Bulletin Board
Thursday, December 03, 2009
 
LOCAL FUNDRAISERS:

Friends fundraiser The Friends of the Bridgeville Library have another delicious fundraiser to promote. All you have to do is enjoy a meal at the Seaford, Dover, Rehoboth, or Salisbury IHOP locations, any day, any meal. Fill out the comment card, staple your receipt to it and drop it off at The Bridgeville Library, Bridgeville Town Hall, or The Providence Sales Cottage at Heritage Shores.

NHS plans 2010 dinner/auction The 2010 Nanticoke Health Services Dinner & Auction planning committee recently held a kick-off party for the April 17th event, "Set Sail Aboard Nanticoke Of The Seas."The committee of "crew members" is preparing an enjoyable voyage for the 24th annual dinner and auction at Heritage Shores Club in Bridgeville. Proceeds will benefit Women's Health/Digital Mammography Services at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital. Last year's annual auction event drew a record crowd and raised more than $85,000. For more information, contact the Corporate Development office of Nanticoke Memorial Hospital at 629-6611, ext. 2404 or morrisr@nanticoke.org

Shoppe raffling off laptop The Look-In Glass Shoppe at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital will raffle an Acer Aspire 5517 laptop (with accessories) just in time for the holiday season. Included in this package, retailed at $450, is an Acer Aspire 5517 laptop, travel case, wireless mouse, air power inverter and hub. Tickets are for sale at The Look-In Glass Shoppe (located within Nanticoke Memorial Hospital) through Dec. 17 and cost $5 each or five for $20. The drawing will be held at 12:15 p.m. on Dec. 18. All proceeds from The Look-In Glass Shoppe benefit Nanticoke Health Services.

Bethel Historical Society From 5 to 9 p.m., on the second Wednesday of each month through December, the Laurel Pizzaria is generously helping the Bethel Historical Society with an on-going fundraiser. You can pick up a coupon at the restaurant and when you pay the society will receive 10 percent.

Festival of Trees Delaware Hospice's premier fundraiser, the Festival of Trees offers visitors a magnificent display of decorated trees and wreaths, and activities for everyone in the family. In Sussex County, the Festival of Trees will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, Dec. 6, at Delaware Technical & Community College in Georgetown. For details call 302-855-2344 or visit www.delawarehospice.org

Library commemorative brick sale Honor your family or loved one, remember a loved one, advertise your business, recognize your organization, church or social group by purchasing a commemorative brick which will become a part of history as the "New Seaford Library & Cultural Center" opens in 2010. The bricks will be placed on the Reading Terrace of the Seaford Library & Cultural Center. Cost for the 4x8 decorative bricks is $100 each which includes three lines of engraved upper case text. Proceeds support the capital campaign.Order forms may be obtained from the circulation desk at the library, online at www.seaford.lib.de.us or by contacting Friends President Peggy Boyd at 536-1449 or Vice President Connie Halter at 628-0554.

SEAFORD EVENTS:

Seaford Christmas Parade Touted as the largest Christmas parade on Delmarva, Seaford hosts an extravagant evening parade the first Saturday in December. This year, the parade will be on Saturday, Dec. 5; step off is at 7 p.m. The parade is sponsored by the Downtown Seaford Association and the City of Seaford. The Grand Marshall is Dick Collison.

Decorating Contest Mayor Edward Butler, Jr. announces there will be a Holiday Decorating Contest in the City of Seaford for its residents for the 2009 season. He is encouraging all residents to put out their best decorations to compete for prize money. The offer is $100 for first place; $75 for second place; and $50 for third place. To participate in this year's Holiday Decorating Contest, register by downloading the registration form on our website - www.seafordde.com or by picking a registration form up at City Hall, 414 High St. Registration forms should be returned by noon on Friday, Dec. 18, so the judges know the locations of the decorated homes. Judging will be held on Dec. 21 with awards being presented at the regular council meeting on Jan. 12, 2010. For more information contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

