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Everyone is cordially invited to attend our events and bring family and friends! 


Audio Documentary on Birdsong, April 8, 2017
by Music Researcher Ian Nagoski

 I Nagoski PRThe documentary tells the story not only of the first recordings of cagebirds, but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s-20s. Rarely heard in recent years, bird imitation was also recorded commercially on every continent by 1925 and likely predates music or language in human history.

Music researcher and record producer Ian Nagoski has published dozens of reissue releases of early 20th century music in languages other than English over the past ten years. He has presented his work in conferences in over 20 countries, and in the past year has spoken at the Library of Congress, the University of Chicago, and New York University.

While, he has specialized in the music of immigrants to the U.S. from the Near East, his side-project on the earliest recordings of cagebirds and bird imitators has resulted in contributions to a current exhibition at the Wellcome Collection in London in collaboration with the Center for Post-Natural History and the inclusion of his work on the Moon Ark, the first art work for permanent installation on the moon, as well as recent features on the BBC and The New Yorker.

Ian Nagoski has previously explored the porous boundaries of culture through 78rpm records of immigrants from collapsing European and Near Eastern empires as they arrived in the U.S. in early 20th century, and in the process, learned the stories of great, forgotten performers. With Ecstatic & Wingless, he has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.


Rehoboth Concert Band Spring
Concert at UUSD

Band photo

Superstar Composers from Baroque to Contemporary
 featuring Doug Yetter, guest pianist, on Beethoven's RONDO from Concerto No. 2 in B flat

Friday, March 10, 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 12, 4 p.m.

Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware
30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes, DE 19958

Tickets $20 online or call Kris at  610-248-1749. Tickets at the door if still available. 

The Rehoboth Concert Band is a community band of instrumentalists at all levels of play and all ages. It performs concert band literature, including classical and contemporary music, marches, show tunes, and some novelty pieces. From sweeping melodies to crisp articulations, the musicians strive to inspire and move listeners.

Under the baton of conductor, Sharon Still, the ensemble’s goals are polish and character, musical growth and depth, education and enrichment for the community. The band collaborates with community organizations/institutions and individual artists. With a vision of becoming exemplary, the band works hard and has fun.

Rehoboth Concert Band was founded in September, 2012. Students from the area’s school bands are welcomed with their band director’s recommendation.

The Rehoboth Concert Band rehearses on Thursday evenings. Any questions or interest in the band should be directed to:

 For information on scheduling the band for your event, call 703.598.9867.

UUSD Announces Our BIG TOP AUCTION — Saturday, April 22 at 3:00 p.m.

circus tent AATWelcome one and all to our BIG TOP AUCTION. The circus is coming to UUSD so get ready for a fun event. There will be lions, clowns, and gorillas, oh my, and who knows what else will appear. The date is Saturday, April 22, and we have a new time schedule this year. The BIG TOP AUCTION will start at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

There will be three sections of tangible goods and events as always for the silent auction. The first section will close for bidding at 3:45 p.m., the second section at 4:05 p.m., and the last closes at 4:25 p.m.

The live auction will begin at 4:30 p.m. with our Ring Master Auctioneer, Donna Dolce. At 5:30 p.m., a potluck dinner (yes, please bring something to share) will be served to all attending while our data entry people get ready for check out to begin at 6:15 p.m.

It is time to think about what you want to donate to this year's auction. We need you to make this auction a success. Would you like to have a dinner, offer a service (transportation, pet care, etc.), create special handmade items (knitting, jewelry etc.), prepare delicious baked goods, or donate special items you think will work. You can also ask your favorite restaurant, hairdresser, or pet groomer for a gift certificate for our auction. We have receipts available to give to your donor. If you have any questions about your donations, please see Sharon Herb. 

Mark your calendars:  THE BIG TOP AUCTION is Saturday, April 22, 3 p.m. And, think what you would like to donate. Thank you. 

UUSD Hosts Holiday Arts & Craft Faire, Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5

Holiday shoppers will find a wide variety of unique gifts and delicious baked goods when we host our Third Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire from 4:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, November 4 and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 5 at the church. Admission is free.

Special offerings include a wide selection of handmade gifts lovingly created by the congregation’s talented crafters — delicate sea glass jewelry; rustic hand painted beach-themed pallet art crafted from reclaimed wood; and beautiful handcrafted gemstone earrings. Other specialty items include unique holiday ornaments; colorful hand knitted items, such as scarves, hats, and ponchos; and much more. A new feature this year is the Unique Boutique featuring non-handmade specialty items of all kinds.

