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A special publication by the Cape Gazette | 2019
DECK THE HALLS
8 Milton House Tour
Annual event, set Saturday, Dec. 14, will
open doors on town’s holiday season
12 Decorated for the holidays
The Christmas Tour of Lewes will step off
Saturday, Dec. 7
86 Cooking for a Crowd
Be prepared for everyone to gather ‘round
your holiday table this season
98 Scents of the Season
Enhance your decor by inviting holiday
aromas into your home
FUN & FESTIVE 111 18
106 Ho, Ho, Video ‘Tis The Season 2019
“Merry Christmas Time” captures the spirit
of the holiday season
114 A Night of Improv
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123 Unique Green Gifts
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Experience magic, warmth of
Milton at Holiday House Tour
Members of the Women’s Club of DENY HOWETH PHOTOS Mansion Farm Inn owners welcomed visi-
Milton are working on plans for the tors at last year’s tour.
annual Milton Holiday House Tour Libby Zando and Bob Blayney combined of Women’s Clubs. The GFWC is
scheduled from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m., eclectic collections with elegant flair dur- one of the world’s oldest and largest
Saturday, Dec. 14. ing last year’s tour. women’s service. For more informa-
tion, call 302-329-9738.
Last year, the event welcomed the Milton Historical Society, Salon
more than 500 guests who experi- Milton, Suburban Farmhouse and
enced Milton’s magic and warmth. Lewes Gourmet.
The tour included eight unique
beautifully decorated homes, as well The Women’s Club of Milton is a
as three public venues. Many attend- member of the General Federation
ees plan their day around the house
tour and Milton’s traditional Holly
Festival held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30
on the day of the tour and will be
available starting early in November.
Proceeds from the tour will help to
enable the club to give three $2,000
Ticket sale locations for the 2019
tour will be the Mercantile at Milton,
Milton Garden Club
to sell greenery at
Milton Garden Club mem- Shown at left, Milton Garden Club Holly Festival co-chairs Sandy Winterbottom, left, and Kath-
bers will sell greenery at the ryn Greig display samples of their fresh greens arrangements at the last Milton Farmer's Market.
Holly Fest from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14 at Milton His-
torical Society at 210 Union St.
The club will be selling fresh
handmade greens, wreaths,
arrangements, grave mounds
and mailbox covers inside and
outside the museum.
Wreaths and arrangements
are hand-made by club mem-
bers and hand-picked from
Sussex County wooded areas
and gardens. For information or
to place an order call Kathryn
at 302-684-3804 or Sandy at
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Tour of Lewes
steps off Dec. 7
The 2019 Christmas Tour of Lewes DENY HOWETH PHOTOS
is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 7, and will feature a self-guided Patty Joyce and Ted Hack’s former barn, now a beach home, boasted a very tall fir tree
tour of nine homes will benefit the adorned with white lights during last year’s Christmas Tour of Lewes.
Lewes Historical Society.
Historical Society properties
are decorated for the season and a
Holiday Village, including greens
sale, will be held at the Historical
Society’s main campus at 110 Shipcar-
The tour will be held rain or shine.
Advance tickets are $30; tour-day
tickets are $35.
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Christmas Plants and trees that remained green Between 25 and 30 million natural Christ-
trees brighten all year held special meaning to an- mas trees are sold in the United States
the season cient peoples, and were purported to each year.
keep away illness and evil spirits.
Decked out in tinsel, lights, orna-
ments, and garland, Christmas trees Germans were credited with tying
are enduring symbols of the holiday evergreen trees to Christmas cel-
season that boast a rich history. ebrations. In the sixteenth century,
devout Christians brought decorated
Evergreen trees have been used trees into their homes. Martin Luther,
to celebrate winter festivals for the Protestant reformer, is believed
thousands of years, and eventually to have first added lighted candles to
became associated with Christianity. these trees after he was inspired by
twinkling stars in the night sky.
PLANTS AND TREES THAT
REMAINED GREEN ALL YEAR HELD While early Americans found
SPECIAL MEANING TO ANCIENT Christmas trees an oddity, the tradi-
PEOPLES, AND WERE PURPORTED tion, brought over by German set-
TO KEEP AWAY ILLNESS AND EVIL tlers, eventually caught on.
