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February 22nd, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Winter at The Delaware Beaches, R & R, Southern Delaware, Sussex County, Like it in the Summer, Love it in the Winter

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I don’t have to wonder why people head out to the Delaware Beaches in the winter.  The DE beaches are just a few hours from major cities…visitors come to relax, unwind; the beach is a state of mind.

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In Downtown Rehoboth Beach, there were plenty of visitors walking, shopping and eating the Boardwalk Grub….33 degrees at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, 2/21/15.  I did say shopping, right?  We take tax free shopping in Delaware for granted.

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Never too cold to eat candy from Candy Kitchen.

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Thrasher’s always has a waiting line.  Crispy fries, a bit of salt and a lot of apple cider vinegar.

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A stop to Fisher’s Popcorn….I am taking some of that delicious popcorn to my cousins this week.  Love the new caramel with crab seasoning dusting.  They are going to be hooked, that’s for sure.  I even bought a small container for home to see if it would last for the Oscars tonight.  Sadly to report, it did not.

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Dolles was open, as well.

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Silver Lake is a freshwater lake and one of the 3 in Rehoboth Beach that is closer to an ocean than any other freshwater lake in the U.S.  Very scenic and a bird sanctuary, as well.  On Saturday, it was quiet and still.

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Color!!

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So, if you are thinking about a little get-away….we are here!!

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February 21st, 2015

Shop Local, Sugar Scrubs, “Duck” Tape Bows, Lolipops….Young Entrepeneurs, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Pamper Your Skin with Locally made Sugar Scrubs!!

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Cold, winter, bitter, snowy…..pamper your skin now during the winter, sugar scrubs, locally made by young girls promise to leave your skin so soft…..Oh, pure luxury!!

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In my neighborhood these young girls are busy year round.  During the hot summer weather, they are out there with their lemonade stand.  People do stop.  Nothing better than a cold glass of lemonade at reasonable prices.

So, I was flagged down by one of the youngest….We have sugar scrubs she said.  How much, I asked?  She said $1.  I told them I would take 2.  She yelled at her sister….”bring mine too”.  I gave them $1.00 tip.

I had to keep on going, there was a car behind me.

Once I got home I grabbed Addy and told her we were going for a walk….it was snowing.

They were still there attending to Andrew, another customer.

Andrew bought one of their “duck” or “duct” tape bows, same thing, right?….Awesome he said.

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So I wanted to know more.  From the photo you can see their set-up.  The display, so appealing and very visible.

I asked them what was the name of their company.  Savannah & Sawyer the oldest one said.  But, she is not here.  So, who are you?  She said Sawyer.  The other name of the company is LH….they did not seem to mind that they sold the same thing.

I was told that the scrub needed to be applied with my hands in a circular motion.  And, that I needed to rinse it off.  I hope so…great, love it!!

The “duck” or “duct” tape bows were .50, the sugar scrub was 1.00, and the lollipops were .15.

They also told Andrew and I that the person behind me did not stop.  Andrew told them that they were not going to get everyone….it’s the nature of the business.

These girls are showing us that it is never to early to start a business.  They were so friendly, knew their product well, and had a great sense of marketing….32 degrees…why not scrub?

Have a good one!!

February 20th, 2015

March in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Women & Wine, Dinner, Fundraising for Polycystic Kidney Disease, (PKD), Lupo di Mare, Thursday, March 19th, Delaware Beaches Have a Big Heart

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When women get together there is always a party atmosphere.  It is going to be beautiful in March in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  This frozen “situation” will be gone soon.  Women & Wine is a monthly dinner event that takes place at Lupo di Mare at 247 Rehoboth Avenue.  It is very well attended…Women, wine, a creative Italian 4-course meal, paired with wines, of course..a fun evening indeed.  The best part?  For a good cause….please read on.

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The Delaware Chapter of the PKD Foundation is excited to announce a Women & Wine Dinner for PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease) on Thursday, March 19th.  It will start at 6:30 p.m.  The cost is $39 plus gratuity.  Lupo di Mare will make a donation of $5 for each guest in attendance to the PKD Foundation for research into a treatment and cure for PKD.

There will also be raffle prizes donated by area businesses to help raise funds in order to put an end to PKD!!

