This is the twenty-second year of CAMP Rehoboth and the first issue of the twenty-second season of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. For many of those years, I would guess, I’ve started off the first issue of the year with much the same words as these—except for the number, of course, which just keeps on ticking upward with each passing season. No matter how I say it, the point remains: “welcome to the new year!” We’re excited about the new season, and look forward to another great year.
Making this a special New Year for us all, Delaware’s Civil Union Act took effect on January 1. I was delighted to see that two of the people who made that Act possible were the first couple in the state to take advantage of it. Congratulations to Lisa Goodman and Drew Fennell, and to all the others who have been among the first to be “civil unioned” in the state. CAMP Rehoboth has been the site for several ceremonies so far, and we’re booking up fast for dates throughout the year. Anyone considering CAMP Rehoboth as a site for their ceremony should contact us soon—especially if interested in reserving a weekend date. For more information about Delaware Civil Unions see Glen Pruitt’s article “I Married Two Women” on page 10, or check out the Clerk of the Peace website.
One of the many highlights of this year will be the 25th Anniversary Sundance 2012: Legend of the Silver Rainbow on Labor Day Weekend. I know it’s a little early to be talking about a Labor Day event, but we plan on making this the biggest Sundance celebration of them all. Watch for details much earlier in the year than usual. Our goal is to sign-up as many past Sundance Hosts and Sponsors as possible. On our Sundance team captain’s “wish list” for this year’s event: a volunteer with professional experience in sponsor development; someone with the skills to develop amazing auction packages; and someone to produce a “making of the 25th Anniversary Sundance” video. Interested? Email me.
Looking for something to do in February? On Saturday, February 11, at 7 p.m. the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus will celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend (and Civil Unions) with their winter concert All You Need Is Love at Epworth United Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road. Tickets are $15. On February 18, the one-man show, I Am My Own Wife, by playwright Doug Wright and starring New York actor Timothy Babcock is coming to CAMP Rehoboth for two performances only: 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Also on February 18-19, CAMP Rehoboth and the Rehoboth Beach Film Society team up once again to present our LGBT mini-film festival Another Take, at the Movies at Midway screening room: Saturday, February 18—The Beginners; Sunday, February 19—Wish Me Away. Tickets are $7. See page 16 or the RBFS website for information about the films. Tickets for the CAMP Chorus Concert and I Am My Own Wife may be purchased at camprehoboth.com or by calling 302-227-5620. Another Take tickets are available by calling the RBFS office at 302-645-9095. Tickets for some events are limited.
Looking ahead to spring, the 12th annual CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST is all set for the weekend of April 12-15. With special guest Col. Grethe Cammermeyer (Serving in Silence); entertainment by Suzanne Westenhoefer, Tret Fure, and Poppy Champlin; a dozen fun workshops; a tea dance by Ladies 2000; happy hours and drink discounts; Broadwalk on the Boardwalk (for breast cancer); a women’s photography show, and many other events and activities, Women’s FEST has become one of the most popular Women’s events in the mid-Atlantic area. For the best Women’s FEST experience purchase the FEST Pass for $60 (includes Suzanne Westenhoefer, workshops, Saturday breakfast and lunch, and more). The FEST Pass, tickets to all FEST events, and information about them, are available on the CAMP Rehoboth website.