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February 2023 Newsletter

Updated: Feb 8, 2023



Hearts, Flowers, and Chocolate

Jim Mease


Now that the Holidays are over, we can turn our attention to the new year 2023 and all that it promises to be. Even though February arrives in the dead of Winter with shorter days and longer nights, there is much we are looking forward to. It is the shortest month of year. We celebrate Presidents Day, a National Holiday which honors all our Presidents, two of whom were born in this month: former Presidents Washington on February 22 and Lincoln on February 12. Among some of the lesser-known celebrations during February are National Thank a Mailman Day on the 4th, National Shower with a Friend Day on the 5th, and National Pizza Day on the 9th. While all of these days are interesting for sure the larger majority of us focus our attention on February 14th, Valentine's Day, when we celebrate significant others in our lives with Hearts, Flowers, and Chocolate. It is a time to have one last fling with all things deliciously appealing to our mental well-being before we begin thinking about our summer selves and our beach attire.


In Rehoboth Beach we have a number of businesses ready to satisfy our indulgent selves beginning with the Candy Kitchen, which has been making saltwater taffy, creamy fudge, and delicious hand-dipped chocolates the old-fashioned way since 1937. Located at 1 South Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk, as well as at Rehoboth Avenue and South 1st Street, the Candy Kitchen is a family owned and operated business that prides itself on using only the freshest quality ingredients and time-honored recipes.


Further north at 60 Rehoboth Avenue is Snyder's Candy, an 83-year-old locally owned candy and toy shop specializing in a variety of candy from classic candy bars to chocolates by weight. They have a nice assortment of chocolate candies, in milk, dark & white for your enjoyment pleasure. From barks to truffles, peanut butter to butter creams, we know you'll love the selection.


As you continue strolling along be sure and stop in and visit Something Comfortable at 122 Rehoboth Ave. where you can find a unique lingerie shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes, offering affordable designer brands and outstanding individualized customer service for that special someone you know. What better time than Valentine's Day to present your special valentine with a personalized gift, of intimate apparel, you both can enjoy.


Moving on to 140 Rehoboth Avenue is Kilwin's Chocolates, where you can indulge your senses while enjoying an impressive selection of confections made in their sweets kitchen while you watch. Enjoy their hand-paddled fudge and cashew and peanut brittles, as well as various caramel corns.


On the other side of Rehoboth Avenue, just 50ft off the Boardwalk on the north side, you can experience some of the best homemade candies in Rehoboth at Dolle's Candyland. Owner Tom Ibach is helping to keep Rehoboth's candy tradition alive using some of the same recipes and some of the candy-making equipment his grandfather used decades ago.


Around the corner at 5 North 1st Street is Chocolate Wave, where owners Carmen Kulak and Dan Moldovan are fulfilling a lifelong ambition. Dan & Carmen feature a dozen different flavors of bark, all of which come in dark, milk and white chocolate.


These and more shops are waiting to serve you as we celebrate the month of February and the beginning of a new year with time-honored traditions, and a chance to create new ones.


You can read more about these spotlighted businesses later in this newsletter. Please consider Rehoboth Beach a place that can satisfy all your candy desires.


Happy Valentine's Day!


Current and past issues of the newsletter are available on the RBMS Website at Newsletter | Home | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)



New Businesses & Membership Renewals


RBMS welcomes The Winding Beam as a new member!


RBMS thanks Above the Dunes and Jack Lingo REALTOR for renewing at the Yellow Partner level!


RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing at the Green Partner level!


RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing as RBMS members!


For information about levels and benefits of RBMS membership, go to Join | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)



Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses


Candy Kitchen

Peter Beck



Whenever my cousins from New York come to Rehoboth Beach to visit in the summer, within minutes of arriving in town their children enthusiastically ask to pop into the Candy Kitchen at Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk to gawk at the room filled with tasty treats and hope to come out with arms filled with delicious candies. I must say that whenever I visit the shop with them, I also feel like a “kid in a candy store.”


Based upon the British expression “like a child in a sweet shop,” the idiom “kid in a candy store” means “enjoying yourself far too much and not controlling your behavior in any way.” No matter what your age, the Candy Kitchen will satisfy your sweet tooth. If you are a senior citizen, it’ll make you feel like a child again!


