Its historic character undimmed, the Lewes Post Office still delivers a timeless sense of pride — and belonging

By Chris Beakey  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the June 2017 issue

postofficeIf you’ve ever wanted to slip back 100 years or so into Lewes history, the post office on Front Street is a good place to start. Virtually unchanged since 1915, its lobby is an airy space with tiger-striped oak woodwork, dentil moldings, and a frosted glass door to the postmaster’s office. In contrast to utilitarian post offices typically found in modern suburbs, this relic of the past is a warm and welcoming place that invites you to linger even after you’ve picked up your mail.

And then there’s that stairway off to the right, with its gracefully turned balustrade, leading to rooms you can’t quite see beyond the second-floor landing ...

Although visitors may wonder about those mysterious second-story spaces, any reveries are cut short when they’re invited — typically after a short wait — to the counter, where the staff stands ready from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and on Saturdays until 12:30 p.m.

Karina Grace Forman is just 13, but her songs reveal a maturity beyond her years

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From the May 2017 issue

Click here to listen to Karina's original song, "So Much More"!

may-kid-forman Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #57Karina Grace Forman remembers a photo of herself sitting at a piano when she was just 2 years old. It’s a picture that sticks out in her mind because the seventh-grader can’t remember exactly when she fell in love with the instrument.

“But I was 6 when I really started playing,” she says with conviction.

Karina, who has never had any formal music instruction, recalls taking a few piano lessons from her grandmother, a concert pianist, but she learned how to play largely from watching videos on the Internet. That’s also how she learned to play the guitar.

These days the 13-year-old from Milton, who is home-schooled, not only plays both instruments but also writes her own music and sings. Moreover, she’s found fame from posting her songs online, and has recorded a track at The Cutting Room Studios in New York City.

Business owner/philanthropist Michelle DiFebo Freeman has overcome challenges with gumption and generosity

By Lynn R. Parks  |  Photograph by Carolyn Watson
From the May 2017 issue

may-MichelleFreeman Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #57On a mantel in the Freeman home in Potomac, Md., sits a candlestick that was once used as a prop by the Washington National Opera. The candlestick was last on stage 16 years ago, when it sat on a desk during a production of Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.”

In the audience for that performance — seated in one of the boxes at the Kennedy Center Opera House — were Sussex County residents Joshua Freeman and Michelle DiFebo. Josh was on the board of the opera company, a seat that his father had held before him, and Michelle, part of a large Italian family, had grown up listening to opera.

“It was Christmas,” Michelle recalls. “The opera was in the first act” — lead characters Figaro and Susanna were preparing for their wedding, which was to take place later that day. “There was a moment when the music was quiet and all of a sudden, Josh was on one knee, asking me to marry him. It was really beautiful. I said, ‘Yes.’ And then we left.”

The couple had been going out off and on for seven years. On their second date, Michelle, who had a then-3-year-old son, asked Josh if he ever intended to marry. “He didn’t have to say that he was going to marry me,” she says. “But I didn’t date willy-nilly. Being married and having a family life was important to me. If he didn’t plan on marrying, then I wasn’t interested in dating him.”