Train exhibit at Seaford Museum There are new trains and old trains, big trains and little trains. Such is the train exhibit featured in the Webb Room at the Seaford Museum this Christmas season. The exhibit is now open and remains in place until Jan. 16. There are two working trains set up and running. In addition, there will be a 1920 standard gauge freight train, a 1940 standard gauge passenger train and a 1936 O-gauge passenger train on display. Others include a 2-gauge Bachman and an N-gauge passenger train along with dozens more. Also on display will be different bridges, towers, factories and plastic Ville buildings. The Seaford Museum located at 203 High St. is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., except for Christmas Day. Admission is free for members. For non-members there is a charge of $3 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Mayor announces Food Drive Mayor Edward H. Butler Jr. announces a community food drive to serve the Food Closet at St. John's United Methodist Church. Individuals in need are referred to the Food Closet through several local agencies. Boxes will be placed at City Hall for the collection of non-perishable food items. The boxes will be available for donations until Friday, Dec. 18, at which time the contents will be divided evenly among local charities. For more information, contact Trisha Newcomer at 629-9173.

AARP Tax-Aide volunteers AARP Tax-Aide is looking for volunteers to help senior and low income taxpayers complete their 2009 federal and state income tax returns. We need volunteers for assignments in Western Sussex County (Delmar to Greenwood). Computer literate volunteers will prepare income tax returns. Other volunteers are needed to greet clients and check accuracy of results. Volunteers will receive free tax training and are asked to give a commitment of four hours per week over the ten week tax preparation period. For more information, call Bill Watt at 262-0516 or Melvin Koster at 628-3849.

Stay and Play program Parents As Teachers announces the free Seaford Stay & Play program.Come have fun playing and learning with your child through a variety of toys and activities. The program is open tochildren birth through 48 months and their caregivers,on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at SeafordParks & Recreation. For more information and a complete schedule, contact Anna Scovellat 856-5239.

Historical Society raffle The Seaford Historical Society is offering a raffle featuring a day on the Nanticoke River in the spring of 2010. This all-day excursion accommodates a party of six people on a boat ride that leaves from the Marina at Nanticoke River Marine Park in Blades, Seaford. Other festivities included with this trip are mid-morning snacks on-board ship, lunch in Vienna, Md., a self-guided walking tour of historic Vienna, a visit to the Vienna Heritage Museum and refreshments on the ride back to Seaford in the afternoon. A raffle ticket costs only $5 or five tickets may be purchased for $20. Tickets are available at the Seaford Museum which is open Thursdays through Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., or at the Ross Mansion which is open Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. At other times call the Seaford Historical Society office at 628-9828 for tickets. The drawing will take place at the Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion on Dec. 13, 2009.

The Christmas Boutique The Christmas Boutique will once again be featured in the Ross Mansion gift shop at the annual Victorian Christmas on Dec. 11, 12 and 13. Each member of the Seaford Historical Society is asked to contribute one item. Handmade gifts in the price range of $10 to $20 are most popular. Items may be left in the gray box on the front porch of the Ross Mansion at any time. For further information, call Shirley Skinner at 629-9378 or Diane Thomas at 629-2085.

Historical Society seeks docents The Seaford Historical Society seeks several trained docents for Ross Mansion. Docents and volunteers are important to the Seaford Historical Society. A Victorian Christmas is in December and next year marks the 150th anniversary of the Ross Mansion with special events scheduled for every month. Special in-depth training classes will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ross Mansion in Seaford. New manuals with detailed information have been prepared for each individual who attends training. If interested, call the Seaford Historical Society office 628-9828 to register for a training class.

LAUREL EVENTS:

Handbell choir concert The Laurel Public Library welcomes the return of the combined handbell choirs from Centenary United Methodist Church, Laurel and St. John's United Methodist Church, Seaford at their third annual program of holiday ringing on Monday, Dec. 7, from 7 to 8 p.m. Under the direction of Doug Rhodes and Karen Tull respectively, each handbell choir will present a selection of seasonal favorites as well as various other traditional music. For more information, call 875-3184 or email normajean.fowler@lib.de.us

Laurel Christmas Parade The Laurel Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 4. Line-up begins at 5 p.m. Parade starts at 7 p.m. Theme is "Christmas for Kids." For details call 875-9319.

