TRAFFIC ALERTS  Please be advised that road work along your beach travels 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 http://www.deldot.gov/Traffic/travel_advisory/#advisories . 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".C

 

Summer Parking 2024

Lewes

Lewes has metered parking in two areas: downtown and at the beaches.

Meters are in effect May 1 through Oct. 14 downtown. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., parking is $1.50 per hour, with a three hour maximum at most spaces.

At Savannah and Johnnie Walker beaches, meters are in effect May 1 through Sept. 30. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., parking is $2.50 per hour, with an 11-hour maximum.

All meters accept credit cards via ParkMobile. Street meters accept quarters, beach parking lots accept cash.

Lewes offers free parking lots at:

Franklin and Schley avenues Roosevelt Inlet (at the end of Cedar Avenue) Beebe Healthcare at Market and 4th streets, on evenings and weekends only Otis Smith Park, next to the Daily Market on Savannah Road Lewes Little League fields, July through March Lewes Public Library at 111 Adams Ave.

Rehoboth Beach

In Rehoboth Beach, parking meters and permits are in effect May 15 to Sept. 15, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., respectively.

Meters are $4 per hour citywide and have a 12-hour limit, except for 30-minute spaces and at Grove Park. Meters can be paid using quarters or by credit card using the Parkmobile app.

All parking meters have a 12-hour maximum limit with the exception of 30-minute spaces and at Grove Park.

Meter rates are $4/hour citywide. Meter payments may be made using quarters or a credit card or via Parkmobile.

All non-metered parking spaces require a permit, which can be obtained at 1 City Hall Dr. or at kiosks located throughout the city. Parking permits are $25 per day, $120 per week and $325 per season.

Scooters can be parked only in areas designated as 'Scooter Only' and with a permit. The $55 seasonal permit acts as a parking permit in non-metered areas, but meters must be paid in metered areas.

When searching for a space, don’t forget about the metered parking lots at City Hall and on Chrisitan Street.

Dewey Beach

There are a mix of metered and parking permit spaces throughout Dewey Beach, all of which are in effect May 15 to Sept. 15. Parking meters cost $3.50 per hour, payable via Parkmobile or with quarters.

Parking permits can be purchased at town hall at a cost of $30 per day, $55 per weekend, $100 per week and $300 seasonally. Seasonal passes can also be purchased online at townofdeweybeach.com, and a 24-hour permits can also be purchased via Parkmobile. Parking permits are not applicable at metered spaces.

Bonus: Parking in Dewey Beach is free every Monday from 5 to 11 p.m.

 

DMV on the Go to serve three Sussex County locations

The Delaware Division of Motor Vehicles announced the DMV on the Go trailer season will begin Monday, April 1, and continue through Tuesday, Oct. 1.

This season’s schedule will differ slightly from last year. Instead of appearing in Wilmington on Tuesdays, the trailer will head south to the Milton CHEER Center. The Georgetown DMV is becoming the busiest DMV location in the state, and having DMV on the Go in three Sussex locations will help better serve DMV customers.

“Mobility is one of DMV on the Go’s greatest assets,” said Nicole Majeski, Delaware Department of Transportation secretary. “It allows us to adjust our location based on usage and performance, ensuring we are serving our customers to the best of our abilities.”

The DMV on the Go trailer, featuring four fully functional workstations, is ADA-accessible. It comes complete with an awning for bad weather and a wheelchair lift, and it performs all the same transactions as a traditional DMV except for inspections and road exams. Customers in need of uninsured motorist or in-person driver improvement assistance still need to visit a Georgetown, Dover, Delaware City or Wilmington DMV location.

Last year, the DMV on the Go trailer assisted more than 1,600 customers by allowing them to renew their registrations and driver licenses, complete title work and more right in their neighborhood.

DMV on the Go will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mondays, at DART’s Lewes Transit Center, 17616 Coastal Highway, Lewes.

Milton CHEER Center will host DMV on the Go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, at 24855 Broadkill Road, Milton.

DMV on the Go will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursdays, at Big Lots Plaza, 820 Norman Eskridge Highway, Seaford.

For the full DMV on the Go schedule, go to dmv.de.gov.

To access other DMV services, customers can complete more than 20 transactions online at mydmv.delaware.gov including Delaware driver license, identification and vehicle registration renewals, duplicates, and address changes.

 

ELEMENTS IN ART KIDS CLASSES: REHOBOTH BEACH MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH LEWES PUBLIC ARTS COMMITTEE ON PAUL DANIEL KINETIC SCULPTURE EXHIBIT

Rehoboth Beach Museum is excited to offer Elements in Art:Kids Classes in partnership with the Lewes Public Arts Committee Paul Daniel Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition in George H.P. Smith Park in Lewes. Museum educator Krystian Jamrozek is offering classes for kids ages 7-10 that combine science and art with a focus on the natural elements engaged in Paul Daniels’ sculptures. M.T. Skirt No. 6, for example, is wind activated and set afloat in Blockhouse Pond at George H.P. Smith Park. According to Daniel, “the sculpture flips in the wind, changes direction and flips into the wind again.” Jamrozek’s Anemometer program uses common household supplies to create sculptures that mimic the effect of wind and water on Daniel’s sculpture.

