Bocce, Tomatoes, and Spies, Oh My!
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The weekend of August 8-10 offers you a wide variety of options including BocceFest 2014, featuring an all-day bocce tournament, live music, and beer specials hosted by Dogfish Head Brewery and Major League Bocce. It’s held at the Cape May-Lewes Ferry terminal and teams come from miles around. Or, there’s the 8th Annual Tomato Festival at the Historic Lewes Farmer’s Market where vendors offer fun and interesting tomato-based delights, plus a recipe contest where chefs judge unique tomato dishes prepared by contestants. If your heart’s in art, one of the most spectacular fine art and craft shows begins this weekend at the Rehoboth Art League. Over 130 artists from the mid-Atlantic region will be there to tempt you with beautiful ceramics, lovely paintings and irresistible jewelry items. New this year is a behind-the-scenes tour of the historic Art League campus which houses the 1743 Peter Marsh Homestead and the 1780 Paynter Studio.
The Rehoboth Beach Museum is sponsoring all kinds of things this month, i.e. walking history tours, Jolly Trolley history tours, and Spies, Lies, & Revolution, a luncheon featuring Kenneth Daigler, a specialist on intelligence activities during the Revolutionary War.
The Creative Writers’ Conference, a free, all-day event hosted by the Lewes Library is August 16. I went last year and it was amazing. And August 15-17 is the final weekend of the Rehoboth Art League Craft Show. There’s a lot of free music around town in August, i.e. the Stango Park Summer Concert Series every Tuesday (the Park is next to the Lewes Library); and the Concerts by the Canal in Lewes Canalfront Park.
With all the cooking shows channeling your culinary spirit, you might want to check out the Taste of Rehoboth event on August 21 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Taste delights from Rehoboth’s finest restaurants, sample beers from Dogfish Head Brewery, enjoy live music and bid at the auctions, while you support local charities. Fine food opportunities continue on August 28 at the Farmer and The Chef March of Dimes Benefit at Baywood Greens.
Close out the summer and dance your way into fall at Sundance 2014: Rainbow XXVII, The Love Dream—Return to Xanadu, a benefit for CAMP Rehoboth. This two night event happens Labor Day weekend starting with the Sundance Auction and Cocktail Buffet on August 30 from 7-10 p.m. Then get your happy feet on Sunday, August 31. The dance party starts at 8 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. Open bar all night, both nights.
After you’ve shopped, eaten, and danced your way through August, you can say goodbye to summer at the Bethany Beach Jazz Funeral on September 1. Everyone is invited to dress in costume, join the procession and enjoy several New Orleans-style Dixieland Bands as you shuffle and sob your way along the Bethany Boardwalk, lamenting the passing of the summer season.
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.