Laurel Library Dec. 7, 7 p.m. - Holiday Handbell Concert Dec. 8-Jan. 30, 2010 - Christmas Exhibit of antique toys "Toys From Another Time"; opening reception from 3-5 pm. Dec. 10, 6 p.m. - Adult Book Discussion Group - selection to be announced. Dec. 10, 5-7 p.m. - Consult with Sussex County Consumer Health Librarian Linda Leonard for up to date information on health and medical issues.

Historical Society books The Laurel Historical Society announces the availability of a new book, The Odd Fellows Cemetery Laurel, Delaware. This book, compiled by Doug Breen and Chuck Swift, has a complete list of almost 5,000 names that are found within the cemetery. This book can be purchased for $35. Also available is a DVD of the presentation by Jay Hill of the Bacon's Switch area south of Laurel. This DVD can be purchased for $5. The History of nineteenth century Laurel is a collection of stories and information that was written and complied by Harold Hancock with input from many local people. Copies are available for $45. To order any of these items, email laurelhistoricalsociety@hotmail.com or call Chuck Swift at 875-7665.

Hen House Feed-a-Friend The Hen House is a drop-off point for the Cat Country Feed-a-Friend Radiothon. Drop off your non-perishable food items beginning Friday, Dec. 4. Donations will benefit local food banks.

Sunkissed food drive The Food Drive at Sunkissed Tanning in Laurel is still going on. If you bring five non-perishable items you get a free tan. Last year they collected 867 cans and 50 gift bags for children for Christmas. Their goal is 1000 cans this year. You can donate a toy, too. All donations go to Laurel families. The food drive ends Dec. 10.

DELMAR EVENTS:

Model train show The Del-Mar-Va Model Railroad Club, which is celebrating its 25th year, will open its annual show on Dec. 5 and 6, and again for two weekends in January. The show features six miniature railroad setups: HO gauge, O gauge, N gauge, Lionel trains and Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends. This year's display will feature about 25 percent more scenes than last year's. The Del-Mar-Va Model Railroad Club is located in Downtown Delmar,at 103 State Street on the second floor of Camelot Hall.

Delmar Library Food donations - The Delmar Library is a drop-off site for non-perishable food items until the end of the year. All items will be given to Harvest Ministries in Delmar. Holiday books - The library's collection of holiday craft books and cookbooks are ready for check-out by anybody with a Sussex County library card.

Christmas carol sing Delmar's third annual community Christmas carol sing will be on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 4-5 p.m., at St. Stephen's Church, 101 E. State St. Bring canned goods to be donated to Harvest Ministries. All are welcome to St. Stephen's Camelot Hall for soup, sandwiches and cookies after the caroling.

'Sounds of the Season' Concert Get into the spirit of the holiday season at the 4th annual Sounds of the Season Concert. The concert, which benefits the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, will once again be held at the Delmar Junior Senior High School, in Delmar. Griffin Dunn, Brittney Trout and choruses from Delmar High School, Greenwood Mennonite and Sussex Tech. The concert is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. There will be a Chinese Auction on-site, featuring a hand-carved Santa, a professional clown performance, a Christmas flower arrangement and other unique items and holiday gifts. Tickets are $10 each, and available at Dr. Wolfgang's Seaford office at 629-2366, or by calling Sherry Wix at 629-2131. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the day of the concert.

Breakfast with Santa Come and have breakfast with Santa at the Delmar Fire Department, Grove Street and Bi-State Boulevard, Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Free to the public.

BRIDGEVILLE EVENTS:

Spicer Memorial Golf Tournament The Chad Spicer Memorial Golf Tounament will be held June 17. Registration, 11 a.m.; shot gun start, 12:30 p.m.; event format: 4-person scramble. Join us to enjoy a great day of golf and the opportunity to contribute to the trust for Officer Chad Spicer's daughter, Aubrey Spicer. With each sponsorship, golfers will receive: 18-holes of championship golf; use of the driving range and practice facilities; on-course contests; gourmet boxed lunch; on course beverages and snacks; goodie bag; cocktail party and dinner to follow. Additional opportunities include: Mulligan; 50/50 raffle; silent auction; beat the pro contest; ball drop contest. To pre-register or for more information, call Stefanie Sirota at 302-337-9910 Ext. 316 or e-mail to HS Tournament@HeritageShoresGolf.com

Christmas in Bridgeville The Bridgeville Historical Society will be hosting its 34th Annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Woodbridge High School, Laws Street, Bridgeville. The craft show will include more than 60 vendors selling a large assortment of holiday gift items.

