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May 31st, 2013

What’s Going On? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, TGIF!!

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Another gorgeous, hot summer day in Rehoboth Beach!!  It’s Sea Fever at the Delaware Beaches.  It is our time to shine.  During the winter many head south; this time of the year the Mid-Atlantic beaches is the place to be.  Rehoboth Beach has unobstructed beaches…you won’t even have to move your chair once you claim your spot.

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There are so many events and activities.  You can pick and choose what to do, or do nothing at all.  But, if you do want to know….here is What’s Going On.

Saturday, 6/1 – It is the first Rehoboth Beach VegFest.  A vegetarian celebration at the Beach.  11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church on 19285 Holland Glade Rd. On Rt. 1, take a right after Tomato Sunshine.  The church is right there on your right.  Cooking demos, exhibitors, kid’s activities, veg food and very interesting speakers, you do not want to miss.  More info?  http://www.rehobothvegfest.org.

Saturday, 6/1 and Sunday, 6/2 – Eating Rehoboth Walking Food Tours – You Eat, You Sip, You Walk, You Discover!! It is a 3 hour culinary adventure through historic Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Seasoned guides will bring you up to date with the local history and restaurant lore.   These tours are on-going throuhout the summer.  Please note they also have them on Fridays.  Tours are from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Please call Zerve at 800-979-3370, or visit http://www.eatingrehoboth.com.  I am going on Sunday to check it out!!

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Sunday, 6/2 – Saturday, 6/8 – Restaurant Week in Rehoboth Beach!!  Delicious multi-course meals will be prepared by Rehoboth’s finest restaurants.  Rehoboth was voted by Frommer’s as “One of the Nation’s Top 20 Vacation Spots.  The James Beard Foundation has nominated 3 of Rehoboth’s chefs and restauranteurs for their culinary excellence.  So, this is you opportunity to try some of the restaurants that make Rehoboth Beach a dining destination.  From haute-cuisine and seafood to Mediterranean tapas and sushi…something for everyone.  To check the list of restaurants and what they are offering, please visit http://www.downtownrehoboth.com/downtown-happenings/restaurant-week.htm.

From the Rehoboth Beach Film Society:

The moment the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival ends…the works starts all over again. The 2013 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival will take place November 6th through the 13th.  I was so happy to see that Damon Pla has been chosen once again as the winning artist to portrait the theme of this year’s festival.  His acyrlic on canvas titled “Old Man and The Must See” is the selection for the 16th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Film Festival.  Posters, programs, ads, t-shirts, and other materials will be released in July.  In 2011 Damon Pla’s work was also selected.  When asked what his inspiration was for this year’s piece, he replied “Old Man and The Must See” is based around the fascination of a combination of machines working together to serve one purpose, accentuating a journey, not a destination.  In this case, emphasizing the work of the camera, not the subject being filmed.

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Damon Pla is from South Florida….He is a self made painter.  He offers original paintings, limited editions, commissions and trompe l’oeil/murals.  Happy he has made his home, here, in Southern Delaware.  Want to learn more?  Please visit http://www.damonpla.com.  Tel. 302-541-6057.  Find him on Facebook, and Twitter.

FILM ENTHUSIASTS:  Enjoy a unique opportunity to screen film submissions for this year’s Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.  The screenings will be taking place at the Movies at Midway on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach and at the South Coastal Public Library in Bethany Beach.  The film screenings will begin at 7 p.m.  Admission? $2 at Movies at Midway, but free at the library in Bethany.  Tel. 302-645-9095.  Please visit http://www.rehobothfilm.com.

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The Beach Eats – Exhibit at the Rehoboth Beach Museum – A celebration of eating in Rehoboth Beach.  The museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue by the roundabout and Rehoboth Beach Chamber of Commerce.  It is a fun exhibit.  I wrote a post on May 23, 2013 so if you want to take a peek just click on the month of May, 2013 and scroll down to the date.  The iconic restaurants in Rehoboth Beach paved the way for the present restaurants.  Remember Sydney’s?  Sydney mentioned to me that having the restaurant at that time was “A Moment in Time”.  It certainly was.  So much fun and great food accompanied by amazing music.  Check it out…it is worth it.  More info?  Please visit http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.

