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May 12th, 2015

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Have a good one!!  Talk to you later!

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May 8th, 2015

Delaware’s Ghost Towers, Standing Tall, WWII Towers, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, Sussex County


The WWII Towers continue to stand tall.  They are the subject of my post when we celebrate today the end of WWII.  These towers are silent sentinels of WWII.  There are 11 towers in Delaware.  Up and down the coastline you see them, but  do you really stop to look at them?  Having been writing this blog since 2009 has made me more sensitive and interested on what’s around me.


You might be sitting on the beach in Dewey….notice what’s looking over you.


It was believed that after Pearl Harbor, the Delaware Beaches were in danger.  During 1940-1942 there were huge fortifications erected at the mouth of the Delaware Bay to protect Philadelphia.

These ghosts from years past were used as artillery spotting locations.  Our military was posted in each of the towers to coordinate artillery fire on enemy ships off our coast.



From the upper level the spotters could scan the Atlantic for enemy vessels, therefore, they could direct the fire of the guns mounted along the coast.


The tallest WWII tower is 73 feet tall and the shortest is 37 feet tall.  Some have only 2 viewing slits, while others have 3 or 4.  A spotter could see 14 1/2 miles into the Atlantic.


Summer 2015 is almost here….Memorial Week-End officially opens the season.  As you come to visit us at the beach, take a good look around you….these WWII Towers might be standing as ghosts, but they are fascinating and have seen it all.


During Sandy the following photo was taken….the north end of the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk looking north.  Always standing…


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May 7th, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Eats!! Michy’s Relaxed Dining, Restaurant, Bar, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches…One More Bite, Please!!


Making memories with friends is lifetime moment that we will surely treasure for-e-ver!!  We celebrate birthdays….anything goes when it comes to celebrating with my usual suspects.  Jody’s birthday it was…from left to right…Debbie, Jody and Debbie.  Our choice for this happy occasion was Michy’s Relaxed Dining, located at 19287 Miller Rd., #17, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Tel. 302-227-0999.  Website?

This is a great restaurant to have in mind when visiting the beaches.  Plenty of parking!! Please note that at the present time, they are closing on Sunday and Monday.  Happy Hour Tuesday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


The restaurant has a casual atmosphere with a bar adjacent to the main dining room.  The tables in the main dining room are somewhat close to each other, but to tell you the truth you have plenty of space and privacy.

Check the Board since they usually have a couple of specials and an evening’s dessert.


After catching up with each other it was time to order an appetizer. But first, a little bread for the table.  Amazingly so, only sparkling water for the table, as well.


Last time at Michy’s we tried the shrimp so this time we ordered the Calamari.  Flash fried, Szechuan style, with a garlic chili sauce, sesame seeds, peanuts, scallions and lemon mayo.  I could have had this as my main meal with a salad.  It was spicy and tangy.


I was not sure what to order but I did remember that someone had mentioned that the For-Ever Braised Short Ribs were delish.  They did not disappoint.  Comfort food at it best.  Roasted fingerling potatoes, carrots, caramelized fennel, red onion, natural reduction and thyme.  We all agreed that it reminded us of a Sunday supper.


Barramundi Bass was pan seared with a salsa cruda of vine ripe tomatoes, roasted red pepper, Kalamata olives, garlic, peppers, basil and jasmin rice.  More than enough food for one person, Debbie thought it was very good, as well.


Two orders of the Day Boat Sea Scallops with wild mushrooms, truffle, pea risotto, shaved Parmesan and basil.  If you like scallops, please order this dish.  Loved it!!


One dessert for the table….we were so good.  Key Lime Pie was chosen by the Birthday Girl.  I would have liked it to be a bit more tangy, but the rest of my usual suspects thought it was just the perfect sweet ending.


Thanks Michy’s for your attentive service!!

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May 6th, 2015

Destination? Annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run, 3K Walk, Vance Kane Memorial Fund, Beebe’s Breast Health Center, Little Pink Houses of Hope, Rain or Shine, Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, “Treasure Your Chest”


No sooner last year’s event had taken place, already they had the theme for the 2015 Annual Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run & 3 K Walk…..Pirates!! Treasure Your Chest it is.  It takes place on Saturday, May 9th.


