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June 9th, 2015

Survivors Across Sussex, 16 Mile Relay Event, Cancer Survivors Rock!, Block Party, Fundraising Event, Cancer Support Community, Saturday, June 13th, Our Team? 16 Miles or BUST, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


I was waiting for my Venti Cafe Mocha Extra Hot, at Starbucks on Coastal Highway in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, when the poster caught my attention.  I, usually, do take pictures of posters advertising events here or there.  I looked at it for some time, while my daily addiction was being brewed.  I posted it on my personal Facebook page….then, one of my friends mentioned about walking it.  Another also mentioned the same and added that if we made a team she would join.

As I was walking out of the chiropractor’s office I decided that this would be a good challenge.

June is cancer survivors month.  We all have so many people impacted by cancer.  The courage of the ones fighting is so impressive.  Lifechanging, really.

Cancer Support Community Delaware is located at 18947 John J. Williams Highway (Rt. 24), Suite 312, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  Website?  Tel. 302-645-9150.

Their mission is “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by the community”.  It was established in 1982 and all services are provided free of charge.  Funds raised in Delaware, stay in Delaware.

I love our team’s name:  16 Miles or BUST

Survivors Across Sussex is a Premier 16 Mile Relay Event.  You can decide what you want to do.  Either form a team, walk in a relay, walk it yourself or even just donate money to support one of the teams.  Hopefully, you will choose ours. This event is open to anyone and everyone who would like to Celebrate Cancer Survivors, Honor someone in the fight, or walk in memory of a loved one.

To register please visit  Click on the Walking Legs.  Once the website opens, scroll down to where it says Register Online.  There, you can join a team, or register yourself.  If joining our team, please type 16 Miles or BUST and the Password is DE Challenge.  It is that easy.

On Saturday our team will be early at the Tunnell Cancer Center on Rt. 24 or John J. Williams Highway.  The walk begins at 7:30 a.m. but before that, at 7:00 a.m. there will be an Opening Ceremony.

You can walk the whole 16 miles, or just one mile…….remember that 16 Mile Brewery will be waiting for all walkers and visitors for their Cancer Suvivors Rock? Block Party.  Live music, food trucks, vendors, and a special and unique beer brewed by 16 Mile!!

The Corvette Club will be in charge of transporting walkers through the 16 miles.  Tired at one?  Then, meet the rest at the 16 Mile Brewery.

Note:  If you have registered for a team you will need to raise a minimum of $500 to stay as a team……please donate to 16 Miles or BUST.  You can visit the website above mentioned and go through the steps and halfway down the site there is a way to click and donate to your favorite team…US!!

You can also just click on the website and donate.  All you have to do is choose the team.  You can call Morgan at 302-645-9150 and she can help you with your donation.  Credit cards are accepted.

Our team members are : 3 Debbies, Cindi, Raven, Jamin, Ryan, Gloria (moi), Jessica, and Brenda, so far.


Let’s say you do not want to walk.  You just want to party.  Very easy.  The party is $20 and $10 of your ticket fee will be donated to the Cancer support Community of Sussex County tohelp support family, friends, and neighbors that are going through cancer.

16 Mile Brewery is located at 412 South Bedford St. in Georgetown, Delaware.  The party begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m.  The Cancer Survivors Rock! Block Party will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, and BEER!!  There will be Beachcombers Corvette Show, $1 Basketball Shoot Game, $5 Ribbons Pick-em Game, and a Cornhole Tournament that will be taking place at Noon.  Shoot….I will be missing that one.  I won’t be there until about 1:30 p.m…..walking!

Hope you can join all of us as we challenge ourselves….it will be hot!  What better way to celebrate Survivors and those you know who have been touched by cancer?

Note:  2 of our walkers are Survivors!!

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February 10th, 2015

Chowdown For Charity, Next Gen South, Delaware Community Foundation, Fundraising Event, Southern Delaware, Kent & Sussex Counties, Food Tasting, Voting, Wall of Wine, Silent Auction, Fun=Fundraising, Same Time Next Year!!


Here we were, the usual suspects….we do have a younger suspect, Jade!!  We were ready to Chowdown for Charity, an event that took place on Friday, February 6th, at Baywood Greens Golf Course in Long Neck, Delaware.  It was an evening of food tasting, voting and mingling.  Much loved local chefs were cooking for a cause….Next Gen South of the Delaware Community Foundation, This is a non-profit board of young professionals from Kent & Sussex Counties that was founded in 2012.

