This is the holiday issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, and hard as it may be to believe, it is the final issue of 2013. We will return to publishing on February 7, 2014 when we kick off the 24th season of CAMP Rehoboth and of publishing this magazine. At that time we will also begin a yearlong countdown to the CAMP Rehoboth 25th Anniversary Celebration in 2015. Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun, as the saying goes. We must have had a great time because the time seems like a blur to me!
Saying "time flies" reminds me of Fay Jacobs. Why? because on December 7, her latest book titled Time Fries! Aging Gracelessly in Rehoboth Beach—another compilation of her popular Letters from CAMP Rehoboth columns—will go on sale. To pick one up for the holidays stop by the Rehoboth Authors and Artists event at CAMP Rehoboth on December 7.
All of us will, I’m sure, agree that 2013 has been a remarkable year for the LGBT community here in Delaware and around the country. From the Supreme Court’s history making verdict on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to the passage of marriage equality here in Delaware and in other states, it has been a year for the record books. Though the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) has made it through the U.S. Senate, who knows what will happen to it in the House. All it would take is a small Christmas miracle (or considering it’s the House, a large Christmas miracle) to make 2013 one of the gayest holiday seasons ever! In his CAMPmatters column on page 6, Murray looks back at 2013 and in the process, also celebrates our own new status as husband and husband.
On November 19, Morris James LLP and BNY Mellon Wealth Management will come together to host a timely and educational event for same-sex married couples. On hand will be experienced tax estate planning and family law attorneys Mary Culley, Mark Olson, and Jill Di Sciullo. CAMP Rehoboth is proud to continue our tradition of hosting educational events for members of our community. The party, from 5-6:30 p.m., includes wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres. The event is free, but please register in advance by calling 302-888-6858.
Though the trip is still a year away, now is the time to sign up for the 2015 CAMP Rehoboth South American Cruise. On Thursday, December 5 at 5 p.m., CAMP Rehoboth and Accent on Travel’s Rick and Annette Stellhorn will host an informational party about the cruise, at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. All are welcome, but please RSVP by calling 302-703-6154.
one of the most moving events of the year is rehoboth’s world aids day Candlelight Walk and Service of Remembrance at Hope at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Olive Avenue in downtown Rehoboth Beach. The pre-walk gathering begins at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand at 6:15 p.m. on December 1. The Candlelight walk begins at 6:30 p.m., with the Service of Remembrance and Hope (including the reading the names of all our family and friends who have died from AIDS), immediately following. At the conclusion of the service there will be light supper at All Saints’. To have a name added to the list of names to be read at the Service, email me, or fill out the form on the CAMP Rehoboth website.
As the year comes to a close, we look forward to another exiting season, and to all the events that make it so. Don’t miss the premier New Year’s Eve women’s event Starburst Gayla on December 31, or the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Concert in February, or Women’s FEST in April (FEST Passes and tickets to all Women’s FEST events and concerts will go on sale February 1). Happy Holidays!