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October 2023 Newsletter

October!



October arrives on Delmarva, bringing with it a crispness to the air as the days grow shorter and Fall begins to display its color palate of orange, yellow, and brown across the landscape. The crowds of Summer have subsided as kids return to school and everyone begins to prepare for the colder weather we know is coming. While it is possible to experience the first Fall freeze before month’s end, there is still plenty of time to enjoy Fall festivals like Octoberfest celebrations and quieter beach time before succumbing to the change in seasons by moving most activities indoors until Spring once again arrives.


Here in Rehoboth Beach, as another summer season winds down, we look forward to once again watching the Sea Witch—along with her Army of Ghosts, Ghouls, and Goblins—make their way down Rehoboth Avenue in celebration of Halloween. But before her parade, many celebrate Columbus Day / Indigenous Peoples Day on the second Monday in October. Other October celebrations include Boss's Day, which is observed annually on the 16th, and Sweetest Day on the 21st.


Our showcase businesses this month include the recently opened Coast Rehoboth Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton Hotel at 123 Second Street, Bad Hair Day at 20 Lake Avenue, Lydia's Grab and Go at 33A Baltimore Avenue, and Sea Finds at 42 Rehoboth Avenue, Unit 24 in Penny Lane. This is a great time of the year to visit downtown, as all these establishments look forward to your visit. You will be glad you stopped by and be sure to mention you read about them in the Rehoboth Beach Main Street Newsletter.


Happy Haunting to All and to All a Good Fright!!


You can read more about each of these businesses later in this newsletter and remember parking is now free in downtown Rehoboth Beach.


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 Downtown Blues as a new RBMS member!


· RBMS thanks Hotel Rehoboth, Charm City Run, Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, and Victoria’s Restaurant for renewing at the Green Partner level!


· RBMS thanks Beach Essentials and Grace Boutique 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


Bad Hair Day?

Peter Beck



When considering hair and beauty needs in Rehoboth Beach, locals immediately think of the renowned Bad Hair Day? at 20 Lake Avenue. Owner Drexel Davison has run his shop successfully since 1993 and has an outstanding reputation for delivering the highest quality service.

However, locals may not be aware of Drexel’s special connection to the students at the Sussex Consortium! The Sussex Consortium serves students ages 3 to 21 and is an option for all Sussex County students with an educational classification of autism.


The consortium has partnered with Drexel and Bad Hair Day? for 18 years! Students at the school assist the stylists by doing laundry, sweeping floors, restocking shelves, and doing odds and ends around the shop. In addition to gaining work experience, students also learn essential life skills, such as the importance of being on time, completing assigned tasks, and following through to achieve goals.


Drexel reports that one of the first students from the consortium has been working in Drexel’s Rehoboth shop for 18 years! What started as folding hot towels as they came out of the dryer provided a lifelong job for a child with special needs.


When the new campus of the Sussex Consortium opened in 2020, Bad Hair Day? was right there to offer an even more exciting experience for the youngsters. After six years of planning, on May 2, 2022, Bad Hair Day opened a shop right in the school, located at 17344 Sweet Briar Road in Lewes.


Drexel reports there’s a lot of enthusiasm about their new location and the students. He says, “We are about to enlarge into the neighboring space where we will create a laundry facility and launch a fun, creative recycling project.” Additionally, Drexel and the school plan to partner on a sidewalk art project that will be inspirational to the students.


As a retired special education teacher, I am impressed with Drexel’s willingness to serve as a mentor to special needs students in our community. Hopefully, he is helping many youngsters gain important job skills and self-confidence that will help them succeed throughout their lives. In fact, his contributions to the school resulted in him being given the honor of making the commencement speech at this year’s graduation!


At both the Rehoboth and Lewes locations, Bad Hair Day? is a one-stop shop for beauty and relaxation. In addition to hair styling, the shops offer massages, manicures, pedicures, and makeup. The staff is well known around town for providing courteous service and making every client feel pampered.


Bad Hair Day? is open daily at their Rehoboth location except for Sundays, while the Sussex Consortium location is open Monday through Friday. Call 302-227-HAIR to make an appointment and specify either the Rehoboth Beach or the Consortium location!


Lydia’s Grab and Go Bistro Grabs the Spotlight

Colleen Evans



When you want food that is healthy, creative, fast, and affordable: That can be a tall order. A new business in Rehoboth Beach is changing that by offering chef-driven, healthy soups, salads, wraps, dips, spreads, charcuterie, sweets, and meals to go that are ready when you are—Lydia’s Grab and Go Bistro, at 33A Baltimore Avenue.


Lydia’s Grab and Go is no run-of-the-mill food business. The space is a chef-driven concept that combines an open kitchen, a tempting variety of grab-and-go meals and snacks, and a small selection of gourmet groceries. Open since June of this year, you’ll see families and locals that live and work in the area happily choosing their selections to go.


The day I visited Lydia’s Grab and Go, Lydia Croce, owner of the establishment and bistro manager Katie Sowick of the women-powered kitchen, were taking orders at the register, breezing through the lunch rush with smiles on their faces and a warm greeting to each customer, both seasoned pros, doing what they love: Making customers happy.