The first Candy Kitchen opened in 1937, started on the boardwalk by a young man named Sam Taustin. Eighty-five years and four generations later, Taustin’s family is still running the business! The Candy Kitchen manufactures its candies locally at its plant on 53rd Street in Ocean City.


Currently, there are 19 shops on the Delmarva peninsula. Each shop sells fudge, taffy, chocolates, pretzels, truffles, and gummies, along with novelties and toys, in every imaginable shape, size, and color. Throughout the stores the bins and displays are colorful and definitely tempting!


There are two locations in town, both on Rehoboth Avenue, one at the corner of South First Street (102 Rehoboth Avenue) and the other just a block away on the Boardwalk (1 South Boardwalk). The Boardwalk location opened way back in 1963, so the shop is about to celebrate its 60th anniversary in town!


Be sure to stop into the Candy Kitchen and indulge your sweet tooth. Check out their website and savor the goodies: https://candykitchen.com/. Phone: 302-227-9200 (Boardwalk) and 302-227-7195 (Rehoboth Avenue).



Snyder’s Candy

Jeff Balk



Snyder’s Candy, is a locally owned staple in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, celebrating 83 years at the same location, 60 Rehoboth Avenue. Originally opened in 1940 as a candy and soda fountain shop that also sold ice cream, comics, newspapers, and sundry items—in 1985, they found themselves having to downsize to half the space, its current size, as rents quadrupled. They now utilize the space from floor to ceiling with candy and toys.


Spoil your sweetheart with decadent truffles, their popular sea-salt caramels as well as an assortment of chocolates. If it’s creamy fudge that you want, Snyder’s Candy has a large flavor selection for you. Maybe you want to relive your childhood with a chocolate coke or candy that you may have grown up with, such as Clark bars, Sky bars, or a Zagnut bar.


Walking into Snyder’s Candy can be like walking into the past, with over 80 varieties of licorice from around the world, 72 flavors of saltwater taffy, a gummy bar featuring over 40 varieties of self-serve gummies, as well as a wall of Jelly Belly. Check out the latest trends, freeze dried candy and seriously sour candies like Slime Lickers and the Toxic Waste line.


Snyder’s saltwater taffy was featured in Everyday with Racheal Ray as the Best Mail Order Food in Delaware, as well as featured in the Food Network Magazine as the Best Confection from the State of Delaware.


Snyder’s Candy isn’t just for the candy lover, they feature the latest in trendy toys at affordable prices. Whether you are looking for Pokémon cards, Squishmallows, or other hard-to-find toys, Snyder’s Candy can satisfy your shopping needs.


More information is available at SnydersCandy.com, on their social media pages, or by calling 302-226-3994.


Kilwin’s Rehoboth Beach

Peter Beck


I must admit that I am a very lucky guy: three years ago my retirement home was constructed in what has turned out to be very warm and supportive community. For example, when I was sick throughout the holidays, several neighbors brought me chicken soup and assorted tasty treats to help me get better and cheer me up.


I felt there was no better way to say “thank you” than to bring these fabulous neighbors some yummy, tasty treats from Kilwins Rehoboth Beach! Since the candy store is my guilty pleasure, I hoped it would be theirs also!


Back in 1947, Don & Katy Kilwin purchased a bakery in Petoskey MI and began selling baked goods and candy in their shop. Seventy-five years later, there are over 150 Kilwins locations, which are mostly on the east coast. Our local Kilwins shop is right in downtown Rehoboth at 140 Rehoboth Avenue.


I stopped at the shop on a bright sunny afternoon. The homemade fudge is prepared on a marble table right in the shop. In addition to the fudge, cashew and peanut brittles, caramel corn, and freshly dipped caramel apples fill the shop. There are also dipped pretzels, marshmallows, Oreos, and even Rice Krispie treats! Other tasty choices include truffles, taffy, barks, and clusters.

That evening I gave my kind and thoughtful neighbors some tasty treats from Kilwins, to their surprise and total delight. Be sure to stop in some time, and maybe even sample Kilwins "Original Recipe" Ice Cream, available in many different flavors and served in a fresh homemade waffle cone. Kilwins phone number is 302-227-3611.


