On the weekend of November 14 there were three incidents of LGBTQ/racial hatred in the Rehoboth area. A same-gendered interracial couple from Lewes had the word “Trump” burned with chemicals in five-foot letters in their front lawn; after a show at Rehoboth’s Blue Moon Restaurant, a Lewes firefighter made comments on social media using an offensive anti-LGBTQ slur; and a live Zoom presentation on LGBTQ history was “Zoombombed” by hackers spewing hateful, anti-gay, anti-Semitic, and racist language.
CAMP Rehoboth reached out to all injured parties and decried the harassment. On November 24, CAMP Rehoboth hosted a meeting with top officials of the Lewes Fire Department, the firefighter involved, and colleagues from the Blue Moon. What followed was a “difficult but necessary conversation about hate language and it's harmful impacts for our community,“ said one of the attendees.
Shown here attending the meeting are representatives from CAMP Rehoboth, the Lewes Fire Department, and the Blue Moon. For more on this story, see Speakout on the opposite page.
Shop! Shop! Shop!
** Update: This event has been cancelled--
Due to the most recent information about COVID in Sussex County, CAMP Rehoboth has made the difficult decision to cancel the Handmade Market planned for this weekend. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience and understanding.
Please stay tuned for ways you can support our Handmade Market Artists and Makers.**
The Final CAMP Rehoboth Handmade Market, this one a Holiday Edition, will be in the Community Center courtyard on Baltimore Avenue on Saturday, December 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Local LGBTQ artisans and their allies will set up with their wares for “shop local” purchasing. Social distancing will apply! Bundle up and come stroll through our courtyard. Foot traffic will be directed along a specific route, vendors and guests must adhere to CDC guidelines and wear masks at all times. Entry is free and open to the public!
Come by, stay safe, and shop for the holidays.
Remembering Those We’ve Lost
The December 1, 2020 World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil, a long tradition in Rehoboth Beach took place outdoors and in the parking lot at Epworth Methodist Church this year. Social distancing and a broadcast of music and the reading of the names made available on car radios allowed the event to go one despite the ongoing pandemic. We must never forget.
February 4, 2000
Dreaming the World: CAMP Project Action Committee
by Murray Archibald
Starting a new millennium makes it hard to not think about the future. All our lives we've been wondering what life would be like in the year 2000 and now it's here. I thought that after all the Y2K media blitz I'd be over it, but I have to confess I still get a little thrill of excitement every time I write the day's date. I look forward to experiencing Summer 2000….
Early in January, a group of about 20 people gathered to participate in the first meeting of the CAMP Rehoboth Project Action Committee. The group has been developed to be our creative planning team and is open to all members of the community who wish to participate….
Perhaps the most important thing to come out of the January meeting was an overwhelming response to the need for a gay and lesbian Community Center. From the first year of CAMP Rehoboth, one of the long-term goals has been the creation of such a center. In some ways, of course, the CAMP courtyard and office have served that purpose during the past decade, but now the needs have far outgrown the space and it's time to talk about growing. A Community Center would allow greatly expanded services available through CAMP Rehoboth on a year-round basis, as well as provide a focus for the many projects and issues that are important to us.
Editor’s note: After dreaming, planning, fundraising, building purchases, construction, and more, it was a full eight years later we had the grand opening!