ALL ABOUT SEAFORD:
Seaford Santa House Santa will be at his house in Seaford to greet area children on the following dates and times: Sunday, Dec. 7 - 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10 - 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12 - 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 - 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14 - 4-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday, Dec. 15-20, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21 - 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Dec. 22-23 - 5-7 p.m. Santa's House is located in the Lowe's Shopping Center between IHOP and Little Caesar's Pizza in Seaford. Sponsors are the Seaford Kiwanis Club in partnership with Hiram Lodge #21 of Seaford. Santa requests that a non-perishable food item be brought with you and placed in the box at his house to help feed the needy in the Seaford community.
Christmas Harp Recital The students of Joy Slavens and Expressions of Joy (11-member harp ensemble) will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. Johns U.M. Church in Seaford. Come out and enjoy the beautiful harp Christmas music. The event is open to public, and there is no admission fee.
Victorian Christmas at Ross Mansion The Seaford Historical Society will hold its 18th annual Victorian Christmas at the Ross Mansion in Seaford Thursday, Dec. 11, through Sunday, Dec. 14. The event will open Thursday with a flower show, "Christmas Enchantment," presented by the Spade and Trowel Garden Club. The mansion will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. There will also be a quilt show. Refreshments will be served. While there is no admission charge, donations will be appreciated. On Friday, the historical society will host a wine and cheese party from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is $12. Saturday is the Children's Christmas Party, from 10 a.m. to noon. Children will be admitted free, but must be accompanied by adults. Santa will be there, donuts and hot chocolate will be served and there will be a reading of "A Visit from St. Nicholas." Each child will make an arrangement of greens to take home. And Santa's Secret Shop will be open to children 12 and younger; no adults will be allowed in the shop. The mansion will be open both Saturday and Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers with the historical society will portray members of the Gov. Ross family. There will be refreshments and dulcimer player John Kisela will perform. Admission is $7 per person. For more information, call 628-9828.
Breakfast with Santa The Seaford High School Culinary Department is offering Breakfast with Santa from 7 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20, in the Seaford High School Café. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children which includes a visit with Santa, breakfast buffet and omelet station. Pictures with Santa will be available by digital media students. Tickets will be sold by SHS culinary students and at the Seaford Chamber of Commerce Office. Call Culinary Instructor Kaitlin Russell at 629-4525, ext. 2051, for more information.
Annual Father Daughter Dance Tickets are now on sale on Sundays at Mt. Olivet UMC in Seaford for the 2015 Father Daughter Dance. Tickets are also available at Posey Palace in Seaford or online at www.fd-dance.com. Tickets are $10 for a limited time. This year's dance is Saturday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaford High School.
Bingo at the Elks Lodge Bingo at the Seaford Elks Lodge is held every Wednesday night. Doors open at 5:30 and play begins at 7. Cash prizes up to the maximum allowed by law.
ALL ABOUT LAUREL:
Laurel Christmas Parade The 2014 Christmas Parade, "Joy to the World," is Friday, Dec. 5. Applications, which are due Dec. 1, are available at Laurel Town Hall or on their website, www.townoflaurel.net, under forms and documents. Thank you to the Laurel Fire Department for sponsoring the parade again this year.
Christmas Open House The Laurel Historical Society will host a Christmas Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Laurel Heritage Museum. Located in the old train station, 201 Mechanic St., the museum will be decked out in seasonal garb, with light refreshments and holiday music for all to enjoy while touring the exhibits. Join us as we welcome the Christmas season. This is a great time to discover stories from Laurel's past while learning more about the society. The Cook House, society headquarters located at 502 E. Fourth St., will also be open during this time but the festivities will be centered at the museum. For more information, call 875-2820 or 280-6783.
Quarter Auction The Delaware Blue Hens 14-U Heinicke Quarter Auction will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Laurel Fire Dept. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the auction starts at 6. First paddle is $5 and each additional paddle is $3. Over a dozen vendors, weekend getaway, Christmas crafts, gift cards and more. For more information, contact Sherry Harris at 462-0090 or Shane Heinicke at 841-2834.
Little League seeks coaches, managers Laurel Little League is accepting letters of interest for coaches and managers. If you are interested in being a coach or a manager, submit your letter to Laurel Little League by Monday, Dec. 15. Letters may be dropped off in the drop box on the office door at the Laurel Little League Complex.