Valentine’s Day Offerings at Chocolate Wave

Colleen Evans


While flowers, sentimental cards, and silly stuffed animals are nice enough, Valentine’s Day is all about chocolate.


Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and for chocolate lovers it’s quite possibly one of the best days of the year. If you have a chocoholic in your life, and you’re looking for a chocolatey gift that will really impress, look no further than Chocolate Wave on North First Street in Rehoboth Beach.


Treat your sweetheart—or yourself—to Chocolate Wave owners’ Carmen Kulak and Dan Moldovan’s latest swoon-worthy collection for Valentine’s Day. Some of their unique offerings include small-batch, heart-shaped hand-painted bonbons in a variety of flavors; heart-shaped hot chocolate bombs filled with shredded dark chocolate, mini marshmallows, and other toppings like cinnamon, salted caramel, or peanut butter. Create your own chocolate bark—customized by you—with milk, dark, or white chocolate and your choice of as many toppings as you like (vegan options available). Or, build your own box of luxury chocolates from bonbons, barks, clusters, turtles, hand-dipped chocolate pretzels, and more.


Kulak and Moldovan’s painstakingly artisanal crafted chocolate creations are elegant, beautifully presented, and Valentine’s Day inspired!


For more information on Chocolate Wave and their Valentine offerings, call

302-567-2419 or email chocolatewave.rehoboth@yahoo.com.



Dolle’s Candyland-Ibach’s Candy by the Sea

Dan Slagle



Dolle’s Candyland was established in Rehoboth Beach in 1926 by co-founders, Thomas Pachides and Rudolph Dolle. It moved to its previous location at the corner of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk in 1927 and more recently to its current location at 9 Rehoboth Avenue. Dolle’s-Ibach’s offers a wide variety of handmade and hand-coated chocolates, caramel corn, brittles, saltwater taffy, and mint sticks.


Dolle’s Candyland has a long and interesting history. In 1984, following the passing of Mr. Pachides at the age of 92, his grandson, Thomas Ibach took over the family business. Mr. Ibach continues to operate the business using the same time-tested recipes of his grandfather. In 1991, seeing the need for a high-quality chocolate, Mr. Ibach opened Ibach's Candy by the Sea. This store specializes in high-quality handmade and hand-coated chocolates. Ibach's chocolates are very well known for their quality and freshness.


Dolles and Ibachs still use old fashioned formulas to create their confections. Most of these recipes, such as the taffy, fudge, caramel, and brittle recipes have been handed down from generation to generation. The ingredients and flavorings used in the candy are still high quality and contain no preservatives. This attention to quality gives the candy made by Dolles and Ibachs the unique flavor and taste that people have come to expect from Delaware's oldest and best candy maker. (For more information on the history of Dolle’s-Ibach’s, go to: https://www.dolles-ibachs.com/history/)

Ibachs specializes in high-quality handmade caramel corn (over 10 flavors), fudge, saltwater taffy (24 flavors available in long shape and kiss shape), cashew and peanut brittle, and mellow mint sticks. They offer a wide variety of gummies and jelly belly.


Dolle's caramel corn and brittles are crafted using grandfather's time-test recipe. The recipe uses fresh ingredients and no preservatives, and the products are still made by hand in small batches. The brown color, crispy texture, and unique flavor make customers come back for more.


Fudge is made with 40-score cream and real creamery butter. The most popular flavors are chocolate, chocolate walnut, vanilla, vanilla chocolate swirl, vanilla walnut, rocky road, chocolate marshmallow, peanut butter, peanut butter and chocolate, peanut butter explosion, maple walnut, death by chocolate. During the season, customers can enjoy 12 different other flavors that are make, such as: chocolate mint, caramel pecan, raspberry chocolate swirl, penuche, vanilla coconut, vanilla caramel, chocolate caramel, vanilla Oreo, chocolate coconut, chocolate M&M, sea salt chocolate, chocolate Reese's pieces.


Dolle’s-Ibach’s phone number: 302-227-0757.


Something Comfortable

Linda Corcoran


Pictured: Sales associates, Emily Frank on the left and Bethany Liggett on the right featuring their Bridal Collection.