Rehoboth Beach has been quick to throw its support behind this small business. There are even customers that come in and let Croce know they’re working their way through the menu. “We use only fresh ingredients to provide creative options to incorporate into your meals. Our most popular items include the spicy pimento cheese dip, vegetable herb wrap with whipped feta spread, and our cranberry almond chicken salad,” according to Croce. There are also seasonal soups and salads, shareable bites, gluten free selections, and a children’s menu—all created to bring comfort food favorites to the next level.


Croce brings her culinary expertise to every item on the menu. She went to college for hotel and hospitality management and has been working in the food service industry locally for years. She sources ingredients locally and organically whenever possible to bring quality meals to your home. This fall Croce plans to add old school recipes like classic Shepherd's Pie and delicious, creamy Tuna Noodle Casserole, wholesome heat-and-serve dinners perfect for families. Croce will also incorporate Football Sunday specials, with options to bundle her dips and chips with selections of spicy pimento cheese, smoky bean, whipped Greek feta spread, and Buffalo chicken.


“I feel confident going forward in what I’m doing and I’m grateful for the overwhelming support the Rehoboth Beach community and Rehoboth Beach Main Street has provided to continue growing my small business and brand,” says Croce. “I’m in my own happy place. I’m creating joy, smiles—and happy, healthy appetites!”


Open year round, check Lydia’s Grab and Go website for fall, winter operating hours. Phone 302-567-2971, email lydiasrehoboth@gmail.com.



Coast Rehoboth: Modern, Coastal with Local Flair

Patricia Garrison



Coast Rehoboth, at 123 Second Street, may be part of one of the world’s largest hotel companies, but it’s infused throughout with the spirit of Rehoboth. As a new addition to Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the hotel was designed to complement the local community and its flair in the lobby, the restaurant, and all 60 rooms, according to General Manager Alli Hutchinson. A colorway of inviting blues and greens mixes with an atmosphere of easy, relaxed sophistication. Sirocco, the 58-seat restaurant and bar, beckons with a similar ambiance.


“The theme is modern, upscale coastal,” said Hutchinson, “and as a part of the Tapestry Collection of boutique hotels, it pulls in the character of the local community.”


Located at the site of the old Sandcastle Hotel, Coast Rehoboth opened July 25, attracting families and couples who enjoy the proximity to the ocean, while making time for the indoor pool, adjacent sun patio, and a Southern European-inspired meal at Sirocco, which has sparked buzz and accolades from visitors and locals.


Featuring Southern European cuisine (think Spanish, French, and Greek), the restaurant offers a selection of small plates, along with a full menu of soups, salads, entrees, and desserts. There is a daily Happy Hour from 5:00pm to 7:00pm; year-round nightly specials on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; and craft cocktails, including the popular Nightfall Manhattan (which features a “citrus bubble” aromatic infusion done at the bar or table).


Hutchinson added that Coast Rehoboth will further combine its elevated, coastal vibe with popular local events that tie into the community.


“During the Sea Witch Festival, we will have a rooftop viewing party and our theme, Holidays at Coast, will tie into the annual Rehoboth Tree Lighting, parade, and more,” said Hutchinson.


“We’re different than other hotels in town,” she continued. “At Coast, you’re not just coming to a hotel or a restaurant. We’re giving our guests an experience they’re unlikely to get anywhere else.”


Sea Finds

Peter Beck



A funny thing happened when I arrived at Sea Finds in the Penny Lane Mall in downtown Rehoboth. I expected to visit a very popular gift shop filled with typical beach gifts, such as shells, cards, beach-themed decor, wooden signs, posters of the boardwalk, the Dolle’s Rehoboth sign, and the like. While these kinds of items were for sale, I quickly learned that the shop is also chock full of many unique and interesting items.


On display are lovely Murano and Venetian glassware imported from Italy! Along the back wall are all sorts of fun jigsaw puzzles of New Yorker and House and Garden magazine covers. There are some delicious-looking jams for sale, writing journals for purchase, Halloween merchandise, and winter holiday ornaments. Other items include scented room sprays and soaps, pillows, and attractive jewelry. The shop even features artwork by local artists.


But the surprises don’t stop there! Tim, the very friendly and helpful salesperson, showed me very interesting “lifetime candles” made by a female-owned company in Arkansas. He explained that the candles are the store’s number one seller, and he demonstrated how the candles work. I liked them so much that I purchased one to display in my home!


He also showed me the very popular December Diamonds ornaments. While they are intended for holiday displays, Tim explained that a lot of customers use them as decorations year-round and enjoy buying the fun “merman” designs as collectors’ items.


I sincerely appreciated the warm and personal service that I received from Tim. His suggestions were helpful and interesting, and I left the shop with a few great ideas for future birthday and holiday gifts!


Sea Finds has long been a staple of the Rehoboth shopping scene. The store opened in 2007 when Linda Abrams and her late husband Al retired and moved here from the Wilmington area. Al had many positive memories of the area from his youth, and the owners’ love for the community is very evident when visiting their shop!


