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June 2022 Newsletter

Summer Arrives

Of the four seasons that we enjoy on the Delmarva, Summer ranks at the top of the list for many along the Eastern Seaboard. And for good reason. What's not to like about it? With the passing of Memorial Day, into our collective stored memories, we move seamlessly into the summer season. Thanks to warm weather we can participate in an abundance of outdoor activities like fishing, boating, swimming, picnics, and seemingly endless days of leisure wiled away—pursuing a myriad of pastimes that make us feel glad to be alive. Of course, being located along the ocean as Rehoboth Beach is gives added pleasure to the longer days of the summer season. Everything kicks into high gear for people of all ages to participate in or just observe: Whatever suits your fancy. Walk the boardwalk, ride some rides, play some games, listen to some music at the bandstand, or just enjoy an ice cream or French fries. For the more adventurous soul in you, dip your toes into the Atlantic Ocean, challenging the waves to catch you if they can. Along the way you can enjoy time in some of the many fine restaurants and shopping establishments that call Rehoboth Beach home. To help you with the latter, we have highlighted some of our member establishments and encourage you to visit them during your visit to downtown Rehoboth Beach.

For old standards that never disappoint, be sure and drop by Mariachi restaurant just off the boardwalk on Wilmington Avenue. Their friendly service and fine Spanish, Mexican, and Latin American cuisine have kept customers coming back for over a decade. Whether you go for the authentic Mexican dishes or the delicious tequila and margarita drinks, at their fully stocked bar, everyone will leave happy. If your palate is longing for more traditional bar food, then the Purple Parrott Biergarten is the place for you. Located in the rear of the Purple Parrot Grill with a very tropical landscape, full bar, and tables in the sand, you can wile away the day into the evening enjoying daily happy hour drink and nightly food specials that will delight everyone in your party. On your way back to your accommodations don't miss Snyder's Candy on Rehoboth Avenue, known for their flavored sodas, saltwater taffy, and caramel- or chocolate-covered apples, along with a myriad of other delectable treats that will get you through the evening. Another business that is a family affair with Kaan Pomakoglu and his mom and dad all pitching in at the newly opened Kaan's Bakery on the ground level of the Avenue Inn on Wilmington Avenue. Their menu includes cakes, mini cakes, pies, pastries, eclairs, twists, donuts, and breads that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth any time of day.

As for shopping experiences that are sure to delight, Lilypad Children's Boutique ranks among the best children's stores at the beach. Their high-quality unique children's gifts and clothing are beautifully displayed and perfect for the children or grandchildren on your shopping list. Other exciting family-owned businesses include Rehoboth Breeze, located in the heart of Rehoboth Beach on Rehoboth Avenue. They carry a large assortment of top-quality cotton T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, and bags in both funky and classic designs. Be sure to stop in at Browseabout Books, on Rehoboth Avenue, whether your interest lies in children's books, a good novel to read on the beach or by the pool, or a swanky gift or game to occupy your leisure time: They are sure to have just the item you are looking for in their ample inventory on display. And speaking of things to do, you must visit Something Comfortable, Delmarva’s certified bra fitter. It is a unique lingerie shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes.

We know you will enjoy your visit to all of these places and while you are there be sure to tell them you read about them in the RBMS Newsletter. You can find out more about these establishments later on in this newsletter.

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

New Businesses & Membership Renewals

RBMS welcomes new member Helios Sunglasses at the Green Partner level!

RBMS welcomes Kaan’s Bakery and the Phillip Morton Gallery as a new members!

RBMS thanks Loves Liquors and Port 251 for renewing their memberships at the Green Partner level!

RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing their membership!

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

Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses Rehoboth Breeze

If you are looking for a shop to buy a souvenir tee shirt or sweatshirt to represent your stay at the beach, you won’t find a better shop than Rehoboth Breeze, a RBMS Yellow Partner! The shop has long been a wonderful store that sells excellent quality t-shirts and sweatshirts.