Kris Acker, our Fundraising Chair, says, “We are blessed to have so many talented crafters, who have worked painstakingly to create these uniquely beautiful and charming items perfect for the holiday season and all year round. We have just the right gifts for those special friends and family members in our lives, including shoppers’ furry friends. And, most importantly, the Faire helps us support our congregation’s continuing outreach to our community.” 
Crafts Faire group shot PAS

(l. to r., first row: Matti Laschenski, Gwen Johnson, Jackie Baker; second row: Kathy Heacock Sue Brown, Alleane Taylor, Karen Lunstead, Alex LeClaire, , Pam Smith, Marty McClaren, Kath Johnson, Jan Daily, Sue O’Brien, Jena Hom, Jane Miller, Kris Acker, Margaret Keefe)

Valerie Andrews, the Faire Coordinator, adds, “Our beautiful Arts and Crafts Faire is a relaxing way to start the hectic holiday season. Shoppers will enjoy the holiday sights, sounds, and lovely smells of the Faire amidst the lilting sounds of a strolling autoharp musician, and beautiful views of our scenic pond. Delicious soup and tasty cake will be offered to enjoy while shopping or to take home.”

Proceeds from the Third Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire will support our mission to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. For more information, call Kris Acker at 610-248-1749. 

UU Delmarva Cluster Retreat Scheduled for October 7-9

Camp logo tockwThe Delmarva Cluster UU Fall Retreat is set for October 7-9 at beautiful Camp Tochwogh in Worton, Maryland. An Overview of the registration process is online at, as is specific Registration Information for this Retreat. A Cluster Retreat brochure is also available and a copy is posted on the Event Bulletin Board in the UUSD Gathering Area. 

Retreat Schedule: The Retreat will start Friday, October 7 with check in from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. followed by a campfire with music, games, and S’mores. Saturday begins with breakfast followed by an opening ceremony; small group activities; a workshop on “Better Together” (or alternative adult and children’s programming); lunch; UU Team challenges; free time; dinner; sunset walk; folk dancing; stargazing; and “quiet campfire.” Sunday starts with breakfast followed by a Worship Service conducted by UU Cluster ministers with the Cluster Choir performing; free time for Tockwogh activities, packing up, and yoga. The Retreat will end at noon with a Closing Circle.

Housing: Housing choices are first come first serve. There is overnight lodging at Camp Tockwogh at their Conference Center, Navajo Cottages, and by bringing your own tent. More details on the lodging are available in the Cluster brochure. Costs for overnight lodging and the program are:

  • Navajo Cottages or Conference Center lodging and meals: $98/person 
  • Tent camping and meals:  $80/person 
  • Saturday Only with Lunch Provided:  $30/person 
  • Saturday Only with Lunch & Dinner Provided: $48/person 
  • Children 2 & younger are free. 

In addition, a small number of rooms at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Chestertown, Maryland are also available. 

The UU Delmarva Cluster Retreat is a great event for UUs and friends of all ages. Please contact Pat Schaeffer or Amber Peterson, who serves on the Cluster Retreat Team, if you have any questions or need more information.


FamousOctober2016Famous October will be performing at the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this heartfelt and creative concert. Tickets are available at the door for $15 per person; no reservations are necessary.

This performance is part of their “One Day Baby” 30 city tour across the U.S. to promote their upcoming debut album, One Day Baby, scheduled for release in October. The album features Allison Miller (Brandi Carlile, Indigo Girls), Tood Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell), Matthias Kunzil (Regina Spektor, Moby), Jenny Scheinman (Lucinda Williams, Bill Frisell) and Kyle Sanna (Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile).  A video of one of their songs is available at

Famous October (Sarah Bowman and Rene Coal) are two singer-songwriters currently living in Switzerland with their one-year-old daughter Cecilia Anne.  Sarah and her twin sister Claire are daughters of Len Bowman, UUSD member and proud father.

Though both artists are from different hemispheres, it was their individual fervent pursuit of their music that inevitably brought them together. Burrell grew up in a peaceful small Swiss town at the foot of the Alps while Bowman grew up in a high crime and economically depressed neighborhood in racially tense Davenport, Iowa. By age 19, Burrell had achieved national recognition in his native Switzerland as a BMG alt-country artist, having been nominated for a Swiss PRIX WALO award and opening for Neil Young, ZZ Top, and Amy Winehouse. Enamored with Americana music, Burrell stumbled upon a show in Luzern featuring the twin sister duo, The Bowmans, who had been touring internationally for four years.

On the other side of the world, Bowman had been raised on her Bronx born mother’s collection of 60s protest songs and her Detroit native father’s classical music. She studied cello, piano, and vocal performance, as well as music education graduating with Honors from Duquesne University and Notre Dame of Maryland University. She sang as a soprano with the Baltimore Symphony Choir and worked with Yuri Temirkonov and Bobby McFerrin. Bowman and her twin sister, Claire, began singing together at coffee shops since they were 14, and eventually grew up together touring through the U.S. and Europe. Individually, Bowman and Burrell had released four or five acclaimed albums and had developed thousands of fans internationally before joining together as a duo. Their individual success set the stage for the duo’s success to come.

