Creating Community Around the Block
After the huge success of the first three CAMP Rehoboth block parties, get ready for an even bigger, better Block Party for 2018.
On Sunday, October 14, from 12-4 p.m., the second block of Baltimore Avenue will once again welcome locals, visitors, entertainers, vendors, artists, and non-profits. Last fall it was estimated that the block party drew well over a thousand attendees, and there was plenty of room, food, and goodies to accommodate an even larger crowd.
Local favorite Anna Rexia returns to emcee again, this year assisted by the lovely Fancie P. Charmington for double the fun. As for the entertainment, there is a lengthy roster of performers who will now grace two performance stages: in addition to the stage in front of the CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, a West End Stage will have non-stop entertainment near Second Street at Aqua.
Performers are being added daily, with the roster (so far) including the extremely popular Bettenroo duo, Mona Lotts and those amazing Blue Moon performers, the stellar talents of the CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble, a group of brilliant Clear Space Theatre performers, the remarkable duo The Family Jewells, the rocking, rolling Girlfriends, chanteuse/mixologist Holly Lane, the lightning piano craft of Matt Kenworthy, and the Purple Parrot Bird Cage Bad Girls, who are a tradition all their own.
What’s a party without food? There are lots of loyal vendors who have been at the block party every year and will be back again. There will certainly be hot dogs, overstuffed sandwiches, fish and chips, tacos, health food, pizza, and some interesting gourmet choices.
Plus you can browse the arts with a host of artists and galleries there with paintings, photography, and more. Shoppers can have a field day with home accents, T-shirts, fine clothing, jewelry, and lots of surprises. There’s even a bounce house for youngsters!
And if it’s information about health, travel, investing, or car-buying you’re seeking—that too will be available. Even the Delaware Humane Association will be there with new family member candidates.
The giant block party runs from 12-4 p.m. Entry to the party is always free, but donations to CAMP Rehoboth are appreciated. You can donate on the website (camprehoboth.com) or at any block party entrance.
CAMP Rehoboth Board President Chris Beagle, heading up the block party effort, says “We are very excited about the increase in artisans this year and seeing the block party continue to grow. With additional vendors and entertainment, and with a second stage, the afternoon should have something for everyone to enjoy. The block party truly embodies community and what Rehoboth means by room for all.”
A limited number of new vendor spaces is available for reservation on a first-come basis. The block party is a tremendous way to reach a broad and diverse group of people, while supporting CAMP Rehoboth. So sign up with the vendor form online or call 302-227-5620.
It’ll be a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Don’t miss it. ▼