With a wide variety of styles to choose from, customers always can find something to match their individual vibe. The store offers shirts from Buddy by the Sea, Harbor Design, Sea Dog, Fish Out of Water, Planet Cotton, NuBlu Sport, American Fido, and Ocean Beach. Rehoboth Breeze is also the only store authorized in Rehoboth to sell Big Hed designs: colorful tee shirts and sweatshirts that feature hip and funky original beach-inspired art. In addition, the shop also sells a wide variety of BlueQ bags and Legacy Hats.

Customers rave about the warm and friendly service, even at the busiest of times, that they find at the shop.

You can find Rehoboth Breeze just a block away from the boardwalk at 117 Rehoboth Avenue. The shop has brisk online sales for those who wish to make purchases without coming to town; check out their website!

Current hours for the store are Friday from 10:00am–2:00pm, Saturday from 10:00am–4:00pm, Sunday from 10:00am–3:00pm, and Monday from 10:00am–2:00pm. Summer hours from mid-June through Labor Day will be 10:00am–10:00pm daily!

Browseabout Books

Browseabout Books, owned by Susan Kehoe and her husband, Matt, has expanded and reinvented itself many times while evolving into one of the nation's top independent bookstores. Browseabout, an RBMS Yellow Partner, is known not only for books, but a fantastic selection of toys, stationery, and unique gifts. Browseabout is open 363 days a year. It is no wonder that Browseabout is the favorite stop for residents and tourists alike!

Browseabout Books continues to feature renowned authors and artists this summer at luncheons and book signings. Two highlights: On June 7, Browseabout Books will host a book signing and buffet lunch with Emily Griffen, author of Meant to Be. On June 16, Browseabout Books will host Jane Green, author of Sister Stardust. Both events will be held at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club, and tickets can be purchased at

Stop by Browseabout for one (or all!) of these featured luncheons and book signings by famous authors, stop at the window for a coffee and dog treat, and browse the more than 35,000 book titles and unique gifts. Visit Browseabout Books at 133 Rehoboth Avenue and go to Browseabout Books | Well Read Since 1975 for a list of in-person and virtual events!

The Purple Parrot Biergarten—A Reflection by a Fan

The Cape Area has had some wild weather the last few weeks! However, after ten days of rainy, cloudy conditions here at the beach, the sun finally showed its face, and everyone's mood immediately improved. My friend and I wanted to have lunch somewhere that's relaxed and chill to celebrate the change in the weather; we quickly discovered there could be no better place to hang out on a beautiful spring day than the Biergarten at the Purple Parrot! The Purple Parrot is a RBMS Yellow Partner and recent co-sponsor with RBMS of the 2022 Rehoboth Beach Gumbo Crawl!

The Biergarten was part of a significant expansion of the popular restaurant in 2010. It is a well-loved summer place for fun, frivolity, food, and friends.

My companion and I walked along the side of the building that leads to Wilmington Avenue. The brightly painted, cheerful walls in the corridor led us to an incredibly cozy area, complete with sand, lovely plants and trees, several fire pits, vintage metal beer signs, and of course, as is a tradition at the Parrot, dollar bills posted everywhere!

We went up to the charming outdoor bar, which definitely reflects a cool Key West vibe, and retrieved the menu. After relaxing a bit at the cheerfully painted patio table, we ordered food and drinks from the menu, which consisted of a large variety of comfort foods and healthy, tasty choices. A friendly bartender promptly delivered our delicious food and drinks. As promised, we had a relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.

Perhaps the best part of our experience, other than the cozy Key West vibe, was the fact that the Biergarten is dog friendly. The bartender brought my dog a water bowl, and then Dewey proceeded to meet some of the other dogs and people who were dining. He had as much fun as we did!

