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Fun racing and fund raising at Paddle Second Chance

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Fun racing and fund raising at Paddle Second Chance

Photo courtesy of www.paddlesecondchance.com.

Paddle Second Chance is a paddling festival benefitting Operation Second Chance, a non-profit group committed to serving wounded veterans transitioning back to active duty or civilian life. The event, which began in 2013 as Paddle Fenwick, will be held on Saturday, June 25, at Holt’s Landing State Park in Millville, DE and will feature various paddling races for both SUP and kayak, and a corn hole toss tournament.

Races include an Elite 5.0-mile (for the fast and furious) and an Open 2.5-mile (for the fun and festive) SUP and Kayak Race, a Kids SUP Fun Race, and a Co-ed Team Race (strictly for SUPSquatch bragging rights). Whether this is your first race or you are a seasoned paddler, this is a great chance to come together for a wonderful cause and have a fun time on land and in the water. If you don’t have your own board, you can rent one from one of the area’s local paddle companies.

Check in on race day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first race starting at 11 a.m. Food will be provided by Surf Bagel and Bethany Blues, beverages provided by LandShark/NKS Distributors, and entertainment provided by DJ Smokey. Local vendors will also be there. The day will wrap up with an awards ceremony for top finishers in each division and board class, and a community picnic for all those in attendance.

Participants are invited to The Starboard in Dewey Beach on Friday, June 24 from 4-8 p.m. for happy hour, registration, and packet pick up.

Visit the website for complete race and rental information, to donate, or to register.

Ongoing summer events you don't want to miss

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Ongoing summer events you don't want to miss

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

This is it! We made it! School’s out, the summer solstice is only days away, vacation season is here, and so begins the plethora of fun summertime events that make beach visits so memorable. Weekly concerts, tours, movies and bonfires on the beach, farmers’ markets – here is a list of some of our favorite beach activities that go on all summer long:

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series: Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., through August. 1 Rehoboth Ave. Watch acts that range from local favorites to cover and tribute bands to military ensembles and orchestras as well as family-friendly entertainment including movies and variety acts. 

Lewes Weekly Concerts: Tuesday, 7 p.m., through August 30. Stango Park, Lewes. A diverse music lineup is being offered from country bluegrass, RB/hip hop, classic rock, big band and more. A family friendly event, all are welcome to bring chairs, blankets, snacks, and their dancing shoes. 

Movies and Bonfires on the Beach: Monday (movies), Tuesday and Wednesday (bonfire), through Labor Day, Dewey Beach Life Saving Station, Dagsworthy Street. Movies: Monday, June 13 - August 29, 8:30 p.m. Bonfires: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 14 - August 31, 7-9 p.m. 

Dolphin Watch: Tuesday, 9:30 a.m., through mid-August. Cape Henlopen State Park, Lewes. Discover why the bottle-nosed dolphin swims off our beaches, and then search for them from our shore overlook. For ages 7 and up with a paying adult. Limit 20. Pre-registration required. 

Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre: Various Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, June 28 – August 25. Epworth United Methodist Church, 19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach. This is the theatre’s 35th season of family theatre fun! Children’s summer camps also offered. 

Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market: Tuesday, 12-4 p.m., through September. Grove Park, Rehoboth Beach. The market’s 25 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheese, meat, seafood, prepared food, baked goods, plants and cut flowers. There are weekly events such as chef demos, music, and a green tent that will educate consumers on conservation and green energy. 

Cape Water Tours and Taxi: Various days and tours. Experience panoramic views of shorelines, wonderfully lush landscape of grassy marshlands, local water and bird life, and the rich history of what was once a major shipping canal for transporting crops and commodities up and down the rivers to major ports such as Philadelphia and Wilmington. 

Rehoboth Beach Museum Jolly Trolley and Walking Tours: Various dates through October, 9 a.m. Jolly Trolley History Tours, usually on Thursdays, feature narrated tours of the downtown area. The cost is $10 and tours start at 9 a.m. at the Anna Hazzard Tent House, 17 Christian Street. Downtown Walking Tours are a gentle 45-minute stroll where you’ll learn about the fascinating history of our beautiful city by the sea. The cost is $10 and tours start at 9 a.m. at the bandstand at Rehoboth Avenue and the boardwalk. Reservations are a must for both. 

Veg out at the Rehoboth Vegfest

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Veg out at the Rehoboth Vegfest

The Rehoboth VegFest, sponsored by VegRehoboth, will be held on Saturday, June 11 but features fun activities that recognize healthy, sustainable, and compassionate living all weekend long.

