June Is Bustin’ Out All Over in Rehoboth Beach!
Photo credit: Keith Misener
In the classic 1945 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel, Nettie Fowler prepares for the annual summer clambake down by the dock while restless fisherman and hungry New Englanders anticipate a hearty summer feast just across the bay. As the weather warms, everyone’s feeling a bit frisky, and soon Nettie and the entire cast are singing out that “June is Bustin’ Out All Over.” Needless to say, here in Rehoboth Beach residents and tourists feel the same way as Spring comes to an end and the glorious sunny days of Summer arrive. Days get longer and warmer, and we realize how much we have missed summer, despite the added traffic! Ah, the warm sun on our skin, the sand in our toes, and the roar of the ocean waves! In this edition of the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Newsletter, we welcome summer by informing you about the many exciting activities that await, the fabulous accommodations that make Rehoboth Beach the nation’s summer capital, and the wonderful shopping and dining experiences that abound in our town! Visitors looking for a place to stay? Hotel Rehoboth is highlighted in the Business Showcase section below. Needing running shoes, accessories, and apparel? Charm City Run is your source. Want to check out a new outdoor dining space? Head to Somewhere Rehoboth. And Jam Bistro is at a new address, with a 2nd-floor outdoor dining area! We hope you find these Rehoboth Beach Main Street member businesses to your liking. We invite you to take a minute to stop and enjoy the myriad of flowers Rehoboth In Bloom has been planting and caring for to enhance your Rehoboth experience. You can read more about each of our spotlighted businesses later in this newsletter. 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 Lydia’s Grab & Go Bistro for becoming a member at the Green Partner level. RBMS thanks Second Block Hospitality MGT (The Pines, Aqua Bar & Grill, Drift Seafood & Raw Bar, and Bodhi Kitchen) for renewing at the Yellow Partner level! RBMS thanks Loves Liquors, Somewhere Rehoboth, Snyder’s Candy, and The Ice Cream Store for renewing at the Green Partner level! RBMS thanks these businesses for renewing as RBMS members!
· Atlantic Cycles · Chocolate Wave · Christmas Spirit · Kilwin’s Rehoboth Beach · MOD Cottage · RB Convenience · Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market · The Grateful Head Salon · Jam Bistro · Jolly Trolley · Kaan’s Bakery · Hunt & Lane · Mill Creamery · Coffee Mill · BRASHhhh
For information about levels and benefits of RBMS membership, go to Join | Rehoboth Beach Main Street (downtownrb.com)
Showcasing Rehoboth Beach Businesses
Chesapeake & Maine
Come for the lobsters, stay for the crab!
Chesapeake & Maine is Dogfish Head’s seafood and craft cocktail restaurant, located in Downtown Rehoboth beach at 316 Rehoboth Avenue, right next to the brew pub. With seafood sourced exclusively from the Chesapeake Bay and its watersheds and Maine, you’ll find coastal dishes, handcrafted cocktails, and Dogfish beers in a casual, nautical-themed atmosphere.
Chesapeake and Maine has 120 Minutes of Happy Hour every day from 4:00–6:00pm with $5 draft beers, $6 canned cocktails, and $8 keg cocktails. Visit Chesapeake and Maine during Coastal Delaware’s Restaurant week and enjoy a 1.25lb lobster for only $15.
Chesapeake and Maine has live music every Friday and Saturday from 7:00–10:00pm, featuring local acoustic musicians from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day Weekend. After you finish your delicious dinner, stop by Chesapeake & Maine’s sister restaurant Dogfish Head Brewings and Eats for an after-dinner beer from one of its 26 taps.
You can reach Chesapeake and Maine by phone at 302-226-3600. Reservations aren’t required, but they’re recommended.
Charm City Run
For over twenty years, Charm City Run has been a successful chain throughout the Baltimore area, specializing in running and walking shoes. Thankfully for those of us who work out regularly, last summer Charm City Run opened its first location at the shore at 200A Rehoboth Avenue!