You’ll find Sea Finds at 42 Rehoboth Avenue, at the Wilmington Avenue end of Penny Lane. Currently, the shop is open Sundays from 10:00am–6:00pm and Monday through Thursday from 10:00am–5:00pm. For more information about the shop, call 302-226-7971. Be sure to stop in for a thoroughly enjoyable shopping experience!



News from RBMS Members


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for The Ice Cream Store



The Rehoboth Beach Main Street team was honored to help The Ice Cream Store celebrate 52 years in downtown Rehoboth with a ribbon-cutting event at 6 Rehoboth Avenue. This is the place in town where ice cream fans can determine the exact flavor combination that is best suited for them and ask for samples from more than 100 available flavors, including national award winners.


The Ice Cream Store ribbon-cutting attendees shown are (l-r) Sandra Skidmore, RBMS board member; Dick Byrne, RBMS president; Stephen Scheffer, RBMS board member; Aileen Hearn; Kyle Ten Eyck; Rachel Johnson, general manager; Chip Hearn, owner; Kali Butler, manager; Bella Gentile, manager; Kate Sharp, general manager; and Jerry Filbin and Terry Kistler, RBMS board members.


Story and photo courtesy the Cape Gazette, July 31, 2023 edition.


Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Coast Rehoboth Beach



Joined by City of Rehoboth elected officials, the Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce, and Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Coast Rehoboth Beach was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 30. Participants included TKO Hospitality President Vince DiFonzo; Mayor Stan Mills; Sussex County Councilman Mark Schaeffer; Representative Pete Schwartzkopf; Rehoboth Beach Commissioners Patrick Gossett, Tim Bennet, and Ed Chrzanowski; and Rehoboth Beach – Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce President Carol Everhart and RBMS Executive Director Dan Slagle.



Freddie’s Beach Bar Awarded a Sign Grant



Rehoboth Beach Main Street awarded a Sign Grant to Freddie’s Beach Bar—Rehoboth Beach on September 12. RBMS board member and Design Committee chair Cindy Lovett, right, presented the grant check to Freddie Lutz, center, Freddies Beach Bar, owner, and Evan Hrivnak, left, Manager.


Freddies Beach Bar is a Main Street member. They completed the paperwork to apply, and the sign was approved by the RBMS Design Committee.


Freddie's is an LGBTQ+, straight-friendly restaurant and bar. Enjoy happy hour with discounted beverages and the appetizer of the day between 5:00 and 6:00pm. The hours are adjusted when special events happen.


Freddie’s New Drinks Menu!



Make Freddie's in Rehoboth Beach your destination for fun, good food, drinks, and more! Freddie’s is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday.


Freddie’s new drink menu includes Specialty Cocktails such as the Blue Hawaiian Pina Colada, The Barbie, Magnolia Applebottom, Diamond Doll, and more! Also, a great selection of draft and bottled beer, seltzers, and wines by the glass.


Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar celebrates 15 years in St. Michaels


Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar is celebrating its 15th anniversary of serving delicious food, wine, and atmosphere with an anniversary special at all Ava’s locations. Ava’s Rehoboth Beach is located at 29 Baltimore Avenue.


This October, the Chef’s Favorite pizza will be offered at a special price of $10.19 in honor of the first day of operation in St. Michaels and to thank loyal customers for supporting the restaurant over the last 15 years.

Ava’s in St. Michaels opened on October 19, 2008—with gourmet pizzas, a great wine selection, and a staff of eight—fulfilling a dream of founder Chris Agharabi of Chevy Chase and Easton, Maryland.

Now, Ava’s in St. Michaels has a crew of 35 staff and is part of a group of restaurants on the Delmarva Peninsula under the helm of Agharabi, CEO of Ava’s Hospitality Group.



News from CAMP Rehoboth



· CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company Presents Raincheck, a show by Claudia Allen, directed by Kelly Sheridan. October 5–7, 8:00pm. Buy tickets here.

· Healthy Living: Free Workshop: Prevent health complications | Address frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation | Learn exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, endurance | Communicate effectively with health professionals | Understand the value of nutrition in your health. October 16, 23, & 30. Register at www.HealthyDelaware.org/SelfManagement or call 302-990-0522.

· Two vaccine clinics at CAMP Rehoboth: The first, in partnership with Cape Pharmacy, will offer COVID, flu, and shingles vaccines on Friday, October 13, 9:00am–12:00pm. The second, in partnership with Beebe, will offer flu shots on Wednesday, October 18, 2:00–6:00pm.

· CAMP Rehoboth will convene the annual Block Party on October 15, 11:00am–4:00pm.* See information below in Save the Date.

· CAMP Rehoboth will host an LGBTQ+ Bereavement Group in partnership with Delaware Hospice on October 18 at 6:00pm. Later, on October 23, CAMP Rehoboth will host an end-of-life planning panel in partnership with Delaware Hospice.

· The CAMP Rehoboth Art Gallery will host its show "Ephemeral Expressions" from October 14 to November 30. Stop by the gallery at 37 Baltimore Avenue during CAMP Rehoboth's business hours to view and purchase the art.

