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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. 

Get out, get moving, get creative, and get smart with Delaware State Park programs

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Get out, get moving, get creative, and get smart with Delaware State Park programs

Photo of 'Sun, Moon, and the Bridge' courtesy of Alissa Rosenstein.

The weather may be cooler and the days shorter, but our magnificent state parks here in Sussex County continue to hold fun and informative activities that are suitable for everyone. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, some of the more “active” programs will be perfect for pre- and post-holiday binging. Get out, get moving, get creative, and get smart! Check out the programs and activities that are being offered through the end of the month. Most have a limited capacity and require pre-registration. Click here to access the program guide for complete details, park locations, and contact information.

Cape Henlopen State Park

  • Discover Battery 519: Saturday, November 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Construction on Battery 519 began in 1941 under the threat of war. Tour the battery to learn what the threats were and how Fort Miles planned to defend the U.S. from them. $5 per person.
  • Too Cool for Reptiles: Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. No one is too cool to check out turtles and snakes, right? But what do these wild Delaware reptiles do when it gets cold? Meet live turtles and snakes and find out! $3 per person.
  • Feeding Frenzy: Saturday, November 21 and 28 at 2 p.m. Watch the fish in the tanks chow down their food and learn cool facts regarding their feeding behaviors. Free.
  • Full Moon Hike: Wednesday, November 25 at 5 p.m. Explore the park at night by the light of the full moon and search for sights and sounds of animal activity. Dress warmly. $2 per person.
  • Cranberry Bog Trail Hike: Friday, November 27 at 11 a.m. Explore the Pinelands Trail and search for cranberries, wildlife and other natural wonders that the early colonists might have seen. Wear comfortable walking shoes for the 1.5-mile hike, and dress for the weather. $2 per person.
  • Squid Dissection: Saturday, November 28 at 11 a.m. Explore the ins and outs of these mysterious animals through hands-on dissection. $5 per person.

Delaware Seashore State Park

  • Gilled to Grilled: Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. This program covers everything you need to know to get your latest catch to the table. Learn how to clean a fish and prepare it for dinner. Top off the evening by enjoying your own culinary creation in the company of your new fish-filleting friends. $40 per person.
  • Seashore Wreath-Making: Saturday, November 21 at 10 a.m. Create a decorative holiday wreath using natural materials found here on the seashore. You’ll use local holly and other trimmings to spruce up your creation. $20 per person.
  • Sun, Moon, and the Bridge: Wednesday, November 25 at 4 p.m. Hike to the top of the Indian River Inlet Bridge with a park interpreter to view the sun set over the Indian River Bay and the full moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean. This free program will not be held in overcast or rainy conditions. Meet at the North Inlet Day Area.
  • Hike Burton Island Nature Preserve: Friday, November 27 at 1 p.m. Explore the 1-mile loop trail on Burton Island Nature Preserve with a naturalist. Learn to identify coastal plants and spot various waterfowl along the way. $4 per person.
  • Monkey Fist Keychains: Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m. A Monkey Fist knot was often the first thing that connected a sailor to land at the end of a long voyage. Materials and instruction will be provided for you to make your own. $10 per person.

Labor Day Weekend rings in the endless summer

Alissa Rosenstein - Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Labor Day Weekend rings in the endless summer

With Labor Day fast approaching, another sunny, fun-filled summer is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the best resort on the planet is throwing in the ol’ beach towel. While some people have bittersweet feelings towards September, others embrace it with all the love and affection it so deserves. The crowds are smaller, the weather is comfy, and the parking is free.

Water babies and die-hard beach-goers can still swim, skim, float, and play safely as the beaches remain guarded through mid-month. Restaurants and shops are open for business. The Jolly Trolley continues to run on the weekends. Parks, trails, and water sports are accessible for outdoor enthusiasts, and most amusement facilities remain open on weekends. So don’t get weepy as the summer season transitions into marvelous September and the start of autumn. It’s always an endless summer here in Rehoboth Beach.

For those in town for the holiday weekend, activities taking place include Sundance: The Super Magic Rainbow Glitter Ball benefitting CAMP Rehoboth. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Free concerts will be held every night at The Rehoboth Bandstand. Runners can participate in the 3rd Annual Summer’s End 5K in Dewey Beach on Sunday. This weekend marks the final days to set sail on the Kalmar Nyckel, Delaware’s Tall Ship, which offers tours out of the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal through Monday.

Treat your taste buds with a walking food tour of Rehoboth Beach

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Treat your taste buds with a walking food tour of Rehoboth Beach

A ‘foodie’ is defined as someone who has an ardent or refined interest in food. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby rather than simply eating out of convenience or hunger.

