorek. Paintiques has “Painted Furniture Galore”! as well as a great selection of pieces. 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.
*Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features the work of the late Brian Petro, Ward Ellinger, Mariah Fee, Tim Jaeger, Olan Montgomery, Jill Finsen, Susan Finsen, Rose Minetti, a triptych by Michelle Marshall, and new mobiles by Santo Mirabile. As always, 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) offers classes in jewelry making, and 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) has been busy “sprucing” up their gallery and has re-opened for a season of fantastic exhibits. From the Collector’s Closet—an eclectic mix of art by Chinese, Russian, British, and American artists is their current show. They also feature new works by Nick Serratore, and Duane Sabiston.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) presents Gallery Talk: From the Curator—with Ann Baker Horsey.