LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth
Follies and Jollies
The CAMP Rehoboth Follies are coming up on Saturday night July 26th and it promises to be more hilarious than ever. If you've been, you know what I mean, if you haven't been, this should be your year.
With the 2008 theme Poodles on Parade, it's a great big, unpredictable, frightening, naughty, fabulous let's-put-on-a-show extravaganza, with brave amateur performers trying their best and cheering audience members at their most exuberant.
I don't know what's more fun, the groups who get it just right or the ones who try so hard you want to hug them. Of course, there are always mini-mix-ups, cues dropped, wigs dropped, whole scripts tossed to wind, but heck, that's show biz.
The show starts at 7 p.m. on July 26th at the Convention Centerwhy so early, you ask? Because our wonderful hometown Eyecon Christopher Peterson will be on hand to emcee the show and entertain us with special material you've never seen him do before.
And besides being a contest to see which troupe will walk away with the Gold, Silver or Bronze Barbies, Follies is a terrific fundraiser. And booze is involved toowhat better combination can there be?
As in past years, the CAMP crew members have something wonderful up their sleeves (last year it was dancing fruit of the loom if you recall) and we hear it's a dilly.
And while I am not privy to the judges names at this time, I am sure they are announced at the last moment to avoid any temptation of bribery. After all, the Follies and its Barbie Awards have to remain above reproach. Or would that be below reproach?
Tickets ($25-$75) are already on sale at CAMP Rehoboth. The show generally sells out so now is the time to get your tickets for this incredible laugh fest.
I have it on good advice that there will be fun poked at everything Rehoboth from Poodle Beach to town politics and back again. Of course, this being a national election year, there is material galore from which to select. In fact, I have a feeling that this year's Follies will be ripe with outspoken (and out singing) homos taking on those that stand in our way. Whether its California gay marriage or shenanigans south of the boardwalk, folks will have their follies and jollies with it.
This is the kind of event that personifies the "Camp" in CAMP Rehoboth...be there or be square; be here, it's quite queerand the most fun you'll have is laughing at ourselves. Call 227-5620 today and get your tickets.
Recruiting Walkers and Runners
The Wellness CommunityDelaware is recruiting team members for their Strides for Hope Charity Marathon. The team will participate in the San Antonio Rock 'N Roll Marathon and Half Marathon on November 16, 2008.
Participants will enjoy a flat, fast course, comfortable 60 degree temperatures and beautiful scenery. Listening to live music provided by 70 rock 'n roll bands during every mile will make the marathon even more exciting. The Strides Team will arrive in San Antonio on Friday, Nov. 14 and depart on Monday, Nov. 17. For information, contact Marcia Esposito at 302-645-9150.
A Safe Haven Auction Sampler
Pictured is a sampling of some of the items that will be available at Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary's 3rd Annual "Cause 4 Paws," a Live and Silent Auction, on Saturday, July 12th at the Rehoboth Convention Center.
Out in Scriptures Study Group
Many people consider the idea of a "gay Christian" to be a contradiction in terms. How can someone be both gay and Christian? There is a new Bible study group at Epworth Methodist Church trying to answer that very question.
The "Out in Scripture" Bible Study Group provides distinctive insights into the Bible from a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight-supportive perspective. All are welcome. For information, visit GFAinfo.org, or call 302-740-3608.
If I Had A Hammer
Habitat for Humanity's Women Build 2009 will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15th at the Sussex County Habitat for Humanity office, 107 Depot Street, Georgetown, Delaware. The focus will be on recruitment for the 2009 Project. For more information, call the Sussex Habitat office at 302-855-1153.
Christopher's Bette Midler and Ladies Return to RB
Christopher Peterson, North America's foremost female impersonator, has returned to Rehoboth's Atlantic Sands Hotel. See page 11 for ticket info.
Golden Anniversary, Celebrating 50
Bill Cooley and Ken Watkins were all smiles as they greeted friends at their 50th anniversary tea dance party at Cloud 9 Restaurant on June 29th. This year was also special for the couple as they celebrated their respective birthdays. The fun part is that they were born on the very same day 75 years ago.
Additional photos from their party and other events over the 4th of July are found in CAMPshots on page 56.
CAMP Testing Day Surpasses Goal
Diana Layfield, Kim Schoenle, and Anthony Perkinspictured at CAMP Rehoboth on National HIV Testing Daycelebrated after reaching their goal of testing 20 people during the day.
Get Checked Out at the CAMP Health DayJuly 19
Join CAMP Rehoboth and Beebe Medical Center for free health screenings at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The available screenings will include testing for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, and metabolic scale/body fat. Rapid HIV testing will be also be offered. No appointments are necessary for the tests.
Love on the Beach
Volunteers for the annual Love benefit made a splash at the beach as they promoted the dance on July 5th. Later that night, the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center was filled with men and women dancing to the music of DJ Julian Marsh. The event benefited CAMP and SCAC.
Candidate Visits the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center
Delaware State Treasurer and Gubernatorial Candidate Jack Markell (center) stopped by CAMP Rehoboth on July 5th as part of a tour that took him to 57 Delaware towns and cities in 57 hours. Markell again voiced support for enacting non-discrimination legislation based upon sexual orientation and equality for all Delawareans.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 09 July11, 2008