February 27th, 2013
Not only are the Delaware Beaches vacation, shopping, and dining destinations; they are also coming into their own as major contributors to the arts and entertainment. Southern Delaware is the perfect spot for photographers and for filmmaking.
The other day I was at a stop light and I pulled out my cell phone to text. My husband said “You know, Matt is producing a film about accidents and texting”. Put it away immediately.
Did not have to wait to long to find out that Matt Haley’s SoDel Film Co., just finished wrapping up a short movie, tentatively, at the moment, called “Skittles”.
SoDel Film Co. is a production company launched by restaurant owner, Matt Haley. This latest short film is due to be released this fall.
“Skittles” was shot entirely at Southern Delaware’s locations and landmarks in 6 days: The Lewes Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company, The Sea Air Village Mobile Home Park, The Rehoboth Beach Bandstand, and the Jail at the Ocean City Police Dept. in Ocean City, Maryland.
The film tells the fictional story of a man who has been jailed for killing a child while texting and driving. “The theme is something that’s hitting home every day, everywhere”, states Executive Producer, Matt Haley. “It is a community minded issue that we hope will raise awareness…”We want to make films that are based in reality and bring about bigger issues-locally and globally.”
With small acting roles on hit shows like “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Scrubs”, “NCIS”, and “24”, Lead Actor, Paul Webster, a 3-year resident of Rehoboth Beach, wrote the script of the short film. He describes the choice of location as “a beautiful area”. “There’s such a mix of farmland and a full spectrum of income and houses”, he explains. “I just couldn’t believe more things weren’t shot here. It’s a beautiful place to shoot, and you have the seasons, as well.”
Other films produced by Matt Haley and SoDel Film Co. include:
“Hands of Harvest”, a chronicle of the struggles and fortitude of the migrant Mexican women who fuel the crabbing industry on the Eastern Shore. This documentary was picked up by the PBS network.
And, the soon to be released “Motorcycle Chang pa”, which explores the travels and survival of the nomadic Chang pa tribe through the high altitude deserts of the Himalayas.
Haley says he feels “happy and privileged” to make a film in Delaware. “We are proud to be part of the Southern Delaware community and the State of Delaware”, he explains. “We’d like to bring about more of an interest in film-there are other filmmakers that we look up to in the state that are doing great work. We hope to expand the creative scene or platform of expression throughout the state.”
Matt Haley, Executive Producer, Restauranteur, Philanthropist
According to Matt Haley, the film will be completed over the summer, with plans for a fall premier and a submittal to the Rehoboth Independent Film Festival, among others.
SoDel Film Co. aims to produce one to 2 films a year, Matt says, with plans to establish a film festival of their own that would include a scholarship program for local aspiring filmmakers 18 years of age and under.
If you would like to know more…..please visit http://www.matthaleycompanies.com.
Talk to you later.
February 25th, 2013
Out and about in Rehoboth Beach, I was chasing the moon…..so gorgeous! In the past week, I have been walking, driving, and strolling the towns that we call home at the Delaware Beaches; Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, Dewey Beach, Bethany Beach, and Fenwick Island. I have noticed that people are starting to fix roofs, windows, yards, porches, driveways….it is almost like we can feel that just around the corner Spring and Summer are going to be knocking on our doors. My daffodils are definitely coming up!!
Through the years I have met so many good friends, here, at the Delaware Beaches. One, in particular, Alice, (and her husband, Charles), used to live here year round. After years of living in the Delaware/Pennsylvania line they bought a place in Rehoboth Beach. Then, just recently they sold that one and then bought a house in a really neat community. Her house looks great. The back overlooks a pond.
In the fall she called me to tell me that she was going to make her back porch year-round and add a maintenance free deck. And, she was using Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Delmarva. She was telling me this because she knew they were advertising on AboutMyBeaches. Betterliving offers plenty of glass and screens on their porches, letting you enjoy your surroundings even more, no matter what season.
Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Delmarva is located at 32442 Royal Blvd., Unit 1 in Dagsboro, Delaware, 19939. Dagsboro is just minutes west of Bethany Beach. Tel. 302-251-0000. Toll Free tel. 1-877-251-0080. Website? http://www.betterlivingdelmarva.com. They are providers of Betterliving three season, year-round, sunrooms and awnings.
I can honestly recommend Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Delmarva. They are dependable and know what they are doing. You can call them and have them come to your home for an in-house free estimate. Also, until May 15th, there is free installation.
The renovations were finished at the end of November:
Here are some before and after pictures of other Betterliving’s customers:
Betterliving Sunrooms & Awnings of Delmarva will be at the 29th Home Condo & Outdoor show to be held at the Ocean City Convention Center (Roland E. Powell Convention Center,) located at 4001 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, Maryland on Friday, 3/8 through Sunday, 3/10.
Then, they will also be at the 16th Annual Delaware Resorts 2013 Home Expo at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center, located at 229 Rehoboth Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach on Saturday, 4/6 and Sunday, 4/7.
It is that time of the year. Do it now so that you can enjoy the rest of the season at the beach!! Talk to you later!!
February 24th, 2013
If you want to feel good go to a bake shop…better yet, go to a doughnut shop; they are happy places. This is what happened the other day when I visited a new doughnut shop called Dorman’s Donut Shoppe that opened at the end of January. Opening at that time of the year was going to give them plenty of practice, so when the gates open to our beaches they would be more than ready. Surprise, surprise….they have been so busy because year-round residents have received them with open arms. I saw it for myself, and it was great to see.
My friend, Richard, knows Southern Delaware; Lewes in particular, like no other. He loves to discover new places to eat. He is always right on target. Following his lead I went to Dorman’s Donut Shoppe located at 33247 Peddlers Village in the Angola area, on Rt. 24. The address shows Lewes, Delaware, but in reality, it is in between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach; just minutes away. Tel. 302-827-1075. Rt. 24 is a well traveled route from Rehoboth/Lewes to Millsboro.
You will find Cheryl Dorman, her daughter in law, Stephanie, and Joan Mikulak making sure you get prompt service, delivered with plenty of smiles. They are very excited about their new business and for the looks of it, customers were too.
Meet Arthur Sutton; usually customers don’t want anything to do with pictures, but he was picking up his order and with a big smile told me to go ahead. Other customers were behaving in the same way.
Dorman’s Donut Shoppe is comfortable with plenty of tables for customers to sit, lounge and enjoy some of the many delicious offerings. If you are in a hurry, there is a drive-thru window, as well.
Everything is homemade at Dorman’s, except the bagels. The apple fritters got my attention first; they looked great. I decided to “tour” the counter, but not before I ordered a bold cup of coffee.
Then, the banana walnut baked fritters with caramelized drizzle came next.
Muffin tops are very popular. People love them; favorite part of a muffin. These were banana walnut, and blueberry muffin tops.
Followed by the chocolate chip muffin tops.
Stephanie brought me a sample of doughnuts…from left to right they were: chocolate chip with peanut butter cookie, salty caramel, chocolate frosted with a dollop of butter cream, maple walnut, and German chocolate.
The sticky buns looked amazing.
They also have homemade croissants and cookies.
Between customers I chatted with Cheryl and Stephanie. Cheryl told me that her mother had been a professional baker with cakes being her specialty. They will be adding more baked goods to the shop and have plenty of ideas for the immediate future.
Dorman’s Donuts also offer locally made granola and oatmeal mixes made by by Susie’s Wild Oats. Gluten free granola is available by special order.
Usually you see people buying a doughnut here or there but, I am not sure, maybe it was because it was Friday, but they were being ordered by the dozen.
You can customized the doughnuts to your liking. Stephanie was making some more doughnuts and decided to give me some to take home; her favorites.
Two complete different flavors; the salty caramel, combines that sweetness and salty taste…could become a daily addiction. I hope not. If you like chocolate….the chocolate frosted is sooo good.