Next Gen South selects an area of focus every 2 years based on what is needed in our communities.  Presently, the focus is and has been for the past 2 years, Children’s Mental Health.  This is one fundraising event that lets this organization award grants to local organizations on an annual basis.  Next Gen South might be young but in 2014 they awarded $15,000 to:  Delaware Guidance Services, Delaware State University, The Seaford House.


Chefs were ready for the guests….remember we were given 3 tickets to put on our favorites.  A friendly competition would be taking place.


ABBOTT’S ON BROAD CREEK – This restaurant is located in Laurel;  It is a sister restaurant to Abbot’s Grill in Milford.  Chef Ryan Cunningham was serving Smoked Strip Loin with a Scallop Vinaigrette & Coriander Popcorn.


Loved the addition of the popcorn to the tender beef.  Ryan asked us to come to Laurel for a real treat this year.


a(MUSE.) – Located in Dowtown Rehoboth Beach,  Hari was hard at work, but always explaining exactly what he is cooking.  Pumpernickel Pasta?  OMG!! This pasta tasted just like pumpernickel bread.  You had to be there to experience it, but Hari said he has it at the restaurant, among other amazing tasting pasta flavors.  It was served with Brussel Sprouts, Pastrami Beef Cheek, Charred Onion & Pickled Mustard Seed.


The pasta was cooked to perfection and the other flavors complemented already a winning central ingredient.


LUPO DI MARE – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach,  This restaurant is part of the family of SODEL Concepts restaurants and started by the late and much missed Matt Haley.


They were serving Rustic Meatballs, Parmesan Polenta with Tomato Gravy.  I can’t make a good meatball, so always enjoy little morsels like these ones.  They did tell us that this was not their signature meatball…prepared exclusively for this event.


PAPA GRANDE’S – Two locations:  Downtown Rehoboth Beach and Fenwick Island.  A Delaware coastal taqueria.  Papa Grande’s is also part of the SODEL family of restaurants.


I love Scrapple!!  And, this is what they were serving…House Scrapple Tostada, Hibiscus Jelly, Apple Radish Jimaca Salad, Corn Chip.  Having had their scrapple taco last year….of course just by looking at these tostadas, I knew they were going to have an awesome taste.


They asked if we had had their Duck Scrapple….and that they were planning on a crab scrapple this summer….can’t wait.


THE BRICK HOTEL RESTAURANT & TAVERN – Located in Georgetown on The Circle,  The chefs were serving Black Cherry Braised Beef with a Root Vegetable Puree & Roasted Brussels Sprouts.


The black cherry flavored was detected on the braised beef.  It was cooked in a 250 degree oven for 6 hours.  It melted in your mouth.  Totally delish!


THE WALL OF WINE –  This has become very popular at events.  Wine aficionados love it….more so if they get a prized bottle of wine.  You pay $20 and then get to choose a wrapped bottle of wine from the wall.  You might get the $10 bottle or a very expensive bottle.  A ticket was also given for a raffle….a bottle of Dom Perignon at the end of the evening!!




Stuffed Pork Pinwheel!! Pop them in your mouth.  They would be perfect for a party.


NAGE BISTRO & WINE BAR – Located on Coastal Highway (Rt. 1) in Rehoboth Beach,


This pastrami was made out of tuna, on a pumpernickel crouton, caraway sauerkraut, spicy mustard….definitely one of my true favorites of the evening.


Next stop?  BETHANY BLUES, LEWES…Located on Costal Highway (Rt. 1),


I love St. Louis Ribs more than any other rib.  That’s what they were serving.  Smoked St. Louis Ribs, caramelized in a Habanero Apple Cider, served with a Jalapeno Slaw.  Got those tastebuds dancing immediately!!



TOUCH OF ITALY – A trattoria, salumeria and pasticeria….  These restaurants can be found in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, and Ocean City, Maryland.


Making mozzarella…it looked time consuming, but also relaxing.  Take a look.



Smaller mozzarella balls were served with rosemary and EVOO!!


ESPUMA RESTAURANT & MARTINI BAR – Located in Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Chef Jay Caputo was serving Spanish Style Clam Chowder topped with Potato Foam and Scallion Powder.


