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February 21st, 2019

Stir, Restaurant, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Phiadelphia, Pennsylvania, Lunch, Brunch

On my previous post I mentioned that day tripping to Philadelphia is an easy one from the Delaware Beaches. It only takes a few hours and if you casually plan it well, you will have a fun day. A change of scenery, as well.

The Philadelphia Museum of art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. Our quest was to make it to the Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now exhibit. It is there until March 3rd. You can check the museum’s website by visiting https://philamuseum.org.

I was trying to see what dining experience we could have at the museum. In order not to be rushed it would be perfect to eat there. I found out that a new restaurant called Stir had opened in October, 2018. There is the restaurant and there is also a Cafe. My interest was Stir, the restaurant.

Stir was designed by Frank Owen Gehry. His is considered to be one of the most well known architects in the world. Some of his buildings, including his home in Los Angeles have become world-renowned attractions.

The day it opened Metro wrote an article about Stir and Mr. Gehry. Very interesting. Please check https://www.metro.us/things-to-do/philadelphia/philadelphia-museum-of-art-new-restaurant-Stir

We, actually, made a reservation through Open Table. The restaurant’s ceiling looks like it is floating. The chairs were so comfortable and the lighting was perfect. The Executive Chef is Mark Tropea who is a Philly-born guy with 20 years of experience.

Stir is managed by the Philadelphia’s Constellation Culinary Group which was known as the STARR Catering Group.

The moment I saw the Roasted Duck on the menu, I knew that would be my choice. Served with Vadouvan carrots, wheat berries, sour cherry and port reduction. Vadouvan is a French Masala Curry Powder with a little kick. The blending of classic curry spices with aromatic onion, garlic, and shallot. It is ground to fine powder. Medium rare and chrispy on top is how it was presented. So delicious, I want to go back.

The Grilled Venison Loin also caused a “Stir” because just like the duck it was perfectly cooked, as well. A currant and pink peppercorn gastrique, castle valley grits, and brased rainbow chard complemented the venison.

We did not have dessert. But, we did have wine. Our server was friendly and his suggestions were on point.

But we had a tour to catch. Isn’t it great when a restaurant delivers such a good experience?

Anyway, remember that there is an AboutMyBeaches FaceBook page and if you like it will be much appreciated.

Until then…..Spring is around the corner.


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February 19th, 2019

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Exhibit, Fabulous Fashions, Philadephia, Pennsylvania, Day Tripping

Each piece is tailored specifically for the client. “The word ‘haute’ means high, in the sense of high class. “Couture” refers primarily to designers or couturiers and dressmaking that’s made to order.”

For example, above, you see dresses for the Spring of 1948 designed by Christian Dior. The pink one was a new revolutionary “Look” geared to the active life of the day. A little different from what I call active, but what do I know, right? I am just writing a post.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130. Website? http://www.philamuseum.org

This particular exhibit is called Fabulous Fashions and will be there until March 3rd. From the Delaware Beaches it is about 2 1/2 hours and an easy trip to say the least. Grab a friend and go. That’s what I did. Cindi and I had the best time. Not overly scheduled, just enjoying a winter day in the city.

The starting price for haute couture is $30,000. Long hours of work can hike that price, as will also the embellishments chosen.

For example the photo above shown at the exhibit is called “Sea Fan Fantasy”. Designed by Tina Leser, and American designer for Edwin H. Foreman, Inc. It was hand-painted and spray-painted cellulose acetate plain weave with metallic sequins. Ms. Leser was from Philadelphia and liked to incorporate exotic elements from her travels. This was gown was indicative of the fashion trends of 1947.

Fashion trends keep changing. But what goes around comes around. When I looked at the above fashions I can see them being worn in 2019. On the first photo, the dress with the horizontal stripes was originally designed in 1952 and later on reinterpreted in 2013. In 2013 Francisco Costa, creative director for Calvin Kline and designer Ellsworth Kelly, modernized the look a bit. The original dress was longer and had a light blue band on the bottom.

Anne Fogarty was the designer for the above pictured dress. She started out as a model and was from Pennsylvania. She became well-known for full skirted designs with fitted bodices. She was inspired by Dior. This dress was her own and was so tiny that the Museum needed to make a special manequin.

The evening dress on the left was designed by Ives Saint Laurent for his Fall/Winter 10th collection 1966-67. He was 30 years old and the dress was meant to speak for the moment…”here today, gone tomorrow, young, amused”.

The gold dress on the right, I had never heard of the American designer Vicky Tiel. This dress was designed in 1989. Her signature style was the draping and construction for the glorification of the female body. Her favorite was a low, strapless neckline. She is still active in Paris.


The accessories that make or break a design…texture, color, and design.

The shoes date from 1991 and the purse circa 1955-65.

Major designers also design hats. Here are some from Balenciaga, Givenchy, Nan Duskin, Stephen Jones.

Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, was from Philadelphia. Her dress is a classic and was designed by Helen Rose who was an American costume designer for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The dress was donated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is very delicate now and they don’t really bring it out much. But the next photo will show her headpiece made also by Helen Rose, the shoes designed by David Evins, an American, born in England, with a copper penny encased in the right shoe for good luck, and a Bride’s Manual decorated by the wardrobe department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. This was a gift to her from a family friend from Chestnut Hill. She also carried a small bouquet of lillies of the valley.

We took a tour and I recomment it very much. Maybe you should call for the tour hours as they are not offered on an hourly basis. Then, you may want to have something to eat there as well. That is another post in the making.

Until then…check my Facebook Page AboutMyBeaches. Would love it if you decide to Like it.


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October 16th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware is open year-round.  It has been a thing of the past when after Labor Day the streets were rolled up until next Summer.  The Second Season at the Beach brings events and activities that keep all visitors very busy and having a good time.  Charming shops, tax free shopping, art galleries, restaurants…and of course, the perfect time to stroll and catch your breath.

So what is going on this week-end?

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Saturday, October 17th – DELAWARE SPCA-5TH ANNUAL BARK ON THE BOARDS – At Lake Gerar Park, in Rehoboth Beach  10:30 a.m. (registration).  11:30 a.m. Walk.  Grand Marshal Celebrity Recording Artist, Pamela Stanley.  Refreshments, Children’s Activities and Vendors.  This Dog Walk on Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk will benefit Homeless Shelter Pets.  Celebrate the off season when dogs are welcomed on the boards and beach in Rehoboth Beach.  So break out the leash and your flip flops to take to the boards and help animals in need.

No dog? No problem! You don’t have to have a dog to participate.  enjoy a leisurely stroll on the boardwak and participate in fun activities for the whole family.  Please do not forget to dress up!  This year’s theme is “Mardi Gras for Paws”.

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Until Sunday, October 18th – GALLERY 50 ANNUAL CONSIGNMENT SALE – Art, china, sculpture, furnishings and much more from the gallery’s clients.  Gallery 50 is located at 50 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-3227-2050  http://www.gallery50art.com

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Saturday, October 17th – SODEL FEST-SOUTHERN DELAWARE WINE, FOOD 7 MUSIC FESTIVAL from Noon until 4:30 p.m. at Independence Hall & Grounds, 23767 Samuel Adams Circle, Millsboro, DE.  It will be hosted by Paul Cullen, the event promises a fun and refined afternoon of food, beer and wine samplings and pairings, cooking demos, and a great musical line-up.  The Culinary Theater will feature Food TV’s Neil Fuentes, “The Singing Chef” and 5 local, award-winning restauranteurs.  Special events include a 100-pt wine tasting, an exclusive cheese tasting, a blind tasting and Wine 101 for the wine newbie!  General Admission Tickets are $75 per person.  This event will be benefitting Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative and Lewes-Rehoboth Meals on Wheels.  More info?  http://www.sodelfest.com

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Until Sunday, October 18th – REHOBOTH JAZZ FESTIVAL…Please visit http://www.rehobothjazz.com/index.php/shows/saturday

For Sunday’s shows please visit http://www.rehobothjazz.com/index.php/shows/sunday

Have a great week-end!!

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May 12th, 2015

Destination? Historic Berlin, Maryland, 5K Race For The Arts, Saturday, May 16th, Fundraising, Event, Worcester County Arts Council, Race for the Arts!! Berlin, Maryland

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“Fund-Racing” in Historic Berlin, Maryland….In 2014 Berlin was named America’s Coolest Small Town.  It is in the heart of Worcester County, near Ocean City, and Assateague Island National Park.  It is quaint, full of restaurants, shops, and art galleries.

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The Worcester County Arts Council is excited to announce the inaugural 5K Race/Walk For The Arts to be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Historic Downtown Berlin.  This healthful, family friendly, and positively focused event is a fundraiser to increase the awareness and importance of Arts in our Communities!!  Runners of all ages are encouraged to sign up.

Race fee is $25, even on the day of the event.

For details, schedule and registration go to:  http://www.octrirunning.com.  OC Tri-Running Sport, Inc., is an endurance and multi-sport event management company.  It was founded by friends, and locals to the OC MD area that have participated in many triathlons, running, and cycling events.

A FREE, 1 year membership to the Worcester County Arts Council is included with your registration for this event!!  The Arts Council thanks T-Shirt Sponsors, Event Sponsors, and Mile Marker Sponsors.  Please visit http://www.worcestercountyartscouncil.org for information on other events, summer arts camps, exhibits and programs.

Summer Arts Programs are designed to help area children improve themselves while having fun engaging in art activities.  The camp will start on June 22nd until June 26th from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Please check the above mentioned website or give them a call to 410-641-0809.