The weekend kicks off on Friday, June 10 with happy hour from 5–8 p.m. at The Crooked Hammock Brewery located at 36707 Crooked Hammock Way in Lewes. Mingle with friends and dine on great vegan appetizers, veggie burgers, corn on the cob, and more. Afterward, catch the documentary film screening of PlantPure Nation at the Rehoboth Beach Cinema Art Theatre at 8 p.m. This compelling film sheds light on the political influence of the meat and dairy industries, while proving the importance and benefits of a plant-based diet.

VegFest will be held on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth Beach. This free festival has something for everyone, not just vegetarians and vegans – dynamic speakers, cooking demos, food tastings, exhibitors, a yoga village, a nutrition tent, kids’ activities, adoptable animals, music and more. The first 200 people to arrive will receive a free goodie bag with coupons, treats, and gifts. The Jolly Trolley will offer free rides that day from downtown Rehoboth Beach.

Following the festival, head over to Hobo’s from 4–6 p.m. for a human and dog-friendly happy/yappy hour featuring treats from the crew at Baltimore Vegan Drinks. They will be serving delightful vegan appetizers, cocktails and doggie bowls. Hobo’s is located at 56 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach.

Finally, round out the evening with an Art Exhibition at Gallery 50, located at 50 Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. The exhibit runs from 6–9 p.m. and features photographs of rescued farm animals by local photographer Tara Lausch and “whimsical, beautiful and animal” paintings by Rachel Black. Complimentary wine and vegan appetizers will be served courtesy of The Cultured Pearl.

On Sunday, June 12 at 10 a.m. come to a Vegan Celebrity Brunch at a(MUSE.) located at 44 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. The brunch will offer exquisite food prepared by executive chef Hari Cameron, a 2016 James Beard nominee for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic! Join the VegFest speakers for a meal that is sure to inspire.

Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week is an appetizing affair

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, May 30, 2016
Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week is an appetizing affair

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

For one gastronomically glorious week every June, downtown Rehoboth Beach restaurants expand their menus to bring you the most innovative dishes they have to offer. The 11th Annual Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Week takes place this Sunday, June 5 through Friday, June 11 and it is guaranteed to be an appetizing affair!

Enjoy delicious 3-course prix-fixe meals ($25, $35, $45) at over 30 participating restaurants. This is the perfect time to expand your palate and try innovative foods at reduced prices. You won't want to miss this incredible dining opportunity as Rehoboth Beach continues to gain regional and national notoriety for its inventive chefs and menus. Taste why Rehoboth Beach has become one of the premier culinary destinations in the region.

So tap into your inner foodie and get a taste of the good life each night. Visit your old favorites or find new ones. Go ahead, be adventurous and try a new cuisine or sample a creative chef’s special. Click here for a list of participating restaurants.

Rehoboth Restaurant Week is presented by Rehoboth Beach Main Street. For more information call 302-227-2772.

Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer season

Alissa Rosenstein - Saturday, May 21, 2016
Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the summer season

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

Okay, so it’s still May, but everyone with a pulse knows that Memorial Day Weekend is (unofficially perhaps?) the start to summer. The calendar may tell us that the summer solstice is a month away, but in our hearts the season has begun.

So much excitement surrounds Memorial Day Weekend. After a deluge of cool rainy weather for most of the month, the forecast is looking bright for the seasonal kick off here in Rehoboth Beach. With temps looking like they will reach the comfy 70s and 80s, the town is set for all the bathing beauties and beaus to hit the scene for a glorious three-day weekend.

Here are just a few friendly reminders to take note of before you make your way to the beach.

Parking meters go into effect this Friday from 10 a.m. until midnight daily (head in parking, quarters only). Also beginning on Friday, parking permits are required daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in all non-metered areas within the city. Seasonal, weekly and daily passes are available at various locations. 

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol begins operation this Saturday at 10 a.m. Hours of operation begin at 10 a.m. daily and run until 5 p.m. on weekdays and 5:30 p.m. on weekends.

Our beaches are SMOKE-FREE (except in designated areas). Please be mindful of this when you head out for the day. Beaches are completely off-limits to pups all day, every day (through September 30), and humans daily between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Alcohol is prohibited from the beach and boardwalk. Beach and boardwalk complete rules and regulations.