Keeping with our Newsletter’s theme for this month, on a recent Sunday morning, I visited Something Comfortable, a unique lingerie shop at 122 Rehoboth Avenue, to see what ideas they had for Valentine’s Day gifts. The store window had a cute display for Valentine’s Day, providing a small hint of what was available inside.


Upon entering, I was immediately surprised by the variety of items offered from frothy, frilly intimate items to very casual, comfortable pajamas, leggings, tights, and robes. I was greeted by Emily Frank and Bethany Liggett, long-time sales associates who are also professional certified bra fitters. Emily and Bethany were extremely friendly and enjoy working with customers to find what they’re looking for and ensure that it’s a proper fit. In fact, measuring is just the first step, and it takes less than a minute. A perfectly fitted bra will take pressure off your shoulders and back and improve your posture, making you look and feel your best every day. Emily, Bethany, and the other professional certified bra fitters are trained to know which brands and styles provide the best fit plus the best support and comfort for your unique body.


The complete bra-fitting experience at Something Comfortable is designed to be relaxed and collaborative and is all about finding the perfect bra and the right fit. Enjoy a complimentary beverage or a glass of wine while you discuss your personal comfort and style preferences with the staff. The Comfort Specialists will then select various brands and styles for you to try on until you are satisfied that the best support and most comfortable fit has been achieved. Something Comfortable’s goal is to help you create the perfect bra wardrobe that will make you look and feel great for any occasion!


Something Comfortable also has a beautiful bridal lingerie selection. The store offers personalized expert service to ensure the desired look and a perfect fit with the largest selection of strapless bras and shapewear in the mid-Atlantic states. Their goal is to make shopping for bridal lingerie and undergarments a fun and convenient experience for the bride, her bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride and groom. They carry everything from bridal gown undergarments (to make the bridal gown and bridesmaids’ dresses look even more fabulous) to fun/sexy designer lingerie and loungewear for the honeymoon as well. Something Comfortable also offers a complimentary bridal registry service to make it easy for out-of-town guest to purchase bridal gifts that they know with fit and that the bride will enjoy receiving.


This was altogether a fun expedition and Emily and Bethany mentioned how much they enjoy the camaraderie among the shops in Downtown Rehoboth, with everyone referring their customers to each other’s shops.


Emily and Bethany will be happy to help you select the perfect gift and, if you’re overwhelmed by the selection available, a Gift Certificate from Something Comfortable is always a good idea.


The store is offering select items at 25 percent off through Valentine’s Day. I hope my Valentine gives me a Gift Certificate to Something Comfortable so I can enjoy this unique shopping experience! Phone: 302-227-6180.



News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street Members


Off-Season Daily Specials Return to Rehoboth Beach



Special thanks to RBMS member The Canalside Inn for again publishing the Off-Season Daily Specials in Downtown Rehoboth Beach! Come on out to enjoy a meal with an off-season discount! Off Season Rehoboth Beach Restaurant Deals (subscribepage.com)


News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street


Board Officers



The following are the 2023 officers of the RBMS Board of Directors:


· President: Dick Byrne

· Vice-President: Suzie Martin

· Secretary: Jerry Filbin

· Treasurer: Jill Dunham

· General Council: Blake Carey


We thank these volunteers for their commitment to RBMS!


New Board Members


The RBMS Board of Directors welcomes three new members to the Board: Rachel Macha, Steve Scheffer, and Mike Venanzi.


Rachel Macha


For the past 25 years, Rachel has balanced her life between family, career, and community. Rachel’s career has been focused on improving customer experience. In addition, she has served on various non-profit, community, church, and school boards and committees. Rachel is married to her husband, Rich, and they are the proud parents of a set of triplets and twins.


Over the past 15 years, Rachel has held senior executive sales, marketing, client services, and planning roles in the BPO/Technology industries. During this time, Rachel also expanded her competencies in contact center software/technology, big data, and predictive analytics space, focused on improving and providing an extraordinary customer experience. Rachel’s experience includes working with start-up, mid-size, and Tier 1 BPO/Technology companies. She has been responsible for client engagement, retention, and growth and has significant global expertise as well. Rachel has leveraged her experience building and leading sales, marketing, and client services teams, significantly contributing to accelerated revenue growth and unprecedented financial results. Before working in the BPO industry, Rachel worked for AT&T for 10 years. She was on their management development program and held various roles in sales, management, telemarketing operations, sales operations, product marketing and change management.


