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Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival offers ten days of fantastic films for movie buffs

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, October 31, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival offers ten days of fantastic films for movie buffs

The award-winning Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the State of Delaware. The event, now in its 19th year, originally began as a way to extend the tourist season, but has developed into a Mid-Atlantic fall destination event attracting thousands of film enthusiasts from more than fifteen states.

This year the festival runs from Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 13 and includes features, documentaries, and shorts. Screenings will be held at the state-of-the-art theater at Cape Henlopen High School, the Metropolitan Community Church Rehoboth, and the new Cinema Art Theater (CAT) in Lewes, which also serves as the box office for the festival. A festival pass is required to purchase tickets. You can order passes online through November 1. After November 1 passes can be purchased at the box office.

In addition to the festivals 40+ film screenings, there will be a “festival headliner.” IFC Films’ Certain Women stars Kristen Stewart, Michelle Williams, and Laura Dern as three women striving to forge their own paths amidst the wide open plains of the American Northwest. Moviegoers can attend this special screening on Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m. at Cape Henlopen HS.

The Crooked Hammock Brewery in Lewes will once again be the “social hub” for the event. A special tent area will be set up for all festival-goers and will offer a variety of entertaining and fun activities, delicious food, and well-crafted beers. The social hub will be open November 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12 between noon and 6 p.m. Additionally, there will be Dogfish Head beer tastings at the CAT on Saturday, November 5 and Friday, November 11 at 9 p.m.

Visit the website for more information, a complete program guide, and to order festival passes.

Sea Witch Festival is a Halloween spook-tacular

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Sea Witch Festival is a Halloween spook-tacular

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The Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddler's Festival is a three-day Halloween spook-tacular that is a virtual witch’s brew of wicked family fun. The event, now in its 27th year, takes place Friday, October 28 – Sunday, October 30 throughout Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach. There are more doings and deeds going on than we can list but holiday highlights include broom tossing, parades, trick-or-treating, hayrides, pony rides, live music, games, and food.

Frightful Friday fun includes a tyke bike on the boardwalk, movies at the Sussex Family YMCA, and trick or treating and haunted bonfire in Dewey Beach. Saturday’s schedule is swamped with a long list of super fun things to do, but make sure those kiddos are in costume for the big parade at 11 a.m. (Please note that Rehoboth Avenue will be closed from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the parade.) Also on Saturday, the foot-stompin’ Fiddlers’ Festival will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will definitely be “finger-pickin’ good!”

Wrapping things up on Sunday are the Sea Witch 5k Classic Run and One Mile Fright Walk at 9 a.m. at Grove Park and the First State Webfooters 5k or 10k walk beginning at 8 a.m. at The Henlopen Hotel. This walk is family-oriented and non-competitive, so feel free to stroll at a leisurely pace suitable for all ages. And new this year is a 25k bike on the Junction and Breakwater Trail.

Be sure to check out the event program for a comprehensive list of all of the weekend's spine-chilling and hair-raising activities and events.

Saucy fun at the 2nd Annual Boooo-B-Que By the Sea

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Saucy fun at the 2nd Annual Boooo-B-Que By the Sea

Why did the skeleton go to the BBQ? For the spare ribs. OMG, I know, so bad, but if the joke fits, post it.

A “saucy” new Halloween season tradition began last year with Booo-B-Que By the Sea, a two-day family festival and barbeque cook-off competition featuring the east coast’s finest barbeque aficionados (pro and amateur) vying for over $10,000 in combined prize earnings and the title of Best BBQ Chef.

The event, hosted by DNREC’s Division of Parks & Recreation, begins Friday, October 21 at 4:00 p.m. at Delaware Seashore State Park (south inlet campground). Friday happenings include live music, a bonfire, trick or treating, a wing competition, and a guided bridge walk.

Come back on Saturday, October 22 for more family-friendly Halloween-inspired fun including a costume contest, pumpkin decorating, a bonfire, and story telling. The day kicks off at 9:00 a.m. with a unique 5k Run/Walk over the Indian River Bridge and along inlet pathways with the festival beginning at 11:00 a.m. Guests will enjoy live music, a beer garden, a raffle and auction, and of course, some mouthwatering BBQ (categories include ribs, chicken, pulled pork and brisket). In addition to the pro and amateur levels, there will be a “Kid’s Que” competition for younger BBQ chefs. 

Admission is $5 per adult (children under 12 get in free with accompanying adult). Proceeds from the event will benefit the Delaware Children in Nature Endowment Fund, which affords opportunities for young people to participate in outdoor experiences.

Visit the website for complete event details. 

The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival: The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, October 11, 2016
The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival: The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World

The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, “The Greatest Jazz Festival in the World,” will take place from Thursday, October 13 to Sunday, October 16. For four extraordinary days music lovers will relish in the smooth sounds of cool jazz as it fills the air. It’s no wonder that visitors come from near and far to see some of the best local, national and international jazz acts around.

