The Way I See It
Walking our dog Pete up and down Baltimore Avenue on a beautiful summer evening makes me remember why we started coming to the beach in the first place. The street is alive with summer energy: music from the Blue Moon and Aqua provide a soundtrack for the strolling couples and groups of friends enjoying the bars and restaurants, the galleries, and the shops. Each one of our downtown business Avenues has its own character and flavor and I enjoy them all, but I’ve lived and worked on Baltimore Avenue for 20 years—I can’t help but be a little biased! Whatever street is your favorite, downtown Rehoboth is a great place to be on a summer evening.
The CAMP courtyard is also a great place to enjoy a summer evening—or a morning or afternoon! Be it in the rockers on the front porch of CAMP Rehoboth, relaxing at the many courtyard tables and chairs, or people watching on the benches out front—it’s a beautiful place to kick-back with friends or enjoy our free WiFi. The courtyard wouldn’t be nearly as beautiful without the hard work of the CAMP Rehoboth Rainbow Thumb Club—our volunteer courtyard caretakers. Each Rainbow Thumb member or couple takes a different day of the week to water and sweep and keep things beautiful. If that sounds like fun, we have a few days the week available. If interested, contact Kathy Weir, Steve Hoult, or Ward Ellinger. We’re also looking for a volunteer maintenance coordinator and folks to work the information kiosk in the CAMP Courtyard.
The recent Rehoboth Beach incident involving topless transgendered persons found its way into the national press, and I spent many hours answering calls on the matter. The point that all of us here tried to make was that it was handled well by the police—and that the many years we’ve done diversity training helped that to happen. In the end, the story for Rehoboth is that there is no story—tops were put back on, and the visitors and the police went on about their business.
Special thanks to Chris Beagle and his Summer CAMP Beach House Challenge Team of “CAMP Counselors.” At this point, 15 beach house families have signed on to compete for the August 13 cover of Letters. Participants will get points for the number of dollars raised in memberships and in fundraising efforts; points for each house member attending designated events; and points for volunteer hours worked. Watch the Summer CAMP page in each issue of Letters to see which house is winning or to make a donation in support of a specific team.
With the approach of the July 4th holiday weekend, plans are well underway for both LottoHEART and Love 2010 - July4love4all! On June 26 the more than 200 works of art created for the LottoHEART Game Show, as well as the HeART of the Community pieces to be auctioned at the same event, can be previewed at the Art Preview Party at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. See the HeARTwork page is this issue for an update on LottoHEART and a list of the participating artists and for a peek at some of the HeART of the Community paintings. And, of course, buy your tickets for both the LottoHEART Game Show and Love 2010. LottoHEART tickets are $25 general admission and $100 to play (every player wins an original work of art, the lotto part is the order you get to choose!); Love 2010 tickets are $45 general admission and $100 host admission (which includes admission to the private Love Lounge). Tickets may be purchased at CAMP Rehoboth or online at camprehoboth.com.
None of the work we do here at CAMP Rehoboth would happen without volunteers, donors, members, and all of you who support our work and efforts. As we continue to celebrate our 20 years of CAMP Rehoboth, my thanks to all of you. Have a great summer!