What does this historical beach resort, frequented by African Americans from the 1930’s until the 1970’s, have to do with the arts? No longer standing, the Rosedale Beach Hotel showcased the music of the great African American jazz, blues, R&B and soul artists. This September, Mispillion Art League will celebrate its history at the dinner theater event “Rosedale Revisited”, and the proceeds from this will help support fine arts programs for the community. This will be an evening of cocktails, silent auction, social time, dinner, music, dancing and a special program for remembering when.
The Mispillion Art League has been proudly serving the community for eleven years. You might know about the free Third Thursday arts presentations and affordable educational programs (and scholarships) for area adults and youth. But did you know that the Art League also serves the needs of the surrounding area by offering art workshops for the People’s Place Women’s Shelter, the William Marion Stevenson House Detention Center, the Salvation Army Developmental Disabilities Program and soon the Home of the Brave Shelter for Veterans? An art league unlike any other!
A place unlike any other, Rosedale Beach was located on the north side of Indian River Inlet, west of Oak Orchard. It was officially incorporated in 1937, a time of segregation in Delaware when the color of your skin could limit your access to many clubs, restaurants and hotels. So African Americans had Rosedale Beach. Operating from the early 1900s to the 1970s it was a destination point for many people along the East Coast. They came for the amusement park, the boardwalk, the picnic area, and the Rosedale Hotel, but most of all they came to hear the greats. Well-known artists such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, James Brown, Cab Calloway, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson and Stevie Wonder played at the resort.
The Art League has featured Donald Blakey and the Don Del Theater group at two Third Thursday events already and these events are always crowd pleasers. So we are very proud to present DonDel Enterprises’ theater wing again on September 17th at “Rosedale Revisited- A Night of Dinner and Music.”As stated by Don Blakey, Rosedale was “a place of respite, enjoyment, activities.” “What drew people there—even busloads from Wilmington—was camaraderie and that it was the place to have a rocking good time.” And Don Del Theater Company promises to bring a rockin’ good time to “Rosedale Revisited.”
This Event will be held at the Milford Senior Center. Tickets for this fun event are $45 per person and are available at the Mispillion Art League Gallery, stop in or call 302-430-7646. Proceeds from this event will support the quality programs offered by the Mispillion Art League.