Let the Games Begin!
And they’re back! Just like that, the No Right Turn on Red and No Left Turn signs have returned to downtown Rehoboth (and you thought I was going to say tourists). Meters are already active in Lewes and soon after this issue hits the stands, they’ll be live in Rehoboth as well. Just a reminder, the Rehoboth meters no longer take credit cards, but you can use the Parkmobile app to pay via your smart phone. Parkmobile allows you to add more time from wherever you are, in a restaurant or on the beach. You can also set a reminder to let you know that your meter is about to expire. Be advised that this year Rehoboth also moved to a no-smoking policy for the beach and the boardwalk, with designated areas for smokers.
May 15 kicks off the seasons first Jolly Trolley/Rehoboth Beach Museum history tour which includes the Anna Hazzard tent house. The house is one of Rehoboth’s original “tent homes” remaining from the late 1800s. Anna Hazzard was the first woman to receive a real estate broker’s license in Delaware and was later the president of the Rehoboth Art League. May 16-18 is the 31st Annual Spring Sidewalk Sale and on May 31, the Black and White Beach Ball takes place at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. This year the B&W Ball features DJ Jimmy DePre along with the live and silent Art Auction. Tickets are available at camprehoboth.com.
In Lewes, Maritime Day is May 17 at the Lewes Ferry Terminal and May 24 is the 8th Annual Delaware by Hand Members’ Day Show in Zwaanendael Park. The outdoor show will feature a wide array of unique and original art for sale.
The 11th Annual Horseshoe Crab-Shorebird Festival takes place simultaneously at the Milton Municipal Park and the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge. The park will feature music, food, an art show, boat rides, and games; at the Refuge you can take a canoe trip, nature hike, birding trips, and more.
Foodies have a couple of fun things to look forward to in June—first up is the Top Chef of the Culinary Coast event on June 12 to benefit Meals on Wheels. Be part of the ultimate Southern Delaware chef throw down as you get to sample many delicious dishes and vote for your favorite. June 14 is the second annual VegFest, a festival where you can sample and explore vegetarian eating. The event features speakers, cooking demonstrations, free food samples, dozens of exhibitors, and area food vendors.
The Gate House of Lewes is now open in the former Azafran space and I am hearing very good reviews about the food. The Big Fish Grill family will open the Crab House in the former Beachcomber/Timothy’s space in time for Memorial Day, and I have to say, the place has never looked better. They’ve repainted the outside of the building and added snazzy awnings with a bright new sign and logo. Can’t wait to see indoors.
New shops and businesses include Sea Finds’ Beach Party which will be all about entertaining at the beach. They’ll carry a line of party products, kitchenware, melamine dinnerware, drink mixes, and more. They are located in Penny Lane Mall in Rehoboth. A new optometrist has opened an office called Envision Style & Health in the Pier 1/Starbucks shopping center. Quest Fitness is changing to Rise Fitness & Adventure and they’ll be located on Kings Highway in Lewes. I’ve heard but can’t confirm that Royal Farms is replacing the Exxon station and Millman’s Appliance property on Route One.
Stay tuned and get those quarters ready!
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