The biscuits were filled with the creamy, and well seasoned clam chowder.  I liked it a lot.


Love this tapas eating style….grazing here or there!!  We tried them all!!  Next!!


FINS FISH HOUSE & RAW BAR – In Downtown Rehoboth Beach and with a sister restaurant on Coastal Highway,  Another time consuming dish is making risotto.


FINS did a great job with their Crab & Shrimp Risotto.  It was delicious!!




THE ROOKERY – Located in Milford…2 golf course locations, Milton and Milford,  We finished our Chowdown with a treat of Ahi Tuna with a Ginger Lime Soy, served over a Seaweed Salad, Cucumber & Wasabi Tobiko.  Excellent ending!!


We then continued to listen to DJ Jimmy Young, who provided great entertaining throughout the evening.  Plenty of items on the silent auction raising funds for a great cause.

Have a good one!!

THE WINNER?  a(MUSE.)  Congratulations!!

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January 14th, 2015

What Are You Reading? Growin’ up Country: Rural Life in the 1950’s and 1960’s, J. Everett Moore, Jr., Sussex County, Delaware

Everyone I talk to that grew up in the 1950s and 1960 have so much to say about those years.  For those of us that grew up in those times I think we can all agree that people were more polite, more caring, more relaxed….and after seeing The Temptations and The Four Tops a couple of weeks ago….definitely, better music!!

Cars were left unlocked and there were some awesome cars during the 50s and 60s.  I went to a Barrett Jackson auction in Florida.  Check this 1955 Nash Stateman Super.  It had a hide a bed and a window air conditioner!



The other day I was at the offices of Moore & Rutt located at 122 West Market St., Georgetown, Delaware.  I was introduced to Growin’ up Country:  Rural Life in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  The author?  J. Everett Moore, Jr.  I am taking my time reading this book.  I am loving everything that I am reading and enjoying the photos, as well.


I did not meet Everett Moore, but I am so impressed in the way he delivers his life’s story.  In the book you will recognize many of the family names that still are very much part of Sussex County.  Please visit  The website is great with so much information, including where to get the book.

The book would make a great gift for anyone that has moved to the area.  One thing is to visit and another is to call this county home.  I have been in Sussex County since the 70’s and even during those times, life was much simpler.  And, we did leave the car keys under our mats in the car.  My husband’s family chose Bethany Beach as their vacation destination.  Many years later, John and I called Bethany home.  And, then Rehoboth Beach.


Mr. Moore covers history, his home, recreation of the times, school, church, meals, etc. etc.

In reading the book my nostalgia started to take over.  I did not have a rural upbringing.  But, I did grow up in a small town on the eastern side of Puerto Rico…Humacao.  A small town where everyone knew every family.  The telephone?  Well, I think my grandmother’s number was 421.  I would pick up the phone and talk to the operator.  And a friend reminded me of shared lines.  I seem to remember that, as well.  That meant I could be talking on the phone and another person would join in.


Your mail was delivered even if the address was not complete.

Mr. Moore mentions a Chevy Corvair.  My mother had one.  White with red interior.  And, my grandmother had a Valiant with push buttons.

In Growin’ up Country….of course you have to talk about the distinct accent of this county.  You have to really listen carefully at times.

Sussex County is the largest county in Delaware, but the least populated.  There is more arable land under cultivation than anywhere in the state.  It is also the birth of the poultry industry and the leading county of broiler production in the U.S.

Mr. Moore writes about looking for arrow heads and other Indian artifacts as a young child with his dad.  Worth visiting is the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro.



Mr. Moore mentioned that men went to the barber shop.  That no man would be caught in a beauty salon, I had to laugh.  The photo shown in the book shows different styles.  Well, guess what?  I showed the photo to my son because he had the same hair cut.  He has been going to the Georgetown Barber Shop to get it cut.  And, all that is old is new again….a retro look is the new thing.  Go figure.

The Noxzema story.  I have always loved that one with the farm on Rt. 26.  That’s the only cream my mother has ever put on her face…..she has no wrinkles.

Meals, food, and the kitchen utensils of the time.  I remember the milk being delivered in glass containers.  My husband used to talk about the cream on the top and how much he used to love it.

The book ends with his mother’s recipes.  Cannot wait to make the Old Fashioned Biscuits, and Dumplin’s.

