Fangtastic, Fabulous Festivals!
Summer’s done and festivals have begun! The next big event is the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, October 16-19, featuring artists like Patti Austin and Boney James. Then there’s the 25th Annual Sea Witch Halloween and Fiddlers’ Festival October 24-26, with a costume parade, an absolutely adorable dog parade, live entertainment at the bandstand, lantern tours, a 5K Race, and two performances of the Lucy and Ricky Tribute Show (at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.) Lucy will be strolling along Rehoboth Avenue in the costume parade on Saturday, and will mingle with the crowds to sign autographs and take photographs. Holy vitameatavegamin!
I love Halloween, it’s my favorite holiday. Last year I convinced five friends to dress up and bar hop and we joined costumed revelers partying at Rigby’s, Big Sissies, The Pond, Rehoboth Ale House, and Blue Moon. No one gets festive like us fab folk. No one! Viki Dee will be hosting her Annual Halloween Costume Dance Party on November 1 at Saketumi. What will you be?
Between now and Halloween you might want to check out the Boardwalk Buddy Walk, raising awareness for people with Down Syndrome (October 11); Verdi’s Macbeth performed by The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD at the Cape Henlopen High School Theater (October 11); or A Taste For Art, benefitting Children & Families First, with nine restaurants, thirteen artists, live music, martini bar, and more (October 11).
Downton Abbey fans rejoice! The Lewes Historical Society is hosting a bus trip to Winterthur on October 15 to view the unique Downton Abbey costume display. There will also be a tour of the Winterthur house and gardens.
The weekend of October 18-19 Coastal Concerts presents Leon Bates and Portland String Quartet; there’s an open house hosted by Fort Miles Historical Association at Battery 519 in Cape Henlopen State Park with docents available to explain how enemy surface ships were targeted for the big guns at Fort Miles. Also that weekend is the Christmas Joy! 365 Silent Auction at Epworth Church with hundreds of items including restaurant certificates, spa and golf packages, art, home decor, fashion & jewelry, lessons (art and music), and so much more. Proceeds benefit the Christmas Holiday Family Mission.
November 1-2 is the Holiday Fair-Fine Craft Show at the Rehoboth Art League. November 7 is the 4th Annual Cocoa Crawl which pairs restaurants and downtown Rehoboth stores so you can enjoy desserts and fall treats inside the stores while you shop.
After Jazz and Witches, there’s the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival, November 5-9. This is a five day event featuring 75 of the best American and international independent films including features, documentaries, and shorts.
In other news, Yoga Fresh (located near Big Sissies) is now offering ten different soups every day (including a gluten free and vegan option) with a tasting station so you can sample before you buy. Check out their juice bar, too. Rehoboth now has its very own food truck known as Taco Reho, found most days in front of Liquid on Route 1. They are open every day but Tuesday and the menu looks delish! Check them out on Facebook. Rehoboth meters are done for the season. Yaaaaay! And now dogs are allowed on the Boardwalk (on leash of course!)
Bats all, folks!
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