TRAFFIC ALERTS & GAS PRICES: BEST GAS PRICES: $2.29 at WAWA near entrance to Rehoboth Beach ... Moderate to heavy traffic. Please be advised that road work on Coastal Highway, between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach, may cause delays, or lane closures. Also, be aware of new pedestrian crossings. Expect slower traffic.

Traffic Alerts and Info: Memorial Day through Labor Day avoid travel on mid mornings or early afternoons on Saturdays as this is "Moving In Day" for weekly renters, and traffic is usually very heavy.  If you must travel on Saturday, be in the downtown parking areas by 9:00am.  Avoid leaving Rehoboth Beach late Sunday afternoons, as well as early Monday mornings.  On rainy days, Route 1 is very congested due to outlet shoppers.  Be sure to exercise caution and patience during your travels on Route 1 as there are many last minute lane changes and turns made. For a live traffic update:  Listen to 1380AM on your radio or go to www.deldot.gov/information/travel_advisory. Live beach traffic cameras: click here.
It's a Law!!! No texting or talking on cell phone unless a Blue-tooth device is used. Must have "hands free".

 Steve Rogers Painting to be Raffled to Support Lewes Historical Society
The work of noted Lewes artist Steve Rogers will once again grace the cover of the program for the annual Christmas Tour of Lewes. His whimsical depiction of Santa climbing a ladder from a pilot boat to board a tanker is sure to please. You can take a chance on owning the original by purchasing raffle tickets for the painting at the historical society's Lewes History Museum (Kings Highway and Adams Avenue) where the original will be on display, the Museum Shop (Savannah Road and Third Street), or at the Ryves Holt House (Second & Mulberry Streets). Holding the painting in front of the Museum Shop are Steve Rogers and Christmas Tour of Lewes Chair Barbara Warnell.

Tickets are $5 each and all proceeds benefit the Lewes Historical Society. Prints and note cards featuring the image will also be available. The Christmas Tour of Lewes will take place December 2 and the drawing will occur Friday December 22, just in time for the holidays! For more information about the Tour or raffle, please call 302-645-7670 or visit www.historiclewes.org.

Closure of Jimtown Road for Road Improvements and Utilities
Lewes:  The Department of Transportation (DelDOT) would like to alert motorists that Jimtown Road between Beaver Dam Road and Robinsonville Road will be closed at 8 a.m. on Monday, October 9 until summer 2018, pending weather or unforeseen circumstances.   Local residents, emergency vehicles, and school buses will have access along Jimtown Road. These improvements include the following: installation of utilities; roadway widening; and sidewalks.

Detour Routes: Westbound: Beaver Dam Road to Kendale Road onto Robinson Road and return to Jimtown Road. 
                  
Eastbound: Robinsonville Road to Kendale Road onto Beaver Dam Road and back to Jimtown Road.

Winter WonderFEST

Winter WonderFEST will open for vehicle traffic on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26. featuring a new tour route this year.  The Light Spectacular, the Christmas Village, Santa’s Workshop and the newly constructed ice rink will be open through New Year’s Eve with a special community party.   This year both the Light Spectacular and the Christmas Village will be open from 4pm to 9pm.  The Visit Delaware Ice Rink will be Tuesday through Sunday.   Rink hours and ticket info are now available online at   www.wonderfest.org.

The new visit Delaware ice rink is three times larger than the rink at last year's festival and uses real ice, helping to make winter wonder fest cooler than ever before. "While this event is a wonderful opportunity for Delawareans to have fun, it is also a draw for out-of-state visitors. That visitation is an important part of  Delaware's $3.1 billion tourism industry, especially during the off-season at the beaches," said Liz Keller, Delaware Tourism Director. "And the rink is a great addition to an already strong festival." In addition to public skating, the rink can be rented for private bookings, including birthday, holiday parties and other special events. Skating lessons and private sessions are also available.

Immediately noticeable are the amazing carnival rides--  a total of five on the midway, including the giant ferris wheel, all made possible by Baker Petroleum.  Two new ones this year include the SuperShot and the dramatic Rainbow which appeal to both adults and young adults.  Classic midway games, courtesy of Hudson Fields, also add a bright, new dimension to the midway.

