Passing the Light
There are people in this world who bring a special light with them wherever they go. A light that brightens your spirit, a light that defeats the darkness, a light that shines through everything they do. My friend Steve Elkins was one of those people. Steve was a beacon of clarity for me and the entire community, and though our lives are a little darker without him, we cannot let the light of our gentleman from Georgia grow dim. I will admit that I suffered more than a twinge of grief writing this column, knowing that he won’t be singing in church tomorrow, not seeing that twinkle in his eye as he joked, “Remember we’re on deadline!” or catching him sneaking another egg salad sandwich and saying, “Don’t you dare tell Murray!” So, friends, shine your light. Be the miracle. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. Thank you for being in our lives, dear Steve.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) will present an encore performance of Can’t Stop the Beat!—celebrating music from blues to rock and roll and jazz—on April 8 at Sussex Academy (21150 Airport Rd. in Georgetown). The concert includes sentimental favorites “With a Song in My Heart” and “One of Those Songs,” contemporary tunes like “Listen to the Music” and “Piano Man,” Broadway show-stopper “Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Tickets are available online.
Capital Ringers are jingling their bells in It’s a Zoo Out There! This unique group tours their spring concert from April 21–May 6. Check their Events page for locations.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) keeps their Spotlight on Young Performers as they follow the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz (April 13-15), then do a 180 degree turn to Fun Home—the 2015 Tony® winner for Best Musical (May 4–20).
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458) wraps up their season with Sō Percussion—presenting new collaborative works for percussion on April 14 (8 p.m.).
Mid-Atlantic Symphony (P. O. Box 3381; Easton, MD. 21601; 888-846-8600) presents their season finale: Heavenly Music—works by Beethoven, Mahler, and Leon Fleisher—April 20 at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College (Wye Mills, MD) and April 22 at the Roland E. Powell Center (Ocean City).
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) presents Broadway’s favorite musical, Hello, Dolly! starring Donna deKuyper and John Zinzi, and directed by Jim Hartzell—April 13–22.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone on their calendar! April 6: Hank & Heidi’s Hillbilly Hoedown Wedding; April 7: Del Angels; April 13: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra; April 14: 6-Wire; April 19: Monty Python and the Holy Grail; April 20: Kathie Martin and the Hot Rods; April 21: Glimmer Twins Rolling Stones Tribute; April 27: Micro Wrestling Foundation; April 28: The Quando Swing with Rosemary Loar; April 29: The American Rogues; May 4: Swing Junction; May 5: Ted Vigil is John Denver; May 6: Christine Havrilla and Gypsy Fuzz Mama’s Black Sheep.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) partners with CAMP Rehoboth to present the 2nd Annual LGBT CINE-brations film festival—six films screened over four days—April 26–29. In addition to showing the best new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre, they provide National Theatre Live: Julius Caesar (April 14, 16, 17) and Met Opera Live in HD: Cosi Fan Tutti (April 7, 9, 10), Verdi’s Luisa Miller (April 21, 23), and Massanet’s Cendrillon (May 5, 7). Check their website for updates and show times.
Rehoboth Concert Band has concerts that should be on your calendar—Sunday, June 3—Concerts by the Sea in the gardens of All Saints Episcopal (18 Olive Avenue) and Sunday, June 24 at the Bandstand.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) present their spring drama, The Elephant Man—April 13–22.
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) has the Women’s FEST Community Art Show with an opening reception Friday, April 13 (3–5p.m.).
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features the work of dozens of 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 offers classes in jewelry making.
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 and is currently showing Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees—to coincide with the Tulip Celebration in Lewes—through April 29. A portion of the gallery proceeds will go to Art in Bloom, which helps to put public art in the parks of Lewes. Whet your appetite with the virtual tour of the gallery online.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) always has a fantastic schedule of classes—everything from pottery to pen and ink technique to jewelry making…something for everyone and for every age and skill level. April 6-May 7: Putting It Two-Gether: Assemblage & Collage by Rose Minetti and Lee Wayne Mills in the Tubbs Gallery. Iria Chloe—Year One at the R.A.L. in the Ventures Gallery. Abstractions—works from the Coastal Camera Club in the Corkran Gallery. Check their website for a complete schedule of exhibits, Salons, Gallery Talks, or even their Summer Camps.
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. However…the Museum is currently closed for complete renovations to their second floor and revamping of the permanent collection exhibits and will reopen early summer.
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.
Email Doug Yetter to add events to the calendar.