TRAFFIC ALERTS & GAS PRICES: BEST GAS PRICES: $2.21 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, through 2016. 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".

UPDATE – BEACH REPLENISHMENT
 Beach replenishment in Rehoboth Beach has been completed and is now taking place in Dewey Beach – dunes and beach grass are to be restored and all replenishment is scheduled to be completed by March 17, 2017.

Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Historical Postcard Exhibit In Final Weeks

The Rehoboth Beach Museum encourages the community to view its popular postcard exhibit – “Wish You Were Here” before the exhibit closes on March 12, 2017.
Museum Director Nancy Alexander said, “We have found that everyone coming into the museum loves the history and messages displayed on this iconic American treasure – the vacation postcard – and thus we are reminding folks to see our exhibit before it ends.”  She said, “All of our visitors are aware of ‘Twitter’ and ‘Instagram’ and other modern social media, and feel a sense of nostalgia in looking at social media’s forerunners from the beginning of the 20th Century.”
The exhibit, a display of more than 300 postcards from the museum’s collection and on loan from donors, provides a window into the styles and culture of the 20th century development of Rehoboth Beach, and many portray houses and street scenes that give a glimpse into the development of the city of Rehoboth Beach. 
The Museum, at 511 Rehoboth Avenue, next to the Rehoboth Beach-Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, is currently operating winter hours: Friday from 10-4, and Saturday and Sunday from 11-3. Admission is by voluntary donation. For more information visit their website at www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org  or call (302) 227-7310.

The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society presents Seventh Annual Needlework Exhibit.
  
The exhibit will open March 18 and be on display through May 21, 2017 at the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Interested needle artists are invited to go to www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org to download an application to submit up to five works. Drop-off of applications and entries begins February 24, 2017.
   Needlework artists can choose to enter to be judged or just for fun. A nationally certified judge will award ribbons to those who wish to have their work judged, and a Best in Show across all categories will be awarded.
   The public is also invited to join us for a presentation by nationally-known needle art instructor and certified judge, Dolores Andrew, for a presentation on designing your own patterns. The presentation is May 21 at 1 p.m., and those interested should RSVP to (302) 227-7310.

Register today for The Lewes Historical Society’s 2017 Family Boat Building Weekend Set for June 16-18
 
Join The Lewes Historical Society as we rekindle the Lewes tradition of boat building as part of our 2017 Family Boat Building Weekend. Held over the course of Fathers Day Weekend (June 16-18), you and your family have the chance to build your own 12’ Bevin’s Skiff and test your craftsmanship as we launch the boats in the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal on Sunday afternoon.  Our dedicated team of volunteers will help show you the ropes, whether you are a beginner or a master craftsman.  At the end of the weekend, you and your family will be able to row away with your skiff and take it home to share with your family and friends.

The fee for the program is $975. The fee includes handmade build kit materials, lunch on Saturday and Sunday and 6 commemoration program t-shirts for team members. Additional shirts can be purchased.

Not feeling crafty, but interested in the program? Mark your calendars for June 16-18 to come support participating groups and families as they build their boats next to the canal in front of the Lewes Life-Saving Station in historic Lewes on the Canalfront, at the intersection of Pilottown Road and Shipcarpenter Street.  

Space is limited to 6 groups, so register today at www.historiclewes.org/education/family-boat-building , or for more information call The Lewes Historical Society at 302-645-7670.

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 Film Society Seeks Art Submissions for 2017 Film Festival

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is seeking original art submissions to be adapted for the 2017 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival’s artwork. The selected submission will become the theme for designing the Film Festival’s poster, program, t-shirt, and other promotional materials. Submissions must be new, original, and created with film and coastal Delaware in mind.
The selected artist will receive tremendous visibility by having his/her work featured in numerous marketing applications. Several thousand Festival programs will be printed with the chosen artwork on the cover and an interior page devoted to a biography and photo of the selected artist. The program will also be posted on the Film Society’s website. In addition, numerous copies of the Festival poster, featuring the artwork, will be displayed in businesses throughout Sussex County. The artwork will also be posted on the Film Society’s website with a link to the selected artist’s website.
The selected artwork will be auctioned at the Festival in November 2017 with proceeds to benefit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society.
Artists interested in making a submission can visit the Film Society Website for criteria -http://www.rehobothfilm.com/festival_artwork_calls.html — or call the Film Society office, (302) 645-9095. Please note dimension requirements this year. The deadline for submissions is 4:45 pm on March 13, 2017.