The next time you are in town, and you are in the mood for a casual, laid-back ambiance, be sure to stop in at the Purple Parrot Biergarten at 137 Rehoboth Avenue or visit their website at

Let’s TacoBout Mariachi Restaurant on Wilmington Avenue Serving Rehoboth Beach since 2006, the family-oriented and family-friendly Mariachi Restaurant has prided itself on great service and fresh food. Located at 14 Wilmington Avenue, Mariachi is a RBMS Green Partner. Upon entering, patrons are greeted with a curated interior that includes retro floor tiles, industrial-style piping, oversized windows, framed vibrant artwork, comfortable seating, contemporary lighting throughout, and patios with ocean views. Mariachi Restaurant features a wide array of Spanish, Mexican, and Latin American dishes, as well as two bars, fine wines, spirits, and delectable desserts. From nachos, quesadillas, guacamole, platanos, ceviche, and pupusas, to pechuga al la parilla, masitas de puerco, tamales de pollo, and more, foodies are sure to find authentic dishes to please their palate for brunch, lunch, or dinner! Visit the family restaurant today to see what makes Mariachi Restaurant one of the best places for authentic food in Delaware.

Photo Courtesy of Mariachi Restaurant

Something Comfortable

Something Comfortable, Delmarva’s Certified Bra Fitter was founded in 2008 with the vision of creating a unique lingerie shopping experience for women of all ages and sizes. Something Comfortable, a RBMS Green Partner located at 122 Rehoboth Avenue, features high-quality, affordable designer brands and outstanding individualized customer service. With 20 bra brands in sizes 30AA to 56J, plus the largest selection of styles and sizes in Delmarva, Something Comfortable’s certified fitting staff can change a woman’s life by helping her find the perfect fit. In addition to bras, the store features beautiful collections of designer bridal lingerie and intimate apparel, plus fun and flirty loungewear and sleepwear collections. Something Comfortable recently launched a new e-commerce website featuring new arrivals and best sellers. Check them out at

Open 7 days a week year-round, summer hours will soon be 10:00am to 10:00pm daily. Something Comfortable’s current summer promotion offers “free panties” and complimentary bra fittings with every purchase! This promotional offer will soon be made available in most local hotels and Visitor Guides, or you can simply mention this Main Street article to redeem the offer.


The Lilypad Children’s Boutique, a RBMS Green Partner, is a children’s clothing, gift, and accessories store located at 149 Rehoboth Avenue in the Villages by the Sea. The Lilypad offers clothing options for your little ones suitable for every occasion and gifts perfect for newborns, birthdays, holidays, and special events. Proud winner of The Best of Delaware in 2021 and 2022, the Lilypad is open year-round to clothe and gift your newborn, children, and grandchildren with the finest selections in Delaware

Helios Sunglasses

The Helios crew has been visiting the Delaware beaches for years and have always dreamed of living at the beach AND owning their own business. In 2020 they gathered together and put in motion making their dreams a reality! In May of 2021, Helios opened their doors with a customer-first attitude that remains the foundation of their business. As they continue to learn and grow, they are thankful for all the people that have made this amazing ride possible.... Next time you're in Rehoboth Beach pop in and say hi! Helios, a RBMS Green Partner, is located at 70 Rehoboth Avenue, Unit 104. Phone: 302-212-5406.

Rehoboth Beach Main Street held a ribbon-cutting at Helios on May 26. Pictured, left to right: Greer Maneval, RBMS Board President; Dominique Pizzo, staff; Andrew Martinelli, owner; Emily Burns, staff; and Edward Chrzanowski, RBMS City Liaison.

Kaan’s Bakery

Kaan’s Bakery is a new shop in downtown Rehoboth Beach, located at 33 Wilmington Avenue, and a new member of Rehoboth Beach Main Street. Owner Kaan Pomakoglu says, “We have the most delicious, homemade cakes. We make custom cakes for all occasions, birthdays, and parties! We offer gluten free and sugar free desserts to accommodate customers with dietary restrictions. In addition, we bake the most scrumptious cookies, muffins, and pastries. We deliver.” Phone: 302-260-0647.