I am still reading and I don’t want the book to end.  It is Mr. Moore’s story, one that he is leaving for his children and grandchildren.  What a gift!!

Growin’ up Country is in its second printing.  It is full of lore, tales, tidbits and brief notes.  Have fun with it!!


November 19th, 2014

Destination? Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, Milford, Delaware, Thanksgiving at The Beach!! Relax, Give Thanks, Enjoy your Stay, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches


Before I was married, became a mother and decided to be a stay-at-home mom, I lived in Baltimore, Maryland.  I worked in Baltimore and then on Wednesday of Thanksgiving I would drive to Orlean, Virginia, to my boyfriend’s family farm house.  He then became my husband, John.  My mother in law, Louise, is a great cook and she would go all out Wednesday and Thanksgiving Day.  Feeling totally satisfied and comatosed I dreaded the late in the day drive to Baltimore.  Work was waiting on Friday.  They really should give Friday off to everyone.  A long week-end of Thanksgiving.  Most of us have a lot to be thankful for.

I love an overcast day on Thanksgiving.  I like it cold, as well.  So, even though I enjoy the swaying palm trees of warmer climates, on Thanksgiving and Christmas, my preference is the chill in the air that the Atlantic Coast usually offers.

The Delaware Beaches are open for business.  The following are restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Lewes, Georgetown, and Milford that will have Thanksgiving fare.  This list is probably not complete.  I will update it as I find other restaurants, but in the meantime, it might help if you are coming to the beaches to start a new Thansgiving tradition.

Please note that the following restaurants will be open all week-end long!!


BIG FISH GRILL – 20298 Coastal Highway. No reservations! Tel. 302-227-FISH. Website?  11:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m.  $26.95 for adults, $12.95 for children 5 years of age to 12.  Under 5 eat free!!  They will also be offering a la carte menu, as well.  Carry out?  Give them a call now!

SUMMER HOUSE – 228 Rehoboth Avenue. Tel. 302-227-3895.  Webstie?

VICTORIA’S- Located at 2 Olive Ave. and The Boardwalk.  Thanksgiving Buffet!  Tel. 302-227-0615.  Menu at  Gluten Free items are marked GF!!

BLUE MOON –  Located at 35 Baltimore Ave., in Downtown Rehoboth Beach. Tel. 302-227-6515.  Website?  They will be offering a regular menu plus seasonal additions from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m.

JUST IN THYME – Highway 1 and Robinson Drive.  Tel. 302-227-3100  $29.95, starting at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website?

SAKETUMI – A Thanksgiving Buffet, 18814 Coastal Highway.  Tel. 302-645-2818.  Even though I would have never thought about going to Saketumi for Thanksgiving, they tell me that it is an awesome buffet!

DOS LOCOS – 208 Rehoboth Avenue.  Tel. 302-227-3353.

PURPLE PARROT – 134 Rehoboth Avenue, Tel. 302-226-1139.  Thanksgiving starts at 1 p.m. until 8 p.m.  Website?  Check out the website because they have so many events coming up, including their Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party.


THE BUTTERY – Located on Second Street in the Historic District this restaurant offers their annual Thanksgiving Dinner at $69/person plus alcohol. $24 for children 12 years of age and under.  Tel. 302-2=645-7755.  Check the Thanksgiving menu by visiting


ABBOTT’S GRILL – Located at 249 NE Front St. Tel. 302-491-6736.  Buffet starts at 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Adults $21.95.  Children under 10 $12.95.


THE BRICK HOTEL – A Thanksviging Buffet Feast, A Thanksgiving Dinner Menu, and a Thanksgiving Take Out Menu.  Located at 18 The Circle on The Circle in Georgetown.   Buffet Feast from noon until 4:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Dinner from 5 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.   Reservations 302-856-1836.   Check the menus at

Note:  Let me know if you know of any other restaurants offering a Thanksgiving menu….Talk to you later.


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November 5th, 2014

Sussex County Return Day, Georgetown, Delaware, Hungry? Upper Crust, The Brick Hotel, Patty’s, Unique to Sussex County, Southern Delaware, A Tradition for 222 Years!!


Two days after election day Southern Delaware gathers in Georgetown, Delaware, for Return Day.  2014 will celebrate 101 years of this tradition which is unique to Sussex County.

