Arts & Life

This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts,
a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

Arts Playlist: Top homegrown artists showcased at Biggs Museum

Each year since 1980, the Delaware Division of the Arts has awarded fellowships to homegrown talent, handing out grants to painters, photographers, sculptors, writers, musicians and craft artisans. The fellows are chosen by jurors from hundreds of entries. And each year, the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover invites the winners to showcase their work in the state’s only group exhibition honoring their combined accomplishment. ...More

Restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley dies

Prominent Sussex County restaurateur and philanthropist Matt Haley has died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in India Monday. The 2014 recipient of the 2014 James Beard Humanitarian Award had just begun what was to be a six-week humanitarian mission through northwestern India and Nepal. ...More

Sussex Co. country music festival on back burner

Dewey Beach businessman Alex Pires has shelved his plans for a local country music festival for now. Sussex County Council accepted Pires’s request to withdraw the proposal by a 4-1 vote Tuesday. He had intended to use a 500-acre property east of Georgetown, but ran in to opposition from residents who argued the county’s infrastructure couldn’t support the event. ...More

Enlighten Me: Women’s bodybuilding

Bodybuilding’s mainstream popularity exploded when the film “Pumping Iron” hit screens in 1977. It also spurred the launch of women's competitions and in 1982 the International Federation of BodyBuilding and Fitness officially recognized the women’s edition of sport. Last week, you could find it right here in the First state at 2014 National Physique Committee’s Delaware State Championships and Delmarva Classic event. ...More

Middletown ready for annual Peach Festival

For 21 years it has never rained on The Peach Festival parade in Middletown and Saturday will be no exception. With a forecast calling for blue skies and a comfortable high temperature in the low eighties, organizers of Middletown’s marquee event say they could exceed last year’s attendance record. ...More

Enlighten Me: Introducing city youth to new sports

Competitive rowing and golf are sports that historically required a membership to pursue. These so called ‘country club sports’ were once dominated by white athletes or the privileged. The sports have since become more inclusive but there’s still more than can be done to introduce them to urban youth - something a pair of local sports camps are doing with hopes of developing skills off the field as well. ...More

US Women’s national team to play at the Bob next month

Area basketball fans can see the nation’s top women’s basketball players in the First State next month. The 2014 USA National Women’s team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage at the Carpenter Center in Newark September 11th - and Elena Delle Donne could be among those playing. ...More

Delaware Historical Society making changes for the future

The Delaware Historical Society broke ground in Wilmington Thursday on a number of major improvements to its facilities coinciding with the 150th anniversary of the Society. Upgrades to the Old Town Hall and Delaware History Museum will provide more exhibition space, re-purposed classrooms and establish a Center for African American Heritage presenting contributions of black Delawareans to the state. ...More

Dover Air Force Base ceremony marks return of 9/11 victims’ personal items

Senior representatives from the airline industry and the USO thanked members of the Joint Personal Effects Depot (JPED) at the Dover Air Force base Monday for an event more than a decade in the making. The ceremony acknowledged the return a pair of American Airlines flight attendant wings and an Association of Professional Flight Attendants pin to the airline at its headquarters in Texas. ...More

Sussex Co. screenings to determine selections for Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival doesn’t take place until November but First State film enthusiasts can help decide what plays at the annual event this week at screenings in Bethany Beach and Lewes. ...More