RBMS held a ribbon-cutting on May 30. Pictured, left to right, are Cindy Lovett and Peter Pizzolongo, RBMS Board Members; Mehmet Atsal, Barista; Ozkar Pomakoglu, Driver; Kaan Pomakoglu, Owner; Emire Pomakoglu, Chef; and Richard Byrne, RBMS Board Member.

News from Rehoboth Beach Businesses

The Royal Treat

The Royal Treat, a breakfast and ice cream parlor at 4 Wilmington Avenue—right off the boardwalk—has been a family-run and -owned business for its nearly 40-year history. Royal Treat’s Fornwalt family recently announced that they will not be serving breakfast during the 2022 season. They will serve ice cream in their parlor on afternoons and evenings. This decision was made due to the growing responsibilities of caring for aging family members as well as staffing shortages.

The Royal Treat Family is grateful for the support of the Rehoboth Beach community and proud to have served this community during the last 41 years. If you would like to help celebrate the Royal Treat and share your memories with the Fornwalt family, you can ask about signing their guest book during hours of operation or consider recording a brief video by following the link on the Royal Treat Facebook page.

Snyder’s Candy

Snyder’s Candy has been a Rehoboth Beach institution since 1940. 82 years in business! Snyder’s is located at 60 Rehoboth Avenue. Jeff Balk, who has owned the business for the last 15 years, announced that the business has been sold. The new owner is Greg Kalinsky. He and his wife are thrilled to own a community icon.

RBMS congratulates Snyder’s on its 82-year history and wishes the best to the new owner!

Based on a story that appeared in the Cape Gazette, May 5, 2022. RBMS thanks the Cape Gazette for the picture.

Rehoboth in Bloom: A New Garden

Rehoboth in Bloom is currently in the planning process for an exciting new garden, tentatively named “Canalside Garden.” It will occupy the space between the south side of the Rehoboth Beach Museum and the sidewalk. Envisioned are several trees, including replacing the Red Bud which was removed during one of the many construction projects in that location. Rehoboth in Bloom will add a combination of shrubs, annuals, and perennials. The historic Grinding Stone and plaque will definitely remain. The goal is to create a shaded, inviting setting at the main entrance of town.

As the project moves forward, we will be seeking organizations and folks willing to get involved in the planning, sod and soil removal, soil replacement, tree acquisition and planting, etc. Let us know if you are interested!!

News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street

This column highlights the work of the RBMS Executive Director, Dan

Slagle, the RBMS Board, and the five committees, focusing on the behind-

the-scenes work of the staff and volunteers, as well as the activities that

are planned and carried out. For information about Dan, the RBMS Board,

and the committees, go to About RBMS | Rehoboth Beach Main Street

Recent Activities of RBMS

Dan Slagle, Executive Director, has been busy meeting and talking with downtown business owners—this month 5 businesses have renewed their RBMS membership, and we have 2 new businesses! Dan coordinated and participated in the Gumbo Crawl and supported the Oldies Dance and Margarita Crawl by collecting funds and promoting these events. Dan attended the AI-Adaptive Intelligence’s Workshop, the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce’s networking event, and the

Main Street Now Conference in Richmond VA.

The Design Committee hosted the Cottage and Town Awards kickoff event on May 7. Rehoboth in Bloom has continued planning a new garden at the Rehoboth Beach Museum and replaced the downtown plants that were damaged by the Nor’easter we recently experienced.

The Organization Committee has launched the new Ambassador Program, for which each RBMS member receives visits from an RBMS volunteer Ambassador who will provide updates on RBMS

activities/events, solicit feedback, and ensure that promised benefits are received by each member.

The Promotions Committee is continuing to develop plans for the Chocolate Crawl in September, November 13 Fashion Show, and the December Community Unity Dinner.

The Communications Committee welcomed our new Website and Social Media Coordinator, Michael MaLoon. Committee members continued its ongoing newsletter development and oversight for social media and website updates.

