Red, White, and Sparkly
Times flies when you’re having fun, and here at the beach, we’re having a blast! When this issue hits the stands, we’ll be just one week away from Fourth of July celebrations, so here’s the scoop: Rehoboth fireworks will start around 9 p.m. with the Funsters rockin’ the Bandstand. Lewes starts the day with old-fashioned games for children on Second Street, then afterwards the Independence Day Boat Parade will wind its way down the Lewes—Rehoboth Canal. Milton festivities begin at 10 a.m. in Memorial Park with an old-fashioned picnic in the park, a bike parade, music and entertainment in the gazebo, and free ice cream for everyone. Bethany kicks off at noon with its 31st annual parade featuring six marching bands and five entertainment groups. They also have fireworks on the beach at dusk.
Lots of new shops and eateries are opening at the beach like Shrimpy’s Snack Shack on Rehoboth Avenue. The carry-out eatery serves everything from funnel cakes and fries to coconut shrimp and clam strips. Uncle Louie G’s also opened on Rehoboth Avenue and offers 43 flavors of Italian ice and 31 flavors of Brooklyn-style ice cream. They even offer vegan friendly and sugar free options—and everything is homemade. Nonna’s Sweet Treats is another treat shop now open featuring Italian specialties like tiramisu, rum cream cake and cannoli. Owned and run by three generations of Italian women, Nonna’s (which is Italian for grandmother) also serves pizza friet, a fried bread sweet treat. (My hips are getting bigger just writing this….)
Several shops have opened in First Street Station including Beach Boutique and Gifts by the Sea, featuring casual and dressy clothing for men and women, as well as gift items like pillows, sculptures and dishes. A great shop for foodies is The Olive Orchard, which offers high-quality olive oils, and balsamic vinegars. Imagine olive oils flavored with blood orange, Tuscan herb or wild sage, or dark balsamic vinegars with hints of blackberry ginger, strawberry, or dark chocolate. The white balsamic vinegars have sweet flavors, and some savory ones as well, like jalapeno, lemongrass mint and Sicilian lemon. Go check it out—you can sample anything you like!
In Lewes we now have Oceanside Seafood Market and Deli right next to Striper Bites on Savannah Road. They offer an assortment of seafood selections to go including steamed crabs, oysters, and clams, and a variety of small deli items to nibble on as well, like crab deviled eggs, salads, soups and sushi. Over on Nassau Road, Old World Breads now has a storefront for their goodies which are also sold at six local farmers markets. They offer beer bread made from tiller brown ale, as well as other specialty breads like garlic, olive, rustic raisin and rosemary focaccia. I stopped by recently but was asked to leave after drooling on the pastry case while I waited for them to serve other customers. The cinnamon things looked particularly delicious, so I’ll be back as soon as I can behave myself!
Have a sparkly fourth, everyone!
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