Charm City Run specializes in assisting athletes to find the shoe that is the best fit for their needs. Customers can easily schedule a fitting appointment online in order to receive individual attention at a convenient time for them. The shop sells athletic shoes for every shape and size, including brand names such as ASICS, Brooks, and UnderArmour. In addition, the shop sells popular apparel brands such as LuLuLemon, Nike, Under Armour, and Oiselle. Need some nutrition and hydration pick-me-ups? Look no further than Charm City Run!
In addition to knowledgeable, well-informed salespeople and tons of shoes to choose from, Charm City Run is an excellent source to learn about local marathons, charity events, and training programs. The store offers shipping as well as curbside pickup for interested customers.
Currently, Charm City Run opens daily at 10:00am and closes at 6:00pm, except for Sunday when the store closes at 5. Check out their website at https://www.charmcityrun.com/rehoboth-beach! Phone: 202-278-7034.
Remember the classic song Somewhere from West Side Story: “There’s a place for us; somewhere a place for us”? On a beautiful spring day, my friend and I felt we had found “somewhere” quite special when we dined at Somewhere, the restaurant, located at 52 Rehoboth Avenue.
Many locals fondly remember the Mug and Spoon coffee shop that had a very successful run for several years on Rehoboth Avenue. The specialty coffees, milkshakes, and tasty cookies and cakes were a big hit with Rehoboth diners!
Then in 2020, the opportunity for a larger space came when the Iguana Grill and Cantina closed on Baltimore Avenue. Owners Aileen Hearn and Kyle Ten-Eyck jumped at the opportunity to expand their business and quickly obtained the charming 100-year-old building, sprucing it up with bright paint and new equipment; thus, Somewhere was born.
Somewhere specializes in “Whimsical, nostalgic, feel-good food” with a Caribbean flair. Diners can enjoy a tasty breakfast, brunch, or dinner.
Somewhere has been a successful addition to the Rehoboth Beach food scene. Favorite dishes include the street corn bowl, the “eggs splendidict” with crab cake, and espresso martinis that were described as “the best ones in town.” My friend and I enjoyed the fried chicken sandwich and the breakfast sandwich on a buttery croissant. Yum!
As a coffeeholic, it was interesting to discover that Somewhere has a fully manual espresso machine! Imported from Italy, the machine makes delicious coffee drinks. I particularly enjoyed my caramel coffee macchiato!
The front porch of the restaurant is a perfect place for people watching on a warm summer eve. In addition, the cozy outdoor oasis sand patio has been quite popular with diners.
The sand patio provided diners with extra outdoor dining options during the pandemic. However, when the pandemic rules for outdoor dining expired last November, restaurants had to apply to the city if they wanted to continue to have the expanded dining space. Somewhere was the first restaurant in Rehoboth to get permission from the city commissioners!
The restaurant is now open for the season. Current hours for breakfast and lunch are Thursday and Sunday from 9:00am to 3:00pm; however, Somewhere stays open on Friday through Saturday nights until 9:00pm so diners can also enjoy a delicious dinner. Beginning Memorial Day, the restaurant will be open nightly through Labor Day.
For more information about Somewhere, call 302-858-6280 or visit their website at somewhereatthebeach.com.
Jam Bistro Moves to New Location
After more than a decade on Baltimore Avenue, JAM Bistro in Rehoboth Beach has moved from Baltimore Avenue to a new location at the corner of 2nd Street and Wilmington Avenue. The restaurant had been at its current location, 21 Baltimore Ave., since 2011. JAM's new digs, in addition to serving as the Rehoboth Beach jail many years ago, has played host to Chez La Mer, Papa Grande's, Azzurro Italian Oven, UnWined at the Beach, and now JAM.
JAM Holdings is owned by business partners Mark Hunker and Jeff McCracken. Hunker observed that their new space was nicely renovated by the UnWined owners, and it was left as a turn-key operation. There’s no need to change the floor plan, he said. “It has the same rules—no pre-boxed, no premade; you have to make it,” he said. “We don’t allow anything premade in-house. We do a lot of farm-to-table, a lot of local purveyors. We try to do a 100-mile circle.”
The old beach cottage that houses JAM Holdings’ Eden restaurant was recently purchased, and its lot has been incorporated into the design for a new hotel, which means the house will also be torn down.
