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ARTS & ENTERTL JNM[00:NT .................... ......... : Steppin Blues Gems to sparkle at Rose & t00r, )wn, Frogg Pond By Jen EUingsworth No diamond in the rough, The Blues Gems have been rocking and rolling around Sussex County for the past six years. Formed in 1990 by a handful of local musi- cians, the Gems began entertain- ing local audiences by singing cover tunes by artists like Stevie Ray Vaughn and the Rolling Stones. Although many of its founding members have moved on, the song remains the same for the Blues Gems. "We mostly do a lot of tradition- al and modem electric blues, some R & B and Motown material and classic rock," said guitarist Dave Jarrell, who added that the band is currently working on a CD with cover songs and original material. "It's something that we've wanted to do for a very long time," said Jarrell, who manages Thomp- son Music in Lewes. Other members of The Blues Gems are drummer R.C. Barnard, saxophonist Ray Cannon and key- boardist Pete Thompson. The band is currently searching for a new bass player, since former bass player Scott Thompson stepped down. In addition to the over 130 gigs the band has booked so far this year, all of its members have full- time jobs. Jarrell said although band members are busy during the work week, they still make time to jam at area venues such as the Rose and Crown, the Rusty Rud- der, Mulligan's, Frogg Pond and Irish Eyes. The Blues Gems will play local- ly at the Rose and Crown on Sat- urday, Oct. 12; and at the Frogg Pond on Friday, Oct. 18. The band also hosts Open Mike Night at the Rusty Rudder every Thursday night. In addition, Jarrell said the Gems have been playing frequent- ly at locations in Maryland. "It's snowballed," he said. 'Whe Rose and Crown has been like a home to us. We're playing at more and more places in Mary- land. Talbot County has given us a good response. "Playing four nights a week, plus rehearsing on top of working full-time jobs keeps us busy. We already have 12 [gigs] booked for next month." In other area entertainment news ... Sir Guy's is the place to be Friday, Sept. 27, for its Full Moon Saloon Party with The Scat- ologists; while Saturday's enter- tainment line-up includes the sec- ond of a double-header perfor- mance of Red Letter Day at Dos Locos. On Sunday night, check out local favorite Scrapple at Are- na's Deli and Bar. "The Odd Couple" continues at the Sea Horse with performances Friday, Sept. 27, Thursday, Oct. 3, and Friday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. A special matinee performance of the show will be Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., 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; every Thursday - Mexican Fiesta Night; Friday, Sept. 27 - Nazarites; Saturday, Sept. 28 - Avant Gardeners; Sun- day, Sept. 29 - Scrapple. 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. 27 - The Wicomicos; Saturday, Sept. 28 - Mighty Head, For information, call 226-BREW (2739). Dos Locos: 42 1/2 Baltimore Ave.; every Sunday - live enter- tainment from 4 to 6 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, Sept. 27-28 - Red Letter Day; Saturday, Oct. 5 - Closing Party, For more informa- tion, call 227-5626. Fran O'Brien's: 59 Lake Avenue; Scotty on piano from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For information, call 227-6121. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue; Karaoke; Fri- day, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28 - Kate and C.J., Friday and Sat- urday, Oct. 4-5 - Toy Factory, For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes: Ocean block of Wilmington Avenue; every Mon- Continued on page 54 The Blues Gems play traditional and modem electric blues, R & B, Motown material and classic rock at area locations such as the Rose & Crown, Rusty Rudder, Frogg Pond, Mull/. gans and Irish Eyes. Catch them live at the Rose and Crown on Saturday, Oct. 12 and at the Frogg Pond on Friday, Oct. 18. Coast Day features variety of activities, pk nty of food and fun Oct. 6 Coast Day, the annual marine festival sponsored by the Univer- sity of Delaware Sea Grant Col- lege Program and Graduate Col- lege of Marine Studies, is slated for Sunday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Cam- pus in Lewes. The festival, now in its 20th year, will feature more than 100 activities celebrating marine sci- ence. It attracts more than 10,000 visitors each year. Coast Day has received state and national awards for increasing public awareness, understanding and appreciation of our ocean and coastal resources. Coast Day visitors can look for- ward to an array of activities, including lectures, "muckless marsh walks," marine life touch tanks, children's activities, a nau- tical flea market, a crab cake cook- off, and they canenjoy fresh- co ...... -'" "' ' ........ sub. - .... ..... " Participants can als0 tour research ships, visit scientists in their labs, take an up-close look at marine life, and discover how University of Delaware oceanog- raphers use the tilting wind-wave- current tank for ocean research. An "Exploring the Sea" lecture series will be held in the Harbor Room of the Virdin Center begin- ning at noon on Sunday, Oct. 6. Exhibits illustrating how scientists are exploring the deep ocean will be on display in the adjacent Lighthouse Room of the Center. A working submersible, the Searush, will be stationed near the College of Marine Studies harbor. The bright yellow vehicle, designed and built by Chester Porches, Jr. of Woodland, holds four people and runs on two 12- volt batteries. Porches will be on hand throughout the day to tell visitors about his adventures in constructing and operating the Coast Day visitors who harbor a special fondness for Delmarva's favorite crustacean, the blue crab, will want to be sure to stop by Dr. Charles Epifanio's laboratory, the venue for several entertaining activities that will also illuminate aspects of the crab's biology. Visitors who bring along their favorite crab bait will be able to challenge Epifanio, a marine biol- ogist, and his special, scientifical- ly formulated bait in "The Great Crab Race." Both spectators and challengers with bait are urged to arrive early for the scheduled trials at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Room 121, Cannon Lab. Prizes will be awarded to visitors who beat Epi- fanio's bait. Other events hosted by Epifanio and his students inclule crab feed- ings at 11:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and a video on the life history of the blue crab, noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Another exhibit, called "Meet the Horseshoe Crab," will be open throughout Coast Day, in 104 Cannon Lab. Geared to both chil- dren and adults, the exhibit will feature live horseshoe crabs as well as stations on the biology, ecology, historical uses, and cur- rent status of the crab. In addition to the continuous hands-on activi- ties, short presentations will be Continued on page 55 The popular aquatic petting zoo returns to Coast Day at the Ce'1Udteg tn--13ewesoaulVj,4t  .......