to celebrate in style
A Victorian Christmas will be held at the Ross Mansion on Saturday
and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19.
The mansion will be decorated for the Christmas holidays by local
professional florists with emphasis on Victorian decorating styles.
Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $2 per person.
The mansion is located on North Pine Street in Seaford. The event
is sponsored by the Seaford Historical Society. For more information
call 628-7788 or 628-9500.
Puppets for Christ to appear
The Caffe Sarajevo, 413 High St., Seaford, will host Marvin S. Steele,
puppeteer, as he presents "Puppets for Christ," Saturday, Dec. 18,
at 2 p.m.
Admission is free. For information call 629-6146 or 629-5616.
Choral Society to perform
The Southern Delaware Choral Society will perform selections from
Handel's Messiah and the Hodie, a Christmas cantata by 20th century
British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Saturday, Dec. 18, at
8 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. at St. Peters Episcopal Church,
The more than 60-member chorus under the direction of David Miller
of Seaford will be joined by soprano Catherine Justice and tenor Christopher
Petrucelli of Washington, D.C., treble Erin Williams of Lincoln, baritone
John Ranney of Milford, harpist Janet Jackson Witman of Philadelphia,
Pa., and organist Paul Fleckenstein of Wilmington.
Tickets are $10 general admission and $7 for students. To reserve
tickets call 856-7223. For more information call Elizabeth Hochholzer
Holiday dinner theater set
Foot Light Productions will present a holiday dinner theatre show,
"Home For The Holidays," at the Lamp Post Seafood Restaurant in Rehoboth
Beach Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2:30 p.m.
Featured in the cast are Joe Scaturro of Lewes, R. Lee Cook of Rehoboth
Beach, Becky Chambers-Gaffney of Milton, Bob Mason of Rehoboth Beach,
Erin Williams of Milford and Becki Polk of Seaford.
The banquet meal is being prepared by chef/owner of the Lamp Post
Seafood Restaurant, Mark Steele. Steele was named 1999 Chef of the
Year by the Delaware Association of Restaurants.
The show is directed by Tom Sweeny and produced by John Warrener,
both of Lewes.
Ticket price is $33 per person which includes the buffet meal, show
and gratuity. A cash bar is available.
Reservations may be made by telephoning 645-7220 (Sussex County) or
toll free 1-877-280-3488.
Family day will benefit needy
A special day of family events will be held on Saturday, Dec. 18,
beginning at 9 a.m. at the Laurel Grange Hall, Rt. 9, east of US 13.
Family Day is being sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Troop 508. Admission
is free with donation of a non-perishable food item or a toy, which
will be donated to a needy western Sussex families during the holidays.
Donations of money will also be accepted.
Games and other activities will begin at 9 a.m. and lunch will be
provided from noon to 1 p.m., courtesy of local merchants.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit from 1 to 3 p.m. and will be available
for pictures with the children. There will also be a Santa's workshop
where children can purchase inexpensive gifts for the holidays. Special
children's presentations will be held and the Barnes Family and Mary
Whaley will perform Christmas songs. The evening will end with a dance
from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., featuring local band "Rumors." This is a
non-alcohol event. For more information call 628-1145.
to write Santa's letters
St. Michael's Soldiers, a group of Christian police officers, is sponsoring
a Letters From Santa program to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
For a $3 fee, the organization will write a personalized letter from
Santa to your child.
Visit the St. Michael's Soldiers website for more information or to
download an order form: www.stmichaelssoldiers.org. All proceeds from
the letter benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic.
Ham and turkey shoot set
The Ellendale Ruritan Club will hold a ham and turkey shoot on Saturday,
Dec. 18, noon, at the Ellendale VFW. To reach the hall, take the first
right south of the Ellendale light on US 113.
Cotillion continues tradition
Fifty years ago, every town in lower Delaware had cotillion, formal
dances held throughout the year and particularly at Christmas. Today,
only Laurel still hosts the holiday dance.
The Laurel Cotillion hosts three dances a year, in the spring, early
fall and Christmas. The dress code is tuxedos or dark suits for men
and long dresses or cocktail dresses for women.
This year the Christmas dance will be held Saturday, Dec. 18, at the
Laurel Legion Hall. The live band is the "Velvetones."
Cocktails and cash bar open at 7:15 p.m. and the dance will go from
8 p.m. till midnight. Coffee and donut holes will be served at 11
p.m. Admission is $15 per couple.
For details, call Richard Sames at 422-9033 or Len Hickman at 875-7180.
New Year's Eve dance set
A New Year's Eve dance will be held at Ellendale Fire Hall, Ellendale,
from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ will be Sound Wave Entertainment. Admission
is $25 per couple and participants are welcome to bring their own
drinks. Call 856-7100 for information.
Celebrating MLK Jr. Day
The third annual Community Day of Celebration will be held Monday,
Jan. 17, at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club in Seaford. The
day's goal is to bring the community together to celebrate the life
and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This year's theme, "We are…an
inescapable network of mutuality… a single garment of destiny," comes
from one of his speeches.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature Delaware State Sen.
Margaret Rose Henry. Henry has served in the Senate since 1994. She
was born in Rayne, La., and grew up in Houston, Texas. She is a graduate
of Texas Southern University with a degree in sociology and psychology
and has a master's degree from Springfield College in community leadership
and development. She has lived in Delaware since 1970.
Local businesses are supporting the celebration and $2,000 has been
earmarked for scholarship awards. Any business wishing to participate
may call Annie Wigfall at 629-1075.
Admission is free and tickets are not required. Refreshments have
been donated by area business and will be available from 4:30 to 5:30
For information contact Debbie Sterndale at 629-1650.
Turkey shoots set for winter
Nanticoke Sportsman's Club will hold turkey shoots on Sundays, Jan.
9 through Feb. 13, at noon. The club provides 12-gauge shells.
For more information call 629-9199.