Dorman’s opens daily early until 3 p.m. You can find them on Facebook as Dorman’s Donut Shoppe.
Have a great day!!
February 22nd, 2013
Hello week-end!! If you are visiting the First Town in the First State, this is what’s going on in Lewes, Delaware…..The Delaware beaches might be a bit quiet this week-end, but I already can see the establishments doing repair work…I guess getting ready for another busy beach season.
Friday, 2/22 – Winter Moon Hike at the Cape Henlopen State Park from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Call and register at 302-645-6852. Meet at the Seaside Nature Center inside the Park at 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive. Search for life in the park after dark, including deer, and night birds. Ages 7 and up. $2/person.
Friday, 2/22 – Just like every Friday, at 8:30 p.m., Sydney’s Music Revival will be at Bethany Blues Lewes, located at 18385 Coastal Highway. Tonight’s entertainment will be Gary Allegretto. California based, world touring, award winning, internationally acclaimed performer, recording artist, educator and humanitarian. Keeping the Blues Alive!! Using a harmonica as a tool he teaches music to heal, nourish and bring joy to children with challenges. More info? Please visit http://www.garyallegretto.com/home.cfm.
Saturday, 2/23 – Battery 519 Lantern Tour, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Tour the gun battery by lantern light and learn how soldiers defended our coast during WWII. Location? Fort Miles Historical Area at 15099 Cape Henlopen Drive. Tel. 302-644-5007. Please call 302-645-6852 to register. $5 per person. Ages 10 and up.
Saturday, 2/23 – Improv is a form of theatre in which actors use improvisational acting techniques to perform spontaneously. Is in the moment; no scripts, no memorized dialogue and no rehearsal. Delaware Comedy Theatre is the longest improve theatre company in Delaware. First show for 2013 at Fish On!, located in the Villages of Five Points, at 17300 N Village Main, Lewes, will be Saturday, February 23rd. “Cupid Shoots Self In Foot VI: Bad Romance Edition” will be presented by this Rehoboth Beach based non-profit improvisational theatre group and school. The show, a free-wheeling mix of completely improvised comic scenes about the pitfalls of being in and out of love. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs from &;30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The cost is $10 per person at the door. A full menu, http://www.fishon.bz, of fantastic food and drinks will be available, and 20% gratuity will be automatically added to the bill. RSVP to Fish On! after 4 p.m. daily at 302-645-9790. Please note that the show is adult-themed and not appropriate for children. More info. on the Delaware Comedy Theatre Co? Please visit http://www.delawarecomedytheatre.com. NOTE: This event has been postponed. Will let you know when it is rescheduled. Sorry.
Saturday, 2/23 – Sydney’s Music Revival at Bethany Blues Lewes, located at 18385 Coastal Highway. Entertainment begins at 8:30 p.m. with Bill Thompson Band. Combining world class slide guitar with soulful vocals and original music; a unique amalgamation of blues styles, with rock, funk and R & B. More info? http://www.billythompsonmusic.com.
Monday, 2/25 – Sunday, 3/3 – Doggies at The Beach, located at 18806 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24) in Rehoboth Beach is turning 5 years old March 1st!! For this entire week, they are offering their original daycare rates. Just mention their 5th Anniversary and receive a full day of daycare for only $21!! More info? Please visit http://www.doggiesatthebeach.com, or, call 302-644-8200. Please note that Doggies at The Beach is now offering Pet Walking in your home. Call them for a reservation. They are certified with American Red Cross Pet First Aid and licensed; bonded and insured. You will receive the same quality service at home just you receive at Doggies at The Beach business.
Monday, 2/25 – Children’s Learning Garden Fundraiser at Bethany Blues, Lewes from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. Lewes in Bloom receives 10% of your purchase with the Lewes in Bloom Children’s Learning Garden Coupon on February 25th. Please visit http://www.leweschamber.com/calendar/event/childrens-learning-garden-fundraiser.htm. Click to print the coupons. They will be needed by Bethany Blues. The garden and its programs are designed to pique children’s curiosity about nature and gardening.