*CAMP Rehoboth has a callout for volunteers for the Block Party, primarily for set-up and breakdown of the event. Sunday, October 15, 7:00am–12:00pm.

· The Block Party 2023 will once again be held on the second block of Baltimore Avenue, from 11:00am–4:00pm on October 15. Join local restaurants, caterers, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations!

· If you would like to volunteer, sign up here: https://signup.com/go/hcJnFHp


News from Rehoboth Beach Main Street


Upcoming Events



Fall, Winter, and Spring are busy times for RBMS! Hope to see y’all at the Community Unity Dinner on Sunday, December 3, and Holiday Stroll on Sunday, December 10. RBMS will have contingents in Rehoboth Beach’s Sea Witch and Holiday Parades—come on down and wave us on! RBMS will present “Runway 2024” Fashion Weekend, running from April 18–21 and featuring fashions and art from Rehoboth Beach’s clothing and fine art businesses. And, we’ll again be sponsoring or supporting the 2024 Gumbo Crawl, Margarita Crawl, and Mrs. Roper Romp. Stay tuned for details on our upcoming events!



Looking for something to do on an October 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.


Check out the story on the RBMS Rehoboth Beach Then and Now in the August issue of Delaware Beach Life!



Rehoboth in Bloom


This sure has been a difficult year for flowers, but here are some of our beauties! The teams will be removing the annual flowers on Tuesday, October 31 and replacing them with pansies and dusty miller. Each team has selected their pansy color varieties, so check them all out!




Sponsoring a Planter



Would you like to sponsor a planter in honor of your business or a loved one? Or just yourself? Planter sponsorship is $350, $400, or $500.


RIB volunteers maintain the EarthPlanters year round! A plaque is permanently placed in all sponsored planters.


For more information: info@pdlovett.com or contact the RBMS office at 302-227-2772.


Cottage and Town Awards



The RBMS Cottage and Town Awards celebrate the charm, beauty, and history of Rehoboth Beach. The 2023 Awards have been announced, and the awardees received their plaques and honorable mention certificates at a ceremony at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa on Sunday, September 24.


Cottage and Town Award recipients are:

· Residential New Construction: to Jim and Karen Hutchison for their home at 127 Rodney Street. Honorable mention: 121 Rodney Street.

· Residential Renovation: James and Amy Keating for the renovation to their home at 30 Park Avenue. Honorable mentions: 5 Pennsylvania Avenue and 343 Laurel Street.

· Landscape Design: The City of Rehoboth for the Canalside Garden.

· Large-Scale Commercial Renovation: Coast Rehoboth Beach, Tapestry Collection by Hilton for its transformation of the former Sandcastle Hotel located at 123 Second Street.

· Small-Scale Commercial Renovation project to Downtown Blues for its conversion of the former Nicola’s Pizza restaurant at 8 North 1st Street. Honorable mentions: Bodhi Kitchen and Tiki Jac’s Street Eats & Brews.



Sponsors for the Cottage and Town Awards are RBMS Organization Committee Chair Rick Perry and Board Member Sandra Skidmore. Thank you, Rick and Sandra!


Obituary: Jeffrey Martin


We offer condolences to Suzie Martin, RBMS Vice-President, on the passing of her husband Jeffrey on September 14th. He died at home surrounded by his loving family.


Jeff was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, on August 14, 1953, to Wilbur and Agnes Martin. The family moved to Rehoboth in 1969 where Jeff attended Cape Henlopen High School in its inaugural year. Wilbur was the founding president of the Rehoboth Beach Homeowners Association. They lived on Stockley Street for 40 years.


After graduating from the University of Delaware, Jeff met his wife, Suzie, in Dewey Beach in the summer of 1978, and they married in May of 1979. During the 44 years of their marriage, Jeff’s job in the petrochemical industry took them to 6 different states and even to Hong Kong where they lived for 2 years. Throughout the 15 moves Jeff and Suzie made together, Rehoboth Beach remained the place they called home in their hearts. Jeff and Suzie’s 3 children are daughter Laura Martin (husband Nate Markley) of Maynard, MA, son Adam Martin of Rehoboth, and son Jack Martin (wife Cody Martin) of Milford.


A memorial service will be held to celebrate Jeff’s life in the spring of 2024. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Jeff's name to the Brandywine Valley SPCA by visiting: https://bvspca.org/donate/donation-form or mailing to 22918 Dupont Blvd. Georgetown, DE 19947 and include "In Memory of Jeff Martin.


To read the full obituary, click here.


Volunteer Recognition: Linda Corcoran

Dan Slagle


We’re pleased to recognize Linda Corcoran as the RBMS Volunteer of the Month for October. Linda was born and raised in Northeast Philadelphia and is a diehard Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers fan. She always says growing up in the 1950s as a Philadelphian taught you hope…as in, we’ll win it all next year. She’s very happy to have lived long enough to see all these teams attain their dreams of winning the championship in each of their sports.