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PKD is the second most common genetic disorder in which cysts enlarge in and on both kidneys eventually leading to kidney failure.  At present, there is no treatment or cure.  Dialysis or a kidney transplant is the only lifesaving option.  Approximately 1 in 500 or 1,900 Delawareans may be affected by PKD.  For more information about the PKD Foundation and PKD, please visit http://www.pkdcure.org.

When my friend Rosalie Corbett, who is a volunteer for the DE Chapter of PKD sent me an email to see if I would post the information for this fundraising event, I was more than happy to do it.  And when she signed her email as “Living in HOPE” that said it all.  That’s what we all want…Hope!  We never want to lose that.

So, with the help of our amazing community at the Delaware Beaches…Let’s fill all 65 seats!!

For reservations, please contact Alexis Schreiber at 302-226-2240 or Alexis@sodelconcepts.com.

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Note:  I’ll post a reminder as the date gets closer, making sure to let you know what their menu will be, but you will not be disappointed.

February 19th, 2015

Shop Local, Carla’s Rosaries, Puerto Rico, Handmade Rosaries, Jewelry, Bracelets, Ventana al Mar, Mercado Urbano (Urban Market), First Sunday of each Month, Condado, La Isla del Encanto, Save the Date: Sunday, March 1st

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I am praying that it gets a little warmer at the Delaware Beaches…..but I remember well a couple of weeks ago when visiting Puerto Rico we went to the Mercado Urbano or Urban Market that takes place at Ventana al Mar (Window to the Sea) on Ashford Avenue in Condado the first Sunday of every month.  A popular place to be in order to get up close and personal with many local artists….and taste that delicious Puertorican food.

The rosaries did attract our attention.  They were beautiful.  Meet the artist behind Carla’s Rosaries and bracelets…Carla.  Very friendly and most accommodating.  So many of us asking questions…could you add this other medal or replace this one for that one.  With a smile on her face she obliged.

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Carla’s Rosaries are sold in Puerto Rico at Carla’s Sweets in Guaynabo and at Carla’s Sweets cart at Plaza Las Americas in Hato Rey.  Please visit http://www.carlasrosaries.com.  Tel. 787-792-9777  You can find Carla’s Rosaries on Facebook, as well.  Please note that Carla’s Rosaries can be purchased online.

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Carla is also the baker behind Carla’s Sweets.  So successful in San Juan.  I will have to try them next time, but in the meantime you may visit http://www.carlassweets.com.  Shop online, shipping available.

Carla’s Rosaries and bracelets are made with semi-precious stones.  The metals are not silver, but alloy and pewter.  With time the rosaries will take a “vintage” look.  With a bit of care they can last you a lifetime.

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Please open http://www.carlasrosaries.com, to read about her story.  At times when a door closes, another opens.  It was pretty much the case for her.  Going through a difficult time in her life, she went to a family retreat.  She stated that during the retreat she felt anxious….a couple acknowledged the fact that praying had changed their lives.  Carla started to cry.  Some began to pray for her and gave her a Rosary, blessed by the Virgin of Medugorje.  They also gave her the novena of the Divine Mercy, which is supposed to be prayed at 3:00 p.m.  Her story is passionate, she is devout of the Divine Mercy, very spiritual, and very much at peace.

Carla wanted to wear a rosary, not in a traditional way.  She loves accessories….so Carla’s Rosaries began.  Carla’s Rosaries can be worn in a traditional way, or you can wear them like a scarf…worn like that by Carla on the above photos.

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The Mercardo Urbano or Urban Market will be at Ventana al Mar on Sunday, March 1st, and you can be sure that Carla’s Rosaries and bracelets will be making a statement like they usually do.

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Note:  You may have your rosary blessed.

February 17th, 2015

Walk MS 2015, Taylor DeMario, Miss Delaware World, Multiple Sclerosis, Delaware, Walk MS Events, Fundraising…Miss World America Pageant, “Beauty with A Purpose”

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42 years ago, Miss World’s Chairwoman, Julia Morley, created a new theme for Miss World, Beauty With A Purpose, making the Miss World crown the symbol for fundraising, inviting the contestants and license holders from each country to help aid projects in their own countries.  2015 marks the first time in over 30 years that the Miss World Organization has welcomed state titleholders in the United States.

Meet and congratulate Taylor DeMario who is the first Miss Delaware World since 1994!!