Sculptor Paul Daniel, from Baltimore, was selected as the 2024 Lewes Public Arts Committee feature artist. Each year LPAC highlights the work of an acclaimed artist in an outdoor installation for public enjoyment. The exhibit features six of Daniel’s works installed around Blockhouse Pond at George H. Smith Park. Museum Director Heidi Nasstrom Evans is thrilled about this partnership with the Lewes Public Arts Committee. Since beginning her tenure as Director in November 2023, Nasstrom Evans has focused museum programming on building community through partnering opportunities with local organizations including LPAC, Browseabout Books, CAMP Rehoboth, and others.

Elements of Art Kids Classes begin with an interactive tour of the exhibit, followed by a project activity. Beginning Thursday, June 20, 2024 from 10-11:30, and repeating weekly through the summer, there are three programs students can register for, including Anemometer, Wind Vane, and Balloon Rocket. Sign up for one or all three on the museum’s website at events at rbmuseum.org. Registration is $5 per student and is limited to fifteen kids per session, so reserve early! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 302-227-7310 with any questions.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum, operated by the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and showcasing for the public the history, culture, architecture and unique character of Rehoboth Beach.

 

Fridays in the Fields heats up Hudson Fields in Milton

Every Friday through Oct. 18, there will be gatherings in the space in front of Eagle Crest airport just south of Hudson Fields. The location previously occupied by the Revelation Beer Garden is now officially home to Eagle Crest Concerts.

All proceeds benefit Paul Kares Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization founded by Paul Cullen, former touring bassist of the band Bad Company, chef and proprietor of The Room at Cedar Grove.

Paul Kares supports local, aspiring musicians and students of the culinary arts. Additionally, there will be several large, ticketed events.

 

Room at Cedar Grove live music shows continue in May

Continuing to support live music, the Room at Cedar Grove has a great lineup of shows for May. Each event includes a dinner or brunch, with beverages available for purchase at the full bar. Proceeds benefit Paul Kares, a nonprofit organization that supports aspiring musicians and culinary artists.

Bryan Clark will perform favorites from the Great American Songbook at 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 24, joined by percussionist Alan Dale. Tickets are $55.

Erin Dickins of Manhattan Transfer fame will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, May 26. Special guests include Ed Shockley, Cody Munzert and Paul Cullen. Tickets are $50.

The Jamie McLean Band will be back to rock the room at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 30. Tickets are $45.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go to paulkaresde.org.

 

Lighthouse sunset cruise reservations open

The Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation has two sunset cruises scheduled for summer 2024. Early reservations are recommended for the events at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 8, and 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7.

Boats cruise from Anglers Fishing Center in Lewes along the Lewes-Rehoboth Canal, across Roosevelt Inlet, and into the Harbor of Refuge to see the Delaware Breakwater East End Light and Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse. On these sunset cruises, participants do not enter the lighthouses, but the boat floats alongside each for some great views and photos. Dolphins are often swimming, although it can’t be guaranteed these majestic mammals will make an appearance. However, the lighthouse at sunset is a highlight of the summer.

This relaxing and fun event is BYOB and snacks. Tickets are $40 per guest. Money raised from the cruises funds ongoing maintenance of the lighthouses.

For more information, go to delawarebaylights.org or call 302-644-7046.

 

The Offical Visitor's Guide provided by the Rehoboth Beach/Dewey beach Chamber of Commerce is available.

Follow this link for an online version.  https://www.beach-fun.com/official-area-visitor-s-guide.html

 

REHOBOTH BEACH MUSEUM ANNOUNCES HEIDI NASSTROM EVANS AS NEW DIRECTOR

After an extensive, nationwide search, the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum found its new Director right down the Avenue. A resident of Rehoboth Beach, Heidi Nasstrom Evans, Ph.D. impressed the Board Selection Committee with her “knowledge of the museum community, not just of Rehoboth Beach, but the historical organizations that are all around us,” said Board President J. David Mann III. “We appreciate her work and educational background, her personality, and ability to articulate, which are all important because she is the new face of our Museum.” The Board wants Evans to help them expand their level of community engagement, “to be out and visible, meet and greet. We want more promotion of our activities, to expand our horizons in terms of fundraising, to institute a planned giving program, and increase our endowment,” according to Mann.

Evans spent 25 years at the Smithsonian before moving full-time to Rehoboth. Since then her professional focus has been on local history. “This is the most
exciting time of my career. In D.C., I was an expert on a narrow moment in time. Now I never know what topic I will be working on. These days I see myself more as a storyteller rather than an expert. The people I work with bring me topics and I enjoy figuring out interesting ways to realize them in 3-D museum spaces.” “I dreamed of running the Rehoboth Beach Museum,” Evans said, “but never thought the position would open up because former Director and friend Nancy Alexander did such a great job. We planned to collaborate on an exhibit I was hoping would be about integration.”

