Don't let the chilly temperatures keep you from getting out and enjoying local events. From warm bowls of chili to a murder-mystery at Possum Hall, there's plenty to do in Sussex County right now.
Jack Frost has put quite a chill in the air but that doesn't mean that you have to stay home huddled around the fire. Sussex County has several events over the next week guaranteed to warm up every schedule.
WARM UP WITH POPCORN, MOVIE
WHAT Rehoboth Beach Film Society's January Screening
WHERE Bear Trap Dunes Clubhouse, 7 Clubhouse Drive, Ocean View*
Upstairs Screening Room, Movies at the Midway, 202 Del. Route 1, Rehoboth Beach**
WHEN 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday
COST $4 for members, $6 for future members
Each month, the Rehoboth Film Society screens and discusses some kind of cinematic opus, from small independent movies and foreign films to more mainstream fare. The screenings are held on the fourth Thursday and Friday of each month. This month, RFS will show the modern day David and Goliath tale, "You've Been Trumped."
The story follows a group of proud Scottish homeowners as they take on celebrity tycoon Donald Trump, who is trying to buy up one of Scotland's last wilderness areas to build a golf resort. As the documentary unfolds, audiences have to decide who to root for: big business or the resistance efforts of a small town.
SOLVE A MURDER
WHAT "The Psychic"
WHERE Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown
WHEN 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday
COST $17 to $18
Murder and mystery take over the stage at Possum Hall this weekend in "The Psychic." The story follows Adam Webster, a would-be mystery writer whose biggest mystery seems to be how to sell his work. Out of desperation to make the rent, he hangs a sign in his window that reads, "psychic readings: $25." Of course, mayhem ensues.
Director Patrick Erhardt said the cast really sells it and that audiences will love many of the scenes.
"There's this great scene where they are trying to come up with an ending for one of the guy's murder mysteries," said Erhardt. "It's just a lot of action back and forth on the stage, and the quickness of the banter is just great. What those actors have done in that scene is really, really funny."
FEEL THE CHILL OUTDOORS
WHAT Chilly Hayrides
WHERE Trap State Park, 33587 Baldcypress Lane, Laurel
WHEN 3 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday
COST $4 to $7
Think hayrides happen only in the fall? Think again. Trap Pond State Park wants you to bundle up and head out to see how local animals beat the chill.
Participants will get a tour of the grounds in the park's rustic hay wagon. See some pristine swampland and learn about the country's northernmost natural stand of baldcypress trees. The pond itself was created in the 1700s to power a saw mill. The Federal Government later purchased the pond and surrounding farmland during the 1930s and the Civilian Conservation Corps began to develop the area for recreation.
Lots of animals call the land home and birdwatchers, in particular, get to see a good cross-section of ornithological life, from owls and hummingbirds to Bald Eagles and the elusive Pileated Woodpecker.
After the hayride, tame the chill with hot chocolate and roasted marshmallows around a campfire.
PLAN YOUR STAGE DEBUT
WHERE Possum Hall, 441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown
WHEN 7 p.m., Sunday and Monday
Actors in southern Delaware have their pick of plumb roles this spring with two fun productions at area theaters.
In Georgetown, auditions for PPP's spring musical, "Curtains," will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 27 and Monday, Jan. 28 at Possum Hall in Georgetown.
The production calls for a cast of 20 to 30 adults and will be directed by Him Hartzell. Tryouts will consist of a short musical presentation, readings from the script and some dance movement. Those wishing to audition should bring their own music but piano accompaniment will be available. For more information, visit www.possumpointplayers.org.
Next week, a little farther up the road, the Second Street Players will host auditions for "Nunsensations: The Nunsense Vegas Review" at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 3 and Monday, Feb. 4.
The cast calls for five women with strong vocal abilities. Those interested should be prepared to sing an upbeat musical selection a cappella or with their own pre-recorded accompaniment. A cold reading from the script will also be required.
Auditions for "Nunsensations" will be held at the Riverfront Theatre, located at 2 N. Walnut St. in Milford. For more information, visit www.secondstreetplayers.com.
COZY UP TO A BOWL (OR THREE) OF CHILI
WHAT Chili Cook-Off
WHERE Harley-Davidson of Seaford, 22586 Sussex Highway, Seaford
WHEN 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday
INFO (302) 629-6161
Last year, one bowl of chili at Harley-Davidson of Seaford helped spark some big donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, Harley-Davidson of Seaford is hoping the public will ignite that spark again during the 2013 MDA Chili Cook-off. With a $5 donation, receive a bowl, a spoon and a pack of crackers to test out as many versions of chili that you can stomach. Then, get out your ballot and decide who should be crowned the chili cook-off king.
The donation and cook-off is part of a year-long effort by Harley-Davidson of Seaford and its loyal customers who participate in Ride For Life, an event of the Eastern Harley-Davidson Dealers Association that raised $947,986 for MDA in May 2012.
Cooks with something to prove will be accepted through today. To participate, call (302) 629-6161 and ask for Ashley.