Recognizing Our Volunteers: Rick Perry

Rehoboth Beach is privileged to have so many residents with extraordinary and diverse talents and skills, individuals who are willing to invest their time as volunteers in our town. One of our super residents who contributes specialized skills and philanthropic action to Rehoboth Beach every day is Rick Perry, who serves as Co-Chair of the RBMS Organization Committee.

Rick brings an amazing background to Rehoboth. He has been an attorney for over 45 years focused on corporate, securities, and banking law. In addition to his role as an attorney, Rick also became involved in running political campaigns in Massachusetts. He served in a senior position at a federal banking agency and was an owner and managing member of a nationwide investment banking firm, registered investment adviser, and a broker-dealer. Even more impressive, Rick led groups to Africa, Central and South America, and Mexico to provide support especially to street children as well as families in impoverished areas ravaged by HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, forced labor, hunger, and a lack of housing. He also worked with organizations in the Washington DC area that rescued young girls who were victims of sex trafficking.

Rick moved to Rehoboth Beach full-time in 2013. Since then, he has been a strong advocate for property owner rights and an ardent supporter of our local business community. He also contributes significantly to causes such as Clear Space Theatre, CAMP Rehoboth, the Delaware Humane Association, and Beebe Hospital, among many other charitable organizations.

Rick ran for City Commissioner in 2015 and 2016. In 2017, he was appointed to the Planning Commission. In 2019, he was selected as Chair of the Planning Commission and served in this capacity for the 2019-2020 term.

After leaving the Planning Commission, Rick immediately became involved with Rehoboth Beach Main Street, starting in August 2021, when he was asked to serve as Co-Chair of the Organization Committee. Rick continued his energetic and selfless service by leading efforts to ensure that members of RBMS and the residents understand the value that RBMS provides to the community


Rick is incredibly enthusiastic about RBMS. “I believe in the mission of RBMS. The quality of life for the residents is dependent on the business community as is the business community dependent on the residents. Without the small businesses in our community, Rehoboth Beach will not be a desirable place to live, and it will not draw the tourism that keeps our taxes low and our services high. RBMS is the vehicle to bring the business and resident communities together to improve life for everyone in Rehoboth.”

Rick is committed to remaining active in our community by making significant contributions to the RBMS mission and by supporting other charitable organizations and businesses in town.

Thanks to Rick Perry for his selfless dedication to Rehoboth Beach.

Rehoboth Beach Gumbo Crawl 2022 Winners

Following a highly successful, sold-out Gumbo Crawl on April 30th with 16 participating restaurants providing their special take on every type of Gumbo imaginable, we had to continue the fun with an awards ceremony for the winning restaurants. Every Gumbo Crawl ticket-holder had a ballot and on Wednesday evening, May 4th, Purple Parrot Grill Beach Haus & Biergarten hosted the participating restaurants to announce the winners.

First Place winner was Café Azafrán, with Mariachi Restaurant placing second and Above the Dunes capturing third place. This was such a difficult decision to make for many ticket holders with all the delicious food served by the event venues.

Rehoboth Beach Main Street would like to thank all the participating restaurants for helping to make this event a success: Above the Dunes, Aqua Grill, Blackwall at the Beach, Café Azafrán, Cooter Brown’s Twisted Southern Kitchen and Bourbon Bar, Dalmata, Dos Locos, Federal Fritter & Bistro, Freddie’s Beach Bar, Mariachi Restaurant, Port 251, Purple Parrot Grill Beach Haus & Biergarten, Rehoboth Ale House Downtown, Rigby’s Bar & Grill, Sunny Bay Café, and Zogg’s Raw Bar & Grill. A special thanks to Purple Parrot for partnering with RBMS in coordinating the event and hosting the awards ceremony. We would also like to thank Holt Paper Company and Sysco Corporation for their generosity.

It was wonderful to see Downtown Rehoboth filled with smiling faces enjoying a beautiful sunny day in our town. We’re already planning for next year’s Gumbo Crawl!

