Yesterday marked the beginning of the Mispillion Art League Gallery's new exhibit, "A Celebration of Black Artists," which features work created by and featuring black artists.
Two local artists, Tony Burton and Donna Blakey, coordinated the show, featuring the work of both members and non-members. The exhibit is a February tradition for MAL. All medium submissions were accepted, including paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography and 3-D work.
Tomorrow night, the league will host an opening reception, featuring the artwork, of course, and the artists who contributed and coordinated the event.
The exhibit will run through Saturday, Feb. 23. The MAL gallery is located at 5 N. Walnut St. For more information about the gallery or membership, call (302) 430-7646.
Sunday, several thousand people will show up at Rehoboth Beach unseasonably clad and ready to rush into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean for the 21st Annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge. The event is one of Delaware's most popular fundraisers, which raises money for Special Olympics Delaware's year-round programs.
The Plunge began in 1992 with just 78 "polar bears" daring to dip into the frigid ocean waters and raising $7,000 in the process. Last year, more than 3,500 people participated, helping to raise more than $650,000.
People don't start dipping their toes into the water until Sunday afternoon but the festivities will actually begin Friday with the weekend-long Plunge Festival that includes several Saturday activities: The Pooch Plunge (11 a.m. to noon); The Ice Cream Throwdown (noon to 5 p.m.); The Run to the Plunge 5K (1 p.m.); Restaurant Chili Contest (3 to 6 p.m.); And, an ice sculpting contest (judging takes place at 1:30 p.m.).
Pre-registration has closed but last-minute registration will be open at 10 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Just look for the special line for "day-of bears" at the registration tent.
Weather reports predict that temperatures will be in the mid-40s and that clouds should give way to the sun's warming rays but first-time plungers should be prepared for an undeniable level of cold.
Dos & Don'ts Pack a robe. It will keep you warm as you wait and can be easily slipped back on when you get out of the water. Keep your feet covered until the last possible minute and consider wearing water shoes. Don't dive into the water or try to plunge head first. Bring extra towels and blankets. Wear layers of loose fitting clothes. Do not bring tents; They are not allowed on the beach. Leave your pet at home. Animals are strongly discouraged during the plunge.
Author looks back, discusses history
WHAT Book signing and discussion
WHERE First State Community Action Agency, 308 N. Railroad Ave., Georgetown
WHEN 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5
INFO (302) 856-7761
Just in time for Black History Month, Jefferson Morely, a former Washington Post editor, will be in Georgetown discussing his latest book, "Snow-Storm in August: Washington City, Francis Scott Key and the Forgotten Race Riot of 1835" at the First State Community Action Agency.
Published in July of last year, the book offers a gripping narrative history of the explosive events that drew together Francis Scott Key, Andrew Jackson, and an 18-year-old slave on trial for attempted murder. The book weaves the saga of Beverly Snow, a mixed race restaurateur, run out of Washington by a white mob with the never-told story of the patriots, black and white, who brought the anti-slavery struggle to America's capital in the 1830s.
First State Community Action Agency Executive Director Bernice Edwards is excited about the presentation.
"As we near the period highlighting and celebrating civil rights and cultural heritage and as we take into account the rapidly changing demographics of our local cities and towns, we can discuss ways in which we can promote and strengthen race relations and diversity in our communities," said Edwards.
All members of the community are welcome and there is no cost to attend. The event will begin at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5, and will take place at the agency's conference and training center located at 308 N. Railroad Ave in Georgetown. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (302) 856-7761
Spend spring in the spotlight
WHERE Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut Street, Milford; Patchwork Playhouse, 140 E. Roosevelt Avenue, Dover
Actors in Milford have their pick of plumb roles this spring with several fun productions at area theaters.
This weekend in Milford, the Second Street Players will start hosting auditions for "Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Review" at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3 and Monday, Feb. 4.
The cast calls for five women with strong vocal abilities. Those interested should be prepared to sing an upbeat musical selection a cappella or with their own pre-recorded accompaniment. A cold reading from the script will also be required. For more information, visit www.secondstreetplayers.com.
Auditions will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, located at 2 S. Walnut St. Performances are scheduled to begin Friday, April 26 and run for two consecutive weekends through Sunday, May 5. The performance schedule includes two matinee shows that will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday April 28 and Sunday, May 5.
In Dover, the Kent County Theatre Guild will hold auditions for its next production, "All My Sons" at the Patchwork Playhouse at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3, Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Wednesday, Feb. 6.
The cast requires the six men and four women for the following roles:
Joe Keller (50 years old and older)
Kate Keller (45 years old and older)
Chris Keller (25 to 35 years old)
Ann Deever (20 to 30 years old)
George Deever (25 to 35 years old)
Dr. Jim Bayliss (40 years old and older)
Sue Baylis (35 years old and older)
Frank Lubey (25 to 35 years old)
Lydia Lubey (20 to 30 years old)
Bert (10 to 12 years old)
Auditions require a cold reading of the script. Volunteers are also needed to fill many production-related roles. For more information, contact production director John Muller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kent County Theatre Guild is located at 140 E. Roosevelt Avenue in Dover. "All My Sons" performances are scheduled to hit the stage Friday, April 12 and will run for three consecutive weekends through Saturday, April 27, with one matinee performance on Sunday, April 21 at 2 p.m.