Friday, 3/1 – Monday, 3/25 – Lewes Tulip Festival Photo Contest Entries Accepted – Weeks before the 4th Annual Lewes Tulip Festival Blooms on 4/11-4/13, there is the Lewes Tulip Festival Photo Contest Entries Accepted. You will need to visit the Lewes Chamber’s website, http://www.leweschamber.com for important rules and deadlines regarding the contest. This year’s categories will be: Lewes Architecture, Lewes Landscapes, Quintessential Lewes (iconic image that could only be in Lewes, i.e. Doo Dah parade), Tulips, Lewes Food, and Lewes Pets. Drop off the photos at the Fisher-Martin House, located at 120 Kings Highway in Lewes from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Friday, 3/1 – Lunch With a Purpose Coastal Delaware – 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Baywood Greens, located at Rt. 24 in Long Neck. This non-profit organization is a monthly gathering of women that benefits a Sussex County charity. All funds stay in Sussex County; they go directly to the charity. It supports underserved organizations in Sussex County, and the Food Bank of Delaware. To be added to their email luncheon list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The charity chosen for the March 1st luncheon is Cancer Support Community Delaware. Lunch, raffles, silent auction, and the making of new friends. This non-profit organization, which is statewide, has a mission: “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community”. To learn more about it, please visit http://www.cscde.org.
Have a good one!! Talk to you later.
February 21st, 2013
The groundhog showed that it will be an early Spring!!…..waiting. At the beach, life is different; some might even say we take our time doing things here in, Slower Lower….time does not move from hour to hour, but one mood to the moment. So, if you are visiting Rehoboth Beach….this is What’s Going On!
Friday, 2/22 – The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents a showcase of this year’s Academy Award contenders for the Best Live Action Short Film. You will have the opportunity to weigh in and cast your own vote for the winner. This year’s slate of nominees include “Asad”, “Buzkashi Boys”, “Curfew”, “Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)”, and “Henry”. Admission is $4 for members with current membership card and $6 for future members. You can purchase the tickets by visiting the website or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1. More info? Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.
Saturday, 2/23 – In the past few years I have had very good friends diagnosed with breast cancer. Thank God they are all doing well after going through treatments, very courageously, I might add. Southern Lights of Life is an Evening of Living and Giving, sponsored by the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. From Rehoboth Beach, it takes about 1/2 hour. Dress code is Business to Glamorous. Cocktails at 6 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction. The program, dinner and the Live Auction will start at 8 p.m., followed by the fashion show featuring breast cancer survivors as the models. Tickets are $150. Dover Downs is located at 1131 North DuPont Highway, Dover, DE 19901. For details and info., please visit http://www.debreastcancer.org. Please note that this event is Kent and Sussex Counties’ premier breast cancer fundraiser.
Saturday, 2/23 – The Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents an informative documentary entitled “Cafeteria Man” as part of their 2012-2013 “On Screen/In Person” film tour, which brings filmmakers and their films together to participating communities. It will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway, located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. Tickets are $4 for members and $6 for future members. Tickets can be purchased on line at http://www.rehobothfilm.com. Or, you may call 302-645-9095, ext. 1.
This engaging profile tells the true story of a rebellious, charismatic chef from New Orleans, Tony Geraci, and his mission to radically reform Baltimore’s public school food system by replacing pre-plated, processed food with locally grown freshly prepared meals. Geraci’s recipe for change takes him, and the audience, from Baltimore to the halls of Congress and the While House. This film was first screened at the 2011 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.
Attention Artists: The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is already seeking original art submissions to be adapted for promoting the 2013 Rehoboth Independent Film Festival. Artwork must be a new and original piece created with film and coastal Delaware in mind. Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com/festival_artwork_guidelines.html.