Evans looks forward to working with the Rehoboth Beach Museum staff on creative exhibits and programming. She is a Governor’s appointee on Delaware
Humanities’ Board of Directors, sits on the City of Lewes Public Arts Committee, and Board of the Delaware Museum Association. Her recent projects include exhibitions at DelTech’s Senator John J. and Elsie Williams House Museum and Conference Center, the Delaware Agricultural Museum in Dover, the Fort Miles Museum in Cape Henlopen State Park, and the Milton Historical Society.

The Rehoboth Beach Museum is dedicated to preserving and showcasing for the public the history, culture, architecture, and unique character of Rehoboth Beach. It is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 511 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach. Admission is by donation. The museum is handicap accessible. To learn more, go to rehobothbeachmuseum.org, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  302-227-7310.

 

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society enters its 26th season continuing its work to share the power of visual storytelling by showcasing independent filmmakers’ work during our annual Spring mini-Film Festival season.   https://www.rehobothfilm.com/

Rehoboth Beach PRIDE Film Festival  Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2024

The Society and its festival partner, CAMP Rehoboth are pleased to program a diverse range of documentaries, features and a series of shorts that celebrate cinema and National PRIDE month. We remain committed to sharing film with the diverse audiences that reflect our local communities while celebrating them through the many contributions and challenges they face today.

 
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society (RBFS) announces the addition of a 4th day to the 2024 PRIDE Film Festival (Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16.) The PRIDE Film Festival is in partnership with CAMP Rehoboth and shines a light on the LGBTQ+ experience through documentaries, features and international films.
 
Hosted at the Cinema Art Theater (CAT) MAIN Theater, the PRIDE program has been confirmed and here are a few film highlights.
 
Of the nine documentaries, features and international films selected, the festival starts Thursday, June 13 with the acclaimed women’s soccer documentary “COPA 71”, a comedy “Cora Bora” and our Opening Night film, “Close to You,” actor Elliot Page’s first film after his recent transition and the film’s Mid-Atlantic premiere at Cinema Art Theater.
 
The program enters day two on Friday with “National Anthem” which created buzz at last year’s SXSW Film Festival.
 
Saturday, June 15, the Film Festival headliner is Jim Fall, Director of the 1999 classic, “Trick”, celebrating its 25-year theatrical release anniversary. That night the Film Society will host a Retro 90’s Party at the CAT and hear from Jim Fall at the conclusion of the screening with a post-Q&A.
 
The Festival concludes Sunday, the 16th with our Closing Night film, “A House is Not a Disco,” a new documentary that peers into the present-day life of those who live, work and visit the world’s most radically queer, “homo-normative” community, Fire Island Pines.
 
Tickets are now on-sale
Festival admission is $12 per film for the public, $9.00 for members, and $5 for students (student tickets are available only at the theater box office). Purchase tickets at
rehobothfilm.com [see Film Festival tab] or call/visit the Cinema Art Theater box office (302) 313-4032, during business hours Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00 noon to 5:00 PM. (Please note that tickets are non-refundable and there will be no exchanges.)
 
 

Jazzercise at Cape Henlopen Seniot Center (5/20 - 12/23, 2024)
A 45-minute work out. Cost: $10 per class, and is held every Monday (except holidays) 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. If you are interested, call 302-227-2055 about our membership fee and to join Jazzercise. Capehenlopenseniorcenter.org

 

JOIN THE FUN AT CAPE HENLOPEN SENIOR CENTER – SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
Members of the Cape Henlopen Senior Center already know how much the center has to offer. This is an invitation to non-members to see what they’re missing. For starters, our second floor houses a wonderful Billiards area with two Diamond Pool Tables featuring Open Play Monday through Thursday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Sharing the second floor of the building is a fantastic Fitness Area featuring assorted, up-to-date exercise equipment. Just what is needed to get in shape for Fall and the holiday season. Or you may join our Weigh Down Support Group. The group meets every Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

For members who enjoy cards and table games, we offer Contact Bridge on Thursdays from 12:30 to 4 PM; Mah Jongg on Wednesdays from 11 AM to 2 PM; Pinochle on Thursdays from 11 AM to 4 PM. Monday is Game Day every week from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. Participants play Rummikub, Canasta, Mexican Train, 5 Crowns, or any other game of interest. Don’t know how to play? A teacher is available.

Jackpot Bingo is the first Wednesday of each month. On September 6 th the doors open at 11:30 AM and games begin at 1 PM. Special Evening Jackpot Bingo will take place October 4 th and November 1st with doors opening at 4:30 PM and games beginning at 6 PM. Please call 302-227-2055 to make reservations. Refreshments will be available. Penny Bingo fills up the other Wednesdays each month starting at 11:45 AM to 4 PM. All Bingo events are open to the public.