The show will also include raffles for a 50/50 and antique furniture item. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the non-profit Bridgeville Historical Society. Hope to see you there and Happy Holidays.

Choral Society Christmas Program The Southern Delaware Choral Society will present their Christmas program, "My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord" on Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m., at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville. The concert features Mendelssohn's Magnificat, choruses of JS Bach's Magnificat and 10 choruses from Handel's Messiah. Tickets are available at southerndelawarechoralsociety.org, at select stores in southern Delaware, or by contacting Executive Director Gail Launay at 226-5231.

GREENWOOD EVENTS:

ACS benefit craft fair Team Wolfgang is hosting a craft fair at the Greenwood Firehall on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to benefit the American Cancer Society. Tables cost $20 each.Wolfgang walks the Relay for Life in the name ofa co-worker and friend that lost her battle with cancer in 2007.For more information, contact Jeanne Todd at 841-2104 or Jeanne20@comcast.net

Christmas Gift Auction Join us at the Greenwood CHEER Center for a Christmas Gift Auction at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4. Gifts may be previewed at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served after the auction. For information or to donate items, contact Susan Welch at 349-5237.

Family Christmas Craft Night On Friday, Dec. 4, at 6:30 p.m., the Greenwood Public Library will hold a free Family Christmas Craft Night. There will be craft projects for all ages. Children 11 and younger will make two different kinds of Christmas ornaments, decorating both wooden spools and bulbs. Teens and adults (12 and up) will be given the opportunity to create unique Christmas cards and/or gift tags. The event is open to all, but children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is requested. To register, call 349-5309 or stop by the front desk at the library.

CHEER Christmas party Join us for some holiday cheer at our annual Christmas Party for the Greenwood CHEER Activity Center at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23. Listen to Christmas carols sung by Bruce Willey, enjoy light refreshments and take a chance on a Santa Cookie Jar. For more information, call the center at 349-5237.

Book discussion series Each month a different culinary mystery will be featured at the Greenwood Library. Enjoy a discussion of the book and a sample of one of the book's recipes. Discussions are free and will be held on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room. The book discussion Dec. 8 will be on Christmas Cookie Murder by Leslie Meier. To obtain a copy of the book before the discussion, visit the library or call Robin Miller at 349-5309.

TRIPS:

Radio City tickets Limited tickets are available for a trip to see the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, sponsored by Adult Plus+ at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. The "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" features the world-famous Radio City Rockettes' signature high-kicks and precision choreography in several show-stopping numbers. For more information call at 856-5618.

Seaford AARP trips March 1-3, 2010 - a trip to Foxwoods & Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Cost: $235 double. March 31, 2010 - Washington, D.C. to see the cherry blossoms. A buffet lunch on the Spirit Of Washington. Cost: $71 April 30 to May 2 - Azalea Festival Grand Parade, Botanical Gardens, International Tattoo Show, dinner on the Spirit of Norfolk, tours of the naval base, Battleship Wisconsin, The Nauticus and more. Price to be announced. April 12-16 - Myrtle Beach, S.C. Shows at four different theaters, boat cruise, tour of Charleston, House of Blues, Barefoot Landing and meals. Cost: $535 double. For more information, contact Rose Wheaton at 629-7180.

