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March 31st, 2013

“Easter Saturday”, A Day Early, Barbecuing, Peeps, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches

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The sun was setting and the golf course was quiet.  Easter came a day early in my household and with such a beautiful day at the Delaware Beaches…it called for a cook-out.

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Charcoal is my favorite; the Weber grill was still standing after all the storms we have had this winter.  The fire was hot; I had to let it calm down a bit.

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A simple menu was going to make the day.  Lamb ribs, marinated for an hour or so; then, a dry rub of whatever seasonings I had in the kitchen.

Finally, the ribs were on the grill and they got my full attention.  Hopefully, I was not going to overcook them.

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They actually turned out perfect; medium rare.

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Side dishes of warm, potato salad made with gourmet mixed potatoes, mayo, tarragon vinegar, and tarragon leaves.  The fresh sauteed spinach and grape tomatoes completed the dinner and added color to the plate.

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For dessert, the peeps made an appearance.  They had been getting ready for a couple of weeks; stale and crusty is when they are at their best.  And, Happy 60th Birthday Peeps!…These sugary marshmallow delicacies were born in 1953!!

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Hope your Easter was just as nice!!

March 29th, 2013

Easter Egg Hunts, Southern Delaware, Sussex County…Sunrise Services, Rehoboth Beach, Lewes

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Hunting for some Easter Egg Hunts while visiting Southern Delaware and the Delaware Beaches?  Check these out.

Saturday, 3/30 – 5th Annual Alley-OOP Egg Scoop from 9 a.m. until Nonn at New Orleans Street in Dewey Beach, Delaware.  There will be 3 separate Egg Hunts as follows:

5 years of age and under – 10:00 a.m.

6 years of age to 8 – 11:00 a.m.

9 years of age to 12 – Noon

Admission is $1.  For more information and registration, please call 302-227-7087.  Or, send an email to info@alleyoopskim.com.  Website http://www.alleyoopskim.com.

Saturday, 3/30 – Georgetown Chamber Easter Egg Hunt is at the Nutter Marvel Museum on South Bedford St. in Georgetown, Delaware.  The actual Egg Hunt will be at Noon.  From 11 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. there will be face painting, Moon Bounce, train rides, a clown, and pcitures with the Easter Bunny.  There is a coloring contest.  Please check the website for more info. http://www.georgetowncoc.com/event/13th-annual-easter-egg-hunt.htm.

Sunday, 3/31 – Easter Brunch and Egg Hunt at the Rusty Rudder, located on 113 Dickinson St. in Dewey Beach.  2 p.m. Egg Hunt!!  It is Free!!  Call 302-227-3888 for more info.

Easter Sunday – Sunrise Services

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – Easter Sunday Community Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand

Lewes, Delaware – Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Lewes Beach

Note:  Please note that Tickets are sold out for the 1st Annual Canalfront Park Easter Egg Hunt in Lewes, Delaware.

Happy Hunting!!

March 29th, 2013

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Nation’s Summer Capital, Sussex County, Southern Delaware…Out & About in Rehoboth Beach

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Large pizza, well done, mushrooms, and sweet peppers.  That’s how I welcomed my oldest son upon his arrival at The Nation’s Summer Capital.  We have pizza choices in Rehoboth Beach; Nicola’s is my family’s favorite.

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There was no parking in Downtown Rehoboth Beach when I went to do a few errands.  The establishments are open.  Good to see the town so crowded.  Summer is around the corner.  You can smell it…or, was it the French fries from Thrasher’s that caught my attention?   They looked so good.  Vinegar…a must!!  Thanks to those that let me take the pictures.

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Rehoboth Beach is known for its dining, but that Boardwalk grub is really the best.  So much so, that the Rehoboth Museum is opening an exhibit of Local Eateries and Eats in May….stay tuned.

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A little chilly but the Boardwalk was the place to be.  Great to have seen everyone relaxing and kicking back.

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There are plenty of shops and boutiques in Rehoboth Beach, but you know the season is upon us when the kite shops open.

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The beach was still today and a bit chilly.

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Ace was the largest dog on the beach today.  He was so cute.

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That was it….a photo post!!  Talk to you later.

March 28th, 2013

Bethany Beach, Tidewater Realty, Sales, The Quiet Resorts, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware….Selling a Lifestyle!, Low Property Taxes!, No Sales Tax! A Walking Tour from 313 Parkwood St., Best Buy, Walking Distance to the Beach, Ready to Build!

