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July 12th, 2015

Golf Tournament, The Peninsula Golf & Country Club, September 21st, Village Improvement Association, VIA, Rehoboth Beach, Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware, “Hole in One” Contest!! A car!!!


“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”  charles dickens

The Village Improvement Association, or VIA, as it is commonly known, invites players of all levels to participate in their 17th Annual Charity Golf Tournament to be held on Monday, September 21st, at The Peninsula.  This event will benefit the VIA’s local charitable outreach programs.

It is a well established golf tournament with golfers from all over the region participating in a day of fun and relaxation that benefits programs throughout the greater Rehoboth Beach area.

The Peninsula is located on Delaware’s Indian River Bay at 26937 Bay Farm Rd., Millsboro, DE 19966.  It is the first private Jack Nicklaus Signature Design venue in Delaware.  Take a tour by visiting

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The tournament will feature prizes for men, women and mixed groups, the longest drive, closest to the pin and other categories.  Preston Motors Boulevad Ford will offer a car as the prize for the “hole in one” contest.  There will also be door prizes and raffles.

In addition, the event will include a Continental Breakfast and a Southern Barbecue luncheon.

The cost is $125 per person.  For additional details or to register, please visit

For questions concerning the event, please call Shirley Fleegle at 302-226-1681


Let me tell you about the VIA.  First of all, it is a unique women’s civic and charitable organization located at Boardwalk and Grenoble Place in Rehoboth Beach; off the Boardwalk.  When women get together they get things done.  The VIA is a member of the Delaware State Federation of Women’s Club (DSFWC) and the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC).

This orgazination has done so much since 1909 when it was first organized.  It is still committed and dedicated to their mission of supporting the needs of the local community.

The VIA is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Following are some of the contributions of this powerful women’s organization:

The establishment of the Rehoboth Beach Library.

Provided parks with shrubbery, flowers and trees.

Provided the Boardwalk with lights, the iconic benches, water fountains, the original Bandstand, and refuse cans.

They also began a successful mosquito campaign.

Restored Cape Henlopen Lighthouse replica.

Helped with the formation of the Rehoboth Art League and Sussex Gardens Club.

They spearheaded a war bond drive to buy a bomber for the Air Force.

Established nursing scholarships.

Purchased Beach Wheels to provide beach access to the disabled.

The list goes on… Please visit http:///

Throughout the year their events are very well attended.  They also have a cookbook, which by the way, I do have.  Delicious local recipes from the members of the Village Improvement Association.

So gather your golfing friends for a day of golfing at The Peninsula.

It is a beautiful day at the DE Beaches!!

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July 11th, 2015

Bethany Beach Eats! Sedona, Restaurant, Creative American, Tapas Specials, Dinner, Gluten Free, Vegan, Opens Daily, Bethany Beach, Delaware, Delaware Beaches


Years ago when I lived in Bethany Beach, Delaware, the population was 500.  Today is 1,077.  That’s not counting the summer visitors.  During the height of the season, this town swells.  Lots of shops, restaurants, and beautiful beaches.

Bethany is located between the Atlantic Ocean and the bays.  Bethany and South Bethany are considered the Quiet Resorts.  On any given day, during the summer, please stop by.  You will see that Bethany is everything but quiet.  The town was founded in 1901.  Originally, it was a bit of a challenge to get to Bethany.  Not anymore.  In just a few hours you can reach the beach from Washington, Baltimore, and Philadelphia.  Traffic?  Well, that’s another story.  Just have patience, the reward is at the end of the road….beaches!!


Up and down the coast, plenty of restaurants to choose from.  One that I went to a few weeks back was Sedona.  It is located at 29 Pennsylvania Avenue in downtown Bethany Beach.  Tel. 302-539-1200.  Reservations are accepted.  Sedona opens at 5:30 p.m.  Every day they offer their well known tapas special which means 3 small plates for $25.00.  Full bar is also available.


Walking by Sedona with your pooch?  Water and treats are always available, as well.