Until Sunday, 2/24 – “The Mousetrap” presented by Clear Space Theatre Company, located at 20 Baltimore St. in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Celebrating its 60th anniversary in London this year, The Mousetrap will bring murder and intrigue right here to the beach. The master of mysery, Agatha Christie, will keep you guessing until the very end, with a twist ending that you’ll be sworn to secrecy to keep. Please visit http://www.clearspacetheatre.org for tickets and more info.
Thursday, 2/28 – Fusion Wine Dinner at Salt Air, located at 50 Wilmington Ave. Tel. 302-227-3744. Their chef, Rebecca Krebs, is creating an exotic combination of foods to compliment the palatable blended wines for the evening. Filling fast….the popular dinners in Rehoboth by the best restaurants are winter favorites.
And…..if you get hungry while shopping and strolling through Downtown Rehoboth Beach….Modern Mixture and Cake Break are two of my favorite places to stop by in downtown Rehoboth Beach. It goes without saying that they are hard workers and their food is delicious. But, you can decide for yourself.
Cake Break, located at 7 South First St. – They are open all day long with delicious baked goods. Peanut free facility and vegan and gluten free cupcakes, as well. Tel. 302-260-9264. Website? http://www.cakebreakrehoboth.com. Find Cake Break on Facebook, as well.
Stop by to say hello to Leo….and if he has tamales, by all means, order them. Soooo good. Modern Mixture opened last season in Downtown Rehoboth Beach at 62A Rehoboth Ave. Tel. 302-227-0600. Website? http://modern-mixture.com. Leo is so friendly…call him up and check was on the stove on that day. You can also find Modern Mixture on Facebook.
Have a great day…sunny, chilly…
February 20th, 2013
I was so happy to attend a very special evening with Chicks for Charity Southern Delaware. The charity picked for February’s dinner at Fish On in Lewes, Delaware, was Delmarva Puppy Raisers. It was such a neat evening with so many community residents in attendance, along with a couple of canines.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is an internationally accredited guide school, providing greater independence, dignity, and new horizons of opportunity. It is a leading, nonprofit 501(3) guide school. Since 1954 they have provided thousands of blind and visually impaired people with specially bred and trained dogs that grant them greater independence. Their headquarters are located at 611 Granite Springs Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598. Tel. 1-866-GEB-LABS. Website? http://www.guidingeyes.org.
I met Barbara and Randy. They have raised several puppies and have been involved with the company for quite some time. I believe Babara is the Director of the Delmarva Puppy Raisers. They meet in Milford, Delaware, a couple of times a month. Randy had Jagger with him last night. He was gorgeous and very well behaved 1 year old.
I was so curious to find out how they could give the dog up after spending 1 to 1 1/2 years with him or her. They said it is hard, but at the same time you know the person that receives the dog gets a special gift; a life changing gift. And, then, another puppy comes along and the process starts all over again. Puppy raisers have first choice on adopting a dog they have raised if the dog is retired or for whatever reasons the dog is not going into the program. Barbara and Randy have 2 of those dogs that in the past they have raised.
These dogs are so special. It costs over $45,000 to breed, raise, train, and match each Guiding Eyes dog with its visually impaired handler. These services are provided absolutely free of charge!! Each Guiding Eyes puppy is specially bred for superior health and temperament. They are born at their Canine Development Center in Patterson, N.Y. Immediately, after birth their training starts somewhat. Randy told me that when they get the puppies at 8 weeks, they already have basic commands down pat.
I asked Randy if they let him get on the bed….oh no. Not on the bed or sofa or eating human food. That simple.
And then I met Diamond. This little girl was only 10 weeks old and adorable. She is going to be great. Alert, fun, and very well behaved too.
I was asking Randy if he follows the dog once they give him or her back. He said that it is up to the person that receives the dog. Some do keep in touch and others, don’t.
If you are interested in becoming a puppy raiser, the first thing to do is complete the application at http://www.guidingeyes.org/volunteer. A Guiding Eyes representative will contact you to discuss the next steps, which will be to attend pre-placement classes, meet your puppy, classes..etc. etc.