State Law in 1791 removed Lewes, Delaware, as County Seat.  Georgetown became the new County Seat.  Much more geographically centered was the reason.  The State Law required that the voting take place in the new County Seat.  Those same voters would “return” 2 days later to hear the outcome of the election….therefore the name Return Day began.

The celebration will have a carnival atmosphere….a celebration no less!!  The Courthouse will shine during the festivities.  And, The Circle will be crowded.


There are new traffic patterns in place.  To find out information regarding this and schedule of events, please visit


Hungry?  On The Circle…..


Great food and friendly service.  On Return Day, exhibitor, award-winning folk artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans will be at the Coffee Shop. Check The Upper Crust will be offering a court-themed menu.  The Menu has been updated and a version in Spanish is included.  Please visit

The Upper Crust is located at 7 E. Market St.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Catering is available….everything is homemade.


The Brick Hotel is located at 18 The Circle, right in the heart of Georgetown.  Tel. 302-856-1836.  Website?  They offer nightly specials.  Open every day.  Happy Hour is from 3 until 6 in The Tavern.  Fridays from 4:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. complimentary appetizers.  Tuesday through Saturday, they serve lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Lite Menu from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Sundays the Breakfast buffet is $9 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Outstanding crab soup!!


The Classic Cheeseburger and The Pulled Pork I totally recommend.


The Pulled Pork!!  And, if they offer the Grilled Portobello…then it will be a decision.  Talk to the server.  They are good with their recommendations.


Patty’s is located at 517 South Bedford Street in Georgetown.  Tel. 302-253-8692.  Website?  They cater and deliver, as well.  Find them on Facebook.


I first became acquainted with Patty’s when they catered an event for Fund for Women.  The small chicken salad croissants were outstanding.


Subs, sandwiches, salads, party trays, and gourmet foods.  Patty has been in the business for so many years throughout the U.S.  She is so friendly and the food is so good.  The menu changes constantly but she is happy to tell you that Patty’s serves food from subs to the sublime.

Here is Patty at the counter.


During good weather you can take a seat on her picnic table, otherwise, I think people come in to order and then take out.



Chips from restauranteur Jose Andres!!  Got some.  You pay a bit more but worth it.


On the left is a Grain Salad with Quinoa tossed with Genoa Salami, hot and sweet sopressata, provolone, Goathorn peppers and tomatoes in an oregano vinaigrette.  And, on the right is a Corn Salad tossed with scallions and cherry tomatoes in a smoked paprika vinaigrette.


Have a great day!!

October 21st, 2014

Destination? The Upper Crust, Coffee House, Homemade Baked Goods, Georgetown, Delaware, Coffee and More, Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert…Artist Exhibit, Georgetown Art Crawl, Sussex County, Southern Delaware


The Upper Crust is located at 7 East Market Street, Georgetown, Delaware 19947.  Tel. 302-856-2300.  Website?  On Facebook you can “Like” Upper Crust Georgetown.  Lots of events are being sponsored by the small and quaint restaurant across from the Courthouse…right by The Circle.

Georgetown, Delaware is the County Seat.  It is “Sixteen Miles from Anywhere” in the Deep South of Delaware.  We live in Sussex County and Georgetown is the County Seat.  Sussex County is also referred to as “Delaware’s Dixie”.

At some time or another you might have to visit Georgetown….Some pass by Georgetown as they make their yearly or week-end trips to the Delaware Beaches. Others, make Georgetown their workplace.   And, as you drive by…have you noticed how cute the streets are looking in Georgetown?  Getting into the season, I should say!


My friend, Jody, and I stopped by because as it happened word of mouth told us that The Upper Crust was one to be checked.  They said that everything was homemade, delish, and their service was excellent.  So, we did!!  We found out that everything was that and more.


The Daily Menu has specials like Cellblock Specials….it is by the Courthouse, of course.  On that day I had their Quiche which was bacon, broccoli and cheddar, with a nice bold cup of coffee.


Busy in the kitchen getting ready for the day.  We tasted their soup…so delicious, but it was not ready yet.

Quiches were being prepared.



Dessert anyone?  At times that’s all that is needed with a cup of coffee or tea…seasonal cheesecake!



The Upper Crust will be transforming their herb garden into The Great Upper Crust Decorated Pumpkin Patch.  Pumpkin registration is at The Upper Crust at 7 East Market St. in Gerogetown.  Registered pumpkins will have their picture taken and posted on The Upper Crust Facebook Page (Upper Crust Georgetown).  Show your creativity and register your pumpkin until October 29th.  They will judged at close of business on that day.  The 1st, 2nd or 3rd….could be yours!

