Decorated historic homes to open for holiday tours in Delaware

Simple decorations line fireplaces in every room of the nearly 270-year-old Hale-Byrnes House in Newark as the Christmas holiday approaches. Pineapples, signifying a welcoming home, pyramids of apples, holly wreaths and other greenery prove to be simple, but effective, holiday decorations as resident manager Kim Burdick prepares for a unique holiday tradition. Historic homes throughout […]

‘Elf Jr.’ spreads Christmas cheer in Dover

DOVER – The tale of a human raised by Christmas elves takes the stage this weekend with “Elf: The Musical, Jr.” performed by the Children’s Theatre. This production of “Elf,” based on the classic Will Ferrell movie, is the first Christmas musical the Children’s Theatre has put on. “I chose it because the movie is […]

Smyrna couple, public check for ghosts at area haunts

SMYRNA – As temperatures drop and Halloween approaches, ghosts and goblins creep to the forefront of thought, but for SAGE, the Smyrna Association of Ghost Hunters, ghosts and goblins are top of mind year round. Since the late 1990s, Davis “Mike” Lewis of Smyrna has been interested in the paranormal. It all started with a […]

Halloween happenings abound across area

DOVER — Halloween can be a horrifyingly fun time. It’s a time of the year for trick-or-treating, trunk-or-treating, dressing up as heroes or ghouls and celebrating everything that is orange and black. From Halloween parades to haunted houses and spooky trails, Dover and its surrounding areas have a little bit of something for everyone. “Halloween […]

Piece of State News history brings Christmas joy

DOVER — Some notes and quotes between headlines and deadlines … *** It was Christmas Eve 2017 that this editor wrote a piece on a former Delaware State News editor with a legendary Christmas spirit. James C. Wickes, the editor of the then-weekly in the early half of the 20th century, wowed local readers and […]

Stars & Stripes kicks off area fireworks celebrations

MILLSBORO — Joyce Snead loves fireworks shows. So do family members. “Every time I hear about fireworks, I’m gone,” the Harbeson resident said. “I tell them, ‘If you’re going you better catch the bus!’ If you don’t, I am not waiting!” Ms. Snead was among the several thousand patrons who gathered Saturday at Millsboro’s Cupola […]

Commentary: Mother’s Day, West Virginia and white water

What do Mother’s Day, West Virginia, and white water rafting have in common? Quite a bit actually. Some years ago our family was heading to mountainous Tygart Lake in West Virginia. Our travel brochure suggested a visit to nearby Grafton, the town where Mother’s Day originated in the USA. Minutes later we found ourselves studying […]

Public events will honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King

A number of events will be held to celebrate the slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Monday • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast: 7:30 a.m., The Zeta Rho Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. will hold the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Prayer Breakfast at the […]

Commentary: The gifts of God for the people of God

Let us make 2019 “The Year of Civility” I bid you grace and peace in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I celebrate with you this special time of the year: Advent, Christmas and the New Year: 2019. May your churches and homes be filled with peace. As we look to the Scriptures, I […]

Celebrating the holiday season: Amazon donates $25,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware

SMYRNA — Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware staff and volunteers celebrated a $25,000 donation made to the organization by e-commerce giant Amazon last week at the club’s Smyrna location. Top local Amazon managers from the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Middletown were on hand to review the activities taking place at the club, where youngsters […]