For members interested in crafts or hobbies we have a full lineup. Quilters meet on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11 AM, and the Yarners Group on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 AM. Sewing Group on Tuesdays from 8:30 AM to 2 PM. There are two Art Groups. The first meets on Mondays from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. This is for all levels, Acrylic, Watercolor, and Oil. Friday’s class, called the Art Studio, from 9 AM to 12 Noon. In this class members paint on their own. Our Woodcarvers whittle away on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 11 AM.

When it comes to Exercise and Dance, CHSC truly has something to suit everyone. Arthritis Exercise on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 AM. Cardio Drumming on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:15 PM. Fitness Circuit Training on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 10:00 AM. Sit and Get Fit on Mondays and Fridays from 9 to 10 AM. Stress  Reducing Movement on Thursdays from 1 PM to 2 PM. Tai Chi on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 PM and Fridays from 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM. Chair Tai Chi on Fridays from 10:05 to 11:05 AM. Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays from 10 to 11 AM. For those who like to get their exercise from dancing we have Jazzercise, which is a new class, and will be held on Mondays from 2:00 to 2:45 PM. LaBlast Exercise on Tuesdays from 10:30 to 11:30 AM. Line Dancing (Improver) 10:05 to 11:05 AM. Line Dancing (Beginners) on Mondays from 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM. Last but not least, Ballroom Dancing for Beginners on Mondays at 12:30 to 1:30 PM and Thursdays from 10 to 11 AM. Ballroom Dancing Intermediate/Advance classes on Thursdays from 11 AM to 12 Noon.

Additionally, we have some excellent Fundraiser Raffles currently taking place including our annual Eagles Tickets Raffle consisting of two Choice Seats, valued at $1,300, for the Eagles vs Cowboys Football Game on Saturday, November 5th. The drawing will take place on October 28th. Tickets are only $20. We also have a CHSC Dining Out Raffle and a Holiday Gift Basket Raffle. A great way to begin the holiday season!

For additional information regarding programs and events call the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 302-227-2055, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Staff and volunteers will be happy to help.

 

For those traveling Coastal Highway (Route 1)
Route 1 ramp to close in Milford

The Delaware Department of Transportation will close the northbound ramp from Route 1 to South Rehoboth Boulevard on the south side of Milford starting Wednesday, July 5, for bridge maintenance and repairs. The closure is expected to last through mid-August.

Detour: Motorists will continue on Route 1 to exit at Route 36 (Cedar Beach Road), then turn left onto Route 36 to reach South Rehoboth Boulevard.

New Route 1 traffic pattern starts July 11

A new traffic pattern will take effect at the Route 1-Route 16 intersection starting at 7 a.m., Tuesday, July 11. Route 1 southbound traffic will shift along temporary crossovers onto the former Route 1 northbound lanes. Route 1 northbound traffic will continue along new service road ramps. Motorists can expect to be driving in this pattern until summer 2024.

This phase of work is for construction of Route 1 southbound pavement, embankment, bridge and two ramps.

 

Rehoboth Beach Made the News: The 26 Best Fall Festivals in the U.S. for 2023    https://travel.usnews.com/features/top-fall-harvest-festivals-in-the-us

"The seaside town of Rehoboth Beach, known as the "Nation's Summer Capital," will celebrate spooky season with the 33nd annual Sea Witch Festival at the end of October. The event typically features Halloween activities with a few nautical twists, such as a costume parade for people and their pups, a "haunted" beach bonfire, a broom tossing competition and the townwide Sea Witch Hunt, where participants follow clues to find the Sea Witch for a cash prize."

To read the complete list and article, click on the link above.

 

Rehoboth Beach Museum Publishes Landmark Postcard Book
The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society is proud to announce the release of its very own publication, Greetings from Rehoboth Beach, Postcards from the Collection of The Rehoboth Beach Museum.

This hardbound book features 182 full-color pages and a wealth of information about the evolution of postcards, and well-known postcard publishers, illustrated by postcard views of
Rehoboth Beach from 1905 to the present. Many of the cards are previously unpublished and selected from collections gifted to the museum by notable collectors such as Judge James G.
Horn, Hugo Keesing, and the late Skipper and Til Purnell.

Researched and written by postcard collectors and museum volunteers Roland Forster and David McDonald, Greetings from Rehoboth Beach presents new scholarship about local postcard
photographers and publishers and features some of the best examples from the museum's collection. Each chapter presents a specific ‘era’ in postcard history, paired with the corresponding period of Rehoboth Beach history. Appendices document prominent local postcard publishers and all 419 postcards depicted in the text.

“Readers will learn so much about the history of postcards as well as enjoy beautifully designed pages and pages of appealing postcards,” says former Museum Director Nancy Alexander. “The Society is so very grateful to Hal and Cindy Dukes and Neil Dougherty and the Dewey Beach Historical Society for significant financial support for this important project.”

The book will be available for purchase at the museum’s Gift Shop beginning June 24. Online sales are planned for the future. Members of the public wishing to purchase a copy are
encouraged to visit the museum. Hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday- Friday, and 9:00 am –1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

 

Rehoboth Beach Film Society Celebrates 25 Years with a New Silver Membership
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society (RBFS) has launched a new membership level, SILVER which joins its existing membership offerings to patrons who attend documentaries and first –run feature films at the Cinema Art Theater (CAT). Whether you’re an occasional film goer or a weekly patron, RBFS has a membership that will fit your needs. The even better news is that you can join any time of year!

