Dine Out, See a Film, and Get a Free Hug
There will be a special multi-event program to fight bullying, partially sponsored by CAMP Rehoboth, on October 5 and 7. National Bullying Prevention Day is October 7. Events include a book-signing at Browseabout, a film presentation, and a Dine and Donate event at Lefty’s Alley & Eats, all to fight the scourge of bullying.
The presentations begin on Saturday evening, October 5, at Browseabout Books on Rehoboth Avenue, with author Sara Cunningham. Cunningham is the founder of the non-profit Free Mom Hugs and her new book is How We Sleep at Night: A Mother’s Memoir. Once a staunch conservative, after her son came out, she says she journeyed “from church to the Pride parade.”
She is well known for showing up at Pride events and bestowing mom hugs to marchers whose own mothers have rejected them because of their sexuality.
Cunningham will be at Browseabout from 6-7:30 p.m., speaking, signing books, and—of course—dispensing hugs.
Events continue Monday, October 7, the official National Bullying Prevention Day, with the Dine to Donate event at Lefty’s Alley & Eats on Route One. Beginning at 4 p.m. and extending until 8 p.m., diners who present a flyer about Dine and Donate will have at least 10% of their check donated to anti-bullying efforts through the local PFLAG organization and Cape Henlopen High School Gay Straight Alliance. If Lefty’s revenues that night from folks dining and presenting flyers exceed set amounts, the amount donated will grow larger as well.
People wanting to Dine and Donate can download a flyer online.
The signature event of the anti-bullying effort will be the 6 p.m. showing of the moving documentary film, Bully, at Lefty’s. CAMP Rehoboth helped secure the rights to the showing of the film, along with helping to bring author Sara Cunningham to town.
The film, directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, offers an intimate, unflinching look at how bullying has touched the lives of five kids and their families. Sara Cunningham will be at Lefty’s for a discussion following the film. Free Mom Hugs will be available.
In addition to CAMP Rehoboth and Lefty’s, Cape Pharmacy and Saved Souls Rescue are also sponsoring these events. ▼
Sweet Baby J’ai “History of Women in Blues”
Just as everything is about to get jazzy in Rehoboth, the CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST Committee will present a pre-fest jazz performance on October 11.
For one-night-only, the critically acclaimed jazz singer/songwriter/storyteller Sweet Baby J’ai will perform her show “The History of Women in Blues” at 8 p.m. at Epworth Methodist Church on Holland Glade Road in Rehoboth. Her performance at last spring’s CAMP Rehoboth Women’s FEST brought cheers and a standing ovation, and her local fans are delighted to be welcoming her back to town with this new show.
The production combines music, drama, and visual arts, including historic videos, photos, and inspiring anecdotes, told (and sung) as only J’ai can. She promises to take the audience on a musical and historic journey through time from the beginning of recorded music to present day.
From Da’Blues and the rise of the Harlem Renaissance to the turbulence of the 60s and beyond, this tribute to some of the most iconic singers in jazz and blues builds understanding and appreciation for the history and culture of the female experience in American music.
Doors will open for the 8 p.m. concert at 7:15 p.m., with tickets at $35 in advance online and $40 at the door (if available). ▼
Join the CAMP Rehoboth AIDS Walk Team
The Annual Delaware AIDS Walk is Saturday, September 21, and CAMP Rehoboth, as always, has fielded a fun and caring team. The walk begins at 9 a.m. at Grove Park and continues downtown and on the boardwalk, returning to the park later for refreshments. AIDS Walk is always a lot of fun for people and pups, and for a great cause! Register in person or register and/or donate at aidswalkdelaware.org. ▼
Come See the CAMP Chorus’s “Bad Boys/Bad Girls”
Join the CAMP Chorus ensemble at 7 p.m. on September 27 and 28 at the Unitarian Universalist of Southern Delaware, 30486 Lewes-Georgetown Highway, for their debut concert.
Under the direction of Doug Yetter, the group will set sparks flying with a show designed to sizzle. It promises to be a naughty night filled with music and lyrics and sin, murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitations, adultery, and treachery—all for a laugh.
The show will appeal to every musical taste, from country to Broadway, Dolly Parton to Donna Summer, and with music from blockbuster shows like Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors, and Cabaret. Tickets are $20 each online.
Tickets are selling fast! ▼
October 20 is the 5th Annual Block Party—Be There!
The CAMP Rehoboth Block Party will be held on October 20 on the second block of Baltimore Avenue, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
A crowd estimated at well over a thousand people, including lots of kids and canines, filled the block last year, while dozens of local restaurants, caterers, businesses, non-profits, and other organizations participated.
Vendors are on hand for food and beverages, while artisans, artists, retail vendors, and more provide plenty of opportunities for shoppers. From souvenir trinkets to cars for sale, there’s something for everyone.
As for entertainment, a host of local favorites always appear, including musicians, theatre folk, and of course, a drag queen or well, many. The main stage is set up in front of the CAMP Rehoboth courtyard and here too, there is something for every taste.
Bring your friends, bring the family, bring the dog. It’s always a splendid day for the whole town, compliments of CAMP Rehoboth. ▼