Come As You Aren’t
October is a wonderful month, not only because there’s a lot to do here at the beach, but because it ends in Halloween. My. Favorite. Holiday. I recommend you consider every party invitation as a chance to come as you aren’t, whether that’s a nun, a pirate, or maybe, a virgin. I think I’ll just get into costume now, and resume my usual persona after October 31.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
The second weekend in October brings us the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival which offers great music not only at the Convention Center, but also the Back Porch Café, Dos Locos, Timothy’s, Epworth United Methodist Church and more. Other fun happenings on October 13 include Art in the Yard at Heidi Lowe Gallery (an outdoor sale and exhibition); Jazz Mass at All Saints Church; the start of Coastal Concerts fall lineup featuring pianist, Andre-Michel Schub, and the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra’s opening gala at Baywood Greens.
On October 19, Children & Families First (a Delaware social services agency) will host the 3rd Annual Taste for Art at Baywood Greens featuring eight restaurants, twelve artists, live music, an open bar, and a “wall of wine” auction. A highlight of October 20 would be the Boobie Bash hosted by Leather and Lace, an international motorcycle club for women. This benefit for Johns Hopkins Breast Center will feature three bands and take place at the Frogg Pond.
I love that I’ve lived here for seven years and I’m still discovering new things about the area. When I read about the Fall Redden Ride and Walk (on October 21) I learned that Redden State Forest, which happens to be Delaware’s largest state forest (with over 9500 acres), is located just north of Georgetown! Now I know all the state parks, but I had no idea we had a state forest with over 44 miles of hiking and biking trails. This event is an annual fundraiser for SDTRHR, a group that promotes horse riding therapy for children and adults with special needs.
The last weekend of the month kicks off with numerous choices including Clear Space Theatre’s Haunted House, the Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers’ Festival (including the pet parade on Sunday), and the Pipe Organ-Spooktacular at All Saints Episcopal Church featuring songs from Phantom of the Opera. You could also visit All Hallows Farm/Screams at the Beach in Georgetown where 70 frightfully dressed actors are waiting to scare you!
I’m sad to say that Cloud 9 closes forever this month, so don’t miss the finale entitled Heaven & Hell on October 27. There will be a happy hour, drag show (kings and queens), and a dance party with DJ Jame Foks. Also that evening will be a women’s Halloween dance and costume contest at Saketumi, hosted by Viki Dee.
If you’re in town Friday, November 2, check out the 2nd Annual Cocoa Crawl with a grand prize worth $2,000. Sixty shops participate in the event, partnering with restaurants to offer you taste treats and special deals at every location. Early November brings the award-winning Rehoboth Beach Film Festival, showcasing approximately 100 of the best American and international films including some of the latest offerings in gay cinema.
In other news, the Captain’s Table Restaurant has been sold, and Bootleggers will not reopen next season. Lingo Market Bakery & Seafood in the Village by the Sea Shops is still under construction and will open next May.
Remember, you are bootiful. Here’s witching you a very Happy Halloween, and please practice safe hex out there.
Deb Griffin is a real estate agent living full time at the beach with her honey bunny, Greer, and two Jack Russell terrors. Email Deb Griffin