Hunker says that fans of JAM Bistro can expect the same seafood-driven seasonal menus that they know and love, adding there won’t be any dramatic changes to the food program. What is new, however, is a rooftop terrace that will inspire “more beachy cocktails.” As Hunker explains it, “JAM’s tried-and-true method will be the same, but we will adapt some things to the space.”
Aside from the terrace, the new restaurant has a larger kitchen and slightly more seating, which Hunker says will come in handy given the influx of remote workers who have flocked to the area since the start of the pandemic. “Our shoulder seasons are very busy now, which is great,” says Hunker. “So, we have viable year-round business, and having a bigger indoor space will be great for us and our clients.”
“When we talk about JAM, we’re moving it to extend and expand our clients’ experience,” says Hunker. “And we want to be here—just like we were for the past 11 years. We want to be here for eleven more. And, by moving the restaurant, it secures that for us. We can do it on our own terms and build the JAM we want.”
The restaurant, located at 210 Second Street, is open seven days a week. For more information, call 302-226-5266, email JAMbistro@gmail.com or go to JAMbistro.com.
JAM Bistro business partners Mark Hunker, right, and Jeff McCracken. Hunker also owns Eden Restaurant; Coho’s Market; Red, White and Basil in Rehoboth; and the Duplex Diner in Washington, D.C. Submitted Photos
After more than a decade on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, JAM Bistro has moved to the corner of Wilmington Avenue and Second Street. Chris Flood Photos
Inside Hotel Rehoboth – Rehoboth Beach’s Ultimate Boutique Hotel
Dreaming of a luxe beach getaway this summer? You can do just that at the Hotel Rehoboth. This gem of a boutique beach hotel, located at 247 Rehoboth Avenue, offers impeccable service, amazing location, and unbeatable beach access. Whether your plans include a relaxing getaway with friends or family, the Hotel Rehoboth has everything you need to make your stay a memorable one.
The hotel’s lobby and guest rooms are airy and luxe, decorated in hues reflecting Coastal Delaware beaches with sumptuous textures and wood elements that make every space lend itself to a coastal feel.
All 52 guest rooms and suites feature luxury creature comforts, high-end toiletries in the shower, plush robes in the wardrobe, and high thread-count linens on the bed. Suites have expansive living rooms for a quick lounge or afternoon drink—though with so many restaurants and bars to experience, it'd be a shame to hide out.
There’s no better place to start your morning than a gourmet breakfast buffet in Lupo restaurant, located on the street level of the hotel. The made-from-scratch bountiful breakfast buffet is included in the hotel room rate and only offered to in-house hotel guests.
After breakfast, head down to the beach—with a complimentary shuttle manned by the hotel’s well-known and -loved ambassador Eddie—and splash the day away in the surf, or laze about in the sun, then head back to your hotel room. There’s no need to even get in the car. Just steps out the hotel’s front door is great shopping, art galleries, and an incredible selection of restaurants.
But beyond good looks and superior amenities, gracious hospitality is at the heart of Hotel Rehoboth “We’ve thought about every little thing that our guests will expect from a coastal boutique hotel, even small touches such as afternoon wine and cheese, to homemade chocolate chip cookies in the evening and nightly turn-down service,” explains general manager Reinie Thompson. “The Hotel Rehoboth team just loves hosting new and returning guests and creating memorable experiences for them. It’s our teams’ goal to be warm, welcoming, and to go above and beyond to make their stay fabulous.” says Thompson.
Hotel Rehoboth is one of the best-rated hotels in Coastal Delaware, and offers endless options, exceptional service, and excellence in an intimate, unique setting to create your ideal vacation and an unforgettable experience.
For reservations and additional information: 877-247-7346.
News from RBMS Members
Bad Hair Day? Open House
Thirty years ago, preparations were being made for the opening of a hair salon to be called Bad Hair Day?. Preparations are now being made for the 30th Anniversary Celebration of that Salon! “The Pearl Party” is an Open House at the Salon—to be held on Sunday, June 4, 4:00–8:00pm, at 20 Lake Avenue. And EVERYONE is invited!