The festival, now in its 27th year, has gained both regional and national acclaim. What began in 1990 as a concert featuring local acts at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand it has grown to include outstanding professional acts, such as this year’s Artist of the Year, Grammy Award Winner Patti Austin. This musical extravaganza is a most magical melodious experience that will appeal to all music enthusiasts of all genres.

Larger concert venues include Rehoboth Beach Elementary School, Cape Henlopen High School, Epworth Church, and The Bay Center and Rusty Rudder in Dewey Beach. For those who prefer a more intimate setting many local restaurants and bars in Rehoboth Beach and Lewes will also offer great entertainment.

Ticket prices and availability vary for each performance and venue. Visit the website for complete performance schedules or to purchase tickets.

Shop savvy at the 40th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, October 03, 2016
Shop savvy at the 40th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale

Hey all you shop-a-holics and bargain seekers, get down to Rehoboth Beach this weekend, Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9, for the 40th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. Savvy shoppers know that this is best post-summer weekend to find fabulous deals and deep discounts on all things retail in and around town.

Shops in downtown Rehoboth Beach (as well as in Dewey Beach and along Route One) never offer more merchandise at bargain prices than during this bi-annual shopping extravaganza (there is also a spring version in May).

Pair those super-amazing deals with NO tax, and you will realize some pretty phenomenal savings. So much so, that you’ll want to fill those shopping bags with even more cool stuff. With so many unique area stores and boutiques, you are guaranteed to have a successful shopping experience that has you bringing home some truly special items!

This rain or shine event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily (store hours may vary). Click here for more information.

Show your furry friends some puppy love at Bark on the Boards

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Show your furry friends some puppy love at Bark on the Boards

Hot diggity dog! The 6th Annual Bark on the Boards Dog Walk takes place this Saturday, October 1, at Lake Gerar Park, located at the north end of the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk. Check in and registration begins at 10:30 a.m. with the dog walk at noon.

This year's event theme is ‘Pups for President’ and features a Patriotic Best Costume Contest for all furry four-legged participants. There will also be refreshments, vendors, prizes, giveaways, a raffle, children’s activities, and a fantastic performance at by Mid Atlantic Disc Dogs at 11:00 a.m.

You’ll have a dog-gone good time while taking strides against animal suffering. Proceeds from the event will go to help the homeless animals of the Delaware SPCA. The event also celebrates the off-season when dogs regain their freedom and are welcome back on the boardwalk and beach. So break out Fido’s leash and your kicks (or flip-flops if you prefer) and take to the boards to help animals in need.

No dog? No problem! You don’t need a canine companion to participate. All are welcome to show some puppy love and enjoy a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, and participate in fun activities for the whole family.

All participating pups must be current on their vaccinations and leashed and under control at all times. Please remember to scoop up after your pet (baggies will be provided). Water stations and treats will also be on hand (and paw). Enjoy an after paw-ty at the Big Chill Surf Cantina, 19406 Coastal Highway, following the walk. 

Click here for more information. 

Dewey Beach Music Conference 2016

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, September 19, 2016
Dewey Beach Music Conference 2016

The Dewey Beach Music Conference (DBMC) is a unique experience for musicians and concertgoers alike. Lovers of live music will get a happy earful from talented artists ranging in music styles and musicians will benefit from interacting with panelists, speakers, exhibitors, and industry professionals.

The event, now in its 15th year, will be held September 22-25 and features three nights of showcase performances (held at different venues throughout Dewey Beach), two days of demo and mentoring sessions, a tradeshow, and industry events.

DBMC has garnered more than its fair share of critical acclaim, rave reviews and enthusiastic return participants, thanks in part to its location, casual, laid-back vibe, and consistent quality of talent. And since Dewey Beach is only one-mile long and two blocks wide, all performance venues are located within easy walking distance to the main conference area.

Attendees get to interact with panelists, speakers, exhibitors, musicians, and music industry professionals in an intimate and friendly atmosphere. ‘Meet and greets’ offer promising artists the chance to hear industry professionals discuss the issues of the day in an informal setting. Mentoring and demo sessions provide valuable one-on-one advice. Unique events such as bay cruises and VIP beach parties will also be held.

For more information visit the website.

20th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 13, 2016
20th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon

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The Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon has come a long way since its first race back in 1996. It was originally held behind Gary’s Surf Spray Café (now called Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill) on New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach with an after party on the roof of the building. It quickly outgrew the venue and has been held at the Delaware Seashore State Park on Tower Road ever since.

The event, now in its 20th year, will be held on Saturday, September 17 at 7:30 a.m. Packet pick up and expo will be at the Sussex Family YMCA, 20080 Church Street in Rehoboth Beach, from 3-9 p.m. on Friday, September 16. Also on Friday, you can load up on your pre-race carbs at an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill from 5-9:30 p.m.