Early in the evening my friends, Debbie, Jody, and I decided to stop by and grab something to eat.  Sedona looked quiet at the time but by the time we left, there were plenty of patrons savoring some delicious and innovative food.  The menu changes frequently.  Please note that Sedona offers Gluten Free and Vegan choices.

The Soup was excellent….I do remember my friend, Jody saying so….I just forgot what it was…Sorry, lol.


I always like to start with a salad and their Field Greens Salad was fresh with a very good dressing of whole grain mustard vinaigrette.


The Caprese Salad had a twist.  Homemade mozzarella over tomatoes and grilled watermelon on the side.


Tapas of Scallops with arugula and lemon thyme vinaigrette.  Did not hear any complaints. Both of my friends loved them.


Tapas of seared rare tuna on crispy wontons with Asian slaw and seaweed salad.  This dish got great reviews.


I love salmon and upon entering Sedona, a friend was there and told me that this was the dish to order.  Following her lead….I loved it!!  It is usually on the menu.  Grilled Summer Salmon on a salad of arugula and fresh spinach tossed with a shallot vinaigrette, black quinoa, tomatoes, and hard boiled eggs.


We resisted the dessert temptations.  We were perfectly satisfied.  Maybe another time.

Please note that many restaurants at all the Delaware Beaches do not take reservations, so when you find one that does is just perfect.

Sharing a meal with friends is always priceless on my book!!

Have a good one…Summer is flying by!!

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July 7th, 2015

Destination? Milford, Delaware, Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast, Small Town America has its Charm!! Southern Delaware


Not sure if you got stuck in one of the traffic jams this holiday week-end.  If you did, I feel your pain.  Some of us that live here year-round take a road trip to other towns in Southern Delaware, where life is a little more calm during these holiday week-ends.  My destination with my neighbor, Chris, was the town of Milford, Delaware, known as The Heart of Kent and Sussex.  It is just less than half hour from Rehoboth Beach going north.


Milford is a community with respect for its past and great promise for the future.  It is the gateway to Southern Delaware.

For some years, Downtown Milford has been going through a revitalization, which brings residential streets in small towns back to life.  It has coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, and a Riverwalk.


The Mispillion Riverwalk is a greenway space that preserves the town’s waterfront.  Milford has over 2 centuries of shipbuilding.  At one point there were 7 shipyards, located along this walk.  And, between 1680 and 1927 they produced over 600 wooden sailing ships.


The displayed boat sculptures around town are all decorated with the theme of Milford’s “River town”, “Art Town”, “Home Town”.


The inspiration was the Augusta, a private yacht built in 1927 at Vinyard Shipyard.  In 2010 it was restored to its original beauty.


I grew up in a small town on the eastern side of the island of Puerto Rico.  Sundays were so quiet.  You could take a leisure stroll through the town and maybe not see a single person.  Sundays were days for worship and family time.  Arriving in Milford on Sunday brought back those memories of so many years ago.  So, I took the photos of a quiet Sunday in Milford.





I remembered that a few years ago I stopped at this mansion to take some photos.  There was a “for sale” sign.  Well, let’s see what happened to this historic home.  First let me tell you a bit about this home.  It is on the National Register of Historic Places.  The original part of the house was built in 1763.  The rest in 1865.  It was the former home of two Delaware governors.


The address is 1 Causey Avenue, Milford, DE 19963  Tel. 302-422-0979  Website?


Delaware is becoming the place to retire.  Among the many benefits of living in this small state is the fact that our property taxes are low.  Jan Broulik and Joe Phillips decided that moving from the Chevy Chase area to Milford was going to be just perfect.  They are the new owners of the Causey Mansion.  We met Jan who took us through the gardens and gave us a tour of this historic home. Later on we met Joe.  Please visit the above mentioned website for more information on the history of Causey Mansion, rates, and events happening at the Mansion.  You may also find Causey Mansion Bed & Breakfast on Facebook.


They moved in and then their work has been non stop.  Jan loves to work in the garden and he is laying all the stone in the property.  Causey Mansion is the perfect place for a wedding so they are making it just right for that special event in someone’s life.