The 1st Place WinnerCafé Azafrán, left to right Matt Carruol, representing Café Azafrán, and Greer Maneval, RBMS President.

2nd Place WinnerMariachi, left to right, Yolanda Pineda, owner, and Greer Maneval, RBMS President.

3rd Place Winner

Above the Dunes, left to right Mike Venanzi, owner; Tina Buel, Alex Koreaken, Allen Simms, Dominic Carreno, Scott Love, and Corey Harris, staff; and Greer Maneval, RBMS President.

The J-1 Visa Program for Summer Employment

The US J1 Visa is a nonimmigrant visa for foreign nationals coming to the United States to participate in work-and-study-based exchange visitor programs. J1 Visa exchange visitor programs allow participants to work, study, teach, conduct research, or receive training in the USA for a period of a few weeks to a few years.

To obtain a J1 Visa, foreign nationals must apply for and be approved to participate in a J1 Visa USA exchange visitor program. There are 14 individual J1 programs within the J1 exchange visitor visa category pertaining to various occupations and functions. The category that Rehoboth Beach businesses would be interested in is Summer Work Travel.

J1 Visa Eligibility

J1 Visa eligibility and requirements vary depending on the exchange visitor program. For the Summer Work Travel program, the eligibility requirements are: sufficient spoken English language skills; full-time enrollment in a college or university outside of the United States (with at least one semester completed); and placement in a seasonal job.

J1 Program Sponsor Requirements

J1 Visa applicants must have a program sponsor in the US in order to apply for a J1 exchange visitor visa. The US State Department maintains a list of J1 exchange visitor program sponsors organized by program. In order for an organization to become a sponsor, it must demonstrate its ability to maintain a successful sponsorship of its J1 exchange visitor program. Some of the sponsor requirements may include:

· Providing pre-arrival information (details about the program to be provided to participants prior to departure from home country)

· Providing an orientation program (information to help participants get acclimated to the United States)

· Providing effective monitoring of J1 students for the duration of their stay (sponsor must keep track of participants welfare and progress, making sure they have 24-hour emergency support)

After a J-1 Visa applicant selects a program sponsor and contacts the sponsor directly, the sponsor will determine whether the applicant is eligible; make the appropriate preparations for the applicant’s visit; and submit a Certificate of Eligibility for Exchange Visitor (J1) Status (Form DS-2019).

For more information on the J-1 Visa program, visit the US Department of State website.

Rehoboth Beach Patrol Is 100 Years Old!

The Rehoboth Beach Patrol is celebrating 100 years of lifeguarding this summer with a celebration on July 30th at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Established in 1921 by Benjamin F. Shaw and the Red Cross with a total of 2 guards, the Rehoboth Beach Patrol is considered one of the Nation’s leading Beach Patrols. The patrol has a 100-year history of excellence in safety with a strong record in lifeguard competition achievements and a fully operational Emergency Medical Unit.

A big shindig is planned with over 500 Rehoboth Beach lifeguard alumni plus 65 of the current lifeguards and volunteers. Our oldest living guard is 93, and he will be in attendance. WOW!

If you would like to make a donation in support of the event, checks can be made to RBPAA c/o Ron Allen, 503 King Charles Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971. And more information is available by email to All supporters will be listed on a page in the program on the night of the event, on the RBPAA website, and on a THANK YOU page in the Cape Gazette.

Save the Date Downtown Rehoboth Restaurant Week

Sunday, June 5, to Friday, June 10

The Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The Cape Gazette, presents Restaurant Week Supports the Red, White, & Blue on the Culinary Coast™! A portion of the proceeds will go to local organizations representing the Red, White & Blue (military and all first responders). For six days, enjoy delicious 3-course prix-fixe meals at participating restaurants in downtown Rehoboth Beach—the culinary destination of Delaware! This is the perfect time to expand your palate and try innovative foods at a reduced price. Whether you come for a day or stay for a week, you won’t want to miss this dining opportunity as Rehoboth Beach continues to gain regional and national notoriety for its inventive chefs and menus. Enjoy a 3-course meal priced at $25, $35, or $45 per person at more than 30 participating downtown Rehoboth Beach restaurants. For more information and a list of participating restaurants please visit Restaurant Week - Rehoboth Beach Resort Area ( Indulge!