Rachel has always given back to her community. She served on the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware Board of Directors for over 10 years. She also served on various committees at her children’s schools—St. Ann School, Padua High School, and Salesianum High School. Rachel served on the Christ Church Christiana Hundred Strategic Planning Committee and Mission Outreach Committee. She also served as President of Wynleigh HOA and Secretary and Vice President of the Highlands Community in Wilmington. Over the past 3 years, Rachel served on the Rehoboth Planning Commission and the Plant, Shade, and Tree Committee.

Rachel is a graduate of Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management in Chicago. Her children are now through college and enjoying their careers and lives as young adults. Rachel resides in Rehoboth Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach FL with her husband and 2 dogs.


Welcome aboard, Rachel! We are happy to have you as a member of the board.


Steve Scheffer


While Steve is newly elected to the RBMS Board and serves as the Chair for our Economic Vitality Committee, he is no stranger to neighbors and businesses in Rehoboth Beach. Steve was a former City Commissioner from 2018 to 2020 and also has served on the City’s Bandstand and Convention Center Committee (2018-2021). Steve and his wife, Daphne have lived in Rehoboth Beach full-time since 2017 and from the beginning, community involvement has been his theme!


Prior to being named to the Board, Steve served on RBMS’s Economic Vitality Committee since 2018 and was co-chair last year. Steve and Daphne are both retired Federal employees. Steve worked for the US Department of Education as a supervisory contracting officer and contract specialist during his 5-year tour at DoE. Prior to that, Steve worked for a variety of consulting firms including Price Waterhouse, IBM, Perot Systems, and Dell Services as an acquisition manager and contracts manager.


Steve grew up in Altoona, PA where he attended Altoona Area High School and then off to Penn State University where he majored in Economics. Steve attended Penn State on a Navy ROTC scholarship and upon graduation was commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy Supply Corps. In the Navy, he held a variety of leadership positions in customer service, purchasing, and acquisition, including payroll and retail operations aboard the supply ship, USS Kalamazoo.


As City residents, Steve and Daphne love the convenience and vitality of our downtown. Steve enjoys walking, biking and reading as well as the shopping and dining venues in town. Welcome aboard to Steve. RBMS is very fortunate to have him on deck!


Mike Venanzi


Mike Venanzi has managed and worked on teams from 5 to 200 his entire life. He ran large sales teams and built very successful businesses from the ground up. Mike can be both a leader and a contributor with ease.


Currently, Mike is the Managing Partner for Above the Dunes, the restaurant he opened in April 2022. He worked with a team to develop the menu, design, strategic direction, and theme of the restaurant. Mike negotiated vendor contracts and worked with all municipalities to get the store open and meet all guidelines. Previously, he was Director of Operations for FRW Portfolio of Bel Air MD, for which he was responsible for daily operations of seven fast-paced restaurants, supervising 26 managers and 650 employees. For FRW Portfolio, Mike oversaw company expansion, human resources, financial reporting, facilities, and profit.


Prior to these positions, Mike was Area Sales Manager for Lundbeck Pharmaceutical. He managed 10 Specialty Account Managers during the launch of a new antidepressant and new antipsychotic. Mike was responsible for recruiting, hiring, and developing the first Lundbeck sales force, calling on psychiatrists, behavioral health clinics, and hospitals. Previously, he served as CNS District Sales Manager for Publicis-Touchpoint Solutions, supervising CNS representatives in the area of epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.


Mike has held several volunteer positions. Currently he is an Architectural Review Member for the Rehoboth Beach Yacht and Country Club. He is past soccer coach for youth and high school level teams and past president of the Lake Linganore Home Owners Association. Mike is also a past member of the National Youth Suicide Protection Association.


Welcome to the board, Mike! We are fortunate to have such a successful businessman on the board.



Looking for something to do on a warm(ish) February afternoon...


