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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, January 16 - January 22, 1998 - 69 Southern Delaware promoted at motorcoach marketplaces Cynthia S. Small, executive di- rector of the Sussex County Con- vention and Tourism Commission (SCCTC), participated recently in the National Tour Association's (NTA) 1997 annual marketplace in Tampa, Fla., and at the Ameri- can Bus Association's (ABA) an- nual marketplace in Nashville, Tenn. Her primary goal at each convention was to promote south- em Delaware to tour operators. Small, participating for the fifth consecutive year, met with 56 tour operators from all over the mid- Atlantic region during sales ap- pointments at the two market- places, forums for buying and selling travel services. Through a computerized system of appoint- ment scheduling, buyers and sell- ers are matched for sales appoint- ments. Southern Delaware was also represented by other delegates, in- cluding Carol Everhart, executive director of the Rehoboth Beach- Dewey Beach Chamber of Com- merce; Larry Sharp, of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry; and David Ackerman of Atlantic Sands Ho- tel. The marketplace offers tour companies the opportunity to de- velop new travel packages and sellers, such as the SCCTC, the opportunity to introduce tour companies to destinations and promote travel to the area. "One of the new strategies to promote group travel in southern Delaware is offering customized familiarization tours for tour oper- ators," Small said. "We find that our area is still new to a lot of tour operators, and a visit to the area Possum Point Players set auditions for 'Secret Garden' Possum Point Players will hold auditions for "The Secret Garden" on Monday, Jan. 19, at Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Possum Hall in Georgetown. The all- singing cast calls for a young boy, 10 or older; a young girl, 10 or older; and up to 15 adult men and women, 16 and up. All those wishing to audition should come prepared to sing a selection with a tape or sheet music for the accom- panist. "The Secret Garden" is based on the children's classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett and tells the story of an 11-year-old girl, orphaned in India and sent to live with her only living relatives - an embittered, reclusive hunchback and his invalid son. The uncle's estate includes a magic but locked garden. Flashbacks, dream se- quences and music dramatize the Secret Garden's tale of redemp- tion. Set to music by a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, this story is suitable entertainment for the whole family. Kenney Work- man, who will direct the show, said: "We will also be looking for a technical crew, in addition to a number of singers. This produc- tion really thrives under good stage management, lighting, a great set and interesting period costumes. We want to put together Cape seniors sponsor 'mystery dinner' Feb. 18 The Cape Henlopen Senior Center has issued an invitation to the public to attend a "Mystery Dinner" at the center on Wednes- day, Feb. 18. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the "mystery cast" joining the diners. A murder mys- tery will unfold as the meal pro- gresses, and everyone will be able to participate in finding the culprit before dessert. The cost is $20, and proceeds will be used to sup- port center activities. For more de- tails or to register, call the center at 227-2055. a team of volunteers who will help us put on a great show." Possum Point Players is cele- brating its 25th year of bringing quality community theatre to Sus- sex County. Its productions have usually sold out. Those who are interested but unable to attend the helps to sell them on the idea of bringing tours to southern Delaware." Small noted that southern Delaware will host a farm tour for a New Jersey-based tour operator on Dec. 20-21 in conjunction with Atlantic Sands Hotel. The most recent national statis- tics from NTA show that the aver- age motorcoach tour of 40 people on a multiday tour had an eco- nomic impact in that community in excess of $6,510. In total, group travel contributed to a $9.6 billion estimated direct impact on the U.S. economy in 1996. Some of the main activities that group travelers enjoy include din- ner theater and other live enter- . tainment, gaming, shopping and history. Southern Delaware offers an intimate, unique experience not duplicated elsewhere, Small said, which is attracting the attention of tour operators, which in turn is generating more tours in the re- gion. 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