The Way I See It
And so—summer’s ended. At least, it seems that way around here once Labor Day weekend winds down. And by the time this issue is published, even the calendar will be paging to fall. But hey! CAMP Rehoboth, with its multi-day Sun Festival, saw summer out with a bang this year—read all about it in Anita Broccolino’s Who’s That…That’s CAMP column (page 8), and in Wes Comb’s Intentionally Inclusive column (page 6).
And if you have the chance, please: reach out to thank our sponsors, supporters, volunteers—everyone who helped make the party hearty. There’s a list on pages 10 and 11. We couldn’t have done it without all these folks and are so grateful for their support.
Personally, I’m looking forward to a lot that accompanies the change of season: less traffic; easier access to restaurants; cooler temps; wider-open trails as legions of visiting bikers pedal their paths back home. Robert Dominic also has been reflecting on the pros and cons of the changing seasons; see his Visiting View column on page 64.
There are things I’m not looking forward to, though. Flu season, for example. We’ve been having an uptick in local COVID numbers; we surely don’t need to add flu into the mix. Last year, all that masking and social distancing and staying home kept flu viruses from circulating far-and-wide, too. This year—well, please take advantage of CAMP Rehoboth’s partnership with Beebe Healthcare and get your free flu shot, right at the Community Center, on Tuesday, October 5. No appointments necessary; if you’re 18 or older, just come-on-down between noon and 6:00 p.m.
Flu aside, there’s lots of fall fun on offer. For starters, there’s CAMP Rehoboth’s Block Party, on October 10. Plan to spend part of your day on Baltimore Avenue enjoying the music, shopping the vendors, eating some goodies—there’s sure to be something that appeals. We’d love to see you!
Right on the heels of the Block Party, it’s the 9th Annual True Blue Jazz Festival, October 13-17, and the Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, October 14-17. Want something to get you in the spirit? See David Garrett’s column on Queer Jazz (page 48) for an introduction to three terrific musicians.
We love other music, too—girl-groups, for example. See Fay Jacob’s feature (page 28) on Off 24, a local trio that’s making very good, indeed.
Later in the month, it’s the Sea Witch® Festival, back this year (fingers crossed) to haunt your Halloween weekend. Scheduled for October 29-31, the festival typically features a costume parade, a dog parade, bandstand entertainment, trick-or-treat, and many other fun pursuits.
Speaking of dogs…and cats and rabbits and horses and rats—even a pig! One of this issue’s themes is “pets”—which, clearly, we have in abundance. There’s Michael Gilles’s aging cat, Geoffrey; Beth Shockley’s challenging rescue dog, Sydney; Tyler Mendelsohn’s “best cat,” Cosmo; and Justin Harbaugh’s rats, Baxter and Bramble.
In keeping with the theme, Terri Schlichenmeyer reviews the book Horse Girls; Eric Peterson reports in on the movie Pig. And Michael Gilles tells us all about another camp—Critter Camp, an outreach program of the Brandywine Valley SPCA, where young animal lovers learn things like pet CPR, grooming, and behavioral training.
Maybe you like being outdoors (with or without your pet), enjoying those milder temps I mentioned earlier? Grab your camera and try for a photo worthy of entry in Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge’s annual photo contest (friendsofprimehook.com). One of the area’s best nature photography contests, it benefits not only individual winners (there are prizes!), but also this great local resource.
Another way to enjoy—and support—the great outdoors: the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays’ annual Decked Out fundraiser returns to the Inland Bays the end of September (inlandbays.com).
Maybe you’d like to directly benefit someone yourself—maybe by becoming a mentor? Read Anya Lindsey-Jenkins’s inspiring story of her own path to mentorship on page 27. (Ms. Lindsey-Jenkins is Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters Delaware.)
There’s lots to enjoy in our area this time of year—let’s get out and welcome fall!