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14th Annual Dewey Beach Patrol 10k/5k

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, July 28, 2016
14th Annual Dewey Beach Patrol 10k/5k

Road races are quite popular in Rehoboth Beach and surrounding areas and are held all year long. Runners and walkers, if you're looking for a race this weekend, then you're in luck!

The Dewey Beach Patrol Annual 10k/5k Run/Walk will be held this Sunday, July 31. Registration is at 7 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. The race will start and end at Ivy Restaurant located on Dagsworthy Street in Dewey Beach. Both USATF-certified courses are flat, scenic, out and back routes through residential neighborhoods. 

The event, which is part of the Dewey Beach Ten Sisters Road Race Series, benefits the Dewey Beach Patrol, The Consortium in Lewes, The Ayanna Foundation, and Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding.

Pre-registration is available online. The 5k entry fee is $25 through July 28 and $30 after. The 10k entry fee is $30 through July 28 and $35 after. Participants will receive gender specific t-shirts, give away items, finisher medals (10k only), and are invited to attend the post-race party with food and beverages.

Awards will be given for top male/female ($50 gift card), overall male/female masters ($25 gift card), top 3 male/female in each age group, top 3 male/female walkers, and fastest beach house team.

The Dewey Beach Patrol will be participating in and volunteering at the event. It's a great opportunity to meet the crew that secure your safety on the beach and learn more about their programs and their nationally known competition team. Parking on race day is free in Dewey Beach until 11 a.m.

There is still time to register for the race. Come on, get active and run or walk for a great local program!

Blazing a trail is easy

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Blazing a trail is easy

Photo of Junction and Breakwater Trail courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

If you want to venture away from the beach and boardwalk for a walk, run, or bike ride, you won’t have to go far. There are a few scenic trails within close proximity to town where you can enjoy gorgeous views of wetlands, farmland and local wildlife.

The Junction and Breakwater Trail is a five-mile pine-studded crushed stone rail-trail that runs from Rehoboth Beach to Lewes and provides a perfect nature retreat. This route is mostly flat and well-traveled by bicyclists, walkers, runners, and families with strollers and dogs. There are three trail heads in Rehoboth Beach: Wolfe Glade parking lot on Wolfe Glade Road, Holland Glade parking lot behind Tanger Outlet Seaside, and Hebron Road just off Route 1 (no parking available here).

The Gordons Pond Trail, open to bicyclists and pedestrians, is a finely crushed gravel pathway that winds through coastal maritime forest, grassy marshes, and sandy dunes. The trail was expanded a few years ago to 3.2 miles and features a half-mile long, elevated boardwalk over dunes and wetlands. Access the trail head from the Gordons Pond parking lot located at the end of Ocean Drive. About 0.75 miles in, you’ll find an observation deck, which overlooks the pond and the ocean, and provides a perfect spot for taking a breather and bird watching.

Get back on the trail and you'll eventually end up at Cape Henlopen State Park where you can continue on a three-mile paved bike loop or take a two-mile detour on the Walking Dunes Trail through the park’s beautiful natural landscape. There are several other trails within Cape Henlopen State Park. Take the time to discover all of them. I promise you won't regret it.

Fellow cyclists, if you're up for a serious ride, make the entire Rehoboth Beach-Lewes loop (which includes both trails, the state park, and some road riding) for a grand total of 17.5 miles. The trails are well-marked and there are several maps along the route for easy navigation. I've done it many times and it is well worth the effort! If 17.5 straight miles is a bit much, include a lunch break in either Rehoboth Beach or Lewes (depending on where you begin). Or if you want to clock in more miles, buzz through either town and just enjoy the scenes of daily activity in town. Leisurely or hardcore, you will definitely enjoy your ride. Delaware is one of the most bike-friendly states in the nation - get out there and see why first-hand!

Sussex Family YMCA offers movie nights all summer long

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, July 21, 2016
Sussex Family YMCA offers movie nights all summer long

Everyone knows that the Sussex Family YMCA is a hub of community activity, offering fitness classes, swim lessons, sports, dance, childcare, camp, and fun family events.

One of those family events is Movie Night, held the first and third Thursday of the month. Tonight’s movie feature is FernGully: The Last Rainforest, the story of magical inhabitants fighting to save their rainforest home from Hexxus, a polluting force of destruction. Upcoming movies include Rango (August 4), Land Before Time (August 18), Hook (September 1), and Labyrinth (September 15).

Watching outdoor movies is a special summertime tradition, so gather up the family, grab some beach chairs and blankets, and be sure to bring the bug spray! Movie starts at 7:30 p.m. (or sundown) and snacks are available for purchase. Movie night is open to the public. Please contact the facility at 302-296-9622 if you plan to attend.

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk offers something for everyone

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk offers something for everyone

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Rehoboth Beach’s charming boardwalk is one of it’s best attractions. Edged by wide-ranging shops, restaurants, and amusements, the boardwalk is one of the main reasons Rehoboth Beach was ranked among the top east coast beaches for families, great coastal boardwalks, and best boardwalks in America. Throughout the year it is the backdrop for festivals, events, and fitness competitions. It is also the ideal place for a daily stroll or a casual bike ride.

