By MADDY VITALEOcean City beaches were packed Saturday afternoon, on the first day people were allowed to sunbathe. This past week vacationers and residents were able to use the beaches and the Boardwalk for recreational purposes.On Saturday, it was game on – a bit of normalcy during the pandemic for those who enjoy lounging on the sand or frolicking in the surf.“It feels like a normal day,” said Nikki Leathers, of Terre Hill, Pa., who joined her family for a day of fun at “America’s Greatest Family Resort.”Leather’s daughter, Lexi, 12, brought her best friend, Katelyn Lomnychuk, 14, of Reading Pa., along for the day.The kids even hopped in the cool water as air temperatures hovered in the mid to high 70s.“It’s so relaxing,” Katelyn said.Lexi added that she was happy to be outside and on her favorite beach.Melissa Kaylor, of Reading, Pa., Nikki Leathers’ friend, happily nibbled on fried Oreos, while the girls laid out on towels and the adults comfortably sat in beach chairs.“This is needed therapy after being locked in the house,” Kaylor said of the essential lockdown since March and the closures of beaches, Boardwalks and businesses to lessen the spread of the coronavirus.Katelyn Lomnychuk, 14, left, Melissa Kaylor, both of Reading, Pa., and Nikki Leathers and daughter, Lexi, 12, make a day of it at the Moorlyn Terrace beach.Some people wore masks, others practiced social distancing of six feet between them and strangers. And despite a crowded beach, it appeared beachgoers allotted ample space between them and others.Boardwalk shops, except for the ones selling food, were closed. However, officials said they may be opening in the next week.Cars lined up for curbside pickup of the iconic Manco & Manco pizza, and many people waited in line on the Boardwalk to get the famous pies.Dave Evans, a Manco & Manco shift manager, said as he went from car to car with the pizza boxes, “It’s been very busy. Curbside pickup has been very good.”The pizzeria, like other eateries in Ocean City, offers curbside pickup, takeout and delivery, since no one is permitted in restaurants as one of the governor’s coronavirus restrictions.Manco & Manco Pizza employees stayed busy through the day with curbside pickup.People rode their bikes, jogged, and took in the sights. Beach chairs and a few umbrellas dotted the shore. Children played in the sand.Families walked along the water’s edge to catch a cool breeze on the partly sunny day.Jess Vukovich, of Marlton, brought her sons, John, 9, Hudson, 5, and 3-year-old daughter, Vivienne, to sit near the water. The kids dug into the beach and scooped out wet sand as they dipped their toes in the ocean.“I love this beach,” Vukovich noted. “I have been coming here my whole life. It is a 45-minute ride here and it is worth it. We love Ocean City.”She had a definite reason why she wanted to come down with her children to the shore on Saturday.“After yesterday being home, we wanted to do something fun,” Vukovich said.“It’s really fun. I haven’t been to the beach in a while,” her son, John, added.John Vukovich, 9, of Marlton, and his siblings, Hudson, 5, in the middle, and 3-year-old, Vivienne, splash in the water.Mayor Jay Gillian closed the beaches and the Boardwalk about 11 weeks ago in response to the coronavirus crisis. When he made the announcement that Ocean City would be slowly reopened, he emphasized the importance of social distancing.Bonnie Reeves, of Cape May Court House, and her boyfriend, Bill Covert, of Somers Point, walked along the Boardwalk with their close friends, Dave and Jeanne Lewandowski, of West Chester, Pa.Both Reeves and Jeanne Lewandowski said it felt wonderful to be out and about as if everything was back to normal. But their reminder that it was different were the masks they all wore.They had to think twice before going to the popular resort, Covert said.“We planned on coming today but if it was too crowded, we would have left,” he explained. “We discussed it a little and thought we could walk on the Boardwalk.”The governor is flying flags at half-mast in remembrance of those who have died of COVID-19.David Lewandowski said when they saw the flags at half-staff in Ocean City, it left an indelible feeling for him and his wife and their friends.He reflected, “It is a somber reminder for all of us.”Bonnie Reeves, of Cape May Court House, left, her boyfriend, Bob Covert, of Somers Point, and their friends, Jeanne and David Lewandowski, of West Chester, Pa., sport stylish masks with safety in mind. The boardwalk bustles with activity on May 16, the first day since the shutdown that people could sunbathe on the beaches.
