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,r .6 _ -v . t. o ,--v.rvllz-v .- ,,'Z" ' 16 "- C A4rTI, Friday, June 26 - July 2, 1998 Chicago, Hall & Oates play Hershey- headed for Lewes By Dennis Forney When Mike Owens booked Chicago and Daryl Hall and John Oates several months ago for this summer's Delaware River and Bay Authority Hospital Benefit, he felt the combination of the two popular musical groups couldn't The former presidential yacht Sequoia is shown sailing up the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Concert sponsors to dine aboard former presidential yacht Sequoia By Dennis Forney The former presidential yacht Sequoia will be in Lewes and Wilmington on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, July 1, 2 and 3. The vessel has been chartered by the Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) to provide dinner cruises to sponsors who have contributed $10,000 or more to the July 4 hospital benefit concert featuring Chicago and Daryl Hall and John Oates. "We've invited sponsors for 6 p.m. cruises," said Jim Salmon, spokesman for DRBA. "They are getting seats according to how much money they have donated for the benefit." According to the Dean Hardwoods Web site on the Internet - a Wilmington, North Carolina firm thatsupplied teak and mahogany for the vessel for several decades - the Sequoia was designed by fa- mous yacht designer John Trumpy. A wealthy Philadelphia family had the vessel built at the Mathis yard. In 1931 the vessel was pur- chased by the U.S. Department of Commerce to catch rumrunners on the Mississippi. President Herbert Hoover had the vessel commissioned as the USS Sequoia in 1933 and deemed it the presidential yacht. In the 44 years before she was sold by President Jimmy Carter in his move to make government more austere, the vessel served eight presidents. "On the stately yacht, Franklin Roosevelt planned both war and domestic strategy, Truman held the first conference on nuclear con- trois, Kennedy celebrated his 46th and last birthday, and Johnson promoted deals with Congress," according to the Dean Hardwoods information. "Nixon held negotiations with Soviet President Brezhnev, while Ford hosted family gatherings as well as ceremo- nial functions." The vessel is now owned by Norfolk Shipping and Dry Dock Co., with which DRBA has done millions of dollars worth of busi- ness in ferry refurbishment over the last few years. Salmon said he wasn't sure which dock in Lewes the vessel would sail from. help but be a winner. But with the July 4 concert date approaching, Owens decided he'd better get a closer look at what's coming. "A few of us drove up to Her- shey Park on Wednesday night to hear the bands at that stop on their tour. What a performance! All I can tell you is that we have a once-in-a-lifetime show coming to Lewes. We had a preproduc- tion meeting with the bands and their people and they're excited about coming to Lewes and excit- ed about playing here on the Fourth of July." Owens said Daryl Hall & John Oates played for 70 minutes and were followed by Chicago, who played for an hour and a half. "They were selling tour shirts all over the place as part of their memorabilia. Of course the shirts list the stops on their summer tour and there was Lewes right smack in the middle of all the cities where they're playing this year:, The bands are in the heart of their summer tour. They will p!ay- GTE's Amphitheater in Virginia Beach next Friday night, July 3, break down after that concert and then motor up the coast for their July 4 Lewes gig. On Sunday night4hey'll be playing the Nissan Center in Manassas, Va. When they arrive at Joe Hud- son's Eagle Crest Aerodrome on Route 1 Saturday morning, long ahead of the sun, the bands will find a "Field of Dreams"-like scene with white tents, conces- sionaires, and a stage 120 feet wide and 72 feet tall. That evening when the music begins, the bands will look out on a fenced-in field thick with green clover, orchard grass, Kentucky- 31 and Reed Canary Grass. There will also be a few people spread out beneath the sky. Good crowd expected "We're expecting a crowd simi- lar to what we had last year for the Beach Boys," said Owens. "Prob- ably between 12,000 and 15,000 Tony Fontana, left, and Tyrone Redden carry a section of fence as they prepare the Eagle Crest Aerodrome field for the July 4 Chicago and Daryl Hall and John Oates concert. Fontana and Redden work for Shore Fence. They're installing more than 3,500 feet of fencing to create the concert venue. depending on the weather. Any- one who's concerned about traffic should put that out of their minds. We have plenty of parking and be- twden the Delaware State Police and Delaware River and Bay Au- thority Police, people should get in and out as easily as they did last year and that went very smooth- ly." Owens said the gates for general admission will open at 4:30 p.m. with the public invited to bring blankets, towels and chairs. "There will be plenty available to eat from concessionaires, includ- ing Grotto