Fall Fun is Second to None
Summer’s coming to a close, but fall fun has just begun! Kicking off the parade of events Labor Day weekend is our very own Sundance. It’s the party you don’t want to miss, featuring an amazing auction and cocktail soiree on Saturday, and an uber-fabulous dance extravaganza on Sunday. Get your tickets now!
In October, the two biggest events at the beach are the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival (tickets now on sale at rehobothjazz.com) and the 24th Annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddler’s Festival. Both encompass multiple venues and activities, so there’s a lot to see and do. Don’t miss the costumed dog parade on the Boardwalk, ‘cause the competition is fierce!
November brings us the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival featuring more than 100 of the best American and international films, documentaries, and shorts, including some of the latest LGBT offerings. The film fest takes place at Midway Theaters and sells out quickly, so get your tickets early!
In between all the larger festivals are lots of other crazy and classy celebrations like the Chicken Plunge and Beach Party (benefitting the 100 year old Village Improvement Association), the Polkamotion Polka Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival in Lewes, annual sidewalk sales, the Boardwalk Buddy Walk, antique shows, the Bethany Boardwalk Arts Festival, the Lewes Maritime Festival, and so much more. There’s always something to do at the Delaware Beaches.
For those of us who live here, it’s just a smorgasbord of pleasures! All the restaurants offer amazing specials which means Deb doesn’t cook again until spring! And the creative and educational options are absolutely incredible! Check out the classes being offered by the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild, the Rehoboth Art League, Osher Life Long Learning Institute, the Rehoboth campus of Wilmington University, and more. You can master a new language, enjoy a poetry class, learn Shakespeare, study Aspects of Espionage, take lessons from local chefs like Gretchen Hanson at Hobos, enjoy day trips to New York, and so on. The possibilities are endless!
There’s still time for a deck tour or a day sail on the beautiful tall ship, the Kalmar Nyckel, currently docked at the Lewes Ferry terminal. It’s a wonderful replica of the ship that sailed from Sweden to the New World in 1638, leaving its passengers to establish the first permanent European settlement in the Delaware Valley. Another lovely way to enjoy the water is via the Cape Water Taxi offering taxi service, sunset tours and eco cruises on our various waterways.
It amazes me, having lived here full time for seven years, that there’s still more to discover about the area. The other day I’m in Starbucks and I notice a flyer featuring the fall lineup for a music venue in Milton called the Feed Company. I went home and found them on Facebook where they’ve had a presence since November 2011. Who knew? I love that there are still treasures to be found.
Last month I asked readers, if you were getting married at the beach—where would your celebration take place? Suggestions are still coming in, so let me give you one more issue to send in yours. I’ll reward the most creative idea with a $25 gift card from Rehoboth Main Street (good at over 200 restaurants, shops, hotels and more).
See you at Sundance!
Deb Griffin lives at the beach with her honey, Greer, and two Jack Russell terrors. Email Deb Griffin