Though the summer high season is past, some of our favorite months of the year still remain. After a freakishly cool August that often felt more like September, September is, thus far, acting a bit more like itself. With the fall festival season still to come, there are plenty of good times to look forward to in weeks ahead. With this issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, we have returned to our monthly publishing schedule, so look for us this fall on October 10 (Jazz Fest, Halloween, and Film Festival issue), and on November 14 (holiday and winter issue), as we wrap up the 2014 season.
The end of the summer season also means that we have made it through another successful Sundance. That could not have happened without the generous efforts and contributions of the hundreds of Sponsors, Supporters, Hosts, Volunteers, and Auction Donors who made the event possible, and helped us to clear over $135,000. By the end of Labor Day, what took a week to assemble, had all been dismantled and packed away, and our many load-out volunteers were bruised and exhausted but satisfied by the job well done. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way to Sundance 2014.
Next up for CAMP Rehoboth is the return of the talented quartet of musicians, known as Well-Strung, to the Rehoboth area. In recent weeks, each one of the Well-Strung members has been featured in the pages of this magazine. Look for those interviews in past issues or on the CAMP Rehoboth website. The Well-Strung concert is Friday, September 26, at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.) at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Well-Strung is presented by Stephen Manos and Dos Locos, and benefits the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. This is a brand new show, so don’t miss out! Tickets are going fast, and are available at CAMP Rehoboth or on our website.
Wednesday, October 1 from 1-6 p.m., CAMP Rehoboth and Beebe Healthcare will once again join together to offer free flu shots at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Drop-ins are always welcome, but we do encourage everyone to make a reservation. To make a reservation, call CAMP Rehoboth at 302-227-5620; for more information contact CAMP Rehoboth Health Services Director Sal Seeley.
For decades now, we’ve been fighting the AIDS epidemic. On Saturday, September 27, AIDS Walk Delaware will take place on both ends of the state: at Riverfront in Wilmington, and at Grove Park in Rehoboth Beach. Registration for the AIDS Walk will begin at 9 a.m., and the kick-off is 10 a.m. Our own CAMP Rainbow Walkers team would love some support. Register for the CAMP team by calling CAMP Rehoboth or online at aidswalkdelaware.org (and select CAMP Rainbow Walkers).
Though we’re through the hectic summer, life at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center continues to be busy throughout the year. Amazingly to me, the new wing and courtyard of the Center is now five years old! It seems like we just finished it a few months ago, but so much has taken place in it since it was built. From the Governor signing the Delaware non-discrimination bill to countless weddings, workshops, meetings, art shows, events, rehearsals, and performances, the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center is a busy place. In many ways, the upkeep of the Center rests on the shoulders of volunteers, and we are deeply thankful for each and every person who takes on a specific job to keep things running smoothly. Volunteer opportunities exist beyond the building, of course, and include: Volunteer on Vacation (VOV), Unfinished Business Thrift Shop, CAMP-Mautner Cares, Wedding Witnesses, CAMPsafe, and more. To find out more about volunteering for CAMP Rehoboth, or to reserve one of the five public spaces available in the Community Center call the CAMP Rehoboth office.