The new SILVER level ($200/annually) provides 12 FREE tickets to CAT This Week films (first-run films; Wed – Sun), year-round discounts to Alternative Programs (The MET Live in HD and others), Special Events and Festival priority seating. The SILVER PLUS ONE package ($325/annually) provides the same benefits for you and a guest such as a partner or spouse.

With more than 1,800 members, the Society currently provides an entry level MEMBER and MEMBER PLUS ONE package ($40/$70 annually) that offers discounted ticket prices to CAT This Week (first run films; Wed – Sun), Alternative Programs (The MET: Live in HD and others), Special Events and Festival priority seating. The second membership is our GOLD ($700/annually) and GOLD PLUS ONE ($1,100/annually) which delivers FREE unlimited CAT This Week tickets and discounts for Alternative Programs and Festival priority seating.

In lieu of general admission priced tickets, membership provides cinema patrons with flexibility and at the same time supports the only Art House Theater here in Sussex County. The Cinema Art Theater is a two screen venue with a 104 seat Stadium Theater and a smaller screening theater, the JEMS at 36 seats. The CAT has been in operation for the past 17 years at its current location, 17701 Dartmouth Drive (behind the Wawa) in Lewes.

For more information about other special offerings to members or to sign-up, please visit us at the CAT Theater (Tue – Fri; 12:00 noon – 5:00 PM) or online at https://www.rehobothfilm.com/become-a-member.

Join the Society as we look back at 25 years and set a course for the next 25 years!

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society (RBFS) promotes the art of cinema through education and cultural enrichment programming. RBFS provides opportunities for film enthusiasts and diverse audiences to convene and celebrate cinematic achievement during events such as the annual award-winning Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (November 8 -12, 2023). Other special programming includes The MET Live in HD, National Theatre Live from London’s West End, Exhibitions on Screen™, and mini-Film Festivals each Spring.

 
DHS releases African American history resource guide for research

The Delaware Historical Society announced the release of a new tool to direct researchers, teachers and interested parties toward resources surrounding African American history in the state and region.

The research guide is meant to provide access to materials related to African American history held at the Delaware Historical Society. It provides collection-level descriptions from the manuscript, photograph and periodical collections, and various African American genealogical resources for Delaware families.

Delaware Historical Society Executive Director Ivan Henderson said, “[It is] a sorely needed resource which should invite new learners to locate and explore some of the mostrequested items in DHS’s collections.”

Chief Curator Leigh Rifenburg said this is an important addition to DHS’s existing research tools, making it easier than ever for new audiences to discover and access resources essential to understanding the African American experience in Delaware. The resource guide is free to download on the society’s website at dehistory.org/dhs-africanamerican- resource-guide.

The scope of materials ranges from the 17th century to the present day, covering topics including slavery and the Civil War, school desegregation, the Civil Rights Movement, and African American social, religious and political life in Delaware. The guide will be updated as the society acquires new collections from across the state and can be used alongside its existing online catalogs and digital collections site.

 

 Center hosts jackpot bingo Tuesdays
Jackpot bingo is back every Tuesday at the Lewes Senior Activity Center, 32083 Janice Road, Lewes. Doors open at 4 p.m. with dinner served at 4:30. Early bird games begin at 5:30 p.m. and regular games start at 6 p.m. Basic bingo packages are $18. For details, go to lewesseniorcenter.org or call 302-645-9293.

 

Prime Timers hold boardwalk strolls
The Delaware Coastal Prime Timers chapter meets for Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk strolls two mornings a week. The Tuesday early-bird stroll starts at 8:30 a.m., with optional breakfast at Goolee's Grille afterward around 9:30 a.m. The Thursday late-sleeper stroll starts at 11 a.m., with optional brunch at Goolee's Grille around noon.

Walkers gather on the Boardwalk at the end of Rehoboth Avenue. Walk leader Glenn Lash will be the only one wearing a kilt.

Prime Timers is a fun, welcoming, member-driven, international social organization with 75 chapters and more than 10,000 members. To learn about upcoming events, email coastalprimetimers@gmail.com.

 

Ballroom dancing on Mondays, Thursdays
The Cape Henlopen Senior Center offers ballroom dancing instruction with intermediate/ advanced classes held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Mondays, and from 10 to 11 a.m., Thursdays. Beginner classes are offered from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Thursdays. Cost is $10 per person. Participants must be senior center members. For more information, call 302-227-2055.

 
Upcoming Jolly Trolley Tours - Local Orientation Tour, Longwood Gardens and more!

Our tours are thoughtfully created for full/part-time residents, as well as visitors, of our beautiful beach communities, and offer unique, local & day-trip experiences for those living and visiting in Coastal Southern Delaware. Individuals and small groups, families, corporate & business outings, team bonding events, bachelorette parties are our target audience for our tours.