The Boxwood is over 150 years old, from some of the rooms you can see them.


At the present time there are 4 rooms for rent.  They are spacious and with their own bathrooms.  Following are 3 of those rooms.




Every nook and cranny has a story, just like every piece of furniture has one, as well.  The majority of the furniture is French, Japanese, and some Italian.



The Grand Piano caught our attention.  It was a 1904 Steinway Grand Piano.  Jan picked the music, sat down, and began to play All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera.  He brought us to tears.  The sounds were amazing.  It was truly so beautiful and totally unexpected.


Causey Mansion is a Greek Revival, Georgian Style home.  Governor Peter Causey modified it to Greek Revival when he lived in this house from 1849 to 1871.  He served as Governor of the State of Delaware from 1855 until 1859.  It is still believed that he roams around the home.  He is a friendly ghost


There is a dining room with a big round table for easier conversation.


And a friendly kitchen area.


The Causey Mansion is about 5,000 square feet so you will feel comfortable and at ease in any room.


Jan and Joe are so easy to talk to.  They have immersed themselves in the community and are enjoying the fact that Milford is now their home!!  Please stop by to see all the work they are doing to this beautiful historic home.  If you feel like getting away from it all…..then, make a reservation!!


Thanks Jan and Joe for making our day!!

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July 3rd, 2015

Destination? Bethany Beach, Delaware, The Quiet Resort, Independence Day Celebration, Saturday, July 4th, Let Freedom Ring, Fireworks, Parades, Entertainment, Southern Delaware, Delaware Beaches


I like putting on the heading that Bethany Beach is The Quiet Resort.  Maybe it was known to be that quiet many years ago, but no more!!  This is a sought after coastal town in Southern Delaware….perfect for summer vacations, and to get away during the fall and winter.


Bethany was founded by members of the Christian Church; the Disciples of Christ.  They came from Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania.  It was not supposed to be a town.  They wanted it to be a permanent yearly seaside assembly for the Christian churches of the country.


But quite a little town it is.  Families have been coming for so many years, creating many summertime memories.

The Fourth of July is celebrated big time in Bethany Beach.  This is the 32nd year.  There is usually a theme to every Fourth of July celebration.  This year’s theme is Let Freedom Ring.

Please note that on Friday, July 3rd, the Beach will be closed between Oakwood Street and Hollywood Street beginning at 5 p.m. in order to get ready for the Town’s 4th of July fireworks displays.  Make sure to pick all your beach items in this area.  The beach will re-open on Sunday, July 5th.


Fourth of July:  Registration

You may register your floats and bikes the day of the parade from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the registration desks as follows:  Floats-Route 1 and Central Avenue; Bikes-Christian Church grounds.

Fourth of July:  Schedule

Noon…The parade will begin at the intersection of Pennsylvania and Garfield Parkway and take its traditional 2 mile route through the town.  It will feature 5 marching bands and 6 entertainment groups on trucks with marching units.

After the parade, enjoy the following activities:

2 p.m.  Try your skill at the horseshoe-throwing contest at the southwest corner of the Christian Church grounds.

7:15 p.m.  Award Ceremony

7:30 p.m.  The Vigilantes band performs popular dance music on the Bandstand.  The 2015 Summer Concert Series continue all summer long.  On Sunday, July 5th the entertainment will be The Reagan Years, and 80’s Tribute.  All concerts begin at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.  These concerts are popular and perfect for summer evenings at the beach.  For more info., please visit  Click on Activities and scroll down to Bandstand.


Dusk:  FIREWORKS!!  No July 4th event would be complete without them!!!


Around 40,000 people attend the celebrations all day long with the culmination of the Fireworks.  As you can imagine traffic and parking can be a hassle.  Best deal in town are the Trolleys.  They run continuously between 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.  You can flag down the trolley anywhere along the route for pick-up or discharge, except on Rt. 26 and Rt. 1.  No pick-up or drop-off on Jefferson Bridge or Rt. 26.  The fare is $.25.  The driver does not make change  Please note that the trolley no longer stops at the Lake Bethany entrance or the South Coastal Library.  For more information, please call 302-539-1996, or visit  Click on Services and scroll down to Trolley.