After puppy raising, the puppy will return to Guiding Eyes for evaluation by their professional staff. Most dogs will continue on to formal guide dog training.
In 2007, Guiding Eyes for The Blind launched Heeling Autism, which is a service dog program in which they train select Guiding Eyes dogs to provide safety for children with autism. The puppy you raised might be one of those.
If you want to talk to Barbara Byle, please call her at 302-422-3522. There are Puppy Raising regions in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Connecticut, New York, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
I was so amazed and pleased to hear that in December there were about 50 of those puppies being raised by Delmarva Puppy Raisers.
Have a good one!!
Note: Information for this post was taken from their brochures.
February 19th, 2013
After a long holiday week-end, there is nothing better than letting others do the cooking. The setting is NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, located at 29 Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26) in Ocean View, Delaware. Tel. 302-537-1785. Website? http://www.northeastseafoodkitchen.com. You are letting them cook, demonstrate and teach, so, you might learn a thing or two.
NorthEast Seafood Kitchen is part of the Sodel Concepts family of restaurants, owned by restauranteur and philanthropist, Matt Haley; http://www.sodelconcepts.com.
I can’t promise their outdoor fireplace will be keeping you warm….it might be too cold to go outside, but inside, the chefs will be doing their magic.
This month, NorthEast will travel further northward to the State of Connecticut. They will be making local favorites like baked oysters, “stuffies” (suffed clams) and classic Connecticut crullers – freshly fried, doughnut-like desserts.
Why don’t you join them for cocktails beginning at 4:45 p.m. with small plates available, followed by the Demo held from 6 until 7 p.m., then a tasting of the fabulous dishes prepared right in front of you.
These demonstrations held the 3rd Wednesday of the month are so popular. They fill quickly. To reserve a seat, please call NorthEast at 302-537-1785 or email Colby@sodelconcepts.com.
Have a good one!! Talk to you later.
February 19th, 2013
Eat Casapulla subs on Tuesdays until Tuesday, 3/26/13 and you will be tasting the best subs in town. Located at the Lighthouse Shopping Center on Coastal Highway, Rehoboth Beach. At the same time, on Tuesdays Casapulla’s Subs is donating 25% of their total sales to the Jusst Sooup Ministry. They will have soup kettles in their store, if customers want to give money to the ministry. Casapulla’s Subs is helping the Jusst Soup Ministry to continue their service to our community and raise awareness of their need for ongoing community support.
Do you remember when the communities in Southern Delaware were caught up in the dream of helping the Jusst Sooup Ministry? Well, it became a reality, but, since the Extreme Home Makeover Edition show, the donations have decreased by 80%. This is the opposite of what was expected from all the publicity. The donations have plummeted because of the misconception that the Jusst Sooup Ministry was given a large sum of money for their work. In reality, the Ministry was given money for the maintenance and repairs necessary to keep the buildings in proper working order and for no other reason. Even at that, a board controls these finances and they make necessary payments out to companies doing work maintaining these buildings. Therefore, no money is accessible to the Jusst Sooup Ministry for the daily expenses involving their work feeding the hungry, which was and has always been Dale’s mission.
How can you help?
1. You can eat at Casapulla’s Subs on Tuesdays.
2. You can drop money in the soup pots at Casapulla’s Subs.
3. You can donate money online at http://www.jusstsooup.org
4. You can volunteer to help.
5. You can also mail a check.
Jusst Sooup Ministry, Inc. 18483 Cool Spring Rd., Milton, DE 19968. Tel. 302-644-8113. Email: email@example.com Website? http://www.jusstsooup.org
It goes without saying that donations are desperately needed!!
So, once again….Are You Hungry?
Try the Turkey Stuffer….memories of Thanksgiving!
How about the popular Italian?
Or, the Chicken Cheesesteak? Who is counting calories? It’s for a good cause…Jusst Sooup Ministry on Tuesdays.
You can visit Casapulla’s website at http://www.casapullassouth.com. Eat it or take out!! Tel. 302-227-7827
Have a great day!!