The Way I See It
|by Steve Elkins, Editor|
|Every year at this time I tend to expound on the virtues of autumn at the beachwith the primary one, of course, being that the stress and rush of summertime has been mellowed into a more relaxed, but still beautiful, shoulder season. This year, between politics, economic woes in general, and our construction here at CAMP Rehoboth, I can't tell much difference in my stress levels from one season to the other. We are a little more rested, I'm glad to say, and it's still my favorite time of the year.
I've made no secret over the last decade about the fact that the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival is one of my favorite events of the year. On a personal level, I love attending the Festival and participating in the exciting buzz that fills the "big tent" as moviegoers move from one film to the next. As Executive Director of CAMP Rehoboth I'm thrilled by the great partnership that exists between our organization and the Film Society. Whether through our Another Take series or at the Festival itself, the RB Film Society has always been committed to screening films that speak to the hearts of the GLBT community, even as they educate others about who we are and what sexual diversity means. November 5-9 is the 11th Annual Rehoboth Beach Film Festival and we're once again delighted to provide a preview of the films that are of special interest to the gay and lesbian community.
Since 1993, World AIDS Day in Rehoboth Beach has been observed with a candlelight walk on Rehoboth Avenue, followed by a Service of Remembrance and Hope at Epworth United Methodist Church. This year there are changes. First, Epworth has moved out of town, and though it will still be a sponsor and participant in World AIDS Day activities, the service of remembrance, including the reading of the names, will be at All Saint's Church on Olive Avenue. Second, the Rehoboth Beach Hometown Christmas Parade and World AIDS Day collide on the same day this yearfor the first time in all the years we've been producing it. So, instead of trying to change nights or operate as two separate events, the candlelight walk will be a part of this year's parade. We'll be walking behind a banner that reminds everyone that in a season of hope we need to remember the millions of people all across the world, affected by HIV and AIDS. For details about this year's event, call the CAMP Rehoboth office.
Halloween and Christmas will bring Christopher Peterson back to town, this time at the Theatre of the Arts at Celebration Mall. On Halloween night, Christopher will host a Halloween Ball with a costume competition at 9 p.m. followed by the retro music of DJ Steve Durkin. Tickets are $50, with $5 of each ticket sold benefiting CAMP Rehoboth. On December 6-7, Christopher is back with all his Eyecons for Christmas with Christopher Peterson. Again, $5 of each ticket sold will benefit CAMP Rehoboth. Call the RBTA box office for tickets, or visit www.rehobothbeachtheater.com.
After last year's horrible bout with the flu, I've already had my flu shot, but anyone who hasn't can get one free at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center on October 29, from 10 a.m-6 p.m. The flu shots are being offered in partnership with Beebe Medical Center. We recommend calling the CAMP Rehoboth office in advance to make sure we reserve a shot just for you.
Also in October, don't miss the CAMP Rehoboth mixer at the Frogg Pond on Wednesday October 15, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Frogg Pond is providing good food and the great sounds of Viki Deeand it's not a fundraiser. Stop by for a little fun and to help us celebrate the change of seasons.
Stop by the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. With interior finishes in the new wing well underway, we're excited to see the project approaching its final stages.
LETTERS From CAMP Rehoboth, Vol. 18, No. 14 October 10, 2008