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Doggies at The Beach is a 3,500 square foot indoor-cage free facility…my dog’s, Addy’s, favorite.  She feels like she is at home.  Can’t say enough about them.  Jim and his staff are true dog lovers.  Web cams, grooming, 24 hour supervision, training.

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The “doggies” play or relax.  Check them out, they are open 7 days a week.  More. info?  http://www.doggiesatthebeach.com.

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Reminder:  Parking Meters are in effect in all Delaware Beaches.  In Rehoboth Beach, meters run from 10 a.m. until midnight daily.  $1.50 per hour.  Quarters and credit card via Parkmobile app accepted.  Credit cards are not accepted at parking merters.  Parking permits are required daily from 10 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. in all non-metered areas.  Scooters may park in car spots and pay accordingly or purchase a $40 permit to park in dedicated scooter spots.

Have a great week-end!!

May 30th, 2013

Beach House Dewey, Hotel, Dewey Beach, Delaware, Grand Opening…In the heart of Dewey Beach, Ocean Block, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Party at the Beach House!!…That’s the atmosphere I found today as I stopped by to check the new Beach House Dewey, which opened to a complete sold out week-end on Memorial.

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Dewey Beach has been for years a magnet for partygoers in the summer.  But, Dewey is also a very popular family resort.  It has a total casual atmosphere, which is why you really come to the beach.  Dewey has wide, sandy beaches….also, plenty of lodging accommodations.  Restaurants galore, bars, and live music.

And Dewey Beach has reason to boast…last year is was among the top 12 ranked beaches in the U.S. for water quality!!

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Beach House Dewey is located at 1710 Highway One (ocean block) in Dewey Beach.  Tel. 302-227-4000.  Website? http://www.beachhousedewey.com.  The hotel used to be the Sand Palace.  New owners, The Berstein Companies, one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest real estate development, investment, and hotel management organizations.  A massive renovation has taken place to make Beach House Dewey the new coolest and most affordable place to stay in Dewey Beach.

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Amanda Ponko was kind enough to invite me to check out the hotel.  So here is what I found out.

Beach House Dewey is within walking distance to all of Dewey Beach.  On the ocean block, the Atlantic Ocean, and just after crossing Highway One, the Rehoboth Bay.  Both are playgrounds for the young and the young at heart.

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There are 47 rooms and one suite.  Plenty of parking.  A very cheerful and modern Front Destk.

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There is a shaded back patio and pool.  They will be planning plenty of activities for relaxing and socializing.

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All the rooms have modern amenities, including in-room refrigerators, microwaves flat-screen HD televisions and wireless internet.

This double room was bright and smart looking.

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I was able to see their only expansive suite; the Galli Suite.  It is very spacious with a detached, modern and comfortable sitting room.  There are views of both, the ocean and bay.

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This sitting room, also has a connecting door to another guest room, in case you were with a larger family.

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And if you don’t want to walk, or would like to take a trip to Rehoboth Beach, the Jolly Trolley stops steps from Beach House Dewey.

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Have fun!!  The Summer of 2013 is here!!

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May 29th, 2013

Soap Baubles, Works of Art, Jewelry for your Bath, Conversation pieces found in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware…Add Glamour to Your Bath Experience

We have come a long way since the days when “soap on a rope” was just that.  A bar of soap with a rope attached to it.  I guess it served a purpose….bars of soap are slippery.  But to tell you the truth I don’t think I have used one.

But, now there is a new look to the soap on a rope.  It is very sophisticated, and glamorous.  Jewelry for your bath.  It comes in necklaces and bracelets, in wonderful fragrances like Garden Lily, Fraiche Flore, Summer Rose, and Freesia, among others.  The packaging alone is worth it.