All of our scheduled tours can be reserved & customized as a private group charter tour.

Mondays - Local Orientation Tour
For more information and to reserve tickets click the link below:
Click here for our full tour schedule!

From our Nature Tours to Brewery Tours we are your safe and reliable transit professionals and are here with exciting and experiential tours for your family's, neighborhood's, and community's next group outing!

 

An old friend finds a new home
The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and City of Rehoboth Beach are excited to announce the return of the beloved Dolle’s sign to the community. The sign has been installed on the western side of the Rehoboth Beach History Museum at 511 Rehoboth Avenue.
“The Dolle’s sign has been a Rehoboth Beach icon for decades,” says Mayor Stan Mills. “And while change may be inevitable, it will be wonderful to have an old, familiar friend welcoming people as they enter Rehoboth Beach. I’m so pleased that the Rehoboth Beach History Museum stepped up to preserve this rather large piece of Rehoboth-cana and has found a highly visible, distinctive way to display the sign.”

“The Dolle’s sign is an iconic symbol of Rehoboth Beach,” says Nancy Alexander, director of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society and Museum. “The historical society is grateful to Tom Ibach for donating it to the society, and we are grateful to the City of Rehoboth Beach for cooperating with us in having the sign mounted on the museum building.

“The Dolle’s sign represents many happy memories for people who visit the city,” she adds. “Whether it is their first visit or one of many over the years, the sign is a symbol to so many people that vacation has begun.”

More than 250 donors contributed more than $35,000 to help bring the sign to the museum.

 

Public release of the West Rehoboth Legacy Mural
The Developing Artist Collaboration in conjunction with West Side New Beginnings Children and Youth Program Inc. and the Community of West Rehoboth are thrilled to announce the public release of the West Rehoboth Legacy Mural at 37401 Malloy St Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.  This mural features a largely unknown historical narrative of the iconic community of color, West Rehoboth created by renowned Mural Artist Terrance Vann. The content of the mural has been derived from oral histories of descendants of the founding families from West Rehoboth as well as personal accounts from the West Rehoboth Legacy Partners Committee consisting of Ms. Brenda Milbourne, Ms. Waynne Paskins, Ms. Lucille Hood, Mr. Clyde Vann, and Mr. Diaz J Bonville led by our project Historian Antoine Vann.

The mural is located on Central St. and Malloy St. and the public can utilize designated parking. The public mural will be available to the public and will feature mounted QR codes for the public to access videos of verbal histories and historical facts to learn about the largely unknown history of West Rehoboth and the surrounding community of color. This mural has been commissioned by the Developing Artist Collaboration, an Artist Development non-profit organization proudly located in West Rehoboth and has generously been financially supported by individual community members, the Delaware Community Foundation, Sussex County Council, Festival of Cheer, and the Southern Delaware Food and Wine Festival.

 
Delaware Botanic Gardens are open

Delaware Botanic Gardens are open for the season. The gardens’ new 800-square-foot rustic cedar restroom building has unique features, including the the living wall of plants at the entry, a cistern to capture rain for watering plants, and a rain garden by the building deck.

New garden features installed over the winter include 84,000 new spring bulbs planted in the 2-acre Piet Oudolf Meadow Garden, and the new reflecting pool in the Folly Garden, with an additional 37,500 plants and bulbs.

Delaware Botanic Gardens will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays to Sundays, at 30220 Piney Neck Road, Dagsboro.

To learn more about Delaware Botanic Gardens, go to www.delawaregardens.org .

 

History of Delaware's segregated beaches explored in new exhibit
The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs’ Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes recently released on online exhibit called Segregated Sands: Delaware's Segregated Beaches During the Jim Crow Era.” The exhibit explores the history and stories of the Indigenous and African American experience at Delaware’s beaches during the segregation era.

“Segregated Sands” was created by Zwaanendael Museum staff members and intern Kelli Racine Barnes, a doctoral candidate at the University of Delaware studying late 18th and early 19th century African American history.To access the exhibit, go to the museum website at https://history.delaware.gov/zwaanendael-museum/. To ask questions and learn more, contact the Zwaanendael Museum at 302-645-1148 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

March 8, 2022
Rehoboth Beach recognized again as a Tree City USA
For the 31st time, Rehoboth Beach has earned recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA. Also, the city has once again received the foundation’s Growth Award for continuous improvement to its urban forestry program.

“These national recognitions from the Arbor Day Foundation are perennial in Rehoboth Beach, but that doesn’t mean that we take them – or our trees – for granted,” said Arborist Liz Lingo in a prepared statement. “The city’s commitment to tree canopy preservation, maintenance and planting are critical to safeguarding Rehoboth’s wooded seaside character, which is so highly valued by our residents and visitors.”

Rehoboth is one of 3,600 communities across the country that qualify for Tree City USA designation by meeting four program requirements: having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Growth Award recognizes communities that demonstrate year-over-year increasing levels of tree care and community engagement.

