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We’re happy and we know it!

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, April 12, 2016
We’re happy and we know it!

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

You voted and the results are in! Rehoboth Beach made Coastal Living Magazine’s 2016 top ten list of happiest seaside towns in America. While we just missed the top spot, our second place finish is certainly nothing to cry over - we ARE happy here after all! We’re super excited and not at all surprised that we fared so well against other coastal towns from all over the nation – including contenders from the east coast, west coast, gulf coast, great lakes region, and Hawaii!

Rehoboth Beach is no stranger to top ten lists – making the ranks over the years for best, coolest, cleanest, family-friendliest, bike-friendliest, retiree-friendliest, etc. (You get the picture here, right?) We’ve also been recognized for our boardwalk, festivals, farmers’ markets, and water quality. Is there any category we can’t top? That's a big ol' heck to the NO!

So with another summer season just around the corner, don’t hesitate one more minute. Be a part of the happiness that makes Rehoboth Beach such a kudos-winning vacation destination. Make plans today for your next blissful visit and share in the joy!

“You can’t grow wrong” at the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, April 05, 2016
“You can’t grow wrong” at the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

We’ve talked about local farmers’ markets before and as far as we're concerned, there can’t be enough of them. Who doesn’t love to purchase wholesome, healthy food while supporting local farmers and vendors at the same time? Beginning this Thursday, April 7, the new Garden Shack Farmers’ Market will be open from 2 to 6 p.m.

In 2014 owners Tom and Laura Kucharik opened Garden Shack Farm growing and selling flowers, vegetable and herb plants, trees, shrubs, and ground covers. Additionally they sold eggs from their own hens. The farmers’ market is a new feature this year and will be held every Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m through November 17.

In addition to fresh produce, eggs, dairy products, flowers, herbs, juices, honey, coffee, meats, seafood, and baked goods, local vendors will also offer craft items, jewelry, and wood projects. There will be a featured guest every week and the Sussex County Mobile Library will be on site every third week of the month. Visitors to the farmers’ market can watch the many hens, chicks and roosters peck around the farm.

Vendors include Adkins Produce, Alaskawild Seafood, Black Hog Farmstead, Chapel's Country Creamery, Fresh Harvest Hydroponics, GreenMan Juice Bar and Bistro, Hattie's Garden, JuiceFresh Juice and Detox, Kalmar Farm, Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor, Muddy Truck Flower Farm, Old World Breads, The Point Coffee House and Bake Shoppe, Rosenfeld's Roadside Jewish Deli, Seaglass Originals, Stag Run Farm/Chrissy Bee's Honey, Sugar Spice and Everything Nice, T.A. Farms, Totem Farms and Union Street Woodwork. More vendors will be added throughout the year.

Garden Shack Farm is located at 19884 Beaver Dam Road (Route 23) in Lewes. Farm hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday (until 6 p.m. on Thursday), and 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information visit the website.

The Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival is a sweet treat

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival is a sweet treat

It’s safe to say most people like chocolate. This “food of the gods” not only tastes good but also has some pretty nice health benefits – it’s heart healthy, lowers risk of stroke and heart attack, improves mental agility, AND gives you a rush of euphoria when you take a bite. If you consider yourself a chocoholic, then the 26th Annual Rehoboth Beach Chocolate Festival is a sweet treat you will surely enjoy.

This mouthwatering event will take place at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, 101 North Boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach, this Saturday, April 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. General admission tickets will be available (in limited quantities) the day of the event beginning at 10:00 a.m. The cost is $15 for ten tastings and $5 for five tastings (for kids under 12 only). Get your chocolate fix at one of two tastings (2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m.) where you can indulge in tasty cocoa-licious treats prepared by top local chefs.

A chocolate contest will feature professional entries in eight categories including brownie, cake, candy, cookie, pie, ice cream, other, and (non-edible) showpiece. Proceeds benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street.

For more information, please call 302-227-2772 or visit the Rehoboth Beach Main Street website.

Easter happenings at the beach this weekend

Alissa Rosenstein - Monday, March 21, 2016
Easter happenings at the beach this weekend

Now that we are into Daylight Saving Time and spring has sprung, it’s time to usher in the Easter holiday weekend egg-stravaganza (sorry, couldn’t resist being a little Easter punny). So many egg hunts (and other fun activities), so little time! Let’s break it all down.

On Friday, March 25, head out to Cape Henlopen State Park for the 48th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival and 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. participants will enjoy kite-flying contests, demonstrations, kite and craft vendors, food and fun.

Start off your Saturday, March 26, with Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal in Lewes. There will be two seatings offering hot and cold buffet selections (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.), photo opportunities, and an egg hunt between seatings at 10:00 a.m. Reservations are required.

