Candidate Forum Highlighted Four Candidates Vying for Rehoboth Beach Commissioners Election
On July 17, CAMP Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Home Owners Association hosted a candidate forum for the four candidates in Rehoboth Beach’s latest election. The candidates—Tim Bennett, Richard Byrne, Rachel Macha, and Mary “Toni” Sharp—fielded questions from CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director David Mariner and Rehoboth Beach Home Owners Association President Mark Saunders. Topics covered everything from parking to the tree canopy and Rehoboth’s local flavor. The election for the commissioner seats took place on August 14. ▼
Left to right: Mark Saunders, Tim Bennett, Richard Byrne, Rachel Macha, Mary “Toni” Sharp, David Mariner at the Elkins-Archibald Atrium.
Join Our AIDS Walk Delaware Team!
Registration is now open for the 2021 Delaware AIDS Walk which will be held in-person on September 18. The walk will kick off at Grove Park at 10:00 am. CAMP Rehoboth is recruiting community members to join the CAMP Rehoboth Champion team.
The CAMP team is trying to raise $3,000.00. Salvatore Seeley, Health and Wellness Director, said in a statement: “We remain committed to ending the epidemic and caring for people living with HIV. That work includes the vital services we offer at CAMP Rehoboth, including HIV prevention, STI screening, and PrEP navigation.”
To join the CAMP Rehoboth team or make a contribution to the team efforts, go to: aidsdelaware.salsalabs.org/2021aidswalkdelaware/index.html
Feeling Thankful (to Revelation Beer!) for Fun in the Fields
On Thursday, August 5, Revelation Beer Company hosted their Thankful Thursdays benefit event for CAMP Rehoboth at Hudson Fields. It was a beautiful day, and community members enjoyed the local brewery’s tasty flavors alongside food trucks and acoustic music by the talented Mike Weyrauch. This fundraiser marked a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow community members and businesses, and to enjoy the summer in a chill setting with a cold brew in-hand! Thank you to Kyle, Glenn, the crew at Revelation Brewing, and Hudson Fields for a fun night!
Left to right, Stephanie Hertz, Glenn Mooney, and Kyle Schaffer pose behind the Revelation bar at Hudson Fields
Bea Vuocolo and Karen Laitman raise their glasses at the Hudson Fields fundraiser.
CAMP Rehoboth Expands HIV Testing in Seaford
In July, CAMP Rehoboth’s HIV prevention program, the CAMPsafe program, expanded HIV testing in Seaford by opening its sixth HIV testing site. CAMPsafe staff will be providing testing at Addiction Medical Facility which is located at 1309 Bridgeville Highway in Seaford, Delaware. The test is a simple finger stick, and you get your results in 15 minutes.
Testing will be available the last Wednesday of each month from 7:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No appointment is needed; simply walk-in anytime between those hours. For more information, call Salvatore at 302-227-5620. ▼
Patricia Clear, HIV CTR Counselor.
Suede Dazzles at Epworth
Suede returned to our area after a three-year hiatus; she did not disappoint. In true smooth Suede style, she dazzled the audience who had gathered at Epworth United Methodist on Saturday, July 31, to hear her sing. “Knowing Suede’s popularity, I had little doubt that we could sell-out the show, and her fan base did not disappoint,” said Anita Broccolino, who produced and managed the concert.
Suede, along with her band members, Joe Holt, who tickled the ebonies and ivories with ease, and Amy Shook, who brought the stand-up bass to life, did not disappoint either. Said one audience member, “She gave us her all. I think her voice just keeps getting better with each performance.” Many in the audience were enjoying their first concert since the pandemic began.
The successful benefit concert raised not only funds for CAMP Rehoboth’s great work in the community, but also raised expectations and excitement as a preview of CAMP Rehoboth’s concerts lined up for the upcoming months. These include the Sun Festival main performances taking place at the Convention Center, where The Skivvies (September 4) and Jennifer Holliday (September 5) will take the stage. ▼
Tiny Beautiful Things Premieres this Weekend!
CAMP Rehoboth Theatre Company will premiere its newest show, Tiny Beautiful Things, on Friday, August 20 at 7:00 p.m., with performances also on Saturday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 22 at 2:00 p.m. All performances are in the Elkins-Archibald Atrium.
Directed by Russell Stiles and stage managed by Teri Seaton, this intimate and captivating play delivers a perfect message for the times: come together in shared humanity. The story follows an advice columnist nicknamed Sugar who confronts a variety of issues both big and small the only way she knows how: with “radical sincerity and open arms.” ▼
Chesapeake & Maine Celebrates CAMP Rehoboth Happy Hours with Check Presentation
On July 21, CAMP Rehoboth was presented with a wonderful donation at Chesapeake & Maine on Rehoboth Avenue to commemorate its Pride Month Happy Hours and Give Back events. Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine restaurant celebrated Pride Month this year by donating a portion of its Thursday Happy Hours throughout June to CAMP Rehoboth. The four happy hours became a gathering spot for CAMP Rehoboth and community members to mix and mingle, enjoy some food, and indulge in a pink CAMP Rehoboth Cocktail called the “Pom Hanks.” Thank you, Dogfish Head and Chesapeake & Maine, for a wonderful Pride Month gift!
Left to right, David Mariner, Jordan Mincy, Emily Warren, Anita Broccolino, Caroline Trusty, Gabe Moser, and Mark Carter.