 

JOIN THE FUN AT CAPE HENLOPEN SENIOR CENTER  SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
If you are already a member of the Cape Henlopen Senior Center, you know how much we have to offer. If you are not, we want you to know what you’re missing. First of all, we have a wonderful Billiards Area with two Diamond Pool Tables. Open Play Monday – Thursday 8 AM to 4 PM. Sharing the second floor of our building is our Fitness Area featuring assorted, up-to-date exercise equipment. Just what you need to get in shape for next summer!

For those who like cards and table games, we offer Contact Bridge on Thursdays from 12:30 to 4 PM; Mah Jongg on Wednesdays from 11 AM to 2PM; Pinochle on Thursday from 10:30 AM to 4 PM; Monday is Game Day every week form 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM – we play Quiddler, Cribbage, or 5 Crown. Don’t know how to play? We have someone who will teach you!

Jackpot Bingo is the first Wednesday of each month: doors open at 11:30 AM and Games start at 1 PM (call to reserve your seat by Monday, November 1st for next month). Lunch is available. Penny Bingo fills up the other Wednesdays each month starting at 11:45 AM to 4 PM.

Like Crafts or Hobbies? Our Quilters meet on Tuesday from 8:30 to 11 AM, and the Yarners Group on Wednesdays from 9 to 11 AM. Our Woodcarvers “whittle” away on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 11 AM.

 When it comes to Exercise and Dance, we truly have something for everyone! Arthritis Exercise on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 am; Balance Class on Mondays form 2 to 2:45 PM; Fitness Circuit Training on Wednesdays from 9:30 to 10:30 AM; Sit and Get Fit on Mondays and Fridays form 9 to 10 AM; Tai Chi on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 and Fridays from 11:10 AM to 12:10 PM; Chair Tai Chi on Fridays form 10:05 to 11:05 AM; and Gentle Yoga on Wednesdays form 10 to 11 AM. For those who like to get their exercise from dancing we have DanceSport on Mondays from 3 to 4 PM; LaBlast Exercise on Tuesdays form 10:30 to 11:30 AM; Line Dancing (Beginners) on Mondays from 11 AM to 12 Noon; and Tap Dancing on Thursdays from 8:45 to 9:55 AM.

Want additional information? Just call the Cape Henlopen Senior Center at 302-227-2055, Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 4 PM – we will be happy to help you!

 

LaBlast Dance Fitness at Cape Henlopen Senior Center
   The Cape Henlopen Senior Center is offering a brand-new fitness program sure to please.
LaBlast Dance Fitness is a partner-free fitness workout created by world-renowned dancer and fitness expert Louis Van Amstel, who has been seen on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
   The class is accessible for all levels, from the absolute beginner to the experienced dancer. LaBlast takes students through a diverse mix of famous ballroom dances set to favorite music from pop and rock to hip-hop and country. Participants experience the full array of dance styles from jive to foxtrot and Viennese waltz to Lindy hop.
   Whether one wants to tone the body, maintain a healthy lifestyle, learn to dance or just have a great time, LaBlast offers something for everyone.
   The class will be held weekly from 9 to 9:45 a.m., beginning Wednesday, March 24. The cost is $5 per session, and attendance is limited to 16 people. To reserve a spot, call 302-227-2055. Once the center is permitted to return to a five-day week, this class will be held at 3 p.m., Tuesdays.
   Instructor Joshua Beaver, originally from Thompsontown, Pa., began his early dance training at Movement Laboratory with Judy Williams Henry. He attended summer intensives at American Ballet Theater. He attended the Boston Conservatory and earned a bachelor’s degree in dance in 2011. After graduating, he joined ballet company Teatrul de Balet Sibiu in Romania, where he spent three seasons rising to first soloist and choreographer. During this time, he toured and performed various classical and contemporary works, and toured throughout Europe performing in theaters in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Sicily. Shortly after returning home, Beaver joined Dayton Ballet in Ohio where he spent two seasons as a featured soloist. Before the pandemic hit, Beaver was touring nationally with the Broadway musical “An American in Paris.” He currently resides in Lewes and is involved in the fitness industry.
   For more information about the Senior Center, stop in and visit us at 11 Christian Street Rehoboth Beach, DE or website www.capehenlopenseniorcenter.org .

 
Article about Rehoboth Beach
https://www.timesunion.com/living/article/Planning-a-seaside-trip-Don-t-sleep-on-Rehoboth-16027259.php
 

Rehoboth Beach Museum Releases Video of Vintage Images and Spoken Poems to Thank Supporters
   Rehoboth Beach, DE – The Rehoboth Beach Museum has released a video of spoken poems about Rehoboth Beach from a c. 1940 book by Sadie Moore Cooke. The poems are read by Michael Sprouse, and images of vintage postcards from the museum's collection and private collections are shown throughout. Sprouse is the live on-air host of the television/radio program Coastal A&E which is broadcast every Saturday morning between 11 and 12 on TV Delmarva and between 12 and 1 PM on Delaware 105.9 FM. Mr. Sprouse also created the video. The video can be viewed on the museum’s website at www.rehobothbeachmuseum.org.
The video is presented by the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society as a way to say thank you to the community and to those who supported the society throughout 2020.
   The Rehoboth Beach Historical Society wishes to thank Michael Sprouse, Delaware Humanities, The National Endowment for the Humanities, and volunteers David MacDonald and Roland Forster for making this video possible. It is dedicated to the memories of Carol and Lee Jones, ardent supporters of the arts and humanities in Delaware.
The link to the video on YouTube is here:  https://youtu.be/SHnyuVmLryE   