Also on Saturday the kiddies can continue their egg hunting missions at either the Lewes Canalfront Park Easter Egg Hunt or the Dewey Egg Scoop. Registration for the Lewes event opens at 10:00 a.m. with the egg hunt starting at 11:00 a.m. The cost is $5 per child (10 and younger). There will be face painting, a balloon twister and a visit from the Easter Bunny. The Dewey Egg Scoop is free of charge and runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Dagsworthy Beach. There will be three age-specific egg hunts, free photos with the Easter Bunny, games and music.

On Easter Sunday, March 27, sunrise services will be held at 6:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Westminister Presbyterian Church, 301 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, in the event of rain) and at Lewes Beach. All are welcome.

Be entertained, be educated, be informed at the 6th Annual Delaware Women’s Expo

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Be entertained, be educated, be informed at the 6th Annual Delaware Women’s Expo

Image courtesy of the Delmarva Broadcasting Company.

The 6th Annual Delaware Women's Expo will be held this Saturday, March 19 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. at Nassau Valley Vineyards, located at 32165 Winery Way in Lewes. The free event, sponsored by Delmarva Broadcasting Company, will feature seminars, shopping, door prizes, prize drawings, and food trucks from Big Thunder Roadside Kitchen and Fifer Orchards.

Attendees will receive a free tote bag courtesy of Price Acura of Dover (while supplies last). Over 40 local businesses and organizations will be there to discuss their services and how they help our community. Visit every booth for your chance to win $1,000! The grand prize will be awarded at the conclusion of the Expo (you must be present to win).

Beebe Healthcare will be on hand to offer information on services and free health screening for blood pressure, glucose, cholesterol, body mass index, and bone density. The Delaware Division of Public Health’s (DDPH) mobile mammography van will also be on site. (Please note that a prescription from a medical professional is required.)

Main stage presenters include local builder Marnie Oursler, of Marnie Custom Homes. Marnie is nationally recognized as one of Professional Builder Magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ entrepreneurs to watch, and a Gold Stevie® Award winner for Entrepreneur of the Year for Women in Business. She recently filmed a pilot for the HGTV home renovation show Big Beach Builds.

Attorney Susan Ament from the Morris James Personal Injury Group, will discuss how Delaware Law protects you if you’ve been injured in an auto accident or hurt at work. DDPH’s Bureau of Chronic Diseases will offer information on diabetes and the Sussex Family YMCA will offer a Latin-themed cardio routine that is so much fun you won’t even realize you are working out!

For more information visit the website.

It’s more than just books at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, March 08, 2016
It’s more than just books at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library

Photo courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein

Who doesn’t love the library? It is a quiet, peaceful building which houses countless stories of love, intrigue, mystery, deception, honor, and more. But the Rehoboth Beach Public Library, located at 226 Rehoboth Avenue in the heart of downtown, is not just a place to check out books. The independent library provides current, high-demand, high-interest materials, featuring a large collection of fiction, non-fiction, audio, and digital media for its many visitors. It also offers free youth and adult programs throughout the year and two meeting rooms available for public use.

The library’s two kids’ rooms (the Children’s Room and the Teen Room) provide access to over 10,000 youth-oriented books (print and electronic), as well as computers, foreign language materials, and programs year-round. The library also sponsors an annual summer reading program that is bookended with ‘kick-off’ and ‘end-of-summer’ parties, and includes free weekly story times, activities, and special events. The kiddos may be out of school for a couple of months, but young minds still need gas in the tank to perform at peak performance. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon (or a librarian) to know that books are the cranial fuel they need to keep the motor running!

For the big kids there are computer terminals available for use by the general public with a Delaware library card. Guests also have access to free Wi-Fi on their own electronic devices. Adult programs include classes, forums and discussions, films, crafts, dancing, and writing. It is a veritable feast for the mind, body and soul!

Since it’s humble beginnings in 1912 (with a mere budget of $37.50!), RBPL strives to be a vibrant part of the community by enhancing the quality of life-long learning and love of reading. The library supports and encourages the freedom to read, learn and discover in a welcoming environment.

To learn more about the library, volunteer or donate, access the card catalog, or view the schedule of events, visit the website.

Let the good times roll at the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Gumbo Crawl

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Let the good times roll at the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Gumbo Crawl

Gumbo isn’t just a hearty stew containing a spicy mixture of meat, shellfish, okra and other vegetables, it’s also a culturally flavorful mish mash based on Louisiana’s diverse ethnic background (think French, Spanish, German, West African, AND Choctaw). But Louisiana isn’t the only place to find authentic Creole or Cajun flavor. This weekend its as close as our own downtown streets during the annual Rehoboth Beach Main Street Gumbo Crawl this Saturday, March 5, from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Holy okra! Participating restaurants will be serving up their tastiest gumbo creations for this culinary extravaganza that is sure to knock your socks off! Restaurants include America's Pie, Beachside Bar & Grill, Café Azafran, Fins Fish House & Raw Bar, Hobos Restaurant & Bar, Lula Brazil, Mariachi, Papa Grande's Coastal Taqueria, The Pig + Fish, Purple Parrot Restaurant & Bar, Spice & Tea Exchange, The Pond Bar & Grill, Zogg's Raw Bar & Grill, Rigby's Bar & Grill and Seafood Shack.