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I found them at Tulip located at 20819 Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Website? http://www.tulipltd.com. Tel. 302-226-2696.  Great gift for that person that has it all and wants to add something different to their bath experience.  You are to wear and enjoy them while taking a bath or shower; do not take them apart, have fun with them.

The company, Soap Baubles is from Vermont.  Their trademark?  “Soap Baubles Jewelry for your Bath”.  To know more about them, and to see what else they have to offer, please visit http://www.soapbaubles.com.

And if those were not enough, they also have the gemstones.  Beautiful works of art to be enjoyed in your bath, found right here in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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Talk to you later.

May 29th, 2013

Strawberries, Magee Farms, You Pick, They Pick, Lewes, Delaware, Official Delaware State Fruit, Delaware Delicious!, Southern Delaware, Strawberry Fields Forever!

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Over 75 farm family operated markets are scattered through the Delaware landscape.  They feature the best in local, fresh and tasty produce.  Before Southern Delaware was known for its chicken and poultry farms, there was the strawberry.  And young and old love to pick strawberries.

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In 2010 the strawberry became the official State fruit.  Delaware strawberries are bred for taste, not to be big.  They also don’t have a long shelf life.

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Magee Farms is located at 33761 West Coats Rd. in Lewes.  Tel. 302-644-1023.   If you are in the Bethany/Fenwick area, you can find them on Rt. 54 in Williamsville at 34857 Lighthouse Rd., Tel. 302-436-5589.  They open at 8 a.m. until 6 p.m.  If you are picking late in the day then, please be there by 5:30 p.m.

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The first thing you will notice as you entered the market, is the floor; sand only!  The market carries what’s in season and at this time strawberries and asparagus are the main event.

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The market offers plenty of strawberry jams, preserves, cider, and dressings.  Hanging baskets and potted plants, as well.

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They fields are fantastic….well cultivated and easy access for picking, as well.  They go on forever.

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Prices are on the boards….they’ll send you right out.  No waiting.

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Note:  They told me that they should still be picking for another 2 weeks.  It could be a bit shorter if the weather continues to be too hot.  So, stop by and check them out, because other produce is coming in season soon.

And, to find a local grower, please visit http://www.dda.delaware.gov

Have a good one!

May 28th, 2013

What’s Going On? Dewey Beach, Delaware, Activities, Events, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

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Dewey Beach is the perfect summer town.  It has everything….the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Rehoboth Bay to the west, separated by Coastal Highway.

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It is the playground for the young at heart and the more matured crowd.  It offers watersports, bars, music, entertainment, restaurants, and plenty of sunshine!!

So, if you are visiting Dewey Beach this week, check What’s Going On?

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Thursday, 5/30 – There is a Grand Opening Celebration and the public is invited!!  4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  The new Beach House Dewey is opening its doors!!  Their first summer in Dewey Beach.  The event is free and you will be able to check for yourselves what Beach House Dewey has to offer.  They will be serving light refreshments…live music by Chris Steele.

Beach House Dewey is a 47 room property that was acquired in 2012 by The Bernstein Companies, one of Washington D.C.’s oldest real estate development, investment, and hotel management organizations.  The hotel is located across from the Bottle & Cork, on 1710 Highway One (Coastal Highway).  Affordable accomodations with a smart, clean, and modern design to fit into the lifestyle is what the owners have expressed.

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Thursday, 5/30 – The Bacon Brothers, Kevin and Michael will be performing at The Bottle & Cork on 1807 Highway 1 at 9 p.m.  You may get tickets through http://www.deweybeachlife.com.

Friday, 5/31 – Lez Zeppelin will be performing at The Bottle & Cork from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m.  Tickets are $15.

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Rusty Rudder is located at 113 Dickinson St…..Did you know that they now have a Late Night Hot Dog Cart?  Hebrew National on the Rudder Deck from 9 p.m. until closing.  To check what’s on their schedule, please visit http://www.deweybeachlife.com/live-music.

