Confession time—I have always hated summer. I was that nerdy kid who loved school, and grew up to be an even nerdier adult who can’t possibly learn about everything I want to in this lifetime. On the last day of 1st grade I asked my teacher—Emmaline Buss—if I could come to summer school, because I didn’t think I’d make it until September. She said I was too smart for summer school and suggested visiting the library.
She handed me a pamphlet titled “Be a Bookaneer!” complete with a cartoon of a kid in a pirate costume reading a book. Inside were spaces to write the titles of 25 books you read, which was to be handed in to your teacher in the fall for extra credit. I figured that if 25 books got you extra credit, then 100 books would probably let me skip 2nd grade.
I made my Dad drive me to the library every night and checked out the 10-book limit every time. That summer I ended up setting the record for the most books read by any kid in the Denver Public School system, and solidified my stature as King of the Nerds—a proudly earned title.
For your summer, there is time to hit your favorite Happy Hour, see a show, have a late dinner, stroll the boardwalk…with only 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day, I will not listen to you complain that you forgot to have any fun! All locations are Rehoboth Beach unless otherwise noted.▼
CAMP Rehoboth Puts Art at The Heart of Our Community
By the Sea and Beyond
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery’s new show will feature the artwork of talented locals Donna Deely and Richard Thibodeau. Both artists have created sea-themed work with everything from oysters to mermaids. The exhibit runs July 9-31, with an Artists Reception on Friday, July 19 (5-7 p.m.)
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery Hours
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Get into the Honey Pot!
CAMP Rehoboth is inviting artists to submit artwork depicting the bear/cub community for display and sale for Honey Pot! The Sweet and Sticky Lives of Bears—in conjunction with the Rehoboth Beach Bears Weekend in September.
Deadline for submissions is August 4. View requirements for the show here.
Cinema Art Theater (17701 Dartmouth Drive, Lewes; 302-313-4032) screens new independent films through the Rehoboth Beach Film Society, providing a refreshing alternative to the onslaught of “summer blockbusters.” They have a new special—“Food & Film Wednesdays.” Attend the 4 p.m. screening for $8, and have dinner at Lefty’s Alley & Eats for just $10. National Theatre Live: Hamlet—July 22/23. Check their website for films and show times.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2270) has started their summer season—Mamma Mia!, Hello, Dolly!, and The Wedding Singer. All three shows run in repertory through Labor Day weekend. Check out their summer camps for your kids or grandkids.
Dickens Parlour Theatre (35715 Atlantic Avenue, Millville; 302-829-1071) offers magic and comedy in an intimate setting. June 26-July 1: Mystique; June 29: Susan Low Bloch gives the inside story on “So We’ve Got the Mueller Report—Now What?”; July 2-9: Will Fern; July 10-16: Chris Capehart; July 17-23: CATCH ME! The Magic Duel at the Dickens; and running six nights a week through September 1—The Comedy Show Tonight.
Freeman Stage (31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville; 800-840-9227) continues their 2019 season with these June events—28: Terrence Simien and the Zydeco Experience; 29: Boz Scaggs: Out of the Blues Tour; 30: Josh Turner. July events: 5: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes; 6: The Jungle Book (Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre)/Classic Albums Live Presents: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers—Damn the Torpedoes; 9: Colby Caillat featuring Gone West; 10: Steel Pulse; 11: The Marcus King Band; 13: Ran’d Shine—Family Magic Show; 15: Buddy Guy with Tom Hambridge; 16: SiriusXM Presents: Moe, Blues Traveler, and G. Love; 17: Havana Hop!; 19: The Hit Men; 20: Cascading Carlos, the Fire Juggler. Check their website for details.
The Milton Theater (110 Union St., Milton; 302-684-3038) “keeps Milton weird!” June 28-30: The Calamari Sisters in Sausagefest. July events: 1: Delaware National Guard’s 287th Army Band (free!); 5: Not Fade Away; 7: Scott Mason as Dame Edna; 12: Glimmer Twins (Rolling Stones Tribute); 13: Brian Hoffman’s Remember Red (Red Skelton Tribute); 18: Road House (film screening); 19: Aunt Mary Pat Disabatino. Check their website for details.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Road, Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) has a little Shakespeare on the boards! The Merry Wives of Windsor—June 28-30. The Possum Juniors present Annie—July 19-21. Visit their website for details on the shows and their summer camps.
