Women's FEST 2019 - Event Schedule
Thursday, April 11
9 a.m-4 p.m. FEST Golf Outing—SOLD OUT! 18 holes, The Rookery South. Includes 18-hole shotgun start, and best ball round with great prizes. Continental breakfast and Lunch. Registration 8 a.m., 9 a.m. tee-off. Directions here. Host: Barb Thompson; Sponsor: Lana Warfield, Realtor and Dupre-Keating Group of Morgan Stanley.
7 p.m. Welcome Dance Party—FREE. Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Always a blast! Now at the Convention Center for maximum sound, lighting and room to breathe. Meet, greet, and dance to the music of Viki Dee and DJ Nan; free photo booth by Fortier Photography. Cash Bar (credit cards not accepted). Sponsored by and in celebration of the late Georgette Krenkel.
Friday, April 12
9-11 a.m. CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program (CROP)—FREE. Location to be announced. Meet people and join like-minded volunteers in a community service project. Everyone welcome.
9 a.m.-4 p.m. All-Day Book Fair, author signings and readings—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Meet prominent lesbian writers from Bold Strokes Books, Bywater Books and the Golden Crown Literary Society. Meet your favorite authors or be introduced to some wild new writers and titles. Already on the roster are Roslyn Bane, Jackie D., Carol Anne Douglas, Marcia Gallo, Cheryl Head, Fay Jacobs, Ann McMan, B. Proud, Rachael Spangler and more. All welcome.
9-10 a.m. Yoga on the Beach—FREE. (weather permitting) Instructor: Colleen E. Hruska. Bring yoga mat & water. On the beach in front of the Atlantic Sands Hotel.
9 a.m.-2 p.m. NEW! Health Fair—FREE. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Beebe Healthcare staff will provide testing, info, and services, including cholesterol and sugar levels, bone density, etc. Please fast for 6 hours ahead of time if you would like a fasting blood test result.
10 a.m.-Noon Lewes-Rehoboth Casual Bike Ride—FREE. Check-in at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. prompt departure. Location: Bike To Go, 174 Rehoboth Ave., (302-227-7600). Relaxed pace and easy scenic ride on Cape Henlopen State Park trail. Bring your bike or rent a hybrid or mountain bike (trail unsuitable for street bikes). Helmet required. No music or dog carriages allowed. Host and Tour Guide: Rina Pelligrini.
10-11:30 a.m. Walking Tour of Rehoboth—FREE. Starting at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue. Join host Joan Ridolfi for a 1½ -2 mile casual stroll through downtown Rehoboth. Hear local history, see the sights. Rain or shine, weather contingency plan in place. Arrive 9:45 for a prompt 10 a.m. departure. Max participants: 30.
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pickleball Doubles Tournament—SOLD OUT! Dave Marshall Tennis Club, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Lewes. Max teams: 40. Driving directions here. Primary Sponsor: Diane Scobey; Prize Sponsor: Sandy Oropel; In-Kind: First State Pickleball Club and Delaware Senior Olympics.
11 a.m.-Noon Bingo!—$15 at door, 3 games, cash prizes. Atlantic Sands Hotel.
1-2 p.m. 10 Queer Women Artists Who Changed the World—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Art talk by lesbian artist/writer/educator Liz Bradbury.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Special Event with Mei-Ling Ho-Shing—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Dynamic conversation with a survivor-turned-gun-reform-activist, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland, FL.
3-5 p.m. Women’s Photography and Art Show Reception with Artists—FREE. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Featuring gorgeous original art by women artists. Includes refreshments. Sponsor: Jeanine O'Donnell, State Farm.
4-6 p.m. Singles Mixer— FREE. Restaurant G, 234 Rehoboth Avenue. Wear your singles bracelet (free for all who request one) and meet up with other singles. Music by DJ Nan. Cash bar. Sponsors: Gay Women of Rehoboth Meet Up and Ellie Maher & Donna Whiteside.
