Bulletin Board
Thursday, April 24, 2003
Open House
An Open House will be held held at Sussex Pines Country Club, Saturday, April 26, with 11 a.m. Luncheon and Tour, and golf at 1 p.m. Upon completion of play return to the Pine Room for non-alcoholic drinks and desserts. R.S.V.P. to Gary S. Allison at 856-7824.

Trap Shoot
Nanticoke Sportsmen’s Club is holding a Trap Shoot - both traps, on Saturdays, April 26, May 3, and May 10, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Shad Festival
Bring the family and celebrate the Bay at the 8th Annual Nanticoke River Shad Festival, Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This family festival features food, music, races, reenactment, boat rides and crafts along Nanticoke River.The festival is sponsored by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Town of Vienna, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Survival Products and the Chicone Ruritans. The event will feature:
  • Music by “Bitter Creek,” “Skeleton Creek,” “Alan Girard” and “Slim Harrison”
  • Nanticoke River Canoe and Kayak Race
  • Civil War Reenactment by the Second Maryland Infantry Company G
  • Skipjack rides
  • Arts & crafts
  • Educational exhibits
  • Historic artifacts
  • Local food, including the famous Planked Shad
  • Games for the Kids
The festival is held to celebrate one of the Bay’s most historic and culturally significant fisheries. From Colonial times to the 1930s, shad fishing was the dominant commercial fishery on the Bay. The shad’s spawning run was a rite of spring, providing food and an income for people living along the rivers. Historically, festivals were held along the riverbanks among the shad bushes in honor of the Shad’s return. All proceeds from the festival benefit local shad restoration efforts along the Nanticoke.

Sunday Breakfast
An All-You-Can-Eat Sunday Breakfast Buffet will be served by the Galestown Ruritan Club on the fourth Sunday of each month October -May, 7-10 a.m., at the Galestown (Md.) Community Hall. This month it will be held April 27. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 children 6-12 years of age. The buffet features pancakes, eggs, scrapple, sausage, creamed chipped beef, biscuits, potato casserole, hominy, fruit cup, and sticky buns.

Relay fundraiser
Regional Builders, Inc. is holding a raffle for a Limited Edition Framed Print signed by the artist, Art LaMay. The print has two bluebirds sitting on a dogwood branch and is approximately 18 inches x 24 inches. Chances are $2 each or 3 for $5, and all proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society. The drawing for the print will be held at the Relay for Life on Friday, May 16. The print was donated by Watson’s Wildlife Art Gallery, and the framing was donated by Regional Builders, Inc. To purchase tickets, visit Regional Builders at 300 High Street, Suite One, Seaford.

Home ownership
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Housing Service will present a “Home Ownership” information forum in Georgetown, on Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road. This homeowner’s information meeting will show families and individuals how they can purchase or build their home now, with no down payment and possibly have their closing costs financed also. the loans are made by mortgage lenders and guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Properties must be located in a rural area. All of Sussex County is eligible for these loans. The meeting is open to the general public, as well as Realtors, builders, developers and lenders. For reservations call jerry Chandler at 302-697-4320.

Democrat Club meeting
The Western Sussex Democrat Club will hold its regular covered-dish meeting on Monday, April 28, 6:30 p.m., at St. Phillips Episcopal Church, South Central Avenue, Laurel. The speaker will be new executive director of the Democrat Party of Delaware, Jonathon Pugsley. Bring a covered dish and enjoy the evening. The public is invited.
Spring concert May 17
The Southern Delaware Choral Society’s annual spring concert, “Spiritually Yours,” will be Saturday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 18 at 4 p.m. at Delaware Tech, Georgetown. Selections will include the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Toccata in F. Major by J. S. Bach and a selection of African American spirituals. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students. For tickets call 875-7776 or 227-2227.

Ag Day at UD April 26
Whether you enjoy getting your hands dirty in the garden, love getting up close and personal with farm animals, or are intrigued by creepy crawly insects, Ag Day is the place to be! The University of Delaware is ready to welcome everyone to a fun-filled day, held on the grounds of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Newark. Ag Day will be held Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Ag Day and the UD Botanical Gardens Plant Sale will be held at the Fischer Greenhouse from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ag Day and the UD BG Plant Sale are free and open to the public, and there is plenty of free parking. The Newark campus of the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources is located on South College Avenue ,across from the Chrysler plant. For more information, call 831-2508 or e-mail kra@udel.edu.

Gryphon Trio Concert
The Gryphon Trio will perform in Lewes on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m., at the Bethel United Methodist Church Hall, Four and Market streets. Presented by Coastal Concerts, this trio of talented musicians will perform music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Christos Hatzis, and Antonin Dvorák. They have been hailed as “…one of Canada’s finest chamber groups…” and have performed in the U.S., Canada, Belgium, France, Poland, Germany and Australia. Tickets, $15 for adults, are available at Stepping Stone, Puzzles, and the Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Center in Lewes and at Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach; or may be purchased at the door. Youth 18 and under may attend at no cost. For questions or further information, call 645-1539.

Bike ride will help buy phone cards for troops
An April 27 motorcycle rally sponsored by Harley Davidson of Seaford will benefit the VFW’s Operation Uplink, which provides telephone calling cards to troops serving overseas. Donna Bennett, marketing and events coordinator with the motorcycle shop, expects about 500 riders to participate. Despite the fact that the rally will be open to riders on all brands of motorcycles, Bennett said that she expects a lot of the people who show up will be riding Harleys. She is asking all riders to wear red, white and blue. Cost to participate in the rally is $10. All of that will go to Operation Uplink, which according to the VFW has distributed 2 million cards since it started in 1996. Participants will start out at the Seaford motorcycle shop on US 13. They will bike at their own pace to the VFW hall in Delmar, where they will be able to stop for light breakfast. Lunch will be served at the American Legion hall in Snow Hill. At the last stop, the VFW hall in Seaford, riders will be given sodas. In addition, the VFW will be selling picnic dinners and the auxiliary will be selling yellow ribbons.

Harley Davidson Ride for Life sponsor
Harley Davidson of Seaford and the Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealers Association are sponsors of the 16th annual Ride For Life in southeastern Pennsylvania May 3 and 4. Ride For Life is the highest netting fund-raiser sponsored by MDA and Harley-Davidson in the country. Ride for Life is expected to attract more than 4,000 riders. The ride encompasses two days of activities commencing at East Penn Manufacturing/Deka Battery Plant near Reading and ending at Dorney Park in Allentown. Since its inception in 1988, Ride For Life has collected over $5.2 million for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, a voluntary national health agency striving to find the causes, cures and treatments of 43 different neuromuscular diseases. In 2002, participants and sponsors raised over $680,000. Registration packets are available at the Seaford Harley-Davidson dealership, US 13. All brands of motorcycles are welcome; participants must raise a minimum of $45.