Bethany Beach Breast Cancer 5K Fun Run & 3K Walk is a grass roots, low tech, and low key, no frills event that has been taking place in Bethany Beach for years. More info?


Dress in your pirate costumes and pirate gear.  Awards will be given to most spirited attire for Buccaneers, Buckettes, team, youth and doggie participants.  Remember that doggies have to be on a leash.  Last year some dogs were taking a rest while others were ready to go.



There is still time to register.  And, if you are visiting and decide you want to participate, please show up!!  Registration on the day of begins at 7 a.m., on the Bethany Beach Boardwalk.  You can register online at  Or, call Ann at 302-537-9700.


Friday and Saturday – Happy Hour from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Sedona:  Cash Bar, Tapas Specials & Pirate Bar Games/Trivia.  Captain Jack’s Mini Golf Happy Hour:  Treasures and $1 off all week-end.

Holiday Inn Express, Bethany Beach, is offering discounted room for event participants.

Packet Pick Up:  May 8th from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Bethany Area Realty, 778 Garfield Parkway (Rt. 26).


Same Day Registration:  7 – 8:30 a.m.

Stretching:  8:45 a.m.

Announcements: 8:50 a.m.

Race/Walk Starts at 9 a.m.

Music by DJ Seaside Jimmy DiLorenzo!!

Delaware is a small state with a big heart.  We are anticipating a big turn-out this year….gorgeous weather; a beautiful time at the beach!!  All of us have been touched in some way or another by breast cancer.  This event celebrates and honors all of those that have experienced breast cancer.

Bethany Beach Breast Cancer Fun Run/Walk is partnering with The Little Pink Houses of Hope and Vance Memorial Fund Beebe Medical Foundation.


Little Pink Houses of Hope provides week long beach retreats for breast cancer families.  More information?  Please visit


Vance Kane Memorial Fund Supporting Beebe’s Breast Health Center….more info?  Please visit

See you there!!

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May 4th, 2015

Historic Lewes Farmers Market, 10th Anniversary Celebration, Progressive Dinner, 3 Historic Homes, 3 Chefs, Eating Fresh & Local for 10 Years, Historic Lewes, Delaware Beaches, Opening Day, Saturday, May 9th!!


There were so many guests gathering for a special celebration, as the Historic Lewes Farmers Market celebrates its 10th year in the community.  Buying directly from family farmers and vendors…getting up close and personal with them.  Buying local food means it does taste better, it is fresh and therefore, more nutritious, as well.  The Historic Lewes Farmers Market will be opening for Season 2015 on Saturday, May 9th, from 8 a.m. until Noon.  Location?  The Lewes Historical Society Complex.  More info?  Please visit


Our Progressive Dinner Party in honor of HLFM started with 3 groups divided by color.  Our cards indicated the order in which we would visit each home.  My group had the color Green!!


3 Star Chefs, 3 Historic Homes….and 10 Years of Being Fresh!!  Let the party begin!!  Each of these chefs prepared light fare at each house, accompanied by specially selected wines, beers, and champagne.  Many of us did not know each other at the beginning of this journey…we were friends by dessert.


240 Second Street is the home of Nancy Staisey and Stan Divorski.  We thank them for opening their gorgeous home to all of us.  The Featured Chef was Hari Cameron, who is the Executive Chef and Owner of a(MUSE.) in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.


The patio of this home was beautiful and on a cool spring night in Lewes it was just wonderful.


Inside, Chef Hari Cameron was so busy.  Hari always has time for his guests.  He will stop what he is doing and give you complete attention, explaining everything that he is doing.  I hope he takes this as a compliment, because it is.


As he got ready for us we proceeded to get drinks and some appetizers…meats, cheeses, and mustards.


Hari outdid himself with the following:


Homemade ricotta cheese, Davidson’s exotic mushrooms, and spring peas.


Beetroot soup, fresh goat cheese, radish, and herbs and spices.  I am one of those that love beets, so, for me this was awesome!  A little spicy with a lot of flavor.


Housemade carrot pasta, bay scallops, dill and watercress.  Have you tried any of Hari’s pastas?  I have tried his pumpernickel, and now this carrot one.  The flavors are just incredible.


