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32 - CAPE GAZEaWE, Friday, February 23- February 29, 1996 Arts & Entertainment Steppin Out Blue Raven to embark upon East Coast tour soon By Kristen Seal After first bursting onto the local music scene in January of 1994, the musical career and style of Regina AaMacha has continued to flourish, as does the fan base of her band, Blue Raven. Blue Raven has undergone sev- eral changes within the past few months. Regina now performs her original acoustic music with per- cussionist Susan Patrick. "She has really given me the push to start writing and perform- ing more of my original music," said Regina of her new musical partner. "She is really a big asset to that side of our music. It's great because she's interested in my original music and working out rhythm patterns with me," Regina added. When Regina was performing solo at the Frogg Pond in early September of 1995, a mutual friend introduced the two and sug- gested that Susan sit in with Regi- na. "She set up with me at the Frogg Pond and after the very first song, I knew it would work out. After that first song, I leaned over to her and I said 'you've got a steady gig'. She's been playing the drums since she was seven years old and really has a lot of talent," Regina added. She also explained that with the addition of Susan on the drums and congos, Blue Raven has begun the transition into perform- ing nearly all original songs with an occasional cover as opposed to the old style of performing mostly covers. "Sue has really helped me focus on my original stuff. She will just throw a note pad and a pen at me and tell me to write something," said Regina. "A lot of my new original music is based on Indian lore and mythology, giving it a mystical sound. One man told me he really liked our music saying it was 'haunting' and it is. I want it to stir imaginations and raise self awareness and insight in our lis- teners. We have a lot of rhythm and we're putting more thought into our original songs," Regina said. In fact, the duo recently finished recording a demo tape featuring three original songs with the help of The Movies frontman Junior Wilson. "I bought a travel trailer and a suburban to hook it up to and now that we have completed the demo, we're setting up a-tour down the East Coast and over to New Orleans," explained Regina. She said that she and Susan are Ultimately traveling to Florida to look into some prospective record- ing contracts, but are excited about landing gigs en route. "We're just beginning to make contacts now, but we should have the freedom to leave near the end of April or early March and will return in August. We ultimately hope to get more exposure and hope to be signed with a record label - that is the goal," Regina explained. She also said that Blue Raven wants to stay away from big cities such as New York City, Los Angeles and Nashville. The two Regina AaMacha (left) and Susan Patrick (right) are the popular local acoustiC duo known as Blue Raven. The duo are performing on Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at the Frogg Pond in Rehoboth. want to establish a schedule where they drive for a day and perform for a day along the coast in order to "get more of a feel of the music scene by playing from town to town." In the near future, Blue Raven hopes to record a full length CD which would be available for interested fans, but for now, the band is focusing on the early sum- mer tour. "We really just enjoy playing," Regina added. "With so many bands, you see that performing just becomes a job and I don't want that to happen to us. We will always keep it fresh and keep peo- ple interested in our original music." Blue Raven's upcoming local performances include Wednesday, March 6 at the Rose and Crown; Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9 at the Frogg Pond and Wednes- day, March 27 at the Rose and Crown. Here is your entertainment line- up for other resort establishments: REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Avenue (in the Village by the Sea Mall); every Sunday - acoustic jam hosted by Ralph Fre- so; Friday, Feb. 23 - The Demi Guns; Saturday, Feb. 24 - Cross- roads Voodo. For information, call 227-1272. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday and Sat- urday, Feb. 23 and 24 - Funch; Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2 - Funch. For information, call 227-4227. Dogfish Head: 320 Rehoboth Avenue; Saturday, Feb. 24 - Red Letter Day; Friday, March 1 - Blues Guy Sam; Saturday, March 2 - Jonathan Gregg and The Lone- Continued on page 33 "Ryves Holt House of Lewes" topic of Zwaanendael exhibit "History and Archaeology: The Ryves Holt House of Lewes" is the latest exhibit to be housed in the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. The exhibit is sponsored by Delaware State Museums and St. Peter's Episcopal Church. "History and Archaeology: The Ryves Holt House of Lewes" is the latest exhibit to be housed in the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes. The exhibit is sponsored by Delaware State Museums and St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Lewes. The exhibit features artifacts dating from the 1600s through the 1800s. The objects were recovered in a 1994 excavation on St. Peter's property. The artifacts touch four centuries of occupation in Delaware's oldest house still standing in its original location, The Ryves Holt House. Wood bore tests dictate that the house was most likely con- structed in 1665. Artifacts and accompanying documents connect the house to the varied lives of its occupants. Exhibited are drinking vessels dating from the 1600s, simply and elegantly decorated ceramics, European bottles, examples of foodstuffs S6h as oyster that was 10 years old When it was/karvested in 1700 and architectural elements of the house. It is understood that Phillip Russell operated an ordinary (a tavern) in the house circa 1685-86 where Sussex County courts were also held. Ryves Holt purchased the house in 1723 and lived there until his death in 1763. He was appointed a naval officer, a sheriff and later a Supreme Court Justice. Jacob Jones, a naval hero of the War of 1812, lived in the house as a child. Genera- tions of the Marshall family occupied the house for 145 years and operated a number of businesses out of the house. St. Peter's Church purchased the property in 1981. The Zwaanendael Museum is open from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The museum is closed on Mondays and state holidays. There is no admission charge, but donations are welcome. For more information call site supervisor Adele K. Hudson at 645-I148.