Rehoboth Beach Then and Now—Take a self-guided walking tour on the Built Story mobile app! Tour takers can explore downtown Rehoboth Beach and learn about the 19th century religious summer camp, how the fires and storms shaped the community, the transformative impact of the railroad, and the illustrious citizens who made Rehoboth Beach what it is today. The app is available from either Android or iPhone app stores for free. The 15-stop tour of downtown focuses on how the city evolved from its 19th century roots as a rural community, the arrival of the summer religious camp in the 1870s, the arrival of the railroad, and the “battles” between the “saints and sinners” that influenced the later development of the community.


The Built Story mobile app is free and tickets for each tour are $10.00. Tickets for individual tours are good for 30 days and may be viewed more than once. The Built Story app is also your gateway to other tours around the world. Half of the proceeds from this tour benefit Rehoboth Beach Main Street. For more information, call the RBMS office at 302-227-2772.



Volunteer Recognition: Sherri Brown

Jerry Filbin


This month, we want to give a special thanks and a shout-out to Organization Committee volunteer, Sherri Brown. Sherri originally volunteered for Design Committee’s Rehoboth In Bloom, where she loves being part of the team that works so hard to make downtown beautiful. She stepped up to handle some special projects in the Organization Committee. Most notably in 2022, she was a champion for the migration of our membership database from homemade spreadsheets to a much better online application that provides better flexibility and reporting capability. In collaboration with fellow committee volunteers, she worked to identify the online application that is available to not-for-profits for free; she then migrated and formatted our data to capture basic membership information, as well as business ambassador activities and the promotions that we provide for RBMS members. Sherri also provided input for the creation of a new RBMS Development Committee that will focus on corporate, institutional, and planned giving.


Sherri started volunteering for RBMS about 2 years ago and was drawn to us because she thought our mission of promoting a sustainable and resilient downtown is important for fostering a strong community. She has also been committed to volunteering as a vital part of building and living in a vibrant community.


Sherri came to Rehoboth Beach full time in 2018 after a career working for the federal government and the American Red Cross. She also completed her law degree evenings at George Washington University while working full-time in DC. Prior to that, Sherri spent 4 years on active duty with the Coast Guard, with an additional 16 years in the Coast Guard Reserve.


Sherri is happy to be back in her native Delaware and enjoys not only our beautiful shore environment but the proximity to her family in Kent County where she grew up. She loves to travel with her partner, Lisa, particularly hiking in the beautiful State and National Parks. Among her other loves is music; she plays saxophone for the First State Symphonic Band!


Many, many thanks to Sherri for all that she does for RBMS and for the City of Rehoboth Beach!



Mark Your Calendars for These RBMS Spring Events!



SAVE THE DATE


Boardwalk Stroll

Every Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30am

End of Rehoboth Avenue


Hosted by Delaware Coastal Prime Timers, a social group for single and coupled gay men. Optional breakfast after the walk. For more information contact coastalprimetimers@gmail.com.



5K Run to the Plunge

Saturday, February 4, 10:00am

Rehoboth Beach


5K Run to the Plunge Event by Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Benefiting Special Olympics Delaware. The 5K Run to the Plunge is the perfect way to warm-up for the Plunge, or an alternative way to support the cause. Join us in Rehoboth Beach for an out and back 5K (3.1-mile) run or walk on the iconic boardwalk!

Part of the Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Weekend Festival, the 5K is a great opportunity to support the athletes of Special Olympics Delaware without getting wet!

Registration is $30 through January 14 at midnight. Fee will increase to $35 starting January 15. Online registration will CLOSE Saturday, January 28 at midnight. Day-of registration will be available starting at packet pick-up on Wednesday, February 1. Additional packet pick-up details to be added. https://give.classy.org/5kruntotheplunge23


Lewes Polar Bear Plunge at Rehoboth Beach

Sunday, February 5

Rehoboth Beach at the Boardwalk



The Polar Bear Plunge Benefitting Special Olympics Delaware has become one of the most popular events in the state of Delaware. The uniqueness of this event is that it spans all genders, age groups, income levels, and every demographic area of the state, with participation often extending beyond our borders. It truly is a state-wide event for families and friends alike!



