The Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day promise a double celebration at the beach

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While spring is still a long way off, operators of year-round beach bars and restaurants have several reasons to celebrate this month.

Super Bowl Sunday is Feb. 13, and local watering holes will be offering cold foam, hot chicken wings and big-screen TVs for those who want to watch the game in public. Restaurants will opt for a fancier vibe with upscale dinner packages 24 hours later as Valentine’s Day falls on February 14.

In Berlin, The Globe will host a comedy called Cancel Cupid at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15 ($20). The evening will be hosted by master of ceremonies Stevie Jay, with music between sets provided by DJ Magellon. Expect humorous observations on the ins and outs of romance during sets from Jay Xavier Banks, Dan Kaufman and Ashley Ruark.

Organizers have announced that the annual Ocean 98 Reggae Playday festival will take place in downtown Berlin on Saturday, May 14 and will feature Joe Samba.

The very busy Ms Ruark also has two weekend events before that. She will perform with her rock band Freshly Squeezed, which celebrates its 15th anniversary this year, during a free show at the Coastal Taproom in Rehoboth Beach at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 11.

She’ll also flex her acting skills at Roadie Joe’s in Salisbury at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12, with cohorts Mickey Cucchiella, John Dayton and Daniel McFarland ($20 in advance, $25 at the door).

Speaking of Delaware, it’s worth noting that state officials announced this week that its mask mandate will again be lifted for indoor venues beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, February 11.

Back in Berlin, the date and headliner have been announced for this year’s annual Ocean 98 Reggae Playday event. As usual, the free festival will take place outdoors on Main Street in the Downtown District, this time from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 14.

As well as live reggae music – including national reggae singer Joe Samba – there will also be family activities (as well as a beer garden for adults).

Singer-comedian Ashley Ruark's busy schedule includes a free performance with her rock band Freshly Squeezed at the Coastal Taproom in Rehoboth Beach at 9 p.m. on Friday, February 11.  She will appear at the Cancel Cupid comedy show at The Globe in Berlin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 ($20).

In other concert news, tickets go on sale at noon Friday, February 11 for a pair of headliners that have been added to this summer’s Delaware State Fair. The fair will take place again in Harrington from July 21-30 and is already expected to include appearances from ZZ Top, Sam Hunt, Toby Mac and Nelly.

The 103rd edition of the fair will now also include a performance by hard-rock quartet Halestorm at 7:30 p.m. on Friday July 22. Grandstand general admission tickets will cost $20, while seats in other sections range from $30 to $65.

Halestorm is based in Pennsylvania, but played some of its early shows at Delmarva venues such as the old Coyote Nightclub in Seaford, the Dogfish Head Brewery in Rehoboth, and the Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach.

Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, February 11, for a summer performance by national hard-rock quartet Halestorm.  The band will play at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington on Friday, July 22.

The second gig added to the fair is one that had already been scuttled twice. Country star Hank Williams Jr. is now scheduled to play Saturday, July 30 ($40-$80).

He was booked to play in 2020 before the entire fair was canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. Williams then withdrew in 2021 due to concerns about continuing pandemic restrictions.

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