The traditional gift of thirty years is Pearls, so be sure to wear your best Pearls! Sign the 30th Celebration Guest Book! Sip a Pearled Champagne Cocktail! Enjoy tasty treats from Chef Dom Pandolfino and Meghan Gardner of Greater Good Events at the Children's Beach House!
Upscale Cocktail Attire in Shades of Pearl. (Remember: Pearls come in many colors!)
CAMP Rehoboth Celebrates Pride
As the community celebrates Pride month this June, CAMP Rehoboth Community Center invites all to come visit at 37 Baltimore Avenue. CAMP Rehoboth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization dedicated to creating a positive environment inclusive of all sexual orientations and gender identities in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities. CAMP seeks to promote cooperation and understanding among all people, and to work to build a safer community with room for all.
CAMP Rehoboth is proud to announce the opening of its Health Suite, located in the rear of 39 Baltimore Avenue, in the corner of the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard; it also marks where the CAMP Rehoboth operation began. The new space affords a new level of privacy and confidentiality for CAMPsafe’s HIV testing. HIV testing is free of charge, and results are given in 15 minutes. Walk-in hours are available daily, and the tests are administered via a finger stick. Outside of testing, check out CAMP Rehoboth’s Pride Month Listicle for more information on how CAMP Rehoboth will be celebrating Pride. For starters, the month includes Murray Archibald’s Mask Hysteria art show, the Pride Film Festival, the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus summer concert, and Voices from Stonewall. Plus, pick up our latest issue of Letters, and join us for routine programs like yoga, meditation, Flaming Knitters, Women in Circle, and more!
[Caption for photo: CAMPsafe HIV Tester Alan Spiegelman in CAMP Rehoboth's new Health Suite.]
News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street
Rehoboth Beach Main Street Receives Accreditation from Main Street America and Downtown Delaware
For the 4th consecutive year, Rehoboth Beach Main Street has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting performance standards set by the National Main Street Center. Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. It is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Accredited programs are selected by the local State Coordinating Program, which in Delaware is Downtown Delaware.
The National Main Street Center identifies local programs that meet 10 national performance standards. Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships and documenting programmatic progress.
Congratulations to Dan Slagle, RBMS Executive Director, RBMS staff, Board and Committee members, and volunteers—all who work together to make RBMS the outstanding organization that it is!
RBMS Attends the RBHA Meeting
Rehoboth Beach Main Street thanks the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association for the invitation to attend the May 13 RBHA meeting and set up a table. At our table, RBMS volunteers provided information about RBMS's Historic Walking Tour and the upcoming Margarita Crawl. Also, tickets for the May 19 Oldies Dance were available. One of Rehoboth in Bloom volunteers Mary Ann McKiernan and team's beautiful gift baskets was used as a door prize. Congratulations to winner Jammy Bertot who said, "I never win anything!"
On behalf of RBMS, board member Cindy Lovett then presented the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Department with a check to thank them for their help in filling 40 of our planter reservoirs: 3 hours' worth of their time!
RBMS / Rehoboth in Bloom Oldies Dance: Success!
Friday night, May 19: "Oh Whatta Night!!" So many people made it happen!
· The Dance Committee team—Marsha Burd, Dick Byrne, Alice Hoens, Tammy Hsia, Ching Hsia, Maryellen Mannion, Mary Ann McKiernan, and Jill Shull.
· Basket Auction—Mary Ann McKiernan and Johanna Rupp (and helpers) and everyone who donated to them.
· Bar Pros—Dick Byrne, Steve Scheffer, Rick Perry, and Lisa Schlosser.
· The awesome City Guys who were there every time we needed them!!
· All of the Bloom Crew, who baked their hearts out!
· Dogfish Head for donating the beer.
· Bin 66 for donating the wine.
· Rusty and Kim Catts for donating the umbrella and chairs.
· Sky Brady for keeping the tunes flowing.
And to everyone who attended and supported Rehoboth in Bloom!!!
Looking for something to do on a June 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.
RBMS Activities and Events
See the stories below for information about the Cottage and Town Awards, Rehoboth in Bloom activities, Gumbo Crawl, and Margarita Crawl! A lot happening this Spring!