The Upper Crust is the Birthplace of the Historic Georgetown Art Crawl.  Exhibits and Events originate here…They offer space to local artists who might not otherwise have an opportunity to show their works.  Please visit, to see what else is happening here.

Unitl October 25th the exhibit is Millsboro Creative heARTS of The Salvation Army’s Developmental Disabilities Program.  Designs have been used by The Salvation Army for Divisional Chistmas Cards.  The group of 15 artists is empowered by their own work and inspired by the relationships they have developed with members of the local arts community.

November:  The Upper Crust will exhibit Award Winning Folk Artist Pamella Bounds-Seemans.  It will start October 25th until November 22nd.  Her colorful Folk Art is known as “Fun, Funky and Folk” and uses plenty of jewel-encrusted frame color.  You can meet her on Thursday, November 6th at The Upper Crust….Return Day.  Her theme of the exhibit will be “Georgetown and Return Day”.

For more information, please contact Bruce at, or 302-856-2300.

Note:  Stay tuned for info. on the 2015 Georgetown Art Crawl Festival by visiting


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September 11th, 2014

Tour de Sussex, Cycling, 18th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon, Events, Saturday, September 13th, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches, Sussex County, Traffic Delays? You bet!!


Two major events happening this week-end at the Delaware Beaches that could potentially cause delays if you are traveling on major routes to the beaches and through Coastal Highway:

TOUR DE SUSSEX –  Is Southern Delaware’s premier cycling event.  Starts at the Delaware Technical Community College at 7 a.m. on Saturday, September 13th.  Registration is accepted the day of with a credit card and/or check.  The distances will be 1, 25, 62, and 100 miles.  Registration fee includes :  Support and Gear (SAG) support, t-shirt, and drink coupons, maps, rest stop refreshments.  More info?  Please visit


Rest stops highlights will include:

Dogfish Brewery (8 a.m. until Noon)

Irish Eyes (9 a.m. until 1 p.m.)

Firehouse – Station 3 Robinsonville Rd. (10 a.m. until 2 p.m.)

Indian River South Inlet (10 a.m. until 2 p.m.)

Papa Grande’s (10 a.m. until 2 p.m.)

Trap Pond (11 a.m. until 3 p.m.)

Note:  Lane Closures and Potential Delays on this day might happen so be aware that the beaches are going to be busy!!


Always a hectic town, Dewey Beach will be holding on Saturday, September 13th, their 18th Annual Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon!  Online registration is close.  More info?

PROCEEDS FOR THIS EVENT DIRECTLY SUPPORTS THE YMCA STRONG KIDS CAMPAIGN SCHOLARSHIPS….Our local Sussex YMCA.  These proceeds allow children to participate in YMCA programs such as summer camps, pre-school, after school care, swim lessons and Water Safety Week.

Please visit the website above mentioned to find out the details of this event.  There will be a post party.  Food and beverages will be available for all triathletes.  Non-racers $5 donation will be required.

New for the event this year is the Aquabike.  Visit for more info.

Gary’s Dewey Beach Grill will be hosting an “All you Can Eat” pasta dinner on Friday, 9/12 from 5 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.   Price?  $10.00 for everyone including racers. Please visit

There is a raffle for a wet suit and bike cruiser….bring your $$.  Again, proceeds going directly to the Susex Family YMCA.

If you park inside the Delaware Seashore State Park on Tower Rd, you will not be able to leave the entire time the race is in progress.  If you are planning on leaving early, then park in Dewey or one of the other State Parks and either walk or bike to the race.

Have fun!!

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August 27th, 2014

Salud To Matt Haley, Philanthropist, Restauranteur, Community Leader, Humanitarian…Delaware Beaches, Global Delaware, Southern Delaware, Sussex County, Matt Showed How to Cook, Eat & Enjoy Ourselves While Doing It!

Cooking comes from the heart….you can’t rush it.  Some have that special culinary gift, others, like most of us have to follow a recipe.  Matt Haley had that gift.  I have seen him reading a cookbook while having sushi at Saketumi in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.  Was he getting ideas for a new dish, adding a little bit of this or a little bit of that, I don’t know and I never asked him.

