BEST BETS: Wyoming Ice House getting cool with singer Longley

In its more than 100-year history, the Wyoming Ice House has seen its share of history.

Now thanks to Jim Rezac, it’s hearing a lot of music too.

Singer-songwriter Liz Longley will perform at the Wyoming Ice House Sunday at 6 p.m. (Submitted photo)

In October of last year, Mr. Rezac, a popular local singer-songwriter, put on a show that featured himself and headliner Janet Robin at the former Wyoming Crystal Ice and Cold Storage Co.

He’s back with another one Sunday night, featuring singer-songwriter Liz Longley.

The ice plant at 200 Southern Blvd., which was constructed circa 1910, was built to provide a service to the local farmers and the nearby railroad.

The building, now owned by former Wyoming mayor Mike Marasco, has seen renewed life as a music hall for occasional shows and by Mr. Rezac himself.

“It’s just this fun, funky place,” said Mr. Rezac, who has been known to perform his weekly Facebook Live shows from the plant.

“It’s filled with old farm equipment and we have signs all over the place for places that don’t exist anymore, like The Blue Coat Inn. It really makes for a nice atmosphere to hold a concert.”

Mr. Rezac said the show with Ms. Robin drew about 80 people.

“The show with Janet went over really well and as soon as it was over, people started telling me ‘You should do a show every month,’” Mr. Rezac said.

“It’s a lot of work so I’m not sure I want to do one every month but a couple a year seems to work for now.”

Both Ms. Longley and Ms. Robin have performed at the Cooldog house concert series near Kenton, organized by Paul Gumerman.

For the show Sunday, he’s added a food truck. Like last time, it will be BYOB with a suggested donation of $20.

He thinks the singer-songwriter genre is a nice fit for him and the venue.

“After the first one, I knew I wanted to do another one but I wasn’t sure what kind. I love the blues but there are already a couple of cool blues jams at Jonathan’s Landing and the Blue Earl in Smyrna,” he said.

“So I kept leaning toward the singer-songwriter type of thing and I would know when the right person came along.”

She came along in the form of Ms. Longley, who Mr. Rezac has been a fan of since he saw her in 2011 performing on Dover’s Legislative Mall for Delaware Green Fest.

“As soon as she started playing, I knew I liked her,” Mr. Rezac said.

“The first song she played was ‘When You’ve Got Trouble’ and I was hooked.”

As a singer-songwriter himself, Mr. Rezac says he’s picky about what and who he likes musically.

“She puts together great melodies and her words are killer. Her words just blew me out of the gate,” he said.

A few months back, Ms. Longley announced her summer tour and put out the call for anyone who was hosting any private shows.

“They cut down on the expense of touring. I contacted her and said ‘I can’t hire you for a private gig’ but I told her what I had in mind and she went for it,” Mr. Rezac said.

The Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is currently on tour with her latest album “Weightless.”

The pop-rock record is produced by Bill Reynolds, the bassist for Band of Horses, who has also produced music for The Avett Brothers.

The Downingtown, Pa., native, who now lives in Nashville, has been compared to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith, all artists for whom she has opened.

Jim Rezac performs at the Wyoming Ice House in October. He’ll be back Sunday with Liz Longley. (Submitted photo)

After the success of the first concert, Mr. Rezac said he has gotten a good reaction ahead of Sunday’s show, expecting to get about 120 to 150 people.

After Ms. Longley’s concert, Ms. Robin will return to the Ice House on the same date, Oct. 1, that she played last year.

“Last year that fell on a Saturday, but this year, that will be on a Sunday and I think that will work out well. Saturday, people seem busier but Sunday many people have gotten back from the beach and are looking to unwind,” he said.

Sunday’s Liz Longley show starts at 6 p.m. with Mr. Rezac as the opening act.

Early birds

Kent County Tourism released information this week on their two big fall events.

