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CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, December 11 - December 17, 1998 - 63 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT I Steppin Out Sweet sounds of The Honeycombs keeping the beat By Jen Ellingsworth It's taken more than seven years and scores of musical talent to per- fect the sweet sounds of the Hon- eycombs. A variety band with roots throughout Delaware, the ensem- ble performs local and private par- ties in the area. A seven-man lineup with musi- cal kudos that range from the modest to the remarkable, each member has his own unique and extensive background. Lead singer Alan Kessel is for- merly of the band Freedom, while keyboard player Phil Staley was leader of the band Past Tense. Guitarist Dave Joiner has a solid Catch the vibes of per- former Bernard Sweetney weekends at Kupchick's Restaurant on Lewes Beach. The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company will be presenting the 1998 Rehoboth Beach Home- town Christmas Parade at 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12. This year's parade will have over I00 entries. So far, entries include school bands, floats, antique and classic cars, scout groups, fire companies from Kent and Sussex counties, church groups, clown groups, equestrian groups, and of course, an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The parade route will begin at Rehoboth Avenue and Fifth Street, proceed eastbound up Rehoboth Avenue around the cir- cle at the Bandstand, and then go back westbound on Rehoboth Avenue to the front of the Con- vention Center. Parade entries will line up on Fifth Street, Sussex history with big bands; as well as jazz, country, rock, top 40 and Latin styles of music. Trumpet player Gary Spengler is music director for Wesley College's stage band, while saxophone play- er Gary "Buckshot" Roberts has played around the globe with other top-notch musicians. Jack Wright, the ace player of bass guitar for the band, completes the Honecombs' lineup. While many of its members double on several different instru- ments, each taking a turn at singing, it's frontman Honey Voshell who keeps the beat. Liter- ally. Th e longtime owner of the Drum Pad store in Felton, Honey, like the other members of the band, has had his share of the limelight. A veteran performer and musical educator, Honey played alongside greats as Bill Haley and the Comets, Tommy Dorsey, AI Martino, Lionel Hampton, Th e Glenn Miller Band, Bennie Goodman, Roy Clark Pat- sy Cline and Loretta Lynn. If you watched real closely, you may have even seen him jam on the Rusty Rudder deck with Love Seed Mama Jump. It's a gig that's close to his heart, since his son, Paul; is drummer for the band. His daughter, Julie Voshell, is a professional ballet dancer. The Honeycombs can be seen in action this holiday season when the band plays back-to-back gigs I The Honeycombs have Dec. 16-17 performances slated for the Dover Downs Slots. at the Dover Downs Slots, Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 16-17. Honey once said his group played "everything from Elvis to the Macarena." While the band's material is constantly updated to keep up to speed with what is cur- rent, Honey said the group will continue to play what the audience likes to hear. A new CD is cur- rently in the works. The as-yet- untitled album will contain about 11 of the most-requested Honey- combs hits, he said. The band regularly plays gigs at the Dover Downs Slots venue and aboard the Twin Capes ferry from Lewes to Cape May, N.J. For the third consecutive year, the band will perform at First Night in Dover, a gala event held in the downtown area on New Year's Eve. The Honeycombs already have two albums, "The Best of the Hon- eycombs" and "Bee's Knees" Either can be purchased at the band's performances or at the Drum Pad store. For more information about the Dover Downs Slots performances, call 302-674-4600. For more information about the Honey- combs, call Honey at 302-284- 4664. REHOBOTH BEACH Arena's Bar and Deli: 149 Rehoboth Ave. (in the Village by the Sea Mall). Sunday s are Acoustic Jam Nights. Friday, Dec. 11 - Night Train; Saturday, Dec, 12 - Burning Bus; Wednes- II I II ] day, Dec. 16 - Swoon; Friday, Dec. 18 - The Licks; Saturday, Dec. 19 - The Finders. For infor- mation, call 227-1272. Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats: 320 Rehoboth Ave. Satur- day, Dec. 12 - The Remnants; Sat- urday, Dec. 19 - The Grandsons. For information, call 226-B'REW. Eden Garden Caf: Rehoboth Avenue. Voodoo Lounge Thursdays with discount martinis, cigars and candlelight. For information, call 227-3330. Frogg Pond: First Street and Rehoboth Avenue. Karaoke Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For information, call 227-2234. Irish Eyes Pub & Restau- rant: 15 Wilmington Ave. Hap- py hour 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. with live Continued on page tl4 Rehoboth Hometown Christmas Parade steps off Dec. 12 Avenue in front of the fire station. 1998 parade: Bayberry Flowers, Bayside Builders, Brighton Suites, Carlton's, Center Barber Shop, Dr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Conley, Dewey Beach Club, Eddie's Surf- side Treats; Hazzard Electric, Joss, Lighthouse Inn Bed & Breakfast, Rehoboth Medical Center, Ocean Atlantic Agency, Ocean Travel, Oceanus Motel, Rehoboth Sport and Kite, Robin Hood Restaurant, Seawood Restaurant, VillageToy Store, Webster's, Windsor's Flowers, Yesteryear's Photo Emporium, Rehoboth Beach American Legion, Americinn Motel, Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, Bob's Bike Rentals, Camp Rehoboth, Coconuts, The Collector, Happy Harry's, N'Ice Cream Day; Thor- oughgood Appliances, Village Improvement Association; Wilm- The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company officers and mem- bers will be hosting the 1998 San- ta's Hometown Christmas ParLty at the Convention Center immediate- ly following the parade. In the event of inclement weather which cancels the parade, Santa's party will still be held at 7 p.m. Parade prizes will be presented and refreshments, including hot chocolate, will be available. Chil- dren will have the opportunity to express their Christmas wishes to Santa, and also to receive a gift from him. Residents, guests, visitors and family home for the holidays are all invited to enjoy these events, and to view Rehoboth's island lights, the Christmas tree, and the arrival of Santa Claus. ..: File photo Light-festooned firetrucks will be rolling through Rehoboth Beach this Saturday evening, Dec. 12, during the Annual Hometown Rehoboth Christmas Parade. Street, Henlopen Aenue; Colum- For more information, call 227- ington Trust, Abizak's, Cape sponsored trophies  forthe 1998 Captain' s Table Restaurant, Casa- bia Avenue and Kti The 8950, Ext. 6, or fax 227-8599. Gazette, and the Rehoboth Beach paraS: Atlantic View and Beach pulla's South, D.F. Quillen and judg stand will be:iid-on The!following businesses have Homeowfier'sAssociation. Vie.wmotels, Atlantfc Snds . Sons,Dolle's Candyland, Eden  the e!tbound lane of Rth'.?. made donations in support .;Jahe.., The following businesses have :Mop,i Candy Kiie,: i,: : !:!:6nfinued on page"i