Linda and her cousin, Carol Rickert, retired in 2018 and relocated to Rehoboth Beach. Linda and Carol were looking to meet people and become a part of their new hometown and began volunteering with the newly formed Rehoboth in Bloom in the spring of 2019. Linda and Carol were assigned to Wilmington Avenue along with Dick Byrne, Sonie Decker, and Mary Ellen Mannion, where all have remained as volunteers with Claire Worrall joining the team a few months later.


Even during the pandemic, the entire Rehoboth in Bloom crew worked every week to tend to the planters on Rehoboth, Baltimore, and Wilmington Avenues. A new challenge in 2021 was caring for the additional 30 planters used as part of the street barriers for outside dining by many of the restaurants. Everyone involved in Bloom took on the added responsibilities enthusiastically. Linda said her favorite part of tending to the plants is the response of passersby who comment on how beautiful the planters are and hearing how much people look forward to checking out the changeover from summer to fall/winter flowers and then back again.


If you enjoy fresh air, sunshine, watching downtown come to life in the morning, and listening to the sound of ocean waves in the distance, all while helping to beautify downtown Rehoboth Beach by tending to our beautiful planters, Linda recommends joining Rehoboth in Bloom. It involves a once-a-week commitment for less than an hour in the early morning. Contact Cindy Lovett, our tireless leader of Rehoboth in Bloom, for more information at info@pdlovett.com


When she’s not tending flowers on Wilmington Avenue, Linda enjoys visits with family and friends and especially her son and daughter-in-law, Eric, and Linda, and is a doting grandmother to their daughters, Ciara (18 and a college freshman at Midway University in Kentucky) and Saoirse (16 and a junior at Little Flower Catholic High School in Philadelphia). In addition to Linda’s volunteer work for RBMS, she also serves as a part-time administrative assistant in the RBMS office.


Off-Season Specials



Each year, locals and visitors look for the off-season specials offered by Rehoboth Beach businesses. Local resident Michael Moreland creates a chart annually that lists these specials. We’ve created a chart of the downtown restaurants’ specials, based on the chart created by Michael. (Thank you, Michael!) We will add to it as more specials are announced. Hours of operation are subject to change: Verify hours, prices, and particular terms of specials with the restaurants directly. Please be kind to servers and tip on the full bill before discount!



Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend



The Rehoboth Beach Bears convened a successful, fun Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend, with events from Wednesday, September 13 evening through Sunday, September 17. The Rehoboth Beach Bears is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of camaraderie and inclusiveness. The Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend is the organization’s flagship event and fundraiser for their Scholarship Fund for LGBTQIA+ youth in Sussex and Kent Counties and other philanthropy efforts.


Several hundred “bears” and friends participated in many events throughout Rehoboth Beach, including a Pre-Weekend Social Dinner (Beer and Benevolence) at Chesapeake & Maine and Late-Night Bar Crawl at Diego’s Bar & Nightclub; shopping in the Vendor Mall at the Sands Hotel Thursday through Sunday; and meeting old friends and making new ones at Thursday’s Luau Meet n’ Greet at the Sands Hotel Tiki Bar and a Late-Night Bar Crawl at Top of the Pines. On Friday, it was Bear Happy Hour at Above the Dunes, a Luau Party at the Sands Hotel, and Late-Night Bar Crawl at Rigby’s. On Saturday many of the Bear Weekend participants joined the AIDS Walk Delaware, enjoyed the beach for Bears on Gordons Pond, and checked out (and purchased!) art at the Bear Art Show at CAMP Rehoboth. Saturday also featured Bear Happy Hour at the Blue Moon, entertainment by Tom Goss at the Sands Hotel, and a Late-Night Bar Crawl at Aqua. Sunday’s events were a Brunch at the Sands Hotel and Closing Party at The Purple Parrot Biergarten.

The event was the Rehoboth Beach Bears’ best one ever! Attendance was up by approximately 50%, and gross revenue was up 45%. The board estimates that they have raised enough to double its annual scholarship endowment, which will fund at least eight new scholarships in 2024.


The executive board (pictured, left to right: Charlie Rouse, Jeff Donovan, Steve Manos, and Matt Hocking) would like to thank all Rehoboth Beach Bears board members, volunteers, sponsors, vendors, and host hotel, the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, for making Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend 2023 a success. And most important… thanks to all the attendees for making this year’s event the organization’s highest attended weekend to date.


Next year’s Bears Weekend will be held September 12–15, 2024. Tickets for the Weekend, as well as the opportunity to book your hotel at the Atlantic Sands, are available on Eventbrite.


Mrs. Roper Romp 2023 in Rehoboth Beach DE



The first annual Mrs. Roper Romp in Rehoboth Beach took place on Saturday, September 23. More than 200 Mrs. Roper Romp participants—in caftans as Helen Roper or appearing as Stanley Roper, Regal Beagle bouncers, and other Three’s Company characters—braved tropical storm Ophelia and had a fabulous time up and down Rehoboth, Baltimore, and Wilmington Avenues; 1st and 2nd Streets; and the Boardwalk. In addition to having a fun Saturday afternoon, Rompers donated almost $2,000 via the donation boxes that were available in each of the Romp venues. The proceeds will be donated to Rehoboth Beach Main Street and West Side New Beginnings.


