Nanticoke Baskets, Circa Early 1900s

By Susan Towers | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the Holiday 2019 issue

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These tiny baskets, made from peach pits and walnuts, were hand-carved by Nanticoke tribal elders sometime in the early 1900s. Part of the collection at the Nanticoke Indian Museum near Millsboro, the baskets were crafted as artworks and had no use, though they reflected the abundance of peach and walnut trees in the area at the time and the importance of nature to the tribe, says museum coordinator Sterling Street. The baskets are among numerous artifacts found on the Harmon farm, also near Millsboro. The Harmons are a large Nanticoke family with many descendants still living in coastal Delaware. For more information on the museum, including winter hours, visit nanticokeindians.org or call 945-3400.


 

Music That Makes the Heart Sing

By Lynn R. Parks | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the Holiday 2019 issue

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For its most recent concert, in April, the Southern Delaware Chorale joined with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and The Carter Legacy Singers from Baltimore to perform the final movement — the one with the familiar “Ode to Joy” theme — of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

It wasn’t easy, acknowledges the chorale’s artistic director and conductor, Colin Armstrong. “Many of our singers struggled,” he says of their preparations for the performance. “I told them that they could only do the best they could do. And in the end, even though it was challenging, their performance was quite good. The singers felt really good about themselves.”


 

Winter’s Frozen Assets

By Susan Towers | Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the Holiday 2019 issue

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Eye-catching ice sculptures, like this soon-to-be 9-foot mermaid crafted last year by world champion carving artist Angelito Baban, will glisten again when the third annual Fire & Ice Festival expands its horizon with displays and other activities in Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Millville. Sponsored by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, this year’s event takes place Jan. 24-26 with the theme “Out of This World.” Carving demonstrations by Ice Lab Ice Sculptures of Baltimore will be among the highlights. For more information, visit fireandicede.com