There are nightly free performances by professional musicians on the Highway One main stage.  Visitors can listen to great music while warming up  and roasting s’mores at the fire pit.  Performance details are listed online at wonderfestde.com

To really chase away the chill, “The Lodge” is the place to hang out and warm up. Hosted by Crooked Hammock Brewery, the large enclosed space is heated and serves a choice of craft brews, cocktails, hot cider and coffee.  The family-friendly Lodge visitors are welcome to enjoy their beverages along with fresh-baked slices from Grotto’s iconic pizza truck located next door.  The Lewes Ferry’s On The Rocks restaurant and bar is also open inside the terminal during event times.

The spirit of giving is evident at the Christmas Village.  Santa’s Workshops are fun for kids, and helps support C.H.E.F.-- Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation.  The beautiful oversized Giving Tree also returns to the for a second year thanks to support from the La Vida Hospitality Group.  The Giving Tree allows community groups to raise funds for their own nonprofit organizations by offering a Luminary in memory of loved ones.
Information for times, days and tickets is online at www.wonderfestDE.org 

The Perfect Gift Doesn’t Have to Be Wrapped
Not sure about the hottest new toys for kids?   Can’t bear to buy another candle for your neighbor?  And let’s face it, no one on your gift list has won the lottery with those tickets you bought because you were out of ideas... and time.

Children in particular will learn the joy of the holidays, the importance of family time, and of course, the thrill of putting Santa on notice about their wish list.  St. Nick will be at the Christmas Village at the Lewes Ferry terminal for all event days through Dec.23. They’ll love the kid-size Shellville Christmas Lane--  an enchanting place full of surprises and interactive activities.  

Let it snow!  Kids of every age can frolic inside a larger-than-life snow globe at the Christmas Village. Even the young-at-heart will enjoy the carnival rides, including a giant Ferris wheel and several midway games.  Cape Gazette is providing a special photo booth where your group can make it onto the ‘front page news’.  Bring your cameras and enter your pictures for great prizes.  

Check the entertainment schedule, and come as often as you like for free, live professional entertainment on the main stage.  Gather round the fire pit to roast s’mores and sip hot chocolate.  You can also warm up and hang out The Lodge .  It’s enclosed and heated so you can relax with adult beverages and a slice from the onsite pizza truck.  It’s also kid-friendly with lots of games-- perfect for a family outing this holiday.  www.wonderfestde.org

Winter WonderFEST named Best New Event in Southern Delaware
The Dec. 6 awards ceremony at the The Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center recognized the Winter WonderFEST holiday fundraising juggernaut which supports Sussex County nonprofits for its outstanding efforts to highlight southern Delaware by creating lasting memories for residents and visitors alike.  In its first year, Winter WonderFEST hosted more than 47,000 visitors from 26 states throughout the country.  Its Light Spectacular holiday light show at Cape Henlopen State Park drew 11,000 vehicles to the 1.5 mile tour-- creating holiday fun for families and friends one carload at a time, according to Festival of Cheer, Inc. It’s the nonprofit organization that oversees the fundraising efforts, which in its inaugural year 2016, raised $150,000, providing $100,000 in community grants.  “The money we raise stays right here in Sussex County,” says John Snow, Festival of Cheer president.

The folks at La Vida Hospitality make it their job to make it extra bright this holiday season.
Along with a decked out holiday decor inside, a larger-than-life “LET IT SNOW” holiday display illuminates the backyard at the Crooked Hammock.

At the Big Chill Surf Cantina in Rehoboth, a favorite among locals, the holiday look is decidedly “retro” befitting The Chill’s fun sense of humor and self-inspired 70’s retro atmosphere.

At Rehoboth’s Fork+Flask at Nage, capturing the “Spirit” of the holidays is as simple as its special Egg Nog in the Flask.  A flask of Egg Nog goes with your gift certificate as a gift for another.

Philanthropy this year includes continued support of Winter WonderFEST’s fundraising to benefit Sussex Co. nonprofit groups.  Crooked Hammock created an enclosed, headed community gathering place-- The Crooked Hammock Lodge-- a place to warm up and hang out. 