Skim Camps, Skim Adventures….Summer Programs from Alley Oop and much more….located at 2000 Coastal Highway, Unit 106.  Tel. 302-227-7087.  Website http://www.alleyoopskim.com.  They have programs throughout the summer, so it is best you contact them directly.  You may want to also check http://www.alleyoopskim.com/skim-camps.

Surfing Lessons?  Liquid has the answer with individual surfing lessons this summer and fall.  Students will learn technique, equipment, ocean safety, and surfing etiquette.  They will learn the proper technique for paddling out, catching waves, and standing up.  The cost is $65 per person.  Groups of 4 or more, $50 per person.  Students must be 6 years old or older and be a competent ocean swimmer.  More info?  Please call Liquid at 302-227-7130 .  Website?  http://www.liquidboardshop.com/pages/surf-lessons.  You may also email michael@liquidboardshop.com.

July 2nd – Junior Lifeguarding Program by the Dewey Beach Patrol, ages 6 – 16.  Sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.  Location?  Dewey Beach Lifesaving Station on Dagsworthy Street and the Beach, rain or shine.  There is a $20 registration fee.  Interested?  Check http://www.deweybeachpatrol.com.  Then, click on programs.  Tel. 302-227-6365

July 2nd – Youth Recreation by the Dewey Beach Patrol.  The program will be offered on an evening basis beginning at 5:15 p.m. and ending at sunset, weather permitting.  Location? Dagsworthy Street and the Beach.  This program is intended to provide a facility, on the beach, that will meet the recreational needs of individuals ranging in age from early adolescents to teenage.  More info?  Please visit http://www.deweybeachpatrol.com.  You may also call 302-227-6365.

Taxi Anyone?  BEACH RIDE TAXI – 24 hours, 7 days a week.  Dispatch Service.  Serving Lewes, Rehoboth, Dewey, Bethany and all airports.  Tels. 302-645-6800, 302-226-8294.

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Jolly Trolley is the best way to get around in Rehoboth Beach and Dewey…..New App will let you know the trolley’s location while it is operating.  http://www.jollytrolley.com.

Have a good one!

May 28th, 2013

What’s Cooking? Curried Eggplant with Tomatoes & Basil, Easy, Meatless, Gluten Free!, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware

It should have been meatless Monday, but how could we have done that to Memorial Day?  So, instead, meatless Tuesday it is.  This recipe uses curry powder.  If you are not a fan of curry, you might want to close this post now, or figure out a way to make it your own.  I usually do.  For example this recipe called for the addition of water, instead I added vegetable broth.  It gave it more flavor and color.

The recipe is simple, takes no time to prepare and it is also good for you.

CURRIED EGGPLANT WITH TOMATOES & BASIL

1 cup white Basmati rice

Kosher salt and black pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 onion, chopped

2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved (I only had one, and it was just fine,)

1 eggplant (1 lb.), cut into 1/2-inch pieces (Don’t worry about peeling them.)

1 1/2 tsps. curry powder (I used a bit more because I like it.)

2 cups of vegetable broth

1 15 1/2 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed

1/2 cup fresh basil

1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (preferably Greek).  It is optional.

Make the rice according to package directions.

While the rice is cooking, heat the oil in a deep frying pan over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, for about 5 minutes.

Stir in the tomatoes, eggplant, curry powder, 1 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper.  Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

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Add 2 cups vegetable broth and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until eggplant is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Stir in chickpeas and cook just until heated through, about 3 minutes.

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Remove the vegetables from heat and stir in the basil.  Fluff the rice with a fork.

Serve the vegetables over rice.

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And, it will be totally up to you if you want to garnish it with yogurt.  Yogurt and curry…they do go well together.

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Enjoy!

Note:  To make the recipe gluten free, please make sure to read the labels.  Plenty of canned veggies are gluten free, and some companies do use more sodium than others.  Same with the broth.

May 27th, 2013

Shopping, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Favorite Picks on Memorial Week-End, Nation’s Summer Capital, Tax Free Shopping, Southern Delaware, Accessories! They should enhance; Not overshadow!