7 p.m. Early FEST Pass Seating for Double Header Concert: singer Ruthie Foster and the band BETTY, then 7:15 p.m. general seating for 8:00 p.m. concert—Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. FEST pass or $40 Tickets. Advance reservations online recommended. Tickets, if available, sold at door starting at 6:45 p.m. Cash bar, ASL interpretation by Susan Morissette. Sponsor: Jenn Harpel, Morgan Stanley.
Saturday, April 13
9-10 a.m. Yoga on the Beach —FREE. (weather permitting) Instructor: Colleen E. Hruska. Bring yoga mat & water. On the beach in front of the Atlantic Sands Hotel.
9 a.m-2 p.m. Women’s FEST EXPO—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Dozens of craft artisans, award-winning author book sales, and signings. Open to all FEST attendees and general public.
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cornhole Doubles Tournament—$10 per person. Must advance register as 2-person team with named players (one person registers per team). Patio, Atlantic Sands Hotel. Max teams: 25. Double elimination. Cash prizes for winning team and runner up.
10:30-11:30 a.m. Featured Speaker Blanche Wiesen Cook (biographer for Eleanor Roosevelt) interviewed by historian Marcia Gallo—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Hear fascinating tales of the famous First Lady and her special relationship with journalist Lenora Hickok.
12:30-1:30 p.m. Keynote Address by Pamela Stewart—FREE. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Stewart is Vice President for Retail Sales of Coca Cola North America and Board Chair of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). Hear her fascinating story about navigating the corporate and non-profit worlds as an LGBTQ advocate–and what we should be doing to advance equality.
3:30 p.m. Early FEST Pass Seating for Mouths of Babes Concert, then 3:45 p.m. general seating for 4 p.m. concert—FEST Pass or $25 individual ticket. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Advance online reservations recommended. Sponsor: Lana Warfield, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Gallo Realty.
5-10 p.m. Ladies 2000 Dance Party—$15 (pay at door, cash only). RB Convention Center. Cash bar (no credit cards). Get your party on: Ladies 2000 is back! Rock to DJ Steve Singer. Dance, socialize, and enjoy the fun. See you there.
7 p.m. Early FEST Pass Seating for Mouths of Babes Concert, then 7:15 p.m. general seating for 7:30 p.m. concert—FEST Pass or $25 individual ticket. Atlantic Sands Hotel. Advance online reservations recommended. Sponsor: Lana Warfield, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Gallo Realty.
9 p.m. Comic Karen Williams (one show only)—$25 Tickets. Atlantic Sands Hotel.
Sunday, April 14
9-11 a.m. 8th Annual Broadwalk on the Boardwalk—A fun event for a serious cause. FREE. CAMP Rehoboth. Broadwalk on the Boardwalk is a Fundraiser for Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, hosted by CAMP Rehoboth. The Broadwalk commemorates those loved ones lost to cancer, celebrates survivors, and educates others. Originally focused only on breast cancer (pink), it now includes people with any type of cancer (lavender). Meet at 9 a.m. at the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 37 Baltimore Ave. for complimentary coffee, music, and conviviality. The Broadwalk begins promptly at 10 a.m., ending on the beach with a brief but poignant ceremony. Come pretty in pink, or lovely in lavender! Everyone invited, including polite dogs! Donations greatly appreciated and tax deductible. Sponsor: Karen Gustafson, Realtor, Move2Rehoboth. Coffee courtesy of Lori’s Oy Vey Café, signs courtesy of Signarama, music by DJ Sharon, photography by Geri Dibiase Photography, aerial photography by Sue Fortier Photography.
9:45 a.m. DRAWING for the fabulous OLIVIA Raffle—$20 Tickets. Win a cruise for two from Rome to Monte Carlo. Need not be present to win!
11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday Brunch Downtown—Look for list of participating restaurants.
3-4:30 p.m. STILL Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay—$20 Tickets. CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Sit-down comic Fay Jacobs brings her national tour back home for one show, to catch up with the hometown crowd and try out some new material. The show highlights the author’s insistence that along the road to LGBTQ equality, nothing is ever so horrible if it’s worth the story you can tell.
NOTE: All outdoor events subject to reasonable weather; no refunds if rained out. This preliminary schedule subject to change.