Mispillion Art League revisits Rosedale

MILFORD — “If you were a participant at Rosedale, you’d be expected to get up and dance. We feed off your energy. So we give you energy and you give it back to us,” a Don-Del Production cast member tells a crowd of hundreds before the show began Saturday night at the Milford Senior Center.

Rosedale Revisited left the crowd joyful after they danced and laughed the night away while raising funds for the Mispillion Art League and Gallery.

Pearl Burbage, fundraising chair for the organization, said the event was wonderful, a sentiment that was shared by many as they exited the building after the show.

“It was beyond my expectations. It was fantastic. Things are supposed to be fun, that’s what my parents taught me. Keep it simple and make it fun,” she said.

The cast of more than ten entertained the crowd with song, dance and acting as they explored Rosedale Beach from within the senior center.

The crew said Rosedale Beach was a 20th century icon located in what’s now known as Millsboro, Delaware.

Created with the need of good entertainment in mind for the African American community, the new hot spot was born after an Innkeepers Law was signed in 1875 which stated that innkeepers could turn away anyone deemed as threatening by the innkeeper.

Brown vs. the Board of Education also helped solidify the need for a “colored” entertainment stage.

“Rosedale was the answer,” they proudly announced.

During its heyday, the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, James Brown and Ray Charles performed on the stage along with others that came from far and wide and offer entertainment not found at other nearby locations.

The cast even performed iconic songs by some of Rosedale Beach’s famous visitors during their Saturday night performance in Milford, including song choices such as “A Tisket, A Tasket;” “Soldier Boy;” and more.

Jennifer Antonik can be reached at mc@newszap.com

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