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Taylor was crowned on Sunday, January 18, 2015 at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington.  She will move on to represent Delaware at the Miss World America Pageant in July, 2015 in Washington, D.C., where the national winner will represent America at the 65th Annual Miss World, the largest and most prestigious international pageant, representing Beauty with A Purpose.

Taylor DeMario is the Marketing/Investment Team Coordinator for EagleView Capital, the Wealth Management Division of First Savings Bank.  Taylor’s reign will focus on aiding Multiple Sclerosis (MS).  The news of a family member being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis influenced Taylor to help other families dealing with this condition.  With more than 1,500 known cases of MS in Delaware, Taylor states that Delaware has one of the highest occurrence rates in the nation.  In recent years she has been able to raise nearly $23,000 for the MS Society.  Taylor features her fund raising awareness efforts at http://www.taylordemario.com.

Last year I had the opportunity to meet Taylor at Chicks for Charity Southern Delaware, a monthly fundraising event in Lewes, Delaware.  Her inside and outside beauty was enhanced on that evening when she explained her personal crusade to help those afflicted with MS, something she knows so well, since a loved one has this debilitating disease.

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That prompted my friend, Jody, and I to form a group called Beach Babes and participate on the Walk MS last spring.  Once again, Taylor tells me that she will be at all of the Delaware MS Walks taking place this spring.

Walk MS Wilmington Riverfront on 4/11.

Walk MS Historic Dover on 4/18

Walk MS Newark at Buffalo Wild Wings on 5/5

Walk MS at Baywood Greens on 5/29

Walk MS at Heritage Shores on 5/29

Beach Babes joined plenty of those, including Taylor, fundraising for MS at Baywood Greens.  We had so much fun and the weather was gorgeous.  The setting was beautiful.

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To know more about these events and to join or form your own group like we did, please visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/ded.

So, how about it….a challenge?

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February 15th, 2015

Destination? Nicola Pizza, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware…Love Pizza!!

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Pizza is good any time of the day.  On cold winter days it is even better.  In Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, we have various pizza establishments.  Don’t get me wrong I have had them all over and over again through the years, but I keep coming back to Nicola Pizza.  It is located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach with 2 locations:  8 N 1st St, which is their original location and on 71 Rehoboth Avenue, which is right around the corner.  Tel. 302-227-6211.  Website?  http://www.nicolapizza.com.  Besides pizza they have other great offerings, and plenty of specials throughout the year.

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When having pizza at Nicola we usually go to their original location on 8 N 1st St.  Like my kids say….it is nostalgic.  We love the booths and the warmth of the restaurant.  It is very popular year-round with summer visitors standing in line for quite some time.

Starting with a salad…this is their traditional salad with cheese, onions, and a peppercorn dressing.

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I am so guilty of eating these fries….but I did not order them.  Crispy with melted cheese…a little vinegar and what can I say….awesome!

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I can honestly say that Nicola’s is my favorite pizza.  There is something about that sauce, plus the fact that when we order our pizza, it always comes out just like you ordered it….well done!!  Our choice of toppings?  Sweet peppers.

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PIZZA TRIVIA

3 billion pizzas are sold annually in the U.S.

A typical adult consumes 744 calories of pizza in a sitting.

Men are most likely to have pizza.  I don’t know about that one.

Pizza provides approximately 27% of the total energy on the day consumed

An average slice of a medium sized cheese slice ranges from 220 to 370 calories.

Each American person eats about 46 pizza slices annually.

There are approximately 61,300 pizzerias in the U.S.

And last but not least….36% of American consider pizza the perfect breakfast.

Thanks Elite Daily for this useful info….Have a great Holiday Week-End.

February 15th, 2015

Breakfast on Ashford, CrepeMaker, Ashford Avenue, Condado, Puerto Rico, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert!! Open 7 Days a Week, La Isla del Encanto, The Caribbean

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While we celebrate Groundhog Day in the U.S. on February 2nd, the French celebrate Fete de Chandeleur or Crepe Day!!  Walking on Ashford brought us to the CrepeMaker, located at 1302 Ashford Avenue in Condado.  Tel. 787-545-5138.  Find easily on Facebook as CrepeMaker de Puerto Rico.  In San Juan, they have 4 locations.

