|Concert Highlights Old & New Sounds
Make your plans now to attend the October 29 concert featuring the Back Bay Strummers and pianist Eduardo Silveira.
The Back Bay Strummers, under the leadership of Herb Crowe, will perform American 20th Century Music. This program will include favorite tunes from old times to the new millennium.
Argentine pianist Eduardo Silveira, the father of local composer Guillermo Silviera, will perform tangos. Guillermo will also present some songs, accompanied by his father.
The program begins at 8 p.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church, 20 Baltimore Avenue. For more information, call 302-227-7743.
Community Land Trust Gears Up For Art Auction
Local art for local people. That's the thought behind the West Rehoboth Community Land Trust Art Auction on Saturday, October 22.
West Rehoboth Community Land Trust (WRCLT) members have been collecting donated art from local residents and artists, restoring it and storing it up to auction it off. The auction will raise money for the community of West Rehoboth to help with land acquisition, said Mable Granke, WRCLT member.
Granke headed an October 5 meeting at her house to organize the auction. "Our goal is to get a nice chunk of money for the acquisition fund," she said.
The group wants to save enough money to help low-income families living in West Rehoboth keep their houses. During the meeting, they talked about the consequences of living in a beach town during its expansion. Granke said many families are being forced out of eastern Sussex because of rising costs and the push to sell land. However, Granke and the other members of the WRCLT want to help preserve their community.
According to WRCLT history, Charles Mills, a Quaker who came to Rehoboth Beach to manage a cannery, started West Rehoboth. Mills bought land, which he farmed for many years.
Upset by Jim Crow laws, Mills subdivided one of his farms and created West Rehoboth. Many of the men and women who worked in the cannery business and in the resort hotels and restaurants were forbidden to live, eat or shop in the growing resort town. But Mills allowed all of them to live in West Rehoboth.
Today approximately 200 residents live in West Rehoboth, which remains a separate community from Rehoboth Beach.
Granke said the WRCLT's goal is to achieve affordable housing for the working poor in West Rehoboth.
Since starting the group, Granke and others have been working to save money to help revitalize their community. The group has applied for a 501(c)(3) designation and should find out by the end of the month if they'll qualify for it. Once they receive the designation they will be able to hold their own bank accounts and give tax deductions for donations.
The goal for 2005-2006 is to raise enough money to buy land for six affordable living units. The group has already received $28,000 from Sussex County Council.
The WRCLT art auction committee consists of Isabel Benson, Joanne Cabry, Steve Elkins, Murray Archibald, Joanne DeFiore, Mable Granke, Fay Kempton, Richard Legatski, Lee Mills, Blackie Nygood and Darlene St. Peter.
"With the group of artists we have, people are going to want to come," said Granke.
Artists already participating in the auction are Murray Archibald, Ellen Rice, Esther Klima, Charles Palmer, Anne Hannah, Betty DeBoer, Robert Wright and Ami Sloane. Committee members hope to attract more artists before the auction.
The art auction will take place from 4-9 p.m., Saturday, October 22, at the Village Improvement Association building on Grenoble Street at the Boardwalk in Rehoboth. The evening will feature both a live and silent auction and refreshments will be served.
Artists interested in donating pieces, or for more information, contact Fay Kempton at 302-226-0478.
Excerpted from an article by Rachel Swick, with permission of the Cape Gazette.
Rehoboth Shopping Made Easy
Downtown Rehoboth Gift Certificates, sponsored by Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Inc., good for shopping and dining at over 100 downtown businesses are available on line or at selected downtown sites all year long.
Redeemable like cash at downtown retail shops, restaurants and hotels, the certificates are a great way to keep our community's hard-earned dollars in the community! Did you know that the majority of money spent in retail and restaurant establishments owned locally comes back to the community, while money spent shopping with big box stores or chain restaurants does not?
"It's a great way to give gifts and support downtown Rehoboth Beach," says Fay Jacobs, RBMS Executive Director. "It's part of Main Street's plan to keep downtown competitive and thriving."
Gift certificates are sold over the internet at www.rehomain.com (through the secure PayPal service) and in selected sites downtown including Sole Kids at 110 Rehoboth Avenue, the Mizzen Mast at Village by the Sea and also at the Main Street office.
Check www.rehomain.com for the long list of downtown businesses accepting the certificates and to purchase the certificates. For more information, call 302-227-2772.
Raising Funds for Kinfolk Cheryl "Rehoboth's greatest fundraiser" Blackman raises money to help hospitalized kids in Delaware have computer access. To date, she's raised $14,070!
Splash '05 Donates $16,000 Splash '05 Chair Jane Blue presents $8,000 each to Lois Fargo for Safe Haven Animal Sancutary and to Steve Elkins for CAMP Rehoboth's Capital Campaign.
Cruising the South Seas On a recent Olivia cruise to French Polynesia, Mary Morgan, Beth Fitton, Ellen Feinberg, and Lesley Rogan take time out to enjoy Letters.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 15, No. 14 October 14, 2005