ECS presents Christmas program Experience a breathtaking night of music and surprise during Epworth Christian School's annual Christmas program, "No Room" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. The event will be held in the school gym.
Relay for Life fundraiser Laureate Epsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, is holding an ongoing fundraiser at Laurel Pizzaria to benefit Relay for Life. This event takes place on the third Tuesday of each month from 5 to 8 p.m. Laureate Epsilon will receive 10% of the check to benefit Relay For Life. For more information, call 228-5800.
ALL ABOUT DELMAR:
Holiday Train Show Three generations of Delmarva families have made the DelMarVa Model Railroad Club's annual Holiday Train Show, Open House & Sale a part of their holiday tradition for 30 years. This year's show will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 6 and Jan. 3, 2015, Jan. 10; and noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 7 and Jan. 4, 2015, Jan. 11. There will be something for everyone, with over 6,000 sqf and 10 train layouts including pre and post war tinplate trains, American flyer, drawings, scavenger hunt, gifts for the kids, food, model railroad items for sale and much more. This will be the largest celebration to date. The event is held on the second floor of Camelot Hall, 103 E. State St., Delmar. For more information, visit www.delmarvamodelrailroadclub.org.
ALL ABOUT BETHEL:
Christmas at Bethel Museum Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa is coming to the Bethel Historical Society on Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m. Bring your children to see Santa Claus and have their picture taken with him for $5. The museum will be decorated with trees and many toys from the older days borrowed from museum friends as well as from the Delaware Historical and Cultural Affairs Department. Cookies are being baked just for you. For those who are unable to visit on Dec. 21, the Christmas exhibit with the old toys will be open on two more Sundays, Dec. 14 and 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. The museum's permanent exhibits featuring ship building in Bethel will also be open. The Bethel Museum is located at 312 First St., Bethel.
Bethel Historical Society fundraiser Help the Bethel Historical Society on the second Wednesday of every month by eating at the Laurel Pizzeria between 5 and 9 p.m. Ten percent of your check will be donated to the Bethel Historical Society. Eat in or carry out. You must bring in a special coupon to receive the ten percent off. For more information, call 877-0660.
ALL ABOUT BRIDGEVILLE:
Christmas in Bridgeville craft show The Bridgeville Historical Society will host its 39th Annual Christmas in Bridgeville Craft Show on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodbridge Middle School, 307 Laws St., Bridgeville. The craft show will include over 60 vendors selling an assortment of holiday gift items. There will also be a raffle for a VIZIO 42" high definition television. Admission is free and all proceeds benefit the historical society. For more information, contact Charles or Sharon Hawk at 337-8675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evening of holiday music The Friends of the Bridgeville Library will present an evening of traditional holiday music at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9. The event will feature the Woodbridge High School Select Ensemble Vocal Group directed by Jolene Workman. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. For more information, contact Ruth Skala at 858-1534.
ALL ABOUT GREENWOOD:
Christmas Caroling Party Greenwood Public Library will host a Christmas Caroling Party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Country Rest Home in Greenwood. The group will meet in the lobby of the rest home at 6 p.m., sing carols throughout the facility and end the evening with refreshments in the dining room. The activity is open to all, however, children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is helpful, but not required. Homemade goodies are a special treat to the residents; if you are able to supply homemade Christmas cookies as refreshments, contact Robin at the number listed below. To register, or to obtain directions to the Country Rest Home, call Robin at 349-5309.
Musical education program On Friday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m., musician Tracy Eldridge will perform her educational show "Good Vibrations" at the Greenwood Library. This program explores the mysteries and dynamics of sounds and draws a distinction between music and noise. See, hear and touch instruments from each musical family as Tracy guides pre-K and elementary children in discovery of the body as a musical instrument. The program is free and open to all. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Join the Greenwood Cheer Center The Greenwood Cheer Center will enjoy a complimentary lunch. Come learn about all the great activities and trips at the center. Be sure to check out our state-of-the art Fitness Center. A Dinner Club is held every Thursday night at 5 and is open to the public. To schedule a tour, call site manager, Dixie Carlisle, at 349-5237.
