Make Love Happen! Sponsor/Host Info Online
Love, Rehoboth’s annual Fourth of July dance, is just six weeks away. Don’t miss the music of NYC DJ Joe Gauthreaux and the magical lights of Paul Turner as they turn the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center into a world class dance club. Sponsor, Host, and Ticket Information.
New Event to Kick-off Sundance Week
Plans are underway for a new summer event to kick-off Rehoboth’s annual Sundance Benefit. The Sundance 5k, scheduled for Sunday, August 29, will begin and end at CAMP Rehoboth on Baltimore Ave. Whether you are a serious runner, a power walker, or want to dress like a diva and sashay away, there will be something for everyone. Watch for more details this summer.
DC2NY Bus Begins DC2RB Route
Starting Memorial weekend, the upscale DC2NY bus company will offer its great service to passengers traveling from DC to Rehoboth and Dewey Beach. Enjoy quality amenities—free wi-fi, electric outlets, bottled water, and more—without having to drive or find a place to park. CEO Richard Green thinks you’ll love this new service. Give it a try. Schedule and rates.
Letters on Vacation in the Virgin Islands
Letters from CAMP Rehoboth tagged along with Deirdre Duddy and Sandy Roberts on their recent vacation to St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. We love to get away.
Rigby’s Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary
Rigby’s owners, John Black and John Glenstrup were joined by members of the Rehoboth/Dewey Chamber of Commerce as they celebrated their first anniversary. See CAMPshots for more.
Ladies 2000 Dance Memorial Weekend
The Rehoboth Beach Convention Center will be in full swing on Sunday, May 30 from 4-10 p.m. as CAMP Rehoboth joins Ladies 2000 for another great tea dance. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Restaurant Week in Rehoboth June 6-12
Rehoboth Beach Main Street, Inc. invites you to indulge in this gourmet event sponsored by Comcast Spotlight. It will feature more than 20 of Rehoboth’s finest restaurants serving up three-course $20 and/or $30 prix-fixe dinners. Some restaurants are even offering a three-course prix-fixe lunch menu!
Grammy Winner to Perform at Markell’s Summer Bash
Grammy winner Billy Dean will present an acoustic concert on Saturday, June 5 in Milton at Gov. Jack Markell’s Seventh Annual Summer Bash to benefit the Food Bank of Delaware. The tented event is rain-or-shine at 313 Walnut Street and will include an upscale Southern barbecue prepared by the Food Bank of Delaware’s executive chef, Noah Mathay. Dogfish Head Beer on tap and soft drinks will be served. All proceeds from the concert will go to the Food Bank of Delaware.
Tickets at $25 may be pre-purchased—children under 16 get in free—and further information can be found at www.annualsummerbash.com. Tickets may also be purchased at the gate, which will open at noon.
Besides the Grammy, Billy Dean’s musical history includes gold- and platinum-selling albums and many country music awards and top-ten hits. Mr. Dean has also appeared in various television shows and co-starred with Dolly Parton in the movie Blue Valley Songbird. In turn, he has felt the need to “give back” and since 2005 has been the official spokesperson for a program enabling pre-teens to raise money for their favorite charities.
“Billy Dean is a perfect fit for our event,” notes Annual Summer Bash creator Corey Marshall-Steele. “Giving back, in this case to the Food Bank of Delaware, is what it’s all about. Our guests will be treated to a fun concert by a major artist while enjoying upscale food and drink—but meanwhile they will be supporting a very worthy cause. Giving doesn’t always have to hurt!”
Last year’s Annual Summer Bash featuring Grammy winner Pam Tillis attracted 800 guests and netted $16,000 for the Food Bank of Delaware.
A New RB Meet and Greet Network
by Fay Jacobs
Back in March, Sue McCarthy and Jocelyn Kaplan were looking for a good way to find out, or get the word out themselves, about social events for local women. Sure, they could comb newspapers for a few ads for welcoming places, and the large events, of course, are listed in Letters, but what about bike rides, or ladies nights, or organizing a coffee morning?
Sue and Jocelyn took a clue from the national networking organization Meet-Up—a social networking group with over six and a half million members nationwide! Around the country, 500 different meet-up groups, with all kinds of members, interests and passions meet every single day. The Meet-Up mantra is Do something • Learn something • Share something • Change something.
Sue and Jocelyn figured, why not start a Meet-Up for the gals of Rehoboth Beach and environs?
Since setting up its web site in March, they have hosted ten different events, ranging from a Cinco de Mayo dance at Saketumi to two-step lessons to a doggie day at Lewes Beach. They’ve hosted a Breakwater Trail bike ride and are planning a book signing Meet-Up (Yay!) on the morning of July 4th to give some visibility to our new LGBT Bookstore PROUD on Baltimore Avenue.
How’s it going? “We’re thrilled,” says Sue. “We had over 100 women at our first event. There are singles joining, but couples, too and we’ve had nothing but great comments about the events.”
One of their ongoing meet-up events is a 9 a.m. Saturday coffee gathering at Café Azafran in Lewes.
In talking with group leaders Sue and Jocelyn, it’s clear that their vision for the group is expansive. They hope that the members—by the way, that’s almost 150 women already—will take the lead and come up with events and ideas to make this Meet-Up group as wide-ranging as possible.
Demographics for the group are wide ranging, too. Membership comes from both out-of-towners who weekend or occasionally vacation here to long-time locals. There’s a wide range of ages, singles or couples, and a vast array of interests represented.
One of my favorite bits of news about the group is their use of name tags at events. “It’s so much better than nodding at people in the bars and hoping you remember names,” says Jocelyn. Amen says this writer!
So how can you connect with Rehoboth’s Meet Up? Go to the web site and sign up. It’s simple and fun. Then, the site will send you an e-mail about scheduled events, remind you a week ahead and again a day ahead. The site also allows you to rate the event, leave e-mail comments, suggest your own events and communicate with other members (either publically or privately).
There’s also a cool feature on the site for making business cards, name tags for events and more. This is a very clever and sophisticated web presence and will go a long way toward uniting the community and helping people, well, meet-up.
With new people joining every day and new events being added to the calendar, this Meet-Up is really taking off. Check it out at www.meetup.com/Gay-Women-Rehoboth.