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In the 1900’s getting to Bethany Beach was a traveling adventure.  First you had to take off for Rehoboth Beach by railroad, continue by boat; crossing the Rehoboth and Indian River bays, keep on going to the Assawoman Canal, then by a 2-horse drawn bus.  It was exhausting.  Later on, in 1910, it was made a little easier with the dredging of the Loop Canal.  You could then, travel by boat from Rehoboth Beach and be dropped off right in town.

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In 2010 the Loop Canal celebrated its centennial.  Hopefully, when you visit Bethany, you will have a time to stop and reflect on how easy it was for you to get there; the others took the long trip to this coastal town that since those days, still maintains that family atmosphere.

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I think I can talk about Bethany Beach because from 1981 until 2000, I lived in Bethany.  My children’s playground?  That’s right….Downtown Bethany Beach!!  The town was a little different then; no alcohol, no pharmacy, and one grocery store; Gerald’s.  We, the residents did not know how to act when some of those things you take for granted made their first appearance.  Guess what?  It was not missed. We either went to Rehoboth Beach or Ocean City, Maryland.

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Bethany Beach and Fenwick are considered quiet resorts.  I must admit that in the winter they are a bit quieter than Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.  Come summer, these towns are popular resort towns at the Delaware Beaches.

Living at the Delaware Beaches is living stress free.  It is definitely a care free lifestyle.  It is enhanced by the fact that Delaware has low property taxes and no sales tax.   The weather?  Actually, it is pretty good too.

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Tidewater Realty has had a presence in Bethany Beach since 1988.  Broker of Record, John Merryman, has been selling Bethany and Delaware since the mid 70’s.  Tidewater Realty is located at 32892 Coastal Highway (Rt.1) in the Starboard Center.  Plenty of parking with easy access from Coastal Highway (Rt.1).  Tel. 302-539-7500.  Website?  http://www.tidewaterrealty.com

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Tidewater Realty takes pride in the personal attention they give their clients.  The lifestyle they sell is priceless!

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One of the few lots available for sale in Bethany Beach is located at 313 Parkwood St.  This is a 40 x 125 lot. It is $599,000. The future owner of this lot could build a 4,000 square foot home on this lot. It is not in a flood zone and only 2 1/2 blocks from the beach, the shops, the restaurants, and the center of Bethany Beach.

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The street is quiet and it is a semi-dead end street.

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Let’s walk to the beach!

Parkwood Street looking east.  Beach is at the end.

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Crossing Rt. 1.  To the left is the town.

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You are almost there.

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At the end of Parkwood..the ramp to the Boardwalk.

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Parkwood Street is also the end of the Boardwalk.

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Now, where should we park ourselves?

To the south of the Boardwalk?

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Or, should we just place our beach chairs on the north side?  Decisions, decisions!!

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Tons of beach, or, just walk the Boardwalk.

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The Bandstand in Bethany Beach is the life of the town.  Summer concerts, gatherings or just people watching.  Ice cream, French fries..the works, is all there within walking distance.

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From the Bandstand, the beach continues; never ending.  Looks like fun, doesn’t it?  Nothing better!  Even as I write this post I remember sitting at the beach all day long with the kids.

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All streets in Downtown Bethany Beach lead to the beach…At this time of year…surprise, surprise!!  Who do we have here going to the beach?

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March 26th, 2013

Kite Flying at Cape Henlopen State Park, 45th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival, Good Friday, March 29th, Cape Henlopen State Park, No Advance Registration, Delaware Beaches

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The 45th Annual Great Delaware Kite Festival is dedicated in memory of former Lt. Governor, Gene Bookhammer, who founded the event 45 years ago when he was asked by Governor Peterson to participate in a kite flying contest with a Maharajah from Bharatpur, India.  Mr. Bookhammer passed away on February 23rd at the age of 94.  Over the years, he continued to attend the festival as a spectator and for the past 24 years has sponsored the Best All Around award plaque named in his honor.  At the conclusion of this year’s festival, Mr. Bookhammer’s family will be in attendance to present the Bookhammer award.

The festival is co-sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of Commerce and the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation.  It will take place at Cape Henlopen State Park on Good Friday, March 29th.

There is no entry fee for competitors.  The competitions are in 3 age categories:  Children-Up to age 12; Teens-13-17, and Adults-18 & older.

Within each category, kite flyers are judged by the type of kite they are flying:  homemade or store-bought.

The Special Class awards include the Open Individual Ballet (free flight performance accompanied by music which the entrant provides), Individual Precision (compulsory figures including “The Square”, “The Mount”, and “Ladder Down” judged on technical execution), Most Senior Flyer, Youngest Flyer, Flyer Furthest From Home, Smallest Kite and Largest Kite.