Day trips for the holidays Take a train ride to see the beautiful display of lights in Ocean City's Northside Park, drink tea and enjoy dinner in a Victorian oceanfront hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. Celebrate the season by watching "Happy Holidays" in orchestra seats at the Kennedy Center on Friday, Dec. 11. Don't miss "Too Hot to Handel" a jazzy, soulful reinterpretation of Handel's Messiah at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on Saturday, Dec. 12. Delight in the Christmas blooms, including thousands of poinsettias, at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania on Sunday, Dec. 13. Take a special tour of the U.S. Naval Academy and have high tea at the Officers' & Faculty Club after an independent lunch in downtown Annapolis on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Enjoy a day in New York City to shop, see a Broadway show, or look at holiday decorations on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Feast on brunch before watching the musical "White Christmas" at Tony's Dinner Theater in Baltimore on Thursday, Dec. 17. Stimulate your senses with the winter wonderland musical extravaganza, "Holiday Spectacular," featuring more than 100 singers, dancers and musicians at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore on Friday, Dec. 18. For more information or to sign up for these trips, contact Delaware Tech's Adult Plus+ program at 856-5618.

See 'The Lion King' Limited seats are available for a trip to see Disney's breathtaking musical "The Lion King" on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia; the trip is sponsored by Adult Plus+ at Delaware Technical & Community College, Owens Campus. For more information or to reserve orchestra seats, contact the Delaware Tech's Adult Plus+ program at 856-5618.

Seaford Library cruise The April 25, 2010 Cruise to Bermuda is one of the functions planned to help raise funds for the new Seaford Library and Cultural Center. The deadline for making reservation has been extended to Dec. 15, 2009. A reservation deposit of $300 is required. The total cost varies with the choice of stateroom. An interior room costs $975 per person. An oceanview room is $1195. For a deluxe oceanview with veranda the cost is $1495. The price includes round trip transportation from Seaford to Cape Liberty in New York Harbor, N.J. The ship docks for three days in Bermuda at Kings Wharf. Information regarding island tours and other suggested activities on the island will be provided on board the ship. For further information call Barbara Stetzer at 628-3300 or e-mail barb@misty-travel.com

MEETINGS:

USCG Auxiliary United States Coast Guard Auxiliary meets the 2nd Sunday of the month at 1 p.m. at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club. For more information, contact Cindi Chaimowitz at 302-398-0309.

AARP Membership AARP Seaford Area Chapter 1084 of Western Sussex County membership meeting to be held on Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Methodist Manor House Fellowship Hall in Seaford, at 1:30 p.m. There will be a cookie exchange at this meeting. Holiday Music performed by the Seaford Presbyterian Church Choral Group.This chapter is open for membership to persons 50+ an beyond, and all are welcome at the hospitality table for refreshments and conversation after the meeting. Call Gladys Bonowicz, chapter president, at 875-1519 for more information about this chapter.

H.A.P.P.E.N. The members of H.A.P.P.E.N., Hearn's Pond Association for its Protection, Preservation, Enhancement and Naturalization, met on Nov. 12 to discuss issues concerning the Hearn's Pond area. Among the issues discussed were traffic, dam safety, annexation and community projects. The group's next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Seaford Museum. Anyone interested in attending the meeting is welcome.

Democrat Club The holiday meeting of the Western Sussex Democrat Club is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at Dukes' Pool House in Laurel.The club will furnish the turkey, dressing, potatoes and gravy with club members to bring the finishing touches to the dinner. Also, club members are asked to bring gifts or a contribution of moneyfor a family of six children and their parents.

USPS United States Power Squadron (USPS) meets at the Nanticoke River Yacht Club on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. If you are interested in boating education and safety, and enjoy boating, sailing or canoeing, join and participate in the classes and outings. For more information contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.

Acorn Club The G.F.W.C.-Acorn Club of Seaford is having an auction at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 6:30 p.m. The hostess is Ann McFarland and her committee.

Widowed Persons The Seaford chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 12:15 p.m. at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville (off Dual Highway south of Bridgeville). The planned guest speaker will be Joy Sladens. Please bring an unwrapped gift or canned goods (or both) to the meeting for the associated charities. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend.

Delaware Grays The December meeting of the "Delaware Grays" SCV Camp 2068 will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at the Marvel Museum in Georgetown.Members and those interested in joining are invited to attend. For more information, visit www.DESCV.org

SURROUNDING AREAS:

No Ruritan buffet this month The all-you-can-eat Sunday breakfast buffet served by the Galestown Ruritan Club will not be held in December. It will resume its normal schedule in January, on the fourth Sunday of each month through June from 7-10 a.m. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 children 6-12 years, at the Galestown Community Hall, 5833 School House Road.