The schedule for Plunge Day is:


Ice Sculpting Demonstration, 9:00am–12:00pm, Kiwi’s Tiki Bar at Atlantic Sands

Sand Sculpting Demonstration, 9:00am–1:00pm, on the beach in front of Candy Kitchen

Registration & Souvenirs, 10:00am–12:55pm, in tents on Rehoboth Avenue near the bandstand

PLUNGE, 1:00pm, on the beach in front of the Bandstand

Aprés Plunge Party, 1:15pm–while supplies last, at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center



Clear Space Theatre


“Misery”

Friday, February 3, 7:00pm

Saturday, February 4, 7:00pm

Sunday, February 5, 2:00pm

20 Baltimore Avenue



Opening this season in the throes of winter, Clear Space Theatre brings you MISERY, based on Stephen King’s classic novel. MISERY follows successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon, who is rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan,” Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads his latest book and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new Misery novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. The irate Annie has Paul writing as if his life depends on it, and it does. For tickets: https://www.clearspacetheatre.org/shows/misery/


USO SHOW: Clear Space Gives Back

Saturday, February 25, 6:00pm

Sunday, February 26, 1:00pm

20 Baltimore Avenue


In collaboration with Sussex County Veterans Associations, Clear Space brings a USO Show done in the grand tradition of the 1940s canteen. The USO strengthens America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home, and country throughout their service to the nation. Clear Space intends to raise money for our veterans right here in Sussex County by doing just this. For tickets: https://www.clearspacetheatre.org/shows/uso-show-clear-space-gives-back/


CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company

Drip Feed

February 23–25, 8:00pm (The Saturday show will include an ASL interpreter)

CAMP Rehoboth’s Elkins-Archibald Atrium

37 Baltimore Avenue


For the first time produced in the U.S., the CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company presents Drip Feed, a one-woman show by Karen Cogan, directed by Russell Stiles, and starring Tara Wisely.


Cork, 1998. An obsessive odyssey through the city. Dancing on tables, 3:00am breakfast rolls and waking up, polluted, on the wrong person's doorstep. Brenda and her ferocious best pal are part of the city furniture. But one of them is realizing that she's got it all, all of it, horribly wrong and it might be too late. Karen Cogan's monologue play Drip Feed is an infectious, dark comedy about the messiness of being young(ish), female, and queer.


Brenda sits contemplating a messy night out, which quickly escalates into a reflection on her entire adult experience. Nursing a disgusting hangover, she investigates the actions of her past, and attempts to regain control of her downward spiraling life. Containing a fine balance of humor and horror, this is storytelling at its finest. The audience is immersed into a world of ferocity, ecstasy, and delight.


This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com. Buy tickets here.




Rehoboth Beach Library

226 Rehoboth Avenue



Recurring & Weekly Events

· Start a Book Club at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library!

· Creative Movement Sunday Yoga: Every Sunday, 11:00am, free of charge.

· Basic Computer Skills Help Desk: Third Tuesday of every month, 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

· Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild Free Writes: An informal gathering of writers of ALL skill levels! Meets Every Monday at 9:00am.

· Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild Writing Boot Camp: The Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild hosts a Saturday morning “boot camp” instead of Free Writes at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. Boot Camp will still offer a chance to meet and socialize with other writers (which many of us are craving!) but it will also offer dedicated blocks of time to work on your on-going projects. Instead of writing to short prompts and sharing them out loud, Boot Camp offers two 35-minute blocks of writing time, with a 15-minute break between.

For each “block of time” you’ll be given a word to use in your writing. For instance, if you are given the word money, you might begin an essay about money, or you might write a scene in your novel where the characters are arguing about money, or maybe you’ll hone a poem about your grandfather pulling a nickel from your ear. After the session is up, you can take a break, chat with one another, then start another 35-minute session. Every Saturday from 8:30–10:30am.


Link for Events at the Library: https://rehoboth.lib.de.us/



Editor’s Note


We welcome new writers for the RBMS Newsletter! Jeff Balk joined us a few months ago, and Colleen Evans joined us this past month. Thank you to all our writers, and thanks to our RBMS members and other newsletter subscribers for your support of RBMS. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at PeterRBMS@gmail.com.

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