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Visualizing the fact that at this time of the morning, the weather is warm with plenty of sun in Condado.  Outdoor seating available but if it gets too warm for you, there is plenty of seating indoors.

The CrepeMaker was a pleasant surprise for us.  So many types of crepes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  They also offer wine and beer.

I thank them for letting me take the photos.  They were very busy.

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At the time of our visit the majority of customers were getting the Breakfast fare….Better Cheddar, Florentine, El Rancho, the Western Crepe…you name it.

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Waffles, topped with powdered sugar, cinnamon, bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream on the side.  Nutella?  They do have it.

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My Very Veggie was totally awesome!!  Marinated sun-dried tomatoes, sweet red onions, roasted red peppers, fresh baby spinach, basil, tomatoes, mushrooms, melted mozzarella and their signature pesto sauce.  The crepe was crispy and perfect for that particular morning.

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You can also find at the CrepeMaker soups, fresh salads, and crepe combo specials for kids.

Have a good one!!

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February 13th, 2015

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Delaware, Arts, Entertainment, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County, Holiday Week-End-Delaware Beaches

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What’s Going On?  Looks gorgeous outside….A balmy 18 degrees and no snow!!  A holiday week-end ahead and the Delaware Beaches are open for business….the business of arts, entertainment, dining, and shopping galore.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS – Presented by Clear Space Theatre locted at 20 Baltimore Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.  Tel. 302-227-2270.  Website?  http://www.clearspacetheatre.org/featured-shows/item/steel-magnolias.html.  This hilarious and heartwarming story is in Rehoboth Beach until Sunday February 22nd.  It explores the lives, loves and losses of 6 women who talk, gossip, needle and harangue each other through the best of times…and comfort and repair one another through the worst.  To learn more about the cast, how to purchase tickets, please visit the above mentioned website.

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA’S TCHAIKOVSKY’S “IOLANTA” and BARTOK’S “BLUEBEARD’S CASTLE” – LIVE BROADCAST –  Presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society and the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation on Saturday, February 14th at 12:30 p.m. at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater on Kings Highway in Lewes, Delaware.  Admission is $25 for adults, $22 for Met members, $22 for RBFS members, $22 for Seniors 65+ and $15 for Students with ID and children 12 and under.  Day of admission will be offered at the door with cash payment only.

On the heels of her trimphant Met performances as Tatiana in “Eugene Onegin”, soprano Anna Netrebko takes on another Tchaikovsky heroine in the first opera of this intriguing double bill, consisting of an enchanting fairy tale (“Iolanta”) followed by an erotic psychologial thriller (“Bluebeard’s Castle”).  Netrebko stars as the beautiful blind girl who experiences love for the first time in “Iolanta,” while Nadja Michael is the unwitting victim of the diabolical Bluebeard, played by Mikhail Petrenko.  Both operas are directed by Mariusz Trelinski, who was inspired by classic noir films of the 1040s.  Sung in Russian/Hungarian.  NOTE:  Lunch from Hobos Restaurant will be available in the atrium of the High School,  starting at 11:30 a.m. and continuing through the intermission.

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“THE DAVID DANCE” AND “TRUE LOVE” – Presented by the Rehoboth Beach Film Society on Saturday, February 14th and Sunday, February 15th.  These films are part of RBFS’s annual Another Take series during the Presidents Day week-end.  It is a quarterly gay and lesbian themed film series and it is held at the upstairs screening room at Movies at Midway, located on Coastal Highway, or Rt. 1.  Tickets are $7 and can be purchased online at http://www.rehobothfilm.com, or by calling 302-645-9095, ext. 1.

“THE DAVID DANCE” – Saturday, 2/14 at 3 p.m.  Away from the microphone, David is soft spoken, shy and unsure of himself.  however, as his on-air alias, “Danger Dave”, the host of the local radio show, “Gay Talk”, he is poised, witty, and every listener’s best friend.  His sister, Kate, is a trice divorced banker with a yen for classical music and cats.  Though sucessful, the siblings suffer from a secret sense of inadequacy.  Kate decides to adopt an orphan in Brazil and asks David to be a father figure.  David struggles with his self-doubt while gawkily romancing his coworker.  This is a truly one of those movies that gets to the heart and soul of a person.  If you have ever felt love of any kind, this movie is for you.