Purchase your $10 voting ballot at any of the participating restaurants any time between now and the day of the event. YOU get to be the judge as you stroll the streets with your voting ballot in hand. Put your taste buds to the test as you sample a wide variety of unique gumbo recipes. After tasting at least five samples, you can cast your ballot for your favorite.

The top three People’s Choice Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, March 6 at 2:00 p.m. at The Pond Bar & Grill, located on 1st Street in Rehoboth Beach.

For more information, call 302-227-2772 or visit www.downtownrb.com.

It’s all about your health at Beebe's Annual Health Fair

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, February 23, 2016
It’s all about your health at Beebe's Annual Health Fair

It is pretty safe to say that Americans are more health conscious these days than ever before. Healthy living is no longer just a catch phrase, but rather, a regular lifestyle people are embracing. In an ongoing effort to “keep your family in good health,” Beebe Healthcare is holding its annual Health Fair this Saturday, February 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center located at 1 Baltimore Avenue and the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach.

Registration is not required for this free event designed to promote healthy living for all ages. The event offers presentations, screenings, educational materials, giveaways, cooking and Zumba demonstrations, and entertainment. Free health screenings include glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, BMI, and bone density. Featured physician speakers will discuss health topics including palliative care, chronic kidney disease, and osteoporosis. Flu shots will be provided by the Delaware Division of Public Health. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is just one of many during Beebe’s 100th year celebration. The original Beebe Hospital opened in 1916 with two patient rooms, three beds, and an operating table. The current medical center offers 210 beds and has expanded to include Beebe Health Campus, Beebe Lab Express, Wound Care and Diabetes Management Services, Gull House Adult Activities Center, Home Health Agency, a Nursing School, and six satellite imaging and lab services, including walk-in care centers. Beebe invites you to celebrate their centennial year with historical projects, special events and educational initiatives.

For additional information on the Health Fair call 302-645-3337. In case of inclement weather, check WBOC-TV, or radio stations 98.5 FM or 103.9 FM. Visit the website to learn more about Beebe Healthcare.

Shake the winter blues at 7th Annual Dewey Beach Winter Gala

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Shake the winter blues at 7th Annual Dewey Beach Winter Gala

Photo courtesy of the Dewey Business Partnership.

It’s that time of year – those dreaded winter blues are back in full force. It’s cold and dreary out and Old Man Winter isn’t going anywhere for at least another month. (Well, let's face it, we all know it'll be longer than that!) What better way to beat the winter doldrums than to go to the hottest party of the season – The Dewey Beach Winter Gala!

After a brief one-year hiatus, the event, hosted by the Dewey Business Partnership, returns to The Baycenter at Lighthouse Cove on Saturday, February 20 from 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. Musical entertainment includes the "Kings of Requests" Three Sheets Acoustic, The Blue Cats Blues Band, national headliner and Springsteen tribute band Bruce in the USA, and local faves Kristin & The Noise. Food and beverage, including creative cocktails (and ice luges!!), will be served by local restaurants and bars.

The event raises money for partnership initiatives that benefit all aspects of Dewey Beach – public safety (beach patrol and police department) and town beautification. The event has raised significant funds over the years and has helped these departments acquire much needed equipment.

So get yourself gussied up (this is a black tie-optional affair after all) and be prepared for a phenomenal evening of good fun, friends, food, drink, and music! Tickets are still available and cost $85. Visit the website to learn more about the event, check out photos of past galas, or to purchase tickets.

Find a treasure at the Merchants’ Attic – Delaware’s largest indoor garage sale

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Find a treasure at the Merchants’ Attic – Delaware’s largest indoor garage sale

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

You’re familiar with the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” right? Or maybe you firmly believe that “there is a lid for every pot.” Well these aren’t just common clichés to wax poetic about but rather steadfast truths at the annual Merchants’ Attic. It's a real-life collector’s dream, as it were.

The event, which draws about 4,000 people annually, is the state’s largest indoor garage sale and offers wonderful treasures that include excess inventory from local businesses, unique garage sale “stuff” and items from vendors who specialize in antiques and collectables.

For decades, the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce has hosted spring and fall sidewalk sales to move previous season’s goods and make room for new inventory. The Merchants’ Attic was created out of a need for that final push to sell what still remained. In the early days it was strictly merchants selling overstocks, but it has evolved into a larger show that resembles a huge indoor garage sale.

It’s so popular (with sellers and customers alike) that the Chamber typically holds several each winter. However, due to construction at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, there will be just one BIG event at Cape Henlopen High School located on Kings Highway in Lewes on Sunday, February 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. While there is no admission fee, donations are welcome and encouraged as they benefit the Chamber’s Event Fund.

There is still space available for vendors. For more information on the event or to reserve a space visit the website or call 302-227-2233, x11.


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