News from Rehoboth in Bloom
Rehoboth in Bloom has one key volunteer position we would love to fill: Lead for the planters in the median on Rehoboth Avenue. Bloom’s original Lead has decided she wants to get back to her Tuesday golf league. (Thank you, Jane, for all 4 years with RIB!)
A Lead position is mostly communication: Cindy communicates with the 12 Leads and the Leads communicate with their team. There are 3 planters the Lead would tend to. The Team meets on Tuesday mornings.
This team is extremely experienced and independent, so all that needs to be done is to check in with everyone and see if they need anything. The Lead might need fill in if someone is out of town. Typically, there are two Lead meetings per year.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you might be interested.
Volunteer Recognition: Carolyn Diefenderfer
Our volunteer shout-out for June is for Carolyn Diefenderfer! She is a person of many talents and shares them joyfully with RBMS! Carolyn became a volunteer at RBMS just last July, diving into Rehoboth in Bloom as part of the team caring for the planters at Grove Park and taking on the role of RBMS assistant treasurer. And, Carolyn’s volunteer work doesn’t stop there, as she serves on the City’s Parks and Shade Tree Commission and the Environmental Committee, too. She is also a frequent attendee at City Commissioner meetings and workshops and her energy is amazing!
A native of Ellicott City MD and a proud graduate of the University of Delaware, Carolyn is a retired CPA who moved here full time from Newark DE with her husband, David, in 2020. When they arrived in Rehoboth Beach post-retirement, Carolyn was looking for volunteer opportunities and a chance meeting with Design Committee Chair, Cindy Lovett, became the opportunity to try RBMS.
Carolyn had worked for Genesis Healthcare for 29 years, finishing off as Vice President of Accounts Receivable Systems. Prior to that she worked at Price Waterhouse for 6 years. At RBMS, as well as her work with Rehoboth in Bloom, Carolyn applies her accounting and business skills in helping us further develop our accounting and budgeting capability and is helping us get ready for a first-ever independent financial review that we hope will help us to be more effective in finding grant support for programs and activities.
The diversity of talents to be found in Rehoboth Beach never ceases to be amazing, and in this case RBMS benefits incredibly from Carolyn’s experience and energy. Thank you, Carolyn!
In Memorium: Susanne Lynn Misener
Rehoboth Beach Main Street regretfully advises our members and readers of the sudden passing of our long-time member and former Board member, Suzanne Lynn Misener. Lynn Misener and her husband, Keith, provided inspiring leadership, pursued excellence, and created Sassy Chic in downtown Rehoboth Beach with an enviable reputation for artistic flair and excellent customer service. Above all, Lynn loved people, and she was dedicated to the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes communities. We are inspired by the high standards she espoused, and we are reminded of the many moments we have enjoyed as associates, customers, and friends of the company that she helped create.
We unite in offering our condolences to Keith and the entire Misener family in their time of mourning. We assure you that Lynn’s remarkable legacy offers both inspiration and challenge to anyone who aspires to emulate this great woman. We hope the memory of how she has enriched the lives of all who have had the privilege to be associated with her will soon bring you comfort and relief of sorrow.
Rehoboth Beach Main Street – Purple Parrot Grill Gumbo Crawl 2023
The 2023 Rehoboth Beach Gumbo Crawl was held on Saturday, April 29th, 1:00pm–4:00pm. The Gumbo Crawl was co-hosted by the Purple Parrot Grill and RBMS. 1,000 hungry folks tasted the gumbo at each of the14 restaurants participating in the event.
RBMS and the Purple Parrot Grill congratulate the winners of the 2023 Gumbo Crawl! Trophies were handed out on Wednesday, May 3, at the Purple Parrot Grill! And the winners are...
First place, Mariachi Runner-up, Above the Dunes 2nd runner up, Tiki Jac's
Cottage and Town Awards Competition Scheduled
Nominations are now being accepted—the deadline for entries is August 11, 5:00pm. All construction must have been completed between January 1, 2022, and August 1, 2023.
