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50-CAPE GAZETTE, Fri'day, SePl;emberi3 - Septemller'i9, i9911 ............................ ARTS & ENTERTAINMi0000,00T Steppin Out emmett swimming wades into Rem00[,nth Sept. 14 By Jen EUingsworth Fresh from touring the West Coast, Fairfax, Va.-based emmet swimming will bring its distinc- tive sound to Rehoboth Beach this weekend Saturday, Sept. 14, at Dogfish Head. emmet swimming, currently on tour to promote its third album "Arlington to Boston," made its debut with the 1993 album "Dark When the Snow Falls." The album was produced under the band's own Screaming Goddess label. The follow-up album, "Wake," was presented in 1994 under the band's label, and sold 8,000 copies before it was re- issued on the Epic label. The band took its name from the story of Emmet Till, a black Mis- sissippi teen who in the 1950s was murdered and tossed in the river for whistling at a white woman. The subject matter of the songs on emmet swimming's earlier offer- ings is reminiscent of R.E.M., while the newer material has evolved into a jazzier, more har- monic sound. Singer-songwriter and guitarist Todd Watts' baritone voice, coupled with his striking, thought-evoking lyrics lend the album a cynical edge. Newark-based Juliet's Wishing Well will open for emmet swim- ming Saturday night at 9 p.m. A local favorite, JWW made its debut at Dogfish in December of 1995, and since then has joined the ranks of Delaware's most success- ful bands. Juliet's Wishing Well made its last appearance in the Cape Region at Arena's on Sun- day, Sept. 1. Bass player Lou Lasprugato said that the group enjoys playing in Rehoboth, and has always felt welcome. "Both Dogfish and Arena's have been really good to us," he said. "We always meet new peo- ple, and everyone is really laid back." Lasprugato added that similari- ties between emmet swimming and Juliet's Wishing Well have been often noted. Saturday night will be the sec- ond half of a doubleheader perfor- mance for JWW at Dogfish. The band will play a full set on Friday night. In other entertainment news, Cloud 9 will host a Delaware Cel- ebration of Jazz fund-raiser on Saturday, Sept. 14. The fund-rais- er will feature a dance party with DJ Scott Nita and a special live performance by Ms. Gay Delaware, Leighanna Richards. A $2 donation will be taken at the door, and 50-50 raffle chances will be sold. Also, it will be the first chance to purchase Autumn Jazz T-shirts, hats and tickets ... Suzzette Ortiz, a pianist, teacher, vocalist, arranger and composer, will bring her Latin, Rhythm and Jazz sound to Woody's Bistro on emmet swimming will be bringing its original songs to Dogfish Head in Rehoboth Beach this Saturday. Saturday, Sept. 14, at 9 p.m. Ortiz performs a variety of situations: Classical, Christian pop, Salsa and Latin Jazz. For more information, call 227-2561. 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 Tuesday - acoustic jam; Friday, Sept. 13 - Grassdaddy; Saturday, Sept. 14 - Scrapple. Friday, Sept. 20 - Tequi- la Mockingbird; Saturday, Sept. 21 - Tisra Til; Sunday, Sept. 22 - Ralph Freso. For information, call 227-1272. Crab Barn: 4345 Highway One; For information, call 227- 6700. Club Potpourri: 316 Rehoboth Avenue; Live jazz Fri- day and Saturday nights. For information, call 227-4227. DogfLsh Head: 320 Rehoboth Avenue; Friday, Sept. 13 - Juliet's Wishing Well; Saturday, Sept. 14 - Juliet's Wishing Well with emmet swimming; Sunday, Sept. 15 - Clifton Terranova; Saturday, Sept. 21 - Ruthie and The Wran- glers. For information, call 226- BREW (2739). Dos Locos: 42 1/2 Baltimore Ave.; every Sunday - live enter- tainment from 4 to 6 p.m. For Continued on page 53 Lewes Historical Society to observe Pilots' 100th anniversary The lore of the Delaware River and Bay, and the lure of the sea will be high on the list of yams to spin on Friday, Sept. 20, when five members of the Delaware Bay and Riv- er Pilots Association launch the Lewes His- torical Society's 1996-97 program season. The meeting will begin at 8 p.m. in the Parish Hall of the Lewes Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway and Franklin Street. The first meeting of representatives of all of the pilot boats was on Oct. 23, 1896 to approve the new organization's constitution and by-laws. The first formal meeting of the Delaware Bay and River Pilots Association was in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning, Dec. 1 of that same year. Lewes resident and Association Historian Andy Knopp has produced a commemora- tive book, "One Hundred Year History of the Pilot's Association, Bay and River Delaware" to mark the formation of the Pilot's Association. It chronicles the role of the river pilots during the past century with photos and anecdotes from the logs and diaries of the men, many of whom were Lewes natives or residents, who served as river pilots. Dick Buckaloo, an active pilot since com- pleting his four-year apprenticeship in 1968, will present a film on piloting and lead a panel of active and retired pilots. Panelists include Steve Roberts, a pilot since 1984; his father Jim who retired last year with 36 years service; Bill Lowe Jr., an active pilot since 1956; and Andy Knopp, who retired last year after 35 years as a pilot. According to Buckaloo, the River Pilots a century ago were a "hardy breed of individ- uals. They had to guide sailing vessels through treacherous shoals without radio communications or the accurate electronic and satellite navigational aids we use today." He noted that prior to the formal establish- ment of the association, piloting was a dan- gerous undertaking: "There were many independent pilot companies in the late 19th Century. And, they were bitter rivals. They would often engage in a race despite weath- er conditions to be first to take on a mer- chant ship." The first one on deck would win the right to pilot the vessel. In his book, "Pilots of the Bay and River Delaware and Lewes Lore," Dr. James E. Continued on page 51 An old pilot boat, the CAPE HENLOPEN, rounds the inner breakwater off Lewes. Otis Smith's fish processing plant can be seen in the background. The Pilots Association marks its 100th anniversary in 1996 and a panel of active and retired pilots will speak at the Lewes Historical Society meeting at 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20 in Lewes Presbyterian Church on Kings Highway. The meet. ing is free and open to the public.