This is issue number seven in our 25th Anniversary volume of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, and it comes out just in time to celebrate the summer solstice—the day with more sunshine than any other day of the year. In his CAMPmatters column, Murray writes about the solstice, Sundance, and the “sparkle and shine” of our 25th Anniversary year. Our cover image is a painting by one of our popular cover artists, Matt Adler, and provides a little tongue-in-cheek humor for our more than 300 CAMP Rehoboth volunteers. Matty’s work is currently on display at Mixx and Mingle (formerly just Mixx!) on Baltimore Avenue.
As the summer weather heats up, so do the passions in our beach town— especially with the controversial RB Pool Ordinance coming up for a vote on the day this issue hits the streets. Whatever the outcome of that decision, we’re sure to hear more about it in the City Commissioner’s election in August. Four candidates will compete in that election for two seats: incumbents Bill Sargent and Patrick Gossett, as well as Paul Kuhns and Rick Perry. As is our custom, we will again publish our Letters from CAMP Rehoboth Candidate Forum in the issue that comes out right before the August 8 election. I have also been asked to host the Rehoboth Homeowners Association’s Candidate Forum once again. The forum will be held at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center on Friday, July 24 at 7 p.m.
Conducting diversity training for both the Rrehoboth Police and the Delaware Park Police has been a part of my spring season for many years. Back in April of this year, Rehoboth Beach Police Chief Banks and I met with this season’s summer officers, and on Monday, June 8, I had the pleasure of working with Wayne Kline and Andrew Manning and their team from the Delaware State Park Police at Cape Henlopen State Park. In both cases, as I have for the last several years, I continued to see how much attitudes have changed in recent times, and a real willingness on the part of the officers to treat everyone—gay or straight—with the same respect and understanding.
Last week the Sundance 2015 Host and Sponsor letters were mailed to the entire CAMP Rehoboth database (thank you to all of the 24 volunteers who made that happen!), so the push is on to get everyone signed up by our late July deadline. Sure, that sounds like we’ve got all the time in the world, but as is always the case, it will be here faster than I can say The Super Magic Rainbow Glitter Ball—this year’s Sundance theme. Sundance Hosts, Supporters, and Sponsors make the event possible, so please consider signing up today! Sponsor level benefits and ticket packages are available on the CAMP Rehoboth website, or call or come by the CAMP Rehoboth office. This year’s Sundance is September 5 and 6 at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center and it’s going to be a “super magic” weekend. Don’t miss it.
this year’s amazing south american camp rehoboth cruise was so much fun, we’re planning an Asian version in 2017—and it’s already filling up! The cruise on the Celebrity Millennium, February 10-25, 2017, will visit Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. To learn more about the trip, come to the CAMP Cruise Presentation Party on June 25 at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center. Annette and Rick Stellhorn of Accent on Travel will be on hand with all the details, to answer questions, and to work with anyone interested in taking the cruise.
As always, the summer months are busy ones, and we’ve got exciting events ahead of us. I’ve already mentioned Sundance, but long before we get to Labor Day weekend, we’ve got the CAMP Rehoboth Family Pride CAMP, June 26-28; the encore performances of Fay Jacobs’ Aging Gracelessly: 50 Shades of Fay, July 11-12; the Well-Strung concert, July 25; and the Sundance 5K race on August 30.