I met Matt through my website, AboutMyBeaches.  When I started the website in 2009, which is written in a blog style, it was because I wanted to promote the Delaware Beaches.  I love to eat and cook so it started that way, with me reviewing restaurants. I am not a professional, but I know what I like and how I like to be served.

Every time I would write about a restaurant in 2009 I would send an email to the contact on the website of the restaurant I had just visited.  Most brushed me aside.  But, Matt was the only one that every single time answered personally from his email address.  Later on my husband and I had a business relationship with him.

I remember writing to him about a friend of mine whose mother had gone to one of the restaurants and then they charged her $2 for replacing green beans….what?  He would say, Gloria, just take them on my dime to the restaurant.  I never did.  Another time, just recently, another friend mentioned something else.  Once again I did write….if I had a restaurant I would want to have someone of trust telling me what happened.  Don’t you think?  Anyway, I did and he never complained.

Farm to Table?  What is That?  Matt also showed us that the setting of a dining experience adds so much to the aura of savoring delicious, local food.


Always hands on, a dinner for Global Delaware, Matt’s non-profit, at Good Earth Market in Clarksville, Delaware, just west of Bethany Beach.  That’s the first time I attended such an event.  The idea of eating at a communal table, chatting and making new friends while raising funds for a worthy cause, was very appealing.


Cooking outdoors….local seafood, and veggies from the farm.  Here are some photos of that event.




Another Farm to Table Dinner at Indian River was memorable, as well.


Cooking outdoors took a different dimension here.  In the brush!!



About 150 strangers got together to enjoy local fish, veggies and each other.



On August of 2012, Matt invited my husband, John, and I to dinner at his home.  I called it the Spanish Contingency Dinner.  His guests were the 3 sisters of La Esperanza in Georgetown.  Let me tell you that these sisters loved Matt like a son.  He was so involved in La Esperanza, as well.  He told me that every time he went on a trip, they would bless him, and cry, etc. etc., not knowing what trouble he was going to get into. Ha, ha!  Their names?  Rosita, Maria and Asuncion.  Also in the group was a couple, Jose and Virginia who are the editors of Hoy en Delaware.  It was then that he told us that he had been invited to be on the Board of Freeman in Fenwick.  He was so excited!


I used to talk to Matt in Spanish, but to tell you the truth, he really did not understand much.  I used to tell him that I could not understand how he could be with all these Spanish speaking people and barely say “Si”.  It is the truth, and he would admit to it.

This was a great evening.  My husband, John, was loving it. Someone else cooking and him eating.  Matt and John had a really nice relationship.


Up to that afternoon, Matt did not know what he was cooking for dinner.  If it had been me, I would have been running around my house like a lunatic.  Not him; cool, calm and collected….and lucky too because someone dropped some fresh fish just in the knick of time.  A simple preparation, was all that was needed.  Salad and veggies were all done.



The rest of us brought desserts….Spanish desserts with me bringing my pride and joy…a Puertorican flan!

In the meantime, Matt asked me to stir something on the stove.  I asked him where his spatula was.  “I don’t have one”….what?  A chef with no spatula?  What is this?  All I could think was, how am I going to serve my flan?

Matt really did not have a spatula.  Here he is sliding the fish into the serving platter.  He did it but it would have been easier with a spatula.


My flan was served….it did not look too pretty but everyone said it was good.  It is hard to serve a plan with a plain knife!


It was an early evening.  Good company and great conversation….Matt admitting that he did like the those holiday favorites like green bean casserole!!  The traditional way, canned soup and all.

Matt did not have to worry about not having a spatula anymore….I did drop about 6 of them; all shapes and sizes, wishing him “Good Spatulating”.

Note:  At the beginning of September 2013, I saw Matt at Safeway.  That was his grocery store of choice.  He had just arrived from Europe, I believe.  We talked about my husband’s passing.  Then, he said his brother had died too a few months back.  No, now as I reflect on it, I am so sorry for his family’s loss.  I wish them peace.

At the Indian River Inlet Farm to Table Dinner, it was getting darker and we were all ready to leave.  I said “Matt, give me a smile.”  And, here it is!!  Good night, my friend!


Matt’s legacy continues.  Please visit  In it you will find everything about his companies, including the Memorial Service celebrating his life on Sunday, 9/28, at 2 p.m. at Freeman Stage at Bayside.

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