NEW YEAR’S EVE CLOSING PARTY IS A FAMILY CELEBRATION

WinterWonderFEST continues in full swing for the entire holiday season, with additional dates and times beginning Dec. 21.  “This will give more time for families to experience the event once schools recess for the holidays,” says event director Peter Briccotto.  

A complete listing of dates and times is online at www.wonderfestde.org .  On Dec. 31st the community is invited to enjoy the “party before the party” as a special New Year’s Day event from noon to 7pm.  “It’s a great opportunity for people to celebrate the new year with their kids, and still have time to have time for other festivities later in the night,” adds Briccotto.  

“Mark your calendar now,” advises Briccotto. “We’ll close out the festival with a 7pm Beach Ball Drop at the Christmas Village to celebrate this year’s Winter WonderFEST to give our younger guests a way to ring in the new year a few hours early.”

USA TODAY 10 BEST READERS’ CHOICE TRAVEL AWARDS
Rehoboth Beach and Boardwalk is one of the winners of the Best Delaware Attraction category in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice travel award contest.  For complete information, click here.
Rehoboth Beach a Top Summer Family Destination - TripAdvisor
With summer quickly approaching, TripAdvisor recently compiled a list of “Top Summer Beach House Destinations for Families” and Rehoboth Beach tops the list!  You can find the full article here.
Rehoboth Beach Named One Of “Fifteen Waterfront Towns You Absolutely Must Visit”!
Rentals.com has named Rehoboth Beach as one of “fifteen waterfront towns you absolutely must visit”.  To view the complete article, click here

Rehoboth Beach Museum's Call for Volunteers
Members of the public who are looking for volunteer opportunities are encouraged to contact the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society. Volunteer opportunities include greeting visitors, working with the archives, and completing research on objects in the permanent collection. The museum offers a relaxed working atmosphere and is handicap accessible. Volunteers can work for a few hours a month or a regular weekly schedule. Those interested are encouraged to call (302) 227-7310 and ask for the museum director, Nancy Alexander.

WE’RE WINNERS AGAIN!
 
The City of Rehoboth Beach has received two new awards and recognitions – “Top 10 Family Beaches” from Family Vacation Critic and  “11 Mid-Atlantic Small Towns that Will Charm Your Socks Off” from www.WhereTraveler.com.

The Zwaanendael Museum is featuring a new exhibit entitled “Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914.”
“Rose Color to Gold to Glowing Red: Orville and Ethel Peets in Paris 1913-1914” will be on display through Dec. 31, 2017 at  the Zwaanendael Museum, 102 Kings Highway, Lewes. 
Ethel and Orville Peets are credited with bringing fresh, modern ideas to Delaware after their move to Herring Creek near Millsboro in the 1930s. They each influenced the local art-scene in a profound and lasting manner by creating art, teaching classes and holding art forums. Between 2004 and 2007, more than 400 pieces of the couple’s multimedia artwork and artists’ supplies were donated to the collections of the State of Delaware by the Peets’ longtime friends Skipper and Til Purnell.

Rehoboth Beach Photographers Wins at International Show
   Rehoboth Beach photographers Joclynn Benton, Brittany Dirks, Maddison Fahey, Ann Haislett and Jennifer Ricci of Yesteryears Photographic Emporium were recognized at the 2017 Antique and Amusement Photographers International Photo Contest held February 1st in Las Vegas, Nevada. The studio received a total of eight (8) awards at the event.
   Ann Haislett, manager of Yesteryears Photographic Emporium, was the big winner earning four (4) ribbons including a First place ribbon for her Chromkey portrait, a Second place ribbon for her Native American portrait and two Honorable Mentions.  Dirks received a First place ribbon for her Creative not digitally enhanced portrait.  Benton earned a Second place ribbon for her Pet portrait.  Ricci earned a Third place ribbon for her Amusement portrait and Fahey earned an Honorable Mention for her Baby portrait.  Yesteryears Photographic Emporium is located at 21 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach and specializes in Old Time Photography.  For more information, call 302-227-1288 or visit their website at www.oldtimephotosrehoboth.com.