Can we talk about the scarves? Oh, the scarves! I thought it was funny that people were so focused on it. I actually endorsed the wearing of it. I thought it was authentic. She’s a creative woman living in Brooklyn. You know, you wear layers! It made sense to me because she’s a mom and it’s practical. So [the online chatter about the costumes] didn’t bother me, but I guess at some point it bothered the network because when the second season came back, they said no more scarves. Did Smash make you want to come to Broadway? There’s no question Smash whet my appetite. To get to sit there behind a table and watch the likes of Bernadette Peters and Megan Hilty singing their faces off—it was a thrill for me every single day. I definitely think it paved the way for me to have the courage to say, “OK, I’m ready to try and take a stab at being back on stage after all of these years.” See Messing in Outside Mullingar, opening January 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Star Files She’s got an Emmy, acclaim for her eight years as the unsinkable Grace Adler on Will & Grace, the devotion of theater people everywhere for her role as lyricist Julia Houston on Smash and a swell Broadway beau. What else does Debra Messing need? How about a chance to show off her acting chops and impeccable comic timing in her Broadway debut as the lovelorn Rosemary in John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar. The actress chatted with Broadway.com about finding her inner lass, going bananas for Annie and the deal with the schmattas. Can you pinpoint when you knew you wanted to be a performer? When I saw Andrea McArdle in Annie on Broadway when I was a kid. I nearly jumped out of my seat. I remember turning to my parents and saying, “I want to do that.” It never wavered. It was always, “ I want to do theater! I want to be a working actor.” That was my prayer and my goal. Theater is my first and abiding love. What’s a nice Jewish girl like you doing in Ireland? Doing her best to pretend she’s an Irish lass who’s a farmer. I would be lying if I didn’t say that it put a lot of anxiety in me that everyone in the cast is Irish—except me—including the playwright, the director and the designers. I mean everybody is Irish. You posted a picture on Instagram of how close the front row is. Very close! You know what I didn’t realize is that even though it’s close, you really can’t see people’s faces very well because the lights are so strong during curtain call. I had assumed that when you came out to bow, you’d be able to see everybody. Even though you can’t see everyone, you can certainly feel the love. What else surprised you about Broadway? It’s been 15 years since I’ve done a play—the last one was Donald Margulies’ Collected Stories at Manhattan Theatre Club—and going out on stage in front of the first audience, as adrenaline-filled and nervous as I was, it felt like coming home. It was surprising and wonderful to feel happy and comfortable back on the stage. Debra Messing At least you already had the red hair. Yes. Check. We have to talk about Smash. I love Smash! You are the last of the four Will & Grace leads to come to Broadway. Have you been in contact with them [Eric McCormack, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally] about it? Eric wrote me the day of my first preview. He was just wonderful telling me I’d “kill it.” I wrote back, “You’re an old pro, but it’s my first time and I’m just trying to breathe.” He’s going to come out here and see it at some point. He’s been so great about it. People who expect to see Grace Adler in Outside Mullingar are going to find a quirky, yearning Irish woman instead. When I read this play, I had never encountered characters like this. Ever. There’s something incredibly original and unique about them. They’re very quirky, but they’re also honest and pure and passionate. There’s no cynicism. John Shanley creates a language of his own every time he writes a new play, and I was just drawn in and mesmerized by his lyricism and poetry. And yet it’s not a sentimental piece. You feel like it’s going to be one thing, and it ends up being something else. Outside Mullingar This is a reunion for you and John Patrick Shanley. What do you remember from the first time you worked with him [in Four Dogs and a Bone 20 years ago]? It was very heady. When I was in acting school and studying theater in college, we studied John Patrick Shanley’s plays as part of our curriculum. I remember walking in and meeting him when I was cast as the understudy in Four Dogs and a Bone. I couldn’t speak at first. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that I had just graduated from NYU and my first job in New York, there I was, working with him on a new play. He validated me; he chose me. He saw something in me. It was an incredibly important moment for me. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 With that in mind, how did you feel about stepping on a Broadway stage for the first time? The first time I walked on the stage was before our set was even brought in. I walked on stage, and I was breathless. Tears came to my eyes. I just stood there and looked out at this beautiful theater that was illuminated. It’s a particularly beautiful, comforting space. Standing on that stage and looking out—that moment that I had always dreamt about was happening. It was very emotional for me. View Comments What makes you the most anxious? I felt a bit of trepidation and nerves primarily about the accent. Brian O’Byrne was born right down the street from Mullingar. I am also a huge fan of his, so there’s that on top of everything else. I just want to blend in in the best possible way and to be in the same world as everyone else on stage dialect-wise.
Mrs. Lauragene (Cutter) Filsell, age 74, of Versailles, Indiana, entered this life on January 29, 1942, in Milan, Indiana, the daughter of the late, Clarence Robert and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter. She was raised in Fairview, Indiana and later moved to Abingdon, Virginia where she attended high school through her junior year. Lauragene moved back to Switzerland County, Indiana where she was a 1960 graduate of Vevay High School. She earned her Bachelors in education in 1964 from Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. Lauragene was united in marriage on July 10, 1965 in Evansville, Indiana to the late, Donald Ray Wittmer and to this union arrived two daughters, Laura and Laurene to bless their home. She earned her Masters degree in education in 1966 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Lauragene was later united in marriage on September 22, 1984 at the Clifty Falls State Park in Madison, Indiana, to the late, Bruce Edward Filsell. Lauragene and Bruce shared nearly 31 years of marriage together until he passed away on February 22, 2015. Lauragene was a former Teacher for the Lawrenceburg High School in Lawrenceburg, Indiana and for South Ripley High School where she taught English and Spanish, retiring in 1971. Lauragene was a member of the Versailles Baptist Church in Versailles, Indiana. She resided the past 50 years in the Versailles community. Lauragene enjoyed spending time with her grandsons and will be remembered for her love of sewing, cooking and working crossword puzzles. Lauragene passed away at 7:50 am, Friday, July 15, 2016, at the Waters of Batesville in Batesville, Indiana.Lauragene will be dearly missed by her daughters: Laura Freese and her husband: Paul of Batesville, IN and Laurene Wittmer of North Vernon, IN; her grandsons: Justin Wittmer and Levi and Eli Freese; her step-grandsons: Eric and Kyle Freese; her brothers: Arlen Cutter of Fairview, IN, Denzil Cutter of Fairview, IN and Dean Cutter of Versailles, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents: Clarence Robert Cutter, died October 30, 1981 and Aldean Irene (Cleeter) Cutter, died March 10, 2004; her 1st husband: Donald Ray Wittmer, died July 16, 2005 and her 2nd husband, Bruce Edward Filsell, died February 22, 2015.Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 11:00 am, by Rev. Dick Burcham, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home.
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