The “Romp” is a costumed bar crawl based on Mrs. Helen Roper, a character on the wildly popular 1970s TV show, “Three’s Company.” Mrs. Roper was a wise-cracking, caftan-wearing, love-deprived wife of landlord Stanley Roper. The romp began in 2013 as a “Million Mrs. Roper March” of men and women in caftans and curly red wigs during a New Orleans parade. Today, there are countless Mrs. Roper Romp/Bar Crawl groups all over the world!


For the Rehoboth Beach Mrs. Roper Romp: From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, caftan-clad Mrs. Ropers, Stanleys, etc., defied the rain and strong winds and ‘romped’ all over downtown Rehoboth Beach to spread good cheer and take advantage of the specials being offered by the 14 participating bars and restaurants and one retail shop.


Plans are underway for next year’s Mrs. Roper Romp in Rehoboth Beach on September 21, 2024!


Recipients of the Donations


Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Inc., a non-profit organization, works to promote downtown Rehoboth Beach as a year-round beach town with a vibrant commercial area, attractive signage and storefronts, a full calendar of events, and economic programs benefiting the business and residential community and visitors.


West Side New Beginnings is a non-profit program that serves at-risk, low-income children, youth, and their families in Sussex County, Delaware.



Delaware State Chamber of Commerce

Developing Delaware: Conversation, Collaboration, Innovation



Delaware is small, but diverse. As you travel around our three counties, you discover there is a lot to be learned from the success of our neighbors. We all benefit in the end if we engage in conversation and collaboration to generate job creation. The innovations created from these partnerships will help businesses thrive in Delaware.


On October 5, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce is bringing together business leaders from around the state to participate in an engaging discussion on the 'live, work, play' concept when it comes to economic development. It will be an opportunity to share the good things that are happening, compare Delaware to the successes around the region, hear innovative ideas, and create new business partnerships.


This year their national and local speakers will focus their conversations on three specific components that contribute to a healthy and thriving economy—housing, workforce, and the arts.


Thursday, October 5, 2023, 8:45am–1:00pm

Dover Modern Maturity Center

1121 Forrest Avenue

Dover DE 19901




Mark Your Calendars


The following events are happening in early fall!


· CAMP Rehoboth. Healthy Living: Free Workshop: Prevent health complications | Address frustration, fatigue, pain, isolation | Learn exercises to maintain and improve strength, flexibility, endurance | Communicate effectively with health professionals | Understand the value of nutrition in your health. November 6 & 13.

· Godspell, Spotlight on Young Performers at Clear Space Theatre, November 10–12.

· Estella Scrooge at Clear Space Theatre, November 24–December 10.


Save the Date


Rehoboth-Dewey Scarecrow Show and Trail

Sunday, October 1 through Tuesday, October 31


The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce will again host the Scarecrow Show and Trails for member businesses in the 19971 ZIP code: Dewey Beach, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, and Coastal Highway. Everyone is invited to visit, view, and vote for their favorite scarecrow this fall.


Beginning Saturday, October 1, votes can be submitted online at www.beach-fun.com or via paper ballot available from the Chamber Office at 306 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach. All votes that include a valid numbered entry or business name will be accepted through Monday, October 31. Only one vote may be submitted per person. A listing of participating businesses including entry numbers and addresses will be on the Chamber website and at the office. The list will be updated regularly as participants register. For info, go to: www.beach-fun.com.


“A Salute to Color” by Beth Cartland

October 1 to 11

Gallery 50—Contemporary Art & Framing

50A Wilmington Avenue



Explore a bright, colorful, sense of adventure in this body of work through the application of paint and collage elements. The vibrant works are a result of a dialogue Beth conducts throughout the process, until she finds the “correct” resolution. For info, go Gallery 50 - Contemporary Art & Framing - Delaware (gallery50art.com)


Artist Statement: I love the process of painting—the physical process of applying paint to canvas. I feel a real sense of freedom in allowing a spontaneous application of color and line to the prepared surface. Their energy in painting that connects the external world and my private interior space. I appreciate the dialogue that takes place between the painter and the work in progress. Each painting has its own demands and evolves and reveals itself through the process of painting.


The process almost always begins with a line, or many lines drawn in a quick response to overcome the blank canvas before it intimidates me. Then, I love to hang shapes and colors and textures among the lines. Sometimes they tell a story or illustrate an emotion but not always. Often, I add objects to the surface of my work, creating a collage out of patterns and paint, line, and texture. When working with a live model, I will start with a line drawing that is fairly representational but will then work itself into an abstraction of the mood or motion of the model.


For me, abstract art, like life, is always accessible and inaccessible at the same time. Both tangible and mysterious, abstract art contains the elements of surprise and spirituality. Combining various mediums such as oil, oil pastels, crayons, beeswax, and resin, layered compositions are created that evoke a sense of nostalgia and introspection. The series is inspired by the fleeting moments that shape our lives. – Beth Cartland


Rehoboth Beach Farmers Market

Tuesday, October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31,10:00am to 2:00pm

Grove Park



Market bags and produce bags are available for purchase at the entrance. The RBFM is open rain or shine. Looking for fresh food, beautiful flowers, and unique artisanal goods in Rehoboth Beach? Look no further than our farmers’ market! Our 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. The Farmers Market provides a 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! For information go to rbfarmersmarket.com



Evening Jackpot Bingo

Cape Henlopen Senior Center

Wednesday, October 4 and November 1,

11 Christian Street



Doors open at 4:30pm. Games start at 6:00pm.




