The Way I See It
|by Steve Elkins, Editor|
|Months ago, when I worked out the 2008 Letters' publication schedule, I knew this issue would be a difficult one to produce because it coincided with our big July 4th weekend Love event at the Convention Center. Now that we've made it through Love, and though we're a few days behind our normal deadline schedule, if these words are in print then we must have survived the "crash," so to speak. Speaking of Love, please take a look at the host, sponsor and volunteer list on page 15. Love is made possible by their support and hard work and we're grateful to each and every one of them.
The weekend after Love, the "love" continues to flow at the Rehoboth Convention Center. This time it's for the animals in our area. The Safe Haven Animal Sanctuary's Cause 4 Paws Auction is Saturday, July 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. Money raised from the auction will support the building of Safe Haven's No Kill sanctuary for homeless animals. See page 4 for a sampling of some of the many items in the auction.
Animals are also the concern of Pat Riordan and Kathy Askey, founders of Just Usa non-profit cat rescue organization. Did you know that one un-spayed female cat can produce more than 100 kittens in a lifetime? For more about the work of Just Us and the feral cat problem in Rehoboth Beach, see page 14.
On July 26 the Delaware Stonewall Democrats' fifth annual Summer Gathering at Jim D'Orta's Silver Lake home will honor five people who fight for equal rights: New York State Senator Tom Duane; Delaware State Representative Pete Schwartzkopf; Stonewall Democrats' National Executive Director Jon Hoadley; Former Army Physician Dr. Elizabeth Recupero, and ACLU Delaware Executive Director Drew Fennell. For information on the event or about the Delaware Stonewall Democrats go to delawarestonewall.org. On page 44, Stefani Deoul writes about honoree Elizabeth Recupero and her experience with the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.
Tired of politics? After the stonewall party on July 26, go directly to the Rehoboth Convention Center for the 2008 CAMP Rehoboth Follies. This year's outrageous collection of skits is sure to incite laughteror riots, as the case may be. With its Poodle Parade theme, there's just no telling whoor whatwill prance across the stage. The Folliesfor those who have never beenis a skit competition with each Follies' Troupe vying for a Gold, Silver, and Bronze Barbie and the title of "best-in-show." With the amazing Christopher Peterson returning as this year's emcee, we can all count on a fabulous show. Pink Poodle tickets are $75 and include first section seating and two drink tickets; Purple Poodle tickets are $50 and include second section seating and one drink ticket; Black and White Poodle Tickets (general admission) are $25. Curtain is at 7 p.m., and the doors open at 6 p.m.
Looking ahead to August, don't forget that Labor Day weekend (which is earlier than usual this year) is also the 21st Sundance. Make plans to be here as we celebrate our "coming-of-age" with style. This year's theme is The Great Day of the Sunshine Rainbow. One of the most fun parts of the whole process of producing an event like Sundance is that we get to work with so many volunteers. Last year, close to 180 people worked to make Sundance happen. Anyone interested in volunteering for any part of the eventfrom ticket sales to decorationsshould call CAMP Rehoboth.
That reminds me (not that I was in much danger of forgetting), the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center construction is really moving along. Just before the July 4th weekend the roof went up over the main room and every day, progress is visible. We love to show it off, so please feel free to stop by for a tour. During the work week, hard hats are a mustbut we have those too.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 09 July 11, 2008