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Popular Christmas tree varieties
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to those with their roots intact, are blue-green hue. Many people feel a favorable evergreen aroma. White
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they’ve served their purpose indoors. One of the advantages of Scotch With proper care, any variety of
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area for one to two weeks so they can branches.
reacclimate. As long as the ground is
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as long as Turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or leaving home.
holiday happenings go as planned. Celebrants can ensure Lights left on can overheat and cause fires.
that this joyous time of year is not marred by injury, theft
or accidents by always keeping safety in mind. of the dangers associated with turkey fryers. The CPSC,
which discourages the use of fryers, says there have been
DO turn off Christmas lights before going to bed or 168 turkey-fryer related incidents since 2002.
leaving home. Lights left on can overheat and cause
fires. Electrical distribution or lighting equipment was Continued on page 22
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between 2011 and 2015, according to the National Fire Pre-
DON’T locate a Christmas tree too close to a heating
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DO extinguish candles before retiring for the night.
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Holiday safety 101 Don’t locate breakable ornaments close to the bottom of the tree in
reach of young children. Glass can shatter and cause serious injuries.
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DON’T keep purchases in view of potential
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How to cut back on holiday waste
The holiday season is a joyful Most people only use gift boxes and gift bags during the holiday season. Such items are
time of year. But the weeks between oftentimes discarded after Christmas morning. But these items can be reused to cut back
Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day on holiday waste.
also tend to be very wasteful. The
U.S. Environmental Protection Agen-
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increases by more than 25 percent
during the holiday season.
Reducing waste come the holiday
season does not mean celebrants
have to forgo big family meals or
beautifully wrapped gifts. In fact,
there are several ways to reduce
waste without spoiling the spirit of
• Give eco-conscious gifts. The
environment may not be the first
thing that comes to mind when holi-
day shoppers are looking for gifts for
their loved ones. But giving reusable
gifts can have a positive, long-term
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Waste guests are likely to eat and plan
meals accordingly instead of buying
Continued from page 24 papers contain non-paper additives enough food to feed a small army.
impact on the planet. Reusable coffee that cannot be recycled. Reusing Donate leftovers to nearby shelters
mugs or water bottles can dramati- wrapping paper, purchasing only so nothing goes to waste.
cally reduce waste over time, and recyclable paper or wrapping gifts
such items make great stocking in old newspapers or magazines can • Recycle live Christmas trees.
stuffers. Shoppers also can look for help holiday celebrants reduce their According to the National Christmas
items made from recycled materi- carbon footprints. Tree Association, 25.9 million real
als, which run the gamut from home trees were sold in the United States
furnishings to calendars to clothing, • Prepare less food and donate in 2015. Trees put out on the curb for
as eco-friendly alternatives to gifts any leftovers. The Worldwatch In- collection after the holiday season
produced without the environment stitute notes that, during the holiday has ended typically end up in land-
in mind. season, celebrants generate three fills, but some communities recycle
times as much food waste as they Christmas trees each year.
• Reuse holiday-specific items. do during other times of the year.
Many people only use gift wrap, Large family meals are a tradition of Real tree enthusiasts can contact
gift boxes and gift bags during the the holiday season, but hosts who community officials to determine if
holiday season. Such items are of- routinely find themselves discarding they can recycle rather than discard
tentimes discarded after Christmas leftovers can plan on preparing less their trees.
morning. But these items can be food this year. Consider how much
reused to cut back on holiday waste. The holiday season is a wasteful
Reusing wrapping paper from year time of year, but there are ways for
to year can be especially beneficial celebrants to dramatically reduce
to the environment. That’s because their carbon footprints between
wrapping paper tends to be dyed Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
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Gift boxes and gift bags during
the holiday season. Such items are
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Keep safety in mind when decorating
Decorations help make the holiday LED lights should be used whenever possible. Such lights consume less energy and run
season a magical time of year. Stores cooler than other bulbs.
are awash in color and twinkling
lights, and similar imagery is on dis-
play in private homes.
Designing holiday displays can be
a great way for families to spend time
together and kick off the celebration.
In fact, according to Electrical Safety
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percent of Americans decorate their
homes for the holidays.