This is a safe, enjoyable, and fun triathlon with a fast and scenic course, consisting of a ½-mile ocean swim, 16-mile bike ride, and 3.45-mile run. In addition to the traditional Sprint Tri, there are options for aquabike, duathlon, or triathlon relay. Post-party with food, beverages, awards, and prizes will be held after the race. Non-racers are welcome to join the party with a $5 donation.

All proceeds from the race benefit the Sussex Family YMCA’s ‘Strong Kids Campaign,’ which provides resources to support YMCA programs that give kids the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.

For complete event information, to register, or to volunteer or sponsor, visit the website or call the Sussex Family YMCA at 302-296-9622.

Sand artists show off their skills at the 38th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 06, 2016
Sand artists show off their skills at the 38th Annual Sandcastle Contest

Photo courtesy of Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce.

So you may not be a professional sand carver (yes, this is a real title) but you’re invited to grab a bucket and shovel and bring your sand carving skills to the 38th Annual Sandcastle Contest. 100+ teams will be on hand (and on sand) to show off their sand-sculpting talent on Saturday, September 10.

The contest is open to all ages and will be held on the beach in front of Funland (between Brooklyn Avenue and Hickman Street). This is a new location and date for the long-standing (and long-sanding) event. Moving forward the contest will be held annually the Saturday after Labor Day.

Registration is between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sculptures may be started at any time on the day of competition, but must be completed for judging by 3:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at approximately 5:00 p.m.

Along with traditional sandcastles, past creations have included swamp animals, mermaids, pyramids, crabs, dolphins and sharks. If you're not up to being a “sand master” but want to see these impressive and imaginative works of sand art up close and personal then stop by and watch the action free of charge.

In the event of bad weather, set up and registration may be delayed until 10:30 a.m. If bad weather persists, the event will be postponed until the following year. If bad weather occurs during the contest, participants may continue at will or at the discretion of lifeguards. Judging may be cancelled at any time if warranted by current weather conditions.

The contest is sponsored by the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. Click here for more information or call 302-227-2233.

Labor Day Weekend events

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Labor Day Weekend events

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Labor Day is here and there are a lot of fun events and activities going on over the long three-day weekend. Looking for something to do? Look no further, we have the skinny on what’s happening in and around town.

Cape Water Tours and Taxi cruises and eco tours are scheduled all weekend long. Take a peaceful, relaxing evening cruise on the Broadkill River or Delaware Bay. Or choose an eco tour that departs from Fisherman’s Wharf in Lewes. Eco tours and cruises are 90-minutes. Click here for the schedule, availability and complete details on all tours. 

Kayak Eco-Tour at Cape Henlopen State Park. Friday and Saturday, September 2 & 3, 10 a.m. Take a guided eco-tour in sit-on-top kayaks and learn about the local history and wildlife. All equipment is provided. Bring drinking water, sunscreen, and secure shoes (no flip-flops). Children must be 8 or older; solo paddlers must be at least 13. $25 solo; $35 tandem. Limit 10. Pre-registration required. Call 302-645-6852.

Sundance 2016 – Rainbox XXIX: Sol Groove. Saturday and Sunday, September 3 & 4, Rehoboth Mall atrium, Coastal Highway. On Saturday from 7-10 p.m. there will be a silent and live auction and cocktail buffet with an open bar. On Sunday from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. there will be a dance party with DJ, light show, and an open bar. Proceeds benefit CAMP Rehoboth. Contact 302-227-5620 or click here for more information. 

4th Annual Summer’s End 5k. Sunday, September 4. 7 a.m. registration; 8 a.m. race start. The summer comes to a close with this 'Ten Sisters of Dewey Beach Road Race Series' race at Jimmy’s Grille, 1911 Coastal Highway in Dewey Beach. Parking in Dewey Beach is free on race day until 11 a.m. Cost is $25 in advance and $30 on race day. Click here for registration and information.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand concerts (daily at 8 p.m.)

Friday, September 2. The Significant Others offers a diverse play list of classic rock, contemporary hits, and everything in-between. A typical night with the Significant Others covers a lot of musical territory: Paul Simon, Talking Heads, and The Band segue effortlessly into Wilco and even further into Justin Timberlake, giving everyone at an event a reason to hit the dance floor and sing along.

Saturday, September 3. Jimi Smooth & HitTime is a versatile and multi-talented group of professionals, considered by many as D.C.’s hottest group, known for their reputation of style, flare and musical talents. Inspired by various groups, they have developed a unique manner, which singles them out as a very explosive self-contained conglomerate of musical efforts.

Sunday, September 4. The Approaching Storm, Delaware State University’s Marching Band, is a high-energy, high-stepping, entertaining collection of talented musicians and dancers. Enjoy an end of the season concert with the band performing and playing music for the evening.

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