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e8 - 800g , ,..u(, - O sNI ;<sblaI ,,ITT.IXAD xq?l 8s - CAP00 GAZa'S, 00fay.s00 - 5, soo00 Submitteclphoto RAL to host annual garden party June 8 The Rehoboth Art League will celebrate its third annual Garden Party from 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 8 in the gar- den behind the historic Homestead house. Light refresh- ments will be served and party-goers can dance to the music of Bruce ChappeUe. Shown above is the beautiful painting of tulips donated by Sharon Waltersdorf that is being offered to a lucky raffle winner. Event tickets are $20. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds benefit the maintenance fund for the Home- stead and Garden. Call 227-8408 to purchase event and/or raffle tickets. The winner need not be present at the draw- ing. Possums Continued from page 86 time, people who have lived here a few years, and also newcomers to the area. Of course, there are wide differences in age with a play of this nature, as well. Regardless of where each per- son is from, or what they do for a living, the common ground of the theater has brought them here, and with the talent they bring, this promises to be an exciting show for Possums to kick-off the sum- mer. Tickets are now on sale by call- ing the Possum ticketline at 856- 4560. Performances are June 6, 7,8 and 13 and ]4 and 15. Friday and Saturday shows are a L p.m., and Sunday shows at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $14 for seniors and students. BEACH RIDES A different view on MaJestic Tennessee Walkers Call 302-945-7214 for Hours & Directions Biddies & Bits Farm A short ride from the beaches on Cool Spring Road. Reservations required. YMCA to celebrate Arts Week in June The Sussex Family YMCA joins hundreds of YMCAs and communities across the nation in celebrating national YMCA Arts Week 2003 during the first week of June. The Sussex Family YM- CA will carry this message to the people of Rehoboth, Lewes and the surrounding areas through ac- tivities that honor the efforts of artists, performers and cultural groups working to make the arts and humanities a part of every- one's life. President George W. Bush has said, "The study and appreciation of the arts and humanities serve as both a unifying force in society and as a vehicle for individual ex- pression." After years of post-Proposition 13 budget cuts, arts programming and education are experiencing a surprising rebirth, thanks in part to significant leadership from an unexpected champion, America's YMCAs. Traditionally known as places to learn how to do the breast stroke or make a jump shot, YM- CAs are rapidly becoming the places where kids and adults learn to paint, write, sing or act. This year marks the fifth anniversary of arts and humanities as a YM- CA core program. In only four years, arts pro- grams have increased by 39 per- cent at Ys, and millions of dollars in program and art facility devel- opment have been secured. There are new YMCA arts programs from coast to coast, distinguished by their ability tO simultaneously support artists, community mem- bers, and other cultural organiza- tions. YMCAs have been engaged with the arts and humanities since their earliest days-from the many popular reading rooms in the 1850s to the success of the Little Theater at the Harlem YMCA in New York City in the 1950s to the first English as a Second Lan- guage and-other adult-learning classes in the 1960s. In fact, artists such as Walt Whitman, Ci- cely Tyson, Billy Wilder, and Sid- ney Poitier, among many others, honed their crafts at YMCAs. The rapid rise of arts and hu- manities at the Y, including the es- tablishment of arts and humani- ties as a YMCA core program area in 1998, began 20 years ago when a new, quality-based, acces- sible and innovative community- based arts program began at the West Side YMCA in New York City. There, Jason Shinder, na- tionally-known poet and now na- tional director for Arts and Hu- manities at YMCA of the USA, founded the YMCA National Writer's Voice, a literary arts cen- ter that inspired not only the largest network of Literary art cen- ters in the country but the idea that the arts and humanities be- long at the YMCA. His efforts received the early, critical support of the Wallace- Continued on page 90 &