Author Luncheon with Emily Giffin | Meant to Be

Browseabout Books Events

June 7, 11:30am–1:30pm

This event will take place at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club

221 West Side Drive, Rehoboth Beach

Browseabout Books is thrilled to host a meet & greet luncheon with The New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin! Tickets are $60 and include an autographed copy of Meant to Be, a delicious buffet lunch, and a non-alcoholic beverage & gratuity. Emily will mingle with attendees, speak about her new book, answer questions from the audience, personalize books, and take photographs with attendees. Additional copies of Meant to Be and many of Emily's other books will be available to purchase before and after the luncheon.

Browseabout Books is thrilled that their NEW luncheon location is the gorgeous Rehoboth Beach Country Club! Meet amazing authors, eat delicious food, and enjoy the fantastic views of Rehoboth Bay. Currently, there are no indoor mask mandates in place, but you will be notified should that change. Please note that RBCC asks that guests not wear jeans. For tickets: Author Luncheon with Emily Giffin | Meant to Be Tickets, Tue, Jun 7, 2022 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market

Tuesday, June 7, 14, 21, and 28, 10:00am–2:00pm

Grove Park

The Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from May through October. They have 33 amazing vendors that can’t wait to welcome you back for the Farmers Market’s 16TH SEASON!! Stay tuned for more details on the Farmers Market Facebook page.

Boardwalk Barons

Rehoboth Beach History Lecture

Thursday, June 9, 7:15pm

The Sussex Room, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel

The topic for the final session in the Rehoboth Beach History Lecture series will be the Boardwalk Barons—wealthy industrialists from Wilmington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. The Barons built “cottages” on Rehoboth’s boardwalk in the 1800s. Come to the lecture to learn who they were and how they organized to take over management of Rehoboth Beach in 1891. The fee to attend the lecture is $25, and reservations are required: call 302-521-4190. The lecture will run from 7:15 to 8:30pm. Attendees are encouraged to begin their evening with dinner at Victoria’s Restaurant—reservations should be made for 5:30pm or earlier to allow time to dine before the lecture: call 302-227-0615.

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Free Live Entertainment & Family Movies at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand. Details and program schedule at

Friday June 10, Mike Hines & the Look (R&B/Funk)

Saturday, June 11, Soul Crackers (Soul/R&B)

Sunday, June 12, Guys in Thin Ties (Alternatives 80’s)

Friday, June 17, Six Pack Rodeo (Classic Rock/Country)

Saturday, June 18, Frontiers (Tribute [Journey])

Sunday, June 19, Tim Laushey Orchestra (Big Band)

Friday, June 24, USAF Band Max Impact (Military [Pop])

Saturday, June 25, Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison Celebration [Tribute])

Sunday, June 26, Vinyl Shockley (Ska/Funk/Island)

Auto Erotic Misadventure and Ponce de Leon Is Dead

June 23–25

CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard

37 Baltimore Avenue

CAMP Rehoboth’s June theatrical production will be a night to remember. Two one-act plays by Pittsburgh playwright F.J. Hartland will be performed in the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard from June 23 to 25. These plays hilariously explore the dynamics of love, family, and friends. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at

9 TO 5

June 24 to August 27

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

The hit 1980 film gets the musical treatment by one of its Grammy Award-winning original stars who wrote the music in this show with big heart and even bigger show-stopping songs! Jaded matriarch Violet, buxom backwoods secretary Doralee, and mistreated newcomer Judy are all under the employ of the overbearing womanizer Franklin Hart, Jr. These three unlikely cohorts team up and hatch a plan to get even with their egotistical, tyrannical boss. All of the madcap hilarity of the movie is intact, intertwined with Dolly Parton’s score that is part Broadway and part pop, a little bit country, and all toe-tapping fun! Purchase tickets at Buy: 9 to 5 (


