This is the July 28 issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth, and by the time it rolls off the press, the summer season will be two-thirds gone. I always marvel at how fast the summer seems to pass, but Murray explains it by saying that we’re “passionate about our work at CAMP Rehoboth, and when you’re passionate about your work, there are never enough hours in the day.” I like that explanation better than the idea that we’re slowing down in our old age!
With Sundance looming on the horizon for Labor Day weekend, August is most definitely not the time for us to slow down. Calls for Sundance Hosts and Sponsors have kept us busy the last few weeks, and while we will certainly continue to sign people up at all levels throughout August, to be listed on the invitation, we absolutely must know by the end of July. At the recent CAMP Rehoboth Volunteer Orientation, the focus was on Sundance, and the enormous amount of volunteers it takes to transform the empty Rehoboth Mall into a spectacular dance club. This will be the last chance to see it in that location as new tenants take over the Mall space in the coming months—and next year, the annual Sundance Benefit will be back at home in the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center. Tickets to Sundance are available now at camprehoboth.com or by calling the CAMP Rehoboth office. To volunteer email Monica Parr.
On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 7 p.m., CAMP Rehoboth is offering a free, staged reading of Jackie Unveiled by award winning playwright Tom Dugan. The play, a one woman show about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, will premiere at The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, California in February of 2018. The reading at CAMP Rehoboth will give the author (who is also reading the script) a chance to have feedback from an audience before it goes into production. Tom’s resume is long and varied. This is a not-to-be-missed chance to participate in the creative process of a new play. Though the event is free, call the CAMP office to reserve a seat.
August 12 is the Rehoboth Beach City Election, and in keeping with a CAMP Rehoboth tradition, all the candidates have responded to a series of questions for our 2017 Letters from CAMP Rehoboth Candidate Forum. We are also co-hosts, along with the Rehoboth Homeowners Association, of the annual Candidate Forum at CAMP Rehoboth, scheduled for July 28. (That’s the same day this issue of Letters is released, so my apologies to those of you reading this at a later date.) In the mayoral race, City Commissioner Paul Kuhns is running against Mayor Sam Cooper. For City Commissioner, Susan Gay, Lisa Schlosser, and City Commissioner Kathy McGuiness are running for the two available seats. On Election Day, I will once again serve as an election judge, which is why I can never talk about individual city candidates with anyone!
August 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Delaware Pride celebrates its 20th anniversary, with Pride at the Capitol at Legislative hall in Dover. Entertainment includes the Manhattan Prairie Dogs, The Girlfriends, Bettenroo, and more. The Pride event is sponsored by Bayhealth, CAMP Rehoboth, Christiana Care, and Pepsi. Free admission and parking; visit their website at delawarepride.com for more information.
In his CAMPmatters column, murray reminds us that we are all family, and that with the many divisions that exist among us in today’s world, we have to find ways to support one another and to support our community. Right before this issue of Letters from CAMP Rehoboth went to the printer, on July 26, Donald Trump launched a vicious Twitter attack on the thousands of transgender soldiers who serve with honor in the military. Now more than ever, we must all stand together with the transgender members of our LGBTQ family.