With the completion of this issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth we are two-thirds of the way through our annual publishing schedule—and two-thirds of the way through the summer season. Every summer has its own personality, so to speak, and we’re still trying to pinpoint just exactly what it is about this summer season that makes it unique among all the others. In Delaware, we’ve already had the “summer of gay marriage,” maybe this one should simply be “the summer of the Supreme Court.” So far, the summer has seemed a bit on the slow side to me; then again, we’ve had near record breaking crowds at the Pool Party and the Well-Strung concert. In the end, whatever August is like—and Labor Day weekend—will most likely define how we remember summer 2015. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see!
Im writing this the day after the Well-Strung concert at the Rehoboth Convention Center, and here at CAMP Rehoboth we are all a bit tired from the big evening, but also extremely happy with its outcome. Once again the popular “singing string quartet” brought down the house—even singing a special version of “Summer Lovin’” just for Rehoboth Beach. I’ve seen them many times now, and every time I do, I walk away not wanting it to end. Christopher, Trevor, Edmund, and Daniel are amazing musicians, and their individual personalities shine through, even as they blend together as beautifully as their voices. The sold out crowd of 750 was enthusiastic from start to finish. The evening wouldn’t have happened without our sponsors and volunteers, and especially the hard work of event chair, and CAMP Rehoboth Board member, Steve Hoult.
As I’ve written about many times over the years, CAMP Rehoboth has a good relationship with the State Park police in the area, and I conduct a diversity training session with them every summer. Diversity training, however, has nothing to do with public sex in our state parks—though it might make the arresting officers more polite when they clap on the handcuffs. Please be aware that there are undercover operations taking place in our state parks—especially the Wolfe Neck section of Cape Henlopen. Other than a warning—and maybe a recommendation for a good lawyer in the area—there’s not much else I can do to help.
In every issue of Letters, Doug Yetter’s CAMP Arts column provides performance and gallery listings in the area. The online version (available two or three days after the issue is released in print) also includes links to most of the galleries and theater companies in the area. Check it out; it’s a quick way to find out all about what’s happening around town. CAMP Arts can be accessed online under Current Issue in the Letters tab or under the Featured Events tab at the top of the page. Doug has been the organist at Epworth United Methodist Church for several years, and was recently hired as Music Director. Congratulations Doug!
For weeks now, we’ve been signing up folks to be Sundance 2015 Hosts, Supporters, and Sponsors, and as this issue goes to press, we are almost finished making our calls. That doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped adding names of support to our Host list only that at some point those names can no longer be printed on the invitation and poster. All Sponsor, Supporter, Host, and ticket packages are available on the CAMP Rehoboth website or at the CAMP Rehoboth office. As we head into the month of August, the Sundance focus shifts from Hosts to Auction Items. Anyone with items to donate to the auction should drop them off at the CAMP Rehoboth office or call 302-227-5620 to schedule a pickup. Sundance also requires the varied talents of hundreds of volunteers—including our busy auction callers and item pick-up teams. To volunteer for Sundance, email Monica Parr at firstname.lastname@example.org.