August always seems to catch me by surprise—one day it’s june and then in the blink of an eye, the summer is two-thirds gone. No matter how bumpy the first part of the season might have been, by August, our town always seems to have found its summer rhythm.
August means one thing to all of us here at CAMP Rehoboth—Sundance! For the next few weeks every spare moment will be about Sundance. The event is huge, and it takes support from hundreds of people to make it happen. Please take time to look at the Sundance ads. These are not the easiest times to be raising money, but all of the people listed here (as well as in our membership list), believe in the work of CAMP Rehoboth enough to say “yes, I want to help!” We wouldn’t be here without this amazing community support.
Sundance is a two night event, with the first night being the auction. With over 500 items, the live and silent auction has, I promise, something for everyone and every taste. With a 3D TV and an outdoor kitchen already on the auction block, we can’t wait to see what all comes in over the next few weeks. We’re also excited that the live auction will be in the hands of Lorne Crawford, from Crawford Auction Company. Call CAMP Rehoboth to donate services, art, antiques, and more. Items can be delivered to us or we have volunteers standing by to pick them up. Going once, twice, sold!
The cover photo on this issue of Letters is the members of the winning house in the Summer CAMP Beach House Challenge. After raising over $3,100 with their July 4th weekend pool party (which helped them reach the winning score of 4,570 points), it seemed fitting that the photo should have a pool party theme. House points came from donations, memberships, event attendance, and volunteer hours. 61 Canal Landing followed in second place and 5 Prospect in third. Special thanks to talented Carolyn Watson and Ginny Stominski of Carolyn Watson Photography for the beautiful photo and the use of their Rehoboth Avenue studio. In this issue, Chris Beagle takes a look back at the 2010 Summer CAMP Challenge.
Rehoboth is not a high crime area, so the recent spate of assaults had us all concerned. Fortunately, the Rehoboth police have arrested six suspects, three juveniles and three adults. It’s still important to always be aware of your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to the Rehoboth Beach Police.
The art scene in Rehoboth Bbeach has expanded at a steady pace over the last 20 years. Since 2008, Mosaic, the Rehoboth Gallery Collective, has worked to promote the arts in the area, and their second Saturday Destination Art walks have become a monthly tradition. In CAMParts, Doug Yetter covers the area arts scene, including Mosaic. For quick links to area galleries and other arts organizations, check out CAMParts in this issue of Letters.
Volunteers are the backbone of all non-profit organizations, and we couldn’t function without them. One of our goals is to train volunteers to do some of the work ordinarily done by paid staff. Some of those positions are almost fulltime; others require only a couple of hours every few weeks. Currently we are seeking: courtyard caretakers (requires a couple of hours one day each week—Tuesday, Wednesday, or Saturday); facilities maintenance volunteer (check HVAC filters, monitor operational supplies, light duty repairs etc.); and a weekend kiosk attendant (provides information, answer phone, etc.). Anyone interested should contact me at CAMP Rehoboth. Our volunteer information form is available on the CAMP Rehoboth website under the “CAMP Center” button.