Rehoboth Beach Bandstand (Rehoboth Avenue at the Boardwalk)hosts their 57th season of concerts through Labor Day—June concerts: 28: Groove Train; 29: Gypsy: A True Stevie Nicks Experience; 30: Delaware National Guard’s 287th Army Band. July concerts: 3: The Funsters entertain before and after the fireworks; 4: United States Navy Concert Band; 5: Good Shot Judy; 6: Jesse Garron is Elvis!; 7: Ghost Light Radio Show; 12: Vinyl Shockley; 13: Yellow Brick Road (Elton John Tribute); 14: Tim Laushey Orchestra; 18: Cinema By the Surf (film to be announced); 19: Kategory 5 Band; 20: Takin’ It To the Streets (Doobie Brothers Tribute). All concerts begin at 8 p.m.
Rehoboth Summer Children’s Theatre (in residence at Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Rd.; 302-227-6766) has opened their 38th season with The Jungle Book, Wizard of Oz, and Alice in Wonderland. Their theatre and film/TV camps run July 8-August 23.
Second Street Players (2 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-422-0220/800-838-3006) has a cast rehearsing in their newly remodeled theater for Happy Days—a New Musical. Opens July 19.
Stango Park Concerts (corner of Kings Highway & Adams Street, Lewes) are presented every Tuesday evening by the City of Lewes, WSFS Bank, and the Delaware Division of the Arts. July 2: The Funsters; July 12: Joe Baione; July 19: The Girlfriends. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or a beach chair! All concerts begin at 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather the concerts are held at Cape Henlopen High.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
Abraxas Studio of Art (515 Federal Street, Lewes; 302-645-9119) features the oil portraits and landscape paintings of Abraxas.
The Brush Factory on Kings (830 Kings Highway, Lewes; 302-745-2229) houses a co-op of 50 local artisans and merchants.
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-5620) features Best Shot Africa and By the Sea and Beyond. (See listing elsewhere in this column).
Cape Artists Gallery (110 W. 3rd Street, Lewes; 302-644-7733) is a half block from the Zwaanendael Museum (see listing elsewhere in this column) and features the work of two dozen artists, with much of their art focused on beach scenes.
Delaware Art Gallery (239 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-853-5099) offers new and classic Delaware photographs by Kevin Fleming.
Gallery 37 (8 South Walnut Street, Milford; 302-265-2318) represents over 45 artists and artisans from around the country with fine art, wood-turned vessels, fibers, glass art, and more.
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Avenue; 302-227-2050) in addition to original paintings, jewelry, glass, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media, they currently feature oil paintings and pours by Kim Klabe—through July 18.
Heidi Lowe Gallery (328 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-9203) has unique hand-made pieces and classes in jewelry making. Check out Lowe’s Amend—Connecting Past to Present—at the Rehoboth Art League through July 21.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Road, Lewes; 302-645-0551) is one of the largest fine art galleries in the state, with over 3000 square feet of display and custom framing space. Their July show is Beyond Skin Deep—an exhibition examining the art of tattoo artists. Opening reception: June 29 (5-7 p.m.). Through July 27.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408) has a fantastic schedule of classes—pottery, pen and ink, collage—something for all ages, including a summer camp. Current exhibition: 46th Annual Members’ Fine Craft Exhibit; Amend—works by Heidi Lowe; Vicissitudes—works by G. W. Thompson; A Moment—works by Sydney McGinley—all four through July 21. Coastal Living (juried members’ showcase exhibition)—through July 14. Don’t miss the 70th Cottage Tour of Art on your calendar—July 9 and 10.
Rehoboth Beach Museum (511 Rehoboth Avenue at the Canal, 302-227-7310) has fresh exhibits on their renovated second floor for you to enjoy, and lots of Rehoboth Beach history on the first floor. The 14th Annual Rehoboth Beach Ball will be at Kings Creek Country Club—August 3. Check the calendar on their website for walking tours and special events.
Tideline Gallery (111 Rehoboth Avenue; 302-227-4444) offers unique gifts, Judaica, jewelry, pottery, lamps, and art glass.
Ward Ellinger Gallery (CAMP Rehoboth Courtyard, 39 Baltimore Avenue; 302-227-2710) features art in different mediums by abstract expressionist Ward Ellinger and Sondra N. Arkin. ▼
Doug is the Artistic and Musical Director for CAMP Rehoboth Chorus, Director of Music Ministries at Epworth UMC, and co-founder and Artistic Director emeritus of the Clear Space Theater Company. Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to add your events to the calendar. Check out CAMP Arts on our website at camprehoboth.com for links to all the listed theatres, galleries and museums.
Images: Norma Jean by Richard D. Thibodeau, CAMP Rehoboth Art Gallery; Not Fireworks Not Flower by Sondra N. Arkin, Ward Ellinger Gallery; Fu-Dog by Joshua Couchenour, Peninsula Gallery.