Greyhounds Reach the Beach

Thursday, October 5–Sunday, October 8


Greyhounds Reach the Beach® is an event for greyhound and sighthound owners. It is held every Columbus Day weekend in October in the oceanside communities of Dewey Beach and Rehoboth Beach. The Event celebrates our greyhounds, creates awareness of the need for foster and adoptive homes, and raises some funds to support greyhound adoption. GRtB features speakers, vendors in both the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Hall, boat tours, walking tours in historic Lewes, leisurely strolls, and professional photo sessions with your hound(s) on the beach, an auction, a parade, a bonfire on the beach, and a Blessing of the Hounds. For info go to: https://grtb.org/


Raincheck

CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 5, 6 and 7, 8:00pm

37 Baltimore Avenue



The CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company presents Raincheck, a show by Claudia Allen, directed by Kelly Sheridan.


Set in smalltown Michigan in 1985, Thema has moved home to live with her grandmother and great-aunt, Pansy and Flora. She leaves behind four marriages, and rekindles a friendship with her childhood buddy, Gwen, a county nurse watching over Pansy and Flora. In renewing their friendship, Thema realizes what’s been missing from her marriage all along: a woman.


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.




Cape Henlopen Senior Center

Art Techniques Class

Friday, October 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1:00pm to 2:30pm

11 Christian Street

Pam McMillan, Instructor. Four 1½-hour sessions at $6 each. Total cost is $24 per person. You will learn techniques in watercolor and acrylic painting. There will be a minimal supply list, so if you haven’t painted before you do not have a big outlay of money to give it a try. Note: For new students who are interested in trying art but who have held back, and students with some experience who would like to try something new, this is a fun way to give it a try. To register, call 302-227-2055. Payment due upon registering. You may pay by check, credit card, or cash.


Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale

Friday to Sunday, October 6 to 8

10:00am to 8:00p.m daily (store hours may vary)


The Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce announces the 46th Annual Fall Sidewalk Sale. It is a weekend for deals and fabulous finds! Shopping in downtown Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, and Route One has never offered more merchandise at discount prices!


For more information, call the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach, Chamber of Commerce at (302) 227-6446 or visit the Chamber website at: Rehoboth Beach | Dewey Beach | Delaware Beaches (beach-fun.com)



Annual Boardwalk Buddy Walk

Saturday, October 7, 9:00am

Registration begins at 7:30am at the Bandstand®

Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk & Bandstand



Join the Boardwalk Buddy Walk Fund as we unite for a common cause and raise funds for the 2023 Boardwalk Buddy Walk®.


Buddy Day in Rehoboth Beach

Saturday, October 7, all day.


Spread the Awareness all over town! Wear your Buddy Walk t-shirt around town to receive prizes and surprises at shops and eateries with a “Welcome Budy Walkers” sign on their doors.


Buddy Hop at the Bandstand

Saturday, October 7, 9:30am–11:30am


Part of the Buddy Fest activities.



Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company

Fire Prevention Day

Sunday, October 8, 10:00am to 1:00pm

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at the Boardwalk


Join the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company and other first responders as we share educational and fun activities in celebration of Fire Prevention Month. Touch-a-truck and other fun activities will be at the Bandstand. Information available at www.rehobothbeachfire.com.


11th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival

Wednesday, October 11–Sunday, October 15



The 11th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival returns to Downtown Rehoboth Beach, and you don’t want to miss a single show! From October 11 to 15, catch the best Live & Streaming Live Straight Ahead Jazz Acts. True Blue Jazz is THE only place to catch the best LIVE Straight Ahead Jazz Acts in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! We’ve got ‘em!


From Local & Regional Jazz Musicians with legendary talent to National and Internationally recognized Jazz Artists, Masters & Icons, True Blue Jazz delivers the real deal, in the best Jazz Show Venues in the area.


Peggy Raley and Eddie Sherman want to see you there! If interested, please contact them by email at info@truebluejazz.org. For tickets and information on shows, artists and schedules, visit: https://www.truebluejazz.org/



2023 Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival

Thursday, October 12–Sunday, October 15



The Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival is the annual, 4-day fall music event held in multiple locations in lower Sussex County, Delaware. Bringing great music to the area since 1990, we’ve had the greatest Artists of Smooth Jazz and R&B grace our stages: from Al Jarreau to Peabo Bryson to Queen Latifah, from Ramsey Lewis to Peter White to Dave Koz; from Four Play to Booker T & the MGs to Blood, Sweat & Tears. For information go to: https://www.rehobothjazz.com/


Cape Henlopen Senior Center

Dance Party

Friday, October 13, 7:00pm–10:00pm

11 Christian Street


$20 per person. Tickets sold at the door. Featuring: Jazz Musician, Everette Spells. Call 302-227-2055 for more information.



