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April 19th, 2015

Destination? Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe, Historic Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Grits, Sweet Potato Corn Bread…One More Bite!!

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Love starting Sunday mornings with a proper breakfast:  A couple of bowls of confidence with a side dish of Charleston Grits; creamy and stone ground, accompanied with sweet potato corn bread.  This tasting left me wanting some more, except it will have to be another time.  Looking forward to Fried Chicken & Waffles and, apparently, their Heirloom Tomato Pie is out of this world.  Arrive casual, that’s the kind of place it is.  Plenty of smiles letting me know that Southern Hospital is taken seriously.

Breakfast is that meal that is a big deal…love it, and enjoy it!!  Once you have it you won’t be that hungry at lunch.

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Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe came to my attention while visiting Historic Charleston at the end of February.  It is located at 62 State Street, Charleston, SC 29401  Tel. 843-722-5650  On Mondays, they close.  The rest of the week they will open from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Website?  http://www.dixiecafecharleston.com/home.aspx

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Their menu looked great….you might have to walk Historic Charleston a few times afterwards, though.  Their cuisine comes from generations of family recipes.  Local seasonal produce is used and also almost everything is made from scratch.

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Or, take a seat….that bench looks so good.  Relax and enjoy the moment!!  Magical Sundays!!

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April 17th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach Museum, Events, Exhibits, Sea Folklore, Lego Robotics, My Doll and Me Tea Party, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches

At The Water's Edge

At The Water's Edge

“The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient.  One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach-waiting for a gift from the sea.”  anne morrow lindbegh

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is a vibrant community, offering its visitors and residents gorgeous beaches, an award-winning Boardwalk, where plenty of memories are made each year.  It is a foodies destination…from the Boardwalk grub to restaurants whose unique chefs are bringing us more innovative cooking than ever before.  Downtown Rehoboth Beach is one square mile….tax free shopping, theatre, and low property taxes.  It is also known as The Nation’s Summer Capital.

Living at the beach…I love it and do not take it for granted.  Rehoboth Beach has evolved over the years.  If you love vacationing here…stop by the Rehoboth Beach Museum, which is also the home of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society.  Its mission is to preserve and showcase artifacts that illustrate the development of this coastal beach town.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue near the traffic Circle and the Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center.  Tel. 302-227-7310  Website?  http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

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Sunday, April 19th – Children ages 5 to 8 are invited to join the Rehoboth Beach Museum from 2 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. to learn about Sea Folklore and create a friendly sea creature out of inexpensive materials.  Please call 302-227-7310 to save a spot for your little seafarer.

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Saturday, May 2nd – My Doll and Me Tea party for girls 6-12 years of age.  Young ladies are invited for an afternoon to share with others their favorite dolls on Saturday, May 2nd, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Ice tea, lemonade and sweet treats will be served.

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Girls will play and learn old-fashioned games such as hop scotch, marbles, cat’s cradle and hula hoop.  Each girl will be invited to tell a special story about her doll.  Girls are encouraged to dress up and to dress their dolls in their best outfits.

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The cost of the tea party is $10 and includes admission to the museum, refreshments and games.  The event is limited to 15 girls with one doll each.  Please call 302-227-7310 to make a reservation.  I was one of those girls that played with dolls all the time.  I loved them.  Here is my own Brownie Doll, circa….I don’t remember.

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I had the opportunity to help out on one of the tea parties…so much fun!!

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Thursday, May 7th – Join the Rehoboth Beach Museum for an evening of great memories at 7 p.m..  They will be pulling some photos out of their collection, featuring folks who are not identified.  Help them identify who is on those photos.  Bring along a few of your own and get help finding out just who is featured in your family pictures.  Reservations are required.  Please call 302-227-7310.

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Saturday, May 23rd – Opening of the new exhibit that celebrates who made Rehoboth Beach great!!  11 a.m.

Check this out!!!  The Rehoboth Beach Museum has partnered with Discover Bank and the local Boy and Girls Club to help build futures one Lego piece at a time.  Dicscover Bank provided funds so that Rehoboth Beach local, Lydia Hastings, graduate of the University of Maryland Civil Engineering  program, could create a great environment for future engineers to learn about Lego NXT Mindstorm Robotics.  The Museum seeks to link the kinds of engineering tasks that it took to cut, move and store ice in the old ice house, which the museum now occupies, with today’s engineering tasks completed by robot.

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Recently, Lydia held a Lego Robotics course at the Boys and Girls Club of America Epworth United Methodist Church location, and it was a resounding success.  The first class learned about the different Lego robotic sensors and even how to program their robots to accomplish different tasks.  They had a ton of fun!!  Next one will be in May….stay tuned.

Hope you have a great week-end TGIF!!  At the Beach?  Hope so.

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April 16th, 2015

Destination? A Taste of Finer Things, Fundraising Event, Live Entertainment, Coastal Hospice at the Ocean, Harrison’s Harbor Watch, Ocean City, Maryland, The Paring of Fine Foods & Fine Wine for a Cause!!

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“Fundraising is the gentle art of teaching the joy of giving.”  hank rosso

With that in mind I headed south from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to meet my friends, Cindi and Ross, for a night of fundraising in Ocean City, Maryland.

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It is so interesting to see this town at this time of the year.  It is so quiet, but not for long.  Beachgoers will be here soon enough and they will be creating their memories at the beach.  This most southern part of Downtown Ocean City is where Trimper Rides is located.  It was just featured in Strange Inheritances.  Trimper Rides is a family owned and operated business located in prime real estate in O.C.  Not to see the lights and the laughing and screaming visitors is a sight to be seen.

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For a few years…I will call them, the movers and shakers in Ocean City, Maryland, have been diligently fundraising for a much needed hospice facility in the area.  Together they are building the funds in order for construction to begin.  They need $5,000,000.  Already they have $3,000,000 thanks to the generosity of all in the communities.

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“Hospice patients most often choose to remain at home.  However, a growing number find that at the end of life they are unable to manage alone or need more than a frail spouse can provide.  Suddenly, home is no longer the safest place to receive hospice care.”  Coastal Hospice at the Ocean will serve the Lower Shore region.  For more information, please visit http://www.coastalhospice.org.  Or, please call Maureen McNeill, the Director of Development at 410-641-5481.

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Unreal to see the award winning Boardwalk this quiet!!  Inside Harrison’s Harbor Watch the mood was anything but quiet.  It was a festive event with about 225 in attendance.

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Harrison’s Habor Watch is located at 806 S. Atlantic Ave., overlooking the Inlet and Assateague Island.  This is the southern end of the Boardwalk.

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Having fun while raising funds…the main focus of the evening.  Blindly choosing a bottle of wine…$20.  Raffles!

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The live entertainment was by Lauren Glick and Mike Armstrong.

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Seventeen of Ocean City’s restaurants brought their “A” dishes to this event.  Each station was paired with a unique wine complementing the food.

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Oysters to start with were from Harrison’s Harbor Watch.  Plump, salty and cold!! We are by the water so having them to start our evening was a no brainer.

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Sushi from OC Wasabi.  This was a popular station, to say the least.

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My love affair with Fried Green Tomatoes continues.  Having these ones from Sunset Grille, topped with Crab Remoulade, well, what can I say….awesome!!

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They had just brought out the warm crab dip from Crabs to Go…paired with a light Prosecco.

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One of my favorite tapas of the evening….Embers/Blu Tuna Tartare Tacos, and, Smoked Salmon Napoleon.  The tuna, the lime, the cilantro and the presentation…great.

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Touch of Italy has been in Ocean City for the past year.  Love that they always take their time to teach their customers about what they offer.

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Hooked offered a terrific combination of Basil Scented Tuna.

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Barn 34…what a great job!!  Two complete different offerings.  The stuffed dates…the combination of salt and sweetness.  Never fails.  Can’t wait to have them again.  The shrimp stuffed with cheese were also awesome!!

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Spring Lamb from the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin.  I like mint sauce vs. mint jelly, though.  Very good indeed.

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I usually do not eat eggs for breakfast, but deviled eggs are a different thing altogether.  These were Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs!!  The Cucumber Cups with Spicy Crab Dip….can’t wait for summer.  This was presented by Seacrets!

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My last tasting was of Crab Guacamole served with Fresh Tortilla Chips from the Captain’s Table.

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Sweet Ending Desserts!!

Sweet Dispositions offered:  Pecan Diamonds, Key Lime Tartlettes, and White Chocolate, Macademia Nut Cookies!!

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Desserts by Rita had assorted Cupcakes!!

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Wockenfuss Candies….Now, take a look at the elegant Chocolate Covered Strawberries!!

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Tasting, sipping continued for a few hours.  It was a total success!!

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Cindi, Ross, and I decided that it was time to hit the road…..but not before Cindi showed us that Wine is a Girl’s best friend!!

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Note:  It was about 9:30 p.m….look at the Boardwalk!!  Not one person.

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Waiting for Summer 2015!!

April 14th, 2015

Destination? Sawgrass North, Schell Brothers Community, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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I never miss an opportunity to see real estate.  I guess that went with the territory for many years…my late husband, John, was a Broker and owner of his own real estate company in Bethany Beach.  So, when my neighbor, Chris, asked me to go check Sawgrass North I jumped in her car ready to go.  Sawgrass North is located at 35546 Betsy Ross Blvd., on Old Landing Rd. in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Sawgrass North is a Schell Brothers community.  It is private, gated, and just by Rehoboth Bay.    It has a clubhouse, pool, fitness, tennis and basketball courts.  And….lawn maintenance is included.

Meet Adam Pettengell….He is the Community Sales Manager at Sawgrass North.  Cel. 302-228-2719.  Website?  http://www.schellbrothers.com Email:  adam@schellbrothers.com.  His personality comes through as friendly, knowledgeable about real estate and what he is selling…and most of all a good sense of humor.  Even though I could have taken his photo on site, I decided to use the portrait of Adam in the Master Bedroom.  With that kind of personality, he can sell anything.

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This 3,300 sq.ft. model home was already sold,  completely decorated.  Schell Brothers has an in-house designer.

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The house has beautiful colors.  The people that are moving to Sawgrass North are those that are completely new to the Delaware Beaches, and also those that are downsizing…so tired of the up-keep of a much larger home.  They want more time to play and less time to spend working on the home.

If you do want to do some business from home, this area is perfect!!

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The Kitchen is very open and conducive to entertainment.

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The Living Room is spacious.  Two views; from the first floor and from the loft area on the second floor.

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Master Bedroom, First Floor.

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If you would like to dine indoors…love the table and the finished look.  Otherwise, outdoors on a beautiful day is the way to go.  Outdoor entertainment!!

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Upstairs, there are 3 bedrooms and 2 baths.  They are beautifully decorated, reminding us that we are at the beach and fresh colors set the moods.

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Bathrooms are comfortable and laundry room has everything needed.

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Stop by and say hello to Adam….he really is so nice!!

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April 13th, 2015

Par-3 Signature 19th Hole, Rehoboth Beach Golf & Country, Wedding Venue, Events, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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I have forgotten how gorgeous this hole is.  It is a Par-3 Signature 19th Hole.  Sunday was one of those days in the Delmarva Peninsula that took your breath away.  Rehoboth Beach Golf & Country Club is located at 221 West Side Drive in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  This club was established in 1925.

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It is the first golf course in Delaware to receive the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Designation from Audubon International in 2001.  “It is described as helping golf courses protect our environment and preserve the natural heritage of the game of golf.  “Since it is located in the fragile inland bay region, it embraces this effort and it is proud to be one of only 906 courses world-wide to receive this designation.”

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One hundred fifty acres of waterfront property….on Rehoboth Bay.  It is a wedding venue for many looking for a unique spot worthy of a celebration.  Cheryl Romano is the Banquet Coordinator with many years of experience.  You may reach her at 302-227-3811.

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When photographer Maria DeForrest begins the photogaphy session….the background is breathtaking and the wedding party not too far behind….priceless!!

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Have a good one!!

April 12th, 2015

Destination? STReat Festival, Manayunk, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Restaurant Week, 4/12-4/24, Philly Trucks!!, Beast & Ale, Restaurant, Philadelphia Dishes Delicious!, Beautiful Spring Day!

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Indeed it is a beautiful spring day through the Mid Atlantic.  Manayunk in Philadelphia, PA, will be hosting the first of two STReat Festivals and Restaurant Weeks beginning today, Sunday, April 12th.  Twice a year these events are capturing foodies throughout the Mid Atlantic because as we all know Philadelphia can Dish Delicious!!

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Oh by the way, I would have been there just like I was in the fall but I have an HOA meeting…thanks to my neighbor Mark.  Glad I can help.

Manayunk is located on the banks of the Schuykill River and in the northwest section of the City of Philadelphia.  It has a long history.  For many years it was not popular but just like the trend in many cities….some of these Main Sreets are being celebrated and renewed.  Restaurants, shops, the river, sports and a hip place to live, are making Manayunk a destination.  For more information, please visit http://www.manayunk.com.

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Main Street will be closed off.  Parking around town will be available.  Info. on parking can be found on the above mentioned website.  Like about 11 a.m. you will see visitors strolling Main Street looking for their favorite Philly Food Trucks….50 of them for the event.  Food trucks are mobile restaurants and some traditional restaurants are a bit threatened by them.  Usually reasonably priced, the food is cooked on the spot and very good

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Mama’s Meatballs Truck will be there.  This is a favorite and you will find a line to get these delicious meatballs.

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Last year we tried:  Mama’s Meatballs on the left hand side with beef, pork, veal mix, topped with arugula and Parmesan.  On the right, the Apple Bomb made with 100% turkey mixed with sauteed spinach, Granny Smith, stuffed with roasted red pepper, Asiago, and topped with spicy Fresno Chili Apple Chutney.  These meatball sliders were…Yummy!  They are working on their website, but you can find Mama’s Meatballs on Facebook.

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The only Mac ‘n Cheese food truck in Philly is MacMart.   Just as popular as the meatball truck, you will find people waiting in line.  If you do not make it to the festival, this food truck is usually parked by Drexel University.  More info?  http://www.macmartcart.com.

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A Latin Food Truck called Delicias was a bit more expensive but it was worth having the arepas.

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On the photo:  The left arepa was filled with shredded chicken tossed in guacamole and mayo.  On the right, was the shredded beef, sweet plantains, b lack beans, and Cotija cheese.

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Up close to the Shreeded Beef Arepa…

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I had never seen a Fashion Truck….all girly, glam and funky.  It was called Smak Parlour.  Just climb up and shop.  More info?  http://www.smakparlour.com.

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Restaurant Week Begins Today, Sunday, April 12th through Friday, April 24th.  Restaurants that you might not have tried before for one reason or another….try them at great prices!  Check http://www.manayunk.com/signature-events/spring-streat-food-festival/restaurant-week-menus.html

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I have been thinking about the Whipped Cauliflower that I had at Beast & Ale, located at 4161 Main St. in Manayunk.  Tel. 267-437-3936.  Website?  http://beastandale.com Very casual restaurant.  Not an extensive menu but what they have is soooo good.  Plenty of craft beers and spirits.  This is a brother restaurant to Cantina Feliz, La Calaca Feliz, and Taqueria Feliz.

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The Whipped Cauliflower with black olive tapenade, parsley, and served with toasted bread.  Something so simple and good…can’t wait to have it again.

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Baby Beast Burger….The baby was plenty big.  American cheese, pickles, avocado…the works on a Brioche.   If you are looking for a good burger in Manayunk, this is the place.

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Fried Bologna Sandwich?  Oh yes!!  Fried Egg on Top?  Bring it On!!  American Cheese, tomato and a dijonnaise sauce.

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Enjoy this gorgeous day…we deserve having a day like today!!

April 11th, 2015

Shopping!! Aquamarine, Boutique, Historic Lewes, Delaware, Beach Chic, Ladies Apparel, Shoes, Jewelry, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, A Must Stop Shop for Women of all Ages

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Kick back in style at the Delaware Beaches.  Aquamarine has been recognized by “Elle” magazine as one of the 50 best boutiques across the 50 states.  I can see why….all boutiques are shops but not all shops are boutiques.  Personal attention at Aquamarine is what you will get.  And, once you become a customer, Maureen and her Mom will remember your name.

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Aquamarine is located at 114 Second Street, in the heart of Lewes Historic District.  Tel. 302-644-4550.  Website?  http://www.aquamarineat114.com.  You can also find Aquamarine on Market on Facebook.

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What makes us, women, come back to this boutique?  The inside is so pretty.  The building dates to the 1900’s.  It used to be the hardware store owned by the Vessel Family.  Rich woods and cabinetry are beautifully preserved.

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Aquamarine has something for everyone and the personal attention that customers receive is just that.  Maureen has a great eye for what looks good on a woman.  She is honest, friendly, and you’ll love her immediately because she makes you feel like you have known her forever.

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Here, at the Delaware Beaches, our lifestyle is very casual…Beach Chic, Resort Attire….we love it!  The dress code is sophisticated but understated, as well.

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We are waiting for summer, the temperatures are rising, the flowers are starting to bloom.  You can feel it in the air.  There is something about it.  By the time you read this post, hopefully, the tulips are blooming in Lewes.  Aquamarine is full of colorful ladies apparel and Maureen mentioned that she has new lines in the store.  For example, there is one line that she thinks is great.  It is called Planet.  This company utilizes top natural fabrics like Irish handkerchief linen, prima cotton, and washed silk organza.  Palettes are of soft hues.

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To see what lines Aquamarine carries, please visit http://www.aquamarineat114.com/index.html/lines-we-love.html.  Then, click on Lines We Love.

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Enjoy the week-end and sunny weather!!

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April 10th, 2015

Destination? Tulip Festival, April 9 – 18, 2015, Historic Lewes, Delaware, Events, Activities, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, TGIG

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The timing of the tulip’s appearance is an inexact science and to that end, the committees in charge of the annual Tulip Festival in Lewes, Delaware, decided to expand the time frame of the event to enhance the chances that the tulips will be visible during the event.  The event dates span two week-ends, April 9th to April 18th, with special events planned on the first week-end.

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Having said that and having visited Lewes, yesterday, Thursday….it might be better to come to see the tulips next week.  It is what it is, mother nature does it again.  But, if you like to have fun at the beach, by no means come on down.

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This is the 6th Annual Tulip Festival.  The Lewes Chamber of Commerce continues to partnership with Lewes in Bloom, The Lewes Historical Society, Lewes Parks & Recreation, the Zwaanendael Museum and the Historic Lewes Farmers Market to present this annual celebration.

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For a schedule of events, please visit http://www.leweschamber.com.  The Lewes Chamber of Commerce is located at 120 Kings Highway, in Lewes.  Tel. 302-645-8073  They also have a Facebook Page.

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Have a great week-end!

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