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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.

September is not summer's swan song

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, August 29, 2016
September is not summer's swan song

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Labor Day is this weekend, and summer will soon transition into fall, but don’t let that get you down. September does not have to be summer’s swan song – there is still plenty of summer left to enjoy here at Rehoboth Beach. As locals and visitors alike realize, the ninth month is the best month – hands down. (Don’t believe us? Remember the last two months of sweltering heat and humidity and heat indexes in the 110s? Yeah, we thought so.)

Listen, we know some of you have mixed feelings towards splendid September, but you should embrace it wholeheartedly, giving it the affection it so deserves. Smaller crowds and comfy weather are top reasons for dishing out the love, but don’t forget, once Labor Day is behind us, the parking is free – WOOT! And there are still plenty of fun events taking place all month long.

Your fave beach activities can continue as the beaches remain guarded through mid-month. Restaurants and shops are open for business (actually, most stay open year-round). The Jolly Trolley runs and most amusement facilities are open on the weekends. And of course parks, trails, and water sports are accessible for all the outdoor enthusiasts (and we all know that nature never takes a vacation, so these outdoor activities are also a year round treat).

So don’t get weepy as the summer season transitions into marvelous September and the start of autumn. Pack your bags and come on down - just make sure to throw a heavier sweater in your beach bag and enjoy the waning days of the season.

Sail with the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

Alissa Rosenstein - Friday, August 26, 2016
Sail with the Kalmar Nyckel, the Tall Ship of Delaware

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

The Kalmar Nyckel was one of America’s pioneering colonial ships (a Mayflower of the Delaware Valley) that made four round trip crossings of the Atlantic during the colonial era. A full-scale replica of “The Queen of the Tall Ship” fleet is currently docked at the Lewes terminal of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, located at 43 Cape Henlopen Drive in Lewes, through Monday, September 5.

The present-day Kalmar Nyckel serves as floating classroom and inspirational centerpiece for the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation’s award-winning educational programs, engaging students of all ages and stimulating them to learn more about Delaware’s rich maritime and colonial history. The ship takes passengers on day sails, pirate sails, tours and charter trips. 

On day sails passengers can work alongside volunteer crew as they haul the lines, raise the sails, and learn first-hand just how hard it was to cross the Atlantic in the 17th century. Passengers may choose to bring along a picnic lunch and a bottle of wine and just enjoy the sights and sounds of a relaxing 21st century sail while the crew does all the work.

Walk the plank on a festive pirate sail and join the captain and crew of salty pirates for a festive experience on the high seas! Enjoy a pirate story, partake in a scavenger hunt (complete with a treasure at the end), and help raise the Jolly Roger. Tickets are $60 for adults and $40 for ages 17 and younger.

Even if you don’t go for a sail, stop by and see the ship up close and personal. It’s quite an impressive sight with its ornate detailing and tall sails. Dockside tours are available for a nominal fee.

For more information or to book a sail visit or call 302-429-7447.

Tee time is the right time

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tee time is the right time

View of Baywood Greens clubhouse and 18th hole bridge. Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Sussex County, Delaware boasts some of the finest golf courses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Whether you’re a novice or pro, you’ll find several options to match your skill level. Play 9-, 18- or 36-holes (can you handle two full rounds in one day??), practice your putting, or just bang a few balls around on the driving range - the choice is yours. From easy 9-hole, par 3 courses to challenging professional level courses, it's all here!

Magnificent bay views, natural dunes, serene ponds, winding fairways and scenic wetlands await you. Several of the clubs have top-notch restaurants with picturesque course views, so you can stick around and visit the "19th Hole" for dining and drinks after a full day of friendly competition with your buddies.

Summer may be winding down, but fall is a great time to hit the links. Why not plan a long weekend and hit multiple courses while you are here. Many courses offer package deals that include discounts on golf, meals, and lodging. We promise you will not be disappointed - and it may even become an annual tradition!

Click here for a complete list of Sussex County public golf courses.

Playtime at the Beach: Sit. Stay. Drink!

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, August 18, 2016
Playtime at the Beach: Sit. Stay. Drink!

The dog days of summer are here. Not just because it’s hot, but because there’s a party specifically designed for festive pups (and their owners) that enjoy a hot-diggity-doggy good time! Come. Sit. Stay. Drink!