The Highest Kite Award category is open to all ages and takes place approximately at 12:15 p.m.  There is no charge to watch.  Entrance fees apply for cars to enter Cape Henlopen State Park which will be collected at the entrance to the park.  $4 per car for Delaware license tags and $8 per car for out-of-state tags.  The Jolly Trolley will transport spectators to the competition field from the state park’s beach parking lot and handicap parking is available at the Seaside Nature Center parking lot.

Want to participate but do not have or have not made a kite?  Kids’ Ketch and Rehoboth Toy & Kite Company will be on-site selling a wide variety of kites with amply space adjacent to the competition field to practice in advance of the competitions which begin at 10:00 a.m.

There will be food vendors, a face painter and community organizations set up surrounding the field.

There is no advance registration.  Entrants can register on the field beginning at 9 a.m. and throughout the morning on Friday, March 29th.

The Children’s and Teen’s competitions take place from 10 a.m. to Noon, followed by the awards ceremony for the morning competitions.

Miss Cape Henlopen, Rebecca Lust, will present the morning awards.

The Highest Kite Competition begins immediately after the morning awards ceremony at approximately 12:15 p.m.  The Adult Competitions, Open Individual Ballet and Individual Precision Competition follow in the afternoon.  The awards ceremony for the afternoon competitions conclude the day’s activities.

Note:  Times may vary according to weather conditions and the number of competitors.

Have a great time!!

At Cape Henlopen State Park

At Cape Henlopen State Park

March 26th, 2013

What’s for Dinner? Shad?, Shad Roe?, How About Both?, Rehoboth Seafood, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

This is the time of the year for Shad.  Springtime!!  Shad are part of the herring family.  They swim up rivers to spawn.  Shad roe, or eggs, are a delicacy for many, including my husband.  Adult shad are toothless!!

Shad are indigenous to the Atlantic coastline of North America.  In the late 1800’s shad were a major source of food in Delaware.

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I knew where I had to go…Rehoboth Seafood has had a presence in Rehoboth Beach since 1978.  It is located at 20238 Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-3551  Website?  http://www.rehobothseafoodmarket.com.  Find them on Facebook.  At this time of the year, it opens Tuesday through Sunday.

Mark Lane is the owner.  He was telling me that this particular shad and shad roe I bought today had just come from North Carolina today.  They should be catching them soon in Delaware.  The season this year might also be a short one.

Shad is a fish full of bones.  If you are a longtime resident of the Delaware Beaches…remember Brown’s Seafood?  He could certainly clean shad.  You would never find a single bone.  He taught Mark how to clean shad.  I have bought it before from Rehoboth Seafood and you will not be disappointed.

Different ways of cooking shad….I usually just baste it with a lemon juice and butter, mixed with paprika and in the oven on 425 degrees…10 minutes to the inch.  The fish is mild and so good.

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Shad roe was always cooked in my house, broiled with bacon.  Mark told me his wife fixes it with a dusting of flour and capers.

Rehoboth Seafood is a full service seafood retail and wholesail store.  In the summer you can buy vegetables and other foods prepared by Mark’s wife.  Great for those unexpected guests.

You need something special, just ask Mark.  He’ll get it for you.

As I was leaving he said….I have not seen you at Giant lately.  How could that be?  I am practically there every day.

Talk to you later…

March 23rd, 2013

Morgan & Gower, Cheesemongers, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Purveyors: Handcrafted Cheeses, Charcuterie, Fine Foods…An Indulgence I could get used to, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

I am now armed with my new booklet called “33 Pieces of Cheese”.  Yes, I am now ready for some slices, wedges and crumbles too!!  If I am going to go cheese hounding in Rehoboth Beach with Jody, I will need this useful information.

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You know how it is; you taste some cheese….you remember how good it was, etc. etc….then, that’s as far as it goes.  Now, I have my tool which will remind me, provided I write it down, which cheeses I like the best.

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Downtown Rehoboth Beach is the perfect town to go out and about.  At this time of the year, when all the shops and restaurants are gearing up for a new season, it is the most fun.  Perfect for checking out what this Nation’s Summer Capital is all about…..the beach, the town, shops, restaurants, music venues, and its history.

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I used to visit this building for several years, every day….It was the Epworth Church.  That’s where my youngest son went to pre-school.  Eventually, this building became the home of several artists, Clear Space Theatre, and just recently, last fall, the home of a gourmet cheese shop called Morgan & Gower…cheesemongers.  It is located at 20 Baltimore Avenue.  Tel. 302-727-5566.  Like them on Facebook!