Sunday, July 5th, is the Bethany Beach Farmers Market, from 8 a.m. until Noon at Garfield Parkway and Pennsylvania Avenue.  More info?  Please visit

Have a great holiday week-end!!

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July 1st, 2015

Fireworks!! Destination? Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Fireworks Extravaganza, Sunday, July 5, 2015, 9:15 p.m., Parking Options, Delaware Beaches, Southern Delaware


What better place than Downtown Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, to celebrate Independence Day!!  Rehoboth Beach is the Nation’s Summer Capital!!  The 2015 Rehoboth Beach Fireworks extravaganza is scheduled for Sunday, July 5th.  They will begin at about 9:15 p.m.


It goes without saying that it will be crowded.  Please get to town early, and I mean, early, while parking options are still available.  Following are various parking options recommended by Rehoboth Beach Main Street, to make it somewhat hazzle free.


The Park N Ride DART Transportation to travel into town from Rt. 1 (Coastal Highway)…Contact The Park N Ride DART Transportation at 302-226-2001 or


19285 Holland Glade Road, Rehoboth Beach

$20 per vehicle (parking includes Jolly Trolley bus transport to and from the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center).

Parking Fee must be paid in CASH ONLY

Lot opens at 6:00 p.m.

Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis (approx. 300 spaces).

A portion of the parking proceeds benefit the Rotary Club.


North Rehoboth Deauville Lot, located off Henlopen Ave.  ($10 per vehicle until lot is full).

Metered & Non-Metered Parking Permit Spaces are available throughout town.

The Jolly Trolley is running in full force from 8 a.m. – 2 a.m. with revised route from 6 until 11 p.m. or when Rehoboth Avenue is reopened, by local authorities.  Drop off/Pick up is behind Jack Lingo Realtor at the Jolly Trolley

Uptown Stop on Christian St.  Check  You may also call them at 302-227-1197.


Rehoboth Avenue will be affected from 6 p.m. until the conclusion of the event.

Rehoboth Avenue, East Bound and West Bound from the Traffic Circle to the Boardwalk will be closed to vehicle traffic starting as early as 8 p.m.

Vehicles will be able to cross Rehoboth Avenue at First St., Second St., and the Traffic Circle from 8 p.m. until the start of the Fireworks.

Rehoboth Avenue East Bound & Church St. from Rt. 1 will be closed to vehicle traffic as early as 8:30 p.m.  Once closed, all vehicles must enter Rehoboth Beach via State Rd., or Bayard Avenue.

Residents of the north side of Rehoboth Beach will need to access their residences via State Rd.  They will need to contact the officer at State Rd. & Hickman St. and advise him of their address.  They will then be allowed to continue North Bound on State Rd. where they will have to contact the officer at Grove St. & State Rd. and inform him of their address.  This officer will then grant them access to Grove St. NorthBound where they can cross Rehoboth Avenue via the Traffic Circle.

All traffic north of Rehoboth Avenue will be forced to exit Rehoboth Beach via Columbia Avenue to Rehoboth Avenue (west of the Traffic Circle) to SR1 North Bound.  All traffic south of Rehoboth Avenue will be forced to exit Rehoboth Beach via Bayard Ave. South Bound to Robinson Dr. to SR  1 North Bound and South Bound or via Hickman St. and Munson St. West Bound to State Rd. to SR1 North Bound and South Bound.


Atlantic Sands Hotel “Rooftop Party” from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  Enjoy open bar, awesome food and the best seat for the fireworks!  Limited tickets ($70/person) are still available.  More info., or to reserve your seat, please call 302-227-2511.

NOTE:  For detailed information regarding everything FIREWORKS and more, please visit Rehoboth Beach Main St. at

Donations to the Fireworks Fund have been coming in and everyone thanks all contributors for this celebration!!  There is always more time to donate now and year-round.  The Rehoboth Beach Fireworks are funded entirely by donations from our businesses, neighbors and friends.

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