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Continued from page 28 Outdoor electric lights and decorations should be plugged into circuits protected by
• Do not overload outlets. Plan ground fault circuit interrupters, or GFCIs.
displays according to the number and • Place Christmas trees at least sized” decorations near the ground
location of available outlets. three feet away from all heat sources, or on lower limbs of trees, where
including fireplaces and heaters. young children can easily reach
• Never exceed the maximum them.
number of light strands that can be • Use decorations that are non-
attached together. combustible or made from flame- • Exercise caution when hanging
resistant materials. decorations at high heights. Make
• Use lights and products that have sure the ladder is secured and have a
been tested for safety. Certification • Pay attention to the age recom- spotter who can hold the ladder and
marks like UL, ETL and CSA are mendations of decorations to see pass items up safely.
from nationally recognized laborato- if they can be used in homes with
ries. young children. Some items, however • Outdoor electric lights and
common, are choking or strangula- decorations should be plugged into
• LED lights should be used when- tion hazards. circuits protected by ground fault
ever possible. Such lights consume circuit interrupters, or GFCIs.
less energy and run cooler than other • Avoid putting small, “mouth-
• The ESFI says candles start
almost 50 percent of all decoration
fires. Minimize the risk by using
candles only when they can be moni-
tored. Artificial candles can be used
in place of real candles.
• Check for freshness in live trees.
A fresh tree will last longer and is
less of a fire hazard than an old tree.
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DECK THE HALLS
Help make your poinsettias last longer
Poinsettias are synonymous with the holiday season. Poinsettias are beautiful and the leaves can be vibrantly colored.
These colorful plants brighten up homes with their
vibrant hues in variations of red, white and pink, mak- the New Year, which is possible with the right care. The
ing them a holiday decoration many people cannot live following are some tips, courtesy of Mother Nature’s
without. Network, Habersham Gardens, Oregon Live, and
While they’re most visible during the often chilly holi- Continued on page 38
day season, poinsettias prefer warm weather. Poinsettias
are native to Central America and originally flourished in
an area of southern Mexico. The Aztecs used the plant for
decorative and medicinal purposes.
The poinsettia might have remained a regional plant if
not for the efforts of Joel Roberts Poinsett, who was the
first United States Ambassador to Mexico under Presi-
dent James Madison. Poinsett, who would later found the
Smithsonian Institution, had a love of botany and became
enamored with the brilliant red plants he saw in Mexico.
Eventually, Poinsett began growing the plants at home
in South Carolina, and friends and others soon coveted
Poinsettias are beautiful and the leaves can be vibrantly
colored. That signature vibrancy is why many people
would like to preserve their poinsettias to last beyond
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NOV. 30, DEC. 7, DEC. 14 TUESDAY, DEC. 3 WEDNESDAY, DEC. 4
Meet Elsa, Anna and Olaf, noon Rehoboth Beach Hometown Milton’s Hometown Christmas
to 2 p.m., three consecutive Saturdays Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m., Re- Parade, 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Mil-
at Tanger Outlets Seaside between hoboth. Sponsored by the Rehoboth ton Volunteer Fire Department.
Shopper Services and Dress Barn. Beach Volunteer Fire Company. Fire
trucks, marching bands, community “It’s a Wonderful Life” screen-
NOV. 30, DEC. 7, DEC. 14 organizations and much more at this ing at the Milton Theatre, 110 Union
family fun event. Email christmaspa- St. Showings at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. For
Selfies with Santa at Tanger Out- [email protected] or go tickets and information go to milton-
lets Seaside. Meet Old St. Nick, 11 a.m. to rehobothbeachfire.com for more theatre.com.
to 3 p.m., three consecutive Saturdays information.
at Santa’s workshop next to OshKosh Continued on page 52
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“Close to You: A Carpenters
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110 Union St.
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Santa Claus isn't the only one who wears a red suit in SUBMITTED PHOTO
December any more. Cosplayers dressed as Deadpool,
Spiderman and other superheroes will flock to the annual Comic-inspired ornaments will be among the unique items Ogre’s
Ocean City Comic Con. Grove will have available Saturday, Dec. 14, at Ocean City Com-
Last year's turnout was so huge that the convention has
doubled in size. More than 175 vendors will share their
wares from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14.