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It is a small shop; great for easy conversation and information from our cheesemongers.  You want your cheesemonger to be approachable.  On that day Zack and Ken were there.  These two embodied what cheesemongers should be; passionate about their cheeses, making tastings available, explaining the origins and body of the cheese, and even suggesting parings with other foods and wines.

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We were not the only customers at the shop, but they took their time to make sure we made the right selections based on what we liked.  Buying good cheese is an experience and an indulgence.  Cheeses can be expensive.  Think of it, 1 lb. of cheese takes about 10 lbs. of milk.

I fell in love with the following 2 cheeses:  The paper used to wrap the cheeses had a wax lining, which protects the cheese.

Midnight Moon from California.  It is rare, and a popular goat’s milk gouda.  Firm, dense and smooth.  Caramel notes accompanied by nutty, and brown butter flavors.

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The other one was called Brewster, a Gouda from Holland.  These two cheeses were completely different and totally amazing.  The Midnight Moon was softer and the Brewster was a much harder cheese.

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I spotted a French mustard that I used to buy years ago; Moutard de Meaux.  Morgan & Gower are the only ones carrying it in Rehoboth Beach.  I had forgotten how good it was.  I also had forgotten how hard it was to open.  Zack reminded me, before I bought it.  You just have to get the hang of it.

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The shop has other fine foods that can only be found in shops like this one.  The olives looked amazing.

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Since we live at the beach, guests seem to materialized out of nowhere….Morgan & Gower could be lifesaving!

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Looking forward to my next cheese indulgence:

Pepato from New Jersey is a pecorino style cheese with added whole black peppercorns!!

And, Idiazabal from the Basque/Navarra region.  This is a Hawthorne smoked cheese made from the raw milk of Laxta and carranza sheep.  It is also called “queso de tapeo”.  You will find this cheese served at Spain’s famous tapas bars.

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So, what do you think?  These cheeses go a long way.  A little bite here or there with a glass of wine…and good company, of course!

Have a good one!!  Talk to you later.

March 22nd, 2013

TGIF, What’s Going On? The Quiet Resorts, Bethany Beach, Fenwick Island, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County

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The beach is a source of inspiration for many…for others; just a place to kick back and relax.

Slowly, our Delaware Beaches are waking up after a much deserved rest the past couple of months….the Quiet Resorts, as Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island are known are holding some really neat events….So, What’s Going On?

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Friday, 3/22 and Saturday, 3/23 – Dickens Parlour Theatre is located at 35715 Atlantic Avenue, west of Bethany Beach, Delaware.  I have not had the opportunity to attend one of the shows, but I have heard that they are excellent and very popular.  Visit http://www.dptmagic.com, or call 302-829-1071 for more info.  The evening shows start at 7 p.m.  Rainy days show at 2 p.m.  And, I look forward to your comments…liked it?

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Saturday, 3/23 – More volunteers are needed for Beach Grass Planting at South Bethany and Delaware Seashore State Park. 9:00 a.m. until Noon. If you want to get up early and help out this is what you need to do.  First of all, online registration is closed, so please to register call Shoreline and Waterway Management Section at 302-739-9921.  Or, email jennifer.luoma@state.de.us.  Beach grass helps to build and stabilize dunes by trapping windblown sand.  Sand dunes are essential for protection against damaging coastal storms.  The planting of beach grass is an annual event.  It was first started in 1989; more than a million stems of beach grass have been planted by dedicated volunteers.

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Saturday, 3/23 – “Healing Foods to Reduce Inflammation” – At 3:00 p.m. at Good Earth Market, located at 31806 Good Earth Lane on Rt. 26 in Clarksville, Delaware….just 4.8 miles west of Bethany Beach.  Kari Ainsworth returns to discuss the causes of inflammation and why we hurt, as well as the foods that can be causing the pain.  The workshop will be held at The Birch Tree Cafe inside Good Earth Market.  More info?  Please visit http://www.goodearthmarket.com and click on Events.

Saturday, 3/23 – Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at Mariner’s Bethel UMC 81 Central Avenue, (corner of Rt. 26 & Central Ave.), Ocean View, DE 19970.  Ocean View is located a few miles west of Bethany Beach.

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Wednesday, 3/27 – Women and Wine South – NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, 29 Atlantic Avenue (Rt. 26), Ocean View. Fundraising Event for Justin’s Beach House/Justin W. Jennings Foundation.  If you have driven on Rt. 26, either to or from Bethany Beach, you have probably passed a large blue Adirondack Chair.  That is where Justin’s Beach House is located.  It is a house like no other.  This home offers patients with cancer and their families some peace and joy, even if for a short time.  To know more, please visit http://www.justinjennings.org.

