The new restaurant in Sea Gull Square offers "kabob" style Chinese food as well as spicier options. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Hundreds of seafood lovers flocked to the 45th Annual Oyster Festivel on Chincoteague, Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Carol Vaughn video
DelawareOnline's Ryan Cormier hosts a Facebook Live chat with Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione at his bar and restaurant in Rehoboth Beach on Oct. 3, 2017.
Hundreds of classic cars and trucks descended on Ocean City on the weekend of Oct. 6, 2017. Todd Dudek video
100 varieties of jerky available, including exotic meats such as kangaroo and elk in addition to gourmet snacks, popcorn, nuts, spices, sauces and rubs available.
Delmarva Eastern Surfing Association held the Maryland State Surfing Championships on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 on the beach at 36th street in Ocean City, Md. Produced by Megan Raymond
A new sight will be welcoming visitors to Ocean City after they cross the Route 90 bridge into town — a Denny's restaurant. Wochit
Dollar stores are popping up on street corners across Delmarva, swimming against the retail sector's falling tide. Video by Jeremy Cox
The 2017 Golden Retriever Club of America National Specialty will be hosted by Wicomico Youth and Civic Center and nearby venues in both Maryland and Delaware on Sept. 22-30. Wochit
As Wicomico County prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary, The Daily Times and DelmarvaNow.com will offer nine days of coverage, much of it recalling where we were 150 years ago and recounting the journey through time that brought us to where we are today. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Larry Parsons grew up in the restaurant business and eventually decided to his own. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Big Oyster Brewery's expansion in Lewes will increase production by 2,500 barrels Produced by Megan Raymond
Pico Taqueria offers freshly made tortillas, with a variety of different toppings and is open during Chincoteague's summer season. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Joe KroArt, Ocean Gallery, was honored by Maryland's Comptroller Peter Franchot Produced by Megan Raymond
The William E. Morgan Conservation Center will offer reptiles, amphibians and conservation programs. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
OC Painting Experience brought to you by T.C. Studios is a place for locals and visitors to learn about painting. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
In Ocean City, Italian bistro Ripieno's specializes in big portions, including its 28-inch large pizza. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Zap Pro/Am World Championships of Skimboarding held its semi-finals on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Dewey Beach, Del. Produced by Megan Raymond
Hamboards allow riders to surf while on land. Here's what Don Sandusky, owner and general manager of the co., had to say about the newest model. Produced by Gray Hughes
Chef Cameron arguably Delaware's best chef, is quite literally a walking cookbook. His body and his brain are filled with the thousands of books he's read and the hundreds of places he's traveled to learn global cuisine. Produced by Megan Raymond
OC BBQ, which replaced OC Steamers, opened in May and provided a southern barbecue restaurant at the changing 45th Street Village. Wochit
An inside look at this year's event. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Vineyard Wine Bar and Bistro is providing an upscale food and wine experience at the beach. Wochit
The new space will include an expanded dining area, fire pits, cornhole and a viewing area where customers can observe the brewing process. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Pony Penning begins with southern and northern roundups on Assateague, the swim to Chincoteague on July 26 followed by the auction on July 27 and capped with the swim back. Wochit/Produced by Kamlesh Desai
Known for their crab cakes, Drum Point Market has gained attention from travelers from all over the country. Produced by Ralph Musthaler and Ben Penserga
A band of wild ponies gallops on Assateague Island. Video courtesy of DSC photography. Darcy Cole, DSC photography
Barn 34 in Ocean City puts the family in family restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Highlights from the 2017 Berlin Bathtub Races. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
What's percolating in the world of coffee and coffee shops? Pemberton Coffeehouse is set to open in Salisbury — again. Deborah Gates
Chef Chris Parks has elevated the cuisine at Lupo in Rehoboth over the last few years. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
The 10th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at Fish Tales in Ocean City ended with a new winner being crowned!
Delmarvanow.com asks beach visitors about their favorite activities on the Fourth of July. Produced by Megan Raymond
The restaurant offers seafood, speciality pizzas and more to customers. Produced by Meg Ryan
Chris Clare went from a small town ballplayer to a minor-league All-Star. Wochit
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has been touring breweries in Maryland to learn about their economic impact on their respective communities. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Alan Goldsborough of Crisfield and daughter, Heather, have opened Shipwrecked Seafood at Route 50 and Main Street in Berlin. Live, steamed and softshells to go! Deborah Gates
Ropewalk Chincoteague offers waterfront dining, a tiki bar and more. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Near perfect weather made for an exciting air show. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Gilligan's, on the canal waterfront in Lewes, reopened after an off-season remodel. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Indigo in Rehoboth, a new restaurant, is one of the Delaware beach area's only Indian restaurants. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Roadie Joe's owner talks about how his business has grown along with Salisbury. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
High Stakes Bar & Grill in Fenwick Island recently renovated. Produced by Jeff Neiburg
Rare & Rye Owner Sal Fasano describes the newest hotel restaurant in OC Produced by Megan Raymond
SoDel's Scott Kammerer at the newest Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar Produced by Megan Raymond
Salisbury will play host to a major festival and tourism draw next year that is expected to bring in tens of millions of dollars to the city. Video by Keith Demko
Peter and Linda Roskovich's family beach home will be featured on HGTV's "Beachfront Bargin Hunt: Renovation" Produced by Megan Raymond
Take a virtual walk along the Ocean City Boardwalk while checking out some of the sounds and sights. Produced by Gray Hughes
Burley Oak Brewing Company is aiming for a July opening for a new, coffee-inspired cafe in downtown Berlin. Wochit
Local fans of HGTV’s television show, “House Hunters,” will soon see their hometown in an upcoming episode. Wochit
Downtown Salisbury Festival returns June 2-4 with with carnival rides, food vendors, craft beer, a full entertainment lineup and local vendors. Wochit
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The Funsters have been around for more than 20 years, and some of its band members have been friends since childhood. There has never been a revolving door to replace any of its 10 members (nine on stage and one off-stage), even though many of them also perform with other musicians throughout the year.