Note:  Paint Berlin – 6th Annual Plein Air – Artists Registration is Open!!

This competition will be held September 17 – 19, 2015.  It will feature talented artists from across the region who will pain the beauty of Berlin and surrounding areas to capture and preserve the best aspects of the community.

Have a good one!!  Talk to you later!

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March 5th, 2015

The Vendue, Art Hotel, Historic Charleston, South Carolina, Artist in Residence, Fred Jamar, The Rooftop, Restaurant, Charleston’s French Quarter

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Discovering Charleston at our own pace.  Walking, dining, shopping and being just tourists is not a bad thing.  I had being told that The Vendue’s Rooftop Bar offers great drinks and one such drink is the Lavender Martini. And, no we did not try it….maybe next time.  What we did find is that this boutique hotel is the only hotel in Historic Charleston that is considered an Art Hotel.  There are exhibits and even an Artist in Residence Program.  The art is for sale.  In the next photo if you can see it up close, the sculpture is made out of watches.

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The Vendue is located in Charleston’s French Quarter at 19 Vendue Range and 26 Vendue Range.  Yes, 2 properties one in front of the other.  Tel. 843-577-7970  Website?  http://www.thevendue.com There are 45 rooms at 19 Vendue Range and 39 guests rooms at 26 Vendue Range.  These were warehouse buildings that date to 1780.  The restaurant called The Drawing Room is elegant with the beautiful chandeliers that are seen all over Charleston.

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Having a few drinks and then curious to see the art housed at The Vendue, we were invited to walk and admire the artwork.

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This particular sculpture is made out of bullets.

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Across the street the art exhibits continued.

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Meet Fred Jamar, who at present and for months has been the Artist in Residence at The Vendue.

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The photo above was taken by my cousin Maru….Fred graciously let us take photos.  The one on the botton is from one of his paintings of Frat Houses on George St..  Oil on Canvas.

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He is a Belgian Artist and will be the first one to tell you that his life has been a journey of discovery.  He has been many things and has enjoyed them all.   A very interesting life but he says that if he had to do it all over again…a painter always, he would have been.

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To visit the studio or commission an oil painting you may call 843-762-5770 or email fredjamar@bellsouth.net.  His website is http://www.fredpaintings.com.  To buy a painting call or visit RLS on Queen St., Tel. 843-805-8052. Website http://www.rlsart.com.

Discovering Charleston….will continue later.

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December 8th, 2014

What’s Going On? Rehoboth Beach Museum, MOSAIC ARTwalk, Saturday, December 13th, Delaware Beach Life Magazine 2014 Photography Contest Winners, Exhibit, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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“A good photo is a good photo regardless of the gear used to take it.  A person’s skill, knowledge, and eye is what will make photos worth looking at.”

I love taking photos and I used them on my posts constantly.  I am by no means a professional photographer.  I am one of those “point and shoot” ones.  Photos create memories, they tell a story and at times words are really not necessary.

Every second Saturday of the month MOSAIC, sponsors the self guided art and gallery tour from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.  It is a time to visit and mingle with participating artists, get to know them up close and personal, and enjoy a culinary treat.  It is an art stroll.

MOSAIC”s mission is to promote art awareness in the Rehoboth Beach Area.  For more info. and to check the map, please visit http://www.mosaicrehoboth.com.

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This coming Saturday, December 13th, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the Rehoboth Beach Museum joins MOSAIC ARTwalk, hosting an opening reception for Delaware Beach Life Magazine 2014 Photography Contest Winners.  This is an exhibit of the winners for 2014 photo contest.  Delaware Beach Life magazine opens this photography contest annually to all amateur photographers.  The contest for 2015 will have a due date for entries of July 1, 2015.  For more info., please visit http://www.delawarebeachlife.com/photography/photography-contest.html.  Remember that the photos must capture life, here, at the Delaware coast.

The exhibit will run through February 23, 2015.  The Rehoboth Beach Museum, http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org, is located at 511 Rehoboth Ave., right past the canal bridge, when entering Rehoboth Beach.  It is also next door to the Visitor Center. The Museum is open Monday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Admission is by donation.  More info?  Please call 302-227-7310.

The exhibit is small but strong.  The 13 award-winning photographs were chose from among more than 300 entries.  Their images captured the many forms of life on Coastal Delaware.  The judges referred to the contestants’ photographs as creations of vivid moments.

Terry Plowman, the Editor and Publisher of Delaware Beach Magazine stated:  “This year our entrants captured a variety of compelling views, as they skillfully combined color, composition and creativity.”

So if you live in the area, or are visiting, stop by the Rehoboth Beach Museum, to see how this popular beach resort started and how far it has come.

Have a great day…..too chilly for shopping!