First up, the 31st annual Amish Country Bike Tour will take place Sept. 9 in Dover. The Amish Country Bike Tour is Delaware’s longest running and largest cycling event.

Those wishing to take part in the early bird discount have until July 1 to register at www.AmishCountryBikeTour.com.

By taking advantage of the discount, cyclists can save $20 off the registration price.

Until July 1, registration price is $40 for adults and $20 for attendees ages 5 to 16. From July 1 to July 31, registration is $50 for adults and $25 for ages 5 to 16. After Aug. 1, registration costs $60 for adults and $30 for ages 5 to 16. Participants under age 5 participate for free.

The event includes a bike tour map, giveaways, and up to four food and rest stops including the famous “pie stop” at the Amish Schoolhouse and after-tour catered picnic.

Then in October, the Delaware Wine and Beer Festival, now in its eighth year, and will take place Oct. 14 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington.

Those who purchase tickets before July 9 will receive a special early bird price of $25 per ticket. After July 9, ticket prices will increase to $35 per ticket.

Day-of-event tickets will be available to purchase for $40 at the door. Tickets include 10 tasting tickets for beer, wine, or spirits. Designated driver and non-sampling tickets will also be available for $10. Additional tickets can be purchased inside the festival gates.

Kent County wineries, breweries, and distilleries will be featured. The festival is a 21-and-over event.

Those wishing to be a sponsor or vendor at the event should contact John Doerfler, Kent County Tourism Corporation’s Events and Sales manager, at jdoerfler@visitdelawarevillages.com or 302-734-4888. To purchase tickets and for more information go to www.DelawareWineandBeerFestival.com.

‘Over the River’ at Guild

This is the final weekend for the Kent County Theatre Guild’s “Over the River and Through the Woods” at the Patchwork Playhouse on Roosevelt Avenue in Dover.

In the comedy-drama, Nick (Terry Doane of Dover) is a nice young man who visits with his four Italian grandparents

Terry Doane, right, as Nick hugs John Zinzi as Frank. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

— played by John Zinzi (Milton), Chris Polo (Dover), John Marino (Lewes), and Patti Gatto (Dover) — for Sunday dinners. They would like to see him settle down and start a family of his own and are willing to do whatever they can to help him achieve their ends — plans that could include Caitlin O’Hare (Teresa Pierce of Dover).

But Nick has some important news of his own now, and it may not be what his grandparents want to hear.

It is directed by Mike Polo and assisted by Amy Bill and Bruce Leister.

Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2.

Tickets are $18 for general admission and $16 for seniors, military members, and students. KCTG members pay $15 and 13 and under $10.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.kctg.org, by phone at 674-3568, or at the door. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more.

‘Rock Around the Clock’

The Second Street Players and Mispillion River Brewing present “Rock Around The Clock: A 50’s Style Sock Hop Fundraiser” featuring the sounds of Haleyz Cometz tonight at the Milford Senior Center. Doors open at 6.

Tickets are $35 and includes dinner and entertainment. There will be contests and games, silent auction and a cash bar with specialty drinks.

All proceeds go to the Second Street Players.

For more information visit secondstreetplayers.com.

Bluegrass Jamboree

Delmarva Gospel presents a Bluegrass Jamboree today featuring Flatland Drive, Remington Ryde and Little Roy and Lizzy Long starting at 6 p.m., and on Saturday featuring Little Roy, Lizzy Long, Flatland Drive, Remington Ride, The Delmarva Ramblers, Lilymay Border and more artists starting at noon.

Cost for today is $25, Saturday $30 and a combo for today and Saturday is $45.

To purchase tickets, call 302-531-7997, or 302-422-8315, visit delmarvagospel.com or at the door.

This event will be held at Sam Yoder Farm at 89 Hunting Quarter Road, Houston. Camping is also available by calling 302-263-0076.

Now showing

New this weekend in theaters is “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

On DVD and download starting Tuesday are big-screen remakes of “Power Rangers” and “CHiPs.”

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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