LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth
|Three Delaware AIDS Walks this Fall
There are three AIDS Walks scheduled in Delaware this year. In 2004, over 3000 participants joined together to raise much needed funds for AIDS programming statewide.
The first walk, a 5k through Rockford Park in Wilmington, will take place on Sunday, September 25. Following the walk, an Interfaith Service of Remembrance will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Cathedral Church of St. John.
The Dover 5k walk on October 2 is at the Silver Lake Recreation Area, and follows a route that is wheelchair, stroller, and pet friendly.
October 9 brings the walk to North Bedford Street Park in Georgetown. This 5k is also wheelchair, stroller and pet friendly.
All walks are held rain or shine, with registration beginning at noon, and the step-offs at 2 p.m. For more information about any of these walks visit www.aidsdelaware.org or call 302-652-6776.
CAMP and Library Hold Book Sale
Heading home and don't know what to do with all those books you bought to read on the beach? Please consider donating them to the upcoming book sale at the Library.
CAMP Rehoboth is once again organizing a book sale to benefit the Rehoboth Beach Public Library. The next sale will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on October 8, the Saturday of sidewalk sale weekend.
Donations of books, magazines, videos, CDs, and books on tape are being accepted at CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue, and at the Library, 226 Rehoboth Ave. (across from the Rehoboth Beach Fire Hall). For more infomation, call Kathy Weir at 302-227-5620.
Parade of Ponds Benefits Children
Proud pond owners in the Cape region will once again share the beauty of their garden ponds to benefit Children's Beach House. The Second Annual Parade of Ponds will splash off on Saturday, September 17th from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., rain or shine.
Building on last year's success, Garden Ponds and Landscaping will offer double the number of ponds for viewinga total of 24 including two new pondless waterfalls! Each pond has a unique, custom design, complete with plants, fish and landscape fixtures. Last year's visitors were amazed at the tranquility and diversity that ponds can bring to a landscape setting. This year visitors will see small, medium and large ponds that include waterfalls, streams, fountains and night lighting. Plant varieties will include water lilies, lotus, cattails, iris and papyrus. Most pond owners have volunteered to be on hand to discuss their ponds, fish, and water gardening experiences.
Patrons may purchase tickets ($10 each) at the first stop on the tour, Children's Beach House, 1800 Bay Avenue in Lewes. Tour booklets, maps and driving directions will be distributed at that location. Tickets are available in advance at both the Rehoboth Beach and Lewes Chambers of Commerce or by sending a check with your name and address to Garden Ponds and Landscaping, 14680 Coastal Highway, Milton, DE 19968.
Garden Ponds and Landscaping is a locally owned business that specializes in pond design, building and maintenance, in addition to expert landscape services. The showroom and store is located on Route One South, 5 miles north of the Five Points intersection. Information about water gardening, pond installation and fish health will be available at the store during the Parade of Ponds.
Two sculptured brass herons will be given away to a lucky visitor who registers for the drawing at the first stop of the tour. For pictures of last year's tour, visit www.gardenpondsandlandscaping.com.
Unleashing the Power
H. Les Brown has recently moved his personal and professional coaching business to Rehoboth Beach. Les specializes in coaching people to become creators of purposeful change in their lives and businesses. His research shows that real change happens not as a result of negative criticism, but by building awareness.
He will be sharing his insights about Unleashing the Power of Your Purpose in the garden behind CAMP Rehoboth, 37 Baltimore Avenue on Saturday, September 17 at 6:30 p.m. Les can be contacted at 302-227-0403.
Marc Acito Signing in Pennsylvania
Meet Marc Acito, former columnist in Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, at Border's in the Rosemont Shopping Center in Bryn Mawr, Penn. on Monday, September 12.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Marc will be on hand to sign copies of his popular new book, How I Paid for CollegeA Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater.
Lost in his Arms to Premiere Sept 23-24
How many times have you listened to wonderful Broadway show tunes or watched delicious musicals but wished you could relate more?
Sure, there's a little Broadway show queen in all of us, so we enjoy our Sondheim and Irving Berlin, but hasn't something been missing? Rehoboth's Doug Yetter and Ken Skrzesz thought so.
"After years of playing in piano bars and seeing the songs gay men requested from the repertoire, I started to envision a special kind of show," says Doug, co-artistic director along with Ken, of Clear Space Productions.
So they've teamed up with the Henlopen Theater Project and CAMP Rehoboth and put together a cabaret evening called Lost in his Armsa show celebrating those marvelous show tunes and all their gay sensibility. In fact, they will be singing them just as we all might wishcelebrating same-sex romance.
On Sept. 23-24, Lost in his Arms will be performed at the Atlantic Sands Hotel, as a dinner/show cabaret. Tickets, $50, are available by calling CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620 or the Henlopen Theater Project, 302-226-4103.
Audiences will dine buffet style at the Atlantic Seafood Company off the boardwalk in the Atlantic Sands Hotel and then go upstairs to the Swan Ballroom for the show.
The show will feature songs from shows like Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate and more, plus a tribute to Judy Garland for the ultimate in gay sensibility.
"We really haven't had to change many lyrics," says Ken. "It's amazing how well this works."
But there are some ground rules. The songs selected for Lost in his Arms had to meet one of several criterion. "They had to either be written by a gay composer, sung by a gay character or be able to be sung without changing too many pronouns," Doug says.
And amazingly, the guys found plenty of fantastic material.
According to Ken, the more they talked, the more songs they came up with. "We had to fight the temptation to be silly and campythere will be no "I enjoy Being a Girl.'" Instead, they will sing about two men in love, so that people seeing the show can say, "I didn't know that two men could sing that to each other!"
The fun element will be the surprise of hearing what songs are included and how Ken and Doug erase all visions of the previous heterosexual incarnations.
The show will be great entertainment for gay and straight audiences alike, and an important season-ending production for the Henlopen Theater Project.
For more information, call the Henlopen Theater Project or e-mail email@example.com.
Cafe Zeus Lifeline Raises Over $15,800 for SCAC Ginger Ginder of the Frogg Pond was the top lifeguard on the stand raising $5,800. The event, sponsored by Caf Zeus and EXP, raised funds for the transportation program of the Sussex County AIDS Council.
It's All Sundance, All the Time at CAMP Rehoboth The Sundance decor team captains are hard at work planning the 18th Sundance at the Rehoboth Convention Center, Sept. 3-4. Pictured: Arthur Dochterman, Harvey Sharpe, Joe Mirabella, Cathin Bishop, and Keith Neale.
Volunteers Needed at CAMP for Grounds Maintenance
A small group of volunteers, with a penchant for digging in the dirt, is needed to help maintain the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard on an on-going basis. As a volunteer, you will take responsibility for helping to keep the courtyard an inviting space for everyone. Call Steve Hoult at 302-227-5620 for more information.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 12 August 26, 2005