This is the second issue in our 25th year of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. I mention that because we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of CAMP Rehoboth all year long—culminating in a fantastic Silver Jubilee Weekend, October 9-11. While we’re still working out the details, I promise, it’s going to be a weekend to remember, so make plans now to join us for the fun. In the meantime, there are many ways to help us celebrate this special anniversary. 1) Send us old CAMP Rehoboth photos, or post them on our Facebook page. 2) Send us a quote about CAMP Rehoboth—or why CAMP Rehoboth is important to you. 3) Become a member of CAMP Rehoboth (or upgrade an existing membership). 4) Attend one (or more) of the CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors 25 for 25 cocktail parties (ask CAMP Rehoboth Board members for information). We would not be celebrating this milestone without the unending support of our community and hundreds of members, volunteers, donors, and sponsors.
Over the winter, CAMP Rehoboth quietly launched a redesign of our website, making it a much improved mobile experience. We’ve been putting Letters from CAMP Rehoboth online since 1997, and it continues to serve as an ongoing archive for our organization. In celebration of our 25th Anniversary year, some of our pre-website information is again being featured at the Rehoboth Beach Museum—including the very first four page issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth. Thank you to the great crowd who joined us for the opening reception at the Museum, and thanks to the Museum’s director Nancy Alexander for making it possible.
April 9-12, the 15th annual CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST brings the best in headline entertainment, a wide variety of workshops, sporting events, and dance parties all together for another amazing Women’s FEST experience. We did not print a Women’s FEST brochure this year because all of the information is available on the CAMP Rehoboth website at camprehoboth.com. Highlights include the Queer Queens of Qomedy Show featuring Poppy Champlin, Mimi Gonzalez, and Jessica Kirson at the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center on April 10, and CC Carter and Nedra Johnson in the Atlantic Sands Hotel Ballroom on April 11. Plus, don’t miss: the Ladies 2000 Dance Party, the 4th Annual Broadwalk on the Boardwalk, book readings, the Welcome Dance Party at Atlantic Sands, workshops, the Saturday Expo and much, much more. The best way to enjoy Women’s FEST—and the only way to participate in the workshop sessions—is with a FEST Pass. At only $65, the FEST Pass is a bargain! FEST Passes and all tickets are available through the CAMP Rehoboth website. Call the CAMP Rehoboth office at 302-227-5620 for information and assistance.
CAMP Rehoboth celebrates LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 23-27, in several ways. On March 25, there will be a Silver Foxes (50+) social and screening of the film Gen Silent. Gen Silent highlights how some older LGBT people are forced back into the closet out of fear of discrimination by caregivers. The film is made possible by Beebe Healthcare; lite fare by Cadbury Senior Lifestyles at Home. On March 27 there will be a Transgendered Service of Remembrance and Awareness, with special guest Delaware Secretary of Health and Human Services Rita Landgraff, and a performance by members of the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus. On March 28, Beebe Healthcare and CAMP Rehoboth once again offer free health screenings including: body mass index, cholesterol, bone density and more.
In his CAMPmatters column, CAMP Rehoboth Board of Directors President (and my husband) Murray Archibald writes about how the CAMP call to positivity has shaped the organization, and gives us a tiny preview of the CAMP Report coming later in the year—including financials for 2014. Plus, he covers the CAMP Rehoboth 2015 membership drive. Read all about it!