U.S. Lighthouse Society's Passport Stamps for Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse and the Lewes Life-Saving Station are Available at The Lewes Historical Society
The Lewes Historical Society is excited to now offer passports and stamps for the U.S. Lighthouse Society’s Passport Program.  Lighthouse Passports are available at The Lewes Historical Society’s Zwaanendael Club Museum Store for $15.00.  The Lewes Historical Society stamp locations for Fourteen Foot Bank Lighthouse and the Lewes Life-Saving Station include the Cannonball House Maritime Museum at 118 Front Street, Ryves Holt House at 218 Second Street, and the Zwannendael Club Museum Store at 302 Savannah Road, all located in Lewes, Delaware. For more information about the U.S. Lighthouse Society, visit www.uslhs.org.  To learn more about The Lewes Historical Society, visit www.HistoricLewes.org.

Rehoboth Beach Ranked #2 in "Happiest Seaside Towns in America"
Coastal Living magazine rankes Rehoboth Beach second in it's contest. Many who live, work and visit here agree! By the way, #1 was Stuart, Florida.

Lewes Historical Society Joins Delaware Library Catalog, Receives Grant to Update Website
The Lewes Historical Society is adding its library collections to the Delaware Library Catalog thanks to the efforts of Society collections volunteer Barbara Nonnemaker who is entering close to 4,000 records from the Society's in-house database.  The Society expects to add select records from its archives to the Delaware Heritage Collection as well. The Lewes Historical Society's library and archives are available to use free of charge and by appointment.  Access to parts of the collection are available at www.historiclewes.org.  The Delaware Library Catalog is searchable at lib.de.us  to explore our library collection as well as libraries across Delaware. If you are interested in donating historical materials to the collection or scheduling a research visit, please contact the Society at 302-645-7670 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Additionally, the Society has recently been awarded a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund of Jacksonille, Florida to improve access to all its collections via its own website.

Delaware State Parks Tops in Nation
The American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, announced Delaware Natural Resources and Environmental Division of Parks and Recreation has won the 2016 National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in the state parks system category. Amenities include Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park, a water-park, Brandywine Zoo, two golf courses, two marinas and a Civil War fort, among others. Also the Gordons' Pond trail in Sussex County.

The City of Rehoboth Beach smoking ban is in effect.
The smoking ban includes the beach (except for up to 20 areas on the beach designated as smoking permitted areas which will be clearly marked), the Boardwalk, the Bandstand Plaza, City parks, and the street ends adjoining the Boardwalk. Signage is in place to delineate the designated smoking areas. The approved ordinance can be read by clicking here.

Pay-by-Phone-Parking
A system for pay-by-phone parking is in Rehoboth Beach. Drivers are able to pay for parking with a credit card by dialing a phone number or using a smart-phone application. This new system replaces the credit card system. This does not eliminate the ability to pay for parking with quarters. For more information about pay-by-phone parking, visit www.parkmobile.com.
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel earns top honors
AAA Mid-Atlantic has awarded the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel the Four Diamond Award, the travel agency's highest designation for the hospitality industry. Only 3.8% of the hotels in the United States, Canada, Mexico and Caribbean have received a Four Diamond rating, according to AAA.

Rehoboth Beach beach video
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Free Admission Policy Initiated for Visitors to Rehoboth Beach Museum
Admission to the Rehoboth Beach Museum at 511 Rehoboth Avenue will be free for all visitors. Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, “We want to encourage more vacationers and residents alike to make visiting - and revisiting - the museum a must-do activity when they are downtown, and we think a no-charge admission policy will help achieve that goal”. Summer hours for the Rehoboth Beach Museum are Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm. Starting November 1, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Monday, Thursday and Friday- hours will be 10am-4pm and Saturday and Sunday-11am-3pm. Click here for more information.
Rehoboth expands parking for disabled.
The Board of Commissioners voted to list the new parking spots in its code at a July 16, 2010, meeting.  The new locations in Rehoboth Beach are: Two at Dos Locos Restaurant, Two at Nicola Pizza, Two at the Greene Turtle, Four in the ocean block of Maryland Avenue, One at Grenoble Place, and One at Baltimore Avenue.  The city has also been working to make the corners of intersections accessible, as well.

 Delaware Beach Life Magazine
Featuring top-notch writing and beautiful photography, this magazine is produced not only for those who live at the beach year-round, but also for part-time residents, seasonal visitors, and ''armchair travelers'' who just want to keep in touch. 302-227-9499, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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