The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand kicks off its 2016 Summer Concert Series with Mike Hines & the Look on Saturday at 8 p.m. This season you can expect to see acts that range from local favorites to cover and tribute bands to military ensembles and orchestras as well as family-friendly entertainment including movies and variety acts.

Funland is THE place to play for kids of all ages! It will be open this Friday at 5 p.m. and will be open daily all weekend (Saturday, Sunday, Monday) at 10 a.m. Bring the kiddos (big and small) down to enjoy rides, games, and the Haunted Mansion! 

And of course all our restaurants, bars, shops, and lodgings are open for business! We can’t wait to see you down here for another great season of sun, fun, and memory-making moments. Here’s to an exciting season – we look forward to being a part of your summer!

Get fab deals at the Spring Sidewalk Sale

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Get fab deals at the Spring Sidewalk Sale

Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center announces the 33rd Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale. This three-day shopping extravaganza will be held Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (store hours may vary).

Twice a year, in the spring and fall, downtown Rehoboth Beach holds its world famous (well, locally famous) sidewalk sales. The stores clear inventory for the next season, and reduce prices to ridiculous levels. This bi-annual tradition is an area favorite you don’t want to miss!

Spend the entire weekend searching for amazing deals and fab finds at charming retail stores and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Our local shops sell everything from apparel, jewelry, and footwear to books, toys, electronics, and artwork. You'll also find beauty products, kitchen accessories, home furnishings, beach supplies, and vacation souvenirs.

Participating shops can be found in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and along Route One. All stores offer great merchandise at bargain basement prices! And don't forget it is all tax-free!

For more information call 302-227-2233 or visit the website.

Weekend events

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Weekend events

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein

We heard a rumor the sun is going to come out and there are a lot of things going on in and around town this weekend. So no excuses – get out and do something! Here is the scoop:

Relay for Life: Friday, May 13, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Beacon Middle School, 19483 John J Williams Highway, Lewes. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world's largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It symbolizes hope and shared goals to end cancer and unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. 

Sussex Survive & Thrive Walk 2016: Saturday, May 14, 7:15 a.m., Cape Henlopen State Park and Rehoboth Beach. The event benefits the Cancer Support Community of Delaware and includes a 10-mile walk at 7:15 a.m., a 3.5-mile walk at 9:15 a.m. (both begin at Gordon’s Pond in Cape Henlopen), and a 1-mile survivors’ walk at 9:45 a.m. (beginning at Norfolk Street and the boardwalk). All three walks finish with an after-walk celebration at the Forgotten Mile Ale House on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach. Register online.

Maritime Day in Lewes: Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lewes Ferry Terminal, Lewes. Sponsored by the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, this free event is a celebration of America's proud maritime history. Great for scout or school groups, veterans, and maritime enthusiasts of all ages. Enjoy vessel tours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a maritime history talk, a Lewes fireboat water cannon display, exhibits and more. 

The 3rd Annual Rehoboth Beach Garden Tour: Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sponsored by the Sussex Gardeners, the tour features gardens in the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club area. Cost is $25 in advance, $30 the day of tour. Lunch is included and will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of Our Savior. For more information call 302-212-3333 or email sussexgardeners@gmail.com.

Beach Goes Camo Weekend: Saturday, May 14 – Sunday, May 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event benefits the USO of Delaware, and includes the John M. Scharp Geck-Go 5k Walk/Run on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. starting and finishing at the Lighthouse Cove Restaurant in Dewey Beach. The family events include kids’ activities, face painting, raffles and more at the Lowe’s parking lot located at 20364 Plantation Road, Lewes.

Pooches in the Park: Saturday, May 14, 1-3 p.m., Lewes Canal Front Park. This free event caters to both two-legged and four-legged family members and features fun, creative and informative activities for all pets and those who love them. For more information call 302-645-2795 or visit the website. 

Beer Festival: Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crooked Hammock, Lewes. Enjoy local brews and good food off the grill. The cost is $20 and includes a tasting of 10 local beers, and cookout food. The first 100 people to purchase tickets receive a commemorative tasting glass. To purchase tickets visit the website. 

Mother's Day Weekend events

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, May 02, 2016
Mother's Day Weekend events

WE LOVE MOMS! This weekend is Mother’s Day and what better way to show Mom the love than by bringing her to town for a fun beach getaway. Check out some of the events taking place this weekend. There is something for every special mom out there:

For the designer mom: The VIA Designer Show House. May 5-8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The Village Improvement Association (VIA) of Rehoboth Beach has assembled a team of 14 talented designers from around the region to transform a 1960s beach house into an inspirational showcase of imaginative decorating. Admission is $25 with discounts available for groups of four (4) or more. For more information call 302-227-1631 or visit the website. 