ALL ABOUT FEDERALSBURG:
Christmas in the Museum The Federalsburg Historical Society will sponsor Christmas in the Museum on Monday, Dec. 8 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Federalsburg Area Heritage Museum. There will be decorated Christmas trees, handmade wreaths which will be made and sold and refreshments of hot cider and cookies. The Historically Yours Boutique will be open for Christmas shopping and the winning ticket for a refinished trunk will be drawn at this event. Santa Claus will be stopping by after the Federalsburg Christmas Parade to greet children of all ages. Bring the family to this free event! For more information, call 410-754-9036.
Christmas Open House A Christmas Open House will be held at Exeter, 408 Old Denton Rd., Federalsburg from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13. This annual event is sponsored by the Federalsburg Historical Society. Featured will be costumed guides who will take visitors on tours of this historic home which dates back to 1808. Light refreshments of wassail and cookies will be served. Admission is free. For more information, call 443-693-3694.
Family Game Night Bring the family to the Federalsburg branch of the Caroline County Public Library for an evening of classic board games. Revisit favorite games, discover new ones and meet other families who also enjoy board games. Games provided by the library include Chess, Checkers, Parcheesi, Yahtzee, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Scrabble and more. Family Game Night is held on the third Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The event is free and registration is not required.
Ronnie Dove Show The Ronnie Dove Show will be held at VFW Post 5246 on Veterans Drive in Federalsburg, Md., on Jan. 17, 2015. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the show at 7. Dinner includes salad, ham, chicken, macaroni shrimp salad, potato salad, green beans, beets, applesauce, rolls and butter and dessert (cake or ice cream). Tickets are $50 each or $300 for a table of seven. Door prizes will be Ronnie Dove cd's and money. For more information, contact the VFW at 410-754-5020, Ron James at 410-829-6308 or Roy Lare at 410-754-8707.
ALL ABOUT GEORGETOWN:
A 'Simply Christmas' Christmas Parade The Georgetown Christmas Parade steps off at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4. This year's theme is "Simply Christmas." The floats, marching bands, clubs, cars and trucks will be judged in their individual categories. Participants will be judged for "Best Theme" and overall "Best in The Show." The parade has become known as the Christmas "balloon" parade. "Balloons are back by the bunch," said Georgetown Chamber Executive Director, Karen Duffield. "We will probably have nearly 1,500 helium balloons at this year's parade, not only for hand-outs for the kids, but for decorating the judges' stage and around town." For more information and to participate, visit www.georgetowncoc.com to access an entry form online; email email@example.com or call the Georgetown Chamber at 856-1544.
Christmas CHEER Holiday Ball CHEER presents its 4th annual holiday event, "Deck the Halls with Christmas CHEER" on Friday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 10 p.m., at the Warren L. & Charles C. Allen CHEER Community Center, Georgetown. The all-you-can-eat buffet dinner catered by Lighthouse Nook will feature an appetizer station, carving station, chicken cordon bleu, garden salad, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green bean casserole, a dessert station, coffee and iced tea. There will be a cash bar for the adult beverage of your choice. The muli-talented Tom Pizzi will provide the entertainment. Tom brings a spontaneous sense of humor and great personality to his performances. He is the man of a thousand voices from the Rat Pack to Oldies, Motown and hits of today. CHEER will open the Christmas Gift Shop to view and purchase decorated Christmas trees and wreaths, along with other great gift ideas. Satisfy your sweet tooth at Santa's Bake Shop while participating in our live and silent auctions. Tickets are $30 each. For ticket information and sales, call 854-9500 or visit www.cheerde.com.
Holiday Social The Sussex County Democrat Women's Club will hold a Holiday Social at the Sussex County Democrat Headquarters (in the former Georgetown Public Library) from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 15. RSVP to Charlotte Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-4999.
Possum Point Players Hollywood Holiday, an original holiday musical revue, will be presented Dec. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $23; $22 seniors/students. Join us for a 1960s Hollywood Christmas TV special hosted by Ed Sullivan, with celebrity guests The Rat Pack, Sonny and Cher, Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, The Supremes, The Temptations and a misguided "Elvis" for some musical family fun. For tickets and more information, call the PPP ticket line at 856-4560 or buy tickets online with Brown Paper Tickets at www.PossumPointPlayers.org.
Ad Hoc Touring Company reading If you enjoy reading plays aloud, join the Ad Hoc Touring Company, an affiliate of Possum Point Players. The group meets the first Monday of each month at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The company also recreates old-time radio broadcasts at local venues. The public is invited to participate in this reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 5, at Possum Hall. For more information about Ad Hoc, contact Roger Ault at 226-1118 or email@example.com.