The award categories are:
1. Best new construction
2. Best renovation/reconstruction
3. Best landscape design
4. Best commercial construction
Sponsors for the Cottage and Town Awards are RBMS Organization Committee Chair Rick Perry and Board Member Sandra Skidmore. Thank you Rick and Sandra!
Winner announcements will be posted on the RBMS Website on August 21 and in the Cape Gazette on August 24. The Bellmoor Inn and Spa has once again offered to host the Award ceremony, which will take place on September 17.
Visit www.downtownrb.com for the application form and details.
2023 Rehoboth Beach Main Street’s Margarita Crawl
The 2023 RBMS Margarita Crawl will be held on June 3 from 1:00–4:00pm. This year’s Margarita Crawl is sponsored by Dano’s Dangerous Tequila. In addition to the Dano’s tequila margaritas, participating restaurants are also asked to prepare Mock Margaritas for Crawl-goers who would prefer a non-alcoholic version.
Ticket holders will have a chance to vote on the following categories:
· 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Best Margarita
· Most Unique/Creative Margarita
· Best Mock Margarita
The following restaurants are participating in the event:
· Above the Dunes
· Aqua Bar & Brill
· Arena’s Deli
· Blackwall at the Beach
· Blue Moon
· Café Azafrán
· Chesapeake & Maine
· Dos Locos
· Freddie’s Beach Bar
· Kiwi’s Tiki Hut and Kove
· Mariachi Restaurant
· Purple Parrot Grill
· Rehoboth Ale House
· Somewhere Rehoboth
· Victoria’s Restaurant
Tickets for the Margarita Crawl are $20—available at the RBMS Office, 509 Rehoboth Avenue, or by calling 302-227-2772.
See you on June 3rd!
Supporting RBMS Members’ Hiring Opportunities
Based on a request from an RBMS business member and in response to challenges noted in the member survey distributed in April, we created an Opportunities Page on the RBMS website that advertises RBMS member business’ job openings. We currently have 8 businesses with We’re Hiring announcements! We are promoting this Opportunities campaign to potential job applicants through several vehicles: the RBMS website and social media pages, as well as announcements on Radio Rehoboth and local television stations’ websites.
We plan to post job opportunities on our Opportunities Page through August, unless we are otherwise notified in writing by the Rehoboth Beach business to remove their job opening announcement prior to August 31.
We are asking any downtown Rehoboth business with a position(s) available to email us (email@example.com) a 2- to 3-sentence job description and include all contact information, i.e., owner/managers name, email address, and phone number; a link to the business’ website is optional. We would appreciate receipt of a high-quality logo you would like us to use with your position(s) available announcement, as well.
We thank the Rehoboth Beach business community for working with us on this effort! If you have any questions, please contact Dan Slagle at 302-227-2772.
West Side Creative Market Returns
The Developing Artist Collaboration held a special kickoff event for the return of the West Side Creative Market on May 23. The market is located at the corner of Central Street and Canal Crossing Road in West Rehoboth. Markets will continue throughout the summer from 5:00 to 9:00pm, Mondays and Fridays. Markets are weather dependent. Cancellations will be announced on Instagram and Facebook.
What started as a dozen artists selling their work in an empty lot has grown into a beautifully designed space for locals and visitors to enjoy while sipping a cocktail, listening to live music, and supporting artisans.
The market is free to attend. In addition to featuring artist vendors, the market will offer live music, food trucks, and the Creative Market Bar serving up handmade cocktails, beer, and wine. With games, DIY art projects, Magic Jack, and other activities, the events offer fun for all ages.
Story adapted from a Cape Gazette article: West Side Creative Market sets summer kickoff May 23 | Cape Gazette
DE Division of Small Business—Seeking Businesses to Spotlight
The State of Delaware Division of Small Business wants to put a spotlight on all the small business gems throughout Delaware that make this state shine. We know you’re passionate about your business, and why you do it. So why not share that story with the Division—and with others in the State! The Division has created a form for you to easily share information about what an incredible small business you own.
*Please note that you must have a Delaware Business License in order to be considered.
