In the world of arts and letters, Howard Pyle was a luminary. But in turn-of-the-century Rehoboth, he was something even more admirable each summer: a family man extraordinaire.

By Michael Morgan
From the August 2019 issue


In the summer of 1896, nationally known artist, writer and devotee of the beach Howard Pyle emerged from an oceanfront cottage and headed for the surf. Leading a gaggle of youngsters of varying ages — and with a 2-year-old toddler perched on his shoulder, giggling with every step — Pyle scampered across the glistening sand and plunged into the breakers. After several dips in the curling foam, he dashed back across the beach to deliver the happy 2-year-old to a nanny. Such was the daily ritual of Pyle, his young daughter Eleanor, and the rest of his family at Rehoboth Beach.

Among America’s more influential figures in the arts and letters, Pyle was highly regarded in his time, but his life and legacy are little remembered in the 21st century.


Increasingly, houses in coastal Sussex are being built to withstand all Mother Nature can throw at them

By Lynn R. Parks
From the August 2019 issue


Recent studies tell us that the Atlantic Ocean along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States is rising more quickly than seas elsewhere around the world. Some estimates say that by the end of this century, the waters along the Sussex coast could be 3½ feet higher than they are now.

That makes home builder Randy Burton curious. In fact, he’d like to be around in that distant future to see how some of the oceanfront houses his Lewes-area company has constructed are holding up.

“It’s kind of fascinating to think about,” says Burton. “I wish that I could fast-forward a couple hundred years, just to see how the houses look.”


On Bandeoke Night, versatile musicians help would-be rockers sparkle in the spotlight

By Jeanne Shook  |  Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the July 2019 issue

bandeoke Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #9Rock star wannabes, meet your bandmates — they’re ready and waiting for you each Monday evening in Rehoboth Beach.

That’s when Murph’s Beef & Ale offers Bandeoke Night, when those eager (or simply brave enough) to bring their voice and/or instrument into the spotlight can stand alongside seasoned professionals happy to provide the background music, vocals and harmony.

The concept is familiar: think karaoke, only on steroids. Unlike karaoke, however, there’s no predetermined song list, canned music or lyrics to guide participants. It’s what singer-guitarist (and Murph’s bandeoke spokeswoman) Kim Butler calls the “Wild West version of open mic.” Butler, the founder of the weekly event, is also one of the Usual Suspects, the four-member ensemble that puts the “band” in bandeoke.