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Do you also love to stroll the streets of Rehoboth Beach? Well, if this combination sounds like you, then you are guaranteed to be a fan of the Walking Food Tour of Rehoboth offered by Eating Rehoboth.

We all know that Rehoboth Beach is a hot spot for top-notch culinary delights with a seemingly endless array of restaurants. With all the various food options, sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to go. Getting a sampling of the area’s cuisine is a great way to amble through the choices to find the one that is right for your next dining experience.

Embark on a 3-hour gastronomic adventure through Rehoboth Beach’s charming streets, where you will enjoy exclusive food and beverage tastings at five of the town’s best eateries. You will also visit specialty food shops and outdoor venues, and get some local history and restaurant lore along the way from a ‘seasoned’ guide (no pun intended). The tour also includes opportunities to interact with chefs, owners, and restaurant staff.

Slip on your sensible shoes and meet at either Hotel Rehoboth or The Bellmore Inn & Spa. Be prepared for about 1.5 miles of leisurely-paced walking. Tastings vary from soup or apps to restaurant specialties, and may be paired with a specialty cocktail, beer or wine. No matter what the sampling, be assured that you will excite your palate. You may find a new favorite food along the way or an interesting twist on an old fave. You can sum it up perfectly by quoting Eating Rehoboth’s tagline – you will “eat, sip, walk, discover.”

Participating restaurants vary, so you could take the tour more than once and sample something different each time. What a magnificent way to get a comprehensive taste of the town!

Tours are held Friday and Sunday from 1-4pm, through November, rain or shine. The cost is $49 per person. Participants must be 21 or older. Visit the Eating Rehoboth website for more information.

​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Alissa Rosenstein - Wednesday, April 08, 2015
​Coastal Delaware Running Festival: A two-day running extravaganza

Dubbed "Delaware's Coolest Marathon" the Coastal Delaware Running Festival is a two-day multi-race extravaganza. The event, which benefits the Delaware Seashore Preservation Foundation and Delaware Seashore State Parks, takes place May 2-3 and includes a marathon, half marathon, and 9K, as well as pre- and post-race activities.

This brand new running festival is expected to have over 3,000 participants and an estimated 5,000 attendees from all over the globe. According to race directors, the marathon alone can accommodate up to 2,000 runners. Running enthusiasts won't want to miss what is guaranteed to be a legendary event. Be a part of history. If you haven't registered yet, there are still spots available. If you're not a runner, be a part of the experience as a race volunteer or cheering spectator.

Packet pick-up, race registration, and pre-race activities will be held on Saturday, May 2 from 3:00–9:00 p.m. at the BayCenter-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. Pre-race activities include an Expo from 3:00–9:00 p.m. and an Italian buffet dinner at the Lighthouse Cove Restaurant from 5:00–9:00 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are available online.

The Expo will offer an extensive selection of merchandise including equipment, apparel, footwear, and accessories, as well as official Coastal Delaware Running Festival gear. Event sponsors and charitable beneficiaries will also be there. The Expo is free and open to everyone so come in and load up on your race swag before the big day.

All races will be held on Sunday, May 3 and will begin at Tower Road in Dewey Beach and finish at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove in Dewey Beach. All courses are scenic, flat and fast – perfect for hitting your personal best while taking in beautiful, coastal scenery. Multiple hydration stations will be located throughout each course. Parking opens at 5:30 a.m. and the first race starts at 7:00 a.m.

Race details are as follows: (Race maps are available on the website.)

  • The 26.2-mile marathon is a Boston Marathon Qualifying Run. Travel through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, Cape Henlopen State Park, the Junction & Breakwater Trail, and residential sections of Lewes, Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 13.1-mile half marathon takes you through Dewey Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Gordons Pond Wild Life Area, and residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.
  • The 9K meanders through Dewey Beach, along Silver Lake, and through residential areas of Rehoboth and Dewey.

Cross the finish line and celebrate! The Finish Line Grand Celebration beach party will be held at the Hyatt-Lighthouse Cove from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Your race bib is your entry ticket to enjoy music, food and beer. Wristbands will be provided for drinkers age 21+. Guests are welcome for $20 (limited number of tickets available). Kids under 12 and volunteers are free.

Race volunteers are needed to help with water stops and packet pick-up. All volunteers receive a Coastal Delaware Running Festival shirt and are invited to a Volunteer & VIP Welcome Reception on Friday, May 1, and the post-race beach party on Sunday, May 3.

To learn more about the festival, sponsoring a booth at the Expo, volunteer opportunities, or to register, visit the website at

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