Young Frankenstein

Clear Space Theatre Company

Friday and Saturday, October 13 & 14, 20 & 21, 27 & 28, at 7:00pm

Sunday, October 15, 22, & 29 at 2:00pm

Thursday, October 19, 11:00am

20 Baltimore Avenue



From the creator of the record-breaking Broadway sensation, The Producers, comes this monster musical comedy. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapts his legendary funny film into a brilliant stage creation—Young Frankenstein!


Grandson of the infamous Victor Frankenstein, Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestors. “It’s alive!” he exclaims as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather’s. Eventually of course the Monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.


Every bit as relevant to audience members who will remember the original as it will be to newcomers. Young Frankenstein has all the panache of the screen sensation with a little extra flair added. It will surely be the perfect opportunity for a production company to showcase an array of talents. With such memorable tunes as “The Transylvania Mania,” “He Vas My Boyfriend,” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment. For tickets, go to: https://clearspacetheatre.my.salesforce-sites.com/ticket/#/events/a0S2M00000OhlDgUAJ



2023 Bark on the Boards Block Party

Saturday, October 14, 10:00am – 1:00pm,

Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at the Boardwalk

Sponsored by Brandywine Valley SPCA



A day of fun includes Dock Diving Dogs, a pet costume contest, live music and entertainment, adoption, vendors, kids’ activities, and so much more. Mark your calendars now to get ready for a great day on the boards! For information, go to: https://bvspca.org/news-events-resources/calendar


Big Band Jazz Marathon

Saturday, October 14, Non-stop music from Noon to 6:00pm



Returning for 2023!!! It’s The Big Band Marathon & Organ Trio Party! Tickets are $35.00 online or at the door at the Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Firehouse, located at 219 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. The Smokin’ Red Hot Firehouse Jazz Event keeps turning & burning with one of Delaware’s All Star Jazz Organ Trios to keep the Jazz embers “Reed Hot” between Big Band Sets.


This, our 7th Year with our fantastic crew at the Rehoboth Beach All Volunteer Fire Company for a Smokin’ Hot Firehouse Jazz Marathon….with, as always, ALL PROCEEDS from Ticket Sales for Saturday, October 15, are donated back to the incredible work at our RBVF Company. Four Big Bands swingin’ it hard all afternoon.



CAMP Rehoboth Block Party

Sunday, October 15, 11:00am—4:00pm

Second Block of Baltimore Avenue



Local restaurants, caterers, entertainers, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations will all participate. All ages are welcome. Admission is free but donations to benefit CAMP Rehoboth Community Center are encouraged.


The event is CAMP Rehoboth’s largest annual outreach event. Performers often include the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble, actors from Clear Space Theatre Company, and renowned drag queens such as Tamia Mykles, Roxy Overbrooke, and Magnolia Applebottom, among others.


CAMP Rehoboth is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for all participants. If you plan on joining us for the Block Party and have needs related to Accessibility, please contact Hope@phoenixaccessibilityteam.com.


For information, go to: https://www.camprehoboth.com/events/block-party-2023. Also, see story above under News from RBMS Members.



Cancer Support Community Delaware’s The Pink Affair

Friday, October 20, 11:00am to 3:00pm

Salero, atop the Henlopen Hotel on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk



Tickets for the luncheon and boutique shopping are $65.00. To purchase admission tickets, plus raffle and 50/50 chances, got to: https://cancersupportdelaware.org/event/2023-pink-affair/


Proceeds from the Pink Affair help directly fund critical programming for participants, caregivers and families impacted by cancer in Sussex County, at no cost to them.







Sussex County Today and Tomorrow Conference

Thursday, October 26, 8:30am–4:00pm

Delaware Technical Community College – Jack F. Owens Campus

21179 College Drive, Georgetown, DE 19947



The workforce housing crisis in Sussex County is the focus of this year’s conference, and we hope you join us to be a part of identifying solutions and building a blueprint for the future. It will again be offered in a hybrid format where attendees can attend in person or online with the same access to our keynote speaker and presenters.


Registration and networking begin at 7:45 a.m. The conference is an all-day event with lunch provided for in-person attendees. To register, visit https://www.sussexcountyconference.com/


33rd Annual Sea Witch Festival

Friday, October 27–Sunday, October 29



Bigger and better than ever, including more entertainment, more activities, and more fun! Fun activities include: Costume Parade for people and dogs; Sea Witch® Hunt; Indoor & Outdoor Artisans and Vendor Shows; Bubble Boo & Puppies Too!; Tyke Bike; Live Bandstand Entertainment; Horseshows on the Beach; 5K Race/Walk; Hayrides; Room Toss; Magic Shows; Lantern Tours; Fantasy Trail; Kids Games on the Beach; Kids Treasure Hunt; Trick or Treating; Haunted Bonfire and much more!





Rehoboth Beach Library

226 Rehoboth Avenue



Please visit https://rehoboth.lib.de.us/ to see Upcoming Halloween Events. The spooky season is upon us and our library has lots of fun activities coming up for kids, teens, and adults! All events are FREE!




Editor’s Note

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