Since officially coming together as Famous October in 2012, Bowman and Burrell have amassed an international following with their initial tours through Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the U.S. In their first collaborative year, they won a number of prestigious Swiss music awards and were commissioned to compose an embodiment of the 300th anniversary of the great “Stans Brandnacht 1713,” an excerpt of which appears on their upcoming debut album. In addition, the duo run their business, Pillow Song, which started off as a listening room for touring musicians in their rehearsal space in Stans and has grown into an international music community in which artists support one another. Pillow Song also acts as the label and management for Famous October.

For more information about the concert, contact Len Bowman.

UUSD and Delaware Interfaith Power & Light Host Earth Day Celebration April 21, 7 p.m.

The Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware (UUSD) and Delaware Interfaith Power & Light (DeIPL) will host an Earth Day celebration and energy conservation forum at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm, Thursday, April 21 at the church at 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway (Route 9), Lewes.  The theme of the forum is “Lower Slower Goin’ Lean and Green,” which refers to the strategy of using less energy more efficiently and then exploring energy sources that are healthier, economical, renewable, and more sustainable. The event is free and open to the public. 

Featuring a presentation on Energize Delaware’s Home Performance with Energy Star® program, Lisa Locke, Executive Director, and John Sykes, President from Delaware Interfaith Power & Light will share tips, tools, and financial resources to help residents lower their energy bills, reduce waste, and increase the resale value of their homes, while improving the health and comfort of their family and the planet.

All participants who sign up and pay for a $100 ENERGY STAR® whole-house appraisal will receive up to $225 worth of free energy-saving products, including light bulbs, showerheads, faucet aerators, pipe insulation, and smart power strips. They will also qualify for up to $6,750 in direct rebates to make recommended home improvements affordable. 

Don Peterson, Chair of UUSD’s Social and Environmental Justice Committee says, “Sometimes thinking about climate change can be overwhelming and so we look to government and business to solve the problem.  But we should never forget that each of us can make a difference in our own neighborhoods and in our own homes. This Energy Forum will give everyone the tools to take positive action.”

The program will be followed by “Earth Day” cake and a tour of UUSD’s new, beautiful, and highly energy efficient building. 

The first Earth Day celebration was held on April 22, 1970 and was called the largest demonstration in human history. Over 20 million people across the United States participated. American Heritage Magazine named it, “One of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy.” Legislatures from 42 states passed Earth Day resolutions to commemorate the date. Congress closed its doors as politicians went home to attend or participate in local events. Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor, factory workers and farmers, business leaders and labor leaders united on a common cause. Launching the contemporary environmental movement, it is credited with leading to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. Recognizing the 45th anniversary,nbsp;the Delaware House of Representatives passed “a resolution encouraging all residents of Delaware to observe Earth Day on April 22, 2015.”

For more information, contact Lisa Locke at or 616-914-1597 or Sally Crouch, UUSD, at or 302-727-6597. 

Delaware Interfaith Power & Light is one of 40 state affiliates whose shared mission is to provide a religious response to climate change through energy conservation and efficiency, renewal energy and environmental justices strategies. Their goal, ultimately, is to assure the preservation of a healthy, sustainable planet and, closer to home, to improve the everyday quality of life of our families, our neighbors and our communities.   

UUSD Takes a “Journey to Neverland” for its Annual Auction

April 16 at 6:00 p.m.


Journey to Neverland CoverThis year’s theme, Journey to Neverland, was inspired by the playful adventures of Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and their friends and captures both the fun and imagination of past events. A warm invitation is extended to the larger community that UUSD serves. Dress up as a favorite Neverland character and be part of a costume contest with a $50 cash prize.

There will be silent and live auctions with a variety of unique and diverse must-have items, including artwork, handcrafted items, vacation getaways, jewelry, glassware, scrumptious dinners and so much more. Truly, something for everyone! A 50/50 raffle, wine, and yummy lite fare rounds out a memorable evening. A small entrance donation of $5 is requested.

Auction coordinator Barbara Barnette said, “UUSD’s annual auction is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to both enjoy themselves and to help UUSD carry out its mission in the community. We are especially grateful for the generosity of so many area businesses, friends, and members who donate wonderful goods and services to make our annual auction a huge success.

Proceeds from the auction will support the mission of the Unitarian Universalists of Southern Delaware to nurture spiritual growth, embrace diversity, work for justice, and strive for a loving world. UUSD has been an active member of the community for nearly 20 years providing local support in many ways, such as helping homeless and hungry Cape District families and advocating for clean water for all residents of Ellendale.

The auction will be held at UUSD, 30486 Lewes Georgetown Highway, Lewes. For directions and information about UUSD, go to For more information, contact Barbara Barnette at 443-944-7379 or email her.


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