The Lewes Historical Society invites you to tour the Cannonball House Maritime Museum, shop at the Zwaanendael Club Museum Store, and visit the Ryves Holt House this winter.
Cannonball House Maritime Museum, 
January through March, donations will be accepted in lieu of a set admission fee and the museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm-4:00pm, closed Monday-Friday.
Zwaanendael Club Museum Store,
January through March, the store will be open Thursday-Saturday 11:00am-4:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-4:00pm, closed Monday-Wednesday.  Specialty openings include Martin Luther King’s Day- Monday, January 16- from 1:00pm-4:00pm and Presidents’ Day- Monday, February 20- from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Ryves Holt House, January through March, this building has free admission and will be open Thursday-Saturday from 11:00am-4:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-4:00pm, closed Monday-Wednesday.  Specialty openings include Martin Luther King’s Day- Monday, January 16- from 1:00pm-4:00pm and Presidents’ Day- Monday, February 20- from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
Although the buildings at The Lewes Historical Society’s Campus and the Lewes Life-Saving Station will reopen for touring during the summer months, visitors are welcome to explore the exterior of the buildings at anytime. The public is invited to check out the newly-renovated Campus at 110 Shipcarpenter Street, where the park-like setting creates an inviting atmosphere for all to enjoy.  Also at the Campus, is a free exhibit in the Hiram Rodney Burton House called “Historic Lewes, Delaware,” open Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm.  For more information on The Lewes Historical Society and its museums, please visit www.HistoricLewes.org , or call 302-645-7670.

Rehoboth Beach Museum’s Exhibit of the Winning Photos of the Delaware Beach Life Magazine Photography Contest
  An exhibit of the winning photos of this year’s Delaware Beach Life Photo Contest will run through March 12, 2017. This small, but mighty exhibit of award-winning photographs were chosen from among more than 200 entries.  These images capture the many forms of life on Coastal Delaware. “Several of the entries provided unusual views of commonplace scenes, which elevated them to winning status,” said Terry Plowman, the magazine’s editor and publisher. Several of the photographers will be present to discuss their work.
  The Museum is open Mondays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is by donation. At this time the Museum is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue just past the canal bridge, and next to the Visitor Center and Chamber of Commerce. Parking is available and the Museum is handicap accessible. 
  For information about Museum Memberships and future events, please call 302-227-7310 or visit our website at www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.      

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.

Schell Family To Name Rotating Exhibit Gallery At New Museum
The Schell Family is making the first named gallery gift to the new Lewes History Museum campaign, contributing $150,000 toward the project. In recognition of their support, the rotating exhibit area will be named the “Schell Family Exhibit Gallery.”
“This will be one of our more visible and active spaces, hosting three or four changing exhibits during the year,” said Elizabeth Owen, chair of the Museum campaign.  “It is a very appropriate space to name in tribute to the Schell family, whose members have done so much for the Lewes community over time.”
The Lewes History Museum is being constructed within the new 12,500 sf Margaret H. Rollins Community Center, site of the former Lewes Library. The Museum plans to open its doors by July, 2017.

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.

Explore the Wonders of Public History at The Lewes Historical Society with a Summer Internship
The Lewes Historical Society is seeking applicants for its 2017 summer internship program. Internships must be completed over the summer (May - August). Start and end days are negotiable based on your academic calendar.
Typically, a single stipend internship is awarded per Summer 10 week session, though each internship is also available for class credit for students currently enrolled in a BA level college or university History/Social Science related program.
Collections and Research Internship-   Education & Visitor Services Internship-
For more information including application specifics, stipend figures, and details about the Society’s General Public History Internship please visit https://www.historiclewes.org/2017-public-history-internships or contact Marcos Salaverria, Director of Education at 302-645-7670 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

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Family Vacation Critic names Rehoboth Beach one of the 2015 Ten Best Beaches for Families
If you could create the ultimate beach for your family, what would it look like? Would it have calm, clean waters and powdery, soft sand? Would it be situated near other attractions, such as a playground and boardwalk? Would there be casual places to eat nearby, along with spacious, yet affordable places to stay? Rehoboth Beach has all of those qualities and then some.

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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