TRAFFIC ALERTS & GAS PRICES: BEST GAS PRICES: $2.19 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".

Pavement & Rehabilitation Project Will Require Daytime Lane Closures –Sussex County/ Beaver Dam Road between Belltown Road to Deep Valley Boulevard near Lewes
8am until 5pm, Monday through Friday, pending weather-Monday, October 23 through Wednesday, November 22. 
The Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) announces that their contractor George & Lynch Inc. will be milling, patching, and paving Beaver Dam Road. Intermittent daytime lane and shoulder closures will occur from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. with flaggers on-site to direct traffic
Every effort will be made to accommodate access to businesses and residences; however, some temporary or partial restrictions to accomplish this work should be anticipated. Motorists should use caution for construction personnel and equipment operating in close proximity to travel lanes.

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.

Delaware Senior Olympics 2017
On Saturday October 7, Midway Fitness and Racquetball Center again hosted the 27th Annual Delaware Senior Olympics Racquetball Tournament. “For the past 4 years the Center has stepped up and supported this senior activity and the large group of local and statewide participants are thankful for the support” says Mike Ohr, Tournament Director. “The annual Senior Olympics provides an opportunity for mature players to participant in a recognized competition” continues Mr. Ohr. For more information about the 27th Delaware Senior Olympics please go to www.delawareseniorolympics.org.
Gold medal winners are: Barbara Fischetti, Carolyn Mohr, Dorrette Leinemann, Ingrid Callmann, Dan Nime, Terri Rock, Mark Lindell, Doug Winklemann, John Darpino, Matt Christensen, Robert Burakiewic.

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 Welcomes Community Volunteers to Make Delaware's Biggest Holiday Fundraiser Come to Life
This year we’ve expanded our grand opening weekend to three days.”  Dashin’ Through The Show opens Nov. 17 and 18 with a 5pm Fun Run & Walk through the holiday light show in the park.  It’s the only opportunity to get up close with the light displays for fun with friends and up close photos.  

Snow also announced that on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 5pm there will be a competitive 5K race, with walkers welcome as well.  Afterwards at 6:30pm, dog lovers are welcome to bring their pets to experience the show.  “Yes, Fido is welcome,” jokes Snow.  “And so are volunteers to help manage the event.”  Registration for Dashin’ Through The Show is now open and available online at www.wonderfestde.org .

Likewise, volunteers may also sign up to take part in the activities of their choice.  “We welcome everyone who wants to be involved,” says Briccotto who lists some of the needs for this year:  cashiers, skate rental attendants, merchandise booth, midway games, information booth.   “And we’re always happy to have folks help with the set up and breakdown.”

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.

Visit www.wonderfestde.org  to purchase event tickets, register for Dashin’ Through the Show, sign-up to volunteer, purchase Preston Auto Car Raffle Tickets, and more.  Or call the Winter WonderFEST  Box Office at 302.727.0221. Box office hours are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10am-4pm.

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.

Rehoboth Beach Museum and Jolly Trolley Tours Gear Up

Locals and visitors are invited to step on to the Jolly Trolley bus and step back in time as The Rehoboth Beach Museum hosts guided history tours of the city. Tours last approximately 50 minutes and include a welcome from the Reverend Todd, founder of the Rehoboth Camp Meeting Association, and a lady parishioner at the historic Anna Hazzard Tent House. All Trolley tours start and end at the Anna Hazzard Museum at 17 Christian Street. Tours begin at 9 a.m. The cost of the tour is $10, cash only, which includes entrance to the Anna Hazzard House and the Rehoboth Beach Museum. Reservations are required.

Tours will run on the following dates: October 13, and back-to-back tours on October 27 at 9a.m. and 11 a.m. For reservations and information about this and other programs, such as walking tours, call the museum at 302-227-7310.

Visitors and locals will experience first-hand the history of Rehoboth Beach such as the birth of the town as a Methodist Camp Meeting site and its growth as a resort town.  Learn about shipwrecks, submarines, storms and sand dunes.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is located at 511 Rehoboth Avenue. Museum hours through October 31 are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the Museum’s website at www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.

Rehoboth Beach Film Society Announces Winning Artist
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is pleased to announce that Damon Pla’s acrylic on canvas titled “Castaway” was selected as the art theme for the 20th anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. “Castaway” will be the theme of the poster, program, ads, t-shirts, and other collateral materials. The July release of the poster is much anticipated throughout coastal Sussex County.

When asked to explain his inspiration for submitting this year’s original piece, Damon replied “In Castaway I envisioned a camera shipwreck, haunted by a collection of old films that were lost in an ocean of time. The film reel sea monster below subconsciously controls where the camera points and what it captures.” Damon’s work was also selected in 2011 and 2013.

Bids for the original “Castaway” will be accepted during the Film Festival (November 3 – 12, 2017) through a silent auction process.  

The Film Society will again invite artists to submit work for the 2018 Film Festival.  Artists interested in participating in this process should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for guidelines and due date. Visit the Rehoboth Beach Film Society website at www.rehobothfilm.com , or call 302-645-9095.

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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