Ogre's Grove of Milton will be hauling comic books, ac-
tion figures, handmade jewelry, crafts and more down to
the Roland E. Powell Convention Center at 4001 Coastal
Highway, Ocean City, Md.
Admission is $10, with kids 9 and under free with a pay-
By dressing in costume, attendees will get $1 off admis-
sion, and another $1 off by bringing a nonperishable food
item for Diakonia Inc.
For more information and to follow the event, go to
facebook.com/ogresgrove. Ogre’s Grove is located at 129
Union St. in Milton.
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Lewes Christmas Parade steps off Dec. 7
The annual Lewes Christmas pa- SUBMITTED PHOTO
rade, presented by the City of Lewes
and the Lewes Chamber of Commerce, The Lewes Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors gets a lift from Fifer Orchards in last
will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. year’s Lewes Christmas Parade.
7. In the event of inclement weather,
the parade will be held at 5 p.m. Sat- Jim Smith, who is the immediate luminated, followed by candlelight
urday, Dec. 14. The parade’s theme is Past President of the Lewes chamber caroling in the park led by Christy
“Celebrating an Old Fashioned Christ- board of directors, will announce the Taylor with sound by Bill Larsen.
mas in Lewes.” Jeffrey M. Fried has parade. For the third year, the city has made
been named honorary grand marshal. arrangements to have a fresh-cut
The City of Lewes Mayor and Coun- tree moved into Zwaanendael Park
Fried served as President and CEO cil, followed by the Lewes Chamber of between the museum and the Fisher-
of Beebe Healthcare for 24 years. Un- Commerce’s Board of Directors, will Martin House.
der his leadership, Beebe Healthcare lead the other parade entries from the
earned a number of national and local lineup area on Sussex Drive and the This year’s tree is a Norway Spruce
awards, including its Executive Staff Highland Acres neighborhood on the donated by Lenore Koors and the
being named Top Leadership Team parade route along Savannah Road to Koors family. The tree-lighting cere-
in the Country for Small Hospitals by Second Street. mony will commence shortly after the
Health Leaders magazine. last parade entry passes by the judges’
Following the parade, the Christmas reviewing stand in Zwaanendael Park.
The medical center was also award- tree in Zwaanendael Park will be il-
ed the W.L. Gore Quality Award for
overall quality and was the first hospi-
tal in Delaware to receive this award.
Fried has been very involved outside
the hospital serving twice as board
president of the Lewes Chamber of
Commerce and as president of the
Sussex County Chapter tof the Ameri-
can Heart Association.
He has also served on the board of
the Sussex Family YMCA as well as
Fulton National Bank Advisory Board.
Other Lewes events evening in advance of his arrival at wreaths, bundled fresh greens, floral
the Lewes Christmas Parade. arrangements and Lewes in Bloom
The Christmas Parade is the cul- merchandise for sale.
mination of a number of special On Friday, Dec. 6, the Children’s
events and activities associated with Beach House will host its Winter Another event Saturday at St.
the celebration of the Christmas White Holiday Celebration benefit Peter’s Church from 11 a.m. to 2
Weekend in Historic Lewes. The from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The benefit is p.m. is the ECW Soup Luncheon
festivities kick off on Thursday, Dec. open to the public and tickets can be in the Parish Hall, in conjunction
5, with the Lewes Merchants’ 33rd purchased by calling 302-645-9184 or with the Christmas Tour of Lewes.
annual Hospitality Night from 5 to online at cbhinc.org. Tourgoers are also invited to visit
8 p.m. in the historic commercial the Zwaanendael Museum to see
district. The Lewes Historical Society’s their holiday decorations and cur-
46th Annual Christmas Tour of rent exhibits.
Second Street will be closed to ve- Lewes takes place from 10 a.m. to
hicular traffic from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Also that There are numerous other ac-
will make a brief visit to his Lewes day, Lewes in Bloom is hosting its tivities throughout the Lewes area
house in front of Citizens Bank that Sixth Annual Christmas Market at associated with the holiday week-
St. Peter’s Church yard from 9 a.m. end celebrations. For a complete
to 3 p.m., featuring live Christmas listing go to leweschamber.com.
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