Three courses and dessert.  All courses are paired with wine.  Stuffed Local Clams with Periquita White, Shaved Asparagus Salad with Twin Vines Vinho Verde, Grilled Rainbow Trout with Periquita Reserva, and a dessert of Heirloom Carrot Cake, paired with Sandeman Tawny Port.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.  $39 per person.  Please call Colby Pusey at 302-537-1785 or email him at colby@sodelconcepts.com.

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Saturday, 3/30 – Bunny Palooza 5/K/10K – Garfield Parkway & Atlantic Avenue.  Sponsored by the Quiet Resorts Charitable Foundation (QRCF), http://www.qrcf.org. This foundation was formed by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commer in 2001.  It manages and distributes funds to qualified organizations serving the local community.  Bunny Palooza is an Annual Event.  There will be overall, runner-up, masters and age group awards.  It will  be a fun and festive course., Live music throughout the race course.    Start at Garfield Pkwy & Atlantic Ave. in Downtown Bethany Beach.  For complete information and ways to register, please visit http://www.bunnypaloozarun.com.  Note:  Rain or shine, walkers permitted only on the 5K.  Dogs and Owners, Walkers and Strollers must start at the back of the 5K field.  Please bring doggy doo doo bags.  Today, Friday, 3/22, is the last the day to register in order to get an event tech shirt and goodie bag.

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Saturday, 4/6 – “Gluten – What is it Anyway?”  At 3:00 p.m. at The Birch Tree Cafe located inside Good Earth Market at 31806 Good Earth Ln. in Clarksville, Delaware…4.8 miles west of Bethany Beach.  The Birch Tree Cafe is the only 100% gluten free restaurant in Delaware.  Join Cathy Berzins, owner and gluten free chef at The Birch Tree Cafe for this informative discussion, clarifying what all the hoop-la over a gluten free diet is all about.  Please call 302-539-2468 for more info., or visit http://www.goodearthmarket.com.

Tuesday, 4/9 – Living Gluten Free in Delaware at 6:30 a.m.  This is a sharing group; food ideas and recipes, as well as  welcoming people new to the gluten free community.  The group welcomes those on a gluten free diet due to Celiac or gluten sensitivities and those who live with and support them.  The meeting is at The Birch Tree Cafe inside Good Earth Market located at 31806 Good Earth Ln. in Clarksville, Delaware…4.8 miles west of Bethany Beach.  More info?  Please call 302-539-2468.  The Birch Tree Cafe is the only 100% Gluten Free restaurant in Delaware…Like them on Facebook.

Saturday, 4/20 – 24th Annual Ocean to Bay Bike Tour from 7:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Ride the Beaches, Bays & Beyond!! Discounted Rate through Friday, 3/22!!   For registration, bike tour info., and events for the day, please visit http://www.bethany-fenwick.org.

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Saturday, 5/11 – Annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk! Rain or Shine.  Theme? “Safari – It Takes a Village”.  The theme selected this year is for personal reasons; to honor Ann’s good friend who lost her battle with breast cancer on July 20, 2012.  Her name was Nancy and she loved wearing crazy safari type clothing; animal prints in particular.  So, you know what to do…..go crazy, wild, with your prints for this year’s event!

Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk is now partnering with Beebe Breast Health Center in Lewes, Delaware and Little Pink Houses of Hope.  Host houses are still needed for June 1 -8 Bethany retreat for breast cancer patients and their families.  For more info., please visit http://www.bethanybeachbreastcancer.com.  Or, please call 302-537-9700.  Note:  Packet pick up will be at Bethany Area Realty, 778 Garfield Parkway, Bethany Beach, on Friday, 5/10 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Saturday, 5/25 – Justin’s Beach House Memorial Day Week-end 5K Run/3K Walk….at 7:30 a.m.  The new course will be featuring a Boardwalk Finish!  Like them on Facebook!!  $25 to pre-register and $30 the day of the race.  There will be a post race party on the Boardwalk.  Tech Tee-Shirts for all pre-registered participants, awesome awards, free goodie bags, free pre-race kiddie dash (no registration and no tee-shirts provided).  More info?  Please visit http://www.justinjennings.org/5k-run-walk.

Note:  Plenty of amazing entertainment at The Freeman Stage, located at 31750 Lake Drive, Selbyville, Delaware….Please visit http://www.freemanstage.com so you can start planning ahead.

Not so quiet, afterall!!  Have a good one!!

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