|by Tricia Massella|
Its 4th of July, so get ready to blast off for one of the biggest weekends of the summer. Besides the fireworks extravaganza being launched from the water on Independence Day, there are parties and events back to back the entire weekend. So schedule your time wisely, and dont bother making room for sleep, there isnt any.
Happy 40th to Wayne Hodge, manager of The Renegade Resort. To celebrate, the staff took him to Dover Downs for a fun filled day at the Slots. They invited me to join the party and ride in the Birthday car with Wayne, Ed, Travis (a.k.a. Ce Ce), and the incredible female impersonator, Christopher Peterson. (Christopher performs every Thursday, Friday, and Sunday at the Renegade all summer, dont miss any of his three fabulous shows.)
The ride up was entertaining in itself. Travis and Chris were in the back seat with magic markers and poster board rating the cuties that passed us on the road, while Fantasia, Joanne and Ray rode shot gun in the second car, and Lee, Margo, and Randy followed in the third car, anxiously waiting to pass the military base.
Phillip, CR, and the rest of the gang met us in Dover.
When we arrived at the slots, Travis almost planted one on the security guard, because he carded him at the door. He was so thrilled I thought he was going to drag the hunk back to Rehoboth with us. Considering our location, he opted to scratch that idea, although you could see he did have his eye on those cuffs.
Wayne hit within 5 minutes after arriving, but like the rest of us, put it all back in the machines, and then some. The only winner of the day was Fantasia. You had to see her sitting there, legs crossed, hand out holding a cigarette, and index finger pointed out pressing the play button. My first instinct was to take a picture. Well, about 3 security guards came over, confiscated my camera, and told me it was against casino regulations. So much for the photo, but Im sure you could visualize it, especially if you know Fantasia.
We went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner and asked for an egg roll with a candle, but they brought over the traditional piece of cake. We had a great day, but were happy to return to good old Rehoboth and life at the beach.
Speaking of, start making your itinerary now. The Beach House will be jumping all weekend starting Friday July 2, at 10 p.m. with a Diva Dance Party. There will be special performances by Dominique Taylor, Leighanne Richards, and Monique. Then on Saturday and Sunday, July 3 and 4, at 10 p.m., will be a SPLASH Jungle Party with DJ Jame Foks spinning your favorites. So wear your leopards and loin cloth and dance in the wild kingdom while bartenders Jeanne and Terry pour your favorite jungle juice cocktails.
Get ready for the Corona Invitational Tennis Tournament presented by the Bon Vivant Foundation and sponsored by The Beach House Restaurant, Sunday, July 4th, from 9 a.m. to noon, at Cape Henlopen High School in Lewes. If youre not playing, then bring your lawn chair and watch the fun.
The Renegade will have its 8th annual Military Blackout party on Saturday, a Wild Wild West Party Sunday, both with DJ Jeff Harrison, while Gladys is in the Cabaret lounge doing Karaoke. Saturday and Sunday from 4 - 8 p.m. DJ Jame Foks returns to host the popular Ladies Tea Dances, and on Monday, Red Letter Day performs pool side 4 - 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 3 from 3 5 p.m., is the opening reception for artist Murray Archibalds new paintings. The show, AWAKENING, will be on display through July 31 at the Blue Moon.
Dont forget the LOVE99 dance benefit for SCAC and CAMP Rehoboth, Sunday, July 4th, 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. at the Convention Center, with music by Darryl Strickland.
Oh no, Im out of allotted space, youll have to check our calendar and advertisements for the rest of the weekend.
See you around town.
Wayne Hodge celebrates his 40th.
Dover Downs or Bust! The revelers head out.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 9, No. 8, July 2, 1999