Meet and mingle with canine friends, their human parents, and fellow animal lovers while enjoying great food and drink. Playtime at the Beach is a series of dog-friendly happy hours hosted by local restaurants and bars in Rehoboth Beach that benefits our four-legged friends of the Delaware Humane Society (DHA). There will be plenty of good bites, but hopefully not much bark.

DHA is committed to providing for the needs of homeless and owned dogs and cats in our community. They make “friends for life” by connecting people with animals, and by building strong relationships to better serve our community.

Come to Rigby’s Bar & Grill, located at 404 Rehoboth Avenue, this Saturday, August 20 from 4-7 p.m. for the third installment of the series (held June – September). Pooches are welcome but must be on a leash. A portion of the proceeds from each happy hour will be donated to the DHA. Whether two- or four-legged, all participants will have a tongue-wagging and tail-swinging good time.

Mark your calendar now for the fourth and final installment on Saturday, September 10 at The Purple Parrot.

Escape the heat and paint with a twist

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Escape the heat and paint with a twist

Well folks, we are in the midst of a massive heat wave. If you’re tired of sweating your heiney off outside in these record-breaking temps, you may want to cool down indoors with a canvas and paintbrush (and maybe a beverage too).

The latest craze in organized painting is Painting with a Twist – known as FUN art, not fine art. Participants paint along with a talented local artist to create a work of art they can take home at the end of the session (paint supplies are provided). No art experience is necessary – just be ready to have a “twisted” good time!

A few events are happening on Wednesday, August 17 at the Lewes site located at 17723 Coastal Highway. Participate in a relaxing afternoon session of ‘Coffee and Canvas’ featuring Japanese Blossoms ($30/seat). If you have the kiddos with you, there will be an all ages class (ages 7+) featuring At the Lake with Monet for $25/seat. Both classes begin promptly at 1 p.m.

If you prefer to partake in an adult beverage while conjuring up your inner artist, join the evening class featuring Abigail’s Blossom Tree at 7 p.m. $40 gets you a spot at the easel complete with complimentary wine, beer or soda. (Alcoholic beverages are not offered during the day classes.)

Painting with a Twist has a full schedule of classes all year featuring different paintings and offers private pARTies as well. Visit the website to learn more or call 302-703-9700.

The 35th Annual Zap Amateur World Champions of Skimboarding

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, August 09, 2016
The 35th Annual Zap Amateur World Champions of Skimboarding

Dewey Beach is a well known hot spot for skimboarding. If you're not familiar with skimboarding (think skateboard meets surfboard) it's a sport in which a rider uses a skimboard to glide across the water's surface to meet an incoming breaking wave and ride it back to shore (sometimes performing some pretty rad surface and air maneuvers in the process). It's pretty cool to watch 180s, 360s, ollies, and shove-its. (Do I sound like I know what I'm talking about? I really don't but I do know it takes some serious skill to perform these tricks!)

Every year more than 100 of the world’s top amateur skimboarders convene in Dewey Beach's famous shore break for the Zap Amateur World Championships of Skimboarding. The competition, now in its 35th year, will be held this weekend August 13 & 14 on the beach at Bellevue Street in Dewey. Competition begins daily at 9 a.m.

Leading up to the main event is the 3rd Annual Summer Vibes Fest, a multi-day festival highlighting the Southern Delaware beach culture and summer spirit. Activities include the Rehoboth AM Skate Jam, a SUP Sprint Challenge, a bikini fashion show, a pie eating contest, an art show, music by DJ Woody B, raffles, and giveaways.

The weekend wraps up with an all ages closing party on the beach featuring a reggae show performed by New Kingston. Click here for complete event details.

Grab a paddle and have some fun on the water

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, August 08, 2016
Grab a paddle and have some fun on the water

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing in the ocean are definitely super fun water activities you can do in Rehoboth Beach, but don’t forget that there are a lot of cool things to do ON the water as well as IN the water.

What could be more enjoyable than gliding along one of the many tranquil waterways found throughout Sussex County? Kayaking and canoeing may be relaxing, but they are also excellent forms of exercise – think upper body workout folks! Not to mention, paddling is the perfect way to get up close and personal with local wild and plant life – sneak up on a sunbathing turtle, listen to squawking heron, or just take in the lush scenery. Whether you go single or tandem, morning, afternoon or evening, you need nothing more than a desire to explore. We promise you’ll have no “egrets!”

