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Wt.ab,, 110 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, November 17 - Monday, November 20, 2006 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Rehoboth gets Irish at inaugural festival Shenanigans reign in resort town Nov. 18 By Bridin Reynolds Special to the Cape Gazette The breadth and beauty of Irish culture is the core inspiration for the first annual Irish Dreams Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 18, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Impassioned as the best of Irish woman are, Kathleen Corletta is presenting authen- tic art, music, and dancing of the Emerald Isle. Corletta, a retired teacher and current proprietor of the Wizard's Whisk Cooking School in Rehoboth Beach, has sought out the finest Celtic culture has to offer, both in the U.S and abroad. The festival founder is reminded of the treasured Irish proverb, "About the foot of the tree the foliage falls" as she finalizes plans to deliver all things Irish from fine food to furniture, poetry and photography. "Irish immigrants, Irish Americans, never lose their history. We are steeped in it," said Corletta. "Who we are culturally is an important part of a family's legacy and needs to be passed on. Every facet of this Irish Dreams Festival concentrates on find- ing entertaining ways to that end." Crisp November winds and the sound of the sea promise to provide a wor/derful feel for this celebration. Prepare to say, "Top of the morning," as doors open at 10 am. Taste the glories of Irish baking - both sweet and savory - as the festival begins_with the Tipperary Tea Bake off Contest. A local celebrity panel of judges will assemble at 10:30 a.m. and pronounce their decision at noon. Nage Pastry Chef Erin Baehman, "The Bystander" Editor Erin I Seamus Kennedy, originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been entertaining audiences all over the United States for the past 32 years. Tanner and Dunes Tunes proprietor Sharon Messina have the pleasure of deciding the winners. All entrants to the bake off receive free tickets to the day long event and will battle through baking for splendid prizes including Irish gift items from Waterford and Belleek, and local gift certificates. Plenty of tea and stronger Irish brews will be featured at the festival by Milton Tea, The Irish Tea Room, Finbar, Stoney Lonen and Galway Bay Irish Restaurant and Pub. The vendor and entertainment list reads like a masterpiece. With an innovative eye, the convention center will be transformed into a winding alley of dry rockwall build- ing, woodwork displays, fine instruments from The House of Musical Traditions and I Over the past decade, The Hooligans have taken their live performances from the smokey, beer-stained local pubs in Philadelphia to the festival stages. visual artists. Included are artists Anne Hanna, Gertrude Degenhardt, Phil MacDonald, Siobhan Ridgway and Allan Coyle. Irish set dancing and performances by the Delaware Comedy Theatre will punctuate throughout the day. Mickey Irr will offer hands-on demonstrations in the Celtic craft of weaving, and Avoca Weavers is stocking the exceptional imported Irish weaves. History buffs will delight in The Rehoboth Beach Public Library exhibit on the original Cuala Press, a rotating bill of films ranging from political documentaries to thrilling sports matches and genealogy resources by local Holly Wright. Step over to extensive collection of rare Irish books offered by the renowned Kenny's BookShop of Ireland and distinctive offer- ings of Lavender Fields Farm and Twila Farrell of Lewes. The Irish Dreams Festival also includes the No Blarney Trivia Contest kicking off before the three popular evening bands, Kindred Spirits, Seamus Kennedy followed by The Hooligans. No Blarney Trivia entrants should steel for a myriad of questions - ancient Celtic kings, modern Gaels, the choicest Irish lit- erature, and the most comedic limericks are all fair game. For Corletta, The Irish Dreams Festival brings to fruition a personal dream of host- ing a cultural event, with emphasis on exploratory oral histories and music. "Sussex County itself is a wonderful resource worth documenting and the resi- dents and visitors - new and old - have their own stories to tell," said Corletta. Cead Mile Failte! Tickets, $1 for a daytime pass or $12 for a day and evening pass may be purchased at Finbar Restaurant or reserved by calling 227-0848. For more information visit Local act Vinyl Shockley returns to Irish Eyes Nov. 18 Lewes native' Ed Shockley will bring his band Vinyl Shockley home to "Dodge City" on Saturday, Nov. 18, when the band performs at Irish Eyes at Anglers. "We got rained out at our Concert in the Park (in Lewes) this summer and we haven't really played in town yet, featuring the songs from our new CD "Keep Singing," so we are psyched." said Shockley, keyboardist and lead singer. "Keep Singing" features 10 new songs. The album features much more keyboards than its predeces- sor, "Wild Hair," he added. Joining Shockley are guitarist Kevin Walsh, saxophonist Ken Tonge and trumpeter Jon Fletcher. Newcomers to the group are Ian Walsh on bass and Ritchie Rubini on keyboards. Steppin' Out  Delaware legend and former i . ' member of The Allman Brothers i i: Band, Johnny Neel, will be fea- tured on piano and organ. ':'' Irish Eyes at Anglers has roots for Shockley. "My In'st real job was working on the gas dock at Anglers," he said. Mr. Harry (Baile, who co- owned Anglers with Lou Walsh) was still alive and J.B. Walsh was just a kid himself, learning how to run the family business. "I learned so much that sum- mer, from George Shinn and Jake Holland in the kitchen, Ruth Duckworth and Janet Tarr as wait- ress and Woody and Reds as bar- tenders. Not to mention'the morn- ing breakfast with Jack Joseph, Archie Brittingham and Jack Brittingham. "Fast-forward a few years and Irish Eyes was where I debuted my new band Vinyl shockley and our first CD. In the intervening years we have become friends "ith the new generation of owners and staff. Tom and Charlene Jones loaded up the Eagles bus and headed up to Philly for our debut of the new CD at WXPN's World Caf6 Live, back in July." Vinyl Shockley's last local show was headlining the jazz fes- tival last month in Rehoboth Beach. Future dates include a January concert at The Baby Grand in Wilmington and dates to be announced at The Avalon Theater in F_4tston, Md., The Globe Theater in Berlin MD and a return date at The World Card Live in Philadelphia. For more informa- tion visit DEWEY BEACH Booksandcoffee: Shops at Ruddertowne, Dewey Beach. Saturday, Nov. 25 - Victoria Vox, 7-9 p.m. 226-9959. Dewey Beach Club: 1205 Highway One. Every Thursday, Vinyl Shockley will debut its latest CD, "Keep Singing," at Irish Eyes at Anglers on Saturday, Nov. 18. Team Trivia with John Mixon. 227-0669. The Lighthouse: Dickinson Street. Acoustic Wednesdays with Keith Mack and Ed Shockley. Fridays - Taco Toss. 227-3888. Continued on page Ul L!