No, I’m not talking about parking permits or tickets to the Washington Whatevers…. Labor Day heralds the passing of our summer season, the end of our 100 Days of Summer, and—this year—the arrival of Sun Festival, a week-long celebration that includes two concerts, an auction, dancing, and even a cornhole tournament! We bid this summer farewell, acknowledging that we have changed, and that our beautiful village by the sea has also evolved. I lift my glass (okay, it’s a cup of coffee) to the memory of summers past and lives well lived. Here’s to many, many more. ▼
At the CAMP Rehoboth Gallery
Award Winners XXI
August 31 will be your last chance to see the wide variety of works by the 25 artists selected for the Delaware Division of the Arts Award. This year’s recipients include choreographers, composers, musicians, writers, folk artists, painters, sculptors, and photographers, and is well worth the trip downtown.
It’s almost bear season—not the four-legged variety, but those genial fellows you meet on the beach or at local watering holes. Always a popular show in our season, Wake Up! celebrates bears with work by local and regional artists Michael Muller, Scott Brooks, Jeffrey Moore, Craig Simmons, and many more. The exhibit runs September 2-26, with an open house reception on Saturday, September 18 (3-6 p.m.). The show runs in conjunction with the 3rd annual Rehoboth Beach Bear Weekend—September 17-19. ▼
CAMP Rehoboth highlights our community’s unique history and culture, and serves to further diversity, equity, and inclusion by building unity and understanding. Exhibits may be viewed Monday-Friday (10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by appointment by emailing artshow@CAMPRehoboth.com. You may view and purchase the art on the CAMP Rehoboth website under the “SHOP” heading.
CAMP Rehoboth Chorus Ensemble (Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Rd.; camprehoboth.com) explores the dark side of life in “Singin’ and Sinnin’”—and they do it in a church! Tickets available on the CAMP Rehoboth website or at the door. September 24-26.
CAMP Rehoboth 1st (Second) Fridays (Epworth UMC; 19285 Holland Glade Rd.) features singers from CAMP Rehoboth Chorus performing solos, duets, and small group numbers centered around the theme “Music of the Night.” Plan to attend in person on September 10 (7 p.m. and FREE)—or watch the cabaret live-streamed and archived on the CAMP Rehoboth Facebook and YouTube pages.
CAMP Rehoboth Sun Festival (37 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) welcomes the return of The Skivvies (and special guests!) on September 3 and Broadway’s fabulous Jennifer Holliday on September 4. At the Rehoboth Beach Convention Center.
CAMP Rehoboth Theatre (37 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) in collaboration with the Delaware Division of the Arts and the Robert Hoffer Theatre Fund, presents Tiny Beautiful Things (August 20-22) under the direction of Russell Stiles.
Clear Space Theatre Company (20 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-2270; ClearSpaceTheatre.org) brings their summer season to a close August 28. Last chance to see Mamma Mia!, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and The Sound of Music. Christopher Peterson closes Eyecons: The Thank You Tour September 5. Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town is on the boards September 16-26. See website for details.
Freeman Arts Pavilion (36097 Sand Cove Rd., Selbyville; 800-515-2171; freemanarts.org) offers phenomenal talent from the likes of Harry Connick to the Beach Boys to Melissa Etheridge. Their season closes September 25 with Earth, Wind, and Fire.
The Milton Theater (110 Union Street, Milton; 302-684-3038; miltontheatre.com) has reduced indoor seating for social distancing, as well as their outdoor Quayside stage with a remarkably diverse array of talent. See website for events and summer camps.
Possum Point Players (441 Old Laurel Rd., Georgetown; 302-856-4560; possumpointplayers.org) kicks off their season with The Marvelous Wonderettes on their outdoor stage—September 10-19.
GALLERIES & MUSEUMS
CAMP Rehoboth Gallery (37 Baltimore Ave.; 302-227-5620; camprehoboth.com) features Award Winners XXI and Wake Up!.
Gallery 50 (50 Wilmington Ave.; 302-227-2050; gallery50art.com) Currently showing Recent Works by Debby Brisker Burk, through August 31. Opening September 3—oil on canvas and paper by Gary Fisher.
Peninsula Gallery (520 E. Savannah Rd., Lewes; 302-645-0551; peninsula-gallery.com) presents the work of 39 photographers in Coastal Camera Club Exhibition, through August 29. Opening September 4, Between Two Shores, scenes of the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays by Meg Nottingham Walsh and Bernard Dellario.
Rehoboth Art League (12 Dodds Lane, Henlopen Acres; 302-227-8408; rehobothartleague.org) New exhibits opening August 27: The Wonders of Watermedia, a juried showcase from the Delaware Watercolor Society; Mezzanine, works by Antonio McAfee; More Beyond, works by Jan Crooker; and Reflections, works by Laura Erickson. ▼
Doug is the Artistic 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 email@example.com 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.