ALL ABOUT GALESTOWN:
Country breakfast buffet The Galestown Ruritan Club country breakfast buffet is held the last Sunday of the month from September through May from 7 to 10 a.m., at the Galestown Community Center. The buffet includes eggs, scrapple, sausage, pancakes, potato casserole, hominy, biscuits, toast, fruit cup, and sticky buns. The community center is located at 5538 Old School House Rd., at the intersection with Galestown-Reliance Road in Galestown.
THINGS TO DO ELSEWHERE:
Exhibit open through Dec. 7 The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs announces that the closing date for "An Illegal Activity: The Underground Railroad in Delaware" has been extended to Dec. 7. The exhibit, which has been on display since last October at the First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, Dover, explores Delaware's role in the pre-Civil War network of secret routes and safe houses used by black slaves in the U.S. to escape to free states and Canada. Admission is free. For more information, call 302-744-5055.
Justice pioneer to appear in Milton Bryan Stevenson, nationally renowned criminal justice advocate, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, will appear at the Eagles Nest Fellowship Church, 26633 Zion Church Road, Milton, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14. A Milton native, Stevenson has been representing capital defendants and death row prisoners in the Deep South since 1985 and has gained national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and minorities in the criminal justice system. The event, which is free and open to the public, is brought to you by "The Community." Browseabout Books will have copies of Just Mercy available for purchase and there will be a book signing after the lecture.
Ellendale Ruritan shoot schedule The Ellendale Ruritan announces the 2014-2015 Ham/Turkey Shoot schedule. Sign up starts at 10:30 a.m. and shooting starts at 11 at the Ellentown/Georgetown VFW. Cancellations will be made by noon. Refreshments will be available for sale. Schedule: Dec. 20; Jan. 24; Feb. 28; March 28; April 25. Rain dates: Dec. 27; Jan. 31; March 7; April 4; May 2 For cancellations, call 302-249-2633.
Notable Books Discussion AAUW Coastal - Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Notable Books Discussion at the Selbyville Library, on the second Tuesday of the month from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, call Ada May at 302-436-2981. All readers are welcome.
Open Mic-Holiday Readings The Eastern Shore Writers Association holds its annual reading of prose and poetry on Saturday, Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abbott's Grill in Milford. Members, friends and the public are welcome to join in the fun of the Karaoke-style writer's festivities by providing five-minute readings from their work during the Open Mic portion of the meeting. The party is open to the public with an optional lunch at $20. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Eastern Shore Writers Association (ESWA) holds monthly writing programs, sponsors the Bay-to-Ocean Writers Conference, and publishes the Delmarva Review, a literary journal for all writers. For more information, visit www.easternshorewriters.org.
ALA book discussion group AAUW Coastal-Georgetown Branch sponsors an American Library Association (ALA) Notable Book Discussion Group at the Lewes Public Library on the first Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Laurel at 302-226-3773. All readers are welcome.
Indoor Flea Market The Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover will hold its first week-long Indoor Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6 through Saturday, Jan. 10. Cost for vendors to sell for the week is $50 and tables may be rented for an additional $5. Space is limited and buyers browse for free. To reserve your space, email email@example.com.
ALL ABOUT TRIPS:
Alumni Association offers trips The Delmar Alumni Association is offering the following trips for members, family and friends: Wednesday, Dec. 10 - Country Christmas Memories, Ocean City, Md. - includes the show, dinner and a visit to the winery - $89.99 per person Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 - "Moses" at Sight and Sound, Lancaster, Pa. - includes lunch Saturday, July 11 - "Joseph" at Sight and Sound, Lancaster, Pa. - includes lunch Shows in 2015 will be priced at a later date. For more information, contact Dot Wolfgang at 846-2366.
ALL ABOUT MEETINGS:
Sussex Democrat Club meetings The December meeting of the Sussex County Democrat Club will be a dessert and coffee social on Monday, Dec. 15. Charlotte Anderson is coordinating the event.
Widowed Persons meeting The Seaford Chapter of the Widowed Persons Service will have its next meeting on Thursday, Dec. 16 at noon at the Stargate Diner in Seaford. A surprise Christmas celebration program is planned for the December meeting. Please bring an unwrapped toy and canned goods to the meeting for the associated charities. All widowed persons of all ages are invited to attend. Come by and join us, we enjoy the trips, lunches/dinners, etc. that we do.