June 28 to August 23

Clear Space Theatre

20 Baltimore Avenue

Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip to a simpler time as ’bad boy’ Danny and ’the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again in the original high school musical, featuring all the unforgettable songs from the hit movie including “You’re The One That I Want,” “We Go Together,” “Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” and many more! Purchase tickets at Buy: Grease (2022) ( City Update

Unless noted otherwise, the information that follows was adapted from the City of Rehoboth Beach online news. For additional information, go toCity of Rehoboth.

Beach Status Update

The entire stretch of Rehoboth Beach is open and ready to welcome visitors. However, Rehoboth's beach is still showing impacts from the nor'easter that lingered for nearly a week in early May. Thankfully, our dunes did their job and protected the boardwalk and property, but several of our dune crossings were damaged and ridges were created.

As a result of the storm, the beach is (temporarily) narrower, especially at high tide; the good news is that it also is wider than normal at low tide. As Mother Nature is returning some of the washed-out sand to the shore, tidal pools are being created along the beach.

Five of the city's 38 dune crossings are currently closed for safety reasons at the northern end of the beach as the city coordinates with the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control to bring in the sand, equipment, and labor necessary to repair the dune crossings.

On the north end, Deauville Beach is open and accessible. The following dune crossing locations are closed for safety reasons:

· Pennsylvania Avenue

· Surf Avenue

· Elite PT/ Henlopen Hotel

· Grenoble Place

· One at Maryland Avenue.

Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners Allows Private Property Outdoor Dining

The following article is adapted from an article that appeared in the May 24 issue of the Cape Gazette.

Facing a June 1 expiration date of COVID-related policies for outdoor dining rules on private property, Rehoboth Beach commissioners voted unanimously in favor of extending those policies through November 1. During a May 20 meeting, Mayor Stan Mills began the discussion by laying out the options before commissioners, which were to do nothing and let the policies expire; go through the code change process without an extension (which would require a public hearing); or require restaurants to go to the board of adjustment. As the last two options would take months, Mayor

Mills said he was in favor of extending the policy to give the city adequate time to look at the code without harming businesses. However, the Mayor also wanted to include the code-mandated maximum of 750 square feet of outdoor dining space because, he said, to not include that limitation would be a big change.

Ultimately, the size limitation was not included in the motion made by Commissioner Edward Chrznowski, who has said repeatedly he doesn’t agree with the square-footage limitation.

The extension of special outdoor dining regulations also applies to restaurants that did not participate in the program over the past two summers. That allows new restaurants to participate, said Commissioner Tim Bennett at the May 20 meeting.

(Note: As reported in the May 2022 issue of the RBMS Newsletter, the Board of Commissioners adopted a policy on March 18 that allows for year-round outdoor dining on public spaces.)

Board of Commissioners Candidate Petitions

Two commissioner posts are up for election in 2022. Interested candidates must submit a nominating petition, signed by no fewer than 10 and no more than 25 qualified electors of the city; qualified electors include residents, leaseholders, and freeholders. Nominating petitions may be requested by email or by calling Donna Moore or Steven Perry at 302-227-6181, ext. 159. Petitions must be filed with the city manager's office by 4:30pm Monday, June 6.

Attached to each nominating petition submitted must be an affidavit stating the number of signers and that:

  • each signature provided was made in the circulator's presence

  • each signature is that of the person whose name it purports to be

  • all signers are entitled to vote in the upcoming municipal election.

The Board of Commissioners will judge qualifications of nominated candidates, as prescribed by the city charter, at its June 17 regular meeting. Editor's Note With this issue we return to the format of including brief articles in the newsletter that is emailed to subscribers, with links to the full newsletter articles on the RBMS Website. Thank you all for your support of RBMS. If you have any questions or comments, please contact me, Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at

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