Pizza, sodas, draft beer and much more," said Owens. "It will be a festival atmosphere and then the music will begin at about 7 p.m." Philadelphia songwriter and performer Billy Mann will open with a short set before Hall & Oates take the stage at about 7:30. Following Hall & Oates, there will be a brief intermission when checks will be presented to Beebe Medical Center and Burdette- Tomlin Memorial Hospital offi- cials from Cape May Courthouse in New Jersey. Chicago will then take the stage for its show. The evening will end with a fireworks display lighting up the rural Sus- sex countryside. "It should all end between 11 p.m. and 11:15 p.m. We think that's a reasonable time to end and we want to be sensitive to the neighbors. People really don't want to miss this one," said Owens. "And it benefits a really fine cause. We're very fortunate to have great support from our sponsors. We couldn't put on this show without their help. Dover Downs, First USA Bank and Hud- son Homes of Rehoboth Beach are our presenting sponsors. And there are plenty more who are helping to make the evening a success." Owens said the evening's suc- cess will also depend on more than 250 volunteers from the two hos- pitMs benefiting, the Lewes-Re- hoboth Rotary Club, and DRBA employees who are helping out. "They will be taking tickets, pass- ing out programs, ushering people and answering questions - a work force of people working for a good cause." Venue becomes permanent The Eagle Crest Aerodrome event area, where the concert is being staged, is taking on a more permanent feel this year. Joe Hudson is installing a chain-link Continued on page 18 Use of Hen and Chickens Shoal for beach replenishment-questioned Delaware draws nearer federal project By Michael Short Delaware beaches have taken one more step toward federal funding for beach re- plenishment, the latest in a series of what has become a success of slow, hesitant steps. But in other news, the plans to use the Hen and Chickens Shoal located off Re- hoboth Beach, to provide sand for a planned nourishment of North Shores and Rehoboth Beach is starting to raise some concern. That plan calls for dredging some sand from the Hen and Chickens Shoal, which begins near Cape Henlopen and moves southeast until it ends two to three miles east of the Rehoboth Beach area. Those plans are for a state beach project, which has no connection to a long-awaited federal beach replenishment plan. Some critics have said that Hen and Chickens Shoal may not be the best site to dredge sand from, arguing that the shoal could provide some coastline protection by breaking up wave action as waves ap- proach shore. Bob Martin of the Delaware Mobile Surf Fishermen questioned whether cutting into the shoal would mean that a smaller shoal would provide less ability to break up waves as they pass over the more shallow shoal area of the bottom. The issue arose on Wednesday at the Cape Henlopen State Park Master Plan steering committee meeting. Richard An- committee will consider the issue more ful- ly when it meets in July. But Charles Salkin, director of Delaware's Division of Parks and Recreation, said that the effect of the dredging would be "negligible." He explained that the part of the shoal to be dredged would be well beyond the park limits and located offshore of Rehoboth Beach. John Hughes, the director of the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation, said that the effect would "be less than neg- ligible" because the shoal at that point is 30 or 35 feet deep, so deep that it already has no effect on wave action. Rep. Michael Castle said on Wednesday, thony has expressed concern over the use of June 17, that the House Appropriations the shoal, as has Martin. Jud Bennett also questioned whether dredging would affect ,,, the habitat of striped bass. Both Bennett and Anthony said that the steering committee ought to be able to voice an opinion on the dredging and the Committee has approved a request for $650,000 to fund five shoreline protection projects in Delaware. The reason it's just one more step is that the money is not enough to fund the pro- jects. But it is enough to continue the pre- construction, engineering and design (PED) phase. "The most important thing about it is that it keeps these projects going," said Castle spokesperson Paul Leonard. Following are the specifics of what was approved: * The Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach portion of a major federal replenishment project received $150,000. * There was also $100,000 set aside each for Bethany/South Bethany, Broadkill Beach and Lewes Beach/Roosevelt Inlet. "With the last two nor'easters inflicting severe damage to Delaware's beaches we must prevent further infrastructure damage from occurring in the future. Our beaches are a national resource. Now that we have crossed a critical hurdle, I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress as well as with the [Clinton] administration so that the federal government maintains its joint federal-state partnership," Castle said.