SCRWC Christmas celebration The Sussex County Republican Women's Club (SCRWC) will hold their December luncheon meeting at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at Baywood Greens Clubhouse, Millsboro. This will be the Christmas meeting and will include a musical celebration with live entertainment by vocalist Autumn Schneider accompanied by Melanie Bradley on piano. There will be a silent auction to raise money for the SCRWC Scholorship Fund. SCRWC was able to provide scholarships for college to three deserving young women last year and the goal is to continue this worthy tradition. The public is invited to attend. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Kathy Vengazo at 302-539-4757 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 13. For more information, call Vengazo or visit the website scrwc.net.
AAUW will meet Dec. 18 The December meeting of the American Association of University Women will be held at Kings Creek Country Club in Rehoboth on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The speaker will be Judge Brook Hedge who will discuss the importance that mentoring has had on her career. Judge Hedge began her career at the U.S. Department of Justice as a trial attorney. In 1992, she was appointed an associate judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia by President George H. W. Bush. Since 2010, Judge Hedge has served as a senior judge. She moved to Lewes in 2011 but still serves at the court. Don't forget to bring an item (or items), to share for the silent auction. For more information about the AAUW, including membership, contact Brenda at 302-684-8716.
Weekly weight loss support meeting Join us for our TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meetings on Monday nights at 5 p.m. at Greenwood United Methodist Church. The meetings are for one hour and are in the Education Hall at the church (enter through the door on Market Street close to the parking lot). We meet weekly to support each other in our journey to learn about menu planning, eating healthy and making permanent changes to result in a healthy life. All are welcome to come learn about the program and join. If you have any questions, please call and leave a message at the church. One of the program leaders will return your call.
Vets Helping Vets Vets Helping Vets will meet at 9 a.m. every first and third Friday of the month at the Hurlock American Legion Post 243 and on the second and fourth Friday at the VFW Post 5246 in Federalsburg. All veterans are welcome.
Sea Purls meeting The "Sea Purls" Chapter of The Knitting Guild Association meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheer Community Center in Georgetown on the corner of Rt. 9 and Sand Hill Road. The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 7. Lunch is available and new members are always welcome. For details, call Diane at 302-228-0235.
Broad Creek Grange Meeting The Broad Creek Grange meets at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, at Broad Creek Grange Hall (11198 County Seat Hwy., Laurel). For more details, contact Mary Tress at 875-3326. Visitors are welcome.
Coast Guard Auxiliary The Seaford U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 12-08 meets the first Thursday of the month at the station at the Nanticoke Marina and Yacht Club in Blades. For details, call Art Wollschlager at 628-8259 or email email@example.com.
Sussex County Marines Marine Corps League Detachment #780, Devil Dog Detachment, meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m., at the VFW Virgil Wilson Post 4961, Middleford Road, Seaford.
Stamp Club meets monthly The Sussex County Stamp Club meets the second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at St. John's Hall, The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist, 307 Federal St., Milton. Anyone with an interest in stamp collecting is invited to join. There is a stamp auction every meeting.
Toastmasters Club Southern Delaware Toastmasters Club meets at the Crossroad Community Church, Georgetown, on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Toastmasters International, an educational, leadership and communication organization, has existed since 1924.
Sail & Power Squadron meeting The Nanticoke River Sail & Power Squadron (NRS&PS) 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 power boating, sailing or kayaking/canoeing, join us and participate in our classes and social outings. For info, contact C.M. Kohlenberg at 629-0687 or Rob Hutton at 628-0312.
9-12 Group Meetings for the 9-12 Group take place on the second Thursday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Millsboro Fire Hall (behind the fire house). The 9-12 meetings are about local, state and national politics. For more information, visit 912DelawarePatriots.com.
Explore your ancestry with SCGS The Sussex County Genealogical Society (SCGS), an organization dedicated to promoting genealogy and education to encourage and instruct in genealogical research, can help you search your ancestry. SCGS holds monthly membership meetings from September to May that feature informative presentations. The Education Committee holds multi-week spring and fall discussion groups. There are also two special interest groups: Genie Bytes (a computer search group) and (Brick) Wall Busters. General meetings take place on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The discussion group meets from noon to 2 p.m. at the library. Visitors are welcome. For more information and upcoming events, visit www.scgsdelaware.org.