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Best Bets: Blues benefit to aid Delaware Burn Camp
Area blues band What’s in the Box? will appear along with other Delaware blues artists in a benefit for the Delaware Burn Camp Dec. 1 at Jonathan’s Landing. Musicians Gerald de Vries, center, and Charlie Rickner from the Barrelhouse Blues Band are the co-orgainzers of the event. (Submitted photo)

With the holiday season of giving fast approaching, a group of local musicians is taking heed.

Hearts of Healing, a blues benefit for the Delaware Burn Camp, is set for Magnolia’s Jonathan’s Landing Sunday, Dec. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m.

Some of the state’s best blues bands — Nothin’ But Trouble, Barrelhouse Blues Band, The Shakers with Lin Doughton and What’s in the Box? — will come together to raise money for the summer camp that welcomes free of charge any child between the ages of 6 and 18 who has sustained a serious burn injury.

Hearts of Healing is the brainchild of musicians Charlie Rickner of Barrelhouse Blues Band and Gerard de Vries of What’s in the Box?

“Charlie and I do three or four benefits a year. We’re used to working with each other,” Mr. de Vries said.

“We were looking for something new this year and we immediately thought of doing something down at Jonathan’s Landing for a charity down that way.”

Mr. de Vries said along with helping out the Delaware Burn Camp, based at Camp Barnes in Frankford, the two wanted to hold the benefit at Jonathan’s Landing to thank the facility’s Director of Golf Craig Coffield for his devotion to local blues musicians.

“The support he gives us is amazing and we really appreciate that. I think every musician does,” Mr. de Vries said.

With the establishment of the Central Delaware Blues Society, Mr. Coffield has turned Jonathan’s Landing into a blues mecca of sorts. Every Thursday night, he hosts a Fairway Jam led by a different local musician who is joined on stage by other artists looking to jam.

The golf course’s clubhouse has also seen a bevy of national blues acts perform over the past couple of years.

“He’s done a great job in creating a family out there. We knew that it was the place to do something like this where the community would come out and support it,” Mr. de Vries said.

The event has no cover charge. Donations will be taken and a few items will be raffled off.

“We just figured the simpler the better,” Mr. de Vries.

“Donations will be completely voluntary. Whatever you can give is up to you. The camp gets no state funds so this is a case where even a couple of thousand dollars can make a big difference.”

According to its website, “The Delaware Burn Camp was established to provide a safe and natural environment for the promotion of physical and emotional healing to young victims of burn injury.

“The mission of the Delaware Burn Camp is to assist young burn victims in their adjustment to injury through the provision of a safe, supportive environment and providing companionship through physical and social activities in a camp setting.”

The camp is staffed by nurses, firefighters and volunteers from all around the state and includes activities such as boating, fishing, swimming, dancing, archery, horseback riding and arts and crafts.

Proud benefits

In another instance of Downstate residents coming to the aid of others, many in the area were saddened by the death of Kimberly Proud in a Nov. 11 auto accident.

Ms. Proud, who was known to many through her years of employment at many area nightspots, was killed in a single-car accident on Hazlettville Road in Dover. She was 37 years old.

Upon her death, the Camden woman left behind five daughters ages 3 to 19.

The local community is now rallying to see that Ms. Proud’s children are well-cared for with a pair of benefits.

The first event will take place Wednesday night, Thanksgiving Eve, at Tom’s Bullpen in Dover’s Hamlet Shopping Center, where Ms. Proud worked as a bartender at the time of her death.

From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., donations will be taken for the Proud family and the family of Lindsay Stevens of Dover, a Bullpen server who was also seriously injured in the crash. There will be a $5 cover charge after 8 p.m. with $2 raffle tickets for sale.

The band Petting Hendrix will perform.

On Dec. 15, the June Jam organization will hold The Proud Pride Christmas Benefit at the Harrington Moose Lodge on U.S. 13 from 1 until 8 p.m.

Local musicians scheduled to perform include Chainbreak, Blind Willie, Joey Fulkerson, 13:1 and Fuzzbox Piranha with D.J. Sticks and D.J. Stacks also on hand.

The day will also include 50/50s, raffles, a silent auction, a cake wheel, a pig roast, cash bar and a prize wheel.

Tickets are $10 or $5 for those 12 and under.

Those looking to bring a dish or desert for the buffet are asked to call Lori at 302-236-2922. To donate a raffle prize or silent auction item, call Matt 302-242-1924 or bring it to Irish Mike’s on Loockerman Street in Dover every Monday at 7 p.m. until Dec 9.

‘Jazz Nutcracker’ to swing

A sure sign of the Christmas season are the many area productions of “The Nutcracker.”

Students of Delaware Dance Alliance, LLC will perform a variety of flicks, kicks, pirouettes, jumps and entertainment in the adaption of “The Jazz Nutcracker” Saturday at Milford’s Senior Center Hall at 6:30 p.m.

With a Duke Ellington score, “The Jazz Nutcracker” is graced with all of the fanciful characters in the original classic, but the roles are changed and a few surprise guests arrive along the way.

The Smooth Sound Band, directed by Tony Perrone, will perform during the dinner portion of the night.

The second part will be DDA’s production of “The Jazz Nutcracker” while guests enjoy dessert. There will be a cash bar available throughout the shows.

Tickets are $40 at the door. Price includes performance and Italian dinner.

Call 302-422-2633 for more information.

‘Reckless’ at Sussex Central

The Take II Drama Club at Sussex Central High School will present “Reckless” today, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m.

This classic contemporary comedy follows the adventures of Rachel, a wife and mother on the run from a hit man, and the wacky and touching characters she meets. Along the way, she wins a game show, gets help from five extremely colorful doctors and finally finds happiness.

General admission is $8. Students, seniors, military and middle school students can purchase two tickets for $5. Special family and group rates can be arranged by contacting David Warick at

Fair announcement today

Officials from the Delaware State Fair said Thursday they will announce the first act for the summer series today, Nov. 22.

To be among the first to find out who it is, check the Best Bets blog. This year’s fair will run July 17-26 in Harrington.

To share news of your local entertainment event, group or venue, contact Craig Horleman at 741-8224 or