A Weighty Proposition
It’s the season when many of us make our annual pilgrimage to more tropical climes. We’ve all had our fill of the chill and need a ‘bone warmer’ to get us through until Easter.
Where would my husband and I go this year? Back to Maui? Costa Rica? Aruba? Oh, no… we chose to stay stateside and eat our way through the sunny South. Initially I dubbed our vacation “The BBQ Tour” but soon re-christened it the “Taste o’ Dixie.”
Yes, we enjoyed sunny days on the beaches of Georgia and South Carolina, but it was really just about the food. While this column is chockful of tasty selections for your local cultural edification, feel free to ask us for restaurant recommendations if you’re planning to visit Nashville, Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston… we’re the couple strolling the boardwalk in XXL muumuus. All of the following locations, however, are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) will present an encore performance of Can’t Stop the Beat!—a celebration of music that includes blues, rock and roll, and jazz—on April 8 at Sussex Academy (21150 Airport Road 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.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) helps you “put on a happy face” with the perennial favorite Bye, Bye Birdie on the boards from March 16-April 1. Their Spotlight on Young Performers follows the yellow brick road to the Wizard of Oz—April 13-15.
Coastal Concerts (in residence at Bethel UMC Hall; Fourth and Market Streets in Lewes; 888-212-6458) continues their season with Fandango! (March 17, 7p.m.)—a quartet of award-winning virtuosi from around the world presenting a toe-tappingly spicy mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical sounds. Their final Wild Card concert this year features 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 In Their Twenties - works by Visconti, Mozart, and Bizet at Mariner’s Bethel Church (DE 26 and Central Avenue in Ocean View) on March 10 (3 p.m.).
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) is in rehearsal for 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! March 9: The Music of Simon & Garfunkel; March 10: Magic Workshop with Ben Zabin /Trick Trio; March 16: The Hotel Nepenthe; March 17: The Music of Tony Bennett; March 23: Psychic Medium Deanna Fitzpatrick; March 24: The Rocky Horror Picture Show; March 25: Easter Bunny Tea; March 30: Delmarvalous Dolls: The Andrews Sisters Tribute; March 31: Kevin Lee Comedy & Magic Show; April 6: Hank & Heidi’s Hillbilly Hoedown Wedding; April 7: Del Angels; April 13: Paragon Ragtime Orchestra; April 14: 6 Wire.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (107 Truitt Avenue, 302-645-9095) screens new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre; National Theatre Live: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (March 10, 12 & 13), Julius Caesar (April 14, 16 & 17). Met Opera Live in HD: Semiramide (March 17 & 19), Cosi Fan Tutti (April 7, 9 & 10); Jewish Film Festival: March 21-25 with screenings of 11 films. Check their website for updates and show times.
Rehoboth Concert Band presents The Spice of Life—a fundraiser for the Cape Henlopen Senior Center on March 18 (3 p.m.) at Epworth UMC (19285 Holland Glade Road).
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) presents 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 Art Through the Lens on display for the month of March. The exhibition features the work of the Fine Art Group of the Coastal Camera Club. The Women’s FEST Community Art Show follows in April, with an opening reception Friday, April 13 (3-5 p.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 is currently showing the “wine pour” work of Kim Klabe in Pourables. Opening March 31—Birds and Bees, Flowers and Trees—to coincide with the Tulip Celebration in Lewes. 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. Through March 11—Small Works, Big (He)Art—Member’s Showcase in the Tubbs Gallery. Members’ Sales Gallery—Ventures, Corkran, and Step-Up Galleries. Connections—an exhibition by the Coastal Camera Club in the Corkran Gallery. March 17-April 1: Young at Art—Corkran and Tubbs Galleries. 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.