Break out your kicks and start your day with an early morning walk on the boards (true early birds can bask in a glorious ocean sunrise). The boardwalk is one mile long, so go the distance and back and you’ll get a decent walking workout under your belt. While the middle of the boardwalk is buzzing with activity, the residential south end is quite serene allowing the beauty of the dunes to quietly stand out.

The boardwalk never disappoints as far as fun and entertainment are concerned. As the day progresses, the action increases and you will find yourself inundated with options - dining, drinks, shopping, and of course, Funland, where there are rides, games, and arcades for kids of all ages. Challenge the kids to mini golf. Try not to lose your lunch on the FreeFall or SuperFlip. Get spooked at the Haunted Mansion. Go ahead, take a chance and win that 6-foot stuffed giraffe. Next winter when it is staring at you from the corner of the playroom, you’ll remember the warm summer night you played Whack-A-Mole for an entire hour to win it!

Jolly Trolley: Mass transit, beach-style

Alissa Rosenstein - Friday, July 15, 2016
Jolly Trolley: Mass transit, beach-style

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Need to get around town? The best mode of transportation is the Jolly Trolley, Rehoboth Beach's original mass transit system. For a nominal fee ($3 one way; $5 round trip) you can buzz around town or visit neighboring Dewey Beach. The open air shuttle is a fun way to travel and it certainly lives up to the claim “’tis the season to be jolly.”

The Jolly Trolley has been transporting visitors and locals in and around the Delaware beaches since 1970. The Trolley’s fixed route service between Rehoboth Beach and Dewey Beach operates daily (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day) and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m., leaving every 30 minutes on the hour and half hour from Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, and every 30 minutes at :15 and :45 from Dickinson Street in Dewey Beach. The Trolley operates off-season weekends as demand dictates, and also offers limousine and charter service year round.

Did you know you can get a dose of local Rehoboth Beach history via the Jolly Trolley? Jolly Trolley History Tours are offered throughout the summer. The next tour is Thursday, August 18 and starts at 9:00 a.m. at the Anna Hazzard House at 17 Christian Street. The cost is $10 (cash only). Sit back, relax and learn a little something about everyone's favorite beach town.

Visit the website for more information, to track the Trolley, or make reservations.

Roll in for Food Truck Thursdays

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Roll in for Food Truck Thursdays

Food truck meals are the latest craze in eating out – a dining revolution, if you will. Mobile cuisine is popular with ordinary folks and foodies alike and provides a wide array of gourmet options at affordable prices. Why take the family to just one restaurant when you can choose from multiple places all in one spot? Come on, jump on the bandwagon (or should I say food wagon?) and give it a try.

Epworth United Methodist Church, located at 19285 Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach, will offer Food Truck Thursday every 2nd and 4th Thursday in July and August (2nd and 4th Fridays during the rest of the year). The first event is this Thursday, July 14 from 4-8 p.m.

Patrons have the option to eat in or carry out. There are picnic tables on site, but you are welcome to bring beach chairs and blankets and relax on the lawn and enjoy live music while you dine (indoor seating is available if weather is not cooperative).

Enjoy a variety of cuisines from barbeque and hot dogs to high-end deli corned beef sandwiches to seafood and more. Afterward, top off dinner with dessert options including farm-fresh ice cream and sorbet.

Visit the website to learn more and see a list of participating vendors.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol keeps you safe on the beach all summer long

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, July 07, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Patrol keeps you safe on the beach all summer long

Okay, so you’ve got your bathing suit, sunscreen, flip-flops and a good book packed and you are ready to head out to the beach. Sunning, swimming, boogie boarding and body surfing await! But while you are enjoying a carefree day of beaching, don’t forget the people that work hard every day to make sure you stay safe while you are out on the water.

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol (RBP), established in 1921, is considered one of the nation’s leading beach patrols. RBP boasts over 90 years of excellence in safety, a strong history in lifeguard competition achievements, and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit. Lifeguards are on duty daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays) and to 5:30 p.m. (weekends and holidays). Stands are positioned throughout the beach with two lifeguards assigned to each stand.

It’s obvious that you don’t want to forgo safety while you are having fun in the sun. Follow these beach safety tips to ensure that you and your family remain safe in and out of the water during your vacation.

WATER SAFETY: No matter what your skills are, swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach and within the designated swimming area. Rip currents are common dangers in our waters. Check out some tips on how to handle them. Be aware of high surf, shore breaks, jetties and jellyfish. And it goes without saying – obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

SUN SAFETY: Water safety isn’t the only concern. The sun’s rays are most intense between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and continuously throughout the day (every two hours is recommended). And don’t forget to wear your sunglasses and wide brimmed hat - you’ll look stylish AND be protected!

You work hard all year to come to Rehoboth Beach for a great vacation so heed these basic safety precautions to stay out of harm's way.

