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88 - CAPE GAZETTE,*Friday;:e 26:, July2 1998 Lifesaving Station grand opening set June .27 The public is invited to partic- ipate in a landmark celebration for one of Delaware's most valuable historic sites from 12:30 to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 27 - the grand opening of the U.S. Lifesaving Station Museum and Historic Site at Indian River Inlet. The festivities mark the culmi- nation of three years of work on the part of Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation (DSPF) in a unique partnership with the state of Delaware. The station first opened its doors in 1876 as a U.S. Lifesaving Station and in the early 1900s became a U.S. Coast Guard Station, It is historically notable for its location, one of the only two stations in the country still on its original site. The Indian River station was decommissioned in 1962 after a violent storm ravaged the coastal area. The deteriorating state of this historic landmark has been the concern of many people ever since. As the last living commander of the Indian River Coast Guard Sta- tion, Milton Cooper, said recently, "Standing alongside the old sta- tion in 1962, I thought this was the final curtain for a building that seryeheL c o u_nLry we [!. H o.owever, thanks to the DSPF, the Indian River Lifesaving Station will con- tinue to serve and educate the public into the 21 st century." Cooper, 83, and his son Jack, are among the 10 founding mem- bers of the DSPF board. Both will be present during the grand open- ing festivities to talk to those at- tending about their recollections and experiences with the Indian River station. " The day begins with free admis- sion to the site through the gift shop doors at 12:30 p.m. at which time those attending can purchase gift items whose sales benefit the project, purchase raffle tickets for three special items, have just-re- leased limited edition prints of the Lifesaving Station's "last Watch" signed and personalized by DSPF Artist of the Year Ellen Rice, and gain access to the historic grounds. Public parking will be available across the station with shuttle buses running throughout the day. The festivities will kick off offi- cially at 1 p.m., with presentation and ribbon cutting ceremonies at the boat room entrance to the U.S. Lifesaving Station Indian River Station Museum, presided over by founding DSPF chairman Clinton Bunting. The chairman will intro- duce the DSPF founding board of directors, dignitaries from the governor's office, state govern- ment officials and others who have been significantly involved in or who have contributed to the success of the restoration project to date. Bunting will also ac- knowledge the Artist of the Year. J.--- F,p.,;..DSD vJrz- c)az]r- man and artifact committee chair- man, will talk on "Everyday Life at the Station," and introduce his father, and DiscoverySea Muse- um founder and DSPF historian, Dale Clifton, who will discuss "Lifesaving Station History." From 1:35 to 4 p.m., the Coast Guard Auxiliary, in full dress re- galia, will conduct site tours, the gift shop will be open for purchas- es and Ellen Rice will be on hand in the gift shop to personalize prints of "The Last Watch," as well as her other Delaware Seashore State Park scenes, which will also be offered for sale through the foundation gift shop. The raffle drawing will take place at 2:45 p.m. Items to be raf- fled are Artist Proof No. 1 of Ellen Rice's just released "The Last Watch," framed in wainscoting from the station, countersigned by Milton Cooper and remarqued with a watercolor painting of the station as it appeared in 1876; a "Shipwrecks & Lighthouses of Delmarva," afghan donated by DiscoverSea Museum; and a framed Indian River Lifesaving Station photograph signed by Mil- ton Cooper. The grounds will close at 4 p.m. and reopen at l0 a.m., Sunday, June 28, to begin regular museum and gift shop hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum and gift shop will be closed Mondays. "The restoration work and mu- seum planning are still in progress, and it is hoped that the public will enjoy seeing the muse- um as a work-in-progress as it un- folds over the next few months," said Bunting. "We wanted very much to have the museum com- pleted by this time, but to be his- torically faithful to the station and our mission, it has frankly taken more time and resources than any- one could realistically predict." "As the months proceed," Bunting continued, "you will be seeing and possibly taking part in an unforetold adventure into the past, as well as the future - the recreation of a very unique part of Delaware's coastal history." Possum Point Players set groundbreaking Possum Players Sarah Lober and Michael Short rehearse a scene from the group's upcoming performance of"Chastity," a funny spoof with overtones of good vs. evil and rich vs. poor. The performance will take place on Saturday, June 27, and will be the final event in an activity-filled morning at Possum Hall in Georgetown. From 8:30 a.m. to noon, the Players will celebrate the renovation of their theatre. The day begins with a yard sale as old props, vin:tage clothing, costumes, office and kitchen equipment and oither miscellaneous items will be put up for purchase. The formal dedication for the renovation will take place at 10 a.m.; the party begins after that. Included in the day's events are fmce painting, READ-ALOUD Delaware, improvisational Kheatre, storytelling with the Delaware Music School, mus;ic, food, drink and the perfor- mance of "Chastity." For more information, call 856-3460. Enjoy casual oceanside cocktails & dining from our outside ,deck overlooking the Atlantic for 18 years. OPEN DAILY'FROM 11:30 a.m. Olive Avenue and the Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, DE 227'6261 26TH ANNIVERSARY Prime Rib, Steaks, Seafood & Salad Bar Also Daily Specials Dinner 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Our DJ plays for Dancing Every Friday & Saturday Night at 9:30 Closed Tuesday Located at 5S Rehoboth Reservations 227-6121 R! 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