What'SUP? Stand Up Paddle boarding, that’s what! Feeling a little more adventurous? Challenge yourself on a paddleboard. It’s an increasingly popular trend in fitness and another way to be active on the water. Standing on the board requires balance and core strength, but once you get beyond the first few wobbly minutes and get the hang of it, you won’t want to stop! Paddling on creeks and rivers is typically calm, but if you venture out on to the bay or ocean it could be quite a bit choppier. (Tip: pay attention to wind direction, wind speed and tides.) Some companies offer cool variations like SUP Yoga (yoga on top of a board) or Night SUP (paddling at night on lighted boards). No matter what SUP experience you partake in, you will surely have a SUPer time!

Local water sport companies will typically rent by the hour, day, or week. They also offer instruction as well as various tours ranging from eco tours to sunset or full moon paddles. And if you end of loving it, then they will help you pick out that special board or kayak to call your own! 

Local companies that offer paddling adventures:

• Coastal Kayak | 302-539-7999

• Delaware Paddlesports | 302-645-7300

• Delmarva Board Sport Adventures | 302-260-9008

• Dewey Beach Watersports | 302-227-1113

• East of Maui | 302-227-4703

• Quest Fitness and Kayak | 302-745-2925

Nearby Delaware State Parks that offer paddling:

• Delaware Seashore State Park | 302-227-2800

• Cape Henlopen State Park | 302-645-8983

Dewey Beach 5K Buddy Run

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, August 04, 2016
Dewey Beach 5K Buddy Run

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The Annual Dewey Beach 5K Buddy Run, benefiting Best Buddies Delaware and the Boardwalk Buddy Walk, will be held this Sunday, August 7 at 8 a.m. at 115 McKinley Street in Dewey Beach. Registration begins at 7 a.m.

Best Buddies Delaware has been providing life-changing experiences for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Delaware for over seven years.

In addition to the 5K run, there will be a one-mile fun for those who prefer to run a shorter distance. Participants (and the public) can enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast courtesy of the Dewey Beach Lion’s Club from 8-10 a.m. Breakfast tickets for those not participating in the race are $8 for adults and $4 for children. 

Pre-registration is $25 ($30 on event day) and includes the pancake breakfast, a premium running t-shirt, age-group awards, and an opportunity to meet some of the buddies! All are welcome to attend this celebration of community and friendship. Visit the website for event details, or to register or donate.



43rd Annual Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, August 01, 2016
43rd Annual Outdoor Fine Art & Fine Craft Show

Photo courtesy of Coastal Camera Club and

Over 125 artists and artisans from around the country will display and sell their fine art and fine crafts at the 43rd Annual Outdoor Art Show on August 6 & 7 and August 13 & 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m (Saturdays) and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m (Sundays). The event (open rain or shine) will take place at Rehoboth Art League’s 3.5-acre historic wooded grounds located in Henlopen Acres.

Begun in 1973 by the art community as a way to add new summer events, artists and artisans displayed their work along snow fences surrounding the property and invited the public. It was an immediate success and soon became the most anticipated area summer art event. While most of the artists will set up in booths, some will display their work along snow fences, paying homage to the show’s history. This is a juried event, so visitors are guaranteed to see some extraordinary work.

In addition to being an art show it’s a fun family-friendly event featuring food prepared by Nage and The Point, music, face-painting, historic tours, artist demonstrations, and art exhibits in the galleries. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the campus and follow it up with a cool, refreshing glass of lemonade outside the Children’s Studio (for the little kids) or an ice cold beer at the Dogfish Head Biergarten (for the big kids).

Enter the raffle to win an original Michele Byrne painting. Michele, recognized for her figurative plein air work, has donated a 30” x 30” beach scene (valued at $3,700) to help raise funds to support RAL’s education and exhibition programs. Raffle tickets cost $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets.

The entrance fee is $5 per adult per weekend; kids under 12 enter for free. The Jolly Trolley will provide shuttle service to the event from Kmart on Route 1 or Rehoboth Beach Elementary School on Stockley Avenue. Visit the website for complete event details or to purchase tickets.

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