*Swim near a lifeguard

*Never swim alone

*Don’t dive into unknown water or into shallow breaking waves

*Ask a lifeguard about beach and surf conditions before swimming

*If you are unable to swim out of a strong current, signal for help

*Rely on your swimming ability rather than a flotation device

*Look for, read and obey all beach signs, symbols and regulations

*When in doubt, just stay out!

Art (and more!) happens at the Rehoboth Art League

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, July 05, 2016
Art (and more!) happens at the Rehoboth Art League

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Did you know that you could find (and make) incredible art while on vacation here in Rehoboth Beach? If you and the kids need a break from the beach, then visit the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) and unleash your creative talent. RAL offers summer camps for kids as well as a variety of classes for artists of all ages. RAL also offers open studios, exhibitions, and art events.

Founded in 1938, the Rehoboth Art League (RAL) is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to encouraging and preserving the arts in Southern Delaware. It is situated on over 3.5 acres of natural wooded landscape and beautiful gardens in the Henlopen Acres neighborhood. The Peter Marsh House (or Homestead), built in 1743, is recognized as an historic property in the National Register of Historic Properties. Stroll the grounds and you will find all sorts of little “art gems” tucked away in the garden, along the pathways, and out in the lawn. It’s truly a magical and inspiring place in which to wander and wonder.

RAL showcases different artists with rotating exhibits every 4 to 5 weeks. Currently running is the 43rd Annual Members Fine Craft Exhibit at the Corkran and Tubbs Galleries, which showcases a wide variety of fine arts that are unique, whimsical and functional; The Art of Memory Assemblage by Felicia Belair-Rigdon at the Ventures Gallery, showcasing intimate and imaginative memory boxes; Domestic Landscapes at the Homestead Gallery, a 13-week revolving juried members’ showcase featuring art representing distinct regional scenery.

The popular 67th Annual Cottage Tour of Art will be held on July 12-13. The homes on the two-day self-paced tour are located in Rehoboth Beach and present very different landscapes, and interior and architectural designs, ranging from historically significant to contemporary and eco-friendly. Some homes have an evolving history and many showcase memories and collections in creative ways. The $35 “ticket” is a commemorative program booklet with an image and description of each home on the tour. RAL is providing Jolly Trolley transportation from Rehoboth Elementary School for ticket holders. Shuttle service will begin at 9:45 a.m. daily.

Independence Day is a spectacular star-spangled occasion in Rehoboth Beach

Alissa Rosenstein - Thursday, June 30, 2016
Independence Day is a spectacular star-spangled occasion in Rehoboth Beach

Break out the red, white and blue, baby, because it’s here - the ‘big daddy’ of summer holidays - Independence Day! When it comes to this spectacular star-spangled occasion, Rehoboth Beach is no slouch and we guarantee you will have a most memorable experience. Here is the skinny regarding the holiday happenings taking place in town on the big night!

On Sunday, July 3 at approximately 9:15 p.m., an outstanding fireworks extravaganza, hosted by Rehoboth Beach Main Street (RBMS), will be launched from the beach. This dazzling display will be visible up and down the boardwalk and shoreline so bring a blanket or beach towel and hunker down on the beach (be sure to get there a little early to ensure a great spot). Catch a live concert with The Funsters, who will perform at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand before and after the fireworks. For easy transportation in and out of town, the Jolly Trolley and DART buses will run from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

The Annual Main Street Fireworks Display is funded entirely through donations from Rehoboth Beach visitors, citizens and area businesses. To be a part of this magnificent community event please visit the RBMS website to donate and help make this year’s show the biggest ever.

The rain date is Monday, July 4. The decision to reschedule will be made late Sunday afternoon and updated information will be posted on the RBMS website.

Celebrate America on Independence Day, Monday, July 4 with a free concert at 8 p.m. featuring the U.S. Navy Concert Band. The band will perform a wide array of marches, patriotic selections, orchestral transcriptions, and modern wind ensemble repertoire. Show your support of the stars and stripes as the band pays a musical tribute honoring our great nation.

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

Step into history on the Rehoboth Beach Walking Tour

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Step into history on the Rehoboth Beach Walking Tour

Rehoboth Beach has a rich history that dates back as far as the mid-17th century. Even back then the beach beckoned to summer travelers who wanted to enjoy cool ocean breezes and abundant seafood. Locals and tourists alike will enjoy a literal walk back in time as the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society holds its first walking tour of the season this Thursday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

Tour guide Jean Brolund will take visitors on a 45-minute stroll around downtown Rehoboth Beach and will provide general information about the fascinating history of our beautiful city by the sea and discuss some of the storms that have shaped the coastline.

Go to the Rehoboth Beach bandstand (located at Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk) and look for the pink umbrella. From there you will walk along Rehoboth Avenue, where Jean will point out landmarks and provide photos of historical sites and events. Topics covered on the tour are the native peoples of the area, the Methodist Camp meetings, hotels and railroad service, and Horn's Pavilion.

The cost of the tour is $10. Reservations are required and may be obtained by calling 302-227-7310. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water. There are restrooms available at the bandstand area. Future 2016 tour dates are August 4 and 11, September 1 and 22, and October 6.

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