From popular Delaware beach destinations to wedding venues, this family-friendly band has a vast and wide-ranging song repertoire that includes late jazz crooners, pop rock, classic rock, '80s hits and every other genre imaginable in between.
Take some time this month to meet Jon Fletcher (trumpet/vocals), Tom Houska (keyboards), Greg Mack (guitar), Keith Mack (guitar), Dickie Messick (bass), Ed Shockley (drums, vocals), Ken Tonge (sax, vocals), Sherman Ward (vocals) Grier White (sax, vocals) and Martin LeMaire (sound engineer) at the following venues:
The Cove in Dewey Beach on Aug. 18 and Sept. 1 at 7 p.m.; Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m.; town of Ocean View concert on Aug. 25; and 16 Mile Brewery in Georgetown on Aug. 31 at 7 p.m.
Ed Shockley of The Funsters talks about the band's music and what keeps them together.
Performing any one of these songs cannot be as simple as you make it sound, therefore, what is the secret to having so many genres on your list? What type of practice is involved?
The song list has been evolving dating back to our earliest days of songs we already liked, knew and were comfortable playing.
We all grew up when radio was a lot different so we were exposed to all types of genres on the same station. For example, it could be Frank Sinatra one minute followed by the Beatles, Ray Charles, the Rolling Stones, etc.
We liked and continue to like all of it and bring that to the stage for our audiences.
Believe it or not, we try to never practice as a whole. If we decide to learn a song, we just listen to it, learn it in small groups (e.g. horns practice together), and go play it.
Most of the music has become second nature to us because we are so familiar with it. When we encounter a song we are unfamiliar with, however, we first decide who is going to sing it and how we will arrange it according to what key we agree on. After that, it is off to the races!
There are bound to be mistakes at times; what have you done to overcome it?
We are fortunate to play so many jobs, but yes, there have been mistakes along the way. There is a certain “Ground Hog Day” aspect to it when that happens. Those are some of the more memorable moments versus our successes.
In our favor, when people are at large social events, the music is not being listened to as closely so the mistakes, more obvious to us, are usually not detected by the audience.
I think there was only one time where we actually had to stop and regroup, which was quite the comical experience for us because it was simply one of the instruments not being set to the correct key.
While continuing to stay true to your name, how have you been able to keep such an impressive momentum going this long?
The main reason I think we have been going strong for so long is that we started off as a band with no expectations and it certainly surprised us how quickly we became popular.
It also helps that there are a lot of wise guys in the band and it is oftentimes hard to be serious when someone is always making jokes. In fact, when we send emails out to each other, one email can leave a string of 25 additional emails to the original, which makes it difficult to find an answer someone is looking for when going back to scroll through the correspondence.
Although music is a huge part of who we are, we also do not try to take ourselves too seriously either to balance everything out.
With more than 20 years of experience entertaining audiences in various settings, there must be at least one momentous occasion that you all reminisce about or fondly reflect upon?
There are two that stand out the most.
Early on in our career, we were offered a job in New York City for a wedding at a concert setting near the Brooklyn Bridge. As we were looking around at the scenery, we were just in awe to be performing outside of where we normally played our music.
The other fond memory is playing at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand for 4th of July fireworks. When we looked behind us from the gazebo, there were more than a hundred people dancing and having a good time; we were so happy to be part of the celebration.
What are some things you have learned from each other?
Everyone has their own special strength. From the oldest to the youngest band member, there is an 8-year age difference so we have experienced everything you can imagine that life throws at you.
We are not just friends — we are more like brothers — it has become a family bond. There is much respect and admiration.
When not performing, what do each of you enjoy doing outside of music?
Some of us are musicians with other groups as well so we do whatever it takes to make a living. That leaves minimal time for other activities such as body surfing or fishing, which usually cannot be enjoyed until the fall months when it is not as busy.
Other band members like to play baseball, many of whom are Yankees fans and go together to the ball games.
How long do you continue to entertain?
We are often asked how long we can do this for and I always tell people, “whenever people stop coming to see me.” Until that time, I do not foresee an end to it because we are just having way too much fun. Music for us is a lifelong learning experience and always evolving