Glee Club Concert Glee Club Christmas Concert at CHEER Community Center, 20520 Sand Hill Road, Georgetown on Dec. 15, 1 to 3 p.m. The fee is a canned good.

Visit Santa & Mrs. Claus Come visit Santa, Mrs. Claus and his reindeer and elves Fridays, 6 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays - 5 to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m. at his Quillen residence at 14034 Wilson Hill Road, Georgetown.

Toys-4-Joy Booker Street Church of God, Georgetown, is sponsoring a "Toys-4-Joy" drive to help needy families in extreme situations during the Holiday Season. Donations will be received now through Dec. 22. To make a donation of money, new toys or new clothes, please call Peggy at 302-856-3404 or the Church at 856-9097.

Country breakfast buffet A country breakfast buffet will be held every fourth Sunday each month - September through June, from 7 to 10 a.m. at Galestown Community House. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup and sticky buns. The community house is located on School House Road at the intersection of Galestown and Reliance Roads in Galestown, Md. The dates are: Jan. 24, 2010; Feb. 28, March 28, April 25, May 23, June 27. (There will be none in Dec. 09)

Tom Horton & David Harp You're invited to the Federalsburg Historical Society's dessert and discussion with Tom Horton and Dave Harp. Join this highly acclaimed author and photographer team on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 7 pm, as they share their thoughts regarding their most recent book, The Nanticoke: Portrait of a Chesapeake River. The event will be held at the Federalsburg Senior Center; please use the Morris Avenue entrance. For additional information, call Carol Shaw at 410-253-5324.

'Christmas Oratorio' Join the Delaware Choral Society for their fall concert, Johann Sebastian Bach's, "Christmas Oratorio." The concert will take place at Wyoming United Methodist Church in Dover, on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 for general admission; $12 for seniors (55 and over) and $7 for students. For online ticketing, will-call reservations and other information, visit www.delawarechoralsociety.org, call 302-422-7775 or e-mail delawarechoralsociety@yahoo.com Tickets may also be available at the door but advance tickets are recommended.

PPP presents Christmas tale "The Last Christmas Carol," a musical by David Meyers and Scott Michal, puts a hilarious twist on Dickens' original tale. Performances will take place at Possum Point Players in Georgetown on Dec. 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. In Meyers' and Michal's play, a beleaguered children's theatre director - played by Jim Hartzell of Georgetown - is tired of directing "A Christmas Carol." As he gets ready for another year of the same production, the director's "scrooge-iness" begins to wear on the children in the cast. Soon, art imitates life, as ghosts from his own theatrical past visit him. Performances are Dec. 4, 5, 11 & 12 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 6 & 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available for $20 ($19 for seniors or students) by calling the Possum Ticketline at 856-4560.

SDCS winter concert The Southern Delaware Choral Society announces that its winter concert "My Soul Now Magnifies The Lord" will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at Eagles Nest Fellowship Church in Milton at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at Woodbridge High School in Bridgeville at 3 p.m. Adult tickets are $20 and student tickets cost $8. Tickets can be purchased at Browseaboutbooks in Rehoboth Beach, Puzzles in Lewes, online at www.southerndelawarechoralsociety.org or by calling 945-0393. The concert features pieces from Magnificats' written by Bach and Mendelssohn and selections from Handel's Messiah. The program will feature soloists from within the membership of the SDCS and nationally acclaimed organist, Lee Dettra, as accompanist.

PPP holds musicaltryouts The Possum Point Players will hold auditions for the spring production of the 2001 Tony award winning musical Urinetown on Sunday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. Performances will take place April 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25. Stage Director Jim Hartzell, Music Director Liz Messick and Choreographer Deni Robinson are looking for a cast of 20 to 30 individuals, ages 14 and up. Tryouts will consist of a solo from each auditioner, an exercise in dance movement and readings from the script. Cast selection will take place in December with rehearsals to begin in January. Anyone who would like to try out but cannot attend the two auditions, needs more information about the show or wants to work backstage, should contact Hartzell at 856-6166 or 381-4898.