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It goes without saying that shopping at the Delaware Beaches is part of the ritual if you are visiting Southern Delaware.  Tax free shopping!!  Our casual lifestyle at the beaches is fun and carefree .  As I was walking in Rehoboboth Beach this week-end I had my picks.

I was thinking that adding spunk and pizzaz with accessories for ourselves or homes can either make or break the look.  The rule of thumb is not to overpower.  This rule is timeless.  Use accessories that will work with your wardrobe or your home decor.

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Remember that it is called an accessory because you want it to enhance and not overshadow.

No outfit is complete without the proper accessory.

In Downtown Rehoboth Beach on the ocean block I found Tiger Lili.  This shop has clothing, jewelry, handbags, shoes, and accessories….Sorry guys, not for you.

These bags were calling Summer!!

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And these were the cutest sandals.  And, since it is going to be in the 80s this week, they are the perfect sandal to wear out and about in town or wear them to dinner.

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Nothing better than a good conversation piece or pieces when having guests for drinks or dinner.  There is a new store in town called The Spice & Tea Exchange, also located on the ocean block in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  These items will get your guests talking.

The Himalayan Grater Stone is beautiful pink salt that is harvested by hand from ancient sea-beds located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains.  All you have to do is put them on the table and grate the salt with a micro-planer.  It comes out very fine and you don’t need that much to get great taste.

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The salt blocks and platters are also going to create great conversation.  These blocks and platters can be heated or cooled; put them in the oven or freezer.  They can be used for food preparation and table presentation.

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Mod Cottage is located at 247 A Rehoboth Avenue.  This shop has great accessories for the home and plenty for gift giving, as well.

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Jane & Georgie just inaugurated their new building…same spot on 419 Rehoboth Avenue.  This shop has plenty of indulgences, we, women love.  Tops, dresses, and the beach indispensables.

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At 29819 Coastal Highway you will find Tulip.  It has everything you can imagine…furniture, lamps, art…but since I am concentrating on accessories, these finds were perfect.  The stone on this bracelet is Labradorite.  Other stones are available.

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Plenty of more shops to visit in the Nation’s Summer Capital!!  Let the Summer of 2013 begin!

May 26th, 2013

Memorial Week-End, Delaware Beaches, Flag for Heroes, Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club, Veteran’s Memorial Wall & Garden, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Sussex County, Happy Memorial Day!, A Day of Remembrance for Those Who Died in Our Nation’s Service

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If you happen to be traveling on Kings Highway, whether you were arriving in Lewes on the Cape May -Lewes Ferry or just driving into Lewes as a destination, you probably saw the flags from the highway, on the grounds of Cape Henlopen High School. These are the Flags for Heroes, sponsored by the Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club to honor the heroes of the past, the present and future.  Proceeds from each flag will be used to support local youth programs through scholarships and first responders.

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The Lewes-Rehoboth Rotary Club was chartered in 1929.

Originalloy, Memorial Day was called Decoration Day.  Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868; first observed on May 30, 1868.  The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873.

Veteran's Memorial Wall in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Veteran's Memorial Wall in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

I think between the barbecues, the shopping sales, and the official opening of many summer resorts, we have forgotten the true meaning of Memorial Day.  I don’t remember seeing a Memorial Day Parade in a long time, if ever.  The National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed on December of 2000 asking that at 3 p.m. local time, all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps”.

Veteran's Memorial Wall & Garden in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Veteran's Memorial Wall & Garden in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

When you arrive in Rehoboth Beach, you will find the Roundabout on Rehoboth Avenue.  This is the gateway to the city.  Looking east towards the ocean is a replica of the Cape Henlopen Lighthouse.

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Continue east towards the end of Rehoboth Avenue and right by the Bandstand you will find the Veteran’s Memorial Wall & Garden.  The flowers planted change with the season.

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And, on Memorial Day those flags will be at half mast, honoring and paying respect to those who have given so much for this country.  If you are in Rehoboth Beach, just stop by and have a moment of reflection.

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Have a nice day!

Note: Some info. for my post was taken from http://www.usmemorialday.org.

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