This first round was a total success….check my plate.  There was a pickled okra that was so yummy!!


After 45 minutes the bell rang which meant we had to go to our next rotation….

231 Second Street is the home of Jody Ware and Bob Hyberg.  Again, we thank the homeowners for opening their home.  The Featured Chef was Bill Clifton, who is the Executive Chef of the Henlopen City Oyster House in Downtown Rehoboth Beach.


This home is generally referred to as the Daniel Rodney House. He was a relation to Caesar Rodney, signer of the Declaration of Independence.  He was, also, a Governor and U.S. Senator for Delaware.  It is a fine example of early Lewes architecture, circa 1800.  Some accounts point to the late 1700s.  One link is the inference that this house may have been where the body of Camptain James Drew, Commander of HMS DeBraak, laid in state in 1798.

Chef Bill Clifton offered us…


Henlopen City Oyster House is known for its oysters.  They were the Main Event on this rotation.  Chincoteague Island Oysters pack the full salt of the Atlantic.  They are skinny and elongated…on ice, of course.


Springfield Farms braised lamb bacon, romaine, backyard jams, tomato jelly on brioche.


The Mediterranean Spring Rolls were very interesting…Calliope Farms fava bean hummus, cucumber, dried olives, sprouts and piri piri sauce.


Once again the bell rang and off we went to our next and final rotation.

228 Second Street is the home of John Mini and Robert Perri.  Many thanks for opening your home to us.  The Featured Chef was Aaron Berg, Executive Chef of The Buttery.


This was our last rotation on this very special evening.  My Green Group was still going strong…plenty to drink and to eat.  The kitchen was getting ready for us.


In the meantime, the following is what Chef Aaron Berg had for us…

Chapel Creamery Cheese Board with specialty crackers and sauces.


Shaved asparagus and arugula salad, deviled duck eggs, pickled rasperries and lavender honey.  These deviled duck eggs were awesome and my group certainly loved them  The pickled rasperry was definitely a most delicious touch.


Braised pork belly, sweet carrot puree, smoked cherry BBQ sauce.  It was crispy, perfect addition was the carrot puree…a favorite of the evening.



Enjoying drinks outdoors we did….waiting for the Cake.


It was time to cut the Historic Lewes Farmers Market Anniversary Cake.  Each home had a cake.  HLFM thanked all of us for making this evening such an unforgettable night.


Funds from this event will help HLFM operate the market so that their local farmers and vendors can grow, support their families, and build the local food movement in Delmarva.

And, until next time….have a good one!!


May 1st, 2015

Rehoboth Beach Eats! Shorebreak Lodge, Restaurant, Bar, Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


A full plate is becoming a thing of the past.  Eating tapas style is a more adventurous and delightful way of sharing a meal with friends.  And, that’s exactly what Sharon, Richard and I did on Wednesday evening at Shorebreak Lodge, located at 10 Wilmington Avenue in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Tel. 302-227-1007  Website?

Glad I made reservations, because, my new go to restaurant was so crowded.  Great drink specials, lively atmosphere, close to the Boardwalk…and excellent service, as well.

Our stimulating dinner conversation had us laughing, practically, all night.

Shorebreak Lodge is offering a very eclectic menu.  There is something for everyone, even for some of us that like to try dishes that are considered je ne sais quoi.

For the table:

Burrata Mozzarella with Butternut N Figs.  Burrata is from the Italian region of Puglia.  It has a milky flavor and several textures, as well.  The outer layer is spongy but, inside, it is creamy and also very spreadable.  Great with crusty bread.  This dish is awesome!!  Totally recommend it.


Shrimp N Grits with Chorizo, Tomato and Anise Sauce.  Love it when grits have a smooth consistency and are full of flavor.


Brussel Sprouts, Bacon & Dried Figs….combining cabbage flavor, the saltiness of bacon and the sweetness of figs. Yum!


Roasted Butternut Squash, just a simple dish to add to our grazing.


Rehoboth Beach is a culinary destination….so many restaurants, so many chefs outdoing each other in friendly competition.

Have a great a week-end!!

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