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December 5th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, The Holidays at The Beach, Events, Santa’s Boardwalk Stop, Pet Time with Santa, Cookie Walk, Rehoboth Art League Holiday Open House, Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Downtown’s Community Dinner, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Santa does have a schedule and it seems that it will be making its annual Boardwalk stop in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Santa’s House is the cutest one, not many have a background of the Atlantic Ocean in an award winning Boardwalk.  Santa will be there on Saturdays from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. until December 21st.  On Sunday, December 21st from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is Pet Time!!  Bring your pets for a photo with Santa.  It is all FREE!  Donations are very much appreciated.

Santa’s House is Rehoboth Beach is remembered by many of those that make this seaside town their home.  A “moment” at Christmas time with my own children.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – COOKIES!! – It is called a Cookie Walk at Epworth United Methodist Church located at 19285 Holland Glade Rd., off Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) north of Rehoboth Beach.  This Cookie Walk is an anticipated event at the beach.  Arrive early because the “Walk” begins at 9 a.m. until they are all gone!! Tables and and tables of yummy homemade cookies will be available for you to select your favorites.  They will also have pre-packaged cookie assortments wrapped with Christmas spirit, as well as gift baskets of Fair Exchange coffee and chocolate.  Those selected cookies will be sold for $8 per pound.

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The Heavenly Creations Cookie Cookbook contains 120 recipes from the kitchens of the Epworth family will be for sale.  More info? Please call 302-227-7743.

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6TH – THE REHOBOTH ART LEAGUE HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE – 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. – All decorated for the Holidays the gallery will offer fine art, fine crafts and unique holiday gifts.  There will be art demonstrations, music and singing….and refreshments.  At 11:30 a.m. Sussex Tech “Bella Voice” and Concert Choir, Noon until  2:00 p.m. Pottery Demo by Carmela Coleman, 1 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Roo Brown and Mixed Blessings-Acapella group, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. Watercolor Holiday Card demo and Make Your Own Card with Kacie Yakimowicz.  The Rehoboth Art League is located at 12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-8408.  Website?  http://www.rehobothartleague.org.

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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7TH – REHOBOTH BEACH MAIN STREET INVITES ALL TO DOWNTOWN’S COMMUNITY UNITY DINNER – An invitation by Rehoboth Beach Main Street to kick-off the Holiday Season on Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  This is an annual family event in Rehoboth Beach with plenty of food, fun, and entertainment for all ages.  Taste local chefs/restaurants’ favorite dishes and desserts while enjoying live performances, crafts and even a visit from Santa from 5 until 6 p.m.   Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) amd $5 for children.  Children under 5?  FREE.  Guests are encouraged to donate a non-perishable food item for a person or pet.

For the children, enjoy a kids’ interactive art project with jewelry designer, Heidi Lowe, decorate gingerbread cookies with Joyce from The Bake Shoppe, and be entertained with Magic by Charlie.

The Rehoboth Beach Main Street continues its mission of the beautification and preservation of Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Proceeds from this event will go for this mission.  For more info., please visit http://www.downtownrb.com.  Or, call 302-227-2772.

Have a Good One!!

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November 28th, 2014

Destination? Annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour, Friday, November 28th, Saturday, November 29th, Southeastern Sussex County, Free Tour, Self Guided, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches

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A tradition in Southern Delaware, this is the 20th Annual Southeastern Delaware Artists Studio Tour.  It covers the towns of Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Dagsboro, Selbyville, and Fenwick Island.  So, are you awake? Because, today and tomorrow are the days where these talented artists open their studios.  Get to know them up close and personal.  Thirteen full time artists will be participating this year.  Some you already know, but also there are a few new faces, as well.

The doors open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  This is a self guided free tour.  You can visit http://www.artstudiotour.com for more detailed information.

Click on http://www.artstudiotour.com/artists.htm to see the participating artists, and also their bios.

“Art in the Hat Raffle” – In each studio you visit you can purchase raffle tickets for $4.99 each or 5 for $20.00  100% of the proceeds from the raffle will benefit art programs and education in the Indian River School District.  Each particpating artist has donated a work of art.  And, they will all be raffled.  Put however many tickets you want on your favorite piece or try your luck and put a few in each one.  To find out what work of art each artists is donating, please visit http://www.artstudiotour.com/raffle.htm.

Over the years I have crawled the tour, always stopping by to visit one of my favorites.  His name is Fom Frey.  He is a Woodturner, located in Dagsboro.  Using mostly local woods he turns them into beautiful pieces of art.

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His miniatures are just gorgeous and so delicate.

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Meet Tom Frey, the Woodturner.

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Shopping season has started in earnest…..the Rehoboth Beach outlets were packed on “Midnight Madness”….but these artists offer something unique…a piece of art; all from their heart.

Stop by check them out, have some cookies and refreshments….they offer that too.

Have a great week-end!!

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