“TRUE LOVE” – Sunday, 2/15 – at 3 p.m.  A haunting and evocative story about the intersecting lives of 3 women.  Tru, 37, is a serial dating lesbian who cannot commit to a relationship for long, that is until she meets Alice.  Alice who is 60 is a recent widow who decides at the last minute to visit her daughter, Suzanne.  When Suzanne is too busy to spend time with her, Tru steps in to entertain and the 2 form an unlikely friendship.  As sparks start to fly, Suzanne becomes alarmed and tries to sabotage the budding romance.  “This emotional film about life and love in different forms is simple but infailingly well meaning, and highly enjoyable like so many current great Canadian works.”

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LIVE MUSIC – BETHANY BLUES, LEWES – Located at 18385 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-644-2500.  Website?  http://www.bethanyblues.com/lewes.  8 p.m. until 11 p.m.

Friday, 2/13, FishWhistle will be taking the stage.  Their genre?  Rock!!

Saturday, 2/14, Writers in The Round, a Special Valentine’s Day Show with Live Interviews.  Modeled after Nashville’s Blue Bird Cafe, Writers in the Round is an intimate listening event featuring 4 local singer songwriters that provide a rare opportunity to hear original songs along with stories from the writers offering and understanding of the writer’s creative process.  This show is a series produced by The Acoustic Jam along with Jam 24/7 Sound Stage.  For the first time this particular show is coming out of the studio to do a live performing at Bethany Blues, with no tickets and no cover.  Ladies in the Round bring together 4 generations of female singersongwriters, with Jessica Graae, Patty Blee, Geri Smith and Hanna Piage who is 16 years old.

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GUMBO CRAWL – Sunday, 2/15 – Presented by Downtown Rehoboth Beach Main Street (RBMS), the 2015 GUMBO CRAWL is here and participants get to Vote for Best Gumbo?  Great time of the year to serve gumbo…it will keep us warm here in the Nation’s Summer Capital.

You do not need to fly to New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year!!  The Downtown Gumbo Crawl will take place from 2p.m. until 5 p.m.  Simply purchase a $5 voting ballot and walk to the 12 participating restaurants to taste the different gumbo recipes.  After tasting at least 5 gumbo samples, you can cast your ballot for your favorite gumbo by 5 p.m.  The WINNER will be announced on FAT Tuesday, 2/17, at 8 p.m. at The Purple Parrot, 134 Rehoboth Ave.  The restaurant receiving the most votes will be crowned the Downtown Rehoboth 2015 Gumbo Crawl Winner and will receive a commemorative trophy and $100 in RBMS Gift Certificates.

The 2015 Gumbo Crawl Participating Restaurants:  Cafe Azafran, Dos Locos, Fins, Hobos, Lula Brazil, Mariachi, MIXX, The Pond Bar & Grill, Purple Parrot, Papa Grande’s, Rigby’s, and the Seafood Shack.  Ballots can be purchased in advance or the day of the event in the participating restaurants, except Papa Grande’s.

Downtown Rehoboth Beach stores and restaurants will be featuring drink and foods special all in the name of Mardi Gras.  For more info., please visit http://www.downtownrb.com.  Tel. 302-227-2772.  You may also visit the Rehoboth Mardi Gras Facebook Page.

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REHOBOTH BEACH MUSEUM – CRUISIN’ EXHIBIT – Through March 8th.  Location? 511 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-7310.  Website?  http://www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.  Before the Cruisin’ exhibit ends on March 8th, please stop by and enjoy the vintage bicycles, tricycles, pedal cars and toys on wheels.  Museum admission is by donation.  Museum hours are Monday and Friday 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.  Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

REHOBOTH BEACH FILM SOCIETY SEEKS ART SUBMISSIONS FOR 2015 FILM FESTIVAL – RBFS is seeking original art submissions to be adapted for the 2015 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival’s artwork.  The selected submission will become the theme for designing the Film Festival’s poster, program, t-shirt, and other promotional materials.  Submissions must be new, original, and created with film and coastal Delaware in mind.

The selected artwork will be auctioned at the Festival in November 2015 with proceeds to benefit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society.  Artists interested in making a submission, can visit

http://www.rehobothfilm.com/festival_artwork_guidelines.html.

Have a great week-end!!  Stay warm.

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