Otherwise, folks can view the video by going to: https://rehobothbeachmuseum.org/index.php/video2

 
“Results of the Avery’s Rest Bioarchaeological Investigations"
   A video presentation by Raquel Fleskes, a doctoral candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Fleskes is lead author of the research paper “Ancient DNA and bioarchaeological perspectives on European and African diversity and relationships on the colonial Delaware frontier” which was published in the October 2019 edition of the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Go to the following link to watch the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfbmiLD2FJw
 

Museum Offers Recorded Programs for Public Viewing
   Rehoboth Beach, DE - Members and friends of the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society have been treated to a fun and informative series of video programs over the past four months on topics ranging from the history of Funland to the passage of the 19th Amendment. Titled “Conversations on History,” these programs, hosted by Program Manager Marge LaFond, have been posted on the museum’s YouTube channel. The recorded videos can now also be accessed on the Society’s web page at rehobothbeachmuseum.org. under the “Video/Audio” tab at the top of the home page. Other topics include Religious Congregations of Rehoboth, Rehoboth Beach during the Railroad era, Ferries, Trains and Automobiles: Getting to Rehoboth Beach before the Bay Bridge, and 30 Years of CAMP Rehoboth: A Photographic Retrospective. Each program lasts about 50 minutes and can be watched at any time of any day. While there is no charge to view the programs the Society appreciates donations, which help us continue these programs.
   Donations can be made and memberships purchased on the website as well. This, and other programs, are made possible by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts. Members of the public may call (302) 227-7310 with questions about programs or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

The 25 coolest towns in America: 2019   Our own Rehoboth Beach made the list.
   Each of these 25 towns, all with populations under 100,000, offers something special and has come into its own as a destination of late. Whether you’re looking for untamed wilderness or sandy beaches, deep history or provocative art, craft cocktails or cheap beer, these are the 25 coolest small towns in the US to visit next year. Read about it here:

https://matadornetwork.com/read/25-coolest-towns-america-2019/?fbclid=IwAR05Kf2lKZXObOZuZVbsngwWr9hWfkmXkcafRzZjpTQSNJ2zFoC7FmJev1k

 
The Most Underrated Place to Visit in Delaware
   Rehoboth Beach has been named "Delaware's most underrated place to visit" and the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk has been highlighted as a must-visit attraction in Rehoboth Beach, according to TripAdvisor user data.  https://www.netcredit.com/blog/most-underrated-place-visit-every-state/
 

Kids Catch-all Fishing Tournament has been recognized as one of the best kids fishing tournaments in the United States
   FishingBooker, the US’s largest platform for booking fishing trips, has made a list of the best kids fishing tournaments in the entire country. Kids Catch-all Fishing Tournament has been recognized as one of the best ones!
   Nothing is as rewarding as seeing your kid pull up their first fish. The joy you share at that moment, the pride you and your kid both feel, is what often sparks a lifelong love of angling. Still, your youngster can only learn so much from you (no matter how good of an angler you are). This is where the kids' fishing tournaments come in. These events are an ideal opportunity for your children to have fun and develop their skills, as well as make new friends. https://fishingbooker.com/blog/kids-fishing-tournaments-in-the-us/

 

Good news! Two DART Beach Bus Routes - Routes 201 and 204 - now run year-round. They will operate every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

   Route 201 provides service from the Lewes Park & Ride lot, along DE Route 1 corridor to Tanger Outlets, Rehoboth Park & Ride and Rehoboth Boardwalk. Route 204 operates between the Lewes Park & Ride and Downtown Lewes, including the Cape May-Lewes Ferry Terminal. Free parking will now be offered at both the Lewes and Rehoboth Park & Rides. In addition, the following Sussex County services (Routes 206, 212 and 215) provide Saturday service year round.

Read more here for information about fares and how to connect with the services:  https://www.dartfirststate.com/dtc.ejs?command=PublicDTCPressReleaseDisplay&id=7309

 
DELAWARE DESTINATIONS IN 360 DEGREES
   The three-minute video created for the Delaware Tourism Office, features Rehoboth Beach, Trap Pond and Nemours Estate in a virtual tour of the state. In order to promote tourism in new and captivating ways, the tour immerses viewers in the New Castel and Sussex County attractions. The video is available to view at the Delaware Welcome Center Travel Plaza on I-95 from 10AM – 2PM Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays or on the Delaware Tourism website, https://www.visitdelaware.com/  click and drag on the video to get the 360 degree effect.
 
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 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.

 

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 ranks 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.

 

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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