2017: Prison uprising dominated Delaware State News front pages

DOVER — The name and face we will remember most belong to Lt. Steven R. Floyd Sr. He was the correctional officer killed in the inmate violence and hostage situation Feb. 1-2 at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. The prison uprising tops this editor’s list of top stories for 2017. From Feb. 2 through […]

Battle canceled until Schwartz plans get in sync

  DOVER — With efforts to reopen the Schwartz Center for the Arts still ongoing and no firm group in place who will operate the State Street theater, the planned second Battle of the Schwartz Lip Sync Contest has been put on hold. The event, which raised $65,000 for the Schwartz Center this past February, […]

BEST BETS: Schwartz Center closing headlines bittersweet 2017 in local entertainment

When the book on local entertainment in 2017 is written, it will be led by the sad chapter of the Schwartz Center for the Arts closing its doors after an almost 16-year run. After rumors were heard around town for a few weeks prior, the news officially broke on June 8 that the venerable Dover […]

Delaware Symphony Orchestra concert to benefit Schwartz Center

DOVER — Add the Delaware Symphony Orchestra to those eager to see the Schwartz Center for the Arts reopen in downtown Dover. “We were saddened to learn of its closing back in June. But I can understand the challenges the group faced. Maybe this can be a good wakeup call for the community and the […]

‘Dickens Christmas Carol’ gives Children’s Theatre head start to holidays

DOVER — Prepare for a visit from the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future as the Children’s Theatre brings the holiday classic, “A Dickens’ Christmas Carol” to life this weekend at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. “‘A Christmas Carol’ used to be an annual tradition but it got put on the shelf so […]

Schwartz Center reopening discussed

DOVER — A new name, board members financially invested in the venue, and clearly defined fiscal responsibilities of property owners and the tenant are key criteria for successfully reopening the Schwartz Center for the Arts. A marketing campaign that can track its success, a dedicated volunteer base and a diverse slate of programming also are […]

Lip Sync Battle returning to the Schwartz Center

DOVER — Last year’s inaugural Battle of the Schwartz Lip Sync Contest was an unqualified success, selling out the 550-seat Schwartz Center for the Arts and raising more than $65,000 for the State Street venue. Despite the contest being a massive smash, four months later, the Schwartz closed its doors. “I wish the money we […]

Children’s Theater holiday show set for Schwartz Center

DOVER — While community discussions continue to devise a plan to reopen the Schwartz Center for the Arts at least one production will take place at the South State Street venue this month. The Children’s Theater will perform its holiday show there on Nov. 17 and 18. “We’re just thrilled to get people back in […]

Plan to revive Schwartz Center moves forward

DOVER — About 40 representatives of arts organizations, nonprofit groups, businesses and city government gathered Thursday in an informal meeting to plan the reopening of the shuttered Schwartz Center for the Arts. Dover City Council President Tim Slavin, who outlined the community-driven plan in September, said the energy of those present exceeded his expectations. And […]

‘Jason’s’ Letter’ premiere closes book on Schwartz Center

DOVER — A movie’s opening served as the closing act for the Schwartz Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon. The first showing of “Jason’s Letter” — about 75 percent of which was filmed in Dover in January — was indeed a bittersweet experience. Out-of-town cast members and visitors hadn’t heard of the venue’s financially […]