Best Bets: Bridal Event at Maple Dale Country Club offers one-stop wedding shopping

Coming to Sunday’s Bridal Event at Maple Dale Country Club wil be Dana Herbert, owner of DessertsbyDana, who won the first season of TLC’s “Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker” in 2011. He has been featured on Food Network, TLC, The Cooking Channel and “The Rachael Ray Show” (Submitted photo)

The annual Bridal Event at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover is scheduled for Sunday at noon.

This event is produced by local, full-time bridal industry service professionals including Authentic Entertainment LLC, CM Baker Photography, Dream Vacations, Dover Tents & Events, Maple Dale Country Club, the Perfect Wedding Guide, Primerica Financial Services and The Wedding Boutique. The Delaware State News is the media sponsor of the event.

Highlighting the day will be an appearance from celebrity chef Dana Herbert of Desserts by Dana, who will be showcasing their customized wedding cakes, cupcake towers and dessert displays.

Mr. Herbert, of Bear, won the first season of TLC’s “Cake Boss: Next Great Baker” back in 2011 — which awarded him a new car, $50,000 and an apprenticeship at Carlo’s Bake Shop in Hoboken, New Jersey.

He has been featured on Food Network, TLC, The Cooking Channel and “The Rachael Ray Show” and has created cakes for some of the world’s biggest names such as Oprah Winfrey, Ice Cube and Jill Biden.

To add to the fun, he will be hosting a cake decorating contest for some lucky brides to participate.

The Bridal Event will also welcome, who will be designing bouquets to compliment the wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses in the fashion show. They will also be designing centerpieces and other floral arrangements to be featured throughout Maple Dale Country Club. Their designs will be a mix of flowers.

Maple Dale Country Club recently unveiled a new outdoor pavillion, with gardens and a seating area, for couples who look to take their wedding ceremony to a different setting. (Delaware State News/Heather Cregar)

Plus, is sponsoring a bouquet toss at the end of the fashion shows.

New to Maple Dale Country Club is an outdoor pavilion and seating area, unveiled last month, which is designed to get your wedding in the fresh air.

On your way to the pavilion, stop in the Shasta Shutterbug to get your photo taken in the mobile unit prior to the reception.

The day will also include a variety of games for the bride and her bridal party, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a fashion show, wedding-themed vendor displays, door prizes, music and a pumpkin-spiced sangria mixed just for the event.

A grand door prize of a weekend getaway to Williamsburg, Virginia is being offered for the wedding couple.

Admission to the Bridal Event is $10 per person. Advance registration is available at under “Events.”

For more information check the event Facebook page at or contact Chris Aulita at Maple Dale Country Club at 674-4951.

Julie Jones, left, and Ashley Robinson model wedding dresses from The Wedding Boutique, the sponsor of Sunday’s fashion show during The Bridal Event at Maple Dale. (CM Baker Photography)

Biggs Birthday

On Saturday, the Biggs Museum of American Art will close its 25th anniversary year alongside the First State Heritage Park’s annual 18th Century Market Fair on The Green in Dover.

Continuing the family fun, partygoers will be able to add a few more birds to the forest in the museum’s sculpture entry to commemorate the current grand exhibition, “Audubon, Then and Now.”

Artworks will be on display by Biggs artist members, and Delaware By Hand artists for purchase in front of the museum.

Visitors will also enjoy mini cupcakes, crafts and family games in Child HELP Foundation Gallery to help celebrate a quarter century of sharing art with Delaware.

Admission to the whole museum and the special family-friendly projects is free.

The Biggs Museum is at 406 Federal St.

‘Beauty and the Beast’

Delaware State University will present the student production of “Beauty and The Beast” during two performances today in the Education and Humanities Theatre.

The Broadway musical and recent film will come to life with a matinee show at 1 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. performance.

Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for youths 12 and under, and free for DSU students with a valid ID.

“Beauty & The Beast” is based on the book by Linda Woolverton, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

The Delaware State University production features Ashlyn Moore as Belle; Devin Davis as The Beast; Travis Williams as Gaston; and Jourdan Davis-Dewitt as Lefou.

“Beauty and the Beast” is under the direction of Dr. Shirlyn Henry Brown and Jessica A’driel Crawford, with Dr. David Tolley as musical consultant.

For ticket information, email: or call (302) 857-6573.

Ducky Shincracker

Musician Ducky Shincracker will perform as part of Dover Public Library’s In Harmony Series tonight at 6:30.

Embodying the spirit of early American folk, and jazz music, Ducky Shincracker is the prototypical born and bred All-American musician. As a banjo player and vocalist, he is steeped in the traditions of musicians such as Eddie Peabody, and Louis Armstrong while simultaneously looking forward to contemporaries like Jim Kweskin, Bob Dylan, and Pokey LaFarge.

His sound is broad and inclusive, combining elements of New Orleans and Tin Pan Alley jazz, as well as Grand Ole Opry-era country, and Jug Band songs of the 1910s, and 20s.

The free show will take place at the library at 35 E. Loockerman St.

‘Heathers: The Musical’

Presented by Clear Space Theatre Company from Rehoboth Beach, “Heathers: The Musical” will be performed at the Milton Theatre Saturday at 8 p.m.

Based on the film, this tongue-in-cheek musical is the story of Veronica Sawyer, a brainy, beautiful teenage misfit who hustles her way into the most powerful and ruthless, shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta at Westerberg High: the Heathers.

Tickets range from $15 to $20. Purchase them online at, via phone by calling 302-684-3038 or at the box office at 110 Union St. This event is for all ages.

Country Music Show

The Great American Country Music Show featuring The Jones Boys along with more country music acts will be held on Saturday at the Seaford High School Auditorium.

This show, as in the past, will benefit several causes; the WBOC Bless Our Children Fund, The FFA chapter at Seaford High School and the Woodland School House Association for the restoration of the one-room school at the new Woodland County Park built on the site of the Woodland Golf Course.

The tickets are available in advance at Hoober, 6367 Stein Highway. Seaford; Seaford Music, 22876 Sussex Highway. Seaford; and at Nanticoke Fence, 23464 Sussex Highway. Seaford.

The doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Now showing

New in theaters this weekend is the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Tyler Perry comedy “Nobody’s Fool” and “The Nutcracker and The Four Realms.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday is “Incredibles 2,” Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” Spike Lee’s “Blackkklansman” and the remake of “Papillion.”

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