Celebrate with Us!
20th Anniversary Women’s FEST to Offer Excitement and Honors
Oh my goodness! FEST Passes are all sold out! (There may be some individual tickets later…we hope!) We are thrilled and shocked at the response and wish we could accommodate more audience members. For folks who were unable to get FEST Passes, please know there is so much more to Women’s FEST than just the three concerts.
We have all of our sporting events, the Regina Sayles concert, a remarkable keynote speaker, and other special programs PLUS the FREE Welcome Dance at the convention center (Wednesday, April 29) and a super new Closing Dance with Viki Dee on Sunday. In between there will be speakers and events and all kinds of fun, food, and friendship.
The FEST will take place April 29-May 3 this year—with an added day and many more events to celebrate the big anniversary.
With concerts by Indigo Girls, Chely Wright, and a trio of Funny Girlz, the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center will be the site of three guaranteed sell-outs with these exciting entertainers and our great big women’s community.
Just as exciting will be national heroes like Feminist Majority Founder Eleanor Smeal, and current National Organization of Women President Toni Van Pelt, here to deliver the Keynote address about the effects of a newly-revitalized ERA—will women finally achieve legislative equality?
Additional speakers include Regina Lombardo, the highest ranking woman in the US Department of Justice. She’ll tell her personal story and discuss issues critical to our women’s community. There will also be a screening of the film All We’ve Got, about our disappearing women’s spaces, and a discussion by filmmaker Alexis Clements, as well as an inspiring presentation by former professional basketball player Mariah Burton Nelson, discussing her personal, political, inspirational story about grief, sports, and creativity.
One special presentation will be the amazing film screening on Saturday of the film All We’ve Got by filmmaker Alexis Clements. She will be here in person to screen the movie—an exciting film about LGBTQ women’s communities and cultures, through the lens of the physical spaces they create, from bars to bookstores, to arts and politics. Alexis will host a Q&A following. (See an interview with her on page 24).
And if you laughed and were amazed by Liz Bradbury’s wonderful talk last year about lesbian artists, she’ll be back again this FEST with 10 more artists to celebrate. You’ll learn a lot and laugh a lot.
Add to these special events Georgette’s Wednesday night Welcome Dance, golf, pickleball, and other sport activities, the Friday Book Fair and Health Fair, Saturday’s Art and Craft Expo at the Firehouse, and so much more!
As has occurred for the past decade, Sunday morning of FEST weekend finds the Broadwalk on the Boardwalk bringing out the gals, guys, and lots of pups to fight breast cancer—and all cancers—in a walk that raises both money and awareness. One of the highlights of FEST each year, the Broadwalk is both fun and moving, providing a great outdoor experience for an important cause.
And don’t forget to get a raffle ticket for the luxury cruise donated by our presenting sponsor, Olivia Travel. Tickets are on sale right now at camprhoboth.com to win this amazing trip to Greece and Israel.
Get your raffle tickets and check out the FEST schedule online. ▼
They Started It All!
Back at the turn of the millennium, eight creative women with a mission formed the CAMP Rehoboth Women’s Project Committee. The group presented a half-day Women’s Conference, which morphed, over the years, into Women’s FEST.
Of those visionaries, six still live in Rehoboth and attend FEST every year. They are Ellen Feinberg, Joan Glass, Maggie Ottato, Leslie Rogan, Libby Stiff, and Bea Wagner. Former residents and board members Andrea Andrus and Maggie Shaw rounded out the group.
This year, for the 20th Anniversary of Women’s FEST, we honor these women who started the ball rolling and gave CAMP Rehoboth and our community the beginnings of the FEST we celebrate in 2020.
Thank you, ladies, for your vision, your hard work, and your grand idea!
Of course, there would be no FEST without you. Please thank our Women’s FEST sponsors, patronize their businesses, and tell them how much we appreciate them.