Fun! Entertainment! Spring! Tradition!
Women’s FEST is returning for a triumphant 23rd year, April 25-28. Here’s what you need to know.
Knockout Entertainers. This year’s don’t-miss headliner is Lea DeLaria (“Big Boo” from Orange is the New Black). Lea was the first openly gay comic on television in America and is an accomplished jazz performer who has appeared in concert venues all over the world. She can currently be seen in the indie feature film Potato Dreams of America, and in the Indigo Girls jukebox feature film Glitter & Doom. And, she will be starring in the upcoming off-Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams’ play Night of the Iguana, directed by Emily Mann.
Opening for Lea DeLaria will be Crys Matthews. Already being hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie,” Nashville resident Crys Matthews is among the brightest stars of the new generation of social justice music-makers. “I believe in hope,” Matthews says. “As a social-justice songwriter, it is my duty to keep breathing that hope and encouragement into the people who listen to my music.” Crys Matthews's thoughtful, realistic, and emotional songs speak to the voice of a generation and remind us why music indeed soothes the soul.
Raffle. By popular request, the auction has been replaced by a raffle, which will give everyone an opportunity to participate, and a few lucky people will win big. Items will include a spectacular Olivia riverboat cruise.
Author Showcase. This year’s Expo will include more than 25 authors, just waiting to meet you, answer your questions, and sign their books.
FEST passes. The pass remains the best way to enjoy Women’s FEST and not miss anything.
Georgette Krenkel Welcome Dance and Kick-Off Party. A sentimental favorite, the Georgette Krenkel Welcome Dance is the place to connect with friends new and old and plan your FEST itinerary.
Dances. The centerpiece of Women’s FEST is the Saturday Night Premier Dance, which will again be held at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and will feature live entertainment and a DJ.
Sports Events. All the favorites are back: golf, pickleball, cornhole, and bowling. Depending on the sport, sign up solo or with a team. Spectators are welcome at many of the Women’s FEST sports events.
Broadwalk on the Boardwalk. This popular activity is a fundraising event that benefits Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition programs that improve breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms, and offer support and resources to men and women in the local community who are newly diagnosed or facing recurrence of breast cancer.
Expo. This year’s expo will be even bigger and better. Dozens of vendors will be offering a tempting selection of items such as art, crafts, and specialty products. Nonprofit organizations will be on hand with useful information of particular interest to women, such as breast cancer support, sexual assault response and support, and other resources.
Speakers. FEST will again have a selection of fascinating and informative speakers. Stay tuned for more information.
Accessibility. CAMP Rehoboth’s Women’s FEST strives to create and maintain an inclusive and accessible environment that empowers all persons, including persons with disabilities. If you or your companion have any needs related to accessibility, please contact Hope at Hope@phoenixaccessibilityteam.com.
Watch for Announcements. Like and follow the Women's FEST of CAMP Rehoboth Facebook page and check the website (camprehoboth.com/womensfest) frequently to find out when FEST passes and tickets are available and to get updates on programs and activities.
Book a Room If You Need One. Out-of-towners should book accommodations quickly for this popular event. Enjoy a 20 percent discount at the host hotel, The Atlantic Sands. The discount is only available for phone bookings. Call 302-227-2511 and mention “Women's FEST.” ▼