Wear Orange Weekend
National Gun Violence Awareness Day is June 2, 2023, and it marks the beginning of Wear Orange Weekend, June 3–4. The purpose of Wear Orange is to honor people in the US affected by gun violence and to call an end to this crisis.
The Beaches Chapter of Moms Demand Action is the local organization promoting the weekend’s activities. They are organizing a photo op beside the Rehoboth Bandstand and other activities. They are asking individuals to show support for ending gun violence by wearing orange on June 2–4 and by participating in two local events:
BoardWALK to End Gun Violence: Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk, Friday, June 2 at 1:00pm. Participants are asked to wear Orange and meet at the Bandstand at 1:00pm for a group photo and then walk the boards as a group.
Light-Up Orange, Friday, June 2 – Sunday, June 4: Business owners and residents are asked to show support for gun safety and disarming hate by lighting up your business or residence ORANGE.
To learn more about Moms Against Violence visit: Home - Moms Demand Action | Moms Demand Action
Save the Date
Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 1, June 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29
End of Rehoboth Avenue
Hosted by Delaware Coastal Prime Timers, social group for single & coupled gay men. Optional breakfast after walk. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clear Space Theatre presents "Lucy in the Sea with Darvon"
Friday, June 2, & Saturday, June 3, at 7:00pm, and Sunday, June 4, at 2:00pm
Clear Space Theatre
20 Baltimore Avenue
Following the suicide of their twin sister Lucy, estranged siblings Lindsey and Levy are left wondering how to move on. As they struggle to reconnect, mutual disdain over past mistakes reaches a boiling point, buried family secrets are exposed, and lives are changed forever. For tickets go to: https://clearspacetheatre.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/#/events/a0S2M00000OhlDHUAZ
This June Wesley Cappiello, who was a member of the 2017 Summer Repertory—performances of A Chorus Line, Legally Blonde, and The Little Mermaid—brings an exclusive new work to Rehoboth Beach. Wesley’s plays have recently been chosen for the New York New Work Theatre Festival and are beginning to be done around the country. Wesley is writing a play that will be seen for the first time ever on the Clear Space stage.
Coastal Delaware Restaurant Week
Sunday, June 4, 11:00am, to Friday, June 9, 11:30pm
The Rehoboth Beach - Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, in partnership with The Cape Gazette, presents Restaurant Week Supports the Red, White, & Blue on the Culinary Coast™. Offers include either discounts or prix-fixe menus at restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Lewes, and Coastal Delaware. Portion of proceeds to benefit the Military & First Responders including the City of Rehoboth Beach & Town of Dewey Beach Police Departments, Rehoboth Beach Fire Company, the Home of the Brave, and Tunnel to Towers.
2023 Participating Restaurants Include (As of 05.09.23):
· Blue Moon
· Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar Rehoboth
· Cafe Azafran
· Chesapeake & Maine
· Cilantro Cocina de Mexicana
· Claws Seafood House
· Cooter Brown's Twisted Southern Kitchen and Bourbon Bar
· Crabby Dick's Marketplace + Grill
· Crooked Hammock Brewery
· Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats
· Downtown Blues BBQ
· Fins Ale House & Raw Bar
· Fins Fish House & Raw Bar
· Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
· Kiwi's Tiki Hut & Love
· Lefty's Alley & Eats
· Lighthouse Dewey Beach
· Lupo Italian Kitchen
· Starboard Raw
· Starboard Restaurant
· Thomspon Island Brewing Company
· Victoria's Restaurant
Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays, June 6, 13, 20, and 27, from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Looking for fresh food, beautiful flowers, and unique artisanal goods in Rehoboth Beach? Look no further than the Rehoboth Beach Farmers’ Market! The market offers locally sourced and seasonal produce, handmade goods from local artisans, and a community gathering place every Tuesday from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Join your neighbors for a truly unique shopping experience that celebrates the best of Rehoboth Beach. Don't miss out on the freshest and most flavorful products the market has to offer!
Market bags & produce bags available for purchase at entrance, rain or shine. Go to rbfarmersmarket.com for more information.
