Back in the day (and I’m certainly old enough to use the phrase!) my grandmother owned a pair of Hallmark stores, and the company policy was to NEVER allow an upcoming holiday to overshadow one that was yet to be celebrated. Christmas cards weren’t displayed until the day after Thanksgiving. It’s bad enough that my professional life requires me to order Christmas music and complete planning for a February concert in August without having Christmas commercials punctuating “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”… Humbug! This having been said, I will rise to the occasion and wish everyone a Happy Thanksmaskwanzakkah and a joyous New Year! All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Bethany Area Repertory Theatre (Woodsong Country Inn; 37269 Dirickson Creek Road in Frankford) presents a brand-new show by playwright-in-residence, Bob Davis—Making News is a fast-paced dramedy about the start-up of a news business. Opening December 1.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) has scheduled their winter concert Can’t Stop the Beat! February 9-11, 2018. The theme this season is “Music about Music” and features the songs Listen to the Music, Yesterday Once More, I Love Rock and Roll, Hallelujah, and Pentatonix’ new hit Sing! Mark those calendars now!
CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) announces auditions for a production of Last Summer at Bluefish Cove—December 5 & 6 (7p.m.). Needed are eight women of various ages. For more information contact director Russell Stiles.
Capital Ringers (302-632-3106) performs Holiday Classics on tour beginning November 18 and continuing through December 10. The concert features You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Sleigh Ride, and O Hanukkah. Local venues include Bethel UMC (November 25) and The Milton Theatre (December 9). Check their website for a complete listing!
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270)hosts Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street (November 24-December 10), and finishes the season with A Not-So-Silent Night on December 16. Their 2018 season opens with Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery—January 27-February 11.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458) continues their season with Akropolis Reed Quintet (November 18), and the Dali String Quartet (January 20).
Epworth United Methodist Church Concert Series (19285 Holland Glade Road; 302-227-7743) presents their annual holiday concert Yule Love It, Too! (December 9, 7 p.m.) featuring the contemporary Christian group Mercy’s Well, the Epworth Chancel Choir, Praise Team, and the CAMP Rehoboth Ensemble leading a holiday sing-along. Tickets: $20 and worth every cent.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) is in rehearsal for their holiday offering Fruitcakes— December 1-10. Directed by John Hulse and Glen Pruitt.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone on their calendar! November 25: A Celtic Christmas; December 1: Stand-Up Comedy; December 2: Illusions: An Evening of Holiday Magic with Ben Zabin; December 3: Cartoon Christmas Trio; December 6: Psychic Deanna Fitzpatrick; December 8: Christmas with the Rat Pack; December 9: Capital Ringer’s; December 10: The Rising—A Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute; December 14,15,17: Streisand & Sinatra Holiday Show; December 15: Magnolia Applebottom; December 16: The Rescignos; December 17: Holiday Tea; December 20: Kirtan; December 22: Fred Hughes Trio; December 31: 5th Avenue Jazz.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095)) screens new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre; Broadway HD: She Loves Me (December 9); National Theatre Live: Yerma (November 18-21); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (December 16-19). Check their website for updates and show times.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents a Holiday Peace Concert with guest vocalists Gary Colangelo and Max Dick on December 22 (7p.m.) at the Cape Henlopen High Theater in Lewes. Buy your tickets online and save!
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) wins the award for holiday show with the longest title: The Farnsdale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of A Christmas Carol—November 24-December 3.
Wilmington Children’s Chorus (302-762-3637) will perform Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols on December 2 (4 p.m.) at St. George’s Chapel (20274 Beaver Dam Road. in Harbeson). A Free Will Offering will be taken.
The Brush Factory on Kings (830 Kings Highway. in Lewes; 302-703-7715) is a wonderful new addition to the arts scene in our area! Furniture, art, clothing, sea glass, decoys, home goods, and more.
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) will be displaying the work of the winners of the Delaware Division of the Arts 2017. The collection was shown at the Biggs Museum, and now continues at CAMP through November 28. AIDS in the City and at Home (see Photo) will open in conjunction with World AIDS Day December 1-30.
The Galleries at 20 Baltimore (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-258-4203) featuring Amandeline Gallery, Paintiques and WibergArt and Studio 3 are in the process of closing their doors. Paintiques has a space at the Brush Factory, and Amandeline will be taking some time off to re-group. Though they’ve already had their closing sales, it’s likely they’ll be around through Thanksgiving if you wish to stop by. This collective of artists will be deeply missed.
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.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase and the popular Earrings Galore (through December).
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 one of the largest Fine Art galleries in the area, currently hosting Interpretation: Three Artists, Three Views, Three Mediums—works by Bill Patterson (oil), Nick Serratore (pastel), and Isobel Pizzoloto (watercolor). Whet your appetite with the virtual tour of the gallery online.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408)currently features their Members’ Sales Gallery (November 17-December 31) and the 8th Annual Open House Hospitality Day (December 2).
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. Little hands are welcome, they are handicap accessible, and the gift shop has some great stuff. Admission is by donation, and well worth supporting. Their current exhibit is Angry Water—highlighting the effects of weather on our area. Check their website for special events!
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) resides in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard and features art in different mediums by Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin.