July 22nd, 2014
Bethany Beach, Delaware, also known as The Quiet Resort was founded in 1901. Originally, it was intended as a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country. Bethany is definitely, a family resort. It is enjoyed by so many visitors coming from the Mid-Atlantic States…and beyond.
For many years I lived in Bethany. Even though many things have changed around the town…..one thing that does not change is that small town atmosphere we all seem to be seeking now.
The flowers look gorgeous all summer long. How does she do it?
It was past 1 p.m. and the beaches were crowded. This time of the year until mid August it is considered the height of the summer season. Just be patient, there are a lot of visitors in town.
The beaches were packed and those umbrellas are iconic at the Delaware Beaches.
That’s it…that’s my post.
Note: Please remember that the Beach and Bay Cottage Tour is tomorrow, Wednesday, 7/23 and Thursday, 7/24. Please visit http://www.beachandbaycottagetour.com. They always have tickets available.
And, also make sure you also remember that Bethany Beach is Smoke Free!!
July 21st, 2014
A new exhbit at The Rehoboth Beach Museum features items that illustrate the history of the organization known as CAMP Rehoboth. With this exhibit Rehoboth Beach Museum honors the history of CAMP Rehoboth.
The organization, whose name is an acronym for Create a More Positive Rehoboth, was founded 24 years ago. CAMP Rehoboth is a LGBT community service organization that has grown from its original small office on Baltimore Avenue, publishing a 4-page newsletter to a nationally-known organization with a long list of services, activities, events and programs.
The once modest Letters from CAMP Rehoboth newsletter now runs anywhere from 88 to 120 pages an issue.
Visitors are invited to visit the Rehoboth Beach Museum to view past issues of the newsletter, photos and t-shirts from the early days of the organization.
The shovel used to break ground for the new community center is on display, as is a bumper sticker stating “Keep Rehoboth a Family Town”, a tangible example of the tensions in the community that led to the founding of CAMP Rehoboth. Also on display is a framed ceremonial copy of SB121 which added the words “sexual orientation” as a protected class under Delaware’s non-discrimination laws.
The Rehoboth Beach Museum is open 10 – 4 from Monday through Friday, 11 – 3 Saturday and Sunday. It is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue by the Rehoboth Beach Visitor’s Center and by the Roundabout. Admission is by donation. Call 302-227-7310 for more information. And, please visit http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org
July 20th, 2014
Ba Roos is located at the Sea Colony Marketplace on Rt. 1 in Bethany Beach….right across from the Sea Colony Buildings. Tel. 302-616-2250.
Missy, Debbie, and I made it after we had found out that their ice cream is from Hopkins Farm Creamery in Lewes. This ice cream is so good, you have to try it yourselves. Caution: You’ll be hooked!!
If you are vacationing in Bethany Beach or passing by then make sure to stop. There is plenty of parking available. Hopkins Farm Creamery delivers Ba Roos the ice cream every day. It is fresh and all flavors are available.
Ba Roos is bright and has available seating indoors.
Also, the Adirondak chairs are outside….enjoy your ice cream there!!
July 19th, 2014
The origins of the Delaware State Fair go back 95 years when it started as a way to promote and encourage agriculture and to have something fun for the rural communities within Delaware. It is a true American Classic. When it opened its doors on July 27th, 1920, admission was 25 cents for children 6 to 12 and 50 cents for adults. Parking was 25 cents. The Fair had a net profit of $43.90. The phrase “Bigger and Better Than Ever” came because after such a success, plans were in place to make it “Bigger and Better Than Ever” the following year. And….the Fair continues bringing residents and visitors a time of pure family fun.
So many people are involved in making the Delaware State Fair a success, but these 2 gentlemen are the ones responsible for making it “Bigger and Better Than Ever” every year. On the left hand side of the photo is the Best General Manager, Bill diMondi, and on the right is the Best President of the Board, Ron Draper. Big smiles on their faces as the Delaware State Fair opened on Thursday with new additions of vendors, a new free App., a finished Plaza, cool lights, and a Beer and Wine Garden called The Roost! For everything you would want to know about the Fair, please visit http://www.delawarestatefair.com. Find it on Facebook and Twitter and other social media outlets.
I have to admit that I am embarrassed to say that I had never attended the Delaware State Fair. So, I was excited when Susan called me on Thursday to see if I wanted to go to the opening of this popular fair at this time of the year. I seized the moment….gorgeous weather. It was going to be great. Wearing comfortable clothing and shoes, Susan and I took off for Harrington at around 4:30 p.m. to enjoy, eat, stroll, and join the festivities.
I did not know it was that big. Over 70 rides in total. Exhibits of every kind, animals, carnival exhibits, you name it…..the parade!!
Okay, the first thing Susan and I noticed was the Fried Bubble Gum….we were not even 15 minutes inside and we had to stop and check it out. The Fried Bubble Gum is a marsmallow covered in a bubble gum coating that is deep fried and tastes like it. Then, we also had an order of the Fried Cookie Dough, and the fried oreo cookie that I think was called the Alligator Eggs. We should have had them for dessert and not as an appetizer.
The Chicken on a Stick caught my attention and this happy customer was more than eager to pose for the camera.
Music, banging or something was going on at The Plaza….open air, entertaining the visitors was JunkRock. This band is completely made out of recycled material. They were pretty good and will be at the Fair the whole week. They were also teaching the young ones the importance of recycling. More info? Please visit http://www.junkrockband.com.
Throughout the Fair there are plenty of Exhibit Halls.
These quilts were 70 years old and already had been awarded First and Second prizes.
Pastries and baked good also had been entered in competition…..this cake was so cute and depicted the farming and livestock atmosphere of the Fair.
I could not tell why one would take the first prize vs. the second…..to an untrained eye, they looked the same.
Susan and I continued to stroll the Fair and its halls. Look at these amazing sunflowers!
There are so many livestock events. On the first day of the Fair, not all the animals were there, but everyone was getting ready. Delaware’s young ones take pride in raising quality livestock…hogs, sheep, goats, steer, horses. You can find out when Livestock Exravaganza, Junior Livestock Auction, and Shows will be taking place by visiting, http://www.delawarestatefair.com.
If you have children, please stop by the Children’s Barnyard….these piglets decided that they were no going to look at the camera.
At 7 p.m. every night you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Parade. What’s a fair without it? Tractors, bands, carriages, and floats.
A stop at Big Al’s for a roast beef sandwich….Susan went searching for fries, and then wood fired pizza from Fundaro’s.
Off to The Roost…..the new Beer & Wine Garden making an appearance at the Delaware State Fair. You may bring your food in and relax while sipping your favorite beer and wine. Various wines and beers are from the local region, as well as domestic favorites. The Roost is located south of the Dover Building on Smith Street and opens at 3 p.m. until 11 p.m. Susan and I made ourselves comfortables enjoying our taste of the Fair and loving those lights on the tables.
Nothing like a good rodeo at the Delaware State Fair….it was such a beautiful evening in Kent County!! This is also the stage for the concerts that will be taking place during the week.
Getting into the Carnival mood is easy….so, off we went to meet Tina who was only 29 inches tall.
And, then we met Donna who was the “Snake Child”….Bill conversed with them like he knew them all his life.
Susan and I continued with Bill to stroll the Delaware State Fair. I think I was fascinated with it because in a time when all you hear is “bad news” broadcasted in all mediums, being at the fair its like becoming a kid again…clean fun. The music coming from The Grand Master Band Organ located on the Plaza was beautiful. This is the largest concert band organ currently traveling in the U.S. It is also the only organ in the world that was built by American and European craftsmen. It was finished in 2007 and can reproduce a range of sounds that have never been played on a Band Organ before. More info? Please visit http://www.grandmasterbandorgan.com. This organ can also be rented for events.
The night was coming to an end for us. People were walking and enjoying the low humidity and cooler temperatures. At night the Delaware State Fair takes a festive aura.
There are about 70 rides. Susan and I decided a ride on the Ferris Wheel would be the perfect ending at the Delaware State Fair. I had not been on one since I was a young girl.
The view from the top was….priceless!!
And, if you encounter problems at the Fair….law enforcement will be ready to help you….hope you go and visit.
July 17th, 2014
Awesome day in Delmarva!! Low Humidity, blue skies….and it is Summer 2014! You might be at the beach, or gardening or just plain doing nothing at all. A couple of weeks ago the day was the same and my friend, Debbie K, called me and we wanted to play tourist. Enjoying the beautiful day we took off, unexpectedly, for the Lobster Shanty located on Rt. 54 in Fenwick Island, Delaware. Tel. 302-436-2305. Website? http://www.twiningshanty.com.
The Lobster Shanty opened its doors in 2010. It is owned by restauranteurs David and Janet Twinings. It really does have awesome views of the bay and marshes from most of the tables, including an open air sunset bar. Check the scenery because during different times of the day you may see herons, egrets and the creatures that make the bay marsh their own habitat.
The location is just a few miles west of Fenwick Island on Rt. 54…over the “bridge”. The Lobster Shanty can get pretty crowded, but on that particular day, at lunch time, we were lucky because it was quiet and had the perfect lunch…seafood was on our minds.
The bar is huge and also has that magnificent view. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner and happy hour. You can make reservations by calling the above mentioned telephone number.
My friend, Debbie K, had the best salad….It was called the Lobster & Shrimp Salad. It was almost enough for 2 people. The salads were served over field greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and seasonal fruits….dressed with their own maple vinaigrette dressing. It was so pretty!
My Lobster Salad Roll did not disappoint…it was, definitely, a perfect summer dish. It had knuckle and claw lobster, a little Helman’s, their own seasonings…..shhhhhh a secret, and an originial New England buttered grilled roll.
Debbie K and I caught up with each other lives and decided that we are lucky to live here at the Delaware Beaches….and, do not take it for granted.
Our lunch was very reasonable, our services was attentive, and we thoroughly enjoyed it!!
And as we drove on the ocean front road in Fenwick…..look at this! One lot back from being ocean front.
Have a good one…remember that you are at the beach; relax and kick back!
July 16th, 2014
Meet the ladies behind Chicks for Charity Southern Delaware. On the left is Kari Ainsworth, and on the right is Marcie Urgo. Both of them support the charitable organizations in Southern Delaware and on July of 2010 they decided to start their own. On the first charity dinner, there were only about 20 or 25 people. They knew that was a start; taking those first baby steps. Congratulations!! 4 years making a difference in the community!
Chicks for Charity….thrilled to announced that they have surpassed the goals they set themselves to achieve on that July of 2010. Last night, July 15th, look at the crowds…..and take notice….guys were in attendance!!
Once a month Chicks for Charity holds a charitable dinner at Fish On, located at the Villages of Five Points in Lewes, Delaware. For $25.00 you will get a buffet dinner with appetizer and dessert. There is also a Cash Bar available. And, a 50/50 plus raffle items!!
You can visit http://www.chicksforcharity.us to check when the next dinner will be taking place, or to learn more about them. You may also find them on Facebook as Chicks for Charity Southern Delaware. Over the past years some of the organizations that have benefited have been: Dogs for the Blind, MS Delaware, Justin’s Beach House, The Rehoboth Beach Boys & Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity AmeriCorp Volunteers, Global Delaware and many others including July’s 2014 Alex’s Lemonade Stand.
Tuesday evening brought the children to fundraise for Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This non-profit organization started years ago when a girl with cancer by the name of Alexandra “Alex” Scott decided to start fundraising so that doctors could find a cure for childhood cancer. She passed away in 2004 but her family continues in this effort. At the moment over $80 million have been raised throughout the United States…..as the saying goes “When life throws you lemons….it is time to make Lemonade”. More info? Please visit http://www.alexslemonade.org
The tables were full of raffle items ranging from restaurant certificates, jewelry, services, and plenty of items for the young ones, as well.
Mingling, chatting, and meeting new friends, while raising funds for those that are underserved, and in need. That’s what these evenings are all about; plain and simple.
Meet from left to right…Abby, Carly, and Grace. These 3 girls are the faces of Alex’s Lemonade in Southern Delaware.
Grace is now 10 and is cancer free!! Her sister Abby and her friend, Carly, work Alex’s Lemonade Stand in the area. Please take notice that on Saturday, August 2nd, at the Toy Store in Rehoboth Beach, they will be serving Lemonade to those thirsty visitors and residents. You will also find them on Wednesday, August 10th, at the Grub Grocer on Rehoboth Avenue, and later on Saturday, September 13th, they will be at Giant on Coastal Highway. When you see the following sign, please stop by, have a glass of lemonade, knowing that you are helping to find a cure for childhood cancers.
The stormy weather did not keep anyne away…they were all there. Check http://www.chicksforcharity.us, because Kari and Marcie will be there again next month introducing another charity to Southern Delaware.
Have a Good One!!
NOTE: Thanks to Bonnie and Julie for all the wonderful raffles!!
NEXT DINNER WILL BE ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 12th.
July 14th, 2014
Lewes, Delaware is the oldest settlement in Delaware. It was founded by the Dutch in 1631. It does have a nickname; “The First Town in the First State”. The town was incorporated in 1883. Plenty to do in this coastal town that provides acess to the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
So, are you visiting Lewes or other Delaware Beaches? This is what’s going on in Lewes this week.
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays – TOUR THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE COLLEGE OF EARTH, OCEAN, AND ENVIRONMENT – Free Guided Tours. Location? 700 Pillottown Rd. The idea is to introduce the public to marine science and the research activities of the college. They have state-of-the-art ocean laboratories where they and Delaware Sea Grant College Program researchers are tackling aspects of environmental challenges such as climate change, sea level rise, renewable energy, fish ecology and harmful algal blooms. The tours begin at 10 a.m. More info? Please visit http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/community/tours.
Tuesday, 7/15 – CHICKS FOR CHARITY – Gentlemen: You are invited too!! Don’t be shy. Once a month Chicks for Charity takes place at Fish On, located at the Villages of Five Points in Lewes. It opens at 6:30 p.m. $25/person includes gratuity…cash bar available. You get 2 delicious entrees to choose from along with appetizer and dessert. Plus you get to meet other people in the community and raise funds for local causes. Cash or Checks only.
Please RSVP to Chicksdinner@gmail.com. Please do not call the restaurant.
July’s charity dinner will benefit: Alex’s Lemonade Stand. This foundation emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). At the age of 4, while receiving chemo, Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help her doctors find a cure for all children with cancer. Between the time of her first stand and the time of her death, when she was 8 years old, Alex reached her goal…she raised $1,000,000. The foundation is led by her parents and bearing her name has raised more than $80 million, funding more than 450 research projects nationally.
To learn more about Alex Lemonade Stand, visit http://www.alexslemonade.org. To learn more about Chickes for Charity Southern Delaware, please visit http://www.chicksforcharity.us.
Tuesday, 7/15 – STANGO PARK – SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – Free concerts at Stango Park at campus of the Lewes Public Library. Take your chairs, friends and bug spray. Entertainers will be the Milford Community Band. In case of rain, the concert will be held at the Cape Henlopen High School.
What’s Happening at Canalfront Park? The site of the Canalfront Park was a center of activity from the time the earliest Dutch settlers built their homes and launched their ships there in 1631. For hundreds of years the local fishermen kept their boats there. Nowadays, it is also a center for the residents and visitors to enjoy a most scenic part of Historic Lewes.
Wednesday, 7/16 – ZUMBA – Canalfront Park on the Overlook Deck on Pillottown Rd. Zumba starts at 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. More info? Please call 302-420-5127. Check the weather before heading out!
Thursday, 7/17 – CINEMA BY THE CANAL – SAVING MR. BANKS – Free movie and open to the public at beautiful Canalfront Park. The movies are family oriented and start at dusk. Please take your own chair and bug repellent.
Saving Mr. Banks is an untold true story of how Walt Disney spent 20 years trying to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ treasured story so that Mary Poppins could be brought to the big screen. The movie is 125 minutes long and it is rated PG-13. You can see the trailer by visiting http://www.rehobothfilm.com/film_events_cinema_by_canal.html.
Friday, 7/18 – LAUGHTER YOGA – Laugh out loud at the Lewes Library on Friday mornings from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. You have license to laugh for no reason!! Please contact Michele Buckler, Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. Tel. 302-645-0576. Website? http://www.laffyoga.com. Find them on Facebook as Laff Yoga and on Pintrest as Sand N Stones.
Saturday, 7/19 -HISTORIC LEWES FARMERS MARKET – This most popular market in Lewes opens at 8 a.m. until Noon at the Lewes Historical Society Complex. It is a community gathering where you can puchase the freshest local foods available. Check the website http://www.historiclewesfarmersmarket.org. They have great recipes, plus you can see ahead of time what will be happening on that particular Saturday.
Sunday, 7/20 – YOGA AT CANALFRONT PARK – At 8 a.m. on Pillottown Rd.
Have a great week!!
July 14th, 2014
What’s Going On?
Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is a 10,144 acre refuge. It is a stopover site for migratory birds as they fly up and down the Atlantic Flyway. Hundreds of native plant and animal species thrive in this habitat. Prime Hook provides habitat for 308 species of birds, 51 species of fish, 45 species of reptiles and amphibians, 37 species of mammals, and an array of rare insects and plant species.
Plenty of activities are offered, including lectures, bird walks and educational activities. The refuge may be visited 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset 7 days a week.
Location? 11978 Turkle Pond Rd. Tel. 302-684-8419. For more info., please visit http://www.fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook/. The Visitor Center is open Monday through Friday year round from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On week-ends, the Visitor Center is open from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. from December through March and from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. from April through November.
July 17, 2014
8 a.m. – 11 a.m. – BIRDING FIELD TRIP AT PRIME HOOK - Led by volunteer birding guides, beginner and experienced bird watchers will enjoy observing and learning about the bird species frequenting the refuge at this time of the year. Be prepared for the weather and expect to walk about a mile. Take your binoculars, a filed guide, and spotting scope. The leader will also have spotting scopes available. Binoculars will be available to borrow. Meet at the refuge office. Trips are free, open to the public, and will last approx. 3 hours.
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – PONDSIDE ADVENTURES AT PRIME HOOK – Discover what types of fish and aquatic insects live in the area during this hands-on exploration of refuge waters. Help pull the seine net or scoop a dip net to see what they catch. Footwear is required; sunscreen and hats are recommended for this wet and wild activity! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Meet at the refuge office.
Have a great time!