I grew up in one of those big, square states in the West. If that statement conjures up images of a rustic mountain cabin where my Pa carried a shotgun to protect us from a legion of critters, that’s far from the truth. I grew up in the suburbs of Denver (formerly known as the Queen City of the Plains) where the wildest things I ever saw were squirrels and our neighbor, Mrs. Flannigan. Consequently, I wasn’t prepared to discover that Rehoboth Beach was code for “Wild Kingdom.”
No, Marlin Perkins and Jim aren’t wandering around my backyard, but fox, groundhogs, skunks, deer, and turkey buzzards are! Now that we’re officially in “the season,” that two-legged form of wildlife has also been seen prowling Rehoboth Avenue and our beaches. We shall pray that by adding some culture to their lives with the events listed below the beasts can be tamed a bit. All locations are Rehoboth Beach, unless otherwise noted.
CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) has some upcoming events you don’t want to miss! Speaking of wildlife, The Skivvies (a duo who actually performs in their skivvies!)—June 30—and the Gay Men’s Chorus of D.C.’s Cabaret: It Takes Two!—July 14.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) presents Not That Girl—a one-woman cabaret starring Erin Bobby (June 1-3) before launching into their ambitious summer season of Footloose, Mary Poppins, and The Rocky Horror Show (June 26-September 1). Now’s the time to sign up those “stars of tomorrow” for one of their outstanding summer camps.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road in Georgetown; 302-856-4560) have the classic farce Lend Me a Tenor on the boards from June 8-17. I just realized I forgot to mention possums in my list of wild life.
Premier Centre for the Arts at Milton Theater (110 Union St in Milton; 302-684-3038) has something for everyone on their calendar! June 1: It Was a Very Good Year—a Frank Sinatra Tribute (matinee); June 1: Fellow Travelers; June 2: It Was a Very Good Year—a Frank Sinatra Tribute (evening); June 8: Kiss the Sky; June 9: Not That Girl; June 14: Late Night Catechism; June 15: Magnolia Applebottom.
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Rehoboth Avenue & the Atlantic Ocean; 302-644-2288) has some wonderful acts for their 56th season—June 15: The Counterfeiter$; June 16: U.S. Air Force Band Max Impact; June 16: Mike Hines and The Look.
Rehoboth Beach Film Society (17701 Dartmouth Drive in Lewes, 302-645-9095) screens the best new Independent films at their Cinema Art Theatre, and provides the community with National Theatre Live: Macbeth (June 4-5).
Rehoboth Concert Band has concerts that should be on your calendar—Sunday, June 3 (2 p.m.)—Parish Hall grounds of St. George’s Chapel (20274 Beaver Dam Road in Harbeson) and Sunday, June 24 (8 p.m.) at the Rehoboth Beach Bandstand.
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (in residence at Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Road; 302-227-6766) opens their 37th season with Cinderella, Androcles and the Lion, and Aladdin on June 27. Their great theatre and film/TV camps run July 9-August 24.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street in Milford; 302-422-0220) are rehearsing for Shrek—opening July 13. Directed by John Moller.
Stango Park Concerts (Kings Highway, next to the Lewes Library) has a FREE concert every Tuesday evening: June 12: U.S. Navy Band—The Commodores; June 19: Zydeco-A-Go-Go
Anna Hazzard Museum (17 Christian Street; 302-226-1119) is a captivating look at the early history of Rehoboth Beach as a religious retreat. The museum is housed in one of the original “tent” houses from Rehoboth’s 1870s camp-meeting era and is named for former owner and civic leader, Anna Hazzard.
The Brush Factory on Kings (830 Kings Highway. in Lewes; 302-703-7715) is an artist and crafter co-op with just about everything—furniture, art, clothing, antiques, sea glass, decoys, vintage garden, books, home goods, candles, herbs and more.
Delaware Art Gallery (239 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-853-5099)offers new and classic Delaware photographs by Kevin Fleming.
Gallery 50 Contemporary Art and Frame Shop (50 A-B Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) features a variety of artworks from renowned, established, and emerging artists in painting, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, mobiles, as well as special events. Veg Fest 2018 opening reception—June 9.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has beautiful and unique hand-made pieces for purchase (including wedding rings) and offers classes in jewelry making.
Painting With a Twist (17723 Coastal Highway; 302-313-5769) offers painting classes and “pARTies” for all occasions—days, evenings, weekdays, and weekends (age 7+).
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road in Lewes; 302-645-0551) is one of the largest Fine Art galleries in the area and is currently showing Silence and Solitude—multiple artists give us a bit of peace and quiet in these unpredictable and aggressive times. Opening Reception, June 2.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane in Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) always has a fantastic schedule of classes—something for everyone and for every age and skill level. Current exhibits include Untitled: works by Ruri Yi in the Ventures Gallery; Ethereal Luminescence—works by Peter Treiber in the Tubbs Gallery; Simplicity—works by Howard Eberle in the Corkran Gallery; Recent Works—featuring Nick Serratore—also in the Corkran (through June 10), and Fun in the Sun at the Rehoboth Beach Municipal Building (through June 20).
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) has a “history” of fun at the beach—vintage bathing suits, post cards, photos and maps. However, the Museum is currently closed for complete renovations to their second floor and revamping of the permanent collection exhibits. But—it reopens soon! In the meantime, they still have some great walking tours of the area and fascinating lectures.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) resides in the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard and features art in different mediums by Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin.
Zwaanendael Museum (102 Kings Highway in Lewes; 302-645-1148) commemorates Delaware’s first European colony, established by the Dutch in 1631, and serves as a showcase for the Lewes area’s maritime, military, and social history. ▼
Email Doug Yetter to add events to the calendar.