News and Notes
World AIDS Day
Join us on World AIDS Day 2021 for a service of hope and remembrance. The service will take place on December 1, beginning at 7:00 p.m., at the Metropolitan Community Church, located at 19369 Plantation Road, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, work to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased effort to end the HIV epidemic. The theme for the 2021 observance is “Ending the HIV Epidemic: Equitable Access, Everyone’s Voice.”
World AIDS Day will be available both as an in-person event at MCC Rehoboth and as a live-streamed event on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook page. The in-person event will require proof of vaccination and masks. ▼
Giving Tuesday at CAMP Rehoboth
On November 30, 2021, commemorate Giving Tuesday by contributing to the mission of CAMP Rehoboth. Stay tuned to CAMP Rehoboth’s social media and camprehoboth.com to see how you can get involved. ▼
Rainbow Women’s Bowling League
The Rainbow women’s bowling league is back after a year off due to COVID. Since November 3, the league has been bowling at Millsboro Lanes on Wednesday nights, starting at 6:30.
Rina Pellegrini started the Rainbow Ladies League eight years ago with only six teams. It grew to 16 teams but, due to COVID, is now down to 12 teams. Everyone is required to be vaccinated and each team sits at its own table away from the other teams.
The league is designed to be a friendly social gathering, with some bowling going on amidst the socializing. It is not as serious as local softball or golf leagues. The league is 90 percent handicapped and the averages range from 60 to 185. Everyone is welcome.
You can tell by the team names exactly how serious this league really is: They include the Striking Mummers, 3 Beers & A Water, Wrecking Balls, and Lickety Splits. But the league does keep statistics on each team and Rina tracks the high scores of teams and individuals.
The league runs until January 26, 2022. This allows snowbirds who leave in January to participate in the league. At the end of the season, team members are awarded trophies and prize money.
Interested in bowling or subbing this fall or next? Please contact Rina Pellegrini at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Rainbow Ladies League bowls three games each Wednesday. The cost for league play is $16, and shoe rental is $2; subs bowl free.▼
Community Unity Dinner
It’s back! Rehoboth Beach Main Street will again be hosting the Community Unity Dinner. This year’s pasta dinner, provided by Sazio and Big Fish Charitable Foundation, will be held on Sunday, December 5, from 4:30 to 7:30pm. Nick Caggiano Sr. will be honored as the 2021 Citizen of the Year.
Join friends, neighbors, and downtown merchants for this annual dinner, which includes children’s activities, holiday music, a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus, performances from The Nutcracker and by the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, and an ice cream bar. Tickets are $20.00 per person, and free for children under 10.
Toy (and Hats/Gloves/Coats) Drive
Through December 11, CAMP Rehoboth Community Center will be a drop-off site for the annual Rehoboth Beach Toy Drive. This is the 15th year that CAMP Rehoboth is participating in a community collection of toys, hats, gloves, and coats for community members in need. This year, the CAMP Rehoboth Outreach Program (CROP) is stepping up to help. You can make this year’s holidays brighter for families in need, in partnership with the Rehoboth Beach Bears and other groups and individuals, by signing up to manage and sort the items for the drive.
The donated items will be provided to ACE Peer Resources Center, Christiana Care HIV Wellness Center, and other community organizations that serve those in need. Thank you for making this year special for the children and families of our community. During this time, more than ever, they need joy in their lives, and your donations will help provide it. ▼
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Transgender Day of Remembrance
On Saturday, November 20, Rehoboth TransLiance, in conjunction with Safe Harbor United Church of Christ and the Metropolitan Community Church of Rehoboth, will be holding a vigil. The vigil takes place at 7:00 p.m. at CAMP Rehoboth.
So far, the past year has been marred by 44 deadly acts of violence against transgender people. The 44 name readers will receive a memorial ornament provided by Salisbury PFLAG.
This year will pay special attention to love and community. The vigil will feature keynote speaker Murray Archibald, local artist and co-founder (along with his late husband, Steve Elkins) of CAMP Rehoboth.
Three young, current and future leaders of our community—Mikey Shock, Jazminara Aran, and Alex Delise—will be honored for their activism, educational outreach, and service to the community.
There will be a reading the names of transgender people killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice. This is the fifth Transgender Day of Remembrance vigil in Rehoboth; it is hoped it will be an annual event until the bigotry ends.
This event will be podcast by Jack Bucchioni at BlueCoastTalk.com. ▼
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill Grand Opening
Freddie’s Beach Bar & Grill celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 30. Freddie was joined by Mayor Stan Mills, Rehoboth Beach Main Street Director Dan Slagle, and CAMP Rehoboth Executive Director David Mariner. Renowned Cher impersonator Steve Andrade entertained for the evening and, in pure Cher fashion, had a new (stunning!) outfit for each number.
Stop by Freddie’s and say hi to the Barbies at 3 South 1st Street! ▼
CAMP Rehoboth Has Its Own Dogfish Head Beer
CAMP Rehoboth’s own Dogfish Head beer launched on October 20. Through the end of December, a percentage of each sale of the seasonal Dogfish Head Au Courant Beer (which includes CAMP Rehoboth on the label) will help support CAMP Rehoboth’s community services and health and wellness classes. ▼