For the shopaholic mom: The Lewes Merchant’s Sidewalk Sale. May 6-8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The shopping extravaganza takes place in the Historic Lewes Commercial District around Second Street. Mom will love to do some tax-free shopping for unique items at exceptional prices. 

For the artsy mom: The Dewey Beach Arts Festival. Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, May 8). The event, sponsored by the Dewey Beach Partnership, will be held bayside on Dagsworthy and McKinley Streets and will include an artist and crafter’s market, a student art gallery, live music, food and beverage, children’s activities, magic shows and face painting. Parking and admission are free. 

For the mom with the green thumb: Lewes in Bloom Spring Plant and Merchandise Sale. Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The booth will be located on Second Street in Lewes in front of Citizens Bank. Purchase perennials, mixed seed packets, fresh culinary and medicinal herbs, and Lewes in Bloom merchandise such as cards, hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and gardening gloves. 

For the party mom: Kentucky Derby Party. Saturday, May 7, 4-8 p.m. Get Mom gussied up in her best Derby hat and celebrate the 142nd Running of the Kentucky Derby at northbeach in Dewey Beach. There will be food stations, a cash bar, an auction and raffle. Live music by Flowers for Taco. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. 

8th Annual Nage Wine & Food Festival

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, April 27, 2016
8th Annual Nage Wine & Food Festival

Wine connoisseurs should be pretty excited about Nage Restaurant’s Wine Week taking place RIGHT NOW! The event began last Friday, and continues through Sunday, May 1, with dinner pairings throughout the week, a Swanky Saturday cocktail party, and the pinnacle event – the 8th Annual Nage Wine & Food Festival on Sunday.

Explore the globe all week long with superb wine dinner pairings by Chef Sean Corea, consisting of 3- or 4-course choices ranging in price from $36 to $45. All dinner guests are entered to win a grand prize trip to California's Wine Country. On Saturday, April 30, celebrate the ‘Art of the Cocktail’ with a retro nod to the good life at the Swanky Saturday cocktail party from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s all about dressing up, going out, and being seen. The cost is $125.

And finally, don’t miss the grand finale on Sunday! Come down and visit the big outdoor festival tent for live entertainment, dancing, wine tastings, special chef-pairings, and prizes. Individual general admission tickets are $39; couples tickets are $70.

Additional grand prize tickets can be purchased at any Wine Week event. All proceeds from the week benefit Beebe Healthcare's Women's Health Services. For more information call 302-226-2037 or visit the website.

"Pig out" at the 2016 Bacon Fest

Paul Starkey - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This blog is intended for meat-loving readers only. It may not be suitable for some vegetarians. Reader discretion is advised. 

While researching all things bacon for this week’s blog, I found a plethora of funny bacon quips, deep philosophical bacon thoughts, and just a general unabashed love for this cured pork product. (My personal fave: a cartoon pig in the desert with the quote "I'm bacon out here." Oh, the wit!) But I digress. I was astounded (but not really surprised) by the passion and deep devotion for these salty, greasy, sizzling slices of “hog heaven.” There truly is a universal love for bacon. This little piggy is the “It Girl” of the food world with events being held in its honor on a regular basis. 

So it should come as no surprise to anyone that there would be a two-day festival celebrating the sizzling cured goodness that is bacon right in our own backyard. Bacon Fest 2016 will be held on Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24 in locations throughout Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach, with a welcome party on Friday, April 22 at Dewey Beer Company on Saulsbury Street in Dewey Beach. 

The event, which benefits SoDel Cares, will offer two pass options: VIP and General Admission. Both passes include 20+ pork-tastic (gawd, did I really just go there?) bacon-creation tastings. VIP ticket holders will get an official event t-shirt along with other special offers and discounts. Competitors will vie for "top pig" honors for best bacon bites and the piglets will enjoy a beach bonfire at New Orleans beach on Saturday night. The event comes to a close at The Starboard on Sunday with an awards ceremony where the top pigs will be revealed. 

If you are one of the millions of bacon paramours out there than this event is a must. I promise it won't be a boar. (And that my friends is the final pig pun of the day.) 

Click here for more information.


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