Jackpot Bingo at Cape Henlopen Senior Center
Wednesday, June 7, 1:00pm
11 Christian Street
The doors open at 11:30am; games start at 1:00pm. The cost is $20 per person and includes one game pack and specials. Additional games and food may be purchased. The public is welcome, but you must be over eighteen to participate. OUR COOKIE JAR amount will be announced. You do not have to be a member of CHSC, but a reservation is required. Call 302-227-2055 to reserve your seat and to inquire about parking arrangements.
Rehoboth Beach Library – Farmers’ Market Storytime
Tuesday, June 13, 20, and 27, 10:00am
Grove Park Small Pavilion
Summer is here and Storytime returns to Grove Park for Storytime! Gather in the small pavilion during the Farmers’ Market to read a few books, chat, play, and make some new friends! This Storytime is open to all ages and does not require any registration.
Rehoboth Beach Library
Touch a Truck at Rehoboth Elementary School
Friday, June 23, 11:00am to 12:30pm
500 Stockley Street
Come to the Rehoboth Elementary School parking lot for our 2nd Annual Touch a Truck! This year, the Library will be welcoming a firetruck, ambulance, police car, and an ice cream truck, with ice cream available to purchase! Registration is not required. This event is free, family friendly, & open to the public.
SPCA Adoption Fair
Saturday, June 24, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Rehoboth Beach Public Library
226 Rehoboth Avenue - Breezeway
The Brandywine Valley SPCA will be at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library with several of their dogs and cats who are eligible for adoption. If you have been thinking about adopting a pet for yourself or your family, stop by to meet them!
Recurring & Weekly Events
· Start a Book Club at the Rehoboth Beach Public Library!
· Creative Movement Sunday Yoga: Every Sunday, 11:00am, free of charge.
· Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild Free Writes: An informal gathering of writers of ALL skill levels! Meets every Monday at 8:00am.
Link for all June Events at the Library: https://rehoboth.lib.de.us/
Clear Space Theatre
Clear Space presents "Jesus Christ Superstar"
Tuesday, June 27, 6:30pm Reception, 7:30pm Curtain
Wednesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 29, 7:30pm
20 Baltimore Avenue
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR! What’s the buzz? The first musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be produced for the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar has wowed audiences for over 40 years. A timeless work, the rock opera is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary and universally known series of events but seen, unusually, through the eyes of Judas Iscariot. Loosely based on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, Superstar follows the last week of Jesus Christ’s life. The story, told entirely through song, explores the personal relationships and struggles between Jesus, Judas, Mary Magdalene, his disciples, his followers, and the Roman Empire. The iconic 1970s rock score contains such well-known numbers as “Superstar,” “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and “Gethsemane.” For tickets, go to: Buy: Jesus Christ Superstar (salesforce-sites.com)
Clear Space present “Kinky Boots”
Friday, June 30, 7:30pm
Kinky Boots is the big-hearted musical extravaganza that won six Tonys including Best Musical, the Grammy for Best Musical Theatre album, and London’s Olivier Award for Best Musical. Kinky Boots features a joyous, Tony-winning score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper, and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner, Harvey Fierstein. Billy Porter won a Best Actor Tony Award for his portrayal of Lola. Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they realized... and discover that when you change your mind, you can change your whole world. A surefire crowd pleaser, Kinky Boots will have your audiences dancing in the aisles and discovering why, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out! For tickets go to: Buy: Kinky Boots (salesforce-sites.com)
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand Summer Concert Series
All performances begin at 8:00pm, Friday–Sunday (Weather Dependent)
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, free entertainment by over 40 bands from every musical genre and era at the open-air bandstand just steps from the beach and boardwalk.
Link for June events at the Bandstand: www.REHOBOTHBANDSTAND.com
Summer Recreation Activities Sponsored by The City of Rehoboth Beach
The City of Rehoboth Beach offers recreational programming that brings creativity, activity, camaraderie, and fun to the summer months for residents and visitors of all ages. For more information about city parks and playgrounds, nearby state parks, bicycling routes, and so much more.
Link to Rehoboth Beach Parks and Recreation Department: https://www.cityofrehoboth.com/parks-and-recreation/summer-recreation-activities
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Peter Pizzolongo, Newsletter Editor, at PeterRBMS@gmail.com.